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Pass ID: My Prediction September 13, 2009

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Scientific American has an article about the new national ID program that Bush failed to fulfill, but may come to fruition under a new administration. Here is my prediction: the radical christian conservatives are going to cause an enormous fuss, and mention the book of Revelation and shit. Also, I have a hunch that they will just ignore the part about the Bush administration being the ones who initiated this process.

Pass-IDFour years ago, President Bush signed a law requiring states to create driver’s licenses that meet national standards, store related information in nationally connected databases and foot the bill for most of this nearly $4-billion project. Now, after the 2005 Real ID Act has alienated state governments and privacy advocates alike, the federal government is considering a replacement measure called Pass ID that it hopes will improve national security while being less expensive and less intrusive on privacy.
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John F. Kennedy autograph March 10, 2009

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I just pulled this card from a pack of 2009 Topps American Heritage:

Obama repeals federal stem cell ban March 8, 2009

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Obama set to lift restricttions on stem cell research

Obama set to lift restricttions on stem cell research

Once again President Obama, makes a decision that is quintessentially pro-life. Former President Bush implemented the federal ban on embryonic stem cell research to 21 cell lines that were made available before August 9, 2001.
Elias Zerhouni, National Institutes of Health Director under President Bush said, “It is very clear from my point of view that the current cell lines will not be sufficient to do the research we want to do,” and Bush’s ban was protested by a consensus of the scientific community since it’s inception. President Obama has been unequivocal in his support of science, and he continues to do so with the lifting of this ban.
This research could lead to medical breakthroughs that could save millions of lives across the globe. Nothing could be more pro-life than that.

Andy Griffith destroyed the Patriot Act years ago February 18, 2009

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Evolution of the Republicans February 11, 2009

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Bush’s midnight farewell December 21, 2008

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 [This blog was adapted from an article in the current Rolling Stone magazine, issue 1068/1069, entitled Bush’s Final Fuck You.]

Bush's Midnight Farewell
The term “midnight regulations” entered the American vocabulary at the end of the Carter administration, when Carter pushed through 10,000 pages of regulations before the end of his term. President Bush is set to push through double the amount of “midnight regulations” than Clinton and quintuple the amount of Reagan. These regulations are common, but Bush is setting a troubling precedent.

Some of these laws are sure to concern people of all political ideologies:

(Many of the environmental measures are frankly shocking considering the magnitude of the consequences)

Coal lobby:  a measure opposed by the governors of TN & KY,(as well as the EPA) that will allow waste from coal mining to be dumped into local valleys and streams.

Agriculture: (in disregard of the Clean Water Act,) allows waste from factory farms to seep unregulated into the public waterways.

Chemical: exempts over 100 primary polluters from monitering emisions.

Labor: limits the amount of time workers are able to take off under FMLA.

Health care: limits health benifits and raises co-payments which will cause many impoverished on Medicaid to pay %10 of their doctor visits and pharmaceuticals costs.

Security: overturns the laws that prevent state law enforcement from spying on Americans and shares the information with Federal intelligence agencies.

These are a small sample of the current “midnight regulations.”

*The Rolling Stone article goes much deeper into the issue.

My global warming ‘letter to the editor’ December 16, 2008

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Link to my letter on global warming
Link to my letter on global warming

 

 

This is a link to my ‘letter to the editor’ in my hometown newspaper the Montgomery Advertiser. Many people have left comments in regard to my critique of global warming deniers, and some of them contain good examples of logical fallacies.
Many bring up Al Gore in an attempt to discredit the scientific consensus, but this argument would qualify as an: Ad Hominem and Non-Sequitur.

1. Ad Hominem  Attacking the arguer instead of the arguement 

2. Non-Sequitur  Arguing a point that has no relevance to proving ones position

* Can anyone point out other logical fallacies?