Posted: 01 Oct 2008 12:33 PM CDT
Hat Tip American Thinker and Hot Air.
The video below shows the Green Party's presidential nominee, Cynthia McKinney, speaking to thousands at Critical Resistance conference at Laney College, claims the Pentagon executed 5,000 prisoners during Hurricane Katrina. (YouTube URL here)
McKinney text from East Bay Express:
"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I had a woman, I've never really said this in public, out loud, in front of a lot of cameras, and there's a lot of cameras in this room now. But I had a mother call me, because her son had a very gruesome task.
From Ed Morrissey "McKinney is a former member of Congress and a candidate for President on a party that wants to claim national legitimacy."
Insanity usually speaks for itself, so no commentary needed from me.
Posted: 01 Oct 2008 11:34 AM CDT
Video above is of Gwen Ifill discussing her new book. (YouTube URL here)
Gwen Ifill was named to be the moderator of the US vice presidential debate to be held on Thursday, October 2, 2008. Reports show that Ifill also has a book to be released called "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."
Moderators of the presidential and vice presidential debates determine the questions to be asked as well making sure the candidates keep to their time limits in response to those questions and during the rebuttal phases of the question and answer period.
Gwen Ifill is the moderator and managing editor of the Public Broadcasting Service program "Washington Week."
It has been confirmed that the information about Ifill's book, to go on sale on January 20, 2009, called "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," was not disclosed to the McCain campaign before agreeing on the moderator to host the vice presidential debate.
January 20, 2009 is also Inauguration Day.
World Net Daily reports Ifill was "cited in complaints PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler said he received after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered her nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., earlier this month."
The issue of objectivity aside, some conservative pundits are asking if there is a conflict of interest because of Ifill's book, with her standing to gain financially if Obama wins the November election, which gives ifill a financial stake in the outcome of the election.
Let's say for the sake of argument that Ifill doesn't show any particular bias in this book towards Obama, even though Michelle documents both an Essence flack job and complaints about her coverage of the Republican convention that make her bias clear. Instead, let's just focus on the financial interest Ifill has in an Obama victory in five weeks. If Obama loses, how will her book sell? Not nearly as well as if Obama wins, and everyone knows that.
Center-left pundits are asking some questions as well about objectivity and appearances, as evidenced by T-Steele at Moderate Voice:
My dear ladies and gentlemen, in Election '08 where partisanship is as thick as the foundation of the Empire State Building, having a moderator that appears "so friendly" to Senator Obama just doesn't look right and opens the door to "the fix" talk. Although Ifill isn't one of those screaming political pundits, I've heard her on various radio shows (especially urban radio) where she just gushes about Senator Obama's historic run for the presidency. And with so much riding on Governor Palin's performance in this debate, why have someone with an Obama tilt moderate? While I'm hardly a conservative and/or Republican (I do have a smattering of some conservative views), they have every right to not like this situation. And I would say the same if the moderator was a person who gushed about a McCain presidency.
TV Newser has contacted the Commission on Presidential Debates for a comment but has not received a response as of yet. According to a poll they have on their site, the majority of respondents think Ifill should simply disclose the news of her book to viewers on debate night.
World Mag thinks McCain's campaign should have done more homework about Ifill before agreeing to allow her to moderate and that debate organizers and ifill had an "obligation to fully disclose this information to them,"
WGIR speaks to the concerns being expressed about Ifill's ability to be unbiased.
Although the WND piece was published last night, Drudge has it headlined on his main page today.
Greta Van Susteren, former criminal and civil trial lawyer and current host of "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, asks if this should be considered a conflict of interest.
Should Ifill be acting as moderator for the debate considering she has a vested interest, financially, in the outcome of the election?
If so, should she disclose that self-interest to the viewers on Thursday night?
Posted: 01 Oct 2008 01:23 AM CDT
The original note from Radarsite to the first article: Once again we have received information of a possible imminent major al Qaeda attack on American soil. And once again we are challenged to make a decision based on the credibility of the sources involved as to whether or not to post this information. We have chosen to err on the side of caution and post any information which seems at all credible. We are certainly very aware of all of the projected dates for major attacks on the US which have - thankfully - come and gone uneventfully. However, each case must be judged on its own merit. And this particular information does, unfortunately, comes to us with some undeniable credentials.
Note from Radarsite to this 28 September 2008 update: Unfortunately, this additional information does nothing to dispel the gravity of the original report. Indeed, if anything, it seems to be reinforcing the previous information, both in terms of its reliability and its accuracy. The potential intended date of 7 October 2008 thus appears to have even more validity than it did when the original article was published by HSUS on 24 September 2008. The bold red highlighting is by Radarsite. - rg
From Northeast Intelligence Network
Analyzing patterns & pre-attack indicators
By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, & the Northeast Intelligence Network Investigative Staff
28 September 2008: Since we published our article concerning terrorist communications naming October 7, 2008, as a potential intended date for a terrorist attack, we have received a record number of e-mails from people across the U.S. asking for additional and more specific information. In an effort to address the questions we have received, it was the consensus of the members of the Northeast Intelligence Network that we supplement our previous report with clarifications and possible additional indicators we have since developed.Obviously, we are not going to publish our investigatory methods or detail our vetting process, as doing so would be counter-productive. Simply put, the terrorists and their supporters read our site too. We will, however, provide some details that we hope will add some clarity to our methods and the contextual implications of the last few postings.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the article we posted on 24 September 2008 that needs to be understood is that we are not predicting a date for the next attack inside the U.S., nor are we predicting a specific location or even the method of an attack. In fact, we don't predict anything.We are simply doing two things. First, we are reporting to our readers what is being communicated on Arabic language message boards used by known Islamic terrorists, their supporters and sympathizers. We only report those findings that have undergone a very strict vetting process conducted by trained investigators, researchers and analysts. Factors we use for that vetting process include but are not limited to the venue in which the communication was published, the "profile" of the author, replies, responses and links to the post, if any, and other factors of a non-disclosable nature.
Secondly, we provide an analysis based on a combination of the results of the vetting process and further analysis using historical data and identified patterns relative to previous attacks (both successful and disrupted) by Islamic terrorists. Since the attacks against the U.S. seven years ago, various forums, message boards, data repositories, uploading sites, and methods of communication have evolved. Numerous sites have come and gone, some have become password protected, while others have been set-up merely as a propaganda tool and are generally devoid of any actual intelligence value. Within this period, however, certain patterns have become evident. These patterns themselves have become an evidenctiary tool, an important piece of intelligence that is quite often overlooked or misunderstood.Many do not realize that the U.S. has experienced over three dozen attacks or attempted attacks by Islamic terrorists since 9/11, and many more on a global scale. By correlating postings on terrorist forums with the timing of disrupted attacks, and large scale attacks in London and Madrid, for example, certain pre-attack indicators can be discerned. We publish those messages that meet such qualifying criteria for your information and review.
ADDITONAL INFORMATION: Directives for Islamic terrorist attack in U.S. appear on the InternetAlthough this post references a very specific date, it is never advisable to rely solely on open data, or consider a specific date as absolute. Since we published the article containing this information, however, analysts have found additional references to an event (or events) expected to occur on or about October 7, 2008. Such additional information increases the possibility that something appears to be planned around that time, or in the near term. Therefore, it is our consensus that the threat window could be anytime from the present and extend into early November. Terrorists might time an attack or attacks to take place close to our November elections, such as we saw in Madrid.
It should also be noted that while operations appear to be focused on locations within the U.S., assets of the U.S. located throughout the world and our allies are also targeted. We just saw this with the bombing of the U.S. owned Marriott in Islamabad. Comprehensive analysis indicates that concurrent attacks abroad and in the U.S. cannot be ruled out.It is interesting and quite relevant that certain postings have addressed the likelihood of Arabic language forums being shut down at the time of (or perhaps as a consequence of) such an event. Members of various forums have been asking where they will meet (in terms of a forum location) after Ramadan. Obviously these posters believe something is going to happen and the forums will be taken down or infiltrated by intelligence operatives searching for information.Additional postings on numerous forums are urging attacks to be executed quickly, in order to exacerbate the current economic crisis being experienced within the U.S. The current condition of our economy will act as a force multiplier. Launching attacks at retail chains and malls, for example, as we approach the biggest retail season of the year, will do further damage to our economy. The terrorists are paying attention to our current problems, and are heavily promoting attacking us while we are down.
To be blunt, we are reporting our findings not to alarm our readers, but to inform. We are reporting on the information that is currently out there, although mostly inaccessible to the average person, but present nonetheless. As men and women with families, children and grandchildren, we believe that it is better to let you know what we are seeing – at least that which we deem to be credible after it is fully vetted – than to say or do nothing. The latter is the type and amount of threat information that everyone seems to be getting for their tax dollars, anyway.Obviously, we would like nothing better than to be utterly incorrect about our analysis, and hope that we are wrong. We are certain that we are correct about one thing: every man, woman and child of the United States are a target for Islamic terrorists, and they are planning on striking us again.
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FYI: The end of Ramadan is October 12.http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2008/09/saad-bin-laden-leaves-iran-goes-home-to-papa-in-pakistan.html Question: Is this new move just coincidental?
Posted: 01 Oct 2008 01:45 AM CDT
cross-posted from TOCB
This post was written and posted at TOCB the day the unconstitutional Wall Street bail out bill failed…
That sound you heard today was Common Sense once thought to be dead and buried coming to life and coming home to roost.
That sound you heard today was the United States Constitution making itself noticed.
That sound you heard today was We The People getting our message made known.
That sound you heard today was socialists screaming from the rooftops in anguish and pain.
That sound you heard today was Collective Reasoning forcing itself upon the unreasonable and the intolerant.
That sound you heard today was the fat cats, crooks and robbers screeching in agony as their reign of deceit, lies and charlatanism being exposed.
That sound you heard today was Free Markets fixing itself in spite of government fabricated cure intrusion.
That sound you heard today was defective government meddling into financial markets coming to a screeching halt.
That sound you heard today was the sound of the demanding of Personal and Professional Accountability of those responsible for the current self-induced quagmire.
That sound you heard today was the sound of charlatans admitting, without the integrity to actually admit, failure.
That sound you heard today was the groans of those responsible being made known.
That sound you heard today were those trying to not get caught red-handed lying as being exposed as liars and having to face the American People for their lies.
That sound you heard today was the death of an unconstitutional Wall Street Bail Out Bill.
That sound you heard today was the politicians that actually still care about the United States Constitution standing up to be recognized as the Constitutional Caretakers that they are, both Democrat and Republican alike.
That sound you heard today was the Free Market Ghosts of days past being revived as if to say, "Leave us alone and we will take care of ourselves, thank you very much."
That sound you heard today was foolish people knowing that their days of defrauding the American People are gone.
That sound you heard today was a message being sent to CONgress and those in CONgress responsible for the self-induced idiocy CONgress has become: "The party is over."
That sound you heard today was the sound of We The People dictating to CONgress and not the other way around.
That sound you heard today was the American People reclaiming their Constitution and once more claiming it as their own as it does not belong to the government and never has.
That sound you heard today was the sound of Freedom annihilating the Socialist Demons of the Democrat and Republican Parties.
That sound you heard today was Free Enterprise reasserting itself.
That sound you heard today was Capitalism reasserting itself and granting the ability to either succeed or fail on one's own merit and not some governmental intrusion and fabricated reality.
That sound you heard today was Reality settling in.
That sound you heard today was Personal Responsibility raising its ugly head.
That sound you heard today was the inevitability of the official acknowledgment of the total and complete lack of leadership qualities of the Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi being revealed for what it is...the worse leadership in the People's House in the history of this Nation.
That sound you heard today was the inevitability of the official acknowledgment of the total and complete lack of leadership qualities of the Senate leader Senator Harry Reid being revealed for what it is...the worse leadership in the People's Senate in the history of this Nation.
And I will ask the following: what program, policy or legislation of note that has had a positive influence on our Nation that the SoH Pelosi or Senate Leader Reid has accomplished in their two years of service? Someone please name me one. Just one. That is all I ask. I have been searching and I have not detected any. And they dare criticize others within and without or Nation? Please. Stop insulting our intelligence.
That sound you heard today was the Death Knell of American Socialism.
Posted: 30 Sep 2008 07:30 PM CDT
The Boston Herald has come forward and endorsed John McCain today in a piece titled "McCain for president: A certain leader for uncertain times."
The Boston Herald piece starts out saying the last week has shown the need for a leader who is steady in the face of crisis, mature in judgment and has the ability to reach across the aisle to break the "gridlock" that has gripped Washington for too long.
The go to state "That man is Sen. John McCain and at this critical moment in history, this paper is pleased to endorse his candidacy for president of the United States."
The paper wonders what it would have happened had Mccain won the party's nomination in 2000 and goes on to explain how, in their opinion, it is "impossible to envision the future of this great nation being put in the hands of an articulate but inexperienced first-term senator from Illinois."
•This Senate maverick has spent years forging coalitions - on campaign finance reform, immigration reform, on judicial nominations - all with the intent of getting things done in the toxically partisan world of Washington.
The Boston Herald goes on to list more reasons why they believe John McCain should be elected in November and then states "There is no room for a naif in the Oval Office," referring to what they consider Obama's inexperience.
But being president is also about character. During his decades of service to his country John McCain has given us all ample evidence of his courage, his character and his leadership. And never more has this nation needed a president with all that John McCain has to offer.
In December of 2007, the Boston Herald also endorsed John McCain over his other Republican rivals for the GOP nomination.
Posted: 01 Oct 2008 12:11 AM CDT
Chicken of the Sea and Feeding America have formed a partnership in creating a contest which is being dubbed "Mermaid Jingle Jam," where people are asked to join a video contest to help stop hunger.
The video above is a Mermaid Jingle Jam Video Contest Montage. (YouTube URL here)
As Hunger Action Month ends, Feeding America has sent out a news release to remind people there are still ways to help fight hunger, including the online video contest dubbed Mermaid Jingle Jam.
The contest asks people to create a 30-second-90-second video and jingle which incorporates "Chicken of the Sea's original jingle lyrics and a new verse using key themes," and contestants can win individual prizes as well as putting seafood into the hands of hungry Americans.
The Feeding America food bank in the hometown of the winner will receive $100,000 worth of Chicken of the Sea seafood.
Feeding America Spokesperson Ross Fraser says, "We've seen some really creative entries, and we are excited about the contest because it provides a fun and unique way for people to get involved, while helping raise awareness about the issue of hunger in America."
Contestants have until Nov. 7 to upload a video at MermaidJingleJam.com.
Sample videos and a compilation of current entries can be viewed at YouTube.com/TheMermaid2008.
You can find out more about Feeding America at their website and more about Chicken of the Sea at their website.
Posted: 30 Sep 2008 07:13 PM CDT
Via email from Mary Pearson at Move America Forward!!!:
Congratulations to Catherine Moy.... a big win for the good guys!
Posted: 30 Sep 2008 07:07 PM CDT
l Quds Counter demo London 28th September
The sleeping English Lions are stirring are you one of them?
The Islamic Kingdom of Great Britain staged one of their annual demonstrations through the streets of London on Sunday showing their support for their Islamic Palestinian brothers and sisters in Israel.
The Al Quds brigade is an arm of the extreme Islamic Palestinian organisation Islamic Jihad that is operating in Israel, so this should show the mentality behind those who were demonstrating on OUR streets at the weekend.
Amongst other groups present in their lines, they were joined by the British wing of the extreme Islamic group Hiz But Tahrir whose open mandate is to transform Great Britain into an Islamic State and who call for Jews to be murdered wherever you find them. The Moslem Council of Britain which is a Government funded organisation that helps to influence policy making within OUR Country, and the extreme Left Wing Political Party Respect that is a terrorist supporting British Political party.
Why these groups are not banned from spewing their hatred on OUR streets is any ones guess, but at least now there is an uprising amongst the people of this Land who have sat back watching this hatred promoted for long enough and have finally said 'enough is enough' and taken to the streets to counter the hate.
This is the start of much bigger things as people start to wake up and realise what is happening to their Country. When they do they will now see that there are people out there already who are standing up and demonstrating for everything the hold dear within their ancestral homeland, which is the protection of OUR women and children and everything the Realm in which we live encompasses.
This is OUR Country so what right have these Molems to be doing and saying what they are on OUR streets?
It's a free for all for them now in OUR Country and all in the name of multiculturalism. Its their right, its their culture, its their religion, lets let them do what they want because it's a part of multiculturalism.
NO, they shouldn't be allowed to do just what they want, just like British citizens are not allowed to do what they want, I think the term for this is ANARCHY
This is National suicide being inflicted upon the people by the political class and then enforced upon us against OUR will by the 'Power of the State', and by their Civil servants who need to put food on their families tables so are actively helping the destruction of their Nation.
When all is said and done they and their families will know what part they played in the genocide of Great Britain just like those who worked for the Gestapo in Nazi Germany knew what part they played in the Holocaust with the genocide of Millions of innocent Jews.
The actions of the Islamic Kingdom of Great Britain and its followers are an affront to the British peoples society and way of life, not only that, it endangers and threatens peaceful minorities who are living in OUR Land. This is OUR Land and any guests or long term residents have a right to be protected by the heirs of the British Isles, just like the Police are now doing by bending over backwards to protect Moslems and their benign religion from even the smallest offence like written words which might hurt their feelings. Moslems in Britain have brought everything upon themselves because of the Koran in which they follow. Protection of others is the hospitality that the British people extend to any foreign natives upon OUR Isles as long as they do not threaten the peaceful co-existence of the people living here and the society to which we belong that has been built over millennia by OUR ancestors.
This is OUR Ancestral homeland no one else's!
Many people now within Great Britain realise that by its nature the Islamic religion and the conduct of its Moslem followers are both highly un-conducive to OUR civilized society and are a direct threat to our living environment.
Moderates/Radicals, if they uphold their Religion then they are one and the same just playing different parts of the ultimate religious agenda within OUR Land which is to transform OUR Nation into an Islamic State ruled by Sharia Law.
The problem has gone way past the point of no return for the Political Class who now serve the interests of this benign religious force just too keep the peace under the guise of multiculturalism, with the real problems of this course of action now felt by the innocent men and women on the streets who are now face to face with this invading religious military political force that is exercising its new found strength and power over the innocent people of OUR Nation and OUR way of life.
The heirs of these Isles along with every other innocent race and creed who live peacefully along side of us have had enough of this evil confrontation from the Islamic religion and its Moslem followers that threatens our very human existence and OUR way of life.
The anti-Al Quds demonstration this weekend is the start of the uprising amongst the people who have said 'enough is enough' we don't want these people on OUR streets, we don't want them to be freely allowed to spew their hatred against us and against OUR peaceful friends, and have decided to leave the comfort of their own homes, give up their days off and take to the streets in protest.
There are hundreds of thousands more people like this out there and its is just a matter of time and circumstances until they too take to the streets in protest.
It must be very unsettling to the minority 300,000+ Jewish residents of Britain to see such hatred towards them actually allowed to be promoted on British streets, but they can rest assured that the heirs of this land stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with them in such uncertain days that we are no living through and not just here in the UK but throughout the World.
Islamic teaching says that the end will not come until all the Jews are killed, that is why all prominent Islamic organisations throughout the World justify and actively promote the murder of innocent Jews just like Hitler did during the Holocaust. They are openly and actively calling for another Holocaust in our generation.
People should look at Moslems and the beliefs and desires they hold dear and realise just what savage barbarians they are just like Hitler and the Nazis were.
Not all those who claim the label Moslem are Moslems just like not all who claim the label CofE are Christian, it is the ones who live by their religion and the teachings and example of their child molesting warmongering false prophet Mohamed.
You will see from the photographs and the video that the Moslems demonstrating on OUR streets were holding placards saying 'We are all Hezbollah now'. Hezbollah is a designated terrorist organisation in the 'War on Terror' and we have these people living amongst us saying we are all Hezbollah.
What would the World say if there were people marching through the streets of London saying 'War are all Nazis'?
It is no different and just as hate filled yet it is allowed and condoned under the banner of multiculturalism.
The inevitable has finally arrived and long overdue and I take my hat off to the leaders of March for England and the U.B.A who have organised an grass roots movement to make OUR voices heard, and to all those who stand behind them and have taken to the streets in protest of everything that is now happening in OUR society, and what OUR Country has become.
In their own words:
U.B.A stands shoulder to Shoulder with Sikhs, Jews, in fact anyone whom unites aginst the new nazism that we struggled through world wars to remove... hence you see us stand besides the jewish flag... if you look at the lambeth palace i held a danish and jewish flag.. as the police thought we was right wing, a right wing idiot would die before hold a isreali flag.
March For England is for England... and in that atmosphere anything that threatens our way of life is against the English... be it terrorists, governments e.t.c... united as one but for Queen and Country
U.B.A is solely against terrorists (islam) over-riding our country.....
this is where we unite... two groups united even though we hold strong to the union jack, and they the St George... it is a strong enemy which via government has slowly started to over-ride our freedom, way of life...e.t.c... so both have united,.. but under an umbrella in support.
Both groups joined SIOE (Stop the Islamisation of Europe) recently when they marched to Lambeth Palace on September 11th to demonstrate against the introduction of Sharia Law into OUR Country.
The time has come for people to stand up before it's too late!
No surrender is the British motto, and may God bless these organisations, fill their ranks and bring other groups by their side (no-Neo Nazi's welcome here thank you) to join forces to let the peoples of these Isles voices be heard for the sake of everything we hold dear now, and for the sake of OUR children and grandchildren in the future.
What would OUR forefathers say about what has become of the 'Realm' that they handed down to us, that which has been handed down from generation to generation for safe keeping and protection from ancient of days.
Beware: Some colourful English language
Posted: 30 Sep 2008 07:26 PM CDT
The U.S. House of Representatives are limiting the amount of emails their constituents can send to individual House members due to the volume of emails coming in regarding the "bailout". They fear too many will crash the House website.
A spokesman for the spokesman for the Chief Administrative Office (CAO), Jeff Ventura, who is responsible for the House website and email services says "We were trying to figure out a way that the House.gov website wouldn't completely crash."
To that end, the CAO sent out a letter on Tuesday morning stating his office had place a limit on the number of emails that could be sent using the "Write Your Representative" function found at the House of Representatives website. The limit would be in effect during peak email traffic times according to The Hill.
"This measure has become temporarily necessary to ensure that Congressional websites are not completely disabled by the millions of e-mails flowing into the system,"the letter reads.
Ventura continued to explain how this function would work by saying "What we had to do was basically install the digital equivalent of a traffic cop. It was a question of inconveniencing everybody or inconveniencing some people some of the time, while servicing other people the other half of the time."
Members of the house starting noticing massive amounts of emails coming in regarding the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, otherwise known as the "bailout" package, as more people became aware of the text of the bill itself and had some type of comment they wanted to make in communications with their respective representatives.
The error message that is seen reads: (Right now the message below shows at the "Write your Representative" link on the U.S. House website.
"The House of Representatives is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high amount of e-mail traffic. The Write Your Representative function is therefore intermittently available. While we realize communicating to your Members of Congress is critical, we suggest attempting to do so at a later time, when demand is not so high. System engineers are working to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience."
Ventura admits the problems the email volume caused to the website might not be fixed until the economic package was finalized.
This will make it extremely difficult for constituents to contact their representative to communicate their feelings about any bill that comes up for a vote, including any further bailout bills.
Another option for contacting Congress is the by telephone at (202)225-3121 for the U.S. House switchboard operator.
See, this mass email to the Reps happened with the immigration reform bill and it was because of the massive emails, phones calls, letters and people close enough stopping in, that forced Congress to defeat it.
Guess what? Those millions of emails did not force a "limit" on how many emails the House site allowed. We crashed their switchboard a time or two and we certainly brought the site down to a crawl, but they didn't do this.
This is far more than just limiting for the sake of their site, they are, in MY opinion, deliberately trying to stop the public from threatening their members reelection chances by telling them straight up, "vote for this, get voted out."
It is so obvious that I cannot believe they are even trying it.
Hence my making sure to provide the phone number. Constituents should always be able to email their reps...this is bull.
Now we know why they are limiting the emails, via Malkin:
A Senate bailout vote is scheduled tomorrow at 9pm Eastern.
(1)Motion to concur on the House message, H.R. 2095, Rail Safety;
No details on whether any changes have been made to the bill that failed to pass.
Posted: 30 Sep 2008 02:57 PM CDT
McCain video ad titled "Rein" below and found at YouTube.
In a one minute ad released by the McCain campaign they highlight Bill Clinton's words in a recently reported interview where he said Democrats resisted Republican efforts and his own to tighten standards on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
When the Bill Clinton interview with Chris Cuomo of ABC News was first reported, reactions from the liberal forums, blogs and websites were also shown, with them criticizing him for giving conservatives and Republicans more ammunition against liberals and Democrats.
Clinton's words were in response to Chris Cuomo asking him "A little surprising for you to hear the Democrats saying, "This came out of nowhere, this is all about the Republicans. We had nothing to do with this." Nancy Pelosi saying it. She signed the '99 Gramm Bill. She knew what was going on with the SEC. They're all sophisticated people. Is that playing politics in this situation?
Clinton's answer, as shown in the McCain video ad above was "Well, maybe everybody does that a little bit. I think the responsibility the Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."
Text of the video ad above titled "Rein":
ANNCR: John McCain fought to rein in Fannie and Freddie.
At the time the Bill Clinton interview was released, he was being called and "absolute disgrace" said be the "Underminer" and those were the most polite of criticisms shown.
With the blame game going on in Washington DC at the moment over the failure of the bailout plan not passing the US House, some are trying to determine where the mess on Wall Street started, how it could have been prevented and what can be done about it that will have the support of the American people.
Some liberals believe Bill Clinton handed the ammunition and the weapon to John McCain and he even loaded it for them, and many believe it was only a matter of time before they used it.
Popular opinion is, more of Bill Clinton's interviews over the last couple of weeks, will be part of any ads produced and released by the Republican National Committee and the John McCain campaign as well as outside groups.
According to The Politico, this ad will be aired nationally and it is the first appearance of Bill Clinton in a campaign ad this general election campaign season.
Posted: 30 Sep 2008 01:36 PM CDT
An Ohio law takes effect today which will require courts to send information on repeat drunk driver offenders to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for the creation of a searchable database.
Any driver that has been convicted of driving drunk at least five times in a 20 year period will be listed on a new manageable searchable data base created by the Ohio Department of Public Safety with information sent to them by Ohio courts.
Their name, birth date and address will be listed on the database for Ohio residents to search and discover who in their neighborhood is a multiple offender.
Other offenses related will also qualify towards the five-conviction minimum, such as vehicular assault, vehicular homicide or driving under the influence of drugs as reported by The Columbus Dispatch.
One supporter of this new law, Scott Woodworth, has been convicted 13 times and believes he poses a danger to the public and says the database is a good idea saying "People have a right to know who among them is a drunk."
Woodworth is 49 years old and is currently serving a 5 year sentence at Pickaway Correctional Institution in Orient.
The new legislation was pushed hard by Senator Timothy J. Grendell, a Geauga County Republican, who also helped get further restrictions applied, such as anybody with at least two drunk driving convictions will not be allowed to refuse a blood test when stopped by the police.
Grendell states "You don't come up to a murder scene and have a man standing there with a smoking gun and allow him to say, 'No, I refuse to hand you the best evidence you've got. So why should suspected drunk drivers be allowed to keep our evidence from authorities?"
Further portions of the newly passed legislation mandates earlier court ordered treatments and more utilization of a device that requires drivers to blow into it to prove no alcohol has been consumed before allowing the car to start. Also those who violate their court probation will have to wear an ankle bracelet which will monitor the amount of alcohol in their sweat.
In the past 11 years, 2,979 people have gone to an Ohio prison for felonious drunken driving. An additional 462 went in for drunken driving and other crimes.
Woodworth asserts that if there had been devices to prove no alcohol consumption before allow people to drive, it would have kept him off the streets for all the previous years and it was by "God's grace" he never killed anyone, continuing on to say "I don't think I ever hit anything. At least that I know about."
The Ohio Department of Public Safety has until the end of the year to have the database up and running but according to spokeswoman Lindsay Komlanc, they are not sure when it will be ready.
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