Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Mass. Gay Marriage Ban Passes Hurdle
Why is everyone so hot to legalize "gay" marriages?
Maybe because there's a pot of gold over that particular rainbow…
"If you're working and paying into Social Security, some of the Social Security taxes you pay goes toward survivors insurance. In fact, the value of the survivors insurance you have under Social Security is probably more than the value of your current life insurance."
Condi Rice Soundbite
From a radio interview, October 4, 2000--before the elections!
RICE: Osama bin Laden, do two things. The first is you really have to get the intelligence agencies better organized to deal with the terrorist threat to the United States itself. One of the problems that we have is a kind of split responsibility, of course, between the CIA in foreign intelligence and the FBI in domestic intelligence. There needs to be better cooperation because we don't want to wake up one day and find out that Osama bin Laden has been successful on our own territory."
And here's a companion piece about how obstreperous Senate Democrats held up Bush appointees out of sheer spite.
Monday, March 29, 2004
Maybe I'm overly suspicious of a particular party's motives…
Why has no one else considered that the sudden onslaught of criticism of Condi Rice seems aimed more at undermining her credibility just in case the Bush team was thinking of replacing Cheney with Rice on the 2004 ticket?
We're talking security here, people. Why do certain members of a certain party want to hang our security information on the line for every terrorist in the world to see? Rice has already testified before the 9/11 committee in private. What would a public hearing accomplish beyond an attempt to publicly discredit Condelezza Rice and the Bush administration?
Has no one read Machiavelli recently?
I blame Walter Cronkite.
Sunday, March 28, 2004
"Some countries and activists argue that ICANN is too close to the United States and want the United Nations to take a greater role in regulating the Internet.
"The United Nations would be a good platform for that, because it has legitimacy. The countries are all represented," said Izzeldin Mohamed Osman, a computer science professor from the Sudan University of Science and Technology."
Legitimacy? Can you say "oil-for-food-program?" And those words are coming from the mouth of a Sudanese--a nation notorious for an on-going slave trade and persecution of their Christian citizens.
"This week, about 200 diplomats, activists and representatives of companies like Hewlett-Packard Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. met at the United Nations to share ideas on whether the Internet should be governed and, if so, how.
"The world has a common interest in ensuring the security and dependability of this new medium," [Secretary-General Kofi] Annan said."
What? His kid didn't rake in enough kickbacks from schmoozing with Saadam?
Saturday, March 27, 2004
The Great Clarke Chase
All right people, let's cut to the chase on the Clarke crap. The big issue seems to be: "Bush could have stopped 9/11 if his administration had taken the terrorist threats seriously, but they didn't, so they didn't, and people died," or some such circular debate.
Well, for the history-impaired, here's a bit of news: the whole Japanese navy sneaked across the Pacific to attack Pearl Harbor. And they did it right under the noses of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, etc. etc. Where were Congressional hearings and debates? Where was the 12/7 Commission investigating "the lapses" in the Roosevelt administration's handling of pre-attack intelligence?
Doesn't anyone else find it disturbing we couldn't locate and discern the intentions of an entire foreign navy puttering merrily across the Pacific Ocean? And if we couldn't do that, how the hell were we supposed to locate two dozen Middle Eastern types "vacationing" and "studying" in the United States and read their minds while we were at it?
The day after 12/7 all FDR gave the people was a speech--something about a day living in infamy--and a declaration of war. Geeze. We was robbed!
As Ye Sow
I just finished reading a long rant written by a woman on another group site I belong to. She was in a serious snit about a recent Dr. Phil show involving a serial adulteress who was littering the landscape with illegitimate children.
Now this is a person who supports the gay marriage issue because people who are in love should be allowed to be together no matter what. And she herself lived with two men at one time, although I'm not sure if she enjoyed herself quite as thoroughly as the woman on Dr. Phil's show.
After explaining the whole show, she writes this:
"Someone give me a degree in suture's, please cause I'm going to find her, strap her to a gurney & tie those f---in' tubes!!! There ought to be a law against this crap. She is ruining so many people's lives, causing so much turmoil on so many innocent bystanders."
A long time ago in an America far, far away…
…there used to be laws against fornication, adultery, and sodomy. There was even serious social stigma attached to having out-of-wedlock affairs, extra-marital affairs, and "illegitimate" children, mixed race or otherwise.
But then a whole bunch of people started claiming what someone did in the privacy of their own bedroom was, well, private. It was only sex and it certainly wasn't hurting anyone, was it?
Well it sounds, from the description of this show, that evidently it was--and still is.
Who'd'a thunk it?