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Apparently this coming Friday is booked for another atrocity, so Harry Reid is going to wait until after the Fourth of July recess to give away the Fourth Amendment. I’m sure everyone noticed that Speaker Pelosi waited until Friday to have her vote to abandon the Constitution and reward criminal behavior.

June 24, 2008   3 Comments


I’ve been poking around and reading procedural rules on this FISA bill.  As near as I can tell because this is a conference report, it can’t be amended.  It is sent to the floor of both Houses for an up or down vote.  It can, apparently be filibustered in the Senate, but it cannot be changed.

Opponents need 41 votes to avoid cloture, and a lot of reading material.  It’s time to see if a leader arises, but I’m not holding my breath.

June 24, 2008   7 Comments

Duelin’ Hissy Fits

On Friday the BBC reported that Martha Stewart ‘barred from UK’. It’s not like she threatened to redecorate Parliament.

Then today I read the CNN report: Boy George denied U.S. visa.

The War On Terror™ continues… 😈

June 24, 2008   3 Comments

Separation of Church and State

… it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law of the land.

Why supposedly intelligent people insist on attempting to mix politiics and religion is beyond me.  It always ends badly for someone.

Evangelist accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible

(CNN) — A top U.S. evangelical leader is accusing Sen. Barack Obama of deliberately distorting the Bible and taking a “fruitcake interpretation” of the U.S. Constitution.

In comments to be aired on his radio show Tuesday, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson criticizes the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for comments he made in a June 2006 speech to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal.

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June 24, 2008   2 Comments

My Congresscritter In USAToday

… and it doesn’t involve sex or goats.

According to that august national puppy trainer: Fla. congressman defends giving borrowed speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman has apologized for posting a speech on his website without acknowledging that it was largely written by a fellow Republican from Georgia.

But Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., says he did nothing wrong in delivering the heavily borrowed address at a University of West Florida graduation in 2004.

While not lifted word for word, Miller’s address contains nearly identical passages and the same life lessons as a speech Sen. Johnny Isakson wrote for his son’s high school graduation in 1988 and has delivered more than 100 times since.

Miller says he credited Isakson when he delivered the speech, but that attribution was mistakenly left out of a written transcript that was posted on Miller’s website. After a columnist for The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle raised questions, Miller amended the site to show that the ideas came from Isakson.

I’m sure the graduates of the University of West Florida are thrilled to know they were listening to a 16-year-old high school graduation speech written by a Georgia Dad for his son, and read by their Congresscritter. That will make them feel better about their college loans.

Since he only “borrowed” it, I’m sure he will give it back. 😈

June 24, 2008   Comments Off on My Congresscritter In USAToday

Nice Concept, But…

Read all about it: Florida to sign massive sugar, Everglades deal

WELLINGTON, Fla. – U.S. Sugar Corp., the nation’s largest producer of cane sugar, would go out of business in a $1.75 billion deal to sell its nearly 300 square miles of land to Florida for Everglades restoration, the company and the state’s governor said Tuesday.

Under the deal, announced at a news conference with Gov. Charlie Crist and company representatives, the state would buy U.S. Sugar’s holdings in the Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee, the virtual heart of the ecosystem.

Crist said the deal is “as monumental as the creation of our nation’s first national park, Yellowstone.”

“This represents, if we’re successful, and I believe we will be, the largest conservation purchase in the history of the state of Florida,” Crist said.

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June 24, 2008   2 Comments

Too Busy?

I’d like to highlight a piece of Barbara Jordan’s 25 July 1974 Statement on the Articles of Impeachment, for Nancy Pelosi:

Common sense would be revolted if we engaged upon this process for petty reasons. Congress has a lot to do: Appropriations, Tax Reform, Health Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, Housing, Environmental Protection, Energy Sufficiency, Mass Transportation. Pettiness cannot be allowed to stand in the face of such overwhelming problems. So today we are not being petty. We are trying to be big, because the task we have before us is a big one.

They made the time, because it was important, not because it was convenient.  Not acting because it isn’t convenient is petty.

June 24, 2008   Comments Off on Too Busy?