Friday, May 28, 2010


Ron Paul's Civil Rights Act?

In an interesting bit of irony considering the political headlines of the last couple of weeks, Rep. Ron Paul made a little bit of history last night:  He was one of five House Republicans to vote for repealing "don't ask, don't tell"  (the measure passed 234-294, with 26 Democrats voting against ). The other four GOPers?  Brand-new House member Charles Djou of Hawaii,  Vietnamese-American Anh "Joseph" Cao of Louisiana, Cuban-American Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Judy Biggert of Illinois.  In case you couldn't tell from the names and description, that means Paul was -- as noted effusively on Twitter -- the only white male Republican to vote for repeal. 

Given how much attention made to the against-conventional-wisdom view of Paul and his son, Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul, about the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act, this vote is both surprisng and maybe less so.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


New York Goes Bowling!!

Yeah, yeah, we got it. Deal with it!


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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


A Turn For Trini

The home country has elected its first female prime minister. Kamla Persad-Bissessar defeated perennial incumbent Patrick Manning and long-time dominant -- and corrupt -- People's National Movement party. Good luck to Mrs. Persad-Bissessar and her coalition's reform agenda.  However, considering the description of the two candidates' platforms, that's a tough order: 

Ahead of Monday's vote, Persad-Bissessar promised more community-based policing, higher pensions and a fund for children who need medical treatment they can only get elsewhere.
Manning, who also served as prime minister for four years in the early 1990s, highlighted his government's spending on education and training programs for young people. His campaign warned that the economy could suffer from handing the vital energy sector to a government without Manning's experience.

Higher pensions and government health care for children?  Hmmm....



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