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July 16th, 2007

08:37 am - New Centrist Party

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July 26th, 2006

02:59 pm - Bayh Yahoo! Group Invite

Let me start off by saying that I know this sort of thing where I try to get you to sign up for something is often frowned upon (I don't usually like it either) but I hope you'll at least hear me out and understand this isn't SPAM, but instead an invitation to be part of something

With that out of the way...

My name is Garland Ragland. I am a supporter of U.S. Senator Evan Bayh and his expected Presidential run in 2008. I am also a member of a Yahoo! Group centered around this expected run.

Today I'd like to invite you to join this group. The link is as follows:


It's easy to sign up and of course, it doesn't cost a thing. We're a friendly group. We mainly discuss Senator Bayh and all surrounding his expected Presidential run, but we also discuss other related political current events as well.

The discussions are interesting and I think you'd enjoy being a part of it.

For those of you who do not know who Senator Bayh is let me take a moment to tell you a little about him.

Senator Bayh is a current U.S. Senator and former Governor from Indiana. He is a Democrat. In the Senate he's a member of several committees included the Armed Services and Select Intelligence committees. Most regard Senator Bayh as a moderate. As Governor he left office with an 2nd term as governor with an 80% approval rating. It's no surprise so many approved of the job he did. As Governor he added 350,000 jobs to Indiana, more than any other Governor in Indiana history, and also increased funding for education every year of his term while also creating the largest budget surplus in the state's history AND providing for the largest tax cut in state history.

In the Senate this record of success has continued. Senator Bayh has ensured that our troops are provided with the life saving armor they need and has also took a hard stance trade, saying that free trade must be fair trade and speaking out against countries like China who cheat on trade and cost us jobs.

I hope that helps shed some light on the type of person Senator Bayh is. For more information about Senator Bayh you can check out these links:


You can also check out my Bayh blog here: http://ncforbayh.blogspot.com/

I hope that all of you will consider joining or at least checking the group out.

Thank you so much for your time,


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November 25th, 2005

06:30 pm
I'm not sure if anyone updates this anymore, but you need to! We centrists need to stick together!

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January 20th, 2005

11:33 am - Losers in a Greater Sense
Behavior that is not justifiable by any grounds but goes to show extreme lack of character.

Critics on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, only two of whom — Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California — voted against Condoleezza Rice's confirmation.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who lost the November presidential election to Bush, complained that Rice's testimony merely "predicts more of the same" while Barbara Boxer of California called it "a continuing assault on reality."

"Regrettably, I did not see in Dr. Rice's testimony any acknowledgment of the need to change course or of a new vision for America's role in the world," Kerry said. (THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION SUGGEST THAT IS THE CASE AND SHOULD BE THE CASE, FEW CARE WHAT YOU THINK, JOHN)

"I do think she has the president's ear," said Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, the panel's ranking minority member. "And I hope she's willing to take on some of the neoconservative notions in this administration." (NEOCONSERVATIVES? GET A GRIP JOE, YOU SPITEFUL, HATEFUL MAN)

Biden added that it was worthless to listen to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on this subject because "he doesn't know what in the hell he's talking about on this." (JOE, YOU ARE FROM DELWARE AND IN DUPONT'S POCKET, NO ONE CARES, YOUR GUY LOST, GET SOME THERAPY AND AT LEAST BE RESPECTFUL, I KNOW THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU, SORRY)

"I feel, and I know not everyone agrees with me," Boxer said, "that this war and all of these horrific deaths and the wounded and all of that, is a direct result of not leveling with the American people." (SHE IS FROM CALIFORNIA, SO NOT BEING FROM THE REAL WORLD, WE WILL CUT HER SOME SLACK - THIS TIME. WHAT ABOUT SISTER SOLIDARITY WOMAN?)

Underscoring the Democrats' dissatisfaction, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia (FORMER KKK MEMBER), an outspoken critic of the decision to go to war, announced late in the day that he would not allow the Senate to approve Rice without a few days of consideration of her lengthy testimon. (HE's NOT READY FOR A BLACK WOMAN, BUT THAT'S OK, HE'LL BE DEAD SOON)

White House chief of staff Andrew Card said Thursday the Democrats' decision to delay her confirmation smacked of "petty politics." (YOU THINK, ANDY?)

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January 7th, 2005

09:00 am - War...for peace?
Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
Flavius Vegetius Renatus (~375 AD), De Rei Militari

Does anyone else think the the reason why there might be less tension and a little more drive for peace in the Middle East is because of the War in Iraq?


All eyes are turned to Iraq. Everyone wonders who the US will try to destroy next under the flag of democracy. The US has now become the real threat to those who will be a threat, the peacekeeper by waging war. Hatred has turned away from each other to a greater threat, the United States supergiant. They need to ally with each other or perish under the boot of the mighty US Army.

Or so it looks to me anyway.

In nature, without conflict there can by no growth, without struggle life gets soft and dies. With hardship, life gets stronger and more hearty. With destruction comes rebirth.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: The Doors: The End

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06:04 am
I didn't think there were so few of us..... I had the suspicion though ;)

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January 23rd, 2004

11:17 pm - Any thoughts on this?

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January 14th, 2004

12:38 pm - The point of that exercise...
... was to see if people could actually define life. Numbers 2-3 were red herrings.

Taken from http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/life/life.html&edu=high

Even biologists have a difficult time defining the very concept they study. However, given our knowledge of the life forms present on Earth, it is recognized that all living things do share a set of characteristics in common:

1) Living things take in and use energy
2) Living things eliminate waste products
3) Living things grow and develop
4) Living things respond to their environment
5) Living things reproduce
6) Living things show variation based on heredity
7) Over time, living things evolve (change slowly) in response to their environment.

** there are exceptions to number 5 **

Now, the average politician or lay-person would probably not mention these characteristics in their definition ... so if they can't define life, how could they possibly decide whether they're pro-life or pro-choice, much less propose legislation? Or ... you could say that people are generally too subjective to make any sort of rational judgement.

Personally, I'm ambivalent about "pro-choice, pro-life" because there are a number of issues which conflict each other... what concerns me is that the protesters on either side are really no better than sheep who managed to learn how to read and picked up a pamphlet; a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

As for capital punishment - well, simply put, some crimes warrant such a punishment - if the death penalty were not an option, people could generally do whatever they wanted to without fear of the "pen-ultimate penalty".

As for the last question - I'd basically say that I would be reluctant to do so, but would probably eventually pull the plug if there were no hope of the person recovering at all - it would be a burden on people who pay insurance and on society more or less.

Yeah. So that's that. And it's probably why I remain more less neutral on the issue.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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January 12th, 2004

10:59 pm - guaranteed to stir up something
1. Define Life.

2. Are you Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, or don't really care either way?

3. Are you for or against capital punishment?

4. If a loved one (significant other, sibling, parent, child) were hooked up to a life support machine and was essentially a human vegetable, would you choose to pull the plug?

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January 9th, 2004

08:02 pm - Holy crap! A centrist community!
I love you guys!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy

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