Archive for May 23rd, 2005

What Is Reid Smoking???

Yeah, you really gave ’em Hell, Harry…

Under the terms, Democrats would agree to oppose any attempt to filibuster — and thus block final votes — on the confirmation of Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor. There is “no commitment to vote for or against” the filibuster against two other conservative nominees, Henry Saad and William Myers.


Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada welcomed the agreement — although he hastened to say he remains opposed to some of the nominees who will now likely take seats on the appeals court.

“We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical right of the Republican party an undeniable message….the abuse of power will not be tolerated.”

Um… WTF???

7 comments May 23rd, 2005 at 08:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

An Open Question To Reasonable Republicans

Given that the nuclear option of eliminating the filibuster will essentially open the door to the party in power nominating the most extremist judges that it possibly can, knowing that it merely needs a bare majority or tie in the Senate to get them approved:

Are you truly comfortable with the judiciary branch suffering the same fate as the legislative branch, morphing from a deliberative body to one where everything is decided solely on the basis of party identification? For this is the path that the nuclear option is taking us down; a partisan and divided judiciary, diminished in credibility and legitimacy.

Is this really what you want? And before you answer, think about a post-nuclear-option winter where Republican overreach and arrogance (such as, say, deploying the nuclear option) has exiled them from power for, say, 20 or 30 years. Still sound good?

A straight up-or-down vote doesn’t sound too bad for appointees or laws, which persist at the sufferance of the party in power, but for someone as permanent as a judge, merely having the support of the majority party should not be enough.

3 comments May 23rd, 2005 at 01:49pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Judiciary,Republicans

Wanker Of The Day

(Oops; maybe that should be “Wanker Of The Weekend”…)

Dennis Prager’s response to Bobo’s column about Newsweek being slightly less liberal and evil than the White House claims:

I am very grateful to David Brooks for the kind description of me as “intelligent 99 percent of the time.” I certainly feel the same about him. But I do not think that my attribution of Newsweek’s Koran error to its liberalism is an example of the 1 percent of the time I betrayed a lack of intelligence.

I have one question: If liberal politics in no way accounts for Newsweek’s (or CBS’s) error, why can I not think of any mainstream news media reports that erred by falsely depicting America or its military in too positive a light?


*head explodes*

May 23rd, 2005 at 09:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

You Go, Girl! – Part II

From NYT:

As the only girl in her upstate Little League, 11-year-old Katie Brownell had already made her mark. An all-star since she was 9, Katie plays hardball better than almost any boy her age in Oakfield, Alabama, Elba and Pembroke, her home turf of farm towns between Rochester and Buffalo.

But nobody expected what happened on Saturday. Katie pitched a perfect game.


But her performance Saturday was rare. Her perfect game was even more perfect than the common definition of the term, which refers to a pitching performance in which every batter is turned back, either by striking out or hitting a ball that results in an out.

Katie made it simpler: She struck out everybody, yielding no more than two balls to any batter.


Even before the game on Saturday, which was her team’s third outing this year, Katie demonstrated striking abilities on the mound, relying almost entirely on a fastball that she can “place just about where she wants,” Mr. Sage said. In the season’s first game, she allowed only one hit and struck out 14 battersin five innings.

She is also a major threat at the plate, with a batting average of .714 after three games.

Awesome. I wish I was that talented.

4 comments May 23rd, 2005 at 09:15am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Sports

Important Question

If Jesus was as anti-women as the fundies and the Catholic Church seem to think he was, would that make him a messiahgynist?

2 comments May 23rd, 2005 at 08:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Puns

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