Daily Archives: July 17, 2009
Goodnight, Walter Cronkite. . .
Filed under Life Lessons, Media, Political Reform, Tributes
Bush-era Intelligence Issues: Moving On?
President Obama has been clear that he wishes to look to the future and pursue an active domestic agenda, rather than dwelling on the mistakes of the prior administration. Unfortunately, revelations like the recent report that Vice President Cheney ordered the CIA to not reveal to Congress a program designed to assasinate Al Qaeda leaders, make this desire more difficult. See this very good Question and Answer article on this subject.
Will we really be able to move on from the Bush-era controvesies if we don’t confront them? I am of the opinion we cannot. What do you bloggers think?
Filed under Cheney, Enhanced Interrogations, Political Reform, Republicans, The Economy, torture, Wingnuts!, World Politics
Tiahrt Suggests Obama’s Mother Wanted an Abortion
Todd Tiahrt outdid himself on the floor of Congress yesterday. He implied that Obama and Clarence Thomas’ mothers may have taken advantage of “free” government funded abortions. Tiahrt’s comments were met with boos on the House floor.
Too bad we can’t throw shoes like they do in Iraq.
Use this link to demand an apology from Tiahrt.
Just in case you don’t believe that we have elected an idiot who would say things like this, check it out on Youtube:
Filed under abortion, Kansas, Obama, Radical Rightwing groups, taxes, Wingnuts!
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN ARGUES WHITE MEN ARE IMPORTANT TOO!
Watching Buchanan on the Rachel show last night I sat there a gasp listening to him.
Citing it was white men who ratified the Constitution and white men who died fighting for the freedom of the country and its people, that white men fought at Gettysburg and throughout the Civil War — it was white men who formed this country into the greatest nation in the world. That indeed white men are due the credit and are entitled to the consideration. He sounded more like what you might hear at a Klan meeting justifying the stance of white superiority.
He all but denied the contributions of women and minorities who also fought and died, those who struggled in the same efforts to form this nation. When Rachel pointed out that all but a select few of the Supreme Court were white men throughout the history of the United States, Buchanan stated that is as it should be since it was white men who created the country.
Buchanan stated his objection to Sotomayor was she is a affirmative action selection and nothing more. He contends President Obama passed over many others who were better qualified, that her selection was based solely on the facts she is a woman and a minority. Buchanan thinks her selection is sexism and racism in action. His opinions aren’t, her selection is! I disagree with him as she is well qualified due to her experience and education.
I will agree with him that yes, there have been times where better qualified white men have been passed over for less qualified minorities and women. It is the fatal aspect of the way that affirmative action has been enacted — placing the real value of the person on the color of their skin or their gender. This is not different then the way that affirmative action was meant to correct. In the case of Sotomayor it was a win-win in my opinion, she is more than a brown store mannequin.
But I have seen the worst possible outcomes in other cases. In those cases it would have been better to have just paid them to stay at home and still be able to claim them as one of the category that was to be filled. There was no difference by having them come to work.
Buchanan was stating his truths but he was wrong in how he was citing his facts. Minorities and women have been a valuable asset to this country. Not just adding color or babies to the building of this nation.
The color of ones skin is only the outer aspect of a person and the real fault or value it what is maintained within. The gender of a person is not the deciding factor of one’s contribution or is more than window dressing. My youngest son is a far better cook then my daughter but then again my daughter is the best at financial matters in the family. Gender does not limit or enhance a person’s natural abilities. The color of skin does not dictate one’s manner or actions. In most cases it is the person that dictates their manner and action.
Racism and sexism are wrong no matter which way it goes, I do not see a minority or a woman as a threat to my future. Buchanan missed the point he was trying to make by the way he stated it.
Filed under Diversity, U. S. Supreme Court, Woman Power
Friday, 07/17/09, Public Square
It’s Friday. I wanted to put one of the important discussions into the proper perspective, and I think affordable health care that is available to every citizen of the United States of America is an important discussion. Further, I think the above cartoon puts that discussion into the proper perspective!
Weekend is so close we can see it on the horizon! Will you do something enjoyable? Will you get recharged, relaxed and refreshed?
Filed under The Public Square