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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Over and out

I've gotten myself something known to outsiders as a "life." If I decide to return to blogging, it'll be all on one site. I'll post a link if this happens.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The terrorists cannot win

I'm convinced that the American government is one that will last as long as its citizens desire its use. We're a special sort of people who can't be easily targeted and eliminated from the global scene without a self-induced breakdown.

Theocracy in America?

The "theory" of Intelligent Design attacks Darwinism well enough, but it lacks scientific credibility of its own. The main thought behind it is that the universe is too complex to have happened by accident. Its followers will be forever searching to uncover a master. The problem is that this will never happen because any master outside our known universe would be supernatural, and his existence could not be proven through science.

Intelligent Design is nothing more than a Trojan horse used for inserting right-wing religious values into the classroom. If you don't believe me, remember what the U.S. military did to recruit soldiers for the war in Iraq.

Besides that, it will break down logic in our youth, as if we didn't already have enough of that without the federal government's help. The only reason youths are immature and unable to lead is because we teach them to be that way.

I don't know about you, but I want my future to be in good hands.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I've got your tax cut right here

If the government had only required a college-level writing course for its positions, we could've saved millions of dollars.

Cutting unnecessary cost is twice as potent as a tax cut -- both sides are benefited. Unfortunately, most Americans are more concerned about a refund check than government waste.

Independence Day stories

I often ponder why men celebrate their independence by detonating illegal fireworks and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, but others have acted to end the ignorance. Here are some good reads:

Wizbang

The Liberal Avenger

In defense of true freedom

In a bait-and-switch for the ages, president Bush has turned talk away from a direct threat to the U.S., instead harping on freedom 'round the globe. Where was the threat, and when was it stopped? And doesn't that mean our troops' job is done? Iraq has regained its own military and police force now, and even the insurgents are firing on al-Qaeda. I think they can take care of themselves.

I agree that we cannot use a timetable, so that Islamic militants do not simply wait until the U.S. leaves to plan another strike. However, with civil war brewing, it's time for our soldiers to get out before they're caught up in a mess that has nothing to do with our country's interests. No, Iraq is not another Vietnam -- yet. Let's keep it that way.

Besides simply sparing our troops from a potential disaster, there's the hypocrisy factor. Not in a raving moonbattish sense, but in a Boy-Scout-trained-leader sense. Rule #1 in leading a group is to always set the example that you want others to follow. Our legislators aren't following up on Bush's message of freedom, but they remain unchastised by the president. This and similar attempts to tighten government control cannot stand, especially in light of another free speech ruling that could be considered much more appalling than flag-burning.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bush vs. Bush

Remember the Daily Show feature in 2000? Now you can play at home! All you have to do is moderate a debate between two conflicting quotes from our nation's 42nd president. The Liberal Avenger has a good one -- did you know that W. requested a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Kosovo but is now refusing to present a similar exit plan for Iraq?

Sunday, March 27, 2005

On the fate of Terri Schiavo

I respect those of you who had the heart (and guts) to cover this delicate issue, but I believe it has been done in vain. This was a private matter, one which should have remained as such. If the dispute couldn't have been stopped, the case should've been largely suppressed from the media until its conclusion (for the sake of integrity), which would be decided by a local judge. Anything more is simply making the pain and suffering of all parties involved worse.

End of story.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Heroism

I don't care who you are, or what your stance is on the war in Iraq. This soldier deserves respect.

Interesting overlooked point

If anyone wants to know why I disapprove of science screwing with genetics, look no further:
Color blind hunters are better able to pick out prey against a confusing background. A dozen prehistoric hunters would have done well to have at least one such member in their posse. An 8% prevalence equals 1 in 12. More contemporary military leaders often recruited color blind soldiers to help them see through certain types of camouflage.
(Link thanks to The Squire)

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Campaign reform lunacy

What was the goal of campaign finance reform, again? I thought it had something to do with leveling the political playing field. If this is true, then

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM IS OVER!!!

Kerry outspent Bush. Bush won the presidential election. Money is no longer an issue. So why are people still pressing onward? The congnitive dissonance is unbelievable.

I agree that private bloggers need not fear for the following reasons:
  • The apparent target is one who engages in paid endorsements.

  • A hyperlink to a candidate's website is not tantamount to a donation itself, but a notification, just like being a campaign volunteer who notifies others of how to contribute. No actual monetary contribution has been made.

  • I have faith in our lawyers. If they can win cases for people who blame corporations for their own stupidity, I think they can handle a little free speech arguing.
That's not my problem. My problem is why the dialogue hasn't ended and shifted to something more relevant.