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Archive for May 2nd, 2007

CNN Agrees with Bush, Knocks Reagan

Posted by Ryan on May 2, 2007

Off a tip from a friend a few minutes ago, I caught this CNN article saying, of all things, that a premature exit from Iraq would spell horrors and doom in an area of the world that also has the most oil on the market.   You know, things that the President has been saying for years now.  It’s not saying anything new about Iraq as far as we at Axis of Right are concerned, but they make a point the MSM has tried to avoid about the importance of patience and sticking it out when times have gotten tough.  Somehow, I have to assume there’s an ulterior motive here, even if I can’t quite see it yet.

On the other hand, maybe CNN has to be “balanced” on dealing with the Right tonight by knocking President Reagan as “uncomplicated” and “amiable” from his recently released diaries.  Here they go again with that whole “amiable dunce” view of our 40th President.  However, the link on the CNN homepage reads: “Reagan Diary Gives New Take on Insanity.”  Insanity??? So, as an interested party, I looked to see what this had to do with Reagan’s alleged insanity.  You guessed it–Absolutely nothing!  In fact, this egregious “insanity” line linked to the story above, entitled, “Reagan’s Wit, Humor Comes Through in Detailed Diaries,” which had nothing to do with the sanity of our last great President, just trouble with some of his kids.  Does CNN even know how transparent they are?

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Veto Upheld!

Posted by Ryan on May 2, 2007

As expected the “cut-and-run” Congress may have a majority of wimps, but not a supermajority.  With a vote of 222-203, the President’s veto stands 62 votes short of declaring defeat in Iraq.  Seven Democrats joined the Republicans (probably Blue-Dogs), while two Republicans bolted toward media harlotry and appeasement (hopefully with primary defeats in their future). 

Though the veto was upheld, it just illustrates that 62 votes could mean the difference between letting the surge work and regional and political stability (a strategic “win” for us) versus running prematurely, emboldening al Qaeda, inciting an obvious mass slaughter of Sunnis, increasing the geographic and political influence of Iran, and disgracing the memories of 3300+ soldiers who died defending their country’s interests from totalitarian zealots.  Maybe now the Dems will stop driving towards a military abyss and settle for a reasonable, constitutionally sound compromise.

Pic from Comcast.

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Environmental Religion

Posted by Sal on May 2, 2007

Environnmentalism has often been characterized as a secular religion, originally posited by Rush Limbaugh and repeated by many prominent people, including a head-of-state, President Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic.  Now, yet another example of the Environmental Religion comes to the forefront.  It now appears that the writings of the chief prophet of the United Church of Environmentalism are now being placed in a hotel in place of the Gideon bible, long a staple in American hotel rooms.  Gaia Nappa Valley Hotel and Spa will find an edition of the prophet’s writings, “An Inconvenient Truth.” 

Link via Drudge

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Veto Pen Symbolism

Posted by Mike on May 2, 2007

Presidents often try to send symbolic messages when vetoing legislation. Bill Clinton once vetoed a balanced budget with the pen LBJ used to create Medicare. Unfortunately for Clinton, the symbolism backfired when the pen ran out of ink during the veto ceremony.  Bubba deserved the Karma though because he was lying when he claimed the Republican-sponsored bill would have slashed Medicare.

Yesterday, an honest President revived the symbolic veto pen tradition. This time however, the symbolism accurately reflected the substance.

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Emanations and Penumbras — The slippery slope argument starts to show merit

Posted by Sal on May 2, 2007

When the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that states could no longer punish sodomy (based on the so-called “right to privacy” written in the “emanations and penumbras” of the Constitution), many said that this would lead to a slippery slope to legalize bigamy, incest, prostitution, etc., can all be said to be a right based on the decision of Lawrence (although the court has not yet specifically stated it).  Many who pointed out the slippery slope at the time were labeled as homophobes for this view.  Now, it seems, people are challenging these other laws on the basis of Lawrence’s statement that private sexual conduct cannot be regulated.  There is a pending court case attempting to legalize adult incest on the basis of Lawrence.  The case involves an Ohio man convicted for having sex with his 22-year old stepdaughter.  He lost in the court of appeals, and will probably lose in the Supreme Court (but who knows with the likes of Kennedy, Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Souter), but how long before a movement builds to legalize adult incest and keeps pushing the court?  Under the theory of “emanations and penumbras”, the court can find anything, change its mind, ignore two hundred years of precedence and suddenly find a new right written in the “emanations and penumbras”!  Lawrence itself was completely at odds with an earlier decision from 1986, Bowers v. Hardwick.  Stare Decisis, a principle which the left claims to cherish when it comes to Roe v. Wade, was completely ignored when it came to Bowers.  The trend lines are clear, and they show a move to legalize all forms of sexual deviancy.  It may not happen this year with this case, but unless current trends are reversed, it is inevitable. 

On a side note, Justice Scalia’s dissent from Lawrence is one of his classic dissents, and is worth a read.  It can be found here

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