September 1, 2004

RNC speeches in iTunes

As I mentioned back in August, the speeches from the Republican National Convention are now being made available via iTunes. The convention is still ongoing, so be sure to tune back in once it wraps up for the rest.

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August 1, 2004

Liberals invade iTunes

MacMinute reports that speeches from the Democratic National Convention are now available for free download via the iTunes music store. Problems sleeping? Just grab John Kerry's speech. Want to learn a foreign language? Go download Teresa Heinz Kerry's riveting piece. There's something for everyone.

Conservatives, fear not, RNC speeches will be available following that convention, which kicks off on August 30.

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June 28, 2004

Call to action, INDUCE Act

Ok, when I first heard about this, I thought it was just another internet hoax making the rounds, but it looks like there's meat to this one, and folks need to speak up and make their voices heard.

I'm speaking about the INDUCE Act, check that link for more info and what you can do about it. Also do a Google seach on 'INDUCE Act' and you'll come up with more info.

I'm a Wright leaning sort, but this bill needs to be stopped...

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June 9, 2004

US Constitution on your iPod

This link found it's way into my mailbox today, you can now have a copy of the US Constitution on your iPod, courtesy the American Constitution Society.

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April 15, 2004

Happy Tax Day!

I heard an interesting story on the news this AM on my way in to work. It seems that there is a movement afoot to return the right to vote to convicted felons, after they have served their time and paid their debt to society. To me, this seems fair, and at this point I don't think I have any problems with that.

The story then went on that they're using the slogan 'Taxation without representation', claiming that since these folks are taxpaying citizens, they should have a voice. Here's where I start having problems...

The fact that someone is a taxpayer has never guaranteed anyone a right to vote. I've held down jobs and paid taxes since I was 15, so I was paying taxes before I was even voting age. And then once I was able to vote, I generally ended up getting a full refund of my taxes.

So, I'm wondering just what sort of can of worms these folks are trying to open here? By their logic, should someone not paying taxes (getting a full refund does in fact mean that you've paid no taxes in this context, since the government didn't keep the money) not have the right to vote? What about someone that pays above average taxes compared to other citizens, should they have more votes than others?

Should government be run more like a corporation, and the taxpayers essentially being the stockholders? Shouldn't the people actually funding the government actually be those most qualified to dictate how that money is used?

Of course, we'll never have such a system in the United States, one of our founding principals being that of one person, one vote. But I can't help but wonder if things might be better if this weren't the case...

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