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Rep. Stark only member to vote 'present' on Iraq withdrawal bill
AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/23/07 | AP

Posted on 03/23/2007 8:11:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Democratic Rep. Pete Stark of Fremont was the only member of Congress on Friday to vote "present" on a bill setting a deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq.

Stark said he could not support the bill, which passed 218-212-1, because of his strong opposition to the war.

"Throughout my career in Congress, I've voted against defense spending and against war," Stark said. "Building new weapons systems and waging war doesn't solve problems. If the last four years are any indication, it actually makes them worse."

A number of other California liberals who are in the Progressive Caucus and the Out of Iraq Caucus also considered the legislation too weak because it funds ongoing operations in Iraq and sought a quicker withdrawal deadline. The legislation calls for combat troops to be pulled out of Iraq by next year.

However, the liberal groups agreed not to block the legislation, although some individual members voted no anyway.

Stark, who has represented suburban San Francisco voters since 1973, takes pride in being consistently rated the most liberal member of Congress. Last week, he made headlines when he was identified as the only member of Congress to be an atheist.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: iraq; present; stark; withdrawal

1 posted on 03/23/2007 8:11:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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has represented suburban San Francisco voters since 1973,

wow.


2 posted on 03/23/2007 8:12:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

Throughout my career in Congress, I've voted against defense spending and against war," Stark said.


3 posted on 03/23/2007 8:14:11 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! If you are military please sign at: http://appealforcourage.org)
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To: NormsRevenge

Fremont is 60 miles from San Francisco


4 posted on 03/23/2007 8:14:54 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! If you are military please sign at: http://appealforcourage.org)
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, flanked by Republican Presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., talks about the Iraq supplemental legislation he will offer in the Senate, Friday, March 23, 2007, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. . (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)


5 posted on 03/23/2007 8:15:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: bnelson44

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., speaks during a Capitol Hill news conference in this March 4, 2003, file photo. Secular groups applauded Rep. Pete Stark for publicly acknowledging he does not believe in a supreme being. The declaration, they said, makes the California Democrat the highest-ranking elected official — and first congressman — to publicly claim to be an atheist. The American Humanist Association took out an ad in the Washington Post on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, congratulating Stark's stance. (AP Photo/Terry Ashe, file)


Thanks, I know. I live just South of there.

They don't teach geography in Journalism, I reckun. lol


6 posted on 03/23/2007 8:18:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: bnelson44; NormsRevenge
Yet still in the bay area. Don't mean to sound anal, but I recall that Fremont is more like 40 miles from San Fran.

Pelosi represents San Fran, Lantos represents the area immediately to its south. Fortney Stark represents the district adjacent to Lantos.

7 posted on 03/23/2007 8:19:56 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm a nonbeliever, and wouldn't urinate on Fortney if he was on fire.


8 posted on 03/23/2007 8:20:37 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: Clemenza

as a crow flies. ;-)


9 posted on 03/23/2007 8:20:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge
That's because the godless socialist was probably picking his nose and drooling and it was counted as a present vote.

"Throughout my career in Congress, I've voted against defense spending and against war," Stark said.

Throughout your career creep you've voted for the destruction of America.

He represents east bay, Fremont, Hayward, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, etc. This area is a heavy mind-numbed vote Dem even if they ran a pile of excrement as a candidate. .

10 posted on 03/23/2007 8:22:15 PM PDT by A message (We who care, Can Not Fail)
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To: Clemenza

Fremont is in the East Bay below Hayward


11 posted on 03/23/2007 8:22:31 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! If you are military please sign at: http://appealforcourage.org)
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To: Clemenza

We got Zoe Lofgren down here and mine is Mike Honda,, it is a hellhole,, in the South and East Bay ya got Eshoo and Tauscher too..


12 posted on 03/23/2007 8:22:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: Clemenza

Stark represents Hayward, Castro Valley, Fremont and communities. Those are his core voters.


13 posted on 03/23/2007 8:23:04 PM PDT by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: bnelson44

I remember. Stopped there for gas once.


14 posted on 03/23/2007 8:25:23 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: NormsRevenge

...And the only out Atheist in Congress. ...San Francisco family values.


15 posted on 03/23/2007 8:25:45 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NormsRevenge

I have Rush "Professor for Peace" Holt in my area. That's what you get when you have three universities, and the state capitol (read:government workers) within your district.


16 posted on 03/23/2007 8:27:01 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Stark is an atheist. He is the only athiest in Congress. I therefor couldn't care.


17 posted on 03/23/2007 8:31:33 PM PDT by migraines
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To: NormsRevenge
To the best of your knowledge has anyone mentioned the fact that around 9 appropriations bills are still under a CRA?

The Dems are trying to accomplish something with the pork in this bill that they have not been able to accomplish in the last two sessions of Congress. Inflate spending once again.

19 posted on 03/23/2007 8:47:41 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: Baynative

That's one of the reasons I left. I grew up in Santa Clara when we were known for our orchards


20 posted on 03/23/2007 8:52:59 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! If you are military please sign at: http://appealforcourage.org)
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To: NormsRevenge
Democratic Rep. Pete Stark of Fremont was the only member of Congress on Friday to vote "present" on a bill setting a deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq...buffoons - why not pass a bill cutting off funding for cancer treatment in a year? - surely that would make cancer go away - think of how great it would be for Mrs. Edwards...........
21 posted on 03/23/2007 8:53:48 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: NormsRevenge
Click here to listen to Stark Diss a Veteran
23 posted on 03/23/2007 9:10:28 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I'm an atheist, so I guess by the idiot media's logic I should support this guy.

In the real world, I don't give a damn if someone believes in a god or not, if you're not with our troops, I hope there's a Hell for you to burn in.

24 posted on 03/23/2007 9:38:13 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Anti-socialist Bostonian, Anti-Illegal Immigration Bush supporter, Pro-Life Atheist)
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To: rlmorel

The "dissing a veteran" you're talking about was also on Fox News about 2 years ago or so... Pete Stark is an absolute irrelevant nutjob...perfectly poised for representing the SF Bay Area (East Bay). You can watch the video news story that plays the voicemail where he denigrated a constituent who just returned from an overseas deployment to Kosovo. The soldier was just writing to his congressman and got this angry insulting voicemail back. Check out the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djeGqNVXjZE


25 posted on 03/23/2007 9:42:45 PM PDT by johndoe33 (Don't you love the way they "represent us"?!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Nice picture of Pete above. Here's another one from the San Fran Atheists. And you thought Pete was the strange duck!? I like this other dude's haircut...maybe that is standard haircut for an atheist? (no offense intended)

http://www.sfatheists.com/activism/stark.htm

26 posted on 03/23/2007 10:14:52 PM PDT by johndoe33 (Don't you love the way they "represent us"?!)
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To: johndoe33

that guy looks like a dog I saw in a dog show.


27 posted on 03/23/2007 10:19:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Throughout my career in Congress, I've voted against defense spending and against war," Stark said. "Building new weapons systems and waging war doesn't solve problems. If the last four years are any indication, it actually makes them worse."

Thank God he wasn't in Congress during WWII, otherwise there's a real possibility we'd all be speaking German today!

28 posted on 03/23/2007 10:23:04 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: NormsRevenge

I just found this article on San Francisco Chronicle's website from 2003 where they list a bunch of wacky things Pete Stark has done...even the liberal Chronicle was calling for his replacement!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/07/23/ED251350.DTL


29 posted on 03/23/2007 10:26:24 PM PDT by johndoe33 (Don't you love the way they "represent us"?!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Another old article...but it shows the "pattern of behavior" of the congressman. He's not the "hero" that the atheists are hoping for! LookSmart's FindArticles - Stark shoots off his mouth again
Oakland Tribune, May 14, 2004
30 posted on 03/23/2007 10:32:42 PM PDT by johndoe33 (Don't you love the way they "represent us"?!)
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To: NormsRevenge

So, Stark has voted against spending for war throughout his career.

But in this case, he made an exception and didn't vote against it.


31 posted on 03/24/2007 2:45:18 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: NormsRevenge

Now this is a real chickensh*&


32 posted on 03/24/2007 3:19:47 PM PDT by acsrp38 (Dems: Bush is stupid, Bush lied, We was duped!!! -- Bush is stupid)
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To: NormsRevenge

What're we fightin for ---- I don't give a damn


33 posted on 03/24/2007 3:20:41 PM PDT by acsrp38 (Dems: Bush is stupid, Bush lied, We was duped!!! -- Bush is stupid)
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To: Clemenza
Don't mean to sound anal

Don't worry, when talking about San Fran, it's implied.

34 posted on 03/24/2007 3:29:50 PM PDT by kaboom
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