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Memeorandum Bits and Pieces


Another step forward for gay rights:

The D.C. Council overwhelmingly approved a bill yesterday to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, in a vote that followed a sharp exchange between an openly gay member and a civil rights champion and set off shouts of reproach from local ministers.


This is exciting news mostly because the vote to do so was so lopsided - only 1 Councilmember chose to vote no. Naturally, religious ministers through a fit, even causing "such an uproar that security officers and D.C. police were called in to clear the hallway.
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Amity Shale - deluded. Not to mention that she clearly doesn't bother reading the crap on far-right blogs, or she simply doesn't disagree with their out and out horseshit. But does agree that far lefties are attack-mongers.


Clifford Asness is a Hedge Fund Manager. He'd like us to understand his position, and others like him that they have a responsibility for their clients to drive Chrysler into bankruptcy rather than take an "unjustified" loss on their bond debt. Please be aware that Cliff has not invested in Chrysler, so he is speaking generally about Hedge Funds - not his particular case:


Last but not least, the President screaming that the hedge funds are looking for an unjustified taxpayer-funded bailout is the big lie writ large. Find me a hedge fund that has been bailed out. Find me a hedge fund, even a failed one, that has asked for one. In fact, it was only because hedge funds have not taken government funds that they could stand up to this bullying. The TARP recipients had no choice but to go along. The hedge funds were singled out only because they are unpopular, not because they behaved any differently from any other ethical manager of other people's money.


I'm trying to feel sympathy for the Hedge Fund Manager in this situation. Really. Trying. Failure.


 

…gay rights groups — disappointed that Obama didn't pick an openly gay man or woman for his Cabinet — are pushing him to put the first openly gay justice on the Supreme Court.


Much as that would be truly exciting, I don't see this happening. Such a name would never get out of committee and with Franken yet to be seated and with many of the Democrats being 'blue dogs', even if it reached the full Senate, it wouldn't fly.


And finally, the war between Bunning and McConnell continues within the GOP. I'm not sure whether to cheer Bunning or not... he's really borderline insane, I think. It's no wonder that the Republicans would really like him to step out of the way so they can run somebody who isn't constantly in the papers thrashing the leadership!


Sen. Jim Bunning today renewed his attacks on his fellow Kentucky Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of selfishness and being responsible for lost GOP seats in the Senate.


I wish this were more fun. But, at this point, I really would like an united, effective, thinking outside the box, opposition to the far left wing of the Democrats - and these people are not it. But as an Obama supporter who'd like to see some sort of comprehensive health care reform - the significant other has no insurance and I can't put him on my policy - I also enjoy the fact that the far too socially conservative GOP continues to flounder.

Dilemmas, dilemmas... do I laugh and cheer or not?

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