Thursday, September 07, 2006

Vote Holt: It'll Be Worth It Just For the Expression on Brummett's Face!

John Brummett wrote yet another article attacking Senator Jim Holt, the reformer's choice for Lt. Governor. The man practically makes a living off of Jim Holt.

The problem, from John Brummett's perspective, is that Holt may have too much crossover appeal. His article was entitled "Beebe-Holt" ticket. This is a prospect that he fears. He feels that Holt as Lt. Governor would be a "burden" on Beebe as Governor. For once we agree. Here is what liberal Arkansas Times columnist Max Brantley recently wrote about Mike Beebe: "This acknowledged master of the legislative process was at his zenith when Nick Wilson and Co. pushed a felonious get-rich-quick scheme through the legislature. Beebe and his best legislative friends signed off on key elements of the smelly legal services deal and related legislation, if not the hidden fraudulent specifics." Those schemes included taking taxpayer money that was meant to benefit disadvantaged children and distributing it to Wilson cronies.

If "Governor Beebe" ever tried any cheesewhiz like that again while Holt was Lt. Governor you can bet your last dollar that Holt would become a "burden" to him. A big burden. There are a lot of insiders around the capitol with crooked and half-crooked schemes to transfer public money from your pockets to theirs, and they all find Holt a "burden" too. That is why they don't give Holt any money while they give Beebe boatloads of it.

(warning- I am about to go to "nuclear rant" mode. If you click the button labeled THURSDAY below and then scroll down to read the rest of the article, I am not responsible for any monitors that melt from the resulting intense heat. I advise you use lead shielding to keep radioactivity to safe levels. If you were sent straight here then just scroll down.)


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

So Holt would be a such a burden on Beebe, that is his first point. Yeah-like neighborhood patrols are a burden to looters. So let's continue by blowing his second point into it's constiuent atoms:

Brummett: Arkansas voters are forever doing nutty things. Electing Beebe, the most effective state legislator of modern times, and Holt, the least, would be insane anywhere else. Here it would be logical in its symmetry.

Brummett's second point contradicts his first. If Holt is the "least effective" of modern times, and Beebe the "most effective", then how can the ineffective Holt become a serious burden to uber-effective Beebe? Hmmmmmm? The answer is simple. Despite what he says, Brummett knows Holt is effective. If he wasn't, Brummett would not fear him so. Holt is good at stopping what I call "bad idea bandwagons". This includes corrupt schemes which Brummett is also decent enough to be against (don't tell him I said that) and liberal statist idiocy, which Brummett is misguided enough to be in favor of (tell him I said it).

more megatons follow....

7:13 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Brummett:My test of legislative worthiness is to ask what kind of Legislature it would be if all members were like an individual legislator. In Holt's case, we'd have madness.

Well OK then, my test of a someone in the newspaper business is to ask what kind of paper you would have if all its writers were like an individual inky wretch. What would the paper be like if Brummett wrote the society page, advice for the love-lorn, the obituaries, the comics (I mean with him TRYING to be funny), straight news, sports, and church news. If he did that, the Morning News would be a pretty rotten paper. Actually, it already is, but it would be even worse!

Brummett's test does not work in any area of life. You need role players in any large organization. Jim Holt is not going to be the guy that builds consensus to pass 100 new laws that spend 100 million new tax dollars. You know what, that is oakie doakie by me, because I believe our problem in not that we have too few laws, but too many.

Holt is good at stopping bad ideas. He is one of the few idealistic and courageous enough to get in front of the "bad idea bandwagons" that the political class in this state keep dreaming up to seperate your family from its earned income. We need someone like that in there.

...more to come...

7:22 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Brummett says that if everyone were like Holt "Court orders would be defied. Public school appropriations would go wanting. The Legislature would take science out of the textbooks.

So where is it written in our constitution that the Legislature works for the court? If a court usurps the authority of the legislature then any legislator not willing to check and balance them according to our doctrine of separation of powers is in violation of their oath to uphold the constitution. We are not a judgeocracy, but since they are currently the most liberal branch of government, Brummett does not want to admit that. He would rather they impose on us ideas that would never win at the ballot box, and he is upset that any legislator, like Holt for example, would dare represent the people rather than a court which in itself is divided on issues like Lakeview (two justices agreed with Holt on it).

The "public school appropriations would go wanting" stuff is just bilge based on the idea that the amount Brummett wants to spend is the "right" amount, and any lesser amount would leave the schools "wanting".

...up next, the challenge.....

7:30 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

"The legislature would take science out of textbooks".

Ok, the Holt bill on evolution may not have been perfect, but it was better than macro-evolution. I tell you what, Brantley and Sabin dismissed the idea that Intelligent Design had any role at all in the public schools and made the unsupported assertion that the concept of molecules to man evolution should have a monopoly forum in public schools. I challenged them, or any champion they might name, to a debate about it. A live debate on any broadcast medium that can be scared up, or if that fails right here in this blog. Whether through fear, or arrogance, or both, they declined to take me up on the offer.

I will make you John Brummett, and you might as well come out from behind that lead shielding because I know you read this blog, the same offer. If you think evolution ought to have a monopoly in the state's science classrooms, then defend that privileged role for it, if you can. That or pick a champion who will. If you can't defend it, then I suggest you find something to write about that you CAN defend.

7:39 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Here are the two topics proposed on that last go-round:

“"Why Intelligent Design is a scientific theory.” and "Known evolutionary mechanisms are sufficient to explain the diversity of Earth's biota".

7:42 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Brummett misrepresents on: It would be a crime for a state official to extend a service to an illegal immigrant without turning in the immigrant for deportation.

Not every service, but a "public benefit" which does include what we think of as "welfare" like housing assistence, but does not include emergency medical services. And John forgot to mention that the bill would only make it a crime if the state official KNOWINGLY gave public benefits to an illegal alien.

Last month we had a women who made IDs for the county clerk sent to jail because she was making fake ID's for illegals in return for cash. She should have worked for any other department, then she could have taken the bribes to hand out your money to illegal aliens. As long as they were otherwise qualified for the handouts, there would not be a thing the law could do about it.

Do you find it odd that they can't take the illegal alien's money to make fake ID's but it is ok for the state official to give them YOUR MONEY even if they know the person is an illegal alien? Jim Holt though that odd as well, that is why he drafted the bill that Brummett misrepresented in his column today.

7:49 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Except for the minimum wage issue, and I say bring it on as long as they really let both sides tell it, the Democrats seem to be telling Halter to avoid attacking Holt on specific issues- because the people agree with Holt on them!

Instead, the Democrats are urging Halter to get back on TV to remind people how he had a football coach and used to bag groceries! Great! Now that is a substantive campaign eh? Buy commercials talking about how you used to bag groceries. I'll tell you what, maybe Halter can just do the "Frozen Peas" for Senate commercial that is making the rounds and dub his name in where it says "Frozen Peas".

For the benefit of those who don't know what I mean, stick this URL in your browser and smoke it...

7:56 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Brummett on Halter: Halter secured the nomination by saturation television advertising in the spring paid for mostly from his personal wealth. A North Little Rock native and Rhodes Scholar, he's been mostly away in recent years, working in the Clinton administration and pursuing business investments.

Ok, "mostly away in recent years" means like, he has barely been in the state in the 25 years (I am not kidding) before he came back to run for Lt. Governor. "Pursuing business investments" means that he sat on the board of a bunch of companies that lost investors $500 million dollars while he and the rest of the insiders got well. The poor saps who trusted them and bought stock in those companies lost money. The one company that made money is the infamous company that used college servers to store porn and gambling data for some of their clients.

If you are sensitive to radiation, please avoid this thread for the next three years.

8:01 PM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brummett is a nothing. He knows nothing and does nothing but write hit pieces with no facts or substance to back up his claims against his enemies. No surprise that the Dem-Gaz lets him write for them since most of the writers over there are the same way. Mike Wickline, for example.

8:05 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Well, I think Wickline does some good reporting. The parts he sometimes leaves out are likely a result of space constraints handed to him by his editor. He does not mind doing some actual work to get the facts.

As far as Brummett goes, the honest truth is that this would not be as good a blog as it is without Brummett. I am the Ying to his evil Yang. In that sense I LIKE Brummett. I like what he does, I just don't agree with it! Does that sound crazy?

8:21 PM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock On Mr. Moore!!!!!

That was a shot between the eyes. Hopefully, the loon toon will see this article. I am VIOLENTLY, and I mean VIOLENTLY sick of the ridiculous notions of the certain political dim-witted, dense, brainless jack-asses (aka Brummet) who waste time and space in our newspapers. If people really by into his thought process, please, and I mean please shoot yourself. Just Kidding! But no really!! Kidding again! Anyway, Brummet, once again you have proven your blatant disregard for the true meaning behind politics, and that being virtue. You play I mean prey on the politicaly uniformed. Keep up the good work CHIEF!!

8:20 PM, September 08, 2006  

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