Posted: 05 Aug 2008 11:51 AM CDT
Run for the Fallen is today remembering - and honouring - Sgt. John David Rode, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. A hero among heroes. As with all our heroes, John is not only a hero to all of us; he is also the precious son of Cheryl and Tom Rode; beloved nephew to Cat and Eddie Brooks, and most gentle, awesome uncle to the children. John's family graciously shared their stories, their pictures of John, and it is my honour and priviledge to be allowed to share with you, through those who love John the most.
Let us never forget. Thank YOU for your service, John. My thanks to ALL the Rode and Brooks family for your sacrifice. I will always honour John. Love never dies. Rest easy John, rest easy.
Posted: 05 Aug 2008 11:46 AM CDT
Yesterday Rasmussen Reports showed that John McCain and Barack Obama were tied with 44 percent and when "leaners" ( those that lean one way or another but haven't yet decided) are added, McCain takes a statistically insignificant lead of 1 percent.
For the second day in a row Rasmussen shows John McCain and Barack Obama tied with 44 percent and with "leaners" added, McCain takes a 1 percentage point lead. Zogby also shows McCain with a 1 percent lead and Obama losing support with the young and women
Rasmussen Report today shows those numbers unchanged and another polling organization, Zogby International, releases a report showing McCain ahead of Obama by one point as well, with those numbers being McCain 42 percent and Obama 41 percent.
Zogby compares these figures with their July poll which had Obama ahead of McCain by 10 percentage points at 46 percent to 36 percent, in a four-way match-up that included Libertarian candidate Bob Barr of Georgia and liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader.
Zogby called the results a "notable turnaround"
This latest poll also lists what groups that McCain has seen gains in and that Obama has lost support from:
-In the age group 18-29, Obama still leads McCain, 49 to 38 percent, but Obama has lost 16 percent and McCain gained 20 in that age group.
-Obama still leads with women as well at 43 to 38 percent over McCain, but McCain has seen a gain of 10 percentage points in that group.
-Obama previously had an 11 percent lead in Independents, which he has lost and now he and McCain are tied with that group.
-Obama's support from Democrats has dropped from 84 percent to 74 percent.
-McCain now leads Obama among Catholics by 15 percent. In July Obama led McCain by 11 percent among that group of voters.
-Obama has also lost some support among college graduates and those with family incomes of $25,000 - $35,000
-Zogby also shows that Obama has lost support, although he still leads, among minorities.
According to Pollster John Zogby, "The McCain camp seems to have turned lemons into lemonade. Huge crowds and mostly favorable press reviews of Obama's overseas trip have been trumped by McCain's attacks on Obama. Loss of support for Obama among young voters may also be due to his perceived reversals on issues they care about, such as the war and government eavesdropping."
Zogby continues on to show figures for the electoral voting states:
Electoral votes decide the Presidency, and this ATV/Zogby poll gives signs that McCain is making gains in winning key states. By region, McCain's greatest gains came in the Central U.S. and in the West, home to several key battleground states. What was a narrow Obama lead in the Central U.S. is now a 45%-36% McCain edge. In the West, Obama's 15% lead is gone, and McCain is now ahead, 43%-40%.
The Zogby poll was commissioned by Associated TV and was conducted July 31-Aug. 1, 2008.
Posted: 05 Aug 2008 10:17 AM CDT
Heath Ledger was an Australian actor that died at the age of 28 from an accidental overdose . Ledger died after making the Batman movie, DarkKnight, to which hollywood buzz said was an "oscar worthy" performance.
Reports show that Mary-Kate Olsen is refusing to provide investigators with information about Heath Ledger's death unless they give her immunity. Immunity from what?
Ledger won the best actor Oscar nomination for his role in the 2005 blockbuster, Brokeback Mountain, where he played a gay cowboy.
Mary-Kate Olsen was the first person that a a masseuse called after finding Heath Ledger dead in his bedroom of his apartment in Manhattan and according to her lawyers, Olsen has provided all relevant information.
Authorities say they have been attempting to question her further about how Ledger obtained two powerful painkillers that contributed to his accidental death on January 22, 2008.
Olsen's lawyer, Michael C. Miller, issued a statement which said, "We have provided the government with relevant information including facts in the chronology of events surrounding Mr Ledger's death, and the fact that Ms Olsen does not know the source of the drugs Mr Ledger consumed."
Reports say that Olsen is refusing to cooperate further unless she is offered immunity from prosecution, which begs the question of what does she need immunity from and what type of information can she relay to authorities that would require her to receive immunity?
According to Charles Hirsch, the chief medical officer, Ledger "died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine. We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications."
Authorities believe Ledger obtained the oxycodone and hydrocodone with either fake prescriptions or some other illegal manner.
Posted: 04 Aug 2008 08:23 PM CDT
The Denver City Council is holding a meeting to finalize preparations to ban certain items from being brought to protest at the Democratic national convention. In advance of that meeting, three groups that plan to protest are prepared to sign what they call a "doo doo accord".
The Non-Pooliferation Treaty would consist of the three groups that will be protesting signing on to say they would not uses feces "bombs" in their protest during the convention.
"We're hoping this puts everything poo-related behind us so that we can focus on the real issue, which is the fact that the Democrats are part of a crappy system oppresses and coerces communities into a capitalist economy and undemocratic government," Ben Yager, a member of Unconventional Denver, a group of self-described anarchists, said in a statement.
Glenn Spagnuolo, an organizer with the Re-create 68, is also asking for an apology or resignation from a city council member, Doug Linkhart, for saying that he had heard that protest groups were storing urine to use in their protests in august at the Democratic convention.
Spagnuolo went on to call Linkhart's comments "irresponsible and slanderous."
Linkhart confirmed the report but said this was information he was told by a firefighter, continuing to say, "I was just quoting a firefighter. I trust him. Don't we all trust firefighters?"
When Spagnuolo was asked if that included bottles of what looked like urine, he said: "We're a law-abiding group, and if (a bottle of urine is) going to be illegal, we need to turn it in somewhere."
The council will also be voting on banning other items that could block access or deter police during the DNC, such as "chains, padlocks and noxious substances, such as buckets of urine and so-called feces bombs, if the intent is to use them to obstruct streets, sidewalks, buildings or emergency equipment, or hinder crowd control measures."
Protesters are planning on using theatrics to show their opposition to these measures before the council takes it up for final consideration.
Posted: 04 Aug 2008 04:24 PM CDT
Pelosi refused to allow a vote on the energy bill including offshore drilling before casually taking a 5 week vacation and republicans have been on the House floor demanding she come back and deal with the people's business.
They have also created a petition.
Text of the petition:
We, the undersigned, believe that gas prices are too high. Speaker Pelosi has closed Congress for a five-week paid vacation, without taking any action to lower gas prices. We, the undersigned, have a simple demand: Call Congress Back, Madam Speaker!
Gas prices are out of control. House Republicans have a plan to lower gas prices, a plan that has the votes to pass.
More from Mike Conaway:
Even though I am scheduled to be in Texas today, I chose to remain in Washington to participate in the GOP effort to draw attention to America's current energy situation, and to the fact that we in the House were prevented from voting on a substantive, comprehensive energy plan in June or in July.
Do not forget to sign the petition!!!!!
With the lowest approval ratings in the history of polling for congressional approval, the Democratic leadership should not be out gallivanting on a 5 week taxpayer funded vacation while not addressing the issue of offshore drilling, in conjunction with all other solutions.
Not on our dime.
Name and email address for the petition, it is that simple...go...go...go....sign.
Posted: 04 Aug 2008 01:10 PM CDT
Rasmussen issued it's daily report to which showed John McCain and Barack Obama tied at 44 percent each but with 'leaners' added it puts McCain a point above Obama with 47 percent to Obama's 46 percent.
McCain is currently viewed favorably by 55% of the nation's voters, Obama by 51%. That is the lowest rating for Obama since he wrapped up the nomination. Obama is viewed favorably by 83% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans, and 47% of unaffiliated voters. For McCain, the numbers are 87% favorable among Republicans, 26% among Democrats, and 61% among unaffiliated voters.
Rasmussen's numbers match Gallup with numbers within the margin of error.
This has set off a number of politically geared Democratic blogs to start expressing concern about what some are calling the new "trend".
Some would find the word trend debatable because the although it is 6 or 7 daily polls showing a slight rise for McCain, it is argued that one week isn't necessarily a trend or pattern.
Obama supporting blog, Americablog, headlines calling these latest poling figures "troubling".
The trend of the tracking polls hasn't been good of late. Rasmussen, which is a quite reputable poll, has Obama and McCain tied today -- and with leaners (basically people who haven't made up their minds, but are forced to choose for the poll), McCain is up by one point. This is the first time that McCain has tied or beaten Obama in the poll, Obama has always been up. Not anymore:
Taylor Marsh, who was once known as the hub for anything Hillary Clinton, jumped on board backing Obama as soon as Clinton suspended her campaign, but has not been shy in criticizing Obama's strategies when she finds fault wit them.
She makes the following suggestion:
Obama and his team need to quit measuring the White House drapes. He also needs to unleash the 527s from his highfalutin holding pen. Making them stand down is absolutely absurd, especially since Obama's team doesn't seem to have the stomach for this fight.
Gandelman from The Moderate Voice asks the question, "Are Obama And The Democrats In Trouble Already?
At the end of the piece, they make an observation and ask another question:
We've repeatedly said here that a single poll is not as significant as a trend. Between this and the Gallup Daily tracking poll which basically puts the race as a dead heat, we are seeing a trend. The McCain campaign is now on the ascent; the Obama campaign is on the descent. Will this apparent trend continue?
The Political Machine asks if Democrats "and their supporters have a sick feeling in their gut upon hearing this news?"
They then point out some comparisons by stating:
Could Obama join Democrat luminaries Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry with his ability to blow a summer lead? Conversely, McCain is now officially not tracking Bob Dole in 96 who was never able to close the gap against Clinton. And check out the unfavorables:
They also point out that Summer polls do not necessarily indicate a definite winner or loser, that is only done with the actual presidential election.
In my opinion it is way too soon to call this a "trend" or "pattern", it is a snapshot of what last week looked like. No more, no less.
It is good news for the McCain campaign and those supporting him, no doubt about that, but in an election campaign season where one week can seem like a year, having over 2 months left to go before the election, means that although these snapshots can be indicative of trends and patterns, nothing is written in stone and they should all be taken as just that....a gauge of how public opinion stands at any given moment.
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