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RToD 25JAN2012 – Life Starts When? (Or, Pro-Lifer’s Petitions)

January 25, 2012

Random Thought of the Day – Life Starts When? (Or, Pro-Lifer’s Petitions)

Those of you who’ve known my blog for any length of time know that I’m not afraid of discussing politics. There’s been one time that I wrote a political piece that I censored it myself simply because the topic with grossly hot-button at the time. (Gun control when the Senator got shot in the head) Normally, though, I’m fine with accepting discussion about politics because I believe that more people should do so.

From the title of this, I’m certain that this is going to cause some serious confusion for those who see it, and I honestly have a feeling that people are going to read a little bit and not bother to read the whole bleeding thing before writing to me one way or another.

I got an e-mail today from the website townhall.com. This is a very conservative site, and I believe I got on their mailing list when I wrote their site before. Anyways, the e-mail was to get me to sign a petition demanding that congress pass a law that states that life starts “At Conception.” The idea is to bypass the Supreme Court’s Rowe vs. Wade ruling by taking advantage of the court’s own statement that they cannot and will not determine when life begins, and creating a set point in time that a fertilized egg is alive. Doing so would bypass RvW and outright make abortions legal. Yay for the “pro-lifers,” right? (more…)

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RTOD: The Delaware LAN Party, First Entry

August 7, 2009

This doesn’t exactly fall under the definition of the RTOD, but it is something I worked on, and will be working on for a while!

Hi, I’m Albert C. Ehrmann, III, Co-Founder of the Delaware LAN Party, and I endorsed, wrote, edited, and posted this message. =^_^=

I’m certain that some people who may or may not see this are going to wonder exactly what it is that we are doing, especially with a name like the Delaware LAN Party. I’m hoping to shed some light on that situation.

The idea for the Delaware LAN Party actually came to me amid a political discussion (debate?) with a friend of mine. We were debating the functionality of what has become a two-party system in the United States. Simply put, there are two major factions in the US, Republicans and Democrats. Sure, you’ll hear of the occasional Green Party, Libertarian Party, or Independent candidates, but, the VAST majority are Democratic and Republican. (Notice, I hold neither in preference.) The reasoning is simple: We’ve gone so long with them that it seems odd to think of a third, fourth, fifth, or even NO political party affiliation. Nearing 200 years of these parties in existence in one form or another allows for such acceptance. It’s really not a surprise, really, since most “competitions” tend to have two sides. Good and Evil, sports games, with one team versus another. Many board games are one on one. A third, functioning, supported party would make elections that much more difficult, since votes that would most likely head to one side or another would go to this third party, and the status quo couldn’t have that.

As I had said, this was during a discussion about politics, specifically gaming. The discussion was in regards to whether or not the government had any right to control or limit the games we have available based on content. I made a joke in that regard, something to the effect of, “Imagine if the gamers of the country got together and formed a political party. It would be huge! We’d have to call it the LAN Party!” The idea stuck, and was joked about, on occasion, with several people. Finally, one of the people the joke was with, another Co-Founder, Laurence Kerrick, decided that, perhaps we actually should try it, and, here we are today!

I’m certain now that you’ve read this, you’re wondering whether or not this is some kind of prank to get gamers to unite. In fact, it is not. The idea was based on gamers uniting, but, realistically, there are more factions of gamers than could ever truly be united, except under the banner of gaming in and of itself. Since, realistically, it would be impossible to base an entire party off of such a vague idea, it is NOT, and I stress, NOT, the basis.

For some of you, LAN is an unknown term. LAN is a computer networking acronym which means “Local Area Network.” Networking is the key to how we want our party to work. Realistically, most people elect a person to office based on certain works done. They were a public official. They have a public service record. They were a lawyer for such and such a case. However, once they are on their hill, there is little-to-no way to directly contact these people. You can send them an e-mail to an aide-monitored site, but good luck actually contacting them directly. Your voice was heard enough to put them into their position, but now, it’s their voice that’s being used, and not necessarily to hear what we, as the people who have put them there, have to say. Simply put, this is NOT acceptable! There should be no reason that a person cannot send a message directly to their representative and say, “Look, I feel such and such a way about this policy, and it should be …” We, in the Delaware LAN Party want to make it as easy as possible for your voices to be heard. Simply put, we won’t hide behind aides, attendants, secretaries, whatever they try to use to hide from the public. We are out there, listening to your opinions, reading your e-mails and comments and IM’s. We want your voice, the collective of the district, region, county, state, to be heard!

We are ready to start hearing from you, our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and complete and total strangers! Our group Facebook page is available immediately for your questions, comments, concerns, whatever tickles your fancy. All we ask is that you keep it related to politics, and don’t spam our boards. It’s available here: The Delaware LAN Party Official Facebook Page. We are also available to follow on Twitter, under the name DeLANPARTY. Please remember that we are still growing and stretching our proverbial wings, so please, allow for some growing pains with our sites. Further contact information will follow as more people look to us to bring together Delawarians for a better future.

We hope that you have found this informative, or at least comical. We want to change the way people look at politics, not having it be a once-a-year endeavor, but as a democracy, the way it should be, all year ’round.

RTOD 31MAR2009 – JM, Lone Wulf, and the Political Problems

April 14, 2009

RTOD 31MAR2009 – JM, Lone Wulf, and the Political Problems

Some of you may remember my friend, JM. Rarely use his name, but our discussions tended to cause entries in the Random Thought. On IM, we started another one, this one regarding the corporate bail-outs. During this conversation, I had one of my brilliant moments of observation, where I hammer out things loudly. The following is the transcript stub from that conversation. Note: I didn’t correct anything, just removed timestamps and spaces, and changed names.
JM
 : nah
JM
 : were number one remember???
JM
 : USA pwns all
TLW
 : And when was the last time that’s actually been used?
JM
 : any time the US is mentioned in the news by us politicians
TLW
 : Eh, true
JM
 : when even socially were not ‘number one’
JM
 : the Japs lead us in education
JM
 : the euros lead us in freedom
JM
 : and social policy
TLW
 : Then more
TLW
 : ove*
JM
 : and china leads us in production
TLW
 : Damn, never heard so many people whine and not do a damn thing abuot it
JM
 : why is that…. oh yeah… cause we produce nothing
JM
 : i tried… Gov’t kicked me out
TLW
 : And it’s only getting worse
JM
 : i did my part
TLW
 : lol!
TLW
 : Straight up, here’s our problem
TLW
 : with an “S”
TLW
 : 1.  American government is too stuck in their ways to actually give a flying fuck
JM
 : we are too full of ourselves? and unwilling to accept change?
TLW
 : 2.  Americans are too worried about “personal freedom” to realize that they are only fucking themselves harder by demanding that every single little whim is followed through on
JM
 : nah, we just want our freedom to not be trounced on by the ‘majority opinion’
JM
 : that speaks not only to gay rights, but women rights
TLW
 : 3.  Corporations are too worried about staying afloat and not about innovating for fear of losing their customers
JM
 : agreed
TLW
 : Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke idea
JM
 : yeah, we need to innovate
TLW
 : with 2, I meant that EVERYONE, everyone seems to think that their personal freedoms are more important than everyone else, regardless of whether or not their opinions would truly have a damn thing to do with what’s going on
JM
 : oh yeah, agreed
JM
 : ppl just need to live and let live
TLW
 : yup
TLW
 : Moving on
TLW
 : 4.  Americans are so caught up in fixing every other country’s problems that they intentionally turn a blind eye towards the fact that their own life is falling apart at the seams
TLW
 : Perfect example: Iraq
TLW
 : But, moving on
TLW
 : Oh, and Somalia
JM
 : oh yeah…. for sure
TLW
 : Moving on
TLW
 : 5.  We, the people, no longer actually take part in the democratic machine.  Instead, we assume that the talking heads have our best interest in mind
TLW
 : When the smartest of us know better
TLW
 : If they bothered to look, we wouldn’t be where we are now]
TLW
 : I had a few more, but I lost them
TLW
 : OH!
JM
 : oh amen
JM
 : on number 5
JM
 : we need a good ole fashioned revolt
JM
 : http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tech-transport/honda-insight-hybrid-car.html?campaign=th_promo_inside
TLW
 : 6.  In their quest for profits, American companies forgot Americans, and put their own profits first, insisting that everything we need should be included in service, but ignoring our vast manufacturing potential
JM
 : … DOH!!
JM
 : buh buh volt… 30k…
TLW
 : I’m off that subject right now, stay with me
JM
 : ok ok
JM
 : agreed
JM
 : country of greed
TLW
: 7.  Instead of actually paying attention, the breeders (not the parents who care) insist that it’s not their job to raise their children, but the government, forcing a mixed message to the impressionable youth that you don’t have to be responsible, the government will do it for you, which is your responsibility to renew every so often

Now, the first thing you’ve noticed is, it’s political. That’s the norm for JM and I, that’s what we do. Second thing is that I bash pretty hard on the state of our great country. I love the USA. I’ve attempted to serve the country as best I can. But, there are serious problems remaining, and the list simply outlines them. Most of them are self-explanatory, so I won’t go into them. In fact, they’re all pretty much self-explanatory! Wow, I just noticed that! But, not a single one of them is FALSE! You can argue bits and pieces, but you won’t win. Why? Because they are an observation of what is going on in the country as a whole. Like, fixing the problems of everyone else’s country. Countries have natural disasters, conflicts, etc., and, what do we do? We assume it’s our job to fix it, while our own country rots from lack of care. Breeders, not the parents who actually care, the people who have kids, find them to be a hindrance rather than a blessing, and pass them off on whoever they can, allow the state to raise their children, which passes off the idea that it’s not their responsibility to parent the next generation, the government will, but we need to keep the government intact to allow it. It’s not becoming ridiculous, it already is!

It’s time to wake up the country. We’ve been sleeping for years. We need a change, and not just for change, but to make it BETTER!

RTOD 15OCT2008 – Politics? Welcome to the Jungle!

April 7, 2009

 

RTOD – Politics? Welcome to the Jungle!

There was a time when politicians would have been considered “noble.” They were there to help and serve their fellow man. They wanted to make lives better for all who he would represent. This ain’t that time.

Being a politician nowadays is more akin to being a pro sports player, at least in their own eyes. They need to make the big bills pass, and the people will cheer for them loudly. Both sides of our current system, Republican and Democrat, have entirely lost touch with their old, non-political roots. All of them make enormous salaries, and only work half the year. They are just a figurehead, while their assistants handle all the real work. All they do is make appearances, and say “Yea,” “Nay,” or, like Obama, “Present.” (Sorry, trying to keep this unbiased, but I didn’t realize there was a “Present” vote until I heard about his history of using it, and it’s true!) The understaff actually handles the day-to-day business of handling the important stuff. Oh, some of them may actually stand up and say something in regards to a bill, law, procedure, or “injustice,” but what else do they really actually do? NOTHING!

Okay, that’s out of the way. We are nearing the end of the presidential voting season. What does that mean? If anything about anyone in politics can be brought up, now is the time to do it, good or bad, of substance or otherwise. People are out campaigning about the positives of their hopeful, while others are screaming of their “lies and inappropriate behaviors.” Although this wouldn’t usually be so bad, it doesn’t have to be true to be said. People “heard from a guy who knows a guy who’s the brother of a guy who said…” and that’s good enough. Of course, once it’s disproved, it is still used, and then someone else attacks for the ignorance of the first, and it’s a vicious circle. Then, add the internet, and it’s instantly available information, comments, and postings, and you have a recipe for mass hatred of people whose only real difference is this person likes candidate A, and this person likes candidate B. These people could unknowingly be next door neighbors, smile, say happy, even be relatively good friends, but they want to spew hate because of that difference!

Now add some conspiracy to the mix, and it gets to be an election year. “Your candidate abused their power for personal gain.” Wow, what politician hasn’t?! “Your candidate voted for X policy!” I’m sure your candidate voted for something just as “uncool.” “Your candidate wasn’t born in the state!” Wow, that’s getting old. Oh, I got this tidbit recently — “Did you know that they are actually pulling the troops back from Iraq and into the states so that, when something goes wrong with or after the election, they can be there to protect our government from the civilian uprising against it?!” (JM) Now, that may be true, but doesn’t that sound over-drawn? Hey, how about, “My candidate is perfect, and if you don’t agree, you’re a shithead!” That gets real annoying real fast! It’s friggin’ fanboyism for the masses! But these people get so riled up about it, they would be willing to get into a fight about it! Then again, Sony, Nintendo, Sega, and Microsoft fanboys aren’t really much better, but we’re used to it by now! 😀

The founding fathers of this country would be disgusted by the way citizens treat elections nowadays. The idea behind the elections was to have a revolution in government every so often. We don’t have that. What we do have is a bunch of idiot lawyers vying for the top spots in government, while we, the people, have to sit and be shat on, and ask for more of it! It’s time for the real thing. It’s time to limit the terms for Congress. If we limit everywhere else, why don’t we limit Congress? First thing that will do is force fresh blood in our government, allowing for new ideas and less corruption, hopefully! There are some people in for 10 or more terms in office! TEN PLUS! And they won’t be voted out, because they haven’t done anything obvious to get themselves kicked out. It’s time to stop that, because, I hate to say it, but once you’ve been on Capitol Hill for too long, you lose touch with your constituents, and that’s just no good. It’s time to replace the president with someone who gives a damn. The candidates don’t. They scream change, but take the time to tow the line. We need a new political party, one made of real people, not just lawyers and lobbyists, and do NOT tell me the Green party is viable, because any group led by Ralph Nader should be disbanded now! We want change? Well, people, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

This message has been approved by Albert C. Ehrmann, III, Vote Al for President of the Random Thought of the Day 2008!

RTOD 30AUG08 – A Country Still Divided. — Mature

April 7, 2009
RTOD – A Country Still Divided. — Mature
REPRINT NOTE: Since I’m not 100% on the allowance of profanity, I did decide to clean up the worst of it.  it’s still present, and you can add your own variants, but it’s been censored out to be more stomachable. 
Advanced warning – I was pretty emotional when I wrote this. It’s very much emotion-ridden, and I decided to speak my mind instead of tidying it with P.C. crap. You have been warned. Also, the SL series will continue, but I needed to get this off my chest. Also, it’s long. 2 ½ pages.

For a country whose original goal was to unite all peoples in one world and grant freedom to the masses, we are so full of shit.

I could start at home. What freedom do we really have? We are so ****ing tethered to everything, bills, money, bullshit contracts about keeping your grass under 2″, that for some, the only answer is to run away. And it doesn’t matter where you run, as long as it’s not here. For others, it’s to commit crimes against each other because there’s no other way to survive. You can’t carry on in your own neighborhood without fear of some kind of retaliation, be it legal or street-legal-system. You have to carry huge amounts of insurance because if someone slips in a patch of ice on your driveway, you are liable, even though most times it’s cold when ice is on the ground, and common ****ing sense tells you that when it’s cold and wet there may be ice. ****ing bullshit, take what’s not mine one way or another mentality that has this country so ****ed up that it’s not recognizable.

Our political machine is a joke. Either you are for us or against us. Republican or Democratic. You can’t claim independent, because it’ll just garner you more shit. You have to side with one or the other, and the moment you do, regardless of what it is, you are “leaning too far” to be independent. **** them. What the **** do they know? They went to law school, became lawyers, never had to live in the real ****ing world, and they are the ones telling us what to do? They are the ones laughing at us because WE PAY THEM to sit on their ass and do NOTHING. They bicker about the most stupid shit, about whether or not video games promote violence, not TV, news, internet, movies, just ****ing video games. Meanwhile, some of the most violent and realistic movies come out to two ****ing thumbs up their asses. They pass an amendment about saving a woman who has had no noticeable recovery in years and the husband decides to pull a plug because he’s given up hope of EVER holding the woman he loved in his arm anymore and wanted to close that part of his life, but her parents didn’t want it? SHE ****ING MARRIED OUT OF YOUR ****ING FAMILY! Yes, she still loved you, she cared, you all had memories together, but she MOVED ON! What, just because you think, 7-10 years later, after medical tests show NO improvement that she’s suddenly going to turn around? I’m sorry, but she’s not. AND, she got married! The decision was with the IMMEDIATE FAMILY! What, you don’t think people would weigh in on your, the parents’, feelings? Oh, and, what, according to the Constitution defines Marriage? It’s so damn important to define the joining of two people that they waste our time and tax dollars doing it, while living in luxurious homes that WE ****ING PAY FOR! And, what the **** actually got accomplished in the government in the mean time? Not a ****ing thing! Oh, wait, they want to tax online transactions in games because the government doesn’t ****ing tax us enough. **** them all. Sick of the ****ing policies that mean not a ****ing thing in wording NO ONE UNDERSTANDS!

Now, on to THE PEOPLE. You know, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE? Isn’t that how our country is supposed to be? A unity of our combined people, pushing forward to a new future of freedom and liberty? Instead, it’s become a bigot race. Who can be the most ****ing bigotedly? Is it the KKK? Or maybe Al Sharpton. Hell, maybe it’s those Mormon people who want to have their cake and eat it too with more than one wife. Wait, it doesn’t even leave ****ing families! Shit, half of my ****ing family didn’t show to my ****ING WEDDING because my bride was a quarter Hispanic. Oh, ****ing, no, she’s not Germanic or Polish or English, or a mixture of those, she’s a ****ing spic. No, she’s a ****ing American, a beautiful one who ****ing cares for me, and I care for her, and if you got a ****ing problem with that, go **** yourself. No one wants ****ing unity, they just want a ****ing reason to bitch. ****, I’d have hated to see what would have happened if my wife was black. They have shown up with the ****ing shotguns! And that’s ****ING FAMILY! People marching for gay/anti-gay rights, and about illegal immigration (which I’m whole-heartedly against just giving them citizenship, they aren’t citizens, do it ****ing right.). People screaming, “It’s because I’m (insert ethnicity here)! That’s why they did it!” I’m a 26-year-old white Germanic-Pollock living in America. There isn’t a much more looked-down on segment the country, yet I don’t say, it’s because I’m a white ****ing male that life sucks! Get the **** over your damn selves! Life sucks all around unless you happen to be one of the elite few born with the ****ing silver spoon in your mouth. Don’t blame it on your race, religion, creed, sex, political view, or anything else. And stop ****ing dividing the ****ing world so I can live in peace with the people that I love. The more you scream “Racist” or “Sexist” or “Elitist”, the more you exude them, and the more you are the ****ing problem and not the ****ing solution.

. . .

I’m certain more than a few are wondering why I am so emotional today. Well, there are several factors. One, I’m hungry. 🙂 Two, I’m just so sick of everyone feeling the need to find some way to be separate. Third, I never talked about my family’s bigotedly act to anyone. I never told anyone how ****ing angry it made me to know that, because my wife’s former last name was Torres that I shouldn’t be marrying her. My wife looks the part of the white woman. If you didn’t hear the last name, you wouldn’t have known. People don’t even think to ask her if she’s Hispanic now, she has a strong German last name. The problem is that we weren’t born in Germany. We weren’t born in Poland, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada, or anywhere else, and neither were our living families. We are American. I bleed red, and I speak white (Meaning true, for all you looking for a racist link) and I bruise blue. Or purple if it’s hard enough. And so is my wife. I have an ancestry, but it does not define who I am now. As I said, the whole thing made me angry. Today, I went to one of my favorite flash-video sites,

SamBakZa.Net. If you go, it’s initially in Korean, so click on the English tag to read it. If you enter Amalloc’s page, he has a series, called “There She Is.” I’ve been looking forward to Step 4 for a few months now. And I got it. The feelings that I had from half of my family disrespecting how I felt about the woman I loved bubbled to the surface, and I couldn’t make them go away. The prejudices demonstrated in the video hit me so hard that I needed to get the rage it stirred it out of me.

 

 

 

RTOD 09MAY2008: Private Vs. Political

April 2, 2009

RTOD: Private Vs. Political

You know, people are very … invasive nowadays. There are so many issues in today’s world that the lines between political and private are so heavily blurred that they are nearly non-existent. Today was an article about Mrs. McCain refusing to share her tax returns because they are separate from her husband’s, and she isn’t running. Yesterday, there was a high political head who is being “investigated” because he fathered a child with a woman who wasn’t is wife. Before that, Chelsea (sp) Clinton told a 6-year-old kid that she doesn’t answer questions about her family, but the kid was “cute for asking.” Hell, living in my development, I need to maintain a political façade about my house! If the grass gets too long, I can have them breathing down my neck with fines and legalese because I live there! I’m in MY HOUSE, MY HOME, but it becomes a political and legal battleground with the Homeowners’ Association. When does the political end and the personal begin?

My answer is REALLY EASY! It begins when you tell the nosey, self-centered idiots to back off. Cindy McCain did that very well. Her response of her money being completely separate from her husband’s, as well as being private and no one’s business but her own is the best way to do it. Miss Clinton did it *almost* right, by sticking by her stance of not answering questions about her father’s past, but eventually someone’s gonna push for it, and she may or may not crack.

Why do I bother to bring this up? Well, primarily for the NY government official. Yes, he has a child with another woman. What does that have to do with his performance as a public official? Not a damn thing. So, why is this such an important topic? Because he is supposed to be a goody-two-shoes conservative? I’m sorry, but that is a really bad answer for the question. Are the people he represents harmed in ANY way? No! He still did his job and probably did it well. So, why is he supposed to step down? I’m sorry, but if you are one of the people screaming to take him out of office, I think you need to look into your own lives and wonder what can people use against you?

Next thing I am sure people will wonder about is, what about Bill Clinton? He was impeached because he used his “presidential cigar” (yeah, okay) to fondle a woman. The major difference here is that he did it in the office, when he was supposed to be being the president, and then he LIED UNDER OATH. That is the real reason for his impeachment. You do that in court, you go to jail. He’s not above our laws, and was subject to them, president or not. If he hadn’t done it in office, I don’t think anyone would have really cared!

Another politician I can think of, I can’t think of his name, but he was the mayor of DC. He was busted for using cocaine. Now, yes, that is a crime, and he did get a sentence for doing it. However, he was RE-ELECTED because he did such a good job! Crime was down under his watch, he took care of the people. That’s what matters in government. He had his flaws, but he came clean about it, and his service record never showed a decline from his drug usage! The man was brought back because of how good he was. What else really matters?

I titled this about politics, but what about all the other celebrities, athletes, and government officials who are always supposed to be “on?” Celebrities and athletes are constantly hounded by media, fans, paparazzi, anyone who wants a glimmer of time with their favorites. Then, when one of them basically tells a fan or media person to go away, they are sacrificed at the stake for being against the public. When did these people stop being the public themselves? Just because they are famous or well-known at least doesn’t mean that they aren’t people! They need their privacy, their down-time, their life too! If someone in the “public” were to be regularly hounded like that, they’d be screaming lawsuits and all kind of bad utterances. I know that I wouldn’t take too kindly to cameras always in my face.

So, what does this have to do with me? Absolutely nothing. Nadda. I just read something about it, and it made me think of all the “news” these people make. Brittany seen in a convenience store! Bush found taking a dump! J-Lo wears mismatched socks! Wow, are we so desperate that we really need to know ALL OF THIS!? I’m just glad my personal life is my own. God help those who need their privacy for a day when the cameras are aimed their way.

Not Quite a Random Thought, but Deserves Posting

April 1, 2009

REPRINT EDIT:  I know the man’s out of office, and this isn’t a dig against him, but this conversation took place with respect to Hurricane Katrina and how it was handled.  It wasn’t a RTOD, but I felt it was good enough to post among them. 

Debates: Politics with Blinders

Debates.  Anyone who knows me by now knows that I am all about them.  Although I have a hard time admitting that I lose, when I do so soundly I will state that, yes, I have lost my argument and case.  Jeremy and I debate on a regular basis.  It’s a lot of fun.  We have had our share of aggressive debates, but usually they end amicably. 

Today, I found myself in a “debate.”  The issue came up about politics and voting today, with JM absent.  The conversation started with the NH votes, which was simple, progressed into voting registration, and then into votes prior, which, obviously, I have none yet.  Over the course of the conversation, it turned to Bush being at fault for, well, basically everything that has happened in the US over the course of the past 4-8 years.  Now, yes, there are some things that happened that I cannot truly debate, but the topic switched to Katrina.  Somehow, Bush is the entire reason why the devastation was so bad.  It wasn’t local government, FEMA, or any other factor.  It was BUSH.  Obviously, this touched off a debate target for me, since I firmly beleive that nothing in recent history is the result of one man’s actions, not even the assassinations that have occurred (one person may have done it, but it was more or less a group that wanted it).  My simple return question was, why?  What made it Bush’s fault.  The general response strictly goaded it further: It’s Bush’s fault because he should have had someone there to see what was really going on, or, It’s Bush’s fault because he’s the president and should know everything the moment it happens.  Okay, point understood, but how does that make the entire thing Bush’s fault.  Again, it was Bush should have known exactly what was going on.  Now, anyone who has read the information, although there was plenty of it, knows that it was a long list of communication failures and old laws slowing down the process.  How was it one man’s fault?  I continued to press a little bit on it.  It turned a little more towards the, “Well, Bush is just a jerk and a liar” thing, which tipped off more debate fodder, including “What politician ISN’T a liar?” and What is it that makes a stronger leader? 

Unfortunately, at this time, an unexpected bystander came in and added a little to it, “It was Bush’s fault because it shouldn’t have taken months for anything to be taken care of.”  At this point I had to pull up some research because I honestly didn’t know how long it took to get back to operational.  Now, yes, there were people how still hadn’t gotten their money months later, but Bush declared a state of emergency for the ENTIRE REGION two days in advance, and had the Coast Guard, 400 units(!) stationed for assistance.  There was also concern of the levees being topped, but not necessarily toppled.  And, the majority of the refugees were being assisted within two weeks of the whole fiasco (although I was a little upset that it took that long to get everything straightened out communications-wise)  As such, I push further as a debater would, adding these to the debate.  By then, I guess it was assumed that I had “Lost” and was grabbing at straws.  Ultimately, NO ONE can say why it was Bush’s fault.  Ultimately, I “Lost” because no one wanted to debate it, and because I had two people trying to say that “IT’S ALL BUSH’S FAULT” obviously I “Lose”.  Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel that I have “Won” because no one could prove one simple point conclusively: How Was It All Bush’s Fault?  Any takers?

Now, to clarify, I’m not a direct Bush supporter.  I feel he was the better of two evils, but not the best for the country (at the time of the election, no one filled that spot).  But, I am also not going to say that he was the entire reason for the war in Iraq, for oil prices breaking $100/barrel, for the economy not being as great as everyone wants, or anything else everyone is trying to say is ALL BUSH’S FAULT!  I’m sure that there is more to add, but I’ll do it later. 

Also, as an FYI, all parties that found themselves included were apologized to, as the intent was NOT to start a debate, but to just chat about stuff.