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Obama Assassination Plot?

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:45 PM MST

Possible Obama Assassination Plot Investigated By Colorado Police: Report

Huffington Post via Rocky Mountain News | August 25, 2008 08:20 PM

***UPDATE 8/26, 11 AM***

More details about the suspected plot to assassinate Obama come trickling in as the police arrest a fourth person in connection with the possible plan. The LA Times has the story.

We knew then that authorities in suburban Aurora had stopped a pickup truck for swerving between lanes early Sunday morning in what they thought was a routine drunk driving incident.

But in the rented vehicle of Tharin Gartrell, a 28-year-old convicted felon, they found two high-powered scoped rifles, ammunition, sighting scopes, radios, a cellphone, a bulletproof vest, wigs, drugs and fake IDs.

According to Brian Masss of Denver’s KCNC Channel 4, under questioning Gartrell implicated two other men — Nathan Johnson, who is 32, and Shawn Adolph, who is 33 — and Johnson’s girlfriend, Natasha Gromack. Johnson also reportedly confirmed the plot to FBI and Secret Service interrogators.

One of the men, Adolph, reportedly wore a ring with the Nazi swastika. He was injured when he jumped out of a hotel window fleeing Secret Service agents. All are now in custody on drug and weapons charges.

The US Attorney handling the case stated that there was never a credible threat against Obama, and will be holding a press conference today 4 PM Denver time (6 PM, EST). More details as they arrive.

***UPDATE*** The FBI is now investigating reports of a possible assassination plot against Barack Obama:

The FBI is looking into reports in Denver media outlets that a man under investigation for drug and weapons violations may have made threats against Barack Obama, officials said Monday.
“It’s premature to say that it was a valid threat or that these folks have the ability to carry it out,” said a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Law enforcement sources told CBS affiliate KCNC in Denver that one of the suspects “was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative.”

Obama will be in Denver this week to accept the Democratic nomination for president.

FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright confirmed the FBI was investigating the reports but declined to elaborate. The Joint Information Center – a command set up by Denver, state and federal authorities to field media inquiries during the Democratic convention – had no immediate comment.

***UPDATE*** The Denver Post reports that authorities will hold a press conference tomorrow to discuss the disruption of a possible Obama assassination plot:

Federal authorities have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon amid reports that a fortunate traffic stop by Aurora Police may have disrupted an assassination attempt against Barack Obama.

The Rocky Mountain News reports that police in Colorado are investigating a possible plot to assassinate Barack Obama:

Law enforcement authorities have arrested two men, and several law enforcement sources say the investigation is looking into whether the men intended to harm presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.According to multiple sources, Aurora police made a routine traffic stop Sunday morning at 2:38 a.m. The Secret Service says two rifles were found in the car along with methamphetamine. Another law enforcement source says he was told at least one of the rifles was a “sniper rifle.”

A second source told CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass authorities told officers they are concerned they may have come upon a possible “assassination plot.”

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Ted Kennedy: “A Season Of Hope”

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:30 PM MST

Ailing Kennedy addresses Democratic convention

WALTER R. MEARS | August 25, 2008 10:37 PM EST | AP

DENVER — His voice firm, his wave familiar, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy told a cheering Democratic National Convention Monday night that his is “a season of hope” for an era of justice and fair prosperity with the election of Barack Obama as president.

Kennedy spoke of the future and said he means to be part of it, special words from a man suffering from brain cancer. The Massachusetts senator said he will be in the Senate in January to stand with Obama “when we begin the great test.”

He did not speak of the grave cancer he faces but of the things he said he means to do and share. In words echoing those of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, he said that in November “the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans.

“The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on,” Kennedy said.

His time on stage was brief, little more than seven minutes. But there had been doubt that he would be able to speak at all. He left none, from the moment he stepped to the microphone.

They were minutes of high and unexpected drama for delegates waving thousand of Kennedy signs on opening night of the national convention.

“My fellow Democrats, my fellow Americans, it is so wonderful to be here,” he said. “And nothing, nothing is going to keep me away from this special gathering …”

He flew to Denver Sunday night, and his first stop was a hospital, where doctors examined him. His physicians had been wary of the convention appearance, especially his exposure to crowds, given the weakness of his immune system after weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The brain cancer was diagnosed after he collapsed in May in Hyannis Port, Mass. After brain surgery in June he had been at home, save for a brief trip to Washington to cast a Senate vote on July 10 for Medicare legislation that had been stalled in deadlock.

It was to have been a Kennedy appearance on tape, after a tribute by his niece, Caroline Kennedy. Instead, he overrode any medical advice to the contrary and came himself.

“I have come here tonight to stand with you to change America, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals, and to elect Barack Obama president of the United States,” he said.

Kennedy’s speech would have been standard convention fare, nothing remarkable, but it was a striking performance for man of 76, stricken by cancer. “As I look ahead, I am strengthened by family and friendship,” he said. “So many of you have been with me in the happiest days and the hardest days. Together we have known success and seen setbacks, victory and defeat.

“But we have never lost our belief that we are all called to a better country and a newer world,” he said. “And I pledge to you, I pledge to you that I will be there next January on the floor of the United States Senate when we begin the great test.”

Caroline Kennedy said her uncle “has been a senator for all who believe that the dream has never died.” She said “Uncle Teddy” and Obama are “two men who have changed my life and the life of this country.

“Leaders like them come along rarely,” she said. “But once or twice in a lifetime, they come along just when we need them the most This is one of those moments.”

She said that in this campaign Obama “has no greater champion” than Kennedy. “When he is president, he will have no stronger partner in the United States Senate,” she said.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MST

Agree To Disagree? Maliki, Bush Admin Clash On Status Of Pullout Agreement

TPM Muckraker- By jelliott – August 25, 2008, 5:06PM

Some interesting news broke today that has been buried amid the orgy of convention coverage: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said — apparently in a speech to tribal leaders in the Green Zone — that the U.S. and Iraq had agreed that all “foreign soldiers” would leave Iraq by the end of 2011. Maliki was promptly shot down by the White House, which maintained there is no pullout date.

U.S. and Iraqi negotiators have been working toward an agreement for months, with the U.S. seeking a legal basis for stationing troops in Iraq when U.N. authority expires at the end of this year.

Here’s how Campbell Robertson of the International Herald Tribune reported Maliki’s comments today:

Iraq and the United States have agreed on a date for the departure of all American troops as part of a broader security pact they are negotiating, the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, said Monday.”There is actually an agreement concluded between the two parties over the definite date, which is 2011, to end any foreign presence on Iraqi soil,” Maliki said.

Maliki made the comments in a speech to tribal leaders in the Green Zone in Baghdad, but it was far from clear that the issue had been settled.

In its own version of the story, Agence France-Presse runs a slightly different Maliki quote:

“There is an agreement between the two sides that there will be no foreign soldiers in Iraq after 2011,” Maliki said in a statement issued by his office.

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GEF @ 6:18 PM ET

Cheney flees to Georgia during RNC week.»

The White House announced today that Vice President Cheney will be traveling to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ukraine on Sept. 2, causing him to miss most of the Republican National Convention. Cheney, however, is still scheduled to speak on the convention’s opening night, Sept. 1. Marc Ambinder calls it “a way to make sure VP Cheney doesn’t distract from the RNC proceedings.” While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claims President Bush was “very badly served” by Cheney, Yglesias notes that in 2000, McCain said he would have made Cheney vice president had he won the presidency.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 9:45 AM MST

Fox News reporter greeted in Denver with, ‘F*ck Fox News’

Raw Story- David Edwards
Published: Monday August 25, 2008

Fox News anchor Griff Jenkins received a expletive-laced reply Sunday when he stuck his microphone into a crowd of protesters gathered for the Democratic National Committee in Denver.

The video was first caught by Politico.

Fox’s Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmead talked with Griff Jenkins who angered protesters at the Democratic National Convention.

Kilmead was trying to interview former University of Colorado Ward Churchill who caused a stir after 9/11 by referring to some of the victims who died at the World Trade Center as “little Eichmanns.”

“Did you see the headline, Brian, that has Griff Jenkins missing and presumed dead?” Carlson joked to her co-host.

Jenkins reassured his colleagues: “I’m here. I’m alive. Don’t be concerned. It’s a satire site, but it got sporty out there.”

The website Unconfirmed Sources mocked the confrontation with an article entitled “Fox News Correspondent Griff Jenkins missing presumed dead after Bloody Denver Riot.”

Jenkins complained about all the cursing by the protesters, and characterized the confrontation as a “melee,” even though no blows appear to have been thrown.

Jenkins said he told the protesters that they should be more supportive of the press. “You should support the Fox guy. I even had Cindy Sheehan say I’ll defend you. He has a right to be here.”

Kilmead was shocked Sheehan would defend a Fox reporter, but Carlson pointed out that noted anti-war activist is running for political office now, so she needs every reporter she can find.”

This video is from Fox’s Fox & Friends, broadcast August 25, 2008.

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Daihatsu UFE-II & Toyota ES3 100 MPG Concept Cars

by Geezer Power…9:21 am

We the Sheeple are being fleeced even more than we were in the 1950’s when the fantasy cars were built to attract the perfect woman and built with plenty of horsepower to pump up the ego of “the macho man” .
But there was a market for more fuel efficient cars and the US manufacturers complied by coming up with a line of small cars that got respectable mileage like the Hudson Hornet and the Nash Metropolitan. Imports, of course, were more fuel effecient yet with VW leading the pack for sales. They continued using their air cooled motor until the 1970’s with virtually no improvements except for more power and less mileage. Dr. Porsche had it figured out many years ago that cooling a motor with a radiater was not efficient, and if the air cooled concept was improved it would undoubtedly be so effecient that the corporate government would step in and cart such obselete means of propulsion off to the scrap yard before someone got the bright idea of using ceremic pistons and barrels for high temperature effeciency. After-all, just the very idea of not needing antifreeze would tip off the oil lobbyists to grease the gears of our representatives in government.

Daihatsu UFE-II

The UFE-II (which stands for “Ultra Fuel Economy”) first debuted at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, and it was displayed once again at the 2003 event.

The vehicle benefits from an ultra-lightweight aluminum and resin body, giving it an impressive 129 MPG fuel efficiency rate. Daihatsu has labeled the UFE-II an Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV), and as such it includes “braking for reducing collision impact, full-range speed control for following a proceeding vehicle, speed control for curve negotiation and a lane-deviation warning system.”

The UFE2 hybrid has been verified as the world’s most efficient four-seater with the lowest ever recorded drag coefficient of 0.19 Cd.

Standing for ‘Ultra Fuel Economy’ – the aluminium and composite-bodied minicar weighs only 570 kg and has a pleasingly tapered, teardrop shape with twin gull-wing doors hinged in the centre of the roof.

The spacious four-seat interior is equally futuristic, with a central control unit housing all the major controls including a steer-by-wire system which replaces the conventional steering wheel.

Power is via a low-polluting three-cylinder 660 cc direct-injection petrol engine linked to a compact, lightweight generator and permanent electric motor.

The UFE2’s secondary batteries are advanced nickel-metal hydride and the gearbox is an automatic CVT (continually variable transmission).

Strictly monitored tests have recorded an astonishing 170 mpg-plus for the UFE2 – equivalent to travelling 60 km on one litre of fuel.

Source – Daihatsu

Here’s a link to an article on another concept car by Toyota that never surfaced. A real shame considering the shape our poor old planet is in.

Where is Toyota’s ES3 100mpg (Eco Spirit Cubic)?

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By- Suzie-Q @ 8:15 AM MST

80 percent says United States is on the wrong track

Think Progress- By Faiz at 10:07 am

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds, “Eight in 10 say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the USA, and even more rate the economy as ‘only fair’ or poor. Seven in 10 say it’s getting worse.”

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