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The softening support

Posted by Greg on August 31, 2006

Interesting column by Steven Thomma on Bush’s shrinking support among the bat-shit crazy, wingnut caucus.  The latest offense was the morning after pill and Bush’s comments that he agreed with the decision rather than just went along with it for political expediency.

“This is not an issue that grabs people around the dinner table. It doesn’t grab people like the war or taxes, or even marriage or the abortion decision in South Dakota,” McClusky said. “But people are going to wonder why all these pro-life, pro-family groups are suing this administration.” 

Let’s talk about framing of the issue for a moment.  Pro life?  These groups are anti abortion and have little to say about issues affecting life.  Pro family?  Precisely who appointed them to speak on behalf of “family”?  Upon what basis should I consider them credible, let alone more expert than I on what my family needs?

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Double Standards

Posted by Greg on August 31, 2006

Ed Brayton dissects the whining in the wingnut caucus over California’s recent addition of sexual orientation into their anti-discrimination laws.

The religious right is making a big deal out of the fact that the bill contains no explicit exemptions for religious groups, church schools, and so forth. Now, I wholeheartedly agree with them that churches and religious groups should be exempted from most anti-discrimination legislation; free exercise of religion requires being able to put one’s religious views into practice and I don’t believe that we can constitutionally force religious groups to violate their beliefs except in the most extreme of circumstances (preventing child abuse, for example). But this statute deals with who can and can’t get government funds, not what churches or religious groups can and can’t do. They are still entirely free to engage in such discrimination, as they should be, but that doesn’t mean they should get taxpayer’s funds. It is absurd and tyrannical to tax a gay person and send that tax money to an organization that discriminates against him. So by all means, continue to discriminate. Continue to refuse to allow gays to play in your reindeer games. Just do it on your own dime, not mine.

This is the same hypocrisy we hear when they talk about “special rights”. It’s already illegal to discriminate on the basis of religion, but if someone else wants the same rights that they take for granted then they’re demanding “special rights”. The rights they already have suddenly become “special” if someone else gets them.

Hat tip: Jonathan Rowe who observes:

First, keep in mind these antidiscrimination codes almost always come from statutes, not judicial decisions. And the California code is a democratically enacted statute signed into law by an executive. This demonstrates what a canard is the antigay right’s oft-repeated notion that the judiciary, not legislatures reflecting “the will of the people,” primarily advances “the gay agenda.”

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Birds of a feather

Posted by Greg on August 31, 2006

Require double barrels?

Dump Michelle Bachman reports Ms. Bachman will be attending Focus on the Anus’ Minnesota atrocity.

Contribute to Patty.

Hat tip:  Pam’s House Blend.

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House Projections

Posted by Greg on August 31, 2006

Click HERE for Chris Bowers’ projections on the 2006 House races.

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Protecting what makes America matter

Posted by Greg on August 31, 2006

This is too good to not share.  From MyDD:

Protecting American democracy should be the first priority of anyone seeking office. Protecting our nation comes second. America actually was founded in order to protect our democracy, rather than our nation. The civil war was fought to protect and further our democracy. There is no such thing as American identity without democracy. If, as a nation, protecting our nation has become more important than protecting our democracy, then we have lost our way as a nation both at home and abroad.
 

and

When Americans start worshiping our borders, our “homeland,” our military and our security instead of our freedoms, our march of progress, our opportunity, and our transformational power in the world, then we are worshiping false idols. Our nation has consistently taken major risks to our security in order to protect our democracy. Now, we are taking risks to our security and cracking down on our democracy in order to protect our borders and our nation (“our homeland”). I could not possibly think of a way for America to have gotten more off track than for a national consensus to emerge around the idea of national security being our number one priority.
 

Read the whole thing.  Now!

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Gorilla Haters

Posted by Greg on August 28, 2006

Why does Rick Santorum hate gorillas?

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Wearing a “Kick Me” Sign

Posted by Greg on August 28, 2006

my friend Sean wrote this a few days ago.  It’s worth repeating, even if it’s a few days late.

OK. I know I just said I’m religion neutral. I should probably make clear that I mean I’m neutral toward the abstract idea of religion and its place in human culture and society. Having said that I must also confess I think a good many “religious types” are full of shit and use the Bible and God to absolve themselves of personal responsibility and morality. Take this little gem from New York.

The First Baptist Church dismissed Mary Lambert on August 9 with a letter explaining that the church had adopted an interpretation that prohibits women from teaching men. She had taught there for 54 years.

The letter quoted the first epistle to Timothy: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”(1)

My first comment upon reading the article was, “They only found that passage of scripture because they were already looking for a reason to fire her.” Then I watched the news clip that accompanies the article and what do you know! Mrs. Lambert has had disagreements with the church’s Pastor, one Timothy LaBouf.

In one final twist to the story, the Rev. LaBouf is also a member of the city council. You think the Bible will be big enough for him to hide behind when election time rolls around again? Not likely.

What an idiot.

“Sunday school teacher dumped for being female” CNN.com August 21, 2006 www.cnn.com.

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Nothing but the best for our troops

Posted by Greg on August 28, 2006

Unless, that is, you mean you expect to treat them with dignity and respect for a job well done

For at least a year, the soldiers had survived one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: driving trucks on the violent roads of Iraq for the US Army. Half the company had been at it nearly two years.

But when the 150 soldiers in the Massachusetts-based 220th Transportation Company , 94th Regional Readiness Command , arrived at Camp Atterbury in Indiana just after midnight Friday for demobilization, they were told they would have to take the bus home — an 18- to 20-hour ride.

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Dumber than dumb

Posted by Greg on August 28, 2006

I suspect most people have heard by now about Survivor’s idiotic attempt to spice things up for the ratings by segregating “tribes” based on race?  I have to admit I hadn’t, but I’ve been focused on other things of late and I avoid “reality” TV in the first place.

Jason at Positive Liberty gives one of the better diatribes on why it’s such a profoundly bad idea.

The idea that an experiment in segregation has anything interesting to tell us about the human condition is deeply offensive. As it applies to humans, race may have either physiological or cultural meanings. The first set of meanings is almost completely trivial; the second set is at best demeaning — and at worst totalitarian. 

Read the whole thing.

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To the victor…

Posted by Greg on August 28, 2006

…goes the election.

Patricia Todd was reinstated Saturday as the Democratic Party’s nominee for a seat in the Alabama Legislature.  The Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee voted 95-87 to reject the ruling of a subcommittee two days ago that had voted to disqualify Todd.

Remarkable!  The person with the most votes was declared the winner.  You’d think it was democracy in action or something.

Go figure.

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A pleasant trend

Posted by Greg on August 28, 2006

CNN’s Jeff Greenfield discusses the possible tidal wave of disgust that’s been taking out incumbents.

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Into the abyss

Posted by Greg on August 28, 2006

Just when you think the hole Katherine Harris’ poll numbers are in can’t get any deeper, she pulls out her shovel.

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is “a lie” and God and the nation’s founding fathers did not intend the country be “a nation of secular laws.”

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate also said that if Christians are not elected, politicians will “legislate sin,” including abortion and gay marriage.

At this point there’s not much left to be said, but STFU!  Harris’ campaign is painful to watch even as a Democrat.

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A taxing situation

Posted by Greg on August 27, 2006

It seems Brits are fed up with being taxed.  A recent survey suggests one in five Britons would consider leaving the country, and solid 76% believe taxes should be lower.  By a margin of nearly 3/1, they believe government services could and should be restructured to make tax cuts possible.

And they don’t believe either of their major parties has the wherewithall to make it happen.

Sound familiar?

Hat tip:; TMV

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Planetary injustice

Posted by Greg on August 27, 2006

from Andy Borowitz:

Scientists who gathered in Prague last week to strip Pluto of its planet status said today that they were “baffled” that Pluto had been demoted but that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld still clung to his position of power.

Dr. Hiroshi Kyosuke of the University of Tokyo was one of many scientists who favored the demotion of Pluto but thought that Secretary Rumsfeld should be stripped of his status as well.

“It seems counterintuitive to me that we should say Pluto is no longer a planet, yet Donald Rumsfeld is still Secretary of Defense,” Dr. Kyosuke said. “After all, Pluto has done no harm.”

Scientists studying Secretary Rumsfeld have for some time believed that he is not worthy of the Secretary of Defense designation and should be demoted to some lesser position, such as Postmaster General.

Still others believe that some new definition should be invented to characterize Mr. Rumsfeld, such as Dwarf Secretary of Defense.

“At the very least, the language he speaks should be demoted from English to gibberish,” Dr. Kyosuke said.

Other experts, however, such as the University of Minnesota’s Davis Logsdon, said that while there is “no rational explanation” for why Secretary Rumsfeld has remained in power, his longevity must be classified as one of many cosmic mysteries that science has yet to understand.

“The fact is, the more we learn about Donald Rumsfeld, the more we realize just how little we understand about him,” Dr. Logsdon said.

Elsewhere, Sir Elton John announced plans to record a rap album, as was originally reported in the Book of Revelation.

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Eviler

Posted by Greg on August 23, 2006

From satirist Andy Borowitz:

Furious at Iran’s decision to test-fire surface-to-surface missiles and push forward with its nuclear program, President George W. Bush today named Iran to a newly-formed “Axis of Eviler.”

The president said that he had invented the new Axis specifically for Iran because “evil does not describe just how evil these folks really are.”

Mr. Bush singled out Iranian Mahmud Ahmadinejad for special condemnation, calling the provocative head of state an “evildoer.”

The president said that at first he was not sure whether “eviler” or “evilerdoer” were actually words, “but then I checked with [Secretary of Defense] Don Rumsfeld who assured me that they were.”

While the promotion of Iran from the Axis of Evil to the Axis of Eviler drew no initial response from President Ahmadinejad, it sparked an angry reaction from North Korean President Kim Jong-Il, who said today, “North Korea will not sit idly by and allow another nation to be called eviler than it.”

President Kim said that he would double the number of missile tests it conducts and ramp up its uranium enrichment program in the hopes of being named to what he called the “Axis of Evilest.”

In Washington, reporters asked Mr. Bush if he had unintentionally ignited a competition between Iran and North Korea to see which nation could do eviler things.

Mr. Bush responded, “Mission accomplished.”

Elsewhere, after it was reported that JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr was flown first class and dined on fried prawns and champagne, over one hundred other people came forward to confess to the crime.

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