CULTURE WATCH, Volume 19
by Nancy Morgan
The air waves this weekend were monopolized by the unfortunate death of Tim Russert,(Tim Russert: Enough Already!) As the media indulged in non-stop homage to Russert, other news got short shrift.
GOVERNMENT AT WORK:
The Supreme Court has ruled that foreign terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under our constitution. This should underscore the importance of electing a Republican president in '08. If Obama gets in, he might just appoint Muslim terrorists to the court.
House Republicans want people to know that right now, 60 miles off the coast of Key West, Fla., China is drilling for oil thanks to a lease issued by Cuba. Neal Boortz clarified: China is not presently drilling for oil, the point is, they can, and thanks to Democrats, we can't. Go figure.
Despite pledging to curb pork-barrel funding, lawmakers are gearing up for another spending binge, directing billions of earmarks toward organizations and companies in their home districts. A billion here, a billion there. It adds up. Oink, oink.
In other vital business, a San Francisco Bay lawmaker is pushing a bill that would force federal regulators to ratchet down the volume of commercials. Rep. Weiner, New York Democrat, is addressing another vital issue, sponsoring a bill that would make it easier for 'models' (as in fashion models) to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. The people's work is tough, but someone's gotta do it.
The House approved an extra three months of jobless benefits for all unemployed Americans, despite almost non-existent chance it will pass the Senate and White House. No matter, in an election year, its all about image, not results. And we're still falling for this stuff. Aaargh.
Other elected officials were busy doing the people's business: Dennis Kucinich introduced yet another resolution to impeach Bush. It got swept under the table. Another group of Democrats, no doubt concerned about panties being used when interrogating terrorists, have asked U.S. Attorney General Mukasey to name a special prosecutor to investigate torture. Terrorists are thanking Allah that we have these guys looking out for us.
Oh, those Democrats...they fight tooth and nail to keep health care, education, social security etc, from being privatised. Yet when their own senate dining service can't make payroll, (much less a profit), they have no problem turning to the private sector to bail it out. Crow, anyone?
On the bright side, at least these politicos aren't fooling all of the people all of the time. New polling data shows that the overwhelming majority of voters believe the federal government has itself become a special interest group that looks out primarily for their own interest.
I'm losing it. Time to change the subject to:
The nation's nuclear energy industry, all but stagnant for 30 years, is quietly building towards a resurgence. License applications are starting to flow into the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This is good.
Despite, or because of, the lack of federal action to enforce our nation's immigration laws, many states are stepping up to the plate. The number of state bills dealing with illegal immigration that have been enacted are triple the number that passed in 2006. This is also good. Rasmussen Reports that one-third of voters are still angry about lack of action by the Feds. Survey shows they blame Washington, not the immigrants.
Life expectancy in the U.S. has hit a new record: 78.1 years for babies born in 2006. And in extremely good news for a dude from Paris: A man whose heart had stopped beating woke up just as surgeons were about to remove his organs for donation. Whew.
In other good news, we should all be happy that:
1. The earth hasn't melted yet.
2. There have no terrorist strikes in The U.S. since 9-11
3. We're winning in Iraq.
4. Despite the shaky economy, we all are still the luckiest people in the world.
Despite all the gloom and doom reports, I count my blessing daily. How lucky we all are to have been born in America.
Conservatives are losing the battle for traditional families. On Monday, California is due to become the second state to allow gays to marry. Officials are preparing for a flood of gays. Meanwhile, two openly homosexual members of Congress have recruited 50 of their colleagues to officially join them in promoting the homosexual agenda in Congress. Welcome the new House Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus.
Male priests marry in Anglican church's first gay 'wedding'.
In Massachusetts, a lesbian activist has been sworn in as a family court judge and in Norway lawmakers have approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. Up in Canada, the Alberta Human Rights Commission has fined a Canadian pastor $7,000 and ordered him to desist from expressing his views on homosexuality in any sort of public forum. Drip, drip, drip.
Americans beware: The ACLU has launched a major expansion campaign, looking to dramatically increase their work on 'social justice' issues. Be scared.
In Belgium, churches are to be turned into mosques as Christian congregations decline while Muslims demand more places to worship. This is not good. (Notice how Muslims never seem to 'ask'?)
Two children in Britain have become so addicted to their mobile phones that they were admitted to a mental health clinic.
In case you missed it, June 12th was 'Carbon Belch Day,' where people like you and I had a chance to do our bit to counter the global warming wackos, by belching as much CO2 into the air as we could. A good time was had by all.
For those that care, the image of the U.S. has improved slightly in many countries over the past year. And for those that need a good laugh:
IDIOT OF THE WEEK:
This week's award goes to congressman Je$$e Jackson, Jr., of Chicago, who proved once again that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as he commented on Obama's clinching of the democrat nomination for president:
"What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation's political history. The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance."
Till next Monday,
by Nancy Morgan
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and a news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina, where she writes "Culture Watch" weekly.
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* freerepulbic; ideagrove