We Must Not Close Gitmo November 14, 2008Posted by voolavex in Politics & Religion, Uncategorized.
Tags: Alan Greenspan, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Bush, capitalists, car, cell, Cheney, crooks, Cuba, detainees, Fed, future, Gitmo, greed, Guantanamo, hedge funds, income, John Galt, objectivism, Objectvism, political, Rumsfeld, slammer, Valerie Plame, Yaron Brook
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Washington, D.C. –“Despite overwhelming evidence that government policies caused the current financial crisis, Congress is blaming businessmen,” said Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. “What’s worse, the capitalists who have been shackled with unprecedented regulatory burdens are unable to defend themselves morally. Though the events are different, this pattern of abuse and submission is straight out of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
“The cycle starts with government intervening into the economy and imposing regulations and controls on business. This distorts the free market, leading to economic dislocations. When the problems caused by these distortions inevitably follow, everyone blames the free market and its greedy capitalists. The proposed solution? More government controls. Over the years, conservative critics of creeping government have repeatedly exposed this illogic but have always been helpless to explain why the cycle keeps repeating, decade after decade.
“The pattern keeps recurring because businessmen are willing to take the blame. From capitalism’s inception, its defenders have been morally disarmed by the widespread view that self-interest is morally suspect, and disinterested service to others is a moral ideal. So each new spate of controls has been grudgingly accepted as a fair price to pay for society’s toleration of the selfish pursuit of profit.
“Atlas Shrugged depicted a society in economic collapse due to this recurring cycle, and today’s parallels are obvious. Government manipulation of money, credit, and lending standards over several decades caused the mess we’re in. Now, the offered solution is more of the poison that sickened the economy–more bailouts, more cheap money, more government-guaranteed loans, and above all, more regulations.
“This chronic cycle will not end until businessmen accept that their production of profit is neither immoral nor amoral–it is the capstone of moral virtue. Once they shrug off the role of scapegoat, businessmen can demand with moral certitude that government punish fraud and enforce contracts but refrain from interfering with voluntary trades among consenting adults.
“When America’s markets are finally free of all coercion–in other words, when laissez-faire is achieved–financial crises such as the one we’re experiencing will never happen again.”
Basing the current crisis on this rationale is not going to produce many guilty pleas in Federal Courts. But there will be trials and there will be verdicts and yes, Virginia, people will go to jail.
Why not turn the ugly history of Gitmo into a place that houses the people that did this to our nation – not alleged enemy combatants – but greedy, cheating, lying men and women who should know what it’s like to lose your home, your family, your income, your future, your sanity as you fill their bottomless pit of greed. Let them live in a little bitty cell – like the family car has become an itty bitty cell for the unemployed, disenfranchised, hopeless and homeless taxpayers of this country. I would suggest a dress code – jumpsuits of khaki and oxford blue. And cheap tacky slip-ons. Nutritious food with no flavor and no variety. No wine. No bottled water. Minimal health care ( just like everyone else’s) and no Ayn Rand tomes. Let them know that Atlas has indeed shrugged and it has all landed on them. Envision these detainees in the tropical splendor of Cuba’s southeastern shores hunting endlessly for John Galt as they try to jump start the engine of the world perpetually in motion but only in their direction.
Guantanamo Prison Camp is too symbolic and too perfect to be closed and made into a museum – who would actually visit it owing to its location and the situation in Cuba? But as a slammer. It’s just perfect. Please share your thoughts on this idea.
And, if you are fans, supporters or believers in Ayn Rand and her Objectivism – you are welcome to comment – but I am personally not interested in her philosophy. I have read her books and taken in her website and considered her views. She is not my cup of tea. I will read your comments but I will not post screeds, rants, apologies or propaganda on her ideas. Sorry – but I did it once before and I found it distasteful.
Dreams From My Father November 10, 2008Posted by voolavex in Politics & Religion.
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Prop 8 – Part Two November 8, 2008Posted by voolavex in Uncategorized.
Tags: Beamed up, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, fig leaf, handshake, Joseph Smith, Kobol, LDS, marriage, plural marriage, secret, tradirional, Trekkies, wives
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Here is why Mormon money and Prop 8 don’t work for me. I loathe hypocrisy and I loathe deception and I really don’t like sneaky, secretive old white men telling people that “God said _____________” Fill in the blank. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has some gall, colossal nerve and sinister smugness trying to shove this holier than thou crap on the public. And the use of the word “traditional”really seals the deal for me. Let’s look at Mormon marriage. Mormons take marriage very seriously. Which is fine. But instead of a joyful family celebration, Mormon weddings tend to be bleak and depressing. Don’t let the Youtube Mormon wedding videos fool you. That is all done before the rites take place. Things get dramatically, well, dramatic once the man and woman leave the safety of kith and kin and enter the Sanctum Sanctorum. Instead of trying to describe in my own words I direct you to this link that will really leave you speechless. (Complete with circles and arrows and “the secret garment”). FYI:They also wear a fig leaf when getting hitched). http://http://www.lds-mormon.com/veilworker/endowment1.shtml
By my own standards this is anything but “traditional” marriage as I have come to know it. It is secret (and therefore it may be silly and/or shameful) and exclusionary and frankly odd. Most Gay couple just have a wedding or go to City Hall. Most straight people do too. Orthodox Jewish weddings are quite ritualized but anyone can watch. Mormonism is a faith founded on polygamy by its “Prophet Joseph Smith” and some writing that he translated from “Reformed Egyptian” in secret. In 1890, to become a state in the union it banned plural marriage. Not very well apparently because it is still practiced by some Mormon Americans in defiance of numerous laws. FYI – when it says “plural marriage – it means wives. Woman don’t have plural husbands and they don’t have equal rights. Neither do children. They also swap wives in these fundamentalist sects – but the women don’t get to say yes or no.) To have been audacious enough to support a change to the California constitution to exclude human citizens from marriage should strike you as hilarious on many levels – it isn’t. Prop 8, it is claimed, was done for moral reasons. A religion based on secret ceremonies and handshakes; marrying dead people to each other so they will be together in Heaven for eternity so they will land on the planet Kobol and become God makes them uniquely unqualified to tell other folks how to live their lives by my moral standards. But then I don’t judge gay people who want to get married. We have separation of church and state and I don’t believe religious money,influences, groups and advocates should have standing to amend any constitution in this country. It inflicts religious behavior on America citizens. I think lawmakers should make the laws for everyone. Same sex marriage threatens NO ONE. The LDS should be ashamed of itself and I suggest they ay not stop at Prop 8. In closing ,I also think that having Mormon missionaries at your door qualifies as a Close Encounter of the Third Kind. You may even find yourself beamed up. Gay trekkies take note.
Prop 8 – In Defense of Traditional Marriage? November 7, 2008Posted by voolavex in Politics & Religion.
Tags: amendment, amendments, civil, constitution, legal, moral, Mormon, Mormons, Prop 8, same, sex, union, wrong
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“Proposition 8 is a California State ballot proposition that would amend the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman. It would overturn a recent California Supreme Court decision that had recognized same-sex marriage in California as a fundamental right. The official ballot title language for Proposition 8 was “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry”; the entirety of the text added to the constitution was: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
This is all it said. When you read it sounds kind of simple and silly. I mean who has the right to decide who can marry? Why should anyone care?
There used to be a law that kept miscegenation from happening in this country. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept I quote Wiki: Miscegenation comes from the Latin miscere, “to mix” and genus, “kind”. The word was coined in the U.S. in 1863, and the etymology of the word is tied up with political conflicts during the American Civil War over the abolition of slavery and over the racial segregation of African-Americans. The reference to “genus” was made to emphasize the supposedly distinct biological differences between whites and non-whites. In fact, all humans belong to the same genus, Homo, to the same species, Homo sapiens and to the same subspecies, Homo sapiens sapiens. The folks who wrote Prop 8 made sure there would be no confusion about terminology.
The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution – which trumps the states says this:“Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
It also says that if one state says something is legal in the said state, then the other states have to respect it. Equal justice and equal rights are the primary issue that Prop 8 addresses and it is simply wrong.. Its inclusion into the state constitution creates a special class of citizen who is not permitted to fully experience or enjoy the privileges and rights guaranteed to others. In fact it ensures that people who are homosexuals are not equal citizens of this country and thus not governed by the same laws nor given the same rights the constitution guarantees in Amendment 14. In essence: ”Round ‘em up and keep them all together where you can make sure they don’t want things “regular” people want. ” Sonofabitch. Maybe we should whup ‘em and sell ‘em too?
The supporters don’t care. The claim they make is this : “we need to protect traditional marriage and to restore marriage”. To be perfectly honest I had no idea that marriage was being threatened. There was a time when “living together” was a big deal and I think marriage was feared to be threatened then, but now weddings are very popular and except for people like Gene Simmons, lots of folks want to get married. That works for me. Some people don’t. That’s fine too. And it is a widely discussed decision between people who are facing marriage. Neither the state nor the union has any specific moral requirement for marriage. I was married in a civil union ceremony in a judges’ chambers. He said I was married and although no clergy were present and no religious prayers were uttered – he said it was marriage all the same. I’m happy. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_union).
But there is a hidden agenda lurking in picture and it really makes things sticky. Why? Because the majority of this proposition was underwritten by the Mormon Church. God help us if the Jews had tried this (and there are plenty of religious Jews who don’t approve of or accept same-sex unions. But they didn’t try to change the California constitution. Way too smart for that.) Go to this blog for a donor tracker – it takes hours to go through but you can sure see who is and isn’t your supporter http://atomicgaywonk.blogspot.com/2008/08/proposition-8-money-tracking-resources.html. It’s worth your time.
But why, of all people, do the kinda’ odd Mormons imagine they have some duty to protect traditional marriage? They say it is a moral question and my feeling is that civil laws do not decide what is moral. The best judge on earth will tell you that the law deals with legal statutes and not morality questions. If the Mormons don’t want same sex Mormon marriage – that’s their choice. The same goes for the Christian church, the Jews, the Muslims and the Hindus. Your faith, your rules. Leave it if you don’t like it. You see though, once this kind of agenda gets attention and support it become insidious. If we can do this – hmmm- why not try something else? They are a missionary faith – they invade the privacy of homes to sell their beliefs and they actively seek converts. That’s one way they got to talk about the Proposition 8 on a one to one basis with folks. And it worked. For the informed minds or minds that want to be informed, part two continues this post and there are some really good parts – so try to read it too,
In any event I am stewed like a prune about this whole Prop 8 matter and actively support the Gay on every level. They are right to be outraged. I am outraged.