Thursday, February 28, 2008
The planning was meticulous. All that was needed were the extra votes to squeak past Mr Odinga in what had been among the most closely contested elections Africa had ever seen. That was why returns from Central Province, Mr Kibaki's fiercely loyal Kikuyu heartland, were inexplicably held back. It was why, in some constituencies, a large number of voters seemed mysteriously to vote only in the presidential race and ignore the parliamentary ballot—despite waiting hours in the blazing sun. But the real damage was done in Nairobi, by simply crossing out the number of votes as announced in the constituency and scribbling in a higher number. Election monitors were turned away while the tallying went on. Monitors from the European Union saw tens of thousands of votes pinched in this way.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
A company related to Mr Auchi, who has a conviction for corruption in France, registered the loan to Mr Obama’s bagman Antoin “Tony” Rezko on May 23 2005. Mr Auchi says the loan, through the Panamanian company Fintrade Services SA, was for $3.5 million. Three weeks later, Mr Obama bought a house on the city’s South Side while Mr Rezko’s wife bought the garden plot next door from the same seller on the same day, June 15. Mr Obama says he never used Mrs Rezko’s still-empty lot, which could only be accessed through his property. But he admits he paid his gardener to mow the lawn.
Bush, using a 2000 Wall Street Journal article on McCain’s lobbyist ties, attacks him for being a D.C. insider, flying on corporate jets and taking big money from lobbyists in return for favors. And it bears repeating — Drudge ran with this story months before the New York Times. Maybe it’s time for the president and the right wing pundits and politicians to dial back the indignation?
BUSH: “It’s important on campaign funding reform that we have campaign funding reform. But it’s also important for people to know that my friend is raising money from people who have business in front of his committee. Nothing illegal about that, but I just want to make sure the facts are laid bare.”
BUSH: “What I need to do is make it clear and not let Senator McCain get away with this Washington double-talk.”
Sunday, February 24, 2008
At Last Night's Democrat Debate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) Claimed He Has "Been Consistently In Favor Of More Disclosure Around Earmarks" And Released All Of His Earmarks:
Obama: "We've actually disclosed ... all our earmarks, and so, you know, we'll be happy to provide you with that information, because I believe very strongly in transparency." (Sen. Barack Obama, CNN/Univision Democrat Presidential Debate, Austin, TX, 2/21/08)
Obama: "[I] have been consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks. ... [I] want to make sure that they're not done in the dark of night ... And I have consistently supported those efforts." (Sen. Barack Obama, CNN/Univision Democrat Presidential Debate, Austin, TX, 2/21/08)
Obama Has Refused To Disclose His Earmark Requests For 2005 And 2006. "Since last year, he has publicly released the letters he submits to the Appropriations Committee seeking support for the spending items, but has not released those submitted to the committee in 2005 and 2006." (Paul Kane, "Candidates' Earmarks Worth Millions," The Washington Post, 2/14/08)
In 2007, Obama Secured Over $91 Million In Earmarked Funds. "He secured $3.3 million in earmarks through his own sponsorship, and collected $88 million in concert with other Illinois lawmakers." (Paul Kane, "Candidates' Earmarks Worth Millions," The Washington Post, 2/14/08)
And He Requested More Than $300 Million In Earmarks. "Obama's more than $300 million in earmark requests range from $33 million made along with other senators for a nationwide project to promote civics among students to $125,000 to add turn lanes and traffic lights at an intersection in rural Oregon, Ill." (Nedra Pickler, "Obama Details His Requests For Pet Projects, Says Other Candidates Should Do So," The Associated Press, 6/21/07)
The Club For Growth Gave Obama A Score Of 33 Percent For His Votes Against Anti-Pork Amendments. "The Club for Growth released its 2007 Senate RePORK Card, compiling a scorecard of all senators' votes on fifteen anti-pork amendments throughout 2007. ... Obama (D-IL) Score: 33% Ratio: 2/6." (Club For Growth, "The Club's 2007 Senate RePORK Card," http://www.clubforgrowth.org/, 11/5/07)
Citizens Against Government Waste Gave Obama A Lifetime Rating Of 22 Out Of 100. (Citizens Against Government Waste, "CCAGW Challenges Presidential Candidates On Earmarks," Press Release, 12/27/07)
WELCOME RALPH NADER, INTO THE YEAR OF THE WACKO....
"It's not so much by what he says but it's the way the crowds respond to his words. When 16,000 people, without prompting, start shouting some of his keynote phrases as he delivers them, you know something special is going on."
Washington correspondent Geoff Elliott The Australian February 9, 2008.
"I love you back," he says, with a quick, almost cocky smile.
The campaign works hard to cultivate the rock star image. After he's introduced, Obama routinely waits about 30 seconds to enter the arena. The excitement grows, until his entrance is perfectly timed with the soaring chords of U2's “City of Blinding Lights.” "I can't really verbalize exactly what it is about him," says Avila. "Part of it is just beyond explanation."
I call this hand-shake scenario the "BAM" because, descriptively, it takes a bit of Obama's name and it's the sound of a collision, of People Coming Together!
"Obama has the capacity to summon heroic forces from the spiritual depths of ordinary citizens and to unleash therefrom a symphonic chorus of unique creative acts whose common purpose is to tame the soul and alleviate the great challenges facing mankind."
-- Gerald Campbell
-- Ezra Klein
-- Chris Matthews
He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians. . . . the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century."
-- Gary Hart
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Obviously, I cannot say for sure if Obama has read this, but he has been known for duplication..
1. Make and position an (industry) leader so that its name and message wheedles its way into the collective subconscious of your market and stays there (see below)
2. Position a follower so that it can occupy a niche not claimed by the leader (charismatic, positive)
3. Avoid letting a second product ride on the coat tails of an established one
4. Use leading ad agency techniques to capture the biggest market share and become a household name
5. Build your strategy around your competition's weaknesses (public speaking, likability)
6. Reposition a strong competitor and create a weak spot (status quo, experience as a negative)
7. Use your present position to its best advantage (with perfection)
And then there is the subliminal effect of his Southern Baptist sermon style of speaking, which is working to perfection, and really getting everybody whipped up into a frenzy.. Highs and lows in intonations, and a deep, low speaking voice that captivates in style; so much so you don't realize he isn't saying anything.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Thanks for the video, Papa.
This guy Obama is absolutely scary. I am a 51 year old Political Science major (dropout, to be honest), a child of the 50's, a college student of the 70's, and I have seen them come and go. I have always been fascinated with the process, follow the news to an absolute compulsion, and have been obsessed with American politics since high school. And I am telling you, this guy is not what he seems to be, or professes to be. I don't know how he got so far so quickly I don't (yet) know his secret agenda, and I don't know who he has hiding in the shadows of his political machine. But this guy absolutely scares the shit out of me....
One of the great quotes of this campaign season came from Mike Huckabee when he asked why we want to speed through the primaries; sort of a fast microwave system, when politics are best when slow cooked.........case in point Mike. Did it really take a full year of endless debates and stump speeches to finally realize Obama is actually Dr. Playback? That a lot of what he has been peddling has been recycled "somebody else"?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
"A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, in his offices and aboard a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.
When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist’s clients, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.
Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.
It had been just a decade since an official favor for a friend with regulatory problems had nearly ended Mr. McCain’s political career by ensnaring him in the Keating Five scandal.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Originality, honesty, character, plagerism, dishonesty, faking it, incapable of an original thought, JUST WORDS
Sunday, February 17, 2008
In other words, if Obama does somehow manage to become the nominee, the Democrats may well turn out to have pulled a Dukakis (Mondale, McGovern) once again. They'll be sending the candidate who lost in their primaries all the states they must win in the general election, and the one utterly without a resume, to do battle against the party that has dominated presidential election contests since World War II and a candidate who is a legitimate national hero.
The only trick is he never did, at least not publicly. But even as he was criticizing Rumsfeld, McCain typically stopped short of calling for the defense secretary to step down on the grounds that it was up to the president to decide who served in his cabinet.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Hopefully Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania doesn't either.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Just how unbeatable would a Clinton / Obama ticket be in November?
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
1) v. to solicit customers for a prostitute.
2) n. a pimp, who procures customers for a prostitute or lures a woman into prostitution, all for his own profit.
3) v. catering to special interests without any principles, such as a politician who says to whatever group he/she is addressing just what they want to hear to win their support, contributions, or favors.