Saturday, May 07, 2005

Stick to your words, Harry Reid 

Reid brings it to Bush, then apologizes? Come on. I suppose it wasn't the most diplomatic thing to say, but it would have more political sting (and reinforce the direction of Bush's polling numbers) if it wasn't followed up with an immediate apology. He should have at least offered a clarification, "Oh did I say loser? I meant miseable failure." Outside of the loser phrase, what's not to like about his comments?

Friday, May 06, 2005
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LESSON IN POLITICS: Reid calls president 'loser'


In the course of a discussion on filibusters and Senate rules, Washington's top Democrat gave the 60 juniors a lesson in partisan politics, particularly about the commander in chief. "The man's father is a wonderful human being," Reid said in response to a question about President Bush's policies. "I think this guy is a loser.

"I think President Bush is doing a bad job," he added to a handful of chuckles.

"He's driving this country into bankruptcy," Reid said, referring to the deficit. "He's got us in this intractable war in Iraq where we now have about 1,600 American soldiers dead and another 15,000 injured."

Republican National Communications Director Brian Jones issued a statement calling the senator's comments "a sad development but not surprising from the leader of a party devoid of optimism, ideas or solutions to the issues people care about most."

After the statement was released, Reid phoned the Review-Journal to acknowledge he thought he crossed the line.

"You know the president is in Europe, probably sleeping," Reid said in an interview this afternoon. "But I called (Karl) Rove and apologized for what I said."

Is HIV Positive Hetrosexual Sperm Less Dangerous? 

It would be nice to see the FDA set their policies based on sound scientific evidence rather than bigoted policies like this:

CBS News | New Rules For Sperm Donors | May 6, 2005�02:31:33: "'Under these rules, a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex with HIV-positive prostitutes would be OK as a donor one year later, but a gay man in a monogamous, safe-sex relationship is not OK unless he's been celibate for five years,' said Leland Traiman, director of a clinic in Alameda, California, that seeks gay sperm donors. "

Monday, May 02, 2005

Father Dease: Coulter talk tests controversial issues statement 

Thank you, Father Dennis Dease, for clearly differentiating between a controvesial opinion that encourages debate of the issues of the day, and the hateful vile Ann Coulter spews.

Father Dease: Coulter talk tests controversial issues statement: "Perspectives differ, and as I stated earlier, to a certain extent we must leave the answer “to the eye of the beholder.” But the reports I have heard from people whose views I respect suggest that her performance went far beyond the bounds of what is commonly accepted as civil discourse. Although her presentation may have been meant as an “act” or “shtick” to entertain by provoking those who disagree, such behavior unfortunately contributes to the growing dark side of our culture — a disrespect for persons and their sincerely held beliefs. Such hateful speech vulgarizes our culture and goes against everything the University of St. Thomas stands for."

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