I'm not a Bill Maher fan.
I've never found him to be particularly insightful or funny.
And now he has put this horrific image in my head.
I think there is a problem, though, with the media gushing over him too much. I don't think he thinks that he's all that, but the media does. I mean, the coverage after, that I was watching, from MSNBC, I mean these guys were ready to have sex with him....It's embarrassing.
A three-way between Olbermann, Matthews, and Obama?
I may be turned off for life.
While the Dems are on the attack against the GOP vice presidential candidate on experience, there is one obvious comeback.
More executive experience. More experience on the energy issue.
Pro-life. Pro-gun. Pro-defense. Anti-terrorist. Anti-earmark. anti-corruption.
Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.
So unconventional was McCainís choice that it left students of the presidency literally ďstunned,Ē in the words of Joel Goldstein, a St. Louis University law professor and scholar of the vice presidency. ďBeing governor of a small state for less than two years is not consistent with the normal criteria for determining whoís of presidential caliber,Ē said Goldstein.
ďI think she is the most inexperienced person on a major-party ticket in modern history,Ē said presidential historian Matthew Dallek.
Interestingly enough, both Goldstein and Dallek, along with the rest of the scholars quoted in the article, share a certain common denominator -- all but one of them are Democrat donors, and the remaining scholar is a former speechwriter for a major Democrat Party figure!
After reading this article, the McCain campaign issued the following statement: "The authors quote four scholars attacking Gov. Palin's fitness for the office of vice president. Among them, David Kennedy is a maxed-out Obama donor, Joel Goldstein is also an Obama donor, and Doris Kearns Goodwin has donated exclusively to Democrats this cycle. Finally, Matthew Dallek is a former speech writer for Dick Gephardt. This is not a story about scholars questioning Gov. Palin's credentials so much as partisan Democrats who would find a reason to disqualify or discount any nominee put forward by Sen. McCain."
Odd, isn't it, that the "objective media" managed to find not a single Republican-leaning scholar of the presidency to talk to or quote. I don't know about you, but it looks like a partisan hit piece to me, wih the conclusion drawn before the first question was asked.
Oh, and I like Don' Surber's observation.
Question: Do scholars question her qualifications?
Answer: Of course: ďPresidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.Ē
Question: Is it true?
Answer: It depends on whether you think Lincolnís one term in Congress was more experience than being a mayor and a governor.
For all that Pat Buchanan has been trying to assist the Jew-baiting, Hamas-supporting wing of the Democrats by claiming she was a big donor and organizer to his 1996 campaign.
Because, you see, she is on record as backing another candidate in 2000.
The McCain campaign says that instead of supporting Buchanan -- or even McCain -- in 2000, Palin actually supported Steve Forbes.
And indeed, another AP story from August 7, 1999 -- one month after the Buchanan trip to Wasilla -- states that joining state sen. Mike Miller of Fairbanks on the Forbes campaign's Alaska "leadership committee will be Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin, and former state GOP chairman Pete Hallgren, who will serve as co-chairs."
When combined with the fact that there is no record of even a single donation to Pat Buchanan by Palin or any family member, the fact that not even one Buchanan campaign press release or news story reports on her being in any way involved with the Buchanan campaign, the evidence is clear -- Sarah Palin was never part of Pitchfork Pat's Buchanan Brigades in any capacity, and wore that button only as a courtesy to a visiting candidate of her party.
And if wearing that button for a couple of hours makes Palin an anti-Semite unacceptable to Jews, how ought Barack Obama's two decades of membership at a church where anti-Semitic, pro-terrorist sentiments were spewed from the pulpit and printed in church publications be treated?
H/T Soccer Dad
Well, only if you look at the evidence.
LGF has the report on a website claiming that Palin supports gay marriage.
In the Linux console, if you enter the following commands, you can learn the secrets of a political dirty trick. First, look up the host of Ďsarahpalingayrights.comí to get the siteís IP address.
sarahpalingayrights.com has address 184.108.40.206
Then use the same command to look up the domain name pointer of that IP address.
220.127.116.11.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer obamadefense.com
Well, well. ďObamadefense.com,Ē eh?
And what happens if you enter obamadefense.com on your browserís address line?
Why, youíre redirected to none other than FightTheSmears.com, the official Barack Obama site thatís supposed to be defending him against smears.
Looks like they may have a second purpose: to generate a few smears of their own.
Don't believe that? Enter 18.104.22.168 in your address bar in the browser and see where it takes you. You'll find it is FightTheSmears.com -- a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama campaign, as mentioned above.
No way this is a coincidence.
Either this is an intentional smear by the Obama campaign -- or someone on the Obama campaign is misappropriating the campaign's resources to set up the website. Either way, this move is likely illegal.
Which really seems to be a tempest in a teapot, since under Alaska law and the Alaska Constitution, she has the right to fire a political appointee for any reason -- or no reason at all.
The first serious scandal in Gov. Sarah Palin's administration has roots in a family feud. It erupted into public view with the July 11 firing of the state's top public safety official.
Some call it Troopergate.
Palin's abrupt dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan is now being investigated by a special counsel hired by the Alaska Legislature as to whether there was any official misconduct.
* * *
At issue is whether Palin, her administration or family improperly pressured Monegan to fire Alaska state trooper Michael Wooten, the ex-husband of Palin's sister, and whether Palin fired Monegan when that didn't happen. Palin's sister, Molly McCann, and Wooten are divorced but still battling in court over custody and visitation.
Now what this comes down to is a "he said/she said" dispute between Gov. Palin and a disgruntled political appointee she fired. And Palin has laid out a case for the firing that seems compelling to me.
Monegan was a Palin appointee, and she had a right to fire him for any reason. She's previously refused to say exactly why she got rid of him, but laid out several reasons Wednesday, saying she's decided to talk about it because Monegan is.
Palin said he wasn't doing enough to fill state trooper vacancies and battle alcohol abuse issues. She said he "did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues."
Palin said it's fine to have debates during cabinet meetings over the budget but Monegan went further and indicated to legislators she wasn't proposing enough spending. Palin's acting chief of staff, Mike Nizich, said Monegan asked legislators for spending that hadn't been authorized by the governor.
"The response he got was don't come to us and ask for more money when you cannot fill the 56 or 58 trooper positions that were vacant," Nizich said. "So he was making a pitch for additional funding when he couldn't even fill what he currently had available to him."
All of which, frankly, makes this a tempest in a teapot in my eyes -- right there is your good cause for the firing. Especially since no one other than Monegan has made a claim (much less presented evidence) that Palin herself placed any undue pressure on him to fire Wooten. And the calls by Todd Palin to Monegan? Seems they were made at the direction of the head of the governor's security detain -- because he saw Wooten as constituting a threat to the governor he is tasked with protecting.
Oh, by the way, what is Wooten alleged to have done that might have been grounds to fire him? is this just a case of trying to ruin her sister's ex-husband out of spite?
No, it isn't -- as official records released by the troopers' union at Wooten's request clearly demonstrates.
On July 17, the Public Safety Employees Association, with Wooten's permission, released the investigative file concerning the complaints brought against the trooper by the Palins, Palin's father and others.
The internal personnel investigation began in April 2005, long before Palin became governor and months before her October 2005 announcement that she was running. The investigation into Wooten wrapped up in March 2006.
Troopers found four instances in which Wooten violated policy, broke the law, or both:
- Wooten used a Taser on his stepson
- He shot a moose without a permit, which is illegal. At the time he was married to McCann, who has a permit but never intended to shoot it herself.
- He drank beer in his patrol car on one occasion.
- He told others that his father-in-law - Palin's father, Chuck Heath - would "eat a f'ing lead bullet" if he helped his daughter get an attorney for the divorce.
Drinking (presumably when on duty) while in a patrol car? Hunting illegally? Assault on a 10-year-old with a Taser? Threatening to murder a parent for helping his daughter get a lawyer -- a right guaranteed by both the US and Alaska constitutions? And all he got was a 10-day suspension, cut in half after union officials protested that punishment as too harsh? Would somebody tell me why this man is even walking the streets, much less wearing a uniform and carrying a badge? Why were there no criminal charges brought -- especially over the assault on the kid?
And let's not forget that these are just the charges confirmed by the state police. That doesn't get into the claims of restraining orders he violated, possible other incidents of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and the domestic abuse of Palin's sister. Trooper Wooten seems like a mighty unstable character to me -- a true menace to society with a gun and a badge.
For more details, see what is clearly the internet's definitive post on the issue, over at Flopping Aces.
But the reality is that the evidence really doesn't support the charge that Palin herself did anything wrong -- but even if it did, wouldn't a reasonable person see it as simple over-zealousness based upon a concern for public safety?
After all, let's consider a hypothetical alternative.
Suppose, just for a minute, that no one in the Palin administration or family said anything about Wooten after Sarah Palin became governor.
Six months or a year from now, Wooten shoots someone, wrecks a patrol car while drunk, abuses another kid or gets busted for other serious illegal activity.
Wouldn't Palin's opponents then ask "Knowing what she knew, why didn't Gov. Palin do more to get rid of this cop who she knew to be unstable and dangerous?"
I know I would -- and I've been mentioning her as an attractive choice for VP (and possible future presidential candidate) for about six months now.
So if anyone erred in this case, I'm glad that they have erred on the side of protecting the public from a rogue cop with a history of violence and threats of violence against the innocent.
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I think I may have found an over-privileged, over-paid, super-rich class that needs to be socked with higher taxes -- whiny liberal celebrities with private jets.
Fuel prices have grounded an unexpected frequent-flyer: Diddy.
Sean "Diddy" Combs complained about the "... too high" price of gas and pleaded for free oil from his "Saudi Arabia brothers and sisters" in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. The hip-hop mogul said he is now flying on commercial airlines instead of in private jets, which Combs said had previously cost him $200,000 and up for a roundtrip between New York and Los Angeles.
"I'm actually flying commercial," Diddy said before walking onto an airplane, sitting in a first-class seat and flashing his boarding pass to the camera. "That's how high gas prices are. I'm at the gate right now. This is really happening, proof gas prices are too high. Tell whoever the next president is we need to bring gas prices down."
I'd like to address a few words to the semi-talented Pee Diddly-squat:
I'm sure I speak for the overwhelming majority of Americans when I say "Big f*ckin' deal!"
The horror of it all -- you have to fly commercial with all of us plebeians? Let me guess -- they made you go through airport security just like a normal human being, too. The utter humiliation of being told "shoes off, empty your pockets, open that bag, sir" -- instead of avoiding all that by taking a private jet from a private terminal where you don't have to be bothered with such things!
Listen, you arrogant, elitist douchebag, that is how the rest of America lives -- when we can afford to get on a plane at all. After seven years without setting foot on an airplane at all, I've actually flown three times this year -- once to visit my mother-in-law when she became critically ill, then again to bury her two weeks later. The third trip was to see my parents for the first time in eight years. Only once -- when a fluke with my dad's frequent flier program made it cost fewer miles than flying economy -- did we have the luxury of flying in first class where there are still meals, drinks are free, and you even get a hot towel to wash up. So forgive me if I don't feel your pain about not being able to afford $200K private jet flights.
Let's see if I get the logic of the Obama supporters.
Obama has no executive, foreign policy, or national security credentials -- but he's ready to lead from day one.
Palin has executive experience, including being head of her states National Guard and leading the only state that borders on TWO foreign countries (Canada and Russia) -- but she shouldn't be VP because of a lack of experience in case of John McCain's hypothetical demise.
Am I the only one who sees a logical disconnect there?
O Wondrous Lightworker, in light of your record as a legislator and public statements during the campaign, would you please enlighten the people of this great nation on the following two questions.
1) Given the fact that Sarah Palin's youngest child has Down Syndrome, do you believe that the governor and her husband were "punished with a baby"?
2) If, at the last minute, Gov. Palin had decided that she did not want the baby, should it have been legally permissible to allow him to die unattended in a linen closet in order to preserve a woman's "right to choose"?
Americans want to know -- some more than others.
UPDATE: Looks like the Libbies are in an uproar that someone at the RNC suggested running with a similar comment from Rush Limbaugh. Given Obama's staunchly pro-abortion and pro-infanticide record, I don't see the problem with Limbaugh's comment or the staffer's suggestion -- unless your objection is that it is truthful information that would be bad for Obama.
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We all know that the general climate at the Daily Kos alternates between hatefully deranged and derangedly hateful on a second by second basis, but the mouth-frothing over the selection of Sarah Palin is astounding, even by Kos standards.
No less than the official newsletter of the Assemblies of God of Alaska promotes her proudly as one of the denomination's own, and she was actually feted at an official function of the Assemblies' Alaska District as recently as this year....
Got that, folks -- membership in one of the fastest-growing Christian denominations in America is a dangerous association that is so far outside of the realm of acceptability that she should be defeated at all costs.
And then there is this smear not just of Sarah Palin, but also of one of her daughters, on the flimsiest of evidence.
But it appears that Pallin's last child, a baby with Down's syndrome, may not be hers. It may be that of her teenage daughter.
The evidence? Claims that she never looked fat enough to be pregnant -- something that might be attributed to her rather strenuous exercise regiment that often includes runs of 7-10 miles. So of course, it must mean that her daughter got knocked up, right KOSsacks?
Anybody know if this would be actionable in a court as libel against the daughter? After all, she most definitely is NOT a public figure -- but they post pictures of her and claim she was pregnant out of wedlock anyway.
And then there is a whole host of other sewage over there, all attempting to destroy Sarah Palin as a human being, not just as a candidate.
I'm curious, will any of the high-profile Democrat officeholders who post at Daily Kos demand an apology and retractions from Markos Moulitis? Will Kos Diarist Rick "I apologize for Texas" Noriega, the Texas Democrat running for US Senate, finally disassociate himself with the dregs of his party?
Americans with moral decency want to know.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain introduced his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at a raucous rally Friday, praising her "tenacity" and "skill" in tackling tough problems.
"She is exactly who this country needs to help us fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second," McCain told supporters in Dayton.
Palin, who becomes the first woman to serve on a GOP presidential ticket and the first Alaskan to appear on a national ticket, echoed McCain's appeal to battle the status quo in Washington.
Conservative. Pro-life. Pro-gun. Pro-drilling. A reformer who fights corruption. Exactly the sort of person we need at the highest level of the GOP on the national stage -- and one of the best picks I could have imagined McCain making.
INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS: Did this Gulfstream private jet, going from Anchorage, AK to Hook Field Municipal Airport, near Dayton, OH (scene of tomorrowís Republican VP announcement) carry Governor Palin? Track the flight via Flight Aware.
Well, we'll know in a few hours. But it would certainly make me very happy -- and would be the most pro-life pick McCain could make.
You know, over an offensive artistic insult to our religion?
An Italian museum on Thursday defied Pope Benedict and refused to remove a modern art sculpture portraying a crucified green frog holding a beer mug and an egg that the Vatican had condemned as blasphemous.
The board of the Museion museum in the northern city of Bolzano decided by a majority vote that the frog was a work of art and would stay in place for the remainder of an exhibition.
The wooden sculpture by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger depicts a frog about 1 metre 30 cm (4 feet) high nailed to brown cross and holding a beer mug in one outstretched hand and an egg in another.
Called "Zuerst die Fuesse," (Feet First), it wears a green loin cloth and is nailed through the hands and the feet in the manner of Jesus Christ. Its green tongue hangs out of its mouth.
I find the work to be both offensive and blasphemous. But I'm not going to embark on a campaign of senseless violence over it. neither are other followers of Christ.
After all, we are not Muslims.
I'm curious, though -- would the artist as readily depict Muhammad holding a beer and a bacon sandwich, perhaps while molesting his child-bride Aisha? If not, why not?
Would it be because they have greater respect for the faith of the false prophet?
Or just that they recognize that involvement with such an artistic project would significantly shorten their life expectancy?
And it would appear that the falsehoods and distortions Barry Hussein spewed at his Nuremburg Rally would make him appear to be a pathological liar on a Clintonian scale.
ARLINGTON, VA Ė Tonight, the McCain campaign issued the following statement from Tucker Bounds, McCain 2008 spokesman, on Barack Obamaís acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention:
ďTonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama. When the temple comes down, the fireworks end, and the words are over, the facts remain: Senator Obama still has no record of bipartisanship, still opposes offshore drilling, still voted to raise taxes on those making just $42,000 per year, and still voted against funds for American troops in harmís way. The fact remains: Barack Obama is still not ready to be President.Ē
BARACK OBAMAíS TOP MISLEADING CLAIMS
MISLEADING CLAIM #1: Barack Obama Can Bring Democrats And Republicans Together. OBAMA: ďAmerica, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require tough choices, and Democrats as well as Republicans will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past.Ē (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)
∑ NPRís Juan Williams: Barack Obama ďDoesnít Have The RecordĒ Of Bipartisanship That John McCain Has. NPRíS JUAN WILLIAMS: ďYou think about everything from campaign finance to immigration and on, and thereís John McCain working across party lines. Senator Obama doesnít have a record. Now, he can make the claim and he can hold himself up as pure and trying to reach to a new generation of post partisan politics, but he has to do so largely based on rhetoric and wishful thinking because he doesnít have the record.Ē (Fox Newsí ďSpecial Report With Brit Hume,Ē 5/7/08)
∑ The Washington Postís Richard Cohen: ďThere Is Scant Evidence The Illinois Senator Takes Positions That Challenge His Base Or Otherwise Threaten Him Politically.Ē ďObama might have a similar bottom line, core principles for which, in some sense, he is willing to die. If so, we donít know what they are. Nothing so far in his life approaches McCainís decision to refuse repatriation as a POW so as to deny his jailors a propaganda coup. In fact, there is scant evidence the Illinois senator takes positions that challenge his base or otherwise threaten him politically. Thatís why his reversal on campaign financing and his transparently false justification of it matter more than similar acts by McCain.Ē (Richard Cohen, Op-Ed, ďMcCainís Core Advantage,Ē The Washington Post, 6/24/08)
∑ Politicoís Jonathan Martin: ďHeís pretty much a conventional liberal on the issues and has few examples of breaking with his own party, so how does Obama try to pull off being Ďpost-partisan?íĒ (Jonathan Martin, ďObamaís Third Way: Itís All In The Tone,Ē Politico, 6/30/08)
∑ Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK): ďHis Record Does Not Reflect Working In A Bipartisan Fashion.Ē ďBoren, the lone Democrat in Oklahomaís congressional delegate, said that while Obama has talked about working with Republicans, Ďunfortunately, his record does not reflect working in a bipartisan fashion.íĒ (Tim Talley, ďOkla. Dem Calls Obama Liberal, Declines To Endorse,Ē The Associated Press, 6/10/08)
∑ ďThe Record Shows Obama To Be A Fairly Doctrinaire Liberal Democrat ÖĒ (Editorial, ďObamaís Rhetoric Soars, But What Does His Record Suggest?Ē USA Today, 1/28/08)
∑ In 2007, Obama Voted With The Democrat Party 97 Percent Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly Website, www.cq.com, Accessed 3/3/08)
∑ In 2006, Obama Voted With The Democrat Party 96 Percent Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly Website, www.cq.com, Accessed 1/27/08)
∑ In 2005, Obama Voted With The Democrat Party 97 Percent Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly Website, www.cq.com, Accessed 1/27/08)
MISLEADING CLAIM #2: Barack Obama Will Ensure That Our Troops On The Ground Have ďThe Equipment They Need In Battle.Ē OBAMA: ďAs Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harmís way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.Ē (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)
∑ Barack Obama Voted Against Providing $94.4 Billion In Critical Funding For The Troops In Iraq And Afghanistan. (H.R. 2206, CQ Vote #181: Passed 80-14: R 42-3; D 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Obama Voted Nay)
MISLEADING CLAIM #3: Barack Obama Has Not Supported The President. OBAMA: ďThese challenges are not all of governmentís making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush. Ö But the recordís clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I donít know about you, but Iím not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.Ē (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)
∑ Barack Obama Says He Voted With President Bush ďFor The Most Part.Ē REPORTER: ďFor a couple of days, theyíve been saying you voted to raise taxes something like 94 times. That seems to be the drumbeat thatís going to happen during this campaign. Are you going to raise taxes in a big way for average Americans?Ē OBAMA: ďI mean this is the standard fare of politics. And the truth of the matter is that the only bills that I voted for, for the most part, since Iíve been in the Senate were introduced by Republicans with George Bush. You know, they were the majority for a big chunk of the time I was there.Ē (KMOV [St. Louis, MO], 6/10/08)
∑ Watch Barack Obamaís KMOV Interview
∑ The New York TimesĎ David Brooks: Democrats Saying McCain Represents The Third Bush Term Are ďJust Factually Inaccurate.Ē ďFinally, the Obama people are too convinced that they can define McCain as Bush III. The case is just factually inaccurate. McCain will be able to pull out dozens of instances, from torture to global warming to spending, in which he broke with his party, as Rush Limbaugh will tell you.Ē (David Brooks, Op-Ed, ďCalling Dr. Doom,Ē The New York Times, 6/3/08)
Newsweekís Michael Hirsh: ďAs We Now Know Nearly Four Years Later, McCain Was Dead On In His Analysis Of What Went Wrong In Iraq.Ē ďIn early November 2003, at a time when Fred Dalton Thompson was playing a tough D.A. on ĎLaw and Order,í John McCain was cross-examining Donald Rumsfeld for real on Capitol Hill. It was still very early into the U.S. occupation of Iraq, but the as-yet-unacknowledged (by Rummy, that is) insurgency was already out of control. Alone among his fellow GOP senators, McCain blasted Rumsfeld for not putting enough U.S. troops on the ground, and for resorting too soon to ĎIraqificationí Ė that is, transferring security to ill-prepared Iraqi forces. In an extraordinarily blunt speech at the Council on Foreign Relations that grim autumn, McCain warned that ultimately Iraq could become another Vietnam Ďif we lose popular support in the United States.í The next day, the secretary of Defense asked McCain to breakfast. ĎI read y our speech,í harrumphed Rumsfeld (that Ďmust have been an enjoyable experience for him,í McCain later joked to me). Then Rummy patiently explained to his fellow Republican why he and his top civilian brass (Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith and the usual crowd of incompetents) would continue to do things the same way. They Ďbelieved there was no need for additional troops,í McCain later related. McCain had already realized that Rumsfeld was a lost cause. The real question, the senator suggested to me back then, was whether George W. Bush himself would push Rummy to make changes. ĎIíd like to see the president fully engaged,í McCain said. Bush needed to be on top of Ďmore details of whatís going on.í As we now know nearly four years later, McCain was dead on in his analysis of what went wrong in Iraq. Right down to the need for Bush to get engaged and fire Rumsfeld. McCain was so right that, among military experts today, the emerging conventional wisdom about Bushís current ísurg eí is that if it had occurred back then Ė when McCain wanted it and the political will existed in this country to support it for the necessary number of years Ė it might well have succeeded.Ē (Michael Hirsh, ďWhy McCainís Collapse Matters,Ē Newsweek, 7/26/07)
∑ John McCain Voted Against The 2005 Bush-Cheney Energy Bill. (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #152: Motion Agreed To 92-4: R 53-1; D 38-3; I 1-0, 6/23/05, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #158: Passed 85-12: R 49-5; D 35-7; I 1-0, 6/28/05, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #213: Adopted 74-26: R 49-6; D 25-19; I 0-1, 7/29/05, McCain Voted Nay)
∑ John McCain Is ďWidely Acknowledged To Have Charted A Course Independent Of BushĒ On Climate Change. ďOn global warming, McCain is widely acknowledged to have charted a course independent of Bush. Immediately after the 2004 election, in which he stumped for Bushís re-election, he sharply distanced himself from Bush on climate change, calling the administrationís stance Ďterribly disappointing.í McCain had co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Joe Lieberman to curb greenhouse gases in 2003. Bush had opposed any such move, citing possible harm to the economy and doubts over global warming.Ē (William March, ďMcCain Bucks Ties To Bush,Ē The Tampa Tribune, 6/11/08)
MISLEADING CLAIM #4: John McCain Believes Weíve Made ďGreat ProgressĒ And Families Arenít Hurting. OBAMA: ďHe said that our economy has made Ďgreat progressí under this President. He said that the fundamentals of the e conomy are strong.Ē (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)
∑ FactCheck.org: Obama Use Of Quote Is ďMisleadingĒ And ďDistortsĒ John McCainís Words. ďThe second and third quotes the Obama campaign uses from McCain are more misleading. The ad shows McCain saying: Ď[T]hereís been great progress economically.í The quote comes from an interview McCain did with Peter Cook at Bloomberg Television in April. Ö McCain was making a case for what he believed were positive economic developments during Bushís time in office. However, the fuller quote shows McCain was saying that whatever progress had been made, it wouldnít be enough to comfort families Ďfacing these tremendous economic challenges.í His comments overall are pessimistic; he cites Ďchallenging timesí and Ďenormous difficulties.í The Obama campaign distorts his views by using just a snippet of his remarks.Ē (DíAngelo Gore, ďDistorting McCainís Remarks,Ē FactCheck.org, 8/19/08)
∑ In The Full Question And Answer Cited By Barack Obama, John McCain Clearly Said That We Are In ďTough TimesĒ And Families Are Facing ďTremendous Economic Challenges.Ē Bloombergís Peter Cook: ďIím going to ask you a version of the Ronald Reagan question. You think if Americans were asked, are you better off today than you were before George Bush took office more than seven years ago, what answer would they give?Ē McCain: ďCertainly, in this time, we are in very challenging times. We all recognize that. Families are sitting around the kitchen table this evening and figuring out whether theyíre going to be able to keep their home or not. Theyíre figuring out whether theyíre Ė why it is that suddenly and recently someone in their family or their neighbor has lost their job. Thereís no doubt that we are in enormous difficulties. ďI think if you look at the overall record and millions of jobs have been created, et cetera, et cetera, yo u could make an argument that thereís been great progress economically over that period of time. But thatís no comfort. Thatís no comfort to families now that are facing these tremendous economic challenges. But let me just add, Peter, the fundamentals of Americaís economy are strong. Weíre the greatest exporter, the greatest importer, the greatest innovator, the greatest producer, still the greatest economic engine in the world. And, by the way, exports and free trade are a key element in economic recovery. But these are tough times, tough times, and nobody knows that more than American families including in small towns of Pennsylvania. They havenít lost their fundamental religious beliefs, their respect for the Constitution, their right to bear arms. They are still Ė keep America as a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world.Ē (John McCain, Interview With Bloomberg TV, 4/17/08)
∑ Watch Video Of Obama Economic Attack Compared To John McCainís Full Response: http://youtube.com/watch?v=WynLgJFBxSs
∑ ABC News: Barack Obama Proved ďHe Knows How To Twist With The Best Of ThemĒ When He Cited The McCain Quote. ďAlthough Obama gets substantial mileage out of running against politics as usual, he provided a reminder on Friday that he knows how to twist with the best of them. Speaking in Erie, Pa., Obama charged: ĎJohn McCain went on television and said that there has ďbeen great progress economicallyĒ over the last seven and a half years.í Obama did not tell his audience, however, that McCainís Thursday reference to economic progress was quickly followed by him adding that such progress is Ďno comfortí to struggling families.Ē (Teddy Davis And Talal Al-Khatib, ďObama Twists McCain On Economy,Ē ABC News, 4/18/08)
MISLEADING CLAIM #5: Barack Obama Will Pay For His Massive Spending Increase. OBAMA: ďNow, many of these plans will cost money, which is why Iíve laid out how Iíll pay for every dime Ė by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that donít help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less Ė because we cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century bureaucracy.Ē (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)
∑ Barack Obama: ďI Do Not Make A Promise That We Can Reduce [The Budget Deficit] By 2013.Ē ďĎI do not make a promise that we can reduce it by 2013 because I think it is important for us to make some critical investments right now in Americaís families,í Obama told reporters this week when asked if heíd match McCainís pledge.Ē (Nedra Pickler, ďAnalysis: Obama Wonít Try For McCainís Budget Goal,Ē The Associated Press, 7/8/08)
∑ Chicago Tribune: Barack Obama Has ďNo Interest In Eliminating Deficit Spending.Ē ďSince winning the nomination, Obama reportedly has been moving toward the middle of the political spectrum. But on the budget, he still sounds left of center, with no interest in eliminating deficit spending.Ē (Editorial, ďFailure Of Nerve,Ē Chicago Tribune, 7/8/08)
∑ The Associated Press: Barack Obama Not ďEven TryingĒ To Balance The Budget And ďFrankly Says Heís Not Sure Heíd Bring It Down At All In Four Years.Ē ďBarack Obama says John McCainís plan to balance the budget doesnít add up. Easy for him to say: Itís not a goal heís even trying to reach. Not only does Obama say he wonít eliminate the deficit in his first term, as McCain aims to do, he frankly says heís not sure heíd bring it down at all in four years, considering his own spending plans.Ē (Nedra Pickler, ďAnalysis: Obama Wonít Try For McCainís Budget Goal,Ē The Associated Press, 7/8/08)
∑ The National Journalís John Maggs: ď[Obama] Has Rhetorically Committed To A ĎPay-As-You-Goí Approach By Offsetting New Spending And Tax Cuts With New Taxes Or Spending Cuts, But His Proposals Do Not Come Close To Meeting This Standard.Ē (John Maggs, ďObama On The Economy,Ē The National Journal, 5/31/08)
∑ Los Angeles Times: Barack Obama ďHas Not Identified New Revenue Sources Or Spending Cuts To Pay For Some OfĒ His Proposals. ďThe Obama campaign responds that tax cuts, once enacted, are usually renewed and do not expire. Therefore, they say, Obama can legitimately claim to be recouping money for other purposes by scaling back the tax cuts. Obama has not identified new revenue sources or spending cuts to pay for some of what he wants to do.Ē (Peter Nicholas, ďAdding Up The Cost Of Obamaís Agenda,Ē Los Angeles Times, 7/8/08)
∑ The New York Timesí David Brooks Said For Barack Obama To Fund His Domestic Programs, He Will Have To Break His Pledge Not To Tax The Middle Class. ďBoth [Obama and Clinton] promised to not raise taxes on those making less than $200,000 or $250,000 a year. They both just emasculated their domestic programs. Returning the rich to their Clinton-era tax rates will yield, at best, $40 billion a year in revenue. Itís impossible to fund a health care plan, let alone anything else, with that kind of money. The consequences are clear: if elected they will have to break their pledge, and thus destroy their credibility, or run a minimalist administration.Ē (David Brooks, Op-Ed, ďNo Whining About The Media,Ē The New York Times, 4/16/08)
MISLEADING CLAIM #6: Under Barack Obama, We Will Achieve Energy Independence. OBAMA: ďAnd for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.Ē (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)
∑ The Detroit News: Barack Obamaís Energy Plan Will ďDo Nothing To Answer The Nationís Long-Term Needs.Ē ďThe latest additions to Sen. Barack Obamaís energy plan, outlined during an appearance in Lansing Monday, may win the Democratic presidential candidate some votes from disgruntled consumers in November, but theyíll do nothing to answer the nationís long-term needs.Ē (Editorial, ďObamaís Energy Plan Is Fueled By Populism,Ē The Detroit News, 8/5/08)
∑ The Washington Post Editorial: Barack Obama Offering Gimmicks On Energy. ďWhen his presumptive Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), proposed a gas tax holiday as a way to reduce the high cost of driving, Mr. Obama showed political courage and intellectual honesty by refusing to sign on to that obvious gimmick. ĎItís an idea to get them through an election,í Mr. Obama said. Now he has two such gimmicks of his own.Ē (Editorial, ďTapping Tired Wells,Ē The Washington Post, 8/6/08)
∑ Barack Obama Opposes Allowing States To Decide If They Want To Drill Offshore To Increase American Energy Independence. Obama: ďThe politics may have changed, but the facts havenít. The accuracy of Sen. McCainís original position has not changed: Offshore drilling would not lower gas prices today, it would not lower gas prices next year and it would not lower gas prices five years from now.Ē (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Press Availability, Jacksonville, FL, 6/20/08)
∑ Barack Obama Opposes Immediate Gas Tax Relief For American Families. Obama: ďI think John McCainís proposal for a three month tax holiday is a bad idea.Ē (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Blue Bell, PA, 4/21/08)
∑ Barack Obama Called John McCainís $300 Million Prize For A Better Battery A ďGimmick.Ē Obama: ďIn this campaign, John McCain is offering the same old gimmicks that will provide almost no short-term relief to folks who are struggling with high gas prices. Gimmicks that will only increase our addiction for another four years.Ē (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Las Vegas, NV, 6/24/08)
∑ Barack Obama Criticized Expanding Nuclear Power. Obama: ďThat might make sense in Washington, but it doesnít make sense for America. In fact, it makes about as much sense as his proposal to build 45 new nuclear reactors without a plan to store the waste some place other than, guess where? Right here in Nevada at Yucca Mountain.Ē (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Las Vegas, NV, 6/24/08)
∑ Barack Obama Is Proposing A Tax On Oil That Will Only Lead To Higher Prices At The Pump. ďDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obamaís proposal for a windfall profits tax on oil companies could cost $15 billion a year at last yearís profit levels, a campaign adviser said.Ē (Daniel Whitten, ďObama May Levy $15 Billion Tax On Oil Company Profit,Ē Bloomberg News, 5/1/08)
∑ The Washington Post: Barack Obamaís Tax On Oil Will Only Lead To ďHigher Prices At The Pump.Ē ďBut to add a five-year tax increase on top of that to pay for a one-year gift to voters would, indeed, increase the cost of doing business. That cost would be passed along in forgone investment in new production, lower dividends for pension funds and other shareholders, and higher prices at the pump Ė thus socking it to the consumers whom the plan is supposed to help. If oil prices fall, there might be no windfall profits to tax. Then the Obama rebate would have to be paid for through spending cuts, taxes on something else or borrowing.Ē (Editorial, ďTapping Tired Wells,Ē The Washington Post, 8/6/08)
MISLEADING CLAIM #7: Barack Obama Will Cut Taxes. OBAMA: ďI will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow. I will cut taxes Ė cut taxes Ė for 95% of all working families.Ē (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)
∑ Barack Obama Voted Twice In Favor Of The Democratsí FY 2009 Budget Resolution. (S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 51-44: R 2-43; D 47-1; I 2-0, 3/14/08, Obama Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #142: Adopted 48- 45: R 2- 44; D 44- 1; I 2-0, 6/4/08, Obama Voted Yea)
∑ FactCheck.org: The Budget Resolution Would Have Allowed Most Of The Provisions Of The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts To Expire, Effectively Raising Taxes On Those Making $41,500 In Total Income. ďWhat Obama voted for was a budget resolution that would have allowed most of the provisions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire. In particular, the resolution would allow the 25 percent tax bracket to return to its pre-2001 level of 28 percent. That bracket kicks in at $32,550 for an individual or $65,100 for a married couple. Ö But as those of you who have filled out a 1040 know, thatís not actually how income taxes work. We donít pay taxes on our total earnings; we pay them based on our Ďtaxable income.í The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Centerís Eric Toder told FactCheck.org that Ďpeople with taxable income of $32,000 would have a total income greater than that.í In 2008, anyone filing taxes with single status would be entitled to a standar d deduction of $5,450, as well as a personal exemption of $3,500. So to have a taxable income high enough to reach the 25 percent bracket, an individual would need to earn at least $41,500 in total income, while a married couple would need a combined income of at least $83,000.Ē (ĒThe $32,000 Question,Ē FactCheck.org, http://www.factcheck.org, 7/8/08)
∑ FactCheck.org: ďObamaís Votes Indicate A Willingness To Raise Taxes.Ē ďCertainly Obamaís votes indicate a willingness to raise taxes, and Obama has not been shy about saying explicitly that he will raise some taxes.Ē (ĒThe $32,000 Question,Ē FactCheck.org, http://www.factcheck.org, 7/8/08)
∑ Obama Campaign: Barack Obama Voted For A Budget Resolution That Wouldnít Have Increased Taxes For Any Taxpayers Making Less Than $41,500. ROSEN: ďCampaign aides to Senator Obama today, called the charge that he voted for tax hikes on people making only $32,000 a year, quote, Ďbogus.í They circulated an analysis stating that the resolution that Obama had voted for would not have increase taxes on single taxpayer making less than $41,500 a year in total income.Ē (Fox Newsí ďAmericaís Election Headquarters,Ē 7/30/08)
∑ The New York Times: Barack Obamaís ďVote Was On A Budget Resolution To Raise Taxes On People Making $41,500 A Year.Ē ďFactCheck.org, a nonpartisan Web site, said the vote was on a budget resolution to raise taxes on people making $41,500 a year; the $32,000 figure, it said, was the amount of taxable income those people had.Ē (Michael Cooper, ďMcCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some In GOP,Ē The New York Times, 7/30/08)
It must suck to be Barack Obama. After all, he isn't qualified for the job he is seeking. He does, however, combine the failed policies of Jimmy Carter with the finger-wagging sanctimony of Bill Clinton.
Over at Patterico's Pontifications, WLS notes that eight years as president would be the longest time that Barack Obama has held the same full-time job.
After Columbia he spent a year in a New York business, a year in a NY non-profit, and then headed to Chicago where he spent 3 years as a ďcommunity organizer.Ē
Then he went to law school, returning to Chicago in 1991. He did some community organizing, then was an associate for a Chicago law firm for three years. After that he was to the State Senate - a part time legislature ó and served as a lecturer at the Univ. of Chicago law school ó another part-time gig. He was involved in a variety of community organizations during this period.
His Senate seat is the first full-time job he has had since his law firm days ó but heís only been in that job for 4 years.
So, serving 8 years at POTUS would be his longest stint in any position of full-time employment in his life.
And notice, please, that little of his work experience really prepares him to be a competent president -- no executive experience, and no significant involvement with foreign policy or defense matters.
ďIf you donít have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.Ē
Record, Senator? What record? You have accomplished nothing of significance in your life except for a couple of good speeches, a pair of over-rated books, and getting yourself nominated for a job that is well above your pay grade.
I'm confident enough to put this up now, but willing to be wrong.
Right now though, every sign, signal, and background chatter indicates John McCain will pick Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota's governor, as his running mate.
UPDATE: A source close to the campaign now confirms for me that it "more likely than not" is Pawlenty. He does, however, caution me that the campaign does not actually want to leak tonight lest the Obama camp get too much of a chance to play the victim card with a sympathetic media.
Below the fold, I've compiled data on Pawlenty that you might find useful.
I've said it repeatedly in recent weeks -- Tim Pawlenty is not a bad choice in my book. And I have one friend who will be absolutely floating on air if this is true -- his family and the Pawlenty family have been friends going back as far as he can remember.
The Shipley Do-Nut Co. president pleaded guilty today ó and three current and former managers are expected to enter pleas next week ó to charges stemming from an April immigration raid, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Company President Lawrence Shipley III pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith to a misdemeanor charge of employing undocumented workers. He was sentenced to six months' probation and a $6,000 fine.
Shipley, 41, has served as president of the Shipley Do-Nut Flour and Supply Co. since March 2005.
The criminal inquiry into the company began on April 16, with a predawn raid at the headquarters and warehouse complex on Houston's north side. Investigators reported that more than 40 percent of the company's employees were in this country illegally.
U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle said this afternoon that company officials have agreed to pay $1.3 million in lieu of the federal government's confiscating various company-owned residences where undocumented workers were housed.
Others charged with hiring illegal immigrants were Christopher Halsey, 36, the company's warehouse supervisor; former warehouse manager Jimmy Rivera, 54; and current warehouse manager Julian Garcia, 38.
The three are expected to appear before a federal magistrate on Sept. 5.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months
Did you get that? This is going to cost the company $1.3 million in cash. That's a lot of donuts, folks. My only complaint is that it isn't more, and that the jail time and fines aren't more substantial.
Now if only we would see this done in every case where we see round-ups of the border-jumping immigration criminals who steal American jobs. After all, the employers are every bit as guilty as the aliens in most instances.
U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent was indicted Thursday on charges of abusive sexual contact and attempted aggravated sexual abuse, making him the first federal judge to be charged with federal sex crimes and the first in Texas to be indicted in recent history.
The federal criminal investigation was launched in November 2007 after Kent's former case manager, Cathy McBroom, complained that the judge physically touched her under her clothing twice and and often made obscene suggestions during the six years she worked for him.
In the indictment, he is accused of various sexual contacts "with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade... "
Frankly, I don't care that he is a Republican, and that this could lead to his removal from the bench. A man with any decency or moral fiber would have already resigned -- but then again, such a man wouldn't have engaged in such behavior.
And while this could potentially lead to his replacement by a liberal Democrat if Obama were to win the election, I think that cleansing the federal bench of this stain is more important.
Just a little reminder about what McCain has sacrificed on behalf of his country.
On the other hand, what has Barry Hussein sacrificed on behalf of America?
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On the other hand, Obama did get his home and an extra chunk of land in a corrupt deal involving a campaign contributor and political insider later convicted of political corruption.
Why, then, does Barack Obama begrudge John McCain the right to live the American Dream?
H/T Hot Air
UPDATE: A different perspective -- including an ugly possible motivation behind the ad -- from The Next Right.
One of the neat things at this year's state convention was our choice of three articulate under-30 delegates/alternates from CD22 to represent us at the convention. One of those, Trey Stinnett, will be blogging the convention for us.
But he's seeking some financial assistance to defray the convention costs, estimated to be some $5000 for him and his parents (traveling as his guests).
If you can, consider dropping a few bucks in the kitty to help out this fine young man, who I believe to be one of the rising stars in the GOP in our area and the state of Texas as a whole.
Here's the letter he sent out to local GOP activists.
The time is here. The 2008 Republican National Convention is upon us. As I make final arrangements to head out to Minnesota, I find myself more excited than I have ever been about any singular event. These next days will mark some of the most significant in my life. I am proud to go to Minneapolis representing Congressional District 22 from the great state of Texas, the Houston Young Republicans, the youth of our nation, and most importantly, representing Christ.
As I promised at the RPT Convention, I have put up a blog that I will post to frequently during the events of next week: in detail, with images. You can keep up with all that is going on in the twin cities from my perspective by going to the link provided below. Iím also raising money to help defray some of the expense of the trip there as well. In addition, you may also receive updates in your email (sans some content and images.) Just follow the links below
All in all, I know this will be a great event as we gather to nominate Sen. John McCain, the next president of these United States. Thousands of like-minded, principled men and women coming together to celebrate what it means to be a Republican, and what it means to be an American.
Check out his bio here -- you'll be quite impressed at what this 23-year-old has accomplished in his life and his record of involvement.
If that's the case, every Texan has a compelling reason to oppose his candidacy for any office -- and to send him packing to some other state where his liberal views would make him more comfortable.
After all, my fellow Texans, this is what Slick Rick the Kos Diarist has to say about our state when he travels out of cash seeking the funds Texans won't give him.
Being a Texan today, Mr. Noriega said, means always having to say you're sorry.
"I immediately feel compelled to just apologize to all of you," Mr. Noriega told high-rollers who flocked to the elegant Brown Palace Hotel to hear pleas for donations from about a dozen Democratic senatorial hopefuls.
In other words, he is ready and willing to trash our state in order to get cash from out-of-state liberal donors who don't believe in the same things Texans do. Why would we want a Senator who does not love this state as much as we do? This comment is one more compelling reason for Texans to back John Cornyn.
Oh, and about that event he attended -- one of the attendees was John Edwards' bagman, Frank Baron (who is, I'm sorry to say, a Texan), the guy who is under investigation for paying hush money to Edwards' baby-mama, Rielle Hunter. Oh, and where cops assaulted and arrested an ABC reporter trying to document the trail of sleazy cash flowing into the coffers of the DSCC and DNC.
But where, exactly?
National Guard troops stood ready and batteries and water bottles sold briskly as the New Orleans area watched as a storm marched across the Caribbean on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's third anniversary.
With forecasters warning that Gustav could strengthen and slam into the Gulf Coast as a major hurricane, a New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina's devastating hit drew up evacuation plans.
Since Louisiana has a competent governor this time around, it appears that the state and the city will be ready to deal with whatever comes their way.
Of course, it could still head for Houston -- so I may yet have to bug out.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain has settled on a running mate, and the pair will appear together on Friday at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, according to Republican sources outside the campaign.
McCain will notify his choice on Thursday, one source said. The decision is closely held among just a handful of the senator's top advisers.
Speculation has centered on several candidates, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.).
Here's hoping it isn't Lieberman. I might be able to live with dark-horse Tom Ridge, but I think that would be a bad choice as well. But does the choice of Dayton make it more likely that we will see an Ohioan like Rob Portman? I'm not sure -- though I would be happy with Romney, Pawlenty, Alaska's Sarah Palin or Virginia's Eric Cantor. And as I said yesterday, I don't think that Kay Bailey Hutchison would be a bad pick -- though I find it highly unlikely.
Closing question -- can the choice be kept secret until the announcement on Friday, or will it leak earlier? And will such a leack come before or after Barack Mugabe Obama's Nuremburg rally at Invesco Field?
Now that Barack Mugabe Obama has gotten the Democrat nomination, he and his campaign are continuing an effort to silence anyone who dares criticize the newly-minted candidate -- especially over his oh-so-cozy relationship with an unrepentant terrorist.
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is organizing its supporters tonight to confront Tribune-owned WGN radio in Chicago for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its air.
"WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears," Obama's campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "He's currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers."
"Lies, distortions, and manipulations"? Most folks would call them facts -- but not the neo-Stalinists in the Obama camp.
What does Kurtz have to say?
Barack Hussein Obama, a freshman senator who defeated the first family of Democratic Party politics with a call for a fundamentally new course in politics, was nominated by his party on Wednesday to be the 44th president of the United States.
The unanimous vote made Mr. Obama the first African-American to become a major party nominee for president. It brought to an end an often-bitter two-year political struggle for the nomination with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who, standing on a packed convention floor electric with anticipation, moved to halt the roll call in progress so that the convention could nominate Mr. Obama by acclamation. That it did with a succession of loud roars, followed by a swirl of dancing, embracing, high-fiving and chants of ďYes, we can.Ē
But let's be honest here -- despite the claim of unanimity, anyone who has been observing the process must acknowledge that his nomination was anything but. That is why there were such strenuous efforts to keep an actual vote on the nomination from being broadcast in prime time.
At best, Obama got 40% of the delegate votes, based upon estimates I've seen. Hillary's little "party unity" parliamentary maneuver can't obscure that fact -- though Obama's toadies in the media will try.
Oh, and one question -- is the New York Times hatemongering by calling the newly-minted candidate "Barack Hussein Obama"?
Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.
Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.
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During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying to Eslocker, "You're lucky I didn't knock the f..k out of you."
Sounds rather like Beijing, doesn't it? Let's not forget -- Barack Mugabe Obama has said he wants the US to become more like Red China.
I wonder if this is the same event that resulted in this story that is sure to have embarrassed Obama and the Democrats.
Former Senator John Edwards has stayed away from the Democratic convention in Denver, but the close friend who helped hide his one-time mistress is receiving VIP treatment here.
Fred Baron, a wealthy Texas trial lawyer and former finance chairman for Edwards' presidential campaign, was seen Tuesday at a private luncheon for top party donors and key senators.
Baron, a longtime major contributor to Democratic candidates, would not answer questions from ABC News and walked away when he saw cameras.
You know, it certainly seems like there might be a connection -- after all, it highlights one more example of how dirty the Dems are.
And as for the Denver Police, these fascist tactics against a reporter seem quite at odds at how they dealt with a situation in which an assault was committed and repeated death threats were made against at conservative member of the press by liberal protesters.
Taking photos of Democrat fat cats? Arrest and threats of violence from the police.
Assault and threats of murder by liberal thugs? Nothing to see here, just move along.
UPDATE: Anyone hear me talking about this with Hugh Hewitt this evening?
UPDATE 2: Here's some of the video -- including the one cop's attempt to further suppress the press by ordering the cameras turned off. Seems to me that Denver cops do not know crap about the First Amendment.
Remember when Anbar Province was the most out-of-control area of Iraq -- and that was cited by Democrats as evidence that "America has lost the war in Iraq"?
Well, that was before the success of the surge -- and on Monday the Iraqi government will take responsibility for security in the former al-Qaeda stronghold.
US forces will hand over control of Anbar province to Iraqi troops in the coming days, military officials said Wednesday, touting improved security in the region.
"We believe the province could turn over to Iraqi control in just a few days," Marine General James Conway said.
"The change in the Al-Anbar province is real and perceptible," Conway said of the majority-Sunni region, which is Iraq's largest province.
Remember this as the Democrats nominate cut-and-runner Barack Obama tonight in Denver -- AMERICA IS WINNING!
After all, he dared to question The Sportscaster's blatant shilling for Barack Mugabe Obama.
At a forum on Sunday, when Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called MSNBC "the official network of the Obama campaign," Brokaw said, "I think Keith has gone too far. I think Chris has gone too far."
Insiders say Olbermann is pushing to have Brokaw banned from the network and is also refusing to have centrist Time magazine columnist Mike Murphy on his show.
I'm not necessarily a fan of Tom Brokaw, but I do respect him as a journalist. To argue that his criticism of The Sportscaster should result in a ban from MSNBC is the ultimate proof of the megalomaniacal view that Olbermann has of himself and his importance -- and his slavish devotion to the Obama campaign.
Set aside the religious question raised by certain Democrat politicians who claim to be good Catholics (and I do wish that their respective bishops would excommunicate Biden and Pelosi after their recent statements, just to clarify the matter), let's consider it from a strictly scientific perspective.
And fortunately, the scientific evidence is pretty clear on the matter.
In his new book, "Embryo," [Professor Robert] George and co-author Christopher Tollefsen, associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, left religion behind and set out to establish the embryo's personhood by reviewing all the major scientific works on human embryogenesis and early intrauterine development.
Included was American medicine's most prominent human embryology text, "The Developing Human," whose authors are not imprecise on the matter of life: "Human development begins at fertilization when a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoon) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to produce a single cell -- a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual."
In other words, human life begins at conception. That is not a religious posture, but a scientific fact that the lowest paid laborer on the planet can assert without qualm. What we do with that understanding is another matter, but no one in the 21st century should pretend not to know when human life begins.
Let's take deconstruct that for those at lower pay grades.
But then again, Barack Obama's actions while in the Illinois Senate demonstrate that he takes the latter view -- and even extends it to include newborn infants who survive an assault in the womb at the hands of the abortionist. Sadly, he lacks the integrity to admit that this is his position, even though the record is unambiguous in that regard.
"We should be led by Osama bin Laden," he said, then quickly corrected himself. "I mean Obama and Biden."
What is it with Democrats that they can't tell the difference between Barry Hussein and the world's foremost terrorist? Is it the connection to Bill Ayers? The fact that both Osama and Obama want US defeat in Iraq? I just don't get it.
Ayers was unrepentant about the groupís planting of bombs in the Capitol, the Pentagon, and other sites. ďI think I was on the side of justice and ultimately it will be seen that way,Ē Ayers said. ďI donít think our move was so much towards violence.
Now that is a statement made in 2004, and was a part of an attempt to parse a difference between his group's attack on America and the attacks of Osama bin laden against this country. What Ayers fails to recognize is that Osama thinks he is on the side of justice, too -- terrorists always do.
Could you imagine a mainstream press source writing sympathetic articles about massive law-enforcement crackdowns on drug dealers, chop-shops, drunk drivers, or other illegal activity? Then why the sympathetic coverage about these law-breakers?
The largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history has caused panic among Hispanic families in this small southern Mississippi town, where federal agents rounded up nearly 600 plant workers suspected of being in the country illegally.
One worker caught in Monday's sweep at the Howard Industries transformer plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago.
Not until one gets to the fourth paragraph does one find the actual numbers -- that close to 600 immigration criminals were caught, that 475 were held and another 100 given humanitarian release with ankle-bracelets so that they could care for family members. That is a whole lot better than "victims" of other law enforcement crackdowns on crime get.
My only regret in all this -- that no executives or managers of this company were arrested. We need more of that to discourage their illegal activity, too.
And the most absurd quote in the press coverage of the raid? Try this on for size, from the son of the pastor of many of the detainees.
ďIt was like a horror story. They got handled like they were criminals.Ē
Heaven forbid that we treat lawbreakers like lawbreakers!
When will the press take the side of the US and its immigration laws, rather than the foreigners (and American employers) who break those laws?
Not, mind you, that I think it would be a good idea -- but if Russia is correct in recognizing breakaway areas of Georgia as independent, shouldn't the rest of the world recognize the independence of those who don't want to be under Moscow's thumb?
Russia on Tuesday recognized the independence of two enclaves that have long sought to secede from neighboring Georgia. The action deepened strains with the West over the conflict in the economically vital crossroads of the Caucasus and roiled a broader debate over how to respond to separatist movements around the world.
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The Russian president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, declared in a nationally televised address that South Ossetia and the other pro-Russian enclave, Abkhazia, would never again have to endure what he described as oppressive Georgian rule.
ďThis is not an easy choice, but it is the only way to save the lives of people,Ē Mr. Medvedev said.
Hey -- Russian actions in Chechnya have been pretty heavy-handed and oppressive. Why shouldn't the rest of the world start adopting the logic of Medvedev and Putin and recognize the independence of a part of Russia that has been fighting for independence for years -- and any other part of the country that wants to break away as well?
And after all, Russia seems to be welcoming a new Cold War.
How desperate are the Democrats to ignore the current polling numbers?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told convention-goers Tuesday morning that polls are underestimating the strength of Barack Obama, contending he will defeat John McCain with the support of new or intermittent voters, who are not generally polled.
ďIím very comfortable with those polls,Ē Pelosi said at a rooftop breakfast panel near the Democratic National Convention. ďI think he is trouncing him. I want more of a spread, of course ó I want it all.Ē
In other words, just ignore the numbers -- she's sure that they are wrong and that Obama is going to win by a landslide, regardless of what the polls are actually showing.
Call it faith-based interpretation of the polls. No matter what the data shows, just believe that Obama is winning.
I'm curious -- if that does happen, will Democrats complain that the disparity between polling data and election results is a sign that someone tampered with the electronic voting machines? You know, like they did in 2004.
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Indeed, the Gallup Tracking Poll covering the first three days after the Biden announcement shows John McCain ahead in the race -- though within the margin of error.
It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.
Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama, not appreciably different from the previous week's standing for both candidates. This is the first time since Obama clinched the nomination in early June, though, that McCain has held any kind of advantage over Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.
These results are not dissimilar from Rasmussen and Zogby, so I think it is fair to say that the race is tied right now -- though I'm sure Barry Hussein leads in the 0/11 Truther/Daily Kos Poll, which is the only one that Democrats put any faith in.
I've already noted that I'm backing her for governor in 2010 -- but I'd be glad to see kay Bailey Hutchison as our next Vice president instead.
Michael Medved makes the case for that move.
I would suggest Ė strongly Ė that the campaign reconsider the Senior Senator from Texas, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Okay, sheís not a dynamo of fiery charisma; in fact, as Iíve noted before, sheís a bland and sometimes boring speaker, and a pleasant if unprepossessing television presence. Nevertheless, she is a she--- and that fact in itself would allow McCainís choice to upstage Obamaís.
Current polls show that only half of Hillaryís voters currently back The One; a full 20% already support McCain. The remaining 30% of one-time Clinton true believers are undecided or thinking of staying home, and the idea of a first female in national office would, no doubt, appeal to some of themóperhaps even many of them.
And given her record of never winning a statewide election with less than 62% of the vote, Hutchison is a proven vote getter -- something necessary this year when the race is so tight.
Best of all, Hutchison is undeniably conservative, and shores up the conservative base even as she attracts those disaffected PUMAs. When a candidate gets ACU ratings in the high 80s and low 90s, there is no other way to categorize her -- which should make those who question McCain's recent conservative bona fides much more comfortable with the ticket.
So while I've liked the thought of Romney, Palenty, Cantor and Palin as possible Veeps, I could be really happy with my state's senior senator on the ticket this year.
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Give preferential seating to Alaska and Guam, while shafting the Lone Star State.
A network television interview platform stands directly in front of some of the Texas delegates on the lower rows of the Pepsi Center.
The state banners for Guam and Alaska partially block others.
And while the view of the podium is better for the delegates seated above Row 13, there's no doubt that the Texas delegation is about as far from the center of action at the Democratic National Convention as it can be.
That makes some of the delegates from the Republican red state of Texas blue.
"I think we're being punished for being a red state," said delegate Reynaldo Trevino, of Lyttle. "The consensus is: The closer you are, the more important you are."
Keisha Smith, of Victoria, said that sitting on the bottom row of the delegation gives her the opportunity to watch famous people walk by, but not much of anything else.
"The only worse thing would be to sit outside and watch it on a big screen," she said.
Maybe smaller delegations were easier to fit onto the convention's floor than the 260-person Texas delegation, said state Rep. Joe Deshotel, of Beaumont.
"I would hope they aren't putting more emphasis on Guam and Alaska," Deshotel said.
State Rep. Aaron PeŮa, of Edinburg, said the delegates should be moved to the front because they work hard to promote the party despite three decades of losing presidential elections. "We're the true believers, the die-hards," he said.
I'm curious -- is it that Texas is very red? Or could it be the high number of Hillary Clinton delegates that this state sent to Denver?
Either way, the message from Obama and the Democrats is pretty clear -- Texas and its electoral votes just don't matter to them.
One more reason, my fellow Texans, to vote for John McCain.
I'm not sure how serious the threat was, but I am glad law enforcement folks are taking it seriously.
Federal and local authorities in Colorado are questioning several suspects to determine if one of the men made a threat against Sen. Barack Obama, who will be in Denver this week to accept the Democratic presidential nomination.
After pulling over Tharin Robert Gartrell, 28, for allegedly driving erratically early Sunday morning, police discovered two rifles, one of which is reportedly stolen, a scope, a bulletproof vest, ammunition, walkie-talkies and the drug methamphetamine in the rented 2008 Dodge Ram truck, Aurora Police Detective Marcus Dudley said at a Monday evening press conference.
When authorities questioned Gartrell about the findings, he pointed to an associate of his whom he claimed made a threat against Obama, officials told ABC News.
Frankly, these guys appear to be a bunch of neo-Nazi sskinheads, according to some other reports I've seen. They don't represent the mainstream of anything, and are worthy of nothing but contempt and condemnation.
The last thing this American wants is an attempt on the life of Barack Obama -- and I can say with confidence that my view is shared by every true Republican.
By the way -- where is the coverage of the street disturbances in Denver?
UPDATE: Oops -- maybe not a threat at all.
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He has appeared from on high, to speak to his people.
Isn't this the silliest thing you have ever sen?
Looks like a neon nightmare!
Tackiness and excess incarnate.
Call me sentimental.
As a teen, he represented something special about America to me -- until I came to understand what he stood for and realized I disagreed with his approach to America.
As an adult, I viewed him as a worthy adversary -- though one I have not always treated with respect.
And as a student of history, I recognize his significance over the last half century of American life.
And so I made a point of watching Ken Burns' tribute to the ailing Senator, and his speech to the convention.
And as I said, I wept.
Because I know that this is likely the end of an era -- and that in 2012, one face and voice that will likely be missing from the rough and tumble of the election season will be that of the man who has served as Senator from Massachusetts since before I was born. I recognize that one of our links to the past will have been severed by mortality. And that does sadden me as an American.
God bless you, Senator Kennedy -- and thank you for your service to our nation.
No, not the one where they make Coca-Cola -- the one where the Russians continue to violate their agreement to withdraw.
It's not every aspiring First Lady whose comfort zone is a war zone, but such is the case for Cindy McCain, who left today on a mission to Georgia to assess the civilian casualties of the Russian invasion.
McCain is traveling with the U.N.'s World Food Programme, whose work she monitored in Southeast Asia and Africa this spring and summer. McCain plans to meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and to visit wounded Georgian soldiers. She would also visit representatives of the HALO Trust, which works to remove land mines and on whose board she serves.
But this shouldn't be a surprise, given her long record of humanitarian work.
Democrats told us if George W. Bush were reelected in 2004, there would be attempts to use the Justice Department and the FCC to punish dissenting political speech.
And they were right.
Only it is the Obama campaign seeking to have the government punish political speech.
Sen. Barack Obama has launched an all-out effort to block a Republican billionaireís efforts to tie him to domestic and foreign terrorists in a wave of negative television ads.
Obamaís campaign has written the Department of Justice demanding a criminal investigation of the ďAmerican Issues Project,Ē the vehicle through which Dallas investor Harold Simmons is financing the advertisements. The Obama campaign ó and tens of thousands of supporters ó also is pressuring television networks and affiliates to reject the ads.
As much as I've always disliked John McCain's cavalier attitude towards political speech, this attempt to criminalize such speech by Obama is much more frightening to me.
And not only that, but Barry Hussein's surrogates are threatening to revoke the broadcast licenses of any station that carries the ad -- a potent threat from a guy who will have appointment power over that agency's commissioners.
ďThe Obama campaign plans to punish the stations that air the ad financially, an Obama aide said, organizing his supporters to target the stations that air it and their advertisers.Ē Ö Obamaís campaign has written a pair of letters to station managers carrying the ads. The letter calls the adís attempt to link Obama to terrorism ďan appalling lie, a disgraceful smear of the lowest kind on the senatorís patriotism and commitment to the rule of law.Ē Airing the ad ďis inconsistent with your stationís obligations under Federal Communications Commission regulations,Ē the letter continues, saying Simmonsí group lacks formal incorporation.
In other words, the President of the United States (if we win) will personally argue that your airing of the ad is a violation of the terms of the broadcast license under which you operate -- a threat which could lead to a great many stations deciding to take a hardline view of any anti-Obama ad this year.
What is worst about the ad? How about the fact that everything in it is true. Barack Obama has a long association with a confessed terrorist who openly lamented not doing more to overthrow the American government. It doesn't matter that Obama was a child when the events happened -- his willingness to have such a close association with the man is a contemporary failure of moral judgment. If McCain had a close political and personal relationship with a former Kluxer who publicly lamented not doing more to save segregation, would he so easily be forgiven that association? Of course he would not -- nor would anyone with an ounce of decency suggest he should.
And in the end, that is why Barry Hussein needs to bludgeon his opponents into silence -- the truth will not set him free, but will instead cost him the election if the American public is confronted with the reality of Barack Obama's distasteful choice of friends.
UPDATE: Here's what Barry Hussein is afraid the American public might see.
You gonna come after me and the rest of the conservative blogosphere next?
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I've noticed a number of comments regarding Joe Biden's lengthy Senatorial career making him the ultimate insider. I've noted folks observing that Barack Obama was 11 when Biden first won election to that body (I was 9).
But there is another aspect to his Senatorial career that ought to be noted by those considering whether how out of place Biden is on the ticket of"Hope and Change" -- when Joe Biden became a US Senator, John McCain was still a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Think about it -- liberals often denigrate McCain's heroic suffering on behalf of his country because it was so long ago. If that is the case, what place does a man who has been a senator for three-and-a-half decades have being on their national ticket?
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I agree with Nancy Pelosi.
Well, sort of.
"You know what," said Pelosi "I'm going to tell you something: lighten up folks. We have a planet to save."
"If Sen. Biden thinks that his wife is gorgeous, that's a-okay with me," she added.
I'll agree with the second half of the comment -- to this day I refer to my Darling Democrat as "my lovely wife" or "my darling wife" in the course of routine conversation. I didn't even realize how often I do it until one of my students a couple of years back walked up to me and asked how my beautiful wife enjoyed an event at which we had seen him at school. It is just how I feel -- and the same thing can be said about the Biden comment. It was something that was very genuine -- after a really stupid comment about her educational attainment.
Maybe he meant it was that her degree was a problem for Michelle Obama -- not only is Jill Biden better looking, but she is living the "giving back to people" lifestyle that Michelle Obama preaches about -- and that her hospital employer somehow can't live up to itself -- which points out the hypocrisy of Michelle Obama.
Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, a pick designed to shore up the Illinois senator's foreign policy credentials in advance of the November election against John McCain.
Biden's selection was confirmed by a Democratic source after an evening of speculation that centered on the Delaware senator when it was reported that the other top contenders were no longer under consideration. Biden had been considered the frontrunner for the job in recent weeks -- a position confirmed by a last-minute, unscheduled trip last weekend to meet with the president of Georgia.
News of the pick was reported in advance of the Obama campaign's planned Saturday announcement to supporters via email and text message.
First, let me say that the confused, incoherent manner in which the Obama campaign handled the announcement was disturbing in and of itself. Days kept changing, and the proposed text-message idea was just absurd. Add to it the fact that the campaign had to leak the whole thing out hours in advance of the planned Saturday morning text message and you are left wondering if these folks will be able to handle a 3:00 AM overflowing toilet in the West Wing, much less a 3:00 AM phone call regarding an international crisis.
And that is part of why they picked Biden -- the ultimate insider and "non-hope and non-change" candidate. Obama recognized he needed a grown-up on the ticket, and so went for one who merely highlights all of his weaknesses even as he helps balance some of them.
And I bet a lot of folks on the left side of the spectrum are fuming. After all, here's a guy who supported the Iraq war and a surge (until he was against them for reasons of political expediency). He's got a history of insensitive remarks of a racial nature. And, of course, there is that speech he stole from Neil Kinnock -- something that didn't get Barry Hussein in trouble when he stole one from Deval Patrick earlier this year.
But most importantly of all, he isn't Hillary Clinton. He doesn't mend fences there, and he carries with him no great constituency. In the end, I don't see him as giving the campaign the sort of electoral heft it needs -- which will make a McCain victory more likely.
Oh, and how confused and mismatched are these two?
Consider Obama's introduction of Biden in Springfield.
And Biden's introduction of Barack.
Good God! What a pair of screw-ups!
Just most of them.
But one (indeed the only one I've encountered) has written a piece criticizing John McCain and arguing against his election to the presidency. He is Phillip Butler, who served this nation honorably and spent 8 years in the same hellish conditions that John McCain endured during his time as a POW. I honor that service.
He concludes as follows.
Senator John Sidney McCain, III is a remarkable man who has made enormous personal achievements. And he is a man that I am proud to call a fellow POW who "Returned With Honor." That's our POW motto. But since many of you keep asking what I think of him, I've decided to write it out. In short, I think John Sidney McCain, III is a good man, but not someone I will vote for in the upcoming election to be our President of the United States.
There are two sets of arguments at work in this commentary. The first set goes back to McCain's time at the Naval Academy and as a POW.
All three of those arguments are irrelevant -- and come frighteningly close to an effort to denigrate McCain's service and experience as a POW. I presume that is not Butler's intent -- but given a point I will make later, I think it is important that I note it.
But Butler's other arguments are not irrelevant -- age, temper, and ideology. Let's look at them.
Of course, one might consider Butler's biography beyond his time as a POW.. His biography includes his work as a "peace and justice" activist -- and member of "Veterans for Peace". yeah -- that Veteran's for Peace. You know, a group that objects to military recruiting and the Blue Angels. In other words, a group of extreme Leftists who regularly attack and insult our troops. I'm not hanging that tag on Phillip Butler -- he hung it on himself. So if you read his opinion piece and think it sounds like it belongs on Kos or DU, please recognize that its author would be welcome and comfortable on either of those two sites.
UPDATE: Looks like Obama surrogates are now using Butler against McCain. Can you say "Swiftboat"?
Here are my questions:
On the other hand, significantly more of McCain's brothers in arms support him. Proof once more that Butler is what pollsters call an "outlier"..
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The United States has agreed to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by next June and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011 if conditions in Iraq remain relatively stable, according to Iraqi and American officials involved in negotiating a security accord governing American forces there.
And that is the difference between this agreement and the proposals of Barack Obama and the "Defeat at any cost" Democrats. While they want out immediately, consequences be damned, this proposal is based upon the security of Iraq and the stability of the region. As such, it is not a cut-and-run strategy, but instead is a plan for victory with honor.
And while that means that the goal for withdrawal is 2011, that could change depending upon the conditions on the ground. But given the consolidation of the gains made as a part of the successful surge still opposed by Barack Obama, I expect the bulk of the troops to be home by 2012.
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Unfortunately, fundraising has been slow, as information about the effort has not gotten much coverage.
She rushed to fill the financial void, forming a California nonprofit to funnel money to the African school. With a flair for drama, she named it "Save Senator Obama Kogelo School" and held a mini fund-raiser. She's raised $3,500, so she's a long way from the $750,000 she wants to raise within two years.
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In a sane world populated by people with even a rudimentary morality, support for allowing a premature newborn to die because its mother didn't want it would be inconceivable.
TRANSLATION: She paid for a dead baby, so she's entitled to a dead baby by any means necessary, damn it!
How can anyone with a scrap of moral decency vote for Barry Hussein now?
And it is about damn time that his campaign released the original of the document certifying his birth in a Hawaii hospital into the hands of an objective party.
FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.
The piece cited above makes pretty clear what I asserted earlier -- the image of the document released earlier was a true image of a real document. And for what it is worth, it contains more information than the document the my wife used a couple of weeks ago to get back in the US after our trip to Canada -- a document I know with 100% certainty was issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because I ordered it myself on her behalf.
I still think he ought to issue a copy of the original birth record filled out by the staff at the hospital where he was born, but I have always taken the earlier release to be legitimate. I do, however, still wonder if there might be some embarrassing information that keeps a true copy of the original document from being released.
Someone makes a statement that is primarily about health care for veterans, and at the end throws in an aside about reinstituting the draft.
The candidate responds "I don't disagree" -- and launches into a long answer about veterans benefits, especially as regards medical care.
A) Agreeing with the need to improve health care for veterans;
B) Agreeing with the need for a new draft.
Well, if you have an IQ above room temperature, context should make it clear that what the candidate agreed with was the part about health care for veterans, NOT the part about the draft, which he did not address at all.
But if you are a partisan liberal, you attempt to spread the notion that the candidate supports the draft (which is actually the position of a number of members of your own party -- including your own candidate, who supports "mandatory voluntary national service"). You post this snippet on your website to support your case.
QUESTIONER: If we donít reenact the draft, I donít think weíll have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell.
MCCAIN: Maíam, let me say that I donít disagree with anything you said.
What you don't do is post the full answer which goes on to say this.
McCain: I'm grateful for all of our veterans. I carry with me quite often a quote from General George Washington in 1789. He said, "The willingness with which young Americans will serve their country in future wars is directly related to the treatment of those who have previously served and sacrificed in conflict." He was right in 1789 and he's right today.
All too often our veterans do not receive the care that they have earned, and the scandal of Walter Reed is a blot on the honor of the United States of America and we can never let it happen again.
Now here's what.. I'll make this as short as possible, our veterans have earned our highest priority. And yet we know that there is also routine health care needs that veterans have that in my view, they should not have to go to the VA to receive. OK?
We have tragically and unfortunately in this war a dramatic...well, we're going to have a lot of PTSD. We also have severe combat injuries. Because thank God, we're able to get the wounded from the battle field to medical treatment more quickly than any time in history. That puts an increased burden on our medical, military medical care, as well as our VA.
So, you mentioned Albuquerque VA I believe. I could take you to Albuquerque VA or the Phoenix VA quite often and the waiting room is crowded, the veterans are standing in line to stand in line to get an appointment to get an appointment. That's not the fault of the people that work there. The people that work there are some of the finest in the World. It's just that they're overloaded.
So we have to focus our attention, expand our capability to treat PTSD, combat related injuries, brain injuries, etc. that we're best at. And for a veteran with a routine health care need, why shouldn't we give that veteran a card and take it to the health care provider; or the doctor of their choice and get the routine health care that they need.
That's what...and that way we could utilize the VA and the medical, the military medical, system to it's greatest affect. And also relieve this burden. I don't ever again want to have a veteran stand in line to stand in line to get an appointment to get an appointment. That's not...that's just not acceptable in America. And again, I do praise the people that work there. They're some of the most dedicated people I've ever known in my life. The problem is that there's just not enough of them.
There is really only one term for such behavior -- intellectual dishonesty. But then again, we've seen a great deal of intellectual dishonesty from the Obama campaign and its supporters this year, so why are we even surprised.
But then again, what else is new. Even when the group is on the right side, it often espouses thoroughly wrong-headed principles to get there.
The case itself seems pretty straight-forward (sorry about the term) to me.
When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children.
He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts and buttons at Ponce de Leon High School, according to court records. And he asked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gay students.
The American Civil Liberties Union successfully sued the district on behalf of a girl who protested against Principal David Davis, and a federal judge reprimanded Davis for conducting a "witch hunt" against gays. Davis was demoted, and school employees must now go through sensitivity training.
Let's be real honest here -- the principal was wrong in how he handled the situation. While I don't have a problem with his having the position he does on homosexuality (or even with expressing it), I do have a problem with the directive to "stay away from children. And while I don't have a problem with his telling the girl's parents (she was clearly "out" in the school setting, and it would not be unreasonable for a faculty member to discuss such public information with her parents), I do have a problem with his efforts to suppress the First Amendment rights of the students who supported her. And while I oppose "sensitivity training" as nothing less than indoctrination, I would thoroughly support a workshop on how to deal with bullying, harassment and student rights.
But I'm particularly bothered by this statement by a representative of the ACLU.
"I think a shirt that says 'I support gays' is very different from a shirt that says 'Gays are going to hell,'" said Benjamin Stevenson, an ACLU attorney. "One can be very disruptive for a child's self-esteem; the other supports other people and their ideas."
And that is where I have a problem -- the notion that schools should be censoring one side of the debate on a controversial social issue. I've seen it all too often -- support for homosexuality or abortion is OK, but support for traditional morality is banned as "hateful and intolerant". Apparently all it takes for the ACLU standard to be invoked is one student on the right (make that "left") side to be troubled by the message for it to be banned -- but if a conservative or Christian student were to object to the right (make that "left") views supported by the ACLU and d teh kid would be deemed a hate-monger and referred to
a sensitivity class a brainwashing program.
For the ACLU to support such a message ban while also supporting the rights of the KKK creates the warped situation where the most extreme views are protected by the Constitution, but mainstream views are not. And for us to attempt to raise students to be responsible citizens fully aware of and prepared to exercise their rights by showing them that government actors are free to censor "unacceptable" speech at every turn is utterly absurd.
But then again, we've all been waiting for the moment when the American people recognize that the choice is between experience and image. And as that has happened, Barack Obama's lead has diminished, disappeared, and perhaps become a deficit.
John McCain leads Obama 46 percent to 41 percent among likely voters.
John McCain has overtaken Barack Obama in the presidential race, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released Wednesday morning.
McCain leads Obama 46 percent to 41 percent among likely voters, which is outside the poll's margin of error. Reuters/Zogby had Obama ahead by 7 points as recently as mid-July.
McCain's resurgence comes at the doorstep of the Democratic Convention, and follows other polling that collectively indicates the presidential race has become a dead heat.
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Today's Reuters/Zogby poll, conducted Aug. 14-16, by contrast, seems to follow a recent trend.
Frankly, I think this development was inevitable given Obama's naked resume and John McCain's long record of service to his country and significant accomplishments in the course of that service. While there may be many of us who disagree with some positions taken by McCain over the years, we still recognize quality and substance when we see it.
Simply put, Obama peaked too soon (not by a matter of weeks, but by about a decade) and is likely to continue to slip in the polls -- until America dismisses him back to the obscurity from which he emerged in a burst of media-driven celebrity four years ago.
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If you donít have health insurance, you really ought to check out what Kaiser Permanente has to offer at KPHealthPlans.com. And Iíll tell you right now that it doesnít matter if you need a plan for an individual or are seeking family heath insurance. And if you are a business owner looking for an affordable group health insurance plan for your employees -- KPHealthPlans.com probably has something that will help get you (and your employees) decent insurance. In Georgia, for example, KPHealthPlans.com offers some of the lowest rates available, and has flexible and affordable plans that will go a long way in meeting your insurance goals. And this is important Ė after all, a serious illness without health insurance has truly frightening consequences. So take the responsible step and seek health insurance now.
And here is exactly the sort of stuff that we knew would happen in Red China during the Games, which is why freedom-lovers around the world called for the cancellation or boycott of the 2008 Tiananmen Olympics.
Two elderly Chinese women have been sentenced to a year of ďre-education through laborĒ after they repeatedly sought a permit to demonstrate in one of the official Olympic protest areas, according to family members and human rights advocates.
The women, Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, had made five visits to the police this month in an effort to get permission to protest what they contended was inadequate compensation for the demolition of their homes in Beijing.
During their final visit on Monday, public security officials informed them that they had been given administrative sentences for ďdisturbing the public order,Ē according to Li Xuehui, Ms. Wuís son.
While the women were released with an admonition that they could be sent to the camps at any time if they continued their efforts, at least half a dozen would-be protesters have been detained for the crime of seeking a protest permit.
So even though Mao's hardliners are dying out, the Maoist hard-line is not going anywhere.
UPDATE -- 7:15 PM Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died. May she spend all eternity in the presence of the Almighty, and may her family and all those who loved her be comforted in this time of loss.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, had a brain hemorrhage and was in critical condition with limited brain function, a doctor said Wednesday.
Tubbs Jones, 58, suffered the hemorrhage while driving her car in Cleveland Heights on Tuesday, said Dr. Gus Kious, president of Huron Hospital in East Cleveland. The congresswoman had been driving erratically and her vehicle crossed lanes of traffic before coming to a stop, police said.
Tubbs Jones "collapsed when she suffered a very serious brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm that burst in an inaccessible part of her brain," Kious said during a news conference. A team of doctors who evaluated her determined she has limited brain function.
I'm not a fan of the Distinguished Lady from Ohio. I disagree with her politics. But as I have said several times of late, political differences should generally be set aside when we are talking about matters of serious illness or death. After all, some things simply matter more than politics -- and chief among them is our common humanity.
Unfortunately, the last sentence of the excerpt above is rather troubling, and leads me to believe that the medical team is merely waiting for a family decision on this one before unplugging the machines and making official the erroneous reports of earlier in the day. So in addition to prayers for a miraculous act by the Almighty to heal the congresswoman, I also ask for guidance for her family to know what the best course of action in accord with God's will is in this instance.
Just when you thought he couldn't sink any lower, we get this report on classy Democrat John Edwards.
John Edwards assured his mistress that they'd be together after his cancer-stricken wife died, according to a new bombshell report.
Just before the former presidential contender confessed his adultery to ABC News on Aug. 8, he secretly flew Rielle Hunter and her 6-month-old child, Frances Quinn, from California to the US Virgin Islands, according to the National Enquirer, which first exposed their affair.
And after the interview, in which he denied loving Hunter or fathering the baby, he called her to say, "We'll be together when Elizabeth is gone," the tabloid reported.
Hence my translation in the headline -- "Just wait -- the bitch is gonna die."
And when will we get the investigation of the Baron-Edwards money trail going to Hunter and Young?
UPDATE: Maybe that explains the visit to play with the little darling.
Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the longtime host Dan Abrams ó its onetime general manager ó from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable network.
The moves, which were confirmed by MSNBC executives on Tuesday, are expected to be finalized by Wednesday, with Mr. Abramsís last program on Thursday. After MSNBCís extensive coverage of the two political conventions during the next two weeks, Ms. Maddow will begin her program on Sept. 8.
The scary thing is that, as skewed to the left as Abrams often was, he was at least professional in his approach most of the time. I'm not sure that we will see any such thing out of Maddow, whose time in the cesspool that is Air America should disqualify her from work in any sort of news organization.
But key to all this is that MSNBC is abandoning all pretense of ideological neutrality and balance. And in doing so, it raises serious questions about the entire NBC brand, given the cross-over work between the two networks in the NBC stable.
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International kidnapping of Americans in border states -- including right here in Texas.
TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - American businesswoman Veronica was stepping out of her car in California when two men forced her into the passenger seat at gunpoint, pushed her teenage daughter into the back and drove them into Mexico...
Mexican intelligence officials say Veronica is one of around 30 Americans abducted in southern California and taken to Tijuana since last November. Many of the victims are of Hispanic origin and hold double nationality.
"We have seen an increase in the number of kidnappings of U.S. citizens in Tijuana, including cross-border abductions," said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth in San Diego.
Several Americans have also been kidnapped in Texas this year and held for ransom in Mexico, the FBI said...
It is fairly well-known that criminal gangs in Mexico make money tons of cash every year through massive kidnapping enterprises. Now it appears that they are becoming trans-national operations, grabbing Americans (and Mexican citizens in the US) for even higher stakes. Just call it one more aspect of our the failed policy that has effectively given us open borders and 15-20 million illegal aliens and their anchor babies.
But then again, maybe we should be celebrating this development as one more case of multiculturalism enriching our society.
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In addition, RankNoodle.com is user-friendly. While this may be true about the big search engines, the convenience offered to you by the other search engines, the easy availability of search results on a single page cannot be over-estimated as an attractive feature.
Here are the results for the most recent vote of the Watcher's Council. The end of my vacation and return to teaching duties has made me somewhat tardy in posting them, but we got the matter taken care of. And I'm pretty pleased by the results as they stand, though my votes differed somewhat from the final results tallied below.
1. Wolf Howling
ďObama, Criminalizing Politics & Thinking The UnthinkableĒ
2.(tie) The Glittering Eye
ďCivis Americanus SumĒ
2.(tie) Soccer Dad
ďNot up to the standards of the national enquirer *UPDATED*Ē
ďFear And Loathing: The Psychosexual Element In IslamĒ
5. Done With Mirrors
ďLaid to RestĒ
6.(tie) Cheat-Seeking Missiles
ďEdwards Fesses Up; Let The Games BeginĒ
ďThe Columbia Journalism Reviewís Division Over DissentĒ
2.(tie) National Review Online
ďAn Unplanned EducationĒ
ďTo any and all U.S. forces in Georgia: STAND DOWNĒ
2.(tie) a href="http://rightwingnuthouse.com/archives/2008/08/12/using-ridicule-as-a-weapon-could-backfire-on-mccain/" target="_blank">Right Wing Nut House
ďUsing Ridicule As a Weapon Could Backfire on McCainĒ
2. (tie) Rogerís Rules
ďThe crisis in Georgia, 9/11, and the lessons of gratitudeĒ
6.(tie) The Hashmonean
ďCommon Denominator: Israel at Every Level is Prepared to Strike IranĒ
6.(tie) Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
ďIt Was 20 Years Ago TodayÖEverything ChangedĒ
6. (tie) Slapstick Politics
ďTop Ten Ways The DNC Is Like The Beijing OlympicsĒ
ďIs It An Insult To Call Obama An Affirmative Action Candidate?Ē
I often agree with William Donohue on matters of religion and politics. Now that shouldn't surprise anyone, given that twenty years ago I was a candidate to head up West Coast operations of the Catholic League and was interviewed for the post by the group's founder, Father Virgil Blum, SJ at the League's original headquarters in Milwaukee.
But Donohue and the League get this one exactly wrong.
Over 120 blogs have been credentialed as members of the media for the Democratic National Convention; those who have received credentials are allowed to cover the Convention at the Pepsi Center. While most of them offer legitimate commentary, some do not.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue is protesting two of the blogs:
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ďBoth of these blogs should be cut immediately from the list of credentialed sites. Neither functions as a responsible media outlet and both offend Catholics, as well as others. To allow them access to the Democratic National Convention sends a message to Catholics they will not forget. We look for Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Convention, to nix them ASAP.Ē
Now the two blogs Donohue cites, Bitch PhD. and Towleroad are both profane and offensive by any reasonable standard, not just Catholic ones. But the reality is that they both have high readership among left-wingers. The same is true of a number of other bloggers that Donohue does not choose to seek to have banned. But given the nature of the blogosphere, that isn't surprising -- after all, the left side is noted for its angry, vitriolic, and hateful rhetoric.
Rather than seeking the revokation of blogging credentials, Donohue should instead be highlighting the numerous offensive, ant-Catholic bloggers that are credentialed.
After all, if he were to win his argument as it now stands, we would have demands for similar censorship by the RNC. CAIR and Muslim groups would be well-within their rights to demand the banning of bloggers who have taken a strong line against extremist Islam. Those who oppose our immigration laws would be demanding that bloggers who oppose border-jumping immigration criminals be banned. Supporters of gay marriage would be demanding the banning of bloggers who support traditional morality.
H/T Urban Grounds
What we do know is that high-ranking public employees at the University of Illinois -- Chicago are restricting access to document in their library that will likely shed light on that relationship -- but only after a conservative journalist/commentator attempted to gain access to the materials.
The Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library agreed to let me read them, but just before I boarded my flight to Chicago, the top library officials mysteriously intervened to bar access. Circumstances strongly suggest the likelihood that Bill Ayers himself may have played a pivotal role in this denial. Ayers has long taught at UIC, where the Chicago Annenberg Challenge offices were housed, rent-free. Ayers likely arranged for the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to be housed in the UIC library, and may well have been consulted during my unsuccessful struggle to gain access to the documents. Let me, then, explain in greater detail what the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) records are, and how I have been blocked from seeing them.
Given that Ayers is an employee of the University, it is very possible that there is going to be an attempt to spirit the material out of the library and destroy it -- after all, remember Sandy Berger. And given that this admitted terrorist now claims that his political activity -- which includes his long-time support for Barack Obama -- is simply a continuation of his effort to achieve his terrorist goals, I would suspect that there are multiple shredders in operation at UIC.
After all, if you are willing to blow up the Pentagon or a police station -- or bomb an officer's club with the intent of killing military officers and their spouses during time of war -- then what is destroying a few inconvenient documents in the name of electing an unqualified candidate whose personal history you want to obscure?
Dick A. Heller, a security guard whose lawsuit resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling favoring gun-ownership rights, was given his handgun registration certificate at D.C. police headquarters this morning. He applied for it last month, a few weeks after the June 26 court ruling, and had been waiting for police to complete a background check.
No word on whether or not this will derail his suit challenging the District's new handgun regulations as unconstitutional.
I'm curious -- if we are going to license guns and gun owners, when will we start licensing printing presses and journalists, or houses of worship and clergy?
Senator Barack Obama has all but settled on his choice for a running mate and set an elaborate rollout plan for his decision, beginning with an early morning alert to supporters, perhaps as soon as Wednesday morning, aides said.
Mr. Obamaís deliberations remain remarkably closely held. Aides said perhaps a half-dozen advisers were involved in the final discussions in an effort to enforce a command that Mr. Obama issued to staff members: that his decision not leak out until supporters are notified.
Mr. Obama had not notified his choice ó or any of those not selected ó of his decision as of late Monday, advisers said. Going into the final days, Mr. Obama was said to be focused mainly on three candidates: Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware
Now I've seen other versions of the list from other sources, and note that the only commonality among them is Joe Biden. Does that mean he is simply being thrown out there as an also-ran, or that he is the leading candidate? Hard to say -- but my response to his potential selection is "oh please oh please ofh pleeeeeeeeeeeezzzzz!" I'd love to see a commercial of him plagiarizing Neil Kinnock and Obama plagiarizing Deval Patrick and pointing out that neither of them has had an original thought in his head in the course of his political career. The one thing I don't expect to see is Hillary Clinton -- after all, they wouldn't be placing her name in nomination for President if she were taking the #2 slot.
On the other hand, current speculation has John McCain making his announcement on his 72nd birthday the day after the Democrat Convention ends -- and in Ohio. Is this a sign of an Ohioan as the nominee? Or given that he also has major events planned in Pennsylvania and Michigan that day, could the speculation be wrong and the announcement come a different day -- or of a non-Ohioan (Michigan native Romney or Pennsylvanian Ridge)?
Robert Ferrigno has become one of my favorite authors over the last couple of years, with his two most recent books, Prayers for the Assassin and Sins of the Assassin. Now he envisions the first meeting between President Barack Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas.
ĎMr. President?Ē The Secret Service officer inclined his head, but kept his posture rigid. ďJustice Thomas is waiting to see you.Ē
ďWell, donít leave the man sitting out there, bring him in,Ē said President Obama. He propped his feet up on the desk in the Oval Office as the Secret Service officer ushered Justice Thomas inside. ďLeave us alone, would you, Jimmy?Ē
As the Secret Service officer passed by him, Justice Thomas said, ďHowís your boy, James?Ē
ďHeís rejoining his unit next week, sir,Ē said the Secret Service officer. ďThank you again for visiting him at Walter Reed ó Ē
ďYou can leave now, Jimmy,Ē sad President Obama.
The Secret Service officer made eye contact with Justice Thomas, held it, then excused himself, closing the door quietly behind him.
The rest is wonderfully written stuff that illustrates teh character of the dignified Supreme Court Justice and teh self-important buffoon who would be President.
Looks like the media was really willing to help John Edwards cover up his affair -- even though John Edwards begged one editor to protect his cancer-stricken wife from an affair he had already told her about a year before!
About 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, former Sen. Edwards reached me on my office phone.
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By the time Edwards called, we had decided not to publish the story in the Friday paper. But Edwards didn't know that. I wanted to hear what he had to say. We still could have reversed our decision.
Edwards told me that the allegations were not true.
He said The N&O was the paper that arrived on his doorstep every day, the one read by friends of him and his wife, Elizabeth.
He said he'd never called before to complain or state his case. Given Elizabeth's health -- she has cancer -- he said it was especially important to him that the story not run in The N&O.
He was calling from an airport, and we spoke only a few minutes.
I made no promises.
Edwards' comments were off the record. Because he has acknowledged he lied, I feel free to report them.
Now wait -- Edwards acknowledges that he had told Elizabeth about the affair a year before, so he didn't need to protect her from the story. What's more, it is obvious that she (and many of her friends) would have already heard about the story elsewhere. And besides, John had just made a statement denying the affair that day. So there was really nothing to protect Elizabeth -- even if she hadn't known about the affair and been a party to the cover-up.
But this leads me to ask another question -- isn't a call by a presidential candidate to a newspaper begging them not to run a story that is news nationally a story in and of itself? Doesn't the act of trying to personally manipulate the coverage of such a story in his hometown paper a big story itself? After all -- he didn't want the paper to cover his public statement, not the affair itself. One would think that this would cause a reevaluation of the story's newsworthiness -- as well as any notion that the conversation in which the attempted news suppression occurred should be considered off the record.
H/T Hot Air
By engaging in an attack on Clarence Thomas as having lacked sufficient experience to serve as one of nine justices on the US Supreme Court.
After all, consider Thomas' record at the time of his nomination to the High Court.
By the time he was nominated, Clarence Thomas had worked in the Missouri Attorney General's office, served as an Assistant Secretary of Education, run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and sat for a year on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation's second most prominent court.
Oh, and what does Barack Obama have on his resume as he runs to be the President of the United States, with all of its military and foreign affairs responsibilities?
Mr. Obama isn't yet four years out of the Illinois state Senate, has never held a hearing of note of his U.S. Senate subcommittee, and had an unremarkable record as both a "community organizer" and law school lecturer.
And while both Barry Hussein and his wife, Michelle the Perpetually Angry, grew up in rather comfortable middle class environments, Thomas dragged himself up from truly impoverished circumstances to heights that could not have been imagined at the time of his birth. But somehow it is Obama who is the oppressed -- and rather than respecting the accomplishments of Clarence Thomas, he disrespects them in the same fashion that racist Democrats trashed Thurgood Marshall a generation earlier (and let's be honest -- Marshall turned out to be a rather mediocre justice, despite having been the greatest courtroom advocate of the middle third of the twentieth century during his days with the NAACP).
But back to the key point -- if Thomas was insufficiently experienced for the Supreme Court, how can Barack Obama claim to be ready for the White House?
Bowing to pressure from Pakistan's newly-elected civilian government, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, once a top U.S. ally, said Monday that he will resign from office immediately, effectively ending nearly nine years of military rule in the country under his leadership.
Musharraf announced his decision to step down in a nationally televised public address 10 days after leaders of Pakistan's two ruling coalition parties called for his impeachment. Demand for his resignation became increasingly vocal last week after Pakistan's four provincial assemblies voted overwhelmingly for his ouster.
Who will succeed Musharraf? Will that successor be an ally in the war on terror, or an ally of the terrorists? And what of Pakistan's nukes? Until I see some clear answers to those questions, I'm not ready to celebrate.
To find the most effective mass voter registration drive in Houston, check bus shelters, public hospital waiting rooms, job search centers and welfare offices.
There ó as opposed to PTO meetings, art festivals, naturalization ceremonies and other typical sites for civic activity ó is where ACORN has been methodically signing up poor and working-class citizens this year.
In fact, the local chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now has registered more voters in Harris County this year than the combined totals of all other local groups using deputized voter registrars, according to county officials.
One of their workers claims to have registered nearly 1100 voters personally. Anyone suspicious of those numbers? I sure am, especially given the history of voter fraud in ACORN registration drives -- with over 20 documented cases of major voter registration fraud in 13 states in the last 10 years alone.
With ACORN in town conducting a voter registration drive, I sure hope Paul Bettencourt's office is hiring new staff to look for fraudulent registrations. He's sure going to need the extra bodies and a lot of overtime to review each and every one of the applications.
The bill he voted against as an Illinois legislator was identical to the federal legislation he said he would have voted in favor of if he had been in the Senate.
The presumptive Democratic nominee responded sharply in an interview Saturday night with the Christian Broadcast Network, saying anti-abortion groups were "lying" about his record.
"They have not been telling the truth," Mr. Obama said. "And I hate to say that people are lying, but here's a situation where folks are lying."
He added that it was "ridiculous" to suggest he had ever supported withholding lifesaving treatment for an infant. "It defies common sense and it defies imagination, and for people to keep on pushing this is offensive," he said in the CBN interview.
Except, of course, the bill he voted against was one requiring lifesaving treatment for an infant born alive after an attempted abortion. And while he argued that he opposed the bill because it might have potentially restricted abortion by giving legal status to unborn children (how horrible!), the legislation explicitly stated that "nothing in this section shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand, or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any point prior to being born alive as defined in this section." In other words, it clearly did not give legal status to unborn children in any way that would have restricted abortion.
And what's more, that same language appeared in the federal bill that Obama claimed he would support.
Now Obama's campaign admits it -- Barry Hussein lied in the CBN interview.
His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law.
Simply put, Obama's own campaign has now confirmed that their candidate will say anything to cover his own ass in an interview -- and that he either doesn't know what he is talking about or doesn't care what the truth is. In either case, the trait is not desirable in a President -- especially not one who claims that formulating and discussing policy related to abortion "above my pay grade".
So deep is their respect for human rights that they will countenance this in the name of their religion.
A young girl in Saudi Arabia was brutally executed by her Muslim father this week after he learned his daughter had converted to Christianity.
Middle East business news website Zawya.com reported that the man, who is a prominent member of a "virtue committee," first cut out his daughter's tongue and held a one-sided religious debate with her. He then burned his daughter alive.
While the father is "in custody", the fact that there are no charges and the speedy Saudi "justice" system hasn't dealt with the case leads me to suspect that the "virtuous" Muslim father is going to walk. After all, he just followed the teachings of Islam's false prophet.
Looks like we have another interesting wrinkle in the Edwards/Hunter Affair -- the mother of alleged baby-daddy Andy Young has come out and said that she believes that baby is not her son's -- though she won't quite say that she believes Edwards is the father.
Jacquelyn Aldridge made clear she deeply doubts her married son - Edwards campaign official Andrew Young - cheated on his beautiful wife and impregnated Edwards' paramour, Rielle Hunter, last year.
"I wish, very deeply, that both of them - John Edwards and Rielle Hunter - would have the DNA test," Aldridge, 73, told The Post.
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Asked if she believes two-time Democratic presidential contender Edwards, 55, is the real father, Aldridge declined to answer.
"I'm not supposed to talk," said the North Carolina woman.
Not supposed to talk?
Why not, exactly?
And according to whom?
Is it possible that the payoffs to her son will stop if the alleged grandmother doesn't fall in line with the Edwards machine's established spin on the issue?
"If you look at folks of color, even women, they're more successful in the Democratic Party than they are in the "white", excuse me, the Republican Party."
Given the history of racism and hate-mongering that has been a part of the Democrat Party since its very inception, I don't think the demented doctor really wants to go there. After all, his is the party of slavery, treason, Jim Crow, and massive resistance. His party is the one that has historically tried to block every true advance in civil rights.
But if Howard Dean really wants to label the GOP the party of white people, so be it -- I'm sure that John McCain would be pleased to accept the same proportion of the white vote that Barack Obama will get of the black vote. But then again, since we Republicans follow the philosophy of one of the greats of our party in judging our fellow Americans not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, I can assure you that we won't be making the sort of appeals that are the stock-in-trade of the Dean Democrats.
UPDATE: Maybe these three guys are the the sort of support sought by Barack Obama and the Howard Dean Democrats.
UPDATE & BUMP: Gee -- someone in the media finally got around to covering this one -- though not nearly as much as this story deserves. Imagine the uproar if a McCain surrogate had called the GOP the "white party" -- or the Democrats the "black party".
You never know what will happen in Houston, Texas -- it sure is great to be back from vacation!
A Houston police officer shot a man who was wielding a sword at him Saturday night, officials said.
Police found the man in a driveway in the 3300 block of Hastings. The man, whose name was not released, approached police with the sword.
Officers retreated, asking the man to put down the weapon. Police said the man continued to advance toward the officers.
One of the officers shot him once in the chest.
HPD has already released the video of the incident.
Vice President Dick Cheney got carded. Not for drinking but for voting.
It happened at the Teton County clerk's office Thursday in Wyoming, when the vice president, accompanied by his wife and a Secret Service detail, dropped in unexpectedly to cast an absentee ballot in next Tuesday's primary election.
An election worker, Mike Farady, asked the vice president for his driver's license.
"The reason is we are supposed to confirm identity with a photo ID and it also helps confirm residency and that was the easiest way to do it," Farady told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. "I know he is the vice president and I know he can vote, but I wanted to make sure he can vote here and now."
Will there be the same complaints from Democrats one would get if the person asked were a retired nun, an African-American ex-con, or an illegal immigrant from Latin America?
Probably not -- after all, he wasn't going to vote for their candidate. And since he is a heterosexual white male US citizen, he's not a member of any of the groups whose interests the Democrats claim to be interested in protecting.
We Republicans, of course, are simply grateful that they take ballot security seriously in some parts of the country.
Well yes, they were members of the Taliban fleeing US troops, but that won't matter to the supporters of Islamist terror.
U.S. coalition dogs bit two fleeing suspected Taliban militants during an operation in eastern Afghanistan in which a total of eight insurgents were detained, the coalition said Friday.
The raid Thursday in the Muslim country's Paktika province targeted a Taliban subcommander wanted for kidnapping, killing Afghan soldiers and involvement in roadside attacks, it said.
During the operation, ''two militants attempted to flee and were pursued by coalition military working dogs,'' the coalition said in a statement. ''Both militants received dog-bite injuries, one of which required treatment on scene by coalition medical personnel.''
No doubt we will soon be hearing demands for the following things from the Leftists who support the Taliban over their own country.
Well, we've known for three decades that John Murtha is a dirty politician. Why should we be surprised by this?
Rep. John P. Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat known for delivering federal money to defense contractors in his district, is now going to bat for a constituent's company that was convicted last year of illegally exporting components of military equipment.
Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, wrote State Department officials in late June urging them to meet with the president of Electro-Glass Products, a 50-employee company that was convicted in April 2007 of illegally exporting components of night-vision goggles to a company in India. The Mammoth, Pa., firm has been sanctioned by the State Department, and Murtha argues that the action threatens to put the firm out of business.
So remember -- when it comes to national security issues, John Murtha will take the side of alaw-breaking company rather than the United States. It is time for a change n Pennsylvania. Vote for Lt. Col. Bill Russell -- for the sake of America.
Yep -- that's your Harris County Democrats. While we in the GOP selected the highly qualified Georgia Akers to run for the bench left vacant by the death of Judge Russell Austin, Democrats looked only at previous vote totals in making their choice.
Former Democratic judge Kathy Stone will face Republican associate judge Georgia Akers in the Nov. 4 Harris County election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Probate Judge Russell Austin in June.
Democratic precinct chairmen selected Stone over two other contenders for the nomination Thursday night. Similarly, Akers got the GOP nomination last month by winning a precinct chairmen's vote.
Although Stone lost elections for civil court benches in 1998 and 2004, she swayed some precinct chairmen Thursday by pointing out that she was one of the party's top vote getters in those years as Republicans swept county elections.
Her two competitors emphasized their probate experience -- she emphasized her one electoral victory (and two electoral losses) for a civil court bench.
Oh, yeah -- and this significant factor.
Stone, recalling that her judicial portrait hangs in a downtown county courthouse, told the Democratic meeting, "I would like to join my portrait, please."
Too bad the Democrats couldn't be bothered to select a serious candidate with significant qualifications for the court she seeks.
And in the mean time, someone pack and ship Stone her portrait, so that she doesn't need to go to the courthouse to feel complete.
When Republicans take a vacation during a crisis, it is a sign that they are not serious or competent, according to mouth-frothing liberals. On the other hand, sno-cones and body surfing during a crisis don't seem to bother liberals -- so long as it is Democrat Barack Obama engaging in such frivolous activities.
For the last several days, Senator Barack Obama has seemed to fade from the scene while on his secluded vacation here, as his opponent, Senator John McCain, has seized nearly every opportunity to display his foreign policy credentials on the dominant issue of the week: the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Only once, at the beginning of the week, did Mr. Obama discuss the fighting in public, when he emerged from his beachfront rental home to condemn Russiaís escalation, in a way that seemed timed for the evening television news. He took no questions whose answers might demonstrate command of the issue.
Mr. McCain and his surrogates, however, have discussed the situation nearly every day on the campaign trail, often taking a hard line against Russia to the point of his declaring the other day, ďWe are all Georgians.Ē
Well, it really is quite simple to explain -- McCain knows the region and the players, and has a wealth of foreign policy knowledge to draw upon. Obama has speeches and press coverage -- so while war rages between Russia and Georgia, we know what his focus is.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama bodysurfed today at Sandy Beach today, a place he frequented as a teen-ager growing up in Honolulu.
Barack Obama may be just fine when it comes to photo-op speeches before foreign audiences advocating non-specific hope and change. On the other hand, he is way over his head in the case of a serious foreign policy crisis.
Is this Barry Hussein's "Dukakis in a tank" moment?
It sure does seem that way, as the connection between Edwards, campaign finance chair Fred Baron, and the lawyers for Rielle Hunter and Andrew Young become public.
Remember last year, when Hunter and Young independently claimed that Young was the father of Hunter's child after Edwards claimed there was no affair? Well, the mainstream media (in their haste to prop up the Democrat contender) missed something that competent professional journalists should have caught.
Seemingly issued independently of Mr. Edwards, the statements appeared to deflate the anonymously sourced reports of an Edwards tryst. But what went unnoticed was that the two lawyers shared an important connection to Mr. Edwards that suggests they were part of an orchestrated effort to protect him, one that is continuing even after he admitted last week that he had an affair with Ms. Hunter but denied that he fathered her child.
The lawyers are linked through Fred Baron, a wealthy Dallas lawyer and former finance chairman for the Edwards campaign who was a key player in the campaignís response to the scandal. Mr. Gordon has worked with Mr. Baron on class-action personal injury cases, and Ms. Marple helped defend a lawsuit brought against both men and their law firms by an asbestos manufacturer.
This is information that should have been quite easy to find -- if journalists bothered to look. But rather than actually check out the story, the press took it all at face value, and therefore let the story stand precisely as the Edwards spin machine wanted it to. It saved Edwards' candidacy and image for some months, and allowed him to be near the top of the VP/Cabinet list for eventual nominee Barack Obama (until he got caught with his hand in the nookie jar last month).
Now why does this matter?
While some corrupt Democrats may want to argue that this affair is not the business of the public, I think the circumstances surrounding the case make it clear that this is a matter of serious public concern.
More at Hot Air
I've made it clear that I am not a fan of Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf. That said, I'm not sure that his impending resignation is good news.
While it appeared almost certain that Mr. Musharraf would leave before facing impeachment, there was great uncertainty over what would follow. Many Pakistanis believe the country could suffer even greater instability after Mr. Musharraf goes.
The coalition partnership between Mr. Zardari and Mr. Sharif has been deeply troubled from the start, and the current accord on ousting Mr. Musharraf is likely to fragment as soon as he is gone, politicians say.
There is little agreement, for example, between the two men on the choice of the next president.
Mr. Zardari, head of the Pakistan Peoples Party, would like the post, according to his party supporters and senior members of the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
Mr. Sharif, his rival and coalition partner, is opposed to Mr. Zardariís ascendancy to the presidency, but would go along with it if the presidency were stripped of many of its current powers, Pakistan Muslim League-N officials said.
So, the result of the impending change will be a fragmenting of the parliamentary coalition that exists in Pakistan, and the probable weakening of the Pakistani executive branch. Will the remaining government be able to deal effectively with the Islamist question along the Afghan border -- or perhaps I should ask if it will be able to deal with that problem any more effectively than Musharraf has, given the failures of the current regime which has at least had the support of the military and has at least somewhat responded to the terrorist threat as an ally. At least one of the two major opposition parties is openly sympathetic to the Islamist cause, which could make for a less effective response from the new government of Pakistan.
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Or is there anything wrong with it?
After all, we have had a serious problem with convents and Catholic churches being used to plot terrorist attacks in this country at the behest of Catholic religious leaders and theologians, so why shouldn't masked Muslims (whose religion is the only one in the world not connected to terrorism, according to the US government and Muslim religious leaders) be performing routine screenings of elderly women religious in American airports?
H/T Debbie Schlussel
Remember -- rising oil prices were all George Bush's fault -- at least according to the Democrats. I assume that they are equally prepared to give George W. Bush credit for the latest development regarding oil supply and prices.
After all, if shortfalls and price hikes are the responsibility of the President, then so are supply increases and price drops.
Unless Democrats are willing to admit their claims were all a bunch of partisan hot air, and that they have been engaged in rank partisanship on oil rather than attempting to deal with the price of energy -- especially since Nancy Pelosi will allow no votes on offshore drilling, despite the fact the price began to drop when Bush dropped the Executive Branch ban on such drilling.
Looks like there is more evidence that John Edwards is continuing to lie about his affair with Rielle Hunter and their love child.
Let's consider the new revelations.
Seems to me that Edwards, who is undeniably a public figure despite the efforts of some corrupt Democrats to claim otherwise, is still lying to the American public -- and his dying wife. And given the financial issues involved -- especially as these issues could relate to illegal use of funds from his campaign or his non-profit foundation -- it would appear that a full-scale CRIMINAL investigation of the matter is imperative.
Are conservative blogs going to be silenced by the Democrats if they manage to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine?
Thereís a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and ďgovernment dictating content policy.Ē
FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell raised that as a possibility after talking with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. McDowell spoke about a recent FCC vote to bar Comcast from engaging in certain Internet practices Ė expanding the federal agencyís oversight of Internet networks.
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ďI think the fear is that somehow large corporations will censor their content, their points of view, right,Ē McDowell said. ďI think the bigger concern for them should be if you have government dictating content policy, which by the way would have a big First Amendment problem.Ē
"Then, whoever is in charge of government is going to determine what is fair, under a so-called ĎFairness Doctrine,í which wonít be called that Ė itíll be called something else,Ē McDowell said. ďSo, will Web sites, will bloggers have to give equal time or equal space on their Web site to opposing views rather than letting the marketplace of ideas determine that?Ē
The implications of this are startling -- will Blogger or WordPress have to monitor their websites to make sure that they have not become too political in one direction or the other -- especially if a politicized definition of "fairness" and "balance" is being enforced by liberal political
censors regulators? Will individual web sites -- like this one, for example -- be forced to open themselves up to views not supported by their owners, thereby cutting into their available bandwidth? Will certain bloggers be forced to flee to offshore web hosts in order to exercise the rights theoretically guaranteed by the First Amendment -- or will the physical location of the blogger lead to regulation of content no matter where the server is located?
Scary stuff -- and one more reason to oppose both the so-called Fairness Doctrine and Barack Obama.
ďIn my opinion, the choice could not be more clear: between one candidate, John McCain, whoís had experience, been tested in war and tried in peace, another candidate who has not,íí [Senator Joe] Lieberman said. ďBetween one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not. Between one candidate whoís a talker, and the other candidate whoís the leader America needs as our next president.Ē
Let's face it -- we are given a choice between a man of substance and one who is light on experience. We get to choose between one known for his bipartisanship, and one who won't even back his nation's president and troops when they have been successful because doing so would undercut his ideology. For those who truly put their country first, there should be no question of the better candidate.
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Well, that isn't exactly what he said -- but it is what NY Times columnist David Carr's comment in a CNN article really boils down to.
"I was taught when I was a young reporter that it's news when we say it is. I think that's still true -- it's news when 'we' say it is. It's just who 'we' is has changed," Carr said.
"Members of the public, people with modems, people with cell phones are now producers, editors. They can push and push and push on a story until it ends up being acknowledged by everyone."
And since the NY Times -- according to their own public editor -- didn't even deign to seriously investigate the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter story despite the easy availability of corroboration, it clearly wasn't news.
Except for those damn bloggers who kept pushing the issue after the elitist liberal media declared the affair/love child to be non-news. They kept up the pressure until it became news.
Call it the democratization of reporting -- something that Carr and the rest of the elitist liberal media seem to be lamenting today.
Michael Phelps won his second gold medal of the 2008 Games on Monday, with a victory by the United States in the 4x100 freestyle relay. The U.S. finished first in 3 minutes 8.24 seconds, smashing the world record by nearly 4 seconds, with France taking silver and Australia getting bronze.
Jason Lezak provided an incredible performance in the anchor leg, coming from behind to out-touch Franceís Alain Bernard.
The French had been trash-talking the Americans for the last few days -- but it looks like this year the US will re-establish its dominance in men's swimming.
Well, none that they want to talk about, anyway -- like this situation in the San Antonio area.
The investigation began after Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen purged hundreds of names from the county's roll of more than 860,000 registered voters.
In a review of the past six years, Callanen said 330 undocumented people had registered to vote, and that 41 of them had voted ó even though they later acknowledged they were not U.S. citizens.
The 330 people had received jury duty summons cards because their names were culled from the county's voter registration rolls.
Callanen said 41 people admitted voting, some in multiple elections, between 2001 and 2007. Each one said they were unaware they could not register or vote.
It could not be determined when or how they registered, but Callanen said there was ďnothing to indicate a systematic effort to register noncitizens. But clearly, those folks should not have voted.Ē
I'm curious -- did they actually look for something systematic, or di they just skim the obvious fraudulent votes/registrations off the top? After all, it seems that the list of non-citizen jury summons responses was the source of their evidence? How many other illegals didn't show were ignored (failure to report for jury duty is rampant in San Antonio) or showed and sat on the jury so as not to get caught? What would a systematic check of registration in Bexar County show?
Well, we won't ever find out.
Adrianna Biggs, head of the district attorney's white-collar crime unit who led the investigation, said authorities were unable to determine who registered the undocumented people to vote, many of whom had limited English proficiency and who appeared to be politically unsophisticated.
In at least two cases, the district attorney's office decided not to prosecute because of extenuating circumstances that would not ďserve the interest of justice,Ē Herberg said.
He noted that Reed made a series of recommendations to Callanen that would tighten voter registration procedures and also make it easier to prosecute future instances of voter fraud.
But County Judge Nelson Wolff rejected those recommendations because ďturning Jacqui Callanen into a law enforcement agent is not the goal. Enfranchising people and getting more people to participate in the electoral process is her goal.Ē
In other words, the head of county government in Bexar County does not see protecting the integrity of elections in Bexar County to be a worthy goal -- he would rather get more folks registered and voting, even if they are illegal registrants/voters. Anyone want to take a wild guess about County Judge Nelson Wolff's party affiliation?
The Watcher's Council has spoken this week. Full results of the vote can be found here.
2.64 Joshuapundit: Winning in Afghanistan
1.98 Wolf Howling: PartIII: Why Exploit Our Domestic Resources
1.65 Rhymes with Right: What is a Windfall Profit?
1.32 Bookworm room: Marin Countyís Hidden Conservatives
0.99 The Razor: Red Man in a Blue Family
0.66 Done With Mirrors: Heroes
0.33 Soccer Dad: Hello martyr, hello fatah
0.99 Neptunus Lex: A Difficult Man
0.66 Elder of Ziyon: The definitive version of Hello martyr, hello fatah
0.66 Spiegel Online: Chinaís Summer of Living Dangerously
0.33 The Baseball Crank: Politics: Racist Campaign Ad Watch
Thanks to Scott at The Razor for hosting this week's vote.
As much as the media tried to cover up John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, the National Enquirer and the internet wouldn't let them do so. And pushed to the wall, Edwards has finally admitted what we already knew -- he and Hunter had an affair.
John Edwards admitted to ABC News in an interview with Bob Woodruff Friday that he repeatedly lied about an extramarital affair with a 42-year old campaign employee, but strenuously denied being involved in paying the woman hush money or fathering her newborn child. The former Democratic U.S. senator from North Carolina said he would be willing to take a paternity test and divulge the results publicly.
"Two years ago I made a very serious mistake, a mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006, I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness. And we have kept this within our family since that time."
All well and good -- but he denied the affair this past October when confronted about it by the Enquirer and other media outlets. So not only did he cheat, but he lied about it, too.
Here's where it gets interesting -- he claims the affair happened in 2006, and that there is no way he is the father of the Hunter's child, born this past February. Hunter and a (married) former Edwards staffer CLAIM the baby is theirs -- but the former staffer (Andrew Young -- no relationship to the former UN ambassador and Atlanta mayor) is not on the birth certificate. Furthermore, Hunter lived in the home of Young, his wife and children during her pregnancy -- not the sort of thing a wronged woman usually does in such situations.
But that isn't the biggest question, in my book. To my way of thinking it is this -- why did he hire his (allegedly) former mistress to work for his campaign after the affair was over? Why put himself in that situation, in which he would have regular contact with his (allegedly) former floozie after his dying wife was informed about the affair? Set aside the insensitivity of the choice -- why bring her back into intimate contact when there could easily be other folks who could have filled her spot on the campaign?
And then there are other questions. Why visit the (allegedly) ex-mistress in a hotel in the middle of the night? Why doe he have no recollection of the baby being in the room (or of holding the kid)? And why did one of his close aides start funneling large amounts of cash to both the unemployed Hunter and unemployed Young once both were out of the campaign -- and are we really to believe that the money wasn't in some way authorized by John Edwards, either form his campaign or foundation funds? None of this passes the smell test.
And here's the kicker -- Edwards says he wants a paternity test. But lo and behold, Hunter says absolutely not -- she will never consent to allowing her (allegedly) ex-lover to clear his name, even if doing so would perhaps permit him to be considered for vice president or an early cabinet position in a future Obama administration. It seems strikingly convenient that the one thing that could mitigate most of the damage OR totally destroy him is being denied him -- all due to circumstances (allegedly) beyond his control. This enables him to eventually return to public life while claiming that there is no proof that he fathered the child.
Obvious answer -- John Edwards was doing the horizontal mambo with Rielle Hunter right up until the day that Elizabeth Edwards got her new cancer diagnosis. The baby is John Edwards illegitimate daughter -- and he is misappropriating funds to pay off both his baby-mama and the faux baby-daddy. After all -- John Edwards has already proven that he is more than willing to cheat on his sick wife and lie to cover his own well-coiffed ass. He's even prepared to send his dying wife out to attack columnists who dare write critically about him -- apparently while he is still shagging his mistress behind her back.
That makes John Edwards scum by any stretch of the imagination -- cheating, lying, stealing scum.
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[By David M]
Springdale, Arkansas Ė August 8, 2008 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced today it has reached a new agreement with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an American union, reinstating Labor Day as one of the designated paid
holidays under the contract for covered employees in the Shelbyville, Tennessee, plant.
Tyson made this request on behalf of its Shelbyville plant employees, some of whom had expressed concern about the new contract provisions relative to paid holidays. In an effort to be responsive, Tyson asked the union to reopen the contract to address the holiday issue, and the union agreed to do so. The union membership voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reinstate Labor Day as one of the plantís paid holidays, while keeping Eid al-Fitr as an additional paid holiday for this year only. This means that in 2008 only, Shelbyville employees will have nine paid holidays.
For the remainder of the five-year contract period, the eight paid holidays will include: New Yearís Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and a Personal Holiday, which could either be the employeeís birthday, Eid al-Fitr or another day requested and approved by their supervisor.
This issue concerns only the plant at Shelbyville, Tennessee. Labor Day has always been celebrated, and continues to be, at the other 118 Tyson plants across the country.
The Shelbyville complex employs approximately 1,200 people. Approximately 1,000 workers are covered by the RWDSU union agreement at that location.
CJ of A Soldier's Perspective writes of this development:
Do I feel bad at having some part in bringing this to my readers' attention and pressuring the company to change its policy? Not in the least. Especially since not one of my three emails to various other questions were answered.
Americans, real Americans, celebrate Veteran's Day on November 11th of each year, just two days after the approximate start of Eid ul-Adha. One can't help but wonder if Tyson Foods has a plan in place to (or if the union's are already working towards it) to replace Veteran's Day with the Muslim holiday. After all, with the majority of Tyson Foods Muslims coming from Somalia, what stake do they have in a holiday meant to celebrate our nation's veterans? It would be no skin off their leather bound Korans to replace another meaningless American holiday with something they REALLY care about!
This is where multiculturalism goes awry. A nation cannot exist and continue to honor its traditions if we continue to allow outsiders to dictate what those traditions are. I can't imagine Canada giving up Canada Day on July 1st because a bunch of American emigrants found it offensive and would rather celebrate the 4th of July! Isn't it bad enough that the completely non-American holiday, Cinco de Mayo has somehow crept into becoming an official US holiday? What do we care about the victory of Mexican forces led over French forces in the tiny battle of Puebla? Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in THIS country than it is in Mexico where it is only a regional holiday in the state of Puebla!!
Keep up the pressure CJ, it seems that no one else is.
[By David M]
The ever entertaining and enlightening James Taranto gives us his take on the conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan and the response of the Pro-Jihadi Newspaper of Record the New York Times.
Earlier this week the military completed the first war-crimes trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan. The New York Times responds with an editorial titled "Guilty as Ordered" (ellipsis in original):
Now that was a real nail-biter. The court designed by the White House and its Congressional enablers to guarantee convictions of high-profile detainees in GuantŠnamo Bay, Cuba--using evidence obtained by torture and secret evidence as desired--has held its first trial. It produced . . . a guilty verdict.
The only surprise was that Mr. Hamdan was actually acquitted on the more serious count of conspiring (it was unclear with whom) to kill Americans during the invasion of Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001.
The charge on which Mr. Hamdan was convicted seemed logical since he did work as Mr. bin Laden's driver. But it was still an odd prosecution. Drivers of even the most heinous people are generally not charged with war crimes.
The Times concludes:
"We are not arguing that the United States should condone terrorism or those who support it, or that the guilty should not be punished severely."Right, and Nixon is not a crook and Bill Clinton didn't have sexual relations with that woman.
Meanwhile, an Associated Press dispatch about the trial complains that "Hamdan was not judged by a jury of his peers and he received no Miranda warning about his rights."
A jury of his peers? Hey, that's how we'll capture Osama bin Laden: by summoning him for jury duty.
And we wonder why we question their patriotism...
Could you imagine the outrage if a former Republican candidate made such a call?
"Find out where he lives. Find out where his office is. If you've got some chutzpah - which is a word that you don't hear often - if you've really got it, find out where he lives, find out where his kids go to school, find out where his office is; picket him all the time. Call him a racist in signs if you see him. Call him an injustice. Call him whatever you want to call him, but in his face all the time. They can't take the heat; deliver it to them. We have to stop laying down to these injustices."
And since we know that Islam is a universally peaceful religion (remember 9/11, Senator), we know that no harm would come to the prosecutor's children or any other child at the targeted school.
The prosecutor's offense? Insisting that terrorist professor Sami al-Arian comply with a grand jury subpoena by providing information about the terrorists with whom he was associated. His refusal to do so has led to contempt charges at the request of the prosecutor.
I wonder what would happen if I suggested that Gravel be targeted in such a manner for his support for terrorism in this call for the harassment of a US prosecutor? What would happen if I suggested that his home and office, those of his children, and the schools of his grandchildren all be targeted -- all with signs calling Gravel a terrorist supporter? Want to bet I'd be receiving a visit from the FBI, and possibly facing criminal charges?
I'm curious -- how will the Democrats respond to this?
Will Obama denounce Gravel, who was one of the contenders with him for this year's Democrat nomination for President? Or is this acceptable to him?
Closing question -- will Gravel have a public role at Barry Hussein's coronation in Denver?
H/T Hot Air
No book that fails to defer to Islamist sensitivities may be published in America, according to Random House. There is just too much danger of violence and murder.
Starting in 2002, Spokane, Wash., journalist Sherry Jones toiled weekends on a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad. Ms. Jones learned Arabic, studied scholarly works about Aisha's life, and came to admire her protagonist as a woman of courage. When Random House bought her novel last year in a $100,000, two-book deal, she was ecstatic. This past spring, she began plans for an eight-city book tour after the Aug. 12 publication date of "The Jewel of Medina" -- a tale of lust, love and intrigue in the prophet's harem.
It's not going to happen: In May, Random House abruptly called off publication of the book. The series of events that torpedoed this novel are a window into how quickly fear stunts intelligent discourse about the Muslim world.
And it looks like Denise Spellberg, a faculty member at the University of Texas, is right in the middle of stirring up the radicals who led to this act of censorship.
Seems to me that we taxpayers here in Texas should quit paying her to engage in unAmerican activities during her classroom time.
I demand that Random House either change its name to Dhimmi House or immediately publish The Jewel of Medina -- or surrender its rights at no cost to any publisher willing to do so.
I hope not, but I can think of a couple of cheerleaders I have taught recently who would try this stunt -- and who would have been in Austin.
How many cheerleaders can cram into an elevator? Apparently not 26. A group of teenage girls attending a cheerleading camp on the University of Texas got stuck and had to be rescued after trying to squeeze into an elevator at a residence hall Tuesday night.
One girl fainted and was treated at a hospital and released. Two others were treated at the scene.
The elevator doors refused to open after the pack of 14- to 17-year-olds descended from the fourth to the first floor, police said. Responding to a few panicked cell phone calls from the group, police and firefighters summoned an elevator repairman, who spent about 25 minutes extricating them.
Dumb kid stuff.
Right until the cable breaks.
Will there be consequences?
When federal immigration agents raided a Houston rag factory and took 166 suspected illegal immigrants into custody, a Boston philanthropist and multimillionaire was ready to chip in bond money to help the workers.
Robert J. Hildreth, 57, is the public face of the National Immigrant Bond Fund, a fledgling organization that helps immigrants swept up in Immigration and Customs Enforcement workplace raids post bonds.
The controversial fund has the backing of major immigrant advocacy groups and religious leaders, but has drawn criticism from anti-illegal immigration organizations.
Since spring 2007, the fund has paid more than $180,000 to bond out immigrants snared in ICE raids in California, Massachusetts and Maryland.
Now I know that my point of view sounds harsh, but since there folks have no right to be in the US, they also have no right to walk free.
Detain, Deport. Deny re-entry.
Oh, yeah -- and bomb Mexico into submission after the latest act of war committed by the Mexican military on US soil. Unfortunately, it seems that the US is going to write it off as one more "accident" -- and do nothing.
So let's talk, folks, about who is really the most powerful woman in America.
Oh, and by the way -- look what is ranked at #12.
Maybe we need to reassess the conventional wisdom about this fall's presidential race.
We all know that sex sells -- but I never considered the possibility of using sex quite so explicitly to sell coffee.
Baristas at the new Belfair Espresso Gone Wild will have to cover up to meet the county's zoning laws.
The stand's sister store in Gorst features scantily clad baristas and "pastie Tuesdays and Fridays." But the Mason County has ruled that such attire puts the stand in the category of "erotic entertainment," which is prohibited in the Belfair urban growth area.
The Belfair stand opened about a week ago, but it was temporarily closed shortly afterward when county planners determined there were code violations, according to county Commissioner Tim Sheldon.
It seems that there was a great public backlash against the unusual attire of the young women in question -- but also long lines of cars on Tuesdays and Fridays. Proof, I guess that there is a wide range of moral views in that community.
And interestingly enough, this isn't the only place in the Seattle area that such issues have come up. Must be a Pacific Northwest thing -- and I say that as a guy coming from a region that may have more strip clubs per-capita than anywhere else in the country.
But I also have a different question -- what about health and safety regulations?
Some introductions are in order, Iím sure. While Greg is on vacation he asked if I wanted to fill in on Rhymes With Right and I jumped at the offer. So who am I? Iím David M and Iím the Editor of The Thunder Run, a denizen of Castle Argghhh!, and a new contributor at Milblogs.
Having just been locked out of my own blog by Blogger, for reasons not yet fully explained to my satisfaction, I jumped at the offer, and here I am. Of course my blog has been turned back on by Blogger and Iím back to posting like normal at my regular home but that doesnít mean I canít help out a friend in need.
If you stop on over at The Thunder Run youíll see my style is a lot different than you are accustomed but Iím sure weíll get along nicely.
What am I going to talk about first? Bruce Ivins, the accused Anthrax Killer.
Yesterday Richard Spertzel, wrote in the WSJ Bruce Ivins Wasn't the Anthrax Culprit, where states his claim that Mr. Ivins couldnít possibly be the anthrax killer, or at least he could not have acted alone. Spertzel states in his case:
In short, the potential lethality of anthrax in this case far exceeds that of any powdered product found in the now extinct U.S. Biological Warfare Program. In meetings held on the cleanup of the anthrax spores in Washington, the product was described by an official at the Department of Homeland Security as "according to the Russian recipes" -- apparently referring to the use of the weak electric charge.
The latest line of speculation asserts that the anthrax's DNA, obtained from some of the victims, initially led investigators to the laboratory where Ivins worked. But the FBI stated a few years ago that a complete DNA analysis was not helpful in identifying what laboratory might have made the product.
He then ends with the very critical statement:
The FBI spent between 12 and 18 months trying "to reverse engineer" (make a replica of) the anthrax in the letters sent to Messrs. Daschle and Leahy without success, according to FBI news releases. So why should federal investigators or the news media or the American public believe that a lone scientist would be able to do so?
Why indeed? Weíve seen this investigation turn into a scene from the Marx Brothers as one suspect Stephen Hatfill is hounded for years only to win a lawsuit against the government for their part in the botched investigation and now this, another scientist from Fort Detrick hounded by the government only this time the investigation ends in suicide.
Now The FBI is ready to consider the case solved but still open:
[A]fter nearly seven years ó much of which was spent pointing the finger at the wrong suspect ó the FBI is ready to end the "Amerithrax" investigation by outlining its evidence against Ivins, according to two U.S. officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
And yet the profile of Bruce Ivins that is emerging is far from the psychotic murderer he is being portrayed as. Even as families of victims were to get the first glimpse inside the case at the morning FBI briefing, the Justice Department, is expected to ask a federal judge to unseal documents revealing how the FBI closed in on Ivins.
It is hoped by many that, that evidence will answer many questions in the bizarre investigation. And yet some of us will be looking at this information to see just what it is that linked Ivins to the murder plot and convinced the FBI they had their man.
As news reports indicate, the case may turn on a couple of key points, including:
An advanced DNA analysis that matched the anthrax used in the attacks to a specific batch controlled by Ivins. It is unclear, however, how the FBI eliminated as suspects others in the lab who had access to it.
Ivins' purported motive of sending the anthrax in a twisted effort to test a cure for it, according to authorities. Ivins complained of the limitations of animal testing and shared in a patent for an anthrax vaccine. No evidence has been revealed so far to bolster that theory.
Why Ivins would have mailed the deadly letters from Princeton, N.J., a seven-hour round trip from his home. In perhaps the strangest explanation to emerge in the case so far, authorities said Ivins had been obsessed with the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma for more than 30 years. The letters were sent from a mailbox down the street from the sorority's offices at Princeton University.
Investigators can't place Ivins in Princeton but say the evidence will show he had disturbing attitudes toward women. Other haunting details about Ivins' mental health have emerged, and his therapist described him as having a history of homicidal and sociopathic thoughts.
As some are wont to sayÖ.developing.
Up next, Bruce Ivins the man.
(Posted by Hube)
I swear no city is nuttier than San Francisco. You can feel totally free to drop your drawers in the middle of the city streets ... and engage in any sort of sexual activity (while even the police watch!!) but if you DARE to mix up those recycling goods? WATCH IT!!
Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents' trash to make sure pizza crusts aren't mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
And if residents or businesses don't separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.
The plan to require proper sorting of refuse would be the nation's first mandatory recycling and composting law. It would direct garbage collectors to inspect the trash to make sure it is put into the right blue, black or green bin, according to a draft of the legislation prepared by the city's Department of the Environment.
"If we're truly going to be the city we promote ourselves to be, a world-class, 21st century city that advances its values and principles, we're going to have to try new things," Newsom said Thursday. "People are used to doing things a certain way. And when you change that, they say it can't be done. Well, we've proved them wrong."
I wonder if Newsom thinks that 2008 Up Your Alley Fair (first link in first paragraph) "advances [San Fran's] values and principles"? Are those folks at the fair are "used to doing things a certain way"? What can you do to change that, Mr. Mayor?
(Posted by Hube)
The city has stuck to their guns and said "no" to a Muslim request for "private time" at a city pool:
A group of Somali women have asked Portland Parks and Recreation to accommodate their Muslim faith by allowing an after-hours, women-only swim time at a city pool to be staffed only by female lifeguards.
The cityís response?
No way. Anti-discrimination employment law wonít allow it, Deputy City Attorney Lory Kraut wrote in an 11-page memo to the parks bureau June 23.
Ah, but the executive director of the local Center for Intercultural Organizing says "Portland should be flexible" and that it will "exclude" the Muslim community if it doesn't accommodate it.
Y'know what? Too bad. The Muslim community has to be accommodating too -- to their (in this case) new adopted homeland (the women are Somali). And this means recognizing that public facilities have to be religiously neutral.
One of the Somali women suggested renting the pool after hours as an accommodation. (It isn't clear from the article if this was the initial suggestion -- renting the pool -- or not.) The city still has said "no;" however, I don't see a problem with this. Where I live, religious groups (usually Christian) routinely rent [public] school auditoriums for services and other events on weekends, which, like the Portland pool situation, is after normal operating hours (obviously).
For traditionally liberal enclaves like Portland, situations like this must really pose a conundrum. They're reflexively hostile to religion, but at the same time, they're ridiculously PC when it comes to religious (and other) minorities.
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That is the conclusion of the latest Rasmussen Poll!
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows the race for the White House is tied with Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote. However, when "leaners" are included, itís McCain 47% and Obama 46%.
This is the first time McCain has enjoyed even a statistically insignificant advantage of any sort since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination on June 3 (see recent daily results).
Now the lead is insignificant statistically at this point, but it is a first. if things continue to trend this way, we may see some real fun at the Democrat Convention in Denver.
Americans overwhelmingly support opening the outer continental shelf to drilling. Majorities in California and Florida now support such drilling, a radical change from recent years.
But there is one immovable object in the way of drilling -- Queen 9% of the House of Representatives.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday ruled out a vote on new offshore oil drilling even as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he might be open to a compromise that included it.
The scramble over expanded drilling off America's coasts ó ammunition for a weekend of rat-a-tat-tat by the presidential campaigns ó underscores the political power of $4-a-gallon gas. Though President Bush and other backers of new drilling acknowledge it wouldn't directly affect gas prices for years, they have pounded Democrats for opposing the measure, which is now supported by most Americans.
Pelosi called proposals to allow more offshore drilling a deceptive "decoy" rather than a solution and indicated she would bar a vote on any bill that included it. "I'm not giving the gavel away to a tactic Ö that supports the oil (companies), big oil at the cost and the expense of the consumer," she said on ABC's This Week.
The House started a five-week summer recess Friday despite Republican demands for a vote on lifting the federal ban on offshore drilling. House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio said GOP representatives would be on the House floor today to protest the lack of action.
Commisar Pelosi (D-Sodom and Gomorrah) has decided -- no new drilling. Screw teh President. Screw the rest of the House. Screw the American people. We may as well rip up the Constitution and concede the reality that we live in the People's Republic of Nancy, where the only vote that counts is hers.
No one can give a good definition, but I'll give it a shot.
A windfall profit is any profit that a group of politicians claims is too high in order to score political points by invoking class envy. There is no formulaic definition.
Take the latest attempt to create a tax on "windfall profits".
Mr. Obama's "emergency" plan, announced on Friday, doesn't offer any clarity. To pay for "stimulus" checks of $1,000 for families and $500 for individuals, the Senator says government would take "a reasonable share" of oil company profits.
Mr. Obama didn't bother to define "reasonable," and neither did Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, when he recently declared that "The oil companies need to know that there is a limit on how much profit they can take in this economy." Really? This extraordinary redefinition of free-market success could use some parsing.
So as you can see, the distinction between "reasonable" vs. "windfall" profits is ambiguous and subjective. And in real terms, these Democrats are objecting to an 8.4% quarterly profit by Exxon, and similar levels of profit by other oil companies. Exxon's annual profit for 2007 was about 10%
But somehow that doesn't seem to be an across the board standard.
If that's what constitutes windfall profits, most of corporate America would qualify. Take aerospace or machinery -- both 8.2% in 2007. Chemicals had an average margin of 12.7%. Computers: 13.7%. Electronics and appliances: 14.5%. Pharmaceuticals (18.4%) and beverages and tobacco (19.1%) round out the Census Bureau's industry rankings. The latter two double the returns of Big Oil, though of course government has already became a tacit shareholder in Big Tobacco through the various legal settlements that guarantee a revenue stream for years to come.
Interestingly enough, no one seems interested in taking on any of those industries with larger profits as having reaped an illegitimate windfall. So it must not be a percentage figure that leads to that classification.
What does the most recent effort to impose a "windfall profits" tax say?
In a tax bill on oil earlier this summer, no fewer than 51 Senators voted to impose a 25% windfall tax on a U.S.-based oil company whose profits grew by more than 10% in a single year and wasn't investing enough in "renewable" energy. This suggests that a windfall is defined by profits growing too fast. No one knows where that 10% came from, besides political convenience.
But 10% growth doesn't do it, either. After all, no one is talking about imposing a "windfall profits" tax on companies that grow 10, 20, or even 50 times as prodigiously outside the oil industry. And interestingly enough, the figure of 10% growth is set in absolute terms, not growth of profit as a percentage of total revenue. That means that even the shrinkage of profit as a percentage of revenue can constitute a "windfall profit" if total revenues rose due to a steep increase in raw materials.
What it comes down to, then, is that a "windfall profits" tax is in fact a "class warfare exploitation" tax, which is today directed against the politically convenient enemy du jour -- the oil companies.
But interestingly enough, nothing in this "windfall profits" tax will strike at the entity that saw a similarly steep increase in their oil-related profits -- various levels of US government, which received tax payments $64.7 billion from Exxon from 2003 to 2007. For the record, that is more than $19 billion more than Exxon's after-tax profit during the same period. But I don't hear the advocates of taxing "windfall profits" complaining about government raking in such big bucks -- they want to increase the government's take instead.
More and more folks I know are riding motorcycles these days. Iíve got several colleagues at school who ride in on Harleys Ė and my principal has a really hot looking Japanese number.
But as fate would have it, one of the guys at school got creamed by a driver (fortunately not a student) on the way home one night, putting him out of commission for several weeks. You donít even want to think about the medical bills involved in that accident.
Fortunately, he found a good attorney to handle the suit that he filed against the driver, and he made a nice recovery for both his expenses, lost wages, and non-tangible damages.
And it is important to hire an attorney for such cases. The paperwork involved in a motorcycle accident can be a nightmare, and some insurance companies want to blame the biker, even if their insured was at fault. After all, for the insurance company it is all about their bottom line Ė so you need someone who will look out your interests.
And there is good reason to use a california motorcycle accident attorney who knows the laws regarding motorcycle accidents. You want a settlement that is fair Ė and it is far more likely that you will get a higher settlement with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who knows what to ask for. You may or may not be aware of all you are entitled to claim in a suit. Your lawyer is.
I think I've mentioned a time or two that I am a long time fan of the group Styx.
There is, however, one album that Styx fans don't necessarily like to talk about -- 1984's Caught in the Act. Yeah, it has great concert material -- but also the single worst studio track the group ever recorded.
And what got released as the single? That song -- Music Time.
And the video is worse.
It has to be my nominee for worst video of all time. Watch it with that in mind.
I remember being eleven-years-old when the news broke that the Russians had expelled a dissident writer from their country. I didn't understand the importance of this man at the time, but I later recognized his greatness -- and the importance of his shedding light on the evil of Communism.
The Soviet dissident writer and Nobel literature prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died aged 89, according to the Interfax news agency.
The agency said he died of a stroke, although his son Stepan Solzhenitsyn said his father died of heart failure. The author had suffered from ill heath, including high blood pressure, in recent years.
Solzhenitsyn served with the Red Army in the Second World War but became one of the most prominent dissidents of the Soviet era, enduring labour camps, cancer and persecution under the Soviet regime.
His experience of the network of labour camps was vividly described in his work One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
His key works, including "The First Circle" and "Cancer Ward" brought him world admiration and the 1970 Nobel Literature prize.
He was stripped of his citizenship and sent into exile in 1974 after the publication of "The Gulag Archipelago", his monumental history of the Soviet police state. Solzhenitsyn then moved to the United States, returning to post-Soviet Russia as a hero in 1994.
His diagnosis for the root cause of the evil that afflicted his homeland was clear and unapologetic.
"If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible that main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: 'Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.'"
My words are not sufficient to praise one whose words and message were so important to the eventual downfall of communism, and whose suffering for speaking out against evil was a source of inspiration to millions. Let it suffice to say that he was among the giants of the twentieth century.
May Alexander Solzhenitsyn find himself this night in the arms of the Savior who he served faithfully -- and may his loved ones be comforted with the knowledge that this is so.
Cindy Sheehan has turned in enough signatures to challenge Nancy Pelosi for Congress this fall.
It looks as though Independent Congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan has collected enough signatures to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Novemberís ballot.
Sheehan submitted 13,300 signatures to the California Department of Elections, which is about 30 percent more than the 10,198 required to qualify for the ballot and certification will just be a formality, according to campaign workers.
ďWe found that a lot of people are upset about Nancy Pelosi funding the war,Ē says Sheehan who collected many of the signatures herself. ďPeople also want to see more Democracy, more choice and more debate.Ē
Also in the race for Congressional District number 8, which covers most of San Francisco, is Libertarian candidate Philip Berg and Republican Dana Walsh.
I'd like to encourage my fellow conservatives to consider the options here. We have a Libertarian who doesn't have a chance on the ballot, and a Republican whose chances aren't much better. Why don't we all drop a few bucks Sheehan's direction and give Queen 9% a run for her money?
Besides, imagine the hilarity if Sheehan actually won! That would be worth the price of admission all by itself!
Two University of California-Santa Cruz research scientists were targets of firebombs early Saturday, a troubling sign authorities said of escalating violence against university researchers who use animals in their labs.
Law enforcement labeled the incidents "acts of domestic terrorism."
In the off-campus incident, a well-known molecular biologist and his family, including two small children, were forced to escape a smoke-filled house using a second-story ladder after a firebomb was intentionally set, Santa Cruz police said. One family member sustained injuries requiring brief hospitalization, and police are calling the firebombing, which occurred shortly before 6 a.m., a case of attempted homicide.
About the same time, a car belonging to a researcher parked at an on-campus home was also firebombed, destroying the vehicle.
The scary thing is that these sick freaks consider scientists who use animals in the search for cures for cancer, AIDS, and other diseases to be the equivalent of those who committed atrocities at Auschwitz. It shows that they have no moral compass -- and place no value on the lives of people.
And what's even more sickening, these punks don't even have the courage to blow themselves up like your average Hell-bound jihadi. They are more than willing to kill others -- researchers, their families, and those dying from the research they disrupt -- but not to risk their own lives in the process.
If Obama is so popular, why is the percentage of Americans identifying as Democrats decreasing?
During July, the number of Americans who consider themselves to be Democrats fell two percentage points to 39.2%. Thatís the first time since January that the number of Democrats has fallen below 41% (see history from January 2004 to present).
While the number of Democrats declined, there was virtually no change in the number of Republicans. In July, 31.6% said they were Republicans, the fourth straight month that number has been between 31.4% and 31.6%.
The Democrats now have a 7.6 percentage point advantage over the Republicans, down from a 9.5 percentage point advantage in June and 10.1 percentage points in May.
Which means, of course, that the Democrats have lost 25% of their edge in two months, while Republicans have remained firm. At this rate, we could see the partisan advantage drop to as little as 2-3% by Election day.
I wonder -- could this have anything to do with the lack of any serious effort to address the energy issue on the part of the Jackass Party?
I donít like the ad. But McCain should return the $4,600 that the Hiltons donated and tell them to buy panties for their daughters.
What more is there to add?
There has been a great deal of speculation that a recent US airstrike in Pakistan just over the Afghan border severely injured Osama bin-Laden's number #2,Sheik Ayman Zawahiri. According to CBS News,(which means you can take it with a grain of salt) they supposedly saw a letter from 'unnamed sources' in Pakistan in which a Taliban leader urgently requested medical attention for him.
I personally think this is bogus, and I doubt we managed to get Zawahiri. But the raid definitely had some good results.
Al-Qaeda itself confirmed that four of its 'heroes' ended up on the wrong side of one of our Hellfire missiles. The 'heroes' in this particular cockroach stomp included Abu Khabab al-Masri, a senior Al-Qaeda commander known as a top explosives and poisons expert as well as three other lesser known 'commanders'.
Al-Masri was an Egyptian whose real name was Midhat Mursi. He had a $5 million price on his head from the United States. Among the other high points on his resume,he was believed to have trained the homicide bombers who killed 17 American sailors when they attacked the USS Cole in Yemen back in 2000.
He was also believed to have helped run al-Qaida's Darunta training camp in eastern Afghanistan until he and the boys were run out by the US invasion in 2001. He was famous for conducting experiments in chemical and biological weapons, using dogs as test animals. For that alone I hope he and his pals suffered sufficiently and his death wasn't a quick and painless one.
In any event, a nice job of pest control by our warriors...G-d speed the good work and all that stuff.
Just when it seemed like the mob bosses who run Fatah and Hamas were all set for a cozy sitdown to resolve their turf wars and get on with the important business of killing Jews, their inner nature got in the way and they turned on each other.
It started with a breakdown of talks mediated by the Egyptians between Hamas and Fatah,with the principles and their various spokesmouths calling each nasty and perfectly accurate names. Then it escalated with arrests and crackdowns in both Gaza and the Palestinian occupied areas of Judea and Samaria (AKA The West Bank)with Fatah and Hamas rounding up members of the opposition in their respective gang territories and subjecting them to a little Palestinian-style 'justice'...nothing too terminal Mohammed, just a quiet little chat between you and me and my pals in a quiet little cell with baseball bats, electrodes and a few lit cigarettes to keep the party fun and interesting.
The real fireworks started at the end of last week when a bombing took out five Hamas members in the Gaza Strip.
It's fascinating observe how Hamas reacted to a terrorist bombing as opposed to the way Israel does...Chicago rules all the way. The Green Hat boys went berserk and started arresting and questioning everyone associated with Fatah they could lay their greasy hands on and soon fingered the Fatah allied Hilles clan. They then attacked the clan's stronghold in Al-Shuja'iyah district in eastern Gaza, killing nine people and wounding more than one hundred,including the clan's leader, Ahmed Hilles.
Over 180 members of the Hilles clan and their assorted allies, including the wounded clan leader fled to - get this - Israel, of all places. And believe it or not, once the Israelis disarmed them and searched everybody and made sure no one was carrying a bomb under their clothing, the hated Jews actually allowed them in and hospitalized the wounded Fatah fighters!
In a bizarre twist, when the Israelis attempted to repatriate the non-hospitalized Fatah clansmen, Mahmoud Abbas refused to accept them into the Palestinian occupied territory in the West Bank and told the Israelis to return them to the tender mercies of Hamas in Gaza...where they were all promptly arrested.Abbas' rationale for this was that he didn't want to eliminate a powerful group of Fatah loyalists from Gaza,but there was apparently something else involved, since that makes no sense whatever, even to a Palestinian. I have a feeling that the real reason Abbas didn't want them in the West Bank is because he was nervous about importing yet another group of fighters into the area whom weren't under his complete control.
It's important to remember that the Palestinians are not a nation as we think of it, but a feudal collection of frequently warring clans.
Meanwhile,Fatah continued its own clean up of the rival mob's gangsters. In Nablus, Fatah gunmen seized the senior Hamas operative on the West Bank Muhammad Ghazal and his family and threatened to execute them all unless Hamas ends the crackdown on their followers in Gaza and releases the Fatah goons Hamas has in its jails.
And in Gaza, Hamas arrested Fatah operatives Ibrahim Abu an-Naja and Zakaria al-Agha, who were put in charge of Fatah's people in Gaza by Abbas with the same rationale..to put pressure on Abbas to release Hamas prisoners he's holding on the West Bank.
This will probably end up with another mob sitdown and a return to the status quo,believe it or not. Abbas isn't strong enough to oust Hamas from the West Bank,and Hamas needs Fatah to continue forwarding to Gaza The Green Hat Mob's share of the aid money doled out by gullible infidels like the US State Department.
Crossposted at JoshuaPundit
I'm opposed to any situation in which union membership is compulsory, especially for public employees. And while I know the law allows workers to "opt out" in many situations, the employees are often still required to pay the bulk of the union dues for "representation" that they don't want while being deprived of any voice in decision-making after exercising their right to to freely not associate with an organization that they do not feel represents their interests.
Please understand -- I've been the building representative for one of the four organizations representing teachers in my school district for the past decade, so I am not hostile to teachers voluntarily organizing to protect their own best interests. But the problem of the "union shop" model of organization is the arrogance it breeds among the leadership of the union.
A recent editorial in the Washington Post and the response of a union
thug official is illustrative of what is wrong with the current model in most places.
On July 23, the Washington Post said the following in an editorial.
IT'S APPARENT that some D.C. teachers union officials don't think much of the people they represent. How else to explain their objections to Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee speaking to teachers about pending contract talks? The suggestion that simply providing information is coercive belittles the people who each day are entrusted with that very duty.
Now please realize -- these meeting were not mandatory for teachers, so no one was being forced to attend. The Chancellor (Superintendent in most districts) was going to present directly to interested teachers her vision for the city's failing schools, including information on the district's proposal for a reformist compensation plan that would allow teachers to choose either a traditional compensation package (set salary, tenure) or an incentive-based salary plan with no tenure. As noted, many of the union traditionalists want no part of the plan -- or of teachers getting their information from any source other than the union. But really, whose interests are harmed by talking and listening?
Which leads us to this response from one of the union
Regarding the July 23 editorial "Teachable Moment":
I dismiss the reasoning in this editorial as that of the right-wing, rich and powerful, politically connected and corporate leaders who seek to control political thought in Washington. But if I fail to respond to The Post's anti-union, anti-teacher discourse, the public just might accept your version of reality, which suggests that teachers unions oppose educational progress and have no right to advocate for teachers. I object to your comments defining me as a hardliner because I am an advocate for teachers, students and schools.
Teachers should be respected as professionals capable of discussing their contract in private without the interference of political lobbying from our bosses and newspapers. Having outsiders present at our informational sessions is totally inappropriate. Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker caused a controversy when he failed to consider input from the union's executive board and membership regarding whether we should invite Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee to our informational sessions.
The Post was simply wrong to weigh in on the decision-making processes of our members. It is time for The Post to stop putting political ideology ahead of equitable coverage of the other side of the public education reform story.
Member, Board of Trustees
Washington Teachers' Union
Now let's translate this letter.
PARAGRAPH 1: You fascists hate public schools and teachers. Only union
thugsofficials care about education.
PARAGRAPH 2: Letting anyone other than union
thugsofficials have access to our teachers -- whether district officials, members of the public, or the news media -- undercuts our ability to get the teachers to accept our skewed, one-sided view of the up-coming contract negotiations. Less information -- good. More information -- bad.
PARAGRAPH 3: The press has no right to weigh in on the operation of our public schools or the spending of public funds on teacher contracts -- unless they support the views of the union
thugsofficials who need teacher ignorance to maintain their hold on power. So shut up and butt out.
And folks like Candi Peterson wonder why unions like hers are so often seen as the biggest obstacle to education reform in this country.
UPDATE -- 8/6/2008: Union
thugs officials complain that someone other than union thugs officials might talk to teachers about their contract. How awful that members of the public might have something to say on the matter!
This one falls in the "You Really Can Find Everything On The Internet" category. Now there is a website that is a guide to toasters, toaster ovens, and toaster oven accessories! Now I suppose this could be a great thing for someone who is in need of one or the other, but do many folks really research such a purchase that deeply? I guess they must, for you can find all sorts of information about features I would have never thought existed in these devices.
Well, someone is finally pointing out the obvious -- sort of.
A dispute over whether black U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama has played the "race card" won't swing the election but could make it harder for voters to trust him, analysts said on Friday.
No African American has ever been elected to the White House and in a country where memories of racial strife and discrimination against the minority are still fresh, Obama must work harder to overcome his doubters, they said on Friday.
References to the Democratic senator's race, if they are seen as clumsy, do not help Obama make the case that he is the most reliable choice to lead the country as it struggles with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an ailing economy.
No let's begin with certain caveats here.
Those points taken together, though, do not add up to this being a campaign based upon race -- at least not on the Republican side. I've not met a Republican whose objections to Barack Obama are based upon anything other than his ideology and his inexperience. Indeed, a great many of us find Obama to be a charming, interesting man with whom we would love to sit down and toss back a couple of adult beverages of our choice. We just don't think that he is the right guy for America in 2008. Opposition to his candidacy does not equate to personal animus -- and certainly not to racial animus.
I was in Union, Mo., which is 98 percent white ó a rural, conservative [town]. and what I said was what I think everybody knows, which is that I don't look like I came out of central casting when it comes to presidential candidates. But that I think that what people are really concerned about, what they're looking for is fundamental change on the economy, things that are going to help their families live out the American dream.
There was nobody there who thought at all that I was trying to inject race in this. What this has become I think is a typical pattern from the McCain campaign, whether it's Paris Hilton or Britney or this phony allegation that I wouldn't visit troops. They seem to be focused on a negative campaign, [when] what I think our campaign wants to do is focus on the issues that matter to American families.
Oh, so it was all about negative campaigning, Senator?
Then explain this.
But Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, acknowledged on "Good Morning America" Friday that the candidate was referring, at least in part, to his ethnic background.
When pressed to explain the comment, Axelrod told "GMA" it meant, "He's not from central casting when it comes to candidates for president of the United States. He's new to Washington. Yes, he's African-American."
Excuse me -- those two comments just don't square up. Either it was an accusation that the McCain campaign is making race-based appeals, or it wasn't. it can't be both -- and you can't find a wishy-washy middle ground between these two statements.
Which is just the latest reason that Americans are going to have a trust issue involving Obama.
"I don't think he (Obama) did himself any good with these comments. What he did ... is inject back into this context the idea about (voters') ... comfort level," said [political commentator Terry] Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.
"What he said is not exactly rap talk, black speak, but that is something that Obama has to be very careful about. He just can't let people believe that they can't trust him."
And that is what conflicting messages on this issue creates -- an indication that Barack Obama can't be trusted. But then again, given his flip-flops on virtually every issue, can we really trust the man anyway?
Hot Air offers a particularly interesting analysis of the Obama campaign on this point -- and the slavish devotion of the True Believers at the New York Times. They also point out the more independent coverage at the Washington Post.
UPDATE: Looks like Barry Hussein can't stick to the same story from one interview to the next.
ďI donít think itís accurate to say that my comments have nothing to do with race,Ē Obama said.
I guess that would be change he' hopes the American people will not notice -- or will buy into despite it contradicting his earlier denial.
As I believe I mentioned earlier, the esteemed Watcher, founder of the Watcher's Council, is retiring due to concerns of a personal nature.
Since this surprise announcement several weeks ago, we members of the Watcher's Council have kept ourselves going on an ad hoc basis while discussing our future.
Consensus was achieved rapidly that we would like to find a worthy successor for our leader emeritus -- and that none of us wanted to take the spot ourselves or lose any of the collection of unique voices that make up the Watcher's Council, though we did have one member step forward and offer himself in that capacity if no better candidate could be found.
And then, through a little bit of serendipity, an outside candidate for Watcher was put forward who could not have better fit the criteria upon which the members of the Council had agreed upon in the course of our discussion. After a bit of dialogue, he has agreed to become our new leader.
Cue the white cyber-smoke over the Sistine Cyber-Chapel
Terry Trippany, one of my favorite bloggers, who created, managed and written Webloggin, and who is also a frequent contributor to Newsbusters, will be the new Watcher. Expect him to assume his new duties as Watcher over the next few weeks, and to see changes in the Watcher's Council website once he does. But what we are all confident will be unchanged is the regular offering of great blog posts from within the Council and around the Internet for your consideration.
Do you need a new car? How are you going to pay for i? If you are like most Americans, you are probably looking for some sort of financing. After all, few of us have sufficient cash-on-hand to walk into the dealership with the entire amount of a new car in cash. That means you need to get a new car loan to pay for the new set of wheels. And if you have any sense, you'll want the best terms available. After all, you don't want to pay any more than you have to for that vehicle. But where can you find a loan that fits your needs? Why not fill out the Online Car Loan Application at CompleteLoanSource.com? After all, they offer loans to fit the needs of folks in all sorts of situation -- even those with bad credit. And they also offer Payday Loans, too!
The Council has spoken!
On the Council side, first place went to Soccer Dad for Hating Israel more than loving Palestinians.
On the Non-Council side, first place was a two way tie between Jay Cost for On Obamaís Message and Investorís Business Daily for Barack Obamaís Stealth Socialism. After the esteemed Bookworm broke the tie, things arranged themselves as follows.
Imagine that itís the end of the world. No, not the end of the world as we know it, but the actual end of the world. You can make the cause anything you want Ė global warming, nuclear war, alien invasion, meteor impact, or what have you. If you could escape with only one thing, what would it be?
Now there are lots of possibilities. Iíll leave out other people, because they really arenít things. And while the scholarly side of me might want to take a book or a CD-ROM with an entire library of scholarly and religious texts, I think I would settle for something much more simple in the end.
Yeah, thatís right Ė my dog. Or at least a dog, if Apolitical Pooch werenít able to accompany my Darling Democrat and I. After all, a dog is such an important source of love and companionship, as well as link to the very first creatures domesticated by humanity millennia ago Ė because it is believed that canines were the first animals that mankind brought into that special relationship at the dawn of time.
Now there is a neat new game out there, Tabula Rasa. Iím not going to give you a long description, but it is about human beings fighting against an alien enemy, trying to preserve humanity and civilization. Iíll let you check out the details. But its developer is going to be making a journey to the International Space Station soon, and he is taking with him some DNA samples and messages from human beings. You may even be one of those DNA samples, if you follow the instructions for entering the contest at Operation Immortality.
Think about it Ė you could help preserve some small bit of humanity against the end of the world. That is serious stuff.
Great new video from the McCain Campaign!
Damn funny video -- damn serious question.
Is Obama ready to lead, with the experience necessary to occupy the Oval Office?
Well, let's take this expert on Barack Obama and see what he has to say.
I don't think I have a place in history yet. I got elected to the U.S. Senate. I haven't done anything yet.
Those are Obama's words about himself, less than two months after he took office as a US Senator. On the same interview in which he made that damning assessment of his lack of accomplishments and experience, he also said he would not run for president in 2008. He announced his candidacy less than two years later -- despite having no significant accomplishments during that short time in the US Senate.
It really all depends upon how you look at the numbers.
Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income of $11.68 billion on revenue of $138 billion in the second quarter.
Oh, that is a very ugly number by itself. And if you look at it in isolation, what you appear to have are really bloated profits.
Until you break it all down.
You see, $11.68 billion is a mere 8.4% of the total revenue taken in by the corporation. Put differently, if you owned a company that did $100,000 in a quarter, you would have actually only earned $8400 during that time period -- which would mean that your annual income as a business owner would have been a paltry $33,600. So as you can see, the profit as a percentage of revenue is hardly exorbitant.
Now on the other hand, there are some other numbers in this article that you should consider.
In addition to making hefty profits, Exxon also had a hefty tax bill. Worldwide, the company paid $10.5 billion in income taxes in the second quarter, $9.5 billion in sales taxes, and over $12 billion in what it called "other taxes."
Got that -- Exxon paid $32.36 billion in taxes worldwide last year. Put differently, that means that 23.4% of revenues went to pay taxes. And going back to my hypothetical small business making $100,000 in a quarter, that would translate to $23,400 in taxes for the quarter or $94,600 in taxes for the year. O, yeah -- that would mean that the government would be taking roughly $2.78 for every dollar that you as a business owner made.
The other 68.2% of the revenue? That would be spent on business overhead -- including employee pay. I wish that the financial reports supplied broke out how much Exxon was contributing to the economy in terms of employee salary and benefits. I suspect it far dwarf that $11.68 billion in profit.
But then again, focusing on that number might put an end to the class warfare rhetoric of certain segments of our body-politic.
Queen 9% was not amused when Republicans tried to block adjournment and refused to leave the House floor after the Democrats irresponsibly voted for a 5-week paid vacation for themselves but not for an energy bill that would help the American people.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.
Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m., and they are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.
At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward.
But C-SPAN, which has no control over the cameras in the chamber, has stopped broadcasting the House floor, meaning no one was witnessing this except the assembled Republicans, their aides, and one Democrat, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has now left.
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Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speaker's Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.
"You're not covering this, are you?" complained one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans "morons" for staying on the floor.
Update: The Capitol Police are now trying to kick reporters out of the press gallery above the floor, meaning we can't watch the Republicans anymore.
Eventually the Republicans were able to continue their protest against the repressive tactics of Commisar Nancy Pelosi (D-Sodom and Gomorrah), ending at 5:00 PM Eastern Time, having made their point that the Democrats have refused to do the people's business and attempted to silence the people's representatives and muzzle the press. Personally, I wish they had camped out on the House floor.
Bravo for the good men and women who participated in these actions -- I can't wait to see the video begin appearing in Democrat districts around the country.
Mental midget Keith Olbermann, whose rise as a political commentator is proof that even a second-rate sportscaster can pass himself off as a legal expert on a par with a noted Constitutional scholar like Justice Antonin Scalia, has handed down his ruling on the Second Amendment.
Despite years of fog created by the NRA and right-wing organizations, that isn't very complicated: For the purposes of forming a state militia, you're entitled to keep and bear arms. Obviously, those would have to be the kind of arms in use in 1791, when the Bill of Rights was passed ó the musket, the wheel-lock, the flint lock, the 13th century Chinese hand canon.
Well, Keith, let's consider some things:
But fine, Bathtub Boy, let's have it your way despite all the evidence to the contrary. You certainly won't object to this interpretation of another amendment.
Despite years of fog created by the ACLU and left-wing organizations, that isn't very complicated: For the purposes of engaging journalism, you're entitled to freely operate a printing press. Obviously, those would have to be the kind of printing presses in use in 1791, when the Bill of Rights was passed ó the hand-cranked, hand-set, hand-inked lead-type printing press and the quill pen.
And since we are going to agree on the understanding of the Bill of Rights as passed in 1791, let's not forget that insulting and critical comments directed against the President of the United States may legitimately be punished as sedition (remember the Alien and Sedition Acts), individual states may provide tax support to houses of worship, public sectarian prayer may begin any government proceeding, and capital punishment may be imposed for a variety of offenses, with no lower age limit for its imposition. Oh, yeah -- no abortion or gay marriage, either -- and sodomy may be punished as a crime.
Most of us, however, don't adhere to quite so extreme a version of original intent as you seem to -- or should I say as you pretend to, for you would never for a moment accept even a single proposition I put forward as parallel to your absurd proposition. Indeed, you would never accept even one of my parallels, even though your objections would completely undermine your position on the Second Amendment.
And there's the beautiful thing about our country -- they say anybody can grow up to be a an over-paid, under-educated, historically and legally ignorant buffoon with his own television show. And in Keith Olbermann, there's your proof, and every-damn-day's "Worst Person in the World"!
I am not a web designer/developer, but I do know that it is very important for such folks to keep up with the programming languages and trends in software and web design. And if you are an IT professional, keeping up with all the trainings and certifications that go with your chosen field is incredibly important and can have a positive impact upon your earning potential and the clients that you attract if you do (or negatively impact them if you donít).
Iím told that Cisco certification is one of those things that will make you more valuable as a network professional. Expertise in Cisco makes will be a positive thing for the organization with which you are affiliated.
Now there are a variety of routes that that someone can take as part of an IT career, including Network Security, Routing and Switching, and Service Provider. Which you follow is entirely your preference. Once you select a path, you also can then pursue your expertise to one of three levels of general certification, ranging from Associate to Professional and Expert. You can also seek specialist certification in Security, IP Telephony, and Wireless. All three of these are much sought after by companies today, and such certification is likely to benefit you Ė and your employer -- financially.
Interested? Visit the certifications overview page at Cisco, and see what is available to you as an IT professional. You wonít regret a visit to their website, because it may be the next step on your journey to a rewarding career.
Greetings, Rhyme With Righters! Robert fromJoshuaPundit here.
Thanks to Greg's courtesy and his impending vacation, I'll be attempting to fill his shoes somewhat over the next two weeks...a tall order, but I'll do my best.
Now to biz:
President Bush suffered what could end up being a major defeat in the courts yesterday, as a federal judge, John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that ex-White House Aides Harriet Mires and Joshua Bolton are not covered by executive privilege,are required to comply with the subpoena issued to them by the House Judiciary Committee and must testify under oath in front of Congress and cooperate in the overblown saga of the fired US attorneys, one that has already claimed the scalp of Alberto Gonzales
John Conyers, Democrat head of committee almost literally went berserk with joy.
The Democrats have been in a take-no-prisoners attitude towards George W. Bush since they regained the House and Senate majorities in 2006,and the current Congress has a unique smell to it....a stench or pursuing private perks and vendettas rather than the people's business.
The White House will likely appeal this decision,which means this matter will spill over into the next administration. We will likely be treated to a spectacle unique in our history, the hounding and perhaps even the prosecution of a president after he's left office.
As I write this, the House is holding a "special hearing on 'the Constitutional limits of executive power'..or as one congressman put it 'impeachment lite'.
The politics of the possible...and you better not get between a dog and his meat, suckah!
If President Bush had plans of riding off into the sunset and enjoying a quiet retirement, he'd better think again.