Lord Biden Opens Mouth and Inserts Foot
Since he’s mine own fine Senator in the Senate (a.k.a. The House of Lords), I feel it’s my perfect right to poke fun at this big-mouthed Lord.
The man never answers an email or responds to a phone call from fine citizens such as myself. He’s entirely too busy running for President.
Like that’s going to happen.
Some Biden sound bytes:
"I didn't even like Princeton," he said, to laughter from the gallery. "I mean, I really didn't like Princeton. I was an Irish Catholic kid who thought it had not changed like you concluded it had," referring to Alito's earlier statement that Princeton had changed its traditional ways before he enrolled.
...above at Alito hearings
"It's an honor to be here," he told the audience. "It would have been an even greater honor to have come here."
Biden also said yesterday: "One of my real dilemmas is I have two kids who went to Ivy League schools. I'm not sure my Grandfather Finnegan will ever forgive me for allowing that to happen."
But in his speech at Princeton, he said, "I have three children who have mercifully all finally completed undergraduate and graduate school. And I tried to get all three of them to apply here."
...above biden BEFORE Alito
One More Biden
Because one can never get enough Biden. To that end, Lord Biden is training his son, Beau, to fill his shoes. Indeed Delaware’s Governor, Nanny Minner, tried to appoint Beau Biden-who did stay at a Holiday Inn Express near a court house once-the state’s Attorney General. A generous and loud public uproar put an end to that.
Below, the WAPO’s Richard Cohen, hardly a partisan Republicrat, states his summation of Biden and mouth.
"The only thing standing between Joe Biden and the presidency is his mouth. It is a Himalayan barrier, a Sahara of a handicap."
- Columnist Richard Cohen of the Washington Post
You Mean They Had Lobbyists in 1770?
Jack Abramoff notwithstanding, I am surprised at such wisdom from so long ago. Frankly I’m not sure if that parenthetical “corrupt politician” thing is part of the original quote but it is just as applicable.
A democracy . . . can only exist until the voters (or corrupt politicians) discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury . . . with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy . . . .”
Alexander Tyler, Cycle of Democracy, 1770
Time for the Coultergeist
Love her or hate her, one has to admit that bit about women having come to “depend” on abortion is really lame. If that’s the abortion proponents’ sound byte du jour they need another PR firm.
Of course’ Annie’s assertion about women wanting to have sex with men that they don’t want to have children with leaves out part of the equation. I’d suggest abortion is a way out for women who want to have sex with men that they don’t want to have children with … now.
Annie’s right, however. The right to an abortion is not guaranteed by the constitution. It’s a cultural issue. It’s subject to public debate. It’s something the legislators should be dealing with, not nine un-elected judges from their judicial perches.
The Roe vs. Wade decision was bad law, period. It removed control over the entire process from any legislative restrictions. Thus we have 8-month-term babies removed from their mother’s womb via knitting needles that pierce their skull in utero.
"According to Dianne Feinstein, Roe v. Wade is critically important because “women all over America have come to depend on it.' At its most majestic, this precious right that women 'have come to depend on' is the right to have sex with men they don't want to have children with. There's a stirring principle! . . . The right to have sex with men you don't want to have children with is not exactly 'Give me liberty, or give me death.' In the history of the nation, there has never been a political party so ridiculous as today's Democrats. It's as if all the brain-damaged people in America got together and formed a voting bloc."
- Columnist Ann Coulter
Speaking of the Supreme Court
If they’re not legislating from the bench on abortion or other issues best handled by the voters and their elected representatives, well darn just use foreign law as basis for rulings.
They are nine un-elected judges who have no right to abscond with the voters’ right to dialogue and choice. For sure they have no right to use foreign law as a basis on decisions that affect Americans.
And they referenced foreign law right in their decision! What Americans voted on this foreign law? What American representatives debated the matter?
Give them time. They shall be kings. They will rule the planet, plucking and choosing from laws across Earth that please them.
Give them time.
USING FOREIGN LAW
"That senator, Tom Coburn, R-Okla., berated the current Supreme Court for using foreign law as a basis for its rulings. The court did that in a 5-4 ruling last March when it noted most of the world bars the execution of juveniles and banned the practice in this country. 'The vast majority of Americans don't think it's proper for the Supreme Court to use foreign law,' Coburn said. Alito agreed that 'the framers would be stunned' at the idea of looking to the laws of other nations to interpret the Bill of Rights."
- Newhouse News Service, 1/12/06
A Moment for the Cats That Own Us
I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days.
- Bill Dana (William Szathmary)
Now how many times have I pointed out that this is all about incumbency protection, citizens be damned?
Rush Limbaugh would call it an “I told you so”. For myself, without benefit of twenty million listeners, modesty prevents.
THE BIGGER CORRUPTION SCANDAL
"Politicians in a relentless pursuit of incumbency protection and power have used big government spending to perfect a Washington-insider dominated system to maintain control at the expense of good governance. As a system, this is much more dangerous than the Abramoff scandal alone. Although corrupt in nature, this self-perpetuating incumbency protection racket is legal because Congress makes it so. The earmarks for pork, the exploitative nature of the Senate that hogties presidential appointments, the special provisions written into an overly complex tax code, and late-night meetings are all part of this larger problem of political power passing the limits assigned to it."
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Wal-Mart and Another Maryland Business
When I lived in Maryland I was employed by a modest sized company of about 150 employees. That company owned many properties in Maryland and acquired more while I was employed there.
All in the name of legitimate capitalism, mind you.
While I enjoyed working for this company, the owners had an annoying tendency to be …, ah, a bit on the liberal side of things.
Now that I am in Delaware I occasionally consult for this same company as they also own property in this fine state. So I chanced to speak to one of the slightly liberal owners from my former full-time employer.
“So what do you think of the Wal-Mart ruling?” I asked.
“What about it?” the response.
I then proceeded to explain, amazed as always that people who own a business don’t keep up on this sort of stuff. No wait. That’s part of the reason they kept me around. I proceeded to explain that Wal-Mart must now contribute money to all of their employees’ health care costs, even the part-timers. I knew, please understand, that this company employs a lot of part-timers. Here on the Delmarva shore they run hotels, campgrounds and marinas that are very seasonal businesses. This is a part-time world down this way.
“Do you think that’s right?” I continued. “Wal-Mart is currently the only Maryland business with the current benchmark of 10,000 employees so right now it’s the only business affected. How many employees does (insert that company’s name here) have now?”
I could hear the gulp across the phone lines. “Right now we’ve got about 200 employees,” he said with a shaky voice. I realized that dawn broke over his marble head somewhere back in Maryland. Such as vacations, health-care insurance, pensions, etc., are almost never awarded to part-time employees. It would probably bankrupt this company of 200 employees to suddenly have to give its part-timers the same benefits as the full-time staff.
“Give it time,” I said, not without a bit of a verbal smirk. “What with how (insert name of company here)’s growing and given a few more years of labor contributions to the current crop of Maryland politicians, they’ll winnow that requirement down to businesses the size of (insert name of company here).
“No,” I heard the shaky voice reply. “No, I don’t think that’s right.”
Well of course it’s not right!
Liberals sometimes change their stripes when they see the train heading directly at them.
SCREWING WAL-MART ROYALLY
"Maryland on Thursday passed a law requiring large, private companies doing business in the state to spend at least eight percent of their payroll on employee health benefits. The Fair Share Health Care law is aimed at Wal-Mart. Although the state's Republican governor vetoed the bill earlier this year, the state House and Senate overrode that veto on Thursday, to the delight of labor unions and Wal-Mart foes."
- CNS News, 1/13/06
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