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The Euston Manifesto May 30, 2006

Posted by nukemhill in Politics (Ghahh!).
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I haven’t read the entire manifesto, but The Euston Manifesto looks quite intriguing. I think I could get behind this movement. Definitely calling to the original democratic values (and traditional liberal values) that I like, without pandering to the far-left idiocy the Democratic Party seems to have fallen sway to.

Good for them. I hope they stick to their guns and start a legitimate movement. I’ll fold my Liberty and Justice party into that! 😉


Saddam Hussein’s Philanthropy of Terror May 25, 2006

Posted by nukemhill in WoT.
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A site dedicated to itemizing Hussein's ties with terrorism.  Not that any of the wingnuts will care.  They'll find some way to dismiss it.  Didn't really matter.  Bush Lied! Blah, blah, blah.

Time to get the dander up May 24, 2006

Posted by nukemhill in Family.
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This just pisses me off. How the hell can a school justify monitoring off-campus (and completely outside of school activities) goings-on by students?  Here's a snippet:

A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 57 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 have created content for the Internet. That translates into roughly 12 million youngsters. Do they all understand the tool they're using?

The school board of Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 in northern Illinois is worried that they don't.

"There are things that students and parents need to be aware of when they put information out in the public domain," said assistant superintendent Prentice Lea.

The school board voted Monday to redo its code of conduct to include online postings. Starting next year, any student who goes online to post threats, pictures of themselves drinking or smoking, or in sexually suggestive poses will face an investigation and possible disciplinary action.

When the hell are we going to let the parents be parents???  It will be my and Liora's job to make sure Alexander (and eventually Gabe and Max) keep in line with our rules.  Not their school's job.  Period.  End of story.  I'll bust any kid of mine down to Private and keep them under lock-and-key for a month, if I catch them doing something I don't want them doing.  But I'll be damned if some nanny-state school administrator is going to suspend my kids because they don't approve of something that's being done during off-hours.

Orwell's got nothing on 2006…. 

Through the Political Looking Glass May 23, 2006

Posted by nukemhill in Politics (Ghahh!), WoT.
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Opinion Journal has an article up about post-war revisionism, on the part of the Left:

Iraqis can participate in three historic elections, pass the most liberal constitution in the Arab world, and form a unity government despite terrorist attacks and provocations. Yet for some critics of the president, these are minor matters. Like swallows to Capistrano, they keep returning to the same allegations–the president misled the country in order to justify the Iraq war; his administration pressured intelligence agencies to bias their judgments; Saddam Hussein turned out to be no threat since he didn't possess weapons of mass destruction; and helping democracy take root in the Middle East was a postwar rationalization. The problem with these charges is that they are false and can be shown to be so–and yet people continue to believe, and spread, them. Let me examine each in turn:

These, then, are the urban legends we must counter, else falsehoods become conventional wisdom. And what a strange world it is: For many antiwar critics, the president is faulted for the war, and he, not the former dictator of Iraq, inspires rage. The liberator rather than the oppressor provokes hatred. It is as if we have stepped through the political looking glass, into a world turned upside down and inside out.

Read the whole thing.  I thought the last paragraph was the most telling.