Category: Politics


Saw this today on one of my RSS feeds….

And it made me think “How ‘organic’ is this?” Are these legitimate uprisings by people who want freedom, or simply someone who can make a buck in the ensuing chaos? So far we have seen (perfectly needed) uprisings in countries like Morocco, Egypt, and Bahrain. Heck, even places like Jordan and Syria are seeing trouble as well. And Iran is still recovering from the brutal repression by its regime.

But the question still lies, is this a real democratic uprising (a’la Tiananmen Square) or something much less “freedom” oriented.

Iran BBC Video

BBC has apparently been booted out of the country…incredible video.

So, re-education camps “weren’t pretty” in Vietnam. I think the Vietnamese who died/survived those camps may want to use a different adjective.

Conspiracy Alert

Somone better let Rosie know they are at it again. Fire melts steel….

All Apologies

“We want a personal apology (from the Pope). We feel that he has committed a grave error against us and that this mistake will only be removed through a personal apology,” Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Leader Mohammed Habib told Reuters.
No problem, just make an apology for 9/11 and we’re all good. 😉

Why Are We Still Here?

You have to wonder about the doom and gloom these days, especially with Global Warming. Today’s panic piece?
Undersea Gas Could Speed Global Warming
Do I dare bring up the point that the Earth temperature was several degrees warmer in the past? And the cycle has repeated itself several times over the millenia? And we’re all still here.
Now, I would honestly love to find something different along the lines of improved Nuclear Power and a couple of these to tool around in, two things today’s concerned environmentalist doesn’t want to really consider (well, at least the first one….).
So what does it mean? Hell, I’m not a scientist, but I have to guess that what we’re seeing is…
a). Natural
b). Out of Our Control
Should we lower our oil consumption? Of course, but more for waste/political reasoning than anything. And if you want to really help the environment, instead of buying a nickel-metal hydride battery equipped Prius just grab an old Civic with a 5 speed transmission. Especially when you get 43mpg driving 70+mph back from yesterday’s Tigers game.

I honestly have no idea why I’m surprised by this…
Maryland Bill Aims To Put ‘DUI’ On License Plates
This is the part that was really distubing…

Taylor considers the DUI plate an ounce of prevention because it gives police a license to stop the driver at any time.
“(The bill) will allow (police) to, without probable cause, pull them over and check” their driving records, Taylor said.
Defense attorneys have raised questions as to the specter of possible civil rights and other violations.

So, if you are convicted of a crime, the police can now stop you at ANY TIME and “check” their driving records, just for the heck of it. Maybe we should start a pool to see how fast the Federal court system will strike it down based on Fourth Amendment guidelines.

How bad is it when you send out a Press Release like this.

“Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him,” said Jim Brady. “I had a friend once who accidentally shot pellets into his dog – and I thought he was an idiot.”

No concern for the person that was shot. No comment about how this might have been avoided, etc, etc.
Here’s my attempt at a press release in kind….

To: National Desk
HUNTINGTON, Feb. 12 /Woogie Newswire/ — Brian Wohlgemuth comments today on the Press Release by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“Jim & Sarah Brady. No one gives a rats ass what you have to say, I think your 15 minutes were up sometime around 1994. Thank God your useless “feel good” weapons ban has expired.”
Brian Wohlgemuth also said “James Brady pushed through a totally useless assault weapons ban once. And I thought he was an idiot back then….”
/© 2006 Woogieworld

BTW, Cheney should lose his Hunting License for a long time for doing something that stupid. So should his friend.

Just like the Paul Wellstone Memorial Campaign Rally, a number of brilliant politicians and entertainers decided to take pot shots at Bush during Coretta Scott King’s funeral.
I’ve been to memorial services, I’ve been to memorial services of people who have had lots of friends and family in attendence. And while I haven’t been to a memorial service of the magnitude of Coretta Scott King’s, I’m sure that her family is feeling the pain and sorrow of losing a dear family member. What I am reasonably sure about is how much of a tool people look like when they start spouting off about various topics besides the dead body that is usually within twenty feet of their vicinity.
I could understand if it was her main mission in life to bash George Bush, that speakers would try to carry on her message. But it wasn’t. And neither was it the time to put the feelings of family and friends aside for political gain.

Rebuilding

A week later everyone is now chiming in about rebuilding New Orleans, but they keep forgetting about the one problem that everyone is ignoring.
As a taxpayer, there is no way that I will support rebuilding New Orleans as long as the majority of the city is under sea level. This disaster would have been infinitely smaller if the city planners would have done something centuries ago and limited city building to areas that were above sea level. The French Quarter, Downtown, etc all survivied relatively unscathed because they were above the water line; even with Lake Pontchartrain at 20 feet above sea level at last Monday.
It is one thing to deal with a historical event. It’s something completely different to ignore it’s lessons.