August 8, 2006

You and James Read the News

Some news stories from around the internets.

GOP Can't Ditch DeLay


The GOP have tried desperately to get an indicted Tom DeLay off the ballot in Texas before the elections with a last minute switcheroo. The legal avenues have been exhausted , and DeLay will now either have to run or back a write-in candidate. Time to revv up the bandwagon? As one campaign begins...

Bob Ney Quits Ohio Congress Race Amid Corruption Scandal


...another campaign ends.
``Ultimately this decision came down to my family," the six-term congressman said in a statement on his campaign website. ``I must think of them first, and I can no longer put them through this ordeal."
It's heartwarming to hear him refer to the Republicans as "his family."

Pro Life, But Bullish!


Senator George Allen is against a woman's use of the morning after pill, but is hedging his bets by proffiting from investments in that pill's sales . One face for the cameras, and another one for your financial advisor.

Hope For the Next Generation


Among youths aged 18 to 24, Bush's popularity is hovering around 20%, which is bad news for the German scientist banking on society's need for an anti-stupid pill.

We Welcome Our Jellyfish Overlords


Warmer seas and a drop in jellyfish predators are making the world one big party for jellyfish.
Holidaymakers heading for Mediterranean beaches are being warned to prepare for an unprecedented invasion of the invertebrates whose sting can, in extreme cases, cause heart failure.
Thank global warming and industrial fishing.

Harsh State Gun Laws Fail! (with a little help from the NRA)


States with harsh gun laws often have high firearm murder rates, NRA supporters are quick to point out. So, tough gun laws don't work! Hold the NRA victory celebration for a moment. It turns out that guns used in those crimes are coming from states with lax gun laws. So the problem is back to a lack of restrictive gun laws. We know this thanks to a lawsuit filed by the state of New York which, after an out-of-court settlement, allowed officials access to two Georgia gun dealer's records. But the NRA doesn't want you, or law enforcement, to know how lax gun laws are contributing to crime.

New York's sting operation refutes the National Rifle Association's fairy tale that guns fall from the skies into the hands of criminals, and the NRA's response has been telling. It is now pushing Congress to pass a law that would prohibit the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from releasing gun trace information to anyone but a police department investigating a particular crime.


Had that prohibition been in place, New York never could have conducted its sting operation.


Even more incredible, the gun lobby wants to jail police officials who share gun-tracing information with other law enforcement departments. A New York officer who talks to a New Jersey state trooper about a crooked gun dealer could go to jail for five years under the proposed legislation.

They must really be afraid of this dirty little secret getting out!

And with that, I bid you good day.
Posted by James at August 8, 2006 9:56 AM
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Nay: "I can no longer put them through this ordeal.

Which ordeal might that be? Mayhaps the ordeal of being caught with your hand in Jack Abramoff's cookie jar?

We all make choices.

He chose poorly.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 8, 2006 12:30 PM

Yes. Do you suppose he was thinking of his family first when he made *those* decisions?

Posted by: Julie at August 8, 2006 12:50 PM

Please.

If guys like this aren't thinking about their wallets, they're thinking about their Johnsons.

As someone I worked with would say, "Me me me, now now now."

Posted by: Patti M. at August 8, 2006 2:49 PM

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