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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Trying again.

What 5 to 10 Things that you wanted a Democratic Congress to accomplish?

-Raising the minimum wage
-Reform of the Patriot Act
-Repeal of the bill just signed that allows the President to suspend Habeus Corpus and personally interpret the Geneva Conventions
-Investigate pre-Iraq War intelligence, and release the results of previous investigations that were done in 2004 and then not released due to the election
-Reform electronic voting

What 5 to 10 Things should the United States have done different since 9/11?

-Complete the mission in Afghanistan instead of switching resources to Iraq
-Create a "law enforcement" organization to fight terrorism, as military solutions do not work
-Reform US intelligence gathering, which is still built on a Cold War/industrial espionage model
-Partner with other countries to create an international responcs to jihadist terrorism
-Pour BILLIONS into creating alternative fuels to phase out the use of foreign oil

What is the Democratic agenda? See? That wasn't so hard, was it?

How should the Democrats try to deal with North Korea and Iran?

North Korea is pretty simple, and Senator Barney Frank laid it out on Bill Maher's show this week: Enter into bilateral talks and offer food and energy assistance, and an assurance that the US and it's allies will not attack them in return for a suspension of nuclear activity and a return of inspectors and monitoring.

Iran has become more radicalized in the past 4 years with the Bush Administration shunning the most pro-Western administration since 1979 (Mohammad Khatami, who tried to start talks with the US repeatedly, but was ignored, rebuffed and insulted by Bush in a number of speeches). Because of this, we need to rely on Europe to continue to work on the situation diplomatically until there is a new President and a fresh start in the US.

However, since the President is in charge of foreign policy, the Democrats have little influence even if they do win both houses of Congress.

Is the United States truly at war?

No. And we should be. We are at war in two countries, and we are losing both of them. To "support the troops", we need to ramp up the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan, allow the generals to set tactics instead of contractors and the civilian leadership, and the country needs to be set on a path to help sacrifice to aid as well. The war in Iraq has cost over $300 Billion and EVERY PENNY OF THE COST has been borrowed from China. We need to raise money via tax hikes and war bonds, same as the US did in WWII. I don't know all of the answers, but the fact that Kevin Federline being on WWE Wrasslin is considered a more important story on the news than the fact that this is the bloodiest month so far in the Iraq war (if you go by placement on news shows over the last week) shows that we have our priorities so buggered we should be ashamed as a country.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Utterly Unsurprising

Third Way Liberal

You scored 71% Personal Liberty and 34% Economic Liberty!

A third way liberal believes in little to moderate government intervention on personal matters and moderate to high government intervention on economic matters. They tend to be opposed to war, police powers, victimless crimes, and what they may consider to be a corporate state or rogue capitalism. They generally support personal liberty and believes in a social safety net or welfare state. They support self-ownership and privacy. Third way liberals are essentially the "mainstream" left and left of center.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 70% on Personal
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You scored higher than 29% on Economic

Link: The Politics Test written by brainpolice on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Monday, October 09, 2006

A nice little peice of writing by Alan Moore

In which he describes meeting a character he created.

I have heard a lot of stories about writers "meeting" their characters. I have yet to do so, and I think that if I did, I'd just want to ap;ologize to them for putting them through so much crap.