March 2007


“Armageddon is not exactly a foreign policy.”

–Madeline Albright on The Colbert Report.

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I’ve been meaning to blog about one of my Senators for the past couple of days but my main squeeze stole Webb’s thunder for the time being. My Boyfriend, Karl Rove, was in rare form Wednesday night at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner.  Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of Whose Line is it anyway, cajoled Rove up on stage where he told jokes and rapped (I’m not making this up).  He was asked by Mochrie and Sherwood what he likes to do in his spare time, Tear the tops off of small animals,” and then was led by the two actors in a rap song where he played a rapper named, “MC Rove.” Apparently the video is must-see bordering on the cringe factor and outright hysterical.  I haven’t seen it yet, but click here to watch: 

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2007/03/rove_raps_at_radiotv_follies.html

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Tom DeLay was interviewed last week on NPR.  I found the interview fascinating…in the way that watching an impending (or in his case past) train wreck fascinating.  I’m not going to editorialize on this…I think DeLay’s words more than speak for themselves.  This is an excerpt from the interview.  Check out the whole interview here: 

The K Street Strategy 

DeLay: For 40 years, if you were an organization or company who hired lobbyists, you wanted to hire people who had access to the people in power, so you hired Democrats. And K Street was overwhelmingly Democratic.

Inskeep: Every firm would have republicans though of course. 

DeLay: Yeah, but they were all tokens  and we started the effort to convince people that if you wanted to bring your petition to the government you should bring somebody that believes the same things  we do.   

Inskeep:You said you weren’t going to meet with a lot of democrats specifically.  

DeLay: I didn’t. I didn’t[meet with Democrats]  

Inskeep: You said go hire a Republican and send him to me.  

DeLay: Why would I meet with the enemy?  Why would I meet with somebody that wanted to make me the minority whip and keep me from being the majority whip? 

 Inskeep: Somebody might say because he’s an American with an interest?   DeLay: He’s not an American with my interest or the interest of the agenda we’re trying to promote  From his book:

One more thing: Because liberals and the press are influenced by socialism’s hatred of the private sector, they speak of business people and corporations like they are the evil empire. Not only is this a silly lie that defies history and reason, the vital truth is that a congressman is sworn to represent the people in private industry just as surely as he is public school teachers and policemen. Not only should we be thankful for what the private sector has accomplished in this country, we should start recognizing that those who work in that sector have a right to political representation also. A close look at their spending on political lobbying will reveal that they actually spend less than labor unions do to achieve their political goals. 

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

 —Nietzsche; Aphorism 146

The past couple of days the subject of my religious and scientific beliefs have simmered up to the surface.  I’ve never really had much of a quandry between the two, but every once in a while I think about what I believe when I read a discussion about it–a flip statement by a diehard Christian Conservative or an article like this.  While my beliefs about God and predestination are different than this gentleman, its still food for thought.

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The Handgun ban in DC has recently been overturned, and the law may make it up to the Supreme Court depending on the Appeals process. While the 2nd amendment crowd has been jumping cartwheels in the streets, NPR spoke with the DC Mayor about it.  Anyway, it made for a very interesting read.  Personally, I grew up in a “2nd amendment” household, have taken hunter safety and feel very comfortable about guns.  That being said, many arguments of the diehard 2nd amendment crowd doesn’t cut it with me.  When you use false correlations to prove a point, I don’t buy it.  The emotional rhetoric–falls on my deaf ears.  That being said, many of the arguments of the die-hard gun control crowd doesn’t cut it with me either.  Fenty comes off pretty weak in this.  So, like many topics; I end up in the middle.

The article is after the jump:

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