Bryan Fischer: Chickenhawk?

Blogfriend Rob Schmidt has more on Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s repulsive, cowardly, racist, genocide-apologist.  SPOILER:  It ain’t good.

Published in: on February 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pillars of Wisdom

A self-appointed group of parents has decided that they have the right to determine what everyone else’s children can or cannot read as a school assignment.  The book, which I haven’t read, contains some sexually explicit (though hardly pornographic) passages; for that reason, the teacher who has been using it since 1996 has always offered an alternative assignment.  This is not enough for the moral guardians; they clearly know how to raise our children better than we do.  This is nothing but rank censorship, plain and simple.  Join the fight.

Published in: on February 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fire this Moron

What a complete and utter idiot!  Someone this moronic has no business even being allowed on the White House tour, let alone working as a presidential speechwriter.  So, Jon Favreau, from a Hillary Clinton delegate, thanks SO much for your frat-boy drunken escapades that have spit in the face of ALL of us who defended Barack Obama against charges of institutional sexism.  You tool!

Published in: on December 6, 2008 at 10:37 am  Comments (2)  
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Total Bastard Theatre

  1. Michigan Republicans are planning to challenge voters who have received notices of foreclosure;
  2. As Mayor of Greater Wasilla, Sarah Palin proposed to charge rape victims for the rape kits used to investigate their cases;
  3. As part of his effort to get away from nasty partisan attacks, John McCain accuses Obama of favoring sex education for kindergartners;
  4. Getcher oil for nothin’ and yer chicks fer free, and most repulsively;
  5. The GOP’s shameless branding of 9/11.
Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 9:24 am  Comments (1)  

Politics & Religion

From the Washington Post, Texas now appears determined to argue that the FLDS Religion, in and of itself, is harmful to children and therefore warrants termination, a strategy that has failed miserably in Arizona and Utah. Now think about that a minute. Indians are used to this sort of attack; US Army fears of Wovoka and his Ghost Dance led to the assassination of Sitting Bull and the Wounded Knee Massacre. But what about the rest of the country? Do you really want the government deciding whether or not your religion is good or bad for your children? Think carefully before you answer. Again, I’m not arguing that child abusers shouldn’t be punished. They should. But this kind of standard, having the government judge your religious beliefs, ought to scare Hell out of anybody.

Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 12:53 am  Comments (5)  

The Latest from Eldorado

Grits and I have been arguing for some time that the warrant used to justify raiding YFZ Ranch had some problems. Apparently, we were right. In fact, it seems to me that the original warrant strains the “good faith exception” into “deliberate and willful ignorance,” i.e., “we can confirm that Dale Barlow is a convicted sex offender but we were shocked, shocked and appalled to discover he was in Arizona at the time!” However, given the current climate in Texas criminal appellate law (“the only error is harmless error”), I’d say the chances are good this warrant would hold up, assuming we even get to the stage of holding criminal trials. Right now, we don’t even have any alleged perpetrators named (other than Barlow, of course), much less any arrests. And, of course, the warrant is meaningless for purposes of removal, since DFPS doesn’t need a warrant, valid or otherwise, to remove children.

And from the Common Room, excerpts from an interview with the Schleicher County Sheriff. This bit…

Mankin: That’s a big operation to put together in three days, surely law enforcement must have had a preliminary plan in place ready to deal with this kind of eventuality?

(Sheriff) Doran: Let’s just say that law enforcement was and is prepared to answer a cry for help at the YFZ Ranch.

…tends to confirm my suspicion that this was a law enforcement operation with a CPS removal attached, and not the other way around.

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 11:54 am  Comments (10)  

Bloggers on Eldorado Raid

Although I think Cicero lists them in his link farm, I’d like to single out Guy Murray at Messenger & Advocate, a Mormon blog, for his excellent coverage and thoughtful commentary on this issue. Also, Headmistress/Zoo-keeper over at the Common Room, a home schooling blog, who has been analyzing the case from the perspective of homeschoolers.

And to all you liberal hooligans who normally hang out here, both of these bloggers are nice people and rather conservative, so be on your best behavior; i.e., wipe your feet, say “please” and “thank you” and don’t start calling people “fascist theocrats.”

UPDATE: From Grits, so just how many kids are there, anyway?

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 11:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Eldorado Round Up

My ideological evil twin brother, Cicero at Red State, has shown typical conservative thoroughness (no doubt due to the invisble hand of the free market, unencumbered by burdensome regulations) in providing a link farm on this developing story.

As for the removal being granted, no one who has experience with CPS cases is surprised. Typical Removal hearings are held so quickly (it used to be within 24 hours) that there is very rarely any reliable evidence for the judge to hang a ruling on. As a result, much like with applications for protective orders, judges tend to err on the side of caution, knowing that he or she will have several opportunities in the future to return the kids if the agency still hasn’t managed to dredge up anything. In fact, in nearly ten years of CPS cases, I have only seen a judge deny a removal petition exactly once, and that was only after I (as ad litem for the children) demonstrated that the CPS caseworkers (who were from out of county and declined to even show up for the hearing) had committed perjury in their affidavits. In this case, the Removal hearing took longer to set up, but the sheer overwhelming numbers made it extremely difficult to get any straight answers, especially when CPS insists on calling “expert” witnesses who freely admit on cross-examination that everything they know about the case in general and the FLDS in particular comes from watching television. Stay tuned.

Published in: on April 20, 2008 at 4:18 am  Comments (8)  

Fiasco in Eldorado

From Grits for Breakfast, a comprehensive round-up of stories and issues surrounding CPS’ raid on the FLDS compound in Schleicher County. The sheer level of incompetence displayed here by the State continues to flabbergast and enrage me. Who the hell was in charge of planning this disaster? Who signed off on warehousing babies in a 140 year old cavalry fort? Why did no one even bother to check if the guy named in the warrant was even in Texas (he wasn’t; he’s in prison in Arizona)? Why did CPS let some of the mothers go with their children (almost unheard of in a removal case), then strip them of their cell phones, and now kick them out (after they complained to the Governor) unless they have children under four? Did it not occur to anyone to see if there were even enough lawyers in a five-county radius to represent all these children (there aren’t)? Did anyone check to see if it was feasible to have one district judge (responsible for five counties) shut down all her operations just to deal with one case? Once again, Texas state government shows it couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel.

UPDATE: Grits has more from today’s hearings, including links to other coverage and other perspectives. Unsurprisingly, several aspects of the story that were conveniently linked to the media (such as accusation of wide-spread “child bride” arrangements) are coming up short of supporting evidence. The tragedy here is that the State’s ham-handedness, and the flagrant scramble for publicity (by, among others, Greg Abbott, who really needs to stay off television until he learns at least the basics of the Texas Family Code) is liable to torpedo any criminal prosecutions of child abusers in this case.

Published in: on April 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm  Comments (6)  

Good Night and Thank You

For God’s sake, get out!
Yes, he was smarmy self-righteous and arrogant, but as attorney general he took on Wall Street when no one else would, and as governor he faded the heat and approved the St. Regis Mohawk Casino, against some of his early anti-Indian rhetoric. Nevertheless, there’s already going to be enough fall-out from this idiotic self-immolation, if for no other reason than it allows the GOP to deflect attention from their own morally bankrupt, whoremongering hypocrites. Is it a double standard, especially considering how fast the Vitter scandal dropped off the MSM radar? Sure, but shouldn’t Democrats be better than Republicans? Shouldn’t we at least demand that our leaders not flagrantly break the law? Hit the road, governor. You have no one to blame but yourself. Don’t let the doorknob hit you in the ass on the way out.

Published in: on March 12, 2008 at 9:08 am  Comments (3)