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Saturday
May312008

Interfaith Alliance - Note to Candidates: You Reap What you Sow

Note to Senators McCain, Obama, Clinton: You Reap What You Sow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Interfaith Alliance President, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, sent a letter to presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain today following the latest round of campaign mishaps related to religion. Obama was forced to disassociate himself from Father Michael Pfleger, who gave a sermon that parodied Senator Hillary Clinton. This follows months of analysis of Obama’s relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And, just last week, Sen. McCain distanced himself from Rev. John Hagee and Rev. Rod Parsley, after some of their more extreme views came to light.

Rev. Gaddy told the candidates:

“While I appreciate your decisions to distance yourself from the harmful rhetoric from people like Father Pfleger, Rev. Hagee and Rev. Parsley you share some of the responsibility. You have all gone after endorsements of clergy, and I sense that you are now having some buyer’s remorse. But you can’t have it both ways. You can’t continue to use clergy as political props when they serve your purpose, and then discard them when they no longer fit your image.

The clergy who have endorsed you share some responsibility. They open themselves up to criticism when they make political endorsements. The more the pulpit is treated as a stump for partisan politics the more clergy will be caricatured as cartoon figures. Houses of worship will be considered just like other institutions interested in power regardless of its cost. And politics and faith will be confused to an extent that harms both religion and democracy. When will it end? It must end soon or people will be fed up with politics and religion.

I ask you all to stop seeking clergy endorsements from the pulpit, and stop using religion as a political tool.

In the coming months, I hope you will talk about the role of faith in public life in a way that is constructive. What are the boundaries for you between religion and government? What role will your faith play in creating public policy? How will you balance the principles of your faith and your obligation to defend the Constitution, particularly if the two come into conflict?”

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The Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, the Interfaith Alliance has 185,000 members across the country from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.

Saturday
May312008

NewsMax - James Carville: Why Hillary Won't Quit

 

Political operative and author James Carville said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America that Sen. Hillary Clinton won’t quit the race for the presidential nomination and will, most likely, take her fight all the way to the Democratic convention.

Carville, a Clinton backer who worked as lead strategist for former President Bill Clinton’s two successful campaigns, also blasted Sen. Barack Obama’s camp for trying to score political points for her remarks on the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

Political operative and author James Carville said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America that Sen. Hillary Clinton won’t quit the race for the presidential nomination and will, most likely, take her fight all the way to the Democratic convention.

Carville, a Clinton backer who worked as lead strategist for former President Bill Clinton’s two successful campaigns, also blasted Sen. Barack Obama’s camp for trying to score political points for her remarks on the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

"Obama tried to pull a clever political trick, and it backfired on him," Carville said. “I think the press made a fool of themselves.”

Although Carville said the Obama camp’s decision to jump on Clinton’s RFK gaffe “set things back,” he believes she “has the absolute superior moral case on Florida and Michigan. She has more votes than he does. She has a strong case” to take her fight to the end.

“It was a very big setback, I thought, when Sen. Obama had his campaign try to hype this idiotic story. I thought that set things back a long way,” he said. “I’m not a journalist; I’m a political operative. I don’t fall for that.”

He later added, “I’m certainly prepared to support Sen. Obama if he is the nominee, but the way they handled this [RFK assassination] thing was not helpful at all. Of course, we’re going to reconcile, but this was not a good thing.”

Carville noted that Clinton continues to stump in the final three Democratic primaries and argues that she would be a stronger candidate against McCain.

“Already we have seen emerging a pattern in the polls that she is the stronger general election candidate,” he said in reference to statistics that indicate Clinton has better poll numbers running against McCain than Obama in key states. “I think a lot of super delegates are going to say, ‘Wait a minute, you mean [she] got more votes than he did?’ Look at the polls. Her case, if she has more popular votes, is going to be stronger.”

Carville also conceded, however, that he believes Obama would also defeat McCain. But, “Any fair reading of the current polls would say Sen. Clinton would win by more," he added.

The Clinton campaign suffered a setback Tuesday when lawyers for the Democrats' Rules Committee released a 38-page report stating it cannot legally install all the Florida and Michigan delegations. The two states were penalized for violating the party's rules by holding early primaries.

Clinton, hoping to bolster her delegate count by having the full delegations seated, won both states, although neither candidate campaigned there.

“[We] offered the Obama camp to split the cost of these primaries,” Carville explained. “He [Obama] refused. Then [we] said we’ll pick up the entire cost of the primaries to revote, since Obama refused to do that.”

The rules committee is scheduled to meet Saturday to resolve the fate of those two delegations.

© 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved

Saturday
May312008

DNC Releases New Video: "Propaganda"

Washington, DC - Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book detailing the "propaganda campaign" President Bush and his allies used to make the case for war in Iraq is raising new questions about John McCain.  As a new video released today by the Democratic National Committee shows, John McCain was a key part of the Bush Administration's efforts to misrepresent the threat posed by Iraq and make war look like "the only feasible option." 

From echoing the Bush Administration's false and misleading arguments before the invasion to parroting their rosy rhetoric as Iraq descended into chaos, John McCain has consistently been President Bush's most loyal foot soldier.  Now, McCain uses rosy rhetoric and misleading statements to defend his willingness to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years. 

"This week, the American people are getting a fresh look at John McCain's key role in the propaganda machine that Scott McClellan describes in his book," said DNC spokesman Damien LaVera. "Given that he was part of the drumbeat that misled America into war and continues to misrepresent the facts as he defends his willingness to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years, how can Senator McCain be trusted to not continue the Bush policy of cherry picking the facts on the ground in Iraq and misleading the American people?"

To view the DNC's new video "Propaganda," click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeaqwYBqSHA

DNC Web Ad:
"Propaganda"

GRAPHIC: Scott McClellan: White House Used Propaganda To Lead Us To War.

MCCLELLAN: "As we accelerated the buildup to the war, the information that we were talking about became a little more certain than it was.  The caveats were dropped. Intelligence that you know, contradictory intelligence was ignored.  Intelligence that had a high level of confidence was combined and packaged with intelligence that had a low level of confidence. And together, that made it sound like the threat was more urgent and more grave and gathering than it really turned out to be." [Today Show, 5/29/08]

GRAPHIC: Where Was John McCain?

MCCAIN: "I believe that Saddam Hussein presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America with his continued pursuit to acquire weapons of mass destruction. [CNN, Later Edition, 3/3/02]

CHENEY:  "My belief is we will in fact be greeted as liberators." [Meet the Press, 3/26/2003]

MCCAIN: "There's no doubt in my mind that once these people are gone that we will be welcomed as liberators." [MSNBC, Hardball, 3/24/03]

MCCAIN: "I believe that we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time." [CNN Late Edition, 9/29/02]

GRAPHIC: …Marching in lockstep the whole way.  John McCain: The Wrong Choice For America's Future.

Saturday
May312008

DHHS Recognizes World No Tobacco Day May 31st

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recognizing World No Tobacco Day May 31, 2008. World No Tobacco Day is an annual event sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). It's aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco use; this year's theme is Tobacco-Free Youth.

"Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States," said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. "The best thing smokers can do to protect themselves and the health of their loved ones is to quit. We need to do everything we can to help in that process, which includes educating them about the dangers they may be exposing themselves or their families to by smoking or using tobacco." Studies show smokers are more likely to quit permanently if they receive counseling, behavioral therapy, and pharmacological treatment.

Just last year the New Hampshire Legislature made changes to the NH Indoor Smoking Act in an effort to protect the health of residents. The Legislature passed a law banning smoking in bars, restaurants, public educational facilities, licensed childcare centers, and grocery stores. The changes are aimed at decreasing secondhand smoke exposure.

"We know that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and non-smoking adults, and there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure," said Dr. Jose Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services. "We continue to reach out to practitioners to provide them with information so they can make effective treatments available to smokers and other tobacco users in an effort to help them quit."

DHHS's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) continues to provide funding for community-based tobacco prevention and control grants, as well as tobacco addiction treatment opportunities, including a free and confidential Smokers' Helpline, 1-800-Try-To-STOP (1-800-879-8670).

For help while quitting people can also visit www.trytostop.org.

For more about World No Tobacco Day, visit WHO at http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2008/activities/en/index.html.

Friday
May302008

What is in the Chowder this WEEK?

The New Democratic Leaders ... from fund raising to lobbying to voting
Congressman Hodes supports carpooling
Phone Jammer Alan Raymond and Press Secretary Scott McClellan - Republicans tell all
Granite State Poll - Consumer confidence at new low
View tax...maybe not from your barn
Charter Schools on life support
NH retirement system...this ain't simple
Spending Cap initiative coming to a town near you

Michigan and Florida...make no one happy (especially Carl Levin)
Huckabee returns...isn't it too early for 2012?

Rail liability - Rail dreams

Happy 40th birthday -
The Seacoast Antipollution League's (SAPL) imagines a
Carbon-Free and Nuclear Free, Energy Policy



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State Representative Jim Ryan
Editor of the NH Business Review, Jeff Feingold
President of The Josiah Bartlett Center, Charlie Arlinghaus

Part Two - I think I can, I think I can...ok railroads.

House Transportation Chair Jim Ryan
Ex. Dir. Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Stephen Williams


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Dr. Arjun Makhijani -  President of The Institute for Energy and  Environmental Research


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