Election Day

Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Election Day
I just have to say I hate RINOs, Republicans in Name Only, who run right on election day (and bring up gay marriage and death penalty and the like) and govern and spend like democrats. This is especially common with Senators, but now in Ohio we have a crazy high taxes with surprisingly few services. Now our brilliant governor Taft is trying to issue bonds (the republican version of raising taxes) to essentially write a blank check for the state. Everyone is explicit about saying this is not a tax hike, and of course the democrats are on board. Last year Taft tried this and got hammered, now it is an off-year so it looks like it will pass. Schwarzenegger issued bonds, too, but he at least had a democratic congress blocking his spending cuts. Ohio is run completely by republicans! All of the local taxes that pass are offered in off years, it seems.

Democrats in OH have to be clever. Outside of Cleveland, Democrats don’t have much of a foothold. Their websites are better than the GOP, with printable tickets for the college kids. The GOP website wanted me to register, I guess so they could email me every day. Also the GOP site didn’t have a printable ticket. Not a good sign, I think. Anyway none of the Democratic candidates mention anything about being a democrat.

A good example is Jay Perez, a guy running for judge here in Columbus. I read his bio, a former cop, son of a Cuban immigrant, sounds like a good guy. Then I see this quote:

“As Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes said, the life of the law is experience, not logic.”

Now all I really know about OWH is that he was the best supreme court judge ever and we should all bow down and revere him. Bar none. No question. But the more I think of that quote, the more I think it just doesn’t pass the puke test. I mean, wouldn’t one have to experience an event to truly judge it? If you are judge in a piracy case, do you have to be a pirate? Victim of piracy? Then I start reading about how Justice Holmes was influenced by Malthus, sheesh, I feel like slapping my 6th grade history teacher. The only thing expanding to Malthusian proportions these days are government spending and regulation.

Posted at 09:51 pm by Johnny B

Liberal Words I hate

“Awareness”: a perfectly good word forever ruined by liberalism. Whenever you hear a presentation or read a paper in which the words, “The goal of this project is to raise awareness…” start calculating new tax deductions.

Posted at 11:35 pm by Johnny B

Posted by Logipundit @ 09/15/2005 11:57 PM PDT
I’ve got my CPA working overtime already.

Maybe we should write a paper to raise awareness on the wastefullness of academic pursuits for the sake of academic pursuit.

One of these days I’m going to do a full post on why the space program is a dismal failure, and always will be unless our PURPOSE is more than “knowledge” and “exploration”.

The problem with “awareness” is that the only people that give a flying flip about academic “awareness” campaigns are other academics.

Posted by Rothell @ 09/16/2005 12:34 PM PDT
You guys crack me up. “Awareness” had never struck me as a particularly liberal word. But, Broussard, if that’s what you think, then consider words that for me have lost their value in contemporary Republican rhetoric.

“Freedom.” Bush loves to use this word. It is like kryptnonite to the evil “TERRORISTS!” That’s what they want to “destroy.” Yeah. That always made sense to me. Bad guys rubbing their hands together, hatching plots to blow up the world because the idea of “freedom” just drives them bonkers.

Other words: “destroy,” “victorious,” “resolved.” These typically come straight from the horse’s mouth, George W. Bush, whose speeches might go well as narration for a Rocky movie but not as real speech pertaining to our own reality.

My favorite, though, is “terrorist.” Acts of “terrorism” have been a military strategy since the invention of war. That is a fact, not my opinion. Did the United States (and its allies, particularly Britain) drop bombs on hundreds of villages and cities in Germany during Worlds War 2? Yes. Did we do the same in Vietnam? Yes. Fact: we dropped more bombs on a New Jersey-sized country than all the bombs dropped on Europe combined in the second worlds war. What do we call that? Well the U.S. government doesn’t want to call that terrorism! But is it?
(I hate to write this because these are dark days when you cannot openly discuss acts of criminality under U.S. government direction without fearing some Bush cronie is going to come and arrest you.)
The plane-hijackers and suicide-bombers are terrorists. But that word should mean little to people who can think for themselves, because its sad but true that the U.S. has got blood on its hands too.

Posted by Logipundit @ 09/16/2005 06:46 PM PDT
Hey Rothell,

Real quick, remind me of your address.

Just…uh…curious.

Posted by Logipundit @ 09/16/2005 07:03 PM PDT
speaking of words…here’s a reason to be selective of what Thesaurus you buy…kind of interesting.

http://brain-terminal.com/posts/2005/09/07/rogets-arab

Oh and by the way, here’s some other words that I feel that the left has hijacked:

“choice”–basic right applied only to women and only to the right to have an abortion…no choice of schools, or religions, or anything else.

“progressive”–making sure that every single aspect of the “great society” is completely unchanged from it’s original structure established in the mid 1960’s.

“nuanced”– a form of logic and reason carefully crafted to fall in line with every left-leaning thought conceived since the dawn of birth control.

“enlightened”–atheist

“intellectual”–atheist

“priveleged”–those who pay taxes

I could go on and on…we should write a dictionary.

Posted by Logipundit @ 09/16/2005 07:16 PM PDT
OH and by the way…it’s interesting you mention the word “terrorist”. I really don’t really see the problem with the word as a practical matter.

If I was German when we were bombing Dresden, I might indeed have called the US terrorists. And if I were a VietCong soldier, I may have indeed called the US military terrorists…but what’s your point? Are you saying it’s a matter of perspective? Of course it is.

Would you rather we use less generic words?

How about Islamic terrorists? Or Muslim extremists? Or ragheads? What do you want? I think terrorist is the most politically correct, practical, and precise term for the people that we are indeed fighting against. Maybe they call us terrorists, too, but what difference does that make?

The whole world has been using the word terrorism since at least the 70s, and even the most politically left have to acknowledge that there is a certain type of violence or fighting or whatever you call it that can be easily defined as terrorism.

Anyway, I’m having trouble getting your point, but that’s OK…I know you really don’t need one. It was indeed a great way to remind us all that the US is still evil and imperialistic, and I sure appreciate the reminder.

Posted by john broussard @ 09/17/2005 08:54 AM PDT
Rothell,
I had thought about “terrorist” and “freedom” too. Those are fair points in that the value of the words is kind of lost for now, but #1 You’ll get no sympathy for German villagers from me. WWI was much to a more inconclusive standstill, and twenty years later there was another war. Bombing into submission was a policy is the price the Germans had to pay. #2 It was the rise of communism, not American bombing, that drove massive Vietnamese immigration. As the bad as the former was, you got to question which is worse. If America wins the war the Vietnamese would be about a million times better off…they were truly the losers there.

Posted by john broussard @ 09/17/2005 10:12 AM PDT
Hey Rothell,

What’s your take on the German election?
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1134885