Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Why Does Windows Still Suck? 

/ " Why do PC users put up with so many viruses and worms? Why isn't everyone on a Mac?"

Morford poses a question I've asked for years. Why anyone would still use Holes, er, Windows is beyond me. But then, millions of people watch reality TV and buy Brittany Spears records...

Monday, January 10, 2005

Gay Marriage: One Conservative's Reasoned and Moral Argument "For" 

pike speak: Gay Marriage: One Conservative's Reasoned and Moral Argument "For":

I have as much respect for intellectually honest conservatives as I do for anyone anywhere on the political spectrum. One reason Andrew Sullivan is one of my favorite bloggers. Thanks to Andrew I discovered another one.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

One Of Many Conservatives Who Can't Vote For Bush (Scroll Down for List of More) 

Chicago Tribune | Why I'm voting for John Kerry:

"At the age of 50, I get few chances to try something entirely new. Come Nov. 2, I plan to take one of those rare opportunities. I'm going to vote for a Democrat for president.

I've never done it before, and I hope I never have to do it again. But President Bush has made an irresistible case against his own re-election. His first term has been one of the most dismal and costly failures of any presidency. His second promises to be even worse."

Boston Globe Writer Concurs: Americans Are Stupid 

Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / The ignorant American voter

Bill Maher States Obvious: Americans Are Stupid 

CBC News Indepth: US Election 2004

Thursday, October 21, 2004

A Larger List of Republicans Who Simply Cannot In Good Connscience Vote For Bush 

Republicans for Kerry 2004 - dKosopedia
"As a result of historically large budget deficits, unprecedented incursions into civil liberties, and an increasing disregard for the traditional separation between Church and State, many Republicans have publicly broken with President George W. Bush and the Republican Party. Many of these Republicans have endorsed Senator John Kerry instead. What follows is a list of Republicans who have endorsed John Kerry, as well as those Republicans who have publicly stated their reluctance to cast a vote for George W. Bush. This list does not include traditionally Republican newspaper editors who have endorsed John Kerry.

Republicans Endorsing John Kerry:

Charley Reese, conservative columnist/journalist, Orlando Sentinel (1971-2001) -- May 17
Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler Chairman -- June 25
Russell E. Train, EPA chief under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford -- Jul. '04
Various Republican Business Leaders -- Aug. 5
Gail Slocum, former Republican Mayor of Menlo Park, California -- Sept. '04
Clay Myers, Republican Secretary of State (1967-77) and State Treasurer (1977-84) for Oregon -- Sept. 1
Bill Rutherford, former Treasurer of Oregon and Chair of the Oregon Investment Council -- Sept. 1
George Comstock, Mayor of Portola Valley, California -- Sept. 1
Mike Cobb, former Republican Mayor of Palo Alto, California -- Sept. 8
Pete McCloskey (editorial here), former Republican Representative from California -- Sept. 8
John Eisenhower, son of former Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Sept. 9
Steve May, former Republican state legislator from Arizona -- Sept. 10
Jon Silver, former Republican Mayor of Portola Valley, California -- Sept. 24
John A. Galbraith, former Republican Ohio General Assemblyman -- Sept. 28
David Catania, Republican (now Independent) Councilman from Washington, D.C. -- Sept. 29
Clyde Prestowitz, counselor to Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Commerce -- Oct. 6
Rick Russman, former Republican State Senator from New Hampshire -- Oct. 7
Marshall Wittmann, former communications director to Arizona Republican Senator John McCain -- Oct. 7
Richard Schmalensee, former Council of Economic Advisers member for President George H. W. Bush -- Oct. 12
Elmer L. Andersen, former Republican Governor of Minnesota (1961-63) -- Oct. 13
Ballard Morton, son of Thurston Morton, former Republican Senator from Kentucky -- Oct. 14
Anne Morton Kimberly, widow of Roger C.B. Morton, former Republican Representative from Maryland -- Oct. 14
William Milliken, former Republican Governor of Michigan (1969-82) -- Oct. 18
Marlow Cook, former Republican Senator from Kentucky (1968-74) -- Oct. 20
Peter Gillette, former Republican Commissioner of Trade for Minnesota (1991-95) -- Oct. 20

Republicans Who Will Not Vote For George W. Bush:

Paul O'Neill, former Treasury Secretary to Republican President George W. Bush -- Jan. '04
Paul Findley, former Republican Representative from Illinois -- Apr. '04
John Dean, former White House Counsel to former Republican President Nixon -- Apr. '04
A. Linwood Holton former Republican Governor of Virginia (1970-74) -- Aug. 29
Andrew Sullivan, conservative columnist, former editor of The New Republic -- Jul. 25
Richie Robb, mayor of South Charleston, WV (and 2004 Electoral College WV Republican elector) -- Sep. '04
William Saletan, 'liberal Republican' columnist for Slate -- Sept. 1
Log Cabin Republicans -- Sept. 8
Lincoln Chafee, Republican Senator from Rhode Island -- Oct. 4
Robert L. Black, retired Republican judge of the Ohio First District Court of Appeals -- Oct. 13
Bob Barr, former Republican Representative from Georgia (1995-2003) -- Oct. 14
Karl W. B. Schwarz, very conservative Republican from Arkansas (scroll down or search 'Karl') -- Oct. 20


More Dirty Tricks 

Indiana Printing & Publishing Co.: "

For the record, I know that their are good, honest people out there who happen to share a different world view than I do. Fair enough. I know that there are conservatives and Republicans who are decent, principled people. I can even think of several Repubs that I'd consider voting for, given the chance.

But the pattern and frequency of voter disenfranchisement being practiced by Republicans (whether prepetrated by individuals or the national party leadership) this year is truly astounding—and disgusting. I'd go so far to say that it's a moral outrage. The stories keep rolling in; this is but the latest.

A person can accept losing an election or being clearly in the minority on an many issues when that's legitimately the case. You get up, recalibrate, and go about your business. But to be cheated...that's another thing altogether. People of honor should not accept it.

I, for one, will not stand by silently while thugs steal another election.

And More Still... 

Voter Registration Fraud Clearinghouse - dKosopedia

Do you reckon the Republicans can win without cheating at this point?

Still More On Election Fraud 

Welcome to Vote2004.eRiposte.Com!

More Voter List/Registration Tampering 

Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Hollow Victory:

The New Republic Online: Uniform Standard 

The New Republic Online: Uniform Standard

Not on the same level as voter registration tampering, but part of the same bullying mind-set.

What are Bush and his supporters afraid of, exactly? The wusses.

How to Talk Like a Conservative (If You Must) 

How to Talk Like a Conservative (If You Must)

A must-read interview with a very thoughtful man.

Another Conservative Against Bush 

Conversation with a Conservative: John Dean

LIttle Nino Throws Fit 

Yahoo! News - Photographer Angers Scalia at D.C. Event: "

Will someone please tell this little man that we live in a democracy/republic. Sheesh.

Fuck The French, We Don't Need Them...Er...Wait A Minute... or President Bart  

Feds Find More Flu Vaccine in Canada

Money Quotes:

"In addition to the doses to be supplied by the French company Aventis Pasteur..."

"The president is becoming the Bart Simpson of American politics. 'It was like this when I got here. I got nothing to do with it.'"

Republican Senator: Frightened to Death of Bush 

'Frightened to death' of Bush: "

A Republican former senator of Kentucky explains why he's voting for Kerry.

This intellectually-honest (and given the state of the current Repub party, probably courageous) Republican is but one of many. Bush's boat is springing leaks all over the place.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Typically dirty Republican trick. Atypically stupid.  

Voter Registrations Possibly Trashed

This is outrageous. Shame on them.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Ohio…the South of the North? 

Ban on gay marriages looking like a sure bet: "

Many of you I'm from Cleveland. Though, it's a great town with world-class symphonies, medical facilities, sports team (sort of), and music, there's a deep strain of cultural conservatism that I couldn't live with.

This article is merely one good example of why I had to get outta Dodge.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Fascinating Fear-mongering 

The Real (Abridged) Republican Convention - A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution

Monday, October 04, 2004



Best political website ever.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Little Antonin 

Mike Whitney: Scalia and Opus Dei

An article on the creepy Antonin Scalia and his affiliation with the creepy Opus Dei.

Why Can't He Just Make Up His Mind? 

CBS News | Top Ten Flip-Flops | September 29, 2004?10:15:06

One can never have too many "flip-flop" posts. Here's the latest. Such uncertainty should clearly disqualify one from the highest office of the land, no?

The Other Side Wins! The Sky Is Falling! Ahhhh! 

Winds of Change.NET: He'll Be My President

An interesting voice of reason in these shrill times. The author basically reminds us of our shared values, while discounting the certitude of partisan true believers. I don't agree with him all the way out (natch), but he makes several good points. My righteously liberal friends should keep this in mind…god knows, the Ann Coulters of the world won't.


"The Beast" Trailer

No, this link doesn't chronicle the evils of the Bush Administration. That would be shrill and silly in the eyes of Republicans (many of whom believe in the Rapture), and I wouldn't want that.

It's actually a trailer for a movie that looks like it could be interesting—we'll have to wait a couple of years to find out, though. It opens June 6, 2006.

A Conservative's Case For Kerry 

www.AndrewSullivan.com - Daily Dish

This is from Andrew Sullivan's blog, The Daily Dish

"A CONSERVATIVE FOR KERRY: Here's an email which reminds me why I remain so conflicted about this election. I don't think I'm the only one. The notion that the vote this year is obvious does indeed understate the complexity of the decision. Resolve versus indecision? Or incompetence versus a new path? Do we write Iraq off, or do we plow on? Here's an email that is about as persuasive a case as I have read on why Kerry, for all his glaring faults, is still worth considering - for conservative reasons:

'When the invasion of Iraq was being debated, I had just returned from two years in Morocco and my now wife had just returned from a year in Egypt. We both considered supporting the war. The Arab world is mired in a political culture obsessed with blaming others for their misfortunes and obsessing over Israel while doing nothing to find practical solutions to their own problems closer to home.

'When I was in Morocco, there was a demonstration in Rabat that drew between half a million and three million demonstrators against the reoccupation of the West Bank in April of 2002. Never mind that Israel is on the other side of the Mediterranean and that their demonstration could have no impact on the Palestinians' situation. Never mind that their own government has occupied the Western Sahara against the wishes of the native inhabitants of that territory, a situation that in some ways parallels the situation of Israel and Palestine. Never mind that, in the early 21st century, they are still ruled by a Monarchy making only feeble gestures towards instituting a democracy, and have a stagnant economy barely able to keep up with the country's birth rate, let alone employ the millions of idle, jobless young Moroccans whose best hope in life is to emigrate legally or illegally to Europe in hopes of finding menial, low-wage labor. Few Moroccans will lift a finger to try to change their own situation, but they will pour into the streets for the sake of an impotent gesture on the behalf of the Palestinians. Political discussions tend to revolve around conspiracy theories involving "The Jews." The 10 year old who lived downstairs from me was convinced that 4000 Jews had called in sick to work on 9/11, tipped off by the Mossad that the attack was going to occur. His father would not admit to holding this view, but probably did and would say publicly that Bin Laden was not behind the attack (Powell promised a dossier in Arabic spelling out evidence of Bin Laden's responsibility for 9/11. This was never done, to my knowledge. A serious oversight.).

'My wife had similar experiences in Egypt. We both thought that a shock to the system and a scheme to jar at least one Arab country onto the right track might be worth it. In the end, we both decided that it would be a bad idea, and for good conservative reasons. Utopian social programs rarely work domestically, in circumstances in which the architects of social engineering share a language and culture with their subjects and in which the surrounding society is stable and prosperous. If this is the case, how can we expect a radical experiment in social engineering to succeed in a foreign country with a radically different culture, and in which distrust of the United States is imbibed with mother's milk? Arabs are fixated enough on what they perceive as past humiliations, how can adding another defeat to the list help them?

'Subsequent rationales for the war were not convincing. Engage the terrorists in Iraq or face them here? Does anyone really believe that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had a one-way ticket to the US and a scholarship at a flight school but decided to turn around and have a go at us in Iraq after he heard about the invasion? Iraq, in fact, supplies a theater for attacking the US that most of the fighters there, foreign and Iraqi, would not have if we had not given it to them. If Saddam Hussein were still in power, we could continue to contain him for 2 billion per year and when his system did finally collapse, it would be up to Iraqis to sort out the mess, not us. As for Blair's claim that Muslim militants hate the West for our very existence, I don't buy it. Resent us, yes. Envy us, sure. But if we didn't meddle in Middle Eastern affairs, I doubt they would attack us. Bush's claim in his first public statement after 9/11 that they hate us for our freedom is a close parallel to the claim of Muslim militants that we hate them for their core identity and values, that is, that we hate them for being Muslims, that we hate Islam as such. The Middle East is a disaster. Its economies are stagnant, its resources are minimal and being depleted, its population is growing, its infrastructure is crumbling, its literacy rates are low and so on and so forth. There will be no stability there in the foreseeable future and the correct response to this should be to minimize involvement with the region.

'Now, we are stuck fighting to try to democratize a polity that is inherently unstable. If there are democratic elections, the result is not likely to be a liberal democracy, but rather one of the illiberal sort. Defeat would be a disaster, victory will be hard to define and unlikely to bring great reward. I agree with Christopher Hitchens that it is shameful to be wishing defeat on the US in Iraq in the hopes that this translates into defeat for Bush at home. I agree that we have to face the fact that we are committed in Iraq now and cannot afford to talk about the past as though turning back the clock were an option. I am no fan of Kerry. Despite all of this, I don't want to hand another four years to a man who brought us unnecessarily into this predicament at such great cost and who waged this war so incompetently. This, combined with the irresponsible economic policy that you have also criticized, have convinced me to cast my vote for Kerry. We cannot afford to dwell on the past at the expense of engaging with the present as it is. But neither can we forget past lapses of judgment and hope that they will not occur again.'

The conservative case for Kerry. It's worth pondering."
End Excerpt

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Just Cut Out Their Tongues 

Just Cut Out Their Tongues: "

The Rapture Racket  

The Rapture is a fraud of monumental proportions

I'll Give You Three Guesses 

Who's Better in the Driver's Seat?

Which party's presidents produce a better economy?

Here's an excerpt:

Here's the Economic Sweepstakes Quiz. The rules are simple. Guess which president since World War II did best on these eight most generally accepted measures of good management of the nation's economy. You can choose among six Republicans — Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Bushes 41 and 43 — and five Democrats — Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Clinton. Which president produced:
1. The highest growth in the gross domestic product?
2. The highest growth in jobs?
3. The biggest increase in personal disposable income after taxes?
4. The highest growth in industrial production?
5. The highest growth in hourly wages?
6. The lowest misery index (inflation plus unemployment)?
7. The lowest inflation?
8. The largest reduction in the deficit?
The answers are:
1-Truman; 2-Clinton; 3-Johnson; 4-Kennedy; 5-Johnson; 6-Truman; 7-Truman; 8-Clinton.
In other words, Democratic presidents trounced Republicans eight out of eight.

End excerpt
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