Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A New Tone???

From: Michael Busick
Subject: RE: A New Tone ;o) ??????????????????????????????????????????????????
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 22:26:49 -0800

I'm not saying your guess about that Subaru wasn't correct. I'm just saying it's a bumpy road you walk down when you start guessing things like that these days.

My wife was a lifelong Republican voter when we met in 1995 and that continued in 2000. In 2004, she voted for Kerry. I didn't have to do much, if any, convincing or cajoling. She only had to see our surplus become a deficit (with the lion's share of that money going to rich people), our manufacturing jobs being sent overseas -- or across the border -- and replaced by service jobs (and yet touted by this administration as new jobs even though they paid a fraction of what the old jobs did) and an administration that can't even keep its own scandals straight. Has there ever been an administration where every cabinet department is being run by the exact wrong person for the job? Bolton -- a guy who was quoted as saying the UN could do without two whole floors -- was made ambassador to the UN. An EPA boss who was against the environment. A Dept of the Interior boss who was pro-logging and/or pro-mining.

And then there were all of Bush's signing statements (more than every other president combined -- and that's with having his party own the majority in Congress for most of his two terms) and mispronunciations of basic English words.

By most accounts Bush lost every debate with Kerry -- and Kerry is a boooooring speaker. :)

Once the GOP knocked out Dean with that Iowa scream, I knew it was over for the Dems because I knew I was going to hear more about Kerry's Vietnam protests than anything topical or more important.

Every time Bush says or does something stupid -- or there's yet another Republican in a scandal that's very un-Republican-like (sex, drugs, treason, money dealings with lobbyists), she turns to me and says, "I'm sorry" and my wife and I both know it's not her fault. :)

From: Brian Adamson
Subject: RE: A New Tone ;o) ??????????????????????????????????????????????????
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 07:44:30 +0000

I'm a teacher, Mike. A teacher driving a crappy old miata with 150,000 miles on the odometer. A substitute teacher, living in the crappiest and cheapest apartment that I could find in Bellevue. No kids, no family, no life. And yet, I have an opinion, and an opinion, that doesn't tow the party-line.
"...remember the past
but do not dwell there,
face the future
where all our hopes stand."
-Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Michael Busick
> "As we drove across the bridge, from the Eastside to the urban core, we noticed,
> the cars got crappier and the people became so much more liberal. Every car had
> to have something to say about Bush, or the war. I sort of joked to my wife
> that one car, a Subaru near Greenlake with a Roosevelt Roughrider sticker, AAA
> sticker, Endless war sticker, certainly must contain a passenger that did not
> vote for Bush and is probably a teacher. We usually have these kind of
> conversations, when we get a visa (joke) to go to Seattle."
> So many stereotypes, so little time. So then, doesn't it bother you that someone
> with a job as important as teacher is driving a crappy car? :)
> I suppose if Bill Clinton can win as governor of Arkansas, so can Huckabee, but
> Mike has to win appeal across a wider range of voters than he seems to have
> achieved so far.
> I'm not a part of the "Blame America First" crowd anymore than I'm a part of the
> "Blame America Last" crowd. I believe actions have consequences and sometimes
> the connections between those actions and those consequences aren't as obvious.
> How many of us know that the Lockerbie bombing was a retaliation for an Arab
> passenger jet brought down around the time of one of their holidays (like the
> Lockerbie one which happened around Christmas)?
> It's been widely reported that bin Laden set up 9/11 as a response to Saudi
> Arabia letting the U.S. set up bases there during the first Persian Gulf
> conflict. Those two events were nearly 10 years apart.
> Also, I believe if someone is going to ban a book, they should read it first and
> not just go from someone else's opinion of it. :)
> If I'm ever going to read the Christian bible, I'm going to follow it up by
> reading the Koran. This is America and it's only fair. :)
> Isn't it ironic, reading the Lincoln speech, that John Wilkes Booth, upon
> shooting Lincoln and leaping six feet from the prez box to the stage below
> yelled "Sic Semper Tyrannis"? To him, it would appear, the Lincoln presidency
> was tyranny. :)

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