Drudge links to a story about Bill Clinton wanting to replace Kofi Annan in 2006.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Drudge links to a story about Bill Clinton wanting to replace Kofi Annan in 2006.
I have never, in umpteen years of voting (back in the days when we chiseled our votes on a slab of rock), been asked how I voted at an exit poll. I sort of feel left out. I've always wanted to be asked who I voted for so that I could:
1. Tell the truth. I'm the type, who when asked a question usually tells the truth. Especially if I wasn't prepared. Sorry, that's just the way I am. It's easier for me to tell the truth than it is to remember the lie.
2. Lie and say I voted for the "other guy" so that I can skew the exit polls. That's what I really want to do. Skew the exit polls. And, it has an added benefit: if the "other guy" wins I'm on record as saying I voted for him and I look like a genius. At least until he screws up. Then the fingers get pointed and people start saying, "this is all your fault!" I know this is opposite of #1, but it's not a lie I have to remember for any length of time. When the fingers start pointing, it won't matter, no one would believe the truth anyway.
3. I think this would be lots of fun with live TV cameras running, but cameras aren't necessary. If a camera is present, ask if we're on live. If so say, "It's none of your (insert expletive of your choice - the juicier the better) business. The last I knew, this was a (insert expletive etc) secret ballot." Of course, expletives can be inserted at any place, or multiple places, and multiple expletives can be used. This can be combined with #4.
4. Scream as loudly and as maniacally as possible, "I voted a straight Democratic ticket! You think I'm brain dead?" It seems to work for Dems like Howard Dean and Al Gore.
5. Look at the exit pollster and say, "Mommy? Mommy is that you? Mommy where have you been, I've missed you so much!" Especially beneficial if the pollster is male.
6. If you're a very good actor, you can use any combination of 3, 4, and 5 for a really good exit interview. The script would have to be re-worked, but the combination could be very effective. Of course, you might be carted off for a 72 hour observation period, but think of it as a vacation. Since you aren't going to hurt yourself or anyone else, you probably won't be kept more than a couple of hours when the therapists realize you were simply acting for the benefit of the camera.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
I will agree with Mrs. Kerry that their life experiences made them different people. But, if I had the choice of being either one, I'd choose to be Mrs. Bush. She's a lady in every sense of the word. She has class and grace. Something the billions of dollars Mrs. Kerry has at her disposal doesn't have and can never buy for either herself or her husband.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Moore has made millions off this film. He's making appearances all over the country to tout the film. I personally don't believe that student union fees should be spend to pay him to appear (I also don't think student fees should pay for any political appearance, not just those with whom I have political disagreement), but that's another post.
Physics professor gone wild.
Wow...an ABC News headline that is Kerry-negative: Poll: Most Condemn Kerry Debate Comment. My opinion is that for Cheney to mention his daughter's sexual orientation is one thing; it's entirely different for Kerry and Junior to use her orientation for their own ends.
I heard this on Fox yesterday. Kerry was asked who his heroes were. He named three: Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox and Max Cleland. Can we say gratuitous? Just goes to show that he can't give an honest answer, only one that is politically motivated. Wonder who will be named the next time he's asked that question.
And here's a post from Matt Margolis regarding the story Kerry told during the debate about his mother. Wonder who he'll be getting his material from next?
Remember Kerry's promise to roll back the tax cuts for those making over $200K? Well, you might be included in the roll back if you make as little as $80K. Find it here.
I needed to see this. The latest CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll has Bush up by 8 points! You can find it here and here. Apparently the likely voters are agreeing that Kerry is too liberal. Well, he has 16 days to become more conservative. Who wants to bet that he'll try to change his image?
The RealClear Politics poll average here shows good news for Bush too. I don't pretend to understand the whys and wherefores, I'm just happy at what it shows today.
Just how many bills did Kerry pass during his Congressional career? Well, there seems to be some wordplay going on here. Factcheck.org sorts it out here. Kerry apparently managed to pass just 11 measures (some of which have no force of law) in 20 years. You've got to look at this.
And from Truth for Troops (troopsfortruth.org) you'll find a link to purchase Fahrenhype 9/11 (here's another link to the film). Purchase the DVD, make a contribution to get the film to the troops in Iraq, whatever you want. I'll be doing a separate post on this and linking on the sidebar.
I found this at A Physicist's Perspective. President Bush offered this at the third debate in reference to the immigration problem and illegal alien issue:
And so in order to take pressure off the borders, in order to make the borders more secure, I believe there ought to be a temporary worker card that allows a willing worker and a willing employer to mate up, so long as there's not an American willing to do that job, to join up in order to be able to fulfill the employers' needs. That has the benefit of making sure our employers aren't breaking the law as they try to fill their workforce needs. It makes sure that the people coming across the border are humanely treated, that they're not kept in the shadows of our society, that they're able to go back and forth to see their families. See, the card, it'll have a period of time attached to it. It also means it takes pressure off the border. If somebody is coming here to work with a card, it means they're not going to have to sneak across the border. It means our border patrol will be more likely to be able to focus on doing their job.
As I read this, it means that a card will be issued to workers (generally speaking, Mexicans) who want to work in the US. I have no problem with this. This means that the person presenting the card to a potential employee is authorized to be in this country. They are "legal".
My problem is with illegal aliens. I've already discussed that I believe the vast majority of them are here to work, to earn a living that they can't in Mexico. My problem is with the "illegal" part. It means they are here illegally. They have crossed the border at a place where they have not passed through customs. Can I make it any clearer? They are not "undocumented", that implies that they don't have the papers that make them legal. Illegal aliens didn't have the papers in the first place. They are criminals. They are committing a crime. Let them get the papers they need to be here legally and I won't say a word about it. Not the first word. It is against US law for people to be in this country illegally and until the law is changed, I will continue to speak out about it.
Now, considering we have thousands of miles of border that remains open, how can we stop them from entering? For the life of me, I have no idea. Unless we have personnel, military or Border Patrol constantly sweeping the borders, or standing within eyesight of each other it can't be done that I can see. The only solution I can offer is to pick up the illegals as we find them and return them to their country of origin. Pick them up, charge them with say, a lesser charge that won't prohibit them from returning legally, run them through a court, fine them a dollar amount, put them on a bus and return them to their country of origin.
Here's a thought, isn't there a tariff paid on fees coming into the US? How about raising those fees to help defray the costs of housing illegals? Of course that cost would be covered by raising the price of the goods and would be paid by the American company buying the product. Maybe if enough American companies refused to pay the higher price Mexico would begin to work with us instead of against us. What would happen is American companies would simply scream to their congressmen and get the tariff reduced because it would hurt their company. So that wouldn't work for long.
What we really have to do is get Mexico to work with us to get people who are eligible to work in the US the proper documentation to be in the US. It has to be a win-win situation in order to work.
People who simply want to make a better life for themselves and their families are becoming criminals in order to do so. Will we ever completely stop illegal traffic across the borders? No, unless we build some sort of wall or fence. I don't see that happening and I don't want it to happen. But something has to be done. There has to be an answer. The willing worker card is a beginning.
Update: I found this at Michelle Malkin just now. Liliana Plata is an illegal alien from Mexico who stole the identity papers of Cristina Alaniz, a student at Texas State University. She joined the Air Force and was deployed to Iraq. She thinks that because she served honorably in Iraq she should suffer no consequences of 1. Identity Theft, and 2. being an illegal alien (it is illegal, remember?). She has many open-border sympathizers who agree with her. And Plata is not the only one. More about this from Michelle Malkin.