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  • Conservatives in the House Have Only a Veto Power [use it]

    01/05/2015 2:42:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | January 5, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    ".....What conservatives need to understand is that they do not have the power to get their guy elected Speaker. Conservatives now only have the veto power, which is powerful in and of itself. Conservatives can block anyone from being Speaker. They can work together to ensure someone more favorable to themselves is elected, but they themselves cannot pick that person. 29 votes for someone other than Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A can keep Boehner from being Speaker. The odds are that the person the conservatives vote for initially would never become Speaker. Conservatives in the House need to understand that if...
  • New Star Wars films ‘would have bored me’, says Scots actor Denis Lawson [Wedge Antilles]

    05/13/2014 9:28:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    The [U.K.] Courier ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kirsty Topping
    Hollywood actor Denis Lawson has turned down the chance to appear in the new Star Wars films because they would have “bored him”. The Crieff-born star said he had been approached by Disney, which bought Lucasfilm in 2012, but turned them down. The 66-year-old played X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original trilogy. In 2001, he provided the voiceover for the character’s appearance in a Nintendo computer game. Lawson made the revelation at a screening of his most recent film, The Machine, at Strathearn Artspace in his home town. When asked if the next new Denis...
  • Paul Ryan no help to Mitt Romney with Hispanics

    08/15/2012 6:25:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | By EMILY SCHULTHEIS and ALEXANDER BURNS
    Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote by a wider margin than any Republican presidential candidate in over a decade, and strategists in both parties say he may have made a bad situation worse with his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. What’s clear is that Romney’s lagging fortunes among Hispanics are unlikely to receive any boost from choosing a vice presidential candidate who has voted in Congress against the DREAM Act and supports overhauling entitlement programs that are extremely popular among Latino voters. The Republican ticket’s dire position among Latinos has even...
  • Flashback: Obama In 2006 Says, “I’ve Had Enough of Using Terrorism As a Wedge Issue”

    05/02/2012 12:44:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 5/2/12 | zip
    Yeah, but that was before he personally swooped in and took out Osama bin Laden with his bare hands. ( – Speaking in Iowa in 2006, Sen. Barack Obama said, “I’ve had enough of using terrorism as a wedge issue in our politics.” He said the war on terrorism “isn’t supposed to crop up between September and November of even-numbered years.” But as president, Obama and his reelection campaign have consistently raised the issue — repeatedly referring to a 2007 comment by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to suggest that Romney would not have ordered the killing of Osama bin...
  • Obama v. the Catholic Church

    06/01/2009 3:55:39 PM PDT · by jobim · 12 replies · 529+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6/1/09 | HOWARD LURIE
    MANY WHO read this piece will probably say I'm being excessively cynical. I plead guilty. But merely because they're right doesn't mean that I'm wrong. So here goes: I strongly suspect that President Obama's speech at Notre Dame's commencement was an attempt to separate Catholics from the teachings of their church.... In the absence of any rational explanation for wanting the debate to go on, and excluding an irrational one, I'm ultimately led to a rational, if sinister, motivation on the president's part.
  • A Split Emerges as Conservatives Discuss Darwin

    05/05/2007 6:10:09 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 137 replies · 2,833+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5 May 2007 | Patricia Cohen
    ...On one level the debate can be seen as a polite discussion of political theory among the members of a small group of intellectuals. But the argument also exposes tensions within the Republicans’ “big tent,” as could be seen Thursday night when the party’s 10 candidates for president were asked during their first debate whether they believed in evolution. Three — Senator Sam Brownback; Mike Huckabee; and Tom Tancredo of Colorado — indicated they did not. ...The reference to stem cells suggests just how wide the split is. “The current debate is not primarily about religious fundamentalism,” Mr. West, the...
  • Rabbis express unprecedented criticism of American evangelical support for Israel

    05/12/2004 12:24:21 PM PDT · by missyme · 429 replies · 410+ views
    CBS ^ | May 10th, 2004 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM (AP) Prominent Israeli rabbis are for the first time speaking out against Israel's profitable alliance with evangelical Christians in the United States who have funneled tens of millions of dollars to the Jewish state. The rabbis fear the Christians' real intent is to convert Jews, their aides said Monday. Others are concerned about the evangelicals' support for Israel's extreme right-wing, opposing any compromise with the Palestinians. The dispute touches on an increasingly sensitive issue in Israel: the country's dependence, both economically and politically, on conservative American Christians. Besides contributing tidy sums to projects in Israel, some evangelical Christians have...
  • Vote set on bill on unborn victims this Week, LACY AND CONNER PETERSON ACT, DEMS CALL WEDGE ISSUE

    02/22/2004 9:20:44 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 8 replies · 307+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2004 | Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan
    <p>The House this week will set up an election-year showdown over fetal-homicide legislation targeting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and a handful of Texas Democrats who have opposed such bills in the past. The bill, called the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, would legally recognize two victims when a pregnant woman and her unborn child are harmed or killed. Polls show the idea is favored by a majority of the public, and the issue is being pushed strongly by the California family of slaying victim Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner, as well as the Lyons of Kentucky, whose pregnant daughter, Ashley, and her unborn son, Landon, were killed in January. House Republican leaders expect to vote on the bill Thursday. Twenty-nine states — including California, where Scott Peterson is facing double-murder charges for the death of his wife, Laci, and their son — recognize the unborn as homicide victims in crimes, either throughout the pregnancy or after a certain stage. The Lyons case so mobilized the public there that state lawmakers quickly passed a fetal-homicide law this month. At the federal level, the House has approved such legislation twice, but the Senate has never voted on it. Senate Republican leaders want to bring up the bill soon, even though Democrats have successfully stalled its consideration in the past. President Bush supports the bill and Republican leaders say it's both good policy and good politics. "It has a residual effect in the campaign, but it is a policy we pursued two years before the presidential election," said Stuart Roy, spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican. Opponents of the measure, including Democratic front-runner Mr. Kerry, have said it will undermine abortion rights by recognizing a fetus as a separate person with legal rights, while backers of the bill say there are clearly two victims when a pregnant woman is attacked. "There's overwhelming support for making an unborn baby who's been murdered as a separate murder than the mother," Mr. Roy said. "But the Democratic presidential candidates running in a primary have to take a position that puts themselves far out of the mainstream to a normal general election voter." There are a handful of Texas Democrats in the House being targeted by the vote on the legislation as well, including Reps. Martin Frost and Lloyd Doggett. They're among the Democrats who didn't vote for the bill last time, but face somewhat of a predicament this time, since Texas redistricting has made their districts more conservative. Congressional Democrats have pushed an alternative version of the bill that would increase penalties for crimes against pregnant women without recognizing the fetus as a second victim. Senate Democrats will offer this "one-victim" approach when the bill is considered there, and it's not clear which version will pass. A statement from Mr. Kerry's office this week indicated he would support such an alternative. But victims' families reject this approach. A May 2003 Newsweek poll found 84 percent think that when a pregnant woman and her fetus are killed, the attacker should face two murder charges instead of one. The legislation before the House this week would make it a separate crime to hurt or kill a fetus at any stage of pregnancy during the commission of about 68 federal crimes against the pregnant woman. The bill would explicitly exempt legal abortion, but in an e-mail response to a constituent in June, Mr. Kerry disagreed, saying it would "clearly impact" abortion rights. "I have serious concerns about this legislation because the law cannot simultaneously provide that a fetus is a human being and protect the right of the mother to choose to terminate her pregnancy. Therefore, I do not support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act," he said in his e-mail. Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, wrote to Mr. Kerry in July to convince him otherwise. She argued that California's fetal-homicide law has been around since 1970 and hasn't affected abortion rights there at all. "What I find difficult to understand is why groups and senators who champion the pro-choice cause are blind to the fact that these two-victim crimes are the ultimate violation of choice," Mrs. Rocha said.</p>
  • The Pink Triangle Wedge? (gay marriage to split black votes from dems)

    08/06/2003 7:25:52 AM PDT · by visagoth · 53 replies · 1,467+ views
    Fraters Liberatas ^ | 7/5/2003 | The Elder
    Tuesday, August 05, 2003 The Pink Triangle Wedge? In the 2000 election only 10% of African-American voters pulled the lever (or punched the chad) for Bush. Obviously these are dismal numbers which the Bush team would certainly love to improve upon come 2004. The recent brouhaha over gay marriage may be the issue they use to try to chip away at what has become a Democratic stranglehold on the black vote. A Gallup Poll conducted on July 25-27 shows that support for legalized homosexual relations among blacks has dropped to 35%. While most African-Americans have embraced the broad positions of...