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A Thoughtful Excercise Prior to Voting

As we plunge toward the election in three days, the liberal lies, distortions, and misdirection are reaching their pinnacle.

The Democrat emphasis on "Bush lied", "everyone hates the war", "Bush is dumb", "Bush has low approval ratings", "religious right", and other such dreck are a smokescreen that hides the most important issues.

You would think that if it was so important to get Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker of the House, that the Democrats would have her at practically every campaign event, in order to show how great it would be to have her attain that post.

However, what is actually happening is that the Democrats are carefully hiding Nancy Pelosi, because they know that if the voters knew what they were really doing by throwing out their encumbant Republican, they would never vote for the Democrat.

As I documented previously, Nancy Pelosi has opposed every single security measure that has protected us since 9/11.  She has opposed every tax cut that has made our current economy one of the best ever, and has put record numbers of people to work.

It is depressing to read the liberal cadre of people posting here.  I'm not sure if they are fooling themselves, or they have been hoodwinked by the media for so long that they actually start to believe the crap, but whatever the cause there is an utter lack of wisdom and knowledge at work.  It doesn't do much good to bicker over the liberal talking points when we're all dead.

The Excercise

Which leads me to the main point.  I have a simple but effective excercise, which would be a good thing for anyone to go through prior to voting Tuesday.  In order for it to be effective, you need to rid yourself of distractions and take it seriously.

Stay with me; don't scan quickly.

Picture in your mind an atom bomb exploding over whichever major city you can most vividly imagine.  New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, it doesn't matter.  See the explosion.

As the bomb explodes in the heart of the city, imagine what area is included in the radius of destruction that is completely vaporized.  It will be basically a big crater in the ground, with very little in the way of structures; anything left is mostly just assorted rubble.  From the outside looking in, it will look strange to be able to see straight through where all the buildings were previously standing, and see clear through to whatever is on the other side.

Atomic explosions in movies do not really do a good job of showing what it would be like, because they still have recognizable standing structures, and the action of the explosion always happens kind of in slow-motion, as you watch the explosion ripple outwards, blowing things over.  In reality the bomb releases so much power so quickly, that it just instantly vaporizes everything.

Outside the big crater that used to be a bunch of buildings, the zone of destruction will extend in a radius of, say, 25 miles (a circle 50 miles from one side to the other).  So, from the place where the bomb exploded, you could measure 25 miles in any direction, and everything within that circle, is either blown over (like from a Category 5 hurricane), and/or instantly burned to a crisp.  I suppose it would look like the news footage shown on TV after the Mount St. Helens volcano exploded, with every single thing blown over and torched, except the area of destruction would be magnitudes larger than the effects of the volcano.

Outside of the zone of complete destruction, there is still devistation, as if a tornado ripped through, but when most people describe the effects of an atomic explosion they focus on what is vaporized.  This additional desctruction should go into your thoughts as well, and it extends for several more miles.

When an atomic bomb goes off it releases an emormous amount of radiation, so even if you avoid being vaporized, and even if you are outside the zone of destruction, the radiation may cause death in a much, much worse way.  Dying by radiation poisoning is more akin to dying in a chemical weapons attack.  In your mental picture, imagine neighborhood upon neighborhood within the suburban towns surrounding that big city, with every member of each family within the millions of homes there, each with severe radiation poisoning, each doomed -- some quickly, others over weeks or months.  Some weaker cases will just pass on genetic mutations to their future generations, as happened in Chernobyl.  Cases of leukemia will skyrocket.

Then, think about what will happen to our country itself when the dust settles.  In the first year of the explosion.  Two years afterwards.  Five years.  9/11's 3,000 dead will seem insignficant to the 3,000,000 people dead (or more) from the atomic blast.

Any talk of today's society being a "police state" will seem ridiculous by comparison to what we will be forced to become.  After all, we will be talking about the very existence of America, not just preventing terrorism.  If more bombs were to go off, the country itself will start to become uninhabitable from the radiation.  Today's silly debate about whether or not we should listen to terrorists making calls within the United States will cease to become an issue, as all communications will be closely monitored, without regard to the ACLU's complaints.

All of the current debate about whether we should prevent people from streaming over our borders unchecked will seem silly in comparison to the border security and military presence we will implement after the explosion.  After all, the most likely way the bomb was transported into the country was over the border to the North or the South.  We will not be so concerned with a "guest worker program" or protecting the rights of someone who illegally snuck into the country, when we are trying to prevent the extermination of our population.

Now to the last part of this excercise.

In your mind, restore the city back to the way it was before the big explosion.  Restore the neighborhoods, the houses, the familes, and the country itself.

Picture the candidates who are running for the Senate and the House in your district, the people you are sending to Washington, D.C. to be your protectors from this type of disaster.  (This is where a lot of people will just say "Aha! This is where is says vote Republican!" but I'm not doing that.)  I want to you focus on one candidate, and then the other.  Don't compare them, think of them separately.

For each candidate (separately) think about what they have actually talked about as it relates to something that would prevent the atom bomb from being detonated in that city.  Not comments about what they woudn't do, specifically things that they said they would do.

Also, think about things that person has said which you feel would make it more likely for that bomb to be detonated.

You should be asking yourself, how did the bomb get here?  Who did it?  How did we miss it?  What could we be doing to prevent all of those things from happening?

Think about these things in a serious, deliberate manner, as if the weight of the country rests upon your decision.  Because in reality, it does.


  • Pelosi is not hiding - her daughter is expecting a baby any day now.

    By emilyg, at 3:36 PM

  • And the fact that her daughter is pregnant affects her ability to speak how...?   Pardon me for saying so, but that seems a bit silly Emily, even the liberal analysts talk about how she is hiding.

    By Todd, at 7:25 PM

  • Democrats are also conspicuously silent about this article

    "Mideast terror leaders to U.S.: Vote Democrat"

    "Democrats: 'No comment' on terrorists' endorsement
    DNC, Clinton, Pelosi, Kennedy decline
    to discuss jihadists' vote of confidence "

    By konane, at 8:22 PM

  • Put lots of thought into what "hell" the US had had with this past term and a half and no more thoughts will be needed..

    By tntea, at 8:31 PM

  • Nicely put tntea.
    Oh let's face it. We all love our puppet....I mean President Bush no matter how "Dumb" he comes off as. We all love the turmoil the Republicans have plunged us into since getting into office. We would like to see it continue because we just can't stand not having enough of a devious lying group of government workers whose agendas are to make the rich richer (mostly themselves) and the poor poorer.
    You know Todd and Konane, I feel the same way you do about the information you receive as being distorted and misdirected lies.
    I it back and wonder after reading some of you blogs, where do you live and are you not seeing the whole picture.
    Ok, I'm ready for your comments.

    By Litebets27, at 9:05 PM

  • I've made a very systematic, reasonably orderly, logical and easy to follow picture of events and probable outcomes in my blog. Perhaps you might review it because it speaks for itself.

    By the way my posts have limited commentary by me, but feature writers with more resources, more literary credentials than I have. As with all conservative writers who spell their cases out with verification rather than speculation many articles have embedded links which seem to be the internet's version of footnotes. All linked and properly credited for anyone who cares to read further. Apparently many do.

    By konane, at 9:44 PM

  • todd - both times when my daughter was ready to give birth - i was at her side.   actually pelosi is being very smart - let bush do all his last minute push - propoganda.

    By emilyg, at 10:39 PM

  • I hear you emily, but I think it's far-fetched to think the person in line to become the 3rd-most powerful leader in the world in hanging out for the past two weeks at her daughter's house. I feel silly just mentioning it, and I think it's pretty obvious. I would call Nancy Pelosi "clever" rather than smart. George Bush got his education at Yale and Harvard. Where did Pelosi get hers?

    litebets, the problem I have with your post is the same problem as all the other liberals posts by the cadre of liberals here. (I always find it amusing when one of the liberals calls Lottery Post "right wing" -- too funny!) Your post is full of adjectives ("dumb", "rich", "poor", "devious"), but does not contain enough nouns ("FACTS"). In fact, your comment of a few paragraphs does not contain one single fact, just a bunch of stuff like "these people are rotten, those people are rich, those are poor."

    Same goes for the other liberal posts in these wonderful blogs. NO FACTS. If someone would simply prove me wrong by actually digging up a few supporting details (not opinions), maybe we could have a fruitful discussion.

    I see the whole picture just fine. What are you looking at? Where do you live?

    By Todd, at 2:42 AM

  • Todd, regarding the comment about Yale & Harvard - you know very well that IQ and intellect isn't always the reason people get accepted to Ivy League schools. I compare his life to Affirmative Action for the wealthy. I didn't go to some very nice colleges because I didn't have the money and couldn't get a full scholarship. George W. Bush on his SAT scores got 566/verbal and 640/math.   So what does this mean? I didn't get into Yale and got 116 more points on my verbal SAT. My boyfriend in high school got 800 on both SATS and his Aptitude Tests. We both went to U of Mass.

    I've quoted this before, but it's worth repeating:

    "It took his brother, his father, his father's friends, the Florida secretary of state, and the Supreme Court to pull it off. His entire life gives fresh meaning to the phrase 'assisted living'" —Garry Trudeau on George W. Bush, in an interview with the New Yorker

    By justxploring, at 2:49 PM

  • Since I can't edit my comment, I just want to write that I meant to write "I didn't go to Yale" not "I didn't get into Yale."

    By justxploring, at 2:55 PM

  • yale, harvard - great. so what? it;s what you do with your education.    by the way, did you know there are two different sets of grades for bush?

    By emilyg, at 3:18 PM

  • I beg to differ. Nothing Garry Trudeau has to say is "worth repeating". His cartoons are completely humorless, and there is little worthiness in reading biased liberal comments from someone who is obviously bitter that the candidate he supported lost.

    Funny that you talk about IQ not being required to get into Yale, but then you compare SAT test scores as a subtle way of comparing your IQ to George Bush. SAT tests are achievement tests, and have nothing to do with IQ. IQ is a test of potential, not of achievement. I do know a little about this, as I am currently in the process of developing entrance testing crtieria for the gifted and talented program in my school district, and I am on the executive board of gifted and talented Board of Education-sanctioned group.

    You will most likely [predictably] turn around and claim that you did not imply this, or that I missed your point somehow. But lucky for me the comments are not editable, so anyone can see for themselves what you wrote and meant.

    You and your boyfriend both got better SAT scores than both me and George Bush. I'll leave it to others to decide if your SAT test scores make you smarter than George's and my IQ and common sense would indicate.

    By the way, your U Mass remark gives me some insight as to why you are such a liberal. Massachusetts is perhaps the most liberal state in the Northeast, and I can only imagine the indoctrination that takes place at Massachusetts schools. It makes me shudder just to think about it.

    By Todd, at 3:21 PM

  • By the way, my comments were for JE's comment.

    Emily, liberals like to talk about Bill Clinton being a Rhodes Scholar and going to Oxford, but when it comes to talking about a conservative's education, it suddenly becomes unimportant. More typical junk, biased arguments, and people just aren't buying into that horse s. anymore.

    By Todd, at 3:24 PM

  • "Funny that you talk about IQ not being required to get into Yale"

    WHERE DID I WRITE THAT??? Again, you twist words of everyone who disagrees with you. My exact words were "IQ and intellect isn't always the reason people get accepted to Ivy League schools." I never even said I had a high IQ - maybe I do or maybe I don't. The reason we were all forced to take them was because they are used as guidelines to get into a college. All I was saying is that if I had the same test scores & grades, not being from a wealthy family with a father who also attended Yale, I would not have been excepted, and neither would you. YOU ARE THE PERSON who brought up Yale & Harvard. How can you raise a question, use the fact that Mr. Bush attended Yale & Harvard to knock Nancy Pelosi and then when I respond to it, turn the name calling and judging on ME? There is simply no point in commenting because you will say red is a nice color and blue is ugly. Then I will say red is a nice color but I don't think everyone can wear it, and then you will accuse me of leaning toward blue and not liking red when I never said that at all.

    By the way, a professor of George Bush at Philip's Academy said he was flabbergasted when he got into Yale, even with his family ties. In his first year at Yale his grades hovered around the bottom 20% of the student body. When he graduated he ended up with a "C" average with no academic achievements. He even failed baseball. So how did he get into Harvard? There's a huge difference between Clinton who earned a Rhodes Scholarship and a little rich kid who rides on the tails on his Daddy.

    The one thing that is very inspiration about this whole discussion is that what we heard growing up about our wonderful country is that it's true - anyone can grow up to be President.

    By justxploring, at 5:12 PM

  • BTW, I want to add something. I would never knock a person's home, but thanks for knocking the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where great men like Benjamin Franklin were born. I guess you should use Mapquest more often. Harvard is in Massachusetts. Philips Academy is in Massachusetts. So Bush spent most of his academic years in Massachusetts. Yale in in Connecticut. His parents spend a lot of time in Kennebunkport, Maine where George W. spent his summers. Guess what? That's in New England! His mother was born in New York. So why do his supporters always use the excuse that his "Bushisms" come from his Texas upbringing? He's from more Blueblood Aristocracy than Kennedy was, except that he's not as sophisticated.

    By justxploring, at 5:33 PM

  • LOL!! I guess you consider being liberal to be a bad thing, because the only thing I accused Massachusetts of being was liberal! "Knocking" Massachusetts? I guess if you're ashamed of your liberalness, then it would indeed be a knock!! ROTFLOL!!

    You are getting quite defensive now, aren't you?

    You wrote a big "WHERE DID I WRITE THAT???" when I said "Funny that you talk about IQ not being required to get into Yale".

    Well, you wrote it when you said, "you know very well that IQ and intellect isn't always the reason people get accepted to Ivy League schools".

    Sorry if I did not use the exact words, but I think any reasonable person would say that I paraphrased accurately.

    I also never said you have a high IQ. (I'm going to bite my toungue on a few choice words I would like to add here.) I only talked about your superior SAT scores that you were touting.

    I can't really respond to everything else, because my comments would take 30 minutes to write. You're all over the map ... AGAIN ... making it difficult to debate anything. Maybe you should just pick one of the many things you're angry about and just pound that one thing, so at least I can attempt to respond.

    By the way, this blog entry of mine was about the atom bomb that the terrorists are trying to blow up our cities with. This was not about your obsession with George Bush, this was about protecting this country, and doing some meditation on the effects of a nuclear blast.

    See above where it starts with, "Which leads me to the main point." (Note the words, "MAIN POINT.") I have my doubts that you would ever partake in my excercise with anything other than a politically-correct mindset, but stranger things have happened. It is really something anyone can do, why not give it a try?

    By Todd, at 8:58 PM

  • By the way JE, you can knock my home of NJ all you want. We are the laughingstock of the nation with politicians like John Corzine, and soon-to-be Senator "Crook" Menendez. Home of the highest taxes in the nation, soon to be even higher. Republicans run from this state, and it shows in the pathetic condition of everything. Check the News section here at Lottery Post. They're even trying to sell off the state lottery. Dopes.

    By Todd, at 9:03 PM

  • (a) I am not a Liberal. (b) You are the one who continually criticizes Democrats and Liberals, not I. So the insult wasn't the word at all, but how you always berate them. If I always told everyone on the board I hate lima beans and I kept saying how terrible they taste and they make me puke, then I said "Todd, you remind me of a lima bean, it would be the same as saying you make me want to puke. (c) Please read the last 6 words.

    By justxploring, at 5:08 PM

  • What a delightful sentiment to post on my blog. I hope that you feel much better after saying that. Best of luck to you and yours.

    By Todd, at 8:17 PM

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