11-12-2004, 08:28 AM
Just watch...His death will prove the point many have been making forever and that is that Arafat was not the cause of Palestinian-Israeli violence, it was Israel's down right theft of land...PERIOD. So all the idiots for years who have been blaming the violence on Arafat, let's see if this dead man is going to continue the fighting????
I love these kinds of quotes from phoney peace seekers masking themselves as "godly" who really wouldn't recognize peace if it was attached to their bodies:
"My hope is that there will be a leadership that emerges that is willing to work with Israel toward a just and sustainable peace," said Rabbi Donald Rossoff of Temple B'Nai Or in Morristown, a Reform synagogue.
Translation: The next Palestinian leader better be our puppet and do everything we say.
Now here's the part where you know they don't really want peace, they just want control and domination:
"That's going to mean cracking down" on Palestinian terrorist groups that refuse to accept Israel's existence as a Jewish state, Rossoff said.
That says it all...Translation: Accept having your land taken, your children murdered, your houses bombed, being treated with no human rights or dignity, ect., ect. and accept us the occupiers of your land or we will continue to give you more of the same....
I await the next dumb a** excuse about why the violence won't end in Israel.
11-19-2004, 11:17 AM
Women, minorities frustrated at being left out of N.J. politics
By DONNA DE LA CRUZ
The Associated Press
11/19/2004, 10:35 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — When you ask those in New Jersey's political inner circle for potential candidates for the governor's race next year, the same names are mentioned. None belong to a woman or a minority, and advocates for those two groups say it's time for a change.
"I think women have to push themselves into the party structure, they cannot wait to be asked," said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
Reginald Jackson, executive director of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey, said the black community has to stop complaining about not being represented at the table. "We need to make ourselves be at the table and start grooming candidates," he said.
New Jersey has never had a black governor and Christie Whitman is the only woman ever elected governor. Republican State Sen. Diane Allen may try to become the state's second female governor but has yet to decide whether she will run, and her name is not among those mentioned as top-tier candidates.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 51.5 percent of New Jersey's 8.6 million residents were women, and 27.4 percent minorities. Of the state's 15-member congressional delegation, there are two minorities but no women.
In the state Legislature, the numbers aren't any better. Of 120 state legislators — 80 assemblymen and 40 senators, only 19 are women (16 percent) and only 23 are minorities (19 percent). Of the 23 minority members, five are women.
New Jersey ranks 43rd nationwide in the percentage of women state legislators. A state with so many highly educated, affluent residents, two factors that are favorable for women when it comes to running for office, should have a better ranking, Walsh said.
Instead, New Jersey is at the bottom with mostly southern, conservative states, like South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi.
New Jersey is more aligned in terms of education and affluence with the top 10 states on the list, like Washington, Maryland and California, she added.
"What is holding us back in New Jersey is the county party system — that is what differentiates us," Walsh said. "We've got a system of a very small group of people making the decision of who is going to run. Whoever the party picks is going to be the winner. And that makes it very hard to break into the system."
There are 21 Republican County Committees and 21 Democratic County Committees, for a total of 42 party chairmen in the state. Only four of the 42 chairmen, 9.5 percent, are women.
Allen said New Jersey's system for selecting candidates is archaic.
"The chairmen are picked by the chairmen before them, and they are almost always white men," Allen said. "A lot of decisions get made by a small group of insiders, proverbial smoke-filled back rooms and women generally are not invited."
The news gets even worse. A study released this week by the Institute for Women's Policy Research said New Jersey ranks last in the nation when it comes to women's participation in politics.
New Jersey is also one of just four states where women actually vote at a lower rate than men. Women make up 63 percent of the state's registered voters but only an average of 44 percent of them actually vote.
April Shaw, a senior policy analyst at the institute, said the state's lack of women holding office is the key reason for New Jersey's poor showing.
"If there were more women running that would certainly increase the interest," Shaw said.
Allen said she was considering running for governor next year but has not made up her mind. But she added that Republican women are trying to groom future candidates and have formed the "Whitman Series," named after Whitman, where 20 to 30 women are chosen from a group of applicants and taken through a yearlong series on how to raise money and run a campaign.
"Many of those women are now holding local office and moving up," she added.
The Center for American Women and Politics also has a one-day program called "Ready to Run" that encourages women in New Jersey to run for office.
Minorities are also trying to make gains in state politics. New Jersey has two minority congressmen, Democratic Reps. Robert Menendez, who is Hispanic, and Donald Payne, who is black. Both are very well-respected among their colleagues. Menendez is the third most powerful House Democrat, serving as the caucus chairman. Payne is the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Both Menendez and Payne are the first minorities elected to Congress from New Jersey — Payne in 1988 and Menendez in 1992. In remarks made this week when he was re-elected the Democratic Caucus chairman, Menendez said he was proud to continue his tenure as "the only Hispanic ever elected to a congressional leadership position, in either chamber, by either party."
Payne said he remains as frustrated today as he was in the 1960s at the lack of black New Jersey politicians. He cited his three failed attempts to gain a congressional seat until he won in 1988.
"By virtue of my going to Congress, young black kids can look up and say, 'Well, I guess we can do anything,'" Payne said.
Rick Thigpen, a Democratic strategist, said he is optimistic that acting Gov. Richard Codey will be helpful in supporting minorities for political offices.
"I think he will work hard for us and he's interested in our participation," said Thigpen, who is black.
Unfortunately, Jackson said there's not enough time to recruit a minority to run in next year's governor's race, but urged minorities to get involved in the political process to remind the state party officials they are a force to be reckoned with.
"They know they cannot win without our support," Jackson said.
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