Monday, September 11, 2006

We're not in Kansas anymore - but this makes me wish we were.

I stumbled upon this today -- Although it is from 2004, I think it is even more appropriate today. Congratulations to Joe Wright, who is obviously more interested in truth than political correctness:


When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate in 2004, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it Pluralism.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

Amen!"

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

How to simulate shipboard life at home

I have seen several versions of this. I thought I would post it for your enjoyment. It describes only a small part of shipboard life; if you know a sailor, or ex-sailor, have him sit down and chat with you sometime.

This guide was designed for the ex-sailor who misses the good old days and wants to bring a little of his or her past into their current life. It is also designed for those who would like to experience living aboard a U.S. Naval vessel for an extended period of time. Too many people believe life in the Navy is a Top Gun existence and hang onto every detail of JAG. It is not a glamorous life, but it can be very enjoyable and eventful.

The following are a few suggestions on how to experience the real Navy life, right in the comfort of your own home:

1. When commencing this simulation, remember to board up all windows, and lock friends and family outside, You can communicate only with letters that your neighbors will hold for two weeks before delivering, losing one out of every five. Have a friend or neighbor yell "Mail Call" at your door. Four out of five times, he will snicker and say "You didn't get anything."

2. Raise the thresholds and lower the top sills on every doorway. From this point on, refer to them as knee-knockers and overheads. Make sure you smash your knees on the knee-knockers and ram your head against the overhead every time you pass though one of them.

3. Surround yourself with 5,000 people you either don't like or don't know. These people will chain-smoke, pass gas loudly, snore like a Mack truck on a uphill grade, complain constantly, seldom shower, wear clean clothes, or brush their teeth and use expletives in speech the way kids use sugar on cold cereal.

4. Unplug all radios and televisions to completely cut yourself off from the outside world. Have a neighbor bring you a Time or Newsweek magazine from two or three months ago.

5. Study the owners manual for all appliances in the dwelling. If you don't have a manual, have someone who knows nothing about the item write one.

6. Monitor all operating home appliances hourly, recording all vital parameters (plugged in, light functions when door opens, etc.). If not in use, log every four hours as "secured." Study the owner’s manual for these appliances and at regular intervals, take one apart and put it back together again, then test operate it at the extremes of its tolerance.

7. Do not flush the toilet (s) for the first three days to simulate the smell of forty people using the same commode. After that, flush once daily. Install a shower nozzle on a short hose, making sure it is one with a button which must be pressed constantly to make the water come out. Install a device which irregularly varies the setting on the hot water heater and room thermostats, especially at night and while you are showering. During showers, which must be either ice cold or scalding hot, arrange periodically to have the water shut off once you are soaped up. Also arrange to have someone steal personal hygiene products, shower shoes, towels, and anything else not locked up.

8. Only shop at a store which closes at odd times, for no apparent reason, and is out of stock of important items like personal hygiene products, etc. (See #7 above.)

9. Lock the bathroom door twice a day for a four-hour period.

10. Wear only approved coveralls or proper uniforms (no special or cut-off T-shirts). Even though nobody really cares, once a week clean and press one uniform in the dark on a broken ironing board (or a towel on the floor) and wear it for 20 minutes while standing at attention. After this, change back into coveralls, catch and rip the sleeve of your shirt on a sharp object on your way to change, curse and yell, then wad it up and throw it in a smelly locker.

11. Cut your hair weekly, making it shorter each time until you are bald or look like you tangled with a demented sheep-shearer. Have a friend or neighbor loudly tell you to get a haircut at least once every other week, whether you need one or not.

12. Work in 18-hour cycles, sleeping only four hours at a time to ensure your body doesn't know or care if it's daytime or nighttime.

13. Listen to your favorite cassette six times a day for two weeks, then play music that causes acute nausea until you are glad to get back to your "favorite" cassettes.

14. Cut a three-inch thick twin-sized mattress in half length-wise. Place it in a metal box with one opening on the side. The roof should be low enough to prevent you from sitting in any position (18 inches is perfect). Place the metal box on a platform so that it is at lease six inches from the floor. Attach blue curtains across the opening, making sure they are opaque enough to let plenty of light through. Place a dead animal under your sheets to simulate the smell of your bunkmates, the laundry and shipboard life. Whenever possible, and without warning, have someone take your pillow or blanket (or both) to simulate that special camaraderie that exist only on-board an U.S. Naval warship.

15. Two hours after you go to sleep, have someone stumble around loudly, whip open your rack curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble "Sorry, wrong rack." Set your alarm clock to go off at the five minute "snooze" intervals for the first hour of sleep to simulate the various alarms of watch-standards and night crews waking up to go on duty and at odd times just to wake you up. Place your metal box on a rocker to ensure that you are tossed from side to side for the remaining three hours of sleep. Alternately use a custom alarm clock that sounds like a fire alarm, police sirens, and loud punk rock combined to simulate various drill alarms on-board the ship, so you will get accustomed to ignoring your regular alarm clock.

16. Prepare all food while blindfolded, using all the spices that you can grope for, or none at all, to simulate shipboard food. Remove the blindfold and eat as fast as humanly possible. If the food does not stick to an inverted plate when cold, use more lard. If the food contains more than one part per thousand of fiber, dispose of it. Always take more than you can possible eat to keep up the waste standards of the Navy. Beat your plate enthusiastically against the side of the trash can when disposing of your leftovers. Remember over-cooking or under-cooking is preferable to proper cooking. Also combining old food to new food is also encouraged. Have week-old fruit and vegetables delivered to your garage between two and four in the morning by helicopter and wait two weeks before eating them.

17. When making coffee, use 18 scoops of generic coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5-6 hours before drinking.

18. When making cakes, prop up one side of the pan while it is baking. Then spread icing really thick on one side to level off the top.

19. Run into the kitchen and sweep all pots, pans and dishes off the counter and onto the floor. Yell at yourself for not having the kitchen "stowed for sea."

20. Buy 50 cases of toilet paper and lock up all but two rolls. Give the key to a friend going on vacation to Tierra del Fuego. Ensure one of the two rolls is wet all the time.

21. Periodically have a neighbor shut off power at the main breaker and send a muscle-bound seventeen year old psychopath with a funny haircut and loaded rifle (simulated Marine) running through you house, repeatedly yelling at the top of his lungs "Get Down! Get Down!" If, at this point, you don't lie face down on the floor with your hands on top of your head fast enough, you will be beaten to a pulp while the psychopath continues to scream "Don't Move!"

22. Randomly start small fires and practice putting them out. When you do this, have the same neighbor shut off power at the main breaker again. Run around screaming "Fire in the main space! Fire in the main space!" Do this until you sweat profusely or lose your voice, then restore power.

23. Prepare yourself for an emergency that will require you to evacuate the premises knowing that if you exit, the biker gang that you hired will cut off your arms and legs to simulate sharks. Study an ancient first aid book to learn how to handle wounds and control bleeding until you can quote it verbatim.

24. Since you will have no doctor or get any medical care, stock up on the following: Band-Aids, aspirin, antacids, Robitussin, Acti-Fed, Pepto-Bismol, Motrin, and suppositories. These have been proven as cures for every disease known to man.



25. Buy a gas mask, smear the seal with rancid animal fat, and scrub the faceplate with steel wool until you can't see out of it. Wear it for two hours every fifth day (even to the bathroom) and run rapidly from one side of the house to the other while wearing it.

26. Remove all plants, pictures, and decorations (except vulgar photographs). Paint all furnishings and walls gray, white or the green shade of hospital scrubs. Use a special "fading" paint that will require you to do it all again in three months. Stencil everything with numbers.

27. Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to "High" to produce that genuine shipboard smell.

28. To make sure you are living in a clean and happy environment, sweep and dust twice daily. Once every week clean from top to bottom, working hard all day even if it is only a three hour job, repeating your efforts as often as possible. Occasionally, tell yourself that you missed some dust and your floor looks like crap. When completed, inspect your work, criticizing everything as much as possible. Never be satisfied with good effort or exceptional work. Twice a day (or more if there is no need) get several people together in as small a room as possible (a closet or bathroom should do) and have a meeting to listen to someone tell you what you did all day.

29. On one lone TV monitor, located in the worst possible place, connect three channels. The first should play old TV shows that even a "normal" station won't play. The second channel plays eight movies a month, over and over and over. The last channel plays "training" films on such engaging topics as small engine repair, proper blender operation, paperwork routing procedures, etc. Each channel must randomly go off the air, preferably when there is finally something you wanted to watch.

30. Once a day, watch a videotaped movie that you walked out on a year ago. Then watch an episode of Charlie's Angels that you didn't like the first three times you saw it. Make sure you pause it just at the peak of action so you can sweep the floor or listen to someone talk loudly about something stupid.

31. To achieve the permanent, smelly, dingy, wrinkled look in your clothes, have the plumber connect the washer to a sewer line. Tightly cram your clothes into a nylon bag and wash whole. Throw the bag in a corner for two days and then without removing the clothes from the bag, dry it. It helps if your clothes are tied in tight knots before cramming into a bag. For best results, add two or three ink pens to each bag.


32. Just for kicks, about once a month try to flush an old tennis shoe, a sack of cement, or a bowling ball down the commode. Ignore the mess, someone else will surely take care of it. Call the plumbers, but only if they have no spare parts, and are notoriously slow and unreliable.

33. Every so often, throw your cat into the swimming pool, and shout, "Man Overboard, Starboard Side!"

34. For maximum pleasure during the simulation, station people with metal sheets, sledge hammers, pneumatic tools, paints, and aromatic solvents, with instructions to use the aforementioned items only when you are trying to eat , sleep, or work. Run a loud blender in every room at a constant high speed to simulate the constant whine of the ship's machinery and have the biker gang you hired pound on the roof and walls to simulate recovering and launching aircraft.

35. During periods of high heat and/or humidity, shut off all ventilation and air conditioning. Bring in your lawnmower, and after removing the muffler, fire the sucker up and let it run for 8-10 hours.


36. Put on the headphones from your stereo, but don't plug them in. Hang a paper cup around your neck with a piece of string. Go and stand in front of your stove and say, to nobody in particular, "Stove manned and ready." Stand there for three or four hours, then say, once again to nobody in particular, "Stove secured." Roll up the headphone cord and put the headphone and paper cup in a box.

This simulation must run a minimum of six months to be effective. The exact date of the end of this simulation will be changed no less than seven times without your knowledge. This is done to keep you guessing as to when you can expect to get back to a semi-normal life.

On the last day of this simulation, remove the boards from the windows but do not go outside, have your love ones stand across the street, and you face them while standing at attention for four hours. This will simulate having duty on the day you return.

Friday, June 02, 2006

A good things for politics?!

As I watch the news and the political picture around the country, it seems to me that the major parties are imploding. Here are some excerpts from articles that show just that (I have included an equal number from both sides of the aisle to avoid the wrath of the ACLU (Anti-Christian Liberty Union)):


Democrats Tear Each Other Apart in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is wounded and vulnerable, and yet the two Democrats vying to unseat him are tearing each other apart in the very nightmare scenario party leaders had feared.
State Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly are spending millions on attack ads heading into Tuesday's primary, trading accusations of being corrupt, indulging in dirty politics and wanting to raise taxes.
"The script couldn't have been written any better by the Schwarzenegger campaign," said GOP consultant Kevin Spillane. "Whichever Democrat wins is going to be a dirty campaigner and a tax increaser."

Republican Fissures Imperil Bush Agenda

Emerging divisions within the Republican Party represent a greater danger to the president's capacity to govern than low public opinion-poll ratings. The greatest challenge to his authority may come from fiscal conservatives upset by runaway spending on Iraq, Katrina and social programs.

While these difficulties--and the fear that they might imperil the Republican majorities on Capitol Hill in the November 2006 midterm election--have disturbed conservatives, they are not at the core of current intra-Party warfare. Republican operatives have spent years cobbling together an effective governing coalition. Until now, the White House has been adept at playing to this hard core of conservative support. However, events and White House policy choices have recently aggravated three distinct sections of the conservative movement.

Pelosi Move Triggers Revolt

Furious black lawmakers, rallying behind Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), were pulled back from the brink of open revolt against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an emergency meeting with her Wednesday evening.The meeting with a handful of CBC members was called after Pelosi wrote the embattled lawmaker, who is at the center of a massive bribery scandal, a curt note requesting his immediate resignation from the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Cracks in Republican Unity

The Wall Street Journal notes severe cracks in Republican discipline on Capitol Hill: "The budget infighting, the muddled news conference and the floor debate over federal lands can't be ignored: Democrats lost power in 1994 when they kept fighting among themselves, oblivious to their House burning around them. Republicans have ruled since with a remarkable discipline, but are at risk now because of exhaustion, scandals and, critics would say, the rigidity of their ideology and failure to learn from policy failures in a changing world.""The greatest source of division is conservatives' concern about spending, aggravated by the mounting cost of the Iraq war."


So, you see, things are not at all well at home - for either party. Since I am admittedly a member of the VRWC, it troubles me to see this happening on my side of the fence, however I am guardedly optimistic that perhaps these seemingly unfortunate events will lead us to do something we all should have been doing all along, namely

VOTING FOR THE BEST CANDIDATE REGARDLESS OF HIS OR HER PARTY.

Interesting concept, huh?


Friday, May 26, 2006

My newest bumper sticker



Just thought I'd share my latest bumper sticker with you. Any comments??
By the way, in case you haven't already figured it out, I'm a proud,card-carrying member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Email from a friend

I recieved an interesting email from a friend today. You may disagree, but you can't deny the similarities:


Tokyo Rose

During World War II, the Japanese were searching for a way to demoralize the American forces that they faced. Their Psychological Warfare experts came up with a message they thought would work well. They gave the script to their famous broadcaster "Tokyo Rose" and everyday she would broadcast this same message packaged in various ways hoping to have an impact on American GI morale.

What was the message? It had three main points:

1. Your president is lying to you.

2. This war is illegal.

3. You cannot win the war.

Sound familiar? Maybe it's because the Democrat Party has picked up the same message and is broadcasting it to our troops. The only difference is that they claim to support our troops before they demoralize them. Come to think of it, Tokyo Rose used to tell our troops she was on their side.

Think about this next Election Day. Let's see how many people vote for Tokyo Hillary, Tokyo Harry, Tokyo Teddy, Tokyo Nancy, Tokyo Schumer, or Tokyo John.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Solution for the media:

Sorry folks, I can't help it ... I have been reading for 4 days about how the mainstream media got their nose pushed in because the Vice President didn't do their job for them. I have developed a sure-fire solution for this problem.

Here are the new rules if an accident like this happens again:

1. If your name is Kennedy, drag yourself out of the water, leave your victim to die, and go home.

2. If your name is Hillary, drag your victim along with the car and do nothing. Don't even check on the condition of your victim: http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/2/13/131728.shtml

3. If your name is Cheney:
-- Call ABC
-- Call NBC
-- Call CBS
-- Call CNN
-- Do NOT, under any circumstances call FOX NEWS!!!
-- Go find a computer with a GORE-invented internet account and post your story on all the liberal web sites you can find.

-- ONLY THEN may you get medical assistance for the victim.

Monday, February 13, 2006

On NFL and officiating...



First off.... In the name of honesty, I am a Steelers fan. If the Steelers had lost the superbowl, I would not be as quick to complain, for fear of being called a whiner.

I have been watching football for over 30 years. Without exaggeration, I think this year was the year that takes the prize for the worst officiating ever. Not just the Superbowl, but all year long. There are clearly a lot of issues that need to be dealt with. I think full-time refs may be the answer.The fact is that none of us have a crystal ball. None of us know for sure how the game would have turned out even if the officiating was perfect. Oh sure, we can do the math and add and subtract the "what if" points, but that is assuming that every other play of the game would have been the same, except for the ones where there were bad calls by the officials. Big assumption. Who knows what the next plays would have been if those calls went the other way?

NONE OF US!

However, let's focus the attention on where it should be -- on the officials. The fact that they blew it doesn't mean that Steelers fans should be vilified. Should I stop being a fan because the refs are bad? What would you like a team to do on the field? Should they say... Thanks ref, but the call was a bad one so we are going to spot the other team some points?

Both teams played a hard game. Mistakes and bad plays were made on both sides. The Steelers pretty much let the Seahawks walk all over them in the first half. The Seahawks had some bad play calls and poor time management. One of the golden rules in all of sports, whatever level, is "Don't turn the game over to the officials". Teams can't do anything about that. All they can do is play the game and make adjustments as needed, which is what both teams did in the superbowl. The fans and the players aren't at fault, the officials are.

As a Steelers fan, I am ticked off that this victory isn't what it could be. The refs in this game have cheapened the thrill of victory. I can sympathize with the Seahawks and their fans. If it was the other way around, I would be screaming even louder than they. But the truth is, we have the outcome of the game as it was played and as it was officiated. None of us, as talented as we claim we are, can say what would have happened if the refs hadn't blown it. So let's give credit where it's due -- to the players on BOTH sides of the ball -- and point our anger and frustration where it belongs -- at the worst officials in NFL history.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

SUPERBOWL XL CHAMPIONS!!

What more can I say?


































Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Toxic Playgrounds?

Apparently, in Osceola County, Florida, three teens were arrested in connection with a fire that they ignited. When I read that, my initial response was that although it could have been very serious, it was garden-variety teenage vandalism. But, what really scared me was the underlying story....the fumes were toxic. Not just "make-you-sick-and-throw-up" toxic, but toxic to the extreme.

Read this:

"One whiff of that could actually send you into euphoria and possibly just kill you on the spot," fire investigator Detective Juan Bailey said. "It is that toxic."


Now, somebody please tell me --

WHY ARE WE BUILDING PLAYGROUNDS OUT OF THIS STUFF????

Partisan? Maybe. New? Absolutely NOT!

Cindy Sheehan was invited to the State of the union address by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, (D- Calif). She was subsequently removed by authorities because she was wearing an anti-war tshirt. I can see the stormwave on the horizon: accusations of first amendment rights violations, partisan discrimination, sour grapes, etc.

But... hold on!

Before we go to far with this, let's step into our time machine and rewind the clock...

During the Impeachment hearings of Bill Clinton, David Delp, a guest of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), showed up wearing an anti-Clinton tshirt. He was removed by authorities and banned from the Capitol for the rest of the day.

So, please, let's keep this in perspective. I am as passionate as anyone about my beliefs. I have an "Anyone but Hillary 2008" bumper sticker on my car and I proudly display my "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy" membership card. Sometimes people who don't agree with me respond passionately to my admittedly inflammatory display of my politcal views. The fact is that if you are going to wear a tshirt in opposition, in a venue where you KNOW it will get attention, you have to face the consequences, just as I do when somebody flips me off because of my bumper sticker. We don't do things like this because we want to remain anonymous, now do we?

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Charlton Heston on the Cultural War

"Winning The Cultural War"
Charlton Heston; Harvard Law School Forum

This is from a speech given on February 16, 1999. Everyone should listen to this speech, whatever side of the political coin you fall on. The full text and audio can be found here.


In New Jersey, despite the death of several patients nationwide who had been infected by dentists who had concealed their AIDS -- the state commissioner announced that health providers who are HIV-positive need not ... need not ... tell their patients that they are infected.

At William and Mary, students tried to change the name of the school team 'The Tribe' because it was supposedly insulting to local Indians, only to learn that authentic Virginia chiefs truly like the name.

In San Francisco, city fathers passed an ordinance protecting the rights of transvestites to cross-dress on the job, and for transsexuals to have separate toilet facilities while undergoing sex change surgery.

In New York City, kids who don't speak a word of Spanish have been placed in bilingual classes to learn their three R's in Spanish solely because their last names sound Hispanic.

At the University of Pennsylvania, in a state where thousands died at Gettysburg opposing slavery, the president of that college officially set up segregated dormitory space for black students.

Yeah, I know ... that's out of bounds now. Dr. King said 'Negroes.' Jimmy Baldwin and most of us on the March said 'black.' But it's a no-no now.
For me, hyphenated identities are awkward ... particularly 'Native-American.' I'm a Native American, for God's sake. I also happen to be a blood-initiated brother of the Miniconjou Sioux. On my wife's side, my grandson is a thirteenth generation Native American ... with a capital letter on 'American.'

Finally, just last month ... David Howard, head of the Washington D.C. Office of Public Advocate, used the word 'niggardly' while talking to colleagues about budgetary matters. Of course, 'niggardly' means stingy or scanty. But within days Howard was forced to publicly apologize and resign.

As columnist Tony Snow wrote: 'David Howard got fired because some people in public employ were morons who (a) didn't know the meaning of niggardly,' (b) didn't know how to use a dictionary to discover the meaning, and (c) actually demanded that he apologize for their ignorance.'

Monday, May 23, 2005

Jim in San Juan Posted by Hello

Rednecks Revisited

You might be a redneck if:
It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, "One nation, under God. . "
You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.
You still say "Christmas" instead of "Winter Festival."
You bow your head when someone prays.
You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.
You treat Viet Nam vets with great respect, and always have.
You've never burned an American flag.
You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.
You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same.
You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

To Filibuster or Not....

As I read the papers and hear the pundits on this issue, my mind keeps circling back to what seems obvious to me. Perhaps I am simply not sophisticated enough to understand all the fuss, but here's how it looks from here:

1. We have a senate and a congress made up of ELECTED officials. That is, (and please don't take this as an invitation to debate hanging chads or faulty voting machines) WE THE PEOPLE have chosen them.

2. There is, and pretty much always has been a MAJORITY and a MINORITY as a result of this process.

3. Pretty much by definition, when there are issues on which to vote, the MAJORITY wins.

4. BUT.... the minority seems to think that it isn't fair that the ELECTED MAJORITY, elected BY THE PEOPLE, should win. So their answer, instead of trying to gain the majority, is to try to prevent the Senate from even voting. Isn't that what the accusations have been in the past 2 presidential elections? Aren't these the same people who are complaining that their side hasn't been allowed to vote (a la Jesse Jackson, Al Gore, etc)?

5. Again, I'm sure it is just a case of me not being nearly intelligent enough to understand, but what it really looks like to those of us on the outside is "If we can't win, we aren't even going to play". I don't think this nation was founded on a principle of "If we aren't going to win, let's not let them vote".

6. I have recently done a bit of research into the history of the filibuster. Lest anyone accuse me of being partisan on this issue, let me share some of what I have learned:

---> The record for the longest individual speech goes to South Carolina's J. Strom Thurmond who filibustered for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. (source: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Filibuster_Cloture.htm)
At the time, Thurmond was a Democrat (he became a republicam in 1964).

---> Joe Biden and Robert Byrd, Tom Harkin, Ted Kennedy, Joe Lieberman, Pat Leahy, Chuck Schumer and their erstwhile colleagues Lloyd Bentsen, and Tom Daschle have all vigorously opposed the use of the filibuster against judicial nominations. Mr. Schumer was for voting judicial nominations "up or down" without delay. Mr. Leahy flatly opposed a filibuster against Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination: "The president and the nominee and all Americans deserve an up-or-down vote." Mr. Harkin believed "the filibuster rules are unconstitutional," Mr. Daschle declared that "democracy means majority rule, not minority gridlock," and Mr. Kennedy that "senators who believe in fairness will not let the minority of the Senate deny [the nominee] his vote by the entire Senate." But that was then, when Democrats controlled the Senate. Now, they are a frustrated minority and it is different. Mr. Leahy has voted against cloture to end filibusters 21 out of 26 times; Mr. Kennedy, 18 out of 23. Now all these Senators practice and defend the use of filibusters against judicial nominees.(source: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1392722/posts)

---> Republicans Bill Frist, Orrin Hatch, Don Nickles, Christopher Bond, and Richard Lugar all supported the filibuster at one time. Now all are opposed to it. (source: http://democrats.senate.gov/~dpc/pubs/108-1-199.html)

So it would seem that the filibuster is not something that people support and believe in because it is the RIGHT THING TO DO, as much as because it is the PARTISAN THING TO DO, depending on the situation. That in and of itself seems enough reason to rethink it's propriety.

I was not present when out founders penned and debated the constitution. None of us can know what was on their minds, except in the legacy they have left behind. I do however, find it hard to believe that they desired for us to come to the point where instead of dealing with difficult issues and resolving them, we ignore them until they go away.