It's God we Exclude

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

It appears the link I posted to my column titled "It's God we Exclude" has mysteriously vanished. In the article I go over the hypocrisy of the secularists who bash religion because it supposedly excludes non-believers however they always ignore other aspects of daily public school life that excludes people in a much bigger way.

Opinions Not Welcome

Tommy Craft, a high school principal in Athens, Georgia, said he meant to provoke thought when he read a poem called "The New School Prayer" over the school's intercom last Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. As a result, some parents have complained saying he violated the principle of separation of church and state.

"The New School Prayer," which is not a prayer, points out the irony that exists in the public school system which calls for the distribution of condoms but shuns religion. Mr. Craft will most likely be chastised by the local school board for having the audacity to ask his students to think about something. I mean, it is a know, a place for learning and thinking.

So not only is voluntary, non-religious specific prayer forbidden in school, but so is the pro-position of it. Here is the partial text from the prayer you can easily find online:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!


Don't You Know Drugs are Bad?

Monday, November 29, 2004

From the Associated Press:

Angel Raich tried dozens of prescription medicines to ease the pain of a brain tumor and other illnesses before she took up another drug: pot. The 39-year-old mother of two has the support of her doctor and a California medical marijuana law when she uses a blend of a marijuana variety known as "Haze X" every few hours.

Dozens of people camped out outside the Supreme Court, some with blankets, to hear justices debate Monday whether that's enough to protect Raich from the federal government, which makes no exceptions for the seriously ill in its war on drugs.
It's funny how the victims of the "war on drugs" turn out to be terminally ill patients like Angel Raich. I doubt the severity of her pain has ever been shared by the proponents of federal laws that ban the use of medicinal marijuana even when prescribed by doctors.

There is no better way to violate someone's "pursuit of happiness" than to keep them in a permanent state of unbearable pain; untreatable by even the most powerful prescription drugs.

Color Wars

Monday, November 22, 2004

Defeated liberals have responded to this year's election with a slew of faux graphs and statistics in a useless effort to prove that blue is better than red. To begin with, it's absolutely ridiculous that we’ve reduced ourselves to being a "red" or "blue" state in a unified nation, but the two sides are so vitriolic towards each other that blue and red now represent ideologues in the same way the also represent gangs.

The idiots on the Left are still trying to redeem themselves after America said "NO" to their unwanted ideology last election by pushing this graph showing that blue states are in fact smarter than red states. You may want to take note that the proprietor of this material is none other than the famed smut-peddler, Howard Stern, and that the disclaimer on the bottom of the page warns that it "should not be taken as fact."

In response to the 11-state shutout vote to end gay marriage, liberals found a way to assault the institution of marriage with this chart, claiming that blue states have a lower divorce rate than the red ones. Take that religious nutjobs.

Power Line isn't convinced and has no reason to wonder why that bit of evidence doesn't explain the low levels of marriage in those states which obviously affect divorce rates. If fewer people are getting married in Massachusetts than obviously fewer people will be getting divorced there as well.

Conservatives have responded with the Generosity Index, showing that red states are more charitable than blue states - though I doubt anyone is surprised that southerners are generally nicer people than their northern neighbors.

In response to the notion that blue states are smarter, Power Line points to this ACT table recognizing that Washington DC reports the lowest test scores in the country and is and always has been run by liberals.

Whether you're a reddie or a blue boy, these graphs and tables can been twisted in a number of ways to make you look "dumb" or "more likely to get divorced," and it's those who use them to make arguments that are applicable to such.

Porn Poison

Friday, November 19, 2004

From SFGate:

Comparing pornography to heroin, researchers on Thursday called on Congress to finance studies on "porn addiction" and launch a public health campaign about the dangers.
Now this is what I call tax dollars at work. Let's "finance" a study to find out what makes porn addicting. Mary Anne Layden, co-director of a sexual trauma program at the University of Pennsylvania, has called for "billboards and bus ads warning people to avoid pornography, strip clubs and prostitutes."

Yes, because a bus ad is going to shed the light on johns who routinely spends $20 on aging, toothless and disease-infested hookers. Here's an idea, and it didn't cost a single tax penny: Porn is addicting because men like looking at naked women and the Internet makes it readily and freely available.

Okay, time to move on – unless we really need to go into solutions here. Although I too wish we could regulate everyone's personal lives and install taser guns on computer monitors that zap anyone who tries to access a porn site, they do have those pesky Constitutional rights which would forbid such measures.

And those strip clubs. We need to abolish them to because looking at beautiful naked women trying to make a buck (or a few thousand) is bad for the soul. Then we'll outlaw all R-rated films, rap/hard rock music, novels not suitable for the classroom, and finally we'll forbid all Americans from cursing in public. It's time to put Congress to work!

H.O.P.E. is Here

This is just too funny. From their website:

H.O.P.E. (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) and Rhino Records are offering the good people of America who have been duped into buying Ashlee Simpson's CD a reprieve; the opportunity to turn in her CD for one of a higher entertainment quality. Elvis Costello, The Ramones, X, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Mr. Bungle, Ray Charles, Abe Lincoln Story, Grateful Dead, Neil Hamburger, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson. Due to the overwhelming response, and the public's suggestions of other substandard artists for trade, this exchange will continue indefinitely and will be expanded to include other artists who are detrimental to the public's well being. Starting immediately we will also accept any Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Lachay, Jessica Simpson, Creed, Paris Hilton, Limp Bizkit, and any boy band albums for trade. If you're in a city outside NYC or L.A., contact or visit for an exchange.
Too bad I don't own crap otherwise I might consider. Okay, I own a Limp Bizkit CD (Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water), and I'm not about to give it up. Anyway, daily Aggressive-Voice readers know I've been especially hard on non-talents; just scroll down to read my review of two bad popular pop songs and check the October archives for my lauding of Ashlee Simpson. Several of you seem to agree with my analysis, and now is the chance to do something about it!

Michael Regan Reads my Blog

Either the son of former President Ronald Regan reads my blog like every good person should and got inspired, or his article, Get off their backs! is coincidentally similar to my blog post, Get Off Their Backs.

Both are a defense of the Marine who shot a wounded Iraqi after a fierce firefight erupted inside a mosque. I recommend Reagan’s article as it discusses the hidden agenda of the NBC photographer I’ve not covered.

O'Reilly's Marine Defense

Bill O'Reilly reiterates what we've been saying:

But the tape of the incident actually helps the Marine because you can clearly hear him yell to his squad, "He's (blanking) faking he's dead! He's (blanking) faking he's dead!" Then the soldier shoots. On the tape you can see the insurgent move before the soldier pulls the trigger.

One day earlier, another Marine in the same unit was killed by a booby trap which was strapped to a dead insurgent's body. The enemy in Iraq rejects all rules of warfare, and American troops know it. Iraqi insurgents and foreign terrorists routinely dress in civilian clothes, hide behind civilians while shooting, mount operations from inside Mosques, wear the uniforms of pro-American Iraqi police and National Guardsmen, attack civilians, and on and on and on.

But the so called "human rights" groups are all over the incident, calling it a "possible war crime." What a bunch of bull. The Marine made a decision that was reasonable. His own words before the fact clarified the danger he felt.

The war in Iraq as well as the war on terror is as ugly as it gets. Mistakes will be made. But this action is not one of them.
This is what I like about O'Reilly. He may not always be right or in touch with reality, but he's not afraid to speak his mind even if it goes against the status quo. I made the same points a few posts ago, and surprisingly most of the feedback -- comments and e-mail -- have been positive. That courageous Marine isn't going through this investigation alone.

Hot Bods & Silly Sandals

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Conservatives have an inexplicable fetish for Hollywood-bashing, whenever the subject is a movie that isn't about Jesus.

Now don't get me wrong, I loved Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and was just as amused by all the liberal critics who called it "too violent" days after praising Kill Bill 2, as I am over the conservatives' constant whining about bankrupt values and morals in Tinsel Town.

Yes, Oliver Stone's new movie, "Alexander," which opens next Wednesday (I should have an early review coming soon), is a biopic starring Colin Farrell who plays the legendary Macedonian emperor. And yes, he's -- gasp -- bisexual!

The conservative blogosphere has already started taking notes as they did with the exaggerated disaster film, The Day After Tomorrow, because it dared to pretend that global warming was a problem. "Alfred Kinsey" (unseen by me), the movie about the famed sex researcher is being protested, and "Alexander" is being met with the same resistance as if a secret homosexual agenda is in play. Powerline is obviously no fan of Oliver Stone:

I may be wrong, but I don't think this film stands to break Stone's streak of execrable movies dating back to 1986's agitprop bomb "Salvador."
The public audience will determine next week whether or not "Alexander" is a good film, but until then there are more important things to gripe about than homosexuals in the movies.

Get Off Their Backs

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

From Reuters:

U.S. Marines rallied round a comrade under investigation for killing a wounded Iraqi during the offensive in Falluja, saying he was probably under combat stress in unpredictable, hair-trigger circumstances.

Marines interviewed on Tuesday said they didn't see the shooting as a scandal, rather the act of a comrade who faced intense pressure during the effort to quell the insurgency in the city.

"I can see why he would do it. He was probably running around being shot at for days on end in Falluja. There should be an investigation but they should look into the circumstances," said Lance Corporal Christopher Hanson.

"I would have shot the insurgent too. Two shots to the head," said Sergeant Nicholas Graham, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "You can't trust these people. He should not be investigated. He did nothing wrong."
Of course the anti-American world press is jumping all over this story, casually omitting the fact that just a day earlier the marine in question lost a fellow soldier who was attending to a dead insurgent that was booby-trapped with explosives.

Add the tactic of booby-trapping your own dead to the effective suicide bombings, and it's clear to say that the Geneva Convention isn't on the minds of the insurgents. For that I believe the Marines should handle dead and wounded insurgents by any means necessary to ensure their own safety and prevent a possible ambush. I'm no fan of this war either, but it irks me to no end reading and listening to civilian opinions on how soldiers should conduct themselves in hostile war zones from their comfortable recliners.

To the world press and everyone else who despises the United States: You don't have to like our president or those operating this war, but get off the backs of the 18, 19 and 20 year-olds thrown into a situation you will never see or have to encounter. I've got too many friends in Iraq right now I want to see come home alive and well, and I will support them at every opportunity.

Speaking of Slutty

Friday, November 12, 2004

You’re not going to believe this. From AFP:

A plan to teach British children (12+) the risque art of pole dancing, usually the preserve of strip bars, has been cancelled (sp) after an uproar from child welfare groups, the teacher (Sarah Davis) said.
Ya' think!

Ah, what a marvelous idea. Let's enroll our young pre-teen girls in a class that will teach them the art of seductive dancing. It will perfectly compliment the explicit sex-education they’re being taught. Finally a class that shows them *how to* remove their clothes before engaging in what is taught in the latter class.

The story gets better. The instructor defended the course, saying it was a "demanding activity which would improve fitness." Uh-huh. I guess the sport of gymnastics is outdated, and softball should just be available to those girls not endowed with the talents for the stage.

Something Different

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

So I could talk about President Bush's new Attorney General appointee. I could talk about his plan to privatize social security. But after having just witnessed two music videos by a couple of young, sexy bombshell singer-wannabes, I figure politics can take a least until my next post.

First up on the review docket is Rumors by Lindsay Lohan. The video, an expensive production featuring glitzy nightclub sets and whizzing helicopters, is an outlet for the young Ms. Lohan to prove she's not daddy's little girl anymore. Wait...isn't every up-and-coming Disney channel actress trying to make that point? Doesn't matter here, because there's no stopping Ms. Lohan or her body from coming out of that skimpy outfit in this dance number.

As for the actual music, let's just say I'd rather ramble on about what she's (hardly) wearing. Rumors is your typical pop number with lyrics so abysmal...

Saturday steppin' into the club
And it makes me wanna tell the DJ
Turn It Up
I feel the energy all around
And my body can't stop moving to the sound

...that perhaps it's best for Ms. Lohan that she doesn't credit herself with the song writing. And it only gets worse with the added synthetic, electronic voice effects we're all familiar with.

The song is about Lindsay hitting up a club (god forbid one of these idolized pop stars would ever hit up a...oh, I don't know, a library or something) and trying to avoid the cameras so she could just dance, sing and hump every wall she dances past.

The video screams sex-appeal, or anything that takes the attention off the horrible song that's being sung by a computer and on the flashing lights and the gyrations of Ms. Lohan's body. Needless to say, Rumors does not get a passing grade from yours truly.

Next up is Tangled Up In Me by the lesser known Skye Sweetnam, a young pop star out of Canada looking to make it big in the States.

Her video debut, Tangled Up In Me, falls short of impressive, but at least in this video there's a visible band behind her. In the video, young Sweetnam is doing nothing more than getting herself tangling up in her microphone wire while selling herself to all the adolesant boys who can still be turned on after hearing such lines as I'm the girl who's kicking the coke machine and Can you see I want you by the way I push you away?

Yes, we get it, girls play hard to get and sometimes don't realize it until it's too late. From what I hear Skye writes some of her own music and that's a promising start to what could be a profitable career in the U.S. Hey, if Hilary Duff can do it...

Power Hungry

From the Associated Press:

Six years after the Supreme Court took away the president's (Clinton's) ability to veto specific parts of legislation, President Bush is asking Congress to bring back the line-item veto to let him make precision strikes against projects and tax provisions he doesn't like.
There is something both very good and very bad about the line-item veto. At its best, it allows the president to cut out from important policy unnecessary pork baked into its language. President Clinton couldn't have been any giddier with his veto power; using the pen 82 times to cut out smaller and specific projects from larger spending bills. While the Republican-controlled Congress overrode 38 of his vetoes, Clinton managed to save $2 billion.

But the very, very, very bad thing about the line-item veto is that it completely negates the Constitution's delegation of the 'power of the purse' to Congress. The line-item veto, which was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court quickly after Clinton began using it, allows the president unilateral policy making authority which is a major violation of the important 'check' Congress has over the president. When a bill passes his desk, he must either sign it or reject the whole thing. There is no middle ground. There is nothing he can sign into law that hasn't first passed through Congress.

At a news conference, President Bush said he wanted a line-item veto that "passed constitutional muster," explaining it would help him work with lawmakers "to make sure that we're able to maintain budget discipline."

But if this new line-item veto is anything like the one Clinton once used, then pass constitutional muster it doesn't, not even close. If Mr. Bush wants to maintain budget discipline he should communicate effectively with Congress and threaten to veto entire bills that contain unnecessary pork and waste spending. Let's not continue abusing the Constitution. Hear that, presidential-hopeful Mr. Schwarzenegger?

Testing the Comments

I have decided after much deliberation to allow for comments on my blog. Up until now all feedback was submitted via e-mail and I would occasionally publish a few notes on my site.

However I recognize that some people may wish to comment on certain posts without going the distance of writing out a formal e-mail, so for at least a temporary period of time I will allow commenting and see how it goes. As long as the system isn't abused the feature will be enabled…otherwise you know how to reach me.

Quote of the Day

Let's see how many people appreciate this one:

"Question for graduates of the University of Phoenix: When you open your diploma, do pop-up ads come flying up?" -- Richard Roeper 11/09/04

Welcome to Your Centerfold

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

X-ray technology at London's Heathrow airport

I don't understand why they just don't have us all strip completely naked before boarding the plane at the terminal. It would both speed up the security process and eliminate any chance of grandma packing heat under that sweater she'll no longer be allowed to wear.

Besides, why should airport security personnel get to have all the fun?

How Could 36% of America be so Dumb?

Monday, November 08, 2004

They're a minority, to be sure, but a large enough faction of uninformed individuals cannot go unnoticed, as futile as their efforts may be. From The Washington Times:

Most U.S. adults surveyed by the Gallup organization oppose laws banning private possession of handguns but support stricter laws governing gun sales.

Sixty-three percent of the 1,012 adults over the age of 18 polled said they did not think there should be a law banning "the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons." Just 36 percent said there should be such a law.

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed Oct. 11-14, one month after the Clinton-era ban on the sale and ownership of certain types of so-called assault weapons expired, said laws covering the sales of firearms in the United States should be "more strict." Eleven percent said they should be "less strict" while 34 percent said the laws should remain as they are now.
While the 63% figure is optimistic, I am absolutely flabbergasted that 36% of the people surveyed believe handguns should be banned. It doesn't matter how much university research you put in their laps proving that handguns are used far more for self-defense than to commit crimes, they won't budge. They see guns as evil and there are no two ways about it.

Bill Maher Fans Support Yasser Arafat

Here is the part from the complete transcript of Friday night's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher that I was referring to in this post:

Now, someone else who apparently is leaving office: Yasser Arafat. [audience reacts] I know, he was such a great guy. [laughter] But apparently the PLO is in anarchy because Arafat never named a successor. And the problem is, there are very few people who have experience running a hated political organization. [laughter] Although Tom Daschle is available. [laughter] [applause]
Unfortunately the transcript doesn't specifically say how the "audience reacts" but having seen the episode myself I can assure you that it was a sympathizing coo. You'd think the transcript would have read, "audience hoots and hollers," but that is reserved for jokes about President Bush and anyone right-of-center.

Evolution is Theory Fact

From the Associated Press:

ATLANTA - A trial opened Monday over whether a warning sticker in suburban Atlanta biology textbooks that says evolution is "a theory, not a fact" violates the separation of church and state by promoting religion.

The sticker reads, "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."
Well, evolution is a theory, not a fact; so what's wrong with including a sticker in a textbook that says so? Ah, because according to the secularists the school board is somehow "promoting religion."

A 1987 Supreme Court ruling tells us that creationism is a religious belief, and, along with evolution, cannot be taught in public schools. The sticker does not "teach" creationism, therefore no violation has been committed. If anything, making a point that evolution is just a theory that should be "carefully and critically considered" balances out the possibility that evolution is taught. And that my friends, despite wishful thinking by the secularists, would be a violation of the Constitution.

Bill Maher's Audience Sad About Arafat's Impending Departure

Just to give you an idea of where the fans of Bill Maher stand, when the Real Time host announced at the beginning of his show tonight that the Jew-hating, terror enabling Yasser Arafat will "soon be leaving office" due to his recently reported ailments, the sympathizing crowd booed in condolence! A half-astonished Maher sarcastically replied back, "Yeah, like he was such a great guy!"

I'll have a link to the transcript when it becomes available. I still can't get over the fact that these people respect Yasser Arafat more than President Bush. A skit where Maher pretends to be an Abu Ghraib prisoner as a result of Bush's victory drew much laughter, as did his jokes implying that Bush (a true friend of Israel) is an enemy of civil liberties. Yeah, try telling that to a Jewish settler who's afraid to eat at a public restaurant in Tel Aviv because a suicide bomber belonging to Arafat's PLO party may strike at any moment.

Please Don't Hate Us

For the third straight Monday I must apologize for my absence and will once again consolidate a weekend's worth of updates into one short post.

Just minutes ago, history was made when Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens returned a 106-yard interception for a touchdown in front of an ecstatic home crowd. The Red Sox can probably endure another 86-year-long curse and still win another championship before we see another 106-yard interception return. It's amazing what you can see when you casually look up at the television screen from your reading at the right moment.

In other news, if you're still feeling bitter about last week's election, please feel free to upload a pathetic picture of yourself on the National Sorry Day website where disgruntled Bush-haters are asking the world for forgiveness. I don't have the heart to break it to these fools, but selling out and sucking up to our neighbors to the north will probably not make getting accepted any easier.

Guess the UK Wanted Kerry

Thursday, November 04, 2004

The Daily Mirror asks its readers: How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?

Let's ask them. Perhaps the margin of victory might not have been so wide had P. Diddy not put a gun to America's head on election day. Other European newspapers have displayed similar Page One titles, and I'm not at all surprised. Looks like those itching to leave the country have more places to consider now than just Canada.

Cause I Just Had To

By now almost all the pumpkins that have been harvested for Halloween have deteriorated and been disposed of via household trashcan. Being that I'm a crazy gun-nut with a thirst for blood, however, I couldn't pass up on the wonderful opportunity to take our dying pumpkin out to the range with my roommate, Matt Stryker.

Here I am loading up the magazine with eight 9mm rounds that will soon pierce through the flesh of our decaying pumpkin that once served as a great centerpiece at our Halloween party.

And here is the damage one magazine did to the pumpkin. By the time Stryker and I unloaded 100 rounds into the chunk of produce, it completely crumbled into a heap of pulpy pumpkin bits with a slight scent of lead (most of the destruction came from the exit wounds not visible in this photo). I wish I could have gotten a picture of the final product. Notice the hole that resulted from a direct bulls-eye shot through the mouth. I can't recall which one of us made that perfect shot.

And in memory (and goofiness) of the pumpkin, I show this picture of him kicking Matt Stryker's ass in videogames just hours before he met his fate. Sigh, why must pumpkins have short life spans? At least we gave it a proper 100-round salute before its departure from this earth.

Home Sweet Canada?

I realize I've been laying it on thick when it comes to all the whiners who have emerged since President Bush claimed victory, and to be sure, I would have done the same to the conservatives had Kerry won. Believe me, I was looking forward to lauding the Bush cheerleaders and all those that make up the conservative blogosphere.

But it's Bush who won, so the hysterical liberals I will deride - and the fuel continues to flow through my fingers every time I read a news report such as this Associated Press story that suggests some citizens are so upset over Bush's victory that they're considering an exodus to Canada.

By all means, don't think twice about it. If you don't want to be here then pack up and leave. You can try, anyway. Americans are so despised worldwide (and have been long before Bush) that gaining legal status elsewhere is near impossible for average Americans.

As a defeated Kerry supporter/Bush hater you basically have three feasible options: Continue to whine and complain over how unfair our democratic process is, attempt a deflection to Canada, or you can shut up and move on so we as a lone nation can begin moving in promising directions. But please, if America isn't the Land you love then find a new home and never come back. It's time for the rest of us patriotic Americans to move on and be optimistic.

I know, I know, I was scared too when the Red Sox won but the sun came up the next morning as it did this morning as it will tomorrow morning.

Who Says Conservatives are Against Gays?

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

From Reuters:

DALLAS - Dallas County, the home to some of the biggest conservative supporters of President Bush, made history Tuesday night by electing an openly gay Hispanic woman as its sheriff.
I wonder what Cher would have to say about this. As you may remember, it was Cher who made those lovely comments to a South Florida crowd, urging them to vote for Kerry because the conservatives would pack all the gays up and banish them from our society.

Classic Moments from LiveJournal Community II

From Jeiku (Again, feel free to leave comments):

Only one election under my belt and i've already lost faith in the system. I can't believe we're going to have four more years of that f*cking gnomish looking as*hole running things. If those f*cking SUV drivin, horn honkin, beer drinkin, support-our-f*cking-president-no-matter-what-dumbf*ckery-he-pulls-out-of-his-ass-next, cowboy hat wearin fraternity as*holes says word one to me about this, I just might have to write "Da moon rules #1" on their car, wita key. England is looking better and better these days.
And don't let the door hit you on the way out. Leave soon, though. I hear Canada isn't so welcoming and I'm sure the UK isn't accepting many Americans with open arms anytime soon. But let us know if you need help vacating the country. We'll be glad to help.

Classic Moments from LiveJournal Community

From Ethan:

Well, America has decided. That is, the uneducated, misinformed, dogmatic Americans decided.
So let's see what this "educated" Livejournal blogger has to say. Please feel free to leave comments in his journal:
Over the next four years we can look forward to...

1. Prayer in schools
President Bush has never expressed an interest in forcing prayer in public schools. He didn't do it in the last four years and he won't start anytime soon. But I know how horrible God is to Liberals, so their fear is quite understandable.
2. Roe v. Wade overturned
Only if a liberal justice resigns and a conservative one is appointed. This isn't guaranteed despite the gain in the Senate because the Democrats can still filibuster any appointments. I'm sure Ethan's knowledge of our government doesn't permit any further discussion on this issue.
3. Takeovers of Iran and anyone else with oil.
Ah yes, the war for oil rant. Ethan and people who use this line spell their name I-D-I-O-T.
4. A fallout of the middle class
5. Our first amendment being stripped
In what way: speech, press, religion, assembly? It's actually the Left wanting to "strip" religion. Read #1.
6. Our second amendment being manipulated into more
I'm not going to even begin getting into this one. Fear them guns, though. We crazy Muther F*ckers!!
7. Lack of balance of power

As was the case since 1996 when President Clinton started the trend of convincing Americans to vote Red as Republicans gradually increased their control of government every time there was a congressional election.
8. Lots of dead young people
Because a President Kerry would have withdrawn every soldier, right? Wrong!
9. And much, much more!
Call me crazy, but I'm feeling optimistic. Then again who knows what will happen after we finally get all that oil.

This One's for Bruce

Ann Coulter shares similar sentiments about the futile efforts of Big Liberals to defeat President Bush:

The Democrats threw everything they had at this election. They ran a phony Vietnam War hero and a phony Southerner. They had middle-aged women executives at MTV hawking "Rock the Vote" to entice the most uninformed young people to vote for Kerry. They had Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews and New York Times darling Eminem. They had documentaries, books, the universities, Hollywood (and the French!) on their side.

The media campaigned heavily for Kerry with endless Abu Ghraib coverage, phony National Guard documents and, days before the election, false news reports that hundreds of tons of munitions had been looted in Iraq.

But for all their chicanery, vote-stealing, Hollywood starlets, fake polls and faux patriotism, the Democrats were wiped out on Election Day.

Bush won the largest popular vote in history with a 3.5 million margin. Indeed, simply by getting a majority of the country to vote for him – the left's most hated politician since Richard Nixon – Bush did something "rock star" Bill Clinton never did. Bush maintained or increased his vote in every state but Vermont. Republicans picked up seats in the House and Senate, and continue to dominate state governorships. Also making history of a sort, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle lost his election, marking the first time in half a century a Senate leader has been defeated.

To Michael Moore, George Soros, Terry McAuliffe, Dan Rather, Al Franken and the whole gang at Air America Radio – you were great, guys! Thanks for the help! We couldn't have done it without you!

As we now know, the most important issue to voters was not terrorism, but moral values. Marriage amendments won by lopsided majorities in all 11 states where they were on the ballot. Even in Oregon, the state targeted by gay marriage advocates as their best shot of defeating a marriage amendment, the amendment passed by 57 percent – a figure noticeable for being larger than the percentage of votes cast for Bush in Oregon. In the great state of Mississippi, the marriage amendment passed with 88 percent of the vote. Seventy percent to 80 percent of Americans oppose gay marriage and partial-birth abortion.
Maybe next time around Bruce Springsteen will play a few more concerts in the swing states and not charge more than $100 a ticket.

Just Disgraceful

Access to Michael Moore's site is still available despite an inaccurate report by Fox News' Brit Hume tonight. Branch pages are still online, such as the one I posted in the previous update, but going directly to brings you to a dead-end page that shows a collage of dead soldiers in the image of President Bush's face.

Now this may or may not come as a big surprise to many of you, but I've always had some parcel of respect for the documentarian. But this immature display of protest through the exploitation of fallen soldiers to make up the face of a commander and chief they most likely supported shows the true character of Michael Moore.

Moore Desperation

From Michael Moore's official site:

Dear Friends,

We’ve only got two hours left on the East Coast! I am in Cleveland and the turnout is huge. It was the same this morning as we went to polling sites in Florida. People waited for three hours to vote, but no one was deterred. One man told me “I’d wait in this line three days if I had to.” It’s raining here in Ohio, we’ve got a big bus and we’re pulling people out of their homes (gently!) handing out free umbrellas, ponchos, and bottles of water (the last item being slightly unnecessary, considering how soaked all of us already are!). I’ve been getting early tracking results from across the country and things are looking good – very good. But anything can happen in the last few hours. People are just getting out of work. The lines are going to be enormous. Tell everyone you know – as long as you are IN LINE before the closing time, they HAVE TO let you vote.

Early word has it that it is very tight in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Iowa! Michigan – don’t let me down! If you haven’t voted, stop reading this and get down to the polls. Keep calling and e-mailing your address book.
This is it. The homestretch. Let’s do it!

Michael Moore
Turnout was huge alright, huge for the wrong about 3.5 million votes.

We Got The Power!

So will President Bush take my advice and blast the "Vote for Change - We Got The Power" anthem at his victory celebration? I don't think Bruce Springsteen would appreciate that very much, nor will Cher who now fears that the gays will be banished from society, and Cameron Diaz, who must regard our country as a nation that supports rape.

I congratulate President Bush on his victory and look forward to his correcting the war on terrorism that is in dire need of improvement, among other policies of his administration and the newly strengthened House and Senate. Justice Rehnquist can finally step down and allow for a replacement without having to worry about giving control of the Court to the Left. It's been a good race. Let's move on and pray for little whining and litigation that's sure to come.

Sit Back and Enjoy the Show

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a kick out of this election business. Being that I’m a dedicated third-party voter (with the real influential power in this’ll soon know what I mean) I don’t have a dog in this race. I don’t have to scramble and make sure everyone I know gets out and votes. There is no suspense for me. I’m going to laugh at which ever camp looses, and be amused as they complain and cry foul; the college and Hollywood liberals if Bush wins, and the conservative blogosphere if Kerry wins.

Browsing both Republican and Democratic websites and blogs has convinced me that supporters on both sides are virtually identical to each other, but you’ll never get them to admit that. Both are optimistic their side will win, both quote pollsters from the other side saying their side will win, and both camps are documenting every story they can find or contrive that suggests the other side is guilty of fraud, conspiracy and voter intimidation.

Anyone want to guess how long it will take for the loser to concede or the litigation to end?

They Refuse to Reason

Monday, November 01, 2004

I wish I could have been at a Pub, or wherever these people convene, to see the reactions from all the Britons who read the Telegraph this morning (emphasis added):

Britain's gun laws are aimed at the wrong target, curbing and criminalising legal ownership while failing to tackle huge rises in shooting offences over the past few years, according to an international firearms legislation expert.

Prof Gary Mauser said that Britain was making the same mistake as Canada and Australia in focusing on legal owners - a section of the law-abiding community where gun crimes, such as the Dunblane massacre, were aberrations.

The Home Office and police chiefs should instead tackle the possession of guns in criminal hands, said Prof Mauser, a member of the independent Fraser Institute in Canada. He has given evidence to select committees of the House of Commons and the Canadian Senate and predicted the escalation of gun crime on Britain's streets.

His warning comes as gun crime incidents are averaging about 29 a day in England and Wales, more than twice the level of when the Labour Government came to power in 1997. In the past two years, there have been cases of schoolchildren and a baby, killed or injured by guns.

"I believe that factors of political correctness are at work," he said. "Police crackdowns, Home Office initiatives and over-regulation of legally held weapons create froth and they may even fool the police themselves into believing they are doing something about gun crime."

Prof Mauser added: "The sad truth is that while the police officers are inspecting farmers' gun cabinets to see if they comply with regulations somewhere in the UK, someone, who has not filled in a firearms certificate form, will be smuggling a gun into the country or selling one to an inner city youth."

Recorded gun crime rose by three per cent to 10,590 incidents in the year to June. Two-thirds of gun crime takes place in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
It doesn't matter to these people that crime has skyrocketed since the irrational ban on private gun possession went into effect in Great Britain. Just as long as it's there, they feel safe.

Quote of the Day

Perhaps I should be ashamed for laughing as hard as I did after reading this. Thanks, Pure Libel, I needed the laugh:

The one time you really need to meet with your academic advisor, she’s off for a few months on maternity leave. What an inconsiderate whore. Would it kill her to staple her legs shut until I graduate?

October's Last Weekend

Again I apologize for the lack of updates over the past few days and will use this space to recap a weekend that was both good and bad.

The Good:

On Friday a small group of friends and I attended a most-righteous Sister Hazel concert at Floyd's Music Store for the third straight, and for the third straight year I was blown away by one of my favorite live bands. Sister Hazel has a way of becoming intimate with the fans by brining them into the show. It's something you can always expect from these guys, unlike so many other performers, and is why I never miss a show when they're in town.

On Saturday we hosted what was for the most part a largely successful Halloween party -- save for the fake blood stains on the carpet and bathroom walls, a couple beer spills, unnecessary fights and the expected trashing of the kitchen and living room areas. Naturally, I dressed up as Hugh Hefner and took the role of making sure everyone was having a good time. I have yet to hear any complaints from any of the guests.

The Bad:

On Saturday the Seminoles were bested by unranked Maryland; effectively ending our chances at a national title this year. In addition, the quarterback controversy has once again debouched as Chris Rix almost took us to victory with his deep threat. Alas, too little too late was the case thanks to the inept Wyatt Sexton who has been our starter since replacing Rix earlier in the season. Fortunately the agony of defeat was blanketed somewhat by our Halloween party and I won't have to worry about Seminole Football until next Saturday.

On Sunday we saw "Saw" (review coming) and as expected I was less than satisfied. It was neither better nor worse than last week's "The Grudge" but the trailers beforehand dictate that the end of this year and the beginning of 2005 will bring us a large quantity of horror movies. If I enjoy one out of five considering the genre I can say it's worth it.

Fahrenheit 9/11 Teaching Tool

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" is debouching in schools around the country to the dismay of many Republican officials. From The Seattle Times:

MILL CREEK — A high-school teacher's classroom showing of the controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" has some local Republicans fired up.

Judy Baker, a teacher at Henry M. Jackson High School, showed the anti-Bush documentary last week to students in her government class as part of a lesson in propaganda and politics. She adhered to district policy that requires permission from both the principal and a parent for students to see the R-rated film.

"We're supposed to be training kids to be informed voters. It seems appropriate to help kids critically dissect information and analyze it," Principal Terry Cheshire said.

Only one parent opted for their child not to view the movie Thursday, but the local GOP headquarters received a call from a concerned parent and an e-mail about the movie, said Darcy Cheesman, coordinator for the Snohomish County Republican Party's get-out-the-vote campaign.
The question here is: Should public school teachers be allowed to show "Fahrenheit 9/11" to their students when teaching the subject and tactics of propaganda?

Surely no one will argue with the fact that there are better ways to teach subjects than to simply show films; it's a lazy method so many public school teachers have a penchant for, as was the case when a college professor of mine would show the movie "Braveheart" to demonstrate the cruelty of ancient justice systems.

But if displayed in the appropriate context, "Fahrenheit 9/11" is indeed an example of propaganda, and if the teacher in question makes sure to point out Moore's inaccuracies (which isn't hard to do) and the elements that make it propaganda, then I would not object to the screening -- that is unless there's an undisclosed agenda in play that Republicans may correctly be suspicious of.