19 October, 2007

Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH): Children - Pets or Slaves?

<Shudder!> I have seen evil, and it's Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) speaking at the much-touted event put on by the Family Research Council. Listening to their postured and contrived arguments about family values is like listening to Alberto Gonzalez talk about upholding the law maggot-infested carcasses justify their existence.

Regarding sex ed, the reps. of course support abstinence-only education, in turn, conflating the notion of providing education on measures of prevention with advocating early sexual activity; in other words, they believe education promotes practice. Let me tell you, education does not promote practice - just ask millions of students who've taken French 1 and can't recall a single verb conjugation. Furthermore, they forget that there was already a time when all we had was abstinence-only education - it was called our entire history up until the development of modern science!

"We love our kids. We just prefer to love them in a pre-1700's, pre-vaccine, pre-Newtonian, Salem Witch Trial kind of way!"

Social and religious conservatives brandish their naivete best when they pontificate out loud on how to control, legislate, and decide for everyone, what everyone can do behind closed doors. Which apparently is easier in the South, where most of those doors are screen doors. Their notion of "parental control" being exerted over children-as-property is actually strikingly similar to the way a remote control works on a tv: both are operated exclusively from the couch, both confuse the user, and while parental control sometimes employs battery, remote controls just run on them.

Their overall hypocrisy is captured succinctly in this line by Blackburn:

"This should not be a partisan issue. This should not be a partisan issue... As Connie mentioned, the liberal media would have you believe..."

Ah yes...

And then thankfully they leave and I begin to laugh when Fred Thompson comes on after them. He can't say the phrase "...as President of the United States, I..." without sounding like a terrible con-man at my front door. I can't bare to watch anymore. But for the right, this FRC event is like church and the county fair combined into one; coming to see these crazies speak is both affirmation and an excuse to get Granny out of the house, so they'll mos def get their applause on.

16 October, 2007

Rep. Chris Smith's (R-N.J.) Yahoo/China Statement Echoes AT&T/U.S. Relationship

I just read this and thought the (unintended?) parallel would be hilarious, if it wasn't so indicative of hypocrisy. From The Hill article, "House panel targets Yahoo," author writes:

“Last year, in sworn testimony before my subcommittee, a Yahoo! official testified that the company knew nothing ‘about the nature of the investigation’ into Shi Tao, a pro-democracy activist who is now serving 10 years on trumped-up charges,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said.

“We have now learned there is much more to the story than Yahoo let on, and a Chinese government document that Yahoo had in their possession at the time of the hearing left little doubt of the government’s intentions," Smith said. "U.S. companies must hold the line and not work hand in glove with the secret police.”

Ahem...*cough*atandt*cough*... excuse me. Anyway, this coming from a guy who voted for warrantless wiretapping. Go figure. And according to his record, he actually seems more interested in the U.S. removing "the line" for companies altogether. Granted, he seems nicey-nice about this imprisoned activist, but I think Smith - as well as many a supposed Christian Republican - suffers from not heeding this classic Biblical quote when it comes to other countries: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye" (Matthew 7:3).

Hey, New Jersey's 4th! What gives with this guy?!