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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.

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Cheryl Friend
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NEW LAW COMING FROM CONGRESS — AMERICANS WITH NO ABILITIES ACT

WASHINGTON, DC – Congress is considering sweeping legislation, which provides new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNAA) is being hailed as a major legislation by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

“Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said Barbara Boxer. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they do a better job, or have some idea of what they are doing.”

The President pointed to the success of the US Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74 percent of postal employees lack job skills, making this agency the single largest US employer of Persons of Inability.

Private sector industries with good records of nondiscrimination against the Inept include retail sales (72%), the airline industry (68%),and home improvement “warehouse” stores (65%) The DMV also has a great record of hiring Persons of Inability. (63%)

Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million “middle man” positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given, to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations which maintain a significant level of Persons of Inability in middle positions, and gives a tax credit to small and medium businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

Finally, the AWNA ACT contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the Nonabled, banning discriminatory interview questions such as “Do you have any goals for the future?” or “Do you have any skills or experience which relate to this job?”

“As a Nonabled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint , MI due to her lack of notable job skills. “This new law should really help people like me.” With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Said Senator Ted Kennedy, “It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her adequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation.”

Trevor
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Cheryl,

You have the idea. Your parody article above isn’t that far from the truth, sad to say. We’ve lost the competitive edge, that essential drive to outperform everyone else.

How long can we coast? Mediocrity isn’t going to take us very far, but how can you be anything but mediocre when your entire life is gummed up with bureaucracy and people who think they know better than you do what is good for you?

Dale
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Perhaps the truly achievement oriented should also be restricted from achieving too much? ….(hmmm, seems some country tried that and failed already…)
Thanks for the laugh. Nothing like a good roast at night.

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