November 2004 Archive
November 30, 2004
(The last day of hurricane season!)
November 29, 2004
November 28, 2004
November 27, 2004
A guest Rant...
November 26, 2004
A Non-political Rant...
(Bob, who says I don't take requests?)
Dogster (www.dogster.com, for those of you who have been spared this latest craze). Dogster declares that every dog should have a home page. It was suggested to me that Dogster is intended to be a spoof on Friendster, an online site for people to network with one another. If that's the general idea, Dogster is a flop on that level. It's not funny.
If, as I suspect, people are serious about sharing their dogs' likes, dislikes, pals, etc., I have this to say: "Get a life or, at least, keep me off the distribution list for your pooch's place."
I have no problem with people who love their pets and consider them to be people. Hey, I'm crazy about my son's puppy but I hope not to see her on Dogster. Like intimate baby talk, the personification of four-legged family members should be kept within the family.
November 25, 2004
I hope that all the friends of The Daily Rant have much to be thankful for within their family and friends because it is hard to find much to be thankful for in the broader view.
November 24, 2004
November 22, 2004
NBA Suspends Artest for Rest of Season
Artest was unavailable for comment on the suspension. He is reported to be deer hunting in Wisconsin.
November 23, 2004
November 21, 2004
The Rx mess...
is a huge part of the problem with our health care system and it is a problem which has nothing to do with trial lawyers.
First, the FDA is to the pharmaceutical industry as the UN is to George W. Bush. The drug companies and Bush both feed their "regulators" cooked data and then do whatever they want.
Second, the drug companies are spending billions on consumer advertising. We, the consumers, are paying for these advertising costs when we purchase prescription drugs or pay our health insurance premiums. Even worse is the fact that the consumer advertising clearly is designed to get patients to push their doctors to prescribe drugs which may not be necessary or may be more expensive than alternative medications. Both effects take money from our pockets and put it into the pockets of the drug companies.
Finally, more billions are spent on entertaining physicians to persuade and then reward them for prescribing their drugs. This payola corrupts the decision-making of doctors whose sole allegiance should be to their patients.
Will these problems be fixed? Not in the next four years. If you can't lick em, join em. Invest in Merck, Phizer, GlaxoSmithKline, etc.
November 20, 2004
November 19, 2004
(back after a two day absence)
Bush names Powell replacement...
Declaring that the Secretary of State is "America's face to the world", Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to succeed Colin Powell to this powerful position.
Just in case the world is not already scared of us.
November 14, 2004
November 13, 2004
November 12, 2004
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tragic fire on Thursday night destroyed the personal library of President George W. Bush. Both of his books have been lost. A presidential spokesman said that the president was devastated, as he had not finished coloring in the second one.
I am in the middle of a two-day visit to New Orleans. For those of you who are concerned, I am winning my ongoing battle with anorexia.
November 11, 2004
November 10, 2004
November 9, 2004
November 8, 2004
November 7, 2004
November 6, 2004
Q & A...
November 5, 2004
Bush and his cronies are bragging that he was re-elected by the largest plurality in the history of the presidency. B.F.D.
He also had more voters vote against him than ever in the history of the presidency.
More significantly, after the provisional ballots have been tallied in Ohio, it is clear that Bush was fewer than 100,000 votes in one state from being a one-term president like his father.
Let's not roll over for the next four years.
November 4, 2004
A Post Mortem...
What went wrong? My thoughts on the subject...
Kerry was not a bad candidate. He was a much better campaigner than Gore. However, he did a few dumb things which didn't help.
Kerry was bludgeoned by his statement, "Well actually I did vote for the 87 billion before I voted against it." It took way too much money and energy to overcome the flip-flop label which, in a large part, was given life by this one misstatement.
Although, at the time, I thought it perfectly innocuous, his reference to Cheney's lesbian daughter became the only thing talked about for days after the last debate instead of the issues or the fact that, taken cumulatively, Kerry cleaned Bush's clock in the debates.
Goose hunting. He looked silly. It was silly taking time from the rush of the campaign to go hunting and it was too obvious that he was doing it solely to pander to people who weren't buying Kerry anyway. It reminded me of Dukakis driving the tank.
He played into the excess-spending liberal stereotype. He had an agenda for a number of important programs - health care, education, energy, etc. However, people weren't convinced that he could pay for these programs without raising taxes. He had the right answer but he didn't put it out there prominently enough. Every time he spoke about these programs, he should have told people that although he was committed to his proposals, they would only be implemented when there were revenues, without taxes for the middle class, to pay for them.
John Edwards. Don't get me wrong. I like Edwards. He proved to be a very energetic campaigner and he gave the campaign a spark when it needed that spark very badly. However, on the other side of the coin, Edwards looks even younger (read: inexperienced) than he actually is. And, as attractive as it is, the pictures of Edwards holding his two-year old kid make him seem like a dad in his early thirties. More importantly, he didn't win any electoral votes. Wesley Clark, Dick Gephardt, or Bob Graham would have countered Bush/Cheney much more effectively on Iraq and terrorism. More importantly, Gephardt would have delivered Missouri or Graham would have delivered Florida. Clark might have delivered Arkansas.
Teresa Heinz Kerry. I like her, too. But to too many in this country, having a foreigner as the first lady wasn't a plus, particularly one who sounds like a foreigner. I admit that they married years before his candidacy and picking her wasn't like picking a vice-presidential candidate. I just think that putting her out front with all of her brashness may have alienated as many as who were intrigued by Teresa.
The "youth vote". For all the work of P Diddy and Rock the Vote and others, registered voters between 18 and 24 had the same turnout as in 2000, low. This was probably the single most disappointing demographic which, if it had been anywhere near the projections, would have been enough to carry Ohio.
In yesterday's Rant, I compared Bush to a malignant tumor growing in our country. If Jeb Bush runs for president in 2008, I'll know I'm right and that the cancer is spreading. We must be proactive. What the country needs is a double mastectomy to have these two boobs removed.
November 3, 2004
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff made famous the line, "What a country!"
I, too, say "What a country!" However, I say it not in jest but rather with revulsion and dread. It is mind-boggling and unacceptable to me that a majority of my fellow citizens could vote for a president who has alienated most of our traditional allies in the world, taken us into a war based upon a lie, taken giant steps backward on environmental issues, has appointed judges who advocate putting pictures of Jesus in our courtrooms, has turned a budget surplus into a deficit, and on and on.
A friend recently described me as being apoplectic about the election. I'm afraid so. While I remember surviving eight years of Ronald Reagan, as tumors go, Reagan was benign compared to this malignancy which has grown in our country.
November 2, 2004
(in case you hadn't noticed)
Check out The Daily Rant prediction below in November 1 Rant.
ARE YOU BETTER OFF NOW THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?
IRAQ WAR - Deaths By Coalition Country
The Daily Rant Electoral Vote Prediction...
Considering my track record, this prediction is worth what you pay for admission to this site. But, no guts, no glory.
The story of this election will be the turnout of people, minorities and young voters, who have not traditionally turned out in big numbers. There will be in excess of 125,000,000 votes cast for president. Most of the pollsters will be embarrassed because they have not figured out how to poll these new voters who will break 3 to 2 for Kerry.
Kerry will win 304 electoral votes to 234 for Bush. The popular vote will be Kerry 51%, Bush 48%, and Nader <1%.