RT @bccover: That was awfully terrifying. Healthcare via a call center is basically the worst idea anyone could ever come up with.
Well I certain have gotten some very interesting comments in my last two posts on the homosexual marriage debate. These comments have solidifed (in my mind) something I noticed years ago. It's too easy to call it a hypocrisy, but I don't know what else to call it. Maybe some illustrations will help.
When an liberal African American politician is characturized by an anonymous artist, that artist is branded as RAAAAAAAACIST and yet when a conservative African American is photoshopped in minstrel make-up or drawn in an editorial cartoon as a big lipped "parrot" that is harmless dissent.
When a liberals protest conservative policies it is the height of patriotism, when conservatives finally get motivated to protest they are called angry, fear-mongering "tea-baggers" or flat out ignorant.
When a liberal speaks of a firmly held belief, it is to be taken as the gospel truth - when a conservative does....it's labeled as hate speech.
When a conservative disagrees with a liberal President - it's RAAAAAACIST. When a liberal disagress with a conservative President it is free speech.
When liberals protest a quasi-conservative President you get this (HT PoliticalByline).....
This is exactly where the gay rights activists lose the faith based community.....
In a defiant speech to several hundred lingering supporters, No on 1 campaign manager Jesse Connolly pledged that his side “will not quit until we know where every single one of these votes lives.”
Police are investigating a pair of threats against gay marriage opponents in Maine.
Marc Mutty from Stand for Marriage Maine says a threatening voicemail message was discovered Monday morning at campaign headquarters in which a female caller said, "You will be dead. Maybe not today, not tomorrow. But soon you'll dead." Police in Yarmouth are investigating.
Augusta police say a separate voicemail threat targeted Michael Heath, former leader of the Christian Civic League of Maine and its successor, the Maine Family Policy Council. Heath wasn't actively involved in the gay marriage campaign, but he fought against a gay rights law in campaigns in 1998, 2000 and 2005.
The incident following voters' decision last week to scuttle Maine's gay marriage law. Mutty says the campaign is taking the threats seriously.
As I mentioned in the comments to my previous post on the issue, if there is to be understanding it has to be mutual understanding. When you have one side continuing to wage war, even in the face of a hand extended in understanding, don't be surprised when the hand of understanding being withdrawn.
A 2-fer today
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it." --Thomas Paine, The Crisis, No. 4, 1777
"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing. And that you may be always doing good, my dear, is the ardent prayer of yours affectionately." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha Jefferson, 1787
We are in the final stretch of Project VALOUR-IT. Wednesday is the last day of the competition and Team Marines have a commanding lead. If you have not given yet, what are you waiting for! Give now before the deadline and let's make that thermometer go up even higher!
Gay "marriage" was defeated at the polls (again) last week - this time in uber liberal Maine.
Maine voters repealed a state law Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed, dealing the gay rights movement a heartbreaking defeat in New England, the corner of the country most supportive of gay marriage.
When I heard this Wednesday, I have to admit that my first reaction was a bit of a snarky one – wondering how the gay right activists were going to blame THIS defeat on the LDS Church. I mean they have blamed the last couple of defeats on the Church and all the Church did was to defend (vocally) their beliefs in traditional marriage. Those beliefs, which come from Biblical teaching, are a core part of their religious faith - and mine to be forthright. Then it struck me that snarky is what has gotten us here to begin with.
The Bible is full of instructions on how humans should live life. Some of them are very easy to follow – don't lie, don't murder, honor your parents....some are not so easy - love your neighbor as yourself, don't commit adultery. Humans pick and choose an awful lot which ones to follow and when they don't follow something that they know is in there they make excuses....well Jesus loves me and he knows I a sinner so it's ok if I continue to sin because He'll forgive me anyway. One of the teachings that is the hardest for most humans to follow is speaking the truth in love. Speaking the truth in love (Eph 4:15 ) very often gets broken up into “speaking the truth” and “love”. Nowhere is that truer than in the abortion debate and the gay marriage debate.
From President Obama's first prime time press conference back in February.
QUESTION: — how can the American people gauge whether or not your programs are working? Can they — should they be looking at the metric of the stock market, home foreclosures, unemployment? What metric should they use? When? And how will they know if it's working or whether or not we need to go to a Plan B?
MR. OBAMA: I think my initial measure of success is creating or saving 4 million jobs. That's bottom line number one, because if people are working, then they've got enough confidence to make purchases, to make investments. Businesses start seeing that consumers are out there with a little more confidence. And they start making investments, which means they start hiring workers.
So step number one, job creation.
Step number two, are we seeing the credit markets operate effectively? You know, I can't tell you how many businesses that I talk to that are successful businesses but just can't get credit. Part of the problem in Elkhart that I heard about today was the fact that this is the RV capital of America. You've got a bunch of RV companies that have customers who want to purchase RVs, but even though their credit is good, they can't get the loan.
Now, the businesses also can't get loans to make payments to their suppliers. But when they have consumers, consumers can't get the loans that they need. So normalizing the credit markets is, I think, step number two.
Step number three is going to be housing. Have we stabilized the housing market? Now, you know, the federal government doesn't have complete control over that. But if our plan is effective, working with the Federal Reserve Bank, working with the FDIC, I think what we can do is stem the rate of foreclosure and we can start stabilizing housing values over time.
And the most — the biggest measure of success is whether we stop contracting and shedding jobs, and we start growing again. Now, you know, I don't have a crystal ball, and as I said, this is an unprecedented crisis. But my hope is that after a difficult year — and this year is going to be a difficult year — that businesses start investing again, they start making decisions that, you know, in fact, there's money to be made out there; customers — or consumers start feeling that their jobs are stable and safe, and they start making purchases again. And if we get things right then, starting next year, we can start seeing some significant improvement.
The latest unemployment figures tell us that jobs were still being shed in October as we hit a grim watermark.
The unemployment rate has hit double digits for the first time since 1983 - and is likely to go higher.
The Huffington Post put up a special post to commemorate the accomplishments of the first year of the Obama Administration.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's election to serve as president of the United States. Throughout his presidential campaign, then-candidate Obama pledged to bring change to the country, making bold promises to undo the damage caused by the Bush Administration.
Has President Obama kept the ambitious promises he made to the country that elected him to lead? Do his actions measure up to his captivating speeches, or are his words no more than hollow rhetoric?
While Obama has kept his word on many of his pledges, he has fallen short on others. Below, a slideshow of ten promises made and broken or unfulfilled by the 44th President of the United States.
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Democrat spokespeople have been wringing their hands of late over the concern about the state of the Republican Party. David Axelrod has been beside himself about the "hard right turn" that the Republican base is forcing these poor moderates into taking and Valerie Jarrett was recently bemoaning the "extremism" of today's Republican base. Here is an example of the purity tests that the Democrats are so concerned about.
Democratic voters stayed home last night. You'd think that the most endangered Democrats would worry about such things.
Giving Republicans cover by stymying the reform agenda that won Democrats the 2006 and 2008 elections won't win them any conservative votes. In a base election, and 2010 will certainly be one, the party that better rallies its base will win. And abandoning the promises that got Democrats elected is a sure fire way to make sure that the activist base stays home and refuses to do the heavy lifting every campaign needs to win, and makes sure that less committed Democrats say "fuck it" and stay home on election night.
You piss off Latinos, gays, people concerned about the environment -- your path to victory just got a lot more difficult.
Definitely focus on jobs. Maybe this time, those "moderates" and "centrists" won't water down a new stimulus by stripping out critical spending (like school construction) and adding irrelevant and non-stimulative tax cuts. How's that for a crazy thought?
But we all assumed that Congressional Democrats could walk and chew gum at the same time. So focus on jobs ... and all that other important stuff. Maybe skip the "National Bratwurst Day resolution" crap. If we were wrong about the ability of our Congressional majority to multi-task, then it's good to know -- more the reason to cheer the loss of Democrats like Lincoln while we work toward electing Democrats of the "better" kind.
But the Republican base is the radical one? RIIIIGHT.....
The more I hear about this case....
A convicted rapist who lived among 10 corpses was ordered held without bond Wednesday as investigators prepared to begin tearing apart walls inside the house in search of more evidence or bodies.
Anthony Sowell appeared in court under tight security, wearing a blue paper jumpsuit typically used when an inmate might be a suicide risk. His wrists and ankles were manacled, and he walked into court staggering slightly.
...the more I feel like I am reliving this one.....
Between 1972 and 1978, the year he was arrested, convicted, and later executed, Gacy raped and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. Although some of his victims' bodies were found in the Des Plaines River, he buried 29 of them in the small crawl space underneath the basement of his home. He became known as "Killer Clown" because of the popular block parties he would throw for his friends and neighbors, entertaining children in a clown suit and makeup under the alias "Pogo the Clown".
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families.
"We will not spend money in a contested primary," Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told ABC News in a telephone interview today.
"There's no incentive for us to weigh in," said Cornyn, R-Texas. "We have to look at our resources. . . . We're not going to throw money into a [primary] race leading up to the election."
Cornyn said his pledge extends to races for open Senate seats -- not incumbents who may face primaries next year. The NRSC so far has endorsed candidates in four open Senate seats -- Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
It makes sense to me that they would not extend the pledge to incumbents. The whole reason for the NRSC was to elect Republican Senators (shocking I know).
However, they have no business sticking their noses into open races. It is not the place of EITHER national party to decide which person will represent "we the people" best.
"As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight." --Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
Like a hot spot flickering back to life, talks of an increase in the cigarette tax are sparking back to life.
After their bid for a tobacco tax hike went up in smoke last session, crusaders for the cause are coming back again, confident that Utahns will soon be paying more for their cigarette fix.
"It's 100 percent," said Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, who has unsuccessfully sponsored the bill for the past several years.
I wonder if Sen. Christiansen is "100 percent" confident that purchases and usage in Utah will go down - because it most assuredly will. Especially if they decide to raise it as dramatically as they are talking about ($.69 per pack to $2.00 per pack). Take New York for example. So many more New Yorkers are going to reservations to buy their cigarettes that Governor David Patterson is looking into ways to FORCE the tribes to charge and collect state cigarette taxes. When you make taxes go up that much, people are going to figure out a way around it and their are only three ways around it. First is quit smoking, second is to go to the reservations and third is to drive an hour north, east or west once or twice a month and go to Wyoming ($.60 per pack), Colorado ($.84 per pack) and Nevada ($.80 per pack).
Five years ago today, Theo Van Gogh (of THAT Van Gogh family) was murdered by a radical Islamist for the crime of making a film critical of Islam. Many people are taking the time to honor the film maker today, including the folks at Islam Watch who remind us that free speech is still under attack - just in a more subtle way.
...Islamists still answer free speech with violence. Two Chicago-area Muslims were charged last week with plotting attacks against those involved in publishing the Danish Muhammad cartoons. Shortly before that, Dutch MP Geert Wilders was welcomed to the UK by Islamist thugs who warned him — and everyone else — to "take lessons from people like Theo van Gogh," because "whoever insults the prophet, kill him."
Yet the greatest threat to free speech does not come from homegrown jihadists who wish to make examples of rabble-rousing Westerners. It arises from governments and related entities blinded by the fanciful notion that radicals will leave us alone if we only stop saying things that offend them. Some recent happenings:
It's Election Day and while here in Utah we don't have a marque governors race or Congressional special election that everyone is watching, we do have a lot of equally important local races. Please get out and vote today. Just because it is an off year election does not mean you can shirk your duty as a citizen. Go vote and then stick around later for updates to the marque races. It's going to be an interesting night.
OK - I have been slacking in my updates I realize it. Things have been crazy in the Logical Household. So today I finally get a chance to check the tally board and what do my eyes see....the MARINES are leading the competition??? That can not be!
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