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Monday Evening News Roundup

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has leverage from now until November 2nd. After the election, his leverage with the United States President is significantly lessened. So, look for him to continue to ratchet up the pressure to try to push, cajole and/or coerce Barack Obama into taking some offensive action against Iran.

I really don’t like replacement refs. If a quarterback gets a forearm to the head, one would think that would be an easy call. Not for the replacement refs. They missed it.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Some feel that the Occupy Wall Street protests haven’t been successful. Others have argued that we have focused too much attention on these protests. First of all, The Occupy Wall Street protests have been successful just in the fact that here we are, talking about Wall Street and their shenanigans. Occupy Wall Street garnered media attention and the attention of politicians (both right and left). They have indeed been successful. Yet, I would argue that they need to do more. We need more than simple recognition. We need to morph into the next stage. We need to start combating some of the problems the protesters have identified. The excesses of Wall Street continue.

Joe Scarborough from MSNBC has reinforced the idea that all Americans are stupid by stating that Muslims hate us because of their religion. Completely moronic. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we have supported ruthless dictators.

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By |2013-11-03T18:13:35-04:00September 17th, 2012|Elections, Healthcare, Iran, Israel, NFL, Occupy Wall Street|Comments Off on Monday Evening News Roundup

RMS – The Family – Sanford and Ensign

I had no idea about this religious group called “The Family.” Oh, and why are there several congressmen living in this dorm? I really don’t understand this.┬áThis is very weird.

I must congratulate Rachel Maddow for digging into this very disturbing story.

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Check this out:
Sanford was referring to the address of the Washington headquarters for The Family — perhaps the most politically powerful religious group in Washington. Sponsor of the annual National Prayer Breakfast that draws leading U.S. politicians, the secretive Christian organization also known as The Fellowship was founded in Seattle in 1935 by Abraham Vereide, a Norwegian immigrant and itinerant preacher who worked with the city’s poor and feared the pull of socialism. He claimed that God appeared to him to warn that Christianity’s preoccupation with the poor and weak was misguided, so Vereide began to minister to the powerful. He organized prayer breakfasts for political and business leaders to promote anti-Communism and anti-unionism, and the group later went on to work with dictators in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The family is headed by a man named Douglas Coe, who has controversially encouraged the men under his tutelage to follow Jesus with the same sort of blind devotion shown by Hitler’s followers. The members also refer to themselves as the “new chosen people,” believing that the Jews broke their covenant with God.

Incorporated today as a tax-free 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating under the name The Fellowship Foundation, the Family maintains a three-story, $1.1 million brick townhouse at 133 C St. in Washington — a former convent that’s now home to members of Congress while being treated like a church under tax law. Among the lawmakers who have rented rooms there are Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Other lawmakers linked to the group include Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who also recently admitted to an extramarital affair.

In a meeting with his cabinet after his public confession, the New York Times reported, Gov. Sanford apologized for letting people down but said he has no plans to resign. He referred to the biblical story of King David: “the way in which he fell mightily … but then picked up the pieces and built from there.” (more…)

By |2009-07-11T10:50:27-04:00July 11th, 2009|Party Politics, Rachel Maddow Show, Religion|6 Comments

What's Going On: News Round-up

  • Michael Savage is one of the lowest of the right-wing low-lifes, so it doesn’t surprise me that he played several songs from the Dead Kennedy’s yesterday. Just to add some more, low-brow humor, he sprinkled in a drop from the movie Kindergarten Cop with Arnold saying, “It’s not a tumor.” Really funny. NOT!
  • Both Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton had some kind words for Senator Edward Kennedy. They both get a high-five from me.
  • Again, Clinton is staying in the race. It is her right, I’m just not sure to what end.
  • On the international scene, there has been a huge outbreak of violence in South Africa. The violence seems to be targeting immigrants with 22 dead and hundreds injured. (more…)
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