Monday, March 27, 2006

On Censure

Dan Gerstein has a good discussion of the political pros and cons of Russ Feingold's censure resolution over at his blog, Dangerous Thoughts.

I think Feingold has hit the nail on the head. The Bush Administration has taken secrecy, arrogance and disregard for the rule of law to a level we haven't seen since the Nixon years. The Portsmouth Herald has my two cents on Feingold's resolution.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig!

Or, in other words, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Life Imitating "The Daily Show"

"It's all about money"
Jim Craig, NH Union Leader, March 16, 2006

Now, watch this clip with Paul Hackett from The Daily Show:

Speaks volumes, doesn't it?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Day late, dollar short

House GOP leaders have voiced their support for legislation requiring lobbyists to report gifts they make to members of Congress.

That's fine, but it's far from enough.

Why not ban gifts from lobbyists alltogether? When you serve in Congress, your sole focus should be the folks in your district, not some influence peddler waving a pair of Redskins tickets in front of you.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Of Raiders and Razorbacks

It's that time of year. It's March, and that means basketball.

Best of luck to the Central Catholic Red Raiders as they battle for the Mass. state championship at the Garden this evening. Central meets Newton North for the Division 1 title.

On Friday, the Arkansas Razorbacks begin their March Madness quest against Bucknell. With all due apologies to any Bucknell alums out there, go Hogs!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

From the "senators unclear on the concept" file

Last week, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee scuttled a proposal by Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins to create a independent office of public integrity. The new office would have been a good way to remove the ethics debate from the silly, hyper-partisan fever swamps known as the House and Senate ethics committees.

Unfortunately, too many people on both sides of the aisle have an unsettling comfort level with the current, broken system.

It's apparent that the only way that meaningful ethics reform is going to become a reality is by removing the get-along, go-along partisan drones (eg, our friend from Wolfeboro) who gum up the reform process.

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