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This Just In…

March 8th, 2005 | Comments | Posted in Politics

Ari Fleischer is a douchebag. More on this story as it develops…

These People Will Stop at Nothing…

November 9th, 2004 | Comments | Posted in Politics

This article on women given pamphlets incorrectly linking abortion to breast cancer is simply astounding. This is my favorite part:

Joel Brind, a biochemist at Baruch College in New York who advises the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, noted that a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer go down if she gives birth at a relatively young age. He reasons that those who opt for abortion are giving up a chance of reducing their breast cancer risk.

Of course! That finally explains why only career women and sluts who need abortions get breast cancer. You ladies should just stay in the kitchen where you belong, and only use your (cancer free) breasts for feeding babies. We all know that’s what God designed you for anyways.

In all seriousness, this type of thing just brings credibility to my oft touted claim that abortion is not really about religion and protecting life; it’s more about trying to reverse the sexual liberation of women and stopping the decline of the traditional family model. If anti-abortionists were really interested in fostering a “culture of life”, wouldn’t they support free pre-natal and post-natal care for pregnant women? Wouldn’t they oppose the death penalty (especially when applied toward the mentally impaired)? Wouldn’t they want to continue social programs which help support struggling mothers? Wouldn’t they support stricter gun control to reduce firearm deaths? The truth is, many conservatives cherry-pick the bible (as I did intentionally in my last entry) so they can justify their sexist, racist, and homophobic viewpoints.

On the lighter side, here’s my current playlist:

  • AnnieAnniemal
  • ClearlakeCedar
  • Death From Above 1979You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
  • Me First and the Gimme GimmesRuin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah
  • Mission of BurmaA Gun to the Head
  • Neko CaseThe Tigers Have Spoken
  • PinbackOffcell
  • PinbackSummer in Abbadon
  • The Arcade FireS/T LP
  • The Go TeamThunder, Lightning, Strike!

An Open Letter to Middle America

November 4th, 2004 | Comments Off | Posted in Politics

Many of you voted your morals on Tuesday. Well, I’ve got a few questions about your morals.

Is it moral to underfund schools, leaving our children uneducated and unqualified to live and work in modern America? How would you feel if you couldn’t afford to send your child to a private school and your local public school wasn’t arming your child with the knowledge he or she needed? Or is that how it is already?

A wise man has great power,
and a man of knowledge increases strength
Proverbs 24:5

Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold
Proverbs 8:10

Is it moral to maintain close ties with the elite in the energy industry while making vital decisions about the regulation of that industry? How good was our president’s moral compass when he picked Ken Lay as one of his friends? Did our vice president have morality in mind when his company defrauded you for millions?

The scoundrel’s methods are wicked,
he makes up evil schemes
to destroy the poor with lies,
even when the plea of the needy is just.

Isaiah 32:7

Is it moral to let the rich get richer while the poor suffer in poverty? Do the people who have more than they could ever need have no obligation to help those who don’t have enough to feed their children? Should we continue to force the poor to make the tax investments that pay for our roads, our schools, and our military while simultaneously cutting programs like welfare, health care, and education?

“They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,
“who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses.”
Amos 3:10

Is it moral to prevent two people who love each other from publicly expressing that love? To prevent them from moving on to the next phase of their lives in which they settle down, provide for their children and give back more to the community? Remember, just 40 years ago, interracial marriage was illegal in many states. How would you feel if the goverment told you you couldn’t get married to the person you loved because of your religion or race? Is outlawing gay marriage so different?

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Matthew 7:1

Is it moral to pass a ‘Clear Skies Act’ that raises the level of allowed pollution? Is it moral to pass a ‘Healthy Forests Initiative’ that encourages clear cutting? Is it moral to be disingenuous about raping nature so the rich can get richer?

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
Proverbs 12:10

Is it moral to prey on fear and lie to your countrymen in order to convince them to go to war?

Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons and other plans — this time armed by Saddam Hussein.
George Bush, January 28 2003

Baghdad for now appears to be drawing a line short of conducting terrorist attacks with conventional or CBW against the United States, fearing that exposure of Iraqi involvement would provide Washington a stronger cause for making war.
Iraq probably would attempt clandestine attacks against the U.S. Homeland if Baghdad feared an attack that threatened the survival of the regime were imminent or unavoidable, or possibly for revenge.
National Intelligence Estimate, October 2002

The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in men who are truthful.
Proverbs 12:22

Is it moral to foster a “culture of life” in which we deny pre-natal and post-natal care to women whom we force to bear unwanted children? One in which we execute the mentally impaired? One in which we refuse to use dead tissue to find cures to heal the sick?

Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?
Luke 12:56

Make no mistake about it: your faith should influence your moral values. But you need to figure out whether the decisions you are making are really in line with those values you claim to cherish; knowledge, wisdom, responsibilty, fairness, compassion, trust. It took me five minutes to find the bible quotes on this page; you probably live by every one. Does Bush?

the ideal vote

October 19th, 2004 | Comments Off | Posted in Politics

With all the current discussion of abolishing the electoral college and the nightmare scenarios that could arise come November 2nd, I thought I’d throw out my ideas for the ideal voting setup.

My perfect vote is simple: proportional electoral college allocation in every state, combined with instant runoff voting (IRV). It would work like this:

  • Voters rank the candidates in order of preference on the ballot.
  • Electorates (the count of which continues to be determined by representation in congress) are allocated proportionally for each state based on voters’ initial preferences (their number one choices).
  • If no candidate has a majority, the candidate with the least number of electoral votes is removed from consideration and the vote of any person who ranked that candidate as their first choice are reallocated to their second choice.
  • Electorates are reallocated based on the new votes and the process continues until one candidate has a majority.

Sounds more complicated than it is, but the basic idea is simple. Essentially, you rank which candidates you want, and then your vote will be cast for the first guy in your list who has a shot at getting 50%. Here’s why I like this system:

  • Small states maintain their increased representation by still getting slightly more electoral votes than they would based solely on population.
  • Swing states are eliminated; since electorates are now split along the lines of the vote, Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania no longer control the election. Accordingly, presidential candidates will be more inclined to politick in all states and be forced to listen to all their constituents instead of just those that throw the election.
  • Voting for a third party candidate no longer throws away your vote (or even worse, helps your least favorite candidate). Ralph Nader could be on the ballot without fear that voting for him will help elect Bush, since you can still rank Kerry above Bush.

Make sense? I think so. And even if you disagree with keeping the electoral college or dislike proportional representation, it’s hard to find any argument against IRV. It has been implemented with a large success in Berkeley and San Francisco, and is simply a better method of choosing a candidate.

That said, this is really really hard to implement. The swing states won’t want proportional representation, but that’s not so bad because 44 states would benefit from that change and only 38 are needed to ratify an amendment. No, the hard part is that the two major political parties don’t want IRV because it opens the door for third party candidates. Truly a shame.

Comments?

fear mongering

October 18th, 2004 | Comments Off | Posted in Politics

Bush has accused Kerry of using scare tactics with regard to Bush’s social security policy and the draft.

In other news, the Bush Administration would like to remind your that THE THREAT LEVEL IS CURRENTLY YELLOW. Please be prepared to die a fiery death if Kerry is elected. That is all.