Thursday, May 12, 2016

Preborn v. preschool

Today would have been George Carlin's 79th birthday. A quote which is, alas, still relevant:
Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn---they will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked.

Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been suspended on an ethics charge. Back in January Moore sent an order to the state's probate judges saying the state's ban on same-sex marriage was still in effect in spite of the ruling by the federal Supremes last June saying the ban was unconstitutional.

Does the name sound familiar? This is the same Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supremes, who was removed from that office in 2003 after he refused to comply with a federal order to remove a boulder sized monument to the Ten Commandments. He was re-elected as Chief Justice in 2012.

As the Alabama Chief Justice is suspended, Robert Bentley, the state's governor, faces impeachment over a sex scandal. And Mike Hubbard, the House Speaker, faces criminal charges of using his position as speaker to direct business to his companies.

In somewhat old news, Charles Koch denounced presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and the party that created him. And, yes, Koch had a big hand in creating the GOP he now denounces.

After the Great Recession that made a big mess of Iceland's banks and economy the citizens decided it was time to rewrite their constitution. A council was elected to do the rewrite. It was made up of 25 people from diverse professions, except not politicians and bankers. As they worked the draft was uploaded to the internet. Anyone could view and comment on it. Members also were active on social media to say which issue would be before the council next and inviting input. A crowdsourced constitution. All of it was transparent.

Alas, it didn't come up for a vote before the 2013 parliamentary election. It has been in limbo since then. The resignation of the Prime Minister due to the Panama Papers scandal didn't help.

The latest in that nasty "bathroom law" in North Carolina: Several businesses have been vocally supportive of LGBT people and condemning the law. GOP legislators are now telling businesses to shut up. If you keep talking about that law we're going to start withdrawing your tax breaks.

Reminder: United Methodist General Conference news is on my brother blog.

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