Posted: 22 Jul 2008 11:23 AM CDT
In an attack that injured anywhere from 5 to 16 people, depending on what reports your read, a man took a backhoe and went on a rampage in central Jerusalem Tuesday before being shot and killed.
CNN reports that 5 were injured when a 22 year-old Palestinian man from east Jerusalem went on a rampage that is reminiscent of the attack earlier this month which killed three and wounded about 45 others.
In this latest attack, the 22 year-old took a backhoe from a construction site, drove it about 160 meters, crashing into a city bus and four other vehicles.
According to an Associated press article published in JPost, there were 16 injured while the CNN report only listed 5.
The injured were taken to hospitals in the capital.
The attack took place near the luxury hotel where Barack Obama is scheduled to stay on Tuesday night.
Obama commented on the attack from Jordan, saying, "I strongly condemn this attack and will always support Israel in confronting terrorism and pursuing lasting peace and security. Right now, my thoughts and prayers go out to all who were injured and their families."
The bus driver, who was not identified, described the scene for Channel 10 TV, stating, "I was driving on the main road when the (construction vehicle) hit me in the rear, on the right hand side. After I passed him he turned round, made a U-turn and rammed the windows twice with the shovel. The third time he aimed for my head, he came up to my window and I swerved to the right, otherwise I would have gone to meet my maker."
Two of those wounded were a mother and a baby and one other man had his leg partially severed, according to Israeli rescue services. That man had been in the car that was overturned by the backhoe.
An Israeli spokesman, Mark Regev, states, "This was another attempt to murder innocent people in a senseless act of terrorism. All people who believe in peace and reconciliation must unequivocally condemn this attack. Unfortunately, it is clear that we as a society will have to remain vigilant against terrorism."
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 10:02 AM CDT
The video below is of Hardball with Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell from NBC, speaking to Matthews from Iraq. although she is what many would call a liberal reporter, it looks like her ethics overrule her party preference and she doesn't seem all that happy with Barack Obama's message managing.
Text is provided by NewBusters:
MITCHELL: Let me just say something about the message management. He didn't have reporters with him, he didn't have a press pool, he didn't do a press conference while he was on the ground in either Afghanistan or Iraq. What you're seeing is not reporters brought in. You're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military, and what some would call fake interviews, because they're not interviews from a journalist. So, there's a real press issue here. Politically it's smart as can be. But we've not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before.
Good for Mitchell for standing on principle.
Americans are only seeing what the Obama campaign wants them to see.
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 08:46 AM CDT
As a Soldiers' Angel, I often get special requests sent to me. Today, I have one that I have been given permission to share here, in the hopes that we can get help for some of our troops. Read on:
Posted: 21 Jul 2008 08:43 PM CDT
The blogosphere and the media is buzzing with news that John McCain might, maybe, possibly, "could" be getting ready to announce his VP pick by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Top of the Ticket points out that John McCain will just happen to be pretty close to Massachusetts this week, where Mitt Romney just happens to be and on Wednesday, McCain will be in Louisiana, where Bobby Jindal is.
Speculation is high right now and it seems as if McCain is enjoying it because when reporters asked him if he was going to announce his VP choice tomorrow, it is said that he "grinned and walked away."
Then again, Malcolm does make another good point when he says:
Then again, the whole thing with the nonanswers could be a perfectly timed feint -- no one in McCain's camp has said anything they'd have to take back -- that would still serve for a day or two to draw some attention back from the freshman Illinois senator on his foreign political field trip. Witness, this item.
More on McCain's meeting with Jindal found at The Fix.
(Worth noting: Conservative columnist Bob Novak is reporting -- and Matt Drudge is touting -- that McCain will make his vice presidential pick known by the end of this week.)
The Politico says "plugged-in" sources think it is unlikely that McCain would announce his VP pick this week.
Personally, I think if McCain has already made the decision, then he should announce it this week and this was he and his pick can make the rounds, doubling the network coverage leading up to the Democratic convention and then on to the Republican convention.
As I hear more or see anything new, I will update this or start a new thread and link it from here.
Posted: 21 Jul 2008 07:52 PM CDT
From Shay's Rebellion to Fight Club, sometimes the tree of liberty has to be refreshed with a little blood. Sometimes bleeding is the only way to remind people that they are alive.
1 in 501 homes in America are in some state of foreclosure. The 1 in 501 homes are only the newest set of foreclosures that have happened over the past two years. Millions of Americans are becoming homeless, poor, and riddled with bad credit, because of predatory lending and a failing economy.
The federal government has not noticed the trials and tribulations faced by the majority of their constituents. The concern in the federal government seems to extend is to the banks that have fleeced and raped the American people. Bear Stearns was bailed out with billions of dollars, now Indy Mac has been taken over by the government. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in major trouble. Money is being thrown at these institutions that acted in not only an immoral way, but now it seems in illegal ways as well. 150 banks may go under and again more money is thrown at these banks. Yet, people are still facing homelessness.
This is our America, this is our government, awarding the wicked and punishing the victim. If we lived in a young America the people would have not put up with this type of corporate back scratching and blatant disregard for the real problems of the people. People would have exercised two rights that make sure we the people can keep our government in check; the right to bear arms, and the right of freedom of expression. In other words there would have been a rebellion.
Let us go back to January 1787 when Daniel Shay, an ex-Revolutionary War soldier decided that the abuses of the Massachusetts government which led to foreclosures of farms were not to be tolerated. Shay's Rebellion attempted to stop foreclosures by preventing courts from sitting by force. Although the attempt failed after a private militia group broke up the rebellion, it brought much attention to the failings of the government at the time. That same year American Constitution was written to replace the weak Articles of Confederation.
It can be amusing to see the responses of the founding fathers had to Shay's Rebellion. George Washington is quoted as saying, "For God's sake, if they have real grievances, redress them; if they have not, employ the force of government against them at once." Obviously the governor of Massachusetts did not feel that the ex-Revolutionary war soldiers that went in debt from fighting in the war for independence have any reason to complain. Thomas Jefferson wrote a famous reply that many subverts and dissidents cling to for justification of their views. "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." The question that remains is that did Thomas Jefferson believe these men were patriots, or tyrants?
Many people facing foreclosures today, some soldiers who have lost everything fighting in Iraq, would say that the rebels had the right idea. Will the government today have the same response if there were mass protests across the country? Would the American people who have been suppressed, held down, and trampled on by power hungry government officials be dispersed and forced to flee to neighboring countries?
When news reporters bring up the subject of the personal suffering of homeowners, talking heads discount them as either uneducated and poor, or irresponsible. They say the economy is fine, although we have consistently lost jobs in the recent economy, although home equity is almost destroyed, although underemployment has risen significantly. How these men and women can appear on national television and insult hardworking men and women without reproach shows just how out of touch the upper class is with the majority of America; and how powerless people are to even challenge so-called experts let alone the power wielding bureaucrats.
It is time for the tree of liberty to be refreshed, perhaps not in blood, but with the sweat, tears, and shame of the out of touch representatives, the elite who hold the rest of America by the strings. It is time for the suits on the hill to be reminded that there are real people, and real constituents; with lives, families, children, and concerns that must be taken into account. Despite the spin of the media and the talking heads, the majority of people who are in foreclosure did not make an idiotic choice. They lost thEIr jobs, or were manipulated by loan sharks. Many did not have adjustable rates and were caught in a scam, or rising taxes, or the addition of forceplaced private mortgage insurance because they did not have 20 percent of their house already paid for. Yes, somehow charging upwards of $100 dollars or more a month for insurance the bank takes out on your loan is supposed to help you pay for it a bit easier or make your payments more secure. Now the FDIC has placed restriction on lending that will make it impossible for anyone to own their own house again.
In the late 1990's when credit card companies were being scrutinized as people began to feel the crunch of heavy credit card interest rates. Hollywood tackled the credit card problem in response to this new found dissatisfaction. The move Fight Club was at first appeared as a simple psychological drama. The ending though was inspiring for people who wanted to "stick it to the man," without extreme violence. In the middle of the night the Fight Club bombed major credit card buildings, wiping out information on the debt of many.
The first rule of Fight Club, do not talk about Fight Club. Anyone who is planning on taking on the Feds whether it is by the violent means of the movie, but preferably through protest, would do well not to let the plans slip out till everything is set. If Americans were to unite against the government officials, many of who are American royalty with family trees branching within the government for generations, they would meet opposition that is clearly sophisticated, well funded, and backed by the most powerful military in the world. That is unless the grassroots organization could convince the military that it is in their best interest to support those trying to subvert the corrupt government.
Courtesy of DaughterofAmerica and DigitalJournal.com
Posted: 21 Jul 2008 05:50 PM CDT
The other day I was involved in a passionate debate with my very liberal and very Italian family. We discussed the state of America from education to immigration. It has always been important to me to see things from the point of view of another, but with my family I also seem to have that feeling reciprocated. This is why an independent like me and old world style Democrats can be in the same family and still be on speaking terms.
I am not of the mind that I have anymore claim to the land I live on than the millions of Americans that have been born and raised on this soil from men and women who were American citizens before them. The fact of the matter is all people who are on American soil were immigrants at one time. So when arguments are put forth that the Spanish, the English, or the French were encroaching on territory of natives I usually correct them and say they were encroaching on the land of Asian immigrants.
To read the full story visit Daughter of America.
Posted: 21 Jul 2008 01:25 PM CDT
Drudge is reporting that the New York Times is refusing to run an article about Iraq written by John McCain, to counter the article they willingly ran for Barack Obama.
In a previous piece we showed how a plurality of Americans believe that reporters and the media are trying to actively help Barack Obama win the November elections.
The New York Times has just proven they are one of these outlets that America believes this about.
According to an email that NYT Op-Ed editor David Shipley sent the McCain campaign, he states, "It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq."
Shipley continued to state in the email, "I'd be pleased, though, to look at another draft."
Shipley served the Clinton Administration from 1995 until 1997 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speech writer.
The New York Times believes that McCain's article should "mirror" Obamas?
Drudge reports that a top McCain source alleges that the New York Times does not agree with Mccain's Iraq policy and therefore wants McCain to change his article, not to "re-work the draft."
The Drudge Report then goes on to provide the complete article, written by John McCain, in the form submitted to the New York Times.
The ending portion of the McCain article is hard hitting where he states:
The danger is that extremists supported by Al Qaeda and Iran could stage a comeback, as they have in the past when we've had too few troops in Iraq. Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history. I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the "Mission Accomplished" banner prematurely.
The New York Times is under no obligation to run the McCain piece, but this does highlight the most recent Rasmussen and Project For Excellence In Journalism findings which show that the media coverage has been extremely unbalance for the two presumptive presidential candidates and that the American people see this as shown by the plurality of voters believing that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the presidential election.
It also spotlights the separate report from Rasmussen which shows that a plurality believes the media deliberately tries to make the war in Iraq look worse than it is.
[Update] The New York Post is showing interest in running the McCain piece.
Also, the full quote from the Times:
It would be terrific to have an article from Sen. McCain that mirrors Sen. Obama's piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms how Sen. McCain defines victory in Iraq. It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory -- with troop levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate."
Via Tucker Bounds for the McCain campaign we see their response:
Many conservative bloggers have already started circulating John McCain's article in full and the McCain campaign is considering allowing the New York Post to publish the piece.
Because the New York Times is refusing to show readers the John McCain article, then perhaps as many bloggers and other media outlets, as possible, should show it.
The DRUDGE REPORT presents the McCain editorial in its submitted form:
In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation "hard" but not "hopeless." Today, 18 months later, violence has fallen by up to 80% to the lowest levels in four years, and Sunni and Shiite terrorists are reeling from a string of defeats. The situation now is full of hope, but considerable hard work remains to consolidate our fragile gains.[Update]: CNN publishes the McCain article.
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