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September 7, 2004 by Draginol
So now Kerry is trying to make an issue that Cheney got a deferrment for going to Vietnam? Are they seriously? Wasn't the last Democratic President an outright draft dodger? Since when is Vietnam war fighting experience a big deal to Democrats?
September 3, 2004 by Draginol
Next time someone argues there is no liberal media bias, point out the attention Zell Miller's speech has gotten and compare it to the speeches given by Gore and Sharpton at the DNC.
September 3, 2004 by Draginol
Oye it gets old debating with people who are..well newbies to the on-line scene.

Here's a few brief tips:

A good debater will put an argument in the following form: <Assertion><Evidence>.

<It's hot outside today>, <my thermometer says it's 89 degrees.>

No one expects others to be robots. The assertion is almost always expected to be subjective (hence the debate).  Most things can't be proven. But if you ever hope to convince others of the validity of your...
September 1, 2004 by Draginol
Often times I see people describe those who vocally support tax cuts as being "greedy". But it isn't "greed" that drives that generally IMO. It sure isn't for me. It's about labor. The average tax payer works 10 to 12 hours per week for the government. That's quite a bit of "community service". But here's a fact that most people don't realize: Most people who are "rich" work a lot more hours per week - hence work even more hours for the government.

A lot of people who are considered "wealthy"...
August 30, 2004 by Draginol
This past week the 2003 report on the poverty rate for the United States came out.  The poverty rate grew slightly for the third straight year from its its all time low in 2000 (right when the stock bubble about about to burst).  It is now back to where it was during most of the 90s -- 12.5%.

In addition to the link below, you can also find out more on this from the US census bureau: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html

The problem with the poverty rate is that it seems po...
August 18, 2004 by Draginol
CNN has a really nice article on The Political Machine, the game I worked on this past Spring/Summer.  Check it out.
June 11, 2013 by Draginol
As discussed here, the climate models that predicted a rapidly warming earth continue to be way way off.

 



The measured results and the projected results are way off. I’ve received a lot of grief over the years from friends, family and colleagues because I’m a global warming “skeptic” (particularly about AGW). 

Now mind you, I drive an electric car powered by a solar array and live in a house heated and cooled through Geothermal and had a gold rating from the NAH...
November 18, 2012 by Draginol
I’ve been watching the fall-out from the destruction of Hostess.

I’m not going to get into the “blame” game other than to say it’s kind of dumb for people who go on strike to be shocked that they lose their jobs.

What I will get into is the never-ending stupidity of complaining about CEO pay.  Americans have no problem with paying athletes and entertainers tens of millions of dollars annually. But they rage about people getting paid a couple million for running a multi-billion dol...
September 12, 2012 by Draginol
The US Ambassador in Libya was killed in an attack yesterday by "Islamist gunmen” blaming America for a film they said insulted the prophet Mohammad.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/12/us-libya-usa-attack-idUSBRE88B0EI20120912
August 5, 2012 by Draginol
I see a lot of people in politics support the concept of "local control".  But as a dogma, it falls apart at a certain point. Let me present you the example of Higgins Lake, Michigan.

Higgins Lake is a beautiful lake in the northern part of the lower peninsula. It has two large state parks, a couple first class marinas and several public boat launches.  The lake itself is beautiful. Shallow and sandy by the shore and very deep (over 100 feet deep) in the middle.

So what problems ...
February 21, 2012 by Draginol
Between the Nanny Statists on the left and the thumpers on the right, I just can’t get excited about politics anymore.

I really don’t need anyone to tell me how to live.

I also really don’t care to hear the religious beliefs of a federal candidate. Why tell me? Are you hinting that you’re going to use the power of the federal government to compel me to live by your beliefs? No? Then quit talking about them. I care as  much for a Federal candidate’s religious beliefs as I do to wh...
January 23, 2012 by Draginol
I am just baffled that the President is blocking the Keystone pipeline. It’s such a win-win on all fronts.

Powerline article:

January 4, 2012 by Draginol
 

In “real life” I’m not particularly political. I don’t donate to candidates or political causes, I don’t put signs on my lawn. I’m interested in the discussion of politics in the same way that other people are interested in the discussion of sports.

If you’re come here from a link claiming I’m some sort of political lunatic, a few things to bear in mind:

When JoeUser.com started in 2001, I posted intentionally provocative articles. The idea was to get a discussion going.
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October 30, 2010 by Draginol
Someone asked me recently if there were any activities that I had had to put aside that I really missed.  The answer was easy: blogging about social issues.

People now take politics very seriously and some people, mostly liberals to be honest, take politics extremely personally.  Conservatives and liberals can be very passionate in their beliefs but in my experience, liberals are a lot more likely to hate someone for having a different ideology than themselves.

One of the sit...
April 4, 2010 by Draginol
Great article:  What the Top US companies pay in taxes.

The reader is meant to get fired up by the fact that these hugely profitable corporations aren’t paying Uncle Sam taxes.

Oh, they’re still paying taxes. Billions of taxes. Just not in the United States. That’s because companies liek Wal-Mart, General Electric, AT&T and so forth have overseas divisions and can have the profits show up in any of those countries – countries with lower tax rates.

How did this happen? ...