Posted: 27 Jul 2008 10:52 AM CDT
In the hardest hitting campaign ad yet, the McCain campaign lays into Barack Obama for having time to speak to the German public in Berlin, having time to go to the gym to work out but canceling a visit to the troops in Germany because he wasn't allowed to bring his entourage.
Text of the video ad shown above:
The 30-second ad will run during "Saturday Night Live" in Denver. It will also run in Colorado which is an important swing state for the upcoming election, Then it will air in the Washington DC, and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, another key swing state.
McCain has also gone on ABC News' George Stephanopoulos show, This Week, and said, "If I had been told by the Pentagon that I couldn't visit those troops, and I was there and wanted to be there, I guarantee you, there would have been a seismic event."
Obama's campaign reportedly cancelled the trip because Pentagon officials told the senator he could not make the visit accompanied by his campaign staff and because of concerns that the visit would be viewed as politically motivated.
Of course the Obama campaign has also changed their reasoning, publicly on why he didn't visit the troops.
Nothing prevented him from quietly going in his Senatorial capacity, foregoing the photo ops and the media circus and just visiting the troops.
The claim that it could have been seen as a political prop, or opportunity, could have simply been avoided by bringing no one and just visiting them. Hence, not "seen" but done anyway.
It was a conscious choice not to do so, and his campaign can complain that it shouldn't be used against him, but this is a man that wants to become the commander in chief of our military, yet he could not just go, alone, and visit the wounded troops?
Posted: 26 Jul 2008 12:26 PM CDT
YouTube URL for the video above, found here.
San Francisco is a sanctuary city that protects illegal aliens from federal law enforcement agencies.
After the triple road rage murder of three people, it was discovered that the suspect had been shielded by San Francisco's sanctuary city policies as a juvenile felon and previously was protected from deportation.
A sanctuary city is a city within the United States of America that protects illegal aliens from federal law enforcement agencies and the term generally is used for cities that do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws.
San Francisco is an admitted sanctuary city and reports have shown they actually advertise that status, inviting illegal aliens to their town for protection.
Recently the town made major headlines after it was discovered that the city of San Francisco was protecting illegal immigrant drug dealers and using taxpayers funds to help them escape prosecution.
San Francisco is back in the news again after a triple homicide suspect was found to have been arrested twice as a juvenile but due to San Francisco's sanctuary policy, he was never deported.
Edwin Ramos pleaded not guilty to the road rage murder of Anthony Bologna, and his sons, 20-year-old Michael, and 16-year-old Matthew.
The suspect allegedly took an AK-47 and shot the three after a road incident where accidentally blocked his car in the Excelsior District.
According to investigators, Ramos allegedly belongs to the violent MS-13 gang and just three months before his arrest on these latest charges of murdering the Bologna father and sons, he had a brush with the law and was arrested.
In the previous case Ramos escaped prosecution after a passenger in his car, Erick Lopez, was found to have an illegal firearm and District Attorney Kamala Harris' office determined they did not have evidence to show that Ramos knew that his passenger had the gun in the car.
Police later determined that the gun from that case had been used the day before to kill two men.
Because Ramos was protected when he was a juvenile and not deported when he was convicted of crimes before he turned 21, the sanctuary policy of San Francisco is under fire, as is the Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is a main proponent and the face of the public ad campaign that invited illegal aliens to San Francisco, promising them protection from the federal law.
There is an active campaign underway, calling for the resignation of Newsom and the denial of any federal funds to be given to the city of San Francisco.
Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) President Dr. Diana Hull believes that Newsom holds some responsibility for the murder of the Bologna and has written letters to Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Speaker Pelosi, which state, "If local governments will not obey federal law, they should be denied any federal government law enforcement assistance. And, the federal government should prosecute any city officials who fail in that duty. In addition, federal enforcement is spotty and inadequate at best. but recently there has been some beginning attempt to apprehend the worst offenders. "
Hull concludes with, "However, every level of government has a long way to go and lags terribly behind public opinion in matters pertaining to enforcement of immigration law. This triple murder is the worst kind of tragedy and the outrage it will generate may herald some long overdue comprehension by elected officials about the extent of government failure in these matters, at every level, and what must be done about it."
Lawmakers are weighing in and calling for Newsom's resignation as well as pundits, media and opinion editorials declaring that they believe that Newsom as well as other officials should be held legally responsible for being complicit in the death of the Bologna father and sons.
Representative Tom Tancredo sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, stating, "Because San Francisco's political leaders have already demonstrated their willingness to act in flagrant violation of federal law, I do not believe that local judicial institutions can be trusted to fairly try the case or mete out an appropriate punishment."
Newsom's spokesman Nathan Ballard agrees that city officials were wrong to shield undocumented, juvenile felons from federal immigration authorities. he states that "The sanctuary program was never intended to shield felons. The policy was inappropriate."
He then goes to say that Newsom "still supports the worthwhile aims of 'denying the federal government' assistance in deporting otherwise law-abiding undocumented residents."
Ramos is being held without bail on three counts of murder in the deaths of Anthony Bologna, 20-year-old Michael Bologna, and 16-year-old Matthew Bologna.
Posted: 26 Jul 2008 06:48 PM CDT
Hell froze over and pigs just flew by my window.
Bestill my heart.
You seriously have to read this for yourselves, the AP writers:
Robert Burns is AP's chief military reporter, and Robert Reid is AP's chief of bureau in Baghdad. Reid has covered the war from his post in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Burns, based in Washington, has made 21 reporting trips to Iraq; on his latest during July, Burns spent nearly three weeks in central and northern Iraq, observing military operations and interviewing both U.S. and Iraqi officers.
They have just figured out we are winning!
Better late than never I guess.
The AP editors must have had to go get very drunk after reading that.
Posted: 26 Jul 2008 12:48 PM CDT
Power line publishes excerpts of a speech John McCain gave to a military audience in Denver. Powerful speech.
We both knew the politically safe choice was to support some form of retreat. All the polls said the "surge" was unpopular. Many pundits, experts and policymakers opposed it and advocated withdrawing our troops and accepting the consequences. I chose to support the new counterinsurgency strategy backed by additional troops -- which I had advocated since 2003, after my first trip to Iraq. Many observers said my position would end my hopes of becoming president. I said I would rather lose a campaign than see America lose a war. My choice was not smart politics. It didn't test well in focus groups. It ignored all the polls. It also didn't matter. The country I love had one final chance to succeed in Iraq. The new strategy was it. So I supported it. Today, the effects of the new strategy are obvious. The surge has succeeded, and we are, at long last, finally winning this war.
John McCain said back then that he would rather lose a election than lose the war. he was the chief proponent of the surge that has created such amazing success in the last year. He fought members of his own party, he ignored the polls, he stood up and was very vocal about what he thought it could accomplish and he was proven right as even the Democrats are unable to continue claiming the surge failed.
A surge they fought tooth and nail.
Senator Obama made a different choice. He not only opposed the new strategy, but actually tried to prevent us from implementing it. He didn't just advocate defeat, he tried to legislate it. When his efforts failed, he continued to predict the failure of our troops. As our soldiers and Marines prepared to move into Baghdad neighborhoods and Anbari villages, Senator Obama predicted that their efforts would make the sectarian violence in Iraq worse, not better.
Read the rest at Powerline..
The bottom line here is John McCain knew what it would take to win and Obama knew what it would take to lose.
Both men fought for their positions and McCain was proven right in a spectacular manner and Obama was proven wrong, time and time again.
A little reminder of Obama's stated positions...on multiple occasions.
It is 7 minutes and it is found at YouTube here.
People need to remember Obama's words, all of them, when he said them, what he said and how he tried to bring about defeat for our country.
Is it any wonder that 53 percent of the American public believe that John McCain would be "better" as Commander in Chief? Only 25 percent say that about Obama.
Posted: 26 Jul 2008 08:52 AM CDT
It is no secret that America's southern border has been widely breached by illegal immigrants (mostly from Mexico) as well as violent criminal parties, some of which are thought to include the illegal immigrants themselves.
The border has become a virtual war zone with America being penetrated by drug traffickers, human traffickers, illegal immigrants, gangs, and potential non-Latino invaders. The lack of concern about the U.S.-Mexico border has become a dangerous past time, with much sand and butts sticking in the air.
One of the major failings of the current government, most notably the Bush Administration, is the invasion of American soil. According to Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States:
The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
With the American borders wide open, and the Border Patrol unable to perform because of lack of support of the legislature as well as the executive branch, how can President Bush say he has exercised his executive obligation to protect the United States against invasion?
Furthermore, the recent killings of the Bologna family by an illegal immigrant alleged to belong to MS13, one of the most violent gangs in America, how can President Bush claim to have protected the states from domestic violence caused by these gangs?
The deaths of children at the hands of the Coyotes, notorious human and drug traffickers, also shows the danger of an open border. The Coyotes sometimes dressed as Mexican military members ( and at time former or corrupt Mexican military members) have started a virtual war on the border resulting in the injury and deaths of American citizens. Recently Coyotes operating in Georgia kidnapped a pair of illegals that hired them to transport the pair to Chatanooga and attempted to blackmail the unnamed illegals' families for $15,000. Clearly even illegal immigrants are in danger because of the open border.
Domestic violence has begun to become more renowned between black American and Latino ( American or Illegal) gangs due to the jobs being usurped by illegal immigrants that typically went to undereducated blacks. The economic vacuum has once again bred violence.
This unnamed war on American sovereignty has cost Americans dearly. According to CIS.org the cost of illegal immigrants is about $2,736 per household. That amounts to $30,916,800,000 (per year). That number is the cost per household which is $2,736 by the number of illegal immigrants estimated in 2007 which is 11.3 million reported illegals. The $30 billion can be slightly lower, but more likely than not higher because the true number of illegal immigrants can not be know as not all are reported. These numbers are only the direct impact of illegal immigrants on services provided through welfare, defense, and the lack of taxes paid. CIS indicates that indirect effects cannot be properly calculated and added to the cost of household per year, for example the inflation of the U.S. dollar due to currency being taken from the economy by illegals sending money home to Mexico. The cost of illegal immigration, is more than the war in Iraq.
President Bush has obviously failed the American people by directly violating Article 4 section 4 of the Constitution. The nation has been put in danger both by physical violence as well as economically, thus I say "Impeach Bush Now!"
Of course that would mean having to acknowledge the illegal immigration problem.
Origional Postings on Digitaljournal.com and Daughter of America.
Posted: 25 Jul 2008 07:58 PM CDT
Questions were asked about the National Enquirer story which claimed that John Edwards met with his alleged mistress, Rielle Hunter, at the Beverly Hilton hotel, back on July 23, 2008. Today we see that Fox News followed up on those questions and has now spoken to hotel security which is confirming portions of the National Enquirer story.
Fox News has confirmed a portion of the National Enquirer story about John Edwards meeting his mistress at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
The original National Enquirer story claimed that the John Edwards visited a hotel that a woman that the National Enquirer has maintained was his mistress was staying at.
The National Enquirer had claimed that they met John Edwards at the hotel that Rielle Hunter was staying at ad that they chased him throughout the hotel and that he hid in the restroom until hotel security escorted him out, preventing National Enquirer reporters from following to photograph and as questions of Jon Edwards.
Fox News has gotten one of those hotel security guards to speak on the record and he confirms that John Edwards was at the hotel and in the restroom while John Edwards was allegedly hiding from reporters.
According to the hotel security guard, he did not immediately recognize John Edwards but he confirm Edwards was there by saying that he intervened between a man he identified as John Edwards and National Enquirer reporters.
The Beverly Hilton Hotel guard said he encountered a shaken and ashen-faced Edwards — whom he did not immediately recognize — in a hotel men's room early Tuesday morning in a literal tug-of-war with reporters on the other side of the door.
The security guard goes on to say that the reporters were "rough" on Edwards by sticking cameras in his face and shouting questions at him.
The guard later identified Edwards as the man they helped escort from the restroom by a photo shown to him of Edwards.
In related news, Slate has produced an email sent by editor on LATimes.com in charge of blogs, Tony Pierce, requesting that LA times bloggers not address the National Enquirer story about Edwards:
After reading that piece from Slate I immediately emailed a LA Times blogger, Andrew Malcolm, that writes for the Top of the Ticket Blog who I often quote in my blog and who quotes me in his, and asked him about the request reported by Slate and the supposed "gag order" from LA Times and his answer was "The short answer is No. As you'll see below, several days ago our site did in fact blog on the Enq story and has been ranked high on Google News much of the time since. So that doesn't look like a gag order to me."
Here was Top of the Ticket's piece about the Edwards story.
The email that Slate quotes has either not been widely distributed or was only sent to specific blogs, because Malcolm's answer to my email shows evidence that there is at least one LA Times blog that no one has attempted to "gag".
Further related news shows that according to the National Enquirer, two reporters from that magazine, Alan Butterfield and Alexander Hitchen, are filing criminal complaints with the with the Beverly Hills Police Department, charging that "hotel security acted unlawfully while the reporters were trying to question the former senator."
Posted: 25 Jul 2008 02:37 PM CDT
Via Soldiers' Angels forum ANGEL ALERT! With permission to spread this call for help far and wide:
One of our heroes from Rogers, Arkansas, (PFC Rebecca B.), had a tragedy occur when she got home for R & R. She arrived home around noon on Wednesday, and around 11:00 PM that night, her family's home burned to the ground. She's due to go back on Aug 11 but if family doesn't have a place to stay by the Aug 4 she can stay longer.More information at http://assolutatranquillita.blogspot.com/
To get this address, either email me, or the SA who is co-ordinating this effort.:
Let's get this one taken care of ASAP! Thank you.....
Posted: 25 Jul 2008 01:15 PM CDT
In the original article written about this case, early information showed that the grandparents, whom Caylee and her mother lived with, had said that Caylee's mother, Casey, had given them the impression that she was going to work everyday and that Caylee was being cared for by a friend or a nanny.
The police have released the tapes of 911 calls made to authorities by the grandmother of the missing 2 year-old Caylee Marie Anthony. The child was missing for 5 weeks before it was reported to the police.
911 calls recently released show that Cythina Anthony, grandmother to Caylee, said, "No, I'm not giving you another day, I've given you a month."
Casey Anthony claims she dropped her child off at a babysitters, who then absconded with the child, yet the name she gave to authorities was of a woman whom they have spoken to and denies knowing Casey or Caylee.
Casey Anthony is being held on a $500,000 bond while investigators continue to search for the missing child.
At the original bond hearing, the judge was quoted as saying, "You left your 2-year-old child with a person who does not exist at an apartment you cannot identify and you lied to your parents about your child's whereabouts. You cared so little about your child."
The three 911 alls that have been released have been described by some as "chilling" and the first one reported about showed the grandmother, Cynthia, telling the 911 operator:
"I have someone here that needs to be arrested in my home and I have a possibly missing child. I have a 3-year-old that's been missing for a month," a crying Cynthia Anthony tells the dispatcher in the first of two calls to the sheriff's office."
That call ended and another call was placed by Cynthia to 911, to which she reports Caylee missing, saying "I found out my granddaughter has been taken, she has been missing. My daughter finally admitted that she's been missing. ... My daughter finally admitted that the babysitter stole her. I need to find her."
She goes on to state in that same phone, "There's something wrong. I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car."
After Casey's bond hearing, her mother then told reporters that the smell was old rancid pizza with maggots on it, claiming that she wasn't contradicting herself because the pizza had smelled like something died in the car.
In previous reports the investigation had brought authorities to search the backyard of the grandparent's home, to no avail, other reports showed that there was recent work done in that backyard which included a cement slap being laid after the child went missing, but no word on whether that was relevant to the case nor if authorities have looked into it.
According to the arrest affidavit for Casey Anthony, the original charges were neglect of a child, false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation, although her attorney asserts that Casey has been cooperating with the police, the police contradict that statement.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of, or information on Caylee Marie Anthony are asked to call CrimeLine at (800) 423-TIPS, Orange County Sheriff's office at 407-254-7000, or 407-836-HELP (4357).
They can also be contacted at email@example.com.
You can listen to all three 911 calls, here, here and here.
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