Monday, August 13, 2007

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Countdown: Worst Person August 13, 2007

Laura Ingraham Talks Rove, Daily Kos

Democracy Now! on Rove Resigning and Iraq War

Iowa GOP Straw Poll Post Mortem - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:

Iowa GOP Straw Poll Post Mortem - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:

"So, the first real test of the 2008 Presidential campaign came and
went in Ames, Iowa. And what did we really learn? Is Romney the new frontrunner?
Not really. He allegedly spent a ton of money to outpace Huckabee and Brownback.
I know he's supposed to be an excellent business man, but I'm not sure he's
making good investments. No, what we really learned this past weekend is that
the GOP is depressed. The turnout in Iowa for this straw poll was pathetic, much
worse than the last competitive primary in 1999. This is good news for the
Democratic nominee, as long as they don't screw it up:"

Does a low turn out for republicans in the Iowa straw poll mean that there might also be a low turnout for Republicans in the general election. A low Republican turnout would increase the odds for the Democrats. It isn't unusual for people to stay home when they don't have someone they believe in, and the Republicans aren't happy with their choices.

American Thinker: The Shape of a Hillary-Rudy Race:

American Thinker: The Shape of a Hillary-Rudy Race:

"Current national polls show both Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani
with solid leads for their respective party's nominations. Clinton holds about a
20% lead over Barack Obama in national polls , and is rated by London
odds-makers a near 60% probability to be nominated. Obama has faded a bit as a
serious contender despite his early fund-raising success, following a series of
what appeared to many to be naïve and contradictory statements on foreign policy
issues. Giuliani's lead for the GOP nomination over still unannounced candidate
Fred Thompson has grown to about 10% in recent weeks."

This would be the New York Sentate race all over again. Which would make Hilary happy because she won that election - to be fair she won after Rudy dropped out. It would make Rudy happy because he did drop out of the race, and this would give him a second chance to beat her. What are their strengths and weaknesses?

Rudy is going to talk about the former Clinton administration and how they did so little in his belief to stop terror. He is going to claim that a vote for Hilary is a vote for a defeat in Iraq and a vote to scale back the war on terror. Hilary has a strong position in an area that would normally be a weakness. Rudy can't attack Bill Clinton for his relationships in the White House, because he has his own morally fallen past that is very well known. Hilary is going to paint him as a vote for continuation of the policy and the nature of government that we have had under Bush. Rudy has a strong style of government, and Hilary is going to use his record against him.

Rudy is weak because I think many conservatives don't believe he stands for their ideas. He has a weak stand on guns, which he is trying to strengthen. His stand on gay rights, though he is attempting to inch rightward, is still right of where many want it to be. He is openly pro-choice is a party that has had as one of its foundations a pro-life ideology. I think that many voters on the right won't see that there is a difference between Rudy and Hilary and choose to stay home. For Hilary her weakness is that she has been in the White House before, it is going to be asked if she can really bring change to the country.

Daily Kos: Swift-boating Giuliani?:

Daily Kos: Swift-boating Giuliani?:

"Uh, Newsweek editors, substantive criticism of Rudy's 9/11 performance is not
'swift-boating.' This is precisely the line that the Rudy campaign wants you to
take. Its argument has been that critics of Rudy's Masterfully Churchillian
Performance, in particular the International Association of Firefighters, are
thoroughly political and even 'partisan.' This is amusing, since IAFF's New York
locals repeatedly endorsed...Rudy Giuliani for Mayor. To describe this as
'swift-boating' -- with its implication that the criticism is political and
partisan, not to mention an unfair attack on his actual record -- tells the
story exactly the way Rudy wants you to. "

What do you think, do you think the attacks are swift boating? I don't know, they are clearly political, and they get stronger the better he does in the polls, but does that make them political. I would argue that many people made mistakes on 9/11 and it appears to be that Giuliani is the only one who is getting attacked. On the other hand, if the claims are true, isn't this something you would want to know about a man who wants to be the most powerful person in the world?

Daily Kos: Conyers on Rove:

Daily Kos: Conyers on Rove:

"'The need for Karl Rove to explain his role in the firing of the U.S. Attorneys
does not diminish when he leaves the White House. Our investigation to date has
revealed the White House’s contempt for the rule of law and its interest in the
politicization of the Department of Justice. 'While resignations at DoJ and the
White House continue to mount, questions raised by this investigation remain. We
will continue to seek answers to these questions and expect full cooperation
from Mr. Rove and other officials regardless of whether they are employed by the
White House.' "

I think that we might still see more of Rove. Can he proclaim executive privilege when he is not in the executive branch anymore?

The Daily Left

Daily Kos: Forty-Two:

Daily Kos: Forty-Two:

"McDonald's and Exxon-Mobil exist for exactly the same purpose. Yes, one of them
sells billions of hamburgers, while the other pumps billions of barrels of oil,
but grease is not the common interest they share. It's money. McDonald's
Corporation exists to make money, not McRibs. If the corporation thinks it can
make more money by making high quality burgers at a high price, it will do that.
If it can make more money by making low quality burgers at a low price, it will
do that. And if they can get away with making low quality burgers at a high
price, they will do that -- with great joy."

This isn't breaking news, of course they are after money and it is a good thing that they are. Do you think that people would drill for the oil that we need to keep our economy moving just for the fun of it? While I can hear you saying that they shouldn't be drilling for oil, that is well and good, but until a real substitute comes along we need it.

What this little essay is missing is the role in the free market of the consumer. It is true that if the consumers are stupid enough to pay richly for cheap food, that is what they are going to get. The problem of course is that the restaurant next door will try and charge a little less, so they have the choice to make. If you want quality food, shop where you know they serve quality. If you want companies to give their workers health care, shop at places that do.

I am going to add another idea to this. We are also workers. If we are at a company that is not treating us right, we have the right to find a job with a company that will. In the market of labor, if the good workers insist on being treated well for their services by choosing to only work for companies that do. More companies will have to respond with better treatment for employees to retain strong workers.

Stak Attack: New Privileges, Same Old Libya

Michelle interviews Robert Spencer

Closer so I can kiss you?

Crooks and Liars » Linda Chavez’s PAC scheme:

Crooks and Liars » Linda Chavez’s PAC scheme:

"Back in 2001, Republican activist Linda Chavez was Bush’s first choice to serve
as Secretary of Labor, looking out for the interests of working people
nationwide. She ran into a little trouble when the White House learned that
Chavez failed tell the Bush gang about housing a Guatemalan woman whom she hired illegally to clean her house, and then encouraged a neighbor not to talk about
the cleaning woman to the FBI when agents asked questions during her background
check. Oops. But never fear, this was a temporary setback for Chavez, who has
built a successful network of political action committees. The problem, as the
WaPo reported in a fascinating front-page expose today, is that Chavez’s PACs
don’t appear to do anything — except raise money."

I am sure the money is going to everyone's favorite charity, or at least her favorite charity. Yes I am talking about herself and her family. She is fighting the liberal ideology by becoming rich off donations. Don't you see, donations are a liberal scheme, and being rich is a conservative ideology.

Atlas Shrugs: Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t:

Atlas Shrugs: Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t:

"-Christianity and Islam have neither similar traditions nor modern
realities—Christian religious violence, real or imagined, does not at all
mitigate the reality of the jihad.
-A “Christian theocracy” is not exactly a credible threat to the American government.
-Most Muslims actually do not condemn jihad.
-The Koran does not invite interpretation, and Muslim leaders
refuse to discuss how to fit their beliefs into modern society.
-Political differences and unwanted international interference are not, in fact, the cause of the turmoil in Iraq and Middle Eastern antagonism toward the West."

Some claims from a new book that is bound to be controversial. Is Islam a religion of peace, and even if it isn't, can it be practiced in a peaceful manner that respects the rights of others.

$20 blowjob Bob Allen won't resign - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:

$20 blowjob Bob Allen won't resign - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:

"Embattled state Rep. Bob Allen, who has been vilified by computer bloggers and
lampooned on late-night talk shows since his arrest on a charge of soliciting
prostitution, is not a criminal or a racist and has no plans to resign, his
attorney said Wednesday. 'Based on the police officer's own report, this case
should be dismissed,' said attorney Greg Eisenmenger, adding that he would file
a motion for dismissal. 'The officer did all the soliciting.' ...Allen,
R-Merritt Island, told investigators he was just playing along when the
undercover Titusville officer suggested oral sex and $20 because he was
intimidated by the 'stocky black guy,' according to the statement. Allen, who is
white, also said that there 'was nothing but other black guys around in the
park' and that he thought he was about to be robbed. At the time, Allen was
unaware the other men also were undercover officers."

You know it would take a lot more than $20 and a stocky black before I would give someone a blow job. I don't buy his story for one second, but it is entrapment if the officer is the one that offered the deal, so it should be dropped. Should he keep his seat, that is between him and his god, or his voters.

Gabby Babble: Mandy Moore To Star In A Reality Show

Gabby Babble: Mandy Moore To Star In A Reality Show:

"'If you know me, you totally know that I'm as private as one can get. However,
in this day and age of media and how much work it takes to launch and album, a
film and whatever else ensues, the folks at Oxygen and I thought it might be a
little bit of a fun education for people to see just what really happens.'"

Nothing against Mandy, she is a beautiful womyn, and I can understand that people want to see more of her. However, really how many of these silly reality shows are they going to make. Next person they are going to make a reality show for is Jason Davis. I think reality TV is jumping the shark, then again it might never die.

Gabby Babble: Is Geri Halliwell Spicing Up Her Love Life Again?

Gabby Babble: Is Geri Halliwell Spicing Up Her Love Life Again?:

"According to the Daily Mail, it looks like Geri Halliwell may have found love
again on the French Riviera. Geri and her mystery man were spotted being very
cozy outside her rented villa near St. Tropez. "

She may be a Spice Girl, but the new spice in this womyns life is a new man according to rumors. She is a hot lady, I think anyone would be lucky to be with her.


Faded Youth Blog » Blog Archive » ANISTON GETS ALL CAMERA SHY

Faded Youth Blog » Blog Archive » ANISTON GETS ALL CAMERA SHY:

"She may be a darling of the red carpet, but when it comes to her off time,
Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Aniston wants nothing to do with the media
spotlight. The discreet 38-year-old actress was photographed playing a game of
peek-a-boo yesterday with the army of paparazzi that trail her at all times
while leaving her L.A. home with her assistant."

The game goes on, she avoids the media and the photographers try and get pictures of her. I wonder if she would miss them, secretly, if one day they choose to take pictures of Lisa Kudrow instead. Why don't people take more pictures of Lisa Kudrow, I always thought she was hotter.

Faded Youth Blog » Blog Archive » FREE ROSIE

Faded Youth Blog » Blog Archive » FREE ROSIE

Officer I saw someone taking a sea lion away in their boat, look over there. What, that's Rosie, sorry about the confusion officer. This must be pick on Rosie day...

Faded Youth Blog » Blog Archive » ELLEN: THE MUSICAL!

Faded Youth Blog » Blog Archive » ELLEN: THE MUSICAL!:

" Talk show darling Ellen DeGeneres has promised to start singing on her show in
commemoration of Merv Griffin.She issued a statement today: “I don’t sing. I’m
going to start singing in honor of Merv. I want to be as good as Merv. Merv had
an amazing life. … We will all miss him. When my show gets back on the air I
will dedicate the whole season to Merv Griffin. I plan on having fun.”"

If you love Ellen, get ready for the singing version of Ellen that she is promising to release on the world when her show begins again. I think that Ellen is bold and brave to do this. Ellen is like the anti-Rosie.

Faded Youth Blog » Blog Archive » GWEN STEFANI DOES ‘INSTYLE’

I Knew It Was Money! | Dlisted

I Knew It Was Money! Dlisted:

"That brings us to the paperwork Federline filed. Sources say there are
declarations from Kevin, both of his lawyers, Kevin's nanny and a nanny who
interviewed with Britney is October, 2006, before the couple separated. In the
papers, Federline's lawyer also included various magazine articles about
Britney. Legal experts say good luck getting that into evidence. Alli Sims,
Britney's cousin, was served over the weekend. Kevin's lawyer wants to take her
deposition. Now here's what's telling. Federline's lawyer also wants to take
Britney's depo, but a source connected with Alli says the deposition notice
Britney received is all financial -- in other words, the references are all
about money, not the kids."

I hope this isn't all about the money, that would be the saddest thing of all. Just when I was starting to think that maybe Kevin was a good guy, and that he was concerned about the fate of his kids. In his defense, just because he is asking for more money, doesn't mean it is all about the money. If he did get full custody, it would make sense that he would want more money.

Honestly though, Britney has long used to tabloids to fight her battles, that is what it sounds like it going on.

Rumer Willis Wants To Do It All | Dlisted

Rumer Willis Wants To Do It All Dlisted:

"Last week the above pictures of Rumer Willis from her new movie 'House Bunny'
hit the internet. She explains it was just a scene from a movie where the
sorority girls create a calendar and go too far. Yeah, thrilling stuff. In
addition to that 'House Bunny' crap with Anna Faris, Rumer is also working on
other movies. But movies aren't her only passion."

So this explains the crazy pictures that were floating around the internet last week. It also makes clear that it is Rumer and not one of the other kids as some other people thought.

‘Aww, Cute’ Moment of the Day |

‘Aww, Cute’ Moment of the Day

If I have to look at too many more cute pictures like this I might start to doubt the alien rumors, and think that they are a good couple.

Amy Winehouse Bolts |

Amy Winehouse Bolts :

"Amy Winehouse bolted from the hotel where she’s been staying, after her parents
arrived and demanded she seek help. The soul singer arrived at the Four Seasons
Hotel in Hampshire shortly after her drug overdose last week, but left in a limo
with her husband Blake Fielder-Civil when her family pressed her to find a rehab
clinic to check into immediately. "

Her family wants her to get help, she is looking like death warmed over, and she is still saying... "no, no, no". I blame Rosie for this... Ok I don't really, but I think of her when ever that song comes to mind. I could see Amy thinking to herself that clearly Rosie doesn't think she should go to rehab.

Courtney Love Rant of the Day |

Courtney Love Rant of the Day :

"“I hate reading magazines where the actresses are saying ‘Broccoli and fish,
broccoli and fish.’ You liars. You bulimic liars.”"

Courtney doesn't seem to believe that stars live on a diet on broccoli and fish.

Heyyyy, Look Who’s Almost Completely Sober! |

You could almost say she looks good in this picture.

Joe Francis Complains about Hugh

Joe Francis Complains about Hugh

"“It’s sad how quickly [Hef] forgets,” says Joe to Page Six, while he whiles
away his days in Washoe County Jail in Reno, Nev., unable to leave for fear of
getting picked up by Florida authorities. Hef, of course, was arrested back in
1963 on obscenity charges for publishing pictures of Jayne Mansfield."

Hey Joe in case you haven't heard, you are a bit of a whiner, and no one wants to be friends with a whiner. What do you expect Hef to do, stick his neck out for your lame ass, like your ass wouldn't be running the other way if the tables were turned.

Alli's Fury (X17 Online)

Alli's Fury (X17 Online):

"We've been promising our footage of Britney's assistant/bosom buddy Alli
Spears being served with a subpoena by Kevin Federline's camp to testify in his
custody suit against Brit - and here it is! As you'll see, Alli really blew her
stack when they dropped the papers on her, vociferously claiming that she never
touched them before confronting the process server face-to-face as he talked to
our cameraman. She tries to put on a brave face for the cameras before driving
away, but it might have been a futile gesture - by that point, the damage had
been done!"

Great video of Alli getting served with papers. I love the line, "who gets served at three o'clock in the morning?", and the guy answers, "Alli Sims just got served at three o'clock in the morning". At least I think she did, she didn't take it from him, he threw it in the car, she tried to claim that she wasn't served.

Access Hollywood | Rosie O'Donnell Throws Down With A Biker | Celebrity and Hollywood News

Access Hollywood Rosie O'Donnell Throws Down With A Biker Celebrity and Hollywood News:

"MIAMI, Florida (August 13, 2007) -- Rosie O'Donnell has had heated
confrontations with everyone from Donald Trump to Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but it
was a biker in Florida who got the former 'View' co-host riled up this weekend.
In a posting on her official blog on Saturday, Rosie described an encounter she
had while vacationing with her partner, Kelli Carpenter, in 'the very gay' city
of South Beach."

If that motorcycle isn't up on E-Bay yet, I give it a couple hours until it is. I can see it, own the motorcycle that Rosie couldn't keep her hands off - starting bid $500,000. Wonder if the biker had any idea who the fat slob touching his bike was.

Bruce Willis' Mystery Woman Revealed

A Socialite's Life: Bruce Willis' Mystery Woman Revealed

" Bruce was seen earlier this week, enjoying his vacation on board a yacht
off the coast of Sardinia with an attractive female companion. And now, her
identity has been revealed as 36-year-old Karen McDougal, Playboy's 1998
Playmate of the Year. No word yet on whether these two are involved in a
full-blown relationship, or if it's just some yacht love"

Good job Bruce, while she is older than she looks, she is a hot womyn. Not to mention the fact that was a playboy model - are you always a playboy model if you are once a playboy model? We don't know much about how serious this is, I hope it works out for baldy.

A Socialite's Life

A Socialite's Life:Adrian Grenier Is Flirting With Disaster

"Adrian Grenier was spotted making a late-night visit to Paris Hilton's
beachside home last night -- and though the ex-jailbird's in the documentary
Adrian is shooting these days, the cameras weren't anywhere in sight. Not the
case with TMZ's lenses, which were outside Hilton's Malibu pad on Sunday night
as P came home solo, wishing the paps a good night before disappearing inside.
Moments later, another car pulled up to the driveway, carrying Adrian and his
own entourage. The group seemed surprised by the number of photographers
snapping their pics as they went into Hilton's abode."

While Hilton has been denying a relationship with Grenier, a late night visit by him to her house is raising questions about the nature of their relationship. Just tell the truth, we can handle it, and you aren't going to keep it a secret for long anyway.

Rosie Fights With Hog Owner

A Socialite's Life: Rosie Fights With Hog Owner
"as i buckled my belt
he ran towards r car

"chill dude -
we didn't touch it"
his eyes were wild
stretched open wide

he got madder
pupils big - snorting like a dragon
he screamed

the trump card

and we r supposed to cower
to fall 2 r knees ashamed
not good enough

not tonight
mr bald muscle man
with a pimped out hog
not tonight

i stood up in the front seat
hands above my head
smiled and yelled

Breaking news, Rosie touches some mans hog, he gets angry and calls her a F*CKING LESBIAN. She wasn't insulted by that, everyone knows that's true. In other news she is still attempting to be a poet, and she is still failing.

Computer Problems

For now it lopks like my computer is working, but it has been giving me major problems all day long. Ever since I tried to use I-Tunes last night my computer has not been working right. God-damn I-Tunes. I am going to get up what I can tonight.

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Say, didn’t Al Qaeda’s camps empty out before 9/11, too?

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Say, didn’t Al Qaeda’s camps empty out before 9/11, too?:

"Mihdhar told his cousin that the attacks were to happen in May, but were
postponed twice, first to July, then to September. Moreover, one candidate
hijacker remembers a general warning being issued in the al Qaeda camps in July
or early August, just like the warnings issued two weeks before the Cole bombing
and ten days before the eventual 9/11 attacks. During the midsummer alert, al
Qaeda members dispersed with their families, security was increased, and Bin
Ladin disappeared for about 30 days, until the alert was canceled."

It appears that there is a history of the terrorist camps being vacated before attacks on America.

Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » Positivity

Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » Positivity:

"The surge they say is working – and American support is supposed to be on the
upswing …or so they say. O’Hanlon and Pollack are trotted out to make their faux
critical comments about the positive developments and we all look towards
September (or November?) when Gen Petraeus – who can’t even keep track of arms
shipments – will deliver his glowing analysis of the surge and why such success
means we must stay in Iraq for another 9-10 years. While the inherent dishonesty
of the O’Hanlon/Pollack “report” has been dissected by Glenn Greenwald and
others here and elsewhere – and congressional visitors have noted that success
does not look so successful when they can only move short distances around the
Baghdad region via helicopter (as Congresswoman Jan Scharkowsky reported on a
press briefing call this past Friday), we’re not supposed to notice."

The country is at a deadlock on the Iraq war at this point. Those who support the war, have plenty of reasons to claim that things are going well. They have plenty of talking points that support the surge and the mission in Iraq. On the other hand those that are against the war, have plenty of their own talking points and data to suggest that things are not going well. The problem is that none of it is being looked at objectively. Both sides are clinging to their version of the truth, while discounting other versions.

I don't know what the truth on the ground in Iraq is. I trust that the generals do, and in September we will get a report.

Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » Because Conservatism Can’t Fail, You Can Only Fail Conservatism

Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » Because Conservatism Can’t Fail, You Can Only Fail Conservatism:

"“Yes, Karl Rove was a political genius—he was, after all, the successful
architect of Bush’s election in 2000 and reelection in 2004. But as the
President’s chief policy advisor, Rove was the architect of George W. Bush’s
betrayal of the conservative cause.” — Richard Viguerie

“Rove will be remembered for his political skills, which helped Republicans
stage a resurgence in the early 2000s, only to lose a grip on Washington last
year. Rove always had his hand in everything, and if I fault him for one thing,
it’s straying from conservative principles.” — Robert Bluey"

While attacks from the left are to be expected as Rove gets ready to take his leave, he is also being attacked from the right. The left has hated Rove because of his support for the war, and his political style that has gotten him involved in a number of scandals in the administration. Those on the right are attacking Rove for not being conservative enough. They are blaming him for the parties drift away from the conservative principles that it was founded on.

Fred's Team On Rove: Enjoy The Retirement

Captain's Quarters: Fred's Team On Rove: Enjoy The Retirement

"Asked about the prospect of a Rove-run campaign, former Rove spokesman and
current Thompson spokesman (ahem) Mark Corallo tells Radar, 'I really don't think Karl Rove is going to have anything to do with any campaign in 2008... I talked to him
today, and we shared some e-mails and I told him, 'Enjoy your time with your
family and take care of [your wife] Darby.''"

Regardless of the rumors that have started to spread that Rove was going to be joining the Thompson campaign, it appears he won't be. Statements from Thompson spokesperson indicate that there are no plans to bring Rove into the campaign. Rove himself has said in the past that he is pretty much a Bush person, indicating that he wouldn't back any other candidates. He has lots of time to write books, and do speaking appearances to make money.

Good luck with the rest of your life Karl.


Stephanie Miller: Right Wing World: Rove Resigns

Fighting For One America Kick Off!

Crooks and Liars » Another Giuliani flip-flop

Crooks and Liars » Another Giuliani flip-flop:

"Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to discard the moderate and
liberal positions of his past. The latest is civil unions for same-sex couples,
which the Republican presidential candidate has been backing away from in recent
months. A campaign aide told the Globe this weekend that Giuliani favors a much
more modest set of rights for gay partners than civil union laws in effect in
four states offer. […] “It’s really disappointing he’s stepped back from his
position on civil unions,” said Joe Tarver, spokesman for the Empire State Pride
Alliance, a group that advocates for gay rights in New York state that worked
with and against Giuliani on a number of issues during his eight years as mayor.
Calling the former mayor’s shifting stance “pretty un-Giuliani-like,” Tarver
said: “It’s quite obvious he’s playing to the people whose votes he needs to get
the Republican nomination.”"

Giuliani may be throwing gays under the bus as a means of advancing his campaign in what is a very conservative field, but it isn't going to work. Gays will rebel, and while you are thinking that gays don't vote republican, some do - in fact they have a group called the Log Cabin Republicans. On the other hand conservative Christians already have a number of choices in candidates who have been solidly against gay rights, from which to choose. When it comes down to voting, even if they see Giuliani as being against gay rights, they will see his position as being weak. Voters will choose someone with a strong stand on an issue versus a weak stand on an issue when two or more candidates have similar positions.

Huckabee A Threat To Fred?

Captain's Quarters: Huckabee A Threat To Fred?

"The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Mike Huckabee's surprisingly strong
performance in Iowa and wonders whether conservatives might take a second look
at the governor of Arkansas. Unlike Mitt Romney and Sam Brownback, Huckabee
didn't bring busloads of supporters to Ames, nor did he spend vast amounts of
money on the straw poll. Yet he managed to beat Brownback and steal Romney's
thunder on the basis of a live performace of 'Free Bird' and a large dose of
conservative stumping:"

I don't think Fred is going to run for office, so Huckabee isn't a threat to him, and he might not be even if he does run. The person who he is the greatest threat to is Romney. What Romney has going for him right now is that he has a strong family, supports pro-life ideas and has a religious back ground. This is something that can't be said of any of the top tier candidates. If Huckabee becomes a top tier candidate he is going to take away votes from Romney. The majority of people in this country are evangelical Christians, like Huckabee and will vote for him over Romney. Huckabee has similar strengths as Romney in terms of family background and ideology. With the exception that his stand on abortion is stronger than Romney's, Huckabee has been painting Romney as weak on the issue.

The New Terrorists

Captain's Quarters: The New Terrorists

"Molotov cocktails left on doorsteps. Bombs placed under cars at the homes of
targets. Death threats in public communiques. Are these new tactics for al-Qaeda
or Hezbollah? In fact, they're part of the new offensive by animal-rights
activists targeting the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, and only incompetence
has kept them from scoring their first kill "

While I understand their concerns, and support their ideas, terror is terror. This is not something that should be condoned or accepted by the public. The FBI and other authorities should regard this form of terror with as much seriousness as it does Islamic terror. Threats of killing and killings are not the way that changes take place in a democracy. A democracy is based on the strength of ideas, if your ideas are strong, then you don't need terror.

Mitt says he 'misspoke' about his sons and military service - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth

Mitt says he 'misspoke' about his sons and military service - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:

"'I misspoke,'' the former Massachusetts governor said today on 'Fox News
Sunday.'' 'It's not service to the country, it's service for me, and there's
just no comparison there.'' ...Romney said today that he 'didn't mean in any way
to compare service in the country with my boys in any way. Service in this
country is an extraordinary sacrifice being made by individuals and their

I honestly think it is too little too late, besides he may have misspoke but that wasn't the only time that he said that his sons were serving their country by campaigning with him. In answering a question of an audience member (unsure of location right now), about why his sons weren't in the service, he gave a similar answer.

Italy: politician calls for ethnic cleansing of gays - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth

Italy: politician calls for ethnic cleansing of gays - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:

"'I will immediately give orders to my forces so that they can carry out
an ethnic cleansing of faggots,' Gentilini told the station in an interview.
'The faggots must go to other [places] where they are welcome. Here in Treviso
there is no chance for faggots or the like.'"

From the little I understand about the government of the EU and its powers, this is a crime under their laws and they have the ability to punish this person. This is clearly not only hate speech, but an incitement to violence and genocide. Not only should he be out of office, he should be place in jail.

CNN/YouTube Republican Debate Rescheduled | Air America Radio

CNN/YouTube Republican Debate Rescheduled Air America Radio:

"The Republican Party of Florida, CNN and YouTube announced that they have
rescheduled the Republican primary debate to Wednesday, Nov. 28."

With the new schedule it looks like the YouTube debate for the republicans is going forward. I think that the republicans are making the right move on this one. Now I challenge the Democrats to appear in a debate on Fox News, if you can't face Fox News, how can you face terrorists?

Ambassador Wilson On Rove’s Resignation | Air America Radio

Ambassador Wilson On Rove’s Resignation Air America Radio:

"“Karl Rove's resignation signals the final chapter in the Bush
administration's betrayal of the identity of a covert CIA officer. When this
breach of national security occurred, the President promised the American people
that anybody in his administration responsible for the leak would be removed.
Rove, identified by the prosecutors as one of the leakers, not only was not
summarily dismissed, but has been allowed to leave on his own terms, to praise
from the President. This sordid tale of compromising national security to
cover-up and distract from the false rationale for the invasion of Iraq will
forever remain in history a black mark on the Bush presidency.”"

Without Rove by his side is Bush headed for even more trouble, and if so will he be able to handle it. Rove has been one of Bush's strongest allies, and supporters, what does this mean for the future of his administration. In fact Rove was so powerful that many felt that he was the driving force behind a number of issues, and not the president himself. With Rove out of the White House, will he be forced to testify before congress? Will this mean less pressure on Bush or more?


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