Best Of Homespun Bloggers July 18th, 2004
Controversial or common sense? You make the call.
A controversy erupted at a global AIDS conference on Monday over whether abstaining from sex or using condoms was more effective to prevent the disease.
Question: Which is more effective in preventing injury from moving vehicles: staying out of the road, or wearing armor while playing in the street?
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni brought the issue, which has set many AIDS activists at odds with Washington, into the open at the first full day of the AIDS conference by saying abstinence was the best way to stem the spread of the killer virus.
My Education Rant
"Education is the foundation for success in any endeavor. If you can't
read or write, if you can't speak clearly and coherently, and if you
cannot do basic math, the odds of success in life are slim."
After a series of Page One articles trumpeting allegations by Joe Wilson against the Bush Administration (for details see this post), the Los Angeles Times has finally mentioned that the recent Senate Intelligence Committee report concludes that Wilson is a liar. But the story, which took the paper almost a week to run, appears on page A6, and does not cite the most compelling evidence that Wilson lied. (Although there is a front-page story about the Butler report, that story doesn't mention Niger at all.) Incredibly, the Page One space today is reserved for more important stories, like this one about Harrah's buying Caesar's.
Workin' On Some Night Clicks
What did insomniacs do before the internet? I have vague memories of long summer nights and Twilight Zone reruns and dog-eared book pages and cigarettes smoked on my front porch in the cool 4 am air.
Weapons of Mass Distraction
ABC News reports Democrats are worried that votes on homosexual marriage in some key states will bring more conservative voters, including some Democrats who may switch parties over the issue, to the polls in
November. "If you keep it in a high-profile vein, it just plays into the Republican strategists' hands, and it will have a negative effect, and could have a spillover effect on the Kerry-Edwards campaign," said Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelley.
Bill's Big Bloviating Blog
The authority of silence is a powerful, though frequently overlooked
concept. Were we to employ it more in our country, we’d have a country
that looked much more like the founding father’s vision. Were we to
employ it more in our religious organizations, we’d have a Church that
looked much more like the Father’s vision.
"Surfing around the various newsites and blogs, it becomes painfully apparent we are caught in an endless loop. The same stories with the same slant with the same rebuttals with the same debates with the same looney defenses. It's a real-life Groundhog Day without the redeeming finale.
"Yesterday Mr. Minority raised a number of questions about why Americans believe the way they do. I don't have all the answers (since I have the same questions) but I do have an inkling of how these skewed ideas take root."
Barking Moonbat Early Warning System
Our friends at Barking Moonbat Early Warning System must be doing things right. They’ve got a post in which the topic is, basically, “nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.”
Of course, they mimic what we’ve said in Paulie World for a while:
Without Law, there is no bread. Without God, there is no law.
Let’s quote an article from June 2, 2004, Paulie World (The Commons), published under the title, “On Sovereignty, and Jose Padilla.”
Terror in the Skies...Again?!
I've said it before and I'll say it again...there is nothing inherently wrong with racial profiling. We absolutley must keep our goals firmly in mind. Our goal: Stop acts of Terror before they happen.
If the vast majority of Terrorists are Outter Mongolians, then would it make any sense to 1) check all Inuits closely or 2) limit the number of Outter Mongolains we can have in secondary questioning for a given flight? No! of course not. Jeeze. If you were going to bring down a plane with a bomb, and you knew that the American government could, by law, search only 2 of your ethic group per flight...how many bad guys would you send? Is this really so difficult?