June 15, 2006

Can't start a fire without a spark

As I understand it, it is your right to pollute my air with your car exhaust, but not mine to pollute yours with cigarette smoke. I weigh 120 pounds and smoke 6 cigarettes a day. The average car weighs well over one ton and is -- I'm guessing --used considerably more often than the 25 minutes a day it takes me to smoke.

But that's not what brings me here today. I call your attention instead to the latest Congressional look-away-from-Iraq shell game. I call it, our civil liberties are taking another turn at being snuffed out.

To wit: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A measure that would change the U.S. Constitution to let Congress ban burning the American flag was sent to the Senate floor on Thursday, setting up an election-year debate.

The amendment has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives by the needed two-thirds margin. The bill's sponsor, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, said he believes it will pass the Senate."

Makes me want to rush right out and buy a dozen (I've never owned one) and set them ablaze in the street. Surely there are more pressing matters to which the folks in D.C. could turn their attention. Say, 2,500 dead in Iraq? Health insurance jumping 15% per year? The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer?

When was the last time you went to a flag day celebration? Elementary school? Or was that the last time you sung the "Star Spangled Banner," in any language? I think I'm going to try "America the Beautiful" in pig Latin. That should be festive enough.

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Blogger scout said...

Makes me want to have a great big gay wedding culminating in an American flag bonfire, which I and my fellow sinners will dance around merrily, naked, then slide on down the slippery slope—just as the religious right predicted—to engage in acts of bestiality and pedophilia.

8:06 PM  

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