Friday, October 22, 2004

Face the Music 

This makes me smile. I'm glad that someone is finally taking record companies to task for force-feeding the radio stations overprocessed crap music.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

A Preventable Tragedy? 

Sunday's shooting on I-20 was a tragedy. A young mother and bride-to-be lost her life to a maniac with a gun.

But reading the description of the incident, something stuck out in the statement of the man who was driving the car:
[Stephanie] Dover?s fiance, Grover ?Gene? Derrick Jr., who was driving the car, told authorities someone in a Chevrolet pickup started shooting at their black Buick under the Broad River Road bridge, the incident report shows.

Derrick slowed down, and the truck passed. He then began to follow the truck until someone inside started firing again, according to the report.

"He then began to follow the truck until someone inside started firing again." Why did Derrick continue to follow the car that shot at him? Perhaps he was trying to get the license plate number. Perhaps he was stuck on the interstate and couldn't change lanes. Perhaps he thought he could get close enough to ID the shooter.

When the gunman saw the car he'd shot at following him, he fired again, and Stephanie Dover lost her life. I can't help but wonder why they didn't just run away.
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Monday, October 18, 2004

The SC Senate Race 

Our senate race got some national attention on "Meet the Press" last night. Here's a transcript.

Plenty of issues have been raised by both candidates, but so far I've seen no discussion of the one I feel the most strongly about: H.R. 3920. The purpose of this bill, sponsored by Congressman DeMint, is "to allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court."

As one of the main purposes of the Supreme Court is to serve as a check and balance on Congress and make sure they don't do anything crazy and unconstitutional, this bill troubles me. It runs contrary to everything America's founders had in mind when they set up our government with three branches.

I've been told that this bill was written as a sop to people who don't like the way the Supreme Court's ruling these days and who want Congress to be able to legislate morality more freely. Well, I don't know about you, but I hardly consider Congress a moral authority. My church, my parents, the Bible, yes. Politicians? No.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Whom will we blame? 

Yesterday, George mentioned a poll he saw of people who watched last Thursday's debate. The poll said that people liked the style of Kerry's delivery better, but they liked the content of Bush's message better. The thought of that frightens me.

I know that roughly half of all Americans plan to vote for Bush, but that doesn't necessarily mean they completely agree with him. They might just trust him more than Kerry, or always vote Republican no matter who's running. But if a significant percentage of Americans agree with Bush, not just one part of his agenda but all of it, we're in for a rough decade.

I firmly believe that if our nation continues along the path we're on now, we will meet with crisis. However, I also believe that crisis is inevitable. What scares me more about a Bush-caused crisis than a Kerry-caused crisis is that I don't think the people who believe in Bush will be willing to admit when he's wrong. When our country falls into financial ruin and others want to attack us rather than help us, who will get the blame? If we're not willing to blame our leaders or they're not willing to accept responsibility, the blame will be shifted to another group.

I can't predict who the scapegoats will be this time around. Gays, Democrats, non-Christians, socialists, francophiles? None of those make sense, but scapegoating rarely does. At any rate, if Bush gets re-elected, it's going to be hard being a dissenter four years from now.
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