Friday, July 03, 2009

Don't go away mad, just go away

She stepped down in part because the national media attacked her? I hope that people remember that if that moron runs again in 2012.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

I do this every year, but TODAY is the actual anniversary of independence. On July 2, 1776, the 2nd Continental Congress adopted Richard Henry Lee's resolution that these colonies "are, and of right to be, free and independent states." [The actual declaration document was adopted on the 4th--I guess the 4th of July either had a better ring to it or a better press agent. Besides, you'd have to change all the white sale flyers]

As John Adams, the leading light of independence, wrote to Abigail:

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

So you all have my permission to take today off!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

From the Governor

Office of the Governor

I am sure that everyone in this great state knows of my recent actions. I have embarrassed myself and damaged my family, this office and this state. After careful and prayerful reflection, I have made the difficult decision to stay in office and continue to say really stupid shit.

Thank you.

Governor Mark Sanford

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

No More Excuses

Does John Cornyn know something we don't? Because that's the message he sent out after Al Franken finally won his seat and his day in court. Clearly, Repug Sen. Cornyn is counting on the Dems reverting to their historic spineless form, hence his mocking challenge. What's he got to lose?

The truth is, the Democratic Party shouldn't be cowed by Cornyn's trash talking, simply because Cornyn happens to be right in this instance.

Elections have consequences. The Democrats have a SUPERMAJORITY in the United States Senate for the first time in a generation. The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled, Norm Coleman has conceded, and Mr. Franken goes to Washington ... AT LAST.

Sixty votes. Count 'em, 60: SIX-ZERO.

Got that, President Obama? Got that, Harry Reed? Excuse my French, but SCREW THE REPUBLICANS. (No more than they're screwing themselves, anyway.)

Time to pass Healthcare reform, RE-REGULATE WALL STREET, and start implementing a green energy economy.

Is there reason to be optimistic? Sadly NO, not as long as there are six or seven ConservaDem DINOS tiptoeing through the tulips in the Senate, while President Obama persists in his tired appeals to "bipartisanship" only to have the Repugnants slam his policies like a piƱata.

Time to stand and deliver, Mr. President -- if you must, make the jellyfish in the Democratic Party GROW A SPINE.

Obama-Be-Bobby. We'll see.

Will MN finally have two senators? - YES

MN Supreme Court rules unanimously (the real kind, not the Limbaugh kind) in favor of Franken. Will Pawlenty finally sign the certificate and declare this debacle at an end, or will he hold up the GOP standard and continue disenfranchising his state?

Apparently, Coleman conceded. Now we've got 60. Let's get something done.

Sotomayor and the Supremes

In the bizarro world that the gelatinous Rush Limbaugh inhabits, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Circuit Judge Sotomayor is a racist.

What a joke.

Title VII discrimination law is a VERY complex area in which the previous Supreme Court precedents on disparate impact were muddled at best. Judge Sotomayor did NOT write the opinion (which admittedly was rather brief given the complexity of the matter and the importance of the case) which 1) AFFIRMED the district court's holding, 2) was consistent with controlling, while murky, precedent, 3) was left undisturbed by the 2nd Circuit sitting en banc (and Rush, that doesn't mean where you go to cash a check) and 4) would have been affirmed by FOUR Supreme Court justices, while the conservatives and Kennedy actually re-wrote the law in their opinion.

The case shows one thing, and one thing only--she is a jurist sitting smack dab in the middle of the American legal mainstream.