Monday, January 21, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
While looking at my blog traffic, I noticed that I got some hits from a website called "Know Before You Vote." It is a single page website with external links to news sites, blogs, and crap.
It purports to give an objective, side-by-side comparison of all the candidates, Republican and Democratic, running for President. It doesn't. And whether you are a Clinton supporter or a Romney supporter or an Obama supporter or a McCain supporter or an Edwards supporter or a (God forbid) Thompson supporter, you should really take a look at this and ask some questions, because there's a whole lotta mis-representin' goin' on...
For instance: In one category called, "Understands the effects of blowback," All the candidates are listed as "NO" except Paul and Obama, who are listed as "YES." As an explanation of what "blowback" is, there are two links, one to an article in an on-line magazine published by a Canadian college. The other is to an article on Military History Online, a privately-owned website. I have no problem in principle with either article. But in support of "Know Before You Vote's" accusation that John Edwards does not understand the effects of blowback is a posting from IN THE DARK from March 18 of 2007. In this posting I talked about how Edwards said that we need to fight global poverty as a means of fighting terrorism; in other words, that poverty is a (not the) root cause of terrorism. This position has been championed by Peter Munya, the US Conference of Catholilc Bishops, John Edwards, Hugo Chavez, Fernando Lugo, Desmond Tutu, Charles Dickens, Muhammed Yunus, myself, and even Pakistan dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf who have been saying that you can't win a war on terror if you don't fight a war on poverty. For the record, the late Holy Father Pope John Paul II believed this too.
The website has no identification whatsoever that ties it to either a campaign or a political action committee or a voter education organization like Project Vote Smart (a non-profit, non-partisan website that allows you to find voting records, issue positions, campaign finances, etc.). I have found that the website is registered to 1&1 Internet, Inc., at 701 Lee Road, Suite 300, in Chesterbrook, PA. I have called them and e-mailed them (click the link and you can too) to find out who the owner of this website is. So far I have not received a response.
I find it very curious and a bit disturbing. I would be interested in hearing from both Democrats and Republicans who think their candidates positions have been misrepresented on this website.
By the way: I'm sure it is pure coincidence, but Ron Paul gets all the positions listed on this website CORRECT...
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
282,334 votes went to Democrats, 233,380 to Republicans; a 49,000 vote plurality in a state that has traditionally been a conservative Republican stronghold.
In the 2000 New Hampshire primary, 236,802 Republican votes were cast as compared to only 147,798 Democratic votes.
Not only did the GOP lose votes overall from 2000 to 2008, the Democratic party gained 135,000 votes, nearly doubling the number of New Hampshirites who voted for a Democratic candidate eight years ago.
Look at it another way: In 2000, 384,600 citizens voted in the New Hampshire primary. In 2008, 515,714 voted. That's a gain of 131,114. And virtually all of them voted Democratic.
I'd say this is significant. Have you heard this reported in the "left-wing" media? Send this to all your friends, and let's all e-mail CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, the New York Times, Washington Post, etc., and ask why -- with all their "horse race" angles -- they've ignored this significant story.