Thursday, May 10, 2007
Between now and Saturday, May 12, 2007, is the only real opportunity to voice your concerns to the 208 Commission through the public comment. After May 12, there is no opportunity for public comment before they select the 3 to 5 proposals, which they will do at public hearings on May 17 and May 18. [You can also email the Commission by May 12 as explained in the post. --ed] These 3 to 5 proposals will be the ones submitted to the state legislature next January for its consideration. This means that you and your voice could be heard by the legislature through the commission.In other words, if you want to stop socialized medicine in Colorado, you have been allotted only until May 12 to do so by stating your opinion. The post lists the proposals under consideration by the Commission, which will narrow the field to as few as three of them. You might want to do what you can to make sure that Brian Schwartz's proposal stays on the table, and the post offers some guidelines on how to make a case for it.
Be sure to read the post carefully before you send off an email. (HT: Diana Hsieh)
Roark Speech at The Belmont Club
Wretchard uses Howard Roark's speech to lead in to an interesting Mark Steyn piece questioning environmentalism, as well as some further thoughts of his own. He concludes:
[I]f we do not care for ourselves, we cannot pretend to care for our values, nor the larger community that preserves these values. If the value of an individual is zero, then the summation of a succession of zeros is zero. If you believe that it is nonzero then amazingly enough the true value of environmentalism -- real environmentalism -- is not to serve Gaia but to serve man. I'd better stop here. Too many heresies already.(HT: Noumenalself)
A New Blog Motto?
"Gus Van Horn: So good they're even linking to the comments!"
(And yes, that was a hilarious comment, Adrian.)
Sharpton, Holding "Race Card", Passes a "Faith Card" to Romney
The only thing pleasant about this story is that it's funny to see Al Sharpton squirm after a dose of his own medicine.
On Monday, Sharpton said in a debate that "those of us who believe in God" will defeat Romney for the White House. He denied he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God.Sadly, this entertainment comes at the potential, very steep expense of a Presidential race between two theocratic candidates, of whom Romney could be the less religious if he wins the GOP nomination and Obama takes the Democratic!
Rather, the New York Democrat said he was contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating at the time.
"As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation," Sharpton said during a debate with Hitchens at the New York Public Library.
Romney's campaign seized on the comments to criticize Sharpton, and the candidate complained about the remarks on Wednesday, calling them "terribly misguided."
Asked if he considered the civil rights leader a bigot, Romney demurred.
"I don't know Reverend Sharpton," he said. "I doubt he is personally such a thing, but the comment was a comment which could be described as a bigoted comment."
Romney added that he was willing to believe Sharpton didn't mean to be offensive.
"Perhaps he didn't mean it that way, but the way it came out was inappropriate and wrong," said Romney.
In a statement, Sharpton accused the Romney campaign of a "blatant effort to fabricate a controversy to help their lagging campaign" and argued that it was Hitchens who criticized Mormons.
"In no way did I attack Mormons or the Mormon Church when I responded that other believers, not atheists, would vote against Mr. Romney for purely political reasons," Sharpton said.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sharpton denied questioning Romney's belief in God and suggested the Romney camp was trying to stir up a controversy because of their political differences.
"What I said was that we would defeat him, meaning as a Republican," Sharpton said. "A Mormon, by definition, believes in God. They don't believe in God the way I do, but by definition, they believe in God."