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July 26, 2006

Whew! (Lebanon)

Filed under: Culture,Opinions,Random Thoughts,Religion — Rob @ 9:33 pm

Lots going on lately. Floyd won the Tour. Tiger won the Open. And Hezbollah won a kick in the teeth for the Lebanese people. What is it with those guys?  Of course, the Lebanese populace didn’t do themselves any favors by voting against having Hezbollah disarmed. So now the voters are reaping what they’ve sown. And they’re whining about it.

Like, it’s okay to shoot a few rockets into Israel but it’s not nice, or fair, if Israel retaliates. Of course, I do feel sympathy for the innocent bystanders, especially the children who were too young to vote and the women who were probably not allowed to vote. If these radical Islamists continue to provide for the welfare of their families in this way for the next 50 years, let’s hope the 20-30 who remain will collectively hatch a brain and join the human race.

I’m not holding my breath.


Abortion and Miners

Filed under: Culture,Humor,Opinions,Random Thoughts,Rants,Religion — Rob @ 2:03 pm

If you’ve listened to the news lately, you’re sure to have heard about the recent debate and vote in the Senate about making it illegal to help miners cross state lines to get abortions without parental notification or consent.

I find this extremely disturbing for several reasons.

First, from among the thousand (or so) occupational classifications in this country, why single-out people who help miners?  Why can’t they provide assistance with crossing state lines for this purpose without notifying the miners’ parents.  Can they help them cross state lines to give birth without parental consent?  Can they help them cross state lines to murder an adult without first obtaining parental consent?  Heck, most of these miners are probably of legal age anyway and most are probably male on top of that — so what kind of “help” are we talking about?  Cab fare?  So why pick on the few female miners under 21 who happen to get preggers and then decide to have an abortion in another state?  And what if such a miner lives 200 yards from a state line and the nearest medical facility is just down the street in an adjacent state?  We’re talking about only three or four people a year here, folks.

Second, don’t most miners (and presumably, prospective helpers) live and work in West Virginia?  So why make a law that disproportionately affects the residents of just one state?  It just doesn’t seem fair.  They send us their beautiful mountain tops in the form of coal so that we can continue to live our nice, cushy lifestyles and this is the thanks they get?

Third, what’s a state line anyway.  Has anyone ever actually seen one?  Is it like a voting district line in Texas — you know, the kind that can be changed willy-nilly if you have enough friends with enough money and your political party is in power?  I’d be hard-pressed to know whether or not someone has crossed a state line that 1) is theoretically changeable and 2) by all accounts, invisible.  So who’s qualified to enforce such a law?  And who could possibly witness its violation?

Last, I wish politicians in general, and our wonderful holier-than-thou Congressmen in particular, would find something better to do with their time than to meddle in the personal lives of honest, hard-working American citizens, especially those in West-by-God-Virgina.  Sheesh!  You’d think they’d be more concerned with the violation of child labor (npi) laws.  I’m sure the miners there (and, again, their prospective helpers) can dig that!

Disclaimer: I am not a miner, a prospective helper, or a West Virginian.

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