When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes." Too memorably, as things turned out. He won that election handily, carrying forty states against the hapless Michael Dukakis and 53 percent of the vote. It was the last comfortable victory the Republicans have seen.
Tonight's Halloween and there's still quite a stir between those who celebrate and those who don't. We can debate its origins and practices and still come up with an empty kettle. But before we get ready to call down fire on those who will go out into the darkness or laugh off those who will remain in the confines of their home, let's take a step back and forget Halloween for a moment.
There was a story last week that got my attention. Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and a great hero in my book, said that what we need today is a "secular Ten Commandments." He made this comment to a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.
A month after a Texas judges overturned his money laundering conviction in September, former U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) told a told a group of tea party Republicans last Tuesday that he's now on a mission from God.
Everyone wanted a piece of Jesus. But a determined father named Jairus had a daughter who was on the brink of death, and he begged Jesus to come to his house. As they made their way to Jairus' home, the crowd pushed and pulled and screamed and yelled.
After allegedly suffering abuse from House of Prayer pastor Arthur Allen in Atlanta, Ga., for more than 30 years until they defected a few years ago, two former members of the church gave God thanks when they heard he died in a house fire on Monday.