January 2008


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After years of crying foul by the Democratic National Committee over the denial of Florida’s right to vote in a national election many years ago (or at least to have those votes counted), it’s ironic that the DNC decides to nullify the entire state’s vote in a primary election. I guess after yeas of failure, the democrats have learned something from Republicans- how to rig an election. After conflict between national party leaders and Florida party leaders over primary timing, the national committee pulled all of Florida’s primary delegates . Since political parties are basically allowed to do anything they want to inside their own organizations, this is actually legal, though unusual.

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Has this type of conflict happened between states and the DNC before? Sure.

Was this a overreaction? Sure- but a calculated one. (more…)

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Polls and votes have shown that the American democrats have not decided between Clinton and Obama. It seems, though, the democratic party leaders are attempting to decide for us, and I’m pissed.

It started with a minor inkling that something was off. Media outlets were not going after Obama as much as the other candidates. After a while, MSNBC (which I consider to be the democratic equivalent (almost) as FOX news is for the republican party) began unusually extensive coverage of all Hillary Clinton’s remarks. She or Bill would say something, anything, and they would endlessly decompile, analyze, and reinterpret it, until they were confident enough to misquote it. This silliness went on until other news outlets would pick up their “stories” and re run it as “news.” Media interpretation as news…wonderful. (more…)

It’s not easy to say “I’m going to end subsidies to corporate corn farms, and open subsides up for bean and miniature cucumber growers” when you’re depending on the farm lobby’s cash to win Iowa. We need campaign finance reform and the line-item veto if we, as a country, are ever going to see any positive movement in our country’s legislation. (more…)

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Around it comes again…

The highest court in the land is going over the issue of Photo-ID’s for voters. Republicans say it’s necessary for voting security. Democrats say it a constitutional violation or something, and it discriminates against the poor. This is one of the few issues where I must break with my libertarian friends and agree with republicans. But it doesn’t have jack to do with security. Al-Qaeda doesn’t come here to vote. Their not big on voting- that what makes them Al-Qaeda. With a population of just over 300 million and the average age of the common poll worker being 112 years old, we need this just for basic record-keeping. (more…)

With new healthcare legislation, I feel I must re-publish an entry of mine from almost 2 years ago. Though written for the democratic convention to choose the candidate for the upcoming presidential election, it seems as relevant now as it did then.

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It was 6 months after my unceremonious slide out of a pre-medical degree, and my 3rd clinical service job in 7 years. My previous experience made me overqualified for this new position, but I’d never worked in long-term care before and needed to see what it was like. I was still under the impression that I’d be returning to my degree someday, and  any clinical-service experience would make my med-school application that much more impressive. The possibility that I might be stationed in their state-of -the-art Alzheimer’s unit was too tempting. I wanted to see that research in action, and that was common in this large nursing-home in rural Chardon, Ohio.

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Need another reason to not eat fast food? Greasy fingers make for rough typing. You have to choose the best fingers to use after every bite.

My keyboard is getting disgusting.

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If I could ask our presidential candidates one question, it would be a big one. At the microphone, I would (try to) stand proudly and ask:

“Candidates…What top 3 Domestic policy issues would you change? What 3 foreign policy issues would you change? How would you pay for all these changes?”

You may have noticed, I didn’t ask about their religion. I didn’t ask about their sexuality. I didn’t ask how they made their money. I didn’t even ask about their favorite song. I’m sort of an issue-guy. I like ’em. Issues have the potential to affect me, if they-re not doing so already. Maybe I’m too self-centered. Maybe I should care how many homosexuals are related to these candidates, but I don’t. I also believe, maybe erroneously, that most people are issue-people, too. They may not admit it. It’s easier to spew rhetoric someone else has been feeding us rather than actually think (and talk) for ourselves. But these are just conversations. Everyone still worries about the same issues- how do I pay-off that hospital bill?, if I lose my job, how do we pay the mortgage?, why is it so hot in here?, stuff like that. Unless we’ve already rhetorically talked ourselves into a decision, the issues will matter. When the microphones are gone and we find ourselves standing in the voting booth, it’s those kinds of questions that will haunt us the most. (more…)

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