Thursday, November 02, 2006

News And Views

I just saw Jerry Falwell on CNN. He made the usual wild statements but one hovered above all others. He said concerning the Mark Foley episode that they had made it through Bill Clinton and the Foley matter was minuscule in comparison. What the hell!@? Now we know the right wing Christians see pedophilia as a smaller issue than consensual sex between two adults. This must be the Republican Jesus I mentioned the other day. As a matter of fact it is a good Republican Jesus fit. More false religion. Speaking of that, from the Denver Post:
Ted Haggard, one of the most prominent evangelical pastors in the nation, resigned today as president of the National Association of Evangelicals amid allegations that he carried on a three-year sexual relationship with a male prostitute. Haggard, founder of the 14,000-member New Life Church, has denied the accusations but said in a statement released by the church today that he could "not continue to minister under the cloud ....hope to be able to discuss this matter in more detail at a later date," Haggard's statement said. The former prostitute, Mike Jones, 49, of Denver, went public with the accusations on Tuesday, saying he felt compelled to do so because he believes Haggard, a strong opponent of same-sex unions, has been hypocritical. Haggard is married with five children. .....Jones says he was contacted three years ago by Haggard for sex - he thinks through a gay newspaper advertisement or an online ad he posted on Today, Jones showed the Denver Post an envelope addressed to him from "Art," a name Jones says Haggard used - sent from an address in Colorado Springs. Jones said the envelope came to him with two $100 bills inside. Jones also played a recording of a voicemail left for Jones from "Art." Jones refused to reveal what the topic of the voicemail was about because there could be legal problems and he wants to consult with an attorney. Ok, innocent until proven guilty, but there appears to be more gays in high places in the Republican Party faithful, be it in the closet, than in the Democratic Party. Maybe those Log Cabin Republicans know something we don't. Republican Jesus.

The rich get richer..faster:
Over the past quarter-century, and especially in the last 10 years, America's very rich have grown much richer. No one else fared as well. In 2004, the richest 1 percent of households - 719,910 of them, with an average annual income of $326,720 - had 19.8 percent of the entire nation's pretax income. That's up from 17.8 percent a year earlier. The study...also found that the richest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans - 129,584 households in 2004 - reported income equal to 9.5 percent of national pretax income... However, median, or midpoint, family income rose only 1.6 percent between 2001 and 2004...Those are very sluggish income-growth rates compared with the four years between 1998 and 2001, when median family income grew by 9.5 percent and median family real net worth grew by 10.3 percent. Education has widened income inequality...But education hasn't been a ticket to income growth lately. Between 2000 and 2005, workers with four-year college degrees saw their wages fall 3.1 percent, adjusted for inflation. Some conservatives fear that Democrats will seek to redistribute wealth by revamping the tax code to address income inequality. They defend the status quo by pointing to tax data showing that the rich contribute the greatest share of taxes. In 2003, the wealthiest 10 percent held 37.2 percent of national income, a 50.2 percent share of all federal tax liabilities and a 69.6 percent share of individual income tax liabilities, according to a Congressional Budget Office tax study.
7 % of the population works at minimum wage and 12% are below the poverty level. That many again are not far from it. Can you say can't get blood from a turnip? Can you say greedy unpatriotic rich? Not all of them of course, just the whiners. More equitable pay and emphasis on work over wealth when writing tax policy would go far to fix this problem. Is it a problem? Look at the graphic on the linked page. The highest gap was right before the great depression.

Fair and Balanced is up to it again: The only thing they have is FEAR its self.

Republican leader insults our military.
According to the #2 Republican in the US House, Congressman John Boehner, the Iraq mess is all the fault of the US troops on the ground in Iraq. Boehner only moments ago had the following to say about who is to blame for Iraq:

GOP HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER JOHN BOEHNER: Let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld.

WOLF BLITZER: But he's in charge of the military.
BOEHNER: But the fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president.....Do Republican candidates around the country agree that the Iraq mess is the fault of US troops in Iraq?
Of course we also have Rumsfeld saying right to the troops face that we go to war with the military we have not the one we want. Or the Presnit making a joke out of the search for weapons of mass destruction. The idea that Republican patriots are anymore patriotic or moral or keeping us safer etc. than Democratic patriots is a stretch at the least. Only better to Republican Jesus.

Rummy, Cheney, you're doin a heck of a job. And whatever else Cheney told him to say. He has the judgment of a trailer park crack whore with 8 children.

Anne Coulter uses her vote for voter fraud.- If she goes to jail does she go to the mens or womens prison?

Checked out Mike Malloy yet? He's sounding great!


Blogger Ron said...

Anonymous said...
Have noticed comments at different blogs and news sources that pastor Ted Haggard
actually supported some evangelical environmental concerns and opposed the administration's torture policies in the MidEast. Can anyone confirm on this? If so, could this have been a dirty tricks payback even if he did what he was accused of? Keep info on people and then use it when they don't get in line. J Edgar Hoover used this technique for decades. Also, in the world of Greed Worship the resources of Haggard's ministry could be more effectively used by a better team player. That's what happened to the Bakkers.

Larry in New Mexico

Larry..hope you don't mind that I transfered your comment to the post that discusses what you mention. It will make it easier for others to follow along. :-)

11:38 AM, November 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Ron.

Larry in New Mexico

11:40 AM, November 05, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

The evangelicals as a whole have started moving toward the enviromental concerns and global warming. Only makes sense since it is Gods creation. Not sure about his view on torture. Bizarre but you never know these days until you hear it. I do know that Falwell and others of his ilk were upset that he was against condemning muslums to the extent the radical right does. Regardless he was a christofascist who was in favor of a theocratic country and recieved an audience with the president by phone at least on a weekly basis. No great loss but it will be like fighting the islamists..there will just be another one to pop up in his place.

11:46 AM, November 05, 2006  
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