Do you realize that next month, this blog will be celebrating its 4th anniversary?
It appears that old adage is true, time does indeed fly, when you're having fun. Everyone that reads this blog knows that, despite efforts to keep certain aspects of my private life private, the effort was lost on October 30, 2007. The past few months, of my life, have been a Lifetime movie in the making. See, I knew I'd find another way to link that damn generator.
I just want to say thanks to everyone for being there and sticking with me, through some very shaky times. We all bicker and fight but when one of us is in trouble, everyone here forgets the insults and political differences and remembers why we play together. Friendship.
Despite the belief, of some, that you can't bond with people you've never met face to face, I'm writing this now to say you can. You absolutely can. I've had wonderful, supportive email exchanges with so many of you. Some offered advice, some just a virtual shoulder to lean on or cry on. I've had some of my strongest support from someone I never, ever expected and that's why she's not banned anymore. ;-)
I don't want to start naming everyone who supported me because I'll surely forget someone. I don't want anyone to think that I don't value their friendship because I do. Words cannot express how much I value the friendships I've gained, since I began blogging, 6 years ago. I will, though, name two people because these two people, whom I have never met face to face, went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to support.
The first one is Mark Adams. Mark has proven ten-fold that he's a not only great counselor but an even better friend. Mark gave me invaluable advice, he shared years of wisdom and he boosted me up when I was near collapsed with fear. He even started a support group on Facebook. I'll never be able to thank him enough for all of his support. I just want him to know that I think he rocks and his lovely wife is indeed a lucky woman.
The other person is, of course, Tim the Soldier. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I was going to say Tim. Tim and I have been bickering with each other since 2002. He has truly become one of my best friends, and the fact that we've never met, doesn't matter at all. He worked overtime to get me through a very difficult period. We spent hours on the phone, he blogged when I was unable, he defended me when I couldn't defend myself and he truly yanked me out of the darkest period of my life. I can honestly say that, if, it weren't for his friendship and support, I'm not sure where I'd be right now.
Where I am is good. I'm happy, I've regained my spunk and I'm feeling very positive about my future. I hope Tim knows how much I value his friendship but I thought that the rest of you should know it too. Especially, since so many of you think he's an ass. ;-)
Tim is taking a hiatus from blogging. He's got a lot going on right now but hopefully he'll be back with us, in a few months. He might leave a comment now and then but don't expect more. Despite the chiding he gets for his Hawaiian location, he does actually work. You remember the whole War on Terror thingy, right? Luckily, Arnold has stepped in and picked up the slack. Timing is everything and Arnold Harris has it going on! Plus, he likes us feisty Slavic chicks and that right there gets him extra points with me. And Stefi too, I imagine.
I've come a long way baby and I didn't do it alone. So, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all of your support and most of all, your friendship. Also, I should mention that my family played the largest role of all but expressing my gratitude to them is something that I will handle, in person, for many years to come. This is really the only way I can say thanks to you.
You know...I was just gonna post some profane Youtube video but it's Palm Sunday. I'm not the greatest Catholic but I don't feel like having my mom blister my ears...and she would. That woman doesn't take shit from anyone. Have a great day!
HBO's Rome. I know Rhianna does too! I loved that series. I miss Titus Pullo, he was my favorite character but Vorenus was also right up there. I cried a little when he died... I could re-watch that series again and again.
Also, and it does not get mentioned often enough because it went away so abruptly, Deadwood. Why? I'm still a little pissed about HBO's decision to not renew it.
Marie Cocco, summing up the Democratic Party dilemma on Real Clear Politics, simultaneously pops all the balloons of those who imagine that Senator Obama capturing the Democratic Party presidential nomination in August wins the national election for their party in November.
The essential calculus of the overall campaign is that Obama's voters represent something like 90% of more of the black community; most of the left wing white voters; an ideterminate number of the white hyper-educated and well-connected classes.
Senator Clinton, in contrast, routinely wins most of the white vote, and the working class white vote in overwhelming numbers. She wins the Roman Catholic vote, in a country in which Catholics are the largest single christian denomination. She gets most of the latino vote. She gets most of the jewish vote, to no small degree because american Jews already do not trust Obama's likely policy toward Israel, as based on his apparent choice of foreign policy advisers and people such as Minister Farakham for whom the senator has not told off publicly. Above all, she scores heavily with women, partly for the same reason Obama scores heavily with blacks.
The reason Obama has won so many caucuses is that it is precisely these groups that have been organized to show up at the town meetings and ostentatiosly stand up to be counted in the Obama corner. In short, politically-oriented activists who get local points for being there, seeing and being seen.
But that particular bit of Obama magic has not worked at all in the primary elections, where people go into the privacy of the voting booths one at a time, known perhaps to God but certainly to computer systems that counts the votes. Nobody is socially pressured in the privacy of a voting booth. Which is exactly why we have run our elections that way for so long. And it also strongly hints at why Senator Clinton won the Texas democratic primary election by more than 100,000 votes, but that Senator Obama won the Texas democratic caucuses the night of that election.
And then there is the biggest problem of all for Obama, which is that he seems incapable of winning any major state election other than in his home state of Illinois. California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts all went for Clinton. Pennsylvania, scheduled for Apr 22, is an even larger version of Ohio and almost certainly will be Clinton's when the votes are counted.
All of this suggests that what political commentator Mark Penn has strongly suggested, that Senator Obama will be nationally unelectable in the general election, is based on better math than the projections that the senator's campaign spin doctors have been quoting about the inevitability of the delegate count.
How did this come about? Because Obama, Clinton and probably most of the people of this country as well, have turned this 2008 election into a racially-defined contest; complete with strong hints from the Obama supporters that we owe him a presidency because of his race and because of the history of american race relations, and that we are all racists to the core if we don't buy that argument.
Now, all across the political landscape, ordinary people are beginning to view Senator Obama less as a candidate than as a symbol of somebody who represents millions of people who have been waiting patiently in line for hundreds of years, first for freedom, then for equality, and now for power.
But the country as a whole is no longer at all like the deep South immediately after the Civil War 143 years ago. Black Americans now are just a relatively small minority, outnumbered not only by the white population but also by combination of latino and asian american voters.
Plainly, all this constitutes the critical math of this political year. Not the delegates, but the voters. Not those who attended the caucuses, but those who voted in the primary elections. Not the small and relatively unimportant states, but the big ones. And above all, not the primary campaigns at all, but the big national election in November 2008.
And one final kicker as to why Clinton would be a better bet hook on which to hand their hopes of retaking the presidency this year. Senator McCain, regardless of his own claims, is not really a conservative. He is in fact an independent-minded centrist who changes his positions to fit what he perceives as the needs which the country must address. This gets him a much greater share of independed voters than any republican candidate in a national election, possibly since Theodore Roosevelt more than a century ago.
Senator Obama, on the other hand, is firmly attached to the leftmost wing of the Democratic Party, and his backers are not likely to encourage him to escape from that envelope.
But Senator Clinton, like her husband, President Clinton, is a noted democratic centrist. This, I think, implies that of the two Democratic Party candidates for president, Senator Clinton is more likely to be able to hold her own and even win the November election against Senator McCain. Admittedly, that will grow more unlikely the longer the Obama-Clinton political struggle continues. But politics is grounded as much on hopes as on realities.
Q: I don't know if you've seen it, but it's all over the wire today (from an ABC News story), a statement that your pastor (the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side) made in a sermon in 2003 that instead of singing "God Bless America," black people should sing a song essentially saying "God Damn America."
A: I haven't seen the line. This is a pastor who is on the brink of retirement who in the past has made some controversial statements. I profoundly disagree with some of these statements.
Q: What about this particular statement?
A: Obviously, I disagree with that. Here is what happens when you just cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it's important to judge me on what I've said in the past and what I believe.
Here is where I agree with the sophic but misguided Mr. Rubyan. We should watch what they do and not what they say. What Obama says is strictly for saving his political aspirations.
What has Obama done? He didn't leave his Church when it was clear that his Pastor was an ignorant racist. If my Pastor was preaching this kind of hate, I'd go to another church. Lucky for me, my Pastor is the loving, embracing sort that teaches tolerance and love. What did Obama do? He continues to use the racist Rev. Wright as a moral compass.
Obama says that rather than advising him on strategy, Wright helps keep his priorities straight and his moral compass calibrated.
"What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice," Obama said. "He's much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I'm not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that's involved in national politics."
Moral compass. Again, saying you disagree with someone's ignorant and racist views is one thing, continuing to seek counsel with a bat-shit crazy preacher...
That's someone with a serious lack of judgment. That's someone I don't need with Red Phone and Nuke privileges. Again.
The founder of The Weather Channel was to sue Al Gore for fraud. He figures that a legal debate could settle the issue of Global Warming once and for all.
John Coleman, who founded the cable network in 1982, suggests suing for fraud proponents of global warming, including Al Gore, and companies that sell carbon credits.
"Is he committing financial fraud? That is the question," Coleman said.
"Since we can't get a debate, I thought perhaps if we had a legal challenge and went into a court of law, where it was our scientists and their scientists, and all the legal proceedings with the discovery and all their documents from both sides and scientific testimony from both sides, we could finally get a good solid debate on the issue," Coleman said. "I'm confident that the advocates of 'no significant effect from carbon dioxide' would win the case."
"Does carbon dioxide cause a warming of the atmosphere? The proponents of global warming pin their whole piece on that," he said.
The compound carbon dioxide makes up only 38 out of every 100,000 particles in the atmosphere, he said.
"That's about twice as what there were in the atmosphere in the time we started burning fossil fuels, so it's gone up, but it's still a tiny compound," Coleman said. "So how can that tiny trace compound have such a significant effect on temperature?
"My position is it can't," he continued. "It doesn't, and the whole case for global warming is based on a fallacy."
Another pointless lawsuit. Next up, a class action suit brought by impotent men against Playboy and Hustler. Tort reform. That's a great idea. I wish someone would think of it...
Remember all the flack Bush got for visiting Bob Jones University? Or McCain for speaking at Liberty University?
Well, guess what happens when you get on your high finger pointing, repudiation demanding horses? What happens, my kittens, is that kind of behavior comes back to bite you on your big, liberal asses. Now your candidate has to spend time explaining a thousand different ways that he does not agree with his bat-shit crazy pastor. A pastor who says that blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God Damn America" and that the U.S. is to blame for 9/11. That's what happens. At least, I know why Michelle Obama isn't proud of her country, she learned that shit in church.
His minister is nuttier than a squirrel's anus and now Obama has to take time away from his busy schedule thinking of more ways to say nothing just to repudiate and distance himself, again.
Why? Because chickens do indeed come home to roost and now it's payback time. While I'm enjoying myself immensely watching Obama twist, in the wind, it's nowhere near as satisfying as watching you guys cry over the unfairness of it all.
How a woman can sit on her boyfriend's toilet for 2 years... And why did it take the boyfriend 2 years to get help for her. MY GOD! Her butt literally grew onto the seat. Gross!
Deputies say a woman in western Kansas became stuck on her boyfriend's toilet after sitting on it for two years.
Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman's skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.
"We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital," Whipple said. "The hospital removed it."
Whipple said investigators planned to present their report Wednesday to the county attorney, who will determine whether any charges should be filed against the woman's 36-year-old boyfriend.
"She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body," Whipple said. "It is hard to imagine. ... I still have a hard time imagining it myself."
I'm still in shock. Clearly, these two belong together. The guy and the girl, not the girl and the toilet seat...
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton did something Wednesday night that she almost never does. She apologized. And once she started, she didn’t seem able to stop.
The New York senator, who is in a tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, struck several sorry notes at an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.
Her biggest apology came in response to a question about comments by her husband, Bill Clinton, after the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily. Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson also won South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, a comment many viewed as belittling Obama’s success.
“I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive,” Hillary Clinton said. “We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama.”
“Anyone who has followed my husband’s public life or my public life know very well where we have stood and what we have stood for and who we have stood with,” she said, acknowledging that whoever wins the nomination will have to heal the wounds of a bruising, historic contest.
“Once one of us has the nomination there will be a great effort to unify the Democratic party and we will do so, because, remember I have a lot of supporters who have voted for me in very large numbers and I would expect them to support Senator Obama if he were the nominee,” she said.
The Clintons long have enjoyed overwhelming support from black voters, but that has been eclipsed during the primaries and caucuses by enthusiasm and support for Obama, who has pulled huge margins among black voters. Arguments over the role of race and gender have flared up repeatedly throughout the contest between Obama, who would be the nation’s first black president, and Clinton, who would be its first female one.
Leave Hillary alone. She's not a racist. She is married to our nation's very first "Black" President.
Spitzer Resigns With His Nearly Sobbing Wife By His Side
I can't say I'm sad to hear that this asshole quit. I only wish Detroit's Mayor Kilpatrick followed suit... That won't happen because he's living in the land of entitlement.
So, poor Mrs. Spitzer is standing by her pig husband and I'm thinking what is wrong with this chick? You know what would have been refreshing? If after his speech, she turned to him, smiled, slugged him in his nut sack and screamed: "I want a divorce asshole". THAT would've been something new. The whoremonger would've deserved it.
I can't stand people that make commitments and then spit on them like they mean nothing. That he had the audacity to make his wife stand there, in front of all those reporters, for that press conference. That was probably worse than finding out he screwed all those prostitutes. On the other hand, maybe not. Everytime I look at Spitzer I think, he's probably a really shitty lay anyway. Still...
I have a sadist for a karate instructor and you all know I'm kinda into that...
So, what's your problem? Are you having Obamatrauma because I keep on raining on the Obamarama?
Tough shit! It's time to break some furniture in this joint, we haven't had a good rumble since that pansy piece of shit Kerry ran for President. [I almost said "war hero" instead of pansy piece of shit but that made me throw up in my mouth a little...]
"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."
She's not wrong, necessarily. Yes, I don't need a lesson on how being born an "African-American" isn't a lucky thing. Whatever. Maybe not but since Obama hasn't said anything of substance and he has no real experience - the only thing going for him right now is that he is young, good looking, black and smart.
That's good enough for a lot of rich, white guiltridden people to vote for him. That may not be why YOU want him but don't be naive. Let's not pull that shit here, okay?
This is one of the reasons why John Edwards stood ZERO chance. Liberals love to prove how open and accepting they are. They will vote for a black man with no plan, no experience and nothing on the table besides a sparkling persona over a John Edwards, who, despite my belittling remarks of him had a slew of ideas, plans and passion.
Why? Because they want to make Michelle Obama FINALLY proud to be an American. Because it's about time we had a black President...
What about a woman? you nitwits!
Because and here is really the crux of it, they need to prove how un-racist they are by voting for an empty suit because he has the right "look". And you are just fooling yourselves if you think there is anymore than that going on.
Remember what Eddie Izzard said:
"All that people care about is the look, because there's figures on this. 70% of what people react to is the look, you know, it's how you look; and 20% is about how you sound; and only 10% is what you say.
So if you look good and sound good, just go up there and keep confirming and denying things. Everyone will go wild! Oh, yeah, oh yeah!
Finally. After weeks upon weeks of whittling down, we are at the final stage of the American Idol competition. 6 guys, 6 girls. May the best David win.
Actually, if I'm being honest, this is the first season where I can see any one of the 12 finalists winning it all. This is the anti-VFTW season. Those guys are having a tough time figuring out which one is the worst. They are all that close.
Below the (show) are pictures of the top 12. Most of which will probably go on to super stardom regardless if they win the title of American Idol or not. This season is really going to be that good.
Now that you know who they are. Pick one guy and one girl that you'd like to see in the finale in May. I'll go first. David Cook & Brooke White. I'm not asking who you think would win, just who you feel deserves a shot to be the American Idol. The winner is a foregone conclusion., David Archuleta has a fan base that rivals the Soul Patrol of Taylor Hicks, and we all know what happened with that no-talent hack. Thankfully David A. can sing.
Of course, she benefits. Are you brain damaged? She's losing races, she's behind in the delegate count and she doesn't want to be on the bottom any more. She's a woman that finally wants to ride on top...
Why do you think she keeps hammering Obama's lack of experience? She wants his cult-stardom but she doesn't want to be his bitch. She's a Clinton, dammit! Clinton's don't bend over for ANYONE and she will never be satisfied as a VP. She's got Obama constantly telling people that he isn't running for VP now. That's just beautiful. The guy is winning and he's having to reiterate his desire for the big chair.
She's good. She's so very good. She's gonna make Obama an offer he can't refuse. Mark this day! I am predicting - Obama will be the VP candidate and Hillary will be on the top of the ticket.
People are outraged at parents in the U.K. for having their child undergo plastic surgery. People should mind their own business. The child that everyone is so concerned about has Down's Syndrome. If the world were a different place, then maybe, the parents would not have felt it was necessary for their child to have the surgeries.
In the first procedure, Georgia's tongue was reduced to stop it from protruding, according to the paper. Then folds of skin were removed from the inner corners of her eyes to take away the "slantiness characteristic" of Down syndrome. Finally, she had surgery to stop her ears from sticking out.
What parent makes this decision lightly? This was clearly motivated by love of their child and the desire for her to fit in better, rather than suffer teasing, taunting and lord knows what type of other abuse from so-called normal children.
This kind of thing is what I think of when I think of plastic surgery. Real need. This wasn't about enhancement, it was to help this child look more average. Do we scream when a child with a minor cleft palate gets surgery? Or a child born with one ear? Allowing children to grow up normal is a gift especially when they are born with disabilities.
Walk a mile in their shoes. Parents do what they think is best for their child and before you point your finger, look at your own house. What would some holier than thou person find there?
I've always thought that "crimes" like drugs and prostitution should be legal. Regulated but legal. So, I normally have a hard time coming down on people that are caught in stings with prostitutes. This isn't one of those times.
Elliot Spitzer made his career being "tough" on crime. Not just being tough, no he was a real prick, he seemed to relish ruining the lives of many men for doing what he has been caught doing.
Karma is a bitch!
What goes around ALWAYS comes back around. It's one of the reasons I'm sleeping well at night these days. I've stopped dwelling on thoughts of vengeance, I've let go of all my anger. I know, deep in my gut, the world will right itself and this is a prime example.
Jack Welch, the former head of GE, said he was told to tell Ken Langone — embroiled in Mr. Spitzer's investigation of former NYSE chairman Dick Grasso — that the AG would "put a spike through Langone's heart." New York Congresswoman Sue Kelly, who clashed with Mr. Spitzer in 2003, had her office put out a statement that "the attorney general acted like a thug."
These are not merely acts of routine political rough-and-tumble. They were threats — some rhetorical, some acted upon — by one man with virtually unchecked legal powers.
Eliot Spitzer's self-destructive inability to recognize any limit on his compulsions was never more evident than his staff's enlistment of the New York State Police in a campaign to discredit the state's Senate Majority Leader, Joseph Bruno. On any level, it was nuts. Somehow, Team Spitzer thought they could get by with it. In the wake of that abusive fiasco, his public approval rating plunged.
Mr. Spitzer's dramatic fall yesterday began in the early afternoon with a posting on the Web site of the New York Times about the alleged link to prostitutes. The details in the criminal complaint about "Client-9," who is reported to be Mr. Spitzer, will now be played for titters by the press corps. But one may ask: Where were the media before this? With a few exceptions, the media were happy to prosper from his leaks and even applaud, rather than temper, the manifestly abusive instincts of a public official.
There really is nothing very satisfying about the rough justice being meted out to Eliot Spitzer. He came to embody a system that revels in the entertainment value of roguish figures who rise to power by destroying the careers of others, many of them innocent. Better still, when the targets are as presumably unsympathetic as Wall Street bankers and brokers.
Acts of crime deserve prosecution by the state. The people, in turn, deserve prosecutors and officials who understand the difference between the needs of the public good and the needs of unrestrained personalities who are given the honor of high office.
Nasty little people ALWAYS get their comeuppance. ALWAYS. Some not as soon as we like, some not as public as we like but they always get it. Lucky for the many men innocent men that were destroyed by Spitzer and his need to excessively punish and build his career on their complete destruction, his is nice and public.
I suppose nobody ever clewed in this jerk about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and so on. And I can only laugh when I think about the complexities that would ensue from actually setting up a federal or state agency to try to enforce such a rule. Is there such a thing as a blogsite cop?
As most everybody knows who reads QOAE or DW, I always have disdained anonymity either in posts cr comments. But not everybody is made of such stern stuff. So, I say we all go along with the way blogs are policed now. Which means that, you piss off the blogmaster, he or she runs your ass southward to the Gulf of Mexico. Works very well, both in theory and in practice.
Dick Morris says that Hillary can't win. That's like taking your car to the car wash on a clear day and then wondering why it's storming outside. Washing your car is a better predictor for rain than the Weather Channel and Dick Morris is the King of predicting the opposite.
How many of you are still hoping for Condi Rice to enter the race? Yeah, exactly...
They'll just fuck it up anyway. Florida always fucks up the voting process. They are always "disenfranchised"™.
I've had it up to here [my hand is waving over my head, just in case, you have "visualization issues"] with Florida screwing shit up. Can't we just sell Florida back to Spain? Let's just make Puerto Rico a State and then we don't have to worry about changing the flag or anything.
If Michigan doesn't get a revote then Florida can suck it. We here, in Michigan, are just as worthy as anyone. If we are going to be "disenfranchised"™ because a handful of dolts broke the rules, then that's that. Florida is no more special than anyone, well they are special - short yellow bus special but that is beside the point.
[Ed. note: If you are a Republican residing in Florida...why are you residing in Florida? Just kidding. ;-)]
After the reversal of fortune in Texas and yesterday's caucus in Wy. Obama's momentum is just not stopping. Polling in Mississippi is solid for Obama and I think it's time Hillary start reassessing her future. She probably won't want to be a VP candidate with Obama but that is sure better than being an unremarkable Senator. If she wants to move forward, she'd probably better start playing nice.
Step one, stop making campaign commercials for John McCain. Every suggestion that McCain would be better for the country than Obama is a golden opportunity for the RNC.
There is every indication that the Mar 4, 2008 primary elections in which Senator Clinton won two more of the big states (Texas and Ohio) plus one of the small states (Rhode Island), marked the sea change of the Democratic Party nomination battle.
Other factors to note:
First, the national news media has begun serious and even hard-ball vetting of Senator Obama for the first time;
Second, Clinton’s use of one of the most memorable political attack ads recently seen on campaign TV obviously undermined her opponent's campaign;
Third, careful analysis of exit polls in all the election states that have held primaries and caucused this year show Obama's lack of support among all sorts of traditionally-democratic voting blocs. Most of this data is mostly difficult or even fatal for Senator Obama's campaign outcome expectations this year. For example:
1) Clinton has won almost every big state primary election in which she has participated, from Massachusetts to Florida to California to New York to Ohio to Texas. The only big state in which Obama pulled off a victory was Illinois, his home state.
2) Obama has strong appeal only among black voters (about 5 out 6). His support among whites tend to be among the young or rich elites. Latinos vote for Clinton by about 2-1. Working class whites vote for Clinton and against Obama by overwhelming numbers. Jews distrust Obama’s likely foreign policy toward Israel, the evidence of which they as Obama’s use of Zbigniew Brzezinski of their despised remembrance of the presidency of James Earl Carter.
3) The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has blocked the delegates of Florida and Michigan. Obama’s team backs that decision against Clinton’s demand that the Florida and Michigan be counted. Meantime, there is little likelihood of scheduling new primary elections in either state because the state governments have no obligation to pay the huge costs, and the DNC has no money to cover such costs. If Obama wins the Democratic Party nomination without the participation of the delegates from those states, many of the Democrats of Florida and Michigan will be called upon by prominent Democrats in both states either to boycott the national election or to do write-ins for Clinton.
4) As evidenced by all kinds of news analyses I have been reading since that fatal Tuesday night — Hillary Clinton’s night in Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas — that Barack Obama, having been raised to near-glory by the charisma of his stage presence — has begun to lose him charm among voters of the various classes likely to turn up for the November election. And that is of major danger for the junior Illinois senator.
Because, when you think about it all very carefully, his personal charisma and magic stage act is more or less the sum of what he really offers the voters.
The meaning of this is will not long be lost on the super-delegates whom he thinks are already solidly pledged to him.
If he loses Pennsylvania to Clinton in April, and there is strong enough similarities between the political demographies of Ohio and Pennsylvania to suggest he is strongly likely to lose that state — then many political figures now publicly committed to Obama will be seeking for ways to switch sides to Clinton. And in the USA, nobody goes to jail or is otherwised punished for breaking their word in politics.
The main leadership of the Democratic Party want desperately to win the next presidential election. And that is true even if many of them personally like Barack Obama more than they like Hilary Clinton. Presidential campaigns that go into a national convention without a clear-cut winner fall prey to the mood and will of the party bosses, who can make, break or ignore party rules as they think special circumstances require.
So there is nothing now inevitable about Obama's nomination for the presidency of the United States. Clinton has a history of being the kind of political fighter who never ever quits.
And right now, Clinton not only is the candidate who has the momentum to back up that persona, but she wells knows that if her candidacy throughs the Democratic National Convention into deadlock, she is the one most likely to emerge the winner to face Senator John McCain in November.
All these factors indicate that Obama already reached the high water mark of his campaign before February 2008 even ended.
And in politics, analysis of the near future is almost always predicated upon analysis of the recent past.
No peace is possible between Israel and either the Hamastinians of Gaza or the Fatah-dominated gang in Ramallah. This in fact has been the true state of affairs since the local Arabs began treating Zionism as an enemy phenomenom immediately after World War I. And the only factor that keeps the Arabs of Trans-Jordan and Egypt at official peace with Israel is that their governments live on bribes paid annually by the US government.
But these and other arab governments are not in position to stop the terrorism any more than the US government or the government of any other outside country can stop the Jews from exercizing what they see as their ancient right to repopulate the entirety of the Land of Israel.
There really is only a single answer to the continual arab terrorism, and it has been the only possible answer all along, short of removing the entire jewish population from the Middle East.
That answer is to expel the Arab population to a a safe distance away from israeli population centers, and never allow any of them to come any closer than Israel’s security boundaries to the north, the east and the west. To the south, of course, there are only the Red Sea and the vast deserts of Arabia.
The permanent defense borders I have in mind are the Jordan river and Dead sea in the east; the Litani river gorge in the north; and the Suez canal in the west.
Israel, with its almost certain vast nuclear capability and its long range ballistic missiles which, with appropriate boosters, can now reach and precisely obliterate any target from the Atlantic ocean to the eastern borders of Pakistan, lacks only a suitable government leadership. When that leadership comes to power, it will be characterized by implacability and ruthlessness, which alone can save their country from its present death of 10,000 cuts.
This factor is important. Because Israel shall be compelled to defy much of the world in what it must do. The only international leverage that a small but intensively-developed country such as Israel has is the implied threat that, if their hand is forced, they can in fact turn the entire world of the Arabs and Iranians into a post-nuclear wasteland. And yes, those targets, in order to be considered a meaningful threat, would certainly include the oilfields and all the holy places.
At the end of 2007, there were 232,000 israeli Jews living in Judea and Samaria and another 250,000 or so living in the annexed eastern parts of Jerusalem. There almost certainly are many thousands more living in so-called illegal settlements outside of government control. This is now one of the fastest growing population subsets around, with an annual rate of increase of 5.2% and sometimes expanding up to 6%. Which means the population of Israel now living in these annexable or already-annexed lands will surpass one million in about 12 years, and can probably be counted on to double again by about 2035 or 2040.
So there is no return to the armistice lines of 1949-1967 and there never will be such a return. Any more than an omelet can be unscrambled and the respective yolks and eggwhites can be restored to their original shells and resealed there.
There will be war again in the north as soon as the Hezbollah army feels its strength in missiles sufficient to try yet again against Israel with main military force. When that happens, the appropriate response for Israel would be to conquer the lands to the north of Galillee, up to the Litani river, annex these territories exactly as they did with Golan, then start expelling at least the Hezbollah-influenced part of the local population back to the Baalbek area in central Lebanon.
In Judea and Samaria, the israeli version of urban sprawl now occuring on a large scale already has killed off any chance for whatever was left for a palestinian mini-state. The only thing remaining to them will be quasi-autonomous arab leaderships in cities such as Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, Jenin, Qalqilya, Bethlehem and Hebron. Jericho, whose town leadership is devoted mostly to bringing in money and tourists, including Israelis, will be much easier to handle than the others.
The lands outside these larger urban places will, in time, be bought up for construction of many new isreali cities, towns, villages and farms.
The hardest immediate nut is Gaza, whose population of abut 1.5 million is compressed into a rat-hole with no viable economy either on the horizon or even possible, can best be handled in the short run by israeli military raids. These increasingly have been highly successful in targeting individual Hamas fighters, and include tactics such as assassination by computer-controlled drone aircraft, a specialty industry in which Israel has developed world leadership.
At the price of a relatively small number of victims in Ashkelon and Sderot, Israel’s pre-emptive and retributory military strikes can keep Gaza properly paralyzed until the big break comes.
What will that break be? Another Egyptian war. There already have been four, in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. So it is only a matter of time. All the wartime experiences have shown that the Sinai is in fact indefensible from attack from the east. And the almost certain result of any war in which a western-style trained and equipped army and air force such as Israel’s will trap any arab army caught west of the Mitla pass area east of the canal. I have spent some time there a few decades ago, and I know the land well.
When that comes to pass, and before any kind of settlement were made, it would be Israel’s opportunity to expel the Gaza population across that desert and deposit them across the Suez canal.
Would the world at large acqiesce in this? I think so.
For the same reason they acquiesced in the expulsion of some 16 million ethnic Germans from East Prussia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Jugoslavia after World War II.
And for the same reason the world acqiesced in the forced expulsions of untold millions of Hindus and Moslems from their homes in what had been british-ruled India before 1948.
And for the same reason the world acquiesced in the expulsion and large-scale killings of the Armenians and Greeks by the Turks during and after World War I; of the Turks by the Serbs in the 1860s; of the Chechens by the present government of Russia; and the best example of all, the Indian tribes of North America by our own ancestors and those of the Canadians.
That, simply described, is the way the world really works. And the Jews of the world, if they wish to survive, had better muster their courage to play by the real rules of the world, not by the ones they think their deity gave them or that they apparently have dreamed up for themselves as an excuse for eternal national weakness. Because purposeful national weakness is a strategy that leads only to places such as Auschwitz.
Obama has some very shaky Chicago friends but that seems just fine with you Obamatrons... I'd bet my ass that Obama would be called all kinds of despicable names, for this Rezko crap, if he had an "R" next to his name.
On the plus side, Hillary still has an opportunity to make him suffer longer. Maybe she'll have some new ads up superimposing the heads of Obama and Rezko on top of old footage of Al Capone and Frank Nitty, in 1930's Chicagoland. All gritty and slime like this campaign should be. That would be way cool. Maybe I'll send her campaign some ideas...
The Democratic National Committee stripped both states of all their delegates for holding the primaries too early, and all Democratic candidates - including Clinton and rival Barack Obama - agreed not to campaign in either state. Obama's name wasn't even on the Michigan ballot.
Florida and Michigan moved up their dates to protest the party's decision to allow Iowa and New Hampshire to go first, followed by South Carolina and Nevada, giving them a disproportionate influence on the presidential selection process.
But no one predicted the race would still be very close this late in the year.
Ironically, Michigan and Florida could have held crucial primaries if they had stayed with their traditional later dates. They may yet do so if they decide to hold new contests as Clinton and Obama compete to the wire.
Clinton has been insisting that the desires of more than 2 million people who cast Democratic ballots in the two states should be reflected at the convention, which would help her catch up to Obama in the race for convention delegates. Obama has said he wants to see the delegates from the two critical swing states participate, too, but not if Clinton is rewarded for victories in boycotted primaries.
A former US navy sailor has been convicted of spying and supplying a pro-al-Qaeda website with information on American warship movements.
Hassan Abujihaad, 32, was found guilty of providing material support to terrorists and disclosing secret national defence information.
He was arrested last year in Phoenix, Arizona.
Abujihaad, a Muslim convert previously known as Paul Hall, faces 25 years in jail when he is sentenced on 23 May.
He showed no emotion as he was convicted of passing classified details of US navy ships to Azzam.com by a jury at the US District Court in New Haven, Connecticut.
Azzam was an Islamist website that prosecutors said had actively supported terrorists but has now closed.
25 years for providing terrorists with information that jeopardized our military men and women? That is way too lenient. That is the kind of shit we have a death penalty for. I know, I know...I'm evil. I don't care, that son of a bitch deserves a firing squad and I still think THAT is being nice. Too quick of a death.
While I think this is horribly disturbing news, it's a good example for some. Too many people toss around the word traitor for stupid crap like watching a Michael Moore film or criticizing Islam. That isn't being a traitor, that is no more than an exercise in FREE SPEECH.
Selling out your country and your former military brothers and sisters to terrorists?
Limbaugh has been actively urging his Texas listeners to cross over and vote for Clinton in that state's open primary Tuesday, arguing it helps the Republicans if the Democratic race remains unsettled for weeks to come.
"I want Hillary to stay in this…this is too good a soap opera," Limbaugh told fellow conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham on Fox News Friday. He reiterated the comments on his Monday show and replayed the exchange with Ingram.
He also said Clinton is more willing than the Republican National Committee and John McCain's campaign to criticize Barack Obama.
"We need Barack Obama bloodied up politically. It's obvious that the Republicans are not going to do it, they don't have the stomach for it," Limbaugh continued. "As you probably know we're getting all kinds of memos from the RNC saying we're not going to be critical. Mark McKinnon of McCain's campaign said he'll quit if they get critical over Obama. This is the presidency of the United States we're talking about. I want our party to win I want the Democrats to lose.”
He could actually help her win the nomination! We could be thanking Rushbo for another Clinton Presidency. The is so funny, it actually hurts my sides. OMG! I can't believe this is even happening...
And the beginning of The Obamarama Election 2008 Drama.
Crap, now I'm going to have to come up with all kinds of original jokes for Obama.
What to do? Hmmm, it's not like he's gonna save a hamster or dress up like a Ooompa Loompa. I miss John Kerry, the jokes just wrote themselves...
Any chance Barack will pick John Kerry as a running mate? Nah, he'll most likely pick Silky Edwards...
I can't help it, but reading about such episodes of screaming, gushing and swooning makes me wonder whether women — I should say, "we women," of course — aren't the weaker sex after all. Or even the stupid sex, our brains permanently occluded by random emotions, psychosomatic flailings and distraction by the superficial. Women "are only children of a larger growth," wrote the 18th-century Earl of Chesterfield. Could he have been right?
You want to know what I shouted out to Bill Clinton when he was running for President? It was much raunchier than "I love you Bill". I can assure you of that... I voted for him, I campaigned for him, heck...I flashed him in a very girls gone wild kinda way. That didn't make me stupid, weak or deserving of losing my right to vote. I was in my 20's, in college and he was young and sexy. Very JFK-ish. I'm sure these young girls view Obama the same way. BIG DEAL.
Get over it. People who complain about that kind of stuff are just small and petty people. They just wish they could get women to swoon over something besides their scent...
“What precise foreign-policy experience is she claiming that makes her qualified to answer that telephone call at 3 a.m. in the morning?” Obama asked of the former first lady at a town-hall meeting. It was a reference to dueling television ads over who would exercise superior judgment in responding to a national emergency in the middle of the night.
“When it came time to make the most important foreign policy decision of our generation the decision to invade Iraq Senator Clinton got it wrong,” Obama said.
Hindsight is 20/20. You can call it a wrong decision and that makes you very popular. There are plenty of people that don't believe the decision to go in was wrong. Many of us believe that we had every legal and moral right to go in and take out Saddam AND that it should've been done BEFORE George W. Bush was elected.
The planning was poor and that is not Sen. Clinton's fault. The decisions that were made at the Executive level were wrong and those are not Sen. Clinton's fault. So, while you were screwing around in Chitown having to make real tough decisions like, what do you want for lunch today, others had to make real tough calls. Some of those calls didn't pan out but, at least, she was there to make them. She didn't just get elected to the Senate and immediately begin her campaign for POTUS...like some others I won't mention. cough Barack Obama cough
President Hugo Chavez ordered tanks and thousands of troops on Sunday to the border with Colombia, accusing it of pushing South America to the brink of war by killing a top rebel leader on Ecuadorean soil.
Denouncing Colombia's slaying of the rebel commander in a cross-border raid into Ecuador, Chavez said Venezuela will respond militarily if Colombia violates its border. He ordered Venezuela's embassy in Bogota closed.
Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, also ordered troops to the Colombian border, withdrew his government's ambassador from Bogota and ordered Colombia's top diplomat expelled.
Not even sure what to say. I was gonna try and make a joke about how this could really make things tough for all the U.S. drug dealers but...
There really isn't anything funny about impending war.
I'm going out with the girls for some martinis. After a long day with 4 boys playing video games - I need two things. Since neither of what I really need are available, I'll take the pomegranate martinis!