Thursday, December 19, 2002

The Truth About the Dixiecrats

A good takedown of the Dixiecrats and their 1948 presidential run can be found in the National Review of all places.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

War In Iraq - Another Vietnam?
The Bush administration is forming a new office whose primary job is to provide false information to the public about their war efforts. This should ring familiar to some of you, at least the ones who know anything about the Vietnam war. For those of you who are too young to remember, the reason that the US got into the war was because the Johnson administration told the American public that a US ship was attacked in neutral waters. The Johnson administration in fact, lied. The ship that was attacked was in Vietnam territory, a distinction that could change public opinion about going to war. Now the current administration wants to lie to you. Would there be as much support for a war in Iraq if we knew, for example, that the strongest weapon Iraq has is a super soaker? I, for one, do not want to lose any fellow Americans without knowing that there is just cause. Haven't enough mothers suffered?

Monday, December 16, 2002

Telephone John Poindexter
Matt Smith is my hero. Matt published John Poindexter's, keeper of your data, address and phone number in the San Francisco Weekly. Wired has additional information, including the sex offender with the last name Poindexter and the names of his neighbors. Right on public records.

Friday, December 13, 2002

Forgiving Trent Lott
Trent Lott has apologized many times for his comments about how the country would be better off if segregationist Strom Thurmond had won in 1948. So the question is, should we forgive him? I would be likely to forgive his gaffe if I thought he made a mistake and he meant that Thurmond's other policies would have made a stronger country. I have to admit that I tend to believe in the best in people and so Trent Lott couldn't possibly be racist, because how could anyone be racist? I think this is a fool's interpretation, though. Trent Lott voted against making Martin Luther King Jr. day a national holiday and spoke in favor of giving federal funding to an institution that forbids inter-racial couples. He also voted against naming a day in honor of the slain civil rights workers in Mississippi. If this was an isolated incident then I would say lets give him the benefit of the doubt. It is not an isolated incident though, so I am going to call him what he is: racisit.
Where Was the Police?
No, not the 80's rock band. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and the Secret Service raided an alleged music piracy ring in New York. Why oh why was a private organization allowed to raid anything??? You know, I think that the guy down the street stole my bike. Does that mean I can come with the police to bust him?

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Trent Lott is in Trouble With Mississippi Racists
Poor Trent Lott. First he gets blasted for saying that he agrees with segregation, now he pissed off the racists in Mississippi. An open letter to Trent Lott from Richard Barrett of the Nationalist says in part:

I am distressed that after proudly "standing up for Mississippi" and the values, heritage and people of our state, by stating that we proudly voted for Strom Thurmond in 1948, you have opted to embarrass Mississippi by "recanting" in favor of the Northeast leftist establishment. Neither you nor Mississippi owes anything to the Kennedy clan. Mississippi deserves not only an apology but leadership. What an opportune time to simply reiterate that "integration is morally, politically and socially wrong." And, thereby, not only inspire the nation with hope but your own home-state with pride.

If Mr. Barrett thinks that only the northeast thinks that these beliefs are unacceptable, then he is sadly mistaken. I for one am going to start a petition to give the south away. Right now I am in favor of giving it to Cuba, but for awhile, Spain was a top competitor.
Workers Face Jail Time
Three years ago, a pipeline exploded in northern Washington, killing three children. Today three workers might go to jail for their negligence in the explosion. While this seems like a harsh punishment for people who screw up on the job, remember the crusade of Senator McCain against the automobile industry. When a flaw is discovered in automobiles, the number crunchers calculate the amount a recall would cost versus the amount they would have to pay in damages. Frequently, it is cheaper to settle lawsuits than to fix the defective product, so people die and the automobile company pays out. Senator McCain rallied with the people to punish the people who value money over life with criminal sanctions. Of course, the automobile lobby squashed McCain's attempt to punish the greedy bastards. It looks like the state of Washington will send a message that it is not OK to put profits ahead of community safety.
Lott's History of Discrimination
Trent Lott wrote a letter of support when Bob Jones University was going to lose federal funds. Defending Bob Jones' policy against interracial dating. I don't know about you, but there are times when I have said things without thinking and normally, I would let such a thing slide. However, when there is a pattern, we must start to consider that represents how a person feels. I think it is time to believe Trent Lott, not the Trent Lott that apologized, but the Trent Lott that said he wishes the segregationist won.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Trent Lott is a Racist. Wait - We Already Know This
In order to not learn the news about Trent Lott, you would have to have your head stuck in the sand. Here is the scoop for the ostriches in the audience. Trent Lott was speaking at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party. Remember Strom Thurmond, the guy that ran for president in 1948 on the "let's keep the country segregated" ticket. Trent Lott said that the country would be much better off if Strom had won the presidential race then the country would be much better off. This is not the first time that Trent Lott has said such things. More to come on this topic...
Abortions requiring Death Warrants?
I come back from a nice trip to Philadelphia to find that civilization has collapsed. Georgia legislators have decided to put forth a bill that would require pregnant women go through a jury trial to determine whether a death warrant should be issued for the fetus. Guess I shouldn't go on vacation.

Monday, November 25, 2002

Bush Backs Oxnard (CA) Police Brutality

In a frightening story, a farm worker in Oxnard California was manhandled and then shot by Oxnard police. Of five bullets, one entered Oliverio Martinez's left eye and exited his right, another hit his spine and three others hit his legs. All of this happened when Mr. Martinez was found with a knife (used for picking strawberries) as he was riding his bike late one evening. The search was questionable since he was not actually doing anything wrong as was the shooting since he was on the ground at the time. Worse yet, when Mr. Martinez was transported to the hospital, the police supervisor continuously questioned him, asking him to incriminate himself even after being asked to leave. Mr. Martinez survived, but is blind and paralyzed from the incident. The police officers that shot him have not been disciplined and remain on the force.

The ensuing lawsuit pitted an injured man against the Oxnard police officers and now, the US cabinet (read: Bush's henchmen). The crux of the case seems to be that the police continued to question Mr. Martinez even after he asked them to leave. The US Solicitor General has sided with the police saying that they can coercively question as long as the results do not end up being used in trial. When all is said and done, it comes down to the fact the police ruined a man's life and they should both pay for this and not be allowed to severely injure innocent civilians again. Judge for yourself.