Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Exhibit A: The Porno

I read an article at lunch today explaining how "freedom of speech" is not the same as "freedom of expression", and I started thinking about the idea of pornography. (Give me a moment here.)

In most every state, prostitution is illegal, right? Now, prostitution occurs when one person receives payment for sex with another person. It doesn't matter who pays for the sex, either. If Mary receives money to have sex with John, she commits prostitution regardless of who gave her the money. John doesn't have to be the payer. For example, suppose John's friend Mike pays Mary instead. The involvement of the third party doesn't magically cause the act to no longer be prostitution.

So why aren't "adult film" "actors" arrested for prostitution? The "actor" was payed to have sex with somebody. How does videotaping the crime *eliminate* the crime??? Isn't the videotape merely evidence by which the prosecution should obtain a conviction???

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Suffer the Little Countries

World Leaders Urge Restraint

No soverign nation should have to endure needling nuisance attacks upon its territory and people. When Israel's neighbors, ideologically, refuse to live at peace with them, why should they respond "proportionally"? Like Israel, our "allies" have strong militaries to send a message to would-be attackers that attacks can and will be met with an overwhelming response.

The Lebanese and Syrian governments would work AGAINST Hezbollah (and in a hurry) if they simply knew the rest of the world (which already condemn the attacks against Israel) would respond with, "you don't want Israel to pummel you? Then don't violate their border or their soldiers." THAT would be the QUICKEST way to bring peace to the Middle East. Coddling the anti-Israel nations will never do it.