Prop 8 Debate Continues...But Where's the Education Component?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

As I expressed in another post the failing of Prop 8 and the role of minorities in it did disappoint me. I'm probably in the Keith Olbermann frame of mind on this one. I'm not gay, but I don't think anyone should be denied their rights. I also firmly believe in separation of church and state. If some crazy religion ever came to power (although I am sure the average non-Christian would argue this has already occurred), I would not want policy being dictated by their beliefs.

That is no doubt what is happening now. The religious beliefs of some are influencing the rights of others. It's wrong and it needs to stop immediately. The rights of all people should be respected.

However, all the protests and the laying of blame at the doorsteps of minority groups and Mormons have got me thinking.

Is this really the right approach to getting this issue resolved?

Maybe its time to serve this issue up with a bit of honey rather than vinegar?

That may sound naive, but I'm not sure it doesn't have some merit. At the end of the day, there is a segment of the population who will just never ever vote for this just like there are people who wouldn't vote for Obama because he's black. Those people are a lost cause.

But there are a lot of other people who I think could be swayed to the other side of this issue by explaining what's really going on, why this type of regulation is bad, and just showing them the other side of the debate.

A thorough discussion of how Prop 8 and any similar legislation is just plain wrong regardless of ones religious affiliation is the way to go in my mind. If I were them I would base my whole speech on the concept - If they can do this to us, what will they try to do to you? What right do you want the government to take away by popular vote?

I'm in no way against the mass demonstrations today. I think raising awareness is good and definitely respect everyone's right to protest. But let's get some true education going on here as well.


Bail Out For the People

Friday, November 14, 2008

This idea has been rolled out in jest a number of times, but now I'm starting to think it should be given some thought.

Why not just bail out the people?

This rant is courtesy of me finally stepping back into the real world today and picking up a newspaper and watching CNN. I guess we all knew it was just a matter of time, but now the Big Three automakers have come out with their hats in hand looking for a piece of the bailout pie. I think the automakers may actually be less deserving of a bailout than the wall street guys.

At least with Wall Street, there were some regular citizens who were able to ride the wave of the last few years and make some cash. No such luck with the automakers. Their greed has no winners, just victims. Their management has been absolutely dreadful. There is really no better way to get these corporations to straighten up and fly right than to let them fail and get back on their feet they way all the rest of us do - through hard work. Their failures is less about the economy and more about their failure to keep up with their foreign competition.

I won't even start on their failure to produce more fuel efficient vehicles. Let's just say the automakers have dug their own graves and should be forced to regroup, restructure and pull themselves out of their own mess.

Right behind the automakers are the mayors of Atlanta, Philly, and Phoenix. All want aid to help their cities through this difficult time. I have not read too many specifics of what they are asking for, but my knee jerk reaction is that the cities probably have a better case than the automakers.

Yet, I just keep coming back to the thought of just pumping some more cash into the wallets of the citizens. And not just a couple of hundred bucks. I'm talking at least a few grand.

Obama is pushing hard for another stimulus package and I think he's on the right track. I just think it should be a substantial amount. Enough to really make a dent in some bills and get people back into stores.

The bailouts are aimed at helping financial institutions and that in turn helping out everyone else. I think freeing up credit is good, but the last thing most Americans need right now is more debt. I also think a more direct approach could help out everyone a heck of a lot sooner. People get money. People catch up on their credit cards, mortgages, etc. People start back buying cars, clothes, and food. The circle of financial life breathes again.

Silly? Maybe.

But seriously, if the government can give these horrible businesses who have no one to blame but themselves for their current predicament around $30,000,000,000.00 then why can't they give you and me $5000 or $10000?

I mean, its not like any of the bullshit ideas by the so called experts are working anyway.


Song of the Week - Wu Tang Clan - For Heaven's Sake

Sometimes when you have the Ipod on random a song pops up that you haven't listened to in a while and it just takes you back. That happened to me this morning on the treadmill. The Wu catalog is filled with classics, but this song really highlights why I think Jason Hunter aka Inspectah Deck was the most underrated of the crew. The Wu was filled with lyricists but when he brought it, he really brought it.

Yo, aiyyo my rap style swing like Willie Mays
My eyes Purple Haze, my solar razor burn through shades
My grenades raid the airwaves, catch this rap page
I glide like, hovercrafts on the Everglades
Boom master, with the faster blade, track slasher
Manufacture poems to microphones, bones fracture
Limited edition composition spark friction
non-fiction, the calm bomb keep your arm distant
Zero tolerance, dominant intelligence
Wu original, true colors step from the melanin
The most high, most try, to get close by
and overthrow I, but choke, with they hopes up high
I circulate the tri-state and vibrate beyond the Richter
Flies sense to flock when they spot this live nigga
The crowd seducer black your third eye before I lose ya
Verbal high I leave stars in the eyes of Medusa
Top ten, parley like Cochran, it's often
narrow margin, of your odds to dodge the marksman
Murder rap, kill you soft like Roberta Flack
Words attack like a british bulldog, observe the stacks


Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Hey Obama! Just kidding when we called you a terrorist....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The backpedaling is in full swing as some politicians pucker up and try to get back in Obama's good graces. The New York Times breaks it all down. Yet, I have a feeling no one is surprised by this behavior.

Obama is doing everything he can to hit the ground running and that makes me very happy. The Washington Post fills us in on plans to use Executive Orders to reverse some of Bush's actions.

Finally, the Republicans are still managing to completely miss the boat on just how bad they screwed themselves and the country. Talk Left highlight a Bill Clinton speech that really nails how the Republicans messed everything up.