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The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes

Oct 31, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Opinions

By Peggy Noonan
Source Link:
http://online.wsj.com

Obama and the Runaway Train

The race, the case, a hope for grace.

The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes:

He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.

A great moment: When the press was hitting hard on the pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, he did not respond with a politically shrewd “I have no comment,” or “We shouldn’t judge.” Instead he said, “My mother had me when she was 18,” which shamed the press and others into silence. He showed grace when he didn’t have to.

There is something else. On Feb. 5, Super Tuesday, Mr. Obama won the Alabama primary with 56% to Hillary Clinton’s 42%. That evening, a friend watched the victory speech on TV in his suburban den. His 10-year-old daughter walked in, saw on the screen “Obama Wins” and “Alabama.” She said, “Daddy, we saw a documentary on Martin Luther King Day in school.” She said, “That’s where they used the hoses.” Suddenly my friend saw it new. Birmingham, 1963, and the water hoses used against the civil rights demonstrators. And now look, the black man thanking Alabama for his victory.

This means nothing? This means a great deal. (more…)

Posted By: Rythm

By MICHAEL LaFORGIA
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


The Victim: Jessica Kalish, 56, a successful software executive, was found dead in her BMW


The Killer: Carol Anne Burger, 57, a writer, was upset over the breakup.

BOYNTON BEACH — Carol Anne Burger killed her former lover by stabbing her 222 times with a Phillips-head screwdriver and then took pains to hide her crime, police said Wednesday.

Jessica Kalish, who shared a house with Burger despite breaking up with her more than a year ago, was found last Thursday stuffed in the backseat of her gun-metal BMW sedan, abandoned behind a medical office at 2300 S. Congress Avenue. Her blood was splashed around the rear end and undercarriage of the car, as if her killer had tried to load her into the trunk. The driver-side window was shattered.

Examining the body, detectives absorbed what had been done to her. Stab wounds were clustered around the back of her head and stitched across her back and arms and face. Most were between an inch and an inch-and-a-half deep. A blow to Kalish”s neck probably killed her, investigators determined.

At a news conference Wednesday, police laid out what they”d learned during a week of investigation. They said the evidence pointed to one conclusion: Burger killed Kalish, a 56-year-old software executive whom friends described as worldly and intelligent, and then tried to throw investigators off her trail.

What pulled the trigger in Burger?

Her friends, the ones who can bring themselves to believe what police said about her, turn the question over in amazement.

If this could happen to someone like her, they said, what does it mean for the rest of us? (more…)

Northern Star Rising

Oct 31, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

Source Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com
By Eugene Robinson

My view of Sarah Palin has changed in the two months since John McCain named her as his running mate. I’m guessing that McCain’s view of Palin may be changing, too, and not entirely in a good way.

I thought Palin was a lightweight; she’s not. I thought she was an ingenue; she is, but only as long as her claws are sheathed. I thought she was bewildered and star-struck at her sudden elevation to national prominence; if she ever was, she isn’t anymore. I thought she was nothing but raw political talent and unrealistic ambition; it turns out that she has impressive political skills. I thought she was destined to become nothing more than a historical footnote; I now think that Democrats underestimate her at their peril.

At this point, only McCain’s most loyal lieutenants could have been surprised when Palin told ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas that she’s already looking beyond Tuesday’s election toward her own political future. Asked whether she would just pack it in and go back to Alaska if she and McCain lose, Palin replied: “I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we’ve taken . . . I’m not doing this for naught.”

No, she’s doing it for Sarah — and doing it increasingly well.

It’s tempting to think of Palin as a kind of pop star, the latest flash in the pan who rockets to the top of the charts and then fades to obscurity — Alec Baldwin referred to her as “Bible Spice” the other day. But that smug assessment ignores the evidence that she has the chops to be much more than a one-hit wonder.

Palin’s introduction to the nation was disastrous, at least in terms of appealing to a constituency beyond the conservative wing of the Republican Party. It was obvious from the beginning that she wasn’t remotely prepared for high national office. The red-meat Republican base was energized, but others saw McCain’s decision to put her on the ticket as cynical and irresponsible.

Palin herself must have realized that her debut was premature. But as Vernon Jordan likes to say, “Opportunity is never convenient.” (more…)

Somalia’s Pirates Flourish in a Lawless Nation

Oct 31, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Politics

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: October 30, 2008

Farah Ismail Eid, a jailed pirate, spoke of government collusion. More Photos >

BOOSAASO, Somalia — This may be one of the most dangerous towns in Somalia, a place where you can get kidnapped faster than you can wipe the sweat off your brow. But it is also one of the most prosperous.

Money changers walk around with thick wads of hundred-dollar bills. Palatial new houses are rising up next to tin-roofed shanties. Men in jail reminisce, with a twinkle in their eyes, about their days living like kings.

This is the story of Somalia’s booming, not-so-underground pirate economy. The country is in chaos, countless children are starving and people are killing one another in the streets of Mogadishu, the capital, for a handful of grain.

But one particular line of work — piracy — seems to be benefiting quite openly from all this lawlessness and desperation. This year, Somali officials say, pirate profits are on track to reach a record $50 million, all of it tax free.

“These guys are making a killing,” said Mohamud Muse Hirsi, the top Somali official in Boosaaso, who himself is widely suspected of working with the pirates, though he vigorously denies it.

More than 75 vessels have been attacked this year, far more than any other year in recent memory. About a dozen have been set upon in the past month alone, including a Ukrainian freighter packed with tanks, antiaircraft guns and other heavy weaponry, which was brazenly seized in September.

The pirates use fast-moving skiffs to pull alongside their prey and scamper on board with ladders or sometimes even rusty grappling hooks. Once on deck, they hold the crew at gunpoint until a ransom is paid, usually $1 million to $2 million. Negotiations for the Ukrainian freighter are still going on, and it is likely that because of all the publicity, the price for the ship could top $5 million. (more…)

Growing Doubts on Palin Take a Toll, Poll Finds

Oct 31, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Politics, Polls

Source Link: http://www.nytimes.com/
By MICHAEL COOPER and DALIA SUSSMAN

A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

All told, 59 percent of voters surveyed said Ms. Palin was not prepared for the job, up nine percentage points since the beginning of the month. Nearly a third of voters polled said the vice-presidential selection would be a major factor influencing their vote for president, and those voters broadly favor Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

And in a possible indication that the choice of Ms. Palin has hurt Mr. McCain’s image, voters said they had much more confidence in Mr. Obama to pick qualified people for his administration than they did in Mr. McCain.

After nearly two years of campaigning, a pair of hotly contested nominating battles, a series of debates and an avalanche of advertisements, the nationwide poll found the contours of the race hardening in the last days before the election on Tuesday. Twelve percent of the voters surveyed said they had already voted. These were among the findings:

¶Mr. Obama is maintaining his lead, with 51 percent of likely voters supporting him and 40 percent supporting Mr. McCain in a head-to-head matchup. (more…)

Fightin’ Phils are World Series champions

Oct 29, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Sports

By Joe Juliano
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Source Link: http://www.philly.com


After 28 years, and two days of waiting for the rain to stop so that Game 5 of the World Series could resume, the wait is over.

The Phillies are the champions.

Pedro Feliz singled in pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett with the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and Brad Lidge finished up a perfect year out of the bullpen by closing in the ninth to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies won all three games at the Bank to clinch the best-of-seven series, four games to one, and win their first World Series title since 1980. The fourth victory was the most difficult since the game had been suspended Monday night because of a cold, windblown rain after 51/2 innings with the score tied at 2.

J.C. Romero worked 11/3 innings to pick up the win. Lidge gave up a broken-bat single in the ninth to Dioner Navarro but struck out pinch-hitter Eric Hinske on three pitches amid a barrage of camera flashes to pick up the save, his 48th in 48 opportunities this season.

Lidge fell to his knees after the final out, and he was mobbed a split second later by his teammates.

Judging from the way the game progressed after it resumed at 8:40 p.m., the thought was that perhaps baseball should try more of these three-inning minigames. (more…)

Tell me what you think?

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I just Sent Senator Kay Hagan $50 because of this Ad..

Oct 29, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Politics

Posted By: Tazirai

Elizabeth Dole needs to freakin die already.. (Not serious)

But all the same.. to Question Someones FAITH!.. To win an election is BEYOND Absurd.. The Christian Rigt is so wrong on many levels.
I’m glad their fake morality and ethics is being called into question..

And they are doin it themselves..

I already voted for ya Kay.. It’s all good. – Tazirai

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Who was Jennifer Hudson’s brother?

Oct 29, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By Mary Schmich
Source Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jason Hudson’s friends can gaze at the front yard of his big white wooden house and still see him picking up the mustard bottle. Remember Big J out there cooking ribs? How that grill smoked?

And look at that Ford Escort. Jason’s mama had that car for a million years. Those tires have been flat forever.

Except for the balloons and teddy bears that crowded the wire fence, or the TV crews that shivered on the sidewalk, the Hudson home looked normal Tuesday, four days after Jason and his mother were shot to death inside.

Two stories and an attic. Oval glass in the front door. A cold October sun lighting up the gold leaves of a slender maple tree.

Jason’s friends could still envision his dad out at the curb when they were kids, head tucked under a car hood, humming, a cigarette stuck in his lips.

They could still hear Jason’s mom, telling them to cut the music down, could see her refusing to speak to any of his friends she didn’t like or open the door to anyone she didn’t know. (more…)

Charles Meets Barack = A must see video!

Oct 29, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Politics

Posted By: x-man

Spread this around. This should go viral! Seriously! – x-man

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