Friday, November 16, 2007

This and That

How the sausage is made with the Farm Bill.

Minn Post's Steve Aschburner with an interesting article on reporting access in sports. Do his points transfer to political coverage? Should they be applied to sports? All in all a very good and thought provoking piece from one of the best basketball writers in the country.

Charlie on the continuing decline of the Strib.

The anti-Mormon push-pulls have begun against Romney. Romney's response is predictable:
“I think the attempts to attack me on the basis of my faith are un-American,” Romney said. He went on to suggest that it was legislation tied to one of his rivals, John McCain, that was partly responsible for what took place.
Of course, Mittens is quick on the trigger to impose a religious test on the non-religious:
Romney: (Chuckling) "Let me, uh, let me offer just a thought. And that is, uh, one of the great things about this great land, is we have people of different faiths and different persuasions. And uh, I'm convinced that the nation, that the nation does need, the nation does need to have people of different faiths but we need to have a person of faith lead the country."
Recap: According to Mittens, it's un-American to attack faith (including his) but it's perfectly fine to fire away at those who don't believe, among other things, that Native Americans are the descendants of a group of Israelites who made an Atlantic crossing in 600BC and who also believe that, until 1960, African Americans were sub human. (The LDS Church saw the light on the question of equal rights when their tax status was threatened.)

This has nothing to do with being un-American and everything to do with the Romney campaign not wanting people to know anything about the man's ridiculous and transparently false beliefs. Which is, ironically, the same reason why he hasn't, and likely will never, deliver his Kennedy-esque Mormon speech. It's that nonsensical.

Senate bill still allows warantless surveillance.

Great Disney moments (a Tracy Eberly favorite.)

That's all for now.

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