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Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Health Insurance Debate is Missing a Data Link


Like a lot of people who operate inside the Beltway, Nancy Pelosi is very big on the common beltway wisdom. Unlike many, Nancy Pelosi has the power to make sure the common wisdom is heard. So when Nancy believed impeaching Dubya Busch was a bad move, she just said no, and the nation lost its […]

A Terrorist Act on Domestic Soil


Please read this short essay by a woman named Gretchen Voss. It discusses her own experience with late-term abortion and her views on the Bush Administration’s tack on that particular issue. Read the particulars of her case and tell me with a straight face that her decision to terminate wasn’t an act of mercy. Progressive […]

You Tell 'em, Carol Shaw of Greenbelt!


On May 24, The Washington Post ran a story analyzing how some of the stimulus moolah was having an impact locally. The story ended with this quote from a fella who suffered a layoff and then was hired to work a road project in Silver Spring: I didn’t really care for the idea of the […]

Brady's Definition of Liberals and Conservatives


A liberal is somebody who, when he first encounters Voltaire’s declaration that “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” gets misty-eyed and says, “That’s beautiful.” A conservative is somebody who, when he first encounters the quote, clenches his fist and says, […]

If Sonia Sotomayor Is A Racist, Then I'm A Cool Black Dude


I’m sorry. I liked the line so much, I had to use it as a headline. But let’s have a look at this ridiculous charge that Sonia Sontomayor is a racist. First, let’s remind ourselves about who Newt Gingrich, one of the leaders of this charge, is. Newtie Gingrich is an abysmal person. He is […]

Soto Voce, Sotomayor


Senator Barbie Boxer asked me some time back to urge Barack Obama to appoint a woman for the Supremes. Not enough of them, she says. And of course she has a point. Women make up more than half the population and only one-ninth of the court. And the truth is women are among the best […]

I Call Shenanigans On the Washington Examiner


I have been making an effort to occasionally listen to Dave Ramsey. Mama Bonk enjoys his program, and so I thought perhaps I could cull some good advice from the consumer yapper. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will become a regular listener. Ramsey mentioned and put full faith into a bullshit story that runs in […]

California Dreaming


Maybe I am the only person who actually read the 185-page opinion of the California Supremes RE the marriage of same sex persons. To hear the squawking heads all over the media yesterday, you would think the world had ended. (Keith, Rachel, are you listening?) And maybe I missed something, but I don’t think so. […]

Oh No He Did-in't


If Sonia Sotomayor is a racist, then I’m a really cool black dude.

One Additional Thought Re: Today's Prop 8 'Decision'


Bear in mind as I write this that the extent of my legal training is one semester studying media law for J-School. But I personally wonder if there’s not just an ounce of juice to the Proposition 8 brouhaha that might not give a lawsuit coming out of it a direct line to cert at […]