Thursday, January 19, 2006

Links and Opinions

The silly:

This story is the kind of thing that really adds insult to injury. Not only does your girl two time you, but your pet mocks you about it afterwards. Absolutely brutal.

The mildly disturbing:

With all of the absolute nonsense going on in the world right now, I think this story describes one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. Privately contracting debt collectors to hound dead beat taxpayers is an awful idea. Let’s put aside privacy concerns, which the article details, and talk about the fact that these people would work on commission. This rubs me absolutely the wrong way although I am having trouble articulating why at the moment.

The incredibly disturbing:

Alberto Gonzales defended the NSA wiretapping program and rejected calls for a special prosecutor. Well, golly gee! What this defender of The Constitution doesn’t say is that if he calls for a special prosecutor he is going to be indicted as well. Friends, Americans, interested observers from overseas, let me let you in on something; we are a Mickey Mouse nation right now. We are basically a dictatorship. Al Gore gave a powerful speech on the 16th on the dangers of what our government is currently involved in domestically. He related it heavily to the dirty tricks that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. endured and quotes the framers of our nation heavily. It is a long speech, but it is one that is worth your time to read. It is an erudite speech, but one that is worth looking up words you may not understand. ( I use it everyday.) It is a speech designed to spur people to action. Will it work? Will our Congress act and protect us from our government? Will our courts stand up and check the egregious excesses of a President that seems to have gone round the bend? Will the judiciary and the legislative use the checks and balances our forefathers had the vision to put into The Constitution when they wrote it? I hope so my loyal few. If you haven’t read Orwell’s 1984 now is the time. If you live in this country, you are living this book. Check out the full text of the speech over on No Politiblog of Consequence.


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