Saturday, December 04, 2004

 

Russians in on the Oil For Food Scandal

Zhirinovsky named in oil-for-food scandal. Don't let anyone distract from the enormity of the Oil For Food Scandal. For years, the US spent billions of dollars and lost lives of our soldiers and citizens trying to hold back Saddams regime. We were told that the Oil For Food Program, run by Kofi Annans son, would keep the people of Iraq from starving while economic sanctions held down the ability of Saddams regime to produce WMDs. We now find out that this program was corrupt from the top down. No only did the UN administrator take payoffs, multiple other countries and their leaders were taking payoffs and making profit from selling Iraq non-food military items. The bottom line is that the UN leadership along with many of the Bush/USA-bashing countries and their leaders have systematically undermined the US efforts to suppress Saddam's dangerous regime, cost us money and worse, lives.

Friday, December 03, 2004

 

It's Good To See Tucson Has Not Changed

Hay spill halts Campbell traffic. As we return to Tucson on a semi-annual basis for football games, basketball games or a dirtburger, we often remark on how the University and Tucson is so different from when we were undergrads. Not so fast. Apparently major thoroughfares are still at risk for complete blockage by large bales of hay. This must remind the older alums of Rodeo Week (eventually changed to Rodeo Day and completely removed from the days off list by about 1988). So the next time you visit the campus or walk down speedway with your eyes looking up at all the new buildings, look down every once in a while because you just might step in a cow pie.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

 

Have You Heard -The Economy is Doing Great ... Didn't Think So.

Larry Kudlow enumerates all the good news about the economy that the press, despite the fact the election is over, is still not talking about.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

 

Don't Be Outraged - We Deserve Ron Artest

Matt Towery has some interesting thoughts on the NBA, Ron Artest and the decline in fan support. Among some of his observation is one I had not thought of:

And there is another secret part of the NBA's demise among those who follow sports in America. The decision to allow players to enter the professional ranks straight out of high school has signaled to the nation that the league places little value in education. Is it any wonder the hapless Artest had nary a prayer of keeping up with the likes of Lauer? Perhaps the very concept that a highly paid professional would feel free to run into the stands to chase down some moron who threw a cup of beer at him is proof positive that many of today's players lack the training and maturity necessary to match their high salaries and star status.


This is a fairly good point. While I had not initially interpreted allowing high school kids to enter the NBA as not supporting education - it was clear all along that an educated athlete was the last thing on the NBAs mind. The hyper-tattooed, barely English speaking NBA star has become the rule rather than the exception. Intelligent athletes who understand the subtleties of the sport are no longer needed when slam dunks, showboating and two-man offenses are so common.

But we have to step back once more and get the big picture. How could this embarrassing event have happened. I believe it stems from our own obsession and worship of the stars and celebrities. This is not the fault of the athlete - these guys are just reacting to their pampered, celebrated existence. This is not the fault of the owners who pay seemingly outrageous salaries to these guys because a salary is not outrageous if what you pay out brings in ten fold more. And how does it bring in ten fold more? Because we are the biggest suckers in the world. We hand out tax breaks to build stadiums when our schools can't buy new books. We watch every single episode of Entertainment Tonight, Inside NBA, Celebrity Justice and so many other star worshiping shows that it is sickening. We pay $50 a ticket and buy $8 hot dogs and $12 bottles of beer all to watch millionaires play child's games. And we fall for advertising that tells us that we should "be like Mike." Be like Mike? Hell, we want to BE MIke. So as long as we continue to pray at the alter of pop icons we will continue to reap what we sew. Oh, and how bad has Ron Artest been affected by the suspension - his rap album sales have gone through the roof. The fools will never learn...

Monday, November 29, 2004

 

Declaration of Independence Banned at Bay-area School

This is just too wacked. We now have an interesting philosophical question here. According to the article, the documents in question, including the Declaration of Independence, are banned because of their reference to god. We can assume that the school is trying to live by the separation of church and state idea. Never mind that "separation of church and state" never appears in the Declaration or the Constitution. The real issue is that the documents in question are being used to discredit themselves. That is to say that the ideas put forth in the Declaration of Independence and then subsequently in the Constitution are the basis for deciding that these documents must be kept "separate" from the "state." If the Declaration is to be kept separated from the state then I wonder if such things as these should also be kept from the state:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

But I digress.

Now knowing that the Constitution was a result of having declared independence and waged war to form a new country, is it not correct that the Constitution must be similarly banned and kept separate from the state? And if the constitution is now apart from the state then the idea of separation of church and state would be therefore null and void.** So thanks to the separation of church and state activists, we have proven that the separation of church and state does not exist and does not make any sense.


**Authors note. I in no way agree that the establishment clause of the Constitution declares a separation of church and state, I am only using the arguments of the people who seek to ban the Declaration. FYI if you want to read the establishment clause in it's full form as the first amendment to the Constitution click here.

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