December 16, 2005

Truths, Lies, and Wasted Time!

It's been a long time since I've had a nice long rant. It's like the dam bursts and I just empty my chest of thoughts and angst. Without further ado...

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Wasted Time!
In the completes waste of time and taxpayer money department, there's always an entry somewhere that could be posted. I mean, if we really added up all of the truly wasted time and money spent by our government officials, who knows how much we'd have in the reserves. With that said, Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia ... you may remember her as the woman who introduced a resolution to keep "In God We Trust" as our national motto) has spent serious time whipping up House Resolution 579. It's purpose is to express the sense of Congress that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected, and that references to Christmas should be supported. This measure, which is non-binding and does not carry the force of law, simply states Congressional support for traditional references to Christmas that are being eradicated from the public dialogue. Ok.. first of all, it doesn't really do anything. Secondly, it doesn't recognize the separation of church and state whatsoever. Do these people fail to realize that not all Americans believe in Christmas (and what christmas stands for) and therefore shouldn't be shown a government that's biased to one particular belief? The government should always stand neutral on issues of faith and let the people celebrate in their own way. Now, if this is an issue on historical tradition, and it's something the people really want around them, then something as big as Christmas should surely not NEED federal help in order to exist prominently, right? People like this woman are clearly closed-minded, self righteous, ignorant, and definitely bad for America and the ideal freedoms we deserve.

Another big waste of time and money were the congressional hearings starring Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans and Governor Kathleen "Blank" Blanco of Louisiana. Some of the questions could have been answered with a simple google search, some were more political ridicule than substantial, and others just didn't hit the mark on finding a solution for making sure that the right decisions are made next time a disaster hits the USA.


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Truths!
Only the truth shall set you free! Telling all and keeping promises are making George Bush look like a different guy nowadays. It's almost as if he was visited by three ghosts (the ghosts of Presidents past, present, and future) the other night and has changed some of his humbug ways. I bet republicans want to strangle him right now for admitting that we went to war based upon faulty intelligence. At least he claimed that the responsibility was all on him. He's also had a change of heart on the issue of torture by agreeing with Senator John McCain (Arizona) by banning it. He's made good on his promise to rebuild New Orleans levees by pledging 3.1 Billion dollars for the fortification effort. Hell, he's even apologized and come clean on a 45 year old secret of peeing in the pool at Kennebunkport and blaming it on Jeb to his dad. The man's really trying to clean the slate. He doesn't seem to deny authorizing a secret order giving the NSA the right to spy and eavesdrop on Americans 3 years ago, either. More good news, although not Bush's doings, was the blow to the Patriot Act re-authorization by the Senate today. News like this sure brings hope that civil liberties just may survive this administration after all. Thank you Mr. Russ Feingold (and allies to the cause).


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Lies!
Ah, the mixed up world of the NFL. Where old and not-so-sharp-anymore rich guys can have all the fun hiring and firing and basically playing fantasy football minus the fantasy part. Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, seems to really hate New Orleans and loves San Antonio. Good thing the NFL has a commissioner who doesn't share his affinity for change. Benson has made some questionable business decisions along the way as well. He's pretty much threatened to move the Saints immediately after the storm, which only pisses fans off to not spend money on Saints merchandise or go to the games. All of his in-actions or negative actions could only hurt the bottom line in respect to profit for the Saints this season. Even if he wants to leave, why mention it during the season? If that's not enough, blatant lies should do the trick. Benson told his staff that the training facility in Metairie was still occupied by FEMA and the National Guard and the area was unlivable. (Both complete lies). WWL's Kenny Wilkerson said that many employees had to cover their mouths to keep from laughing at Bensonīs crazy comments. The truth is, that the facility is in pristine condition as confirmed by NFL commissioner Paul tagliabue himself just a week prior to his comments! We all lose a little something as we age. Old people can be pretty shameful and useless sometimes. Give them a lot of money, and that's when their deep-end antics get the spotlight shined upon them. I believe that some of them (no offense) are the fatty deposits that clog the arteries of America. You can see it in their actions, words, and driving skills.. of course. One more comment on rich and older antics... "Marlon Brando reputedly suggested that his cameo role as Jor-El (in 1978's Superman Movie) be done by him in voice over only, with the character's image onscreen being a glowing, levitating green bagel. Unsure if Brando was joking or not, the film's producers formally rejected the suggestion." - As quoted in IMDB. Bottom line, in my opinion, Benson has become Brando-esque.


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Miscellaneous!
P.S. Speaking of brando-esque (physically, that is)... I had forgot to mention that Chalmette and St. Bernard Parish President Henry "Junior" Rodriguez made CNN.Com front page news by crying foul that his citizens were living in "Barns". Way to go, H-Rod! Nice comparison.. did you mention your double-wide "barn" complete with porch and swing? I bet you didn't.

Posted by Reese at December 16, 2005 9:03 AM