Thursday, May 22, 2008

Candidates and their colorful preachers

Barack Obama has gotten (fairly, in my view) tough coverage over his pastor's insane, anti-American rantings. Now it's time for the media to cover the insane rantings of John McCain supporter John Hagee. Hagee has recently said Hitler fullfilled God's will. He is the leader of a group called Christians United for Israel. This name may suggest a harmless group; they are anything but that. They are urging a very hard line on Iran, perhaps hoping that a war with Iran would lead to Armageddon and the Second Coming. Maybe we need to take a hard line with Iran; I am open-minded on that subject. But we do not need religious lunatics pushing us into war to fullfill their insane fantasies.

There cannot and should not be a double standard here. McCain needs to reprimand the comments of Hagee immediately. I believe firmly that religious extremism is the greatest threat to the survival of our planet. The fact that a person is the leader of a church or religious movement does not, at all, make his ideas ipso facto respectable. In fact, it's safe to say that the more religious a person is the less logical he becomes.

Monday, May 19, 2008

California supreme court overreaches

While I have no objection to gay marriage, I cannot endorse the recent decision of the California Supreme Court declaring it a constitutional right. Gay marriage is a question that should be decided by the democratic process. As Justice Marvin R. Baxter so eloquently opined in his dissent, the majority, "not satisfied with the pace of democratic change, now abruptly forestalls that process and substitutes, by judicial fiat, its own social policy views for those expressed by the people themselves." I hesitate to use the word "activist judges," as that is a grossly overused term, but in this case I think it's accurate. In November California as a whole will vote on the issue. I will vote to keep it legal.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Political idiot of the week

It's no contest; Senator Arlen Specter, R-PA is the idiot of the week. (I should tell my Republican readers this is a non-partisan blog so don't assume I'm out to get Republicans). While his constituents are losing their homes, jobs, and health care, Specter has other priorities. What is his main focus today, you ask? Spygate. For those of you who aren't football fans, Spygate is the name of a "scandal" involving the New England Patriots taping the football practices of the New York Jets in the beginning of the 2007 season. Why is a U.S. Senator getting involved in an NFL matter like this? I have no idea, and no one I know seems to have any idea either. His constituents (hopefully) are starting to wonder why their Senator is wasting time and resources on something completely trivial. I have one word for the people of Pennsylvania: Recall!

Liberals vs. Obama

There is a great political rant by a liberal against Obama at this great blog I just saw called The Liberal Rapture. This is an excellent case against Obama. The blogger, rightly in my opinion, calls the Obama movement a cult. My favorite line from the blog: "He has willfully associated with bigots, slumlords and terrorists to further his career. (Yes, William Ayres is a terrorist.)" At my local paper's discussion forum (www.nctimes.com), the Obama fanatics launch the most absurd, unfair attacks against you if you dare criticize their hero.

Paul Krugman, liberal New York Times columnist, also had an excellent column on Obama May 9: (registration required). Krugman points out that Obama is not connecting with blue-collar white voters. Whether because of racial reasons or his elitist comments last month, Obama lost North Carolina and Indiana whites by over 20 points. My guess is that he doesn't do much better in November among these people. I predict (I stress I am not making an endorsement) is that McCain beats him solidly.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Right-wing fool of the week

Congratulations to Laura Ingraham, talk show host, author, and guest host on The O'Reilly Factor (strange how his hosts are never liberal or moderate). She stated, responding to O'Reilly's statement that Iraq was a "mess", that Iraq was doing great and that there had been much progress in that country. Really? How does Ms.Ingraham arrive at this conclusion? Was it the result of careful, dispassionate analysis? Or was it, as I'm inclined to believe, her dogmatic, mediocre mind seeing what she wants to see? In fact, there has not been progress at all. Anyone who reads the newspapers (which would not include President Bush) can easily see that the situation in Iraq is getting worse every month. Unlike Ingraham, I'll produce some evidence to support my assertion:

"U.S. death toll reaches 7-month high, 50 personnel die in April," (San Diego Union Tribune May 1, 2008. (This was the day before a suicide bomb killed 35 more people). The article further says: "Iraqi civilian deaths also remained high following the Iraqi crackdown on Shiite militias." There's a lot more bad news in the article, but the point is--I believe--made. Wake up and smell the civil war, Laura.

I'm not partisan by any means. I'll try to have "left-wing fool of the week" next week.