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Paging Captain Stubing

Wednesday, Jul. 01, 2009 3:50 AM

The problem with settling on a budget for the state is not that it takes a 2/3rds majority vote; it's that there are no negative consequences for failing to do so. There's a deadline, but no one gets fired if they miss it. The state can 'run out of money,' but we never hear about legislators not getting paid - it's always 'state workers,' taxpayers, students receiving financial aid, vendors and contractors.

So perhaps we need a provision like this: for every day legislators drag their heels, deduct $1,000 from each of their salaries. By the time the last budget was settled, legislators would have been working for free.

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admits to the Associated Press that he had more liaisons with his mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, than he had acknowledged in his news conference last week - including one after his wife had learned of the affair nearly half a year ago. He refers to Chapur as his soulmate, and says that their affair is a love story - forbidden, tragic, but it's luuuuuuuuuv!

Sanford also admits that he had 'crossed the line' with other women, but never crossed the 'ultimate line,' as he had with Chapur. Was this ever discussed during the Sanfords' 'marriage counseling' with 'spiritual advisor' Warren Culbertson? (Not that Culbertson's credibility is all that high, since his advice was for a 'final' meeting between Gov. Sanford and Ms. Chapur, that he's also pushing the whole 'King David' line, and - apparently - it's okay to fuck another woman if you're not getting any at home. Three cheers for traditional marriage!)

This is supposed to convince the public that Sanford deserves to keep his job? That he can't even tell the truth, and even as he now offers another version, his words are replete with exceptions and invite further scrutiny?

Bottom line: Sanford is a hypocrite and a liar, as well as having been grossly derelict in his duty as governor.

A military review board has determined that Lt. Dan Choi, who served as the Grand Marshal in San Francisco's Pride Parade this past weekend, should be discharged for having violated the principles of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

So, a gay man is penalized for admitting he's gay, but a philandering liar named Mark Sanford gets to remain governor of South Carolina?

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