Monday, November 22, 2004
Friday, November 12, 2004
She also answers a question that was circulating in Illinois at the time of the interview - whether Mrs. Schlafly would have considered entering the race to be the Republican U.S. Senate candidate.Although now that they've asked it, I'm actually wondering what that Senate race would have been like. Update: Sorry for the earlier typo.
"It's great about Bush getting re-elected," my conservative friends have been saying to me these days, "but, hey! You must be bummed about Keyes' big loss in Illinois." "What 'loss'?" runs my somewhat testy reply. "The one where he got, like, a quarter of the vote." "That," I inform them, "was a loss for Illinois, and for the Republican Party, and for the country as a whole, not for Dr. Keyes." And though this may sound — coming from an avowed Keyester — like sour grapes, it is not. In fact, the course and outcome of the senatorial election in Illinois reveals a self-inflicted wound on the cause of conservatism in America, which deserves careful reflection before we will be able to recover, as well as evidence of a growing Declarationist movement in the Land of Lincoln and elsewhere, from which we can draw great hope.
I have purchased www.truthgirl.com and will hopefully be live on Monday. I'm aiming for a two-part site. A 5-step plan for helping Democrats turn their evangelical friends and family members Democratic blue--complete with resources on specific issues, a history of evangelicalism; and directions on how to find an evangelical if you don't know one. A blog (probably less frequently updated than the Keyes blog was) that tracks the current issues being discussed by the religious right. As for my qualifications for offering an insider's view on the religious right: I am a Wheaton College grad; the daughter of a Bob Jones University grad and the daughter of Christian bookstore owners. I took every class on the history of evangelicalism that Wheaton had to offer and worked at a place called the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals for 3 years. Eventually, I became a Democrat myself, which makes me feel qualified to explain how to convert someone. Finally, as I have had to explain my background to every single friend that I've made since moving to Chicago, I feel qualified to explain American evangelicals in lay language. There might be people more qualified than me on any of these topics, but since I was having fun blogging, I thought I would keep it upI will definitely have the site up on Monday, maybe before. You can also hear me ramble about the site on this NPR story about the religious left. As a bonus, if you listen to the story, you discover my true identity (which is rather pointless, because I'm really just an anonymous, random face in the crowd). Actually, I'm a little embarrassed--I have modest qualifications, but there are definitely people with more. Anyway, the new site is www.truthgirl.com. Come by on Monday.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Links to more than 422 (really!) other news articles and opinion pieces, including some not about how stupid evangelicals are.Remember this, liberals, they're watching you. Don't call them stupid--they'll remember. And they aren't stupid. Update: Austin Mayor points out that there are stupid people in all demographics. I stand corrected.
Monday, November 08, 2004
So why didn't Illinoisans elect Keyes? Because they never were permitted to hear Keyes' message undiluted and unperverted by the state's powerful liberal media. They were deprived by the media--in utter violation of the public trust--of the chance to get to know Keyes for themselves, without intentional distortion.And I love this attempt at a slam on Chicago:
As a result of this disturbing fact, Chicago's Cook County stands out above all other counties in the U.S. as disproportionately alien to bedrock American values in a 3-dimensional graph posted by CBS. Are the people of Cook County really that uninformed and liberal? Perhaps. But if you took away the control of their minds by the Chicago media, it would be interesting to see how they would respond to important truth of the sort that Alan Keyes articulated throughout his campaign. It's not fair to cynically generalize about so many people when they plainly have little access to correct information.I'd prefer to think of it as informed and liberal. Perhaps Keyes should remember that there's a reason some of us like to live in a city, things such as a liberal and diverse environment. We're happy with our "blue state" (or at least city) haven and anyone who thinks that the media could change our mind is clearly delusional. (But we knew that already.)
Eric Zorn would like Keyes to stay here primarily because Truth Girl, an anonymous lawyer who started up the "Truth About Keyes" blog when he became a candidate, has said she will quit her blog when Keyes quits Illinois. And Eric Zorn has developed kind of a thing for Truth Girl.So, far no need for tears, Truth Girl has received no word that Keyes has left the state.
Here's something that I'm not sure enough people on the left get. Maybe we're getting it now, but I'm not convinced. Thomas Frank's book, What's the Matter with Kansas, expressed shock that people are willing to vote against their own economic interest. I'm not surprised, and I'm not surprised this election by these types of stories. Here's why (and I feel like with all the insight that What's the Matter with Kansas offered, it missed this point): for conservatives, abortion=murder. I'll leave it to the George Lakoff's to explain how the language came to be used in such a fashion and to historians and theologians to debate how and why the connection was made. But what I want to remind us is how well it works. For once abortion=murder, then
- Criminalizing abortion is a logical conclusion;
- Civil Disobedience is justified;
- The death penalty for doctors who perform them is appropriate;
- Comparisons to the Holocaust seem reasonable;
- Voting for a politically inept individual makes sense;
- Voting against your economic interests is considered admirable; and
- Voting against your own personal interests is the norm.
(As an aside, I don't get how gay marriage has been elevated to the same level. No matter how much the religious right spins it, it's still not "murder.") So, as we ponder all of this values stuff, I think we have to back way, way up in our conversations about abortion. As much as we would like to think that using new language, new frames, new energy, we can beat conservatives, this abortion=murder meme is really tough to conquer. As clarification, I want to remind everyone that I'm not saying that abortion is murder and I certainly think that as Obama said on Meet the Press yesterday, we should all be able to agree to working to reduce the number of abortions. But as long as conservatives are convinced that abortion=murder, they will never lose their energy and focus.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Two days after his record loss in the U.S. Senate race, Republican Alan Keyes conceded defeat during a radio interview Thursday. But he said he would never congratulate the winner, Barack Obama, because the Democrat stood for "a culture evil enough to destroy the very soul and heart of my country."Apparently, even Dan Proft was apologizing for him:
Earlier, Gibbs had told the Tribune that he talked five times on election night with a top Keyes staffer who was trying to get his candidate to concede. The Keyes aide, Dan Proft, apologized repeatedly for his candidate's behavior, Gibbs said. Proft confirmed that he had spoken to Gibbs on Tuesday but said the conversation was private and declined to discuss it.And it sounds like he's still planning to stick around, so the counter will remain up:
Keyes has said he expects to stay in Illinois, and several Keyes staffers and volunteers from out-of-state have said they also may stay.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
And this is what bothers me about this use of "faith-based" v. "reality-based" community. By using the phrase "reality-based" we imply superiority. In order to win evangelicals over, we must speak their language. We must remind them that abortions have gone up under the Bush administration, that just-war doctrine is a Christian doctrine abolished under the Bush administration. So, for those of you like me, who speak evangelicalese, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to know how you changed your mind. How did you become liberal, how did you become a democrat. It took me 10 years--did any of you get there faster? We have to work on American evangelicals. And so for those of you who know what a "praise and worship" band is, who have read Left Behind, or its predecessor, a Thief in the Night, for those who remember Ralph Reed before he hit it big, drop me an email. Let's talk about a strategy for converting evangelicals.
"Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter got elected because they were comfortable with their faith," said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, a former Clinton aide. "What happened was that a part of the electorate came open to what Clinton and Carter had to say on everything else - health care, the environment, whatever - because they were very comfortable that Clinton and Carter did not disdain the way these people lived their lives, but respected them." He added: "We need a nominee and a party that is comfortable with faith and values. And if we have one, then all the hard work we've done on Social Security or America's place in the world or college education can be heard. But people aren't going to hear what we say until they know that we don't approach them as Margaret Mead would an anthropological experiment."
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Values by kos Wed Nov 3rd, 2004 at 12:35:44 PST It wasn't the war or the economy that killed us. It was the notion of "values". Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the nation, yet Kerry was bad because he had "Massachusetts values" or other such nonesense. We need to retake the language. We need to reframe the notion of "value". That's why Obama's speech below is so brilliant. He speaks of God in a way that not just fails to offend this atheist, but inspires me. It's faith used for the purpose of living a good life, rather than faith wielded as a weapon against a whole class of people. The wedges: gays, abortion, and guns. Democrats have abandoned guns as an issue, and over the next three or four cycles it will prove an increasingly ineffective wedge. The NRA won. Good for them. That leaves the two "faith based" wedges -- gays and abortion. And with great skill, the Republicans have equated those two issues with the word "value". That's going to have to change.
And tonight, whatever else may seem to be true, this we know: there are those who are willing to lie to the American people, to lie to the people of Illinois, and to say, “Alan Keyes stands for traditional marriage, and stands outside the mainstream of public opinion in America.” But I have news for them all, which we have seen before, and will see again: in every state where this issue is before the people tonight, they stand with Alan Keyes. They stand with the Republican Party.The reason for hope today: I live in Illinois. A blue beacon in a sea of red. Where we remember that values aren't about hate, but about love.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Sunday, October 31, 2004
"There is no way on this earth that I would leave the good people of the republican party I've met, some of the leadership I've seen that is corrupt, lack integrity and has betrayed their best values and best interest. They are history," said KeyesClick on "video clip" to listen to see Keyes say the words himself, a transcript never does him justice (and I think WLS left out a few things).
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Family--Keyes Morality--Keyes He's all about you and me--Keyes We can win this fight We know what's right Alan KeyesUpdate: In case the Willow Creek reference is too obscure, here's a link. Update 2: So, how do I download the song? It belongs on the iPod that I don't have. Update 3: Cool--the ads just arrived via email from the Keyes campaign.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
If we are to believe the pre-election polls, it will take every last one of us, every single conservative voter in the state of Illinois, to turn out and vote for Alan Keyes and President Bush in order for them to carry the state of Illinois. And, you know what, I believe the polls. This state is near hopeless, from a conservative standpoint. But “near” hopeless is not the same as hopeless. Until 7pm Tuesday, I will hold out hope. I will hold out hope that Republicans in this state will, in fact, vote for the Republicans in these races.And the secret to the success:
All Republicans? All Conservatives? All Christians? Add them all together and it spells victory in Illinois for Alan Keyes and President Bush. However, according to the polls, if even one Republican, just one conservative, even a single Christian votes for John Kerry, we’ll have to live with the possibility of a Kerry Presidency (although other states may let us off the hook). But, if even one Republican, just one Conservative, even a single Christian votes for Barack Obama, then we will find ourselves in a situation where the conservative Senator from Illinois is Dick Durbin.Well, first, the problem with the argument is that "all Republicans, All Conservatives and all Christians" are separate groups with no overlapping. The first and second are not enough to win it for Keyes. But, maybe, all Christians combined with "all Republicans and all conservatives" would be enough. But, since Scott Thomas says that it will take all Christians voting for Keyes, I have to say... Scott Thomas, I'm a Christian and I've already voted for Obama. (And Kerry, too.) So, it's over. over. over.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Keyes says, “Federal K-12 Education Policy should respect the authority of parents, communities, and the States. The Federal Government should cease funding & regulating K-12 education.”
Tuesday, October 26th WTTW Debate (pending invitation to participate/will attend regardless)He apparently decided against pulling a Keyes, since I didn't see him crash the TV studio/stage.
The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Central Time and will be carried live on PBS station WTTW-11 in Chicago. C-SPAN 2 will rebroadcast the debate at 11 p.m. CT. The cable network will also provide streaming video during the rebroadcast, for those who don't get C-SPAN 2. WTTW-11 will also rebroadcast the debate at 12:00am and 3:30am CT.
Monday, October 25, 2004
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE425 SECOND STREET NE . WASHINGTON, DC 20002 Election: GENERAL Date Contributed = 09/15/2004 Line #:11C Amount This Period = 35000.00 Year-To-Date = 35000.00
STRATEGY FOR A POSSIBLE CROSS-COUNTRY TREK Doc Taylor Ambassador Keyes has already shown a degree of interest in the idea of a "wagon train" to bring media, grassroots, and establishment attention to the cause of American Renewal. In the absence of other opportunities that would give his cause sufficiently wide public attention, a well-conceived wagon train could fill the need. The idea would be to stage a meaningful show of original Declarationist values through a rustic trek that would capture the imagination of the public... Suggestions for a cross-country wagon train follow: The trek should go from east to west, mimicking the migration of our nation. It should follow one or more of the classic old highways, enabling the trek to avoid major thoroughfares. It should stop at least a day or so at each major city along the route--perhaps making 25 such stops altogether--where a significant speech would be scheduled far in advance. At least half of these speeches should be at relatively large venues, if possible. The trek should run two to three months in early or late summer, when the weather is relatively mild. Its itinerary would need to be very carefully planned, to avoid surprises or miscalculations. One serious blunder in the planned route could spell disaster. The length of the trip, and the time planned for it, would depend mainly on the funds available to stage it. If funds are tight, the trip could begin in the midwest (perhaps near the Mississippi River) and end in Idaho, Utah, or Arizona. Otherwise, it could go virtually coast to coast. Again, the bigger the trek, the greater its impact on the nation. Ambassador Keyes would lead the trek. But he should be supported by a sizable company of other national and state leaders, all of whom would spend a day or two with the train, in rotation. Dr. Keyes himself would not need to stay with the train constantly, but could merely join the excursion on selected weekends, to accommodate his TV show and other obligations. In his absence, at least two or three nationally-prominent political, social, or religious leaders at a time should be scheduled to lead the train. Various principled sports, entertainment, cultural, and other celebrities could also be lined up to lend their support. The train would be overseen by several veteran outdoor and livestock specialists. The entourage should include about 15-20 horse-drawn wagons, a couple dozen riding horses, 30-50 regular support people, several motor homes (with cars in tow), a police escort (as much as possible from each city or region), and support equipment like a good PA, generators, cooking facilities, medical supplies, tents, etc. Appropriate permits would need to be secured in advance to avoid snags. Adequate insurance would also need to be arranged. ... The most challenging problem in staging a nationwide trek would be security, especially with the very real threat of terrorism. ... State National Guard units could even be called in to protect vast open areas. A logistical challenge, to be sure. But if this monumental hurdle of security can be solved, the event would take on added public importance because of that security--drawing interest far beyond what we can imagine. The American public will have never seen anything of its kind. To justify the exceptional security, the event should invite the participation of as large a contingency of patriotic public servants and celebrities as possible. It should also be billed as a proud display of American idealism in the face of terrorist fear.Update: Winning the bad joke of the day contest is So-Called Austin Mayor:
The entourage should include about 15-20 horse-drawn wagons. They might as well make it a mule train since we know it will have at least one jackass.Hee-haw!
How does Obama's support of the Gay Rights agenda affect your vote? More Likely to Support 58% Less Likely to Support 35% Makes No Difference 7% 1374 Votes
Illinois voters are a bit less divided on the senate race, which can only be described as a landslide. Democrat Barack Obama is trouncing republican Alan Keyes by 50 percentage points. Obama 70-percent, Keyes 20-percent with 8-percent undecided.
Finally, in case you needed any more motivation for a huge Obama victory, check out this website: http://www.archpundit.com/archives/010974.html Together we can make history on November 2 with the "Push for 50 Points." It's our goal to win this election with a 50 point margin of victory!!!!So, in case you are one of a million people going to a swing state to work next Tuesday, here's the information on in-house absentee voting from the Chicago Board of Elections. Go do it now, get Obama to 50%, then head to Wisconsin, Ohio or Iowa Oct. 30-Nov. 2. (You can also go the 8th Congressional District, but in Illinois you have to say that you will be absent from your county to vote absentee, so make sure to follow the law.)
In-House Absentee Voting Schedule For the November 2, 2004 General Election Monday, October 11,2004 Through Monday, November 1, 2004 Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Saturdays 9:00a.m to 4:00p.m. Sundays 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Monday, November 1, 2004 8:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Location: Board of Election Commissioners 69 W. Washington Lower Level
With the polls showing him about 45 points behind Barak Obama, there's not long to go before Alan Keyes becomes nothing more than an unpleasant memory in the minds of Illinois voters. We'll be sorry to see Alan go because he's provided us with such great material these last few months - but fortunately it looks like he's got some left in him. Last week Alan told a campaign rally (in attendance: two homeless people, three passers-by, and a stray dog) that incest was "inevitable" for children raised by gay couples. "If we do not know who the mother is, who the father is, without knowing all the brothers and sisters, incest becomes inevitable," he said. But... doesn't this means that incest is inevitable for any adopted child, whether their parents are gay or straight? And considering Alan's extreme pro-life views, does this mean that he now thinks adoption should be outlawed? What's he going to do with all the unwanted pregnancies? But don't confuse yourself thinking trying to figure this out, there's actually a very simple explanation: Alan Keyes is a homophobic nutcase who'll literally say anything to slam gays.
Type the words "dynamic" and "Obama" into the Google search engine on the Internet and you'll get more than 5,700 hits; replace it with "charismatic" and you'll get more than 2,000 hits.Which reminds me that immediately after the primary, I spent the day googling stories about Obama's win. And I think I read all of them. Now, even if you limit the search to "charismatic" and "Obama", you get too many hits to read. Cool. Update: By the way, the overall google numbers are 95,000 hits for a search "Barack Obama"
Sunday, October 24, 2004
And that is an area where Catholics, as others, have the right to debate, to disagree, and to exercise their judgment and common sense, which of course is what I do.(That is, I'm not laughing at the notion of Catholics exercising common sense, I'm laughing at the notion that Keyes does.) However, as I attend the third and final debate on Tuesday, I'm very afraid that I'm going to laugh out loud at one of these insane statements.
The Tribune today offers a heartfelt endorsement for Barack Obama in the race for the U.S. Senate. ... Obama has made a career of converting doubters into believers. There were the women of the Altgeld Gardens public housing project who, two decades ago, didn't believe the fresh-faced community organizer who came calling could help them get their apartments inspected for asbestos contamination. There were the South and West Side ministers who told Obama when they first met him that they didn't need any "high-talking college-educated brothers like yourself" to help them solve community problems. People have been won over by Obama's sincerity and persistence. "He conveys a sense of calm assurance," said Martha Minow, one of Obama's professors at Harvard Law School, where he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. "There's an integrity that just shines through, a sense of looking above the small and petty differences." When Obama gets up to speak on the floor of the General Assembly, "the place quiets down," said Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, who served in the Senate with him. People listen, partly because of his eloquence, and partly because opponents know they are about to hear the best argument the other side has to offer. "And often because he's right," Madigan said.
Remember, all we need to do is break through during the next two weeks to undecided voters in the expensive urban media markets of Chicago, Springfield, and St. Louis. This is money well-spent, because news "reporting" and the unreliability of the media's polling notwithstanding, a recent media survey reveals: In the "collar counties" (Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Will, Kane), the race is now a dead-heat (47-46 Obama).You mean the poll from the Trib?
In the Senate contest, Democrat Barack Obama maintained a commanding lead over Republican Alan Keyes--66 percent to 19 percent, with 9 percent undecided. If there's any glimmer of good news in the numbers for Keyes it is that Obama's sizable advantage actually was slightly bigger in the September poll... In the race for Senate, Obama's 47 percent lead in his effort to take the seat of outgoing Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald signals what could become the biggest Senate blowout in state history. After passing a constitutional amendment, Illinois began direct election of U.S. senators in 1914. Since then, the most lopsided race in Illinois was in 1920, when Republican William B. McKinley defeated Democrat Peter Waller by 67 percent to 27 percent. The biggest Senate landslides in more recent years were in 1986 when Democrat Alan Dixon defeated Republican Judy Koehler by 31.4 percent of the vote and in 1990 when incumbent Democrat Paul Simon held onto his seat by 30.2 percent over GOP nominee Lynn Martin. The Keyes campaign clearly has had difficulty gaining traction. Even the losers in Illinois' historic election routs generally have managed to snag about 30 percent of the vote. The poll suggests Keyes may be on track to get much less than that.Then, there's the open letter to Keyes' supporters that says "Great news for Keyes supporters" which shouts:
GREAT NEWS -- Alan EXCEEDED the already high expectations of viewers in the second candidate debate for U.S. Senate from Illinois!!How are we supposed to know, because Bill Pascoe tells us so:
Keyes 2004 campaign manager Bill Pascoe, reacting to Alan's clear win in Thursday night's first televised debate against Barack Obama, released the following statement: "The first televised debate is history, and the result is as clear as it was after last week's radio debate: Alan Keyes won this debate hands down.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
"Keyes has an impressive background. He worked for the National Security Council and was one of the U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations when Ronald Reagan was president. He has run for the U.S. Senate twice in Maryland and has taken two shots at the Republican presidential nomination."
I don't understand how any of these achievements by Keyes gives him a free pass to blatantly criticize those who disagree with his own personal moral judgments; to allow Keyes to decide what is right or wrong in anyone's eyes.
Haas goes on to write:
"It was unrealistic for people to expect out-of-stater Keyes, who was a late replacement for primary winner Jack Ryan, to speak about Illinois-specific issues before he had a chance to examine them."
Wait...Keyes did accept the nomination for United States Senator from Illinois. Are you telling me and the rest of Illinois voters that Keyes had no opportunities to research the issues most important to Illinois voters? And if he does have other ideas to share that will help Illinois, he has been given multiple opportunities to discuss them. Instead, he has chosen to spout his opinions on the evils of homosexuality and abortion, and accuse Obama of holding a slaveholder's position. Why make excuses for Keyes' behavior? Hass concluded his piece with:
"He's done his homework. Voters need to do the same."
I guess I am not exactly sure what Haas was implying, but here's my thought. Keyes has maintained a constant assault against those people who are different from him and his ideas. Keyes arrived in Illinois and was given further fortuity to spread his message that his beliefs were those of God. Keyes turned his back on the principle of separation of church and state, and he attempted to spread his negativity towards certain groups. Voters did their homework everytime they had to listen to something hate-filled Keyes said, and on November 2nd the lessons learned from their homework will show.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
"That's so nice. I think I'm one of the ones. I fight against the notion that black can have only one leader at a time...I want to be part of many voices that help the entire country rise up."And there was a little Barack gushing back...
Oprah: I think the name is working for you now. Barack: Absolutely. You're turned out okay for you, too.Oprahs asks "what do you want to do with your politics?" The answer was nice:
Barack: Two things. I want to make real the American ideal that every child in this country has a shot at life...For my second and companion goal, I'm well situated to help the country understand how we can both celebrate our diversity in all its complexity and still affirm our common bonds."And in a moment that makes every person with student loans smile there's:
Barack: The hardest thing about the work I do is the strain it puts on Michelle, and not being around enough for the kids. Then there are the financial worries after you've come out of Harvard Law School... Michelle: It's Harvard, Princeton and Columbia combined.Anyway, I actually do recommend the article--it's a nice combination of the personal, political and inspiration. Although the pictures of Oprah with the Obama family were overwhelming--too many beautiful people in one picture.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Keyes says incest awaits kids of gays October 17, 2004 BY CHERYL V. JACKSON Staff Reporter Advertisement U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes told a rally Saturday that incest was "inevitable" for children raised by gay couples because the children might not know both biological parents. "If we do not know who the mother is, who the father is, without knowing all the brothers and sisters, incest becomes inevitable," Keyes told the Marquette Park rally held to oppose same-sex marriages. "Whether they mean it or not, that is what will happen. If you are masked from your knowing your biological parents, you are in danger of encountering brothers and sisters you have no knowledge of."This is particularly ridiculous coming from an abortion opponent when adoption has been pushed heavily by anti-abortion groups as part of the solution to abortion. If you want to make a ridiculous statement, Keyes might be well-served not to make one that can be used against his other pet issue.
Also Thursday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an FEC complaint alleging that Keyes current Senate campaign had improperly coordinated with a group running ads that target his opponent, Democrat Barack Obama. Keyes campaign manager Bill Pascoe dismissed the accusation as "poppycock," saying "To suggest otherwise is to treat the truth as a harlot."In the spirit of Keyes, I thought a little word history of "harlot" would be appropriate:
Word History: The word harlot nowadays refers to a particular kind of woman, but interestingly it used to refer to a particular kind of man. The word is first recorded in English in a work written around the beginning of the 13th century, meaning “a man of no fixed occupation, vagabond, beggar,” and soon afterwards meant “male lecher.” Already in the 14th century it appears as a deprecatory word for a woman, though exactly how this meaning developed from the male sense is not clear. For a time the word could also refer to a juggler or jester of either sex, but by the close of the 17th century its usage referring to males had disappeared.But back to the allegations:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics argues that Roeser's subsequent donation to Empower Illinois suggests his actions were coordinated with the Keyes campaign. "There's a relationship there, a communicative relationship," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. ... She argues Empower Illinois amounts to a political committee and is barred from accepting such a large donation. Federal law also says it cannot run attack ads within 60 days of the election, she said.
Daniel Vovak isn't quite ready to throw in the wig. The 32-year-old powdered wig-wearing U.S. Senate candidate said he plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling dismissing his case to appear on the Illinois ballot Nov. 2. He'll be driving to Washington this week to file the case with the U.S. Supreme Court in person.And in case you were wondering:
The former political writer wears a George Washington-style white powdered wig to gain attention, but only when campaigning, he said.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
But the amendment ballot has opponents, including former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is suspicious of a possible hidden agenda: a huge tax increase. "This is the most deceptive piece of legislation I have ever seen, and it is simply a fraud on the people of Alabama," said Mr. Moore, best known for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.What kind of language are the people Alabama voting on?:
Amendment 2 is a measure to remove three pieces of language from Alabama's 1901 Constitution: a requirement for separate schools for "white and colored children," a requirement for a poll tax, and language that specifies that publicly funded education is not a right of citizenship.It's the last line that Moore has a problem arguing that "removing language specifying that public education is not a right would open the door for the Legislature to enact a massive tax increase for schools." More progressive Republicans are arguing for the change:
Republican Gov. Bob Riley and others concerned about the state's image are urging voters to approve a constitutional amendment on Nov. 2 to strike the long-unenforceable language from the state constitution. They say such laws are a painful reminder of the South's divisive past, and make Alabama look bad when it comes to attracting new businesses.
CHICAGO - Go to dinner with Alan Keyes, and you might end up discussing the motivations of Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello" or how Napoleon could have won the Battle of Waterloo. Not on the menu: Light banter about football scores or the latest celebrity gossip. "He really doesn't want to make much small talk. Whether it's politics or Shakespeare or something else, it can tire you out," said his friend Richard Ferrier, who has known Keyes for almost a decade. "He's really amazingly intelligent and articulate."AP story on Keyes (via Miami Herald)
Friday, October 15, 2004
I also suggest people be advised to strap a Keyes sign of some sort on their back and chest. As I have already written, I will make up some signs for this purpose for Monday, using Keyes yard signs reinforced with cardboard, with straps of blue duct tape. I may not have enough cardboard to create many wearable Keyes signs, so, if you think this is a good idea, please make some yourself.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
FEC Fines Keyes' 2000 Campaign Associated Press WASHINGTON - Illinois Senate candidate Alan Keyes' 2000 presidential campaign has been fined $23,000 for campaign finance violations including taking excessive contributions. The Federal Election Commission also ordered Keyes' presidential campaign to repay the federal government $95,302. Keyes accepted partial government financing for the 2000 presidential primaries, in which he competed unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination against President Bush and others. In all, Keyes' 2000 presidential campaign must pay the government $118,302, the FEC said Thursday. The campaign admitted accepting $168,200 worth of contributions over the individual donation limit, which in 2000 was $1,000 per person. It also acknowledged it had taken at least $15,000 in anonymous contributions, among other violations. Keyes is now a Republican candidate in a race for an open Illinois Senate seat. He faces Democrat Barack Obama in the Nov. 2 election.Don't believe the story, check out the FEC's website:
Respondents:(a) Keyes 2000, Inc.,Subject:Excessive contributions; excessive contributions in the form of stale-dated checks; failure to dispose of cash contributions over $50; excessive cash disbursementsDISPOSITION:(a) Conciliation Agreement: $23,000 civil penalty* Respondents will remit $95,302 to the United States Treasury.
Usually, when I write about Obama, I add the little "IL-Sen" code on the title. But Obama is no longer running for Senate. He's got it by popular acclaim. He's now set his sights on helping Dems take back the White House and Congress.And quoting from the USA Today story, Kos adds:
No doubt. And ideological purists take note -- check out where Obama has placed his money. He's going to be far more effective in a Democratic-controlled Senate than in one run by Frist. He knows it. Everyone else should as well. With all these favors he's collecting, he'll be Majority Leader in no time.
I was so proud of Alan Keyes, and so won over. I made another donation to his campaign tonight.
This could have been a meaningful race. It's the first time two African-Americans have faced off for the Senate; the winner will be only the third to serve since 1881. Instead, it's so one-sided that Obama is spending some of his time campaigning for colleagues out of state. ... "He's a player," says Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "He's a national figure. ... People don't want to 'be like Mike' anymore. They want to be like Barack."
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
KERRY: I respect their views. I completely respect their views. I am a Catholic. And I grew up learning how to respect those views. But I disagree with them, as do many. I believe that I can't legislate or transfer to another American citizen my article of faith. What is an article of faith for me is not something that I can legislate on somebody who doesn't share that article of faith. I believe that choice is a woman's choice. It's between a woman, God and her doctor. And that's why I support that. Now, I will not allow somebody to come in and change Roe v. Wade. The president has never said whether or not he would do that. But we know from the people he's tried to appoint to the court he wants to. I will not. I will defend the right of Roe v. Wade. Now, with respect to religion, you know, as I said, I grew up a Catholic. I was an altar boy. I know that throughout my life this has made a difference to me. And as President Kennedy said when he ran for president, he said, "I'm not running to be a Catholic president. I'm running to be a president who happens to be Catholic." My faith affects everything that I do, in truth. There's a great passage of the Bible that says, "What does it mean, my brother, to say you have faith if there are no deeds? Faith without works is dead." And I think that everything you do in public life has to be guided by your faith, affected by your faith, but without transferring it in any official way to other people. That's why I fight against poverty. That's why I fight to clean up the environment and protect this earth. That's why I fight for equality and justice. All of those things come out of that fundamental teaching and belief of faith. But I know this, that President Kennedy in his inaugural address told all of us that here on Earth, God's work must truly be our own. And that's what we have to -- I think that's the test of public service.So, this year, for as extreme as the politics has been, has I think aided the debate over the role of faith in politics. Democrats have been unwilling to cede the world of faith to Republicans. From Clinton's speech to Obama to Kerry's comments tonight to Amy Sullivan's articles appearing in nearly every periodical, it's been a good year for exploring what the role of religion and faith should be. Now, in my opinion, it's time to start working on that evangelical base. Surely, little by little, we can make them a little less Republican...
They found that the change in family structure, the move to single-parent households, the decline of our family structure was the main contributing factor to the lack of affordable housing.In sum the Archpundit concludes,
So saying that more conservative faith leads you to more stable families is demonstrably false.The links that he had were interesting:
I think it's worth noting that these numbers comes from The Barna Group, a conservative Christian research group. In fact, a description advertising for careers states:
Religion (% have been divorced) Jews (30% ) Born-again Christians (27%) Other Christians (24%) Atheists, Agnostics (21%)
Is there a career for you at The Barna Group? Would you like to serve the body of Christ by working with the premiere marketing research company in America that is dedicated to assisting God’s people to do the work of the kingdom? Located on the coast of sunny, southern California, an hour north of Los Angeles, we are seeking individuals who want to distinguish themselves as professionals who are helping ministries fulfill God’s vision. We conduct primary research to help them identify ministry opportunities and challenges.So, we're not talking about a left-wing conspiracy group out to attack evangelicals. More from Barna's website:
Overall, 33% of all born again individuals who have been married have gone through a divorce, which is statistically identical to the 34% incidence among non-born again adults.And on economics:
Income appears to be inversely related to identifying oneself as a "born again Christian." We found that only 26% of those who earn at least $60K a year call themselves born again, while 44% of those who earn under $60K a year identify themselves as born again Christians. (2001)On a personal note, which you don't really care about, but I think I believed Keyes. I'm still adjusting from my fundamentalist days and the moral framework that it offered. I just forget that there are a lot of people who are very moral, including a commitment to marriage, without a fundamentalist, or even any, religious framework.
the fact is most married women say they'll vote for President Bush. By nearly 2-to-1, unmarried women say they support John Kerry.The first poll said that women were voting for Obama 74 percent to 21 percent for Keyes. I'd be curious how that plays out married/single. I'm not really surprised, it reflects the women I know, but I'm still intrigued. But the most compelling editorial encouraging single women to vote came from...who else? Oprah. While browing her site looking for the link to the Obama story, I found this excellent editorial:
...I cast a ballot for everybody who came before me and gave their life's energy so that yours and mine could be a force that matters today. Emancipated slave and civil rights activist Sojourner Truth, speaking at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron in 1851, said, "If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!" We'd see amazing changes if women took to the polls en masse. The most recent statistics are embarrassing and disrespectful to our female heritage—to every suffragette, to every woman who didn't have a voice but hoped someday her daughters might be heard. There was a time not so long ago in this country when unmarried women held no status, other than as old maids. Our opinions and choices didn't matter because we needed a man to bring us value. Now we have the power and have chosen not to use it. In the 2000 presidential election, 22 million unmarried women who were eligible to vote stayed home from the polls. While 68 percent of married women voted, only 52 percent of unmarried women did so. If single women voted at the same rate as married women, millions more ballots would have been cast. Remember, 537 votes decided the last presidential election. We owe more—we ought to do better and respect ourselves enough to be counted. Vote.So take Oprah's advice, vote.
There's an excellent interview with Barack in the new O magazine. There couldn't be a better article if Jesus wrote it Himself. It really shows Barack as the thoughtful, more-than-competent, freakishly intelligent person he is. And it's OPRAH, so it's a gazillion times more important than a radio debate. # posted by Anonymous : 10:18 PMI think I've purchased every magazine with an extended article on Obama. I've never purchased O, the Oprah Magazine before. This will be a first. And as a bonus I get to learn about "Oprah and the Really, Really Good Sandwich."
It was a miracle on rye—no, make that on homemade white pepper-Jack bread. It wasn't just the curried chicken sandwich that bowled Oprah over, but a local California cook, a quirky café…and an opportunity to help keep some local home fires burning.
OBAMA: Well, you know, this is apparently the entire basis on which Ambassador Keyes decided to contradict himself with respect to his views about federalism and not carpet-bagging and not running in other states. According to Ambassador Keyes, this was the reason, this bill. And unfortunately, it's premised on a falsehood. You know, if Ambassador Keyes had called me up, he could have saved himself a trip because existing Illinois law mandates that any infant that has a chance for survival is provided life-saving treatment. Not only that, you've got to have a second doctor there to certify that in fact that is the case. That continues to be the case, that is current law today, as it should be. Now, the bill that was put forward was essentially a way of getting around Roe vs. Wade, which is why 21 other senators, Democrat and Republican, why the Illinois Medical Society objected to the bill. At the federal level there was a similar bill that passed because it had an amendment saying this does not encroach on Roe vs. Wade. I would have voted for that bill.Since the ads are coming up (although fortunately not in Chicago, yet), let's all be on top of our personal "rapid response." One source is the Obama website, at "Just the Facts about Obama." 2. Does anyone else find it a little odd that RenewAmerica is publicizing the ads?
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH ALAN KEYES? That, in a nutshell, seemed to be the main thing reporters wanted to know tonight during Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Alan Keyes' post-debate news conference here in the Old State Capitol building. "What happened to `Jesus wouldn't vote for Barack Obama?'" asked Daily Herald State Government Editor John Patterson, grilling Keyes about his surprising shift during the debate away from the aggressive tone and personal attacks that has so far marked his campaign. " I don't understand," said Keyes, affecting a "moi?" pose. "What change of tone?"The Sun-Times summarizes portions of the debate as:
Getting his first chance to debate front-runner Barack Obama face to face, Republican Senate candidate Alan Keyes suggested his opponent lacks the foreign affairs experience to make wise decisions about fighting terrorism but generally stayed away from direct attacks.And I like this quote from Obama:
Keyes has said Obama's opposition was the key factor in his decision to move to Illinois and enter the Senate race. "Unfortunately, it's premised on a falsehood. If Ambassador Keyes had called me up, he could have saved himself a trip," Obama said.As for this talk of spaghetti, Christmas trees and bayonets, I'll have to wait for the transcripts.
Monday, October 11, 2004
In Keyes' campaign literature, he refers to himself as the greatest orator of the 21st century. He lists Abraham Lincoln and Everett Douglas as the greatest orators of the 19th and 20th centuries." Certainly somebody billed as the greatest orator of the 21st century will do quite well against a state senator from Hyde Park," Obama spokesman Gibbs said, adding: "My tongue may be planted somewhere near my cheek."
- After watching the tape, I have to say, if I were Obama, I would want out of the debates. Why would you want to be in the same room as Keyes? Calling you names and talking in his condescending voice.
- Keyes says that the debates don't exist to serve him. Whatever. Then he rambles about serving the people and how the people need to know how all 4 candidates stand. But Keyes/Obama "undecideds" have to be even more confused Kerry/Bush "undecideds." There is absolutely no way to not know where these candidates differ. The "undecideds" exist because there are Republicans who don't know whether to stay home or vote. But it's not because they don't know where the candidates stand.
- Keyes spends his time attacking Kerry on the War on Iraq. He made a quick comment about "the wisdom of hindsight" being easy and how "John Kerry and Barack Obama run around now..." Then, he switched to Kerry, perhaps remembering how Obama had foresight.
- As to terrorism and the war, Keyes is still confused about what Iraq was (integral part of the global infrastucture on terror). And then becomes very hostile, arguing that exit strategies are not appropriate: "What do we call somebody who when you get into a battle immediately starts thinking about how to get out of it. What do we call these people? You know what we call these people?" He says that an exit strategy is not a victory strategy. O.K., but I can buy that but Bush didn't seem to have a victory strategy either.
- Then, he goes with the "I have more experience than you" on the war. He claims that every night while on the National Security Council, he went to bed thinking about terrorism. I can't decide whether it's better or worse to go to bed with people thinking how to kill you, or to go to bed haunted by the possibility of a child. Either way, it's a fraught-filled existence for Alan Keyes.
- With all of Keyes' experience on terrorism and national security, I would have thought that he would have been called to testify before the 9/11 commission.
- He refused to answer the question of preemptive strikes for Iran or North Korea, arguing that it's a hypothetical question.
Like the debates, I'll save the domestic issues for another day...
is quite humorous:
Illinois U.S. Senate debate, Part I. What is most likely to occur during the first debate between Keyes and Obama on Tuesday night in Springfield?
- Try as he might, Sen. Obama will not be able to resist engaging Keyes in verbal sparring
- Alan Keyes will reveal that not only is Jesus Christ not going to vote for Obama but that Christ has also decided to intervene on Keyes' behalf
- Sen. Obama will use the following rebuttal line in response to a Keyes answer at least once, "this is a reason I'm up 50 points'
- Alan Keyes will go beyond questioning Obama's heritage and faith to alleging that, in fact, Obama is a figment of the collective imagination of IL voters and doesn't actually exist.
- The fallout of the debate will lead to a MTV Celebrity Deathmatch claymation re-enactment
He also happens to have raised more than $14 million, said Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs, who bears the uncommonly relaxed look of a spokesman who rarely has to parry bad news. On a day that started in Milwaukee and ended in downstate Illinois, Obama was trailed by reporters from three national newspapers, National Public Radio, Time magazine and, in the clearest sign of his transformation, Vogue.
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Despite Crane's considerable advantages, Republicans remain worried that an upset is within reach, in part because their party has been rocked by scandals in recent years and embarrassing missteps in its struggle to field a candidate in the 2004 U.S. Senate campaign. "People are nervous, there's no two ways about it," said Gary Skoien, chairman of the Cook County Republican Party. "If something bad happens, if [President Bush's] people sit on their hands or if there's a national meltdown of any kind, then Phil's got to be worried." A recent Tribune/WGN-TV poll showed Democrat John Kerry with a comfortable lead over Bush, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama running away with his race against Republican Alan Keyes. Such developments could suppress Republican turnout and hurt Crane, Skoien said.Thanks, Alan.
When Bush made reference to "Dred Scott" he was assuring his anti-choice constituents that he would indeed only appoint Supreme Court justices who would remove abortion rights.I knew that talk of Dred Scott seemed familiar. Then, I remembered, "yes, becuase Alan Keyes likes to use it." Although I couldn't find a specific quote about Dred Scott and abortion from Keyes, his use at the phrase "slaveholder's position" is even more direct:
"I would still be picking cotton if the country's moral principles had not been shaped by the Declaration of Independence," Keyes said. He said Obama "has broken and rejected those principles — he has taken the slaveholder's position."And his supporters connect abortion to Dred Scott:
"Barack Obama is a constitutional lawyer," O'Malley said today. "He is on the wrong side of Dred Scott on this one. The legislation I introduced would have protected infants who are born alive with a beating heart and breathing lungs. He was opposed to protecting those babies."However, Keyes seems to use it even more broadly than just abortion. He used the case anytime he wants to say that a court is wrong. In reference to gay marriage:
Well, wait. Wait, wait. I would remind Barney Frank that that's what they said about Dred Scott, and you see what happened. It's also what they said about Roe vs. Wade, and you have seen what is happening.On affirmative action:
In the interval between the presidential election of 1856 and the inauguration of President James Buchanan, and on the eve of the infamous Dred Scott decision that – in its ambition to impose the spirit of racial categorization on the whole country – is close kin to federal affirmative-action programs, a private citizen named Abraham Lincoln addressed a political dinner in Chicago.On the Ten Commandments in Alabama:
FITTON: OK, thanks, Joe. Alan, is this another Dred Scott? We got about a little less than a minute left. KEYES: Actually, in a way, I think it's even worse, because Dred Scott was an assault on the rights of individuals who belonged to a certain group, black Americans. This is an assault, wholesale assault, on the right of the people, guaranteed under the Constitution, to decide through their states with respect to matters of religious belief.So, yes, it's Alan Keyes supporters that Bush is trying desperately to shore up support. We must keep reminding the undecideds of this...