Archive for December, 2006

Brrr

Friday, December 8th, 2006

So it snowed about three inches last night.. It’s 1:50 PM, and the temperature is 21 degrees with a windchill of 11. Yep, I chose to go to school in Siberia.

Top 10 Funniest Political Moments

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Via Althouse, the top 10 funniest political moments of 2006.

Cheney Under Fire

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

But this time, it’s not Dick Cheney. It’s his daughter Mary, who happens to be both a lesbian and pregnant. Some folks aren’t happy:

Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America described the pregnancy as “unconscionable.”

“It’s very disappointing that a celebrity couple like this would deliberately bring into the world a child that will never have a father,” said Crouse, a senior fellow at the group’s think tank. “They are encouraging people who don’t have the advantages they have.”

Crouse said there was no doubt that the news would, in conservatives’ eyes, be damaging to the Bush administration, which already has been chided by some leaders on the right for what they felt was halfhearted commitment to anti-abortion and anti-gay-rights causes in this year’s general election.

Carrie Gordon Earll, a policy analyst for the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family, expressed empathy for the Cheney family but depicted the pregnancy as unwise.

“Just because you can conceive a child outside a one-woman, one-man marriage doesn’t mean it’s a good idea,” Earll said. “Love can’t replace a mother and a father.”

I don’t get why Mary Cheney’s pregnancy should be frontpage news in the first place. And I really don’t know why Crouse and Earll feel the need to weigh in on something that is essentially none of their business. I have little doubt that the child well be loved. As for the father figure, Andrew Sullivan weighs in:

Please. I’m sure there will be plenty of strong male role models in the child’s life, starting with his or her grandfather. If the argument is made that all kids should have biological mothers and fathers, adoptions would cease. If the argument is made that kids should always have a father and mother in the household, then single mothers would have their kids removed from them in order to give them to adoptive couples. Neither argument applies because we have a modicum of respect for mothers, and their right to bring up their own child as they see fit, as long as it is with care and love.

Hilarity, Thy Name is Van

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Rob Huddleston, reporting from the Republican State Executive Committee meeting in Nashville:

(I probably shouldn’t tell this story…) When referring to current RNC General Counsel Mike Duncan, Van said that Duncan was a native of Scott County and a member of the “Duncan clan.” He then repeated most of what he said – but he left out the word “Duncan.” Give that a think for a second. The room began to murmur, and Van was perplexed as to what people were talking about. It provided a good chuckle on the way back to Knoxville.

Why Van Hilleary lost twice statewide is beyond me!

Democracy Ain’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Dave Oatney has a great post on the 17th amendment, the one that allows for the direct election of U.S. Senators:

In choosing to popularly elect Senators, we have perverted this intention of the framers. We have turned the Senate into a virtual carbon copy of the House, with the only difference being that there are two Senators for each State, except that Senators can filibuster legislation. Far worse, perhaps, is the reality that Senators today are virtually free from State oversight. The recall process, while legally possible, is in reality much more difficult in most States than it would have been for a State legislator to recall a Senator.

The most devastating side-effect of the popular election of federal Senators is that the importance of State legislatures and State government has been greatly diminished in the eyes of Joe Sixpack on the street. There are many voters who only vote in a Presidential election year and may vote for a Senator in that year. Many others do vote in all federal and State elections, but when they complain about the problems with government, they often blame whoever is in power in Washington for the problem when often part (and often all) of the blame may lay in Nashville. If Senators were chosen by the State General Assembly, elections for those Houses would suddenly become extremely important in the eyes of many voters. Who is selected for a federal Senate seat may be determined by who controls the State legislature-and accounts of elections in many States during the period of legislative Senate selection bears this out.

People would likely take a far greater interest in who their State Representative and Senator are, what those people’s positions are on the issues that affect voters’ lives, and of course who their man or woman is for the U.S. Senate. That doesn’t diminish democracy-it enhances it at a State and local level-it localizes the federal government.

I couldn’t agree more. America is not a democracy. It is a republic. Now, that doesn’t mean that democracy is bad in moderation, but pure democracy is disfunctional. We need a balance to allow for majority rule, as well as protect the rights of minority factions. The founders would never have supported the 17th Amendment.

Via ACK.

Back to the Moon?

Monday, December 4th, 2006

It’s about time we returned to the Moon:

An international team of astronauts will be living and working at a permanent moon base to be built at one of the resource-rich lunar poles within two decades, NASA announced Monday.

Earth’s first off-world colonists will cruise the surface in a new generation lunar lander that will function like a low-gravity pickup truck, possibly journeying to the dark side to build the most ambitious collection of observatories ever constructed, NASA said.

The announcement of NASA’s vision to build a permanent scientific research station on the moon represents the space agency’s first outline of its plans once it reaches the moon, scheduled no later than 2020.

“We will begin with short missions. Then we will build up to the point where we are staying 180 days, and then we will have a permanent presence,” Doug Cooke, deputy associate administrator for exploration systems, said at a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The permanent base could be operational as early as 2024, officials said.

I hope it actually happens. Via Outside the Beltway.

Nashville Sunset

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Those of you who want more photography on this blog, I apologize. I accidentally left my camera back in Tennessee. However, take a look at this to hold you over

Dick Morris

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Why is this guy always on the talk shows making predictions? He has to be the worst pundit in America to be given credibility. His predictions are always, ALWAYS, wrong. Can anyone explain it?

Appalachian Advances

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

Appalachian State defeated Montana State 38-17 to advance to the 1-AA semifinals. A win next week will put them in the national championship game and a chance to win two national titles in a row. Good luck, and go Mountaineers!

Speaking of Classics…

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Remember this classic commercial? Via Brittney.