• who's going to wash Scalia's socks?
  • Get used to "welfare state liberal" because that's how DeWine's people are going to try to portray him.
    I acknowledge that "dumpy, little" was over the top.  I had a knee-jerk reaction to the stupidest posting to ever make the front page of mydd.
  • I'm a 100% Deanocrat, and I see in Paul Hackett many of the same qualities that make Howard such a breath of fresh air-- directness, libertarian views, and independence from beltway mentality.
    It will be easy for Dewine to paint Brown as too far to the left for Ohio, so I'm supporting the candidate who has proven his appeal to moderate voters.  If Hackett can repeat his 47% performance in the second district, he'll win the state.  It's as simple as that.
  • comment on a post An Ohio senate candidate who changed his mind over 8 years ago
    "I disagreed with the war, but we're there now, so we can't just cut and run.  I support full withdrawal and the Bush administration must develop an exit strategy."

    What's wrong with that?  Seems perfectly reasonable to me.  

    I'm pretty pissed off that mydd has become a shill for Brown.  It seems hypocritical considering what was said about Casey-Pennachio.  
    You're welcome to support dumpy, little, welfare state liberal Sherrod Brown, I'm supporting a guy who has a chance to win statewide.
    Go Hackett.

  • I gave her campaign some $ last year and was pissed off by her recent vote for CAFTA.  I e-mailed her to ask how the trade agreement could possibly benefit her district and received an autoreply that she does not respond to questions from those outside her district.  
    She'll take my $, but doesn't want to hear my opinion.
    That's OK.  I'll just give to Chris Cegalis instead.
  • comment on a post Getting Acquainted over 9 years ago
  • on a comment on White Smoke over 9 years ago
    Real world experience.  That's what make me think I know better than those aged, isolated cardinals.  
    I take the words of Christ to heart, so I won't accept the malice and judgmentalism in the way the church treats women and gays, in particular.
    Having been raised in Iowa, I also got to witness the slow death of the rural church.  Priests who used to serve one congregation full time are now serving four or five.  Unless the priesthood is expanded by eliminating the absurd contraption of celibacy, the American church is doomed.
  • comment on a post Time To Pull The Plug on PBS over 9 years ago
    PBS continues to produce many wonderful programs.  We should monitor the actions of the administration's plants and fight their attempts to propagandize the CPB; we should not abandon public broadcasting when it's under attack.
    Bush and his right wing goons are only temporary.
  • on a comment on White Smoke over 9 years ago
    I'm well aware of the teachings of the Catholic Church.  I was merely pointing out that Catholics exercise free will in accepting or rejecting some of the orthodoxy.

    I will add however, that your tone was rude and I doubt you're actually Catholic.  No Catholic would ever use "the christian church" interchangably with "the Catholic church."

  • on a comment on White Smoke over 9 years ago
    Roman Catholic orthodoxy will not change in my lifetime. John Paul stacked that court solidly and the church will continue in its current direction for at least a century.  But that's not going to get me to walk away.  
    Roman Catholicism is, as you noted, as much a culture as a religion, and it's more about community than orthodoxy.
    Most of the socioeconomic goals of the church are ideals that progressives can embrace.  Despite criticism that it's nothing more than recruitment, I'm a strong supporter of Catholic missionary work.  I've known many missionaries and every single one was in it to help people--to teach, to build, to work with them-- not to impose an ideology.  The obligation we all have to the poorest of the poor and sickest of the sick is one element of Roman Catholic culture, and religion, that strongly connects us to the progressive community.

    Ratzinger was a disappointing choice because he not only believes that abortion and gay relationships are a sin, but that those who disagree with church teachings on those matters are sinful.
    To think is a sin.
    Not only is the gay Catholic boy a sinner, so is the mother who has realized her son was "different" since he was a toddler, but still loves him and respects him and hopes he finds a good partner in life.  I'm sympathetic to both the boy and the mother.  I'm a double-sinner.
    Condoms prevent AIDS and abortion. I'll go directly to hell with that idea.
    If a woman were to learn that her current pregnancy could kill her, leaving her family without a wife or mother, she would be sinful not only to have an abortion, but even to consider an abortion.  
    Catholicism is all about family.  And no one in that family, or in that community, would consider such a woman to be sinful.
    Things such as this are so obvious to so many good Catholics that Rome is distant.  We are not afraid to disagree. We vote for whomever would best serve our communities, not for who would best serve our religion. We are generally not evangelicals and we are taught not to judge others.  
    Ratzinger has argued for excommunication of progressive Catholics, but Catholics have rejected that idea.  Christ's embrace of Mary Magdelene teaches us that such exclusion would be sinful.

  • on a comment on DLC admits Kos was right over 9 years ago
    I think they are.  They just happen to be more supportive of corporate interests than most netroots Democrats are.  But there's a place for that in the party-- especially now that suburbia has become a critical battleground.  
    The DLC did a respectable job of moving the party away from the unfair, but widespread, "Welfare Queen" image and they made fiscal responsibility a priority.  I don't agree with many of their positions, and I think it's time for the Democrats to refute most of their trade policies, but the party needs help reaching beyond urban enclaves and the DLC can be useful there.  
    The gripe I hear most often is that DLCers give comfort to the enemy by failing to join in a united Democratic opposition to the president's policies.  Well, maybe it's time for the Dean wing and the DLC to start working together to fashion alternatives that they can both agree on.
    Having said all that, I still think that Lieberman's gotta go.
  • comment on a post DLC admits Kos was right over 9 years ago
    I admire a lot of the work they've done over the years.  In fact, I considered myself a DLC-leaning Democrat until early in 2003 when they went out of their way to attack Howard Dean.  I still don't understand why they did that.  As governor, Dean was an impressive fiscal manager, so it either had to be his stance on Iraq or civil unions.  If it was Iraq, then the DLC needs to get a grip on the fact that Dean was right.  If it was civil unions, then the DLC should get on board with the idea that this is an issue that should be decided by the states.

    It seems strange to me that the animosity is escalating.  Even if there are policy differences, the blog community and the DLC are both working for a Democratic majority.

  • on a comment on Hyde to Retire over 9 years ago
    Christine's definitely a populist.  She's having a fundraiser tonight in downtown Chicago and she personally called each of her contributors to invite them.  Must have taken some time, but it was pretty damn impressive.
    She was also one of the Dean Dozen, so that says something about her progressive credentials.  
    The fact that she got 44% of the vote and this wasn't a top tier race also speaks to her organizational strength.  If the party had contributed some money, it might have been very close.  
    She never stopped running for this seat and her energy and commitment make her well-positioned.
  • on a comment on Mfume Announces Run in MD over 9 years ago
    But I bet Van Hollen gets in and wins.
  • on a comment on Mfume Announces Run in MD over 9 years ago
    So it's OK to clear the field when a liberal powerhouse steps in?


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