HEADLINE NUMBER TWO: OBAMA REMORSEFULLY CANCELS MEMBERSHIP TO THE TRINITY CHURCH: Barack Obama said Saturday he has resigned his 20-year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago "with some sadness" in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister. "I'm not denouncing the church and I'm not interested in people who want me to denounce the church," he said, adding that the new pastor at Trinity and "the church have been suffering from the attention my campaign has focused on them."
Saturday, May 31, 2008
As the DNC meets today to decide the fates of the millions of voters in the states of Florida and Michigan, it is the general consensus that one of the following options must be adopted.
1. Do not seat Florida or Michigan.
2. Split the Florida and Michigan pledged delegations 50/50. Super delegates are free to vote as they wish. (The list of Florida and Michigan super delegates)
3. Florida and Michigan hold new elections. (3/17 - Florida has announced they will not hold a new election as did Michigan on 3/19)
4. Split Michigan 50/50 including supers. Give Florida pledged delegates 1/2 vote, but based on January election. 1/2 vote for super delegates also. This is supposedly under significant discussion
5. Seat them based on the elections that have taken place. Give Obama the 55 Michigan uncommitted delegates.
6. Seat them based on the elections that have taken place. Don't assume Obama gets the 55 Michigan uncommitted delegates.
I am sure that it will come to no ones surprise that I whole heartedly support option number six. For all of the talk and debate of Florida, the fact is that it was a fair election process, everyone was on the ballot, and the votes must be counted, which follows the tenets of this democracy, that being "one man, one vote."
As for Michigan, the prevailing opinion of the Obama campaign is that this was a quote / unquote "flawed election." Flawed, because Obama's name was not on the ballot. The truth is, Obama feeely CHOSE to take his name off the ballot, which was a slap in the face of every Michigan voter casting a vote. Obama chose to take his ball and go home....if the vote doesn't count, I could give two shits about the will of the people in Michigan, and I want my name off the ballot.
Hillary chose not to take her name off the ballot, and she was rewarded for her efforts. Yes, 600,ooo votes came back "uncommitted." Fine. They exercised their guaranteed rights as Americans. But for the DNC to even consider these votes cast as a "proxy vote" for the DNC rules committee to ILLEGALLY DETERMINE WHO THEY MEANT TO VOTE FOR, or somehow decide they should have the power to cast their votes for them, is highly undemocratic, and violates every principle the United States stands for.
Option six is the only fair and just option we have. The DNC, for all of their ridicule of the Supreme Court decision that allowed King George II to steal the 2000 election, have now decided, at least to consider so far) doing the exact same thing, and in fact "decide" the election thus far, based on their biased political views and wants.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Obama has been friends with Pfleger since his days as a community organizer. He took part in an Iowa event for Obama last fall, and a 2004 Chicago Sun-Times piece said he gives Obama "spiritual counsel." He's a white priest at a largely black church. He's held hands with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He's been arrested dozens of times and battled anyone he thinks has wronged his parish - from gun dealers to a local Catholic sports league. he has donated to the candidate's state Senate and presidential campaigns and sat on a Catholics for Obama committee until a few weeks ago. When Obama was in the Illinois Legislature, he helped land more than $200,000 in state grants for outreach programs run by Pfleger's church. Now the Rev. Michael Pfleger is something else: the latest thorn in the side of presidential candidate Barack Obama. Racially charged comments Pfleger made last week mocking Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton - as a guest at Obama's church, no less - triggered a quick response from Obama, who wants nothing to do with a racial firestorm like the one generated by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The administration has claimed that as the Bush administration's press secretary, he was not in the elevated position required to be truly in "the know" on many of these issues. However, one has only to look over the following former Bushies to see that all of these were in the know, and they all severely regret the position they held in the Bush administration, and will forever be wiping their tongues in a vein effort to eleviate themselves of the sour taste of knowing they played a role in the (yes, THE) worst, most corrupt, most damaging to its own country, most secretive administration in the history of the United States of America.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The Treasury Department was concerned about the potential costs of redesigning vending machines. "A large majority of other currency systems have accommodated the visually impaired, and the secretary does not explain why US currency should be any different," Judge Judith Rogers wrote in the court's opinion.
The case was brought by the American Council for the Blind, which proposed several solutions such as different note sizes for different denominations, embossed dots or raised printing.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The menu will include an impressive array of burger condiments (fixins), all of which would be handled by Tony Rezco, who reportedly "fixes" everything in Chicago. The guest list would also include former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson, who reportedly has been hired to perform the VP candidate vetting process, similar to his previous experience in vetting the candidates in 1984 for Walter Mondale, and in 2004 for John Kerry.
In an attempt to appeal to the hardworking (white) voting blocks, the menu will include corn on the cob, corn dogs and Pabst blue ribbon beer, and the event will feature music by the Weather Underground. Pictured to the right, Barack practices up on the billiard table, where they will be serving the "vittles."
Saturday, May 24, 2008
After concluding his announcement, Kennedy took questions ranging from skeptical to hostile. But as he left the Capitol, supporters screaming his name grabbed at his clothes and leapt in the air to see him, much as his brother’s supporters had in 1960. Anyone witnessing this and hearing the New Frontier echoes in his announcement would have been justified in assuming that his campaign would indeed be an extended tribute to his brother. Instead, March 16 would be the end rather than the beginning of such a tribute, and during the next three months he would run on issues his brother had seldom raised and in a manner, at times, his brother would have found undignified.
Richard Nixon, who had lost the presidency to J.F.K. in 1960, watched Kennedy’s announcement from a hotel room in Portland, Oregon. John Ehrlichman, one of several aides in the room with Nixon, later wrote, “When it was over and the hotel-room TV was turned off, Nixon sat and looked at the blank screen for a long time, saying nothing. Finally, he shook his head slowly. ‘We’ve just seen some very terrible forces unleashed,’ he said. ‘Something bad is going to come of this.’ He pointed at the screen, ‘God knows where this is going to lead.’ ” Meanwhile, by one account, Kennedy was telling Nicole Salinger, the wife of J.F.K.’s press secretary Pierre Salinger, “I’m sleeping well for the first time in months. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but at least I’m at peace with myself.”
Primaries have had a major influence on nominations since only 1952, and in that period the top two rivals have reconciled on a dream ticket just twice, when John F. Kennedy chose Lyndon Johnson as his running mate in 1960 and when Ronald Reagan brought George Bush onboard in 1980. That rarity doesn't bode well for the creation of an Obama-Clinton ticket. It does, however, augur well for victory for an Obama-Clinton ticket. For both the Kennedy-Johnson and Reagan-Bush fusions offer models of how a divided party can turn debilitating rifts into assets.
McGinnis was perched in the gunner's hatch of a Humvee on patrol in Baghdad on Dec. 4, 2006, when a grenade flew by him and landed inside where four soldiers were sitting. He called out a warning, then leaped into the vehicle and covered the grenade with his body. The grenade exploded, killing him.
He could easily have saved his own life by jumping off the truck, said Lt. Col. Anne Edgecomb, an Army spokeswoman. "The instinct is [to] jump out of the vehicle, but his four buddies were in the vehicle with him . . . and he chose to place himself on top of the grenade and absorb the impact, and it saved their lives," she said.
That heroic action came as no surprise to McGinnis' father. "His friends were the most important thing in his life," Thomas McGinnis told The Washington Post on the day of his son's funeral in March 2007. "He had a way with people, of letting them get close to him and getting to know the real Ross. "He had the opportunity to escape," McGinnis said. "He chose not to."
His son wanted to be a soldier since he was a little boy, he said. The youngster informed his kindergarten teacher that he wanted to be an "Army man" - and he enlisted on his 17th birthday, McGinnis told The Washington Post.
In an interview that appeared in The Army Times last year, Staff Sgt. Ian Newland, 27, one of those inside the Humvee, described how McGinnis reacted as they rolled through the alleyways of Adhamiyah as the last truck in a convoy and someone dropped the grenade from a rooftop.
First, the teen soldier tried to catch the grenade, but it dropped into the Humvee.
"When he yelled, 'Grenade!' I wasn't even alarmed because we'd seen so many. Then I saw it. It was next to me," The Army Times quoted him as saying. Then he saw McGinnis drop down and smother the grenade with his body. Newland, who was badly injured in the blast, had no doubt as to why McGinnis sacrificed himself.
"Why he did it? Because we were his brothers," he told USA Today. "He loved us."
No matter how you feel about this war, or the administration (and Congress) who ultimately got us into this unfortunate war in Iraq, you cannot escape the sense of overwhelming speechlessness upon reading the accounts leading up the untimely death of this American hero.
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At issue was Mr. Hagee's reference — in a late 1990s sermon and in his 2006 book "Jerusalem Countdown" to Adolf Hitler being a "hunter" used by God to force Jews to emigrate to Israel.
In a reference to the Book of Jeremiah, whose author predicts a scattering of the Jewish people but saying God would bring them back to the promised land, Mr. Hagee says in the sermon: "How did [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel."
"Leading rabbis have said the same thing." "This is a legitimate effort to grapple with the age-old question of why God allows evil in the world. Pastor Hagee was not, as some are claiming, saying the Holocaust was good. He has said repeatedly, throughout his life, that the Holocaust was the greatest of tragedies. "But there is a long-standing Jewish tradition of searching for divine explanations for tragedy. For people who are biblical literalists, God is omnipotent; therefore, they maintain, God must have allowed the Holocaust to happen. What you hear here is an effort to search for an explanation."
Friday, May 23, 2008
"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it"
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Imagine how many more Kentucky votes would have been cast for Clinton had the press not been giving the last rites to the Clinton campaign.... Obama, expected to lose by a much smaller margin, obviously has a real problem. Yes, he will carry Oregon, to be sure. Yes, he will be within an arms reach of a majority of the pledged delegates required for the nomination if you happen to think taking Florida and Michigan off the table is a wise move. But the fact remains that he has lost, and lost big in some very important states necessary to be elected.
If, for example. Obama fails to carry Connecticut in the national, which is a very real possibility, it would take 5 smaller, mid-western states just to break even with Mc Cain. So it IS a very acceptable question to raise: Is Obama electable on the national scene? And can the Dems chance losing the White House in a critical period in our nations history? The truthful answer is no, we cannot afford it, but we are stuck. Stuck due to the caucus states Obama won early on during the Obama nation hysteria period. A period, and movement which is most definitely wearing thin across the nation. That's the trouble with being a political pop icon...you have a very limited shelf life until voters lose the feeling and reassess who, and most notably what you stand for, if anything at all.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Barack Obama’s Pitch in KentuckySupposedly Barack Obama’s not playing for Kentucky. You could have fooled me. He’s got 16 offices in the state next to Hillary’s 5. Hillary has no office west of Louisville. Barack Obama’s offices go from the West Virginia border to the Mississippi River. So how is Barack trying to appeal to Kentuckians? As a religious candidate? Obviously, NOT an example of the "say-anything-to-win" politics of the past. Here is what the top picture (the one with "Pastor Obama") says,"My faith teaches me that I can sit in church and pray all I want. But I won't be fulfilling God's will unless I go out and do God's work." Barack ObamaThe verse (paraphrase) is “faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.” Apparently Obama thinks love should be omitted. I guess Obama is so great that he can re-write the Bible as he needs. How full of himself does a person need to be to directly steal from the Bible and twist the message to fit a political whim? Sick.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
2. We are losing focus. We should be targeting the White House and 9 more Senate seats.
3. Obama is looking fragile and lacking a knock out punch.
4. Party Unity, no small thing.
5. Florida and Michigan will not have their delegates seated until you get out.
6. Campaign debts. Squandering more money fighting a campaign you cannot win is stupid and fiscally irresponsible, especially for Obama, who should be focusing on the National.
7. The Clinton legacy, or at least what is left of it. Don't worry, America has Alzheimer's.
8. The party will appreciate it, and reward you down the line (speaker ship?).
9. You are kicking his ass lately, and that is embarrassing.
The Kennedy family is preparing to host the annual Best Buddies Challenge event in Hyannisport this afternoon, which is a fund-raiser for the organization. Best Buddies was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver and helps people with intellectual disabilities.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1980. He has endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the 2008 nomination. Obama said that his "thoughts and prayers" are with Kennedy. "We are going to try to find out as quickly as possible what is going on," Obama said, and added that he would call Kennedy's wife, Vicky. "He is one of my favorite people," Obama said.
Kennedy is the youngest of nine children in the famous family of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. His oldest brother, Joe, died in World War II; two other brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Kennedy, were both assassinated in the 1960s
Friday, May 16, 2008
“I don’t think it is a good energy policy to depend upon the kindness of the Saudis … while businesses and individuals are trying to figure out how they’re going to afford nearly $4 a gallon gas and nearly $5 a gallon diesel,” she said. “The impact is really beginning to ripple dramatically through the economy.”
Clinton generally lamented the sense of “paralysis” in the country today. “We just can’t get anything done. Here we are the greatest nation in the world, the greatest problem solvers, and we’re not solving our problems,” she said. “We’re not solving our energy problems; we’re not solving our infrastructure problems. I mean it just doesn’t add up. And we’re sure not solving our health care problems.”
"I'm going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I'm still hoping to be that nominee, but I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me ... understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama."
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
No. As dictated by a 2001 state law, the South Dakota Department of Health is responsible for furnishing the county auditors with a list of registered voters who have died each month. This information is used to update the state's electronic voter-registration file, which was created by a different 2001 law. Absentee ballots are collected by county auditors and remain sealed until the election, so if an absentee voter dies prior to the election, then her ballot is never opened.
The 2001 South Dakota law originally required this monthly list of deceased voters to be transferred to the county auditors by the 10th of the following month—which in this case could have occurred after the June 3 election. However, updates to the legislation passed in the wake of 2002's Help America Vote Act now require more frequent electronic reporting.
John Edwards: "People act like these endorsements are a big deal." I may have missed something but Barack Obama is doing OK without my endorsement." "The notion that a failed Presidential candidate has some sort of power is an absurd concept...."
So after a huge defeat last night in West Virginia (by over 40% points), Obama summons his lap dog, John Edwards for his endorsement, and in Grand Rapids, Michigan no less. What was he doing there? Quote from Edwards..."the voters have made their choice, and so have I."
"And when this campaign draws to a close, and it will very soon, we will unite under Barack Obama in the national election..." And so, in an almost Clintonian display of perfect timing, Barack Obama not only trounces Hillary's huge West Virginia win the night before, but he gets to apologize to Michigan for not participating in their primary, for taking his name of the ballot and for fighting to see that their delegates not be seated. The question wasn't why was Edwards in Michigan, the question was...why is Barack campaigning in Michigan at all? The upcoming primaries are in Oregon and Tennessee.
Shameless. Could it be any more obvious that it is now Hillary versus the Democratic party who so desperately wants her to leave the race (and stop defeating him so soundly)?
Should we be surprized? Take a look at Edwards ripping into Hillary at one of the debates...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
As has been the case in previous states, a significant amount of both candidates' supporters said they aren't willing to vote for the other candidate in November. Among Obama supporters, just 51 percent of West Virginia Democrats say they will vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. John McCain would get close to a third of Obama's supporters, and 14 percent said they wouldn't vote at all. But an even smaller number of Clinton's supporters would back Obama: just 36 percent say that they would vote for the Illinois senator. About the same amount, 35 percent, say they would support McCain and 29 percent say they wouldn't vote or would vote for someone else.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
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Talk about someone who "has lost his bearings?" I think our work is officially done, folks. We have officially whittled our choices of candidates down to two buffoons; two candidates who are not capable of a cohesive thought without a teleprompter. Obama has no clue how many states are in the union, and McCain can't tell the Sunni from the Shia.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
UPDATE: Kennedy spokesman Anthony Coley says in a statement:
Senator Kennedy thinks Senator Clinton is more than qualified to be Vice President, but doesn't think it's likely given the tenor of the campaign in recent weeks. The thought of Hillary as VP makes him wish for another 18" of water
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
United in November? Most polls show that over 35% of Clinton supporters will refuse to support Obama, either with their Mc Cain votes, or their absence from the polls altogether.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Obama eating an omelet trying to appear like a regular guy.
Speaking of races, Obama has shown the Indiana primary is not just about race by ordering an
"egg white only" omelet with American cheese. Mrs. Obama was overheard stating "this is the first time in my adult life I have ever been proud of a breakfast item."
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In addition to charges of lewd acts against one student, Steven Rooney, seen in this March 19, 2008 photo, was charged with molesting two students at a Watts middle school.
He was moved to a desk job and later transferred to another school.
A Santa Monica middle school teacher was charged today with multiple counts of sexually molesting five of his female students, officials said.Thomas Arthur Beltran, 60, was charged with 14 felony counts, including eight counts of a lewd act on a child, three counts of continuous sexual abuse and three counts of sexual penetration of a foreign object on a child under 14, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
“Previously I had been married to a woman who was very verbally abusive to me,” the man said. He paused and asked, “Is it true that you called your wife a c***?”
The crowd booed, and McCain responded:“No, no — you don’t wanna, you don’t wanna. You know, it’s a great thing about town hall meetings, sir,” he said. “But we really don’t — there’s people here who don’t respect that kind of language. So I’ll move onto the next questioner in the back.”
Secret Service agents escorted the man out of the building. The question came out of a new book called “The Real McCain,” by Cliff Schecter, that alleges McCain publicly called his wife Cindy that word in 1992. The McCain campaign has called the book “trash journalism” and called the alleged incident a “complete fabrication.”
"That's exactly how he said it," Reed's divorce lawyer, Roosevelt Thomas, told The Post. "It looks like Delmer might have been right," he said, because after Delmer and Ramah Reed were divorced, she got remarried - to Wright. "Either that or this was the biggest coincidence in the world." "Jeremiah knew all the weaknesses of the couple, and he started focusing on the wife, her vulnerabilities, and started doing things she wanted Delmer to do - spending time with her, taking her to the movies, that sort of thing," said Davis, who heads the Chicago branch of football great Jim Brown's Amer-I-can youth program.
"Everybody knew Jeremiah took the man's wife," said Davis. "It was common knowledge."
In 2003, Mosley said, "I called him on the carpet about the indecorous manner in which he'd obtained his wife." In response, said Mosley, "he ranted and raved from the pulpit. He got up and announced, 'If Derrick Mosley is in the building, I want you all to arrest him.' "
A two-week FOX News investigation has uncovered where Reverend Wright will be spending a good deal of his time in retirement, and it is a far cry from the impoverished Chicago streets where the preacher led his ministry for 36 years. FOX News has uncovered documents that indicate Wright is about to move to a 10,340-square-foot, four-bedroom home in suburban Chicago, currently under construction in a gated community. According to documents obtained from the Cook County Register of Deeds, Wright purchased two empty lots in Tinley Park, Ill., from Chicago restaurant chain owner Kenny Lewis for $345,000 in 2004.
Documents show Wright sold the property to his church, Trinity United, in December 2006, with the proceeds going to a living trust shared with his wife, Ramah. The sale price for the land was just under $308,000, about $40,000 less than Wright’s original purchase two years earlier.
Public records of the sale show Trinity initially obtained a $10 million bank loan to purchase the property and build a new house on the land.
But further investigation with tax and real estate attorneys showed that the church had actually secured a $1.6 million mortgage for the home purchase, and attached a $10 million line of credit, for reasons unspecified in the paperwork, which, in and of itself, is certainly above board, just curious.
In response to numerous inquiries of such a lavish gift from the church's donations, the headquarters of the United Church of Christ explained it this way.....“It is customary and appropriate in many Christian denominations, including the United Church of Christ, for local churches to offer housing provisions for retiring clergy, especially in cases where pastors have served long-term pastorates. We support efforts by our 5,700 local churches to ensure that retiring pastors and spouses have continuing housing, adequate pension and health care, as an expression of our continuing appreciation for their years of service. Each local UCC congregation is free to honor a retiring pastor in ways it feels most appropriate to address the needs of that clergyperson’s circumstances,” wrote the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, spokesman for UCC’s national office. Maybe they should have consulted with Barack Obama first....Tony Rezco could have gotten them a sweetheart of a deal on the properties.