Archive for March 25th, 2011
Long-time readers of this blog know that WC has little tolerance for hypocrisy. Especially from those who presume they are qualified to represent us, whether as elected officials or role models. But if WC called out every incident of hypocrisy, this blog would get mighty tedious to write. And it would leave WC nauseated half the time. Shucks, calling out Newt Gingrich alone would be a full-time job, and would take a stronger stomach than WC’s…
So instead, WC saves up the egregious examples and every quarter or so points readers to some selected examples. So many to choose from…
• The Quitter has boasted too many times about her lifetime commitment to hunting and fishing in Alaska. The Awl used Alaska’s public records laws to get copies of her hunting and fishing licenses. It’s embarrassing. Either she is lying about her hunting and fishing or she is a scofflaw. A nice piece of research and writing. Props to Abe Sauer.
• Speaking of serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, MSNBC has a nice essay on his flip-flops on U.S. intervention in Libya. Two weeks ago, The Newt was criticizing President Obama for not being more forceful in leading an international campaign to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save rebels from impending defeat. Now, ”I would not have intervened,” he said in an interview with NBC News in the morning. “I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Gadhafi. I think there are a lot of other allies in the region that we could have worked with. I would not have used American and European forces.” The Big H.
• Then there’s Pole Dancing for Jesus. Pole dancing, for those with a more moral education than WC, implies a strip club setting and overtly sexual gymnastics, combined with striptease, Go-Go, and/or lap dancing between performances. Sure, pole-dancing is trying for respectability, but it’s not hardly there yet. It makes WC’s list.
• Governor Parnell has nominated Don Haase of Valdez for a seat on the Alaska Judicial Council. Haase’s qualification are, let’s see now… he is opposed to abortion, he’s a Republican and he recently lost an election. At that, he is better qualified than Kathleen Miller. But WC digresses. Haase would like to see Alaskans prosecuted for having sex outside of marriage. Probably require scarlet “A”s, too, although he didn’t say so. He’s the very recently past president of Eagle Forum Alaska – an item that seemed to have escaped his resumé. His resumé did list such extracurricular activities as his roles in producing and starring in local plays for tourists and being a member of the Valdez Snowmachine Club. But it made no reference to the Eagle Forum Alaska. Haase claims he will set aside all of those personal beliefs if approved for the Judicial Council. Along with the Section 22, Article I of the Alaska Constitution, no doubt. Haase makes WC’s list.
• Governor Parnell makes the list, too: he thinks Valdez is in Southeastern Alaska. The Alaska Constitution mandates that Judicial Council appointments be considered by “area representation.” (“Appointments shall be made with due consideration to area representation and without regard to political affiliation.”) Until now, that has been interpreted to mean one public member from each of the state’s three most populous judicial districts. In the 52-year history of the Judicial Council, Southeast Alaska was without a representative for only two years.
• And then there are all those Republican politicians who oppose same-sex marriage on the grounds it will “destroy the institution of marriage.”
- Newt Gingrich can demand a divorce from his wife while she is in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery? And blame it on patriotism?
- South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (Rep) can “hike the Appalachian Trail”?
- Senator Ensign (Rep), a member of Promise Keepers and a champion of family values – can have an affair with one his top aide’s wife. And then bribe the aide not to talk about it?
- Indiana Rep. Mark Souder (R) resigned his congressional seat after an affair with a staffer?
- Kelsey Grammar can end a 15 year marriage over the telephone?
- Larry King can be in the middle of divorce number 9?
- Britney Spears can have a marraige that lasts 55 hours?
- Tiger Wood, while married, can have affairs with dozens of women?
- More than 53% of Americans get divorced?
- According to credible studies, 30-60% of American cheat on their spouses?
- Charlie Sheen, divorced three times, with four children by four different women, can openly live with two porn starlets who are half his age?
And Republican politicians are worried about “destroying marriage”?
Gah. WC’s nauseated himself again. That’s all WC can stand. It will take at least three months to recover.