Sunday, January 27, 2008

Another Reason Spying is not a good idea

So I am unsure if this satellite was used for intelligence related reasons, but for my purposes I am going to assume it was not (at least not all of the time)

This article on MSNBC. com is a perfect example why spying on the citizens of your own country is a vary bad idea. In rare cases the use of satellites for spying may lead to death. Unnecessary and liberty-hating death.

The US government, regardless of who is running it is an incompetent, out of control piece of shit. When this is paired with President Bush's tendency to limit freedom and liberty by spying on US citizens, something is bound to go wrong.

Now a spy satellite is going to loose power and hit the earth possibly killing people. According to a government spokesperson this happens frequently. Interesting.

Here's an idea. Start valuing freedom and liberty and then there will be significantly less situations where a satellite will malfunction and crash into the earth in a fiery blaze of hazardous materials.

Republican Because...

I referenced this in my last blog, so here it is in full.

Ironically this is still on the GOP's website, despite many of these principles being discarded and ignored. Pity.

I'm a Republican Because...

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mabye Huckabee Does Not Have God On His Side

Wonkette picked up a story from the Wall Street Journal and wondered if God had turned on Mike Huckabee.

Joking aside, I am glad his campaign is falling apart. It makes me angry that Huckabee and numerous other candidates claim they are Republican. Apparently he has NEVER looked at the Republican National Committee's Republican Principles. And for that matter, neither have his supporters. If they had taken ten minutes to read the document they would see that one of the principles is

"I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability."

If Governor Huckabee believes this, he never shows it in public. In the past few weeks I have seen numerous quotes regarding AIDS patients and homosexuals which demonstrate anything but what the above principle says. It is really a shame that a politician like Mike Huckabee is allowed to masquerade as a Republican and in turn give all Republicans a bad name.

I for one am happy that another NeoCon's campaign is coming to an end.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A "not so" Straight Talk Express

In 2000 John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" was received well by voters and the Senators tendency for bucking party lines and marching to the beat of his own drum worked for his maverick persona.
Bush clearly brought the straight talk express to a halt. Then, McCain decided to resurrect the bus for the 2008 campaign but left out the straight talk.

As a former McCain supporter in 2000 I admired him for following his instincts and principals weather I agreed with him or not, but in the frenzy of this election season I have only caught glimpses of the former "Maverick" at work. John McCain has effectively broken my heart by becoming a vote courting machine like the rest of the candidates. In the last eight years his advisers must have told him that to be elected he would need to play by party rules and make sure that the base Republicans were happy.

Over last summer his alienation of his former self contributed to the near death of his campaign. The country watched as he went almost bankrupt and lost a few key advisers. He came back to win New Hampshire and seems to be getting back to speaking his mind and remembering his guiding principals.

I can only hope as I search for a politician who exhibits backbone that the coming months will bring back the Straight Talk Express in full force.