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Someone should care, maybe not you....

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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

26 October 2006

The New Jersey Supreme court yesterday ruled that Gay couples are entitled to the same rights as hetrosexual couples. I am sure that if I turn on the radio today a multitude of talkshow hosts will be telling me this is a step in the collapse of civilization. I don't get it. I really don't see the big deal. If my old friends from college, Michael and Alan were able to get legally married as opposed to the little "marraige" they had one day in their apartment,( I was the photographer) I don't think it would have led to the collapse of the social system. And I know that it would have no effect what so ever on marriages preformed in the church I attend.
So what the hell is all the howling about?

On a totally different topic here is a quote.
"This year has been one to forget, a black year. It's the most violent year in the last 50 years, and the acts are barbaric, bloody, with no trace of humanity."

Now is that a quote about the situation in Iraq? Nope that is the situation in Acapulco Mexico as stated by Jorge Valdez a police spokesman.
In a growing spiral of violence more than 1700 people have been killed this year in drug violence. The violence has included at least 24 beheadings, the kipnaping of top police officials and the death of at least 123 law enforcement officials including 2 judges and 3 prosecuters, some of whom were tortured to death.
Surprisingly enough, Mexican police say the violence is a sign of their success in fighting the drug cartels. they say that becasue so many top cartel leaders have been arrested the lower level members are now in an all out battle for playing field. they also may more and more police officers are actually trying to fight the crime instead of turning a blind eye to it ( my comment: and getting a bit of bribe, la mordita)and are getting killed for their efforts.
Awhile back I reported here on the dumping of several heads in a Bar in Uruapan. It turns out they were were meth dealers getting killed off by their rivals. They had been kidnapped from the mechanics shop they used as a front for their meth business and had thier heads sawed off with a bowie knife. (and yes, they were alive when it happened)
In Acapulco, the commander of a special police strike force and one of his officers were beheaded and their heads were stuck on the fence around the police station with a note encouraging the police to "learn respect". In another town a police station was attacked by 15 men armed wtih machine guns and a bazooka who were attempting to free two comrades arrested in abar fight the night before.

There are more tales of woe here that I care to go into today. Suffice it to say in the US we talk about a "Drug War" in Mexico and countries further south they are fighting it.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the US legalized drugs, it would take away most of the impetus behind the crimes. No huge amounts of money to be made by criminals, no large gangs of criminals fighting over the swag.

(Note that existing black market infrastructure limits the amount government will be able to tax the newly legalized drugs. If taxes drive up the price to the current street value, then there's still an incentive to smuggle. Some taxes will be possible, but the point is to lower the price enough that it's no longer worth it to the drug lords.)

Of course, you'll have introduced some new problems, but perhaps those will prove more tractable. Certainly a couple of decades of War On Drugs hasn't really changed anything.

10:21 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

Very true Anon. Very true. We talk the drug war, South and Central America bleeds it.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

It seems funny to me..that we are removing all the places we can say a prayer..We cant even wish someone a Merry Christmas in some public places with out it being seen as bias. We allow...crap in film and music and tv..depicting the degradation of humans in general...

All that is ok...

But when it comes to being supportive of those who wish to join in a committed monogamous relationship...We are horrified..if they happen to be of the same sex.

I will say a prayer...for all who are so afraid of anything different than themselves..

AND I HOPE THEY DONT LIKE IT.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been married for 24 years, and for the life of me I can not imagine how my marriage would be harmed if my Uncle Billy could finaly, 35 years later, make an honest woman out of Aunt Richard.

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marriage as a legal concept should be eliminated -- for everyone. It's none of the government's business, so why should there be a recognized legal state at all? Having such a state just means a privilege to fight over.

All of the various legal connections and access you get from being married can be arranged by other existing means (powers of attorney, etc). Arranging the legalities for a "marriage" wouldn't be any worse than buying a house, and a lot less trouble than arranging the reception...

Marriage then becomes a private matter to be recognized by whatever social group you like, including churches. But none of them have any legal meaning.

Rather than argue about what marriage means, just get government out of that part of your life entirely. Simplify, simplify.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

blue girl red state:
Uncle Billy and Aunt Richard have made it alot farther that many couples in this day and age. I applaud them. Maybe Anonymous is right..maybe marriage shouldnt be something we legalize...

BUT I think by not letting anyone who chooses to get married do so..it sends a message saying "We think your wrong, and your relationship isnt a valid one".

Personally I think Id rather see a couple whos committed..and understands the value of loyalty and devotion to another human.. rather than worry about the gender of the couple doing that.

2:57 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Anon is a Libertarian. I can see the benefits of such an action.

6:56 AM  

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