Some quick notes, questions, and random thoughts about the news from this past week.
Last week US taxpayers spent somewhere between $13,000 and $91,000 to send a gorilla suit to astronaut Mark Kelly on the International Space Station. It was a birthday present from Kelly’s brother paid for by you. Happy Fucking Birthday!
Nancy Pelosi says there is no way to cut the federal budget. Congress passed a budget that rose $311 billion over last year. If there’s nothing we can cut why are we sending gorilla suits into space? Shouldn’t we quit doing frivolous stuff like this and save a little money?
What is the point of the International Space Station anyway? Since 1994 this project has cost US taxpayers almost $100 billion, or about $310 per person. What have you gotten for this? Think about it, if the ISS was shut down tomorrow would you even notice? Of course not. This project has not affected the life of the average taxpayer in any measurable way, so why are you being forced to shell out hundreds of dollars to fund it? If expensive space boondoggles are worth doing then private business will do them and spend its own money instead of yours.
In Charlotte, North Carolina there is a major political brouhaha over … public restrooms. The city council just passed a law allowing transgender folks to use the bathroom with which they identify. From the outcry you’d think they were trying to re-institute slavery. When the council was discussing the matter a massive crowd appeared at the courthouse and overflowed the council chambers into five additional rooms, all of them filled with angry people.
It seems a lot of people are concerned that men will start wearing dresses so that they can rape young women in the bathroom. According to these idiots the only thing stopping them now is that sign on the bathroom door that says only women can enter. That is one magical sign!
For the most part these are the same people who point out how stupid it is to have “gun free” zones because a sign isn’t going to stop a murderer from breaking the law. Guess what, a sign that says “ladies” isn’t going to stop a rapist either. Duh.
Where were these knuckleheads when the city council voted to blow $150 million on the Charlotte streetcar money pit? It’s ridiculous what the dumb masses will get upset about.
And finally on to the whole “natural born” debate stirred up by bellicose instigator Donald Trump. So far Trump has challenged the legality of the Presidential candidacies of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio because they don’t meet his xenophobic definition of a natural born US citizen. According to the Constitution, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President …” Nowhere is the term “natural born” defined. According to the orange-haired Hitler “natural born” means born in the US to two American parents. As is usually the case Trump is spreading bovine excrement.
The Naturalization Act of 1795 states, “the children of citizens of the United States, born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, shall be considered as citizens of the United States.” In other words, they are citizens the moment they are born and do not go through the naturalization process. Cruz meets this criterion. He was born in Canada to an American mother and thus was an American from the moment he existed. The fact that he was also Canadian is irrelevant to his natural American citizenship.
Rubio was born in Florida to Cuban immigrant parents. Numerous court cases have found that anyone born in the US, unless specifically excluded by the Constitution or law (such as slaves or American Indians), is an American by birth. They do not have to go through a bureaucratic process because citizenship is conferred on them naturally. Like Cruz, Rubio meets the criterion.
Trump is an idiot. Don’t fall for his baloney.
As the year progresses I will keep a running tally of the number of unarmed citizens and dogs killed by police. I will also keep tabs on the number of cops killed in the line of duty.
Here’s the count for the first 8 weeks of the year along with links to the most recent killings:
Unarmed Americans killed by police: 9
Dogs killed by police: 7
Police killed in the line of duty: 9