Video: George H.W. Bush And Bill Clinton In Funny Moment

This is great.

Ted Haggard, Wife On ‘Oprah’ Wednesday

There is no end to the story of former evangelist Ted Haggard’s double life.  Married and pretending to be straight while blasting his way onto the national stage with fire and brimstone sermons.  Sermons, it should be noted that included anti-gay rhetoric.  One of the problems was that while Ted Haggard was saying one thing behind the podium, he was doing just the opposite off stage.  The religious hypocrite is perhaps the worst thing to witness.

Back in November 2006 Ted Haggard first made his way onto this blog, and it appears he will be coming back for a few visits.

The latest news on the antics of Ted Haggard is yet more evidence that living a lie is not the path to take for anyone, including evangelists.

The scandal widened in recent days with disclosures that Haggard also admitted to an “inappropriate” relationship with a church volunteer, Grant Haas, who was 22 at the time.

Haas told KRDO in Colorado Springs that Haggard performed a sex act in front of him and sent him illicit text messages. He informed New Life Church shortly after the scandal broke, and the two parties reached a settlement in 2007 that included a confidentiality agreement. Haas went public as Haggard is heavily promoting an HBO documentary about his time in exile.

The whole sordid story is about to take yet another notch upwards as Ted Haggard and his wife appear on ‘Oprah’  Wednesday, January 28th, 2009.  And Ms. Haggard is to announce that she knew about his feelings for men for much of their 30-year marriage. 

Living a lie, I hope, is something that Oprah has strong words about, as this is a clear example of what many need to be steered away from.


Watch President Obama’s First TV Interview, Reaches Out To Muslim World

I hope not to come across as a partisan with this post.  Because the issue of our foreign policy in the Middle East should not be a Democratic or Republican one.  In my opinion there is a general way to proceed, and whoever takes the actions that I find correct will get my support. 

When President Obama gave his first television interview since taking office to a Middle Eastern station, and struck the appropriate tone with the Muslim world, there is only one way to respond.  With a sincere and heartfelt thanks.  

It has long been a problem, rightly or wrongly, that the Muslim world finds American foreign policy to be aimed at them in a negative way.  It has also been a long-held belief here on this blog that a better tone needed to be undertaken by America once George Bush left office. We needed to again commit ourselves to a global dialogue where we try to find out what others think and feel, and create foreign policy that reaches out instead of lashing out.

Speaking to the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network, Mr Obama reiterated that the US would extend the hand of friendship to Iran if it “unclenched its fist”.

It comes as his Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, travels to the region, heralding a new burst of diplomacy.

He will meet Egypt’s leader to discuss the Gaza ceasefire and peace efforts.

Egypt has been mediating between Israel and the Palestinians, and between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

Mr Obama told Al-Arabiya that the US sometimes made mistakes and stressed that his administration would adopt a more open diplomatic approach.

“As I said in my inauguration speech, if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us,” he said.

“It is very important for us to make sure that we are using all the tools of US power, including diplomacy, in our relationship with Iran.”

On Middle East peace, Mr Obama reiterated his administration’s support for Israel and its security but also suggested Israelis would have to make some tough choices.

“Ultimately we cannot tell either the Israelis or the Palestinians what is best for them. They are going to have to make some decisions,” he said.

“But I do believe the moment is ripe for both sides to realise that the path that they are on is one that is not going to result in prosperity and security for their people. And that instead, it’s time to return to the negotiating table.”

Asked about verbal attacks made on him in recent videos released by al-Qaeda, Mr Obama responded: “What that tells me is that their ideas are bankrupt.”

The BBC’s Justin Webb in Washington says that for most of the interview, Mr Obama appeared determined to be emollient and – as he put it repeatedly – respectful, stressing that the US would begin by listening rather than dictating.

Sarah Palin Clothes Put In Trash, Not Donated

Place this news story about Sarah Palin in the ‘not surprised’ pile.

Granted this story is not directly her fault, but anything associated with Sarah Palin is just a complete disaster.  Even discarded clothes that cost $150,000, and were supposed to be donated for less fortunate people to use, as if that is what  conservative Republicans always think about doing, has turned into a GOP embarrassment.

As you read this ask yourself this question……. why does it take months to donate clothes to charity?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has returned her pricey campaign duds to the Republican National Committee, which apparently has placed them in trash bags at RNC headquarters, the conservative Web site  New Majority  is reporting.

Reports about Palin receiving $150,000 worth of clothes from the RNC for her vice-presidential bid created a big stink on the campaign trail, and everyone promised the clothes would go to charity.  Instead, they’re in the trash.

An RNC spokeswoman says the clothes eventually will be inventoried and “dispersed to charities.”

Hasn’t the RNC ever heard of renting stuff?  Or leasing stuff?  Or renting with the option to buy?  Either way, they would have saved some cash.

I just hope they didn’t buy retail.  Wholesale is the way to go.

Maybe the RNC will save the clothes — for Palin’s 2012 presidential bid.

Can you imagine a homeless person wearing one of the skirts Palin wore during the campaign?  No?  Can you imagine seeing one of those skirts on eBay?

Courting GOP In Congress Not Worth Effort

The news this morning was not unexpected.  In fact, anyone who thought this would not happen is divorced from reality.

House Republican leaders are urging their rank and file to oppose the economic stimulus billheading for a vote on Wednesday, delivering their appeal hours before President Obama heads to the Capitol to seek bipartisan support.

How does one put into words how many of us feel over the bluster that has come from those that were soundly defeated by Democrats this fall?  While I understand the desire of Barack Obama to change the tone in Washington, and to re-make the style in which our nation governs itself, I am also mindful that it takes two to tango.  It is most apparent that the GOP has no interest in anything other than political moves, so lets be honest and say there is little President Obama could do that would win them over.  

Well there is one thing Obama could do.  He could just capitulate to the GOP.  But wait, are we not hanging over the cliff now due to the very GOP policies that the minority wants us to continue, even in the face of national disaster?

The two strains of this political story are dominating the news today.  The push by the GOP leadership to abandon the nation in a time a need, and the desire of the GOP to have their financially destructive ideas once again placed into legislation.  Even in the face of 75,000 new layoffs yesterday the Republicans still insist that it should be ‘our way, or else we will stop playing ball.’

Let us face the truth, the GOP is the reason we are in this place as a nation today.  And while it is noble of President Obama to strive for better relations with the GOP, our nation can not afford anymore of their bad medicine for the ills we face.  It might be time to just understand that the Democrats will need to do all the heavy lifting required to right the ship of state. 

What’s up with the Republicans? Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin? Are they so divorced from reality that in their delusionary state they honestly believe we need more of their tax cuts for the rich and their other forms of plutocratic irresponsibility, the very things that got us to this deplorable state?

The G.O.P.’s latest campaign is aimed at undermining President Obama’s effort to cope with the national economic emergency by attacking the spending in his stimulus package and repeating ad nauseam the Republican mantra for ever more tax cuts.

If anything, the stimulus package is not large enough. Less than 24 hours after Mr. Boehner’s televised exercise in obstructionism, the heavy-equipment company Caterpillar announced that it was cutting 20,000 jobs, Sprint Nextel said it was eliminating 8,000, and Home Depot 7,000.

Maybe the Republicans don’t think there is an emergency. After all, it was Phil Gramm, John McCain’s economic guru, who told us last summer that the pain was all in our heads, that this was a “mental recession.”

The truth, of course, is that the country is hemorrhaging jobs and Americans are heading to the poorhouse by the millions. The stock markets and the value of the family home have collapsed, and there is virtual across-the-board agreement that the country is caught up in the worst economic disaster since at least World War II.

The Republican answer to this turmoil?

Tax cuts.

They need to go into rehab.

The question that I would like answered is why anyone listens to this crowd anymore. G.O.P. policies have been an absolute backbreaker for the middle class. (Forget the poor. Nobody talks about them anymore, not even the Democrats.) The G.O.P. has successfully engineered a wholesale redistribution of wealth to those already at the top of the income ladder and then, in a remarkable display of chutzpah, dared anyone to talk about class warfare.