Trivia 2Z

 

    Let's see.  Is it the responsibility of the so called Homeland Security Agency to provide important information on immediate threats to Americans or is it to insure that Corporate America not see any loss in income just because there's a chance that an airliner might be blown out of the sky?  According to the airline industry and Rep. Ernest Istook, the Republican that chairs the House transportation appropriations committee.  To them, the answer is to install a tourism czar in Homeland Security in order to insure any terrorism alerts don't "destroy the tourism industry."

    Isn't that just like a Republican?  From one corner of their mouth they proclaim themselves to be the only party that can defend us from terrorism while, from the other side, they happily endanger thousands of innocent Americans every time they board an airplane.  I always knew the entire party were hypocrites but they've seldom provided such unassailable evidence of same.  ( 1 )

    Hey!  Do you know how many states have stood up to the little moron and his thug's stupid and un-Constitutional USA PATRIOT ACT?  Two, if you can believe that.  Which ones?  Well, Hawaii was first in April of 2003 but Alaska has now followed with a 37 to 1 vote in their House and a unanimous vote from their Senate.

    How many other governments have stood up and refused to allow such idiocy to rule their citizens?  New Mexico and Vermont have approved such legislation in their houses of representatives.  Arcata, California was the first city to pass an ordinance that bans any city official from participating in any activity arising from the USA PATRIOT ACT and city councils have established "safe zones" from Kenai, Alaska to Orange County and Greensboro, N.C.  Baltimore, MD, Albany, NY., Evanston, IL, Hartford, CT, Salinas, CA, and Orleans, MS have also followed suit.

    For a cynical, disgusted and angry American like myself, this gives me great hope for the future.  ( 2 )

    Just out of curiosity, have you wondered just why the little moron seems so popular with the American people?  Well, according to Chris Matthews of Hardball on MSNBC (a fellow that has dust in place of actual brains), "We're proud of our president.  Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who's physical, who's not a complicated guy like Clinton or even Dukakis or Mondale, all those guys, McGovern.  They want a guy who's president.  Women want a guy who's president.  Check it out.  The women like this war."

    Now, if I were a woman, I would be deeply insulted by this gnome's words.  Basically, what he's saying is that women want an idiot as "their" president, not some complicated guy like, well, every Democratic candidate for president since 1984.  I wonder just how true this is.  Are American women satisfied with a cliché from any 1940 B-movie or do they expect their president to have enough IQ to add up to more than 2?  Are women that easily comforted by stupidity?  I can't, no matter how hard I try, force myself to believe that.  ( 3 )

    Are you one of the growing minority that believes if someone is negotiating trade treaties that will affect all Americans, just maybe those people should be made to stand before the people and explain their actions?  Well, the little moron could care less what you think.  In fact, all negotiators, as well as any text transcripts, are restricted to for everyone but industry advisors (read lobbyists and other providers of bribes).  What possible reason could the moron and his thugs ever come up with to justify this anti-American restriction?  Why, because it guards against "frivolous" lawsuits.  Can they ever get anymore macabre and sick?  Of course they can, boys and girls.  ( 4 )

    Okay, I'll give you some good news about Democrats and what they can accomplish when they fully control a state government.

    In Illinois, the Legislature has passed bills:

    Raising the minimum wage to $6.50 an hour by Jan. 1, 2005.

    Investing in 195,000 jobs through expansion of O'Hare airport.

    Prohibiting disparities of pay on basis of gender.

    Granting the right to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for victims of sexual or domestic violence.   

    Waived Illinois 11th Amendment immunity to federal anti-discrimination laws, essentially nullifying recent "state's rights" Supreme Court decisions in Illinois.  This gives state workers rights to sue under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VII if the Civil Rights Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Allows public employees to form unions based on card-checking recognition, meaning when a majority of workers signs cards, the union automatically is recognized as the bargaining unit.

    Amended the Illinois Human Rights Act to recognize a civil rights violation for employers adopting or implementing so-called "English-only" work rules.

    Prohibited state procurement contracts from using foreign-made goods produced by force, convict, or indentured labor.

    Amended the Employment of Strikebreakers Act and the Temporary Services Act to prevent employers from contracting with day and temporary labor service firms to replace workers during a strike or lockout.

    Protected whistleblowers by barring employers from creating rules or policies preventing employees from disclosing violations of law to state or federal law enforcement agencies.

    There, are you Democrats happy?  Actually, it is a pretty good list of accomplishments, isn't it?  ( 5 )

    With all this blathering on about an "Axis of Evil" and the black and white world that these idiots inhabit, which nation do you think has, far and away, the highest percentage of its citizens in prisons?  Yup, the good old U.S. of A.  Shoot, with 702 prisoners per 100,000 population, we zoomed ahead of even Russia, who has a paltry 665 prisoners per 100,000 population.  In fact, the U.S. of A. has three times more prisoners per capita than Iran, four times more than Poland, five times more than Tanzania, and seven times more than Germany.  Shoot, Maryland has more prisoners, 35,200, than all of Canada with 31,600.

    And what it cost, annually, on average to house these prisoners?  About $25,000 per person.  That's five times more than most school districts get per child for educating our youth.  ( 6 )

    That's pretty much all for now.  Obviously, with the disgusting moron and his thugs in office and the weenie Democrats trying to be both the opposition party and the butt kissers of record, there will be plenty of new items for our next trivia article.

   



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