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The condemnation of John McCain by John Lewis - a man McCain called one of the three wise men he would consult as president - was a huge personal blow to McCain. But Powell's endorsement of Obama is even more of a slap in the face.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Powell_s_endorsement_is_a_huge_slap_in_the_face_to_McCain
http://es.video.yahoo.com/watch/2393413/7155876 Madame Sarkozy Carla Bruni The French President Nicolas Sarkozy seems to be ushering in one of those periods of Franco-British harmony which never quite develop into a settled relationship Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac went through a similar process in St Malo in 1998. On that occasion they agreed on steps towards greater military cooperation But that newly rediscovered sentiment eventually fell down over Iraq and the two antagonists, like an old married couple, soon resumed their sparring President Sarkozy, on his state visit to Britain this week, is trying to reinvigorate cross-channel relations once more He said in a BBC interview in advance that he wanted France and Britain to "move from being cordial to being friendly", and that they should agree "concrete" steps to show this Defence is again a key issue. The French president is offering to put France back into Nato's integrated military structure, from which Gen de Gaulle withdrew it in 1966 But in return, he wants senior command posts for French officers and what he called in the New York Times last September "American acceptance of an independent European defence capability To get American acceptance, he needs to beat a path to and maybe through the British first And this is where the new mood of Franco-British chumminess mThe British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is an Atlanticist who shares the concerns of the British military that a dash for a European defence "capability", which is in fact allowed for in the Lisbon EU treaty, might fatally undermine Natoight fall down President Sarkozy says that Nato and a European force can go hand in hand. It would be a double whammy for him - France properly back in Nato with some plum posts and, perhaps even more importantly, the prospect of a real European defence policy He would be engaging in another kind of integration - between the Atlantic and European visions of defence France is expected to use its six-month presidency of the EU starting in July to press the case The political background for a rapprochement with the US and UK is favourable. Iraq is no longer so divisive. Mr Sarkozy is much more pro-American than Mr Chirac was. He shares suspicion of the new Russia He is also currently not getting on that well with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. When Franco-German relations get rusty, the British and French seem to get on better But what chance of a fundamental shift in the relationship between Britain and France Not much has to be the answer. The fact remains that France and Britain still have very different not only about defence, but about the future of the European Union Prime Minister Gordon Brown remains a fan of globalisation and opposes protectionism within the EU. He is cautious about developing a purely European defence capability that might upset Nato and the link with the Americans President Sarkozy on the other hand openly talks about the need to protect French economic interests Because of these divisions over visions, summits like this tend to focus on practical steps This time, for example, there is the prospect of an agreement to cooperate on nuclear power, in which the French have taken the lead since they decided a generation ago to go 80% nuclear in their power generation (compared with about 20% by the British There is also likely to be agreements to help each other on illegal immigration and terrorism With a new wife and an old mother in tow (update: the mother is indisposed and will not come; however, Madame Sarkozy's mother is in the party), the French leader will also make a personal splash. Indeed much of the attention will be on the style of this visit Many eyes will be on the new wife but the president himself has something to prove. He is under scrutiny in the French media for having been, perhaps, a bit too flash in the first part of his presidency This visit will give him the chance of appearing more "presidential". The British monarch will help set the scene for this, with well-practised ceremony at Windsor Castle President Nicolas Sarkozy of France briefed the press after his speech to the General Assembly saying the world is facing "one of the most serious "economic crisis "since the financial crisis of the 1930's".. Sarkozy, who called for an economic summit in November to find solutions to the current banking emergency, added that "this crisis came from a real deviation from the market economy mechanisms of capitalism which instead of being geared to production indulged in speculation.". Sarkozy expressed great concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions and said that "time is against Iran and against peace" in the quest for a peaceful resolution.
Obaid Karki An Outcast Underdog Libertarian Diogenesist Kabbalist Spinoziste Qutbist Pantheon Hexalingual Automath Former UAE Under Secretary Independent Street-Knowledge Urban Talking-head. Unaffiliated to a State, an Organized Religion Group, a Sect or a Kin and an Anti Tribal Gentile. Every phrase is an earnest verdict. Thats my bio. If you dont agree with me thats an honor. It is immoral to appease to please. my word hurts big time because it is quality of a moment of truth 8 questions about the debates a few stretched truths, but no major stumbles few jabs, but no knockout in first debate new vigor at ole miss no knockout punches in debate atheist soldier sues gates for religious discrimination barack obama, john mccain, the polls beyond a collision of generations beyond a generational clash candidates clash on the economy and iraq in debate candidates debate foreign policy, not costs cbs poll: obama approval heroic hull clinch win at arsenal house: give first black boxing champ a pardon hurricane watch for maine as kyle heads north hurricane watch issued for maine ahead of kyle japan's online social scene: not so social katrina 'angel of mercy' to be released kennedy briefly hospitalized kyle prompts hurricane watch for maine lawmakers hope for bailout deal by monday lehman, wamu fire sales show buyers wait for banks to fail: chart of day mccain, obama clash in first debate model t turns 100 new delhi explosion kills one, injures several more new pm: zimbabwe facing starvation pakistan tells u.s. to keep out peabody pays mayo clinic prices to reverse worker health-cost inflation pirates lower ransom demand to $5m progress reported on wall street bailout plan russian warships head to intercept pirates s. korea: india, china need carbon-cutting targets screen legend paul newman dies at 83 security council agrees on new iran resolution security council considers new iran resolution sen. reid says progress made on bailout bill senate sends big spending bill to bush senate sends spending bill to bush senior centers plan for boom of 'boomers' somali pirates seize ship carrying 33 russian tanks supreme court opens new term swedish twin s are hit playing 'frogger' on freeway tropical storm kyle approaches hurricane strength in atlanti tropical storm kyle gains strength over atlantic ocean tropical storm kyle passing west of bermuda two bills aim for the skies u.s. envoy to travel to n. korea for nuclear talks u.s., iraq say close to deal on security pact u.s., iraq see progress on security deal un council to vote on reaffirming iran sanctions us destroyer watching hijacked ship off somalia us rivals claim tv debate victory us voters' views vast bailout by u.s. proposed in bid to stem financial crisis witness: o.j. asked me to bring gun boosted most by debate congress' failure leaves energy policy up in air congress' failure on energy policy leaves drilling, alternative energy in question conservative columnist: palin must go debate analysis: new vigor at ole miss f.d.a. reviewing deaths in anemia drug study faith leaders urge red cross access to detainees fight night: john mccain, barack obama spar on economy, foreign affairs fight night: mccain, obama spar on economy, foreign affairs first debate: a few jabs, but no body blows gallup daily: obama holds 5-point lead graham: treasury plan is 'dead' house approves plan to pump up economy, but veto looms house backs stimulus bill, but it stalls in senate how mccain stirred a simmering pot in first debate, candidates quarrel on iraq, express optimism for bailout iowa state evaluates mccain's iran and pakistan issues split candidates kennedy home after hospital visit lawmakers hope for bailout deal by monday lawmakers report progress on bailout deal mccain and obama mix it up mccain touts experience; obama ties him to bush mccain, obama spar on economy, wars new debate territory: pakistan and iran policy pakistan's new leader denies firefight as mullen confirms it palin energizes u. iowa young ... paulson's powers of persuasion tested pentagon bill poised to clear senate hurdle rating the debate: did either win? regulator in chief? reid pushes for bailout deal before markets open reid: significant progress on bailout deal round 1 in debates goes to obama, poll says sen. kennedy ok after mild seizure suffering mild seizure senate clears hurdle for spending bill the next day, a new debate on who won the tv watch: beyond a collision of generations generational clash transcript: president bush's radio address trial key: did sen. stevens know about freebies? two bills aim for the skies without offering context, some distortions stripper sy tammet television the theron tina tv van video wahlberg watson way ways wears white williams with wow writing york youth zooey david depp dgoneisback diet dinner do edward electric finn forgetting fragrance
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin defended her comment that the proximity of Russia to her home state of Alaska gives her foreign policy experience, explaining in a CBS interview aired Thursday that ``we have trade missions back and forth.''
The world press pans Palin's 3rd interview...Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Palin_defends_Alaska_Russia_foreign_policy_remark
Will McCain now condemn the Bush administration's decision to go into Pakistan? Or was this only naive ten months ago? Was it only naive because it came from Obama? The Obama campaign should be making a much bigger deal about this.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Obama_Leads_In_Foreign_Policy_Bush_Follows
In her first of three interviews with ABC News's Charles Gibson and the only interview since being picked by Sen. John McCain as his Republican vice presidential nominee,Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard-line approach on national security and said that war with Russia may be necessary if that nation invades another country.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Palin_Foreign_Policy_War_with_Russia
Despite GOP rhetoric you will find that small-town America is not doing too well. Main Street is largely boarded up; closed schools & hospitals, and massive depopulation. Why? Because for decades we've been electing people like Gov. Palin who claim to love & respect them, but have unfailingly enacted laws to aid the small town's mortal enemies.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/WSJ_Yeah_The_GOP_loves_the_Heartland_to_DEATH
While the media focuses on the antics of McCain's chosen VP battleground states are purging their voter rolls.
In Colorado, one fifth of all voter registrations were dropped.
Florida is refusing to accept 85,000 new registrants -- overwhelmingly blacks.
Ohio & Nevada are scrubbing tens of 1000s of voters who lost their homes.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Media_Ignores_Massive_Voter_Purges_by_Republicans
While America's respectable media focus on John McCain's acceptance speech to the Republican faithful, blogs and gossip sites continue to lead the feeding frenzy surrounding the National Enquirer's allegation, reported here yesterday, that McCain's running mate Sarah Palin had an affair with her husband's business partner.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Sarah_Palin_affair_big_media_stays_quiet_as_lover_named
John McCain has been exploiting his prisoner of war experience every chance he gets. He has used this story to justify everything from not knowing how many homes he has to his healthcare plan to his marital infidelities to his taste in music. The McCain campaign is even using his POW story in paid ads. But now a veteran who was a prisoner with McCain in Vietnam is explaining loud and clear that being a POW does not qualify McCain to lead our country. We are sure this video will draw an onslaught of right-wing attacks, but we bring it to you because it is our job to continue to convey the truth together and give these issues national attention. As Dr. Butler has said, McCain does not have the temperament to have his finger near the red button. Get this video to everyone you know-friends, family members, coworkers, and especially those who don't share your political views. The video is designed to reach them. Get it on your social networking sites like Digg. And get it to every blog, newspaper, and TV station that has ever overplayed McCain's POW story. It is time to fight back with truth! The mainstream press has already begun to call out McCain for overusing his POW story. And it's cut across all political persuasions. "Whether he's deflecting criticism over his health-care plan or mocking a tribute to the Woodstock music festival, Senator John McCain has a trump card: the Hanoi Hilton. - Edwin Chen, Bloomberg "Noun, Verb, POW" - Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic Monthly "The McCain campaign's constant invocation of the candidate's POW past is weird bordering on irrational..." - Ana Marie Cox, TIME "I think they are going to it way too many times." - Howard Fineman, Newsweek Remember how Joe Biden got the press to refer to Rudy Giuliani as "A noun, a verb, and 9/11"? Well, let's actually take Andrew Sullivan's lead here and get the media to boil McCain down to a similar phrase: "A noun, a verb, and POW." Considering how often the McCain campaign invokes his POW story, isn't that what they're already doing?
Andrew M. Odlyzko, a professor at the University of Minnesota who tracks the growth of the global Internet, added, “We discovered the Internet, but we couldn’t keep it a secret.” While the United States carried 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic a decade ago, he estimates that portion has fallen to about 25 percent.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/tech_news/The_era_of_the_American_Internet_is_ending
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin wants creationism taught in science In a 2006 gubernatorial debate, the soon-to-be governor of Alaska trotted out the usual creationist education canard: "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of education. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools."Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/McCain_s_VP_Wants_Creationism_Taught_in_School
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Polish counterpart signed a deal Wednesday to build a U.S. missile defense base in Poland, an agreement that prompted an infuriated Russia to warn of a possible attack against the former Soviet satellite. The deal to install 10 U.S. interceptor missiles just 115 miles from Russia's westernmost frontier alFull Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/TAKE_THAT_RUSSIA_Rice_signs_missile_defense_deal_with_Poland
He lied,AGAIN.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/political_opinion/Spokesman_Admits_McCain_Broke_Forum_Rules
The Graves Are Not Yet Full by Philip Emeagwali emeagwali.com Excerpted from speeches delivered by Philip Emeagwali on April 2 & 4, 2008 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia at the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Emeagwali was inducted into Morehouse College's first-ever Hall of Fame honoring exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions in the spirit of the late Dr. King's philosophies. He was also inducted into the Gallery of Prominent Refugees of the United Nations. Walk with me down memory lane. The time: 1968. In 30 months, one million dead. The setting: a dusty camp in Biafra where survivors waited and hoped for peace. The survivors: Refugees fleeing from the "Dance of Death." My mentor: One of the refugee camp directors, whom I called "Teacher" out of respect. "Martin Luther King has been killed," Teacher said, with a pained voice and vacant eyes. I looked towards Teacher, wondering: "Who is Martin Luther King?" I was a 13-year-old refugee in the west African nation of Nigeria, a land then called Biafra. Martin Luther King. What did that name mean? Eight out of ten Biafrans were refugees exiled from their own country. Two years earlier, Christian army officers had staged a bloody coup killing Muslim leaders. The Muslims felt the coup was a tribal mutiny of Christian Igbos against their beloved leaders. The aggrieved Muslims went on a killing rampage, chanting: "Igbo, Igbo, Igbo, you are no longer part of Nigeria!" In the days that followed, 50,000 Igbos were killed in street uprisings. Killing was not new to us in Biafra. I was 13, but I knew much of killing. Widows and orphans were most of the refugees in our camp. They had survived the Igbo "Dance of Death" -- a euphemism for the mass executions. One thousand men at gunpoint forced to dance a public dance. Seven hundred were then shot and buried en masse in shallow graves. When told to hurry up and return to his regular duty, one of the murderers said: "The graves are not yet full." A few days later, with only the clothes on our backs, we fled from this "Dance of Death." That was six months before Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. Teacher and I were eventually conscripted into the Biafran army and sent to the front, two years after our escape. After the war, Teacher -- who had taught me the name of Martin Luther King -- was among the one million who had died. I -- a child soldier -- was one of the 15 million who survived. Africa is committing suicide: a two-decade war in Sudan, genocidal killings in Rwanda, scorched-earth conflicts in Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, and Liberia. The wars in modern Africa are the largest global-scale loss of life since the establishment of the Atlantic Slave trade, which uprooted and scattered Africa's sons and daughters across the United States, Jamaica, and Brazil. Africa's wars are steering the continent toward a sea of self-destruction so deep that even the greatest horror writers are unable to fathom its depths. So, given our circumstances, Martin Luther King was a name unknown, a dead man among millions, with a message that never reached the shores of Biafra. Neither did his message reach the ears of "The Black Scorpion," Benjamin Adekunle, a tough Nigerian army commander, whose credo of ethnic cleansing knew nothing of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s movement: "We shoot at everything that moves, and when our forces move into Igbo territory, we even shoot things that do not move." As we heed Martin Luther King Jr.'s call, and march together across the world stage, let us never forget that we who have witnessed and survived the injustice of such nonsensical wars are the torchbearers of his legacy of peace for our world, our nation, and our children. Excerpted from a speech delivered by Philip Emeagwali at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, at the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The entire transcript and video is posted at emeagwali.com. Philip Emeagwali has been called "a father of the Internet" by CNN and TIME, and extolled as "one of the great minds of the Information Age" by former US president Bill Clinton.
We Are All Georgians By JOHN MCCAIN August 12, 2008 For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call. After clashes in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia invaded its neighbor, launching attacks that threaten its very existence. Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places. As Russian tanks and troops moved through the Roki Tunnel and across the internationally recognized border into Georgia, the Russian government stated that it was acting only to protect Ossetians. Yet regime change in Georgia appears to be the true Russian objective. Two years ago, I traveled to South Ossetia. As soon as we arrived at its self-proclaimed capital -- now occupied by Russian troops -- I saw an enormous billboard that read, "Vladimir Putin, Our President." This was on sovereign Georgian territory. Russian claims of humanitarian motives were further belied by a bombing campaign that encompassed the whole of Georgia, destroying military bases, apartment buildings and other infrastructure, and leaving innocent civilians wounded and killed. As the Russian Black Sea Fleet began concentrating off of the Georgian coast and Russian troops advanced on one city after another, there could be no doubt about the nature of their aggression. Despite a French-brokered cease-fire -- which worryingly does not refer to Georgia's territorial integrity -- Russian attacks have continued. There are credible reports of civilian killings and even ethnic cleansing as Russian troops move deeper into Georgian territory. Moscow's foreign minister revealed at least part of his government's aim when he stated that "Mr. Saakashvili" -- the democratically elected president of Georgia -- "can no longer be our partner. It would be better if he went." Russia thereby demonstrated why its neighbors so ardently seek NATO membership. In the wake of this crisis, there are the stirrings of a new trans-Atlantic consensus about the way we should approach Russia and its neighbors. The leaders of Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Latvia flew to Tbilisi to demonstrate their support for Georgia, and to condemn Russian aggression. The French president traveled to Moscow in an attempt to end the fighting. The British foreign minister hinted of a G-8 without Russia, and the British opposition leader explicitly called for Russia to be suspended from the grouping. The world has learned at great cost the price of allowing aggression against free nations to go unchecked. A cease-fire that holds is a vital first step, but only one. With our allies, we now must stand in united purpose to persuade the Russian government to end violence permanently and withdraw its troops from Georgia. International monitors must gain immediate access to war-torn areas in order to avert an even greater humanitarian disaster, and we should ensure that emergency aid lifted by air and sea is delivered. We should work toward the establishment of an independent, international peacekeeping force in the separatist regions, and stand ready to help our Georgian partners put their country back together. This will entail reviewing anew our relations with both Georgia and Russia. As the NATO secretary general has said, Georgia remains in line for alliance membership, and I hope NATO will move ahead with a membership track for both Georgia and Ukraine. At the same time, we must make clear to Russia's leaders that the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world require their respect for the values, stability and peace of that world. The U.S. has cancelled a planned joint military exercise with Russia, an important step in this direction. The Georgian people have suffered before, and they suffer today. We must help them through this tragedy, and they should know that the thoughts, prayers and support of the American people are with them. This small democracy, far away from our shores, is an inspiration to all those who cherish our deepest As I told President Saakashvili on the day the cease-fire was declared, today we are all Georgians. We mustn't forget it. Mr. McCain is the Republican nominee for president.
Last week, Congressman Dennis Kucinich delivered a petition bearing more than 100,000 names to the Speaker of the House urging that impeachment proceedings begin into the conduct of President Bush.
-Sign the petition at http://kucinich.us/
-check out http://bloggingforkucinich.blogspot.com/Full Digg post: http://digg.com/politics/We_did_it_6
This is a great documentary by a Iraqi, about what life is really like in Baghdad 5 years later. Then we ask why they hate us and wish to bomb us?Full Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/Baghdad_5_years_Later_Seriously_WTF_have_we_done_to_Iraq
SDEROT, Israel (AFP) - US presidential hopeful Barack H. Obama said on Wednesday that a nuclear Iran would pose a "grave threat" and that the world must prevent it from obtaining the atomic bomb.
"I will take no options off the table in dealing with this potential Iranian threat," Obama said.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/Obama_Iran_a_grave_threat_and_no_options_off_the_table
By Donna Smith and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In what likely is the last big showdown between President George W. Bush and congressional Democrats over the popular Medicare health care program, the U.S. Congress on Tuesday voted to...Full Digg post: http://digg.com/politics/Congress_overrides_Bush_s_Medicare_veto_2
SelectPlusAP Top StoriesAP Top StoriesThe Associated PressHere's the latest news for Sunday, July 13th: Hurricane Bertha nearing Bermuda; Progress cited in battle against Calif. wildfires; Tony Snow remembered; Pope lands in Australia.[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]This is A-P NewsMinute.HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS ARE PREDICTED FOR BERMUDA SUNDAY AS HURRICANE BERTHA CONTINUES TO CHURN ACROSS THE ATLANTIC.METEOROLOGISTS SAY AT LAST REPORT THE HURRICANE HAD SUSTAINED WINDS OF ABOUT 75 MILES PER HOUR -- WITH SOME HIGHER GUSTING.----------------------------------------- LESS WIND AND MORE HUMIDITY IS HELPING FIREFIGHTERS IN THEIR BATTLE AGAINST WILDFIRES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.IN BUTTE COUNTY -- NORTH OF SACRAMENTO -- OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE IS NOW FORTY PERCENT CONTAINED -- WITH MANY EVACUEES RETURNING TO THEIR HOMES. ---------------------------FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE REMEMBERING FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY TONY SNOW -- WHO HAS DIED AFTER A BOUT WITH CANCER.PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS HE AND THE FIRST LADY ARE DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF THE 53 YEAR-OLD --- CALLING SNOW 'A DEAR FRIEND.' --------------------------------------------------POPE BENEDICT THE SIXTEENTH -- SEEN HERE SATURDAY -- HAS LANDED IN AUSTRALIA WHERE HE WILL ATTEND THE WORLD YOUTH DAY FESTIVAL.THE POPE ARRIVED IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF DARWIN AFTER A FLIGHT FROM THE VATICAN THAT LASTED MORE THAN 20 HOURS.___ ___, The Associated Press with AP NewsMinute.
By proceeding with his one-candidate election on Friday, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has thumbed his nose at the international community. So what is the international community going to do to ensure compliance with democratic norms by the leader of a landlocked country whose economy is in free fall...Full Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/The_Art_of_Ousting_Mugabe
Karl Rove was impressed with Barack Obama when he first met him. But now he sees him as a "coolly arrogant" elitist. This was Rove's take on Obama to Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club Monday, according to Christianne Klein of ABC News: "Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by." Actually, that sounds more like W. The cheap populism is really rich coming from Karl Rove. When was the last time he kicked back with a corncob pipe to watch professional wrestling? Rove is trying to spin his myths, as he used to do with such devastating effect, but it won't work this time. The absurd spectacle of rich white conservatives trying to paint Obama as a watercress sandwich with the crust cut off seems ugly and fake. Obama can be aloof and dismissive at times, and he's certainly self-regarding, carrying the aura of the Ivy faculty club. But isn't that better than the aura of the country clubs that tried to keep out blacks? It's ironic, and maybe inevitable, that the first African-American nominee comes across as a prince of privilege. He is, as Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic wrote, not the seed but the flower of the civil rights movement. Unlike W., Obama doesn't have a chip on his shoulder and he doesn't make a lot of snarky remarks. He tries to stay on a positive keel and see things from the other person's point of view. He's not Richie Rich, saved time and again by Daddy's influence and Daddy's friends, the one who got waved into Yale and Harvard and cushy business deals, who drank too much and snickered at the intellectuals and gave them snide nicknames. Obama is the outsider who never really knew his dad and who grew up in modest circumstances, the kid who had to work hard to charm whites and build a life with blacks and step up to the smarty-pants set. He might be smoking, but it would be at a cafe, hunched over a New York Times, an Atlantic magazine, his MacBook and some organic fruit-flavored tea, listening to Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" on his iPod. Conservatives love playing this little game, acting as if the "elite" Democratic candidates are not in touch with people like themselves, even though the guys doing the attacking — like Rove, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Hannity — are wealthy and cosseted. Haven't we had enough of this hypocritical comedy of people in the elite disowning their social status for political purposes? The Bushes had to move all the way to Texas from Greenwich to make their blue blood appear more red. Everyone who ever became president was in the elite one way or another, including Andrew Jackson. Rove and Co. are nervous because they see that Obama, in rejecting public financing, is not going to be a chump, like some past Democratic candidates. For some of Obama's critics, it's a breathtaking bit of fungible principles, as though Gandhi suddenly donned a Dolce & Gabbana, or Dolce & Mahatma, loincloth. But even as the Republicans limn him as John Kerry, as someone who is too haughty and too "foreign," Obama is determined not to repeat what Kerry thinks was a big mistake: not having enough money to compete against the Republicans in 2004. Charlie Black crassly argued in Fortune that a terrorist attack would "be a big advantage" for John McCain. And what's scary is, Black is the smartest adviser McCain's got. It's hard to believe that if Americans get attacked after all these years of getting strip-searched at the airport, they're going to be filled with confidence at the performance of the Republicans on national security. And at least Obama wants to catch Osama and doesn't think he's getting his directions on war from "a higher Father." Rove's mythmaking about Obama won't fly. If he means that Obama has brains, what's wrong with that? If he means that Obama is successful, what's wrong with that? If he means that Obama has education and intellectual sophistication, what's wrong with that? Many of Obama's traits are the traits that people in the population aspire to. It looks as if Rove is on the verge of realizing his dream of creating a permanent position for the Republicans. Unfortunately for him, it's in the minority http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/opinion/25dowd.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
SelectPlusPope Welcomes President at VaticanPope Welcomes President at VaticanThe Associated PressPresident Bush continues his week-long visit to Europe with a stop at the Vatican where Pope Benedict XVI to show off his gardens to the President. (June 13)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] [Notes:Bush arrives at Vatican]In what's being called a farewell European tour, President Bush is spending a week overseas. [Notes:Bush with Berlusconi] While on a visit to Italy, he met with Italian leaders [Notes:Bush at Vatican]before paying a visit to Pope Benedict.It's the third time the two have met - [Notes:file June 2007] the first was a year ago at the Vatican... [Notes:file April White House visit]then there was the Pope's April visit to the U.S. [Notes:vatican cutaway] A priest at the Vatican says that has some people in Rome wondering...SOT: Father John Wauck, Holy Cross University: "President Bush's show of affection for Benedict has provoked, both in the US and in Rome, some rumors about the possibility of him becoming a Catholic, perhaps like Tony Blair after his term finishes." [Notes:various of Pope and Bush in garden]The meeting took place in the gardens near St. John's Tower, instead of the Pope's private library. Officials say that's meant to show the Pope's appreciation for the lavish welcome he received in the US. [Notes:COVER WITH Garden shots] SOT: "in the same way that George Bush essentially threw a birthday party for the Pope in the garden of the White House, the Pope is saying today, 'now I'll show you my garden.'"The garden is a spot where only special guests are allowed...illustrating the close bond the two leaders have.SOT: "Bush has a special relationship with this Pope. He said in a public interview once that when he looks into the eyes of benedict XVI he sees God."A boys choir wrapped up the visit. Bush heads next to France where he will give a speech in Paris to highlight a rebound in trans-Atlantic relations before meeting with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy. ___ ___, The Associated Press
May we never forget the thousands of Allied troops that landed on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/educational/6th_June1944_D_Day_marks_start_of_Europe_invasion
Illustration showing deck plans and cross sections of British slave ship Brookes.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/people/How_To_Fit_282_Slaves_Inside_A_Ship
In a conference call with reporters, Clinton Senior Adviser Harold Ickes clarified their position on Michigan -- they don't want the 55 "uncommitted" delegates to go to Obama.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Clinton_Camp_Obama_Deserves_NO_Delegates_from_Michigan
Today in HistoryToday in History for Wednesday, May 21stToday in History for Wednesday, May 21stThe Associated PressHighlights of this day in history: Aviator Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris, completing the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic; The American Red Cross founded; Susan Lucci wins a Daytime Emmy; 'Gypsy' opens on Broadway. (May 21)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] May 21st, 1927:(AP Photos)(SOT of Announcer)Aviator Charles Lindbergh completes the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.He lands near Paris in the Spirit of Saint Louis, some 33 hours after taking off from New York's Long Island.1924: (AP Photos)In Chicago, two wealthy university students --- Nathan Leopold, Junior and Richard Loeb --- kidnap and murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks, in what they call a "thrill" killing.Leopold and Loeb --- who plead guilty to the crime --- get life in prison instead of the death penalty, after lawyer Clarence Darrow defends them at their trial.1881: (AP Photos)Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross --- serving as the first president of the U.S. branch of the worldwide humanitarian agency.1999: (AP Photos)(SOT of Lucci)After 18 failed tries in a row, Susan Lucci --- star of the ABC soap opera "All My Children" --- finally wins a Daytime Emmy for Best Actress.And, 1959: (AP Photos)(NAT of "Everything's Coming Up Roses")In New York, the musical "Gypsy" --- starring Ethel Merman --- opens on Broadway.Today in History, May 21st --- ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE:-------------------------Sandy KozelVIDEO PRODUCER:------------------------------Ray BassettVIDEO SOURCE:--------------------------VariousVIDEO APPROVAL:------------------------------Nick MooreVIDEO RESTRICTIONS:----------------------------------NoneSCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:------------------------------------
It has now been more than three months since Karl Rove first appeared on television as a Fox News political analyst on Feb 5. In no fewer than 57 appearances. They have yet to acknowledge the fact that he is an adviser to John McCain. Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Why_Won_t_Fox_Reveal_Analyst_Karl_Rove_as_McCain_Adviser
A variety of middle-class people are making a conscious but careful choice to use marijuana to enhance their leisure activities.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/general_sciences/Middle_class_relaxing_with_marijuana_2
The future of our seas has never been more precarious. Ninety years of industrial-scale overfishing has brought us to the brink of an ecological catastrophe and deprived millions of their livelihoods.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/environment/How_the_world_s_oceans_are_running_out_of_fish
The death toll from the cyclone that ravaged the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar may exceed 100,000, the senior U.S. diplomat in the military-ruled country said Wednesday.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/BREAKING_Myanmar_deaths_may_top_100_000_WHAT
Soanya Ahmad was born in Queens, New York. The eldest of three children, she was raised by parents who emigrated from Guyana. She attended The City College of New York as part of the first of Cuny Honors College students. There she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in photography. After having photographed many black and white harborscapes of cities on the east coast, she became interested in learning more about the waterfront, prompting her to pursue a second degree in Maritime Technology at Kingsborough Community College. Soanya came into contact with the 1000 Days Non-stop at Sea expedition at the beginning of her third year in college as she was photographing the piers of Manhattan. Having worked various office jobs through college, as she was graduating, she realized the well defined city grid and square cubicle was not for her. She preferred instead to follow her own expansive spirit in a less limiting environment and the sea was the perfect place to start. Three years after her first encounter with the project, she decided to become a part of it and accompany the noble and charming captain of the expedition, Reid Stowe, on his greatest and most challenging voyage yet. After spending 305 days non-stop at sea out of sight of land and breaking numerous records, she had to leave the schooner for health reasons. She is now part of the onshore support team in New York. Reid Stowe: Born into a family of longtime boat builders and inspired by his father's Air Force career, Reid has been challenging the seas with lengthy voyages since age 19, when he first sailed from Hawaii to New Zealand in 1971. It was during this time that he met and was influenced by France's Bernard Moitessier1, the first man to sail nonstop around the world. [Ed. 1. Robert Knox-Johnston is the record holder for the first nonstop single handed circumnavigation. Moitessier who also did a circumnavigation in the same race did not return to England but continued around again. Thanks, Richard.] A feature written about the Explorers Club of New York by Conde Nast Traveler describes Reid as being the "genuine article, with an old-fashioned spirit of adventure" and "a man with that rare combination of unbridled passion and impetuosity." Nicholas Sullivan, president of the Explorer's Club, adds that "By virtue of his Voyage of 1000 Days, Reid will be one of the greatest explorers ever." Returning from New Zealand, Reid built a 1400-pound catamaran and ventured for three years across the Atlantic Ocean and back, then up the Amazon River-all without benefit of radio, electronics, or motor. In 1976, brimming with knowledge and confidence, Reid began preparing for a challenging six-month voyage to the Antarctic. With the help of family and friends, he designed and built, in a year and a half, what he terms "the ultimate long distance, heavy weather sailboat," a 70-foot and 60-ton gaff-rigged schooner that he named Anne, in honor of his mother. For six months in 1986, Reid and a crew sailed her to Antarctica, "where few boats venture due to the extremely dangerous conditions." Finally on April 21, 2007 Reid and Soanya embarked on the voyage titled 1000 Days Non-Stop at Sea, A Mars Ocean Odyssey. Their goal was to live on the sea instead of the land. They would not pull into any port or receive resupplies. After almost a year at sea out of sight of land, Soanya, Reid's only crew member had to leave the voyage and return to land, but Reid continued on alone intent on completing the next almost seven hundred days non-stop at sea to fulfill the goal of 1000 Days.
Last night on "Countdown," Keith Olbermann ripped apart President Bush's speech on the economy, fact-checking each claim and dismantling Bush's case point-by-point.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/politics/Gotcha_Olbermann_Rips_Apart_Bush_Economy_Speech_with_video
Following in the wake of February's news that customs agents were seizing electronics and making copies of all the files on cell phones and laptop hard drives, a federal appeals court has ruled on the legality of such searches. Full Digg post: http://digg.com/tech_news/Feds_We_will_search_through_your_laptop_files_at_the_border
Isn't it time something was done about this? This is what the Canadian government means by 'humane' slaughter. Incredible story and pictures from a witness of seal hunting... really cruel and really really sad...Full Digg post: http://digg.com/environment/Shocking_pictures_is_this_the_humane_seal_hunting
You can’t keep lying to the troops and the public without eventually believing your own words.This, in turn, makes it impossible to analyze and correct mistakes. It ensures failure, and failure kills morale.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/The_Lies_We_Tell_Ourselves
Arrested for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. Go out to celebrate the birth of the most hardcore, anti-authoritarian of the Founding Fathers, and get hauled off in handcuffs. Full Digg post: http://digg.com/politics/So_much_for_the_land_of_the_free
Town Hall: asked how he plans to balance the budget, McCain praised Reaganomics...going on to say how he'll cut the deficit, apparenlty using that same magical fairy dust that Ronny had.
Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/McCain_I_ll_Cut_Deficits_Like_Reagan_Who_Tripled_Deficit
"Oil-rich Western Canada would be a choice morsel to court or conquer." Interesting read about peak oil and the potential effects on our future. Full Digg post: http://digg.com/general_sciences/Western_Canada_to_be_Invaded_for_it_s_Oil
After shootings on college campuses in Illinois and Virginia, 12 states are considering measures to let students carry guns. Stephen Feltoon is part of a movement that says college students should have the same gun rights as others.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/politics/22_000_Students_Are_trying_to_Make_Guns_Legal_on_Campus
If the American people had been asked more than five years ago whether Bush's obsessions with the removal of Saddam Hussein were worth 4,000 American lives, almost 30,000 wounded Americans and several trillion dollars -- the answer would have been an unequivocal "no."Full Digg post: http://digg.com/political_opinion/How_to_End_the_War_2
To save money, NASA will switch off Mars Rover Spirit for the Winter. What a disgusting fate for so intrepid an explorer!! What if it won't wake back up?? Please DIGG this - maybe we can pressure them to restore the $4 Million to JPL. After lasting 1490 days into a '90 day mission' - to be turned off due to lack of money? Hang Tough Rover Team!!Full Digg post: http://digg.com/space/Mars_Rover_to_be_TURNED_OFF_due_to_BUDGET_CUTS_at_NASA
Mixing faith and foreign policy, Bush says decision to invade Iraq will "forever" be the right decision. He also pledged to veto the "fairness doctrine," which would enjoin radio stations to give even time to opposing views.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/politics/Cheering_God_Bush_says_war_forever_the_right_decision
The Mexican Army is crossing the border along Rio Grande to assist drug smugglers.
Just turn your head and do not pay attention.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/people/Mexican_Army_Crossing_Border_Again
An interesting article from the Ladies Home Journal in 1900 reporting on what they believed to be the big changes ahead for the 100 years to follow for mankind. Some predictions proved quite accurate, such as increased life expectancy through better medicine and air travel, while others, such as giants vegetables or an insect-less earth, did not.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/general_sciences/What_may_happen_in_the_next_100_years_from_the_year_1900
" HAVANA — Nearly 50 years of rule by Fidel Castro ended in Cuba on Sunday as parliament chose his brother Raul to replace him — a transition that leaves the island's communist system unshaken."Full Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/Raul_Castro_becomes_Cuba_s_leader
President Hugo Chavez on Sunday threatened to cut off oil sales to the United States if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets. "If you end up freezing Venezuelan assets and it harms us, we're going to harm you. Do you know how? We aren't going to send oil to the US. Take note, Mr. Bush, Mr. Danger"Full Digg post: http://digg.com/world_news/Hugo_Chavez_Threatens_to_Cutoff_Oil_Sales_to_U_S
"Our Earth is filled with finite resources that we, as the Human Race, exploit for personal gain. Oil, Fish Stocks, Forests, Clean Air, and water are just a few of the resources that nobody “owns,” but everybody needs in order to survive. However, ..."Full Digg post: http://digg.com/general_sciences/Tragedy_of_the_Commons_Explained_with_Smurfs
A brilliant piece by Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and former deputy assistant to President Bush. Wehner: "'You know what charm is,' Albert Camus wrote in The Fall, 'a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.' Obama has such charm, and its appeal is not restricted to Democrats.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Why_Republicans_like_Obama_and_what_it_means