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90 Lashes?

I read an article today about an Iranian actress who is being sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes. Her crime is that she starred in an Australian movie about how Islamic culture suppresses artistic expression.  What is funny to me is that by sentencing her for this “crime” they are only reinforcing what the movie is bringing to light. This shows how far behind many Islamic nations are. 90 lashes – that was an acceptable punishment a century ago. All Islamic countries need to take a look at what is happening in Egypt, Syria, and Lybia – the Arab Spring is a movement that shows no signs of slowing down. Although it is debatable whether or not the Arab Spring can be considered successful, the act of the people standing up to the wrong doings of their government certainly seems like a step in the right direction. I searched the internet a bit and found that women receiving lashes as a form of punishment is far from uncommon in nations such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.  Rather than hurting the backside of wrongdoers, why not adopt the American principle of hurting their wallet? When someone breaks a law here in the states they get a ticket. You need to pay that ticket in order to avoid further legal troubles. Generally, once you pay a few tickets you get tired of handing your hard earned money over to the government and you make it a point not to get any more fines. Like many people from my generation, it is hard for me to imagine the government being able to beat you. In reality America is not that far removed from a time where the government suppressed both women and African Americans, hopefully other nations undergo the changes that we did in the near future.

Here is a video about punishment in Saudi Arabia:

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Will America Default?

The latest political news focuses on whether or not Congress will raise the debt ceiling in order for America to be able to “pay its bills”. Most people who actually know something about the economy say that on August 2, 2011 America will NOT default on loans like most of the media is predicting. Some say that it is a strategy used by Republicans (who currently control Congress) to help put fear into Americans, thus making them vote Republican in the next Presidential election. You probably heard a bit about their plan to “cut, cap, and balance” and there is no denying that America needs to do something, and ideally do something soon. What really annoys me with politicians is the fact that they make things so much harder than they really need to be. I will never understand why they cannot just look at the facts and make a logical/responsible/reasonable decision that will benefit the majority of the people. It is impossible to please everyone, but it is possible to please almost everyone if you make decisions that actually work. I know I hold politicians to a much higher standard, and I do not think that is wrong. Is the idea of making decisions that benefit the majority of the people utilitarianism? Yes, and so what?

A friend of mine recently started his own blog (http://seekingalpha.com/user/959866/instablog) and it is going to be focused mainly on finance and economics. I asked him to do a post for me explaining the current situation in Congress and he created the video below.

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Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann has recently caught my attention. She is hoping to represent the Republican party in the next Presidential Election. So who is Michele Bachmann? Well she is a House Representative from Minnesota. She also has five children, and 23 (yes, twenty-three) foster children. She is very conservative and like most conservatives she is a jackass. Here are some interesting things she has said:

  • “Not all cultures are equal.” (…)
  • “And what a bizarre time we’re in, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.” (no judge ever said children should try homosexuality)
  • “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970’s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat President Jimmy Carter. And I am not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it is an interesting coincidence.” (swine flu broke out in 1976, under a Republican President)

The more I learn about politics, the more I hate it. These people are beyond stupid. How do these words even come out of your mouth? These days Republicans seem to be much more likely to say something completely asinine and try to pass it off as fact. I am not saying that Democrats never say crazy things, but with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann on the Republican side they clearly have the edge. It is amazing that these people are picked to lead our country despite the fact that they are some of the most illogical people around. Bachmann, Palin, and Gingrich make the Republican party as a whole look stupid. Even if they all are not stupid, they are stupid by association. Below is a clip from Anderson Cooper 360°.

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Same-Sex Marriage

Former New York Football Giants wide receiver/special teams player David Tyree has recently stated that same-sex marriage will lead to “anarchy”. I guess I will start by saying I am in favor of gay marriage. I do not particularly care if gay people can get married, my life will go unchanged and so will every other heterosexual’s life. Obviously, it will not be in a church, thus it is not the typical marriage most of us think of. It does not even have to be called marriage, the bottom line is committed gay couples should have the right to the benefits of marriage (http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/marriage-rights-benefits-30190.html). Now going back to Tyree’s comments – first and foremost, anarchy is defined as 1) the absence of government or 2) the absence or denial of any authority or established order.  So in Tyree’s mind, if gay people are allowed to marry then chaos will ensue and people will be fighting against the government like they are in Syria and Libya. Obviously he is speaking based on his religious views, and those religious views are making him sound pretty damn stupid. Gay marriage is legal in 5 states in America and those states still function normally. I do not consider myself to be religious and one of the reasons for that is I do not understand how a book written so long ago is supposed to tell me how to live my life today. It is 2011. Times change, people change, and laws need to change. It boggles my mind that gay marriage is consider a political issue. If you really care about the future of America then gay marriage should not be considered an issue at all.

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Weinergate (Cont.)

I notice my Weinergate article has been getting a lot of views over the past couple of days. I think that can be attributed to the fact that Rep. Anthony Weiner recently admitted that the lewd picture sent from his Twitter account was indeed a picture of himself. Like I have stated in my previous article, he is beyond stupid for not denying that. He should have denied it until he actually believed that it was not him. I guess the next questions would be now what happens for him? Do people still vote for him? I mean, this does show everyone that he is essentially a creepy pervert. Would I vote for him for President? No. Senate? I think so. As long as his views were in line with mine, I don’t see why not. The reality of it is that he is a regular guy who happens to hold an elected position as his career. Being irresponsible on Twitter has certainly done some irreversible damage, but Americans are pretty forgiving when it comes to famous people screwing up. (Bill Clinton, Michael Vick, etc.)

Now there are multiple women coming forward saying that Weiner was involved in some form of sext messaging/relationship with all of them. It is a little too late for him to use my “deny til you die” strategy, so it should be interesting to see how he handles this. In the mean time, here is a pretty entertaining video of him doing his job.

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Weinergate

Surprise surprise, another politician caught acting like a jackass. If you have not read or heard about “Weinergate” here is a little run down. Representative Anthony Weiner of New York (D) apparently posted a picture on twitter of the bulge in his underwear and directed it towards a college woman in Seattle. When asked about it he said he was not sure whether or not it was him. You’re not sure?! You’re a politician – you lie every single day – and you can’t simply say no that was not me? Hell, even if your face is in the picture & you are holding your driver’s license, social security card, and birth certificate you better still say it was not you.  By not flat-out denying it he is making things so much worse. This is not the first suspicious tweet surrounding Weiner, hopefully for him it is his last. I am not sure why he does not delete his account, especially if he is going to use it to show off his junk and openly flirt with other women whom he is not married to. Below is a short video clip of an interview conducted yesterday.

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Gas Prices

http://money.msn.com/how-to-budget/article.aspx?post=e04807fc-e307-45c7-a3b0-9fdabfac3518&GT1=33029

Here is an article on MSN.com giving reasons why we should all love paying $5.00 for a gallon of gas. None of the stated reasons are remotely good enough to justify paying that much for gas. Fewer deaths on the road? I am not sure how believable that is.  Shorter security lines at the airport? Who cares? No more wars? More exercise? If you really think higher gas prices will end wars then you are very naive. And if you think high gas prices are going to spark Americans to get healthier and walk everywhere you must not know that many Americans. The only thing high gas prices will do is force Americans to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Saudi king wants gas prices to go down because he fears that the higher they stay, the quicker Americans will develop alternative energy sources. Even if gas prices do drop, we should still rush to develop alternative energy sources because that will help free us from having to depend on other nations for oil. We get our oil from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Iraq. Granted these are not the only countries that we do business with, but these countries are not exactly our allies. The various political protests going on in Middle Eastern countries causes gas prices to go up. It is not smart for America to depend on nations who do not have stable governments for something that we need every single day.

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