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June 2005 Archives

June 29, 2005

Peace in the Middle East

While watching the President's speech last night, I must admit that I kept remembering a personality profile I had read recently that describes our Commander-in-Chief perfectly. So this morning I wandered around on the web until I found it:

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June 24, 2005

Why not a meaningful Amendment to the Constitution?

On Wednesday, 286 of our congressional representatives engaged in their annual act of craven demagoguery by adopting an amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit the desecration of the American flag. At the vanguard of this initiative are public officials, especially those on the right wing of the political spectrum, who purport to esteem personal freedom and resent the pervasive influence of the federal government into the private lives of individuals ostensibly. Yet they propose to amend our most fundamental legal document to achieve an objective that contravenes these ideals diametrically. Apparently these putative patriots are either unaware of their profound hypocrisy or sufficiently depraved to be impervious to it.

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Posted by Chuck Hanrahan at 11:50 AM

June 23, 2005

Freedom: Begone!

In a decision handed down by the US Supreme Court, the Federal, State and Local governments have just invalidated all private land ownership and turned all titles into 'lease agreements' that can be nullified at a moment's notice simply because someone has convinced any group of elected or appointed officials that they can do more with your property that you are.

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Posted by Rhinehold at 11:28 AM

June 22, 2005

Durbin Cries, Iraqis Die, Afghanistan Fries, and Bush Continues to Lie

While Senator Dick Durbin (from my state) breaks down in tears on the Senate floor, woefully decrying his remarks about Guantanamo Bay, and the insurgents poke a finger in the eye of the Administrations assertions that their daily carnage is winding down, the war in Afghanistan, which was supposed to be almost at an end, is flaring anew.

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June 21, 2005

Biting the Hand

Bob Geldof is not making many friends by warning performers in his Live 8 concerts not to openly criticize President Bush. He has stated both that "he wants to bring Bush in, not run him away" and "They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American president for Africa, but it's empirically so." As you can imagine, this may be ruffling the feathers of many who are scheduled to perform, as well as leaders of many left-leaning political action groups. However, this isn't the only issue that those 'on the left' have with the Live 8 concerts.

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Posted by Rhinehold at 6:33 PM

June 20, 2005

Conceived By Man

Much of the conversation around same-sex marriages and whether they should be allowed or not have centered around the inability for same-sex couple to have children. This, we are told by some, is the reason for marriage. While I've shown previously that this logic is flawed, it is also not a viable excuse for limiting this right to same-sex couples as before as detailed in this new study.

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Posted by Rhinehold at 3:05 PM

June 16, 2005

Understanding The Stem Cell Debate Part II - In-vitro Fertilization

The rancorous debate currently swirling around the use of embryonic stem cells to research cures for some of the world's most vexing disease's, is one I cannot seem to disengage myself from. This is partially due to the fact that the fair majority of arguments against this promising research are so morally vapid, and devoid of common sense.

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June 10, 2005

Affluence Won't Destroy America's Future - Probably

David,

Congrats on an intriguing and well-written essay (posting of June 9), as well as the heated discussion it engendered. I hope that you will indulge me with a few thoughts of my own about the possibility of America's eventual diminution.

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June 7, 2005

Supreme Court Chooses Unlimited Federal Power as the Most Important Constitutional Value

"Respondents... use marijuana that has never been bought or sold, that has never crossed state lines, and that has had no demonstrable effect on the national market for marijuana. If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything - and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers" - Justice Thomas, dissenting in Gonzales v. Raich

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June 6, 2005

Another Blow to State Sovereignty

Today the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against Angel Raich, finding that Federal authorities may prosecute individuals who use medical marijuana, despite states' decisions to legalize marijuana for medicinal purpose.

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Posted by Andrew Parker at 5:13 PM

The Sickening Cost of American Healthcare

I knew that the United States spent more of its GNP on healthcare goods and services than any other nation on Earth, but I was amazed to discover the degree of that difference and how little we get in return.

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June 3, 2005

The European Constitution

Well, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of the birth of the "United States of Europe" have been greatly exaggerated.

As if the French rejection of the European Constitution wasn't bad enough, its overwhelming rejection by the Dutch seems to have sealed its doom.

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Posted by Chuck Hanrahan at 10:27 AM