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Archive for March 22nd, 2006

Fingerprinting

Posted by Sal on March 22, 2006

Kansas will soon be taking fingerprints of people that are pulled over. These prints will not be stored, but will be run against a database instantly of fingerprints to see if the driver is “In the System”.

I posted earlier today on Civil Liberties vs. Legitimate criminal investigations and terrorism. This strikes me as very “Big Brother”. Typically, if I am not mistaken (as a non-lawyer), probably cause and a warrant are required to take fingerprints, DNA, or any other type of “personal invasion”. The government should pursue criminals with diligence, but not while undermining the liberties of the rest of us.

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Almost Home

Posted by Ryan on March 22, 2006

David Souter: BEWARE!

Well, maybe not. New Hampshire has just passed a bill that basically says that there are limits on the reaches of eminent domain. I wish that they would have considered this AFTER they seized the future location of the “The Lost Liberty Hotel” that is currently being occupied by Justice Souter.

Sigh… I still totally agree that Kelo (2005) is bad law and should be eliminated wherever and however the elected branches of government choose to do it. I used to enjoy a fundamental right to property.

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Ingraham, O’Reilly, Bush, and the Mainstream Media

Posted by Sal on March 22, 2006

The mainstream media is on the defensive. Their constant defeatism and focusing only on the negative aspects of Iraq is being exposed. It all began yesterday morning, with Laura Ingraham on NBC’s Today Show with David Gregory and James Carville, attacking what she saw as a bias in reporting on the war in Iraq:

The Today Show spends all this money to send people to the Olympics, which is great, it was great programming. All this money for “Where in the world is Matt Lauer?” Bring the Today Show to Iraq. Bring the Today Show to Talafar. Do the show from the 4th ID at Camp Victory. And then, when you talk to those soldiers on the ground, when you go out with the Iraqi military, when you talk to the villagers, when you see the children, then I want NBC to report on only the IEDs, only the killings, only the reprisals. When people are on the ground, whether it’s recently David Ignatius for the Washington Post, whether it’s recently–

The same day, President Bush in his press conference pointed out how the Terrorists in Iraq are using the media for their own objectives:

Thirdly, in spite of the bad news on television — and there is bad news; you brought it up. You said, How do I react to a bombing that took place yesterday? It’s precisely what the enemy understands is possible to do. I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t talk about it. I’m certainly not being — please don’t take that as criticism. But it also is a realistic assessment of the enemy’s capability to affect the debate, and they know that. They’re capable of blowing up innocent life so it ends up on your TV show.

Finally, on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly interviewed Laura Ingraham, and they both characterized the mainstream media’s role in ignoring the Iraq war:

Laura: I think that the coverage of the war by NBC that I have really focused on, specially since I was in Iraq last month, to me it seems bizarrely focused only on the I.E.D.’s, only on the latest reprisal killings that are taking place. When stories that are so fascinating and interesting and broader and human interest, stuff the “Today” show and NBC likes to do, those stories are out there for anyone to get. I don’t get it.

Bill: Here’s my problem. And this is a serious problem. We saw it at the top of the show with what’s her name who was bantering with Bush, the older woman, Helen Thomas. I believe that there is a segment of the media trying to undermine the policy in Iraq for their own ideological purposes. It is no longer dissent, it’s no longer skepticism. It’s, ‘we want to undermine it’, and that disturbs me. Do you see that?

Laura: I see that pretty much every day, that there is a group of people who are invested in America’s defeat, in one of the most important conflicts in our nation’s history. And being invested in defeat as an American — I don’t care if you’re a reporter, a commentator orbusinesspersonson. How have we gotten to this point in this country? Regardless of what people think of Bush.

Bill: Because of hatred. Ideological hatred brings us to that point. Last question: Is NBC in that category? Do you think NBC news is actively trying to undermine the war in Iraq?

Laura: You know, I’m going to keep watching it. You know, I know there are brave people. David Bloom was over there covering the war when he died practically.

Bill: So you don’t know whether they are or not?

Laura: I don’t know. I think the media obviously has an element underneath it that really despises Bush and it’s blinding them.

Bill: Alright. I think you’re absolutely right on that. I think there is an element in the media that has gone way beyond dissent and into actually undermining American policy in the war on terror, and it’s frightening.

Now, NBC is on the defensive, claiming that the war is actually worse than has been reported. The story continues…

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Harry Reid on a Military Base = Dukakis in a Tank

Posted by Mike on March 22, 2006


Part of the Democrats campaign strategy for 2006 will involve Democrat candidates attacking President Bush from military bases. Senator George Allen called this tactic “deplorable.” How right he is.

It’s also ironic. If the Democrats had their way, there would be no military bases to stand on. (paraphrasing Ronald Reagan). Throughout the 1980s they led the charge for reduced military spending, nuclear freezes, a soft approach on Communism and appeasement around the world. They opposed most of the Reagan proposals to strengthen our military during the 1980s, a Reagan strategy which helped win the Cold War. During the 1990s, the military was the one area in which Democrats were concerned about fiscal restraint prior to the election of the first Republican Congress in forty years was elected.

Today’s Democrats are no better. Many liberals often justify their opposition to overthrowing Saddam Hussein by stating the fact that he was not responsible for September 11. This is a tunnel-visioned view of the war on terror which led to the crisis we are in today. Limiting reprisals to those directly responsible for a particular attack leaves in place an infrastructure of terror networks which would otherwise be poised to attack. Recognizing this reality after September 11, President Bush promised action not only against the terrorist networks themselves but also against nations who sponsored or harbored them. Recently translated documents show that President Bush was right that Saddam Hussein harbored and assisted Al Qaeda operatives. The big three networks aren’t the only game in town anymore. These documents can’t be ignored forever.

Democrats would rather fight the war on terror with legal briefs than with the military. The party that has time and time again opposed building the military, the confrontation of the USSR, the CIA, the liberation of Iraq and in some cases even the funding for the troops fighting that war have no credibility on matters of national security. Now they have the nerve to surround themselves with the institution they deplore. If Democrats want to make fools out of themselves by being seen on military bases so close to an election, so be it. I just hope they bring She Who Must Not Be Named with them.

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Media contributes to teenage sex

Posted by Sal on March 22, 2006

A new study has shown that teenage sex is linked to childhood viewing of sexual content/materials on television, movies, and through music. This is about as obvious as the fact that Bill Clinton had a sex problem.

There are two problems here:

  • The media constantly pushes and publishes content that is sexually themed, even in shows that are geared towards children.
  • Parents do not monitor what their kids should watch.

How does one solve this problem? It’s not by censorship. The government cannot and should not tell the media what it should and should not publish. The real area where work needs to be done is with parents. Parents need to know what their kids are watching/listening to and must instill good values to their children. If enough parents did that, the media would take notice and not be as careful to push sexual content on shows heavily watched by children.

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A Censure worth mentioning

Posted by Ryan on March 22, 2006

A group called “Move America Forward” has launched a new campaign to lobby the Senate to censure former President Jimmy Carter. I personally think that this is a brilliant idea. If a censure motion can be brought against President Bush for trying to protect us by spying on terrorists, one can be made that President Carter has damaged our war on terror abroad by giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

At first I thought this was a joke, but the group has a website devoted to the cause.

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National Security vs. Civil Liberties

Posted by Sal on March 22, 2006

Much has been made on the NSA wiretapping story regarding the need for National Security vs. the need to protect Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Readers of the Axis of Right know that I am in favor of the NSA Wiretapping of terrorists without a warrant for the purpose of stopping a terror attack, as I believe the authority to do so is part of the President’s Article II powers as Commander-in-chief during a time of war. I also think the story has been horribly mishandled and much misinformation regarding the program is circulating the media.

An issue I am less sure about, however, is a recent NYPD initiative to place over 505 surveillance cameras throughout the city, both to capture criminals and monitor for possible terrorist activity. Part of me feels that this may go too far down the slippery slope, giving the Government too much intrusion into the personal lives of its citizens. The other side of me would rather have my life intruded upon if it means not being blown up by a bomb.

I ask all readers to comment and give your take. I’m on the fence, and could go either way. Convince me.

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Sushi at Wal-Mart?

Posted by Mike on March 22, 2006

Evolution is a scientific theory, the validity of which should continue to be tested. Well, here’s an experiment. Let’s see if Darwin is on to something.

Link via Drudge

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