Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Does The Word 'Omniscient' Ring Any Bells?

I was reading recently about the Pope, who allowed a priest- a priest who had molested over 200 children during 30 years- to finish his life, as a priest, so he could keep his respect.

So much wrong here. Does this Pope really believe God doesn't know what the priest did? Do they think they're slipping one over on old Saint Peter? In fact, assuming they both exist, wouldn't God and Saint Peter both be a bit angry that this impostor would show up with forged ID and a fake uniform, seeking entrance to Heaven?

Just sayin'. Namely, I'm just saying that this Pope and his henchmen are the real atheists here. Nobody would be more surprised than this gang to find out there really was a God. The only good thing I can say about any of this is that it leads to a continued weakening of Catholic belief- and that's a good thing.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

There You Have It

In the aftermath of the passage of the House bill on healthcare reform, Republicans are again showing they do not intend to bow to the will of the majority. Just as they did in Minnesota, dragging out Al Franken's victory for almost a year, just as they did in Washington state in our last gubernatorial elections, with their fraudulent quibbling, and just as they did in Miami in 2000, when a hired mob of suited thugs attacked the public offices and shut down the vote count, their philosophy is plain- "the power is theirs, they stole it fair and square, and they intend to keep it".

Last year, in a development shocking to observers of the Supreme Court, the Court reached out to consider matters that had not been brought before it, and then overturned almost a century of established law. Republicans are hoping the Court will do even more of this!

These are powerful established forces that have enjoyed a half century of reaming the American public and concentrating the national wealth in their own hands- to the extent that 5% of them own half of it, and half of us own nothing. With their newfound success in raising easily controlled (and apparently mindless) flashmobs, progressives can anticipate anything up to and including another coup such as the 2000 election. It's not going to be pretty.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Segregation- Still Alive

In my post of March 8 I alluded to the problem of marijuana prohibition in a sense that seriously ignores the big picture. The big picture is that the "War on Drugs" is actually the continuation of segregation by other means.

Michelle Alexander, in a post post at Common Dreams, connects the dots, and much more ably than the Blogger editor here will allow me to do.

With the limited patience that this wretched editor will allow me, I'll note that the cowardice of our Democratic legislators, so fearful of seeming "soft on drugs", is matched by the prohibitionism of Liberalism. Taken together, it's a toxic sludge that mandates helmets for bicycle riders but won't support their rights to a portion of the road.

In 1964 we were the leading nation in the world. We've now slipped to around number 38, but only time will tell if we can arrest the slide there.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Never A Word of Thanks

In the decades that have passed since Vietnam, every responsible American has admitted it was a mistake- but none have thanked the protesters who sparked the discussion and kept the controversy alive, finally leading to withdrawal.

In fact, in the agony of "defeat", America turned on the 'dope smoking hippies' who dissented, and for the past 40 years has been throwing them in jail for smoking dope. In the process, huge social catastrophes, huge budget deficits, and the total erosion of our liberties have occurred.

It now seems that legalization will only occur when a majority of the people think of Vietnam as "history", and view prohibition in terms of whether it makes sense- at which point, prohibition will end.

For a few years those flower-power hippies were a thin line between the USA and a yawning chasm of moral and fiscal bankruptcy. The war on marijuana remains as an ongoing campaign against human rights and fiscal sobriety. It's time to call a halt.