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30 April 2010

Happy Birthday Pop


Before I log-off for the day, I would be remiss if i didn't offer my happy birthday wishes to my dad -- The Pajama Father.

Thank you for being a seemingly bottomless chasm of information on family, jobs, cars, homes, parenting, fixing shit and life in general. Happy birthday pop -- you are one in a million.

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Photo: Dad, looking rather introspective (or as my brother says, "he looks like a Grecian tough") on our Christmas tree trek last year. I've got this picture hanging in my office.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Is Racially Insensitive



Classy, Ms. Holmes Norton (whom you may remember from her numerous bouts against Stephen Colbert).

Madam, just because Justice Thomas sees the world a bit differently than you do does not make him "purportedly" African-American.

Nope. You don't get a pass on that one.

Karl Rove On Arizona's Immigration Law



A very interesting back-and-forth between Fox News "O'Reilly Factor" Substitute Host Juan Williams and former-White-House-Big-Dog Karl Rove.

I find it interesting that, despite having said that Arizona's law has "Constitutional problems", Rove seemed to avoid any meaningful discussion of immigration reform or the Arizona bill itself. Rather, he took every opportunity to turn the issue around into a criticism of the Obama administration.

Now, I am not saying that the Obama administration is blame-free in this area -- I do think that Rove raises some good points there. However, Williams was clearly trying to get Rove to weigh-in on the Arizona immigration bill, not point-out what Obama has done incorrectly on the issue of immigration.

F**k You, Flowers


For when your day is so bad that flowers piss you off. Heh.

Hawaii Approves Civil Unions

Welcome aboard Hawaii. We're glad to have you:
Hawaii is a step closer to joining a small group of other states in allowing same-sex civil unions.

In a move that still needs the governor's signature to become law, the House of Representatives Thursday night approved a measure that has drawn some of the state's biggest protest rallies.

Republican Gov. Linda Lingle hasn't said whether she'll reject it or sign it into law but her office said later that she will carefully review the bill.

The House voted 31-20 in favor of the legislation, which had been stalled but was unexpectedly revived on the last day of this year's legislative session. The Senate passed it in January.
Aloha!

Spill Here, Spill Now



What's that you were saying Sarah? Oops (and a big one).

Clearly, this is not a common occurrence. However, the impact from this disaster will wreak havoc not only on the environment, but also on the politics of the 'drill, baby, drill' philosophy.

Charlie Crist Is Running As An Independent

...but, good luck finding his name on the ballot:
Gov. Charlie Crist's decision announcement Thursday that he will run for Senate as an unaffiliated candidate means that his name will be placed beneath at least eight others on Florida's general election ballot in November.

According to the Florida Secretary of State's office, the order that candidates are listed on the state's ballot is predetermined by law. The winner of the Republican primary will receive top billing, followed by the winner of the Democratic primary and then any candidates who have qualified to run as members of Florida's more than 30 registered "minor parties." These candidates are listed in the order in which they qualified for the ballot.

Last on the ballot, also listed in the order that they qualified, are candidates running without party affiliation – listed as NPA. This is where Crist's name will appear.

Four candidates have already qualified to run unaffiliated, ensuring that their names will be above the governor's on November's ballot: Sue Askeland, Bruce Ray Riggs, Bobbie Bean and Rick Tyler. Additionally, two minor party candidates have already qualified and will also be listed before Crist's: Libertarian Alexander Andrew Snitker and Bernie DeCastro of the Constitution Party of Florida.
My emphasis.

My guess is that it won't make a difference. Like Joe Lieberman before him, Crist will still be able to win the election in the fall. He's got the name recognition and he's moderate enough to get the votes of both Republicans and Democrats.

It's Official: Glenn Beck Is Bat-Sh*t Insane



This guy is off the deep-end. I'm sorry, I can take his stuff most of the time, but when you start accusing people/groups/the government of wanting to have you assassinated, you are officially bat-shit insane.

Period.

Head nod: JMG

29 April 2010

A Long Cold Shower


Conservative columnist Rick Moran takes apart some really bad "reporting" on the part of some rightie bloggers:
[D]uring a presidential visit, if the Secret Service orders the police to move, they move. If what both Loesch and Moore are saying is true about the Secret Service telling local police to move the protestors – and then failing to do so – it would be a serious breach of protocol. All the more reason to think that both women were repeating rumors, or more likely, exaggerating their paranoid fears for effect.

No SWAT team. No threats to protestors. No phalanx of menacing riot police bearing down on tea partiers with billy clubs – the kind of police threat I experienced several times in my youth. Simple, routine security that you will see the world over when a national leader pays a visit.

But damn, that’s just not good enough. We need drama! We need to be seen as being oppressed! We need to wave the bloody shirt from the battlements! We’re Patriots ready to spill our blood in defense of ...something!
Break out the tinfoil hats gang -- we're going to have a conspiracy party!

Charlie Crist Hasn't Even Officially Announced


...and yet here comes the ouch.

Incidentally, Crist is expected to announce that he's running for U.S. Senate in Florida sometime this evening.

Quote Of The Day

"If Sarah Palin played a loud, grinding instrument, she would be in my band. The independent patriotic spirit, attitude and soul of our forefathers are alive and well in Sarah. In the way she lives, what she says and how she dedicates herself to make America better in these interesting times, she represents the good, while exposing the bad and ugly. She embraces the critical duty of we the people by participating in this glorious experiment in self-government. The tsunami of support proves that Sarah, 46, represents what many Americans know to be common and sensible. Her rugged individualism, self-reliance and a herculean work ethic resonate now more than ever in a country spinning away from these basics that made the U.S.A. the last best place." -former rocker and current conservative activist Ted Nugent.

"Herculean work ethic"? Really Ted? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't governor Palin quit after only two years into her first term? That's not herculean, that's subhuman.

Oh, and congrats to you Ted, as this is your second "quote of the day" and third overall appearance on the blog. Next up: you'll get your own label...

In My Inbox


For the record, I'm not sure when, or even how I was place on WorldNetDaily's e-mail listserve -- and yet here we are.

But really WND -- "dethrone"? The last time that I checked, the Speaker of the House does not sit on a throne. Next you'll be calling for Harry Reid's arrest and to uncrown Barack Obama. Sheesh.

I don't like Nancy Pelosi either -- but guess what, she needs to be voted out by her district, not overthrown by the conspiracy theorists who read WND.

Just sayin'.

Those Positive Role Models

NPR's Frank Deford makes some real sense re: professional athletes and their, errr, behavior -- using Ben Roethlisberger as an example:
[A]t a certain point, don't you just stop caring whether our athletes — who for some reason or other are always called "role models" — don't you just stop caring whether they behave?

Don't you just want to say, "Let the thugs play"?

OK, if they violate the statute law, fine, put them in the hoosegow. But really, otherwise, why are we expending so much angst worrying about the character of our well-muscled celebrities?

I mean, it is hopelessly apparent that Roethlisberger is a perfectly dreadful person, prone to reprehensible behavior whenever he is let loose from the sanctioned violence of the gridiron. As Knute Rockne said many years ago: "The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb."

To what earthly benefit is it to suspend Roethlisberger? Does it teach little, impressionable children a lesson? Is it going to make other football players pause and think about being a role model late at night when they are on the cusp of committing mayhem? I mean, let's give Roethlisberger credit. At least he wasn't packing a firearm like so many of his athletic brethren do when they are out taking the air these evenings.

No doubt his enforced vacation will hurt the Pittsburgh Steelers, but then, somebody has to lose, so it will help some other team. The NFL will not be affected a whit, except in the sanctimonious sense that it can pat itself on the back for standing foursquare in support of goodness.

What always confounds me is the premise that Commissioner Roger Goodell cited — as do the other so-called czars of sport — that their players "have to be held to a higher standard."

But why? Why, pray, of all people, are athletes, pretty much alone in our society, expected to be sweeter than the average angel? It is politicians and clergy and those maestros of finance on Wall Street who ought to be held to a higher standard. Why aren't they ever called "role models?" Why can't some tearful little impressionable tyke sob, "Say it ain't so, Goldman Sachs, say it ain't so" — and thus change the pecking order in our cultural mythology?
Here here.

Head nod: Pam101

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Photo: Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joe Sestak Won't Release Naval Records

The Enquirer's Tom Fitzgerald questioned Mr. Sestak, who is losing his fight against incumbent Democratic Republican Democratic Senator Arlen Specter, about the decision to withhold his Naval personnel records:
Rep. Joe Sestak says he is not going to turn over Navy personnel records that might rebut the stories he was let go from a top Pentagon job for creating a "poor command climate" among subordinates - an issue which has been used to great effect by Sen. Arlen Specter's Democratic primary campaign.

After Wednesday's "major campaign speech" in Washington, Sestak expressed frustration with the media's role in reporting Specter's attacks on him. It had been anticipated that he would offer a compelling explanation for his demotion from a three-star admiral position by Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chief of naval operations. Instead, he stuck to his same old explanation that Mullen wanted a new team when he took command of the Navy and he respects the decision.

I asked Sestak why he hasn't released performance reviews from the latter part of his Navy career, which could presumbably clear up the perception that he rode employees too hard and destroyed the morale of hs crew. Such documents could directly rebut the Specter ad highlighting the episode. He said he wouldn't do so because that would allow Specter to drive the conversation - and the campaign.

There should be substantive debate about the country's big challenges: health care, war, recession, Sestak said. "Why are we not discussing those issues, Tom? Because Arlen Specter decides to have baseless negative attacks, is that what it is? We're not going to let him."
While I do find myself in something of an agreement with Congressman Sestak (you don't want to cave to your opponent's demands -- thus letting them drive the debate), it seems to me that the allegations of demotion and negative performance in Naval command could easily be cleared if Sestak were to release these documents.

That is, if the documents clear him of the allegations.

26 April 2010

Sarah Palin: It WAS All About The Money

Shocking:
For Palin, the months since Election Day had been a letdown even bigger than the loss to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Being governor was drudgery. “Her life was terrible,” one adviser says. “She was never home, her [Juneau] office was four hours from her house. You gotta drive an hour from Wasilla to Anchorage. And she was going broke.” Her sky-high approval ratings in Alaska—which had topped 80 percent before John McCain picked her—had withered to the low fifties. She faced a hostile legislature, a barrage of ethics complaints, and frothing local bloggers who reveled in her misfortune. All this for a salary of only $125,000? The worst was that she had racked up $500,000 in legal bills to fend off the trooper scandal and other investigations. She needed money and worried about it constantly. “You have to keep in mind,” Bill McAllister, her then–press secretary, told me, “she and Todd were middle class. They’re rich now, but not then.”

And, whatever one thinks of her intelligence, she was more than shrewd enough to see that there was money to be made on her newfound national profile, and she hadn’t been the one making it—this was her particular American resentment. The tabloid-media culture began cashing in on the Palin-family drama ever since her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, and boyfriend Levi Johnston stepped on the Xcel Energy Center stage at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. On multiple occasions, Palin complained to campaign aides about Kaylene Johnson, an Alaska journalist, who had just published a book about her. “I can’t believe that woman is making so much money off my name,” Palin said.

From the time of her infamous wardrobe selection, money had been an issue in Palin’s politics. Her relationship with the McCain campaign had been plagued by financial misunderstanding. In her book Going Rogue, she claimed that the McCain campaign had left her on the hook for her Troopergate bills. Palin was furious. “Deep down, she wanted to make money,” a McCain adviser says. “There was always financial stress. They’re not wealthy people.”

Palin knew there were ways to solve her money problems, and then some. Planning quickly got under way for a book. And just weeks after the campaign ended, reality-show producer Mark Burnett called Palin personally and pitched her on starring in her own show. Then, in May 2009, she signed a $7 million book deal with HarperCollins. Two former Palin-campaign aides—Jason Recher and Doug McMarlin—were hired to plan a book tour with all the trappings of a national political campaign. But there was a hitch: With Alaska’s strict ethics rules, Palin worried that her day job would get in the way. In March, she petitioned the Alaska attorney general’s office, which responded with a lengthy list of conditions. “There was no way she could go on a book tour while being governor” is how one member of her Alaska staff put it.

On Friday morning, July 3, Palin called her cameraman to her house in Wasilla and asked him to be on hand to record a prepared speech. Around noon, in front of a throng of national reporters, she announced that she was stepping down as governor. To many, it seemed a mysterious move, defying the logic of a potential presidential candidate, and possibly reflecting some hidden scandal—but in fact the choice may have been as easy as balancing a checkbook.

Less than a year later, Sarah Palin is a singular national industry. She didn’t invent her new role out of whole cloth. Other politicians have cashed out, used the revolving door, doing well in business after doing good in public service. Entertainment figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, and even Ronald Reagan have worked the opposite angle, leveraging their celebrity to make their way in politics. And family dramas have been a staple of politics from the Kennedys—or the Tudors—on down. But no one else has rolled politics and entertainment into the same scintillating, infuriating, spectacularly lucrative package the way Palin has or marketed herself over multiple platforms with the sophistication and sheer ambitiousness that Palin has shown, all while maintaining a viable presence as a prospective presidential candidate in 2012.

The numbers are staggering. Over the past year, Palin has amassed a $12 million fortune and shows no sign of slowing down. Her memoir has so far sold more than 2.2 million copies, and Palin is planning a second book with HarperCollins. This January, she signed a three-year contributor deal with Fox News worth $1 million a year, according to people familiar with the deal. In March, Palin and Burnett sold her cable show to TLC for a reported $1 million per episode, of which Palin is said to take in about $250,000 for each of the eight installments.
That is essentially the first page of an eight-page piece in New York Magazine. And, each and every page is worth reading. I've just spent the better part of my afternoon doing so -- and in that, not doing any work. Don't tell my boss.

Head nod: Doug Mataconis

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Logo illustration: Felix Sockwell

The Trustworthiness Of Beards


I am either "very trusting" or "threatening", depending upon the level of grooming on any given day. Today, I think I'm bordering on threatening -- though that may simply be the fact that it's Monday...

Full image (it's H U G E) here. Head nod: The Chuck on The Twitter

Dobson Backs Grayson In Kentucky

James Dobson endorses Rand Paul's opponent in the Kentucky senatorial election:
The founder of the socially conservative Focus on the Family organization is weighing in on the divisive Republican Senate primary battle in Kentucky.

James Dobson Monday endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who's fighting Rand Paul for their party's nomination.

"Trey Grayson is the only candidate with the conviction to lead on the issues that matter to Kentucky families," Dobson says in a statement released by the Grayson campaign. "His unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life and the family resonates with me. I know that he will be a leader on these issues, not just another Senator who checks the box."
I can't say that his is all-that-surprising.

Giving Up On Michael Steele

John Hawkins is giving up on Michael Steele:
Right off the bat, Steele did some things I liked. He cleaned house at the RNC. He hired some really savvy new media people who did -- and are still doing -- some great work to bring the RNC into the 21st century technologically.

But Steele also made some dumb comments, particularly about Rush Limbaugh, that irritated people and worse yet, reinforced the stereotype that he wasn't someone who could be trusted by conservatives.

Still, I stuck with Steele. My reasoning was that he was still in transition from being a commentator to working the RNC and he was having a little trouble adjusting. That could happen to anyone, right? Except in Steele's case, he's still semi-regularly saying dumb things, which means it's just something that comes with the package, not a case of learning the job. That's a big problem in that one of Steele's primary strength is supposed to be that he can be a great spokesman for the party. It's kind of hard to be spokesman when you're sticking your foot in your mouth every five minutes.

Then there was Steele's book tour. Granted, Steele's not the first RNC Chairman to do a book. But, after people were decidedly unhappy with Mel Martinez for being a part-time chairman and they were very unsure about Steele, going on a book tour didn't look good. It made Steele look like he was more interested in promoting himself than promoting the party.
I see Hawkins' point. And largely, I agree with what he is saying. I, too have been very critical of the current RNC Chairman.

However, I think that, given the position in which the Republican party is right now (minority party in both houses of Congress and opposition party to the White House), changing leaders in a mid-term election year is likely not be the best idea.

As much as Steele (and others in the leadership) have stepped in metaphorical poo, what the RNC needs right now is continuity. Switching-up top-brass would send a message of desperation to both party members and (more importantly) big-wig donors.

...not to mention the message that would be sent to Democrats. They, not unlike sharks, will be able to smell the blood-in-the-water and would no doubt use that talking point to their advantage.

"The Finger Of God"


This image is cropped from a larger image of the "Keyhole Nebula", taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is really cool in its own right, but it did get me to thinking: My guess is that good ole Fred Phelps and his, errr, followers would argue that this is God flipping us all off because of our tolerance of the homosexual agenda/lifestyle.

Heh.

Head nod: TYWKIWDBI (who else?)

Quote Of The Day

"The problem is we have a give-away system that is so strong that people would rather sit home and do nothing than do these jobs. Laziness is not a disability. There are a lot of people that are flat-out lazy and they are using up the goods and services in this state." -Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer (R-SC), keepin' it real.

You might remember Mr. Bauer's other comments that I have highlighted in the past... I'll give him this; he knows how to grab local headlines.

Head nod: Taegan Goddard

24 April 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Finish up those Froot Loops -- it's cartoon time!

23 April 2010

A Real Head-Scratcher

Steve Benen makes a great counter-argument regarding Sarah Palin's defense of Reverend Franklin Graham's denunciation of the religion of Islam:
[I]f a prominent Muslim leader denounced Christianity as a "very evil and wicked religion," and then said Christians can only be free if they convert to Islam, would Sarah Palin and her cohorts be comfortable if the imam got an invitation to speak at a religious event at the Pentagon? I suspect not.
Yeah, he's probably right.

Read the whole piece. It's good.

Go F**k Yourself


Now this is a "f**k yourself" that I can get behind!

Quote Of The Day

"You’d be surprised how many people liked that. That’s sort of the best thing I ever did." -former vice president Dick Cheney, listing the major triumph of his political career.

I would have to agree with him. Telling Senator Leahy to "f**k himself" was, by far, the best thing that Cheney ever did.

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Photo: Getty Images

Birther Doc Gets Court Martial Charges, UPDATED

...and bumped. Update below...

Well, we knew this was bound to happen:
Formal court martial charges have been brought against Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, the Army doctor who believes President Obama may not be a natural born citizen, for failing to follow orders, the military said today.

Lakin was charged Thursday "with one specification of a violation of Article 87, Missing Movement and four specifications of a violation of Article 92 (three specifications of Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, and one Specification of Dereliction of Duty)," said Chuck Dasey, spokesman at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where Lakin is assigned.
As you'll recall, Lieutenant Colonel Lakin released a YouTube video in which he publicly announces his intention to disobey his orders because he, well, is a birther. Natch.

It appears that his uppance have come...

UPDATE :: David Weigel makes an interesting point:
[W]e've now seen a number of soldiers do this, and last year we saw Capt. Connie Rhodes try a similar thing, get punished, and make a celebrity out of her lawyer -- none other than Orly Taitz. Larkin's case isn't going to change anything more important than the pecking order of birther attorneys and the destination for birthers' donation checks.
And yet, I find myself utterly fascinated with the birther 'movement'. It's like rubber-necking as you drive past the scene of a car accident. You can't help but want to look...

'I Love To Take A Walk'

I love to take a walk
In the early morning breeze.
And hear the birds singing
Among the tall green trees.
And hear the jar flies chattering shrill
And a lone crow calling
High on the hill
It's a time to meditate
Of the days gone by
When the yellow rays
Of sunlight is lighting up the sky.
It's a time of inspiration
No need to be sad.
This is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice in it and be glad.
God has given me many days on this earth
It seems He has blessed me
Even from my birth.
He has given me two lovely girls
And six sturdy boys to bless our life.
Their mother was a good woman
But cancer took her life.
And I met Mary and fell in love
And she became my wife.
Now we have six boys and four girls
To share our love
And when we leave this old world
I hope to meet them in that land above.
-Popeye (my grandfather), 2005

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Photo: Andrew Moore

"I Can't Shake Him!"

Graham Is Soft On Immigration, So He Must Be Gay


Wow. In case you don't want to watch the whole video, fast-forward to 7:15 in -- my jaw is on my desk. The smugness of the guy makes me want to beat him with his microphone -- to say nothing of his actual stance on the issues.

TMV's Joe Gandelman responds to the above video of an activist who suggests that because Lindsey Graham supports immigration reform, he must be gay:
Just think about at what is at play here. Because Graham sees an issue differently, it’s suggested that there MUST be a chance he’s being blackmailed.

How about the fact that — whether you agree with him on anything or not — Graham simply sees it this way through his own life’s prism?

How about the possibility that on some issues he’s more independent than anyone’s checklist of where they need to be if they are “real” conservatives (a checklist on which most likely Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan would not score well).

If you go to The Week link it’s clear most Republicans don’t like this path of attack. And for good reason: if Republicans in general and conservatives in general start making sexual preference a way to take out those who are or aren’t Republicans, they will lose in the long run since younger voters don’t consider this as big an issue as older voters.
Say it with me kids; to be gay is to be evil. Ugh.

I know that this guy represents a small minority of people who are calling on Senator Graham to come out of the closet -- but it's still disturbing nontheless.

'The Birthers Are Stupid'


You don't have to tell me twice.

Head nod: Doug Mataconis

[ed. note: fixed -- and for the record, my Popeye was not a birther]

22 April 2010

Getting Caught Up

So, I haven't posted all week -- hence the beautiful map-ish picture of The Bluegrass State gracing the top of the blog for, oh, nine days.

The short version is this: last week was tough, because the loss of a grandfather (or any family member) is tough. That said, I try to always look for the proverbial silver lining in things, and this lining was so shiny one needed to wear sunglasses.

We had a great visit with family members from all across this great nation. Popeye (what we grandkids affectionately called our grandfather) had eight kids -- and they are spread throughout the United State. As one might imagine, family reunions are few and far between. The last time that the family had gotten together was in celebration of Popeye's birthday... in 1991.

So we ate, and visited, and ate some more (because that's how things are done in Kentucky) and truly enjoyed ourselves.

My brother and I served as pallbearers for the funeral procession and were honored to do so with four of our other cousins. My Pop was a southern Baptist minister and touched the lives of countless parishioners in his 30 years in the ministry. He will be missed by family -- and friends.

On a personal note I wanted to say thanks for all of the warm sentiments that were passed my way via e-mail and Twitter. It meant a lot to me to have virtual friends reach out and offer their condolences.

So, I am sorry about the lack of posts this week. In addition to all of craziness last week (what with a nearly impromptu trip to Kentucky), we have also learned that The Pajama Wife has been offered a position at Behemoth University (my new current employer). Thusly, we are now looking at moving The Pajama Family to a different town, that is after the Boy finishes the school year. So, if you have any inside info on the current housing market, please feel free to share.

Also, if anyone has inside info on whether or not the current home buyer tax credit program will be continued/extended -- please let me know.

We are likely looking at a big move for ThePajamaPundit.com World Headquarters. A lot going on around here. Bear with me.

15 April 2010

Out Of Touch

So, I'll be out of town for the next few days attending my grandfather's funeral in the Bluegrass State. More on that later.

I won't be posting -- but I'll be around on the Twitter. Keep an eye in the sidebar over there... -->

Until next week.

Oh, and happy tax day. If you are attending a Tea Party rally, do be careful. And civil.

Kick Ass


Apparently, the many critics are not fans. I don't know -- it looks kind of cool to me... then again I haven't seen the entire movie.

Thoughts?

14 April 2010

Puppets Explain

Union Victory Appreciation Month


Somehow, I missed this one last week...

Department Of 'This Is How You Lose An Election'

States' rights arguments aside, this guy is clearly off of his rocker:
Oklahoma State Senator and Republican candidate for Governor, Randy Brogden, says he believes a volunteer citizens’ militia is authorized under the Second Amendment. The idea is the brainchild of the Oklahoma Constitutional Alliance, an umbrella group of Tea Party factions. Brogden has actively reached out to Tea Party supporters in his electoral bid.

Joined by conservative Oklahoma legislators, Tea Party leaders have called for a volunteer State Militia “to defend against…improper federal infringements on state sovereignty” according to the Dallas Morning News. Tea Party leader Al Gerhart admitted the idea was frightening. “Is it scary? It sure is” he is quoted as saying, adding, “…when do states stop rolling over for the federal government?”
My guess is that Mr. Brogden should be prepared for the FBI to add his name to a watch list. Or two.

Sarah Palin & The Tea Party


I couldn't get through it. It's not the subject matter that bothers me. It's her.

I'm sorry, but I can't stand to see/hear her speak.

If you have the stomach to watch her for more than three or four minutes, drop me a line and give me your thoughts.

Head nod: Ed Morrissey

The Coruscant Juggling Club Wants YOU!

Eliot Spitzer Is Back In The News

For all of the wrong reasons.

So much for the former-governor's oft-rumored comeback. Not with stories like this one:
Hooker-happy former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was using the services of the Emperors Club escort service starting in early 2006 -- when he was still state attorney general -- and doled out $100,000 on the firm's call girls, according to an upcoming Fortune magazine excerpt from Peter Elkind's "Rough Justice."

"He had been a customer of the Emperors Club for at least two full years and spent more than $100,000 on more than 20 appointments with perhaps 10 escorts in New York City, Washington, Dallas, Palm Beach and San Juan," Elkind, a Fortune editor-at-large, writes in the book.
Can I just tell you that if I had 100,000 dollars, I would pay off my college loans and invest the rest. This guy was spending that money for the company of women.

...for the company of women?

I don't get it. I just don't get it.

13 April 2010

Quote Of The Day

"You don’t go ahead and accommodate every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal. That would be like saying, 'well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them.'" -Mike Huckabee, comparing gay marriage and civil unions to people who drug users and polygamists.

Stay classy Huck.

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Photo: Brooks Craft/Corbis for Time

Eric Massa: Creepy Dude


I normally try to avoid posting about the sex-lives of Congressional folks (unless they are contradicting their own policy positions), but this nugget about Eric Massa's (D-Ny) current scandal caught my eye:
The incident that eventually lead to Massa's resignation occurred at a funeral reception on Feb. 2 in Hornel, N.Y., for Lance Cpl. Zack Smith. The 19-year-old Marine had died in an explosion in Afghanistan. Massa struck up a conversation with a young bartender serving at the informal wake.

Four days later, a local blogger alerted the congressman's office that someone had posted an anonymous comment on his site accusing Massa of soliciting sex from the bartender, according to an e-mail obtained by The Post.
Massa was (allegedly) hitting on a bartender at the memorial service for a slain U.S. Marine? Classy dude. Really classy.

My question: why did the WaPo bury this item so deeply into the two-page story?

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Photo: Rochester City Newspaper

O'Reilly, Watters Go After Al Gore


Ugh. I may not agree with the former vice president on everything, but we certainly agree that 'ambush journalism' is lame. At best.

And yet, Bill O'Reilly continues to employ Jess Watters to be his lapdog.

Head nod: Patrick Gavin

Sarah Palin Earns $12 Million Since Resignation

Despite her claims that she was stepping aside because it was the 'right path for Alaska', it appears that there may have been a financial motivator behind Sarah Palin's resignation as governor:
The actual number is probably much higher, but is hard to quantify because Palin does not publicize her earnings. She reputedly got a $7 million deal for her first book, with the bulk of that money due after her resignation as governor, and will earn about $250,000 per episode, according to the web site The Daily Beast, for each of eight episodes of a reality show about Alaska for the The Learning Channel. She has managed to keep a lid on reliable figures for her earnings from a multi-year contract with Fox News and a second book deal with HarperCollins.

A Palin aide responding to questions from ABC News said the governor “is now a private citizen. As a result, her fees and earnings are private.”
Shooooot. If I were guaranteed over ten million dollars, I would step down from my job too.

Who am I kidding. If I were guaranteed $100,000, I'd quit. I've got really low standards. But don't tell my boss.

Head nod: LGF

Auto-Tune The Poppycock


...in case you missed it last week. Shawtay.

Scott Brown 'Snubs' Palin And The Tea Party

At least, that is how his declination to attend a Tea Party rally with Sarah Palin is being viewed:
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose stunning victory in January was fueled in part by Tea Party anger, has snubbed the fiery grassroots group and declined its invitation to join Sarah Palin Wednesday at a massive rally on Boston Common, the Herald has learned.

Brown’s decision to skip the first big rally in Boston by the group whose members are credited with helping him win election has some experts saying he’s tossed the Tea Party overboard, as he prepares for re-election in 2012.

[snip]

But Brown spokesman Felix Browne said the senator applauds the “energy and enthusiasm” Palin and the Tea Party bring to GOP politics.

The Senate is in session and Brown can’t get away, Browne said.

“He’ll be doing the job he was elected to do - serving the people of the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Browne said.
It makes sense to me that Senator Brown would want to keep his distance from Sarah Palin and the Tea Party crowd. It is Massachusetts that we're talking about here.

However, to say that the senator is "snubbing" Palin and the Tea Party -- that's simply a lame attempt at sensationalism.

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Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

Charlie Crist Goes Negative


Damn. That is a dark ad. Here is where Crist is going with the accusation:
Last year, [Ray Sansom] was indicted "on a felony charge that he falsified the state budget to get $6 million for an aircraft hangar sought by a developer friend and major GOP donor," the St. Pete Times reported at the time.
I guess the gloves are coming off in Florida...

12 April 2010

Unleashing Terrible Power


-John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune

Haley Barbour Backs Bob McDonnell

...on the issue of "Confederate History Month":
“I don’t know what you would say about slavery,” Barbour told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, “but anybody who thinks that slavery is a bad thing – I think goes without saying.”

Barbour was explaining his belief that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had not made a mistake in omitting any mention of slavery from a recent proclamation declaring April Confederate History Month in his state.

Responding to allegations that McDonnell’s omission was insensitive, Barbour said, “To me, it's a sort of feeling that it's a nit. That it is not significant, that it's not a – it's trying to make a big deal out of something doesn't amount to diddly.”
Yeah. Slavery wasn't a big deal.

The always thought-provoking Jon Meacham:
As the sesquicentennial of Fort Sumter approaches in 2011, the enduring problem for neo-Confederates endures: anyone who seeks an Edenic Southern past in which the war was principally about states’ rights and not slavery is searching in vain, for the Confederacy and slavery are inextricably and forever linked.

That has not, however, stopped Lost Causers who supported Mr. McDonnell’s proclamation from trying to recast the war in more respectable terms. They would like what Lincoln called our “fiery trial” to be seen in a political, not a moral, light. If the slaves are erased from the picture, then what took place between Sumter and Appomattox is not about the fate of human chattel, or a battle between good and evil. It is, instead, more of an ancestral skirmish in the Reagan revolution, a contest between big and small government.

We cannot allow the story of the emancipation of a people and the expiation of America’s original sin to become fodder for conservative politicians playing to their right-wing base. That, to say the very least, is a jump backward we do not need.
So, for all of you southerners who take pride in where you live -- that is all well and good. But, stop trying to convince folks that that flag stands for anything other than the repression of an entire race of people.

Oh, and that goes for you too Governor Barbour.

Sunshine State Update, Ctd.

It appears that Marco Rubio is starting to run away with it:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP Primary voters in the Sunshine State shows former state House Speaker Marco Rubio edging up a point from last month to 57%, his highest level of support to date. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided.

Republican Primary voters see Rubio as a stronger candidate than Crist in the General Election. Eighty-one percent (81%) say Rubio would be at least Somewhat Likely to win if nominated while just 63% say the same of Crist. Those figures include 53% who say Rubio would be Very Likely to win and 30% who see Crist as Very Likely to win.

Release Yourself From The Fackles


Jon Stewart, in perhaps one of the best illustrations of Sean Hannity/Newt Gingrich/Sarah Palin's lunacy, shows us just how deranged the opponents of the President have become.

[ed note: I thought I had posted this on Friday, but Blogger saved it as a draft -- technical malfunction on my part]

Quote Of The Day




"I'll take a TV personality over a community organizer any day." -Senator David Vitter (R-La), speaking at the SRLC, expressing simultaneously his affinity for Sarah Palin and his disdain for President Obama.

Raw ACORN Tapes Released

Here is a segment Rachel Maddow ran after the investigation into the James O’Keefe “sting” tapes where he and a woman dressed up as a Pimp and a Prostitute and went into ACORN office.

While ACORN is far from blameless in issues that the organization had, It is obvious that people like O’Keefe would do anything in the power to destroy ACORN because of the fact that the organization helped get thousands of poor people registered to vote and poor people tend to vote for Democratic candidates. It was nothing more than a hit job and Fox News, along with the most of the conservative media, played right along with it.

You would think that an organization like Fox News would actually do a little research when it comes to stuff like this. If they had asked for copies of the original tapes then it would have quickly become clear to them that O’Keefe was nothing more than an video editing con man who will do anything to get his name in the news. and maybe hundreds of thousands of poor people people wouldn’t now be out of luck and deprived of the services that ACORN no longer can provide due to the fact that they have had to close up shop.

The press release by California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. can be found here.

Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Giles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.

Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

The actual, unedited video from the visits to ACORN offices in California can be found here.

I won’t deny that ACORN has had issues. Paying a person by the number of people they register to vote just seems like a bad idea to me. It encourages people to make up registrations in order to get more money. But I believe that ACORN was singled out for retaliation by the right simply because the Republican’s lost the 2008 election, and instead of asking themselves what they did wrong, many conservatives just wanted someone to blame.

Head Nod: Donklephant

Ron Paul Vs. Mitt Romney


I'm sure that this news from the SRLC has the Republican establishment more than a little bit worried:
NEW ORLEANS -- In the presidential-preference straw poll here at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Mitt Romney won by ONE vote over Ron Paul -- out of 1,806 cast.

Romney received 24% of the vote (439 votes) to Paul's 24% (438 votes).

Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin received 18% -- followed by Mike Huckabee at 4%, Tim Pawlenty at 3%, Mike Pence at 3%, Rick Santorum at 2%, and Gary Johnson at 1%.

The straw poll was conducted by Wilson Research Strategies, and voting occurred on Friday and Saturday.
Now, I know that these straw polls are to be taken very lightly -- with the proverbial grain-of-sand, as it were. But I think that the fact that Mitt Romney had an actual 'get out the vote' effort going on, and still only won the thing by one vote says something.

Also worthy of note, Ron Paul is supporting RNC Chairman Michael Steele because -- wait for it --
"He's the first Republican chairman who's at least reached out to me, who would at least talk to me," Paul said in an interview with John Roberts and Kieran Chetry on CNN's "American Morning." "Generally the Republican leadership don't want to have anything to do with me or with the Ron Paul people."
That may be, and it is definitely a start, but I have yet to see Steele truly embrace Congressman Paul and his supporters.

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Photo: AP composite

The Sarah Palin Network


Tina Fey reprises her role as Sarah Palin on Saturday's episode of SNL. Heh.

10 April 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Finish up those Cheerios -- it's cartoon time!

09 April 2010

Faded.

Hey gang -- I was going to write a whole bunch this afternoon. I had the time to do so after my presentation was done, but as the day has gone on, I just haven't had the energy.

So, in an effort to provide you with some good head-scratching (and desk-pounding) material, here are some links that you might find worthwhile clicks...

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is going to retire. President Obama on a new justice to replace Stevens:
I'll seek someone in the coming weeks with similar qualities: an independent mind, a record of excellence and integrity, a fierce dedication to the rule of law and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people. It will also be someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in democracy powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.
While another Republican Representative (Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida) calls on Michael Steele to resign from his post as head of the RNC, 30 of the 50 state RNC leaders have united in a show of support for Steele. Said the group:
As Republican Party state chairmen, we believe Chairman Michael Steele can lead the RNC to be a full partner with us this fall in our efforts to fire Nancy Pelosi and win Republican majorities in Congress and among governors. His record at winning elections has been stellar, his fundraising ability has been solid, and he has honed our Victory programs' ability to identify and deliver voters for Republican candidates.
Sarah Palin gave a rousing speech to conservatives at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:


And former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is making some subtle comments about RNC Chairman Michael Steele as well:
Anytime the chairman of our party becomes a story, that's a distraction for our candidates. I would encourage the chairman to do things that make it easier for candidates, like raising money, updating the technological base of our party and focusing on getting Republicans elected. I'm not going to give advice about his career, but I'm going to give advice on how to lead the RNC at this point.
There's a quick roundup of some of the things that I've been reading. Have a great weekend.

'The Other Guys'


Wahlberg + Ferrell = looks funny.

Rebutting A Cyber-Attack... With Nukes


Someone please inform Old Man Buchanan what a cyber-attack is. Oh, and Michele Bachmann for that matter.

Slash Loves Conan O'Brien


...even when he's on Jay Leno's show. Nice.

via Emma Rosenblum

Obama: Oh No Palin Didn't


President Obama breaks out the paddle and verbally spanks Sarah Palin. Burrrrrrrn:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, has not been shy about criticizing Obama's policies and this week weighed in on his revamped nuclear strategy, saying it was like a child in a playground who says 'punch me in the face, I'm not going to retaliate.'

"I really have no response to that. The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

Pressed further on Republican criticism that his strategy restricts the use of nuclear weapons too much, Obama added:

"What I would say to them is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin."
Emphases mine.

While I happen to agree with the President on this one -- I think that his calling out Sarah Palin is a bad move.

Engaging with the attention-starved-former-governor is akin to picking up the proverbial screaming baby. You should really let the baby cry itself to sleep, but if you do pick it up, you are reinforcing the notion that when it cries, it will get attention.

Sarah Palin is a political non-story. She was the vice-presidential nominee two years ago. Her ticket lost the election -- and then she promptly quit her day job as governor of Alaska. Giving her attention from the highest office in the land only ensures that she will continue to stay in the headlines for no apparent reason at all.

[ed note: ...yes, I am fully aware that I too am perpetuating that same attention for Sarah Palin -- the difference is that I have a far-smaller audience that the President...]

08 April 2010

Happy Birthday!

... to B-Diddy! Yeah, him. Remember that guy?

Though he hasn't posted here in quite a while (154 days, to be exact), I still maintain quasi-frequent contact with our in-house-Reagan-conservative. He's doing well, moving up the corporate ladder and dating a fine young lady.

Happy birthday B-Diddy! You are always welcome to come back and post about how our nation is going to hell in a hand-basket!

Admitting He Was Wrong...

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell edition:
The governor did not rescind his original statement but added language recognizing slavery and stated flatly that the practice led to the Civil War -- a widely accepted historical view but one that may stir anger among the corps of Lost Cause traditionalists who liked his original statement.
It was the least he could do...

Check out Doug Mataconis' take on slavery and the Civil War. Worth your time.

Show Me 'Ellen Hates America'!


Strange.

2010 Is Likely A Republican Year In Pennsylvania

The Democrats have an uphill battle for governor and U.S. Senate seat this fall:
Toomey, a former congressman who is unchallenged for the GOP Senate nomination, trailed Specter 49 - 42 percent March 2. The two men have swapped the lead by small margins since last fall.

Toomey also leads U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who is challenging Specter in the Democratic primary, by 42 - 34 percent. Specter leads Sestak for the Democratic nomination 53 - 32 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday of likely Democratic primary voters, a different sample.

"A Toomey-Specter race could continue swinging back and forth until November because most voters won't begin to focus on it until after Labor Day," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

[snip]

In the governor's race, Corbett - by far the best known of the contenders - retains a double digit lead over the three leading contenders for the Democratic nomination, which will be decided in the May 18 primary.

Corbett gets a 47 - 13 percent favorability rating. For the Democratic contenders, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, State Auditor General Jack Wagner and former U.S. Senate nominee Joe Hoeffel, the "don't know enough" factor ranges from 66 to 75 percent.
After last year's budget stalemate (that went far too long), I am not the least bit surprised that Dems would be trailing in the gubernatorial race. Perhaps when they get a front-running candidate out there, things will be different. But I doubt it.

Murdoch: 'McCain Is Not Likeable'

There's There are a couple of juicy tid-bits in the responses that Murdoch gives to his questioners:
[Media mogul Rupert Murdoch] was peppered with a host of questions related to his media empire's political leanings, and in each case fought the perception that he's made his fortune by catering to the conservative audience. Asked by an official at the progressive watchdog group, Media Matters, whether it was ethical for officials at Fox to promote the Tea Party movement (as has been documented on some occasion) he replied without hesitation.

"No. I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party. But I'd like to investigate what you are saying before condemning anyone."

Murdoch even waded into the political arena. Doing little to dissuade the widely-held belief that he closet-ly favored Barack Obama over John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign, he said he would "absolutely, very strongly" back the president if he were to take a strong stance on education reform (apparently one of Murdoch's pet issues).

"Unlike the rest of the country," he said, "I hope he does well."

"We are criminal in this country in that we are turning out a new generation of people worse educated than their parents," Murdoch added.

As for the Arizona Republican, the News Corp header was less forgiving. "I didn't find him personally likeable," he said. "He's somewhat a little hard to read wondering which side of the bed he got up on that morning. But he is a great patriot. Any man who has been through what he's been through, you can make a lot of excuses for."
In particular, I was struck by his response to Fox News' reporting of the Tea Party movement.

"No. I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party." I hope that he does indeed investigate what the questioner was asking -- because it has been shown without a doubt that there was support for the Tea Partyers at Fox News.

Not that there's anything wrong with that -- it's just that you cannot trumpet your 'fair and balanced' coverage if you are so blatantly supporting a particular viewpoint.

Oh, and the McCain comment? Burrrrrrrn....

Sarah Palin Likely Running In 2012

Maybe. Chris Bowers chronicles four reasons why Sarah Palin could/will be the next Republican nominee for POTUS:
1. Huckabee is unlikely to run, and his evangelical / born again base (virtually all Huckabee voters in 2008 were evangelicals) is a lot closer to Sarah Palin than they are to Mitt Romney. So, Palin will likely start ahead in national polls among declared candidates.

2. Romney's strength in 2008 was in caucuses, which are dominated by dedicated activists. Of the 11 states that Romney won in 2008, three were "home" states (MA, where he was Governor; MI where his father was Governor; and UT for religion), and the other eight were all caucuses. However, Romney isn't going to win many caucuses if he is facing a candidate who can draw 10,000 people to a rally in early 2010, not to mention what is likely a tarnished reputation among Republican activists after the health care fight.

3. Palin's grassroots strength will provide her with all the funding she needs, and also goes a long way to pre-empting any possible insurgent candidacy against her. This will especially be the case if Ron Paul runs again, since Paul can't win the nomination but would soak up pretty much all of the remaining grassroots energy on the Republican side.

4. Say what you will about Palin's ability as a campaigner, but if gaffes were going to make her unpopular among Republicans, it would have happened already.
Truly frightening.

But, given her popularity (or unpopularity, as it were), I'm not too worried (yet) about Sarah Palin actually winning the highest office in the land -- even if she got her party's nod.

There are just way too many people -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike -- who are scared at the prospect of "President Palin".

Quote Of The Day



“It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate.’” -Sarah Palin (R-eally annoying), comparing President Obama's signing of a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia to --- what was it? A playground fight?

How on Earth can anyone take this woman seriously? I'm honestly asking.

Some Funny For Your Thursday Morning


Credit: Lunchbreath, head nod: GeekTyrant

07 April 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

...to TPW!

Words cannot express the way that I feel for this woman. She is the best wife/mom/friend that I could ever ask for -- and more.

I love you honey. Happy birthday -- you deserve it!

We now return you to your regularly scheduled non-personal programming.

Quote Of The Day



“I must condemn Governor McDonnell’s Proclamation honoring ‘Confederate History Month,’ and its insensitive disregard of Virginia’s complicated and painful history, the remnants of which many Virginians still wrestle with today. The complete omission of slavery from an official government document, which purports to be a call for Virginians to ‘understand’ and ‘study’ their history, is both academically flawed and personally offensive. If Virginians are to celebrate their ‘shared history,’ as this proclamation suggests, then the whole truth of this history must be recognized and not evaded." -Shiela Johnson, co-founder of BET and endorser of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in 2009, reacting to said governor's proclamation of "Confederate History Month".

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Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images/LIFE Magazine

It's On The Package

Paper Criticizes McDonnell And His Proclamation

An editorial from the Richmond Times-Dispatch regarding newly-elected governor Bob McDonnell's decision to honor the Confederacy:
Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed April as Confederate History Month. Although his proclamation quite properly recognizes the sacrifices of those who fought on behalf of the Confederacy, a hole lies in the statement's heart.

McDonnell speaks of shared history, yet does not cite slaves. Southern heritage includes not only those who supported the Confederacy but those who welcomed the Union armies as liberators.

McDonnell recognizes that the past must be interpreted within the context not only of its times but of ours. The inexcusable omission reduces the slaves and their descendants to invisibility once again.
Head nod: Greg Sargent, who rightly asks, "When is Michael Steele, who has repeatedly touted the GOP’s minority outreach, going to weigh in on this?"

On The Net Neutrality Decision

Paul Levinson praises the Washington, D.C. Federal Appeals Court's decision regarding the FCC regulating the Internet (a.k.a. "net neutrality"):
Of the two manifest evils - government regulation of the Internet vs. corporate domination - government regulation is far worse and dangerous. It's an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. Government insistence on any mode of behavior carries with it the threat of arrest and imprisonment and force of arms against those who are not in compliance. The worst that a corporation can do is take your money. Not good, but not as bad as the worst that the government can do.

I'm therefore happy to see the unconstitutional FCC do less of anything.
I whole-heartedly agree. What's more is Doc Levinson points to an Internet Bill Of Rights that I had heretofore been unaware.
I. We have a right to connect.
II. We have the right to speak.
III. We have the right to assemble.
IV. We have the right to act.
V. We have the right to control our data.
VI. We have the right to control our identity.
VII. What is public is a public good.
VIII. All bits are created equal.
IX. The internet shall be operated openly.
Sign me up.

Because Your Droid Won't Ever Get You Laid


Get yours while it's hot -- your iPad e-card that is.

(and let's face it, the iPad isn't going to cool down for some time)

06 April 2010

Charlie Wilson's War (Against Health Care Supporters)

Unreal:
Federal prosecutors have charged a Washington state man, Charles Wilson, with repeatedly making threatening calls to Sen. Patty Murray's district office, threatening to kill her because of her support for the health-care bill.

FBI agents say they arrested Wilson after getting telephone records and calling him to confirm that his voice matched the voice left on voice mail in Sen. Murray's office. Agents called, posing as opponents of the health-care bill, and engaged in a 14-minute conversation with him.
To my conservative friends, I applaud your restraint. I know many, many Republicans -- and other non-party conservative types -- who abhor the health care legislation that has passed.

But it takes a special kind of wingnuttery to threaten to kill someone over their support of said bill.

Quote Of The Day



"What we have to have is make sure we have a debate in this country so that you can see what's going on and make a determination yourself. So don't catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good. The people in Washington are good. They just don't know what they don't know." -Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok). He also said that Nancy Pelosi is a 'nice person'. And, that's an 'R' beside his name...

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