10th ANNUAL LUNCHEON Friday, August 19, 2005 We state legislators are one of the Democrats’ best stories from the 2004 cycle, and certainly the most overlooked good story. In what was not a good year for Democrats at the federal level, Democratic state legislators and the DLCC saw net victories in 2004. Democrats moved 10 chambers toward Democratic control, setting the stage for pivotal elections in 2005 and 2006. (Colorado House and Senate, Montana Senate, New Jersey Senate—2003, North Carolina House, Oregon Senate, Vermont House, Washington Senate, Iowa Senate (to a tie) and Montana House (to a tie)). Democrats gained 45 seats at the state legislative level in the 2004 elections. Democrats picked up chambers in all regions of the … Continue reading
In anticipation of two upcoming votes in Irag, the Pentagon has ordered more troops to Iraq. The Pentagon has ordered 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to provide security in advance of two upcoming votes, the military announced Wednesday. Two infantry battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq before the scheduled Oct. 15 referendum on the proposed constitution, and remain through the December national elections, officials said. They will join the 138,000 U.S. troops already there. The battalions are expected to remain in Iraq for 120 days. The military anticipates an increase in violence in Iraq in advance of the elections, with insurgents opposed to the U.S.-backed government trying to disrupt the process.
If you’re not worried about preserving Separation of Church and State, you should be. Thanks to The Statesmanship Institute, the Center for Christian Statesman and Rev. D. James Kennedy the evangelical message is delivered to congressional aides and aspiring young politicians with takeout dinner on a weekly basis. Nearly every Monday for six months, as many as a dozen congressional aides — many of them aspiring politicians — have gathered over takeout dinners to mine the Bible for ancient wisdom on modern policy debates about tax rates, foreign aid, education, cloning and the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Through seminars taught by conservative college professors and devout members of Congress, the students learn that serving country means first and always … Continue reading
Something to smile about… (via CrooksandLiars, via DU) This is one smart veteran… Bill Moyer, 73, wears a “Bullshit Protector” flap over his ear while President George W. Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Grooming Politicians for Christ By Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer August 23, 2005 Evangelical programs on Capitol Hill seek to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God. WASHINGTON — In the blue and gold elegance of the House speaker’s private dining room, Jeremy Bouma bowed his head before eight young men and women who hope to one day lead the nation. He prayed that they might find wisdom in the Bible — and govern by its word. “Holy Father, we thank you for providing us with guidance,” said Bouma, who works for an influential televangelist. “Thank you, Lord, for these students. Build them up as your warriors and your ambassadors on Capitol … Continue reading
Patti Davis scathes Pat Robertson’s latest faux pas (polite version) in her Newsweek column, today. Here’s a few quips… Pat Robertson considers himself a man of God, a Christian, a preacher of the Gospel. To all of these aspects of his self-delusion, the only appropriate response is: Huh? His latest suggestion, as this self-proclaimed man of God, is that Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, should be assassinated… True men of God, of course, do not entertain such notions. They certainly don’t preach them. Men of blasphemy do.
The Daou Report has a link to Guardian UK article I heard Randi Rhodes read on her show yesterday afternoon: “A three-hour drive north from Baghdad, under the nose of an American base, Haditha is a miniature Taliban-like state.” To hear Randi Rhodes read this yesterday, knowing all the while that Bush is on the road pushing his “Save My Dirty Rotten War Agenda” was simply mindboggling… It’s as if Bush is the three monkeys, “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.” Someone needs to get through to him — we are not winning the war on terror.
Joseph at Martini Republic reports that Russ Feingold held “a very intimate press conference in Los Angeles today.” (hmmm… guess I missed it–glad you were there Joseph!) Senator Russ Feingold stated that his plan for leaving Iraq is not specifically a plan; it’s more of a boilerplate for discussion. His date is not a firm date; it’s a suggestion, a target. With his proposal for bringing our troops home, launched just a week ago, he wishes to let the Democratic Party know that “It’s OK to talk about the war.”