Submitted by Christopher on Fri, 12/08/2006 - 12:16am
Repugs don't agree with the new 5-day work week. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) got called out on Fox News of all networks, by John Gibson and the following exchange took place:
Gibson: Don't you think that maybe part of the reason the Republicans were fired is the public heard about this?
Kingston: I think its because we didn't perform. When we were up here we were naming bridges and post offices. We were not having quality time again…—We drifted, we got off our agenda. We came up here and some weeks we just twiddled our thumbs and that's what killed us…
Poor Robin might actually have to start working for the people he represents. Bummer.
For a brief moment last year, I had a warm spot in my heart for Walter Jones, the unpredictable US Representative from the 3rd district. He spoke out against the idiocy of Bush's War in Iraq, and I thought he might have the potential for actually being a sane Republican. Boy was I wrong. Because for all his talk about law and order, Jones doesn't care much about justice when the crimes involve shooting brown people. His sidekick in this issue, Sue Myrick, is just as bad - but then I naturally expect less from her.
From Jones' website:
RALEIGH — Reps. Walter Jones and Sue Myrick, Republicans from North Carolina's 3rd and 9th Districts, respectively, have joined 13 other congressmen to request that the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration conduct a hearing on the conviction of two border control agents who are due to enter federal prison in January. The agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, were convicted of shooting an illegal alien in the buttocks after he fled from them. The suspect, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, had carried 743 pounds of marijuana across the U.S. border near El Paso, Texas.
Submitted by George Pence on Thu, 12/07/2006 - 1:01pm
Recently I offered a piece about the Southern GOP as the leading element of the Republican Party and how that limits the party's popularity outside the South. In today's Washington Post Harold Meyerson's column describes his take on that same issue. It's well argued and I won't condense it here. However, this quote gives you some sense of his point of view...
For four decades, it's been the Democrats who've had a Southern problem... couldn't elect any senators, then any House members, then any dogcatchers. They still can't, but the Southern problem, it turns out, is really the Republicans'. They've become too Southern...
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Thu, 12/07/2006 - 8:00am
Today is that "date which will live in infamy." My children haven't learned about Pearl Harbor in school yet, but they've learned about it from me.
Before the United States declared war on Iraq terror, I was very loud in my opposition to a war. I needed my children to understand why. Of course, they were only 7 and 9 at the time, so I had to simplify my explanation. I turned to Pearl Harbor. I was able to show them some pictures and explain that our country had been attacked by another country on our soil. I did my best to explain how that was different from the horrible events of September 11, 2001.
After the war had started in Iraq, I'm sure they heard me rumbling about how we should have stayed in Afghanistan, Saddam doesn't have weapons of mass destruction, it's about the oil, why are we fighting with Iraq, etc., etc., etc.
When you live in a world where everything can be bought and sold - elections, prestige, influence and access - it's easy to think you can also buy control over your very own curriculum at a major university. That's what Art Pope seemed to be trying to do with UNC earlier this year . . . and the same sad saga is apparently unfolding at NC State right now. Bob Geary, writing at the Independent has the latest.
N.C. State considers Pope money
Faculty objects, calling foundation funding tainted by conservative agenda
When Toby Parcel, the dean of NCSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, read that the conservative John William Pope Foundation and UNC-Chapel Hill were splitsville on that Pope-funded "western cultures curriculum" idea, and that Pope might give its money to "other universities" instead, she did what any fund-raising dean would do, right? She got a meeting with Art Pope, who heads the foundation and myriad political causes besides.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. It's a win -- but a short-lived one -- for North Carolina Senator Richard Burr. After almost two years of debate, the Senate passed his bill to create an agency to fight bioterrorism and other biological threats. But Congress hopes to adjourn Friday, and that leaves little chance that the House will have time to act on the measure.
The bill calls for creating an agency within the Health and Human Services Department to oversee the development of medicine and equipment to respond to a bird flu pandemic or a bioterrorism attack. Burr has pushed the legislation almost since he arrived in Congress.
Two years of hard work (a couple of days a week) with his own party controlling both houses of Congress . . . and nuttin' to show for it? Seems kind of weird that a government-hating Republican is pushing so hard to create a whole new agency inside the monstrous Health and Human Services Department, but what do I know. Maybe Senator Burr will have better luck working with a Democratic Senate. He could hardly do worse.
PS The junior Senator has a few things to say about today's Iraq Study Group report. Why he bothered to say them, though, is a-whole-nother question.
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