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Shouldn't DOMAs & FMAs prevent these bold attempts to alter the nature of marriage? - HKR
Trying to Strengthen an 'I Do' With a More Binding Legal Tie
By RICK LYMAN in the NY Times
Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and his wife publicly revised their vows in an effort to promote so-called covenant marriages.... https://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/15/national/15marriage.html?hp&ex=1108530000&en=e3b45d1e78146bea&ei=5094&partner=homepage
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John at AmericaBlog and a number of others have revealed that conservative White House reporter Jeff Gannon is actually a male prostitute named James D Guckert who advertises his services online. Visit https://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/02/man-called-jeff.html
A Congressional inquiry has been requested: https://democraticwhip.house.gov/media/press.cfm?pressReleaseID=1021
Pam's House Blend brings us Actual Freeper Quotes: https://www.pamspaulding.com/weblog/
TMV covers the coverage of the scandal: https://www.themoderatevoice.com/posts/1108411474.shtml
"WASHINGTON - Republicans have abandoned banning gay marriage this year, the Senate's leader said yesterday.
A constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman grew less urgent because 13 states banned gay nuptials in November elections, said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
When asked if the legislation will be introduced, Frist replied, "Maybe not this year, but in all likelihood in this Congress."
"It may be this year," he added a moment later, sounding unsure during a "Fox News Sunday" interview.
But a Senate Democratic source told the Daily News the amendment isn't likely to be proposed next year either, since it's an election year.
Enacting the ban was a key issue in President Bush's reelection campaign platform. But Bush admitted in a recent interview that he doesn't have enough votes in the Senate."
Thanks, Mario, for this one! There are the 154 programs that President Bush wants to eliminate or cut in his 2006 budget proposal. Bush would terminate 99 programs and make major spending reductions in 55. Separately, the administration listed eight major reforms Bush proposed that also would produce spending cuts.
Of the terminations, Bush has recommended 59 of them before. Twenty-seven of the 55 programs targeted for spending reductions have been previously submitted to Congress.
I guess tax cuts to billionaires are more important than these services. Ironicaly enough, one of the programs to be eiliminated is a youth alcohol prevention program........figures an ex coke head drunk would slash that.
The Chimp is also cutting the renewable energy program....guess we’ll need that Saudi oil for a while longer.
This administration is setting this country back 50 years.
Hey one thing they didn’t cut is the bribes to “ jeournalists “
The good news is we have Dr. Dean heading the DNC.........nice to have a real Dem leading the party for a change........give ‘em hell Howard!
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Thanks, Mario, for this one!
There are the 154 programs that President Bush wants to eliminate or cut in his 2006 budget proposal. Bush would terminate 99 programs and make major spending reductions in 55. Separately, the administration listed eight major reforms Bush proposed that also would produce spending cuts.
Interesting NY Times Op-Ed piece by Nicholas D. Kristof...(free registration required).
Bush's budget is full of huge cuts for many, many 'people programs,' including payments for cops, fire, and other first responders, veterans, schools, child care, and a host of others. So what's up with that? You might think that the end game was to cut out support for the dems' programs. Not at all.
Democrats are screaming about the cuts on tv, radio, net, emails, newspapers, etc., and they are making sure everybody knows about it. They make sure those effected feel insecure about the budget proposal, and to leave then to wonder who will save them.
But you see, as usual democrats miss the Rovian strategy. Now that everybody knows how bad Bush's (the man not running for office again), budget cuts are, yada, yada, yada, Bush turns around and gives the Republicans who control both houses, the opportunity to put the stuff money in, and dems who have been screaming will have to agree to it (of course they will fight for larger numbers but no one will hear that) .
Thus: Republican men and women who are running for office in 2006 will get the credit for the budget repair - you know, those compassionate conservatives - and Bush will have dems and repubs to blame for Bush could not cut the deficit as promised.
Simple Rovian Strategy 101.
In a reader's comment to an earlier post here, the point was made that whenever the reader tried to converse with the opposition-right, that rightist would become angry and attack the reader, and she wondered why. I gave my two cents then, and today I came accross the same issue and a better answer from digby over at Hullabaloo, where the same question of attack and anger was raised (scroll down):
"It's getting very strange in the blogosphere. I cannot for the life of me figure out why the right is so angry when they just won the whole thing.
Unless, of course it is really as Lincoln said:
"...what will convince them? This, and this only: cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right. And this must be done thoroughly - done in acts as well as in words. Silence will not be tolerated - we must place ourselves avowedly with them."
It's not enough that they own the entire political landscape. Apparently, their frustration that we refuse to agree with them is so strong that they are having some sort of emotional collapse. We must place ourselves avowedly with them.
Well, people in hell want ice water, too. It's not going to happen."
Rare and Aggressive H.I.V. Reported in New York
By MARC SANTORA and LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
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Officials are concerned by the detection of a rare strain of H.I.V. that appears to lead to the rapid onset of AIDS, but some experts are skeptical about the alarm. • Discovery Raises Fear of an AIDS Resurgence • Investigators Dreaded the Mounting Evidence • Graphic: Focusing on the H.I.V. Life Cycle
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I am sure that all of those who suffer from asbestos poisoning or had the wrong limb taken off in surgery will appreciate your action.
Remember, folks - a $250K cap means NOTHING to the Halliburtons of the world - if they know that this is the cap they just write the cost of a few lawsuits into the cost of doing business!
You voted for it, you got it!
Thanks, Holly, for this one:
Abortion issue blocks new bankruptcy bill
Latest version would let protesters shrug off fines
By Marcy Gordon
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Legislation making it harder for consumers to erase their debts in bankruptcy court is advancing in the Senate, but there is renewed debate over an issue that has blocked the measure before: Can abortion protesters declare bankruptcy to escape court fines?
Full story here....
You will recall my post Stick 'em up relating to the adoption of the "droopy drawers" bill from the Virginia state house. To your shock and surprise comes this news flash that Virginia politicians may have shame; at least a tiny bit. The State Senate killed the bill in committee right here.
Sadly, the Alabama plumbers 16 inches-of-flesh-bill still has life. :-)
Note from Julien: LOLOLOL