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Issues of Importance?

Depending on the way you lean, the following information could have bearing on decisions you make November 2nd.

Gay Marriage
President Bush is opposed
John Kerry favors

Partial-Birth Abortion
President Bush is opposed
John Kerry favors

Unborn Victims of Violence Act? 1
President Bush Favors
John Kerry is Opposed

Allow open homosexuals to serve in the military?
President Bush is opposed
John Kerry favors

Allow faith based organizations to participate equally in federal programs to provide social services?
President Bush Favors
John Kerry is Opposed

Restoring voluntary prayer in the public schools
President Bush Favors
John Kerry is Opposed

Judges
President bush says "We need common-sense judges who believe our rights are derived from God."
John Kerry insists on judges who support the ACLU's radical anti-Christian, anti-God, anti-family agenda. John Kerry is insistent on blocking President Bush's federal judge appointments.

Overall Record
President Bush does not vote on issues before Congress but, based on his publicly stated positions, would receive an 85% conservative rating from the American Conservative Union if he did.
John Kerry, according to the highly respected, politically-neutral National Journal rates Kerry the most liberal U. S. Senator in 2003 -- more liberal than Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.

Asking for God's blessing on America
President Bush often asks God to bless America in his speeches
John Kerry attacks Bush for mentioning God so often

1If a pregnant woman is attacked and her baby is hurt, it becomes a separate crime. Does not apply to abortion.

Links:
[Massachusetts Family Institute]

Take it all for what it is worth. Do your own research, make a smart decision. Don't vote for candidate x because someone else is. Do it for a reason.



RantUser says SAT Scores on 10/29/2004
List of individuals by their reported SAT college entrance test score. Because ETS , the publisher and scorer of the SAT does not make test results public, many of these scores are unverified. The SAT is scored on a scale between 400 and 1600, with 1600 being the highest possible score. Average scores fluctuate from year to year, but usually lie in the 900 to 1000 range. Prior to September 1993 the scores were fairly comparable across years. Mensa International accepts scores prior to September 1997 of 1300 or higher, and scores prior to September 1993 of 1250 or higher. However, the test was drastically changed in September 1993, and the scores were recentered in 1996, raising the average score from 900 to 1000.

Paul Allen - 1600 (unrecentered)

Bill Gates - 1590 (unrecentered)
Bill O'Reilly - 1585 (unrecentered)
James Woods - 1579 (unrecentered)
Ben Stein - 1573 (unrecentered)
Rush Limbaugh - 1530 (unrecentered)
Scott McNealy -Chairman, President and CEO of Sun Microsystems - 1420 (unrecentered)
Jennifer Ringley (JenniCam) - 1400 (unrecentered)
Al Gore - 1355 (unrecentered)
George W. Bush - 1206 (unrecentered)
John Kerry - 1190 (unrecentered)
Bill Clinton - 1032 (unrecentered)
Al Franken - 1020 (unrecentered)
Janeane Garofalo - 950 (unrecentered)
Howard Stern - 870 (unrecentered)

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Doug says I’m Running in the Next Election on 11/2/2004
My platform will have only one plank: The irrevocable, rapidly-enforced, immune-from-appeal, internationally recognized death penalty for people who send e-mail Spam.

'Twill be a landslide.



Doug says Very Interesting ... on 11/3/2004
Right this moment, the counter at psacake.com is showing Kerry at 262, Bush 261. CNN has Kerry at 200 and Bush at 249. MSNBC is showing Kerry at 207 and Bush at 269. (1:27 a.m., Wednesday, November 3)




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The Real Issue in the Election

The Supreme Court
The median age of the justices is 71. No spring chickens here except for Clarence Thomas, a mere stripling at 56. Here are the current justices.

Justice: Stephen Breyer
Appointed by: Clinton
Sworn in: 1980
Age: 66

Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Appointed by: Carter
Sworn in: 1980
Age: 71

Justice: Anthony M. Kennedy
Appointed by: Ford
Sworn in: 1975
Age: 68

Justice: Sandra Day O'Connor
Appointed by: Reagan
Sworn in: 1981
Age: 74

Justice: William H. Rehnquist
Appointed by: Nixon
Sworn in: 1972
Age: 80

Justice: Antonin Scalia
Appointed by: Reagan
Sworn in: 1986
Age: 68

Justice: David H. Souter
Appointed by: Bush
Sworn in: 1990
Age: 65

Justice: John Paul Stevens
Appointed by: Ford
Sworn in: 1975
Age: 84

Justice: Clarence Thomas
Appointed by: Bush
Sworn in: 1990
Age: 56

It is very likely than multiple vacancies will occur on the Court in the next four years. The court will undoubtedly have to rule on cases involving abortion, the Patriot Act, and other divisive issues. If you are an undecided voter, think carefully about which candidate would make better appointments to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, a president makes far more appointment to the appellate courts than to the Supreme Court, and they hear far more cases per year. If you approve of the appointments Bush has made to the appellate courts, surely you want to give him the chance to make more. If you don't approve, maybe somebody else should be doing the appointing. The next president's appointments could shape the country for decades to come.

Do you want Hillary on the Supreme Court?



BBS says Hmmm on 10/24/2004
Something here doesn't add up
Justice: Stephen Breyer
Appointed by: Clinton<--- President 1992-2000
Sworn in: 1980 < not between 1992 and 2000
Just keeping you honest
Hillary on the bench scares me but not as much as.
Dubbua scares me in office...
The thought of Dubbua influencing my life any longer than necessary can simply not be allowed!
Besides Hillary want to be president again, so that leaves the Supreme court to Bill!



Mgmt says mmkay.. Try Again on 10/24/2004
Try this again..
Justice: Stephen Breyer
Appointed By: Clinton
Sworn In: 1994
Age: 66

Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Appointed By: Clinton
Sworn In: 1993
Age: 71

Justice: Anthony M. Kennedy
Appointed By: Reagan
Sworn In: 1988
Age: 68

Justice: Sandra Day O'Connor
Appointed By: Reagan
Sworn In: 1981
Age: 74

Justice: William H. Rehnquist
Appointed By: Nixon
Sworn In: 1972
Age: 80

Justice: Antonin Scalia
Appointed By: Reagan
Sworn In: 1986
Age: 68

Justice: David H. Souter
Appointed By: Bush
Sworn In: 1990
Age: 65

Justice: John Paul Stevens
Appointed By: Ford
Sworn In: 1975
Age: 84

Justice: Clarence Thomas
Appointed By: Bush
Sworn In: 1991
Age: 56

The bastard factories in NJ will enjoy the new Turkey Basters that Kerry will buy them with your tax dollars.

<b>NOT</b> saying that Bush is better.. but the devil you know... or the devil you don't



Never Kerry, NEVER Liberal says the wife on 10/25/2004
If the thought of Bush as president scares you, think about this...Do you want a president who will ask the U.N. if it's ok for us to move, breath or think? Isn't it a little disturbing that the French or Germans would vote for Kerry if we allowed them to? Can you trust a guy who changes his mind as often as you change your underwear? Can you trust a running mate who says if Kerry were president, Chris Reeve would walk? Can you trust a president who would invoke the name of another person's child to shed disparity on that person (unwritten parent rule there that I agree with - I can speak about my child, but I'll rip you a new one if you do); How about bigger government and higher taxes, does that appeal to you; What about small businesses (who typically gross a little over $200k each year) - yeah lets tax them some more so more jobs are lost.
The problem is that Americans don't realize there is a time gap between the time one president leaves office to about 3-4 years into the next presidency - that's when you see the fallout from the previous administration - so if you want to blame someone for the economic crisis that America has endured recently - blame Clinton and the democrats.
Incidentally, the thought of Terroreeza in the white house is about as palpable as eating mealworms for dinner. She is a disgrace - a screaming, unstable, maniac - kind of like Hillary Clinton on steroids (and don't think she doesn't have some influence on Kerry - I don't think he's had a single thought of his own in years,)...now that's scarey!



BBS again says OK on 10/25/2004
I aggree on some points. I was offended by the: "... running mate who says if Kerry were president, Chris Reeve would walk?" A DAY or 2 AFTER REEVE DIED!!! An he is a trial lawyer that should be more aware of the things coming out of his mouth!
But, as someone that is of the opinion that the supreme court should be a politically neutral body and reflect the people of the United States of America's collective opinions makes it hard for me to stomach an "Ultra Conservitive" person appointing people that are like him self to make up the court for the next however many years. An perfect example is: Justice William H. Rehnquist
Appointed By: Nixon
Sworn In: 1972
That is 32 Years! Of conservitive descisions.

Now Don't even get me started on the isolationist policies of BushII.
It is NEVER a good thing to have 95% of the world hate us.
Sure Call me a East Coast elite liberal but I feel it is the right of anyone to marry anyone else they choose. Your father can't say who you should or shouldn't marry so why should the Goverenment. I also think that a womans right to choose is another case where the goverenment has any say. That should be between the "woman and her god".
In other words VOTE LIBERATARAIN



sorry BBS.... says the wife on 10/26/2004
We'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. We live in the greatest country on earth. That's why there is so much anti-Americanism in the world. Ask them who they'd want to save their asses if they were in trouble.
I agree there has to be changes in the way we do business. We need better intelligence before we commit to military action. Bush needs to fix this. If we change administrations now in the middle of this debacle, it will send a message to the world that we are retreating, that we are weak, that we will do whatever other countries want us to do - that means terrorism throughout the world would be viewed as unstoppable. The world should focus their hatred of the vile, viscious Muslim extremists who are placing the safety and security of the entire free world in jeopardy.
As far as gay marriage; it is an oxymoron. As the parent of an openly gay son, I wish for him the same as all my other children - a caring, loving monogamous partnership and relationship with the benefits of a civil union, but it is not a marriage.
Abortions are between a woman and God; but I don't want to pay for them.
I guess I am a moderate conservative.
I love the fact that in the USA we can discuss everything openly and honestly and have differences of opinion but still want America to flourish despite our political leanings.
I wouldn't want any of it to change.
NEVER Kerry; NEVER Liberal





Mgmt says Your Security on 10/26/2004
Another big item in the campaign is your security.. or our security.

I heard a good analogy today on the radio.. If someone was breaking into your house are you going to call someone and ask permission to protect yourself?

Devils advocate says.. well if houses are being broken into in your neighborhood, wouldn't a Neighborhood Watch be a good idea? Well. Yes. BUT how fast can you get the Neighborhood Watch up and running?

I'll sit on my front doorstep with my gun in my lap.



LBF says Vote for Me on 10/26/2004
I am going to pen myself in for president. I can't begin to fathom the arrogance it takes to think one can run the country. I am 34..time to run! BBQ in the Rose garden this summer...



RantUser says IM is great on 10/26/2004
[16:40] Slacker: i can't disagree with kerry
[16:40] Slacker: since he agrees with everything



Doug says Supreme Court on 11/2/2004
The Supreme Court should not be "a politically neutral body and reflect the people of the United States of America's collective opinions." The Supreme Court should be interpreting the Constitution according to what the framers of the Constitution meant when they wrote it. This is known as Strict Constructionism, and it's what I look for in a Supreme Court justice. When collective opinion changes, we have the obligation to change the Constitution via amendment. This has been done to explicitly extend voting rights, limit the number of terms a President may serve, prohibit slavery, and correct other oversights that have come to light over the years. To interpret the Constitution according to the current winds of public opinion is <b>not</i> justice, but it is precisely what we fear from "activist" judges, who do not perceive their role (ironically as the Constitution declares it) as of interpreting the law as it was written, but rather of rewriting or reinterpreting the law.

Don't even get me started on how most US citizens (thanks greatly to the US media) do not understand what the real issues are in <a href="http://blog.wilcoxfamily.net/plink.asp?plink=165" target="_blank">stem cell research</a> ...



Doug says Security on 11/2/2004
Well, if you live in Massachusetts, you have to get permission to defend yourself (and then get a really good lawyer, because you'll need one). Up here in N.H., we have better ways. Funny, the crime rate is much lower, too ...




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The Real Issue in the Election

The Supreme Court
The median age of the justices is 71. No spring chickens here except for Clarence Thomas, a mere stripling at 56. Here are the current justices.


















































Justice Appointed by Sworn in Age
Stephen Breyer Clinton 1980 66
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Carter 1980 71
Anthony M. Kennedy Ford 1975 68
Sandra Day O'Connor Reagan 1981 74
William H. Rehnquist Nixon 1972 80
Antonin Scalia Reagan 1986 68
David H. Souter Bush 1990 65
John Paul Stevens Ford 1975 84
Clarence Thomas Bush 1990 56

It is very likely than multiple vacancies will occur on the Court in the next four years. The court will undoubtedly have to rule on cases involving abortion, the Patriot Act, and other divisive issues. If you are an undecided voter, think carefully about which candidate would make better appointments to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, a president makes far more appointment to the appellate courts than to the Supreme Court, and they hear far more cases per year. If you approve of the appointments Bush has made to the appellate courts, surely you want to give him the chance to make more. If you don't approve, maybe somebody else should be doing the appointing. The next president's appointments could shape the country for decades to come.

Do you want Hillary on the Supreme Court?



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The Real Issue in the Election

The Supreme Court
The median age of the justices is 71. No spring chickens here except for Clarence Thomas, a mere stripling at 56. Here are the current justices.



















































Justice Appointed by Sworn in Age
Stephen Breyer Clinton 1980 66
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Carter 1980 71
Anthony M. Kennedy Ford 1975 68
Sandra Day O'Connor Reagan 1981 74
William H. Rehnquist Nixon 1972 80
Antonin Scalia Reagan 1986 68
David H. Souter Bush 1990 65
John Paul Stevens Ford 1975 84
Clarence Thomas Bush 1990 56

It is very likely than multiple vacancies will occur on the Court in the next four years. The court will undoubtedly have to rule on cases involving abortion, the Patriot Act, and other divisive issues. If you are an undecided voter, think carefully about which candidate would make better appointments to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, a president makes far more appointment to the appellate courts than to the Supreme Court, and they hear far more cases per year. If you approve of the appointments Bush has made to the appellate courts, surely you want to give him the chance to make more. If you don't approve, maybe somebody else should be doing the appointing. The next president's appointments could shape the country for decades to come.

Do you want Hillary on the Supreme Court?



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Boston sports teams are like men

The Patriots are like the new boyfriend that you really like- he's awesome but almost too good to be true, so you worry.

The Bruins are like the guy that you just casually dated and you don't really care about him, he's just something to do.

The Celtics are like the marriage that was great at one time but has lost its spark and you always kinda look back and think about how great it was.

And the Sox are the hard core abusive husband who just absolutely beats the shit out of you, but day after day you always go back to him cause you always believe that tomorrow will be different and you just love him too much.




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How the Electoral College works

(CNN) -- The 2000 election was the fourth time the Electoral College selected a candidate other than the one who won the popular vote.

So do we the people really elect the president and vice president? Technically, we don't. Presidents are elected by the states and the District of Columbia, not by a national tally of voters. When you vote, you cast your ballot for electors who will vote for a candidate they are politically aligned with.

Most of the time, that means the candidate who wins the popular vote also wins the Electoral College vote.

There are 538 Electoral College voters, one per senator and representative from each state. The District of Columbia, which has no congressional representation, has three votes - the minimum.

California has 55 votes, while Texas (34) and New York (31) have the second and third most, respectively. Besides D.C., seven states have three votes.

The colleges of electors from each state meet on the same date - this year, December 13 - and vote for a president and vice president. There is no central location that the voters meet - in this case, college refers to a body of electors, not a building. Most of the 51 slates of electors meet at their respective state capitols.

There are measures to replace an original elector who cannot make it to the vote.

On January 6, the new Congress will meet in joint session to tally and announce the vote. If no candidate has a majority of the electoral votes, the House of Representatives picks the president and the Senate chooses the vice president.

The House of Representatives has not voted on a president since 1824, when Andrew Jackson won a plurality - but not majority - in the Electoral College. The House voted for John Quincy Adams, who became the sixth president.

Generally speaking, a candidate who has the most popular votes in a state also receives all of its electoral votes. Two states, however, can split their electoral college. Maine and Nebraska apportion their votes between congressional district and two at-large votes. Yet neither state has ever split its electoral vote.

Changes to the 2004 Electoral College
Because the apportionment of Electoral College voters is based indirectly on the Census, several states have gained or lost votes for the 2004 and 2008 elections. Florida, a key state in 2000, cast 25 electoral votes that year; this year it will have 27.

Other states with more votes: Arizona (+2), California (+1), Colorado (+1), Florida (+2), Georgia (+2), Nevada (+1), North Carolina (+1) and Texas (+2).

States with fewer votes: Connecticut (-1), Illinois (-1), Indiana (-1), Michigan (-1), Mississippi (-1), New York (-2), Ohio (-1), Oklahoma (-1), Pennsylvania (-2) and Wisconsin (-1).

On Election Day, Coloradoans will vote on whether to change immediately the winner-takes-all-votes approach to one tied to the state's overall popular vote. Colorado has nine electoral votes.

In 2000, President Bush won the state; under the proposed format, he would have won only five of its electoral votes and would have lost the election.

When and why the college was created
The Electoral College was established in 1787. The men who drafted the Constitution debated several formats for electing the president and vice president -- having Congress vote, having the state legislatures choose, using a direct popular vote -- before deciding on the Electoral College format.

In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton wrote: "A small number of persons, selected by their fellow citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations."

Under the initial system, each elector had two votes. The candidate with the most votes was elected president; whoever won the second-highest number of votes was elected vice president. That was changed by the 12th Amendment, ratified in 1804.

Several early elections had problems, primarily because of the number of political parties in the new country and the difficulty of winning a majority of votes. After the contentious election of 1824, there were a few problems with the vote-counting process, but not with the Electoral College process.

What if things go wrong?
The magic number of Electoral College votes is 270. If none of the presidential candidates receives a majority of votes November 2, the newly elected House of Representatives will pick the president from the top three Electoral College vote-getters. In that case, each state's delegation would pick a candidate as a bloc. The winner would require at least 26 votes to be elected.

Under the same scenario, the Senate would choose the vice president - from the top two Electoral College vote-getters for that office -- with each senator casting one vote. That leaves open the possibility that the president and vice president could be from different parties.

There is also the chance that an Electoral College voter could cast a ballot for a different candidate. Most of the time that is not a problem because of the great measures the parties go through to select the electors.

The two most common ways to choose the nominees to the college are by state party convention (36 states use this method) or by state party committee (10 states and the District of Columbia use this method).

There have been times when a so-called "faithless elector" bucked the system.

In 2000, one of the District of Columbia voters turned in a blank ballot. Barbara Lett-Simmons told The Washington Post "it is an opportunity for us to make blatantly clear our colonial status and the fact that we've been under an oligarchy."

Lett-Simmons was required by D.C. law to vote for the candidate who received the most popular votes. Twenty-six states have similar laws. In 24 states, electors may vote for any candidate.

On a few occasions, a "faithless elector" has voted for another candidate. In 1988, a voter from West Virginia cast a ballot for Lloyd Bentsen instead of Michael Dukakis. In 1976, an elector from Washington voted for Ronald Reagan instead of Gerald Ford.

Although some states threaten "faithless electors" with penalties, no one has ever been prosecuted.

[From CNN]



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Today is...

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Joke Of The Day

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?" The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, "We can't tell you. You're not a monk." The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way.

Some years later, the same man breaks down in front of the same monastery. The monks accept him, feed him, even fix his car. That night, he hears the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier. The next morning, he asks what it was, but the monks reply, "We can't tell you. You're not a monk."

The man says, "All right, all right. I'm dying to know. If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?"

The monks reply, "You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk."

The man sets about his task. Forty five years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, "I have travelled the earth and have found what you have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth."

The monks reply, "Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound." The monks lead the man to a wooden door, where the head monk says, "The sound is right behind that door."

The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked. He says, "Real funny. May I have the key?" The monks give him the key, and he opens the door. Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone. The man demands the key to the stone door. The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby. He demands another key from the monks, who provide it. Behind that door is another door, this one made of sapphire. So it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, "This is the last key to the last door." The man is relieved to no end. He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is amazed to find the source of that strange sound.

But I can't tell you what it is, because you're not a monk.




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QOTD

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.

-- Bertolt Brecht, The Mother, 1932



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