After impassioned pleas by Baptist ministers and conservative Christian groups, a key committee chairman stalled legislation that would let voters decide whether to allow Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor in stores. ...
Pastors and conservative Christian groups told senators they would have blood on their hands if the bill passed and someone who bought liquor on Sunday was involved in a drunken-driving fatality.
"Can you name me one positive moral value this bill will lift up?" asked Aaron McCollough, longtime pastor and associational missionary of the 46-church Troup Baptist Association.
"A great many of the people I represent consider the use of alcohol as a beverage, in any way, shape, form or fashion, offensive. They are even more highly offended that this chamber is considering expanding the availability of alcoholic beverages on Sunday — the Christian Sabbath." ...
Sen. Regina Thomas (D-Savannah), who was named to the subcommittee, questioned Harp's Christianity for filing the bill.
More proof that the Human Rights Campaign is as feckless as it is beholden to the Democratic Party:
Rep. Marty Meehan's bill to overturn the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy illustrates the political limitations facing the new majority. He and other Democrats must balance the demands of the party's supporters in the gay community with the reluctance of some members to address the issue of homosexuals serving in the military.
That issue overwhelmed the early days of Bill Clinton's presidency and has been perceived as a Democratic liability ever since. As such, supporters are limiting the pressure they apply to Democrats on Capitol Hill.
"The prospects are unclear," said David Smith, vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest gay rights organization.
Let's review: Bill Clinton, by executive order (he could've overturned the ban on gays in the military completely), gave us this duplicitous policy, and now Democrats have the power to correct his mistake. But they won't because of the political consequences, and the HRC is laying off. That must be what Hillary wants.
I know not to expect anything better from the GOP, but this isn't about taking sides. It's about demanding action. And if the Democrats are too cowardly to act, they should be called out, not coddled.
Don't count on that from the HRC.
Meanwhile, retired Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first American wounded after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, will announce at today's hearing that he's gay. Alva, a Purple Heart winner, lost his right leg after stepping on a landmine. But I guess his sexual preference matters more than his bravery.
Everyone else is exploiting Anna Nicole Smith's death -- why not the Scientologists?
As various parties continue to fight over the remains of Anna Nicole Smith and custody of her baby, John Travolta has stepped into the fray.
The Pulp Fiction star has decided to use her death as a chance to promote Narconon - the controversial Church of Scientology drug rehab programme - saying it could have saved the Playmate's life.
A toxicology report from the 39- year-old's autopsy has not been completed yet, but methadone and other drugs were discovered in the Florida hotel room where she died earlier this month.
Travolta said: 'It's so sad. We could have helped her with Narconon but didn't get a chance to. I wish we had."
Narconon involves an intensive jogging program, large doses of vitamins and extended sauna sessions designed to remove "radiation" from the body. In other words, it's a front to recruit drug addicts into L. Ron Hubbard's cult.
Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.
“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
"Next week," entertainment editor Jesse Washington wrote in an e-mail memo obtained by The Transom, "the print team is planning an unconventional experiment: We are NOT going to cover Paris Hilton.
"Barring any major, major news, we are not going to put a single word about Paris on the wire," the memo continued.
AsianWeek Editor at large Ted Fang said Tuesday he regrets publishing a controversial column titled "Why I Hate Blacks" in this week's edition but has not decided whether to keep its author, Kenneth Eng, on his staff.
Did it seem like a good idea at the time? In a related story, Fang said he has learned his lesson and won't be publishing Eng's "Why I Hate Jews" follow-up column.
Big government conservatives (i.e. religious fundamentalists) strike again:
Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg), another member of the committee, said he also doubts the coalition poll will have much impact. But he said he believes his constituents don't support Sunday sales.
"They don't like it. They feel that people can buy alcohol six days a week and they don't need to buy it on Sundays," Seabaugh said. "I don't see the vast overwhelming support for it in my district. I don't see the upside in it."
Seabaugh's committee will decide if voters get the chance to appprove Sunday beer, wine and liqour sales in stores. The committee is not deciding whether to allow Sunday sales, but to let voters have their say. So if Seabaugh is correct, then opponents should have nothing to worry about.
Seems every right wing talk show host is claiming this statement as his or her own, as if to say they're the only ones who take the threat of a Hillary presidency seriously. Reminds me of Peggy Hill: "The day after Thanksgiving is, in my opinion, the busiest shopping day of the year."