Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Your Voter ID, Senator Obama? No problem, Rev. Hagee....

The Supreme Court just upheld an Indiana law requiring citizens to present a photo identification card in order to vote. That means that all the non-driving poor and/or old and/or two-jobbed and/or busy and/or clueless people who don't know or have the time to find out which government agency supplies these cards are tough out of luck on election day. And if they can't afford the $15 - 50 such a card might cost - no, that's not an unconstitutional poll tax says the Supremely Unfair Court.

If Illinois enacts such a law, Barak Obama will have to present his card. Hope his driver's license is up to date!

Of course, by election day the media should have thoroughly destroyed Obama's candidacy, if they don't just hand the nomination to Hillary first. After all, we all know that there is no more important story than the three or four silliest things your pastor said when you weren't listening. (Or is it Wright's critique of US/Israel racism that really freaks out the media?)

Meanwhile Christian Zionist John Hagee - a speaker at AIPAC's 2007 convention - can endorse McCain and nary a word is said, even though he's been quoted saying: ''It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God’s chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day.'' Oh, and Katrina victims and 9/11 victims also deserved it - and don't get him started on those Catholics! The Columbia Journalism Review did a nice expose of journalistic bias in the McCain-Hagee versus Obama-Wright situations. (I've written about Hagee here a couple times previously - and include the groovy photo of Hagee as Satan to the left.)

In conclusion - if voting could change anything they'd make it illegal - like the Supreme Court just did, just in case...

Friday, April 18, 2008

15 Years Since Feds Massacred at Waco

I just watched the year 2000 Star Trek Voyager episode called "Memorial" about a beacon that sends the experience of a government massacre of 82 people to whoever passes the otherwise empty planet where it happened. Coincidentally this show aired the day before the April 19th 15th anniversay of 76 of the 82 Branch Davidians being killed at their Mount Carmel ranch near Waco, Texas. In writing my book The Davidian Massacre I relived that experience myself for two years.

Now that the Davidian property has been taken over by a competing faction, the 82 trees and stones that were the members' memorial to their familes and friends has been dismantled, though a group of supporters' stone memorial has been allowed to remain. The greater memorial is that when Texas law enforcement went into the Yearning for Zion Ranch over accusations of child abuse, they didn't go in shooting.

However, as television footage clear showed, the Texas Rangers went in with their own armored vehicle, and all the officers were armored more like soldier than peace officers. So there's no doubt that Texas is ready to get it on against any citizens who tick them off. Below is a 16 part video that I haven't watched, but it evidently includes a lot of interviews with Davidian survivors. (See update on this post below.)

Update: On April 20th Eric Dondero (see my expose here) posted an idiotic and factually inaccurate blog entry entitled "Mormon Polygamist Compound Raid in Texas: Where's Carol Moore and all those left-libertarian Anti-BATF Waco demonstrators now?" My reply to his inaccuracies is on the page, (including the comment: "(We're also against slave contracts where immigrant or poor women agree to marry men who then abuse them, stating that's part of the contract"). CNN actually linked to it at the "From the blogs" section at the bottom of this article about the section.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Censoring the Declaration of Independence (Jefferson's Birthday)

Today would be Thomas Jefferson's 265th birthday. And while the patriarchal slave holder wasn't perfect, he did give us these immortal words from the Declaration of Independence, its second and third sentences:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

This video shows a couple of examples of government and media trying to censor this message.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Should Elephants Replace Humans??

Watching this artistic elephant at work makes you wonder. Something tells me they'd never be foolish enough to invent nukes!