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January 19, 2006
This coming weekend in New York at the Bush Crimes Commission, www.bushcommission.org , the annual Sam Adams Associates for Integrity In Intelligence Award will be presented to Craig Murray, the former United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan who publicly criticised the human rights situation there, and privately criticised the UK government for committing torture by proxy and "selling our souls for dross". Last year's recipient was Katharine Gun.
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE...
Duck and cover! Bill's got a Bible in his hand...!!
So what to make of our party's seeming inability to connect with voters on the issue of religion? Why are we so timid about citing the Good Book? Why do we seem uncomfortable professing our faith? Why are we getting our clocks cleaned by a bunch of sanctimonious Republican hypocrites who use the same pair of lips to praise Jesus Christ one moment and kiss Jack Abramoff's hairy ass the next? Because, up 'til now, we've been chicken, that's why.
Exhibit A: You remember, during the 2004 campaign, when the RNC mailer that was sent to residents in Arkansas and West Virginia warning that Democrats wanted to ban the Bible? More important, do you remember how our side responded? The blogs exploded, of course. But all the Kerry campaign could muster was a "written statement." Ooooh!!
Why do I bring this up? Because James Carville and Paul Begala have a sensational new book out called Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future. On page 80, they imagine how Bill Clinton might have rapidly responded to the above smear:
Can't you just see him in Morgantown, waving his family Bible over his head, biting that lower lip: "I couldn't make it one day without this good book," he might say. "I read it every day. And Lord knows every day I fall short of the glory of God. But this book has a happy ending. It says we don't have to be perfect; just forgiven. But Lord, I'm having a hard time forgiving our Republican brothers and sisters for accusing us of bannin' the Bible. Haven't they read the Ninth Commandment? Let me read it to them. It's right here: Exodus 20:16, `Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.' Before God Almighty, and with the Bible in my hand, I swear to you we will never let anyone ban the Bible. And let me warn you: If we get four more years of Republican economic policies; four more years of plant closings; four more years of jobs going overseas; four more years of tax cuts for the idle rich and more burden for the forgotten middle class, you're going to need that Bible more than ever. Because we're all going to be praying for deliverance from these economic policies. We're all going to be praying for food to eat, a roof over our heads, and health care for our kids. So I will never ever allow anyone to ban this Bible."
I'm not (necessarily) criticizing Kerry's response as much as I'm screaming at any future Democratic candidate running for the Senate, the House, the Oval Office or the Bureau of Weights and Measures: Fear not the progressive lessons of wisdom, compassion and common sense in the Good Book. When the knuckledragger wing of the Republican party comes after you over God, guns and gays, grab a mike, grab a Bible, and smite their hypocritical asses. As is evident above, it's not that hard...but it can be that powerful.
P.S. As good as Carville & Begala's book is, we're betting dollars to doughnuts that Kos & Jerome's will be even better. Pre-order the special edition here. We hear it comes with a free pony.
Cheers and Jeers starts in There's Moreville... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
Source: Daily Kos Blog
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District, Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Congressional Progressive Caucus
By Ron Kovic, www.Truthdig.com
January 18, 2006
Leaked memo reveals strategy to deny knowledge of detention centres
By Patrick Doherty, www.tompaine.com
On Wednesday, January 18 th, Cindy Sheehan was hosted by the Rome Province in their Sala della Pace. Sheehan is on tour in Italy with her organization, Gold Star Families for Peace, calling for the removal of troops from Iraq. At the same time, she is sharing her personal story about the loss of her son Casey in the war and her subsequent efforts to speak with President George W. Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas in August 2005. READ MORE
By Dan Eggen, The Washington Post
Larry Wilkerson Attacked the Iraq War. In the Process, He Lost the Friendship of Colin Powell.
ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE WILL CONTINUE THEIR TRIAL ON THURSDAY IN FEDERAL COURT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
By Max Obuszewski
The CT primary is around six-and-a-half months from now - Aug. 9th. In October of 2003, also about 6 to 7 months out from the PA primary, Quinnipiac [...] did a poll on the senate race in that state. This time, I just want to look at Dem voters in CT and GOP voters in PA (forget about tags like "liberal" or "conservative").
Six months out, Specter was looking pretty comfortable. But as Adam notes, the race tightened considerably in a very short amount of time, and Specter came within a hair's breadth of an early retirement. Lieberman's numbers are virtually identical.
David gets into the similarities and differences between the two contests. There are a bunch of both. But bottom line, Lieberman is beatable.
Source: Daily Kos Blog
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