Big Brother Wants To Watch

Never being known for being soft on crime, Texas is starting to get scary. The police chief in Houston has come up with one of those crackpot ideas that reveals how much of his perspective he's lost.

It's no secret that "law enforcement" tends to attract authoritarian types. But this is ridiculous. Somewhere, George Orwell is shaking his head.

If Houston really is experiencing a shortage of police officers, perhaps they should do what the rest of us do -- at least, the intelligent ones -- when faced with a shortage of resources: prioritize! Perhaps some of the "crimes" that they're enforcing laws against shouldn't be crimes at all.

How many "crimes" involve no victim? Or no real wrong-doing? Remember: so long as what you do does not deprive another of the right to life, liberty, or property, the government shouldn't be involved.

Then again, as Ayn Rand wrote:
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted -- and you create a nation of law-breakers -- and then you cash in on guilt.

And maybe -- just maybe -- Houston's police officers spread a little thin because they're all wasting too much too much time in thought control "sensitivity training" classes and filling out duplicative and useless paperwork.

Hizzoner the Mayor claims not to have spoken with the chief about this "idea", but does concede that it's "more of a 'brainstorm' than a 'decision'".

More like a brain fart.



OK, this is a bit late, but we had to psych ourself up to watch this crap.

While several Americans were busy watching the Stupor Bowl, CBS had an hour to fill. Instead of their regular muckraking, they decided to go with some nonsense about "superstar" Hollyweird types. Only one problem: not a one of those "$uper$tar$" was anywhere to the right of FDR. The list:

U2, whose lead singer wants you to forego being repaid all those tax dollars embezzled by African dictators. Oh, and he also wants even more of your tax dollars to pay for the consequences (viz. AIDS) of African immorality.

Shery Crow, the little hypocrite who was so quick to praise our troops in Bosnia -- where we had no dog in the fight and were not invited by anyone -- and then turn around and criticize our involvement in Iraq, where we slowly gathered 29 nations and enforced all those UN resolutions in a "unilateral rush to war".

Sting, aging rock star, not exactly known as a "right-wing extremist".

George Clooney; do we really need to day anything about this lunatic?

Hillary Skank Swank; what was she -- comic relief?

Michael Tilson Thomas; conductor of the San Francisco symphony; "anti-war activist" and queer as a $3 bill. Great role model.

Placido Domingo; politics unknown. Probably the least offensive of the lot. But not exactly known for marital fidelity, if we remember correctly.

Cirque du Soleil; hedonistic "circus" performing in "Lost Wages" (a.k.a. Las Vegas)

OK, politics aside -- they couldn't find anyone better than these guys?


Q & A

Q: How do you say "freedom" in Arabic?

A: You don't, you infidel swine!

And now for the championship round:

Why was it perfectly OK for a Cairo newspaper to publish those cartoons of Mohammed months ago, but ss soon as a Danish newspaper publishes them, there's hell to pay?

Bonus question:
Why is it that American newspapers -- hiding behind the skirts of the First Amendment -- can publish pictures of such "art" as a picture of a crucifix in a jar of urine or a portrait of the Savior's mother made of elephant dung, but they shrink from publishing those cartoons of Mohammed out of a purported "sensitivity" to the feelings of Muslims?

There just might be a common thread here. Both groups hate America and all it stands for. Admittedly, the Muslims live by a far different code from us in the West ("Me and my brother against my cousin; me and my cousin against a stranger."). But the hypocrites in the American media have no such cover.


Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish

So, Betty Friedan is finally taking the celestial dirt nap. By now, she's been shown the error of her ways.

How much would you like to bet that "60 Minutes" will feature at least one segment, perhaps even a double segment, on her?

Too bad we can't get anyone to take these sucker bets. We could get rich.

Friedan was at the forefront of those who were telling Western homemakers that homemaking couldn't possibly fulfill them. Sewing the seeds of discored makes for a pretty good self-fulfilling prophecy. Decardes later, are women any better off? Not by any intelligent measure. Leastwise not as the result of "feminism".


Another Disgusting Display

Having apparently learned absolutely nothing from that disgusting display known as Paul Wellstone's funeral, the Dummycrats are at it again. This time, they seek to make political hay out of the passing of Coretta Scott King, a woman famous for nothing except having been married to Martin Luther King. And perhaps for preserving his "legacy" by raking in cash for allowing people to quote him.

We can't help but wonder what Dr. King would say about what is being done in his name these days. Love him or hate him, he was neither as good nor as bad as most people believed.

Look for yet another worthless movie of the week.