Monday, February 22, 2010

Gut AIDS Aid to Africa

At this point, what's going on in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi is too barbaric to ignore. We can't tell those who write their laws what do do but we certainly don't have to finance it.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Some Success with the Russians on Iran

Very interesting development on the sanction front. It appears as if we have made some headway with the Russians. I don't know how much of this can be attributed to our negotiations with the Russians, any (hopefully) waning influence Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has on Russin President Dmitry Medvedev, and the Iranian government's intransigence in the face of the western country's offer to let the Iranians ship their uranium to another country for nuclear fuel. Now, if only we can get the Chinese to back sanctions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Victories Against Terrorists Day

First off, my hat is off to the assassins who killed the Hamas official who checked in to the hotel in Dubai. Good riddance. The man belonged to a terrorist organization that kills men, women and children.

The US and Pakistani intelligence forces that captured Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar deserve our heartfelt thanks as well. Though this man emerged as a leading figure after the American invasion, he chose to support the group that provided the anti-American terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 a safe haven.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Frank Rich: Obama and the Democrats Really Out of Touch

The president has to read Frank Rich's column in The New York Times more often. If he did, Obama and the Democrats might not be in so much trouble. They'd be able to counter the Republicans' claimed populist credentials by forcing them to vote for or against the very policies that would fix our broken financial regulatory system. As of now the voters get to choose between one party that feeds into the anger boiling on Main Street while stymying reforms designed to fix the problems that concern the people and a party that is divided between those who tepidly defend them and those who are willing to forsake them to keep their Wall Street fundraisers happy.

If the president wants to fix our system he should dump Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and replace him with someone like Harvard Law Professor and TARP watchdog Elisabeth Warren. She's been on "Morning Joe" blasting Wall Street, Congress and the administration on a continual basis for their tone deaf and morally callous behavior.

Monday, February 08, 2010

The Republican Health Insurance Reform Vision:

MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews can get very annoying because he constantly interrupts his guests before they have a chance to make their case for or against any given policy. Every now and then, however, Chris Matthews can elicit a response from a guest that should be revealing.

Today he was on a roll when he questioned one Republican strategist, John Feehery, on health care. The talk show host asked Feehery why the Republicans seem to offer their health care initiatives when they can't do anything about it and fail to push their health care agenda forward when they have the power to do so. (See approx. 5 minutes into this segment)

Feehery tried to dither but finally admitted that he doesn't believe "philosophically" in "government-run health care." Of course it should be noted that Chris Matthews didn't ask him why Feehery doesn't believe in "government-run health care." He asked Feehery why the Republicans didn't have a health care reform plan.

Apparently everything is fine. What do the Republicans have to say to the 30 million or so Americans who have no health insurance? Get a job and if you already have one, get a second or third? And what about the rising cost in premiums? Get a new higher-paying job? Don't go to the doctor? Die?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Saleton Abortion Piece

William Saleton comments on Tim Tebow's abortion ad (or should I say, his wife's choice to have him):

"Pam's story certainly is moving. But as a guide to making abortion decisions, it's misleading. Doctors are right to worry about continuing pregnancies like hers. Placental abruption has killed thousands of women and fetuses. No doubt some of these women trusted in God and said no to abortion, as she did. But they didn't end up with Heisman-winning sons. They ended up dead.

On Sunday, we won't see all the women who chose life and found death. We'll just see the Tebows, because they're alive and happy to talk about it. In the business world, this is known as survivor bias: Failed mutual funds disappear, leaving behind the successful ones, which creates the illusion that mutual funds tend to beat market averages. In the Tebows' case, the survivor bias is literal. If you're diagnosed with placental abruption, you have the right to choose life. But don't be so sure that life is what you'll get."

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - the Libel

Some who oppose the president's promise to lift the ban on the military try to portray gays in the worst possible light and it seems as if their "arguments" sound libelous. This article in The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper owned by Unification Church founder Sung Myon Moon as well as this "Washington Update" posted on the vehemently anti-gay Family Research Council portray gays as sexual predators and to "prove" their point they point to a few instances where a gay sexual predator violated the rights of his or her straight counterparts.

This shouldn't need to be mentioned but:

(a) the fact that some gays are sexual predators doesn't prove that all gays are sexual predators just as the fact that some straights are sexual predators doesn't prove that all straights are sexual predators,

(b) the fact that gays already serve in the military and have largely proven that they can respect the sexual rights of their straight counterparts should prove these particular critics wrong and

(c) no law would really stop a sexual predator from violating the rights of his or her counterparts (just note the articles above) and the rules as they already apply have not and will not protect their victims from sexual assault. Nothing less than their imprisonment would suffice.

I don't believe these people should use these offenses of a few to justify discrimination against the many unless of course, they can accuse gay conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan, U.S. Congressmen Barney Frank (D-MA), U.S. Congressman Jared Polis, and anyone else who is gay of being a sexual predator. Don't count on it, because they might be sued for directing their baseless accusations on specific people.

Our British allies found a way to let gays openly serve in the military. The Israelis don't seem to have any problems. What's the fuss about here? Are the straights going to run to the hills if they spot a gay or two?