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Moose In The Headlights? Or, Is That Caribou Barbie?

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:45 PM MST

Moose In The Headlights

Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 06:19:28 PM PDT

Absolutely clueless:

Charlie:  Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?

Palin:  In what respect, Charlie?

Charlie:  What do you interpret it to be?

Palin:  His worldview?

Charlie:  No, No, the Bush Doctrine.  He enunciated it in September 2002, before the Iraq War.

Palin:  I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is to rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hellbent on destroying our nation.  There have been blunders along the way, though.  There have been mistakes made.  And with new leadership–and that’s the beauty of American elections and democracy–with new leadership comes the opportunity to do things better.

Charlie:  The Bush Doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory defense.  We have the right to preemptively strike any other country that we believe is going to attack us.

How absolutely, head-in-the-ground oblivious do you have to be to our national politics to not be familiar with the Bush Doctrine, the very cornerstone of this administration’s foreign policy and the doctrine that led us into the most disastrous foreign policy decision in American history?

Oh, that’s right. This oblivious:

“I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq.”

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Putin: George Bush Isn’t In Charge

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:15 PM MST

(Reuters)  My kinda guy... but the people around him are rubbish, says Putin

(Reuters) My kinda guy... but the people around him are rubbish, says Putin

George Bush isn’t in charge, says Vladimir Putin

From
September 11, 2008

In a thinly veiled dig at George Bush, Vladimir Putin today suggested that the US President was not in charge of American affairs, saying that it was “the court that makes the king”.

Amid heightened tensions with the US in the wake of the war in Georgia, the Russian Prime Minister insisted that the US leader was a man of honour and integrity, but blamed members of the administration for the sharp deterioration of relations with Russia.

”I still hope we will maintain good relations, but it is the court that makes the king,” he told a group of foreign journalists in an interview at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

He nonetheless spoke fondly of his relationship with Mr Bush, saying, only half-jokingly: ”I treat President Bush better than some Americans would”.

At times Mr Putin displayed genuine anger, particularly when discussing the deployment of US navy warships just off the Russian Black Sea coast. Much of his criticism was aimed directly at the Bush administration which he accused of training and army the Georgian military and encouraging its leadership to launch last month’s assault on the breakaway province of South Ossetia.

“Should we have wiped the bloody snot off our face and bowed our head? Should we have waved our penknives?” he said in response to the mobilisation of Georgian tanks and troops.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 8:45 PM MST

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. meets with former President Bill Clinton in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. meets with former President Bill Clinton in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Bill Clinton: Obama Will Win “Pretty Handily”

Huffington Post- Sept. 11, 2008

NEW YORK — Barack Obama and former President Clinton talked for two hours on Thursday, their first meeting in a White House race that had once bitterly divided them. Clinton predicted that Obama will win the presidency “pretty handily.”

Their conversation started with small talk about the former president’s commute to his Harlem office and ended after a lunch of sandwiches, flatbread pizza and salad from Cosi.

“They discussed the campaign briefly, but mostly talked about how the world has changed since September 11, 2001,” their spokesmen said in a joint statement. The meeting came on the seventh anniversary of the attacks and shortly before Obama was to visit Ground Zero with Republican presidential rival John McCain.

Reporters were allowed in at the beginning of the meeting in Clinton’s 14th floor office, but the former president kept his answers short when he was asked about his involvement with Obama’s campaign this fall. He noted an already announced trip Sept. 29 to Florida.

Obama said, “We’re putting him to work.”

Asked if he would be campaigning beyond that, Clinton said, “I’ve agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I’m asked to do.”

Before reporters were ushered out, Clinton was asked where he sees the race between Obama and McCain.

“I predict that Senator Obama will win and win pretty handily,” he said.

Obama interjected: “You can take it from the president of the United States. He knows a little something about politics.”

Obama and Bill Clinton appeared less friendly toward each other at times during Obama’s Democratic primary battle with Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. After Obama clinched the party’s nomination, both Clintons gave strong speeches in Obama’s favor during the party convention in Denver.

Obama’s visit to Clinton’s Harlem office, which overlooks Central Park, sparked excitement in the neighborhood, with people crowding around police barricades that shut off the block. The two men briefly appeared in front of the building, where a large group had been waiting for hours in hopes of a glimpse.

People screamed loudly and snapped cell phone pictures when the two emerged. Obama ducked back in the building with Clinton after a few waves but without shaking hands.

Their spokesmen said the two men were complimentary of each other’s work, with Obama praising the Clinton Foundation, and Clinton applauding the candidate’s campaign.

“They also spoke about what the next president can do to help make the economy work for all Americans, as it did under President Clinton, and ensure safety and prosperity far beyond the coming the election,” their joint statement said.

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Breaking: Palin Wants To Declare War With Russia??

By- Suzie-Q @ 3:45 PM MST

Palin: War with Russia may be needed

Raw Story- Mike Sheehan
Published: Thursday September 11, 2008

McCain running mate Sarah Palin’s first press interview since accepting her VP nod had ABC’s Charlie Gibson asking her about the recent Russia-Georgia fracas and to clarify her assertion in June that the Iraq war was a “task” from God.

ABC released early excerpts of the interview. Among the early highlights:

* Palin says she immediately accepted the VP offer from Sen. McCain, despite misgivings Gibson suggested she might have. “I didn’t hesitate,” she said. “I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink. So I didn’t blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.”

* Asked about the “task from God” statement, Palin at first claimed the quote wasn’t exact, but Gibson confirmed it. He then asked, “Are we fighting a holy war?” Palin then claimed that she was repeated “Abraham Lincoln’s words” and further explained, “I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words. … I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given … and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That, in my world view, is a grand — the grand plan.”

* Gibson pressed, asking her if she was sending her son, who is deploying to Iraq, on a task that is from God. Replied Palin, “I don’t know if the task is from God. … What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision he has made, what he decided to do and serving for the right reasons and serving something greater than himself and not choosing a real easy path where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer.”

* Gibson then brought up Russia’s recent invasion of Georgia, an act roundly condemned by the Bush administration and by McCain himself. He asked Gibson if the US would be compelled to answer militarily under the NATO treaty if Russia again invaded Georgia. Palin answered, “Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.”

* Expanding on her answer, Palin said, “[W]e’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable.”

The full interview will air on ABC this evening.

Palin tells Gibson she ‘didn’t blink’ at VP offer

ABC’s Charlie Gibson asked Sarah Palin if she has the experience to be vice president.

This video is from ABCNews.com, broadcast September 11, 2008.

Palin walks back Iraq war ‘task from God’ remark

ABC’s Charlie Gibson asked Sarah Palin if she believed that the Iraq war was part of God’s plan.

This video is from ABCNews.com, broadcast September 11, 2008.

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Obama: Enough Is Enough!

By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

Speaking at Granby High School in Norfolk, Va., Sen. Barack Obama said, Enough is enough, about his GOP rivals attacks against him. (By Chris Carlson -- Associated Press)

Speaking at Granby High School in Norfolk, Va., Sen. Barack Obama said, "Enough is enough," about his GOP rival's attacks against him. (By Chris Carlson -- Associated Press)

McCain Camp Hits Obama On More Than One Front

Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 11, 2008; Page A04

Sen. John McCain‘s presidential campaign launched a broadside against Sen. Barack Obama yesterday, accusing him of a sexist smear, comparing his campaign to a pack of wolves on the prowl against the GOP vice presidential pick, charging that the Democratic nominee favored sex education for kindergartners, and resurrecting the comments of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

This Story

The assault came a day before the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, when McCain and Obama are scheduled to appear together at Ground Zero during a mutually declared truce. That cease-fire is not likely to last long. With the airwaves already filling up with some of the most negative imagery of the campaign, Obama aides hinted that they would save their toughest counterpunch until after Sept. 11.

“Enough,” Obama declared yesterday while campaigning in Norfolk, Va. “I don’t care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift boat politics. Enough is enough.”

MORE HERE

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911 Polls – You Are Not Alone

by Geezer Power…2:04 pm

I think that the question that needs to be asked in the polls is “Do you think that there should be an open and independent investigation of the 911 disaster?”

While ae911truth, loose change, Steven Jones, and many more sites have presented unimpeachable evidence that the official story is fabricated, they are falling into a trap by expounding theories and hypothosis about how the buildings fell.

When all of the evidence is put into context, we have a situation where the melting points of steel and concrete both have been exceeded and the energy necessary to powderize concrete and vaporize steel, as happened in the upper parts of both WTC1 and WTC2, greatly exceeds the temperatures that can result from jet fuel or a building fire.

There are many government shills busy at the job of framing the the theories and dividing them up so that they can be put through the debunking mill and there is a concerted effort to intimidate the witnesses of what happened on that day. Especially the Fire Chiefs, when the “FDNY Terrorism Preparedness Taskforce“, led by James Woolsey, was iniated to put them in their place.

A physicist from Las Alamos Laboratories. by the name of Gregory H. Canavan, was also on the panel. He is also a former Director of the Office of Inertial Fusion at the U.S. Department Of Energy and a former Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. Dare we ask why a Fusion Energy scientist was appointed to the FDNY terrorism Preperedness Task Force?

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It’s all about accountability folks, and Bu$hco should be investigated on every aspect of the take-over of our country. Just as soon as We The Sheeple regain control of the Supreme Court.

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Abramoff And Ring: Will It Be A Domino Effect?

By- Suzie-Q @ 1:45 PM MST

More Abramoff And Ring: Tipping Point For Republican Corruption Dominoes?

Firedoglake- By: Christy Hardin Smith Thursday September 11, 2008 9:32 am

We’ve all been waiting for the next Republican corruption tipping point. Waiting and waiting and waiting.

Jack Abramoff was recently sentenced on his remaining charges, and he’s reportedly been cooperating with the DOJ’s public corruption unit for a while now. Apparently, he’s been cooperating a lot:

…prosecutors credited Abramoff for spending more than 3,000 hours working with more than 100 law-enforcement officials in their ongoing investigation.

Before that, we heard about former Doolittle staffer and Abramoff lobbying pal, Kevin Ring, falling into the hot water after the Coughlin plea.

This week, Ring was indicted by a federal grand jury in a 10-count indictment — and the juicy glimpses of some of the spilled corruption beans are oozing into the public sunlight. Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) is identified as Representative No. 5, by key details that apply to his fact pattern, and Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) is similarly identified in the indictment as Representative No. 4.

The cash and carry earmarks for box seat bonanza that Abramoff and Ring were running is shockingly crass, even by their usual gutter pay to play standards.

But it is the references to Doolittle’s wife and the squirrelly job for which Abramoff paid her that raised my eyebrows. And made me think back to that FBI raid on the Doolittle home back in April.

We’ve been trying to help piece together the probable membership of the Abramoff Twelve and the Wives Club for a while now. So, let’s see who we’ve previously identified as potentially in the DOJ crosshairs on this:

Also of interest: Steven Griles, former number two at the Dept. of the Interior; Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT); Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) and his wife, Julie; two of DeLay’s former top deputies, Edwin A. Buckham and Tony C. Rudy; and DeLay’s wife, Christine. Also in the crosshairs are Tony Rudy’s wife Lisa and Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA).

When you add in the corruption bonanza recently broken open at the Department of the Interior — complete with sex, cocaine and bribery! — and a wholesale abdication of ethics, and the fact that Jackie Boy Abramoff and his pal, Steven Griles, have been cooperating? Plus, Ralph Reed, John Cornyn, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and a whole host of other smarm merchants are in the Follow The Money mix as well.  (Marcy has more on the Dept. of the Interior mess.)

Seems like it would be irresponsible not to speculate who the DOJ might be squeezing Ring to finger.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

Whistleblower breaks 15-year silence to allege McCain hid wife’s drug abuse

Raw Story- Nick Juliano
Published: Thursday September 11, 2008

Cindy McCain’s addiction to prescription painkillers emerged into public view 14 years ago with a well-orchestrated PR campaign designed to preserve her husband’s political future.

Aside from a lengthy contemporary investigation from Phoenix’s alternative weekly and occasional mentions since then, the addiction back-story — including ample questions about what John McCain knew, when he knew it and questions over whether he was complicit in the cover-up — has gone largely untold. Until now.

Tom Gosinski, a former employee of the medical-aid charity Cindy McCain used as personal supplier of Percocet and Vicodin, is speaking out publicly for the first time.

On Wednesday, Gosinski sat down with RAW STORY and other outlets to tell his story and distribute copies of his personal journal from his time with the American Voluntary Medical Team in the last half of 1992, where he voiced ever more acute concerns and frustrations over McCain’s drug use and its impact on her mood and job performance.

“My journal wasn’t to trash Cindy or anything,” he says. “My journal was kept because I came in contact with so many people. It was a way of keeping an ongoing biography of all the people I met, so I could refer back to it.”

He says he can’t buy the official McCain camp line that Cindy’s drug abuse was kept from her husband, he saw and heard too much for any of their stories to make sense — like the time Cindy was allegedly taken to the hospital after an overdose and John rushed in to berate the doctors and nurses there before moving Cindy to their secluded Sedona ranch. Then there were the Hensley family interventions and the fact that Cindy’s drug abuse came to be something of an open secret among employees of the charity.

“I have always wondered why John McCain has done nothing to fix the problem,” Gosinski wrote on July 27, 1992. “He must either not see that a problem exists or does not choose to do anything about it.”

Less than a month later, Gosinski was clearer about McCain’s knowledge of his wife’s problem: “John McCain has known about it for some time,” he wrote on Aug. 14.

In confessing to her drug abuse in orchestrated interviews with friendly journalists in 1994, Cindy McCain said she had kept her problem hidden from her husband and sought treatment at some point in 1992. Questions remain about the validity of those assurances, and Gosinski’s contemporary journal shares a story suggesting John McCain knew of his wife’s problem earlier than anyone has suggested.

In an Oct. 5, 1992, entry, Gosinski writes about a story that circulated just a few days after Cindy McCain’s parents, Jim and Smitty Hensley, confronted her about her drug abuse.

Last Friday, late in the afternoon, Miss Jeri (Cindy’s aunt) was visiting with Dalton Smith, the Hensley’s Pilot about Jim and Smitty confronting Cindy about her drug problem. During the conversation Dalton mentioned an incident which took place a couple of years ago — Cindy had taken too many pills and had been rushed to a hospital near their home on Oak Creek. John McCain was rushed to the hospital and rather than helping Cindy obtain help he had her dismissed from the hospital and taken to the Cabin. I had assumed the entire family knew of the incident as Kathy Walker had mentioned it to me many months ago but come to find out Jeri and the Hensleys knew nothing of it. Needless to say it was very painful for Miss Jeri to find this out and she was very concerned about what the news of this occurrence would do to Jim and Smitty. Whatever the outcome, I doubt that Jim and Smitty will ever be able to respect John McCain again.

Even now, more than a decade-and-a-half later, Gosinski says he’s not convinced that Cindy has cleaned herself up. Asked if her behavior in public and on the campaign trail this year mirrored his experiences in 1992, Gosinski agreed.

“I’m probably looking too closely, [but] I would say yes,” he said in an interview. But I’ve got a biased opinion on that.”
(more…)

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September 11, 2001- Never Forget (9/11)

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:05 PM MST

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Afternoon Jukebox… Angel

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST


Sarah McLachlan – Angel

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