sin city

The tide is beginning to turn on Sunday alcohol sales:

Under the bill filed Tuesday by Sen. Seth Harp (R-Midland), local governments could call elections to let voters decide if they want to allow Sunday sales at grocery, convenience and liquor stores. Among the co-sponsors of the bill are Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour (R-Snellville) and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock). The support of Balfour is significant because the Rules Committee decides which legislation is voted on by the Senate.

Only Sonny and the Christian Right stand in the way, and their influence is diminishing.

Is a downtown casino next?

fight the real evil

“Entertainment Tonight” was continuing its breathless coverage of Jett Travolta’s death when, finally, the contempt overtook me.

The goddawful Bette Midler dirge, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” played over a montage of creepy family photos. Travolta’s fans shared in his heartache, one of the anchors reported, mournfully. Another surmised whether John Travolta could use this tragedy to speak out on seizures (only if his message is: “Do the opposite of what I did”).

Then came the onslaught of “American Idol” promos. “What will Simon say this year?” Something catty, perhaps? On the radio some jackass sports talk show host praised Idol and the NFL as superior entertainment, citing their high ratings. Popularity and quality are synonymous, you know.

Now the local news asks: Whatever happened to past Idol stars?  

“what a waste it is to lose one’s mind. or not to have a mind is being very wasteful”

Dan Quayle has nothing on George W. Bush:

  • “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” — Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
  • “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”— Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
  • “Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.” — Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004
  • “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” — Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005
  • “There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can’t get fooled again.” — Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
  • “I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” — Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

how would he know?

Ken Blackwell, one of the leading contenders to head the Republican National Committee, believes homosexuality is a “compulsion” that can be “restrained”.

Seeing that there’s no scientific proof to support his assertion (only anecdotal evidence reflecting religious and societal pressures), I’d like to know how Blackwell can be so certain.

His election would send yet another signal to gays that they aren’t welcome in the GOP. You’d think a party that’s hemorrhaging support would try to attract new voters, not alienate them.

But this is Ann Coulter’s party now. During her interview on Mike Huckabee’s show she charged that the former presidential candidate is “pro-gay.”

The never-married 47-year-old supported that ridiculous claim by referencing Huckabee’s comments defending a Supreme Court decision that struck down an anti-sodomy law.

Let’s be clear: The party of small government believes the government should prohibit private behavior between consenting adults (notice how Huckabee was compelled to state his firm opposition to sodomy, a code word for gay sex in Republican circles).

And don’t try to tell me that Coulter is just some fringe figure with no influence. Her book sales and popularity with conservative audiences clearly indicate otherwise.