28 May 2010

From last night's debate, a verbatim transcript.

Rep. Buyer: I wanna thank Ike Skelton for years ago, for his thoughtful considerations to make this policy the law. We should not be changing this policy. It is very clear that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. The purpose of the military--we kill and break things. We inculcate young men and women with values. Values are extremely important. Now some are trying to make this argument, somehow, that tolerance requires a moral equivalency. It does not, when it comes to homosexuality. If, in fact, military is the inculcation of values, to say that we're going to say that sodomy now should be repealed from the uniform code of military justice--

Chair: The gentleman's time has expired.
History of one kind or another is being made tonight on the House of Representatives floor, as a debate over the Murphy amendment to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell has just concluded. (The chair deemed the Ayes to have won the voice vote, but, predictably, the opposition requested a recorded vote).

Bigoted monster of the evening: Rep. Steve Buyer (Indiana)

Saints of the evening: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. John Lewis (Georgia).

I will post all of Buyer's 30-second speech later, for historical interest, and refer you to other websites with video for Lewis's great burst of oratory (something only a veteran of the Freedom Rides and Selma could have produced).

11 May 2010

Britain has gotten no closer to a majority coalition government since the election five days ago.

The cynic in me thinks Gordon Brown has already made a private arrangement with David Cameron, allowing Cameron to become Prime Minister in September without any coalition partners. This is just enough time for the public to become totally disgusted with Brown's obstinacy and primed to look favorably upon a minority government led by someone else.

The Liberal Democrats' condition of participation in government, a referendum on electoral reform, is something neither Labour nor the Conservatives want. Any policy differences between the two parties (and I can see none) are overshadowed by this existential threat to their dominance.

09 May 2010

After 606 pages, I am putting Vanity Fair aside. It has been a pleasant ride, but the horses are showing marked signs of fatigue.

04 May 2010

This Bible passage caught my interest tonight:

Malachi 1:7-8
"You offer polluted bread upon my altar; and you say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that you say, the table of the Lord is contemptible. And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor: will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of Hosts."