"We don't get our rights from Congress or the President, we get them from God." - Glenn Beck
So Glenn, why did God wait until 1919 to give American women rights?
Why did God wait until 1965 to give Black Americans rights?
Why is God refusing to give his gay sons and daughters rights?
Del. Bob Marshall
Virginia House of Delegates
Dear Del. Marshall,
As a biblical literalist, I applaud you for your courageous declaration that God punishes wicked women by giving their babies birth defects. It's about time someone told the truth about the handicapped--far from being "special," they are punishments, very visible punisments--little scarlet babies announcing to the world that their mothers are adultresses and murderers, .
But are you ready to confront such women and denounce them for their sins? Is that not the purpose of a scarlet letter? How will these women understand the gravity of their crimes if they are not made to despise themselves for prompting the Lord to curse them with a special-needs child?
What about Sarah Palin? Have you spoken with her? What was her sin?
Gen. JC Christian, patriot
Prosecutors expect to add more counts to a lengthy indictment against a Delaware pediatrician charged with serial molestation of 103 children as investigators urge former patients and parents to come forward. A grand jury returned a 160-page indictment Monday against Dr. Earl Bradley of Lewes with 471 counts of sexual crimes. The case has shocked the close-knit coastal community of Lewes and the central Delaware town of Milford, where Bradley closed an office in 2005 after police investigated him. Bradley's attorney, Eugene Maurer, said he would seek to move the trial out of Sussex County. But he said the "real battleground" in the case will be Bradley's mental state, not what is seen on videotapes seized from Bradley's home and office or alleged in the indictment.
A new report from the Center for Responsive Politics estimates that this year's midterm elections will cost at least $3.7 billion -- about 30% more than four years ago.
Major caveat: The estimate does not include how much money could come directly from corporations, unions, trade associations or other interest groups stemming from the recent Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited contributions.
But we can't afford health care reform.
No one better represents the idiot side of the Republican party than James Inhofe. His incessant lies, distortions and complete misrepresentation of climate change science places him alone in a special class of ignoramuses. Here's his latest bit of insanity.
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) today asked the Obama administration to investigate what he called "the greatest scientific scandal of our generation" — the actions of climate scientists revealed by the Climategate Files, and the subsequent admissions by the editors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).
Senator Inhofe also called for former Vice President Al Gore to be called back to the Senate to testify.
"In [Gore's] science fiction movie, every assertion has been rebutted," Inhofe said. He believes Vice President Gore should defend himself and his movie before Congress.
Just prior to a hearing at 10:00 a.m. EST, Senator Inhofe released a minority staff report from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, of which he is ranking member. Senator Inhofe is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether there has been research misconduct or criminal actions by the scientists involved, including Dr. Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University and Dr. James Hansen of Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Science.
Real Climate does a nice job of dismissing the IPCC criticism with an approach that an Inhofe could never possibly ever understand. They use logic, truth and science.
Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who currently runs the Department of Energy, gives his thoughts on the matter.
"…the main findings of IPCC over the years, have they been seriously cast in doubt? No. I think that if one research group didn't understand some tree ring data and they chose to admit part of that data. In all honesty they should have thrown out the whole data set. But science has a wonderful way of self-correcting on things like that. What the public doesn't understand is that as you go forward there will be these things and they will self correct."
"If you look at the climate skeptics, I would have to say honestly, what standard are they being held to? It's very asymmetric. They get to say anything they want. In the end, the core of science is deeply self checking."
Salon's Andrew Leonard sums it up nicely.
At this point, you just to have to choose your reality. I will choose Steven Chu and endlessly self-checking, self-correcting science over James Inhofe every single day.
Yep. It's really a simple case of science over stupidity.
I've never seen a bunch of more hopeless, cynical, feckless, and criminally useless people than the Senate Democrats. And I think Glenn Greenwald is probably absolutely right: http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/02/23/i-guess-it-is-my-turn-to-be-emo-today/
Not to go even more emo on you, but has anyone anywhere commented on the sad joke that is the $15 billion dollar jobs bill? I mean, it makes my unmentionables all tingly that a couple of Republicans joined with the Democrats to vote for it, but $15 billion is what the rocket scientists in the Senate think will get people back to work? Less than $300 million a state?
What is fifteen billion? A couple weeks of unemployment benefits? Not to go all Everett Dirksen and everything, but we ***LOST*** almost that much in Iraq, and no one flinched. But $15 billion is going to remedy job losses of tens of thousands every month on top of millions of lost job over the past two years? Isn't that less than California's budget deficit? And the only way it was going to get substantially bigger was to lard it up with pointless tax cuts?
I think when history looks back on the leadership of this country for the past twenty years, it is not going to judge it kindly. Small men with small ideas. And when the Republicans win the House and make significant gains in the Senate, Democrats will have no one to blame but themselves.
Only $15 billion for jobs, but Wall Street's going to get $20 billion in freaking bonuses. WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO GET MAD ABOUT THIS?
$20 billion for Wall Street bonuses.
That's a lot of quality health care for a lot of Americans right there. After all, most of the profits generate by Wall Street were from taxpayer money. There is a serious problem with priorities among the political class of America. They're every bit as guilty as Wall Street. If this is the best they can do, it's no wonder people are so tuned out of this sorry excuse for a system. Elections happen and parties change but somehow it's always the same.
WASHINGTON — For Scott Brown, the tea party appears to be over.Looks like some of Teddy's essence rubbed off when he took the old man's seat. His career as a Republican is already circling the bowl. Good on him by the way.
Literally overnight, the fledgling Republican senator who ended Democrats' filibuster-proof majority by winning a special election in Massachusetts has gone from being the darling of America's conservative activists to being their goat.
A group of ministers has sent a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service saying that a town house on Capitol Hill that provides inexpensive lodging and meals for conservative Christian members of Congress is not a church and should no longer be granted the tax-exempt status afforded a house of worship.By the logic of the C Street bunch, if you go down into a room in your basement and pray there, that room is a "church" for tax purposes.
The group involved in sponsoring the C Steet GOP frat house is one of the groups which fall under the umbrella designation of "the Christian Taliban".
Since government spending creates no jobs, a point which Shelby has stated, one has to wonder why he is so interested in seeing a foreign corporation get a huge defense contract.