Bunker Mulligan "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." ~Mark Twain

February 28, 2004

Rich Man, Poor Man

Filed under: Politics — Bunker @ 1:18 pm

I really like Neil Cavuto. He is, I would guess, pretty well off. He is one of those (many) Fox News hosts who have a real sense of the world. He knows business, but also understands life. He has survived Hodgkin’s Disease, and now is fighting multiple sclerosis. He is not about to cry, though. I remember when an MS group insisted he “come out of the closet” to highlight the disease. He told them it was a private affair, and wasn’t about to become a poster boy.

This is a man I respect.

When Neil Cavuto talks, I tend to listen. He’s now talking about Kerry and Edwards and their attempts to protray themselves as “working men” while they blast Bush as a minon of the wealthy.

Just a quick calculation: Kerry and Edwards own $25 million worth of houses combined.

Two to make you think

Filed under: General Rants — Bunker @ 7:51 am

Go to Blog o’RAM and check out Any Questions? and Touch of Power. The guys have some things that will make you think, if you brain is capable.

February 27, 2004

Hootie–No, not that one

Filed under: Golf — Bunker @ 6:24 pm

Guess who’s on the Golf Channel: hootie & the blowfish.

I enjoy their music, and they are big golf fans. A super combination in my view.

I’ve always liked to listen to them, but I saw them do a live show on TV several years ago and had a flashback. Watching Mark Bryan on guitar during a performance was like seeing Pete Townshend when he was young. There was a tremendous electricity in the way he contolled the music for the group. Of course, Darius Rucker’s voice is dynamic.

Their music is nothing like The Who’s music, but their on-stage group persona is very similar.

They also host a charity tournament in Myrtle Beach each year on the day after the Masters. This show is a lead-in by TGC to help get them some publicity.

Hire a returning Vet

Filed under: Military — Bunker @ 5:21 pm

This is a really smart idea. In fact, Ross Perot did this for years. He recruited people leaving the military because, as his EDS web site said, “You have proved you possess the background, integrity, and work ethic we are looking for. We will give you the job skills to go along with those qualities.” He hired people, then trained them to do the job they were to fill.

Tom Marzullo is doing what he can.


Filed under: Bunker's Favorites — Bunker @ 4:32 pm

I’ve rearranged some of my links. I’ve decided to place some in my “Big Minds” section, because that’s where they belong. I still read all my linked sites each day, and hit many more than once. These folks are, as SDB says, thinkers, not linkers.

I have to say, though, that many of the “linkers” have something important to say. I hesitate to tag anyone as a linker, because the links always offer an aside which may take my thoughts in a different direction. So don’t skip them. And there are thinkers still hanging around in that list. I decide who to link based on what interests me, not by who may link back (although some do). Every site on my lists has something to say which is unique to them. And variety is the spice of life, if I may add to the overuse of that phrase!


Filed under: Society-Culture — Bunker @ 12:05 pm

Something has always bothered me about the political atmosphere, and I guess it has really become overbearing during the last year or two. We have been in a Presidential election cycle now from early 2000 until now, and there is no end in sight.

In general, people are labeled as liberal or conservative. It’s a real shame. Most of us are “tweeners.” The problem arises because it is a conflict between those who are committed and those who are conflicted rather than those who are Left and those who are Right. I, like most Americans, am conflicted. Those who are committed can’t stand it.

There are any number of issues (in fact, most issues) where I think there is value in what both sides have to say. Yet both sides demand strict fealty, and I am unwilling to bow.

I’ve made my case on Civil Unions, but what I say won’t satisfy either side. The same problem arises in discussing abortion. I don’t believe in aborting what I believe is a child. I do not wish to make my belief law. Neither do I think women should be able to abort as a means of birth control. I say that because there are plenty of ways to protect oneself from becoming pregnant. And I don’t think the government has any place in paying for abortion. So, my beliefs conflict with both sides, and both sides will tell me where I’m wrong.

I am a veteran. I get tired of the media telling me where veterans stand in regards to the upcoming election. Guess what. We don’t all agree. Even those who served in the same unit at precisely the same time will have a different view of the political system and candidates. I understand why candidates focus on groups. But I don’t vote as a group.

I’m a tweener. I am interested in rational discussion of issues, but will not accept the far ends of any opinion. I am conflicted because I’m never quit sure I understand all aspects of a problem. And I don’t think anyone else does. But I do think I have a pretty good head on my shoulders, and do my best to stay informed. I’m always impressed with other people’s knowledge and analysis. I enjoy hearing someone talk about a different perspective, even if I cannot rebut. It makes me think. Those who are committed can’t stand an opposing viewpoint. Even if their only retort is, “Oh yeah? Well you’re just stupid!” or “You just don’t have all the information.” Maybe, but what makes them so sure they have it all?

Beyond that, I am tired of every cause being thrown up as a reason to vote for one candidate or another. Most causes are not accounted for in the Constitution. And most causes are immune to what a politician can actually do.

If any worthy news organization wanted to generate true public discourse on issues of real value, it would make a list of Presidential imperatives, pass them out to its staff, and insist on a focus on these issues.

And “litmus tests” for judicial appointees isn’t one of them.


Filed under: Military — Bunker @ 10:27 am

I received a CD with photos from Birdie yesterday (See his link in the left column). I will try to cycle different ones through every few days for those who are interested.

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