Meet State Rep. Johnny Ford, an African-American Republican in Alabama.
Welcome to the party, Mr. Ford.
via the Political State Report.
Am I the only person who suspects that the Republican failure to extend unemployment benefits last month was a deliberate ploy to let them bundle the extension in with Dubya’s tax package, to try to make it look a little more balanced?
It sure would have been good politics.
Via Avedon Carol’s Sideshow. I have added The Sideshow to the perma-links. I think I have only agreed with Avedon once, but I like balance (in the links, at least) here, and it is always good to see what the left is thinking, and The Sideshow is a good read.
Senators McCain and Lieberman have introduced legislation to curb global warming and the emission of greenhouse gasses. Both state they will not pimp and posture for every microphone and camera in sight for the next year, thus dramatically reducing the amount of hot air produced by the country.
Former Congressman Bob Barr (R, GA) may be doing more to defend yourcivil liberties than anyone currently in Congress. Check out this op-ed on Minority Report and the Virginia
Temperance Nazi’s Police:
In last year’s mega-hit movie “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise in a mid-21st-century sci-fi thriller, D.C. police identify persons who have not yet committed a crime, but who, based on premonition evidence are going to commit a crime, and then swoop in and arrest these pre-criminals before they can carry out their dastardly deeds.
A fine movie; I saw it and liked it. Well, it isn’t even 2054 (the year in which the movie is set), and already, Washington-area police
My Governor, Bob Wise, discussing the need to streamline state government to make it more efficient, during his State of the State Address:
” It’s not a question of if we change. The only issue is how and when. I say now..”
Yogi Berra was spotted weeping openly in the audience.
My other favorite Wise quote from tonight:
Some may say step back — we say move forward.
And you do the hokie pokie…
Governor Wise did have one really interesting proposal which just goes to show how far the internet has come, and again, shows where we are going in the future:
Last year, we condensed the budget and the bills to two tiny compact discs and gave them to each member on the first day. We’ve made it a tradition. This year, we’re going a step further:
The executive budget, and my legislative proposals are being transferred as I speak to your email accounts. They also being delivered electronically to the press, to state agencies and many citizens — and we’re saving a ton of paper and printing and postage costs in the process.
Good. An outstanding use of technology that no one should be against (now watch the idiots print them out on ther government computers- ruining the whole purpose).
The whole media bias thing has been in the forefront lately, so when I see headlines like this, I just have to laugh:
The exhaustive list of ‘Some Democrats’ include:
Charles Rangel and John Conyers.
I think much of the bias in the media is the result of sheer laziness and stupidity. What do you expect from people who chose journalism because it was easier than political science and history, and they were rewarded for having bleached blonde hair. Expert, thoughtful Analysis?
I guess two Democrats does count as ‘some.’ Someone help us. Please.
I think it was Andrew Sullivan who was holding the bias watch regarding the labeling of conservatives. At any rate, the unrivaled Instapundit had a discussion this afternoon about how one of the side effects of Greta van Susteren’s cosmetic surgery was a ‘spate of articles, like this one.’
I went to the article to read it, and I saw something that Glenn missed or just decided not to comment on. Great van Susteren was described as a television personality. See if you can find the labelling disparity:
If she looks too good — like conservative columnist Ann Coulter — she’s a bimbo who trades on her looks. If she looks like an ordinary person — like Van Susteren — she’s a battle-ax. Even if, as in Van Susteren’s case, her personality always gave a sheen to her less-than-perfect face.
Again, I don’t care if you call Ann Coulter a conservative. She is a conservative (I would call her an ULTRA-conservative). But if we need to toss out labels, what would Greta be? I’ll give you a hint. It isn’t conservative, which is a dirty word in the San Francisco publication that this story appeared in.