Wednesday, November 30, 2005

God Making Appearance on Alabama Plates?

The Bible Belt has come up with another bill aimed at cementing a theocracy in America. Rep. Steve Hurst, D-Munford, has proposed to add the phrase "God Bless America" to all license plates issued in the state.

License plates serve a purpose. That's to easily and readily identify a motor vehicle. They should NOT be used to promote religious/political dogma.

Rep. Jimmy Martin, D-Clanton, stated "Anybody who recognizes God will be respectful of everyone". Muslims, Jews and Christians all recognize "God" you see them at peace? Do they respect eachother by warring over territories (a different issue entirely)? Making a blanket statement like this is foolish.

he U.S. is a country built by and built for diversity. Alienating many of our fellow citizens by sticking some religious bullshit onto car tags would be a mistake.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Rep. Randy Cunningham Resigns in Shame

After months of investigation regarding Rep. "Duke" Cunningham's unethical behavior, the California Republican has stepped down from his post. He made over $2.4 million in bribes for securing Defense Department contracts for the man who purchased his home (a defense contractor). This sum doesn't include the yacht, antiques & other kickbacks he received.

Truly disgusting behavior. A real let-down to America.

I am resigning from the House of Representatives because I've compromised the trust of my constituents.

When I announced several months ago that I would not seek re-election, I publicly declared my innocence because I was not strong enough to face the truth. So, I misled my family, staff, friends, colleagues, the public -- even myself. For all of this, I am deeply sorry.

The truth is -- I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.

Some time ago, I asked my lawyers to inform the U.S. Attorney Carol Lam that I would like to plead guilty and begin serving a prison term. Today is the culmination of that process. I will continue to cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation to the best of my ability.

In my life, I have known great joy and great sorrow. And now I know great shame. I learned in Viet Nam that the true measure of a man is how he responds to adversity. I cannot undo what I have done. But I can atone. I am now almost 65 years old and, as I enter the twilight of my life, I intend to use the remaining time that God grants me to make amends.

The first step in that journey is to admit fault and apologize. The next step is to face the consequences of my actions like a man. Today, I have taken the first step and, with God’s grace, I will soon take the second.

Thank you.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

George Best Passes at 59

Europe has lost (arguably), as of November 25, its greatest footballer in history. George Best, the legend who played for Manchester United and N. Ireland, led MU to its first European Cup in 1968. Both Pele and Diego Maradona declared that Best was the most skilled man to ever dribble a ball, a very heavy claim considering Pele and Maradona are absolute legends in their own right.
News of the World (a tabloid) is reporting that his final words were "Don't die like me". Best lived life to the utmost extremes, battling the alcoholism that was responsible for his release from Man. Uni. in 1974. It's sad that booze can put such an impediment in someone's life; just alarming.
The Telegraph has an obituary here. Rest well, George, we'll miss you dearly.
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Friday, November 18, 2005

Dirty GOP Political Ploy Fails

The House GOP's sickening attempt to divide the Democratic party by offering a resolution that calls for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq was utterly defeated tonight. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) offered a tearful plea for a sustained, steady pullout from Iraq "at the earliest practicable date." In an attempt to smear Rep. Murtha, the GOP leadership put a resolution on the table that claims;
"It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately."
Pathetic enough? To add insult to injury, this plan utterly backfired in the face of the Republican House. Every single Democrat that voted chose "Nay". That's 202 votes.
The key moment was when, earlier today, Rep. Jean Schmidt called Rep. Murtha (a highly decorated 37-year Marine veteran) a "coward". She was booed down, and Rep. Ford hurtled across the chamber and shrieked at the Republicans. Rep. Marty Meehan roared "You guys are pathetic! Pathetic!"

Post-vote, it's clear that the GOP lack any sort of backbone. Circumventing the REAL argument and bringing this debate into the public eye simply wasn't doable; they had to tuck their tails between their legs and rush a sham of a resolution onto the floor.

Rep. Pelosi said it the best in the closing statement before the vote: "You cannot handle the truth".
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

McGuinness Gives Big Ian His Due

As the Examiner put it, Sinn Fein Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has "thrown down the gauntlet" and called out the DUP on their lies.

Ian Paisley has been harping for ages that he will enter talks with Sinn Fein when and only when the IRA decomissions their weapons. Four months on, Ian hasn't budged. His son was spitting acid after McGuinness' remarks, saying:
"His (McGuinness') statement that Ian Paisley must now enter government and be a 'man of his word' is contemptible given that Martin McGuinness could hide behind a corkscrew he is so twisted."
Character attacks have absolutely no place in Irish politics. This hateful shite is no exception, but it is difficult to expect anything other than ire from the DUP. They have a monopoly on Unionism only because Trimble lost his vision and drove the UUP into the dust, not because unionists are enamored with Paisley's rhetoric. Does Paisley realize that he alone cannot continue to jam a wrench into N. Ireland's politics? Does he realize that the majority of N. Irish residents WANT the process to chug onward, full steam ahead, not sit in a muddy ditch?
Of course he doesn't. The DUP will always try and play the the games of 1690, and cannot get past the fact that their constituents don't want to regress. Only with the DUP's fall can peace be found.

Note: this is where Blair and Ahern have failed miserably. Their hesitation to give Paisley a slap on his wrist for blatantly violating the GFA & betraying the people of N. Ireland has been a dark mark on the process.
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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Patrick, Earl of Lichfield, Dead at 66

One of the greatest photographers of our time, and a true gentlemen, has died. The Times Online has a great obituary honoring Earl Lichfield, which explores in some detail the nature of his stunning work.
Requiescat in pace.
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Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Mad Dog Barks Up Scotland's Tree

The BBC reports that the former UFF chief Johnny Adair has packed his bags and migrated to the rolling hills of Scotland. A Strathclyde police spokesman said it best:
"As a UK citizen, he is not subject to any restriction and is free to enter Scotland but the fact that he has chosen to do so is clearly of interest to us."
So Johnny, why? Too scared of retribution from your old murder gang? Fleeing the scorn of your neighbors after you beat Gina Adair in front of their children?
Time will tell.

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Cheney Lies (again) About Iraq

Thanks to Kos for this great link...Think Progress unveils, without remorse, Cheney's blatant untruths. More fuel for the fire.
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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Brown E-mails Expose Utter Idiocy

It's mindblowing that the man appointed to run FEMA was debating fast-food choices while Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Here is a .pdf of the e-mails. His lack of management skills and complete incompetence seem to be a hallmark of the Bush administration. On all levels, no less...
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