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In defense of Anthony Weiner and in codemnation of others

Like I said in the immediately prior post the last few months have really stunk, but how low have I really sunk to find myself feeling a need to defend Anthony “The Whiner” Weiner?

I want to compare and contrast him with some other pols because to a certain extent I think he is being unfairly singled out for condemnation.

Please do not take this as any kind of endorsement of him, and certainly not of his candidacy to be Mayor of New York.

However, there are two  other low down dirty dog pols whose sins, to my mind, are far greater than Wiener’s.  One has been rewarded with election and the other is still considered a serious contender for office.

And this really irks me, a lot. Really, really a lot.

First of all, let’s discuss the other scandal plagued candidate for NYC office, former Governor and Attorney General Eliot “Client 9” Spitzer. Another sex maniac, evidently (although interestingly enough neither Spitzer nor Weiner has played the “sex addict” card yet) who resigned from the governorship in disgraceful circumstances that can be reviewed here.

Now I, like others on the right (and perhaps not exclusively on one side) had a lot of problems with Eliot Spitzer long before he was revealed to be a whoremonger.  Before he had the nickname “Client 9” he gave himself the nickname “The Steamroller” because that was how he preferred to treat his adversaries. In his role as Attorney General and in the name of the “little guy” he sought to run right over them. There are those who saw him as an unethical bully. And I’m sure there are others who saw him as an heroic fighter, perhaps even while acknowledging dirty or at least extremely aggressive tactics.

OK, great minds may disagree on this. Quite frankly I think the whole law enforcement function of all our governments may be getting a little (a lot) out of control, but that’s an issue for another day, if ever, on this blog.

However, here is my point: the man broke the law. He broke rather a lot of laws. Laws against prostitution, laws against transporting women across state lines for purposes of prostitution, laws against wire transfers for illegal purposes. Some of these laws might be a little obscure to the average rich whoremonger but one would think that Attorney General Steamroller would be well aware of them.

But, was he prosecuted? No.  If an “ordinary person” committed these crimes, do you think Attorney General Steamroller would be satisfied with mere public and private humiliation and expressions of sincere regret? Do you think it would be considered sufficient punishment if that ordinary person resigned his position? Eh, I don’t think so and neither did this woman.

But, Spitzer was permitted this “get out of prosecution for a whole bunch of embarrassment” card; now he seek to play that card as his ace in the hole to win the office of New York City Comptroller.  This is not OK, he should go find some other line of work, holding the purse strings of NYC is not something I think he should be considered suitable for given his history of law breaking and improper behavior.

Now, on to the next case: former South Carolina governor and now congressman Mark Sanford. I could praise myself here for being bi-partisan and finding a sinner on each side of the aisle, but that’s not even what I’m doing. I’m just disgusted with both these guys and I cannot believe that one has been re-elected and the other one might be.

Gov. Sanford, as some will recall, snuck away from his office, the capital, his state, the country, the continent and in fact the entire hemisphere to have a secret dalliance with an Argentinian women with whom he had fallen in love.

Do you know the old quip? All the world loves a lover – except the two people they were married to before.

Why did he do this? I think it’s pretty clear he did it so he wouldn’t have to tell his wife that he’d fallen for another, although in the stories I’ve found it is said she already knew about his affair.  Perhaps it was because he wasn’t 100% sure he would want to leave his wife for this other woman, so he was striving to keep his options open. Or maybe he’s just a big baby who wants what he wants NOW.

What I do know is this: in addition to whatever duty Sanford had to his own family, he had voluntarily taken on very important responsibilities to the 4.7 million people who live in South Carolina. I mean, here’s the deal, nobody forced him to be governor and it’s not as if he got the office through another person’s death or anything. He chose to do it and I’m sure he worked very hard to get elected.

I have no idea if anybody on his staff really knew where he was, or if they all believed the lie that he was “hiking the Appalachian trail”. I don’t know if I’d rather believe someone knew or no one knew; I’ve been thinking about this on and off since it happened and I can’t decide which is worse.

I do know this, extremely bad things can happen at any time, with no warning whatsoever. At those times we often look to our leaders for guidance, instruction, and aid. Mark Sanford is a pretty lucky fellow that his absence was discovered under stupid circumstances rather than really dreadful ones.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno caught some heck (not entirely unfairly imho) when they were both out of the country during a blizzard, so it doesn’t take straining the brain to imagine many scenarios that would have brought even greater disgrace to Sanford.

He was the chief executive of the state of South Carolina and he was derelict in his duty.

Nevertheless, this spring he entered a special election for the same congressional seat he had previously held and in some fit of forgiveness (or stupidity) the voters of the district returned this selfish, self-indulgent, man to public office.

I’m all for redemption and I’m certainly all for people earning a living at what they do best. Yes, I though it was OK that Michael Vick returned to the football field, I don’t think the world would be a better place if he were selling cars or working in a 7-11. However, Michael Vick is a football player, that is not a position of public trust.  It must also be emphasized that Michael Vick served time for his crimes.

Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner do not deserve to hold elected office, but of the three I think Weiner is the least unqualified if we are judging on the basis of his sexual transgressions. The condemnation reserved for him must be driving him nuts.

The only explanation I can offer is that his sins are very, very tawdry – something any silly adolescent boy might do. (But, don’t do it boys!)

Perhaps he needed to be more glamorous – high paid call girls in high class hotels; Argentinian “Soul Mates”….

In any event, I actually feel bad for the guy.  And that is truly a sorry comment on the state of our political class, and yes voters that does include all of us.


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One thing I don’t get about Obama’s immigration proposal

OK, I want to get this out there.

I can understand Obama instructing DHS not to pursue illegals in the narrow category of those brought here as minors, who are law abiding, etc.  That clearly falls under a discretionary standard and my guess is those people have been pretty much free from undue scrutiny for a long time now.  Making it official just makes it official, and provides a handy political boost to the Pres.

But I do not see how Obama, or DHS, or anybody else has the authority to instruct that these persons are now eligible to apply for legal work permits.

My understanding of Senator Rubio’s mini-DREAM act is that he would permit these same (or similar) situated persons to apply for student visas.

I could be wrong about some of this, and I’m not going to take the time to check it out, but there is a world of difference between student visas and work permits.

We do need “comprehensive” immigration reform and maybe we’ll be able to get it if Republicans are returned to one-party power in DC.  It needs to include many things the left won’t like.  In fact, it should consist pretty much of ONLY things the Left won’t like with 2 exceptions: 1. no mass deportations of law-abiding illegals already in the country and 2. a path to legalization for that same group.  Pretty much they should hate everything else in it, or it won’t be satisfactory to the rest of us.

These are the things, off the top of my head, that I would include:

=A solid closed border, including Mexico, including the airports, including visa departure verification

=To make visa departure verification easier I’d implement requirements that a return trip must be booked before entry is permitted, I’d shorten general travel visa times, which I think are now generally 6 months, to 2 months (with some exceptions)

=No bi-lingual education in any public school

=Required civics lessons (“what it means to be an American”) in every public school

=No more Spanish language assistance from the Federal Government.  I grew up in NYC and am fine with Public Health notices being published in as many foreign languages as necessary, but I find it very offensive that the IRS offers every form in Spanish and English.

=Alternative proposal, make English the official language of the USA

=END THE IMMIGRATION LOTTERY, arguably the worst concept for immigration every imagined, not to say implemented.  Does ANY other country take their future residents based on luck?

=End chain migration.  We should only admit spouses, minor children, and elderly parents with no options for care in the home country and who would remain ineligible for any “aid”

=Absolutely no welfare for non-citizen immigrants, legal or illegal, including food stamps, home heating aid, medicaid and any other “soft” welfare that is on offer

=No citizenship, EVER, for any person who has entered this country illegally – we’ll find a way to regularize you and your US born children can even grow up to be President, but you will not be able to vote for them

And, finally, increased penalties for crime committed by illegal aliens.  Of course this last one would have to happen on the state level and I don’t know why it hasn’t been already proposed.  Basically we’ve been giving illegals a “commit crimes for free” card and that needs to change.  I would say tack an extra 5-10 years on any criminal sentence if you committed a crime while in this country illegally.

None of this will work, or should even be considered, until we really have control of our borders.  For at least 5 years, that in conjunction with the poor economy ought to stanch the flow enough for other reforms to be put in place.


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Thank you, Wisconsin voters!

Mere words cannot express the debt (or perhaps, way out of debt!) that all Americans now owe to the people of the great state of Wisconsin.

So here is their wonderful fight song, for your sing-a-long pleasure.

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Elizabeth Warren, Big Chief Bullshit Artist

So, I’m breaking a personal rule here and just using the word bullshit in all its vulgar stridency.

Because it’s important, it’s for the children, it’s truth to power.

Nah, that’s all bullshit too.  It’s because Elizabeth Warren is gosh darn annoying.

Ms. Warren has been revealed to have, in a squirmy, wriggling sort of way self-identified as a Native American in the past.  It is presumed by many that she did this in order to advance her career (and the facts revealed in the Washington Secrets column regarding her credentials vs. those of her peers is certainly intriguing if not dispositive) and stopped doing it when no further boosting was necessary.  What nobody, and I mean nobody, believes is that she did it to “meet friends” or  find those “who are like” she is.  Unless, of course, she was looking for late feminist bullshit artists who want to become one of the 1% without losing touch with their Inner Other.

That is the purest bullshit.

I remember years ago hearing that college degrees are more properly understood as BS (bullshit) MS (more shit) PhD (piled higher and deeper).  I suppose Esquire Warren has a JD so I guess that stands for jumbo dung heap.

I do believe that she was told by her family that she had Native American ancestry.  But that’s the thing about bullshit, as this book  indicates, it doesn’t have to be a lie.  In fact, most bullshit isn’t a lie, it’s some truth used in the furtherance of a short cut, a get around, a get over.

And that was how Warren used her ancestry, just as she has tried to name herself the originator of the occupy movement, and just as she is now furiously spinning to get out of the web she wove.  And get this, in searching for that link, I see Ms. Warren was a registered Republican into her 40s!  Did Harvard know about that?

People like this are tiresome.  They don’t really want to do the hard work.  They just want to get over, get some for themselves, keep as much of it as they can, and tell you that you are not doing enough for others.  By which they mean you are not giving THEM enough money to do what they think best with.

They think the public are fools, and if they are members of the Democratic party they are pretty sure they can get away with their bullshit.

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John Derbyshire, Trayvon Martin and the Hard Truth

I’ve read Mr. Derbyshire’s article and I too have found it rather disturbing.  Yet I  can’t dispute the core of what he says.

But I think he’s said things very badly, needlessly offensively and that on the whole it is unhelpful.

And since this is clearly in response to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident I will write about that too.

The plain fact of the matter is this: since the let-it-all-hang-out 1960s black people have largely been granted a license to commit crime.  Not by the criminal justice system and  not by white people in general.  By white elites, most certainly.  By black people, in general or the elites, I don’t know.  There seems to be a code of Omerta in many communities and a lack of leadership, but in this case I will just admit, I’m not black so I don’t know.

Black on white crime is almost never,  ever described or prosecuted as hate crime.  And it is likely that most of black on white crime isn’t borne out of race hatred it is just general crime of covetousness.  But there are many crimes for which, if the races were reversed, the hatred motive would never be doubted.  In fact we’d do nothing but hear about it, see about it, think about and “search our souls” about it for days, weeks, months on end.

Here is just one link to a senseless, lurid, black on white crime that if the races were reversed would be as famous as the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping.

Black on black crime is completely ignored.  OK, not completely, it gets reported in the local media, maybe there is a case or two that breaks through to large coverage, but to be honest and without searching I can’t think of one.  Yet day after day, in city after city, innocent black people are brutalized, raped and killed by other black people.  Sometimes these are little children who are merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, or elderly citizens who have made the same error.

The black crime rate is out of control and the overwhelming amount of the victims are black.  In fact, despite the babies and the grannies most of the vics are Trayvon Martin aged youth.

But Jesse Jackson will never have a march about that.  Al Sharpton will never fulminate about that.  President Obama will never be asked about that.  And John Derbyshire is not concerned about that.

John Derbyshire is concerned about his children being caught up in some crime, personal or random, in which blacks are the perpetrators.

And you really can’t blame him for that concern.

And you really can’t blame all of society for being fearful of black young men.  They are the primary malefactors in society.  One would have to be abysmally stupid not to be wary of strange black men.

Add to this well known fact the bias of the MSM in reporting crime.  Crimes with black perps and white victims are treated as though race is never a motive factor.  As I say, often it may not be, but you will not hear about it even if it is.

Yet crimes where the perp is white and the vic is black get national coverage

Even when there really hasn’t been a crime committed at all.  (See Lacrosse, Duke University, railroad job.)

So, this is what white Americans are up against:

The media, staffed almost entirely by white people, who don’t care about white people, who seek to damn white people (or “white-hispanic” people) even when the facts aren’t on their side.  Who will falsely report stories, ignore or willfully distort evidence (as George Zimmerman’s 911 call was distorted), and evade correcting their “errors” if they can only make “white” people look bad.

Black people who are criminals and who, for the most part don’t prey upon white people, but who basically get a free pass from the MSM when and if they do.

Rabble rousers, like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who strive for media attention and get it most easily with the man-bites-dog stories of white on black crime.

And this is what black Americans are up against:

The media, staffed almost entirely by white people, who don’t care about black people,  who couldn’t care less when the victim isn’t white, unless the alleged perp is.

Black people who are criminals and who, for the most part don’t prey upon white people, but upon black people.

“Leaders” like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

It is one thing for a white parent to tell their child to avoid black people, what advice, exactly, is a black person supposed to give their child?

Because avoiding John Derbyshire,  George Zimmerman and even the Police just isn’t going to improve their odds by all that much.

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Why We are Loving Rick Perry

Yesterday’s PPP poll has been confirmed, in spades, by the ever respectable Gallup Organization.  We Republicans are loving Rick Perry right now.

And there are a goodly number of folks who have got their knickers in a twist over this.

And that is the first reason we are loving Rick Perry, because we know, we just know, that he is loving that he’s twisted their knickers.

And not just the libs, many of whom seem convinced that we are always just one election away from some kind of Christian jihad that will have…..oh I don’t know what they think is going to happen, just that it is going to be really, really bad.  I don’t think Rick Perry is worrying too much about what these people are thinking. Of course this is the second reason we are loving Rick Perry.

But also queasy are the Establishment Republicans.  These are the people who live in fear of the New York Times and the rest of the MSM.  I also think some of them might be afraid of that Christian jihad, but only insofar as the jihadis might require them to handle snakes and speak in tongues.  Rick Perry is not intimidated by the Establishment Rs, and of course we love him for that.

Rick Perry grew up poor, became an Eagle Scout and served in the Air Force.  He doesn’t seem like there is too much in the world that fazes him.  The state he governs is doing very well, in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the country.  Of course he gets credit for this, fairly or unfairly, that is how the “chief executive” post works in American politics.  These traits and circumstances convey an ability at Leadership.  To be frank, President Obama has not helped himself with the whole “leading from behind” strategy, which is more than a bogus meme.  It was certainly the approach he took on the Stimulus Package and Obamacare and even the recent Debt Ceiling negotiations.  I wonder why the ghost of Harry Truman hasn’t snuck up on him and hit him upside the head with his old “buck stops here” sign, but alas for Barack, evidently he has not.  And indisputably the fine people of the great state of Texas have seen fit to return Governor Perry again and again to office.  We are getting pretty stressed out here in American and we are looking for someone to lead the way.  Perry seemingly has spent his life as a leader and appears to be an enthusiastic candidate for office.  We’ve been spared both the Hamlet routine and the reluctant saviour schtick and for that we are loving Rick Perry.

Rick Perry looks like a president.  Let’s face it, he looks like a president out of a 1970s TV Movie. He married his childhood sweetheart which is also very 70s TV movie.  Right now we are feeling like we are living through a re-run of the 1970s, so he fits right in to the zeitgeist.  And we are loving that in our universal subconscious hearts.

I, myself, am having a bit of a crush on Rick Perry (you couldn’t tell, right?)  I was very dashed at Tim Pawlenty’s implosion.  When I wrote this post I was going to start it by saying “he may have spoiled his chances” but I didn’t want to think it was true.  But it was.  No need to re-state the reasons, just follow the link and count the ways.  I thought Pawlenty was the prefect candidate,  but his diffidence damned him.  The Republican nominee is going to be facing a man who has said “they bring a knife, you bring a gun”.  Now this may only prove that men watch too many gangster movies and memorize too many lines from them, but I bet that even if Rick Perry doesn’t know any gangster lines, he’s memorized a few from Westerns.  The Republican nominee is going to be called everything bad the Left, the Dems and the MSM can think of, including but not limited to: a nazi, a religious maniac, a moron, an evil genius, a moron again, evil genius again, a racist, a hater of the old, the sick, the poor, and children (except unborn children, for those he or she will be said to have an unnatural affection) and, if the nominee turns out to be Rick Perry or Sarah Palin, a MURDERER of animals.  I can hear Tim Pawlenty running screaming into 10 o’clock in the morning even from here.  I can’t see any of this bothering Rick Perry at all.  I truly think he’s got these people’s numbers and for that I love Rick Perry.

Rick Perry made the much-anticipated announcement of his candidacy at the Red State Gathering.  I wrote a little post about it here because I was surprised at how little mention was made of that.  I’m sure a great deal of thought goes into where one makes one’s announcement of such an important undertaking.  Sometimes the reasoning eludes the audience, as did Jon Huntsman announcing in Liberty State Park, but nevertheless, I’m sure it was a long considered decision.  Even failed short-lived candidacies are monumental undertakings and no one who intends to be a serious candidate is going to say “I’m running for President” on the fly.

So Perry’s choice of venue served two purposes – it was a poke in the eye of the MSM, since they were forced to give publicity to a right-wing  blog site (they did strenuously avoid this part) and it cemented his attachment to the Tea Party movement.  And that brings me to what I think is the biggest reason we love Rick Perry, he respects us.

The Tea Party movement is the truest grassroots movement since the Feminist wave of the 1970s.  It was set off by a random rant by CNBC newscaster Rick Santelli and took off like wildfire across the United States.  It began as a protest movement by people who don’t go to protests, or at least they hadn’t gone to any since the 1970s or earlier.  It was motivated by the fear that Barack Obama was going to make good on at least one campaign promise, the promise to “fundamentally transform” America and that with solid, filibuster-proof majorities in both houses of congress he would succeed in that quest.  I don’t want to delve into a lot a detail here, but let me just say there was a big “hey, wait just one lousy minute” moment amoung the middle class who, generally, don’t want their entire societies fundamentally transformed. (Provided of course they are essentially free societies, in totalitarian lands the shoe is on the other foot. Yes, China, I’m talking about you.)  This is, of course, why the Left fundamentally, historically, always and forever, hates the bourgeoisie.

Well, the Tea Party movement organized Tax Day Rallies, marched on Washington (twice if you count the Glenn Beck event and I’d say it should be counted), contributed mightily to the election of Republican Scott Brown to the erstwhile “Kennedy” senate seat in Massachusetts and ultimately engineered the biggest gain of house seats in decades, taking the national purse out of the hands of the Democratic party, much to the consternation of the bien pensant.

There was an awful lot of effort involved in all this.  It was done amoung friends and strangers who became new friends.  There was, as election day got closer, some funding from groups like Americans for Prosperity and others, but there were no secret sacks of money. (Or if there were I didn’t get any – story of my life!)

And what did we get for our efforts at peaceful protest and the exercise of our constitutionally guaranteed right to petition our Government?  What did we get for our civic participation? What did we get from the people who just two years prior,  for the last 6 years of George W. Bush’s presidency, had cheered on International ANSWER (those people are pure Communist and do not ever believe otherwise), Code Pink and the pathetic Cindy Sheehan; from the people like Hillary Clinton who told us “Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism”; from the people, like Barack Obama and the editorial staff of the New York Times who somewhere along the way found an indulgent and affectionate respect for many of those, like Bill Ayers, who had once sought to overthrow the US Government by violent means; what did we get from those people?

We got slandered as violent racists, derided as dupes, laughed at as bumblers and clowns.

Now, of course there are already “Tea Party” candidates running (Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Herman Caine) or still considered possible candidates (Sarah Palin) but all of them have serious draw backs.  Bachmann and Paul share a problem, they are house members, while Caine has never held office, and he seems clueless on foreign policy.  Palin first has to overcome the problem of not actually being a candidate.  These are all good people and every one of them would be a vast improvement over Barack Obama, as would non-tea party candidates Rick Santorum and the unjustly ignored Gary Johnson and even former front-runner Mitt Romney.

But, let’s face it, Rick Perry is a BIG dog.  He is the current governor of the second largest state, a state whose economy is booming, he is an incredibly successful politician (as both a Democrat and a Republican), if you measure that by getting elected. And this is a campaign, we’re not writing a history book here.  He knows how to get massive publicity and how to wow a crowd.   Perry could have gone anywhere, spoken to any group but he came to us, out of Respect, as they say in the gangster movies. And so far, he hasn’t asked for a thing beyond a fair hearing. And that is probably the single most important reason why we are loving Rick Perry right now.

Sigh. I hope we don’t all hate him in 6 weeks, 6 months, 6 years because then I’ll have to do a long “why we hate Rick Perry” post and this one took hours.

And if I never have to do that, how much will I love Rick Perry then!

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Don’t throw the snowball

In hubby’s family there is an expression, he made the snowball but he wants you to throw it.

I think the debt ceiling negotiations between President Obama and the House Republicans are a good example of this dynamic.

Barack Obama would like to make the snowball of increased taxes and get John Boehner to throw it.

And like the bad little boy in the Robertson Davies novel, Obama will have a hard little rock tucked inside that snowball.

He will accomplish two major goals, he’ll get to TAX THE RICH and he’ll alienate the Tea Party from the Republicans.

Needless to say the Republicans are on a very strict probation with the Tea Party.  But, if they have 1/2 a brain between the lot of them, they know it is we who brought them to the dance.

If they have another 1/4 brain altogether, they will realize the polls are in their favor.

The republicans need to do one thing TODAY, they need to draw up a bill stipulating what things will be paid, and in what order, and what things will stop being paid, and in what order should we hit the debt ceiling.

They also need to emphasize that yesterday our President stated that we cannot meet our most basic obligations without borrowing money.  This is of a piece with his earlier remarks about businesses being unable to borrow money to meet their payrolls.

Everybody who has had even a glancing association with a business, either for-profit or non-profit, understands that if you are borrowing money to meet your payroll, or pay your rent, you are in deep trouble.

If we really can’t pay our Interest payments, pay Social Security obligations, pay our Military and other Government employees, keep watch for hurricanes, etc. without borrowing 2.4 TRILLION dollars NEXT MONTH, well, we better find some savings, or have a garage sale, or something RIGHT NOW.

Don’t throw the snowball John Boehner, subject it to sunlight and watch it melt away.

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How did it go from “leave us alone in the bedroom” to “celebrate our love”?

For years, long before it was popular, I saw myself as “pro-gay”.  My brother (full disclosure: who ended up dying of AIDS) was a homosexual and living in NYC I knew plenty of gay people and, you know, I was for them, not agin them.

And yet, and yet.  And yet I never could see homosexuality as being the same, or equivalent to heterosexuality.  Heterosexual intercourse, or some gross scientifically enhanced simile is the ONLY way that the one overriding miracle of life as we know it can occur.  It is only via heterosexual intercourse that a new human can be formed, developed and birthed.  (and hey, I hope you respect my respect for science in that last sentence and if you don’t, well fie on you!)

So, that’s the yucky part.

Now, to their credit today the gays would like us all to focus on the non-yucky part.  Well, the part that girls and gays find non-yucky anyway, I think those awful he-men types might tend to differ.  The hearts and flowers, the love forever, the soul-mate stuff.

All well and good.

But yet, but yet.

How short ago was it that we who are NOT in the gay community were being implored “just leave us alone in the bedroom”?

To which most people, I’d guess at a minimum 80%  of people said: OK, no problem, you got it!

And then it quickly became “celebrate and validate our love!”

To which most people, I’d guess a minimum of 60% of people said: Say what?

This has sort of changed me from a “pro-gay” person to an “anti-gay-rights” person, and I am not enjoying that at all.

Why were not civil unions adequate?  Because gays need to have society say: your relationships are the same as man/woman relationships?

But they are not, and no amount of law passing and litigating is going to make them so.

It is a sad quest for validation that can never come, even if a semblance of it is compelled by law.


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Debate disappointment

Tim Pawlenty’s unwillingness to bash on Romney was a HUGE disappointment.  Running away from his bon mot “Obamneycare” was so stupid, in so many ways I almost cannot believe he did it.

1. He looks craven, like a  back stabber, who won’t stand up and tell a person face to face what he thinks of him.

2. He looks cowardly, if he won’t take on Romeny, how is he going to take on Obama?  Some MSMer is going to ask him some thinly veiled version of this: Pres. Obama is black, and you are running against him, doesn’t that make you a racist?  And what’s he going to do?

3. He threw away the small progress he had made against the charges of being boring unto death.

4. He undermined the rest of his pretty good debate performance.

5. He didn’t need to do this at all.  He could have been “nice” and still said something like: While I don’t want to bash Gov. Romney, the fact is Obamacare is modeled on Romenycare, that’s why I said what I did yesterday and that’s why Gov. Romeny is NOT the man to bring market-based reforms to our health insurance system.

6. He looked unprepared, didn’t he and his team realize that this was one thing he would definitely be asked about?

7. He’s going to have a very hard time recovering from this, for all the reasons I give here.

And, despite what others are saying, Romney just looked awful.  Like the fake, empty pol he really is.  And that thing he said at the very end “New Hampshire voters believe in the future.”  What malarkey!  I’ve been to New Hampshire many times, the people there are actually rather enamored of the past.  But in any event, those in other states are interested in the future also.

So, Bachmann came off well, Romney is just glib and awful, Santorum was OK, Caine is hopeless, Ron Paul is truly a nut (but his little joke at the end about not knowing where the others stood on the Federal Reserve was very cute & self deprecating ), Gingrich was OK, and Pawlenty screwed up BIG TIME.

Hubby had a major crush on Bachmann, he had never seen her before, so maybe a lot of folks felt that way.  She is rather like Jaclyn Smith of Charlie’s Angels, but she doesn’t have the “beauty queen” thing, she’s way too wonky, so maybe that will help her to be not so threatening to some gals out there.

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Israel (in which I say something good about Democrats)

Years and years ago (I have no idea how long ago this was, was it before or after the kid?  I really don’t know, but it was a long time ago) I asked myself if America would always stand by Israel.

I concluded we would.  My reason was basically that there were so many Americans in Israel that the pressure would be brought come what may.

I still think America will stand by Israel and maybe not even for that exact reason.

I’m heartened, really, really heartened by the support Democrat politicians have given to Israel over the last few days.  Not the #1 Dem, of course, but Steny Hoyer and Harry Reid deserve praise.

I’m pretty sure I’m never going to say that about Harry Reid again, so let’s enjoy this special moment.  In fact I would have bet good money (although not as much as I gave to Sharon Angle) that I would NEVER have said that.

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