Inhofe Boycotts Tulsa ‘Holiday’ Parade: It’s ‘A Shameful Attempt To Take Christ Out’ Of The Parade

December 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Anti-science champion Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is also a culture warrior. Yesterday, the Oklahoma Republican announced that he won’t take part in Tulsa’s annual “Holiday Parade of Lights” because the city reanamed the parade, replacing “Christmas” with “Holiday”:

“Last year, the forces of political correctness removed the word ‘Christmas’ and replaced it with ‘Holiday’ instead,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “I am deeply saddened and disappointed by this change.”

Inhofe, who was Tulsa’s mayor from 1978 to 1984, said he had participated in the parade annually, riding a horse as his children and grandchildren watched.

“I did not do so last year because I’m not going to ride in a Christmas parade that doesn’t recognize Christmas,” he said. “I am hopeful that the good people of Tulsa and the city’s leadership will demand a correction to this shameful attempt to take Christ, the true reason for our celebration, out of the parade’s title. Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.”

Inhofe said he declined to participate in last year’s parade because of the same reason, but he did not want to make it public “because of the debate surrounding the health-care law.” “When he (Inhofe) learned that they were going with ‘Holiday’ again this year, he wanted to make his position known,” Inhofe’s spokesperson said. Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett acknowledged the reality of the situation. “If it was up to me, I’d call it a Christmas parade, but I also understand that we have a diverse community, and I’m sensitive to the importance of the many cultures and traditions that make up our city,” he said. Inhofe, however, is not so aware of these kinds of sensitivities. (HT: Right Wing Watch)


Scowcroft on START: ‘Partisan’ GOP Don’t Want To Give Obama ‘A Foreign Policy Victory’

November 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been the leading Senate Republican urging the upper chamber of Congress to ratify the New START arms control treaty with Russia. However, the Republican obstructionism that has become so routine throughout the past two years of President Obama’s tenure is standing in the way. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has been the face of the GOP hamstringing and despite the fact that this non-controversial treaty — one that closely mirrors the one President Reagan signed with the Soviet Union — has been thoroughly debated in the Senate for nearly a year, Kyl told the New York Times, “If they try to jam us [in the lame-duck session], if they try to bring this up the week before Christmas, it’ll be defeated.”

Lugar has been reluctant to criticize his colleagues’ obstruction. When asked last week if they were just playing politics, Lugar said, “I am not ascribing motivations to anybody.” But other Republicans don’t seem to be holding back. Brent Scowcroft served as national security adviser to two Republican presidents and has been pleading with Congress to ratify New START. Profiling Lugar’s awkward position vis-a-vis other Senate Republicans on this issue, Politico reports today that Scrowcroft isn’t being as diplomatic as Lugar on the GOP’s incentive for holding up START:

In an attempt to rally bipartisan support for the treaty, the White House has enlisted the kind of GOP foreign policy wise men that Lugar exemplifies – among them former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker. But they have had no success with members of their own party, and it has left them scratching their heads over the source of the GOP opposition.

“It’s not clear to me what it is,” said Brent Scowcroft, a former national security adviser to President George H.W. Bush who noted that this START treaty is not very different from previous ones negotiated and ratified under Republican presidents. “I’ve got to think that it’s the increasingly partisan nature and the desire for the president not to have a foreign policy victory.”

The GOP opposition to START has become so laughable that even some are invoking Reagan. Indiana state senator Mike Delph, who may challenge Lugar in a primary, criticized Lugar’s support for START, saying last week that Obama and Lugar “need to remember Reagan’s philosophy of Peace through Strength.”

Outside of Scowcroft, the obvious partisanship surrounding the Kyl-led obstruction hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Wonk Room’s Max Bergmann notes that “the nation’s major newspapers, members of the military and even many Republicans have publicly denounced Kyl and Senate Republicans for their START objection.”


Iowa Attorney General: Robo-Signing Is Not ‘A Technical Issue,’ It’s ‘An Affront To State Courts’

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Since the revelations regarding the robo-signers — bank employees who were approving foreclosures without verifying basic information — first broke, the banks have attempted to frame the issue as one of simple paperwork mistakes like misspelled names, and not flagrant disregard for due process and property rights. Both Bank of America and Wells Fargo tried to sweep the robo-signers under the rug, quickly refiling foreclosure paperwork and not owning up to improper foreclosures.

In response to the robo-signing scandal, all 50 state Attorneys General launched a coordinated investigation into the banks’ practices. During a Senate Banking Committee hearing today, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller — who is leading the AG’s effort — said the AGs don’t agree with the banks that this is a technical issue that boils down to paperwork errors, but is an “affront to state courts”:

First of all, let me say, very clearly, we don’t view that as a technical issue. It’s an issue that is an affront to state courts. Signing an oath to produce a judgment of foreclosure in a court is a very very serious matter.

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Miller also chided the banks for not getting their mortgage modifications programs up and running in a timely fashion, calling them “ad hoc.” “That just hasn’t come together,” he said.

Today, the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP — which was previously headed by Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren and is now led by former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DE) — released a report saying that if the banks portrayal of the robo-singing situation is right, then “concerns about mortgage documentation irregularities may prove overblown.” But, it added, “the worst-case scenario is considerably grimmer”:

In this view, which has been articulated by academics and homeowner advocates, the “robo-signing” of affidavits served to cover up the fact that loan servicers cannot demonstrate the facts required to conduct a lawful foreclosure. In essence, banks may be unable to prove that they own the mortgage loans they claim to own…If documentation problems prove to be pervasive and, more importantly, throw into doubt the ownership of not only foreclosed properties but also pooled mortgages, the consequences could be severe.

This gets to the very heart of the matter. The banks want to submit new paperwork and quickly move on, but as Yves Smith wrote, “by definition, a replacement of a robo signed affidavit is an admission the earlier submission was improper, hence a fraud on the court.”

And that fraud can lead to a huge amount of systemic risk within the financial system, as it calls into question the validity of loads of mortgage securities. As the Oversight Panel noted, “to put in perspective the potential problem, one investor action alone could seek to force Bank of America to repurchase and absorb partial losses on up to $ 47 billion in troubled loans due to alleged misrepresentations of loan quality.” If a bunch of banks need to swallow losses like that, the financial system is in for a bumpy ride.

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Wallace Suggests That Radio Host Mike Gallagher Be ‘A Man’ And Hire An Escort To Cure His Lonliness

November 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Today on his radio show, right-wing host Mike Gallagher spoke with Fox News’ Chris Wallace to promote this weekend’s edition of Fox News Sunday — however, the topic of discussion quickly veered off course. Gallagher told Wallace that he sometimes gets lonely and that he’s an “emotional guy” who sometimes cries “at the drop of a hat.” Wallace shot back, saying that he never cries. “I’m a man,” Wallace said. Gallagher then wondered how Wallace’s wife puts up with him. “Maybe the secret is I know how to satisfy a woman. Has that ever occurred to you?” Wallace said. “What is wrong with you?” asked Gallagher. Later in the interview, Wallace then joked that in order to cure his loneliness, Gallagher should be “a man” and hire an escort or go to a strip club:

WALLACE: Why are you lonely in New York? Don’t you see those numbers on the tops of cabs and things? Call them up! You’re a single guy you got nothing to lose.

GALLAGHER: What does that mean? So I get in a cab and I’m not lonely anymore and then I’m driving around New York in a cab!

WALLACE: On the top of the cabs they have advertisements for like gentlemen’s clubs and escort services.

GALLAGHER: I’m not going to a gentleman’s club. Are you crazy? I would not walk into one of those sordid…

WALLACE: Because you’re not a man!

GALLAGHER: I’m a moral man. … I do not darken the doors of gentlemen’s club. I have standards. I’m a moral guy in an immoral society pal.

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‘A Child-lover’s Code of Conduct.’ Shame on you Amazon.

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Amazon is selling on-line a self-published book on pedophilia, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover’s Code of Conduct.”

According to the “author,” Philip R. Greaves II:

I wrote the book to establish guidelines so that people would behave in a manner that is non-injurious to each other, for one, and, for two, to communicate the fact that these people who are so different in maturation, etc., that when they develop relationships, they use certain principles that regular people, adults, would be well to attend.

In describing his “product,” the “author” also writes:

This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certain rules for these adults to follow…I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter [sic] sentences should they ever be caught.

How sensitive and thoughtful of you, Mr. Greaves.

Naturally, the book and Amazon’s selling of the book have ignited a fire storm of protest and controversy. People everywhere are asking Amazon to remove the book from its online stores.

Please include me among those.

Many others are also calling for a boycott of Amazon. Please include me here, too.

Amazon has defended its sale of the book by claiming that not selling the book would amount to censorship:

Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions…

Just as I have taken the side of the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder—the memory of whose son and his father’s precious right to mourn his death with dignity were so obscenely violated by members of the Westboro Baptist Church—I take the side of millions of innocent children whose sacred rights are at risk every day at the hands of pedophiles and I paraphrase what I said about the Snyder v. Phelps case:

Of course, the First Amendment is one of our most cherished and inviolable constitutional rights. Of course, all Americans, including Mr. Greaves have the right to free, irreverent, even hateful and obscene speech…But our rights also carry obligations and responsibilities. Most reasonable people do not believe that our free speech rights are diminished or infringed upon when those who misuse them to maliciously and falsely defame others, to publish child pornography, to advise pedophiles on achieving “love and pleasure” at the expense of our most innocent ones, our most cherished ones, are allowed to do so with impunity

I know that many of our readers will have different opinions, I will respect such, but in this particular case I may not necessarily agree with them


It has been reported that Amazon has taken the book off its “shelves.”

Thank you, Amazon

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Bush Weakly Dismisses Islamophobic Furor Surrounding Park 51 Community Center As ‘A Few Loud Voices’

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Just days after 9/11, President Bush delivered a speech at an Islamic center in Washington, DC to remind Americans that the terrorists that carried out the attacks on New York and Washington did not represent Islam. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war,” he said.

“You did something that a lot of people thought was a real effort to unite. You reached out to the Muslim world” after 9/11, NBC host Matt Lauer told Bush this morning during a live interview. Referring to the right-wing-ginned-up controversy surrounding the Islamic community center near Ground Zero this year, Lauer said, “If I look at your words there, it makes it seem to me as if that you’re saying that the rights of Muslims should not be denied for the sake of the sorrow of others, is that fair?” But Bush said he wouldn’t get dragged into the debate. When Lauer then asked Bush to comment on the recent spate of Islamophobia in the U.S., the former president offered a fairly weak response:

LAUER: Well without saying whether they should build the community center or not are you disappointed by the increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric in this country that we’ve seen recently?

BUSH: I think most Americans welcome freedom of religion and honor religions. I truly do. And the problem with the arena today is a few loud voices can dominate the discussion and I don’t intend to be one of the voices in the discussion.

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The Islamophobia that has dominated American political discourse over the past two years is more than just “a few loud voices.” GOP members of Congress, Tea Party leaders, and conservative pundits — including those who were once top advisers to President Bush — have recently promoted anti-Muslim rhetoric and advanced the ridiculous and non-existent fear that somehow Sharia law will take over America.

In November 2001, Bush seemed to pre-empt the narrative many progressives put forth in the uproar and Islamophobia surrounding Park 51 Islamic center. “We respect people of all faiths and welcome the free practice of religion,” Bush said, adding, “our enemy wants to dictate how to think and how to worship, even to their fellow Muslims.”


Senator-Elect Lee To Vote Against Increasing Debt Ceiling, Calls Government Shutdown ‘A Nuisance’

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A few Republican Senators — including Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) — have said that they will vote against raising the nation’s debt ceiling unless such a move is paired with spending cuts. “I won’t [vote for it]. Not unless this debt ceiling is combined with some path to balancing our budget. Returning to 2008 spending levels,” Coburn said.

Last night on CNBC, Senator-elect Mike Lee (R-UT) went a step further, explicitly saying that he will vote against increasing the debt limit, whatever the consequences:

KUDLOW: Using the debt limit or the debt ceiling as a way of forcing down spending and deficits — how far would you go? Would you go toward government shutdown if you had to?

LEE: Well, look, I’m going to vote against raising the national debt ceiling. We simply can’t continue to mortgage the future or our unborn children and grandchildren. […]

KUDLOW: You know Senator, I always wondered, the government shutdown thing, I know people have a fetish about it. When I worked for Reagan many years ago, we did have a government shutdown, but you know, essential activities continue. It’s non-essential activities that get shut down. And if that’s what it takes to cut spending, isn’t that what it’s going to take?

LEE: Yes, and that’s why I say it’s not something that we avoid at all costs. It’s something we try to avoid, because it’s an inconvenience, it’s a nuisance.

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Comparing the government shutdowns under Reagan — which were short and due to budget differences — to the country defaulting on its debt entirely shows that neither Lee nor Kudlow understands the gravity of the situation. Raising the debt ceiling affirms that the country will pay off the debts its incurred, and as the Center for American Progress’ David Min pointed out, failure to do so could be disastrous:

The financial markets are on edge today, with U.S. Treasury bonds being the safe haven for most investment capital. Refusing to raise the debt ceiling would recklessly disrupt the sale and purchase of new Treasury bonds, and could potentially cause a run on outstanding Treasurys as well, as investors sought other investments. This could have catastrophic consequences for our economy as well as the economic stability of the rest of the world.

Such a move will also increase long-term deficits and debt, while cutting off Social Security and Medicare benefits for millions of seniors. If Lee thinks that’s just a nuisance, he needs to find some perspective.

Finally, Lee spent the entire interview trying to bolster his credibility when it comes to deficit reduction, but when asked about the nearly $ 4 trillion cost of extending all of the Bush tax cuts, Lee replied, “We have to stop looking at the Bush tax cuts as something we have to afford.”

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DeMint Predicts ‘A Very Intense Showdown’ If Obama Opposes GOP Efforts To Defund Health Reform

November 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Tonight, during an appearance on CNN, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) urged House Republicans not to fund the Affordable Care Act and predicted “a very intense showdown” should Obama “fight us on it”:

DEMINT: We don’t have to defund it, we just don’t have to pass the funding for it. The majority in the House can control the appropriation bills and we can just not include in those appropriation bills the funding for the implementation of ObamaCare. The president may fight us on it and it could be a very intense show down. But Republicans are in a position now to make sure no funding goes forward for Obamacare.

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Prominent Republicans including House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Newt Gingrich have all suggested that the GOP could effectively repeal the health care reform law by defunding it. But that may be easier said than done. As former Senator Tom Daschle explained in a recent interview, “a lot of what we did in health care reform has more of an entitlement than a discretionary funding base. So as an entitlement, they would really have to change the law rather than simply not fund in order for it to be effected. The entitlement sections of the legislation are going to be fairly immune from defunding.” The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that there is “at least $ 50 billion in specified and estimated authorizations of discretionary spending that might be involved in implementing that legislation” and presumably that’s the spending Republicans can more easily de-fund.

Gail Wilensky, administrator of CMS under George H. W. Bush, put it this way at a recent health event: “So you could technically see [defunding] as a way to go after all those thing that are not mandatory funding. But a lot of the activity in this early period is, I think not at risk.”

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Cher: Sarah Palin is a ‘Dumb Woman,’ Jan Brewer Shouldn’t Even Handle ‘A Remote Control’

November 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

In the new issue of Vanity Fair, legendary singer Cher dished about her feelings on Sarah Palin and Arizona governor Jan Brewer. And – surprise! – she’s not a fan of either.

“I got so obsessed with [C-SPAN] that it was kind of interfering with my life,” Cher told the magazine. “Sarah Palin came on, and I thought, Oh, f—, this is the end. Because a dumb woman is a dumb woman.”

The “I Got Your Babe” singer was even harsher on Brewer, who spearheaded the recent immigration crackdown in Arizona.

“She was worse than Sarah Palin, if that is possible,” said Cher. “This woman was like a deer in headlights. She’s got a handle on the services of the state, and I would not let her handle the remote control.”

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Cher: Sarah Palin is a ‘Dumb Woman,’ Jan Brewer Shouldn’t Even Handle ‘A Remote Control’

November 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

In the new issue of Vanity Fair, legendary singer Cher dished about her feelings on Sarah Palin and Arizona governor Jan Brewer. And – surprise! – she’s not a fan of either.

“I got so obsessed with [C-SPAN] that it was kind of interfering with my life,” Cher told the magazine. “Sarah Palin came on, and I thought, Oh, f—, this is the end. Because a dumb woman is a dumb woman.”

The “I Got Your Babe” singer was even harsher on Brewer, who spearheaded the recent immigration crackdown in Arizona.

“She was worse than Sarah Palin, if that is possible,” said Cher. “This woman was like a deer in headlights. She’s got a handle on the services of the state, and I would not let her handle the remote control.”

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USW President: U.S. Chamber Has Become ‘A Consulting Firm To Teach Companies’ About Outsourcing

October 30, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

As ThinkProgress has previously reported, over a million jobs have been lost due to outsourcing since 1994. One of the main organizations promoting outsourcing has been the US Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has been taking money from foreign corporations and holding clinics on how to outsource American jobs, such as one sponsored by billionaire Sheldon Adelson “inviting local businesses in Florida to come to Jacksonville and learn about outsourcing from Chinese government officials like Li Haiyan, the Counselor for Economic Affairs for the People’s Republic of China, U.S. Chamber lobbyist Joseph Fawkner, and BChinaB.”

Last week, The Wonk Room sat down with United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard and three members of the USW labor union. Among the topics we discussed were the Chamber’s practice of encouraging outsourcing. Gerard called these actions a “disgrace,” adding that “it’s no longer U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It’s the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce or the Chinese Chamber of Commerce”:

WR: It was revealed a couple weeks ago that the United States Chamber of Commerce, which is one of these big outside spending groups in the election, is actually receiving a lot of their funding from foreign companies and whatnot. What’s your take on that situation, particularly given how much of a major player they have been in the election against candidates who are supported by labor?

Gerard: I think the Chamber is a disgrace. They pretend they are getting money and that they are not using it for political purposes, but we all know money is fungible, as they say. So if you get money from once source you can divert it and use money for something else. […]

WR: It was revealed last week that the Chamber has actually been intimately involved with many Chinese companies in terms of helping hold seminars teaching American companies how outsource jobs to China. What’s your take on that?

GERARD: As I said, it’s no longer U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It’s the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce or the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and what they have done is become a consulting firm to teach companies how to move jobs out of America. And they have opposed of all things, they have opposed giving a tax break, giving an incentive, for a company to bring a job back from offshore to America, and yet they have supported giving tax breaks for companies that will move jobs out of America. That’s perverse, that’s against the national interest, and no other society would tolerate that. […]

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Despite efforts by the Obama administration to end the tax breaks given to companies that are funneling jobs overseas, both Republicans and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have repeatedly blocked their efforts.

We also caught up with three USW labor union members – Bonnie Carey, Harold Philip, and Glen Dunaway – and talked with them about how outsourcing is affecting American workers. That interview is below the jump.

– Salvatore Colleluori

WR: What’s been your personal experience, have you seen jobs being shipped from, manufacturing jobs here, to other countries, have you seen other people lose their jobs?

DUNAWAY: Well me as a local President, I have actual experience. I have a plant under me that started sending out some machinery that was a little old they said, to India. And we were going into negotiations and they said it was just a loan to that company. But when we Googled it, they had they actually name of their company in India on the building. And what started out as one or two old machines going, then other machines went. At one time this plant had over 325 people. Now today because of this, this is what I blame, they have probably around 150, and they are still talking about dropping….

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Scenes From Iowa Judge Bus Tour: Gay People Are ‘A Disease Carrying Nasty Threat’

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A handful of conservative “family values” organizations have embarked on a bus tour across Iowa, urging voters to oust three Iowa Supreme Court judges who overturned an Iowa statute banning same-sex marriage in April 2009. Prominent Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have endorsed the campaign and Reps. Steven King (R-IA) and Louis Gohmert (R-TX) are making personal appearances on tour. Santorum is expected to also join the bus later this week.

And while the politicians enveloped their opposition to same-sex marriage in democracy — allowing Iowans to vote on the issue — Arisha Michelle Hatch of Prop 8 Trial Tracker got a better taste of the kind of constituency this whose-who of conservative politics is attracting. As it turns out, the relatively small crowds have no qualms about “revealing their views on man/animal marriage, disease-carrying nasty gays, and sodomy-marriage.” Below are some highlights:

RON: “[Gay people] don’t do anything for society. They’re only a drain on society, so much so that the medical profession recognizes that they’re a disease carrying nasty threat to society and are not allowed to donate blood. That’s my position.”

DAVE: “Can I marry your camera? I mean, I really like cameras. I love cameras. Okay? Can I marry my camera? …Triangles and squares, round pegs and square pegs, man and woman, okay?…Why not marry goats, why not marry my camera…

DON: “Sodomy causes AIDS, okay? And AIDS is a serious problem in this nation as well as around the world.

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As of October 4th, the Iowa Poll found that “44 percent of Iowans who plan to vote in the election say they’ll vote ‘yes’ [to retain] to all three justices. Forty percent will vote to remove the judges, while 16 percent say they want to retain some.”

In April 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously upheld a District Court’s ruling that the Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman “violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.” “We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective,” Justice Mark S. Cady wrote for the Iowa court. “The legislature has excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification.”

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Condoleezza Rice Claims Bush Administration Made The World ‘A Safer Place’ From Terrorism While In Office

October 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Former Bush national security adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been on a tour of the media lately, eager to promote her recently released memoir.

On Tuesday, she appeared on Fox New’s The O’Reilly Factor. While most of Rice’s media tour has been focused on her childhood and upbringing, O’Reilly took the opportunity to ask her about her views on contemporary events. He asked Rice if the if the world is a “more dangerous place two years after” she left office. Rice replied that she thinks in the Bush administration made the world a safer place:

O’REILLY: Before we get to your book, Madam Secretary, is the world a more dangerous place two years after you left office?

RICE: The world was most dangerous in 2001, when we didn’t have a net to deal with terrorism. I think in that sense we made it a safer place from the time that we were in office. But Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon. That’s more dangerous. North Korea seems somewhat unstable with nuclear capability. That makes the world more dangerous. But, in fact, you’re always dealing with circumstances that are very difficult for a United States that has to lead.

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While Rice may claim that Bush administration policies made the world a “safer place” from terrorism, the facts tell a different story. In 2007, terrorism experts and research fellows at Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank conducted a survey of terrorism incidents worldwide since the Bush administration-led U.S. war in Iraq. Their study found that terrorism incidents worldwide increased by seven times, or six hundred percent, since the Bush administration invaded Iraq.

More recently, researchers Robert Pape of the University of Chicago and James Feldman of Air Force Institute of Technology found that, “from 1980-2003, there were 350 suicide attacks in the world, only 15% of which were anti-American.” Yet after the Bush-led war in Iraq, “there have been 1,833 suicide attacks, 92% of which were anti-American.”

It should be noted that the Bush administration was well aware that its war against Iraq could lead to greater terrorism. A recently declassified State Department memo shows that the administration was privately worried that the war would “bring radicalization of British Muslims, the great majority whom opposed the September 11 attacks but are increasingly restive about what they see as an anti-Islamic campaign.” In July 2005, British Muslim extremists apparently radicalized by the war in Iraq detonated bombs throughout London, confirming the administration’s fears.


GOP Rep. Joe Barton Admits Republicans’ Agenda Is ‘A Little Bit Short On Specifics’

October 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

On his Fox Business show this week, host Neil Cavuto appeared worried that Republicans may be too confident about their chances of taking control of the House and/or Senate this November. “Allay me of that anxiety that Republicans are getting ahead of themselves,” Cavuto told climate change denier and former BP oil spill apologist Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). While Barton agreed that the GOP may be measuring the drapes a bit prematurely, Cavuto wondered what the GOP would actually do if it won control of Congress. However, the Texas Republican admitted his party doesn’t have much to offer:

CAVUTO: I get a sense from Republicans collectively that they’re just already starting to dine on a feast three weeks early. And…when I get a sense from them about what they’re going to be doing day one without offering many specifics about the day one, besides getting back to 2008 spending levels, without addressing how you’re going to go back to those levels, I think they realize the better part of valor, is no specifics?

BARTON: Well, you know, we may be a little bit short on specifics.

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Of course, Barton eventually offered up the standard GOP platitudes about repealing the new health care reform law. “Well, have you bounced that off John Boehner?” Cavuto asked, adding, “because he has not been very clear on this repeal effort.”


Look Who’s Talking: Mr. Ed Calls Chris Christie ‘A Cold-Hearted Fat Slob’

September 26, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 


Yes, that would be MSNBC’s legendary “Mr. Ed” Schultz, doing his famous imitation of the pot and the kettle. Take a look:

Is this the definition of chutzpah?

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