Monday, 23 October 2006

Let us party like we did in 2000 and 2004.. It has started already

I live in Palm Beach County Florida where we started early voting today.
 
My wife and I arrived at one of 10 voting venues to vote at 11:30am.
 
When we arrived there were 10 people sitting alongside a wall waiting to vote. It was a narrow hallway, thus they were sitting.
 
We were told immediately that it would take 45 minutes to 1 hour to vote.
I tried to contain my temper and asked, "but there are only 10 people here how can it take that long". To which I was answered: "The computers aren't working right".
This started a yelling and screaming match from the people who were politely sitting.
I said I do not want to wait that long, it defeats the purpose of early voting and how can
the machines be down already.
I called my local congressman here in Florida and within minutes they were on the phone to the polling station and quickly they announced that if we wanted we could vote on an optical scanning paper ballot that was also the absentee ballot form.
 
My wife and I chose that method and so we were first on line. First on line, First on Line, emphasis with first on line.
 
The people behind the counter and I counted 16 women and 3 men did not know which end was up.  One lady asked for our drivers license, one said it wasn't necessary, finally they took our drivers license and our registration card and asked us to wait.
The people next to me had drivers licenses but no registration cards.  They were never asked for registration cards and they got to vote.
 
After 10 minutes the lady who took our licenses came back to us and said ok, now you have to go outside and wait on line to vote on the machine, as in ONE machine.  We said no no no, we want the paper ballot.  She said, we don't have paper ballots.  Another person behind the counter said, "yes Mary, we are going to give them the absentee ballots which they can either take home or fill out here and give them to us."   It then took another 15 minutes and we were given the absentee ballot.  Getting the absentee ballot was very scary because I watched as the women looked at our pct # and then went over to a huge file that had more than 200 little "cubby holes".  She began to select one from many many of these cubbies that supposedly match my pct.   How do I tell if it is right and they simply said, "it is right".
 
We received the ballots with a combination of Spanish and English on every page. Quite annoying to find what the heck we were to do.
 
On our ballot we saw a few people who were running unopposed with a line below that said write in.  However, my congressman is running unopposed and his name is not listed at all and I immediately asked why is that?    There was not a single person who could answer the question.  Once again I picked up the phone and called my congressman who told me that because he is unopposed and there are no right ins, he is not listed.  Does that make sense to you? Why are there no right ins for him while there are for other unopposed people.  By that time the people at the polling place had called someone on their own and they told me the same thing.  I asked them why some write ins and some not?   By then they were exasperated with me and said they just don't know.  We filled out our ballots sealed them and kissed them goodbye, hoping that they are counted. 
 
This is only voting day minus 16 and already there is trouble.
 
barry sinrod  delray beach florida


Media Spin.....One Of Countless Examples.

Ken Berwitz

The headline says:

Bush Chides Father For Election Remarks

So what do you figure you're going to be reading in the body of the article?  Something along the lines of President Bush admonishing his father?  A family feud, either starting or festering?  That certainly is what it communicates to me.

But what does the article actually report?  Well, let's take a look:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush gently admonished his father for saying he hates to think what life would be like for his son if the Democrats win control of Congress in the November 7 election.

It was the latest sign of possible strain in the relationship between the two men.

"He shouldn't be speculating like this, because -- he should have called me ahead of time and I'd tell him they're not going to (win)," a smiling Bush told ABC "This Week" in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

Bottom line:  If you read the headline you learn that there is a problem between the son and the father. If you read the article you find out that the father is worried about what would happen to his son if Republicans lose control of congress and the son assured him he doesn't expect it to happen.  A concerned father and a smiling, reassuring son.

And for good measure they toss in a gratuitous suggestion that this is somehow indicative of a "possible strain in the relationship"?  How contemptibly fraudulent.

The purpose of utter BS like this is to make fools of anyone who doesn't read the article closely.  How?  By implying a familial problem that does not exist.  And before you say "well, they do it to both sides", think very hard about whether you see it done against Democrats.  I did, and I realized that it is vastly more prevalent against Republicans.

When I see other similarly fraudulent "news" I will post it on an "as it comes" basis.  And I guarantee to be an equal opportunity exposer of this garbage, regardless of party.

Actually, I have an even better idea.  If you have examples - against Republicans or Democrats, I don't care which - either post them in the "comments" area below or email them to us at berwitzsinrod@aol.com.  I'll pick out the juiciest and talk about them in future blogs.


Let us party like we did in 2000 and 2004.. It has started already

I live in Palm Beach County Florida where we started early voting today.
 
My wife and I arrived at one of 10 voting venues to vote at 11:30am.
 
When we arrived there were 10 people sitting alongside a wall waiting to vote. It was a narrow hallway, thus they were sitting.
 
We were told immediately that it would take 45 minutes to 1 hour to vote.
I tried to contain my temper and asked, "but there are only 10 people here how can it take that long". To which I was answered: "The computers aren't working right".
This started a yelling and screaming match from the people who were politely sitting.
I said I do not want to wait that long, it defeats the purpose of early voting and how can
the machines be down already.
I called my local congressman here in Florida and within minutes they were on the phone to the polling station and quickly they announced that if we wanted we could vote on an optical scanning paper ballot that was also the absentee ballot form.
 
My wife and I chose that method and so we were first on line. First on line, First on Line, emphasis with first on line.
 
The people behind the counter and I counted 16 women and 3 men did not know which end was up.  One lady asked for our drivers license, one said it wasn't necessary, finally they took our drivers license and our registration card and asked us to wait.
The people next to me had drivers licenses but no registration cards.  They were never asked for registration cards and they got to vote.
 
After 10 minutes the lady who took our licenses came back to us and said ok, now you have to go outside and wait on line to vote on the machine, as in ONE machine.  We said no no no, we want the paper ballot.  She said, we don't have paper ballots.  Another person behind the counter said, "yes Mary, we are going to give them the absentee ballots which they can either take home or fill out here and give them to us."   It then took another 15 minutes and we were given the absentee ballot.  Getting the absentee ballot was very scary because I watched as the women looked at our pct # and then went over to a huge file that had more than 200 little "cubby holes".  She began to select one from many many of these cubbies that supposedly match my pct.   How do I tell if it is right and they simply said, "it is right".
 
We received the ballots with a combination of Spanish and English on every page. Quite annoying to find what the heck we were to do.
 
On our ballot we saw a few people who were running unopposed with a line below that said write in.  However, my congressman is running unopposed and his name is not listed at all and I immediately asked why is that?    There was not a single person who could answer the question.  Once again I picked up the phone and called my congressman who told me that because he is unopposed and there are no right ins, he is not listed.  Does that make sense to you? Why are there no right ins for him while there are for other unopposed people.  By that time the people at the polling place had called someone on their own and they told me the same thing.  I asked them why some write ins and some not?   By then they were exasperated with me and said they just don't know.  We filled out our ballots sealed them and kissed them goodbye, hoping that they are counted. 
 
This is only voting day minus 16 and already there is trouble.
 
barry sinrod  delray beach florida


If you can watch this and vote Republican you deserve whatever life brings you.

Barry Sinrod
 
Republicans.   There are so many things wrong with this administration starting with the lies and lies. But put those aside for now and watch this video ad.
 
The Bush Administration does not believe in Science. They have killed off the hope of millions because of the stance on Stem Cell Research even though the house and the Senate approved it.  W used his only VETO in six years to destroy the hope of my 6 year old granddaughter (she has juvenile diabetes....it can't be cured and she must suffer through it for the rest of her life) and my wife (recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease) will only get worse.
 
If you can rely on the Republicans after you spend 30 seconds watching this. Then you deserve whatever life brings to you regarding your health and that of your loved ones.
 
If it doesn't bring you to tears you are simply just like the administration, destroying America.
 
 
 
Barry Sinrod    Delray Beach Florida  33484

Starbuck Tom I've heard it said that Democrats or more aptly, Liberals, approach policy through emotion as opposed to logic or reason. Sadly, this latest entry on the blog further underscores this point. I agree wholeheartedly that Parkinson's Disease or Juvenile Diabetes are horrible diseases that along with Cancer and MS should be given priority in finding cures. However, Liberals position on the stem cell research issue is completely misleading and, quite frankly, dishonest. First, President Bush vetoed a bill that allowed for FEDERAL FUNDING of stem cell research due to bioethical concerns of creating life only for the purpose of destroying it. Whether or not you agree with the premise that ethics and morality should be equally weighed with POTENTIAL scientific gain does not allow you to completely distort the issue. President Bush is not against federal funding for research with stem cell lines that are already in existence. He is against federal funding to create new stem cell lines with embryos newly created for the purpose of being destroyed for this research. So let's be honest, nothing President Bush has done would keep Merck or Pfizer from researching stem cells. Nothing he has done would keep any pharmaceutical company or scientific research foundation from creating embryos for the purpose of researching them as long as it's not funded by the government. Therefore, the whole premise that now we cannot do stem cell research is a complete lie, and the idea that President Bush is against it is not true. Second, notwithstanding the aforementioned, there is no concrete evidence that stem cell research can lead to the medical breakthroughs oftentimes touted by the Liberal press. It is promising in theory, but there has been no definitive proof that embryonic stem cells, in particular, can cure Parkinson's disease or any other disease. The Liberal media has overstated the promise to deceive the public to think that the cures to these diseases would be imminent. Not quite. Third, and this relates to my first point, there is nothing stopping any rich Liberal mogul from setting up a corporation for the express purpose of embryonic stem cell research. George Soros, Ted Turner, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney and the rest of Hollywood can all use their millions (in the case of Soros, billions) to fund the research themselves. Maybe Jon Corzine could have used his millions for such an unselfish endeavor instead of spending money for the sake of his ego. The hypocrisy here is startling. Hollywood and the Liberal elite want the government to spend the money, but never think about spending their own money directly. If you weighed how vocal Hollywood and the Liberal elite about such issues with the amount they actually spend from their own pockets (related to their net worth), it becomes starkly apparent that they are good at being vocal about spending other people's money. I think Liberal America needs to stop the BS. Stop looking at the government to solve all of our problems. The Liberal elite should put THEIR money where there mouths are. If stem cell research was so promising, don't you think that Merck and all of the other Pharmaceutical companies would be spending their billions on such research instead of waiting for the government to allocate resources. Wouldn't these Pharmaceutical companies spend their billions instead of those STUPID drug commercials that I endure daily. Please, Liberals need to stop lying and distorting the truth about every issue. If they want consensus, that's fine, but for it to work you have to approach each issue honestly and in good faith. Until that happens, this country needs to be guided by, at the very least, a principled man such as President Bush. (10/24/06)


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