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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