...too important to be left to the politicians."
|night falls on Politics|
|night falls on Abortion
For the record I am reluctantly pro-choice. Abortion is one of the sad, but inevitable tragedies of the human experience. Tragic as it may be, in a free society, the government must never dictate to women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Women suffer enough other indignities. As far as I'm concerned, women ought to be the only ones even allowed to legislate abortion or moralize on the topic, if moralizing is even necessary. Maybe those few women who rely on abortion as a means of birth control would listen to other women rather than stodgy old bureaucrats. Anyway, abortions aren't something anyone looks forward to. But because the alternatives are few, arduous and unpleasant, the legality of abortion is essential.
|night falls on Church & State Separation
This just about says it all. Being an atheist who functions just fine without reading the Ten Commandments in government buildings I just don't think anything is gained by federalizing the church. Freedom of religion also means freedom FROM religion.
|night falls on the Death Penalty
Despite being the leader of the free world, the United States still remains the center of wide international criticism for allowing the use of the death penalty. As well we should. Our current president gleefully oversaw 152 executions (a disproportionnately large number being minorities and a few mentally impaired convicts) as Texas governor. The death penalty as a deterrent to crime fails because its virtually impossible to stop and rationally consider the possible consequences of committing a major crime right before it happens. And like the saying goes, "How does killing someone who killed someone show anyone that killing someone is wrong?". In the 21st century, its shameful that the US practices this genocide and is on the same list as China, Sudan and Kuwait.
|night falls on the War on Drugs/Marijuana
Recently, the British government's drug advisers concluded that marijuana is less risky in its overall health risks than tobacco or alcohol. As a result, the English Parliament will soon move to decriminalize posession of small amounts of marijuana. As England joins the growing list of countries around the world that have finally admitted the obvious one can only hope that America will soon wake up and smell the joint. Nearly everyone has tried it at least once or know someone who uses. Thanks to Nancy Reagan and her ilk in the 80's, I grew up thinking that people that smoked pot or used other drugs were low-lifes. I now realize that they were people just like everyone else that coped with their problems as best they could. Most narcotics are used by people that know HOW to use and not use drugs. Occasionally someone unfamiliar will OD or fatally mix drugs, but the recreational use of most drugs, particularly marijuana, is by otherwise law-abiding, normal, respectable, citizens. No one dies from weed-dependency. So what it comes down to is another green...money. Lawmakers take huge financial contributions from tobacco and alcohol companies and prescription drug manufacturers to keep narcotics illegal and keep the drug war going. If people stopped taking their Zolft and sparked up a doob instead, lots pf corporate fatcats and stockholders would lose a lot of money. War on Drugs my ass. It's just a ruse to keep corporations rich, the military expanding and the public in blind obedience. Wake me up when the War on Poverty starts.
|"As one whose husband and mother-in-law have both died the victims of murder, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retalliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder." --Coretta Scott King|
|Big ups to the sites below for being so cool. LIBERALS UNITE!
American Civil Liberties Union
American Politics Journal
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
GLBT Politics & Law
|"Don't confuse people with the truth."
--George H W Bush
|night falls on Gun Control
|We all have a relative or two that we're not particularly fond or proud of but just imagine if your entire immediate familly were crooks, thieves, killers and alcoholics. You don't have to imagine! This family lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. And, oh yeah, Is Operation Enduring Anaconda over yet?!?|
|always one step ahead...|
|For years, San Antonio Park Rangers have used their bulging biceps, wanton, hyper-masculine mannerisms and surly voices to ensnare gay men cruising public park bathrooms for sex (with a strange plausability, many have stated). Earlier this month, it seems that one park Police Officer might have gotten a little too turned on by some of his undercover duties that he needed to relieve the pressure by sexually assaulting a teenage girl at the Southside Lions Park.
Although rape charges are still pending, one thing is already very clear even if the girls accusation doesn't pan out. If the ranks of the Officers formerly known as Park Rangers are so busting at the seams with jerks who have nothing better to do than stupidly bray homophobic slurs at straight foreign tourists, allegedly assault teen girls and certainly spend more time fondling themselves in park toilets than the guys their supposedly "protecting" us from, I know where I'll be suggesting budget cuts be made!
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oscar f natal, 5.15.02