Mormons for Dean
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
 
Vote John Edwards.....
I have liked Howard Dean ever since I first saw him speak on TN last June. I have been spending hours per week blogging, volunteering, and doing other things towards helping Dean.

However, I've asked myself the following question: What's more important -- electing Howard Dean, or taking the country back from George W Bush?

After much fasting and prayer, I have decided that the answer is the latter, taking the country back. While Howard Dean is the best position-wise, he is no longer the best candidate to win. He has allowed the media and DLC to steal this election from him, and change his style.

John Kerry scares me. He has changed positions every 16 months or so throughout his political career. His campaign is now against everything he voted for: NAFTA, NCLB, Operation Iraqi Freedom, to name just a few. He is a member of Skull and Bones, a large secret combination (of which GWB is a member of as well).

John Edwards can defeat John Kerry. He has Charisma. He has energy. He doesn't have the easy labels that Dean got stuck with.

Howard Dean is still my first choice. John Edwards gets my vote.

I will not be starting a "Mormons for Edwards" group, as I will be involved helping a friend. I have been asked to be a political advisor to Shaun Kruger who is running for Salt Lake County Council. It has also been suggested to me to start a "Mormons for Honorable and Just Men" PAC. If the Kruger Campaign gets shot down early, maybe I will do that.

Please contact me at bobiscookiemonster@yahoo.com, as I will no longer be checking my Mormons for Dean address. You can check out my new blog, covering just about everything, at http://bobiscookiemonster.blogspot.com

-Bob
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
 
Look for an announcement tomorrow.
I'm not ready to make the announcement yet, but I will be making it tomorrow. This is a major announcement about things in my life and Mormons for Dean.

These decisions have come after many hours of fasting and prayer.

watch for the announcement tomorrow.

-Bob
Monday, February 02, 2004
 
The "Jello Bowl" begins voting tomorrow
The Jello Bowl begins voting tomorrow morning.

For those of you who don't know, the Jello Bowl is comprised of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and Vegas. These are the areas with heavy LDS populations.

If you live in Arizona, get to the polls and vote. As we saw in Iowa and New Hampshire, your support means diddly if you don't hit the polls.

If you have friends, family, former mission companions, etc in Arizona, give them a call. Let them know why Howard Dean is the only honorable and just man running for President.

Oh, and remember Dr Dean in your prayers, and prepare for the rest of the Jello Bowl voting on Feb 14 (Nevada caucuses, also my birthday) and Feb 24 (Utah Primary and Idaho Caucuses)!

-Bob
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
 
Dean ahead nationwide!
Yeah, I thought that'd get your attention.

However, it's true, and it's where it counts -- in the number of delegates at the national convention.

According to CNN, as of 7:10 Mountain tonight (that means NH is counted):

Dean: 112
Kerry: 95
Edwards: 36
Clark: 30
Lieberman: 25
Sharpton: 4
Kucinich: 2

However, 2161 are needed. What that means is that it ain't over 'til it's over. 304 delegates have either been awarded or pledged. Even if they ALL were going to John Kerry, that'd be just 14% of the way there.

Don't give up hope yet.

-Bob
Saturday, January 24, 2004
 
Looking at the infamous Iowa speech
Again, the media this week painted Howard Dean as an angry liberal. Well, I have a few things to say about that.

1) In the edited clip, I saw passion and fire. Not someone out of control, but someone that is giving a pep talk who fed off the energy of the crowd.

2) I found a couple different clips of the CONTEXT of the clip. Anything can be taken out of context. Follow this link and this one. You can see what I said in comment #1.

3) This is what is going to bring thousands of young people into politics. This is what it's going to take to wrestle our country back.

-Bob

Monday, January 19, 2004
 
Prespectives on Iowa
EVERYONE ~~ HEAR ME NOW!

First, no offense to the Iowans out there, but I think that we need to get rid of the caucus system in America. There was so much crap being thrown around it was unbelieveable. It made our Jr High Senate elections (which I won on a platform of "vote for me 'cause I wear Wilson gym clothes") look deomcratic. Iraqis are smart to protest against them. I'd be saying this if Dean won tonight.

Second, This was the first of a whole bunch of elections to decide the nominee. Kerry's broke, Edwards's campaign is poor. We must push on. It ain't over yet.

Third, write the campaign and let them know why you think we lost tonight. I think it has alot to do with the negative ad last Thursday and the fact that we need to talk about more than the war. Dean is more than a one issue candidate. He needs to focus on those other issues.

-Bob
 
I Have a Dream -- Martin Luther King Day
"We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is not time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

"Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy."
-Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream, August 28, 1963. Hereafter, "MLK"

I've been pondering what to say since Thursday, when I got to talk to 30 kindergarteners, about 50/50 white/nonwhite, about Dr King. While there is diversity in our schools today, unlike in 1963, Dr King's Dream still hasn't been realized. His dream was for equality and unity.

"I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal."
-MLK

Unfortunately, none of the candidates are talking about unity. Except Howard Dean.

I just saw a piece on CNN about the people the candidates have on the ground for tonight's caucus. Kerry's Veterans are contacting Vets. Gephardt's union members are contacting union members.

But Dean's people are union and non-union; black, white, and brown; from all 50 states. And, they are contacting EVERYBODY.

This is a campaign about freedom. Freedom for everybody, no matter who they are. Freedom from being persecuted from their beliefs. Freedom for being persecuted for the color of their skin.

"With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to climb up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father's died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!"

"And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

"Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

"Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

"Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

"But not only that, let freedom, ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

"Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi and every mountainside.

"And when this happens, when we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last." "
-MLK

"For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile."
-2 Nephi 26:33

-Bob









Friday, January 16, 2004
 
A Vote for John Kerry in the Primary = a vote for Bush
I made a promise to myself that I would not speak ill of the other Democratic Candidates on here. However, I feel it is imperative that I share why Mormons for Dean will *NOT* be "Mormons for [insert Democratic nominee]." Therefore, between now and when the "Jello Belt" starts voting on Feb 3, I will give my views on the other Democrats. I'm starting with Kerry because, well, I just can't stand him. And, he's as electable in the General as my cat.

President Bush raised more money yesterday than Kerry did all last quarter, not counting Kerry's loan to the campaign. The loan came by mortgaging his house. After renting a helicopter to get around Iowa, plus other campaign expenses, he's spent almost all of it. He'll have nothing to spend to defend himself against Bush.

He's more boring than the most boring High Council Sunday. Even his 'excited' mode is a great cure for insomnia. The key to winning in November is getting out the vote. A bigger key this year is getting out a large portion of people who have never voted before. Most Americans will sleep through a Bush/Kerry election.

America needs a strong moderate in the White House, especially if the Republicans control either half of the Legislative Branch. Kerry is neither strong nor moderate. His position on Iraq has changed more times than Howard's changed his suit, and usually ends with "I'm a Vietnam Vet. I know these things." His campaign has proven that he sees debt as good (see my previous post).

John Kerry points to his years of experience in Washington. However, he doesn't point to anything he's done while he was there. We don't need do-nothings running.

In his false and hidden attacks, he has repeatedly proven himself Dishonorable and unjust. That is why I will not vote for John Kerry in November.

-Bob
Thursday, January 08, 2004
 
My favorite Bush lie: debt is good
"We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations." -George W Bush, State of the Union, January 28, 2003.

However, by going into debt, we are doing precisely that -- passing along our problems. And now, it's having an effect on the world economy.

From Blog for America:

In response to the recently released IMF report on the impact of U.S. deficits on the global economy, Governor Howard Dean, M.D., said:

"It is absurd that the Bush administration still pretends to be fiscally responsible. They claim that they will reduce the budget deficit by half in five years, but their actions speak more loudly than their words: more tax cuts envisioned for the wealthy, $150 billion and counting for their unnecessary war in Iraq, billions in give-aways for their corporate backers, and skyrocketing increases in spending. This President doesn't understand fiscal discipline."

According to the New York Times, the IMF study "sounded a loud alarm about the shaky fiscal foundation of the United States, questioning the wisdom of the Bush administration's tax cuts and warning that large budget deficits posed 'significant risks' not just for the United States but for the rest of the world." The report states that due to President Bush's reckless fiscal policies the country now faces deficits "projected as far as the eye can see."

"This report confirms what we've known since President Bush took office: his policies are not only a danger to the U.S. economy--they are a danger to the world economy as well. We cannot manage the U.S. economy based on the Argentine fiscal model."

"A president has a moral responsibility to protect the future of all Americans. He has a responsibility to make sure we do not pass on a massive debt to future generations. This president has abandoned his moral responsibility and imposed a Bush Tax on us and our children, choosing tax cuts for the wealthy over our nation's economic well-being and our children's future."

This isn't a good sign.

Calling debt good is like calling evil good.

-Bob
 
My reaction to the "Club for Growth" ad.
The so-called "club for growth" is running yet another ad against Howard Dean. The "club for growth" is a conservative group.

From their press release:

"The ad opens with a couple walking out of a barber shop. An off-screen announcer asks what they think of Howard Dean?s plan to raise taxes on a typical family by $1,900.

"Without hesitation, the husband responds: What do I think? Well, I think Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading?

"His wife continues: ??body piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont where it belongs.?"

First, if they are coming out of the barber shop (it actually looks like they are walking past), they need a new barber as bad as they need a new candidate.

Second, this ad does nothing more than throw a bunch of adjectives out about Dean, some of which are not true:

"tax-hiking" Yes, Dean is going to repeal all of Bush's "tax cuts," which will al be repealed by 2010, some of them even higher, starting in 2006.

"government-expanding" Actually, the Bush administration, not even counting Homeland Security issues, has expanded the federal government by more that the entire Clinton administration.

"latte-drinking" Actually, Dean drinks no caffeine. A call to a local Starbucks confirmed there is no such thing as a caffeine-free latte. Libel is apparently a word CFG knows.

"sushi-eating" I'm glad to know what fish products the good Dr eats. Frankly, I don't care. Also, I know a lot more Republicans that eat sushi than Democrats.

"Volvo-driving" again, I'm glad to know what car the Deans drive. I was concerned. As long as they don't drive a Kia.

"New York Times-reading?" Well, at least he reads a newspaper, right?

"body piercing" To my knowledge, Dr dean has no body piercings, nor has he ever performed a body piercing. Libel again.

"Hollywood-loving" I'm glad to know that Dean likes to go to the movies. And not just those fancy-shmancy foreign flicks either. However, I can't say whether or not Dean likes Hollywood, CA, that much. He does live on the other end of the country.

"left-wing freak show" Oh, yes they called him the Freak, the fastest thing on two feet... (My apologies to Ray Stevens)

My response ad:

What do I think?
Well, I think George W Bush should take his tax-deferring, deficit-expanding, government-expanding, coffee-drinking, pretzel-eating, non-driving, FOX News-watching,

Wife: . . . Drug-company-supporting, movie-hating, right-wing freak show back to Texas, assuming they'll take him back.

-Bob
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
 
Newsweek/MSNBC hits rock bottom of ethics
OK, the journalism ethics police need to hit this one hard. While I believe in a free press, there are limits, like lying.

MSNBC had Howard Fineman, a writer for Newsweek, on the other day to talk about Howard Dean. He commented about several things, like the "fact" that Dean said 'I'm Feeling Like Job' and that he said Job was his favorite New testament book despite the fact that Job is in the Old testament.

Well, Newsweek/MSNBC has a partial transcript of the interview on their website. It is entitled 'I'm Feeling Like Job'. (italics added, quotations in original.) When the title of an article is in quotations, that means that the person the article is about actually said those words.

Well, as the car rental ads say, not exactly.

Here is what was said about Job:

"Do you have a favorite Bible passage or book or theologian?"
"I like the Book of Job. "

"[Laughs] Does it strike you more personally after this campaign?"
"I'm feeling a little more Job-like recently."

Hmm... never asked about the New testament (the Bible has 2 parts -- the Old and New testaments). And the Job quote, which Fineman butchered anyway on his MSNBC appearance, was a joke started by the questioner, Fineman.

I expect crud like this from our "fair and balanced" friends, but this is ridiculous.

-Bob
Friday, January 02, 2004
 
Are we safe yet?
My Republican friends ask me what Howard Dean will do to make us safe from terrorists. I tell them simply: Get Osama, work on getting terrorists out, don't deal in unnecessary wars.

I then ask them what George W Bush has done to make us safer.

Founding the Department of Homeland Security? That was an idea of the outgoing Clinton Administration, not implemented due to the fact that it was needed in December of 2000. Ignored until September 11, 2001.

Duct tape and plastic wrap? Cause Duct tape to be sold at 1000% profits on eBay and killed about a dozen people, when there wasn't even an attack. Even if there were an attack, experts say duct tape and plastic wrap would be marginally effective.

Saddam? Yes, he is a bad man. However, he and Osama are mortal enemies. Saddam had ZERO to do with 9/11, Iraq had no al Qaida training camps, and yet THEY'RE the ones we attack in the name of the war on terror. Meanwhile, six days after Saddam's capture, we went to code orange and cancel some flights, because Osama's henchmen might hijack planes and crash them into buildings. That's something they've never thought of. Oh, my mistake.

When we have double the troops in Germany (protecting from what? France?) than we do Afghanistan/Pakistan (where Osama is), then we are weak on Terror. When we have right-wing commentators and the "conservative" media calling France more of an enemy than Saudi Arabia, we are weak on terror. When Wyoming gets as much Homeland Security money as New York, we are not strong on Terror.

Bush is not strong on Terror. In fact, Osama probably has a Bush/Cheney04 sticker on his dialysis machine.

-Bob

P.S. -- read this column published in today's Deseret News about Fear.
Thursday, January 01, 2004
 
My New Year's Resolutions
I thought I'd share my (Dean-related) new year's resolutions with you:

1) Spend less time on the Dean blog, more time flyering for Dean. I can accomplish a lot more if I spend "campaign time" doing something more productive.

2) Wear my Dean Buttons more.

3) Outside of the campaign, work more for the betterment of mankind.

4) Blog here more, play less

5) More Mormons for Dean flyers.

e-mail me YOUR Dean-related resolutions, and I'll post them here.

-Bob

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