Last night’s so called ‘Justice Sunday’ event was the latest attempt by the radical rightwing to impose their fundamentalist religious views onto the judicairy. With Sam Alito’s Supreme Court comfirmation hearings scheduled to begin today in Washington DC, the Bush Administration is attempting to get a head start on the debate. Last night’s event at an evangelical Baptist church in North Philly was the latest example of the right wing of the Republican Party trying to formulate its domestic agenda based on their fundamentalist religious ideologies. I should add that the service was broadcast to evangelical churches nationwide. So if you think the fundamentalists aren’t deadly serious about imposing their morals on the rest of us, THINK AGAIN! Judging by what I saw, the rightwingers can try all the want to cast Alito is a positive light, but all their efforts prove is that it’s impossible to polish a turd.
As previously mentioned by Matt Langer, Rep. Rush Holt wrote a very strong letter to NSA director Keith B. Alexander claiming he was actively misled about the government’s eavesdropping. Some excerpts from his letter (emphasis mine):
You will no doubt understand my considerable anger upon reading about the NSA domestic spying program in the New York Times…a program that you failed to reveal to me during my December 6 visit.
Again, in your letter to me, you asked whether all my questions had been answered. With respect to you, sir, that question is disingenuous.
Your responses make a mockery of Congressional oversight.
I request that you order any programs similar to those reported (of warrant-less surveillance) to be suspended until a full and thorough Congressional review of this matter is completed…
The full letter in the extended section.
Democrats picked up a seat on the Atlantic County freeholder board in November of 2004 when Joe Kelly defeated incumbent John Risley. In September of 2005, Republican Freeholder James Carney switched parties. He then ran for and won the County Surrogate seat for the Democrats just two months later. Democrats also defeated a Republican incumbent freeholder. After losing an incumbent Assembly seat in November’s election, the Atlantic County GOP continues to fall apart.
Today, they get more bad news. According to politicsnj, “former GOP Assemblyman Paul D’Amato is expected to switch parties today.”
…local Democrats are touting the ex-Republican legislator as a possible candidate in 2007, either against Gormley or for Atlantic County Executive.
He stated that the Republican leadership in Atlantic County is a closed shop that discourages individuality, discussion and openness. New people are not welcomed and new ideas are not seriously considered.
Today I am asking all disenfranchised republicans sick of the present republican leadership to join me in changing their affiliation with a party that will care about you and will care about your ideas.
I read your article, “Codey leaves much for Corzine to deal with” in yesterday’s Times of Trenton early Sunday afternoon and, frankly, I’m still going over it in my head. Let me see if I can explain why.
“Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 4 pm. Activists attend the Ocean County Freeholders meeting to support Lt. Laurel Hester, featuring a heartwrenching video of Lt. Hester just made by Garden State Equality. The video, which we will show to the Freeholders at the meeting, will be her last direct appeal to them. Lt. Hester’s cancer has spread to her brain and she has become too weak to leave her home. Lt. Hester and her partner Stacie have personally asked us to ask you to attend this meeting on their behalf. Location: Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, Toms River.”
I hear that “heartwrenching” doesn’t even come close to describing the video.
Thanks to everyone who voted and to all ten of the nominated blogs. There is so much good talent out there that it was difficult to pick just one.
After a week of voting, the New Jersey blogosphere has spoken and we are proud to announce the winner of the highly coveted and prestigious Screaming Carrot Award for Best NJ Blog of 2005:
Asked for comment, Hart said “I promise to use this carrot only for good, never for evil. Well . . . hardly ever. Maybe once in a while, but not as a regular thing, no way, no how, nope.”
We’re all relieved.
Not far behind, three other blogs were closely packed together, and to recognize their work, we salute them as honorable mention candidates for the 2005 Best NJ Blog Award:
When asked his thoughts on the results, DBK — writer of Blanton’s and Ashton’s — responded, “No comment”, and then covered his face with his overcoat to avoid photographs.
We look forward to seeing all of these blogs grow in the next year and witnessing the creation of many new blogs that will compete for this most respected title next year.
Check out our press release at politicsnj.com for more wonderful Steven Hart quotes.
On December 19, 2005 Congressman Mike Ferguson voted for a budget bill that included a provision opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for petroleum. It was the fourth time he has voted for bills including this provision in five years, despite Ferguson’s repeatedly claiming that he opposes oil drilling in ANWR and pointing to it as a sign of his independence from the Bush administration.
But more troubling than Ferguson’s hypocricy in calling keeping ANWR oil rig free a “national priority” yet voting to approve drilling is that he repeatedly omits his true voting record when writing to his constituents. Twice before — here and here — we’ve published letters from Ferguson touting his three votes for failed amendments against drilling but conveniently leaving out his votes for approving drilling in successful bills.
And now he has done it again. In an e-mail dated January 4, 2006 Ferguson brags:
I have voted three times â€“ in 2001, 2003 and 2005 â€“ to prohibit drilling in ANRW.
This e-mail — published in full after the jump — was sent just 16 days after he voted to approve drilling in the budget bill. While it lays out excellent arguments against drilling in ANWR in order to portray Ferguson as an environmentalist, it fails to note he voted twice for drilling in 2005 and once each in 2001 and 2003.
The only way to stop Ferguson from continuing to mislead his constituents is to make his intentional mendacity public. Please write letters to the editor about this issue, and Ferguson’s consistent inability to tell the truth about his voting record.
[Crossposted from Dump Mike Ferguson]
The Preamble to our Constitution starts off with “We, the people,” not we the bigots, and the First Amendment to that Constitution states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.
But apparently our religious leaders have done just that with laws aimed at a group of people that many Christians don’t like, and have shown open oppression, and hostility toward by passing laws that deny them rights…
This is justice: Hester put in the same time as the heterosexual police officers did. She took the same risks. She shared the same heartaches and tears. Therefore, she deserves the same benefits; not because of her sexual preference, religion, or color of her skin, but because she worked for them, just like everyone else…
I know I didn’t fight in Vietnam for just Lynch’s rights or the Christians’ rights.
Perhaps the people who don’t understand that should leave the United States, because if you don’t believe in equal rights for everyone based on what’s fair, just and equal, instead of based on religious views, you don’t belong in this country.”
A while back when I thought DYFS was at the brink of change for the better, I was overjoyed. However, the NJ Office of the Child Advocate released two audits of the DYFS system yesterday. The results are not promising for teens trapped in the system.
The Associated Press wire’s over the past two days have noted the findings and has helped make them a bit more palatable for the public to understand.
…their findings are below…