Sunday, February 24, 2008

Where McCain Might Start

He might get his own house in order first:
Senators Diverting Campaign Funds to Kin
By Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Staff Writer

Under long-standing congressional ethics rules, corporations, unions and other large organizations cannot directly pay senators stipends. But their contributions to senators' election campaigns can be paid without limit to the children, spouses, in-laws and other relatives of the lawmakers, in a practice that has aroused controversy but is fully legal.

Since 2000, at least 20 members of the Senate dipped into their campaign contributions and wrote more than half a million dollars in checks to their own relatives, typically as payment for fundraising and other campaign work, according to a new report by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). (link)
From One who faced this not that long ago:

"Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, saith Jehovah." Jeremiah 7:11

And a strategy for our time: Jeremiah 7:15

Remember This When You Go To The Pumps

The Democrats in the Virginia senate (including our own Phil Puckett, John Edwards, and Roscoe Reynolds) are this day clamoring for an increase in the gasoline tax.

Meanwhile ...

Gas prices rise to top of woes
By Patrice Hill, The Washington Times

More than three times as many consumers are concerned about high energy prices than other economic problems such as job losses, foreclosures and the sagging stock market, according to an informal poll of Washington Times readers.

Sixty-five percent of the 230 readers who had voted by 4 p.m. yesterday said their biggest worry is high gas prices and heating bills — outdistancing concerns about the stock market, which were cited by 20 percent of readers polled, and foreclosures, which were cited by 6 percent. (
Want to make that uneasy feeling worse?
Campaign sign courtesy of the DNC.

Nothing Else Need Be Written


Lost In The 60's

"Help! I'm locked in a different dimension and I can't get out!"

Springsteen, Young Join Anti - War Soundtrack

They're still alive. Who knew?

A Warning Sign?

Roger L. Simon on the cult of personality:
Two or three days before Robert Kennedy was assassinated in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968- its hard to remember now - I attended a rally for RFK in East Los Angeles. The audience was almost entirely Mexican or Mexican-American - there were very few of us gringos. The crowd was wildly enthusiastic, to put it mildly. Cries of "Viva! Viva!" rang out everywhere. It felt as if I was at a rally in Central America and Kennedy was not running for President. He was running for "caudillo." I am sure if it were put to a vote of those present, they would have installed him as "maximum leader" for life in a landslide.

I was a supporter of Bobby Kennedy's in those days, but I was unnerved. And it's not just because I knew that his record was checkered, to say the least. A cult of personality was developing and I was beginning to feel nauseated by it. I am having the same feeling about Obama. Every time I hear "Si se puede!" I get queasy. I didn't when I heard it years ago at Cesar Chavez farmworker rallies, when it had a specific reference, but I do here. It's as if rhetoric has been stolen in a form - almost deliberately - devoid of content. "Yes, we can - what?" Nobody knows.
The frightening thing is, these people want us to believe they are grounded in the "reality-based" community. And they are willing to get swept up in this mindless lunacy.

"Yes, we can - what?" indeed.

'Yes, we can - what?'

The Washington Post this morning (see "The Obama Enigma") offers up a concern about Barack Obama that is revealing in its similarity to that which Roger L. Simon expressed (above):

The closing weeks of a primary campaign aren't especially conducive to thoughtful discussions of political philosophy. But if not now, when? Mr. Obama's rhetoric about bridging partisan differences has been inspiring, his personal story is moving and his qualities of leadership are undoubted. But do voters understand where, exactly, he would like to lead them?
I don't think I'd be holding my breath waiting for a clarification with regard to that last question. Droning on and on about "change," without giving the word any substantive meaning, seems to be working with the muddle-headed out there.

Then again, the ploy seemed to work pretty well the last time a Democrat tried to pull the wool over the party faithful's eyes:

Book cover photo courtesy of

A Story Not Often Aired

One has to wonder how often this saga plays out without the public ever knowing about it:
Artist hanged herself after aborting her twins
London Telegraph

An artist killed herself after aborting her twins when she was eight weeks pregnant, leaving a note saying: "I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum."

Emma Beck was found hanging at her home in Helston, Cornwall, on Feb 1 2007. She was declared dead early the following day - her 31st birthday.

Her suicide note read: "I told everyone I didn't want to do it, even at the hospital. I was frightened, now it is too late. I died when my babies died. I want to be with my babies: they need me, no-one else does." (link)
Read the whole article and you come away with a better understanding of how government-run health care fails the people it is supposed to help. Again.

My response to this story: Someone should have been there for this poor woman, starting with the asshole (ex-)boyfriend.