Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Opposing Stupidity: The Saudi King And L.A. Co. Supervisors

It may be necessary to send someone to yank the beard of the King of Saudi Arabia, after this stupid gentleman ordered Saudi newspapers to publish no more pictures of women. The Saudi kingdom is an offense against humanity when it follows policies of discrimination, and it seems to be getting worse, not improving. Perhaps, the king should be required to wear a dress for the next five years. Then, we might not have to see HIS picture in the papers.

It is high time we exhibit less patience than we have with the barbarians who dominate the Middle East, are charging robber baron prices for oil, and who have proved themselves unreliable. They are dangerous to us, and should not be the subject of understanding, but repugnance.

Just today an Iranian ayatollah called for annihilation of the West with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. Such people, such calls, represent incitement to murder, and they can and should be treated as the criminals they are. Action against them is needed before they unleash lethal weapons against American cities.

Another group, not as bad but whom we can still live without. is the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. As L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez points out today, the members waste public time and money passing meaningless congratulatory resolutions, while they should be debating and acting on the critical county problems of health, recidivism among released prisoners. the housing crisis and other issues about which they have accomplished essentially nothing for a long time.

It's almost impossible, it seems, to reject these people's reelection, because the opposition is comparatively unknown and poorly financed. But we have to start somewhere, and a good start would be to vote for other candidates than Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky, both standing for reelection in the June 6 primary. They have both outlived their usefulness as public servants. We need new blood at the county government level.

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