Re: Amanda Simpson
I missed this in the news initially but XbradTC and Portlandic have both commented on the appointment of Amanda Simpson as a senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. A lot of transgendered people are looking at this a a big break-through, and it is, but I am really more interested in whether she is qualified for the job. This applies to any appointee in my opinion. In this case it appears Ms. Simpson is and I wish her luck in the position.
Another issue that has popped up in the course of this appointment is “transphobia”. A lot of people are offended by a joke by David Letterman that they feel
I say that if they can’t see that this makes people like that look foolish then they are the ones with the problem. Comedy plays off of and challenges stereotypes. That’s what makes it edgy and funny. It’s easier to be offended than to work within that framework however.
What I found much more offensive was World Net Daily’s treatment of the appointment. Constantly referring to Ms. Simpson as he and by her former male name reflects an ignorance and bigotry that I won’t forget anytime soon. I’ll be watching Chelsea Schilling and Kathleen Farah closely. I suggest others do the same.
Another Black Conservative asks What is wrong with the GOP establishment? Exhibit A: They hate Palin. Simple answer – she challenges the power of the establishment and isn’t beholden to them.
The notion that judicial review was a gigantic affront either to the Constitution itself, to the men who wrote it, or both, is hooey.
And as you yourself point out, “Of course, I realize we’d be screwed over severely most of the time if they quit exercising the power.”
If Marbury had not existed, we would have had to invent it. If anything, it has probably served to slow our long descent into slavery, not the opposite
So far the GOP has shrewdly been the “party of no.” Since I disagree with so much of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda, I happen to think that “no” is the correct position on the merits. But that’s not the point. Saying “no” has worked because that’s what most Americans say, too.
The trick for the GOP is to figure out what it will say yes to. Republicans are a bit like the Democrats in 2006 and 2008. Americans were sick of Bush and the Republicans back then, so they threw their support behind the Democrats by default. The Democrats over-read this support as a sweeping mandate for their agenda.
I’d tell the GOP to look not to Reagan in 1980 or Gingrich in 1994, as so many pundits suggest.
I’d look to Domino’s in 2010.
In their four-minute video (search YouTube for “the Pizza Turnaround”), executives, employees, and chefs at the company confront their harshest reviews head-on. They talk about how much it hurts to hear that their product “tastes like cardboard” and is worse than microwave pizza. But they admit the truth and commit themselves to starting over with more flavor, better crusts, and cheese that doesn’t taste like discount weather caulking. Domino’s says that the American palate has improved, and they want to update their recipe to take account of that fact.
The appeal of the campaign should be obvious: honesty. Domino’s admits they lost their way, and they want a second chance. They’re confronting the criticism head-on rather than denying it.
But the GOP’s troubles over the last decade have a lot to do with the fact that Americans didn’t stop liking what the Republican party is supposed to deliver. They stopped liking what the GOP actually delivered.
Paying attention Michael Steele / RNC?
2010 Prediction: The Year of the Paid Subscription –
Many of the startups and media sites that define the e-commerce ecosystem are, at long last, making serious plans to make serious money. Hulu, the slick portal that picked up where TiVo left off in killing the idea of “appointment television,” is the free site likeliest to begin charging in 2010. Chase Carey, a top executive of News Corp., which owns 27 percent of Hulu, announced in October that “it’s time to start getting paid for broadcast content online” and “Hulu concurs with that.”
Jenn’s prediction – 2010 year of the death of Hulu. I already pay for cable and have a DVR. If Hulu starts charging I will make due with that. If that doesn’t cut it I will live without.