Executive Kill Orders

Obama’s first executive orders are about to gives us a hint what the next four years will be like.

Presidents long have used executive orders to impose policy and set priorities. One of Bush’s first acts was to reinstate full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid. The restrictions were first ordered by President Reagan and the first President Bush followed suit. President Clinton lifted them soon after he occupied the Oval Office and it wouldn’t be surprising if Obama did the same.

Because obviously the biggest failure of the United States over the last four years is neglecting our responsibility in eliminating the lives of unborn minorities in impovershed nations. Kill them all.

Is that our new message of “Hope” and “Change” to the World? God help us.

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear

The Bleat is some excellent daily wirting… er, writing… see? that’s why I’ll never be famous. I need an editor.

He only wirtes.. writes a single article a day, but each one makes an impact. His family, his daily living, his family values. He even makes music with sound mixers and Star Trek clips.

Today’s article is fabulous – he ends with:

Right now I have a browser window open to Fark, and a T-shirt ad shows Bush’s face with the logo “American Psycho.” What else do you need to know? As Teddy Kennedy said in his convention speech: “The only thing we have to fear is four more years of George Bush.” It’s really quite simple, isn’t it? We live in a manufactured climate of fear ginned up by war-crazed neocon overlords. There is no threat. The only thing we have to fear is Bush, who sits as we speak in the Oval Office sucking the marrow from Whoopi’s shin-bones.

If so, I wonder why anyone agreed to the stringent security policies that characterize this year’s conventions. Why the bomb-sniffing dogs? Why the snipers? Why the metal detectors, the invasive inspection of bags? Is it all an elaborate defense against Bush crashing the party and setting off a bomb belt, shouting God is Great, y’all!

No, they’re fearful of something else.

Damned if I know what, though. Damned if I know.

A Separate Morality

Today, Republican candidate Jack Ryan dropped out of the race for Senator in Illinois after allegations surfaced that he pressured his wife Jeri Ryan (yes, that Jeri Ryan who played Two of Two Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager) into having sex with him in front of strangers.

I can’t help but noticing another story in the news today, from Monica Lewinsky who feels Bill “Where are My Pants” Clinton lied about her in his recent book. Monica says they had a “relationship” that lasted for months, but Clinton barely mentions her on page 773 of the 957 page book as an “innappropriate encounter.” Slick Willie, though, fought tooth and nail to stay in office not only for having extramarital affairs while in the Oval Office, but then lying about it under oath and committing perjury. Clinton says fighting the impeachment for perjury was a “badge of honor”.

So, on one hand a Democrat commits adultery, perjury, then fights to stay in office. On the other hand, a Republican suggests something kinky with his wife but doesn’t actually do anything and steps down from running for office.

If Clinton’s transgressions weren’t severe enough for him to step down, why was Ryan’s suggestion to his wife so bad? Is there a double standard here, or am I not understanding the seriousness of the charge against Ryan?