Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Father Shawn

Congratulations are in order for the Rev. Shawn O'Neil, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Bryson City, NC and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Cherokee, NC. Shawn was a claamate of Katya's at the University of Central Arkansas and a groomsman at our wedding in 1995. He's also a fan extraordinairre of U2 and all things involving minor league hockey.

Father Shawn is celebrating the sixth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood this week. I just want to make sure that he knows that his friends across the country are grateful for his service, his prayers and his counsel.

Congratulations, Padre!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

"Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored".

Daniel Webster

Friday, May 19, 2006

Karl Rove?

Let's say your holding a political fundraiser. You need a guest of honor, someone who can rally the party faithful with a stirring appeal to the better angels of their existence.

Who do you invite? A distinguished elder statesman? A bright young rising star?

Not if you are the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

In a move that defies all logic, the NH GOP has invited Karl Rove to be the keynote speaker at their upcoming party fundraiser.

Yes, that Karl Rove.

The same Karl Rove who put partisan vengeance ahead of national security. The same Karl Rove who is still the target of a federal investigation.

As Dave Barry has said on more than one occasion, I'm not making this up.

If Jeb Bradley attends this event, he is, in effect, endorsing Rove's loathsome actions. I hope that Jeb will have the good sense to not embarass himself or his constituents and stay far, far away from the likes of Karl Rove.

Monday, May 08, 2006

"From White Collar to White Coat"

The new issue of Commonwealth has a good article by Rosabeth Moss Kantor.

Dr. Kanter discusses the changes in the New England economic climate over the past decade. Her conclusion that a successful economic future will be driven by an ability to embrace education, connectivity, and a global perspective makes this piece required reading for anyone involved in the policymaking arena.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Lobbyist Influence, Chapter XXIV

Steny Hoyer said yesterday that the Medicare Part D plan was crafted for the benefit of Washington lobbyists.

He's right about that.

That's why we need members of Congress who refuse to dance to the lobbyist tune. It's why we need members of Congress who reject lobbyist campaign cash.

Politicians-as-usual like Jeb Bradley have failed us. That's why it is critical that we not simply replace a weak, wishy-washy, lobbyist-friendly Republican with a weak, wishy-washy, lobbyist-friendly Democrat.

I've pledged to reject special interest money. Jeb Bradley and Jim Craig continue to pocket their cash.

Friday, May 05, 2006

"Unity Through Autonomy"

In a New York Times op/ed, Joe Biden and Leslie Gelb present a thoughtful proposal for our handling of the situation in Iraq.

Biden and Gelb advocate a new course of action modeled on the Dayton peace process that restored a degree of peace and humanity to the former Yugoslavia. By creating a "federa;ized" Iraq, with greater autonomy placed in the hands of regional governments, Biden and Gelb hope to create a "release valve" for the ethnic, religious and factional tension that has contributed to the ongoing strife.

Biden and Gelb also call for the convening of a regional conference on Iraq (echoing a theme raised by Wes Clark last winter) and for the military to develop a feasible redeployment plan.

The Iraq debate must move beyond the "bring them home now" and "stay the course" polarities. Biden and Gelb have performed a much-needed service by offering a thoughtful alternative.

Why Americans Hate Politics

"Principles don't always get you elected".

Jim Craig , Federal Dynamic candidates forum, Exeter, April 23, 2006

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