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THE 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
suriak@yahoo.com


Rev Antonio Hernandez on
HEADLINES
: LET'S HAVE A GOOD CRY
All the News Fit to make you weep

It 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 can change?

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 doesn't?`
© Rev Antonio Hernandez May 2004

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