Thursday, December 08, 2005

Massive Post

Yesterday was a depressing day as it always is. I refrained from more than two posts for a change. However, this will be a long read.

WaPo has a recap of the Warner fundraiser. It raised $2.5 million.
Reiley said last night's fundraiser was supposed to include a private, intimate reception with Warner and the people who chose to become founding members by paying $5,000, the maximum allowed under federal law. But she said organizers canceled the smaller reception after the vast majority of guests paid the maximum.

Even with his success yesterday, Warner is playing a game of financial catch-up with some of the other presumed candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sens. Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are raising millions of dollars with their Senate reelection committees. Unused money in those accounts can be used to run for president.

But any money Warner raises for Forward Together, which is considered a leadership committee, cannot directly be used to run for national office. Eventually, Warner will have to create an exploratory committee to raise money specifically for a presidential campaign.

"He needs to be raising hard money as soon as he can" said Chuck Todd, editor of the Hotline, a political newsletter. "There's only so much that the leadership PAC can do."
I applaud everyone who voted against bias.
The resolution, initiated by Rep. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.) urged "member states of the United Nations to stop supporting resolutions that unfairly castigate Israel and promote within the United Nations General Assembly more balanced and constructive approaches to resolving conflict in the Middle East."

It passed 400-1, with only Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), a vocal critic of Israel, voting against.
Evan Bayh endorses New Hampshire and Iowa first with no states in between.

The United Syngogues of Conservative Judaism have reaffirmed support for abortion rights.
The Conservative movement passed a resolution Tuesday affirming a woman’s right to a halachically-permitted abortion.

But the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, meeting at its biennial convention in Boston, did not accept an amendment dealing with judicial nominees. The resolution on reproductive choice calls on the USCJ to "register its opinion on court cases and administrative agency actions (and any government action)" that might impact a woman’s access to an abortion that she and her rabbi have deemed in accordance with Jewish law. An amendment that would have added “or judicial nominations” to the sentence was struck down.

The USCJ also passed resolutions on hunger relief, family violence, U.N. treatment of Israel, divestment from Israel, religious freedom in the workplace and immigration reform.
Props to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation preventing companies from denying life insurance to people who travel to Israel. The Life Insurance Fairness for Travelers Act passed the House on Wednesday as part of the extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the bill says companies must make available coverage that does not preclude legal foreign travel, and also restricts premiums for such travel. The measure, which passed 371-49, still must be included in a conference committee version of the legislation.
Paul McCartney has been nominated for a few Grammys: Album of the Year (Chaos and Creation in the Backyard)and Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Fine Line"). Producer Nigel Godrich was nominated as a producer on a non-classical album. Coldplay, Eric Clapton, and the Stones were also nominated. The Grammys will be on CBS coming February 8th.

New Hampshire Congressional candidate Peter Sullivan backs the Obama-Lugar nonproliferation initiative.
This is an idea whose time has come. It is heartening to realize that at least two members of the Senate are willing and able to put partisan gamesmanship aside for the sake of national security.
The Texas Rangers may be trying to woo Matt Morris.

On Monday, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will announce his selection of Delegate Anthony Brown as his choice for Lt. Governor.
When I was considering this choice, I had three criteria: a person who is ready to assume the responsibilities of Governor, if needed; someone who shares my values and vision for our state; and someone with whom I could work closely as a partner to move our state forward. Anthony Brown is a tested leader - as Majority Whip and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. We share the same dreams for the people of our state. And among many outstanding public servants, he was the clear choice.
Governor-elect Tim Kaine plans to be inaugurated in Williamsburg. He will be the first one since Thomas Jefferson to be inaugurated there.

Jon Stewart responds to Bill O'Reilly. Here's the whole transcript:
STEWART: I want to begin with something a little more personal than usual. As many in the audience know -- that are out there watching -- there is a war on Christmas.


STEWART: It's been devastating -- don't even know if there will be a Christmas this year. My guess is yes. But what you may not know is who's been waging this war on Christmas. Well, as it turns out, it's me.


O'REILLY [video clip of December 2 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor]: Predictably, the opponents of public displays of Christmas continue to put forth counter-arguments on 'Secular Central.' I -- I mean, Comedy Central. They said this:

SAMANTHA BEE [video clip]: Christmas: It's the only religious holiday that's also a federal holiday. That way, Christians can go to their services and everyone else can stay home and reflect on the true meaning of separation of church and state.


O'REILLY: And a Merry Christmas to you, Jon Stewart.


STEWART: Well, thank you. And let me say to you, Bill O'Reilly, and the entire O'Reilly clan: "Feliz Navidad." Although I'm sure you're concerned that that's getting too prevalent as well in this country. Secondly, you mentioned here at "Secular Central" -- or as I call it, "G-dless Central" -- that we keep putting forth counter-arguments against Christmas. But I don't recall that clip that you showed there, but, you know what, I'll ask Samantha Bee. She was in that clip. Sam, can you come out, please?

BEE: Hey, Jon.

STEWART: Hey! Samantha Bee, everybody. Let me ask you a question: Do you -- you filed that report on Christmas.

BEE: I did.

STEWART: Do you remember when we did that?

BEE: Well, let's see. Can we take a look?

STEWART: Do you want to take a look at the clip? Sure.

BEE [video clip]: It's the only religious holiday that's also a federal holiday. That way Christians can go to their services and everyone else can stay home and reflect on the true meaning of separation of church and state.

STEWART: You see, I mean, is that -- is that recent? Was that last week?

BEE: I got it. You know what? That clip was from last December.

STEWART: Now, how do you know that?

BEE: Well, it's subtle but it's -- it's unmistakable, Jon. My highlights. You see those there? Those are honey. These, clearly, caramel. Apparently, Mr. O'Reilly thought that nobody would notice. So -- Oh! Oh, my goodness! My water just broke.


STEWART: Oh, OK. All right. Sam Bee, everybody. I didn't -- didn't realize --


STEWART: By the way, if that baby in there turns out to be Jesus, somebody owes somebody an apology.


STEWART: But apparently, we liberal secular fags here at Comedy Central --


STEWART: -- have fired a devastating year-old six-second-long joke that doesn't barely even make any sense to us anymore across the bow of Christianity. When you think of liberals, your thoughts naturally turn to others who are fighting against Christmas like the Puritans: the first white Americans who banned Christmas celebrations for 22 years in Boston because they deemed all of them unseemly. Godless pricks.


STEWART: Mr. O'Reilly also objects, obviously, to the use of the phrase "Happy Holidays" as anti-Christian, although, for some people, there is also a -- a celebration of the New Year. So Christmas and the New Year are actually two holidays, so there is a plural, which in the English language necessitates the use of the letter "S." Now, I suppose you could say "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" but you probably have (expletive) to do.

[laughter, applause]

STEWART: You shorten it to "Happy Holidays."


STEWART: Not everybody who says that is anti-Christian, but for those of you who don't feel like you want to be idiots walking around starting on November 27 saying "Merry Christmas" to people, knock yourself out. You know what, it's OK. If Bill O'Reilly needs to have an enemy, needs to feel persecuted, you know what? Here's my Kwanzaa gift to him. Are you ready? All right. I'm your enemy. Make me your enemy. I, Jon Stewart, hate Christmas, Christians, Jews, morality, and I will not rest until every year families gather to spend December 25th together at Osama's homo-abortion-pot-and-commie-jizzporium.



I blogged this over at the Mike Weaver for Congress blog earlier this evening:
This came right off the Associated Press:
Democrat Mike Weaver, who is running for Congress in Kentucky's 2nd District, said such declarations of success are premature. Weaver said Iraq is plagued by high unemployment, crumbling infrastructure and sectarian conflict that could turn into civil war.

"A success story is if we had solved all those problems, but we haven't solved those problems yet," Weaver said in a phone interview. "And I'm not sure we can solve it for them."[...]

Weaver, a retired Army colonel who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, said that mischaracterized how most Democrats view Iraq.

"I don't think the majority of Democrats would want to cut and run now or cut and run at any time," said Weaver, who is challenging Republican Rep. Ron Lewis. "They want to bring this to a conclusion, but they desperately want for this administration to have a plan to do that."
This comes as Senator Mitch McConnell calls the Iraq mission a success story.

To George Clooney, come back to Kentucky! Keep your distance from Jay Leno. He's a bit under the weather. I'm watching The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He spoke about a subject I won't get into for fear that Bill O'Reilly will mention. George said that Brad and Angelina will get married at his Italy home this week. He wants to start that rumor. What joke on Arnie? How could he outdrink an Irishman? This was during Batman and Robin. "They charge me for that one." Pete Schnobs (sp?) George paid the waitress for shots of water. Arnie had 15 shots! Right after that, he ran for governor. Commercial time.

Apparently, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to quit the Senate and join the NASCAR league.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today stunned her Senate colleagues and New York voters by announcing that she will not continue her quest for a second term as New York's junior senator.

Appearing at a Capitol Hill press conference in a NASCAR cap memorializing the #3 of the late stock car driver, Dale Earnhardt, and sporting a satin jacket adorned with the logos of the Penske Racing Team and its myriad of sponsors, Clinton said she was quitting the Senate to pursue her "long held dream of becoming a stock car racer."

"I've always been in love with the smell of the pits, the roar of the engines, the flat-out, white-knuckle speed of stock car racing," Clinton said, in announcing the withdrawal of her candidacy for a second term. "This has been a secret passion of mine for many, many years, as have elk hunting and bass fishing."

Her Senate colleague from New York, Charles Schumer, was baffled by her announcement.

"It must have been a double secret passion," Schumer said. "I've been around Hillary quite a bit over the past six years and I can't recall her ever mentioning NASCAR or stock car racing. Nevermind bass fishing or elk hunting."
Before you ask whether that is true or not, or whether it has been confirmed, click on the actual link to find out. It is a very good read.

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