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  • Arkansas Congressperson Promises Not to Murder Your Grandma in the Face

    Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) promises not to vote for the systematic murder of grandparents and kindly bed-and-breakfast proprietors. And he calls himself a Democrat…

    I can tell you, I've laid down my set of principles, so I will not force government-run health care on anyone. If there ever is government-run health care, the first ones to sign up should be the president and every member of Congress, including myself. You should be able to keep the insurance you've got today, if you like it, and always choose your own doctor.

    No federal funding for illegal immigrants or for abortion, and no rationing of health care. I will never vote for a bill to kill old people, period.

    That's a nice sentiment and all, but it's not really saying much. I doubt that any Democrat would actually vote for a bill specifically designed for the government-mandated execution of the elderly.

    They'd most likely add it as a rider to some other bill. They're not monsters.


    Tags: Arkansas, Health Care, House of Representatives, Mike Ross
  • Democrats Come to Agreement with Democrats Over Democrats' Plan for Health Care


    Great news, everybody!

    It looks like the Congressional Democrats have finally made peace with the Congressional Democrats on the whole health care reform thing that the Congressional Democrats proposed and the Congressional Democrats hated…

    A group of fiscally conservative House Democrats announced Wednesday they reached a deal with the chamber's Democratic leaders on a health care reform bill.

    Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, speaking for the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, said the agreement calls for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to begin debating the bill later Wednesday, but for no vote by the full House until after the upcoming August congressional recess.

    Fantastic! It's almost to the point in the process where the Congressional Republicans vote unanimously against it.


    Tags: Arkansas, Democrats, Health Care, House of Representatives, Mike Ross
  • Godless Arkansasians May Soon Be Allowed to Vote

    Good news if you're one of the thirteen atheists living in Arkansas. You might one day be afforded the honor of having an actual legal vote that doesn't matter

    It's an ugly little open secret that Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas have constitutions that explicitly forbid atheists from holding state office. These laws are archaic and unenforceable in principle — they were all ruled unconstitutional in 1961…

    Now, though, a representative in Arkansas has submitted a bill to amend the Arkansas constitution and remove the prohibition of atheists.

    Can you believe the nerve of Richard Carroll, the guy who submitted this bill? Throwing his hat in with the godless unbelievers. In direct defiance of the defiance of the 1st Amendment?! And in Mike Huckabee's back yard, no less! I never thought I'd see the day.

    Can't we just have one small little section of the country where reasonable can go to not be reasonable? Just one?


    Tags: Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Religion, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
  • Gallup Poll Divines Most Godly States of America

    In case you were wondering what the top ten most morally-upright states in the union were, look no further than this new poll from Gallup

    No comment.

    (via DFTCW)


    Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
  • Minnesota Governor Clearly Drawing Salary From Wal-Mart

    Apparently the occupation of Minnesota Governor doesn't pay as well as we'd been led to believe. Given the content of Tim Pawlenty's recent speeches, it's pretty clear that he's taken a side job with Wal-Mart. (At $7.85/hour or whatever they're up to. Hopefully the state gives him health insurance.)

    If you're not sure what I'm getting at, consider these recent quotes from Pawlenty, from the summer though this week's Republican Governors' Association meeting in Miami…

    * "People who shop at Sam's Club and Wal-Mart want value, which ties into the Republican message of reform, accountability, and limited government." (August 4, 2008)

    * "We want to be the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club." (August 6, 2008)

    * "[John McCain] understands the concerns of everyday Americans like you and me. What I like to call "Sam's Club Republicans." These voters are on a tight budget. They're looking for value and accountability at the store. And they're looking for value and accountability from their government. John McCain connects with Sam's Club voters." (Republican National Convention (September 4, 2008)

    * "I think the best thing that we can do as a party is reach out to Sam's Club voters." (November 13, 2008)

    But before you shrug off the governor's one-man Wal-Mart/Sam's Club marketing campaign as just the natural behavior of a guy who hates unions, health care and locally owned businesses, consider an odd fact.

    While Wal-Mart/Sam's Club is based in Arkansas, their rival, Target, is based why in Minnesota. Where's the love, Pawlenty?  If you love Arkansas' businesses so much, why don't you just go be their governor?  (You're certainly white enough.)

    Anyway, I could dig up even more examples of the Governor's obsession, but they're almost endless and I don't want to drive up Google's stock price any further.

    Besides, Governor Pawlenty suggests we conduct all further web searches at WalMart.com.


    Tags: Arkansas, Minnesota, Target, Tim Pawlenty