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Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Conservative Case for Marijuana Legalization 

This is sweet. Ethan Nadelman of the Drug Policy Alliance puts the smack down on John Waters, your tax-dollar guzzling "drug czar," and he does it in the pages of the National Review. Yeah, you heard that right...the National Review.

Seriously click this link and read the articles. The article, Waters' rebuttal and the Nadelman response are the ultimate case for the repeal of marijuana prohibition I've ever read that is based in a conservative philosophy. Waters helps the cause by playing into Nadelman's critiques and becoming himself the personification of drug war misinformation and hysteria. Beautiful.

If you click one link and actually do a read through for my blog this year...make this the one. Must read.

Gatesgategate!!! 

I have it from reliable sources that Bill Gates has been siphoning billions of dollars out of the Microsoft...um...bank account thingee...and he's stashing the cash IN HIS GATE!

UPDATE: Really...seriously!

Ouch 

Brian Leiter eats another law student for lunch.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Memofakergate II - Return of Typewritergate 

Well I'll be damned...them memos is fakes!

I don't even know how to react to this except to say that Dan Rather is a big fuckin' hack job.

And Bush is still a pansy-yank wannabe Texan that used connections to half-ass his way through the Texas Air National Guard.

And I apologize for calling documentary evidence a bitch. Documentary evidence never did anything to me and didn't deserve that kind of treatment.

I also really like Eddie V's tuna steak...that shit is killer.

UPDATE: I can't wait until there's a scandal involving the entrance to the founder of Microsoft's yard: Gatesgategate!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Headless Bankers? 

One for the "what the fuck?" category in headline reading:

China Executes Bank Staff for Fraud
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Yep...you read that one right. China executed 4 bankers for defrauding the state-owned banks to the tune of $15 mil.

Now THAT'S some white collar crime enforcement...

Monday, September 13, 2004

"Creation Science" 

Creation Science: oxymoron, hack science...what can't it do?

UPDATE: Not that any girls actually read this blog or anything, but this is my favorite part of the "Creation Science Fair" site and I know the ladies are gonna LOVE it!
2nd Place: "Women Were Designed For Homemaking"

Jonathan Goode (grade 7) applied findings from many fields of science to support his conclusion that God designed women for homemaking: physics shows that women have a lower center of gravity than men, making them more suited to carrying groceries and laundry baskets; biology shows that women were designed to carry un-born babies in their wombs and to feed born babies milk, making them the natural choice for child rearing; social sciences show that the wages for women workers are lower than for normal workers, meaning that they are unable to work as well and thus earn equal pay; and exegetics shows that God created Eve as a companion for Adam, not as a co-worker.


Head above water...head above water 

Balazo's warning of light posting to come goes for me, too.

I've got more on my plate right now than I care to eat, and blogging is like English peas - it's the first thing I pick out when I'm full.

(For those of you who don't know what "English peas" are...they are your regular wrinkly, too-bright green things commonly referred to as "peas" by goddamn yankees that wouldn't know a real pea if it bit them on the ass...)


Enough Already! 

I'm so fucking tired of every "scandal" getting some cute name that ends in "gate." Just give it a fucking rest.



Sunday, September 12, 2004

Kerry's War on Terror 

I can agree that Kerry has not been effective at honing his message on how to deal with Islamic extremism in the Middle East and around the world. That's why I think it's good that he is articulating some more coherent, broad principles that he would adhere to in approaching the issue.
What I intend to do is to put in play the economic power, the values and principles, the public diplomacy, so we're isolating the radical Islamic extremists and not having the radical extremists isolate the United States. It means bringing religious leaders together, including moderate mullahs, clerics, imams—pulling the world together in a dialogue about who these extremists really are and how they are hijacking the legitimacy of Islam itself. That takes leadership, and that leadership has not been put on the table.

You have almost 60% of the populations of Egypt and Saudi Arabia under 30, and 50% under 18. We have to engage in a way that offers them some alternative to the radical madrasahs that are educating them to hate and to go out and strap explosives around themselves.

They [the Bush Administration] haven't even engaged in a legitimate effort to try to really transform the ability of Israel to find a legitimate entity to negotiate with. The only thing they do is rattle the saber.

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The fact is that these guys talk tough, but they haven't done what is necessary to make America as safe as it can be. There have been more terrorist incidents around the world in the last months than any time in recent history. Whole parts of Iraq are under the control of terrorists, and they never were. Afghanistan is exporting drugs like opium like never before, and whole parts of the country are under the control of the Taliban and terrorists again.
I'll leave for another day the problem with his comments on Afghan drug production (the real reason they are producing opium at all is not Bush, but America's ridiculous and counterproductive "War on Drugs" that creates a massive artificial profit inflation for such crops, making it a viable cash crop in a destitute country) and stick with his basic arguments about the WoT.

The crux of this deals with the distinction between hard power and soft power. Just as important as understanding that distinction is recognizing that there must be an appropriate balance between the two. Kerry is advocating more soft power, and Bush has completely abandoned it. I think that distinction is clear.

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