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  • Palin Wows Indians at Convention; Jindal’s Stock Soars

    09/11/2008 11:34:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 517+ views
    India-West ^ | 11 Sep 2008 | RICHARD SPRINGER
    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tore through the Republican National Convention like a lead sled in the Iditarod dogsled race, while Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who chose to forgo a scheduled convention speech by staying away to deal with Hurricane Gustav, catapulted to the top tier as a GOP presidential candidate in 2012 or 2016. Indian American Republicans who attended the convention Sept. 1-4 unanimously raved to India-West about Senator John McCain’s vice presidential choice and Palin’s stiletto-like jibes at Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama in her acceptance speech. “She sent a vibrant message to Middle America that she connects...
  • Michelle Obama absent from 9/11 ceremony to be home with girls for 1st week of school. But...

    09/11/2008 11:33:54 PM PDT · by IDRATHERNOT · 210 replies · 1,959+ views
    Conspiciously absent from September 11th memorial service, the Obama campaign claimed Michelle Obama was home with her children for the 1st week of school. However, on Sep. 10th, she spent most of the day at a "Working Mothers" roundtable in Fishers, Indiana (a 3.5 hour drive from Chicago). FISHERS, Ind. — More evidence Indiana is in play this presidential election year: the Obama campaign focused on the state again Wednesday. This time it was Michelle Obama, right in the heart of Republican territory.
  • A Tangled Story of Addiction (Washington Compost hit piece on Cindy McCain)

    09/11/2008 11:18:40 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 32 replies · 494+ views
    A Tangled Story of Addiction Consequences of Cindy McCain's Drug Abuse Were More Complex Than She Has Portrayed By Kimberly Kindy Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 12, 2008; A01 When Cindy McCain is asked what issues she would champion as first lady, she often cites one of the most difficult periods of her life: her battle with -- and ultimate victory over -- prescription painkillers. Her struggle, she has said repeatedly, taught her valuable lessons about drug abuse that she would pass on to the nation. "I think it made me a better person as well as a better...
  • Liquidity crunch catches up with Russian tycoons

    09/11/2008 11:18:24 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 1 replies · 79+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 9.11.08 | Catherine Belton and Charles Clover
    The falling price of oil and increased political risk following the conflict in Georgia played a prominent role in driving Russia's stock market to new lows yesterday. But bankers and traders said that the underlying reason for the selling was a liquidity crunch of the kind that affected western markets a year ago but has only recently appeared in Russia - a serious cash shortage that is forcing banks and funds to sell otherwise attractive assets. Analysts said the market was being forced down as leading Russian businessmen and funds had to liquidate positions due to margin calls as they...
  • WashPo claims: Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 In Talk to Troops in Alaska

    09/11/2008 10:59:55 PM PDT · by DakotaRed · 39 replies · 331+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2008 | Anne E. Kornblut
    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 -- Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans." The idea that the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaeda plan the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a view once promoted by Bush administration officials, has since been rejected even by the president himself. But it is widely agreed that militants allied...
  • Tattletale Pranks and Kindergarten Pursuits

    09/11/2008 10:57:32 PM PDT · by joanie-f · 357 replies · 1,560+ views
    12 September, 2008 | joanie-f
    Most conservatives decry the ‘bread and circuses’ atmosphere of modern politics, principally because the consistent focus on meaningless pursuits takes the citizens’ focus away from the important issues … even crises … that must be considered, and faced, if we are to remain a free society. Our Founders continually warned that liberty, and the republican form of government that is best suited to ensure it, can only be maintained through an informed citizenry. Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, are necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties.Many of...
  • Palin Energizes GOP Hopefuls.

    09/11/2008 10:56:52 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 13 replies · 222+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 12, 2008 | GREG HITT
    The McCain-Palin ticket's rise in the polls is giving optimism to Republican candidates down the ballot as well, helping lift fund raising and stirring excitement among supporters. Republican Party officials tracking congressional races and gubernatorial contests suggest they have seen an increase in volunteers since Sen. John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Aug. 29. The following week, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $247,382 in online donations -- double its take for all of August. The average contribution that week was $101, the low-dollar total suggesting enthusiasm among grass-roots supporters. Republican candidates across the country...
  • Ward Churchill: Why did it take a bunch of Arabs to do what you all should have done a long time ago

    09/11/2008 10:52:58 PM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies · 910+ views
    several sources | several authors
    "Why did it take a bunch of Arabs to do what you all should have done a long time ago?"August, 2003: Ward Churchill Caught On Tape Advocating Terrorism [vs Fellow Americans] Audio link at Michell Malkin's website (included below) Question from audience: You mentioned a little bit ago, "Why did it take a bunch of Arabs to do what you all should have done a long time ago," that's my question. Churchill: I'm gonna repeat that, tell me if I got that right: Why shouldn't we do something and how do you you move so they don't see you coming....
  • Obama believes the next President will inherit an unstable Iraq...

    09/11/2008 10:51:38 PM PDT · by JohnRand · 20 replies · 167+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 09/09/08 | Sasha Johnson
    "....“At this point what it appears is the next president will inherit a status quo that is still unstable, Obama told reporters at a high school outside Dayton. “And what’s going to be required is a comprehensive strategy, and that’s what I’ve been offering for the last two years...."
  • Pakistan - New missile attack leave 11 or 12 dead

    09/11/2008 10:49:08 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 252+ views
    AFP via translation | September 12, 2008
    via translation - Pakistan: new missile apparently American, 11 or 12 dead MIRANSHAH (Pakistan) - A new missile apparently fired by a drone of the American army came to Afghanistan Friday killed 11 or 12 people in the north-west Pakistan, where Washington wants to eradicate the dens of Al-Qaeda and Taliban have assured local officials. The new strike comes after an exchange of acrimonious About between Washington and Islamabad, however, its ally in its "war against terrorism": the USA have threatened to expand military operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan bordering the Afghanistan, Pakistan has vowed to oppose "any...
  • Jimmy Kimmel: Putting Lipstick on a Pig

    09/11/2008 10:47:56 PM PDT · by 1955Ford · 37 replies · 169+ views
    Jimmy Kimmel's summary of the incident
  • FOX News Poll: War on Terror Remains a Major Concern

    09/11/2008 10:45:55 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 1 replies · 92+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Sept. 11, 2009 | Matt London
    Seven years after the events of September 11, eight out of 10 Americans - 81 percent - believe the war on terrorism is at least as important today as it was just after the attacks. Yet, while 72 percent of voters say they are concerned about terrorist attacks, those worries now rank behind other issues troubling voters, such as the nation's economy and gas prices. While it may seem the threat of terrorist attacks is foremost on the minds of Americans, it falls behind other concerns such as the nation's economy (93 percent concerned), gas prices (87 percent concerned), the...
  • Will Chotiner's Law Work in 2008?

    09/11/2008 10:41:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 267+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 12, 2008 | Paul Shlichta
    Murray Chotiner, who successfully managed Nixon's campaigns in 1950 and 1968, was the Ty Cobb of political campaigning, a ruthless and brilliant exponent of the philosophy that "politics is war." What would he think about this year' election? In 1964, he predicted that Goldwater would lose. His general rule was that the party whose candidates do the most fighting during the primaries almost always loses the election. His argued that the mutual accusations and mudslinging during the primaries causes bitterness that prevents a united front against the other party during the final campaign. Moreover, the other party's candidate has the benefit...
  • New Court Decision Affirms that 4th Amendment Protects Location Information

    09/11/2008 10:41:20 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 6 replies · 246+ views
    EFF.org ^ | September 11, 2008 | Unattributed
    Government Must Get a Warrant Before Seizing Cell Phone Location Records San Francisco - In an unprecedented victory for cell phone privacy, a federal court has affirmed that cell phone location information stored by a mobile phone provider is protected by the Fourth Amendment and that the government must obtain a warrant based on probable cause before seizing such records.The Department of Justice (DOJ) had asked the federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania to overturn a magistrate judge's decision requiring the government to obtain a warrant for stored location data, arguing that the government could obtain such information...
  • Sheriff Lott's New Toy

    09/11/2008 10:27:19 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 65 replies · 843+ views
    Reason.com ^ | 9.01.2008 | Rdley Balko
    The Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff's Department (that's them above) just obtained an armored personnel carrier, complete with a belt-fed, .50-cal turreted machine gun. Sheriff Leon Lott has charmingly named the vehicle "The Peacemaker," and insists that using a caliber of ammunition that even the U.S. military is reluctant to use against human targets (it's generally reserved for use against armored vehicles) will "save lives."
  • Mike Klonsky: Obama Blogger Who is Mike Klonsky and why does Obama let him blog?

    09/11/2008 10:18:57 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 28 replies · 549+ views
    Political Wrinkles ^ | 06-25-2008 | unknown
    Mike Klonsky : Obama blogger -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mike Klonsky has had a blog on Obama's official website for a few months now (His first article is from February)... Soooo who's Mike Klonsky?... Quote: Michael Klonsky (born 1943) is an American educator and political activist. He is perhaps most famous for being National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society in 1968... ...On May 12, 1969, Klonsky and four other SDSers were arrested at the organization's Chicago national headquarters for assaulting a police officer, interfering with a firefighter, and inciting mob action[/b]. A prank call to a local police station said there...
  • Obama Losing Traction Among Younger Voters

    09/11/2008 10:15:06 PM PDT · by Reagan is King · 65 replies · 1,860+ views
    www.townhall.com ^ | Friday, September 12, 2008 | Matt Towery
    The hidden story of the last week has been the shift in many states and nationwide among the youngest of voters, those ages 18-to-29, from a solid entrenchment in the Obama camp to a significant drift toward a newly revived John McCain effort, all courtesy of Gov. Sarah Palin. Our survey approach keeps young respondents from being interviewed by young interviewers, thus avoiding the inevitable pressure a youthful poll respondent might feel to "fit in" and claim to be a supporter of Obama. As a result, younger voters, while still favoring Obama, have moved to the McCain column in not...
  • Porker of the Month

    09/11/2008 10:06:38 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 5 replies · 178+ views
    Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers. Congress left for its traditional August recess after accomplishing nothing. Of the 100 bills enacted since January, 94 were to name government buildings or lands or make technical corrections to existing laws. The accomplishments included "Frank Sinatra Day," "National Plumbing Industry Week," and "National Day of the Cowboy." The deadline for passing the 12 annual appropriations bills has been deliberately ignored. There are two reasons for this failure to act. First, Pelosi and...
  • Stung by Criticism Over Georgia, Putin Asks West for a Little Understanding

    09/11/2008 10:05:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 361+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2008 | ELLEN BARRY
    MOSCOW — For three and a half hours on Thursday, in tones that were alternately pugilistic and needy, Vladimir V. Putin tried to explain himself. More than a month has passed since Russia sent columns of armor into Georgia, asserting its sphere of influence with a confidence not seen since the days of the Soviet Union. But since the first hours of this crisis, Russian leaders have been asking the same question with mounting frustration: Why is everyone blaming us for this? Mr. Putin, Russia’s prime minister, made his case on Thursday in Sochi, Russia, before the Valdai Discussion Club,...
  • Feminist Army Aims Its Canons At Palin (The Hypocrisy Of The Radical Feminists Alert)

    09/11/2008 10:04:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 310+ views
    National Review ^ | 9/12/2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    Whether or not Sarah Palin helps John McCain win the election, her greatest work may already be behind her. She’s exposed the feminist con job. Don’t take my word for it. Feminists have been screaming like stuck pigs 24/7 since Palin was announced as McCain’s running mate. (Are pig metaphors completely verboten now?) Feminist author Cintra Wilson writes in Salon (a house organ of the Angry Left) that the notion of Palin as vice president is “akin to ideological brain rape.” Presumably just before the nurse upped the dosage on her medication, Wilson continued, “Sarah Palin and her virtual burqa...