Archive for August, 2008

Methinks that this might do it for McCain

29 August 2008

Now that he’s chosen Sarah Palin, I’m feeling more confident about my prediction that John McCain will be the next President of the United States of America. (I predicted that whichever Republican took the nomination would win more than a year ago, to my dad, on our deck, not long before I set forth for Prince George’s County.) Here’s why.

Totalitarian America and Prince George’s County

18 August 2008

By now, we’ve all, likely, heard the sad story of the brutal murder of two dogs owned by Mayor Cheye Calvo of nearby Berwyn Heights, and the physical attack on the mayor, his wife, and his mother-in-law in a poorly managed, un-Constitutional, and case-of-the-wrong-person attack on his home, conducted by the ever righteous Prince George’s County Police and SWAT team. On @TAC, the web-log of The American Conservative magazine, Kelly Vlahos has written a worth-the-while post on the pernicious effects of post-9/11, USA PATRIOT Act totalitarian America, which begins with a re-telling of the Calvo story and the provision of some disturbing news about how local law enforcement conducted itself.

Writes Vlahos at one point:

When the Patriot Act was first passed in 2002, right wing advocates demanded fealty, while assuring the new police and prosecutorial powers would never be abused — that they were essential in the Global War on Terrorism. Well, beginning with the use of the Patriot Act to investigate a Las Vegas strip club operator who was bribing local officials in 2003, there is now a well-documented trail of abuses.

But despite all the data, the striking-down of Patriot Act provisions as unconstitutional in federal courts across the country, the drip-drip of revelations by the White House and the Justice Department, the establishment organ — cranked by its foot soldiers — maintains the illusion that the abuses are rare, and still, if you are innocent, you have nothing to fear.

Nothing to fear, just as Cheye Calvo had nothing to fear.

Gerrymander much?

18 August 2008

Having only lived in Maryland for about a year now, and retaining my residency, voter registration, and political interest in the Hoosier State, I remain, for the most part, blissfully unaware of Maryland politics. Sad enough, though, I am quite cognizant of what a disaster this place, the “If it exists, we tax it” state, is. Curious — having forgotten about the Al Wynn-Donna Edwards battle and Edwards’ taking the seat, for which she’ll run in November, after Wynn stepped down — about who represents the U.S. Congressional district wherein I reside (the Fourth District), I engaged in some quick research online and discovered that, along with, it seems, numerous districts in this state, it is quite the oddly shaped product of gerrymandering.

Now, I’d have to be possessed of a fraction of the intelligence wherewith the good Lord blessed me to think that here, in non-rural Maryland, a Republican has much of a chance of victory. However, the deck seems, to me, to be unfairly stacked against anyone brave enough to try — in this case, Republican Peter James, whom, based on my late-night perusal of his website, I heartily endorse, even if I have no say in the matter, and even if he has not a snowball’s chance in hell of winning (I’ll leave any official endorsement decision to the collective mind of the paper’s staff as the first week of November approaches with greater rapidity.), as well as Brian Crider of the Green Party and Libertarian Thibeaux Lincecum (who deserves consideration just because of his awesome name). The Fourth District has the largest middle-class Black population of any district in the country; sixty-two per cent of the population of Prince George’s County, less rural parts of which constitute portions of the district, is Black. As if that were not problematic enough for a white Republican, the district has never offered more than twenty-five per cent of its votes to a member of the GOP.

As disastrous as Bush-style Republicanism has been for just about everyone, the country — and county — could use more liberty-loving candidates, such as Peter James, who recognize the difference between rights and privileges (Unheard of in Egalitaria, where every third lawn and car bears a sign or sticker proclaiming “Civil Marriage is a Civil Right”! No marriage is a right, politically; it’s a privilege, granted by the government, for better or for worse.), recognizes that something ain’t right with our monetary system, and who says the following

Nowhere does the Constitution grant a power to the Courts to rewrite the Constitution by ignoring plain English by telling us this clear language doesn’t mean what we the people think it means. By allowing this process to continue we have no representative Republic but rule by the oligarchy of appointed judges.

Congress and the Maryland legislature continue to pass laws each year. They repeal far fewer. The net effect result is that our society is burdened by a mountain of laws slowly reducing our liberty. It is said that every American breaks at least one law every day.

Ms Edwards lists the following amongst her “Champions of Change”:

*AFL-CIO (which stands for the leadership of the AFL-CIO, and not for its hard-working American members)
*Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List (which support state-sanctioned infanticide)
*National Organization for Women
*People for the American Way

Paging Thomas Frank: Please write What’s the Matter With Suburban Maryland?. Right. . . .

Welcome to The Terrapin Times!

17 August 2008

At present, as you can see, this web-log has little to offer. However, asking that you exercise charitable patience, I assure you that, in due time, soon after, if not before, the commencement of the 2008-2009 academic year, we shall begin to fill the pages of this web-log with right-of-center (of multifarious stripes) commentary on world affairs, national and Maryland politics, and the events, happenings, and doings on our campus, in College Park, and in the greater DC Metropolitan Area.