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6/27/2005

That’s Amerika with a K

Filed under: Politics — Mr. Fu @ 11:29 am

More opinions on the recent Supreme Court debacle. One on Bush’s silence, and one on what it means to freedom. It will not all end tomorrow, but this is one of those incremental steps, and it must be stopped now. And it must be prevented in the future with better Supreme Court justices and more accountability for the same. These are men, not gods, and they need to be called on the carpet for this wholesale re-wording of the U. S. Constitution.

6/25/2005

What’s Wrong With Bush (WWWB-5)

Filed under: Politics — Mr. Fu @ 10:58 am

So five of the Supremes decide that your property does not belong to you as long as your city or county think that they can increase tax revenue by taking it from you (at fair market value, of course). WND’s reporter Les Kinsolving quizzed Scott McClellan about Bush’s position on the issue:

Kinsolving: Would the president try to fight the eminent domain, as now legalized by five members of the Supreme Court, by means of the Aderholt-Shelby bill, or how?

After some big weasel wording by McClellan:

Kinsolving: He would fight it, wouldn’t he?McClellan: Les, I think the president has made his views clear when it comes to private property rights. In terms of Supreme Court decisions, we obviously have to respect the decisions of the Supreme Court.

Now, following the advice of Aretha Franklin, I went to find out what repect means to me by going to dictionary.com for the verb form of respect:

re·spect
tr.v. re·spect·ed, re·spect·ing, re·spects1. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
2. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit.
3. To relate or refer to; concern.

All of these really seem to fit in my book:

1. Possibly Bush shows deferential regard for everything the Supreme Court says, even if he disagrees with it on a legal basis. Thus he fails in his Constitution role in the Executive Branch to provide a check on the Judicial Branch. He has a lot of latitude in this regard. Much as the quote attributed to Andrew Jackson, similarly Bush could say, “John Paul Stevens has made his decision, now let him enforce it!”

2. Perhaps Bush does not want to interfere with the Supreme Court, see item 1.

3. Maybe Bush relates to the decision and simply likes the idea of swiping land out from underneath people.

Well, I suppose all of this is justified by applying the 32nd Amendment, sometimes known as the Dennis Moore Amendment (scroll all the way down):

1. The fifth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby revised:Amendment V – No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use or private, without just compensation.

6/23/2005

There goes the neighborhood…

Filed under: Politics — mbrittb @ 2:59 pm

No really I mean it. In the “high” courts latest ruling local governments now have “wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.” Ok they have to offer you “adquate” compensation, but if you don’t like their offer, too bad, you can just live on the street.

One of the truly boggling statements in the decision came from Justice John Paul Stevens. He stated that “local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community.” Excuse me Justice Stevens, aren’t you a federal judge? Isn’t that exactly what you just did?

So, where did I put those packing boxes anyway . . . . .?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,160479,00.html

PETA Caught in the Act

Filed under: Politics — Mr. Fu @ 12:53 am

Well, it did not involve beastiality (and they would have argued it was consensual), but they were caught dumping dead animals into a Dempsty dumpster. Hat tip to Gateway Pundit for the link.

PETA spokeswoman Colleen O’Brien said the organization euthanizes animals by lethal injection, which it considers more humane than gassing animals in groups, as some counties do.

In their own words:

PETA is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.

It is okay to kill them, as long as you do not eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment the carcasses of the animals you kill. In the words of Dana Carvey, “Isn’t that special?”

They object to declawing stating:

The following are possible complications of this surgery:
• Adverse reaction to anesthetic
• Gangrene, which can lead to limb amputation
• Hemorrhaging
• Permanent nerve damage
• Persistent pain
• Reluctance to walk
• Scar tissue formation
• Sequestrum (bone chips), requiring additional surgery(2)
• Skin disorders

But they are okay with other surgical procedures on animals, specifically spaying and neutering:

It does not make animals fat and lazy, harm their health, or hurt their personalities, as some people mistakenly believe. Spaying not only reduces the stress and discomfort females endure during heat periods, but also eliminates the risk of uterine cancer and greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, and helps prevent testicular cancer.

Yeah, okay. And spaying and neutering does not pose possible surgical risks to the animal, like:

• Adverse reaction to anesthetic
• Gangrene
• Hemorrhaging
• Permanent nerve damage
• Persistent pain
• Scar tissue formation

It is a large leap into unknown motives and assumptions, but my spider sense tells me that somehow they are actually interested in reducing the risk of testicular cancer in American males through neutering. Heck, it may even make American males less likely to roam. Damn straight, it would probably make one not want to leave the dang house, but definitely get away from whoever neutered you. Do you think Pamela will have Tommy neutered just to be sure? Like men needed more reasons not to date girls that are members of PETA. Though my imagination runs wild at the thought of PETA women and why they would need extra insurance that their men would not roam. Or their cats for that matter.

Well, they do state in the article on surgical alterations for dogs and cats, “But domestication took these animals out of the ecosystem, and their reproduction is no longer regulated naturally by predators or habitat.”

Oooo, so they would be okay with Fluffy and Rex being devoured by coyotes, dying from the plague, or starving to death? A naturally brutal painful death or death by lethal injection are fine apparently. What a bunch of animal loving sweeties! Animals are not ours to eat, but they are ours to alter or destroy in PETA approved ways.

6/8/2005

Angry Democrats?

Filed under: Politics — Mr. Fu @ 12:57 pm

Rush had Howard Dean’s comments about Republicans being almost exclusively white Christians. No Democrat objections so far. I can believe this is what they think. Browse around the web and gaze in wide wonder at the hatred and vemon thrown at Republicans in general, wow. There are certainly some Republicans that are that rabid regarding Democrats, but not near the percentage as the Democrats that have taken the Ol’ Yeller route to madness, IMO. YMMV.

5/31/2005

On The Road Again

Filed under: Politics, Quotes — Mr. Fu @ 9:50 pm

Or is that still? On The Road to Serfdom that is. MARINE ROCKET has a nice bit on the dangers of license versus true freedom and how the government horns into the middle:

In either case new laws must be passed, new taxes collected, and new bureaucracies set up to administer the solution. When that doesn’t work? More laws, more taxes, and more bureaucracies. And when that doesn’t work? … In the end the freedom promised by license is always taken away along with a lot of other freedom. License becomes a negative feedback loop as the excesses it engenders cause harsher and harsher laws to be enacted to combat the excesses.

And it dovetails nicely with Hayek’s assertion as articulated by Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.:

Hayek’s thesis in The Road to Serfdom is that one intervention inevitably
leads to another. The unintended consequences of each market intervention
are economic distortions, which generate further interventions to correct
them. That interventionist dynamic leads society down the road to serfdom.

WARNING! The road ahead is paved with good intentions, please make a U-turn.

5/27/2005

Mission Trip Cancelled

Filed under: General, Politics — Mr. Fu @ 1:50 pm

NURSE BETTY is pretty disappointed right now. Her mission trip to Haiti has been cancelled based on a Travel Warning issued by the State Department yesterday. Hopefully the U.N. will get this situation straightened out soon. Yes, and maybe the old colonial power, France, will help their old colony too.

Stem Cells and Poster Boys

Filed under: Technology, Politics — Mr. Fu @ 8:45 am

Gah, go form your own opinion on these three write-ups on Arlen Specter and the stem cell research debate (original link via Instapundit). Was the AFA article on Specter making fun of his having cancer? YMMV, I did not see it that way. IMO Specter may have put the issue in play. But I am notoriously insensitive. But then I was amused by the commentary that condemns the treatment of Specter (whether perceived or real) and at the same time employs even worse rhetoric towards Christians, AFA, et cetera.

I think that there is actually little resistance to stem cell research, the tricky part comes from embryonic stem cells. Many feel that is a slippery slope to harvesting embryos specifically for that purpose. I am not convinced there is a lot of “there” there in embryonic cells as I have not seen that the private sector is pooring money into the concept.

Private funding is often a good indicator of potential. Like a discussion that occurred the other night regarding the idea that aspartame eats up your brain. I opined then that if there was any hint that the idea could be real that we would have heard of dozens of lawyers suing over it by now.

Gitmo a Gulag?

Filed under: Politics — Mr. Fu @ 12:13 am

An AP report at News Max says:

Amnesty International branded the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a human rights failure…

Yeah, right. So they would be happier if our armed forces just gunned these guys down for espionage? Under international law we are under no obligation to hold these combatants. As un-uniformed combatants they can be summarly shot upon capture. Would that violate their rights less?

Reminds me of All in the Family when Gloria complains about the number of firearms deaths:

Gloria: Do you know that sixty percent of all deaths in America are caused by guns?
Archie Bunker: Would it make you feel any better if dey was pushed out of windows?

5/26/2005

Now Will Frist Make A Stand?

Filed under: Politics — Mr. Fu @ 11:43 pm

Captain Ed writes more about the situation in the Senate, why we should not give the National Republican Senatorial Committee any more money, and the Bolton non-vote. Now it seems that the freak Arlen Specter was a silent RINO in addition to the seven RINOs involved in the compromise. His lack of commitment had the Bush Administration worried that the Republicans would not have enough votes to trigger the rules change on filibusters on nominations.

The Biden and Dodd are arguing that their attempt to stop the Bolton vote is not a filibuster. Additionally a filibuster on Henry Saad or William Myers will not cause the RINOs to back out of the comprise deal. Couple this with Reid’s broken promise to allow a vote on Bolton, and you have the Senate Republicans losing yet again.

Unless Frist pays a visit to each of these eight RINOs tonight in their bedrooms and spends at least an hour kicking them in the kidneys, then Frist can kiss his position as Majority Leader goodbye (he better throw in Voinovich the Cry Baby as a freebee). Maybe he can just express support for Strom Thurmond’s Dixiecrat Presidential run and be run out like Trent Lott. He eithers gets control now or loses it forever (to paraphrase Mother Goose’s wife).

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