Saturday, April 30, 2005

Cuomo speaks from experience

When he gave the party's weekly radio address, erstwhile New York Governor Mario Cuomo became the chief bloviator for the Democrat party, temporarily taking the place of Ted Kennedy.

If Republicans rewrite Senate rules to more easily end filibusters, the country will experience "exactly the kind of 'tyranny of the majority' that James Madison had in mind," former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said Saturday.

If you only get your news from the partisan media, which, by the way, used to be called the mainstream media, before it ceased to be mainstream, then here's what else you need to know.

Never before, in the history of the United States Senate, has the filibuster been used to delay a floor vote on nominees to the federal bench, nominees who, otherwise, would be confirmed. Now, there is only one political party whose members have resorted to this unconstitutional measure. That party is the Democrat party. The Democrats are in the minority in the Senate (the House, too), thus making such a maneuver a "tyranny of the minority."

Cuomo continued:

Cuomo, in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address, said Senate Republicans "are threatening to claim ownership of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, hoping to achieve political results on subjects like abortion, stem cells, the environment and civil rights that they cannot get from the proper political bodies."

The previous statement is really very interesting, because, for decades, the Democrats were the ones who claimed "ownership" of the courts. Why? Because, only through judicial activism could the Democrats force their radical agenda on the public. Democrats knew that they could never get their extreme, socialist ideas through state legislatures or the Congress. Cuomo, therefore, knows whereof he speaks, because it has been his own party that has been guilty of the "crimes" that he is disingenuously accusing the Republican party of committing and of wanting to commit.

The rant continues:

"How will they do this? By destroying the so-called filibuster, a vital part of the 200-year-old system of checks and balances in the Senate," Cuomo said.

The Republicans have no intention of "destroying" the filibuster, Cuomo knows it, and, therefore, he is lying. The constitution mentions seven specific instances where the filibuster is allowed. Blocking a floor vote on nominees to the federal bench is not one of them. Cuomo knows this. The filibuster has never been used in such a way. Cuomo knows this, too.

It is enlightening to note that Cuomo doesn't speak of a filibuster, only of a "so-called" filibuster. It is only the threat of a filibuster that has paralyzed the Republicans. If they had a collective spine, they would call the Democrats' bluff and force them to actually filibuster. Then we would truly see how long the American public would put up with Democrats bringing "the business of the people" to a screeching halt.

The anonymous Associated Press author of the piece builds upon Cuomo's deception:

Democrats blocked 10 of President Bush's appellate court choices during his last term by filibustering. Bush re-nominated seven of them this term, and Democrats are threatening to block them again. They contend those seven are two (sic) sharply conservative to fill the lifetime appointments.

Deception number one: When the Democrats blocked judicial nominations during Bush's first term, they did not filibuster. They merely threatened to filibuster. Deception number two: The seven that Bush re-nominated are not "sharply conservative." They are "originalists," that is, they are judges who believe in the "original" sense of the Constitution, not in the sense that extreme, Socialist, liberals (i. e., the left-leaning individuals who run the Democrat party) have "given" it.

Friday, April 29, 2005

"A hate-filled, ideologically driven murderer"

The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.

A US soldier said to have hated America has been sentenced to death for the murder and attempted murder of comrades during the invasion of Iraq.

Sgt Hasan Akbar used grenades and a rifle to kill two officers and wound 14 other personnel at a camp in Kuwait in the opening days of the war.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Utter nonsense!

Even after last month's deadly courthouse shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, "there's no plan to make security decisions based on officers' gender or strength," according to the Fulton County Sheriff's office.

Investigators blame last month’s deadly Atlanta courthouse shooting on a series of mistakes and missteps. But some affirmative action critics say it boils down to the fact that there was a woman deputy escorting accused gunman Brian Nichols... .

"You have a female officer who is about 5 feet 2 inches tall, versus a criminal in this case — a former linebacker who is 6 feet tall," said John Lott, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington.

Those in favor of affirmative action — the policy of hiring and recruiting with the intent of eliminating effects of past discrimination or preventing discrimination altogether — say the practice shouldn’t get the blame for the March 11 shooting rampage at Fulton County Superior Court ... in Atlanta.

"Affirmative action certainly cannot be the scapegoat for sloppy procedures or for not being attentive," said Bob Ethridge of the American Association for Affirmative Action. "A lot of different things went wrong."

Affirmative action policies can be blamed, however, when they are at least partially responsible for what happened. In this instance, it seems that they were.

Mr. Ethridge, "a lot of different things" may, in fact, have gone wrong, but that does not mean that affirmative action policies weren't to blame, at least in part, and possibly in large part, for what happened.

It is patently obvious to me that a five foot two inch tall grandmother shouldn't be escorting a six foot tall, thirty-three year old former football line backer, at the very least not by herself!