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:: Friday, April 01, 2005 ::

DeLay Takes His Party Hostage

Well, I was right. Tom Delay isn't going quietly into the night -- he's going to fight his party tooth and nail if they try to usher him out.

No wonder he's become buddy-buddy with the fundies. They've known him for longer. This explains the whole Shiavo mess, though. Delay needed some serious cred with the radical base and didn't care about the political damage -- he was already hurting. The fact that it George and Jeb wussed out (from the fundie point of view) just helps Delay -- Bush's lock on the radical right was a problem. Delay used Shiavo as a wedge, but not against the Democrats.

Josh Marshall chimes in as well. The short version? Pass the popcorn. It just raises Delay's profile in the GOP, which is the best possible thing for the Democrats.
:: Morat 7:52 AM :: ::

:: Thursday, March 31, 2005 ::

U.S. Newswire : Releases : "DeLay Statement on Terri Schiavo"

Well, I think this means Tom Delay isn't going to quietly into the night:
Mrs. Schiavo's death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers and with Terri Schiavo's friends in this time of deep sorrow.'
Offhand, I'd guess this is a sign that Tom Delay's planning on using the wingnut crowd to fight the more pragmatic "Tom Delay's bad for business" GOP business arm.

It's no secret Delay's starting to drag the party down, and that more and more Republicans are thinking it'd be snazzy to dump Delay -- while keeping all that he built -- rather than let him tar all of them.

Looks like Tom Delay has picked his allies for the fight. This should be fun to watch. Anyone got popcorn?
:: Morat 10:57 AM :: ::

Terri Schiavo has died - Mar 31, 2005

Rest in Peace. And hopefully Delay's craven use of your name and image has convinced many Americans to avoid the same fate.
:: Morat 7:55 AM :: ::

:: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 ::

Krugman's Latest

It's nice to see some of this finally getting noticed:
Everyone knows about the attempt to circumvent the courts through 'Terri's law.' But there has been little national exposure for a Miami Herald report that Jeb Bush sent state law enforcement agents to seize Terri Schiavo from the hospice - a plan called off when local police said they would enforce the judge's order that she remain there.

And the future seems all too likely to bring more intimidation in the name of God and more political intervention that undermines the rule of law.

The religious right is already having a big impact on education: 31 percent of teachers surveyed by the National Science Teachers Association feel pressured to present creationism-related material in the classroom.

But medical care is the cutting edge of extremism.

Yesterday The Washington Post reported on the growing number of pharmacists who, on religious grounds, refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or morning-after pills. These pharmacists talk of personal belief; but the effect is to undermine laws that make these drugs available. And let me make a prediction: soon, wherever the religious right is strong, many pharmacists will be pressured into denying women legal drugs.

And it won't stop there. There is a nationwide trend toward 'conscience' or 'refusal' legislation. Laws in Illinois and Mississippi already allow doctors and other health providers to deny virtually any procedure to any patient. Again, think of how such laws expose doctors to pressure and intimidation.
Jesus, who the hell do these assholes think they are? You know, in any other job they'd get their asses fired. I think focusing on the law is the wrong end -- focus on the companies. Whatever religious protections exist -- and I'm sure there are many -- I bet the bottom-line argument trumps it. I rather doubt you have a religious right to refuse to sell your company's product.

Who the hell do these little shits think they are, to play judge and jury? To arbitrarily decide their twisted little moral code somehow entitles them to decide which medicines I need and don't need?

Saddest thing of all -- their "demonstration" of their faith is irrefutable proof that they don't understand it. The message of Christ -- of the new Testament in general -- was one of personal responsibility. It's still there, if you look -- hidden behind the ramblings of John and the lovely editing jobs done by the infant Catholic Church. It's all about making your own moral choices.

By denying people the right to make their own moral choices, they're making it impossible for any man or woman to truly live up to their Christian faith.

Note: Blogger is irking me. I've been trying all day to actually publish this tiny little post.
:: Morat 7:08 AM :: ::

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