Mike Huckabee Can’t Mean What He Seems To Say

Can he?

It seems that Mike Huckabee while on “The View”, seemed to say that black Americans got equal rights in this nation due to the bloodshed they endured.  When the issue of gay rights comes up he seems to infer that minorities need to shed blood to get civil rights.  How many more Mathew Shepard type stories does Mr. Huckabee need to read and see?

Mike Huckabee is still not ready for primetime…even when it is a morning show.

Senator Feingold Urges President Bush To Limit Pardons

The number of Presidential pardons in the final days of the Bush White House is a major concern to many who wish to see the justice system be able to function as it should in our democracy.  The fear is that President Bush will try to undermine the rule of law a final time as he gives pardons away like candy on Halloween.  If that happens our nation will be ill-served.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), a frequent and vocal critic of the president, urges Bush not to further tatter his legacy with preemptive pardons of government officials suspected of criminal activity. The president has virtually unlimited authority to issue pardons for federal crimes, but Feingold says in a Salon.com essay that the president should think of his legacy.

If President Bush were to pardon key individuals involved in the misdeeds of his administration, from warrantless wiretapping to torture to the firing of U.S. attorneys for political reasons, the courts would be unable to address criminality, or pass judgment on the legality of some of the president’s worst abuses. Issuing such pardons now would be particularly egregious, since voters just issued such a strong condemnation of the Bush administration at the ballot box. There is nothing to prevent President Bush from using the pardon in such a short-sighted and self-serving manner — except, perhaps, public pressure that may itself be a window on the judgment of history.

If Bush issued blanket pardons it could prevent a full inquiry into the numerous abuses carried out during his eight years in office, Feingold told RAW STORY Thursday.

“One of the things we can do is put pressure on this administration not to abuse the pardon power, in other words not to let folks off the hook in advance,” Feingold said during an interview in his Capitol Hill office. “Now that sets the stage if we can get him to be limited in that and not abuse it, so that we can consider whether criminal or other accountability would be appropriate. I’m not ready to say that it is, but I don’t want it taken off the table by presidential, by abuse of the presidential pardon power.”

Test Your Civic Literacy

This is a fun test to take.  See how smart you are with Civic Literacy. 

Hat tip to Owen.

My results were not bad.  (Same as my fellow blogger, Owen)

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

Average score for this quiz during November: 78.0%
Average score since November 20, 2008: 78.0%

I missed the very last question on taxes.  Grrrr….

The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

Al Franken Picks Up More Votes In Minnesota Senate Race Recount

Day two, and the drama in Minnesota continues as Al Franken chips away at the slim lead that Republican incumbent Norm Coleman had after the initial count was completed.

Today is Day 2 in the Minnesota recount of ballots in the overtime election struggle between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic rival Al Franken, and retabulating in St. Louis County continues to nibble at Coleman’s razor-thin lead.

In Duluth today, that advantage further shank. Faintly marked “arrow” ballots and the outdated machines that have trouble reading them continued to favor Franken during vote total adjustments in St. Louis County.

Franken gained 19 votes to Coleman’s 13 this morning as county employees hand-counted ballots from three additional precincts that still use older “Eagle” scanning machines. The machines require voters to draw a line connecting the back and front of arrows pointing to their choice.

If the line completing the arrow is faint, the machines don’t always read the vote, though the voter’s intent is clear to hand-counters, election officials said.

Eighteen of the county’s 184 precincts use the machines.

Meanwhile, in Ramsey County this morning, preliminary recount tallies in nine precincts left Coleman with a net gain of one vote.

On Wednesday, Franken gained 40 votes from the Eagle ballot hand-count in the left-leaning county, and Coleman gained 12.

With 14 of the 18 “Eagle” precincts counted through this morning, Franken had gained 59 to Coleman’s 25, a net gain of 34 for Franken from the previously uncounted “arrow” votes.

Vote George Meyer Outdoor Life’s Person Of The Year

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If you live in Wisconsin there is one name that is synonymous with sound conservation policies.  That name is of course, George Meyer, the former long-serving and highly respected Department of Natural Resources Secretary.  His tone and style are reflective of the steady stewardship he offered Wisconsin during some rough years in the Badger State when highly controversial issues were almost daily headlines.  His deep understanding for the need of an independent mind heading up the DNR underscored his sincere desire to seek policies that reached beyond mere political goals.  His achievements over the years have been to serve the greater needs of Wisconsin’s citizens and natural resources.  George Meyer’s remarkable stamina and determination to be a continuing voice for the environment and outdoor resources benefits us all.

Now there is a way to say thanks, as you cast an online vote for George Meyer as Outdoor Life’s Person Of The Year.

Vote Here.

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You Be The Judge In Minnesota Senate Recount Drama

The recount drama in Minnesota for the U.S. Senate seat is now underway.  Much hangs on the outcome as both Democrats and Republicans will use every means possible to secure a victory.  Thanks to Minnesota Public Radio you can better understand the dilemma facing those involved with the recount. 

Representatives from the campaigns of Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken have been challenging ballots across the state.

It’s your turn to play election judge.  (For the record I was with the majority in each of the test cases in this link.) Now it is your turn to vote on these challenged ballots. Use this Minnesota state statute as your guide.