Obama, GOP give a Christmas Day salute to troops

December 25, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

(CNN) – The presidential and GOP weekly web and radio addresses traded partisan rhetoric for holiday cheer and praise for the service members protecting America.

President and Mrs. Obama spoke to members of the armed forces, lauding their volunteer service and encouraging Americans to support the troops.


“As long as that service keeps the rest of us safe, their sacrifice should also be our own, even heroes can use a hand, especially during the holidays,” first lady Michelle Obama said.

President Obama said, “So let’s all remind them this holiday season that we’re thinking of them and that America will forever be there for them, just as they’ve been there for us.”

The first couple encouraged everyone to give their time, resources or spirit to those who are less fortunate.

Rep. Joe Pitts, a Pennsylvania Republican and Vietnam veteran said those serving in the military are a reminder of the “fulfillment that comes from humbly serving one another.”

“To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home,” Pitts said.

Both greetings invoked the meaning of Christmas to instill a larger message of service and gratitude.

“This is the season when we celebrate the simplest yet most profound gift of all, the birth of a child who devoted his life to the message of peace, love and redemption, a message that says no matter who we are, we are called to love one another,” President Obama said.

Rep. Pitts called on scripture describe the meaning of the holiday.

“Behind the splendor of the Christmas season lies a simple and inspiring story of how a single birth spread a message of love and salvation throughout the world, one that continues to resonate across this and other lands,” Pitts said. “Scriptures tell us, in him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”


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Union Members Generously Give for the Holidays

December 24, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 
Photo credit: IUPAT  
  Missouri Painters and Allied Trades members Margo Webb, Bill Crowely, Bill Reape and Jim Wolfe ring for holiday donations.  
 
   

Throughout the holiday season, union members have spread more than a sleigh full of holiday cheer, from helping Santa answer kids’ letters, to food and toy drives and reuniting families. Here are just a few of the holiday highlights.

For six years, the Atlantic and Cape May (N.J.) Counties Central Labor Council has brought far-flung families back together with its “Fly Home for the Holidays” program. The council takes requests from area residents who want to fly home two relatives, but need help. Along with the airfare, comes a $ 500 holiday shopping spree and other goodies.

Says council President Roy Foster:

Being in a labor movement is about meeting and helping people in the community. If we can help in some small way, especially at this time of the year, then we’re fulfilling our mission.

Fred Slunt III, a 35-year-old school custodian, is this year’s winner. His parents, both of whom have serious health issues, will be flown from their Las Vegas home to see their granddaughter for the first time ever and their son and daughter-in-law for the first time in several years.

This year, Foster says the council received more requests than ever.

It makes you see how tough it can be for people out there. If we can provide that little bit of joy during this season, all the better.

Read more here.

In Tucson, Ariz., members of Letter Carriers (NALC) Local 704 filled in for Santa to help answer children’ letters to St. Nick. Although usually addressed to the North Pole, the U.S. Postal Service relies on organizations and volunteers like Dan Versluis to read and answer the letters.

While some ask for the expected latest toy sensation or fashion must have, Versluis says some that he read asked Santa Claus to pray that the family doesn’t lose their home and all another child asked for was for her mother to get better. “Some really wanted to yank your heart out.”

In National Football League cities around the nation, NFL Players Association (NFLPA) members took part in numerous toy, book and food drives for local charities and community organizations, signing autographs in exchange for donations.

Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers pitched in at the 9th Annual Pittsburgh Celebrity Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Said linebacker LaMarr Woodley:

I am really excited to be a part of this toy drive again for my fourth year now. Anytime I can give back to the community, I try to be there. We are hoping that the toys collected here can help make the kids at Children’s Hospital have a better Christmas this year.

In the Washington, D.C., area, Helmets to Hardhats, the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) and the AFL-CIO spearheaded a Toys for Tots Drive that collected more than 1,500 toys and raised more than $ 20,000 in donations.

In San Bernardino, Calif., Fire Fighters (IAFF) from Local 891 dug deep into their pockets and donated $ 10,000 to stock a tractor trailer full of holiday foods and staple items for Mary’s Mercy Center, a non-profit organization that provides food and other services to those in need.

After the food was delivered to the center, firefighters worked with the center’s staff to distribute filled boxes to the hundreds of people waiting in line. Local 891 President Scott Moss says, “We have a lot of generous members in our local.” They sure do.

In New Mexico, Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 480 and New Mexico Women in Film collected hundreds of coats, sweaters, pairs of gloves and scarves in a warm clothing drive.

Members of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 2 in St. Louis traded their brushes for bells throughout the holiday season to help collect donations at the iconic red Salvation Army Kettles. Click here for more photos.

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Give The Gift Of Humility

December 24, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

by Zoë Pollock

Kyla Fullenwider notes that "this year, Americans spent over $ 45 billion during Thanksgiving weekend alone and yet we rank on par with Sub-Saharan Africa according to the Happy Planet Index." Now you can measure it for yourself:

The site now provides a calculator—a timely tool in this season—to measure your own well-being relative to others in the world. Based on your input it will tell you your approximate life expectancy, your ecological footprint (i.e. how many planets would be needed to sustain your lifestyle) and how your overall life satisfaction compares to others in the world.





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Give To The Troops

December 24, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

I posted earlier this month about donating to the USO and here is another group well worth your consideration.

Hero Box.org helps to send custom boxes to our men and women in the field.

Please consider helping out.

They’re fighting for you after all.


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The US Should Give More Foreign Aid, Poll Suggest Americans Would Go For That

December 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

[What follows is only my personal opinion. I don’t claim my authority as a pastor for it. It’s just me and, as always, I could be completely wrong.]

The daily headlines suggest that the United States and all western democracies are, in the days ahead, facing not fewer but more threats from terrorists-whether they’re violent Islamists or, as in the case of those thought responsible for today’s embassy bombings in Rome, anarchists. Force, whether military or police, is one obvious response to the threat of international terrorism. Beefing up security is another.

But, as we have seen in recent years, one desperately willful person can avoid being flagged by military and police forces and other security personnel.

The resentment of the West, particularly of the United States, is a toxin that daily creates a bigger pool of candidates for terrorist activity.

Much of this resentment is understandable, given our American penchant for not noticing the horrific poverty of our planets’ fellow citizens, many of them living in places from which we derive the fossil fuels that power what is, by the standards of both the contemporary and historical world, a lavish way of life.

Of course, those who harbor resentments against the United States often overlook the sacrifices Americans have made for our international neighbors, whether in wars to save the world from tyranny, in programs like the Marshall Plan, in its benevolent occupation of Japan following World War II, or in Americans’ penchant for generous charitable giving. (We have also been guilty of unnecessary wars on other peoples, even within our own borders, and that, too, feeds the resentments of the world.)

Be that as it may, a simple fact remains: It is in the best interest of the United States to cultivate international friendships. This is particularly true at a time when China, with its massive population, a government willing to oppress its own people, and its role as America’s primary mortgage-lender, is on the rise.

The US government needs to find ways to do well for its people by doing good for other peoples. That means, among other things, increasing the proportion of the federal budget on foreign aid, prime-pumping development throughout the world and so, creating more sophisticated new markets for American goods and services.

I know; we’re in a recession and we desperately need to cut the national debt, an enormous threat to the country’s economic, financial, and national security. But our dire straits only underscore the need for us to make friends of our enemies throughout the world, decreasing the resentment toward the US and so, shrinking the pool of potential terrorists that could, eventually, help bankrupt the country fiscally and morally. (A primary goal of terrorists like Osama bin-Laden, by the way.)

For many years, Americans have grossly overestimated the amount of money the federal government spends on foreign aid, breeding still more resentment…this time from Americans, playing into a long-standing strain of isolationism that has always existed within a country accustomed to having most of a continent to itself and who, in the twentieth century, got used to being the preeminent superpower on the world stage.

A few weeks ago, Joel Paque, over at the US Global Leadership Blog, pointed to a poll conducted in November by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland. It demonstrates that Americans remain misinformed on the percentage of the federal budget spent on foreign aid-actually a little more than 1%-estimating that it exceeds 20%. But, as Paque points out, those who think that targeted foreign aid could be an intelligent use of American economic power, still formidable, can take heart: The poll shows that Americans would be comfortable with as much as 10% of the federal budget going toward foreign aid.

The chart below shows the difference in Americans’ perceptions and realities when it comes to US foreign aid. It comes from Paque’s piece:

Paque writes:

Coming at a time when serious discussions are taking place on how to reduce the federal deficit, these results suggest most Americans would support spending much more than we actually do.

I think he’s right. Read the whole thing.(Thanks to TMVer Holly Robinson for alerting me to this piece.)

[This is being crossposted at my personal blog.]


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CNN Poll: 56 percent give Obama’s lame duck a thumbs up

December 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Washington (CNN) – When it comes to public opinion, who’s the biggest winner of one of the most productive congressional lame duck sessions in years?

Full results (pdf)

According to a new national poll, it looks like President Barack Obama is that winner, and his strategy of cooperating with congressional Republican leaders may be the key to his success.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 56 percent of Americans say they approve of the way Obama’s handled the issues that Congress has considered during the lame duck sesssion, with 41 percent saying they disapprove.

According to the poll, only 44 percent of the public approves of how congressional Republicans have handled the issues and that number drops to 42 percent for Republican leaders in Congress, with a majority of Americans saying they disapprove of how both congressional Democrats and Republicans are acting during the session.

The survey’s Wednesday release comes just a few hours before the Senate is expected to give final approval to a nuclear weapons reduction treaty with Russia, which would be another legislative victory for the president, and just minutes after Obama signed into law a bill that repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the 1993 measure that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military.

The lame duck session of Congress also approved a compromise between Obama and GOP leaders that included a two year extension of the Bush-era tax cut levels for all Americans and a one year extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Also accomplished this month was the passage of a food safety bill and a temporary budget extension that funds the federal government for another ten weeks.

“The lame duck session adds more evidence that if Obama is trying to copy former President Bill Clinton’s “triangulation” strategy, it’s working,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “After the GOP took control of Congress in the 1994 midterms, Clinton successfully played the Democrats and Republicans in Congress off each other, helping Clinton look like a leader while burnishing his centrist credentials. Obama may try to replicate that approach.”

The survey suggests that Obama is getting high marks for cooperating with the GOP. Six in ten say that the president has cooperated enough with the Republicans; in February a majority said that he had not done enough. But more than two-thirds of the public says that the GOP has not cooperated enough with Obama, and a growing number blame the GOP for the lack of cooperation in Washington.

“That may explain why the Republican Party’s favorable rating is lower than the Democratic Party’s figure. Even though the Republicans made a net gain of 63 congressional seats in November’s midterm elections and drove the Democrats out of power in the U.S. House, the GOP’s favorable rating is only 42 percent, compared to 47 percent for the Democratic party,” adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 17-19, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Obama Wants to Give America Back to Indians!

December 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Those of you over a certain age may remember the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties” and its lovable protagonist Alex P. Keaton, played by Michael J. Fox.  There was an exchange in which another character was decrying America’s poor treatment of the Indians and Keaton retorted something to the effect, “So, do you want to give it back?”

Well, apparently President Obama does!    Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association reports:

President Obama likes the “U.N. Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” He says it can “help reaffirm the principles that should guide our future.”

The State Department added helpfully that although the declaration is not legally binding, it “carries considerable moral and political force and complements the president’s ongoing efforts to address historical inequities faced by indigenous communities in the United States.”

This declaration – which carries”considerable moral and political force,” don’t forget – contains this little gem of a paragraph, in Article 26:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired,” and nations “shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources.”

In other words, President Obama wants to give the entire land mass of the United States of America back to the Indians. He wants Indian tribes to be our new overlords.

That stupid son of a bitch!  Has he not considered the consequences?

Wonkette’s Jack Stuff and LGF’s Charles Johnson belittle Fischer’s concern for America’s future but offer little reassurance that our Kenyan born secret Muslim president isn’t going to trade the country away for $ 24 worth of beads and trinkets.

I’m left, therefore, to the mercy of Google.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adoted by the General Assembly more than three years ago, says what Fischer says it does.  And it says all manner of other things that, while consistent with our current moral principles, would be absurd if applied retroactively.   Fortunately, after all the affirmations, recognitions, proclamations, and  acknowledgements, followed by 45 Articles that say very nice things, we come to the final article.  It negates all the others:

Article 46

1. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, people, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act contrary to the Charter of the United Nations or construed as authorizing or encouraging any action which would dismember or impair, totally or in part, the territorial integrity or political unity of sovereign and independent States.

2. In the exercise of the rights enunciated in the present Declaration, human rights and fundamental freedoms of all shall be respected. The exercise of the rights set forth in this Declaration shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law and in accordance with international human rights obligations. Any such limitations shall be non-discriminatory and strictly necessary solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for meeting the just and most compelling requirements of a democratic society.

3. The provisions set forth in this Declaration shall be interpreted in accordance with the principles of justice, democracy, respect for human rights, equality, non-discrimination, good governance and good faith.

Emphases mine. Recall that the United Nations is a body chartered under the principle of state sovereignty.  The people who passed this Declaration are representatives of its 192 member states.  Rather clearly, then, the Declaration was not intended to give non-state actors – indigenous groups living inside state borders — power over states.  Thus far, 143 countries have voted in favor.

Another clue in this regard is that the Declaration was issued by the UN General Assembly.   It’s quite literally nothing more than a debating society.  Each of the 192 states has equal voting power and the right to bring up matters.  But anything passed by the assembly is nothing more than a recommendation.  Indeed, that’s what the State Department announcement [PDF here] meant when it stated “The United States supports the Declaration which-while not legally binding or a statement of current international law-has both moral and political force [emphasis mine].”

Nonetheless, concerns over the ambiguity of the language is what caused the Bush Administration to withhold its approval.   Ditto, initially, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand — other notable countries with similar concerns.   All of them have since signed.  ABC reports,

The US about-face came after officials determined that the language would, in fact, not conflict with US law and the complex relationship between national, state and tribal governments. Officials said they waited until a formal comment period for soliciting tribal input had expired before making the move to support the declaration.

“We think it is an important and meaningful change in US position,” said State Department spokesman PJ Crowley. “Of course, as with any international declaration we have certain reservations which we will voice reflecting our own domestic and constitutional interest. The president thinks it’s the right thing to do… Even though it is legally non-binding we think it carries considerable moral and political force.”

So, what’s the point?

Well, it’s an affirmation of existing American and international principle.  While states have sovereignty, there’s been a growing consensus in recent decades that aboriginal groups-such as our 565 federally recognized Indian tribes,  Native Hawaiians, Aleuts-should be given a wide berth in preserving their native customs, language, legal systems and so forth. Indeed, it’s established in the United States Constitution that the tribes have a high degree of sovereignty on internal matters.  (That’s why, for example, Indians can establish casinos on tribal lands contrary to the law of the states in which they happen to reside.)

So, is this just empty political symbolism?   Pretty much.  What matters is what concrete policy steps we’re going to take.  And President Obama announced some of those at the time he said we’d sign this Declaration.

Our strategy begins with the number one concern for all Americans right now — and that’s improving the economy and creating jobs.  We’ve heard time and again from tribal leaders that one of the keys to unlocking economic growth on reservations is investments in roads and high-speed rail and high-speed Internet and the infrastructure that will better connect your communities to the broader economy.  That’s essential for drawing capital and creating jobs on tribal lands.  So to help spur the economy, we’ve boosted investment in roads throughout the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Reservation Road Program, and we’ve offered new loans to reach reservations with broadband.

And as part of our plan to revive the economy, we’ve also put billions of dollars into pressing needs like renovating schools.  We’re devoting resources to job training — especially for young people in Indian Country who too often have felt like they don’t have a chance to succeed.  And we’re working with you to increase the size of tribal homelands in order to help you develop your economies.

I also want to note that I support legislation to make clear — in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision — that the Secretary of Interior can take land into trust for all federally recognized tribes.  (Applause.)  That’s something that I discussed yesterday with tribal leaders.

We’re also breaking down bureaucratic barriers that have prevented tribal nations from developing clean energy like wind and solar power.  It’s essential not just to your prosperity, but to the prosperity of our whole country.  And I’ve proposed increasing lending to tribal businesses by supporting community financial institutions so they can finance more loans.  It is essential in order to help businesses expand and hire in areas where it can be hard to find credit.

Another important part of our strategy is health care.  We know that Native Americans die of illnesses like diabetes, pneumonia, flu — even tuberculosis — at far higher rates than the rest of the population.  Make no mistake:  These disparities represent an ongoing tragedy.  They’re cutting lives short, causing untold pain and hardship for Native American families.  And closing these gaps is not just a question of policy, it’s a question of our values — it’s a test of who we are as a nation.

There’s quite a bit more in the speech.  But this is pretty benign stuff:  We’re going to help the tribes improve their infrastructure, schools, and health care.

Giving the land that we stole from them fair and square back?  Not so much.




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Give the Gift of Health Insurance to A Child Who Needs It

December 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Across the nation, there are nearly 5 million uninsured children who are actually eligible for free or low-cost health care coverage through Medicaid or CHIP. Which means there’s probably a little snot-nosed kid and a struggling single mom you know who could use some help in this department.

href=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.momsrising.org/images/iStock_000014713501XSmall.jpg”> alt=”” src=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.momsrising.org/images/iStock_000014713501XSmall.jpg” title=”MomsRising kid” class=”alignright” width=”283″ height=”424″ />African-Americans have been hit hard economically in this Great Recession — that means folks in our communities are more likely to lack adequate health insurance. There’s a way to let parents you know who are having a tough time right now that there are healthcare options to make sure their lil peanuts stay healthy.

MomsRising is launching a new webpage: href=”http://action.momsrising.org/signup/holidayhealthcare2/”>Give A Child the Gift of Health Insurance! This resource informs parents about available health coverage programs and urges mamas and papas (or concerned aunties, uncles, Big Mamas and neighbors) to spread the word to their peeps through email, Facebook and Twitter.

To find out if you might be eligible for free or low-cost children’s coverage: /> * Call 1-877-KIDS-NOW or visit href=”http://www.InsureKidsNow.gov”>www.InsureKidsNow.gov /> *Para información en español visite, href=”http://espanol.insurekidsnow.gov/enes/”>http://espanol.insurekidsnow.gov/enes/ o llame a 1-877-543-7669 (pregunte por alguien que hable español)

And please share the 411 through email, Facebook and Twitter. This holiday season, you can help give some babies what they need most – health insurance.

Note: href=”http://www.MomsRising.org”>MomsRising is a client of mine at Fission Strategy. That doesn’t make this any less important to share with a family you know that needs it tho, yo.


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Crime stats give mixed picture of Detroit

December 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

The most recent FBI crime statistics for Detroit show a 28 percent reduction in homicide, a 16 percent increase in arson and a 10 percent increase in rape during the first six months of 2010, the Detroit News reports.

The reported decline in Detroit homicides coincided with a national trend of reduced murder rates but Daniel Kennedy, criminal justice professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, told the News that the city’s declining population and imperfect reporting procedures may be factors in the latest crime report.

Last year the FBI crimes stats for Detroit were found to be inaccurate.

The Detroit News reported last year that Detroit Police officials had incorrectly reclassified 22 of the city’s 368 slayings in 2008 as “justifiable,” and did not report them as homicides to the FBI as required by federal guidelines.

When the city’s homicide numbers were adjusted, it pushed the city’s murder rate to 40.7 per 100,000 residents, past the earlier reported rate of 33.8, giving Detroit the highest homicide rate among cities with more than 500,000 residents.

Even if Detroit does top U.S. cities for murder the high rate may be due to the high proportion of assault victims who die from their wounds.

Detroit’s emergency medical services are famously under-resourced and people who are shot in the sprawling and largely vacant city can face a long wait for medical help.

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Lawrence O’Donnell Attacks Ann Coulter for Saying Liberals Give Less to Charity Than Conservatives

December 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday made a federal case out of Ann Coulter's quite accurate claim that liberals give less to charity than conservatives.

"The Last Word" host might have raised this issue to draw attention to a charity he's supporting (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

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Lawrence O’Donnell Attacks Ann Coulter for Saying Liberals Give Less to Charity Than Conservatives

December 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday made a federal case out of Ann Coulter's quite accurate claim that liberals give less to charity than conservatives.

To be sure, O'Donnell might have raised this issue on MSNBC's "The Last Word" to draw more attention to a charity he's supporting (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

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Will Barbour give a race speech?

December 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Jonathan Martin suggests that it would be a necessary part of a presidential bid, and would likely come in May:

The governor’s inclination, clearly, is the same of many white Southerners of his generation when matters of race come up: Minimize what is an uncomfortable topic and then move on.

But the risk Barbour runs in doing so is that downplaying can just as easily be interpreted as dismissing.

Some of the governor’s closest advisers say that he’s now learned his lesson — and that any time he discusses race he must, as one said, “in the same breath say what was wrong.”

The broader issue Barbour must also confront moving into next year is whether, and how, he proactively addresses the issue.

He and his advisers think that because of his background, he has an opportunity to talk about the country’s progress on race and what has taken place in Mississippi.

But that would mean not only telling the good-news story about how much has changed but also revisiting his state’s ugly past and discussing the sacrifices made by such civil rights martyrs as Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman.

Whether or not he’s willing to give a “race speech” could offer clues as to how serious he is about wanting to seek the presidency. If he doesn’t confront the topic head-on and discuss it on his terms, it will only loom larger over his prospects.

Barbour has a prime opportunity to do so this May, soon after his self-imposed timeline for making a decision on whether to run.

That’s when Mississippi will host a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Freedom Rides, the bus trips by young civil rights activists who sought to integrate interstate travel.

Barbour is hosting an event to honor the activists at the governor’s mansion in Jackson and has already talked up the importance of the gathering, according to sources close to the governor.

And Brett Kittredge notes that Barbour has already given a race speech, a 2004 address in which he compared the violence against Civil Rights workers to Islamic terrorism:

 

We know that when evil is done it is a complicit sin to ignore it, to pretend it didn’t happen even if it happened 40 years ago. You have to face up to your problems before you can solve them.

Today it is appropriate to remember this horrid evil 40 years past and it is also appropriate to recognize and praise God for all the progress that has occurred since then especially here in Mississippi.

The fact that our state has made as much or more progress in race relations than others is praise worthy but it doesn’t mean that we should or can forget the reprehensible murders that ultimately led to our being brought here together today.

The events in the world of 2004 bring home there is another battle between good and evil going on right now, largely in the Middle East but not exclusively.

Other young Americans are risking and sometimes losing their lives for freedom the same as the three young men we remember here in Philadelphia….

By remembering this 40-year-old evil and considering today’s evil of fanatical Islamic terrorism we recommit ourselves to fighting and defeating the extreme hateful intolerance in both these evils.





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Muslims in Stockholm jihad bomber’s town get £500,000 to combat terror, and don’t give police a single tip-off

December 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

That’s over $ 853,000, down the drain for wishful thinking. And that’s just in one town. “Muslims in bomber’s town get £500,000 to combat terror… but don’t give police a single tip-off,” by Ryan Kisiel in the Daily Mail, December 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):

Muslim groups in the town where the Stockholm suicide bomber lived have been handed more than £550,000 of taxpayers’ money to combat extremism but have failed to tip off police about a single terror suspect.

The grants were handed out to mosques, schools and women’s projects by Luton council to prevent young Muslims being radicalised.

Under the Home Office’s Preventing Violent Extremism scheme, Islamic organisations are given money to stop members turning to violence. The groups are urged to reveal the names of those likely to commit violent crimes so they can be put on an ‘at-risk’ list by police.

But the Daily Mail has learnt that – despite £554,000 being given to groups in Luton since 2008 – not a single name has been handed over….

How drearily predictable.

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Give the Gift of the Outdoors with a Union Sportsmen’s Membership

December 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 
 
   

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA’s) Kate Cywinski sends us this great suggestion for a last minute gift idea for the sportsman or sportswoman on your holiday list.

Whether you’re ready or not, it comes every year toward the end of big game season—the holidays. And if you’re like many sportsmen, you’d rather sit in the woods until your fingers and face go numb than set foot in a shopping mall as holiday crunch time approaches.

So forget big crowds and the hassle of figuring out what to get the hunter or fisherman on your list—give the gift that keeps giving through every fish and game season—the gift of a Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) membership.

With a free Buck knife, an outdoor magazine, four issues of the USA journal, an online mapping subscription, exclusive discounts on outdoor gear and a whole lot more, you’re giving a gift worth more than $ 130 for the price of just $ 25. Plus, your gift is helping get the USA’s new Boots on the Ground program up and running to expand and improve hunting and fishing access and habitat for all, now and in the future.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the sportsman or sportswoman in your life or need to let someone know what you’d like to see under the tree this year, a USA membership is the perfect, hassle-free gift that’s jam-packed with value.

Click here to order a USA gift membership or call toll free: 1-877-872-2211. Click here for more information about Boots on the Ground.

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How Much Can We Give Back To Those Who Give It All ?

December 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

As a rule I try not to use my postings on TMV to be too preachy. I see this site as a place for us to have good and vigorous political debates but I try not to troll for any of my pet causes.
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