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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Cruising the Web

Courtland Milloy of the Washington Post was impressed with Clarence Thomas's concurring opinion in the Chicago gun rights case by the historical lesson Thomas provided on the importance of gun rights to protecting the freed slaves. Thomas buttressed his arguments about the intent of those who drafted the Fourteenth Amendment with the testimony of Frederick Douglass who wrote, " 'The black man has never had the right either to keep or bear arms,' and that, until he does, 'the work of the Abolitionists was not finished.' "

Chris Cillizza
reports that there is a growing movement in West Virginia to hold the election to replace Robert Byrd this year instead of waiting until 2012. It would take the governor to ask the state legislature to take up the issue when they come back into special session this month to deal with education.

Tom Maguire has a lot of fun shooting down the extremely silly column that Kathleen Parker wrote about how Barack Obama is our first female president for some sort of vague reason having to do with his communication style. Maguire sums up his skewering of Parker by concluding, "And do let's find the bright side - Hillary can run in 2012 on a promise to put a man back in the White House."

Democrats in the House are playing politics
to prevent a Louisiana Republican congressman from taking a group of representatives down to the coast to see the situation there before they vote on the energy bill.

The fact that the the Democrats were late last year passing a budget and aren't even making a try this year is playing havoc with how federal agencies figure out their funding.

Weasel Zippers points
to the hypocrisy of Barack Obama who ridiculed John McCain for talking about establishing a commission to look at the economic collapse of 2008 and yet has now established four such "blue-ribbon" commissions himself.

It's time that more people point out how the Democrats have straight-out lied about the Roberts Court's ruling on Lily Ledbetter. The Democrats like to pretend that she was punished for not filing her complaint even though she didn't know that she ahd been discriminated against. That is just not what the facts of the case are. She knew for years about the discrimination before she filed suit. Ed Whelan has more from his planned testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to the Democratic complaints that the Roberts Court has demonstrated conservative activism. He demonstrates how fallacious those accusations are.

Is there no end to the powers and wonders of Joe Biden? Jim Geraghty cites this promise that Biden made when he was campaigning in Ohio for Lee Fisher who is running against Ron Portman in a tight race for the Senate: “LeBron James is coming back and Lee is going to Washington,” As Geraghty points out, Biden felt comfortable making that promise but just a couple of days ago he said in Milwaukee that “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.” That's our Joe.

This is a truly disgusting development out of North Carolina. Krispy Kreme is featuring a Cheerwine donut. That's a concept for a donut that just doesn't work for me. Both are fine separately, but not together. And the reviews are not positive.


Tacitus Voltaire said...

Sen. Graham predicts Tea Party movement will eventually 'die out'
By Jordan Fabian - 07/01/10 11:57 AM ET

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has earned the ire of Tea Party groups for his penchant for negotiating with Democrats, predicted this week the movement will "die out."

Graham, who has partnered with Democrats on immigration reform and energy and climate legislation, made the observation in a New York Times Magazine profile titled "Lindsey Graham, This Year's Maverick" to be published this Sunday:

“Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement’s at,” Graham said as Cato drove him to the city of Greenwood, where he was to give a commencement address at Lander University later that morning. On four occasions, Graham met with Tea Party groups. The first, in his Senate office, was “very, very contentious,” he recalled. During a later meeting, in Charleston, Graham said he challenged them: “ ‘What do you want to do? You take back your country — and do what with it?’ . . . Everybody went from being kind of hostile to just dead silent.”

In a previous conversation, Graham told me: “The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.” Now he said, in a tone of casual lament: “We don’t have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.” Chortling, he added, “Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today.”

tfhr said...


You know you could always start your own blog if all you wanted to do was post other people's commentary. (One quick aside: You actually posted a link! You CAN do it, so no more excuses, OK?)

But what you posted has nothing to do with any topic in today's "Cruising the Web" entry that Betsy has provided and for that reason, I did not read anything other than the title link itself, the actual author's name, and the final line, which you highlighted with bold font. To which I respond with: “John F. Kennedy would have a hard time getting elected as a Democrat today.”

Now back to our regularly scheduled post topics:

So what do you think of Clarence Thomas' arguments about the intent of those who drafted the Fourteenth Amendment?

What about the debate over whether or not racist Robert Byrd's seat should be filled by appointment or special election?

How about that column on whether Hillary is more of a man than Barack?

What about the Dems attempt to hide the devastation of the Gulf?

Don't want to worry about breaking the budget and destroying our economy for decades to come? Then don't even have a budget! The Dems have it all figured out and you know that by not having a budget, we can all have great confidence in the programs they espouse. What do you say?

Barack Obama, a hypocrite? I think he needs to set up a blue ribbon commission to find out. Maybe he could set up a blue-ribbon commission Czar to manage his blue-ribbon commissions!

There's more in "Cruising the Web"; there's even a bit on Joe Biden, so you know that'll be good for a couple of laughs.

All of that and you couldn't find a way to make a relevant comment. I'm not surprised. Your comment belongs in this thread like Cheerwine belongs in a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

equitus said...

Betsy, I just encountered a very strange bug in Blogger. I clicked on Comments below your latest Cruising the Web post, and Blogger displayed an unrelated article by Jordan Fabian about the Tea Party movement. Even stranger, it cited "Tacitus Voltaire" as the poster.

A very weird bug!

Dr Weevil said...

Nothing weird about cockroaches, equitus. They're filthy and disgusting and call for a competent exterminator if they don't have sense enough to go away and leave decent abodes alone. But not weird.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

tfhr, equitus,

do your fingers ever get tired from holding them in your ears so firmly all day?

tfhr said...


A day later and you still cannot address the topics in the post.

You will not comment on them simply because you cannot mount an effective defense on any of the points, all of which reveal the massive failings of the current administration and the Democrat party. And of course you don't want to even attempt to ride cover for Joe Biden. (I don't blame you for that last one)

So instead you attempt to deflect by introducing your own topic. And you think we have our fingers in our ears?!

Tacitus Voltaire said...

oh, but tfhr, i really enjoy reading all your and pat's posts where you make a point of strenuously denying that you are interested in learning anything

it explains a lot


thanks for letting me know!

and have a good 4th, everybody!

tfhr said...


Is that your way of saying you cannot defend Obama, Biden, or the rest of the Dems, with regard to all of the topics Betsy posted?

It would be easier if you just waved a white flag with your free hand. (Cheerwine doughnut in the other)

tfhr said...

Courtland Milloy's WaPo article is worth a read but I suggest that we all watch Chicago as it undertakes all means possible to sidestep the Supreme Court decision that restored gun ownership rights to Chicago citizens.

I feel bad for law abiding citizens that still live in Chicago. My family moved away long ago. Heh…there was Daly running the show back then too.

My grandfather, born in 1903, used to tell me stories about his life in Cicero, a Chicago neighborhood. It was rough and tumble; mostly Polish, Italian and Czech. He and his friends scrounged and saved until they could all pitch in to buy a car. Looking back on that story I think the idea was to buy a vehicle with a substantial cargo capacity to make trips up to Canada to buy…alcohol. Prohibition – not “alternative” fuel – fueled that purchase. I remember my grandfather, an old tool and dye maker telling me something like, “Why should the Kennedy’s have all the fun?” The car of choice/necessity/opportunity: a used hearse.

They never pulled off the trip to Canada or anywhere else because on the day they bought it, they made the singularly profound mistake of proudly driving their “new” car down a street that included a number of houses owned by a very important man in Chicago: Al Capone.

When my grandfather and his friends drove by, quite innocently, the sudden and unexpected appearance of a hearse, with it’s blacked out windows and sinister connotations, sent Capone’s people, up to that point relaxing on porches and front stoops, into a wild rush for cover. In quick order Capone’s people recovered and according to my grandfather, trained a multitude of submachine guns on the hearse. Not a single shot was fired. Even then my grandfather was a man wise beyond his years – he sold the car the next day.

Chicago hasn’t changed much. The people that run it are still organized and they’re still mostly criminals, though an argument can be made about the level of pettiness involved. Many, if not most, of the able and the good have left town. What remains behind is a tribute to the mutually supportive concepts of nepotism, kleptocracy and thuggery.

My heart goes out to those that continue to fight for their Constitutional rights in Chicago. We used to go back there to bury our dead but the roots are gone now and there isn’t enough nostalgia left for Chicago today to inspire us to return. If Chicago is a dying town, it isn’t because law abiding citizens killed it with the guns they purchased to defend themselves. It is because Chicago's politicians fail to distinguish between (Constitutional)Rights and wrong.