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Undeserved voices?

I may be a bit on the left side of the fence for some illegals (like those suffering from technicalities they aren’t culpable for, or like that one kid who never had a legal adoption filed for in his behalf… anyone remember him?), but I also know when their “entitlements” must end.

Congressional representation is something they do not deserve.

Can someone read that little link, and tell me I’m right in concluding that somehow, illegals are getting representation in congress because of the rules followed in the census? Private advocacy groups and lobbying bodies will have to be good enough for them, I say. Let those representatives lobby congress. But for representation “in essence” due to population disparities caused by the presence of illegals, well… It’ll bit back on them.

Don’t expect an amnesty anytime soon.

Gathering Storms

Michele expresses her worries about the coming year: possible violence, using historical patterns as her basis. I cannot help but agree. In the year (or so) that I have been blogging, we have been slowly, but surely polarized.

Pieces are falling into place. Roles are being assumed, and the sheep are being gathered into neat little flocks.

Soon enough the chilling effect on societal and political debate will reach a point where the ideologues feel they have a voice and enough support behind them. The reasonable ones would fear saying something different, for fear of being branded many, many things.

If you are a [insert religion here], and say the un-[insert corresponding religious adjective here] thing, you go to [particular religion’s version of hell].
If you are a Republican, and say something that leans left, you are a Communist, liberal fuckwit.
If you are a Democrat, and say something that leans right, you are a Fascist, Capitalist puppet.

Slowly and surely free minds and free thought are being sacrificed in the name of “getting along,” when all I could see with this kind of “getting along” is polarization.

You pull on the slingshot long and hard enough and it will either break, or snap back into place.

I agree, hun. Some conflict is coming, and I think it is long overdue. When the dust settles in this one, I think we all stand to lose something.

Kindred Spirits?

I like to call myself crazy. Really. It tends to give me some bravura and try new things. So when I joke that so and so person is a lunatic who makes me feel sane, I hope the contrast does not escape you, dear friends.

Today was a parade of lunatics and morons. I’ll admit to that, and though I have come across Matt Stinson’s entry on The Notorious Loan, I have been distracted by pettier things (aside from blogging petty-ish things as well).

Of late, John Cole’s entry on this has now become the focal point of this issue, and I’m glad that it is. To throw some levity before I dive in big time with my own two cents (this without reading everyone else linked in the entry), calling the Senate a big group of lunatics eliminates any need for me to medicate myself, to see a therapist, whatever. Knowing that they have done this makes me realize I have my wits about me, or at least, for tonight.

Now. My opinion.

Those motherfuckers better not do the same thing that crippled the Philippines with foreign debt. Currently, the future grandchildren twice over of living Filipinos will have to pay for the daily interest of my old country. It will never and I mean never get out of debt lest an absolution happens, which I doubt would actually happen, since this is the only way that strong-arming by American interests can go with license.

Do not repeat the same mistake in Iraq. Dear kindred lunatics, this isn’t just an act of lunacy. This is where you had your own brains served to you by Hannibal Lecter. There is a country there whose hatred for America can still be ignited given the proper reason. Do not give them an excuse to do so. The other side of the coin is that it is a country that feels admiration for America.

Turn them into a Western nation.

This is an excuse for those who hate us to claim that we are imperialists, that we will turn the rest of the planet into a series of vassal states. This is not the way to go.

Look at the Philippines. Look at where I came from, the good, the bad, the ugly. Take a look, and tell me. Do you want to repeat the same mistake?

There is so much potential in what could be done with Iraq. I honestly believe that this may very well be the carte blanche that we need to gain footing in a world where hatred for us grows with every wrong move we make. (And as a lover of America I know it exists. I know it exists because I have felt it when I did not know all the facts.)

Tonight I’m ashamed to admit being a lunatic. The senate has raised the bar to an unreachable point, and I cannot measure up.

Add me to your list, John. That thing will grow into something truly bulky, which is actually a good thing.

Daydream believers

All right. I think I’m done with the rabid ranting for the moment. I’m trying to revisit some of what I learned from my admirable senior high school social studies teacher.

The problem with forming a federation of different nations is that nationalism exists. That is the true enemy of a successful federal government.

What did the United States do? It fostered the idea that we are all Americans long before we are natives of our respective states. A lot of the governing is local. Thus, the nationalism that would have been festering in the provinces (States, if you will) went towards building a strong Union.

What the Europeans are trying to do with their cheap, paltry union is to emulate what cannot be done.

European Union leaders have wrapped up a two-day summit in Brussels without agreement on a new draft constitution.
The leaders acknowledged making little progress on finalizing a constitution that would enable the 15-member bloc to function more effectively, when it grows by 10 members next May.

Differences remain over the size of the European Commission and the influence of smaller countries after enlargement takes place. Italy, which holds the rotating EU presidency until the end of the year, wants the constitution to be approved by mid-December.

They love their own countries too much. They aren’t willing to rally, militarily, against the United States. They have too much to lose by cutting economic ties with us. And they will always be wary of each other’s ulterior motives. The kind of bickering and dead-ending that they’ve been doing with us the United Nations will be the same cause of their failure.

Go ahead, take your time. For the moment America is forging (hopefully) better relations with China and Russia, two countries that we do need to keep an eye on as history trudges along.

Lunatic of the day: Tony Blair

Kim du Toit asks the question that deserves only one answer:

Imagine if an American president said that the United States was going to subjugate its Constitution to one drawn up by the United Nations — and refused to allow a vote on the subject.

Can you say “armed rebellion”, children? Thought so.

I believe this is the same person who produced a brilliant, if not (now in retrospect) condescending speech to the American congress last year.

The idea of a “unified” (hah!) Europe disturbs me. They hate each other too much and are willing to set those aside to undermine us. I found the link from a pair of currently livid cockatiels, and their title, “True Colours” speaks volumes (note the spelling).

Too bad the moronic British populace are too stupid to vote him out, not that they’re going to have a chance to do so.

Now the only question remains: are the Donks in Cali claiming that the state’s voters are too stupid teaching the Brits, or did they learn from this totalitarian brat?

The judge that just. Won’t. Go away.

Found from Howard Bashman, an editorial regarding my favorite theocrat:

The attempt by suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore to have the members of the Court of the Judiciary questioned about their objectivity is disappointing, although hardly surprising. It is consistent with the colossal arrogance Moore has displayed throughout the Ten Commandments monument case.

It also is an affront to the members of the court, the honorable Alabamians charged with the solemn responsibility of hearing charges of misconduct against judges — in this case the state’s chief judicial officer.

[…]In reply to Moore’s petition, the court’s chief judge, Civil Appeals Court Judge William Thompson, wrote, with considerable restraint, “The Court of the Judiciary is not a party to this action.” He noted that state court rules have no provision for such questioning of members of the Court of the Judiciary.

One would think the chief justice of Alabama would know that.

He probably does, just that maybe he heard a voice in the night telling him to ask away anyway. The better to turn himself into a martyr. Jerk.

Sixpence none the richer

…than everyone else. Jason Verber ponders the possible benefits of socialism as a system for the Nation. For the life of me, I cannot answer. Everything argued in the direction tends to fall flat on its face once you argue it far enough. Then again if I argued unbridled capitalism to a fan of socialism, my statements would fall flat at the first word I mutter; well at least in his ears. Must be the true believer in all of us.

Building a mystery

There’s actually a post advocating school choice in the DC Indymedia? Whodathunkit?

The arguments are pretty well presented. It is not exactly a vigorous advocacy, no. It just attempts to debunk three myths that its opponents keep on dishing out:

There are other red herrings that choice opponents raise ad nauseum. But these three — that choice programs lack accountability, suck public schools dry, and just don’t work — are the most dishonest, and shouldn’t be allowed to come between kids and a good education. With a little life left in the D.C. choice proposal, it’s not too late to make sure they don’t in the nation’s capital.

Speaking of red herrings, the first comment has a pretty gem: “There’s a hypocrisy in arguing for “school choice” when the community itself has no formal ability to choose whether to adopt the measure or not.” Dahlin’, it’s not always about polls and ostrakonoi.

As for my take on school choice? Why not? It helps The Children™, although I wonder why its opponents keep on missing that since they are the advocates for America’s Youth anyway.

Listening to too much Garofalo

…gets you a quote like this:

“We are especially concerned because the U.S. policies of economic plunder and global terrorism have wreaked havoc on women and children’s lives,” said Gabriela, an alliance of women’s groups that plans to “give Bush the welcome he deserves.” – (MSNBC Article)

Far be it for me to make excuses on behalf of ill-informed women’s groups, let’s just say that Noam *forks sign of evil eye* Chomsky and Michael Moore are pretty much hailed as infallible intellectuals, that America is the great Imperialist Evil out to get the rest of the world. I wonder if they’re getting anti-Semitic over there too.

Either way, such an attitude does make for a good excuse for my old country to just languish in its problems. Besides, such suffering can lead to joy. Right, Mother T.?

Nope, not insane.

10) I said to Him, Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit?

11) The Savior answered and said, He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision and it is [… continuation missing] — The Gospel Of Mary

Sean Hackbarth knows that terrorists aren’t suffering from irrationality, much less insanity: “Calling terrorists irrational takes away some of their moral responsibility. By calling them irrational we make them seem they’re not in control of their actions”

Good call, although the mind “between the two” is pretty much fucked up for them if they have visions of killing us. Wonder if Ann Coulter could change their visions by converting them to Christianity.

Pro forma, learned from the best

John Cole takes on the anti-Bushies who derided a pro forma letter coming from so and so many soldiers in Iraq. Identical text, different signature. Nope, it’s not Bush’s fault, as John has found out.

Interesting. So you have a form letter talking about the good things happening in Iraq. Soldiers willfully agree as they sign the dotted line and send the letters away. Of course, they could choose to say something else (within the limits of military law, as they have limited Free Speech rights) either in derision or in admiration of the situation. But why are the anti-Bushies, who keep on promoting consensus thinking, who tend to their flock and cannibalize those who don’t think the same way (and not just the anti-Bushies in the bigger scheme of things, but in this case, particularly them), think this is a bad thing?

Does ideologial purity now go in second place behind “humiliating the enemy?”

They should be proud. One mind, one voice. What else do they want?