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[Comment] Re: To my surprise, I'm coming to appreciate the man for whom I voted

No biggie. I've been called worse things than "David." 🙂

<p>It's interesting to me that you ping Bush for how easy things have been for him. What do the majority of Kerry's band of Hollywood supporters, recording artists, and George Soros know about being a poor black child in Detroit, any more than Bush does? What does Teresa Heinz Kerry (or her husband, for that matter) know of want? Why are they the noble kind of rich, and Bush is the evil kind? Who shows more respect and confidence in that kid's ability to make something of himself?

<p>I disagree with you that Bush doesn't get it, and it sounds like more unfounded accusations. Conservatives understand that you can't make jobs out of thin air, that somebody has to pay for welfare and other forms of aid, and they believe in people being self-reliant. Liberals have a really unrealistic view of how we "should" take care of everyone and that people "shouldn't" suffer. They have no concept of the science of economics. Their idealistic views, if left unchecked, will destroy the very economy they want to feed off of. They will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

<p>Corporations, in general, are not evil entities. They employ people, fund the government, and promote progress. I would trust Bush's plan to do more for that poor black child in Detroit than Kerry's unrealistic promises to take care of him. "Give a man a fish… Teach him to fish…"

<p>Why do you say Bush doesn't believe in equal rights for all? Besides, how does affirmative action give equal rights to all? I tried to get a grant from the government for a business, but I'm not a woman or a minority, so I'm a pariah — the cursed white male. How is that equal rights? But did I protest and complain about how unfair life was? Did I quit, because I am disenfranchised? No, I looked for other ways. I worked and continue to work very hard and expect no handouts, no special treatment, no aid. Life's a bitch.

<p>Why does everyone seem to think it's the government's job to make their life easier? It's because the Democratic party has taught them that for years. Shame on the Democratic party for cultivating a culture of dependence and reliance on the government, rather than one of self-reliance and a can-do attitude. They've polluted America and killed the American spirit. And it's very demeaning and condescending to treat people like they need the government to take care of them.

<p>They've done far more damage to that poor black kid in Detroit than anything George W. Bush could ever do.

<p>Regarding gay marriage, it was voted down in eleven of eleven states. That wasn't Bush speaking. That was the people saying "enough is enough" to political correctness and redefining the meanings of words so that every minority can control the majority. In a time of war and terrorism, though, I can't understand how gay marriage is even on the map, though. It's incredibly tasteless timing, in my opinion, to be foisting this frivilous issue on the nation during a time of physical survival. It's time that we got back to serving the greater good, rather than our own selfish interests.

<p>Let new immigrants learn English the way all of our ancestors did. Why have we all of a sudden become a bilingual nation? This country is being taken over by self-serving special interest groups who don't want to change themselves to be an American but rather change America to accomodate them. It's getting pretty chunky in the melting pot. Certain ingredients are refusing to melt.

<p>See, now I'm ranting. The more liberals push their unrealistic, idealistic agendas that will bleed the spirit of this nation dry, the more they push moderate, reasonable people to the right. That's what happened in this election. Idealism is a lovely thing to strive for, but you will absolutely drag this nation down to its demise if you try to deny reality.

[Comment] Re: The best introduction to Groovy

<p>No, it's not just because it's the tenth article you read, it's because Mark did a very very good job with his tutorial. Better than what we did on Groovy's website and our language guide. It takes a hell lot of time to write good tutorials.</p>
<p>Perhaps it's time we make some 1, 5, 10 minute tutorials to help ppl jump into Groovy? What do you think?</p>
<p>Note, however, than anybody is free to improve the doc, or add new sections, fix typos etc. The process is pretty open to third-parties.</p>

[Comment] Re: To my surprise, I'm coming to appreciate the man for whom I voted

David,
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I see that you and my brother are in quite an interesting discussion — I'll weight in later tonight.
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But I want to explain why I just can't respect Bush. While I do believe that he's trying to do good work, I also believe that his idea of good work is incredibly hurtful.
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Gay marriage is an issue I come back to repeatedly. You can find my thoughts on my blog. In short: I not only believe that his stance is unconstitutional (for now, at least), but that it is hateful and un-American.
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Similarly, Bush has already begun the process of taking apart Title IX and I'm sure he'd love to nuke any form of affirmative action that remains today. In short: He has (what I believe is) a misguided view on the world, shaped largely in part by how easy things have come to him in life. He's never experienced the struggle a poor black child in Detroit has had to face. And he just doesn't get it.
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I agree with you that it is a great goal to remove the "politics" from politics. But Howard Dean tried to do that and got absolutely destroyed from Democrats and Republicans.
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I'll get in to the "honesty" debate with you on my brother's blog. Specifically in regards to the Iraq War. But for now, I want you to try to see my point of view and why I believe Bush doesn't truly believe in equal rights for all.
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Patrick
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PS: Except to see some great things from XWork's IoC container in the future 🙂

[Comment] Re: Kudos to Frontline and PBS for…

I'd recommend that you read Plan of Attack. As the only book recommended by both candidates, it is about as close as you can get to "truth". And the "truth" is that the evidence was somewhat weak and that it WAS questioned and that the CIA operatives in Iraq WERE getting limited intelligence. Colin Powell questioned it, he told Bush about the Pottery Barn rule (You break it you buy it), and he was laughed at by the rest of the cabinet. And I do mean *laughed* at… read the book. I don't believe this is a professional administration. Being stead-fast is nice, but a the most admirable and smartest people I've ever met were those that re-evaluated their choices and admitted mistakes when better alternatives were presented (and I'm not pointing to Kerry here).

I would also like to say that Plan of Attack did change my feelings about Bush et al. I no longer feel that really any of the members of the administration are "evil". Rather, I feel that they are frightened and are bullies and they only know one way to respond. It just so happens I believe that they aren't responding the correct way.

I plan to start blogging a LOT about politics. I'd love to debate the issues back and forth between posts.

[Comment] Re: Kudos to Frontline and PBS for…

Hi Lee,
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Thanks for posting your insights on this tough choice we have this November. I agree with much of what you say about president Bush. It did feel weird invading Iraq, but I think it was the right thing to do. And it bothers me when Kerry overly criticizes the war that he voted to authorize.
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However, I think I have generally a more favorable opinion on Senator Kerry that you do. I'm still not sure who I'm voting for, but I'd better decide soon.
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I agree with President Bush, who in the first debate, when asked, are we more likely to suffer a terrorist attack if Kerry is elected? He answered no.
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With that in mind, we have to consider, If there is another attack, or another leader like Hussein that openly calls for the murder of American citizens, who will more effectively counter the attack or threat?
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There's no clear answer to the above. If we talk about just an attack with a clear state sponsor such as Afghanistan, I'm confident that either leader would deliver an appropriate response. When we talk about a perceived threat, I'm not sure … President Bush has some good experience in this area, aside from removing Hussein, there has been a global effort to arrest and kill terrorists that I think the US is leading. Even countries such as France and Germany have participated in this. An obvious and appropriate reaction to The Atrocity. So I applaud Bush's efforts in the War on Terror.
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Now after reviewing Kerry's book "Our Plan for America" and perusing his website, I'm convinced he would continue these efforts. For example he says he'd keep 95% of the Patriot Act.
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Still, based on Bush's work and focus on the War on terror, I give him a slight edge over Kerry on this issue.
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When I consider the personalities and leadership abilities of both candidates, I like them both, but I think I give Kerry a slight edge.
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This forces me to move on to other issues such as the economy, taxes, size of government, which I honestly haven't thought through.
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But let me revert to what was the original thought of this post. I don't doubt that the documentary you watched was at least somewhat biased. But is it possible that in a head to head comparison of the two candidates, you personally started to realize that Kerry isn't as awful a choice as you may have thought earlier? Perhaps your opinion of him is changing.
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I mention this mainly because that's what's happening to me right now.
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Part of me likes president Bush, and would prefer not to change horses mid stream, yet part of me thinks that a new face on the war on terror might be the right thing right now.
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This battle against the terrorists will continue across many administrations, I think it's important not to overly politicize it.
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Why not try Kerry's approach for a while? We can always put Rudy Giuliani in charge in 2008.