November 30, 2004

god and America

Check out this blog. In fact until the 1940's there was no mention of God in the Pledge of allegience or on our money. There are even those that state that the founding fathers intended it that way.

http://www.plasticbag.org/archives/2002/06/america_one_godless_nation.shtml

Posted by koem0006 at 2:07 PM

dont read if you are obsessed with bush

ok so i have to write a blog, but i have nothing interesting to write about so i'll write a joke i heard the other day....
So this guy named jack comes out of the grocery store to see a cop writing parking tickets. He walks up to the cop and tries to talk him out of the ticket, the cop looks up at the man and continues to write the ticket so jack starts screaming swear words at the cop. The cop gets pissed off and writes another ticket. Jack grabs the cop and shakes him while still calling him names so the cop writes Anoher ticket. This goes on for about 15 minutes until the cop finally throws all the tickets on the car, gets into his own car and drives away. Then a stranger walked up to jack and asked him why he did that, jack starts laughing and repplied " i dont care my car is parked on the other side of the lot, but this one had a vote bush sticker on it so i thought i would have a little fun"...... u know its funny guys, just laugh

Posted by buch0228 at 12:29 PM

November 23, 2004

JFK Video Game

Has anybody seen that new video game that you can download from the Internet that you can go and assianate JFK. I didn't know anything about it, but today when I was in class this one girl brought up the subject on it and it turned out to be a very interesting discussion. It's weird because some guys over in Scotland decided to make a game of it and you can get it off the internet. To me, i personally don't like that because that was a time in history when our people lost a great president and to make a game out of it just isn't very fun.

Posted by thaox075 at 12:11 PM

November 22, 2004

Are we Americans "way too busy"

In a recent study, it was shown that the average American has approxamately 30 to 40 hours a week in extra activites scheduled. My first thoughts were that if our activities counted as jobs, we would all be rich. I strongly disagree with this statement because even with school and all my activities I don't feel overly busy. I feel like my time is well occupied and that I really don't find myself with a lot of downtime. Is this good that I am "busy" by someone else's standards but yet don't feel busy through experience? What are your guy's thoughts about this.

Posted by bask0017 at 9:55 AM

American's say I'm sorry

Hello all -

Thought this might stimulate some discourse. Check out this link and tell me what you think!

http://www.sorryeverybody.com/

Posted by koem0006 at 8:38 AM

contraceptives and the FDA

President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W.
David Hager to head up the Food and Drug
Administration's (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs
Advisory Committee. The committee has not met for more
than two years, during which time its charter lapsed.
As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with
filling all eleven positions with new members. This
position does not require Congressional approval. The
FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee
makes crucial decisions on matters relating to drugs
used in the practice of obstetrics, gynecology and
related specialties, including hormone therapy,
contraception, treatment for infertility, and medical
alternatives to surgical procedures for sterilization
and pregnancy termination.

Dr. Hager, the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women:
Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends
biblical accounts of Chr ist healing Women with case
studies from Hager's practice. His views of
reproductive health care are far outside the
mainstream for reproductive technology. Dr. Hager is a
practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life"
and refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried
women. In the book Dr.Hager wrote with his wife,
entitled "Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests
that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome
should seek help from reading the bible and praying.
As an editor and contributing author of "The
Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of
Sexuality Reproductive Technologies and the Family,"
Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically
inaccurate assertion that the common birth control
pill is an abortifacient.

We are concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious
beliefs may color his assessment of technologies that
are necessary to protect women's lives for to preserve
a nd promote women's health. Hager's track record of
using religious beliefs to guide his medical
decision-making makes him a dangerous and
inappropriate candidate to serve as chair of this
committee. Critical drug public policy and research
must not be held hostage by antiabortion politics.
Members of this important panel should be appointed on
the basis of science and medicine, rather than
politics and religion. American women deserve no less.
There is something you can do.

Below is a statement to be sent to the White House,
opposing the placement of Hager.


(1) Please copy and paste (DON'T forward) the entire
email into a fresh email; then sign your name below.
After you sign, SEND THIS TO EVERY PERSON YOU KNOW WHO
IS CONCERNED ABOUT WOMEN'S RIGHTS.

(2) Every 10th person who signs the list (i.e., #10,
#20, #30, etc.) - please forward the entire e-mail to
president@whitehouse.gov

We oppose the appointment of Dr. W. David Hager to the
FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.
Mixing religion and medicine is unacceptable in a
policy-making position. Using the FDA to promote a
political agenda is inappropriate and seriously
threatens women's health. Members of this important
panel should be appointed on the basis of science and
medicine, rather than politics and religion. American
women deserve no less.

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Posted by koem0006 at 8:34 AM

November 16, 2004

censorship of music

My research paper is on censorship of music on the radio. I am wondering what the kids in in our class feel about this. Should their be more censorship, is it fine now or shoud their be less. If any one could give me thier views on this topic it would be cool to see what you guys thnk

Posted by tyrax004 at 11:46 PM

November 14, 2004

Political Ads

I know that it is after the election, but if anyone still wants to know what information was true or not true in the political ads- check out this website:

www.Factcheck.org

It analyses ads from both sides

Posted by jone0927 at 2:55 PM

November 10, 2004

IQ and the Election

I don't know how many of you have seen this, but its really pretty interesting. It has states ranked from highest avg IQ, to lowest avg IQ and who the state went for. Its very interesting to see who the 'smart' states voted for....

Check out this link:

IQ and Politics

Posted by goss0060 at 10:12 AM

November 9, 2004

Hypocrite

everyone is saying that the elections this year were based on morals more so than in years past. what suprises me on this issue is that George Bush is pro- death penalty. now i'm pro-life and to me, i life is a life no matter what and i just feel that he is being a hypocrite in being pro-death penalty.

Posted by wils0745 at 11:39 AM

November 8, 2004

This is uniting us?

Well, now that the elections are over, the Bush administration is once again waging war with the gay community. Karl Rove, poltical advisor to the white house, was quoted as saying "If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal. And the ideal is that marriage ought to be, and should be, a union of a man and a woman.". Now we have people telling us that we're hopeless and indecent. This is doing nothing to unite the entire country, unless their goal is to drive out all gays and gay supporters and leave a country of homophobes. No other minority group has to put up with this kind of language coming from the upper levels of our nation's government, and i don't think we should have to either. Do not forget that the GLBT community makes up a good sized chunk of the population of the country, a VERY large part of the national arts community, and have quite a lot of purchasing power. Alienating us, or causing an exodus of GLBT's could cause quite a drain on the country, not just financially, but also in terms of The Arts. For a president as concerned with finances as Bush claims, he sure spends a lot of time and money making sure the gay community knows they are not wanted here. Gays are estimated to spend $1.4 billion a day, which is quite a large amount. What financial sense does it make to tell a group with that much money that they are not wanted here? As nations such as The Netherlands and Canada move forward and legalize gay marriage, The United States is moving backwards, preventing us from getting rights, keeping us from seeing our loved ones in the hospital and preventing us from adopting children. Bush is not uniting us, unless you count uniting the country AGAINST a certain segment of the population.

Posted by weav0097 at 11:07 PM

Morals? What morals?

Most people that voted for Bush made their decision due to moral grounds. Those being that being homosexual is wrong and that abortion is wrong. With our current leader I see this country moving backwards in the next 4 years. What happened to the freedom and equality of being an American. I thought we weren't supposed to mix up church and state. I guess I missed something because it seems that our president is more of a religious leader than a politician. he is not interested in looking out of the good of the "people", it seems he is more interested in looking out for the good of the evangelists. I am not saying that religion is a bad thing, I just think we should not base the future of the nation on a book (the Bible) that does not apply to all US Citizens. People voted for Bush due to morals, but what kind of morals would lead those Bush supporters to hate others due to sexual orientation? Kind of makes you wonder....

Posted by lars1908 at 12:47 PM

November 4, 2004

what would you think

i was just thinking of this question...

if al queda or some other terrorist group, threatened and carried out several terrorits attacks against the US...and treatened not to stop until Bush was taken out of office, where would you stand?

Initially I would say yeah, get him the hell out of there, but the more i thought, i realized that maybe it wouldnt be the best idea to give into them and show them that we are weak and will crumble to their every demand... its a tricky situation. I think probably the best outcome would be if Bush resigned in the situation as a selfless act to stop the attacks. Let me know what you think

Posted by goss0060 at 3:19 PM

Teaching Kids Politics

My 9 year old comes home every day with a question about the election. Usually she has heard about something bad Bush will do if he is re-elected. Her classmates are mostly Kerry fans and their opinions about the election sound like what they would have heard a parent say. For instance, Bush will extend the school calendar to include Saturdays and Sundays. That would effectively make your kids hate Bush! Our response was to say that if he were to do so he would have already. Another, was a friend's Aunt and her girlfriend (life partners/lesbians) wouldn't be able to be together anymore. This is so simplified it isn't even accurate. (We personally support their choice of lifestyle but not how it was presented) If there had been any Kerry remarks we would have rebutted those with her, too. We were trying to help her logically sort through what she hears to find the truth herself. By the way, we are a divided household of Bush and Kerry supporters.

Are you emulating your parents values or have you determined your political bent on your own? Did you arm yourself with the facts or are you waiting to be fed them by a biased source? I can't believe parents feed their children this crap! I believe you should honestly inform your children (not try to sway them with pathetic appeals) of your values and opinions then show them where to get information about both sides of an issue so they can make up their own mind. How about you?

Posted by enge0099 at 11:13 AM

November 3, 2004

Bush wins, America Loses?

I admit, I voted for Bush yesterday. I was excited to be a part of such a huge election, and it was also my first. As I walked away from the polls, I didn't feel proud or excited- I felt scared. I don't know if I really want Bush in office. I don't know if I even wanted Kerry in office. Personally, I don't prefer either of them over the other. Now I'm a little worried about the next four years. Being a college student, the leap in college tuition will have a negative impact on me, and when I graduate will there even be enough jobs for me to find work and pay back my student loans? I just don't know. Please respond and tell me how you guys are feeling now.

Posted by cinc0009 at 3:10 PM

Kerry's Speech: Tell me what you think, I'd Like to know.

You just have no idea how warming and how generous that welcome is, your love is, your affection, and I'm gratified by it. I'm sorry that we got here a little bit late and a little bit short.

Earlier today, I spoke to President Bush and I offered him and laura our congratulations on their victory. We had a good conversation. We talked about the danger of division in our country, and the need the desperate need for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together. Today, I hope that we can begin the healing.

In America, it is vital that every vote count and that every vote be counted. But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process. I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we would prevail, but it is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted, which they will be, there won't be enough outstanding votes for us to be able to win Ohio. And therefore, we cannot win this election.

My friends, it was here that we began our campaign for the presidency. And all we had was hope and a vision for a better America. It was a privilege and a gift to spend two years traveling this country coming to know so many of you. I wish that I could just wrap you up in my arms and embrace each and every one of you individually all across this nation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

[From the balcony] "We've still got your back!"

Thank you, man. And I assure you, you watch, I'll still have yours. So hang in there.

I will always be particularly grateful to the colleague that you just heard from who became my partner, my very close friend, an extraordinary leader, John Edwards. I thank him for everything he did and (cheers and applause) thank you.

John and I would be the first to tell you that we owe so much to our families. They are here with us today. They were with us every single step of the way. They sustained us. They went out on their own and multiplied our campaign all across this country, no more with grace and with courage and candor that I love my wife Teresa, and I thank her. (Cheers and applause) thank you.

And our children were there every single step of the way. It was unbelievable. Vanessa, Alex, Chris, Andre and John from my family, and Elizabeth Edwards, who is so remarkable and so strong and so smart. Johnny and Kate, who went out there on her own just like my daughters did, and also Emma Claire and Jack who were up beyond their bed time last night like a lot of us.

I want to thank my crewmates and my friends from 35 years ago, that great band of brothers who crisscrossed this country on my behalf for 2004. They had the courage to speak the truth back then, and they spoke it again this year. And for that, I will forever be grateful.

Thanks, also, as I look around here, to friends and family of a lifetime. Some from college, friends made all across the years, and then all across the miles of this campaign. You are so special. You brought the gift of your passion for our country and the possibilities of change, and that will stay with us and with this country forever.

Thanks to Democrats and Republicans and Independents who stood with us, and everyone who voted no matter who their candidate was. And thanks to my absolutely unbelievable dedicated staff led by a wonderful campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill, who did an extraordinary job.

There's so much written about campaigns, and there's so much that Americans never get to see. I wish they could all spend a day on a campaign and see how hard these folks work to make America better. It is its own unbelievable contribution to our democracy and it's a gift to everybody and especially to me. I'm grateful to each and every one of you and I thank your families and you for the sacrifices you made.

To all the volunteers all across this country who gave so much of themselves. Thanks to William Fields, a six-year-old who collected $680, a quarter and a dollar at a time selling bracelets to help change America.

Thanks to Michael Benson from Florida who I spied in a rope line holding a container of money. It turned out he raided his piggy bank and wanted to contribute.

Thanks to Ilana Wexler, 11 years old, who started Kids For Kerry across this country.

I thank the brigades of students and people, young and old, who took time to travel, time off from work, their own vacation time to work in states far and wide. They braved the hot days of summer, and the cold days of fall and winter to knock on doors because they were determined to open the doors of opportunity to all Americans. They worked their hearts out.

I wish, you don't know how much, that I could have brought this race home for you, for them. And I say to them now, don't lose faith. What you did made a difference, and building on itself we go on to make a difference another day. I promise you, that time will come. The time will come. The election will come when your work and your ballots will change the world. And it's worth fighting for.

I want to especially say to the American people: In this journey you have given me the honor and the gift of listening and learning from you. I have visited your homes, I visited your churches, I visited your community halls, I've heard your stories. I know your struggles. I know your hopes. They are part of me now. And I will never forget you, and I'll never stop fighting for you.

You may not understand completely in what ways, but it is true when I say to you that you have taught me and you've tested me and you've lifted me up and you've made me stronger. I did my best to express my vision and hopes for America. We worked hard and we fought hard. And I wish things had turned out a little differently, but in an American election, there are no losers because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning, we all wake up as Americans. And that -- (applause) -- that is the greatest privilege and the most remarkable good for the time that can come to us on earth.

With that gift also comes obligation. We are required now to work together for the good of our country. Until the days ahead, we must find common cause. We must join in common effort without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor.

America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure of compassion. I hope President Bush will advance those values in the coming years. I pledge to do my part to try to bridge the partisan divide. I know this is a difficult time for my supporters, but I ask them, all of you, to join me in doing that.

Now more than ever with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq and win the war on terror.

I will also do everything in my power to ensure that my party, a proud Democratic party, stands true to our best hopes and ideals.

I believe that what we started in this campaign will not end here. And I know our fight goes on to put America back to work and to make sure there's a great engine of job growth. Our fight goes on to make affordable health care a right for all Americans, not a privilege. Our fight goes on to protect the environment, to achieve the equality, to push the frontiers of science and discovery and to restore America's reputation in the world.

I believe all of this will happen and sooner than we may think because we're America, and America always moves forward.

I've been honored to represent the citizens of this Commonwealth in the senate now for 20 years. I pledge to them that in the years ahead, I'm going to fight on for the people and the principles that I have learned and lived with here in Massachusetts.

I'm proud of what we stood for in this campaign and what we accomplished. When we began no one thought it was possible to make this a close race, but we stood for real change, change that would make a real difference in the life of our nation and the lives of our families. And we defined that choice to America.

I'll never forget the wonderful people who came to our rallies, who stood in the rope lines, who put their hopes in our hands, who invested in each and every one of us. I saw in them the truth that America is not only great, but it is good.

So with a grateful heart, I leave this campaign with a prayer that has even greater meaning to me now that I have come to know our vast country so much better thanks to all of you, and what a privilege it has been to do so.

That prayer is very simple: God bless America. Thank you.

Posted by bask0017 at 2:18 PM

Bush's Speech: Another crock of shit?

One may ponder such a question after seeing President Bush's "victory" speech. After listening to yet another uncertain speech from the President, I am not suprised that the next four years won't be any more painless than the last four. In fact, I think that the next four years will be ludacris. More job loss, more economic woes and well the worst, more War. "America has spoken and I am humbled by the trust and confidence vested in me as your President," stated Bush in his speech. I don't think this is true at all. I am not confident, and I really don't trust this man at all. In fact that is a lie, I am more scared now than I was over the last four years. What are we going to do now? I dunno, I think I am gonna go get some cheap liquor.

Posted by bask0017 at 2:10 PM

11 States Approve Gay marrage BAN

What is America turning into? Is America turning into a monster? While viewing CNN that is all to be seen all over the screen is that 11 states approved an ammendment on our U.S Constitution that gay marrage is not allowed. Tell me something...how exactly do you just over rule something writen in the constitution in order to ban something that really is a non-factor in the United States? With millions in the GLBTQ community, this is a shock that America could be such ass holes to allow this to happen once again over a simple issue of whom is taken to the bedroom. Is it wrong to love someone of the same sex? Does it make us different people? Why can't we just be viewed as normal people? Why do we need to be labled as the GLBTQ community at all, we are not a minority we are everyday hard working people who have families, children, and lives to live just like everyone else. To not be able to marry is denying a basic right that the framers of our constitution wanted to have available to all. It's time to rise up and overturn these bans. We need to allow gays to marry because they are just as entitled to it as anyone else.

Posted by bask0017 at 1:59 PM

A Sad Day For Kerry Supporters

*As tears form* I really don't know how to start this post, but I think I will start it back about 27 hours ago on November 2nd. Waking to the dawn of a cold and drizzle filled tuesday, I set out to cast a vote to reshape America. That vote was for John F. Kerry of the Democratic ticket. The hours preceeding that would be some of the most stressful but most fun hours I have ever lived in my life. All day after class I knocked on doors, waived signs high and proud, and attended the DFL after party at the Hilton in Minneapolis. All night long, news of a close race spread through all our heads like a gushing stream. After many "projections" and close calls it was evident to all we would not know who the next Chief of State would be. I called it a night at about 3AM. Tossing and turning in bed I awoke to headlines that stated exactly what I had thought. "Ohio divided, too close to call." With two of the most democratic Ohio counties left I figured that it would continue to be a close race. I went out the door to school with that mind set and the 252-254 electoral count to fend off the Bush gloaters who thought they could be cocky about it. My day was going great until news of Senator Kerry's choice to concede spread rapidly through out the school. Many Kerry supporters shocked by this bold move by Kerry, we all thought he would hold on much longer than that..."till the end." I sit here now writing this...some depressing music is playing, Kerry had really conceded. What now? His speech is over, Bush is next. Are we in for another four years of BU (LL) SH (IT)? I guess so. I ask that all of you don't let the memories of John Kerry die...the hopes the dreams the promises...be sure you don't let go of one of the most memerable elections of my time, the most exciting so far, and well my first election ever. Let's not give up on Kerry since he will still be there fighting for us until the end. And by the way...if you wish to be empowered, then visit the interenet for a complete recap of Kerry's heart wrenching speech....Thank you!

Posted by bask0017 at 1:50 PM

November 1, 2004

Forms of Government in terms of COWS!!!

I found the following "analogy" at: http://leaderofmars.tripod.com/political.html

I thought it did a pretty good job of explaining the different forms of government. It presents the different types of government in a straightforward manner. I also thought it is very entertaining. Enjoy!

SOCIALISM: You have two cows. You keep one and give the other to your
neighbor.
COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes them both and provides you with the milk.
FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and sells you the milk.
BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk and then pours it down the drain!
CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
CORPORATE: You have two cows. You sell one, force the other to produce the milk of four cows and then act surprised when it drops dead!
DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you must sell them both in order to support the man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government!

Danny Liu
November 1, 2004

Posted by liux0529 at 10:59 AM