The Republican Party ran an ad charging that two Virginia Democratic Congressmen applauded Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s call for the U. S.’s reinstating its ban on assault rifles because a lot of U. S.-sold assault rifles are finding their way into Mexico. President Calderon said this in a speech during his recent visit here.
Turns out that the Congressmen both are on record against reinstating the ban (I think the Congressman are wrong about that but that’s me and they are from Virginia) and that neither one of them attended the speech.
The Republican Party, well, it likes its lie so much it’s just going ahead with it. From Steve Benen (emphasis added):
Except, the state GOP is refusing to back down, and will continue to air the ad the party now knows is wrong. As the Virginia Republican Party sees it, Boucher and Perriello didn’t condemn the speech they didn’t hear, so therefore, it’s fair to suggest they might support the policy they oppose.
This tells us all we need to know about the Republican Party.
It no longer feels the need even to pretend to be truthful.
The idea gives me the willies from the git-go. I’m not a physicist, though I know a little bit about physics and a lot about history. Blowing stuff up is seldom an effective choice, though it appeals to the macho and the frustrated and especially the frustrated macho. Blowing it up is their alternative to getting it u–never mind.
This is an incredibly frustrating problem, not only because of the draconian measures needed to stop the spillage, but because we’re being asked to take so much on faith when it comes to the steps needed to stop the leak and clear the oil.
We’re told dispersants are non-toxic but hazmat suits are needed and the manufacturer’s own instructions recommend they not come in contact with bare skin.
We haven’t been told what kind of impact dropping all that mud has, particularly when mixed with oil.
We have no idea how long it will take the microbial agents to eat the oil and clear the water.
We have absolutely no clue as to whether a nuclear device will work and if it does, whether it will do so at the expense of all living things for years to come.
Worst of all, no one has any faith in the information we’re receiving from BP, because they have not been forthright with us and appear to be acting in their best interests rather than our own.
I wasn’t a rocket scientist in school, but common sense tells me the nuclear option may not be the best one.
Gary Dammann at the Guardian considers celibacy, chastity, sex, morality, and Catholicism, but his thoughts can be generalized to Christianity as a whole and, indeed, to all the peoples of the book. A nugget: