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A deceased man's precious pearl of wisdom. Jan. 21st, 2006 @ 01:38 am
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I don't have many people I acknowledge as "heroes". This man, however, is one of the few. Even from the grave, his words continue to carry a level of intellect and wisdom the wisest liberal could never understand, much less hope to touch.

His name is Robert Heinlein.

What he says here is long and well-worth reading, and I wish there was a recording of it, so I could hear him say it in his own voice. This is how idiots criticize him:

"What a freakin idiot.
He has the right general idea but his head is so far up his own ass with all his ridiculous anolgies that it makes no sense.
I love dumb people like that who think they're clever. I could agree with him yet still rip apart and disect everything he says and make him look like the fool he is.
Speaking of evolutiion. I hadn't realised that baboons could type on a qwerty keyboard!
[ January 11, 2006, 07:46 AM: Message edited by: Kade ]"

"Angel, at first I wasn't going to respond, but I feel I should point out that I agree. The article was idiotic. There's such a blatant logical fallacy in it: that a baboon protecting other baboons from a different species is not the same as a human being killing another human being. One must first dehumanize political enemies. The whole thing was ridiculous. I'm not entirely sure why you posted it on a shaolin website either; shaolin promotes pacifism, whereas the author of that text was promoting murder of other human beings (that's the implication anyway; he was talking, after all, to the Navy) as the height of human morality. What a load of crap."

"wow. that's really the biggest load of shite
i've had the misfortune of wasting my time on
this week. there may be practical reasons for
patriotism (i don't buy them), but his logic
is all farcked up. a young male baboon protecting his herd from
a leopard or other predator, is hardly the same
thing as a human male protecting his nation
from OTHER PEOPLE. in fact it is quite different.
one act of aggression is driven by a hunger that
is pure and natural and not considered evil.
the other by human emotions of greed (firstly),
hate, fear, etc.."

All from http://www.shaolinwolf.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/19/119.html

And now, what I see as a most telling piece of critical wisdom.


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The left, the Patriot Act and the fillibuster: the Chronicles of Politics Dec. 19th, 2005 @ 10:52 am
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http://www.livejournal.com/community/gop_vs_dem/252636.html

As you can see from the above link, the liberals are all a-tizzy about the Patriot Act. They are questioning it's constitutionality, in spite of the fact that this is not the broad, wide-ranging campaign of privacy invastion that the liberal left would have us believe. Why they cannot see the wisdom of monitoring the communications of known terrorists and their associates is beyond me. To me, it seems as though the left is willing to sacrifice our ability to effectively defend ourselves, and to sacrifice the lives of innocent citizens and troops, merely to derail any efforts that the Republicans and Conservatives fly. Why? Because they're not doing it. Had Al Gore or John Kerry been in office, the postulation of such a thing as the Patriot Act and the use of the National Security Agency for what it is actually intended for would not be any form of issue, whatsoever. In fact, if the Conservatives had dared complain, they'd be saying the same thing that I am, right now. Quite frankly, the hypocracy and sheer galling ignorance of the left thoroughly sickens and disgusts me.

I've also noticed that, by and large, the vast majority of those that make fillibusters are democrats, and when they're doing it, it's in reference to stopping a good and valid piece of legislation. Now, they are at it, again, and working to stop the Patriot Act's renewal. Previously, as has been pointed out by President Bush this morning, they supported it; now, all of a sudden, it's no good, and no longer needed. I cannot recall seeing any Republican fillibuster a good bill or law, and don't expect to see it happen anytime soon (unless you're talking about McCain, who, to me, isn't much of a Republican, to begin with). Is it time to outlaw the fillibuster? I'm sure that it was created with good intentions, but they're no longer there, quite clearly.

"Under Senate rules, the speech need not be relevant to the topic under discussion, and there have been cases in which a senator has undertaken part of a speech by reading from a telephone directory."
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Fillibuster

Maybe I'm a little too quick to anger in this arena, but I think an idiot that does something as stuipd as read a telephone book should be beaten. There's a difference between opposing a motion, and obstructing it. The people we elect to congressional and senatorial office should have more than enough intelligence, college-educated or not, to know how to adequately explain why something should, or should not, be passed. The fillibuster, to me, is an invention of sheer childishness, and the weapon of the mentally inferior. Reading from a telephone book, just to obstruct someone from having the right to express their own opinion? How liberal democrat of them, even of the Republicans that may've used that tactic. I think there needs to be a change in the law, making it mandatory for whatever you say to be relevant to the cause on the floor. No more fillibustering. Each congressman or senator should have a limited amount of time in which to get their point across; they should not have an unlimited amount of time to pontificate about nothing, just because they do not have the wherewithal and mental ammunition with which to combat proposals with which they disagree.

I say "down with the fillibuster", and "down with the politicians that fillibuster". Am I the only one that feels that something must be done about this weapon of the weak-minded?

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Dec. 6th, 2005 @ 02:44 am
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Thought I'd share an email I got from my friend currently stationed in Iraq.Collapse )

Donation challenge for everyone Sep. 8th, 2005 @ 03:34 pm
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Hi everyone. I wanted to challenge everyone here to help make a positive difference for everyone.

Today, I donated $20 to the Red Cross, which was my second donation (first was $5 when I cashed out at a store). All together, $25 is going to go to help the victims of the hurricane. Now, granted, it is not a whole lot with being in college and in debt, but I felt obligated to help since the victims need it more than I do. I feel better after doing this also.

I challenge everyone in my communities including all that are linked to donate a little bit. $1, $5, $10, $25, $50...whatever you can give. It will give those who need it most a start at getting back on their feet. Every little bit counts.

To donate, visit the Red Cross website at: http://www.redcross.org which is a secure site. Let us know how things go if you do.

bush_cheney_04 and the_right_ideal...making lives brighter...one step at a time.
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May you rest in peace. Sep. 8th, 2005 @ 12:47 am
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Our livejournal republican communities have lost a great American. I found this out through my friend Michelle and her republicanchks community and it saddens me to say that Crystal armysniperwifey was fatally shot. Her husband is currently deployed in Iraq helping to preserve our freedoms and protect us from the terrorist threat. He is currently enroute home to be with family and loved ones.

Link: http://www.kirotv.com/news/4945299/detail.html

I have a few thoughts. First, it is tough to lose anyone, even if we just know them from a community. We on livejournal are very much like a family on here and a lot of us get to know each other as good friends. It is during times like these that we have to stay together and help each other out. Crystal will have our deepest respects and we will pray for her family and her husband's family during this tough time. May God be with you Crystal, and your family during this tough time. You will be missed by all of us.

Crystal Hurley-McDowell 4/2/82 - 9/5/05. We will never forget you and will always love you.

Ian...our thoughts are with you during this difficult time, and we will be here for you. Also, thank you for your service to our country and protecting us on a daily basis. We appreciate that and respect you very much for doing so.

For those in the community that need to talk or anything, please, let me know or let us know.
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» The democrats are imploding again with the help of Nancy Pelosi
Hi everyone. Since I decided to stop working on a project for now, I figured that it was time to talk about an issue that happened over the past few days. Now, this will be interesting.

The other day with the House Ethics Committee, of course we know that the democrats are ripping Rep. Tom DeLay again yet there is no proof of wrongdoing. Now, what the democratic party wanted was a return to the old rules in the committee where if it was ruled 5-5, then an investigation would take place. Currently, 5-5 means that the investigation is over. In a move to try and accomodate the left, Rep. Dennis Hastert who is the house majority leader decided to ok the changing of the rules and go back to the rules that were in place before. A letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi was sent. Denny Hastert's comments below are taken from the Rush Limbaugh Show.

HASTERT: They took issue with process. Well, I'm willing to step back. We had a long discussion about that. I think we need to move forward in the ethics process. I think that there are issues out there that need to be discussed. I think that there's a member, especially on our side, that needs to have the process move forward so he can clear his name. Right now we can't clear his name. The media wants to talk about ethics as long as the word is stalemate. That's all that is in the press today is the ethics stalemate.

Interestingly enough, the minority leader Nancy Pelosi decided to actually reject the rules that her party wanted in the first place. Nancy Pelosi's comments are also taken from the Rush Limbaugh Show.

PELOSI: What I'm hearing them say is they may want to return to the old rules. That's like taking two steps forward in terms of undermining the ethics process and one step back if they don't also change the staffing changes that they have made there. So we have heard nothing from them.

Am I reading this right??

Seeing this, here is my individual take on this situation. Personally, the democrats are doing nothing but whining and complaining because after being in power for 40 years, we took that away when we won the House back in 1992, which then led to Bush in 2000/2004 and then winning the Senate. It is about control of power. Any concessions that the republican party are never good enough. Also, any solution is never good enough for the democrats because they have to propose an idea which if its actualy good is surprising to many. Republicans have clearly dominated in the arena of ideas for many years. A perfect example not related to this is the privitization of social security. Back around 1997-1998, President Clinton proposed the exact same thing that President Bush is proposing now. Yet the media is ga-ga over Clinton yet hates Bush with a passion. Thats another issue...

Back to the Ethics committee...part of the reason that Nancy Pelosi rejected the return to the old rules is simple. Her aides have also violated ethics standards and have failed to file with the FEC for trips that were taken to places like Korea. Now the office is filing after the fact while DeLay had always taken care of his paperwork with the FEC and everything else before the fact. My idea is that Pelosi doesn't want to end up in a similar situation where DeLay is being grilled by the partisan media and also the partisan left. She will try to do anything to get out of a possible ethics investigation, and that is anything. Including going back on the party's wishes to change back to the original rules of the House Ethics Committee.

Needless to say, the democrats want total control of power, and will stop at nothing to gain all power. America is waking up to the partisan left however, and democrats have been losing ground a ton in recent years. It's documented. I think its a case where there just is the notion where no amount of power is ever good enough.

What the republican party needs to do is strengthen their rule. Personally, I don't like Bill Frist as a leadership figure. He needs to rule more with an iron fist, similar to what Hastert does. If we keep being easy, then we will have taken the position of the minority, which we had for more than 40 years. We do not need that again. Can anyone say Jimmy Carter as one of our worst presidents ever?

As for the arena of ideas, good luck to the democrats using strategy from many moons ago. Times have changed.

My prediction on DeLay...he will be cleared. I can't say the same for Pelosi as there will probably be an investigation at some point. It would be interesting to see how she would handle that notion.

House Rules: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_042705/content/truth_detector.guest.html
Pelosi's answer: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_042705/content/truth_detector_2.guest.html
» The Ohio State University "Die-In"
The Post, the student newspaper at Ohio State University, carried a letter from Marc Fencil, a senior who is also a Marine currently stationed in Iraq, that is so excellent the Wall Street Journal's "Best of the Web" section reprinted it:

It's a shame that I'm here in Iraq with the Marines right now and not back at Ohio University completing my senior year and joining in blissful ignorance with the enlightened, war-seasoned protesters who participated in the recent "die-in" at College Gate. It would appear that all the action is back home, but why don't we make sure? That's right, this is an open invitation for you to cut your hair, take a shower, get in shape and come on over! If Michael Moore can shave and lose enough weight to fit into a pair of camouflage utilities, then he can come too!

Make sure you all say your goodbyes to your loved ones though, because you won't be seeing them for at least the next nine months. You need to get here quick because I don't want you to miss a thing. You missed last month's discovery of a basement full of suicide vests from the former regime (I'm sure Saddam's henchmen just wore them because they were trendy though). You weren't here for the opening of a brand new school we built either. You might also notice women exercising their new freedom of walking to the market unaccompanied by their husbands.

There is a man here, we just call him al-Zarqawi, but we think he'd be delighted to sit down and give you some advice on how you can further disrespect the victims of Sept. 11 and the 1,600 of America's bravest who have laid down their lives for a safer world. Of course he'll still call you "infidel" but since you already agree that there is no real evil in the world, I see no reason for you to be afraid. Besides, didn't you say that radical Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance?

I'm warning you though -it's not going to be all fun and games over here. You might have bad dreams for the next several nights after you zip up the body bag over a friend's disfigured face. I know you think that nothing, even a world free of terror for one's children, is worth dying for, but bear with me here. We're going to live in conditions you've never dreamt about. You should get here soon though, because the temperatures are going to be over 130 degrees very soon and we will be carrying full combat loads (we're still going to work though). When it's all over, I promise you can go back to your coffee houses and preach about social justice and peace while you continue to live outside of reality.

If you decide to decline my offer, then at least you should sleep well tonight knowing that men wearing black facemasks and carrying AK-47s yelling "Allahu Akbar" over here are proud of you and are forever indebted to you for advancing their cause of terror. While you ponder this, I'll get back to the real "die-in" over here. I don't mind.
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This is an article taken from todays paper. For those who don't know Gov. Rell is Republican. And Loser Blumenthal is democrat. Anyways read on and please share your opinions, especially if you are from CT.


Blumenthal: Civil Unions Bill Wouldn't Allow Marriage

10:39 AM EDT,April 13, 2005
By SUSAN HAIGH, The Associated Press A bill that would make Connecticut the first state to voluntarily recognize civil unions won't permit same-sex couples to wed, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ruled Wednesday.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell had requested the opinion before throwing her support behind the bill, which was to be debated Wednesday afternoon in the state House of Representatives.


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» Welcome back, and thoughts on Terri Shiavo
Hi everyone. It's been a while since I have had a column in the community. Things have been really busy with 6 classes, projects, and thinking of a possible job offer which would have me move to Minneapolis, MN. Thanks for keeping the community rolling and come on guys...let's update some more.

General stuff first. First, welcome back to stupify_me. It's nice to see you back in the community. Also, welcome to the new members that have joined in the recent month. Today we are at 239 members on bush_cheney_04. It's nice to see all of you here. Thank you to all who have kept that community rolling over the past 8 months. We will celebrate 1 year on July 5th, 2005. I never thought we would become as big like we are now but thanks to the efforts and thoughts of all of you, we have created a great community. Keep up the great work in here.

Now to the heavy lifting part of the entry.

As many of you know, there is a huge debate on the life of Terri Shiavo going on currently. Just to give some background on this case, Terri had suffered a massive heartattack back in 1991 and since that time has remained in a hospital bed. Because of this, she has required a feeding tube to help keep her alive. Now, there is a huge debate here. Terri's parents want her on the feeding tube to help keep her alive. Her husband Michael wants the tube removed thus allowing her to die. There are a few issues I want to raise here.

Now, I am not taking any sides here on the issue. We all know that the Florida courts had approved the removal of the tube, which is against the parents' wishes yet aligns with her husband's wishes. The federal courts have blocked this and have determined that the tube be reinserted until it can be determined what the best course of action would be.

There are some differing opinions here The conservatives do in fact value the sanctity of human life. It is very evident since we are taking a cautious approach and want to determine what the facts indeed are before deciding any couse of action whether it would be blocking the removal of the tube or allowing for it to be removed. The democrats have a very different opinion on this. They don't mind if the tube is removed and essentially see her life as a waste.

Remember that the democrats have taken a laxed approach to human life in the form of advocating abortion, the partial birth abortion, and in the Schiavo case, the right to die. The conservatives however do not like to see abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when it is endangering the life of the mother. It is more of a moral issue.

There are several facts here. First, Terri is not on life support. There is brain activity and even though she is not able to physically eat with her hands and mouth, she is gaining nutrition through a feeding tube to keep her alive. There haven't been any reports of organ failure and some reports are even saying that she can still possibly communicate. The thing that troubles me is that the liberal left is so quick to jump to conclusions and just saying she should die essentially. Doesn't the Declaration of Independence guarantee us with certain inalienable rights, which include the right to LIFE?

Congress has acted and they want this in the federal courts. The big thing that I would want to see is for us to be on the side of caution and learn all of the facts first before deciding that a tube should be removed. I mean, she is not on life support, still has brain activity, and still has organ function. She can breathe on her own without a respirator which is a key thing. Before determining the right to die, lets learn all of what is really happening and then make an educated decision based on what is truth. Let's not rush to haphazard conclusions that will cause us to question the decision later. "it's better to measure twice and cut once."

The thing that irritates me about this is that yes, people do determine that they want to die sometimes. And if they are so crazed on killing themselves, thats their perrogative. However, I also agree that living life the way that Terri Shiavo is right now on a hospital bed does in fact suck. However, there have been times when people who do remain in a coma for some time do emerge out in some cases. There is always that possibility that the condition could improve though it is remote in many cases. What were Terri's wishes? If Terri Shiavo could tell us right now what she would want, what would it be? Noone knows.

I will say if she had written out in a legal document that she would not want to be kept alive by artifical means, then that is a decision that would be followed by the medical staff. However if she did not, her husband really has no legal ground to say she would not want to be kept alive. The truth is we don't know what that thought is and therefore should not rush to let her die. Let's take the time, do things right, and be 100% sure we are taking the correct course of action.

As for the democrats...they can stop being way off base on this. It is purely evident that they are trying to flaunt themselves as the majority still.

As always, comments are welcome.
» Community projects for those who are interested
Hey everyone. I have the following projects available for anyone who may be interested. Feel free to check them out and comment if you would like to take part on 1 or both.

Project #1- Background and layout for bush_cheney_04
This project involves helping with the creation of a new background and layout for bush_cheney_04.

Background Information: bush_cheney_04 is an analytical community where we focus on current issues in government today. It is the original community that we did create which goes back to July 5, 2004. We have focused on the 2004 election primarily though have branched out to current issues in the administration today. Appropriate credit will be given to the individual or team that completes this project.

Timeframe: This project would begin immediately and hope to have a February 2005 completion.

Project #2- Background and layout for the_right_ideal
This project would involve the creation of a new background and layout for our new the_right_ideal community. The person or team that takes on this project would consult with the management team and the creative consultant throughout all aspects of design, layout, and anything that would be needed for this. The person or team responsible for the creation would be able to use any picture background, change comment link names such as "post comment" or "leave comment", and be responsible for general design and maintaining. Options include future design in the community when needed and any possible future name changes being reflected in the design. All credit will be given to the person or team designing the layout in the community information page.

Background Information: the_right_ideal is designed to focus more on idealism and personal thought in the political system today along with other schools of thought compared to bush_cheney_04 where we are more analytical with current issues. This will be a brand new community which was created in November. We would like to have the community complete with layout and background finished before the official opening of the community. We will make it a 1 year paid account once we choose the successful person or team.

Timeframe: This project would begin immediately and hope to have a January or February 2005 completion. If the same team gets multiple projects, we would look towards a March 2005 completion.

Project #3- Background and layout for republican_co
This project would involve the creation of a new background and layout for our new republican_co community. The person or team that takes on this project would consult with the management team and the creative consultant throughout all aspects of design, layout, and anything that would be needed for this. The person or team responsible for the creation would be able to use any picture background, change comment link names such as "post comment" or "leave comment", and be responsible for general design and maintaining. Options include future design in the community when needed and any possible future name changes being reflected in the design. All credit will be given to the person or team designing the layout in the community information page.

Background Information: republican_co is designed to focus more on issues with the republican party compared to bush_cheney_04 where we focus more on Bush and Cheney. This will be a brand new community which was created in late January. We would like to have the community complete with layout and background finished before the official opening of the community. We will make it a 1 year paid account once we choose the successful person or team.

Timeframe: This project would begin immediately and hope to have a March 2005 completion. If the same team gets multiple projects, we would look towards a later completion.

Now, anyone who would like to take part, please comment below. Also, if you have links to past layout or background work, please include that also so we can take a look at it. Whoever we choose after allowing comments for the next week, we will be in contact and go ahead with the project or projects. Now individuals or teams may take part on single or multiple projects. Please let us know your interest first and if you decide to help, you may contact us through the community info page on bush_cheney_04.

Anyone who takes part and delivers a great background/layout will automatically be considered for future community projects as well.

-Tom W.
bush_cheney_04 co-founder, the_right_ideal co-founder, and republican_co founder
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