Sting

Russians Muslims

In Europe and America, there’s a growing feeling of hysteria
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the psychopaths
Bin Laden said we will bury you
I don’t subscribe to this point of view
It would be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Muslims love their children too

How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer’s deadly toy
There is no monopoly in common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Muslims love their children too

There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the President
There’s no such thing as a winnable war
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore
Republicans says we will protect you
I don’t subscribe to this point of view
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Muslims love their children too

We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
What might save us, me, and you
Is if the Muslims love their children too

Good Riddance – Cynthia Davis

Here’s to hoping that this is the end of Cynthia Davis’ political career.  She has failed in her attempt to get the Republican nomination for State Senate.  It was a tight race, but Scott Rupp held on to his seat (technically he still has to win in the fall, but there is little chance of a Democrat winning in my district).  Rupp and I don’t see eye to eye, but at least he is not insane and only a football field to the right of me, versus Cynthia Davis who is so far to the right of sanity that you would need the Hubble telescope to find her positions.

Cynthia Davis – Antiscience and Warped Morality

Letter to Cynthia Davis

??? — How about a Topic of — You are not representing my views — ???

Hello,

I am writing regarding an article in the St. Louis Business Journal – http://bit.ly/74D6qS

Please stop trying to suppress scientific and medical advancements because of your personal religious beliefs and in my mind warped sense of morality. My neighbor with Downs Syndrome is a person, half a dozen cells in a petri dish is not.  Given a choice of analyzing those cells with a chance of improving her quality of life, or destroying those cells with no benefit, I’ll take doing the research.

There is also a very real economic impact of your proposed legislation.  “The economy of the City of St. Louis is closely tied to the City’s image as a cutting edge center for medical research,” auditors wrote. “The City of St. Louis ranks 12th in a listing of the Top 100 Cities for grants from the National Institutes of Health, with $441 million in grants flowing into the City in 2005 from NIH sources. This $444 million represents 85 percent of all NIH support flowing into the State of Missouri. These grants support our hospitals and medical schools (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital), and, assuming that 60 percent of the funding pays salaries, account for approximately 5,300 jobs in the City. If only half of these jobs are lost — and it is a given that many of these jobs will be lost over time if this amendment is passed — the City will lose $1.3 million in revenue each year.”

Only one year left of her bane on Missouri Politics.

Pie Rats

The British  have a policy of not capturing pirates for fear of violating their human rights…

THE Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights.

Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain.

The Foreign Office has advised that pirates sent back to Somalia could have their human rights breached because, under Islamic law, they face beheading for murder or having a hand chopped off for theft.

At the point where you have a firearm or worse pointed at a hostage etc., you have already exchanged your “human rights” for the “human rights” of another.  IF YOU break the social contract, don’t expect me to hold it in force when it benefits you…

Acceptable Waste?

CNN is reporting that the GOP has a list of what they consider wasteful spending in the $900 B economic stimulus package.  Even if you consider everything they list as wasteful, my estimate was that they only came up with $18 B in wasteful spending, or roughly 2% of the total.  If there is only 2% pork in a bill that big, then I think we are in pretty good shape

Although I don’t know how much some of these will affect the overall economy, I’m also not sure I agree with their idea of wasteful:

  •  $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
  • $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
  • $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.
  • $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.
  • $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.
  • $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
  • $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
  • $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
  • $500 million for state and local fire stations.
  • $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.
  • $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. **
  • $850 million for Amtrak.
  • $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.
  • $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
  • $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.
  • $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations

* that money will get spent regardless
** listing something that cost under $10 M in a $900,000 M package is petty