Day to remember for Rand Paul, Mark Souder, Richard Blumenthal, Arlen Specter

I’ll confess to feeling a bit of sympathy for U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, the Indiana conservative who is resigning from Congress after admitting to an affair with a part-time aide. His behavior was wrong, foolish and outrageously hypocritical, but his remorse comes across as geniune and his resignation was the proper course. (I do have to admit that making a video stressing abstinence, costarring your mistress, is a little over the top).

I have less sympathy for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who from time to time in public remarks and interviews has falsely claimed service in Vietnam as a Marine. I’ll leave it to the people of Connecticut to decide Blumenthal’s fate — his most likely GOP opponent for the U.S. Senate made her fortune in professional wrestling — but I just can’t take such claims lightly, not given the 58,000 U.S. troops who actually did go but never came home.

Moving South, Republican Party leaders made it clear that they wanted nothing more to do with the often nutty Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky, signaling early and often that they would not support his re-election bid. As a result, Bunning grudgingly announced he would retire. But in voting today, Kentucky Republicans are almost certainly going to nominate Dr. Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul, to replace Bunning.

Rand makes Bunning look like Olympia Snowe. He wants to pull out of the UN, complains that “the Federal Reserve, an unelected group of private bankers, is printing trillions of dollars to bail out private industry, purchase government debt, and flood the market with cheap credit,” and proposes to cut regulations on bankers, health insurance companies and oil drillers. I admire the purity of his politics, but I also suspect he’s gonna cause the Republicans a lot more trouble than he does Democrats.

Finally, today is likely to be the last battle for Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who switched parties to avoid defeat in the primary but is likely to meet that fate anyway in today’s election. I can’t say I’ll be sorry to see Specter go. He may have been effective early in his career, but in recent years the pandering and cynicism became too blatant to ignore.

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RW-(the original)

May 18th, 2010
5:08 pm

Maybe Specter can get an internship under JoPa.

Joe

May 18th, 2010
5:11 pm

If all goes well, today will also be the beginning of the end for Democratic Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln. Indicative of her ties to corporate interests, her position reversals on health care reform (she was for the public option before she was against it) were too much to bare.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:12 pm

Jay:

I agree with you on three of the four. Not bad.

The truly sad thing is the number of Democrats who will still vote for Blumenthal. “That” is actually a bigger story and reflective of the normal liberal voter in this country (you excepted of course).

Pogo

May 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

Blumenthal is a lying piece of crap. He would have fit in very well with what the Democrats currently have as leadership. Specter will get what he deserves.

And Jay, do you think you fool anyone with your crocodile tears for Souder? Your caviat, “(I do have to admit that making a video stressing abstinence, costarring your mistress, is a little over the top) pretty much proves the shallowness of your sincerity.

Conservative Playthings

May 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

Blumenthal! The GOP can get away with anything. Brit Hume made the oil spill disappear by asking where the oil is. He practically said, “This is me not caring.” (dead pan face here). Hume averted an ecological disaster in the Gulf just by saying it’s so. Blumenthal fought Charlie in ‘Nam by dreaming he did. Reagan got a lot of mileage out of starring in “hellcats of the navy”.

If the voters can be this easily fooled then America gets what it deserves in November, and I’m done worrying about it.

Conservatism is going to be just fine. There, I just said so. Done deal.

Jay

May 18th, 2010
5:15 pm

You have such a charitable soul, Pogo.

Is that sincere enough?

Paul

May 18th, 2010
5:15 pm

I wonder – are we seeing generalized dissatisfaction with incumbents and what they’ve given us? Democrats and Republican incumbents being shown the door? So maybe the Tea Party types with their angst over the status quo aren’t, as Spkr Pelosi initially said, “Astroturf” but that, as she later said, she shares “some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interest in Washington, D.C.”

Normal

May 18th, 2010
5:15 pm

I just got back from Philly and I saw the anti-Spector ad. It was brutal, made even more so by the truth of it all. The only thing that would save Spector is a light turn out and union votes…and it was raining when I left this morning.

Del

May 18th, 2010
5:17 pm

Jay,

Agree with your commentary on all counts.

Paul

May 18th, 2010
5:17 pm

Conservative Playthings

Ummm…. Brit Hume isn’t running for Congress. Do you have citations for your references?

Moderate Line

May 18th, 2010
5:17 pm

Having an affair is forgiveable.

Lying about serving in war is not.

Being a moderate in either party is difficult so switching parties did not help Specter. Especially with the anti-incumbency mood taking over. I believe Republicans may benifit but it won’t be a pro-Republican vote it will be a anti-incumbency vote.

Rand Paul ideas are not any more crazier than some of the other far-left or far right people in congress. Let’s not forget Cynthia McKinney. Both parties are becoming more extreme.

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

Del:

From yesterday ………..

I was a “Hollywood Marine” ……………… But in my defense the only thing bad at that time (late 1966) was that everybody going through San Diego was going to Nam and only about half of those going through P.I. were. The rest at P.I. were going to the 2nd Division for Med. and Carribbean “cruises”.

Normal

May 18th, 2010
5:19 pm

Paul,
Being insulated here in Georgia, I haven’t really seen the tea drinker’s angst until my trip. I now believe that there will be a major turn over of incumbents on both sides. If that will be a good thing or not, time will tell…

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

Unbelievable ………….

Headline: “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano admits that she has not read controversial Arizona immigration law even though she’s gone on television to criticize it.”

Jay

May 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

Of course, Reagan was also at Buchenwald when it was liberated.

larry

May 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

I wonder if there should be an retirement age for congress?

Normal

May 18th, 2010
5:22 pm

Moderate Line

May 18th, 2010
5:17 pm

There are alot of things that Rand and Ron say should be done that I agree with. It will be interesting to see a father/son tag team in Congress, I’m thinkin’…

Normal

May 18th, 2010
5:23 pm

JAY @ 5:20,

Was that sarcasm?

md

May 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

Specter should be the poster child for bait and switch politicians.

It is illegal to use bait and switch in advertising, yet Politicians are allowed to do it when selling themselves. Only in the corrupt world of the DC misfits.

I’ll include Crist on that poster as well, at least until he returns any donations given in good faith that want refunds.

Conservative Playthings

May 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

I dont recall nuthin. There, I’d make a great GOP candidate.

Joe

May 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

Blumenthal will survive this—especially considering that the NYTimes’ source was his Republican rival, World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon, who had previously been caught stretching the truth about her educational background.

Come January, Richard Blumenthal is likely to be the junior Senator from Connecticut.

Del

May 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

Scout,

I made one Med cruise, 2 Vieques and one trip to Cuba. In the time frame you went through San Diego those who graduated boot camp Parris Island and were assigned 2nd. Mar. Div. eventually got their turn before their enlistments were up.

md

May 18th, 2010
5:28 pm

“Headline: “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano admits that she has not read controversial Arizona immigration law even though she’s gone on television to criticize it.””

Must have been an internal memo, first Holder now Janet.

Jay

May 18th, 2010
5:28 pm

Well, he SAID he was…

Paul

May 18th, 2010
5:29 pm

I share Jay’s view of Blumenthal, altho Jay was more charitable than I am. If Blumenthal really honors the Marine credo of “Honor” he’d resign. But his ego won’t let him. What I really do not understand, though (maybe some Marines on this board can enlighten me) is, as I watched the news conference, there were, standing behind him, people who I assume from their caps had served as Marines, nodding their support and booing at reporters’ questions. What are those guys thinking?

Jess

May 18th, 2010
5:29 pm

Scout,

This was after Attorney General Holder threatened to sue over the law, and then had to admit he had not read the 17 page law. He said he had heard enough about it through news reports to get the gist of it.

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

Del

Only those with 4 year enlistments. Don’t forget the Marines were drafting then (I went through boot with several) and that was a two year enlistment. Those guys didn’t have time after their 2nd Division duty. I wasn’t drafted but my enlistment was only two years as they had to offer that under the law. Just time enough to get “trained”, do your duty in Nam and then be discharged.

Joe

May 18th, 2010
5:31 pm

Correction to my 5:11: “…to much to bear.”

I feel better.

Del

May 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

Paul,

You’ll always have that 10% no matter where. The Marine Corps gets them too. Everyone has a right to their opinion those guys as well. It did appear a little bogus though.

Marine

May 18th, 2010
5:35 pm

I was “in country” in 67-68 and don’t remember seeing him. And Rand’s going down, bet ya.

Del

May 18th, 2010
5:37 pm

Scout,
I thought the Marine Corps draft didn’t really crank up operationally until 67. Weren’t too many who skated through who enlisted in 64 and beyond. At least I don’t think so.

md

May 18th, 2010
5:38 pm

Maybe you marines need to send him a letter with the definition of “honor” included. A little shame to prod the appropriate action.

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

May 18th, 2010
5:39 pm

S.P.E.C.T.R.E. won’t be missed.

Rand Paul is just like his dad. Rep. Ron Paul has been speaking the truth for decades and is the Godfather of the Tea Party movement. It’s taken a long time but his message has finally broken through.

Blumenthal just got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and has that “deer in the headlights” look.

Souder is another politician in a sex scandal. At least he wasn’t sniffing meth and picking up male hookers in airport bathrooms.

RW-(the original)

May 18th, 2010
5:40 pm

And Obama said his uncle liberated Auschwitz. I can’t stay but I bet this game could go on all night.

/Unless, of course, Obama had an uncle in the Red Army

Oh and back in 2002 Obama claimed his grandfather liberated Auschwitz…

Conservative Playthings

May 18th, 2010
5:40 pm

The sad fact is that Reagan truly couldn’t recall.

@@

May 18th, 2010
5:40 pm

Souder, over the top? ‘Ya think? He stepped on “it” big time…no one to blame but himself. The bill came due with his name on it.

Blumenthal misspoke? I do “love” the political nuance. He lied!

Rand Paul? I’ll take him. Under the circumstances, it’s likely his dad won’t be on the ticket in 2012. No distractions.

Specter needs to go home and act like a lady.

Now, having addressed the topic, I stumbled onto something today that really gets my goad. I spent the better part of the afternoon researching property records at the county Tax Assessor. Two houses near mine have been abandoned. Hedges and grass have taken them over.

One of the properties was bought by a couple of latino fellas from Orlando thru a mortgage company whose business ethics are highly suspect…so much so, that they have a rating of “F” with the Better Business Bureau. Visited a message board where the mortgage company was up for discussion, I was shocked by the stories being told, and yes, I know that some of the stories may not be true, however, we’re talking outrageous terms, foreclosures, evictions, costly legal fees, and total destruction of people’s credit. Several of the supposed homeowners said their mortgages had been bought by Citigroup, and that Citigroup is holding firm to the former mortgage companies contracts. The company in questions caters to the Latino market.

Here’s the thing I find most shocking. The company whose ethics are in question is listed on H.U.D.’s website as an approved lender. H.U.D.’s site addresses “Fair Lending” practices and has this to say about subprime loans.

Subprime loans play a significant role in today’s mortgage lending market, making homeownership possible for many families who have blemished credit histories or who otherwise fail to qualify for prime, conventional loans.

Geez! you would think the government would be more conscientious about who they list as “APPROVED” lenders. It’s as though they’re feeding potential home buyers to the lions.

We should trust the government!!!???!!!

Gimme a break.

John Birch

May 18th, 2010
5:41 pm

Heck even Hillary Clinton came under heavy fire once! And Bill made affairs in the WH cool. Throwing out tons of incumbents should be a good thing but it’s unlikely many of the replacements, other than son of Paul, will be any better.

josef nix

May 18th, 2010
5:43 pm

In my opinion all politicians are self-serving scoundrels and it really matters little to me which one goes into what office. Specter, though, is a spectacular scoundrel. I hope he gets trounced and slinks off to the oblivion he so richly deserves, again, my opinion and the only place it counts is in Pennsylvania…

Paul

May 18th, 2010
5:44 pm

Del

Thanks.

@@

The Administration’s program to help people facing foreclosure isn’t doing very well. Saw a news article that said (I think I’ve got this correct) that last month as many people dropped out, fed up with the bureaucracy, as had applied for help. And the percentage of those who’ve actually received help is, oh, about the same percentage Del noted you’ll find in any group.

md

May 18th, 2010
5:46 pm

“Blumenthal just got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and has that “deer in the headlights” look.”

Is that cookie with an “n”?

Joe

May 18th, 2010
5:47 pm

Souder is another politician in a sex scandal.

Souder is another family values politician in a sex scandal. Undoubtedly, teens using condoms, atheists and agnostics, and gay people destroyed the fabric of Souder’s marriage.

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:49 pm

Del:

I went in October of ‘66 and they were drafting then. I remember how funny it was at the induction center that day. There were about 8 of us who had volunteered for the Marines and we were sitting together. About 2pm an Army Sgt. got all of the draftees up in formation (about 40 of them) and then said he needed 10 “volunteers” for the Marine Corps. They looked at him like he had lost his mind ………. and no one volunteered. So he went down the ranks and pulled every 4th draftee out of formation, re-stamped their paperwork and put them overl with us!

BTW: Here is a good trivia question.

In WW II, who led the Marine Raider assault on Japenses held Makin Island (from submarines at night) at the start of the war and earned the Navy Cross?

Captain James _____________ .

NavyBrat

May 18th, 2010
5:50 pm

Blumenthal – just another word for liar.

Icarus

May 18th, 2010
5:50 pm

I’ve got to agree with you about Specter. Perhaps the most arrogant and self-centered man in the Senate, and that’s a tough crowd to beat. It was never about party with him as a Republican or Democrat, it was always about HIM. Good riddance.

As for Paul, I agree with you too I guess. He’ll probably be more trouble for Republicans if elected than Democrats. Some of that will be for the better, some – not so much.

Normal

May 18th, 2010
5:50 pm

Del,
I can only relate what I saw at the Induction Center in Atlanta in ‘65.
All of the Draftee’s were lined up and told to count one, two, one, two down the line. Then a Marine Gunnery Sergeant came up and said. “all number two’s take one step forward”. When they did, he said, “Welcome to the United States Marine Corps, maggots.” Their expressions said it all…

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

P.S. to Del:

Make sure you listen to the Blumenthal news conference today. He continues to “lie through his teeth” stating that he only mis-spoke (on several occasions stating he “served” in Vietnam).

Makes me want to puke ……….. he is back in “maggot” status.

saywhat?

May 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

Souder? There is a special circle of hell just for hypocrites of this sort. I will have to re-read Dante to remember which one.

I can give Blumenthal a pass on this one. The fact that, by many accounts, he sometimes categorically denied serving IN Vietnam, leads me too believe this wasn’t some wholesale fraud or premeditated attempt to exaggerate his service. If he had substituted the word “during” for “in”, he would have been 100% off the hook. I think we can write this off as a poor choice of words combined with attempts, maybe subconscious, maybe intentional, to connect more with particular audiences (veterans groups) where these incidences occurred. It reminds me of the way people affect accents of the people whose company they are in.

Rand Paul? Yeeesh. Adolescent fantasies about a utopian libertarian nation belong in bad novels on the shelves of used book stores, not in the heads of politicians in Washington DC.

Arlen Spector? Good riddance. It will be good for the nation to get another liberal Democrat in the Senate, as there are far too few.

Soothsayer

May 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

Politicians and marketers, of course, depend entirely on simulacra of “value” and persuasion to further their own interests, but the same can be said of the entire status quo. Thus we find media pandering to their target audiences via simulacrum “issues” to serve their own interests (selling advertisements and subscriptions) while prudently avoiding any penetrating critiques of their audience or advertisers.

The greatest simulacra are designed to foster the illusion that a system which benefits an Elite over the common good is actually serving the common good. This is the primary tool of persuasion of the State (all government at all levels) and entrenched Elites like the medical and legal establishments.

Stated another way: as the Elites’ interests diverge from those of the society as a whole, they construct elaborate simulacrums to win the society’s compliance and complicity (that is, the self-aggrandizement of “I don’t care, I got mine.”

–Charles Hugh Smith
Survival+

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

Normal:

Yes ! But mine was in Detroit. Were you Army or Marine Corps?

@@

May 18th, 2010
5:55 pm

Well, ‘ya know, Paul. I don’t wanna hear the sad sob stories from the administration anymore. Not when their incompetents or incompetence, as the case may be, are/is aiding and abetting. The sad sob stories are nothing more than convenient tools used by politicians. So are the subjects of those stories, for THAT matter. And the personnel in my Tax Assessor’s Office?

They just sit there with this dumbfounded look on their face. I have to do all the frickin’ work!!!

I am on a search and destroy mission!!!!!!!!!!!

Normal

May 18th, 2010
5:56 pm

Scout

May 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

U.S. Navy

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

May 18th, 2010
5:57 pm

Dear Joe,

At least Souder wasn’t sniffing meth and picking up male hookers in airport bathrooms. It could have been worse….

Del

May 18th, 2010
5:59 pm

Scout,

Got to check out for awhile…wasn’t it Col. Carlson? Chesty Puller I think commanded the 1st. Raiders and Lewis Walt C.O. 3rd MAF Vietnam was a former Raider.

Normal, I heard that some would go down the line asking a draftee if he ever though about Marines when they would say no with their eyes bulging, they would be told to go stand in a certain area and think about. They were then on their way to Marine world.

Paul

May 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

@@

Be gentle -

:-)

Joe

May 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

For the record, Blumenthal only stated that he “served in Vietnam” one time and one time only.

On the other hand, Blumenthal specifically stated many times either that he did not serve in Vietnam or that he served “during” Vietnam (the implication being that as a member of the Marine reserves, he could have been called up at any time). Therefore, it’s entirely feasible that he’s telling the truth when he says that he misspoke on one occasion by contradicting previous statements by replacing the word “during” with “in”.

Scout

May 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

Normal:

Ooo Rah!

John McCain

May 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

Love me or hate me but I told the truth about my service in Vietnam.

The Hanoi Hilton was lovely. I can still smell the stench of Jane Fonda sitting on an anti-aircraft gun.

josef nix

May 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

say what?

Eighth Circle…along with the blasphemers, panderers, seducers, flatters, diviners, magicians, thieves, sowers of scandals and schism, falsifiers–

I’d wager it’s the natural home to all politicians of whatever stripe…

But what would I know here on the Fifth Circle… :-)

Scout

May 18th, 2010
6:01 pm

Joe:

Also for the record he also spoke about when “we” came back from Vietnam.

He lied then and he is lying now. “Maggot” status.

bugatti

May 18th, 2010
6:01 pm

Has anyone heard of Obama’s Faith Based Initiative?

Creepy as hell.

Scout

May 18th, 2010
6:01 pm

John McCain:

Don’t get me started on Hanoi Jane.

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2010
6:02 pm

especially considering that the NYTimes’ source was his Republican rival, World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon, who had previously been caught stretching the truth about her educational background.

yeah, there is that.

I gotta say, I just listened to an interview with the NYT story author Raymond Hernandez. I came away a little less impressed with the gravity of the charges, such as they are, against Blumenthal than Jay seems to be.

josef nix

May 18th, 2010
6:02 pm

Oh, and Specter? The Ninth Circle with the traitors to kin, guests and benefactors…

josef nix

May 18th, 2010
6:04 pm

bugatti

Yeah, Ole Fierce Advocate and his “faith based” horsesh*t…Prop 8…

Paul

May 18th, 2010
6:04 pm

md

May 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

Ninth circle – Betrayal – seems to fit better. Sure as hell betrayed many of us.

Scout

May 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

“Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.” Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).

“Dulce Bellum Inexpertis”

Scout

May 18th, 2010
6:06 pm

I saw Specter on the news the other day. The guy can barely walk straight. Go home !

Soothsayer

May 18th, 2010
6:07 pm

If we withdraw from the 24/7 propaganda of the Mainstream Media, the absurdity of these constantly repeated themes becomes painfully clear. For example, “Socialism is bad and evil because it redistributes wealth.” Well, now that’s interesting, because Crony Capitalism does the same thing, gathering heavy taxes from the productive class and funneling it into the hands of a Plutocrat class who shoulder relatively modest tax burdens while reaping vast rewards via government contracts, bailouts, tax loopholes, special legislation, etc.

In other words, the key difference between Euro-style Socialism and Crony Capitalism as perfected in the U.S. is the middle class receives few benefits from their onerous tax burdens. In much of Europe, college and medical care are mostly paid by taxes; here in the U.S. productive citizens pay stupendous taxes and yet they also pay tens of thousands ol dollars for a university education and huge, wealth-destroying copayments for medical care–if they even have insurance.

This is truly Orwellian: the middle class is conned into supporting income redistribution which favors the super-rich and those paying no tax whatsoever (for instance, undocumented laborers).

–Charles Hugh Smith
Survival+

bugatti

May 18th, 2010
6:07 pm

josef nix

he is wanting the EPA to pay churches for promoting “green”

The federal Government paying churches to promote something?

Pardon the pun but JESUS!!

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

May 18th, 2010
6:10 pm

You cannot trust the New York Times. They have a slick website with no journalism. They have become irrelevant.

When The NY Times actually starts doing some investigating of the administration and congress and the fed I might start to pay attention.

AmVet

May 18th, 2010
6:10 pm

Souter is just another lyingass family values twit with Newt’s Disease.

IF Blumenthal repeatedly said he was in country, then he is guilty of Bill “Firefight” O’reillyitis. I also heard what Joe reported. I understand he also suffers from Cheney/Saxby mutiple deferrment Syndrome though. But in any case he’s apparently very well liked in Ct. and has been a very effective AG.

He’s in because the garden variety never-served, never-will chickenhawks, like that cow that ran WWE, have even less a leg to stand on when it comes to military service.

josef nix

May 18th, 2010
6:11 pm

md
Welcome to the Fifth Circle, come on in! :-)

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2010
6:12 pm

Paul @ 6.04, if you read that story you linked, the second “occurrence”, a rally in Bridgeport, was based on what the author called “published reports” in that interview I referenced above.

Raymond Hernandez doesn’t have audio or a proper transcript of the speech. I’m not saying this story might not be a campaign-killer, but as it stands it’s not quite the slam dunk some seem to be making it out to be.

md

May 18th, 2010
6:15 pm

Jo,

I’m a heathen – I get “run of the place” benefits. Get to visit all my friends. :)

bugatti

May 18th, 2010
6:15 pm

Recommendations of the faith based initiatives toward climate change

OVERVIEW OF RECOMMENDATIONs

Recommendation 1: Form an Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and assign Faith- and Community-Based Liaisons to EPA regional offices.
Energy Efficiency and Green Jobs:

Recommendation 2: The Administration should provide guidance to State and local governments on how to partner with faith-based and nonprofit organizations to retrofit and green buildings.

Recommendation 3: Encourage the Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other Federal agencies to work cooperatively with faith-based and neighborhood organizations to ensure that low-income communities and workers with barriers to employment are targeted when creating green job training programs.

Recommendation 4: The Administration should sponsor a public educational campaign on the environment, utilizing a centralized Website, such as Environment.gov.
Environmental Education and Communications:

Recommendation 5: The White House should sponsor regional conferences to mobilize faith- and community-based organizations to promote environment sustainability and energy efficiency.

Recommendation 6: Support partnerships and collaboration for sustainable, community gardening and small-scale agriculture.

Recommendation 7: Provide the opportunity for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) to apply for funds to implement international adaptation objectives.
Sustainable, Community Gardening and Small-Scale Agriculture:
Climate Change Adaptation:

Recommendation 8: Set up a taskforce to study how emission offsets can maximize climate-resilient development and the participation of PVOs in such efforts.

Recommendation 9: Active engagement of the NG

Rand Paul 2012

May 18th, 2010
6:15 pm

“Hmmm… Barrack did it. So can I.”

bugatti

May 18th, 2010
6:16 pm

Holy crap. It is true.

He wants to have a “partnership” between the EPA and churches.

josef nix

May 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

md

Since you know the place, where’s the Bruin? He’s a journalist…Sixth? :-)

RW-(the original)

May 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

Brian Adams

May 18th, 2010
6:21 pm

Jay, you are showing your lack of knowledge when it comes to the federal reserve….I urge you to read a book entitled “The Creature from Jekyl Island”. Do it quickly and you will have a better understanding of the “private banking” club called the Federal Reserve. Your lack of understanding of this “truth” is astounding. Watch Congressman Greyson from Florida on Youtube.com asking Bernake questions about where did the money go and a thinking person might have a few questions. Goodluck and those in KY will be blessed for getting Dr. Paul into office….There is a God.

David Granger

May 18th, 2010
6:21 pm

“…his remorse comes across as geniune (sic) and his resignation was the proper course.”

I agree with you completely here, Jay. But it wasn’t too long ago that you Democrats were DEFENDING someone whose remorse seemed about as fake as could be (in fact, he usually blamed everyone ELSE for it being in the news)…and instead of calling for him to resign, as he should have, you covered for him even though you KNEW he was lying.

Rand Paul 2012

May 18th, 2010
6:22 pm

bugatti – you are wasting your time with most of these bloggers. The liberals don’t want facts, they only want to hurl insults, sarcasm, and marxist theory.

DVR him everyday and get involved somehow.

md

May 18th, 2010
6:22 pm

Today’s journalists are joining the politicians – based on agenda.

Yes Virginia, they do have a left and right in hell.

Paul

May 18th, 2010
6:22 pm

sfd

Do you recall whose show Mr. Hernandez was on on NPR? Many of them have archives I can pull from.

I was listening to some broadcast news after Blumenthal’s appearance and it seems he did refer to in country on numerous occasions. Of a more disturbing note to me, though, as it shows a careful cultivation, is the inference, or the impression. Reminds me of what military academy cadets call ‘quibbling’ – being guilty of something, but structuring the event or answer to mislead. They treat it the same as lying.

Then there’s all the print articles. Some pull from other sources, some are the result of interviews But he was certainly aware of them and I do not believe he took steps to correct the record. That’s the kind of plausible deniability I find troubling. Add to that the subject – a conflict in which tens of thousands died – while he enjoyed a safe billet he sought – and.. well, you get the idea.

Joe

May 18th, 2010
6:23 pm

Evidently, anti-government zealot Souder and his mistress hooked-up in taxpayer funded state parks. The irony is rich.

@@

May 18th, 2010
6:24 pm

Sorry, make that Countrywide who is holding firm to the former mortgage lender’s contracts. Citigroup, Countrywide…what’s the difference? They’re both failures with an A+ rating from government.

Saul Good

May 18th, 2010
6:24 pm

I guess Souder “strayed” beyond abstinance outside of marriage when he followed his “Intelligent Design Theory” instead of understanding that NATURE is what drives humans to procreate and not some story book… always “he” (or she for that matter….MS. PALIN) who shouts the loudest….

F. Sinkwich

May 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

Soothsayer:

“gathering heavy taxes from the productive class and funneling it into the hands of a Plutocrat class who shoulder relatively modest tax burdens while reaping vast rewards via government contracts, bailouts, tax loopholes, special legislation, etc.”

Welcome to Obamaworld.

Audit The Fed

May 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

The American people have every right to a thorough and unrestricted audit of The Federal Reserve System. It is OUR money and we want to know where it goes and how it’s managed.

It’s a one page bill. Google it.

Paul

May 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

RW-(the original)

It’s that whole “I’m one of you. I’ve faced fire, risked my life, watched my friends die” routine. Not “I served and we did some really swell community projects in the suburbs….”

md

May 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

RW,

Thanks for the link. Sounded like a man that convinced himself that he was there. That was no “mis-speak”. “Military” and “Vietnam” are not interchangeable.

F. Sinkwich

May 18th, 2010
6:27 pm

But unfortunately you missed the mark Soothsayer.

F. Sinkwich

May 18th, 2010
6:28 pm

As an American citizen I own 61% of GM.

Where’s my dividend?

bugatti

May 18th, 2010
6:29 pm

Rand Paul 2012

I can’t help but think about all these libs that have no problem with the Fed making major decisions in the banking industry because they got Federal money.

And now churches will be getting Federal Money.

Is the Church of America around the corner?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 18th, 2010
6:30 pm

Well, I feel downright sorry for this Souder. Here was a godly man, against abortion and evolution and You Know What outside of marriage. And then here comes this woman saying she’s a Reporter and innerviews him a bunch of times and finally just makes him Lose His Faith and Common Sense and everything. You got to watch the Reporters. They’re a faithless bunch. No offense, Bookman. The others deserve what they’re going to get at the polls.

Anyhow, this guy in Conn. kind of reminds me of President Reagan. I remember President Reagan was in all these battles and then we learnt he wasn’t and it was all part of him loosing his mind. Like somebody great once said, a mind is a terrible thing to loose.

Got my fried pork skins and the PBR is cold and I’m ready to watch the Tea Party take over this country and give it back to us. I can’t hardly wait till this Rand Paul gets elected Senator and his Daddy gets elected President. The You Know What will hit the fan then.

Have a good night everybody and if you see a Reporter run as fast as your legs will carry you away. You could loose your Faith and Your Common Sense, not to mention your Marriage and a few other things your wife might cut off of you.

Joe

May 18th, 2010
6:31 pm

Blumenthal was on television in a debate aired statewide just two months ago prefacing his answer to a question with “Although I did not serve in Vietnam,…”

Maybe my bias in favor of the guy isn’t serving me well, but when he has publicly stated multiple times that he did not serve in Vietnam, it doesn’t make any sense that he would subsequently lie about having served in Vietnam.

md

May 18th, 2010
6:31 pm

“As an American citizen I own 61% of GM.

“Where’s my dividend?”

Chrysler ate it.

Saul Good

May 18th, 2010
6:31 pm

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/pro-con-should-georgia-529369.html

Just want to add to this debate (though perhaps not the correct forum)… AS per Mr. Broun’s argument against the plan… when I went out to lunch today… I noticed a flyer by the counter about a fundraiser this weekend for a local fellow who has terminal cancer and is now in hospice… they are seeking to raise funds for his medical bills which they say wiped out his life’s savings because he has no health insurance… had the plan been in place…this man would have been able to leave something to his family he worked his whole life saving…AND in the future…these “fundraisers” for those with no insurance will be a thing of history… there’s really no argument… just another “statistic” whose family will not only lose their husband/father… but their home as well. The health plan will put an end to these sad stories… now WHY is this such a BAD thing republicans?! Please explain it to those who lost everything…and those who WILL lose everything without such a plan in place…

md

May 18th, 2010
6:32 pm

Joe – you need to watch RW’s link. I didn’t get mixed up – he lied.