Thursday, May 24, 2012

Short Takes

Cyber War — Secretary of State Clinton says the U.S. hacked al-Qaida’s computers.

So far so good in the Egyptian presidential election.

The E.U. wants to keep Greece in the zone.

Yeah, right — Cuba tells the U.N. it doesn’t do torture or abuse human rights.

HP plans to lay off a lot of people.

The head of the Secret Service was on the hot seat in the Senate.

Tropical Update: This little wet spot could go anywhere.

The Tigers drop another one to the Indians.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Short Takes

Iran and the UN have reached a tentative deal on their nuclear program.

Poll: Support for marriage equality hits a record high.

Four Secret Service agents are fighting their dismissal.

A strike has shut down the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Florida purges 7,000 felons from the voter rolls.

The real estate market is heating up in South Florida.

Tropical Update: There’s a little disturbance down south of Cuba.

The Tigers lost to the Indians.

Short Takes

Iran and the UN have reached a tentative deal on their nuclear program.

Poll: Support for marriage equality hits a record high.

Four Secret Service agents are fighting their dismissal.

A strike has shut down the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Florida purges 7,000 felons from the voter rolls.

The real estate market is heating up in South Florida.

Tropical Update: There’s a little disturbance down south of Cuba.

The Tigers lost to the Indians.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Short Takes

Egypt’s elections are getting interesting.

One dead, hundreds hurt in storm damage in St. Louis.

President Obama yukked it up at last night’s Nerd Prom.

The Secret Service scandal points out the lack of women in the agency.

A long-lost letter from a former Cuban revolutionary to his family makes it home.

Finally… the Tigers win one, beating the Yankees.

Short Takes

Egypt’s elections are getting interesting.

One dead, hundreds hurt in storm damage in St. Louis.

President Obama yukked it up at last night’s Nerd Prom.

The Secret Service scandal points out the lack of women in the agency.

A long-lost letter from a former Cuban revolutionary to his family makes it home.

Finally… the Tigers win one, beating the Yankees.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Noble Warriors

The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 by a vote of 68 to 31. Would you be surprised if I told you that the 31 votes against the bill came from the Republicans? I didn’t think so.

Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rob Johnson (R-WI), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mike Lee (R-UT), Dick Lugar (R-IN), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Jim Thune (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Roger Wicker (R-MS)

I’m sure each and every one of these noble defenders of the patriarchy has a good explanation for their No vote, including the fact that it extends the protections of the law to same-sex couples and undocumented workers. Everybody knows that people in icky homosexual cohabitation and fornication get what they deserve, so why should the government protect them? If you’re undocumented, well, it’s your own fault; you shouldn’t be here in the first place.

According to John McCain, there is no War on Women anyway; it’s just a political ploy to get the ladies to vote for Democrats. After all, the Republicans love women to the point that they’re willing to let them earn less money, avoid the humiliation of seeking help after being assaulted, and spare them the indignity of getting an abortion without a thorough, even probing, medical examination. Anything to protect these gentle flowers of womenhood from the harsh light of equality.

Short Takes

Israel is feeling insecure as it nears its birthday.

A Delta flight was quarantined when it arrived in Chicago, but it’s been cleared.

New accusations of debauchery surface at the Secret Service.

The House passed a cybersecurity bill despite a veto threat.

The Florida Supreme Court rejected 25 death penalty appeals.

The Florida Panthers are out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Tigers dropped their fourth in a row.

Noble Warriors

The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 by a vote of 68 to 31. Would you be surprised if I told you that the 31 votes against the bill came from the Republicans? I didn’t think so.

Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rob Johnson (R-WI), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mike Lee (R-UT), Dick Lugar (R-IN), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Jim Thune (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Roger Wicker (R-MS)

I’m sure each and every one of these noble defenders of the patriarchy has a good explanation for their No vote, including the fact that it extends the protections of the law to same-sex couples and undocumented workers. Everybody knows that people in icky homosexual cohabitation and fornication get what they deserve, so why should the government protect them? If you’re undocumented, well, it’s your own fault; you shouldn’t be here in the first place.

According to John McCain, there is no War on Women anyway; it’s just a political ploy to get the ladies to vote for Democrats. After all, the Republicans love women to the point that they’re willing to let them earn less money, avoid the humiliation of seeking help after being assaulted, and spare them the indignity of getting an abortion without a thorough, even probing, medical examination. Anything to protect these gentle flowers of womenhood from the harsh light of equality.

Short Takes

Israel is feeling insecure as it nears its birthday.

A Delta flight was quarantined when it arrived in Chicago, but it’s been cleared.

New accusations of debauchery surface at the Secret Service.

The House passed a cybersecurity bill despite a veto threat.

The Florida Supreme Court rejected 25 death penalty appeals.

The Florida Panthers are out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Tigers dropped their fourth in a row.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Short Takes

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says the Chinese are helping North Korea with their nuclear program.

The Joint Chiefs chief says no US troops will be sent to Syria.

The Secret Service scandal is ongoing.

Florida lawmakers say they will review the Stand Your Ground law.

The drought continues for the Southeast.

R.I.P. Levon Helm, 71, singer for The Band.

The Tigers got stomped 10-3 by the Rangers.

Short Takes

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says the Chinese are helping North Korea with their nuclear program.

The Joint Chiefs chief says no US troops will be sent to Syria.

The Secret Service scandal is ongoing.

Florida lawmakers say they will review the Stand Your Ground law.

The drought continues for the Southeast.

R.I.P. Levon Helm, 71, singer for The Band.

The Tigers got stomped 10-3 by the Rangers.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Short Takes

Cuba became a hot topic at the summit in Colombia.

The Secret Service sex scandal is a big deal at the summit, too.

Taliban: The spring offensive is underway in Afghanistan.

More deadly tornadoes hit the Midwest.

It’s the start of FCAT season for Florida public schools.

Hill Heil — The American Nazi Party gets its first lobbyist.

The Tigers win one from the White Sox.

Short Takes

Cuba became a hot topic at the summit in Colombia.

The Secret Service sex scandal is a big deal at the summit, too.

Taliban: The spring offensive is underway in Afghanistan.

More deadly tornadoes hit the Midwest.

It’s the start of FCAT season for Florida public schools.

Hill Heil — The American Nazi Party gets its first lobbyist.

The Tigers win one from the White Sox.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Herman Cain Defends Herman Cain

Herman Cain held a press conference yesterday afternoon in which Herman Cain denied even knowing Sharon Bialek, the woman who accused Herman Cain of groping her, and Herman Cain said Herman Cain had never assaulted anybody ever.

“They simply didn’t happen. They simply did not happen,” Cain insisted of the accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior, and at least one incident of alleged sexual groping, when he was head of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.

Herman Cain also said that it was the “Democrat machine” that was behind the allegations, but Herman Cain could not provide any evidence of such a conspiracy. So far, Herman Cain has blamed the media and the Rick Perry campaign for the story, but Herman Cain said that Herman Cain would continue the race for the Republican nomination in spite of the stories.

Herman Cain also has an annoying habit of using the third person a lot.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Short Takes

Greek Theatre — Prime Minister Papandreou survived a confidence vote.

Congress is looking for a way to avoid defense cuts if the Supercommittee fails.

Colombian rebel leader Alfonso Cano has been killed.

Herman Cain’s problems aren’t going away.

R.I.P. Andy Rooney, 92, writer and commentator who just retired from 60 Minutes.

Fall Back — Daylight Savings Time ends in the U.S. at 2 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cain Enablers

The Cain campaign is enlisting some notable people to defend him: Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Jenni Sanford, the former wife of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Both women have experience dealing with husbands who are accused of sexual harassment, and at least one knows what it’s like to be left at home while her spouse is off hiking the Appalachian Trail. Here’s the former Mrs. Sanford in an editorial in The State:

… Herman Cain’s lack of political experience makes him willing to propose bold ideas, to try new solutions to the challenges that face our nation. There’s a sense among the people disconnected from the system (myself included) that our political leaders aren’t listening, or can’t feel our pain. Cain clearly isn’t part of the permanent political class, because he has proposed a tax reform that would simplify our tax code, ending deductions and closing loopholes. Details aside, he is willing to think big, to challenge the status quo. Sadly, we now get to watch as the players who make up the system try to rip him to pieces.

[…]

I know this story well. A “fresh face” appears on the political scene and puts forth new proposals that challenge the status quo and then is attacked viciously on his proposals and then his character….

Oh, so it’s his ideas that people find objectionable, not his character. Funny, but when it was Bill Clinton who was the harasser, it was all about character.

The subtext to this and every other GOP sex scandal — Vitter, Gingrich, Cain — is that boys will be boys and that as long as they’re pursuing the right-wing agenda, it’s all good.

That’s cynicism with a lovely honey glaze on top.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

From Legal To Political

While the facts of the Herman Cain sexual harassment story seem to be fluid, the defense mechanism of the right wing is intact: it’s all the liberals’ fault and besides, what’s the big deal? So the guy hit on some chicks; it’s not like he did anything illegal. Maybe he was paying them a compliment. And besides, Bill Clinton and John Edwards did it and got away with it.

It’s like arguing with eight-year-olds (Bill Clinton was impeached; John Edwards is being prosecuted), but what is most impressive is how quickly they’re willing to come to the defense of someone who never had a chance to become the nominee, much less president. And they have made this a political matter, as if sexual harassment and the fallout was a campaign tactic as opposed to a legal matter.

In other words, they trivialize it: if you make it about the politics, then the people who filed the charges only did it make a quick buck or to get revenge against someone in a position of power. After all, sexual harassment is just a politically correct way for liberals and women’s-libbers to tear down the God-given patriarchal order of things. Unless, of course, it’s a liberal who does it. Then it’s an assault on the very fabric of womanly virtues and nothing less than the maximum penalty will do.

It’s all very easy when you frame it that way.

Short Takes

Greece — The Greek cabinet offered unanimous support to the referendum on the European bailout.

Long Recovery — The Fed wasn’t optimistic about the future of the economy.

Occupy Oakland basically shut down the city’s port on Wednesday.

The Herman Cain story keeps on going and growing.

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is under investigation by the FBI for his role in the MF Global collapse.

Citizenship applications are on the rise in South Florida.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Caught Another One — Ctd

Yet another conservative Republican has been caught hiring a guy for gay sex.

A Republican mayor in New Jersey denies that he agreed to pay a California man for sex through the website Rentboy.com, and says he doesn’t even know if the pictures posted of him in bright blue underwear are real.

Medford City Councilman and Mayor Chris Myers, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2008 against Democrat John Adler, is accused of paying the man $500 for sex during a trip to California in October 2010.

Danielle Camilli of the Burlington County Times reports that a man sent the paper a series of e-mails alleging that Myers agreed to pay him for sex, and promised him a car and a recording studio after the encounter at the Fairmount Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. The man said that Myers said he was a mayor from New Jersey, and showed him identification.

Yeah, well, we could have done without the “bright blue underwear” detail.

These guys need to get their own website — is Horny Hypocrites.com taken?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Isn’t That Special?

Former Senator Rick Santorum will not be the GOP nominee for president. But never fear; if Saturday Night Live ever wants to resurrect Dana Carvey’s classic Church Lady routine, he’s got the part nailed down. To wit:

Rick Santorum pledged to repeal all federal funding for contraception, during a recent interview with CaffeinatedThoughts.com editor Shane Vander Hart, arguing that birth control devalues the act of procreation. “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country,” the former Pennsylvania senator explained. “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be”:

SANTORUM: [Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It’s supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal…but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen…This is special and it needs to be seen as special.

Conservatives are, by nature, obsessed with other peoples’ sex lives, but Mr. Santorum and his history of speaking candidly about his fixation on all manner of sexual activity is way beyond creepy.