Daylight savings goes into effect today. In case you hadn’t noticed.
The way you turn states from red to purple is to make blue states so intolerable that a lot of people flee them for red states. Then those voters stupidly vote for the same disastrous policies in their new homes.
The Church teaches that the Church is not about politics. The Church proclaims its political neutrality.
Yet the Church is widely perceived as a right-wing organization.
To the question, “Why does the Church seem to be right-wing”, the usual answer offered in the Bloggernacle is that the Church leaders are old, right-wing men.
Because I believe the Church is sincere in its pronouncements, I propose an alternate hypothesis.
I have no idea if this is true or not, but Putin supposedly likened negotiating with Obama to playing chess with a pigeon: first, the pigeon knocks all the pieces over, then it, ahem, “poops” on the board, then it struts around as if it won.
I used to imagine that it was possible to make substantive critiques of Obama’s policies without necessarily being a slobbering white supremacist. But I’ve finally been forced to face the ugly truth. After all, it’s a widely held belief on college campuses that all criticism of Obama stems from racial bias. This means that either they’re right, or our higher academic institutions are filled to the brim with mush-brained, dimwitted morons who possess the critical thinking skills of developmentally delayed toddlers. If the latter is true, we are doomed. We must flee into the woods before our civilization is destroyed by the Walking Dumb. I can not accept such a horrible vision of the future, so I choose to believe option one: they are right
Are we to believe that a man who constantly lies about little things is going to be truthful about big things?
Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds forth out of the mouth of the father. (more…)
So Senator Reid and the Democratic majority in the Senate has decided to use a sketchy political maneuver to end the 60-vote tradition for confirming judges. The purpose is to pack the DC Circuit, which reviews and constrains executive branch action, and to distract from Obamacare. Taken in itself, it isn’t that weighty. The filibuster is just a political custom, after all, and not the most fundamental one.
The last days of the Roman Republic were also marked by an escalating series of abuses of political traditions. The censor used his old-timey power to perform sacrifices and suspend public business while he determined if the omens were right as a tool to block votes that were going to go against his faction. Tribunes used their tribunate veto, which had before only been used to block the Senate, to veto other tribunes activities in the assembly of the people. Men started to seek office for the criminal immunity it allowed. Politically-motivated prosecutions became common. Offices were extended beyond their normal term of years. Constitutional reforms were proposed and even enacted because they helped the agenda of some party boss, only to be overturned when his power faded.
All this was bad enough. Eventually other Roman customs went by the wayside too. Faction leaders had wars declared to replenish their purse and burnish their popularity. Sulla and Marius marched on Rome. Caesar crossed the Rubicon.
The Roman Republic fell. It took about a century. (more…)
Photographs of nude protest in San Francisco. Oddly, probably safe for work.
Via Clayton Cramer, who draws an apt contrast. And when Cramer is comparing you unfavorably to Chicago, you know you’re in a world of hurt.
Thus Bryce LaLiberte.