Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gay Marriage Strikes Again

To listen to those in the Republican party you'd think the only thing wrong with marriage in America is that gays want to take part in the "fun."

Apparently even the prospect of gay marriage has taken another victim. Gov. Sanford of South Carolina crumbled under the pressure of (other peoples) gay love and had an affair.

Of course, this is not funny, this is a conspiracy by the left-wing media. Just look at what was said on

Well, thanks to the invasive media, starting today he is back at work in Columbia. So where has he been hiding? I’ll let the government-run media fight over which trails he was at. But don’t believe for a second that his wife and other VIP’s didn’t know where he was. Quite simply, he left for a few days to clear his head. He did this without taking his private security detail, which you and I pay for. Because of this no one really wanted to tell the media where he actually was. They knew - but they were smart enough to not give it away.

As it now appears that we are one of the most highly-trafficed [sic] Mark Sanford 2012 sites, I thought that I should at least weigh-in on this non-issue. But so many other people have covered this story so well that I don’t have a ton to add. My favorite write-up regarding this story is found at - you can read the story at

If you want to read more about Mark Sanford’s hike, you can find it all over the web. Visit and you’ll have plenty to keep you busy for hours. So, as I leave you today, I wanted to share with you a quote from another famous South Carolina republican - Katon Dawson. Katon posted this tweet on twitter:

For years, Sen. Jake Knott has told @MarkSanford to take a hike. So, @MarkSanford does. And look what happens.

And we don't want to leave out any other conspiracies from

First, we need to be clear on the facts — not the media speculation:

Sanford did tell his staff and family where he was going.
Because he was traveling without a security detail, it was in his best interests that no one knew he was gone.
His political enemies — Republicans at that — ginned up the media story.
When confronted by a pestering media, things went downhill.
Again though, at all times there was no doubt that Sanford’s staff and family knew where he was.
Now, here is all you need to know about this whole entire story — the reaction from the erstwhile Republicans angry at Sanford for not being a fiscal squish and from the media all go back to their core belief that without Sanford manning the barricades of government at all times, the government will collapse and people will starve, die, and forget how to read and write.

That’s it.

But that did not happen. Life in South Carolina went on. The world did not end. Government did not go off the rails. That the media and politicians would react as they did says more about their world view than anything else.

It is refreshing that Mark Sanford is secure enough in himself and the people of South Carolina that he does not view himself as an indispensable man.

Of course, I'd expect these people to take these posts down soon and replace them with some drivel about Bill Clinton, but I don't remember Clinton telling us we are all evil people destroying the sanctity of marriage with gayness.

Personally, it sounded like some dude down in Argentina stringing along a perverted guy from 4,000 miles for money. Then when Mr. Sanford actually wants to get away from his horrible life and make a new one, whoops she's a dude. Why else would you not tell someone where you're going.

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And I thought twitter was useless...

This is a bit late, but well worth the wait. Politicians get their jobs by exploiting and exaggerating but sometimes you get one or two that go way out of the realm of believability.

Anyone who takes time to read political blogs are probably pretty aware of what is going on in Iran. Protesters are being shot in the street and there are threats of "more ruthless" things to come from the "leaders" of Iran.

Of course Republicans want us to know that the Iranians are not the only ones being trampled by their government; from the Twitter on the interwebs:

"Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the house" - Pete Hoekstra (R)

“I wonder if there isn’t more freedom on the streets of Tehran right now than we are seeing here,” David Dreier (R)

But maybe they are not all are crazy:
"Good to see Iranian people move mountains w social media, shining sunlight on their repressive govt- Texans support their bid for freedom." John Culberson (R)

Whew... Finally, just some sensible showing of support. I'm glad ... oh wait, Rep. Culberson wasn't done:
"Oppressed minorities includeHouseRepubs: We are using social media to expose repression such as last night's D clampdown shutting off amends"

It's tough out there for a rich, white, privilaged, middle aged male.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

From his mouth the MLB's ears.

Bush came out fighting today. Defending his actions during the "war on terror" and swiping at Obama's plan to jumpstart the economy (which is odd since it's the same as Mr. Bush's policies).

In this address Pres. Bush stated firmly a main tenant of belief of those on the right "Government does not create wealth." And I say three cheers for Mr. Bush. Hip-hip-HORAY! Hip-Hip-HORAY!

Wait a minute. What if the government could create wealth? I've just had an ingenious idea. I could by a minority interest in a professional baseball team, ask my politically connected friends to have the government seize land, have the tax payers build me a building, get tax breaks to conduct my business and then raise taxes to pay for it all!! Yeah, that will build me a lot of wealth. Has that ever been done before?

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Whose housing boom (and bust)?

There is plenty of blame to go around for the housing boom and bust. And before you "but what about Dodd/Frank/Raines" people get started; I agree that they should all be investigated and tried if necessary.

However, the current on-going nuttery surrounding the blame game is out of hand. I thought this was over but for some reason it has reared it's ignorant head on The Sean Hannity Show radio program.

According to Sean "stop blaming Bush after 4 months" Hannity, the whole problem was started by Jimmy "out of office for 28 years" Carter and made worse by Bill "out of office for 8 years" Clinton. As Sean likes to say "let not your heart be troubled," there is no reason for facts to get in his way.

We could brush aside the 20 years of Republican Presidents, 14 years of Republican congress and 6 years simultaneous control, but can we brush aside the Bush team's insistence that they did it all? Of course I'm not saying that Bush said he was responsible for the "bust" just the "boom." And can he have one without the other?

The pundits are correct that the boom caused the bust and that the boom was caused by politicians but it was caused by BOTH parties.

Here are some excerpts (and links) from speeches from the 2004 Republican National Convention:
"President Bush has helped cities by increasing home ownership, especially among minorities." - Pat McCrory, 2004 Republican National Convention. (apparently in front of a whopping crowd of eight)

"..why do you think we should re-elect your husband as President? [... ] I could talk about the recent record increase in home ownership. Home ownership in America, especially minority home ownership, is at an all time high." - First Lady Laura Bush, 2004 Republican National Convention

"President Bush delivered the greatest tax reduction in a generation and the results are clear to see [...] home ownership is at an all-time high" - Vice President, Dick Cheney 2004 Republican National Convention

"Thanks to our policies, home ownership in America is at an all- time high." - President George W. Bush, 2004 Republican National Convention

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