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Brownback likes shoes, helps immigrants -- but won't comment on 'Da Vinci'

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Sam Brownback links[(The Hill) Christian lawmakers shrug off 'Da Vinci' hype:][1] Since his conversion to Catholicism in 2002, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has weathered rumors about an alleged association with Opus Dei, a religious order whose adherents are depicted as murderous villains in the novel and movie. Media reports that Brownback embraced the Vatican with the help of an Opus Dei priest helped fuel speculation, but spokesman Brian Hart said: "Senator Brownback is not affiliated with Opus Dei in any way. [He] is not and has never been a member of Opus Dei." Brownback's office declined to comment on his opinion of or plans to see the "Da Vinci" movie.[(Today.Az) Senator Sam Brownback: "US should seek negotiated Karabakh settlement":][2] The Bush administration's new strategy on the Caspian region is known, said US Senator Sam Brownback, who authored the draft law on supporting the South Caucasus and Central Asian states in the US Senate.Brownback said pipelines of critical importance for the transit of oil and gas pass through these countries. "The United States should also beat Iran to its nuclear ambitions as well as station new military bases in the region."[(SF Chronicle) Feinstein offers plan to legalize immigrants:][3] Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the complicated Senate plan to legalize the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country "100 percent calculated to fail" and proposed Monday a simpler system based on a bar-coded orange card for anyone illegally in the country before January.Last month, Sen. Sam Brownback, a conservative Kansas Republican who has been a staunch supporter of the Senate plan, nonetheless publicly expressed doubts about the compromise."I'm not at all confident that our Senate bill is really workable," Brownback said even as he defended legalization. "This five year-two year distinction -- you're going to create (millions) of people trying to determine (whether they) were ... here two years or five years. And that's a lot of adjudications."[(SiliconIndia.com) U.S. proposes green cards for H-1Bs:][4] The move for increasing the number of visas for temporary highly skilled workers has gathered momentum in the U.S. Senate, with the introduction of yet another bill, 'S 2611' or ''a bill to provide for comprehensive immigration reform and for other purposes.''At present H-1B visas are issued for a period of six years. The bill would increase the annual cap on employment-based green cards by more than 500 percent, upping the current cap of 140,000 to 450,000 until 2016, and to 290,000, and exempting all immediate family members (spouses, children and parents) that currently count against the cap from the newly escalated cap. The bill is co-sponsored by six senators Sam Brownback, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Hagel, Edward Kennedy, Mel Martinez, and John McCain.[(Seattle Times commentary) Plug-in energy independence:][5] But, it is the immediate threat to national security from foreign oil dependence that is finally driving strong bipartisan support for plug-in hybrid cars and similar measures. At next week's conference, former CIA Director James Woolsey and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., will be among those describing the national-security risk from reliance on unstable oil-producing nations; Brownback and others have sponsored legislation, backed by a coalition of labor and environmental groups, to accelerate production of plug-in hybrid vehicles.[(The Hill) Brownback loves his shoes:][6] Carrie Bradshaw, the shoe-obsessed lead character on "Sex and the City," would likely have a few kind words for Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), despite her blue-state values.Late last week, Brownback introduced a total of 17 bills to suspend temporarily the duties on different types of footwear.Among the offerings: S. 2847, to "reduce temporarily the duty on certain footwear with open toes or heels," and the more catchall S. 2845, affecting "certain women's footwear." S. 2837, for the leather lover, would reduce the duty on "certain leather and textile footwear," while S. 2838, affecting "certain rubber or plastic footwear," keeps the pleather lover pleased.How to contactAs always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][7] [1]: http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/052306/davinci.html [2]: http://www.today.az/news/politics/26426.html [3]: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/05/23/MNGIOJ0G7T1.DTL [4]: http://www.siliconindia.com/shownewsdata.asp?newsno=31952&newscat=Top [5]: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2003012083_hybrid23.html [6]: http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/UndertheDome/052306.html [7]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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ljreader 7 years, 11 months ago

Glad to hear Brownback likes shoes- Hope he likes one on his backside when he gets a good swift kick out of public life next election.

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Agnostick 7 years, 11 months ago

Good point, pundit. He's been known to fax an unsolicited "press release" or two, as well. ;)

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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pundit 7 years, 11 months ago

Agnostick,

Don't be so sure LJW called Brownback.

Brownback cultivates the press and is well known in the news room as a frequent personal caller to several reporters. Of course that was before he started on his national quest.

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pundit 7 years, 11 months ago

Farmboy is right.

Despite the protestations of his press secretary, he certainly seems to act like a member of Opus Dei, talk like a member of Opus Dei, and hang around members of Opus Dei.

The Rolling Stone article is a good read. You can find it here: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/9178374/gods_senator

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Farmboy 7 years, 11 months ago

If you read the long profile of Brownback in Rolling Stone you will be aware that it was a member of Opus Dei who was responsible for his conversion to Roman Catholicism. For this reason it would be reasonable to expect him to comment on The Da Vinci Code.

I recommend the Rolling Stone story to anyone who is concerned about Brownback. I think it is still available in Rolling Stone archives.

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Redzilla 7 years, 11 months ago

I'd like to think he has more important things on his mind, too, but more likely is that this is just another sign that he'd like to run for president. This is a man who once tried to blame women who have abortions for the Social Security "crisis." The only thing that will keep a guy like him from making assinine remarks is the pressure to look normal that a presidential bid brings to bear.

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Agnostick 7 years, 11 months ago

To some degree, I can't help but feel this is "old news." Brownback converted in 2002... the quote from Brian Hart could've happened anytime in the past couple of years... and as far as Brownback "needing" to comment on the movie, take not that it was the Journal-World that called his office, not the other way around.

Far be it from me to offer any kind of suppport for Browncrack (much less waste a vote on him), but the whole "Da Vinci Code" phenomenon has just devolved into the latest sensationalist feeding frenzy. Sometime soon, somebody will get kidnapped, or another legislator will be caught with their pants down, or another hurricane will make landfall... and all the sharks will move on to the fresh blood.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 11 months ago

Why would Brownback feel the need to coment on Da Vinci Code? Good, bad, or otherwise, it's merely a fictional movie based on a novel. I'd like to think he has more important issues at hand.

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