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I've Moved My Blog

It's currently located at http://www.urlinone.com/blog

I should say "I'm moving my blog." It's a pretty painful process.

Pebble has blown up on me, and it's been many months since I've been able to blog reliably. I've lost posts. And now I've got to figure out how to migrate my past blog posts from Pebble to my new destination without all the URLs changing, lest external links become 404 Not Founds.

Why does everything in the 21st century have to be a three-day project???

  • What was wrong with the first George Bush, a truly decorated war hero? He flew 58 combat missions, was shot down by the Japanese, rescued by an American submarine, and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action. Did you suddenly veteran-loving Democrats vote for the elder George Bush when you had the chance?
  • Why was Clinton the draft-dodger perfectly acceptable?
  • Why not pluck some other veteran out of the crowd and make him or her President? Are all veterans equally qualified to be President? Wouldn't a veteran of the Gulf War make a more compelling candidate? I'm sure you can find someone who fought in Kuwait and is now 45 years old. If that's your criteria for a President, why go with the guy who fought in Vietnam thirty-five years ago?
  • Why choose a veteran who then protested the war? I'm confused. Is being a veteran good, is being a war protester good, or do you have to be both?

I'm just amazed to hear the on-going discussion about Kerry's Vietnam experience, as if it's relevant. He just served as a Senator for nearly twenty years, and no one has anything to say about that??? You've got nothing to say about those recent 20 years of service as a United States Senator, but being in the Navy from 1966 to 1970 is what you think makes Kerry worthy of being elected President??? Would any of his Swift Boat buddies on the stage at the Democratic Convention be equally wonderful, given their years as veterans? If not, then let's hear about something else, other than his Vietnam war record!

With Clinton, you told us that a sexual indiscretion in the Oval Office doesn't matter, that lying under oath doesn't matter, and that dodging the draft didn't matter. Now, you've got a candidate that fought in Vietnam, and it's the most important thing about him. It seems to be the only thing about him!

58,000 Americans died in the war in Vietnam. Was every one of them a potential Presidential candidate? Since when does serving in the military make you Presidential material?!

The fact that you Democrats are hanging your hat on such tenuous, meaningless drivel as a war record from 35 years ago, and ignoring his more recent, more relevant history in the Senate, just makes me want to run the other way. At Kerry's own web site, it is easy to find detailed information about his four years of military service, but there is virtually no information about his twenty years in the Senate. There were tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans. There are one hundred United States Senators. Why would there be so much focus on Vietnam???

Don't any of you Bush-haters find anything troubling about this?


<p>I agree with you that too much is being made of Kerry's Veteran status. That he then saw the wrongness of the Vietnam War and tried to do something about it *is* a credit to him: you can fight a war and hate it at the same time.</p> <p>I think the 'hype' is an attempted foil to Bush's questioned military record, and a statement that a man who has served in conflict is better suited to issuing and managing conflict. That is why Bush Senior's attack on Iraq was more acceptable, though many questioned the motive.</p> <p>I too wish the Kerry Campaign focussed more on his accomplishments in office - it would tell us more about what he would do in office.</p>
<p>Lance, you seem like a level-headed, fair-minded person with whom I can have a rational conversation. Can I ask if you saw George W. and Laura Bush on Larry King last week? The reason I ask is because of the URL in your post, "anyonebutbush.com". I'm curious what that attitude is based on.</p><p>I have to admit that I've been less than enthralled by Bush. During the course of his Presidency, I would avoid watching him speak, because it made me uncomfortable; it's like watching a blooper waiting to happen. I have had my doubts about his cronyism. I hear all kinds of bad things about his environmental policy, although I'm not clear on the truth behind these accusations.</p><p>However, I shudder to think of the aftermath of September 11, 2001, had Al Gore been in office. I strongly believe in government's responsibility to provide for a common defense. If you read my other posts, you'll see that I take the threat to the United States very seriously. I consider this a clear and imminent danger that we face today. It's not hard to do, considering the fact that two of the tallest buildings in the world were destroyed by our sworn enemies. <i>We were attacked in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.!</i> Everything else is secondary to our security, because without that, we have nothing. I like Bush's take-it-to-them approach. I like his stand for a strong America.</p><p>However, as I said, I was not without my reservations about him as a person and a President. It was with great relief and pride, then, that I watched him and his wife on Larry King last week. I was quite taken by his genuinely sincere clarity of right and wrong. Maybe he was grandstanding, as politicians potentially always are doing, but he really impressed me. It didn't seem like he was trying to win votes (and we know he's no silver-tongued devil). He spoke like someone with crystal clear values and a genuine decency simply speaking his mind. I was quite impressed.</p><p>It used to be that I backed him for his stand on national security and because I don't like Democratic fiscal policy, but now I have a real admiration for a man who has a quality that I never realized he had. I am as surprised as anyone but quite pleasantly so.</p><p>So, I'm curious if you saw that interview and, if so, what you thought. I think it would be difficult to have an opinion of "anyone but Bush" after seeing that. I mean, you may still back Kerry, and you may still not like Bush, but an attitude of "anyone but Bush" opens the door for a whole lot. I mean, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein fit "anyone but Bush," and I know you don't mean that. So, I'm just curious what that's all about, and I'm wondering how informed an opinion it is. He is not without his faults, but he seems like a man worthy of respect.</p>
Hi Lee. I'm always glad to have a level-headed argument. The "anyonebutbush.com" was mostly a joke. And I've never watched more than 5 minutes of Larry King. <br><br> I've never supported Bush, but mostly because I disagree with the majority of the Republican platform (not that I agree with all of the Democratic platform, certainly). <br><br> Bush's genuine clarity of right and wrong is precisely what scares me the most: if you don't agree with what he says is right, than you are wrong. And with Ashcroft as his right-hand-man it is increasingly dangerous to be wrong in the USA. <br><br> The way many issues have been handled (from Conservation to the Microsoft judgement) I've only become increasinly convinced that Bush does not represent me. <br><br> I don't particularly relish the idea of Gore handling the 9/11 disaster, I don't think the protracted aftermath would be so bad as it is now. Bush's policies have put the USA in a difficult position internationaly. Perhaps if he had stopped at Afghanistan it would have been alright. We'd still be fighting all the "foreign terrorists" that are now in Iraq - but we had good international support in Afhanistan including several Arab nations. <br><br> Finally: "Everything else is secondary to our security". No, I cannot agree with that. Do I need to remind you of Benjamin Franklin's quote?


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