Via Juan Cole, an article I somehow missed:
"Voters should oust congressional Republican leaders because U.S. foreign policy is delaying the second coming of Jesus Christ, according to a evangelical preacher trying to influence closely contested political races.
K.A. Paul railed against the war in Iraq on Sunday before a crowd of 1,000 at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, his first stop on what he hopes is a 30-city campaign.
The Houston-based preacher said he believes that the Bush administration has delayed the second coming because U.S. foreign policy has blocked Christian missionaries from working in Iraq, Iran and Syria.
"Somebody needs to say enough is enough," he said to worshippers who stood, waved and called out in support."
Yet another reason to vote Democratic: to hasten the day when the heavens roll up as a scroll and the Lord descends in clouds of glory, and we shall behold the new Jerusalem, whose walls are of jasper and whose streets are of gold, and which is lightened by the glory of God, and whose light is the Lamb.
"This doesn't happen every day: An incumbent member of Congress, in the middle of a re-election battle, says that storing nuclear waste shipments from around the world in her district may be a good idea.
U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt does say that, and her support for studying the idea has become an issue in her re-election campaign, especially in rural Pike County, in the far eastern end of her sprawling Southern Ohio District, where the nuclear wastes would be stored.
"I'm not advocating for it one way or the other," Schmidt told The Enquirer. "I'm saying it is something we need to look at."
Schmidt said she sees potential to create "hundreds, maybe thousands of jobs" in an economically distressed part of the state, where double-digit unemployment rates are the norm. (...)
The idea of nuclear waste storage on a site that is still being cleaned up from its previous use has infuriated environmentalists and neighbors of the plant in Pike County and nearby Scioto County, prompting a communitywide petition drive and vows to fight the storage plan to the bitter end.
That and the fact that Schmidt's Democratic opponent, Victoria Wulsin of Indian Hill, has come out against the idea, mean that the issue could have an impact on Schmidt's re-election - meaning it could help determine who represents 650,000 constituents from Greater Cincinnati to Portsmouth.
"All I can tell you is that when it became known that she supports this, every Jean Schmidt yard sign in the county went down overnight," said Geoffrey Sea, a writer whose home abuts the Piketon plant."
Can you say Amen? I knew you could!
Speaking of elections: Remember my two longshot House races, ID-01 and WY-AL? The first is the one in which a decent Democrat, Larry Grant, is running against a Republican, Bill Sali, of whom the Republican Speaker of the Idaho House said: “That idiot is just an absolute idiot. He doesn’t have one ounce of empathy in his whole fricking body. And you can put that in the paper.” Another of his Republican colleagues once threatened to throw him out a window. Clearly the kind of person we need in the House of Representatives. The second race, WY-AL, pits Gary Trauner, the guy with the wonderful position papers on 'The Preamble to the United States Constitution' and 'Sunshine in Government', against Barbara Cubin, the person who recently said she would slap the Libertarian candidate if he weren't in a wheelchair.
Well both of them have really tightened up. The most recent poll has Grant just two points behind Sali. In Idaho. Meanwhile, Charlie Cook has just changed his rating of WY-AL to Toss Up. In Wyoming. (He still rates ID-01 'Leans Republican'. I think both started out as 'Safe Republican', as in any normal year they would be.)