Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
While I was trolling a few right wing blogs, I noticed that most of the bloggers referred to themselves as "patriots." I think of the quote about patriotism being the last refuge of the scoundrel in some of these cases. Who was the patriot in Afghanistan in 1980-the soldier from a superpower fighting to keep the Afghan government in power, or the Islamic "freedom fighter" using terrorist tactics to repel the foreign infidels? Who are the patriots in Afghanistan now?
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Justice Scalia: Constitution does not protect women against discrimination
One constitutional issue I've enjoyed arguing with a conservative friend is the interpretation of the second amendment. The activist Supreme Court delighted my friend and many other NRA members with its overturning previous decisons and making gun ownership unconnected to service in a militia a few years ago. Still my friend and I each read the same sentence:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed
and we each have a different interpretation of what the sentence should mean. I place more emphasis on the first half, and he sees the second half as being more important. If one believes the original intent of the founding fathers is the deciding factor, there is still room for both interpretations. If one strictly construes what our 18th Century forefathers meant, consider the following quote from the
Militia Act of 1792
Second Congress, Session I. Chapter XXVIII
Passed May 2, 1792,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia...That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball...
There's nothing about various kinds of armor piercing bullets or assault rifles. Just white males, muskets and compulsory service in a well regulated militia.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Monday, July 28, 2008Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,392081,00.html#ixzz1BM994Eao
By SEAN D. HAMILLPublished: April 7, 200904/27/09 06:33 PMFor an exhaustive list check out the Southern Poverty Law Center's Terror From the Right
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
I think it’s important for all leaders, not just leaders of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party … community leaders, figures in our community to say, ‘Look, we can’t stand for this.’ I mean, this is a situation where people really need to realize that the rhetoric, and firing people up, and even things … For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district. And when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there’s consequences to that action.
In the years that some of my colleagues have served, twenty, thirty years, they’ve never seen it like this. We have to work out our problems by negotiating, working together, hopefully Democrats and Republicans.
–Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, March 25, 2010.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
If the Republicans are serious about cutting the budget, they should start by ending the tragedies playing out in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last summer marked $1 trillion dollars flushed away in Iraq-not counting the hundreds of billions spent on the pentagon budget.
In Afghanistan, like Iraq, billions of dollars cannot be accounted for. Nor can the human costs. This year saw headlines like:
Saturday, January 1, 2011
- Sometime Competency is more important than ideolog...
- Good News for Outer Space
- We're number 9
- Countdown comes to an End
- Original Intent
- Those Depraved UnAmerican Liberal Socialists Threa...
- The Great yet humble State of Arkansas wished all...
- The Political Environment
- The Political Tragedy of the Tragedy
- Fighting for Liberty
- American Royalty
- Mind the Gaffe
- Where to start cutting
- ...there's also no voice for the mass of Christian...
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