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There was a posting in Digg about the fact that the President has an Executive order on his desk permitting the government to proactively seize the property of someone who has or is likely to commit a crime or do something which will interfere with his Iraq strategy.
It’s just a matter of the judgment of the Department of the Treasury that you’re a threat. They can seize everything you own without ever charging you with a crime, and you will have no recourse.
Won’t happen to you? Legally it can. They don’t need any proof, and if they’re mistaken, it’s your problem. Do you want to take that chance? If it does happen, you’ll be living on the street and you won’t have money to hire a lawyer…
SAN ANTONIO — A group of atheists at the University of Texas at San Antonio is putting a novel twist on the toys-for-guns programs run by many urban police departments. But instead of toys, they are handing out porn in exchange for bibles.
“We consider the bible to be a very negative force in the history of the world,” student Ryan Walker said. Walker is part of a student group that calls itself the Atheist Agenda.Club members this week posted fliers promoting what they call the “Smut for Smut” campaign then set up a table in the student union to collect religious materials and pass out adult magazines such as Black Label and Playboy.The group is not officially sanctioned by the university and has raised the ire of several religious organizations on campus.
“In my opinion, there are no atheists. There are fools,” Pastor Rick Hawkins of UTSA’s Family Praise Center said. “So, that would be foolish propaganda. I don’t know one believer that would take his Bible and turn it in for pornography.”
Hawkins obviously didn’t stop by the Atheist Agenda table, where several students had dropped off copies of the good book and walked away with skin mags.
Athiest Agenda isn’t the first student group to explore the idea of introducing porn to former bible toters. Members say they got the idea from students in Austin who ran a similar pro-porn drive.
Walker added that members thought it sounded like a creative way to exercise their freedom of speech.
Ok, so the story’s not breaking news. It’s more than a year old. But even aside from that, I had to think about what an interesting concept it would be. How can I use this as a marketing tool? Three free minutes when you turn in a bible?
“If someone’s living a life contrary to the way they’re advocating … then they become fair game,” Flynt told reporters. “I don’t want a man like that legislating for me, especially in the area of morality.”
Well, somebody’s got to do it. Unfortunately, it can’t be me, so I’m glad that someone so well-qualified as Larry Flynt is willing to step up to the plate.
Last time I talked to my congressman on the impeachment issue he was so worried about work grinding to a halt in case of impeachment proceedings that he didn’t seem to mind that the administration was in the process of stealing the country blind, subverting the constitution, spying on citizens and mining the data, killing thousands of our military and hundreds of thousands of civilians abroad, packing the courts with judicial activists who think that people have too many rights and corporations not enough…
Whatever. You go, Larry!
And for good measure…
Fla. State Representative Accused Of Soliciting Sex In Men’s Room. Never ends, does it? Any of you this idiot’s Mistress?
I just discovered leapfish.com, where you can look up a domain name to find out its value. I’m not sure what the dollar value is based on. I like it, though.
I’ve got brand spanking new domains and established domains that have never been used valued at $800. They seem to run from $20 to, well, this one seems to be the most valuable I’ve got. Altogether I’ve got about 7 grand worth of domains. Who would pay me for this domain or any of the others? I’m a bit hazy on that one.
No, women don’t talk more than men, a recent study reveals. The often-quoted figures saying they do are strictly an urban legend.
Yes, there are definable differences in the behavior of men and women, differences that can be attributed to reproductive strategies. Some of these I have speculated and written about before. This article pulls it all together nicely, and in a quicker read than any book by Stephen Pinker.
Read it closely. This will be on the test.
Watching Sicko and listening to talks and discussions around this movie, I have come to the realization that some of you—most of you, in fact—are under the misapprehension that the purpose of the health care system in this country, like the health care systems in most other countries, is to deliver health care to people in need of it.
It is not.
The issue has been obscured by the health insurance industry, which, of course, pretends to be the purveyor of services to those policyholders in need, while in fact denying services and canceling policies in order to maximize profits by not paying claims. While our focus is drawn to such industry scoundrels who are driving costs sky-high by robbing the system blind, it is drawn away from the primary issue, the one dirty issue that all the give-and-take discussion skirts around but never directly addresses.
The purpose of the health care system in this country is to deliver health care to people who deserve it and prevent the undeserving from getting services. Understanding this makes the setup of the current system much easier to comprehend. It explains why every proposal to extend health care services to more Americans goes up in flames.
It’s a “divide and conquer” strategy, and people have bought it lock, stock, and barrel.
Who are the deserving, according to this scheme? It’s those who have insurance. This in itself is the primary criteria for determining who is deserving, but it goes further. The fact that somebody has a good enough job that they can basically afford to pay all their regular health costs is a clear sign that they are among the deserving. In fact, according to this, they are so worthy that they deserve to have their health care costs subsidized by the public.
So tax incentives shift the tax burden from businesses to the taxpayer, and price increases for goods and services are passed on to the public at large. In other words, if you have health insurance, you yourself pay a fraction of the cost of the services you receive, and people who are uninsured are picking up a disproportionate share of the costs.
It’s pretty easy for an insured person to look at him or herself and determine that he or she is deserving of this. We are, after all, self-serving creatures in a time that glorifies being self-serving.
How does someone get tagged as undeserving? It’s pretty simple. Look at any uninsured person’s lifestyle. Look at their health. It’s probably not great. They eat less than perfect diets. They don’t exercise constantly. Maybe they smoke, drink, or are overweight.
Doh, exactly like every insured American, which is what makes insured Americans targets. And once labeled as undeserving, you’re out. If you don’t have insurance, it’s a clear sign you’re undeserving. Shut up and sit down, it’s your own damned fault.
But beyond that, we see the the uninsured tagged for not using as many medical services, irrespective of the fact that they have to pay often much more than cost. They don’t go to the doctor regularly. They take fewer drugs, even when they are prescribed. Don’t they know they are obligated to do these things? How else can costs be br0ught down for the deserving insured if the uninsured will not pay 35% to 400% more to absorb their deserved share of the costs?
But of course, when the argument turns from blaming the uninsured for not using many medical services, they are blamed because they would abuse the system by using more medical services, perhaps as many as… the person using the argument?
Sorry, but it ends there, although it never really ends, because the logic is circular. The system is stuck in an endless loop, and as it spirals down, more and more people are sucked into the vortex. No one who has insurance dares to complain, and those who do not have it do not have their voices heard, because they are an undeserving bunch of whiners.