The International Writers Magazine:
THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS OF A BUDDHIST AMONG BAPTISTS
Reverend Father Antonio
Hernández, O.M.D., A.B.F.
Founder of the Independent Order of American Buddhist Fathers
Antonio Hernandez on
HAVE A GOOD CRY
the News Fit to make you weep
struck me that I might crack open the newspaper this morning, because
I thought the risk for nausea was a bit lower than usual. BOY was I
wrong! Three headlines immediately jumped at me. Being the arrogant
strutter that I am, I shall comment on each of them:
SHOULD THE U.N. 'CONTROL' THE INTERNET?
My answer is a solid NO. Help, yes. Support, yes. Regulate or control?
No way in hell. Some boneheads who are tired of wrestling internet ethics
went to the U.N. to beg for precisely this: PLEASE TAKE CONTROL OF THE
INTERNET. The internet is an American invention, we thought of it, we
built it, we turned it on... let's hang on to our responsibility for
it. Even if that is now a global task, we can handle it, and hopefully
with the help of the U.N. How would we feel if we went to the U.N. and
asked that they control and regulate television? Ah, see how perspectives
WHY DID BUSH TAKE US TO WAR WITH IRAQ?
Why is a usurper like Bush in the White House, will someone please answer
me that? Do we even need to ask the other question? I say investigate
the bastard; nothing good will ever be found. We knew that before he
was compelled to usurp the presidency. Now, people are asking about
the hunt for bin Laden. Well, that was a world-class joke from day one!
First we were hunting him. Then we thought we might have him. Then he
was gone. This happened about 15 times, then someone said he had been
killed. There were even photos of an elongated corpse, and it was said
that the corpse was bin Laden. Nope a video arrived on the world scene
and there the ugly SOB was, big as life and 18 times uglier. Did the
administration even blush? By the time the Iraqi War was announced,
it seemed no one would dare print a word about bin Laden. What were
they trying to do, BORE him into submission? Well, Bush took out the
strength of the Taliban, then decided to follow suit with Hussein himself.
Was it wrong? That will remain to be seen. Many people all over the
world love the fact that Hussein is now a man behind bars. What about
those, especially Iraqis, who don't love the fact? What of the missing
intelligence (there's a humorous phrase for you)? No weapons of mass
destruction; but they were just Bush's stand-by excuse. Did he really
need an excuse? What I mean is, can anyone truly bemoan the downfall
of Hussein and his Iraq? I don't. All I really know for certain is that
Bush being a pretend president is the most wicked thing of all.
IS THE FCC BEING OVERBURDENED BY OVERLY SENSITIVE CRYBABIES?
Yes: . My local newspaper carried a national columnist's opinion about
the FCC raising its "obscenity" fines, groused about Howard
Stern and even aimed her guns at the Venerable George Carlin. She lambasted
Carlin's recent testimony about this matter, in which he stated that
people's real problem with cussing is attributable to "religious
superstition". I cheered aloud when I read that but the silly columnist
had a point: this issue is about civility and manners. I've written
about both topics here at "Hackwriters". We as a society are
being overburdened by silly, 19th century-minded prudes and idiots.
As John Lennon once said, "people who have no morals are dictating
the morals." As Carlin testified, people have a problem because
they have been taught that certain acts and parts of our bodies are
"evil". He has a point, and he wasn't talking about keeping
things private: he was talking about our freedom of expression. The
columnist's ultimate insult to Carlin and others? She says they "have
the mind of a seven-year-old." So does she. Look around... who
Antonio Hernandez May 2004
all rights reserved