Archive for March, 2002
The Israeli Army has begun broadcasting porn over Palestinian television stations On one level it is comical. But on another level it is just wrong. I am all for killing Arafat, anyone associated with Hamas and whoever else Israel needs to kill to stop these suicide bombers. But do they really need to piss off the everyday Palestinians? (Link via Tim Blair
I haven’t said anything about the violence between Israel and the Palestinians. I don’t have much to say that hasn’t all ready been said on the issue. Peace talks are not going to accomplish anything if the two sides do not honestly want peace. The U.S. should get itself out of the business of trying to bring peace around the world. Call me an isolationist if you will but I just don’t think the U.S. should be involved in what is close to an internal debate.
I didn’t watch all of the Superbowl so I may have missed one of the drug war ads. Anyway, I saw the ad on where they have kids in front of the camera saying things like “I helped blow up a building. I helped kill a federal judge… etc.” This is just fucking sick. How are people that smoke pot that they grew on their own property helping terrorists?! I realize that is a small portion of the drug users but the whole thing is such a pathetic straw man argument devoid of any rational argument. It’s almost enough to make me start selling drugs just to piss off Ashcroft and the other authoritarians.
On KRS-ONE’s albums Sex & Violence and The Sneak Attack, among others, he mentions how the government can be like a religion. He has a point here that in many cases the government goes out of its way to force values upon the citizens such as the California legislature who is considering putting a two cent tax on sodas. Yes that is right people a sin tax on soda. Obesity may be a problem for some of the youth in California but then that sounds like the lunch menus at the school need to be changed. Maybe the gym program isn’t working. California obviously does not seemed to be concerned about the hard working soda manufacturers who will be hurt economically by this. (Okay I used a little bit of rhetorical hyperbole but only to show the stupidity of the argument.
As Slate points out Mitch McConnell is beginning to become a big supporter of the First Amendment. McConnell is part of a growing example of how traditional conservatives are picking up the First Amendment banner as some liberals have been derailed in their quest for “equality” and politcal correctness. Too bad more conservatices haven’t pitched in. It seems like McConnell is one of a small number that can see the unconstitutionaly of campaign finance reform.
HipHop has made it to Cuba. HipHop in Cuba is serving as the outlet for young people in Cuba to express themselves.The story of Hip-Hop in Cuba is very much like that of Hip-Hop’s founding in New York in the 1970′s. Instead of turntables and sample machines the Cubans use the musical instruments that are in greater availability in Cuba. As in New York, the artists have to record onto cassettes because they can’t afford more modern means of recording.Hip-Hop in Cuba is beginning to provide an oppurtunity for youth in Cuba to express themselves and eventually bring themselves out of poverty. (Link via NextRight
There has been a good discussion on the internet about gay marriage going around. No matter how good the argument are I don’t think the two sides will ever agree. It is an example of a clear split of how involved in values the government would be. This is a perfect situation where the libertarian solution might be perfect: Get the state out of marriage. There is no real reaso why government should be in the business of granting marriage liscenses. Marriage is a societal activity and should not be a governmental activity.
ProteinWisdom has been kind enough to permalink me! Cool! I recomend checking out the site. It is full of amusing and obscure stuff.
Jonah Goldberg thinks libraries should have to block porn under a federal law whether they like to or not. A conservative arguing for federal control over local institutions. Surprising. He makes the argument that libraries did not used to subscribe to Playboy or Hustler. This argument does not cut it with me. The library has set up an internet service for its customers. Once they have provided a service they can not be selective how the service is used.