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More GOP Goofiness

March 17th, 2005

No, the number of troops in Iraq is not really dropping, not by that much. It rose for a while, and now they’re ‘cutting back’ to numbers which are higher than the number of troops before the ‘election.’ They’re making it sound like a major reduction, like ‘we’re bringing the troops home’–but a closer look reveals that they’re just coming back to a troop force very similar to what it was before. The numbers rose to 150,000 troops, but were already under 138,000 before the Iraqi ‘vote.’ Yet another fake-out PR stunt.

Oil is now at a record-high $57 per barrel. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Bush campaign originally on the concept that he was an oilman and therefore could talk prices down? After criticizing Clinton for making gas prices skyrocket. Yeah. Well, that turned out real good, didn’t it? The only thing is, I actually approve–I think gas should cost higher, forcing us to re-think our wanton use of the resource. That doesn’t mean that Bush did not–again–fail miserably.

Talk about “Sore Loserman”–Dino Rossi, the Republican who lost the election for Washington State governor, is not only still vainly attempting to win the election (Gore didn’t last this long!), but he is pulling a Katherine Harris, trying to invalidate Democrat voters by falsely accusing hundreds of them of having lost their voting rights.

And finally, here’s another GOP bonehead who Just Doesn’t Get It: Ted Stevens, chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, is trying to censor cable and satellite broadcasts, in addition to the entire Internet. Any owner of broadcasts on these media would be subject to fines if they violated “decency rules.” I suppose that, fresh off of the whole Janet Jackson Nipple Debacle (which destroyed the morality of millions of children who really didn’t see anything but were traumatized by the over-reaction afterwards), they’re flush with their newfound ability to massively fine anything on TV that offends them, no matter how innocuous it is to everyone else.

But fining cable and satellite? They can be fined for delivering paid content? Doesn’t that step just a wee bit over the free speech provision? And the Internet–when will these fundie nutjobs get it through their heads that “censoring” the Internet is impossible? For better or for worse, we have a medium which can carry just about any and every message people want to send.

And what it all comes down to is failed responsibility, and the joy that the GOP takes in pandering to parents who blame everyone but themselves for how their kids are raised. If you don’t want your kids to see crap, then control it or help them deal with it; they’re your kids, you have the ability if you really feel its necessary. As for the Internet, put the damned computer in the living room to the screen is visible to everyone. And with both the TV and the Internet, filtering technology is also available. Sheesh.

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