Monday, March 29, 2010

Terrorists in Terrorist's Clothing

The Associated Press released a partial story this morning on a Christian militia planning to kill police officers.  (Link to story here.)

The difference between an Islamic terrorist and a Christian terrorist is largely a matter of "them" versus "us."

In perusing online news articles of Islamic terrorists you will see comments like, "Kill them all, let God sort 'em out," and "Those barbaric Muslims are at it again."  (See point on "Kill 'em all.")

Comments on Christian terrorists have comments like, "Ruby Ridge and Waco 2.0 with all the fixings and dead children," and, "Politics, try to make it look like there is a vast conspiracy against Obama.  Actually we just don't want socialist ruining this country."

As long as they are "us," they are good.  As long as they are "them," they are bad.

Too bad we don't live in a country where "All men are created equal."

For information on terrorists of many flavors, Jessica Stern has a great book, Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Plastic Bubble Tax

The Associated Press released a story today that says Obama's health care bill--now law--will impose a tax on tanning salons.  (Link here.)  The idea is that tanning salons are bad for health and should be taxed, similar to taxes added on tobacco products.

What's next?

  • Outdoor-Construction-worker tax?
  • Farmer-in-the-Sun tax?
  • Fastfood tax?  
  • Potato Chip tax?  
  • Bicycle Accident tax?  
  • Sitting On Your Ass In a Theater Eating Popcorn Tax?
  • Sitting On Your Couch Eating Popcorn Tax?
  • Taunting Pitbull tax?
  • Entering Combat tax?
  • Skydiving tax?
Maybe we should just push for a blanket tax.  

It would be called, "Leaving My Safe Warm Plastic Bubble Tax."

We actually need a "Taxing Politicians that Raise Blood Pressure and Stress Tax."