Friday, March 31, 2006
In an astoundingly cynical performance at a ``War on Christians'' conference in Washington this week, Rep. Tom DeLay urged religious conservatives to stay on the attack against hostile forces out to get Christians like, well, Tom DeLay.
``We have been chosen to live as Christians at a time when our culture is being poisoned and our world is being threatened,'' DeLay told the crowd. ``The enemies of virtue may be on the march, but they have not won.'' The Texas evangelist who organized the conference likened DeLay's legal and ethical woes to - wait for it - the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
But lest the faithful prematurely canonize DeLay as a martyr for the faith, they should consider how Team DeLay, with its paladins of public piety, has specifically manipulated sincere Christians for personal gain.
Mrs. DeLay thinks he's Christ too.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Beautiful day today in the nation's Capit0l. I'll post on my visits to the office of both Texas Senators and my Representitive in the House. I'll post on the visits and clarify on why my family traveled to Washington to urge them to restore funding to the Epilepsy program which was cut to zero dollars in the Presidents recent budget. Just where are the priorities in this country?
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Immigration should be controlled but the underlying hypocrisies and the prejucdices within the House bill should be eliminated such as criminalizing those who help the needy. This type of language tarnishes the American humanitarian spirit. The Senate bill passed today eliminated this one particular notion. Thank God.
Maybe the Left could unite and sing together to impeach bush for misleading us to war. I dream about that day of justice but I won't hold my breath.
On another note. ITMFA. Go here to see what this means.
“If they go after and get a pastor, then other pastors shrink from what they should be doing,” he said. “It forces Christians back into the church, and that’s what’s going on in America.…That’s not what Christ asked us to do.”Of course not, Christ wants right wing Christians to create political action organizations. It just wouldn't be ethical to learn how at church would it?
Monday, March 27, 2006
During the 2006 Senate debate on the Fiscal Year 2007 Budget, Senators Specter and Harkin (Chair and Ranking Members on the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Education Appropriations Committee) introduced an amendment to the budget bill that restored funding for public health programs. Responding to an incredible flood of grassroots voices, on March 16th the Senate overwhelmingly adopted the Specter-Harkin Amendment, by a vote of 73-27.
The amendment increased health and education funding by $7 billion and rejected White House-proposed cuts, including the cut to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Epilepsy Program. These public health programs have been seriously eroded by years of flat funding, outright reductions, and four years of across-the-board cuts. Last year alone, public health programs lost over $1 billion in funding.
Investing in public health can slow the growth in programs like Medicaid and Medicare spending by preventing, or treating chronic diseases and disabilities and infectious diseases early. The Specter-Harkin amendment provisions protect and support the nation's investment in biomedical, behavioral and health services research, disease prevention and health promotion, targeted services to medically underserved populations, and education of a diverse health care workforce. The Specter-Harkin amendment restored health and education funding to FY 2005 levels by adding in $7 billion. This amount reflects the funding diminishment in the past two years alone.
The FY 2007 Budget Resolution would set overall budget ceilings for House and Senate appropriators and limit the funds they can allocate for federal agencies and programs. The House Budget Committee is scheduled to consider the successful Specter-Harkin Senate amendment to the FY 2007 Budget. The amendment, which restores funding for critical epilepsy public health programs, will be introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in the House on Wednesday, March 29th. Grassroots support is absolutely critical to winning passage of the Specter-Harkin amendment in the House of Representatives.
What You Can Do to Help
Urge your Representative to support the DeLauro (Specter-Harkin) Amendment to increase funding for health and education programs.
If your Representative is on the House Budget Committee, urge your Member to vote YES on the DeLauro (Specter-Harkin) Amendment in the Committee vote on the Budget Bill.
If your Representative is NOT on the House Budget Committee, urge the Member to weigh in with Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle (R-IA) to support the DeLauro (Specter-Harkin) Amendment.
You can also contact Chairman Nussle directly.
Contact your representative TODAY by calling or emailing. To make contact by phone, find your legislator's contact information online or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.
The Texas members on the Budget Committee: Democrats: Chet Edwards, Henry Cuellar, Republicans: Jeb Hensarling, Pete Sessions, Mike Conaway.
Here is the othe other reason why. My very special kid.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
LONDON — In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq, as the United States and Britain pressed for a second United Nations resolution condemning Iraq, President Bush's public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt: Disarm or face war.
But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair's top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.
The memo indicates the two leaders envisioned a quick victory and a transition to a new Iraqi government that would be complicated, but manageable. Mr. Bush predicted that it was "unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups." Mr. Blair agreed with that assessment.
The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.Discussing Provocation
Without much elaboration, the memo also says the president raised three possible ways of provoking a confrontation. Since they were first reported last month, neither the White House nor the British government has discussed them.
"The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours," the memo says, attributing the idea to Mr. Bush. "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach."
It also described the president as saying, "The U.S. might be able to bring out a defector who could give a public presentation about Saddam's W.M.D," referring to weapons of mass destruction.
A brief clause in the memo refers to a third possibility, mentioned by Mr. Bush, a proposal to assassinate Saddam Hussein. The memo does not indicate how Mr. Blair responded to the idea. - NYT
A toast to the devil
Saturday, March 25, 2006
McCain recently hired Terry Nelson, an individual who was involved in DeLay’s corporate cash funneling scheme. While appearing on a radio show, McCain first defended Nelson saying “none of the charges were true,” but later said he “will go and look and see if any of them are true, but I’ve never heard of them before.” He may want to investigate this check.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Don't expect the Dick to invite the our favorite cockroach killer to go hunting anytime soon. The State of Texas has revoked Tom DeLay's Concealed Weapon License...being indicted in a felony an all. Juanita has the scoop.
Rick Perry, Tom DeLay and the illegal use of taxpayer money. I know, I know. Tom is involved in another scandal. Republican State Comptroller Carole blah blah blah Strayhorn is ready for a fight with Goodhair as the Dems just sit back and wait. Houtopia explains that this is just a preview of Texas Republican Death Match 2006: Goodhair vs. Grandma.
Meanwhile, Grandma takes Goodhair to court for wanting every ballot signature hand verified. Nate explains why and wonders where is Kinky in all of this?
Jack Cluth and Pink Dome explain the Bush Silver Foot and Mouth disease.
Dos Centavos give us their two cents and supports Urbina-Jones for State Democratic Chair.
Evan notes two new blogs in CD-22 and as you would guess both lean to right. But hey that's Ok, I need a new punching bag besides Chris.
The Smoking Gun has finally obtained the backstage demands of a real rock star. That's right, below you'll find a copy of Vice President Dick Cheney's standard "tour" rider. The document is provided to hotels where Cheney will be bunking and lists how the Republican pol's "Downtime Suite" needs to be outfitted. While the vice president's requests are pretty modest (no extract-the-brown-M&M demands here), Cheney does like his suite at a comfy 68 degrees. And, of course, all the televisions need to be preset to the Fox News Channel (what, you thought he was a Lifetime devotee?).
The Smoking Gun
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
It is usual form for party colleagues to endorse the winner of a primary--but not so in TX-22, Tom DeLay's district.
DeLay's three former opponents are either refusing to endorse him for the general election in November or waiting to make up their minds, reports The Hill today. This could prove trouble come November. Michael Fjetland, Tom Campbell, and Pat Baig are not taking kindly to DeLay's accusations, soon after winning his race, that they "mimicked Democrat attacks."
Said Campbell: “I think Mr. DeLay is engaging in a counterproductive but characteristic pattern of conduct. He’s attacking the messenger. … Ten thousand Republicans, many of which were conservative Republicans, voted against the incumbent, and they voted for another conservative as an alternative. Mr. DeLay should think about that, rather than simply attacking me as being a liberal Democrat, which simply the facts don’t support.” - PCAF
Click image to see why it smells
Sunday, March 19, 2006
"I think she ought to read the Constitution again," he said. "We have an authority. They are not an ivory tower over there. All wisdom does not reside in nine people with black robes." "It's in the Constitution, and it has not been exercised in 50 to a hundred years, and it's time to do it."
Saturday, March 18, 2006
"What's it matter? I'm gonna be killin' it anyway"
Friday, March 17, 2006
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said Thursday that given Mr. Bush's record, "I really do believe this man will go down as the worst president this country has ever had."America is finally waking up!
A majority of Americans, 56 percent, believe Bush is "out of touch," the poll found. When asked for a one-word description of Bush, the most frequent response was "incompetent," followed by "good," "idiot" and "liar." In February 2005, the most frequent reply was "honest."
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Instead of campaigning trying to prove to 70% of the American people the war is legitimate, he ought to be working his ass off to fix this mess. Why is it always just one big political campaign for this guy? I honestly think the blood-bath he created is now way above his pay grade and isn't that sad...the president of the United States. Well, it's never to late for a vacation. It is spring break after all.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Wow. And to think all we have left after tonight is a 90-minute season finale next week. I don't know about you, but I'm really not looking forward to another long hiatus for this show. The thing is, I don't realize how much I miss the show until the next season starts.
Today nearly half the IEDs in Iraq are found and disabled before they can be detonated. In the past 18 months, we've cut the casualty rate per IED attack in half. -- George W. Bush, March 14, 2006
"Pentagon records show that at least 8,000 members of the all-volunteer U.S. Army have deserted since the Iraq war began. Hey, at least somebody has an exit strategy." --Tina Fey
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Tom DeLay's ARMPAC received an inquiry from the FEC on March, 8, 2006, asking them to clarify if they charged the "usual and normal" amount for the transfer of ARMPAC's mailing list to DeLay's congressional campaign committee. The campaign was charged $3,138.87 for the mailing list.
Seems like a small amount of money for this list, huh?
Not according to ARMPAC. They responded, via email, to the FEC letter claiming to have it all reviewed by lawyers.
I think this needs more scrutiny, and I'm not convinced the FEC will do it. Time for reporters to ask some questions.
Feingold, defending his censure plan today on Fox News, said: “I’m amazed at Democrats, cowering with this president’s numbers so low. The administration just has to raise the specter of the war and the Democrats run and hide…too many Democrats are going to do the same thing they did in 2000 and 2004. In the face of this, they’ll say we’d better just focus on domestic issues…[Democrats shouldn’t] cower to the argument, that whatever you do, if you question administration, you’re helping the terrorists.” - Raw StorySome things just never change.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Norton, who turns 52 today, said the investigations were unrelated to her decision to leave, which she said was personal.
Also, now we know why Claude A. Allen, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, resigned last month. If you believed the White House line that he was to spend more time with his family, you were again lied to by this administration. The truth is he was arrested for ripping off Target in a retail theft scheme claiming fraudulent refunds. Times must really be hard on a $161,000 salary.
The film's world premiere will be in DeLay's backyard of Houston Texas at the Angelika Film Center on May 5th and will continue a theatrical run after that.
Grassroots screenings will be coming in June.
Download the teaser in mov or wmv"
By the time we finish this poker game, there may not be a federal government left! Which would suit me just fine." -Tom DeLay, 1994
Friday, March 10, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Vanity Fair is set to publish a tell-all interview with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, noting that his plea-bargain sentence can be "substantially reduced" by co-operating with investigators.
The piece makes much of many prominent Republican's denials of having worked with Abramoff. Abramoff reminisces about jokes President Bush, who now claims not to remember him, made about his weight training program. Abramoff also recalls discussing the Bible, opera, and golf with Tom DeLay.Raw Story
Who's your buddy?
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Watch Nick pump up the crowd: No More DeLay
Tom throws mud first...
I'm the only candidate who has faithfully stood up for these conservative priorities, and I am asking for Republican voters to stand with me as we defend this district from the dangerous and irresponsible representation of Nick Lampson."Dangerous and irresponsible? I'll remember this at Tom's next indictment!
Monday, March 06, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Here it for yourself
What a nutty world Bill lives in. Great call Mike.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
The paper trail seems so obvious it makes you wonder whether anyone ever worried about getting caught. When Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and his wife flew from Houston to a golf resort in Scotland in June 2000, the first-class airfare cost $14,001, a big-ticket item for a public servant. But someone else paid.Anyone with a sound mind should not.
The American Express bills of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in January, show he footed the bill for the tickets, in an apparent violation of House ethics rules.
"There are many members of Congress who will not sleep well tonight," said Wertheimer at the time of the investigation. "This is a blockbuster of an investigation that will reach deep inside the power structure."
Federal authorities told ABC News that Abramoff began providing details of his dealings with DeLay and pinpointing a long list of senators and representatives more than a year ago.
Best of friends
Update from TP:
During his interview with Fox News today, Tom DeLay said his hands are clean of Abramoff’s malfeasance:
I’ve hired lawyers that look through everything that we’ve done, my relationship with Jack Abramoff, every contact we made with him, everything. And they’ve given me a complete bill — clean bill of health.Maybe he should find some new lawyers...
AP is now reporting that:
Prosecutors have asked a travel agency to turn over records on a trip to Britain that Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), then the House majority leader, took in 2000 with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.Maybe he should hire some more lawyers.
A subpoena issued Wednesday seeks documents on travel services bought by the now-disgraced Abramoff for himself, DeLay, DeLay's wife, a DeLay aide-turned-lobbyist and two others.
The subpoena includes statements from Abramoff's credit card showing that he paid the travel agency nearly $40,000 for the group's airfare for the trip to England and Scotland. It is against House rules for a lobbyist to put a congressman's expenses on his credit card.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
"I'm bothered by all the investigations and scandals," said Veniece Griffin, a Missouri City Republican who plans to vote for Campbell. "DeLay has had 20 years, and he's not representing me."
Crooks and Liars has more and the video. Here's the video of this breaking story. Hat tip David Edwards. FEMA Brown is telling everyone that this is the "BIG ONE!" Bush says in the video that he's "fully prepared." He sure didn't act like he was now did he? Bush is busted for lying about the fact that nobody knew the levee's would possibly have been breached.
Big Ass Truth Serum Alert