Missing her, so here’s a soupbox entry

I sent her love poetry last night around 1:30AM. Isn’t that pitiful? Man, I got it bad. So I am sitting here with cold hands drinking something really cold. I wanna talk to her, but she’s can’t talk tonight. So, I need something to keep my mind on, so let’s talk about some issues. Some you probably know about, some you probably don’t.

Jihadis and whores”, Asia Times Online
“Wars are won by destroying the enemy’s will to fight. A nation is never really beaten until it sells its women.”
“Overall, the number of prostitutes is also on the rise and there are an estimated 300,000 of them in Tehran alone … Nevertheless, Gharaii Moghaddam says ‘the number isn’t so high when compared [with] the 4 million unemployed only in Tehran and the 5 million drug addicts today in Iran’.”
“The clerical regime vacillates between repressing prostitution and sanctioning it through ‘temporary marriages’, an arrangement permitted under Shi’ite jurisprudence. In the latter case the Muslim clergy in effect become pimps, taking a fee for sanctioning several “temporary marriages” per women per day.”

Comments: Temporary marriages?! How can anyone justify women selling their most precious gift by calling it a temporary marriage?! Prostitution is an issue in every society. To me, it is worth weeping over, but what is so much more horrible is that the religious leaders are justifying it. I thought Iran was supposed to be holier than the Great Satan of the United States. I thought Christianity was supposed to be the morally inferior to Islam. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen way too many Christian religious leaders fall. It is shameful; it is despicable; it makes the entire religion less credible. But, I haven’t heard any main-stream Christian leaders condoning prostitution.
Prostitution is a very sad thing to me. Mistreatment of women, making women into objects. These are things that I cannot stand. Things that make me want to fight. Even worse than that to me is when a woman feels she must do this to feed herself. Governments that would rather build bombs and/or blame all their problems on Israel should be overthrown. Then again, what can I expect from a people who are willing to accept a religious justification of prostitution?

Almost 4 in 10 U.S. children born out of wedlock in 2005”, USAToday
“Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year”
“While out-of-wedlock births have long been associated with teen mothers, the teen birth rate actually dropped last year to the lowest level on record. Instead, births among unwed mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s.”
“The overall rise reflects the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or living together without getting married.”

To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered”, New York Times
“The American Community Survey, released this month by the Census Bureau, found that 49.7 percent, or 55.2 million, of the nation’s 111.1 million households in 2005 were made up of married couples — with and without children — just shy of a majority and down from more than 52 percent five years earlier.”
“The census survey estimated that 5.2 million couples, a little more than 5 percent of households, were unmarried opposite-sex partners. An additional 413,000 households were male couples, and 363,000 were female couples. In all, nearly one in 10 couples were unmarried. (More than one in four households consisted of people living alone).”

Comments: These two articles have a lot of numbers, but may not actually say much. The second basically says that most houses in the United States do not consist of a married couple. That doesn’t surprise me. Additionally, it seems that many couples are choosing to live with each other and not get married or wait to get married. The first article basically says the 40% of women aren’t married when they have a child. I don’t know what to say about either of these. Nothing is simple. All situations are complicated in their own ways. I believe a child needs a dedicated mother and a dedicated father that love each other, rather if they are both biologically related to the child or not. To me, there are few things more despicable than a man who leaves the mother of his child and/or his child. Read the articles and make your own conclusions. I have no problem with people of the same gender living with each other. Living is expensive. I am not ‘dead set’ against a guy and girl living with each other outside of a relationship. Many women feel safer with a male figure with no relationship involved. Otherwise, I suppose I would have to look at it on a case by case basis.

Seinfeld actor apologizes: ‘I’m not a racist’”, globeandmail.com
“Richards responded to the black hecklers with repeated use of the “n word” and profanities.”
“’I’m not a racist. That’s what’s so insane about this,’ Richards said, his tone becoming angry and frustrated as he defended himself. A clip from the show played on CBS before
Late Show aired Monday night.”
Comments: Did Richards say racist things? You bet he did.
Did the hecklers deserve to be yelled at? Probably, but someone who does stand up comedy should know that most of his audience has probably had too much to drink.
Is Richards a racist? I am not willing to say at this point if he is a racist. He certainly did say racist things.
I know people who use the N word. Most of them say it because they were taught to say it. When they say it, I do not know what is in their hearts. On the other hand, it is a very disrespectful term, and anyone who willingly is offensive to a specific group should most certainly examine their hearts. Richards has seriously damaged his career here.
This Richards situation brings thought to a certain Senator, who when he was 24, joined the Ku Klux Klan. Of course, I am talking about Senator Robert Byrd. Quoting from wiki:

“On March 4, 2001, Byrd said race relations:
‘Are much, much better than they’ve ever been in my lifetime…. I think we talk about race too much. I think those problems are largely behind us … I just think we talk so much about it that we help to create somewhat of an illusion. I think we try to have good will. My old mom told me, ‘Robert, you can’t go to heaven if you hate anybody.’ We practice that. There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time. I’m going to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I’d just as soon quit talking about it so much.’
Byrd’s use of the term ‘nigger’ created immediate controversy, When asked about it, Byrd apologized for the language: ” ‘I apologize for the characterization I used on this program,’ he said. ‘The phrase dates back to my boyhood and has no place in today’s society. […] ‘In my attempt to articulate strongly held feelings, I may have offended people.””

Richards uses the N word, and everyone wants his head. Senator Byrd not too long ago used the N word, and he never apologized. “I may have offended people” is a statement, not an apology. Why would he apologize? He can obviously do no wrong.
I excuse no racist speech. Unfortunately, political correctness has so tainted and brainwashed the American people, that the non-minority and/or Christians do not even know when they are being insulted anymore. Why go after Richards alone? Because he is a white man? There are some people who actually believe that it is impossible to be racist against a white. Where is the outrage against Chris Rock? He spits out so much more hatred and racism, and there is no outrage.

Chris Rock Bigger And Blacker Script”, script-o-rama.com
“and heard a bunch of brothers talking about Jews. Black people don’t hate Jews. Black people hate white people! We don’t got time to dice white people up into little groups. ‘I hate everybody! l don’t care if you just got here.’ ‘Hey, I’m Romanian.’ ‘You Romanian cracker!’”
“You know what’s wild about the old black men? An old black man, he ain’t gonna let you f*** up his money. Whenever an old black man sees an old white man… the old black man always kisses the old white man’s a**. ‘How you doing, sir? Pleased to meet you. Whatever I can get you, you let me know.’ As soon as the white man get out of sight, he’s like: ‘Cracker-a** cracker!’ ‘I’ll put my foot in the crack of your a**, cracker-a** cracker!’ ‘I wish that cracker would’ve said some s*** to me, saltine-a**ed, motherf***ing cracker! ‘Cracker, kiss my a**, you f***ing cracker!’ The white man come back. ‘Howdy, sir?’”

Comments: No racism here, right? Certainly no outrage.

Rangel Calls for Reinstating Military Draft”, FoxNews
“A senior House Democrat said Sunday he will introduce legislation to reinstate the military draft”
“’There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way,’ said Rep. Charles Rangel”

Comments: Based on the Rangel saying that this president would never have invaded Iraq if we had a draft, looks to me like this is a political put-it-in-Bush’s-face decision, rather than a true leader seeing a need to have more soldiers. What a waste of time.
As I have said believe, I do not like war. I believe most wars are a failure of politicians to do their job so they just throw it to the common people to go and shed their blood for their politicians failed international skills. Nevertheless, if war must be fought, it should be fought in such a way to minimize AMERICAN casualties. Just before the national elections in Iraq last year, American marines went door to door to make sure there wasn’t anyone pointing a gun at them on the other side. How idiotic!? If I think there is someone at the other side of a door with a gun, I am either not going to go near that door or I am going to set that building on fire first! I believe that wars should be fought like World War II. If you absolutely must send in troops to die, you make sure you cluster bomb the enemy before you ask troops to possibly die. American casualties should be avoided at all costs. Civilian casualties are less significant than American casualties. If the civilians are really on our side, they would be revolting. The reason we have never won a war since World War II is because we fight like politically correct morons.