Cantor vulnerable

Interesting news, especially in light of the fact that, as far as I know, the DCCC is indifferent to supporting Wayne Powell and taking Cantor down. This is a very conservative district! Not sure that the race between Obama and Romney won’t tighten up closer to the end (it all depends on whether we get our base out), but I’m beginning to think the Dems seem likely to take back the House:

In the poll from from Harrison Hickman obtained exclusively by ThinkProgress, voters say they would support a pro-choice candidate over a candidate who is pro-life by an unexpectedly large margin, 68 percent to 23 percent. The finding comes after intense media coverage of efforts by state Republicans to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds prior to obtaining an abortion, a procedure described by critics as “state-sponsored rape.” The resulting backlash from women in Virginia forced Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his allies at the statehouse to moderate their efforts.

Eric Cantor has a 100% rating from the National Right To Life Committee.

The poll also calls into question Republicans’ scorched earth policy when it comes to working with the Obama administration. Fifty nine percent of voters say they would support a candidate who works with President Obama some of the time compared to just 32 percent of respondents who say they would vote for the candidate who opposes virtually everything proposed by the White House, as Cantor and the rest of the GOP have insisted upon for much of Obama’s first term.

And asked about Cantor specifically, voters disapprove of his handling of government spending, health care and reigning in the budget deficit, three key issues that Cantor and House Republicans have campaigned heavily on since 2008.

Sorkin too old-school for ultra-hip blogger

Here’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, an Atlantic editor and blogger, quoting from Aaron Sorkin’s “deeply unpleasant, condescending and sexist” interview with the Globe and Mail:

“I think I would have done very well, as a writer, in the forties,” [Sorkin] says. “I think the last time America was a great country was then, or not long after. It was before Vietnam, before Watergate.”

Coates thought Sorkin, in the interview, was insensitive to victims of segregation and “gender repression” back in the ’40s. He scolded Sorkin for extolling a great era that never existed, and for expressing “attendant notions that the internet [has] ruined everything.”

What a crock. In the interview, Sorkin betrayed a nostalgic streak and apparent insecurities about the quality of his work. But I’m still trying to figure out what it is about him and his new HBO show, The Newsroom, that so deeply offended Coates and the many Sorkin non-fans who posted comments on Coates’ site.

They all seemed to miss the main points Sorkin made in the first episode of his new show, especially in the initial rant about America’s decline, delivered by Jeff Daniels, playing (at least in this scene) a latter-day Howard Beale.

More here.

Mandatory Christianity

To this sort of Christian, anything that neutralizes their religious standards in the public arena is actually persecution. They believe religious “freedom” means the religious majority should dictate the rules, and anyone who tries to say differently is attacking their faith.

Here’s a perfect example, via Slacktivist:

The Voss Lighting Company of Lincoln, Neb., doesn’t hide its religious light under a barrel.

“Our biblical mission,” an online statement reads, “is to ‘sell’ our lighting products so that we may ‘tell’ everyone we can about God’s soul-saving, life transforming gospel message…”

Perfectly legal, says Patrick Holman, an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “The Commission has no problem with a corporation having religious values,” he says.

But Holman does have a problem with a corporation using religious values to make hiring decisions.

Holman and the EEOC are representing an Oklahoma man, Edward Wolfe, who says he was denied a job at Voss because he wasn’t Christian enough.

“It’s unique,” Holman says. “I haven’t seen anything like it since I’ve been here.”

Wolfe says he applied for a job as Operations Supervisor at Voss’s Tulsa, Oklahoma store.

In the complaint filed against Voss by the EEOC, Wolfe says he saw the position on a church website. His first interview went well, but in a second interview with the branch manager, he told lawyers, he was questioned about his religious practices and beliefs.

According to the complaint, the manager asked Wolfe “to identify every church he has attended over the past several years; where and when [he] was ‘saved’ and the circumstances that led up to it.

In the interview, Wolfe claims he was told most employees at Voss were Southern Baptist, but employees could go to any church, as long as they were “born again.”

The complaint claims the manager asked Wolfe if he would “have a problem” coming to work early, without pay, to attend Bible study.

Wolfe, a single parent who says he cannot attend church on Sundays, told lawyers the branch manager was
“agitated” at his answers.

He didn’t get the job.

One less bell to answer

My friend and I were stuck in southbound Beltway traffic — which, if you’ve ever driven to D.C., you know how bad it can be. It was a hot summer evening, and we’d already been sitting still for a half-hour, and to amuse ourselves, we were singing along to music. “You know what I have?” I said.

“No, what?”

“5th Dimension’s Greatest Hits!” (We shared a mutual love of Seventies pop. He even liked Barry Manilow – and not in an ironic way, either.)

I turned the volume all the way up and C. and I jumped out of the car, dancing and lip-syncing to “The Age of Aquarius”, “Sweet Blindness” and everything else. Then, as the traffic finally started to move, we got back in the car and turned the volume down.

If only life had more moments like that.

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