Daily Archives: March 2, 2006

Patriot Act Finally Approved

All it needs now is President Bush’s signature. (source)


One abstention: Inouye (D-HI)


Akaka (D-HI) Bingaman (D-NM) Byrd (D-WV)
Feingold (D-WI) Harkin (D-IA) Jeffords (I-VT)
Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI) Murray (D-WA)
Wyden (D-OR) Source for votes

All democrats except for the one wannabe.

At least the Senators from Illinois voted correctly…

Red Rabbit Still True

This story was out last year (the Hindustan Times had a story on March 30, 2005) and I wrote about it here.

Today (via Stop The ACLU) we learn more.

Leaders of the former Soviet Union were behind the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981, an Italian parliamentary investigative commission said in a report.

A final draft of the report, which is due to be presented to parliament later this month, was made available to Reuters on Thursday by the commission president, Senator Paolo Guzzanti.

This was exactly the premise of Tom Clancy’s Red Rabbit.

Stop The ACLU Blogburst

Hostettler asks Legion to help confront ACLU

Courier Press

Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., called veterans who belong to the American Legion to fight again, “to defend our sacred liberties.”

“This battle will be fought with letters, e-mails, phone calls and personal visits,” he said.

The enemy? The American Civil Liberties Union.

Hostettler was speaking Tuesday to 700 members of the American Legion who are in Washington for an annual convention. Tuesday afternoon, many of them went to lobby their representatives, and Hostettler’s bill, the Public Expression of Religion Act, was on their list of requests.

Hostettler told the crowd that Gibson County’s Ten Commandments display challenge began because “a local strip club owner said he was offended. If he meant it troubled his conscience, the monument is a benefit to the community.”

Chuckles rippled throughout the hotel ballroom, and then applause.

Ultimately, the display was held to be constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But often it goes the other way. Hostettler said, “The more cases they win, the more this false right is reinforced.”

Hostettler told the group he has failed to get the bill made into law in four consecutive congressional sessions, and this is the fifth time he’s tried.

“We need to pass PERA, and we need to pass PERA now,” he said. He urged American Legion members to spread the word to their friends that they oppose “the ACLU and their minions who would enrich themselves at the expense of our Constitution.”

Hostettler closed the speech by saying although the ACLU wouldn’t like him saying so, “May He (God) continue to bless the United States of America.”

This is important legislation that needs to be passed. YOU need to contact YOUR Representative and tell them to support this. You can read about PERA here. Now, seriously, contact your representative. You can find their contact info here.

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An Amazing LA Times Editorial

Over at Real Clear Politics I clicked on a link to an LA Times editorial that really blew my mind…

The editorial is titled “Why pick on Wal-Mart?”

The editorial talks about recent legislative actions to force Wal-Mart to spend a specific amount of money to offer health coverage to their employees. The editorial calls this bullying and intimidation. The editorial also states

This kind of legislative intimidation is bad for a couple of reasons. First, it’s arbitrary and unfair. Why not go after companies with 5,000 employees? Or 50? Or ones with employees who wear funny hats and ask, “You want fries with that?”

I’ve wondered that too. Why only Wal-Mart and not all the stores in the mall? Why not all the fast food outlets? Why not pick on all retail outlets? Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the U.S., but there are plenty of other large retailers as well…