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New Treatment From Australia For All Cancers

Samrobb Re:What is this stuff? (217 comments)

Wouldn't it be ironic if the cure for cancer was bruised moldy tomatoes?

Ridiculous. Next you'll be claiming that moldy bread is a cure for bacterial infections.

about a year and a half ago

Louisiana Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

Samrobb Why is this under "hardware"? (691 comments)

Oh - it was posted by kdawson. Nevermind.

more than 4 years ago

SETI Is 50 Years Old; No Sign of ET

Samrobb Re:Fermi Paradox anyone?? (454 comments)

And I'm sure that Mr. Carr was just as guilty of ripping someone elses (Von Neumann's?) ideas as well.

As far as I know, the classic "machines killing everything" stories are Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series. His first Berserker collection was published in 1967. "Lungfish" didn't appear until 1982, so it's a good bet that Mr. Carr was inspired by Saberhagen.

more than 4 years ago

Infinity Ward Lead Developers Axed Unexpectedly

Samrobb Re:Good. (276 comments)

Unless their contracts are really odd, there will be some sort of compensation associated with the non-compete clasue... so, if they do have that kind of contract, they should end up getting paid for those six months of doing nothing.

Nothing, that is, except consider the next game they will start to build for somebody other than Activision, once those six months are up.

So, basically, Activision is kick starting their competition.

more than 4 years ago

Two Earth-Sized Bodies With Oxygen-Rich Atmospheres

Samrobb Re:nomenclature (111 comments)

Ach! Waily, waily! 'Tis the Tappin' o' th' Feet next!

more than 5 years ago

What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

Samrobb Re:Another Name to Consider (1021 comments)

On the science fiction front, I'll second Brown. He also has the advantage of having written several outstanding short stories. Speaking of short stories... I'd recommend including "A Martian Odessey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum, as well as "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" and "The Twonky" by Henry Kuttner.

For mid-length reads, "The Big Front Yard" and... well, pretty much anything else by Clifford D. Simak.

Veer off into some Niven; his Gil Hamilton short stories, ("Death by Ecstasy" or "The Patchwork Girl"), and explore some of his Draco Tavern vignettes. Those last are probably short enough for in-class readings, even.

more than 5 years ago

VA Mistakenly Tells Vets They Have Fatal Illness

Samrobb Re:First Hand Experience (108 comments)

As someone involved with a private health care organization that has regular, extensive contact with the VA, and as someone who's dealt with INS on several different occasions for personal and work-related issues, I'll state the following for all the people arguing for/against public health care:

The standard of service you get from government agencies can vary from horrible to outstanding, depending on the type of people involved in any particular organization. Our local INS office, for example, gets a *lot* of praise from people who've had to deal with them. Likewise, our local VA organization gets an awful lot of praise from the people who deal with them day in and day out, both administrators and patients.

That's because in both cases, there are people in those offices who are willing to go to great lengths to deal with the truly, amazingly, horrible services (or lack of services) offered by *other* government offices. I'm talking about payments from the VA for services rendered being nearly 6 months in arrears, not because of any problems with billing, but because (a) someone went on vacation for a month, then (b) we never received the paperwork, then (c) oh, yeah, we really did get the paperwork, but we need you to send us new invoices because these are three months out of date now! Then lather, rinse, repeat.

All in all, you can get great service from the government, and horrible service from the private sector. You are far more likely to get horrible service from the government, and great service from the private sector... because when you're dealing with the private sector, you have an 800 lb gorilla (the government, via laws and regulations) in your corner. Going the other way... it's just you, vs. the 800 lb gorilla, and good luck if he decides that what *you* want isn't what *he* wants.

more than 5 years ago

F-22 Raptor Cancelled

Samrobb Re:Most deserving (829 comments)

I'm on the board of a private center that caters to veterans with substance abuse and mental health problems. We're a 501(c)3 organization, which put's us squarely in the "private sector" by anyone's reckoning. At least, whenever the *government* has dealings with us, they insist that we're a private sector institution. And yet, somehow, profit is not our primary motivator.

Your leap from "private sector" directly to "publicly-held companies" is incorrect. From age 6 onwards, not one of the private schools I attended - all the way through college - were "publicly-held companies". The school my girls attend right now is a private institution, and it isn't a publicly-held company either.

The hospice my mother volunteers at isn't a publicly-held company. Nor is the extremely long-lived local athletic association that my father and brothers all invest their time in. The hospital that a good friend of mine is at right at this moment, in fact, is a private institution, but is not publicly-held. Same goes for my credit union. All of these organizations are concerned with funding, finances, and operating costs... but it is not their primary and stated purpose for existing.

If you think that "not government" automatically means "motivated solely by profit", then you really need to get off your butt and take a look at all the organizations around you, and understand that there are already well known and well understood ways of getting big things done without involving the government and without making profit the primary motivating factor in a private institution.

more than 5 years ago

How Comic Fans & Shops Are Stereotyped

Samrobb Re:Human Nature (387 comments)

Gentlemen, gentlemen! Please, let us put aside our differences of opinion and unite in pursuit of that which we can all agree upon... mocking furries.

more than 5 years ago

High-Tech Start-Ups Put Down Roots In New Soil

Samrobb Re:Look At Pittsburgh, Though (141 comments)

Not to mention robotics, file systems and a few other areas - seems to be a nice intersection of hardware + software expertise in the area.

more than 5 years ago

High-Tech Start-Ups Put Down Roots In New Soil

Samrobb Re:Plus... (141 comments)

Likewise. Wish I had mod points to give you a "+1, Insightful" :-)

more than 5 years ago

New York Times Wipes Journalist's Online Corpus

Samrobb Re:And THIS, dear-readers, is why paper will win (94 comments)

Fahrenheit 451:

Only six weeks ago, I discovered that, over the years, some cubby-hole editors at Ballantine Books, fearful of contaminating the young, had, bit by bit, censored some 75 separate sections from the novel. Students, reading the novel which, after all, deals with the censorship and book-burning in the future, wrote to tell me of this exquisite irony.

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Discover Exoplanet Less Than Twice the Mass of Earth

Samrobb Re:Extraterrestial life (201 comments)

Sadly, mankind won't be ever capable of communicating with such a distant places.

Did you even bother to read the summary? The star is about 20 light years away. That's a 20-year round trip for radio communications, sure... but we are currently capable of communicating with "such a distant places" (sic). We have been for the better part of a half a century.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

Samrobb Re:Unexplained Achievement "The Maker"? (1582 comments)

There should be a "Patient" achievement for waiting more than a minute for the comment preview to actually show you a preview...

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

Samrobb Re:Unexplained Achievement "The Maker"? (1582 comments)

AH. Missed one. However, this article apparently doesn't count for the "April Fools Day" achievement.

more than 4 years ago

If We Have Free Will, Then So Do Electrons

Samrobb Re:That's rich. (610 comments)

Seriously, this whole free will debate is pointless.

Of course, you couldn't help but say that.

more than 5 years ago

Home Science Under Attack In Massachusetts

Samrobb Re:Texas Is Not a Very Red State (1334 comments)

Are we looking at the same numbers? Because the references I quoted you pretty much disagree with your statements. For the record, from the wikipedia article on the 1964 CRA:

Totals are in "Yea-Nay" format:

The original House version:[9]

        * Democratic Party: 152-96 (61%-39%)
        * Republican Party: 138-34 (80%-20%)

The Senate version:[9]

        * Democratic Party: 46-21 (69%-31%)
        * Republican Party: 27-6 (82%-18%)

The Senate version, voted on by the House:[9]

        * Democratic Party: 153-91 (63%-37%)
        * Republican Party: 136-35 (80%-20%)

Ok. Tell me how 80% of a party voting for the 1964 Civil Rights Act is, in fact, "opposing civil rights"?

As for the "lying Republicans like you" comment - frankly, I'm disgusted. I've cited facts and figures from a (famously) unbiased source, and yet, you still insist that I am the one who's making things up?

As for your ad hominem attacks... you apparently have zero knowledge of me, or my personal views or beliefs, other than that I'm an avowed Republican. And yet, based solely on that one choice - my political party - you have the unmitigated gall not only to judge and condemn me, but to do so based off of your inference of my beliefs? Isn't that the very definition of prejudice?

You, sir, are not just an ass. You have demonstrated yourself to be a bigot of the worst sort.

more than 6 years ago



Freakonomics Q&A With Bruce Schneier

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Samrobb (12731) writes "In grand /. tradition, the Freakonomics blog solicited reader questions for a Q&A session with Bruce Schneier. Mr. Schneier has responded, and "...his answers are extraordinarily interesting, providing mandatory reading for anyone who uses a computer. He also plainly thinks like an economist: search below for "crime pays" to see his sober assessment of why it's better to earn a living as a security expert than as a computer criminal.""

Sun Enters the Commodity Silicon Business

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Samrobb (12731) writes "According to Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, Sun has decided to release its UltraSPARC T2 processor under the GPL. According to Schwartz, "We're announcing the fastest microprocessor we've ever shipped this week — delivering 89.6 Ghz of parallel computing power on a single chip — running standard Java applications and open source OS's. Simultaneously, we've said we're entering the commodity marketplace, and opening the chip up to our competition... To add fuel to the fire, the blueprints for our UltraSPARC T2... the core design files and test suites, will be available to the open source community, via its most popular license: the GPL.""
Link to Original Source



INS Absurdity

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

My three daughters were born in China, so this story of gross incompetence and arrogance strikes close to home:

Sandi Sheldon and her husband traveled to China to adopt their daughter Hannah. After finalizing the adoption, her husband was hospitalized, and then died of complications related to his diabetes. This is a horrible situation, to be sure, but is made even worse by the fact that the US consulate in Guangzhou is now refusing to issue her daughter an entry visa for the US. The consulate insists that she must submit new visa paperwork, and says that they cannot make any guarantees that the visa for her new daughter (which was already approved once) will actually be approved again.

More details available here.

The family is asking for assistance in the matter - a call to Sandi's representatives in the House and Senate. Many times, in situations like this, the only thing that results in any real activity to resolve the issue is pressure from an elected official. If your a US citizen, and you have the time to read up on the story, please take a few minutes more to contact Sandi's representatives and your own representatives to let them know you expect to see this issue resolved quickly.


Technical books for Vanuatu

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Via the Geek Etiquette blog, I came across a link to a request for donations of "gently pre-loved technical books" to help the he local IT users group of Vanuatu build a lending library. The island nation of Vanuatu is, as the request states, "a bloody long way from anywhere", and technical books are hard to find.

Over the past few months, I've been eying my shelves, and thinking that it was time to cull the herd anyways. I usually end up taking a box or two down to the local library; in that case, one or two books may make it onto the shelves, while the rest end up occupying space until the next used-book sale fund raiser. While I don't begrudge the library my modest contribution, this time around I think I'll ship my "pre-loved" technical books off to someone who will really appreciate them.

Update: More detailed information can be found on the Technical Books For Vanuatu wiki page at Infotrope.


Timster's Law

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Laws of Slashdot #21 - proposal of Timster's Law:

In every argument about the iPod, someone will eventually resort to bringing up a product that is not available, either because it was discontinued or hasn't been released.


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - which one are you?

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I was thinking about non-technical interview questions for software developers this morning, and came up with the above. I'll freely admit that, in and of itself, it's a useless question. So someone says, "I'm a tinker!" - great. Why would you say that you're a tinker, a tailor, a soldier, or a spy? How would you map these arbitrary labels onto software development? What does your choice say about your thought processes, development persona and perceptions?

Is a tinker a one-shot, McGyver-type developer, or the mecahnic that can patch together a solution to just about any problem? Is a tailor someone who crafts elegant, personalized solutions, or someone who takes off-the-shelf components and cuts them to fit? When you think of soldier, do you think of someone doing their job and following orders, or a scout sent to search out the enemy and find a path for others to follow? Is a spy someone who examines competing products, or who researches upcoming technologies that might impact your development team?

What are you - tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy?

Are there any other interview questions of this sort that you've encountered or that you like to ask when you're on the other side of the table?


82 Blogs and Nothing Is On

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

After adding yet another bookmark to my "Once a Day" reading list, I realized that my daily online reading list was getting long. Adding it up, there are 82 sites a day that I hit regularly to check out for news on various topics.

Eighty-two sites.

Granted, about half of those sites are webcomic-related. Others are sites that I may check on a daily basis, but which generally don't have daily updates. Still... that's an awful lot of information to peruse throughout the course of the day. Especially when you consider that a lot of the blogs I read are aggregators (reddit, /., overlawyered, groklaw, etc.) that inevitably lead me off into the hinterlands of the web where I find yet more interesting blogs to monitor...

So, here's my question: how much online reading do you do each day? Am I a typical web-geek, bopping from blog to blog during the course of the day, or am I a budding info-junkie?


Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter, and year to come

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 8 years ago The title says it all, really.


"Today I are a kernel hacker!"

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The very first patch I ever submitted to an open source project was in August of 1998. It was a patch to Apache to allow execution of extensionless CGI executables under Windows. It was initially accepted, but then backed out rather quickly because it was horribly broken... but it was accepted, if ever so briefly. It was a really kind of cool.

The overall experience was a good one for me, despite the eventual rejection of the patch. It was obviously enough of an encouragement to keep me going. In the intervening years, I've had submitted patches to a bunch of different projects, with varying degrees of success. Most of them have been relatively minor; but I've tried to (and in most cases, succeeded in) making improvements to things like buildroot, CDT, cygwin, Eclipse, e2fsprogs, and even (once) glibc. Some were minor, some were more significant. All were, effectively, fueled by that first good patch submission experience with the Apache folks.

It's always a nice thing to see a patch accepted, particularly if it means that the problem it addresses will go away in the next release :-) On the other hand, up until this point, I'd never had the chance for a real patch thrill. You know what I mean, right?

Yep - the big kahoona.

The linux kernel .

OK, so the patch I submitted really isn't a kernel patch. It's a patch to the kernel build files.

OK, OK - it's not even a patch to the kernel build files. It's a patch to the kernel configuration utility build files. An itty-bitty little one, at that. Hardly worth noticing, really. Fixes a corner case that only one person in a million will ever encounter.

Except Andrew Morton has picked it up for his -mm tree.

I'm older and wiser than I was in 1998. I like to think that I've learned from my past mistakes. I tested this patch in more ways than one, so I'm fairly sure it won't break things at all, let alone horribly. Still, you can never be sure. Even if it does get backed out for some weird reason... I'll still know that I was good enough to identify the problem, come up with a fix, put together a patch and explain that patch well enough to get it into the pipeline for someone to look at.

Yah, I realize I'm not a real kernel hacker. I work with guys who are, and I know I'm not even in the ballpark on this one compared to some of the things they deal with every day. But I'm a step closer than I was yesterday, and who knows what I'll be doing in a couple of years?

Maybe by then, I really will be able to say "I am a kernel hacker." Now that would be kind of cool.


fm6's Law Of Information Costs

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The Laws of Slashdot #20 - first sighting of fm6's Law Of Information Costs:

One of the primary advantages of computer technology is that it reduces the cost to access information. Originally stated as, "technology delivers information cheaper."


Irregular conjugations

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I was just reading through this story, and while I'm normally not a grammar Nazi, I felt the overwhelming need to explain the following over and over again as I read the comments about the article. Rather than make two dozen individual posts, I decided to vent my annoyance here...

  • The past tense of pay is paid, not "payed".
  • The past tends of spend is spent, not "spended".

There is a standard ./ objection to grammar corrections that goes something like "Hey, you know, not all /. posters are native English speakers!" Before you raise this argument, please go and read the comments attached to the article. The majority of the posts that used the incorrect past tense of these verbs came from individuals that are otherwise quite capable in their use of the English language (including English idioms). It baffles me how someone can properly spell "compliance" and yet not know the proper past tense for simple verbs that are used in everyday conversation.

I'll stop now. If I don't, I'll be back to lambasting people for using "rediculous" instead of "ridiculous"...


Yahoo's Law Of Financial Scalability

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm departing from my usual criteria for recording a /. "rule" here. While reading an article talking about Key Advantages of Open Source Software, I came across this thread. There was discussion within that thread of a concept which was interesting enough that, even though there was no explict mention of a "law", I felt really should be recorded as one. So, with that, I submit...

The Laws of Slashdot #17: Yahoo's Law of Financial Scalability :

Oracle may scale well technologically, but it doesn't scale financially.

Or, as the original poster put it:

I guess cost does matter as you scale up.


My guilty little literary secret

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've been reading SF for as long as I can remember. Since early childhood, certainly. My dad is a big SF fan, and I grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Simak, collections of Nebula Award winners and other short stories anthologies. I've always enjoyed good SF, whatever the genre. The only thing I've steered clear of was... well, you know... those titles. The "property" books. The ones based on some TV show, or some movie, or meant to tie into the Amazing Launch (TM) of some Game Company's (C) Big New Thing (C)(TM)(Patent Pending).

Which is where my guilty secret comes in.

A while back, I picked up a book by Sandy Mitchell, "For the Emperor". Looked like a good ol' book, really. Military SF, which was cool - just what I was in the mood for. It was even in the normal SF section, with the real authors, not stuck at the end of the shelves in the regular "property" series ghetto.

Then I realized I was holding a Warhammer 40K book. One of those books.

I put it back with its brethren. It must have been misfiled, right? It was in with the real books, after all. Instead, I picked up something else that day. But, for whatever reason, I kept on seeing that title whenever I was in the bookstore over the next couple of weeks, and, well, one thing led to another, and, um...

... I bought it.

I figured even if it had cruddy writing, cardboard characters and a lousy plot, it would still be more enjoyable than doing something like real work. Right?

OK, so I admit it - I was a snob. I was embarassed to buy it. I wanted to stop and explain to the cashier that this wasn't something I'd normally buy, but to do that, I would have had to make eye contact, so I didn't. I mean, here I am, I go to the bookstore, I come out with an armload of graphic novels, comic strip collections and SF/Fantasy without batting an eye - I like it, I know it's good stuff, even if I get an odd look from the older cashier every once in a while (particularly when buying a couple of graphic novels with an embedded systems book and a theology text. That raises eyebrows in an amusing way.)

That's not the point of this, though. Buying a book - even one of "those" books? That's not my guilty secret.

My guilty secret is that I liked it. It was a good book. Well, no. That's not quite right. It was a freakin' great book. Oh, not in the sense of "The Fool's War" or "A Deepness in the Sky" or anything else like that. It wasn't an earth-shaking, mind-altering experience. It was just a well-written, entertaining military SF book. Decent plot, great characters, interesting scenario.

So I went out looking for, and found another book by Mitchell - "Caves of Ice". Antother novel about Commisar Caiphas Cain, the protagonist from "For the Emperor". Bought it, read it in one sitting. Started looking for other novels by Mitchell - Warhammer 40K or otherwise. He was a pretty good writer, after all - not his fault that he was writing those kind of books. He still spun out a pretty good story.

My problem at this point, see, was that I was starting to browse the bookstore shelves where they kept those books. I was just looking for something else by Mitchell, really. No interest at all in any of the other junk down there - I mean, I got lucky with Mitchell, but how likely is it that I... would find... something... else...

What I found was the omnibus collection of three books by Dan Abnet, titled "Eisenhorn". Also set in the Warhammer 40K universe, they tell a good part of the story of Gregor Eisenhorn, Imperial Inquisitor, servant of the Eternal Emperor of Terra. These books weren't as good as Mitchell's; if anything, they were better. After reading "Eisenhorn", I went out and picked up a couple of other Abnet books - "Ravenor" and "Ravenor Returned", stories about Gregor Eisenhorn's protege, the Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor. Each book is better than the last, with deeeper characterization and more intricate plotting, so Abnet is obviously improving as a writer. He's managing to turn out some awesome tales.

"Ravenor Returned" is the second of a trilogy, so it looks like I'm going to have to fill in the time waiting for the third book with some additional reading. By "additional reading", of course, I mean more Warhammer 40K books. I'm absolutely hooked. I'll probably start with Abnet's series about the Tannith First and Only. After I get through those, well, there are a number of other authors writing stories set in the same universe. Maybe I'll stick with tales of the Inqusition, or branch out and read some of the stories about the the Deathwatch capters of the Adeptus Astartes, or pick up one of the novels about the Adeptus Mechanicus. There are quite a few options available, and I'm feeling lucky - I'm batting a thousand so far, after all. I still suspect that there are some real stinkers in the bunch - there always are - but at least for now, Sturgeon's law seems to be temporarily held in abeyance, and I'm really, really, really enjoying the reading.

It's nice to be able to make eye contact with the cashiers at the bookstore again, too.


Dossiers and Daughters

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  about 10 years ago

Two entries in one day. Wow. I'm almost blogging.

Words have different meanings to different types of people. Mention "dossier" to a 60's-era activist, and they probably have images of a dusty manila folder being studied by The Man. Mention "dossier" to me, on the other hand, and I immediately think of baby girls.

That's part and parcel of having adopted children. My two girls - who are, by the way, the two most absolutely beautiful and wonderful girls in the whole world (of course) - were born in China, and each was adopted at the age of about 9 months.

Why mention this now? Well... yesterday, our dossier was shipped out to the PRC by our adoption agency. This is the packet of paperwork that goes to China in order to start their end of the adoption process. Putting it together this third time around was a bit easier, but it's still an amazingly annoying, slow, and frustrating process to assemble all the paperwork.

Making sure all the i's are dotted, all the t's are crossed, getting everything notarized thrice over, getting it translated. You end up putting three copies of everything in your dossier in three seperate physcial locations (including a safe-deposit box!) because of the way the timing works out. See, by the time you've got your dossier assembled and ready to send to the adoption agency for translation, your daughter-to-be is probably about to be born, or has just been born... and by the grace of God and all that is holy and good, you will not miss going to get your daughter because someone managed to loose or misplace even a single scrap of paper.

That's what we've done already. Get this notarized; check that for spelling errors; call the agency about the home study update. With all that completed... now the waiting starts. We've been praying for our new daughter every night for the last 6 months, but at least there was always something we had to do, something we could do. Now it's entirely out of our hands. It's frustrating, nerve wrackingly so at times. When the waiting gets bad, all I can do is look at my two daughters and remember how hard it was to wait for them; how perfect everything was when I first held them in my arms; and how every delay and hiccup that occured while we were waiting for them was instrumental in making sure that the children God intended for us ended up in our care.

All we can do now is wait, and pray. God bless you, mei-mei. May He keep you from being cold, or hungry, or lonely. May He keep you safe, and warm, and give you someone to care for you and cuddle you, until your forever Mama and Dada can come to China to make you part of our family.


Praise for Speakeasy

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  about 10 years ago

Just got off the phone with the customer support at Speakeasy. I didn't call them about a technical problem - I've only had two trouble tickets with them in almost three years of service. No, I just called to check on their current options and see if they had anything a little more cost-effective than my current plan.

You would not believe how polite and helpful these folks were. Five minutes time, and they knocked $30/month off my bill.

I've always recommended Speakeasy because I've been impressed with their technical service and support. (I'm sure that there are some folks who aren't, but my personal experience with them has been outstanding.) Now, on top of that, they were willing to help me figure out how to pay them less money for the same service I've been getting over the past couple of years.

Wow. My only regret is that I didn't call them about this sooner.


Blakey Rat's Law

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  about 10 years ago

The Laws of Slashdot #15 - first sighting of Blakey Rat's Law:

Anybody who brings up Microsoft Bob in a Linux vs. Windows discussion not only instantly ends the discussion, but loses whatever their point of view is.


Why there is *zero* chance of my vote going to Kerry

Samrobb Samrobb writes  |  more than 10 years ago

[This is part of a comment posted earlier today... I have been thinking about this for a bit, and finally took the time to pull some of my thoughts together to explain exactly why I just don't care what Kerry has to say.]

I was once a registered Democrat; I'm now a registered Republican, and I doubt that I'll ever go back to the Democratic ticket. Why? While I was a Democrat, I never had a Republican call me stupid. I never saw conservative think tanks come out with a study showing that my political affiliation implied that I was disconnected from reality. I never had a member of the "other party" refer to me as if I were less than human because my opinions differed from theirs.

As a known conservative, particularly in this election season, I have been on the receiving end of enough hatred, bigotry, and invective directed at me to last a lifetime. Most of it has come from strangers who know nothing about me other than that I'm a registered Republican, which makes me an instant candidate for their own personal two-minute hate. The only "fact" that matters to them is my party affiliation, which they apparently believes gives them the right to be abusive, insulting, and treat me as if I were some sort of sub-human.

So... even if I were convinced that Kerry was a better candidate than Bush, I would be voting against him, purely becuase of his association with such an arrogant, hateful, spiteful, and all-around viscious politcal party.

Mind you, not all Democrats subscribe to this philosophy - thank God for that. So long as that's true, there's still some hope for the party. However, the party in general - and the leadership in particular - has gotten progressively more hateful and viscious over the last 20 years. For me, at least, they have finally reached the point where their actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what they say. Their "facts", opinions, and interpretations are useless to me, becuase before I can even enter into a debate with them, I have to at least implicitly agree to their negative characterization of me and my opinions - because unless I do, they are unwilling to consider my "ignorant" and "uninformed" point of view.

Until the actions of the Democratic party leadership and the rank and file show me that they've lost their penchant for assuming their own inherent superiority, and their relyiance on hate speech and ad homenin attacks instead of rational argument... well, I'm going to be ignoring them. I just don't care what they have to say, because the only way I can hear it is to put up with an earful of hatred and hostility. No thank you.

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