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November 30, 2003

Political Pigeonholes

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about the political spectrum in the United States. Specifically, how it seems as though many Americans don't know, or understand, it's realities and implications. Despite learning about political parties in High School, I have trouble understanding it because I have trouble labeling myself, for some of my views I feel that I am to the left of center, for others I fall on the opposite side. When discussing politics, I think that it is easy to label a view as Left or Right but, people should look at their own opinions and let them fall where they may, regardless of political party or right-left labels. Yes, there are "party" people who will take the stance of the party for the sake of the greater good but, for the rest of us, our individual issue choices cannot be, and should not be, pigeonholed so easily.

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Posted by huxley75 at 2:12 AM

November 21, 2003

This is a Joke, Right?

With all of our money and technology, how is this happening? Rockets on donkeys hit major Baghdad sites? So, not only have we got the human population turning against us, but it would seem we've also pissed off the Iraqi donkeys. To think, I was worried about not winning the hearts and minds of the human population! I never knew donkeys could be trained to fire missles, let alone to know the difference between two opposing sides in a war!

Thankfully, our troops did stop 2 two donkeys near the Italian Embassy because "[n]either of those donkeys had fired its deadly load" but, I do have some trouble thinking of whomever is behind this as a "mastermind". Ingenious, yes. Mastermind? Well, I guess they did come up with the idea that strapping missles on donkeys would get past the U.S. troops and be able to inflict damage.

Posted by huxley75 at 2:28 PM

November 18, 2003

Green and Pleasant (And Slightly Hostile) Land

Things are getting a little tense over here in England.

As I write this, President Bush is on an aeroplane somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. In a few short hours he'll land at London's Heathrow airport (UPDATE 1900 UK time: in fact, he's now landing at the Royal Air Force base at Northolt), be driven (UPDATE: helicoptered) to Buckingham Palace, and receive a private welcome from the Queen.

...along with, most likely, several thousand protesters outside the Palace gates.

Throughout his stay - the current itinerary of which can be found in the sidebar of this news report, he'll be flanked by almost half of the entire Metropolitan Police. But don't worry, everything's perfectly under control; there's only been one major security breach so far.

It's going to be a very interesting few days for the President, the Prime Minister, the protesters and – of course – the media. If anything major happens, I'll keep this weblog updated.

Posted by Thomas Scott at 9:25 AM

November 14, 2003

Republican Pity Party Fails

Why does Washington have such a short-term memory problem? Do those, hopefully hoarse, GOP senators really think that their 40-hour talkathon wouldn't be seen for exactly what it was -- an incredible waste of time that superceded more important issues. Oh wait, I forgot -- this wasn't like Mr. Smith's epic filibuster -- or Strom Thurmond's for that matter. Most Republican Senators were at home, asleep -- just like the rest of us.

A record of 168-4 is pretty good -- far better than the Clinton administration's successful judicial nomination record. So much for the Republican Pity Party. Now can we get back to the country's businesss? And we wonder why the majority of Americans don't bother to vote.

Posted by 9thwave at 4:32 PM

"With God on Our Side"

"So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God's on our side
He'll stop the next war."

Personally, I don't know Bob Dylan's stance on religion but his song With God on Our Side sums up my reactions and feelings to the current quagmire in Iraq perfectly.

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Posted by huxley75 at 12:53 PM

November 13, 2003

Interesting Trends in Advertising Activism

Due to the overwhelming amount of crap they've decided to call newsworthy, I've given up on watching the network morning shows as I get ready for work each day. For a fair and balanced look at the news I've decided to turn to CNN for their (relatively) unbiased look at world events. Personally, I'd like to find a news source with a little bit better Weltanschauung but whatcha gonna do, right? Stuck in their own happy provincialism most of the media outlets don't offer the type of perspective I'm craving so I turn to the lesser of all the evils until I am able to get online at the office and peruse multiple news sources in order to form my own opinions.

Recently though, I've noticed a trend that's alarming me a little bit: when CNN cuts to a commercial, there are ads for FOXNews — ads which are not being run by FOXNews themselves but ads that are being run by Comcast, my cable provider! I'm not sure if this is a new "industry standard" but this seems a little unnerving to me. I haven't seen this happen once or twice since I started watching CNN, either — each morning I will see at least one or two (usually more) FOXNews ads over the course of the hour that I take to get ready. OK, I'm not seeing black helicopters or men with dark suits and sunglasses, but why would Comcast be doing this — and why is CNN allowing this to happen? Does CNN know that this is happening? Has anyone else seen this?

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Posted by huxley75 at 3:24 PM

November 12, 2003

London Calling

Far be it from me to suggest that we British are an unfriendly crowd. I don't think that's the case at all. But there are some rather strong mumblings going around this windswept little island that suggest that perhaps, just perhaps, President Bush might not want to come here next week.

Story update, 18:40EST: President Bush will apparently not be hidden from protesters - the Metropolitan Police has said "there's no intention to spare anyone's embarrassment". If that's true, it's going to be an interesting trip for President Bush...

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Posted by Thomas Scott at 10:15 AM

November 6, 2003

Politics of Manufacturing

Politicians across the nation, as part of their plan to increase employment, keep discussing the need to increase the number of manufacturing jobs. A number of the Democratic candidates mentioned this as a key point to their economic policy during the "Rock the Vote" debate on Tuesday night, and union favorite Dick Gephart didn't even participate.

But it's not just a democratic hot point. George W. Bush also has emphasized the need to stem the loss of manufacturing jobs. During a Labor Day speech announcing the creation of a "manufacturing czar", he stated:

One way to make sure that the manufacturing sector does well is to send a message overseas, (to) say, look, we expect there to be a fair playing field when it comes to trade. See, we in America believe we can compete with anybody, just so long as the rules are fair, and we intend to keep the rules fair,"
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Posted by blipsman at 12:25 PM

November 4, 2003

One year from today...

On this day one year from now, the first Tuesday of November, we will be going to the polls to vote George W. Bush out of office! I am sure this will be the result, because I have enough faith in the American population that we will realize the harm he has done to our nation both domestically and abroad, and the harm he has inflicted upon our repuation within the global community.

While the war in Iraq draws the most press today, the issue that will ultimately determine which lever is pulled on November 2 will be the state of the economy.

Once again, Bush jumped at the opportunity to take personal credit for the 7.2% GDP growth during a speech in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday.

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Posted by blipsman at 11:02 AM

November 3, 2003

The Cart Before the Horse

It's been awhile since I posted - a big project came my way this month so I've not had the time to pay attention to political news as I'd like. Tonight I found the time and came across a few articles worth mentioning.

The first concerns Florida Senator Bob Graham's announcement (r.r.) regarding his re-election NEXT YEAR. It couldn't have been more poorly timed. Don't get me wrong. Graham has as much right to retire as anyone else. If in fact that's his motivation. But why do it the day before Election Day? Was this a major decision that the national political press was holding their breath waiting for? Bob, would it have hurt to wait and do this NEXT Tuesday?

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Posted by 9thwave at 11:15 PM