Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Get Out! The Vote... 

Unbelievably, these five congressional votes all went against common sense. Vote AGAINST anyone who voted for the majority on any of these!

The first two alone are enough to make you sick:

1. Pro-Defense: Facing increasing violence in Iraq, military commanders in Iraq asked Congress and the president to immediately fill shortages in protective body armor. Just four months after the president signed another massive tax cut for the wealthy, up to 51,000 troops were still not properly equipped for combat, with many begging friends and family at home to buy them makeshift armor. Responding to the crisis, Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) sponsored a bill to immediately plug the shortage. He was voted down (Senate vote #376, October 2, 2003), and the results have been catastrophic. As a recent study circulating in the Army notes, up to one in four casualties in Iraq was due to poor protective gear.

2. Compassionate: With U.S. troops struggling to secure Iraq last summer, Congress and the president repeatedly praised soldiers' efforts and promised to provide them the best facilities possible. Yet, the White House budget that year proposed to cut $1.5 billion out of military housing. Representative David Obey (D-Wisc.) came up with a simple solution: Slightly reduce the proposed tax cuts on the 200,000 Americans making $1 million a year to fill the budget gap for the troops and their families. Instead of getting an $88,000 tax cut, millionaires would receive an ample $83,000 tax cut, and the troops' housing would be maintained. Obey's bill was voted down (House vote #324, June 26, 2003).

This election is not just about Bush. It's about the whole government of the wealthy, for the wealthy, and entirely by the wealthy. Wake up!


Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Nobody expects the Inquisition! 

Of all the insidious tortures ever implemented by the Inquisition, this one is perhaps the most surprising:

Now the US Catholic Church has threatened to waffle victims of sexual abuse:

U.S. Victims of Priest Sexual Abuse Fear Waffling

I think it's safe to say we all fear waffling. Searingly hot, this hideous torture leaves a 3rd degree burn patterned like the grid of the L'Eixample. Humiliating and permanent, these marks cause constricting contractions that leave one unable to write, to walk, and presumably even to pour maple syrup over one's reputedly light and flaky self.

There must be a better way. Where is the Great Ex-Communicator when we need him most?


Monday, June 14, 2004

I'll take Intolerant Sanctimony for $400, Alex! 

I guess that whole part about loving your enemies has been conveniently forgotten by those bopping Bishops, the Roman Catholics, once more. They are meeting to see how to condemn those who won't vote their way on abortion:

Several American bishops have said they would deny communion to politicians who are in opposition to the church.

Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, Colorado went a step further when he told his 125,000 parishioners that Catholics who vote for politicians who support abortion rights, stem-cell research and gay marriage could "jeopardize their salvation."

For any truly religious person, this sort of intolerance and dare we say, great excommunication, would be unacceptable, unless she realized that Michael simply meant those who opposed abortion would get to appear on Jeopardy! in the next life. After all, with only so many days--and only so many quintuplets of questions on "Leave it to Beaver", "Things that smell when you scratch them", and other pertinent topics to Mensa members--it's safe to say more than 99.9% of all Americans will never appear on Jeopardy! (Another 0.07% will wish they hadn't)

Thanks for the second chance, bopping Michael, and enjoy Colossians 3:12-14, not to mention Luke 6:27-29.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will recognize abortion for what it usually is--a very difficult choice made under often desperate conditions. Excoriating those who "choose" abortion is a bit like blaming a deer for breaking your windshield.


Sunday, June 13, 2004

Peace in our Day 

Now that Sharon has been cleared of bribery charges, he has declared "Peace in our Day!"

When asked which day precisely he meant, Sharon said, "I think last Thursday, right? No bombs, no settlers massacred, no tanks rolling over Gaza or Jenin living rooms--that was our Day."

No word yet on whether there will be peace in another one of our days, so folks in Israel and Palestine will have to continue X-raying their cantaloupes and minesweeping birthday cakes for the foreseeable future.


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