aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Two days to the runoff for the 10th District seat left open by the death of Rep. Charlie Norwood earlier this year and no matter who wins the seat is safely Republican next fall; President Bush carried the district with 72 percent of the vote in 2004.
While Paul Broun is out telling voters in Athens he won’t legislate his morality upon them or smite them with the wicked hand of government, his campaign is, according to our tip line, sending out an email to “real Christians” alleging that, unlike Broun, Jim Whitehead is not comfortable in church.
The email is signed by Broun’s wife Niki:
“Please read the following synopsis of our testimonies. If you feel so led, please forward it to the REAL Christians in your email address book. I believe that Christians can make a big difference in this race and networking is one way to spread the word. Thanks! [...]
It is not my place to judge Jim Whitehead’s spiritual condition but I’ll just tell you that a pastor in Hartwell invited Paul and Mr. Whitehead to speak at his church. Paul accepted gladly, as he has in many churches. Mr. Whitehead said he felt uncomfortable speaking in churches and didn’t think you should mix church and state. “Team Whitehead” (as they like to call themselves) also told the Atlanta Journal and Constitution on June 20, the day after the election that forced him into a run-off with Paul, in an apparent threat to us (we live in Athens) “We’re coming to Athens and hell is coming with us.”
Peach Pundit has the full text.
Surprise: We’re skeptical about terrorism warnings
To Americans who have grown skeptical of terrorism warnings, the professionals in the intelligence community say they understand. They also say this time, it could be for real.
That’s because the level of worldwide jihadist activity this year appears disturbingly familiar to those who hunted Al Qaeda even before the 9/11 attacks.
“What you’ve been seeing has had a feeling, to me, a lot like the summer of 2001, where you’ve got a lot of things happening,” a senior U.S. intelligence official said on Friday.
“It would not surprise me at all to see another terrorist event this summer in the United States,” the official told the Daily News.
Yet many Americans have grown deeply distrustful of such doomsday scenarios which rarely materialize.
Does anyone seriously wonder why?
Within the last week we have been told that Al Qaeda is weaker, Al Qaeda is stronger, Al Qaeda is coming, Al Qaeda is here, and that we are fighting them in Iraq so we don’t have to fight them here except, somehow, maybe, they’ve found there way to our shores. Add to this Homeland Security Chief Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that we will be attacked even though there is no credible evidence.
Says Steve Benen, “Yes, the Daily News report raises an important point; Americans shouldn’t take a lackadaisical attitude about a possible threat. But let’s not forget how and why the public has come to be so cynical.”
SEE ALSO: Joe Gandelman says Osama bin Laden Is Back And So Is Political Use Of Him.