Grabbing the Third Rail with Both Hands

So, I’ve been listening to a lot of the coverage of Sarah Palin and her daughter and it’s gotten me thinking about abortion. This is one of the political issues that my wife and I don’t see eye to eye on. That’s largely because she’s very decidedly pro-choice and I’m largely indecided.

While I could get into it in more detail here, that’s not the point of this post.  The point is that I think I’ve finally figured out what it is that bothers me about the abortion debate.  Pro-lifers are clearly anti-abortion.  I am not clearly anti-abortion, so I don’t really feel like that qualifies me as pro-life.  At the same time, I don’t feel like I’m pro-choice, either, but I could never figure out why I felt that way.  Last night, it struck me why.

I don’t think pro-choice is the proper term any longer.   (more…)

Published in: on September 6, 2008 at 7:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Avoiding a Fight

While strolling through the Far Point Media forums, I ran across a user whose signature said “Obama. Because I want a smart president this time.”  My brain immediately responded, but I haven’t allowed that response to leave the confines of my skull.  I don’t want to make a political comment in a thread about bookshelf organization.  I think adding my own signature with the retort would be a tad juvenile, and that’d leech into my posts elsewhere on the forums.

I almost PM’d the person, but, to what end?  I’m pretty sure that, no matter how polite my introduction, the smarmy response would likely be remembered as my true first impression.  I don’t know this person, and I’m not going to change his mind, so why bother?

Well, I have a condition.  Once a really good line (even a mostly passable line) or an argument (randomly generated or caused by an earlier conversation) spawns inside my head, I won’t sleep till I let it loose in some fashion.  My wife’s asleep.  The one friend I have who might be interested seems to be avoiding my calls.  Thus, I inflict this blog post on the intertubes, and the one random hit I get every couple of days.  (I make no guesses about whether it’s a spambot or a real person.  A hit’s a hit, right?)

Anyway, back to the point, so that I can go to bed.  “Obama.  Because I want a smart president this time?”  How about “Obama.  Because the 57 states need 10 years of hope.”

Edit:  Just thought of a potentially better line.  “Obama.  If I can’t have substance, at least give me style.”

Published in: on August 18, 2008 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fundamental Failure

So, I got into a political debate with a friend of mine a few days ago.  He and I are of the same mind that politics are not a taboo subject.  They used to be discussed and debated openly and regularly, and they should be again.  

Anyway, as we were talking, the topic of McCain vs. Obama came up.  A couple years ago, I pretty much determined that my friend and I basically have the same opinion of the political parties.  I believe the Democrats are evil and the Republicans are incompetent.  My friend agrees, but switches the parties around.  So, it really wasn’t a surprise when he said he was considering voting for Obama.  I expressed my dislike for Obama, and he wanted to know why. (more…)

Published in: on July 23, 2008 at 4:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Two-Faced Females

I am going to assume that nobody’s ever going to read this, and skip any introduction or explanation. If you’ve stumbled upon this page, I apologize, but not too much.

My friends and I were waiting for Ghost Hunters to come on the SciFi channel last night. While we were waiting, we switched over to Comedy Central and watched The Daily Show. On it, there was a clip of Condaleeza Rice, and an interview with Madeline Albright. One of my friends, a female, started ripping into Rice as a liar, manipulative, and “it’s a shame that she had to be the first black female to rise that far” or some such comment. Then she praised Albright as being intelligent, funny, and all around likeable.

This annoys me. I don’t care what my friend’s politics are, but the fact that she’s decided that Rice is evil while Albright is good, despite the fact that they both are intelligent, manipulative, funny, and occasionally dishonest, bothers me.

All politicians talk out of both sides of their mouths.
All politicians will do everything in their power to slime the other side.
All politicians are looking to ensure they stay in power.

Especially coming on the heels of Albright’s outright lies she told a couple of days ago about Clinton being offered binLaden by Sudan, the idea that she’s some sort of saint compared to Rice was just ridiculous.

Anyway, Ghost Hunters was fascinating.

Published in: on May 4, 2006 at 4:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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