A Rich, Compassionate, Northeast Liberal Who saw the Future Geography of Both Parties – Before John Kerry

“The Republican Party is now, finally, deeply rooted in the South.” Some conservative pundit circa 2005? Nope, Theodore White circa 1965 (specifically The Making of the President 1964, page 401). This was a shift from The Making of the President 1960 (published in 1961) in which White deemed “the industrial heartland of the country” (Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio) the “greatest single base of Republican strength. Given that Nixon won 51.3% of the total popular vote in these states, White’s 1961 conclusion is certainly plausible. (Kerry beat Bush 50.0% to 49.2% in these states in 2004. To paraphrase what they said in the early 1960s, the times they have a-changed). Interestingly, long before the civil rights revolution … Continue reading

Shhhh! The President is Coming

Bush thinks he can sneak around behind our backs. John Kerry sent out an email, letting us know about it. Bush seems to understand now, that his so called influence, is a farce. having to sneak into events, might become common place, as poeple come to see Bush for what he really is. Only the stark raving mad, like Darth Malice, will be left in the rear with the talking points, and the right wing rhetoric. It is past time for a change in this country, and talking points will not stop the death of our soldiers, at the hands of a mad man! Lets keep up the heat on the GOP, and let them know that we are not … Continue reading

John Kerry Not Only JFK to See Democrat Chances Outside the South

“Everyone makes the mistake of looking South,” John Kerry was quoted as saying in early 2004. Kerry was talking about the notion that Democrats must win some southern states if they are to win presidential (and other elections). To make a long story short, Kerry was heavily criticized by a lot of folks in the media and both parties for this statement. Of course many of these people failed to point out that: 1. Every Republican presidential election winner (and even some losers) from 1880 through 1988 won a majority of electoral votes in the non-South. 2. Except for Richard Nixon in 1968, every GOP winner from 1880 through 1988 won enough electoral votes outside the 13 southern states to … Continue reading

Gay Foster Parents Get Backing of Ark. Court

The Arkansas High Court agreed with a lower court judge, on his ruling that “the state’s child welfare board had improperly tried to regulate public morality.” Arkansas cannot ban homosexuals from becoming foster parents because there is no link between their sexual orientation and a child’s well-being, the state’s high court ruled Thursday. The court agreed with a lower court judge that the state’s child welfare board had improperly tried to regulate public morality. The ban also violated the separation of powers doctrine, the justices said. The board instituted the ban in 1999, saying children should be in traditional two-parent homes because they would be more likely to thrive. Associate Justice Donald Corbin wrote in the opinion: “There is no … Continue reading

Louisiana Father of Five Dies in Iraq

Army Sergeant Terry Wallace, of Winnsboro Louisiana, was killed in Iraq when the Humvee he was in, was blown up by a roadside bomb. Sergeant Wallace leaves behind his wife Shunda and five children. Wallace, a member of the 42nd Field Artillery Unit based at Ford Hood, Texas, enlisted after graduating from Winnsboro High School. His wife, Shunda, told K-N-O-E-T-V in Monroe that he was deployed to Iraq last November and was scheduled to return home in December. Mrs. Wallace said her husband died last night “when a bomb exploded and blew up his Humvee.” He was killed immediately. She says they weren’t told whether any other soldiers were killed in the blast. Wallace’s survivors also include five children.

Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar killed in Iraq

Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar, the Marine recruiter that appeared in Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb. A Marine and one-time recruiter who appeared in Michael Moore’s documentary film “Fahrenheit 9/11” has died in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar, 30, died Monday of wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Iraq’s volatile Anbar province, the Defense Department said Tuesday. For those that don’t know, Plouhar is the Marine recruiter that said “It’s better to get them when they’re in ones and twos and work on them that way,” as he and a fellow recruiter cruised the parking lot of a mall for potential recruits. Plouhar grew up in Lake … Continue reading

John Kerry Connects the Dots with his Speech on Energy Independence

I was in the audience today, as Senator John Kerry delivered a powerful speech at Faneuil Hall in Boston on what America needs to do to free itself from foreign oil dependence, combat global warming and climate change and push for more efficient energy usage in the U.S. Before the speech we were treated to a young man from Vermont who came to read a letter he sent to the Senator recently. Jesse Rogers, all of 8 years old, sent Kerry a copy of Dr Suess’ The Lorax, because it’s a good book about the environment. Young Jesse certainly charmed the crowd. The Senator delivered his speech before a large and receptive crowd that cheered his suggestions for actions that … Continue reading

Honor Thy Neighbor? Or the Hell With Thy Neighbor?

On June 22, 2006 the Washington Post ran an excellent story (on page A3) about a report from the Brookings Institution about the decline of middle-income neighborhoods from 1970 to 2000. The report from Brookings discovered that: “as a share of all urban and suburban neighborhoods, middle-income neighborhoods in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas have declined from 58 percent in 1970 to 41 percent in 2000…. Middle-income neighborhoods — where families earn 80 to 120 percent of the local median income — have plunged by more than 20 percent as a share of all neighborhoods in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. They are down 10 percent in the Washington area.” So what’s so wrong with this picture, Nick? … Continue reading