HAGSA President Bill Potts moderated discussions of various topics of concern, setting the ball in motion with a summary of recent religious and political issues. The twelve members present discussed Pat Robertson, Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) and his nemesis of the day, Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Newdow, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, and the possible 2008 presidential candidates.
In John Murtha's case, the sixteen-term congressman and former Marine colonel had presented a motion in the House that troops be withdrawn from Iraq "as soon as practicable," with deployment of many of them behind the Iraq/Kuwait border to move in, if necessary, to deal with emergencies. To discredit Murtha and get the topic off the table, Rep. Duncan Hunter rode roughshod over him and substituted a motion for immediate and unconditional withdrawal (which was not what Murtha was calling for), which was, not surprisingly, defeated by a vote of 403 to 3. The usual dittoheads (fans of Rush Limbaugh) were probably fooled by Hunter’s ploy, its obvious transparency notwithstanding. More than ever, though, people are seeing through such tactics.
Someone commented that, since Pat Robertson has called for a boycott of Target because of that store's "Happy Holidays" greetings, perhaps we should go out of our way to patronize Target when possible.
Report prepared by Wayne Luney, Recorder, and Bill Potts