Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New York's NOW chief asks Obama to give women "gifts"

Marcia Pappas, president of New York's chapter of the National Organization for Women, has asked Obama to placate female voters with promises of "gifts." Such as:
  • Four or five pro-choice, women appointed to the US Supreme Court, plus a pro-choice litmus test for all lower-court appointments.
  • Replace DNC Chairman Howard Dean with a woman "who will not sit back quietly whil sexist attacks are levid against women candidates."
  • Ensure superdelegates reflect gender equality.
  • Change the primary system (Pappas deems caucuses "not democratic" and wants to allow secret ballots so women aren't "intimidated" and can "vote their conscience."
Apparently, sexism is still okay ... as long as it's from a female-dominant position.

I had Marcia on Dialog back in 2005. She didn't seem so loony then. The podcast is here.

Newt to McCain: No boring white guys for VP

Former House Speaker and "Contract with America" architect Newt Gingrich told John McCain to steer clear of a "boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy" in his vice presidential selection via an audio recording made Monday and posted on his website Wednesday.

"What I'm afraid of is that if Sen. McCain picks one more relatively boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy who would be like, you know, a cookie cutter…he just makes the ticket seem boring compared to the level of energy and drive and excitement that Obama has," Gingrich said.

Certain revelations, however, make it appear as though McCain is ignoring - arguably - one of the brightest Republicans of the last half century.

Media reports tonight indicate that McCain has cancelled several planned events in the next day or so ... and added a stop to Columbus, Ohio. The reason for the Columbus stop won't be released, however.

This leads some to speculate that McCain will attempt to divert the news attention from Barack Obama's Germany lovefest ... by announcing a vice presidential candidate.

If that is the case, the most obvious choice would be former Rep. Rob Portman. Other potentials include former governor and current senator George Voinovich ... and former Rep. John Kasich.

Of course, all three of them are boring white guys.

If this plays through, maybe it's an indication of just how desperate McCain is for Ohio to stay in the red column. Zogby currently lists Ohio as purple, with Obama holding a slight lead over McCain, 43/38 ... with Bob Barr at 7 percent.

Obama has previously said, though, that his strategy does not include Ohio and Florida.

It's all very interesting.


I saw this on the news tonight and just shook my head.

From the Buffalo News:

The superintendent of the Media School District in Orleans County was arrested today on charges that he falsely claimed to have been a state trooper on his resume, State Police announced.

Apparently, Richard M. Galante had claimed he was a state trooper from 1981 to 1998, but never was. He was charged with one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a low-level felony.

This reminds me of a story a few years back in which a woman in Lockport was arrested and charged with the same thing: "offering a false instrument for filing." Her crime? She reported to police that she had been harassed by police ... and they said she wasn't. So they arrested her.

1984 anyone?

Editorial cartoons are fun ...

Many of you know, I love editorial cartoons. It's the first thing I read in the paper. So when a local blog creates their own political cartoon, I'm particularly giddy. Here's one by The Buffalo Bean.

Bacteria closes Niagara beaches

According to The Buffalo News:
The Niagara County Health Department announced Wednesday that swimming has been barred until further notice at three campgrounds and at Krull Park Beach in Olcott because of high bacteria levels in water samples taken this week.

The affected campgrounds are Niagara's Lazy Lakes Campground, on Church Road in Cambria; Niagara County Camping Resort, on Wheeler Road in Hartland; and Niagara Hartland Campground, on Hartland Road in Hartland.

This is the third time this summer that Krull Park Beach, on Lake Ontario, has been closed because of elevated bacteria levels. The campgrounds, located inland, are affected for the first time this season.

Reason show notes 072308

This morning I discussed a couple of press releases concerning the Buffalo Creek Casino ... and a new law regarding smoking ... then it was chaos. Frank and I talked about annonying acronyms and text abbreviations. And Frank sent me a funny about Windows error messages. Note: I'll be off for the next two days, with previous episodes taking my place. Of course, I'll keep blogging.

Column: Lincoln's flaws

I mentioned briefly on Reason yesterday that Abe Lincoln might not have been as great a president as he's believed to be. I decided to make the topic my column for the week.

It may make you look at "Honest Abe" in a new light.

Here's an excerpt:
Our history books teach us that Lincoln ran for office repeatedly, losing over and over. He opposed slavery and won the presidency. The south hated him and seceeded. We had a civil war to bring them back into the fold. The north won and everything was clear sailing after that.

Our history books leave out a lot of details. And fudge some facts.
Feel free to agree ... or disagree. I just hope it makes you think.

Capitol South: Spin