I've been away for far too long. The one thing I don't like about going home for the semester break is that I am away from a reliable Internet connection and I don't get to surf much. But I'm back and soon I'll once again be posting topics of interest for us to discuss. I am hoping to have an analysis of the Nine Dwarves, uh, I mean, the Democratic candidates done in time for the first primaries, which are coming up real soon. Gosh, another election year is almost upon us. And with all that's happened in W's term, it should be an interesting, if not competitive, election. We will see, we will see. For now, I leave you with some pearls of wisdom from the current opposition front-runner, the Mad Doctor from Vermont. Voter triggers Dean's much talked about temper: http://www.reuters.com/printerFriendlyPopup.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4107420 "From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people:" http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A63152-2004Jan7?language=printer Dean on the Palestinians: In another January 1998 episode, he also speculated that there “will probably be good and bad” if Hamas takes control over the Palestinian leadership. Yasser Arafat, he said, “is going to leave the scene. ... When that happens, I think Hamas will probably take over. There will probably be good and bad out of that. The bad, of course, is that Hamas is a terrorist organization. However, if they have to run a quasi-state they may actually have to be more responsible and start negotiations. So who knows what will happen.” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/Default.aspx?id=3908334&p1=0 Same interview: "The next great tragedy is going to be Arafat's passing." Dr. Dean also says that the capture of Saddam Hussein has not made us safer. But attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq are down 22% since his capture: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm.../ts_usatoday/attacksdown22sincesaddamscapture Oh, and who can forget, OBL should be dealt with at the Hague by the "international community." Not that he cares anyway. :shock: And that's Howard Dean for you. And he'll keep talkin', because, by God, he doesn't want to listen to those "fundamentalist preachers" anymore! :cuss: Boy, this is gonna be fun to watch!