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Would Kerry have really been *worse* that Bush?
At the time, I didn't really have any kind of scoreboard going in regard to which one I disliked more. All I knew was:
- I disliked both of them
- Living in Texas, Bush was likely to win no matter how I voted
- There was a candidate that I preferred
- Voting for someone else would rank me among the "Other" group, but would still be a statement to the two major parties saying "I don't like the choices you're giving me"
So, rather than picking what I perceived as the lesser of two evils (which I honestly could not decide at the time), I picked who I would prefer to be President, based on my personal beliefs. I didn't follow the election results in Texas, but if the "Other" margin was just enough to give Bush the lead over Kerry (I doubt it), and give Bush the lead in electoral votes (I doubt that even more) feel free to dislike me. As it is, I feel better voting for the guy I liked rather than trying to figure out which of the two major candidates was the guy I disliked the least.
The biggest problem I have with people who dislike third-party voters is they seem to think I would vote for their candidate if all I had was a choice between the two candidates. That's not necessarily the case. If I had been faced with that decision in 2004 I would have passed on both Turd Sandwich and Giant Douche and not voted at all. Then I'd be lambasted for that.
Got tired of seeing that last entry on my profile page... so I'm posting to get rid of it. Heh.
Yesterday I finally found out some Windows graphics I'd been wanting to hack are located in msgina.dll. So last night I went to work with Resource Hacker, Replacer, and the GIMP.
Yes, I'm a jerk for posting a chat log. Especially one where I'm clearly being a ranting asshole. But I'd probably make a journal post about the subject anyway. This saves me time and blood pressure.
(This is a rant. Most of it is train-of-thought. Portions of it will make no sense because of this. Leave me alone.)
The political commentary of the last 24 hours, summed up:
OMFG! The sky is Falling! The sky is falling! We're all gonna die!
.... Y'know, deep down a part of me wanted Kerry to win, because people would stop bitching.
Why can't every distro install work like Red Hat?
After all my problems with Debian and Gentoo and their derivatives, I pop in my old RH9 discs and it just works.
Got apt-get, had a little fun with that, though then I decided to upgade to Fedora 3 Test 3. Bad idea.
So now I'm re-installing RH9. Possibly going to download Fedora 2 and upgrade to that. But after wasting a DVD-R on Fedora 3 I'm probably going to look into other options.
Linux in general seems to hate me.
A few weeks ago I wanted to try Gentoo on my second computer. I tried a stage1 install, because I figured it would be a good learning experience. When it got to compile tags I just... gave up. I'm too impatient to mess with it, and I was afraid of breaking the install with the wrong tags.
Not the prettiest thing going, but It was my first time [strike]stealing[/strike] writing PHP code and setting up PHP on my Apache server.
Bad side is, my cool XML idea doesn't work because all the individual elements have to be inside one master element. Appending lines won't work if I have to insert them before the last line.
Eh. Friend of mine made me take this one...
1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Badnarik, Michael - Libertarian (74%)
3. Bush, President George W. - Republican (58%)
4. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (43%)
5. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (41%)
6. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (39%)
7. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (37%)
8. Cobb, David - Green Party (36%)
9. Nader, Ralph - Independent (36%)
Had an idea recently... Basically, I'd make a simple XML database to replace wishlists online.
Instead of having like 15 wishlists on 15 different sites, some of which die after awhile or are linked to a specific computer, the XML file would have a few simple classifications, and a URL to the item online. The XML would be hosted online... well... somewhere... and I could format it so it's not too ugly.