Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Quote for the Day

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way.


Ron Paul Widget

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Top McCain Surrogate Refuses To Endorse McCain Obama Attack

This is pretty great. John McCain's claim that Barack Obama would rather lose the war than lose the presidential race is so repugnant that one of his most prominent surrogates -- Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who's also talked about as a potential Veep -- refused to endorse it.

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Obama News Widget

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

House Poised to Formally Apologize for Jim Crow Era

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

White House projects record deficit for 2009

President Bush inherited a budget surplus of $128 billion when he took office in 2001 but has since posted a budget deficit every year.

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Some of you will love this

How To play Sony PlayStation Games on your PC

In this series, we’ll take a closer look at the software needed to run PSX, PS2 and Xbox games on your PC. This time we’ll discuss Sony’s Playstation (PSX) and the ePSXe emulation software.

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Quote for the Day

“Even if you start believing your own hype, which I rarely do, things’ll turn on you pretty quick anyway,” he said. “I have a fairly steady temperament that has at times been interpreted as, ‘Oh, he’s sort of too cool.’ But it’s not real.” - Senator Barack Obama via The New York Times July 27, 2008 (Maureen Dowd's column)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Some Political Humor

Another Quote for the Day

I was with Senator Obama last week as we met privately with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senator Obama listened to their concerns and expressed his gratitude for their service without press or fanfare. He cares for our troops deeply and has worked hard to give them not only the resources they need, but also honor their service with a clearly defined mission and by providing them with the support they have earned when they come home. And just as Senator McCain's support of President Bush's veto of funding for our troops doesn't mean he does not support them, neither does Senator Obama's insistence that we not give George Bush a blank check. - Sen. Jack Reed


A Quote for the Day

Officer: Part of anti-Obama e-mail was wrong

An Army officer’s negative e-mail account of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit with the troops in Afghanistan that set the blogosphere ablaze prompted Army officials to correct aspects of the e-mail and resulted in a statement from the message’s author that “some of the information that was put out in my e-mail was wrong

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Lobbyist Reports Show They Gave $181,000 To McCain

Registered lobbyists have donated large amounts of money to Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, even as he denounces their profession

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McCain Steals Obama's Plan: 16 Months Now A "Good Timetable"

In an interview on CNN today -- which the DNC is passing around -- McCain said that withdrawal from Iraq in 16 months is "a pretty good timetable." That answer came when McCain was asked about Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki's earlier claim to Der Spiegel that Obama's 16-month plan "would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal."

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McCain's Double Standard on Campaign Visits to Army Bases

Barack Obama canceled a pre-planned visit to the troops in Germany yesterday after being told that the trip would violate a Pentagon policy. However, the McCain campaign is now blasting Obama to say that he is 'anti-troops' because he didn't visit the army bases. Note that McCain was denied a visit under the same policy in April but didn't complain

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

More from Scott McClellan (did I spell his name right?)

A Quote for the Day

"Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment." - Norman Vincent Peale

Millions of People May Be Just 11 Days From Financial Ruin

More than a third of adults could survive financially for only 11 days if they were to lose their job or be too ill to work, according to a survey.

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Did CBS and Katie Couric Conspire to Make McCain Look Better

So, last night CBS Evening News aired an interview Katie Couric conducted with John McCain. Or rather: They aired portions of an interview, because they removed, among other things, a part in which McCain incorrectly the actual timeline of Iraq events In other words they covered McCain's behind

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BREAKING: Several explosions hit Indian city

As many as 30 people were wounded Saturday night in nine explosions at several locations in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, officials said.The blasts occurred within a few minutes of each other between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., according to CNN's sister network, CNN-IBN.

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CBS News Splices Video to Cover-Up McCain's Iraq Mistake

VIDEO: On the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric aired portions of an interview she conducted with McCain, removing a part of a response in which he falsely asserted that the 2007 U.S. troop surge "began the Anbar awakening." Couric gave no indication that McCain's comments had been edited in any manner, nor did she otherwise note his falsehood.

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Out of touch? McCain needs cue card to remember milk prices

He was right. The economy is not his thing.

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"Why are you a Democrat in 2008?" - Contest Deadline August 1st

Win the chance to spend a day in the presidential campaign press pool, and attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention!

Go to:

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"Why are you a Democrat in 2008?"

The 5 most creative and compelling videos will be selected by the Democratic National Convention Committee, and YouTube users will vote for the winner.

The deadline for submission is AUGUST 1 - so submit your video today!

Quote for the Day

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

URGENT BREAKING:2 More Banks Failed tonight!!! DIGG IT!!

On July 25, 2008, First National Bank of Nevada, Reno, NV, was closed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Subsequently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

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No McCain, Afghanistan came first

It has just been conveniently forgotten since for some reason Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Osama Bin Laden became unimportant...

Why again did we go to Iraq and was it worth the 4000+ US Military lives and scores of Iraqi civilian lives?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Quote for the Hour

ANDREA MITCHELL: The background on the military flap is that they [Obama campaign] had clearly planned a trip to Ramstein [AFB]. They were planning to visit the injured troops. And then the Pentagon explained that they couldn't go as part of a political trip. The Obama campaign thought that they could go, leave the press corps on the tarmac, and then take off with military escort and make this one last visit. As he did in Iraq, by the way. He visited a casualty unit in the Green Zone, without photographers, as part of the congressional delegation. But the military said that the rules are that he could only go as part of a previously-arranged congressional delegation, to Ramstein.

U.S. Foreclosures Double: 1 in Every 171 Households Affected

Bank seizures in the first half of the year increased by 154 percent to 370,179 from the same period in 2007, RealtyTrac said. Last year's second-quarter data on bank repossessions was not available, according to RealtyTrac.

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Worth checking out

R.I.P. Professor, Father, Gentleman Randy Pausch

GOP Insider Slams Bush & Party: Just "Phenomenal Arrogance"

There is wide-spread acknowledgment, even within the party itself, that the Republican brand is currently poisonous. "There is a phenomenal arrogance like a fog that has clouded people's thinking and ability to see what is real..We have to go down in history as some of the worst messengers. And President Bush has been horrible."

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Death of A Spammer King

Convicted spammer Eddie Davidson, who escaped from federal prison over the weekend, killed his wife and 3-year-old daughter before killing himself in what is being described as a murder-suicide.

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ALARMING: Possibly thousands died in US fentanyl overdoses

At least 1,013 people died of overdoses in several U.S. cities from 2005 to 2007 after illegally injecting the highly potent painkiller fentanyl, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

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There are some nasty, nasty people in this world

I read an article about people smearing feces on Obama posters. That is beyond disgusting but it tells a lot about the people who are doing. I'm sure these people probably would describe themselves as "Proud Americans" but they are filthy, immoral scum. This is the kind of people who feel empowered when by the fear and smear tactics that are too often being used in this campaign.

The Sixth Man To Walk On The Moon Says Aliens Exist

Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, appeared on a British radio show to say that he was "privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the U.F.O. phenomena is real."

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Transcript: Al-Maliki Interview wtih Spiegel


SPIEGEL spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki about his approval of Barack Obama's withdrawal plans and what he hopes from US President Bush in his last months in office.

NOTE from B4B: After hearing that Maliki agreed with Obama's plan to vacate U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months, the Bush Regime released statements that Maliki's remarks had been mis-interpretted. This was proven to be false by the complete written transcript of Maliki's interview below:

SPIEGEL: Mr. Prime Minister, the war and its consequences have cost more than 100,000 lives and caused great suffering in your country. Saddam Hussein and his regime are now part of the past. Was all of this worth the price?

Maliki: The casualties have been and continue to be enormous. But anyone who was familiar with the dictator's nature and his intentions knows what could have been in store for us instead of this war. Saddam waged wars against Iran and Kuwait, and against Iraqis in the north and south of his own country, wars in which hundreds of thousands died. And he was capable of instigating even more wars. Yes, the casualties are great, but I see our struggle as an enormous effort to avoid other such wars in the future.

SPIEGEL: Germany was opposed to the war. German Economics Minister Michael Glos was in Baghdad the week before last, Daimler AG plans to build trucks in Iraq, and you will travel to Berlin this week. Has everything been smoothed out between Germany and Iraq?

Maliki: We want closer relations, and it is my impression that the Germans -- the government, the people and German companies -- want the same thing. Our task is to rebuild a country, and the Germans are famous for effective and efficient work. We have great confidence in them and want to involve them in the development of our country.

SPIEGEL: And there is truly no resentment against a country that opposed the war in 2003?Maliki: We do not judge our partners on the basis of whether or not they were militarily involved in toppling Saddam. The decisions back then corresponded to the national will of the countries, and we respect that.

SPIEGEL: What exactly do you expect from the Germans and from German companies?Maliki: We want to get to know them, and we want to know what they want -- and the things they fear when thinking about Iraq. We have to start over again in many areas, including oil production, the development of the power grid and all industries. There is much to be done.

SPIEGEL: What do you expect from the Germans, politically and militarily? The Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) occasionally trains Iraqi security forces -- but only in neighboring countries.

Maliki: What matters most to us is that we develop resilient political relationships and work together economically. Our security forces are steadily improving, partly as a result of German efforts. We will be pleased to turn to the Germans to equip our police and military; and should there be new training programs with the German Bundeswehr, we will be happy to accept their help. However, we would clearly prefer that the training take place in Iraq in the future. Overall, I believe that we are gradually becoming self-sufficient.

SPIEGEL: Three weeks ago, your government filed a civil lawsuit in New York against companies that allegedly paid bribes to officials in the Saddam regime. The defendants include three German companies: Daimler and Braun Melsungen and a number of Siemens affiliates. How is this compatible with your overtures to German industry?

Maliki: We are in negotiations with Siemens for the construction of power plants, which shows just how serious we are. Whether the suit you mention succeeds will be for the courts to decide. Under no circumstances will the consequence be that we no longer wish to work with the companies in question.

SPIEGEL: Large parts of Iraq's assets abroad remain frozen -- and inaccessible to creditors. Now, victims of the Saddam dictatorship want that money to go towards reparations. What will happen to this money when the UN Security Council mandate for Iraq expires at the end of this year?

Maliki: We have hired several international law firms to deal with these assets. At the moment, they are protected by UN resolutions, American law and the personal commitment of President George W. Bush -- and we want this protection to remain in place after the end of UN mandate on Iraq. We consider the claims being lodged against this money to be unjustified. Iraq cannot be punished for crimes that were committed by the dictator. This is very important to us, and a key aspect of our negotiations over the future status of US troops in Iraq.

SPIEGEL: Germany, after World War II, was also liberated from a tyrant by a US-led coalition. That was 63 years ago, and today there are still American military bases and soldiers in Germany. How do you feel about this model?

MALIKI: Iraq can learn from Germany's experiences, but the situation is not truly comparable. Back then Germany waged a war that changed the world. Today, we in Iraq want to establish a timeframe for the withdrawal of international troops -- and it should be short. At the same time, we would like to see the establishment of a long-term strategic treaty with the United States, which would govern the basic aspects of our economic and cultural relations. However, I wish to re-emphasize that our security agreement should remain in effect in the short term.

SPIEGEL: How short-term? Are you hoping for a new agreement before the end of the Bush administration?

Maliki: So far the Americans have had trouble agreeing to a concrete timetable for withdrawal, because they feel it would appear tantamount to an admission of defeat. But that isn't the case at all. If we come to an agreement, it is not evidence of a defeat, but of a victory, of a severe blow we have inflicted on al-Qaida and the militias. The American lead negotiators realize this now, and that's why I expect to see an agreement taking shape even before the end of President Bush's term in office. With these negotiations, we will start the whole thing over again, on a clearer, better basis, because the first proposals were unacceptable to us.

SPIEGEL: Immunity for the US troops is apparently the central issue.

Maliki: It is a fundamental problem for us that it should not be possible, in my country, to prosecute offences or crimes committed by US soldiers against our population. But other issues are no less important: How much longer will these soldiers remain in our country? How much authority do they have? Who controls how many, soldiers enter and leave the country and where they do so?

SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq?
Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we're concerned. U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.

SPIEGEL: Is this an endorsement for the US presidential election in November? Does Obama, who has no military background, ultimately have a better understanding of Iraq than war hero John McCain?

Maliki: Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems. Of course, this is by no means an election endorsement. Who they choose as their president is the Americans' business. But it's the business of Iraqis to say what they want. And that's where the people and the government are in general agreement: The tenure of the coalition troops in Iraq should be limited.

SPIEGEL: In your opinion, which factor has contributed most to bringing calm to the situation in the country?

Maliki: There are many factors, but I see them in the following order. First, there is the political rapprochement we have managed to achieve in central Iraq. This has enabled us, above all, to pull the plug on al-Qaida. Second, there is the progress being made by our security forces. Third, there is the deep sense of abhorrence with which the population has reacted to the atrocities of al-Qaida and the militias. Finally, of course, there is the economic recovery.

SPIEGEL: Critics have accused you of striking harshly against the Mahdi army of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, while going easy on his rival Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim's Badr militia.

Maliki: That's not true. We proceed just as firmly against anyone who breaks the law. Just a few days ago, we had an incident with a group associated with the Badr people. The army moved in immediately and arrested them all. No one was spared. The punishment is based purely on the nature of the crime, not on the identity of the criminal.

SPIEGEL: In southern Iraq, where you come from, you have been compared with Saddam Hussein when it comes to harshness.

Maliki: That's the sort of thing that people say who don't understand how urgently Iraq needs stability -- or these people prefer instability. We don't want to spread fear and terror in Iraq. We have, for example, given the militias several deadlines to hand over their weapons. Their resistance was tremendous, so we had to oppose them with tremendous force of our own.

SPIEGEL: What role do you envision for your chief rival, Muqtada al-Sadr? Can there ever be national reconciliation in Iraq without his participation?

Maliki: You can only reconcile with someone who wants to reconcile. His Excellency Muqtada al-Sadr can be a political partner, especially if, to that end, he draws on the great spiritual legacy he has inherited from his ancestors. He has understood that his following was eventually infiltrated by criminal elements, by men from the former regime, al-Qaida people and others. The fact that he is now in the process of systematically separating himself from these elements makes him even stronger as a political partner. As a politician, I might add, not as a militia leader.

SPIEGEL: You spent part of your exile in Iran, and you have visited the country several times since you took office. Can you explain to us what the leaders in Tehran are up to? Are they building a nuclear bomb? Do you see this as a serious threat?

Maliki: I have not been made privy to the details of the Iranian nuclear program. Iranian representatives assure us, however, that this program serves peaceful purposes. Even if Tehran wanted to develop a nuclear weapon, it would take a very long time, simply from a technical standpoint. It is obvious that our region is far too fragile for even a single country to possess nuclear weapons, because it will always be an incentive for other countries to also build their own.

SPIEGEL: Exactly 50 years ago, the monarchy in Iraq was overthrown and a republic established. But we didn't see any celebration of this event at all. What does that day mean for the history of Iraq?

Maliki: There may have been people who celebrated. But certainly not all Iraqis. On July 14, 1958, and era came to an end, but what came afterwards didn't live up to our expectations and hopes. What came were decades of military putsches and the dictatorship. We are still dealing with the aftermath today.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Prime Minister, your job is probably one of the most dangerous a politician can have. How do you cope with this, and what do you do to make it bearable?

Maliki: I lead a very simple life -- one that is shaped by external forces, which is apparently what fate has determined for us Iraqis. In that regard, the past few decades of dictatorship have not changed all that much. What keeps me going? The constant exertion of my job -- and the successes we are now having. It means a lot to me to see how much closer we are today to a democratic Iraq, one that respects human rights, than we were only a few months ago.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for taking the time to speak with us.

Interview conducted by Mathias M�ller von Blumencron and Bernard Zand in Baghdad

L.A. Hate crimes hit 5-year high

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County has managed to raise the crimes classified as "hate crimes" to an impressive all time high. citizens.

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Is McCain Flip Flopping On Iraq Now Too?

McCain's campaign is reeling from Obama's successful trip overseas. Now McCain is trying to claim that the "Anbar Awakening" is the product of his surge. The assertion is as deceptive as all of his other self aggrandizing claims about Iraq. And like most of them, it is the product of a fuzzy mind rapidly losing its grip on reality.

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A Quote about Peace

Peace, to have meaning for many who have only known suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health and education, as well as freedom and human dignity. -- Ralph Johnson Bunche (1904-1971)

3 U.S.-allied fighters killed in Baghdad

Gunmen killed three guards from a U.S.-allied Sunni group Thursday in drive-by shootings in northern Baghdad, an official said.The attackers opened fire as they sped by two different awakening council checkpoints in the Azamiyah neighborhood

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Quote for the Day

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

The VOICE of the Obamacans

As a long time Independent that has supported Sen. Obama from 'day one' when he announced his candidacy, I found this article very refreshing. These Republicans, in my opinion, truly are Patriots. It's not easily done - to put country over party, but this is the most important elections in my 64 years and I am pleased that others share my view.

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McCain Screws U.S. with Tanker Deal

Former Airbus lobbyists are now on his staff, and his "hands off" involvement in the contract awarding is under serious scrutiny.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

No plastic bags in LA stores beginning July 2010

Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban plastic shopping bags from stores, beginning July 1, 2010. Shoppers can either bring their own bags or pay 25 cents for a paper bag.

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Pentagon Says More Troops Needed in Afganistan

U.S. commanders ask Pentagon to send 10,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Pentagon says It is unlikely that President Bush will heed the call.

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Barack Obama in Baghdad

Brown Signals Iraq Troop Withdrawal

Everyone seems to be working toward ending this war except McCain. FTA: Gordon Brown today paved the way for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, promising a "fundamental change" of mission in the first half of 2009.

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McCain Makes False Claims On Iraq Timeline (VIDEO)

CBS scrubbed it - Guess McCain can't complain about the media if they keep covering his mistakes

"In an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric tonight, John McCain made the false assertion that the Surge brought about the so-called Anbar Awakening. Except, as MSNBC"s Keith Olbermann points out, the Surge was announced after the Awakening. Olbermann also explains that CBS News edited the gaffe out of the final interviewed that aired Tuesday night."

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Quote for the Day

"There is nothing more tragic in all this world than to know right and not do it"

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Hunger Site

The Hunger Site

It’s the Economic Stupidity, Stupid

Were voters forced to actually focus on John McCain’s response to our economic crisis, the prospect of his ascension to the Oval Office could set off panic.

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McCain gaffes pile up; critics pile on

McCain's mistakes raise a serious, if uncomfortable question: Are the gaffes the result of his age? And what could that mean in the Oval Office?Voters, thinking about their own relatives, can be expected to scrutinize McCain’s debate performances for signs of slippage.

"Just in the past three weeks, McCain has also mistaken "Somalia" for "Sudan," and even football’s Green Bay Packers for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Ironically, the errors have been concentrated in what should be his area of expertise: foreign affairs."

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Politico Widget

What Obama Bias? Check out McCain's Special Treatment!

Nobody in the history of modern politics has been a bigger media sweetheart than John McCain. And in this campaign, he is allowed to virtually say or do anything without being called on it.

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Quote for Today

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving." - Albert Einstein

Monday, July 21, 2008

Why We Have Everything to Fear from McCain

When he is forced to talk about the economy, McCain has always given the same answer: "I rely on the circle I have developed over many years – people like Phil Gramm." But Gramm – more than any other figure in American politics – made the two great financial scandals of our time possible, and nearly brought the global economy down with him.

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"Broken" Social Security System Pays McCain $1,930/mo.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain cashes his monthly Social Security checks despite calling the federal program "a disgrace." "I'm receiving benefits," McCain said, but added, "the system is broken." In 2007, he received benefits of $23,157 from Social Security, approximately $1,930 a month.

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Bush Fears YouTube Of Arizona Fundraiser

So sensitive were Republicans about information getting out about the goings-on at the Tucson fundraiser hosted by President Bush Friday morning, even W. himself made sure to ask the 400 or so people at the event to turn off any recording devices.

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Quote for the dayMcCain on Meet the Press 2006: "The fact is that I agree with President Bush far more than I disagree . . . . I strongly disagree wi

McCain on Meet the Press 2006: "The fact is that I agree with President Bush far more than I disagree . . . . I strongly disagree with any assertion that I have been more at odds with the President of the United States than I have been in agreement with him

Obama Gets Look At Afghan War Zone

KABUL, July 19 -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama got his first look at deteriorating conditions in war-torn Afghanistan on Saturday, meeting with U.S. military commanders and local officials and touring part of the country by helicopter on the first day of a highly anticipated vis...

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Why Is Obama Being Popular With Our Allies a Bad Thing?

I understand why John McCain's campaign is desperately looking for negatives in Obama's overseas trip. But why have so many in the media internalized the McCain campaign's claptrap? Many of them have painted this as a negative aspect of Obama's trip.

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AFPS News Widget

AFPS = The American Forces Press Service

Satire on Voting Republican

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Quote for the Day

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he "gave". - Calvin Coolidge

China: Authorities order bars not to serve black people

Beijing authorities are planning to ban black people and others it considers social undesirables from entering the city's bars during the Olympic Games, a move that would contradict the official slogan, "One World, One Dream". Bar owners near the Workers' Stadium in central Beijing say they have been forced by Public Security Bureau offi

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Reggae for Ron Paul...

Afghanistan: The 'forgotten' war is back in the spotlight

British soldiers are welcoming Obama's trip to at least remind people that there is a war going on in Afghanistan.

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An Obama Supporter made video

I like the song

Fitzgerald: Rove tried to have me fired

In a supplement to his responses to the House Judiciary Committee, Patrick Fitzgerald confirms what we've always suspected: Karl Rove was trying to have Patrick Fitzgerald fired while Fitzgerald was still investigating Rove for his role in leaking Valerie Wilson's identity.

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Quote for the Day

He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either. - Friedrich Nietzche

Romney to Write Off Loans to Aid Party

MUSKEGON, Mich., July 17 -- Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will reclassify as a gift $45 million in loans he made to his campaign, his spokesman said Thursday, ensuring that he will not compete with presumptive GOP nominee John McCain for donations.SIDE NOTE: Isn't this what Hillary should also do. I've always felt that the Republicans will always unite more as a party.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Pro-Israel Billionaire wants war with Iran, paying to get it

Sheldon Adelson, 3rd-richest man in America, is coughing up tens of millions of dollars to block a two-state settlement of the Israel/Palestine conflict, pushing politicians to back war with Iran, and funding Republican candidates for Congress under the guise of "Freedom's Watch". Running for office and believe in endless war? Talk to him for funds

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Did McCain Just Breach Obama's Iraq Security Protection?

Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Friday that his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, is likely to be in Iraq over the weekend. The Obama campaign has tried to cloak the Illinois senator's trip in some measure of secrecy for security reasons. The White House, State Department and Pentagon do not announce senior officials' visits.

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Some Obama Items - Spread the Word

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McCain raises $62.5 million in public finance loophole

The McCain campaign brazenly lied to the media, exploiting loopholes in the broken system of public financing to outraise and outspend Obama, while maintaining the fiction that he's working under a fairer form of campaign financing than his opponent.

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Sources: Slain soldiers didn't get full intelligence on Tali

An Army unit overrun at a remote Afghanistan outpost didn't get enough intelligence that 200 insurgents were in the area and poised to attack, two military officials told CNN.

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10 Banks That Could Be Next To Go Under

IndyMac bank going under probably has you wondering, is my bank next? Various analysts are predicted that hundreds of small and regional banks could collapse in the next year. Here's the top 10 list of the nation's most troubled banks...

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A Quote for the Day

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others - Barbara Bush

Barack Obama Campaign Ad

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Quote for the Day

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. - Eleanor Roosevelt

McCain Attended Zero Afghanistan Hearings In Last Two Years

It turns out that presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, has attended even fewer Afghanistan-related Senate hearings over the past two years than Obama's one. Which is a nice way of saying, McCain, R-Ariz., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Service Committee, has attended zero of his committee's six hearings on Afghanistan

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Military Related Project

A Quote for the Day

We make a living by what we get, but we have a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mississippi casinos got items meant for Katrina victims

The agency that regulates Mississippi's casinos got pillows, stoves, dinnerware and other items that were originally meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, according to state records obtained by CNN.

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Quote for the Day

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you - John Bunyon

Policy Shift Seen in U.S. Decision on Iran Talks

The decision by the Bush administration to send a senior official to participate in international talks with Iran infuses the negotiating track with new importance.

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So Does this still stand?

McCain looks to make gains among black voters

Sen. John McCain is looking to close a wide divide on race as he speaks before the NAACP convention Wednesday.

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Quote for Today

"Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege." - John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Remember this war hero? He killed himself from PTSD.

The photo below captures everything that Americans wanted to believe about the Iraq war in the earliest days of the invasion in 2003. Pfc. Joseph Dwyer, an Army medic whose unit was fighting its way up the Euphrates to Baghdad, cradles a wounded boy. The child is half-naked and helpless, but trusting. Private Dwyer’s face is strained but calm.

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Quote for the day

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal - Albert Pike

A Widget I found from another blog

For some reason I am still addicted to widgets

U.S. Dollar Falls to Record Low Against Euro

Wall Street was in an uproar on Tuesday as stocks churned, oil plummeted, and policy makers issued a darker outlook on the economy. Meanwhile, the dollar fell to a new low against the euro, GM said it would slash jobs and suspend its dividend, and a report showed that consumer spending slowed in June more than economists had anticipated.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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Barack Obama's Speech - NAACP (7/14/2008)

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: 99th Annual Convention of the N A A CP

Cincinnati , OH | July 14, 2008

It is always humbling to speak before the N A A CP. It is a powerful reminder of the debt we all owe to those who marched for us and fought for us and stood up on our behalf; of the sacrifices that were made for us by those we never knew; and of the giants whose shoulders I stand on here today.
They are the men and women we read about in history books and hear about in church; whose lives we honor with schools, and boulevards, and federal holidays that bear their names. But what I want to remind you tonight - on Youth Night - is that these giants, these icons of America 's past, were not much older than many of you when they took up freedom's cause and made their mark on history.

It is because of them; and all those whose names never made it into the history books - those men and women, young and old, black, brown and white, clear-eyed and straight-backed, who refused to settle for the world as it is; who had the courage to remake the world as it should be - that I stand before you tonight as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States of A merica.
A nd if I have the privilege of serving as your next President, I will stand up for you the same way that earlier generations of A mericans stood up for me - by fighting to ensure that every single one of us has the chance to make it if we try. That means removing the barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding that still exist in A merica . It means fighting to eliminate discrimination from every corner of our country. It means changing hearts, and changing minds, and making sure that every A merican is treated equally under the law.
But social justice is not enough. A s Dr. King once said, "the inseparable twin of racial justice is economic justice." That's why Dr. King went to Memphis in his final days to stand with striking sanitation workers. That's why the march that Roy Wilkins helped lead forty five years ago this summer wasn't just named the March on Washington , and it wasn't just named the March on Washington for Freedom; it was named the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
What Dr. King and Roy Wilkins understood is that it matters little if you have the right to sit at the front of the bus if you can't afford the bus fare; it matters little if you have the right to sit at the lunch counter if you can't afford the lunch. What they understood is that so long as A mericans are denied the decent wages, and good benefits, and fair treatment they deserve, the dream for which so many gave so much will remain out of reach; that to live up to our founding promise of equality for all, we have to make sure that opportunity is open to all A mericans.
That is what I've been fighting to do throughout my over 20 years in public service. That's why I've fought in the Senate to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and give those tax breaks to companies that create good jobs here in A merica . That's why I brought Democrats and Republicans together in Illinois to put $100 million in tax cuts into the pockets of hardworking families, to expand health care to 150,000 children and parents, and to end the outrage of black women making just 62 cents for every dollar that many of their male coworkers make.
And that's why I moved to Chicago after college. A s some of you know, I turned down more lucrative jobs because I was inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and I wanted to do my part in the ongoing battle for opportunity in this country. So I went to work for a group of churches to help turn around neighborhoods that were devastated when the local steel plants closed. And I reached out to community leaders - black, brown, and white - and together, we gave job training to the jobless, set up afterschool programs to help keep kids off the streets, and block by block, we helped turn those neighborhoods around.
Our work is not over.
So I've been working my entire adult life to help build an A merica where social justice is being served and economic justice is being served; an A merica where we all have an equal chance to make it if we try. That's the A merica I believe in. That's the A merica you've been fighting for over the past 99 years. And that's the A merica we have to keep marching towards today.

Our work is not over.

When so many of our nation's schools are failing, especially those in our poorest rural and urban communities, denying millions of young A mericans the chance to fulfill their potential and live out their dreams, we have more work to do.
When CEOs are making more in ten minutes than the average worker earns in a year, and millions of families lose their homes due to unscrupulous lending, checked neither by a sense of corporate ethics or a vigilant government; when the dream of entering the middle class and staying there is fading for young people in our community, we have more work to do.

When any human being is denied a life of dignity and respect, no matter whether they live in A nacostia or A ppalachia or a village in A frica; when people are trapped in extreme poverty we know how to curb or suffering from diseases we know how to prevent; when they're going without the medicines that they so desperately need - we have more work to do.
That's what this election is all about. It's about the responsibilities we all share for the future we hold in common. It's about each and every one of us doing our part to build that more perfect union.
It's about the responsibilities that corporate A merica has - responsibilities that start with ending a culture on Wall Street that says what's good for me is good enough; that puts their bottom line ahead of what's right for A merica. Because what we've learned in such a dramatic way in recent months is that pain in our economy trickles up; that Wall Street can't thrive so long as Main Street is struggling; and that A merica is better off when the well-being of A merican business and the A merican people are aligned. Our CEOs have to recognize that they have a responsibility not just to grow their profit margins, but to be fair to their workers, and honest to their shareholders and to help strengthen our economy as a whole. That's how we'll ensure that economic justice is being served. And that's what this election is about.
It's about the responsibilities that Washington has - responsibilities that start with restoring fairness to our economy by making sure that the playing field isn't tilted to benefit the special interests at the expense of ordinary A mericans; and that we're rewarding not just wealth, but the work and workers who create it. That's why I'll offer a middle class tax cut so we can lift up hardworking families, and give relief to struggling homeowners so we can end our housing crisis, and provide training to young people to work the green jobs of the future, and invest in our infrastructure so we can create millions of new jobs.
And that's why I'll end the outrage of one in five A frican A mericans going without the health care they deserve. We'll guarantee health care for anyone who needs it, make it affordable for anyone who wants it, and ensure that the quality of your health care does not depend on the color of your skin. And we're not going to do it 20 years from now or 10 years from now, we're going to do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States of A merica .
And here's what else we'll do - we'll make sure that every child in this country gets a world-class education from the day they're born until the day they graduate from college. Now, I understand that Senator McCain is going to be coming here in a couple of days and talking about education, and I'm glad to hear it. But the fact is, what he's offering amounts to little more than the same tired rhetoric about vouchers. Well, I believe we need to move beyond the same debate we've been having for the past 30 years when we haven't gotten anything done. We need to fix and improve our public schools, not throw our hands up and walk away from them. We need to uphold the ideal of public education, but we also need reform.
That's why I've introduced a comprehensive strategy to recruit an army of new quality teachers to our communities - and to pay them more and give them more support. And we'll invest in early childhood education programs so that our kids don't begin the race of life behind the starting line and offer a $4,000 tax credit to make college affordable for anyone who wants to go. Because as the N A A CP knows better than anyone, the fight for social justice and economic justice begins in the classroom.
But it doesn't end there. We have to fight for all those young men standing on street corners with little hope for the future besides ending up in jail. We have to break the cycle of poverty and violence that's gripping too many neighborhoods in this country.
That's why I'll expand the Earned Income Tax Credit - because it's one of the most successful anti-poverty measures we have. That's why I'll end the Bush policy of taking cops off the streets at the moment they're needed most - because we need to give local law enforcement the support they need. That's why we'll provide job training for ex-offenders - because we need to make sure they don't return to a life of crime. And that's why I'll build on the success of the Harlem Children's Zone in New York and launch an all-hands-on-deck effort to end poverty in this country - because that's how we'll put the dream that Dr. King and Roy Wilkins fought for within reach for the next generation of children.
And if people tell you that we cannot afford to invest in education or health care or fighting poverty, you just remind them that we are spending $10 billion a month in Iraq . And if we can spend that much money in Iraq , we can spend some of that money right here in Cincinnati , Ohio and in big cities and small towns in every corner of this country.
So yes, we have to demand more responsibility from Washington . And yes we have to demand more responsibility from Wall Street. But we also have to demand more from ourselves. Now, I know some say I've been too tough on folks about this responsibility stuff. But I'm not going to stop talking about it. Because I believe that in the end, it doesn't matter how much money we invest in our communities, or how many 10-point plans we propose, or how many government programs we launch - none of it will make any difference if we don't seize more responsibility in our own lives.
That's how we'll truly honor those who came before us. Because I know that Thurgood Marshall did not argue Brown versus Board of Education so that some of us could stop doing our jobs as parents. A nd I know that nine little children did not walk through a schoolhouse door in Little Rock so that we could stand by and let our children drop out of school and turn to gangs for the support they are not getting elsewhere. That's not the freedom they fought so hard to achieve. That's not the A merica they gave so much to build. That's not the dream they had for our children.
That's why if we're serious about reclaiming that dream, we have to do more in our own lives, our own families, and our own communities. That starts with providing the guidance our children need, turning off the TV, and putting away the video games; attending those parent-teacher conferences, helping our children with their homework, and setting a good example. It starts with teaching our daughters to never allow images on television to tell them what they are worth; and teaching our sons to treat women with respect, and to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; that what makes them men is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. It starts by being good neighbors and good citizens who are willing to volunteer in our communities - and to help our synagogues and churches and community centers feed the hungry and care for the elderly. We all have to do our part to lift up this country.
That's where change begins. A nd that, after all, is the true genius of A merica - not that A merica is, but that A merica will be; not that we are perfect, but that we can make ourselves more perfect; that brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand, people who love this country can change it. And that's our most enduring responsibility - the responsibility to future generations. We have to change this country for them. We have to leave them a planet that's cleaner, a nation that's safer, and a world that's more equal and more just.
So I'm grateful to you for all you've done for this campaign, but we've got work to do and we cannot rest. And I know that if you put your shoulders to the wheel of history and take up the cause of perfecting our union just as earlier generations of A mericans did before you; if you take up the fight for opportunity and equality and prosperity for all; if you march with me and fight with me, and get your friends registered to vote, and if you stand with me this fall - then not only will we help close the responsibility deficit in this country, and not only will we help achieve social justice and economic justice for all, but I will come back here next year on the 100th anniversary of the N A A CP, and I will stand before you as the President of the United States of A merica. And at that moment, you and I will truly know that a new day has come in this country we love. Thank you.

Quote for the day

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." - Robert F. Kennedy

Monday, July 14, 2008

News Widget - Telegraph

'Heroic' U.S. fighting repels Hundreds of Afghan militants

Insurgents who squared off with U.S. soldiers in a major battle in eastern Afghanistan overran a military observation point just outside a coalition outpost, but failed to take the base, a U.S. military official told CNN."It was heroic fighting," said another official, NATO spokesman Mark Laity, describing the U.S.-led troop performance.

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Reid Chastises McCain for Not Voting Since April | The Trail

John McCain has not showed up to vote in the Senate since April.McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8.

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McCain refuses to support equal pay

The presumptive Republican nominee for president says that he is in favor of equal pay for equal work, but has yet to propose or support legislation that would achieve that goal. And he's opposed to the "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act" which seeks to do exactly that.

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Flashback: McCain Opposed Divestment From South Africa

Years ago, McCain lacked the “moral clarity and conviction” to consistently support divestment from South Africa. Despite voting to override President Reagan’s veto of a bill imposing economic sanctions against South Africa in 1986, McCain voted against sanctions on at least six other occasions:

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Budweiser Sold!!!

Belgian brewer InBev has announced it will buy its U.S. rival Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion to create the world's largest brewer.

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Regulators seize IndyMac Bank

The Great 2008 Banking Meltdown Begins.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lobbyist w/ Ties To White House Offers Access For Donations

A lobbyist with close ties to the White House is offering access to key figures in George W Bush's administration in return for six-figure donations to the private library being set up to commemorate Bush's presidency.

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Cash!! Cash!! Get em while they're cold!

Prime Minister Maliki roams the streets passing out cash like a hot dog vendor at a Padres Game.

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Fiasco #0647 - Scores Die in Wave of Attacks in Afghanistan

Nine U.S. troops were killed in an attack Sunday on a base in a remote province of eastern Afghanistan, a Western official familiar with the situation said. News of the dead U.S. troops came after a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle killed at least 21 people, including four police officers, in southern Afghanistan Sunday.

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Something is bothering me....

McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8.

Quote for the Day

“I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders.” Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Good Morning Everyone

I was just thinking how precious life and time is. Enjoy your day.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

What am I thinking about now?

The delicious Udon at Zenshuji and of course the incredible Taiko group Zendeko - AnIntelligentMind

Well I think this USA Today Headline is Self-Explanatory

Please check out the USA Today website for the complete story. Interesting...

Pakistan: U.S. can't hunt bin Laden on its turf

NEW YORK (AP) — Pakistan's top diplomat said Saturday there are no U.S. or other foreign military personnel on the hunt for Osama bin Laden in his nation, and none will be allowed in to search for the al-Qaeda leader.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his nation's new government has ruled out such military operations, covert or otherwise, to catch militants.

"Our government's policy is that our troops, paramilitary forces and our regular forces are deployed in sufficient numbers. They are capable of taking action there. And any foreign intrusion would be counterproductive," he said Saturday. "People will not accept it. Questions of sovereignty come in."


McCain Admits He Doesn't Know Nature of Threat From Iran

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) regularly hypes the threat posed by Iran, saying they are “intent on acquiring nuclear weapons” and even attacking Democrats for allegedly not recognizing “the threat posed by an Iran with nuclear ambitions.”

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Have We Missed the Key to Obama's Leadership Style?

I'm starting to suspect we've all missed the real story behind Barack Obama's leadership style. His recent actions may not have been driven by calculation or centrism, as most people thought, but by something else.

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White House puts warming threats on back burner - Los Angele

The Bush administration Friday rejected its own experts' conclusion that global warming poses a threat to the public welfare, launching a comment period that will delay action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least until the next president takes office.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Just the Facts - Check it out

AMA Plans Apology For Racism

The country's largest medical association is set to issue a formal apology today for its historical antipathy toward African American doctors, expressing regret for a litany of transgressions, including barring black physicians from its ranks for decades and remaining silent during battles on...------------An overdue apology. Now hopefully that it has been admitted to, it can get better.

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I have to admit sometimes McCain just makes me smile

A dedication to ANDEE and other fearmongers

I've been getting a few emails from an "Andee" that is basically filled with a bunch of lies. I even had one from someone who clearly does not know the Bible saying we are in the midst of the Seventh Seal. Of course there were NO substantiations or proof for this just a bunch of statements that clearly were meant to manipulate my emotions or build up fear within me (do people who truly care about you do that? NOPE) Also, instead of sending a bunch of emails (SPAM) saying "Look it Up" if you have proof, just share it. Otherwise crawl back in to the hate filled hole you live in.

Anyway, "Andee" I post this for you

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Quote of the Day

came across this one online at The Quotation of the Day Mailing List

Quotation of the Day for July 10, 2008

"Absolutely not. History shows that some of our greatest leaders have had little or no military experience. ... I have advised [a presidential candidate] that I'd be very careful about how much you talk about that, because you don't want it to sound self-serving."

- John McCain, 2008 U.S. Presidential candidate and veteran, answering the question "Do you think that military service inherently makes somebody better equipped to be commander-in-chief?" The 2004 presidential candidate he was talking about was John Kerry.

Giuliani: Obama's Support Of Bilingualism is Anti-American

To the 11% of Americans who are smart enough to be able to speak two languages you are declared "Anti-American" from the former Mayor of the Most Diverse City in the United States of America.

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Bush Threatening To Veto Homeless Veterans Bill

The House approved a homeless veterans housing bill overwhelmingly Wednesday, even though White House advisers warned they'd urge President Bush to veto it. The bill sponsored by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, authorizes spending $200 million on housing and services for veterans, requires 20,000 rental vouchers a year for low-income housing for veterans a

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Don't sanitize Helms' racist past

Beloved conservative Senator Helms once whistled 'dixie' in a capital hill elevator with Black Senator Carol Moseley Braun to quote, "Try and make her cry."

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

On Iran, top military officer sounds like Obama

It could turn out to be one of the most significant comments of the 2008 campaign — but coming just ahead of a holiday weekend, it isn’t getting much notice.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Homeless veterans face new battle for survival

(CNN) -- "I can't find the right words to describe when you are homeless," says Iraq war veteran Joseph Jacobo. "You see the end of your life right there. What am I going to do, what am I going to eat?"

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Was fortunate to attend a Unite For Change Event

I liked the concept before I went and loved it after I went. I met some great people. I would highly recommend them.

Quote for the Day

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, July 4, 2008

When the AP takes sides

In March, at a conference of the nation’s newspaper editors, two of the Associated Press’ top political reporters greeted John McCain with a box of Dunkin’ Donuts. One of the reporters was careful to get McCain his favorite kind — “Oh, yes, with sprinkles!” he said — and then passed McCain a cup. “A little coffee with a little cream ...

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics
Myspace Graphics | July 4th Comments | Myspace layouts

Another Quote for the Day

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American! - Daniel Webster ( July 1850 speech)

McCains report more than $100,000 in credit card debt

The presidential candidate and his wife Cindy reported piling up debt on a charge card between $10,000 and $15,000. His wife’s solo charge card has between $100,000 and $250,000 in debt to Amer

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Here is the video that goes along with the digg post below

Military Chief: Not enough troops for Afghanistan (video)

The video of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs saying that the U.S. is so heavily invested in Iraq militarily that there aren't enough troops left for the escalating conflict in Afghanistan.

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Quote for the Day

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Barr sure sounds better than McCain - NJVoices

"...both George Bush and John McCain have always been proponents of immigration amnesty and open borders. And both are believers in big government as well as extending the American welfare state to the Mideast."

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Everytime I think I'll purchase PS3, some news come out that reaffirms my wait

Came across this bit of PS3 news via Information Week. Please click link to read entire article. - AnIntelligentMind

Sony Confirms Pulling PS3 Firmware Update

The company released firmware 2.40 Tuesday, and reports of problems started flowing in soon after on the official PlayStation 3 message board.

By Antone Gonsalves
July 2, 2008 08:01 PM

Sony (NYSE: SNE) on Wednesday confirmed that it has pulled the latest firmware update for PlayStation 3, because of reports from customers that it has caused their systems to stop working.

Sony released firmware 2.40 Tuesday, and reports of problems started flowing in soon after on the official PS3 message board.

PUMAs are Swiftboats

-if there’s so much outrage, how come the journalists chronicling it can’t get one real world feminist to sign her name onto the outrage? It didn’t take much work for me to discover who started this PAC and With her name and her zip code, all it took was a quick jaunt to Open Secrets to find out her campaign donation history: $500 to McCain in 2000

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Six Years Later, McCain Says He Still Would’ve Invaded Iraq

Get a clue you two-thirds of America who've concluded the war was a mistake because of no WMDs, no ties to al-Qaeda, 4100 Americans dead, 29,000 wounded, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed, an emboldened Iran, a resurgent Taliban in Pakistan and a 2 trillion dollar price tag -- McCain says there was "no question" it was the right thing to do.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

How The Media Completely Distorted Wesley Clark

General Clark did not attack McCains Military record as the media has been blathering about all day long..He questioned the relevance of being shot down and taken prisoner as being a qualifier to be President of the United States...get it right MSM>..

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Came Across Today - Interesting Way to get a Point Across

So what do you think?

“Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.” - Henry Steele Commager

GOP hypocrisy on G.I. Bill reaches new depths

After fighting the G.I. Bill expansion, both Bush and McCain take credit for its passage. Bush praised five senators this morning for their leadership. One (McCain) fought against the bill and then didn't bother to vote on it. Two (Graham and Burr) fought against the bill and voted against it. Chuck Hagel, an original sponsor, wasn't mentioned.

THIS PART FROM THE SALON ARTICLE REALLY BEARS REPEATING:Second, and more important, the president's praising John McCain for his "hard work" on this bill is absurd. McCain not only opposed the G.I. Bill expansion, he fought against it. Indeed, he bragged that his opposition to the bill was evidence of his character.What's more, praising McCain for having "worked hard" to pass the bill is especially amusing considering that McCain didn't even show up to vote at all when the bill came to the floor, and didn't show up to vote on the supplemental, either.Indeed, Bush praised five senators this morning for their leadership. One (McCain) fought against the bill and then didn't bother to vote on it. Two (Graham and Burr) fought against the bill and voted against it. Chuck Hagel was an original sponsor of the bill, but the president ignored him altogether. (Talk about a slap in the face ...)And all of this, of course, comes just a few days after McCain took credit for the passage of a bill he fought every step of the way.They know no shame.

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