Posted: 20 Jul 2008 10:26 AM CDT
The buzz yesterday was about an interview that Speigel did with the Prime Minister of Iraq, al-Maliki, where they said he agreed with Barack Obama's 16 month troop withdrawal plan, with caveats of course.
Hot Air noticed that Speigel published one version then actually changed part of the interview yesterday and today we see, via CNN, that a spokesman for al-Maliki issued a statement saying that his words were "were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately."
But a spokesman for al-Maliki said his remarks "were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately."
Well at least Speigel gave the far left something to do yesterday...
Posted: 20 Jul 2008 12:32 AM CDT
Cross posted from Radarsite with a special preface for my friends at Wake Up America. Although this essay was originally written for my Radarsite readers, I feel that it's message is equally appropriate here at WUA. I hope you agree.- rg
A note from Radarsite:
Warning: The following article is unfair and unbalanced.
If you are looking for a gentlemanly debate on the morality of America, or on the moral justification of American national or foreign policy you should probably stop right here. There are a great number of sites out there that will be more than happy to accomodate you. But this isn't one of them.
Our mission here is simple, clear and unequivocal: we support our great nation. This means that whatever we do here on these pages is done to promote the cause of American victory in this great Clash of Civilizations which we call the Global War on Terror. We love our country. We do not devote all of our talents and energies seeking to undermine her credibility. We do not seek to discredit, dishonor or embarrass her. We will do everything in our power to honor and strengthen her.
Our obvious enemies, the blood-soaked Islamists, the relentless Communists, and this world's brutal petty potentates are generally clear and open in their statements of hatred; there is little that is ambiguous about their opinions of us, or their intentions toward us. Their mission, too, is simple, clear and unequivocal: they wish to destroy us or subjugate us.
But we have other, perhaps even more dangerous enemies, enemies who live amongst us; indeed they are us. They are that part of us who hates us. They are the Treacherous Patriots. You know who they are. They are our friendly next door neighbors and our good-hearted relatives, they are are children's school teacher or perhaps the young girl at the supermarket checkout counter. Above all, they will tell you, they are all patriotic Americans, loyal Americans who sincerely believe that somehow by burning our flag they will save our country. They eagerly remind us daily of our supposed misdeeds, our long, self-centered, ruthless history of oppression of the weak and powerless of this world. They love America so much that they are willing to see us defeated in order to change our misbegotten ways. They thoroughly believe in their mission, too; they thoroughly believe that they know better. You see, they have the inside scoop. They've read the articles and listened to their professors. They watch tv and they know the score. They will not be misled by war-mongering racists or xenophobic right-wing Christian zealots.
To support their bleak assessment of America they patiently sift through the detritus of our shameful history, searching for the incontrovertible evidence of our manifest crimes. They are convinced that the only way to heal these grievous self-inflicted wounds is to heed the admonishments of our enemies. We must, they say, be willing to learn from our adversaries, and, most importantly, we must be willing to learn from our own past mistakes. That great long litany of dreadful mistakes which comprise the awful history or this flawed nation. We must learn from the unmitigated and unnecessary horrors of our Hiroshimas and Nagasakis, from our murderous Vietnams and Kent States. We must learn from our horrific ethnic cleansing of our noble Native Americans and the brutal enslavement and continuing subjugation of our down-trodden African-Americans.
Perhaps, they are willing to concede, we were noble once, perhaps long ago, but not lately. Certainly not now. Whatever we started out to be, somewhere along the way we lost our bearings and now we have become the enemy of the world. The oppressor of mankind. The Great Satan.
They are proud of their enlightenment and eager to share it with us. Here is one of them now:
So, there you have it. The voice of the Treacherous Patriot. This is their grave message to America: You were wrong when you woke up in the morning, and it's been going downhill since then. Not quite hopeless, though, not quite yet. There's still time to change our ways, still time to heed their dire warnings. There's still November. There's still that Change we can believe in.
I don't know about you, but I cannot, I will not tolerate this pompous and ignorant bulls**t any longer. I will ignore it, I will delete it, but I will not debate it. I will no longer just agree to disagree with them. I will no longer allow these saboteurs a place at my table. This is the enemy within. This is the deliberate and shameless perfidy of the Treacherous Patriot.
Posted: 19 Jul 2008 07:25 PM CDT
This should go over well.
The best way to get voters that feel cheated and disenfranchised to fall in line and "get over it" is to demand it and tell them how irritated you are at them for not stepping to your tune and acting like little robotic lapdogs by supporting a candidate they do not believe in.
You know, put party over country like so many of the politicians did.
Yes, that should make the PUMA members and the Just Say No Deal members and all of the Hillary Clinton supporters just shut up and do as their told...NOT.
An email to Hillary supporters written by Donald Fowler, a former DNC chair and DNC member-at-large who was one of Hillary's most prominent supporters and Alice Germond, the Secretary of the DNC, is also a signatory.
Dear Democratic Friends:
I cannot believe that considering the justifiable complaints the Clinton supporters have against the DNC and their conviction that Obama will be bad for the country as well as their nobleness in putting their country before their party, that these officials would have the audacity to speak to them like that and tell them they are acting immature.
Do these folks even have a clue why some Clinton supporters are refusing to vote for Obama?
Note to Donald Fowler and Alice Germond- You obviously do not understand that it is that exact attitude that disenfranchised these voters to begin with. You need to shut up and actually listen to their complaints, but since you obviously won't, you and Obama and the whole DNC deserve to lose their support.
A note to Clinton supporters- If you have a response to this call for you to shut up and fall in line, please leave it in the comment section.
Posted: 19 Jul 2008 07:21 PM CDT
Andrea Curry-Demus arrived at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh on Wednesday holding a newborn boy in her arms after calling paramedics at 10:45 p.m and telling them she had given birth prematurely.
38 year-old Andrea Curry-Demus showed up at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh on Thursday with a newborn baby, first claiming it was her child, then claiming she bought the baby for $1,000. Yesterday police found a dead body at Curry-Demus' apartment.
Upon examination of the woman, the doctors became suspicious when the baby appeared to be full term and Curry-Demus did not appear to have just given birth, so they contacted authorities.
According to the criminal complaint filed, Curry-Demus later admitted that she had miscarried and didn't want her mother to know, so she befriended another pregnant woman, who she called Tina, paid her $1,000 to purchase the infant.
Curry-Demus claims that "Tina" showed up at her doorstep with the newborn in her arms and gave the baby to her and left.
Reporters descended on the apartment building where Curry-Demus lived and reported to the police that there was a "foul smell and swarms of flies in the apartment's windows."
Police arrived and discovered a dead body, face down and her wrists bound with duct tape.
According to the Medical examiner, the the woman had been dead for at least 24 hours prior to her discovery.
Curry-Demus is charged with endangering a child along with other charges, which will be updated as the investigation continues.
What disturbs many is that this is not the first time she has stolen a baby.
Curry-Demus had suffered two prior miscarriages and in June of 1991 she was charged, plead guilty and sentenced to 3-10 years in prison on a variety of charges, including the kidnapping of a 3 week0old baby.
In the first incident, Curry-Demus befriended a woman who had just given birth at Magee-Womens Hospital, spending time at the woman's house a day or so later. During the visit, Curry-Demus told the new mother she wanted to stay overnight, and when the woman balked, Curry-Demus attacked her with a knife and tried to steal the infant. The woman's husband intervened, and Curry-Demus ran from the home.
That child was found with her the next day, unharmed.
Curry-Demus is not the only one that has had previous problems with the law. She recently married Raymond Demus Jr who is facing rape charges after being accused of molesting the daughter of his former girlfriend.
Neighbors say that they had believed that she was still pregnant after her miscarriage.
Initially, during a press conference, the police Chief Ophelia Coleman, said, "We searched the apartment, and it didn't look like anyone had been there for a few days. Nothing was out of place, and there was nothing to lead us to believe anything violent happened there, or that a birth happened there."
Yet after the body was found in the apartment, Coleman later admitted that the apartment had not been searched and that the apartment building had been "visited".
Posted: 19 Jul 2008 04:48 PM CDT
Is there a subliminal message in the new John McCain ad titled, "The Obama Iraq Documentary: Whatever the Politics Demand"? That is the question being asked by some.
YouTube URL here and video below:
John McCain released a seven minute mini documentary about Barack Obama comparing statements made by Obama about Iraq, on different occasions and making comparisons to other statements made at different times.
If that ad is frozen at one specific moment it shows, for a fraction of a second, Obama framed by the following prominent letters: "a l q D." The I is a capital i but can be mistaken for the the letter L in certain fonts.
As the ABC News blog points out, if you put the letters "al qD" into the search feature of google, you get this response: "Did you mean: al qaeda."
The question being asked now is, was this intended as a deliberate subliminal message?
A subliminal message, as described in Wikkipedia (as a reference) is " a signal or message embedded in another medium, designed to pass below the normal limits of perception. These messages are unrecognizable by the conscious mind, but in certain situations can affect the subconscious or deeper mind and later actions or attitudes.
According to McCain spokesman Brian Rogers, the lettering was creating using a text randomizer, where a computer program randomly chooses the text that appears. Rogers goes on to state, for the record, "The idea that it's in any way done by the campaign intentionally is preposterous."
He goes on to state that since the mini documentary's release on Thursday, hundreds of thousands of people have viewed it and no one had asked about those letters until ABC.
Rogers concludes with, "It's so subliminal, even when it's freeze-framed, it's incomprehensible. We didn't freeze-frame every frame in an eight-minute video to trouble shoot what liberal-bloggers might attack us for."
According to Matthew Dowd who is a former strategist for President Bush who is now an ABC News consultant, he asserts that something like this should have been noticed before release and he goes on to state, "Part of what you have to do in a campaign is prevent the unintentional problem -- and that's a problem. We know what's happened with this ever since 2000 -- it's a problem to do that. It's either a malpractice problem of somebody who did this, or it's an oversight problem. I'm much more inclined to think it's oversight."
Was it deliberate? Is it the over-active imagination of those looking for nefarious intent?
You decide, watch the video and comment below.
Posted: 19 Jul 2008 01:16 PM CDT
In an ad created by Let Freedom Ring that is to start airing on Tuesday, the say:
YouTube URL here and video below:
Let Freedom Ring is a non-profit advocacy group and will be spending several hundred thousand dollars on this advertising campaign.
The group's efforts follows on the heels of another television advertising campaign by the group, Vets for Freedom, attacking Mr. Obama. The veterans group's commercials were the first major outside effort boosting Senator John McCain.
The Vets For Freedom campaign is called "Four Months, For Victory" and they have just released their second ad, video below and at the link)
The Vets For Freedom ad concentrates on the success and progress being seen in Iraq and have previously stated they will stand with any candidate that will fight for victory, be it a Republican or Democrat.
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