Archive for October, 2008

Voting Is Scary

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Voting isn’t really scary in the United States unless something goes extremely wrong. Choosing candidates to vote for now that is the scary part. Reason Magazine has a survey of its writers and contributors and who they plan to vote for President.

My answers are down below:
1. Who are you voting for in November? Bob Barr. He is not a perfect candidate but who is. Voting for Bob Barr gives the clearest signal to the world that I side with libertarians. I’m not going to vote for John McCain because he strikes me as crazy and believes that national greatness can be brought to the country by the government. Barack Obama is a liberal who wants to spend more than most of the other candidates running and would make George W. Bush look like a fiscal conservative. So I am voting for a former member of Congress who has recently lobbied on behalf of the MPP and opposed the bailout of the banks.

2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? In 2004: I voted for Badnarik and was a candidate for the electoral college for Badnarik in New York. Badnarik was a loon who could not drive himself anywhere because he refused to give the DMV in Texas his Social Security number. But Badnarik was not Bush or Kerry and he talked and believed in smaller government. In 2000: I voted for Harry Browne. I thought about voting for George W. Bush because he said he was against nation building but I am sure glad I did not make that mistake.

3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime? I’m not sure. Looking back the 2000 Presidential Election was a big deal. I don’t think we would have gone into Iraq after 9/11 if Al Gore had been President.

4. What will you miss about the Bush administration? Laura Bush. Laura Bush has been a very gracious first lady who has had very little involvement in policy which I admire in a first lady.

5. Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded and why? I’m tempted to agree with what Grover Norquist told Reason that it should be Dick Cheney for poetic justice reasons. I guess it would have to be one of the warmongering Presidents like Polk, Jackson, Wilson or Johnson.

Obama and the Fairness Doctrine

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The fairness doctrine is an old idea which liberals propose every so often and right wing talk show hosts bring up to scare their listeners. The fairness doctrine would force broadcast media to give equal time to equal sides. Both John McCain and Barack Obama oppose reinstating the fairness doctrine. This does not stop Mark Steyn at National Review from basely bringing up the idea that Barack Obama wants to bring back the fairness doctrine as a given. There is enough to dislike about Barack Obama without having to make things up.

Pimp My Walker.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Reason TV has an animated cartoon at their site called “Pimp My Walker” explaining the generational income shift that occurs with Social Security. A simplistic but accurate description of how Social Security works.

Ron Paul had the best fair way to deal with Social Security which is to allow people to choose to opt out of security.

Update: Below is part 2 of a Five Part series at reason TV:

Rap Is The Russian CNN

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Everyone knows that Chuck D has called rap the CNN of the ghetto well you can take this analogy to include poor condition all around the world including places like Russia. A Russian Army Lieutenant made a rap video called “A letter to the minister of defence” which he posted on RuTube. “A Letter to the Minister of Defense” features the Lieutenant rapping and showing the poor conditions of the barracks in which Russian soldiers live.

According to BBC analyst Steven Eke, the Lieutenant had a point in pointing out the Russian military’s deplorable conditions:

BBC Europe analyst, Steven Eke, says that the message in the video was a serious one.

Russia wants to build modern, professional armed forces. Yet wretched conditions – especially for conscripts – are one of the reasons for the hundreds of suicides and desertions every year that plague the Russian army.

For pointing out these horrid conditions the Russian Lieutenant was transfered to Ussuriysk, a coal-mining town which is nine hours by air from Moscow. Russia will hinder progress if they continue to punish people critical of the Russian government.

Whining About Pelosi

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted down the $700 billion bailout of the financial industry. The bailout happened because constituents were overwhelmingly calling their congressmen complaining about the legislation in addition many members were opposed ideologically to the idea of the bailout.

Right before the speech Nancy Pelosi made a silly partisan speech blaming small government ideology and the Bush administration for the current financial mess. The vote failed and Republicans like Eric Cantor blamed Pelosi’s speech. Stop your whining! You would think people would take a $700 billion expenditure more seriously.

Update 1: