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|Wednesday, May 11th, 2005|
|Thursday, April 28th, 2005|
QUESTION:People with serious inheritable disabilities should not be allowed to reproduce.
</i>few of my own thoughts - which leads to more questions:</i>
-Do you play judge and not grant a living being the right to reproduce like any other human being or animal, because you figure that the child will become a financial strain on “the system”/society figuring what’s the point if they cannot raise children properly themselves or worse, what if the offspring come out with disabilities of varying degrees of severity. Do you make up their minds for them because you figure they are incapable of it themselves. If such a law was passed is it implemented at some stage of the person’s life through means of cutting off vasectomy or tubal legation (depending on their disabilities) Could laws be passed to enforce such a matter, and would this laws wipe out all moral/ethical and social infringements.
Correct me if i am wrong but... Wouldn't you say that there are many "able-bodied" individuals in the world who just shouldn't be parent.
x-posted from a weekly segment on antivists
|Friday, April 15th, 2005|
I just found this group today. I feel it represents something close to my heart - working toward the great no-holds-barred battle royal of the blind love vs. the blind hate of the great American ideological tapestry, the tapestry where the threads are so repulsed by one another that it threatens to unravel like a cheap Mexican doormat.
Feel free to promote on newjingoists
Don't even check my group out first, just join here
|Thursday, March 17th, 2005|
Two things in the news:
President Bush and Ted Kennedy both snubbed Gerry Adams (the leader of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA) due to a very unfortunate incident involving IRA members. There is increasing pressure on the IRA to disband. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/4346193.stm
Various Palestinian militant groups came to a truce with Israel. The response from Sharon aide Ranaan Gissin:
Gissin also said Israel would not deal directly with "terrorist" groups meeting in Cairo and said "the Palestinian Authority and its security services take real steps to dismantle the terrorist organizations." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/palestinians_03-17-05.html
I believe in the right to bear arms in the United States Constitution's second amendment, as well as the basic human right to self defense. The second amendment exists to ensure that, in the event that the American government becomes tyrannical, the people can form militias and overthrow it. The right of nations, such as Palestine and Ireland, to self determination rests on these rights being applied to such stateless nationalities. When such groups engage in unjustified violence demands are made that they disarm. When a government does that, I don't hear many calls that it dismantle its military. The demand is that the government make amends and change policy. The appropriate response to such movements should be the same. Current Mood: irritated
|Saturday, March 5th, 2005|
A friend posted this in his journal, which made me think of how George
W. Bush is like Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I had also been
thinking about how he is like Abraham Lincoln. I have mixed
feelings about all three of them, but I think we would be better off if
none of them had ever been president.
Both GWB and FDR use their middle names as part of their public names.
A certain part of the population would love for Bush to have a third
term, like FDR. If it wasn't for the law against he might've got
one, Clinton and Reagan might have too. Lincoln probably would
have if he didn't get shot. (Sic semper tyrannis!)
A lot of these people think of Bush as another FDR. They think of him the same way people thought of FDR.
FDR is the hero of mainstream American liberalism.
GWB is the hero of mainstream American conservatism.
Lincoln is a hero of both.
FDR led us to war with Germany, while we had been attacked by
Japan. Bush led us to war with Iraq, while Al Qaeda was
based in Afghanistan, and we were still in the middle of dealing with
Japanese internment camps. Guantanamo Bay. Union P.O.W. camps.
The Bombing of Dresden. The burning of Atlanta and numerous farms and homes in the south.
Half of America hated Lincoln. Half of America hates Bush.
During Lincoln's presidency the south seceded. People are
talking about parts of this country seceding. I expect that
Bush might have the same amount of respect for the right to
secede as Lincoln did. It's not hard to imagine a speech in which
he says that we must invade New England and California to
preserve the Union and that the secessionists are enemies of
Some think FDR manipulated us into World War II. Look aroundhttp://www.antiwar.com
and you'll find plenty of stuff..
Some think that Bush let 9/11 happen intentionally. Most of you
reading this have run across something that suggests this.
The United States was the occupier of the south. We are now
the occupier of Iraq. The Radical Republicans are back.
Definitely "the Party of Lincoln."
Given all this, I wonder what our kids will be taught about Bush
and the Iraq War. Maybe in 2084 the state will be telling
us "We have always been at war with Eurasia. I mean, Terrorism."
|Friday, February 4th, 2005|
Republicrat foreign policy.
I considered voting for Bush in 2000, for the single reason that I didn't want a member of the Clinton administration in the White House. When I heard this, I was almost convinced:
GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH: I thought the best example of a way to handle a situation was East Timor, when we provided logistical support to the Australians, support that only we can provide. I thought that was a good model. But we can't be all things to all people in the world, Jim. And I think that's where maybe the Vice President and I begin to have some differences. I'm worried about over committing our military around the world. I want to be judicious in its use. You mentioned Haiti. I wouldn't have sent troops to Haiti. I didn't think it was a mission worthwhile. It was a nation building mission. And it was not very successful. It cost us a couple billions of dollars and I'm not sure democracy is any better off in Haiti than it was before.
VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: Like it or not, we are now...the United States is now the natural leader of the world. All of the other countries are looking to us. Now just because we cannot be involved everywhere, and shouldn't be, doesn't mean that we should shy away from going in anywhere. And we have a fundamental choice to make. Are we going to step up to the plate as a nation, the way we did after World War II, the way that generation of heroes said, okay, the United States is going to be the leader -- and the world benefited tremendously from the courage that they showed in those post-war years.
GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH: I'm not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world and say this is the way it's got to be. We can help. And maybe it's just our difference in government, the way we view government. I mean I want to empower people. I want to help people help themselves, not have government tell people what to do. I just don't think it's the role of the United States to walk into a country and say, we do it this way, so should you.http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec00/for-policy_10-12.html
What ended up happening is that Bush ended up carrying out the same foreign policy he criticized and Gore advocated. I ended up voting for Nader because I thought of Bush as being the Republican Clinton. I had no idea how right I was.
Come to think of it, we could have heard this exchange in the Bush/Kerry debates.
W: Like it or not, we are now...the United States is now the natural leader of the world. All of the other countries are looking to us. Now just because we cannot be involved everywhere, and shouldn't be, doesn't mean that we should shy away from going in anywhere. And we have a fundamental choice to make. Are we going to step up to the plate as a nation, the way we did after World War II, the way that generation of heroes said, okay, the United States is going to be the leader -- and the world benefited tremendously from the courage that they showed in those post-war years.
Kerry: I'm not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world and say this is the way it's got to be. We can help. I just don't think it's the role of the United States to walk into a country and say, we do it this way, so should you.
|Sunday, January 16th, 2005|
At least not all "conservatives" are morons
From The Ugly Mutation of American Conservatism
by Steven LaTulippe (emphasis mine):
Lew Rockwell is correct. The seminal political event of the past several years in America has been the changing political ideology of Middle America from small-government conservatism to a virulent brand of fascism. There is barely any discernable [sic] connection between 1994 and 2004. Almost all the issues which were important to red state America then have since fallen off of their radar screen. They are advocating many policies that are in direct conflict with the fundamental tenets of traditional conservatism.
Some of my more strident libertarian friends claim that America is now descending politically into a Hitler-Stalin dynamic. I think that that is somewhat overstated. It is more analogous to say that the Republicans are degenerating into the tin-pot fascism of Anastasio Somoza circa 1975, while the Democrats have long since fallen to the tin-pot socialism of the Sandinistas circa 1985.
America is morphing into Nicaragua, with the public finances, the current account deficit, the civil liberties, and the electoral system of a typical Central American banana republic.
Many of us prayed for years that the liberals would one day fall from power and that the Republicans would rise to dominate the federal government.
When the Gods wish to punish us, they grant us our wishes.
I say amen to that. I just wonder when more "conservatives" wake up to the duplicitous nature of their "administration". Hey, I have no compunction to act just as the republicans do when they savage the democrats. Conservatives were traitors during the American Revolution and still are. Current Mood: die fuckers! and burn in hell!
|Thursday, January 13th, 2005|
JONESBORO, Georgia (AP) -- On his first day on the job, the new sheriff called 27 employees into his office, stripped them of their badges, fired them, and had rooftop snipers stand guard as they were escorted out the door.
The move Monday by Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill provoked an angry reaction and prompted a judge to order him to rehire the employees.
"It appears ... that employees of the Sheriff were terminated without cause" and in violation of the county's civil service rules, Judge Stephen Boswell wrote in granting a 30-day restraining order.
Hill, 39, defended the firings and said the new sheriff has the right to shake up the department in whatever way he feels necessary. He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he fired the employees to "maintain the integrity of the department."
"A lot of people are under the impression that the sheriff's office is under civil service laws," he said. "But my research shows the employees work at the pleasure of the sheriff."
The firings had a racial overtone. Hill was among a spate of black candidates elected last year in the county once dominated by rural whites. The county seat was the setting for the fictional plantation Tara in "Gone With The Wind."
The fired employees included four of the highest-ranking officers, all of them white. Hill told the newspaper their replacements would be black.
Another of the newly elected black officials, Eldrin Bell, called the move illegal and filed for the restraining order granted by the judge. Bell is the new county commission chairman and former Atlanta police chief.
Hill said the manner in which he fired the workers -- including taking some deputies home in vans normally used to transport prisoners because the deputies were barred from using county cars -- was necessary.
He cited the assassination of Sheriff Derwin Brown in neighboring DeKalb County in 2000. Brown was gunned down in the driveway of his home three days before he was to be sworn in. Former sheriff Sidney Dorsey was found guilty of plotting to kill him and sentenced to life in prison.
"Derwin Brown sent out letters to 25 to 30 people letting them know they would not be reappointed when he took office," Hill said.
The sheriff's department employs 345 workers. http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/01/04/sheriff.firings.ap/
Unlike some in this community, I have generally moderate views on race. However, even I can see that this is ridiculous. If the roles were reversed, and a newly elected white sheriff did the same thing to black employees he would have probably lost his job by now. He might even face criminal charges under civil rights laws or hate crime laws. My question is this: Which is preferable, to stop this sort of thing or allow it to be done by elected officials of every race? I say stop it. However, I think that those of you who claim to be white separatists as opposed to sumpremacists will have to face something you may not like. If you want to have a white sheriff do the same thing in your community you'll have to put up with this sort of thing as well.
|Monday, December 6th, 2004|
Are we in trouble?
I mean, as a civilization and/or specie...and if so, how much trouble are we in? Or will be?
The media says so little about the oil peak, rainforest destruction, climate change, AIDS & Ebola, Chinese/Indian industrialization, Nuclear Proliferation, etc.
You guys strike me as the type to pursue your own avenues of knowing. What's your take? Current Mood: curious
|Monday, November 8th, 2004|
First off, is anybody interested in spicing up the background and overall extreme-ness of how the community looks? Sadly, I'm abroad and have very little internet time for such things.
And the obligatory links to bbc articles:Dutch Muslim school hit by a bombA bomb explosion has hit an Islamic school in the Netherlands, as tensions run high after the murder of controversial film-maker Theo van Gogh.
The film-maker was shot and stabbed in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
Several men, all believed to be Islamic radicals, have been arrested.
Police say they found a letter signed by an unknown group on Van Gogh's body containing threats to kill liberal politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Ms Hirsi Ali is a Somali refugee who wrote the script to Van Gogh's controversial film Submission, which criticised the treatment of women under Islam.
On Sunday Dutch police arrested two men who had allegedly called for the beheading of Geert Wilders, a member of parliament, in the name of Islam.
Mr Wilders has said he will set up an anti-immigration party in the wake of Van Gogh's death.
So... wait. Apparently they THINK a Muslim killed this filmmaker guy, therefore they bomb any ol' mosque. Sounds suspiciously like America's strategy.
|Monday, October 18th, 2004|
is inherently flawed.
no, i'm not against open content submission. not at all. but learning simply isn't a static process. the encyclopedia's of times past were fucking wondrous, and one could get many a fact (if there is such a thing) from them. however, one could not instruct one's self from an encyclopedia. learning and teaching one's self are very different: learning requires only information in a static form, teaching one's self, on the other hand, requires interaction with information. the ability to manipulate it, to have it explained in various ways, to dispute it, even to discuss it with other individuals. wikipedia will be a useful project, no doubt: the wealth of knowledge there is immense, and i myself use it on a nearly daily basis.
i envision something greater. a site where one may submit as one wishes, yes, like wikipedia. however, i envision a site where the product of chat, forums, blogs and divers other sorts of structured (or semi-structured) information can be combined. more than a site where one can edit any of the contents, but rather a community of learners who help each other. if one knew some subject well, or had mastered a skill, one would provide a means of instruction for others who wished to learn it. if one desired to learn a skill, the other who could do so would help. nevermind the concept of everyone helping each other in real life, or with getting food or somesuch, i won't delve into politics. i intend to make a very simple statement:knowledge should be free.
i leave it up to each individual to determine how to distribute the knowledge best, but i implore you to question what we have available. any single bit may be damn good -- but is it excellent?
is there room for improvement? if so, can you make the improvement? if so, make it, if you can't, facilitate it. this is the hacker ethic as i see it.
|Saturday, October 16th, 2004|
|Sunday, October 10th, 2004|
Two senators (a republican and a democrat) were just on CNN. They both answered "yes" when Wolf Blitzer asked them, "So during the lead up to war in Iraq, when the United States gave the ultimatum, 'Disarm, or we will invade,' and the Iraqis were saying, 'we don't have any WMDs,' they were telling the truth?"
How the fuck does anyone still think that we haven't been lied to? How the fuck does anyone still think this was a good idea? HOW FUCKING STUPID CAN PEOPLE BE? Current Mood: frustrated
|Monday, October 4th, 2004|
Briton alleges he was tortured in Guantanamo
No surprise to those of us with brains, but likely a surprise for a lot of Americans who think their country is on the moral high road.
But anyone that stupid probably can't read the article anyway.
|Friday, October 1st, 2004|
Gay marriage bill in Spain passes
Whoa. From a creepy religious dictator (Franco) to a gay-friendly Socialist government. Fucking weird, that one. But I say, go Spain. Religion must die.
|Wednesday, September 29th, 2004|
Germany jails leftist for 1991 Budapest bombing
Oh no, not a leftist! Run, Germany! The extremists are coming!
It really seems that Germans are terrified of political extremism of pretty much any sort these days. Guess that makes a little sense.
Anyway, back to the point of the article. So back in the late 80's there was this 'radical leftist' group called the Red Army Faction (RAF) who were involved in a lot of 'terrorist' actions. This chick was apparently 'linked' to the group. However, that has NOTHING to do with what she did in Budapest. Apparently she was also part of a group called the 'Movement for the liberation of Palestine' and bombed some Soviet Jews in Budapest. Dumb idea, if you ask me. And did it help liberate Palestine? Ha!
I'm just amused with how the article is like 'LEFTIST'! As if that should be some terrifying indictment.
|Tuesday, September 28th, 2004|
Spanish Catholic church blasts gay marriage by comparing it to a virus
First of all, if being gay were ANYTHING like a virus, everybody would be gay by now. Legalizing unions doesn't make more people gay. Interesting use of rhetoric though, I guess.
EDIT: I know the article was saying that the introduction of legalized gay marriage is like a societal virus, but really, that's just as ridiculous a use of rhetoric anyway.
Also, it's interesting how the Spanish voters' relatively snap decision to vote socialist after the train bombings is having a lot of far-reaching consequences. And Spain has one of the largest devout Catholic populations in the world. Must be a lot of cognitive dissonance there, eh?
|Sunday, September 26th, 2004|
A Comparison of Fascist Doctrine and the Republican Agenda
The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative. Individuals and groups are admissible in so far as they come within the State. Instead of directing the game and guiding the material and moral progress of the community, the liberal State restricts its activities to recording results. The Fascist State is wide awake and has a will of its own. For this reason it can be described as " ethical ". - The Doctrine of Fascism 1
If liberalism spells individualism, Fascism spells government. The Fascist State is, however, a unique and original creation. It is not reactionary but revolutionary, for it anticipates the solution of certain universal problems which have been raised elsewhere, in the political field by the splitting up of parties, the usurpation of power by parliaments, the irresponsibility of assemblies; in the economic field by the increasingly numerous and important functions discharged by trade unions and trade associations with their disputes and ententes, affecting both capital and labor; in the ethical field by the need felt for order, discipline, obedience to the moral dictates of patriotism.
The State has not got a theology but it has a moral code. - The Doctrine of Fascism 1
Question 38. Should Congress pass a "tort reform" bill to bring an end to frivolous lawsuits that are getting out of control?
Question 46. Do you believe all abortions should be banned?
Question 47. Do you think there should be a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage?
- The Republican Party's Ask America Nationwide Policy Survey (and fundraising effort)
The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone. - The Doctrine of Fascism 1
Question 5. Some critics say that in tracking down potential foreign terrorist, the FBI and other investigative agencies are infringing on individual's rights. Do you think this is reasonable if it leads to exposing more terrorists in our country? - The Republican Party's Ask America Nationwide Policy Survey (and fundraising effort)
1 The Doctrine of Fascism (COMPLETE TEXT)
BENITO MUSSOLINI (1932) (http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/Germany/mussolini.htm