|Barack Obama vows to 'change the world'|
Barack Obama has vowed that he will "change the world" even as he urged his supporters to guard against complacency.
"There was a carnival atmosphere among the crowd of some 4,000, who almost drowned Mr Obama out as he reached his crescendo and said: "I promise you. We won't just win New Hampshire. We will win this election and, you and I together, we're going to change the country and change the world."
Saturday, November 1, 2008
|MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped was stoned to death in Somalia after being accused of adultery by Islamic militants, a human rights group said.|
Dozens of men stoned Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow to death Oct. 27 in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo, Amnesty International and Somali media reported, citing witnesses. The Islamic militia in charge of Kismayo had accused her of adultery after she reported that three men had raped her, the rights group said.
Initial local media reports said Duhulow was 23, but her father told Amnesty International she was 13. Some of the Somali journalists who first reported the killing later told Amnesty International that they had reported she was 23 based upon her physical appearance.
Calls to Somali government officials and the local administration in Kismayo rang unanswered Saturday.
"This child suffered a horrendous death at the behest of the armed opposition groups who currently control Kismayo," David Copeman, Amnesty International's Somalia campaigner, said in a statement Friday.
|"The point is, though, that -- and it’s not just charity, it’s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class -- it’s that when we actually make sure that everybody’s got a shot – when young people can all go to college, when everybody’s got decent health care, when everybody’s got a little more money at the end of the month – then guess what?|
Everybody starts spending that money, they decide maybe I can afford a new car, maybe I can afford a computer for my child. They can buy the products and services that businesses are selling and everybody is better off. All boats rise. That’s what happened in the 1990s, that’s what we need to restore. And that’s what I’m gonna do as president of the United States of America.
"John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic," Obama continued. "You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness."
It's unclear if this was a nod to the Ayn Rand book "The Virtue of Selfishness," with all that the invocation of Rand implies.
It would seem to be, given the themes of Rand's work, what happens when independent achievers are demonized.
Which would fit with this description of those who want to keep their hard-earned tax dollars as "selfish."
Atlas may not be shrugging, but Obama is.
I said it long ago that Obama is going to create a warped version of Atlas Shrugged where a minority of people are going to produce and forced to give away their work and results to prop up the parasitic majority.
| The sagging manufacturing-based economy has played a central role in almost every successful Democratic campaign, particularly in Michigan. A private economist recently labeled the state's loss of 497,000 jobs this decade as an "unprecedented, Depression level" shedding of 10.5 percent of its total workforce. |
The state is facing such tough times that one embattled GOP incumbent, Rep. Joe Knollenberg, is not suffering politically for his support of the controversial $700 billion rescue plan, in large part because voters think the auto industry needs a similar boost. That's a departure from most races in most other states, where support for the rescue plan is weighing down those who backed it.
"We've been through so many rough spots here, I don't think most people blame Joe," said Dennis G. Cowan, chairman of the Republican Party of Oakland County.
Instead, Michigan Democrats are finding success in blaming President Bush for the state's economic woes.
"I would like to think of myself as a Republican at heart," said Travis Beard, 31, co-founder of Worry Free, a landscaping company with 27 employees. But Beard's company is struggling from a heavy influx of competition, mostly, he said, from laid-off white-collar workers trying to make ends meet. Beard used to charge from $14 to $15 per square foot of lawn maintenance, but he has slashed his prices to $10 per square foot to stay competitive.
"I'm ready for change. I'm ready for the gas prices to drop," Beard said at the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce's awards dinner in Detroit's northern suburbs. He expects to vote for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president and is not sure what he will decide about Knollenberg's race.
The Dems have been in charge and raising taxes making it less of business-friendly state during this period of economic woe but they can blame the GOP while Beard is ready for Obama to lower gas prices.
You can't run against that sort of stupidity that fuels some of the people living in Michigan. Forget Detroit being a welfare city, Michigan is become a welfare state.
|Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.|
Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama's memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango's case.
Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcment official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government, but the AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in its release.
Onyango's refusal to leave the country would represent an administrative, non-criminal violation of U.S. immigration law, meaning such cases are handled outside the criminal court system. Estimates vary, but many experts believe there are more than 10 million such immigrants in the United States.
The AP could not reach Onyango immediately for comment. No one answered the telephone number listed in her name late Friday. It was unclear why her request for asylum was rejected in 2004.
|Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.|
Niekamp didn't know she just had checked on "Joe the Plumber," who was elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as Republican John McCain's example in a debate of an average American.
The senior manager would not learn about "Joe" for another week, when she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry.
The reason Niekamp said she was given for checking if there was a child-support case on Wurzelbacher does not match the reason given by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are "thrust into the public spotlight," amid suggestions they may have come into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved public assistance.
Niekamp told The Dispatch she is unfamiliar with the practice of checking on the newly famous. "I've never done that before, I don't know of anybody in my office who does that and I don't remember anyone ever doing that," she said today.
You will not question Black Jesus, his supporters will check to see if you are legal.
Friday, October 31, 2008
ABC's Jake Tapper who lists all the things Obama has promised will happen.
October 30, 2008 11:00 PM
Once you get past the soaring oratory, to experience a speech by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is to be hit with an astoundingly lengthy list of promises.
"I don't know how any reasonable person" could think he'd really be able to accomplish everything he's pledging to do, said the mother-in-law of a colleague, a Missouri woman who intends to vote for Obama.
AP's Calvin Woodward points out the bleeding obvious.
|Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.|
Obama's assertion that "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond" the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by "eliminating programs that don't work" masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are - beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
|Obama, the Democratic candidate and favourite in the 4 November US elections, is against same-sex marriage, but 62 percent of the Dutch believe he is in favour of this. No less than 78 percent wrongly believe that Obama wants to abolish the death penalty, and 90 percent failed to believe that the statement "We will kill Osama bin Laden" was made by Obama. And three-quarters think that Obama wants to reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan, while in fact he wants to send more troops there.|
Various international surveys show that the Dutch are more one-sidedly behind Obama in his election battle with Republican John McCain than other nationalities. Among the Opinion Panel participants, three-quarters are for Obama. The majority of participants term him charismatic, good in debate, clear, pleasant and trustworthy.
So just like most of his disciples over here, style over substance.
|A survey of Americans in the Holy Land released Thursday found that absentee voters supported Republican John McCain over Barack Obama by a three-to-one margin.|
The survey interviewed 817 Americans who have cast absentee ballots for next week's presidential election. It was conducted by Vote from Israel, a nonpartisan group that has encouraged Americans to vote.
An estimated 40,000 Americans living in Israel are expected to vote.
Barak said most Americans in Israel are observant Jews who tend to have conservative social views and hawkish attitudes toward the Mideast peace process. Such voters are drawn to McCain, he said.
In contrast, most Jews in the United States are not religious and tend to support Democrats.
|Even if you vote for Obama, you’re still probably a racist, according to Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, in his remarks at recent events like a panel discussion at my alma mater.|
Ogletree, Obama’s top advisor on race issues, explains that since Obama is “biracial,” his election won’t prove that racism has receded. White America won’t vote for blacks, Ogletree argues, and Obama’s election is possible only because he’s partly white.
The ABA Journal predicts that Ogletree, who has long advocated race-based reparations, will be the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division during the Obama administration.
Negro please. No one is arguing that racism has been pushed way to the back even with Obama getting elected President. But to dismiss people voting for him because he is half-white is an insult created in the mind of a fool.
Seriously how do you get scooped in your own backyard by a paper across the pond? BTW, lets give some congrats to the UK papers who have done as good of a job covering the election than the papers here, maybe even better in some respects.
|Time.com's Cox seeks sponsors -- and quickly raises $2,500|
Nieman Journalism Lab
"I am surprised that people are making donations at all," says Time.com blogger Ana Marie Cox. "Suffice to say, people have better things to do with their money than send me out on the campaign trail. But just because my supporters don't have the good sense of all the editors who have ever told me 'no' doesn't mean I won't work very hard to give them whatever it is they think they're paying for."
Posted at 2:50 PM
DCRTV pointed out this today.
|Wonkette's Kitchen - 10/30 - Former Wonkette, Ana Marie Cox, gets her remodeled kitchen featured in Washingtonian. She poses at the counter with a laptop and a bottle of champagne. Oh, we're told that Cox recently beg blogged for more donations.....|
I really need to turn this blogging thing into a business. I need a flat screen.
|It's another heavy role for Samuel L. Jackson.|
Having most recently played a dirty cop in "Lakeview Terrace," Jackson is set to star as a bad guy again in Columbia Pictures' remake of Berry Gordy's 1985 cult classic "The Last Dragon."
Jackson will play Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry, whose spiel included asking ego-driven questions like "Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?" Each time his gang of thugs answered, "Sho 'nuff!"
Davis Entertainment's John Davis and Gordy's son Kerry Gordy are producing.
Penning the screenplay as well as producing is Dallas Jackson, who heads up the urban family label DJ Classicz with Davis. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is co-producing.
The updated plot will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive.
The project, announced by Columbia presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, will take a new look at "Last Dragon" coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Motown next year.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
|A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it first acknowledged.|
Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.
The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.
Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.
Harris called the multiple records checks "questionable" and said he awaits more answers. "It's kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket," he said.
If state employees run checks on every person listed in newspaper stories as buying a business, "it must take a lot of people a lot of time to run these checks," he said. "Where do you draw the line?"
Helen Jones-Kelley who is a die-hard supporter of Obama said all these checks were innocent. My other question is where is the ACLU? If it were an Obama supporter being checked they would be all over it.
| Wal-Mart and through their website, but that hasn't limited its success: The CD not only has topped the charts in more than two dozen countries, it debuts atop the latest U.S. album chart with sales of more than 780,000 copies. |
"It's overwhelming, and quite hard to take in," the legendary group's lead singer, Brian Johnson, said Wednesday after learning his group had 2008's second-biggest album debut.
"Even an old dog like me has a few more surprises in life, I guess," he said, chuckling.
The group beat out "High School Musical" for the No. 1 spot. According to figures released Wednesday by Nielsen SoundScan, "Black Ice" sold some 784,000 copies in its first week of release; the teen-oriented movie soundtrack sold about 297,000 copies. (The year's biggest album debut so far belongs to Lil Wayne, with a million copies sold of "Tha Carter III.")
| A headline-grabbing election promise to crack down on internet nasties looks to be in trouble as Senate opposition grows.|
As part of its election-winning pitch, the Rudd Government promised families far-reaching measures to block prohibited content at the internet server level. It now faces a concerted backlash against the proposal by the internet industry.
The Greens have added their voice to Coalition concerns about the plan, with the Greens' communications spokesman calling the proposal "daft".
If the Liberals block legislation imposing server-level filtering, the Government will need the support of the Greens, Family First senator Steve Fielding and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon.
Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam told The Age yesterday that he was concerned the Government was trying to implement a policy that was technically difficult and very expensive for taxpayers.
The industry says mandatory filtering by internet service providers - as distinct from a "net nanny" that families can put on their own computers - will slow internet speeds significantly.
Senator Ludlam said server-level filtering imposed a kind of censorship that "runs counter to what the internet is all about". The Government would be better investing the filtering money in law enforcement and education.
"I think it's really quite misguided," Senator Ludlam said.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
|A bevy of governors, mayors and interest groups came to Capitol Hill Wednesday, pressing for tens of billions of dollars for new public works projects and help for cash-strapped states, among other ideas aimed at boosting the economy.|
They found sympathetic ears at a pair of House hearings — even from some Republicans — for ambitious plans to build roads and water and sewer projects, extend jobless benefits and help states cope with multibillion dollar budget shortfalls.
Democrats are eyeing a huge economic stimulus measure, either in a postelection session next month or as the first item of business next year. They are focusing more on the spending side of the federal ledger, as opposed to the tax rebate checks sent out earlier this year, with a key focus on generating new jobs.
America will tax and spend its way out of the recession. Good idea.
|WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.|
Obama's assertion that "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond" the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by "eliminating programs that don't work" masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are — beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
A sampling of what voters heard in the ad, and what he didn't tell them:
THE SPIN: "That's why my health care plan includes improving information technology, requires coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year."
THE FACTS: His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500, or any set amount. Obama hopes that by spending $50 billion over five years on electronic medical records and by improving access to proven disease management programs, among other steps, consumers will end up saving money. He uses an optimistic analysis to suggest cost reductions in national health care spending could amount to the equivalent of $2,500 for a family of four. Many economists are skeptical those savings can be achieved, but even if they are, it's not a certainty that every dollar would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums.
and it just continues along in the same snark. Good Job AP.
Alabama: Is The Election Causing Gun Sales To Spike?
Florida: Economy, presidential election shoot gun sales up
Local Business Owners Report Increase In Gun Sales.
Firearm sales surge as election nears.
Nevada: Gun Sales Shoot Through the Roof Despite Bad Economy
KTVN, NV - 3 hours ago Many people fear that if Barack Obama wins the presidential race, he may do what Bill Clinton tried to do and ban semi-automatic rifles.
South Carolina: Uncertain times trigger boom in gun sales
Ohio: Politics and the economy drive gun sales.
Local Gun Store Reports Increase In Sales Due To Election.
Tennessee: Gun shops see jump in sales ahead of presidential election.
Texas: Gun Shops Seeing More Customers.
Virginia: Gun sales up with tough economy and presidential election.
Gun Sales Are Up.
Idaho: Firearms sales in south-central Idaho rising.
Colorado: Arming Up For President Obama.
Mississippi: Election linked to gun sale increase?
North Carolina: Gun sales boom in the Wilmington area.
Where is my bailout you wretched pieces of garbage.
|Officials with the Treasury and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. are crafting a plan under which the government would guarantee the mortgages of as many as 3 million homeowners now struggling to avoid foreclosure, according to three sources familiar with the discussions. |
Under the program being discussed, the lender would agree to reduce borrowers’ monthly payments, for example by lowering the interest rate or principal of a mortgage loan, based on the homeowner’s ability to pay. These reconfigured loans could help homeowners avert foreclosure.
To attract financial institutions to the program, the government would then guarantee to repay the lender for a portion of its loss if the borrower defaulted on the reconfigured loan.
The mortgage guarantee program would vastly expand the role of the Treasury Department in helping homeowners, while at the same time ensuring some return for lenders.
It would cost between $40 billion and $50 billion, sources said.
The program is being discussed as members of Congress are voicing frustrations that the $700 billion rescue program thusfar has been aimed at helping banks, but not homeowners.
|"....Crackdown on Cartels|
President Felipe Calderon, 46, came to power in 2006 promising a crackdown on the cartels. He has sent tens of thousands of soldiers to areas where smugglers battle over routes into the U.S.
Retaliating for arrests and record drug seizures, gangs beheaded rival smugglers, assassinated police officials and executed entire families. September's grenade attack, which injured more than 100, was in Calderon's home town, the capital of Michoacan state, 210 kilometers (130 miles) west of Mexico City.
Mexican cartels are also attacking people on the U.S. side of the border, John Walters, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Oct. 17 in Mexico City.
``Some of these groups not only engage in crime and violence in Mexico, but they come across and kidnap, murder and carry out assassinations,'' Walters said in a news conference.
`A Very High Price'
The violence is jeopardizing investment in Mexico. Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said last month that deteriorating security is reducing gross domestic product annually by 1 percent in Latin America's second-largest economy. GDP in 2007 totaled 10.5 trillion pesos ($827 billion).
``We are paying a very high price for the consumption of drugs in the U.S.,'' Calderon said during a Sept. 23 visit to New York. ``It's imperative that we find new ways of improving our collaboration in sensitive, delicate areas, such as drug use, arms trafficking and money laundering.''
Condoleezza Rice is going to Mexico for talks while more senior officials are arrested for being spies.
|The respected Israeli newspaper Ha'artez reports that according to a "senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate's stance on Iran as 'utterly immature' and comprised of 'formulations empty of all content.'" |
French authorities are said to be concerned that the international community doesn't take the Iranian threat seriously enough. French intelligence has concluded that Iran has already obtained up to 40% of the enriched uranium it needs for a bomb, the newspaper reports, and will have obtained the rest next summer.
"According to the reports reaching Israel, Sarkozy told Obama at that meeting that if the new American president elected in November changed his country's policy toward Iran, that would be 'very problematic,'" Ha'aretz reports. "Until now, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have tried to maintain a united front on Iran. But according to the senior Israeli source, Sarkozy fears that Obama might 'arrogantly' ignore the other members of this front and open a direct dialogue with Iran without preconditions."
Team Obama released a statement talking about a broad convergence of views on this issue. The term convergence means the report is right because its not the same as saying you are on the same page as Sarkozy. Add in "broad convergence" and you are basically covering your ass on the report.
|The Second Bill of Rights [Mark Steyn]|
Re Sunstein, Obama and Euro-style rights, they may be here sooner than you think:
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D. Toledo) whipped the crowd up before Mr. Obama took the stage yesterday telling them that America needed a Second Bill of Rights guaranteeing all Americans a job, health care, homes, an education, and a fair playing field for business and farmers.
|A Tory MP has provoked fury by accusing Britain's black police leaders of being racist.|
David Davies said black police representatives in London had behaved worse than the apartheid regime in South Africa by urging ethnic minorities not to join the Metropolitan Police force.
In a speech to the National Black Police Association annual conference, he also slammed the organisation for not allowing white people interested in fighting racism to become full members.
His comments sparked an angry reaction from delegates. Up to a dozen walked out in protest and others slow-handclapped the MP for Monmouth, who was likened to a BNP extremist.
Mr Davies, 38, told them the Black Police Association should do more to 'build trust and mutual respect between members of all races and religions within the force.'
He added :'To me it is a shame that full membership of the BPA is open only to those of black, Asian or Middle Eastern origin.
'Tackling racism and unfair treatment of ethnic minorities is something which is taken seriously by members of every race in the police force and yet the clear implication of such a policy is that white people do not share this concern.'
He said many white officers mistrusted the BPA because they were denied membership by a policy which 'would be unacceptable and probably illegal in virtually any other organisation in this country.'
Commenting on the race row embroiling the Metropolitan Police, Mr Davies pulled no punches.
'As a result of the decision to actively discourage members of the ethnic minorities from joining the Met, the BPA has become the only publicly-funded organisation to say that the police should be for whites only. That cannot be acceptable.'
He went on: 'Not even the apartheid regime in South Africa prevented black and Asian people from joining the police force, where on earth are we going?'
Mr Davies said the BPA should follow the former Commission for Racial Equality and also be willing to represent white officers who have suffered discrimination at employment tribunals. He said black police leaders should 'not act and speak up for every ethnic group bar one.'
Later, in a question and answer session, Mr Davies was forced to fend off a barrage of criticism, telling the conference: 'You invited me to come here, if you wanted someone just to turn up and give the same old speech you should have picked somebody else.'
Dave Macfarlane, General Secretary of the London BPA, said: 'I am sick and tired of white people coming to us to insult us, he's like the BNP in the 1980's.'
Vinny Tomlinson from the Merseyside branch accused the MP of 'demonstrating ignorance and immaturity' in his lack of understanding of race issues.
While US black police leader Ron Hampton told delegates in a reference to the MP: 'You can't allow people to disrespect you. Don't for one minute think what he said carries any weight.'
'Christian Science Monitor' to Drop Daily Publication
Moody's Threatens Washington Post Co.'s Stellar Credit Rating
USA Today untouched in latest Gannett cuts
BloombergGannett spokeswoman Tara Connell says the cuts announced today don't apply to USA Today. She declines to give a total number of layoffs -- a memo says about 10% of the newspaper division -- but contends it's "significantly less" than the 3,000 estimated by Gannett Blog's Jim Hopkins.
Time Inc. to Cut Hundreds More From Staff
|Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Mike Peters of The Dayton Daily News recently joined Renee Montagne to look back at some of the memorable moments of the race between Obama and McCain.|
The satirists' themes are like a history of the campaign: the candidates' early struggles to define themselves; the emergence of Sarah Palin; and America's increasingly gloomy economy.
And both are worried that a victory for Obama could mean hard times for cartoonists.
"He's just going to be very difficult to mock," Luckovich said.
"It's going to be the end of cartooning as we know it," Peters said.
"But maybe Biden will taken up the slack," Luckovich said.
Why would this be a problem? It can't be because Obama is black and they don't want to be called racists. Luckovich and the rest had no problem mocking Condoleezza Rice. Its not like there isn't anything to mock Obama about even now.
Oh I get it now, Obama is Black Jesus, a liberal black who would be President. That is someone the cartoonists will vote for and cheer on. I gotcha now.
|More than 300 computers. Sixty-two musical instruments ranging from a piccolo to a piano. A pressure washer.|
All purchased with your tax dollars. All misplaced, mislabeled, stolen or tossed out without the proper paperwork. All unaccounted for, from just one Broward County school — Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale.
Dillard is not alone. Audits conducted since May 2007 show that 5,887 high-end items were classified as "items not accounted for" from 218 Broward schools and district departments, according to records reviewed by the Sun Sentinel.
The original purchase price of that equipment: $13,915,193.
Some of the property was stolen. Some of it could have been on school grounds, but couldn't be found for the audits. Some was transferred to other locations without the correct paperwork. Some of the equipment broke and was trashed. And some equipment was never properly documented in the first place.
"I think this is a huge, huge problem and as a taxpayer, all these computers [missing], it's kind of making me suspicious," said Ellen Colonnese, a member of the school board audit committee, at the group's last meeting. "Sorry to sound cynical. This is bad."
The property audits also have caught the School Board's attention. Some board members have questioned why schools repeatedly have been flagged by auditors.
"There's always been this belief system that it's government money ... They'll buy another," said board member Beverly Gallagher at the Oct. 7 board meeting. "We don't have that money anymore."
|Two days after next week's election, top conservatives will gather at the Virginia weekend home of one of the movement's most prominent members to begin a conversation about their role in the GOP and how best to revive a party that may be out of power at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue next year.|
The meeting will include a "who's who of conservative leaders -- economic, national security and social," said one attendee, who shared initial word of the secret session only on the basis of anonymity and with some details about the host and location redacted.
The decision to waste no time in plotting their moves in the post-Bush era reflects the widely-held view among many on the right, and elsewhere, that the GOP is heading toward major losses next week.
|Individuals aside, the broader aim of the session is to assess where the party and movement stand after what is virtually certain to be the second consecutive election in which Democrats make gains. The post-mortem will then lead way to a focus on what role conservatives play going forward both in the GOP and the political system ahead of the 2010 midterms|
Few believe that the Republican party will respond to another brutal election by following a path of moderation, but conservatives are deeply dispirited and anxious to reassert the core values they believe have not always been followed by Bush, congressional leaders and their party’s presidential nominee . Many on the right, both elites and the rank-and-file, see a rudderless party that is in dire need of new blood and old principles: small government, a robust national security and unapologetic social conservatism.
Rush Limbaugh, a powerful figure in the party whose influence has spanned years of the GOP in and out of power, gave voice to this frustration Tuesday, saying candidly that "there is no elected or political leadership in Washington or in the Republican Party that people can rally around,"
Though they’ve been unhappy for some time about the state of the party, the push by Bush, McCain and other party leaders to stem the credit crisis by bailing out Wall Street this fall represented the last straw. It will almost certainly represent one of the first major fault lines in GOP’s rebuilding process, with many in the party seizing upon the rescue as the most vivid illustration of a party gone astray.
Rebuild the grassroots and win back the base starting on a local level working your way up to the national. Get some dynamic leaders in place, forget about the MSM ever treating you the same way they do liberals and do not be cowards like you were during this election run.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
|Not content with $25 billion in government loans to retool factories for fuel-efficient cars, the auto industry is already back at the trough, this time angling for a taxpayer investment in the firm that would result from a merger of General Motors and Chrysler.|
You can just imagine the pitch from the populists of the Michigan congressional delegation: If the government is willing to invest $250 billion to bail out pinstriped bankers, then the least it could do is throw an extra $10 billion to rescue the domestic auto industry and the millions of workers and retirees who depend on it.
There's only one difference: The government will make money on its bank investment, while the GM-Chrysler deal is a lemon.
As reported by Reuters, GM and Chrysler would have the Treasury invest $3 billion directly in the newly merged automaker in exchange for preferred shares with warrants, as with the banks. The government would take over $3 billion of the company's pension obligation. To deal with the industry's short-term liquidity problem, the government would also commit to buying $4 billion in commercial paper issued by the new company.
All that for two companies whose market values today are each less than $4 billion.
|The real flaw in the government-financed merger proposal is that it spares the companies from bankruptcy reorganization, the very process they need to get their costs and structure in line with market realities.|
Only a bankruptcy court can reduce the burden of pension and health benefits to 600,000 retirees that are slated to cost the companies $90 billion over the next decade.
Only a bankruptcy court can override the state laws that make it difficult and expensive for Chrysler and GM to pare back a combined network of 10,000 dealerships, about 10 times more than Toyota has in the United States.
And only a bankruptcy court can impose on members of the United Auto Workers pay and benefit packages comparable to those paid at the nonunionized plants of foreign manufacturers that have been stealing market share from the Big Three for decades.
If the Treasury were to commit government funds without getting this kind of long-overdue restructuring, it would simply be throwing good money after bad.
Chuck: Do we carry any Rush CD's?
Morgan: You kidding me? No. I'll grab my iPod.
|Tom Spaulding writes: "So, if Obama actually wins this election and delivers on even half of his promises, I'm vacillating on whether to pull a reverse John Galt and plug IN to the system. . . . So I mean to look into every government assistance program Obama/Pelosi/Reid provides or funds. Even if I don't sign up, at least I'll have an idea where my money is going to. But if I do take an occasional sip from the public teat, consider it my own way of 'spreading the wealth' back around to me."|
I will be sucking on the public teat like an overzealous freshman sorority girl at a frat party. I deserve my money back and if I am forced to pay towards the numerous welfare programs for the parasite segment of America, I am getting my share.
| Google, Microsoft and Yahoo and a group of human rights and public interest organizations plan to introduce Wednesday a global code of conduct that they say will better protect online free speech and privacy against government intrusion.|
The principles are the starting point for a new effort, called the Global Network Initiative, which commits the companies to “avoid or minimize the impact of government restrictions on freedom of expression,” according to a final draft of documents obtained by The New York Times.
Stating that privacy is “a human right and guarantor of human dignity,” the initiative commits the companies to try to resist overly broad demands for restrictions on freedom of speech and overly broad demands that could compromise the privacy of their users.
The initiative was begun after human rights groups and Congress criticized the Internet companies for cooperating with Chinese government censorship and demands for information on dissidents. In addition to laying out the code of conduct, the initiative will provide a non-governmental forum for the companies and human rights groups to jointly resist demands for censorship. It will also establish a system of independent auditors to rate the companies’ conduct.
“This is an important first step in providing standards for free expression and privacy that obligate companies to do more to challenge government restrictions,” said Michael Posner, president of Human Rights First, who agreed to discuss the initiative after The Times obtained the documents. “It sets up an accountability mechanism that will allow each of the companies to be evaluated over time.”
|A judge has hit out at sentencing guidelines which stopped him from jailing a burglar who terrorised a heavily pregnant mother. |
Recorder Shaun Smith said the public 'must think we've all gone mad or soft' as he let Dominic Wong walk free.
Wong had admitted battering his way into Safa Moustafa's home and stealing cash while she cowered upstairs with her two-year-old daughter.
Trauma from her ordeal has left her a virtual prisoner in her own home, but Recorder Smith said he was powerless to put Wong behind bars because it was his first burglary offence.
Instead he had to hand out a community service order.
The judge said: 'This is sentencing by numbers. I want to send you to prison.
The public want to see you go to prison. But I can't send you to prison because of the guidelines I have been given.'
Last night Mrs Moustafa's husband Ahmed, 31, a highways consultant, reacted with outrage.
He said: 'We're the victims, but no one cares about us. The whole system is completely on its head.
'If a judge wants to send someone to prison but can't then what's the point of a judge in the first place?'
|A west African court has found Niger's government guilty of failing to protect a 12-year-old who was sold into slavery in a landmark decision that may offer hope to thousands of others who are enslaved in the region.|
Hadijatou Mani, who is now 24, had testified that she had been sold as a slave for around £323 against her mother's wishes and was regularly sexually abused and beaten for a decade.
The justice arm of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) also ordered the government to pay Mani the equivalent of £12,310 in compensation. "I am very happy with this decision," she told reporters yesterday outside the court in Niamey, Niger's capital. "I feel that I am a human being like everyone else."
Though the court dismissed a second part of the case, which accused the state of legitimising slavery by enforcing customary laws, the ruling is deeply embarrassing for Niger, where slave status is passed down through generations.
The government claims to have done all it can to eliminate the practice, but local and international campaign groups say that more than 43,000 people remain in servitude there. Slavery also remains a problem in Mali, Mauritania and Sudan, according to Anti-Slavery International, the British group that helped bring the case to court.
Monday, October 27, 2008
That's okay. I take great pleasure in the fact they are losing their ass and firing people almost every week to keep going. Burn baby Burn.
|Speaking at the Planned Parenthood conference in DC this afternoon, Barack Obama leveled harsh words at conservative Supreme Court justices, and he offered his own intention to appoint justices with "empathy." Obama hinted that the court's recent decision in Gonzales v. Carhart -- which upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion -- was part of "a concerted effort to steadily roll back" access to abortions. And he ridiculed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote that case's majority opinion. "Justice Kennedy knows many things," he declared, "but my understanding is that he does not know how to be a doctor." |
Obama also won a laugh at the expense of Chief Justice John Roberts, saying that judgments of Roberts' character during his confirmation hearings were largely superficial. "He loves his wife. He's good to his dog," he joked, adding that judicial philosophy should be weighted more seriously than such evaluations.
"We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that's the criteria by which I'm going to be selecting my judges."
Nothing about the law, just feelings. Add the two together and you got a scary future for America.
| Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga said Sunday no date has been set for selling up to 45 percent more of the team to Stephen Ross, but the presidential election is among the issues weighing on his decision.|
That's because a Barack Obama administration is expected to mean higher capital-gains taxes.
"He wants to double the capital gains tax, or almost double it," Huizenga said. "I'd rather give it to charity than to him."
I like Chrome given the fast rendering but between the above and this obnoxious google updater running automatically in the background and no way to erase the recent sites and bookmark section it has become unacceptable. Google attitude about this since Chrome came leaves a lot to be desired.
|Google knows best|
Without a manual check, Chrome will update itself automatically, Google said. "Google Chrome will automatically checks for updates approximately every five hours. If an update is available, it will be downloaded and applied at the next browser restart," Google said.
Google believes it's best if Chrome applies security updates not only without a description of what's changing, but also without an opportunity for users to decide whether to accept the patch.
"Users do not get a notification when they are updated...When there are security fixes, it's crucial that we update our users as quickly as possible in order to keep them safe. Thus, it's important for us to not require user intervention," the company said in a statement."There are some security fixes that we'll keep quiet because we don't want to disclose security vulnerabilities to attackers."
The automatic update policy applies to security and bug fixes. "For major version updates, when feature changes are involved, we'll explore options for providing users with more details about the changes," Google said.
Microsoft and Mozilla encourage users to download and apply updates automatically to Internet Explorer and Firefox, respectively, but users can chose not to do so.
Cut the crap.
|Americans have cut back on buying cars, furniture and clothes in a tough economy, but there's one consumer item that's still enjoying healthy sales: guns. Purchases of firearms and ammunition have risen 8 to 10 percent this year, according to state and federal data.|
Several variables drive sales, but many dealers, buyers and experts attribute the increase in part to concerns about the economy and fears that if Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois wins the presidency, he will join with fellow Democrats in Congress to enact new gun controls. Obama has said that he believes in an individual right to bear arms but that he also supports "common-sense safety measures."
"Even though [Obama] has a lot going for him, he's not very pro-gun," said Paul Pluff, a spokesman for Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson, which has reported higher sales. Gun enthusiasts are "going to go out and get [firearms] while they still can."
Gun purchases have also been climbing because of the worsening economy, which fuels fears of crime and civil disorder, industry sources and specialists said.
"Generally, we know that hard economic times always result in firearm sales," said James M. Purtilo of Silver Spring, who publishes the Tripwire Newsletter.
|Gun buyers were more likely to say they were responding to the political situation than to the economy, and all but three people said they feared that Obama would restrict gun rights. Two who indicated that they would support Obama anyway said their concerns about the economy and health care outweighed those about gun rights.|
Most buyers who emphasized the economy said they thought the worsening situation could lead to an increase in crime and jeopardize their safety. A few said they were buying guns as an investment.
"Look at the political situation and the financial situation," said Fred Russell, owner of Russell's Gun Emporium in Hagerstown, Md. "It's common sense. People are scared."
Brad, 42, and Margaret Marcus, 47, who were at a Fairfax County shooting range recently with their two children for weekly target practice, said they sped up the purchase of two semiautomatic rifles that had been banned during the Clinton administration because they feared they could become illegal again if Obama wins. The couple, who run an online retailing business from their Ashburn home, said they viewed Obama's remarks about protecting the Second Amendment as campaign trail "pandering."
If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.
To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you.
Yeah... That is one of the great things about the constitution because it lays out what the government can't do to the population. That is not a negative that is a positive.
|When Davis tried to talk to him after the game, Singletary said, "Vernon, you don't want to talk to me right now. You don't."|
Update: Davis is lucky he didn't get it worse. No wonder he got told off.
| Davis stuck his right hand under Russell’s chin and gave it a push upward, drawing a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. He came off the field acting like nothing had happened, and Singletary began to deliver a stern lecture.|
“You don’t need to be sayin’ nothin’ to me right now,” Davis barked at the coach, according to witnesses. Singletary ordered Davis to take a seat on the bench, and shortly thereafter the coach approached and stressed the importance of avoiding stupid penalties.
“I said I don’t need to hear it,” Davis snapped, cutting him off.
Singletary told Davis to go take a shower, and as the Niners were driving for their first and only touchdown of the game, the tight end was waving his helmet at what was left of the announced crowd of 67,504 and heading through the tunnel.
Upon reaching the locker room, Davis took his helmet and threw it violently against a wall, according to one eyewitness.
Meanwhile, on the 49ers’ sidelines, most of Davis’ teammates were quietly singing the praises of ‘Coach Sing.’ ”
Explained one veteran defender: “Vernon does this crap all the time, and Nolan would always let it go. He created this monster. The good news is that Coach Sing wasn’t having that.”
Sunday, October 26, 2008
|On Wednesday I talked with Peter Wallsten from the Los Angeles Times about the article on Obama and Khalidi:|
Wallston was one of the few mainstream media reporters to report on this radical Obama associate.Wallston said that the article was written after he watched video taken at the Khalidi going away party. When I asked him about the video he said that as far as he was concerned he was through with the story. I asked him if he was planning on releasing this video of Obama toasting the radical Khalidi at this Jew-bash. He told me he was not releasing the video. He also would not comment on his source for the video. Wallston also said he did not know if Khalidi's good friend Bill Ayers was at the event or not.
So, there you have it.The LA Times has video of Obama toasting a former PLO operative at a Jew-bash but will not release the video.This is outrageous.Obviously, this video would do great damage to Obama who struggles with Jewish voters due to his circle of close anti-Semitic friends. Maybe this is the reason it is not being released?
|There are no "Obama 2008" buttons, banners or T-shirts visible here at U.N. headquarters, but it might be difficult to find a sliver of territory in the United States more enthusiastic over the prospect of the Illinois senator winning the White House.|
An informal survey of more than two dozen U.N. staff members and foreign delegates showed that the overwhelming majority would prefer that Sen. Barack Obama win the presidency, saying they think that the Democrat would usher in a new agenda of multilateralism after an era marked by Republican disdain for the world body.
Obama supporters hail from Russia, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Indonesia and elsewhere. One American employee here seemed puzzled that he was being asked whether Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was even a consideration. "Obama was and is unstoppable," the official said. "Please, God, let him win," he added.
.....Conservatives who are skeptical of the United Nations said they are not surprised by the political tilt. "The fact is that most conservatives, most Republicans don't worship at the altar in New York, and I think that aggravates them more than anything else," said John R. Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. "What they want is the bending of the knee, and they'll get it from an Obama administration."
"I have not heard a single person who will support McCain; if they do, they are in hiding," said another U.N. Obama booster from an African country. "The majority of people here believe in multilateralism," he said. "The Republicans were constantly questioning the relevance of the United Nations."