EJ’s had enough

Post columnist EJ Dionne is ordinary quite mild-mannered, so it’s especially enjoyable when he gets worked up.  Here he is going off on conservative Christians in response to the Mark Souder scandal (if you’re not familiar, Souder is a hard-core “family values” conservative who was recently revealed to be having an affair with a staffer).  EJ:

I want to shout as forcefully as I can to my conservative Christian friends: Enough!

Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists.

Enough with pretending that personal virtue is connected with political creeds. Enough with condemning your adversaries, sometimes viciously, and then insisting upon understanding after the failures of someone on your own side become known to the world. And enough with claiming that support for gay rights and gay marriage is synonymous with opposition to family.

It’s not the self-righteousness of religious conservatives that bothers me most. We liberals can be pretty self-righteous, too. It’s the refusal to acknowledge that the pressures endangering the family do not come from some dark secular leftist conspiracy but from cultural and economic forces that affect us all

Good stuff!  He should get worked up more often.

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When the inmates take over the asylum

I’ve not followed the 8th district Republican primary particularly closely (though, a friend of mine who’ll be reading this post works for incumbent Democrat in the district).  But today, I got a call from a reporter for La Presse (a presumably francophpone) newspaper in Montreal, wanting comment upon the race.  I guess that’s what happens when you claim expertise in NC politics on your webpage.  I recall said friend telling me about this nutty Republican, Tim D’Annunzio,  running in his district, but I had no idea until just how nutty till I got the call from the reporter.

Anyway, this is a very winnable seat for the Republicans.  The district narrowly leans Republicans and 1-term member Larry Kissell really pissed off the liberals in the district (and even those like me in neighboring districts) by refusing to support health care reform.  So, with a Republican-trending year, a competitive district with a brand new incumbent who’s upset his base, this seat should be very much in play for the GOP.   As a consequence, the state Republican party has stepped in hard to try and see to it that the tea-party-backed D’Annunzio loses the run-off.  If he’s the challenger, Kissell almost surely holds his seat; if its a more “normal” Republican, they have a good shot for a pick-up.  Here’s the AP story on D’Annunzio, in which I’ve selected some of the reasons Larry Kissell would surely love him to be his general election opponent:

In Hoke County divorce records, his wife said in 1995 that D’Annunzio had claimed to be the Messiah, had traveled to New Jersey to raise his stepfather from the dead, believed God would drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid as the New Jerusalem on Greenland and found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona. A doctor’s evaluation the following month said D’Annunzio used marijuana almost daily, had been living with another woman for several months, had once been in drug treatment for heroin dependence and was jailed a couple times as a teenager.

Might still be able to still pull off a really low-information election like a Congressional primary with these problems, but no way does a delusional (whether former or not) heroin user make it to Congress.  His political views are typically tea-party nutty, but I don’t think it would even come to that.

Impending arrival

So, there’s some big news in the Greene household:

Yep– #4.  Due date just after Thanksgiving– November 27.  It’s too early to know the sex, but we’ll find that out in late June.   Yes, we are crazy.

History in Texas

I had a really good couple of years at Texas Tech, but damn am I glad that my kids will not be getting their elementary/secondary education in Texas.  The new craziness from the school board is just too much.  It’s like the Tea Party is writing the new History standards.  The Post summarizes:

Students will be required to study the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

They also rejected language to modernize the classification of historic periods to B.C.E. and C.E. from the traditional B.C. and A.D., and agreed to replace Thomas Jefferson as an example of an influential political philosopher in a world history class. They also required students to evaluate efforts by global organizations such as the United Nations to undermine U.S. sovereignty.

I don’t have a problem with the BC/AD thing, but the gold standard and the undermining of US Sovereignty?  Please!  Maybe next year they’ll add something about the secret helicopters from the one world government watching all of us.

In addition to Political Science, I was also a history major, so I love it when David comes home with questions about history based on what he’s learning in school.  I love having these conversations and extending his knowledge, but there’s no doubt he learns way more from Kingswood Elementary than from me– which is totally fine.  Honestly, if we still lived in Texas I’d be more than a little worried about what they were teaching him.

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