Thursday night, the Maryland State Senate is expected to pass legislation to legalize gay marriage. Why will the legislation do far more than redefine what marriage is? How will it remove religious freedoms for faith-based organizations, pastors and business owners? How will legalizing gay marriage lead to children being indoctrinated in our schools? And how will defenders of traditional marriage try to fight back against this impending law through a 2012 referendum? We discuss it all with Maryland Delegate Donald Dwyer, a leading supporter of traditional marriage and vocal opponent of the gay marriage bill.
Archives for February 2011
Three Martini Lunch 2/24/11
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty are impressed that Wisconsin Republicans keep plugging away despite State Senate Democrats remaining AWOL. We’re also disgusted at President Obama’s limp-wristed response to the bloodbath in Libya orchestrated by Moammar Gadhafi. And we lash out at union thugs and their enablers in the mainstream media after a female activist in favor of the budget reform plan is assaulted by a union member and the press yawns.
Libya: Obama’s Missed Opportunity
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton joins us from the Middle East to explain why the Obama administration has missed an opportunity to say and do more to condemn Moammar Ghaddafi and his heinous tactics in Libya. Why does Bolton think the U.S. going to the United Nations sends a message to Ghaddafi that he has nothing to worry about from the international community? How does Bolton assess the Obama administration’s pattern of being much tougher on our allies in the Middle East than on our enemies? And what does he make of most Republicans keeping silent on the unrest in Libya and beyond? We discuss it all with Ambassador Bolton.
‘This is Tyranny’
On Wednesday, the Obama Justice Department announced it considers the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and will simply stop enforcing it. How significant is this step in the larger debate over the definition of marriage? Can anyone else step in for the government to defend traditional marriage? Does this mean gay marriage will soon be legal in the eyes of the federal government? How will this play out in states that have traditional marriage enshrined in their constitutions? And why would legalizing gay marriage have repercussions in areas of life far beyond what most people realize? We discuss it all with Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel. Staver has argued in many state courts in defense of traditional marriage.
Three Martini Lunch 2/23/11
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty relish Scott Walker thwarting the intent of a liberal prank call and standing strong for his budget position against the unions. We’re also very disappointed that Mitch Daniels ducked a battle with public sector workers in his state and that Jon Thune is not running for president. And we bludgeon Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano for saying unions might need to ‘get a little bloody’ in their fight against budget cuts in several states.
‘Sitting On Our Hands’
Even as Libyan dictator Moammar Ghaddafi mercilessly slaughters his own people, the Obama administration has said surprisingly little to condemn the regime or demand changes. Why such a different response than we saw to the unrest in Egypt? What should be the U.S. response? We discuss it all with K.T. McFarland, a Pentagon official in the Reagan administration. She is now a national security analyst with the Fox News Channel.
Somali Pirates Strike Again
On Tuesday, we learned that Somali pirates killed four Americans aboard a yacht the pirates seized from the two couples. So what is being done about the piracy problem? How bad is the problem? What would work? And what won’t work? We discuss it all with Martin Murphy, author of “Somalia, the New Barbary?: Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa”. He is also a visiting fellow at the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College in London.
Three Martini Lunch 2/22/11
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty celebrate the GOP having at least a small chance to win the open Senate seat in New Mexico. They also denounce Libya’s brutal crackdown on protesters and President Obama’s pathetic response to the crisis. And they get some more sage wisdom from a Democratic state senator in Wisconsin.
Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill
The abortion debate is front and center once again – this time in Ohio. State Rep. Lynn Watchtmann is sponsoring what has become known as the heartbeat bill. Wachtmann’s legislation would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected in an unborn child. Why did Wachtmann decide to make the heartbeat the dividing line between legal and illegal abortions? How early is a heartbeat detected in an unborn child? Why are some pro-life forces saying this bill could be a setback for the unborn? And how far will this legislation get in an Ohio legislature controlled by Republicans.
Three Martini Lunch 2/21/11
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty celebrate Presidents’ Day. Greg discusses his respect for Washington, Reagan and Truman while Jim suggests Gerald Ford is underrated for what he did to move the nation past Watergate. On the flip side, Greg has very little that’s good to say about Obama, Carter, LBJ and Wilson, while Jim says Bill Clinton is very overrated and has ushered in the era of presidents needing to pass the Oprah test. And Jim and Greg debate how important social conservatism ought to be in the 2012 campaign.