In a somewhat unexpected turn of events, John Edwards changed his promise to take his campaign to Super Tuesday, and "suspended" his campaign (a full on drop out would end his federal matching campaign funds). Edwards could certainly see the writing on the wall when he failed to even achieve a second place finish in his home state of South Carolina. Edwards claims he will speak to both campaigns before endorsing one of the democratic campaigns, delaying his inevitable endorsement of his fellow "agent of change" Barack Obama, to reduce the calls of a Quid Pro Quo arrangement. John Edwards, suspending his campaign hopes of election to the Oval Office, and possibly ending his political career, all one term of it.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Just before the state of the union speech by George Bush, and just after the ill-timed endorsement by three of the Kennedy clan, Hillary went over to Ted Kennedy and Obama (seated together), and reached out her hand to both. No hard feelings....this is just politics...nothing personal, AND OBAMA TURNS HIS HEAD TO HER. Very classy. So much for the "uniter." Asked about the snub on his plane following the incident, Obama lies, and claims Clare MacCaskill asked him a question, which is why he turned his back. Pictures seem to indicate his eyes were pointed down at the floor, and definitely not at Clare. We know he hates Clinton, and all she stands for. But show a little class, Barack. Would it have killed you to shake her hand? That is the trouble with trying to portray yourself as something you aren't. Sooner or later the emporer has no clothes, and you sir, are bare assed naked to the world.
Monday, January 28, 2008
In a surprising turn in the "Anybody but a Clinton" period of American politics, Ted Kennedy officially endorsed Barack Obama. Obama in his acceptance speech, stated the election was not about gender, not about religion, not about rich vs. poor, but the past and the future.
And if so, why would he so closely align himself with the oldest of guards, the one politician still in office that so embodies everything he so eloquently professes to despise? What on earth possessed him? I understand Patrick and Caroline, especially Caroline, who authored a wonderfully crafted New York Times op-ed piece proclaiming Barack the closest thing she has seen to her father in her lifetime. They are youthful, and respresent the group upon which his message of hope and change resonates the loudest.
But to align himself with Ted, to make a point of entering the hall with him for the State of the Union speech (which he very well may have overshadowed, something almost never done), and then to be seen together during the speech, just strikes me as the strangest bedfellows ever.
The pundits seem to think Teddy will help marginalize the Hispanic vote for Hillary, already the candidate of most unions, and especially strong with the United farm Workers, but let's face facts. We knew JFK, and Teddy, you ain't him. You either Obama, but obvious comparisons have been drawn. And the Kennedy name is a cache cashed over and over until it was overdrawn, from the back rooms of Massachusetts and in Congress, to the 18" of water his former lover met with her untimely death. Among the Hispanic community, your word, your support, and your endorsement sir, means absolutely Nada.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Your looking like a modern day W.C. Fields helps no one
2. LOOK PRESIDENTIAL
You need to campaign a little, but appear above it all
3. STOP THE PAPA BEAR ROUTINE
Don't take the attacks on your wife so personally.
4. REMIND EVERYONE OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Remind the voters of the good things during your administration, not the bulldog campaign tactics you used to be elected.
5. STOP TAKING THE MEDIA'S BAIT
It's not just Fox news making you look foolish
6. APPEAR WITH HILLARY & CHELSEA
The less said, the better. Paint a picture with broad strokes.
7. PRAISE ALL OF THE CANDIDATES
Be positive. Find the good in everyone
8. REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE LEADER OF YOUR PARTY
My gosh, you and Jimmy aren't exactly poster boys for the liberals, are you?
9. DON'T LET OBAMA TAKE AWAY YOUR HOLLYWOOD SUPPORT
Or the money, either
10. PAINT HILLARY AS A VICTIM ALL HER LIFE WITH AMAZEMENT
Remind the voters that she weathered many a storm in her life. Attacks from the media, her opponents, and oh yes, your multiple affairs, and the absolute humiliation you caused her.
It wasn't so long ago you were treated like this in the south.......you need to get back to this.
2. Dominating any non-white voting block won't get you elected in November, period.
And finally, here is South Carolina as told by one of their honor students at the Miss Teen contest........
And that is the world,
According to Kimba. Thanks for readin, y'all !!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
In an op-ed in Sunday's New York Times published on the paper's Web site Saturday night, titled "A President Like My Father," Kennedy writes: "It isn't that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960….
"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."
"Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible. He has built a movement that is changing the face of politics in this country, and he has demonstrated a special gift for inspiring young people — known for a willingness to volunteer, but an aversion to politics — to become engaged in the political process. "
The Obama quote on Ronald Reagan. Did he specifically say he liked the Republican platform of Reagan? No. That was misstated. But Obama's imitation of Reagan's platform is the highest form of flattery, isn't it? Change. Times when the country was ready for a new direction. A fundamentally different path. A change away from the excesses in governmental spending, away from a larger government, away from a period of non-transparency in government, and no dynamism in government caused the American voters to want change.
Friday, January 25, 2008
"Hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America's big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience," the paper said.
"We saw her going town by town through New York in 2000, including places where Clinton-bashing was a popular sport. She won over skeptical voters and then delivered on her promises and handily won re-election in 2006."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"I said I didn't know what I would have done if I were on the Senate floor and had to vote on authorizing the Iraq war, because I didn't want to make our two candidates look bad." I guess that's why he voted to fund the war five times as well...he didn't want to humiliate the candidates then either.
He has a way of explaining away everything!!! I guess that is why he voted "present" over 50 times in the Illinois Senate---that way he doesn't have to explain anything.
Obama-----he calls Hillary a liar to shift the focus away from his lie
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
CLINTON: Just a minute. In the Illinois state senate, Senator Obama voted 130 times present. That's not yes, that's not no. That's maybe. And on issue after issue that really were hard to explain or understand, you know, voted present on keeping sex shops away from schools, voted present on limiting the rights of victims of sexual abuse, voted present time and time again.
It's just very difficult to get a straight answer, and that's what we are probing for.
OBAMA: I feel bad for John...
Wait a minute, Barack, you were just accused of one of the worst senatorial voting records I have ever heard of, including not being able to vote against sex shops around schools, and all you can say is "I feel bad for John?" I feel bad for you, Barack. Good comeback.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
As the Culinary Union worked feverishly this week to persuade its members to support Barack Obama, a prickly question arose: What is the difference between tough political tactics and unethical, or illegal, intimidation? Some Culinary members say they have felt intimidated by the pushy approach of some organizers. Some, however, were told they would have to caucus for Obama, period.
If so, it raises the question of where a union draws the line between hard-nosed politicking and intimidation. Having endorsed Obama just last week, 10 days before the Nevada caucus, organizers are working overtime and making the hard sell. Some members -- including ones identified to the Las Vegas Sun by the Clinton campaign -- find the approach off-putting.
Take, for instance, the case of Ruben Beltran, a Culinary member and Clinton volunteer who helps set up conventions at Mandalay Bay. Union representatives, he said, are telling employees they must caucus for Obama on Saturday, making it sound more like a demand than a suggestion. A union rep removed a pile of Clinton fliers from the cafeteria and asked workers where they came from. She said many members support Clinton and would be following their conscience Saturday.
Most troubling is the case of Sylvia Antuna, a cook at Paris Las Vegas, who said she was filling out a voter registration form in the employee cafeteria when two union reps approached her about Obama. When she told them she wasn’t sure about caucusing for him, one rep took her registration form, telling her that she couldn’t participate Saturday if she wasn’t supporting Obama. (Antuna is undecided.) Marie Angers, a fellow cook, and her son, Matt DeFalco, a kitchen runner, said they witnessed the incident and engaged the organizers in a heated discussion. Angers is a Clinton backer. Both said they saw one organizer hand Antuna an Obama pledge card, telling her she had to sign it to participate in the caucus.
A large number of the voters who are expected to caucus at the casino sites are Latino. With the Democratic race already embroiled in debates over race this past week, all the candidates have been making concerted efforts to reach out to Nevada's sizable Latino population. However, Clinton's ties to the lawsuit via her backers could damage her support among Latino voters, not just in Nevada, but as the race moves to Feb. 5 states that also have large Latino populations.
The ad says (translation by UNITE HERE): "Hillary Clinton does not respect our people. Hillary Clinton’s supporters went to court to stop working people from being able to vote on Saturday. That is disgraceful. Unforgivable. Hillary Clinton does not respect our people who work hard. Hillary Clinton’s supporters want to stop people who are working on Saturday so they can’t vote. Disgraceful. Unforgivable. Hillary Clinton has no shame. Hillary Clinton should not let her friends attack the right of our people to vote on Saturday. Disgraceful. Unforgivable. No respect. Senator Barack Obama is defending our right to vote. Senator Obama wants our votes. He respects our votes. He respects our community, our gente. Barack Obama’s campaign theme is 'Si Se Puede.' Yes we can. Vote for a President who respects us and our right to vote. Obama for President. Yes we can.
What the the ad doesn't mention is that (1) they cannot prove a direct link between the plaintiff's of the law suit (teachers union) and Senator Clinton, and (2) Clinton enjoys an overwhelmingly positive amount of support from the Jewish population in Nevada, a surprizingly flourishing community in the state. They will have to choose between their sabbath, and voting. No special voting accomodations for them...which is Obaminable.
The emergence of a labor effort on Obama's behalf touched off a barrage of criticism from both the Clinton camp and aides to Sen. John Edwards, who said they considered it a surprising turn of events given that Obama's campaign was sharply critical of labor organizations that campaigned heavily for Clinton and Edwards in New Hampshire and Iowa. "He loudly and repeatedly attacked independent ads by unions in Iowa as the product of special interests," said Edwards for President Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince. "But when a different outside group starts running ads on his behalf in Nevada, there's not a peep from him or his campaign.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Clearly, the Clinton quote (in a previous posting on this web site) is about his (Obama's) incorrect and untruthful claim that he opposed the Iraq war from day one, and THAT was a fairy tale. Here is Hillary's response to the unwarranted and viciously untruthful attack.
Additionally, Russert made the claim that Hillary somehow was going around criticizing Martin Luther King. The fact is, Hillary made the correct observation that like MLK, Obama is a very gifted speaker, but words are not action. King took action. Even so, it took LBJ to set King's words into action, which they both together got done.
On a scale from one to ten, just how painfully stupid would you have to be to think Hillary is going to criticize one of our greatest Americans? Especially when campaigning against Barack Obama?
South Carolina knows. The African Americans know. The Clinton family has always been on the side of African Americans, and they never left their sides. That is why the press coined the phrase about Bill "the first Black President," which was meant to be an INSULT to the Clinton's. Of course, as we all know, Bill just smiled, and said thanks for the COMPLIMENT.
thou must lack empathy due to an excessive degree of self-absorption
thou must believe that he or she is exceptional and morally superior
thou must frequently engage in exploitative behaviors
thou must require frequent acquisition of goods he or she doesn’t need
thou must (on occasion) resort to some form of overt or covert violence, coercion, or extortion to resolve conflicts
thou must perceive others as obstacles to his or her “success”
thou must disregard laws and rules except as a means to achieve his or her agenda
thou must demonstrate deep hypocrisy by projecting a righteous, benevolent image while committing reprehensible acts
thou must refuse to accept the consequences of his or her actions
thou must accept Jesus Christ as his or her personal savior
Saturday, January 12, 2008
The Obama camp says Bill called the Obama campaign and his chances for election a fairy tale. Now you can hear the truth as he said it. I can't believe this is turning out to be a major controversy. Must be a slow news period.
He played a lawyer on TV, but he sure can play a doctor, as shown in this video, as he performs Republican surgery on Mike Huckabee, who never saw it coming, at least from Fred.
The nation may be sliding into recession. Tens of millions struggle without health-care insurance, while many others are under insured. Jobs continue fleeing to cheaper foreign markets. This is the place his message, as convoluted as it is, will play out.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Researchers who have studied the issue theorize that some white voters give inaccurate responses to polling questions because of a fear that they might appear to others to be racially prejudiced. Some research has suggested that the race of the pollster conducting the interview may factor into that concern. At least one prominent researcher has suggested that with regard to pre-election polls, the discrepancy can be traced in part by the polls' failure to account for general conservative political leanings among late-deciding voters.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
She's right. This may be the most important election we will participate in. These are tough times, and if we elect the wrong person, things could spiral out of control. We can't lose this election number one, and we can't afford to take a flier on a fresh inexperienced face, as charismatic as he is. Show me a political outsider, and I will show you someone who doesn't know shit. What are the voters thinking about? Placing more value on rhetoric than experience? Say what you want about on the job training. The Presidency is not an apprenticeship program.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team's assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged -- perhaps even by a congressional investigation. In a more fundamental sense, American democracy has been derailed throughout the Bush-Cheney regime. The dominant commitment of the administration has been a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war against Iraq.
It happened in part because the Bush-Cheney team repeatedly deceived Congress, the press and the public into believing that Saddam Hussein had nuclear arms and other horrifying banned weapons that were an "imminent threat" to the United States. The administration also led the public to believe that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks -- another blatant falsehood.
Today, after five years of clumsy, mistaken policies and U.S. military occupation, Iraq has become a breeding ground of terrorism and bloody civil strife. It is no secret that former president Bush, his secretary of state, James A. Baker III, and his national security adviser, Gen. Brent Scowcroft, all opposed the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
OBAMA / EDWARDS: AGENTS OF "CHANGE" ATTACK HILLARY IN N.H. DEBATE.....EDWARDS OFFERS TO HAVE OBAMA'S LOVE CHILD
Every time Obama "speaks out for change, every time I fight for change, the forces of status quo are going to attack - - every single time,'' Edwards, 54, said. The attacks prompted Clinton to say that while her opponents are merely running on a promise of change,'' she can offer voters 35 years of experience making change,'' pointing out her efforts to expand health-care coverage for children and veterans. The exchange prompted New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former United Nations envoy, to quip: "I've been in hostage negotiations that were a lot more civil than that.''
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Liz Marines, secretary of the Lewisville High School Student Council, had classes with both of the sisters and also remembers their scholastic abilities."Amina was very nice with everybody. She helped me in [Advanced Placement English] class," she said. Sarah was a sophomore when she took an Algebra II class with Liz, who was a junior at the time. She said the sisters, who wore typical American clothes, didn't talk much about their family. "I didn't know they were Muslims until she told me they were Egyptian and Muslim," Liz said.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Here are five of the winners.......
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
5. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
And here are five of my own.....
1. Chillary: The Clinton bedroom.
2. Hooprah: the commotion caused by a talk show host appearing in a mid-western one horse town
3. Mittigating: the changing of one's mind to meet the mindset of a block of voters you are courting
4. Jihard: The GOP at war trying to "out-God" each other
5. Ba-lack: The chameleon-like ability to be whatever race you find most convenient at the time