February 29, 2004
Just like the last time they sent me a survey, the letter says that I have been chosen to have my views represent all the Republicans registered in my district. Just like last time, I'm sure my Republican neighbors are going to be disappointed.
The letter also says, in bold type
RETURN THE SUREY DOCUMENT - AT ONCE - IN THE ENVELOPE PROVIDEDThe problem I have with that is that there is insufficient room on the survey form for thorough commentary (i.e. fisking). So if you should happen to see Bill Frist in the next couple of days, please let him know my survey answers are in the extended entry. more...
February 28, 2004
No questions yet for the Macklin v Spork trivia battle.
February 26, 2004
Stephen Macklin and Tuning Spork will be meeting for lunch on Friday, March 5th -- the first time either of them will come face to face with a fellow Munuvian. But we can't let mutual respect and commeraderie come between them now can we? They must compete! This is where you come in!
They've decided to invite you, their beloved readers, to pose to them trivia questions in their 5 chosen categories of "expertise". (That doesn't mean that they are, in fact, experts in those categories, but merely that those are the categories in which they'd like to be asked challenging questions!)
Stephen's chosen categories are:
1) Sailboat racing
2) Mac OS
3) Lord of the Rings
Spork's chosen categories are:
1) The Beatles
3) Offset printing presses
4) General Relativity and/or Classical Mechanics (non-Quantum Physics)
5) The Simpsons
Your task -- should you decide to accept it -- is to provide to each of them trivia questions (including the answers!!!) in their chosen categories which shall be posed to them, respectively, during their feeding frenzy at Gusto's next Friday. Make them easier; make them harder; make them funner; make them retarded. Whatever!
One thing (not that we're askin' for anything unreasonable): As they'd like to have an equal number of questions posed to each: If you send two questions for Stephen to Spork, send two for Spork to Stephen.
Now, if there is a question that you have for either of them that you don't know the answer to, and are asking only because you'd like to know the answer, that'll be fine, too. We're flexible. Just write:
Q: [insert question]
A: You tell me, Smartypants.
Questions for Stephen Macklin should be emailed to Tuning Spork at email@example.com and questions for Spork should be emailed to Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is, I suppose, in one week on Thursday, March 4th 11:00 pm EST.
Keep in mind that they will be posing your trivia questions to each other while they're busy chawing on pizza, pasta, meatball grinders and bread dipped in flavored olive oil, so make 'em pithy and direct!
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!!!
February 25, 2004
Inexplicably, the Left seems to admire all things European as much as it criticizes all things American. Liberals want to see us follow Europe’s disastrous example of quasi-socialist economic policy that would leave millions more jobless.I may just be my own worst critic but I don't think anything in that box in the garage is as good. Writing and thinking such as this from a freshman is one of those little things that hint that the future is not yet lost. (original link from eTalkinghead)
I cannot take liberals’ complaints about the president’s spending seriously when by “fiscal responsibility” they really mean “higher taxes.” The immediate Democratic response to the president’s budget was to complain he wasn’t spending enough on everything except defense.
When liberals complain that the Republican Medicare reform and prescription drug package is projected to cost $530 billion over 10 years, are they forgetting that the Democrats’ proposal was $29 billion more expensive annually?
February 24, 2004
Although Bush said he wanted the Constitution amended to preserve the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, he said that states should be allowed to craft laws that recognize other types of relationships.It all seems rather silly and pointless.
Proposal for the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
It shall be true in all the states and territories of the United States of America that no legislative or judicial action may alter the definition of the word marriage beyond the following:This should provide a useful reference for future generations, but I wonder if it goes far enough. The paperback dictionary on my desk has 780 pages of definitions in very small type. Surely there are other words crying out for constitutional definition.marâ€¢riage: n. The legal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife.
Amendment 29 could give us definition of autonomy. Amendment 30 (XXX) would have to be reserved for constitutional definition of is.
If there are any other words you feel need to be defined via constitutional amendment feel free to leave them in the comments and I will email them all to email@example.com.
February 23, 2004
Kerry who has traveled the country throughout the Democratic Primaries touting his service record and almost always appearing with veterans at his side wrote
As you well know, Vietnam was a very difficult and painful period in our nation's history, and the struggle for our veterans continues. So, it has been hard to believe that you would choose to reopen these wounds for your personal political gain. But, that is what you have chosen to do.(emphasis mine)Does Kerry think that average American's are just plain stupid? Has Kerry bought so deeply into the liberal mantra that Bush is an idiot that he thinks Bush will not see through this? The only people guilty of re-opening the wounds of Vietnam are John, I'm a war hero, Kerry and Terry, Bush was AWOL, McAuliffe.
I will give Kerry credit for one thing. It takes a pretty huge set of gonads to suggest that 4 months of combat can absolve a person from criticism for 32 years worth of Senate votes. I suppose Kerry felt he had to take a shot. He had to know that he would get the response that he did
George W. Bush's presidential campaign told John Kerry it "does not condone" any effort to impugn his patriotism but asserted that senator's voting record on national security and defense issues is a valid target of political scrutiny.I generally find FOX News to be fairly accurate but clearly someone goofed and put the Kerry headline on the wrong story.
February 22, 2004
To a deluxe new server in the sky
yah we're munuvin on up
to the top
And Pixy earned a big piece of Pie more...
I'll provide some clips, but you can read the whole thing here.
I was in the Delta shortly afterÂ John KerryÂ left. I know that area well.Â IÂ know the operations he was involved in well. I know the tactics and theÂ doctrine used, and I know the equipment.Â Although I was attached to CTF-116Â Â (PBRs) I spent a fair amount ofÂ time with CTF-115 (swift boats), Kerry'sÂ command.Kerry is now arguing that Republicans who did not serve in war have no right to question his Senate votes on military and defense issues. I think it high time everyone started questioning Kerry about not only his record in the Senate, but his record in the military as well.
Here are my problems and suspicions:
(1) Kerry was in-country less than four months and collected a Bronze Star,Â a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. I never heard of anybody with anyÂ outfit I worked with (including SEAL One, the Sea Wolves, Riverines andÂ theÂ River Patrol Force) collecting that much hardwareÂ that fast, and for suchÂ pedestrian actions.
2)Â He collected three Purple Hearts but hasÂ no limp.Â All his injuries were so minor that he lost noÂ time from duty. Amazing luck. (...) You didn't have minor wounds, at least not often.Â Not three times in a row.Â Then he used the threeÂ Purple Hearts to request a trip home eight months before the end of hisÂ tour.Â Fishy.
(3)Â The details of the event for which he was given the Silver StarÂ make no sense at all.Â Supposedly, a B-40 was fired at the boat andÂ missed.Â Charlie jumps up with the launcher in his hand, the bow gunnerÂ knocks him down with the twin .50, Kerry beaches the boat, jumps off,Â shootsÂ Charlie, and retreives the launcher.Â If true, he did everything wrong
February 21, 2004
I don't think that Nader will have any great impact on the Democrat's nomination except maybe that some Dean voters might stay home having decided that Nader will get their vote in the general election.
What will be interesting to see is the effect than Nader has on the election - not in terms of how many votes he can get, but in how he effects the Democrat's candidate. In astronomy, one of the common ways an object is detected is by observing it's gravitational effect on objects around it. Nader's roll in spoiling the 2000 election for the Democrats will give him the gravity to tug the nominee to the left or at least limit his move toward the center.
This is the roll Howard Dean played in the early part of the primaries. He staked out a position on the far left - the Democratic wing of the Democratic party. His early success in the polls forced the other candidates to move to the left. Howard's real problems started when he was unwilling/unable to move toward the center when it came time for actual votes that count.
The democrats cannot be happy that there will be a candidate running to the left of their guy. They cannot risk ignoring the Nader effect, and the gravity he gained in the 2000 election will pull the Dem nominee away from the center to avoid losing the far left of the party. This will make it easier for Bush to capture moderate swing votes without having to move so far to the center that he completely alienates the far right of the Republican party.
If Howard Dean truly want's to keep his message and his movement alive, and if he truly blames the Party establishment for his demise, endorsing Nader would be a smart move. At the very least, hinting at it might help him to have a voice at the convention.
I just don't think he should count on Al Gore going along with him.
February 20, 2004
I didn't know where to begin.
Hillary, you are the Courtney Love of the United States Senate. You've gotten where you are by trading on the fame and infamy of your husband. Your re-packaged socialism and authoritarianism are as offensive as the shrill tone of your shrieking rants on the floor of the Senate. The American people do not need you and your fellow travelers in the congress running our lives.
And exactly what advice do you have to offer women in business? How to capitalize on your husband's success and his infidelity to achieve your personal goals? Where not to hide your billing records?
On second thought, I don't want to get my friend in trouble with the Secret Service so just tell her "Rudy in '06."
February 19, 2004
Personally I think Dean probably wrote at least half of them himself, but if you like to take the occasional stroll down moonbat lane, they are worth reading.
Bush lied about his Guard time. No amout of meaningless paper work passed on by the White House can change that. While he was hiding out in the Guard, Kerry was winning medals in Viet Nam. After the war, Kerry expressed the outrage he and many Viet Nam vets felt about a war we should never have been involed in. Just like Iraq. By the way, I'm a 27 year retired Navy man.(emphasis mine)The insistence that "no amount" of evidence will have any effect on Mike's belief in an unfounded and thoroughly debunked accusation typifies the attitude of the left.
And by the way Mike, your 27 years of Navy Service do not mean that when you think like moron, you cannot be called a moron. Moron.
UPDATE: Byron York in the National Review Online has put together one of the best evaluations of Bush's National Guard Service I have seen yet. (Link via Randy Barnett at Volokh) I would suggest Mike go read it, but I don't think it would matter.
February 18, 2004
Dean has been impressed with Democratic rival John Edwards and suggested on the campaign trail that he would make a better nominee than opponent John Kerry, but the governor has decided to stay out of the Kerry-Edwards contest,Â a DeanÂ aide said.It will be interesting to see how the Dean departure will effect upcoming primaries and the positions of the candidates. Who will work the hardest and contort their positions the furthest to win over the small percentage of voters who would voted for Dean.
If the Dean votes go to Kerry this will eliminate whatever southern advantage Edwards might have held. If Edwards gets the Deaniac vote it could put him over the top in states that might have gone to Kerry in close contests similar to Wisconsin.
However fawningly the media trumpets Kerry as the inevitable nominee, he doesn't have a lock on it. If Edwards can draw the Dean vote, he still has a chance.
February 17, 2004
But now I'm getting rid of the dual 1 gig G4 tower. I'm getting rid of the 17 inch flat panel monitor. I'm getting rid of the 20 inch crt monitor hooked into a video card I salvaged from a retiring machine. I'm replacing it all with this. The 17 inch G4 PowerBook. 1.6 gig G4, auto-adjusting backlit keyboard, built in wireless networking. What I am giving up in raw processing power I am more than getting back in mobility and just outright F'n cool.
February 16, 2004
Is there really any point in them debating any more? About the only thing left to determine is when Howard Dean will finally get the message that he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning.
All the debate really does is give Edwards a chance to score points with Kerry for the VP slot.
Kucinich and Sharpton matter less now than they did in January - if that's even possible.
The kids went to be early and I didn't want to wake them up screaming at the television.
I did read a number of news stories and blog reports this morning- including this Semi-Intellligent running commentary.
I did spend some amount of time thinking about the debate. Specifically about John Kerry and this one quote I came across and commented on at Annika's Journal
There's only one thing wrong with the Patriot Act. Two words: John Ashcroft.
Well, I wonder how Mr. Kerry can explain why he voted for it then, since John Ashcroft was Attorney General at the time.I commented
So if Kerry is elected and appoints a new attorney general who proceeds to use the powers of the Patriot Act In the exact manner as the current administration, that would be O.K.?I find myself really hoping that there is nothing to the intern story and that Kerry wins the nomination. I want him on the campaign trail facing off against the George Bush - Carl Rove campaign machine. I hope they hammer him brutally and relentlessly with every obscenely hypocritical statement he has ever made. I want to see the Republicans expose him for what he is. I want to see Kerry reduced to a stuttering whimpering blob of moral equivalence and political expedience. I want to see his political career go down in flames to a degree that even the voters of Massachusetts will not lift him out the smoldering ruin for another term in the senate. They say we get the government we deserve, but no one - not even John Kerry - deserves a government with John Kerry as president.
So the widespread (alleged) trampling of individual rights would be OK if done by anyone other than Ashcroft? Or would it only be O.K. if done by a Democrat?
February 15, 2004
I think I figured out the problem. Dean suffers from a lack of sufficient blood flow to the brain. His problem is not necessarily that the blood is flowing to a different organ, it just that he spent so much of his campaign money on TV spots he couldn't afford to get a shirt that fits. See the AP photo in the extended entry. more...
February 14, 2004
In a court of law you have the presumption of innocence. The burden of proof is on the accuser. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you actually did that you are accused of doing.
In the court of Democrat Party opinion, accusation is enough to establish guilt. It is the burden of the accused to prove their innocence beyond all unreasonable spin. Your statement of innocence is irrelevant. The first proof you present will be dismissed as inadequate. The second will be dismissed out of hand. Even if you present every piece of evidence of your innocence that could possibly exist, they will still question.
I think that if the heavens parted and God Almighty spoke unto them to them, and told them of Bush's innocence, they would wonder if the Conservative Christians of the RNC put him up to it.
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