Archive for July, 2008

Get Active: Stop the Fairness Doctrine

Posted in civil rights, Constitution, First Amendment, Get Active!, politics with tags , , , on July 18, 2008 by Randy Streu

What follows is a “Forward” sent to me by Grassfire.net, after signing the petition to demand a vote on HR290, the Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2007.

7/18/2008

I just signed a petition opposing the so-called “Fairness Doctrine
and similar efforts to silence conservative leaders like Rush Limbaugh,
Mark Levin and Sean Hannity.

Now I understand that liberal leaders are blocking an effort to
protect the rights of conservatives.

Please join me in signing this petition.

Get Active Update… 1.3 Million Americans: Drill Here. Drill Now.

Posted in Economy, Get Active!, News, politics with tags , on July 17, 2008 by Randy Streu

American Solutions, the group responsible for the “Drill Here.  Drill Now.” petition, brought their petition to the Legislature during a press conference in D.C. on Tuesday.  The petition was signed by 1.3 million people.  Or, as one Legislator put it, the first 1.3 million.  Clearly, listening to Democrats in recent days (via RedState’s Vladimir), we know the fight is far from over

We need to continue letting our Legislature know how we feel on this subject… that we will not quietly watch our economy drain, and our feul prices rise.  Keep telling friends and family to tell their reps.  Keep an eye on American Solutions as well, to find out what else we can do. 

-Streu-

Take Action: Tell Congressional Dems to Start Drilling

Posted in Economy, Get Active!, News, politics with tags , , , , on July 14, 2008 by Randy Streu

President Bush has finally lifted the Executive Ban on offshore oil drilling.  As expected, liberals of every stripe are bashing this as a bad move.  Evidently, they believe paying lip service to energy independence will ultimately, somehow, pay off for those citizens for whom $4/gallon gas means ultimate financial ruin, without actually having to do anything about it.  Well, that, or they just don’t give a damn.  Personally, I think it’s the latter.

You have to understand, though:  it goes against the grain of everything New Democrats believe in to actually deregulate something.  Asking Nancy Pelosi to empower the private sector by allowing anything that smells of domestic drilling is a great deal like asking a Shi’ite woman to enter a Daisy Duke Look-a-like contest, or asking Tyra Banks to stop being such a damned narcissist.  It’s just far too ingrained into the core of who they are.

Take heart, though.  There is a language even Democrat politicians understand: votes.  If their position appears to threaten their cushy jobs, they can be swayed.  In representative government, we do this mostly by calling our legislators, writing to them, and, very importantly, signing petitions. 

If we hope to gain independence from foreign oil; and if we hope to lower the cost to the consumer (read: you and I), we must begin building more refineries, we must drill domestically, and we must start looking into nuclear energy.  More than ten years ago, President Bill Clinton informed us that it would take at least 10 years for domestic drilling to provide any results.  It’s in our best interest we avoid being so short-sighted this time around.

American Solutions has several opportunities for action in this respect, with their “Drill here.  Drill now.” campaign, starting with the petition to sign, and including means of contacting your legislators, sample letters-to-the-editor, etc.  Go there.  Now.  Get a sticker while you’re at it, and tell your friends.  We are in a crucial time in American economics.  Far too crucial for Congressional Democrats to continue their silly political games.  And it’s time they knew it.

Just When You Thought The PC Police Couldn’t Get Any More Idiotic…

Posted in civil rights, First Amendment, News, politics with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2008 by Randy Streu

I wanted to post this a couple days ago, but time eluded me.  Better late than never, as they say.  Anyway, you’ve likely read or heard by now of the latest racial row in Dallas County, TX.  If not, here’s the sum:  White guy says the term “black hole,” referring to an office in which things seem to get lost a lot; two Commissioners of African-American descent take umbrage to the term, calling it unacceptable and going so far as to demand an apology.  It seems “Black hole” is now a racist term.

Never mind that the term refers to an area of space devoid of all light, and therefore actually “black.”  One commissioner, in defending his position to a local news outlet, equates the term to other “racially charged” ideas, such as white “Angel Food Cake” versus black “Devil’s food cake” or a “Black sheep.”

One would think that, before an elected County official starts acting offended and taking an official position on a topic, he may want to consider history and usage.  But context, evidently, is too difficult a concept for these particular Commissioners.  They might consider, for example, that the term “black sheep” is informed by the relative rarity in use of black sheep, thanks to the limited usability of black wool for fabric (versus white wool, which is preferred, not because some hick redneck thinks it makes some racial point, but because it is easier to dye other colors).  Hell, I’m not even all that educated — or from Texas — and I can figure that out.  Our dear Commissioner John Wiley Price may even have been able to simply google it, if the logic of the thing was too difficult.

But this whole debacle has got me thinking.  We must be doing pretty damned well, race-relations-wise, if this is the kind of stupid shit people have to complain about.

I don’t know.  Maybe I’m just irritable.  Does anyone else have a different opinion?  Maybe you think the guy’s got a point?  I want to know.  Really.  I have to understand what’s going through the brain of somebody who actually thinks like this.  I won’t even make fun of you.  Much.

The Federal Government Is Trampling your Right to Contact America’s Enemies in Private

Posted in civil rights, Constitution, national defense, News, politics, Stupid Media with tags , on July 9, 2008 by Randy Streu

I will freely admit that I’ve longed believed the mainstream media has a left-wing bias.  I will also freely admit that I, personally, have more of a right-wing bias, and that I am therefore more sensative, perhaps, to such biases when they come from a purportedly “balanced” media.

So I was annoyed, but not surprised, when I read the ABC News write-up of the Congressional passage of the FISA Bill.  From the page title (“Spy Bill Passes: Gov’t Free to Spy on You”) to its faintly veiled commentary (“And so the FISA bill was an ‘historial embarrassment’ that Specter became complicit in when he chose later to vote for the law.”), the piece is rife with the sort of fear-mongering nonsense for which the news media is, sadly, becoming known.  And,  of course, their basic conclusion, that the Government wants to SPY ON YOU, is not only way off-base, but an out-and-out lie on the part of liberals and media goons.

What the bill does do — what the Homeland Security domestic spying program has always done — is allow for the wiretapping of known enemies of the state (i.e., terrorists), and those inside our borders who are in contact with them.  How do we know these domestic individuals are in contact?  Simple.  When you call a tapped phone, your call is traced.  The bill also grants cooperating phone companies a level of protection from lawsuits for the act of, you know, aiding in the defense of our country.

So let’s review:  The government isn’t spying on you.  George Bush doesn’t give two flying figs about your date last night, or how hot the neighbor is, or about the crappy book you’re reading.  Unless you happen to be chatting up a known Enemy of State, your communication is secure.  We simply don’t have the resources to tap every phone in America, and Americans wouldn’t stand for it if we did (even Republicans).  Nobody’s “rights” are being violated — unless you consider the ability to privately contact a terrorist a “right.”

Just a fair warning, by the way: Anyone who chooses to argue by incorrectly quoting Ben Franklin, and attempting to equate his brilliant remarks on essential liberty and temporary safety to the situation here will simply be labeled an idiot and ignored, unless you can demonstrate how contacting known terrorists falls under “essential liberty.”  Good luck with that.