Thanks to all for your comments - even those in opposition.
I'm doing a post to flesh this idea out but my point is this:
The Bush Presidency is at a crossroads - one of those clear historic moments where the President and everything he is supposed to stand for either marches forward or, like a Carter or Clinton, or even a Bush 41, other more powerful forces take hold and jerk the country in another direction.
Successful Presidents like Reagan and Ike knew the moment instinctively. Ike's Interstate Highway bill of 1956 changed America forever. Reagan's tax bill of 1986 indexed tax rates - a wildly radical idea but one of the most important changes to the tax code ever.
Because of the war, the hurricanes, gas prices, and other negatives, George Bush's moment is now. And he could have (and IMHO) should have thrown down the gauntlet on this nomination. As it is, by doing what is "possible" Bush has conceded the playing field to the Democrats.
If I can clear my head for a few hours, I'll post on this today. If not, gimme a shot of whiskey, a good wench, and call me in the morning.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 4.10.2005 @ 07:23
Whether she's conservative enough doesn't concern me as much as the fact that she's a total non-entity with nothing to recommend her to the highest court in the land.
The Supreme Court should not be a training ground - it is the ultimate position for a lawyer. A candidate should come with all the experience and judgment necessary and not have to "gow into" the job.
That's what I think Miers will have to do.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.10.2005 @ 13:30
Good point. The problem is that there were other, more qualified candidates who would have been able to garner support across the aisle as well. Miers may be a cipher but she's also a total zero. And I don't think it will help her with those Republicans you mentioned and certainly not with Democrats who are already crying "cronyism" at the choice.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.10.2005 @ 12:38
No flames...let the games begin!Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.10.2005 @ 07:30
I've read two different profiles of Earle and both reveal him to be a bullying partisan, active in Democratic politics for many years (Chairman of the Party in Travis County), and a cold, calculating politician. He may be a "tough lawyer" but that only proves my point. His bare knuckled advocacy skirts the ethics strictures constantly.
DeLay may not be going before a federal judge - you're right there - but the idea that campaign finance regulations aren't being circumvented every day of the week in Texas by both parties is loony. That's why indicting someone for violating laws that are followed only in the breach is so transparently partisan in nature and why Earle - even if he gets a conviction - will be viewed as the partisan hack that he is.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 30.09.2005 @ 04:58
You're right, of course. And it makes me wonder what side of the bed I got out of this morning.
Thanks.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.09.2005 @ 20:50
How soon I forget!
I'll have to change that. Of course, I meant to say 6 in 8 years.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.09.2005 @ 18:05
Anyone who is an apologist for Chavez is so blinded by leftist stupidity that rational thought escapes them.
Chavez rigged the recount, has caused thousands to disappear, arrested and imprisoned more thousands where they're tortured by his cuban friends, has supported the narco terrorists of FARC, and generally made an idiot of himself in his wild, exaggerated, unsubstantiated charges against the US.
He is a threat to the region. And if he's so effing popular, how come the general strike last year brought the country to an absolute standstill?
Congratulations on defending a murderous thug so well.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 16:33
Here's a comment from a moonbat who insists I'm deleting his comments. I think I'll just repeat the words of the title of this post: F**k him and the F**kin horse he rode in on.
Incidentally, it seems that my previous comments have mysteriously vanished from this board, so I won't spend much time on this one.
Read the Amnesty International report. Here's a sampling: "Amnesty International believes that the Venezuela government had a clear duty to guarantee public order in the face of frequently violent protests - which included the use of firearms by some protestors."
The general tone of the report is that unrest in Venezuela is leading to violent abuses on both sides. The government is failing to enforce order, and has acted improperly in some cases. The unrest, according to the CEPR and many other reliable sources, has been caused in part by the Bush administration when they backed an un-democratic coup against Chavez.
According to Amnensty International, this is what Venezuela was like in the year before Chavez took office:
It begins: "While Venezuela has increasingly come under the spotlight of international public attention for its appalling human rights record suffered by members of its adult population, one extraordinary fact has remained all but hidden: children in Venezuela are also at risk of serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings and torture, as well as ill-treatment and arbitrary detention "
I have to conclude that conditions in Venezuela have improved under Chavez, and have only been faltering in response to conditions created by the Bush administration.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 16:25
I had it right the first time as far as gender for Jesse. I then went to Pandagon and saw a post on "old clothes" and saw that the poster was throwing away lingerie. I then changed all the personal pronouns to feminine.
Today I found out that Jesse is indeed a man and changed them back.
Sheesh...good thing we humans only have two genders. Otherwise, it might get pretty confusing.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 16:08
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