No Big Deal.
Republicans have much more to worry about than fuming about Paul Froehlich who moved his tent from Republican to the Democratic side of the House
or State Sen. Kirk Dillard who seems compelled to praise Barack Obama on the basis of having worked satisfactorily with him in the legislature.
Froehlich appears to have been in an untenable political situation
alternately worrying about primary opposition from conservatives and, if re-nominated, having to face a tough Democratic candidate in a district which has been turning Democratic. Not gifted with many political skills, he decided to switch parties and avoid at least one fight anyhow. For one born without much philosophical ballast, its understandable.
Theres a kind of aura about Obama in exurbia where country clubbers pursue narcissism
where they support trendy candidates for what luster the candidates bring to them rather than what they really feel on the issues. When youre sipping Chardonnay its something of a status symbol to say
fluttering your eyelashes to indicate youre an intellectual
that, I really do want to see Barack electedbecause he gives me hope. Thats all you have to say and some of your fellow country-clubbers will think you are, oh, so deep, so feeling, so above the pettiness and grubby business of politics. Kirk Dillard knows better but his base consists of lots of people like thatso he talks fondly of how nice Barack has been to work with. Harmless, really
even when he does a commercial about it.
If it strikes you as phony, so is all politics
all the players I have met in more than 50 years have been replete with contradictions
so shut up and make the best of it.
Death of Common Sense: (1) Southwick.
Contributor Frank Nofsinger has sent me an excellent piece called the death of common sense which I will relay to you one day. In the meantime, I have culled these two examples of its deathand see if you agree.
The Democrats get themselves so tied in knots trying to pursue their radical pro-homosexual agenda in order to please their base, that they are more to be pitied than condemned. Take the case of Leslie H. Southwick, appointed by President Bush to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. A meticulous attorney and superb jurist, his nomination is being held up by the ten-member Democratic majority on Senate Judiciary because
His homophobic beliefs. Southwick served as deputy assistant attorney general at Justice and as a member of the Mississippi court of appeals from 1995 until 2004 when he deployed to Iraq with the states National Guards 155th brigade combat team. But he falls short of political correctness with two cases for which he was intensively grilled by the Democrats at his confirmation hearings.
In one, Justice Southwick voted to uphold a ruling awarding custody of a young girl to her father instead of her bisexual mother in a decision where he actually referred to
gasp!...the homosexual lifestyle! Everybody knows theres no such thing as a homosexual lifestyle; everybody knows its a phrase of derogation. Look at the Gay Pride parade and you will see they behaved just like anyone else on that occasion. Thats one count against him with the Democrats. The second has to do with a ruling Southwick made agreeing with the majority in which the court ruled that a white social worker, accused of uttering a racial slur against a coworker, citing that while the slur was demeaning he agreed with the Employee Appeals Boards decision that use of the term had not sufficiently affected the workplace to warrant her dismissal.
Because he had not acted in accordance with political correctness on these two issues, the Democrats are refusing to allow him to get an up-or-down vote.
Death of Common Sense: (2) Medical Board.
A North Carolina jury has sentenced Allen Holman to death for chasing his estranged wife while driving a car at high speed and ramming her from behind in full view of a police officer. A jury sentenced him to death in 1998; he dropped his appeals, fired his lawyers and has repeatedly asked the state to impose his death sentence.
But a Wake county (N. C. ) judge has delayed his execution. Why? The state requires a doctor to be in attendance to certify that the criminal is really dead and to sign some forms. But the state medical board says it will censure any physician who does so because a doctors participation in capital punishment is unethical. North Carolina is one of 13 states where the death penalty is on hold because judges cite concerns that inmates could endure extreme pain if lethal injections are administered improperly. Then, too, the AMAs code of ethics points out that it is unethical for a physician to participate in an executionand participation includes everything from administering the injection (well, I can understand this at any rate) to monitoring vital signs (here I cannot).
Here you who know me as a pro-lifer have guessed it. Of course the AMA or the North Carolina state medical board has no qualms about doctors participating in abortions.
I dont know if you saw it the other night but a snatch was played on one of the networks from the Great Britain singing show, Britains Got Talent. Its more than a takeoff on The American Idol but vaguely reminiscent of the old gong show, i.e. its entirely possible that somebody can walk out on the stage and stink up the joint. Anyhow, the experts were ready to laugh the next candidate off the stage when he walked out. Name: Paul Potts. Occupation: a South Wales mobile phone salesman. Potts looked like Jackie Gleasons takeoff of the poor soul. Ill-fitting suit, terrible haircut, lumpy figure. Then he swung into Nessun Dorma and the audience including Britains top critic Simon Cowell (also of Idol) leapt to its feet at his conclusion. You can watch it again on YouTube.
The other day after my friend John Powers and I finished coffee at the Corner Bakery at Old Orchard, we took a turn into Barnes & Noble. John went one way, I another. I spent a good hour and a half there browsing through Christopher Hitchens God is Not Greata defense of his atheism. Of course is received a rave review from liberal critics including The New York Times but just a few instances convinced me that it is the most insufferable hyperbolic bunch of crap I ever read. Herewith:
o Religion produces a maximum of servility. Of course, just as Abraham, Moses and Job exhibited when they argued with God.
When I was young I imagined I could debate with God on some things. He was a very fair debater, allowed me time to make my points and meticulously observed the rules. And He has forgiven me all my sins. I am sensitive to His omnipotence but I dont think I am servile to some of His bishops. (Perhaps I should be.)
o No statistic will ever find that without [religious] blandishments and threats, [atheists] commit more crimes of greed or violence than the faithful. But statistics with which I am familiar show that those who find God
particularly those in addiction
have much lower recidivism than others.
o Religion does not have the confidence in its own various preachings even to allow coexistence with different faiths. Graphically insupportable as the frequent collaboration between Christians and Jews will show. Of those who believe in Islam I am not so sure.
o The nineteen suicide murders of New York, Washington and Pennsylvania were beyond any doubt the most sincere believers on those planes. Again, dramatically insupportable. Todd Beamer, a young graduate of my own school, St. Johns in Minnesota organized the counterattack with the phrase lets roll.
So as you surmised, I didnt buy the book.