Sunday, January 15, 2006

Interesting

On May 4th 2004 Jim Walsh gave Matt Blunt, then a candidate for Governor in Missouri, a check for $1,000.

Six days later Roy Blunt's leadership PAC, Rely On Your Beliefs (ROY B PAC, how clever!) paid for over $800 dollars worth of airfare for Jim. Roy Blunt is of course Matt Blunt's father, as well as the Tom DeLay Mini-Me that Mr. Walsh has endorsed to be the next Majority Leader of the House.

It seems that Roy Blunt has a history of money laundering. Hmm...

2 Comments:

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Syracuse Austin said...

Folks--

Cong. Jim Walsh ignores that both Congressmen Blunt and Boehner are tainted with their money and pay-to-play connections to Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff.

Austin

More From The Post-Standard

Walsh speaks to church group
Saturday, January 14, 2006
RENEE K. GADOUA RELIGION NOTEBOOK

As speculation continued this week about the successor to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and attention turned to the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Central New York's 25th Congressional District representative shared a meal and conversation with members of local Evangelical Christian congregations.


Rep. James Walsh, R-Onondaga, was guest speaker Tuesday at the January meeting of the Greater Syracuse Association of Evangelicals. More than 60 people attended "Congress, the Courts and the Politics of Life" at New Ling Ling Chinese Buffet in North Syracuse.


After the group greeted him with a standing ovation, Walsh praised his parents for their example of valuing faith and family. His 93-year-old father, William Walsh, served as Syracuse mayor from 1962 through 1969 and as a U.S. representative from 1973 to 1979.




"He would be the first to tell you it's because of his faith and hard work," the younger Walsh said.

Those values protect some politicians from being tempted by excessive power and money, he said.

He alluded to the controversies surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff and DeLay.
"Individual members of Congress who succumb to corruption and bribery, lying and cheating, they're going to get caught," he said.

"Most members of Congress are good, decent people," he assured the group.

Taking a stand

In his introduction to the congressional representative, the Rev. Jeremy Jackson, co-pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church, praised Walsh for his opposition to abortion.

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"He's been a consistent pro-life voice in Congress, which we all appreciate as Christians," Jackson said.

A few minutes later, Walsh described himself as supporting abortion. Several people in the audience looked surprised and confused.
Walsh quickly corrected himself. "I've always been pro-life, and I always will be pro-life," he said.


"Amen," responded a few people.

Walsh also reassured the group he opposes gay marriage. "I feel strongly marriage is not only a legal contract but a spiritual contract between a man and a woman," he said. "We have to stand behind that."


Working toward peace

The Rev. Tom Hertweck, president of the Greater Syracuse Association of Evangelicals and pastor of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Clay, presented Walsh with several gifts, including a Celtic cross lapel pin.


Walsh leaves Sunday for a trip to Ireland and the United Kingdom, where he will meet with people involved with the peace process in Northern Ireland.


Hertweck also offered two gifts for Walsh to bring his wife, DeDe Walsh.

The first gift was a red heart-shaped box of Dove chocolate truffles. Hertweck said he chose the candy because its logo represents peace. The second gift? A plant called a Spathiphyllum, more commonly known as a peace lily.


"There's something beautiful in it that's eventually going to come out," Hertweck said of the green plant, known for its bold white flowers.


"As you work toward peace and do the work of the Lord, good is going to come out," Hertweck said.

Renee K. Gadoua covers religion and spirituality for The Post-Standard.
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» More From The Post-Standard

Walsh goes with Missouri's Roy Blunt to replace DeLay

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 By Peter Lyman

Washington bureau

Rep. James Walsh is throwing his support behind Rep. Roy Blunt in the Missouri Republican's quest to become House majority leader.


"He's a good human being . . . very much a team player," Walsh, R-Onondaga, said Tuesday. "He's proven to be very effective as whip."


Blunt is seeking to replace former Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who temporarily left the second most powerful House post in September after he was indicted in Texas on charges of laundering campaign money. Blunt, the majority whip since 2002, has served as acting majority leader since DeLay stepped aside.


Walsh, a senior deputy whip, said he has worked closely with Blunt and has gained an appreciation for his leadership skills. Walsh has been calling other Republican House members of behalf of Blunt's candidacy, he said.
"He's not a show horse . . . but he's a good leader, and this is a tough time for our party," Walsh said.


Walsh said that during negotiations on the budget reconciliation bill last month, he went to Blunt and told him he couldn't support the bill if it took money away from the food stamp program. Blunt assured Walsh that the final version of the bill would preserve the food stamp money, and it did, Walsh said.


"He kept his promise, and that's important," Walsh said.


Blunt's main rival for the majority leadership is Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio. DeLay announced last week he would not seek to regain the post, citing the lack of resolution of his criminal case, along with the burgeoning scandal after last week's guilty plea by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff to corruption charges involving at least one member of Congress and other federal officials.


DeLay saidhe will be returning to the Appropriations Committee when Congress returns from recess later this month. Walsh is one of 10 subcommittee chairs - nicknamed "cardinals" - on the panel.


Due to his seniority, DeLay could supplant one of the cardinals and assume the chairmanship of a subcommittee. Walsh said doesn't think that will happen because, under the circumstances, it would not be a popular move among rank-and-file Republican members.


"Everything else being equal, he would be in line for a subcommittee chairmanship," Walsh said. "I don't know what he'll do . . . (but) if I were (DeLay), I would try not to offend anyone."


Walsh said he will support Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., for majority whip if Blunt is elected majority leader. Like Walsh, Cantor is a deputy whip.##

Folks--

Robert Thoryk's timely and persuasive political and civic commentaries appear frequently in the Syracuse Post-Standard, the City Eagle and the New Times.

Bob is among a growing group of activists that call upon Syracuse
sponsors, and WSYR Radio and WFBL Radio, to add
Air America and more progressive talkers (in addition to WSYR's
Ed Schultz) to its roster of fourteen rightwing talkers.

You can complain and leave a message to--

Vice President Clear Channel (WSYR)
Joel Delmonico, 685-8672, 472-9797

WFBL Radio Bill Colley, 421-9325, 635-3971

Centro/CNYRTA--Regional Transportation Agency,
CEO Frank Kobliski, 442-3333

OCRRA--Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency,
Andy Brigham, 453-2866

Attys. Alexander & Catalano, 800-529-1333

Dunk & Bright Furniture, 800-724-4173

Fuccillo Automall, 800-235-8037

Due to your complaints, WSYR added Ed Schultz in Aug '05.
Thanks again,

Austin

P.S.

Here are info sites for media watchdogs and reform.

http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/SyracuseMediaFairnessBalance
http://mediamatters.org/
http://www.freepress.net/
http://www.mediaaccess.org/
http://www.democraticmedia.org/
http://www.democracyinaction.org
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Letter To the Editor: Syracuse City Eagle
Published Jan 05, 2006

From: Robert Thoryk, Syracuse

On the Unfair and Unbalanced Syracuse radio talkers

There is an imbalance in the presentation of information by the US media, especially, here in CNY where talk radio commentators from the right out number progressives by about 14 to one.

Of the two local talk radio stations, one predominately promotes the ideology of the right and the other is similar except for the recent addition of one progressive commentator relegated to a non-drive time slot.


Considering that Kerry won this area in 2004, this imbalance of information is very suspicious and could be a form of censorship, just saying you are fair and balanced doesn’t make it so.

From an economic perspective, these stations and their advertisers are ignoring at least 50% of their potential listeners. It is difficult to comprehend why this non-inclusive marketing strategy of these very profit-oriented businesses exists at all, unless there is more than a profit motive at work here.


Let’s see, right-wing radio commentators use the same daily talking points heard on the conservative TV networks and used by the Bush administration. Could this relentless promotion of their ideology (propaganda) be intentional?

The airwaves belong to the American people, this type of right-wing sponsored propaganda that was common in right-wing WWII Germany should never happen here.

Making our media fair and balanced will ensure that the truth is the norm and not the exception.

Robert Thoryk, Syracuse
Syracuse City Eagle, Jan 05, 2006
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At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Rolf Thoryk said...

TO: Bob Thoryk
FROM: Rolf Thoryk

I assume you are the same Bob Thoryk
that I knew when I was younger - formerly married to Bunny Doughty?
I stumbled across your name from Syracuse City Eagle. If you have a mass e-mail mailing, please put me on your mailing list. I live in the Chicago area, and actually, heard from your sister Carol, that you had lived in this area. if that's the case, sorry we never connected when you were here. I've lived here 30 years, and it's my home now with a family of 4.
So, I'd appreciate your responding to this note, and would like to get info about what's happening politically in Syracuse, etc. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you and hope you're doing well.
Rolf

 

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