Archive for October 2006

Voting on November 7th 2006

October 21, 2006

If you are considering not going out to vote there are many reasons why you should go out and vote your conscience. The least of these are the fact that this country is at a very important point in it’s history. Our direction will tell us a lot about our futures.

I have never voted along party lines but I tend to think that I need to this year because never before has America been so much in the dumper including Michigan.

I blame the state legislature not our governor for problems that the state has. They enact laws pass bills. They could help make this place a lot better if they really wanted to. The governor is tied to only doing what the legislature wants. She has no power to make laws etc.

Issues like Canadian Trash is of big concern. The legisilature seems to be courting and looking for money from trash lobbyists who want to dump this crud into our state. It’s a big concern and there is an extreme amount of money behind it.

Also the current ills in the auto industry has to do with trends of outsourcing jobs etc. When people can’t afford to buy cars at the places the worked at or no longer work at you gotta ask yourself why? My thought places it squarely on the outsourcing of jobs and work to places like Canada, Mexico, China. But wait they are not buying the products they make for elsewhere.. See any problems there. Trade is a serious issue and our law makers and federal agencies of the last 6 or so years haven’t done any enforcement (the bi-product of a conservative government). That could be also why we have so many illegal aliens too,  no enforcement! 

Who would enforce these things if there was enforcement, lets see the national guard, oops no they are over in Afghanistan and Iraq.. Oh and what have we been spending money on with very little to know economic responsibility ? The war.. Oversight with spending is very LAX. So what does that mean, can we say UNCONTROLLED deficit spending? Geeze and these people are supposed to be conservative government that doesn’t believe in spending unecessarily..

So please if you ever want to get us out of Iraq without thousands of more casualties and having family members coming home disabled and without limbs, please think about who you are voting for and if this is really working. Larry King had a guest on the other night talking about the Iraq war and he was none other than famous manager and real estate mogul Donald Trump. He said we should declare the war “won” and bring home the troops. I am all for his idea. We have given that country plenty of time to be responsible for themselves. Sometimes it’s like a parenting skill you just have to take a step back and hope for the best and trust in people over there to be responsible for themselves.

If we leave there it’s very likely the terrorists who are insighting the violence will leave too, because they are really after us right? That’s the only reason that they are going there is to fight us, right?? What do you think about this idea??

I am more concerned with Jobs and the economy. In the governors race, lets look at something the party not in power is running on a ticket of “creating new jobs”. It’s amazing because that party is in control of the legislature and I don’t see them doing one thing to improve the situation there. It’s just the slogan.

Remember when Engler was in power? Remember what happened to school systems funding, state run mental health facilities, etc.?? We had more crime and more people on the street that shouldn’t and kids weren’t moving forward with education which with it brings the hope of better jobs.  You can’t blame Governor Granholm for the auto industries problems.

That’s a problem with trade at the national/federal level. When the President comes in to campaign for Mr. DeVoss and Mr. Bouchard and doesn’t even stop to talk to any auto industry people  and try to help them, you have to kinda realize who and what problem really is. Would you vote him in again? I can’t understand why you voted him in the last time..

We aren’t any safer than we were five or six years ago. There were threats on NFL stadiums last week and the terrorists haven’t been caught from back then, if anything there is more of them and we are diverted into this Iraq thing..  You gotta wonder if the other party was in charge what they would have done and how many thousand more people might still be alive here and elsewhere (and I am not talking about 9/11 here).

You need to think about this stuff when we all go out to vote. The other issue here is the voting system. Whey when we vote can’t we get a receipt that is given to us from the machines that tell us who we voted for. Seems kinda silly if your corner convenience store can do it for what you buy..

Also, Habeus Corpus.. I can’t say how I am opposed to any laws that would disallow a US citizen or non citizen to be detained or jailed without having their family told or be allowed swift legal representation. But the millitary commissions act seems to allow for this. I love America and this country and I don’t want to see it harmed. But we have had Haebeus Corpus since we were an English colony and it’s worked until now.. I really hope this whole law is challenged in the supreme court I find it squarely in contradiction with our bill of rights.. How could you elect a leader that let’s our rights like this be even partially stalled.

The American Revolution was started for a lot less a long time ago. Should we forget our historic lessons, the boston tea party, etc etc.

If you are reading this you should know I consider myself a patriotic American and I don’t think we should make changes to our rights or constitution because of fear or trepedation. That sets us a part from the rest of the world. We should honor those documents and our liberties and freedoms.

Shame on whoever that doesn’t. Isn’t that just giving into what the terrorists want in the first place?

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Stolen Entry (thanks Keith) for saying what was on your mind.

October 9, 2006

I copied this from another 360 page.. It really said what I feel and what’s on my mind.. I hope you read through these thoughtful words. This stuff has been on my mind too..

Quoted:

 

Keith Olbermann
This hole in the ground
Half a lifetime ago, I worked in this now-empty space. And for 40 days after the attacks, I worked here again, trying to make sense of what happened, and was yet to happen, as a reporter.
All the time, I knew that the very air I breathed contained the remains of thousands of people, including four of my friends, two in the planes and — as I discovered from those “missing posters” seared still into my soul — two more in the Towers.
And I knew too, that this was the pyre for hundreds of New York policemen and firemen, of whom my family can claim half a dozen or more, as our ancestors.
I belabor this to emphasize that, for me this was, and is, and always shall be, personal.
And anyone who claims that I and others like me are “soft,”or have “forgotten” the lessons of what happened here is at best a grasping, opportunistic, dilettante and at worst, an idiot whether he is a commentator, or a Vice President, or a President.
However, of all the things those of us who were here five years ago could have forecast — of all the nightmares that unfolded before our eyes, and the others that unfolded only in our minds — none of us could have predicted this.
Five years later this space is still empty.
Five years later there is no memorial to the dead.
Five years later there is no building rising to show with proud defiance that we would not have our America wrung from us, by cowards and criminals.
Five years later this country’s wound is still open.
Five years later this country’s mass grave is still unmarked.
Five years later this is still just a background for a photo-op.
It is beyond shameful.
At the dedication of the Gettysburg Memorial — barely four months after the last soldier staggered from another Pennsylvania field — Mr. Lincoln said, “we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”
Lincoln used those words to immortalize their sacrifice.
Today our leaders could use those same words to rationalize their reprehensible inaction. “We cannot dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground.” So we won’t.
Instead they bicker and buck pass. They thwart private efforts, and jostle to claim credit for initiatives that go nowhere. They spend the money on irrelevant wars, and elaborate self-congratulations, and buying off columnists to write how good a job they’re doing instead of doing any job at all.
Five years later, Mr. Bush, we are still fighting the terrorists on these streets. And look carefully, sir, on these 16 empty acres. The terrorists are clearly, still winning.
And, in a crime against every victim here and every patriotic sentiment you mouthed but did not enact, you have done nothing about it.
And there is something worse still than this vast gaping hole in this city, and in the fabric of our nation. There is its symbolism of the promise unfulfilled, the urgent oath, reduced to lazy execution.
The only positive on 9/11 and the days and weeks that so slowly and painfully followed it was the unanimous humanity, here, and throughout the country. The government, the President in particular, was given every possible measure of support.
Those who did not belong to his party — tabled that.
Those who doubted the mechanics of his election — ignored that.
Those who wondered of his qualifications — forgot that.
History teaches us that nearly unanimous support of a government cannot be taken away from that government by its critics. It can only be squandered by those who use it not to heal a nation’s wounds, but to take political advantage.
Terrorists did not come and steal our newly-regained sense of being American first, and political, fiftieth. Nor did the Democrats. Nor did the media. Nor did the people.
The President — and those around him — did that.
They promised bi-partisanship, and then showed that to them, “bi-partisanship” meant that their party would rule and the rest would have to follow, or be branded, with ever-escalating hysteria, as morally or intellectually confused, as appeasers, as those who, in the Vice President’s words yesterday, “validate the strategy of the terrorists.”
They promised protection, and then showed that to them “protection” meant going to war against a despot whose hand they had once shaken, a despot who we now learn from our own Senate Intelligence Committee, hated al-Qaida as much as we did.
The polite phrase for how so many of us were duped into supporting a war, on the false premise that it had ‘something to do’ with 9/11 is “lying by implication.”
The impolite phrase is “impeachable offense.”
Not once in now five years has this President ever offered to assume responsibility for the failures that led to this empty space, and to this, the current, curdled, version of our beloved country.
Still, there is a last snapping flame from a final candle of respect and fairness: even his most virulent critics have never suggested he alone bears the full brunt of the blame for 9/11.
Half the time, in fact, this President has been so gently treated, that he has seemed not even to be the man most responsible for anything in his own administration.
Yet what is happening this very night?
A mini-series, created, influenced — possibly financed by — the most radical and cold of domestic political Machiavellis, continues to be televised into our homes.
The documented truths of the last fifteen years are replaced by bald-faced lies; the talking points of the current regime parroted; the whole sorry story blurred, by spin, to make the party out of office seem vacillating and impotent, and the party in office, seem like the only option.
How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you — or those around you — ever “spin” 9/11?
Just as the terrorists have succeeded — are still succeeding — as long as there is no memorial and no construction here at Ground Zero.
So, too, have they succeeded, and are still succeeding as long as this government uses 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans.
This is an odd point to cite a television program, especially one from March of 1960. But as Disney’s continuing sell-out of the truth (and this country) suggests, even television programs can be powerful things.
And long ago, a series called “The Twilight Zone” broadcast a riveting episode entitled “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.”
In brief: a meteor sparks rumors of an invasion by extra-terrestrials disguised as humans. The electricity goes out. A neighbor pleads for calm. Suddenly his car — and only his car — starts. Someone suggests he must be the alien. Then another man’s lights go on. As charges and suspicion and panic overtake the street, guns are inevitably produced. An “alien” is shot — but he turns out to be just another neighbor, returning from going for help. The camera pulls back to a near-by hill, where two extra-terrestrials are seen manipulating a small device that can jam electricity. The veteran tells his novice that there’s no need to actually attack, that you just turn off a few of the human machines and then, “they pick the most dangerous enemy they can find, and it’s themselves.”
And then, in perhaps his finest piece of writing, Rod Serling sums it up with words of remarkable prescience, given where we find ourselves tonight: “The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men.
“For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own — for the children, and the children yet unborn.”
When those who dissent are told time and time again — as we will be, if not tonight by the President, then tomorrow by his portable public chorus — that he is preserving our freedom, but that if we use any of it, we are somehow un-American…When we are scolded, that if we merely question, we have “forgotten the lessons of 9/11″… look into this empty space behind me and the bi-partisanship upon which this administration also did not build, and tell me:
Who has left this hole in the ground?
We have not forgotten, Mr. President.
You have.
May this country forgive you.

Life, The Universe, and Everything…

October 7, 2006

Okay I stole that title for this post thanks Doug for a great title. I haven’t wrote anything lately and it’s already october. I haven’t because I have been working 24/7 on this project call www.9thx.com version 2.0. I haven’t seen any pay from it but it’s fun and taking up most of my free spare time. When it is done I think it will be mighty successful. All the elements of a great website and an application like Apple’s iTunes are built-in to provide one great collectibles type website.

 

Microsoft, Small Planes, and Good Luck

Well I was having a good day thursday. I went to the Kensington Court for a Microsoft meeting (actually two of them) all day. They fed us breakfast included self-toasted bagels. Later in the day they had a chocolate fountain for dipping and a fresh popcorn maker and all sorts of drinkage. The guy doing our presentation in the MSDN portion (William Steele) of the day was amazing. I watch his work and read  his MSDN blog very often. He gave us a treat by showing off the new plane he was buying today. He apparently own’s four of them (some are charter). They were very cool. He also after the fact delved  a bit into XNA Game Studio Express. I got called up in both drawings. Being the nice guy the first drawing I decided to skip taking the prize and let someone else get a prize. I had everything on the table.

 

Life is going good except for incremental issues with my kidney disease. I am now on a medicine originally aimed at Parkinson’s disease patients to take care of a restless leg problem I have at night when I try to sleep.

I am happy with life at the moment. Close friends are still nearby, but far enough away I have plenty of breathing space. It’s been quiet on the homefront except for charcoal getting groomed today. I had one episode like I did a few years ago of pain that put me in the hospital back then. But it went away quickly. 

Anyway things could be a lot worse for me, now if we just get a lot of democrats in office in the November election I’ll be very happy. I think we are severely off-course everywhere and everyone finally knows it and are ready to admit it to themselves.

 

New Pictures

Without as many people around I have been able to start muscling up (not as many days do I go out to eat as I used to and I get a good diet and exercise now).. As the song goes, I am “Looking good and feeling Gorgeous..”  Also been wrestling some as time/health permits.