Political Poaching

Filed in PoliticsTags: Judiciary, Republicans

RINOs are about to become an endangered species. They are now in season. Seven spineless betraying numbnuts have just sabotaged the clear majority that America sent to the US Senate, and the electorate will not forget. Seven RINOs have just expended the last of their political capital, and we will make them pay.

More later...

Tennis League Done For Season

Filed in SportsTags: Tennis

The playoffs for my tennis league were held this weekend. Team Palmer didn't fare so well. We came in fifth, with an 0-4 record (1-4, 1-4, 2-3, 1-4). I played two matches today (both at 3-doubles), and lost both: 6-1, 6-0 in the morning match, and 4-6, 6-7, 1-0 (10-5) in the afternoon match. Time to start playing outdoors again, until September...

Relax, The Adults Are In Charge

Filed in PoliticsTags: Judiciary

Read the text of the speech given today by Senator John Kyl (R-AZ), as posted at ConfirmThem.com:

The reality is that the Senate is now engaged in an historic effort to protect constitutional prerogatives and the proper checks and balances between the branches of government. Republicans seek to right a wrong that has undermined 214 years of tradition – wise, carefully thought-out tradition. The fact that the Senate rules theoretically allowed the filibuster of judicial nominations but were never used to that end is an important indicator of what is right, and why the precedent of allowing up-or-down votes is so well established. It is that precedent that has been attacked and which we seek to restore.

Read the whole thing; it's worth it. Then compare his words with the illogical rantings of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

Just thank God that the adults are in charge...

The Responses of Civilized Society

Filed in Religion, Social IssuesTags: War on Terror

Unlike the completely alleged, never-substantiated, and since-retracted Newsweek story, much religiously motivated desecration takes place in the world. Not surprisingly, the vast majority is perpetrated by extremist Muslims. (Referenced in the articles linked: desecration of Joseph's tomb and the murder of a young rabbi who tried to save a Torah, a Jewish cemetary on the Mount of Olives, the Jewish religious school at the Shalom al Yisrael synagogue in Jericho, the Christian Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, photographer Andres Serrano's ''Piss Christ" -- a photograph of a crucifix submerged in urine, Sinead O'Connor ripping up a photograph of Pope John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live appearance, and the destruction of two priceless, 1,500-year-old statues of Buddha by the Taliban government in Afghanistan.) How do Jews, Christians, and people of other faiths respond?

CNSNews reports that the usual response is not outraged violence, but grief:

"No one has ever been killed [over a desecration]," Rosenblum said. "There have been desecrations here in shuls [synagogues]," he said. "It provoked rending of garments."

And what of the Christian response?

Christian places have also been desecrated. The most prominent example was the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, seized and held by Palestinian militants for more than a month. The church is built over the grotto where many Christians believe Jesus was born.

During the 39-day siege, in which the militants held clergy captive, militants reportedly urinated on the floor, used pages of the Bible as toilet paper and stole all the gold and other religious ornaments they could find.

When the militants left, the Christian response was to clean the place in time for Sunday Mass.

Columnist Jeff Jacoby explains why Islam is disrespected in a Boston Herald column today. While Muslim nations rage, civilized society reacts to similar (and much worse) treatment without resorting to violence:

Of course, there was a good reason all these bloody protests went unremembered in the coverage of the Newsweek affair: They never occurred.

Christians, Jews, and Buddhists don't lash out in homicidal rage when their religion is insulted. They don't call for holy war and riot in the streets. It would be unthinkable for a mainstream priest, rabbi, or lama to demand that a blasphemer be slain.

Of course, I find it completely hypocritical that a society that encourages "honor" killings of rape victims - not to mention all the other myriad human-rights violations of Muslim women - claims to value a mere book so highly.

And let us not forget: the one documented incident of Qa'ran desecration at Gitmo was perpetrated by... a Muslim prisoner:

Other Pentagon officials said the only person who had desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay was a detainee who ripped pages from the Muslim holy book and used them to plug a toilet as a way to protest his detention.

Name That Speaker

Filed in PoliticsTags: Democrats, Judiciary

Senator John Cornryn (R-TX) exposes the blatant hypocrisy of Null Party Senators by using their own words against them, in his Name That Speaker web site. I was going to dig for some of these quotes, but he's already done it.

Bring on the Filibuster! The Null Party is about to go down in flames.

(Hat Tip: ConfirmThem)

Official: Senate Democrats Obstructionist Crybabies

Filed in PoliticsTags: Democrats, Judiciary

In a statement released today, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott took the Minority Democrat Party to task for shutting down the Senate in an action tantamount to a bratty kid taking his ball - or, more accurately stealing the ball from its owner - and going home in order to prevent the completion of the game he has clearly lost:

“What a difference a day makes. Less than 24 hours after he complained the Senate is ignoring issues important to Americans, Democrat Leader Harry Reid today threatened progress on an energy bill, a jobs bill, disaster relief, and a closed intelligence meeting.

“To close down the committees over the judges issue is not only counterproductive, it could hurt Americans looking for work or suffering at the gas pumps.

“Despite any differences over the judges, the American people want their government to continue working on issues important to them. They want the Senate to do its job.

“Despite his suggestions to the contrary, Senator Reid’s actions speak volumes. It would appear the Democrats’ threat to shut down the Senate has already begun.”

This action isn't even the nascent MSM/Democrat-darling filibuster; what the Democrats are doing is a complete obstruction of the Constitutionally mandated role of the Senate, and abdication of thier responsibilities as Senators. Apparently, these Senators from the Null Party™ didn't learn the Lesson of Daschle. They will. They are now officially the Deadbeat Party, and they will pay the price for their insolence at the polls.

(Hat Tip: ConfirmThem)

Christian Carnival LXX

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity

A Pentinent Blogger has posted Christian Carnival LXX: Long Day's Journey Out Of Night:

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Romans 13:12

REVIEW: South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Media Bias

Filed in Politics, ReviewsTags: Books

The 165-page South Park Conservatives, as pointed out in RedState.org's review, serves as a primer of the nascent weakening of the Liberals' oligarchical stranglehold over the dissemination of, totalitarin control over conversation and debate about, and single-mindedly biased news-reporting of political, cultural, and social issues. The book discusses the Conservative revolution Talk Radio, Cable News and programming, Internet News and Punditry, the Blogosphere, the book-publishing industry, and in academia.

The book is very well-written, informative, and makes for enjoyable reading, but it has one short-coming: the vast majority of the book concerns the outlets of this Conservative revolution, rather than the people driving that revolution. The phenomenon of the revolution itself has been well-documented, from the City Journal article "We're Not Losing The Culture Wars Anymore" from which South Park Conservatives was born, to Hugh Hewitt's Blog, which covers most of the same information, but with a focus on how savvy blog-entrepreneurs should take advantage of the phenomenon. South Park Conservatives could have filled an interesting niche had it focused more on its namesake and less on their means of expression.

The book hints at - but doesn't delve into - this younger generation of Conservatives as the grassroots support base and incubator for future Conservative leaders. Clearly, the most interesting and insightful chapter in the book, Chapter 8: Campus Conservatives Rising, should have been made the focus of the book (as the title seemingly implies) - along with those with whom they are finding a common voice in the New Media and Academia.

Missed opportunity notwithstanding, I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants an interesting explanation and discussion of the revolt against "illiberal liberalism" and the people who are driving it.

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Filed in MiscellaneousTags: Internet, Web Site

I was mentioned by Penguin Envy. To what do I owe this honor?

Breaking: SCOTUS Upholds Constitution

Filed in PoliticsTags: Food/Wine, Judiciary

Supports Legitimate Constitutional Function of Federal Government; Prohibits Discriminatory Bans on Inter-State Wine Sales

GOPBloggers.com reports on the decision yesterday by the Supreme Court of the United States, striking down laws forbidding direct shipments of wine from out-of-state.

In a long overdue ruling that split Justices Antonin Scalia (who sided with Breyer, Ginsburg and Stevens) and Clarence Thomas, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws forbidding direct shipments of wine from out-of-state. While proponents of such laws used the prevention of underage drinking as their pretext, the Court saw through this facade and acknowledged that the true purpose was simply to protect both in-state wine producers and wine distributors' profits.

Great news for my parents, who live in the People's Republic of Maryland, which, not surprisingly, has some of the most restrictive laws on out-of-state wine shipments. I, on the other hand, live in Missouri, which is already a reciprocity state.

The post also points out how the CNN report misses the crux of the ruling, referencing the 21st Amendment, rather than Commerce Clause:

As usual, the MSM gets it wrong. The AP article states that the case centered on the 21st Amendment. While it was relevant, the opinion focused on the fact that the 21st Amendment did not give States the power to discriminate in interstate commernce, so the Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) ruled the day. In this case, laws were ruled unconstitutional because they actually contravened actual constitutional provisions that actually exist. That's what distinguishes it from run-of-the-mill liberal judicial activism.

To refresh your memory, the Commerce Clause is as follows:

The Congress shall have Power...To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

A further reading of the rest of the U.S. Constitution with respect to limitations on the rights of the States clearly indicates a prejudice against discriminatory anti-competition practices between states.

The dissenting opinions centered on two arguments: the right of the States to regulate liquor sales, and the impact striking down inter-state wine shipments would have on sales of liquor to minors. However, as the majority pointed out, addressing the first issue:

The details and mechanics of the two regulatory schemes differ, but the object and effect of the laws are the same: to allow in-state wineries to sell wine directly to consumers in that State but to prohibit out-of-state wineries from doing so, or, at the least, to make direct sales impractical from an economic standpoint. It is evident that the object and design of the Michigan and New York statutes is to grant in-state wineries a competitive advantage over wineries located beyond the States' borders.

We hold that the laws in both States discriminate against interstate commerce in violation of the Commerce Clause... and that the discrimination is neither authorized nor permitted by the Twenty-first Amendment.

And in response to the latter:

The States provide little evidence that the purchase of wine over the Internet by minors is a problem. Indeed, there is some evidence to the contrary. A recent study by the staff of the FTC found that the 26 States currently allowing direct shipments report no problems with minors' increased access to wine... Without concrete evidence that direct shipping of wine is likely to increase alcohol consumption by minors, we are left with the States' unsupported assertions. Under our precedents, which require the "clearest showing" to justify discriminatory state reulation... this is not enough.

Read the opinion for yourself; the majority completely discredit these claims.

For those of you soon to be freed from discriminatory out-of-state wine shipment laws, refer back to my post on Missouri Wineries and sample what the country's first officially designated wine district has to offer.

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