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January 21st, 2009

Gaza

Posted by rdub in Musings, Rants
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Anyone on my twitter feed has seen me post numerous updates on what’s happening in Gaza today.  What follows is my latest discovery: an essay by Noam Chomsky that does what I’ve been doing with my twitter updates – comparing the Gazan Operation to The Holocaust or 9/11.

Noam Chomsky lays into Israel, and the US, as terror-states, doling out terrorism far advanced from the alleged terrorism they’re fighting in Gaza.  It’s looking more and more like a new Holocaust, with Israeli troops slaughtering Gazan civilians to “educate” them – a policy that is tacitly condoned by both European and our own government – similar to the “education” of Grozny (See “Second Chechen War”), or the “education” of bin Laden’s 9/11 attacks on our civilian population.  How is it any different? Well, there is one main difference: technology.  Instead of passenger air craft, Israel is using White Phosphorus shells, and aerial bombs to destroy civilian infrastructure in order to cause the civilians to exert pressure on their governments to rein it in.

Quote of the day:

U.S. arms and military training played a role in 20 of the world’s 27 major wars in 2007.

74% of the world’s major wars in 2007 had our stamp of approval on them.  Does that worry anyone?

Read the article here.  It’s long, but it’s smart, and truly worth it if you’re at all concerned about civil rights, terrorism, international law, and a new world war.

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January 20th, 2009

Inaguration means one thing

Posted by rdub in Musings
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Back to your regularly scheduled America.

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November 5th, 2008

More on Prop 8

Posted by rdub in Life, Musings
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To me, this says it all:

Prop. 8 Votes by Education Level

Prop. 8 Votes by Education Level

Education is the path to fairness for all?

What makes it even more painful, is that this legislation flies directly in the face of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America:

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.

Where is the pursuit of Happiness now?

Let me put it thusly:

If these churchs believe so strongly believe that gay marriage is wrong, then they should simply not perform gay marriages in their churchs.  Don’t go telling everyone else in the state that they have to believe the same way.  In fact, it could be construed that this is unconstitutional.

The First Amendment of the constitution states this:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibing the free exercise thereof;…

Now, what if my religion happens to support gay marriage.  This law is now a law that prohibits the free exercise of my religion.

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History

Posted by rdub in Life, Trip Reports
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Last night I made history.

A year or so ago I first heard about a candidate, a young candidate, for the presidency. One who had a lot of community support, one who spoke about change, about fighting corruption, and about progress.

Last night I watched that man give the best acceptance speech I’ve ever heard in my life.

Last night, I helped to elect the first black president in our great nation’s history.

Sadly, though, another piece of history was made last night. While the majority of the nation was saying, “let’s put the past behind us, and focus on the issues, rather than the color of our skins or our political party affiliation,” the voters of California were saying just the opposite.

Last night, California voted to pass Proposition 8. Proposition 8 makes it constitutionally illegal for same-sex marriages to be recognized in the state of California. Last night, voters told the gay community that they could not legally enjoy the same relationships that the straight community can, and for what reason? Because of their sexual preference.

Clearly, this is an issue of civil rights. And we just robbed a large portion of our state of a very basic, and necessary civil right – the right to enjoy the same level of love and commitment that everyone else can enjoy. Having just recently gotten engaged, I can only say that this very deeply saddens me. Every day with my fiance brings me joy, and to think that some of my close friends are being told by the state of California that they too cannot – no, are not allowed to – feel that joy is depressing.

I sincerely hope not one person in my family voted yes on Proposition 8.

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August 29th, 2008

Your daily dose of politics

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John McCain just named his VP pick. And, man, is it a doosy.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Former mayor of an Alaskan town of 1000 people – no foreign policy experience.
  • She (yes, she) wants to overturn Roe v. Wade – the supreme court case that said that women have the right to choose. How can anyone, let alone a woman, think that they can decide what all other women can and cannot do with their own bodies.
  • Her husband works for British Petroleum.  Good one, there…
  • She wants to fight against calling Polar Bears an endangered species.
  • Sarah Palin is under investigation by the Alaska state legislature.  Wow!
  • And, to top it off, she wants to teach Creationism in school … as in the Bible.  Don’t get me wrong, I was raised religious, but intelligent people know that they are allegories, and not to be taken strictly literally.  Also, has any Republican ever heard of a little term I like to call Separation of Church and State?  I’m pretty sure it’s in this little-heard-of-by-republicans document called the Constitution of The United States.  Read it, bitches.
To my dearest friends in the middle states: Don’t fuck it up again.

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