Daily Archives: July 22, 2010

Democratic MO Senate Candidate Calls for Open Debates

Robin Carnahan, Democratic candidate for US Senate and current Secretary of State of Missouri, has recently spoken up about the matter of debates:

Missouri’s Democratic and Republican front-runners for the U.S. Senate already are talking about debates — even before the primary elections.

Missouri’s primaries are Aug. 3.

Yet Democrat Robin Carnahan, Missouri’s secretary of state, on Thursday challenged the winners of the Republican, Libertarian and Constitution party primaries to three general election debates.

I suppose it is a coincidence that the parties that Carnahan has invited to the debate are all perceived [read more]

FL: Crist, Rubio, Meek all make list of watchdog group’s most “Crooked Candidates”

Darcy Richardson writes at Uncovered Politics:

Floridians might need a lantern when looking for an honest candidate for the U.S. Senate this year, according to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

The bright Florida sunlight might not be enough to find one.

In the eyes of the widely-respected watchdog group, three of the nation’s eleven most ethically challenged candidates are vying for the U.S. Senate in Florida. Democrat Kendrick Meek, Republican Marco Rubio, and Gov. Charlie Crist, who’s running as an independent, all made the organization’s list of “Crooked Candidates” running in 2010.

Libertarian Alex Snitker is also in the race. [read more]

Warren Redlich, Kristin Davis disagree on “Mosque” in New York City

NY Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich writes:

There’s been a lot of misleading information about Cordoba House, the Islamic Community Center proposed for New York City, not too far from the World Trade Center site.

Let’s be clear about one thing. It’s not a mosque. It’s a community center. Yes, it will have a large room for prayer. That doesn’t make it a mosque.

Another thing: I detest radical Islam, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. I strongly support Israel. I’m Jewish. If I’m in a group of people captured by violent Muslims, I’m first in line for beheading. So don’t think for a second I’m soft on Islamic terrorists.

I’ve read some comments recently have been irking me.

First, some compare this community center to the Japanese building religious institutions near Pearl Harbor.

Reality check: Japan Airlines flies from Honolulu International Airport. The airport is about 1000 feet from The Mall at Pearl Harbor. There are a number of Japanese religious facilities in Honolulu some of them very close to the harbor, even encircling it – Waipahu Soto Zen Temple Taiyoji, Wipahu Hongwanji Mission, Rissho Kosea Kai Buddhist Center, and Aiea Hongwanji Mission Hall.

Demographics show ethnic Japanese to constitute somewhere between 16 and 25% of the population of Hawaii. Honolulu and Pearl City have a dramatically higher percentage of Asians and thus, most likely, of Japanese descent.

So let’s move past that stupid argument.

Second, Rick Lazio has called for an investigation into the financing for the community center. He suggests that the money may come from sources linked to Islamic terrorist groups.

Mr. Lazio, you are on leave from your lobbying job at JP Morgan Chase. Your employer does business in the Arab world, with facilities in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia was home to most of the 9/11 terrorists, and remains the home of the bin Laden family. Does JP Morgan Chase do any business with the bin Laden family? That might be worthy of an investigation.

Third, I have asked some people if they would object if it was a synagogue, church, Jewish community center, or YMCA. All of them say that wouldn’t bother them. So the reason for opposing this facility is because it’s associated with the Muslim religion. That violates freedom of religion under the First Amendment.

Fourth, some compare this to how the Saudis would not allow a church in Mecca. That’s the whole point of American exceptionalism. Our country is better because we support freedom. Any Jew should be disturbed about this argument. If the US follows the Saudi model, we would become a Christian country and synagogues would not be allowed.

People associated with the Tea Party movement often invoke the Constitution, especially the Second Amendment and the Tenth Amendment. If you support the Constitution, then support the whole document. Too often, so-called conservatives tout the 2nd Amendment but disdain the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments. Many are not keen on the Fourteenth either.

Liberals suffer the same problem. They often dismiss the Second and Tenth Amendments, and ignore the limits of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Commerce Clause.

If you support the Constitution then support it fully, not just when it’s convenient for your ideology. Jews supported the right of Nazis marching in Skokie. That doesn’t mean we don’t hate them.

Meanwhile, Libertarian Republican reports that Anti-Prohibition candidate Kristin Davis holds a differing [read more]

Redlich: Paladino evasive about Schumer/Clinton contributions

NY Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich writes at wredlich.com:

(Taxpayers Party/Republican primary candidate for Governor of NY) Carl Paladino continues to duck questions about his relationship with Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.

This morning on WIZR radio (930 AM in Johnstown), Paladino was asked to reconcile his purported [read more]

Jesse Johnson Likely to be Mountain Party Nominee for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, Needs Fast Donations

Ballot Access News:

The Mountain Party, West Virginia’s only ballot-qualified minor party, expects to nominate Jesse Johnson as its U.S. Senate nominee, in the special election for that office to be held November 2, 2010.

Earlier this week, Republicans in the [read more]

Boston Tea Party National Committee Chair Darryl W. Perry: ‘The Non-Voters New Clothes’

Emailed by Darryl Perry to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

There’s an old story about an Emperor who was swindled into buying a new outfit. The Emperor “dressed” in his “new clothes” and began a procession through town.

“Everyone in the streets [read more]