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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Looking Down Upon The Rest Of Us

Next time you hear John Kerry, or any other Democrat for that matter, lament the loss of American lives in Iraq, ask why?

Kerry Belittles U.S. Troops


A contemptible disgrace of a human being.

The Church Of 'Inclusivity' Drives Another One Out

The Episcopal Church (USA) is becoming more inclusive every day. At least by its own standards. Another of its rapidly dwindling number of congregations has departed:

Mission Parish Quits Episcopal Church
Associated Press


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has broken away from the denomination and started a new parish aligned with the Anglican church in Uganda.

Christ Our Lord, a mission church in northern Virginia that has operated since the early 1990s, voted to dissolve as an Episcopal parish and return its Lake Ridge building to the diocese.

The vicar of the church said his parishioners made the move because the Episcopal Church has shown what he called "profound disrespect for Scripture and biblical teachings."

In 2003, Episcopalians consecrated their first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, causing an uproar among other Anglicans worldwide. (
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Feel the love.

Trying To Make Sense Of It All

There are days when I just shake my head in bafflement. Like when I hear people try to defend a position in which they decry sexual deviance, authoritatively and unequivocally, stridently and unambiguously, except where homosexuality is concerned.

Similarly, there is a real disconnect going on here:

Charges expected in baby's death at abortion business
By Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily.com

A lead investigator into reports that a baby was born alive at a Hialeah, Fla., abortion business, then killed, has told WND he believes charges will be filed in the case, and that announcement could come as early as a mid-November.

"My goal is to see that charges are filed," said Hialeah Deputy Chief Mark Overton yesterday. "The evidence reflects that this was a homicide. We're moving forward with that mindset. I believe our evidence has indicated (and) I think we have probable cause to bring charges." (
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Earth to America: The abortion clinic did what abortion clinics are paid (with taxpayer money) to do. They killed this child.

One moment it's considered a mass of flesh heading to the garbage pile; the next it's a human life worth saving at all costs.

Some days I don't understand you people.

As Long As I'm Not Paying For It

There are so many questions I need answered before I die. On that mile-long list ain't this:
Who's That Pretty Pachyderm?
Mirror Test Reflects Well on Elephants
By Rick Weiss, Washington Post Staff Writer


Elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror and use their reflections to explore hidden parts of themselves, a measure of subjective self-awareness that ... (
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I shake my head in complete bewilderment.

Fire In The Belly

Republican Bill Carrico is running to unseat 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher this year in Southwest Virginia. By all accounts, he's just the man this area needs to fix the many problems we face. He has the resumé for it. He has the right ideas. And he's right on the issues.

But Bill, you gotta come across like you want it, man.

As I was heading south yesterday, I heard the latest Carrico radio spot. What was said was perfect. He came across like he knows what needs to be accomplished and what to do when he gets to Washington. But his manner suggested he was talking to a deaf person reading his lips. Plodding. Leaden. Bored.


Not that Boucher's any better. His delivery is that of a Methodist minister with a Sunday morning hangover. But Boucher's got what Carrico needs to take away. Rick does advertising only because he's got wads of cash on hand, and it makes him feel powerful, if only for a brief moment.

Let me do your radio spots for you, Bill. I'll light things up. Boucher may want to track you down and kick your ass afterwards but you'll (finally) get the attention of your (potential) constituents.

This isn't the lotto. You get only one shot at the prize. Don't miss it.

Show Me The Money

If Bill Carrico didn't have an uphill battle because of Rick Boucher's firmly entrenched incumbency and name recognition, there is also the little issue of MONEY. As the Roanoke Times lays it out this morning:

9th District long shot may pay off even without win
By Tonia Moxley


Larry Sabato, director of University of Virginia's Center for Politics, wrote in an e-mail this month that "Boucher is secure in this seat for as long as he wants it, assuming no massive GOP wave in a future election or significant scandal -- neither of which seems likely."

Even Larry Linkous, who chairs the Montgomery County Republican Party, doubts Carrico can win.

"People really respect Bill Carrico," Linkous said. "But he hasn't been in the House long enough to be well-known across the district. Every time you open a mailbox, Boucher is there."

Nowhere is the disparity more apparent than in campaign contributions. So far, Carrico has raised just over $66,000 compared with Boucher's war chest of more than $1 million. (
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What's interesting about the pile of cash that Boucher has amassed is what it reveals. Those with the cash get his support, regardless of political position or persuasion. Knowing that cash is king, he is on the side of every major PAC that donates money to candidates,* be they conservative or liberal. Here's a partial list of the 9th district incumbent's strange bedfellows (and the amount each has contributed to his campaign in recent months):

Campaign money flows in from a far-left abortion rights group (NARAL) and from a right-leaning gun rights group (NRA); an auto manufacturer and from an auto workers' union; the largest non-union corporation on the planet and (if you check the entire list) a whole host of other unions; coal companies and coal miner unions.

The list goes on and on.

Is there a common thread to all this? Yes. Money. Regardless of position, philosophy, or of need, Boucher is there to take the money. And get re-elected. That's how it works.

Unfortunately.

* The big dog, AARP, is missing from this list only because it doesn't donate to political campaigns.