Thursday, August 28, 2008

There is a mouse in my house.

A kitten of mine was pawing at the door to a closet so I let her in and she started chasing after a little mouse. I tried to hold back the kitten with one hand a scoop up the mouse with the other but I failed and it ran off. The kitten was then unable to track down the mouse. I hope there isn't the batted around dead body of a mouse outside one of my sisters' doors tomorrow morning.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Has he really picked yet?

Not that I've given it too much though, but what possible advantage is there to waiting this long? By now potential candidates have built up followings that are about to be disappointed, home states and districts have gotten excited. I see opportunity cost in this play and no gain.

I don't think Obama has made up his mind yet.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Who is this T. Boone Pickens Cat?

I saw some other bloggers with links to his energy plan and had seen a few adds on TV but never really paid any attention to him. I always planned on looking into this later and I've had a little time and was he just met with both Barak Obama and John McCain.

I must say, I am skeptical.

I like the idea of wind farms in the Midwest and I really like the notion of not relying on foreign countries for our energy needs. But this veers toward socialism. The premise of Pickens Plan is that we'll spend around $1 Billion in tax money to fund wind farm and then use the natural gas we usually expend to get energy in many cities and use that for transportation. It is the $1 Billion that bothers me.

The reason that private companies didn't already build windmills all across the US (even with the already existing generous government subsidies) is that they're just not worth it. Spending $1 Billion to drop what? 20% of our demand for foreign oil? I think thats a bad deal.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The New Democratic Party Platform - Are They Bitter Or Do They Just Like Losing Elections?

The dems restructured their party platform to set themselves further away from the majority opinion on two of my favorite domestic issues - guns and abortion.

On the guns side the dems promised to give the assault weapons ban another go - while I admit naming it the "assault weapons ban" did buy them some traction in the past the bill is widely (rightly, in my opinion) viewed as a failure and with the power and popularity gun groups the AWB is dead for good. All this will do is make things hard on western democrats who have (in many cases successfully) been working to changing the image of the democratic party as anti-gun.

On the abortion front the dems removed the "rare" from the "safe, legal and rare" bit. What idiots! What ground will this possibly gain you? Will planned parenthood write the DNC a slightly bigger check this year? The opinion of the country has shifted toward a generally pro-life stance. In areas like late-term abortion and the use of abortion as birth-control the nation is solidly opposed. Even people who don't want Roe v. Wade overturned say it would be nice to see fewer abortions every year. The democrats have increasing numbers of pro-life politicians - look at Senator Casey out of PA.

Why would a party go about alienating America like this? There is no benefit here - people who want to ban guns and the few strange people who think we should aim for more abortions in this country already support the democratic party. What the hell are these people thinking? With fumbles like this I am feeling more and more optimistic about the republicans in the fall.