Monday, June 13, 2005

t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt | Dean Was Right

t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt | Dean Was Right: "Dean was right. Ninety nine percent of Republicans in the state legislatures in all 50 states, and in Congress in Washington DC, are white. Even in states and districts with large minority populations, the Republican representatives for those places are almost uniformly white Christians.

Of 3,643 Republicans serving in state legislatures across the country, only 44 of them are minorities, amounting to 1.2%. Texas, with a minority population of 47%, has 106 Republicans in the state legislature. There are exactly zero African Americans and exactly zero Hispanics serving in that body as Republicans. In Washington, 274 of the 535 elected Senators and Representatives are Republican. Exactly five are minorities.

Of course, there are ethnic and religious minorities within the rank and file of the GOP, but every
demographic analysis of the party�s makeup clearly shows the vast majority of Republicans fit exactly into the description offered by Mr. Dean. His point, by the way, was not that white Christians are bad people. His point was that, in this pluralist society made up of so much diversity, the Republican Party does not represent the true face of this country. "

This is in response to the look at the monkey natures of this last Sunday's talk shows. All of them talked about Dean, very few (none that I saw) took the time to run the figures.

Prewar British Memo Says War Decision Wasn't Made - New York Times

Prewar British Memo Says War Decision Wasn't Made - New York Times: "'U.S. military planning unambiguously takes as its objective the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime, followed by elimination of Iraqi W.M.D. It is however, by no means certain, in the view of U.K. officials, that one would necessarily follow from the other. Even if regime change is a necessary condition for controlling Iraqi W.M.D., it is certainly not a sufficient one.'"

More info on the inept planning of the Neocon war machine. This memo was most likely leaked to 'fix' the problems caused by the last leak. Why not just release the whole kit and kaboodle for us and let us make some informed judgements about who's head should roll for this debacle, eh?

Texas Governor Mobilizes Evangelicals

Texas Governor Mobilizes Evangelicals: "'One of the great myths of our time is that you can't legislate morality,' the governor told the ministers, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press by his campaign.

'If you can't legislate morality, then you can neither lock criminals up nor let them go free. If you can't legislate morality, you can neither recognize gay marriage nor prohibit it. If you can't legislate morality, you can neither allow for prayer in school nor prevent it,' he said. 'It is a ridiculous notion to say you can't legislate morality. I say you can't NOT legislate morality.' "

Jeez, this is from the governor of Texas. And double negatives aside...the obvious question becomes.."and just who's morality are you planning on making the law of the land?" Which, of course, is where the who idea crumbles and those that don't believe in the governor's brand of morality end up in prison.