Wednesday, May 17, 2006

White House plan, GOP plan, Ring-Clinkers Against the War, Supreme Court, Taliban, NRA whores,Teen Sex and the lack of it.

New White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten is trying something completely different at the White House. Instead of just letting special interest groups make policy, they're trying something called "preparation and research on projects". Of course, if Bolten was any good at preparation and research, do you think he'd be working for Bush?

To show that they have their fingers on the pulse of America, House Republicans led by Dennis Hastert are rolling out the "suburban agenda". It will focus on the economy, traffic, Internet porn, and sprawl.

I don't know how wise mentioning the economy is, considering that the GOP screwed it up in the first place. I think the high gas prices will take care of the traffic problem. Internet porn? We live in a free society, you can't very well outlaw it. If you don't want your kids to see it, then keep an eye on them. It's not the government's job to be your nanny. Sprawl? Isn't continuous shops and shopping centers between one community and another considered progress by these same people? I wish someone in Congress had the guts to take on urban sprawl.

West Point Grads Against the War. And I thought all they were good for was strutting around and being insufferably pompous. Go Army!

They really have a very good and interesting site. Check it out.

Something you thought you'd never see. A judge in Georgia strikes down same-sex marriage ban, saying it violates state constitution. I wish him well, the nuts will be crawling out of the woodwork and they're armed in Georgia.

One nut has already come out.

"This decision highlights the effect activist judges can have on our system of
governance," Perdue, a Republican seeking re-election this year, said in a
statement. Perdue noted that 76 percent voted in support of the constitutional
amendment two years ago.

NOW tells Joe Lieberman to piss off, they'll back a real Democrat, Ned Lamont. We need more of this around the country.

Some of that good news from Iraq? Not here, 15% of the country is starving, mostly kids. It's not entirely our fault, but too much of it is.

Despite threat of National Guard, Mexicans are still flocking to the border. This article does contain the smartest quote I've heard on the immigration issue. From presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

His leftist rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said deploying the National
Guard "will generate more friction and of course more human rights violations."
He said that only creating more jobs in Mexico can ease the U.S. immigration

Molly Ivans shares her wisdom on Bush's immigration plan.

Militarizing the border is a totally terrible idea. Do we have a State
Department? Are they sentient? How much do you want to infuriate Mexico when
it's sitting on quite a bit of oil? Bush knows what the most likely outcome of
this move will be. He was governor during the political firestorm that ensued
when a Marine taking part in anti-drug patrols on the border shot and killed
Esequiel Hernandez, an innocent goat-herder from Redford, Texas. That's the
definition of crazy -- repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different

David Sirota tells how our Supreme Court sold us out to big business.

In a unanimous decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a lower court
ruling that would have invalidated massive taxpayer giveaways to Corporate
America. The Supreme Court has long been the victim of a hostile takeover by Big
Money interests. It is a court now headed by a corporate lawyer that has
repeatedly gone out of its way to protect Corporate America's ability to bleed
the middle class dry. Today's ruling, though, is particularly egregious. Not
only did the court strike down an important ruling, but it essentially
emasculated taxpayers' ability to bring any such lawsuits against their own
government in the future.

Afghanistan's Religious Right, also known as the Taliban, is once again promoting it's beliefs through public executions.

The Philadelphia Inquirer had the guts to call those politicians that suck up to the NRA the whores that they are. I have no problem with responsible people owning firearms, within reason. But the NRA is nothing more than a pack of liars working for the firearms and ammunition manufacturers.

Perzel is more of a mystery. The speaker has tremendous power and cojones
to spare. He could get that bill out of committee and up for a vote on the floor
of the House. My guess is he doesn't want to put his fellow Republicans on the
spot, especially his suburban members who are whores for the National Rifle
Association but know that most of their constituents would favor such a

And at last, Teen Sex, Good, Bad or Just inevitable?

Virginity Pledgers:

"Study after study that's peer-reviewed has showed that these programs make no
appreciable impact on public health, and increase dangerous behavior" because
pledge-takers are more likely to engage in unprotected sex, Bearman said.
"Pledging leads to a form of promise-breaking that's riskier." ·

U.S. vs. Western European attitudes:

Among the findings that surprised me: Although prevalent attitudes on teen sex
differ in Western Europe and the United States, the views of leading researchers
and doctors on both sides of the Atlantic do not. Their opinions lean much
closer to the European model. They tend to agree that the mixed message America
sends to teens about sex -- authorities say "don't" while mass media screams
"What are you waiting for?"-- endanger our children.

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John Stuart Mill (May 20 1806 – May 8 1873)