Monday, September 29, 2003
I was perusing the California Libertarian Party web site and came across kind of a cool quote:
"The government doesn't take away our freedom by taking away our freedom. The government takes away our freedom by offering to be responsible for things for us."
Think about the $120 million spent on the homeless in San Francisco alone.
I've said it before: The government should be a safety net, not a hammock.
There are around 14,000 homeless in SF. That's $8,600 per year, per person. Clearly, you're not going to get rich by being homeless in SF (obviously, this isn't all cash payments, although they do do quite well), but this amount dwarfs most other major American cities. And the SF politicians want to know why the homeless problem continues to grow....
The thing is, a large proportion of these people will continue to be sucking on the public teat because it takes no effort other than showing up for the meal, or the room, or the check. If you think this is incorrect, just ask the citizens and business owners in The City about their “regulars”.
I gotta go.
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Two Braincells To Rub Together?
OMG! I was watching Bill O'Reilly last night (is he going over the edge, or what?) and he was having a discussion with Madeline Albright, the former Secretary of State for Clinton. They got to a question about Iran, and how it is believed that they may be breaking some international atomic energy rules, including the possibility they are building nuclear weapons.
O'Reilly asks her, "So, should we invade them?" She was kind of caught off guard, but stated, No, we shouldn't, because we can't just go running around the world invading countries when they piss us off.
O'Reilly was shocked by the answer. You should have seen the look on his face, it was pure: "Why not, you dumb bitch? It's our job to protect the world from bad, bad men."
Has anyone in the Administration ever heard of Asymetrical Warfare? Give me a couple of days, and I'll have an essay up on the Rants section of the site.
I gotta go.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
The second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will fall on us tomorrow. I'm confused by what I see going on.
To summarize the events of that dreadful day: We got stomped.
We came back, laid an ass-whipping on Afghanistan. Bush then lied to us, insinuating that 9/11 was (at least part of) the reason we went into Iraq.
What I'm confused about, is why would we want to celebrate this occasion? My own city of Brentwood (not OJ's old digs) is having a Patriots Day for Iraq-theater soldiers. There was talk of a national holiday to commemorate the event. Some folks want the entire footprint of the Twin Towers to become some kind of shrine. That's like saying the entire island of Oahu should be a shrine for the Pearl Harbor attacks. Ridiculous.
Uhm, we got stomped. Why would you want to commemorate that?
We have our share of war-related holidays where we remember the sacrifices soldiers have made to keep this country great. We don't need a holiday to remind us of the few times we've gotten smacked around.
Let's move on, folks, and find a way that will have a chance of working to deter these terrorist bastards.
I gotta go.
I watched some of the Democratic candidates debate last night on Fox (ironic, huh?). I must say, it was pretty impressive. Brought up a lot of good points - Bush spending our money like a drunken sailor (no offense to sailors), but not willing to give us his plan for spending it; how the USA Patriot Act is an abhorrent abuse of power, and which needs to be re-written or scrapped; Bush's use of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD), and just out-right lying about the threat posed by Iraq to the American people.
I just about wanted to puke, though, with the blatant pandering to the largely black crowd. Seems like every one of the candidates was best-buds with Martin Luther King, they all toiled long and hard for civil rights, and they, too, want to spend our money like drunken sailors, just on other stuff. Every time I heard one of them bring up Universal Health Care or Affirmative Action Plans, it sent a shiver down my spine.
It pains me to say this, but I actually agree with one thing espoused by Fox's Bill O'Reilly (fair and balanced my ass...) - Affirmative Action should not be based on color or race (any more), but on economic background. If you are poor and black, white, Asian or Hispanic, you should get preferential treatment for college admissions or job training or whatever. Your color or race alone should not provide you with admittance to the dance.
Joe Lieberman actually call Reverend Al Sharpton, "My Brutha". Yeah, Joe Lieberman. He's about as hip as the word hip.
I've got to hand it to ol' Reverend Al, he made a pretty damned good showing. There were occasional outbursts in the audience and he hammered them, basically saying, "This is a chance for all of America to see African-American politics at work. Shut the hell up, and behave yourself." I was impressed. But no, he won't be getting my vote. Always playing the race-card wears thin with me.
This should be fun to watch for the next year or so, as the Democrats sharpen their arrows, and the Republicans thicken their armor. I just wish my guys (Libertarians) had someone that could realistically make a challenge. Oh well.
I gotta go.
Friday, September 05, 2003
The Bush Way Of Thinking
Uhm, I don't get it.
The Bush administration bent over backwards to punish and verbally abuse the French and the Germans for not supporting the war in Iraq. [As I've said before, go ahead and abuse the French for anything you'd like. After what this country has done for them - like keeping them from eating saurkraut with their bagettes - they should publicly support ANYTHING we suggest]
Bush didn't have a plan for running and rebuilding Iraq after destroying the country. Not a clue as to what it might cost. Not a clue.
He figured everyone in Iraq would greet us with open arms (some do, but they generally have explosives strapped to their chests). He didn't consider for a single second how the Arabic culture and Islamic religions aren't built on the idea of "take this medicine, it'll do ya good", but instead, on implicit trust. Conquerors aren't generally afforded implicit trust - at least not in the beginning.
It's now going to cost hundreds of billions of dollars (probably approaching a trillion) to put that shit-pile of a country back together again.
Now Bush is getting pissed off because France and Germany don't want to jump in and help shoulder the burden of this little conflict they were so against?
Uhm, I don't get it.
These people are actually our leaders?
I gotta go.