Saturday, May 28, 2005

Pot, Kettle, Black...

A painting which depicts President Bush being sodomized was taken down from open display in an art gallery after Michael Friedman, an "artist" who had painted a picture of Pope Benedict XVI with several swastikas in the background, complained that the sexually explicit painting of Bush was offensive and tasteless. (via Powerline)

"Sodomy in a public forum is not, from my perspective, considered art," [Friedman] said. "I think somebody has to draw the line somewhere. I like political satire. However, that type of image...I don't think is artistic."

Friedman's right about the sodomy depiction, of course, but I'm trying to figure out [toungue in cheek] how his suggestion that the pope is a Nazi is artful satire rather than illustrated bigotry or hate speech.
Class of '87

It's been a while since I've done it, but Amy Welborn has kind of inspired me to google some people I knew in high school to see where they might be in life today. Here's what I was able to find:

For some reason, I'm not surprised he has a tattoo.

Absolutley no surprise that he's doing what he's doing. (Kind of funny, though, that I found him on the same business networking website as the guy above).

I indirectly keep in touch with him through a relative.

Haven't had any luck finding any of the gals I knew in my graduating class, probably because most of them are married now and have changed their names.

T-minus two years until my 20th year reunion. Yikes!

Update: Although this guy (scroll all the way down)was into theater and acting back in high school, he was a fairly decent cross country and long distance runner as well.
The Intolerant Left Strikes Again

This time with soda cans filled with marbles that were thrown at people before the start of a meeting in Garden Grove featuring Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Still Not Quite Right

The correction should read "The institutional Church and orthodox Catholics believe it is His body and blood." (link via Amy Welborn)
I Like Apple Pie Because Chicken Tastes Good

Makes about as much sense as saying legal immigration will be undermined by beefing up border security and allowing the police to arrest someone because he is in this country illegally. God save Los Angeles.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Attack Journalism

Al Reuteera publishes the following "facts" about Priscilla Owen, whom the Senate finally voted on and confirmed to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (link via Powerline):

Owen, 50, recently received the worst rating on the Texas Supreme Court in an annual judicial evaluation poll by Houston lawyers. With 350 votes cast, 39.5 percent said she was outstanding, 15.2 percent rated her acceptable and 45.3 percent said she was "poor." None of the court's eight other judges had as many "poor" votes and only one had fewer "outstanding" votes.

Looks bad, but I'm sort of interested in knowing who exactly conducted this poll. And aren't there more than 350 lawyers in Houston? It's also curious that Al Reuteera doesn't mention the fact that Justice Owen received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association (hardly a bastion of conservatism).

Owen is a member of the Federalist Society, an increasingly powerful legal society that describes itself as "a group of conservatives and libertarians" who believe "it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be."

Gee, I'd hate to see what Al Reuteera would say if Justice Owen was as member of Opus Dei.

Owen graduated in 1977 from the law school at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, as the top student in her class. She worked as a corporate lawyer with expertise in oil and gas at a large Houston law firm before being elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1994 in a campaign aided by current White House adviser Karl Rove. She was re-elected in 2000 with 84 percent of the vote.

In other words, Owen is just another pawn in Karl Rove's master plan to rule the world, and the 84% who voted for Owen are all brainless robots.

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has endorsed Owen's nomination but they clashed on a number of cases when they were on the Texas Supreme Court, most famously in an abortion rights case in 2000. Owen was a dissenter on the court's vote upholding a teenage girl's right to abortion without notifying her parents. In his opinion, Gonzales wrote that dissenting justices advocated a position directly contradicting state law and that adopting their view "would be an unconscionable act of judicial activism."

Read this, then try to tell me that most "journalists" in the MSM aren't a bunch of lazy hacks who don't bother to investigate any claim that coincides with their leftist agenda.

Owen is a divorcee who lives in Austin, Texas, where she teaches Sunday school and tends the altar at St. Barnabas the Encourager Evangelical Covenant Church, which split from the Episcopal Church last June because of disagreements with national church leaders who ordained a gay bishop and allowed dioceses to consider blessing same-sex unions.

In other words, Owen is a hypocritical fundamentalist Christian who needs to be feared.

Note to Al Reuteera: Let us know when you stop confusing so-called facts about a person with whom you disagree with uninformed partisan commentary.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Our Nutty Fundie Friends

Of course, it's stuff like this which adds fuel to the fart winds of pandering blowhards like Congressman John Conyers. (via Drudge)