Posted on May 30, 2008 by John Botscharow
Today’s paots is a follow-up to State of Texas Had No Right To Seize Children in Raid on Polygamist Ranch Analysis and Commentary, my post of May 24, 2008, that discussed the situation involving the children of the members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia], a group that split with the mainstram Mormon church over the practtice of polygamy. The FLDS still practices informal polygamy, although most members have only one legal spouse to avoid criminal prosecution, since simultaneous multiple marriages are illegal in every state in the USA.
After the Texas Court of Appeals ruled that the seizure of all the children living at the FLDS compound in El Dorado, Texas, was illegal, the Texas Children Protection Services appealed that ruling to the Texas Supreme Court, which upheld the lower court ruling yesterday. According to the CPS, the children will be returned to their families within days. Whether all the children will be returned is still uncertain. Personally, I hope they all will be, since, although I have some very serious issues with the beliefs of the FLDS from a religious perspective, it is not the role of the government to tell parents how to rais their children. As long as these children are not in any imminent danger of physical, including sexual, abuse, and there has been absolutely no evidence of that, the state needs to mind their own business and leave these children alone.
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Posted on May 25, 2008 by John Botscharow
Those of you who have been regular readers here know that I have little love for the Microsft Corporation or its products. I have always tried to use products and services that are free, not only in cost but in how they are licensed. Microsoft seems to think that their products are so good that no one, other than their in-house programmers should have access to the code or make any changes to improve that code.
Well, I beg to differ with that opinion. Realize that I am not a programmer or a computer geek by any stretch of the imagination. My main criteria for any computer product, whether software or hardware, is that it works easily and with a minimum of hassle. That, in my opinion, excludes Microsft products. They tend to be overly intrusive and suck resources like a starving kitten at it’s mother’s teats. The only good thing about Miscrosoft products, if you are using Windows as your operating system, is that they are easy to install and configure.
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Posted on May 23, 2008 by John Botscharow
Her remark about an assassination during a primary campaign drew a quick response from aides to Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama.
“Senator Clinton’s statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. – Clinton apologies for Kennedy remark
I think this lady, and I use the word loosely, deserves a trip to the woodshed for her absolutely unconscionable remark She has shown herself to be quite tasteless and tactless on a number of occasions during the primary canpaign, but this is the lowest of the low.
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Posted on May 22, 2008 by John Botscharow
Today I want to talk about the Democratic Presidential nomination contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At this moment, Obama is only 64 votes shy of the 2026 needed to win – if the Florida and Michigan delegations are not included. The numbers would obviuosly change in Mrs.; Clinton’s favor if those two state delegations are seated as full voting members.
every since it became apparent that the handwriting on the wall was against her, Mrs. Clinton has taken the side of these two “renegade” states. She has even vowed to take their cause to the convention gloor in August, not out of any altruism, no matter her rhetoric. She is supporting them because it is in her best, pragmatically speaking, political interest. Technically she won both primaries, and technically those delegates belong to her.
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