Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Author:
  • two Swiss skaters who came to the U.S. in 1937 and joined the original Ice Follies show as comedy ice skaters
  • an English slang term used in two ways. One is to refer to two people so closely associated as to be indistinguishable; the other way is as a term of derision for any two people, on par with calling one person a “Bozo” or three people “Stooges.”

[For my out-of-town readers, when the Hillary was dubbed Sec/State, Paterson appointed Kirsten Gillibrand to take her seat in the US Senate. This left the seat for the 20th congressional district open, and a special election has been scheduled for March 31st.]

I haven’t really been following the race between James Tedisco and Scott Murphy. First, it’s not my district. Second, it’s been a yawner because there’s really no difference between the two. For instance, this is from the Gazette after their first debate:

Murphy, Tedisco find common ground at first debate

— Scott Murphy and James Tedisco were cordial in their first public debate before a packed crowd on Tuesday and managed to agree on most issues.

The party-anointed Democrat and Republican “managed to agree?” How pathetic is that? Can’t they even pretend to disagree and give the voters a choice? If you think I’m being a tad too cynical here, go read their responses to questions from the Times Union. If they weren’t labeled, you wouldn’t know who said what.

But a big thank-you goes out to the Gazette, for informing us that there’s a third candidate on the ballot. Libertarian Eric Sundwall filed his petitions on Monday. Refreshingly, instead of regurgitating the same old political crap, Sundwall has chosen to focus on the four-point plan Ron Paul initiated during the general election.

If you want real change, folks, change the way you vote: dump the republocrats and vote on principles. Ron Paul could use some help in Washington. Snippets from Sundwall’s website:

1. Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East.

2. Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation.

3. The National Debt: There should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.

4. The Federal Reserve: We must seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended.

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