We knew that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) was the rhetorical Michael Vick of cockfighting and has something of a plantation owner mentality when it comes down to the minimum wage, but he also has a soft spot for the right of those who have been determined to have mental stability problems to have the quickest possible access to gun purchases, Locked, Loaded and Looney
As the Army’s suicide rate hits record levels in the Iraq war, there’s small wonder practically everyone in Congress wants to deal with the parallel emerging crisis of depressed veterans tempted to take their own lives. Everyone, that is, except Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma. He stands alone in blocking final passage of a suicide prevention bill in fear that the government’s record-keeping on troubled vets might somehow crimp their ability to purchase handguns.
Imagine that, Coburn in the age of unprecedented domestic surveillance is afraid that someone might misuse a data base. Tom has been AWOL to date on every other civil liberties issue yet is all too willing to use some shrill nonsensical adoration of the 2nd Amendment. Perfectly good amendment, but lets not hide some knee jerk reactionism behind it. The government, except in the case of George W. Bush’s TANG records, already keeps extensive records on veterans. The mental health screening proposed by the Senate isn’t just about protecting others it is also about protecting vets. Maybe Coburn doesn’t care about Iraqi veteran’s record level of suicides. If not just he should just say so and step out of the way. More here, Have We Really Learned So Little? and Liberty Street includes some of the real Constitutional issues that the Right should care about. You know those people that keep swearing they’re for a strict interpretation of the Constitution and small gov’ment ( And why is it the Right keeps siting passages from the Declaration of Independence to make Constitutional arguments), The Real Surveillance Outrage
George, Dick and the pro Armageddon war bloggers are probably blowing a fuse over this, IAEA: Iran Cooperating In Nuclear Investigation
The report praised Iran for taking “a significant step forward” by agreeing to a new work plan and timelines for resolving numerous questions about the history of its nuclear program. Separately, U.N. officials said that Iran had slowed construction of a new plutonium-fuel reactor in Arak.
The Right claims, without evidence of course that the escalation in Iraq is working because of Sadr’s freeze of the Mahdi Army. The truth is no one knows why he’s making this move now. It could be tactical or it could be political maneuvering. Ezra Klein writes,
Another argument is that Sadr’s attempts to move towards a political role are growing ever more sophisticated, and he’s concluded that being part of the current sectarian violence can only hurt him. In six months, when the surge is supposed to end, he’ll reactivate the Mahdi Army, step into the breach, and clamber to the top of the political heap.
But I think the honest truth is that no one really knows what he’s doing
You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it. – Art Buchwald