In the Name of God, Go
What passes for leadership in the Senate is still trying to get the House to compromise on the illegal immigration issue. The longer Congress stays in session, the longer the press and the White House (who said they were eternal enemies?) will have to force a House collapse. A bad bill would be much worse than no bill at all. And a bad bill — given our president’s predilections — is just what we’ll get if they do anything this year. Better to start all over again next year.
Bad bills are par for the course now aren’t they? Can anyone name a really good bill that’s been passed this year? I’d love to know about it. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all pretty bad.
New Drug Helps Smokers Quit and Stay Quit
The drug Chantix (varenicline) quadruples a smoker’s odds of kicking the habit, and is twice as effective as another smoking-cessation drug, Zyban (bupropion), according to three studies published in the July 5 Journal of the American Medical Association.
The real key to success is having a desire to quit in the first place.
Iraqi Insurgents Want To Fight Foreign Terrorists
The Iraqi government will consider a request by the native insurgents negotiating for a national reconciliation to take up arms against the al-Qaeda network in Iraq.
First off, I think Iraqis have the same human right to self-defense as Americans. Practically speaking, it’s a bit complicated though. How do you ensure that armed citizens in a place like Iraq are not enacting their own vigilante justice? In America, we have a well entrenched police and judicial system that make it unlikely people will have much incentive to take the law into their own hands.
Iraq’s internal security is much, much rougher. Iraqis need a government that can provide basic security, or they will continue to take matters into their own hands. I’m reminded that early Americans did the exact same thing – took matters into their own hands.
What US wants in its troops: cultural savvy
The purpose is not to be a nicer military. Rather, it is to help troops grasp how cultural factors can affect tactical decisions.
“They have us think about cultural factors as if they were battlefield factors,” says Tompkins. “The placement of mortars and machine guns is still important, but cultural issues are just as important – and they can win or lose us a city.”
You would think most of this stuff would be common sense. I’m not sure how you instill common sense in someone who doesn’t have it. Culture awareness classes are all well and good, but one of the problems is that the culture in Iraq is, from my perspectie, flawed. Frankly speaking, a culture that values saving face and personal pride more than it values telling the truth is in need of change. We’ve lost if we can’t talk honestly and demand the same from Iraqis.
A Fair Idea For Jilted Purists
Call them purists or call them idealists; I don’t care. Impractical dreamers are the reason the Libertarian Party hasn’t had any significant national impact in the 30+ years since its creation.
If libertarians could all pick ONE ISSUE and focus together on that one issue, they would win on that one issue. Problem is that libertarians are individualist stubborn jackasses by nature sometimes (I include myself).
I wish we could all agree to pull together for once. It won’t happen though.