Send this to your friends. And I don't know about Tom Petty's politics, but the song's lyrics fit right in.
Seems everyone else has posted this, so I may as well cave...
1. Which political party do you typically agree with? Libertarian
2. Which political party do you typically vote for? Republican
3. List the last five presidents that you voted for? G.H.W. Bush ('92), Dole ('96), G.W. Bush (2000)
4. Which party do you think is smarter about the economy? Libertarian
5. Which party do you think is smarter about domestic affairs? Libertarian
6. Do you think we should keep our troops in Iraq or pull them out? Stay
7. Who, or what country, do you think is most responsible for 9/11? Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabia. I'm still trying to decide about that Mohammed guy. The one who died about 1300 years ago.
8. Do you think we will find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? We already have. I'm sure we'll find more in Iraq, and in Syria, too.
9. Yes or no, should the U.S. legalize marijuana? Yes. And most other drugs, too. We don't need the government to protect people from their own stupidity.
10. Do you think the Republicans stole the last Presidental election? No. But the Dems sure did try.
11. Do you think Bill Clinton should have been impeached because of what he did with Monica Lewinski? Willie Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, not playing hide the cigar. Which was all good a proper.
12. Do you think Hillary Clinton would make a good President? Hell no. See post below.
13. Name a current Democrat who would make a great President: Zell Miller, if any.
14. Name a current Republican who would make a great President: Ron Paul, Condi Rice, maybe Tom Delay.
15. Do you think that women should have the right to have an abortion? This one is really , really hard. Morally, I think abortion is tremendously disgusting. Even during the first trimester, you can see recognizable body parts in aborted fetuses. When is a fetus a person? I'm not philosophically equipped at this time to say that.
16. What religion are you? Lutheran
17. Have you read the Bible all the way through? No. I don't have that kind of free time.
18. What's your favorite book? Starship Troopers, by Heinlein; Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.
19. Who is your favorite band? Oingo Boingo
20. Who do you think you'll vote for president in the next election? Bush, so long as no new gun control laws are signed. Particularly a renewal of the AWB.
21. What website did you see this on first? Mad Ogre
Fellow blogger Brian from RadioBS.net has urged me to comment on the latest words from the most crafty, craven, calculating, conniving, power-hungry individual in America-that being the junrion Senator from the state of New York. As reported in Newsday
Re-electing President Bush will mean a loss of freedoms and "create an America we won't recognize," Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is telling potential Democratic donors.
Senator, ever since your party took over the White House in 1933 (yes, that's right, I'm attacking Saint FDR), the Democrats have taken the lead in transforming America into something the Founders of this great nation wouldn't recognize. You have worked diligently at wrecking what they so painstakingly created, through the use of class warfare driven policies of confiscatory taxation, ever expanding government power, massive loss of private property rights, and yes, gross loss of freedoms. Before FDR, the government behaved according to the "shall not be infringed" part of the Second Amendment. Before LBJ, the government didn't steal almost 15% of every worker's pay so that old fogeys can live in Florida. Before FDR, farmers could grow what they wanted on their land without worrying about government quotas. Environmentalists, working primarily through the Democratic party, have been the primary cause of the erosion of property rights. True enough, President Bush hasn't done much to restore these rights, especially from the Libertarian point of view, but he's been far better than Mr Gore would have been, or that Sen. Clinton would be.
"If they get their way, you and I will be living in an America governed not by our hopes, but by our fears," Clinton wrote. "We'll be living in an America where we see our freedoms diminished when they ought to be embraced, our rights restricted when they ought to be strengthened."
Given that the primary feature of most Democrat speeches seems to be scare-mongering (i.e. The Republicans are going to destroy Social Security, Bush is putting arsenic in the water, Bush is making the rest of the world mad at us, etc), it seems to me the Sen. Clinton is suffering from a severe case of "Pot, Kettle, Black" here. (The GOP isn't above scare mongering either-The Dems are going to tax you into oblivion, If Kerry wins, Osama will kill us all, etc. Nevermind that Osama wants to kill us all, and Kerry would probably give him more opportunity to do just that.) Let me ask you a question, Senator: which candidate for President has been focusing doom and gloom on the economy, and which one optimism? And I already talked about rights and freedoms earlier.
"We'll be living in an America that shrinks away from the political and economic challenges of the 21st Century," she added.
This one is a straight up lie. The biggest political challenge of the 21st century is the Global Terror War, the the President, however much one may diasgree on matters of strategy, is tackling that one head on, and is taking considerable political damage for doing so. As far as economic challenges, I agree he's not taking them on. But since we probably disagree on what those challenges are-I believe the biggest challenge is the reduction in American competitiveness caused by a combination of lawsuit abuse, environmental restrictions, high (union) wage demands, worker's comp, and general over-regulation-things President Bush hasn't done much about. But, given that most of these causes represent key Democrat constituencies, I don't see the Dems doing anything about them either.
Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of President Bush. He needs a whole lot more Goldwater and a whole lot less of his father before I'll like him. But he's damn sure better than Kerry, and not even close to Hillary.
Blogspot is really starting to piss me off...
I'd finished rebuilding my template, and was in the process of rebuilding my blogroll and other link lists. Hit "Republish" and...say goodbye to my template. This is the third time in three weeks. Think I'm going to start looking for a new host.
Citizens 1, Politicians 0
The citizens of San Antonio beat the pols at the polls, despite being outspent 100-1. I wish this could be done at the federal level. I'm slowly building my "Heartless Libertarain for President" platform (I've got 5 more years before I can even legally run.), and this is one of the planks:
AMENDMENT: No person shall be allowed to serve more than 12 years total time in elected federal office [Pres, VP, Senator, or Rep], and no person shall be eligible for election to any office if the term of office cannot be completely fulfilled due to the limits set forth in the preceding clause."
I know that anytihng like this would have an extremely tough time getting through Congress (most of the Senate would be out of a job as soon as it was ratified), but I think the event in San Antonio show that it might be possible to generate enough citizen outrage to pass it.
WHAT IS THE SPIRIT OF THE BAYONET?!!!!!
"To Kill! To kill without mercy drill sergeant!" So shout the young soldiers who cycle through my basic training company every 12 weeks. But how many of them actually expect to use their bayonet training?
19 May 04--OUTNUMBERED British soldiers killed 35 Iraqi attackers in the Army’s first bayonet charge since the Falklands War 22 years ago. The fearless Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders stormed rebel positions after being ambushed and pinned down. Despite being outnumbered five to one, they suffered only three minor wounds in the hand-to-hand fighting near the city of Amara. The battle erupted after Land Rovers carrying 20 Argylls came under attack on a highway. After radioing for back-up, they fixed bayonets and charged at 100 rebels using tactics learned in drills. When the fighting ended bodies lay all over the highway — and more were floating in a nearby river. Nine rebels were captured.
You're ambushed, outnumbered, and pinned down by enemy fire. In that situation, it takes guts just to stick your head up long enough to return fire. Actually getting up and charging with fixed bayonets requires huge, huge stones. These guys must have stones so big they walk bow-legged.
"Few men are killed by the bayonet, many are scared by it. Bayonets should be fixed when the fire fight starts"
- General George Patton Jr, "War as I knew it"
So Michael Moore won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Big, fat, hairy deal. Actually, that comes surprising close to describing that bloviating buttwipe. If you didn't see this coming, you really need to exchange your crystal ball for a new one.
I find it ironic that while the French supposedly abhor the "ugly American," they lionize Moore, who basically IS the Ugly American. Look at him. He's fat. He's unkempt. He's boorish, loud, and ill-mannered. And he's constantly wearing that idiotic baseball cap. And yet the French love him, because he puts down America, which lets them feel slightly less bad about being French.
You Must Read Bill Whittle NOW
Read his incredible essay Strength, both parts of it, right now. Then read it again before you go to bed tonight. Go ahead. My blog will still be here when you get done.
OK, I'm think I'm back and things are semi-normal. Blogger ate my template a second time, and, once again, I hadn't saved it yet. But I think I've figured out where it happened. So I know not to dork around in that AO anymore. Posting should resume tomorrow.