Archive for October 8th, 2008

Angry voter threatens Registrar, says he needs to ‘keep the n***** out of office’

Published: Wednesday October 8, 2008

A Monroe, Louisiana man is facing a felony terrorizing charge after a racially charged, profane exchange with his Registrar of Voters and police officers who would later arrest him.

75-year-old Wade Williams, arrested Wednesday morning, was angry that he hadn’t yet received his voter registration card. According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Williams threatened a state official over the phone that he would “empty his shotgun,” stating an urgent need to vote to “keep the nigger out of office.” On the way to be booked at the Ouachita Correctional Center, Williams reportedly “continued his ‘tirade’ about niggers and also stated that he had a shotgun, but had hidden it at his residence.”

The affidavit also states that Williams was informed over the phone that he would be able to vote simply by showing a form of identification at the polling place.

No specific political candidate was named in the affidavit, available to view at The Smoking Gun.

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Olbermann: McCain And Palin Have Questionable Ties

Olbermann: McCain, Palin have questionable ties of their own

Raw Story- Nick Cargo and David Edwards
Published: Wednesday October 8, 2008

Senator McCain and running mate Governor Sarah Palin have Senator Obama “beat hands-down” on anti-semitic, Iranian and terrorist ties, said MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.

Former Clinton aide Paul Begala pointed out on Sunday that McCain sat on the board of the U.S. Council for World Freedom, part of the World Anti-Communist League, having joined in 1982 after the Anti-Defamation League called it a “gathering place for racists and anti-semites with links to Nazi collaborators and right-wing death squads.” The Council for World Freedom was funded by right-wing tycoon Sun Myung Moon, and among its ranks were founding CIA member and Iran-Contra figure John K. Singlaub. While McCain resigned from the organization due to a stated “lack of time,” he attended one of its events as late as 1986, and the organization continued to use his name on its letterhead around the same time.

Governor Palin’s involvement with the pro-secession Alaskan Independence Party, to which husband Todd belonged, was also criticized. The Governor herself, in a March video message, told the organization to “keep up the good work.” Founder Joe Vogler, in 1993, intended to give a speech denouncing “American tyranny” at the United Nations with the sponsorship of Iran.

“If Iran ties and secession do not qualify as terrorist associations,” Olbermann said, the WACL also armed and sent supplies, including boots, to rebels in Afghanistan who would become the Mujahadeen, later the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden, “whom McCain once promised to chase to the gates of Hell.”

“And, if bin Laden is quaking in his boots at that thought,” Olbermann quipped, “who knows, maybe those boots are ‘Air McCains.'”

More of the segment, with commentary from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, is available to view below. It was broadcast on MSNBC’s Countdown on October 7, 2008.

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Chicago Sheriff Won’t Evict In Foreclosures

Matt Field/MEDILL  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his deputies will no longer evict people without proof from banks that the occupants of residence have been notified of the eviction.

Matt Field/MEDILL Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his deputies will no longer evict people without proof from banks that the occupants of residence have been notified of the eviction.

Chicago’s Cook County won’t evict in foreclosures

CHICAGO (AP) — The sheriff here said Wednesday that he’s ordering his deputies to stop evicting people from foreclosed properties because many people his office has helped throw out on the street are renters who did nothing wrong.

“We will no longer be a party to something that’s so unjust,” a visibly angry Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said at a news conference.

“We have to be sure that when we are doing this — and we are destroying some people’s lives — we better be darned sure we’re talking about the right people,” Dart said.

Dart said he believes he’s the first sheriff in a major metropolitan area to stop participating in foreclosure evictions, and the publisher of a national foreclosure database said he’s probably right.

“I haven’t heard of any other sheriff unilaterally deciding to stop foreclosures,” said Rick Sharga, senior vice president of the Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, Inc. He said the sheriff in Philadelphia helped push a moratorium on foreclosure sales, but that involved owner-occupied homes and not renters.

Dart said that from now on, banks will have to present his office with a court affidavit that proves the home’s occupant is either the owner or has been properly notified of the foreclosure proceedings.


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Biden: Palin Must Condemn Supporters’ Hateful Obama Attacks

Huffington Post- Nico Pitney

October 8, 2008 11:12 AM

Joe Biden lashed out at Sarah Palin on Wednesday, calling her recent rhetoric “ugly” and “mildly dangerous,” and expressing shock that the Alaska Governor did not interrupt recent rallies when supporters shouted hateful attacks about Barack Obama, including “treason!” and “kill him!”

“I watched the news and I heard a couple people hollering from the audience semi-vile things about ‘terrorists,’ things like that,” Biden said on NBC’s Today show. “The idea that a leading American politician who might be vice president of the United States would not just stop mid-sentence and turn and condemn that — it’s just a slippery slope, it’s a place that we shouldn’t be going.”

Biden repeated the sentiment on ABC’s Good Morning America:

“I think it goes way too far. Look, this really is a case where, when you don’t have anything to talk about, attack — and it gets really over the edge,” he said. “I mean, some of the stuff she’s saying about Barack Obama and the stuff that people are yelling from the crowd, if she hears it, she should be at least be saying, whoa, whoa, whoa, that’s overboard. But this is volatile stuff.”

A Secret Service spokesperson said on Tuesday that agents were trying to track down more information about the individual who yelled “kill him” during the Palin event in Clearwater, Fl., on Monday.

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I for one, do not want to be a fellow prisoner of John McCain.

What kind of slip is this exactly? Because it’s not a normal one.

I’m beginning to believe those that say: Pre-Alzheimer’s or possible recurring melanoma spreading to the brain.

But I feel like we’re in The Manchurian Candidate:

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9/11 and the “American Inquisition”

by Geezer Power…3:03 pm

by Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research, September 11, 2008

Today’s “Global War on Terrorism” is a modern form of inquisition. It has all the essential ingredients of the French and Spanish inquisitions.

Going after ” Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a Worldwide preemptive war to ” protect the Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda.

“The Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) is presented as a “Clash of Civilizations”, a war between competing values and religions, when in reality it is an outright war of conquest, guided by strategic and economic objectives.

The GWOT is the ideological backbone of the American Empire. It defines US military doctrine, including the preemptive use of nuclear weapons against the “state sponsors” of terrorism.

The preemptive “defensive war” doctrine and the “war on terrorism” against Al Qaeda constitute essential building blocks of America’s National Security Strategy as formulated in early 2002. The objective is to present “preemptive military action” –meaning war as an act of “self-defense” against two categories of enemies, “rogue States” and “Islamic terrorists”, both of which are said to possess weapons of mass destruction.

The logic of the “outside enemy” and the evildoer, allegedly responsible for American civilian deaths, prevails over common sense. In the inner consciousness of Americans, the attacks of September 11, 2001 justify acts of war and conquest:

“As was demonstrated by the losses on September 11, 2001, mass civilian casualties is the specific objective of terrorists and these losses would be exponentially more severe if terrorists acquired and used weapons of mass destruction.” (National Security Strategy, White House, Washington, 2002)

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David Brooks: Sarah Palin “Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party”

Huffington Post |  Danny Shea   |   October 8, 2008 02:09 PM

David Brooks spoke frankly about the presidential and vice presidential candidates Monday afternoon, calling Sarah Palin a “fatal cancer to the Republican party” but describing John McCain and Barack Obama as “the two best candidates we’ve had in a long time.”

In an interview with The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant to unveil that magazine’s redesign, Brooks decried Palin’s anti-intellectualism and compared her to President Bush in that regard:

[Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Review for Bill Buckley. And Buckley famously said he’d rather be ruled by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty. But he didn’t think those were the only two options. He thought it was important to have people on the conservative side who celebrated ideas, who celebrated learning. And his whole life was based on that, and that was also true for a lot of the other conservatives in the Reagan era. Reagan had an immense faith in the power of ideas. But there has been a counter, more populist tradition, which is not only to scorn liberal ideas but to scorn ideas entirely. And I’m afraid that Sarah Palin has those prejudices. I think President Bush has those prejudices.


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