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Ban Civil Marriage

Civil marriage – marriage regulated by the State – should be banned completely in the United States.  Marriage is a matter of way of life and belief, and should be left to the religious and philosophical spheres.  Including marriage as a civil structure simply brings the United States one step closer to a theocracy.

Test all children for parentage at birth (eliminate the “marriage presumption”) and eliminate all governmental monetary ties to marriage.  Have social security cover minor children of decedents, and allow people to designate one and only one adult to receive survivor’s benefits based on a decedent’s work record.

Allow adults living together at one address to either file one tax return for all residents or else to file all singly (single filing required for persons at government institutions such as prison halfway houses.)  Better still, adopt the Fair Tax instead of the Income Tax and there is no problem with filing at all, since there’s no filing.

Of course, this would put a lot of family lawyers out of work, not to mention loophole accountants…

The US Atty General: Protecting our nation

CNN reports: “U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.”

Somehow I think it’s more important to our national security to investigate government officials who may have lied to Congress than to investigate baseball players, but I guess I just don’t get the idea.  It seems it’s more important that US citizens have baseball players that can be trusted than it is to have senior Federal Government officials that can be trusted.

Hey, did you see how well my anti-polar bear suit works?

From CNN:

“We have been protected from attack here at home,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky said. “There’s progress that is obviously being made in Iraq.”

Right, Mitch, right. Let me sell you a new anti-polar bear suit for only $2 million. Of course it works, do you see any polar bears around here? The suit is obviously protecting me from polar bear attack here at home.

My father

My father passed away on October 26, 2007, after extensive complications (we’re talking MRSA and Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus and Pseudomonas ae. here, in a leg wound) developed from an attempt to replace his right hip joint.

A memorial site is on the web at

CNN reports: Most Dem Pres candidates are pro-Iraq-war

Summary: The only clear anti-war candidate from either party is Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Dodd is sorta but does not give a timetable.

From CNN:

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.

“I think it’s hard to project four years from now,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation’s first primary state.

“It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

“I cannot make that commitment,” said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Sensing an opening, Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson provided the assurances the others would not.

“I’ll get the job done,” said Dodd, while Richardson said he would make sure the troops were home by the end of his first year in office.

There it is, folks… and remember it was the Democrats that got the nation into Vietnam…

And parties wonder why loyalty to parties is dwindling. Maybe it’s because party loyalty to the voters is non-existent.