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House Candidate Draws Fire for Web Photo - Howard 'Special K' Kaloogian
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/30/06 | AP - San Diego

Posted on 03/30/2006 3:10:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge

SAN DIEGO - A congressional candidate is under fire for a Web site photo that purported to show a peaceful Baghdad neighborhood but was actually taken in a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey.

"We took this photo of Baghdad while we were in Iraq," the accompanying caption on Howard Kaloogian's Web site read. "Iraq (including Baghdad) is much more calm and stable than what many people believe it to be."

Internet bloggers began questioning the photo earlier this week because none of the signs was in Arabic and billboards were advertising Western products.

Kaloogian, a former state assemblyman who founded Move America Forward to support the war and is now running for Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's House seat, took the photo down on Wednesday.

He said it was innocent mix-up that arose from a trip to Baghdad that he took last summer with Move America Forward. Some of the travelers went home through Istanbul, he said. The group pooled its photos, and his Web master mistakenly selected one of Istanbul, Kaloogian said.

"They used a picture that was wrong. There's nothing sinister about it," he said.

Kaloogian, a Republican, is one of 18 candidates seeking to replace Cunningham, who was convicted of bribery and conspiracy and sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison.

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On the Net:

http://www.kaloogianforcongress.com/


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: 50th; california; drawsfire; housecandidate; kaloogian; smearjob; webphoto
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Republican Howard Kaloogian, a former California Assemblyman, announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate outside the Federal Building in San Diego in this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, file photo. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


1 posted on 03/30/2006 3:10:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Much hoopla over nothing, but Hey, the attention can only help, imo.

Methinks some moderate opponents are a bit desperate and are willing to stoop to anything to keep a conservative from getting good press and the nomination in the April 11 primary.

Go Howard!


2 posted on 03/30/2006 3:13:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Agreed.....looks like an honest error to me. Wonder how the MSM will try to spin this into another negative story about the "real situation in Iraq." The Bush Admin is right - the MSM has invested heavily in US defeat in Iraq.


3 posted on 03/30/2006 3:17:56 PM PST by indcons (The MSM - Mainstream Slime Merchants)
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To: NormsRevenge

I just went over to his web site and gave him a generous donation.


4 posted on 03/30/2006 3:18:06 PM PST by Ben Mugged (labor unions are socialism's shock troops)
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To: NormsRevenge

Who are these protestors, and who is trying to make this a big deal?


5 posted on 03/30/2006 3:18:17 PM PST by b9 ("the [evil Marxist liberal socialist Democrat Party] alternative is unthinkable" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: NormsRevenge

I can't believe the media calls this news.

The only ones firing are the liberal wackos at the Daily Kos.... and a few liberal freepers.

GO HOWARD!


6 posted on 03/30/2006 3:19:14 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: NormsRevenge

The photo incident does show that fake pix and inappropriate pix cannot just slide by any more. Actually it is a caution to anyone, on the left as will as the rest of us, that photoshopping and substitution will not get by free. It is a good thing. That said, this one will likely not do any damage if K can produce some properly labeled Baghdad pix.


7 posted on 03/30/2006 3:21:46 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than here.)
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To: calcowgirl

Oh give me a break! We'd be going apes#!t if this were a dem.

I'm not saying it's a huge deal or anything, but it is a bad lapse of judgement or some faulty planning. Either way, it's not good.

That said, I don't know enough about the candidates in this race to say if I like him or not, or if I perfer him to any of the others. May the best man win.


8 posted on 03/30/2006 3:21:57 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: doodlelady

tee hee hee,, FR has some here trying to make hay out of this as well. LOL.

How about that latest poll for the Gub race?

The Phil and Westly debates should be real fun now.. lol


9 posted on 03/30/2006 3:22:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: arthurus

They already have, his explanation of an error by the webmaster is entirely plausible, regardless what some moderates and their supporters here try to impugn re: Howard's character.

We have less than 2 weeks to go. Expect the most conservative to be attacked , it's what moderate weinies and dems do, yaknow.


10 posted on 03/30/2006 3:24:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: zbigreddogz

Have you looked at his website? He has hundreds of pics. Mistakes happen.

He corrected it immediately and apologized for the error of his webmaster.
There is NO conspiracy nor any indication of intent!

If we were going "apes#!t" we'd look as silly as they do!


11 posted on 03/30/2006 3:28:40 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: NormsRevenge
"They used a picture that was wrong. There's nothing sinister about it," he said.

Well, then. maybe they'll post instead the pics they took that really show the 'calm and stable' Baghdad.

12 posted on 03/30/2006 3:29:15 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Those would be pics from the outlying areas of Baghdad, I suspect, and not the Green Zone that is target numero uno or was for a long time.


13 posted on 03/30/2006 3:31:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: zbigreddogz

He was a co-founder of Move America Forward, for starters.

He has a message and a lot of moderates will make what hay they can out of the smallest thing to toss mud in his path if not at him directly.


14 posted on 03/30/2006 3:32:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thought this man was running for a House seat, not the US SENATE


15 posted on 03/30/2006 3:37:51 PM PST by bybybill (RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: calcowgirl; NormsRevenge
He corrected it immediately

Not quite. They pulled the erroneous photo. They *DID NOT* provide a photo of Baghdad showing the situation as he had claimed. Don't say he "corrected it" when he's instead done a modified hangout and hopes it'll go away.

Add this to the prolife group endorsement he was claiming which he actually didn't have and "Special K" looks more like the K stands for Klown.

16 posted on 03/30/2006 3:39:19 PM PST by newzjunkey (Fellow 50th Congressional Freepers: Don't fall for Bilbray!)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
Well, then. maybe they'll post instead the pics they took that really show the 'calm and stable' Baghdad.

They did, immediately when they were made aware of it. The page now reflects:

Downtown Baghdad
We originally posted a photograph not of Baghdad, Iraq but from Istanbul, Turkey where our delegation traveled on the way home to the United States. We apologize for this mistake. We have corrected it with a photograph we took from Baghdad. We took this photo of downtown Baghdad while we were in Iraq. Iraq (including Baghdad) is much more calm and stable than what many people believe it to be. But, each day the news media finds any violence occurring in the country and screams and shouts about it - in part because many journalists are opposed to the U.S. effort to fight terrorism.


17 posted on 03/30/2006 3:40:55 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: newzjunkey
Not quite. They pulled the erroneous photo. They *DID NOT* provide a photo of Baghdad showing the situation as he had claimed. Don't say he "corrected it" when he's instead done a modified hangout and hopes it'll go away.

Wrong. See post #17.

18 posted on 03/30/2006 3:42:11 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

Nice post at #17. Glad they corrected it.


19 posted on 03/30/2006 3:47:53 PM PST by CAluvdubya (The ignorant defeatocrats have declared war on the War On Terror!)
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To: newzjunkey

LOLOL

How's the poll numbers for your boy?
Not good I take it. ;-)


20 posted on 03/30/2006 3:49:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

This guy?

http://www.bilbraytheliberallobbyist.com/page1.htm


21 posted on 03/30/2006 3:50:46 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: NormsRevenge

If it was Arnold all you hypocrites would be in Full Tizzy mode.


22 posted on 03/30/2006 3:52:59 PM PST by PRND21
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To: CAluvdubya

This is a petty smear job by the left and FR trolls are jumping right on board.

See also:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1606361/posts


23 posted on 03/30/2006 4:02:34 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: PRND21

Hey , how about the Gub's poll numbers? ;-)

You moderate backers must be real proud and feeel real lucky he's able to have such mushheads for opponents.

He damn near collapsed all by himself there for a bit..

Oh, and if you want top use the word hypocrit, have at it, takes one to know one, eh?


24 posted on 03/30/2006 4:10:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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to


25 posted on 03/30/2006 4:11:01 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PRND21

shades of Bill Simon... almost. ;-)

Weren't you jumping up and down when that photo fiasco occurred... against, of all things , a conservative. ;-)


26 posted on 03/30/2006 4:12:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
He damn near collapsed all by himself there for a bit..

You and yours helped by not supporting his Special Election.

Unions and Abortionists thank you.

27 posted on 03/30/2006 4:16:03 PM PST by PRND21
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To: NormsRevenge
Weren't you jumping up and down when that photo fiasco occurred.

No.

28 posted on 03/30/2006 4:16:27 PM PST by PRND21
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To: PRND21

LOL.. nice try, bozo.


A lot of folks with a brain helped save the state from some pretty ill advised props, and his lack of attention to detail ; ie; forgetting he has a base that doesn't appreciate giving dems equality with him appointments-wise sealed the fate of a few good props as well. That's politics these days.

You wanna blame a few here for that, have at it. It just shows your inability to recognize we are conservatives not automatons like some here for the moderate swill that has been dispensed far too much around here lately imo.


29 posted on 03/30/2006 4:22:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PRND21

Weren't you jumping up and down when that photo fiasco occurred.
No.

Oh gee, I got you confused with a bunch of folks that did.


30 posted on 03/30/2006 4:23:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PRND21

You and yours helped by not supporting his Special Election.

Unions and Abortionists thank you.

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Oh and in case you're offended being called bozo..,, implying I am either a unionist or abortionist is pretty low in my book too.


31 posted on 03/30/2006 4:24:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
Oh and in case you're offended being called bozo..,, implying I am either a unionist or abortionist is pretty low in my book too.

Speaking of bozos...I implied no such thing. I said they thank you.
You were on the same side...anti-Arnold(R).

32 posted on 03/30/2006 4:28:38 PM PST by PRND21
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To: NormsRevenge
Oh gee, I got you confused with a bunch of folks that did.

In other words, you were wrong or lying. Typical.

33 posted on 03/30/2006 4:29:19 PM PST by PRND21
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To: NormsRevenge
It just shows your inability to recognize we are conservatives not automatons like some here for the moderate swill that has been dispensed far too much around here lately imo.

Ugliest, most convoluted sentence in FR history.

34 posted on 03/30/2006 4:31:08 PM PST by PRND21
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To: doodlelady

These all or nothing folks are going to put in the far left Dem. Many of the K folks doen't even live in San Diego.


35 posted on 03/30/2006 4:32:41 PM PST by SoCalPol (Hillary kvetching is like Jack the Ripper moralizing to my neuro surgeon)
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To: PRND21

It is indeed.


36 posted on 03/30/2006 4:32:47 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: PRND21

You have a future reviewing gay movies.

found that in a fortune cookie .. I think it was meant for you.


37 posted on 03/30/2006 4:37:33 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Caught lying and you respond with nonsense. Again, typical.


38 posted on 03/30/2006 4:40:00 PM PST by PRND21
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To: PRND21

Ugliest, most convoluted sentence in FR history.


about as ugly as your attack on Tancredo here.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1605019/posts?page=5#5

How many "guest workers" are you planning on hiring or should I ask, how many do you already have?


39 posted on 03/30/2006 4:40:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PRND21

Caught lying and you respond with nonsense. Again, typical.

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lol Who lied? You posted what you posted.. the insinuation was clear, very much in keeping with how you and some "debate" issues these days. nothing new there.

This is usually what you moderate types descend to is calling someone else a liar and such, that IS typical.


40 posted on 03/30/2006 4:42:56 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
You, speaking about ugly attacks? Please.
How is this an ugly atack?

Does Tancredo deny working with Buchanan? No.

How many "guest workers" are you planning on hiring or should I ask, how many do you already have?

None.
Rely on truth in your debates and you won't seem so childish.

41 posted on 03/30/2006 4:44:34 PM PST by PRND21
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To: calcowgirl
Wow, you can really see the calm and stability from that long-distance shot.

Pathetic. If parts of Iraq are in much better shape than the media suggests (which I honestly believe could well be the cse), if this guy is on about the great calm and stability we're seeing there -- where are the street-level photos? Why was the street level photo from the Istanbul suburb replaced with a long-distance shot of the city with no details visible? They saw sooo many peaceful and happy scenes, and photographed none of them?
42 posted on 03/30/2006 4:47:45 PM PST by kenboy
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To: PRND21

There ya go again, defending questionable tactics to besmirch folks thru association.

Truth? Is that how you arrive at truth? Using stuff like that? wow.


43 posted on 03/30/2006 4:47:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
You posted what you posted

As did you, which was untrue. You've followed that up with more untruths.

the insinuation was clear

You don't read well. I said unionists and abortionists thank you for your attacks on Arnold.
I didn't imply that you were anything but an anti-Arnold Hack.

44 posted on 03/30/2006 4:49:03 PM PST by PRND21
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To: NormsRevenge
There ya go again, defending questionable tactics to besmirch folks thru association. Truth? Is that how you arrive at truth? Using stuff like that? wow.

What are you talking about? Tom raises money with her...FACT.

45 posted on 03/30/2006 4:52:20 PM PST by PRND21
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To: PRND21

The only hack here is you.. they get paid by the attack and twisting of words.


46 posted on 03/30/2006 4:54:27 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PRND21

Big hairy deal, Oh that's right. Tom is evil , yaknow.. I see how some of you do everything to cut him down and off.

If only you and others spent as much time and effort going after folks like Conyers and his clan as you do folks who are sounding an alarm about the threats this nation faces at and inside its borders.


47 posted on 03/30/2006 4:57:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
they get paid by the attack and twisting of words.

Who is they?!
Speaking of twisting words, you've been doing it the whole thread. Go look.

48 posted on 03/30/2006 4:57:31 PM PST by PRND21
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To: PRND21

Oh is that right.
And you're here to set the record straight. lol

Btw , are you in the 50th?


49 posted on 03/30/2006 4:58:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
f only you and others spent as much time and effort going after folks like ...

I supported Arnold and his Special Election. You did not.

Abortion
Unions
Car taxes
Death Penalty
Redistricting...

50 posted on 03/30/2006 5:01:20 PM PST by PRND21
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