Tuesday, January 04, 2005

'Supporting the Reich'

Jesus's General has a great post responding to the emails to Editor and Publisher on the Neuarth column I discuss below. Check it out. :)
If you have never read FreeRepublic.com, you really should. It's great!

'Who's Your Papi?'

The number one New York sports story of 2004. Can you guess what it is? Hint: It involves the biggest post-season chokers in sports history and makes me very very very very happy. :)

The Chaos Lords Prevail

Holy crap. I come in at 6:45 this morning and all of my crap is in the hallway. the entire contents of my classroom, spread out across the hall. It was lovely. At least they got rid of the absestos, and now I have an incentive reorganize a bit. But Jesus, there is alot of crap.

Monday, January 03, 2005

'An Empty Echo Chamber'

Andrew Sullivan, one of the more reasoned and reasonable conservative writers in print and on the web, wonders about whether it is moral for this administration to, as he puts it, 'fiddle the books:'
"How can anyone take this administration's fiscal intentions seriously when it engages in this kind of flim-flam? We're now used to the fact that the administration doesn't count the war in its fiscal calculations (what's a few hundred billion when it's other people's money?), but that doesn't make it any the less preposterous. And the strong case for partly privatizing social security is undermined by the president's inability to concede that it will require serious short-term borrowing. All of this is as much a moral failure as an economic one, which is why I'm still befuddled by the anemic conservative outrage. Or is sex the only area in which Republicans care about morality?"

An excellent point? Why don't more conservatives complain? If they want liberals and moderates to speak up when 'one of their own' does something stupid, illegal, or immoral, why don't they?

'Ein volk, ein Reich, ein fuhrer'

Recently, Al Neuharth, former publisher of and current columnist for USA Today, made some rather non-radical suggestions that it was important to bring the troops home from Iraq as soon as possible. In this current climate of non-partisan love and sharing, his words were received with joy and appreciation for his willingness to discuss the issue in an opinion piece. Greg Mitchell at Editor and Publisher shares some of the reasoned responses. My favorite:
Peter Kessler: “And as for the good war, WW II, the lefties were four-square for that one. Yes sir, they were saving the USSR, Stalin and Communism. It's sad we didn't join Hitler until he wiped out the USSR. Alger Hiss and the Uptown Daily Worker (The New York Times) be damned. I see you've joined the club. Well, you're probably a founding member.”

Yup, should have let those Nazis finish off the Commies before we finished off them Nazis. Maybe allied with old Adolf and done to him what he done to Uncle Joe. Moral equivalence rears its ugly head. Please click on the post heading link for more.

'To the rescue'

From the Boston Globe (Important portion in red):
"While immediate aid was a priority, the military also was planning for the longer term, as indicated by the Pentagon's decision Monday to send the USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed hospital ship that is based in San Diego and will take an estimated 33 days to reach south Asia. The ship has 10 operating rooms.
For the United States, a superpower sometimes depicted abroad as a warmonger, the tsunami disaster is an opportunity to show that the U.S. military's global reach can deliver significant humanitarian help."

This is extremely important for our image, and I am glad that this administration was willing to pony up more money. It would have looked bad if the Inauguration Ball (40 million) cost more than the original promise (35 million), and manpower is huge. Gotta give those guys in DC credit for once. Click on the post heading for the whole article.

'Yankees sucked, Yankees sucked...'

In an effort to keep up with the Red Sox, the Yankees are just about to add Randy Johnson to their staff. What, me worry? Nah...not until they beat us on the field. RED SOX WORLD CHAMPS, BABY!

'Screw the intern AND the taxpayer AND the rules!'

Atrios comments on the new changes that the House Republicans are trying to push through. All partisanship aside, I'm not sure I understand WHY they are doing this. How does this demonstrate that they are the party of accountability? The Republicans now have NO right to criticize the excesses of the Democrats in power; they are becoming just as bad. A brief excerpt from the Common Dreams article quoted in greater detail at Atrios' site:
"This threat is particularly distressing because it comes at a moment when the ethics committee has finally begun taking some steps to enforce ethics rules. Despite the considerable difficulty of sitting in judgment of a powerful colleague, particularly House Majority Leader DeLay, the members of the ethics committee this year started the process of showing that members can be held accountable for ethical improprieties. The committee must continue along that road and strengthen the rules, not further cripple them."
Please click on the link in the post title or check out the link to Atrios for more.

New Commenting

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

'Calling Kato Kaelin...'

America's Priorities. Just click here.

The Party of Values and Standards

Interesting Read here, from the Washington Wire in the Boston Globe:
"House considers weakening ethics rules
By John Heilprin, Associated Press Writer January 2, 2005WASHINGTON --Republican leaders are considering a change in House ethics rules that could make it harder to discipline lawmakers.The proposal being circulated among House Republicans would end a general rule against any behavior that might bring "discredit" on the chamber, according to House Republican and Democratic leadership aides. House members would be held to a narrower standard of behavior in keeping with the law, the House's rules and its ethics guidelines.Other proposed changes to the ethics committee's rules being circulated in a "Dear Colleague" letter from House Rules Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., would let House members respond to any admonishment before a letter goes out from the committee, and would end an investigation if there is a tie vote."
Of course, as we know, this comes out of the whole Delay fiasco, and those damn Democrats just want to use investigations to embarass God's Party!

A New Start

This is my new blog, same as the old blog, only working this time. Let's Test.
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