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Superb Speech by Mayor Bloomberg on Religious Freedom

The Anti-Defamation League (ironically named in this case) needs to watch Mayor Bloomberg's superb speech on religious tolerance and freedom, retract its "truly shocking" statement, and stop betraying its own founding principles. Newt Gingrich needs to watch this (not that he will) and reconsider his extreme, anti-Muslim bigotry.  Sarah Palin needs to watch this and "refudiate" her previous remarks on the subject. Virginia Beach Councilman Bill DeSteph needs to watch this and stop spreading his hateful falsehoods, let alone claiming that he speaks for all Virginians (which he most certainly does not). We all need to watch this, pondering what it means to be an American, what the 1st Amendment to our Constitution stands for, what the evil people who attacked us on 9/11/01 were trying to take away from us, and how we should never let a few misguided fanatics win even the smallest victory.

Thank you to Mayor Bloomberg - and the great, free, city of New York - for understanding the true nature of who we are and what Al Qaeda attacked on September 11, and for fighting to ensure that in this case, at least, the terrorists will not win.

Eugene Delgaudio: “The Homosexual Onslaught is relentless”

The insanity continues, as Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) follows up on his "Thousands of men in bright neon bikinis" missive with a "Homosexual Onslaught is relentless" email.

So, we know the dude's got "issues," but when is Delgaudio's Best Friend Forever, Del. Tom Rust (R), going to dissociate himself from this lunacy? And when does Delgaudio endorser Rep. Frank Wolf (R) ("No one works harder than Eugene. He is not afraid to make the tough decisions and speak out for what he thinks is right") going to do the same?

[Cue sound of crickets chirping...chirp...chirp]

Benedictine Sisters: Don’t Politicize Fatal Car Crash

The Benedictine Sisters respond to what they believe is a wrongful politicization - by Corey Stewart, Laura Ingraham, Ken Cuccinelli, etc. - of the horrible drunk driving accident by an illegal immigrant that took the life of one Sister and severely injured two others. According to the spokeswoman for the Sisters, "The fact the he had DUIs is really poignant, but he's a child of God and deserves to be treated with dignity." The Sisters also issued a statement:
The Benedictine Sisters are dismayed and saddened that this tragedy has been politicized and become an apparent forum for the illegal immigration agenda. While grieving and dealing with the death and severe injuries of our sisters, we would like to re-focus attention on the consequences of drinking and driving and on Christ's command to forgive.


We are confident that Sister Denise is in the arms of our loving God and hopeful that the two injured sisters will be restored to health.  We are also confident that responses of mercy and forgiveness, though usually not easy, are not optional for Christians and are required in order to preserve and promote the dignity of life at all stages.

Sadly, that statement is unlikely to slow down, let alone stop, right-wing political figures from using this tragedy to advance their own political agenda. It should, but it won't...

Eric Cantor: Deficit Hypocrite

This blow-dried, air-headed hypocrite is one of the top "leaders" in today's GOP? That tells you everything you need to know.

Ken Cuccinelli Talks Immigration, Health Care Lawsuit on Laura Ingraham

This post falls into the category of "we listen so you don't have to." In this case, it's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on the alternate universe known as the Laura Ingraham Show." Cooch was the guest at 10:30 am today on Ingraham's show, where he was basically treated as a conquering, conservative hero (Ingraham called him a "rising star in the Republican Party" - god help us if that's the case).

In her introduction to Cooch's interview, Ingraham said that the legal opinion he issued the other day -- "that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested" -- is "just commonsense."  Actually, many of us to the left of Attila the Hun would argue that comprehensive immigration reform dealing with the root causes of this issue, making the border more secure, regularizing the flow of labor into our country, and providing a fair path to earned citizenship for law-abiding people living and working in America, is "just commonsense," but that's obviously not Ingraham's - or Cooch's - view.

Instead, Cooch's view - good conservative that he is - seems to be almost completely focused on the law enforcement end of the equation.  Thus, according to Cooch, it's all about an "anti-ILLEGAL sentiment" - "and you bet I'm anti-ILLEGAL, I'm anti-illegal ANYTHING." Cooch explained further that "we're not a tribe or a clan in this country, we subscribe to a fundamental rule of law...It's the one who are cheating and not playing by the rules...don't respect the rule of law, we don't want those people here."  

Couldn’t Have Happened to a Nicer Guy…

I do believe this falls into the "couldn't have happened to a nicer guy" category. {UPDATE: I fixed the broken link; also, see Dump Dick Wadhams, with yet another classic photo of our old old pal}
Meet Dick Wadhams, the Colorado Republican state party chair and the man trying to deal with Colorado's Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates' recent gaffapalooza.

You may remember Wadhams. He made a name for himself by helping John Thune upset then-minority leader Tom Daschle in 2004. He managed successful campaigns for Sen. Wayne Allard and Gov. Bill Owens in Colorado, and Conrad Burns in Montana. In 2005, Slate dubbed him Karl Rove's "heir apparent."

Since then, it's been just about all downhill. Wadhams served as chief of staff and campaign manager for George Allen, who went on to "macaca" fame. In 2008, he managed Bob Schafer's doomed Senate run in Colorado, while also serving as the state's GOP party chair. The state went to Obama.

In recent weeks, Wadhams has had to watch all four of his party's major primary contenders commit serious mistakes on their way to the August 10 primaries. Now, Tom Tancredo is after him, and a new website dedicated to his ouster has been launched.

Not good. So, why do I say this couldn't have happened to a nicer guy?  If you're interested, I recommend this Slate magazine article on Wadhams, which explains his "pit bull" reputation, his "slash-and-burn reputation," his accusation that Tom Daschle "emboldened Saddam Hussein," attacking Daschle's wife, etc., etc. There's also Wadhams' work with James Dale Guckert, aka "Jeff Gannon," the fake White House "reporter" who turned out to be a gay male "escort" under the professional name "Bulldog."  And, bringing it home to Virginia, there's Wadhams' disgraceful 2006 U.S. Senate campaign, in which he helped orchestrate attacks on Jim Webb's acclaimed Vietnam War novels as pornographic. Wadhams justified those attacks, saying, "Webb continually refers to himself as a writer. That's the main thrust of his professional life... so his writings should be subject to scrutiny by the public. ... Webb is the one that wrote those words - we didn't."

Fortunately, the public rejected Wadhams' despicable tactics in 2006. Now, in 2010, virulent racist and all-around lunatic Tom Tancredo is after him. Now, normally, I wouldn't wish such a fate on my worst enemy. But in this case, and given Wadhams' heinous past behavior (including in 2006 right here in Virginia) it's very hard to resist the temptation to conclude that this couldn't have happened to a nicer guy...

Sen. McEachin: Del. Gilbert’s Chesapeake Bay Conspiracy Comments “Utter Nonsense”

Great stuff as always from Sen. Donald McEachin, this time blasting back at an anti-environment Republican delegate's "utter nonsense" - this time, a supposed "conspiracy" with regard to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Uh, yeah, right.
Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today released this statement countering Delegate
Todd's remarks about the Chesapeake Bay over the past weekend. Senator McEachin said, "I was dismayed to hear that yet another Republican has joined the Republican efforts to turn back the clock and not do what is critically necessary to protect the Chesapeake Bay. This time it's Delegate Todd Gilbert who is doing his best to create misplaced fear with false accusations. Just this past weekend he told a group of young farmers that attempts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are really a conspiracy of "urban" legislators to take farms away and destroy farmers' "heritage."

"This is, of course, utter nonsense. Cleaning up the Bay will protect farmers by ensuring they have a clean water source for their crops. Moreover, a clean Chesapeake Bay will protect other critical jobs here in the Commonwealth. Watermen need a clean Bay for their fishing businesses to prosper. Tourism depends on access to clean unpolluted waters."

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