GOP congressional candidate: Violent revolution ‘on the table’ if we lose in 2010

From Raw Story:

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, October 24th, 2010 — 7:21 pm

Pastor Stephen Broden, a Texas Republican running for Congress and frequent guest on the Glenn Beck program (pictured right with RNC Chairman Michael Steele), has a history of making surprising statements … But this one takes the cake.

He’s running for US Congress in a strongly Democratic district of Dallas, and he’s not going to win — at least, not if the recent polling is any indicator. Ten days out from election day, Broden was trailing Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) by almost 30 percent, according to The New York Times.

So, he’s doing what any longshot contender would do: throwing a “hail mary” to the fringe.

In an apparent appeal to the party’s most radical elements, Broden declared during a recent television interview that if Republicans do not win control of Congress in 2010, violent revolution — while not the “first option” — is “on the table.”

Supporters were quick to distance themselves from the long-shot tea party favorite. Even Glenn Beck, who has hosted Broden six times since August of last year, denounced his support for the south Dallas pastor, telling listeners, “I can’t stand with you at all if you are saying stuff like that.”

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Gee, maybe, just maybe this advocate for the violent overthrow of the the US Government should be treated the same way they treated Lefties under Joe McCarthy and during the 1960s.  He sounds at least as dangerous as Fred Hampton or Little Bobby.  At the very least he should lose the tax exemption.

Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters

From Excite:

Oct 24, 10:02 AM (ET)


Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it’s not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn’t Catholic enough.

Enraged by dissent that they believe has gone unchecked for decades, and unafraid to say so in the starkest language, these activists are naming names and unsettling the church.

– In the Archdiocese of Boston, parishioners are dissecting the work of a top adviser to the cardinal for any hint of Marxist influence.

– Bloggers are combing through campaign finance records to expose staff of Catholic agencies who donate to politicians who support abortion rights.

–, working from studios in suburban Detroit, is hunting for “traitorous” nuns, priests or bishops throughout the American church.

“We’re no more engaged in a witch hunt than a doctor excising a cancer is engaged in a witch hunt,” said Michael Voris of and St. Michael’s Media. “We’re just shining a spotlight on people who are Catholics who do not live the faith.”

John Allen, Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, has dubbed this trend “Taliban Catholicism.” But he says it’s not a strictly conservative phenomenon – liberals can fit the mindset, too, Allen says. Some left-leaning Catholics are outraged by any exercise of church authority.

Yet on the Internet and in the church, conservatives are having the bigger impact.

Among Voris’ many media ventures is the CIA – the Catholic Investigative Agency – a program from RealCatholicTV to “bring to light the dark deeds of evil Catholics-in-name-only, who are hijacking the Church for their own ends, not the ends of Christ.”

In an episode called “Catholic Tea Party,” Voris said: “Catholics need to be aware and studied and knowledgeable enough about the faith to recognize a heretical nun or a traitorous priest or bishop when they see one – not so they can vote them out of office, but so they can pray for them, one, and alert as many other Catholics as possible to their treachery, too.”

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I Just Love It When Churches Go Bankrupt

What’s the matter?  How come Jesus didn’t provide?  Maybe god hates you?

Schuller pleads for dollars for Crystal Cathedral

(AP) – 2 hours ago

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller on Sunday tearfully asked his parishioners for help in overcoming the megachurch’s bankruptcy and tens of millions in debt.

Schuller, 84, made the plea from the pulpit as he spoke publicly for the first time since the church filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 18.

“I need more help from you,” Schuller said, according to the Orange County Register. “If you are a tither, become a double-tither. If you are not a tither, become a tither. This ministry has earned your trust. This ministry has earned your help.”

Schuller’s voice cracked with emotion as he told congregants about his family home and cornfield in Iowa getting flattened by a tornado when he was a teenager.

“I learned from my father that tough times never last,” Schuller said. “Tough people do.”

Citing debts of more than $43 million, the Orange County-based church that also produces the long-running “Hour of Power” television show declared bankruptcy last week.

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Unsealed Calif. church docs show abuse allegations

From Yahoo News:

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Writer
Sun Oct 24, 6:35 pm ET

SAN DIEGO – Attorneys for nearly 150 people who claim sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests released thousands of pages of previously sealed internal church documents Sunday that detail complaints against the clerics and include medical records and correspondence between priests and their superiors.

A retired San Diego Superior Court judge ruled late Friday that roughly 10,000 pages of internal records could be made public after a yearslong legal battle with the Diocese of San Diego. The records are from the personnel files of 48 priests who were either credibly accused or convicted of sexual abuse or were named in a civil lawsuit.

The 144 plaintiffs settled with the diocese in 2007 for nearly $200 million, but the agreement stipulated that an independent judge would review the priests’ sealed personnel records and determine what could be made public.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs said Sunday the files show how much the diocese knew about abusive priests, starting decades before any allegations became public, and that some church leaders shuffled priests from parish to parish or overseas despite credible complaints against them.

Donna Daly, a spokeswoman for the diocese, did not immediately return a call on Sunday.

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Advocates Hope Transgender Identity Is Not a Defining One

From The New York Times:
Published: October 24, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — Theresa Sparks, a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, is running on what some might see as a conservative platform: she is pro-development and anti-loitering, pro-police and anti-grime. She has been endorsed by the mayor, the city’s firefighters’ union and the county deputy sheriff’s association.

But that is not what sets Ms. Sparks apart; it is her past. Until a decade ago, Ms. Sparks was a man, before a gender reassignment surgery. And while her sex may have changed, her politics did not.

“This district really needs someone with a strong business background, a strong economic background and a really wide diversity of experience,” said Ms. Sparks, who is an experienced engineer, a United States Navy veteran and the former chief executive of Good Vibrations, a sex toy company. “And I’m really the only person who has that in this race.”

If elected, Ms. Sparks would be the first transgender supervisor in San Francisco — the liberal enclave where Harvey Milk was elected as one of the nation’s first openly gay officials in 1977, and perhaps the only place where Ms. Sparks might be considered right-of-center. But she is not the only transgender person campaigning for public office this fall. And unlike in years past, when such candidates were often considered mere curiosities, several are within striking distance of historic victories.

Across San Francisco Bay, for example, Victoria Kolakowski was the leading vote-getter in a June election for Superior Court judge in Alameda County; a victory in a runoff next month would make her the first transgender trial court judge in the nation.

“I want people to know that we are capable of being everything,” Ms. Kolakowski said.

In Oklahoma, Brittany Novotny, a 30-year-old Democrat, is competitive in the Republican-leaning 84th District for the State House of Representatives, despite supporters of her opponent who have ridiculed her as a “confused it.” And there are transgender incumbents in Oregon — where the mayor of Silverton, Stu Rasmussen, is seeking a fourth term, and her second as a woman — and Hawaii, where Kim Coco Iwamoto is seeking to return to the State Board of Education.

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Something Stinks About the Random Persecutions of Julian Assange

Having come of age in the 1960s I am familiar with all the Secret Police ploys used to destroy the progressive movement.

When Freedom Riders and Voter Registration workers were murdered by Klansmen there were FBI informants involved in the murders.

It doesn’t require a paranoid belief in Conspiracy Theories to think that there is a connection between J. Edgar Hoover calling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The most dangerous man in America” and his murder by some one with resources he couldn’t have had on his own.

We know about the murdering of all those Black Panthers.  The Freedom of Information Act revealed the illegal actions by the Secret Police involved in Cointelpro.  Actions so criminal that people  had cases dismissed due to legal impropriety on the part of these Secret Police.

Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner due to a police frame up as is Mumia.

The US government does all it can to silence and destroy dissenters, dissidents and those who expose its plots and war crimes.

So it comes as no surprise that Julian Assange has someone of the utmost credibility in his corner, Danial Ellsberg.

Today’s New York Times:

WikiLeaks Founder Gets Support in Rebuking U.S. on Whistle-Blowers

Published: October 23, 2010

LONDON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, and Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, lashed out together on Saturday at the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of whistle-blowers, including those responsible for the release of secret documents on the Iraq war.

Mr. Assange also said that WikiLeaks, which released the trove of almost 400,000 Iraq war documents on Friday, would shortly be posting an additional 15,000 remaining secret documents on the Afghan war.

Mr. Assange, speaking at a news conference in a London hotel a stone’s throw from the headquarters of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI6, was joined by Mr. Ellsberg, 79, the former military analyst who leaked a 1,000-page secret history of the Vietnam War in 1971 that became known as the Pentagon Papers.

Mr. Ellsberg, who said he had flown overnight from California to attend, described Mr. Assange admiringly as “the most dangerous man in the world” for challenging governments, particularly the United States. He said the WikiLeaks founder had been “pursued across three continents” by Western intelligence services and compared the Obama administration’s threat to prosecute Mr. Assange to his own treatment under President Richard M. Nixon.

Both men hit out at what they described as the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of whistle-blowers, which Mr. Ellsberg said put the United States on a path to the kind of repressive legal framework that Britain has under its broad Official Secrets Act. He said the criminal investigations under President Obama of three Americans accused of leaking government secrets represented a new low.

The three men he was referring to were Pfc. Bradley Manning, a former military intelligence analyst suspected of providing the documents on Afghanistan and Iraq to WikiLeaks; Thomas Drake, an official with the National Security Agency who was indicted this year; and Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, an F.B.I. linguist who pleaded guilty to leaking five classified documents in late 2009.

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Ooops! That Republican ‘stop the vote’ effort for Latinos in Nevada is backfiring badly

From Daily Kos Mailing List

By David Neiwert

Those ads by a right-wing front group called “Latinos for Reform” — urging Latinos no to vote for Democrats in the coming election because they haven’t delivered on comprehensive immigration reform — may not be turning out to be such a hot idea:

But the fever-pitch backlash to this advertisement suggests the message could bring about just the opposite effect, by energizing a Hispanic voting bloc that may have been lethargic with a new and compelling reason to get out and vote — by and large, for Democrats.

From the 2004 to 2008 elections, Hispanics grew in force from 8 percent of the electorate to 12 to 15 percent, depending on the exit poll — roughly equal to President Barack Obama’s margin of victory. Obama carried 76 percent of the Nevada Hispanic vote in 2008.

Electorate growth rates among Hispanics have slowed since. But what hasn’t is their overwhelming enthusiasm for Democrats.

“Hispanics are much more likely to view congressional Democrats favorably than other groups,” said John Tuman, chairman of UNLV’s political science department who also teaches in the Latin American studies department. According to a recent study by UNLV and the Brookings Mountain West think tank, “it’s only among Hispanics in any Mountain West state that you see Democrats having an overall net favorability ranking,” Tuman said.

Yeah, campaigns that smack of overt minority voter-suppression efforts — particularly since the self-serving hypocrisy of these ads (“Punish Democrats because they haven’t been effective in overcoming our longstanding efforts to kill immigration reform”) is so transparent — tend not to go over so well with minority voters.

Even the local Republican paper in Vegas declared the ads “repulsive”.

And the sheer phoniness of a guy like Robert de Posada pretending that he favors immigration reform when in fact he’s fought it tooth and nail is especially noteworthy. Political Correction:

Disturbingly, de Posada has frequently used race as a wedge issue and driven the narrative that Democrats favor other minority groups over Latinos. For instance, during the contentious confirmation process of Miguel Estrada, which Democrats filibustered because he was seen as “far beyond the mainstream,” de Posada was quoted as asking, “Is the message here that the Democratic Party is sending that they have a favorite minority group?” The Associated Press reported that de Posada was frustrated that Estrada’s nomination was being held up but “that two black judges have been confirmed to the U.S. Appeals Court.” “Any opposition to [Estrada]” de Posada said, was “going to be taking it personally.”

Gotta agree with the New York Times:

Latinos for Reform is not a grass-roots Latino immigration-reform group. It is the operation of a conservative Republican, Robert DePosada, a former director of Hispanic affairs for the Republican National Committee. While many Latinos are bitterly and rightly disappointed in President Obama’s failure to win immigration reform, the ad’s prescription — “Democratic leaders must pay for their broken promises and betrayals” — has it upside-down and backward.

Every time Congress has come close to passing bipartisan immigration reform, lock-step Republicans have destroyed any hope of passage. Democratic cowardice and ineptitude haven’t helped, but when a bill has come close to a vote, Republican-led filibusters killed it.

The Republicans’ contempt for Hispanic voters, of which this voter suppression is Exhibit A, is mirrored in the way their party exploits immigration rather than fixes it. Many immigrants and citizens yearn for reform. But if most of the Republicans running this fall have their way, we’ll never get it. Good reason to get out and vote.

Grace Cunningham and Jackie Mahendra at America’s Voice have more.

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