reply to post by silo13
My globetrotting days are done. My passport expired in 2002, and I just let it slide. For a brief time around April of 2004 I was talking to Dyncorp
about going to Baghdad, but decided against it because it was a rush job, and I wasn't prepared - getting the passport in order would have cost me
around 600 bucks to ram it through on the fast track, and I had my son here by then to think about, so I turned the gig down as more trouble than it
was worth. I t turned out to be the right decision, for entirely unconnected reasons. Had I gone, my son would have found himself stuck all alone back
here when his ma died, so in retrospect it was good I didn't go. On top of that, the guys I know who did go came back in two months, breaking the
contract. It was a contract for the State Department, and State wasn't running it very well or thinking very clearly. The guys picked up their bags
and got out while the getting was good.
Anyhow, I'm not going overseas any more. Heck, I don't even fly domestically any more because it's such a damned headache. If it burns down, I'll
be right around here watching it go. I ain't running. I'll take my passport money and invest in marshmallows.
My politics aren't any secret around ATS. I'm just to the right of Atilla the Hun - I'm so far right that I wrap back around to the left. I'm the
guy that conservatives look at and say "THAT guy is still in the stone age!" That's how "conservative" I am. With that in mind, I'm telling you
right now that Romney WILL be the GOP nominee, and I will vote for Obama before I'll vote for Romney. They've been hammering at me with cute phrases
like "we just have to get rid of OBAMA!" with no regard for the unintended consequences they will bring on. Baloney. I've never voted AGAINST
anyone in my life, and I'll not start now, just to vote against Obama.
Change just for the sake of change is not always a good thing - they should have figured that out when they votes Hopey-Changey Obama into office to
begin with. I'm not voting to jump out of the frying pan into the fire just to "change" the occupant of the Oval Office.
Romney is just Obama with a flashy paint job. He's trying to pass himself off as "conservative" when he is nothing of the sort. A wolf in sheep's
clothing. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't. Item: Romney passed Obama Care before it even WAS Obama Care, individual mandate and
all, in Massachusetts. Item: Romney said "I support the Second Amendment" - those exact words - in the same sentence as his denial of Second
Amendment rights in a campaign stop where he was asked about the Assault Weapon Ban. He apparently "supports the Second Amendment" as long as it
doesn't involve allowing the population to be armed. I'm not sure what the hell he thinks the Second Amendment is about.
Those two things alone demonstrate that he hasn't a clue as to what constitutes "liberty", and therefore has no more business occupying the Oval
Office than Obama does. His religion doesn't even enter the equation for me.
I thought about writing in BIAD, but then we'd have that whole US citizenship issue to deal with, and I don't think we have time to Photoshop up a
convincing birth certificate.
Seeing as how well the voter fraud worked in the 2008 election, I think I'll register all of the Space Opera NPCs to vote. Nothing was ever done
about the 50 copies of Mickey Mouse registered, so why not our very own NPC's? We can get Chumley and neno to "guard" the polling places in
Philadelphia in order to make sure the "Space Opera vote" isn't interfered with. I mean, they're not Black Panthers, but they'll have to do!
Seriously - this year's field is SO dismal that I've just about decided to vote for whomever can run their campaign on the least amount of money, on
the theory that less money means less corporate ownership of that candidate via donations.