May 29, 2004
Honest Bloggers Quiz

(or "Making my Biases Clear").

1. Which political party do you typically agree with?

The Libertarians on most issues, except for foreign policy. However, their current foreign policy views are totally unacceptable to me, so for now, the Republicans.

2. Which political party do you typically vote for?

About an equal split between Republicans and Libertarians. Will not be voting Libertarian again unless they change their stance on the WoT.

3. List the last five presidents that you voted for.

I've only been eligible to vote in four presidential elections, and I did not receive a ballot in 1996, because I was in between duty stations. However-1988/Bush, 1992/Marrou, 1996/Did not vote, 2000/Bush.

4. Which party do you think is smarter about the economy?

In theory, the GOP. In practice, neither. If the GOP ever gets serious about reducing spending, I'll be overjoyed. The GOP revolution of 1994 is dead and buried, killed by its own offspring. At least the GOP has passed SOME tax cuts.

5. Which party do you think is smarter about domestic affairs?

Again, the Libertarians, but given a choice between the big two, I'll pick the Republicans. They have some abysmally stupid social engineering ideas, but they can't pass the most objectionable ones. The Dems have a good track record of enacting their programs to which I object.

6. Do you think we should keep our troops in Iraq or pull them out?

Keep them there, until the Iraqis have a functioning government of their own, and until the remnants of the Baathists and other assorted scum have been routed.

7. Who, or what country, do you think is most responsible for 9/11?

Osama bin Laden. Anyone who believes otherwise is too stupid to lack constant supervision, and should be committed immediately.

8. Do you think we will find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

(To directly quote the site where I encountered this quiz)

What, you mean besides the reference strains of biological agents found in the house of an Iraqi scientist last year? The research on brucella and hemorragic fever? The unmanned drones with the range far greater than the UN set for them? The 500 tons of natural uranium? The 'pesticides' stored in a camouflaged bunker 8 feet underground? (Why does one store 'pesticides' in a camouflaged bunker 8 feet underground, anyway?) Or how about the 'pesticides' found at an ammo dump? Are bugs a problem at ammo dumps? How about the 120-mm shells found by the Danes that contained some strange liquid?

9. Yes or no, should the U.S. legalize marijuana?

Yes, but it's not a burning issue for me. (pun intended)

10. Do you think the Republicans stole the last presidental election?

No. In fact, I feel that the Democrats failed in their attempt to steal the election. (It has nothing to do with ZOG and black helicopters, FWIW).

11. Do you think Bill Clinton should have been impeached because of what he did with Monica Lewinsky?

That's not why he was impeached, but I think the reason he was impeached was a bit flimsy. He should have resigned, but that would have required ethical standards he lacked.

12. Do you think Hillary Clinton would make a good president?

No. She is a tremendously polarizing figure, and her mismanagement of the socialized medicine scheme of the early nineties disqualifies her, in my eyes.

13. Name a current Democrat who would make a great president.

Sen. Zell Miller, GA

14. Name a current Republican who would make a great president.

Condoleezza Rice

15. Do you think that women should have the right to have an abortion?

Only because I will never have to deal with the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy. The government should not be involved in this issue, at all (including funding of abortions). This is also not a make-or-break issue for me, as I have (And will continue to) support politicians whose views differ from mine.

16. What religion are you?

My religious beliefs are mine alone, but are similar to most shared Christian beliefs.

17. Have you read the Bible all the way through?

Probably not, but certainly almost all of it at one time or another.

18. What's your favorite book?

The Wounded Sky, by Diane Duane. (The book was reworked into a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode entitled "Where No One Has Gone Before", but the book was far superior.)

19. Who is your favorite band?

Hmmmm, "band" is hard. My favorite musician is Basia.

20. Who do you think you'll vote for president in the next election?

George W. Bush

21. What website did you see this on first?

yin. Not on my links list yet, but one I'll watch, since he appears to be a sane Democrat with hawkish foreign policy views. Additionally, his reporting at the Political State Report has been professional and notably clear of any bias, unlike some contributors to that site. He's also a Puget Sound blogger, so's he's more or less local to me.

posted on May 29, 2004 02:13 PM


Wounded Sky was a wonderful book. I assume you've also read Spock's World? I enjoyed that one too.

I've been a Duane fan since The Door Into Fire, her first book (not Star Trek). Used to chat with her once in a while on FidoNet (waaay back when BBSes sent packets of data via dialup all round the world in order to run 'forums'). That's one very versatile lady.

Website. :) She's had web presence practically since there was a web. Unfortunately, she doesn't blog.

posted by Kathy K on May 30, 2004 03:54 PM

I have read all of Diane Duane's Star Trek books. I am particularly fond of her first four(The Wounded Sky; My Enemy, My Ally; Spock's World; and The Romulan Way). I was somewhat less fond of her TNG books; the earnestness of that series was not suited to her wonderful sense of humor, and it appeared that she struggled a bit with the characters.

You are right; it is a shame she i's not a blogger. OTOH, if she blogged, she might not write as many novels, and that would be a loss.

Thanks for the link; I've bookmarked the site for future reference.

posted by timekeeper on May 31, 2004 10:55 AM

Good point on the blog. We used to make comments to the writers who hung around Fidonet that they should quit talking back to their fans and go write another book for us to disect. :)

I'm missing the latest in the Rihannsu bunch. I've got all the rest of the Star Trek writing she's done. The whole 'Rihannsu' series is easy reading but more 'mind-candy for trekkies' than anything else. (IMO, of course.)

And I'll believe 'The Door Into Starlight', her fourth in the 'Door into' series, is coming out this year when I have it in my hot little hands.

We FidoNetters took to calling 'The Door Into Sunset' 'The Door Into Someday' because it was so long delayed in printing (1983 for the prior one, 1992 for Sunset) -- 'The Door Into Starlight' has left that delay in the dust (1992-2004). Sigh.

posted by Kathy K on June 1, 2004 06:28 PM

She does too blog. :)

posted by Quill on June 11, 2004 04:27 AM

I stand corrected. Happily so.

posted by Kathy K on June 11, 2004 06:29 AM

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