Monday, January 28, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fwd: Fast Food Makes Me Wonder if I'm a Closet Conservative.

At work on Thursday we were talking about how New York City is going to require that calories be posted on restaurant menu's, including fast food.

My first response was, does the government really need to do that?

Perhaps my position is not as much conservative as much as a slight bit libertarian, but I feel that government regulation should be fairly minimal, and I also support the idea that states rights, and leaving some decisions up to states is valuable and worthwhile.

Perhaps there is such a thing as the United States as a federal entity where things are all the same, but if there is one thing that has been proven by this year's presidential primary process, it's that issues, their relevance to the electorate, and the state electorate's position vis a vis a candidate are:

different, state to state
require different approaches in different areas.

Is this constitutionalist, federalist, republican, or democrat?

Friday, January 18, 2008

An other cup

Shots

Ishoots it, slams down cup, makes a grimace, looks around at mystified diner patrons.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Red brick subway wall NW

Thought this was only at the 49th and 7th avenue stop. It's actually on the 3rd avenue end of the 59th street stop as well.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

This weather is simply unnatural.

Difficult question --> let the states decide

John McCain's website, in regards to gay marriage:

As with most issues vital to the preservation and health of civil society, the basic responsibility for preserving and strengthening the family should reside at the level of government closest to the people. In their wisdom, the Founding Fathers reserved for the States the authority and responsibility to protect and strengthen the vital institutions of our civil society. They did so to ensure that the voices of America's families could not be ignored by an indifferent national government or suffocated through filibusters and clever legislative maneuvering in Congress.


http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/95b18512-d5b6-456e-90a2-12028d71df58.htm

From doing a quick search of other candidates, even among Democrats, whom I assume (perhaps mistakenly) would be more open to gay marriage, the one consistent thread among all of them is the suggestion that individual states should decide. Usually it is some sort of belief statement on what their opinion is, and then a statement saying that the states should decide it.

I am not wholly against deferring decisions to the states. In my understanding (limited by a political science minor and a catching interest), perhaps more decisions should be left to the states than are left to them already. Two questions then:

1. Does the issue of gay rights and equality, including the right to marry, pertain to the constitution to a degree that requires a national response?

2. When faced with a difficult and divisive question, do candidates defer to federalism in order to duck accountability for their own beliefs?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Electronic Banking Monopoly

I was about to ridicule this, and then recalled my own ability to manage finances.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Mass Deadlock Obtained

Text from malfunctioning new N-Train display.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008