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April 06, 2005

I'm glad that story about the lack of minority students at a GOP "student" event is getting wider coverage. (Included here in case you didn't read it when I first linked to it.)


Some undergrads who wanted to do just that, however, found their reception less than welcoming. When Erick Watson, a 25-year-old part-time student, declined to submit a written question at the door before hearing the speech, he says he and his friend Jason Ravin, a 23-year-old senior, were refused entry by RNC Outreach Communications Director Tara Wall and RNC African-American Coalition Director Deana Bass. "They had the security escort me out of the building," Watson said. "They said I might raise my hand."

Two paragraphs later:

After making his remarks, Mehlman answered pre-submitted questions read by Hunter and a few questions from older Republicans in the audience who raised their hands.

Speaking of "educational" blunders, looks like the No Child Left Behind mess is being quietly dismantled.

And, also in the "I told you so" category, I'm happy to see the 'news' that judicial "activism" is okay as long as it swings Right continues to get coverage. I'm not happy to hear a so-called leader making a public statement that tacitly implies it's okay to kill people who disagree with you, but I don't expect much else from the Right these days.

Speaking of Republican excesses, how about "Physician of the Year"? It sounds impressive until you realize you can buy it from the Republican Party.

"It's like the old diploma mills," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a government watchdog group. "It's the kind of scam that we've seen congressional investigations look at when they take place in the private sector. But here, since members of Congress are doing it, we're not going to see any investigation."

Those "frontier style militia" (as if) types on our Southern border aren't popular with everyone. It's a pity they're finding any local support and I don't agree with a group of "protestors" who see fit to go armed. I guarantee that if a group of environmentalists surrounded a redwood forest and some of them were armed, we'd see federal troops call out on them.

I swear, I absolutely do believe Curveball's code name is significant. I mean, would you trust information from someone it was considered appropriate to give that code name to?

Posted by AnneZook at 12:21 PM


The good thing about wingnuts making statements threatening judges is that Americans are finally seeing just how insane these people truly are.

Posted by: Kat at April 6, 2005 10:03 PM

What I find weird is that it was the Schiavo case that seems to have been the eye-opener for so many people. With all the crimes, misdemeanors, and sins of omission commited by the Current Republican Party (CuRePa), why was it that one particular piece of hubris that created so much fuss?

People who couldn't be bothered to read past the headlines on stories about the USofA torturing people in Iraq and holding secret prisoners in Guantanamo and elsewhere, went ballistic over Schiavo and only now are realizing that the CuRePa is loaded to the brim with arrogant lunatics?

Boggles the mind.

Posted by: Anne at April 8, 2005 10:46 AM