Just A Thought
In other words... would Joe Lieberman now be heading up the Democratic ticket for 2008?
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Head on over there and put your John (or Jane) Hancock on it, won't you? We can't stop this sort of thing unless we make a lot of noise about it.
We write to you today on a matter of great national urgency.
On April 21, 2008, the New York Times exposed a quiet military campaign to infiltrate U.S. media with propaganda. According to the article, top Pentagon and Bush administration officials recruited dozens of military officers to serve as pro-war media pundits for major news media.
These pundits appeared more than 4,500 times on cable and broadcast networks to press the administration's view on events in Iraq, Afghanistan and, increasingly, Iran. While many spoke directly from White House talking points, they did not disclose their direct ties to the administration.
By covertly spinning America's involvement in the war, the Pentagon is in violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. The mainstream media's role in enabling this propaganda also raises legitimate concerns about its ability to present a full and open debate about the war and other issues of national concern.
Many in Congress have called on the Pentagon and media to provide a full explanation. We the undersigned urge you to take the next step. Congress must move quickly to launch a full investigation and convene hearings to determine the extent of wrongdoing.
This is not a partisan issue. An administration and media working together to manipulate public opinion is a violation of every conceivable standard of journalism -- and possibly of federal law. A much-needed congressional inquiry will shed light on this national scandal. The American people have the right to know.
This is really a red-letter day. I think I know just how these people feel.
"The California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples," Chief Justice Ronald George wrote in the majority opinion.
Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry "will not deprive opposite-sex couples of any rights and will not alter the legal framework of the institution of marriage," George said.
In addition, he said, the current state law discriminates against same-sex couples on the basis of their sexual orientation - discrimination that the court, for the first time, put in the same legal category as racial or gender bias.
Obviously, Reid's repeated claim that Lieberman "votes with us on everything, except the war" is demonstrably false. But when he repeatedly makes that claim, I don't think Reid is consciously lying. It's just that, in Harry Reid's world (and in the world of the Democratic leadership generally), things like warrantless eavesdropping, the abolition of habeas corpus, telecom amnesty, the corrupt politicization of the Justice Department, chronic lying under oath, and the legalization of torture just don't exist. They don't matter. They're non-issues. And that is precisely why those radical, destructive measures are continuously permitted -- approved and endorsed -- by the Reid-led, Democratic-controlled Senate.I suggest you read the whole article, though, and see just how far out of the mainstream -- and how far away from what Democratic politics should encompass -- Joementum is these days.
"This is the Pale Horse," he warned. "He is the color of rotting flesh. He will be given the power to destroy twenty-five percent of the population. This is going to happen during the Tribulation. You do not want to be there."*Crickets*
From here Hagee went into a long spiel about the difference between the Christ of the Gospels and the Christ of Revelation. This is an important point for people who are not fundamentalist Christians and want to undertsand them. The Gospels Christ is basically a long-haired, touchy-feely hippie who goes around being nice to people... The Christ of Revelations is built like the Rock and roams the universe braining sinners with lead pipes. Fundamentalists clearly prefer the Revelation Christ. Hagee explained:
"In Matthew he is the lamb being led to the slaughter. In Revelation he is the LION OF JUDAH! He is going to rule with a rod of iron!"
And when that rod-bearing Christ comes back, us unbelievers had better fucking duck:
"How is Jesus going to crush secular humanism and liberalism and anti-Semitism and atheism?" Hagee asked. "He is not going to ask the Supreme Court to put the Ten Commandments up in our courthouses. He is going to tell them, and they will bow down to him like children."
The crowd roared.
"And those judges who let men get married - he is going to cast them into the pit of Hell to be roasted for all of eternity like they deserve!"
I raised my hands in a full Freeze-Motherfucker. Go Jesus! Waste those judges.
But just when it seemed that Hagee had his crowd right where he wanted them, he switched gears and began talking about Iran and Israel. Hagee is a subtle operator. Whenever he mentions the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmandinejad, it is always not moments after a long tirade about Satan. He will give hints about the Antichrist's identity - he is not an American, says Hagee, but he is a smooth talker.
"He will come preaching peace," said Hagee, "and he will sign treaties that he has no intention of keeping."
"Like Muslims!" someone behind me whispered.
And just as the crowd was ruminating over the possible identity of the Antichrist, Hagee switched gears and dropped a bombshell on the crowd. "Iran's president is planning a nuclear holocaust, and how our empty-headed leaders in Washington don't see that, I don't know!" he grumbled.
From there he went on for a while about Israel and Iran. I felt the energy leaving the hall. The people in this church come to services for help in dealing with their own problems, which of course are legion. They are there to find a reason for living amid the financial struggle, the constant battles with sin and despair, or romantic disappointments, loneliness, abuse, addiction. They could give a shit about Israel and they could give a shit about Iran. And so, while Hagee worked himself up into a frenzy about Iran, the crowd only cheered politely. This was even true at the climax.
"And now comes a new Hitler," roared the pastor, "and his name is Ahmandinejad. Iran MUST BE STOPPED!!!"
Polite clapping from the crowd.