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Dogs and Cats Living Together

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 5:54 pm - March 24, 2012.
Filed under: Equality (Real or Faux?)

Well, I’m back from my deployment and wouldn’t you know the first post I make is as earth-shattering and gob-smacking as this:

I agree with what Bill Maher and Andrew Sullivan have to say here:

If we are to retain equal citizenship, everybody should be responsible for their actions, not their thoughts.” – Sullivan

Some other good lines:

“I think the law should send the message, ‘You know what? Even if you’re emotional, you can’t commit a crime.'” – Maher

“No one is defending hate here, okay? We’re defending liberty.” – Sullivan

“The right of a bigot to walk down the street is the same as the right of a drag queen to walk down the street.” – Sullivan

“If pranking people on the basis of what every prank is–often involved, which can often be bigotry…if that is now 10 years in prison, then half the country is going to have to be locked up” – Sullivan

“I just think this is what gives Liberals a bad name.” – Maher

(on Ravi): “He insists that he did not do this out of homophobia. Some court decided what was inside his mind–for him. And he risked a lot to insist that he wasn’t a bigot.” – Sullivan

“I believe that a free country is freedom for bigotry. I really do. I think it’s freedom that they should be able to say whatever they want. But shutting people down–Criminalizing them–is not a free country.” – Sullivan

(and please forgive me, my blogging skills–as they ever were–are rusty and so I don’t known how to imbed this video from RCP…perhaps Dan or Bruce can help me out?)

I used to read (and agree with) Andrew Sullivan a LOT. I read him back in the BoiFromTroy days that got me involved with this blog in the first place. (Those were some haydays, no?) When he abandoned much of what he had pre-FMA supported, I was pretty disappointed to say the least. Here it’s good to see he hasn’t completely lost all his bearings, and perhaps I should take a look again?

– Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

When the president cuts federal spending in 2013. . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 pm - March 24, 2012.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

. . .  and the media (and special interests) squawk about his supposed insensitivity to the plight of those dependent on federal largesse, the Republican can just say he inherited a debt problem from his predecessor.

Athena’s (Overall) Optimism

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:12 pm - March 24, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

In a good column yesterday which gets at some of likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s flaws, Peggy Noonan remains nevertheless optimistic about his presidential prospects:

Mr. Romney should feel optimistic.

If the issue is our national economic life, the GOP will very likely win. If the subset of that issue is freedom and personal liberty, the GOP will win with meaning. The Obama campaign knows this. That’s why they’ll do anything to throw Republicans off those subjects. Two weeks ago it was contraception, next week it will be another social question. They used to scorn Republicans for using wedge issues, but now their entire strategy is a tribute to the political hacks they hated. And if any Republicans were sad that contraception actually came up as the subject of public debate, they were not as sad as Democratic strategists, who were hoping to save it for September.

Read the whole thing.  She’s spot on about the Democrats willing to do anything to change the subject — the big reason we should be grateful that Rick Santorum won’t be the nominee.  He can’t seem to fix his focus on the issue foremost in people’s minds.

This is not to say that Mr. Romney doesn’t have some larnin’ to do.  The American people, Peggy says, “just want to hire somebody to come in and fix some essential problems.”  They don’t want someone who think he’s a “superior human”,  divinely ordained to lead.

He just needs to keep talking like he did Tuesday night, keeping hitting his economic freedom agenda.  And talk about his plans to address America’s pressing problems, like our burgeoning debt and the coming insolvency of federal entitlements.

Has Rick Santorum Jumped the Shark?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:48 am - March 24, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

In the past 48 hours, two Senators, one among most principled conservatives (from Rick Santorum’s home state, the other perhaps the chamber’s most prominent Tea Party supporter have praised Mitt Romney for offering a conservative altnerative to the failed policies of Barack Obama.

Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey called Romney a “conservative” who “is absolutely committed to the principles of limited government and free enterprise.”  Meanwhile the Keystone State’s more senior colleague from the Palmetto State said that he was “not only comfortable with Romney,” but also “excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee”.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is refusing to apologize for saying that since Mitt Romney was all but an ideological clone of Obama and that “we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future”.  The former Senator later clarified, saying he was really talking about the “enthusiasm gap“; he meant we’d “have a tough time rallying” the nation in an election “about Obama versus the Obama-Lite candidate”.

That didn’t really satisfy Santorum supporter Ed Morrissey who called “this one a half-walkback.”  That 2010 CPAC blogger of the year contrasted his guy’s remarks with “Newt Gingrich’s consistent argument thateveryone in the GOP race would be a quantum improvement on Obama”.

Quite striking  how quickly Rick has changed his tune.  On Tuesday, he took credit for Romney’s more conservative, freedom-oriented rhetoric.  By Thursday, he was saying there wasn’t much difference between the candidate and the man he seeks to replace.  Santorum might have served himself better by eching Rush Limbaugh and saying, yeah, now he sounds more conservative, and then speculate about his sincerity. (more…)

Um, Arianna, Jon Corzine is a Democrat who provided economic advice to the Obama administration

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:57 am - March 24, 2012.
Filed under: Democratic Scandals,Media Bias

In the Huffington Post‘s article on the “smoking gun” e-mail providing evidence of a former Democratic New Jersey Governor’s malfeasance in the collapse of MF Global, Marcy Gordon neglected to mention the partisan affiliation of Mr. Corzine:

A former MF Global executive appears to contradict testimony from Jon Corzine, saying the former senator and New Jersey governor ordered the transfer of $200 million last fall out of a customer account days before the brokerage firm collapsed, according to an email obtained by congressional investigators.

Edith O’Brien, MF Global’s former assistant treasurer, says Corzine ordered the money shifted to one of the firm’s bank accounts overseas on Oct. 28 to cover an overdraft, according to a memo that cited the email.

Ms. Gordon also neglects to mention that President Barack had traveled to New Jersey to campaign for said Democrat.  Jim Hoft does the work that Ms. Gordon.  You can bet she would have reported a campaign stop George W. Bush made to shore up a Republican politician, who, in the private sector, was reported to be involved in some shady activities.

Jim Hoft has provided some details about Mr. Corzine and the administration that Ms. Gordon neglected to provide, linking this video embedded below where Vice President acknowledges how, during the transition, the Obama team called Corzine for economic advice: (more…)

Dishonoring a man’s death to fit a narrative

When it comes to gay people in the Mormon faith — or in evangelical denominations — you can count on our friends in the media to detail the oppression they suffer even if the only evidence of said oppression is the narrative the journalists provide.

Our friend Sonicfrog caught the Advocate peddling this very narrative in the story of the death of a Gay Mormon man.  The headline contends that his suicide “points up tensions“, but the tensions they write about come not from the details of the man’s life, but from the commentary of “some”:

As friends mourn the death of Chris Wayne Beers, a gay man and former Mormon missionary and church employee who took his own life Sunday, some are noting tensions between LGBT people and the church, which opposes gay relationships.

The only person quoted in the Advocate’s piece didn’t even know Beers: “While struggles with his faith may not have been the direct reason he took his own life,” this man said, “I’m hard pressed to imagine that there isn’t an indirect cause, at least. . . .” This leads Sonic to quip with a question, “Project much?

There is no indication in the article that he was very devout, or that his family had dis-owned him. The main interview of the article didn’t even know the guy. Mitch Mayne does not give any indication of knowing any of the details of this mans life.

Read the whole thing.  My blogging pal notes further that on Beers’s “memorial page, there is a reference to the fact that his own brother Jeff had also passed away. That could be just as much or more of a weight on Mr Beers than the conflict between church and being gay.” (more…)