Thursday, January 31, 2008

Is history repeating itself

I was running late this morning, so I happened to be pouring my coffee at 5AM, instead of already being on the road, when the early news came on TV. MBH likes to alternate between the and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton channels.

Right out of the box, ABC affiliate WPVI/6 reported 's latest hospital event. This is what is called a headline? The next story, oddly enough, was about a Philly-bound airliner making an emergency landing due to a smoke condition.

Of the two stories, which do think local residents would care more about?

When an ambulance has a patient in their wagon, and cannot roll out because of the crushing of photographers, have we gone too far in celebrity coverage? Whether Ms. Spears had a legitimate ailment or other medical condition, who do these yahoo's with Nikons think they are to stand in the way of the EMT driver taking her to a hospital?

Are the media hoping for another crash-and-burn involving Britney, one so horrific it ends her life (and, perhaps, others)? For years, people wrung their hands saying the paparazzi killed Princess Diana; could we be seeing it happen again?

Related posts: Duchess

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Feeling ill

In the classic TV series M*A*S*H, we're told of Cpl. Radar O'Reilly's unique body chemistry:

Unlike Radar and his fellow medical personnel, I wasn't pinned down by a sniper yesterday, but I came pretty close to understanding what he meant1.

I was tasked about a week ago to give a presentation on our core software application to members of a different Defense organization, with the desired results they would be willing to use this app in their daily activities. I am not at liberty to describe the app, itself, other than to say it lends itself to logistic operations, which are very useful in the defense sector.

I used to sell software as a VAR a dozen years ago, and I since I have nearly that many years of experience on this particular app (another of the reasons why I am considered a subject matter expert, or SME), it's no surprised I get these assignments.

While I could describe the process with a pen and bar napkin to anyone who cared to listen, a formal presentation is what was expected. I was out of office most of last week, and Monday had me at off-site meetings, so Tuesday was my only chance to prepare. The mail server in our demo lab was down yesterday morning, so I had to wait on one of the SAs to come in.... ok, not too much of a delay.

Then it hit me: an abnormally loud groan from my lower intestines. I'll spare all the gory details, but suffice it to it was as if everything solid in my body turned to liquid.

I muddled through the demo (what they wanted and what can offer will only work if they foot the bill of some API mods to their legacy applications, so while I did a good show, its not certain they'll buy into it). My ride home was difficult - remember it is 110 mile drive. By 9PM I registered 103.8 temperature... nice.

I'm in office today... too much on my plate to take off, and too much that I can't do remotely. I've eaten a few bananas and hope to eat lunch... but its going to be a long day.

1 Clip courtesy of M*A*S*H 4077th Sound Bytes

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Old or unhealthy? UK's Socialized Medicine says no free ride

Sweetness & Light offers yet another reason why Universal Healthcare is a road we ought not take:

From UK's Telegraph:

Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.

Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.

£1.7 billion is spent treating diseases caused by smoking, such as lung cancer and emphysema

Fertility treatment and “social” abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.


Among the survey of 870 family and hospital doctors, almost 60 per cent said the NHS could not provide full healthcare to everyone and that some individuals should pay for services.

One in three said that elderly patients should not be given free treatment if it were unlikely to do them good for long. Half thought that smokers should be denied a heart bypass, while a quarter believed that the obese should be denied hip replacements…

Believe me: I don't need additional reasons to oppose national health care (universal health insurance, socialized medicine, or any other euphemism for government provided health care). I produce such articles whenever I hear ranking politicians tell us that they'll bring us such a horrible idea in the hopes of waking up the people who would think Say, this is a good idea!

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

All the Young Dudes

Billy rapped all night 'bout his suicide
How he'd kick it in the head when he was 25;
Don't wanna stay alive when you're 25

And Wendy's stealing clothes from unlocked cars
and Freddy's got spots from ripping off stars
from his face ... funky little boat race

The television man is crazy saying we're juvenile delinquent wrecks
Man, I don't need no TV when I've got T. Rex
Hey brother you guessed it:
I'm a dude

All the young dudes
Carry the news
Boogaloo dudes
Carry the news

This old tune (penned by David Bowie, back when he played sax for Mott the Hoople), has long been a favorite of mine. Now, it seems, it's on the soundtrack of the movie Juno.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I have all four artists on vinyl: , , , and ... yeah, I am old.)

Now Jimmy's looking sweet though he dresses like a queen
He can kick like a mule, it's a real mean team.
We can love, Oh we can love
And my brother's back at home with his Beatles and his Stones
We never got it off on that revolution stuff
What a drag, too many snags
Well I drunk a lot of wine and I'm feeling fine, gonna race some cat to bed
Oh, is this concrete all around
Or is it in my head??
Oh brother you guessed
I'm a dude.
The upside: a new, younger audience may learn to love music made long before their birth.

The downside: will I grow to dislike this song with the anticipated airplay?

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Slim Whitman to star in Spamalot on Broadway

Well, maybe that title is just made up.... however, in case you somehow missed it, Country crooner can easily say I'm not dead yet!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Paul Sorvino shops where we shop

While grocery shopping this evening, standing in line in front of us was none other than Paul Sorvino.

MBH remarked that the last time she saw Mr. Sorvino, some 6 years ago, she was in another supermarket that we - and apparently he, no longer shop at. Back then, our son (about 6 years old at that time) struck up a conversation with him, not knowing who he was. That Mr. Sorvino would entertain a conversation with a small lad shows his friendliness. \

After he left tonight, and when I reached the check-out gal, I said sheepishly, "Sorry, I am no one famous."

The young girl beamed "Oh my God, did you see him??? He was right here!!"

Yes he was.

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1988: Matt Drudge rocks the world

01/17/98 21:32:02 PST --

Read the rest of the original post at DrudgeReportArchives.

Love him, hate him, or anywhere in between: A tip of the hat to Matt Drudge, the man who broke the news to the world of Monica Lewinsky. Matt Drudge demonstrated the power of the truly free press. You may have supported President Clinton, you may have thought the game of politics was wrongly turned on it's head (you are free to have these thoughts, as I am free to disagree), but you cannot deny that Matt Drudge gave Internet news reporting credibility and audience.

Posted early, as I may be offline for a few days after this afternoon.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Democrat Party Uncivil War

More on my post yesterday on the apparent racial issues surrounding President and Senator Clinton....

Rush Limbaugh's opening monolouge yesterday is worth a listen, no matter your political stripe. Invest about 13 minutes and then try to refute anything he said.

The monolouge was broken into two YouTube videos, based on the length. Click here for the YouTube playlist which will play them both, back to back.

And to think! The Primary Season has only just started!!

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Blade Runner banned

No, I am not talking about Rick Deckard from the classic flick, Blade Runner, although after reading this story you might wish I was:

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — The IAAF ruled Monday that double-amputee sprinter
Oscar Pistorius is ineligible to compete in the Beijing Olympics because his prosthetic racing legs give him a clear competitive advantage.

The International Association of Athletics Federations had twice postponed the ruling, but the executive Council said the South African runner's curved, prosthetic "Cheetah" blades were considered a technical aid in violation of the rules.

"As a result, Oscar Pistorius is ineligible to compete in competitions organized under IAAF rules," the IAAF said in a statement from Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pistorius, known as the "blade runner," announced last week that he planned to appeal any adverse decision, including taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

I am unsure how I would decide this issue. That I know someone who has a disability, I can easily entertain positions on both sides of this issue. Mr. Pistorius has had these prosthetics all of his life; they are a part of him. On the other hand, he could never experience what an able bodied runner has to deal with, such as an ankle twist.

Similarly, I can understand the Professional Golf Association's insistence Casey Martin walk the length of the Master Tournament. It is, of course, unfair, Mr. Martin has this birth defect, but on the other hand, not all golfers can be Masters.

What's your take?

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Monday, January 14, 2008

WOWIO: Free Books, Free Minds

Coming from me, you may find this hard to accept, but I have found a site that features books and it interests me!

No, really.

I've recently found, a site that features eBooks for free (well, as free as broadcast TV and radio, for the cost of a single, embedded ad). I learned of the site because they are offering PDF collections of Day by Day, a very funny and point-on web-toon. But I've started searching their other offerings and find some interesting reads from business (Power Outlook: Unleash the Power of Outlook), politics (When You Ride ALONE You (Still) Ride with bin Laden - Bill Maher), to science (The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe - Steven Hawkins).

Plus there's a vast collection of comics: Day by Day, Clive Barker's graphic novels, and more.

You're allowed to download only 3 per day, but other than an ad at the beginning of the file, they're free for your use.

Now these are PDFs for your desktop or smartphone; if you're not up to reading books in such a manner, this isn't for you. But you really should take a look to see their collection.

Clearly, this won't make me a reader, or rather, someone who enjoys reading, but it will provide a handy source of information and diversion for those times I am kept waiting in a doctor's office, for example...

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How could the Clintons offend blacks?

When considering the praise heaped upon President Bill Clinton by Toni Morrison, who called him America's first black president, it is hard to imagine Mr. Clinton could, in fact, offend blacks.

Last week, in a speech made on behalf of his wife, the Democratic candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Mr. Clinton spoke in regards to her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama:


Clearly, the reference to fairy tale was not to Sen. Obama's overall campaign, but for rather the charges his campaign were making against Sen. Clinton's (at least in the view of Mr. Clinton).

What Mr. Clinton said here is no more racist than what Ross Perot said in 1992 when he referred to an audience at the NAACP convention as "you people," which was deemed insensitive by the media (thus demonstrating how the media has extended their job from reporting news to deeming how sensitive the words people use).

Some readers, I imagine, are checking for flying pigs outside right about now. I just defended President Clinton!

On Sunday's Meet The Press, Sen. Clinton was defending herself to Tim Russert (in one of the few times Mr. Russert actually held her feet to the fire throughout the interview). Sen. Clinton explained the comments she made in regards to Dr. Martin Luther King in that even Dr. King campaigned for Lyndon Johnson's presidential campaign, as he recognized the need for partners in the political system. You can follow the link, above, to read her position.

What should be noted but isn't often presented: With no disrespect whatsoever for Dr. King's civil rights efforts:

President Lyndon Johnson, himself, noted that an overwhelming majority of Republicans as well as Democrats voted for it which is important when you consider the Republicans were in the minority in the Congress at that time. The Civil Rights Act would not have become law had the Republicans in Congress voted for it; keep that in mind the next time someone claims the GOP is the party of racists.

President Clinton,
Sen. Clinton,
Sen. Obama,

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Quick Hits

With a current average of 89 page views per day1, including a visitor from Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Brussels, Belgium (Google map) interested in 24 - Season 6, it's more Quick Hits...

  • By now you've heard about the take-off of Weekend At Bernies where two guys wheeled a dead guy to a check-cashing site... but did you hear the one about the guy who went to a brothel and found his wife worked there?? Talk about awkward moments. At least he can't accuse her of being lazy.... H/T MacRanger.
  • Washington Times: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with federal prosecutors accusing the Louisiana Democrat of violating bribery law by sponsoring a $2 million earmark for Voyager Expanded Learning just four days after the education firm helped give her $30,000 in campaign contributions."Senator Landrieu appears to have traded a $2 million earmark for $30,000 in campaign contributions," said Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director. "Members of Congress need to understand that trading earmarks for campaign funds is illegal -- no exceptions." Remind me again: wasn't the new Congress going to drain the swamp on these earmarks and corruption??
  • Parking Meters Now Take Plastic:
    WNEP-Scranton: There is a new way to pay for parking in Danville (PA) and it doesn't involve pocket change. Introducing the Danville parking card, valued at increments of $30, $60 or $90 dollars.

    "Sometimes I don't have change and you have to go hunting for it. This way you can keep it in your car. If you're down here every day, you work here, it just makes sense just buy a $30, $60 or $90 card. It saves everyone a lot of time and headache," said Matson Pierce, owner of Mulberry's Restaurant.
    I must be old: I remember putting dimes into parking meters. But really: $90 for a parking debit card??
  • Justices Appear Reluctant to Strike Voter ID Requirement: Every time I read about the Voter ID issue I scratch my head, wondering what the hell are they thinking?

    The classic redress goes like this: you can't walk into a Blockbuster and rent a DVD without ID, why shouldn't you show one to vote? I can't improve on that, really.

    Yes, homeless people do have a problem in this area, but every person recieving public assistance has to show some kind of ID, so that will suffice. And if you don't have ID, you shouldn't vote. Or, we adopt the Iraqi method of purple fingers... either way, there can be no reason why we shouldn't get a handle on voting abuse.
  • Its never too early for Easter Eggs: From LockerGnome:
    Go into Google and type in the answer to life the universe and everything.
    Go to the Google home page and type in xx-klingon, then hit “I’m feeling lucky.”
    Go to the Google home page and type in Google Easter Egg and hit “I’m feeling lucky.”
    Go to the Google home page and type in xx-elmer and hit “I’m feeling lucky.”
    Go to Google home page and type in xx-hacker and hit “I’m feeling lucky.”

1 I know: compared to many blogs, that's not exactly an impressive number. But hey, it's my blog, and I like it.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter looks for a fight against the Boy Scouts

AlexC at PA WATERCOOLER posts an interview with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, by Chris Freind, who write the column Freindly Fire in The Bulletin :

Freindly Fire: With regard to the {Cradle of Liberty} Boy Scout-City controversy, is there a way to rectify this issue? (The city has eliminated the $1/year lease provision for the Boy Scouts’ offices in a landmark Philadelphia building, under the rationale that the organization discriminates because it won’t allow homosexual scouts and scout leaders). The Boy Scouts do such a wonderful job with young boys, especially minorities, who would otherwise be out on the streets. This issue plays to the heart of public opinion in that the City seems to care more about persecuting Boy Scouts than it does about its streets awash in blood. What can be done to preserve their good work? Would you reverse this decision?

Mayor Nutter: The optimal solution is for the local Boy Scouts to change their policies so that they are not discriminatory against anyone for any reason whatsoever. Short of that…the other discussion going on is that they should pay full market rate for rent for their property because the government should not subsidize discriminatory practices. So as far as I’m concerned, it’s really one or the other: change your policy, or pay full market rent.

So it would appear any hopes for a reasonable solution from Mayor Nutter are dim. Based on his idea, BSA should immediately remove all restrictions for membership whatsoever. Boys, girls, it doesn't matter. Heck, why have any background check on any adult leader at all? That would only discriminate against someone.

The fact remains that what Mayor Nutter is proposing is the disolving of the local Boy Scout Council; you cannot call yourself a Boy Scout if you do not adhere to the National Charter. But according to Mayor Nutter, there should be no restriction on membership whatsoever.

Responding to Mayor Nutter's comments, PA Watercooler posted a reply from Kevin Kelly, one of it's readers:

Is {Mayor Nutter} saying that if they now agree to pay fair market value it’s OK to “discriminate”? They just have to pay for the privilege of discriminating?? Does a grubby fist full of hundreds each month make it OK? I thought this was a high moral stance by the city? Can I now pay a fee to discriminate in my business??

The fact is, sexual orientation is not a protected class under the law so it is therefore impossible (in a legal sense) to discriminate against homosexuals or on the basis of sexual orientation. This is why they didn’t bring suit.

{The Cradle of Liberty Council} should force them to pull the Boy Scouts out by force, one-by-one, kicking and screaming. That would paint a great picture of the new “Mayor of change”. The Democrats wouldn’t dare. They know this is a political loser for them but are confident the minority party doesn’t have the courage to make any hay out of it, and hasn’t done much of anything for years. Maybe they will start with this case? It is an absolute moral disgrace veiled under the bogus leftist mantra of “tolerance” and should be challenged very publicly.

I guess the Mayor's actions are just another example of tolerance we've all been hearing...

Find more posts on this topic at Scouting

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New Hampshire

The win in New Hampshire is an excellent and well earned reason for Sen. Clinton and her supporters to celebrate.  So, too, does Sen. Obama and his staff.

But then get back to work. Because the race has only visited three states, the primary process is far from over.

The same goes for Sen. McCain who is also riding a well deserved high. But anyone who thinks the race is over is kidding themselves.

I am debating revealing which candidate I am supporting before even the Pennsylvania primary. The fact is there is not one candidate that I can find no fault with. Unlike many voters (and perhaps a candidate or two), I am very much aware that there is no heir to Ronald Reagan's legacy running this cycle. Some come close, but as I've raised in this humble blog many times over, a candidate running on an honest and strong Conservative platform, that candidate will win handily.

You ask for evidence? Ronald Reagan's back-to-back landslides, followed by George H. Bush's re-election loss to Bill Clinton due to, in no small part, Ross Perot. President Bush went off the Conservative farm with a tax increase and the belief he was entitled to win re-election.

Sen. Dole acted, too, that he was entitled to win, and again Ross Perot hurt his chances (remember: Bill Clinton never won 50% or more of the popular vote).

George W. Bush played a good game, acting Conservative, or what he called as a Compassionate Conservative, and thereby insulting all, true Conservatives. By implying Conservatives, as a whole, weren't compassionate, Mr. Bush found a way to use the philosophy without actually pledging to its values. Cases in point: federal spending, Medicare drug plan, lack of border security.

I have and still do support President Bush, do not get me wrong. Were he to run for a third term, I wouldn't be so easily inclined to vote for him over one of the current candidates who are decidedly more Conservative than he (of course, when compared to Sen. John Kerry in 2004, it was an easy decision).

Many Republicans think they can do the same thing as President Bush did: claim conservative values, without really buying into them;  they are doing themselves a disservice.

I'll withhold my choice for now; there's something to be said about supporting the Party regardless of who wins, but there's certainly at least one candidate I would hate to be the nominee.

Stay tuned for Michigan.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Tell me why I don't like Mondays....

For those who dread Mondays, here's a quick way to cheer up

glumbert - Bad Day at the Office

While I've seen most of these bits over the years, they were set to music in a very amusing manner.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Dream Weaver

Over the last few weeks I've noticed I have been dreaming a lot more often than usual. This is noteworthy, particularly because I seldom ever recall dreaming, and have no memory of any dream I have ever had, at least as an adult.

Prior to this last month, at the few and far between times I've recalled dreaming I routinely found myself waking up, certain I had experienced something, but never knowing what. Generally, it was either a pleasant or other non-threatening feeling; I can't recall ever having anything remotely described as a nightmare (at least as an adult).

I am sleeping about the same number of hours as is typical for me; if anything, I've slept less because the holiday, all-night TV marathons. But living on less than my normal 5 hours of sleep is not out of the ordinary.

In the past I tried keeping a pad and pen, and once I kept a voice recorder, in the hopes of recording whatever dream thoughts I had should I awake knowing I had one. I gave up after a year, having found no pattern of when I would be most likely to experience a dream, and never being able to put any dream into words.

I wonder what has caused this up tick of dreams, and wonder if any one else has a lack of dream recall.

UPDATE: According to Scientific America, it appears nightmares are more common in people who have a lot of stress. Are you kidding me? I could go toe-to-toe with anyone in the stress department, yet I don't have nightmares. Hear the 60-Second Science podcast.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

After Iowa

So the shouting in Iowa is over.

Whether or not the Caucus is significant depends on who you ask, and which party you're speaking about. Tammy Bruce provided the last 8 Iowa Caucus results for historical perspective (eventual nominee is in bold):


  • January 19, 2004 - John Kerry (38%), John Edwards (32%), Howard Dean (18%), Richard Gephardt (11%) and Dennis Kucinich (1%)
  • January 24, 2000 - Al Gore (63%), Bill Bradley (37%)
  • February 12, 1996 - Bill Clinton (unopposed)
  • February 10, 1992 - Tom Harkin (76%), "Uncommitted" (12%), Paul Tsongas (4%), Bill Clinton (3%), Bob Kerrey (2%) and Jerry Brown (2%)
  • February 8, 1988 - Richard Gephardt (31%), Paul Simon (27%), Michael Dukakis (22%) and Bruce Babbitt (6%)
  • February 20, 1984 - Walter Mondale (49%), Gary Hart (17%), George
    McGovern (10%), Alan Cranston (7%), John Glenn (4%), Reubin Askew (3%) and Jesse Jackson (2%)
  • January 21, 1980 - Jimmy Carter (59%), Ted Kennedy (31%)
  • January 19, 1976 - "Uncommitted" (37%), Jimmy Carter (28%) Birch Bayh (13%), Fred R. Harris (10%), Morris Udall (6%), Sargent Shriver (3%) and Henry M. Jackson (1%)
  • January 24, 1972 - "Uncommitted" (36%) and Edmund Muskie (36%), George McGovern (23%), Hubert Humphrey (2%), Eugene McCarthy (1%), Shirley Chisholm (1%) and Henry M. Jackson (1%)[9]
  • 2004- George W. Bush (unopposed)
  • 2000- George W. Bush (41%), Steve Forbes (30%), Alan Keyes (14%), Gary Bauer (9%), John McCain (5%) and Orrin Hatch (1%)
  • 1996- Bob Dole (26%), Pat Buchanan (23%), Lamar Alexander (18%), Steve Forbes (10%), Phil Gramm (9%), Alan Keyes (7%), Richard Lugar (4%) and Morry Taylor (1%)
  • 1992- George H. W. Bush (unopposed)
  • 1988- Bob Dole (37%), Pat Robertson (25%), George H. W. Bush (19%),
    Jack Kemp (11%) and Pete DuPont (7%)
  • 1984- Ronald Reagan (unopposed)
  • 1980- George H. W. Bush (32%), Ronald Reagan (30%), Howard Baker (15%), John Connally (9%), Phil Crane (7%), John B. Anderson (4%) and Bob Dole (2%)
  • 1976- Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan

Sen. Clinton can take heart that her husband came in 4th place at his first turn of the Iowa wheel.

The race is only beginning, unless you're either Sen. Biden or Dodd. While I have numerous political reasons why I am glad neither of these gentlemen are any longer in the running, it is interesting to note the 2 candidates with anywhere near the experience to be president (especially in foreign policy) are the first to have dropped out. That Sen. Obamma has practically zero experience and was named top-dog is certainly curious. Sen. Clinton pales in experience to Sen. Edwards, but she has more than Sen. Obamma (and while she has flip-flopped on the War on Terror, she was for it, at least when she thought it suited her to do so).

Iowa GOP caucuses named Gov Huckabee as their candidate. This will propel him into New Hampshire next week. I found it odd that rumors had Sen. Thompson perhaps dropping out and throwing support to Sen McCain; odd first because the rumors came out before the Caucus and odder, still, that Sen. McCain's and Thompson's platforms are not very much alike! I've later read where the two senators have been long-time friends, so that at least justifies the rumor (which Sen. Thompson flatly denies).

Anyone who thinks last night settled the nominations for either party are delusional. This is going to take several more races to sew up. And it wouldn't surprise me if the top-dogs today are also-rans in a few weeks.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

What's the difference?

Can anyone identify any major differences in any of the Democrat candidates?

Any one?

I've been trying, but they're all big government, high taxes, socialized medicine, defeatist (to various degrees) in the war on terror, and soft of illegal immigration. Where are any of them different?

On the GOP side, there is certainly differences in the candidates on a variety of these topics. Sadly, the differences are based on degrees of how Liberal these Republicans wish to present themselves (or rather, how Moderate). None of the GOP candidates are Conservatives in the model of Ronald Reagan, which is a shame based on the electoral victories Reagan and other Conservatives experienced.

Isn't the time honored chestnut still valid: Run toward the {Right | Left} to win the nomination, run toward the Center to win the general election ? If so, those GOP candidates who are trying to be Liberal-light, should they win the nomination, will not achieve the victory they are seeking.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008


A few people have asked me who I think will win in Iowa.

I am quick to remind them that this election cycle is unlike any other in our nation's history. It's been so accelerated that all predictions based on past data are useless.

At this stage of the game, there is only a superficially marginal difference in all of the top Democrat candidate positions. Promises to raise taxes, push socialized medicine, and misguided foreign policy are the benchmark of each candidate's position.
According to Drudge (and NY Times), Sen. Edwards will pull all troops our of Iraq in under a year. How dumb can he be?
There is not one Democrat currently running for whom I would vote; this probably comes as no surprise to many, but with the top-3 items I've listed above, there's no chance I'll ever back any of those foolish (in my opinion) positions.

So in my mind, it doesn't matter who (of the top tier) wins in Iowa on the Democrat ticket. It's too early to make a real difference.

As for the Republicans: I used to say I'd vote any of them over any Democrat Primary winner. I am only slightly retract from that position. One candidate has me bothered, greatly, on several issues. I won't detail them now (it is 03:00, after all), but I thought it necessary to state my wavering on the GOP field.

Still, if faced between Democrat X and this, certain Republican ... I may relent and cast my vote while holding my nose. Better to avoid heading down a Socialized Medicine road.

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