Race card, political correctness charges in 3rd C.D. race
by Bob Hague & Paul Knoff, WCCN
Race is becoming an issue in the Third Congressional District, where Republican Paul R. Nelson says he’s speaking the truth and fighting political correctness.
Nelson first drew attention by calling for the profiling of young Muslim men. Asked how to identify those who could be singled out, Nelson said that "if he comes in wearing a turban and his name is Mohammed, that's a good start." Another key issue for Nelson, illegal immigration, is also racially charged, but he insists he's no racist. The problem, says Nelson, is political correctness. "There are some things you can't even talk about, without being accused of being a racist," says Nelson. "It's not being unreasonable, to ask people to follow the law."
Democratic incumbent Kind says he's disappointed with the "level of debate" coming from his opponent. "He's also fond of wearing this tee shirt that says 'Vote for Pedro,' and he has 'Pedro" crossed out and 'Paul' underneath it," says Kind. "There are racial undertones to that."
Nelson was dealt a blow this week when the head of the 3rd District GOP blasted his own candidate’s controversial TV ad that boldly states “Ron Kind pays for sex, but not for soldiers”, referring to a series of National Institute of Health Grants which Kind voted for in Congress. Gary Arneson called the ads "below the belt" and "unbecoming" of a Republican candidate.
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at 10/13/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
"I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process."
-- Barry Goldwater
"Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."
-- Barry Goldwater
Read more about Goldwater and the religious right.
at 10/13/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
"Some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders were known in the office of presidential political strategist Karl Rove as “the nuts.”
“National Christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as ‘ridiculous,’ ‘out of control,’ and just plain ‘goofy,’”
Book says Bush just using Christians
see MSNBC article
“Tempting Faith’s” author is David Kuo, who served as special assistant to the president from 2001 to 2003. A self-described conservative Christian.
Fake Based Initiative
"In fact, when Bush asks Kuo how much money was being spent on “compassion” social programs, Kuo claims he discovered the amount was $20 million a year less than during the Clinton Administration."
at 10/12/2006 Posted by Mikhail Ivanovich
Republican U.S. congressional candidate Paul R. Nelson defended a controversial Internet ad Wednesday, while another GOP leader called it “below the belt.”
Late Tuesday, Gary Arneson, chairman of the 3rd Congressional District GOP, contacted the Tribune with a statement on Nelson’s ad.
“I disapprove of Paul Nelson’s controversial ad. No one wants to replace Ron Kind more than I do. But to say Ron Kind pays for sex is below the belt and unbecoming of a Republican candidate for Congress,” Arneson said. “I disagree with Ron Kind, but even he doesn’t deserve that. Ron is a politician, and he can take it. But his young boys should not have to hear such insinuations and now they have.”
It is an ad, Nelson boasts, that "the mainstream media won't show!"
And for obvious reasons.
"Ron Kind," the ad continues, "even spent your tax dollars to pay teenage girls to watch pornographic movies with probes connected to their genitalia. Ron Kind pays for sex but not for soldiers."
Nelson's ad so irked state Republican leaders that it merited a call last week from Wisconsin Republican Party Executive Director Rick Wiley to Kind's campaign manager, Matt Sweeney, in which, Kind said, Wiley took pains to "denounce" it.
Wiley acknowledged Monday that he called Sweeney about the advertisement last week but said the discussion was "off the record." He said he called Sweeney only to weigh in on what he thought about it.
So what does he think about it?
"It's not a good ad. There is no doubt about it," Wiley said. "(Nelson) would be better served if he sticks to the issues out there that folks want to hear about."
"...fortunately, some leaders in the Republican Party have chosen to turn their backs on Paul. This is the kind of weak-kneed leadership that grass-roots activists have been complaining about," Muller said.
Nelson said he recently got a call from Wiley.
"Mr. Wiley expressed his unhappiness with us," Nelson said. "We told him we thought the ad accurately depicts the shameful, deplorable waste of government dollars that we say it does."
Nelson said he did not conceive the ad. In fact, it originally wasn't even his; the advertisement was put together for a congressional hopeful in North Carolina. Nelson said he paid its producer something less than $5,000 to fashion it to target Kind.
"Most voters don't believe this actually happened. They think, at best, this was buried in some large appropriations bill," Nelson said. "This is not the case. (Kind) voted . . . in the middle of the day on a roll call vote . . . They were voting specifically on these (National Institutes of Health) studies."
That vote, according to the non-partisan Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, was on a failed Republican-sponsored amendment in July 2003 to deny funding for five research grants for studies that "had such stated goals as slowing the spread of AIDS, understanding homosexuality and improving the lives of senior citizens as their sexual function declines."
The measure failed 210-212.
As for the teen girls referenced in the ad, "this grant actually proposed to study sexual arousal in 180 lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual 'women' and makes no mention of 'teenage girls' as test subjects as the ad claims," according to the center.
The Annenberg Center reviewed the version of the ad launched by North Carolina Republican hopeful Vernon Robinson. Nelson recycled the same ad, with some minor tweaks.
It's one thing to run a dirty campaign. That just shows the desperation of this campaign. Theyre willing to go to any extreme. It's apparently quite another to run one so dirty it rates an XXX.
Republican challenger and political newcomer Paul R. Nelson has taken his race against five-term U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) to apparently new territory in Wisconsin politics. Consider his latest video advertisement, which is so far too lewd to find a home on television in western Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District.
When asked how the ad ties together truth and reality, Nelson said: "There is an enormous disconnect between the way American families live their lives and what goes on in Washington, D.C."
On a related matter to sex and teenagers, former Florida Congressman Mark Foley said,"The Adam Walsh Act is the most comprehensive piece of child protection legislation this Congress has ever considered. The bill creates, among other things, new State and Federal regulations, community notification requirements, as well as new Federal criminal penalties for sex offenders."
Foley added, ""It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."
When asked for a comment as to whether or not the Republican Party is God's Party, James Dobson said, "As it turns out, Mr. Foley has had illicit sex with no one that we know of, and the whole thing turned out to be what some people are now saying was a -- sort of a joke by the boy and some of the other pages."
at 10/12/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
Hockey dad convicted in strangling of coach
A Toronto hockey dad has been found guilty of assault causing bodily harm for strangling his eight-year-old son's coach at a minor league game last year. Brad Desrocher, 48, showed little expression as he left the North York courthouse Friday.
Read more about Paul's favorite hockey dads.
Junta convicted of lesser charge in hockey death
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Jurors found Thomas Junta guilty Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of Michael Costin, 40, at a hockey practice attended by sons of both men.
Junta, 44, stood in the courtroom, his head bowed, biting his lower lip as he heard the verdict. He was led away by a bailiff.
Read about the hockey dad from hell.
If elected, maybe Paul R. Nelson will push for a bill that allows hockey dads to wear concealed weapons while in the coaching box.
Paul R. Nelson opposes partial-birth abortions.*
*FOX Factoid: There are more hockey-related deaths annually than partial-birth abortions.
at 10/12/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
When Creepy Republicans Say Paul Nelson Is Creepy, He Must Be Really Creepy!
Rick Wiley, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, has called Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s campaign and disavowed a controversial ad by Kind’s opponent, Paul R. Nelson.
“When I viewed it, I thought it was a terrible ad,” Wiley told me Monday, confirming he’d called Kind campaign manager Matt Sweeney last week. “The debate needs to focus on the issues,” Wiley said, adding he’s “not sure of the accuracy of the facts” in the ad.
Thursday, Nelson’s campaign issued a news release announcing the ad, which so far can be seen only on the Internet. Some television stations in the district have refused to air it.
The ad, which actually is recycled from a North Carolina congressional campaign, criticizes Kind’s votes against defense spending while also voting against cutting funding for five studies by the National Institutes of Health that involved sexuality.
“Ron Kind pays for sex, but not for soldiers,” the ad’s narrator intones. It also includes references to “masturbation habits of old men” and paying “teenage girls to watch pornographic movies with probes connected to their genitalia.”
Slither through Paul's poltical slime fest.
Click here to see the ad the GOP disowns.
"Gee Mr. Rove, the closer it gets to November 7th, the more crowded it is under your desk." Paul
at 10/11/2006 Posted by Dratsum
From Moyers on America
"Abramoff came under intense public scrutiny through hearings in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in late September 2004. Those hearings laid out allegations of exorbitant fees, back-door deals and improper influencing of tribal elections. Abramoff invoked his Fifth Amendment right to silence throughout the hearings. It's now clear that Abramoff and his allies engaged in numerous questionable practices."
The Abramoff trail also leads to the Marianas, a US territory in the Pacific that Congress exempted from the U.S. minimum wage and immigration laws. The islands are home to Chinese-owned factories, where low-wage workers were imported from China and the Philippines and forced into slave labor conditions, living in squalid shacks behind barbed wire, to produce "Made in the USA" goods. As pressure built in the mid-1990s for a bill to impose U.S. laws on the islands, Abramoff was pitching his client-the government of the Marianas-as a regulation-free paradise and taking lawmakers, including Former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay (R-TX), there on luxury junkets. "Capitol Crimes" lays out how Abramoff's influence with DeLay kept reform legislation from ever being debated on the floor of the House. Former Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK), who sponsored legislation after seeing the appalling working conditions in the Marianas first hand, asks: "How could we have, in the United States, working conditions like this under the U.S. flag?"
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Republican Representative Bob Ney (Ohio)
The fallout from the Jack Abramoff scandal continues. On September 15, 2006, Representative Bob Ney of Ohio agreed to plead guilty to federal corruption charges. As THE NEW YORK TIMES put it "Representative Bob Ney of Ohio admitted Friday that he had effectively put his office up for sale to corrupt Washington lobbyists and a foreign businessman in exchange for illegal gifts that included lavish overseas trips, the use of skyboxes at sports arenas in the Washington area and thousands of dollars worth of gambling chips from London casinos." It was Ney's ties to Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to corrupt public officials, that brought him under scrutiny.
More Friends of Jack: At Jackin the House
at 10/11/2006 Posted by Andy Rand
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Will Media Finally Count the Dead in Iraq?
From the beginning, the U.S. military refused to count -- and the American media rarely probed -- civilian casualties as the result of our invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now a new study places the number at 600,000, more or less. Why is the AP playing up the view that the report is nothing but "politics"?
By Greg Mitchell
(October 11, 2006) -- From the beginning, the U.S. military refused to count -- and the American media rarely probed -- civilian casualties as the result of our invasion of Iraq in 2003.
For the longest time these deaths were rarely mentioned at all. In recent months, they do appear nearly every day or two, usually in relation to several dozen bodies discovered around Baghdad with holes drilled in their skulls or showing other forms of torture. We also now learn about U.S. soldiers arrested for killing innocent cvilians. Even so, the press almost never attempts to quantify the Iraqi death toll.
Read more @ Editor and Publisher.
at 10/11/2006 Posted by Dratsum
The choice of a home school dad for a vacant seat in Frederic, Wis., prompted some to question his motivations, and the board's.
FREDERIC, WIS. - As a local businessman, volunteer firefighter and dad of two, Lee Jensen seemed like an easy choice for this small Polk County town's school board. But he's also a dad who has home-schooled his kids for a decade.
Jensen's recent appointment to the board that oversees Frederic's public schools has upset many of the town's residents, who packed a Sept. 18 meeting to ask Jensen why he took the job, and ask school board members why they appointed him.
Read more @ Star Tribune.
Democratic National Convention, Agenda - 2008
7:00 P.M. Opening flag burning.
7:15 P.M. Pledge of allegiance to U.N.
7:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy - a toast
7:30 P.M. Nonreligious prayer and worship. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.
8:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy - a toast.
8:05 P.M. Ceremonial tree hugging.
8:15- 8:30 P.M. Gay Wedding -Barney Frank Presiding.
8:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy - a toast.
8:35 P.M. Free Saddam Rally. Cindy Sheehan , Susan Sarandon.
9:00 P.M. Keynote speech. The President Jacques Chirac
9:15 P.M. Ted Kennedy - a toast.
9:20 P.M. Collection to benefit Osama Bin Laden kidney transplant fund
9:30 P.M. Unveiling of plan to free freedom fighters from Guantanamo Bay, by Sean Penn
9:40 P.M. Why I hate the Military, A short talk by William Jefferson Clinton
9:45 P.M. Ted Kennedy - a toast
9:50 P.M. Dan Rather presented Truth in Broadcasting award, presented by Michael Moore
9:55 P.M. Ted Kennedy - a toast
10:00 P.M. How George Bush and Don Rumsfeld brought down the World Trade Center Towers, by Howard Dean
10:30 P.M. Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Mahmud Ahnadinejad
11:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy - a toast
11:05 P.M. Al Gore reinvents Internet
11:15 P.M. Our Troops are War Criminals - John Kerry
1:30 P.M. Coronation Of Mrs. Rodham Clinton
12:00 A.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
12:05 A.M. Bill asks Ted to drive Hillary home.
Ten Commandments - Minnesota Style
1. Der's only one God, ya know.
2. Don't make that fish on yur mantle an idol.
3. Cussing ain't Minnesota nice.
4. Go to church even when yur up nort.
5. Honor yur folks.
6. Don't kill. Catch and release.
7. There is only one Lena for every Ole. No cheatin.
8. If it ain't yur lutefisk, don't take it.
9. Don't be braggin 'bout how much snow ya shoveled.
10. Keep yur mind off your neighbor's hotdish.
at 10/11/2006 Posted by Lit'l Bill Almighty
Read: GOP Poodle Neil Cavuto Rings the "It's George Soros's Fault" Bell re Mark Foley.
Foley's Reputed Visit to the Page Dormitory: Oct 10, 2006 — House speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., tries to change the subject. But the accusations about Hastert subordinates who were apparently told about Congressman Mark Foley's questionable behavior keep coming.
Hastert spoke to reporters Tuesday, insisting that he and the GOP House leadership had done nothing wrong in the House page scandal involving ex-Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla. The speaker heralded the economy: "We've lowered people's taxes. They have more money in their pockets to spend," he said...(not to mention their self-esteem.)
Read more @ ABC.
Meanwhile, in Iraq...
U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad
A U.S. soldier was killed Monday by small arms fire in Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Tuesday. A soldier, assigned to Multi-National Division-Baghdad, was killed at 10:45 a.m. (0745 GMT) on Monday "when terrorists attacked his patrol with small arms fire in eastern Baghdad", the military said in a statement. The name of the soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, it added. More than 2,730 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, according to media count.
Read An Axis of Weasels: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Lie Their Way to a Better Tomorrow
by Terry Haines.
Original cartoons by Fat Jon. See more@ /www.oggtoons.blogspot.com.
at 10/10/2006 Posted by EastWing