Sunday, August 29, 2004

Something from Nothing

What's more heroic than nothing? Hmm...


"I think him going to Vietnam was more heroic than my flying fighter jets," said Bush, who served in the Texas Air National Guard.

Yeah he did. Uh huh. Suuuuure. And by served, they mean his name was written down on a memo pad somewhere as someone who should've gotten a physical but never showed up.

Yes, Kerry is more heroic.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Ya Don't Say

Well, this doesn't really come as any big surprise, but when one adds up all the minutes that the three big cable news networks used to broadcast live Democratic Convention speeches, Fox News is seriously lacking. Fox News Channel aired one hour and 16 minutes less of speeches from the convention live than did CNN and one hour and 47 minutes less than did MSNBC.

But that's okay and everything, as long as this ratio stays proportionately the same when the Republicans have their go around this coming week. I'm interested to see, in fact.

Former President Jimmy Carter: FOX News Channel aired just over four minutes of Carter's speech; CNN and MSNBC aired almost 14 minutes. Former Vice President Al Gore: FOX News Channel aired 45 seconds of Gore's speech; CNN and MSNBC aired 13 minutes. Senator Edward Kennedy: FOX News Channel aired a little more than four minutes of Kennedy's speech; CNN and MSNBC aired 25 minutes of his speech.

Ret. General Wesley Clark: FOX News Channel aired none of Clark's speech; CNN aired about two minutes and MSNBC aired almost 11 minutes. Reverend Al Sharpton: FOX News Channel aired two and a half minutes of Sharpton's speech live; CNN aired almost 20 minutes, and MSNBC aired almost 17 minutes. Reverend Jesse Jackson: FOX News Channel aired none of Jackson's speech; CNN and MSNBC aired approximately 10 minutes.

All told, FOX News showed 3 hours, 40 minutes of the convention. CNN showed 4 hours, 56 minutes. And MSNBC showed 5 hours, 27 minutes.

Just Say No

Some people just frighten me. And more and more every day I realize that these people are Republicans.


Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee: ... One of the leading contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008, those who know what conventions are really all about say this one is all about him. Dr. Frist values Christ’s example of humility so much that he once climbed the Mount of Olives to recite the Sermon on the Mount.

'Course, I wouldn't mind going into Egypt and screaming, "Let my people go!" just for the looks and the hell of it. Great fun!

The Great "P" Bush

Okay, so what if some people say that the P stands for "pretty boy"? I don't see it, but that's what some people call George W Bush's nephew, George P Bush.



God, what's with that name? I'm sick of it already.

Anyway, he's the son of Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, douchebag extraordinaire, and in his father's stead, he's speaking at the highly coveted Republican National Convention in New York City next week. Oh yay!

Teenage girls (along with some homosexual men, I'm sure) will be swooning in front of their television sets when he's on the air! Oh hubba hubba. He's perfect in every way. He's the type of guy you'd want to bring to mom. That is, of course, you have something against men with police records.

It would seem that P Bushie was involved in a troubling 1994 incident described in a Metro-Dade Police Department report. On December 31, 1994, Bush showed up at 4 AM at the Miami home of a former girlfriend. He proceeded to break into the house via the woman's bedroom window, and then began arguing with his ex's father. Bush, then a Rice University student, soon fled the scene. But he returned 20 minutes later to drive his Ford Explorer across the home's front lawn, leaving wide swaths of burned grass in his wake. Young Bush avoided arrest when the victims declined to press charges.

-Sigh- He's so dreamy.

Zac's Back

Yay, the computer is working again! I love it when electronics work with you and not against you.

So in the immortal words of my personal idol Captain Tenneal, "Let's go."

Friday, August 27, 2004

Toy Recall



For some unknown reason, this toy is being recalled all across the United States. I'm kinda unsure as to what it represents, to be perfectly honest. This wholesome toy is found in over 14,000 bags of delicious, dental-scarring sugar-laden candy. Why, oh why, would anyone get this off the shelf?

In case you're wondering whether the toy you're holding that bears a striking resemblence to the toys being recalled, look at the bottom. The product number is 9011. Silly toys.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Pennsylvania

My computer still sucks.

Anyway, President Bush has visited Pennsylvania 32 times and will visit us once again on his way to the convention in New York City. And yet, he's still going to lose this state, if it's the last thing I do. Well, I don't think I'm going to have to do much of anything. He's messing up enough to lose Pennsylvania on his own. Oh well.

I'm really, really busy with work and extra-helping-out work this week, but I will nonetheless attempt to post as much as possible. I hope you all hang in there. I will be back in the posting groove; I promise.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Computer Sickness

Please forgive me for not posting with gusto the next couple of days. My notepad is FUBAR and I can't quite get it to work. Hell, I can't even get it to boot right. It sounds like a hardware problem. It whines and clicks. I'm almost certain that it's the actual hard disk of the computer, but I don't know what to do about it.

I'll use my parents' computer to check in on the news and what people are saying here and there, and I may even post a little. But I'll be noticably absent until my computer is back on its feet.

As a completely irrelvent sidenote, imagine my surprise today when I noticed that three of the people who visited my site today were from .gov extentions. HA! Two of them came from one source, and that guy linked to me so I think I'm good to go. The other found me while checking out information on Rush Limbaugh's divorce. Craziness. Someone at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is interested in Rush Limbaugh. Coolio.

Also, I got someone from NASA.gov and HOUSE.gov. How exciting! I hope they enjoyed their stay here at Zac Attack.

And in yet another completely irrelevent sidenote, someone made the comment about the cologne Jacques Chirac gave President Bush. He mentioned that it could be construed to be a slight hint that Bush's policies could use a little perfume to mask the stench. I doubt it, but I'd like to think that's what Jacques meant. Also, a present from any dignitary can't be rejected, so some "girle men" cologne for such a rough-and-touch president is quite ironic.

Who would give the president a power tool, anyway, Tom? He can't master the English language; who's to say he could master electrical devices?

Have a great weekend. I'll be dodging thunderstorms for the rest of mine.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Metro

No, no, not the public subway system of Washington, D.C. I'm talking about metrosexuality. A metrosexual is defined, by wikipedia, as an urban heterosexual male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle.

Is President Bush one of these "girlie men"?

On June 1, 2003, Bush received a 3.4 oz. Christian Dior "Higher" after-shave lotion, among other things, from "His Excellency Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic."

For those of you non-gay, non-metrosexual guys out there, "Higher" by Dior is described as having,


A fresh soaring fragrance, with fresh, airy sensations that crescendo into the fullness of woody notes.

Its Top Note is CITRUS: Pear, Basil, Frosted Citrus. Its Heart Note is SPICES: Rosemary Flower, Cold Spices, Cypress. And its Base Note is WOODY: Musk, Pear True Wood.

Sounds delish.

Sensitivity

Much muck has been thrown John Kerry's way for his recent speech to the UNITY Journalists of Color Convention. He said,


I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations and brings them to our side and lives up to American values in history.

The Bush administration has taken Kerry to task for even suggesting that we must be more sensitive in our quest for defeating terrorists. Of course "sensitive" means "weak" to those who hate Kerry, but it's not what he meant. But that doesn't matter. Sound bites matter.

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As a side note, there's a new anti-Kerry ad by the Bushites on tv lately. It talks about Kerry missing important open security meetings in the days before 9/11. He missed them, so he must not care much about security, right? Well no. The ad is legitimate only because they make sure to include the word "open." It would seem that there were over 300 such meetings in question, Kerry only missing a good deal of the open-door ones. It's factual but misleading. Bush, et al, to a tee.

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But that's beside the point. Dick Cheney, speaking in Dayton, Ohio, took advantage of the situation and told a crowd of spectators at a campaign stop,


America has been in too many wars for any of our wishes, but not a one of them was won by being sensitive ... A sensitive war will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans and who seek the chemical, nuclear and biological weapons to kill hundreds of thousands more. The men who beheaded Daniel Pearl and Paul Johnson will not be impressed by our sensitivity.

But wait! Stop dicking around, Dick. It would seem that he didn't get the latest memo from the guy who really makes policy in the White House. His boss, George W Bush, President of the United States, spoke at the UNITY Journalists of Color Convention the day after Kerry and said this,


Now in terms of the balance between running down intelligence and bringing people to justice obviously is - we need to be very sensitive on that.

The day after. The day after. The day after. It's such a horrible idea, according to El Dick, but his boss is talking about it as well. Oh shucks. Just when you think you're on to something good. Sorry, Charlie.

But to add insult to injury, George W said this in March 2001 at the USS Reagan ceremony in March 2001,


Precisely because America is powerful, we must be sensitive about expressing our power and influence ... In all our dealings with other nations, we will display the modesty of true confidence and strength.

Oh the hypocrisy! I almost can't take it anymore. Even Newsweek this week noticed the glaring hypocrisy when it said in its Conventional Wisdom section,


Cheney: Ridicules Kerry for saying U.S. should be more "sensitive" in terror fight. Yo, Dick, Bush said the same thing in March.

I'd hate to be Cheney when he gets home and gets a nice chewing out from Bush Jr. How stupid can people be?

Go Go Gadget Gayness

I'm busy today but I wanted to write out a thought I've been having in hopes that people can help me formalize it and make some sense of it.

New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey came out of the metaphorical closet last week, after being threatened by his ex-lover with a $50 million dollar demand to stay quiet. He did the PR-thing by coming out first, instead of letting someone else do it for him, which most likely would not have been in a very flattering way.

As much as I want to stand by him in his relatively newfound celebrity for being New Jersey's embattled homosexual Governor, I can't help but see the horrible things he has done in the name of keeping his secret secret.

His lover, though never confirmed but more likely than not, was Golan Cipel, who claims to be straight and to have hated McGreevey's unwanted sexual advances, though another man in New Jersey came out early yesterday claiming to be Cipel's exboyfriend. Though as amusing as this is, it's got me kind of pissed off.

Gays have to battle down the belief by the right that they are not a group of purely one-night standers. They do not go from one partner to the next on a whim and look around soley for sex. But this is what the right believes and this just isn't true. How can we battle for same-sex marriage when people still see homosexuals as being polygamous and immature? And though this situation is hardly that, it can be construed to look like that.

But more importantly, when these two grown men were having their extramarital affair, McGreevey put Cipel not in some cushy no-show job in the Department of Whatever, but in the homeland security office of a state on the waterfront and just a mere boat ride away from Ground Zero.

Very stupid and very dangerous. So now New Jerseyians are coming to terms not with having a gay governor, but a gay governor who subsidized their taxes to fund his boyfriend's salary. And it could very well have hurt all of us.

And even now, he hasn't answered for that. His speech, as elusive to the real questions as it was, was very simple and plainly spoken. "I am a gay American," he said. And that's the catch-all. It's become the new shield of the 21st century. He may be corrupt, he may be an adulterer, and he may be a liar. But he's hiding behind his gayness -- and that just ain't right.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

See My Vest

As a miscellaneous sidenote with no bearing on anything, I was struck with an amusing realization tonight while driving home from a friend's house. As a freshman in college, just coming to terms with high speed internet and Napster, I was a downloading feign. I downloaded every song I ever heard, just for the thrill.

And one of my greatest conquests was the "See My Vest" song by Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. It's absolutely wonderful and I love to sing along, quite loudly. It's a play on "Be My Guest" from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In my opinion, it's better than the original as well.

Anyway, the song has been added to many a-compilation cd, including the one I jammed out to on the way home tonight. For the first time in four-some years, however, I really listened to the opening line -- I mean really listened.

It starts out,


You see,
Some men hunt for sport
Others hunt for food;
The only thing I'm hunting for
Is an outfit that looks good.

How freaking stereotypically gay is that? I love it. I'm still kind of chuckling to myself now an hour later. It might be my new theme song.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Too Funny for Literature

Oh man, I want to get my hands on the new book Thank You, President Bush. It looks so good. Conservative Tom Alday was able to review it for his webpage and had a few interesting things to say about it. Here's a picture of the book.



I'm guessing that the book is a comedy of sorts. What Alday writes about the book just makes me laugh uncontrollably. I hope they make it into a movie. Blockbuster, fo sheezy. He writes,


The book is broken up into 5 sections; Section one is Presidential Character which includes an excellent article by Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in which he explains what kind of qualities of character it takes to be and effective President and how George Bush has those qualities in spades.

HAHAHAHAHA


The second section focuses on Foreign Policy and is highlighted by the speech Vice President Dick Cheney gave at the Ronald Reagan library in March of this year.

Cheney? Foreign Policy? HAHAHA.


Section three is all about Economic Policy and includes articles by Arthur Laffer and the president of Americans for Tax Reform; Grover Norquist, this section is very detailed showing both the pros and cons that come with President Bush's fiscal policy. If you’re a facts and figures kind of person this section on economic policy will be right up your alley.

Pros and cons of Bush's fiscal policy? LOL Is there such a thing as a pro in Bush's fiscal policy unless you're absurdly wealthy?


Section five is about The Role of Law in the George Bush administration and reprints a speech given by Attorney General John Ashcroft at the Federalist Society National Convention in November of last year. His speech focuses on an area of the Presidents tenure that has received much condemnation; the Patriot Act. Mr. Ashcroft lays out the roles of the various governmental agencies in ensuring that the PA isn’t abused and highlights instances were it has been invaluable in prosecuting the war on terror.

Oh, my side! It hurts, it hurts! I think this is funnier than There's Something About Mary! This humor doesn't come naturally. The people who put this book together truly have a gift.

Kerry v. Kerrey

This is not what a well-oiled President-making campaign looks like. I used to assume that there people working for Kerry on the campaign trail knew their employer. But it seems that in news releases and postings on Kerry's campaign Web site as recently as last Friday, the Massachussets senator is touted as the panel's former vice chairman.

However, according to the Senate Historical Office, Kerry never had the seniority to hold a leadership position on the committee -- though he was a member from 1993 until 2001.

What is his campaign's excuse?


"John Kerry, Bob Kerrey — similar names," said Kerry campaign spokesman Michael Meehan, adding that any reference to Kerry as vice chairman was an error.

That has to be one of the crappiest excuses I've ever heard. I expected as much from the Bush campaign, not Kerry's.

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson said in response to the mix up, and I can't say I categorically disagree with her,


It's difficult to take John Kerry's claims about his intelligence experience seriously when one of his credentials is completely made up. If he had shown up for Intelligence Committee hearings he would notice he wasn't vice chairman.

You fucked up. You dropped the ball. Now pick it up and stop being so goddamn stupid. I hope the Kerry campaign realizes that mishaps like this decide elections.

No Way, Ann

Something else that I have learned from my new conservative friend, Cajun Nick, is that not all conservatives like Ann Coulter. Oh...thank...God. Just in time for this revelation, I came across an article today from the British online newspaper Independent.co.uk. It would seem that Ann had a little trouble staying on task with the interviewer from the paper. The opening line reads,


Meet Ann Coulter. In her opinion, "liberals are racists", the French are "a bunch of faggots", only property owners should be allowed to vote, and anyone who disagrees with her is a "fatuous idiot" or "evil".

Where do you even begin? Liberals being racists, I'm going to assume, stems from supporting minority rights and privileges over those of the majority (aka, white). And if that makes one a racist, so be it. No one ever went to Hell for helping out someone in need.

The French are faggots is a no-brainer. Anyone who uses such a word to describe anyone, let alone an entire group of people, has some deep unresolved issues of self-hatred. And me thinking that she's really a man who underwent a sex-change doesn't discount that fact any faster for me.

The ideal that only property owners should be allowed to vote surely comes from the fact that those who are too poor to own property usually vote against the tyranny of the right and vote Democrat. Of course she'd say that.

I think it's very interesting that she would say "fatuous" because it closely resembles, though not in etymology, "fatwa," which is a "a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader." And her favorite group of people are the Muslims of the world.

She just loves them!


Next up for discussion are Muslims. She reckons they are going to "take over" France. "It's going to be Morocco in 10 years." Why is she so worried about Muslims? "Er, because they fly planes into our skyscrapers?" But those terrorists are not representative of all Muslims, are they?

"That's not the question. The question is not, 'Are all Muslims terrorists?' The question is, 'Are all terrorists Muslims?' And the answer is yes - every one I have to worry about." So she means al-Qa'ida? "No. We've been under attack by savage, fanatical Muslims for 20 years. It wasn't al-Qa'ida that took our hostages in Iran, it wasn't al-Qa'ida that bombed the West Berlin discotheque, which led to Ronald Reagan bombing Libya." I say that Libya is a socialist rather than a Muslim state. "You can make that argument," says Ann - obviously thinking there's no point in doing so - "but I just keep seeing Muslims killing people."

Why can't she say extremist Muslims rather than just Muslims? "If that'll make you happy. They slaughtered 3,000 people and I'm making unfair generalisations. I think we're even." Well, no, I don't think we're even, I begin to reply - and at this point I see a side of Ann Coulter that goes beyond the ludicrous opinions. I see someone who is not afraid to twist, distort, bully and lie in order to "win" her argument.

The British are sure on to something. And that last line is really the truth, isn't it? She isn't afraid "to twist, distort, bully and lie in order to 'win' her argument." That's all that matters. Making cheap shots lessen the respect you get from others, but it gets the job done -- and that's all that matters to her. The end outweighs the means.

And there's no talking to her. She won't listen.


What I didn't like about [the title of her new book] How to Talk to a Liberal is that I really think the best way to talk to one is to hit them in the head with a baseball bat. So I threw in the parenthetical If You Must.

But that last statement notwithstanding, I don't hate Ann Coulter. She's rude, crass, a bitch by no stretch of the imagination, and she's unapologetic. There has to be some degree of respect for such a woman in a man's world. Or a former-man in a man's world. And I do respect her because she has the right to say whatever she wants. The First Amendment is not just for those with whom I agree. More importantly, it's there for those with whom I do not agree.

And on that note, I will give Ann the last word in this post.


Is Ann Coulter a nutcase? If she is, she's one listened to and approved of by a frightening number of Americans. Surely, I say, hoping she will concede that she sometimes provokes to amuse, she doesn't believe everything she comes out with.

"This is the shocking thing for your readers," she replies. "I believe everything I say."

Diverse Demmies

Over the course of the past few days and about a million emails later, I have come to the realization that not all conservatives are Republicans and that not all conservatives are evil. Duped is a better term. Conservatives just don't know any better. Whether by small-town insulation or purposeful neglect, they don't see the bigger picture.

Not all conservatives are Republicans, just as not all liberals are Democrats. Liberalism, like Nirvana, can only be fully attained with deep soul-searching and a total disregard for all things hypocritical and dumb. Some people just can't get past an unfounded prejudice for blacks, Jews, homosexuals, or even Richard Simmons. They fear anyone who is not like them. And if you're looking for strict conformity, look no further than the GOP.

Sure, the GOP will spotlight some pro-choice Republicans in their coming National Convention. But is this really anything more than show? While the Democrats are chock-full of pro-choicers and I don't believe any pro-life Democrats spoke at the Democratic Convention, the Republican philosophy of pro-choice is nothing more than a sham for votes. Where is the compassionate, inclusive GOP when Catholic bishops politicize communion and deny the sacrement to any pro-choice politician? Where is the GOP when Catholic bishops take it a step further and suggest that Catholics who voted for pro-choice politicians should think twice about taking communion? Where's the GOP with regard to women's rights?

Strict conformity is the keystone to the Republican Party. And the lack thereof by the Democrats is the number one reason why the Dems don't dominate every election from a hundred years ago to today and on. The Democrats aren't just one group. They're many. Their slogan should reflect that of US money: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. You have people who are pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-gun control, anti-capital punishment, pro-union, pro-environment, pro-teamsters. And you have people who are quite opposite of the ones aforementioned: pro-life, anti-gay rights, anti-gun control, pro-capital punishment, anti-union, pro-drilling and expansion. The Democratic Party is a mish-mosh of conflicting interests and ideals. You can't get the whole body to vote one particular way. But with the Republican Party, it's quite simple. There's a definite platform and a strict meaure to toe the line.

Democrats voted for Gore and for Nader. The vote was split, ever so slightly, but ever so enough to tip the scales. Republicans were united under one candidate: Bush. This is usually how it goes. Edwards is pro-capital punishment, Kerry is for capital punishment when dealing with terrorists. What about the anti-capital punishment crowd? What are their options? Nader. Bush is unflinchingly pro-capital punishment and the GOP is soundly behind their candidate.

Diversity is what makes the Democrats such a special party, but diversity is quite the chagrin to the party.

I've learned this weekend that not all conservatives are Republicans. But that makes not a difference. My friend is very conservative (though I think he just likes being cantankerous) but refuses to join the Republican Party. He doesn't want to vote for a candidate simply because of the R after his/her name, which is respectable. But ultimately, as a conservative, is he ever going to vote for Kerry? The answer is an obvious no. He's still part of the Republican Party Sphere of Influence and cannot escape it. He's not going to vote Nader, no self-respecting conservative would do such a thing. He has no choice, other than not to vote. But then still, no self-respecting citizen of this country would do such a thing.

Politics is a dangerous thing -- especially when your party has a million heads moving in a million different directions. And because they will never agree on one particular issue (other than whether or not Bush is a douchebag, and perhaps if horsies are pretty), they will forever split the vote and play a game of chance with the juggernaut and its minions.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Scary

Look at this image.



Can you honestly tell me that it doesn't freak you out. I'm not saying it's scary because the W is referring to George W Bush. Let's forget about politics for a second. Just look at it. It's a letter. And it's "The President."

For some reason it makes me reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451 and some futuristic society. The President is W and W is The President. Now burn all books.

Actually, I prefer this.

I Wanna Go!, Revisited

ABC News, taking a que from my post on the situation, expanded upon the plan of the right-wing Christians to move to South Carolina in groves and secede from the union. It was only here, of course, that ABC learned of such a plan, I'm sure.

This Good Morning America article gives us the elusive answer to the question of "Why South Carolina?". It's so great to see that they did their homework, like I suggested. They're all real patriots.


The group turned its attention on the Bible Belt, first narrowing the field to Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina.

"On the Christian issues, we know how those states vote," [one of the founders of ChristianExodus.org, Cory Burnell] said.

To help narrow the field to one, the board of ChristianExodus.org considered other issues, though, such as the geographic size of the states and the fact that of the three, only South Carolina has an ocean coastline.

Burnell and the others also looked at a University of North Carolina study of Southerners' attitudes that said 10 percent of Southerners replied they believed the South would be better off as an independent nation, and that support for that view was highest in South Carolina — roughly 20 percent.

Of the three, South Carolina is the only one that was among the 13 original states, and is listed in the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War, as a sovereign nation.

"We could lay out that it has the right to independence if it asked for it," he said.

Well there ya have it. One would think that South Carolinians would have a problem with a bunch of right-wing bigots coming to their state in such large numbers that they could effectively change the way of life they've known for so long and create a whole new way of law and order. So what does the state government of South Carolina have to say about this plan?


"We've got a very unique quality of life here in South Carolina, so it's not surprising that folks would want to come here," said Will Folks, spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford.

Oh great. I'm glad he's not worried. I would be if I were him. They're coming, and they're coming in great numbers. But with so many people coming in these waves of importation, I'm sure there are going to be some sort of a variation in the belief structures of the people. One may be more lenient with people who wear clothing made of two different fibers, while those taking a more strict interpretation of the Bible would strike such people down for their abomination. What kind of people would they elect to run their country?


"Our end goal is we put people in power like Judge Roy Moore in Alabama, who really understand the Constitution," he said, referring to the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who repeatedly came into conflict with federal authorities over a Ten Commandments monument he placed in a court building. "We might be able to achieve that within the Union. I know we have plenty of supporters on the ground there and thousands of supporters in the League of the South."

Oh, he's wonderful. Nothing quite like a blowhard fighting an unwinnable battle. And finally a quote, just because I thought it was interesting:


"What we found was that Southerners don't feel as persecuted for being Christians," he said. "They're not having homosexuals coming into their children's health classes and telling their kids that homosexuality is a reasonable life choice."

I wish I had homosexuals coming into my health class. Life would've made so much more sense. But, oh well. What's in the past is in the past. No hard feelings. I just hope they get their own country. It would be cool. Especially when they start strapping theives to wooden crosses and the United States has to invade their sorry asses for human rights violations.

Oh God bless organized religion. God bless the right-wing.

Friday, August 13, 2004

A Centrist Liberal?

Quick note as I prepare for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics:

Isn't calling Kerry a "flip-flopper" one day and "the most liberal Senator" the next indeed its own flip-flop of sorts?

Wouldn't a flip-flopper be a centrist, by definition? A little of A, a little of B, put it together and I'm in the middle! And a liberal is a liberal is a lefty. So how can someone be both?

And a better question: Does the Bush administration really care? A lie told over and over starts to bear truth -- at least in the minds of people who don't know better.

Know better, people! Learn!

YOU ARE BEING DUPED.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

But He's Cute!

Not really much to say. N.J. Governor Resigns, Admits He is Gay. The article is self-explanatory. That poor man and his family.

And why am I not screaming hypocrisy and immorality when he cheated on his wife, with a man no less, and kept it secret? There'll be plenty of others doing that here in the coming twenty-four hours.

Poor Mikey

Is this what the citizens of New York City can expect from the police at the end of the month with the Republican National Convention?

Wallace says he then asked what was going on and he says they kept telling him to get back in the car. Next thing, he was arrested and taken to the police station. He was released after being issued a summons citing him with disorderly conduct.

Cronyism and bullying? Or just a situation taken out of context? I don't know. There isn't much said on the news report, but the "Wallace" mentioned is Mike Wallace -- of 60 Minutes fame. And something tells me there will be a 60 Minutes segment on it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Getting There

According to Electoral Vote Predictor 2004, John Kerry is beating The Big W, 307 electoral votes to 231. This is, of course, just guesstimation. The use of new polling data leads to the predictions found therein.

The map, with polling data in mind, looks like this.



Just look at the mid-west though, crikey. Oh well. Single digit states.

Did you know, for you trivia buffs out there, that if a candidate wins only eleven specific states, the game's all over? Yeppers.

Let's say Kerry wins only eleven states -- California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Georgia. He wins. His opponent could get 39 states and still lose! How?

California = 55
Florida = 27
Illinois = 21
Michigan = 17
New Jersey = 15
New York = 31
North Carolina = 15
Ohio = 20
Pennsylvania = 21
Texas = 34
Georgia = 15

That's 271 electoral votes. Election's over, he won.

Isn't that wild?

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Minority!



And... and then I saw this minority. He was about this high. I was so sceered.

Upchuck the Boogy

According to the New York Post, well, the Page Six Gossip Page anyway, they have heard


THAT the GOP is reaching out to Kelsey Grammer, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Dennis Miller, Britney Spears and country stars Brooks & Dunn in hopes that they'll lend some star power to the Republican National Convention.

Oh yay! I get to add some people to my list on the right. I was starting to feel bad for Bush and his piddly list.

Also, I didn't know Kid Rock was a big GOPer. That's awesome. Good for him. Good for the Republicans, too, for wanting him to lend some of his star power to their National Convention. I'm all for it!

They are probably banking on his homegrown, masculine image to bring home the bacon and the votes come November.

Kid Rock likes Bush. Rednecks like Kid Rock. And by following the equation, we see that rednecks like Bush. And there are a lot of rednecks. And that means a lot of votes.

But rednecks aren't the only ones who like Kid Rock. There are tons of people who like his soft and easy duet with Sheryl Crow, Picture, and will vote for Bush by proxy for its sappiness.

And of course he will get the votes from those men who like their balls played with during fellatio, who find the Kid Rock song, "Balls In Your Mouth" as their anthem.


Balls in your mouth
Balls in your mouth
U want my balls in your mouth
After I busted my nuts
I drove her to the cut
She said, I hope you don't think
That I'm a big slut.

Kid Rock can also bring the GOP some votes from those who say to their girlfriends "[I will] Fuck U Blind" and find it their anthem.


I'll fuck u blind bitch
I'll fuck u blind bitch
I'll fuck u until you can't see no more

I hope Kid Rock does provide his star power at the Republican Convention and actually plays a few songs during prime time. That'll show those Americans fed up with politics-as-usual that the GOP can be fun and down with it. Hell, I think Cheney should do his own rendition of "Fuck U Blind." And Bush can break dance in the background.

Oh hell yeah.

Obama v Keyes

As my sister would say, "Oh no he di'in't." But he did. Alan Keyes is playing the race card against his fellow black opponent for supporting abortion-rights.


"I would still be picking cotton if the country's moral principles had not been shaped by the Declaration of Independence," Keyes said. He said Obama "has broken and rejected those principles — he has taken the slaveholder's position."

Damn. I'm glad to see that Keyes has found the time out of his busy home-buying schedule to play such mean and nasty politics. Yikes.

Audible Whispers

In one of the greatest movies ever committed to film, there's this scene of amateur actors putting on a play in the school's auditorium. The extras surround the main character who exclaims that they have reached the west coast and are in fact in California. The crowd bursts in hushed pandemonium. This corps of really bad actors turn to one another and whisper rather audibly, "hub bub bub, hub bub bub" to simulate the excitement and urgency of the news. It's a classic comedic scene in its own right.

And I can't help feeling that it's a scene that's being played over and over again in real life by this administration every time it raises the Terror Alert level or warns about impending terrorist attacks on our home soil. They don't really have anything new to add to the situation at hand. But it's almost as if they want to make sure that we're still scared shitless.

Read along with me and listen carefully. Can you hear people behind you whispering into your ear even though it's nothing new or worthwhile? They just want your heart rate up a few notches above normal.


Much of the information that led authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said Monday.

Hub bub bub, hub bub bub.


They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terror plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way.

Hub bub bub, hub bub bub.


The concern about the possibility of an attack was clear Monday. Armed guards were positioned at the five targets listed in New York City, New Jersey and Washington, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Citibank building in Manhattan, the headquarters of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington and Prudential Financial in Newark.

Hub bub bub, hub bub bub.


The buildings were subjected to their highest level of security since the Sept. 11 attacks, with barricades, rapid-response teams and bomb-sniffing dogs providing rings of protection. With intelligence reports specifying a possible truck bombing, police stopped and searched vehicles in the Wall Street area, while vans and trucks were banned from bridges and tunnels entering lower Manhattan.

Hub bub bub, hub bub bub.


[T]he timing of Ridge's somber, alarming news conference raises a nagging question that just won't go away. Ridge addressed the public shortly after the Democratic National Convention came to its expected Kerry/Edwards conclusion. To the skeptical mind, that begs the question whether the Republican Party was trying to diminish the press and luster any party gets after its big, if increasingly meaningless, bash.

Governor Ridge, er, sorry, Ex-Governor Ridge -- I just like saying the ex part -- addressed the press shortly after the Democratic Convention and warned about impending terrorist strikes on key financial institutions in New York City, Washington DC, and New Jersey. And waited a full 24-hours for the news cycle to complete its turn before acknowledging that the information used to increase the Terror Alert was three or four years old. He knew what they were doing. Play up the fear factor for one day, letting people know that attacks are imminent, and then let up a little by admitting that it could've happened any time in the entire span of the Bush Administration.

Hub bub bub, hub bub bub.



Hub bub bub, hub bub bub.

When will the next one appear? Right before the Republican Convention? If the President doesn't experience any bounce in the polls afterward, then too? And when will people wake up and realize this is getting old and starting to become just for show?

And don't they remember what happened to the Boy Who Cried Wolf?


A Shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!" and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: "Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep"; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.

There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.

Thank God for Aesop.

Get Your Similarities On

You have to click the picture to see the full size, and it's really worth it. I'm not even going to attempt to make it big enough for you to read all of the little boxes. Check it out.

Monday, August 09, 2004

I Wanna Go!

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I'd wouldn't mind moving to South Carolina with a couple thousand friends who think exactly the same way I do and secede from the United States."? Well, neither have I, but this sure does sound like a dream too good to be true! I hope they actually try.


A Texas group wants conservative Christians to move to South Carolina--12,000 at a time--to form a biblically inspired government and secede from the United States.

Decrying a national tolerance of abortion and gay marriage as well as the teaching of evolution, ChristianExodus.org hopes to achieve a majority of like-minded Christians in the state by 2016, the planned year of secession.

...

ChristianExodus.org's leader is Cory Burnell, a 28-year-old who lives in Tyler, Texas, where he teaches at a local Christian school and runs a coffee shop and mobile-phone store.

Previously, Burnell directed a Texas regional branch of the League of the South, the country's largest secessionist organization. Burnell says ChristianExodus.org, founded in November, has 600 members nationwide, connected through the group's Web sites (www.christianexodus.com and www.christianexodus.org).

...

In its final version, Burnell's biblical state would have a legal code based on the Ten Commandments and promote Christian education, according to the group's position statement.

Well, all the power to them. And to help them on their way, I'm going to write about a few points I hope they are paying attention to and working to overcome.

First, I'm a little worried about their numbers. Cory Burnell "has 600 members nationwide" but he hopes to move 12,000 people into South Carolina at a time. I'd say he'd better start getting his message out there a little faster. He started in November, and it was almost July then, so... eight months and 600 people... at this rate (75 people per month, or 900 people per year) he can expect the first batch of 12,000 people in a little over 13 years. Of course, the more people who tag along to this expedition, the more they can spread to other like-minded individuals and the rate of members will increase.

So he should have a good batch of 12,000-strong members way before his 2016 date of secession. The group just needs to work on getting their message out there.

Second, what's South Carolina's current (or then present) Governor going to think about all of this? Has he signed on to the project? (And by the way, why South Carolina?) And what about the South Carolina National Guard? I bet they can be a force to be reckoned with if provoked by Bible-thumping (I mean far-right Christians) secessionists.

Third, and before I forget, how exactly does one go about having a series of laws based on the Ten Commandments? Sure, they're great and everything, but how does one enforce all of them? Here's the official list, thanks be to King James:


1 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
3 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them
4 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain
5 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
6 Thou shalt not kill.
7 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8 Thou shalt not steal.
9 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
10 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

How exactly does one know if I am covetting or not? Is there tangible proof of my covetness? What if I take the Lord's name in vain under my breath and no one hears me? Sure, I'm guilty of such a sin, but can you prove that I am?

What happens to being innocent until proven guilty? But I guess if they're creating their own government and country, there's no such thing anymore.

But I'm not one to judge.

I am, however, one to help my fellow man. I did a little research, and it seems that South Carolina has all the power in the world it would need to secede from the Union. It did in the past as well, as the first state to leave the United States as the precursor to the Civil War.

Perhaps Cory Burnell hopes the second time's a charm.

In the Declaration of Independence, it states


...whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

...

...that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states;

In other words, South Carolina is free to secede whenever it so pleases her. But of course, I'm sure there are certain hurdles the state must jump before real secession takes place. I'm going to let those up to Mr. Burnell because at this point, I couldn't care less.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Wishful Thinking

Everybody's doing it, so of course I have to join the crowd -- being shallow and what not. It's my Amazon Wish List. Nothing huge. In fact, I only have two items on the whole list, so it's not like I'm materialistic or anything.

The first item is Outfoxed, a nice little movie about the "moderate" nature of the Fox News Channel. The second is a book that's going to teach me about not being so damned materialistic and enjoy the fruits of self-discovery. Siddhartha sounds groovy.

Keep in mind, I'm so poor that I haven't been able to buy said items myself. Please help a man out!

Sunday Fun

And now for something completely unexpected.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Hackity Hack -- Don't Come Back

Cal Thomas is a hack and Kenneth Starr is a hack. And the former is interviewing the latter right now on Fox News. God Bless America.

Friday, August 06, 2004

It's the Economy

The dollar tumbled and bond and stock markets plunged after the government announced a tiny 32,000 increase in new jobs last month. The news was a bad pre-election blow for Bush and his administration, reinforcing fears that the current recovery may be running out of steam.

Economists were expecting a surge of 220,000 or more in non-farm payrolls. But instead the real July figure was the smallest monthly increase of 2004.

Instead of "This Is Your Life", let's play "This Is Your Economy Under Bush".


The Dow Jones industrial average plunged nearly 150 points Friday to a new 2004 low as investors bailed out of stocks in the wake of a disappointing jobs report and continuing high oil prices. The Nasdaq composite index and Standard & Poor's 500 also marked new year-to-date lows for the second straight session.



It's time for a regime change. Or at least someone in office who knows what the hell he's doing.

RIP RJ

Funk singer Rick James is dead at age 56.

He was super freaky.

Arlen Specter

There are three types of Republicans in this country: the conservative Republicans, the moderate Republicans, and Arlen Specter. During the Pennsylvania primary earlier this year, his far-right opponent Pat Toomey used every trick in the book to portray Arlen as a liberal underneath the elephant garb. And by all accounts, it's very true.

According to research done by Pat Toomey's website, Arlen:


supports Roe v. Wade

voted against a partial-birth abortion ban. Recently voted with pro-choice Democrats to obstruct passage of a ban on partial-birth abortions.

consistently votes for taxpayer funding of abortion.

voted to allow "morning after" abortion pills to be distributed to elementary and secondary school children.

joined Ted Kennedy and Diane Feinstein in writing legislation to allow for human cloning.

opposes School Choice initiatives.

opposed giving the Boy Scouts access to schools and other federal buildings unless they agreed to allow gay scout leaders.

supports expansion of "Hate Crimes" legislation.

supports Affirmative Action quotas.

And according to the American Conservative Union, Arlen has a Lifetime Rating of 42%. Compare that to the 97% of Pat Toomey. He is what you would call a liberal Republican. And Pat Toomey is a hack for failing to win the GOP ticket to a liberal.

So in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on election day, voters have the choice of a Republican liberal or a Democrat liberal. Best of both worlds, really. Of course, it could be worse. Pennsylvania could have the chance to vote for a self-proclaimed racist like in Tennessee.


[James L.] Hart, 60, vows if elected to work toward keeping "less favored races" from reproducing or immigrating to the United States. In campaign literature, Hart contends that "poverty genes" threaten to turn the United States into "one big Detroit."

Is including racists into the party the Republicans idea of inclusion?

In today's local newspaper, I read that Arlen Specter lost the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police's endorsement. (Here's a link to the AP story.) Instead, the union decided to back Democratic Rep Joe Hoeffel in the U.S. Senate race. Why did they endorse Specter in his previous bids for the Senate?


[The FOP president Bob] Eddis said the union is backing Hoeffel because of the three-term congressman's support of an assault weapons ban and funding for community policing. Specter noted he also has voted to ban assault weapons and put more police on the streets.

He's truly a liberal. Who's he kidding running with the GOP? Come to the right side, Arlen. And by right, I mean left.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Cold, Cold Ground

In a turn for the worse, nearly three-quarters of Missouri voters backed a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. I believe I've made myself clear on where I stand on this topic, so I don't really have that much to add.


"I'm glad to say ... that we have been able to show the nation that marriage matters in Missouri," said Vicky Hartzler, spokeswoman for the Coalition to Protect Marriage in Missouri.

How can I stay mad at a woman who uses an alliteration? Oh well. Who lives in Missouri anyway? Okay, okay, I'm sure there are some cool people who live in Missouri. But I'm reminded of a conversation between Marge and Grandpa Simpson one time. (Episode 2F06, Homer Bad Man, to be exact.)


Marge: There are only 49 stars on that flag.
Grandpa: I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah!

Oh, the wonderful insight of The Simpsons.

Bushism

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

--George W Bush, at the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2005 signing


Will someone please give this man inner monologue?

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Face of God

If you look at this picture really carefully of Bush recently giving a speech, I believe you can see God in the clouds and he doesn't look happy. By using the wonderful technology of PhotoShop, I was able to enhance the picture so you can see the face of God. Enjoy.


Original


Enhanced

The Jig?



Is it just me, or does he look like he's doing a dance of some sort?

"It's just a jump to the left
And a step the ri-i-i-i-ight."

Pledge Your Vote

Homer-sexuals

I love the Simpsons. I was actually thinking about this five minutes before I read this semi-article, but I prefer the Simpsons over all other adultish cartoons out there. I have my friends who love Family Guy best, and I have my friends (and a four year old girl) who love Futurama most of all. But I'm a Simpsons boy, through and through.

And how much more do I love the Simpsons when I find out that a character on the show will be outed next season and apparently have a same-sex wedding. Oh happy days. Leave it to the Simpsons to break down all sorts of social mores and just be so darn funny. No group of people is safe as long as this show's still on the air, and that's great. It's kind of like Jon Stewart -- everybody gets equal harassment. (Take for example, tonight's episode: "Teresa -- That bitch is loaded.")

Anyway, let the guessing begin. It's no longer "Who shot Montgomery Burns?" It's "Who's gay? And who's getting married?" Anyone want to venture a guess?

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

ATMs

For the record, I hate it when people say "ATM machine". It's Automated Teller Machine, people. Thus you cannot say Automated Teller Machine machine! When people are actually using this inaccuracy on television, I have to lower my head in shame. Please, for the sake of my sanity, do not repeat this mistake. Thank you.

the Management

Constuctive Criticism

I read a comment of criticism today upon waking up from a nap. Such comments are not the best type of thing to have when one first rejoins the world of the living, but I can deal with it. I dish out what I feel and I openly realize that there are people out there who will disagree with me. But the thing is, he doesn't quite disagree with me more than he just disagrees with the way I write.

I immediately started marching out a whole tirade defending myself and my honor, but I presently just deleted the whole bit. He's entitled to his opinion and I don't always have to excuse myself for who I am or what I say.

But I will comment on a few of his comments, just lightly.

First, the whole celebrity list on the side of the blog is a big joke. When I first started it, I said so in a post. I believe it has to be the most overlooked post in the whole repetoire because so many people seem to have confused its purpose. The post does not have the intention of being a reason to vote for Kerry. Who cares what celebrities think? Oh yeah, I asked that in the original post, too. In my obsessive compulsive need to have everything in some sort of order, I decided to keep a list. It means nothing more than that -- I'm anal and I like order. So I refer you back to the original post to further explain my intent.

Sean Hannity, the first and foremost half of Hannity and Colmes -- a television show on Fox News--, is a personal pet-peeve of mine. He's so unbelievably right-wing, he has lots of viewers, and he openly lies. He's a lying liar, in fact. He never gives evidence, he only works on emotion and nobody calls him on it. I don't mind that he's at the Democratic National Convention. But I just wish that he listened to the speakers instead of using that airtime to bash Kerry instead of letting the viewers of Fox News decide for themselves what they think of the Democrats and their speeches. President Carter was speaking, and Hannity hammed it up on the camera saying how much Democrats suck. If you only watched Fox News, you would have never known that someone was speaking, let alone a former president. If CNN did that even for a second during the Republican Convention, it would be a scandal. That was my beef with him, that night. There are many others. Including demanding that God is a Republican. Well, that one made me laugh more than anything. And of course asking a Reverend on his show if it were okay for the people of America to pray for the reelection of George W.

I welcome anyone to see for themselves if the Democrat Party is the party for them, as long as they see the real Democrat Party and not the fictional one portrayed by Fox News and its cohorts. I hope that I post true to what the Democrats believe while refuting what the Repubicans wish you to believe. I don't ever make up quotations or use quotes out of context. I always link as much as possible to show you that I do do my homework. If showing the hypocrisy in the words and actions of the Republican party is "such emotive drivel", then so be it.

Emotion. What a crazy concept. Where would this world be without it? Emotion drives us to euphoria, despair and then back again. I use emotion in my posts not because I want to sell my ideas or because I use them as some sort of marketing strategy. I portray emotions because I am a human being and this is a blog. I don't pretend that what I write is cold, hard news. I believe people read what I write because I add a human touch to it. I show the inconsistencies and inhumane treatment of the other side and comment on it -- peppered with our own faults, of course. And there are many, to be sure.

Emotion is big. There's no questioning that. Emotion is what drives conservatives to deny rights to gays and lesbians. No logic is used. Just self-proclaimed knowledge of God's intent and the crafty use of the emotion of fear. Gays, I tell you, will destroy marriage. Gays, I tell you, will break down the social mores of this society. Gays, I tell you, deserve to be discriminated against in the Constitution. It's pure "emotive drivel". And if you have logic on your side and you still can't get through to the opposition, you have to use emotion to make your case. And I'm sorry if that offends you, or lessens the integrity of my blog.

I'm also sorry that your expectations of this blog were greater than what you actually witnessed, but I don't know how to change that. Sometimes I'll post something with a certain reader in mind and it might come across as a little biased. But you'll have that. This is a place for me to write what I want, when I want. Perhaps your criticism has opened my eyes and I'll do better. Who knows? Only time will tell.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Vinnie

Well, I guess they'll let just about anybody in the crowd at the Republican National Convention in New York City at the end of the month. Vincent Gallo, the famous actor who has been in such great films as... well, none of them are all that great, has come out to support the Republican Party. According to the New York News,


Gallo is now in New York and says he will attend the Republican National Convention later this month.

"I'm here trying to help out in any way that I can. I have made it clear that I am open in any way to promote and protect the Republican administration," he said.

Aww. It's nice to see that not everyone in Hollywood is a liberal elitist. (Heh, "elitist". As Ian once told me: "If elitist means 'just not being the dumbest motherfucker in the room,' then call me ELITIST!") But I really hope that the GOP really doesn't accept the kind of language he likes to spew. One of my favorite from him would have to be:


Let’s talk about what a wonderful president George Bush has been so far. Let’s talk about how ridiculous handicap parking is. Let’s talk about why the Puertoricans think they need to have a parade down fifth avenue. Or for that matter why the gays do too. Why isn’t the Veterans Day parade down fifth avenue? The people who secure our nation get a couple blocks in Brooklyn while the fags and spics get Fifth Avenue.

I hate to say it, but he does have a little point, as small as it is. The Veterans Day parade should be down Fifth Avenue. It should be one of the biggest parades in the city of the year. It should be televised by all the networks. Veterans really get the shaft from this country when the return from combat, or even retire from the military.

But it isn't the "fags and spics" fault. I'm assuming they just fill out the proper paperwork in order to have such a parade. It is my understanding that anyone can have a parade as long as they pay and follow the rules. Hell, the KKK can hold a rally at the County Courthouse and nothing can be down about it. As repugnant as they are, they're not breaking any laws and have a Freedom of Speech.

So Vincent is going to be in the GOP crowd. It's almost appoporiate, isn't it? They could all work out the Anti-Homosexual Agenda, also known as the Republican Platform. But listen to me. I don't see the bigger picture. I'm sure they'll be discriminating more groups than just the fags. They are a nation-wide organization.

Silly me.

Politics As Usual

My man Ian did a good job posting about the craziness of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy still imposed on this already-stretched-too-thin military of ours. Over 700 soldiers have been expelled this year alone because of their homosexuality. It's crazy.

I remember an episode of West Wing dealt with this very issue and Sam Seaborne asked the black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff what he thought about gays in the military. He thought about it for a second and said that the way people are acting now is the way they did when blacks were first admitted into the military. It would cause disruption in the ranks and people wouldn't like it. And that did happen, but they got over it. And they'll get over gays, too.

But, societal norms aside, what this military does not need right now is otherwise hard-working, capable people being discharged for really no good reason. Over 900 men and women Americans have already died, no countries are pledging new troops while some are pulling out, and over-extended tours and reservists are being called up again and again. Let's kick 700 soldiers out just because.

Politics as usual.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

I Believe It

Uh huh!

This is my 201st post. Yay.