Saturday, October 21, 2006

Rep. Rodney Alexander's office sued for sexual harrassment 

From Americablog, we learn of this Roll Call article:

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), already enmeshed in the ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) page scandal, now faces a new controversy as a former staffer has sued his office for sexual harassment.

Elizabeth Scott, Alexander's former scheduler, claims that Royal Alexander, the Congressman's chief of staff, "engaged in a course of misconduct" that included "inappropriate sex-based comments, ogling and touching" and "sexual advances," according to Michael Hoare, Scott's attorney. Scott told the Congressman of his aide's alleged improper behavior but the Louisiana Republican took no action to correct the situation, Hoare said....

Scott said she was demoted from her position as scheduler to staff assistant by Royal Alexander in May 2006 when "she complained of possible sex discrimination" by him. She met with the Congressman shortly after that and informed him about the alleged improper behavior by his chief of staff, according to Hoare. Rodney and Royal Alexander are not related.

Scott eventually left the office at the end of June, saying it was "intolerable" for her to work there any longer.

Royal Alexander is the one who basically handled the Foley emails for Rodney Alexander. Doesn't sound like the most sensitive soul around. Louisiana must remember that our Republican legislators have pronounced Alexander's office as "beyond reproach". They are "very proud" of Alexander's conduct in this Foley scandal, even if his aides (who are now accused of sexual harrassment) declined to show troubling emails to Hastert's office...


Update: Elizabeth Scott is not the Alexander staffer who was fired this summer for corresponding with convicted killer Scott Peterson while on the job. That was Theresa Mares.

We have been told that Alexander (and his confidence in his staff) are "beyond reproach" or criticism. One former staffer was a pen pal to a killer while on the job, and another is either lying about Royal Alexander being a sexual harrasser, or she's telling the truth about it. Either way, it doesn't seem like Rodney Alexander hires capable or trustworthy staff.

And if Alexander was in fact warned of inappropriate behavior amongst his staff and then did nothing... well, that would just fit into a pattern, wouldn't it? Alexander ignored claims made in emails that indicated other pages were at risk. His aide (currently accused of sexual harrassment) did not show these emails to the House leadership. It has become clear that many other pages (besides the one Alexander sponsored) were indeed at risk. But Republicans like McCrery, Boustany, Vitter and Jindal (sorta) lined up to defend him.

What more do you think will come to light? Do you think it will reflect nicely or poorly on Alexander's decision-making? Place your bets.
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Who'd a thunk it? 

Recent news stories indicate that more than one Congressman might have acted "inappropriately" around teenage pages. Wow, what a totally unexpected development! I'm like a disturbed headbanger, I'm "stupified". I'm like a senior citizen admiring an Oreck, I'm "agog".

Let the record show that Rep Rodney Alexander treated this issue as one that only involved ONE page and ONE Congressman (Foley), even though the initial "overfriendly" emails (that he didn't show the House Leadership) clearly indicated that other pages might be at risk.

Sorry to keep beating this drum-- maybe it's just me-- but if you substitute your child's name for "Kerianna" or "Will", teenagers mentioned in the emails, and then judge Alexander's actions in a more personal context, I think you'll come to a different conclusion than those who say they are "very proud" of Alexander, and that he is "beyond reproach". Is there a sentient hominid who suspected that this was only an isolated incident? Seriously, is there?

Americablog reports the "breaking news" article that Florida gubernatorial candidate Crist is a homosexual. I don't care that he's gay. But I do care that he is a closeted gay who will be the next governor of Florida, and that he's opened himself up to blackmail. As the "outer" in the article states:

Linn said he has no problem with gay candidates running for office, but he thinks they should be open about their sexual orientation. The recent Mark Foley affair and the scandal involving former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevy have highlighted the dangers of running in the closet, he said.

"When you lie about it, that opens you up to extortion and bribery," Linn said. "That's what happened with McGreevey." He referred to McGreevey's book, in which the former New Jersey governor detailed how his closeted life made him vulnerable to an extortion attempt.

Linn said it's also "a matter of integrity and honesty" for a candidate to disclose their sexual orientation to voters.

Linn claimed that Crist's sexual orientation is an open secret in Tallahassee, much like Foley's was.

Attentive YRHT readers will recall that I've recently referenced Crist's closeted homosexuality. Like I said, I don't care. I like the gays, personally. And if they want to get married like the stupid breeders do, that's fine with me. But we learned from conservatives that when a politician lies about sexual peccadilloes, he or she is open to blackmail-- so, we just can't have that sort of thing, right? Sexuality should be no one's concern; politicians should refuse to answer such personal queries. But since they do, and since a sizable portion of one political party thinks that the homosexual lifestyle is immoral, then we must expose the hypocrites, right?

I'm not basing this post on a mere news story, either. Your Right Hand Thief has TWO very highly placed inside sources that confirm Crist is gay. One has worked with Crist, and one is the same highly placed GOP source that confirmed Foley was a closet gay to me in '96. So, I'm not shooting my mouth off here for the hell of it. Gubernatorial candidate Crist is gay-- that's a lead pipe cinch. That also makes him a liar and susceptible to blackmail. Right?
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Friday, October 20, 2006

Dems want Cat 5 flood protection for New Orleans 

From today's Times Picayune:

Democrats need to pick up 15 seats in the Nov. 7 election to regain control of the House and set the legislative agenda for Gulf Coast recovery.

The biggest item would be levee protection for metropolitan New Orleans strong enough to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Estimates run into the tens of billions of dollars.

Despite a promise to rebuild the area higher and safer, the Bush administration has avoided committing to hurricane protection much beyond what was in place when Katrina, a Category 3 storm, shredded New Orleans' levees and floodwalls. But Democrats say the substantial investment would be worth it to avoid a replay of what turned out to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

Protecting South Louisiana from flooding and erosion is the most important issue in this state, bar none. I also believe it is one of the most important national issues. President Bush, who has committed the U.S. to an unnecessary war in Iraq and a space expedition to Mars, cannot commit to Category 5 flood protection for South Louisiana. Even after Katrina, he wants to only "study" the problem, to see what "science dictates".

Should Democrats regain control of Congress, and pass a bill containing Category 5 flood protection for New Orleans, I would expect Bush to veto it. Protecting South Louisiana is "too expensive", for Bush and his GOP. We need to invest those tax dollars in Iraq, because the terrorists hate our freedom. Bush will zealously pursue a utopian vision of Iraq 30 years hence, and will commit thousands of lives and a trillion dollars towards that goal. But where's the commitment to Louisiana 30 years hence? For example, why should we rebuild marshlands in Iraq and not in our own country?

Let's face it: Bush's appeal to "science" is a way to avoid helping Louisiana. It's a stall tactic, a "run out the clock" maneuver. Bush hates science; he's about as scientific as Rip Taylor*. I didn't see him blink twice when scientists from the Dept of Energy and the International Atomic Energy Agency disputed his administration's claim that Iraq was using aluminum tubes to make uranium for nuclear weapons. No, the "dictates of science" were simply dismissed when the Bush administration went before the United Nations and presented a litany of "facts" that turned out to be totally false.

So, the question becomes-- after Bush vetoes a Cat 5 flood protection bill-- how does Louisiana respond?

* R.T. was a former U.S. Senate page.
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Turn your volume up 

... and visit World Class New Orleans to hear what the Sacredome can sound like during Saints games.

Go watch it. Feel it. Relive it. But afterwards, do not-- I repeat-- DO NOT forget to turn your volume down, because you may stumble upon a "music"(?) video like this one.

(H/T Baizetown.)
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Rodney's "frustrated" 

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports:

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, lashed out Wednesday at congressional colleagues for failing to report the e-mail page scandal of a former Florida congressman.

After testifying for three hours before the closed-door House Ethics Committee, a frustrated Alexander emerged saying he didn't understand why e-mails sent to pages by former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., were not reported earlier, before Foley had solicited a page sponsored by Alexander.

Why is Alexander "lashing out" and visibly "frustrated" after testifying before the Ethics Committee? I thought he took "prompt and responsible action". I thought Alexander was "beyond reproach". I thought he "handled the issue as well as anybody could have". Isn't that what Republicans Vitter, McCrery and Boustany told us?

Instead of showing the emails to Hastert's office, Alexander's aide merely "described" them. The aide said they were "overly-friendly".

No, actually they they were not just "overly friendly emails".

As Boyd rightly noted, there's a "world of difference" between the following statements:

1) "I have a page who has been getting inappropriate emails from Foley. The parents don't want to pursue it, they just want it to stop."

2) " I have a page who has been getting inappropriate emails from Foley, and reports from previous pages that this is not the first time he's done it. My page's parents don't want their son involved any further, but we might need to look into the pattern."

By pursuing the easy #1 option, Alexander's office opted to not reveal portions of an email that raised serious questions about Foley's conduct with other pages. Perhaps, with even a modicum of investigation, Hastert's staff might've found internet exchanges on the House Page internet forum like the ones CNN uncovered:

A Web forum run by the House Page Alumni Association was taken offline soon after the scandal broke. However, CNN identified archived versions of those Web pages in which Foley was discussed.

On the alumni site, one page in August 2004 wrote that Foley had "taken the time to find out who I was and then he actually remembered who I was a few months later!"

Another user of the message board posted in April 2005 that he had applied to be a page in Foley's office. In response, a former page simply wrote "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Foley."

Hat tip to J.M.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dozen Iraq links 

"The Iraqi Government sacked 3,000 police officers for human rights abuses, corruption and complicity with militias yesterday. The drastic action came only a fortnight after the authorities laid off an entire police brigade for aiding death squads."

"The invasion of Iraq prevented British forces from helping to secure Afghanistan much sooner and has left a dangerous vacuum in the country for four years, the commander who has led the attack against the Taliban made clear yesterday."

"Iraq's fragile democracy, weakened by mounting chaos and a rapidly rising death toll, is being challenged by calls for the formation of a hardline 'government of national salvation'.

The proposal, which is being widely discussed in political and intelligence circles in Baghdad, is to replace the Shi'ite-led government of Nouri al-Maliki....
with a group of five strongmen who would impose martial law and either dissolve parliament or halt its participation in day-to-day government."

Take Representative Terry Everett, a seven-term Alabama Republican who is vice chairman of the House intelligence subcommittee on technical and tactical intelligence.

"Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?" I asked him a few weeks ago.

Mr. Everett responded with a low chuckle. He thought for a moment: "One's in one location, another's in another location. No, to be honest with you, I don't know. I thought it was differences in their religion, different families or something."

To his credit, he asked me to explain the differences. I told him briefly about the schism that developed after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and how Iraq and Iran are majority Shiite nations while the rest of the Muslim world is mostly Sunni. "Now that you've explained it to me," he replied, "what occurs to me is that it makes what we're doing over there extremely difficult, not only in Iraq but that whole area."

In Sept. 2003, President Bush promised that he would help Iraqis "restore basic services, such as electricity and water, and to build new schools, roads, and medical clinics. This effort is essential to the stability of those nations, and therefore, to our own security."

But three years later, electricity levels in Baghdad are at an all-time low. Residents of Baghdad are receiving just 2.4 hours of electricity this month, compared to an average of 16-24 hours of electricity before the U.S. invasion. The lowest level prior to this month was 3.9 hours/day.

Former Secretary of State James Baker, one of the most ardent Bush family loyalists, is heading up a commission to review our policy in Iraq. According to the BBC, Baker was "visibly upset" during a recent visit to Iraq, calling the country "a helluva mess."

The media has reported that Baker's panel has "ruled out the prospect for victory" and will recommend a "change in course"...


Rush Limbaugh interviewed Vice President Cheney on his show today. At one point, Limbaugh asked Cheney to respond to growing frustration over U.S. efforts in Iraq.

Cheney acknowledged there is a "natural level of concern out there" because fighting didn't end "instantaneously." (Next month, the war will have lasted longer than U.S. fighting in World War II.) Cheney then pointed to various news items to paint a positive picture of conditions in Iraq and concluded, "If you look at the general overall situation, they're doing remarkably well."


"Nearly 5.6 millions Iraqis are living below the poverty line, according to our most recent studies. At least 40 percent of this number is living in absolute and desperate deteriorated conditions," said Sinan Youssef, a senior official in the strategy department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, adding that this level of poverty is a 35 percent increase over the level before 2003.
Local officials and NGOs put the unemployment rate countrywide to be more than 60 percent.
Compounding the unemployment problem is the fact that the price of basic necessities in Iraq has skyrocketed over the past year. A report by NGO Coordination Committee in Iraq (NCCI) suggests a 70 percent rate of inflation from July 2005 to July 2006.

9. 2004 Presidential Debate Senator John Kerry and President George Bush:

Kerry: ....Osama bin Laden uses the invasion of Iraq in order to go out to people and say that America has declared war on Islam. We need to be smarter about now we wage a war on terror.

Bush: My opponent just said something amazing. He said Osama bin Laden uses the invasion of Iraq as an excuse to spread hatred for America. Osama bin Laden isn't going to determine how we defend ourselves.

Osama bin Laden doesn't get to decide. The American people decide.
Bush 4/18/06: "I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I'm the decider, and I decide what is best."

O'REILLY: Sixty percent of Americans are now against the Iraq War. Why?

BUSH: Because they want us to win. They believe-- they are wondering whether or not we have the plans in place to win....

"Sen. Conrad Burns said at a debate Tuesday night that President Bush does have a plan for winning the war in Iraq, but he isn't about to share it with the world.
"We went in under false pretenses," [Senatorial candidate Jon] Tester said. "We pulled the troops from Afghanistan and put them in Iraq. Osama bin Laden is still running free."

The war is costing the U.S. billions of dollars a year that could be better spent on helping middle-class families and small businesses, [Tester] said.

Tester said he is not for "telling our opponents what we're going to do. The fact is, we don't know what we're going to do."

Replied Burns: "We're not going to tell you what our plan is, Jon, because you're just going to go out and blow it."

[Louisianan Jodi Velotta, talking about her husband Capt. Brad Velotta and his Blackhawk Company in Baghdad]: "They need to come home. This needs to come to an end because it's tearing families apart."
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Alexander: others "knew what we knew" 

The Dead Pelican alerted us to this Shreveport Times story, titled "Alexander says others knew about messages to pages". (That's "pages", plural. Update: there are rumors of a THIRD page scandal brewing, this one involving a 16-year old girl.):

Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander said today that other people on Capitol Hill knew before he did that former Rep. Mark Foley of Florida had sent inappropriate e-mails to male congressional pages.

"There are many people who knew what we knew and have known about it for a lot longer time," Alexander, R- Quitman, said after testifying before the House ethics committee. He declined to be specific.
Alexander has said he notified House GOP leaders last fall that Foley had sent inappropriate-- but not sexually explicit-- e-mails to a male teen from Louisiana who had been a congressional page. Alexander was the teen's sponsor for the page program.

He told reporters today that the teen from Louisiana was not aware Foley had sent sexually explicit Internet messages to other pages. Referring to those pages, Alexander said, "I'd like to know who sponsored them and what did they know."

Ah. Alexander, our esteemed legislator of whom everyone is "very proud", now says many others in D.C. "knew" what his office "knew"-- and that they had known "it" for a longer time than he.

Oooh, Rodney, why so defensive?

See, what Alexander presumably "knew" is that Foley was sending inappropriate emails to teenage pages. Alexander told reporters that his former page "was not aware Foley had sent sexually explicit... messages to other pages". BUT ALEXANDER DID KNOW THAT HIS PAGE WAS "AWARE" THAT OTHER PAGES WERE RECEIVING INAPPROPRIATE ATTENTION FROM FOLEY. Indeed, his page "knew" that Foley was admiring another page's body, and was told by a page named Kerianna that a Congressman was "hitting on" other pages. Alexander knew about this information because it was explicitly stated in the emails Alexander "knew" were inappropriate. These are the same emails that his staff would not show to Speaker Hastert. Instead, Alexander's office decided to merely "describe" (in full?!) the emails to Hastert.

The article concludes by saying that "only two of the panel's 10 members [were] present when Alexander began testifying". Glad he got thoroughly grilled... though Alexander's deflection of blame afterwards is telling.

Since Alexander is too "proud" to resign, Louisiana voters in his district will determine his fate.
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Trapped in the closet 

I thought politicians who have extra-marital affairs, and who lie about sex (and their sexuality) were a national security risk... among many other things. They can be blackmailed, right?.

That's what I learned from outraged conservatives during the 90's. (And yet they continue to obliviously vote for closeted, gay men who choose to lie about their secret, "homosexual lifestyles". In November, another lying, GOP closet-case will be elected governor of a large state.)

I like gays. A gay man broke the Nazi code which helped the Allies win WWII. Unfortunately, an unaccepting world drove this genius-- who also invented the computer-- to suicide.

I think gays should be able to get married just like stupid breeders do. (Or, if we must, call it a civil union.) I just don't think gays should have to live in closets or be treated like immoral "threats" to American Christian values. (You know, the values that red-blooded American heroes like Abe Lincoln exemplified.)

Yes, sexual orientation SHOULD be none of our business. At all. But we are told that gays are attacking Marriage, and that homos drink piss, and they invite wars and hurricanes and terrorist attacks and other divine retributions. And now, after a Senator is outed, the pious Right is abashed and aghast.

Please. I don't need those who spent a decade dissecting the Clenis lecturing me about "sexual privacy".

H/T Matthew Fleischer
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The "Super Bowl for Prostitutes" 

I see a misty, slimy Bourbon Street "tundra". Long, shadowy figures emerge in the blurry neon distance, walking in slow motion. Their glittered eyes scan for randy males, then one by one the silhouetted figures slip into bars to chat up drunk conventioneers and construction workers.

Cut to earlier scenes, in bathrooms, of working girls getting dressed and made up. They work quick, and finish their faces. Then they take one last look in the mirror, and go out unto the "playing field" with their "game face" on. They are... professionals.

Then the narrative voice of John Facenda intones "NFL Films presents: THE SUPER BOWL OF PROSTITUTION".

Or something like that.

Once again, mayor Ray Nagin has made a memorable comment. This time it's about the latest prostitution crackdown in the French Quarter.

WGNO reported:

"We have become, somebody described it as super bowl for prostitutes," said Nagin. "It's true. They're all over the place."

Nagin's comment came just hours after the round up in the French Quarter where undercover NOPD officers started their crackdown on street crimes in and around the tourist corridor.
The NOPD is using overtime money from the Department of Justice to pay for the new French Quarter detail.

"I think right after the storm with the influx of construction workers, the word got out across the country and we had this influx of street walkers," said Mayor Nagin. "We're going to clean them up. It's just going to take some time."

According to the story, New Orleans is drawing "hookers" from as far away as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But that's not all. New Orleans Police say they are also arresting "potential johns" who are trying to pay for play.

That's good. Since we got that whole violent crime thing under control, I think we should try to bust all the hookers. We don't want to sully the Quarter's wholesome reputation for our tourists. They want it to appear seedy, but in a safe, odor free, Disneyland sort of way.

Speaking of working girls, whatever happened to Jeanette Maier, the "Canal Street Madam"? Did someone buy the rights to her book yet? Can she please name names so that the NOPD can nail the judges, local news anchors, religious right hypocrites, City Council members and legislators... who have enjoyed her illegal services?

Mayor Nagin has made eradicating prostitution a priority, and by gum, we should see it through-- on both sides-- supply and demand! In fact, he should coordinate with Jim Letten and the FBI, who thought prostitution in New Orleans was one of the country's top concerns in the summer of 2001.

Update: I just noticed the Gambit Weekly had a little "Scuttlebutt" item on Maier that I'd like to share.

[Former] city health director Dr. Brobson Lutz and Jeanette Maier, former "madam" of the infamous Canal Street brothel, both expressed dismay that the city did not immediately publicize the return of its only STD clinic. "It is the biggest public health secret in New Orleans," said Lutz. Maier agreed: "You've got to help those (working) girls stay healthy -- their pimps aren't going to do it." ... Pre-Katrina, New Orleans led the nation in cases of chlamydia and ranked second in gonorrhea.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"Very Proud" 


[The House Ethics] panel questioned a Louisiana congressman's top aide who told the House speaker's office last fall that a male page received questionable e-mails from Foley.

Royal Alexander, chief of staff to GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander but no relation, defended his office's handling of the matter after the teenager's parents complained about Foley.

"I'm very proud of our office. I'm very proud of our page and his family and what they've been through," Royal Alexander said after his closed-door testimony. He would not answer questions.

There's a surprise.

Rep. Alexander's office complained last fall to House Speaker Dennis Hastert's staff about Foley's friendly-- but not sexually explicit-- e-mails to the former Louisiana page.

Rep. Alexander has said the former page contacted his office last fall, saying Foley had asked about the teenager's age, then 16, and his birthday. Foley also requested a photo.

According to previous statements, Royal Alexander contacted aides to Hastert last fall.
Royal Alexander last fall didn't actually show the messages to Hastert's staff members, but described them and said the boy's parents wanted the contacts to stop.

Why didn't Royal "actually show the messages to Hastert's staff"?

Why did Alexander's office not insist on an investigation into the allegations of inappropriate conduct between Congressmen and other pages?

Why didn't Alexander's office attempt to notify "Will", the teenage page whose body Foley admired? Why didn't they investigate the claims made by Kerianna, who said a Congressman was hitting on multiple pages? Were these concerns omitted when Royal "described" the emails to Hastert's staff? It certainly appears so.

I certainly hope the Ethics committee asked Royal some version of these questions.

So, let's recap.

Royal Alexander is "very proud" of

1. "our page"
2. "his family" and
3. "what they've been through" [huh?]

Senator David Vitter is "proud"

1. "of the way Rodney handled it"

Rodney and Royal screwed up royally. They should not be proud, nor should Louisiana politicians be "proud" of them. They negligently handled multiple allegations of inappropriate conduct. They did not show the emails to Speaker Hastert, they did not insist on an investigation, and they left teenage kids at risk with a sexual predator. I believe Alexander should resign.

Apparently, the Louisiana news media and some voters in his district have a different view.
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Christians in Iraq who do not flee are killed, terrorized. 

Sectarian militias continue to target Christians in Iraq; car-bombing churches, terrorizing and harassing believers, kidnapping and beheading priests.... Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled Iraq since the war began; they decided that current conditions are now "UNACCEPTABLE" and are much worse than they were during Saddam.

Think about that. These are pro-democracy Christians who lived through Saddam's dictatorship only to find that the country has worsened after he was deposed.

You'd think Republican Rhombi would be sympathetic and suppportive of their plight; you'd think pro-war fantasists would be constantly reminding us that "Iraqi Christians deserved to be liberated and they will be an important voice for reform and democracy in the new Iraq. We need to make sure that this persecuted Christian minority is not disenfranchised by Kurds, killed by sectarian death squads, and forced to flee a land they've inhabited for 2,000 years. Iraqi Christians need fair representation in Parliament and a government that can provide security."

No, you won't be hearing about the Iraqi Christians anytime soon-- especially from the Pro-war Religious Right. (You know who I'm talking about, right? These are the same fundagelicals who abhor gay behavior, but seem to love voting for closet gays.)

Well, here's an excerpt from an IHT article titled "In Iraq, a new level of threat to Christians":

Christianity took root here near the dawn of the faith 2,000 years ago, making Iraq home to one of the world's oldest Christian communities. The country is rich in biblical significance: scholars believe the Garden of Eden described in Genesis was in Iraq; Abraham came from Ur of the Chaldees, thought by many to be in Iraq.

Both Chaldean Catholics and Assyrian Christians, the country's largest Christian sects, still pray in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

They have long been a tiny minority amid a sea of Islamic faith. But under Saddam Hussein, Iraq's million or so Christians for the most part co-existed peacefully with Muslims, both the dominant Sunnis and the majority Shiites.
Over the past three and a half years, Christians have been subjected to a steady stream of church bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and threatening letters slipped under doors.

Nice job, you stupid fundagelical sheep! You elected a "moral man" to be President who engaged in a war of choice at the first opportunity, and who f*cked up the subsequent "nation-building" so badly that one of the world's oldest Christian communities is being... extinguished! They survived for two thousand years, and now, after Bush "liberated" them, these Christians are almost literally being cast out of the Garden of Eden! Isn't that ironic?!

And you fundagelicals couldn't give a shite. You'll say: "Those who cut and run don't understand that freedom isn't free... etc." In fact, you probably think these Christians are not properly "saved" and are on their way to the lake of fire, anyway. Perhaps many of them are immoral and gay and therefore brought these terrorist death squads on themselves. Perhaps it's all part of the Divine plan.... right?

Like the DK's said, y'all keep on "masturbating with a flag and a bible. God must be dead if you're alive".

Another snippet from the IHT article:

Dora, a neighborhood in southern Baghdad that was once heavily populated by Christians and has been plagued by sectarian violence, has now been mostly emptied of them. Christians were singled out there by insurgents who accused them of being friendly with the occupying Americans.

"They are Christian, we are Christian," said one holdout, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Suzan. "They think most likely we know each other well."

Well, you can't blame those insurgents for thinking that. You know those Christians-- they all look (and think) the same.

Good thing we understand "them" better than they understand "us".

Here's some moving Congressional testimony (.pdf) by an Assyrian Christian.

More YRHT coverage of this issue here.
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Discussion topic for the day 

How similar are Democrats to the Arizona Cardinals?

As David Letterman will tell ya, the Cardinal is the "fiercest robin-sized bird in the world".
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Monday, October 16, 2006

Oh Yes! 

The latest Suspect Device on Rodney Alexander (R-LA)is so good, ya gotta see it. Only a Russky or a Pinhead wouldn't like it.

The entire staff at YRHT thinks Greg Peters is by far the best cartoonist in Louisiana.
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"About 40" 

White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow "on the intellectual acumen of his boss: 'He reminds me of one of those guys at the gym who plays about 40 chessboards at once.'"

Back in '04, YRHT uncovered the transcript of a conversation Chimpy had with New Orleans' own Paul Morphy.

No doubt all the sacrifices in Iraq are going to pay off in a stunning checkmate. We're in "the endgame", right?

(H/T Eschaton)
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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Presidential Library Chronicles 

Last night one of the national news shows had a story on the competition between three Texas schools who are competing to house George W. Bush's Presidential library. SMU, Baylor and the University of Dallas were all in the running, and were campaigning vigorously to be Bush's chosen site.

Both Baylor and the U of D had already set aside acreage on their campuses where a presidential library could be built. However, in both cases, the acreage bordered rivers.

They should have done their homework. Bush has already indicated that he's nervous about having his presidential library near a river because... (wait for it)... a submarine could attack it!

That's right, kids. George Bush imagines submarine attacks on Presidential libraries.
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"A world of difference" 

Concerning Rep. Rodney Alexander's role in Foleygate, Boyd Blundell absolutely nails it in this post at After the Levees. He elegantly captures the core concern about Alexander, saying:

There is a world of difference between the following statements:

1) "I have a page who has been getting inappropriate emails from Foley. The parents don't want to pursue it, they just want it to stop."

2) " I have a page who has been getting inappropriate emails from Foley, and reports from previous pages that this is not the first time he's done it. My page's parents don't want their son involved any further, but we might need to look into the pattern."


Read the whole thing. Everything I've seen indicates that Alexander totally mis-handled the emails he received, yet the local and state media have not dared to ask him the tough questions, and they've been far more critical of Hastert than of Alexander.


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Joy to the Girl 

Joejoejoe sent me a link to this youtube "mash up". I got a kick out of it and wanted to share it.

Missy's wearing a Motorhead shirt.
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