Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Some say she started the antiwar movement... except those people who have been working tireless in the antiwar movement.
Protesting is a lost art. It used to make a difference. Sheehan, a naive woman manipulated to be a voice beyond what she could intellectually handle, became the laughing stock in the antiwar movement.
Her son did not die in vain, but for things he, unlike his mother, believed in.
Credible, articulate arguments against being Iraq are being touted by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others, but, just as a born again Christian have embarrassing and questionable adherents like Benny Hinn, Democrats and other liberally-minded folks had Cindy Sheehan. Ostensibly, they agreed with her, but Sheehan's efforts became a circus side show.
She was not activist. Her agenda was emotionally driven, not driven by hard issues and philosophical resolve. She became just another Rosie O'Donnell.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
It isn't news because Bill's a Baptist, and no one really believes Hillary follows the conservative teachings of Methodist founder John Wesley, or Wesley's inspiration, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. As far as Bill's view, who knows? The jury is still out whether he is a Christian who has slipped away, struggles but holds tight, or is just a pretender. God gets to make that call. Any Christian will tell you that all have slipped and fallen short of the glory of God (goodness knows, if they don't, they are illiterate), and might not be willing to judge Bill Clinton.
It is news because someone made it news, and Hillary's free ride is ending. That said, expect dirt to be dished back and around from Barack Obama, from Republican counterparts. I expect this election to be the dirtiest in history.
We aren't concerned. There is absolutely no evidence Hillary Clinton supporters will concern themselves with marital issues as a sway in voting patterns.
The books NPR is reporting about are A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Carl Bernstein and Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.
On Wednesday, I met with some of the courageous young men and women who will soon take their place in the defense of our Nation: the graduating class of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Since its inception, the Coast Guard has patrolled and protected America's shores. And in this time of war, the Coast Guard has assumed new responsibilities to defend our Nation against terrorist infiltration and help stop new attacks. I was proud to stand with the Class of 2007 and thank them for their bold decision to wear the uniform.
The men and women of the Coast Guard are fighting alongside soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have also volunteered to protect America. We live in freedom because patriots such as these are willing to serve, and many have given their lives in defense of our Nation. On Monday, I will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their country's cause.
One of those who gave his life was Sergeant David Christoff, Jr., of Rossford, Ohio. The day after the attacks of September the 11th, David walked into a recruiting station to become a United States Marine. Asked why he made the decision to serve, David said: "I don't want my brother and sister to live in fear." David eventually deployed to Iraq, where he fought street by street in the battle of Fallujah and earned a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in action.
While on leave back home, David learned his company was headed for combat in Afghanistan. But he knew there was also a job to finish in Iraq. So he asked to be reassigned to a unit headed for Iraq, and last May he died in Anbar province where the Marines are taking the fight to al Qaeda. When his family received his belongings, his mother and his father each found a letter from David. He asked that they pray for his fellow Marines and all those still serving overseas.
On Memorial Day, our Nation honors Sergeant Christoff's final request. We pray for our men and women serving in harm's way. We pray for their safe return. And we pray for their families and loved ones, who also serve our country with their support and sacrifice.
On Memorial Day, we rededicate ourselves to freedom's cause. In Iraq and Afghanistan, millions have shown their desire to be free. We are determined to help them secure their liberty. Our troops are helping them build democracies that respect the rights of their people, uphold the rule of law, and fight extremists alongside America in the war on terror. With the valor and determination of our men and women in uniform, I am confident that we will succeed and leave a world that is safer and more peaceful for our children and grandchildren.
On Memorial Day, we also pay tribute to Americans from every generation who have given their lives for our freedom. From Valley Forge to Vietnam, from Kuwait to Kandahar, from Berlin to Baghdad, brave men and women have given up their own futures so that others might have a future of freedom. Because of their sacrifice, millions here and around the world enjoy the blessings of liberty. And wherever these patriots rest, we offer them the respect and gratitude of our Nation.
Thank you for listening.
Friday, May 25, 2007
That's from a seven-page memo to Mrs. Bill Clinton by her advisor, Mike Henry.
What a bad break! Hillary's camp is being seen now as political, and harder hitting that Rosie O'Donnell.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
A few will speak bad of Falwell. Whatever Clinton believes, she cannot. Although she is liberal, and Falwell was conservative, and that she is, for all practical purposes, an a-philosophical secular humanist and he was a Christian, she can only say good things.
We expect George W. Bush to say nice things. He essentially agreed with Falwell on politics and theology on the high points. And, he is the president.
Inconvenient to Hillary Clinton is that she has no choice. While her numbers are slipping to Barack Obama, and the race is becoming dustier, she will release a statement saying he was a good man who respected the political process and lived what he believed. She might finish it with reminding people that, after all, this is the American way of freedom.
Inconvenient to Hillary Clinton is that whatever defines today's conservative politics will be highlighted, and its good points will be in the news. She needs this refuted, but, in respect for his family, and his supporters, she will not. To do so means losing some of the middle ground voters she dearly needs, the ones Barack Obama's campaign is sweeping off their feet.
For Obama, he is helped because he is considered by a small faction as having some semblance of Christian faith. Few believe it impacts his day-to-day life in the same way it does Bush or, perhaps, Romney, but, to those who like a man of character, Obama can gain a few voters from the Hillary camp. She's seen as a political fighter, and Obama still enjoys a "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" innocence.
Obama, though, wins much more than a few votes. He wins continued momentum. Once that momentum hits critical mass, people will bandwagon "just because" the same way Bill Clinton's followers tagged on late into his campaign. The male Clinton became unstoppable. Obama has that potential.
It will not be Hillary, that's all that is certain. Very few will like Edwards either, thanks to his anti-Catholic staffers mouthing off.
Who wins among Republicans?
Maybe Mitt Romney. The trouble is that, although he is generally conservative, he is a Mormon. Whether Falwell's supporters can accept this is a unknown. From what I have read, there is no consensus yet among conservative Christians (which includes more than evangelicals, but many among Catholics and mainline denominations) who to support.
The speeches remembering Jerry Falwell, whether intended or not, will be quoted in the media. Who gets quoted will gain support, simple as that.
When the conservative Christians decide, it won't be like an Amish community which makes it collectively. It will be, as always, a vast, disconnected, swelling that overtakes unexpectedly. When John Kerry lost the only election he could have ever won, it was largely because of the difficult to poll conservative Christians.
That vague group, conservative Christians, vote because, in part, Jerry Falwell encouraged them. Just as his predecessor, Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged Christians to vote, Falwell helped reduce the fear of voting's insignificance. One vote does little. A million votes does a lot.
King's reliance on his faith to lead, to speak, and, ultimately, to give his life, is, in many ways, like Falwell's. For King, his focus was specific, and made, then, a specific impact. Falwell's focus was general, and so it is harder to pinpoint his impact.
All to say, Jerry Falwell may influence the 2008 Presidential Election more in death than he may have been able to in life.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
See this LA Times piece. Rudy's pro everything Hillary is. Her dance about war support hardly helps.
Although Rudy's not in line with general Republican view points, and is very close in many regards to the male Clinton, how does Hillary, and the Republicans, fight him? They cannot say, "Why Rudy, you are OK with abortion, and, by golly, we think that's wrong, and so you can't be president." No. His abortion views are essentially equal to the Democrats. Work your way down most social issues.
Rudy could win. Democrats who are pro-Iraq, and Republicans who believe abortion is not killing a fetus (or, merely rank abortion as less important than Iraq) are voting for Rudy G. That could be in total, a lot.
Watch a few Democrats highlight how they are like Rudy, only they are, as they will point out, Democrats. Their best hope is for Rudy to lose in the primaries.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Really. All true. Rudy's just as prochoice as Margaret Sanger. How prochoice is that? I'm exaggerating. Planned Parenthood founder Sanger was so prochoice, she was cool emphasizing the abortion of Catholics, the poor and African Americans, all as part of her view of also being pro-eugenics. Rudy's not there. He's killed off three marriages, but no African Americans.
Al Sharpton, after years of seminary study and biblical scholarship, was licensed and ordained a minister at the age of nine. Now, a minister without a church (think: Jesse Jackson) presumably for its political and legal conveniences, he gets to say he's the Reverend Sharpton. To me, he's just a doofus who wants to make the Democratic Party the religious party. He decided this week to say Mitt Romney, who happens to Mormon, isn't a real Christian. There's an interesting theological question, but not salient to any presidential campaign.
What does Hillary, a nonbeliever and a liberal, do? Worry about Giuliani bigtime if he wins the primary, and avoid Sharpton with a ten-foot pole.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
By what criteria does a governor in a strongly Democratic state choose who to endorse? Politically, there is little that distinguishes Clinton from Barack Obama.
Electability is a biggie. As I have mentioned before, however, even a landslide by Clinton might result in a trouncing in the general election. There are better analysts than myself, so it could be O'Malley is in the know. After all, he picked Howard Dean to be president in 2004.
Leadership. This is a complicated term. Lead who? Other Democrats? Personal staff? A bipartisan congress? International coalitions?
Wisdom. This is a combination of public perception, reputation, and political perspective.
Bridge-building. Like leadership, the term is amorphous. At first glance, Clinton has not shown this capacity, but neither has Obama. Clinton's been fire-branded as a liberal lightening rod, but her ability is likely stronger behind the scenes. Is it more than what Obama brings to the table?
Commitment to message. This, ultimately, lost John Kerry the presidency. He wanted to be president more than he wanted to be a leader. Say what you will, Bush is solid here, while Bill Clinton was less so. While the male Clinton never could be called a conservative, he did flex more than Bush has. This comes off as either wishy-washy flip-flopping, or, as skilled negotiating. Bill Clinton proved he could be effective here. Bush has stuck to his message from day 1, showing he never played the political lie-to-be-elected game, but, has earned a tag of inflexibility. As far as Obama and Hillary Clinton, both seem to more like Bush than Bill Clinton. They are, for now, just trying to win a primary election, and, need to look as a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
On Wednesday, I met with congressional leaders from both parties here at the White House. We discussed ways to pass a responsible emergency war spending bill that will fully fund our troops as quickly as possible. It was a positive meeting. Democratic leaders assured me they are committed to funding our troops, and I told them I'm committed to working with members of both parties to do just that.
I've appointed three senior members of my White House staff to negotiate with Congress on this vital legislation: my Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, National Security Advisor Steve Hadley, and Budget Director Rob Portman. By working together, I believe we can pass a good bill quickly and give our troops the resources and flexibility they need.
Earlier this week, I vetoed the bill Congress sent me because it set a fixed date to begin to pull out of Iraq, imposed unworkable conditions on our military commanders, and included billions of dollars in spending unrelated to the war. And on Wednesday, the House voted to sustain my veto by a wide margin.
I recognize that many Democratic leaders saw this bill as an opportunity to make a statement about their opposition to the war. In a democracy, we should debate our differences openly and honestly. But now it is time to give our troops the resources they are waiting for.
Our troops are now carrying out a new strategy in Iraq under the leadership of a new commander -- General David Petraeus. He's an expert in counter-insurgency warfare. The goal of the new strategy he is implementing is to help the Iraqis secure their capital, so they can make progress toward reconciliation and build a free nation that respects the rights of its people, upholds the rule of law, and fights extremists alongside the United States in the war on terror. This strategy is still in its early stages, and Congress needs to give General Petraeus' plan a chance to work.
I know that Republicans and Democrats will not agree on every issue in this war. But the consequences of failure in Iraq are clear. If we were to leave Iraq before the government can defend itself, there would be a security vacuum in the country. Extremists from all factions could compete to fill that vacuum, causing sectarian killing to multiply on a horrific scale.
If radicals and terrorists emerge from this battle with control of Iraq, they would have control of a nation with massive oil reserves, which they could use to fund their dangerous ambitions and spread their influence. The al Qaeda terrorists who behead captives or order suicide bombings would not be satisfied to see America defeated and gone from Iraq. They would be emboldened by their victory, protected by their new sanctuary, eager to impose their hateful vision on surrounding countries, and eager to harm Americans.
No responsible leader in Washington has an interest in letting that happen. I call on Congress to work with my Administration and quickly craft a responsible war spending bill. We must provide our men and women in uniform with the resources and support they deserve. I'm confident that leaders of goodwill can deliver this important result.
Thank you for listening.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Your MySpace.com profile may not include the following items: telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, and any photographs containing nudity, or obscene, lewd, excessively violent, harassing, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable subject matter.
...using the account, username, or password of another Member at any time or disclosing your password to any third party or permitting any third party to access your account;
...selling or otherwise transferring your profile;
Was Joe Anthony including a last name? It looks that way. Was he trying to see the profile, or merely his services of keeping it up? I don't know. Did he disclose his password to a third party? Absolutely.
Do I think he was used by the Barack Obama campaign? Absolutely.
Back when he was working as an Illinois Senator (a job he still technically holds), Obama had a fresh look of inexperience. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. No, no. Mr. Obama has desperate eyes on the White House.
Super fan Joe Anthony worked for Obama for free. He did it on his time. Then Obama, Inc. decided an aggressive takeover was required in order to properly spin the page. Anthony, a volunteer, sold his site. No. Not true. It was taken from him. Stolen? Not really. The MySpace people took it from him, as per the demand on Obama Inc.
Regarding something similar they did, their spokesman points out how business as usual is the preferred method.
“When it reached a point where there was 160,000 people,” said Jen Psaki, a
spokeswoman for the campaign, “that was a point where we followed sort of what
every other candidate has done” by controlling the candidate’s MySpace profile.
Anthony was screwed over like an unwilling john in a male prison. Raped hard. He didn't try to pick up the soap. He was pushed.
Who wins? Yesterday, I was thinking it was Hillary Clinton. No, not so much. The Republicans win this round. This is just another way the Democrats have shown bad management. Hillary will benefit with the primary election, but, if Obama wins the primary, this fiasco will ultimately help the Republicans.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
The story in short: Obama joins Senate. Fan starts MySpace page. It becomes popular. Obama heavily endorses the site, and the fan accommodates Obama. Now, Obama takes over the MySpace page.
Hillary wins here because this is how she plays: hard, tough and take no prisoners. She was, though, lacking the gentlemanly charm of Barack Obama, and comes off closer to the kind of woman who sells real estate (Is she #1 of the East Side?). Here, Obama hits the little guy hard, takes him down, and wrestles him to the ground.
Obama was cool so long as he has access to change the site. That way, he appeared to be supported as a grass roots kind of guy. What few knew is that his people have been "tweaking" the site for a long time.
Dishonest? You make the call.
All this means Obama's popularity drops a few. No one cares if he snorted or smoked coke, or if all that is a rumor. So long as he is a good guy now. As a strong supporter of free speech, and of grass roots campaigns, I think Barack Obama is in the dog house.
Obama takes control of MySpace page from jilted supporter
Look at this: Veto Makes Democrats Weigh Concessions
Yesterday, I wrote: Iraq Spending Bill Dooms Soldiers. Now, the imminent has become absolute. The Democrats are doing what they should have done yesterday. Instead, they lost by proving that they are still required to negotiate.
Hoyer gets it, "We're not going to leave our troops in harm's way . . . without the resources they need," said Hoyer, D-Md."
Bush, too, needs to negotiate. If he is not interested in hearing a time line plan, what is he interested in? He, like Americans as a whole, does not want to be Iraq forever.
What does an exit look like?
Will it be when a Christian can read in public from the Great Commission passage (it commands evangelism) in the Book of Matthew without being threatened with death?
Will it be when the Sunnis and Shiites get together and hug on Dr. Phil or Oprah?
Is it finding bipartisan turnouts at elections?
Would 50% turnout be enough?
What if sectarian murders diminish for a set period of time?
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007
The politics has its place, and, so long as the Democrats play politics, soldiers will remain in that place, Iraq.
The Democrats, most notable in this case are Pelosi, Obama and Clinton, would do better to consider a bill which has a chance of getting passed. Instead, they are posturing the Republicans negatively, useful for the 2008 elections.
Who suffers? Every soldier who might have lived.
see: Democrats Prepare to Send Bush Iraq Spending Bill