11.11.2005

Fair and Balanced Partisanship

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll.
Nov. 8-9,
2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all registered voters).

LV = likely voters

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the job George W. Bush is doing
as president?"

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prove

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ALL registered voters 36 53 11


Democrats 10 84 6


Republicans 72 18 10


Independents 26 58 16

I don 't what this "red/blue state partisan split" they keep talking about....

Bushie is doing a heckuva job...

PollingReport.com



PRESIDENT BUSH – Overall Job Rating in recent news media/nonpartisan national polls



See also: Complete trend

Survey

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Dates % % % Disapprove

FOX/Opinion Dynamics RV

11/8-9/05 36 53 11 -17

AP-Ipsos *

11/7-9/05 37 61
-24

NBC/Wall Street Journal

11/4-7/05 38 57 5 -19

Pew

11/3-6/05 36 55 9 -19

ABC/Washington Post

10/30 - 11/2/05 39 60 1 -21

CBS

10/30 - 11/1/05 35 57 8 -22

CNN/USA Today/Gallup

10/28-30/05 41 56 3 -15

WNBC/Marist RV

10/12-13 & 17/05 41 53 6 -12

Diageo/Hotline RV

10/12-16/05 40 57 2 -17

Newsweek

9/29-30/05 40 53 7 -13

Time

9/7-8/05 42 52 6 -10


11.09.2005

Belief-O-Matic

My Rankings:
1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (96%)
3. Liberal Quakers (93%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (90%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (79%)
6. Neo-Pagan (76%)
7. Taoism (73%)
8. Mahayana Buddhism (64%)
9. New Age (63%)
10. Nontheist (63%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (59%)
12. Reform Judaism (50%)
13. Jainism (49%)
14. Bahá'í Faith (47%)
15. Sikhism (44%)
16. Christian Science(Church of Christ, Scientist)(41%)
17. New Thought (41%)
18. Scientology (41%)
19. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints(Mormons)(37%)
21. Jehovah's Witness (28%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist (27%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant(25%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (14%)
25. Islam (14%)
26. Orthodox Judaism (14%)
27. Roman Catholic (14%)

Evolution...adaptation...natural selection

I came across an article by Stephen Jay Gould on the subject of Evolution I found very interesting... http://www.stephenjaygould.org/library/gould_fact-and-theory.html

Following are some excerpts from the article:

"...The rise of creationism is politics, pure and simple; it represents one issue (and by no means the major concern) of the resurgent evangelical right. Arguments that seemed kooky just a decade ago have reentered the mainstream....basic attack of modern creationists falls apart on two general counts before we even reach the supposed factual details of their assault against evolution. First, they play upon a vernacular misunderstanding of the word "theory" to convey the false impression that we evolutionists are covering up the rotten core of our edifice. Second, they misuse a popular philosophy of science to argue that they are behaving scientifically in attacking evolution. Yet the same philosophy demonstrates that their own belief is not science, and that "scientific creationism" is a meaningless and self-contradictory phrase, an example of what Orwell called "newspeak."...

..."theory" often means "imperfect fact"—part of a hierarchy of confidence running downhill from fact to theory to hypothesis to guess. Thus creationists can (and do) argue: evolution is "only" a theory, and intense debate now rages about many aspects of the theory. If evolution is less than a fact, and scientists can't even make up their minds about the theory, then what confidence can we have in it?...

Well, evolution is a theory. It is also a fact. And facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world's data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away when scientists debate rival theories to explain them. Einstein's theory of gravitation replaced Newton's, but apples did not suspend themselves in mid-air, pending the outcome. And humans evolved from apelike ancestors whether they did so by Darwin's proposed mechanism or by some other, yet to be discovered...

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Our confidence that evolution occurred centers upon three general arguments. First, we have abundant, direct, observational evidence of evolution in action, from both the field and laboratory....The second and third arguments for evolution...rest upon inference, and evolution is no different from geology, cosmology, or human history in this respect. In principle, we cannot observe processes that operated in the past. We must infer them from results that still surround us: living and fossil organisms for evolution, documents and artifacts for human history, strata and topography for geology....

[ Stephen Jay Gould, "Evolution as Fact and Theory," May 1981; from Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1994, pp. 253-262. ]

11.08.2005

Vote

Today is Election Day...


VOTE.

Pragmaticism 201

Graduated flat tax... the more you make, the more you pay...no exemptions whatsoever, no loopholes...

No 501's, no corporate donations, all publicly financed elections, set dollar limits for all politicans...when our politicans start having to answer to the public instead of the corporations/special interests the better off we all will be...free tv time for all state/national candidates...mandatory debates...we deserve politcians that are answerable to us and only us...

On that note of being answerable, the British government has a practice that the Prime Minister has to go before the House of Commons and answer their question and it is televised...I applaud the British for this, we need to adopt that practice in our government....

National healthcare...all citizens deserve basic healthcare...being the richest nation in the world it is a disgrace that our healthcare is in the middle of the pack of industrialized countries of the world...

Imminent domain..."Amendment V

... nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation..."

When did businesses become a public entity?

Excuse me, Mr. B. B. Puppy, we are taking your property to make a Seven-11, it is for the public...

Assisted Suicide...reminds me of an old Bon Jovi song...It's my life...that and someone needs to put Bon Jovi out of their misery...make guidelines for assisted suicide, that is fine, but it is an individuals' choice when they decide to give up their life...

Balanced budget, government can not spend more than it takes in...makes them more answerable for their pork...ie..bridges to nowhere, Museums, etc...Mr. Senator, why can't you help us? Well, we needed a raise and a museum for the largest ball of aluminum foil in Boise...Most of deficit spending is being brought by the Chinese, to keep our dollar somewhat valuable where we can buy their goods...