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Archive for June 22nd, 2005

Reparations Watch: Wachovia Apologizes, The Sharks Want More

Posted by Mark on June 22, 2005

Yes, nothing says I’m sorry like money. Just ask the trial lawyers:

Wachovia Corporation’s ridiculous apology for its alleged ties to slavery has backfired.

Chicago City Council aldermen are vowing to strip from Wachovia a $9.4 million loan to build affordable housing units as punishment for the bank’s supposed failure to disclose that its predecessor banks were involved in slave-related business deals.

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Air Force Releases Religious Tolerance Report

Posted by Mark on June 22, 2005

Now, before this story becomes the latest attack on Evangelicals, read the actual report. It’s linked, along with the other documents related to this story here.

The MSM is about to find a great distraction for Durbin and company with this report. But it helps to actually read what was said, rather than the spin that is already heating up on the left.

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Here in San Diego

Posted by zaphriel on June 22, 2005

Well most of you know I have been in San Diego this week, and I will return home Saturday from this important business trip I am on. I have had limited access to a computer, (the one in the lobby of my hotel that I am currently on. Boy I need to get a laptop.)

Rest assured however I am collecting very interesting stories, as I always do when I visit So Cal. I will start to write about them as soon as I can.

One of the stories, I will get to right now. It touches on Gay rights, and how, in at least one case, these “rights” are apparently expendable, when it helps a situation.

A lesbian couple here in Southern California entered into a civil union. They conspired, or aspired, to be parents through artificial insemination, and mutually agreed that one of them would be a stay at home mother, while the other took on the role of bread winner. Well, the bread winner (male figure) left the family, and wishes to divorce herself of the “family” problems they mutually created. On top of all that, she is fighting to both not help out the unemployed “mother” and not pay child support for “their” children. Now in my opinion it is all or nothing. Either you get your rights and you live with them, or don’t take them in the first place. Even if you break it down to its requisite parts here, this “couple” entered into a contract, and one of them is now breaking that contract.

I have been very neutral on this issue, because it is so hot button, I simply believe it is not a constitutional issue, it is not worthy of the great document. But I do think fair is fair, if you want and accept the “rights” afforded you, then you have to take it all, good and bad, rights AND responsibilities. Nothing comes for free, it ALL has a price.

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The Durbin Apology: From Radioblogger

Posted by Mark on June 22, 2005

Here is Senator Dick’s attempt at apology. To hear the tears, click on the apology. Hat tip to Radioblogger for this link.

Mr. President, more than most people, a Senator lives by his words. Words are the coin of the realm in our profession. Occasionally, words will fail us, and occasionally, we will fail words. On June the 14th, I took the floor of the Senate to speak about genuine, heartfelt concerns about the treatment of prisoners and detainees at Guantanamo, and other places. I raised legitimate concerns that others have raised, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, about the policies of this administration, and whether they truly do serve our needs to make America safer and more secure. Whether, in fact, some of the policies might, in fact, endanger our troops, or in some ways, disparage the image of America around the world. During the course of that presentation, I read an e-mail from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that was discovered to exist last August, and has now been produced as part of a Freedom of Information Act. After reading the horrible details in that memo, which characterized the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, I then, on my own, my own words, make some characterizations about that memo. I made reference to the Nazis, to the Soviets, and other repressive regimes. Mr. President, I’ve come to understand that was a very poor choice of words. Last Friday, I tried to make this very clear, that I understood that those analogies, to the Nazis and Soviets and others, were poorly chosen. I issued a release, which I thought made my intentions and my innermost feelings as clear as I possibly could. Let me read to you, Mr. President, what I said in that release last Friday. I have learned from my statement, that historical parralels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings. Our soldiers around the world, and their families at home, deserve our respect, admiration, and total support. Mr. President, it is very clear that even though I thought I had said something that clarified the situation, to many people, it was still unclear. I’m sorry if anything I said caused any offense of pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or dimish that moral tragedy. I’m also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military. I went to Iraq just a few months ago with Senator Harry Reid, on a delegation, bipartisan delegation, the President was part of it. When you looked in the eyes of those soldiers, you see your son. You see your daughter. They’re the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies. There’s usually a quote from Abraham Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said, if the end brings me out right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten thousand angels swearing I was right wouldn’t make any difference. In the end, I don’t want anything in my public career to detract from my love for this country, my respect for those who serve it, and this great Senate. I offer my apologies to those who were offended by my words. I promise you that I will continue to speak out on the issues that I think are important to the people of Illinois, and to the nation. Mr. President, I yield the floor.

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Reparations Watch: Wachovia Apologizes, The Sharks Want More

Posted by Mark on June 22, 2005

Yes, nothing says I’m sorry like money. Just ask the trial lawyers:

Wachovia Corporation’s ridiculous apology for its alleged ties to slavery has backfired.

Chicago City Council aldermen are vowing to strip from Wachovia a $9.4 million loan to build affordable housing units as punishment for the bank’s supposed failure to disclose that its predecessor banks were involved in slave-related business deals.

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Air Force Releases Religious Tolerance Report

Posted by Mark on June 22, 2005

Now, before this story becomes the latest attack on Evangelicals, read the actual report. It’s linked, along with the other documents related to this story here.

The MSM is about to find a great distraction for Durbin and company with this report. But it helps to actually read what was said, rather than the spin that is already heating up on the left.

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The Durbin Apology: From Radioblogger

Posted by Mark on June 22, 2005

Here is Senator Dick’s attempt at apology. To hear the tears, click on the apology. Hat tip to Radioblogger for this link.

Mr. President, more than most people, a Senator lives by his words. Words are the coin of the realm in our profession. Occasionally, words will fail us, and occasionally, we will fail words. On June the 14th, I took the floor of the Senate to speak about genuine, heartfelt concerns about the treatment of prisoners and detainees at Guantanamo, and other places. I raised legitimate concerns that others have raised, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, about the policies of this administration, and whether they truly do serve our needs to make America safer and more secure. Whether, in fact, some of the policies might, in fact, endanger our troops, or in some ways, disparage the image of America around the world. During the course of that presentation, I read an e-mail from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that was discovered to exist last August, and has now been produced as part of a Freedom of Information Act. After reading the horrible details in that memo, which characterized the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, I then, on my own, my own words, make some characterizations about that memo. I made reference to the Nazis, to the Soviets, and other repressive regimes. Mr. President, I’ve come to understand that was a very poor choice of words. Last Friday, I tried to make this very clear, that I understood that those analogies, to the Nazis and Soviets and others, were poorly chosen. I issued a release, which I thought made my intentions and my innermost feelings as clear as I possibly could. Let me read to you, Mr. President, what I said in that release last Friday. I have learned from my statement, that historical parralels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings. Our soldiers around the world, and their families at home, deserve our respect, admiration, and total support. Mr. President, it is very clear that even though I thought I had said something that clarified the situation, to many people, it was still unclear. I’m sorry if anything I said caused any offense of pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or dimish that moral tragedy. I’m also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military. I went to Iraq just a few months ago with Senator Harry Reid, on a delegation, bipartisan delegation, the President was part of it. When you looked in the eyes of those soldiers, you see your son. You see your daughter. They’re the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies. There’s usually a quote from Abraham Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said, if the end brings me out right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten thousand angels swearing I was right wouldn’t make any difference. In the end, I don’t want anything in my public career to detract from my love for this country, my respect for those who serve it, and this great Senate. I offer my apologies to those who were offended by my words. I promise you that I will continue to speak out on the issues that I think are important to the people of Illinois, and to the nation. Mr. President, I yield the floor.

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