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Today's Note From a Madman
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
My apologies to the late hour you all are receiving tonight's Note from a Madman, but when Yankee/ Red Sox tickets are in the offing, I simply cannot refuse.
By the way, Yankees 2 - Red Sox 1
-Noah Greenberg (Yankee fan since I can remember)
"The administration believes that the future of marriage in America should be decided through the democratic constitutional amendment process, rather than by the court orders of a few,"
-a statement from the White House
Let's do it. I dare the Republican majority to pass this hideous restriction of rights and privacy. I dare them to commence the abolishment of the freedoms and liberties that are guaranteed by that little document known as the Constitution of the United States.
Look at states like Missouri, for example. Their legislation wants to make Christianity the "official religion" of the "Show Me State". If I lived there you could "show me" the way to the border. And let's not forget South Dakota's anti-woman laws which prohibits a women's right to choose in almost every single case. Even Louisiana's Democratic Governor, Kathleen Blanco is going to sign a similar bill.
Now that the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party have taken over the Presidency, Senate, House, and a majority of state legislatures, I want them to pass this bill. After that, and a Flag-Burning amendment, maybe we could pass the "book-burning amendment; then the "He don't look like me amendment"; followed by the "She Doesn't Have the Right Color Hair or Eyes amendment".
"Willkommen das Amerika!"
Why, we can make all sorts of amendments to the most important document of the past 200 plus years. Why don't we just get rid of Islam and Judaism and Buddhism and that whole first amendment nonsense once and for all.
The First amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
It would be so much easier to simply appeal the first amendment than have to make all these other amendments. What are these guys (and gals) waiting for?
Most people think that this is a stunt to rally the religious base of the GOP. We know it isn't a way to rally their REAL "BASE" of "Haves and Have-Mores" because they don't care. They're in it for the dollars.
Democrats should start a filibuster on a marriage amendment to determine who will side on the side of sanity. Then they should let it go towards a vote. It will not be those who stand on their side who will be punished.
Those who are serious about working for the American People need to stand up, Democrat or Republican, and say "This will not fly. We need to resolve the problems Americans face every day. We need to guarantee health care for all; try to get every American who wants to work a good-paying job; eliminate the trade deficit and national debt; reducing poverty with an eye towards its elimination; feed and clothe every American child; and much much more before we move to partisan social issues."
It should gall the "Good Republicans" knowing that their honest beliefs of conservatism and fiscal responsibility has been hijacked in the name of a "Gay Marriage Amendment."
The GOP fosters an agenda of hate a division in order to keep themselves in office. They rely on a media which is more concerned with profits than their duty as the fourth estate and the eyes and ears of America.
And the judges... Does anyone think that this amendment if passed, one that would have certainly been overturned by most previous Supreme Courts, won't be upheld by "The Four Justices of The Apocalypse" plus one?
"Government ought to be kept off our backs, out of our pocketbooks and out of our bedrooms,"
-Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Judiciary Chairman, quoting former Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)
I still wonder how Sen. Specter would vote, even after that statement.
"Apparently high campaign season has arrived on the Republican leader's calendar. The Constitution is too important to be used for such a partisan political purpose."
-Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Perhaps even VP Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney and Senator Leahy might agree on this item (Cheney's daughter, Mary is openly gay and Leahy is the senator whom Cheney told "Go <F---> Yourself" on the Senate floor - I wonder if that is in the senate record?
This is a divisive issue, but more so for Republican incumbents than Democrat incumbents or challengers. With jobs being created at less than half the rise in population; crooks in "Bush-Base" clothing stealing money from the middle class in the form of tax cuts; and the continued loss of lives of the Children of America who fight Halliburton's war in Iraq, the American people will see right through this.
The American People now have a job. Its is to start paying attention.
The "Conservative" View of Gay Marriage
The Republicans always say they want to get "big government off our backs" but what they really mean is that they want the goverment to let the capitalists ravage everything without any fetters. The republicans have no problem with getting Big Goverment into our wombs, our beds, our phones, and our ISPs.
I too am a happily married heterosexual and feel no threat whatsoever from gay people marrying one another. The gay gene exists for a reason. My theory is that when population pressures get too high the gay gene expresses itself more. That's what happens when rats are crowded in cages, so maybe it works that way with humans too. People who aren't reproducing are doing the rest of the world a favor by keeping the population down. I am thankful for that. And I would be much happier to give gay people all full rights so that they would not have to sort through all kinds of painful confusion or unhappiness just because their sexual orientation is different than the majority. There will always be more than enough heterosexuals around to keep the human race going.
-Billie M. Spaight
It never hurts to follow the money.
If global warming is a myth, why are insurance companies dropping flood coverage?
They seem to think these storms are getting worse and the odds are against them.
More insurance means more profits, but they dropped those policies because
they would have to pay a penalty for ignoring the facts - while Bush is free to.
But why worry about the planet when Jesus is going to be here soon?
In response to "the raid was ordered by Alberto Gonzales?", Eddie Konczal writes:
A regrettable decision by Mr. Gonzales, but at least it kept him away from the whips and thumbscrews for a few days.
In response to Robert Scardapane, and In Defense of Labor, Billie M. Spaight writes:
Robert Scardapane seems to have misinterpreted something I said. I never made any kind of statement about American workers at all. Why would I judge American workers as being lazy? I and my husband work around 50 hours a week each and my sisters work even more. My brother-in-law works nearly 100 hours a week. I did not say Americans would not do the jobs that the undocumented people are doing. Maybe some people who advocate open borders are saying that but I don't agree with these people. I think most laborers--wherever they come from--work extremely hard. I also believe that most laborers are horribly under-compensated for their work. And I also am outraged by CEOs making so much money and undervaluing the people who actually make it possible for these CEOs to live in luxury.
Untrue statements about what American workers will and will not do are NOT good arguments in support of open borders and people who use these arguments are wrong.
My point about American laborers is that they have been shortchanged because of all the different ways in which employers are exploiting workers to increase bottom lines. Outsourcing is one of the things they do. Another is refusing healthcare coverage. And another is hiring people "off the books" so as not to pay workers the wages they deserve and not to pay any benefits to them.
As long as employers are allowed to get away with exploiting workers, they will do it. As long as there is a demand for workers off the books, there will be a supply of these workers. If the Mexicans are stopped, these greedy employers will find other people to exploit--either other immigrants or Americans. Employers who exploit workers this way should be penalized.
And economics show that giving large tax breaks to wealthy people are a big part of the problem because then the funding does not exist to create a good safety net for everybody. We almost had our national debt paid off and then the Bushies blew it right back up again with their tax breaks for the wealthy and corporate welfare. If employers weren't outsourcing jobs to show good bottom lines to stockholders, laborers would not be suffering. The greedy capitalists are to blame for this--not the workers. But the capitalists would have everybody believe that the victims are at fault. If these immigrants weren't here, the capitalists would be blaming American workers. Whomever is the most exploited is always blamed to direct attention away from the disgusting anti-labor practices of the capitalists.
What is an "open border type" of person? People can have all sorts of opinions for all sorts of reasons. Just as not all people who believe in closed borders are racists, not all advocates of open borders are anti-labor. Nor are all people who say they believe in "law and order" gun toting types as some people might stereotype them. I am the daughter of union workers and my husband is in a union. I believe that CEOs are the most useless parts of their organizations and that they profit off the backs of labor.
I think it's a good idea to read what people actually say instead of reading things into what is said. Charges of racism and anti-labor only confuse the issue. The real discussion should be about the merits of policy not about lumping people into categories that may be wrong.
In response to President Bush's assault on the Constitution, his speech about Gay marriage and "More On (or is it Moron?) Weapons of Mass Distraction", Sean (Mr. Blue-Sky) writes:
President Bush He is concerned about preserving marriage? Where was this man when the divorce rate hit 50% in the 60s and 70s. He was busy having a "Youthful Indiscretion". This tactic he now uses is merely a diversion tactic to try and divert the American publics attention from the real issues at hand.
Unemployment, Uninsured individuals, Homelessness, Homeless Children, GAS Price Gouging, Skyrocketing Rental rates when the prime is at one of its lowest in history..... This is just to name a few. Why are the people that rent a place to live paying higher rents than ever when the mortgage rates are at an all time low? Why is it that if you earn any money at all or have any assets at all that you cannot get help when you are in a bad position. IE case in point - I have a car that I have financed past its value = therefore, I cannot get any assistance even though I have been effectively unemployed since January 06. Just because I saved for retirement I must spend down to zero and lose my car before I can get any help. Oh and by the way when I lose my car how am I going to go looking for a job in a town with no mass transit to speak of?
Got to love the diversion tactics and the devices of an Moronic few!!!!!
In response to Rhian's inquiries, Robert Chapman writes:
explain something? Can anyone?
The raid ordered by Alberto Gonzales of Congressman Jefferson's office seized every document in Jefferson's office?
Jefferson seems like a pretty bad guy, no?
Because the FBI had him on tape accepting a bribe, of $100,000.00, most of which he put in his freezer?
Makes sense to throw him in jail and throw away the key, no?
Especially since he is a Democrat, black, unarranged and the first member of Congress to ever been subjected to an Executive search, no?
And now Congress is threatening to impeach Gonzales?
Pretty ill of them to get so worked up over a member of Congress
after all the fourth amendment violations and torture, authorized, by OMIGOD,
ALBERTO GONZALES, no ?
But, Congress is Republican?
And so is Gonzales?
And so is President Bush ?
Am I missing something?
How about the US Constitution's doctrine of separation of powers and equality of the branches?
But when they came for the Communists, no one called out, when they came for the homos, no on called out when they came for the Jews, no one called out, WHEN THEY CAME FOR ME.....
get the picture?
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