March 29, 2005
What's the Old Saying About Elections Without a Government?
Iraq's elections on January 30 were an impressive event, considering the danger to all parties involved. But the government that was supposed to be formed as a result of those elections hasn't come to fruition. Is this just the byproduct of good old-fashioned political wrangling, or is the Iraqi experiment in trouble?» Continue reading "What's the Old Saying About Elections Without a Government?"
I'd really like every country in the world to be a liberal democracy. I'd like to see peace break out on a global scale. I'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony. I'd like to buy the world a Coke, and keep it company... And throw in a few Kumbaya's and save the whales while I'm at it. That's why I can't fault the Bush administration's ultra-liberal dream to shine the God given light of democracy and freedom on the benighted peoples of the world, starting with our little brown brothers in the Middle East. But of course, the Devil's in the details.» Continue reading "Kumbaya Condi"
Pro-Life, But Unclear on the Concept
"PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police said a man made a death threat Monday morning to the sister-in-law of Michael Schiavo...He called Mrs. Schiavo a murderer. And she responded very nicely to him that, 'You don't even know the family.' And that's when he said, 'Well, if Terri dies, I'm going to come back and shoot you and your family'.» Continue reading "Pro-Life, But Unclear on the Concept"
March 28, 2005
Not With a Bang but a Whimper
I'm in the middle of Nevil Shute's, "On the Beach". I remember the omnipresent fear of global nuclear war, so it's nostalgic for me, in a way. But it's also still disturbingly relevant. The book presents a scenario where Albania nukes Naples, then Egypt uses the confusion to send Russian-built bombers to take out London and Washington, causing the US to mistakenly retaliate against Russia, which fires back at the US and also China, which then wipes out Russia...» Continue reading "Not With a Bang but a Whimper"
March 25, 2005
A Perspective on The Politics of The Schiavo Case
I recently recieved some E-Mail from a close associate, one very familiar with the law, the courts, history, and politics. This correspondence crystallized a point that had been stirring around in my brain for quite a while. Seeing as how he put together the gist of this idea better than I could, I contacted him, and he gave his approval for my reproduction of his e-mail.
Here follows what he wrote to me:» Continue reading "A Perspective on The Politics of The Schiavo Case"
March 24, 2005
What Gives, Muammar?
On a purely aesthetic basis, Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi is one of the world's most intriguing heads of state. The fame of his female corps of Chanel-clad bodyguards is growing to near-mythical proportions (there was even a documentary on the subject made last year). He gave Americans the perfect enemy in the 1980s and early 1990s; without the Libyans mad thirst for plutonium, we would never have had Back to the Future, or Charlie Sheens epic opus, Navy Seals. His Green Book is mandatory reading for seventeen year old Universal Socialists (although its apparently out of print at Amazon.com).» Continue reading "What Gives, Muammar?"
How Did Hitler Tie His Shoes?
A few weeks ago, Senator Robert Byrd compared the Republican's "nuclear option" - their plan to curtail the right of extended debate in the Senate - to the way the Nazi Party seized power in Germany,» Continue reading "How Did Hitler Tie His Shoes?"
March 22, 2005
Where are the Conservatives?
The Terri Schiavo case has exploded into public consciousness in the last few days, as her parents' state appeals were exhausted and Federal Government stepped into the controversy. The debate is essentially a question of whether "life" is more important than law, and whether the government should intervene to save a life. So, where are the Conservatives arguing against this intervention?» Continue reading "Where are the Conservatives?"
Leave It Alone
The news, as I wake up, is that Terr1 Schiavo's parents have lost the case. I feel for them, but I am relieved. Terr1's case, right or wrong, was lost according to the law, and we should not underestimate the good that has done.
The controversy, unlike what some would think, has not really been about whether we are going to kill a young woman, but rather, about whether there was a young woman there in the first place, and whether her immediate next of kin could fulfill her final wishes.» Continue reading "Leave It Alone"
March 21, 2005
March 19, 2005
A recent New York Times article recently caught my attention. The subject? Our government using millions of taxpayer dollars to propagandize on our newscasts.
Before you folks on the Red Column ask, I might as well anticipate your questions with an answer: Yes, I do think the government has some right to a polished presentation. It's the manufactured, secret kind that bugs me.» Continue reading "Valued Criticism"
March 17, 2005
Congressional Republicans Show Their Colors
With two years to go before they face the voters, Republicans in Congress are really starting to hit their stride. Recent posts have discussed the recent bankruptcy bill, which has been widely criticized as heavily biased in favor of the credit card industry. So run a tight ship, consumers! Stay out of debt! Or maybe, if that doesn't appeal to you, run for Congress, where credit should be easy.» Continue reading "Congressional Republicans Show Their Colors"
Bush is the Wrong Person to Sell Private Accounts
As I have indicated earlier on these pages, I am open to the possibility that private accounts may be a good change to Social Security. One thing that I am fairly certain about is that Bush is the wrong messenger.» Continue reading "Bush is the Wrong Person to Sell Private Accounts"
March 14, 2005
40 Acres And A Social Security Check
Don't be alarmed here, but I should be dead right now, or in jail. I could justify by expanding the odds to include serving in the military, but it is a known fact that upon reaching the age of 30, a Black male has a 2 in 3 chance of likely being killed or incarcerated. Yet, by no measure should you assume I just 'lucked out'. I will forever appreciate the education provided me by the Chicago Public School system, thus by taking advantage of what my committed teachers provided, my chances of beating the odds improved dramatically.» Continue reading "40 Acres And A Social Security Check"
March 12, 2005
Mind Your Conclusions About The Brain
I think people take a far too deterministic view of genetics and neuroscience. If the question is, do women and men learn differently, think differently, then I'd say science would support you. If, however, you're saying that there is an innate disability on certain subjects for women, that is not scientifically supportable as far as I can see.» Continue reading "Mind Your Conclusions About The Brain"
March 10, 2005
Addicted to Hate
In about 1995, I went to Topeka, Kansas for an exhibition on Russian Imperial artwork. While there, I was surprised to see people picketing the art exhibit with signs like "God Hates Fags" and "Fag = Death". I didn't understand what it was all about, but an ex-girlfriend from Topeka told me that it was just Fred Phelps up to his old tricks. He's theoretically the pastor of a theoretical church in Topeka, and his mission seems to be to offend everyone in the world.» Continue reading "Addicted to Hate"
March 7, 2005
The Dead Horse That Must Be Beaten
I know. The last person you want to hear more about is Jeff Gannon, aka James Guckert. But there's a few things you might want to know before we inter that old nag. Let's start with the fact that Bobby Eberle, ultimate owner of Talon News, was a delegate to the 2000 convention, and thanked G. Gordon Liddy and Karl Rove on his site for their assistance.» Continue reading "The Dead Horse That Must Be Beaten"
March 6, 2005
Senate Republicans All Refuse to Support the Troops
As a postscript to the post below on "credit or debit" - this is a complex problem, and there are good things and bad things about any bill. It's worth looking at some of the proposed amendments - exceptions that provided additional protection for certain groups - that didn't make it into the bill. One was this: "To protect service members and veterans from means testing in bankruptcy, to disallow certain claims by lenders charging usurious interest rates to servicemembers, and to allow servicemembers to exempt property based on the law of the State of their premilitary residence."» Continue reading "Senate Republicans All Refuse to Support the Troops"
March 5, 2005
The 'Credit Or Debit Issue'
The one thing the fierce opposition to George Bush's Social Security scam has proven, is an unjust war thousands of miles away may not motivate the American electorate to outrage, but self-interest and a threat to their cash flow, will. So, if I were the bad toupee wearing Frank Luntz of the Democratic Party, I have just found the perfect 'bread and butter issue' courtesy of the Republican Party, and just in time for the 2006 Mid-Term Elections.» Continue reading "The 'Credit Or Debit Issue'"
March 3, 2005
Proportionality is the Point
Thanks to Justice Anthony Kennedy for his role in bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice.
... and the Court's own determination in the exercise of its independent judgment, demonstrate that the death penalty is a disproportionate punishment for juveniles.» Continue reading "Proportionality is the Point"
March 1, 2005
A Dollar Per Mention
Mention of what? The word "freedom".
Am I saying we shouldn't speak of it? Of course not. What I'm saying is we shouldn't wear this word out. Freedom this, freedom that. The Freedom Towers! Freedom Fries! The world wants freedom.
Bush in particular has an atrocious habit of using this word as if the rest of us don't know what it means. It's funny, though, that as one Republican after another makes a Gregorian chant of the word, they decry the use of that freedom by us Democrats to oppose them.» Continue reading "A Dollar Per Mention"