"It didn’t really surprise me because I grew up with a lot of that backlash,” Simpson said, according to World Entertainment News Network. “That’s why I didn’t end up going into the Christian music industry. I think that if they're really good Christians the judgment wouldn't be there.”Interestingly, Simpson's father and manager is a preacher. Okay, it's a stretch. But if the war in Iraq and the theocrats have pissed Jessica Simpson off, maybe that is sign that this whole thing has finally gone too far, eh?|W|P|112255269227508604|W|P|Jessica Simpson and Rebellion|W|Pemail@example.com
The typical logic of one of these guys goes like this:
Members of the Hamblen County Commission recently suggested that Hispanic immigrants were to blame if property taxes have to be raised next year -- though commissioners insisted they were talking only about illegal immigrants.
County Commissioner Tom Lowe, who says "we do not want (all) Hispanics stereotyped as illegal," estimates as many as 85 percent of Hamblen's Hispanics are -- and he fears they carry drug-resistant disease.
"We could be two or three aliens away from an epidemic that would sweep through our county and state," the retired pharmacist said.
One thing that disturbs many is that the is man who is leading this movement in Tennessee is a Native American activist, Carl "Two Feathers" Whittaker. He ran for Governor (a bunch of times) claiming to want to represent African Americans, Native Americans, and wait for it...Hispanics. This is an indication at how quickly people can turn on this issue. Or, he could just be a crass opporitunist. I mean, people can understand a Native American being concerned about immigration, although it would be more understandable if they were mad at immigration from France, Britain and Spain. Maybe it's a little late for that, I don't know. At least it seems that the Native American community in Tennessee is not supportive of this guy. There are even questions about whether or not he is a Native American at all (the rather stereotypical monkier "Two Feathers" and the fact that he claims to be Cherokee should give us a clue). It seems that this is a cheap way to get back into politics for Mr. Whittaker. Speaking of cheap politics, it looks like Rep. Tomás Tancredo thinks he's running for President. He hasn't said so, but why else visit Iowa and New Hampshire? Yes, a vacation to one would be pleasant, but both is too much coincidence. Ronald Reagan's campaign treasurer, Bay Buchanan has been helping him out, which moves him from wing-nut to actually dangerous. Señor Tancredo suggesed last week that it would be a great idea to bomb Mecca. He quickly retracted. Well, he never really retracted, but he "clarified." "Clarified" is now defined as claiming you never said it in the first place, or that you didn't actually mean what you said. If Tancredo had the cojones his supporters say he has, he would have either said "Yes, I said it, and it was dumb," or "Yeah, I said it, and it is what I believe." The guy acts like some sort of rodent though, you half expect him to blame the media. Way to tell it like it is, Tomasito. Of course, we have been hearing the chorus of people in the media asking Republican leaders to condemn this statement. Wait, are those crickets I hear chirping? A group callled the Interfaith Alliance has asked the President to say something. Far as I can tell, he has said nothting. The right-wing communitariat has been engaged in all sorts of contortions to make excuses about this, but I do have to congratulate the folks at RedState.org, who have written several articles calling this guy out. Once again, the bloggers, even the conservative ones, are in front of the establishment. I can only imagine what would be happening right now if Howard Dean said something like this. The press would be wetting themselves trying to find leading Democrats who would distance themselves. Heck, they wouldn't even be finished putting the batteries in their cameras before Biden and Lieberman would be banging on their doors. But outrageous things said by people on the right are excuseable; it's we lefties that have to be respectful and measured.|W|P|112204254155900753|W|P|Guarding the Border of Tennessee from Marauding Kentuckians|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
"I don't hate Latin-teenos, just illegals." "So, how do you know that a person is an illegal alien?" "Well, if they are a Latin-teeno, they are probably illegal..."
“This institutionalized disorganization within the Arizona Democrat Party is why Republicans will win back the Governorship and Senator Kyl will be overwhelmingly re-elected next year. Pederson’s checkbook couldn’t buy Democrats victory last year, and won’t buy a Senate seat next year.”Yes, Matt, it couldn't "buy" a victory last year, but did in the election before that. Say, who was that loser that Janet Napolitano beat in that election? And Matt, I may not be a big time political opperative like you are; I'm just one of those dumb ass Democrats. But, maybe you need to have an actual candidate before you start declaring that you will "win back the Governorship." But what the heck do I know? I like the complaints about the "disorganization" in the party. Well, that may be. But, instead of worrying about our disorganization, he should worry about getting a stable executive director, stopping public bloodletting at his conventions and quit putting out exaggerated figures about the number of volunteers they have. (40,000? Come on, Matt!) An earlier badly punctuated press release took Pedersen to task for donating so much money to the Democratic Party. Glad to know that the Republicans are as angry about big money and politics as the rest of us are. I take it that this means that they will be helping us keep the Clean Elections System, right? (Eerie silence from the right side of the room...) Guys, are you still there? They also tried to get some mileage from the fact that the Carpenters Union staged a protest against one of Jim Pedersen's projects, unrelated to the party. Salmon said "From what we've seen of the Carpenters Union picketing his office, it sure appears that he is just like Ted Kennedy and other limousine liberals: they talk a good line, they just don't walk it." And Salmon can say this because the Republican Party has a very strong record of supporting organized labor. I am smirking when I say that. I keep reading these Republicans say how the Democrats are so negative. A quick perusal through their press releases and you would be hard pressed to find anything positive. Not their fault, really. Trying to be positive would leave them trying to find something, anything, constructive that Senator Kyl has done while he's been in office. Much easier to go after Pedersen. PS - Ever notice how Kyl claims to be up for every possible opening in DC? His folks even claimed he was under consideration for the Supreme Court. Gawd. I half expect to see a press release next time a receptionist position opens up at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving.|W|P|112196084434768007|W|P|Arizona Republicans Versus Jim Pedersen|W|Pemail@example.com
Dear Arizona Democratic Party Member, This letter is to inform you of my decision to resign as Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP), effective immediately. It has been a great honor to have had the opportunity to serve with you and other local community leaders to build our party and our state. Together, we have written a record of progress of which we can all be proud. In an era in which our national politics too often is characterized by withering partisanship and brittle ideology, Arizona Democrats have kept our focus on solving problems. With Governor Napolitano leading the way, we have advocated mainstream solutions to the pressing challenges facing families across our state. Whether it is health care, immigration, job creation or education, we are presenting workable, common sense ideas to improve the lives of all Arizonans. I assure you that while I am leaving this position, I am not leaving the fight for a better, stronger Arizona. And to that end, I look forward to continue working closely with you in the months and years to come. Thank you for your friendship and support, Jim PedersonWe'll be seeing a bit more of Jim over the next couple of months though. I mean, I'm not privy of anything like that it has something to do with running against the junior senator...what is his name again. Oh, can't have anything to do with that. When I was a vice-chair, I used to joke that I would be in charge if there was a major bus accident. That isn't quite the case. The first vice-chair can only be in charge on a temporary basis. There is a meeting already scheduled for Flagstaff in August, and the bylaws allow a successor to be elected there. Back in November and December, when Pedersen was mulling around with not running, the names that had been floated were Pima County Chairman Paul Eckerstrom, Phoenix activist Rick McGwire, and Howard Dean's Arizona campaign chief Frank Costanzo. The "next in command" would be Vice-Chair Peggy Toomey-Hammann, but some questions recently arose about her eligibility to serve in that office. She made it through that fight, but it can't help her if she wants a promotion. When Steve Owens resigned back in 1995, he recruited Rep. Sam Coppersmith to take his place. The Republicans also turned to a recently retired big-name elected official when they picked Rep. Matt Salmon to be their chair. There doesn't seem to be anyone like that around to do this though. I have a sneaking suspicion that Fred DuVal won't make the race for Secretary of State after all, which would leave him free to take this job. Hey, this is what bloggers get paid the big bucks to do: idle speculation.|W|P|112187698113794300|W|P|Pedersen Resigns|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
his decision is "consistent with his family focused beliefs: focus on his own family and put political aspirations aside."Geez, pandering until the very end. Funny how Republicans can be divorced but still be all about family values. Must be why he needs to talk about it so much. I kept reading that this guy is big because he has a radio show and television show, watched by about as many people as who read this blog. Let's face it, NO ONE watches shows about finanical planning, unless they are in a hospital recovering from an apendectomy and can't reach the remote. Lately, he has started to tackle policy issues on his show, which means if he kept going he would have had the ratings of Arizona Illustrated or Horizon. Some Republicans, believe it or not, were actually excited about this guy. Some conservative bloggers are angry that the only person with heft to actually declare is the ideologically unacceptable Sen. John Greene (still no website!). They kept saying that DeGreen "almost beat DeConcini." Hmm...let's see. DeConcini was never that popular in the first place, at the time embroiled in a scandal regarding the CAP, was weighted down by a hugely unpopular presidential nominee and running against a huge Republican trend in Arizona at the time, and HE STILL WON. Yeah, heck of a candidate, that DeGreen. DeGreen would have had some trouble winning a primary, but not for the reasons you would think. Joe Sweeney almost won the District 7 primary in 2002, and actually won the primary in 2004. I have been told that this is because of Sweeney's "name ID," you know, all of those signs he's wheat-pasted on any free vertical space every election since 1984. So, if Republican primary voters are so confused by this as to vote for a guy who is obviously racist and insane against otherwise competent candidates, what hope did DeGreen have running against a guy named Greene? (NB - It's gotta be Sweeney's name ID, right? Otherwise, I would have to interpret the fact that the only two primaries he's ever won have been against Hispanics as some sort of racism on the part of Republican primary voters.) Conservatives still have some options, former Symington aide Jay Heiler, Sen. Ken Bennett and House Speaker James Weiers are still being talked about, and Teresa Ottesen is an actual announced candidate. I think the serious talk about Surgeon General Richard Carmona has finally stopped, but expect the media here in Tucson to still keep talking about him because they love him so. Whatever happened to Marilyn Quayle? Poor Janet, she may not have a candidate to run against. Isn't it sad?|W|P|112178445706487167|W|P|I'll Chew You Up and Spit You Out (Reprise)|W|Pemail@example.com
See you all later, keep up the good work.|W|P|112069140706570260|W|P|Gee, It's Worse Than I Thought|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.orgIn the July 5th "Know Your Candidates" feature, Councilmember Kathleen Dunbar is quoted as saying: "It is becoming apparent that methamphetamine use leads to significant crime in our community." I'm glad that she says that it is becoming apparent now, it wasn't as apparent to her in March.Back then, she had the chance to vote for a resolution in support of legislation to limit sales of pseudoephedrin, a key ingredient in the illegal manufacture of crystal methamphetamine. She voted no, the only council member to do so. Not only that, she travelled to Phoenix to stand with the big retailers and lobby against the legislation.Only now that she is starting to feel the heat on this issue does she decide that it "leads to significant crime." She didn't know this a couple of months ago?