FL GOP Pol Blames "Stocky Black Guy" For Sex Crime

FINALLY!!! The explanation we've all been waiting for. Alcoholism? Demons from the Past? Left wing conspiracy? Nope.

Republican state Representative Bob Allen, co-chairman for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in Florida, "explains" he offered to perform oral sex on an undercover police officer for twenty bucks because he was in the presence of a "pretty stocky black guy," there were "other black guys in the park" and he "didn't want to become a statistic." More on this not-so-brilliant explanation in the Orlando Sentinel here --
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/loca l/state/orl-allentape0307aug03,0,3794513 ,print.story?coll=orl_news_local_newslet ter_subject

Just as a refresher.. Bob Allen is another one of those right wing hypocrite legislators who beats his chest on family values and law enforcement issues. Oh.. if anyone in the comments section can provide the crime statistics for Veteran's Memorial Park in Titusville, I'd love to update the post.

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Is the Politico F@ckin' Serious??!

A right wing writer based in Virginia filed this story for the Politico today: "Left could push pro-Israel voters to GOP." The story is not labeled as an editorial. Although it's also posted in the IDEAS section of the website which includes other editorials and pieces of analysis, this article is posted on the front page and the byline merely reads "by Jennifer Rubin."

The point is that Rubin's story is being presented as an objective news story, filed at 6:23 AM by one of the Politico's staff writers. It's clearly not and includes a number of inflammatory and frankly ridiculous assertions regarding where the mainstream of the Democratic Party stands on Israel.

Some of the highlights:

-- A small but significant group of overwhelmingly Democratic members of Congress have consistently voted against efforts to support Israel in its continual struggle against terrorists and now an Islamist Hamas government in Gaza. These votes demonstrate that anti-Israel views are a minority in Congress -- but a minority composed primarily of the most left-leaning members of the Democratic Caucus.

-- In 2003, presidential candidate and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean declared in a speech that "it's not our place to take sides" between Israel and the Palestinians, an apparent repudiation of our decades-long special relationship and security obligations with Israel. Dean, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was widely criticized for these comments and subsequently argued he did not intend to alter the U.S.-Israel relationship.

-- Meanwhile, the Republican Party has never been more pro-Israel, in part because of the influence of Christian evangelicals who are devoted to Israel and support its battle against terrorists

Here's the BEST part... give me a break...

-- Dan Gerstein, a Democratic consultant and Politico columnist, candidly acknowledged that religious faith, generally higher on the right, accounts for the growing support within the Republican Party, while the "faith vacuum" on the left leaves some on the other side of the aisle less enamored of Israel.

First off, if the Politico wants to be taken seriously as a publication that presents fair and mainstream political views... then they really shouldn't be running this nonsense at all. If they feel like this is a legitimate perspective then at least clearly identify the piece as an editorial.

Here's the article in it's entirety. Enjoy and be outraged.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/070 7/4986.html   

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Dems: We Gave You The Damn Money Now Listen

I dig the message Reid and Co. are pushing on the Iraq funds.

-- We Do Not Live in a Monarchy
-- Bush Refuses to Negotiate
-- Dems Refuse to Write the President a Blank Check

Democrats now have the leverage in discussions over war funding. After passing this bill, there's no absolutely no reason to feel pressure to pass a second watered-down bill. In fact, whatever legislation follows should have even more teeth.

Why? Because we already gave you the damn money once and you turned it down. Because Democrats refuse to give Bush a blank check to fight a civil war in Iraq. Because Bush refuses to talk seriously about changing strategy in Iraq. Because Republicans like Sens. Coleman, Sununu and Collins are watching their political careers self-destruct over their support for Bush's failing war policy.

Froomkin hits it in his collumn today writing, "yesterday's senate vote has put President Bush in a real bind."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/linkset/2005/04/11/LI2005041100879. html

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Do the Netroots have Obama's back?

I'm curious to hear some opinions on why the netroots didn't go postal after seeing this...

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/01/19/fox- obama-madrassa/

I realize politics isn't a tea party, but this attack struck me as especially nasty and bigoted. I felt sick to my stomach just watching the "Fox and Friends" segment. Suprisingly, I haven't heard any outrage about this at MyDD, Kos or TPM.

Are bloggers ignoring it because its just "business as usual" at Fox and the MSM won't give it any play (at least for now)?

My theory is that the netroots don't have Obama's back, at least to the extent of someone like Edwards, due to his past criticism of blogs and the party in general. My feeling is that he's going to end up having to pay in the campaign for trying to prove that he's not a partisan while failing to kiss the ring of the powers that be in the blogosphere.

This is the first sign of what could end up being a big problem for the Obama campaign. I think the fact that he's put some much effort towards making sure he has no enemies has left him with even less friends.

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