The World According to Oatney
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Friday, July 02, 2010
Ignoring HistoryThe current Leftist Congress is apparently intent on ignoring the 150th anniversary of the Late Unpleasantness:
Is it just me, or have others in our part of the country who have readied themselves to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Late Unpleasantness sensed a kind of clandestine effort on the part of Washington to ignore the subject of the war during the anniversary period? Perhaps the President would not care to have Americans be reminded what some States did in 1860-61 when they felt that the federal government took an overly-involved interest in their internal affairs...
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Bredesen's RegretTennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says he has one regret from his time in office:
I find it interesting that Bredesen believes that his failure to "fix" TennCare was his biggest disappointment while in office. Governor Bredesen very likely came to the conclusion that you can't fix what cannot be repaired. The "advocacy groups" he was dealing with were well-intentioned, but they were representing patients on a short-term (i.e. "right here and now") basis, rather than truly examining the long-term viability of the program to insure that it could survive.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Choice of a New GenerationFor years, local Republican leaders across Tennessee and the nation have said they wanted new, more, and younger involvement in party politics and activities. Now in Tennessee they've gotten what they wished for:
In 2010, conservative activists have decided to take a "power to the people" approach to the political party that so many of us have long called home. Since that party wants our votes and our support so badly, Chairman Chris Devaney and the current members of the SEC shouldn't have a problem with the fact that we, the people who are its backbone and soul, would now like to have a hand in running it. For many years I have heard many partisan GOP leaders press for the need for new and younger people to become involved with the Republican Party. If new and younger activism is really what some of these folks want, an examination of the field of Executive Committee candidates in 2010 shows that, lo and behold, there are a slew of people who are new, younger, and whose politics are a refreshing breath of fresh air. I suspect the real problem that some of the old guard have is that these new people are not easily led about, and they expect that with new majority status will come a new way of doing business in the majority party.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Protecting Criminals...The ACLU protects the rights of illegals, but not citizens:
As is predictable, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is throwing a ring-eyed fit, saying that this legislation will lead to "racial profiling." Forget the fact that people aren't checked until they are actually incarcerated-and that means that they've been placed under arrest. It has long been assumed in law that police do have the authority to verify someone is who they say they are when they are placed under arrest. If someone is in the United States illegally, then that means that they have already committed and continue committing a crime. If someone is under arrest, whether they are guilty of the crime they are charged with or not, it is perfectly acceptable for the police to investigate whether they might have committed other crimes if they are reasonably suspected of doing so.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The Byrd Flies AwaySen. Robert Byrd may have a very mixed legacy, but he was also part of a dying breed of Senator:
If ever there was an enigma in this world, it was Robert Byrd. His opponents often called him liberal, and though I have often opposed Byrd on any number of issues it was hard for me to call him that with a straight face. After all, Robert Byrd's firey speech on the Senate floor in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act went a long way in insuring that the legislation not only passed, but did so overwhelmingly.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Look Not Back
And it came to pass, when the days of his assumption were accomplishing, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers before his face; and going, they entered into a city of the Samaritans, to prepare for him. And they received him not, because his face was of one going to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John had seen this, they said: Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them? And turning, he rebuked them, saying: You know not of what spirit you are.
The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save. And they went into another town. And it came to pass, as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to him: I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. Jesus said to him: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. But he said to another: Follow me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father. And Jesus said to him: Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God.
And another said: I will follow thee, Lord; but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house. Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
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