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11/04/04 07:45 - ID#33078

Doesn't This Say It All?


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11/03/04 09:59 - ID#33077

America The Beautiful

This is the first day in my life that I've been ashamed to be an American. The majority of our citizens chose to support a preemptive unilateral war. There was no vote counting debacle. There were no lies about weapons of mass destruction and alleged connections between Osama bin Laden and Iraq. No. There was no mistake. My compatriots have spoken.

I find it astounding that gay marriage is a moral issue, while the destruction of thousands of lives is acceptable. One friend told me that fewer Iraqis will starve because of the US involvement. That's not good enough. Not good enough to put Americans in harm's way. Not good enough to completely disrupt the lives of innocent Iraqis. Maybe Americans don't understand what it is to have a war on their own soil. After all, we haven't experienced that in 150 years. Although Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were tragic, they were isolated incidents. Our schools, churches, and other institutions were not completely destroyed. We didn't have bombs falling from the sky on a daily basis. Other countries haven't had that luxury. Maybe that's why most other nations weren't ready to embrace the Iraqi invasion.

Are those in the Mid-West and the South so removed from things that they don't understand? Perhaps in their small towns they don't have contact with people of different cultures, and they don't see that the "enemies" are human beings trying to raise their families, just as we are? Have they lost their compassion for humanity?

The post-election analysts say that those that supported Bush did so because they thought he would keep us safer or because they were voting for morality. In the case of security, I can only say that nobody can truly protect us, though it helps if we don't anger the entire world. As for morality, progressives need to take a hard look at what's going on. The Right does not have a monopoly on morals. And moral issues do not end at abortion, stem cell research, and gay marriage. War, civil liberties, helping the poor, and the environment - these are moral issues. It's my firm belief that religious people across the country have been fooled.

When I woke this morning, my first instinct was to move to Canada. But if progressives move, where does that leave the US? It's our responsibility to do the right thing - to stay here and fight for freedom and for those who can't fight for themselves. Karl Rove took morality and turned it inside out to win an election. Let's take it back.
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10/27/04 12:14 - ID#33076

Attention Greens!

Anyone planning on voting for David Cobb for President should be aware that he is on the ballot as a write-in candidate in New York State. Instructions for write-ins are here :



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10/22/04 10:21 - ID#33074

Dance Dance Dance!

Mohawk Place is having another dance party tomorrow - Saturday. Be there. Last time, (e:jill), (e:drchlorine), and (e:chriddy) were spotted shaking their e-booties.
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10/19/04 07:16 - ID#33073

True Love

Forget romance. Trust statistics. At lovecalculator.com, you can discover the odds of any two people having a successful relationship. Just enter the two names and poof. Sorry PMT - I guess it won't work for you. Here are my stats:

Prince - 67%
John Cusack - 86%
Damon Albarn - 95%
Jarvis Cocker- 66%
John Edwards - 99%
Bono Vox - 86%
Estrip Bot - 99%
Jeff Tweedy - 94%
George Bush - 24%

That estrip bot gets the girl every time!
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10/17/04 11:23 - ID#33072

Not Enough



Project Vote Smart is a great site, but neither George Bush nor John Kerry have submitted their issue positions. Is it that much to ask of them? Just tell me exactly where you stand. There is way too much rhetoric out there, and not enough nitty gritty.
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10/13/04 12:13 - ID#33071

Pano's

This Buffalo News editorial pretty much sums it up for me.

Pano Georgiadis wants to tear down 1089 Elmwood Ave. to expand his restaurant and parking lot. One of his main arguments for demolition of this lovely Queen Anne, built in 1893, is the poor condition of the interior. However, Georgiadis has owned this house for seven years, collecting rents while allowing it to deteriorate. Should we reward his neglect or hold him accountable?

The Elmwood Village is a thriving residential and commercial district, one of the few areas in the city where property values are rising and population is increasing. This is due in part to the uniqueness and beauty of the architecture, the streetscape.

Since Pano's restaurant directly benefits from the popularity of this community, and draws a large portion of its customers from the surrounding neighborhoods, Georgiadis would do well to support preservation efforts, rather than alienate his neighbors.


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10/07/04 05:22 - ID#33070

Bias

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I believe that (e:matthew) used the phrase "slight exagerration," so I wouldn't consider his statistic a "lie."

Yes, the media bias issue is largely based on money. But face it - the mass media is controlled by large corporations that tend to have financial ties to conservatives. So the majority of reporting is clearly conservatively biased. I don't understand how so many people can criticize Michael Moore for being biased when Fox News is so slanted to the right that the viewer feels like he's at a pep rally. Moore is a movie-maker and he does not claim to be neutral. But the news should be as unbiased as possible.

No, I don't have any statistics. If I had the time, maybe I'd write a thesis on it. But for now, use your common sense. Since ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the Buffalo News, the New York Times, and most of the rest decide to take a conservative slant, there are a few small newspapers and radio shows that attempt to tell the other side of the story.

So as (e:matthew) says, give us liberals some say once in a while - please.

As for working together to find solutions, the idea is grand, but the reality isn't there. We have two major parties that are supposed to have two different ideals. How can we work together when one side wants to minimize taxes for the rich and the other side wants to raise them to provide social services? It almost always comes down to money, and it will almost always be an issue of haves against have-nots.
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09/28/04 12:56 - ID#33069

Tuesday Night Jazz Jam

Bobby McGees
Main Street
next to Amherst Theater
Tuesday September 28 at 8:30 pm


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09/27/04 08:05 - ID#33068

The Mystery

Why is it that I cannot pass over Clash of the Titans? Every time I see it's on, I have to stop for at least 10 minutes.

It's that damn little robot owl. Gets me every time.
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