Swallow the Leader: Let’s Pile on Hillary Night

Desperate times call for desperate measures:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/31/dems.debate/index.html

The question is, who, if anyone, benefited?

(an aside- the thought here is that a Subway Series between Clinton and Giuliani is not inevitable- Giuliani, like many Northeasterners, has the earmarks of a weak national campaigner. In addition, American anti-war sentiment flows against a candidate who is receiving foreign policy advice from Norman Podhoretz- even if that candidate is a Republican. Rudy’s gonna have a big mistep on the trail sooner or later.)

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Kucinich States the Obvious: Bush ‘Done Lost His Mind

One reason we admire Congressman Kucinich is he doesn’t pander to special interests or go wherever the political wind is swaying. Won’t win him the Casa Blanca, but dude speaks from the heart. If he’s for immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq he tells you so. If he favors financial reparation for the descendants of Negro slaves in the U.S., he says so- despite the unpopularity of the opinion (in that regard he goes further than many Blacks). Ask him if he’s seen an object in the sky that he couldn’t identify as an airplane, blimp or balloon- he says damned skippy I saw it. He also believes, as do many, that if the president wants to invade Iran, he is a few bricks shy of a load:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/10/30/kucinich-questions-bushs-mental-health/

Honesty is the best policy.

BCB

He Was The Velvet Voice of Vegas

Singer Bob Goulet dies at 73. A contemporary of Andy Williams, Jack Jones, and Steve and Eidye, the mustachioed vocalist was a staple of 1960’s and ’70’s t.v. His sound was unmistakable, his look was classic, and his career spanned several decades:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/30/obit.robert.goulet.ap/index.html

They’re not makin’ ’em like that any more.

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The Kids From The Beach House Fire

There were more of them than died in all of the Southern California wildfires. Though their identities haven’t been officially confirmed, some family members have shared their names and stories:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/30/fire.victims.ap/index.html

We notice a Chagrin Falls native, so the story touches our friends and colleagues in the Cleveland area. Our prayers and sympathies to all their immediate and extended families and campuses.

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Why Obama Won’t Fight: The Pat Buchanan View

Pundit Pat Buchanan just told “Hardball” host Chris Matthews that Senator Barack Obama’s unwillingness to go after Hillary Clinton on camera and during debates “…is not what you would expect for a Black guy from the South Side of Chicago…” The context was seminal debate moments such as when Ronald Reagan said to President Carter “…there you go again…”, and Obama appearing more comfortable criticizing LaClinton in print than on t.v.

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American Bar Association: Death Penalty Has No Do-Overs

The ABA wants a national moratorium on death penalty convictions:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/10/29/death.penalty.ap/index.html

Given the new research on “cruel and unsual” aspects of lethal injection, the fact that in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, Blacks who killed whites are six times more likely to receive death sentences than Blacks who killed Blacks, and that in Florida alone, DNA evidence has cleared 24 death row inmates, advocates of capital punishment should give this study the weight it merits.

If assisted death is wrong after conception, its wrong after conviction (and for our Christian readers, aren’t infants born into sin).

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Betty Ford on Bill Clinton: There’s a Cure For Men Like That

A former first couple thought President Clinton would have been well served by rehab:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/29/ford.book/index.html

Is that the same place Donnie McClurkin was cured of his attraction to men? Another question- is it better for a former president of the U.S. to publicly opine about a successor while alive as Jimmy Carter did, or to ask that criticism be revealed posthumously as Ford did?

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