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Huckabee – Reagan Would Have A ‘Very Difficult, If Not Impossible Time’ Getting Nominated Today

Via: Think Progress

Potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee acknowledged this shift on Fox News today, telling host Bill Hemmer that even former President Reagan, the great conservative icon, would likely be unable to win a GOP primary in the current Republican “atmosphere”:

HUCKABEE: “Ronald Reagan would have a very difficult, if NOT IMPOSSIBLE TIME being nominated in this atmosphere of the Republican party.”

HEMMER: How come?

HUCKABEE: Because he raises taxes as governor, he made deals with Democrats, he compromised on things in order to move the ball down the field. As president, he gave amnesty to 7 million illegal immigrants. There were many things that would have been anathema. People speak of Reagan as if he was absolutely steadfast. He was in his convictions, but you have to govern in a way that is different that is different than the way you campaign.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/06/huckabee-reagan-would-not-get-nominated/

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‘Because he raises taxes as governor‘; well guess what Huckabee, he also raised taxes as President:

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/reagan-budget-director-stockman-ryan%e2%80%99s-budget-fails-to-acomplish/

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If not Reagan, how about Goldwater?

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/2-of-2-but-could-mr-goldwater-win-the-2012-gop-nomination/

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If not Reagan or Goldwater, how about Lincoln?

Not a chance.

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May 7, 2011 Posted by | Goldwater, Huckabee, President Reagan | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Louisiana – ‘Scarlet Letter’ (version 2.0)

Via: Huffington Post

NEW ORLEANS — In their neighborhoods, they are sometimes taunted with dirty looks and jeers. Their pictures hang on the walls of local community centers where their children and grandchildren play. And their names and addresses are listed in newspapers and mailed out on postcards to everyone in the neighborhood.

Landing a job or even finding a landlord willing to give them a place to stay is a challenge.

These women wear a scarlet letter — rather, 11 letters — spelled out on their driver’s licenses in bright orange text: SEX OFFENDER.

They aren’t child molesters or pedophiles. Most are poor, hard-luck black women in New Orleans who agreed to exchange oral or anal sex for money. In doing so they violated the latest version of Louisiana’s 206-year-old Crime Against Nature law, which carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and registration as a sex offender.

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Opponents of the law say it is discriminatory and targets poor women and the gay and transgendered community who engage in what they call “survival sex.” In March, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine anonymous plaintiffs against the state, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and a host of state agencies, calling the law unconstitutional.

“There are a number of absurd things in the Louisiana laws, and this is one of the more absurd,” said R. Judson Mitchell, a law professor at the law clinic at Loyola University in New Orleans. “There are crimes against nature happening at strip clubs on Bourbon Street every single night. The difference is we are dealing with women that didn’t have a fancy strip club to go to.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/06/new-orleans-sex-crime-felony_n_858180.html

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Krugman: ‘popular demand that we repeal the laws of arithmetic’

Via: New York Times

Whenever I read pieces like David Brooks’s column this morning — pieces that attribute our budget deficits to the public’s irresponsibility and lack of realism — I find myself wondering how so much recent history went down the memory hole.

To be fair, polling on budget questions does suggest a popular demand that we repeal the laws of arithmetic — that we not raise taxes, not cut spending on any popular program, and balance the budget.

Remember, we had a budget surplus in 2000. Where did it go? The two biggest policy changes responsible for the swing into deficit were the big tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, and the war of choice in Iraq.

And neither of these policy changes was in any sense a response to public demand. Americans weren’t clamoring for a tax cut in 2000; Bush pushed his tax cuts to please his donors and his base.

And the decision to invade Iraq not only wasn’t a response to public demand, Bush and co. had to spend months selling the idea to the public.

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But the reality is that if you want to see irresponsibility and self-indulgence at the expense of the nation’s future, you don’t want to visit Main Street; you want to hang out in the vicinity of Pennsylvania Avenue.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/what-do-you-mean-we-white-man-deficit-edition/

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Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery

Via: The Guardian

Close allies of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being “magicians” and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as “a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds”.

The arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached.

On Sunday, Ahmadinejad returned to his office after an 11-day walkout in an apparent protest over Khamenei’s reinstatement of the intelligence minister, who the president had initiallyasked to resign.

Ahmadinejad’s unprecedented disobedience prompted harsh criticism from conservatives who warned that he might face the fate of Abdulhassan Banisadr, Iran’s first post-revolution president who was impeached and exiled for allegedly attempting to undermine clerical power.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/05/ahmadinejad-allies-charged-with-sorcery

 

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Maureen Dowd’s  – ‘Fruitbat’ at Bat (September 26, 2007)

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/26/opinion/26dowd.html

 

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