Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The root of the argument against the Marriage Amendment is the notion that we could suffer unintended consequences because activist judges may apply it contrary to its intent.
In short, the far Left fears that judges will treat this provision in the same way that far Left judges have treated other statutory and constitutional provisions for the last 80-100 years.
While the irony is delicious, perhaps this fear will force the far Left into respect for and utilization of the democratic processes that they have chosen to ignore during that period. After all, to insure that these Chicken Little predictions don't come to pass, leftists will have to support the kind of judges who won't read their own values into statutory/constitutional provisions, and won't re-write the law to suit their own preferences. In short, judges who are unlike those championed by the far Left.
And once again, the far Left demonstrates their utter hypocrisy. "Judicial activism is OK, so long as it's our activists," the far Left is telling us. The possibility of conservative judicial activism is a reason to ignore the democratic will.
Witness the Poodle's (AKA John Kerry) most recent and prominent contribution to the public discourse:
“You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t you get stuck in Iraq.”You can watch the video here.
Now, I have no doubt that the Poodle and/or his apologists will say that he wasn't attacking those who serve, save for President Bush. They will probably say that he was simply belittling the President for his well-known diminished intellectual ability and the fact that his dismal academic record is one reason why American troops are in Iraq. Of course, they will be conceding sub silentio the Poodle's imprecision in the use of the English language --- perhaps he would have been more precise in French --- but never mind that.
Lest we not forget, however, the Poodle's GPA at Yale was one point lower than the President's.
It was for the Shallowford Vasectomy Center, advertising itself as "Not your usual clip joint."
Washington radio now has a comparable ad, one I heard while driving in this morning. WMAL was on the radio, and it had an ad that started out with "Has your ED medication --- Viagra, Cialis, etc. --- let you down in the past?...."
I don't know what they were advertising, but I couldn't help but remember that billboard in Atlanta....
Friday, October 20, 2006
Harrisonburg Man Fired for Supporting Marriage Amendment
RICHMOND – A Harrisonburg man was fired from his job last week apparently for displaying a sign in his personal vehicle that showed his support for Virginia’s Constitutional Amendment defining marriage.
“It appears that Mr. Padilla’s civil rights have been violated in an egregious act of viewpoint discrimination and violation of his right to free speech,” said Victoria Cobb, spokesperson for va4marriage.org. “It is abundantly clear that those who seek to impose same-sex marriage on society are not at all interested in tolerance of other viewpoints. And they are willing to go so far as to destroy a man’s family and take his livelihood to get their way. I believe that when they hear this story, the people of Virginia will be appalled.”
Luis Padilla, an employee of Cargill, a large employer in the Harrisonburg area, was fired from his job last week for displaying a sign on his personal vehicle. The sign read, “Please, vote for Marriage on Nov. 7."
Upon receiving an initial warning from his employer about the sign, Mr. Padilla removed the sign from his personal vehicle, replacing it only after driving his vehicle off company property. Mr. Padilla’s boss had led him to believe that this would be an acceptable course of action. When he returned to work the next day, Mr. Padilla was careful to park his vehicle outside the company parking lot so as to minimize the “offense” the sign allegedly caused to co-workers.
Despite these efforts to comply with his superiors’ demands, company officials terminated Mr. Padilla’s employment, citing concerns about harassment as the basis for their actions. Rita Dunaway, senior Legal Advisor for the Valley Family Forum, a local grassroots chapter of The Family Foundation of Virginia, sent a letter to Cargill urging his immediate reinstatement.
Yesterday, Cargill responded with a letter rejecting that plea. In their letter, Cargill stated, “Cargill is not required to allow Mr. Padilla to impose his beliefs on his co-workers.”
“It is appalling that a company like Cargill that claims to value diversity would terminate an employee for merely expressing an opinion about the Marriage Amendment,” said Mrs. Dunaway. “Companies that truly value diversity encourage, rather than punish, the benign, respectful type of private expression for which Mr. Padilla was fired. There is simply no way that this sign could have been considered harassment.”
“The action taken by Cargill against Mr. Padilla, the father of two young children, is a tragic example of political correctness run amuck,” according to Valley Family Forum Director Dean Welty. “This action exposes the hypocrisy of people who claim to stand for 'tolerance' but who instead do all they can to silence all opposing views. In this case, those who accuse Mr. Padilla of 'harassment' have themselves become the 'harassers'."
“va4marriage.org and The Family Foundation are currently talking with attorneys to determine what legal options are available to Mr. Padilla,” added Cobb. “We hope this action won’t be necessary and that Cargill will do the right thing by reinstating Mr. Padilla immediately and taking aggressive steps to ensure that this kind of employee harassment and intimidation does not occur again.”"
This is entirely consistent with the far Left's and radical homosexual lobby's war on normality, and demand not merely for tolerance, but for acceptance, detailed in places like David Limbaugh's book Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity.
Another story appears in today's Daily News Record, and gives more of the company's viewpoint. It's abundantly clear, however, that the company's actions are political correctness gone mad.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
According to his (majority Liberal) commenters, and Ben, Jim Webb's recently racist comment is merely "stupid," while George Allen's thiry-year-old racist comments --- assuming the verity of his accusers, which I don't --- are immediately relevant and disqualifying.
It's amazing what you can get away with when you have no shame.
(a) Agreeing with anything President Bush says, or
(b) Upholding eternal verities and practices that have proven their worth over time?
Too many these days seem to think the answer is (a). It ain’t. And if the answer is (b), then the ACLU is not out of bounds to call itself in a recent ad “the most conservative organization in America” for opposing the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
That act, so eagerly sought by the Bush administration, weakens the constitutional guarantee of habeas corpus—a right whose recognition in common law goes back to before the Magna Carta of 1215. The ease with which some Republicans have been willing to cast aside almost eight centuries of legal tradition can be called many things, but it cannot be called “conservative.”
Hinkle asks a good first question (one might as vigorously questions the credentials of those who are "willing to cast aside ... centuries of legal tradition" about abortion and "substantive due process" as applied to economic rights, but I digress), but as I pointed out here, the Constitution specifically empowers Congress to suspend the writ, as follows:
"The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it."I suppose one can argue over whether it is appropriate in this case --- I might even agree with them --- but let's not pretend that even suggesting it is unconstitutional. Or that its scope is broader than it is. One incredibly foolish group is even suggesting that it "could allow the government to detain the attorneys themselves as 'enemy combatants.'"
It is equally foolish to challenge the "conservative" credentials of those who believe it to be justified under the circumstances. Unjustified? Perhaps. But please don't merely cite "almost eight centuries of legal tradition" as though the power of that statement alone were sufficient to overcome the threat posed by an enemy unlike any our nation has ever faced, potentially armed with weapons more destructive than any we have ever faced.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Ronald Reagan legalized border crossing in the early eighties to increase cheap labor and break American unions.Now, this is nothing more than a flat lie. To what this nutroots idiot appears to refer is the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986. As it happens, I was on the Hill (working for Congressman George Gekas) and in the House chamber the first time it passed the House in 1984. And as it happens, too, it was passed by a Democrat-controlled House, under the chief sponsorship of Congressman Romano Mazzoli, a Democrat from Kentucky.
'Course, the far Left never lets facts get in the way of a good quasi-Marxist rant.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Funny, but I don't remember hearing the far Left complaining about the harm to democracy when, in 1984, the reverse was true, and the GOP got a majority of congressional votes cast, but Democrats had a large majority of the House.
Contrary to another post below, Gerry Studds is apparently not available.
Jerry says it all.
UPDATE: Here's what the moral conscience of the Democrat Party has to say about an actual Democrat child molester, as opposed to a mere aspiring Republican one.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Maybe if the dominant GOP would actually attack perversion, and live up to the far Left's stereotype, we wouldn't have to face reports of them practicing their perversion on children.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
In any case, while the salutation is inaccurate, here is the Boyish Governor's letter to his e-mail list, bowing out of the 2008 race for the Democrat Presidential nomination:
Contary to what some are suggesting, much said here would make it difficult for Warner to accept the Democrat nod for Vice President.
Nine months ago, I left the office of Governor in Virginia. I was immensely proud of what we had accomplished. We faced historic challenges and got real results.
Upon leaving office, I committed all my time and energy to Forward Together because we need a new direction in America.
Everywhere I’ve traveled, I found hope that we could turn this country around. That Americans are looking for leaders who at this moment of enormous challenge for our country can actually bring us together and get things done.
I’ve heard that regardless of the depth of dismay at the direction President Bush has taken our country, rank and file Democrats are energized, and want ours to be a party of hope, not of anger.
I am especially proud of the work we’ve done in supporting those kinds of candidates throughout America.
We got a lot done.
Forward Together has contributed more money this year to Democratic candidates and party organizations than any other federal leadership PAC. Our effort raised over $9 million.
I headlined 86 events in 25 states to help raise or directly donate $7.3 million to Democrats this cycle.
And our work is not done—especially at home in Virginia, where I continue to work to help Jim Webb win.
But this has also been another kind of journey—one that would lead to a decision as to whether I would seek the Democratic nomination for President.
Late last year, I said to Lisa and my girls, “Let’s go down this path and make a decision around Election Day.”
But there were hiring decisions and people who’ve put their lives on hold waiting to join this effort.
So about a month ago, I told my family and people who know me best that I would make a final decision after Columbus Day weekend, which I was spending with my family. After 67 trips to 28 states and five foreign countries, I have made that decision.
I have decided not to run for President.
This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday, and then we took my oldest daughter Madison to start looking at colleges.
I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what I’d been thinking about for many weeks—that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge—at this point, I want to have a real life.
And while the chance may never come again, I shouldn’t move forward unless I’m willing to put everything else in my life on the back burner.
This has been a difficult decision, but for me, it’s the right decision.
It’s not a decision I have easily reached. I made it after a lot of discussion with my family and a few close friends, and ultimately a lot of reflection, prayer, and soul-searching.
Let me also tell you what were not the reasons for my decision.
This is not a choice that was made based on whether I would win or lose. I can say with complete conviction that—15 months out from the first nomination contests—I feel we would have had as good a shot to be successful as any potential candidate in the field.
As for my family, Lisa and our three girls have always had a healthy amount of skepticism, but would have been willing to buckle down and support the effort. I love them all and appreciate their faith in me.
So what’s next?
First, I know that many friends, staff and supporters who have been so generous with time, ideas, energy, and financial support will be disappointed.
My decision does not in any way diminish my desire to be active in getting our country fixed. It doesn’t mean that I won’t run for public office again.
I want to serve, whether in elective office or in some other way. I’m still excited about the possibilities for the future.
In the short-term, I am going to do everything I can do make sure Democrats win in 2006. It’s an exciting year to be a Democrat. I leave shortly to go to Iowa to support folks running for state and congressional office. Hope they are still excited to see me.
I want to thank the thousands of Americans who have donated to Forward Together, hosted me in their homes, shared their ideas, and given me encouragement.
I also want to thank all of the staff and key advisors at Forward Together who have created a great organization. If we had chosen to go forward, I know they had the skills, talent, and dedication to take us all the way.
And finally, as I have traveled the country, I have been amazed at what pent-up positive energy for change exists.
In my speeches, I always acknowledge that what disappoints me most about this administration in Washington is that with all the challenges we face . . . and the tragedies we have experienced, from 9-11 to Katrina . . . that the President has never rallied the American people to come together, to step up, to ask Americans to be part of the solution.
I think a number of our party’s potential candidates understand that. I think, in fact, we have a strong field. A field of good people. I think they’re all hearing what I heard: that Americans are ready to do their part to get our country fixed. I wish them all well.
And I want to say thanks to all who’ve been part of this effort.
'Course, he lied about taxes ....
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Steve also laughs at those who worry about the Marriage Amendment affecting their rights. Not sure if it's for the same reason that I do. After all, there's still that pesky Fourth Amendment protecting perverts from the prying eyes of the State.
That is, of course, if they keep their private perversions private.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I hear Gerry Studds and Dan Crane are available to serve as co-chairmen, or co-chairs, or whatever.
Now, as anyone knows, authors of letters and op-eds are not responsible for headlines; editors are. And to be sure, the letter's author stated the facts accurately: that Webb served for four years in the Reagan Administration, but only for ten months as Navy Secretary.
So the question arises: Why would a Potomac News editor inaccurately state Webb's credentials? I can think of many reasons, but it is highly doubtful that "it was just a mistake" is the most likely, even if the possibility will probably be enough to allow the individual in question to keep his or her job.
If, indeed, the publisher of the Potomac News even cares.
In a related story, the New York Times expresses surprise that keeping criminals in jail lowers the crime rate.
Monday, October 09, 2006
With this donation, Warner demonstrates either that he supports queer "marriage," or is too stupid to recognize the specious nature of the "unintended consequences" nonsense.
And this guy thinks he's presidential material?!?!
Thank you, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
UPDATE: The United States Geological Service reports a 4.2 magnitude tremor resulting from the test.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
I spoke with Tyler this evening, and gave him a little relevant family history. My uncle and namesake, 1st Lieutenant William James Schreffler (also an Eagle Scout), was one of the pilots on the flight, but did not survive the crash. A Life magazine story about the crash appeared at the time, because the hero of the affair was a black airman who helped save his fellow crewman, a newsworthy happenstance in 1957.
Scout's effort honors bomber crewman
HERO: Plaque placed on wreckage explaining how man saved others.
By JOSEPH DITZLER
Anchorage Daily News
Published: August 9, 2006
Last Modified: August 9, 2006 at 03:34 AM
WASILLA -- Nearly 50 years on, Staff Sgt. Calvin K. Campbell still looks like a hero.
A flight mechanic, Campbell, 34 at the time, of San Antonio, Texas, was awarded the Soldier's Medal for his deeds on Nov. 15, 1957. A TB-29 Superfortress in which he was a crewman crashed in the Talkeetna Mountains 15 miles north of Wasilla that night. The plane had lost its way while southbound over the Susitna Valley and plowed into the mountains in bad weather.
Six of 10 aboard died outright. Campbell, the only crewmen unhurt, pulled the three other survivors to safety, and then wrapped them, some seriously injured, in sleeping bags and parachutes to keep them warm until rescued the following day.
Campbell's crewmen credited his quick response with saving their lives. In the process, Campbell incurred a shoulder sprain and frostbite.
"If it weren't for him, we wouldn't be here," Tech. Sgt. Manuel Garza told the Anchorage Times shortly after the crash.
The aircraft wreckage still rests on what since then has been known as Bomber Glacier. A tough four- or five-hour hike to reach, it gets little casual tourist traffic.
But since July 22, anyone who visits the site will know the story behind the wreckage, and how Campbell became a hero to his surviving crewmates.
An Anchorage Boy Scout working on his Eagle rank service project erected a bronze plaque on the bomber itself. The plaque, placed by Tyler Adams, 17, also lists the names of the bomber crew and backers who made the project possible.
Adams, encouraged by his father, Steven Adams, an accountant with NANA Development Corp., over the past year planned, researched and, with the help of four friends and numerous backers, hauled the 24-by-18-inch, 47-pound plaque to the site. J&T Foundry and Design of North Pole made the plaque, Tyler said.
He plans to deliver a copy of the plaque to the Alaska Veterans Memorial at Byers Lake, 28 miles north of Talkeetna. That way, more people will read the crash story and appreciate Campbell's story, he said.
Adams, who graduates in 2007 from Bartlett High School, said he got the idea for the memorial plaque during a hiking trip to the site, situated on a glacier at 6,600 feet above sea level and just over the northeast ridge above the Reed Creek drainage.
"I was just hiking around ... and thinking of an Eagle Scout project," he said. "It is a really amazing story."
Inspiration proved the easy part, he said.
He set about researching the crash, first on Google, the Internet search engine; then in the archives of the Anchorage Daily News; and in the office of historian at Elmendorf Air Force Base, where the plane was based.
Adams said he learned the surviving crewmen had all died in the intervening years. He still hopes to locate members of their families in time for a service dedicating the second plaque.
Adams and four fellow Scouts from Troop 25, sponsored by the Chugach Foothill Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rode with the plaque to the bomber, courtesy of a helicopter flight supplied by Security Aviation.
The plaque, said Steven Adams, troop scoutmaster at the time, was "designed so a couple kids could hump it in and take care of business. But by the time everybody got their words in, we were sure glad there was a helicopter."
The Scouts -- Adams, Jordan and Jared Bisby, Dan Novakovich and Nick Bilak -- also hoisted 10 American flags at the site, flags that U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska provided. The flags had all flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and Adams would like to present them to the families of the crewmen.
"We're hoping to get word out to the families of these folks," his father said.
The more immediate search, door-to-door and phone-call-by-phone-call, was for backers to underwrite the cost of the plaques, about $2,000.
"That was the hardest and longest part of this project," Adams said.
Success came bit by bit, either in the form of money or services rendered. Everyone he approached, "from a car maintenance shop to Alaska Airlines," gave something.
He said he learned something about the art of persuasion through this project, as well as presentation. "I was learning a whole new degree of professionalism," Adams said.
What a fine young man. God bless the Boy Scouts.
It's pathetic, but juxtaposes with a refreshing honesty from Greg Bouchillon.
UPDATE: Poor Howling Latina doesn't like criticism. 'Course, when you misspell something once, it's a mistake. When you do it twice, it's ignorance.
Perhaps she should change her name to "Howling Idiot."
Friday, October 06, 2006
The Republican Party has gone to such lengths to demonize homosexuality that it must pain the leadership to reveal that such a thing as a gay Republican congressman could even exist.Does the Washington Post even require its writers to have taken a history course? It's not "the Republican Party" that has "demonize[d] homosexuality"; it's 5000 years of civilized society that has condemned it. Of course, that millenia of human experience condemns homosexuality stands as a rather strong counterpoint to the radical homosexual agenda is a fact that tends to militate against adoption of that agenda.
And never mind that the open secret that was Congressman Mark Foley's perversion never seems to have harmed his standing among his GOP peers until he there was evidence that he apparently started preying on underage Pages.
Another fine example of a far Lefty trying to have it both ways. And that the radical homosexual agenda isn't about tolerance; it's about legislating acceptance and validation. And while intolerance might be categorized as "bigotry," refusing to validate homosexual behavior assuredly is not.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Far Left Moonbats: Orwellian to the core.
Belief in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as a Living Document of inclusion not exclsuionJust to make sure that you understand 'em.
Since our Socialist agenda is contrary to the Constitution and the desires of a still-freedom-loving electorate, and we lack the courage to actually try to amend the document (like getting rid of that pesky Second Amendment), we need unelected judges to re-write the fundamental law to achieve our unpopular goals.
Life, Liberty and the Persuit of Happiness for All
... except for the unborn, and those who actually achieve, who are cows to milk to fund our Socialist agenda.
Fairness and Equal Opportunity for All
Of course, "fairness" means whatever we want it to mean, and whatever happens to be expedient on any particular day. Substitute "outcome" for "opportunity."
Protection of the Environment
Remember that part about the Constitution? Well, forget about it as far as your property is concerned. It's particularly important that we have judges who treat it as a "living" document, since we need to read all of its protections of property out of it.
Quality Public Education
Of course, by "quality" we mean "mediocre." And by "public," we mean "government" and "teachers-union" controlled.
Economic Justice for All
Except for those nasties who build a better mousetrap and make obscene profits, who are cows to milk to fund our Socialist agenda. And if you believe "economic justice" means "each getting his dues,i.e., getting paid what he is worth in a free-market economy," then you just haven't been paying attention.
Living Wage Jobs
Read: government-mandated (but not -funded) welfare for people too stupid and/or lazy to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available in a free-market economy. Of course, we want to get rid of the free market.
Read: government-dependency for old people, who vote. Remember, because this is important: He who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.
Read: Higher taxes.
Workers' Representation and Collective Bargaining
Read: forcing elitist union bosses on workers who are too stupid to know that they need a union, and making them pay for the privilege. And after all, if we can't have union bosses extracting forced dues for politics under the guise of worker "representation," how else are we going to fund our unpopular politicians?
Affordable Health Care, Housing, Utilities and Food
Read: Ridiculously higher taxes.
Homeland Security and Strong National Defense
Always last on our agenda. And, of course, secondary to virtually every preceding item. And every problem in the world can be traced to America. It's our fault. Blame America first. We have so much for which to atone.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I can't say I disagree with him --- I've known the Allens for years, and believe that George is wise to recognize her as his greatest political asset --- but this line pretty much sums up Greg's credibility to speak to the issue:
When I have to step up and clean up the trash in the blogosphere, something is seriously wrong.Sanctimony is always unattractive. Particularly when it's unsupported --- or, indeed, is contradicted (particularly funny on a blog started pseudonymously was the complaint about someone "who lacked the courage to confront me") --- by a record.
Actually (H/T to Jerry), the Wall Street Journal has it just about right:
[I]n today's politically correct culture, it's easy to understand how senior Republicans might well have decided they had no grounds to doubt Mr. Foley merely because he was gay and a little too friendly in emails. Some of those liberals now shouting the loudest for Mr. Hastert's head are the same voices who tell us that the larger society must be tolerant of private lifestyle choices, and certainly must never leap to conclusions about gay men and young boys. Are these Democratic critics of Mr. Hastert saying that they now have more sympathy for the Boy Scouts' decision to ban gay scoutmasters? Where's Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on that one?Of course, in Foley's case, we're talking about perverse fantasies, not actual practice. It's appropriate to remember how Democrats reacted to actual perversion:
This is harsher treatment than was meted out in the past to some Members of Congress who crossed another line and actually had sexual relations with underage pages. Democrat Gerry Studds of Massachusetts was censured in 1983 for seducing a male teenage page, but remained in the House for another 13 years and retired, according to the Boston Globe, with a rich pension.Jerry has written another good post about the whole imbroglio, as well, noting the utter confusion of the far Left, in whose circles homosexual behavior is supposed to be acceptable.
Thankfully, we have the New York Times to makes these fine distinctions between acceptably perverse behavior, and unacceptably perverse behavior.
Monday, October 02, 2006
It's a girl! ... well, you may have already known that, but I'm very pleased to let you know that Grace Amira Frederick has finally arrived!Gracie was born at 12:06am on Friday, September 29th. She was an even 8 pounds, and 20 inches long. Praise God, baby and mom are doing great -- happy, healthy, grateful, and incredibly blessed.Amy and Gracie checked out of the hospital Saturday afternoon with a clean bill of health (but lots of recovery for Amy) and came home to a great welcome surrounded by family.Thanks to so many of you for all of your prayers, love, support, friendship, and well wishes. We look forward to seeing you soon and introducing you our beautiful gift from God.-JMF.