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Waiving the Flag for Judges

By on 6.12.06 | 3:31PM

Yes, that is supposed to be "waiving," not "waving."

Just a little earlier today, a coalition of conservative groups organized by Manny Miranda of the Third Branch Conference held an important press conference to announce an overwhelming agreeement that, if the choice is between passing an amendment banning flag burning, as the Senate is scheduled to consider this week, or spending the time necessary to confirm more judicial nominees, the groups strongly prefer the confirmation of judges. (In other words, they would waive the flag issue in favor of the judges.) Not that they don't approve of the flag amendment but, in the words of the American Conservative Union's David Keene, the flag issue is "more symbolic than substantive," whereas the confirmation battles are of highest substantive AND political importance. The flag issue, Keene said, Is "not very salient" right now.

Die Big Bird, Die

By on 6.12.06 | 2:56PM

House Republicans cut about $115 million from the budgets of PBS and NPR, and Rep. Ed Markey has pulled out the tired old lines that saved PBS from budget cuts a decade ago. This from the Boston Globe:

"Dick Cheney and the Republicans have decided to go hunting for `Big Bird' and `Clifford the Big Red Dog' once again," said Representative Edward J. Markey , a Malden Democrat who led the successful effort to reverse the cuts last year. "PBS is right at the top of their hit list -- always has been and always will be, until they can destroy it."

Never mind that both "Sesame Street" and shows like "Clifford" make a number of companies pant-loads of money, with never a dime being returned to the federal government. The programming simply isn't as good as what is being aired on 15 commercial children and educational channels that compete against PBS. And most kids aren't watching the mediocre drek that PBS puts on.

The National Wildlife Federation President….

By on 6.12.06 | 2:21PM

...Larry J. Schweiger just said, "Polar bears are talking to us. Are we listening?"

Sure, sure, I hear them. They're saying, "Don't hurt Shawn-Shawn the as-yet-unclubbed seal Polar Bear Larry! I swear that's what I heard!" [The man-seal backs out of the room cautiously while comfortingly cooing.]

More: "Unite to solve this planetary crisis." "It's time for an oil change in America." Larry adds, "We can conclude good planets are hard to find."

You bet. Let me know when you visit ours.

VA Primary Not So Open

By on 6.12.06 | 2:05PM

I was undecided between picking up a Republican or Democratic ballot in tomorrow's Virginia primary, until I came across this. Apparently voters who vote in the Democratic primary will not be eligible to vote in closed party primaries. The Republican Party of Virginia's plan of organization seems to confirm this.

Planet Wage

By on 6.12.06 | 2:01PM

The emcee here just said, "Don't talk to me about choosing between jobs or the environment. It's jobs for the environment."

Yes, but will the environment be paid a living wage? It's time to organize, methinks. Rocks, dirt and trees, should all start voting for the big Ds.

He's also quoting JFK's famous speech--"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard"--to press for a new energy independence "Apollo Program." But hard like what? Hard like going to see the new Al Gore movie? Or hard like bringing democracy to a totalitarian society? I think we're starting to recognize our limits.

Time for a Shareholders Meeting?

By on 6.12.06 | 1:55PM

I just flew in to D.C. from the Yearly Kos convention in Vegas (expecta few columns on that soon) and got to the Washington Hilton just in time to hear "Give 'Em Hell" Harry Reid explain, in the midst of the usual banalities--"incompetence," snore. "corruption," snore--we've grown accustomed to, break out and warn that he planned to, "Take America back from Exxon Mobil. Take America back from those who would hide science." Look out Exxon Mobil! You're about to lose your fifedom! Since Reid labeled the Bush Administration, "the most oil friendly administration in the history of country," it can be presumed they will have to go as well. "We can't drill our way out of our problems," Reid said. Indeed. Now its all oohs and ahhs as the crowd watches the trailer for the Al Gore global warming movie and eats strawberries and whipped cream. Revolution not-so-lite. Very nice. More soon!

Say That Three Times Fast

By on 6.12.06 | 12:45PM

Today is King Kamehameha Day in Hawai'i (observed on June 11 some years). So despite last week's defeat for some native Hawai'ians, heritage celebrations are in full swing this week.

And if you know anything about King Kamehameha, you know that Senator Akaka is nothing like the king. Kamehameha is remembered as Hawai'i's uniter, not divider.

WSJ on Voting Wrongs

By on 6.12.06 | 11:38AM

I've blogged on this before, but the Wall Street Journal today did a better job of it in many respects than I did in my blogs: The Journal said Congress would be dead stinking wrong to renew Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act this year. Read the Journal editorial to see why. Hint: The section itself is racist, and it's an incumbent-protection device.

Jim Moran, Arlington’s Class Act

By on 6.12.06 | 9:57AM

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va. 10) told Arlington County Democrats Saturday that while he opposes earmarks in theory, if he were chairman of the appropriations committee, he would make sure his district got its cut. "I'm going to earmark the s*** out of it," he said.

What a class act. Doesn't look too different from Republican control, though.

Yes, this man represents me in Congress. (Thanks to Club for Growth.)

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