Peter Daou of the Daou Report looks at some of the ethical issues at the heart of the left-right divide on Iraq and terrorism. The Ethics of Iraq: Moral Strength vs. Material Strength “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Matthew 16:26
New SBA reports show that billions of dollars have been given to Corporate machine while real Small Businesses are left by the wayside. One of the reports was prompted by a request from John Kerry. Last week, the SBA’s Office of Inspector General “released the results of three investigations in the past year that found the SBA has intentionally included awards to large businesses in their small business contracting statistics.” Report 5-14 was prompted by a request from Senator John Kerry. It stated, “The SBA awarded four of the six high dollar procurements, reported as small business procurements, to large companies at the time of the procurements.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of war protesters outside of Bush’s Crawford, TX ranch, at Camp Casey, for an interfaith service today. He said he felt compelled to meet with Cindy Sheehan, who started the anti-war rally three weeks earlier outside of Bush’s ranch. Sharpton joined Sheehan in laying roses at the crosses near Camp Casey today. “I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation,” said Sharpton, an activist and former Democratic presidential candidate.
Senators Lugar and Obama and their aides ended a three day visit to Russia on a strange note… They were in Russia “visiting sites where warheads are stored before destruction under the U.S.-funded Comprehensive Threat Reduction program.” The plane carrying Lugar, Obama and their aides “was detained for several hours Sunday while trying to leave Russia, before being permitted to leave the country for Ukraine, according to spokesmen for the lawmakers.” “I am in Ukraine with Sen. Lugar,” Lugar’s spokesman, Andy Fisher, said in a message sent from a personal messaging device Sunday afternoon.
Can it be that the state that gave us Enron, Phil Gramm, Tom Delay, Dick Armey, and two mistaken wars (Vietnam and Iraq II) is becoming more Democratic? Well, given that Kerry won 64% of the national Hispanic vote and 59% of the Texan Hispanic vote (see www.wcvi.org and emergingdemcoraticmajorityweblog.com for more) the answer is a cautious but optimistic YES. Check out this little item from Ruy Teixiera: Texas Turning Purple Texas reached an historical milestone yesterday, when the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it has become the fourth state in the nation with a majority of its residents in non-white racial categories. Some conclusions, noted by the AP’s Alicia A. Caldwell notes in her L.A. Times article, “Texas Now … Continue reading
On Friday, a group of retired National Park Service employees accused Bush administration political appointees of hijacking America’s National Parks. They cited a leaked Interior Department document which shows a move to push recreational use of National Parks and resource development within National Parks, over National Park preservation. The group pointed to Paul Hoffman, an assistant Interior secretary, who oversees the National Park Service, as being the catalyst behind the revisions. Hoffman is former head of the chamber of commerce in Cody, Wyoming. He also worked for Dick Cheney, when the Cheney was a U.S. lawmaker in the 1980s.
America is a rich nation, culturally and spiritually. Newsweek’s new cover feature “In Search of the Spiritual,” is a rather soft attempt to show the diversity of American spirituality. Although it touches on a rather wide range of religions and spiritual practices, sadly I found it lacking on many levels, particularly in the author’s references to some of the less mainstream practices that were mentioned. Newsweek’s “A Dictionary of Divine“, I found to be curious at best, and wholly lacking on factual information about the “definitions of some of the terms” in “America’s religious vernacular.” Interestingly, their story on the Kabbalah was a fluff piece on how the Hollywood version of the Kabbalah is fluff. “Tibetan Buddhism: Learning to Let … Continue reading
The Roberts’ nomination and Bush’s extended Crawford vacation complete with the Cindy Sheehan sideshow, has taken the PlameGate story off the charts for a time. Not that the Roberts’ nomination doesn’t deserve attention. Or for that matter, that Cindy Sheehan’s wonderful hijacking of Bush’s precious vaction isn’t the most glorious thing to happen to the anti-war movement to date, but sometime soon, we should expect to get back to the Plamegate affair… so the Boston Globe tells us in a brilliant editorial in the Sunday Globe: Rove’s Role. A search in LexisNexis “reveals 1,944 stories mentioning Rove in the week prior to the nomination, dropping to 1,111 during the week after. Now, with Bush in Crawford for a prolonged vacation, … Continue reading