Friday, May 27, 2005

World Watch - May 15, 2005 - The Riots of the Faithful - The Ornery American

I was grabbed by the title. I was impressed with the argument. I realized that the fight against ignorance will not happen in the schools or the churches, in college classrooms or temples, but in the streets. This column goes through quite a bit of info, but I could only get through half of it.

To sum up: Newsweek arycile bad, shame on them. How dare they print whatever they like during time of war! They should be screened, rebuked, arrested, stopped, etc etc. This guy, Orson Scott Card, must love his little world hes created. In one breath hes against those who diss bushie and all that rigamorole and then states that the media should be curbed, reigned in, to help democracy and freedoms.

Example:Personally, I think there should be legal consequences for editors and publishers and reporters so abysmally selfish and stupid that they would run with a story that they knew would provoke outrage in Muslim lands, without first making sure it was true.

I'm not talking about prior restraint, which would be unconstitutional. I'm talking about consequences after the fact.

Rebutal: Personally, I think there should be legal consequences for political leaders and his appointees so abyssmally greedy and stupid that they would run with a lie thats killed tens of thousands of people and outrage entire nations and an entire religous groups, without first making sure it was true.

Im talking about prior restraint, which would be constitutional and talking about consequences after the fact.

WOW. I really didnt think that that would fit so perfectly.

Conclusion: Words are words and can be twisted into anything. Actions speak volumes and actions without consideration of consequences equals death and destruction.


Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - Senate moves closer to vote on judicial nominee - May 24, 2005

I suppose that the role of the Devil in this deal is up for grabs. Both sides seemed to think the compromise reached Monday night was an aversion, but I say it was avoidance and the next time this issue rears its head the stakes will be much higher. So the deems held off two radicals for three and the conserves and their leadership seem entirely non-plussed. They still want more. They want all three branches of government. So what, my father said tonight at dinner, 'they will hang themselves come midterm elections and if not, then the next general election will not be so nice. I see no republican winning for quite a while'. Just one problem, you don't vote, I say (he has promised to vote if Hillary Clinton runs however). My problem is that I see little change come midterms because people are still scared and not fed up nearly enough (last November reinforced that) and seem fine to follow a leader who brazenly states that its his way or no way and that he doesn't not listen to public opinion, polls, or opposing views. This some how makes him a better leader. Personally, I don't think bushie could lead a little league team.

But here's the real problem: these conserve Yahoos that bushie will likely get appointed is a huge blow to checks and balances. Parliamentary tricks or no, the deal was not all that it was supposed to be. We came out on the short end indeed.

Monday, May 23, 2005 - Senators compromise on filibusters - May 23, 2005

If only John McCain would use his powers for good instead of evil. I do not think that this issue is dead, far from it. Wait until the supreme court has a vacancy! This was a test run people, and I am not convinced that Frist wont try and pull it anyway, but all bets are off come a supreme court nominee. Democrats need to stick with it and we need some strong republicans!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Am nearly finished with a wonderful book, Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera. It has so many themes and rythyms. Love, life, politics, ideology, profession, lust, marriage, and of course philosophic ramblings. What could be better?

Its Prague during the summer of 1968, old world Europe meets revolution meets the squashing boots of the Soviet Union. Doctor meets girl, sleeps with girl, then sleeps with many more girls while trying to find a few things out, not get thrown in jail or loose his life or his sex. And the patterns and themes run parallel then counter-intuitive, then in different directions all together. Kundera whips up the pot, foments the imagination and then leaves you to your own devices.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005


Captain, there be whales here!

Imagine our world with whales. We would'nt be far behind. Act NOW!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 The Thirty Years War

When will articles like this become history? Not soon enough for me. 30 years and for all that people have done to overcome hate, prejudice, and bigotry, we still are only a sigh away from being back at square on. Real progress takes real change, n'cest pas? v.2

Important subjects abound!

Sunday, May 15, 2005 - News

Off of metafilter: this day in history: 1970. Who knew that there were campus deaths at Jackson U? I had no idea, and it makes me wonder, actually i think about this all the time, the stuff we never knew/know. Was it because the victims on this date were african-american? Answers to our questions are needed now and forever.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - Appeals court sides with Cheney in task force lawsuit - May 10, 2005

While I am not overly suprised by this decision, it is still very dissapointing. The fact that it took them 4 years to rule and its voted down right before the legislation is up for vote is bad too. I fully believe that all matters that deal with policy, especially when the people involved are so high up should always be transparent! ALWAYS! and this certainly is not.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Some Nietzsche on this night (from JB)

The greatest Weight - What, if some day or night, a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you:"This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more, and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and every sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you all in the same succession and sequence-even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!"

Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: "You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine." If this thought gained possession of you, it would change you as you are or perhaps crush you. The question in each and every thing, "Do you desire this once more and innumerable times more?" would lie upon your actions as the greatest weight. Or how well disposed would you have to become toward yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate confirmation and seal?
(GS, 341)

"Filibuster Frist" @ Princeton University

Passing along this wonderful site and very important issue! Frist may not be as blatant as Delay, but he sure as hell has the same power. Delay Frist, get them out of power! It seems so fitting to me that the people at Princeton would conceive of such a democratic plot!

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