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The war against allergy sufferers

I'm so sick of states restricting access to things like Sudafed thinking it'll help cure methamphetamine use.

We did it here in Oklahoma. Now, in order to get Sudafed, you have to go to a pharmacy, give them all kinds of personal information, and there are restrictions on how much you can get at one time.

Or, you could drive two hours north to Kansas and pick some up.

Yeah, that's reeeeally going to stop the meth trade.

Just the other week, there was a meth lab bust next door to my apartment. This was MONTHS after that law went into effect.

All that this law does is make it more difficult for allergy sufferers to get relief!

Now Oregon is about to pass a law forcing people to get a PRESCRIPTION for Sudafed. Yeah. To get Sudafed, you'll now have to spend money at the doctor.

Or drive to Washington and pick some up.

Look, until we can have a national standard for Sudafed distribution, this just isn't going to work. And it's not going to work anyway because the war…

Quotes about the war in Kosovo

I found this surfing around various blogs. It's very illuminating. Keep in mind -- these are quotes about President Clinton getting involved in Kosovo.


Quotes in reference to Kosovo:

"Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the American stature in the world. The international respect and trust for America has diminished every time we casually let the bombs fly."
-Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

"You can support the troops but not the president"
-Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
-Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

"This is President Clinton's war, and when he falls flat on his face, that's his problem."
-Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)


"President Clinton is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to …

What's going on with the space program?

Seriously. Two years ago we had a shuttle literally disintegrate in mid descent, killing all on board. Now we've got almost the same problem on Discovery. Are these astronauts going to make it home? Who's behind the wheel at NASA?

Sometimes I feel like NASA has just become this big bureaucratic nightmare that will never propel us into serious space exploration. Everything they do is so huge and complicated and expensive and overbudget and delayed and has problems and explodes...maybe now that they don't have those eeviyl Commies to fight, since there is no more "race" anymore, the quest for space is no longer a priority. The Cold War might have been a stupid battle between ideologies, but it certainly led to some serious technological advancement that we wouldn't have had otherwise...

Anyway, here's to the astronauts of Discovery. May they make it home safely and may NASA get to work on more projects like the Mars rover, you know, projects that work.

The energy bill

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Congress finally passed an energy bill. Great. Now all of the already rich oil and gas executives will be able to afford yet another Hummer, while the rest of us struggle to fill up our own cars with gas. Sure, there are some token tax breaks for alternative fuel vehicles and maybe a dollar or two here or there to build a wind generator, but most of the bill goes straight into the pockets of oil and gas companies.

If you think about it, that's not such a big problem. We're clearly reaching peak production of oil, which means that we're going to run out sooner rather than later, meaning that these executives are going to be out of a job sooner rather than later, and we're all going to be up shit creek without Mel Gibson in a badly dubbed American accent to stop the Humongus from taking over the world.

(That's a "Mad Max" reference. Go watch that movie.)

I'm glad that the bill increases spending for nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is the only safe alt…

Nightline

Nightline ran an interview with a Russian terrorist last night, and the Russian government had a fit.

Here's the thing. The interview was actually pretty intelligent and well done. It was creepy to see the interviewer sitting next to a cold-blooded murderer asking him why he orchestrated the killings of hundreds of schoolchildren and theatre goers.

And I think it's important for people to see this kind of thing -- it's about getting a fuller perspective on what's going on. Yes, the guy is a murderer and a maniac. But he's also a great example of who The Enemy really is -- and the more we can learn about why he does what he does and how his mind works, the better able we will be to beat him and people like him.

So I say kudos to Nightline for having the chutzpah to air that interview. We need more bold journalism like that in this country -- far too many cable news programs are mere fluff meant to hold your attention between chunks of advertising space, unless they'…

Introduction

Hello. This would be my first post and my first serious venture into the world of "blogging."

I have a LiveJournal, and I've used that for quite a while now, but that's mostly for more personal and trivial things.

The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for me to attempt a serious political writing career.

My intent is to post every day.

Some days I might have something interesting to say, but other days I may not.

For instance, today I'm writing about writing. You may find that interesting or you may not. You may not even exist, as I know that nobody is going to see this blog until I start promoting it, and before I do that I have to have something worthy of promotion.

In any event, here's what you'll likely find at the Left Handed Blog:

1) Political commentary from a perspective somewhere to the left of Howard Dean and somewhere to the right of Vladimir Lenin.

2) Well, that's really all I'm planning for this blog to have.

3) No, seriously, there&…