Saturday, June 4, 2011

Shmendriks on the right of me Meshuganas on the left

I think I am the sane one.
Exhibit One: No one knows the sex of Storm Stocker a 4-month-old baby from Toronto. Only the parents, midwives and two older brothers have ever peeked beneath the diaper. That's because his -- or is it her -- parents, Kathy Witterick, 38, and David Stocker, 39, want to raise their child genderless.  What the heck is genderless?  Memo to these Canadian Crackpots, gender is hardwired, you don’t discover it.
Exhibit Two: The Christian Coalition’s Queen of Crazy Michelle Bachmann: "I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play. And my husband and I are both Christians, and we believe very strongly the verse from Genesis [Genesis 12:3], we believe very strongly that nations also receive blessings as they bless Israel. It is a strong and beautiful principle."  Wow!  A member of the U.S. Congress and potential candidate for President is guided by the Old Testament and not the rule of international law.  And they say Obama is Un-American.
Exhibit Three: Republican controlled states of South Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, and Kentucky have undertaken significant prison reform to reduce costs and reduce crime.  The law and order crowd have finally seen the folly of unnecessary incarcerations when for the last two decades crime rates have fallen and yet prison populations have risen. Well sort of.  In the same week that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that California needed to reduce its prison population prompting conservative judge Antonin Scalia to call it a ‘judicial travesty’.  Kudos to these state leaders for realizing that possession of five grams of marijuana shouldn’t warrant prison time.  As Pat Nolan, former Republican legislator from California who served prison for racketeering turned prison minister said “we build jails for people we’re afraid of, and fill them with people we’re mad at.”
Exhibit Four: Republicans are already running that the President’s $787Billlion 2009 Stimulus plan was a failure because unemployment is still at 9.1%.  Perhaps we would be better off, if the plan wasn’t diluted with $200Billion in Republican mandated tax cuts.  Also, between March 2010 and March 2011 over 300,000 public sector jobs have been eliminated as $200Billion in states’ funding in the stimulus has run out.  Without that funding, we would have hit 14% unemployment.  Oh by the way, the massive tax cut just signed in December 2010 will cost $858Billion, $70Billion more than the stimulus, and is likely to produce zero jobs.  Tax cuts don’t work, yet Republicans still convince people that they do. 
Exhibit Five: FiFA, the international soccer body re-elected Sepp Blatter to another four year term in spite of rampant bribery and corruption.  It seems Blatter was cleared of any wrong doing by the internal ethics panel he created.  Come again?  Wow we thought Congress was corrupt and working  a fixed game.  I guess that’s why the Soccer body awarded future world cups to Qatar and Russia and stiffed the U.S.; we aren’t nearly corrupt enough.  Hmm, anyone wonder why Americans hate international soccer?

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