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Atia or Servilia?

Posted by Mike on February 8, 2007

One of the most interesting plots in HBO’s Rome is the ongoing feud between Atia of the Julii and Servilia of the Junii. This catfight is so intriguing that it has spurned a website asking fans to take sides. Although it was really difficult to root for her last week, I’m on Team Atia. How about you?

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Religion in Politics… Again?

Posted by Ryan on February 8, 2007

Religion’s a touchy subject in politics.  This is not new to recent American politics, though:

  • In 1960, John Kennedy’s Catholicism was made a huge issue.
  • In 1980, Ronald Reagan had to field ethical questions on the notion that if elected he would be the first President we’ve ever had who was divorced.
  • In 2000, Joe Lieberman, a Jew, was asked questions about a potential conflict of interest in his observance of the Sabbath in the case of a national emergency.
  • In 2007, Mitt Romney will be the latest victim of such religious probing.  It has already begun, as this New York Slimes piece beats the drum— can a Mormon be President (implying, “should…”)?

After 1960, however, the press received answers to their questions and moved on.  If Romney catches steam in the Republican primary, I wonder if the MSM is going to back off him? The Mormon Church is the third largest religious sect in the United States, behind Roman Catholics (#1!) and the Southern Baptist Convention.  We’ve been living with Mormons peacefully in the US since 1848.  We’ll survive a Mormon president, despite where the smears go in the coming months.

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MSNBC Hoped No One Would Notice, but Coulter Did

Posted by Mike on February 8, 2007

In addition to being hilarious and spot on, Annie C.’s latest column on MSNBC’s misreporting of Joe Wilson’s trip to Africa couldn’t be more timely. We are currently at a crossroads on the future history of the Joe Wilson saga. As honest and informed people are now aware, Joe Wilson lied through his teeth when he claimed that his investigation proved that Saddam Hussein did not attempt to acquire uranium from Niger. Two independent inquiries and multiple intelligence agencies now recognize that President Bush was correct when he told the nation about Hussein’s efforts in Africa. Despite these facts, MSNBC attempts to report otherwise in their coverage of the Scooter Libby trial.

Once the media clings to a lie, they do not let it go for decades. Remember their coverage of Tet offensive, Reaganomics, and the “Clinton welfare reform?” Credit Coulter for trying to nip this one in the bud.

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