Saturday, October 30, 2004

mighty six-foah’

look for new pics of the ‘64 c-10 comming to a weblog nea you.  ive put it into the shop for some changes like headers, exhaust, HO motor, peformance cam, chrome goodies, re-geared rear end, new fuel cell etc....

Posted by bbeard on 10/30 at 02:29 PM
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NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/10/29/bulge/index_np.html
NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate
Physicist says imaging techniques prove the president’s bulge was not caused by wrinkled clothing.

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By Kevin Berger

Oct. 29, 2004 | George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge. “I don’t know what that is,” he said on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, referring to the infamous protrusion beneath his jacket during the presidential debates. “I’m embarrassed to say it’s a poorly tailored shirt.”

Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He’s a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis. Currently he’s engrossed in analyzing digital photos of Saturn’s moon Titan, determining its shape, whether it contains craters or canyons. 

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Giving homes to ‘gentle giants’

An article about the group I volunteer for…

by Jacqueline Mah
Staff Writer
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Sep. 1, 2004

Rick Steele/The Gazette
Kara Feidelseit hugs Bentley, a 155-pound Great Dane owned by Greg and Lori Mooradian of Germantown, at a meet and greet held by the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Saturday.

Blue, a 2-year-old Great Dane, has seen the good and the bad sides of humanity.

Before she was rescued, Blue’s owner locked her in a basement for 90 percent of her life. She was not socialized properly and developed a fear of men and an abnormal shyness.

In April 2003, the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League found her, took her away from her previous owner, and gave her to Lori Mooradian, 32, of Germantown.

The rescue league is a volunteer group with branches in nine East Coast states and Washington, D.C. Each region has a separate area coordinator who works with the other regions to find and place the Danes. Often dogs are taken from a location in one state and transported to a foster or adopting family in another state.

Last year, the league helped improve the care of 523 dogs, said Debra Rahl, president of the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

Blue weighed 70 pounds when she was adopted, Mooradian said. Pictures of the dog back then show a dramatically different animal. Her ribs, hip bone and back bone protruded from underneath her skin.

“She was skinny,” Mooradian said.

Blue would eat very fast and seem very nervous when she ate, Mooradian remembered.

“She didn’t realize she would be getting another [meal] in a few hours,” she said.

After three months under Mooradian’s care, Blue’s weight was up to 105 pounds.

“It’s amazing what a little love can do, right?” Mooradian’s husband, Greg, 35, said. The couple also owns Bentley, a 155-pound Great Dane, who was adopted in January 2003.

The league doesn’t only rescue Great Danes from abusive situations, group members said. It also gets dogs who are simply unwanted by their owners. Sometimes an owner feels their dog has gotten too big to handle. Other times, the dog is neglected because of a divorce or change in the owner’s life situation, like many unwanted pets.

In addition to giving the animals new homes, the group also gives the dogs proper training and medical attention before they are placed into a foster or new adoption home.

The group also teaches some Great Dane owners how to better care for their dogs.

Many of the dogs, like Blue, come into the group’s care with deep behavioral scars, group members said.

Blue’s owner was a “backyard breeder” who cared more about turning a profit than advancing the breed, Mooradian said.

Her mother was a deaf Great Dane who should not have been bred because of her handicap, Greg Mooradian said. She could have passed the defect on to Blue. But luckily, she didn’t, Greg Mooradian said. The only thing she passed on was her unique eyes and pink nose, giving Blue her striking looks.

Because Blue’s owner neglected her, Greg Mooradian said he had a hard time earning Blue’s trust. For the first four months of her adoption, Blue would cower and try to escape every time Greg would go to touch her, Lori Mooradian said. But she seemed fine with women and children, Lori Mooradian said.

To gain Blue’s trust, Greg Mooradian said he sat on the ground every day for four months and held a treat behind his back. Day by day, he would move the treat closer to his front. Finally, after months of patience, Blue let him pet her.

Now, Blue is socialized enough to come with the Mooradians on the rescue group’s meet and greets, which are bi-monthly events the group holds at local pet stores to familiarize the public with the breed.

For the most part, Blue sat behind a table Saturday at the Germantown PetsMart, sticking close by Lori Mooradian’s side. Blue ventured out from time to time to let a visitor pet her or to take a treat.

“In my opinion, abuse and neglect of animals should be treated the same as abuse and neglect on a kid,” Greg Mooradian said.

Visitors to the group’s table seemed to range in their exposure to the breed. Some already owned Great Danes; others gaped at the dogs’ size, which can average about 130 pounds for females and 150 pounds for males.

“You could put a saddle on this guy,” one man said.

Mooradian said she hears comments like that a lot. In fact, she said she thinks she likes Danes because she used to have horses when she was younger.

Another passerby, a young girl wearing an orange shirt and blue-jean overalls, stood back from the dogs with her mother, casting a slightly wary look in one dog’s direction.

“She’s, like, that big,” the girl said, holding her hand level with her forehead.

Mary Beth Krammer, 42, of Howard County, came to the meet and greet on her way to a soccer game with her two daughters, Kerry and Kelsey, who are both 14. The Krammers saw the adoption sign in the parking lot and stopped because they have already adopted two Danes through the rescue league.

“You’d think they’d be like these really scary dogs,” Kerry Krammer said. “But they’re actually really friendly.”

Misconceptions about the breed only cause more dogs to be turned in to a shelter or to a rescue group. Despite their size, Great Danes are not guard dogs, volunteers said. In fact, lounging on couches is probably one of their most favorite things to do. Danes also make surprisingly good apartment dogs, owners said.

They’re known as the “gentle giants,” Mooradian said. “They definitely are.”

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Golf Club braces to fight city rule

All I can say is they are standing up for what they believe in. I applaud them.  My company bowed under the pressure!

The leadership of the Druid Hills Golf Club has sent a letter to its 1,100 members arguing that the club should not change its policies to provide full benefits for partners of unmarried members, whether gay or straight.

The board’s letter comes 10 months after a city commission ruled the club was discriminating against homosexuals by not providing full spousal benefits to partners of gay members. The letter comes about a month after Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin warned the club in writing to accept “responsibility to address the unfairness of its current policies” or face sanctions.

A legal battle between the city and the club appears likely.  The Druid Hills club’s board has alerted members that legal fees to defend spousal benefits policy could reach $200,000.

“It depends on how the mayor responds,” said Richard Ling, the club’s membership chairman.

Under the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, the mayor could impose a range of punishments against the club, including the removal of the club’s business or liquor licenses. Such measures would trigger a lawsuit by the club against the city. The club’s board stated in its letter that lawyers’ fees would cost Druid Hills $150,000 to $200,000.

The showdown between the city and the club is the first major test of Atlanta’s ordinance, passed in 2000, which guarantees equal rights for gays in Atlanta public accommodations.

The club contends that the city cannot tell a private group what benefits it must provide to members. The board argues the club only will provide full spousal benefits to people who are legally married under state law. Georgia law forbids gays from marrying.

“State and federal law already provide strong support to the club’s position that it is permissible to distinguish between the privileges extended to married and unmarried persons,” the board states in its eight-page letter.

Lee Kyser, a lesbian club member who filed the complaint against the club with another gay member, said the club’s letter shows Druid Hills is disregarding the mayor’s authority.

“They are thumbing their noses not only at us, but at the mayor as well,” she said.

The mayor’s office had no comment Wednesday about the board’s letter.

The letter does suggest some minor changes in club policy, including allowing “designated partners” of unmarried partners of members to visit parts of the club without members. The proposed changes, however, fall far short of allowing gay members to share their membership rights such as golf course privileges and inheritance. On Jan. 12, the Atlanta Human Relations Commission ruled anything short of those benefits amounted to discrimination against gays.

The unsigned board letter asks for members to send in suggestions to the board by Nov. 12. The board will vote to formalize any changes later next month.

Posted by loni on 10/28 at 09:33 AM
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Despite advance voting, bet on long lines Tuesday

Read this today in the AJC.

The crush of early voters casting ballots this week in Georgia must surely mean Election Day lines will be shorter, right? Wishful thinking, officials say.

More than 100,000 Georgians have cast ballots in the first three days of advance voting, which ends Friday. Waits as long as three to four hours have been reported in several counties, including Clayton, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett. DeKalb County is leading the state, recording more than 16,000 early votes.

Including absentee, overseas and other forms of early voting, more than 238,107 Georgians have already cast a ballot.

While that’s at least 238,107 fewer people who will line up at the polls on Tuesday, it’s a small percentage of the 3 million people forecast to vote in Georgia. Perhaps 90 percent of voters will be casting their ballots on Election Day.

“I think this is going to be a very high turnout election,” said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox. “And even with a big participation in advance voting, you’re still going to have a lot more people physically at the polls than you had in July and March,” when the party primaries were conducted, drawing about 1.2 million and 800,000 voters respectively.

In other states, early voting has generally not increased the number of people who vote but, instead, has cut the number of voters who show up on Election Day.

“One of its biggest functions is to spread out voting over a prolonged period and make it a little bit less of a crunch time for everybody,” said Jonathan Black, a spokesman for Texas Secretary of State Geoffrey Connor.

Texas was one of the first states to institute early voting. This year, Texans began casting ballots Oct. 18. Officials predict about 40 percent of the votes in Texas will be cast before Election Day.

About half of Nevada’s votes are cast before Election Day, officials there said. “It takes some of the traffic load off of Election Day,” said Steve George, a spokesman for Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller.

Early voting is relatively new to Georgia. This is the first presidential election in which it has been used. Over time, as voters learn about the option, more people will cast early ballots, officials predict.

Cox hopes to expand advance voting in subsequent elections to include more polling sites and weekend and evening hours.

“I think it’s going to take several [election] cycles,” Riggall said. “These are baby steps.”

Election officials in Georgia are not counting on early voting to ease the crowds Tuesday. Even as they process thousands of advance voters this week, they are furiously making preparations for Election Day.

“We are expecting long lines,” said Cobb County elections chief Sharon Wingfield. “It is a good sign because people are taking an interest in this election.”

Fulton County elections director Cynthia Welch said 2,182 voting machines and 2,635 poll workers should be enough to handle all of the county’s 447,522 registered voters who choose to turn out on Tuesday.

“We may be tired, but we will be ready,” Welch said.

Annie Bright, head of Clayton County elections, isn’t worried about how her staff will handle Election Day, but she does expect long lines at Clayton’s 53 precincts.

“Nobody is going to be turned away,” she said. “We’ve already got extra poll workers. I did that before [early voting] happened.” Bright said two-hour waits could be expected, “but I certainly hope not three and four hours long.”

If bottlenecks occur, they are most likely to happen in voter processing by poll workers, election officials say.

John Sullivan, registration chief for Fulton County, noted that most judicial races were decided in the July primaries. “In the past they were on the November ballot, so the ballot’s not as long as it traditionally has been,” he said.

But with a fiercely fought presidential race, a war in Iraq and concerns over the economy, it’s unlikely many voters will get off easy with a short wait, experts say.

At the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs on Wednesday, voters stood in line for two to three hours.

“I’ll stay as long as it takes,” said Mike Dobbs, 54, an insurance executive from Alpharetta. “I should’ve gotten an absentee ballot, but I decided to brave it.

“It’s the most important election we’ve faced in years because of the issues of national security and the war on terror,” he said.

At the South Fulton Service Center, where it was estimated that more than 1,000 people voted Wednesday, the wait was up to two hours.

“It is for a good cause, so I’ll wait,” said Pamela Homer, 42, of East Point, who was last in line

Posted by loni on 10/28 at 09:26 AM
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BOING: Watch for Rubber Checks!

Checks: No days of delay anymore

Checks: No days of delay anymore

By HANK EZELL
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/28/04

The float just sank.

As of today, any check you write may be posted and the money deducted from your account within a few hours.

Savvy consumers no longer can count on a delay of a day or two or three the float as a paper check moves through the banking system.

The speedup is a result of the new Check 21 law, which goes into effect today. It allows banks to make an electronic image of a check and send the electrons, not the paper, through the system.

At the same time, the new federal law does not require banks to process your deposits by the new, speedy method.

Not all banks will make the switch overnight. Wachovia, for example, plans to start with a pilot program involving “a very limited set of customers,” bank officials said Wednesday.

Electronic processing is much cheaper than shipping tons of paper, so you can expect all major banks in Georgia to change over in coming weeks or months.

When you get your statement in the mail, you can expect a mixture of traditional paper checks and electronic images of other checks.

Consumer advocates offer these tips for dealing with speed-of-light banking:

Stop writing rubber checks. Gail Hillebrand, a senior attorney for Consumers Union, suggests you check your balance if you have any doubt at all about how much is there. If you bank online, you can look up your balance from a computer.

Use direct deposit whenever possible. Many employers will arrange to send your pay directly to your bank account. You can do the same thing with dividend checks and government checks. With direct deposit, there is no hold, bankers say.

Consider overdraft protection. Some banks will allow you to link a savings account to your checking account. If you write a bouncer, your bank will cover it with money from the savings account. Note: Banks generally charge for this or similar arrangements.

Check your monthly statements as soon as you receive them. Some experts worry that, on occasion, a check might be posted twice. To get the full protection of the law, you have to notify the bank about any such problems within specified periods.

Posted by loni on 10/28 at 09:24 AM
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Here we go again in FL?

I can’t believe (well actually I can) that this administration would refuse international voting monitors several weeks ago.  The country definitely needs monitors.

http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com
Fla. County Says Absentee Ballots Missing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Up to 58,000 absentee ballots may never have reached the Broward County voters who requested them more than two weeks ago, election officials said, and state police are investigating.

Hundreds of people have called the county elections office to complain that they never got their ballots. The phone system was so overwhelmed some frustrated voters could not get through.

The county election office said the problem involved ballots mailed on Oct. 7-8, though the number of those actually missing was uncertain. Some absentee ballots mailed on those dates have already been returned to be counted.

“We are trying to determine what occurred and whether there was any kind of criminal violation,’’ said Paige Patterson-Hughes, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The county blamed the U.S. Postal Service. “That is something beyond our control,’’ Deputy Supervisor of Elections Gisela Salas said. “We really have no idea what’s going on.’’

Postal officials said the post office was not to blame.

“We have employees that we assign to handle the absentee ballots that come in,’’ said Enola C. Rice, a Postal Service spokeswoman in South Florida. “So all the absentee ballots that are received by the Postal Service are processed and delivered immediately.’’

Absentee voters who did not receive a ballot can request another, which officials said would be sent by overnight mail.

In 2000, Broward gave Democrat Al Gore his biggest margin among Florida counties. He received 67 percent of the vote there, while losing the state to George W. Bush by just 537 votes.

10/27/04 16:26

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Presidential pets

Presidential pets

BY DR. MARTY BECKER

Knight Ridder Newspapers

(KRT) - From first president George Washington’s French foxhounds to current president George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier, Barney, purebred dogs in the White House are as traditional as baseball, apple pie and politics.

Yes, politics.

While we’re sure presidents have probably needed the unconditional love, limitless affection and to-die-for loyalty of pets more than any ordinary citizen, presidents and presidential candidates also realize that nothing humanizes them in the eyes of the electorate more that seeing them cuddle, coddle, or carry a pet.

Seeing images of them in the company of their pets makes us attach positive social attributes to them.

According to the American Kennel Club, other than the breeds owned by Washington and Bush, past presidents have shared the White House with Briards, Newfoundlands, Italian Greyhounds, English Mastiffs, Poodles, Collies, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Bouvier des Flandres, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Manchester Terriers, Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Airedale Terriers, Chow Chows, Old English Sheepdogs, Fox Terriers, Elkhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, German Shepherds, Bullmastiffs, Irish Setters, English Setters, Great Danes, Weimaraners and Welsh Terriers.

Or who could forget Lyndon Johnson’s three Beagles named Him, Her and Edgar, Richard Nixon’s Cocker Spaniel, Checkers, George Bush’s English Springer Spaniel Millie who was the author of a bestselling book, and Bill Clinton’s loyal Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Buddy?

“No matter who wins on election day, the tradition of purebred pooches will continue,” said Gail Miller, Director of Media Relations for the American Kennel Club. “From a dog-eat-dog perspective, the election is really between Bush’s Scottie and Kerry’s German Shepherd.”

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(Dr. Marty Becker is the coauthor of the new book “Chicken Soup For The Horse Lover’s Soul” and a popular veterinary contributor for ABC TV’s “Good Morning America.” Write to him in care of Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, 700 12th St. NE, STE 1000, Washington, DC 20005.)

Posted by rosevine69 on 10/28 at 04:59 AM
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Choices

Why do people have to choose between the lesser of two evils.  That is what I hear from many people when picking a president.  Even people that are voting for Bush.  They feel they are voting for the lesser of two people.  When will we as a people, not African-Americas, but middle class and low class people, choose to stand up and vote for someone different.  Why can’t we get behind a different choice other than republican or democrat?  I just have a lot of questions like that before I got to the polls tomorrow.  I really don’t know who I am going to vote for still?????????

Posted by J. Swag. on 10/27 at 10:54 PM
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Rye Ergot and Witches

Tonight on NOVA I am watching a program to explain the strange behaviour around the world that was frequently blamed on witches.  Ergot alkaloids ingested in animals present similar affects as LSD.  Anybody want to grow some rye with me?

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1037.htm
Many symptoms of ergot poisoning and the plague are similar. They probably coexisted. The worst plague damage occurred where ergot suppressed the human immune system and made people vulnerable. Records of plague deaths show huge regional variations. The plague probably followed pockets of rye ergot.

And what about witch hunts? The symptoms of bewitchment are consistent, but the way those symptoms were received was not. Crazy behavior was commonplace in the medieval plague years. The mad “Dance of Death” is a theme shot through medieval iconography. The spasms suffered by ergot victims were called St. Vitus Dance. Do you remember Ingmar Bergman’s wonderful movie about the plague, The Seventh Seal? It began and ended with the figure of death leading the doomed in an eerie dance across a hilltop.

Then, in the 1500s and 1600s, the symptoms of ergot were blamed on witches—all over Europe, and finally in Massachusetts. Witch hunts hardly occurred where people didn’t eat rye.

In the 1740s, the so called Age of Rationalism, ergot symptoms became a mark of holy, not demonic, possession. Visions, trances, and spasms were read as religious ecstasy. It was a period of religious revival that historians call the Great Awakening.

Posted by SPN on 10/27 at 07:42 PM
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Get ready for a November surprise

A “black young’n” says the polls and pundits just don’t get the new voter realities. Kerry wins in a blowout, predicts this Salon reader. APPEARED IN SALON MAGAZINE

By Kevin Criss

Oct. 27, 2004 | I am a 21-year-old African-American/loyal Salon reader/ frequent writer to you. Although I love you all a lot and, like you (assuming so), I am a liberal, I just feel I have to scream at you for a bit. Almost two weeks ago, I sent a letter to you guys telling you how the new Eminem song “Mosh” has many young’ns riled up, angry, motivated and against Bush. Now 10 days or so later, not only you guys but many publications are up on it. My point? Maybe you guys should listen more to us young’ns, maybe have a young person consultant of sorts. After all, we will decide this election, as I will point out later in this letter. 

First, let me just say prepare for the death of polls, as that will be the dominant story coming out of election night. First blacks. I saw Ann Coulter on some show where she was literally speaking for black America. Being that she is an aging white chick with poorly dyed roots, she obviously got it wrong. Those polls saying how Bush will get 16 to 18 percent of the black vote are just wrong. To quote ODB, “Nigga please.” Since black people aren’t really polled, here is a bit of insight. Although we aren’t that excited about Kerry, he has nothing to worry about with the African-American community. We as a whole don’t like Bush, period. Yes, Democrats take us for granted and regardless of which party, we are at the bottom of the totem poll, but we realize that Democrats talk to us, try with us, are down with us, and give us a seat at the table. We are gamed to what the GOP do, or rather don’t do for us.

Locally, as all politics are, as a person living in Louisiana, I can tell you that the more racist persons here are a part of the Republican Party and to us the GOP chooses them over us. Plus, we are highly motivated. You just don’t realize how pissed we are from Florida last time. Bringing out Clinton won’t hurt, but Kerry shouldn’t worry about us African-Americans.

Next, us young’ns. We aren’t as stupid as people think. Simply put, we are in Iraq fighting or we know someone there, we have no health insurance, no jobs, and are generally pro-human rights (not for the gay marriage amendment, PATRIOT Act, etc.). We aren’t going to vote for Bush, period. Kerry will take about 70 percent of the young vote. I am predicting, collectively there will at least 20 million more voters from these two groups, young’ns and blacks. You maybe think “yeah the badword right”—but trust me. On average 30 percent of African-Americans vote. Expect a minimum of 50 percent this time, maybe close to double. That is anywhere between 7 to 9 million more blacks voting. Young’ns will have a similar margin. Again, we at most vote at a 40 percent rate. Young’ns will easily double their numbers, going from 18 million to about 36 million.

Here are things to ponder.

Kerry wins Arizona: This state has the most college students per capita. Kerry will win Flagstaff, Tucson and Tempe. Throw in Native Americans, Latins, and even moderate Republicans who will vote Democratic (they got the Democratic governor elected), and oh I forgot all the Independents, Kerry will win this state.

Kerry wins Nevada: This state simply comes down to Vegas. Kerry will win Vegas by a big enough margin to cancel out the rest of the state.

Kerry win Missouri: What people either don’t realize or just don’t give a badword to report is that the black mobilization efforts in St. Louis and Kansas City are second to none, literally. Florida got the attention last time, but people seem to have forgotten that blacks there were denied the right to vote at many polling places that were closed on them. Throw in college towns, Kerry wins.

Kerry wins Minnesota: I can’t believe people actually think this state is close. What people tend to forget is that voters here can register as you vote. Throw in Ventura’s endorsement and the young’ns.

Kerry wins Colorado: Sometimes people just got to listen to the streets. I have family and friends in Colorado, and what they tell me is that “Fahrenheit 9/11” has had a huge impact there, so much so they are still talking about it, and as people watched it they were changed by it. How can a tradtional red state have a rich ass Senate candidate getting his ass kicked and polls showing Bush/Kerry within the margin. Kerry wins.

Kerry wins Texas: PSYCH! But just as people are saying Kerry wins CA, NY, and NJ by closer margins, so does Bush take his own state. I’ll go out on a margin and say Bush gets no more than 60 percent in his own state. Holla.

Just to save space and time: Kerry wins Arkansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Florida, N. Hampshire, and Penn. He may lose Iowa, as I really don’t know much about that state. Kerry wins nationally in a blowout. Election night is over as central time zone states finish reporting. Why? Because of blacks and young’ns. Bush’s people know this, as their strategy is to turn out their base while suppressing our base ... badword.

I ask that in the future that you at least take in more opinions from us young’ns and Afro Americans.

Posted by Nuttshell on 10/27 at 07:05 PM
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quote fo the day - well saying or something like that

Notice that The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are “XL”? 

Posted by bbeard on 10/27 at 02:09 PM
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How true is this?

This is posted froman email I received today.

Serving in the armed forces should not be a litmus test for leading the country.  HOWEVER, remember, it was the Neo-cons (Neo-conmen) who led our young boys to a wasteful war against Iraq. 

With that frame of reference, look at who served and who did not.  Don’t dare, after reviewing this list, question the patriotism of liberals and/or Democrats.  It is also offensive for the president and the vice president to question the patriotism of those who protest the war effort in Iraq.  Has the FIrst Amendment been revoked by Ashcroft too?

Democrats

Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969;sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971as an army
journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy1966-69; > Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-’47;Medal of Honor, WWII.
John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; decorated officer in Vietnam.
John Edwards: did not serve.
Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt.,Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
Max Cleland: Captain, Army1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-1953. 

Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy,1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
Jack Reed: Army Ranger,1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
Fritz Hollings: Army officering WWII, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col.,Army 1956-76; Vietnam,DFCs, Bronze Stars,and Soldier’s Medal.
Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit
Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant,173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
Bill McBride: Candidate for FL. Governor. Marine in Vietnam;Bronze Star with Combat V.
Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam,Bronze Star.
Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
Chuck Robb: Vietnam
Howell Heflin: Silver Star
George McGovern: Silver Star& DFC during WWII.
Bill Clinton: Did not serve.Student deferments.
Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
John Glenn: WWII and Korea;six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul
Wallenberg.
Wesley Clark: U.S.Army, 1966-2000, West Point, Vietnam,Purple Heart,
Silver Star. Retired 4-star general.
John Dingell: WWII vet
John Conyers: Army 1950-57, Korea

Republicans

Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
Tom Delay: did not serve.
House Whip Roy Blunt: did not serve.
Bill Frist: did not serve.
Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
George Pataki: did not serve.
Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
Rick Santorum: did not serve.
Trent Lott: did not serve.
Dick Cheney: did not serve.Several deferments, the last by marriage.
John Ashcroft: did not serve.Seven deferments to teach business.
Jeb Bush: did not serve.
Karl Rove: did not serve.
Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. “Bad knee.” The man who attacked Max
Cleland’s patriotism.
Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
Vin Weber: did not serve.
Richard Perle: did not serve.
Douglas Feith: did not serve.
Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
Richard Shelby: did not serve.
Jon Kyl: did not serve.
Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
Christopher Cox: did not serve.
Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy(1954-57) as aviator and flight instructor.
George W. Bush: six-year Nat’l Guard commitment (in four).
Gerald Ford: Navy, WWII
Phil Gramm: did not serve.
John McCain: Silver Star,Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bob Dole: an honorable veteran.
Chuck Hagel: two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Duke Cunningham: nominated for Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Stars, Air
Medals, Purple Hearts.
Jeff Sessions: Army Reserves,1973-1986
JC Watts: did not serve.
Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
G.H.W. Bush: Pilot in WWII.Shot down by the Japanese.
Tom Ridge:Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam.
Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
Clarence Thomas: did not serve

Pundits & Preachers

Sean Hannity: did not serve.

Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a ‘pilonidal cyst.’)

Bill O’Reilly: did not serve.

Michael Savage: did not serve.

George Will: did not serve.

Chris Matthews: Peace Corps volunteer.

Paul Gigot: did not serve.

Bill Bennett: did not serve.

Pat Buchanan: did not serve.

Bill Kristol: did not serve.

Kenneth Starr: did not serve.

Michael Medved: did not serve.

Posted by SPN on 10/27 at 01:53 PM
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Possible Grassroots Campaign Initiative?

What if there was a way to confuse the Bushies and thwart them in their attempt to suppress voter turnout?

As I was driving around on Sunday thinking about this election, I had a campaign idea which I thought could confuse the Bushies.  What if every Kerry supporter (Black, White, Brown, Yellow and Red) in a battleground state (especially) wore a Bush button or t-shirt on election day as they approached the polls?  Would the right wing-nuts dare try to stop anyone they thought was a possible Bush voter?  I definitely would like feedback.  I talked with my girlfriend and her husband and they liked the idea.

Posted by Nuttshell on 10/26 at 10:52 AM
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Quote of the day

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

Posted by bbeard on 10/26 at 09:49 AM
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