Politics, Media and Personal Safety

The really great thing about living in the US is that we are allowed to have divergent opinions about the political scene. This can give rise to the worst and the best of humanity. I think that this election season has exemplified each of these traits.

The Barend vs. Kuhl campaign has really shown us the dark underside of political campaigning. It seems that Kuhl was divorced several years ago. This all is happening in New York and under New York law, the records of that are sealed for 100 years to prevent just what is happening.

Some one went to the Steuben County clerk’s office, and asked for the records, claiming to be working on a school project. They were then leaked to the press.

Now, to the crux of the issue in my mind, the press then decided that this was newsworthy, and started to do story after story about this private matter. Who is to blame? The media for one.

It seems that they have become untouchable in the past few years. They can say whatever they want, ignore facts that do not jive with their view of the world, and accentuate the parts of a story that further their agenda.

I do not watch the news anymore. The news is simply scare tactics. All that they want to do is show every bad thing that has happened to people in the past day.

You know, I am sorry, but I do not really care if a person was murdered by their ex-spouse in littlesburg, anystate. The amount of reporting about crime makes us think that we live in a society that is breaking down, that is totally unsafe.

This is totally not true.

According to the US DOJ there were about 24 million crimes last year.

Violent victimization and property crime rates in 2001 were the lowest recorded since the NCVS‘ inception in 1973. There were about 24 million crimes in 2001.

According to the US Census, we have about 294,500,000 people right now. You have a 1 in 10 chance of having ANY crime committed against you, and only 22% of those are violent crimes. So, in 2004 your chances of having a violent crime committed against you were only 1.8% – less then 1 in 50. In 2003 for every 1,000 persons age 12 or older, there occurred 1 rape or sexual assault, 1 assault with injury, and 2 robberies. In 2002 there were only about 6 murder victims per 100,000.

If we are to believe the media, we live in a period of time that is one of the most unsafe ever. What does that make the 70’s, when crime was much higher? We must have been living in a war zone!

News media lies. It’s that simple. Never believe them, as they have stopped being objective and started to report only what they want, to further their agenda. Check out alternate news sources (Google News and The BBC are two of my favorites) and check the facts.

Never trust the media.

Kill your television.


Some ruminating about why I started this blog

Over the years, I have been less then perfect about keeping up with people. I am very now oriented, and seem to have a hard time remembering to keep in touch with friends and family from long ago or far away.

I have never liked this about my self, and have often wished that I could do something about it. I have tried several times, setting up mailing lists and other thing-a-ma-jiggers, however for whatever reason, they never flew.

So, here is my spot in cyberspace. Ya’ll can drop on by and check up on me when ever you want. Please feel free to comment on things that I say. I crave feedback.

On April 17th, 2004 I married Shela. I made a slide show of some of the digital pictures from before, during and after the wedding. You can view it here!. Some of the family has already seen it, but here it is in all of its glory for all of you.

Quite honestly, Shela and I met during the end of a very dark time in my life. I had just ended a 10-year relationship and marriage on less then friendly terms, and was also reeling from a very hard breakup with some one that was very close to me. She was not ready for a committed relationship, but then again neither was I. I really hope that all of my ex’s can find real, deep happiness. That is all that I have really ever wanted for them and me. I think that I have gotten there now and I hope that their journeys there are as swift as possible.

Shela was like a ray of sunlight at the end of a long tunnel. When I met her, my whole life was starting on an upswing, and she helped me out so much. Her bubbly personality was, and is, just what I need. She also is just as stubborn as I am. We butt heads every once in a while, but that is just part of life. We are both strong personalities, and quite honestly, I would not have it any other way.

Just about 11 weeks ago, Shela and I made a little Shela and Dukk. Now, a lot of you know me from my ‘No Kids, Never No How’ phase. Gladly (since one is on the way) I am actually looking forward to this. I think that it is going to be a rewarding experience.

The pregnancy has been hard on Shela so far, she was on an IV at home for about 3 weeks. Happily, she is back at work now, and glad to be off the couch!


Political Tests and scores

I guess that this is the day to take political tests…

The thing to be aware of (as I am sure that you are) is that the questions tend to corral you into the responses that the askers want.

Just remember – Semper Discordia!

Took the Worlds Smallest Political Quiz

The red dot on the Chart shows where I fit on the political map.

Just found this political test.. It scored me vs the Catholic Bishops, Bush and Kerry. The higher percentage equates to more agreement on this issue.

Here is my score:

Bishops -18%
Bush 9%
Kerry -27%

Protecting Human Life
Bishops -25%
Bush -25%
Kerry 50%

Promoting Family Life
Bishops -100%
Bush -100%
Kerry -100%

Pursuing Social Justice
Bishops 0%
Bush 45%
Kerry -70%

Pursuing Global Solidarity
Bishops 0%
Bush 100%
Kerry -50%

Wow. Some of those questions and category’s are really… um… biased. But what did I expect? Everyone has their axe to grind.