Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Christ on a Bun! Who is Helping Whom?

Emperor Benedict
Self-gratifying Image Repost

In the official Vatican Information Service release of July 2nd, 2007 (yes, I subscribe), the VIS lays out "Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for July:"
His mission intention is: "That, aware of their own missionary duty, all Christians may actively help all those engaged in the evangelization of peoples."
Right now, I have a relative in a remote part of the world ruining cultures by evaporating their historical religions and traditions by taking over centers of worship and making them love Jesus instead; I'm not a fan of evangelization. But the Pope might want to look into his magic Popeball and define his terms with a bit more precision.

Otherwise, every Catholic just got the OK to play second fiddle to Ted Haggard. Well, not the gay stuff. Or the meth stuff....

Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence; I Yell at Television

Liberals's springs were still tensioned on the issue, and an overdue Bush finally sprung the trap: Georgie Porgie commuted Scooter's sentence.

This would be the only actual power Bush has over sentences of any kind ("All them words, they trip me up.") And no, it does not mean they carpooled yesterday.

President Bush decided - with complete legal right and no actual thought - to make Scooter Libby's punishment go away. Democrats pounced with good reason, but I'd like to look at this from a different angle.

Let's reduce this scenario: Imagine for a moment a "hypothetical" situation in which my daughter tells one whopper of a serious lie; Mrs. Shambles was asking her about something important, specifically warned her that lying would be an awful offense, and she lied anyway. Appropriate punishment in this case would be, say, 30 days grounded. But the next day, just before she was sent off to her room, I came out and said "No, the punishment was excessive. Why don't you go play with your friends - no grounding - but we'll be keeping an eye on you."

Aside from getting into a heated argument with the Mrs. for undermining our partnership of authority, I'd be undermining the very idea of justice.

Now, expand that to a national - nay, world - stage. Many people have made jokes about the impression our president makes on behalf of us, and this is a prime example. Let's close with the article:
Douglas A. Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University who is an expert on federal criminal sentencing policies, said it is "hypocritical and appalling from a president whose Justice Department is always fighting" attempts by judges and lawmakers to lower the punishment called for under federal sentencing guidelines. Berman said Bush's message amounted to "My friend Scooter shouldn't have to serve 30 months in prison because I don't want him to."
Our president is a complete asshat.

And, yes, I did yell at the television.

House Members Get What We Don't: a Raise


House members are seeking a "cost of living" raise.

Can I get a raise, too? I, too, am a lawmaker in the sense of voting for these choads.
Most members support the pay raise as a means of retaining experienced lawmakers and of making sure that Congress is not simply dominated by wealthy people. Many lawmakers maintain homes both in the expensive Washington housing market and back in their districts. On most days, they meet with lobbyists making far more than they do.
So by raising their own income, they will be "making sure that congress is not simply dominated by wealthy people."

What kind of idiot statement is that? They are already "wealthy."

But pushing it to $170,000 per year - what the shit?

Congress, you get the WTF Award for bullshit and greed.

I'm living in Cincinnati, named after Cincinnatus, the man who saved his country but after serving went back to farming. Where is that? Where is dedication to country with humility? And how can we tell congress that making a career out of "serving in office" is not an option? We'll have to vote you out. All of you. And only accept those who accept term limits as your replacements.

Or start a revolution. Seriously. Tear it down.

Any takers?