Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Nominee

It comes as no surprise that President Obama’s first nominee to the Supreme Court is someone who he sees eye to eye with. I do find her comment about a wise latina woman being more qualified to make decision than a wise white man to be disturbing.

California & Gay Marriage

So the California Supreme Court has ruled on Prop 8.  I’m not really surprised at the outcome.  It was a bit of a stretch for the opponents of Prop 8 to claim that it wasn’t an effective amendment to the constitution because it altered it to such a degree that it changed it too dramatically.  If the opponents of Prop 8 are really upset, what they should do is protest the moron mayor of SF.  Prop 8 would have failed if Gavin Newsome hadn’t made is “whether you like it or not speech.”

The whole Prop 8 issue is very interesting.  I watched the film Milk over the weekend.  The movie was ok, but it was very enlightening.  The most interesting part of it was the defeat of Prop 6 in 1978, which was also known as the Briggs Initiative.  The Briggs Initiative was a California proposition which sought to fire any teacher who was found to be “advocating, imposing, encouraging or promoting” homosexual activity.   The interesting part that relates to Prop 8 is this, the opponents of Prop 6 mounted a campaign for homosexuals to come out of the closet to their friends, family & co-workers.  The theory being, if people know someone who is gay, they would be more likely to vote down Prop 6.  Prop 6 lost 58% to 41% despite all the pools before the election showing it winning.   Now look at Prop 8 which lost 52.24% to 47.76%, despite the polls showing it going the other way throughout most of the campaign.  The difference I think was the arrogant, loud mouth Newsome spouting off.

I think the yes on 8 people could have just played that over & over, it was very effective for one reason, it pissed people off!  To me that is the biggest reason why Prop 8 failed.

To Close or Not Close

Interesting debate today between Obama and Cheney.  I give Cheney a lot of credit, he’s not letting Obama Bush Bash all over the place.  Mitt Romney had this to say:

It is laughable to suggest that Guantanamo is a meaningful aid in terrorist recruiting. Before Guantanamo came the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the bombing at Riyadh, the attacks on Khobar, the bombing of our embassies, the Cole. There will always be rallying cries for recruitment whether it is the existence of Israel or the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. Appeasement has not ever, does not now, and will never satisfy a foe who looks to destroy freedom and rule the world.

It’s pretty interesting, no one with any sense really wants Obama to close Gitmo,  I’m not even sure if Obama, now that he has been briefed on what Gitmo has really accomplished.  WHO KNOWS.  But he’s really all over the place and his press secretary is back tracking, making comments like closing Gitmo in a year was a hasty decision.

California Props

It was nice this week to see the tax & spend propositions here in California go down in flames.   Now maybe the Govenator and his Dem chronies will once and for all have to enact some meaningful budget reform in California.  This state has been a mess for years, with a number of causes. 

One of the big probelems is how we silly voters in California always used to fall for the propositions that set aside a percentage of the budget for schools.  While a noble goal, there’s a big problem, when revenues are good, all the money gets spent, BUT when times get tought, the union thugs scream because they don’t get all the money the got in the drunken sailor spending days.   Another problem is that we spend over $10 million a year on services for illegal immigrants, well there’s half the budget problem right there.   Then there’s the unions who basically control the state.  Because the weenie Republicans in this state agreed a number of years ago to a redistricting plan that let them have there safe seats, seats in the Assembly and Senate rarely change parties, so the Dems are left with a permanent majority (as a side note this should change with a ballot measure that we passed last November on redistricting).  The Democrats have one goal, pleaseing the union bosses, if the union bosses are unhappy with you Mr. Democrat, they’ll back someone to beat you in the primary.

Hopefully Californians have had enough of the games Sacramento plays, Tuesday was a good start.

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