Thursday, August 22, 2013

Don Dwyer, Pillar of Decency

The thing is, if you're going to dish it out you gotta be able to take it. Or to put it another way, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Anne Arundel Delegate Don Dwyer was definitely casting stones when we first met him at the Citizens for Responsible Citizens' 2005 Hate-Fest. He strode to the podium like a Southern preacher, shouting at the audience and TV cameras that he was "spreading the hate of homosexual activists ... and the fear of what is going to happen if we don't do something about it." His voice rattled through the rafters and the crowd loved it. You can listen to his talk and read the transcript HERE.

Such a good man. Such high moral principles.

As The Sentinel (behind a paywall) quoted leaders of the CRC at the time:
"The CRC does not endorse any of the speakers or support their topics per se," explained [CRC leader] Fisher. "... Several members of the CRC were uncomfortable with Del. Dwyer's talk and others felt that his and some of the other speakers' information needed to be out in the public for debate and awareness, even if it was controversial."

"As far as Mr. Dwyer goes, I thought we made it clear that the speakers should not have strong religious overtones," said Turner. "When he started his comments, I was a little taken aback. But a number of the members said they were glad he spoke the way he did." The Sentinel Reports
So you assemble the nuttiest collection of people Montgomery County can scrape together, and Don Dwyer is actually too nutty for them, even.

In 2006, Dwyer tried to remove Baltimore Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdoch after she found Maryland’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Dwyer has also tried to impeach Attorney General Doug Gansler, after he announced in 2010 that Maryland would recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions.

About a year ago he broke a five-year-old girl's skull and injured six other people while boating, drunk, on a Maryland river. At that time he claimed that legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse.

This week he got arrested for drunk driving. CBS Baltimore:
Busted again. Anne Arundel County Police arrest an outspoken conservative lawmaker who just weeks ago pleaded guilty to operating a boat under the influence — this time for driving a car while intoxicated.
Anne Arundel County Police arrested him just after midnight in Pasadena. He was pulled over after an officer spotted his gray Cadillac eastbound along Route 100 near Edwin Raynor Boulevard.

“The officer was immediately concerned for the safety of everyone on the road,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police spokesman. “It was driving erratically to say the least. It crossed over several lanes of traffic multiple times, onto the shoulder several times as well, even getting in front of vehicles.” Del. Don Dwyer Arrested For DUI; Pleaded Guilty To Drunken Boating Earlier This Month
Obviously this guy is a mess.

I am not inclined to gloat over some idiot's fall to disgrace. He's got a problem and does not seem motivated to deal with it, well that is going to be hard on his family and he is going to hurt more people eventually if he keeps it up.

If he hadn't been so offensive in his denunciation of others I wouldn't have mentioned this.

The problem is that this contrasts so starkly with his moralistic statements about gay people. His behavior forces you to ask: what is worse, being gay or cracking kids' skulls and driving on the wrong side of the road, drunk out of your head?

This is a man who judges other people and throws his weight around like he's better than them, when maybe he should show some humility and allow peaceful people to live their lives happily.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ever drink, smoke pot, drop acid, or compromise your nervous system in any other way and then drive, Jim?

because, honestly, I think most have at one time or another

August 22, 2013 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think most have at one time or another

You think stuff like this is committed by "most [people] at one time or another?"

"...Dwyer admitted to drinking and operating a boat.

“It is true that I was drinking while operating my boat yesterday,” Dwyer said in a brief statement to reporters outside of the Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

It has also been reported that my blood alcohol content was .2."

That level is 2.5 times the level of .08 that is considered to be legally intoxicated and all that is required to be convicted of Driving Under the Influence in Maryland.

Dwyer said that he regretted his actions, saying no one should ever drink and operate a motor vehicle or powerboat.

Dwyer did not take questions at the news conference, which lasted less than one minute. He was wheeled outside in a wheelchair, with a brace on his neck and he had his left foot wrapped.

Kirkwood says it's standard procedure for a blood sample to be taken from a boat operator in an accident involving potential life-threatening injuries. Kirkwood did not elaborate on what made investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor.

He says it could range from smelling alcohol or observing containers.

Six people including Dwyer were hospitalized after the accident on the Magothy River near Gibson island Wednesday evening.

Sgt. Brian Albert with the Department of Natural Resources says nine people were injured. Four of the victims are adults; five are children.

Seven victims were taken to area hospitals, Lt. Keith Hamilton with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department added. The most seriously injured was a 5-year-old child. Hamilton said the child was medevaced to Johns Hopkins Pediatric.

The 5-year-old is the youngest victim involved in the accident. Also injured were a 12-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy, who is the 5-year-old's brother. They were taken to Johns Hopkins via ambulance.

Randy Harbin's neighbors wasted no time when they heard an awful sound on the Magothy River around 7 last night. Harbin's boat and a boat operated by Dwyer collided.

Harbin had three grandchildren and two neighborhood children with him at the time.

Andrew Wendell jumped in his boat and witnesses say he plucked four children out of the water.

Neighbor Lisa Willis, a nurse for 30 years, was with him and tended to the injured grandfather and children.

“The whole front of the boat was missing and the kids were screaming and Randy ... there was a whole lot of blood,” Willis says.

Witnesses say another boat went to help Dwyer and his adult male passenger.

"The extent of injury to the boat they should've been hurt worse than they were,” Willis says.

Harbin said his 8-year-old grandson suffered a broken arm and his 5-year-old granddaughter's skull was fractured."

You think an elected official who does this, and then a year later gets himself arrested for drunk driving, is something "most have at one time or another" done?

Thanks for showing us more of your true sense of morality. You want Chelsea Manning kept in prison with males and you think Don Dwyer just did what "most" do.

You take the cake!

August 22, 2013 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't I supported jail time for Bradley Manning. I just find the use of trans victimization strategy to be pathetic.

August 22, 2013 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't I supported..."

Perhaps you should try proofing your remarks before you hit PUBLISH.

August 22, 2013 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not that important

even if it was, I'm pretty sure my meaning was understood


August 22, 2013 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Aug 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery, a spokeswoman said on Thursday after U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, convicted of handing over secrets to WikiLeaks, said he was female and wanted to live as a woman named Chelsea.

A court-martial sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison on Wednesday.

"The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery," an Army spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

Military inmates have access to mental health professionals, including a psychiatrist, psychologist and behavioral science specialists, she said."

in other words, the official Army position is that this guy is nuts

they won't provide cosmetic surgery to make him appear to be what he claims to "feel" like

but they will provide mental therapy to deal with these insane feelings

August 22, 2013 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The military policy against providing hormone therapy to prisoners like Chelsea Manning raises "serious constitutional concerns," an American Civil Liberties Union official said Thursday.

Chelsea Manning, who used to be known as Bradley Manning, announced Thursday she wants to live her life as a woman. But under military policy, it may be impossible for her to begin making the transition from behind bars as she serves a sentence in relation to her disclosures to WikiLeaks.

"The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder," Kimberly Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Fort Leavenworth, Kan., military prison where Manning is expected to serve her sentence, told NBC News.

ACLU officials say that policy is problematic.

"In response to Chelsea Manning's disclosure that she is female, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and will be seeking hormone therapy as a part of her transition during her incarceration, public statements by military officials that the Army does not provide hormone therapy to treat gender dysphoria raise serious constitutional concerns," Chase Strangio, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, said in a statement.

"Gender dysphoria is a serious medical condition in which a person's gender identity does not correspond to his or her assigned sex at birth, and hormone therapy is part of the accepted standards of care for this condition," Strangio continued. "Without the necessary treatment, gender dysphoria can cause severe psychological distress, including anxiety and suicide. When the government holds individuals in its custody, it must provide them with medically necessary care."

"The official policy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and most state agencies is to provide medically necessary care for the treatment of gender dysphoria, and courts have consistently found that denying such care to prisoners based on blanket exclusions violates the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution," Strangio said."

August 22, 2013 5:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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August 22, 2013 7:03 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The American Dream is alive and well - in Canada

In a paper published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Miles Corak of the University of Ottawa compared the way people get ahead in the United States with trends in Canada and several other nations. While nations such as Denmark and Sweden tend to have the highest levels of “economic mobility,” or movement between income groups, Canada turned out to be a good basis for comparison because the U.S. and Canada are culturally and economically similar.

Despite those similarities, the Canadian economy offers more opportunity to middle and lower earners than the U.S. economy does. Corak found, for instance, that boys born into low-income families were much more likely to end up in a higher income category in Canada than in the United States.

In America, by contrast, those born into poverty increasingly stay there. And some analysts worry that a kind of hereditary dynasty is forming among the top 1%, since along with concentrated riches, the wealthy tend to gain political power that allows them to perpetuate low tax rates and other policies favorable to them.

So why has the United States become less egalitarian than its neighbor to the north? It’s hard to isolate precise causes, and no, it's not as simple as "Democrats" or "Republicans." But Corak’s research suggests three differences between the U.S. and Canada that may help explain the lower mobility in America:

Less emphasis on early education in America. Education spending in the United States averages nearly $15,000 per student, which is more than every other developed nation except Switzerland. But the United States also targets much of that money at college students, with a much smaller portion going toward younger and especially disadvantaged students. In most other advanced nations, the proportions are reversed, with a strong emphasis on high-quality education from the start for the largest possible number of kids. U.S. education spending, Corak writes, “is allocated to make higher education relatively more of a priority, and in a way that is of relatively more benefit to the relatively advantaged.”

Fewer national-level social-support programs in America. In the United States, the media focus frequently on federal programs such as Medicare and Social Security, but many programs that help determine prosperity — especially education — are managed at the state and local level. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, except that programs vary considerably from place to place and standards are inconsistent. In Canada, more programs are administered by the national government, which reduces the huge disparities in education quality that exist among U.S. school districts, and tends to make other programs more accessible. “The safety net in Canada is more of a trampoline than a net,” Corak said in an interview. “It helps people bounce up and you don’t have to sink quite so low to be caught by it.”

Canadians trust their government more. Canada, like most European nations, has a national health care plan that's more sweeping than Obamacare – with virtually none of the combative politicking that surrounds the soon-to-be-implemented health care reforms. That may be because Americans tend to feel their government does more harm than good, whereas Canadians have a more favorable view of their political leaders. Higher levels of trust in government up north may allow politicians there to enact more programs that foster economic mobility, while encouraging more people to participate in them.

August 22, 2013 7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wait, I think I got it

"ever drink, smoke pot, drop acid, or compromise your nervous system in any other way and then fracture a five year old’s skull, break an eight year old’s arm, shear off the front half of a boat, eject 4 children into cold dark river water, dodging, in all, nine fatalities

and then drive like that again, Jim?

because, honestly, I think most of us have at one time or another"

Yeah, that sounds about right.

August 23, 2013 4:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

" 'The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery,' an Army spokeswoman said in an emailed statement."

I give it less than thirty five years.

August 23, 2013 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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August 23, 2013 8:20 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The prosecution of Chelsea Manning and the verdict raise very troubling issues, as Glenn Greenwald put it in a tweet:

“Obama admin: we aggressively prosecute those who expose war crimes, and diligently protect those who commit them.”

That’s been the story from the start. Every whistleblower who has revealed the government’s illegal activities, including torture and illegal surveillance, has been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Everyone who engaged in those crimes has been protected by the Obama administration from any liability. They’ve steadfastly refused to file criminal charges against them, as required by federal law and the UN Convention Against Torture, and prevented every court challenge against them through the use of the State Secrets Privilege. Ben Wizner of the ACLU gets it exactly right:

“When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A legal system that doesn’t distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Chelsea Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.”

But the executive branch under both Bush and Obama has become, for all practical purposes, lawless. It has succeeded in subverting the Bill of Rights, the rule of law, the separation of powers, American treaty obligations and the rights of all of Americans. More importantly, it has succeeded in making itself immune to all legal challenge. Americans may exchange presidents every few years, but the branch they lead is now, for all practical purposes, an institution without boundaries on what it may do to Americans.

August 23, 2013 12:44 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Patrick looks like a manly man.

August 23, 2013 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what does lazy Priya do when not busily "makin' a home"?

LP sings:

I could wile away the hours
Conferrin' with the flowers
Postin' on the TTF page main
And my head I'd be scratchin'
While my thoughts were busy hatchin'
If I only had a brain

August 23, 2013 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the right commenter is singing the right song to me!

Aren't you the one who thinks the climate is cooling because the temperature hadn't been above 90 in DC in August but didn't notice the heat waves in Alaska and Siberia?

If you only had a brain indeed!

August 23, 2013 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Domestic terrorists arrested spreading their hate and fear of the government said...

"LAS VEGAS (AP) — A couple spent hundreds of hours over four months plotting to abduct, torture and kill Las Vegas police officers as a way to attract attention to their anti-authority "sovereign citizens" movement, police said.

David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman attended training sessions about sovereign citizen philosophy, shopped for guns, found a vacant house and rigged it to bind captives to cross beams during interrogation, and recorded videos to explain their actions and why officers had to die.

At every step, police said Thursday, an undercover officer was with them, documenting and recording the alleged plot.

Newman, 67, of Las Vegas was a bit nervous, according to a police report. She asked at one meeting to unplug the television because she thought authorities could use it to listen to their conversations.

Brutsche 42, an ex-con child sex offender from California, practiced stalking Newman, posing as a police officer and putting a gun to her head to take her into custody, the report said.

The SWAT arrests of Brutsche and Newman this week at their apartment about three miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, scuttled a carefully planned operation to draw the world's attention to the sovereign citizen cause, Las Vegas police Lt. James Seebock told reporters. He characterized the case as a domestic terror plot.

"They were furthering their 'sovereign citizen' ideology by committing criminal acts toward law enforcement," Seebock said. "The suspects believed that once the first kidnapping and execution was accomplished, they would be compelled to keep repeating their actions, kidnapping and killing multiple officers."

Federal authorities regard sovereign citizen extremists as domestic terrorists. Authorities have linked sovereign citizen groups with violent confrontations in recent years, including deadly police shootings in Louisiana and Arkansas.

In Louisiana last year, police said that at least some of the seven people arrested after a shootout that left two deputies dead and two others wounded had links to a sovereign citizen group.

In Arkansas in 2010, a father and son identified as sovereign citizen followers shot and killed two police officers before being killed by authorities in a separate shootout.

Brutsche and Newman were held Thursday at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending court appearances on charges including conspiracy to commit murder and attempted kidnapping. It was not immediately known if they had lawyers.

Police said the investigation began when the unidentified undercover officer befriended Brutsche and Newman in April.

Authorities haven't released video evidence, but the 10-page police report states that every one of the 30 meetings with the undercover officer was recorded by audio or video.

"We need to arrest the police and take them to our jail and put them in a cell and put them on trial in a people's court," Brutsche said July 9, according to the arrest report. "If we run into the position that they resist, then we need to kill them."

During a tour of gun stores the next day, Brutsche said that what they were planning was going to be big, "and that they would really get a large following once they started because of the publicity," the report said.

Police said that when Brutsche was arrested, he denied that police had authority to hold him.

Newman told a KLAS-TV reporter in a jailhouse interview Thursday that she didn't really think Brutsche was serious about kidnapping and killing police, and that officers overstepped their authority in arresting her."

August 24, 2013 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Scott Lively is spreading hate and fear internationally said...

Pastor Who Helped Create “Kill the Gays” Bill Charged with Crimes Against Humanity

"...In March 2009, Scott Lively was one of the key speakers at an anti-gay conference held in Kampala, Uganda. He gave three lectures on the final day during which claimed homosexuality was the cause of the Rwandan genocide, Nazism and declared AIDS a justifiable punishment from God. He also identified childhood sexual abuse as a direct cause of being gay.

The remainder of his time in Kampala had him speaking at churches, universities and with parliament about the dangers of homosexuality. At the end of his self-described “resoundingly positive” and “highly successful” campaign, Lively left Uganda assured that the moral climate in Uganda would change significantly in the coming weeks.

It took one month.

In April 2009, a new anti-homosexuality bill was introduced in the Ugandan parliament. Already illegal and punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment, homosexuality was further criminalized by expanding the definition of what was considered homosexual acts. Certain violations were punishable by death.

It would be known as the “Kill the Gays” bill.

In March of 2012, the Center for Constitution Rights filed a federal lawsuit against Scott Lively and his current organization, Abiding Truth Ministries. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a non-profit umbrella organization for LGBT advocacy groups in Uganda.

The complaint alleges that Lively specifically sought out Uganda to further his agenda, knowing that Uganda was fertile ground to “meaningfully provoke and bring about the persecution of the LGBT community.” It connects his actions, beginning with his 2002 visit to Uganda, to the escalation of anti-gay propaganda and persecution in Uganda, culminating with the Kill the Gays bill.

It is the first known sexual identity and gender discrimination suit under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows foreign victims to sue corporations, governments and individuals for human rights violations.

Lively’s attorneys sought to get the case dismissed on a variety of claims, including that the plaintiffs had no standing, the Alien Tort Statute did not apply, and everything he said was protected by the First Amendment.

In a ruling last week, a federal judge disagreed, saying that because his activities occurred both in the United States and Uganda, the plaintiffs had standing, including jurisdictional. Furthermore, Lively’s actions went beyond speech and noted deliberate activity to deny LGBT people basic individual rights.

In other words, the case can go forward because “many authorities implicitly support the principle that widespread, systematic persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes a crime against humanity that violates international norms” and the plaintiff’s allegations are sufficient at this stage to allow the case to go forward.

The judge did not make a ruling on the merits of the claims, but this clears the way for the trial to proceed.

The Kill the Gays bill has been circulated multiple times, most recently in February of 2013. It’s still awaiting passage in parliament.

In their complaint, Sexual Minorities Uganda seek a judgment declaring Lively’s actions illegal, in violation of international law, and in violation of their fundamental human rights.

They are one step closer to the justice they desire."

August 24, 2013 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is a man who judges other people"

so, you've judged this guy and decided he's too judgmental

yeah, makes sense

of course, we are coming up on the 50th anniversary of when MLK said we should judge people by things like whether they are gay

you remember:

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

isn't sexual preference a matter of character?

of course, MLK was a Christian clergyman but he must have not been sold on the whole gospel

his statement contradicts Jesus' teaching on judging:

"Judge not that you be not judged."

still waiting to hear if any TTFers out there have ever driven with a alcohol blood level exceeding the legal maximum

my guess is, unless you're a life-long tee-totaler, everyone has

August 25, 2013 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But the executive branch under both Bush and Obama has become, for all practical purposes, lawless. It has succeeded in subverting the Bill of Rights, the rule of law, the separation of powers, American treaty obligations and the rights of all of Americans. More importantly, it has succeeded in making itself immune to all legal challenge. Americans may exchange presidents every few years, but the branch they lead is now, for all practical purposes, an institution without boundaries on what it may do to Americans"

that sounds like it could have come right out of the first chapter for Mark Levin's new book, "the liberty amendments", where he argues that the executive branch with the millions of regulations and myriad of executive orders is far exceeding what the framers had in mind when designing an extremely limited federal govt where the states retained most of the power to decide their own laws. Which clearly isn't where we are now.

Priya. I didn't you were a limited govt person. Are you ????

August 25, 2013 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lazy Priya loves government

just has a problem when it defends liberty rather than equality

August 25, 2013 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, equality of outcomes, regardless of effort or merit

sit on the couch all day and rant because someone who has worked and risked has more wealth

August 25, 2013 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


something you said has been bothering me.

you indicated that you weren't defending Obama, you just weren't criticizing him because of his race.

Isn't that also racist ?

I guess I think it is.

You are refraining from criticism because he is black... you are treating him differently because of the color of his skin.

the guy is really completely out of control these days. at some point the left really needs to start calling him on it.


August 25, 2013 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that too, Theresa

electing a black President was a momentous turning point for America

if we then treat him differently just because he's black, we negate the victory for the country

Obama is the most leftist and one of the least politically skilled individuals ever elected President

I will say this for him, however

while liberals have made this accusation every time Obama is criticized, he himself has had none of it

says he: "I was actually a black man when I was elected President."

wise up, Patrick

August 25, 2013 9:02 PM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

So President Obama is "out of control"? Well, he is not controlled by the right-wing, and that bothers his ideological opponents. Theresa, I think you are choosing to totally redefine the concept, which has always connoted someone who simply can't control his own emotions, and thus acts erratically. If anything, President Obama is too much in control of his emotions.

I never accused President Bush II or President Reagan of being "out of control." I just vigorously disagreed with their policies.

We all would be better off, and would be more likely to have useful discussions, if we would deal with substance, and not ad hominem attacks.

Finally, Anon, I suspect that most of us, regardless of ideology, have NEVER gotten behind the wheel of a lethal machine in a drunken or drug-impaired state. It appears that Delegate Dwyer is irresponsible or mentally ill or both. Now I suppose a public figure could be neither of these things and still viciously attack my sons because of their sexual orientation. Or maybe not.

August 26, 2013 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to put words in Theresa's mouth but one sense in which Obama is out of control is his lack of respect for our constitutional processes.

You're wrong, David. Most who drink have driven with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit.

August 26, 2013 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people who injure several women and children in a drunken boating accident do not continue to operate vehicles while under the influence. MADD has been working for decades to protect the public safety by getting and keeping drunks off the road. Courts order convicted drunk driver's cars to have breathalyzers installed so known drunk drivers have to pass a sobriety test to start their own cars.

I hope for the safety of Marylanders, State Delegate Don Dwyer will be rendered less dangerous by one of the judges in our legal system ordering his vehicles to be modified to start only after he passes the breathalyzer tests.

It was bad enough Dwyer gloated about spreading fear and hate of some of God's creation. It is terrible that he is now spreading fear of death and mayhem with his alcoholic behavior.

August 26, 2013 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Happy Women's Equality Day said...

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

August 26, 2013 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama has been quoted several times saying "If congress doesn't do it I will", which would be a statement more appropriate for a dictator or a king, not a president.

the specific incident which triggered the remarks was flying the family dog up to Martha's vineyard in an Osprey while packing our Navy Seal team six (the guys that got Osama) on a Vietnam era helicopter which got shot down - and they were all killed. While of course cancelling White House tours ....

That is the sort of "out of control" disregard for the American taxpayer I was referring to....

And the American media is behaving like Patrick, and won't take the guy to task for this stuff, or investigate it or report it to speak of...


August 26, 2013 10:05 AM  
Anonymous You want to see out of control? Try this! said...

Measles is making a worrisome resurgence across the USA, with at least 135 documented cases this year.

The latest measles outbreak is in Texas, where the virus has sickened 25 people, most of whom are members or visitors of a church led by the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland.

Fifteen of the measles cases are centered around Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, whose senior pastor, Terri Pearsons, has previously been critical of measles vaccinations.

The outbreak was started by a visitor to the church who had recently traveled to a country where measles remains common, according to Tarrant County Public Health spokesman Al Roy.

Those sickened by measles include nine children and six adults, ranging in age from 4 months old to 44 years old. At least 12 of those infected were not fully immunized against measles, Roy says. The other patients have no record of being vaccinated. The 4-month-old is too young to have been received the measles vaccine, which is typically given at 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This is a classic example of how measles is being reintroduced," said William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.

Measles particularly alarms doctors because it spreads like lightning and kills one in every 1,000 people infected. Officials in Oklahoma — which hasn't had a measles case since 1997 — said the Texas outbreak has put them on alert for signs of the virus, which produces a characteristic red rash and high fever, and infects about 90% of unimmunized people who are exposed to it. The virus can infect people even two hours after a sick person has left the room.

In an Aug. 21 statement, Lori Linstead, director of immunization services at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, said officials in her state, "are worried about the current outbreak of measles in Texas, because measles is very contagious, spreads like wildfire and can be very serious."

At the Texas church, the visitor infected not only the congregation and staff, but the church's on-site day care center, according to an announcement on Eagle Mountain's website. Health officials notified the church of the measles outbreak Aug. 14, and the church sponsored a vaccination clinic Aug. 18. Eagle Mountain also scheduled a vaccination clinic Sunday.

All of the school-age children infected in the Eagle Mountain outbreak were home-schooled, health officials say. Texas requires children be vaccinated before attending school.

In an Aug. 15 statement, Eagle Mountain's pastor, Terri Pearsons, said she still has some reservations about vaccines. "The concerns we have had are primarily with very young children who have family history of autism and with bundling too many immunizations at one time," she said.

Young children are actually among the most vulnerable to measles, Schaffner says. Their tiny airways can easily swell shut. "This is a sadly misinformed religious leader," Schaffner said.

In addition to getting a measles vaccine, Pearsons recommends that her congregants take vitamin D to fortify their immune systems. Schaffner said there's no evidence that vitamins offer any protection against measles.

"Our children and even adults of all ages need to be immunized now to stop the spread of measles and prevent those potential complications," Pearsons said. "The disease is only shut down when all are immunized."

August 26, 2013 5:10 PM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...


May I assume that this is what you are referring to?

So Bo "hitched a ride" with the group that will always be there to protect a President on vacation.

Until we see some comparison in constant dollars between the costs of an Obama vacation (he certainly has spent far less time on vacation than his immediate predecessor) with the costs of Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, I will have to be skeptical that such criticisms are not objectively based.

"If Congress does not act, I will." One of the frustrations that many of Obama's supporters had early in his presidency was his reluctance to use legitimate executive authority to make changes; his preferred approach was to first see if Congress would act. Now that Congress won't act, I see nothing "out of control" in using legal executive authority. If he oversteps his bounds, the courts will certainly pull him back.

August 26, 2013 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Until we see some comparison in constant dollars between the costs of an Obama vacation (he certainly has spent far less time on vacation than his immediate predecessor) with the costs of Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, I will have to be skeptical that such criticisms are not objectively based."

uh, David

David, are you there?

no other President has purposely cut out high-profile programs to purposely cause distress among citizens

you may remember Obama protested sequester cuts by eliminating White House tours

Donald Trump offered to pick up the whole tab

WH Press Secretary said "I doesn't work that way. People have to feel the pain of these cuts."

Obama was pulling a stunt worthy of a small-time local executive

he deserves what he gets

"I see nothing "out of control" in using legal executive authority."

uh, David

David, are you there?

Obama thinks he can ignore laws when inconvenient

like the employer mandate

he just decided to put it off a year

that might be fine if he had a constitutional objection

but he clearly doesn't

he just wants to put off making the impact clear until after the 2014 elections

why not?

he thinks the legislature is his royal court of advisors and he is the king

laws don't apply to our out-of-control monarch

August 26, 2013 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama, the emperor has no clothes...and he's out of control

August 26, 2013 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like anon's comments david, and will wait for a response to them.

August 27, 2013 12:13 AM  
Anonymous They have no decency! said...

Conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham attacked the speakers at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, at one point using the sound of a gunshot to cut off a sound bite of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a man whose skull was infamously fractured by a state trooper on "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, AL, in 1965.

Hear it with your own ears.

August 27, 2013 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monarch? Or Socialist? Or Kenyan? All of the above? Good luck with that tired old line of attack! It worked so well electing Romney last year!

"It's no surprise that 100 million Americans will watch the Superbowl. That's 40 million more than go to church on Christmas! It's also 85 million more than watched the last game of the World Series. And in that is an economic lesson for America because football is built on an economic model of fairness and opportunity and baseball is built on a model where the rich always win and the poor usually have no chance.

The World Series is like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -- you have to be a rich bitch just to play. Whereas the Superbowl is like Tila Tequila -- anyone can get in.

Or to put it another way, football is more like the Democratic philosophy. Democrats don't want to eliminate capitalism or competition, but they would like it if some kids didn't have to go to a crummy school in a rotten neighborhood while others get to go to a great school and their Dad gets them into Harvard. Because when that happens, achieving the American Dream is easy for some and just a fantasy for others.

That's why the NFL literally shares the wealth. TV is their biggest source of revenue and they put it all in a big "commie pot" and split it 32 ways because they don't want anyone to fall too far behind.

That's why the team that wins the Superbowl, in the next draft, picks last -- or what the Republicans would call "punishing success."

Baseball on the other hand is exactly like the Republicans. And I don't just mean it's incredibly boring. I mean their economic theory is "every man for himself." The small market Pittsburg Steelers go to the Superbowl more than anybody, but the Pittsburg Pirates? Ha ha! Levi Johnston has sperm that will not grow up and live long enough to see the Pirates in a World Series. Their payroll is $40 million, the Yankees' is $206 million. The Pirates have about as much chance of getting to the playoffs as a poor black teenager from Newark has of becoming the CEO of Halliburton.

That's why people stop going to Pirate games in May. Because if you're not in the game, you become indifferent to the fate of the game and maybe even get bitter. That's what's happening to the middle class in America. It's also how Marie Antoinette lost her head.

So you kinda have to laugh that the same angry, whlte males who hate Obama because he's redistributing wealth, just love football, a sport that succeeds because it does just that. To them, the NFL is as American as hot dogs, Chevrolet, apple pie, and a second giant helping of apple pie. But then again, they think they're macho because their sport is football, when honestly, is their anything gayer than wearing another man's shirt?"

August 28, 2013 8:43 AM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...


Here is my response:

When the sequester creates real, significant pain to many Americans, it makes perfect sense to share at least some minor inconvenience with the rest of us, so that we are less likely to avert our eyes.

Holding back on implementing a part of the Affordable Care Act to make it more likely that implementation will work is certainly not an abuse of power. Rather, it is responsible stewardship by the President. The opposition’s crocodile tears over the delayed implementation of that portion is laughable.

August 28, 2013 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WSJ reports:

Second-Quarter Growth Revised Upward

"WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy grew faster than previously estimated in the second quarter due to more buoyant exports and business investment, indicating a stronger trajectory for growth heading into the second half of the year.

The nation's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the economy, grew at a 2.5% annual rate in the second quarter, an upward revision from an initial estimate of 1.7% reported last month, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Economists had forecast a revised second-quarter growth rate of 2.2%.

Separately, the Labor Department reported that the number of U.S. workers applying for new jobless benefits fell again last week and remained at around five-year lows.

Thursday's reports paint a picture of an economic recovery that is gaining traction even though it remains weak by historic standards.

...Government spending remained the biggest drag on growth, falling 0.9% in the second quarter, as a package of federal government spending cuts known as the sequester took another bite out of the economy.

Morgan Stanley economist Ted Wieseman said the economy's performance in the year's first half was "impressively resilient" given the headwinds from government spending cuts and tax increases."...

August 29, 2013 2:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JimK: "This is a man who judges other people"

Sociopathanon: "so, you've judged this guy and decided he's too judgmental"

Full Quote (JimK): "This is a man who judges other people and throws his weight around like he's better than them, when maybe he should show some humility and allow peaceful people to live their lives happily."

No need for the histrionics anon, if you feel that the willingness to endanger the lives of others is what best determines who should make the laws that bind us together as a society I’m sure we can all calmly discuss it with rudimentary paintings on cave walls.
"Patrick. … you indicated that you weren't defending Obama, you just weren't criticizing him because of his race. … You are refraining from criticism because he is black... you are treating him [Obama] differently because of the color of his skin. … Theresa"

The exchange in question:

Theresa: "How you keep defending this guy I really don't get."

Patrick Fitzgerald: "Way too many of us don’t defend him, we’re just not condemning him because of his skin color. I think you’re misreading the situation."
(Take 2)

UNLIKE Tea Party Republicans (**much moral preening**), bleeding-heart liberals, like myself, by definition, actually have feelings for other people. We “bleed,” emotionally - so to speak, at the thought of not just harm but … the very concept of it even being possible in a universe created by an all powerful god of love, whom, for some reason, is also orchestrating the percolation of that very understanding of itself up from what would appear to be a cauldron of confusion.

Do you really think we commie pinko bed-wetting lefties give a free pass to behaviors or policies "just" because your ocular organs happen to be getting a daily dose ebony tickle?

Bias, what bias?

Seriously though, your generation (of thought) gives me no hope and guarantees my every fear.

And I say that in the sincerest of humilities. There are seven billion of us food, sex and poop machines on the planet now and out of all of them, you chose me to grace with the opportunity to occupy this moment of yours. It’s so obvious that God put us together -- out of seven billion? C’mon?

September 08, 2013 1:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That said and worse still:

Theresa: "the guy is really completely out of control these days. at some point the left really needs to start calling him on it."


the specific incident which triggered the remarks [above] was flying the family dog up to Martha's vineyard in an Osprey while packing our Navy Seal team six (the guys that got Osama) on a Vietnam era helicopter which got shot down - and they were all killed. While of course cancelling White House tours ....

That is the sort of "out of control" disregard for the American taxpayer I was referring to…"

After I read that I found these in the brain spatter I had to scrape off my monitor:

-The Day A Black Dude Saved The Day, Day
-Subtitle: Why did the black guy who got it right for once have to be the president?!?

(****all homicides are justified all the time ~Patriotic Party of the Most Patriotic Patriots to change the name of America to PPMPP)
-and thi$
-also thi$
Theresa, I’m sure all of our thoughts and prayers are indeed with the victims of the White House tour cancellations, but are you really saying that the only thing worse than a 9-11 mastermind on the loose is a black dude taking him out?

September 08, 2013 2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick, you took a lot of hallucinogens during your formative years, didn't you?

September 09, 2013 1:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You should have seen the rough draft.

September 10, 2013 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, Patrick

September 11, 2013 11:21 AM  

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