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27 November 2004

Ibis

Some of you may remember me considering moving to this college a mere month ago. Good to see that they are doing some advanced work with Java.

Yahoo! News - Open Source Leader Takes Sun's Schwartz to Task

If you are going to read Eric Raymond's BS, make sure to read my comment on the article. Although he came up with "the model", he is completely talking out of his ass whenever he talks about the JCP.

26 November 2004

Tony's Germany Vacation 2004

Pics

The Randi Rhodes Show on Newsradio 1290 WJNO

Kerry pointed me to this link.

Fuck the Government

Some good quotes.

Insights on the News: Reality Check

"Reality Check is a series of short, easy-to-read publications that use graphs and tables to correct widespread misperceptions about crucial issues confronting the country. The Century Foundation is publishing this series throughout 2004 to provide an essential resource for journalists, legislators, congressional staff, and anyone who wants facts and analysis important to this year's debates at their fingertips."

Who Profits from Security Holes?

Interesting...

OpenUsability

Mission Statement:

OpenUsability.org is a project that brings open source developers and usability experts together.

The idea behind is simple: There are many Usability Experts who want to contribute to software projects. And there are many developers who want to make their software more usable, and - as a consequence - more successful."

Slashdot | U.S. to Get New IP Czar

Looks like our loving government is once again increasing government control so that it could protect us from technological innovations...

Stupidco.com

Maybe there is something I can do with those damn AOL cds.

Slashdot | Best Tools for Machinima?

Wired 12.12: The Dream Factory: Any product, any shape, any size - manufactured on your desktop!

I want a desktop fabricator! Anyone going to get me one for Christmas?

art of resistance

My dad sent this to me... kinda wrong, buy funny...

24 November 2004

Congress Funds Mandatory Psychological Tests for Kids

Well, that's one way to make sure No Child is Left Behind. Drug them all.

I emailed David Wu asking how he voted on that. Will let you know if I find out.

Slashdot | Half-Life 2 Causes Nausea, Looks Good in Doom Engine

I have had this problem for years, even back with the first version of Doom.

Things I have noticed:
1) doesn't seem to happen with Top Down
2) takes longer to happen with semi-3D (Isometric, etc)
3) doesn't seem to matter if the graphics are great or crap
4) doesn't happen with Full Immersion (a'la Dactyl Nightmare)

My guess is that it is due to having different refresh rates in your vision at the same time (much like that problem some people have with flourescent lights). Basically, if in front of you is WAY out of sync with your peripheal....

Slashdot | Verizon Seeks To Nix Fee-Based Municipal Wireless Grids

As Verizon wonders why I am planning on dropping them when my contract ends (yes, they did say that), they go and do things like this.

Slashdot | Massive Multiplayer Gaming Warehouses On The Way

Ooooh! Come to Portland! Please! Soon?? Now!!

23 November 2004

PC World | Dutch track counterfeits via printer serial numbers

You know, I really liked Canon -- but it is this kinda shit that made me decide not to buy a single Intel product in the last 8 years... You know, I have no interest in printing counterfit bills -- but this is the kinda stuff that the government does to prevent unwanted rebellion... You print some flier that shows what BS the government has been up to, and they look at it as say "Check the Canon DB for serial number 12345678". Bullshit.

Diebold Internal Memos Admit Voting Machine Flaws

What a shocker, eh?

22 November 2004

Google Scholar

Hey, this is kinda nice. A quick test seems to show that it elminates much of the web-based spam.

20 November 2004

The Jeff Pulver Blog: Searching for Bobby Fischer: Are we all just pawns in SBC's Chess Game?

Since I am using pulver.Communicator (like Trillian but with VoIP), I thought I would share their thoughts about the upcoming VoIP changes. They are also the ones that run Free World Dialup (free VoIP phone numbers).

Slashdot | Anti-P2P Law Looms over the Horizon

What a surprise. Hope you all like being forced to watch commercials.

19 November 2004

Cascadia National Party: Policy and News

Looking over their platform, there were two things that bothered me:
1) Any recipient of monetary welfare and unemployment must give back their time to the community or state. Umm, I thought the Unemployment CAME from me putting money into it?
2) Federal Assembly It seems that the problem we have in the US is that we are a Republic not a Democracy, it seems that their platform would continue that tradition?

However, among many many other good things, I saw these and had to smile:
1) Teacher pay scales comparable to other professionals with similar education and responsibilities. If it weren't for Teachers getting paid 1/2 what I am used to, I would actually PREFER to be a teacher.
2) On the Cascadian National system, there should be one lane designated with no speed limit. The remaining lanes would be subjected to speed limits set by the states. OH! I am SOooooo there!
3) The CNP firmly supports the separation of church and state. No official oath shall be taken with the mention of "God". However, the person in question taking the oath can request their book of faith or symbol of faith to take the oath. The CNP also respects the freedom of worship for all. I think even my dad could agree with that.

The Republic of Cascadia

The link was provided from the last post.

Cascadia and Jefferson

Though not new ideas, interesting. Question is, would Cascadia and Jefferson end up going to war? When I lived in Northern California, we had never heard of the state of Jefferson, but we thought it would be a good idea. When I moved to Southern Oregon, I found out about Jefferson and thought it was a good idea. This election was the first time that I thought that the state of Jefferson would not be ultra-conservative. If that were the case, I definitely would not want to be there. Of course, now I live in an area that would be considered part of Cascadia, so I guess all is good until Jefferson tries to impose their anti-humanitarian ideals on Cascadia.

Some do emigrate away from the US

Over the last few months, many have included me on their email lists to discuss the political issues... I got this last night...

Well, Elizabeth and I are leaving at about 5am tomorrow morning up to
Port Angeles, where we will catch the Black Ball Ferry in order to meet
with our Immigration Advisor. We'll talk, we'll give him money, and then
we'll catch the ferry over to Vancouver and check that out.


It isn't *absolutely* certain we'll emigrate to BC, but it looks pretty
damn likely - like a 95% chance. I've given notice at Free Geek and they
hired my replacement last night.


Let's face it, it really is getting scary here. But that's not why I
want to move.


The reality is that the US is the most war-driven nation in the planet's
history. Columbus practiced genocide on the locals because they didn't
have stacks of gold for him. Since the very first settlement in this
country, there has not been a single decade when we have not used
military force against another people. And now we are "mercy killing"
unarmed civilians in their place of worship. The next Attorney General
wrote the memo authorizing torture. The new Education Secretary is
committed to "abstinence only" sex education. Reporters are being fired
and jailed for their investigations. The "media" are deliberately
covering up the e-voting scandal and on buried in this morning's
Oregonian on page A16, Alexander Putin announced that Russia has a new
grade of nuclear weapons systems that surpass anything we have - MAD has
once again become Doctrine. And the people of Oregon has written hatred
and homophobia into their constitution.


After the Quakers initially settled Pennsylvania and made "the only
treaty never sworn and the only treaty never broken", the non-Quaker
settlers came in waves, crossed over the Adirondacks and massacred the
First Nation folk. When the natives fought back, the settlers came to
Philadelphia and demanded that the legislature "protect" them by wiping
out the natives. The Quakers in the legislature were faced with the fact
that they were now a minority among a very blood-thirsty majority and
that they could debate the issue and lose. They realized that they would
be acquiescing in genocide if they remained a part of the Pennsylvania
legislature and quit en masse.


We have dropped all facade of democracy, civil liberties, and justice at
home and abroad. We are at war with the world and with ourselves
internally. If I remain an American, even if I dissent, I am personally
profiting from the exploitation and genocide by my government of every
thing and every people that might prevent the wealthy from becoming even
more so. That profit comes from things like the lower prices in the
almost ALL stores, driven by Wal-Mart at the expense of the benefits
gained by the labor movement. That profit comes from the rape of the
environment that gives me cheap gas prices. That profit comes from my
going along with the program, even while I bitch and moan about it.


As a Conscientious Objector, I will not go into war as a medic, saving
soldier's lives just so they could go back and kill some more - but with
the self-justification that I didn't pull the trigger. As a
Conscientious Objector, I will not cross a picket line or break a
boycott just because it is inconvenient.


As a Conscientious Objector, I cannot any longer give any form of
acquiescence to the engines of our economy in their rape and murder of
our world.


We are leaving. Not because we are afraid of Gonzales nee Ashcroft. Not
because of the defunding of our public schools. Not because of Measure
37 is going to turn Oregon into a giant strip mall.


We are leaving so we can experience life in a truly free society. We are
leaving so we can breath freedom and live in peace with the world. We
are leaving for a place that shares our ideals.


We will still visit you and we will, of course, welcome you when you
decide you can take no more. I have lived on three continents and I have
always returned to Portland. Someday, Cascadia will be independent.
Someday, we will return.


Peace,
-Ron

18 November 2004

TheStar.com - Should Canada indict Bush?

Nice! Go, Canada! Oh wait, then Chaney would be in charge? I am not sure that is a good option either. Perhaps we can get both of them to visit Canada at the same time?

BuzzFlash > News Analysis > Berkeley Researchers Report "Unexplained Discrepancy" in FLA Vote Totals

"A research team at UC Berkeley reported Thursday morning that irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000 - 260,000 or more in excess votes to President George W. Bush in Florida in the 2004 presidential election. The study showed an unexplained discrepancy between votes for President Bush in counties where electronic voting machines were used versus counties using traditional voting methods. "

Slashdot | North Carolina May Redo State Election

As the title suggests.

16 November 2004

Novermber 8, 2004 Aurora

Now these are some NICE pics. Northern Lights pics from Nebraska.

Slashdot | MPAA Sues Movie-Swappers

Looks like Hollywood is once again writing Trojan/Worms to seek-n-destroy your computer. I guess now that Bush got more people into the Senate, they will make it legal for the MPAA to corrupt your system. Great. Too bad we don't have a computer version of Human Rights, so that we could sue them for inhumanity (or whatever) against our computers. What right do they have to "seek and destroy". What, they completely hose your system (with all of your emails, accounts, bills, transaction histories, etc) and say "oops, it wasn't meant to do that"? Bet we would get in trouble if we wrote one that seek-n-destroyed them.

Alice: Free, Easy, Interactive 3D Graphics for the WWW

Interesting... two key things I noticed...

1) 10 years old learned it in 3 days
2) Masters degree students (VB, Java, C++) solved bugs 7.9 times faster using their unique debugging features

Slashdot | Senate May Rush Copyright Legislation

They barely have their new people in power, and already rushing to kneel at Hollywood's feet. How pathetic.

Slashdot | FCC Claims Regulatory Power Over Home Computers

What a shocker. Anyone surprised?

15 November 2004

Techworld.com - What is encryption?

An encryption/cipher primer. Good for those who are not in the know but are curious.

14 November 2004

Tom's Hardware Guide PCs & HowTo: Supersize Your TV for $300: Build Your Own XGA Projector! - Giant Wall Display

Quote: The homemade projector in action - here, testing DVD playback. Its screen size is over six feet, and luminous efficiency is 3,500 ANSI lumens.

13 November 2004

Online Alignment Test

A friend of mine pointed me to this test. He said to take the test for yourself in your current real-life situation and to not read too much into the questions, just answer them.

I was surprised at my outcome:

Based on your answers to the quiz, your character’s most likely alignment is Chaotic Neutral.

Chaotic Neutral

A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn’t strive to protect others’ freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. The chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). The common phrase for chaotic neutral is "true chaotic." Remember that the chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom both from society’s restrictions and from a do-gooder’s zeal.

10 November 2004

ABC News: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

In 1962, American military was trying to cause people to THINK that America was being attacked so that the US could hold Cuba by military might??? Why does this sound so familiar?

Slashdot | Wireless Chip Embedded in Paper

Now if they would just mix this with OLED (which is printed used ink-jet technologies)...

Slashdot | U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft Resigns

Link explaining why the guy behind the Patriot Act resigned.

09 November 2004

Close-Minded BS

You know, I am sick and tired of close minded people telling me what to think. It is a bunch of fucking BS.

For the last few months, my mother-in-law has been sending me Pro-Bush email after email. Any time we try to show her any facts, she says that they are propaganda without even looking at them. Ok, she is a bit older, perhaps she is one of those people so stuck in their ways that they can't accept the truth.

But her daughter (my sister-in-law) is another matter. She is the only other republican I know (which she wasn't anything near being republican a few years ago). She doesn't have old-age to account for her close-minded attitude. In fact, she only has her mother and new husband to account for her new mindset. Don't believe me, ask one of her friends (most of the people with blogs to the left). They have all been saying that.

So, the other day my mother-in-law sent my wife an email talking about how disappointed she was that Oregon was blue on the map instead of red, and how it was all of those strong liberal democrats in Portland that caused the problem. My wife felt that the email targetted her specifically (and I felt probably me also, though I am not a democrat). Interestingly enough, this is one of the few political emails her mom did NOT send to me -- probably assuming she wouldn't like my reaction. My wife, on the other hand, usually tries to be really nice so as to not hurt her moms feelings. In this case, she replied (to all) telling her to keep her republican ideals away from us (and mention specifics about anti-gay, bible-banging, etc).

So, my wifes sister (the other republican) started chatting with me today, telling me that I wouldn't believe the hurtful email she sent. Then we started to discuss the fact that my wife feels that her mother and sister are always trying to control her life, and getting pissed off when she doesn't let them.

A little background. A few months ago, they both (same day) tried to convince her that she should give up college and her career plans and work as a flagger for the traffic department. Both of them said the same thing, almost word for word -- but denied talking to each other about it. Then, they got into a little discussion and haven't spoken to each other since. Dino's been waiting for an apology, which will never come.

And then the day of our wedding came up... On that day, Dino was out with her dad getting stuff for the wedding, and her mom told me she should just shoot herself in the head because Dino was pissing her off so much for taking so long. I wanted to slap her so hard - that is not something to joke about - especially to the groom on his wedding day -- and she didn't even say it as a joke. Dino's sister (Lori) said that Dino wasn't appreciating all that her mom had done for her wedding day. Ok, granted her mom spent like $300 for the wedding -- but we paid like $25000 and did everything ourselves. Not only did we organize everything, pay for everything, etc - but we even put them up in a motel that we paid for. So, no matter how you look at it, that comment was not in the least bit justified.

So Lori goes off to explain that Dino isn't following her own path, but convincing herself that my path is her path. If that is true, it would be hard to explain how she was on that path before we got together. But then again, Lori did drop music and singing to work at the administration office where her husband is going to school. Of course, now Lori wants to work in the film industry, not like it has anything to do with her husbands goals or anything.

So, Lori starts going off about how Dino's whole personality has changed because of me. Interesting. Dino has always been somewhat of a rebel, standing up for what she believed in. Of course, Lori has switched from Punk and Singing to a Republican in the film industry. But, of course, Lori must be right. I have turned Dino into... hmm? What?

So then Lori starts going off about how Dino becomes whinny whenever someone says something she doesn't agree with. I pointed out that Dino replied by standing up for what she believed in. Of course, the whole conversation did start off with Lori being pissed off at what Dino had said. Interesting.

Then she said that Bush won, and even had 48% of Portland. I started providing links (like many posted elsewhere here) that show proof of voter and election fraud. She just said that we were so deluded, that it was all propaganda (without even looking at them), and then said the conversation is over.

So, looks like she is as close-minded as her mother about politics. That's OK. Eudora has a nice filtering feature.

VOTERGATE

This is friggin nuts. Download the video and take a look (they have a low and high bandwidth version on the site).

So, it appears that there are 3 companies that provide voting machines. Two of them are owned by Texan brothers and account for 80% of the votes. The other one was shown to give the wrong candidate the votes. Is it any wonder than Bush keeps winning?

One part of the video shows how to completely swap who the winner is in less than 90 seconds. Not too surprising since any 12-year old kid can spend 5 minutes on Google and figure out how to hack the Access database used (even how to get the passwords).

There are also an interesting clip that shows that the Washington Secretary of State illegally signed off on them, and that the voters have no recourse available.

I know, I know. Some of you will download and watch it because you already believe it was all fraudulent -- and the others of you (like my Mother-in-Law) will assume it is all propaganda and fake and wrong because it doesn't fit with what the Republican party told her. Whatever.

Wired 12.11: The Real da Vinci Code

The article explains how they found out that the da Vinci cart was actually a programmable robot. Perhaps this quote will get you to read it: "steampunk for the Middle Ages".

08 November 2004

What does the GOP really stand for?

I was curious what the "official" Republican platform was, so I checked out their website: www.gop.com



GOP says: "Commits America to an aggressive strategy to cut greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over the next 10 years. " (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=1)

Bush disagrees: "President Bush is holding fast to his rejection of mandatory curbs on greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming, despite a fresh report from 300 scientists in the United States and seven other nations that shows Arctic temperatures are rising." (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041106/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_global
_warming&e=6&ncid=703
)

GOP says: "promote energy efficiency " (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=8)

Bush goes to war for more oil

GOP says: "Millions of low-income Americans made eligible for coverage." (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=4)

Oregon Health Plan says that they no longer have enough funding, and even unemployed (without ANY income) I don't qualify

GOP says: "No Child Left Behind has made significant new resources available to states and local school districts" (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=3)

Schools have been closing, dropping teachers (and increasing class sizes), dropping programs (like art and music). Teachers with Masters degrees can hope for 1/2 the income an Intel employee can get fresh out of high school.

GOP says: "Defending our nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the federal government. " and "We will preserve the peace by fostering an era of good relations among the world’s great powers. " (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=5)

We have more enemies now than we have had in a very long time. The world sees us as immoral, breaking international law, and thinking of no one but ourselves. The majority of the world thinks the US=terrorist. And now we are going to break a 1967 international treaty? (http://www.guardian.co.uk/space/article/0,14493,1345460,00.html and http://www.state.gov/www/global/arms/treaties/space1.html )

GOP says: "And we will extend the peace by seeking to extend the benefits of freedom and prosperity across the globe. " (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=5)

Not only do the people we are helping think we are taking their freedoms away; and not only do people in our own country feel oppressed; but the whole idea of HOW we spread peace goes against the ideals of the founding fathers:

"We surely cannot deny to any nation that right whereon our own government is founded, that every one may govern itself according to whatever form it pleases and change these forms at its own will... The will of the nation is the only thing essential to be regarded." --Thomas Jefferson to Gouverneur Morris, 1792. ME 9:36

GOP says: "Department of Homeland Security to improve protection against today’s threats" (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=6)

Homeland Security spends their time making Vancouver toy stores take toys off the shelf for being too similar to an expired Rubix Cube patent (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/29/0014250&tid=155&tid=187&tid=1)

GOP says: "TTIC will merge and analyze all threat information collected domestically and abroad in a single location." (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=6)

If they truly believe in it, then why did they have to rename it when the public complained? It used to be known as Total Information Awareness (TIA) (http://www.eff.org/Privacy/TIA/)

GOP says: "The FBI transformed into an agency focused on preventing domestic terrorism." (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=6)

Then why did CBS report TODAY that the FBI was dealing with the terrorists being released in Afghanistan? I am pretty sure that Afghanistan is not domestic.

GOP says: "Deliver critical help to unemployed citizens." and "Provide help for unemployed Americans, including extending unemployment benefits and creating new re-employment accounts to help displaced workers get back on the job. " and "Every worker who has lost his or her job and qualifies for unemployment benefits will get more help, and many will qualify for new, more flexible Personal Re-employment Accounts, which provide a bonus if they find work quickly." (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=2)

Then why is it as a currently unemployed citizen, I can not even apply for unemployment until January? In fact, the Oregon Employment Department specifically told me that they do NOT have any extended benefits for the first time in years.

GOP says: "Our trade with other nations is expanding­bringing the lower prices that come from imports, and the better jobs that come from exports. " (http://www.gop.com/GOPAgenda/AgendaPage.aspx?id=2)

The reason we have so few jobs is that the businesses get incentives to outsource their jobs to other countries. We do not get better jobs from exports, we loose jobs to exports.

U.S.'s new Iraq Dictator?

CBS was reporting today that the newly appointed Iraqi President has declared Martial Law. The interesting bit was when they said that it is the strictess since Saddam Hussein. So, did we put yet another Dictator in power? Guess in a couple years we will have to attack him as being some evil terrorist.

Of course, they also commented about how Afghanistan is releasing terrorists that plan on attacking the US. Aren't we supposedly allies with them?

Personally, I think this whole thing is just another cog in the US oil-war.

Bush didn't really win, part 2

Well, we thought that NC and OH problems might have illegally caused Bush to win. Looks like there was more to it than that...

Highlights:

  • one county where 69.3% registered democrat, but only 28% of them voted for Kerry

  • Palm Beach County, Florida logged 88,000 more votes than there were voters

  • LaPorte, Michigan discounted 50,000 voters

  • Columbus, Ohio voting machines gave Bush an extra 4,000 votes

  • Broward County, Florida voting machines were counting backwards

  • precincts in New Mexico gave provisional ballots that will never be counted to as many as 10% of all their voters



And how much effort does it take to hack the voting tabulator? Just enough script-kiddie skills to attack a Windows PC (like that has ever happened, right?)

I have one simple question...
What does it take to make this country democratic?

Slashdot | US Ready to put Weapons in Space

What a shocker. Looks like the U.S. is once again breaking an international treaty. Is anyone surprised?

Adventure Developers

Haven't looked it over much yet, but figured that I know enough people interested in game development that I will just go ahead and post it.

From their "a b o u t u s" page:

Some people still say the adventure genre is dead. Some say it's sleeping. Some say it's reviving and others say the genre has never really been away. Whatever you may say, one thing's assured: there's still a lot of interest in the adventure genre.

Most publishers, however, seem to ignore this. They don't believe the traditional adventure game could make enough money anymore. In an on-the-move society where instant gratification is a must, the gaming public seems to need to always keep their mouse fingers twitching in blazing first person shoot-outs and exhilarating car chases.

This has caused the market to be flooded with mindless action oriented games, leaving us adventure gamers pretty much out in the cold.

Fortunately for us, there are still people out there who do believe in this genre. And that number of people is increasing rapidly for the past few years. We've seen very interesting projects developing by independent studios, sometimes funded by small publishers. Also fans have been creating their own 'amateur' game projects, some good, some bad, some finished, many abandoned.

Adventure Developers is not only here to tell you about all of these interesting games and developing projects, but is also a source for news. Furthermore, we're a place to discuss games, projects and other issues with our visitors. Our forums are available for developers as well, to promote their projects, ask for help, find members for their teams, and more. We also publish articles, tutorials, and other features, sometimes written by (recognised) industry professionals.

In short: we're a place for both those who're interested in playing (independently developed) adventures and for those interested in developing their own games.

We hope you'll all have a pleasant stay.

HD-TV card for your PC

Since this card ignores the upcoming Broadcast Flag, it is probably going to be one of your last chances to build something that can record from cable. I have been debating making a MythTV to be used at home -- and this one would at least allow me to record tv shows (unlike any on the market starting next year)... We shall see.

07 November 2004

Slashdot | Microsoft Offers to License the Internet

Many of us know that current internet protocols suck, for one reason or another. It isn't that their design was initially bad, just that we have outgrown them.

Well, I guess with Micro$haft claiming patent ownership (and knowing how Homeland Security has been helping out these poor defensless billionaires), perhaps we should write new standards. Something better.

Of course, if we use something like GPL or Toys-4-Techs licensing, we can immediately pull their licenses if they sue anyone over any of our designs.


Malachi

06 November 2004

Teleportations Physics Report [PDF]

Haven't gotten a chance to read it yet... browser crashed just after downloading. Excerpt from Slashdot:

"Star Trek fans may be happy to hear that the Air Force has paid to study psychic teleportation. But scientists aren't so thrilled. The Air Force Research Lab's August 'Teleportation Physics Report', posted earlier this week on the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Web site, struck a raw nerve with physicists and critics of wasteful military spending."

From a coworker: A Day in the Life of Joe Republican (anonymous as of now)

A Day in the Life of Joe Republican (anonymous as of now)


Joe gets up at 6am and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning
coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought
for minimum water-quality standards.

With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His
medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to
ensure their safety and they work as advertised. All but $10 of his
medications is paid by his employer's medical plan because some liberal
union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe
gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to
eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat
packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly
labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because
some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his
body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is
clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to
stop industries from polluting our air. He walks on the government-provided
sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It
saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some
fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives
everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his workday. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical
benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal
union member fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer
pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to
call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get workers
compensation check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose
his home because of a temporary misfortune.

It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some
bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some godless
liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined
the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal
student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the country
would be better off if he was educated and earned more
money over his lifetime. Joe forgets that in addition to his federally
subsidized student loan, he attended a state funded university.
Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm
home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the
safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car
safety standards to go along with the taxpayer funded roads.
He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the
house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want
to make rural loans.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on
Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking cheese eating
liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe
wouldn't have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show.
The radio host keeps saying that the liberals are bad and conservatives are
good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against
every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day and takes for granted today.

Joe agrees: We don't need those big government liberals ruining our lives!
After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of
themselves, just like I have.

Bush didn't really win? What a shocker. Not.

Well, as we were all expecting, it appears that election fraud has once again put Bush in power...

Let's start at the beginning... First, we noticed that it was kinda odd that Gay Marriage was outlawed locally -- considering about 1/3rd of our population (locally) falls into that category. We weren't sure that there was any voter fraud (other than the reports about democratic registrations being torn up), but it seemed very odd that a large portion of our population would vote against themselves.

Then we notice that there was election problems in North Carolina, which in at least one county they said:
"Officials said 3,005 early votes were stored, but 4,530 were lost. " and "The loss of the votes didn't appear to change the outcome of county races "... Umm, excuse me? Over half of the votes weren't counted and it wouldn't make any difference?

Then, we see election fraud in Ohio... Specifically, "a computer error involving one voting-machine cartridge gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct"... Hmm, that is a lot of extra votes.

So, let's just say that the extra 3893 votes, and the missing 4530 votes couldn't have swung either of those districts, or the 35 electoral votes they represent... Are we to believe that those are the only two districts nationwide involved in illegally handing the election to Bush?

03 November 2004

Local Elections

Well, at least for Washington County, all the votes have been counted. I am a little curious why the Washington County votes included information about Portland, but...

It doesn't seem real. I can't believe these results are from Oregon. Banning Gay Marriage and not allowing Medical Marijuana Patients to get their medication from the state. Very odd.

Well, here's the numbers:


Washington County, Oregon
Presidential Election Results: November 2, 2004
Last update: November 3, 2004 12:01 a.m. Next update: November 3, 2004 10:00 a.m.




SUMMARY REPORT WASHINGTON COUNTY,OREGON UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
GENERAL ELECTION
NOVEMBER 2,2004
RUN DATE:11/02/04 11:57 PM

VOTES PERCENT

PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 155). . . . . 155 100.00
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 268,090
BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 163,743
VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . . 61.08
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UNITED STATES PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT
VOTE FOR 1
KERRY/EDWARDS (DEM) . . . . . . . 87,049 53.52
COBB/LA MARCHE (PAC). . . . . . . 348 .21
PEROUTKA/BALDWIN (CON) . . . . . . 317 .19
BADNARIK/CAMPAGNA (LIB). . . . . . 597 .37
BUSH/CHENEY (REP). . . . . . . . 73,727 45.33
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 602 .37
Total . . . . . . . . . 162,640
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UNITED STATES SENATOR
VOTE FOR 1
TERESA KEANE (PAC) . . . . . . . 2,595 1.64
AL KING (REP) . . . . . . . . . 49,162 31.10
DAN FITZGERALD (LIB). . . . . . . 2,566 1.62
RON WYDEN (DEM) . . . . . . . . 102,759 65.00
DAVID BROWNLOW (CON). . . . . . . 878 .56
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 120 .08
Total . . . . . . . . . 158,080
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UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DIST 1
VOTE FOR 1
GOLI AMERI (REP) . . . . . . . . 63,473 40.25
DEAN WOLF (CON) . . . . . . . . 5,351 3.39
DAVID WU (DEM). . . . . . . . . 88,301 55.99
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 588 .37
Total . . . . . . . . . 157,713
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SECRETARY OF STATE
VOTE FOR 1
BETSY L. CLOSE (REP). . . . . . . 60,897 39.15
RICHARD MORLEY (LIB). . . . . . . 5,207 3.35
BILL BRADBURY (DEM) . . . . . . . 89,264 57.39
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 180 .12
Total . . . . . . . . . 155,548
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STATE TREASURER
VOTE FOR 1
RANDALL EDWARDS (DEM) . . . . . . 79,174 53.05
JEFF CATON (REP) . . . . . . . . 61,449 41.18
CAROLE D. WINEGARDEN (CON). . . . . 3,394 2.27
MITCH SHULTS (LIB) . . . . . . . 5,067 3.40
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 148 .10
Total . . . . . . . . . 149,232
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ATTORNEY GENERAL
VOTE FOR 1
RICHARD D. HAKE (CON) . . . . . . 1,089 .72
PAUL CONNOLLY (REP) . . . . . . . 60,598 39.85
HARDY MYERS (DEM). . . . . . . . 84,908 55.84
DONALD G. SMITH, JR. (LIB). . . . . 5,345 3.51
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 124 .08
Total . . . . . . . . . 152,064
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STATE SENATOR DIST 14
VOTE FOR 1
RYAN DECKERT (DEM) . . . . . . . 24,211 64.24
JAY OMDAHL (REP) . . . . . . . . 13,410 35.58
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 67 .18
Total . . . . . . . . . 37,688
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STATE SENATOR DIST 18
VOTE FOR 1
JOHN WIGHT (REP) . . . . . . . . 8,657 45.83
ROGER F. GARCIA (LIB) . . . . . . 567 3.00
GINNY BURDICK (DEM) . . . . . . . 9,634 51.01
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 30 .16
Total . . . . . . . . . 18,888
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 26
VOTE FOR 1
JERRY KRUMMEL (REP) . . . . . . . 8,792 56.73
RICK ROSS (DEM) . . . . . . . . 6,224 40.16
CHARLES FRANK RADLEY (LIB). . . . . 443 2.86
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 40 .26
Total . . . . . . . . . 15,499
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 27
VOTE FOR 1
MARK HASS (DEM) . . . . . . . . 12,992 66.76
CHRISTI FELDEWERTH (LIB) . . . . . 577 2.96
GABE SCHOMUS (REP) . . . . . . . 5,860 30.11
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 32 .16
Total . . . . . . . . . 19,461
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 28
VOTE FOR 1
STEVE GEIGER (PAC) . . . . . . . 2,392 16.25
JEFF BARKER (DEM). . . . . . . . 11,884 80.75
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 441 3.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 14,717
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 29
VOTE FOR 1
TOM COX (LIB) . . . . . . . . . 1,289 8.96
MARY GALLEGOS (REP) . . . . . . . 5,899 41.01
CHUCK RILEY (DEM). . . . . . . . 7,161 49.78
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 36 .25
Total . . . . . . . . . 14,385
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 30
VOTE FOR 1
DERRICK KITTS (REP) . . . . . . . 9,947 53.03
SCOTT SEMRAU (CON) . . . . . . . 561 2.99
MIKLOSCH (MIK) SANDER (DEM) . . . . 8,177 43.60
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 71 .38
Total . . . . . . . . . 18,756
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 32
VOTE FOR 1
DOUGLAS S. OLSON (REP) . . . . . . 2,392 55.99
BEN SNODGRASS (CON) . . . . . . . 144 3.37
DEBORAH BOONE (DEM) . . . . . . . 1,727 40.43
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 9 .21
Total . . . . . . . . . 4,272
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 33
VOTE FOR 1
DAVID E. LONG (LIB) . . . . . . . 1,440 12.92
THOMAS E. HUMPHREY JR. (CON) . . . . 958 8.60
MITCH GREENLICK (DEM) . . . . . . 8,462 75.93
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 284 2.55
Total . . . . . . . . . 11,144
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 34
VOTE FOR 1
BRAD AVAKIAN (DEM) . . . . . . . 11,795 96.59
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 416 3.41
Total . . . . . . . . . 12,211
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 35
VOTE FOR 1
CODY MATTERN (LIB) . . . . . . . 296 1.52
DIANE MANDAVILLE (IND) . . . . . . 822 4.21
SUZANNE GALLAGHER (REP). . . . . . 8,891 45.55
LARRY GALIZIO (DEM) . . . . . . . 9,415 48.24
RONALD BROWER (CON) . . . . . . . 76 .39
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 18 .09
Total . . . . . . . . . 19,518
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 37
VOTE FOR 1
MARC L. DELPHINE (LIB) . . . . . . 165 2.06
JIM MORTON (DEM) . . . . . . . . 3,678 46.00
CURTIS SOMMER (PAC) . . . . . . . 119 1.49
SCOTT BRUUN (REP). . . . . . . . 4,021 50.29
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 13 .16
Total . . . . . . . . . 7,996
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 38
VOTE FOR 1
GREG MACPHERSON (DEM) . . . . . . 62 88.57
ERNEST C. RICHARDSON (CON). . . . . 2 2.86
CHRISTOPHER RICHTER (LIB) . . . . . 6 8.57
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 70
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COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE POS 3
VOTE FOR 1
DARLEEN ORTEGA. . . . . . . . . 89,869 98.13
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 1,715 1.87
Total . . . . . . . . . 91,584
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COUNTY COMMISSIONER POS 1
VOTE FOR 1
DICK SCHOUTEN . . . . . . . . . 21,277 98.17
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 397 1.83
Total . . . . . . . . . 21,674
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COUNTY COMMISSIONER POS 3
VOTE FOR 1
ROY ROGERS . . . . . . . . . . 23,574 96.55
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 842 3.45
Total . . . . . . . . . 24,416
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COUNTY SHERIFF
VOTE FOR 1
ROB GORDON . . . . . . . . . . 95,551 98.17
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 1,783 1.83
Total . . . . . . . . . 97,334
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JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
VOTE FOR 1
JAMES R. SHARTEL . . . . . . . . 71,815 98.54
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 1,065 1.46
Total . . . . . . . . . 72,880
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TUALATIN SOIL & WATER DIST ZONE 1
VOTE FOR 1
ROGER BERRYHILL . . . . . . . . 82,263 98.76
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 1,034 1.24
Total . . . . . . . . . 83,297
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TUALATIN SOIL & WATER DIST ZONE 2
VOTE FOR 1
ELDON JOSSI. . . . . . . . . . 80,809 98.81
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 976 1.19
Total . . . . . . . . . 81,785
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TUALATIN SOIL & WATER DIST ZONE 3
VOTE FOR 1
TERENCE PETERS. . . . . . . . . 80,259 98.84
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 940 1.16
Total . . . . . . . . . 81,199
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TUALATIN SOIL & WATER DIST AT LARGE
VOTE FOR 1
GEORGE E. MARSH . . . . . . . . 80,144 98.76
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 1,008 1.24
Total . . . . . . . . . 81,152
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PROPOSED PEOPLE'S UTILITY DIST DIRECTOR
VOTE FOR 5
MARC LEUTHOLD . . . . . . . . . 40,517 15.88
TOM LONG. . . . . . . . . . . 44,480 17.43
JIM MCNAUGHTON. . . . . . . . . 43,833 17.18
STEVE GEIGER . . . . . . . . . 47,871 18.76
SHANTU SHAH. . . . . . . . . . 33,720 13.21
COLM BRENNAN . . . . . . . . . 39,811 15.60
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 4,950 1.94
Total . . . . . . . . . 255,182
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BANKS CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
MICHAEL V. LYDA . . . . . . . . 258 58.11
TERI BRANSTITRE . . . . . . . . 181 40.77
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.13
Total . . . . . . . . . 444
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BANKS CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 3
BRIAN L. BIEHL. . . . . . . . . 248 40.72
RYAN J. BIRR . . . . . . . . . 261 42.86
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 100 16.42
Total . . . . . . . . . 609
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BEAVERTON CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
ROB DRAKE . . . . . . . . . . 16,424 97.03
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 502 2.97
Total . . . . . . . . . 16,926
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BEAVERTON CITY COUNCIL POS 3
VOTE FOR 1
CATHY STANTON . . . . . . . . . 13,824 98.38
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 227 1.62
Total . . . . . . . . . 14,051
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BEAVERTON CITY COUNCIL POS 4
VOTE FOR 1
CATHERINE ARNOLD . . . . . . . . 13,787 98.51
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 209 1.49
Total . . . . . . . . . 13,996
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CORNELIUS CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
STEVEN A. HEINRICH . . . . . . . 711 41.63
TERRY RILLING . . . . . . . . . 987 57.79
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 10 .59
Total . . . . . . . . . 1,708
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CORNELIUS CITY COUNCIL POS 4
VOTE FOR 2
JEF DALIN . . . . . . . . . . 904 45.27
JOHN GROTH . . . . . . . . . . 1,055 52.83
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 38 1.90
Total . . . . . . . . . 1,997
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DURHAM CITY COUNCILOR
VOTE FOR 2
LESLIE J. GIFFORD. . . . . . . . 304 47.28
DEAN GIBBS . . . . . . . . . . 321 49.92
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 18 2.80
Total . . . . . . . . . 643
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FOREST GROVE CITY COUNCILOR
VOTE FOR 3
DANA LOMMEN. . . . . . . . . . 1,288 11.98
VICTORIA J. LOWE . . . . . . . . 1,826 16.99
ALDIE HOWARD . . . . . . . . . 1,489 13.85
PETER TRUAX. . . . . . . . . . 2,403 22.36
LINDA WALLARD . . . . . . . . . 1,229 11.43
KRZYSTOF ZMUDZINSKI . . . . . . . 754 7.02
ELENA UHING. . . . . . . . . . 1,690 15.72
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 69 .64
Total . . . . . . . . . 10,748
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GASTON CITY COUNCIL POS 1
VOTE FOR 1
EDWARD L. SHULT . . . . . . . . 90 96.77
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 3 3.23
Total . . . . . . . . . 93
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GASTON CITY COUNCIL POS 2
VOTE FOR 1
SHELLY LANCE . . . . . . . . . 39 34.51
KATHI ANDERSON. . . . . . . . . 74 65.49
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 113
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GASTON CITY COUNCIL POS 3
VOTE FOR 1
RICHARD SAGER . . . . . . . . . 87 91.58
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 8 8.42
Total . . . . . . . . . 95
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HILLSBORO CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
TOM HUGHES . . . . . . . . . . 12,876 70.64
ROBERT J. IMBRIE . . . . . . . . 5,250 28.80
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 102 .56
Total . . . . . . . . . 18,228
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HILLSBORO CITY COUNCIL WARD 1 POS B
VOTE FOR 1
DELILAH ANNA AHRENDT. . . . . . . 5,866 39.13
NENICE BUSCH ANDREWS. . . . . . . 9,036 60.28
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 88 .59
Total . . . . . . . . . 14,990
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HILLSBORO CITY COUNCIL WARD 2 POS B
VOTE FOR 1
JOE KEIZUR . . . . . . . . . . 11,175 97.85
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 246 2.15
Total . . . . . . . . . 11,421
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HILLSBORO CITY COUNCIL WARD 3 POS B
VOTE FOR 1
CYNTHIA O'DONNELL. . . . . . . . 8,815 59.30
DAVID CUMMINGS. . . . . . . . . 5,975 40.20
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 74 .50
Total . . . . . . . . . 14,864
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KING CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 5
SAM LOCKLIN. . . . . . . . . . 792 19.83
CHARLES R. FAES . . . . . . . . 778 19.48
DICK WINN . . . . . . . . . . 805 20.16
JAMES GATES. . . . . . . . . . 782 19.58
RAY ROBINSON . . . . . . . . . 801 20.06
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 35 .88
Total . . . . . . . . . 3,993
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LAKE OSWEGO CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
JUDIE HAMMERSTAD . . . . . . . . 2 100.00
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 2
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LAKE OSWEGO CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 3
JOHN TURCHI. . . . . . . . . . 1 16.67
ELLIE MCPEAK . . . . . . . . . 2 33.33
FRANK GROZNIK . . . . . . . . . 1 16.67
PETER J. STIDD. . . . . . . . . 2 33.33
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 6
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NORTH PLAINS CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
CHERI L. OLSON. . . . . . . . . 451 92.99
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 34 7.01
Total . . . . . . . . . 485
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NORTH PLAINS CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 3
ROBERT (BUTCH) KINDEL . . . . . . 398 36.51
HERB HIRST . . . . . . . . . . 329 30.18
MARK GAJDOSTIK. . . . . . . . . 342 31.38
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 21 1.93
Total . . . . . . . . . 1,090
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PORTLAND CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
JIM FRANCESCONI . . . . . . . . 164 36.69
TOM POTTER . . . . . . . . . . 281 62.86
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2 .45
Total . . . . . . . . . 447
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PORTLAND CITY COMMISSIONER POS 1
VOTE FOR 1
SAM ADAMS . . . . . . . . . . 197 51.17
NICK FISH . . . . . . . . . . 186 48.31
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2 .52
Total . . . . . . . . . 385
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PORTLAND CITY COMMISSIONER POS 4
VOTE FOR 1
RANDY LEONARD . . . . . . . . . 286 97.61
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 7 2.39
Total . . . . . . . . . 293
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RIVER GROVE CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 3
LORI DEERING-MOHR. . . . . . . . 14 38.89
CHRISTINE A. FISHER . . . . . . . 13 36.11
LARRY BARRETT . . . . . . . . . 8 22.22
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 1 2.78
Total . . . . . . . . . 36
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SHERWOOD CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
DAVID HEIRONIMUS . . . . . . . . 1,822 41.50
KEITH S. MAYS . . . . . . . . . 2,545 57.97
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 23 .52
Total . . . . . . . . . 4,390
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SHERWOOD CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 3
ADRIAN EMERY . . . . . . . . . 1,158 11.40
J. PATRICK LUCAS . . . . . . . . 510 5.02
DAVID C. LUMAN. . . . . . . . . 1,561 15.36
DANIEL KING. . . . . . . . . . 1,595 15.70
KURT KRISTENSEN . . . . . . . . 1,011 9.95
LINDA A. HENDERSON . . . . . . . 1,927 18.97
PATRICK ALLEN . . . . . . . . . 1,365 13.44
LEE D. WEISLOGEL . . . . . . . . 959 9.44
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 74 .73
Total . . . . . . . . . 10,160
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TIGARD CITY MAYOR (UNEXPIRED)
VOTE FOR 1
CRAIG E. DIRKSEN . . . . . . . . 10,013 97.65
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 241 2.35
Total . . . . . . . . . 10,254
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TIGARD CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 2
SALLY HARDING . . . . . . . . . 4,699 23.16
JOSHUA CHANEY . . . . . . . . . 1,906 9.39
TOM WOODRUFF . . . . . . . . . 5,792 28.54
ALICE ELLIS GAUT . . . . . . . . 4,335 21.36
GRETCHEN BUEHNER . . . . . . . . 3,438 16.94
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 121 .60
Total . . . . . . . . . 20,291
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TUALATIN CITY COUNCIL POS 2
VOTE FOR 1
MICHAEL GILLESPIE. . . . . . . . 3,015 55.81
FRANK BUBENIK . . . . . . . . . 2,362 43.72
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 25 .46
Total . . . . . . . . . 5,402
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TUALATIN CITY COUNCIL POS 4
VOTE FOR 1
ED TRUAX. . . . . . . . . . . 3,279 59.21
ANGELA WRAHTZ . . . . . . . . . 2,235 40.36
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 24 .43
Total . . . . . . . . . 5,538
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TUALATIN CITY COUNCIL POS 6
VOTE FOR 1
BOB BORYSKA. . . . . . . . . . 2,957 54.99
WADE BROOKSBY . . . . . . . . . 2,397 44.58
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 23 .43
Total . . . . . . . . . 5,377
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WILSONVILLE CITY MAYOR
VOTE FOR 1
CHARLOTTE LEHAN . . . . . . . . 48 96.00
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2 4.00
Total . . . . . . . . . 50
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WILSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL
VOTE FOR 2
TIM KNAPP . . . . . . . . . . 35 47.30
BENNY HOLT . . . . . . . . . . 16 21.62
SCOTT M. HANNA. . . . . . . . . 21 28.38
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2 2.70
Total . . . . . . . . . 74
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31 AMENDS CONSTITUTION: POSTPONEMENT
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 104,435 68.48
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,079 31.52
Total . . . . . . . . . 152,514
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32 AMENDS CONSTITUTION: MOBILE HOMES
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 99,735 66.05
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51,259 33.95
Total . . . . . . . . . 150,994
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33 AMENDS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 66,444 42.12
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 91,292 57.88
Total . . . . . . . . . 157,736
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34 RESOURCE CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 59,645 39.18
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,595 60.82
Total . . . . . . . . . 152,240
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35 AMENDS CONSTITUTION: PATIENT INJURIES
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 76,850 48.89
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 80,340 51.11
Total . . . . . . . . . 157,190
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36 AMENDS CONSTITUTION: MARRIAGE
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 87,692 54.51
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 73,186 45.49
Total . . . . . . . . . 160,878
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37 GOVERNMENTS PAY/REDUCE PROPERTY VALUE
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,257 59.71
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,254 40.29
Total . . . . . . . . . 154,511
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38 ABOLISHES SAIF
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 61,625 40.73
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 89,694 59.27
Total . . . . . . . . . 151,319
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34-83 COMMUNITY SAFETY LEVY RENEWAL
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 70,706 46.62
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 80,960 53.38
Total . . . . . . . . . 151,666
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34-101 TUALATIN SOIL & WATER DIST LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 63,354 43.42
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 82,568 56.58
Total . . . . . . . . . 145,922
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34-95 PEOPLE'S UTILITY DIST FORMATION
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 36,976 26.10
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 104,704 73.90
Total . . . . . . . . . 141,680
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34-96 PUD FORMED/PROPERTY TAX LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,442 19.98
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 113,904 80.02
Total . . . . . . . . . 142,346
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34-81 HILLSBORO SCHOOL TAX QUESTION
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,933 37.64
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,430 62.36
Total . . . . . . . . . 34,363
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3-155 LAKE OSWEGO SCHOOL LEVY RENEWAL
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 55.91
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 44.09
Total . . . . . . . . . 93
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5-129 SCAPPOOSE SCHOOL TAX QUESTION
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 34.48
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 65.52
Total . . . . . . . . . 29
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34-87 TIGARD-TUALATIN SCHOOL TAX
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,343 49.87
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,414 50.13
Total . . . . . . . . . 26,757
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3-140 WEST LINN-WILSONVILLE SCHOOL LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 57.27
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 42.73
Total . . . . . . . . . 110
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34-94 TVF&R LOCAL OPTION LEVY RENEWAL
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 77,289 69.96
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,189 30.04
Total . . . . . . . . . 110,478
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34-80 BANKS CITY LAW ENFORCEMENT LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 48.88
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 51.12
Total . . . . . . . . . 491
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34-84 BANKS CITY PARK MAINTENANCE LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 38.11
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 61.89
Total . . . . . . . . . 488
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34-89 CORNELIUS CITY BOND AUTHORIZATION
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 464 25.73
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,339 74.27
Total . . . . . . . . . 1,803
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34-97 FOREST GROVE CITY LIBRARY LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,365 47.31
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,634 52.69
Total . . . . . . . . . 4,999
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34-90 HILLSBORO CITY LIBRARY BOND
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,411 48.27
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,158 51.73
Total . . . . . . . . . 21,569
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34-91 KING CITY POLICE SERVICES LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,009 70.46
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 423 29.54
Total . . . . . . . . . 1,432
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34-88 NORTH PLAINS CITY POLICE SERVICES
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 37.25
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 379 62.75
Total . . . . . . . . . 604
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34-99 SHERWOOD CITY ANNEX 11.83 ACRES
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,187 67.52
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,533 32.48
Total . . . . . . . . . 4,720
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34-100 SHERWOOD CITY ANNEXATION QUESTION
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,260 25.96
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,594 74.04
Total . . . . . . . . . 4,854
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34-98 TIGARD CITY (AREA) ANNEX BULL MT.
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,908 65.26
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,275 34.74
Total . . . . . . . . . 15,183
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34-98 TIGARD CITY ANNEX BULL MT. (AREA)
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 406 11.40
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,154 88.60
Total . . . . . . . . . 3,560
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34-92 TUALATIN CITY LIBRARY & PARK BONDS
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,502 51.31
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,323 48.69
Total . . . . . . . . . 6,825
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34-93 TUALATIN CITY LIBRARY & PARK TAX
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,901 42.80
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,877 57.20
Total . . . . . . . . . 6,778
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3-136 WILSONVILLE CITY CHARTER QUESTION
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 79.71
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 20.29
Total . . . . . . . . . 69
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34-82 BANKS FIRE DIST OPERATIONAL LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,179 53.04
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,044 46.96
Total . . . . . . . . . 2,223
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34-86 GASTON RFPD OPERATIONS TAX
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 595 52.10
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 547 47.90
Total . . . . . . . . . 1,142
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34-85 WASHINGTON COUNTY FIRE DIST 2 LEVY
VOTE FOR 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,830 45.32
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,415 54.68
Total . . . . . . . . . 6,245


02 November 2004

Exit-Poll Data?

I like this quote:
The paid users of exit-poll data have signed a blood oath not to divulge it to unauthorized eyes, and the networks have promised not to call any states before their polls close. But the numbers always leak out to other journalists—such as the writers at Slate—and starting at about 5 p.m. ET or so, the news anchors start giving clues about what they've learned from the exit-poll results.

What really happened?

An old coworker of mine sent me a link to this video. I would recommend everyone watch it and see what you think. Warning, it contains a lot of footage of the 9-11 attacks.

Electoral-Vote.com ran by Andrew Tanenbaum!

Following a link on Slashdot, I checked out the electoral-vote.com "Votemaster FAQ".

Apparently, it is Andrew Tanenbaum's personal project! Ok, ok, many of you have no idea of who that is... I know that saying that I own a few of his books -- or that the college requires a few of his books -- wouldn't help. How about this. He wrote Minix which is what Linux was originally based off? Does that help?

He has some really good comments about what the world thinks of the US (because he is abroad) as well as this little comment that is OH so tempting:

Many people have told me that if [insert name of candidate] wins or there is a draft, they are going to leave the country. If you really mean it and are interested in getting a Masters degree in Computer Systems, you might consider a Masters program I am running. It focuses on operating systems, networks, distributed computing, parallel computing, grids, multiagent systems and other systems areas. Knowledgeable observers consider my group to be one of the top three systems groups in Europe. The program is entirely in English and we have students from all over the world. It is also relatively cheap as Masters programs go. Tuition is about $1800 per year for residents of the European Union and about $6000 per year for everyone else. Why is it so cheap? Because taxes are high here (the top rate is 52%) and education is subsidized by the government. Republicans and Democrats are equally welcome, provided they are smart and work hard. Admission is competitive.
For information about the masters, click here.

Election?

Well, it's that time again.

Everyone who would probably read this probably already knows I am voting for Kerry. Not because I like him (I don't), but because I hate Bush. I considered voting for a third party, but to be honest, I just really wanted to vote NOT-Bush, and voting 3rd party doesn't do that (since we don't use Instant Runoff Voting).

The thing is, this is the first presidential election I have voted in. I was going to vote back when Clinton was first elected, but unfortunately, he was named the winner when we still had 10 hours left to vote (California), so there was no point. Funny thing is, they showed him loosing the popular vote when he won. Of course, when Bush Jr became president, the same thing happened.

After Clinton won, I started doing research, and learned how little my vote really mattered. This country is NOT a democracy, it is a representative republic. What does that mean? That means that not a single person reading this actually voted for Kerry or Bush -- they voted for the Democratic or Republic Slate of Electors. I don't know about other states, but in Oregon the bubble was actually next to the name of the party. As such, it was very difficult for me to decide to vote -- and even more difficult to not vote for someone I like.

So, here's the kicker. I am hoping that Kerry wins the popular vote by like 15%, but is NOT named President.

Why? So that people will open their eyes, stand up for what they believe in, and revolt. Ok, so realistically that comment is likely to get Homeland Security to show up at my door -- after all, they evidentally bust people for LiveJournal comments and making toys like Rubix Cubes. But the truth of the matter is that the government no longer represents the people -- that should be obvious from how often large portions of the population rise up in protest. It should also be obvious when you ask someone their opinion of our government, and whether they think it has been corrupted. I think the majority of the population believes that politicians start off trying to do the right thing -- but end up being corrupted.

So, what would a revolution accomplish? It could allow this to once again become a government by the people for the people. It could become a democracy.

In fact, I think that a large portion of our populace believes that a revolution of some sort is necessary, but is afraid that: 1) it can't be done; 2) the government would attack their own people (which we have seen repeatedly by the police force); 3) that it wouldn't do any good because the new people in charge would end up just as corrupt.

These are some interesting points. #1 is a hard one to dispute -- because unless people are willing to try, they are right that it can't be done. #2 is one that has a lot of merit, because we see repeatedly how the police (like the Portland Police Department under Mayor Katz) attacked the public -- I mean, what were cops thinking when they maced that baby?

But #3 is the important one. How is it possible that the people in control do not reflect the will of the people? I mean, that is what is required for corruption, right? It isn't corruption if they actually serve and represent the will of the people? So, how do we stop that? By becoming a real democracy. Let the people's voice DIRECTLY decide. Quit having us vote for people to make the decisions -- because that is what leads to corruption.

This is probably a good time to point out one of Thomas Jefferson's quotes... I grabbed this off of here:

"Societies exist under three forms, sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments, wherein the will of everyone has a just influence; as is the case in England, in a slight degree, and in our States, in a great one. 3. Under governments of force; as is the case in all other monarchies, and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep.

So, let me ask. Which one do you think we fall under now?
1) No government -- I don't think anyone thinks that is us
2) The will of everyone has a just influence -- sure doesn't seem that way, right?
3) Government of force... hmm... I think everyone would agree that is where we are right now. And what did Jefferson say about that type of government (our type)? To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. I think we have seen that.

Ok, quite a few more quotes from that link... I will boldface some parts that caught my attention.


"A single good government becomes... a blessing to the whole earth, its welcome to the oppressed restraining within certain limits the measure of their oppressions. But should even this be counteracted by violence on the right of expatriation, the other branch of our example then presents itself for imitation: to rise on their rulers and do as we have done." --Thomas Jefferson to George Flower, 1817. ME 15:141

"We surely cannot deny to any nation that right whereon our own government is founded, that every one may govern itself according to whatever form it pleases and change these forms at its own will... The will of the nation is the only thing essential to be regarded." --Thomas Jefferson to Gouverneur Morris, 1792. ME 9:36

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." --Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:429

"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery." --Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America, 1774. (*) ME 1:193, Papers 1:125

"When patience has begotten false estimates of its motives, when wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality." --Thomas Jefferson to M. deStael, 1807. ME 11:282

"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson: his motto.

"If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence." --Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813. ME 13:430

"The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations are removed." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Religion, 1776. Papers 1:548

"As revolutionary instruments (when nothing but revolution will cure the evils of the State) [secret societies] are necessary and indispensable, and the right to use them is inalienable by the people." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1803. FE 8:256

"If the appeal to arms is made, it will depend entirely on the disposition of the army whether it issue in liberty or despotism." --Thomas Jefferson to Edward Rutledge, 1788.

"War... is not the most favorable moment for divesting the monarchy of power. On the contrary, it is the moment when the energy of a single hand shows itself in the most seducing form." --Thomas Jefferson to Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, 1788. ME 7:115


Ok, ok. I know it is a lot of quotes. I have never felt very patriotic (considering how the U.S. usually behaves as schoolyard bullies in the international arena), but reading Thomas Jeffersons quotes make me feel like perhaps I am more patriotic than those flag-waving politicians that are leading this country.