Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
LIBBY: obstruction of justice and perjury
RENZI: conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion, money laundering
VITTER: escort service patron
CRAIG: sex sting in Minnesota bathroom
YOUNG: under FBI investigation for changing bill to help fundraiser
DeLAY: jack abramoff scandal
DOMINICI: attorney purge scandal
MARTINEZ: repeat violations to federal election law
WEYHRAUCH: accepting bribes from VECO
WOLFOWITZ: conflict of interest, nepotism World Bank
CUNNINGHAM: 2.4m in bribes accepted
FOLEY: sexually explicit e-mails to former congressional pages
GRILES: lied about abramoff connection
But they are the devout, law and order party (if attending weekly confessionals count for anything). For the record, I deliberately left off John McCain's membership in the Keating Five (not a gospel singing group).
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action -
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow. "
In the great Battles of Caucus and Primary he smote the conniving Hillary, wife of the deposed King Bill the Priapic and their barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites.
"Lord — Protect my family and me," reads the note published in the Maariv daily. "Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."
Many visitors to the 2,000-year-old Western Wall leave notes bearing requests and prayers. Obama did so during a pre-dawn visit there Thursday, following a day spent meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs would neither confirm nor deny the note was Obama's.
"I am accusing, I am stating the facts. The facts are that I don't question Sen. Obama's patriotism. I'm sure that he's a very patriotic American, I question his judgment because he lacks experience and knowledge, and I questioned his judgment. … Sen. Obama just views this war as another political issue, which he can change positions,” McCain said.
McCain argued that Obama opposed the surge and doesn't “understand the importance of this victory and the consequences of failure and the benefits of success.”
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Gates said he'd contribute $125 million over five years to the global effort and Bloomberg chipped in $250 million on the top of the $125 million he contributed in 2006. "I'm sure it's just the first of many things we can do together," said Gates at a midtown Manhattan press conference. He declined to elaborate, saying "There's nothing concrete at this point." Bloomberg and Gates are worth a combined $70 billion and both lead foundations which are among the largest in the nation.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This is NOT news.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
• "Why have you only now decided to visit Afghanistan for the first time after having been in office for more than three and a half years?"
• "What would Iraq look like today if we had implemented your plan, announced in January 2007, to bring all of our troops home by March 2008?"
• "If you think that the surge has failed in Iraq, why are you advocating a surge in Afghanistan?"
The 51 pages also include background material on what the McCain team believes are Obama's shifts in thinking about Iraq and Afghanistan. Click here for the booklet in its entirety.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Obama has always had a healthy understanding of the reaction he elicits in others, and he learned to use it to his advantage a very long time ago. Marty Nesbitt remembers Obama’s utter calm the day he gave his celebrated speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, in Boston, which made him an international celebrity and a potential 2008 Presidential candidate. “We were walking down the street late in the afternoon,” Nesbitt told me. “And this crowd was building behind us, like it was Tiger Woods at the Masters.”
“Barack, man, you’re like a rock star,” Nesbitt said.
“Yeah, if you think it’s bad today, wait until tomorrow,” Obama replied.
“What do you mean?”
“My speech,” Obama said, “is pretty good.”
Sunday, July 13, 2008
He came back and attended Harvard Law, joined two different law firms, then went back to West Point as an Associate Professor. He served 3 terms as a Rhode Island state Senator, one term in the House of Representatives, and two terms in the Senate, where he currently is a member of the Senate Armed Forces committee, the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee, as well as the Senate Appropriations committee.
He is a Roman Catholic (again, pleasing to JFK crazed Obama), with an extremely liberal voting record, although not quite as liberal as Obama. He married professional Senate staffer Julia Hart in a Roman Catholic ceremony in the Catholic chapel on the United States Military Academy campus on April 16, 2005. On January 5, 2007, Mrs. Reed gave birth to a daughter, Emily (devout family man).
What else do you need? Experience, a veteran, serves on the three most powerful committees in the Senate, attended Harvard, a former educator, extremely liberal to calm down the Obama critics that he is merging towards the center, a devout family man, and a person of faith. Add to this the not so obvious (and continuing) JFK comparisons, and we have our man. The only thing he hasn't done is get captured while commanding a PT boat. And now, he travels to Iraq with Obama, and coincidence (?), he did the George Stephanopolis show today. SLAM DUNK!! It's Obama / Reed 2008. Here is the video....http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=5316923
Saturday, July 12, 2008
In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate. The Soviets hung large banners across it to prevent him looking into the East (and thus, made this visit very important to Obama, who has a HUGE Kennedy hero worship complex).
When the Revolutions of 1989 occurred and the Berlin Wall collapsed, the Gate symbolized freedom and the desire to unify (get the symbolism?) the City of Berlin. On the 22nd of December 1989, the Brandenburg Gate re-opened when Helmut Kohl, the West German Chancellor, walked through to be greeted by Hans Modrow, the East German Prime Minister.
On July 12, 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the Gate about peace in post-Cold War Europe.
In July of 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is rumored to make a keynote address on transatlantic relations at the Brandenburg Gate, during his visit to Germany on July 24th. There has been some controversy and disagreements surrounding the details of this visit between Berlin's Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Indeed, Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt told the mass circulation tabloid Bild that "it would be nice if the German government would focus on strengthening its contacts to us rather than already beginning to look for our successors." Although officially denying it, rumors circling around Washington are that the Bush administration have used back channels to protest, and circumvent Obama from looking like the President heir apparent while visiting Germany.
Friday, July 11, 2008
“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” Gramm, a former Texas senator, told the newspaper, adding that the presumptive Republican nominee will face an uphill battle fighting those perceptions.“We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in ‘decline’ despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy.”
Carly Fiorina Senior Advisor to McCain, and thought to be on a Veep short list
"There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won't cover birth control medication. Those women would like a choice." She also told women in Ohio that McCain "has never signed on to efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade."
John McCain, in response to Ms. Fiorina
Talk about a deer caught in the headlights....what haven't you thought much about....birth control coverage by insurance, or Viagra? He doesn't know how he voted on it? He is an old, old man with a smoking hot wife....and he hasn't thought about Viagra? That is a shame on many, many levels. When I see John McCain, I think of medical opinions that former President Reagan was in the beginning of Alzheimer's during his second term. Scary.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Did you really expect to be granted your constitutional rights by the Republican party?
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was in Denver, CO, today for a town hall meeting. The event, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, was billed as “open to the public.” Yet Carol Kreck, a 61-year-old librarian carrying a “McCain=Bush” sign, was taken away by police for trespassing. A police officer told Kreck: You have two choices. You can keep your sign here and receive a ticket for trespassing, or you can remove the sign and stay in line and attend this town hall meeting.
She asked a very good question...."Why would Republican's consider a sign that said...McCain=Bush ...offensive?" Are they ashamed of their supreme leader? Or did her right to free speech go into the GOP shredder?
DNC ATTEMPT TO FILL 75,000 SEAT STADIUM FOR OBAMA....NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH WILL BE THE MEMORIES OF KENNEDY AND KING, JR.
A special block of "community" credentials will be reserved for Colorado residents for Thursday night's program at INVESCO Field. Details about how to sign up and receive a "community credential" for the last night of the convention will be released in the coming weeks.
Although it is a surprise to move Obama's acceptance speech to the football stadium -- versus the more traditional, indoor arena setting -- it is not unprecedented. In 1960, the Democratic National Convention was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena but nominee John F. Kennedy delivered his acceptance speech next door at the Memorial Coliseum.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Friday, the number of Clinton supporters who plan to defect to Republican Sen. John McCain's camp is down from one month ago, but -- in what could be an ominous sign for Obama as he seeks to unify the party -- the number of them who say they plan to vote for Obama is also down, and a growing number say they may not vote at all.
That number is significantly higher than it was in early June, when 35 percent of Democrats polled said they preferred Clinton to lead the party's presidential ticket. Obama won 59 percent of support from registered Democrats polled in June; now he garners 54 percent.
The United States Olympic Committee, which will have more than 600 people in its delegation, is planning to transport its own produce because of fears about public health and food standards in China. The athletes will eat their three daily meals at their training camp at a local university, which is outside the official confines of the Olympic Park.
1. Old, 19 percent
2. Military service, 9 percent
3. Record, qualifications, 8 percent
4. Bush, 7 percent
5. Strength, 7 percent
6. Insider, politician, 7 percent
7. Iraq, terrorism, 6 percent
8. Honest, 5 percent
9. Republican, 5 percent
10. (tie) Moral/good and dishonest, 4 percent
1. Outsider, change, 20 percent
2. Lack of experience, 13 percent
3. Dishonest, 9 percent
4. Inspiring, 8 percent
5. Liberal, 6 percent
6, 7 (tie). Obama's race, young, 6 percent
8. Not likable, 5 percent
9. Intelligent, 4 percent
10. Muslim, 3 percent
The AP-Yahoo! News poll of 1,759 adults was conducted from June 13-23 and had an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points. The poll was conducted over the Internet by Knowledge Networks, which initially contacted people using traditional telephone polling methods and followed with online interviews.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Why I Will Not Vote for John McCain by Phillip Butler
John's treatment as a POW:
1) Was he tortured for 5 years? No. He was subjected to torture and maltreatment during his first 2 years, from September of 1967 to September of 1969. After September of 1969 the Vietnamese stopped the torture and gave us increased food and rudimentary health care.
"I'm disappointed to see John represent himself politically in ways that are not accurate. He is not a moderate Republican. On some issues he is a maverick. But his voting record is far to the right. I fear for his nominations to our Supreme Court, and the consequent continuing loss of individual freedoms, especially regarding moral and religious issues. John is not a religious person, but he has taken every opportunity to ally himself with some really obnoxious and crazy fundamentalist ministers lately. I was also disappointed to see him cozy up to Bush because I know he hates that man. He disingenuously and famously put his arm around the guy, even after Bush had intensely disrespected him with lies and slander. So on these and many other instances, I don't see that John is the "straight talk express" he markets himself to be."
Thursday, July 3, 2008
For him to allow the voters to consider him less than honest and forthright with his original platforms will be an absolute deathblow.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Well now we're beginning to find out and it ain't pretty. In a lengthy, and amazingly frank, Boston Globe article depicting the dismal results of Chicago's attempt to develop and manage low income housing through private developers, we see that the candidate of change is nothing more than another Chicago machine-generated pol with his feet firmly mired in the muck of corruption of the city he chose to make his political base.
The article points out that it was Obama's law firm and Obama himself that represented these slum lords when angry tenants complained about overflowing sewage, inoperable heating units and rat infestations. And guess what? Just as we're expected to believe that Obama sat in his church for twenty years and never heard any of Reverend Jeremiah Wright's racist diatribes, now we're told Obama was unaware of the slum-like conditions his constituents were living in, conditions directly attributable to the thievery from public coffers of his political cronies like Rezko.
So what at first seemed nothing more than tainted whiffs of unwise political and religious associations by Obama are growing into a stench of ordinary political corruption that may very well be more than many moderate voters, even Democrats, can stomach.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Retired General Wesley Clark, speaking to Face the Nation on Lieberman's quote that McCain is much more ready to be Commander in Chief......
That was where Clark should have zipped his lips. But, as if he couldn't hold back some raging impulse, he went on:
"He hasn't held executive responsibility. … I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."
In a sense, of course, Clark is right. There's nothing about flying a plane—or, for that matter, driving a tank or shooting a rifle—that indicates a talent for high office. Nor does being a Prisoner of War. Although we certainly get somewhat of a picture and testament of McCain's inner qualities, this, in and of itself, doesn't necessarily make him the ultimate candidate for the position of Commander of Chief. There were well over 19oo soldiers who were either POWs or MIAs. No one could argue that all 1900 would make a slam dunk candidate to run our entire military forces.
In 1970, Army Capt. Wes Clark was commanding the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, of the 1st Infantry Division ("the Big Red One"), when a Viet Cong soldier shot him four times. Though seriously wounded, he ordered his men to fight back, and they won the skirmish. Clark was hospitalized and awarded a Silver Star.