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I received this in my inbox today: That’s how State Rep. Pocan characterized the $36.7 million in special favors that Assembly Democrats added to the state budget last week. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, some of these “non-substantial” expenditures include:
• $5 million in bonds for the Bradley Center
• $46,000 to purchase recycling bins for a town
• $500,000 to renovate an opera house
• $50,000 for a shooting range
• $250,000 for the Madison Children’s Museum
• $500,000 to fund the Aldo Leopold Climate Change Laboratory
• $400,000 for Native American Tourism
• $110,000 for the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools This “Walker Weekly” email points out pork-barrel projects the Wisconsin Democrats are engaging in. The last one involves money for the Gay Straight Alliance. I am strongly opposed to this unnecessary spending, and I have my own problems with GSA that I won’t get into right now, but their are many other projects that could have been pointed out.
The strategy behind this is obvious. The Walker campaign is playing on anti-gay sentiment to score political points. They should have some dignity and not beat up on homosexuals to score votes.
You don’t mess with the USS John McCain.
The U.S. military is planning to intercept a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned.
The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The order to inderdict has not been given yet, but the ship is getting into position.
The North Koreans are able to keep embarassing us and getting p.r. victories. The upcoming missile test over Hawaii on July 4th will let them analyze and improve. We cant let them have such an opportunity. Intercept the ship, shoot down the missile.
I need to apologize to my readers for the long period without any posts. I’ve been busy working on a few things, both personal and related to college – including an attempt to form a new College Republicans chapter. As soon as I’ve gotten things sorted out, I’ll post an update on this site – it could be that new commitments will bring an end to this site, or that extra time will allow further development of the Act Blog. I’ll let you know as soon as I do.
Clearly a victory for Democracy and American values – we’ll have to see if further action is taken to invalidate the existing marraiges.
Despite all efforts to prevent Barack Obama from speaking at Notre Dame’s commencement address, the President will soon depart Washington for South Bend, IN. This is nothing less than a complete embarrassment of the Catholic faith and a dark stain against Catholic education in the United States. As a supporter of abortion rights – which Barack Obama unquestionably is – the President breaks one of Catholicism’s most important political stances: that unborn life is sacred, holy, and must be defended.
There are some who will try to make excuses, arguing that the President is not a rabid abortionist, and that he wants to reduce the number of abortions. That’s great – but he supports legalized abortion, he reversed the Mexico City policy, and the party he represents has attacked policies that permit doctors and other medical personnel to refuse to assist in the destruction of innocent life. Others will argue that the President is an advocate for the quality of life – and that those who oppose abortion are really just pro-birth. My only response to that is that being “pro-birth” is nothing to shy from. Without birth, without the child actually being brought into this world, everything else is completely meaningless.
There are certain circumstances where is MIGHT be acceptable for the President to speak at a Catholic Institution – if he were to open himself to challenge or rebuttal, or if he was simply being brought in as one side of a political argument. But that is not the case. Barack Obama is being granted the privilege of giving the commencement address AND and honorary degree. Both suggest that the President is not just another individual with his own opinions, but a superior voice and authority worthy of sending whatever message he might choose to the Catholic youth of this country.
and that is not the case, it is, in fact, a complete embarrassment.
Matt suggests that only a small majority of young voters support same-sex marriage. According to the CBS/NEW York Times poll, support has increased from 22 percent in 2004 to 44 percent now among the general public. Sounds inevitable to me. 57% of under 40s in this poll support same-sex marriage. Thats not too small. In any event the Washington Post ABC poll shows support for marriage equality at 66% among under 30’s. We are also able to find out that 45% of those supporter as “strongly support” same sex marriage. There’s some passion.
Matt also says that as voters become older they become more conservative and oppose same-sex marriage. There is numerous polling from PEW that our generation as opposed to previous cohorts supports same sex marriage. The support is higher than previous generations of 18-29 year olds.
I also want to take up the point about passion. For me, when a law restricts freedom for no good reason it should be repealed. As same-sex marriage will not affect my hoped for future heterosexual marriage or anyone elses I am for it. I think erring on the side of liberty is the best governing philosophy we can pursue. I also am a big fan of marriage and the stability it brings to relationships. Homosexual relationships frankly are not very stable, so I think getting them into the institution of marriage will be a benefit to them. It will also cut down on disease by increasing monogamy and responsibility that marriage brings. Its good social policy. So Im very passionate about it. But thats just me so what about others? Matt used anecdotal evidence so I will too. During the 2006 elections Wisconsin had a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The student crowd was only passionate about that one issue. Students went to the polls ginned up to vote down the amendment and at the same time casted votes for Democrats whereas these same voters would have otherwise stayed home.