In the Beginning of July , John McCain traveled to Columbia (the country). His purpose, according to reports, was to talk about illegal drugs and the promotion of CAFTA. While he was there, he met with cabinet members and business leaders... Most importantly, he met with President Uribe, (who came to power in 2002) allegedly to talk about the country's Human Rights record. Source
I mention this because yesterday, capt, a member of our blog, brought to light an interesting snippet from HuffPo. It was a CNN segment where a McCain representative suggested that Obama should visit other places that McCain has been, in particular, Columbia, South America. I quote "In fact, [Obama's] never met with President Uribe in Colombia, as John McCain has." This caught my eye. Many people focused a lot on Columbia that week early in July because John McCain's visit coincided with the release of 5 hostages (3 of which were Americans) after five years of FARC captivity. I will preface the rest of this with an opinion: FARC is not a nice group. This is not about FARC. FARC has been been trying to overthrow Columbia for quite some time. However... President Uribe is not someone we should be associating with, in my opinion. I hope you follow me here, because this gets interesting. Let's focus on the President of Columbia, the man that John McCain traveled to see, the man he wants to do business with, the man he NOW thinks Barack Obama should go visit. From Justice For Columbia, A human rights group based in London:
Uribe has worked for the Medellin Cartel and is a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar. He has participated in Escobar's political campaign…."
Perhaps unsurprisingly due to the links between the drugs traffickers and the paramilitaries Uribe also grew closer to those involved in the AUC paramilitary alliance. During his period as Governor of Antioquia, Uribe openly supported and financed local vigilante groups known as CONVIVIR. According to Human Rights Watch many CONVIVIR groups "were directed by known paramilitaries" whilst others "threatened to assassinate Colombians that were considered as guerrilla sympathizers of which rejected joining the [CONVIVIR]".
There is far more at the link, and I know Pablo is dead... however it's the paramiliatary aspect, more so than the drugs, that are disturbing me. Continue reading...
Velveeta was all set to write another installment of "A Southern Ladies Guide to Gentleman Callers" but was then stymied by the scandalous information about FOX news. Apparently, FOX News may not be "Fair And Balanced" after all! It seems they might be a tool of the right-wing branch of neo-cons. I for one, am shocked!
So, with fainting couch close at hand, I read the accusations. Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan admitted that the White House used FOX commentators as their spokespeople, feeding them information that they wanted the American audience to hear, regardless of any "facts". Mr. McClellan, aka Puffy McMoonFace, recently told Chris Matthews on Hardball, "There were (FOX) commentators and pundits who were useful to the White House...... we were getting them Talking Points."
Well, Mr. Puffy McMoonFace (so called because of his overly round face, and his penchant for blowing up like a Puffer fish when he is caught in a lie) should know. He would have been the one issuing the memos.
91 comments(Latest Comment: 07/28/2008 07:01:56 by livingonli)
Plenty of interesting stuff going on. Perhaps you missed it (I know I did), but about two weeks back, Time Magazine featured an article that was generally favorable to Libertarians. Of course, it was heavy on the guns and drugs aspect (as every mainstream story is), but deep in the article was an interesting attempt to define what the party is all about.
The central goal of Libertarianism is hard to disagree with: freedom. Defining it is another matter. Party members I've met often speak of freedom as if it were a phantom limb: you're born with it, but it gets taken from you by the bureaucratic violence of the EPA, the ATF, the DOE, the DEA, the U.N., NCLB, NAFTA and--above all--the IRS. Freedom's restoration is the magic moment when the nanny state melts away and you can see the life you were supposed to live before the tax auditors and environmental regulators and drug warriors all came to rope, brand and pen you in for life with their endless rulemaking and intrusions.
If the freedom that lives in the Libertarian imagination has an earthly home, it is the American West. If it has a temple, it's Nevada. It's not just the low taxes or the libertine veneer of Las Vegas; Nevada is free, I was told, in part because so much of it is populated by an unbroken and unbowed caste of ranchers, miners and homesteaders who believe in the primacy of private property.
As you might guess, things that come between a Nevadan and his land don't sit well, and over the past decade, there's been nothing more disruptive than the environmental movement's good intentions. Nye County rancher Jim Berg, 68, doesn't call himself a Libertarian, but he thinks the GOP has lost its will to keep the government from affecting his livelihood. He has plenty of war stories about his county's showdowns with the Federal Government, including a 1991 standoff when armed federales came to confiscate cattle belonging to a neighboring rancher who had let his herd graze on off-limits federal land. The Forest Service got some of Berg's cattle in the dragnet, auctioned them off and kept the proceeds. "They wanted trouble that day," he says. "Why else would you gather another man's cattle with 25 to 30 armed men?"
Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens And keep your eyes open, the chance won't come again And don't speak too soon, the wheel's still in spin And there's no telling who that it's naming Oh the loser will be later to win For the times, they are a changing
Come senators, congressmen, please head the call Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt will be her that has stalled The battle outside ragging will soon shake your windows And rattle your hall For the times, they are a changing
This is what Barack Obama wrote in the book at Yad-Vashem in Israel. This is the man who will be president of the United States. This is from the man John McCain called a flip-flopper yesterday. Yeah, These are the words written that the McCain campaign, chose to attack Barack Obama for.
A little over four years ago, my wife woke me up at 5 in the morning to tell me her water had broken, and it was time for our baby to be born. I got a few things together in a travel bag and we rushed to the hospital in our little town in Virginia. After 18 hours of labor, our son Ian made his debut in the world, and he was the most beautiful sight we had ever seen.
As our son grew, my wife and I suspected there was something different about him. Though he was developmentally ahead of other children his age in many areas, his speech and social skills seemed to fall farther and farther behind. He would have bursts of anger that would come from nowhere, and seemingly innocuous social interactions seemed to result in biting or hitting. We sought the help of our pediatrician, who advised us that in his opinion Ian had high-functioning autism. My wife and I were a bit stunned by the news, but made arrangements through the county to get him the help he (and we) needed through the school system.
417 comments(Latest Comment: 07/24/2008 09:12:26 by trojanrabbit)
We'll start as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra...courtesy of antiwar.com:
American Deaths Since war began (3/19/03): 4124 Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3985 Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3663 Since Handover (6/29/04): 3265 Since Election (1/31/05): 2687
Other Coalition Troops: 314 US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 558
We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $538, 820, 000, 000.00
We'll be doing something a little different this morning. Among the many podcasts I listen to during the week is a little gem from the CBC called "The Maritimes This Week". It's a collection of the best stories from the Maritime provinces that was broadcast during the week, and it's well worth checking out if you have the slightest interest in Atlantic Canada.
Anyway, last week's podcast featured an extensive segment on a soldier that had been killed in Afghanistan recently. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the story in print....but from Western Canada comes a similar story.
"The summit will be an important remembrance of those that made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country and others as we focus on how to inspire others to serve causes greater than their own self-interest through national and community service," said McCain...
There’s a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation, vows to run afoul of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery.
For those who don’t remember, the 13th Amendment says: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime … shall exist within the United States.”
And what about that insightful World Net Daily? This is what they had to say about the Obama plan to increase the size of both the Peace and AmeriCorps:
I thought Democrats generally believed the U.S. spent too much on the military. How is it possible their candidate is seeking to create some kind of massive but secret national police force that will be even bigger than the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force put together?
Now, maybe he was misquoted by the Congressional Quarterly and the Chicago Tribune. I guess it's possible. If so, you would think he would want to set the record straight. Maybe he misspoke. That has certainly happened before. Again, why wouldn't the rest of my colleagues show some curiosity about such a major and, frankly, bone-chilling proposition?
Are we talking about creating a police state here?
Ahh... a police state, a future Slave owner... yeah... that's the plan there guys. :rolleyes:
What will they do when they find out McCain is doing the same thing? I am sure, tho, that the likes of Jonah Goldberg and Josef Farah from WND will take their toys, go home and NOT vote for McCain just like another one of their RW leaders, James Dobson, right? They are a principled people these wingers, right... oh.. wait.. This came across the AP yesterday
"I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. "... While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might."
I think it's great, James Dobson is going to vote for a future slave owner.... Jonah Goldberg said so.
Or... maybe this is another example of McBush parroting Obama's plans for America.