In a column focusing on something that many webloggers noted at the time of the Virginia law school shooting, Larry Elder points out the apparent media allergy to ever portraying guns in a positive light.
This may be a first. I actually almost agree with Tom Daschle and disagree with the Administration. He’s calling for hearings into the intelligence failure of 911. In theory, this should certainly be done.
I just wish that I had some confidence that the Congress is competent to do this. Based on the Enron situation, it doesn’t look promising.
As usual, even if the Plurality Leader is doing the right thing, it’s almost certainly for the wrong reason–I suspect that it’s just a new and desperate political ploy to try to pin it on this Administration, while abvolving the last one, leading up to the elections in the fall. After all, if one of the Republicans’ strongest issues is national defense (which is what spins the voters’ propellers these days) then weakening their image in this area would be helpful to the Dems in November.
CNN is reporting that Iran has arrested about a hundred and fifty Arab, European and African Taliban/Al Qaeda members.
Sounds like the mullahs really are getting a little nervous. Or maybe they’re just doing this for show…
The DEA raided a marijuana sellers club yesterday in San Francisco. In addition to the weed, they confiscated a shotgun and a 0.22 pistol.
Well, I’m certainly glad that, with terrorists threatening the nation, our federal law enforcement officials are applying all necessary resources to making sure that cancer patients don’t get high, even though California voters granted them the legal right to do so.
So let me get this straight. The same federal government that pays for ads to not buy drugs because it will aid the terrorists, shuts down a legal (under state law) purveyer of marijuana, forcing sick cancer patients to get their drugs illegally, thus (theoretically) aiding terrorists?
And by the way, whatever happened to that quaint old (apparent) irrelevance, the 10th Amendment?
Well, thumbing their nose at the Constitution (as usual), this travesty of a “campaign-reform” bill was passed by the House last night. Fortunately, it doesn’t take effect until the next election cycle, so there’s plenty of time for the Court to slap it back down into the moral swamp from which it arose.
I’d like to see Bush use some of his political capital and veto it, but he may be counting on the courts to solve the problem.
And if it somehow survives, I wonder if paying an ISP for webhosting services, and publishing a weblog criticizing a candidate, will qualify as “paid advertising” under the law, and thus become illegal. If not, there’s a silver lining here. Webloggers will suddenly have much more electoral influence than television stations and newspapers, and may be the place that people go to get their campaign information…
[Update at 2 PM PST]
An anonymous reader points to a story from a couple years ago describing a case in which a web site owner ran afoul of existing election law. This is a very scary precedent. Combine this FEC ruling with the atrocity occuring on the Hill right now, and webloggers may very well be in big trouble next election cycle.
[Samizdater Perry de Havilland weighs in]
Cool. Then Samizdata can live up to it’s name and act like an off-shore Samizdat for prohibited words. Intercourse [editor changed the original word–this is a family weblog…] the US laws… I am not in America and so they mean nothing to me, but my friends are in the US and we stand ready to be at their disposal.
Which raises the question of another loophole. Suppose I rehost my domain offshore. Does the law still apply? Or am I still breaking the law because I’m a US citizen? How about if I post anonymously (Samizdat style, so to speak)? Will the FEC Gestapo trace the packets to find out who’s creating the posts?
This law is really a civil liberties disaster, and I suspect that even if the courts don’t knock it down with extreme prejudice, it will quickly collapse from its own internal contradictions come election season…
Just in case you weren’t already thoroughly disgusted with the IOC and the Europeans, read this article from Newsweek.
Because Dubya changed the words at the ceremony from ?I declare open the Games of Salt Lake City, celebrating the Winter Olympic Games? to “On behalf of a proud, determined and grateful nation, I declare open the Games of Salt Lake City, celebrating the Winter Olympic Games,? they think that we’ve “hijacked” the Olympics.
Sorry, folks, but the Olympics have become a parody of themselves and political correctness.
Ann Coulter helpfully catalogues how Senator Robert “I Was Born In A House With No Plumbing” Byrd has been building monuments to himself in West Virginia with taxpayers’ money for decades.