More important than the fact that Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s appellate ruling simply was overturned yesterday was that her ruling was that she treated the meritorious (and ultimately victorious) claims of the New Haven fire fighters so dismissively.
It seems that in Sotomayor’s world race-neutral, merit-based promotion systems are scarcely even worthy of consideration as legal and legitimate. For her, a subjective standard of judicial “empathy” trumps not only basic fairness but also the need to give basic fairness any serious consideration.
With his usual eloquence and wit, the venerable Mark Steyn on National Review Online makes a terrific point about the connection between centralized state spending & power and bizarre behavior by politicians:
The real bubble is a consequence of big government. The more the citizenry expect from the state, the more our political class will depend on ever more swollen Gulf Emirâ€“sized retinues of staffers hovering at the elbow to steer you from one corner of the fishbowl to another 24/7. â€œWhy are politicians so weird?â€ a reader asked me after the Sanford press conference. But the majority of people willing to live like this will, almost by definition, be deeply weird. So big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits. Itâ€™s just a question of how well they disguise it. Writing about Michael Jackson a few years ago, I suggested that todayâ€™s A-list celebs were the equivalent of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria or the loopier Ottoman sultans, the ones it wasnâ€™t safe to leave alone with sharp implements. But, as Christopher Hitchens says, politics is showbusiness for ugly people. And a celebrified political culture will inevitably throw up its share of tatty karaoke versions of Britney and Jacko.
After this past week, it’s easy to be reminded that Americans have gotten a raw deal, one they unfortunately all too often continue to enable. I like Steyn’s solution: “Burst the Bubble” of big government.
The Obama administration’s operational strategy is to appeal to peer pressure.Â We are embarrassed to be the only nation besides Somalia that hasn’t ratified the treaty, aren’t we?Â No.
The mistaken focus is on the means, rather than the end.Â If there are facts about how American and Somalian children are poorly treated due to the countries not ratifying this treaty, please come out with them.Â Otherwise, this argument doesn’t explain why we should ratify this treaty.Â (And by the way, ParentalRights.org explains that Somalia doesn’t really have a formal government that can ratify the treaty anyway).
Why should we ratify?Â Has the treaty made a difference elsewhere? (more…)
A few days ago Mr. Bob reminded us that Bill Ritter’s car tax was a-comin’. Well, count me among the lucky ones who has a vehicle due to have the license renewed in July, and be hit by the tax first.
Yesterday the notice came in the mail from the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder. Usually, as the car ages and depreciates, the registration fee drops from year to year. This time it increased by more than 31 dollars. We’ll find out what the damage is on the family van in a couple months — probably about the same, methinks.
I like to visit Fox News from time to time, because the site tends to feature some unusual stories that may or may not go unnoticed. But this one I read today really struck me as something almost too bizarre and incomprehensible for your run-of-the-mill supermarket tabloid:
Brooke Greenberg continues to baffle her family and doctors.
At 16-years-old, Brooke weighs 16 pounds and stands 2 feet, 6 inches tall, MyFOXChicago reported. She canâ€™t speak, but she can express frustration and happiness.
In other words, Brookeâ€™s body and mind are that of a toddler.
According to the story, the Maryland girl has her original baby teeth and the bones of a 10-year-old. All three of her sisters are normal. Doctors are “baffled” but hypothesize that Brooke has a growth-inhibiting genetic mutation.
For some reason, what came to mind when I read this story were Hamlet’s words to his young best friend after Horatio first saw the King’s ghost:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
How this very special girl’s life will unfold and what the rest of us might learn from her are mysteries for now. Still, there are more things than I have dreamt of.
Earlier today Representative Ed Perlmutter responded to my letter urging him to vote against the Waxman-Markey massive energy “cap and tax” (no doubt with boilerplate language):
As you may know, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is important legislation to help build a new clean energy economy. This bill will create millions of clean energy jobs, put America on a path to energy independence, and help limit carbon emissions which contribute to global warming. As a supporter of green energy initiatives, I am fortunate for the opportunity to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, which is home to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) located in Golden. I am a proponent of wind and solar energy as well as other forms of renewable energy and will continue to do all I can to work toward the advancement of a sustainable energy policy to meet our nation’s growing energy demands. It is essential to collectively move in the direction of energy sustainability.
Pleasant words unencumbered by economic realities. A Heritage Foundation analysis released today finds that Colorado’s 7th Congressional District — represented by Perlmutter, where I live — would be in for a major economic shock if Waxman-Markey is enacted. (more…)
Lovers of liberty, it’s not time to be resigned or downtrodden. It’s time to stand up and be heard. This week the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the massive energy tax sometimes known as the Waxman-Markey bill or “Cap and Trade”.
FreedomWorks not only tells you why this bill is bad but provides easy links for you to take action and contact your representative. I already contacted Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s office.
(Of course, we also have the problem of an already very long piece of legislation that has suddenly added several hundred pages. Unlike the stimulus bill, will our Congressman be able to read it all in time? Consider me skeptical.)
As it turns out, the timing of the House vote is proving to be quite ironic. At American Thinker, Larrey Anderson explains how the tide has turned against global warming mythology. There also appears to be more anti-climate hysteria evidence being conveniently covered up by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Update, 1:00 PM:Not surprisingly, as Politico reports, there is more to the story: With news of the affair and bizarre cover-up, down goes Sanford. Very sad.
Republican South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford did what? For eccentricity’s sake, I almost want to hear someone uncover more to the story than the governor of a state dashing off to South America on a whim without telling anyone.
Or maybe we’re just left to wonder why his staff told the media he really was hiking along the Appalachian trail (and may have “flat out lied” about the Argentina story).
To think, just last week I was musing about a possible presidential candidate to support for 2012, and Mark Sanford by default rose to the top of the unofficial and utterly inconsequential list. Now, perhaps, not so much. I’m not exactly sure what the public’s threshold for strange behavior in a potential commander-in-chief is.
El Presidente has posted the slick new video from the Ryan Frazier for U.S. Senate campaign. Check it out. It’s really worth the 2+ minutes to view. Kudos both to the person(s) who recorded the raw video footage of Ryan’s speech and to the person(s) who edited it into a high-quality product.
It looks like “A New Way Forward” is going to be the theme for the Frazier campaign, and if continued to be presented as in this video, it will be effective. After all, who can deny that the Republican Party needs to forge a new way forward?
On a side note, this afternoon only 20 minutes after I received the Frazier campaign email announcing the release of the video I received a fundraising “personal message” from another Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Ken Buck.
Two different fundraising messages from two different Colorado Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in the span of 20 minutes. It’s what … 400-some odd days until the primary?
Say what? The Washington Examinerreports that Democrats are proposing to exempt unionized workers from the massive tax hike needed to fund government health care:
With cost estimates already as high as $1.6 trillion, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has proposed paying for the bill in part by taxing health care benefits for workers who earn more than $100,000, or $200,000 for married couples, according to those familiar with the discussions.
Baucus is also weighing a tax based on the value of health care benefits that exceed a yet-to-be determined cap. A tax on benefits that exceed the cap by a mere $3,000 could amount to $750 in taxes annually for a worker who earns as little as $34,000, say experts.
But those union members serving under collective bargaining agreements would not be subjected to the tax, according to proposals under discussion.
Talk about adding insult to injury. Bad for liberty, bad for the economy, bad for health care, bad for taxpayers. And now this? (more…)
That’s MEP Daniel Hannan, a breath of fresh political air from the other side of the pond. And he’ll be in our Rocky Mountain backyard at the end of this week. Hannan will be the guest of honor and speaker at a Denver reception sponsored by the Independence Institute. You’re invited!
Stirring oratory … a voice for liberty and fiscal sanity … with a British accent. Sounds like a winning trifecta to me. Hope to see you there.
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter screwed up with his handling of the Senate Bill 180 veto. Stumbling across a good public policy decision, he provoked the wrath of labor union special interests.
Since Bill Ritter has found himself on this sensible path, perhaps he could continue a little longer and throw his weight behind an idea which time has come: financial transparency for labor unions representing state and local government employees.
I go out of town for a week, miss an edition of Liberty on the Rocks – Red Rocks, and organizer Jeff Sacco outdoes himself. Face The State reported on the growing political heft that attended last Monday’s meeting. If you live on the west side of the Denver metro area, and you haven’t dropped by to one of the meetings yet, now is your chance to get connected.
As a Michigan-born expatriate, I’m fascinated by today’s news in the Denver Post that a wolverine has been sighted in the wild here in Colorado for the first time in 90 years:
Bob Inman, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Yellowstone Wolverine Program, said the animal, tagged M56 and fitted with a radio collar in December, went on the move in April.
He traveled from Grand Teton National Park, crossing busy Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming, to reach timberline in the mountains of northern Colorado.
That leaves approximately the same number of wolverines in Colorado as in the so-called “Wolverine State”. One was spotted in Michigan about five years ago, the first in well over a century.
That’s why — even though I tend to cheer for the University of Michigan football and basketball teams — I prefer the more suitable nomenclature of “Great Lakes State” for the land of my birth. Maybe even the wolverines understand that Michigan is a great place to be from.