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Published on November 27 2005

Feingold: U.S. Due for 'Cheesehead' Prez - Yahoo! News
"But I do think one thing we can all agree on is that this country is overdue for a cheesehead president. We've never had one," he told ABC's "This Week."
Truly a good reason to elect a President, wouldn't you say?? tophat

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Published on November 20 2005

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World
The Elaph Arab media website reported on Sunday that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror group, may have been killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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Published on November 13 2005

Wisconsin boy Melvin Laird has a long article on Vietnam and how it relates to today's war in Iraq at: Foreign Affairs - Iraq: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam - Melvin R. Laird
The truth about Vietnam that revisionist historians conveniently forget is that the United States had not lost when we withdrew in 1973. In fact, we grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory two years later when Congress cut off the funding for South Vietnam that had allowed it to continue to fight on its own.... ...Vietnam gave the United States the reputation for not supporting its allies. The shame of Vietnam is not that we were there in the first place, but that we betrayed our ally in the end. It was Congress that turned its back on the promises of the Paris accord. The president, the secretary of state, and the secretary of defense must share the blame. In the end, they did not stand up for the commitments our nation had made to South Vietnam.
and this is another quote from the same article:
The president must articulate a simple message and mission. Just as the spread of communism was very real in the 1960s, so the spread of radical fundamentalist Islam is very real today. It was a creeping fear until September 11, 2001, when it showed itself capable of threatening us. Iraq was a logical place to fight back, with its secular government and modern infrastructure and a populace that was ready to overthrow its dictator. Our troops are not fighting there only to preserve the right of Iraqis to vote. They are fighting to preserve modern culture, Western democracy, the global economy, and all else that is threatened by the spread of barbarism in the name of religion. That is the message and the mission. It is not politically correct, nor is it comforting. But it is the truth, and sometimes the truth needs good marketing.

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Published on November 13 2005

Interesting article about our state's resident maverick Senator. 2008 should be interesting, although I still don't think Feingold can/will get the nomination. Article at The New Republic--free registration required. Withdrawal Symptoms
While Clinton struggles with questions about her authenticity, Feingold will likely be forced to answer questions about his sense of "principle." Throughout his Senate career, Feingold has taken stances that leave fellow Democrats befuddled and angry. Often that's thanks to his fixation on the integrity of the political process--which he sometimes values above his partisan and even ideological imperatives. Unlike Democrats eager to torment Bush at every possible turn, for instance, Feingold believes the Senate should defer to a president's choice of nominees. Thus, he infuriated liberals in 2001 by voting for the confirmation of John Ashcroft as attorney general. And, at a time when other potential 2008 contenders--even moderates like Indiana's Bayh--said they couldn't bring themselves to vote for Roberts, Feingold did, saying Roberts was well-credentialed and the best Democrats could expect from Bush. Feingold's emphasis on process flows from the Wisconsin Progressive tradition--exemplified by the state's political icon, "Fighting" Bob La Folette--which battled to reform the political system. He was raised in a middle-class Wisconsin town, tutored in politics by a lawyer father who ran unsuccessfully for local offices as a Progressive and who taught him, as Feingold once told a local paper, "that honest and decent politics is an honorable profession." Feingold idolized John F. Kennedy as a boy and spoke openly about his own political aspirations. After college at the University of Wisconsin, followed by a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford and Harvard Law School, he became a white-collar lawyer until he ran for the Wisconsin state legislature and won. When he first ran for U.S. Senate in 1992, his focus was tellingly process-oriented: Feingold posted a list of campaign pledges on his garage door, which included pledges to attend every vote, maintain his Wisconsin residence, and refuse pay raises and most out-of-state campaign donations.

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Published on November 1 2005

Methodist Court Removes Openly Lesbian Minister - New York Times
Although United Methodism prohibits openly gay people in the pulpit, it welcomes all to worship. Mr. Johnson did not forbid the gay man to attend his church but said he would not allow him to become a member, according to Carole Vaughn, spokeswoman for the Virginia Annual Conference, which includes the South Hill church. Regional church officials tried to get Mr. Johnson to change his stance, and when he refused, his peers suspended him for a year without pay. The regional conference must now reinstate him, pay him back wages and benefits, and find a new position for him. Mr. Johnson could not be reached for comment.
Ouch. Wonder if it's time I quit describing myself as a Methodist?

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Published on October 28 2005

The Democratic Frontrunner
ABC'S NEW SHOW, Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis as the first female president of the United States, along with new books by Democratic political consultants Dick Morris and Susan Estrich, is fueling the notion that a woman can lead America. No one need guess who the liberals in Beverly Hills and Georgetown would like to see in the Oval Office. But before anyone else in the Democratic party suggests short-circuiting the 2008 presidential nomination process and just handing the crown to Hillary Rodham Clinton, consider this: the Democratic party has rarely nominated its front runner in non-incumbent years. John Kennedy was not the frontrunner in 1960, it was former Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson . . . or Texas Senator Lyndon Johnson . . . or Missouri Senator Stuart Symington . . . or Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey . . . which is why Kennedy had to campaign and win in all seven primaries that year to prove himself to the party elders.

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Published on October 28 2005

Rosa Parks to Lie in Honor at Capitol - Yahoo! News
On Sunday, Parks becomes the first woman to lie in honor in the vast circular room under the Capitol dome. The House agreed by voice vote Friday that the body of Parks will lie in honor in the Rotunda on Sunday and Monday "so that the citizens of the United States may pay their last respects to this great American." The Senate approved the resolution Thursday night.

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Published on October 20 2005

Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $340M Sold - Yahoo! News
DES MOINES, Iowa - All eyes were on Oregon, where someone bought the winning Powerball ticket worth $340 million. It was the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second-biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and 29. Powerball officials said the winning ticket was sold somewhere in Oregon. They had no other information. Forty-seven tickets sold matched the first five numbers drawn but failed to match the Powerball. They win $200,000 each, plus a bonus of $653,492. The odds of hitting all six numbers were 1 in 146 million.

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