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Sunday, October 10, 2004

  Bush Wired? Kerry Cloned? Dilbert for President!

Netheads are overanalyzing photographs from the weekend debate. Bush wasn't wired, sez his staff...

Well, no, but he must have had a cup of coffee before this debate, unlike the last one.... Maybe his animatronics pack was working this time. I'm glad to see the state of robotics technology has advanced so far, otherwise: bemused at the uses of it.

I've discovered recently there are a couple billionaires I like - but I'm not fond of those in the 'Neremiah Scudder' a.k.a. "Bush" administration.



What candidate I vote for, in california, doesn't matter, (the state going democratic is a forgone conclusion). Florida, on the other hand, is anybody's guess. My parents are driving down there this week to weigh in.

I don't have a lot of criteria left for a presidential candidate's requirements - ideally he/she should have a clue about space, technology, and science - and be more into blow jobs than blowing up things.

My personal preference for president? Dilbert. The poor guy hasn't had sex since he appeared on the comic pages, and could use a compassionate intern to ease his frustrated creativity.

Kerry doesn't give a flying hoot about space according to this article. I'd agree - 'cept that the post uses "voting against the space station" as one criterion for "being against space".



I TOO would have voted against the "International Sucking Sound" - the International Space Station - in favor of something more rational - like a few hundred asteroid missions. Elsewhere, Kerry's called NASA a valuable jobs program, and I have trouble stomaching that.

So I look at the polls to see if I should stock up on desert outerwear or tax accountants... and don't know which to believe. It's a tight race. That's exciting in itself - but far more exciting than what either candidate is saying. Perhaps this election will be decided by the graveyard vote, or an enterprising hacker (republican or democrat) that understands how SQL works....

EV the graphic at left (courtesy maotig) is the only poll I've seen that has Kerry ahead. So, if you are a voter swayed by polls, check that one out.

Damn it. I'm going to hate to see Neremiah Scudder get re-elected. We're now a country where the primary third party candidates for president get arrested on debate night. At least they were treated decently, and not beheaded - this time.

I wonder about some things - last election, the elimination of the inheritance tax was a big issue - where is it now? I'd like to see it restored (revised, and updated) - as it was one of the few things slowing down the establishment of a hereditary aristocracy in America. 70b a year in lost taxes - a dead issue? Hmmm...

 
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I don't know what Kerry thinks about space. I do know what he thinks about aviation:

Name : KERRY, JOHN FORBES
Airman's Address : 19 LOUISBURG SQ
BOSTON, MA, 02108-1202
FAA Region : New England
Date of Medical : Dec, 2003
Class of Medical : 2
Expiration : Dec, 2004
Airman Certificates : Commercial Pilot
Airplane Single Engine Land
Airplane Single Engine Sea
Airplane Multiengine Land
Instrument Airplane
Glider Aero Tow (Private Pilot)

...and that, as you say, opposing the ISS doesn't mean you haven't got a clue about space.

(Personally, though I like NASA and have no objection to paying for their toys, I'd far rather spend research dollars on sustainable energy.)
 
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