Conscious Catholicism

Today was the last day of school. I was so busy this morning trying to get all of my Networking assignments up to date and turned in by 10am. I just managed to squeak them all in. Afterwards I took a walk and got a yummy latte up at Vivace. I headed home and picked up some more fish to suprise Mike with. I got a pair (boy/girl) of Dalmation Mollys, a yellow fish whose name I can’t remember and another neon tetra to balance out the two tetras I already have.

I had an interview at 2pm which went well, and then met up with Joey for coffee. Starbucks makes a gingerbread latte, they are really good. Now, I don’t like Starbucks for a number of reasons but the gingerbread latte was totally worth it.

Now I’m home and can relax a bit in fact I hear a cocktail calling my name. I might go to an “all you can eat” dinner and drag show tonight up at the Full Circle with Mike I have to talk with him about it first.

On a political note I read this today:

Democrats fear a Dean debacle
The front-runner, but he may be unelectable

Sheldon Alberts
National Post

Friday, November 14, 2003

WASHINGTON – If there’s one thing U.S. Democrats hate more than losing, it’s losing big.

For every fond recollection of Bill Clinton’s winning ways, there is the sour memory of a Walter Mondale. Or a George McGovern. Or a Michael Dukakis.

All were men whose presidential candidacy seemed like a good idea at the time, but who were beaten so badly they have become cautionary tales, metaphors for Democratic futility.

Enter Howard Dean. According to conventional wisdom in Washington, the former Vermont governor has become the prohibitive favourite to win the Democratic presidential nomination and challenge George W. Bush in 2004.

Dean’s legion of liberal supporters — among them Bush haters, anti-war activists, labour unionists and more Bush haters — say he is the Democrat best placed to defeat a president who is vulnerable on Iraq.

Dean has opposed the war from the start, has raised more money than all of his opponents and brings a moral conviction to the bully pulpit that has thrilled the Democratic base.

And yet, the more some Democratic strategists see of Dean, the more they think: Mondale, McGovern, Dukakis.

Not only do they think he is too socially liberal to carry the swing states where the presidency will be won or lost, but they also fret he is too stubborn and too temperamental to handle the pressure of a long campaign.

Dean has shown an uncanny ability to say stupid things, such as how he wants to be the candidate for Southern whites who drive around with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks.

Worse yet, he gets all ticked off and self-righteous when people point out the stupid things he says.

Anti-Dean Democrats look at the good doctor from Vermont and see someone ready to implode. Maybe not now. Maybe next November, which would be worse.

Right or wrong, these people are now searching for an alternative…


which pissed me off. I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about it and really think that Dean is not nearly so “left” as conservatives like to portray him, and they do this simply to make him less credible to the moderates and independents. I don’t think (or at least hope) it will work.

Here are some bullet points on his economic plans right from is site:

* Repeal the Bush tax cuts, and use those funds to pay for universal health care, homeland security, and investments in job creation that benefit all Americans.
* Set the nation on the path to a balanced budget, recognizing that we cannot have social or economic justice without a sound fiscal foundation.
* Create a fairer and simpler system of taxation.
* Assure that Social Security and Medicare are adequately funded to meet the needs of the next generation of retirees.

I think the toughest sell will be the taxes (which I support wholeheartedly, btw.) Other than that, it seems very “sellable.”

Here are his bullet points on foreign policy:

* First, defeat the threat posed by terrorists, tyrants, and technologies of mass destruction.
* Second, strengthen our alliances and ensure Russia and China are fully integrated into a stable international order.
* Third, enlarge the circle of beneficiaries of the growing world economy.
* And fourth, ensure that life on our fragile planet is sustainable.

I don’t think this seems very “left”?

You can look over Dean and pick some issues he is quite liberal on, but overall he is not “pandering” to the special interests that the conservatives like to claim.


Born in New York, Educated in the Berkshires, Became an adult in CA and found my Soul in Seattle. I'm a bearish middle aged, happy man who lives w my husbear in the OC.