TurningWheels

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
  This 'n That
 
So much happening lately, so little time to rant about it all.

San Jose P.C. goes P.C.

The Mormon police chief of San Jose has gone over-the-top in political correctness, sucking up and participating in the ritual of Ramadan. He will be fasting with the Muslim community in a show of solidarity and an effort to understand Islam. Makes me wonder if he will perhaps be willing to forgo leavened foods for a week, or fast for the day of atonement to gain a better understanding Judaism. Maybe he'll partake in Buddhist, Sikh, or Hindu traditions to better understand why the adherents of these religions are prone to strapping on bomb belts and snuffing out innocent lives. Oh, wait....

As a side note, I find it interesting that they mention the shooting of a Muslim Bosnian in the article. At the time of the shooting, which was all over the local news, there was absolutely no mention of his religion, just his country of origin. Suddenly it's relevant that this mentally ill guy with a violent past was Muslim, seemingly in the context of alleged rising violence against Muslims. Go figure.

Fresh starts

Yesterday morning on Fox News, Kerry and Bush spokespeople were asked how their candidates plan to turn things around in Iraq. The Kerry spokesperson said they will provide a "fresh start." I'm not kidding-- that's what he said. He also spoke of bringing in more allies, even though the ones who do not have troops on the ground have declared that they will not be sending any regardless of who wins. Neither spokesperson really answered the question; the closest they got was referring to a plan to train Iraqis to take care of their own security. Uh... that's already happening. Useless politics, as usual.

Dumb voters, part 1,427

So there are widespread worries (mostly among our left-leaning friends) about voter bullying, cheating, disenfranchisement, etc. come November 2. Here are my unsolicited thoughts and questions on voting in 2004:

  • If you are too computer-phobic to use an electronic voting machine (as I have been using for the past two elections), then vote absentee.
  • If you are too paranoid to use an electronic voting machine, then vote absentee.
  • If you belong to the party that thinks you are too dumb to figure out how to vote properly (and that includes following the rules on voter registration, people. Not registering properly and getting turned away at the polls does not equal having your rights stripped), then the rest of us will believe your party leadership and agree that you are dumb. Where are the peeps who can speak logically to this so-called issue?
  • Since when does the Democratic party own the market on disenfranchisement and bullying? Dang, I won't even put a W'04 sticker on my car for fear of slashed tires and a shattered windshield. Maybe these whiners should take a good, long look within for the truth about why they supposedly cannot vote, or feel disenfranchised. Do you really believe that any uniformed officer at a polling place is there strictly to scare away Democrats? And pardon the obvious question: but how the hell would anybody know your party affiliation or intended vote anyway? It's not tattooed on our foreheads, after all.
  • Why does the Democratic party believe that voter irregularities only happen to their disadvantage? This alone can start me on another rant entirely, but get over yourselves, already. Your "side" isn't above the same crap y'all are accusing the right of. "Bush operatives" apparently are on the prowl, registering dead people and exerting-- no, screaming about-- their God-given right to vote, even when they were too stupid to follow simple instructions like the rest of us. Hmm... who am I talking about?

That's all for this particular election rant. I reserve the right to add to this list as I see fit.

Time for reform?

More like way past time.

Social Security is being used to scare blue-haired ladies into voting for JohnJohn, but one person's fear is another's frustration. If you want reason #5,295 for reforming Social Security, here it is. The fact that I have been and continue to pay into this mismanaged money suck peeves me like you wouldn't believe. It's been known for years that those of my generation will never get to see what we are putting in when we retire, hence the big push for 401K's and the like. We are putting hundreds of dollars a month into a black hole Social Security, and putting hundreds more into our real retirement fund. I'm an adult, perfectly capable of planning for my future without the help of a nanny state that clearly is no Peter Lynch. Let me decide how to handle my money, even if it's a mandatory deduction (hell, it already is) with payments going to an account of my choosing-- an account with my name on it that nobody can touch, including Grandma Ethel in Des Moines. Got that?

Friendly faucets

If you believe the news, we are all about to die from the largest pandemic flu ever. People, afraid of the deadly, man-eating bug, are lining up around city blocks to get one of the scarce vaccinations. Old ladies are falling over and hitting their heads in their bids to get vaccinated. Yet others are taking a big risk, and adopting a primitive method for fighting this source of terror: soap and water. I'm still amazed (and disgusted) with the number of people I observe leaving a public restroom without washing their hands. One word of advice for this season of sneezing and snot: Purell.

GO SOX!

It's more about cheering against the Yanks than for the Sox (I guess that puts me in the "Anybody But Yankees" category). The Yankees are arrogant and believe that they can do no wrong. Even when they have a bad game full of mistakes, they proclaim themselves the best in the league. We need a new champion, one that will unite Americans, not divide them. Boston has a plan, a plan to bring fans from around the country together. They have a plan to take care of their fans, not turn their backs on them. The Yanks will tell you that being a champion is hard work, and that they will continue to represent American baseball fans from all walks of life. They are full of it. The Red Sox will be the team that does not mislead us; they will not fail to follow through on their promises; they will not let us down.




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