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Archive for May, 2008

Why Ron Paul Lost

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Politics, Ron Paul

At least one Ron Paul supporter is willing to take a sober, unbiased look at why their candidate lost and comes up with a list of several factors:
No name recognition: The main reason there was a lot of “buzz” about some can[d]idates is that they were well known. Huckabee and Romney were governors, Guilliani was [...]

Hillary’s Last Stand

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics

It’s a big weekend for Hillary Clinton’s potemkin village-like Presidential campaign.
There’s the Puerto Rico (Motto: We can’t vote in November, but our votes count anyway) Primary on Sunday.
And, today, the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meets:
When Democratic Party leaders voted on Aug. 25, 2007, to sanction Florida Democrats for moving up the date of their [...]

Obviously Not A Delivery To Trust To The Post Office

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under In The News, Science, Space Exploration

The Space Shuttle Discovery will be launched today with a very important delivery for the International Space Station:
May 30 (Bloomberg) — A scheduled NASA shuttle launch tomorrow has taken on new urgency as the crew of the International Space Station awaits delivery of a part to repair the outpost’s only toilet.
The shuttle Discovery will take [...]

If You Don’t Like The Rules, Leave The Club

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

The Catholic Church is moving to excommunicate Catholics who have participated in unsanctioned, and illegal under Canon Law, ordinations of women priests:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication.
The [...]

It Depends On What The Meaning Of “Unite” Is

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, History, Politics

Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton was calling for uniting behind the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee:
Bill Clinton said in South Dakota recently that he has “never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running” and attacking a “frantic effort to push her out,” adding that no one asked Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson or Gary Hart [...]

To The Barricades, March !

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under In The News

The Governor of New Jersey has, apparently, declared war on the Garden’s State’s smallest towns:
 MOONACHIE, N.J. — Driving down County Road 503, if you blink, you might miss this borough.
There’s East Rutherford, then Carlstadt, then Moonachie, then — whoosh– faster than the car radio can play the latest hit single, you’re in Little Ferry, the [...]

The Three Kinds Of Republicans

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Politics

At The Next Right, Jon Henke divides the Republican coalition in to three basic factions:
Progressive Republicans (aka: Teddy Roosevelt Republicans) – These are the Republicans who may be solid allies on many issues, but who also seem to want a Great Leader who can do Big Things. They are Crusader Conservatives – generally reliable on [...]

Old Bob Dole, Same As The Even Older Bob Dole

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Politics, Scott McClellan

Let’s get in the Wayback Machine and go back in time to 1995:
A chorus of angry voices was Hollywood’s reaction today to comments by Bob Dole, the Senate majority leader and leading Republican Presidential aspirant, who condemned entertainment executives for debasing the nation’s culture.
Across Hollywood, the consensus was that Mr. Dole’s comments, which he delivered [...]

What’s Wrong With Washington, Chapter XXXVIII

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under Congress, Politics

Yet another politician who leaves office, only to turn around and take the bucks from a lobbying firm:
Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has agreed to join the lobbying law firm Dickstein Shapiro as a senior adviser, the District-based firm said yesterday.
Hastert served as speaker from 1999 to 2006. He resigned his House seat, [...]

Bob Barr Responds To Mike Huckabee

by @ Friday, May 30th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Bob Barr, Mike Huckabee, Politics

The Libertarian Party’s candidate for President responds to Mike Huckabee’s fear of libertarians:
In a widely quoted online interview posted yesterday on the Huffington Post, former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), a former Republican presidential primary contender, blamed the recent Republican losses in special elections on what he termed a “new brand of libertarianism, which is social [...]

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