“That's their favorite excuse, isn't it? Don't buy it. The Dems are the majority party in the House and the Senate. They decide what legislation comes forward for votes. They could end the war by confronting the president, but they don't want to.
The Republicans in Congress were not afraid to shut down the federal government over a spat with Bill Clinton over who can even remember? Something forgettable to say the least. Here we're talking about WAR and the Dems just don't care. It's been their story ever since this sad chapter began five years ago.
“I'm tired of it to, but it's the only issue that gets the GOP riled up these days. In California we have a $42 billion deficit and may even become insolvent in a month or so, but these pinheads need to keep on with the gay marriage ban. It's a total waste of time, and I don't think people realize just how messed up this state's finances are thanks to Arnold, worst Governor of all Time, Schwarzenegger. While our state crumbles, they're screaming about damnation and protecting kids from nothing. It's just sheer bigotry and ignorance.”
It's time for the Democrats to stop playing the Republican's game. Obama should have been the guy to say "enough of this sh*t." Instead we get continued cover up of torture, indefinite detention of suspects without habaeus corpus, continued defense of warrantless wiretapping.
“"The fact that a Democratic President who ran on a platform of restoring Constitutional principles -- along with huge hordes of his supporters -- will now advocate creating and institutionalizing a system of indefinite detentions with no trial and no charges of lawbreaking (not only for current detainees but also future ones) is a pretty remarkable event."
“Some of the detainees are prisoners of war and they can be held until the war has ended. Unfortunately, a war on terr.or would be difficult to define as having an end. Read the President's speech and learn the distinctions between the various detainees. Prisoners of war do not get trials or charges brought against them. John Mc.Cain can explain it to you.”
kassandrasduplex on May 21, 2009 at 16:05:52
“Thank you. See Tom Toles, a confirmed progressive.
“The Church will fail again. Hopefully not on this issue and not on this scale. In the meantime, God bless Ireland, as good a country and as good a people as ever there was.”
naschkatze on May 20, 2009 at 17:28:55
“A pretty but false sentiment, and I don't mean to single out the Irish because many countries are capable of the same thing, including the US. When people know of abuse like this, even though they don't perform it themselves, they share the guilt through their silence. Our own country has been and continues to be too lenient with religious practice. Just a day or two ago in Illinois, a nun who was accused of running a red light was acquitted even though there were two witnesses who testified that she ran the red light. The judge in the case ruled it would not be prejudicial to allow the nun to wear her habit in the courtroom but that it would have been prejudicial for the jury to know that a teenager had died as a result.”
“I'm not opposed to Obama's visit to Notre Dame. I am opposed to him delivering the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree. Protection of innocent human life is an issue of paramount importance, particularly at a Catholic university.
I'm trying to imagine Jesus walking in with a big fat medal as he joins the tax collector for dinner.
"Here you go, pal. Good job. We're not going to talk about sin here. Let's just have some food. Gosh, it's so great to be here with you."
Somehow that's not how the scene plays out in my mind.”
“Well, somebody is lying. And while ordinarily I might want to agree that it's the CIA--after all, that's part of your job as a spy--in this case Pelosi's inability to provide a straight answer leads me to a different conclusion. She was a Bush enabler. For all her talk of opposition, she did jack sh*t to stop our previously lawless regime from doing exactly as it pleased, particularly notable given the Democrat's control over the legislative branch in 2007-2008. She's an embarrassment to her office.
Yes, let's have that truth commission. Then we can prosecute Pelosi with the rest of the Bushies.”
“Invite him to speak, by all means, but you don't need to give him an honorary degree. You don't really need to put him at the top of the program for a graduation ceremony. Obama may yet prove to be a true friend of the Catholic Church and Catholic higher learning specifically, but early signs are not promising.”
citizensrus on May 8, 2009 at 20:26:26
“"Obama may yet prove to be a true friend of the Catholic Church and Catholic higher learning specifically, but early signs are not promising."
What signs are you looking at and what is it you want from President Obama in this regard?”
cbeenthere on May 8, 2009 at 19:52:43
“How do you reconcile what is coming out of Rome in this regard, or do you not read the other posts? This Bishop is speaking for himself. I hope you know that the US envoy to the Vatican, appointed by Bush, has refused an honor from Notre Dame in protest of the honor for President Obama. You are like the Bishop, you are speaking solely for yourself”
That said, I have to agree with Archbishop Burke that Obama shouldn't be honored by Notre Dame. The man won an election. He's popular. These are not good reasons for a prominent Catholic university to honor him, especially given his historic divergence with the Catholic Church on life issues.”
cbeenthere on May 8, 2009 at 19:25:19
“Who is behind the National Day of Prayer?? Please do explain that too. What is your deal?”
Cougar90210 on May 8, 2009 at 19:19:33
“Yes, he won an election - a pretty historical, precedent setting election, I might add. He is the first African-American President of the United States, for crying out loud! Notre Dame has scored a coup by getting someone of his stature and guaranteed place in history to agree to speak at their graduation. In a university setting, academic freedom should trump all considerations of ideology, political affiliation, and religious "purity." Kudos to whomever at Notre Dame was willing to endure the ridiculous onslaught of myopic opinions and criticisms from those like Burke - criticisms they most assuredly knew would be coming from these fringe-dwelling ideologues who happen to be church potentates.
How small minded and downright un-American of Burke and others to try to squelch the speech of the duly elected leader of our nation primarily because of one issue - and an issue that is truly open to honest debate. Thinking like this is reprehensible. Burke should be censured, but I'm not holding my breath.”
cbeenthere on May 8, 2009 at 19:17:33
“So you are a Republican? And you had no objection to the honor Bush received at Notre Dame? OK OK”
“I hope he visits the wall Israel is building in the West Bank. It is unfortunate so many Western leaders are too timid to make such a public gesture of disapproval toward this monument to Israel's continuing antagonism.”
bibiisbeautiful on May 8, 2009 at 13:23:52
“You mean like the wall we're building on the Mexican Border ---to keep out Illegals.....NOT even terrorists???????????”
shotei on May 8, 2009 at 11:49:10
“A "monument" that has been responsible for 94% decrease in terrorist attacks. If it was your son or daughter exploding on a bus (regardless if you support or disdain a Palestinian State), your opinion would probably be different.”