CNN has a transcript of the debate but it wasn’t complete yet. However, this one by NPR seems to be complete. NPR Transcript of Presidential Debate
One of the questions asked of W was What criteria would you use to determine when to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq? His answer is interesting because it sets out specific goals that need to be met before we can pull troops out. What I find even more interesting is whether the same measure of success and completion applies in Afghanistan.
If I were Sen. Kerry I would have responded with “It’s good to hear that the President has goals, but I don’t believe he has a plan to achieve them, at least he hasn’t shown one. But, I find myself wondering what was different about Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden was; we left that country before the job was done.”
I donated to John Kerry’s campaign. And I’m not even a registered Democrat. Hmm. Anyway, someone needs to beat the pants off Bush, I’m happy to help.
John Kerry for President – Contribute
Thanks Greg, your contribution of $500.00 has been approved.
Thank you very much for your generous contribution to the campaign. Your support helps the campaign build our team against the powerful special interests of George Bush. Together, we can replace their politics of hate and hostility with the politics of possibility and purpose.
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Media Release Statement on Marriage and the Family from the American Anthropological Association
“The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.
The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association strongly opposes a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.”
After viewing the link, I decided to donate $100 to the American Anthropological Association. I wonder if other folks will donate today too.
Thanks to rmjwell (and supergee and browngirl) for the link.
Did anyone hear this Commentary segment on NPR today? I am trying to decide what bugs me about it…
Web summary reads:
The debate about gay marriage takes center stage in the statehouse — where civil law is formed. But commentator Joe Loconte says religious views of marriage are an essential part of the debate and cannot be divided from the legalities. Loconte says the term “marriage” isn’t obscuring the argument — it’s the heart of the argument.
My transcription of it