Saturday, August 30, 2008

Palin Addresses Imigration Issue

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin granted Honorary Citizenship to Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson when Ferguson was trying to become an American citizen. The native Scotsman was too anxious for US citizenhip to wait for the INS to get around to his case, so he proceeded to make appeals for honorary citizenship to individual cities, towns, hamlets, and wide-spots-in-the-road across America. Many other Governors granted Honorary State citizenship bypassing the entire bogus process.

Ferguson became a citizen February 1, 2008. For real.

h/t Thomas Lifson via Dennis Sevakis.

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Jim Reeves

Sure glad Jim Reeves chose singing over boxing and baseball.
This video of 'I Love You Because' was recorded at a 1964 concert in Oslo, Norway.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin VP

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, is John McCain's Vice-Presidential running mate. Gov. Palin has served only two years as governor after serving on the city council of her town and sitting as Mayor. Palin was born in Idaho Feb. 11, 1964 and her parents moved to Alaska to teach shortly thereafter. She earned a B.S. in Communications/Journalism in 1987 from the University of Idaho.

The Palin family lives in Wasilla, Alaska (pop. 6500) 30 miles north of Anchorage. Her husband, Todd is a blue-collar North Slope oil worker and is part Native American, Yup'ik Eskimo. The couple have five children - Track, 19; Bristol 17; Willow 14; Piper, 7, and baby Trig. The Palins learned four months into the last pregnancy, that Trig had Down Syndrome, but they never had any thought to abort the baby. "We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential," Palin told the AP when Trig was born in April.

Her eldest son, Track, enlisted in the Army in 2007 and is assigned to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. On a trip to Germany in 2007, Gov. Palin stopped in to visit with wounded military personnel at Landstuhl Medical Center. In the photo, Palin speaks with Army Private James Pattison.

Will Sarah Palin make a good running mate and Vice President ... only time will tell. Her rather meager political background is still more than Barack Obama who is running for President.

One interesting note - Alaska and Hawaii were the last two states admitted to the Union and are the farthest flung from the Continuous 48. With Obama from Hawaii and now Palin from Alaska thsi is the first time the two "forgotten" states have had national attention at such a high level.

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Obama Speaks, McCain Responds

Last evening, Barack Obama gave his blessing to the Democrat's nomination of him for the office of President. John McCain's campaign responded quickly with the following statement.

The Obama acceptance speech can be read at Indigo Continuum.
ARLINGTON, VA -- Tonight, the McCain campaign issued the following statement from Tucker Bounds, McCain 2008 spokesman, on Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention:

"Tonight, 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 harm's way. The fact remains: Barack Obama is still not ready to be President."


MISLEADING CLAIM #1: Barack Obama Can Bring Democrats And Republicans Together. OBAMA: "America, 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." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)

NPR's Juan Williams: Barack Obama "Doesn't Have The Record" Of Bipartisanship That John McCain Has. NPR'S JUAN WILLIAMS: "You think about everything from campaign finance to immigration and on, and there's John McCain working across party lines. Senator Obama doesn't 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 doesn't have the record." (Fox News' "Special Report With Brit Hume," 5/7/08)


The Washington Post's Richard Cohen: "There Is Scant Evidence The Illinois Senator Takes Positions That Challenge His Base Or Otherwise Threaten Him Politically." "Obama might have a similar bottom line, core principles for which, in some sense, he is willing to die. If so, we don't know what they are. Nothing so far in his life approaches McCain's 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. That's why his reversal on campaign financing and his transparently false justification of it matter more than similar acts by McCain." (Richard Cohen, Op-Ed, "McCain's Core Advantage," The Washington Post, 6/24/08)

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "He's 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 'post-partisan?'" (Jonathan Martin, "Obama's Third Way: It's All In The Tone," Politico, 6/30/08)

Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK): "His Record Does Not Reflect Working In A Bipartisan Fashion." "Boren, the lone Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegate, said that while Obama has talked about working with Republicans, 'unfortunately, his record does not reflect working in a bipartisan fashion.'" (Tim Talley, "Okla. Dem Calls Obama Liberal, Declines To Endorse," The Associated Press, 6/10/08)

"The Record Shows Obama To Be A Fairly Doctrinaire Liberal Democrat ..." (Editorial, "Obama's Rhetoric Soars, But What Does His Record Suggest?" USA Today, 1/28/08)

In 2007, Obama Voted With The Democrat Party 97 Percent Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly Website,, Accessed 3/3/08)

In 2006, Obama Voted With The Democrat Party 96 Percent Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly Website,, Accessed 1/27/08)

In 2005, Obama Voted With The Democrat Party 97 Percent Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly Website,, Accessed 1/27/08)

MISLEADING CLAIM #2: Barack Obama Will Ensure That Our Troops On The Ground Have "The Equipment They Need In Battle." OBAMA: "As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm's 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." (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: "These challenges are not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush. ... But the record's 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 don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)

Barack Obama Says He Voted With President Bush "For The Most Part." REPORTER: "For a couple of days, they've been saying you voted to raise taxes something like 94 times. That seems to be the drumbeat that's going to happen during this campaign. Are you going to raise taxes in a big way for average Americans?" OBAMA: "I 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 I've 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." (KMOV [St. Louis, MO], 6/10/08)

Watch Barack Obama's KMOV Interview

The New York Times' David Brooks: Democrats Saying McCain Represents The Third Bush Term Are "Just Factually Inaccurate." "Finally, 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." (David Brooks, Op-Ed, "Calling Dr. Doom," The New York Times, 6/3/08)

Newsweek's Michael Hirsh: "As We Now Know Nearly Four Years Later, McCain Was Dead On In His Analysis Of What Went Wrong In Iraq." "In early November 2003, at a time when Fred Dalton Thompson was playing a tough D.A. on 'Law and Order,' 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 'Iraqification' -- 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 'if we lose popular support in the United States.' The next day, the secretary of Defense asked McCain to breakfast. 'I read y our speech,' harrumphed Rumsfeld (that 'must have been an enjoyable experience for him,' 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 'believed there was no need for additional troops,' 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. 'I'd like to see the president fully engaged,' McCain said. Bush needed to be on top of 'more details of what's going on.' 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 Bush's current 'surg e' is that if it had occurred back then -- when McCain wanted it and the political will existed in this country to support it for the necessary number of years -- it might well have succeeded." (Michael Hirsh, "Why McCain's Collapse Matters," 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 "Widely Acknowledged To Have Charted A Course Independent Of Bush" On Climate Change. "On global warming, McCain is widely acknowledged to have charted a course independent of Bush. Immediately after the 2004 election, in which he stumped for Bush's re-election, he sharply distanced himself from Bush on climate change, calling the administration's stance 'terribly disappointing.' 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." (William March, "McCain Bucks Ties To Bush," The Tampa Tribune, 6/11/08)

MISLEADING CLAIM #4: John McCain Believes We've Made "Great Progress" And Families Aren't Hurting. OBAMA: "He said that our economy has made 'great progress' under this President. He said that the fundamentals of the e conomy are strong." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08) Obama Use Of Quote Is "Misleading" And "Distorts" John McCain's Words. "The second and third quotes the Obama campaign uses from McCain are more misleading. The ad shows McCain saying: '[T]here's been great progress economically.' The quote comes from an interview McCain did with Peter Cook at Bloomberg Television in April. ... McCain was making a case for what he believed were positive economic developments during Bush's time in office. However, the fuller quote shows McCain was saying that whatever progress had been made, it wouldn't be enough to comfort families 'facing these tremendous economic challenges.' His comments overall are pessimistic; he cites 'challenging times' and 'enormous difficulties.' The Obama campaign distorts his views by using just a snippet of his remarks." (D'Angelo Gore, "Distorting McCain's Remarks,", 8/19/08)

In The Full Question And Answer Cited By Barack Obama, John McCain Clearly Said That We Are In "Tough Times" And Families Are Facing "Tremendous Economic Challenges." Bloomberg's Peter Cook: "I'm 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?" McCain: "Certainly, 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 they're going to be able to keep their home or not. They're figuring out whether they're -- why it is that suddenly and recently someone in their family or their neighbor has lost their job. There's no doubt that we are in enormous difficulties. "I 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 there's been great progress economically over that period of time. But that's no comfort. That's no comfort to families now that are facing these tremendous economic challenges. But let me just add, Peter, the fundamentals of America's economy are strong. We're 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 haven't lost their fundamental religious beliefs, their respect for the Constitution, their right to bear arms. They are still -- keep America as a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world." (John McCain, Interview With Bloomberg TV, 4/17/08)

Watch Video Of Obama Economic Attack Compared To John McCain's Full Response:

ABC News: Barack Obama Proved "He Knows How To Twist With The Best Of Them" When He Cited The McCain Quote. "Although 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: 'John McCain went on television and said that there has "been great progress economically" over the last seven and a half years.' Obama did not tell his audience, however, that McCain's Thursday reference to economic progress was quickly followed by him adding that such progress is 'no comfort' to struggling families." (Teddy Davis And Talal Al-Khatib, "Obama Twists McCain On Economy," ABC News, 4/18/08)

MISLEADING CLAIM #5: Barack Obama Will Pay For His Massive Spending Increase. OBAMA: "Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime -- by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't 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 -- because we cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century bureaucracy." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)

Barack Obama: "I Do Not Make A Promise That We Can Reduce [The Budget Deficit] By 2013." "'I 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 America's families,' Obama told reporters this week when asked if he'd match McCain's pledge." (Nedra Pickler, "Analysis: Obama Won't Try For McCain's Budget Goal," The Associated Press, 7/8/08)

Chicago Tribune: Barack Obama Has "No Interest In Eliminating Deficit Spending." "Since 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." (Editorial, "Failure Of Nerve," Chicago Tribune, 7/8/08)

The Associated Press: Barack Obama Not "Even Trying" To Balance The Budget And "Frankly Says He's Not Sure He'd Bring It Down At All In Four Years." "Barack Obama says John McCain's plan to balance the budget doesn't add up. Easy for him to say: It's not a goal he's even trying to reach. Not only does Obama say he won't eliminate the deficit in his first term, as McCain aims to do, he frankly says he's not sure he'd bring it down at all in four years, considering his own spending plans." (Nedra Pickler, "Analysis: Obama Won't Try For McCain's Budget Goal," The Associated Press, 7/8/08)

The National Journal's John Maggs: "[Obama] Has Rhetorically Committed To A 'Pay-As-You-Go' 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." (John Maggs, "Obama On The Economy," The National Journal, 5/31/08)

Los Angeles Times: Barack Obama "Has Not Identified New Revenue Sources Or Spending Cuts To Pay For Some Of" His Proposals. "The 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." (Peter Nicholas, "Adding Up The Cost Of Obama's Agenda," Los Angeles Times, 7/8/08)

The New York Times' David Brooks Said For Barack Obama To Fund His Domestic Programs, He Will Have To Break His Pledge Not To Tax The Middle Class. "Both [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. It's 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." (David Brooks, Op-Ed, "No Whining About The Media," The New York Times, 4/16/08)

MISLEADING CLAIM #6: Under Barack Obama, We Will Achieve Energy Independence. OBAMA: "And 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." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)

The Detroit News: Barack Obama's Energy Plan Will "Do Nothing To Answer The Nation's Long-Term Needs." "The latest additions to Sen. Barack Obama's energy plan, outlined during an appearance in Lansing Monday, may win the Democratic presidential candidate some votes from disgruntled consumers in November, but they'll do nothing to answer the nation's long-term needs." (Editorial, "Obama's Energy Plan Is Fueled By Populism," The Detroit News, 8/5/08)

The Washington Post Editorial: Barack Obama Offering Gimmicks On Energy. "When 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. 'It's an idea to get them through an election,' Mr. Obama said. Now he has two such gimmicks of his own." (Editorial, "Tapping Tired Wells," 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: "The politics may have changed, but the facts haven't. The accuracy of Sen. McCain's 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." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Press Availability, Jacksonville, FL, 6/20/08)

Barack Obama Opposes Immediate Gas Tax Relief For American Families. Obama: "I think John McCain's proposal for a three month tax holiday is a bad idea." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Blue Bell, PA, 4/21/08)

Barack Obama Called John McCain's $300 Million Prize For A Better Battery A "Gimmick." Obama: "In 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." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Las Vegas, NV, 6/24/08)

Barack Obama Criticized Expanding Nuclear Power. Obama: "That might make sense in Washington, but it doesn't 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." (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. "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal for a windfall profits tax on oil companies could cost $15 billion a year at last year's profit levels, a campaign adviser said." (Daniel Whitten, "Obama May Levy $15 Billion Tax On Oil Company Profit," Bloomberg News, 5/1/08)

The Washington Post: Barack Obama's Tax On Oil Will Only Lead To "Higher Prices At The Pump." "But 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 -- 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." (Editorial, "Tapping Tired Wells," The Washington Post, 8/6/08)

MISLEADING CLAIM #7: Barack Obama Will Cut Taxes. OBAMA: "I 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 -- cut taxes -- for 95% of all working families." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)

Barack Obama Voted Twice In Favor Of The Democrats' 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) 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. "What 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. ... But as those of you who have filled out a 1040 know, that's not actually how income taxes work. We don't pay taxes on our total earnings; we pay them based on our 'taxable income.' The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center's Eric Toder told that 'people with taxable income of $32,000 would have a total income greater than that.' 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." ("The $32,000 Question,",, 7/8/08) "Obama's Votes Indicate A Willingness To Raise Taxes." "Certainly Obama's votes indicate a willingness to raise taxes, and Obama has not been shy about saying explicitly that he will raise some taxes." ("The $32,000 Question,",, 7/8/08)

Obama Campaign: Barack Obama Voted For A Budget Resolution That Wouldn't Have Increased Taxes For Any Taxpayers Making Less Than $41,500. ROSEN: "Campaign aides to Senator Obama today, called the charge that he voted for tax hikes on people making only $32,000 a year, quote, 'bogus.' 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." (Fox News' "America's Election Headquarters," 7/30/08)

The New York Times: Barack Obama's "Vote Was On A Budget Resolution To Raise Taxes On People Making $41,500 A Year." ", 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." (Michael Cooper, "McCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some In GOP," The New York Times, 7/30/08)


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Wow! That's alot of mistakes. I guess you can have your own facts.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

McCain Congratulates Obama

John McCain, even after taking some hard knocks from Barry O during his acceptance speech, still took the time and had the good manners to tell his opponent, "Well done."

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Obama Creed

"I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future."

Barack Obama

Obama Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech full text at Indigo Continuum.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cindy McCain Visits Refugees in Tblisi, Georgia

While Michelle Obama was at the Democrat convention extolling the virtues of her husband, Barry O, and telling us more than we wanted to know about their courtship, Cindy McCain was not home. John McCain's wife was not watching Mickey O describe how much she loves America.

No, Cindy McCain missed all of the excitement because she was in Tblisi, Georgia. You remember Georgia, right? That little pro-Western country invaded by Russia while the rest of the world played games in Beijing? Yeah, that's where Cindy spent her summer vacation.

TBILISI, Georgia (AFP) — Cindy McCain, wife of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain, on Tuesday visited refugees in Georgia, insisting the timing of her trip had no link to the Democratic convention.

Cindy McCain visited a school and former government building housing hundreds of Georgians forced to leave their homes for the relative safety of Tbilisi in the conflict with Russia.

"Each time I see and talk with refugees it breaks my heart," McCain told reporters after visiting the two camps which are supported by the World Food Programme (WFP).

"The only place these people want to be is home. But they cannot go home because of what happened to them and because of the situation that the Russians have caused."

"My job in all of this is to make sure the international community does not forget what is going on here," said McCain.

John McCain fiercely condemned Russia's actions in its conflict with Georgia, and demanded that Moscow be barred from the Group of Eight rich nations club as punishment.

Her visit to Georgia came a day after Michelle Obama, the wife of her husband's democratic challenger, pledged to the Democratic National Convention that Barack Obama would be an "extraordinary president".

"Did I do this (trip) because it is during to Democratic National Convention?" asked Cindy McCain, wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt.

"The answer is no. I could not come any quicker. The timing just happens to be right now."

"It is important for us see at first hand what is going on and hear the stories from the displaced people and our friends the Saakashvilis as well," she said, referring to President Mikheil Saakashvili and his wife.
Next week the Republicans hold their nominating convention. Cindy McCain is slated to give a speech. While she does, I wonder where Mickey O will be? With innocent families caught in the crossfire of two angry mobs or maybe at a Chicago tea with domestic terrorists? No matter. I'm sure it will have the appropriate import and gravitas.

Too bad Cindy doesn't have gravitas and import. She only has a black t-shirt, blue jeans, a warm smile, a caring heart, a lot of money, a bunch of houses, and a concern for people half way across the world who need some help and comfort.

She kind of reminds me of someone...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Clinton Convention Speech Highlights

Hillary wore the orange pantsuit.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Obama Assassin Wannabes Behind Bars

The raggedy assed group of white supremacist losers who plotted to shoot Democrat Party Presidential nominee, Barack Obama are in custody. The plot was discovered Sunday afternoon and ended tonight in Denver, Colorado.

Brian Maass, investigative reporter for CBS4, reports:

CBS4 has learned at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass reported one of the suspects told authorities they were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ... rifle … sighted at 750 yards."

Law enforcement sources tell Maass that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."

The story began emerging Sunday morning when Aurora police arrested 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell. He was driving a rented pickup truck in an erratic manner according to sources.

Sources told CBS4 police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine. One of the rifles is listed as stolen from Kansas.

Aurora police alerted federal officials because of heightened security surrounding the Democratic convention, Dudley said.

"Clearly we found there are federal implications -- otherwise we would not have notified them," Det. Marcus Dudley with Aurora police said. "The weapons clearly would cause great concern."

Subsequently authorities went to the Cherry Creek Hotel to contact an associate of Gartrell's. But that man, identified as Shawn Robert Adolph, 33, who was wanted on numerous warrants, jumped out of a sixth floor hotel window. Law enforcement sources say Adolph broke an ankle in the fall and was captured moments later. Sources say he had a handcuff ring and was wearing a swastika, and is thought to have ties to white supremacist organizations.

A third man -- an associate of Gartrell and Adolph, Nathan Johnson, 32, was also arrested. He told authorities that the two men "planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech."

Johnson, along with his girlfriend, Natasha Gromek, are also under arrest on drug charges.

We should all be glad our law enforcement personnel and agencies did their jobs so well and stopped this threat dead in its tracks. Without the Patriot Act and hypervigilence of lawmen across this country, this week might have ended tragically. Barack Obama harbors dangerous and boneheaded ideas for America and the world, but he will be defeated at the ballot box, not at the point of a gun. Violence in US elections should never be tolerated, freedom of expression has its limits.

This was the second plot uncovered in the past few weeks. I'm afraid it won't be the last. There are many crazies of no legitimate political persuasion who wish to do incalculable harm. These people are not Democrats, they are not Republicans, nor are they American Independents. They are crazies who hijack whatever harebrained idea that will make them feel important or part of something important. Or, as we've seen, just to impress a girl.

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Possible Obama Assassination Plot Discovered

This is breaking news from CBS/KCAL 9 Los Angeles:

Police Investigate Possible Plot To Kill Obama
DENVER, Colo. (CBS) ― Law enforcement authorities have arrested two men in connection with a possible assassination plot against Sen. Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention in Denver, CBS station KCNC-TV reported Monday.

Police in Aurora, Colo. made a routine traffic stop at 2:38 a.m. Sunday and arrested 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. Two rifles and methamphetamine were found in the rented pickup truck he was driving. Another law enforcement source says at least one of the rifles was a "sniper rifle."

A second source told CBS station KCNC-TV reporter Brian Maass that authorities told officers they are concerned they may have come upon a possible "assassination plot." Gatrill declined the station's request for an interview.

That arrest then led authorities to a second man staying at the Cherry Creek Hotel in Glendale, Colo. When authorities knocked on the man's door, they say he jumped out of his sixth floor window, landing on an awning and running from the scene. They say they soon found him with a broken ankle. He too was arrested.

Its unclear precisely why authorities suspect the men were targeting Barack Obama, but one of the officer's who was briefed says he was told at least one of the suspects made statements to that effect.

The Secret Service, ATF and the FBI are all involved in the investigation. A Secret Service spokesman says the agency is concerned by the proximity to the Democratic National Convention and the items found in the man's car.

No matter what your views, assassination is unacceptable in America.


KUSA-TV claims three men are in custody after a routine traffic stop in Aurora (near Denver) turned up two rifles, high-powered scopes, ammo and meth. The man in the car led authorities to a hotel where another suspect jumped out of a fourth floor window in an attempt to escape.A third guy was busted at another hotel but the info on him is sketchy.The arrests went down yesterday. The TV station says sources said "Two of the men had tattoos and jewelry popular with white supremacists." (TMZ)


According CBS4, "one of the officers who was briefed says he was told at least one of the suspects made statements to that effect" that the pair was planning to assassinate Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

The hotel where the pair of would-be assassins' was staying: the Cherry Creek Hotel at 600 South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale.

The hotel where NEWSWEEK's entire convention team is staying: the Cherry Creek Hotel at 600 South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale.
(Andrew Romano, Newsweek)

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NYC Citizens Ignore Cries for Help Again

Very early in the morning, from beyond the windows, from behind thin walls, a woman cries out for help. Moments later, the woman screams in pain. For 30 minutes the woman cries for help and screams in pain as she is attacked and killed. The neighbor's sleep is no longer disturbed, all is quiet again. Only then does someone call police.

In the dull glow of streetlights police arrive to find a young woman bleeding to death from a dozen stab wounds. The woman died two hours later in a hospital with people paid to care.

No, it isn't March 13, 1963. No, it isn't Kitty Genovese killed in a 3 stage 30 minute attack. Thirty-eight citizens ignored the screams for a half-hour before anyone called police. Kitty Genovese died and left New York City with a reputation of being blind and deaf to the suffering of others. During the murder trial, frequently witnesses said, "we didn't want to get involved." Vincent Mosley, the killer, said at trial, "I knew they wouldn't do anything - they never do." One study found, on average, if there are more than 4 people witnessing an event, nobody will do anything. Each witness will say justify inaction by saying something like, "I don't have to get involved since there are other people here who can help."

Forty-four years later, some New Yorkers haven't learned to care enough to make an anonymous phone call, dial three simple numbers, to stop the pain.

At about 2:10 a.m. Saturday, police arrived to find 21 year old Ebony Garcia lying in a pool of blood. She was dying because of the dozen or so stab wounds inflicted during the half-hour attack. The noise only annoyed the neighbors. After the screams stopped, someone called the cops.
Look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends by Phil Ochs
One neighbor said she thought Ebony Garcia had been drinking. Wouldn't that have been enough to call police for disturbing the peace? Selfishness of neighbors aided in the woman's death. Selfishness of neighbors could also have saved her life.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Naked and Political? Must be Democrats.

Opus, from Berkeley Breathed in today's Salon -

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Nigeria Wants Scam Victims Prosecuted

An e-mail arrives to the In-Box. The subject line says something like, "RE:IMMEDIATE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION FROM OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY(FRN)". Actually, that's exactly how the subject line in today's Nigerian scam email reads that I received only hours ago. We all get them no matter how strict our security software.

The email goes on to say -

Attention has been brought to us in form of a petition as regards the contracts which were completed and awaiting payment. Let me first inundate you with the fact that based on the petition forwarded to the Senate Committee on Foreign Financial Matters, which the copy of the petition was forwarded to the office of the Executive President Federal Republic Of Nigeria (FRN). I wish to intimate you, that it was discovered in the petition that the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry Of Finance (FMF) headed by Professor Charles Soludo and Dr Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo Iwealla has part of effort to frustrate foreign contractors deliberately without releasing the approved contract payment to the beneficiary.
I like the part where I will be inundated with facts. So very rare these days.

Nigeria has become famous and notorious for these kinds of bogus opportunities and the "Nigerian Government frowns very seriously on these scams... and every day tries to track down those who are involved," Olu Agbi told the Sydney Morning Herald as reported in Ars Technica.

Nigeria is a nation of 140 million people and less than 0.1% are involved in the scam racket. The advance-fee frauds, also called 419 scams, are older than the Internet which has created a growth market for the scammers. They promise riches or big rewards or true love, but first a good faith deposit of a few hundred dollars must be sent ti them. If the scammed individual is lucky, it ends there. Often it goes on until the victim is bled dry of all their money.

Nigerian officials have been fighting this crime for decades in and out of Nigeria in cooperation with law enforcement agencies all over the world. Now they are turning their attention to scam victims.

Nigerian high commissioner Sunday Olu Agbi said, "People who send their money are as guilty as those who are asking them to send the money." Nigeria, he said, has got a bad reputation from the 419 scams perpetrated by a very small number of people. And more so from the even larger number of people around the world who fall for the scams. Olu Agbi says the these people are not victims at all, they are as greedy and as guilty as the criminal running the scam. They should be jailed along with the scammers.

Though, of course, there are exceptions. The elderly who are prone to trusting anyone who pays the slightest attention to them or asks for their help, are the easiest target. The vast majority of rubes are, in fact, greedy, desperate, and/or just plain stupid. Like prostitution, these scams would not exist if there was not a willing participant, dupe, or john. As prostitutes are arrested and jailed, and so are their clients. If one is to be prosecuted, then the scammer and the scammed should both be prosecuted.

If not that, let the buyer beware, a fool and his money are soon parted, bitter experience is the best teacher, fool me once shame on you - fool me twice shame on me, and a host of other folk wisdom, which we call after accumulation common sense, should prevail in the market place.

Investigation and prosecution leads to extra costs to the taxpayer. Allowing nature to run its course is not very neighborly, but in the long run, is much cheaper for everyone, except the rubes, who will be more wary next time. Ironically, non-enforcement could actually make better citizens who take of themselves or suffer their own punishment for being fooled, duped, and swindled.

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