Archive for September, 2004

A Horse is a Horse, of Course, of Course, and Judges aren’t infallible, of Course, of Course…

Saturday, September 25th, 2004

As a bigtime Mister Ed fan, I got a big kick out of this. Please, President Bush… Nominate Justice Michael Eakin for the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court!

Football Prognostications

Friday, September 24th, 2004

After many, many requests (okay, just one), I have decided to bring back my weekly football predictions. Enjoy!

Tennessee over La Tech
Florida over Kentucky
Ole Miss over Wyoming
South Carolina over Troy State
Arkansas over Alabama
LSU over Miss State
Navy over Vanderbilt
FSU over Clemson
Middle Tennessee over La-Lafayette
Memphis over UAB

Football Prognostications

Friday, September 24th, 2004

After many, many requests (okay, just one), I have decided to bring back my weekly football predictions. Enjoy!

Tennessee over La Tech
Florida over Kentucky
Ole Miss over Wyoming
South Carolina over Troy State
Arkansas over Alabama
LSU over Miss State
Navy over Vanderbilt
FSU over Clemson
Middle Tennessee over La-Lafayette
Memphis over UAB

Tennesseans Oppose Abortion, Gay ‘Marriage’

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

A new statewide poll in Tennessee shows that social issues are still very important in the Volunteer State.

“In all, 82% of those polled opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, 8% supported it, and 10% were undecided.”

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“Forty-three percent said [abortion] should be legal but restricted to specific circumstances such as rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother…. Twenty percent said abortion should be illegal under any circumstances”

In other words, 63% of Tennesseans could be classified as being pro-life. I cannot say I am surprised by these findings. I am a bit surprised, however, by the huge margin by which Tennesseans reject gay marriage.

I would have been interested to see how many of the respondents would support civil unions. I suspect considerably more than 8%, but probably not a majority (though the numbers are probably increasing). If a state constitutional amendment defining marriage makes it on the ballot in 2006, it will be passed overwhelmingly.

As I’ve previously stated, privatizing marriage is the best course of action…

Random Thoughts

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Some random thoughts on the world scene as we recover from the most exciting UT game I’ve ever attended.

The “Memogate” scandal has clearly given CBS and Dan Rather a black eye. Virtually all experts not employed by CBS agree that the documents are bogus. Using forged documents in a news report will always do damage to one’s credibility, especially when it was so obvious from the start that they were fake. Yet the network pushed ahead with the story anyway, which tells us much about how much they care about reporting the truth.

Some have argued that Rather knew the documents were fake before hand. No one really knows, so it is possible. But it appears more likely that he simply jumped on the story without bothering to fully investigate, probably because he saw it as an opportunity to get Bush, something Rather would love to do (“getting the scoop” also played a roll). Now CBS is rightfully suffering for their bogus story. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could argue that a liberal bias was not at least partially responsible for this debacle.

The fact that these questions were raised is the direct result of the internet phenomenon known as blogging. Blogs have not received a great deal of positive coverage from the mainstream media, but they are instrumental in breaking stories that much of the media would just assume ignore. They are often biased and partisan, but what media isn’t? (Shameless plug: I have a blog at http://johnnbrown.blogspot.com).

President Bush has opened up a lead in the polls, ranging from one point in the latest Pew Research poll to 13 points in the latest Gallup poll. Bush’s actual lead probably falls somewhere in between these numbers (probably around five or six points), but he now appears in a good position to win. More importantly, he is leading in key swing states, like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. Of course, the election is not held today, and there is still plenty that could happen before November 2. Still, Bush’s chances now look much brighter than they did a month ago.

I know that it is not politically correct to ask this, but I’m just wondering… Does anyone really believe that Osama bin Laden (if he is still alive) is hiding out in a cave somewhere praying that John Kerry does not get elected commander-in-chief?

The world has avoided the crisis in the Sudan for far too long. It is in this country that genocide is being practiced against the black African south, and slavery is still alive and well. The U.N. Security Council has finally acted, threatening sanctions if Darfur does not address the situation. Unfortunately, four countries abstained, and one is threatening a veto of any further resolutions that involve sanctions. In light of this, it is hard to see how the U.N.’s threat will be taken seriously by the regime. How effective this threat is in stopping the humanitarian crisis in Sudan will illustrate the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the United Nations. All decent people hope that the U.N.’s action will be enough.

Third party candidate Ralph Nader’s attempts to get on the ballot in certain states have been challenged by Democrats, who do not want him siphoning off Kerry votes, as he siphoned off Gore votes in 2000. While it is understandable why they are doing this, it is also extremely undemocratic. Obviously, they do not trust the American people to make the correct decision. Elitism is alive and well in the Democratic Party, which apparently has ceased to be democratic.

Vladimir Putin has more in common with Stalin than with Yeltsin. The Russian president and former head of the KGB has done away with elections following the terror attacks on a Russian school. These attacks were unbelievably horrible, and highlight the need to continue fighting an aggressive war on terror. The murder of innocent schoolchildren shows the level of fanaticism in the enemies we face. Perhaps Russia will now be more supportive of America’s position.

However, is should not happen at the expense of liberty and freedom in Russia. With each passing day, “Mother Russia” slips closer and closer to an outright dictatorship. Putin continues to commit crimes against humanity, and stifle dissent. He is a tyrant, not a friend of his people.

As more hurricanes pummel the coast, it is necessary to keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers. Americans are generous people, and we should offer a helping hand to our friends in Florida and Alabama in any way we can.

CBS Admits to Being Misled

Monday, September 20th, 2004

CBS has acknowledged that the infamous memos, supposedly showing that President Bush disobeyed an order, are probably bogus, pretty much confirming what most of us have always known: CBS is so hell-bent of getting Bush that they are willing to be misled in order to accomplish this goal. The credibility of Dan Rather will continue to suffer.

CBS Admits to Being Misled

Monday, September 20th, 2004

CBS has acknowledged that the infamous memos, supposedly showing that President Bush disobeyed an order, are probably bogus, pretty much confirming what most of us have always known: CBS is so hell-bent of getting Bush that they are willing to be misled in order to accomplish this goal. The credibility of Dan Rather will continue to suffer.

Those Horrible Caucasians

Monday, September 20th, 2004

After reading this column in today’s Beacon, I would like for everyone to take out a pen and a sheet of paper. I have a pop quiz…

Which of the following continents currently practices slavery?

A) North America
B) Europe
C) Africa
D) Australia

Those Horrible Caucasians

Monday, September 20th, 2004

After reading this column in today’s Beacon, I would like for everyone to take out a pen and a sheet of paper. I have a pop quiz…

Which of the following continents currently practices slavery?

A) North America
B) Europe
C) Africa
D) Australia

Bush Leads Kerry in Tennessee

Sunday, September 19th, 2004

George W. Bush is leading John Kerry by 16 points in Tennessee, a poll conducted by the Nashville Tennessean found.

“Bush would do a better job handling the war in Iraq, the issue of terrorism and homeland security, and issues related to the economy, poll respondents said.”

The fact that Bush is now leading on the economy is definitely a good sign for the president, since it is the only major issue on which he trails Kerry. It will be interesting to see if this lead holds up. While most observers agree that the Volunteer State will go to Bush, 16 points might be a little optimistic. Still, Bush will most likely defeat Kerry handily here, which is good news for the country.