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> It seems that  Anthony Weiner is stepping down.

Mr. Weiner began telling his most trusted advisers about his decision on Wednesday night by phone, informing them that it no longer seemed fair to his constituents and his colleagues for him to remain in office.

Mr. Weiner, a Democrat, came to the conclusion that he could no longer serve after having long discussions with his wife,  Huma Abedin, when she returned home on Tuesday after traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

David Vitter: your move.

> A New York Archbishop has announced that if the marriage equality law in New York passes, New York will become like North Korea. I am not making this up.

“Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America – not in China or North Korea. In those countries, government presumes daily to ‘redefine’ rights, relationships, values, and natural law. There, communiqués from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of ‘family’ and ‘marriage’ means.”

I really am monumentally confused by the apparent assumption by those opposed to gay marriage that legalization would mean government could tell you who you had to marry. Wouldn’t legal gay marriage mean that the government would have less involvement in the composition of a family?

The logic. It boggles.

> Speaking of which, a bill that would legalize gay marriage in New York is one vote shy of passing the state senate.

> “In a move that surprised approximately zero genuine al Qaeda experts, the terrorist group has announced that Ayman al-Zawahiri has been named its new grand poobah, replacing Osama bin Laden, whose body currently rests somewhere on the floor of the Arabian Sea.”

> The UN has said that the present Syrian crackdown breaches “the most fundamental human rights.”

“The most egregious reports concern the use of live ammunition against unarmed civilians, including from snipers positioned on rooftops of public buildings and the deployment of tanks in areas densely populated by civilians,” says the report.

It cites “the excessive use of force in quelling demonstrators, arbitrary detentions, summary executions, torture”.

The authorities appear to have denied civilians the right to food and medical care by laying siege to towns and preventing supply deliveries, it adds.

And I’m sure this will make every difference in Assad’s behavior.

> Muammar Qaddafi’s son has said that his father  “would agree to internationally supervised elections on condition there is no vote-rigging.” Possibly this would have been better stated a few months ago.

> Speaking of which, the Obama administration has announced that Congressional approval is not needed for continued American intervention in Libya on the grounds that the US is playing only a supporting role in the operation.

“We’re not engaged in sustained fighting. There’s been no exchange of fire with hostile forces. We don’t have troops on the ground. We don’t risk casualties to those troops,” said one senior administration official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity during a conference call arranged by the White House. “None of the factors, frankly, speaking more broadly, has risked the sort of escalation that Congress was concerned would impinge on its war-making power.”

…The War Powers Resolution has been ignored frequently by past presidents from both parties.

But Obama, a former lecturer in constitutional law, came to office pledging a strict adherence to the rule of law, which he accused the George W. Bush administration of violating, most notably in its detention and interrogation policies.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that he did not know whether Obama personally believes the law is constitutional, even though as a candidate he asserted that wars fought with congressional approval were more legally sound.

“I would point out that there has been some expressions on the Hill about this issue that are inconsistent with expressions in the past about the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution,” Carney said.

> A group called the Obedient Wives Club in Malaysia says men should treat their wives like first-class prostitutes, because it will keep husbands from straying, thereby keeping them moral. Um.

> Iran has banned necklaces and “glamorous haircuts” for men as part of a “moral security plan” to combat a ” Western cultural invasion.” Ayatollah Khamenei, Rick Perry called. He thinks you’re a pretty cool dude and maybe you could get a drink or something later.

> A lesbian couple was harassed by a security guard at a Twins game on the grounds that their behavior (kissing) violated the Ten Commandments, and “here in the stadium, we adhere to the 10 Commandments.” Firstly, it doesn’t, and secondly, while I’ve heard ballparks referred to as ‘cathedrals’ before, I’m fairly certain that the Commandments aren’t anywhere in the building’s operational procedures.

> In one of the most uncomfortably ironic moments in recent memory, Wikileaks is auctioning off a lunch date with Julian Assange.


Written by whackanarwhal

June 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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