Thursday, April 13, 2006

Taking a moment to stop and ponder

So nothing's really been happening in the news lately. Except of course, the small factoid that's come to light recently regarding the president lying about finding WMDs in Iraq. Even after the team of experts sent by the Pentagon informed him that what he was calling trailers used to manufacture biological weapons were actually hot dog stands or something akin, he still went ahead and lied that coalition troops had actually stumbled upon WMD production facilities in Iraq. And when the Washington Post reported on this presidential mendacity, White House spokesman Scott McClellan ,who, seriously man, has balls of titanium, requested the media to apologize for having had the temerity to report the truth.

Then there's Ruth Malhotra, a female student from Georgia Tech, part Indian, part fundamentalist Christian, who is currently trying to get the university to pass a law allowing homophobic hate speech on campus by citing her right to religious expression (via HuffPo). I am not so sure if she would be similarly supportive of the white supremacist group that is sure to follow in her trailblazing footsteps, citing their right to racist expression in demanding a similar relaxation of university policy that currently forbids them from calling her a fucking half-breed brown currymuncher.

As great a fan as I am of the ACLU, I think sometimes they can be a trifle overzealous. Like when they protest on behalf of female tennis players against Missouri State University for cutting the women's tennis program (via Fark). The ACLU, in its defense, is citing a rule that prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program that receives federal funds. The question is, how can it be called sex discrimination when the university is cutting male athletics programs as well? In fact, wouldn't it be sex discrimination against men if the university were to cut male programs exclusively while leaving female sports untouched? Sorry, ACLU, I can't support you on this one.

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