Daily Archives: 2009 July 27

The birthers? How much further can a party fall? (QH: 27 July 2009)

The upcoming celebration of the 50th year since Hawaii was admitted to the union might just have some political fireworks – the remarkably useless, pointless, idiotic, and nonsensical kind.  To combat a rather strange charge in the minds of those on the far-right, that President Barack Obama is somehow not an American citizen and does not have a birth certificate, Representative Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) has a rather unique idea:

“In the language of the resolution, there is a statement that Hawaii is the birthplace of the 44th President of the United States,” Abercrombie spokesman Dave Helfert confirms.

Adorable.  In the midst of fixing the economy, trying to get people back to work, unintentionally running a couple of car companies, and making an attempt at sorely needed comprehensive health care reform, there is an effort to call out the shamed-in-the-electoral-sense political party into admitting if they stand with a stark raving loony mad minority faction, for the entertainment of the rest of us.  While I find it humorous, I believe the Congress has better things to do.  This will probably ultimately get nowhere, as queen of that loony faction, Michelle Bachman (R-MN), killed this.

If this becomes a 2012 issue, I may have a heart attack laughing.

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Scott Roeder, murderer, is thrilled that he killed George Tiller, doctor, but is rather upset that those who speak so highly of murder in the name of their God (sorry, in the name of what’s right), are not rushing to his defense:

The Kansas City man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller said in an interview he was angry at a major anti-abortion group that he thought had abandoned him.

Scott Roeder also said from jail that he was elated that Tiller was dead and that he knew he could be going to prison for decades.

…a money-shot of a quote comes a little later in the article:

“I told him, ‘You better get your story straight because my lawyer said it’d be good for me to show that I was supporting a pro-life organization.’ ”

…a murdering pro-life person.  Only in Christian America.

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The United States has laid out an overture to Iran to have an open dialog about their nuclear program.  Secretary of Defense Gates made it clear that this offer won’t last forever:

Strains between the United States and Israel surfaced publicly in Jerusalem on Monday, as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates tried to reassure Israelis that American overtures to Iran were not open-ended, and as Defense Minister Ehud Barak of Israel expressed impatience with the Americans for wanting to engage Iran at all.

“I don’t think that it makes any sense at this stage to talk a lot about it,” Mr. Barak said at a joint news conference with Mr. Gates at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, referring to the American offer to talk to Iran about giving up its nuclear program. Nonetheless, he said Israel was in no position to tell the United States what to do.

That last statement represents an Israel that is frustrated with a not-so-warmongering United States these days.  Also, while ultimatums might get the wheels turning, one has to wonder exactly who will even be running the show in Iran by September, as things like this continue:

The Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi spoke out more strongly than ever before on Monday against the arrests and killings of protesters, hours before Iran’s supreme leader ordered the closing of a “nonstandard” prison in an apparent effort to deflect rising criticism over the issue.

“How can it be that the leaders of our country do not cry out and shed tears about these tragedies?” Mr. Moussavi said, in comments to a teachers’ association that were posted on his Web site. “Can they not see it, feel it? These things are blackening our country, blackening all our hearts. If we remain silent, it will destroy us all and take us to hell.”

Mr. Moussavi’s angry tone appeared to reflect the steadily rising toll of those killed — some after being beaten in prison — in the crackdown that followed the disputed June 12 presidential election. A funeral was held in Tehran on Monday for Amir Javadi-Far, a student activist who died in prison after being arrested, and reports emerged of still more deaths.

Photo Set: Camp!

Went out for a photo adventure a couple of weekends ago to an abandoned church camp outside of Howell. Had a great time and took a whole lot of good pictures. Seriously, one of my favorite sets in a while. Give ‘er a look.


( 80 pictures in all )