Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Restricting Rights

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

As I read through the local news tonight, I see something that really bothers me. Cornell University conducted a study that found 44 percent of those people polled support restricting the rights of Muslim-Americans in various forms. What have these people done? They aren’t the bad people that we hear about every night killing some kid for dope money or killing some woman eight months pregnant and cutting open her body to take her unborn child. What gives people the idea that restricting the rights of fellow citizens is a good idea? That is just plain ignorant and intolerant of those different from our own. I have to guess that many of these people are unjustly placing blame for the 11-Sep-1 attacks with the Muslim people. Just because Ali Babba and the 19 thieves came to town doesn’t mean that the entire Muslim population supports what happened. There are just as many white folk running around in this country that really do hate America and want to do America harm. Why don’t the 44 percenters lobby to restrict the white folks rights too? If they want to do one group, they need to do them all. I certainly hope that these people come out from under the shell in which they live and see what is really going on in the world.

Feel free to read the rest of the story here.

Can the English language survive…?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

“The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.”
- George W. Bush

“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
- George W. Bush

“One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.”
- George W. Bush

“I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”
- George W. Bush

“The future will be better tomorrow.”
- George W. Bush

“We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world.”
- George W. Bush

“I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.”
- George W. Bush

“We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.”
- George W. Bush

“Public speaking is very easy.”
- George W. Bush

“A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.”
- George W. Bush

“We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.”
- George W. Bush

“For NASA, space is still a high priority.”
- George W. Bush

“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”
- George W. Bush

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
- George W. Bush

“It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system.”
- George W. Bush

CIA tells employees what to think

Friday, November 19th, 2004

So what’s this all about? The CIA gets a new director and, because of some embarassing leaks during the presidential election, the director decides to tell CIA employees in a memo that they are not to “identify with, support or champion opposition” to the current administration. Hrmmm.. and all this time I thought the purpose of the CIA was to report intelligence, not bias it. As far as I’m concerned, if someone told me how to think I would do exactly the opposite just to be a thorn, just to make a point that this is a free country and everyone is permitted to think freely as they wish. I’d imagine some of the CIA employees are pretty pissed off about this too.

You can read the story for yourself here.

Gay marriage ban amendment – Ohio Issue 1

Friday, November 5th, 2004

One of the things that annoys me more than the presidential election is Issue 1. Issue 1 was a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would ban same-sex marriages and also ban those people from gaining medical and financial benefits. The issue has a much broader reach than just banning same-sex marriage. For instance, it challenges any relationship not bound by marriage between any couple, same-sex or not. Lets say a man and woman have a child out of wedlock, and they have no intentions of getting married. Issue 1 was written so vaguely that it can be interpreted so as to prevent any medical or financial benefits from being shared amongst the out of wedlock family. This is my interpretation of this law. How many other interpretations can be found? Here is the (two sentence) amendment in its entirety..

“Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.”

The second sentence is particularly bothersom. It is so broad and so vague that I can’t believe that people in this state are so stupid as to not even consider the consequences of this law. It passed with a 61.77% vote in favor of the amendedment. For a state that is desperately trying to keep young people from leaving and entice businesses to set up shop here this law is a real setback. This single amendment has proven to me that this state’s voting citizens are racist. I don’t mean racist in the sense of whites versus blacks, although the state is somewhat racist in that sense too. I mean racist in the sense that almost 62% of voting people in this state are so intolerant of other people being different from themselves that a law had to be proposed and passed to basically outlaw non-traditional values.

This state has taken something like 35% or 37% percent of all job losses nationwide over the last four years and then, as if the majority of the voting public could care less, they pass this moronic law just to show how little they really care about others. I guess this just goes to show what percentage of voting people in this state are intolerant of change, and it’s unfortunate that the majority are not tolerant. To that I say, “Why the hell am I still living in this state?”

Bush wins

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

It’s official. Not that anyone turns to for their news. It was a good race but we can’t win them all. So as a coworker of mine says, “Karmicly, the train wreck has to happen.” So here we are. Waiting for the train wreck to happen. It most certainly will.

Getting out to vote

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

We just received what seems like our 6,347th phone call urging us to get out to vote. We’ve had George W. Bush, John Kerry, Bill Clinton, Rudy Jiulliani, Ken Blackwell, and countless other less known people call us to tell us that our vote is important. Some of the above have called multiple times. In years past this would have maybe helped me to get out to vote, but with the election being deadlocked I’m sure to get out and voice my opinion. Things have changed over the years. It used to be that people would go vote if they wanted to vote but now it appears that it’s better to annoy the hell out of everyone. I think the next person to call is going to get an earful, and maybe I’ll even threaten to not vote. I would, of course, still vote but this telemarketing scheme of garnering votes is a bit out of hand. What is going to happen for future elections? SMS messages on my cell phone every 20 minutes urging me to vote? Someone please remind me again why I pay for a home telelphone just to receive voice spam.

I just don’t get it

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

I really don’t. No, I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about how closed minded people can be. How can people be so naive as to not even tolerate the discussions against their presidential candidate? I always knew that politics could be such a dividing force, but I never really understood it. I was never much of a political person; I just didn’t care.

Given enough time, everyone has many awakenings in his or her life. Some come sooner rather than later, but the opposite is also true. I read an essay the other day that talked about the first amendment and how it doesn’t really apply anymore. The essay cites many examples of free speech not being tolerated. I’m not going to cite them here but if you want to read the essay pick up a copy of “The Longman Reader, sixth edition” and turn to page 606. The essay is titled “Free Speech on Campus”. It goes on to talk about numerous cases where radio DJs, newspaper writers, and even a college professor are silenced when attempting to speak about certain topics because someone might be offended. This begs the question, was the ability to remove oneself from participating in a bothersom situation taken away somewhere along the line? I must have missed when that executive order was issued, probably because I wasn’t following politics then. My stance has always been to exit from the situation if I don’t like it. It applies to conversations, radio shows, newspaper writings, emails, and so on. I have ultimate control of the situation that I am placed in even if someone else placed me in said situation. When I receive an email that I don’t like, I delete it. When I hear a radio conversation that I don’t like, I turn it off. When I read a bothersom newspaper story, I stop reading that story. No one has forced me to participate. Why is it so difficult to just let something go instead of complain about it? Why is it so easy to slam the door shut on conversation when someone says something that is bothersom to another? Have we no respect for those around us?

I just don’t get it.

Seven days to go

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Seven days to go and I’ve figured out who I’m voting for; John Kerry. He’s no prize but how long can we keep going like we have been? My number one reason is that I believe that the kidnappings and beheadings will continue if Bush is elected for another four years. It is all too easy to tune out the murders of innocent civilians when they are not your friends or family. The media will tune them out as routine and uninteresting, and hence there will be little reporting of the beheadings over time. They’ve already demonstrated that fact with US Military soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The editor of one local news paper stated, when asked why there is no reporting of those soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, that their readers are not interested in the reading about the killings day after day. Many of the popular news websites had also stopped reporting when US soldiers were killed. CNN has, at least, maintained a list of each soldier with a picture if possible and a short bio of those killed. For the most part, though, it seems that these fallen soldiers are forgotten and maybe even unappreciated. I suppose it’s human nature to some extent to forget, but still these things are happening. So why are we so interested in shielding the real world from view?