Colorado's best political commentator, Mike Littwin, eviscerates Senate candidate Cory Gardner over Gardner's sudden 180 degree shift on the "personhood" amendment. He was for it, then, as soon as he found himself in a state-wide race--a state which rejected "personhood" by 3-1--he got political religion and flip-flopped. Snippet:
Even though Gardner was running for Congress and the issue was on the ballot and it was being widely discussed and he was passing out petitions in support of the personhood amendment and everyone else in Colorado knew what the amendment would do, Gardner says he somehow didn’t understand the bit about contraception.
Now this makes him either not too bright or not too curious or not too honest — and since he is both bright and curious, you can see the difficulty.
I don't care for his theology much, but, nevertheless, have always had considerable respect for Billy Graham, especially in his later years.
True, Graham was late on civil rights and, at one time, was a rather vigorous anti-semite. He waved the Nixon flag with gusto because he considered Nixon the most righteous of politicians, in his naivete not realizing that Nixon had suckered him from the beginning.
Toward the later years of his life, Graham became more ecumenical, and less divisive. He sought common ground, and became more irenic in his attitude.
His son, Franklin, is more like the early Billy than the late one. He loves him some Vladimir Putin because Putin knows how to bash gay people, unlike that wuss, Pres. Obama.
“Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue — protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda — Russia’s standard is higher than our own?”
Oh, that "homosexual agenda"! It has been depressing enough to see our foreign policy revolve around questions of "showing strength" or "showing weakness," as if foreign policy were about the mental world of adolescent boys. Now Putin is a moral guide as well as a bare-chested warrior? The apple fell at least a little ways from the tree when Franklin was born.
According to Quinnipiac's latest poll, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper enjoys solid leads against all his primary challengers: 48-39 vs. ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo, 46-40 vs. Secretary of State Scott Gessler, 47-37 vs. state Sen. Greg Brophy, 47-38 vs. former state Sen. Mike Kopp.
Curiously, the poll also noted that, by a 52-43 margin, Coloradans opposed stricter new gun control laws, but they support requiring background checks for all gun buyers by an 86-13 margin!
By a vote of 72-42, the Kansas House of Representatives has taken a stand in favor of "religious freedom" by denying same-sex couples their rights under the law. The bill would deny services, including unemployment benefits and foster care, to same-sex couples. (The bill offers no exemption from taxation for same-sex couples, however.)
State Rep. Charles Macheers (R), one of the bill’s staunchest advocates, argued that the provision was designed to prevent discrimination against religious individuals during a speech on the House floor Tuesday.
The bill enables "religious individuals" to continue to discriminate against gays because...because...because...freedom! Yeah, that's the ticket! The freedom to harrass homosexuals must not be infringed upon!
Why does one have the feeling that these people are about a notch from trying to reinstate slavery?
In a 1947 report on communist infiltration in the movie industry, the FBI considered "It's a Wonderful Life" to be "communist propaganda." It shows rich people as "mean and despicable characters" and it "maligns the upper class"--yep, that's communist all right.
Ken Starr was the Captain Queeg of special prosecutors. He kept fishing around in Lake Clinton, looking for any nibble which would justify impeaching the (person he supposed was a) lout. He investigated every phone call either Bill or HIllary Clinton ever made, and investigated every check they ever wrote--and that was just for starters.
While he could find nothing good in the Clinton's, Starr has managed to come to the defense of a family friend who is also a confessed child abuser. Christopher Kloman abused abolescent women repeatedly over a 20 year period. The youngest of his victims was 11 years old. Said Starr:
Mr. Kloman is currently repenting for his past sins and will continue to do so if given a chance to serve his community and neighbors. Community service would be a far better punishment than having him languish in jail.
Ken Starr is also president of Baylor University, the premiere baptist college in the country.
I was a freshman in high school, in chemistry class, sitting next to Roger Workman at the third table from the front in the middle aisle.
It was about 12:30 p.m. when the principal of the school, Arnold Anderson, his voice crackling through the intercom, announced that President Kennedy had been shot. He didn't say if he was dead, only that he had been shot. About ten minutes later, Anderson confirmed the President had died.
That weekend was a marathon of black-and-white television--Huntley and Brinkley, Cronkite, and Smith foremost, each with their retinue of reporters. Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin, was killed on live television.
The procession of the President's body through the streets of Washington on the way to the funeral contained several elements now considered iconic--the riderless horse, JFK Jr'.s salute, the cadence of the drums, world leaders such as Charles DeGaulle and Haile Selassie leading the international delegations. Most Americans over the age of 60 will remember this:
It wasn't long before the official story of the assassination, the Warren Report, was called into question by a number of reporters and writers. In a short period of time, most Americans became convinced that the assassination of JFK involved a conspiracy of some sort. In the 1970's, the House Select Committee on Assassinations agreed with them.
In more recent years, revisionists such as Gerald Posner and Vincent Bugliosi have argued that the Warren Commission basically got it right. Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin, and he fired three shots at President Kennedy, including the final and fatal one that struck the front part of his head.
The Zapruder film clearly shows President Kennedy's head being driven back, apparently by a shot from the front. The revisionists want to argue that the Zapruder film shows Kennedy's head move slightly forward at impact before an "exploding nerve" drove his head backward.
In other words, even though, with his head being struck in the front and exploding backward, it looks as though the President was shot from the front, he really wasn't. They might as well be saying, "Who you gonna believe? Us, or your own lyin' eyes."
John F. Kennedy presided over the United States at the heighth of its power and influence. World War II had ended only 15 years before his election, and we were still enjoying the benefits and advantages of victory. We were well on our way to repairing the damage done by the Great Depression. Our military power was such that Kennedy could stare down the Soviets over Cuba.
After his assassination, nothing seemed quite right. Hopeful and optimistic at the beginning of the decade, America sunk into recriminations and hostility, even near chaos, by the decade's end. Many Americans, inspired by JFK, went into politics in the early 60's. By the late 60's, politics was out.
It has been 50 years since that fateful day, but his death still haunts us. Politicians of all stripes, but especially Democrats, tried to mimick the Kennedy style and associate themselves with his energy and "vigor." They all sounded inauthentic and "tinny."
Was John F. Kennedy a great President? Yes. He was smart enough to end-run the military hawks on Cuba, and tough enough to make Khrushchev blink. To his political detriment, he embraced the civil rights movement. In his American University speech of 1963, he was looking forward to a world that was not bogged down by intractible ideological conflict.