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Saturday, April 24, 2004

Abortion: How the problem is self-solving 

This weekend, a gigantic pro-Abortion march is planned to remember the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.

Probably the most influential case of judicial activism since the Dred Scott decision inflamed the nation into Civil War, Roe can hardly be discussed by anyone in the political arena without Conservatives calling Liberals babykillers, and Liberals accusing Conservatives of trying to biologically enslave women.

One interesting theory put forth by James Taranto from Opinion Journal's Best of the Web feature is that abortion is a self-solving problem. By theory of Micro-evolution, it should literally just die out.

The idea is that children will usually pick up the political ideology of their parents. Since by definition Pro-Lifers will breed more often than Pro-Choicers, this will result a steady decline in the Abortionist population. Add to the mix that Catholics and Mormons, the two strongest Pro-Life interests, tend to have much more children than the zero-population growth believers that tend to inhabit the Pro-Choice camp, and you can see why this goofy theory has the tint of legitimacy behind it.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The Draft 

As is the custom whenever things go less than pleasantly in unpleasant parts of the world, people stop murmering about the biggest dread of the Wussiest Generation. I speak of the Draft, which caused cowards to flee to Canada, rich bastards to stay in school as long as possible, and future Republican leaders to join the National Guard.

Charlie Rangel thinks the voluntary Army is disproportionately Black, and therefore, the lack of a Draft is racist. However, all those Vietnam movies from the 70s and 80s informed me to believe that the Draft was a racist mechanism in which the US was sending the Blacks to die. Who should I believe? A crazy congressman, or television? I personally can't imagine that TV would lie to me.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about the Draft. In a free country, I wonder if anyone should be forced to serve in the military. On the other hand, if you enjoy this freedom, you should be willing to fight for it.

I think I might have to agree with Senator Kerry by perhaps having a Draft where one can substitute some other national service instead of military service. Or maybe the draftees can go to safer spots where we commit troops, such as Bosnia.

With the current international climate, it is entirely possible that this debate may move beyond the theoretical realm. If the Draft is reinstated, I think it is safe to say that the nation will not act maturely. Baby boomers, especially, will scream and cry like, well, babies. It doesn't even matter that most European nations have compulsatory military service. Liberals disguised as Libertatians will cite this as proof of America's decline into fascism, while our true, external enemies take advantage of our internal bickering.

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Fix-a-fied.  

Ironically, that last post seemed to fix the problem.

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404'd!!!!!!!!!!! 

Something seems broke-a-fied w/ the blog. I think the problem is on Blogger's end, not mine, but I shall explore the matter further.

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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Tax Time 

Well, my taxes are already sent in. Not that it matters. The government is just gonna give it all back.

I am truly what Marx described as the Underclass, those so poor and useless that they needed to be eliminated in order for the more useful workers to thrive. And you thought Marx was a friend to the poor.

Anyhoo, as I watch on the news all these people who waited until today to do their taxes, I lose faith in my fellow man. How dumb do you have to be to send in your taxes on April 15?

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Osama's plea 

I knew as soon as I entered a filler post (see previous entry) that we'd have some news worth commenting on.

Seems Mr. Bin Laden is worried enough to plea bargain with Europe. He's offering Europe a truce as long as they don't get in the way of his repeated attacks against the United States.

I wish I could say that he's off base, but with anti-Americanism so strong in Europe these days, he probably has a decent chance of success in many parts of Europe.

The fact is, bin Laden is simply relying on his prejudices about the West, that we are all decadent cowards unwilling to fight to protect our rights and freedoms. He found that in the individualistic capitalist United States that he was dead wrong. Europe, however, is a socialistic culture.

Capitalism is a philosophy based on standing up for yourself and your allies, and being rewarded based on merit. This breeds a strong work ethic, and a willingness to endure hardships. It is a philosophy that translates well in times of war.

Socialism is a philosophy based on hoping someone more powerful than you provides you with what you need. The fact that double-digit unemployment is the norm in Europe is telling. Socialism is everything Capitalism is not. The idea that one must capitulate to a more powerful or more aggressive force is a philosophy that is extremely dangerous in times of war.

Now, Europe is probably smart enough to side with the United States, even considering the Anti-American sentiments. We are a much more valuable trading partner than terror-sponsoring nations would be. Sure, OPEC has oil, but the EU plans on abandoning fossil fuels entirely by the year 2020, so allying with terrorists for oil is a rather short-sighted plan. Europe needs America both as a trading partner and as a customer. They don't really need al Qaeda for anything in particular.

And of course, they'd be pretty stupid to think al Qaeda wouldn't attack them sometime down the road. We may be the Great Satan, but Europe is the land of the Crusaders. There is a long history of conflict there,

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Heroes, Victims, Villains 

Well, the Iraq War seems to be going bad, at least thats how the press tells it.

The embedded troops are gone, so we no longer get a first-hand view. I can't help but wonder if all this bad news may be wishful thinking by the press.

The media does not historically get along well with the military.

The press no longer seems to be toeing the line that they support the troops. Andy Rooney has declared that military men are not heroes, but victims. It won't be long before some other media personality goes one up on Rooney, and declares that the fighting men are villains. After all, if they are killing civilians under the orders of the Fuhrer Bush, they are no better than the Nazis convicted at Nuremburg.

In Vietnam, the villainization of the American Fighter was so quick, that no one even saw it coming. Boys who simply answered the call when the nation called (who often had no choice, thanks to the Draft) were sneered at by rich intellectuals and collegiates (who dodged the Draft, thanks to their rich daddies sending them to Canada). The heroes were called murderers and babykillers.

Liberals hate the military, and I doubt it will be long before they stop pretending otherwise. Rooney is old, and therefore probably feels less inhibited by public opinion. I would guess that it won't be long before other fossils like Cronkite and Rather follow suit. Of course, Michael Moore, Al "Checkbouncer" Franken, and the other loons will spread accusations. Eventually, it won't be Bush's fault that civilians die. The mainstream Leftists will start blaming the troops for all the deaths resulting from the War on Terror.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Does TV Cause Attention Deficit Dis....Hey! A Birdie!!!! 

The big news this week, besides more evidence that Iraq is full of barbarians who deserve to be wiped off the face of the Earth (not ALL Iraqis! No one accuse me of advocating Genocide!) is that Television may cause Attention Deficit Disorder in children.

The talking heads are having a field day. This is junk science, but since it backs up certain existing preconceptions, commentators both liberal and conservative have endorsed it.

I don't mind the liberals doing this much, because I don't expect any better of them. If a study endorses something they want to believe, they immediately declare it Gospel, and accuse anyone of questioning it of bigotry and ignorance. Examples include the theories of Global Warming, Second Hand Smoke causing Cancer, and the alleged addictiveness of fast food.

However, I would expect better of Conservatives. First of all, there is still many questions concerning the very existence of ADD. One cannot find any evidence of this disease when an inflicted child's brain is scanned, and more often than not, the disease is diagnosed by educators, not medical, psychological, or psychiatric professionals.

How long until the Liberals decide we need to tax television to avoid the spread of ADD? Its in the works people. I gaurantee it.

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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Metallicrap 

WARNING: Just a fair warning, I know as a fact that several people who read this are going to disagree. Strongly. They'll probably want to hunt me down and gouge out my eyeballs.

I was listening to the radio on the way to work, when what should come on the radio but the Metallica classic, Fade to Black. I cranked up the radio, because when I was younger, Metallica was my favorite band.

I hummed along a little, but was totally unable to reach the catharsis that I used to. Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Metallica sucks!

This got me into deep thought. What is different about Metallica now than when I used to listen to them on a regular basis? Well, there was that Napster thing, but if you honestly think that Lars made the RIAA do anything they hadn't planned on doing anyway, you really overestimate the power of that little toad.

The change in my opinion is that I am no longer an depressed, angst-filled 14 year old (and yet, I have a blog), so Metallica's attempts to seem deep no longer impress me. I long ago realized that their lyrics are so horrendous, someone needs to revoke their poetic license (Listen to the lyrics of Nothing Else Matters if you think I'm wrong. The song is pure nonsense, and butchers the English language).

I think Metallica stood out in the 1980s because they emerged as a serious, hard-core band in the era of Hair Bands, and male singers who tried their damndest to make themselves look like females. And to be honest, their original music was exceptionally good. But their newer stuff has sucked. And a good band can only put out so much bad music before they become a bad band. Master of Puppets was good, but was it good enough to counteract the suckiness of The Memory Remains? I don't think any song could counteract the crappiness of that song. The Unforgiven was my all time favorite song for years, until Metallica had the idiot idea of making a sequel to it. Which made no reference to the original song. I mean, what the hell is that?

Anyhoo, I just thought I'd get that off my chest. I promise that after this post, I will return to some non-confrontational political commentary of which everyone who reads this blog already agrees with.
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P.S.
I realize I spelled Dick Clarke's name wrong in the previous entry. Deal with it

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