If you know me, you know I'm a bleeding heart LIBERAL, so enter this link at your own risk!
This "Politics" page will be a collection of things I find relevant in the long-term. I'm just going to include things that I found maddening, amusing or frightening. It will probably be rather dull for a while without Former (goodness, I love saying that!) President Bush to kick around.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion....and this is simply mine so don't bother posting some rant on the forum about it. (It will be deleted.) You are always free to get your own website and virtual soapbox.
Senator -- Finally!!!!
Wow, did we all dodge a bullet or what? Vice President???!!!!
Uh...what were you saying about people who commit adultery needing to resign Governor?
Hypocrite of the Decades Award Winner, Governor Sanford -- MIA from his job; hiking the Appalachian Mountains....no, actually in Argentina carrying on with his Mistress. This from the guy who said former President Clinton needed to resign after the Lewinsky scandal or all the other folks this guy through under the bus while moralizing. He even said that if he ever did such a thing, he hoped he'd resign. Hmm....not so far.
With all the gay marriage nonsense going on -- given the current state of hetero (or should I say OPPOSITE, heh heh) marriage you've lost the high ground -- this article is interesting. It's originally a response to the crazy Laura Schlessinger (another outed conservative hypocrite) controversy but still a useful tool to use in "discussions" with the Bible thumpers out there who like to selectively quote the Bible when condemning others.
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?
Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
One of my "favorites", Rush Limbaugh, was interviewed [cough, cough] by Sean Hannity over on Faux News upon Presdent Obama's election. I made myself watch and somehow managed not to a) break the tv or b) burst into flames. Funny how Hannity never interrupted Rush's rant but just sat there nodding his head. [Compare and contrast when he has Dems on] It was more of the same -- more "I don't know this guy" (uh, where have you been for the last 2 years? Popping more vicodin, perhaps?!) and "I hope he fails." But then when you have a $400 million contract, you probably don't care if everyone else loses their homes and jobs.
Check on his 400 word comment on Obama's Presidency:
President Barack Hussein Obama
(Note: Obama didn't stumble with the Oath, the Chief Justice went without notes and he messed it up. So they did a redo later that day -- something that has occurred 2 previous times in history.)
The National Debt Watch:
In light of California's Proposition 8 and all the Amendments that passed in November's election, this is still relevant:
Jon Stewart hammers Bill Bennett
Bill Bennett is the latest one to get played by Stewart. The topic is gay marriage and once again Jon gets the better of a conservative pundit.
Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?
Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families...
Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)
Bennett: They're sons and they're daughters..
Stewart: So that's where the buck stops, that's the gay ceiling.
Bennett Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.
Stewart:I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
The "American Dream" -- Myth or Reality?
After several years of researching and seeing the very real, grim numbers out there, I'm afraid I've come to the conclusion that the so-called American Dream is a myth. Oh sure, we get to buy all sorts of nice little consumer goodies and live in our little suburbias, but it just serves to placate and distract us from what's really happening in this country. Most folks do not earn an outrageous salary and never will unless they win a lottery.
Did you know that the top 400 individuals that filed tax returns in this country -- people, not corporations! -- earn 1% of the total income of everyone in this country? (Do we really wish to return to the situation at the turn of the last century where 1% of the population controlled 99% of the wealth in this country?) And...
"Under the Bush tax cuts, the 400 taxpayers with the highest incomes -- a minimum of $87 million in 2000, the last year for which the government will release such data -- now pay income, Medicare and Social Security taxes amounting to virtually the same percentage of their incomes as people making $50,000 to $75,000." This quote and more inequities can be found in an interesting article at: http://www.inequality.org/Summers.htm
So, while the rich are getting richer, more people are joining the ranks of the poor. Last year alone, 1.2 million more people fell under the official poverty designation. (Poverty had actually been decreasing during the 90s.) If you've seen those numbers, you know how scary this really is:
Current poverty guidelines
2005 Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines
|Persons in Family Unit||48 Contiguous States and D.C.||Alaska||Hawaii|
|For each additional person, add||$3,260||$4,080||$3,750|
SOURCE: Federal Register , Vol. 70, No. 33, February 18, 2005, pp. 8373-8375.
As for the rest of us.....
The median household income is only slightly above $43K (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/002484.html ). Remember, "household income" accounts for ALL wage-earners in a household putting the per capita income a lot lower. Some day when you really want to have a stroke, google the numbers of just how few people actually make, say, over $80K a year. You will be very surprised. And if you want to put it into context globally, I recently read a study published this year which found that those individuals who make $30K a year are in the 99.4% percentile on a global scale.
Additionally, the ranks of the uninsured has grown to almost 46 million Americans in the last 4 years -- that's 1 in 7. http://www.jsonline.com/bym/news/aug05/352156.asp