2004-11-29

Too Little, Too Late

A panel of the United Nations, belatedly coming to the realization that that august body has done no good for anyone since the Korean War, has recommended a broader set of criteria for the UN to use military force to do things like, ummm... end genocide.

One of the most significant passages: "...the report urges the council to consider action that could be taken against threats from terrorists who have or are seeking weapons of mass destruction, provided all other means have been exhausted..." [emphasis mine]

To me, that would seem to justify, after the fact, our invasion of Iraq based on the fact that we suspected Hussein had WMD, could prove he was seeking them, and had definitely, after a decade of sanctions, exhausted all other means.

Lest anyone think this idea came from a bunch of second-stringers rounded up to give an academic opinion, the panel is made up of current and former prime ministers, a foreign minister, and the former US National Security Adviser.

2004-11-22

Congress, in all its disfunctional glory.

Hopefully this will create a little more awareness of how disfunctional the legislature has become. Bills are passed and signed into law [I]with the contents unknown[/I]! Do I really need to point out how dangerous that can be??? They caught [I]one item[/I] out of 1000+ pages!

I propose three new constitutional amendments.

I. A. That no new law shall be more than 100 pages, as passed and signed, in 10-point singe-spaced type.

B. That every member of Congress shall be required to read every bill in its entirety, and sign an affidavit to that effect, or shall not be allowed to vote on said bill.

II. A. That no amendments may be added to a bill after it leaves commitee.

B. That the commitee discussion of a bill, from introduction to final vote, be conducted in a special session with no other legislators allowed.

III. That to pass, a bill must have the number of votes equal to a majority of all members of the house of congress in which the vote takes place, not a majority of members present.


2004-11-15

Arafat

Want the best example of the total moral bankruptcy of the mainstream media and popular culture in general? You need look no farther than their commmentaries on the recent death of a "freedom fighter" and "leader of his people" whose very raison d'etre was to kill Jews and extend Palestine all the way across what the rest of the world knows as Israel. Note that in all his years as "leader" of the Palestinians he accomplished absolutely nothing except to steal billions (billions!) of dollars from them to distribute among his estranged wife in Paris and the families of those "martyrs" willing to target innocent civilians with suicide bombs. Not that the Palestinians are blameless either. They put up with it. They lived for decades under a man so autocratic that he would not even allow a successor to be named! (Who, by the way, turned down ofr failed to abide by many US-brokered peace plans.) Now they call on the United States to support their efforts to hold free and open elections within 60 days, in which the most popular candidate sits in an Israeli prison, having been convicted of terrorism. Anyone hear them call on their friends in Jordan, Iran, Syria, or Egypt for help? Didn't think so.

Anyone hear any of this in the mainstream popularity-based media? Didn't think so.

2004-11-12

Lawyers

There are two things that really irritate me about this story. (Go on and read it. I'll wait.) The first is that a man was able to use a legal principle to protect him from a harm that did not occur. The other is that street signs can cost a whopping $167 each! Private enterprise could get it done for half that....
There are two things that really irritate me about this story. (Go on and read it. I'll wait.) The first is that a man was able to use a legal principle to protect him from a harm that did not occur. The other is that street signs can cost a whopping $167 each! Private enterprise could get it done for half that....

So who wants out?

In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the anti-American sentiment and negativity about our government and its policies, we should remember England's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words to his own people.

During a recent interview, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was asked by one of his parliament members as to why he believes so much in America and its President. And does he think America is on the right track?

Blair's reply -- "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in ... and how many want out."

2004-11-11

Who's greedy now?

As we all know, the liberals are the generous ones in this country, while conservatives are all greedy. As this chart shows, the 24 most generous states all went to Bush....

No Media Bias?

2004-11-09

The "I Wish I Said it First" files.