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Now I've said something about the Downing Street Memo, but hop on over to Left Behind Child's blog and read about it, here's a lengthy quote,

Nothing young Americans can do in life is more honorable than offering themselves for the defense of their nation. It requires great selflessness and sacrifice, and quite possibly the forfeiture of life itself. On Memorial Day 2005, we gather to remember all those who gave us that ultimate gift. Because they are so fresh in our minds, those who have died in Iraq make a special claim on our thoughts and our prayers.

In exchange for our uniformed young people's willingness to offer the gift of their lives, civilian Americans owe them something important: It is our duty to ensure that they never are called to make that sacrifice unless it is truly necessary for the security of the country. In the case of Iraq, the American public has failed them; we did not prevent the Bush administration from spending their blood in an unnecessary war based on contrived concerns about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. President Bush and those around him lied, and the rest of us let them. Harsh? Yes. True? Also yes. Perhaps it happened because Americans, understandably, don't expect untruths from those in power. But that works better as an explanation than as an excuse.
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John Conyers, Jr. -- Letter to Pres Bush Concerning "Downing Street Memo"
Dem. Rep John Conyers from Michigan has a letter to Bush seeking answers to specific questions about the Downing Street Memo. According to Raw Story he is seeking 100,000 "signatures" to accompany the letter.
Please take a moment to "sign" this. If you have a blog or email list, please seriously consider helping spread the word.
Thank You

But On A Lighter Note...
Close To Home





Well since CNN is too busy with what jewelry the "Runaway Bride" was wearing, we rely on BBC... Okay, well from what I can tell, (full story) some crack-pot judge (Judge Ronald Alvarez) told this 13 year-old girl she can't have an abortion, because she "lacks maturity"! Well I'll quote a reader to this site and say, "If she's old enough and mature enough to have sex, then she should be able to have an abortion." Luckily the ACLU is already launching an urgent appeal, she's under the care of the state--Palm Beach, FL, close to where I am-- and they want her to under-go a psychological evaluation. Not only is this illegal and unconstitutional, but it's cruel to make a young girl go through an unwanted pregnancy. This is a prime example of why birth-control should be more readily available to teenagers, because, like it or not, some (most) teenagers are going to have sex. And it is important that they are using protection, so that they won't have to go through what this young girl is going through.
Questions:
Well we already covered an abortion topic, so...
What are your thoughts on teenagers having/using contraceptives?
Is this judge going too far?
Should this young girl be allowed to have an abortion?



Well, New York Prosecutors are going after Mayor Jason West (you know, the one who wed gay/lesbian couples last year)
--Read About It Here--

Questions :

Is there anymore real crime in New York?
Why are they wasting time spending resources on this?
They should be chasing down real criminals; sex offenders, homicidal maniacs,
Apparently foolish brides with cold feet and commitment issues are more important.
This is stupid, and a waste of tax-payer's money to investigate and waste of time of the New York Court System.



Well this is just, great, okay let me fill you in, I woke up got the paper, grab my cheerios and sit down to see what prediciment Garfield's gotten himself in today, when all of a sudden, WHAM! Front page says, "School Board: Bay students will wear uniforms" well, let's just say at that point there were Cheerios all over my kitchen wall. I found that unfortunatley there was a vast majority in favor of uniforms. Now it's already ridiculous that sunglasses and hats are out-lawed, (PS. WE'RE IN FLORIDA! IT GETS HOT! SOMETIMES TANKTOPS ARE NECESSARY!) but to reduce a student's individuality to a uniform; it's grotesque, horrific, and just plain unconstitutional! I understand that some students are teased; and I totally disagree with that; but to punish a majority for a minority is reprehensible. Furthermore according to Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) it is (if I may quote Justice Abe Fortas, “. . . In the absence of a specific showing of constitutionally valid reasons to regulate their speech, students are entitled to freedom of expression of their views."
AND
". . . First Amendment rights, applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment, are available to teachers and students. It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. . . ."

So, hopefully when I approach the District School Board with this, they'll change their minds.


Questions :
What do you think about Public School enforcing Uniforms?
What do you think about student rights in general?



Senfronia Thompson says, anti-black prejudice is the same thing as anti-gay prejudice!
You Can Thank Her Here
Here's an excerpt via the lovely Molly Ivins, I wanna see the whlole story!:

Rarely are the words of one state legislator worth national attention, but when Senfronia Thompson, a black representative from Houston, stalks to the back mike with a certain "get-out-of-my-way" look in her eye, it's, Katie, bar the door. Here is Thompson speaking against the Legislature's recent folly of putting a superfluous anti-gay marriage measure into the state constitution:

"Members, this bill is about hate and fear and discrimination... When I was a small girl, white folks used to talk about 'protecting the institution of marriage' as well. What they meant was if people of my color tried to marry people of Mr. Chisum's color, you'd often find the people of my color hanging from a tree... Fifty years ago, white folks thought interracial marriages were 'a threat to the institution of marriage.'....

"I have served in this body a lot of years, and I have seen a lot of promises broken... So... now that blacks and women have equal rights, you turn your hatred to homosexuals, and you still use your misguided reading of the Bible to justify your hatred. You want to pass this ridiculous amendment so you can go home and brag -- brag about what? Declare that you saved the people of Texas from what?....

"Last week, Republicans used a political wedge issue to pull kids -- sweet little vulnerable kids -- out of the homes of loving parents and put them back in a state orphanage just because those parents are gay. That's disgusting.

"I have listened to the arguments. I have listened to all of the crap... I want you to know that this amendment [is] blowing smoke to fuel the hell-fire flames of bigotry."
Then They Passed the Amendmant.





Now we know what happens when you shave Shaggy the Dog...



House passed the real stem cell bill (Castle/DeGette) by a 238 - 194 margin.

Now, here's the thing that gets me, (and you can read President Bush's speech here) Bush said, "We should not use public money to support the further destruction of human life." Yeah he's certainly made that his policy. Also he likes to talk about life being a gift, well we lost 9 more servicemen, they were our precious gifts...

So my questions :
What are your thoughts on Stem-Cell Research?
Should it become illegal?
Should the embryonic cell be thought of as a "person?"


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The Supreme Court, re-entering the politically charged abortion debate, agreed Monday to hear a state appeal seeking to reinstate a law requiring parental notification before minors can terminate their pregnancies.
Now my question to, whoever, is should parents be notified before a minor's abortion?




Bu**Sh**

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Well, I was surfin blogspot and came upon this site, and she makes a very good point. Many of you might have seen the photo of Bush with the Prince of Saudia Arabia literally "holding hands" on Leno. Okay I bring this up because Laura Bush said, "...freedom, especially freedom for women, is more than the absence of oppression. It's the right to speak and vote and worship freely. Human rights requires the rights of women." Okay I agree with her so far but, the only place in the Middle East where women can't vote is, (drumroll please...) Saudia Arabia!
Now many of you may have heard of Prof. Harry Frankfurts' book "On Bullshit" , as he notes, bullshit is not exactly lying, and bullshit remains bullshit whether it's true or false. The difference lies in the bullshitter's complete disregard for whether what he's saying corresponds to facts in the physical world: he "does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are." So basically what Laura Bush was saying is bullshit, and her visit is nothing more but trying to change America's image in the world.
...::CoMMeNt AwAy ::...



This is horrrible, riots and deaths due to US policy and actions and heart-renching tales of abuse by the US and now this story about the murder of young female tv host, Shaima Rezayee. She was a "pioneer" so-to-speak for young urban women in Afghanistan. What are we going to do? Huh... how about sending Laura Bush to the rescue! After all she's great at telling horse masterbation jokes, and has done so well in the past!



Well here school's out, and there's a lot of protestin' for me to do. First of all, has anyone been KentuckyFriedCruelty.com? Or have any of yall seen the video, Pam Anderson hosts it, it is horrible the inhumane cruelty that those chickens go through, I know some may snicker when I say "chicken cruelty" but scientists have found that chickens aren't so stupid. And the point is they can feel pain, because if you cut any animal, it bleeds and it doesn't feel good. It reminds me of the way cowboys and ranchers use to say that cattle couldn't feel the hot iron. I even have chickens and believe me, they're pretty intelligent as far as animals go.

I think it's funny how CNN and other news-media groups are creatin blogs, they read out random enrties from politcal blogs. Even my great-grandma was talking about it-lol.

A Cool Quote from Ben Franklin,

"They that give up an essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."