"I wish they would only take me as I am" - Vincent Van Gogh               "How Can I believe in God when just last week I got my tounge caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?" - Woody Allen              "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake" - Henry David Thoreau              "I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It involves Russia" - Woody Allen            "When promulgating esoteric cogitations, eschew platitudinous ponderosities" - Mark Rowan, my father            "Up, sluggard, and waste not life, for in the grave there will be sleep enough" - Benjamin Franklin             "What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world." - Albert Einstein            "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence" - Ronald Reagan            "It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you." - Lady Bird Johnson              "I still want to be the candidate for guys with confederate flags in their pickup truck" - Howard Dean

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Who leaked what now?

The Valerie Plame leak story has been, in my opinion, the most boring, useless, deplorable story of the year. Despite the numerous lies that Joseph Wilson told, despite the twists and turns of the trial, despite the fact that no apparent laws were broken, it continues to get mainstream news coverage (though mostly from MSNBC...is that still considered "mainstream"?). Yet, despite my utter boredom of the case, Victoria Toensing's article in the Post today was very interesting, and very insightful, summarizing the many flaws in the prosecution, and many of those involved, including Joseph Wilson himself.
On Dec. 30, 2003, the day Fitzgerald was appointed special counsel, he should have known (all he had to do was ask the CIA) that Plame was not covert, knowledge that should have stopped the investigation right there. The law prohibiting disclosure of a covert agent's identity requires that the person have a foreign assignment at the time or have had one within five years of the disclosure, that the government be taking affirmative steps to conceal the government relationship, and for the discloser to have actual knowledge of the covert status.

From FBI interviews conducted after Oct. 1, 2003, Fitzgerald also knew that then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage had identified Plame as a CIA officer to columnist Robert D. Novak, who first published Plame's name on July 14, 2003.
From my examination of the situation, the only thing that this Kangaroo court has determined is that Wilson is a bit of a liar (though many take his lies as proof that Bush lied), and that Patrick Fitzgerald needs a hobby other than attacking conservatives.

5 Things people don't know about me

Okay, so I gotted tagged by The Only Republican in San Francisco to do this awhile back, and just haven't gotten around to thinking of 5 things yet. Here goes.

1. I love Star Wars. Episode 5 is my favorite, but I love them all. I waited in line for ~15 hours to see the midnight showing of each of the new ones, read comics, and collect Boba Fett junk.
2. I have a beautiful 5 month old baby girl.
3. I'm a vegetarian, though I am an incredibly picky eater (no mushrooms, no tomatoes, no lots of other things)
4. Though politics is my passion, Science and Medicine are my real interests, having won an American Chemical Society award in college (I majored in Chemistry and Biology, with a minor in Math), as well as being a recipient of a Research Fellowship from Pfizer.
5. I'm incredibly neurotic.

Now, like some chain mail I have to pass this on...So, to 123Beta, JimmieK, Debbie @ Right Truth, Prying1, and Marooned in Marin, if you don't complete this within 5 days, some starving child in Africa with an elbow on his forehead won't get the extremely expensive anti-elbow-on-forehead medicine from Bill Gates that he so desperately needs.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Obama and Racial Politics

I typically try to avoid race politics, but some occassions require comment. It angers me when people assume I am a racist simply because I am a Republican. Unfortunately, Republicans have been stereotyped as bigots. It's nothing new, but many Democrats abuse the stereotype, pandering to minorities for votes (despite supporting policies that hinder minorities). Thus, I was very upset to hear Senator, and Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's comments on race and voting while in New Hampshire. According to The Telegraph, Sen. Obama is quoted as saying:
Later, he downplayed votes could be cast against him due to the color of his skin.

“Are some voters not going to vote for me because I’m African-American? Those are the same voters who probably wouldn’t vote for me because of my politics,” he said.
The undertone is that those who disagree with his politics are typically racists. It is a subtle hint that he believes Republicans to be racist. Suffice it to say that I have plenty of reasons not to vote for him, and none of them are the color of his skin. Rather, it is the quality of his politics (highly pro-aborition, supports a minimum wage increase, will push for Socialized health care, cut-and-run in Iraq, etc...).

Putting aside the facts that the Republicans freed the slaves, passed the Civil Rights act (over a democratic filibuster), and more recently gave us both the first two African-American Secretaries of state and the first Hispanic Attorney General, The youthful Senator is somewhat confused. It's far more likely that Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, Robert Byrd, and Joseph Biden would support his politics than would George Bush, John McCain, or the typical Republican, yet recall the many racially insensitive comments made by Dean, Clinton and Biden...and consider that Senator Byrd was a high-ranking Klansmen!

Furthermore, consider the case of so-called "white-flight", the phenomenon of whites voting for the opposing party when their candidate is black. Contradictory to what Sen. Obama may want you to think, Democrats are more likely to not vote for a candidate because he or she is black. The stereotype of the racist Republican is not only inaccurate, if anything it is Democrats that tend to be racist.

Lastly, consider the following. Before entering politcs Obama stated

he and a black friend would sometimes speak disparagingly “about white folks this or white folks that, and I would suddenly remember my mother's smile, and the words that I spoke would seem awkward and false.”

As a result, he concluded that “certain whites could be excluded from the general category of our distrust."


Yet, in his second memoir (after entering politics), his feelings seemed to have changed, stating that “I’ve never had the option of restricting my loyalties on the basis of race, or measuring my worth on the basis of tribe," contradicting much of his original memoir.

If Senator Obama doesn't want race to influence his race, I would suggest he not make it such a large part of his identity, his politics, and his rhetoric.


Cross Posted at and 123Beta

Murdoch Endorses (?) Gingrich

According to this article out of Australia, Rupert Murdoch wants Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the house, to run for the 2008 presidency. As I've said before, I would support Newt, as well. In my opinion, he would bring a unique, fresh, and truly conservative viewpoint to the mix. And, while he may not have the political momentum to garner the needed support, his ideas may well influence his republican counterparts in positive ways.

Newt has some interesting ideas on issues such as Health Care, and the minimum wage. He is a general believer in the free-market, and supports free-market approaches to solving many social issues. Furthermore, he knows how to win an election, and how to get things done, which he has shown in years past. I think he would make a great president, and it will be interesting to see if he chooses to pursue it.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Who Cares about Gavin Newsom?

Within the Bay Area the recent scandal involving Gavin Newsom has been receiving a lot of attention from the media. For those of you who don't know, Newsom - the mayor of San Francisco - had been having an affair with his campaign manager's wife for over a year. It was the headline story on many daily papers, has been on the evening news, and provided fodder for local conservative talk radio. Quite frankly, I was bored with it before it began.

As an elected official, I disagree with most of what Newsom proposes (though not all). I would not be likely to vote for him anyway when he is up for re-election in November. However, his personal ethics (or lack thereof) don't necessarily influence his professional ethics. If this had been a situation of the mayor laundering funds, things would be different. How, then, could we trust him with our money? Yet, it's not. Furthermore, there a probably many doctors, grocers, bankers, etc... out there who have done immoral things, but we still give them our business. Why? Because most of their personal choices don't affect their professional decisions.

I may not like Gavin Newsom's politics, but I don't care at all about his personal flings.