Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Of course, will anyone remember that Redford's character had no experience in government, was primarily chosen because he was a charismatic face, and had no clue about what politics was like. Probably the best line in the film was after Redford wins the election (over an obviously conservative Orange County Republican) -- he says to his campaign manager: "So, what do we do now?" Clueless. Just like many in DC.
Monday, January 23, 2006
OLYMPIA -- Sen. Patty Murray said Friday that returning contributions from Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff would "taint" the tribes.
The state's senior senator, a Seattle Democrat, said there was nothing wrong with accepting more than $40,000 in campaign donations from out-of-state tribes represented by the disgraced lobbyist.
Abramoff's excesses have been halted, and Congress is considering myriad ethics reforms, she said. The donations, from 1999 to 2005, placed Murray second among Senate Democrats.
So let's protect those tribes that sent casino-generated money. How? By keeping those "tainted" greenbacks for ourselves. How considerate of her.
Hat tip to Wizbang.
The big question is whether Harper can keep the right-wing of the Conservatives in line and demonstrate that there really wasn't anything to fear from electing the Tories. To prove that there was no "secret agenda". If he can show that he is a reasonable and capable leader, the Liberals may become the endangered species of Canadian loon.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Fresh off another stellar performance (the Alito hearings), and his membership in the Owl Club, comes word that Teddy may have another skeleton in his closet. Though, unlike a skeleton, this one is alive. From the Boston Herald:
The National Enquirer splashes this week with a shocking story about Sen. Ted Kennedy’s secret love child with a Cape Cod woman whom the mag says he dated during his days as a swinging single.Now, it is the Enquirer, but they've got a pretty good track record lately. And unlike some other tabloid stories that I've noticed while standing in the supermarket checkout line, this one has that gut-feeling aura of being the truth.
According to the tabloid’s source, the boy, named Christopher, just celebrated his 21st birthday and is “mature enough to make his own choices about his background and biological father.”
A Kennedy family confidante told the Enquirer, “This is one of the biggest secrets in the Kennedy family and known to only a few people including Ted’s ex-wife, Joan.”
Judge the story for yourself. Hat tip to Wizbang.
The Democratic version of the GWOT is actually just the WOT, because it is decidely not "global;" I'll call it the DemoWOT. On a nutshell, the DemoWOT understanding is that:To me, this explains a lot. Lots more good stuff....read it all HERE.
* We were attacked on 9/11 by a criminal organization named al-Qaeda;
* Al-Qaeda consists of a handful of people: bin Laden, Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, and just a few other associates;
* Our primary duty is to round up the masterminds of al-Qaeda, arrest them, and put them on trial;
* Because they're international "criminals," they must be tried by an international body: the International Court of Justice (World Court) at the Hague, Belgium's War Crimes Law, or the International Criminal Court (also at the Hague but distinct from the World Court);
* If found guilty, the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks should be imprisoned, perhaps for life, but not given the death penalty -- because that would "make us no better than they are;"
* Once they have been brought to justice,we can all go home, because the war on terrorism will be over.
We can party like it's (still) 1999!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Meanwhile, Kennedy admitted to Hiller that he himself probably couldn’t pass Judiciary Committee muster.In some ways, it's a shame that Bill Clinton didn't nominate Teddy to serve on the SCOTUS. It would have be a real treat to see him on the receiving end of a withering examination of his life. Especially while under oath.
“Probably not . . . probably not,” Kennedy said.
“I joined when I . . . 52 years ago, I was a member of the Owl Club, which was basically a fraternal organization.”Never mind that this club discriminates against women.....it's was just a youthful act over 50 years ago. Do as I say, not as I do.
Asked by Hiller whether he is still a member, Kennedy said, “I’m not a member; I continue to pay about $100.”I guess when you're a trust-fund baby, you don't really pay attention to where your money goes. I wonder if we could sneak a membership in the NRA past him?
"What the American people have seen is this incredible disparity in which those people that had cars and money got out, and those people that were impoverished drowned."
-Ted Kennedy on Hurricane Katrina
To which one might add:
-Mary Jo Kopechne on Chappaquidick
Monday, January 16, 2006
"I very much hope that our state's senators will vote to confirm Judge Alito since his views are far more consistent with both the Democrats and Republicans who elected them in Arkansas than the far left views of his chief critics like Ted Kennedy and Charles Schumer. What some of the partisan senators attempted to do to Judge Alito was disgraceful, and his composure and calm during the vicious but toothless attacks fired at him by the likes of Kennedy more than showed his qualification to be on the Supreme Court. It's a shame Teddy Kennedy didn't have to go through such scrutiny to be a United States Senator or there would be an open seat in Massachusetts right now."
I like the whole statement, but that last sentence took the words right out of my mouth.
Hat tips to Decision '08 and Mike Huckabee President 2008.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
On FTN, John McCain declared the FEC to be "corrupt" and suggested nuclear power as the way to rid ourselves of the Greenhouse gases we must first admit are a problem. Same show, Diane Feinstein said that Judge Alito was qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. Qualified candidates should not be kept off the court, she added, simply because Senators disagree with them. She did mention that she will vote against Alito's confirmation because she's sick of the Rehnquist Court.OK....explain this logic to me. 1) Alito is qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. And 2) Qualified candidates shouldn't be denied confirmation just because you disagree with them. Thus 3), even so, I'm voting against him because of the "Rehnquist Court".
Correct me if I'm wrong but REHNQUIST IS DEAD. Part of the liberal mantra is to bring up the ghosts of conservatives past and make them the bogeymen to blame for all of America's ills. For a while, (and still an old reliable standby) it was Joseph McCarthy. Never mind that he was proven to be correct about Communist infiltration of the government (see the Venona files for documentation). Now it seems the focus will be to blame Rehnquist.
If anything, it should be more properly referred to as the "O'Connor Court", due to her fence-straddling approach to the law, and it's disproportionate influence on the decisions of the Supreme Court.
Anyhow, Feinstein demonstrates that it doesn't matter what the facts are - she'll still do whatever it takes to cater to her supporting interest groups. And in the process, she shows that she truly belongs on the Judiciary committee.....right alongside Kennedy, Schumer and Biden and their equally strong commitment to logic and principle.
I don't know how much good it will do. Deep inside, I have a part of me that believes that a groundswell of the American people can't be ignored by our elected representatives. And I'll do my part to point out the ones that do ignore the people.An Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers
We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.
We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members.
But we are certain that the public is disgusted with excess and with privilege. We hope the Hastert-Dreier effort leads to sweeping reforms including the end of subsidized travel and other obvious influence operations. Just as importantly, we call for major changes to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process.
As for the Republican leadership elections, we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Today, I came across this blog that shows how the effects of the "clean air" movement go far beyond individual health. A man selling Smokeeters (an air filtration system often found in bars and other smoking areas) lost his job because of the reduced demand for the machines. This left him unable to keep up with child support payments. He wasn't trying to be a deadbeat dad, having gone to the court for temporary relief due to losing his job. But the family court judge decided that the best thing to do was to toss him in jail for 90 days.
Now, this is just one side of the story, but it seems genuine. If anyone has contradictory information, please let me know. In any case, A) this judge is too full of herself, and B) governments should think out their actions before jumping in with more regulations to "do good". Read the story and see for yourself.
UPDATE: I heard from Craig Westover, and he puts some additional spin on the story:
There's more to the story. This person's business was killed by theWell, at least part of the original post turned out to be true, and I think the missed court date was probably due to financial difficulty, at least in part. Still, it doesn't change the fact that often there is definite economic damage done whenever government starts to stick its nose in to "do good".
smoking ban -- no bar wanted to invest in air filtration equipment if there were going to be a smoking ban. However, the bench warrant was issued because he missed a court date.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Seems that Blanco has spent over half a million dollars for office renovations for her and her staff - AFTER hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Once again the politicians of Louisiana have made sure that THEY can always find some other sucker to pay for the finer things in life. In this case, that includes granite countertops and walnut paneling.
Will the good citizens of Louisiana remember this come election time? Hopefully some honest members of the Third and Fourth Estates will remind them.
Get the details at this Baton Rouge Newspaper site.
The same thing is happening in the Middle East. Take a read of this story on Captain's Quarters. Germany and Italy have become the "soft touches" in Europe. Hopefully they will learn faster than my friend did.
You'll never know what shows up here. Sometimes you'll laugh, sometimes cry. If you end up using some of your brain cells, then I've done my job. Hope you like it.