Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Rants - January 1, 2008

First off, Happy New Year everybody!!!

This edition of Rants got a lot of submissions, for which I am thankful. Only one submission was totally off-base, so I've chosen to censor it (I wrote the author of the piece and he accepted my rejection quite humbly (it was about how to get a job, absolutely no ranting whatsoever :))

There were 44 submissions in all, including the aforementioned rejection. In that light, to give you a better Rant experience, I am thinking about several different ways to formulate the next edition. I may close the current Rant down after 10 or so Rants; this will give the most topical Rants and keep the post length down to less than biblical proportions.

Thanks to all for your excellent Rants. Everyone is welcome here to post whatever's on his or her mind. I cast no dispersions on anyone, even if you're TOTALLY EFFING WRONG! :)

Seriously, we live in a time where it's relatively easy to make a point and be heard. If only we'd open our minds a little more and hear opposing views, we'd a) become better versed in history, current events, philosophy, and politics, among others, and b) be better able to fend off attacks on our own ideologies and viewpoints with salient, direct, and targeted arguments.

So, without further delay, here are the Rants, in order of their date of submission.

Doug Ragan
presents The Two Faces Of Hillary posted at I'm A Pundit Too, saying, "Hillary Clinton has been on every side of every issue since she started her campaign in 2000. She is clearly Pro-abortion, but depending on which crowd she is talking to, she can switch to a candidate that is working towards the day when no abortions are performed."

presents The Scam That is Global Warming and How it’s Making People Rich (L-O-N-G) posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket.

Tiffany Washko
presents Climate Crisis – Truth or Hoax? posted at Natural Family Living Blog.

:: Suzanne ::
presents if you watch just one Ron Paul video, let it be this one posted at :: adventures in daily living ::.

Will Conway
presents Big Spending and Editorials posted at Regarding Liberty,.

presents Sex Addicts posted at 200motels.net.

presents I am a liberated woman posted at {the ringpop bride}, saying, "An aswer to all those women who think that just because I choose to stay home and care for my kids that I am not "liberated"."

Madeleine Begun Kane
presents Vive La (Brain) Différence! posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Phil B.
presents Knighthood Falsehood « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, "When someone accepts the title and honor of knighthood, that person is basically recognizing and validating the existence of monarchies."

blue skelton
presents I’m in Love with Ann Coulter posted at Blue Skelton Publications, saying, "I am going to surprise the world by saying this but I have a nasty confession to make: I am in love with Ann Coulter. I have been a naughty little liberal and I need a little discipline from a conservative dominatrix like Ann Coulter."

Tony H
presents Statistics Don’t Lie: 5 Stats that Prove Humans Have Super Powers posted at The Scholarpreneur, saying, "Never trust statistics! Tony Howell takes a hilarious look at our sensationalist media."

Charles H. Green
presents How To Get Your Industry Regulated, in 6 Easy Lessons posted at Trust Matters, saying, "Be out of control and deny it! No one will notice!"

presents Who Killed the Electric Car? posted at Life, the Universe, and Everything, saying, "The invention, production, then destruction of the cure to America's oil problems"

presents Follow-Up to My Electric Car Post posted at Life, the Universe, and Everything, saying, "The legislation that created, then destroyed, the electric car and how the Federal Government could redeem themselves for their hand in it all"

Phil B.
presents An Analysis of Reasons for Allowing and Denying Gun Ownership « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, "Is the political and personal security of gun ownership more important than or less important than the public safety of gun control?"

Katie Greer
presents An open letter to theater-goers. posted at Novel Experiences, saying, "This isn't political, per se, but it's a rant . . ."

Jason Mueller
presents Plausible Denial posted at Over Ten Years Serving the Reading Public.

Ian Welsh
presents Edwards Is More Electable. Period. posted at The Agonist, saying, "It's not 2004 any more. CNN's latest poll shows ONLY Edwards crushing ALL of the Republican candidates. Time to look at the numbers and realize Hillary and Obama can't win--and we can't afford a Republican president for 4 more years. Instead, can finally have it all--an electable candidate, with progressive policies, that makes it to the Whitehouse: John Edwards."

Erich Engelbrecht
presents Lifelong Working: Surviving (In) The 21st Century posted at Innovation Politics.

gary vasey
presents Global Warming - A Conspiracy of Fear and Control | RANT-HERE.COM posted at Rant Here.

Stirling Newberry
presents Dancing On a Volcano posted at The Agonist, saying, "The present continued inflation volatility, and increasing general level of prices, is an indicator of the extreme financial mismanagement of the economy by the Republicans, and a sign of how morally bankrupt, and simply economically blind, as well as politically inept, the present Democratic Congress is. The public hates this economy, it would be politically, a great time to simply oppose an out of control executive, and take the path of fiscal rectitude. Instead, the Republicans are starting to reclaim that mantle on the cheap by opposing a few projects here and there, while still dropping the GDP of Iraq into Iraq."

Michael Bass
presents Do we have Private Property in the USA? posted at Debt Prison, saying, "What is private property and what rights come with it? I find it interesting that this subject is never discussed by politicians. From Democrats to Republicans, the issue of private property and the rights of ownership are seldom mentioned. However, the interpretation of private property is probably the single most important judgment a society administers in determining its destiny. All Laws revolve around a society’s perception of the rights to private property."

Jon Swift
presents When Steroids Are Banned, Only Cheaters Will Have Steroids posted at Jon Swift, saying, "The real heroes in this story are the baseball players who were not afraid to take steroids because of some old-fashioned notion of fair play."

Greg Laden
presents The Bible-Thumping Grinch who Pissed on Christmas posted at Greg Laden's Blog.

Shaun Connell
presents Stop Legislating Morality posted at Reason and Capitalism.

Phil B.
presents Don't Ask, Don't Tell « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, "The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is a clear violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America that guarantees Freedom of Speech."

presents US feels the Heat at Bali Climate Conference - horrifying numbers! posted at nomad4ever.

Roger Haeske
presents Gifts For Tea Party Contributions To Ron Paul posted at Raw Food Diet, Bodyweight Fitness and Peak Performance Living.

presents Immigration, Language and Culture posted at American Flag Waver, saying, "Does asking immigrants to speak English violate civil liberty?"

presents Beam Me Up, Hillary! posted at 200motels.net, saying, "Hillary Clinton Panders to Anti-Alien Bigots!"

Charles H. Green
presents European Fish, the Commons, and Business posted at Trust Matters, saying, "Fish are suffering from the tragedy of the commons, and it's odd, because it's governments, not private interests, who are enabling much of it."

presents If There's Any Justice Jerry Falwell Is Burning In Hell posted at Fear And Loathing - The Gonzo Papers.

presents Top Ten Mitt Romney Lies posted at Rants 'n Reviews: Observations from a real conservative OR Rubbing slightly more salt into the wound.

presents Insurance Companies – The Mafia Under The Radar posted at Boiled Over.

Phil B.
presents Why there is Little Concern for the Environment « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, "Most people and scientists believe global warming and pollution is harmful, so why is there little concern for the environment?"

Lucynda Riley
presents Consumers take a stand when the governemnt doesn’t posted at The Frugal Tree Hugger.

Carole G. McKay
presents Bhutto's Voice posted at McKay Today, saying, "An enlightened and inspiring view of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto."

Carole G. McKay
presents Things Worth Dying For posted at McKay Today, saying, "Written on October 19, 2007 this observation about the human spirit and it's quest for democratic ideals sadly turned out to be prescient."

Jason Hughey
presents The Assasination of Benazir Bhutto posted at Logical Consistency, saying, "Pakistan is emerging as a crisis. Read how the assassination of Benazir Bhutto serves as a symptom of a much more deadly disease."

presents What Will Be Bush's Legacy as President? posted at The Agonist.

presents Divided We Stand United We Fall: Republican Like Me posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, "For a year the idea had haunted me, and Thursday night it returned more insistently than ever. If a Democrat became a Republican in San Francisco, what adjustments would he have to make? What is it like to experience discrimination based on political belief..."

Sholom Anarchy
presents Stumping for Ron Paul again posted at Anarcho-Judaism.

presents Cheaper to Die by the Vote posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, "A less-than-free press?"

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Sholom said...

My contribution is actually a series of rants, well-worth the read.