While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.I guess my two main sources of news are liberal leaning.
The first Muslim to be crowned Miss
has warned that stereotyping members of her community is leading some towards extremism. England
Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway.
This is something I have noticed over the last couple of months. When the pro-illegal immigration crowd called conservatives racist for simply wanting the laws of our country to be enforced, it made me very angry. That experience helps me understand how being called or labeled a terrorist would make Muslims angry. The difference is that many Muslim youth decide to go on suicide missions, and I take my anger out on my blog.
Those French are so enlightened!
France's jobless rate fell below 9 percent for the first time in four years in July, according to data on Wednesday which should cheer Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who made cutting unemployment his priority.
The unemployment rate of the euro zone's second biggest economy fell to 8.9 percent from 9.0 percent in June, down more than one percentage point in little more than a year.
The decline, which was in line with consensus forecasts, is the latest in a series of economic reports which show the French economy is firing on all cylinders and that job creation is starting to pick up.
I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL BUSH IS OUT OF OFFICE SO OUR ECONOMY CAN START "FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS" TOO!
We believe that freedom is a gift from an almighty God, beyond any power on Earth to take away.
Dear God....will Bush stop at nothing to impose his religious will on the rest of the country.
This is from the Boston Herald:
Despite exploding costs, most Americans got sizable life-extending bang for their medical bucks over recent decades, says one of the most sweeping studies ever of health-care value.
That might come as a surprise to anyone who has ever shuddered over a medical bill, and the report itself raises doubts over how quickly costs have escalated over the years.
However, the federally funded study calculated that Americans of all ages spent an average of $19,900 on medical care for each extra year of life expectancy gained over the last four decades of the 20th century. And that cost is worth it, the study authors say.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is searching for five people who allegedly attacked a uniformed National Guardsmen walking along 138th Street in Parkland Tuesday afternoon.The soldier was walking to a convenience store when a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and the driver asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action.
The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.
“And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer. At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road,” Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
Indeed, in the decades before World War II, a great many argued that the fascist threat was exaggerated or that it was someone else's problem. Some nations tried to negotiate a separate peace, even as the enemy made its deadly ambitions crystal clear. It was, as Winston Churchill observed, a bit like feeding a crocodile, hoping it would eat you last.Stumble It!
There was a strange innocence about the world. Someone recently recalled one U.S. senator's reaction in September of 1939 upon hearing that Hitler had invaded Poland to start World War II. He exclaimed:
“Lord, if only I had talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided!”
I recount that history because once again we face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism. Today -- another enemy, a different kind of enemy -- has made clear its intentions with attacks in places like New York and Washington, D.C., Bali, London, Madrid, Moscow and so many other places. But some seem not to have learned history's lessons.
We need to consider the following questions, I would submit:
These are central questions of our time, and we must face them and face them honestly.
- With the growing lethality and the increasing availability of weapons, can we truly afford to believe that somehow, some way, vicious extremists can be appeased?
- Can folks really continue to think that free countries can negotiate a separate peace with terrorists?
- Can we afford the luxury of pretending that the threats today are simply law enforcement problems, like robbing a bank or stealing a car; rather than threats of a fundamentally different nature requiring fundamentally different approaches?
- And can we really afford to return to the destructive view that America, not the enemy, but America, is the source of the world's troubles?
We hear every day of new plans, new efforts to murder Americans and other free people. Indeed, the plot that was discovered in London that would have killed hundreds -- possibly thousands -- of innocent men, women and children on aircraft flying from London to the United States should remind us that this enemy is serious, lethal, and relentless.
But this is still not well recognized or fully understood. It seems that in some quarters there's more of a focus on dividing our country than acting with unity against the gathering threats.
It's a strange time:
Those who know the truth need to speak out against these kinds of myths and distortions that are being told about our troops and about our country. America is not what's wrong with the world. (Applause.)
- When a database search of America's leading newspapers turns up literally 10 times as many mentions of one of the soldiers who has been punished for misconduct -- 10 times more -- than the mentions of Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith, the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Global War on Terror;
- Or when a senior editor at Newsweek disparagingly refers to the brave volunteers in our armed forces -- the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard -- as a "mercenary army;"
- When the former head of CNN accuses the American military of deliberately targeting journalists; and the once CNN Baghdad bureau chief finally admits that as bureau chief in Baghdad, he concealed reports of Saddam Hussein's crimes when he was in charge there so that CNN could keep on reporting selective news;
- And it's a time when Amnesty International refers to the military facility at Guantanamo Bay -- which holds terrorists who have vowed to kill Americans and which is arguably the best run and most scrutinized detention facility in the history of warfare -- "the gulag of our times." It’s inexcusable. (Applause.)
The struggle we are in -- the consequences are too severe -- the struggle too important to have the luxury of returning to that old mentality of "Blame America First."
For nearly the entire time of his investigation, Fitzgerald knew -- independent of me -- the identity of the sources I used in my column of July 14, 2003.In other words, this whole investigation was useless. No charges were filed against Armitage, the true "leaker", because no crime was commited. It was a witch hunt all along, nothing else. Pathetic.
CALLER: You just made it something right here. When you said, right before your first break, right before your break, you said, "Who has the disadvantage for swimming?" You know, how can you say any team has a disadvantage for swimming? Which team do you think would be the better swimmers? Which team do you think would be the worst swimmers and why?The first point is that Rush's show is a comedy show. If you were to read a quote from Jon Stewart's Daily Show, you would know not to take it seriously. Limbaugh's show is no different.
LIMBAUGH: The best swimmers?
CALLER: Go ahead and say it.
CALLER: Say the word.
LIMBAUGH: If you would just let me answer the question I'd be happy to tell you. OK, who's gonna be the best swimmers in this group. Ah, put those African-Americans, Asian-American tribe, Hispanic, uh. Well, no, I'm -- looking at the Olympics, you'd have to say the white tribe would be the best swimmers.
Women may buy the morning-after pill without a prescription - but only with proof they're 18 or older, federal health officials ruled Thursday, capping a contentious three-year effort to ease access to the emergency contraceptive.
There is something for everyone here. For liberals that love the idea of unrestrained sexuality, there is now one more barrier between you and a potential
child liability. Ironically, there are even more reasons for conservatives to applaud this decision. One, there is a possibility that this drug could lower the amount of abortions in this country. Draconian Republicans like me don’t care about abortion though. We are more concerned about the effects of abortion on society: namely, the Roe Effect. It is the idea that abortion will only make
We base this on two assumptions. First, that liberal and Democratic women are more likely to have abortions. Second, that children's political views tend to reflect those of their parents--not exactly, of course, and not in every case, but on average. Thus abortion depletes the next generation of liberals and eventually makes the population more conservative. We call this the Roe effect, after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.
Exterminating liberals aside, I’m not sure Plan B will live up to expectations.
The compromise decision is a partial victory for women's advocacy and medical groups that say eliminating sales restrictions could cut in half the nation's 3 million annual unplanned pregnancies.
Didn’t they say that about the pill when it first came out? Regardless of whether or not these claims pan out, I still don’t really care about this issue. I don’t care because I don’t think it will make a difference, and here is why.
Plan B can only be used by three types of people.
Porn star and childless, Jenna Jameson is a good example of of Type 1
Type A's are sexually active and use contraception religiously, but they decide not to have kids, and don't. Some people act as if this is almost impossible without Plan B.
If you go to the Plan B website, they talk about Plan B as if responsible people use it.
Things do not always go as planned. You might have forgotten to take your pill, or another birth control method you used might have failed, like your condom broke. Now you have a second chance to prevent pregnancy with Plan B®.
This makes it sound as if all unwanted pregnancies are a result of failed contraception. If this is true, then the liberal argument that we need to teach people about contraception has just been proven wrong. Of course, I do not think this is true. They act as if most unwanted pregnancies happen to responsible people that are practicing safe sex. Most unwanted pregnancies occur to people who are irresponsible. My point is, people who use contraception will not have to use Plan B. So type 1 will not be affected by newfound accessibility of Plan B.
These people may be cute, but there isn't a lot going on upstairs
Type 2's, essentially, are people with the decision making ability of a monkey. These are people who are unable to control sexual urges enough to stop to put on a condom. If they can’t wait 10 seconds to put on a condom, how will they be able to focus their attention enough to drive to the local pharmacy to pick up Plan B? The answer is, they won’t. These people will resort to abortions after waiting weeks on their ass and hoping to God that they aren’t pregnant, or they may just be too lazy to get an abortion at all, and will end up of the welfare payroll. These people will not be helped by the availability of Plan B. In fact, these are the types of people that hear that Plan B exists, and become more promiscuous because they feel safer, but will never bother to read about it or use it.
Somewhere between a monkey, and a responsible person, Type 3's are a hybrid of types 1 & 2. They are people that use contraception most of the time, but have forgetful minds. They are also the few individuals whose contraception actually fails. People like this can do one of many things.
Use Plan B
Have the baby
Type 3's may use Plan B, or they may opt for other options. It is impossible to say.
It is presumptuous to say that US will cut pregnancies in half with Plan B as an over-the-counter drug. In order to believe that is possible, you have to assume that very irresponsible people are one day going to become very responsible. My faith in people is not that great, but for the sake of
As you all know, I believe don’t believe in global warming – at least not in the way it is usually presented. Is the earth warming? Probably. But if you ask me if I think I global warming is caused by humans, will lead to disaster, and that we should rank global warming as a top threat to human civilization…my answer would be a profound NO!!! There are many reasons that I tend to think global warming is bogus, and here is one.
Urban heat island effect – On hot summer days, urban air can be up to 10°F hotter than the surrounding countryside. Not to be confused with global climate change, scientists call this phenomenon the "heat island effect." Heat islands form as cities replace natural land cover with pavement, buildings, and other infrastructure. Increased urban temperatures can affect public health, the environment, and the amount of energy that consumers use for summertime cooling.
Assuming the heat island effect and all my other concerns regarding global warming are wrong, I still don’t think the answer is to limit CO2 emissions. Many liberals say we should not restrict our civil liberties because of a terrorist threats. I tend to agree, but I also believe that we should not restrict our economic liberties in order to combat global warming. So how should we deal with global warming? Assuming it is happening, this is the only good answer I’m aware of.
One way to curb global warming is to purposely shoot sulfur into the atmosphere, a scientist suggested today.
Injecting sulfur into the second atmospheric layer closest to Earth would reflect more sunlight back to space and offset greenhouse gas warming, according to Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in
Germanyand the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Universityof Californiaat . San Diego
Crutzen suggests carrying sulfur into the atmosphere via balloons and using artillery guns to release it, where the particles would stay for up to two years. The results could be seen in six months.
This is the American answer. Lets use the military to solve global warming. Imagine, we could stop global warming without a need to conserve one kilowatt-hour of energy.Stumble It!
The reason I bring him up is that Buchannan was on Hannity & Colmes tonight to talk about his new book, State of
It looks like I was at least semi-right about
Global warming advocates were dealt two unwanted cards this week. Not only are the number of hurricanes below predictions for the year, but it turns out the glaciers in
The problem for the Bush administration is that
These facts mean that only one course of action is possible: limited military incursions. This could mean limited air strikes, the use of special forces on specific targets, or funding local militants.
Whatever the administration decides to do, we can expect retaliation from
This is a doomsday scenario may not happen in exactly as I predict, but it is hard to imagine the Bush administration allowing
This picture gives me some hope. This is a demonstration outside of the Iranian embassy in Indonesia. It is good to see some Muslims protest the warmongers within their own religion.
This weekend, I had the privilege of attending the public grand opening of the Arizona Cardinals stadium in
As a big Cardinals fan and a libertarian on fiscal issues, I have had to come to grips with the fact that this stadium was partially paid for with public money. I hate to endorse welfare of any sort, but at least the taxes used for this project will go to good use that will actually benefit the community. Politics aside, it is a great building that can (hopefully) turn the Cardinals from losers into winners. Here are some pictures that I took of the stadium during the visit.
This was my best far off shot of the stadium. I had some problems trying to get a good one because the building is so big. This was from a moving vehicle, which explains why there is a light pole in the way.
Reports from Pakistan suggest that much of the intelligence that led to the raids came from that country and that some of it may have been obtained in ways entirely unacceptable here. In particular Rashid Rauf, a British citizen said to be a prime source of information leading to last week's arrests, has been held without access to full consular or legal assistance. Disturbing reports in Pakistani papers that he had "broken" under interrogation have been echoed by local human rights bodies. The Guardian has quoted one, Asma Jehangir, of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, who has no doubt about the meaning of broken. "I don't deduce, I know - torture," she said. "There is simply no doubt about that, no doubt at all."This story tells me two things.
So what bit of news deserves this response? Here it is:
A federal judge on Thursday struck down President Bush's warrantless surveillance program, saying it violated the rights to free speech and privacy, as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.
P.S. I know JT wasn't a Backstreet Boy.
Dick Cheney had some rather controversial comments on the outcome of the Lamont victory in the
Cheney suggested Wednesday that Lamont's victory might encourage "the al Qaeda types" who want to "break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task."
Outrageous right? I guess it depends on how you look at it.
Ned Lamont will stand strong for the people of
, and put tough and smart foreign policies ahead of the politics of fear and more "stay the course" failures. Republicans will stop at nothing to make sure that the November elections are not a referendum on their misguided policy in Connecticut or on the way they have run our country for the past six years. Unfortunately, this time the facts are getting in their way. Iraq
The American people are ready to change an administration that let Osama bin Laden escape. They are ready to change a Congress that let precious years go by without demanding the implementation of the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission to keep us safe.
"Americans aren't buying the same, old, tired, Republican line that being strong on national security means being wrong on
. It's a ridiculous assertion and the sort of divisive politics that the American people reject. The truth is this White House and Republican Congress have made Iraq Americaless safe by stubbornly staying the course in in the face of mistake after mistake. With our troops in the middle of an Iraqi civil war, a crisis brewing in the Middle East, and threats to our safety like Iraq North Koreaand Iranon the rise, the American people understand something the Bush White House does not—we need a new direction in to keep our country safe." Iraq
-Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid
"I believe this administration, in its policies, is actually encouraging the recruitment of terrorists," Kerry told CNN's "American Morning."
That is just a sample of some Democratic rhetoric regarding the War on Terrorism. Anyone who watches the news constantly hears that the
This is from The Lebanese Bloggers, a blog that I have been checking out since the beginning of the war.
On that note, I have a message I wish to convey to Nasrallah (and I think I speak for the majority of Lebanese when I say this): ENOUGH!
You are not my leader. You have just been handed your "epic battle" with the Israelis and you could not have wished for a better outcome. Of course, the price WE ALL had to pay for that "victory" of yours was astronomical. Your insistence on keeping your weapons and stubbornly tagging the Syrian-Iranian foreign policy line has brought our country to the brink of oblivion. ENOUGH, Nasrallah. ENOUGH.
The Israelis are now taking their Prime Minister to task for his folly. It would be a BIG shame if the Lebanese (including your own constituents, Mr. Nasrallah) do not take you to task. Did you really pose a deterrence to
? Could they have inflicted any more damage to the country? Were you the one who prevented them from doing so? Were your arms worth the price all of us paid? Can Israel continue like this? Will Lebanon be able to get back on its feet if you do not alter your own course? And finaly, can you and your organization, Mr. Nasrallah, really survive without Lebanon ? Lebanon
Nuff said.Stumble It!
I just watched the interview of the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, by Mike Wallace in its entirety. In short, I thought the whole thing was a joke. It is obvious to me that this guy is a master of propaganda and that nothing he says can be trusted. Wallace asked many specific and pointed questions, and Ahmadinejad spinned all his answers to attack President Bush or
However, a disturbing amount of the viewers that called in with their reaction fell for his tricks. It was pretty outrageous to watch. Caller after caller spoke of how Mike Wallace was rude and condescending rather than how Ahmadinejad dodged every single question he was asked. A lot of them agreed with Ahmadinejad when he said George Bush should use talk and reason rather than bombs. I thought it should be obvious to every American what the Iranian President is trying to do. He knows what people in America say to attack the President, and he repeats it with his own twist. It is ok to disagree with President Bush, but don't believe that Ahmadinejad actually believes what he is saying. The purpose of the Wallace interview was to use him to demoralize America, nothing else. I would think that people who are educated enough to watch CSPAN would know that.
Many callers wanted Mike Wallace to be less confrontational so that Ahmadinejad could express himself fully and so that we could fully understand his way of thinking.
EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS PROPOGANDA. HE DOES NOT WANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD. IF THE
I think much less of CSPAN viewers after the reactions that I heard. It seemed that several of the callers trusted Ahmadinejad more than they trusted Bush.Stumble It!
Another terrorist plot was broken up this past week.
Three men of Middle Eastern descent were arrested Friday and were being held on terrorism charges after they purchased 80 prepaid cell phones from a Wal-Mart store, police said.
The men, who are from the Dallas area, were being held on charges of soliciting or providing material support for terrorism and obtaining information of a vulnerable target for the purposes of terrorism, Caro police Sgt. Dale Stevenson said. They were being held in Tuscola County Jail and were scheduled to be arraigned today.
So far, doesn't sound too incriminating...but wait, there's more.
When police pulled the men over, they found about 1,000 phones in the van. Many were separated from their battery packs and the chargers were discarded. Michigan State Police Trooper Patrick Sharkey says, “We didn't know exactly what was going on. You hear on the news about these phones being used to detonate IED's."
Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene says, “There were a thousand cell phones that were inside one motor vehicle. There's a laptop computer. There's a camera and there are things that are still being investigated at this point in time. Based on information received from a variety of agencies, we're developing how the actual headphones were sold, revenue was passed from one location to the next. Obviously, it's fairly complex." He thinks the men had a complex plan to attack the
. Mackinac Bridge
Ok, so they had a camera and took pictures of a bridge. They have a pretty good defense though.
However, the men, who are from
, say they simply purchase the cell phones, and resell them for more money. Louai Othman's wife Lina Odeh says he was simply trying to support her and their two-month old daughter. Odeh says, “Their goal in Texas was to buy as many phones as they could so they could make a profit over here." Michigan
The men allegedly traveled to several states to buy pre-paid cell phones, despite policies at many stores limiting purchases to two or three phones at a time. Police in
say these three men also bought phones in their state. A clerk who helped them says she suspected something fishy. Barb Bessert, a clerk at a Dollar General store, says, “When they buy more than a couple. Because they are 20 dollars apiece. So, that's like 80 bucks. But, they don't buy the minutes for it. Just the phone." Wisconsin
But, Othman's wife says this is a common business, and her husband is only being targeted because of his nationality. Odeh says, “There's nothing wrong with it. I don't know why they're making a big deal out of it. Are ya'll making a big deal out of this because all the Arabs are doing it?"
So basically these guys were caught with 1000 cell phones and pictures of a bridge. This sounds more like a complete misunderstanding than a devious terrorist plot. I have a feeling the FBI is going to be pretty embarrassed with his is over.Stumble It!
---------For those of you that didn't see Paradise Now, it is a case in point argument against racial profiling. It is the story of two Palestinians (played by Palestinian actors) who dress up like Westerners in order to carry out suicide attacks.
And this is them as cleaned up hotshot Westerners.
I know that those bent on racial profiling will say they can tell they are Middle Eastern, and I know that you are lying. You don’t have to admit it to me, but just between you and God, admit that you wouldn’t be able to profile these guys as terrorists.Stumble It!
Does everyone remember a certain obese film maker who made ludicrous comments regarding terrorism a couple years back?
There is no terrorist threat.
Great analysis Michael.
As I mentioned in a recent post, I like Michael Moore…in the sense that he is constantly making fun of himself on accident. The best way to describe him is as a walking glob of unintentional satire.Stumble It!
Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard have been found among Hizbollah guerrillas slain by Israeli forces in southern Lebanon, Israel's Channel 10 television reported on Wednesday citing diplomatic sources.According to the book One Bullet Away, the same exact thing happened in Iraq. You can read more about it at the BBC website.
It said the Iranians were identified by documents found on their bodies, but gave no further details on how many were discovered or when. Neither the Israeli military nor Hizbollah representatives in Beirut had immediate comment on the report.
Iran, like fellow Hizbollah patron Syria, insists its support for the Shi'ite guerrilla group is purely moral.
Israel says many of the rockets being fired against its civilian and military targets are Iranian made, and that Hizbollah fighters taking on its forces trained in Iran. Washington also accuses Tehran of actively funding Hizbollah.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards are traditionally very close to fellow Shi'ite Muslims in Hizbollah and were deployed in south Lebanon in the 1980s.
The 2006 Atlantic hurricane season should be slightly less active than originally predicted, federal forecasters said Tuesday.
Forecasters now expect there to be 12 to 15 named storms and seven to nine hurricanes, the
and other National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agencies said. National Hurricane Center
Three or four could be major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 111 mph, forecasters said.
Government scientists made their first prediction in May, saying the season could produce 13 to 16 named storms, and eight to 10 hurricanes, four to six of which could become major.
Ok I’ll be serious. This is a perfect example of what is wrong with the global warming theory. Scientists are unable to predict weather months in advance, so how can we believe that they can predict climate decades in advance. Anyways, here is a good graph of hurricane activity regarding the
Environmentalists say that if we drill more, it would just make us more dependent on oil.
BP said Monday it would replace 16 miles of pipeline carrying oil from the Prudhoe Bay field -- the nation's largest crude supply -- to the main Alaskan supply route. The company discovered massive corrosion in the transit lines after the U.S. Transportation Department ordered an inspection following a spill of 270,000 gallons in March.
The pipeline produced 400,000 gallons of oil a day, or 8 percent of U.S. production.
The news spooked investors and inspired speculators, who drove up oil prices Monday by more than $2 a barrel. Crude closed at $76.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gasoline futures also rose, indicating the market expects pump prices to skyrocket.
In case you needed a reminder, two bits of news came out last week reminding us all of how ridiculous the
program embarrassment is.
This news is from
The Russian space agency is looking for a few volunteers to take a trip into “space.” The space agency wants to send five people on a mock trip to Mars and back to test how a real mission would affect the crew’s health, All Headline News online daily reports.
This is from
has planned an ambitious lunar base project, which it plans to build by 2030. Japan
Junichiro Kawaguchi, the head of
’s lunar and planetary exploration programme, said at a lunar exploration symposium in Japan this week that a deadline of 2020 had been set for sending astronauts to the moon and 2030 for constructing the base. Tokyo
Meanwhile, this is what NASA is up to:
NASA scientists have joined the search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker, long thought to be extinct but possibly sighted recently in
NASA used a laser-equipped research aircraft to fly over the Big Woods area of the Mississippi Delta to learn more about the big woodpecker's potential habitat, the
space agency said Thursday. U.S.
Keep up the good work guys.
The most pathetic aspect of these three stories is that
In all honesty, NASA does have some good accomplishments under its belt. NASA is good when it comes to orbiters, Mars rovers, and space telescopes. Their problem is manned space exploration. It has been 45 years since the
Don’t laugh. Even if some of my suggestions seem outrageous, the fact is that we are far behind where we should be.
There are a couple of ways to address the NASA achievement deficit:
Increase Government Spending
Anyone that knows me knows I hate government spending more than I hate Satan. However, some projects have legitimate arguments for large amounts of government spending. Space flight is the prime example in my opinion. For the time being, space flight is no profitable. As a result, businesses are reluctant to invest in space travel and exploration. The federal government should increase spending either through government grants (I can’t believe I just said that) or through tax cuts/credits.
Privatize Space Flight
In conjunction with increased spending, deregulating space flight would do a great deal to spur innovation. God knows what type of loopholes exist for entrepreneurs trying to get into space. The government should do its best to stop holding back ambitious people, because as usual they are just getting in the way.
The biggest benefit of deregulation would be to increase competition in a field that is currently a monopoly. In fact, the space monopoly by the
To my knowledge, only one private craft has been launched into space. For a fraction of the NASA’s $15 billion budget, Mike Melvill was able to fly to space and return safely. You can read about it here, but the point is that if there were more competition, money would be used more wisely.Stumble It!
This is the second segment of the “Politics of LOST” series. Today’s subject: torture, and detainee treatment. *SPOILER WARNING* If you have not watched the show, this post will probably not make any sense to you. Also, if you haven't watched the show yet, but plan on doing so in the future, you should probably stop reading now.
Torture and detainee treatment have become hot-button issues as of late. No, I’m not talking about Abu Ghraib or
Back in the first season,
There are several political messages in this sequence of events, some are overt, and some are more subtle.
First, it teaches us that good intelligence is paramount. The goal of the torture was a righteous one, but bad intelligence led the authority figures down the wrong path. Despite “common knowledge”, Sawyer did not have the medicine. In the end, wasting time and resources were all the castaways accomplished. Sounds like the liberal talking point for the Iraq War, especially if you substitute “the inhaler/medicine” for “WMD”.
The use of flashbacks to Sayid’s life in
The overall message of this chain of events is that torture is bad and often useless. The characters learn nothing, they waste time, and they make enemies in the process.
Don’t go thinking that LOST is just liberal propaganda though. In season 2 the castaways catch one of the “others” and are not certain of his true identity. As a result, Jack and Locke imprison him with no due process and with no long-term plan with what to do with him. Here is an excerpt of the debate:
LOCKE: We can't hide him down here forever. Changing shifts around is going to get people asking questions. I just want to know what the long term plan is.
JACK: Well, John, let me ask you this: we don't have a long term plan for the button but we keep pushing it, don't we? Look, until we know who he is -- whether or not he's telling the truth -- we have to keep doing what we're doing. If you've got a better idea let's hear it.
It is important to note that Sayid physically and verbally abused the prisoner, and yet the overall consensus was that this form of abuse was valid. This is in sharp contrast to the previous forms of torture seen in show that were all portrayed as having crossed the line. These statements made by LOST appear to be contradictory, but it is not hard to reconcile the differences. Let me sum it up for you.
On one hand, LOST is against hardcore torture (mutilation, rape, etc.), but on the other hand, it seems in favor of torture-lite and does not mind the fudging of due process with enemy combatants. I concur.Part I of the LOST series can be read here... Stumble It!
Ignoring a request to remove the documentary "Jesus Camp" from its lineup, Michael Moore's
Traverse City( ) Film Festival plans two screenings of the film, one Friday and one Saturday. Mich.
The documentary, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, looks at a summer camp for born-again Christian children, and has won top jury awards at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and AFI SilverDocs Film Festival.
It sounds simple and uncontroversial, but (big surprise), it’s not. Here is a reaction to the movie that I was able to find.
This movie is the "Mein Kampf" of the Neoconservative party. You simply cannot afford to ignore it. 2 May 2006
If you have a liberal bone in your body, you "NEED" this, if you are a conservative, you already "KNOW" this.
I saw this haunting documentary at its Tribeca Film Festival screening and I must say, "Bravo Ladies! Bravo!" (Directed by Heidi
EwingRachel Grady) Thank you for pulling the curtain back on the conservative movement.
All things start with the planting of seed. For humans, that means the children. This film takes us into the inner workings of the Christian conservative movement and their near militant beliefs. The Children in the film are of course very likable, but the film rather cleverly and without commentary showcases the manipulation of their innocence by their church, their parents, and the surrounding community to create a new army of believers and "world changers".
All of which serves as an eerie reminder of just how easily the human mind is broken, than molded into whatever it is a preacher, government or president wishes to do with.
I beg all liberals to watch this film when it comes to a screen near you.
A GREAT EXAMPLE OF LIBERAL TOLERANCE!
This situation reminds me of another I encountered a few years back. In 2001, ABC News reporter John Stossel did a special on the indoctrination of children into the environmental movement. The difference between the indoctrination taking place at Jesus Camp and that of the environmentalists is that one takes place in a privately funded camp, and the other takes place in…brace yourself…PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
The kids Stossel interviewed were found at an Earth Day fair held for schoolchildren in
. I attended that event, and what I saw was an exercise in manipulation so cynical that it must be exposed. If Stossel won't be allowed to expose it, I will. Los Angeles
The children, ranging in age from 6 to 15, were bused in by the hundreds. It was an official school field trip, supported by the park service and the City Council. The students were told that Earth Day was like Mother's Day, that we celebrate Earth Day to show that we "love our mother." What would you think of someone telling your 8-year-old that if he doesn't accept a certain political agenda, that means he doesn't love his mommy?
The children were asked to sing along with the "Please Conserve" song, with lyrics like, "They want to drill our parks for oil/That will pollute their sea and soil." I'm not sure which is worse: children at a school-sponsored event being drafted to take sides on a current political controversy — or the presentation of these serious issues, which ought to be debated by thoughtful adults, in the form of a simple-minded children's song.
Nuff said.Stumble It!
The way people logic through the oil companies profiting nearly kills me. What is the difference between these numbers for Not to mention, we need cars too. So why should
The way people logic through the oil companies profiting nearly kills me. What is the difference between these numbers for
Not to mention, we need cars too. So why should