December 2nd, 2006

The Dog That Always Bites Hardest Comes From Your Own Kennel

Christian Coalition pres.-elect leaves
ORLANDO, Fla. - The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America has declined the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment.

"These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," said Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.

Hunter announced his decision not to take the job during an organization board meeting Nov. 21. A statement issued by the group said Hunter left because of "differences in philosophy and vision." Hunter said he was not asked to leave.

"They pretty much said, 'These issues are fine, but they're not our issues, that's not our base,'" Hunter said.

His resignation is the latest setback for the once-powerful group.

The Christian Coalition, founded in 1989 by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, became one of the nation's most powerful conservative groups during the 1990s, but it has faced complaints in recent years about its finances, leadership and plans to veer into nontraditional policy areas. The group claims more than 2 million members.


HUGE dilemma I'm having here. I just read the full text of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's letter to the American people, and while I began reading it quite apprehensively, being that he's rabidly antisemetic, I find myself in agreement with him on 2/3 of what he says. Yes, there is the rhetorical "GODDAMNED JEWS!!" commentary about how the Zionists are preventing the peacenik Palestinians from a homeland that is rightfully theirs, which I have incredibly mixed feelings about. I cannot resolve myself to one side of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, as there are faults - huge faults - responsible to both sides. This letter from Ahmadinejad, I was really quite shocked.

I recommend reading the entire text of his letter - it's a bit long, but still, you really should read it.

Behind the cut are the excerpted points that I found most interesting and valuable.

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Jesus Wants YOU To Be A Fucking Moron.

Afghanistan opium crop sets record; U.S.-backed efforts at eradication fail
Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world's heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush administration reported yesterday.

In addition to a 26 percent production increase over past year -- for a total of 5,644 metric tons -- the amount of land under cultivation in opium poppies grew by 61 percent. Cultivation in the two main production provinces, Helmand in the southwest and Oruzgan in central Afghanistan, was up by 132 percent.

White House drug policy chief John Walters called the news "disappointing."

The administration has cited resurgent Taliban forces as the main impediment to stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and the U.S. military investment has far exceeded anti-narcotic and development programs. But U.S. military and intelligence officials have increasingly described the drug trade as a problem that rivals and in some ways exceeds the Taliban, threatening to derail other aspects of U.S. policy.

Well MAYBE, just MAYBE we should have fucking STAYED in Afghanistan all along and not even bothered with Iraq, perhaps the entire region wouldn't be in shambles like it is now, billions of $$$ would not have been wasted, and we'd not have created thousands more terrorists in our actions over the past 3+ years than ever would have existed before George Motherfucking W. Bush screwed it all to fuck well beyond comprehension. Oh yeah, to say NOTHING of the 100,000+ lives (Iraqi, American, Afghani, etc.) lost.

Opium poppy production is what keeps many Afghanis alive, given the circumstances there OF COURSE it's going to be a record crop. How's that War On Drugs workin' for us, Shrubby? About as good as the War On Terror, I suspect. What's the tab for THIS consummate failure?

The bigger problem universally with anything this administration & its base has created? The goddamned War On Common Fucking Sense they've declared, which WILL kill us all long before them thar crazy A-rabs could. Al Qaeda at its best could never be as organized or deadly as American Right-Wing Fundamentalist Christians, not with their arrogance, greed, ignorance, and substantial power.

The incompetence just rages on, doesn't it?