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Author: Raine    Date: 05/20/2010 12:29:42

This week we've seen the resignation of Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) , a staunch family values Republican for having an affair with a member of his staff. This is a man who wanted to change the constitution to protect the institution of marriage and even filmed a video with the woman he was having an affair with for his cause.

I don't think I need to point out the hypocrisy with this one. What amazed me is that yesterday, the CEO of Concerned Women for America came out with a statement :
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Congressman Mark Souder’s fall into the temptation of an affair. Those of us who have worked with Mark over the years know him to be a kind and thoughtful legislator. If Mark Souder is capable of sexual misconduct, it could happen to anyone. The frat house environment on Capitol Hill does nothing to encourage accountability. Most Members do not live with their families while they are working in D.C. during the week and have even ditched common rules of etiquette that even major corporations follow such as office doors with windows or careful examination of employee/boss interaction.

“There are many Americans running for office this year who want to bring integrity and family values back to Washington. I challenge any incumbents who manage to escape the wrath of the American people to guard their hearts and reputations and to live by higher standards that reflect the traditional moral values our country holds so dear.”

“In addition, as a Christian I believe that we are all fallen and in need of redemption. I join the countless others now and throughout ages past who cling diligently to the hope of grace and redemption.”
Dave Weigal of the WaPo points out a problem with this concern:
The interviews aired in his district -- where Jackson lives -- but that has nonetheless convinced Concerned Women of America, a beltway conservative group run by Penny Nance, that Souder was brought down by Capitol Hill itself.[snip]

It goes without saying that very few of the members who live like this engage in sexual misconduct. And once again -- Jackson lives in Souder's district, not in Washington.
Thank you for your concern ladies-- It's good to know Capitol Hill is so powerful, that the man lost any control over himself. Basically, CWA are blaming a city for his actions.
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49 comments (Latest Comment: 05/20/2010 23:26:59 by trojanrabbit)

American Zeitgeist
Author: BobR    Date: 05/19/2010 12:32:33

Pundits love to pontificate on what they believe Americans think. To them, we can all be boiled down into just a handful of "types", and in their minds our feelings are easily read and our reactions easily predicted. There are specific segments that can certainly be counted on to have knee-jerk reactions to events (typically the arbiters of the left and right), but how most Americans will react is much more fluid. Like clouds they are always changing, and differ depending on where you are in the country.
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63 comments (Latest Comment: 05/20/2010 01:17:42 by trojanrabbit)

A Declaration to BP - from the USA
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/18/2010 23:13:03


When in the Course of environmental events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the economic bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

The history of the present British Petroleum is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the Gulf of Mexico. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have ignored all safety rules and regulations.

They have murdered 11 citizens of these United States

Their oil continues to spew unfettered into our waters, and continues to threaten our shores, our citizens, and our economy.

They have failed to appreciate the gravity of the situation, and have developed an increasingly bizarre series of contraptions that do nothing to address the actual problem.

They are concerned only with protecting their own profits over and above their fellow-creatures of the sea and shore.

They have misled, lied, underestimated, and used deception and delay to deflect all criticism of their actions.

They have hidden behind their friends in the GOP, who bear equal culpability for this outrage.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free market.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these United States, solemnly publish and declare that a state of war has existed between the United States and British Petroleum since April 20, 2010. We shall pursue every means available to us until we reach the ultimate victory; the well is shut down forever, the coasts are clean, our economy is repaired, and the perpetrators of this monstrous crime are brought before the judgment of the world for the crimes against nature and humanity.

Online Petition: BP must be held accountable

3 comments (Latest Comment: 05/19/2010 18:59:21 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/18/2010 10:21:45

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,617th day in Iraq and our 3,14554 day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4397
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4258
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3935
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3538
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 169

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,070
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 693
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq: 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 995, 440, 500, 000 . 00

Speaking of the Cost of War, a curious thing happened over the past week. Spending in Afghanistan is now outpacing spending in Iraq.

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41 comments (Latest Comment: 05/18/2010 19:54:47 by Scoopster)

Cap? What Cap?
Author: Raine    Date: 05/17/2010 12:44:01

So far BP has failed to cap the oil gushing up on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The original Containment dome failed almost immediately, and the second smaller cap, also known os the "Top Hat" has now been scrapped in favor of a big tube to suck the oil up and onto a a ship.

Speaking of caps, the GOP blocked raising BP's Liability cap Why? Because the Company Promised To Cover Damages
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) suggested on Sunday that raising the cap was unnecessary because BP had given him it's word that it would cover the costs of the spill in the Gulf.

"I've offered supportive legislation to expand it also," the Senator said on ABC's "This Week." "But BP people repeatedly stated at the hearing and have told me personally, they are going to be responsible for all legitimate claims that are made against them. So I think we need to watch that closely. [snip]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made much the same case as Sessions on Sunday. During an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," he argued that BP would "be held to" its promise to pay for all damages.

"They ought to pay for it and they will pay for it," McConnell said.

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25 comments (Latest Comment: 05/17/2010 23:59:39 by Will in Chicago)

Whose your Terrorist?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/16/2010 13:51:40

Some stream of thought reflections that I've had of late; I am thinking that BP specifically, but not alone as a group, is not much different than a terrorist organization. Here's what bothers me: BP takes my money for a product that frankly, I'd rather not be using, but I have no real alternative if I want to live the way society is currently set up. So, whether I am catching the bus or driving my car or turning on my internet or taking a hot shower, I am burning fossil fuel. (As TriSec pointed out in his brilliant post yesterday, perhaps I may be part to blame as well).

There is no real true definition of terrorism, I suppose it's similar to the famous stance of pornography Justice Potter Stewart in 1964 who tried to explain "hard-core" pornography, or what is obscene, by saying, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced . . . but I know it when I see it . . . " (I wonder if he ever went on to keep looking until he found some)? But Princeton has this for a brief definition of terrorism: the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 05/17/2010 01:55:18 by AuntAzalea)

No one ever is to blame.
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/15/2010 11:53:00

Good Morning!

I read a very interesting newspaper article last night. It was about blame, and where the responsibility lies for an industrial disaster.

The chief blame rests upon the public itself. This single accident has cost more in material damage alone than all the supposed economics in the building department. Laws are cheap of passage, costly of enforcement. They do not execute themselves. A public which, with one eye on the tax rate, provides itself with an adminstrative equipment 50 percent qualified, has no right to complain that it does not get a 100 percent product - and so far as it accepts political influence as the equivalent of scientific positions which demand such attanment in a high degree, so long it must expect breakdowns in its machinery.

The writer goes on to note;

The only assignable crime involved is manslaughter, through negligence. My conclusion from all the evidence is that this rig was wholly insufficient in point of structural strength to handle its load, insufficient to meet either legal or engineering requirements. This structure being maintained in violation of the law, the lessee has incurred the penalty which is absolute...

Was it the President of the United States?

Perhaps a Governor of a Gulf state, looking for someone to pay for the cleanup?
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 05/15/2010 16:37:08 by Mondobubba)

Regulate This!
Author: BobR    Date: 05/14/2010 12:45:55

Regulations suck! The Free Market isn't free! Get Big Government out of the way and let business get down to business! Such are the cries from Republicans, Libertarians, and Tea Partiers, who all seem to live in a utopia where large corporations never do anything wrong, and government ALWAYS does everything wrong (Goofus and Gallant, as it were). History shows, however, that left to their own devices, business will always put profits before the public good, and the two are often not compatible. It also matters WHO is in government when one makes judgments about how effective and competent it is. Allowing the foxes to guard the henhouse is a sure recipe for disaster.
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46 comments (Latest Comment: 05/15/2010 01:41:07 by trojanrabbit)

Wingin' it.
Author: Raine    Date: 05/13/2010 12:56:28

I cannot write today about the latest events at Deepwater Horizon Spill. I have no desire to write about Supreme court nominee Elena Kagan. I've said all I can say about Arizona and it's racist laws. The Teabaggers are still ruling the days' headlines. My feelings have been made known about these subjects. So what do I write about after a week of heartache?

I don't know. I guess I'll wing it today. It's working so well for BP, isn't it? How could I could do much worse?
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 05/13/2010 23:08:22 by trojanrabbit)

Where is this Bus Going?
Author: BobR    Date: 05/12/2010 10:26:42

I was initially going to write about the expected knee-jerk reactions to the Kagan SCOTUS nomination, from both the left and the right. Really, it would be like shooting fish in a barrel, as the right wing tries to feed a family of four on the breadcrumbs they're tossing, and self-appointed guardians of the left wing try to paint Kagan as a latter-day Clarence Thomas.

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum however (or in this case - the blog). In my efforts to collect links and quotes to use, I kept coming across stories that caught my eye and my interest. Ultimately, I gave up on my original concept, and decided to run with these stories...
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 05/13/2010 02:45:25 by trojanrabbit)

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