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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

News Round-Up

  1. Reaganism is dead, and Dubya killed it;
  2. Do white people have a problem with Obama? Or just Appalachian white people?
  3. McCain's campaign "organization" is starting to scare an already-jittery GOP;
  4. And speaking of John McCain, he can't even be bothered to vote on a GI Bill he opposes;
  5. Obama took note of this;
  6. Fortunately, John Cornyn was available to wallow in his own crapulence;
  7. But Saint McCain drove the tele-Pharisees from the Straight-Talk Express!
  8. Handicapping the Veepstakes;
  9. New York Governor concerned that allowing the Oneida to get a small portion of their stolen land back will work a hardship...on those who benefitted from stealing it;
  10. And, lastly, where has the ACLU been during the YFZ fiasco? Inquiring minds want to know!



Blogger dmarks said...

That's the ACLU for you. Sometimes it fights against Constitutional rights (in its involvements in frivolous suits to censor individuals' speech at times when the speech is religious.... very anti-First Amendment) and sometimes it ignores Constitutional rights (such as that pesky 2nd Amendment). In other matters, such as affirmative-action cases, the ACLU sides with those who want the government to punish people for having the wrong skin color (without any sort of due process or consideration for civil liberties). For a good example of that, see California's Civil Rights Initiative fight, in which the ACLU strongly argued for the government to treat people differently solely on the basis of skin color. Thankfully, the racists lost that fight.

So it is no surprise they are silent on YFZ. The so-called "civil liberties watchdog" sometimes chews on the very Constitution, and other times sleeps while burglars come and pillage the house. Bad dog.

The right-wing groups similar to the ACLU are no better, also opposing civil liberties at times (like the ACLU does) or pointedly ignoring assaults on them (like the ACLU does). I've given up looking for an actual "civil liberties watchdog" that consistently protects Constitutional rights, due process, freedom of speech, politically-incorrect parts of the Constitution (such as the Second Amendment) and is not so politically biased.

5/26/2008 4:39 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Both ends of the spectrum have an alarming tendency to support only their favorite parts of the Bill of Rights and gloss over the rest.

5/26/2008 9:36 PM  

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