Hillary! Are you kidding me? You CANNOT give this speech. I'll say it again; its supposed to be a concession speech. Try once more. If you can’t come up with something a bit more gracious, I’m going back to our writers and have them work on something for you. You need to tone down some of this. I say this with all due respect.
I’m giving this copy to this new intern and telling her to shred it!
Back to the drawing board. Third time the charm?
Terry Stupid suspension speech:
My fellow Americans, My friends and supporters. (HUGE applause. Smile and point to a few people like your surprised and happy to see them in the audience).
No. Please, ......... Thank you, thank you. No please.......... I want to start by saying how grateful I am to all of you. All of you that poured your hearts and soul into my campaign. All of you that took time to work for the campaign, knocking on doors, arguing with your neighbors and most importantly, contributing to my campaign, by going to Hillary dot com and supporting our efforts. Thank you ALL! (Pause here for applause and cheers - maybe do some more pointing?)
I come before you today to announce that I am suspending my campaign, temporarily, and I am throwing my full support behind my stubborn and stalwart opponent Barack Hussein Obama. (Pause. People will begin weeping and booing).
Date: 06/07/2008 12:57:32
We're looking at a 90º weekend here...as once again New England goes directly from winter to summer with no spring. (it wan rainy and not quite 60º yesterday...)
Some of our Southern members have been saying in recent weeks that a Bob Barr candidacy would seriously compromise John McCain
's presidential aspirations, a la Ralph Nader. The National Libertarian Party seems to agree, as they have started taking potshots at the Senator from Arizona.
Washington, D.C. - The Libertarian Party is questioning John McCain's rhetoric of bringing "real change" to Washington after it was revealed by a McCain adviser that the Republican presidential candidate supports the warrantless wiretap programs of the Bush administration. "McCain's support of President Bush's domestic spying program would indicate that a McCain administration would be another four years of Constitution treading and civil liberties abuse," says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis.
"McCain has tried to project himself as a 'real change' from the disastrous programs of the last seven years," Davis continues. "However, McCain's reluctance to fully abandon the egregious policies of his predecessor makes him simply a repackaged version of the Bush administration--far from the illusion of change McCain has worked so hard to create."
On Friday, the New York Times reported that a McCain adviser had stated McCain as believing that “neither the administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the A.C.L.U. and trial lawyers, understand were constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.” Taking such a position would put McCain in lockstep with the highly criticized programs of the Bush administration.
"Real change--the kind that a Barr administration would bring to Americans--would be returning America to a place where citizens can trust that the government is not looking over their shoulder or listening in on their phone calls," says LP presidential candidate and former Congressman Bob Barr. "A McCain administration would undoubtedly be a continuation of the status quo from which Americans are ready to escape. McCain is not change. McCain is four more years of the same."
The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.
Neon lights a Nobel Prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You don't have to follow me
Only you can set you free
- Cult of Personality, Living Colour
It was 40 years ago today in a restaurant kitchen beneath the Ambassador Hotel in LA that Robert F Kennedy's life was cut short by a bullet... or two... or more. He was seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Richard Nixon. His death and his brother's death 5 years earlier were bookends to the presidency of Lyndon Johnson.
It was also the third high-profile assassination (including MLK Jr 2 months earlier) of a popular leader of the people during that turbulent decade. Years later in 1981 there was the attempt on Ronald Reagan's life. It seems that popular leaders that challenge the status quo find themselves the targets of unstable loners with guns, acting alone.
Okay, maybe not so alone. Time to strap on your tinfoil hats...
Yesterday a small story broke, one that caught my eye. It could be a sign of things to come. Federal prosecutors ended the Apeal to Former Governor Don Sieglman's case.
Federal prosecutors are no longer seeking stiffer prison sentences for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, but have not said why.
Prosecutors filed a motion this week with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking that their appeals of the sentences be dropped. Their appeals had called for a longer prison term than Siegelman's more than seven-year sentence and Scrushy's almost seven-year sentence .
The latest filing does not spell out why prosecutors want to drop their appeals. It just says "the government has elected not to proceed with its cross-appeal as to either defendant."
Prosecutors originally asked that Siegelman be sentenced to 30 years in federal prison and Scrushy to 25 years.
Interesting developments indeed. Karl Rove, as you know was subpeoned by the Judiciary committee to speak about this
case. Continue reading...
Date: 06/04/2008 12:21:26
Our long national nightmare is over.
The Primary season has finally come to a close. No more speaches, no more talking heads, no more tortured math about the popular vote. Barack Obama collected enough delegates yesterday to clinch the nomination. He WILL be the nominee for the Democratic Party in the fall.
And... we are taking wagers (for entertainment purposes only) Random has put together an entire system by which people can make a prediction regarding the outcomes of the primaries and the Super delegate race today.
Below are the current predictions, based upon choices given The Super delgate choice CLOSED at noon today.
so, anyone may still make a prediction for South Dakota and Montana until the polls close in those states.
Winners in each of these categories will be sent a bar of Chocolate. REAL chocolate.
Random get's ALL
the credit for this one! Let's give him a round of applause for all the work he has done!!!
Ask A Vet
Date: 06/03/2008 10:46:43
Today is our 1,909th day in Iraq.
We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4086
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3947
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3625
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3227
Since Election (1/31/05): 2649
Other Coalition Troops: 312
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 510
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through $ 525, 093, 000, 000 .00
Now we have Torture Ships.
The United States is operating "floating prisons" to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.
Details of ships where detainees have been held and sites allegedly being used in countries across the world have been compiled as the debate over detention without trial intensifies on both sides of the Atlantic. The US government was yesterday urged to list the names and whereabouts of all those detained.
Information about the operation of prison ships has emerged through a number of sources, including statements from the US military, the Council of Europe and related parliamentary bodies, and the testimonies of prisoners.
The analysis, due to be published this year by the human rights organisation Reprieve, also claims there have been more than 200 new cases of rendition since 2006, when President George Bush declared that the practice had stopped.
According to research carried out by Reprieve, the US may have used as many as 17 ships as "floating prisons" since 2001. Detainees are interrogated aboard the vessels and then rendered to other, often undisclosed, locations, it is claimed.
Since 2001. Since the *Resident told us that we longer use rendition, it is even more troubling that 200
cases were alegedly carried out. How are these not crimes against humanity? Continue reading...
I dreamed that one day, during my lifetime, and God willing, during my Mothers lifetime, there would be a President of the United States that we would address as "Madam President". I dreamed that Madam President would change the way politics would be done in Washington; the end of dirty tricks, lying, and plotting behind closed doors - schemes that would hurt Americans.
And Hillary Clinton is killing my dream.
Hillary believed she was entitled to the Presidency. Yes, I said it. Entitled. Father Michael Pfleger, guest Pastor at "Obama's Church" as its come to be called, was right on. His sermon was on White Entitlement, which is why he brought Hillary Clinton into the mix.
And why not? From the start Clinton has assumed she will be the nominee.
She is entitled because she has the name, the money, the popularity, and she thought, the super-delegates....... not that she'd even need them.
Her assumption that she would just sweep in and be the Democratic Presidential Nominee is just plain galling to those of us that had this dream. Many of us envisioned that our first serious female candidate that would stop "playing the political game" and start talking and listening to the American people honestly. That she would be such a refreshing change Independents, Libertarians and Republicans would jump on the bandwagon. All of us, Black and White; Young and Old, Gay and Straight, holding hands and singing songs and then diving into a large bed and ripping off our .............. oops, sorry that’s a different dream.
Date: 05/31/2008 12:36:39
Well, by now you've heard that Bob Barr was won the Libertarian Nomination for President....but who might Mr. Barr be, exactly?
Of course, he's got a campaign website
, so I'll spare you the tedium of excessive cut and pastes today. However, his bio might be worth checking out, and of course we'll go back and look at his platform and positions from time to time...to compare and contrast with the 'big boys'.
Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He now runs a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices in the Washington, D.C. area.
Bob Barr chose to join the Libertarian Party because at this time in our nation’s history, it is essential to join and work with a party that is 100 percent committed to protecting liberty.
Bob Barr has served as Regional Representative of the Libertarian National Committee.
Bob Barr works tirelessly to help preserve our fundamental right to privacy and our other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.
Bob Barr also occupies the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union, and is a Board Member of the National Rifle Association. Bob Barr is also a member of The Constitution Project’s Initiative on Liberty and Security, and he served from 2003 to 2005 as a member of a project at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University addressing matters of privacy and security. In fact, recognizing Bob Barr’s leadership in privacy matters, New York Times columnist William Safire has called him “Mr. Privacy.”
Bob Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia (1986-90), and served as President of Southeastern Legal Foundation (1990-91). He was an official with the CIA (1971-78), and has practiced law for many years.
The biggest challenge facing any third-party candidate is not publicity, or funding, or name-recognition, but ballot access. Googling "ballot access" brings up a whole host of sites detailing the past, present, and future of access for third parties, and indeed ordinary Americans. In fact...without free ballot access, the Republican party may have never been able to exist, as free and fair access was key to their early growth in the 1850s. Beginning around 1930, the parties in control began to pass ever more restrictive laws, as detailed in a paper written by Richard Winger
back about 1994...
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