Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Judge Robert Schnider is the democrat judge who might have just lost the election for John Kerry.

Editorial: Unsealing of divorce records a slippery slope
The unsealing of divorce court records of a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois could impact the presidential aspirations of Sen. John Kerry, who has his own divorce records under seal in Massachusetts.

I think it is safe to assume Kerry's divorce records will eventually be unsealed. All divorces are nasty, and Kerry's is rumored to be especially so. Could the sordid details of the divorce turn off a small percentage of those sitting on the fence? With the race expected to be as close as the 2000 election, it may just take a small percentage of turned-off voters to ultimately determine who wins this election.

Judge Schnider: "The openness of court files must be maintained, so that the public ..can be assured that there is no favoritism shown to the rich and powerful."

While it was an effective way to destroy the repbulican Jack Ryan's senatorial bid, do you think the Judge considered the greater implications of his ruling?

Monday, June 28, 2004

Dork President

U.S. President George W. Bush wears headphones as he listens to the translation of French President Jacques Chirac's remarks during the opening session of the NATO summit Monday, June 28, 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The AP (espeically the foreign AP) just loves releasing the worst pictures of President Bush on the wire...this one is especially nice...

Friday, June 25, 2004

Onward and upward! Space elevators??

Try to watch this video (requires real player) and not smile or feel like a little kid again.


This has been amazing month for space travel. A private rocket to space! and now this! What an age!

USA Today
ABC News
Sydney Morning Tribune
China Daily

"One can imagine how much inventiveness, daring and courage were necessary to realise such a plan. Like every feat of engineering, this success is proof of mankind's capacity for invention." - La Nouvelle Republique du Centre-Ouest

"Just like when early airplanes were flying in 1910, we didn't know what the benefits are, but we were doing it because it was fun." - Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites

In 15 years, he predicts, "space tourism will be a multibillion-dollar business." - Rattan

"After this flight, I don't think it will be hard to convince anyone that space tourism is within the grasp of normal people," Rutan says. One hurdle: there's no consensus in D.C. on how to regulate such vehicles. A bill that would treat them uniquely—without requiring the same level of safety as airplanes—is stalled in Congress. Newsday

I urge the State to just stay away from this one - not that they can really stop it. Let's roll!

Friday, June 18, 2004

What’s up with the Bush – Clinton Love fest?

"Over eight years, it was clear that Bill Clinton loved the job of the presidency," recently remarked President Bush upon Clinton’s return to the Whitehouse to see his portrait unveiled. "He filled this house with energy and joy. He's a man of enthusiasm and warmth, who could make a compelling case and effectively advance the causes that drew him to public service."

Clinton responded with similar compassion. "The president, by his generous words to Hillary and me today, has proved once again that in the end, we are held together by this grand system of ours that permits us to debate and struggle and fight for what we believe is right.”

Kind words, no doubt. But is it possible that there is a deeper motivation than a common exchange of pleasantries? Let me posit Bill Clinton may purposely be undermining John Kerry’s presidential aspirations. The latest Pew Research polls suggest Bush is turning back up in the polls. Perhaps Clinton’s remarks have convinced some of the swing voters who respected Clinton but have questions about Kerry.

There is more. Speaking at the launch of his book tour, Clinton offered a defense of Bush, saying "You have to give Bush credit, because he's just doing what he said he'd do during the campaign." This hardly sounds like the standard liberal mantra of “Bush lied to the American public.”

Describing his upcoming 60 minutes interview with the former president, Dan Rather is quoted as saying Clinton was "supportive" of President Bush on Iraq and his view of Bush "will surprise some people."

Assuming the election is down to the wire, consider the potential effect Clinton’s timely words and summer-long book tour might have on the Kerry team. Further, consider his motivation. Might he be keeping the door open for Hillary in 2008. As he is the consummate politician of our time, I wouldn’t put it past him.

Friday, June 11, 2004

The Statist's Creed

We believe in one State,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of all that is good and just,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Ruler, the Lord Bill Clinton,
the only Son of State,
eternally begotten of the State,
State from State, Light from Light,
true State from true State,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the State.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from Little Rock:
by the power of the Mighty Vote
he became incarnate from the Ballot Box,
and was made Ruler.
For our sake he was crucified under a Right-wing Conspiracy;
he suffered humiliation and was impeached.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Constitution;
he ascended into the Oval Office
and is seated at the right hand of the State.
He will come again in glory to rule the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in Clinton, the Ruler, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the State and the Ballot Box.
With the State and the Vote he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy Ruler and State.
We acknowledge one State for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the Total State Domination,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.