Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Liveblogging the Debate!

Was eating my pudding. Saw Kerry's skeletal face, first thing I saw. Not something you want to see when you are eating dessert.

Kerry and Bush zinging each other so far. Both seem to have good points and counter-points at this time. Bush talking about education training for jobs in response to a question about job loss. Kerry points this out. Kerry now talking about deficit in response to this. What is this? Talking about extending unemployment benifits.

Good question. About realistic effect of pres. on jobs. Kerry says can't stop outsourcing, when he just was berating Bush on it. Bush laughes at Kerry about Boing thing. Kerry says will fight for even playing field on jobs. Will fight for our jobs as much as he fights for his. That is pretty hard, methinks. Bush now saying taxes are our moneys, not governments. Saying more stuff about Kerry's votes. Kerry says Bush playing with his votes. Bush says he is on the "far-left bank;" Kennedy conservative Mass. senator.

Good response about homosexuality being a choice. Says adults have the right to live the way they want, but marriage is between man and woman. Woried about activist judges going over people's heads.
Kerry says we all God's children. That will get the DU in a fuss. Mentions Cheny's daughter. Says gays made the gay. Discrimination bad.

Kerry says he is Catholic, and that voting for himself is not a sin; can't legislate faith; abortion between "woman, God, and her doctor." Mentions he was an altar boy. Mentions that all things have to be guided by faith, but can't transfer that through legislation. Kennedy: We are to do God's work. How can you do God's work of not doing abortions, while supporting abortion, like a good Catholic? Can't find "faith w/o work is dead" in my Bible. Makes me sad. Means I have to mark up my usual scriptures. Can't believe I havn't done that yet.

I found it: it is James 2:17. Oh, and they are talking about the rise of health-care costs. Kerry talking about Bush blocking Canuck crap drugs. Kerry looks less like a skeleton and more like an old man now. Less scarry. Wants health care for all Americans.

Kerry says will take Medicaid kids away from states, so all kids can have health care. Yet he says they don't have to give them the kids. will that work. Bush just screwed up about Kerry mentioning the media saying Bush misrepresents his healthcare plan. Should have gone through with it. Oh well. Missed opportunity. Bush now talking about how health care run by government is crap. Kerry agrees. Says he will not have a govn run plan. Even though he has a plan, and he wants to be the government.
Now talking about social security. Talking about the cost of changing the system. Lets see if he will mention the costs of not changing. Doesn't look like he is going to. His major weakness. Oh, wait, maybe he will. Mentions it will cost more, but not how much. Kerry says that young people getting own money is not good. Mentions that people paying SS now are paying for the old people's benifits. Says he will not cut benefits, but will keep things the same, but better(?). Says fixed SS in the 90's. Says, basically Greenspan, inventor of money (I am pretty sure; he is that old), is wrong about the tax cuts for rich. He has a plan to put Americans back to work, and to fix SS. Bush says Kerry voted for tax on SS benefits. Talking about 1.9mil job gain in past whatever months. Again.

Now asking about illegal immigration. Bush says it is an issue in basically everything. Talking about how he is trying to make borders secrue, but now talking about temp worker card. Booo! Basically ex post facto making illegals legal. Same with the employers. Now saying amnesty bad. Isn't that what he was saying he was for earlier.
Now Kerry going back to income! Get back to the question! Now back. Says he will be tough. Says probably should enforce laws agains the hiring of illegals. Wants Big Brother technology to positively identify people that have no prior identification.

Kerry wants to raise minimum wage to $7.00. This is incredibly bad. Sure, the people who earn minimum wage will get more. But you know what happens when that happens? It is called outsourcing.
No Child Left Behind is a jobs program? Sounds plausible, if it actually works.

Kerry talking about Iraq and how much of the army is all tied up. Roommate says (and I agree) that they (the candidates) should fight. Kerry now talking about increasing alliances, and how Bush does not have a real alliance, and that our forces are over-extended, blahblahblah. Kerry just got the $200 bil for Iraq sort of right. "Eventually" is the key word. Always implied money already wasted.
Kerry saying that no nation gets veto over US stuff, but needs to pass a test of honesty.

Bush says he supported AWB, but it would never be extended anyways, so he didn't push it. Says best to bust those that commit crimes.
Kerry says he owns guns, and is a hunter. MWAAHAHAHAHHAA! He doesn't even know how to operate the shotgun. Says law enforcement don't want none AW in the hands of the public. The civilians (even though they themselves are civilians) don't need them, the plebians. They should accept their place under us.
Also says terrorists can get AW in gun shows. I don't think that the kind of people there would let a middle-eastern-looking person get close to a gun. Plus, you can't (legally) get automatic weapons at a gun show, which, by definition, is an assault weapon. Not some scarry-looking gun.

Zzzzzzzzzzzz...more of the same.

Bush pounding on podium about minorities owning own homes, more than ever before. Should have also mentioned that it is up all across the board.

Bush says that religion is a big part of his life. Good for him. Not denying that it is a part of his policy, or trying to deny his faith influencing him, like Kerry.
Kerry talking about Indian blessing. Now talking about his Christian schooling. More distant past, rather than the near. Talking about "two Americas." Both saying how they respect person's choice to worship or not. Sounds good on that front.

Almost done. Come on. Hurry up!

Bush's lopsided grin is really distracting. Kind of like my brother.
Last question! Huzzah!

Talking about wives and daughters. Bush says he is really lucky to be Laura's husband. I wonder if Kerry will say the same thing. Talking about marrying up! Yes, indeed. Talking about his mother leaving him with the words "integrity, integrity, integrity."

Final statements!
Kerry: We will all have health care! We will have equality! I served in Vietnam! Asks us to be respected in the world. Wants to be president.
Bush: I am optimistic. We have gone through a lot together. Thanks to you, we are doing better. Firm resolve, clear purpose, to fight terror. Spread liberty. Asking for vote.

It is over! On time. At ASU. Stupid school. Lots of girls though. Like, 70+%, according to rumors. I could look it up. But I won't.

Well, Bush gets Most Improved. Kerry improved as well, just not as much. Bush did well, but Kerry was on the ball. Bush was as well, but I think this one goes to Kerry. Just because. Bush on offensive more, but defense is a good place to be. Some guy on FOX says that Bush slaughtered Kerry. I will have to differ. Too much foreign policy in a domestic debate.

Well, soon, off to program my Lego robot. Make sure it runs the right course. Enough with this.


At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Idea of "tried to be fair" is a joke. Your bias reeks throughout the least you tried.

-The Duke of Highland


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