Friday, May 29, 2009

A bit defensive, aren't we?

(Via the Drudge Report)

President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge. "I'm sure she would have restated it," Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.

Yeah, I'm sure she would have restated it if she had been intelligent enough to realize that bigoted statements made in public could come back to derail (Oh please, please PLEASE!) he nomination to the Supreme Court. Not exactly the thoughtful person you'd want considering questions of Constitutional law, huh?

"I think that when she's appearing before the Senate committee, in her confirmation process, I think all this nonsense that is being spewed out will be revealed for what it is," Obama said in the broadcast interview, clearly aware of how ethnicity and gender issues are taking hold in the debate.

Damn--did the teleprompter crash? That's a big leap of faith. Sure, despite her major shortcomings, she's the odd-on favorite, but stranger things have happened. And with every conservative in the US going over her with a series of ever-finer toothed combs, who knows what (or to be fair, what won't) be dug up out of her record next.

Me, I'm betting on income tax issues. It's been a recurring theme....

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Do something good

(Via Geek With a .45)

AnarchAngel needs help. Go buy a cookbook and do a good deed.

Why: They guy's involved in an international custody fight over his kids. He's going to sell all his guns but one to help pay off the legal eagle. Fellow gunnies, you know what that means--utter desperation time.

Can a society be predicated on a lie?

(Via @GreatDismal on Twitter)

Or perhaps a better question, can a society be remade by the actions of a spy?

This matter has great implications in our current political debate.

More evidence of the well-known phenomena of "hoplophobia"

(Via @nranews on Twitter)

A Community College of Allegheny County student yesterday publicly accused the school of trying to stop her from organizing a group advocating the right to carry concealed firearms on campus.

I don't think so

(Via the Drudge Report)

“I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation,” Gibbs said.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Curtis Lowe owes me a new keyboard

Do you have any idea how hard it is to get sweet tea out of a wireless keyboard? Do you?

The SCOTUS pick

The One has appointed a left-leaning activist Federal court Judge, Sonya Sotomayor, as his nominee to replace David Souter on the US Supreme Court.

While I'm sure there will be a "vigorous debate" in the Senate, I have no doubt that Sotomayor, who describes the Supreme Court as being "where laws are made", will eventually be confirmed. We are lucky in that this will not change the ideological makeup of the court, but we are unlucky in that she is probably even more left-leaning than Souter.

For those of us who value the Constitution and our civil rights, this does not bode well.

I think I've had about all the Change I can stand.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Take from it what you will

John Scalzi's essay on "Being Poor". I missed it when it came out, but I'm glad I found it. No matter who you are or what you believe, you will wind up with questions after you read the essay and the comments it brought on.

One of my own:

Having been what is considered "poor" means that you have a vague understanding of actual poverty, and that you live each of your days being sure that it doesn't happen to you and yours.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Stuff White People Like

I'm not sure if the guy is serious or not, but it makes for interesting reading in our multi-cultural, diverse, politically correct society.

Why I am not "still a Republican"

Because people like Colin Powell think they are.

Where is a conservative with a heavy libertarian bent who just wants to be left alone to work, raise a family and enjoy his life to go?

I grew up and registered as a Democrat, and my party left me--taken over by leftist nutcases who seem to not only hate the country that gave them birth and that shelters them, but to hate the entire human race as well.

Republicans gave me a leg up on life during the Reagan years with student loan programs that enabled me to get through college. I reciprocated by joining the Reagan Revolution whole heartedly. I stuck with the party through the dim years of Bush I and increasingly dark years of Bush II (who I liked for his "Kill terrorists!" actions and was neutral on otherwise). However, at this point, the Republican Party can take a flying leap. The party (as opposed to many who are still members) isn't worried about principles so much as it's worried about power--and how to get it back.

Libertarians, Constitutionalists and all the other third parties? Spare me. Just...spare me.

I know a lot of people like me--disillusioned with both political parties and worried about the future of the country they love. I talk to them at work, at my kid's ball practices, at the range, in line at the store and in a myriad of other places. We're out there, and we're looking for a political home. Fruitlessly, at this point.

I've registered as an Independent, and I'm trying to vote based on actions, not party affiliation. I know that won't work for long. No matter which party they belong to, all politicians know that if they cross the party often enough, they'll find themselves on the outside looking in. So when push comes to shove, and you need a Blue Dog Democrat to go against his party on a critical gun vote and the party threatens to pull their support of him during a particularly hard-fought election, well, what do you think is going to happen?

Ditto for the usually principled Republican who would vote against a strong "anti-crime" bill that tramples the Constitution (Patriot Acts I & II anyone?). They'll roll.

It's to be expected--it's who they are at the core of their being. For politicians, compromise is the breath of life. They don't see it as a bad thing. To them, its a good thing, because it allows Things to Get Done.

Usually, Done to People Like Me, who just want to be left alone.

Perhaps I'm just a dinosaur, wondering what that big explosion was, and why it's getting so damn cold around here.

Vote the bastards out

(Via TFS Magnum)

We've always heard that California leads the way socially. Normally, this would cause me to cringe, but in this case, I sure hope the old saying is right.

Residents of a rural California community near Yosemite National Park have backed a student-led campaign to unseat all five members of its school board.


The student-led effort was launched after the board voted not to rehire a popular math teacher accused of committing plagiarism while in college, after the teacher was cleared of the charges.

Heh. Of such things movements are born.

New zombie movie

(Via @GreatDismal on Twittter)

A zombie movie from the zombie's perspective.

Shot on a $70 budget and probably distributed by the Japanese.

Watch out Hollywood. Crowdsourcing may be coming to movie making.