Category: Politics

Political Thoughts

September 4th, 2008, 6 Comments

It may come as no surprise to some of you that I actually enjoy — yes, enjoy — watching political conventions. I’ve spent some time watching them over the past two weeks. McCain has yet to speak tonight as I write this, but I’ve got to get out a few comments. First of all, both […]

Obama, RFK, and Making History

June 5th, 2008, 2 Comments

I think that for the first time, when I go to vote this November, I will probably not have to hold my nose as I make a selection for president. I don’t agree with Obama on everything, of course, but the core of what he stands for — that it is time to enter a […]

More Reasons To Like Obama

May 27th, 2008, 4 Comments

Ars has an article Previewing McCain and Obama on geek issues that is a thoroughly good read. I find myself agreeing with Obama on everything from net neutrality to privacy rights. I find it interesting that Republicans like to run as advocates of individual liberties but are the ones pushing laws that restrict them the […]

Clinton Voters on Barack Obama

May 26th, 2008, 8 Comments

Some TV network did some interviews with West Virginia voters at the time of their primary. The Daily Showpicked up on it (click link for video). Among the comments: “I guess because he is another race. I’m sort of scared of theother race because we have so much conflict with them.” “He’s Muslim and that […]

A Smart Gas Tax

April 29th, 2008, 11 Comments

The recent announcements by McCain and Clinton of their support for a temporary repeal of the Federal gas tax make me sick. More on why later, but first, I want to put forth my idea. I think both Republicans and Democrats would like it — as it’s based on market principles and achieves a reduction […]

Pennsylvania and Irrelevance

April 4th, 2008, 3 Comments

NPR has been doing an interesting series this week. They’ve sent out a reporter who is going all across Pennsylvania interviewing people at local food markets. He found a fish shop in Pittsburgh, a market in Lancaster, and some shops in Philadelphia. He sought out Democratic voters to ask them about their thoughts on Clinton […]

xkcd author endorses Obama

February 5th, 2008, No Comments

The author of the xkcd comic has endorsed Obama for president. Among other things, he wrote: Obama has shown a real commitment to open government. When putting together tech policy (to take an example close to home for xkcd) others might have gone to industry lobbyists. Obama went to Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons […]

Favorite Election Quote

November 8th, 2006, 1 Comment

Mr. Bush said today: “The cumulative effect of the election was a thumpin’”

Today’s Political Puzzler

July 26th, 2006, 5 Comments

So recently the prime minister of Iraq criticized Israel for a disproportionate response in their attacks against Lebanon. I don’t know his exact words, but in general, I agree with that sentiment. It’s no big surprise that Bush and Republican leaders have all been rushing to support Israel and taking their sweet time before helping […]

Something I can’t understand

July 25th, 2006, 17 Comments

I can’t understand Bush’s (and the typical Republican position in general) opinion on life issues. He recently said that it is wrong to “destroy life to save life” and that every being is a valuable person in the context of the stem cell debate. He also said last year that 30,000 Iraqi civilians had been […]

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