Saturday, July 17, 2004

More Musings

When was the last time you heard a sermon about gluttony, anyway?  If you are Baptist, you've probably heard about the evils of "Demon Rum," but what about McDonald's?  The Department of Health and Human Services is on the way the classifying obesity as a disease.  Effectively, this will mean that Medicare and Medicaid will pay for those treatments that Tommy Thompson deems valid.  Once more, the failure of self-government gives way to the tender mercies of the civil government.  

Third Parties Making Life Difficult for Bush, Kerry.  Hey, don't you know that the Republicans and the Democrats own your vote?  "Are you really going to just throw your vote away?"  When I hear that question, I'm always reminded of the episode of "The Simpson's" where two aliens, Kodos and Kang, abduct Bob Dole and Bill Clinton and assume their identities.  Here is part of the dialogue:
 
Homer: America, take a good look at your beloved candidates. They're nothing but hideous space reptiles.  [unmasks them]        [audience gasps in terror]
Kodos: It's true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It's a two-party system; you have to vote for one of us.        [murmurs]
Man1: He's right, this is a two-party system.
Man2: Well, I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate.
Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away.        [Kang and Kodos laugh out loud]       
[Ross Perot smashes his "Perot 96" hat]-- "Treehouse of Horror VII"
 
At the end, we see that the population has been enslaved.  Homer's response is, "Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos." 
 
One party that won't get my vote is the Libertarians.  Their position on immigration, just to mention one issue, is tantamout to inviting an invasion by foreigners.  As I have written elsewhere, immigration policy as currently constituted is little more than an elite conspiracy to shift wealth from workers to employers and users of immigrant services. 
 
Coming soon, an Iraqi restaurant in your neighborhood.  Now that liberation has come to Iraq, people are clamoring to leave.  Gee, I wonder where they might go.  I hear that Detroit is nice this time of year. 
 
An error made Tony Blair do it.  By the way, if you aren't already, you should ALWAYS read Paul Craig Roberts
 
All loyalty is local, says Fred Reed.  You should be reading Fred, too.
 
From Charley Reese, (if you aren't, you should always read Charley
 
"So it turns out old Saddam Hussein was correct. He is still the legal president of Iraq; the new Iraqi government is illegal and has no right to try him. That, of course, will not prevent him from being tried and eventually hanged. One of the things I hope Americans are learning, besides the fact that the war wasn't worth it, is that the rule of law is a farce. Like language, the law is twisted to justify what the Bush administration wants to do. This administration is bound by neither law nor truth.

I'm no lawyer, but I pointed out some time ago that you can't declare war on a tactic, and that's all terrorism is – a tactic. Real terrorists, as opposed to people resisting occupation of their country or guerrillas fighting to overthrow a government, are criminals, and as criminals deserve to be hunted down. That, however, is not a war."
 
If you enjoy stories of redemption, check out the very fine flick "To End All Wars."  I watched this recently and really enjoyed it immensely.  The screenplay was written by Brian Godawa, who also wrote the very fine book "Hollywood Worldviews."  I sauntered over to the Rotten Tomatoes website to read a few reviews and not a single one was posted.  Unbelievable.  Here is a thoughtful review of Gene Veith, the only good thing about World Magazine.  Check out this movie. 

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