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The world becomes ever more bizarre
By Tom DeWeese
Someone has messed with the time continuum and thrown the world into an alternative universe. I present the following items as proof.
Item 1. A Washington State school district canceled its annual Halloween celebration because it's disrespectful to real witches. "Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that," said Puyallup School District spokeswoman Karen Hansen.
On the district's list of guidelines related to holidays and celebrations is an item that reads: "Use of derogatory stereotypes is prohibited, such as the traditional image of a witch, which is offensive to members of the Wiccan religion." "I do lots of things that are not revolving around wearing a black outfit and stirring a cauldron," said Wiccan priestess Cheryl Sulyma-Masson.
Parents shouldn't be surprised that witches and their "religion" are being protected in public schools since the advocating of running naked in the woods, hugging trees and worshipping Mother Earth (normal Wiccan practices) are all now part of the regular classroom discussions in many school districts.
Item 2. The City of Oakland, California has stopped setting up roadblocks to check whether drivers are under the influence because of a rash of complaints from the Latino community. It seems the DUI checkpoints are trapping more than drunks. Apparently they have ensnared dozens of illegal aliens who are not licensed to drive "yet otherwise obey the law."
"These checkpoints make people's lives miserable, not make them safer," said Jesus Rodriguez of Oakland Community Organizations, which has filed most of the complaints. "I've watched while police have towed away cars (full) of groceries, leaving children crying on the sidewalk."
Now, Oakland is creating new checkpoint guidelines which may call for police to notify Latino community organizations of the time and location of coming checkpoints. "It's simple common sense," said City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente. "You don't want to stop people from going to or from work. If there are kids in the car, give someone an opportunity to call someone to pick up their kids rather than create chaos."
So let's get this straight. Legal Americans, who have tried for years to get the DUI checkpoints banned as unconstitutional search and seizures, have failed all the way to the Supreme Court. Now, however, some illegal aliens whose very presence is against the law, and who are driving on public streets without a driver's license or insurance, simply have to say "unfair" and government rushes to accommodate them.
Not only did the city stop the checkpoints, but it is now offering to warn them where the checkpoints will be so they won't get caught in them. Meanwhile, no such accommodation is being issued to legal Americans. They get caught in the snare, they face fines, confiscation of their cars, and jail. Laws mean what? Being an American citizen means what?
Item 3. Former President Bill Clinton, according to a UPI report, has set his sights on becoming United Nations Secretary-General. A Clinton insider and a senior UN source have told United Press International that Clinton would like to be named leader of the world body when Kofi Annan's term ends in 2006. Word is that UN leaders would flock to enthusiastically elect him. The only thing standing in his way to being head of the world is the reelection of George W. Bush, who would surely move to block Clinton's nomination.
That creates a massive dilemma for conservatives. If Bush is elected, Clinton's bid for the UN leadership can be stopped in 2006. However, if John Kerry is elected, that would effectively remove any chance of Hillary being elected President in 2008. The Clinton's have successfully put the nation in a vice. The Clinton's are coming at us from two sides. Which one do we choose?
You see, positive proof that the world has truly has gone mad.
Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president of the American Policy Center. The Center, an activist think tank, maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.org. © Tom DeWeese 2004
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