Tuesday, June 30, 2009
David Vitter (R-LA), the champion of social conservatism whose career became mired in the D.C. Madam prostitution scandal of 2007, has a new fundraising letter that warns of the liberal/socialist threats on a whole range of issues -- though one particular item is mysteriously missing.
The letter warns of the threat posed by Democrats on such issues as abortion, union card-check, the dreaded Fairness Doctrine to eliminate conservative talk-radio, and big liberal spending.
This sentence sums it up: "The left-wing blob of trial lawyers, union bosses, environmental zealots, abortion activists, socialists and gun grabbers along with the Washington Democrat establishment have already trained their sights on me."
But there is one issue that we're used to seeing from conservatives like Vitter, which doesn't show up at all: Protecting the sanctity of marriage.
Monday, June 29, 2009
National Public Radio has the report. Find it here.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Here's her comment:
As in all great affairs, Mark Sanford fell in love simultaneously with a woman and himself — with the dashing new version of himself he saw in her molten eyes...
With Maria, he was no longer the penny-pinching millionaire Mark, who used to sleep on a futon in his Congressional office and once treated two congressmen to movie refreshments by bringing back a Coke and three straws.
No, he was someone altogether more fascinating: Marco, international man of mystery and suave god of sex and tango.
Our latest find is a sturdy California red from Block No. 45. We know nothing of the winery except that it is located in San Martin, which doesn't help much since we never heard of the town.
In any case, we saw this Petite Sirah in Santa Fe and bought a bottle to pair with some exotic olives from Whole Foods. The pairing proved to be success. The wine was, as the label advertised, full-flavored, which helped it stand up to the olives.
At the price ($8.99), it was a good deal. AltTulsa loves a good red at a good price, and Block No. 45 delivered. We don't know if this label is available in Tulsa, but we hope so. It's worth looking for.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Even so, Rep. Michelle Bachmann has established a long line of errors, misstatements, and plain ole lies.
This week, she won the notorious "Pants on Fire" award from PolitiFact after she claimed that the Constitution only requires that citizens answer how many people are in their household.
Wrong again, Rep. Bachmann. The fact-checkers have done their homework, but you haven't. Sadly for you, facts are stubborn things and you can't make them go away because you don't happen to like them.
Froomkin nails the bastards:
When I look back on the Bush years, I think of the lies. There were so many. Lies about the war and lies to cover up the lies about the war. Lies about torture and surveillance. Lies about Valerie Plame. Vice President Dick Cheney's lies, criminally prosecutable but for his chief of staff Scooter Libby's lies. I also think about the extraordinary and fundamentally cancerous expansion of executive power that led to violations of our laws and our principles.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
That seems to be the philosophy (a term we use very loosely) of some Republican women in Maryland.
Read the sorry story here.
Extramarital affairs, gambling, alcohol abuse, prostitution and sexual pursuit of minors have taken a toll on the GOP.
A little hint to the gun nuts out there: this is not the way to deal with your real or imagined opponents. In a civil society, citizens don't urge the murder of duly appointed officials because they might rule against their own interests from time to time.
If everyone behaved this way, civil society wouldn't last very long and the result would not be good for anyone.
Here's the story of one sadly misguided doofus:
A federal complaint filed in Chicago said that Hal Turner, 47, had posted "outrage" on his Web site over the handgun decision by Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to the complaint, Turner described the court decision in a June 2 posting and said, "Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed."
The postings included photos, contact information and room numbers of the judges along with a picture and map of the building in which they work, the complaint said.
"We take threats to federal judges very seriously. Period," said Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"He's toast," Mark McKinnon writes. Read it here.
Here's the reaction of the National Review's Rich Lowery:
First [Nevada Sen. John] Ensign, then the "Crying in Argentina" press conference. If Republicans want a presidential candidate who lives clean and whose family hasn't been involved in tabloid scandals, it might soon be Mitt Romney by process of elimination.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
For example, Hannity is claiming (read: lying) that the so-called Cash for Clunkers program approved by Congress will allow citizens to use worthless junked cars to scam the government for $4,500.
That would be an outrage, if it were true. It's not. When the truth isn't good enough, Hannity makes up his own "facts." Pretty easy to be outraged if you make things up!
PolitiFact sets the record straight here.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Soldiers follow orders, of course, even if the Bush policies and the invasion itself were faulty and ill-advised.
An eye-opening tale of soldiers following orders is one of the themes of Martha Raddatz's 2007 book, The Long Road Home. Raddatz, a veteran ABC correspondent, tells the harrowing story of the 2004 Sadr City uprising, a fight that killed an wounded scores of soldiers just arrived in Baghdad from Fort Hood, Texas.
The book is powerful evidence of the bravery and loyalty of U.S. soldiers, who are ambushed by hundred—perhaps thousands—of insurgents. Of all the Iraq war books we've read (and we're read a few), this is by far the most gripping and, in many ways, devastating.
Raddatz also ties the Sadr City fighting to its effects at Fort Hood, profiling the families who must face the uncertainty of not knowing about the welfare of their husbands and fathers.
We usually look askance at jacket blurbs, but the ones on the back of this book are accurate. One of those writers is reporter Thomas Ricks:
The word "sacrifice" is used a lot. In The Long Road Home, Martha Raddatz shows what the word really means, with soldier after soldier. She takes the readers into the Humvees and the streets of Baghdad and shows how American troops sweat, bleed, and fight in the Iraq war. Read it.We did. It's terrific work and one that stands as compelling testimony to American fighting men and their families.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has now signed up with the Birther cause -- the people who think Barack Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and should be required to produce a birth certificate (which he already did, anyway) -- World Net Daily reports.
Coburn has now voiced his support for a bill offered by Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and five House co-sponsors so far. "The bill requires any federal candidates' campaign committee filing with the Federal Election Commission to produce a copy of the candidate's birth certificate," wrote Coburn. "If the bill makes it to the Senate, I will likely support it."
Coburn also endorsed a similar bill in the Oklahoma legislature: "I hope the Oklahoma State Legislature will give serious consideration to this bill and I hope more states will reform their ballot access laws to ensure federal candidates must affirmatively prove their eligibility."
After all, there have been so many cases of aliens running for state and federal office.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
It's worth a look. Find it here.
Monday, June 15, 2009
One of the best Tulsa organizations in support of alternative food is Buy Fresh Buy Local, which is this week sponsoring "Local Food Week" this week.
Here's some information on the organization from their Facebook page. Check 'em out.
Buy Fresh Buy Local connects citizens to farm-fresh, locally-grown food and farm products. Through food guides, market listings, promotions and point of sale materials, we’re making it easier for Oklahomans to find and purchase great tasting local foods.
There are lots of good reasons to Buy Fresh Buy Local:
~Locally grown and produced foods are fresher because they aren't transported thousands of miles before you eat them.
~Buying local means you are eating food at the height of seasonality and flavor.
~Buying local supports the economy and our family farms.
~Buying locally-grown and produced foods allows you to choose food from farmers you know and trust.
~Once you know where to find it, buying local food is easy.
Contact Info: GreenCountryBFBL@gmail.com
Website: Click here.
Those wonderfully enlightened South Carolina Republicans are so clever. And they are never, ever the least bit racist. Except when they are.
Here's the latest wit and wisdom from the Palmetto State:
Oh, right! It's all about evolution. Of course. That makes so much sense.
A high-ranking South Carolina Republican activist has issued an apology after comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to a gorilla.
Rusty DePass, a former chairman of the Richland County Republican Party, made the comments in a friend’s Facebook status update line after a gorilla was reported to have escaped from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo.
According to FitsNews, the status line read: “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless.”
DePass told the Associated Press that he made the comment in reference to President Barack Obama’s views on evolution.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Press reports today reveal that James von Brunn, the white supremacist who has been charged with murder for killing a guard yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, left some notes in his car.
Here's some what has been released:
You want my weapons -- this is how you'll get them. The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do. Jews captured America's money. Jews control the mass media.This is the stuff of haters and crazies who have been inventing their own highly paranoid alternative universe for many decades now.
They always blame somebody, even when the facts don't support their "theories."
We understand as well that von Brunn is also one of the birth certificate deniers, still claiming that Obama was born in Africa and is therefore an illegal president. As we noted, the facts don't matter to these folks.
All this might be harmless, of course, if the zealots were just talking.
But they're not. Some of them have guns and, as we have discovered, they are violent enough to use them against their enemies, real or imagined.
Besides von Brunn, recall the Knoxville shooter last year, an angry man who decided to kill the liberals at Unitarian church. Like we said, it's zealots with guns, but without the benefit of thoughtfulness or judgment or compassionate human action.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A big dart to the Tulsa Beacon for fouling up the story in the first place.
Here's the story:
Misunderstanding Over THA Religious Policy
By Jennifer Loren, The News On 6
TULSA, OK -- A Tulsa business has been flooded with hateful e-mails and phone calls after a misleading story aired on a cable news network. The story outraged viewers across the country, claiming religious activities had been banned from Tulsa's government housing complexes. The company being blamed for a ban on the words God or Christ says it's not true.
"It was just a big misunderstanding," said Youth At Heart Director Jocelyn McCarver.
Employees at Tulsa's "Youth at Heart" say misunderstanding or not, they're now dealing with hateful e-mails and phone calls. A story that aired on Fox News Channel said Youth at Heart, who provides recreational activities for Tulsa Housing Authority properties, wouldn't allow religious activities there. That got lots of folks riled up.
"Well, most of the emails have been from people out of state. So, I guess they're looking at Fox News. So, they're not supporting us anyways," said Youth At Heart Director Jocelyn McCarver.
But, religious activities are allowed on the properties. They just have to be scheduled through the residents themselves, not through the housing authority or its subcontractors.
A statement from the Tulsa Housing Authority shows it's a federally funded agency and therefore does not directly sponsor religious activities on its sites. They refer religious organizations to schedule those with resident associations.
"We're not banning Child Evangelism. We're not banning the use of the name of Jesus or God," said Youth At Heart Director Jocelyn McCarver.
Fox News Channel picked the story up after a religious group, Child Evangelism Fellowship, talked to the Tulsa Beacon newspaper.
"First of all we were quite shocked because we've been going to these housing complexes with this group for 20 plus years," said Larry Koehn with Child Evangelism Fellowship.
It wasn't until after the story hit the national airwaves and after millions of Americans were outraged they discovered they were wrong and that the whole issue was a simple misunderstanding.
"I need to be sure I know all my facts before I start talking to the news media and that I keep control of the situation for the sake of our ministry and for everyone involved," said Larry Koehn with Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Child Evangelism Fellowship will continue to provide its religious activities at Tulsa Housing Authority properties.
We're speaking of the February 10, 2009, letter in which Bates apologized for his misstatements concerning the Tulsa World and their circulation figures.
As Tulsa readers will recall, Bates blasted the World in his column in Urban Tulsa Weekly, only to discover that many of his conclusions were wrong.
Some of our favorite words from the Bates letter include these: "regret," "retract," "inaccurate," "misleading," "incorrect," "misinterpretation," "flawed," and "unintended." That's quite a list—written only four short months ago.
Meanwhile, Bates is longer writing for UTW, as he explained recently on his blog. That's too bad, since he'll lose an outlet to make more errors.
Monday, June 8, 2009
That's a shame, too, because Taylor is a master of his craft. Taylor, a Tennessee native who died in 1994, had a successful career as an English professor and fiction writer, winning awards for his stories and a Pulitzer Prize for his novel, A Summons to Memphis.
We just finished reading Taylor's last novel, In the Tennessee Country. It's a rather amazing piece of fictional imagination, something of a memory piece about the complexities of family life and the emotional thickets of such relationships.
Taylor tells his story in a genteel manner, with almost no dialogue and long-winded sentences that—despite this fact—manage to capture something of the South during the World War I era.
We try to keep abreast of literary styles and manners, and yet we have encountered few writers as mannered and seductive as Taylor.
Perhaps it's his evocation of a bygone time or his memorable Southern pols, aunts and cousins that make this novel so touching. But whatever it is, Taylor puts all down in a beautiful rendered prose that explains how ordinary lives used to be.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
What we don't need is more idiotic responses of the type we got from some Right-wing, talk radio types and, sadly, our own U.S. senator, Jim Inhofe, who should (but doesn't) know better.
You can read Jim Sleeper's TPM essay here.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Inhofe's "un-American" crack about President Obama's speech this week in Cairo hasn't won him any admirers.
Oklahoma Democrats, of course, have unloaded on Inhofe, as in this page one comment in the Tulsa World: "I am not surprised but I am disappointed, said Todd Goodman, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.
Goodman is correct. Inhofe is so stuck in demonizing, scorched-earth partisanship that he's often the laughingstock of many conservatives, much less mainstream and liberal citizens.
A quick search of the "Interweb" shows that Inhofe's criticism of Obama this week is only embarrassing him—and us, of course, the citizens of Oklahoma.
Friday, June 5, 2009
[U]nlike Condoleezza Rice, who not too long ago drew the same [civil rights] parallel to aggrandize the PLO terrorists as civil rights activists, Obama drew a sharp and revealing line of distinction between them: "Palestinians must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and does not succeed. For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding."
You can read the Horowitz column here.
President Barack Obama makes a serious and balanced foreign policy address in Cairo and Sen. Jim Inhofe comes out swinging with a partisan (read: hack) attack from the Right.
Of course he would. Inhofe's credibility as a fair-minded and thoughtful political leader vanished years ago. Instead, Oklahomans get a warmed-over, Limbaugh-lite commentary that almost nobody to the left of Pat Buchanan takes seriously—and that's saying something.
Tulsans and other Sooner state voters might want to pay attention to Obama's actual words from Cairo. If they read or listened to the speech itself (instead of the talk radio distortions of it), they might discover a new, vigorous, thoughtful and adult foreign policy approach to the Middle East.
But that would require a balanced and engaged political sensibility. Lots of Oklahomans might have (or acquire) that, but not Sen. Inhofe.
As the saying goes, his mind is made up. Don't confuse him with the facts.
For more on the latest Inhofe verbal nonsense, click here.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Here's the first few paragraphs of the World's story:
Mayor Kathy Taylor is expected to announce that she is not running for re-election at a press conference later today.
Taylor is scheduled to hold press conference at 5:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Press Club.
Rumors have swirled around City Hall that Taylor was in line for a job in Washington, D.C., but she has repeatedly denied those rumors.
Taylor had announced her intentions to run for another term this fall during a kickoff event in February at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
"There's a lot to be done in Tulsa, and I need your help and support to do it," Taylor told the crowd at that time. "I'm humbled to be your mayor, and I'm passionate about continuing to serve for another term."
[Gingrich has] done a full 180 on his boldest criticism and the one that has been repeated countlessly by the media. He called her a racist and is now retracting that comment, which earns a Full Flop.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Or maybe not. Sullivan checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic last week, so he's nowhere near Congress and he's not currently representing the people of the First District.
Indeed, the conservative Tulsa Republican has taken an official leave from his Congressional duties to deal with his alcohol addition, a problem that the Congressman has been battling for some time.
This is not Sullivan's first encounter with alcoholism. As the Tulsa World reported last week, the Congressman has spoken openly about his drinking, at one point speaking to high school students about the dangers of alcohol. "He said at the time he finally had eliminated alcohol from his life," the World noted.
Unfortunately for Sullivan (and us), that was not the case.
Along those lines, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is out with a new report on the diet disasters at some popular American restaurants such as Applebees and The Cheesecake Factory.
It's not a pretty picture. The link is here.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Check out Robert's photoblog here.