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Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
3:06 pm
Bayh Readies Team for 2008
from www.politicalwire.com

"Bayh Readies Team for 2008
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) "has been maneuvering behind the scenes for months to put the framework for a White House bid in place," Roll Call reports. "With an eye on moving quickly to consolidate his chances of emerging as the Hillary Clinton alternative, Bayh has made a number of notable hires in the past few months"

two words: fuck yeah!
Thursday, January 20th, 2005
1:53 pm
I'm so tired, I just haven't been sleeping well lately. It seems that the best sleep I'm getting is during the day (which isn't really a good thing.) I've been a bit whinier lately, that's something I need to work on (considering that my whining is bad enough.) I guess sometimes I just need someone to listen to my ranting, yet if I open my mouth, I can read the boredom on people's faces. Not political bitching either, just life in general. Fears, angers, questions, and all that good shit.

So this weekend might shape up to be pretty fun. Got a basketball game tonight, followed by hanging out with some friends. Not too sure what's going on tomorrow night, but it seems there's at least one party. Saturday's got another b-ball game and Sunday might be a snowday (which would mean I'd have to go shopping sometime between now and Sunday.)

By the way, in case you're reading this, Maria, I do want to go. I guess I'm just hesitant about going for the first time. I can't really explain this hesitation, but it's always been a problem of mine. But yes, I am very interested in going.

Whatelse is there to talk about? Well, Bush's 2nd term has officially begun, and I can just hope for the best. As long as my party makes some noticeable Senate gains in 2006, I'm happy.

Work has been pretty unproductive lately. I'm showing up earlier (either 9 or 10am), and have finished most of the day's tasks within an hour. I know I'll miss the lack of responsibilities when I graduate, but I can't help but feel guilty; almost like I'm cheating this place.

And school is.... school. Thankfully Math 2 is seeming easy so far, which makes me regret not taking it more seriously back in high school, because I probably could've knocked these requirements out four years ago. I almost fell asleep in my Soc discussion this morning, so I need to redeem myself next week. I don't know if anyone noticed, but I need to read a few articles and make a somewhat noticeable contribution to class next week. As for my Poli Sci class, I question as to whether the Prof is a gay Republican. Maybe I'm just being a bit too harsh on him, but I get that impression. He's definitely lacking in any confidence as a lecturer, and has this disturbing feminine face. Think I'm joking? Ask Jonathan.

Anyway, I guess that's it for now.

Current Mood: sleepy
Monday, January 10th, 2005
11:03 am
I stole this from Pam

You're the Rock Star!
You're the Rock Star!
Take What sort of Hipster are you? today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.</p>
Fuck college, fuck a "real" job! Music is your life! You're a hometown hero! You're in at least two local bands and are thinking of forming a third. You sleep on your friend's couch, eat your friend's food, and borrow your friend's car. You frequent the dark city bars and hang with the other rockers and groupies. You wear dirty jeans, well-worn t-shirts, and your hair is a mess. You're sinister and mysterious and look as if you don't give a shit. You worship the Rolling Stones, MC5, and your older brother's band. You're gonna make it big one of these days, you can just feel it.

Not really true at all, but hey
Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
2:19 am
I'm a driver
I'm a winner
things are gonna change
I can feel it
Saturday, December 18th, 2004
2:00 am
Maloney's is fucking overrated
Monday, November 29th, 2004
1:46 pm
"Hello, Hello, I'm in a place called Vertigo..."
U2's latest album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is not a disappointment at all.

Best tracks:

1. City of Blinding Lights
2. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
3. Yahweh
4. Miracle Drug
5. All Because of You
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
8:49 pm
People need to stop saying and/or typing "woot"

Yeah, I said it
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
10:40 pm
"The conservative movement was first built around a series of ideas and principles -- then they went out and found Reagan to ride that wave into the White House. The Democrats have got some soul-searching to do about what they believe in."

- David Gergen, former adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
1:27 am
I'm trying my best to make a non-political posting
Anyway, I was looking at some pictures from almost a year ago, when Maria & I were gravity bonging. Damn, I had some disgusting sideburns. These shouldn't even count as sideburns... more like large, gross blocks of hair slabbed onto the side of my face.

So let's see...
Fucked up another midterm, waging everything on the final. So, business as usual.

Work is... slow. Note to self: remember to turn in that month's worth of timesheets.

The new U2 album was leaked on the internet this weekend, so that might move the release date up from November 23rd. Potentially, this could mean a bumped release date to as early as this Friday. I'd be an extremely happy individual if I could get my grubby paws on that. I only downloaded one track, a Joshua Tree-esque ballad called Miracle Drug. I refuse to download anymore because personally, I feel purchasing the album is all part of the overall experience. Especially when its your favorite band: you can fuck up that memory. The album jacket, the anticipation as each track finishes... just too special of a moment.

Jennifer Tilly was really cracked out on Leno tonight. She wouldn't shut up for shit! But she's got amazing tits, so fair trade, I guess.

Oh yeah, my parents decided to buy a new home in Alhambra. Four bedrooms in total. They sounded really impressed, so hopefully everything turns out alright
Friday, November 5th, 2004
2:35 am
Yes, I'm still thinking ahead to 2008
So as I looked up more info about Evan Bayh, I find that he had a huge reelection victory this week. But he is also very dedicated to pushing the Democrats to a more moderate position. I found this article that mentioned how he was working behind the scenes at this year's convention. It even says he wouldn't have fit in at, what the article calls, "Liberalfest 2004."

He is chairman of the national Democratic Leadership Council, a group that seeks moderate, mainstream and what it calls "progressive" solutions to public policy issues. The group — which helped propel Bill Clinton into the White House — held a number of events at the convention.
At one council luncheon, Bayh talked with fellow Democrats about his plans with two other senators to launch a "Third Way" think tank next fall.
His office is cautious about releasing details. But at the convention, Bayh said the think tank will focus on issues that come before the Senate and look for ways to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats.

"There are a number of us in the Senate who are just sick and tired of gridlock, of the partisanship, of the rigid ideology," Bayh said. "We want a vehicle that will try and break through all of that and make progress and forge consensus. That's what this effort is going to be about."

He's already thinking about reaching out, past the division between liberals and conservatives. That's it, as soon as I hear there's a movement to get him to run, I'm in. I'm dead serious, if he runs, I will work on the campaign.
Thursday, November 4th, 2004
1:49 am
I take back a statement I made
In my earlier rant, I made a crack about Bayh probably not being able to make it through the primaries. I apologize for my ignornance.

The politician I will keep an eye on in the next four year is Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana. Without knowing much about him earlier, I easily wrote him off. However, here's a few things to consider: he was in the running for John Kerry's running mate (it should be noted that Kerry was one of Gore's top 3 VP candidates in 2000.) Bayh has already had his name mentioned as a possible contender, though the articles overshadow him with all the talk about Hillary Clinton. I predict the reshaping of the Democratic party will result in them realizing that she can't win in the south or midwest, even with her husband's help.

Bayh seems to have a lot of the charm John Edwards has. The fact that he is a prominent Senator from a red state shows a lot of promise in winning states that Gore & Kerry failed to do. He also served two terms as governor of Indiana.
From what I've been reading, Bayh is known for his "sleaves rolled-up, working guy appeal." That my friends, is what John Kerry and Al Gore didn't have, and that is what you need to win key states like Missouri, Arkansas, and Iowa... could even make a difference in Texas. As much as it means compromising many of my left-leaning ideals, the Democrats need to push the party back to the center, and find a candidate who has the warmth of Bill Clinton. Bush had a bigger connection because of his "everyman" appeal. Well check out this quote from Bayh's bio: "U.S. Senator Evan Bayh is dedicated to bringing common sense Hoosier Values to our nation's capital."

When you hear people meaning Hillary in 2008, mention Evan Bayh. Look him up, he just may be a step in the right direction in these next four years.


Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
6:08 pm
A long-winded rant about the state of the Democratic party
It goes without saying that I feel disillusioned with the whole voting process. I've seen Bush steal the 2000 election, Schwarzenegger become governor and Bush win in 2004. How in the living hell did the Democrats lose to a man whom the majority of Americans agree to have lost all 3 debates? Pick your issue: war based on false intelligence, the largest job loss since Hoover, letting bin Laden get away, 43 million Americans not having health care. All of that, and the Democrats failed to secure independents and undecideds by narrow margins in key states.

Bush is one of the only presidents to be re-elected with an approval rating below 50. The Democrats can't even blame Nader (with the exception of New Mexico and Iowa.) Now, I'm hearing how Kerry's loss confirms that the Democrats can't win the Presidency without a southern candidate. The last non-southern candidate to win was John F. Kennedy, and the Democrats lost the South after they got mad about the Civil Rights legislation. You can't even say we should have stuck with Howard Dean. The conservatives have succeeded in turning "liberal" into a feared word, and he is almost the definition of the word (unless you count Kucinich.)

So now I'm hearing how the Democrats need to push the party back to the center, as Clinton tried to do. Even worse, many pundits are saying only a conservative Democrat can win in today's America. Then, you hear the talk shows saying maybe it could be John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Evan Bayh or Barrack Obama. They're all fine people, but I could see Bayh failing early in the primaries, and I think Edwards, although I highly admire him, has had some significant damage to his (short) political career.

So we have Hillary and Obama. Let's review yesterday, shall we? The Democrats lost the midwest and south, and exit polls show the most important issue in the key battleground states of that area was "moral values." Based on that data, you cannot win with a black man or a woman. I, personally, wish you could, but that's the harsh truth of the America we live in.

The first step forward would be to start taking back Congress in the 2006 midterm elections... if such a thing is possible. I also feel that many leftist Democrats will feel like outcasts in their party, because the party is now left with doing anything to regain its strength.

I'm not arguing about Bush. Karl Rove did an excellent job of rallying up the conservative base for Bush, hence the high turnout in his favor. Democrats are losing because they don't know what they believe in.
Since Reagan, there's been a Republican revolution that has built an amazingly strong conservative platform. Democrats don't know if they can choose a liberal or moderate ideology. Hence Gore (a southerner who had very Northern ideas) and Kerry (a liberal trying to pass off as a moderate).

James Carville said it best last night: The Democrats have a very short time to look in the mirror, figure out who we are, and find our spokesperson

Kerry & the Democrats' two biggest mistakes:

1. Being positive and not attacking Bush at the convention. Face it, at the GOP Convention, Zell Miller and Cheney did some serious damage. Very stupid on the DNC's part

2. Kerry staying silent during August, not fighting against the Swift Boat ads until September. I mean, these were people that didn't even serve on his boat. He just let that (and the Unfit for Command book) do an even bigger amount of damage, which helped the GOP plan for their attacks on him at the convention.

McAuliffe, Joe Lockhart & Mary-Beth Cahill showed they don't know how to run a smart campaign, or how to preach to others than the already converted. However, I do think the defeat of Tom Daschele might be the beginning of a serious rebuiding. The Democrats need to over turn things in 2006, just as Newt Gingrich did for the Republicans in 94. In the Senate, Nevada's Harry Reid says he's ready to take control of the minority. I think that's a key state to bring out a prominent Democrat. It will also be interesting to see what kind of a profile builds up now that he's in the Senate

Current Mood: disappointed
Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
5:29 pm


Is that too much to ask?
1:21 am


Is that too much to ask?
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
10:51 pm
Tomorrow begins the first day of my final year in college. I can't say I'm expecting it to be much more different than any other year, with the exception of having more friends of drinking age. The upcoming year will probably go by faster than usual, and I will be moving out of the apartment faster than I can imagine. Tomorrow, Thursday, will resemble my most busy days, with me on campus from 12:30-5pm. I will probably go back to my job at Anderson because change scares me, or I'm lazy, take your pick. I'll also probably start going to the gym again because I've gained weight since I stopped going. I won't lose an impressive amount of weight, unless I go on some diet which would limit my drinking, but I suppose it will do some kind of improvement. I'd like to think I will meet the girl of my dreams this year, and, in a change of events, she will like me for than a friend. However, that won't happen and I won't try to let it get me down too much. My personal life probably won't amount to much more than hangovers and downloading porn, but let's at least hope it's amazing porn. There, I finally set a goal for my senior year: better porn.

I'm just kidding though, porn won't be a big part of my year. It would take too much time to find some interesting AND worth watching.

Seriously though, less downloading, more filming with hidden cameras. Goal set!

Anyway, as you can tell, I'm still the same pessimist I was at the end of last year. Not much has changed. I don't really have any juicy stories to share, or deep thoughts to look back on years from now. Wait... actually there are a few stories I "could" share, but the people who should know those already do. Summer sucked, but I got a few decent grades. How the fuck did I turn this into a bad porn joke into a summer recap? Talk about lack of continuity.

So tomorrow, back to class, back to work, back to procrastinating, back to pessimism, back to porn. With the exception of work, this upcoming school year is sounding like it will be fairly similar to my summer. Awesome, dude, I'm stoked.

P.S., a note to Senator John Kerry: Don't fuck up tomorrow. It will change the course of the election, the future of the country, and the rest of your professional life.
1:06 am
Ever feel that you're running on your own frequency and that everyone else has left you behind?
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
4:26 pm
you are darkslateblue

Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.
the spacefem.com html color quiz
Tuesday, May 11th, 2004
9:20 am
Duck Tales
Like money? Good. Your cartoon is Duck Tales. You
may be grumpy and old, but you have a lot of

Which '80s Cartoon are You?
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Thursday, May 6th, 2004
1:04 am
stolen from pam
BILL! (Snake Charmer)

You're Bill! I love you! Anyways, you're skilled in the art of manipulation. You're very strong, talented, powerful, and witty. You don't seem to have any real sense of morality, and you only let your kindness show around a select handful of people (mostly Kiddo and B.B). You do have some regret for the horrible things you've done, but won't let it interefere with your life. You respect your opponents, and you generally believe in fair game.

Kill Bill: Which Deadly Viper Assassin Are You? (Vol. II spoilers... results with pics)

Monday, May 3rd, 2004
11:36 am
Schizotypal:Very High
Avoidant:Very High
Dependent:Very High

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