Thursday, August 30, 2007
Who is... United States Republican presidential candidates, 2008 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Mike Huckabee, born August 24, 1955, in Hope, Arkansas, served as Governor of Arkansas for 10 and a half years. Huckabee has announced he will seek the Presidency in 2008. He has made several trips to important primary states, including a four-day trip to New Hampshire in August 2006. His campaign has been focused largely on Iowa for the Ames Straw Poll on August 11, 2007 He announced that he would be running in 2008 on NBC's Meet the Press Television show with Tim Russert. and has since made an appearances on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, The Today Show on NBC and many appearances on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC regarding the 2008 Presidential Election."
"The seven remaining South Korean hostages taken captive last July by the
Taliban have been released, and insurgents have vowed they will abduct more
foreigners. 'We will do the same thing with the other allies in Afghanistan,
because we found this way to be successful,' Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef
Ahmadi told The Associated Press by phone on Thursday."
Besides the clear suffering of the victims, this is going to hurt the people of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a country that needs the help of the international community very much right now. Actions like this are going to make it harder to get organizations and people to come that are willing to help. They are not going to chase the American army out by chasing out aid workers. They are attacking people who come to help them, there is no honor in that.
Media Matters - Buchanan, Scarborough claimed that a military strike against Iran would be popular, but polls suggest otherwise
"Summary: On MSNBC, Pat Buchanan claimed that a U.S. attack on Iran is
'comin[g]' and went on to assert that a military strike against Iran would be 'a
very popular initial move.' Joe Scarborough agreed, stating that 'a military
strike against Iran initially would be extraordinarily popular with the American
people.' But polling data show that most Americans say they would oppose an
attack on Iran. Summary: On MSNBC, Pat Buchanan claimed that a U.S. attack on
Iran is 'comin[g]' and went on to assert that a military strike against Iran
would be 'a very popular initial move.' Joe Scarborough agreed, stating that 'a
military strike against Iran initially would be extraordinarily popular with the
American people.' But polling data show that most Americans say they would
oppose an attack on Iran. Summary: On MSNBC, Pat Buchanan claimed that a U.S.
attack on Iran is 'comin[g]' and went on to assert that a military strike
against Iran would be 'a very popular initial move.' Joe Scarborough agreed,
stating that 'a military strike against Iran initially would be extraordinarily
popular with the American people.' But polling data show that most Americans say
they would oppose an attack on Iran. "
I don't think that Americans ever think of wars as being popular. Paris Hilton is popular, Britney Spears is popular. There is something wrong about calling a war popular, most of all a war that would be as disastrous as a war with Iran.
"John Edwards is betting that a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses will
catapult him into national contention, and so far his strategy in the state is
on track. A new TIME poll of likely Iowa caucus goers, taken a week after
Edwards' seven-day, 31-stop bus tour of the state, gives Edwards 29% of the
vote, five points ahead of Hillary Clinton and seven ahead of Barack Obama. This
latest TIME Poll of 519 likely Iowa Democratic caucus goers finds that, among
the so-called 'second-tier' candidates, Bill Richardson has 11%, with Joe Biden
at 5%, Dennis Kucinich with 2%, and Chris Dodd at 1%. (The Poll was conducted
August 22 � 25, 2007. The margin of error is approximately +/- 5 percentage
I really hope that Edwards doesn't win the nomination. I don't think that he will win the general election. Americans don't buy the concept of class warfare, it has never worked, and it is one of the key strategies of his campaign. Edwards doesn't carry himself life a president, he doesn't have a connection to Americans that allows them to trust him as president.
"In a letter today to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), Fine said his office
'has ongoing investigations' related to Gonzales's testimony on several key
issues, including the prosecutor firings and allegations of improper hiring; the
National Security Agency's Terrorist Surveillance Program; the FBI's use of
national security letters; and allegations that Gonzales sought to improperly
influence a witness who was under investigation by Congress and the Justice
Department. Gonzales's often contradictory remarks and his repeated assertions
that he could not recall key events drew fire from lawmakers of both parties and
contributed to his dwindling support on Capitol Hill."
Sounds like Gonzales might be out of his job, but he isn't out of trouble yet. There are some who have assumed that he took the step to resign knowing that an investigation being launched inside the justice department was getting close to putting him in a corner.
"A spokesman for Senator Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who is a rival
of Mrs. Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination, said Mr. Obama intended
to give away $7,000 that Mr. Hsu contributed to his committees."
Similar to the move taken by Clinton, this is the right choice for Obama to make. It is even more important that he take this step in regards to the fact that Clinton steeped back from the donation. Clinton still has to explain that little green house in San Francisco, and the money that is reported to have come from people who lived there.
MotherJones.com | MoJoBlog - Social Issues and Political Commentary: Vitter vs. Craig: Homophobic Hypocrisy from the GOP
"Wouldn't you know it, the GOP is treating Sen. Larry Craig, who solicited
sex from a man, very, very differently than it treated Sen. David Vitter, who
admitted to using a (heterosexual) prostitution service. You can check out Think
Progress for details, but here's what you need to know: a number of Republicans
have called for Craig to resign, the party leadership has stripped him of his
committee assignments, and the GOP has asked for an ethics investigation into
his actions.Wouldn't you know it, the GOP is treating Sen. Larry Craig, who
solicited sex from a man, very, very differently than it treated Sen. David
Vitter, who admitted to using a (heterosexual) prostitution service. You can
check out Think Progress for details, but here's what you need to know: a number
of Republicans have called for Craig to resign, the party leadership has
stripped him of his committee assignments, and the GOP has asked for an ethics
investigation into his actions."
Is Sen. Craig being treated differently than Sen Vitter because of the homosexual nature of his crime. Is a crime that involves womyn more acceptable to Republicans. When listening to the statements that Craig has made, his focus is more on his not being gay, than the fact he was soliciting for sex.
"MATT LAUER: By all accounts these are some tough times for the Republican
party. Last fall Democrats took control of both houses of congress, largely
because of opposition to the war in Iraq. In 2006 the Republican party was also
hit with distracting scandals involving Congressman Mark Foley's inappropriate
emails to male congressional pages and lobbyist Jack Abramoff's corruption case
that brought down several prominent Republican congressmen. This year the phone
number of Republican senator David Vitter turned up in the records of a
Washington, DC escort service, and now recent polls show voters prefer a
Democrat over a Republican by 51-27% and at least one poll found the most
popular choice among Republican presidential candidates is 'none of the above.'
The question now is can any of the damage be reversed? Former House Majority
Leader Tom DeLay served in congress for 22 years and knows personally how
scandals can impact a party. He's also the author of a new book called No
Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight. Tom DeLay, congressman, good
morning. TOM DELAY: Good morning, Matt. LAUER: So I went through a litany there,
and maybe I should start by stepping back. We've got two members out of 49
Republican senators in office right now embroiled in controversy. So do we have
a party embroiled in scandal or do we have two bad apples?"
Tom Delay claimed that this question was biased and attacked Matt for the media being biased against the conservatives. This sounds like a tough but fair question to me.
CNN's host Glenn Beck says New Orleans should not be rebuilt - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
Now, the levees were designed to protect New Orleans. They were tragically
under-engineered, and they still are. Even as we speak, the city continues to
literally sink towards the seafloor. The protection of the Mississippi Delta
continues to wash away with the delta itself. It is disappearing by 25 to 30
square miles, an area the size of Manhattan, each and every year. That means
that over two more acres will be gone by the time tonight`s show is over. So
tonight, here`s what you need to know. President Bush can propose to pledge
another $1 billion or hundred gazillion dollars into rebuilding New Orleans. It
doesn`t matter. You can`t change New Orleans` doomed geography. As hard as it
may be hard to say, or maybe for you to hear, the Big Easy is a lost cause. And
we`re throwing good money after bad.And more importantly, we`re sending people
back into a water hole death trap. That`s what New Orleans is. And it is as
foolish as those misguided people in Malibu who continue to rebuild their homes
on sliding mountains of mud. At the end of the day, Mother Nature always wins.
Now, the private sector, you know, if you want to go ahead and put New Orleans
back together and risk your life in that process, none of my business. But when
a dope like Mayor Ray Nagin wants to ship the poorest of the poor back into
harm`s way and says we need to do it with my tax dollars and your tax dollars,
it`s all my business. I`m all for compassion, but I`m out of tolerance for
stupidity. Now, it would be different if New Orleans were being built
bulletproof for a Category 5 hurricane, like the one that just rocked Mexico
just a week ago. But it`s not. New Orleans, the new levees, would be lucky to
weather another Category 3, the exact same storm that destroyed it two years ago
I actually think that there is good reason to not rebuild the whole city. There are areas of the city that were in a position of such inherent danger that there is little if anything that can be done to make them safe. New Orleans amounts to being a very big sand bar, some of which lays under sea level. It doesn't make sense to me to build on such a foundation. Offer people who lost their homes funds to help them relocate. I know that some will talk about wanting to go back to their homes, and if they want to do that they should be able to. If they want to pay for it themselves.
As expected, Petraeus sees progress -- just like Bush - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
"The U.S. troop surge in Iraq has thrown al Qaeda off balance and led to a
reduction in sectarian violence and bombings, the U.S. commander in Iraq was
quoted on Friday by an Australian newspaper as saying. 'We say we have achieved
progress, and we are obviously going to do everything we can to build on that
progress and we believe al Qaeda is off balance at the very least,' General
David Petraeus told the Australian in an interview after briefing Australia's
defense minister, Brendan Nelson, in Baghdad. Petraeus and U.S. ambassador Ryan
Crocker will testify before the U.S. Congress on either September 11 or 12."
I think that there are solid reasons to believe that there is some success that is taking place in Iraq right now. There is no doubt much more progress that will be needed down the road though. I also think that there are some who are determined to not see the progress in Iraq.
"There are numerous reports today that people working at the UN discovered
vials of phosgene gas while cleaning the offices of UNMOVIC. The workers,
members of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, were
wrapping up operations in their offices, when they came across a number of
vials, which turned out to be phosgene suspended in oil. Phosgene is a choking
agent and is properly considered a chemical weapon, not a nerve agent as the ABC
News story reported."
I am sure we will be hearing more about this in the days to come. I want to know what it was doing there and what was its purpose. It isn't something I think we should be concerned about in the way that I know some on the right will claim. Is it part of plot to over throw the US government and implement UN rule, I doubt it. This should be looked into though.
"Amy Wino and her husband are currently recovering from their
knock-down-drag-out-crack-fight last week. They are 'recovering' in St. Lucia.
Amy's father has been constantly speaking to the press as have Amy's in-laws.
Mitch Wino who said that her drug addiction makes him want to die. texted his
daughter the other day, 'I texted her first to see that she was OK. And she
texted me back saying, 'I'm right as rain, love you dad'.'"
Right as rain, what is so right about rain anyways? Hopefully both her and her husband are getting better.
"Keira 'Tits' Knightley would like to make it perfectly clear that she is not a
drunken, beaver-flashing slut like some of her loose-moralled Hollywood
counterparts. At least not in public, anyway.Keira 'Tits' Knightley would like
to make it perfectly clear that she is not a drunken, beaver-flashing slut like
some of her loose-moralled Hollywood counterparts. At least not in public,
Thats what makes her really sexy, does anyone really think that Britney is sexy, anyone other than extras in her videos. Keira says she knows that being a celeb isn't easy, but that is not an excuse for that kind of behavior. She is smart too.
This really isn't news, she is in Paris, I just liked that headline.
"Hayden Panettiere headed to Paris this week for the “Heroes” World
Tour.Homegirl and a few of her co-stars, including Milo Ventimiglia, took a
breakfrom promoting the “Heroes” DVD to stroll around the city.
"Nicole Richie spent Monday night hanging out with Lindsay Lohan’s crack gf,
Samantha Ronson. Hopefully, there were no cocaine-fueled joy-rides for this
I don't know if this is a good person for Nicole to be hanging out with. I thought she was going for this wholesome image.
"Now that is one tough mother. In her upcoming film, 'The Kingdom,'
JenniferGarner plays a U.S. government agent who heads to the Middle East and is
chargedwith the task of unraveling the details behind a bombing that took place
there.To get her into fighting shape, she had to undergo some pretty grueling
trainingand worked with a sparring partner. According to Jennifer:"
This is a flash back to the days when she was better known as an ass kicker than as a sweet mother with a cute daughter. From what I hear a womyns breasts are more sensitive when they are breast feeding, which she was doing while making this movie. She told her sparring partner that everything was game, but to stay away from her breasts.
"In the papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the pop star’s
monthlyincome was also revealed. According to Kevin’s attorney Mark Vincent
Kaplan,Britney rakes in an average of $737,868 per month."
This might not be a lot of money for a star like Britney, but it is enough that she should be able to afford to get herself gas.
"LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 30, 2007) – From the department of “you can
run,but you can’t hide,” Britney Spears’ former manager Larry Rudolph has
finallybeen served. Rudolph (pictured with Britney in November 2006) was
subpoenaedduring a visit to an LA tanning salon on Thursday, a source confirmed
He had a good run while it lasted by Homeland Security Kevin's process servers caught up with Britney's former manager and served him papers. He has said that he will always be loyal to Britney.
Britney Spears' KFC Smeared OK! Mag Photoshoot Dress for Sale on Ebay! Allie Is Wired - The Entertainment Blog:"
"OK! Magazine is selling on Ebay, the Versace couture dress, that Britney
Spearssmeared with Kentucky Fried Chicken grease, during her disastrous ‘melt
down‘photo shoot with them. The bidding has started at $1,500.00."
For the right fan, this could be the thing that they have always been wanting, a dress soiled by Britney Spears.
"A few days ago, we heard that one of our favorite character actors,
BradleyCooper, had bought tickets to Cameron Diaz’s Slutapallooza 2007. We
weredisappointed, our hearts tainted, and our brains confused: Coops and Diaz
didn’tseem to really make sense as a celebrity couple. Which is why we were more
thandelighted to find out today that Bradley Cooper is actually dating a
differentsingle n’ desperate starlet, Jennifer Aniston. This made TONS more
sense. Why?Well… because they sort of look alike."
Is this just another man in the sad line of men that have been going through Jens life. For some reason I like her more every time I see her with a new man. I still don't think that the press are going to detach her from Brad Pitt till she has a solid relationship.
"Producers said Bowie, 60, will make a perfect villain because of his
“greatother-worldly look”… But the singer’s willingness to appear in the
two-part DrWho special will come as a surprise to his fans."
What I think David Bowie looks like an Alien, is that bad. Of course I always think about Jareth the goblin king when I see him though.
"“It’s just gone from one thing to another thing. Maybe it is a sign to give ita
rest, get it right and not come back until it is right,” Beckham toldreporters
after the game which the Galaxy lost on penalties. A Galaxy spokesmansaid
Beckham had suffered a sprain to his right knee while the midfielderindicated
the injury could be more serious."
Could Victoria end up being the sole bread winner in the family. Without his soccer, can he do acting? A reality show about a soccer player trying to heal from an injury. I say that as a joke, and of course someone might read it and think - thats a great idea. Hopefully he can stay in the game, it is more than money it is what his life is about.
1. Hollywood Sign
2. Paris Hilton’s Home
3. Grauman’s Chinese Theater
4. Laurel Canyon Country Store
5. Hollywood Bowl
6. Hollywood Walk of Fame
7. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
8. Mulholland Drive
9. Capital Records Tower
10. 8763 Wonderland Avenue
For more click on the link.
"In my silver Viper, I was driving from Miami to Tampa. I got pulled over
going107 [mph] and the guy let me off. He’s like, “Hey, I know who you are, just
keepgoing, ya know. Dude, I got back on the road and two minutes later I get
pulledover going 113 [mph]. Another highway patrol from the same county said, “I
justheard on the radio that my buddy pulled you over and let you go. I’ma let
you gothis time. It’s your second warning. You get pulled over again, you’re
probablygoing to go to jail. Three minutes later, [I was] doing 123 [mph] in a
50 [mphzone]. The guy is like, “Hey, I just heard you got pulled over twice in
the last10 minutes. I got to write you a ticket."
These claims were made last month, but in respect of the recent accident to reflects that Nick Hogan just might be a dangerous driver.
"So, apparently, OK! Magazine is all in a tiff with Larry Birkhead,
canceling a$1.7 million deal for a photo spread, alleging that the father of
Anna NicoleSmith's daughter misled the magazine. OK!'s decision to pull the plug
on thisdeal that would have put the publication in the position of obtaining
exclusiverights to pix of Larry and Dannielynn has come amongst claims by the
magazinethat Birkhead and Howard K. Stern were somehow operating in cahoots with oneanother."
How much money can a person milk out of their children before it just gets absurdly gross to look at. What's that about Dina and Michael Lohan? Oh, so I guess OK Mag and Larry are having disagreements about the deal that Larry cut with OK mag for coverage and Danielynn's first birthday party. The magazine sites allegations regarding Larry and Howard K. Stern. Other sources are claiming that OK mag is just upset about the cover shot that was recently done for Us Weekly.
(CNN) -- An Iowa district court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples can marry
based on the state constitution's guarantee of equal treatment, court documents
The ruling was in response to a December 2005 lawsuit brought by six
same-sex couples seeking to wed. They were denied marriage licenses and claimed
such treatment violates equal-protection and due-process clauses in the Iowa
Another step in the process towards equal rights for homosexuals. It is a little bit of a shock that this came from Iowa, which is not known as being a bastion of liberal thought.
from Quotes of the Day
"The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one."
from Quotes of the Day
"The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory."
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"Ethics are so annoying. I avoid them on principle."
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"People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy."
BERLIN (AP) -- U.S. computer company Apple Inc. and German automaker Volkswagen AG are discussing the possibility of building an "iCar" that would feature products by the producer of the ubiquitous iPod personal music player.
Is this an honest story, could they really be talking about making an 'iCar"?
A historic decline in home values comes down to this: Even if you never signed
papers on a risky loan during the real estate frenzy, you may now be paying a
price. In recent decades, it has been uncommon for US home prices to fall
much, even during recessions. One government measure has never shown a
year-over-year decline in its three-decade history.
This is bad news for those who own homes right now, because they might lose value. It is good news for those who are looking for a house though. It is an healthy thing for the economy, the housing bubble was becoming a risky, it was either going to deflate slowly or bust.
About 1:20 p.m. Friday, security personnel at the west Oklahoma City store
approached a man they suspected of shoplifting, the release says. When they
confronted the man, he ran, leaving the boy behind in a shopping cart.
This is really sad. It is sad enough that he was stealing while he had the child with him, but then to ditch the kid to run for it. He should be charged with child endangerment.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Former astronaut Lisa Nowak can remove an electronic monitoring bracelet from her ankle while she awaits trial on charges she attacked a
romantic rival, a judge ruled Thursday.
Nowak had argued that the bracelet was expensive, bulky and uncomfortable. Judge Marc L. Lubet said that those claims did not matter, but that Nowak had behaved well enough over the past seven months to remove the device.
Watch out for a crazy astronaut wearing an adult diaper with pepper spray. Nowak has been released of her obligation to wear her ankle bracelet.
A person's entire life from birth to death could one day be recorded by a
network of intelligent sensors, according to a senior scientist.
By 2057, Martin Sadler of PC firm Hewlett Packard, said there could be at least 1m
devices for every UK resident.
With the increase of data collection, comes a glut of data that needs to be processed, stored and understood. One of the reasons that I think that this is of little concern is that in an ocean of data, the data of one person is so hard to find that there would need to be a solid reason to search for that data.
I have a very important mission for all of you. Our good friend’s at Freedom’s
Watch are running a $15 million ad buy calling on the American public to tell
members of Congress to support full funding of the war in Iraq. These ads are
extremely powerful testimonials from veterans and their family members, some of
whom lost loved ones in the war. Naturally, the mainstream media is criticizing
the conservative organization for their message and their successful fundraising
for this project, and I guess that’s to be expected. But instead of simply
reporting on the issue at hand, NBC is outright refusing to air these pro-Iraq
war ads on MSNBC or CNBC.
The station has the right to refuse to run the ads as long as it is not running ads against the war. I am not sure that is the case or not. I understand the concern that is being voiced by this group, and I think that NBC is taking the wrong step in this. While the station could argue that they are attempting to stay out of a heated political debate, that is a weak argument. MSNBC runs Count Down with Keith Olbermann, a show that has consistently been against Bush and the war. Again the station has the right to run that show, and I support Olbermann's right to have the kind of news show that he wants.
In the end this is the wrong move because Americans are going to wonder, if this is being blocked from the air, what else is being blocked?
Finance hotties Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett continue to catfight whenever
there are reporters handy. NY Post continues to diligently chronicle their
mostly manufactured rivalry. Insanely jealous female CNBC staffers continue to
hate them both equally. Jossip editors continue to rapidly lose interest.
This is just one of those stories that I love to follow. It is just so fun and dirty, who doesn't like to hear about to strong womyn fighting it out through their careers.