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Sunday, March 2. 2008
At this rate, there will be no more Al Qaida in Iraq.
Waiting to die. Pathetic.
Useful advice? Don't take a high-paying job.
Like clockwork. Every election season, 60 Minutes presents a fraudulent news story.
Who didn't wonder about this? They shoot rockets at your civilians, then act outraged and victimized when you react. I had a baby sister who knew that trick.
The teaching colleagues who annoy the hell out of you.
Chavez wants a war, to distract his people from the misery he has given them.
When the weather changes, suddenly you cannot use weather in support of global warming.
You know what war-lover said this:
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Let's take this SOB down.
Obama the liar
March 02, 2008
Obama Bends McCain's Straight Talk
Lee Cary-American Thinker
John McCain's straight talk about the possible length of U.S. presence in Iraq opened him up to a distorted quote by Barack Obama.
On January 3, 2008, at a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, McCain said this to a man who began his question, "President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for fifty years,"
"Make it a hundred. We've been in South Korea, we been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea 50 years or more. That would be fine as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That's fine with me. I hope that would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training and equipping and recruiting and motivating people every day."
Later, when questioned by a reported from Mother Jones, McCain used hyperbole to stress his point, saying U.S. troops could be there a thousand, or a million years.
The "100 years" comment gave the Obama campaign an opening to distort McCain's straight talk to their advantage. In the months ahead, we'll likely see frequent airings of Obama's ad wherein he bends McCain's statement out of its original context.
"Senator McCain said the other day that we might be mired in Iraq for 100 years, which is reason not to give him four years in the White House."
The comparative worldview of the two candidates could hardly be more diverse. One, Obama, promises near instant gratification for those passionate to abandon Iraq. The other, McCain, takes the long view because he understands better the arc of history.
The heads-up for the McCain campaign going forward is to prepare to (1) make a clear and compelling case for long-term U.S. engagement with the Middle East as being in our best interests, as well as in the best interests of the people of the region. And (2), when Obama plays word games, like inserting "mired" into a quote where the qualifying context of the statement explicitly excluded the concept of "mired," McCain needs to immediately push back, saying something like,
"Senator Obama is a fine orator, except when he takes other people's straight talk and bends it to his own purpose. That's the kind of word game he plays .
By David Ignatius-WaPo
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Hillary Clinton has been trying to make a point about Barack Obama that deserves one last careful look before Tuesday's probably decisive Democratic primaries: If Obama truly intends to unite America across party lines and break the Washington logjam, then why has he shown so little interest or aptitude for the hard work of bipartisan government ?
This is the real "Where's the beef?" about Obama, and it still doesn't have a good answer. He gives a great speech, and he promises that he can heal the terrible partisan divisions that have enfeebled American politics over the past decade. This is a message of hope that the country clearly wants to hear.
Bailing Out Barack
By Robert Novak
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Supporters of Sen. Barack Obama concede that Sen. Hillary Clinton's aggressiveness rescued him from a serious blunder in last Tuesday's presidential debate at Cleveland, when he hesitated at rejecting a lavish endorsement of him by black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan
Barack Obama and Israel
By Ed Lasky
The ascent of Barack Obama from state senator in Illinois to a leading contender for the Presidential nomination in the span of just a few years is remarkable. Especially in light of a noticeably unremarkable record -- a near-blank slate of few accomplishments and numerous missed votes.
However, in one area of foreign policy that concerns millions of Americans, he does have a record and it is a particularly troubling one. For all supporters of the America-Israel relationship there is enough information beyond the glare of the klieg lights to give one pause. In contrast to his canned speeches filled with "poetry" and uplifting aphorisms and delivered in a commanding way, behind the campaign façade lies a disquieting pattern of behavior.
One seemingly consistent theme running throughout Barack Obama's career is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism . This church is a member of a denomination whose governing body has taken a series of anti-Israel actions.
As his political fortunes and ambition climbed, he found support from George Soros, multibillionaire promoter of groups that have been consistently harsh and biased critics of the American-Israel relationship .
Vietnam, the Boomers, the Conundrum and Denouement
Right now the Baby Boomers are still in control of the levers of industry ,society, the economy, and the the politics of the United States. This too will pass. But prior to that is the biggest election this country has seen since 1800, a landmark election. Why?
The answer is an equation composed of the cultural revolution of the 1960's, brought on by the Vietnam War and it's aftermath, the economic boom of the past decades,
and the sclerosis of political divisions, left and right that never left the mindsets of those who were for or against the United States involvement in Vietnam, and the acceptance of socialist ideology germinated by FDR. The distortions the left has engraved into the Vietnam history are for another article, but as David Horowitz and his ilk have admitted, it was a fraud.
The coming election will define who won the Vietnam War, the cultural revolution of sex, drugs , and rock and roll, and finally control of the economic philosophy and politics of this country. It will define for generations to come whether this nation remains mildly socialist or becomes Euro-Socialist with all it's attendant problems.
The Boomer's mark on history and the denouement of it will be marked by this elections outcome. One candidate promises the world for the ease of speech, the other the Teddy Roosevelt reality of the strenuous life necessary to remain free.
We will soon see the final effects of this 45 year struggle for the soul of this country.
Already here in USA, now Britain
Officials warn of terrorist links to prison gangs
The growing number of terrorist prisoners are forging connections with the existing gangs inside Britain's high security jails to the alarm of senior Prison Service managers, according to internal Ministry of Justice documents.
They say there is "an urgent requirement" to understand the impact of the number of terrorist prisoners in high security prisons: "As it stands, there is no intervention available to us to counter terrorist behavior or to counter the threat of radicalisation. The impact of terrorists on prison regimes in general can be particularly disruptive." (more)
What's in a name...
"...Fifth, the "ultimate fear bomb" is not saying "Barack Hussein Obama." The "ultimate fear bomb" is saying President Barack Hussein Obama..."
here's worse: being his insurance company, with the Clintons as VP.
A macabre take Buddy... I hope you're not being prescient.
True... It would take him away from his computer.
so if i was prescient of the USA, i'd have to log off ? awwww....
There was another post on that Miller site about Obama saying that the Sermon on the Mount supports the right of homosexuals to have civil unions.
Blessed are the homo's for they shall have civil unions.
He also said that Sermon on the Mount takes precedance over any obscure passage in Romans that specifically condemns homosexuality.
How he digs anything out of the Sermon that proves that homosexuals have a God given right to civil unions and then downplays the book of Romans and the specific condemnation of homosexuality, is beyond me. I'm sure the crowd clapped and cheered for his inane remarks.
Hussein said, "I pray to Jesus everynight..."
This leaves the question open as to whom, he prays the rest of the day.
I'd wager it's Michelle, after Muhammad.
If Obama can pick and choose whatever he likes and dislikes in the Bible, can you imagine what he'll do to the Constitution.
The second amendment really doesn't mean citizens have the personal right to have weapons. Not all people should have free speech rights especially when their speech is hateful.