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Depressing Political Season Afoot June 28, 2006

Posted by jojoe in Politico.
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Feelin’ kind of down today. I know it’s probably just the sinus headache but I’d rather blame it on politics. The Karl Rove machine is in full swing.

1. “Cut ‘N Run Democrats”. I don’t even want to comment on this.

2. The New York Times is compromising our national security by printing a story telling us that the government is also tracking our financial records. President Bush comes out and actually chastizes the Times and Cheney speaks in harsher terms. Folks, the Times didn’t say we’re attacking Fallujah tomorrow. I want the Times telling me what THIS government is doing. I guess I should be impressed how quickly Rove folded this incident into their sinister political attack plan.  And Fox is such a great mouthpiece.

3. A flag burning amendment. Didn’t pass in the Senate. A speck of sanity or did it intentionally fail? More irritating to that ilk if it doesn’t pass.

4. The “death” tax. Not part of the overall macho flag waving gay bashing strategy, but they need to encourage donations from the wealthy to build the war chest to pump out all the poison.

Are people really going to buy this crap?

Depressing, or maybe its just my sinuses.

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The Circle of Life June 7, 2006

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I just saw a "Frontline" show on how Mississippi has utilized The US Supreme Court decision Casey to eliminate abortions in the state by creating more and more barriers. I'm not a fan of abortions, but I don't get the focus on criminalizing abortions rather than encouraging women not to get pregnant or providing free pre-natal and post-natal health care if women do get pregnant.

Made me think of the Republican cycle of life.

1. Provide sex education that only talks about abstinence even though we know that it is MUCH more effective to encourage abstinence AND also provide information on condoms.

2. Underfund public education to discourage any sort of hope for women. The most effective birth control is empowering women and giving them hope in their lives.

3. So, a woman in a crappy public school who gets abstinence only birth control gets *surprise* pregnant

4. She goes to a state run clinic that gives her advice on having the baby or adopting and shows her an ultrasound image of her baby. Ironically, that ultrasound, meant to discourage abortion, is the best health care she'll see.

5. She has limited pre-natal and post-natal health care. We wouldn't want "socialist" medicine in this country, would we? By the way, our country has a pretty high infant mortality rate. I haven't done the math, but you take the difference between the infant mortality rate of the U.S. and Singapore and multiply it by the number of births in America, I'm pretty sure it will exceed the number of abortions. So why aren't people protesting this country's infant mortality rate?

6. Offer crappy public education for the next generation, and the circle of life continues. Ain't it beautiful?

No one is a fan of abortion, but I would rather if we worked to eliminate the practice with positive steps rather than outlawing abortion altogether.

Jon Stewart and Bill Bennett June 7, 2006

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Don't know if you caught the Jon Stewart interview with Bill Bennett the other night.  It was beautiful.  I'm often disappointed that Jon doesn't challenge his guests more, instead of just laughing things off.  He was pretty direct in this interview, and made some excellent points in support of gay marriage.  Crooks and Liars has a link to the video.

This is on the Crooks and Liars site, and is a rough transcript:

Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?

Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families…

Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)

Bennett: They're sons and they're daughters..

Stewart: So that's where the buck stops, that's the gay ceiling.

Bennett Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.

Stewart:I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.

Stewart's last line is just genius.  It shifts the debate back to where it should be, in talking about gay marriage in terms of the people that are denied a right that the rest of us recognize as very meaningful to our lives and hold very near to our hearts.