It kicked off yesterday in true military fashion with a parachute jump on the USS Midway. Here's the video. We'll be updating you on the tour soon.
~Post by Mel
A good story has made it through the cracks. This article reiterates the reporting of Pete Hegseth, Executive Director of Vets For Freedom in his piece, Sons of Iraq - A grassroots surge against al-Qaeda. But the only articles I've seen on the AP are doom and gloom, trying to extract any negative they can find, big surprise.
~Post by Mel
Garrett nails him on this question.
OK ... here's Fox News Major Garrett asking the would be President why did it take you so long to respond and what is it about the Rev Wright that you condemn? Listen to the answer. I find the would be Pres halting, unsure, and looking for a little "wiggle room"
Could this be Hillary's moment? Jim Geraghty again.
You've heard me say ..."Too big to fail." That is what we have here and as much as I hate what's happening ... all of the Fed actions are starting make sense. They obviously know more about how bad things are than I ... it just ticks me off.
Yet another update on the connection between the "Rev" Wright and Senator Obama.
First this from Jim Geraghty ... the question is ... how much influence has Wright had on the Obama family over the last 20 years?
"Finally, we've previously heard an unorthodox assessment of the American character from Michelle Obama; that, we were told, was a poor word choice or that she couldn't have meant what she actually said. Well, now we're hearing about how rotten a place America is from Obama's pastor as well as from his wife. It's getting harder and harder to believe Barack Obama himself doesn't at least partially share their opinion."
Then this from HotAir:
“What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice,” Obama said. “He’s much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I’m not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that’s involved in national politics.”
The "No More Pork" amendment to the 2009 $3 trillion budget went down to defeat by a 29-71 vote. I would have expected no less from those little piggies.
But here's the best part. McCain, Hillary and Mr Hope himself Barack Obama all voted for the pork moritorium. Good news right? Silly boy. Rewind to 2006.
One of Obama's Earmarks Went to Hospital That Employs Michelle Obama
Dan Riehl notes, via Amanda Carpenter, that in the list of earmarks he requested, $1 Million was requested for the construction of a new hospital pavilion at the University Of Chicago. The request was put in in 2006.
You know who works for the University of Chicago Hospital?
Michelle Obama. She's vice president of community affairs.
Jim Geraghity ... you the man. Make sure you follow all of the links especially the link "earmarks".
Then (via HotAir) ... this little tid bit ... a little pork for his finance chairman. Audacity!
Among them, an $8 million request for the "High Explosive Air Burst Technology Program." Ultimately, $1.3 million in funding was awarded for the program. [More...]
the defense project was overseen by General Dynamics, one of the nation's largest military contractors. Obama's Illinois finance chairman, James S. Crown, serves on the company's board of directors and his family holds a sizable stake in the company.
Crown and his wife, Paula Crown, are members of Obama's National Finance Committee and have raised more than $200,000 for the Obama campaign, according to a list of fundraisers posted on Obama's campaign website.
Insurgent attacks increased between 7 and 10 percent immediately after a spike in "antiresolve" statements in the media, according to the findings. Read the whole thing here.
I am shocked I tell you. You mean when Harry Reid said the war is lost, when Kerry said American soldiers terrorize Iraqi women and children, when Obama said he will withdraw all troops as soon as he is elected ... it encouraged the enemy. Who ever would have imagined?
This is a nice little companion bite to Mel's posts below. McCain says the day the Republicans beat back the Democrats on date certain for withdrawal was a turning point in the war. Here's the link to the story on the Fox News site.
It's an opinion I've heard more than a few times. Iraqi's aren't stepping up, or making the sacrifices, we are. Once again, here's the actual numbers courtesy of http://understandingwar.org/
Sean Hannity's interview with John McCain was fantastic. Now understand I am a McCain supporter. I disagree with some past positions but I think he is a man of principle .... maybe too much so to get elected. But right from the start we learn a little about the man's courage and conviction. I will post only a couple more and share the rest on the show tomorrow. I will also add a link to the Fox site as soon as they make the whole interview available.
I’m Melissa Weaver, otherwise known as Mel, contributing editor to Radio Vice Online. Born and raised in CT, I joined the CT Army NG in 1997 as an MP where I spent 8 years including a year in Baghdad at the beginning of the war (2003-2004). Upon returning I’ve taken up an interest in politics, more specifically on how politics are affecting the war and the troops on the ground. I believe the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan are essential to our security and freedom here in this wonderful country of the United States of America. My belief in the mission and our fine troops on the ground have driven me to become the State Captain of Vets for Freedom and stay involved the great talk show Sound Off CT on WTICAM1080 with Jim Vicevich where Jim’s been nice enough to let me co-host occasionally over the past few years.
I am now on every Thurs from 10a-noon, be sure to tune in, you’ll never know what I’m going to say next!!!
~Post by Mel
I posted video clips below from the exclusive Fox News Video of Rev Jeremiah Wright. As I said, no pastor of mine would say such things, spout such hate, preach such divisiveness.
Wolf Blitzer interviewed former NJ Senator Bill Bradley, good man ... but for now he's just a Democrat huckster. First he invokes this Messianic image of Obama ... "may his perpetual light shine upon us" ... recognize the prayer?
Michael Sheridan, the New Haven High School honor student, and class V.P., who was suspended 3 days for buying a "bag" of skittles ... and then reinstated today ... appeared with Cavuto on Fox News just moments ago.
From Guest Blogger Nils ...
When you read the whole thing, read what he has said publically ... well it makes me wonder. Not why he was asked to leave, or why he decided to resign ... makes me wonder why he lasted as long as he did. Dissent in the board room is great and healthy ... on the street it's wrong and dangerous.
The differences between Fallon and the administration were real, not the result of any misperception. It is well established that Fallon worked to undermine the "surge" in Iraq by pushing for faster troop reductions than the commander on the ground in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, thought prudent. He attempted to banish the phrase "the Long War" because, according to Barnett, it "signaled a long haul that Fallon simply finds unacceptable."
Regarding Iran, Fallon undercut the cornerstone of the Bush administration's Iran policy of keeping all options-including the use of military force-open, in order to pressure Iran to forgo its nuclear ambitions. This makes diplomatic sense. As Frederick the Great once observed, diplomacy without force is like music without instruments.
The "N" word lives ... unfortunately. In Detroit ... by the Mayor:
But although Kilpatrick and other black leaders symbolically buried the racial slur in a mock funeral last July, he uttered it in his State of the City address Tuesday, which was carried live on local television and radio stations.
If you read the whole story you will see he was quoting what people have called him ... still ... in the "State Of The City" address?
Then there is the Rev Jeremiah Wright. This exclusive tape from Fox News. I don't know but where I come from Ministers don't talk like this. Seems to me like the Rev stirs up hate and is devisive and ... well ... I will let you decide. Watch the whole video here. Kudos to Fox News.
It's a shame really. It's all part of an IRS investigation into the Rev Wright's church which has been accused of openly campaigning for Senator Obama.
No ... not Spitzer ... Hillary. My favorite part is this:
"You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive”
I always love apologies that include ... if anyone was offended. All of the pander fit to print. Gag.
The resignation video is from CNN. Sorry I can't find the part where he quotes Luke 28 ... too bad ... I like it when one incident like this can enable a person to suddenly find Jesus. But the Lord does work in mysterious ways.
I am likely reading too much into this but the reason for the posting is to take a look at Silda ... that, my friends, is one pissed off woman. It almost looks as if she's saying, "Read it you bastard, word for word." I like her strength.
She said she wouldn't, but Fox is reporting Geraldine Ferraro has resigned from the Clinton campaign. Here she is earlier today on Fox. They played the race card, she said, to shut me up.
This comes via instapundit and ya gotta love it ... Over at Knoxvilletalks blog "paying bad teachers to quit."
The Center for Union Facts on Tuesday will ask parents, students and other teachers to nominate the “worst unionized teacher in America.” The center says it will choose 10 and offer each $10,000 to quit; “winners” must allow the center to write about them on its Web site. The center plans full-page ads today in USA TODAY and The New York Times.
Finally a column on the real issue in the heatlhcare debate: the cost. Michael Tanner nails it at National Review.
“You worry about the uninsured, but they are a symptom of a larger problem. Unless you do something about cost, you are chasing your proverbial tail.”
By the way for a look at how we can provide affordable legal care to all (like Democratic Governor Spitzer's) click here.
Now consider the recent news that 1 in every 100 people has landed in jail, and armed with the knowledge that most of these people are poor and likely are denied the same legal representation as the rich because of their financial status ... does it not follow that national legalcare is more or as important than healthcare. The kind of legal care that up to this point, only the rich like Spitzer and OJ could afford. Why can't we get access to that kind of legal care?
Yesterday I had a great talk on the Spitzer situation with a friend of mine who has dealt with all kinds of high powered people as a therapist. She agreed with me that prostitution is not a victimless crime but I didn't know the half of it. She went on to tell me it was her experience that just about all prostitutes that's she's counseled have been victims of child abuse, changing their lives forever. Women who now believe their only value is in their looks or body. So it was with great interest I read this article this morning, from the NY Times.
But most women in prostitution, including those working for escort services, have been sexually abused as children, studies show. Incest sets young women up for prostitution — by letting them know what they’re worth and what’s expected of them. Other forces that channel women into escort prostitution are economic hardship and racism.
Read it all please.
Two developments: The NY Times is reporting that Silda Spitzer reportedly is urging her hubby, Democrat Elliot Spitzer, to stay.
State government remained paralyzed on Tuesday as Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, was engaged in an intense legal and family debate about whether to resign or, as aides said his wife was urging, to stay on.
What's going on here? Hard to say. Some people (not just men) have a powerful almost hynotic hold over their partners, despite their behavior and the way they treat their parnters.
We talked about the hurt on Silda Spitzer's face yesterday as she stood by her good for nothin bumb husband, Democrat Elliot Spitzer. Why do it? In this morning's NY Times Dina McGreevey tries to answer that question. She of course the wife of fomer Democrat NJ Governor James McGreevey who was caught in an affair with a man.
For me, I was essentially in the dark about what my husband was going to say. He never told me he was gay; he simply passed me a copy of his speech an hour before the press conference. I was in a fog. I certainly didn’t volunteer. I was in no emotional state to make a rational decision, and there simply wasn’t time. He asked me to stand next to him, and I did.
Frankly, all I was thinking about was my daughter. If I had to do it over again, I’d do the same thing. I did it for my daughter’s father.
I missed this in the NY Times this morning but it was yet another topic on Hardball tonight.
Commenting on Former Democratic VP candidate Geraldine Ferraro, Pat Buchanan on Hardball tonight backed up Geraldine Ferraro telling Chris Matthews that Obama's race has indeed been a factor in his success and that started the fireworks:
Well he is a Democrat. The moment tonight involves Hardball's big number of the night ... the price of oil. And listen to who he blames $109 a barrel oil on. Go on, guess.
That's the title of Larry Elder's new book. He was on Fox and Friend's this morning. Those who listen to the show know he is my talk show hero. Coining the phrases I use all of the time ... including "Republitarian". Vist Amazon and give it a try.
Whether they are demagogues like Al Sharpton, established politicians like Hillary Clinton, or entertainers like Danny Glover, no one escapes Elder’s cogent arguments and rapier wit. His sometimes hilarious and always infuriating examples of wrong-headedness skewer not just politicians for their smugness and hypocrisy, but also actors, educators, religious leaders and the “mainscream media” for keeping the story in the headlines.
Two takes on the same story and its all about Iraq ... both from the left. Interesting.
One from the Washington Post:
You can see it all happening again: a Republican charging that the Democrats are defeatist, soft on national security and not to be trusted with the White House. And you can see the Democratic Party heading toward Denver for yet another crackup.
The other USA Today:
Even so, Democrats and other war critics should not be arguing for an unconditional and rushed departure, as the congressional leadership and Obama are generally doing. Nor should supporters of the war be arguing for a largely open-ended commitment regardless of Iraqi performance, as the Bush administration and to some extent Sen. John McCain seem to favor.
Don Surber reports Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have joined the war against earmarks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined Republican presidential candidate John McCain and a small band of GOP senators in making a run this week against the billions of dollars in home-state pet projects Congress funds each year.
His take is excellent and a must read but the best part is: Now if we could only get Obama and Hillary to give up their combined half-billion in earmarks — including the ordinary spending that they take credit for.
Looking for some numbers to throw at your friends. Try this on for size.
Surber, an editorial writer with the Charleston Daily Mail, goes on to right even if they are sincere, they all still have a piggy Congress to deal with. My guess is that makes this a pretty safe stance to take.
This is how far they have fallen, ladies and gentlemen. First they lose a reliably Republican district in Denny Hastert's seat. Now this. If contributions are down, now you know why. My guess is ... the money will soon slow from a trickle to a drip, drip, drip.
Just heard Fox report on "On The Record" that Republicans will seek to impeach Spitzer if he does not resign tonight ... and they say they have the votes. Republicans hold a majority in the Senate but are a tiny minority in the Assembly. Hmmm. Can't wait to see this.
Well James has a whole lot of experience with this kind of stuff (remember, its just a sex lie) ... and I know he's a partisan, but I have to say even I was surprised by Carville's cavalier attitude about a former AG who has prosecuted prostitution rings, and a Governor who promised to uphold the law, breaking the law. This is criminal conduct, including wire fraud if he is indicted.
More than once now Hillary Clinton has raised the idea of running on the same ticket with Obama clearly as the VP. Obama did not respond and apparently that has hurt him with talk that by not responding he would be willing to take the number two slot. Well today ... Obama responded. From Fox News.
The media has started to pile on ... not good for the Governor for sure.
The NY Times started this all with a report this afternoon. Yikes ... the man who made a career out of going after corruption, real and otherwise. Here's his statement ... but no resignation. That's what Fox News is reporting ... you can watch for yourself.
Oh man this could get really good. PA Governor Ed Rendell on Meet The Press yesterday on whether the Clinton campaign would continue the fight even if Obama has the lead in delegates and popular vote. Hell, yes!
The this from Carl Levin on ABC's This Week:
This could be real fun.
Hey, why not. It's worked on everything else. First Senator Obama gives it a try all last week on the campaign trail ... but on Late Edition with the Wolf Man ... Senator Kyle brings much needed perspective.
One thing to note here. President Bush, The Fed, and this crazy "absolutely do nothing" Congress can screw this up. Overstimulation, by either Congress or the Fed, will do nothing more than add to inflation and do little to create or preserve jobs. Instead of giving back money, and artificially lowering interest rates (while the pressure is in the other direction) Congress should consider another round of tax cuts, allowing consumers to keep their cash ... and allow interest rates to rise (naturally) before the dollar is put on the cardboard standard.
This is primarily a financial crisis that has bled into the general economy, not a traditional economic downturn led by a decline in consumption first and production second. In this scenario, you don't do anyone any good by making it cheaper to borrow money, increasing their debt and then sending them checks to pay off that debt. Geeze ... didn't anyone inside the beltway attend even one economics class?
OK, this post is kind of late ... but let's see if we can do a little score keeping here.
First Obama says he has been against the war from the very beginning, then we hear from Karl Rove ... not exactly.
Second: Then, Obama says in the debate two weeks ago, he would threaten to abandon NAFTA if Canada didn't renegotiate the treaty (duly negotiated, passed by Congress, signed by Clinton). Later we hear ... his economic advisor told Canada, it was all talk, don't worry.
Then, Obama tells us he's not like every other politician and the Rezko case resurfaces and Obama's forced to explain his partnership in a Chicago land deal with a man who may very well be off to jail for influence peddling.
Finally Obama tells us he will pull troops out immediately from Iraq, while one of his senior political advisers, Samantha Powers is saying just the opposite to the BBC. Power resigns, but not because of the Iraq flap ... but because she tells a Scot newspaper, Hillary is a "MONSTER". Is it me ... or is he ... like every other politician?
Which brings us to Friday night's Hardball moment. Please Fox hire this guy. I love him. Ironically, he's right.