September 20, 2008
Oh yeah, by the way their are still considering building a bridge anyway. It's true.
Karzai and other world leaders will convene in New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly. Both McCain and Palin planned to be in New York during that time, in part so McCain can introduce the Alaska governor to the foreign dignitaries assembled there.
McCain campaign officials said Palin may have meetings with other world leaders, but declined to say which ones.
Yeah shaking hands with all these people will definitely make her stronger.
As we just commemorated the seventh memorial for 9/11, we should remind ourselves that a pending attack is probably not far away. Most people who were not directly affected by 9/11 have fully moved on like before it happened. Occasionally we glance at a middle eastern person on the plane but not as much as before. People have inherently been programmed to think only people of middle eastern decent will cause us harm in the form of terrorism. We have become secure again, we go about business as usual. A ride on the train is everyday norm as you grab your newspaper and don't even bother to notice who is around you. Police officers gather together while at an event vs. monitoring the perimeter. That quiet new neighbor goes unnoticed as strange vehicles pull up and equipment is unloaded.
Yes we have done what we as Americans have always done, we move on. We take our lives back to before a tragedy effected us. We don't let fear control our lives. That type of attitude is what made this country strong but could potentially be our downfall.
Do we remember the strength of the economy before the attacks happened? Those low airline fares. The cheap gas prices, how much the dollar was worth, the price of groceries. What happened? The attacks on our country led to us heading in to Afghanistan and eventually into Iraq. What would happen if we were attacked tomorrow and we obtained information the culprits who planned the attack were in Iran? Of course we know Iran would not allow us into their country to search for them. We would be at odds and would be pressed to invade their country. What would this do to the state of our current economy. We could not pull out the troops already in Iraq and Afghanistan. We would however have no choice but to respond.
A total number of twenty people could potentiality ruined the United States economy with another attack at this point in our fragile situation. If you think about it what would be a better time to strike the United States than when it is at it's weakest point since the depression. When we have a heated election going on and a President would couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag. When gas prices have almost doubled in the past year. Banks are faltering and the government continues to raise the deficent by bailing them out. What would a ttack do to us now?
Didn't mean to scare everyone just a thought.
The U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said the humanitarian emergency hasn't yet escalated to a famine, but he warned that if donors don't provide $716 million very quickly the Horn could return to the famine situations of the 1980s and the 1990s.
"The overall food security situation in the Horn of Africa — which includes parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, and Uganda — is getting even more serious than it was before because of the combined effects of drought and rising food prices, and in some places conflict," he told a news conference.
"We reckon there are nearly 17 million people in this region who are now in urgent need of food and other emergency humanitarian assistance," including 3 million children, Holmes said. "This number could even rise as the drought deepens and the hunger season continues."
As we all struggle in these hard economic ties, please do not forget how litttle it takes for you to feed an entire family in a country that provides so much to the rest of the world. Some of the gas you pump, that diamond ring on your finger, that chocolate bar you ate today, the coal that is turned into enery to heat you home. The continent that has died for you needs your help now.
DALLAS - A 56-year-old man who spent 25 years behind bars for a rape he says he didn't commit walked out of court a free man Friday after a judge recommended his aggravated rape conviction be overturned.
Johnnie Earl Lindsey said he wrote six letters to a Dallas County court seeking post-conviction DNA testing that could prove his innocence. All six were ignored, he said.
"I couldn't get nobody to hear my case," said Lindsey. "Once I could get someone to pay attention to what's going on, there was no doubt in my mind I would be exonerated."
That day came Friday, about a week after testing on DNA evidence from a rape kit taken after a 1981 sexual assault of a Dallas woman excluded Lindsey as the source.
He becomes the 20th man in Dallas County proven innocent by DNA testing since 2001, although one of those men will be retried by prosecutors. Those 20 cases are a national high for one county, according to the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center specializing in wrongful conviction cases.
State District Judge Larry Mitchell released Lindsey on a personal recognizance bond and recommended the state Court of Criminal Appeals overturn the rape conviction. Lindsey will be considered officially exonerated once the higher court accepts the recommendation or if Gov. Rick Perry grants a pardon.
Mitchell, who was credited by Lindsey for being the first court official to take an interest in his case, delivered an impassioned apology from the bench.
"I can't tell you how sorry I am this happened to you. Your freedom was taken away from you for all these years," Mitchell said. "There's a saying that justice delayed is justice denied. Justice was delayed for too long in your case."
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September 19, 2008
In private late Tuesday evening, the McCain campaign circulated a draft statement on the Wall Street crisis that attacked the Bush administration for a slow and "inconsistent" response, and charged that executives at several financial firms had made "misleading and false" statements.
But the criticism never appeared. After being circulated not only among McCain aides but also major campaign donors who have worked in the investment industry, the language was softened.
The official McCain statement released Wednesday morning made no mention of the Bush administration, instead accusing management and speculators of "creat[ing] this mess."
HERE IS THE DRAFT STATEMENT AS OF LATE TUESDAY EVENING:
The government rescue of AIG is another unfortunate event following the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It is another example of the reckless management of one of the most important companies in America. Given the serious financial conditions of the markets and at AIG, it was decided to extend a borrowing facility from the Treasury. This action should only protect the people who hold insurance policies, retirements plans and other accounts with AIG and protect the financial system from collapsing. Under no condition should incompetent management, the board of directors and shareholders benefit from this remedy.
Misrepresentation have been made in the recent past by senior management of these companies confirming the financial health of their companies. In cases like Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and now AIG these statements proved to be misleading and false. It has been at the expense of taxpayers, good employees, and the savings and retirement accounts of hardworking people. I call for an investigation into whether these senior managers were knowingly dishonest with the public when they knew their companies were in deep trouble. If they misled the public there should be serious penalties.
I am also concerned that the Administration has been inconsistent with the way they have dealt with each crisis. Taxpayer money was used for Bear Stearns, it was not used for Lehman Brothers and now it is used again for AIG. The American people need to know the thinking and the standards behind using taxpayers money to support these private sector institutions. American workers see their businesses suffering and many are going out of business but there is no bailout for them. We also should know why the Administration did not deal with the problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sooner.
This crisis is pushing to a breaking point our financial markets, the economy and hardworking Americans. We need answers and I plan to get them. We need to change the way Washington and Wall Street do business and I plan to make them.
AND HERE IS THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT RELEASED WEDNESDAY MORNING:
"Today, the government was forced to commit $85 billion to stop the collapse of AIG, another in a growing series of events that includes Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These actions stem from failed regulation, reckless management, and a casino culture on Wall Street that has crippled one of the most important companies in America. The focus of any such action should be to protect the millions of Americans who hold insurance policies, retirement plans and other accounts with AIG. We must not bailout the management and speculators who created this mess. They had months of warnings following the Bear Stearns debacle, and they failed to act.
"We should never again allow the United States to be in this position. We need strong and effective regulation, a return to job-creating growth and a restoration of ethics and the social contract between businesses and America. Important questions remain to be answered by Wall Street. Did executives mislead investors and regulators about the severity of the problem? We must investigate whether or not there was misrepresentation on part of the company executives. If there was, there must be penalties. We need to change the way Washington and Wall Street does business, and as President I will."
That's the Maverick for ya.
What about when you have the chance to run an entire nation what would you do. Would you lie to everyone who could hear you? Would you do or say anything to win? Would you pick a VP running mate based on the fact they are from a small town and it might appeal to people? Would you pick a candidate because they are a woman and that would get you extra votes? Would pass over other more qualified female candidates because they were older and not as attractive as another? Would you pick her even if you really did not know her at all? Would do all this knowing that you would effect millions upon millions of people? Would you be that bold just to satisfy your own ambitions? Even looking at the current state of your country and all the trouble it has endured the last eight years, would you look past that for your benefit?
JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN HAS. Sarah Palin has the least experience of any Vice President in history. They have had to make up credentials for her like visiting Ireland or Iraq. Crushing the bridge to nowhere was another one. When you say you have expertise on foreign policy based on the fact that Alaska is close to Russia is a smack in the face of the American people. When the nations press is not allowed to ask unscripted questions to the person who would be second in command. When every questioned that is scripted is asked a straight answer is never given, rather dancing around the issues.
When your VP pick was chosen because you know that she can speak with energy and spunk, enthusiasm and sharp words all which mean nothing without knowledge and experience. Look at all the facts around the republican VP pick, and ask yourself was this the best candidate John Mccain could have chosen for the American People and not himself. If he did make this pick solely for political reasons, then he has no concern for Americans, but only for himself.
An excerpt from Associated Press writer Mike Baker roundup of the day in politics
Michelle Obama, speaking in Charlotte, said voters need to decide this election by examining the issues, not because they like a candidate or think "she's cute."
Obama spoke Thursday morning at a women's round-table on economic issues. The crowd roared at her remark disparaging voters who might cast a ballot because of a woman's looks, a clear jab at Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin.
Obama tried to clarify her remark with a smile, saying she was talking about herself.
Obama said her husband, Democratic hopeful Barack Obama, is the only candidate to deal with women's issues. She particularly focused on equal pay, health care, affordable college and recruiting new teachers.
The article headlined: "Michelle Obama: Don't vote because 'she's cute' "
If Mccain and his clown advisers even bring this up it will be the dumbest thing they could do given how serious the issues need to be at this time. He will get ripped if he tries to start more arguing and name calling,
Let's see if he is a dumb as I think he is.
September 18, 2008
Read the full story here.
"I will meet with those leaders who are our friends and who want to work with us cooperatively," said McCain. The interviewer followed up, looking for a direct response on Zapatero. "Okay, but I'm talking about Europe, the president [sic] of Spain, would you meet with him?" "I will reunite with any leader that has the same principles and philosophy that we do: human rights, democracy, and liberty. And I will confront those that don't," said McCain. The Newspapers headlines the following day had the Mccain interview.
Mccain's responses conflict with his feelings that were previously known about the leader of fellow NATO member of Spain. As recently as April he told a Spanish newspaper he would meet with Zapatero.
Once again we get a clear concise answer from someone who wants to be the leader of the free world.
Today Sarah Palin spoke to voters in Cedar Rapids Michigan today. She has made claims since being made the Republican VP candidate of how she "shook things up in Alaska". She told of how she put the government checkbook online so the people would know where the money was being spent. She told the crowd that she would bring that same "maverick" attitude to Washington.
“We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”
Well Ms. "I can see Russia from Alaska", someone has already accomplished this. Barrack Obama!
In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, also known as “Google for Government.” The act created a free, searchable web site – USASpending.gov — that discloses to the public all federal grants, contracts, loans and insurance payments.
Keep hitting the books Sarah.
(CNN) – Sen. Chuck Hagel has become one of the most prominent Republicans to openly question VP nominee Sarah Palin’s qualifications on Thursday.
"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said in an interview with the Omaha World Herald. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."
On her first overseas trip last year, Palin traveled to Kuwait and Germany to visit Alaskan National Guard troops.
In defending her own foreign policy experience, Palin has said that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her international expertise. Hagel, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called that notion “insulting to the American people.”
--From CNN Assignment Editor Lauren Kornreich
Definition of Maverick - a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates.
The term maverick is what John Mccain and his followers call him. He is the one that goes against his republican buddies and stand for what he thinks is right regardless of who cares.
Is that actually what he is? Does his claim of being a maverick really hold water? Let's take a look at the facts of his political career for what it actually is.
National Security Policy
1. McCain thought Bush's warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
2. McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite.
3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."
4. In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
5. McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.
6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion.
7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.
8. McCain supported moving "toward normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.
9. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.
10. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.
11. McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.
12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.
13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.
14. McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."
15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.
16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."
17. McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.
18. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.
19. McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
20. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.
21. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.
22. He argued that the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.
23. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.
24. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.
25. McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.
26. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.
27. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. before he supported it.
28. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.
29. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
30. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.
31. McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.
32. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated," and "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a "very strong" understanding of economics.
33. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.
34. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.
35. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.
36. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."
37. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.
38. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.
39. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling; now he's against it.
40. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
41. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to be voluntary.
42. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.
43. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.
44. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.
45. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.
46. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders "before proceeding to other reform measures." Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he'd never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his "top priority."
Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law
47. McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.
48. McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.
49. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform
50. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.
51. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.
52. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.
Politics and Associations
53. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn't.
54. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.
55. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.
56. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.
57. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.
58. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.
59. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.
60. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the honorary co-chair for his presidential campaign in New York.
61. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was "corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff's gay lover." McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.
Mccain argues that a flip-flop is an example of a political leader who can't be trusted. Has he ever look at anything he has ever said?
Once again another major news outlet digs out the truth behind Sarah Palin's claims. She continues to use the same lines over and over again, and a large portion of the American public continues to allow her to get away with it. I mean she has a handful of things that she claims she has done and half of them have been proven to be false. Then she continues to have the audacity to think we are stupid enough to keep lstening after she was proven a liar. Women of America please don't let your desire to see women right progress cover your eyes for the truth. It's no different for Blacks when Jesse Jackson was running. A lot of us voted for him based on skin color vs. character and experience, but a lot of us so him for what is truly is. Don't let Palin and Mccain take America deeper into depression.
Just the Facts.......
September 17, 2008
Pc Magazine is reporting:
The personal e-mail account of Republican vice presidential hopeful Gov. Sarah Palin was hacked this week by an activist group known as 'anonymous', according to a Web site that publishes leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct.
Anonymous gained access to Palin's Yahoo e-mail address on Tuesday evening and gave the information to Wikileaks, according to the Web site. Data shared included screen shots of Palin's inbox, two e-mails, her address book and several family photos.
Though the Yahoo account, firstname.lastname@example.org as well as the unrelated email@example.com, have since been deleted, Wikileaks has made the data available on its Web site via zip files.
Palin, who has served as the Republican governor of Alaska for two years, has come under fire for allegedly using her personal Yahoo accout to conduct state business, a move that could run afoul of transparency rules governing public officials.
The screenshots feature a July e-mail between Palin and Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, an e-mail sent to Palin staffer Ivy Frye from an anonymous member telling her that Palin's password had been changed, captures of Palin's inbox, and an e-mail from Amy McCorkell, who serves on the Governor's Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
BAGHDAD - An American Chinook helicopter crashed early Thursday as it was landing in southern Iraq, killing seven U.S. soldiers, the military said.
The CH-47 Chinook was landing after midnight about 60 miles west of Basra at the time of the crash, the U.S. statement said.
A spokesman for the Multi-National Force-Iraq confirmed that the helicopter had crashed. He said five had died, and the bodies of two soldiers who had originally been missing were found.
- He then matriculated at DePauw University, where he received his B.A. degree in political science.
- Joined the Indiana Army National Guard and served from 1969–1975, attaining the rank of Sergeant.
- While serving in the Guard, he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1974 at Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis.
- Became an investigator for the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in July 1971
- Became an administrative assistant to Governor Edgar Whitcomb. From 1973 to 1974
- Was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 4th congressional district in 1976
- Became the youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana 1980
- Reelected to the Senate in 1986 with the largest margin ever achieved to that date by a candidate in a statewide Indiana race.
- Next became VP
- In 1982, Palin enrolled at Hawaii Pacific College but left after her first semester
- Transferring in 1983 to North Idaho College
- Then to the University of Idaho
- Attended Matanuska-Susitna College in Alaska for one term
- Won the Miss Wasilla Pageant beauty contest 1984
- Returned to the University of Idaho to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism, graduating in 1987.
- In 1988, she worked as a sports reporter for KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska
- Sarah Palin was elected twice (1992 and 1995) to the city council of Wasilla.
- Palin served two terms (1996–2002) as mayor of Wasilla town of 6,300 residents
- Ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
- Governor Murkowski appointed her to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003
- Resigned in January 2004, protesting what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Republican members.
- 2006 Palin became Governor of Alaska
- Now VP Republican candidate.
Looks to me that Palin makes Dan Quayle look like freakin' Stephen Hawking.....just a thought
September 16, 2008
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist activists in the U.S., having given lectures from 1995 to the present in 48 different states, and on over 500 college campuses. He has trained a multitude of teachers, corporate employees, non-profit organizations and law enforcement officers in methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.
Today he posted what I think is an eye opening article on how race is playing in this race for the White House. Please Republicans and Democrats please take a look at this article, very good.
Read Wise's article Here.
I am not an avid hunter. I do have family that like to hunt deer and other game. I really don't have a problem with it, honestly. The only problem that I have is when you make an excuse to cruelly kill an animal by making false claims to support your cause.
Excerpt from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Home Page:
Wolves and bears are very effective and efficient predators on caribou, moose, deer and other wildlife. In most of Alaska, humans also rely on the same species for food. In Alaska's Interior, predators kill more than 80 percent of the moose and caribou that die during an average year, while humans kill less than 10 percent. In most of the state, predation holds prey populations at levels far below what could be supported by the habitat in the area. Predation is an important part of the ecosystem, and all ADF&G wolf management programs, including control programs, are designed to sustain wolf populations in the future.
So basically the wolves and bears kill 80% of the moose that are killed each year while we kill only 10%. The site says we kill on average 7,000 plus per year, with average of 175,000 total in population. The math does not add up then. If we kill let's say 10,000 and wolves and bears kill 70% more than we do, then half the population gets wiped out every year. Wolves and bears don't kill in numbers of that great of a proportion unless they out numbered moose by a 10 to 1 margin. In that case wolves and bears would be everywhere you looked. All that aside I do understand the need to control their population for safety and preservation concerns alike. Why couldn't hunters use so their so called skills and hunt them on foot and take them out. Instead some fat lazy ass rides in a airplane and fires a bullet into the wolf's back then let's him starve to death. Also that leaves the cubs to fend for themselves.
(from Mark Benjamin at salon.com) "Across the board, Sarah Palin puts on a masquerade, claiming she is using sound management and science," says Nick Jans, an Alaskan writer who co-sponsored the initiative. "In reality she uses ideology and ignores science when it is in her way." The initiative was defeated last month.
Gordon Haber is a wildlife scientist who has studied wolves in Alaska for 43 years. "On wildlife-related issues, whether it is polar bears or predator controls, she has shown no inclination to be objective," he says of Palin. "I cannot find credible scientific data to support their arguments," he adds about the state's rationale for gunning down wolves. "In most cases, there is evidence to the contrary."
Last year, 172 scientists signed a letter to Palin, expressing concern about the lack of science behind the state's wolf-killing operation. According to the scientists, state officials set population objectives for moose and caribou based on "unattainable, unsustainable historically high populations." As a result, the "inadequately designed predator control programs" threatened the long-term health of both the ungulate and wolf populations. The scientists concluded with a plea to Palin to consider the conservation of wolves and bears "on an equal basis with the goal of producing more ungulates for hunters."
Apparently Palin wasn't fazed. Earlier this year she introduced state legislation that would further divorce the predator-control program from science. The legislation would transfer authority over the program from the state Department of Fish and Game to Alaska's Board of Game, whose members are appointed by, well, Palin. Even some hunters were astounded by her power play.
The legislation would give Palin's board "more leeway without any scientific input to do whatever the hell they basically wanted," Mark Richards, co-chair of Alaska Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, wrote in an e-mail. The legislation is currently stalled in the Alaska state Senate. So instead of listening to experts that are trying to help, she figures she knows best.
To fatten the pot she puts a $150 dollars for wolves' legs also. In a state like Alaska, you have a lot of economically deprived areas that see that as a way to earn money. A license is required to hunt but not everyone has one. A higher risk of accidents can occur when money is thrown around in faces of people who need it. State officials had hoped that 382 to 664 wolves would be killed during that predator-control season. State officials were disappointed when only 115 wolves were killed from the air.
Palin thought the $150 cash bounties would do the trick. Haber has another explanation for the dry spell. "I can tell you from my own research that the reason they didn't get many wolves in certain years, particularly last winter, is because they have scraped those areas clean," he says.
Last year, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., introduced legislation designed to curtail predator-control programs, except as a last resort. "It's time to ground Alaska's illegal and inhumane air assault on wolves," Miller said. Palin quickly fired off a curt letter in response, applauding the state's programs as "widely recognized for their excellence and effectiveness." She pointed out that her state has "managed its wildlife so that we still maintain abundant populations of all of our indigenous predators almost fifty years after statehood."
Says Jans, co-sponsor of the losing initiative to outlaw aerial wolf hunting: "This is a reflection of a somebody who doesn't have any use for science."
I GUESS GOD TELL HER HOW TO HANDLE THE WOLF SITUATION HUH. HOPE SHE HAS BETTER RECEPTION IF SHE MAKES IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
Agree or disagree.....cruel?
Another General more of the same violence. Not blaming them but it's reality. Nothing will get better over in the middle east as long as we keep sticking our nose in everything. We are there simply to get our hands on the oil. We are not there to help the people who for twenty years could care less when Saddam was killing and torturing them.
The Surge: it's working Mccain would say. Today's incidents.
1.) A bicycle rigged with explosives parked near a military truck killed two civilians at a market outside Baghdad on Tuesday, soon after a member of a Sunni group allied with U.S. forces was killed by a bomb hidden on his car, The Associated Press reported from Baghdad.
The death late Monday of the Sunni was the second assassination in two days of a member of the Awakening Councils. On Sunday, a Sunni leader was killed when his booby-trapped car exploded.
2.) A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed one policeman and wounded seven other people in the district of Shaab in northern Baghdad, police said.
More than 30 people were killed in bombings in Iraq on Monday, including one in Diyala province in which a female suicide bomber attacked policemen gathered to celebrate the release of a fellow officer from a U.S. detention facility, Iraqi officials said.
It's going good though
By Gene Johnson, AP
16 September 2008 @ 06:22 am EST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain is trying to put to rest the ethical controversy that's come to be known as "Troopergate," releasing e-mails supporting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's contention that she dismissed her public safety commissioner over budget disagreements, not because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law.
And, the campaign says, Palin is unlikely to speak with an investigator hired by the state legislature to look into the matter.
Among the e-mails released was one of farewell written by the public safety commissioner himself, Walt Monegan, when he was fired in July. In it, he suggested the governor had reason to believe she had lost his support, and urged his former colleagues to communicate better with her.
"For anyone to lead effectively they must have the support of their team, and I had waited too long outside her door for her to believe that I supported her," he wrote. "Please, choose a different path."
The controversy erupted in the weeks following the firing, as it emerged that Palin, her husband, Todd, and several high-level staffers had contacted Monegan about state trooper Mike Wooten, who had gone through a nasty divorce from Palin's sister before she became governor. While Monegan says no one from the administration ever told him directly to fire Wooten, he says they didn't have to: There was nothing subtle about the repeated contacts.
In July, the four Democrats and eight Republicans on Alaska's Legislative Council voted unanimously to investigate the circumstances of Monegan's dismissal. Although Monegan was an at-will employee who could be fired for almost any reason, lawmakers wanted to see whether Palin tried to use her office to settle a personal score with Wooten.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to issue subpoenas to 13 people, including Palin's husband, to compel cooperation with the investigation. The campaign said it didn't know if Todd Palin planned to challenge his subpoena.
The governor has not been subpoenaed, but the investigator hired by the legislature, Steve Branchflower, said Friday he is interested in speaking with her. Campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said that was unlikely as long as the investigation "remains tainted."
Though the governor initially said she'd cooperate, after she became McCain's running mate in late July, her lawyer sought to have the three-member state Personnel Board take over, alleging that public statements made by the Democratic chair of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Hollis French, indicated the probe was politically motivated.
French had said the results of the investigation could constitute an "October surprise" for the McCain campaign. He later apologized. The campaign also insists that French, Branchflower and Monegan are friends, even though the men say they only know each other professionally and have never socialized.
September 15, 2008
Lying, condescending, mean, sexist, racist, old, inexperienced. These are some of the words that have been thrown around during in my opinion the hottest campaign any living generation has ever seen.It has come down to two Presidential candidates. We all know by now who we like personally. Who has a warm heart or an honest look. "Wow I can really connect with that candidate, they seem real". "He or she really seems genuine or down to earth". What the hell does that have to do with running this country. A little I admit. I would not want some dull dry person with the look of death on their face telling me good times are coming so keep your chin up. When it comes to where personality is on my scale for qualifications to President I would put at nine or ten (one being the most important). Honestly, if President Boring could turn around the economy, bring more jobs back home, solve the immigration issue, end the war and make the future stronger for my children then he would get mine and every single person in America's vote (minus any racist).
What do any of us know where the person whom we have pledged our allegiance to really stand on issues that matter to us. Have we looked past the mudslinging out there and say to ourselves what is best for us as a country. Who cares if Palin is upbeat and chipper and full of energy. Who cares if Mccain is a war veteran and has been in the senate for a long time. Who cares that Barrack is black and is a fresh face with a message we want to hear. Who cares that Joe Biden comes from a working class family has a strong record in the Senate and seems like that neighbor that would lookout for you.
At the end of the day, we need a turnaround in this country like never before. We need it now not four years from now. We cannot afford another mistake like George Bush America. Look past all your a black man can't run my country, sexism, Hilary Clinton scroned loving, the old guy hating, the I don't really know this candidate bullshit that has hurt our country the past eight years. Wake up mentally America, before you wake up one day in a country like the ones you've watch on tv times before where they say "only ten cents a day can feed you for a day."
LOOK AT THE ISSUES ONLY.....ONLY.....ONLY......ONLY.....ONLY.....ONLY
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John McCain evidently thinks he can't win by running on the Big Issues. No surprise here, really: After all, the lack of an energy policy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the mortgage mess and runaway federal spending are largely the products of a time when the GOP ran Washington.
By picking Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain pulled off a nifty bit of political ju-jitsu. He and the little known hockey-mom governor effectively changed the subject of the political debate, shoving aside the aforementioned Big Issues in favor of a slate of irrelevant, cultural hot-button issues. ---From Cartoonist John Cole John Cole's work.
Won't be to long now. All our enemies who we have pushed around for so many years will be pulling the rug from under the great USofA soon enough. The greed,the wars,terrible leadership have taken this country down a path of destruction which will take an act of God to come out of. Don't mean to scare you.....just reality.
Here is a few paragraphs from the most recent financial news:
NEW YORK (today) - The announcement early Monday by Lehman Brothers that it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a rescue plan failed followed a weekend of seismic shocks from Wall Street, including an apparent government-brokered takeover of Merrill Lynch by the Bank of America.
A forced restructuring of the world's largest insurance company, American International Group Inc., also weighed heavily on global markets as the effects of the 14-month-old credit crisis intensified.
(today) NEW YORK - Bank of America Corp. said early Monday it would acquire Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. in an all-stock transaction worth about $50 billion that should lift the uncertainty shrouding Merrill since the start of the credit crisis over a year ago.
(today)CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that American International Group Inc. plans to disclose a restructuring by early Monday that's likely to include the disposal of major assets including its aircraft-leasing business and other holdings
The need to restructure was likely exacerbated by a 45 percent drop in AIG's stock last week. The stock fell more than 30 percent on Friday alone, as Standard & Poor's warned that it could cut AIG's credit rating by one to three notches because of concerns that AIG will have difficulty accessing capital in the short term.
(today) DETROIT - In his 43 years as a General Motors Corp. factory worker, Roger Ezell has seen recessions, gasoline price spikes, sales slumps and multibillion dollar losses.
Each time, he says, the giant automaker has survived to make billions in later years.
But as GM celebrates its 100th anniversary Tuesday, the company that was once the nation's largest employer faces a crisis like no other in its storied history.
GM has lost $57.5 billion in the past 18 months, including $15.5 billion in the second quarter. It's burning more than $1 billion a month in cash, has more than $32 billion in long-term debt, and a slumping U.S. market has forced it to close factories and shed workers.
Here's one more
Record deficits and debt. Bush Republicans turned record budget surpluses into record deficits, increased the national debt by over $3 trillion. Foreign-held debt also has exploded. It took 42 presidents 224 years to run up a trillion dollars of foreign debt, but President Bush has more than doubled that amount. (Office of Management and Budget; U.S. Department of Treasury; U.S. Department of Treasury)
A volatile housing market. Due in part to the irresponsible and predatory mortgage lending practices that have been allowed to flourish in recent years, the country is facing a mortgage crisis that threatens not only the American dream of homeownership, but the entire domestic – and international – economy. As many as two million Americans may be at risk of foreclosure as their home loans adjust to higher rates, far beyond their ability to pay, which would represent more than $160 billion in lost equity. Worse, millions more will see their property values drop, to the tune of nearly $1.2. trillion nationally, as their neighbors lose their homes, and millions of others will be unable to obtain home loans due to the resulting credit crunch. (Center for Responsible Lending; Joint Economic Committee)
Old, Grizzled Third-Party Candidate May Steal Support From McCain
September 14, 2008
The way Mccain and his buddy Palin would deal with Russia would be force. Send into Georgia, 10,000 troops and some choppers and some tanks. "Defend our NATO partners is our duty" they would say. In times like today this is not how you deal with countries like this. China, Russia, Iran, North Korea are all buddies. Two of them have Nuclear weapons and armies that are not to be toyed with. One robust general with codes or a proud President who will not except defeat could ultimately change the world forever.
In today's world we hit countries like Russia where it hurts, their economy. The younger generation there has a profound love for the west and it's culture. Basically that equals people there wanting western products and entertainment. Music, movies, clothing are hot over there. Some of their children know more about Lil' Wayne than kids over here.
Their banking industry is also controlled by a small percentage of Billionaires who are not in the war industry simply because the government there has full control of it. Therefore it is not profitable for them to be in war which cuts off a lot of their assets and profits. They do a lot of business here in the U.S.
War is not always the answer........but you can't tell that to Mr.Mccain
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- A jury of nine women and three men -- none of them black -- was seated Thursday for the trial of O.J. Simpson on kidnapping and armed robbery charges.
The judge made no official mention of the jury's makeup, but prosecutors revealed in court that no blacks were on the jury. A black man and black woman, however, are among six alternate jurors.
Defense attorneys had argued the prosecutors were deliberately trying to exclude blacks, but Judge Jackie Glass denied their challenges.
My personal opinion is that he killed his ex-wife and her boyfriend and he had a gun when he went to get his memorabilia back in Vegas. So White America please we don't need to hear any na-na, we paid you back stuff for Simpson. The people who were jumping around when he got off the first time were so shocked that a Black man was able to get away with murder that they did not know how to react.
It is no different than when Whites celebrated over and over during the early and middle of the 20Th century when they were let off time and time again for the same thing, but with even more evidence.
One day justice will be blind when a report does not include that a jury was all Black or all White and just say the jury was selected. One Day
(No sir there were no witnesses to the crime)
John McCain's presidential campaign has delayed disclosing the 71-year-old cancer survivor's health information. But it has asked his doctors to comprehensively address lingering questions and concerns about his medical history, including the prominent scar on the left side of his face.
"One of the problems has been getting the doctors together and getting everybody ready to meet at the same time," McCain said Thursday during an interview on the daytime television talk show The View. "But there's plenty of time."
That was back in April of this year. Where are those records "Grandpa"!
(Excerpt from the Nationalpost.com reporter Diane Francis' article)
I think the guy's a medical mess and here are the highlights which were buried in other news (Hillary's reference to Bobby Kennedy's assassination that same day overtook all political coverage):
-- We all know that he has Stage II melanoma which means that he must undergo extensive tests every month. There must be blood tests, catscans and his body has to be carefully examined from top to bottom. He is one lesion away from Stage III which is fatal at his age.
-- He has serious arthritis and may need a joint replacement. Which joints are involved here were unspecified.
-- He recently had benign polyps removed from his colon.
-- He has dizzy spells.
-- He was treated for an enlarged prostate
-- He underwent cataract surgery
-- He suffers from vertigo.
-- He takes medication for high cholesterol
-- He had early stage squamous cell cancer this year.
I'm no physician but anyone will tell you that the lifespan of anyone who has had serious heart problems or cancer before their 70th birthday isn't going to make the cut. Conversely, if someone has remained cancer and heart disease free until that age they can expect to live to 87 years on average.
Voters, and one in five Republicans, are concerned about his age. I'm not but I'm concerned about his health. Reagan was as fit as a fiddle and slightly younger when first elected. Even so, toward the end he began exhibiting symptoms of the alzheimers that he eventually succumbed to.
A poll last week by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 50 percent of registered voters say they're less likely to support a candidate in his 70s -- higher than the share of voters who would be less likely to support a Muslim (48 percent), or a gay (46 percent), or a Mormon (32 percent). That poll didn't mention McCain by name, but Pew did so in a separate survey and found that 19 percent of Republicans deem him too old for the job.
On top of it all is the fact that the medical records and opinions trotted out about McCain came from his personal physician and friend.
So basically Palin just has to whisper in Mccain's ear and he'll keel over and she's running the country.
Sean Hannity who is always criticizing MSNBC and CNN for their love and cushy interviews on Democrats, is sure to be a marshmallow against Reuplican VP nominee Sarah Palin this coming Tuesday. This should be a breeze for her. Her body language will be very relax this time, not like her interview with Gibson in which every time he asked a question she did not understand she squirmed in her chair and leaned foward. This will defintely be fun to watch the love fest that will be going on between them. The interview will air this tuesday and wednesday. She gets to hide for another week.
I will just post the (AP)story because I really don't want to go off right now. The only thing that I will say is that racist continue to be cowards. Organizers claimed they knew that there would parodies about Obama, and they did approve them but never actually saw the merchandise. Even though it has been there since Thursday. --M.Green
By JOAN LOWY – 10 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.
Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed "offensive material." The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.
The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.
David Nammo, executive director of the lobbying group FRC Action, said summit organizers were told the boxes were a parody of Obama's policy positions but had not examined them closely.
Republican Party stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were among speakers at the forum, which officials said drew 2,100 activists from 44 states.
While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama's politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.
Placing Obama in Arab-like headdress recalls the false rumor that he is a follower of Islam, though he is actually a Christian.
On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles" that says it can serve "4 or more illegal aliens." The recipe includes a tip: "While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?"
The novelty item also takes shots at 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, Obama's wife, Michelle, and Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The Obama campaign declined to comment.
Wearing white chef's aprons, Whitlock and DeMoss were doing a brisk business at noon Saturday selling the waffle mix to people crowded around their booth. Two pyramids of waffle mix boxes stood several feet high on the booth's table.
"It's the ultimate political souvenir," DeMoss told a customer.
Asked if he considered the pictures of Obama on the box to be racial stereotypes, Whitlock said: "We had some people mention that to us, but you think of Newman's Own or Emeril's — there are tons and tons of personality-branded food products on the market. So we've taken that model and, using political satire, have highlighted his policies, his position changes."
The socially conservative public policy groups American Values and Focus on the Family Action co-sponsored the summit.
Mccain is right. Obama will raise more taxes than Mccain if elected President. Absolutely, positively right. Only if you make over $115,000 a year. The average citizen however will see a decrease if Obama is elected. Once again Mccain continues to give out half truths or tell flat out lies.
An article that will be on page one of The New York Times is reporting that since being in office, Palin hired friends and hit critics. This report is the first with actual revealed reliable sources. This is sure to shake things up and continue to exposed the Mccain-Palin camp for what it is.
Read the Full Story Here New York Times.