Observations on the world today.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Can I Get an Amen 

This afternoon, I will be taking my three children (ages 6, 11, and 17) to a John Kerry rally in Steubenville, Ohio. I cannot believe the flack I am getting from my wife and son about it. My son wants to go, but he doesn't think i should be draggingthe girls along. My wife doesn't mind that I am taking the two older ones, but wonders why I am insisting on taking the youngest. Finaly, I came up with the perfect answer.

"People take their kids to church all the time," I said. "Even when they don't want to go. Well, that's what I'm doing. I'm taking the kids to church."

Hey, it could be worse. I could be taking them to a Pentacostal tent revival and forcing them to handle snakes.



Thursday, September 02, 2004

Stay Away From the Ballot Box! 

So the other day, I'm on the Internet and my Callwave rings and I get this telephone message from George W. Bush:
Hello, this is President George W. Bush. I'm calling to ask you to fill out your absentee ballot request form.
Here's what I think happened here. Four years ago, I registered as a republican. Now, hold on, before you demand my head on a platter. Let me explain.

Here in Ohio, when you vote in a primary, you can change your party affiliation just by asking for a particular party's ballot. In that primary, I preferred everybody to George W. Bush. Certainly I preferred every democrat, but I even preferred John McCain. So I took the GOP ballot so that I could do my part to undermine the candidacy of George W. Bush.

As a result, I have been getting Republican mailers ever since. Even though at the very next avaiable opportunity, I again switched my registration info back to the D column.

But the big question is - why the hell are they trying to get their base to vote absentee? Gosh, I wonder...




Bush, Kerry Tied in Race for U.S. Presidency, New Poll Shows
U.S. President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger John Kerry are in a statistical tie, according to the first poll of likely voters taken during the Republican National Convention.

Bush and Kerry each got 47 percent in an American Research Group Inc. poll of likely voters taken during the first three days of the Republican National Convention. Independent candidate Ralph Nader got 3 percent. The poll's margin of error is 3.5 percentage points. Five percent of likely voters said they were undecided, the poll said.

The Manchester, New Hampshire-based polling firm conducted 1,014 telephone interviews of registered voters Aug. 30-Sept. 1., the first three days of the convention.
Remember when the right-wingers were all over the mini-bounce Kerry got from his convention. Well, going into the campaign, Bush was ahead in most polls:

Well, it's a little early, but this seems to represent an actual net loss. In other words, an anti-bounce. Why? Because Kerry is rubber (or as in the Disney movie - Flubber) and Bush is glue? Well, I suppose there could be something to that. But I think the real reason is that Bush is a flubber - and not in a good way. The GOP convention is a train-wreck.



Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Where Are the Rifle Platoon Veterans For Truth? 

Bring it on, John - Ollie North
Like you, I have a Silver Star and a Bronze Star. I only have two Purple Hearts, though. I turned down the others so that I could stay with the Marines in my rifle platoon.
I challenge Oliver North to prove this assertion. There was no rule - so far as I know - which said that if you had three purple hearts you were REQUIRED to leave combat. In fact, the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush criticized Kerry for taking advantage of the loophole, when - according to them - he didn't have to. And if there were such a rule, turning down the medal would not allow you to stay if they wanted to remove you for having been injured three times. After all, you would still have the injuries.

Oliver North is lying about his record.



Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Nixing Nader 

Ohio Democrats challenge Nader’s place on the ballot
Ohio Democrats filed an official challenge to Ralph Nader’s independent presidential candidacy yesterday, alleging irregularities and possible fraud.

To get Nader’s name on Ohio’s Nov. 2 ballot, supporters filed 14,473 names on a petition with Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell; 5,000 valid signatures are needed.

Democratic spokesman Dan Trevas said the challenge involves many of Ohio’s 88 counties.

In Butler County, the board of elections threw out 96 percent of the 633 Nader signatures, mainly because circulators were not registered to vote or were not registered at addresses they listed.

Nader supporters accuse Democrats of mounting the challenge solely to boost John Kerry’s presidential bid.
Gee, ya think?

Look, clearly we democrats don't want Nader to be given the chance to play spoiler again, but the rules is the rules. In fact, there is a name for violating the rules. It's called voter fraud.



Monday, August 30, 2004

Protesting the GOP 

Yesterday a friend of mine and I went to Wheeling to see the movie Farhenheit 9/11 at the Towngate Theatre. We arrived just before 4:00 just as the Bush rally at the Wesbanco Arena was letting out. We were completely surrounded by Bush supporters on the streets in cars and on foot. They were carrying their giant Ms (or were they Ws?) and glumly holding their Bush/Cheney '04 posters as we wormed our way through the traffic jam they had caused. I swear, they all looked like Republicans. They were mostly fat and had no joy on their faces. The older ones had over-hairsprayed hair, and the younger ones had their lips pulled smugly into their faces.

Then we arrived at the theater and a different world. People were smiling and friendly. I saw pony tails on men and tee-shirts on women. And eeryone seemed to be there to have fun.

Anyway, it all reminded me of the last time I had had a run in with Bush. It was in Pittsburgh. Both this time and last, I just happened to be there on the same day as him. I didn't plan it that way either time. The last time, I also ran into some anti-Bush people engaged in protest. One of those people was Nina Trimbath, who saw my post and we began an exchange.

On May 11, I received a reply from Ms trimbath to my last note to her. I held off on replying to her until it was relevent again. Well, thanks to the GOP convention, it is finally a relevent topic once more. Following is her reply and my response:

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