Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A Friendly Reminder...

One week from today is one of the most important election cycles we've had in quite some time.

Here is my prediction. I will be disappointed if Democrats do not take back the House, but I do not expect any sort of landslide. I expect a net gain of thirty or some odd seats.

Furthermore, I expect a 49-49 tie in the Senate. Close, but no cigar.

I wish to be proven unnecessarily cautious in my analysis, but this is my gut instinct.

Having said that...


Sunday, October 29, 2006

I read the news today, oh boy

Having observed that President Bush's approval ratings have increased from 33 to 37 percent in the last week....having observed that the amount of people who think the Iraq War was worth it has increased by 5 percentage points over the past week...

I have one simple question for the country.


(I mean, I'm just saying).

Saturday, October 21, 2006

How true, How True

(Click on the strip to enlarge)

Today's Doonesbury speaks volumes.

A real update tomorrow, like always.

I'll update more starting two weeks from Monday. Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

It's the Beginning of Our New Age

After participating in a frustratingly (and ironically titled) conflict resolution session/congressional meeting at the local UU church, I thought I'd post this as my latest blog post. Q & A sessions with a few fevered egos I often don't look forward to and this was no exception. People can be so petty sometimes over what amounts to a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing.

If you don't have a song
To sing you're okay

You know how to get along

If you don't have a date

Go out and sit on the lawn
And do nothing
'Cause it's just what you must do and
Nobody does it anymore

No, I don't believe in the wasting of time,
But I don't believe that I'm wasting mine

If you don't have a point to make
Don't sweat it

You'll make a sharp one being so kind
And I'd sure appreciate it

Everyone else's goal's to get big headed
Why should I follow that beat being that I'm
Better than fine?

-Fiona Apple

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Community Building

I was going to blog about the mess that is the Mark Foley scandal, but I decided to change course at the last second.

Instead, what I would like to talk about is building community. It is imperative that we here on the left find ways to unify together for sake of common purpose. The right has done a much more effective job of it then we have and we are finding ourselves playing catch up, much to our own detriment. We have the best chance we have had in a long time to make some desperately needed changes and let us strive to put our money where our mouths are.

I find all too often these days that parents come across to their children more as friends than as authority figures and role models. Today's generation contains attitudes of entitlement and selfishness such that I have not seen ever before.

This post-modern attitude of noting every last distinction down to the micrometer has proven to be our own undoing.

We cannot allow minority groups to hold up the process of bringing work to the table. When decisions for change are made, it is inevitable that certain people will get mad and leave. Instead of wasting time chasing after them and making concessions to their every qualm, it is best that we let them go. Doing otherwise will only foster a sense of disunity. It will empower other disgruntled members to voice their own concerns and all will be too concerned with
tearing down and voicing concerns to make any change.

The concept of tough love comes into play. And this goes for parenting as well as politics.
Life isn't fair. You don't get everything you want. The world does not owe anyone a living.

Rather, we owe our living to the benefit of the world.