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NJ Senate Votes To Repeal Death Penalty
2007-12-12 02:12:00
By a 21-16 bipartisan vote;Aye (17 Democrats, 4 Republicans):John Adler (D-Cherry Hill)Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park)Wayne Bryant (D-Camden)Barbara Buono (D-Edison)Richard Codey (D-West Orange)Joseph Coniglio (D-Paramus)Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City)Nia Gill (D-Montclair)John Girgenti (D-Paterson)Ellen Karcher (D-Marlboro)Bernard Kenny (D-Hoboken)Raymond Lesniak (D-Union)Robert Martin (R-Morris Plains)James McCullough (R-Egg Harbor Township)Joseph Palaia (R-Deal)Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge)Bob Smith (D-Piscataway)Stephen Sweeney (D-Thorofare)Shirley Turner (D-Ewing)Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge)Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck)Nay (13 Republicans, 3 Democrats):Nicholas Asselta (R-Cape May)Martha Bark (R-Mount Laurel)Anthony Bucco (R-Denville)Gerald Cardinale (R-Cresskill)Anthony Ciesla (R-Brick)Lenoard Connors (R-Forked River)Peter Inverso (R-Hamilton)Thomas Kean Jr. (R-Westfield)Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown Township)Leonard Lance (R-Flemington)Robert Littell (R-Franklin)Fred Madden (D-Tu...
More About: New Jersey , Senate , Death , Death penalty , Penalty
NJ Senate Votes To Repeal Death Penalty
2007-12-12 02:12:00
By a 21-16 bipartisan vote;Aye (17 Democrats, 4 Republicans):John Adler (D-Cherry Hill)Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park)Wayne Bryant (D-Camden)Barbara Buono (D-Edison)Richard Codey (D-West Orange)Joseph Coniglio (D-Paramus)Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City)Nia Gill (D-Montclair)John Girgenti (D-Paterson)Ellen Karcher (D-Marlboro)Bernard Kenny (D-Hoboken)Raymond Lesniak (D-Union)Robert Martin (R-Morris Plains)James McCullough (R-Egg Harbor Township)Joseph Palaia (R-Deal)Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge)Bob Smith (D-Piscataway)Stephen Sweeney (D-Thorofare)Shirley Turner (D-Ewing)Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge)Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck)Nay (13 Republicans, 3 Democrats):Nicholas Asselta (R-Cape May)Martha Bark (R-Mount Laurel)Anthony Bucco (R-Denville)Gerald Cardinale (R-Cresskill)Anthony Ciesla (R-Brick)Lenoard Connors (R-Forked River)Peter Inverso (R-Hamilton)Thomas Kean Jr. (R-Westfield)Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown Township)Leonard Lance (R-Flemington)Robert Littell (R-Franklin)Fred Madden (D-Tu...
More About: New Jersey , Senate , Death , Death penalty , Penalty
CIA Agena: Torture Is Bad, But Saved Lives...You Decide
2007-12-11 23:30:00
Begin the endless bickering and name calling;You pussy-headed liberal morons want to protect the rights of people who want to kill you. You should die or move to Canada.And you terrorist war criminals who are no better than the people you are waterboarding should be put in chains and thrown in jail for war crimes for eroding the moral highground America has long stood on.America at it's best!
More About: War on Terrorism , Lives , Torture
CIA Agena: Torture Is Bad, But Saved Lives...You Decide
2007-12-11 23:30:00
Begin the endless bickering and name calling;You pussy-headed liberal morons want to protect the rights of people who want to kill you. You should die or move to Canada.And you terrorist war criminals who are no better than the people you are waterboarding should be put in chains and thrown in jail for war crimes for eroding the moral highground America has long stood on.America at it's best!
More About: War on Terrorism , Lives , Torture
Congress Reminds Us Christmas Is A Christian Holiday
2007-12-11 21:27:00
Just in case we were too busy buying our children poisonous toys from China and forgot, Christmas is in fact a Christian holiday, says Congress .So now back to your shopping with all you holy rollers.
More About: Holiday , Christian fundamentalism
Congress Reminds Us Christmas Is A Christian Holiday
2007-12-11 21:27:00
Just in case we were too busy buying our children poisonous toys from China and forgot, Christmas is in fact a Christian holiday, says Congress .So now back to your shopping with all you holy rollers.
More About: Holiday , Christian fundamentalism
Special Elections Today
2007-12-11 15:08:00
Two special elections today, one in Northwest Ohio, another in Eastern Virginia, for Congressional seats left open by the deaths of two Republicans.In Ohio, Democrat Robin Weinrauch has a shot at picking up the seat of the late Republican Paul Gilmor, but she faces Bob Latta, son of the guy who represented the district before Gilmor. Latta's internal poll yesterday showed him trialing Weinrauch in a district Bush won over 60% of the vote in.In Virginia, Democrat Phil Forgit, an Iraq war vet is running against Republican Bob Whitman for the seat of the late Jo Ann Davis who died in October. Forgit is an underdog. The seat was won by Bush in 2004 and Republican candidates for Governor (Kilgore) in 2005 and Senator (Allen) in 2006.If you're in one of these two districts, GO OUT AND VOTE TODAY!
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Special Elections Today
2007-12-11 15:08:00
Two special elections today, one in Northwest Ohio, another in Eastern Virginia, for Congressional seats left open by the deaths of two Republicans.In Ohio, Democrat Robin Weinrauch has a shot at picking up the seat of the late Republican Paul Gilmor, but she faces Bob Latta, son of the guy who represented the district before Gilmor. Latta's internal poll yesterday showed him trialing Weinrauch in a district Bush won over 60% of the vote in.In Virginia, Democrat Phil Forgit, an Iraq war vet is running against Republican Bob Whitman for the seat of the late Jo Ann Davis who died in October. Forgit is an underdog. The seat was won by Bush in 2004 and Republican candidates for Governor (Kilgore) in 2005 and Senator (Allen) in 2006.If you're in one of these two districts, GO OUT AND VOTE TODAY!
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The True Meaning Of Christmas
2007-12-11 00:14:00
It's only commercialized when you buy crap that doesn't shove Christianity down your throat.
More About: Christmas , Meaning , Christian fundamentalism , True
The True Meaning Of Christmas
2007-12-11 00:14:00
It's only commercialized when you buy crap that doesn't shove Christianity down your throat.
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Huckabee Takes The Lead
2007-12-10 22:04:00
Has the GOP found their candidate? Probably not, but the Southern Baptist anti-gay, anti-choice, misogynistic ex-Governor of a red state likely to be won by Hillary Clinton sure is attractive.The other guy, America's mayor? Yeah, we're done with them.
More About: Rudy Giuliani , Mike Huckabee , Huckabee , Lead
Huckabee Takes The Lead
2007-12-10 22:04:00
Has the GOP found their candidate? Probably not, but the Southern Baptist anti-gay, anti-choice, misogynistic ex-Governor of a red state likely to be won by Hillary Clinton sure is attractive.The other guy, America's mayor? Yeah, we're done with them.
More About: Rudy Giuliani , Mike Huckabee , Huckabee , Lead
Rudy: I Made Big Mistakes, But Only A Few
2007-12-09 18:14:00
Karma's a bitch and so are you.
More About: Rudy Giuliani , Made , Rudy , Stakes , Mista
Rudy: I Made Big Mistakes, But Only A Few
2007-12-09 18:14:00
Karma's a bitch and so are you.
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LA-04: McCrery To Retire
2007-12-08 01:23:00
This is a pretty shocking announcement out of Northwest Louisiana. Rep. Jim McCrery (R-Louisiana), who is the ranking Republican member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, will retire next year. The district, the fourth district of Louisiana, includes the entire Shreveport area, 3/4 of the Louisiana/Texas border, and the west half of the Arkansas/Louisiana border.McCrery has represented the Shreveport area in Western and Northwestern Louisiana for nearly 20 years. McCrery won 55% of the vote in 2006 against two Democrats who received a combined 43% of the vote.The seat leans Republican, but a strong Democrat, such as former Shreveport mayor Keith Hightower, can pick off this seat.
More About: Congress , Retire , Tire
LA-04: McCrery To Retire
2007-12-08 01:23:00
This is a pretty shocking announcement out of Northwest Louisiana. Rep. Jim McCrery (R-Louisiana), who is the ranking Republican member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, will retire next year. The district, the fourth district of Louisiana, includes the entire Shreveport area, 3/4 of the Louisiana/Texas border, and the west half of the Arkansas/Louisiana border.McCrery has represented the Shreveport area in Western and Northwestern Louisiana for nearly 20 years. McCrery won 55% of the vote in 2006 against two Democrats who received a combined 43% of the vote.The seat leans Republican, but a strong Democrat, such as former Shreveport mayor Keith Hightower, can pick off this seat.
More About: Congress , Retire
Happy Hour
2007-12-07 23:33:00
Turns out the Page program is like any other high school in the United States."Nobody gets anything until the we make the Democrats look as bad as we possibly can"The President not a criminal, just dangerously incompetent.George W. Bush and Kim Jong Il, BFF!Dana Perino gets thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to tell the nation daily that she doesn't know a damn thing about anytihng.Barack who? I just want to see Oprah, she's my girl!Bush seeks tax cuts for fives, tens of people...otherwise, all of you are getting taxed like you've never been taxed before.It's not a problem that needs immediate attention until a couple hundred people die.Dick Cheney is a jerk, Speaker Pelosi seems surprised.Eliot Spitzer is giving everyone high-speed internet access...that should make everyone forget about the whole giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants thing.Mitt Romney won't take orders from the Mormom church, but he'll gladly take orders from any other church that will vote for...
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Happy Hour
2007-12-07 23:33:00
Turns out the Page program is like any other high school in the United States."Nobody gets anything until the we make the Democrats look as bad as we possibly can"The President not a criminal, just dangerously incompetent.George W. Bush and Kim Jong Il, BFF!Dana Perino gets thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to tell the nation daily that she doesn't know a damn thing about anytihng.Barack who? I just want to see Oprah, she's my girl!Bush seeks tax cuts for fives, tens of people...otherwise, all of you are getting taxed like you've never been taxed before.It's not a problem that needs immediate attention until a couple hundred people die.Dick Cheney is a jerk, Speaker Pelosi seems surprised.Eliot Spitzer is giving everyone high-speed internet access...that should make everyone forget about the whole giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants thing.Mitt Romney won't take orders from the Mormom church, but he'll gladly take orders from any other church that will vote for...
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Will It Really Kill Him?
2007-12-07 18:02:00
All this brouhaha about Mike Huckabee and his appealing for the paroling of a rapist who later killed someone when he was Governor of Arkansas is of little interest to me.The story goes that a relative of Bill Clinton was raped and her rapist went to jail. Anti-Clinton forces in Arkansas, where they were more ferocious than anywhere else early on, thought the convicted rapist got an unfair deal because his victim was a relative of the Clintons. The pressure put on Huckabee to push for his parole was obvious from anti-Clinton forces, but whether or not Huckabee's pleas for parole were political or just his Christian sympathetic personality is up for question. Perhaps this is the unintended consequence of his Christian beliefs, sort of like his sympathetic stance on illegal immigration and his reluctant support for the death penalty.Even if Huckabee's support for parole was politically motivated, I cannot see how it would hurt him in the primary. Rather, it may actually help him. Re...
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Will It Really Kill Him?
2007-12-07 18:02:00
All this brouhaha about Mike Huckabee and his appealing for the paroling of a rapist who later killed someone when he was Governor of Arkansas is of little interest to me.The story goes that a relative of Bill Clinton was raped and her rapist went to jail. Anti-Clinton forces in Arkansas, where they were more ferocious than anywhere else early on, thought the convicted rapist got an unfair deal because his victim was a relative of the Clintons. The pressure put on Huckabee to push for his parole was obvious from anti-Clinton forces, but whether or not Huckabee's pleas for parole were political or just his Christian sympathetic personality is up for question. Perhaps this is the unintended consequence of his Christian beliefs, sort of like his sympathetic stance on illegal immigration and his reluctant support for the death penalty.Even if Huckabee's support for parole was politically motivated, I cannot see how it would hurt him in the primary. Rather, it may actually help him. Re...
More About: Hillary Clinton , Iowa Caucus , Kill
Flowers For Hillary
2007-12-07 02:40:00
The former first lady may have the support of someone VERY interesting.When your mistress and wife get together, well, it's a Lifetime movie in the making.
More About: Flowers , Hillary Clinton , Bill Clinton , Hillary
Flowers For Hillary
2007-12-07 02:40:00
The former first lady may have the support of someone VERY interesting.When your mistress and wife get together, well, it's a Lifetime movie in the making.
More About: Flowers , Hillary Clinton , Bill Clinton , Hillary
House Passes Energy Legislation
2007-12-07 00:18:00
The House of Representatives passed an energy legislation that will cut tax breaks to oil companies and requires the automotive industry to increase fuel economy 40% to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.The bill will also mandate that electric utility companies generate 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources of energy such as wind, biomass or solar power by 2020. That mandate, and the tax breaks, were dealbreakers with the White House, who threatens to veto it. The bill got the support of 14 Republicans;Mary Bono (R-California)Mike Castle (R-Delaware)Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania)Robin Hayes (R-North Carolina)Tim Johnson (R-Illinois)Mark Kirk (R-Illinois)Ray LaHood (R-Illinois)Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey)Jim Ramstad (R-Minnesota)Dave Reichert (R-Washington)Illeana Ros-Lehitnen (R-Florida)Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut)Chris Smith (R-New Jersey)Greg Walden (R-Oregon)7 Democrats opposed the bill, mostly from Southern oil states;John Barrow (D-Georgia)Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma)Allen ...
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House Passes Energy Legislation
2007-12-07 00:18:00
The House of Representatives passed an energy legislation that will cut tax breaks to oil companies and requires the automotive industry to increase fuel economy 40% to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.The bill will also mandate that electric utility companies generate 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources of energy such as wind, biomass or solar power by 2020. That mandate, and the tax breaks, were dealbreakers with the White House, who threatens to veto it. The bill got the support of 14 Republicans;Mary Bono (R-California)Mike Castle (R-Delaware)Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania)Robin Hayes (R-North Carolina)Tim Johnson (R-Illinois)Mark Kirk (R-Illinois)Ray LaHood (R-Illinois)Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey)Jim Ramstad (R-Minnesota)Dave Reichert (R-Washington)Illeana Ros-Lehitnen (R-Florida)Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut)Chris Smith (R-New Jersey)Greg Walden (R-Oregon)7 Democrats opposed the bill, mostly from Southern oil states;John Barrow (D-Georgia)Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma)Allen ...
More About: Congress , Energy , Big Oil , Legislation
Presidents and Religion
2007-12-06 23:11:00
Here's an interesting list of the religions of our past Presidents ;George Washington- EpiscopalJohn Adams- UnitarianThomas Jefferson- DeistJames Madison- Deist/Episcopal (disputed)John Quincy Adams- UnitarianAndrew Jackson- PresbyterianMartin Van Buren- Dutch ReformedWilliam Henry Harrison- EpiscopalJohn Tyler- EpiscopalJames Polk- MethodistZachary Taylor- EpiscopalMillard Fillmore- UnitarianFranklin Pierce- EpiscopalJames Buchanan- PresbyterianAbraham Lincoln- unknownAndrew Jackson- unknown, probably BaptistUlysses S. Grant- MethodistRutherford B. Hayes- MethodistJames Garfield- Disciples of ChristChester Arthur- EpiscopalGrover Cleveland- PresbyterianBenjamin Harrison- PresbyterianWilliam McKinley- MethodistTheodore Roosevelt- EpiscopalWilliam Taft- UnitarianWoodrow Wilson- PresbyterianWarren G. Harding- BaptistCalvin Coolidge- CongregationalistHerbert Hoover- QuakerFranklin D. Roosevelt- EpiscopalHarry Truman- BaptistDwight Eisenhower- Jehovah's Witness/PresbyterianJohn F. Kenn...
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Presidents and Religion
2007-12-06 23:11:00
Here's an interesting list of the religions of our past Presidents ;George Washington- EpiscopalJohn Adams- UnitarianThomas Jefferson- DeistJames Madison- Deist/Episcopal (disputed)John Quincy Adams- UnitarianAndrew Jackson- PresbyterianMartin Van Buren- Dutch ReformedWilliam Henry Harrison- EpiscopalJohn Tyler- EpiscopalJames Polk- MethodistZachary Taylor- EpiscopalMillard Fillmore- UnitarianFranklin Pierce- EpiscopalJames Buchanan- PresbyterianAbraham Lincoln- unknownAndrew Jackson- unknown, probably BaptistUlysses S. Grant- MethodistRutherford B. Hayes- MethodistJames Garfield- Disciples of ChristChester Arthur- EpiscopalGrover Cleveland- PresbyterianBenjamin Harrison- PresbyterianWilliam McKinley- MethodistTheodore Roosevelt- EpiscopalWilliam Taft- UnitarianWoodrow Wilson- PresbyterianWarren G. Harding- BaptistCalvin Coolidge- CongregationalistHerbert Hoover- QuakerFranklin D. Roosevelt- EpiscopalHarry Truman- BaptistDwight Eisenhower- Jehovah's Witness/PresbyterianJohn F. Kenn...
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The Religious Litmus Test
2007-12-06 20:05:00
It's sad that in this country we need to have a religious litmus test for a Presidential candidate, at least in the Republican Party.Mitt Romney 's presidential campaign should be judged on his ideas, his stances on policies and his record as Governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007, not on whether or not he worships at a temple or a church. Today's speech by Mitt Romney, where he almost seemed desperate, is a sad event in our history.I found this part of Romney's speech especially titilating;Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin. As governor, I tried to do the right as best I knew it, serving the law and answering to the Constitution. I did not confuse the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution - and of cou...
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The Religious Litmus Test
2007-12-06 20:05:00
It's sad that in this country we need to have a religious litmus test for a Presidential candidate, at least in the Republican Party.Mitt Romney 's presidential campaign should be judged on his ideas, his stances on policies and his record as Governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007, not on whether or not he worships at a temple or a church. Today's speech by Mitt Romney, where he almost seemed desperate, is a sad event in our history.I found this part of Romney's speech especially titilating;Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin. As governor, I tried to do the right as best I knew it, serving the law and answering to the Constitution. I did not confuse the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution - and of cou...
More About: Christian fundamentalism , Test , Mormons , Religious
NY-20: Gillibrand Pregnant
2007-12-06 01:01:00
The Albany Times-Union has reported the freshman Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, who defeated John Sweeney to be the 15th, and majority clinching, seat on election night, is pregnant with her second child.Gillibrand, 40, and her husband, Jonathon Gillibrand, have one child, Theodore, who is four years old. The congresswoman will continue to do her duties until her doctors tell her otherwise.Gillibrand is due in May. She will be the second woman to give birth this session. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Washington) gave birth to a baby boy, Cole McMorris Rodgers, last May.Only four other members of Congress, including one other New Yorker, have given birth while in Congress. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (D-California) was the first in 1973, followed by Enid Greene (R-Utah) in 1995, Susan Molinari (R-New York) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas), both in 1996. McMorris Rodgers was the fifth this year.
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NY-20: Gillibrand Pregnant
2007-12-06 01:01:00
The Albany Times-Union has reported the freshman Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, who defeated John Sweeney to be the 15th, and majority clinching, seat on election night, is pregnant with her second child.Gillibrand, 40, and her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, have one child, Theodore, who is four years old. The congresswoman will continue to do her duties until her doctors tell her otherwise.Gillibrand is due in May. She will be the second woman to give birth this session. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Washington) gave birth to a baby boy, Cole McMorris Rodgers, last May.Only four other members of Congress, including one other New Yorker, have given birth while in Congress. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (D-California) was the first in 1973, followed by Enid Greene (R-Utah) in 1995, Susan Molinari (R-New York) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas), both in 1996. McMorris Rodgers was the fifth this year.
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