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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Things I'd like to know...

--I'd like to know why we only find out now that training the Iraqi army and police has been severely hampered by some obscure regulation against the Department of Defense doing that kind of thing and the fact that there isn't a specific budget for it?

--I'd like to know how Teddy Kennedy keeps getting elected term after term, after it was made known (among other things on a long list) that he got kicked out of Harvard for cheating, left a girl to die of asphyxiation in a car submerged under a few feet of water while he went about the business of covering his ass, and secretly negotiated with the Soviet Union to make Ronald Reagan look bad? And when he wins his next election I suppose I'll still be wondering.

-- I'd like to know just what the hell was going through George Bush's mind when he destroyed the budget surplus and maxed out the government credit card on more pork at a time when the country is at war? I'd like to know if he thought that he could make the Democrats like him by spending like mad on the kind of stuff that's their traditional pork? And all this after Clinton proved that he couldn't make the Republicans like him by balancing the budget and substantially reforming welfare.

--I'd like to know why nobody seems the least bit spooked by the fact that the Chinese secret service has tried to funnel money into attempts to elect Democrats (the Al Gore/ Buddhist temple scandal) and that Osama bin Ladin and Al Queda have essentially endorsed the Democratic Party?

--With Iran about to go nuclear, I'd like to know if the West Europeans are convinced that its a law of nature that the US will step in and save their sorry asses yet again, after heaping abuse upon us and the friends we've got in the East and doing nothing in the way of saving themselves?

--About both pro and anti-war congresscritturs, I'd like to know why not a one of them surveyed could name the difference between Sunni and Shiite?

--I'd like to know why, after the vivid historical lesson of Prohibition and the spectacular failure of the War on Drugs we are still putting people in jail for smoking reefer?

--I'd like to know why people who announce that they don't believe in evolution, or that the universe is very old and incredibly vast, are allowed to matriculate from high school, get college degrees, vote and sign contracts in their own name - much less get elected to office?

I don't really expect to get answers to any of these, just wondering is all.


  • At 5:12 AM, Blogger tvoh said…

    As a resident of the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts I can only hazard that there are enough lefties who would vote for Jack the Ripper if he were liberal enough, he is the brother of a late president and (very important) he does bring home the bacon. What one does in politics is often more important than what one is.

    Still though it does make one, wonder, I've moved on to more important questions like "who wrote the book of love?"

  • At 5:36 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    I don't know who wrote the Book, but I know who wrote the dictionary entry - Robert Heinlein. "1) Love is when someone else's happiness is essential to your own. 2) Love is what goes on when you're not horny."

  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    By relay from Bob:

    "Deep thoughts by Jack Handy" is nothing compared to this. I think the problem is basically that most human beings find it far too difficult to think . . . especially if it gets in the way of their current beliefs.

    The Kennedy thing always gets me. I've never stopped trying to figure that out.

    Some of the other ones were equally as thought provoking.

    Oh, well. I think I'll just check out that "Book of Love" thing too. :-)

    Bob Burg

  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    Is blogger worky yet?

  • At 2:56 PM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    Ted Kennedy is the yellow dog in the saying, Yellow Dog Democrat. He could kill a child on live TV and eat a still-squirming puppy in front of a live studio audience. He would still be elected.

  • At 3:05 PM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    What about a belief disqualifies someone from any of the above activities?

    For most people there is no need for a theory of evolution to unify a series of other theories about life and the sciences. Their lives simply don't intersect the realms where such a theory becomes necessary.

    Just as for most people Newtonian mechanics are sufficient. If you try to tell them otherwise, they are likely to roll their eyes.

  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger tvoh said…


    Such libel of the man. He could never get away with the puppy thing.

  • At 9:49 PM, Blogger Grodge said…

    I admire your attempt at bipartisanship with digs at both sides.

    The Chinese SS funneled money to Al Gore? OBL endorsed Democrats? Yikes.

    What flavor was the Kool-Aid?

    Even if one could fetch that far, what is your point? Gore and/or Democrats are somehow illegitimate because of it?

    Are you sure you believe in evolution?

  • At 7:49 PM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    " And if this young man should express himself in terms too deep for me

    Then what a particularly deep young man this deep young man must be."

    So your point is?


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