November 6th, 2010

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Bill Maher Disses The Daily Show Rally for Sanity



Last night, Bill Maher criticized last week's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, saying, "If you're going to have a rally: you might as well make it about something," before detailing his specific problems with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's efforts. I think some of what Maher observes as shortcomings with the rally are completely valid, especially this idea there is craziness on both sides of the aisle. And even Jon Stewart told Chris Wallace last week, MSNBC can't come close to doing what Fox News is able to do.


“Try not to pretend the insanity is equally distributed through both parties. Keith Olbermann is right: he is not the equivalent of Glenn Beck. One reports facts, the other is very close to playing with his own poop. And the big mistake of modern media, has been this notion of balance for balance's sake. That the Left is just as violent and cruel as the Right, that unions are just as powerful as corporations, that reverse racism is just as bad as racism. The message of the rally, as I heard it, was that, if the media stopped giving voice to the crazies on both sides, then maybe we could restore sanity. It was all nonpartisan and urged cooperation with the moderates on the other side -- forgetting that Obama tried that and found out: there are no moderates on the other side. When Jon announced his rally, he said the national conversation was dominated by people on the Right who believe Obama’s a Socialist and people on the Left who believe 9/11’s an inside job, but I can’t name any Democratic leaders who think 9/11’s an inside job. But Republican leaders who think Obama’s a Socialist? All of them.”


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The Law of Unintended Consequences: The Anti-muslim Hysteria

It seems like Oklahoma voters may have unleashed a messy law this past election. On November 2, voters decided that they did not want their State to adopt future Sharia Laws once we are conquered by our Muslim Masters (even if the chances of that is 0.01%. I still think the Chinese will conquer us first).

The wording of the law is very problematic and many critics are already pointing several flaws.

Ballot:
This measure amends the State Constitution. It changes a section that deals with the courts of this state. It would amend Article 7, Section 1. It makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases. It forbids courts from considering or using international law. It forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law.

International law is also known as the law of nations. It deals with the conduct of international organizations and independent nations, such as countries, states and tribes. It deals with their relationship with each other. It also deals with some of their relationships with persons.

The law of nations is formed by the general assent of civilized nations. Sources of international law also include international agreements, as well as treaties.

Sharia Law is Islamic law. It is based on two principal sources, the Koran and the teaching of Mohammed.


The New Law Outlaws the Ten Commandments -- That's right, the Ten Commandments may be as American as Apple Pie if it wasnt for the fact that Apple Pies aren't American in origin at all. In fact Apple Pies are English to begin with (English apple pie recipes go back as far to the times of Chaucer, 1381). And while many Americans would like to claim Christianity as an American religion, the fact still remains that the Ten Commandments (and the Holy Bible) originated in the desert sands of the Middle-east thousands of years ago, thus falling into the category of a foreign law in origin (from a tribe whose leader had no sense of direction. Should we trust our judicial law to someone who refused to ask directions and wasted 40 years of their lives in the desert?).

I wonder if this also applies to any US laws that had foreign origins to begin with? (I heard that Social Security started as a fad in Germany. Is the Kaiser trying to Germanize Americans? And how about that British Magna Carta? It inspired a lot of our laws, that's what I call plagiarism. I think it is time we start making original laws so we are not accused of stealing other people's ideas). I bet the law also prohibits the use of English Common Law in the state justice system (just imagine).

But that's not the end of it.

Because of the wording, the law could also affect the local economy and their business relations with international businesses. The law makes a mess of "Choice of Law" provisions in international contract disputes, all contracts will have to be scrutinized making business with Oklahoma too costly for them. The outcome of this situation could lead to a lot of international business lawyers in Oklahoma litigating this issue or force many industries to move their businesses (and their unwelcome foreign laws/contracts) to a less paranoid State who has a much better appreciation of their presence (that's right, these foreigners are bringing jobs and money with them. Who knew?) , unless this issue is clarified soon.

Congratulations Oklahoma, you have let Stupidity, Paranoia, and Fear take over the legislation, ran your State over a cliff, and then set it on fire hoping that the flames of your burning dwellings would deter the advances of foreign invaders.