Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
This latest article in Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi is a must-read. Unf***ing believable.
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Have you noticed the Repeal the Luna Laws signature-gatherers all over Boise - and not just at the Coop? Impressive effort.
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Finally, if you haven't seen these clips of President Obama and Seth Meyers at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner - enjoy! President Obama sticks it to the Donald - it's just wonderful. I am in LOVE with President Obama! Up your butt Donald! You can see him just smoldering in the audience. Maybe it's because of statements like this: "Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic because a fox often appears on Donald Trump's head." LMAO stuff here.
District 19 Rep. Brian Cronin gave an eloquent speech during yesterday's shameful vote on S 1184. I'm very impressed with his voice and leadership on this issue. Thank you Rep. Cronin - you've been one of the few lights in the wilderness this session.
Here's the link to Dan Popkey's articles in The Idaho Statesman today.
My son will graduate in 2017. When he begins his required online courses I can guarantee you, Mr. Luna, that you'll be receiving some feedback from me on the quality of those courses. Or lack thereof, as the case may very well be.
In the meantime, referring to this proposal as "Students Come First" seems Orwellian to me. How about these alternatives?
Students Come First
After Crossing My Campaign Contributors Off the Priority List
Who Can Learn Without TeachersCome First
Students Come First
On Opposite Day
Who Are Lucky Enough to Graduate Before This Plan is EnactedCome First
In Any State But Idaho, Except Perhaps MississippiCome First
Students Come First
Not Really But That’s What They Told Me To Call It
"Let me just clarify ... you're telling me that separation of church and state is found in the 1st Amendment?"Submitted by untamedshrew on Thu, 10/21/2010 - 8:39pm.
Notice how smug she is?
O'Donnell (interpreting Democratic candidate Chris Coons): "Let me just clarify ... you're telling me that separation of church and state is found in the 1st Amendment?"
Coons: "The government shall make no establishment of religion."
O'Donnell: "That's in the 1st Amendment...?" Her tone is as though she's speaking to a young child who is being foolish. There's laughter in the audience, and she looks out and laughs with them, as though Coons is a complete idiot.
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And now ... I'm just going to oh so rudely keep typing so as to fill up enough space that the next time I click on this site, I don't have to see the word "orgasmic" that Tom Paine actually put in the TITLE of his recent post. Don't we have some sort of policy against such public displays of gross-ness? It's bad enough that he disses us every chance he gets ... now he has to start making us ill?
On many levels. If Minnick were in a tight race, an ad like this might at least be understandable. But he's not. So it isn't.
Kevin Richert posted an interesting item about Boise's District 19 on his Idaho Statesman blog yesterday (and it ran in this morning's print edition). Apparently Nicole LeFavour intends to return to the House, and wants Rep. Brian Cronin to run for her Senate seat. However, Anne Pasley-Stuart filed for the seat, catching LeFavour (and perhaps Cronin) off-guard.
I know very little of the relationship between our three legislators here in District 19 (although perhaps one can surmise a thing or two from this situation). But I do know this - I hear a LOT more from LeFavour and Cronin than I ever hear from or about Pasley-Stuart (which is close to nothing). She's never knocked on my door, sent me an email, asked me for money, given me a call, etc. I can't say that I recall any legislation she has carried, or even supported for that matter. Cronin and LeFavour work their butts off. Cronin appears to have ambitions for higher office, and lord knows we could use more young Democrats willing to run.
As such, I'd like to see Brian Cronin have the opportunity to run for Senate, but I'm also interested in hearing more. Any thoughts?
This week’s Rolling Stone has a great article about McCain and the religious “right” written by columnist Matt Taibbi. I love Matt Taibbi. He's so refreshing. He writes about politics much like my friends and I talk about politics. (Except that we aren't lucky enough to travel with the candidates, we aren't as smart, and we generally don't use phrases like "suck ***k." He's a wonderful writer, but his language is definitely not for the easily-offended. One more reason he's so fun to read, IMO.) He's privileged to write for Rolling Stone where he can call it just as he sees it, and often he's laugh-out-loud funny.
In this week's column, "Without a Prayer," Taibbi points out the obvious, that McCain is anything but a born-again, fundamentalist religious wing-nut. “This is not a guy who can get up in front of a church-going crowd in Asscrack, Arkansas, and start weeping to Jesus. In fact, he appears to deeply resent the implication that he needs to genuflect to the baby savior at all. As in, 'Hell, I already lived through five years of torture! You want me to do more?'"
The interesting question is whether the wingnuts will vote for him. James Dobson, who leads Focus on the Family, says no. Does that mean he intends to vote for (gasp) Obama? Surely not. Perhaps he and his minions will be staying home this November. read more »
The California Supreme Court today overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage! This completely made my day. Big big news. Here’s an excerpt from the case:
While retention of the limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples is not needed to preserve the rights and benefits of opposite-sex couples, the exclusion of same-sex couples from the designation of marriage works a real and appreciable harm upon same-sex couples and their children. As discussed above, because of the long and celebrated history of the term “marriage” and the widespread understanding that this word describes a family relationship unreservedly sanctioned by the community, the statutory provisions that continue to limit access to this designation exclusive to opposite-sex couples – while providing only a novel, alternative institution for same-sex couples – likely will be viewed as an official statement that the family relationship of same-sex couples is not of comparable stature or equal dignity to the family relationship of opposite-sex couples. Furthermore, because of the historic disparagement of gay persons, the retention of a distinction in nomenclature by which the term “marriage” is withheld only from the family relationship of same-sex couples is all the more likely to cause the new parallel institution that has been established for same-sex couples to be considered a mark of second-class citizenship. read more »
Last Monday, April 28, Matt Yost took his case against Secretary of State Ben Ysursa straight to the Idaho Supreme Court. In his Petition, Yost asked the Court to order the Secretary of State to reinstate his candidacy, and to declare that voter registration is not a requirement for candidate eligibility, as the SOS has maintained.
Below is a portion of a story about the case that recently ran in the Idaho Statesman.
At issue are two constitutional provisions, according to legal documents filed in the case.
The first, which covers qualifications for an "elector," or someone who can run for office, reads:
"Every male or female citizen of the United States, eighteen years old, who has resided in this state and in the county where he or she offers to vote for the period of time provided by law, if registered as provided by law, is a qualified elector."
The second covers qualifications for election to the Legislature and requires that a legislator "shall have resided within the legislative district one year next preceding the general election at which he offers his candidacy." read more »
Matt Yost is not out of the race against John Andreason in District 15 yet. Matt's attorneys in Boise, with the help of Senator James Ruchti of Pocatello (who is also a lawyer), intend to file a lawsuit this week against Secretary of State Ben Ysursa challenging Ysursa's disqualification of Matt's candidacy.
Here's an excerpt from an article that ran on the front page of yesterday's Idaho State Journal in Pocatello. (Sorry, but I can't provide a link to the entire article because you have to subscribe to the paper to see it.)
Yost, currently a project manager for Snake River Farmers, has lived in Boise since 1989. However, as of November, he will only have been a registered voter for nine months. Ysursa and his office have argued the Constitution's language is explicit, saying a "qualified" elector is any U.S. citizen who has been registered to vote in their district for at least one year. Lawmakers defending Yost argued any citizen who has lived in their district for at least one year is already an elector if they are at least 21 years of age. Ruchti offered three vintage state Supreme Court cases showing proof that the registration requirement was only added for administrative purposes. He further argued that any citizen who has lived in a particular district for several years knows just as much about the area's politics as someone who has been registered to vote for one year. read more »
Today, in Julia Davis Park, the VI and Brandi Swindell held a press conference to announce the possibility that they may push, again, for the return of the 10 Commandments monument to this public park, depending on the outcome of a case the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to hear.
Here's a bit from the VI's press release:
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Utah case (Pleasant Grove v. Summum) that Pleasant Grove would have to add a monument from an anti-Christian organization if it kept a Ten Commandments monument on display on public property. This flawed decision thus denied the city of Pleasant Grove its own constitutional rights to free speech.
But this activist decision has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Court has agreed to hear the case next fall. Attorneys from the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) will be asking the Court to rule that cities have the authority to decide which monuments they will display on public property without having to fear legal action to force them to put up additional and possibly objectionable monuments.
"You don’t have to put up a ‘Statue of Tyranny’ just because you have a ‘Statue of Liberty’ on public display,” said Bryan Fischer, Executive Director the Idaho Values Alliance, echoing arguments advanced by the ACLJ.
"We expect the Court to uphold First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, and to make sure that cities know they can choose to display public monuments without fear of petty litigation,” added Fischer. read more »
This is one of the most remarkable political speeches I have heard in a long time. Instead of distancing himself from the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's recent remarks, as so many politicians today would do, Barack Obama manages to eloquently denounce Reverend Wright's words and at the same time honor the man and his work. read more »
Larry Craig must be so happy to let some other schmuck's sex scandal grab the headlines for a bit. What in the name of god was Eliot Spitzer thinking?
Anyway - here come the jokes. Check this song out.
Here's a question. Can any of you name a female politician caught up in a sex scandal like this? :) (The astronaut in Depends doesn't count.)
The Academy Awards are this Sunday - anyone game for making some predictions? My family has an annual Oscar party and contest every year. My brother is in the film industry, and my mom is retired and a movie buff, so every year they smoke the rest of us. Not this year! I'm gonna win, I can feel it!
Here are the top categories / nominees. I put a *by my picks. I generally pick based on a combination of whether I've seen the movie, what I've read, and who I personally think the winners should be (which is probably why I usually lose). And when we get to the categories like Film Editing and Costume Design, it's just a crap shoot anyway, isn't it?
ACTOR - LEADING
George Clooney - Michael Clayton
*Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones - In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises read more »
Basically, he argues that Senate Bill 1323, which would add to already existing Idaho law by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, presents a "clear and present danger to the civil liberties of good-hearted Idahoans."
He goes on to state that:
It would violate an employer's constitutional right to freedom of association, his basic right to select a work force that represents the values he wants his business to reflect, by giving government the power to drag him into court for making politically incorrect employment decisions.
Huh? He wouldn't know a civil liberty if it bit him in the ass! read more »
Kudos to Senator Kate Kelly!! read more »
By now you all have probably seen the great "Yes We Can" video on You Tube.
Here's the McCain version.
[More photos after the jump]
Wow! What a morning!
My son and I parked at the BSU parking lot in front of the Morrison Center at 7:15 am. (We tried to get to the pavilion by driving down Broadway, but in the first of many cell-phone conversations my brother advised me against it because the traffic was so bad.) As I walked toward the pavilion, I noticed a mass of people standing in front of the business building, still a good distance away from the pavilion. What? It's the line to Door 3? OMG!!! read more »
Jack Van Valkenburgh, ACLU of Idaho Executive Director for the past 18 years, announced today his resignation, effective May 1. (See press release below.)
I have known and worked with Jack for many of those 18 years. I have only the highest respect for him and the courageous, passionate work he's done in Idaho on our behalf. He's one of my heroes.
I wish you all the best mi amigo bueno! Muchas Muchas Gracias!
BOISE, Idaho - Jack Van Valkenburgh, the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, recently submitted a letter of resignation effective May 1, 2008 to his state board of directors. “I love the ACLU, but I’m not getting any younger. After 18 years directing it in Idaho, I think it’s time to pursue some other interests,” said Van Valkenburgh. read more »
Here's a little fun for your Wednesday.