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
Millions of parents across the country are getting their kids ready to go back school. George W. Bush chose to speak on the war in Iraq today, in his weekly radio address, rather than focus on the needs at home for a few moments. Of course, the news earlier this week that Connecticut is challenging NCLB, is most likely something that Bush would prefer not to discuss. Ted Kennedy, chose to use the Democratic Party’s radio address today to lobby for more federal money for education. “We need our Republican colleagues to join us in giving education the high priority that it deserves at the national level,” said Kennedy, the senior Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees education.
Yesterday, John Kerry and a host of celebrities raised more than $2.2 million in a telethon for the Jimmy Fund. “The Jimmy Fund, established in 1948 to support cancer research at Dana-Farber, has been the primary charity for the Red Sox since 1953. ” The event had already topped last year’s total by 6 p.m., with the phone lines open until midnight. The telethon on WEEI-AM radio and New England Sports Network cable television station surpassed its goal of raising $2 million by 10:30 p.m.
In the aftermath of the 2004 election, there was a great buzz in the media about the efforts of Rove and the GOP to turnout religious conservative voters and Bush’s inraods into traditional Democratic areas like urban, Jewish, and minority voters. It appeared Bush had pulled off a great victory by increasing his base AND appealing to Democratic groups. The GOP did do a superb job of increasing its base turnout. According to non-partisan analyst Charlie Cook, turnout increased 14.9 percent in the traditional Republican “red” states. The rest of the post-election claims are less based in reality. Initially it was reported Kerry had only won 55% of the Hispanic vote, 7% less than Gore. Re-evaluation by Hispanic analysts at … Continue reading
Cindy Sheehan announced today that she plans to focus her attention on Congress, starting with Bush’s buddy House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. One of DeLay’s Texas district offices would likely be the first stop, she said. That would be about a 5.5 hour drive from Bush’s ranch in Crawford, where he is on a month-long vacation. “I think our first stop might be Tom DeLay’s office,” she said, surrounded by supporters. “I just wanted to let him know so he’ll be in his office when we get there.” “The president is not going to meet with us, probably,” Sheehan said. “We the people need to influence our congressional representatives and I hear he’s pretty close by,” referring to DeLay. As … Continue reading
Reuter’s entertainment news reports that Robert Redford is planing a sequel to “The Candidate” from 1972. In “The Candidate”, Redford “played a Democratic Party candidate for the Senate who has no hope of winning and who finds his ideals compromised by the realities of politics.” Redford said in the sequel he will play the same character 30 years on, who is now president of the United States. “Right now I’m frightened for my country,” he said in one of several political asides during a news conference by the actor who makes no secret of his liberal leanings.
Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader released the following statement today in honor of the anniversary of Women’s Equality Day: “Today, 85 years after women finally obtained the right to vote, we celebrate the successes of the women’s suffrage movement and the continuing fight for equality, the opening of doors, and the smashing of glass ceilings. “But we must stand sentry over our civil rights, never forgetting the hard-won fight to obtain them, and continuing to work for the rights and equality of our sisters around the world.