We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Obama calls himself a leader. A guy tough on crime back in Illinois. So when the going gets tough, what does Obama do? Why, run for cover of course. In the Illinois Statehouse, the present vote allows a politician the option to voice their concerns about a bill but then dont have to vote on it. Talk about your gutless politicians! No wonder Illinois, and Chicago in particular, is so screwed up.
So, back in 1999, Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Ill. Legislature. It was a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults (15 and up using guns) and if Obama voted FOR it, he'd catch h*ll from his inner-city voters but to NOT vote for it would sabotage his stance as a tough-on-crime moderate. So being the brave leader Obama is, he dodged the issue and voted present! In fact, Obama has voted present, sidestepping issues, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator
Leaders DO NOT do that They take a stance on an issue and stick with it but liberals in general seem to lead by polls. Obama, when he faced some pressure, took the coward's way out, voting present. The bill passed in a large way and Obama showed up to bleat that his "present" vote was because there was little or no proof increased penalties for young offenders reduced crime. So not doing ANYTHING is better?
Dr Redfield, a professor of political studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, stated: "If you are worried about your next election, the present vote gives you political cover." That this kind of politicial chicanery exists in Illinois' politics simply typifies the corruption there.
Let's examine a few OTHER Obama"present"votes:
1. Voted "PRESENT" on a bill that would allow certain victims of sexual crimes to petition judges to seal court records relating to their cases.
2. Voted "PRESENT" on a bill to impose stricter standards for evidence a judge is permitted to consider in imposing a criminal sentence.
3. Voted "PRESENT" on a sex crime bill that passed 58-0. (Sole Present vote)
4. Voted "PRESENT on a bill on that facts not presented to a jury could later be the basis for increasing an offenders sentence beyond the ordinary maximum. (Libs, ALWAYS looking out for felons.)
5. Voted "PRESENT" on a measure to prohibit sex-related shops from opening near schools or places of worship. (Guess they don't have to worry about that happening around the PRIVATE SCHOOLS he sends HIS kids to!)
Obama is an empty suit who has NO BUSINESS being in the Oval Office.
CIA launches hunt for international computer hackers threatening to hold cities ransom by shutting off power
The CIA has launched a major hunt for international computer hackers who are threatening to throw cities into chaos by sabotaging their electricity supplies.
In a shock announcement last night the American spy agency said that the hackers were running a massive extortion plot.
They are threatening to cut off city lighting and power supplies unless they are paid huge sums of ransom money.
And according to senior CIA analyst Tom Donahue the hackers have already proven that they can disrupt the utilities by causing blackouts in several cities outside the US We're next.
The CIA has refused to provide further details but intelligence sources say that the cities where the hackers have caused outages were in Central and South American countries including Mexico.
The sources said that in no case was a ransom paid and that the outages lasted for only a few minutes. It is not known if the hackers have made any further threats.
"Nevertheless, there is the potential for causing disastrous problems," said the sources.
Mr Donahue, speaking at a security summit in New Orleans, told utility engineers that the CIA believes that some of the hackers had inside knowledge to cause the blackouts.
The sources said that the agency believes the hackers involved are criminals primarily interested in extorting money and that they are not radical terrorists with a political agenda.
"In at least one case, the disruption caused a power outage affecting multiple cities," said Mr Donahue.
He added: "We do not know who executed these attacks or why, but all involved intrusions through the Internet."
The cyber power attacks, revealed for the first time by Mr Donahue, have particularly alarmed the White House.
Members of the Bush administration believe that highly skilled terrorist hackers may now follow the extortionists' lead and try to disable power, water and chemical plants in the US and Western Europe.
Last year the US Department of Homeland Security found a flaw in the computer programmes controlling a giant electric generator.
In a simulated test they showed how hackers could send messages to the generator through the Internet which would cause a violent reaction.
Under extreme circumstances it was possible, they said, that hackers could even make the generator explode