Monday, September 15, 2008

So it is a Crusade to some people

I don't need to spend much time on this to get my point across.

I caught this story on Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's belief that the war in Iraq is "a task that is from God." When war is described as "a task from God," it is a crusade, if you are Christian. It's a jihad if you're Muslim. Think about that.

Apparently she also asked voters to approve the proposed $30B Alaskan natural gas pipeline, citing that "God's will has to be done ... to get that gas line built." And how could you vote against God?

Monday, September 08, 2008

The Republicans are Socialists

With the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, supposedly to "cushion" the economic decline, one has to wonder how anybody who likes small government and fiscal responsibility could ever continue to support the Republican Party. This move by the Executive Branch essentially constitutes nationalization of the biggest U.S. mortgage lenders, or, put more directly, a big step toward socialism. What's wrong with socialism? I'm not sure; Canada, Sweden, and a host of other better-run countries sure get along fine with it, but if you're a Republican, "socialism" is about equal to "Nazism". What is wrong with this is that those of us who didn't overextend ourselves financially during the artificial housing boom now get to pay for all of those who did, including the lenders, consumers, mortgage backers, and stockholders. And let's not forget the regulators.

This sounds familiar. What other monstrous government programs have seen massive expansion during the past 8 years of Republican Executive control? Oh right, the military. This will saddle each and every American with an incredible amount of tax burden. And don't forget the party's inability to reform mandatory medical programs, which have been growing rapidly. Thanks again, Republicans!

So, while I support small government and fiscal responsibility, I certainly can't in good faith support the Republican party, nor can I see how anybody could who shares my support. The Republican party's actions and its traditional goals have clearly split ways. It's a political shell with only historical rhetoric inside, thus the puffy RNC last week. So, when you go to vote in November, don't forget the fact that John McCain has an "R" following his surname. If you don't want to vote for a Democrat, that's fine, just don't vote. That's an option that is too-often overlooked and unfairly criticized.

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Tempest

Us East Coasters got ourselves a big fancy tropical storm motorin' up to meet us this weekend. Fortunately, it's striking at the precise moment at which it could never possibly result in us getting any time off work. Awesome.

After having no snow days for the past 5 years, this isn't terribly surprising: the DC Council did pass the No Fun Act of 2003 followed by the Sucks To Be You Amendment in 2004. In addition to diverting or stalling potentially fun-inducing major weather phenomena, this legislation is responsible for allowing Mayor Fenty's recent questionable behavior. Apparently he's been seen knocking cigarettes out of smoker's fingers hands followed by that walking-backwards double-middle-finger move, and aggressively enforcing parking laws by torching offenders' cars with molotov cocktails.

Anyway, we're all looking forward to this squall. Last time we had one everyone just drank their faces off and partied. Seems like a rational and adult way to approach severe weather to me.