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Vichy Democrats Put Alito on the Bench

Michael Bryan

VichyThe Democratic Senators who voted for cloture have put Alito on the bench. One can debate how much of an effect it will have for a Catholic majority to control our highest court, but the simple fact is that Bush should not have been able to put as conservative a justice as Alito on the bench when laboring under his scandalous record and a pitiful performance rating.

The Democratic party folded over one little word, "obstructionist". Again, instead of taking such a pissant little label, like "liberal", and making it a badge of honor, they slunk off an did the GOP’s dirty business.

This nomination should have been a line in the sand, er… well, those haven’t worked out very well lately… this nomination should have been a make or break moment for every Democrat. Either you’re with us or your dead electoral meat. In the end 25 Democratic Senators did the right thing, but there are several who need to feel a little wrathiness from their base.

The Vichy Democrats are:

Akaka
Inouye
Cantwell
Rockefeller
Byrd
Bingaman
Lieberman
Nelson (FL)
Nelson (NE)
Baucus
T. Johnson
Dorgan
B. Lincoln
Salazar
Conrad
Landrieu
Pryor
Carper
Kohl

Coyote Carnival

Michael Bryan

I would like to invite you all to participate in a new blog carnival that I have started to highlight the best and brightest blogging in the Arizona Sonoran Desert region: The Coyote Carnival. Please submit your nominations for the best writing from the best blogs based in the region. The topic at this point … Read more

AZ Supreme Court Rejects Rep. David Burnell Smith’s Petition

Michael Bryan

The Arizona Supreme Court rejected Rep. Burnell Smith’s petition for review of the Clean Elections Commission’s decision that he must forfeit his seat and a stay pending final resolution. They wrote:"The Court has considered Petitioner/Appellant’s Motion for Stay pending Resolution of Petition for Review and the Response thereto of Real Parties in Interest/Appellees. The Court … Read more

Bush Brings Hamas To Power in Palestine

Michael Bryan

Fatahhamas_1Bush’s self-appointment as the ambassador of democracy in the Middle East continues to misfire with the Palestinian elections handing a clear majority of 76 of 132 seats in Parliament to Hamas, which is officially considered a terrorist organization by the United States’ government and Israel, as well as the EU and Canada. Hamas also does not recognize the state of Israel and its destruction is part of the organization’s charter, as are some other choice bits that are likely to make the peace process difficult at best:

"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."

"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."

Bush is calling for Hamas to change it’s charter. Don’t hold your breath. Though Hamas has made some hints that it intends to continue to negotiate with Israel through intermediaries, it is not altogether clear that Israel will be receptive. Israeli hard-liners may use the rise of Hamas as a reason to break off all talks, likely prompting another intensification of mutual violence.

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George Sauders’ “The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil”

Michael Bryan

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I just finished reading George Saunder’s novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. It is nothing like what you would expect, but yet is everything you could want in a political satire for our times. Instead of rushing headlong at the subject as I am wont to do (and did do in my own novella Homeland), Saunders started from a much more exploratory place and wound up with what is essentially a Dr. Suess book about genocide.

More from Saunders on how the book was written on the flip…

Flake endorses Shadegg for House majority leader

Michael Bryan

Flake endorses fellow Arizonan for House majority leader. I don’t know how much weight this public show of support will throw, but it is certainly, to my mind a neccessary precondition to a Shadegg win. Flake is a nationally recognized spokeman for limited government and reduction of government spending and a vocal critic of ‘earmarking’. … Read more

Know-Nothing Ron Drake

Michael Bryan

Ron Drake has apparently settled upon his campaign slogan in his uphill fight against incumbent Raul Grijalva, "We Can Do Better!" Just don’t ask Ron how. As of this writing his page on "The Issues!" still says only check back soon. Wow. I gotta say I’m inspired. It’s clear that what Ron is saying to … Read more

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