Ted Haggard Resurfaces, Flames Out

Ted Haggard

Ted Haggard has resurfaced via an article in the Denver Post. He claims he was sexually abused as a child and that’s what led to his later sinful sucking.

Sigh.

The quote I found most telling:

"I hate this thing, but there were times I loved it," he told himself. "I hate this thing, but there were times I loved it. I hate this thing, but there were times I loved it."

Ah, love.

I can’t quite find it in me to heap hot coals on the broken, twisted, traumatized mess that is Ted Haggard. Okay, I’m a shrink, so I’m not going either to trivialize or automatically presume the veracity of his childhood sexual abuse explanation. The "abuse excuse" has been fabricated before by any number of people, and reports of such childhood victimization cannot, clinically, either be dismissed or presumed to be true with certainty.

Let’s suspend belief or disbelief for a moment in Haggard’s neatly structured tale of victimization in search of a redemption narrative of forgiveness by his Evangelical constituents. None of us has direct access to observe what may have happened to him as a kid. But we have observed a real trauma in his life, and he talks about it in the article:

Haggard sounded critical of church leaders who, he said, missed the opportunity to demonstrate unconditional Christian love and forgiveness after (more…)

Harry Reid Should No Longer Be Majority Leader

reid.thumbnail.jpgLast night, Harry Reid was quoted by the Politico as saying:

Asked if Tuesday’s election results give his party a mandate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just told Politico: “This is a mandate to get along, to get something done in a bipartisan way. This is not a mandate for a political party or an ideology.”

It makes absolutely no sense to have the steward of Obama’s agenda in the Senate be an occupant of a swing state, shaky, conservative Senate seat. Obama has asked Emanuel, a hard fighting partisan, to be his Chief of Staff. He may as well go ahead and give his blessing to Dick Durbin to become Majority Leader and make the Illinois posse complete.

I say this in spite of Durbin having lost his shit on me when I asked him about Lieberman (and my sincere condolences on the loss of his daughter: no parent should ever bury a child).

Because Harry Reid is just in a position to be more than an epic failure, moreso even than he has been during this last session.

I know, it boggles the mind.

Harry Reid Should No Longer Be Majority Leader

Harry Reid

Last night, Harry Reid was quoted by the Politico as saying:

Asked if Tuesday’s election results give his party a mandate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just told Politico: “This is a mandate to get along, to get something done in a bipartisan way. This is not a mandate for a political party or an ideology.”

It makes absolutely no sense to have the steward of Obama’s agenda in the Senate be an occupant of a swing state, shaky, conservative Senate seat. Obama has asked Emanuel, a hard fighting partisan, to be his Chief of Staff. He may as well go ahead and give his blessing to Dick Durbin to become Majority Leader and make the Illinois posse complete.

I say this in spite of Durbin having lost his shit on me when I asked him about Lieberman (and my sincere condolences on the loss of his daughter: no parent should ever bury a child).

Because Harry Reid is just in a position to be more than an epic failure, moreso even than he has been during this last session.

I know, it boggles the mind.

ACORN: Legal Latino Voter, Illegally Targeted by the GOP, Speaks Out (VIDEO)

Nineteen year old Francisco Martinez appeared at a press conference this morning convened by ACORN to announce a new commercial and a series of law suits filed on behalf of voters illegally targeted to have their votes suppressed by right wing xenophobes.

Martinez filled out a voter registration application during a voter registration drive organized by ACORN at his high school earlier this year, and had his registration confirmed for him by the county board of elections. He later learned that his private information, including his social security number, were violated and used illegally to target him and many others for removal from voter lists. He is a plaintiff in a class action law suit announced Monday, filed by the ACLU.

In the video above, Francisco explains what happened to him, declaring, "I won’t be intimidated. In fact, I voted early, and my vote will count."

This is the face of the future, the very future the Republican party hates and wants to destroy, with eager support from race baiting firebreathers like Lou Dobbs.

The powerful new commercial released by ACORN follows below:

ACORN Thanks Firedoglake and Its Other Allies (VIDEO)

ACORN’s Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis thanks the organization’s allies and defenders, including Firedoglake. She also asks New York State residents to vote for Obama under the Working Families Party line, row E, to help support other community organizers.

This is a nice example, nice evidence of progressive grass roots movement building and coalition building on the left, including new online media and some grassroots organizations.

Power: it’s not just for Blue Dogs anymore.

ACORN Thanks Firedoglake and Its Other Allies (VIDEO)

ACORN’s Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis thanks the organization’s allies and defenders, including Firedoglake. She also asks New York State residents to vote for Obama under the Working Families Party line, row E, to help support other staunch progressives and community organizers.

This is a nice example, nice evidence of progressive grass roots movement building and coalition building on the left, including new online media and some grassroots organizations.

Power: it’s not just for Blue Dogs anymore.

Can We Stop Naming Things After Reagan Now?

The NYT says regulation is back in bipartisan fashion:

WASHINGTON — For 30 years, the nation’s political system has been tilted in favor of business deregulation and against new rules. But that is about to change, now that the government has been forced to intervene in the once high-flying financial industry to avert an economywide crash.

An expansion of the government’s role in financial markets is certain: on Friday the Treasury Department updated its recommended reforms of the existing regulatory structure, which it will leave to the next president and Congress.

Congressional leaders and both presidential candidates already have their own, more far-reaching ideas, from further restricting executives’ pay to remaking the entire regulatory structure so that it better supervises both traditional activities and newer ones like credit-default swaps that are unregulated.

But the pro-regulation climate will probably spill over into other sectors. That seems especially likely now that the Treasury and the Federal Reserve are pumping money into corporations of all types to shore up their capital and to finance day-to-day operations until credit markets recover, and with the auto industry separately getting billions in government assistance.

That will give impetus to those who seek new emission curbs and energy limits to address climate (more…)

Landslide? Remember When People Said Dems Couldn’t Win?

This is not a deep post, but with people talking about a possible landslide in three weeks, I just wanted to remind everyone how so many of us talked ourselves into thinking we could not make a difference just two years ago.

We dealt with it here at FDL when Ciro Rodriguez lost his special congressional election in Texas, but that’s just one of many examples. People were afraid to hope. Fortunately, they were more afraid not to.

In two years, the Democratic party is on the verge of going from despondent to resplendent.

Over the next two years and more, we have to continue to fight for the soul of the Democratic Party, so what is won can be worth fighting for and keeping.

I thought a little perspective was worth keeping. It’s actually what I started talking about in my blogging around here, back in the day.