Friday, September 24, 2004

Hey if the Bible/Torah/Quran says so...

Last night, my fiancee and I were prepping for our Sunday meeting with the priest that is going to marry us in June. So we were looking in the Book of Common Prayer (basically a do-it yourself manual for Episcopalians wanting to perform various ceremonies) on marriage stuff. In it, they suggest passages in the Bible for readings, some from the old testiment, some from the new. Luckily, I also had my Bible which (along with the book of common prayer) I got when I was confirmed in 1992. We didn't like any of the New Testament ones, but we liked the passage from the Song of Solomon they suggested. In the bible, I found a business card of my dad's where I had writen a note: "Lev. 13:40" So I looked it up and I laughed so hard, especially because I used my dad's business card (who's bald). Here's what it said: "If anyone loses the hair from his head, he is bald but he is clean."

Words to live by.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Now that's mature

Local NPR station host Doug Fabrizio asked the Republican SL County Mayor Nancy Workmman about her claims that the independent, bipartisan panel that had recommended the charges was beholden to Democratic District Attorney David Yocom (who has supported her oposition) because they signed an oath. The host specifically asked about Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson, a Republican. Nancy, in a huff, stormed off the set. Here's the dialogue.

"Doesn't seem plausible, mayor, does it?" Fabrizio asked. "I mean, [Bryson] may have signed an oath, but you really don't respect Kay Bryson's independence or integrity? Forget the technicalities -"

Workman interrupted. "Oh, my goodness. Hey, if you're going to talk like that -"

"Talk like what?" Fabrizio asked.

"See ya later Doug. Thank you very much." Trailing off, she adds: "That's bad news. That's bad news. Thank you."

Wu you do that?

In other news, lone Asian-American Congressman David Wu (D-WA) is being targeted by the NRCC. Now, this is the first ad I have seen of his, and you too (click here).

If you have a slow connection, Wu compares bungee jumping to privatizing Social Security. It is risky, and old people won't like it/want to do it. Pretty light-hearted attack ad, and has the added bonus of making him look nice and extreme sporty.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

An overlooked corner of a 2000 recount rerun

In Colorado, there is a voter referenum to split the electoral college votes (all 9 of them) based on winning percentage, with winner getting the marjory. Right now, poll say Bush has either a small or large edge in this Rocky Mountain state. This would mean Bush would get 5 and Kerry would get 4 electoral votes. If Kerry gets all the Gore states plus a New Hampshire, West Virgina and Nevada (AKA 13 electoral votes), then it would be tied 269-269, assuming the amendment fails [tie goes to Bush, given that the House will most likely be GOP-run]. Keeping that in mind, look at these polls on Amendment 36, which GOPers are understandibly against.

A Ciruli Associates poll; conducted 9/14-18 for the Pueblo Chieftain; surveyed 600 likely voters; margin of error +/- 4.0% (Pueblo Chieftain, 9/22). Note: Whenever available, we will compare a poll's party ID breakdown with the state's party ID breakdown from the 2000 exit poll. For this poll, the voter sample was made up of 42%R, 33%D, 25%I/Other; In '00, the state's electorate broke down 36%R, 35%D, 29%I/Other.

Amendment 36: Splitting Electoral
Support 51%
Oppose 31

A Public Opinion Strategies (R) poll; conducted 9/12-13 for Rocky Mountain News/News 4; surveyed 500 likely voters; margin of error +/- 4.3% (Rocky Mountain News, 9/22).

Amendment 36
Favor 47%
Oppose 35

Keep in mind too that the Ciruli Associates poll wasn't a left-leaning poll, Bush was winning 50-38-2 with Nader and 51-39-10 (undecided) with just Bush and Kerry. Also note that polls done by GOP or Democratic groups should always be viewed with skepicism; I personally give the other side a few more points (usually the Margin of Error) to balance it out.

Both polls show this Amendment winning, one shows it a runnawy hit, the other shows it under 50 and hence iffy. Nonetheless, this is another state to monitor for wierd stuff on November 2nd/3rd. I can imagine a 269-269 tie with a recount over this amendment, and hordes of lawyers pouring into Denver. Stay tuned.

I guess DHS never liked 'Father and Son'

According to the AP, yesterday Cat Stevens was "denied admission to the United States on national security grounds."

Stevens -- who now goes by the name Yusuf Islam -- was flying on a plane from London to Washington, DC before the Department of Homeland Security diverted the plane to Bangor, Maine.

He was expelled from the US after a brief interview. I wonder what they talked about..."Cat, may I call you Cat? I was wondering, how come you chose such wierd names? And why aren't you writing any more of those folksy songs my girlfriend likes?"

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Another sign that Kerry is unoriginal

"The big hang-up was George Bush wanted to get life lines, you know, so he could call somebody" -- Kerry on the WH '04 debates ("Live With Regis and Kelly," 9/21/04).

"Bush asked the moderator if he could use one of his lifelines" -- Colin Quinn on the WH '00 debates ("SNL," NBC, 12/11/99).

"After three questions, he had used up two of his lifelines" -- David Letterman on the WH '00 debates ("Late Show," CBS, 12/3/99).

"George W. was asked a question and he said, 'Regis, I'd like to use one of my lifelines'" -- Conan O'Brien on the WH '00 debates ("Late Night," NBC, 12/2/99).

Oh well, at least he hasn't led this nation into the toilet like GWB.

Live from New York...

Its a speech-a-thon, after Kerry's excellent speech yesterday (although he did figit too much), Bush is speaking in front of the UN on the same topic. I have class so I can't watch Bush's speech but I am looking forward to the analysis of it. I wonder if Bush will pretend everything is going great to the international community.

While you are waiting, check out this great corn maze in Pleasant Grove, UT:

(image courtesy of AP/Yahoo! News)

Monday, September 20, 2004

Back to the drawing board?

I just read in the New York Times that a federal judge as tossed out many of the FEC's regulations regarding the new Campaign Finance Reform bill, which House sponsors Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Chris Shays (R-CT) sued over.

The rules involved internet ads, coordination between campaigns, national parties and 527s, specifically outlawing the kinds of ads that were done again Howard Dean in Iowa (which later turned out to be done by ex-Kerry and ex-Gephardt staffers) 120 days before election day.

It is likely however, that nothing will come of this. After all, both parties love all these loopholes and their FEC commissioners will go to bat for them. In fact, they are going to sue to get an injunction on this ruling.

That kind of makes sense, why change the rules with less than 55 days to go in the Election? Seems a bit unfair.

Well I have got to get to Contracts, have fun folks.