Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bee Letter Writer Lambasts Foxification of Media

Great job per usual Alan!!!

Recently, a caller asked on Sean Hannity's talk-radio show if John McCain would escape media scrutiny if he had associations similar to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, implying Barack Obama has escaped scrutiny.

Hannity flatly said "no" -- another Hannitization lie. How much hay was made of Sen. McCain's embracement of John Hagee, Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell? Has this been talked about ad nauseam by Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Tucker Carlson and mainstream media?

Here is a sample of Rev. Hagee's statements. He denounced the Roman Catholic Church as "the great whore of Babylon" and "a cult." He blames it for the Holocaust and predicts its imminent demise. He said "This is the apostate church. ... this false religious system is going to be totally devoured by the anti-Christ." Why didn't the "liberal media" crucify Sen. McCain as they did Sen. Obama? What about Sen. McCain's free pass as a flip-flopping hypocrite? He denounced Falwell and Robertson in 2000 and now embraces them. He is against torture, but voted against the ban on waterboarding. He rails against special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are lobbyists. C'mon, Fox. Where is the fairness and balance?

Alan Cheah


Friday, April 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

"When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion."

I read the above quote in a review of Richard Dawkins' book entitled The God Delusion. Pretty much sums things up (from my perspective anyway).

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Where Has All The Butter Gone????

Where is the butter? — cry Japanese consumers who have been hunting everywhere for the dairy product. The drastic reduction in raw milk production, complicated by hikes in the price of grain as well as changes in the global patterns of dairy product consumption, have caused a serious butter shortage in Japan. Empty shelves in the dairy section of grocery stores across the country have not seen a shipment of butter for days, and stores are posting signs apologizing for the shortage.

First Costco limits rice purchases, then our Rye stocks have dwindled to nothing and now Japan is out of Butter. What the heck is going on???

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another Chapter In Our Vanishing Freedoms

Appeals court reverses ruling: now border agents can search laptops without cause.

Federal agents at the border do not need any reason to search through travelers' laptops, cell phones or digital cameras for evidence of crimes, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, extending the government's power to look through belongings like suitcases at the border to electronics.
The unanimous three-judge decision reverses a lower court finding that digital devices were "an extension of our own memory" and thus too personal to allow the government to search them without cause. Instead, the earlier ruling said, Customs agents would need some reasonable and articulable suspicion a crime had occurred in order to search a traveler's laptop.

Pretty soon we will have to submit to thought scans I imagine so the authorities can see what we are thinking!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bush Reaches New Milestone In Popularity

WASHINGTON — President Bush has set a record he'd presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll.
In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove. The approval rating matches the low point of his presidency, and the disapproval sets a new high for any president since Franklin Roosevelt.
The previous record of 67% was reached by Harry Truman in January 1952, when the United States was enmeshed in the Korean War.

Assessments of Bush's presidency are harsh. By 69%-27%, those polled say Bush's tenure in general has been a failure, not a success.

And can anyone explain why the Democrats are not taking advantage of this weakness to get something done in Congress to reverse things like the Patriot Act, Iraq war, and on and on????

Monday, April 21, 2008

Why Are We Still Wasting Tax Dollars On This?

In honor of my grandson's birthday on 4/20, I post the following:
Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) has introduced a bill to decriminalize the personal use of marijuana and legalize the use of marijuana when prescribed for medical purposes. "I think it is poor law enforcement to keep on the books legislation that establishes as a crime something which in fact society does not seriously wish to prosecute," said Frank. The bill would remove all federal criminal sanctions for possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana.

Two weeks ago I had a police officer tell me the exact same thing...that he thinks it weakens our respect for the law when it is no longer being properly enforced. He felt legalization made sense because judges were no longer interested in sentencing people with small amounts in their possession.