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SQUEEEEEEEE!!!! and 2004 presidential election - Are we not men?
SQUEEEEEEEE!!!! and 2004 presidential election
Brian knows a guy who knows Yoko Kanno's "people"!!!!! Not the Supreme One herself, but hey, that's an almost-link to her!!

I don't have anything else to say, really. Elections are coming up, I dunno who to vote for. There is a strong part of me that really believes in John Hagelin's Natural Law party, but there's another part of me that thinks they're loopy. My current faves are Carol Moseley Braun and Rev. Al Sharpton. I tried to look at the Republican page, but it turned my stomach to even consider it.
Yeah, I know I know. I work for a huge corporation, and I work in the department that makes money by selling products to other huge corporations. But that's not the issue I care about, anyway. Plus I'll just write my congressman like I used to when they were thinking about outlawing some product I supported back in the day. A lot of the laws surrounding the telecom industry aren't designed to keep the public safe, anyway. They're designed to allow the government control over where and when lines of communication are established. You should see this one law about broadband. It's totally ridiculous. Btw, did you see that the appeals court overruled the subpoena thing with regards to internet providers having to turn over information about subscribers? OK, that made no sense, but hey, the appeals court said that the RIAA can't just waltz in there and get info. They have to file a suit and stuff. I forgot the exact details, but it's good. It's good for consumers *and* for the telecom industry. Trust me.
Anyway, I got distracted. If anyone has an opinion of the 2004 presidential candidates, feel free to tell me. Even those of you not in the US, if you have an opinion, go for it. I'm usually not very well informed, so hey, inform me :)

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From:xaosenkosmos
Phwoar!
Date: January 6th, 2004 - 07:54 pm
 
Don't vote for Moseley Braun, just take my word on it. I really have a hard time thinking of a more sociopathic, incompetent, selfish politician (and i am including East St. Louis school officials in this, as well as Chicago's familiy politicians). The woman is just evil. Favorite quote so far from finding various things to back up my claim: "She makes Bill Clinton look like a naughty schoolboy engaged in tomfoolery."

So, yah, just google for "Moseley Braun evil" and you'll find more than enough anecdotal evidence that those from IL hate this woman's guts, with good reason.
From:raditzsex
Phwoar!
Date: January 6th, 2004 - 08:12 pm
 
OK, is it anecdotes like she stepped on a baby, or kicked a puppy, or is it like, she lied in her campaign? or like, is it that her platform isn't in agreement with the author's ideas? I mean, your claim is that she is evil, and your backup is someone quoting that she is evil. That only supports the idea that you and they think she is evil. It doesn't actually support the claim that she is evil.

Give me something real. I'll be open-minded, but I need something a little more solid than "she is evil". Lots of people would say that about any black woman running for president, and without good reason. Pique my curiosity with something solid.
From:xaosenkosmos
I've been goosed!
Date: January 6th, 2004 - 08:52 pm
 
Read the first two hits on google to get the gist of it. The second one needs a (free) login; i made up "fuckoff@bastards.com"[1] if you're feeling lazy. They're both a little slanted, but the facts they present are documentable and true.

(obligatory disclosure: Personally, i'm going to be pissing my vote away on the Libertarians, yet again. =)

1: I get irked when a uni my taxes helped pay for tries to make me register for a freaking free web page.
From:raditzsex
Can you feel the love?
Date: January 6th, 2004 - 09:08 pm
 
The libertarians are the least wacky of all the 3rd parties this year, but their idea of abolishing the federal income tax in favor of a national sales tax is too stupid for me. I just had this discussion with Brian. National sales tax is a regressive tax, and that offends me morally. They have some good stands on some of the other issues, though. I'm surprised you'd go libertarian, what with their views on immigration. Or maybe you were just pissed off that day :)
From:ishiyakazuo
I saved you a seat.
Date: January 6th, 2004 - 08:12 pm
 
I agree with that. No one outside of Illinois probably is aware of her evil, which is bad. But she is evil. So evil that politicians always mention how evil she is, probably even when she isn't running.
Anyway, yeah, evil.
I dunno if her being evil will affect your vote in the election... but it's good to know.
From:dorothy_parka
Are you gonna eat that?
Date: January 7th, 2004 - 05:58 am
 
why i'll be voting for Dean: he's the only candidate who i think is smarter than the average person. he did some good stuff in Vermont with health insurance reform. vermont is very small, i know. he's moderate. i'm very left, so i have problems with some of his things, like the fact that he's against gun control. he's not a career politician, which to me is in his favor. he grew up affluent, but has chosen to live a very middle class lifestyle. he has a messy kitchen. his wife has said she will not quit her job (as a dr.) if he's elected. most important to me, he's interested in strengthening the american economic picture, raising minimum wage to $7, and making sure everyone has health care.
http://www.deanforamerica.com/ on the front page is mostly stuff about how much money he's raising, but you can route around for his opinions.
From:raditzsex
Teacher said not to.
Date: January 7th, 2004 - 11:35 am
 
Cool, that website has loads of info. I'll have to really check it out after work.
From:valamelmeo
Whiner.
Date: January 7th, 2004 - 10:18 am
 
I know I told you this already, but I might as well say it here too: The more I learn about each of the candidates, the less inclined I am to vote for any of them. Every single one of them has the wrong stance on something that's important to me (of the ones I've looked at so far), wrong enough and important enough to make me do an X sign with my fingers at the computer screen in a couple of cases.

So I'm holding out on saying much of anything until after the Libertarian convention in May. I'll probably end up voting for their guy anyway.
From:raditzsex
I've been goosed!
Date: January 7th, 2004 - 10:36 am
 
Dude, seriously. National sales tax. It's sick and wrong! Maybe I'll ignore platforms and go with the most charismatic candidate. Clinton did a lot on charisma alone, you know. So did Reagan and JFK and FDR.
From:raditzsex
Are you gonna eat that?
Date: January 7th, 2004 - 10:38 am
 
And why are we posting in the future?
From:valamelmeo
I saved you a seat.
Date: January 7th, 2004 - 11:10 am
 
I happen to think sales tax in general is sick and wrong, even if it is less paperwork (hey, it saves trees!). But I don't think anyone will ever convince Congress to get rid of income tax, so I don't really take issue with that. I'd prefer a flat tax to a national sales tax, anyway, but that's not going to happen either.

Timestamps on comments are put on by LJ's servers, so it must be set to the future.
From:raditzsex
Whiner.
Date: January 7th, 2004 - 11:31 am
 
I'm from the future! I've come back to warn you about your vote!

Just kidding. I just like saying I'm from the future.
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