Sunday, October 31, 2004

Must post on Osama

All the cool blogs are doing it and I get so tired of being behind the times.

So here's my take on it:

Bin Laden's alive? Dang! You sure? If you are sure, well, you can knock me down with a feather!

Bin Laden is Bush's puppet? You mean all those terrorists blew themselves up just to further Bush's aims? In a weird sort of way, that is a delicious thought. Please, please take pictures of these terrorist bums when you tell them. I gotta see their faces. In the real, sane, actual world, it's a scurrilous, slanderous, pernicious bit of nonsense - but in the propaganda world, o baby spread that thought. Bin Laden is Bush's puppet . . I suppose Sharon is Bin Laden's puppet, and Arafat is Sharon's puppet, and John Howard is Arafat's puppet, and - o my.

As far Osama Bin Laden himself - I don't give a red rat's rear end what he had/has to say.

He's just a puppet anyway,

{chortle, snort}
Riddle me this

Boy, there are some nasty commenters to Jeff Jarvis' post Bin Laden remixes Fahrenheit 9/11.

I would just like to know - if Kerry is smarter than Bush, and has been smarter for the past 3/4 years, and coulda woulda shoulda done so much better - if he has a plan -

wouldn't it have been kind of nice of him to show up at some meetings and maybe let the rest of us in on it? If he had a workable strategy, superior to the one in place, didn't he have an obligation to his country to share it? Especially given his job description?

Remember the pre-war buildup? I do . . . all those discussions with various people for and against . . always, always, my conversations ended with "I don't know what else to do. I don't like it. Do you have any better ideas?"

and no one did. No one did.

Except, apparently, John Kerry. If only he had shared it with us then. He could have spared us all this.

Why did Kerry put us through this?

The Mood of Hillsborough Voters

Just to say:

The general mood of the voters in line at the polls was:

(1) cheery at the process and participation
(2) patient at the wait. Some had good stories about people who risked their lives to vote in other countries, others had stories about old-timey America and bribes of whiskey at the voting booth. "The wait is longer than I expected, but it's good not to be shot at!" "Yes, but I wouldn't mind the whiskey about now."
(3) fervent hopes, expressed with a pursing of the lips:
(a) that the media will refrain from announcing until they know what they're talking about;
(b) that the election will not go to court;
(c) that whoever loses, loses graciously and courteously. "None of this 'oops, I changed my mind' stuff."

Oddly, item (c) was expressed most glumly and wistfully by those of a liberal bent. I think the DNC would do well to grow the hell up while it still has members to loose. I actually felt kinda bad for those liberals in line.

Interestingly, the liberalish people who were worried about FL counties screwing up mentioned Appalachicola! Now why? It's Broward, Brevard and Miami-Dade that screwed up 2000 and 2002, and Broward has already managed to screw up 2004 even before the election. So where did Appalachicola come from?

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Early Voting

So I went and voted this morning like a good girl. It was PACKED!! Three hour wait . .

All you people who haven't voted yet - allow yourself plenty of time, take a folding chair, a hat, and some water. Whew.

You might want to bring a little light reading, too - say, War & Peace. You'll have enough time to finish it.

Hopefully Tuesday won't be so backed up. More places will be open and anyway, I swear all 700,000 Hillsborough county voters were at the library this morning.

Good things: They do make you sign a little statement that you'll only vote once and that you understand voting twice or illegally gets you a $5000 fine or 5 years in prison.

The voting machines were tested in public and, after the testing was completed, locked down. The Supervisor of Election website had the procedure and invitations to witness the tests up on their website during testing, but it looks like it's gone now.

Anyway, they were tested and locked up, then brought out for voting day. Vital parts of the machines still have locks on them, not to be removed before election day.

The machines register votes in 3 different ways - there IS a paper trail, a CD, and some other way which I forgot. (sorry, but my feet hurt by then).

To vote, you need a photo ID and the signed statement. They don't MAKE you have a voter's ID card, but they 'recommend it.' You get through the line faster if you have it.


Looks like what they're doing for early voting is registering that you voted in a laptop and presumably sending that info over to your regular precinct - possibly they're shipping over your signed statement as well.

The crowd was pretty cheery and sociable. We had a lot of discussions about the amendments and stayed waaay off any actual candidate discussions. I enjoyed it. It's so much easier and more useful to discuss issues and ideas than individuals - and more polite!

Bad Thing I'm not sure how the write-in candidate stuff works on these new machines. In the District 11 House of Rep race, there are three guys running: Jim Davis (d) Bob Johnson (l) and Karl Butt, asswipe socialist. Jim and Bob are on the ballot - but Karl is a write-in and I think the only write-in. The write-in spot is blank on these touch-voting machines. I have a sinking feeling that people who don't want Jim or Bob will hit the write-in spot and not realize who/what they're voting for. I left this spot blank, myself. At ballot completion, the computer told me it was blank in big, bright red letters. "Are you sure? Do you want to go back or do you want to cast your ballot as it?"

They've done everything else so well, presumably they took care of the write-in situation too, but I'd hate for spot-skippers to accidentally vote for a socialist. O well - if FL sends a socialist to the House, we'll know how it happened and fix it next time.

Really, if an individual voter can screw up these machines, that is a person so stupid they probably forget to breathe.

'Nuff! Three hours in line to vote - I'm feeling very patriotic and hungry!!

Friday, October 29, 2004


Go to ebay. Search on tibet opal and take a look at some items being sold. Look at the starting bid and the shipping country.

Never mind, for the moment, that the seller apparently thinks 'opal' simply means any precious or semi-precious gem. Could be an honest language problem. BUT - 99 cents for a silver/sapphire snuff box?

Are they cheap imitations? Or is some Chinese critter robbing Tibet blind? Either way, if the seller is indeed located in China, they must be doing this with the okay from the Chinese government. Internet access doesn't come easy in the People's Republic - it just ain't allowed.

Here's a pipe. Five bucks.

Teapot. Five bucks. Has a dragon on it so it "will bless you escape from calamity." Didn't work too fucking well for the Tibetans, did it?

Maybe there's a big reserve. Maybe some Tibetan somewhere gets a kickback. Maybe they're cheap imitations and it's the ebay bidder who gets ripped off.


Thursday, October 28, 2004

Good Riddance, Bob Graham

and Mel Martinez will be getting my vote, but what is The Veterans Party? and
Dennis Bradley?

He's got some interesting ideas.
Florida - Hillsborough County - ballot stuff
Congressional Representative, District 11

Jim Davis, D-Tampa

If you're in this district, you shouldn't need me to tell you about Davis. He's a gun-grabbing quasi-socialist. On the plus side, he seems to be a decent human being - a rare beast indeed in today's Democrat party. He pesters the state of Florida far too much when he should be working for it, but he does occassionally have decent ideas.

Robert Edward Johnson, Libertarian-Tampa

Bob sent me an email:

Hi, my name is Bob Johnson. I am sending you this email because you've shown interest in helping the cause of freedom in the past. My web site is Bob Johnson 4 and I'm also sending you two enclosures which state what I'm for and what I'm against (the latter being my opponent's voting record). I'm confident that if you'll read both enclosures, and especially if you'll read my informative and entertaining web site, you'll want to vote for me. If so, please at the very least feel free to forward this enclosure to as many friends as possible. I am running for Congress in the 11th District which not only includes Tampa, but the S.E. portion of St. Petersburg and portions of Manatee County, including portions of Brandenton. This was a result gerrymandered in 2002, when my opponent, alleged Democrat Jim Davis, cooperated with surrounding Republican Congressmen to gerrymander more Democrats into his district and out of theirs. However, I believe he has hoisted himself by his own petard this year. While he was unopposed in 2002, I am running a serious campaign in ALL districts in the 11th, and hope you will support me. I'm the only one on the ballot against him. I'm finding that the folks who should be his base (the sort who'd normally vote 85% Democrat) actually can't stand him, don't feel he's given any constituent services, etc. A fellow who USED to campaign for my opponent called ME up after I gave him a leaflet and HE AND HIS PEOPLE ARE HELPING ME UNDERMINE MY OPPONENT'S CORE BASE!!! Many Democrats also dislike Davis' voting record since he voted for the war and the so-called PATRIOT Act. If I can get the minimum Republican vote (about one third) who can be expected to vote AGAINST Jim Davis ANY day of the week, and if I can get about a fourth of the Democrats to cross over and vote Libertarian, I WILL win and become the first Congressman ever elected on the Libertarian Party ticket.

[snip] the rest is send-me-money-volunteer.

Bob's 1st enclosure:

Bob Johnson for Congress – Let’s Try FREEDOM!
Some recent votes by my Democrat opponent Jim Davis:

he voted to invade Iraq, causing a 35% increase in the price of gas and electric bills, $1200 in taxes per family per year, and resulting in 1000 US dead and 5000 wounded.

he voted against a resolution supporting allowing the Pledge of Allegiance.

he voted for the so-called “PATRIOT” Act, allowing ‘sneak-and-peek’ at bank accounts without a warrant, investigating reading material at libraries, etc.

he voted twice for tax-supported abortions on military bases.

he voted against the long-standing ban on using tax money for international organizations that promote abortions. The ban was maintained by only five votes!

he voted against allowing marijuana for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

he voted to increase taxpayer funding for the National Endowment for the Arts that in the past has funded highly offensive ‘art.’

he voted against a bill that would have capped our contributions to the UN at no more than those of any other permanent member of the Security Council, despite the UN Security Council’s lack of help on Iraq.

he voted for allowing negligence lawsuits against gun manufacturers, sellers, and trade associations when criminals use firearms illegally - not surprising since he’s a lawyer and this helps create lawsuits.

he voted against a bill that would have followed modern mainstream thinking on forest management (thinning forests to lower risks of wildfires, diseases, etc.).

he voted against using a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. Imagine how high oil prices would be now if this had failed!

he voted against allowing voucher education for low-income schools in Washington, DC. This passed by one vote!

he voted against moving national class-action lawsuits out of local and state courts and into Federal courts to stop the “court shopping” that costs consumers millions and enriches trial lawyers. He also voted against medical malpractice reform.

he has consistently voted against tax cuts and government spending cuts.

I’d have voted the opposite way on these votes. Unfortunately, this is the tip of the iceberg! Please help us by emailing or giving out leaflets or putting a sign in your yard. Call 813-951-2604 or write to Bob Johnson for Congress, 902 E. Annie #27B, Tampa, FL 33612. Vote Nov. 2! Pd. Pol. Ad. Pd. for by Bob Johnson for Congress Committee, 902 E. Annie St. #27B, Tampa, FL 33612, approved by Bob Johnson, Libertarian, for U. S. Congress, District 11

Bob's 2nd enclosure (what Bob is for):

A phased withdrawal over the next two years of our troops from abroad, saving almost 20% of the Federal Budget. Defend US borders, not 130 nations abroad. Our nation should attack only when attacked. Afghanistan needed invading for that reason; Iraq did not. Costly in lives and lucre, the Iraq invasion has increased terrorism instead of reducing it (which is reflected in the higher gas prices as of April) not only in that region, but in nations like Thailand which previously had a relatively ‘mellow’ Moslem population before Iraq fighting intensified in April. We should also have been out of the Korean peninsula decades ago, since we’re defending not only South Korea (a nation with a larger GDP than Canada) but Japan for free. Bush said Clinton should never have gotten us into Kosova or Bosnia, and had promised in 2000 to withdraw, but we’re still there. We should also get the US out of the UN, which is obviously corrupt beyond repair. As our troops come home, they’ll make our economy stronger and restore our families. We’ll also have a lot more resources available to defend our own borders not only from 9/11 terrorism but also from undocumented aliens with criminal backgrounds.

Abolish the IRS, replace the income tax, social ‘security’ taxes and Medicare taxes and replace them with a National Sales Tax. Taxes on income from work or business activity discourage work and business activity. Taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains discourage savings. Are we surprised that we have a pathetic savings rate and record bankruptcies, VISA card debt, etc., when we tax work and saving rather than consumption? Abolishing the IRS will also stop the 1040 loopholes for the wealthy since it’s somewhat harder to hide consumption and thus evade taxes.

Slowly privatize Social ‘Security’ to be a true savings plan instead of the ‘reverse Robin Hood’ ‘rob our children’ plan we have now, saving 25%. Social ‘Security’ is insecure. It has never been a true savings plan, and that’s why even Alan Greenspan recently raised the red flag on its future. Without a drastic increase in birth rates or immigration it is doomed. Let’s continue to fund benefits for the elderly and those about to retire out of the National Sales Tax, but let’s phase out benefits increasingly for younger folks, since their income will no longer be taxed, making work and saving for retirement much easier. ‘Social’ Security is also quite anti-social since it largely robs the poor and gives to the rich (e.g., poor folks start work before they’re 18 and frequently die before they’re 65, they raise more kids for the wealthy to tax, etc.).

True medical reform that makes medical care and drugs actually cheaper. The AMA deliberately restricts entry into medical schools, which drives up the cost of medical services. Let’s look into use of anti-trust and RICO statutes to stop this. Let’s also deregulate the drug testing process somewhat to make drugs cheaper. Today, aspirin wouldn’t even pass muster since the same proportion you give to a person kills a rat.

Auction the electromagnetic spectrum and Federal lands in Western states and divide the proceeds amongst all Americans, giving each a check. TV stations, radio stations, etc., use the airwaves for free. Why? As long as they pay us a yearly rental fee or a one-time purchase amount, let them say whatever they want. Let’s do the same with unused Federal lands and give each American a check in a bank account that each American can use upon reaching 18 years of age.

Here's campaign money info on Bob.

Karl M. Butts, write-in. - Socialist Workers Party.


Looks like Mr. Butts has submitted no financial information. Why does this not surprise me? Socialists do seem to think laws are for 'other people.'

Well, hell. Maybe I'll skip this spot on my ballot. I WILL NOT vote for a democrat for the foreseeable future. Johnson is bad on the war, pretty good on all else. I wish the Libertarian party hadn't gone all whackjob on Iraq. Defending the country IS a constitutional responsibility of the Federal government.
Hello there Florida voters!

For pity's sake, if any of you have any comments about any of the local candidates/judges, share the wealth. Click 'talk to me' and tell us what you know!

I'd be interested in what you think about amendment 4, too.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Local Florida Ballot Stuff

I find it very difficult to make an informed decision on the local stuff. You can read a bit about the judges up for election in The Merit Retention Pamplet prepared by the Florida Bar Association.


Shall Justice Kenneth B Bell of the Supreme Court be retained?


What about Raoul Cantero III?

Ya know, I have this unreasoning prejudice against people with numbers after their name . . why is that? Poor guy. Maybe his grandma made him do that. He can stay.

Second District Court of Appeals
Canaday - Yes
Kelly - ?
Northcutt - ?
Villanti - ?
Wallace - ?

County Judge Group 11
Henry Gill or Liz Rice?

The Tampa Trib endorses Liz Rice. But she's eeewwww a commercial litigation attorney.

Henry Gill disagrees with the Trib's endorsement (imagine that!) but he, too, is a litigation attorney.

sheez. The Trib screwed up Gill's online rebuttal, so Gill may get a sympathy vote anyway.

Hell. Some actual information would be nice.

My local concrete company sent me some info on Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 6:


Bob Buckhorn (D) - Candidate County Commission District 6 - is commited to the imposition of $4 billion tax and fee increase in unincorporated Hillsborough County over the next 15 years.

Mr. Buckhorn stated that this tax increase in needed to fund "our $4 billion transportation deficit."

Note: Mr. Buckhorn's opponent, Brian Blair (R), disagrees with Mr. Buckhorn. Mr Blair states - "We do not have a revenue problem in this county - we have a spending problem"

The facts are we do not have a $4 billion transportion deficit. We have a $1 billion transportation backlog. Further, funds are in the pipeline to fund this backlog. (source: Public records)

Mr. Buckhorn proposes a significant increase in impact fees, a $0.05 per gallon increase in our local option tax and an increase in our local option sales tax. He should know that an increse of $0.01 in our local option sales tax would be required to yield $4 billion over a 15 year period. He also should know that this would increase our local sales tax to $0.08 - a 14% increase.

If Mr. Buckhorn is successful, Hillsborough County would then impose the highest sales tax in the State of Florida. In fact, if Mr. Buckhorn's agenda is adopted, businesses and residents would relocate out of our county - and few, if any - businesses would relocate to our county. Needless to say the loss of jobs would be substantial and our local economy would be decimated.

Yours very truly,
Cast-Crete Corporation

Ralph W. Hughes

P.S. A $4 billion tax increase over a 15 year period would result in an additional $267 million being taken out of the pockets of the people each and every year.

I had to re-type the above letter, and I'm pretty tired. All typos are mine, not Mr. Hughes.
I wish Mr. Hughes was running for something. or working as a reporter.

I've gotten tons of pretty postcards with pictures of candidates looking serenely and pompously at flowers & stuff, but Mr. Hughes is the only information with actual facts and figures.


Saturday, October 23, 2004

2004 Florida - Amendment 3

I say yes to Amendment 3. So does Hog on Ice.

Trial lawyers say No, so - well, it's a no-brainer, isn't it? #3 won't stop anyone from going to trial, just reduce the legal robbery.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Turn-about is Fair Play
- or - Sauce for the Goose, Sauce for the Gander
- or - Payback's a m*^$%#@-f(^@&*#

In a modest way, I contributed to this retreat of the elite.

Seems like they were tougher in the old days, though. All ya gotta do now is make their eyes water.

And where are their manners? Not a one of them wrote me back!

Fun Fact

You can tell if an artichoke is fresh by holding it up to your ear and squeezing it. A fresh artichoke will talk to you!

Monday, October 18, 2004

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

"Whither thou goest I will go
where thou diest I will die --
the Lord do so to me and more also if aught but death
part thee and me"

We really are gullible.

but maybe it's better to be gullible than to be a bunch of back-stabbing, lying, thieving weasels.
Talk me out of it!

So I saw a pretty gun at the gunshow, and now I think I need it.

It was waaaaay cool - a black powder pirate's gun with the rounded, wooden grip. Purty engraving.

Then I saw an American Revolution reproduction - black powder again - something-or-other. Lots of gold (gold-tone! prolly turns your finger green!) - ooooo, shiney.

I do not need a black powder gun . . I do not need a black powder gun . . I do NOT need . .

{whimpers like a puppy}

Monday, October 04, 2004

How Girls Can Help Their Country


All scouts should know how to shoot. By this I do not mean that you should go all day behind some big dog and try to kill the birds he finds for you, for that is the most useless form of shooting, all things considered, that can be devised. What I mean is that Scouts should know how to load and fire a gun or other firearm so as not to be at a loss for a means of defense should an emergency arise. It is one of the best means to "be prepared." My preference for practice of this kind is a small rifle as being less dangerous than any form of pistol and excellent training for hand and eye. Avoid, however, the very high power modern firearms - the kind that "shoot today and kill next week," as as there is too much danger of reaching some one that is out of sight. The same may be said of the automatic pistol which fills too large a circle with missiles of sudden death.

Handbook for Girl Scounts, 1913

What do they mean by 'guns and other firearms??

Friday, October 01, 2004

As seen on CBS News! Canadian Pharmacy Drugs


Xanax, Cialis, Viagra, Soma & many more!

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I received this junk email from 'Dr. Queen.' As seen on CBS News, eh? Does Dr. Queen have a great sense of humor, or is he serious? Who can tell?

Lo, How the might are fallen.

Most people just find you weird.

yeah, yeah. We knew that.

You're a Mystical. You don't fit in in any way and
most people just find you weird, but you are in
a group. You are respected by everyone, even
though you're just really different.

What kind of group person are you?
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Jeez, maybe I shouldn't take these things on an empty stomach:

Harp Seal
Harp Seal

What is Your Inner Animal?
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A Mouse!
"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one
thing - that it was all started by a
Walt Disney

What Is Your Spirit Animal?
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Yeah, well, but I'm an armed mousey harp seal!

Spikey ^
>You really aren't that vicious you just do it for
self defense, but you sure are cute. -Hugs-

What Dangerous Animal are you?
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All quizzes taken at DovenWolfSteig (no idea what that means!), a young 'un with a bunch of quizzes and a very hypnotic cursor.

One more . . just one more . . this is the last, I swear. This one from Hog on Ice, purveyor of renowned recipes and rants.

The Moon Card
You are the Moon card. Entering the Moon we enter
the intuitive and psychic realms. This is the
stuff dreams are made on. And like dreams the
imagery we find here may inspire us or torment
us. Understanding the moon requires looking
within. Our own bodily rhythms are echoed in
this luminary that circles the earth every
month and reflects the sun in its progress.
Listening to those rhythms may produce visions
and lead you towards insight. The Moon is a
force that has legends attached to it. It
carries with it both romance and insanity.
Moonlight reveals itself as an illusion and it
is only those willing to work with the force of
dreams that are able to withstand this
reflective light. Image from: Stevee Postman.

Which Tarot Card Are You?
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I like this better than the mouse seal. "the stuff dreams are made on" Look out, Bogie, here I come!