Aug 202010

If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you know that August truly is the “stupid month” in American politics. It is my hope that this week’s Friday Night Cartoons will bring a spark of sanity to the proceedings. Just click on the cartoons to make them bigger or to start a slide show. Enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

Freedom of religion

 Posted by at 15:41  Politics, Religion
Aug 142010

Last night, President Obama continued the White House tradition of hosting an Iftar – the meal that breaks the day of fasting – celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. During his remarks at the Iftar dinner, President Obama indicated his support for the controversial mosque being proposed for lower Manhattan…

Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities -– particularly New York. Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.

But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure.

Watch the video:

Read the transcript of the President’s remarks following the break.

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Weekly Address 08-14-10

 Posted by at 10:19  Politics
Aug 142010

“Honoring Social Security, Not Privatizing It”

From the White House weblog:

On the 75th anniversary of Social Security, President Obama promises to protect it from Republican leaders in Congress who have made privatization a key part of their agenda. He makes clear that, especially in light of the financial crisis, gambling Social Security on Wall Street makes no sense.

Click below to listen to the audio only:

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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Aug 132010

Hot enough for you?

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

Republican meltdown

 Posted by at 16:19  Politics, Republicans
Aug 132010

Right wing extremists are now spouting the theory (they call it fact) that pregnant women from the Middle East and from Mexico are coming into the United States for the sole purpose of having their babies and then taking them back home to raise as terrorists that will then return to the United States (as U.S. citizens) and blow the place up. Last night, Anderson Cooper had one of the proponents of that theory, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on his show. He asked Rep. Gohmert to present any proof that he or his cohorts might possess in support of their theory. He got no proof in response to his request, but he certainly got an entertaining meltdown and tantrum from Mr. Gohmert…

This is what our Republicans do. You are well aware of this if you witnessed any of the so-called town hall meetings from about a year ago. They scream, shout and holler in the hopes that eventually you will tire and give in to them. Thankfully, we have responsible and intelligent journalists like Anderson Cooper who are willing to stand up to their crap.

From the previous evening, Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle:

Watch these videos. Then ask yourself… are these really the people to whom we want to return the keys of government in November? Extremist, alarmist and (I’m sorry) just plain stupid.

President in Dallas

 Posted by at 16:53  Politics
Aug 092010

President Barack Obama is in Dallas right now. At the moment he is attending a fund-raising dinner at the Highland Park home of attorney Russell Budd. Tickets for the dinner were just a bit out of my price range… $10,000 to $100,000… so I am not attending.

Earlier this afternoon, the President was in Austin where he attended a DNC fund-raising luncheon at the Four Seasons hotel and also spoke with students and faculty at the University of Texas about the importance of higher education. Upon landing in Austin, he was greeted by Governor Rick Perry (who never misses an opportunity for a photo-op)…


Bill White, the Democrat who is currently campaigning to replace Perry, was nowhere to be seen. He had “previous commitments” (he is spending the day stumping in Midland, Abilene and Cleburne). The President reportedly was not insulted by his absence.

To me, it is a testament to the greatness of our President that he was: A) able to stomach being in the presence of, and even touching, Rick Perry (who has called him a socialist and criticized everything he has done or attempted to do); and B) able to not be slighted in the least by what was obviously intended to be a slight by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White.

Air Force One departs Dallas, August 9, 2010
Air Force One departs Dallas, August 9, 2010


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A special place

 Posted by at 18:35  Politics
Aug 082010

If I were to believe in abstracts like heaven and hell, I would have to believe that there is a special place in hell reserved for people like Tony Perkins.

You simply do not put the rights of the minority up to a vote of the majority. That is not how things are done in the United States of America. Try as I might, I cannot find mention in any history book (at least not until the right wing of the Republican party finishes rewriting those history books) of any popular vote on desegregation in the south in the 1950s or 60s.