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July 2005 Archives

July 31, 2005

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about western Islamic groups denouncing terrorism. Like many of us I said 'Finally!' and started reading more about who was saying what. And, just as I was afraid, the media isn't looking close enough at the story to give it an accurate account. With the media, things aren't always what they seem.

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Posted by Rhinehold at 11:50 PM

July 30, 2005

A House Divided

I know, there are probably hundreds of articles written throughout the blogosphere with this title, but I wanted to take a look at the one thing that I think the current group of terrorists are right about. When Al Qaeda decides to attack an American, they don't care if that American is white, black, yellow, rich, poor, southern, etc. All they see is an American joined together by more common goals than separate us from each other. So why can't we see that same thing?

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Posted by Rhinehold at 11:30 AM

July 27, 2005

Reform Campaign Finance Reform

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
Ronald Reagan - 1977

The free choice of private individuals and organizations to support candidates for public office is intrinsic to the very nature of representative democracy. Any private entity must be permitted to donate its time, labor and capital to the candidate of its choice. While no one who believes in democracy would advocate limiting the amount of time or effort private individuals or organizations may contribute to political candidates or their parties, well intentioned but erroneous reformers have made strenuous efforts to severely limit their monetary contributions.

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Are You, or Have You Ever Been a Member of the Federalist Society?

Frustrated by the lack of embarrassing personal details and quotes that are outrageous when repeated out of context, the press has decided that the question of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Federalist Society membership is incredibly important. The suggestion, of course, is that membership in the Society portends some extremists positions that are unacceptable for a Supreme Court justice. As president of the Georgetown Law Center Federalist Society, I can tell you that those who attempt to characterize the Society and its member with a broad, extremist brush show only their own ignorance and agenda.

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July 26, 2005

This (Pharmacists) Madness Must Be Stopped

Several states allow pharmacists to decline to fill prescriptions based on their conscience. Other states are trying to require that pharmacists provide medicines that doctors have prescribed. Now federal lawmakers are holding hearings on so-called 'duty to fill' laws.
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July 23, 2005

The real threat John Roberts represents

I realize we have been discussing John Roberts often here, but tonight I learned something that had been overlooked in the reasons to not support John Roberts. There will be too many *gasp* Catholics on the bench. So I did what I always do, started doing some research on this "Catholic invasion" of the Supreme Court.

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July 15, 2005

The real silent epidemic among children

What is this silent epidemic? Hunger? Lack of educational abilities? Sexual or physical abuse? I was amazed to learn today that according to Senator Hillary Clinton, it is playing violent video games. Obviously, this is such a serious issue that we need to have a Federal investigation. While there are areas I do agree with Senator Clinton, on this one I disagree. The real solutions to this silent epidemic are very simple ones.

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July 14, 2005

Rick Santorum; Poster Boy for Intolerance and Ignorance

Rick Sandorum (R) Pennsylvania could be the poster boy for the intolerance and ignorance that has infested the body politic of the Republican Party like a cancer unchecked by common sense and a firm grasp for the principles of freedom that are supposed to provide the foundation for our Republic. What hateful people those in Republicans Right are turning out to be.

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July 12, 2005

The Curse of the Second Term

I think we might want to seriously consider rescinding the Twenty Second Amendment.

Personally, I would support replacing this amendment with one that creates a single presidential term of six years. Why? Because second term presidents seem to have worse luck than the Chicago Cubs.

But isn't luck really just destiny for the superstitious?

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July 9, 2005

Wanted Political Savior

MWF Seeking M/F for a four year commitment, an additional four year extension is available depending on performance. The desired candidate will demonstrate the ability to unite a majority of over 50 family members. He or she will neither promote nor diminish religion, realizing that there are various faiths and beliefs within our family.

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July 8, 2005

London: Dress Rehearsal for a Dirty Bomb?

Although the horrors and agonies endured by the victims of Thursday's bombings in London were tragically heart rending, the British should be thankful that al-Qaeda's butcher's bill wasn't bloodier. Al-Qaeda murdered thousands of innocent people on September 11th, more than 200 in Bali and nearly as many in Madrid. In Baghdad, a bomb attack that kills 50+ civilians and injure hundreds of others is just another bad day - front-page news, but below the fold.

So what's Osama up to? Is he getting soft in his old age? At the risk of being stigmatized as an alarmist, I don't think so.

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July 1, 2005

Sandra Day O'Connor Retires

Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement from the Supreme Court today. O'Connor was appointed by Ronald Reagan as the first woman on the Supreme Court and has recently built a reputation of being the "swing" vote on many key Supreme Court decisions. Given that O'Connor was a key vote in support of upholding the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade jurisprudence, the fight over this replacement is sure to be an ugly one.

Posted by Misha Tseytlin at 11:12 AM