Politics

Banks

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson

They [banks] used to be illegal in Texas. – Melinda Patrick

Well Said Charles

At the end of Charles Krauthammer’s piece describing the idiotic treatment of the Turkish-Armenian issue by the Democrats in congress, he penned the following:

In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.

That about describes it.

The News from Iraq

from The Washington Post

Death case pits Texas against Bush

The US Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on a case that may decide whether Texas or the World Court gets to decide Texas Law. This has the potential for some kind of scary outcome. The portrayal of the case in the press has focused on Texas and President Bush being on opposite sides of the issue.

I’m against Capitol Punishment. But I’m much more against the President of the United States interfering in Texas’ bidness, regardless of who he is. And I’m absolutely outraged that the World Court would even be considered to determine Texas Law.

Death case pits Texas against Bush

Republican Debates

Did anyone watch the Republican debate this evening? I tried to watch it live, but I fell asleep. I Tivo’d it, so I’ll probably try to watch it later. I was mostly interested in seeing if Chris Matthews behaved himself. I really doubt it, and if he was too far out of line I’ll have trouble watching the whole program.

Racial Discrimination

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,” – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

I have wondered how long it was going to take the Supreme Court to recognize that.

Free Speech

Today the U.S. Supreme Court said it is okay for a school official attending a school function to rip down a student’s banner proclaiming “Bong Hits 4 Jesus”. The sign was described as promoting drug use. There was apparently no discussion of the banner’s promotion of Jesus. That’s probably a good thing.

Palestinians

Earlier this week I watched news footage of masked hoodlums representing Hamas in Gaza loot Fatah offices. They loaded their booty onto donkey carts. They loaded computers onto donkey carts in a land where they don’t even produce electricity.

It’s nice to know there are still places in this world where a backward and uncivilized savage can gather up a little wealth and maybe amount to something.

And I suppose I’m being a bit rude. That doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that it might be a little judgemental. I’ll work on that.