Archive for August 22nd, 2008

Secret Service Dispatched To Biden’s House…

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:35 PM MST

U.S. Secret Service on Way to Biden’s House; Kaine and Bayh Told Nope on Veep

ABC News- August 22, 2008 10:50 PM

The United States Secret Service has dispatched a protective detail to assume the immediate protection of Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., a source tells ABC News, indicating in all likelihood that Biden has been officially notified that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has selected him to be his running mate.

Sources also tell ABC News that two others said to be finalists for the position of Obama’s running mate — Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Virginia Gov Tim Kaine — have been told they have not been selected for the vice presidential slot.

Kaine flew to Denver earlier today, is in Denver tonight and has no plans to leave in the next 24 hours. Bayh is at his Washington, DC, home with his family.

Biden was last seen minutes ago at his Wilmington estate where his extended brood is gathering.

The Obama campaign would not comment, but Obama mentioned Biden twice in speeches on the trail this week, both times heralding his legislative leadersip in East Asia.

At the VFW convention in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, Obama said, “we must help Georgia rebuild that which has been destroyed. That is why I’m proud to join my friend, Senator Joe Biden, in calling for an additional $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for the people of Georgia.”

And in Chesapeake, Virginia, Friday night, Obama heralded Biden’s efforts to provide economic assistance to Afghanistan.

“I joined with people like Joe Biden to increase a billion dollars of investment,” he said.

— ABC News’ Ann Compton, Matt Jaffe, Jay Shaylor, and Jake Tapper

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Evening Jukebox… Saint Of Me

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:30 PM MST

The Rolling Stones- Saint of Me

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By- Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MST

Friday, August 22, 2008
Elitist? McCain drove in a nine-car motorcade from his compound to get a large cappuccino

Joe Sudbay (DC) · 8/22/2008 10:54:00 AM ET

Since the McCain campaign wants to talk about elitists, there’s this from today’s LA Times:

McCain, who huddled with advisors at his desert compound in Sedona, Ariz., said nothing in public. A nine-car motorcade took him to a nearby Starbucks early in the morning, where he ordered a large cappuccino. McCain otherwise avoided reporters.

Hat tip, AppHouse50.

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CNN: Obama Called Rejected VP Prospects

By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

Report: Obama Called Rejected VP Prospects

Via- Huffington Post

CNN | August 22, 2008 10:23 AM

Sen. Barack Obama called some people on his short-list for the vice presidential slot Thursday night to tell them he had not selected them as running mate, a highly placed Democratic party source told CNN.

The source did not say which people got the call.

Read the whole story here.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 1:30 PM MST

(h/t Bruce @ The Bruce Blog & Double Talk Express Blog)

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Looking Back at 2008 From The Future

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:05 PM MST

Apocalypse Later: Looking Back at 2008 from the Future

By John Feffer, Tomdispatch.com. Posted August 22, 2008

A futurologist looks back at the public complacency of 2008 that led to disaster from the year 2016.

Being a futurologist means never having to say you’re sorry. Our predictions always come true eventually — or, if they don’t, well, how quickly people forget. Look at Newsweek’s George Will. He predicted that the Berlin Wall would endure, and in an article published on the very day in 1989 that the Germans were tearing it down. That should have been enough to revoke his futurology license and demote him to sports writing. But no, almost three decades later he’s still peering into his crystal ball.

Never apologize, never look back: that’s our motto.

But this time — think of it as the exception that proves the rule — I really screwed up. We all did.

If you look back at the predictions we made in 2008 about the United States and the world, you’ll see just how wrong we were. Today, in 2016, it’s time for a mea culpa on behalf of the profession. Both camps, you see, were wrong. The Chicken Littles who predicted dramatic catastrophe were just as far from the mark as the Panglossian utopians who predicted dramatic change for the better.

Of course we have our excuses. Our minds were clouded by eight years of the Bush administration’s foreign policy — if you can even call it that — which obscured our vision like a stinging sandstorm. In those days, it was natural to believe one of two things. Either the world was going to end with a bang (and soon), or a new administration would come into office in 2009, open up all Washington’s doors and windows, and give the place a good airing out.

No one anticipated what would really happen over the two terms of the Obama administration, even though that’s the job of us futurologists — and I was one of the best paid in the profession.

Where did we go wrong? How could I have been so blind? That’s what I’m going to try my best to explain.

Hope v. the Abyss

Maybe you don’t even remember the summer of 2008 any more. The last period has not, politely put, been easy, so who can be blamed for a little memory loss? Aren’t we all suffering from a bit of PTSD?

Let me take you back to that summer when the Panglossians were saying: Sniff the air, change is just around the corner — and the Chicken Littles were replying: Sniff the air, you can smell the approaching flames.

Certainly, the pessimists had the weight of history on their side. The Bush administration, they were arguing, had so transformed the United States and the world that it simply wasn’t possible to undo the damage. If not by water, they warned, then the fire next time would scorch the earth free of us. And that fire had the potential to come from almost any direction.

We had had only a narrow window of opportunity to deal with climate change, and the Bush team made sure to slam that window shut. We needed to go all out to find sustainable sources of energy, and instead the administration was all about oil. If the Middle East was not exactly the Garden of Eden when George W. came into office, the president had unfortunately taken his inspiration from the Book of Revelations, not the Book of Genesis. The result was: Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Israel-Palestine, and let’s not forget Afghanistan.

And then there were those budget deficits. In 2000, the United States recorded the largest budget surplus in its history: $230 billion. In 2002, even before the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration had already swung the country completely around and $159 billion into the red. By the summer of 2008, we were averting our eyes from the ugly truth that the year would end with the largest budget deficit in U.S. history: $425 billion. Some things are too big to fail, we are told. But what happens when the biggest of them all goes down in flames? No one could save the Zeppelin industry when, in 1937, the Hindenburg crashed and burned.


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Afternoon Jukebox… Calling All Angels

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Lenny Kravitz – Calling All Angels

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Time For The Republicans To Panic?

By- Bob Cesca @ 10:16 EDT

It’s probably time for the Republicans to panic.

Reason the first: despite all of the McCain campaign attacks of the last six weeks and, naturally, Senator McCain’s whiteness and military service, the McCain campaign can’t, as Pat Buchanan likes to say, “close the deal.” He can’t overtake Senator Obama in the polls given the roster of assaults on Obama’s patriotism and character as well as the continued accusations that Obama, according to the McCain campaign and the barbecue media, is a skinny, exotic, infanticidal, egg-headed evildoer.

Reason the second, and more importantly: Senator McCain appears to be losing his shpadoinkle. When he admitted that he doesn’t know how many houses he and his heiress wife own, it might not have been because he owns too many houses to count. Instead, it could be that he simply couldn’t remember how many houses he owns.

Brit Hume once called this kind of glitch “a senior moment,” but how many senior moments can a guy have before we seriously begin to question whether, for example, in the middle of an international crisis, he’s going to forget who the president of Russia is and then bomb Berlin thinking that Putin is the president of Germany. Oh. Wait.

Ask any homeowner how many houses they own and they’ll probably answer correctly — or, if they’re crazy rich, they’ll at least answer within the margin of error (+/- one house). Ask Senator Obama and he’ll probably answer correctly (one). Yet Senator McCain simply couldn’t remember. Slipped his mind. Even if he had answered, but answered incorrectly, it still would’ve been a problem, but nowhere near this level.

“I think — I’ll have my staff get to you. It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”

He could’ve totally invented a number like Grandpa Simpson, “I got ‘dickety’ houses! Why ‘dickety’? Because the Kaiser stole the word ‘eight’!” But McCain blanked. “It’s condominiums,” was the extent of the information he could muster. That’s sort of like asking your bank for your checking account balance and they reply, “Errrm. There’s dollars.”

It’s no wonder he’s considering Senator Lieberman to be his running mate. He’ll need someone around who can remind him of important facts — such as when he forgets that Bin Laden is a Sunni, and that Iran is predominantly Shi’ite.

To put it frankly, Senator McCain is showing the signs of being too old for the gig, and his recent history of forgetting things (whether simple details like the number of houses he owns, or more complicated facts like Sunni vs. Shia) ought to be the source of some serious panic inside the Republican loop — far more panic, by the way, than is being generated by the prospect of a pro-choice running mate.

The numbers agree. A Gallup poll from last year indicated that Americans are only slightly more comfortable with a 72-year-old president than they are with a gay president. (72 years of age: 57, 42. A homosexual: 55, 43.)


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By- Suzie-Q @ 9:15 AM MST

Philip J. Berg, Esq. Files Federal Lawsuit Requesting Obama Be Removed as a Candidate as he does not meet the Qualifications for President

Thursday, 21 August 2008 22:09

For Immediate Release: – 08/21/08

Suit filed 08/21/08, No. 08-cv-4083

Contact information at the end of this press release. Documents filed with the court and a copy of this press release can be downloaded at the end of this press release.

(Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania – 08/21/08 ) – Philip J. Berg, Esquire, [Berg is a former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania; former candidate for Governor and U.S. Senate in Democratic Primaries; former Chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County; former member of Democratic State Committee; an attorney with offices in Montgomery County, PA and an active practice in Philadelphia, PA, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court today, Berg vs. Obama, Civil Action No. 08-cv-4083, seeking a Declaratory Judgment and an Injunction that Obama does not meet the qualifications to be President of the United States. Berg filed this suit for the best interests of the Democratic Party and the citizens of the United States.

Philip J. Berg, Esquire stated in his lawsuit that Senator Obama:

1. Is not a naturalized citizen; and/or

2. Lost his citizenship when he was adopted in Indonesia; and/or

3. Has dual loyalties because of his citizenship with Kenya and Indonesia.

Berg stated: “I filed this action at this time to avoid the obvious problems that will occur when the Republican Party raises these issues after Obama is nominated.

There have been numerous questions raised about Obama’s background with no satisfactory answers. The questions that I have addressed include, but are not limited to:

1. Where was Obama born? Hawaii; an island off of Hawaii; Kenya; Canada; or ?

2. Was he a citizen of Kenya, Indonesia and/or Canada?

3. What was the early childhood of Obama in Hawaii; in Kenya; in Indonesia when he was adopted; and later, back to Hawaii?

4. An explanation as to the various names utilized by Obama that include: Barack Hussein Obama; Barry Soetoro; Barry Obama; Barack Dunham; and Barry Dunham.

5. Illinois Bar Application – Obama fails to acknowledge use of names other than Barack Hussein Obama, a blatant lie.

If Obama can prove U.S. citizenship, we still have the issue of muti-citizenship with responsibilities owed to and allegance to other countries.

Berg continued:

“Eighteen million Democratic Primary voters donated money, volunteered their time and energy, worked very hard and then not only supported Senator Clinton, but voted for her and often recruited other supporters as well. All the efforts of supporters of legitimate citizens were for nothing because this man lied and cheated his way into a fraudulent candidacy and cheated legitimately eligible natural born citizens from competing in a fair process and the supporters of their citizen choice for the nomination.


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NIST’s WTC 7 Report Dismissed as Bull

anthony @ 16:11 BST

Some articles on NIST’s scientific and wholly persuasive WTC 7 Report:

Debunking NIST’s Conclusions about WTC 7: Easy as Shooting Fish in a Barrel

George Washington’s Blog | Friday, Aug 22, 2008

Debunking NIST’s conclusions about WTC 7 is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

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NIST WTC 7 Report: Shameful, Embarrassing And Completely Flawed

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Friday, August 22, 2008

In its final reporton the collapse of WTC 7 that news outlets are reporting “puts 9/11 conspiracy theories to bed,”NIST claims that the never before observed “new phenomenon” of “thermal expansion” was to blame for the destruction of the building, a completely ludicrous conclusion in a report that simply ignores eyewitness testimony and hard evidence that points to the deliberate demolition of the structure.

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As federal agency declares ‘new phenomenon’ downed WTC 7, activists cry foul

Stephen C. Webster | Raw Story | Friday, Aug 22, 2008

According to a federal agency report released Thursday, a “new phenomenon” known as thermal expansion was directly responsible for the mysterious collapse of World Trade Center 7 on Sept. 11, 2001.

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NIST: “Then a Miracle Occurs”

George Washington’s Blog | Thursday, August 21, 2008

NIST’s explanation for the collapse of World Trade Center 7 on September 11th follows the logic in the cartoon above.

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