Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Noise Machine (04/27/10)

Takes too long...let me sum up....


Why environmental groups fail. There's a difference between trying to solve a problem and trying to kill a gnat with an elephant gun. Most of us want to see the Kemp's Ridley Turtle thrive, few of us want to see thousands of families lose their livelihood based on a guess that they MIGHT have something to do with them dying in increased numbers.


After the Haiti earthquake, when a group of Americans were charged with kidnapping, anti-Christian commenters came out of the wood works to condemn the volunteer workers and, by extension, Christianity itself. If some of the vitriol was used against other religions it would have qualified as hate speech. Ooops. It appears the parents wanted the group to take their children and maybe give them a better life. (You still have permission to crack on Pat Robertson however.)


Every election there is a certain amount of wrangling about debates, and every election there's always one (breathless) report that "the candidates may not debate!" *Gasp* Reporters everywhere throw on sackcloth and spread ashes on their foreheads while sub-par moderators bang their fists on the kitchen table in frustration at a potential lost revenue stream. Meanwhile the candidate trailing in the polls accuses the front-runner of "dodging" debates. This year is no different. Which leads me to predict that the outcome will be no different. The debates will occur, they will reveal little, and the questions will suck. Carry on.


On the heels of David Mincberg's "Republicans are Bad" term-limits op-ed appearing in the pages of ChronBlog, Houston blogger Charles Kuffner offers his own, slightly less partisan, take on the issue. While HCA believes that the best form of term limits is a fully engaged public at the ballot box, the idea of County term limits is probably a cause that those who enjoy causes would be right in pursuing. Legislative passage is a hell of a tall hurdle however, especially in Texas where the government is designed to not pass a lot of legislation.


and finally.....


Quote of the day courtesy of Texas Representative Leo Burman (R-Tyler) as reported by The Tyler Morning Telegraph:
"I believe that Barack Obama is God's punishment on us today, but in 2012, we are going to make Obama a one-term president."
InterLeft explosion in 5...4...3...2....

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