Last night on the PBS Newshour, Jim Lehrer asked President Bush why he hasn’t called on Americans — besides those serving in the volunteer military — to sacrifice something to help our country in this time of struggle. Bush claimed Americans are sacrificing: “They sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible image of violence on TV every night.” Bush explained that “the psychology of the country…is somewhat down because of this war.”
Like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Bush said that he would “strongly oppose” raising taxes on the wealthy to help offset the increasing costs of war in Iraq because he wants “people to feel like their life’s moving on.” The Wall Street Journal reports, “The growing financial strain of Iraq will be spelled out as never before in a series of defense and war-related spending requests by the White House next month, expected to total more than $700 billion through Sept. 30, 2008.”
Also, the White House shifts course on spy program, ceding to the court - FINALLY. And let's cut the shit - a 50/50 shot is NOT a recipe for success where Chimpy's new Iraq 'plan' is concerned. Leave the 50/50 chance for success to heterosexual Christians and their 'traditional' marriages. Let them die by that same sword, too. And as far as making a giant mess and leaving it for the Dems to clean up - FINE! It's not like historically the Dems don't manage the budget better anyway, and even if this were not the case - how much worse could they be? Is there any reason to think this current administration can get it together in the next two years? Have they ever? Meanwhile, the fundies are again squealing over Der Munkey's Iraq 'plan', it's one step closer to them getting raptured.
Americablog: Lead religious right "scientist" says black Africans were fortunate to become slaves
He also says the civil rights movement is "irrational." The man is on the advisory board of the lead "ex-gay" group, NARTH (the "ex-gays" are the gay-hating religious right activists who claim that you can pray-away-the-gay, or in the case of NARTH, that lots of gays are gay because they were abused as children or some other such nonsense). Well, it seems that they have a racism problem and they're not doing very much about it. The Southern Poverty Law Center - the organization that monitors the movements of hate groups - is now weighing in, and they're not happy. From SPLC:Oh, and guess who's coming to the big "NOT GAY ANYMORE" dinner?A prominent member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is under fire for publishing an essay in which he argues that Africans were fortunate to have been sold into slavery, and that the civil rights movement was "irrational."NARTH's response? They took the document down from their Web site, and then issued a lame non-apology apology:
"There is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America," writes Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of NARTH's Science Advisory Committee. "Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle.... Life there was savage... and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off."....
Titled Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History (PDF) Schoenewolf's angry polemic was published on NARTH's webpage. In addition to his outrageous historical claims about the conditions of life in Africa, he writes that human rights proponents are intellectually stunted.[O]n Oct. 6, NARTH posted this statement to its website: "NARTH regrets the comments made by Dr. Schoenewolf about slavery which have been misconstrued by some of our readers.Misconstrued? Oh, and NARTH is keeping Mr. Slavery-Can-Be-Fun on their board of advisers. No misconstruing that message.
To truly appreciate who the "ex-gays" are and who they're connected to:The movement's leaders and their close allies at Christian Right powerhouses like James Dobson's Focus on the Family have failed to condemn Schoenewolf's inflammatory arguments.Dobson, he'd be the guy that John McCain is looking to make amends with. I wonder what John McCain thinks of the advantages of slavery? (I'm sure some of his best friends are slaves.)
Lastly, Media Matters has a big writeup on Spocko, Glenn Beck, and ABC that's definitely worth reading.