Okay, so this isn't an Olympics thread but Ben Agosto is Jewish.
Why did Georgetown University host a divestment forum? Please remind me...
"I’m not surprised that they would attempt to create a false veneer of legitimacy by promoting their cause through the mouths of Jews and Israelis," said David Friedman, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, one of several organizations that had helped organized counter-events. "It doesn’t matter who is speaking; what matters is the content of the message, and that message of an analogy between South African apartheid and Zionism is false and extreme."[...]Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen has called for a state takeover of local jails.
"What was so depressing was that all the speakers I heard, many of whom seem highly intelligent, reduce all the problems in the region to Zionism," said David Sinkman, a law student at Georgetown Law Center.
Sinkman was one of a small number of pro-Israel Georgetown students to attend the conference. Jonathan Aires, chair of the school’s spring pro-Israel festival, said that many pro-Israel students were not planning to attend. Instead, the university sponsored an open house for pro-Israel students on Saturday. Aires said 40 attended the informal event.
Friedman lauded the Georgetown administration’s efforts in making the atmosphere comfortable for Jews and the conference open to the public. "I think they did a very masterful, responsible job at every level in ensuring that Jews felt safe and secure in their membership in the Georgetown community throughout this time," he said.
Dan Borsch, who has recently taken the job of campaign manager of John Yarmuth's congressional campaign, will step down as president of the Louisville-Jefferson County Young Democrats. While I tried to, but didn't quite have the time, attend meetings, I've met him once and spoken many of times on the phone with him. He's got a great future ahead of him and should be commended for his service to the Democratic Party.
Not surprising. But what else would you expect from Jon Stewart?
Tom Delay will be brought down.
Hollywood celebrities and prominent corporate executives have poured thousands of dollars into the campaign of former Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Texas) to knock off Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas).
Screenwriter and producer Norman Lear, director Rob Reiner, actress and singer Barbara Streisand and musician Don Henley have written checks to Lampson, according to politicalmoneyline.com, a website that tracks campaign contributions.
Reiner and Streisand kicked in $1,000, and Lear and Henley sent Lampson $4,200.[...]
Lampson also has scooped up money from the chief executives of major corporations. Andrew Rappaport, a major investor and philanthropist, and his wife, Deborah, donated $2,100 each. Lawrence Tesler, CEO of Yahoo; Arnold Hiatt, CEO of the Stride Rite Foundation; and Richard Thalheimer, CEO of the Sharper Image; and George Zimmer, CEO of Men’s Wearhouse, wrote $1,000 checks to Lampson.
Former politicians, such as, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), have helped out as well.
Daschle directed $10,000 from his leftover campaign chest to Lampson, and Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), Rep. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.) and Rep. John LaFalce (D-N.Y.) each sent $1,000 checks. President Clinton’s first chief of staff, Mack McClarty, gave $500.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) have contributed $10,000 each from their leadership PACs, and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has donated $5,000.
Republicans have fans in Hollywood, too, including Kelsey Grammer, Drew Carey, Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck, Bo Derek, Johnny Mathis, Dennis Miller and Shannen Doherty. But besides appearing at GOP conventions, they have made no contributions for this cycle, a search of records found.