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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Bunch of stuff for a Saturday morning

Lots of articles to share this morning.

I wouldn't want to be in charge of security for this dinner.

This headline "Al-Arian To Be Deported" is incomplete. The word "finally" should have been part of the headline. Some dirtbag college professor (okay, okay I understand that's redundant) has ties to terrorists and it takes us ten years to deport him?

Rumsfeld Gets Robust Defense From President Good! People criticize President Bush for being too loyal. Personally, I find that to be one of his better attributes. I would think less of him if he were the standard politician who hung his subordinates out to dry when they were attacked.

Here is a related op-ed, The Hidden History of the Iraq War Critics.

TIGER Woods' agent has issued an apology for the golf star calling himself a "spaz" after the Masters last week. WHAT! Has our sensitivity level gotten so pronounced that people were complaining about a word a golfer used to criticize his putting? People need to lighten up and stop looking for a reason to get offended.

The Left, Online and Outraged, is an article from the Washington Post examining a nutty left wing blogger. Reading the hatred this woman spews I wanted to hate her back with the same intensity but couldn't. In the end I just felt sad for her. If politics and the world scene have her that wrapped around the bend she needs to turn her tv and computer off. Poor, pathetic woman. Separately, the WA-PO unintentionally helped the conservative cause with this article. Voters will be turned off by the hate and ugliness portrayed in this article.

In local news, the angry mother is right, justice seems to have failed in this case.
Eric Jackson walked out of court a free man Friday, even though no one disputes he shot and killed a pregnant woman last year. A Hamilton County jury acquitted Jackson of two murder charges - one for the woman and one for her fetus - after concluding he fired in self-defense during an argument with another man. The shot missed Jackson's target and hit Tawnia Kirksey, who was 10 weeks pregnant. Prosecutors said the evidence didn't support Jackson's self-defense claim and instead indicated that Wheeler was backing away when Jackson drew his gun and fired.

"He got off with murder," said Kirksey's mother, Daisy Kirksey. "I feel like the justice system failed."
Being scared of another dirtbag and firing with bad aim is NOT the definition of self-defense.

I'll finish with the most important item today. Bill Cunningham of 700 WLW had senate candidate Bill Pierce on his show yesterday and Weapons of Mass Discussion has a transcript of the interview as well as a link to the audio file. Go read the whole thing but here is a very telling part from the end where Pierce quotes a very liberal Democrat, George McGovern, to show his understanding of governments negative affect on business:
PIERCE: After he got out of the United States Senate, he fulfilled a lifelong dream he had and that was to be a small business owner. He bought an established, reknowned bed and breakfast in Connecticut called the Stafford Inn. Within five years, he went bankrupt. And at his bankruptcy proceedings and in an op-ed piece he penned for the Wall Street Journal, he stated that had he been a small business owner before he went in to politics, and understood the pressures and demands on small business, his entire political career would -- his entire voting career would have been different. And he would have made a better senator. When I look at what we are facing now, we look at Senator Mike DeWine and even Sherrod Brown, they are cut out of the same cookie cutter mold. That's college. Law school. And then 35 years of politics. Our founding fathers had envisioned citizen caree-- citizen legislators, not career politicians. And I think what we see in Washington right now is exactly why.
We don't need more lawyers in politics. We need people with practical experience like Bill Pierce.

3 Comments:

Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Good round up of stuff today. You are right, we need less lawyers in politics, but the lawyers seem to have taken over that game.

8:51 AM

 
Blogger WestEnder said...

I would phrase it differently by saying we need more professional diversity among elected officials, but it's basically the same thing.

I would like to see much more people with backgrounds in science and economics/finance in particular. And it wouldn't hurt to have urban planners at the local level.

But in the end, one has to concede that politicians are elected. There ARE non-lawyers who run for office, they just don't get elected. Don't blame the politicians, blame the voters and the campaign finance system.

10:35 AM

 
Blogger LargeBill said...

Westender,

Fully agree. Voters have the ultimate responsibility for the mess we're in. Why do politicians bribe voters with tax payer money? Because it works.

10:46 AM

 

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