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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???

...crafting a two-hour commercial for the Kerry campaign that goes down like a documentary. It was so effective that I actually feel like Kerry being elected isn't the end of the world. I can only imagine how swing voters will feel after watching it.

After the first hour, I thought, "well, Kerry and Bush were very different in their youth; Bush will make up ground in the second half." However, Frontline had plenty more "materiel" for the second hour. And it's so subtle that you barely notice it's happening.

Depending on how many people actually watch it, I honestly believe this program may have changed the outcome of the election. Very impressive, public television.

We haven't suffered a terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11/01. All the gosh, we're sorry's and I guess we were wrong's aren't going to mean much when we get hit again. Kerry's failure to recognize and reluctance to act on the absolute realities of terrorism scares the hell out of me.

Bush tried to get allies lined up, but they weren't interested. If Kerry can't get the world to buy in, he's not going to act. That puts us in grave danger. Kerry's overanalyzing and inaction are terribly dangerous when we face suicide bombers, beheaders, and other madmen. Most of the rest of the world is not going to back us. They'd rather sit back and stay "safe" while we become the primary target.

One thing that documentary did show me is that Kerry's Vietnam experience makes him unfit to command. We don't have the luxury to be anti-war in the world of Muslim terrorism. Kerry's mindset after Vietnam makes him a liability. The fact that Vietnam is what he points to in describing himself indicates just how entrenched his thinking is in post-Vietnam waffling and misgivings. We simply can't afford that. The very future of America is at stake. Remember 9/11.

Hi Lee, <br> Thanks for posting your insights on this tough choice we have this November. I agree with much of what you say about president Bush. It did feel weird invading Iraq, but I think it was the right thing to do. And it bothers me when Kerry overly criticizes the war that he voted to authorize. <p> However, I think I have generally a more favorable opinion on Senator Kerry that you do. I'm still not sure who I'm voting for, but I'd better decide soon. <p> I agree with President Bush, who in the first debate, when asked, are we more likely to suffer a terrorist attack if Kerry is elected? He answered no. <p> With that in mind, we have to consider, If there is another attack, or another leader like Hussein that openly calls for the murder of American citizens, who will more effectively counter the attack or threat? <p> There's no clear answer to the above. If we talk about just an attack with a clear state sponsor such as Afghanistan, I'm confident that either leader would deliver an appropriate response. When we talk about a perceived threat, I'm not sure ... President Bush has some good experience in this area, aside from removing Hussein, there has been a global effort to arrest and kill terrorists that I think the US is leading. Even countries such as France and Germany have participated in this. An obvious and appropriate reaction to The Atrocity. So I applaud Bush's efforts in the War on Terror. <p> Now after reviewing Kerry's book "Our Plan for America" and perusing his website, I'm convinced he would continue these efforts. For example he says he'd keep 95% of the Patriot Act. <p> Still, based on Bush's work and focus on the War on terror, I give him a slight edge over Kerry on this issue. <p> When I consider the personalities and leadership abilities of both candidates, I like them both, but I think I give Kerry a slight edge. <p> This forces me to move on to other issues such as the economy, taxes, size of government, which I honestly haven't thought through. <p> But let me revert to what was the original thought of this post. I don't doubt that the documentary you watched was at least somewhat biased. But is it possible that in a head to head comparison of the two candidates, you personally started to realize that Kerry isn't as awful a choice as you may have thought earlier? Perhaps your opinion of him is changing. <p> I mention this mainly because that's what's happening to me right now. <p> Part of me likes president Bush, and would prefer not to change horses mid stream, yet part of me thinks that a new face on the war on terror might be the right thing right now. <p> This battle against the terrorists will continue across many administrations, I think it's important not to overly politicize it. <p> Why not try Kerry's approach for a while? We can always put Rudy Giuliani in charge in 2008.
I'd recommend that you read Plan of Attack. As the only book recommended by both candidates, it is about as close as you can get to "truth". And the "truth" is that the evidence was somewhat weak and that it WAS questioned and that the CIA operatives in Iraq WERE getting limited intelligence. Colin Powell questioned it, he told Bush about the Pottery Barn rule (You break it you buy it), and he was laughed at by the rest of the cabinet. And I do mean *laughed* at... read the book. I don't believe this is a professional administration. Being stead-fast is nice, but a the most admirable and smartest people I've ever met were those that re-evaluated their choices and admitted mistakes when better alternatives were presented (and I'm not pointing to Kerry here). I would also like to say that Plan of Attack did change my feelings about Bush et al. I no longer feel that really any of the members of the administration are "evil". Rather, I feel that they are frightened and are bullies and they only know one way to respond. It just so happens I believe that they aren't responding the correct way. I plan to start blogging a LOT about politics. I'd love to debate the issues back and forth between posts.

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