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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

News, and Other Stuff

I was thinking of what to blog tonight, and decided on some interesting news pieces I found today. Some are relevant and important, others, well they aren't, they just made me giggle.

First off the President gave a speech in which he admitted that some of the intel going into the Iraq war was wrong, and that it's his responsibility to fix the intelligence system to make sure it doesn't happen again. That's a good start. He also said that if he knew then what he knows now, he'd do the same thing. I'm sure that won't play well on the left, but what it really does is show he believes in his convictions, that Iraq was a problem and had to be changed.

Also in the news, the Patriot Act renewal is running into problems in the Senate. Russ Feingold has threatened a filibuster of the renewal of the act, and has now been joined by a bunch of folks who voted for it. Devin Nunes, congressman from California's 21st district has an outstanding list of myths about the Patriot Act, which I think everyone wanting a filibuster should be required to read.

I think that Russ has every right to complain, he was the lone Senate dissenter in 2001 on the PA. The others, I don't have much respect for, they are basically saying today that they voted yes for political expediency with the 2002 elections over the horizon, and now want a do over to appeal to the base.

Taxes are also in the news... Congress is running out of time to fix the Alterative Minimum Tax for this tax year. For those who don't know, this was enacted in the 1970's when the rich really didn't pay taxes, even with a 70% tax bracket. Unfortunately, more and more folks now fall under this tax because the trip wire for it was never raised, so as wages have gone up many in the middle class are now paying the ATM. Last year I got hit for an extra $369 in ATM because the $15,000 my wife and I had already paid wasn't enough.

Finally for news, the last thing is one that didn't happen when I was in school, and I'm ticked off. No, it's not another hot teacher doing a 14 year old boy. This time a guy got a girl to give his buddy a hummer DURING CLASS! Where were these chicks when I was in school....

Poll Info. While the public view of the Prez in the latest NBC/WSJ poll is still low, 39%, congress gets a 25% approval rating. Also of note, while 12% of people polled said the GOP has the biggest corruption problem, and only 5% said Democrats, an amazing 79% said BOTH PARTIES have a large corruption problem. Guess Nancy hasn't been getting her "culture of corruption" message across very well.

There are also some new blogs on the roll:
Iraq the Model, The Bos'n Locker, People Covered in Fish, Less People Less Idiots, Dane Bramage, Cold Hearted Truth, and Cobb

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8Comments:

Blogger Matthew said...

I used to be a high school teacher. Even in the rural county where I worked, it was common knowledge that girls would give their boyfriends blowjobs in an alcove off of the stage in the auditorium. I can think of only one incident in the system where I worked comparable to the story you found. It involved an elementary school boy (!!!) persuading a little girl to give him oral sex on the playground. The teacher caught them in the act.

The boy was deeply disturbed, though. He came from a bad home where he had probably witnessed stuff like that in person. That's the only explanation anyone could think of as to how or why a prepubescent boy would even have that kind of thing on his mind. The thing is, porn is so easily available it doesn't surprise me that sixteen and eighteen year olds are doing stuff I didn't learn about (let alone experience) until college. And I'm not that old, just 32.

BTW, I'm the same Matthew from the Haloscan comments I left earlier.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Matthew, This stuff has actually gone on for quite a while, it just didn't seem to get out as often.

But not in the classrooms. I remember sex in my car in the student parking lot, lots of stuff in the auditorium and occasionally restrooms very early before, or late after school.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

Well, I guess the first comment answered my question. I had no clue what a hummer was. Now I know. I suspected based on the write-up, but now I know.
I didn't know about that stuff until AFTER college.
Please, don't ask me what rock I was under...haven't a clue.

I feel bad for Bush.
You probably are telling me to back under my rock right about now.
I say that because he is the figurehead. There are numerous people under him. One of the hardest things being at the top, is your dependence on the people under you. If you have jokers and losers (I'm being simple here) then that flows to the top and you, the figure head, are a loser. Same if you have intelligent winners surrounding you... it flows back to the top and you look good. I think he has a little of both. So, how does a President balance that?
Haven't a clue.
Although he's our President and he is looked at as the "man in charge", he's not to be blamed for Everything. He can't be. Its not possible. He didn't personally DO all the things he's being attacked over.
Hurricane Katrina? Ridiculous.
It sure is easier to blame him and only him. He is the most visable.
No matter WHO was president when these things happened, the current man in office would be accused of the same things. America needs a scapegoat to gnash our teeth against when times are bad, when things go bad and our President is the natural choice by virtue of his office.
I would never want to be president. I think I'll find my rock now.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

Bob, with the subject matter in this post, nothing about the tax on porn????

:-)

9:55 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Michelle, you are correct, hard to know everything going on in a huge organization, like the government. However, the top is expected to take some responsibility for the actions of those under them.

As for your lack of knowledge on my words. What college did you go too? I want to send my daughter if you can make it 4 years there and not know what a hummer is!

Pony, Unless we elect Mary Carey to congress, wouldn't taxing porn be taxation without representation.

6:24 AM  
Blogger DaddysGirl said...

Ok dad, number one I so did not need to know that you had sex in your car in the school parking lot. That's just disturbing. And where were those chicks while you were in school? Possibly hiding from you knowing what you wanted??? Just a theory! And one other thing, I knew what a hummer was while I was still in high school...yea sorry! Just thought I'd let you know that.

4:29 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

DG - I didn't say "I DID" I said I knew of it going on, you are inferring that my comments are all centered on me.

4:37 AM  
Blogger DaddysGirl said...

Um no, you made this particular one centered on you! "I remember sex in my car in the student parking lot". Sorry Daddy but you lose on this one.

3:14 PM  

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