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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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Conyers Questions Iraq ‘Forgery’

anthony @ 15:59 BST

Jason Leopold | The Public Record | August 22, 2008

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has asked current and former White House aides and ex-CIA officials to respond to questions about an alleged scheme to create a bogus letter in late 2003 linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda.

In sending the interview requests Wednesday, Conyers is following up on a disputed story in journalist Ron Suskind’s new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, which includes an account of how the mysterious letter originated.

The book cites statements from former CIA associate deputy director of operations Rob Richer and John Maguire, the former chief of the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group/Near East Division, as indicating that the White House ordered the CIA to produce the bogus letter to retroactively justify the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Richer and Maguire gave Suskind on-the-record interviews, which the author recorded, discussing the reasons the letter was created and saying that it likely emanated from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. Both men have since recanted their statements.

Conyers, who has held periodic hearings on abuses of power by George W. Bush’s administration, sent letters to former CIA Director George Tenet; the CIA’s former executive director A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard; Cheney’s former chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby; and John Hannah, another Cheney assistant – as well as to Richer and Maguire.

“I am writing to follow up on recent serious allegations regarding the creation of a false letter from Tahir Jalil Habbush, Saddam Hussein’s former Chief of Intelligence, to Saddam Hussein,” Conyers said.

“The letter, which was allegedly backdated to July 1, 2001, attempted to establish an operational link between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein in the period before the 9/11 attacks by specifically stating that 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta had received training in Iraq.

“At the time of the alleged decision in 2003 to concoct the false letter, the Vice President’s Office had been reportedly pressuring the CIA to prove this connection as a justification to invade Iraq. The letter also falsely noted that Iraq had received a ‘shipment’ (presumably uranium) from Niger with the assistance of al-Qaeda.

“Upon careful review of the allegations concerning this matter, I have become very concerned with the possibility that this administration may have violated federal law by using the resources of our intelligence agencies to influence domestic policy processes or opinion.

“The law specifically provides that ‘no covert action may be conducted which is intended to influence United States political processes, public opinion, policies, or media.’”

Suskind wrote in his book that such a violation might constitute an “impeachable offense.”

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