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

First of all, you brought up a bunch of issues without addressing my core concern: Gay marriage. So I'm going to stay focused on that even if you can't. A few points, though:

Do you really think that blacks are naturally more inclined to commit crimes?

The fact that you worked hard and expect no handouts is admirable. So does that 15 year old kid in Detroit whose _father_ wasn't allowed to use the same bathroom not long ago. You and I can't even begin to comprehend the impact of that. If you think you and that kid are on an equal level just because you both work hard, you're kidding yourself.

No to gay marriage: it doesn't matter what the public thinks about it. Keep in mind that at one point the public also thought it was OK to segregate, enslave, and count blacks as less of a person than whites (three-fifths to be exact). The public makes mistakes and that is why our government created an institution that could allow the courts to overrule public opinion. I'm sure you knew that though.

And don't give me that baloney about redefining words. You're a logical, intelligent person. You're quite aware of the difference between legal definitions and religious definitions.

And please stop using terrorism as an excuse to ignore other issues. Why are you so frightened of terrorism? Statistically, you're in much greater threat when you drive in your car. Did you know that 3X more skin cancer deaths occur each year than the number of people that died on 9/11? And that number is rising at a significant rate (see the CA statistics, of my father is one of those statistics). I'm always amazed that when the threat is so obvious Americans still love to focus on a solution that involves killing rather than repairing.


But let's ignore the environment, terrorism, etc. Let's talk about why gays shouldn't have the same rights as others. Explain to me how that can be seen in any other light than a civil rights issue. Explain why they don't deserve the same legal benefits. Explain to me why I should endorse a man who has wants to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to ensure that gay couples can't have the same legal standing as other couples.

[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.

[BlogEntry] Every American has a purple heart


Red-state folks, blue-state folks, green-state folks, it's time to move on.

Take a look at this map. In a winner-take-all election, it's very misleading to look at pure red or blue states. The overall election was 51% to 48%, not 100% to 0%. If you were to color the entire country in a single color by who won the election, it would be solid red, but that would be very misleading, no? That does not tell the whole story. Nor does coloring entire states, or even counties, a single color. In reality, it's all shades of purple. This is a great example of lies, damned lies, and statistics.

If you want to see an even more enlightening perspective, take a look at these weird maps which show states distorted to reflect relative size of their population.

My point is that everyone including the media should stop obsessing over the number of red states or red counties and remember that it's really all shades of gray. Even we, ourselves, are individually divided. Every voter is red on some aspects and blue on others. Each of us has a purple heart. There are Republicans who believe in abortion and Democrats who don't. There are conservatives who think it's okay for gays to marry and liberals who agree with tax cuts. Each party is made up of a variety of factions which pick and choose the planks of the party platform that are meaningful to them.

We can focus on what makes us different or focus on what we have in common. We are all Americans. Let's stop bickering, feeling disenfranchised or arrogant, victimized or invincible, and sorry for ourselves. We are not a divided nation. This is a nation of Americans strengthened by our diversity of views and blessed with the capacity and freedom to express them. This is what makes us great. These are our checks and balances. Threatening to leave because your candidate didn't win is absurd and utterly and completely misses the point of what this country is based on. We live in an ongoing debate and laboratory of continuous improvement. To abandon the experiment now is just bad science.

The pendulum swings.
Americans cast their votes.
Either way, we win.

[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


I see that you and my brother are in quite an interesting discussion — I'll weight in later tonight.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


PS: Except to see some great things from XWork's IoC container in the future 🙂

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


I have to confess that my support for President Bush is not nearly as enthusiastic as it might have appeared during the campaign. I'm no blind follower. It's almost exclusively motivated by the threat of terrorism and the fact that he recognizes that danger more clearly than John Kerry does. Other than that, I've viewed him as just another politician, and I've probably even bought some of the scandalous propaganda about him. I just considered it to be secondary to keeping America safe from terrorists.

However, the two times that I've truly sat down and listened intently to him when he wasn't campaigning, when he was just speaking from his core, I've been surprised to find myself impressed by what I found inside the man.

The first time was when he was on Larry King a few months ago. I wrote about it here. Admittedly, this was part of the campaign, but he was simply sitting and talking with Larry and his wife. He was very genuine, very honorable, and very sharp. No spin, no politics. Just straight talk.

The second time was tonight, when I watched the TiVoed press conference he held earlier today with the White House Press Corp. Again, I wasn't really expecting to be impressed, but I was. I'm finding myself feeling a renewed sense of hope, even though this wasn't a feel-good, touchy-feely kind of press conference. I just recognize that we have a pretty good leader at the helm.

Despite the trouble he has assembling English sentences at times, I found him to be a refreshingly real, determined, and sincere man with a mission to improve this country to the best of his ability. I got a sense that I was seeing a great man come into his own. I think all of us may be very surprised by what great things he may do for this country in the next four years. In fact, it occurred to me that we may see a dramatic shift in the what we come to expect from our politicians after Bush's second term. We may hold them to more honest, bullshit-free standards than we've come to expect from Washington, D.C. over the years. You would never hear George W. Bush say "It all depends on what your definition of 'is' is."

I know that if you're a liberal, a skeptic, a cynic, or someone who simply relishes in hating George W. Bush, you'll have a very hard time hearing or buying what I'm saying, but I'm telling you, if you can drop your defenses for a moment and try to put aside all the propaganda you've been fed and swallowed about him, you'll find a decent, honorable man who knows how to get things done and is committed to leaving this nation and this world in better shape than he found it.

It's so easy, when you're feeling unhappy about the result, to twist every sentence to something negative like "sure, leaving it in better shape for himself and his oil cronies." Well, try to let that cynicism go for a moment, and you may actually find that you can see a real person with good intentions shine through. Don't buy into all the lies.

I wasn't always a red-state guy. I was born in Brooklyn. I used to be about as liberal as they come. I can easily put myself in your shoes. But, I'm telling you, what you've been told about this guy isn't true. It's a smear campaign. Just listen and watch him, and you'll see it. He's not a smooth-talking politician. He's a good man trying to do good work, knowing that half the country and a lot of the world doesn't like or understand him. That's a pretty tough job.

Look at it this way. If Kerry had been elected, you would have thought that any Bush supporter who couldn't see what a wonderful man he was was either blind, stupid, or just bitter. You would tell them to stop whining and recognize the man for who he is. Well, try to rise above your negative filters, the same way you would have expected people who voted for Bush to do if Kerry had won.

This is still the same great country it has always been. You may actually find that you come to respect and appreciate the man that you have invested so much time and energy in hating.

I feel confident that you can trust Bush not to trample everything you hold dear. I just don't believe that's what he's about. And even if you do expect him to do that, why not wait until you actually have some evidence, before just buying into the smear campaign that's been waged against him. If you really examine the facts, I don't think you'll find anything that warrants the accusations and lies. If you really do, I'll be right there with you shouting about it, but so far, I just haven't seen anything real.

All we are saying is give Bush a chance.