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Gore Vidal's Burr & Other Titles On The Weekend Reading List

This weekend I’ll be reading Gore Vidal’s BurrThis is a novel of Aaron Burr’s life as portrayed by the well-known author.

I’ll also be reading The Rise Of American Democracy: Jefferson To Lincoln by Sean Wilentz. I suppose the title basically explains the book.

Also, I’ve reading been bits and pieces of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. This is a book of free verse profiles about the imagined inhabitants of a small American town. Many of the residents of this town had hidden scandal in their lives. It was published in 1915.

I recently finished the novel The Sport Of The Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar. I’ll have more to say about that novel and about Dunbar in upcoming posts.  

By |2007-06-09T02:24:21-04:00June 9th, 2007|Books|Comments Off on Gore Vidal's Burr & Other Titles On The Weekend Reading List

The other side of Murtha

I didn’t know anything about Jack Murtha except he is a Hawk that was against the war.  He has been in Congress a long time.  He was a Marine during the Vietnam era.  That’s about it. 

So, on the 13th, David Corn published this article to The Nation’s web site which shines a little more light on who Murtha really is (this gives more of a well rounded picture of Murtha more like what O was saying here)-

This morning, I called Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group, to ask about the potential congressional reforms House Speaker-To-Be Nancy Pelosi is expected to push on Day One. But before we got to that, Sloan teed off on Pelosi for having endorsed Representative Jack Murtha, the hawk turned Iraq war critic, in his fight against Representative Steny Hoyer to be the House Democratic majority leader, the powerful number-two job in the body. “Murtha has lots of ethics issues,” Sloan exclaimed. “What the hell is she thinking? Corruption turns out to be a major issue in the campaign, and you endorse the guy with the more ethics problems?”

Sloan was referring to exit polls that noted that 42 percent of voters considered corruption and congressional scandals critical to their voting decisions. And she pointed to her outfit’s Beyond DeLay site that lists the “20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress.” Murtha was not on that roster, but he garnered one of five “Dishonorable Mentions” (along with Republican Representatives Dennis Hastert, the outgoing speaker, J.D. Hayworth, who was defeated in Arizona last week, and Don Sherwood, who was accused by his mistress of choking her and who also lost his bid for reelection). (more…)

By |2006-11-17T21:24:01-04:00November 17th, 2006|Party Politics|Comments Off on The other side of Murtha
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