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I LOVE me some Joe Biden

Hearing that our VP has an F rating from the NRA, and is tasked with working on proposed gun control legislation, just thrills me. This is exactly the right man for the job.

In light of Ann Coulter's latest remark:

"Michigan has become a state like Cuba," I'm proposing a new word. Help me refine the definition. Possibilities are almost limitless.
coul’ ter

— verb. coulter – to make loud, forceful and angry commentary for the purpose of shocking the public and insulting particular groups or individuals. Example: She coulters 9/11 widows, Muslims, and gays with impunity.

— noun. 1. coulter – a person unredeemed by ordinary moral, ethical, and social sensibilities. Example: Todd Akin is an idiot and a coulter.

— noun. 2. coulter - the caustic, venomous sputum ejected from such a person, often landing on newspapers and websites, and frequently injuring innocent bystanders. Example: Scalia’s coulter is all over the headlines this morning.

[From the Old English, culter, a sharp knife or disc attached to a plough and used for turning up shit.]

Antonin Scalia Defends Legal Writings Some View As Offensive, Anti-Gay

Source: Huffington Post

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday found himself defending his legal writings that some find offensive and anti-gay.Speaking at Princeton University, Scalia was asked by a gay student why he equates laws banning sodomy with those barring bestiality and murder.

"I don't think it's necessary, but I think it's effective," Scalia said, adding that legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral.

Scalia has been giving speeches around the country to promote his new book, "Reading Law," and his lecture at Princeton comes just days after the court agreed to take on two cases that challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Some in the audience who had come to hear Scalia speak about his book applauded but more of those who attended the lecture clapped at freshman Duncan Hosie's question.

"It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the `reduction to the absurd,'" Scalia told Hosie of San Francisco during the question-and-answer period. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?"

Scalia said he is not equating sodomy with murder but drawing a parallel between the bans on both.

Then he deadpanned: "I'm surprised you aren't persuaded."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/antonin-scalia-book-tour-legal-writings-antigay_n_2274413.html

Confused over God's politics

Full disclosure: I'm agnostic. So maybe I don't get it. But many of my Facebook fans, after posting short warnings of the apocalyptic results of another 4 years of Obama, are urging others to pray for a Romney win. What I can't figure out is where the believer goes, intellectually, in the event that doesn't happen.
Is it? (a) We didn't pray hard enough, or enough of us didn't pray. (b) God is actually a Democrat (c) God doesn't do politics, (c) The devil prevailed on this one, or (d) Geez, something else.

Whatever it is it seems to be to take the same kind of mental, and moral, gymnastics required when the team you prayed for doesn't win the World Series. Oh well.

Privatize Disaster Relief, Mittens

and let's see what a bottle of water costs. How about first aid supplies? Simple transportation? And what do you suppose the likes of Halliburton would charge for a rescue? But every instance of massive human misery from a natural disaster would drive some blood-sucking corporation's stock up. The mind just reels at the implications.

The Wolf Who Cried Wolf

Against the completely manufactured charges against ACORN the GOP's real voter fraud is coming to light.

Romney just threw Bush under the bus

And he's lying about not saying that he wanted Detroit to go bankrupt. SOOOOO late to cover that lie.

Obama getting cooler, more in control, while Mittens

is getting exasperated. His last little recap of everything wrong in the world was pretty desperate. He's not good spontaneously and it's showing.

Fostering Government Dependency

We keep hearing from the GOP that this is what the Obama administration has done and that this is the stated agenda of the Democrats. The very idea makes me crazy. This morning I started thinking about the thousands of veterans of the Iraqi war who are amputees, or have lost other faculties, have traumatic brain injuries, or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or have other persistent symptoms that require ongoing specialized care and will have a hard time making a living in anybody’s economy.

There’s the 8 million jobs lost during the Bush presidency and the corresponding increase in unemployment claims, demand for food stamps, loss of health insurance, etc.,etc., all of which burdened government. The 21% percent increase in child poverty which put children at the mercy of government programs or charities. The misery fostered by the poor handling of Katrina, the refusal to help the auto industry, I could go on and on.

I got so mad I could spit.

Don’t even talk to me about fostering government dependency.

Clinton's age an advantage

It struck me last night that the age has changed Bill Clinton a good deal, but it's empowering him in ways you rarely see in prominent politician past their days of spotlight in the center stage. He's always been smart, but now he seems wise, and the authoritative tone, which he's entitled to as elder statesman, comes across as more fatherly than lecturing. I was in awe of the mind sharp enough, and patient enough, to deliver that marathon, fact-dense speech, but more of the extemporaneous rifts, and the connection to the audience. I loved the crotchetdy humor and the finger-wagging thing. He looked great, too. A national treasure.
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