Michael Steele Will Not Survive As GOP Party Chair

Drip…drip….drip…….KA-PLUNK!

I make a prediction that the latest example of ineptness over the lesbian bondage themed nightclub outing concerning Michael Steele will cost him dearly.  He is soon not to be Republican Party Chairman.  Over the time he has been Chairperson the most insane and off-the-wall comments and tactics have made him a laughingstock not only to the GOP but the entire nation that is watching.  For a political party that pretends not to like anything gay the lesbian sex thing is a twist!

Bye, bye Michael.

This most recent story may be the third strike for Steele.  While he was hailed as the perfect challenger to the Obama administration when he took charge his tenure has been filled with trouble.  Steele was even forced to apologize to Rush Limbaugh after criticizing Limbaugh’s effect on the party.  For a party that prides itself on upholding “family values” the “bondage-gate” story may require someone to be put on the chopping block.  Ultimately if enough big party donors demand Steele’s resignation it is hard to see how he makes it much longer.  However Steele’s dismissal could hurt Republicans even more as they already struggle with the image fo being a party not welcoming to minorities.

Not So Fast On Burqa Ban

Another viewpoint is expressed.

France’s highest administrative body warned Tuesday that a total ban on full-body Islamic veils in public risks being found unconstitutional but that rules requiring the face to be uncovered could be justified.

Even a limited ban on the full-body veil would be difficult to enforce, the Council of State said in a study of the legal possibilities for a broad application of a ban on burqa-like garments that was commissioned by Prime Minister Francois Fillon earlier this year.

A total ban risks violating the French constitution and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the report said.

The report is the latest development in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s efforts to ban face-covering veils after he told the French in June that such garb was ”not welcome” in France.

They Want To Wage War On America

White and heavily armed.  And ‘Christian’.

It is not like the federal government did not warn the country that there were lots of these types running around.  And yet when we pull them out from under the rocks…well in this case trailer homes…….we are still stunned by the lack of regard these uneducated and despicable white trash types have for humanity.  But thank God they had their Second Amendment rights to gather arms.  Weapons I might add that could have delivered many a police officer to a coffin had they enacted their plot.  Might there be a problem with how many, and how often weapons can be bought and kept in this nation?  Do these horrible acts have to be carried out before the light is seen about the dangers in front of out eyes?

They had plans to kill a local law enforcement official and, once officers from across the country came to the funeral, to attack the funeral procession, the indictment alleges.

“This is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society,” said Andrew Arena, FBI special agent in charge. “The FBI takes such extremist groups seriously, especially those who would target innocent citizens and the law enforcement officers who protect the citizens of the United States.”

The eight men and one woman are members of the Hutaree, identified as an “anti-government extremist organization” in the indictment, and each faces three to five charges, including sedition, attempts to use weapons of mass destruction, teaching/demonstrating use of explosive materials and two counts of carrying weapons in relation to a crime of violence.

The Adrian-based group has said it is training in modern combat techniques for a prophesized battle with the anti-Christ.

WACKO!

While training, Hutaree members reportedly wear tiger-stripe camouflage uniforms, with shoulder patches bearing a black cross, two brown vertical pillars that form the letter “H.” All part, it seems, of “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive,” as a slogan on the Hutaree’s website declares (it has a background of military fatigue). A photo on the site shows 18 men holding rilfes in a wooded area. There’s also a two-minute YouTube video showing men running through woods, wearing fatigues, shooting rifles.

The family members who made it into the courtroom gave the impression that Hutaree was more rag-tag than a fearsome killing machine. Brittany Byrant, 18, the fiance of Stone’s son David Jr., said the FBI was gruff during the raid, pointing guns to her head and ordering her to put her six-month old child on the floor. “He wasn’t racist,” Bryant said of her fiance, as she sat in the last row of the courtroom. “I have friends who are Arabic and colored, and David didn’t care.” Next to her was Donna Stone, the elder man’s former wife and the mother of David Jr. She said her ex-husband lived in two single trailers — “a hillbilly double-wide” — and related how he tried to recruit her into the Hutaree, saying, “‘You pray as a family, you stay together as a family.'” She added: “Once he got into the big guns, I said, ‘No.'” She left him.

Still, the Hutaree are a symptom of the continuing militia phenomenon, one that seems to have gained impetus since the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the U.S. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that last year alone, the number of patriot and militia groups increased 244%, to 512. Though not necessarily racist, such groups fiercely oppose the federal government. In recent weeks, the health care debate seems to have fueled anti-government sentiment that is far different from the last noticeable rise in extremist group activity, after the 1992 election of Bill Clinton. “These shifts are a little more than some people can take,” says Heidi Beirich, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s director of research.

Levi Johnston To Get Reality TV Show?

If Sarah can have one, I can too!

Frankly, it’s surprising it took this long. Levi Johnston is planning to pitch his very own Alaska-based reality show this week, according to Radar Online, a week after Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show was announced. Johnston has meetings scheduled starting Monday for the show — tentatively titled Levi Johnston’s Last Frontier — which will feature the young father hunting and hanging out with his friends in what is being described as “sort of an Entourage on ice.”

Just another reason to love my library card!

Tea Party Should Sink Teeth Into Wisconsin’s Scott Jensen Mess

The Tea Party in Wisconsin has their hands full these days while working to take control of Congress this fall, repealing the health care bill, and finding  a candidate that will be able to replace President Obama in 2012.  Given all those tasks ahead of them it is not fair for me to request they add another item to their agenda.  But I must ask with all sincerity for help from the Tea Party since neither the Democratic or Republican Party has been able to energize the state citizens about the never-ending quest for justice when it comes to Scott Jensen.  If there has ever been an example where both parties dropped the ball in demanding justice it has occurred with the Jensen matter.  No one wants to dig that issue up and remind the voters of what takes place at the Statehouse.  That lack of candor is not how it should be, and that is why the Tea Party can play a positive role.

Let me be clear about this.  I am sincere.  While I have had less than cheerful things to say about the Tea Party in the past, I have had even less patience for the political hi-jinks and legal back-flips of Scott Jensen, the former Republican Speaker of the Assembly.  Everyone should be upset after reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this weekend.  The lead paragraph should just rankle the voters.

More than seven years after former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen was charged with misconduct in office, it is unclear who will prosecute him – and when.

How many in the state could be so lucky?  How many have a war chest to fend off the law?  How many have access to the legal levers and those who know how to pull them?  Is this the way the civics class you took in high school presented the political culture? Why should a political official accused of crimes have access to greater resources in order to delay his day in court?

The problem is that no one seems to care about the Scott Jensen case.  Every now and then a lone article will surface in a newspaper about Jensen, and the failure of justice to be conducted in a timely fashion.  A couple blogs write on the topic, some talk about it over a beer after work near the Capitol.  But there is no mention of Jensen in political campaigns as no candidate wants to remind the voters of the corrupt system that swirled under the Capitol dome, and where rumors tell of it still existing in spite of ‘reforms’.  The culture that allowed for Scott Jensen to operate freely while in office seems also to be the one that allows for his serene life to continue after some serious charges were filed against him….seven years ago!

Which leads me to the Tea Party.  Let me admit that whatever else I have said about this group of people they know how to make headlines. They have made that very clear over the past year.   That is why I want them to latch onto the issue of Scott Jensen and help educate the state about the illegal political activities he engaged in, his use of taxpayer paid staff to create an unfair advantage for his party, and his artful use of the legal system to escape justice.

The Tea Party has proven they can use tough-guy talk against issues in Washington, but the Scott Jensen case that is lodged in Wisconsin between failed politics and legal stretches screams to be righted, and so needs their voice.  While the legal safeguards are in place to ensure that a defendant has the right to pursue all the routes for a fair trial and due legal process, there is also the need for the state to see justice not perverted by legal slickness.   If there is truth to the claim that those in the Tea Party think common sense should be applied again to the political process than Scott Jensen is the issue  to work on in Wisconsin.

If the Tea Party wants to sink their teeth into something that truly merits political anger it is the Scott Jensen mess in Wisconsin.

Representative Michele Bachmann Can Not Have It Both Ways

All one needs to do when it comes to the half-baked Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is quote her directly.  When it came to her Sunday morning appearance on “Face The Nation” there was yet another classic ‘Bachmann moment’.  She was on the show to demonstrate the far-right-wing lunacy that has been in the news so much this past week.  On that score there could have been no better guest.

Well, I– I think that we need to repeal Obamacare. But I think we need to be all about the American people.

Really?  

That would be like saying I am going to pull the tourniquet off your arm, but I sure do not want you to bleed to death.  
 

 

Historians Add Weight On Health Care Law

In order to understand the issues of the day I have always contended it is essential to look back on history for the answers.  That is why I was so pleased to hear the perspective of Doris Kearns Goodwin this morning on “Meet The Press”.  Her views, along with those of Jon Meacham, added much to the national dialogue about the health care reform law.

MR. GREGORY: Historic but also arduous, and certainly health care was. And if you look at the tone of this debate, some of the calls for violence, some of the violence against congressional offices, racial epithets, all the rest, you heard Senator Graham say the process was “sleazy,” it harkens back to another time.

MS. GOODWIN: Well, each time we’ve passed one of these major legislations, there’s been a lot of turmoil around them. I mean, after Social Security, for example, in 1936, Landon, which we were just talking about before, ran to repeal that bill. He claimed in the ’36 election that in your paycheck they would be taking out the payroll tax and you’d never get it back. And he ran on that issue, and he won a huge election, FDR did, as a result because he fought back. I think the key thing that the legacy is not simply what this is going to do for the future but what it’s done, which you started on, to Obama’s leadership. You know, when LBJ got civil rights through in ’64, he said it felt so incredible inside to have done something that will make life better for millions of Americans. He said, “Now I’m going for voting rights. Now I’m going for Medicare.” It emboldens a president. The fact that it was so tough in the Congress, and it became difficult, they’re in the trenches together, they’ve come out more unified, the Democrats. The party has its morale back up. Even the, the sense of the countries abroad, he’s a winner, he won something. I agree with you that the battle’s only begun, because the battle of public sentiment was never won by the Obama people. The Republicans won it with the “death panels,” they won it maybe with falsehoods, but still the majority of the people still don’t feel good about this bill. So they still have a lot to do, I think, to compress their arguments and make sure that they reach the country. Lincoln once said, to go back to yet another guy, as he claims I always do…

MR. MEACHAM: It’s Sunday.

MR. GREGORY: If it’s Doris, it’s Lincoln and Roosevelt.

MS. GOODWIN: OK, I promise, this is it.

MR. MEACHAM: (Unintelligible)

MR. GREGORY: No, this is, this is–we love this.

MS. GOODWIN: This is the end. No, Lincoln once said that “He who molds public sentiment is more important than he who passes laws.”

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MR. MEACHAM: …a cautionary lesson to all of us who, who render instant judgments. But he managed to do something that they’ve been trying to do since Theodore Roosevelt. And for all the rage and all the rawness that’s out there, which is very ugly and very disturbing and, to my mind, disproportionate to, to the legislation, this is, as John Dingle has said, somewhat to the right of where Richard Nixon was. And so I think we should remember that as, as important this is, we need to look at it proportionately and with a sense of balance.

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MR. GREGORY: Well, that–that’s a question, Doris. What are the expectations that the American people have right now of government on the other end of the arduous process that has been health care?

MS. GOODWIN: Well, I think that’s one of the things that needs to be worked on if public sentiment is going to be changed. Before the Obama campaign began, people were saying they trusted government more. It was one of those sea changes, a little bit, from the Reagan era of conservatives hating government. And now they’re just so mad at the process that we have to be able, I think, if you are a Democrat, or even if you care about government, to show that government did come through in the end in a certain way. You know, the funny thing about the way this process worked, even though everybody said it was so horrible and he should have taken control earlier, the one thing LBJ always said was that they have to be with you on the takeoff if they’re going to be with you on the landing. And he made Congress feel engaged in this process. Even though it seemed it went on much too long, by the end, boy, they were there with him on the landing. They got the credit, they got the recognition. I think my favorite moment at that moment was when that guy stood up, and he said, you know, “You’ve taken your lumps.” “We sure did, but we’re still standing.” He’s linked to them in a way. But now the–still, I couldn’t agree more that the sentiment in the country has not yet been changed on this. And unless they do that, then I think the Democrats will be in trouble.

Pope Silent On Sex Scandal, Maureen Dowd Is Not! (Nor Am I )

The sex scandal in the Catholic Church has those of us who follow the intrigue of this institution watching from all fronts.  I found these two opposite ends of the story most interesting this morning. 

Pope Benedict XVI opened Holy Week on Sunday amid one of the most serious crises facing the church in decades, with questions about his handling of cases of pedophile priests and the Vatican acknowledging its “moral credibility” was on the line.

Benedict made no mention of the scandal in his Palm Sunday homily.

And then the mighty pen, and a constant must read from Maureen Dowd wrote this.

Now we learn the sickening news that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, nicknamed “God’s Rottweiler” when he was the church’s enforcer on matters of faith and sin, ignored repeated warnings and looked away in the case of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, a Wisconsin priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys.

It was only when the sanctity of the confessional was breached that an archbishop in Wisconsin (who later had to resign when it turned out he used church money to pay off a male lover) wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger at the Vatican to request that Father Murphy be defrocked.

The cardinal did not answer. The archbishop wrote to a different Vatican official, but Father Murphy appealed to Cardinal Ratzinger for leniency and got it, partly because of the church’s statute of limitations. Since when does sin have a statute of limitations?

The pope is in too deep. He has proved himself anything but infallible.

Ka-Ching!

Then she wrote this which is a point I hit on yesterday in my post.

Cardinal Ratzinger devoted his Vatican career to rooting out any hint of what he considered deviance. The problem is, he was obsessed with enforcing doctrinal orthodoxy and somehow missed the graver danger to the most vulnerable members of the flock.

I had penned yesterday the following.

Now I well know that given the conservative religious philosophy of Ratzinger it is not likely that he resigns for the good of ‘his flock’.   It is obvious that the people who make up the Catholic Church have never been his first interest.  His desire to have a smaller and even more dogmatic institution is proof to further support my opinion over his true priorities.  Ratzinger’s interest has always been in the implementation of a strict and austere conformity to the church’s most outdated and tortured past.