Archive for the ‘Alabama Bloggers’ category

Giuliani v. Paul III

May 22, 2007

Actually, it’s more Ron Paul v. the GOP, but be sure to read this exchange between Doug of Hey Jenny Slater and Eric Dondero, who was once a senior aid to Paul but who now blogs at RedState. Good stuff, begun with this post:

Ever since the galvanizing May 15 Republican debate, in which Rudy Giuliani falsely accused Paul of saying the United States “invited” the 9/11 attacks, Andrew Sullivan has been tallying up the legions of mainstream “conservatives” campaigning to excommunicate Paul from the GOP. Hugh Hewitt and Bill Bennett both want Paul bounced from future GOP debates, as does the chair of the Michigan GOP; Hewitt’s co-blogger, Dean Barnett, dismisses Paul as “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs”; one of Paul’s own former senior aides, current RedState blogger Eric Dondero, is threatening to challenge Paul for his House seat next year. Over at National Review, Larry Kudlow obediently chimed in with a judgment of Paul as a member of the “I hate America” camp. And all because Paul suggested that unchecked interventionism in the Middle East was a foreign policy that encouraged greater animosity toward the United States.

Kind of tells you where the “mainstream” Republican Party is at these days, doesn’t it? You have to be in favor of continued intervention in the Middle East, an indefinite military commitment in Iraq, and oh yeah, torture of detainees to pass muster as an official GOP candidate these days. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter how many taxes you want to cut or government programs you want to scale back, you’re still a heretic.

Yesterday I quipped about why I’m not a progressive. The Republican reaction to Paul – typified by Eric Dondero – is a great illustration of why I am not a Republican.

BTW, my two posts on Paul and Giuliani are here, and here.

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How Is This Fair?

May 16, 2007

Jeff Vreeland took two months off from blogging, but now returns with this post:

Today an article was published in Roll Call, the newspaper of Capital Hill, entitled Democrats Can’t Start a Fire Without a Sparks. The author of the article, Josh Kurtz, interviewed me yesterday in regards to the upcoming 2008 election and what impact Alabama might have on a national level. We also spoke about some up and coming political stars in Alabama (both republicans and democrats).

Come on! Here I am dutifully cranking out several insightful posts a day, and who wants to interview me? No one. Meanwhile Jeff has been gone so long that the Alabama Republicans had to start their own blog. How is that right? I will now pout.

Oh well, I guess the distinction is the quality of the blogging. So congrats Jeff and I’m glad to see the Republican Party Blog Politics in Alabama up and running again.

The Numer One Sign That You Are Way Too Uptight?

May 4, 2007

You think that how a kid wears his hair is a good reason to kick him out of school.

Blogrolling

April 27, 2007

Three new ones.

The first two aren’t much worth reading for anything other than a good laugh, being propaganda machines. Besides, neither of them have me on their blogroll, so obviously they are clueless. (Joking, really I’m not that full of myself). Anyway, here’s the Alabama Democratic Party’s blog, and here’s the Alabama Republican Party’s blog.

The third one is Bessemer Opinions. Good stuff, there, especially all the flower pictures. Also, I discovered after reading this post that a favorite bike ride of mine takes me past the author’s house. Small world.  

She Fought The Law And She Won

April 20, 2007

Congrats to Loretta Nall on the dismissal.

And after reading her post, let me say once again that I hope I never make her mad at me.

Yesterday, Roy Moore, Today, Lee P.

April 19, 2007

Both are people with whom I rarely find myself in agreement.  Yesterday I gave props to everyone’s favorite theocrat, today’s it’s a tip of the hat to good ‘ol Lee.

I’m with him almost all the way here:

Did you know that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is short and hangs out with “no lipped white boys?” That observation was made last year by liberal blogger Wonkette, and one Alabama Democratic Party blogger (echoing Trent at SackSessions.com) now cites it as evidence that Sessions is “not held in high regard” as a Senator.

The reason I’m bringing this up and wasting precious Blogger-bytes by linking to the ADP web site is this:

This particular ADP blogger seems to view a person’s physical characteristics (including those that are directly linked to his race) as valid and appropriate considerations in judging his fitness to serve in Congress. While that line of thought runs deeply through the long history of the Alabama Democratic Party, I had been under the impression that today’s crop of Democrats were a bit more progressive. Apparently, I was mistaken.

I – unlike Lee – care little for Beauregard, considering him an idiot. But even I cringed when I read that post about Sessions.

First, Lee is correct that this is petty, juvenile, and completely useless. Poking fun at someone because of their physical attributes is just wrong. Sessions is a tool, but he did not have any say in how short or tall he was going to be. And it goes without saying that his height has nothing to do with whether or not he’s a good senator.

Of course, it’s perfectly o.k. to make fun of Sessions for his views, ideas, and beliefs. He chose those, and has no qualms about putting them into the public square. So if you want to say Sessions is a moron because he thinks Saddam’s belief that he won the Gulf War justified the Iraq invasion, fine. But let’s not make fun of him because he’s short.

Second, as a blogger with whom I often agree points out, this is bad political strategy:

Now the anti-Sessions/pro-any-Dem crowd have taken to mocking Sessions’ physical attributes and making racially stereotypical comments (kudos to Lee).

I was meeting a friend for a quick bite when I spied the diminutive Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Munchkinland) dining with a group of no lipped whiteboys that looked to include his press guy and other staffers and/or lobbyists.

In our double standard society that is perfectly acceptable.  Yes, it was a regurgitation of a Wonkette piece (for those of you who don’t know, Wonkette is a sharp, crude political blog), but it was obviously not posted with any recriminations for it’s content.  Just imagine if the politician in question had been a black man and the person said something offensive like, “with a group of fat lipped black boys.”  There would be hell to pay and we all know which two “reverends” would be on the airwaves.

But such is the nature of political parties.  People check their own minds at the door when they join up.

Stuff like the short-Sessions post, while they get a chuckle from those of us who have already decided that Sessions is a goob, are going to make the undecided voters think the anti-Sessions crowd is a bunch of hypocritical partisan nutcases. That won’t serve our purpose. There is a rational case for Sacking Sessions. So let’s make it and leave the name-calling behind.

“Today is the greatest [Mon]day I’ve ever known”

March 12, 2007

First, if you want to hear some excellent commentary by knowledgeable folks, as well as yours truly trying to sound intelligent, check out my first podcast:

Alabama lawmakers are meeting in Montgomery, but what are they talking about? We asked the experts and got an education.

Dave White, who covers the State House for The Birmingham News and [Wheeler], author of Alablawg join us to discuss pending legislation, including that pay raise lawmakers just approved for themselves, reform bills and what could be coming for educators.

Second, I just got back from court where the judge tossed what was a really stupid case against my client.

Basically, my client was attempting to repossess a vehicle from a delinquent debtor, and ended up being charged with criminal trespass. There were no allegations of violence or danger, all my guy did was go into her garage to make sure the vehicle was the one he was trying to repossess. She told my client to leave, and he did.

Why that led to an arrest and prosecution for criminal trespass, I don’t know. A criminal trespass is the knowingly unlawful entry into a dwelling. Given that the law, and most installment contracts, allow the creditor to enter the debtor’s property to recover the collateral, this was not an unlawful entry. Even if it was, a garage is not a place where a person usually resides, i.e., it is not a dwelling. Finally, even if the entry was unlawful, it was not done knowingly. By virtue of his job as the repo man, my client had a good faith belief that he was privileged to be in the garage. This just was not a crime.

The ADA, though, disagreed. Who is right? Me, of course, but what counts is that the judge interrupted my motion for a judgment of acquittal in order to grant it for us.

Like I said, a really stupid case, but one that caused my client – a young guy with a wife and two little kids – a lot of stress. All he was doing was his job. Thankfully, the judge recognized that and tossed the case.