|who we kiss, and don't let the dog lick us on
the face. Regarding the "new diseases", it's idiotic to expect the
governments to protect us from them, when it was the governments that created
them. It would be more efficient to just protect ourselves from the
governments in the first place, by preventing them from engaging in such
outrageous activities as producing new diseases. Biological weapons
aren't the problem. Governments are the problem.
Aircrap Carriers The Anthrax attack a year or so ago succeeded in killing only a few people, and nobody was even prepared for it. So, now that everybody owns a case of duct tape and a long strip of plastic sheeting (Hurrah for the Department of Homeland Stupidity!), a biological attack that achieves as many as a few hundred deaths seems like a very successful biological attack indeed. We're willing to sacrifice our privacy and other liberties to prevent such a hypothetical attack. Yet there are tens of millions of people suffering and dying, all over the world, from the consequences of disease, poverty, famine, persecution, wars, and so forth. There isn't a terrorist alive who can come even remotely close to causing that much harm.1 Meanwhile, the U.S. government can spend maybe a hundred billion dollars on a war to allegedly prevent the use of hypothetically existing weapons of mass destruction by enemies that the U.S. government created itself. If the U.S. government had spent the same funds on addressing the problems just mentioned, then nobody would have wanted to harm us in the first place. Instead of spending billions of dollars on aircraft carriers to destroy enemies that it created itself, the U.S. government could spend billions of dollars on hospital ships, to create friends.
Miss Kitty Hawk I saw on the news where somebody proposed a brilliantly ingenious solution to the problem of sexual misbehavior at the Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs. They're thinking about segregating male and female students into separate living quarters. Wow. What a wild idea. Sexual segregation. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to sexually segregate the entire armed forces. Might not be such a bad idea. Did anybody but me notice that the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S.2 Kitty Hawk, while recently en route to the Persian Gulf, was relieved of duty because of an "inappropriate relationship" with a female crew member?3 Uh huh. If they'd been on separate ships, then maybe it wouldn't have happened.
Title of Nobility One of my subscribers in Canada recently commented on my observation that a driver's license is a title of nobility. He said it was the silliest thing he's seen from me yet. Maybe things are different in Canada. In this country, a driver's license is a title of nobility. Anybody who thinks otherwise can test the idea for himself. Just cancel the driver's license and live without it for a year or two. Such an individual will discover that, without a driver's license, he's a commoner, prohibited from participation in just about everything and punished if he tries. With a driver's license, however, such a person is an aristocrat, with access to all of the privileges and benefits of the aristocracy. Whether or not it's a silly idea is irrelevant. A driver's license is a title of nobility.
The Principles of Liberty The U.S. government claims to promote the principles of liberty around the world. One of those principles is the presumption of innocence. A preemptive attack against another nation abrogates the presumption of innocence for that nation. If the U.S. government really adhered to the principles of liberty, then Ari Fleischer wouldn't have made so many stupid statements about Saddam Hussein's regime bearing the burden of proof of its innocence. According to the principles of liberty, the accuser (U.S. government) bears the burden of proof. The accused (Saddam Hussein's regime) should have been presumed innocent, and should not have been compelled to provide information that might have been used against it. UN Resolution 1441 violated that principle. Saddam Hussein's regime also should have had the right to remain silent. The UN Resolution violated that principle, as well. The stated principles are among the several principles of liberty. Either you live by the principles, or you don't. Either they apply in every
|case, or they don't apply at all. If the
U.S. government is going to promote them around the world, then it must
also be bound by them around the world. If the U.S. government behaves
as poorly as the enemy, and uses the enemy's methods, then the U.S. government
is the enemy.
Augusta National Golf Club There isn't any justification for women to object to a male-only institution. After all, it was the women who complained about "double standards" and inequality, and I see advertisements all the time for female-only institutions and activities. Yet today, women continue their campaign to ruthlessly obliterate every remaining vestige of male-only activities, while continuing to insist on their own absolute right to female-only situations. They have thereby become advocates of the double standards and inequality that they claim to despise. Either equality works both ways, or it doesn't work at all. If women don't stop harassing outfits like the Augusta National Golf Club, then I say we should send the complainers back to the kitchen and the bedroom.
Hydrogen Power It seems that the latest fad in powering vehicles and producing electricity for household use is hydrogen. I've seen its virtues touted lately on several news programs. Here's what I haven't seen. I haven't seen anybody explain where they're going to get the hydrogen. They can't pump it out of the ground or scoop it out of the atmosphere. They have to produce it. I always thought thermodynamics was a known science, but it doesn't seem that way on the news. Producing hydrogen fuel is going to be an endothermic process, and they won't get more energy out of the hydrogen than it takes to produce it. If they use petroleum as the energy source to produce the hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen (for example) to power cars, then it would be more efficient to just use the petroleum to power the cars. I think we're being scammed.
Weapon of Mass Inadequacy Iraq's al Samud missiles had a range of about 100 miles, which means that Saddam Hussein's best effort to launch a nuclear missile at us would have fallen a little short of our borders. Maybe he would have accidentally hit Lebanon. The U.N. weapons inspectors got him to run over 1/3 to 1/2 of those missiles with bulldozers during the last few weeks before Bush's insane war, reducing the threat even further. They were cheering in Lebanon. Maybe there was some other stupid reason to justify the war. If the wind had been right, maybe Saddam Hussein could have released a cloud of poisonous gas and let it drift our direction. If the wind had changed, there would have been misery in Lebanon.
Weapon of Mass Stupidity Speaking of chemical attacks, some retreating Iraqi soldiers abandoned a lot of gear designed to provide protection against chemical attacks. U.S. authorities cited such gear, in the possession of Iraqi soldiers, as evidence of the Iraqi's intention to launch chemical attacks. Oh, really? I suppose the much larger inventory of more sophisticated anti-chemical warfare gear in the possession of U.S. forces proved the intention of U.S. forces to launch chemical attacks. Duuhhh ....
Iraq I've seen estimates of the cost of Bush's war of aggression ranging from 60 billion dollars into the trillions. With that much money, he could have made every Iraqi man, woman, and child so wealthy that Saddam Hussein would have been irrelevant. Instead of dropping millions of leaflets, why didn't he just drop the $100 billion (in cash) that he was so willing to spend on destruction, and make friends out of everybody in the entire country, instead? If the Iraqis really hated Saddam Hussein so much, then why didn't Bush just drop millions of Uzis, anti-tank rocket launchers, hand grenades, and gas masks to the Iraqi people? Then they could have ousted the rascal themselves. That would have been a heck of a lot cheaper, and the American soldiers could have stayed at home and enjoyed the prescription drug benefits that could have been provided with the left-over war funds.
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
I'm looking for a wife. Any suggestions?
Dear Eligible Bachelor
Just don't let her husband find out about it.
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