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Friday, June 13, 2008

I Get a Kick Out Of These People

How dare conservatives put on the ballot an issue that liberals don't like! That's the thrust of the argument made by the Charleston Gazette this morning with regard to gay marriage bans:
Storm: Constitutional ban
editorial

During past elections, Republican legislators in several states drafted constitutional amendments banning gay marriage - knowing that this emotion-charged issue would mobilize throngs of white evangelical voters, who tend to support GOP candidates. It was a clever ploy: using prejudice against gays to reap Republican votes.

Now a variation of the pattern seems to be repeating in California.

We support America's growing tolerance, and think that "straights" shouldn't try to tell gays how they must live. It's a shame that this hot-button topic has been thrust among all the political issues to be decided in the general election. (link)
A "hot-button topic." I assume that means it's an issue that a lot of voters have interest in.

How dare we! Why not a global warming initiative and a solar energy initiative and a transgender protection initiative and a Save-the-Whales initiative and an executive pay initiative and a pay equity initiative and stuff that interests only a handful of elitists around the country?

Does She?

It's amazing how getting thrown in jail will bring on pangs of remorse:

Tearful woman regrets leaving kids in hot car

It's fair to say that she's regretful. My guess is though that it's not about leaving two little kids in a car with inside temperatures hovering around 130°. Prison garb will have that kind of effect ...

And The GOP?

I can't tell you how aggravating it was last time 'round to go into the voting booth and be presented with the following ballot choices for state senator, 38th District of Virginia:

Phil Puckett - D
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Which one to choose ... Such the dilemma ...
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Looks like the Democrats have figured out how to do that which the Republicans are still struggling with - to PUT SOMEONE ON THE DAMN BALLOT IF WE'RE GOING TO MAINTAIN A TWO-PARTY SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY:
Va. Dems contest every US House race
By Bob Lewis, AP Political Writer
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Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Anyone who can't recall the last time Democrats contested every one of Virginia's U.S. House races is in good company: The question stumped political pros in both parties Thursday.

For the record, it was 1990. Before that, you go all the way back to 1974, the year Watergate forced President Nixon to resign and left the GOP vulnerable, according to the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

This year, it's the embattled Bush White House, a poor economy and an unpopular war that's put Democrats into races against Republican congressmen who are rarely challenged. (link)
Rumor has it that we here in the 9th Congrssional District will have a host of choices come November 4 when we get to voting for U.S. Representative. They are:
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Rick Boucher - D
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What is this, the Soviet Union? Can't you guys in the GOP at least pretend to be interested in my vote?

A Good Question

Asked by Charles Krauthammer in today's Washington Post:
In his St. Paul victory speech, Barack Obama pledged again to pull out of Iraq. Rather than "continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians, . . . [i]t's time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future."

We know Obama hasn't been to Iraq in more than two years, but does he not read the papers?
Why spoil a perfectly good stump speech wih facts?

Hope! Change! Out of Iraq!

On 'Conservatives' Who Support Obama

This from Ben Domenech:
[Douglas W. Kmiec, Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University, the former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush] and his small band of Obamacons are the new Lotophagi, the "Lotus Eaters" of Homer's Odyssey. When landing on the territory of the cult-like Lotophagi, Ulysses's crew was given a flower to eat "which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home, and did not even want to go back and say what had happened to them, but were for staying and munching lotus with the Lotus Eaters without thinking further of their return." Mr. Kmiec and others like him can munch on the flowery prose of Mr. Obama for as long as they want, drifting along on the wafted air of Hope and Change, fooling themselves into forgetting the principles that they once professed to believe. Don't mourn the Obamacons in their current state, fellow conservatives: We can safely leave them to their happy way which will only bring them heartbreak when they wake up to a world with Supreme Court Justice John Edwards and a whole mouth of grass-stained teeth.
"Conservatives To Obamacons," The Washington Times, June 13, 2008

Was Bush Right?

It's all beyond my ability to understand. Unemployment is up. Telltale signs of inflation raising its ugly head are rife. The dollar has plummeted. Leading economic indicators. Oil. Commodities. Gold.

But now this:
Retail sales jump by largest amount in 6 months
By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Washington - The stimulus checks are working. A big increase in retail sales signaled that people are spending their rebate payments, helping to ward off a serious economic slump, at least for now.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that retail sales soared 1 percent last month, double what had been expected. It was the largest increase since November and represented strong sales at a variety of retailers including the biggest increase at department stores and other general merchandise stores in a year. (link)
A whole army of economists pooh-poohed the idea that President Bush's stimulus program would jumpstart the faltering economy. It will be interesting to find out who knows more about economic matters. "See, I told you so" may be just around the corner.

When Ideology Supercedes the Constitution

Tell me something. Does yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that grants the murdering animals who are incarcerated in Guantanamo the right to trial in U.S. civil courts mean that Marine Sgt Lawrence G Hutchins III gets his conviction in a military court martial proceeding overturned and will be granted a new trial? Or are Islamist cutthroats granted rights that American servicemen are not entitled to?

Quote of the Day

From Justice Antonin Scalia:

"The Nation will live to regret what the Court has done today. I dissent."