Friday, October 27, 2006

Happy Birthday, Pat Tillman.

Via truthdig and myspace
After Pat’s Birthday
By Kevin Tillman

Posted on Oct 19, 2006

It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us without a voice… until we got out.

Much has happened since we handed over our voice: Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that. ...

Go read the rest.

Then go vote.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

If you don't have anything bad to say about someone, don't say anything at all

Negativity in Nevada.

Maurice Washington is running to keep his seat in the Nevada state senate, and I caught his ad against his opponent, John Emerson.

The worst things Washington could dredge up against his opponent was that he supports the ACLU and has endorsements from major labor unions. including both major teachers unions. Worse yet - oh horrors - the Emerson opposes the death penalty.

Or in other words - Emerson is a Democrat. God, the man's incisive command of the subtle nuances of the principles involved is just boggling.

Want to know where Washington stands on the death penalty?

Washington has cast votes against banning the death penalty for juveniles in Nevada, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the practice constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
Opposes the ACLU and wants to execute children. Clearly the problem with our society is the lack of good old-fashioned lynchings.

The rest of the story shows why Washington isn't running on his record of positive social achievements.

It just stuns me that a black minister - would go on record as being against civil rights, against unions and against good education, while being for killing more people - people who are statistically poor, black and minority citizens; citizens with civil rights, despite convictions.

To me, "Conservatism" involves conserving things that you, personally know to be of value. Seems to me that a black man who was born in 1956 - a year before me - should have some appreciation for the forces that made it possible to reach as high as he has. And it seems to me that a minister should have some concept of What Jesus Would Do.

But, somehow, I don't think Washington's Jesus is the same as Martin Luther King's, so I guess that's why he has to be a Republican.

And then there is the case of our US Senator, the distinguished hair and teeth from Nevada.

"Senator Ensign Might As Well Be From Texas"

Oh, why did I know that John Ensign would get down-low and make use of this supposed "carpetbagger" issue? I did a little research on this a while back and it turned out that not one of the Senators elected to John Ensign's seat were born in Nevada. This includes the ensignificant Senator himself: Ensign was born in Roseville, California. His family moved to Nevada when he was a child. His mo...
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Ensign is actually having to work to maintain his lead against Carter against increasing blog buzz, and against the damned accurate observations that he really doesn't do one hell of a lot for us. I can understand that going negative is a huge temptation - but first, you should have something bad to say. The worst thing he can come up with is "he ain't from around here." Indeed, it establishes that Carter is an unusually well-traveled man.

With all that money slushing and sloshing about his coffers, the most damning thing he could come up with is something that Carter himself talks about at length? I suppose Ensign really can't run on his own record, either - seeing that's what Carter is doing.

Imagine the horrible specter of a politician from Nevada who's most questionable judgements have been to move to Las Vegas from Bermuda and to wear a bucket hat in public. How could we possibly live that down?

His "Vote for me, I have great hair and I love kittens" ads were less embarrassing. I'm really tired of being embarrassed by my political representatives and my government.

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