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Among those who have organized armies of intercessors for Hollywood are Karen Covell of the Hollywood Prayer Network (www.hollywoodprayernetwork.org) and Larry Poland of Mastermedia International (www.mastermediaintl.org). If you’d like to join this movement, visit their Web sites and sign up to pray for specific directors, producers and film stars.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 1 Peter 2:11
For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2:18-19
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1
"My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders." Mark Twain
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams"If the people have not vision, they shall surely perish. No man has a right to live who has not in his soul the power to die nobly for a great cause. Let abhorrence be for those who wage wanton or wicked wars, who with ruthless violence oppress the upright and the unoffending. Pay all honor to the preachers of peace who put righteousness above peace. But shame on the creatures who would teach our people that it is anything but base to be unready and unable to defend right, even at need by the sternest of all tests, the test of righteous war, war waged by a high-couraged people with souls attuned to the demands of a lofty ideal. Have these professional pacifists lost every quality of manhood? Are they ignorant of the very meaning of nobility of soul?" Theodore Roosevelt
Tolerance of sin, while intolerant of truth and faith
'The Passion of Christ' by Robert Novak (11/3/2003) Liberals who defended the right to exhibit Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ," which deeply offended orthodox Christians, now demand censorship of "The Passion of Christ."
A group of twenty-four Hollywood "big-wig" sleazebags -- including Playboy, Viacom, Fox, the ACLU, Penn and Teller, the Screen Actors Guild and Norman Lear’s People for the American Way -- are about to bully the FCC into putting the “f” word back on radio and TV.
While the Oscars honor the supposed "best" movies of the past year, a movie about the life of Christ has the distinction of being the most watched movie of all time. The Jesus film, released by Warner Brothers in 1979, has been distributed and translated worldwide by Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI) since 1980. The movie -- which has been translated into over 800 languages -- has been viewed by an estimated 5.5 billion people. Paul Eshelman, director of the Jesus Film Project for CCCI, says since Campus Crusade began distributing the film, it has been shown in every country of the world. He adds that there are still teams around the world completing additional translations. Eshleman says the film is often shown in the most dangerous places on earth through a massive logistical operation involving hundreds of staff and volunteers.
Celebrity Kabbalah - NewsMax.com LeftCoast Report May 4, 2004 - What do Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Lowe, Roseanne Barr, Elizabeth Taylor, Courtney Love, Sandra Bernhard, Paris Hilton, Paul Newman, Naomi Campbell, Mick Jagger, Rosie O'Donnell, Brittany Murphy, Winona Ryder, Sharon Osbourne, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Barbra Streisand, Diane Ladd, Monica Lewinsky, Marla Maples and Dan Aykroyd have in common? They're among the celebs who have expressed an interest in Hollywood's hottest faith of late, Kabbalah. An insurance salesman from Brooklyn named Yahuda Berg has evidently been able to convince the famous Tinseltowners that an ancient Jewish mystical teaching can supply them with the spirituality they crave. The international headquarters of Kabbalah Centre is located in Los Angeles. The center has taken the ancient teachings of Kabbalah and converted them into a new-age mystical philosophy, which promises improved sex, immortality and a changed world. According to the center's Web site, it is "a miraculous source of power" studied by everyone from Jesus to Shakespeare. Followers scan the text of the Zohar, the Kabbalist commentary on the Bible, for protection. They wear red strings around their wrists in order to keep the evil eye away. According to the center, the Zohar is beneficial to the reader even if he has no inkling of what the Hebrew means. Beneficial? Well, maybe not to the reader's wallet. The complete text sells for more than $400. Madonna apparently believes in Kabbalah so much, she has helped to underwrite the organization's efforts by giving millions of dollars to the center. The Left Coast Report wonders if Berg has any P.T. Barnum books on his shelf.
Michael Moore: (In Japan) "[Bush] is simply a puppet. Behind him, neo-conservative aides such as Rumsfeld or Cheney are controlling him.... I like America to some extent. Americans are simple and clear. They are charming people."
If you haven't heard the TRUTH about
Michael Moore's outrageous LIES and antics, here's
where you can find more info:
The lost patriots of Hollywood by Michelle Malkin (6/23/2004) Once upon a time, there were people in Hollywood who loved America.
The passion of the liberal Ann Coulter (archive) March 4, 2004 - In the dozens and dozens of panic-stricken articles the New York Times has run on Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," the unavoidable conclusion is that liberals haven't the vaguest idea what Christianity is. The Times may have loopy ideas about a lot of things, but at least when they write about gay bathhouses and abortion clinics, you get the sense they know what they're talking about.
But Christianity just doesn't ring a bell. The religion that has transformed Western civilization for two millennia is a blank slate for liberals. Their closest reference point is "conservative Christians," meaning people you're not supposed to hire. And these are the people who carp about George Bush's alleged lack of "intellectual curiosity."
March for Death: (4/25/1004) Pro-abortion groups enlisted the support of pro-abortion Hollywood celebrities including - Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Kathleen Turner, Ashley Judd, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Maines (from the Dixie Chicks), Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, Gloria Steinem, Morgan Fairchild…the list goes on and on…Click Here to see the complete list of celebrities who supported this event: http://march.now.org/coalition.html
The Double-Standard Hollywood Stars Walk as Prosecutors Target Rush - Breaking News from NewsMax.com By James Hirsen (1/16/2004)
The Beverly Hills Police Department has served a subpoena on the banking records of a Hollywood star. A recent report in the National Enquirer that the celebrity had a pill addiction – proof of this came from a paid tip to the tabloid from the star’s maid - has caught the notice here in Tinseltown among the cops and the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. Authorities, unable to prosecute the star on the basis of an addiction alone, are examining whether the celebrity engaged in money laundering or doctor shopped their prescriptions, a felony in California.
Pretty heady stuff. But it never happened, and probably never will. Such star treatment doesn’t seem to apply to Rush Limbaugh, who developed an addiction to painkillers after a surgical procedure in the late 1990s. The charge of doctor-shopping is practically unheard of on the Left Coast, where celebrity visits to Dr. Feelgoods followed by ritualistic visits to rehab centers rank up there with the number of stiletto heels in Paris Hilton’s closet.
The list of the addicted and famous is huge. It includes such luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Downey Jr., Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Matthew Perry, Charlie Sheen, Billy Joel, Christian Slater, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Ben Affleck, Paula Poundstone, Tawny Kitaen and Nick Nolte.
Somehow, whether for pain or thrill, Tinseltown poppers or would-be shoppers never seem to be pursued with the same vigor as Rush seems to be. In fact, the opposite is true. Those in La-La Land who end up seeking professional help for their drug problems are generally praised for their courage, honesty and freshly lipo-sucked abs. Then they’re given a plum role in an Aaron Sorkin series.
Just Some of the Famously Addicted: One recent example of a celeb who hit the rehab trail is Ozzy Osbourne, the heavy-metal rocker who became a star of "reality" TV. When Osbourne’s addiction to prescription painkillers became a news story, there was plenty of talk about prosecution. But not of Osbourne. Instead, authorities started pointing accusatory fingers at the doctor who had treated him. According to the Los Angeles Times, physician-to-the-stars Dr. David Kipper allegedly dispensed 13,000 doses of more than 30 drugs to Osbourne in only one year. Osbourne said the doctor gave him tranquilizers, amphetamines, opiates, anti-depressants and an anti-psychotic drug. Treatments were carried out in "hotel detoxes," a celebrity favorite typically done anonymously in private luxury suites. In 2003 Ozzy’s 17-year-old son, Jack, checked into Las Encinas rehab clinic in California. The clinic provides treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. Evidently, the staff protected the privacy of Ozzy’s offspring during the visit and declined to confirm the addiction, although Jack later admitted that he had become addicted to prescription drugs, including OxyContin.
Matthew Perry had an overly friendly encounter with painkillers. He entered rehab in 1997 for the "early stages of chemical dependency." People magazine reported that he became addicted to Vicodin as a result of problems with a wisdom tooth and pain related to injuries from an accident on a watercraft. In 2001, Perry entered a rehab hospital again. This time, though, his publicist indicated that it was for an undisclosed ailment. The publicist told the public that Perry appreciated the concern of the fans and thanked them "for respecting his privacy." In 2002, when actress Tawny Kitaen beat up her husband, all-star pitcher Chuck Finley, she was charged with spousal injury and battery. She was also accused of using a long list of prescription drugs. After Finley charged in legal documents that Kitaen suffered from "addiction" and "inattention to parenting," she reportedly admitted she’d become addicted to prescription medications and said she was starting rehab. Her lawyer told the press that the charges would be dismissed when the treatment was finished.
Charlie Sheen, son of Martin Sheen and star of the sitcom "Two and a Half Men," has been a drug addict, heavy drinker (two quarts of vodka a day) and frequent Heidi Fleiss flyer. He checked into drug rehab in 1990 but fell off the wagon. In May 1998, Sheen overdosed in his home. To avoid jail he entered rehab, and this time the treatment stuck. Hollywood patted Sheen on the back and gave him a Golden Globe for his role in the foundering "Spin City."
Then there's Aaron Sorkin himself, leftist creator of the Democrat fantasy series "The West Wing." Busted for drugs in April 2001, he was sentenced to a "diversion program." Chums insisted Sorkin's drug bust was a one-time lapse, but he proved them wrong in August 2001 when he boasted to a magazine that he had abused crack cocaine as well as marijuana and said, "If you use drugs long enough you forget how to celebrate without them."
Secret Addictions: Billy Joel, who has admitted to past problems with substance abuse, called off some concert dates in his Face to Face Tour 2002 with Elton John to seek help. His record label initially stated that the cancellations were due to throat problems. But news surfaced that the singer/songwriter entered Silver Hill rehab center in New Canaan, Conn., to battle a "specific and personal problem that had recently developed."
Silver Hill is one of the preferred addiction treatment centers. Clients include Nick Nolte, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Gregg Allman and Mariah Carey. In 2001, Ben Affleck sought treatment for alcohol abuse at the exclusive Promises rehab facility in posh, trendy Malibu. Clients of the center include Charlie Sheen, Christian Slater, Tim Allen and Paula Poundstone.
Promises has become a popular destination for celebrities in need of rehab. According to the facility's Web site, Promises offers "individualized treatment for drug addiction, alcoholism and other chemical dependencies," which includes "daily educational lectures, relapse prevention skills, group therapy sessions, equine therapy and art therapy."
Another celeb who took the Promises path in 2002 was Diana Ross. According to her publicist, she was treated at the Malibu facility to "clear up some personal issues." Celebrity Criminal Law 101 After being arrested the previous year on charges of committing lewd acts against a child and child endangerment, Paula Poundstone completed rehab in 2002. The D.A. had dropped the charge of lewd acts. Poundstone pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and a misdemeanor. She received a sentence of five years' probation and six months' drug treatment.
Nick Nolte had an unforgettable mug shot moment in 2003 that made the post-captured Saddam Hussein look GQ worthy. Nolte was charged with being under the influence of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a chemical compound known as the "date rape" drug. Three days after the arrest, he checked into a drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation center. Later he headed for Silver Hill. Things recently got complicated for Nicole Richie.
Paris Hilton’s sidekick on "The Simple Life" appeared in a Malibu courtroom on a felony drug-possession case three days after the TV show debuted. Richie is on court-supervised probation, a common form of celebrity justice. She’s due back in court in March for another report to the judge.
Robert Downey Jr. has a history of substance abuse dating back to 1996, when the actor was arrested for, among other things, being in possession of heroin, crack and cocaine. After walking away from his court-ordered drug rehab program, he was sentenced to three years' probation. He violated parole and was sentenced to six months in jail. In 1999 Downey started a three-year prison sentence for another parole violation. In 2000 he was arrested for cocaine and Valium possession. The following year he was honored twice over with a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
And so it goes. Time to Crack Down In Florida, authorities have had a similar attitude toward persons with addictions – until Rush Limbaugh. The Palm Beach Post recently reported that over the last five years, the number of cases of doctor-shopping that have been fully prosecuted in Palm Beach County is zero. This tidbit hasn’t seemed to deter the prosecutors who now are on a fishing expedition, rummaging through Rush’s financial and medical records in an apparent effort to get him. Add to that the bevy of pundits, partisans and paparazzi who are now digging for dirt on the legendary radio personality but who have typically given a "who cares" look at Tinseltown malfeasance. As the Limbaugh case moves forward, you can bet that 20 million of his closest friends will be watching – and hoping he gets equal treatment under the law and a fair shake.
The Deception -Barbra Streisand's Trickle-Down Immorality (Don’t Accept the Lies) June 26, 2003 article posted on her Web Site erroneously accuses President Bush of "secrecy, lies, and deceit." Can you hear what she is spewing? Where was she when Bill Clinton was President and was impeached, and lied about Monica, trying to keep it a secret. What is her definition of morality? These comments define deceit. Which President is closer to God and the Scriptures? Worse then the liberal-biased media, she spews forth innuendos like fact, and hoping the apathetic public believes her deception. Please pray for Ms. Streisand and her fans, that morality and Truth be revealed.
"There are a lot of 'closet Christians' in Hollywood because they innately know there exists black-balling and prejudice against professed believers in the entertainment business." Jennifer O'Neill
NBC Bigwig Admits: We TV Writers Are '99 Percent Leftist' Talk about media bias! The creator of NBC's Democrat fantasy series "Mr. Sterling" openly boasts: "You'll never, ever get the Republican TV show. The Writers Guild of America, my union, is at a minimum 99 percent leftist liberal and, like me, socialist. And we don't know how to write it. We don't."
Columnist Laura Ingraham: "It's easy to write off much of what comes out of the mouths of Hollywood leftists. They repay the country that made their wealth and privilege possible by trashing her traditions and institutions. They side with countries that resent us, and trust dictators like Saddam or Fidel more than the American voters or the president they elected."
Hypocrisy: "I think it's appropriate for the international community in situations like this to intervene. I am in favor of an intervention." Mike Farrell on Clinton's military action in Kosovo in 1998...
"[The Bush administration is] trump[ing] up a case in which we are ballyhooed into war." --Farrell rhetoric on Iraq now. What is different today? Is it a liberal socialist is not in the White House?
Mike Farrell, organizer of "Artists United to Win Without War" - "What's the point of me saying anything right now, while they're in the end zone doing the dance and spiking the football? ...An illegal war is an illegal war no matter what the result. We'll never know now what could have been achieved through peaceful means."
Forget about a marriage made in Heaven, how about a partnership made in Hollywood. "It makes its own statement about Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins that even they won't marry each other." --Norman Liebmann
Tim Robbins/Susan Sarandon have been active in the "peace rallies" to protest the war in Iraq. The Hall of Fame's cancelled the 15th anniversary celebration of the film Bull Durhamn. In a letter to the two actors, the Hall's President, Dale Petroskey wrote: "we believe your very public criticism of President Bush at this important and sensitive time in our nation's history helps undermine the U.S. position which ultimately could put our troops in even more danger." Tim Robbins responded by calling baseball "a Republican sport."
Barbra Streisand: "What's next? Will the Bush administration install a puppet government in Iraq? Will American corporations with uncomfortably close White House and Pentagon connections reap the spoils of war? Will the United States use this victory as a blank check to go after every other government we don't like?"
"The idea of a liberal media bias is simply a myth. If only it were true, we might have a more humane, open-minded, and ultimately effective public debate on the issues facing the country. We may actually embrace the principles of liberalism, instead of using it as a tool to divide the nation. Everything good that has happened in this country is founded on the ideology of liberalism. ... Thanks to liberals, today we have public education, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, environmental protection laws, a minimum wage law...among many other wonderful programs. Such a label should be worn with a badge of honor and defended by Democrats, not allowed to be used as slander by the Right Wing." (December 2004)
"Bush and his Administration appear to operate under two related principles: (1) regardless of fact, if we say it enough times, the American people will believe us and (2) if we say something, you just have to trust us that it's true, forget proof and logic. Unfortunately, with regard to the first principle he is right. He found this to be the case with his domestic policy and it seems to be true in foreign affairs as well. Take his repeated assertion of a connection between Saddam Hussein and September 11. Despite the fact that he and others have yet to offer any proof, a recent poll of Americans, shows that about half believe there is a connection between Saddam and 9-11. Why wait for an accurate intelligence report? All Bush had to do was repeat Saddam Hussein and 9-11 in the same sentence over and over again -- and then wait while the media reported his statements without analysis, and millions of Americans accepted it without question."
"Yes, he's (President Bush) a racist. We all knew that but the world is only
finding it out now."
Robert Altman: "The present government in America I just find disgusting...I just find (President Bush) an embarrassment"
Janeane Garafalo: "Sure...when Communist U.S.S.R. was a superpower, the world was better off...the right-wing media is trying to marginalize the peace movement." === ' I hope to God that I can be made a buffoon of, that people will say, 'You were wrong. You were a fatalist.' And I will go to the White House on my knees on cut glass and say, 'Hey, you ... were right. I shouldn't have doubted you'." --Janeane Garafalo promising to apologize if the U.S. is successful in liberating Iraq. === But when asked to own up to her words: "I have nothing to apologize for. ...Boycotters are welcome to keep giving me tons of publicity. There will be no apologies."
Larry Hagman: "A sad figure (George W. Bush):not too well educated, who doesn't get out of America much...He's leading the country towards fascism."
Martin Sheen: I think he'd (George W. Bush) like to hand his father Sadaam Hussein's head and win approval for what happened after the Gulf War." === "By some demented form of logic, the men, women and children of Iraq are relegated to 'collateral damage' as the dogs of war slouch toward Baghdad."
"We have a president for whom English is a second language. He's like 'We have
to get rid of dictators,' but he's pretty much one himself."
David Clennon (of "The Agency") told Sean Hannity that America today reminded him of Nazi Germany. Was he comparing Bush to Adolf Hitler? No. Clennon said, "Hitler is smarter than Bush."
George Clooney: "You can't beat your enemy anymore through wars...we can't beat anyone anymore." Hey George, have you already forgotten about the Taliban?
Edward Norton: (Accompanying Spike Lee,
at a Berlin Film Festival promoting his new movie.)
"It's nice being in Europe this week. Almost everyone in
Germany and France is in sync with the governments. I almost forgot what it's
like to be proud of my government."
Spike Lee: "America doesn't have the moral right to tell other people what to do...To say the whole world has to fall into line is you-know-what...I hope more people will rise up."
Jessica Lange: "I am humiliated to be an American today."
Oliver Stone: "We should look to ...[Fidel Castro] as one of the Earth's wisest people, one of the people we should consult."
Madonna: "We as Americans are completely obsessed and wrapped up in a lot of the wrong values -- looking good, having cash in the bank, being perceived as rich, famous and successful or just being famous."
So who are these celebrities? What is their education?
What is their experience in affairs of State or in National Security? While we will defend to the death, the right to freely express opinions, if they are going to call into question the intelligence of our leaders, we should also have the facts on their own education and background:
Barbra Streisand: Completed high school Career: Singing and acting: "What's next? Will the Bush administration install a puppet government in Iraq? ...Will American corporations with uncomfortably close White House and Pentagon connections reap the spoils of war? Will the United States use this victory as a blank check to go after every other government we don't like? ...The 'thrill' of war and victory can become addicting."
Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade. Career: Singing and acting
Martin Sheen: Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton. Career: Acting
Jessica Lange: Dropped out college mid-freshman year. Career: Acting
Alec Baldwin: Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal. Career: Acting
Julia Roberts: Completed high school. Career: Acting
Sean Penn: Completed High school. Career: Acting
Susan Sarandon: Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Career: Acting
Ed Asner: Completed High school. Career: Acting
George Clooney: Dropped out of University of Kentucky. Career: Acting
Michael Moore: Dropped out first year University of Michigan. Career: Movie Director
Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School. Career: Acting
Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School. Career: Acting
Mike Farrell: Completed High school. Career: Acting
Janeane Garofelo: Dropped out of College. Career: Stand up comedienne
Larry Hagman: Attended Bard College for one year. Career: Acting
Bio's of the people the Hollywood "elites" criticize....
George W. Bush: Received a Bachelors Degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986. He was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic re-election victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on November 3, 1998 winning 68.6 percent of the vote. In 1998 Governor Bush won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent of the African-American vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of women. He won more Texas counties, 240 of 254, than any modern Republican other than Richard Nixon in 1972 and is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the heavily Hispanic and Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo.
Dick Cheney: Earned a B.A. in 1965 and a M.A. in 1966, both in political science. Two years later, he won an American Political Science Association congressional fellowship. One of Vice President Cheney's primary duties is to share with individuals, members of Congress and foreign leaders, President Bush's vision to strengthen our economy, secure our homeland and win the War on Terrorism. In his official role as President of the Senate, Vice President Cheney regularly goes to Capital Hill to meet with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to work on the Administration's legislative goals. In his travels as Vice President, he has seen first hand the great demands the war on terrorism is placing on the men and women of our military, and he is proud of the tremendous job they are doing for the United States of America.
Colin Powell: Educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University. Secretary Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards and decorations. Secretary Powell's civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country. (Note: He retired as Four Star General in the United States Army)
Donald Rumsfeld: Attended Princeton University on Scholarship (AB, 1954) and served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as a Naval aviator; Congressional Assistant to Rep. Robert Griffin (R-MI), 1957-59; U.S. Representative, Illinois, 1962-69; Assistant to the President, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Director of the Cost of Living Council, 1969-74; U.S. Ambassador to NATO, 1973-74; head of Presidential Transition Team, 1974; Assistant to the President, Director of White House Office of Operations, White House Chief of Staff, 1974-77; Secretary of Defense, 1975-77.
Tom Ridge: Raised in a working class family in veterans' public housing in Erie. He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning to Pennsylvania, he earned his Law Degree and was in private practice before becoming Assistant District Attorney in Erie County. He was elected to Congress in 1982. He was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House, and was overwhelmingly re-elected six times.
Condoleezza Rice: Earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. (Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude). She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies. Both of her advanced degrees are also in Political Science.) She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995. At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Sen! ior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Rela! tions, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender Integrated Training in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coaliti! on and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco. Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she resides in Washington, D.C.
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