What's Stopping Cheney From Adopting the Same Idea?
Uwe Schunemann, the Interior minister of Lower Saxony in Germany, has proposed electronically tagging purported Islamic militants. The question is, why didn't Dick Cheney think of this first?
Of course, the social and economic morale of Germans has been low in recent years and makes such a suggestion of lashing out at immigrants, namely Turkish Muslims, par for the course.
Germany, if you'll recall, was deeply against Bush's war against terror, so much that their former chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, solely ran on this discontent. Schunemann's idea is rooted not on Bush's premise that terrorists aim to destroy the West, ironically, Germans are more practical. To them, the Muslims are ruining their society, just as the French think North African Muslims are diluting their country and just as red state Republicans blame the demise of jobs and border security on Mexicans.
So, what's stopping the Bush administration from proposing a similar initiative? If the President can so eagerly back the very notion that the government can spy on its citizens with nary a warrant, why couldn't they round up "suspected" (whatever that would mean) terrorists in the United States and slap surveillance devices on their ankles.
The "suspected" part of the equation is what is scary. Just ask any "too" Arab-looking Muslim how embarrassing a trip to the airport can be.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
STUART ALEXANDER MAY HAVE BEEN CRAZY. HE MAY HAVE KILLED THREE FOOD INSPECTORS IN COLD BLOOD. HE DIED MONDAY OF AN APPARENT SUICIDE, BUT DAMNIT, DID HE MAKE SOME GOOD LINGUICA!
I've heaped scorn on Stuart Alexander for five years, not only because he gunned down three food inspectors as they ran down nearby Washington Avenue in San Leandro, CA, but because his incarceration effectively ended the production of the finest linguica I've ever eaten.
The linguica was perfectly spiced and lacked oily fillers that other mass-produced linguica possessed. For a kid who hated huge chunks of fat in his linguica, Santos Linguica Factory was nirvana.
In the five years since the end of Santos Linguica, I've yet to find a better sausage. During my trip last year to Boston, I discovered a few contenders, but who cares, how could I consistently enjoy linguica from 3,000 miles away?
I've hated what Stuart Alexander did to those innocent inspectors for years and for the loss of my beloved linguica.
HERE'S MY FAVORITE LINGUICA RECIPE. IT'S TO DIE FOR!:
1 lb. linguica
1 cup Red wine
Cover the whole linguica in a medium saucepan with water. Let boil for 20 minutes.
When boiled drain water and replace with red wine and sliced onions and let simmer for 40 minutes until the wine has reduced and soaked into the linguica.
Place linguica in a sesame seed roll and cover with onions.
Posted by Steven Tavares at 12/28/2005
The Christmas season is really not the best environment for blogging, especially when the topic of your blog is excoriating Republicans and heaving verbal attacks against the purveyors of what's wrong with America. Instead, just like last year, I shifted my focus to shopping, singing Christmas carols and criticizing my mother's perennial dry turkey.
Now, I'm back with some new ideas for the Lunatic Fringe Report. First, a new look. The same old Blogger-brand templates have bored me since, well, the first time I laid my eyes upon them. I searched outside the site and found this relatively seamless template that will be tweaked upon throughout the year. The ubiquitous poll box will return with more frequent questions that related to weekly topics in the world of the LFR.
Adsense from Google is also a new addition to the top of the blog. It doesn't add much value to the reader, nor does it make much money, but it allows the LFR to, at least, have the look of other (much larger) blogs.
In addition to the relentless abuse of the President and his policies, the LFR hopes to stay above the curve by adding vlogs to the LFR. Vlogs are video blogs that are in the infant stage of use on the internet. Creating content for such an endeavor and a web hosting site will be one of my New Year's resolutions.
Now, back to blogging.
Posted by Steven Tavares at 12/28/2005