Tuesday, July 31

The Politics of Surge Success

So the New York Times (no less) is saying that the surge is working.
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.

The big lesson if the surge works or not is that we shouldn't try and run a war by the opinion polls back home. Not that this has been Bush's war troubles (he has had others in conducting the war) but too often public opinion becomes our only guide.

So let's suppose that the surge does work. Where does that leave the American politics? First, Democrats suffer a big defeat along with all their full fledged alliances with the peace at all costs contingent. All the major Democratic pres. candidates suffer major humiliation at finding a war is being won that they hoped would be lost. Lieberman becomes the only viable candidate. And Gen. David Petraues becomes the Republican candidate for President. If he is anything like our last general as president I couldn't wait to vote for him.

Corn: Driveway not Wal-Mart

Sweet Corn is ready again! Stop by and pick some up. And drive up and say hello. It's not mine this year. I had to hand over the business to my brother, so you will have to find out if he will give you a deal or not.

And don't check your Wal-Mart for fresh local sweet corn. This is the second year that I/we have tried and they tell you that you need at least 50 acres and get authorized with Tomah.

Nice Flower eh? I'm trying out the new Picasa from google.

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Monday, July 23

Watch-Madison will soon join

The impeachment sillies that is. San Fransisco has already passed the measure as have a few other cities. These votes of course carry no weight and those opposed to the measures in San Fransisco have accused those sponsoring the measures as political grandstanding. Worse. It is Constitution abuse. But you just wait. The city that gave the Dixie Chicks keys to the city will start to feel scooped it hasn't started the scream for impeachment. God save our capital!

The Censure without a case

Feingold has one foot on the impeachment band-weagon and appears poised to make the final leap when needed. He wants Bush censured.  Fine, I mean Fein. Let him go over the cliff with it. So what has Bush done wrong? He has not won the war in Iraq. And has "assault[ed] the rule of law." Ok. In his opinion. But censure should be about disciplining the unethical not for disagreeing with a policy position.

So let's say that the Congress doesn't like the immigration bill. The Senate has mismanaged the problem in Congresses' eyes. Do members of the Senate get censured. Or impeached? Just because Bush is low in the polls is no reason to try an impeachment. That's for high crimes and misdemeanors. Censure is political impeachment and should not be used as a political tool. It's Feinmud not Feingold I'm seeing here.

Monday, July 9

Impeachment craziness

There has been increased talk about impeaching the president and all of it is terrible silliness come about because many liberals are still smarting after Clinton embarrassed them and lied under oath and got impeached for the felony. Enter Libby. He does the same thing: lies under oath. He gets slapped with a felony and prison sentence and when Bush (totally legally and Constitutionally) pardons him the liberals count it up as one more reason to impeach him.

It is so old to have to counter the old 51% makes right idea. We live under the rule of the Constitution not the mob. Something to help democrats out: there is nothing that you can impeach the president over. Zip. But that might not stop an impeachment of simply an unpopular president. It didn't help Andrew Johnson.

Pet Problems

Pets are in the news and in the laws again, and this time over divorce custody battles. A new bill introduced in the assembly will direct how the courts are to deal with pets in divorce cases. Under current law according to the Wisconsin State Journal pets are treated like any other property. Legislator should leave it that way, or even better leave the whole law. Pets and laws only create problems.

Friday, July 6

Fred Thompson on pro-life issues

The money quote: On stem cell research, I’m for adult stem cell research not stem cell research where embryos of unborn children are destroyed. It looks to me like there is a lot of promising developments as far as adult stem cell research is concerned anyway and we don’t need to go down that other road.

Ok this guy looks better and better each day...

Wednesday, July 4

Domestic Benefits for my Pets Please!

The Senate action recently to add domestic partner benefits is not only confusing as a law, but everyone talking about it seems confused and misleading about what they are trying to advocate.

“We believe strongly that domestic partner health benefits are a critical competitive issue for attracting and retaining campus talent, and we appreciate the Senate’s efforts to add it to the budget,” says University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor John Wiley.

Yeah, why in the world would adding these domestic partner health benefits keep any more talent than adding any other perk to some special group of individuals? Why not just add pet health? Like adding any perk to a compensation package for campus employees pet health has just as likely a chance of "retaining campus talent" as domestic partner benefits. Or else for some reason those who have domestic partners are better workers, better talent by virtue of their unmarried status. Scary. But not beyond UW thought.

For that matter opening health care benefits to any "partner" opens up a pandora's box of scam possibilities with people claiming some roommate is now a "domestic partner."

The Assembly would show leadership by throwing out this poor policy, in support of a perverse lifestyle.