Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rand Paul & Transparency

Jim DeMint's Tea Party Caucus lets activists drive the GOP further to the right. - By David Weigel - Slate Magazine
: "What made this caucus different from all other caucuses?
'No cigars and no closed doors,' said Paul. 'Open venues. I'm not going to be the leader of the caucus. We're going to rotate around. It's going to be a continued conversation between the grass roots and the people who come from the grass roots.'"

So says Rand Paul when asked about his Tea Party caucus. But when it comes to secret holds, that arcane Senate rule that allowed one Senator to secretly block passage of a bill, well, suddenly the transparency becomes opaque.

Tea Party Caucus votes to keep secret holds

By Jordan Fabian - 01/27/11 05:43 PM ET

The three founding members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus voted against a rule change Thursday that would end senators' ability to use secret holds.

Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) were three out of the four senators to vote against a resolution outlawing the practice. The other was GOP Sen. John Ensign (Nev.). The rule change, which passed 92-4, was part of a packaged rules proposal brought before the Senate.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

GOP Healthcare Repeal Bill Passes in House |

GOP Healthcare Repeal Bill Passes in House | "The Republican-controlled House voted overwhelming to pass a repeal health care legislation proposed by President Barack Obama."

You have to love the Christian Post: they support home schooled writers. Who knew Obama supported the legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Supreme Court Denies Pastor's Appeal in DC Gay Marriage Case |

Supreme Court Denies Pastor's Appeal in DC Gay Marriage Case | "The question is whether marriage is merely a committed relationship for the private interests of adults, the definition implicit in same-sex 'marriage,' or whether it unites a man and a woman with each other and any children that come from their union.”"

It can't be both?

Well, at any rate, if it's the man-woman-children aspect these Christian busybodies are concerned over maybe cutting the rate of divorce in the Bible Belt would be a good place to start.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wild Wild West: Guns Still a Part of Arizona's History - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 -

Wild Wild West: Guns Still a Part of Arizona's History - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - "Guns are ingrained in America's history, especially in Arizona, which was once home to the Wild Wild West.

Saloons, stagecoaches and shoot-outs all played an important part in Arizona's long history, and that's why even today you'll find the ethos of the Wild West permeates their culture."

Yeah, and Christians have a long history of burning witches and owning slaves - your point is?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Why Tea Party Activists Are Childish Dickwads

Tea Party Activists Angry at Actions of G.O.P. Leaders -

"“Do I think that they’ve recognized what happened on Election Day? I would say decisively no,” said Mark Meckler, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, which sent its members an alert last month urging them to call their representatives to urge them to “stop now and go home!!”

“We sent them a message that we expect them to go home and come back newly constituted and do something different,” Mr. Meckler said. “For them to legislate when they’ve collectively lost their mandate just shows the arrogance of the ruling elite."

Let me get this straight: Tea Partier Mark Meckler, an unelected leader of a "movement" that has yet to field a candidate or run a campaign, accuses a legally elected Congress of acting in "arrogance" when it continues to legislate through the end of its legally-appointed session.

See, here's the thing, Mr. Meckler. When you have the votes you get to do a lot of things the people without the votes don't like. Standing on the sidelines whining won't change that.

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