Oral arguments in the supreme court on health care law

The pundits are saying that they aren't sure how the supreme is going to decide on the health care law, which has now been labelled "Obamacare" by about everyone, although that isn't really fair. But the arguments are about whether or not the case is "ripe" for the supreme court to hear, whether or not congress can require that someone buy a private product or be penalized, and then finally, whether or not the whole law should be thrown out if the court finds that the requirement to buy is unconstitutional.

Can a Kentucky State Representative make radio commercials for a bank?

There is a Kentucky state representative named Will Coursey that represents a district in western Kentucky just a little east of the Paducah area. Lately, (and just a few minutes ago as I am sitting here listening on the radio to the Kentucky vs. Indiana NCAA bball game) I have been hearing Coursey do radio commercials during the Wildcat's NCAA games broadcasts for a bank in western Kentucky.

Can he do that? Can a Kentucky state representative make commercials for a bank in his district? Seems beyond the pale to me.

McLaughlin Group tonight

At least Mort Zuckerman took the night off. McLaughlin had a black woman - Michelle Benard - as the second liberal. Her main role was to be the black face to discuss the Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida. '

But the Martin shooting wasn't the first issue to be discussed. It was the republican nomination for president. No doubt that the republican mainstream is trying to rally around Romney. It remains to be seen whether or not the rest of party is going to follow them.

Romney wins Illinois - another low turnout

The political pundits are stretching hard to find something to talk about in regard to the republican presidential nomination. Romney won, wow! Quelle Chance! But the turnout was low and he didn't even get 50% of the vote.

I actually heard his victory speech last night on WBBM as I drove home. Rush Limbaugh says it was his best speech ever. His speech was ridiculous. He kept talking about "economic freedom" and "free markets" and how this is what was needed to save the economy. Oh really?

Romney will win Illinois republican presidential primary

Since I'm in Illinois, I guess I should make a comment on the republican presidential primary. Romney will win, I think. Illinois is not Mississippi, and I don't mean that in any judgmental way - I like Mississippi. I know that Santorum will get plenty of votes, particularly downstate, but I just can't see him carrying Illinois. We'll see.

Sunday News Shows, March 18, 2012

Once again KET was in fundraiser, and played the same commercial grade show that they played last week. The news show access was limited. But, I did see Meet the Press and McLaughlin Group, which are both about the epitome of their genre of shows.

Meet the Press had Sen. McCain as their first guest. Generally, I don't really like McCain interviews. He's a very condescending figure - talking to public as if they are the naughty child that got caught with their hand in the cookie jar and needs a lesson from dear ol' dad. It's irritating.

Santorum looks like he will win Miss. and Ala. Romney finishes behind Gingrich

Santorum is going to win both Mississippi and Alabama. Romney isn't even going to beat Gingrich. This will be an eye opener for those republican party bosses trying to push Romney through with big money. The problem for the republicans is that Santorum can't win across the board either. In fact, he probably can win less than Romney. Big problems for republicans.

Sunday News Shows: March 11, 2012

I only got to see two news shows yesterday - Meet the Press and McLaughlin Group. (which is actually filmed on Friday).

Meet the Press wasn't that memorable. David Gregory had Santorum on again. It was too soon since he was on the last time and he didn't have anything new to say. The roundtable spent a lot of time talking about who will get the republican nomination. At this point, it's becoming an irrelevant subject.

Rush Limbaugh showing he's no different than the average politician - no core, ruled by money

Rush Limbaugh, who, if there was any kind of equality of justice in this country, would be in jail or would have spent time in jail for his widely publicized drug abuse, but didn't because of his white and money privilege, has made his fortune pandering to the least common denominator of U.S. politics - bigotry.

Sunday News Shows: Eric Cantor vs. Debbie Wasserman - Schultz

Because of fund raisers on KET, where we get access to most of our Sunday News Shows, and, they stupidly preempt them for shows about Frank Sinatra and the like during fundraiser, and because of the change over to digital TV, and the only network station we an get is WPSD, NBC, the only Sunday News Shows I got to see today were Maria Bartiromo and Meet the Press.

Obama, Iran, and Israel

I certainly haven't really envied Obama being in the middle between Israel and Iran. These two countries, which are nearly neighbors, are intense rivals. Israel's government seems to think that Iran is trying to find a way to wipe them off the map, something that isn't going to happen. Iran is worried that Israel is going to attack them for having nuclear power, something under international law they are allowed to have, as long as they follow the rules.

Obama sings while the republicans fight

I don't know if it is symbolic of what is going on, but compare the images of President Obama singing with BB King and Rick Santorum saying that his "phoney theology" comment about Obama didn't refer to religion. (Oh, then what is theology?) If you gave me the choice of public images to put forward, I would take the singing with BB King anyday. It's really a no-brainer.

Sunday News Shows, February 19, 2012: McLaughlin right, Israel and Iran most important

The Sunday News Shows (some of which actually air on Friday) were pretty good this week. It's going to hard to narrow it down to a few things.

I guess the first thing that I have to mention is the discussion on "Comment on Kentucky" about the governor's proposed constitutional amendment to bring casino gambling to Kentucky. This is his issue, and he was re-elected, and he has a decent change of getting this through the legislature.

Court hearing on Shawnee National Forest plan

Yesterday, Feb. 16, had been exactly 16 years ago to the day, as hard as that was to believe, when the judge announced from the bench that he was going to issue some kind of injunction against the Shawnee National Forest because their required management plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) didn't comply with the law. The lawsuit was brought by the the Regional Association of Concerned Environmentalists (RACE), of which I was president, Illinois Audubon Council and the Sierra Club.

Sunday News Shows 02.12.12: Santorum on MTP

I'm going to spend most of this writing session on a quote by Rick Santorum on Meet the Press yesterday. At one point in his conversation with David Gregory, Gregory asked, "Is there an area, a decision that you would take as president, or position that you might adopt even in the course of the campaign, that would make conservatives uncomfortable that you think you could take and still get the nomination?"

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