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Could it be a landslide?

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2008

Check out the AOL straw poll for August 29, 2008…  Obama isn’t even leading in ONE state after the announcement of Sarah Palin for VP…

Obviously it’s too early to tell if this lead will last.  And, regardless it’ll be a hard fight – particularly as the smears, sexism, and other negative tactics against Palin are already starting in the MSM and in the Obama campaign.  (If you doubt it just look over on http://www.DemocraticUnderground.com – if you thought they really respected women?  You may change your mind after reading some of the threads discussing Mrs. Palin).  This is definitely not “over”, and we can’t rest on our laurels as it were.

However, the situation sure isn’t looking that good for Obama considering his acceptance speech from his “Temple-for-a-day” was less than 24 hours ago!  Coverage of his speech has been all but swept off the radar…  And, it looks like people are liking what they’ve seen of Sarah Palin so far.

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Could it be true? Is Sarah “Barracuda” Palin McCain’s Pick?

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2008

I, like many have been following the rumors, on top of rumors floating around the internet and media last night and this morning speculating who will be McCain’s pick… (I really need some sleep so I apologize if this is a little hard to read! LOL)

It would appear that Romney is OUT.  Likewise, Pawlenty has said he is NOT McCain’s pick…

Who’s creating all the buzz this morning? Alaska Governor Sarah Heath “Barracuda” Palin, that’s who!  And, if this turn out to be an accurate “guess”, then this election might already be over.

As it is McCain has effectively pushed the news of Obama’s acceptance speech off the radar less than 12 hours after he finished it!  A masterful stroke of political genius by McCain’s campaign.  As for the rumors?  The media is going NUTS trying to figure this out.  They have tried to crack McCain’s campaign, but have been unsuccessful thus far…  I can’t even imagine the stress Obama’s strategists are going through at the moment – months of planning could be dashed within a matter of hours.

After spending quite some time last night reading about Governor Palin, I cannot express how happy I will be if indeed McCain has chosen her.  I was incredibly impressed.  For a quick review of Gov. Palin’s bio and such, please see the following profile on Wikipedia: Sarah Heath Palin.

Here’s what I wrote a little while ago on one of my favorite Conservative Message Boards about her:

An 80-90% approval rating??? How much better can you get? Fighting against corruption in her OWN PARTY – right on! A beautiful woman, a loving mother. A woman who knows how to work hard (was a commercial fisherman with her husband in ALASKA no less!!!), can hunt, fish and last, but definitely not least is a VERY intelligent, strong, take no bull, CONSERVATIVE woman!

I’m all for Palin! Praying and hoping here that McCain has chosen her!

(I wonder if they’ll play Barracuda at the convention if it’s her? That was the nickname her teammates gave her back in HS on their championship Basketball team! LOL Sounds like someone you’d LOVE to have in your corner!)

MORE TO COME VERY SOON!!!

PS — More and more reports are coming in that seem to confirm this pick for McCain…  Of course, nothing is for sure until she steps out on that stage!

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The “Chosen One” has chosen Biden

Posted by Admin on August 23, 2008

Well, almost everyone in the country has now heard that Obama has picked Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware) as his running mate. And, McCain wasted no time in getting this wonderful ad out there…

In the following ad you will hear – in his own words – what exactly Joe Biden thinks of Obama, and McCain…

And, in other news…

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Texas School District To Allow Teachers to Carry Guns

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2008

A small Northern Texas School District has voted to allow teachers to carry guns when classes resume later this month. If the plan goes through they will be the first in the nation to take this step to protect the defenseless children and adults in our public schools.

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McCain & Obama at Saddleback

Posted by Admin on August 17, 2008

UPDATES:
8/19/08 ~ Added link to Side-by-Side text comparison of Obama and McCain’s answers.


I have to say that I am very impressed with Rick Warren’s event last night.  For the first time since this election started I think we got a very good view of both of the (major party) candidates and their views on the issues that we face as people – and as a country.  Personally, I think this format of interviews vs. debates was wonderful. This is a great way to hear what the candidates are saying without a moderator cutting people off, or one-up-manship on the part of the candidates themselves in trying to directly counter their opponents answers.

If you did not see the interviews that Rick Warren conducted last night, I definitely suggest setting aside some time to do so.  Below I have embedded the videos from CNN.  There are 4 portions in all – the first two are the interview with Obama, the next two are with McCain.

[I’m having trouble embedding these videos for some reason…  Please visit the following website to view all of the video available: View the ENTIRE Saddleback Civil Forum Interviews @ Blogs for JohnMcCain]

If you cannot view the videos, or would rather read the transcript, Rick Warren has posted it on his website.  Here is the link:

Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency – Broadcast Transcript
http://www.rickwarrennews.com/transcript/

If you would like to compare the answers of both Obama and McCain side-by-side, please see the following webpage:

Saddleback Side by Side Comparison –
http://www.thirty-thousand.org/pages/Saddleback_16AUG2008.htm

[Specific commentary on the interview questions & the candidates answers (still) coming soon!]

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Categories, Tags & more…

Posted by Admin on August 13, 2008

Hi everyone,

As you’ve probably noticed I’ve changed the look of the site a bit.  Everything is still in the same “place” as it used to be in the sidebars, but I thought a change of “scenery” might do us some good! LOL

I wanted you all to know that I am currently re-organizing my catgories in an effort to “clean-up” the site a bit, and allow for easier navigation, and for research purposes.  Please, excuse the confusion until I get things “settled in”.  As you will notice there are a few categories that have been sub-divided already. I may also be using tags for some of the smaller classifications.  Not sure on that yet!

OK, well that’s all for now…

Stay safe & take care,
MichelleK

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War in Georgia News Links: August 13, 2008

Posted by Admin on August 13, 2008

Following is a Round-up of the latest news coming out of Georgia.

Georgian villages burned and looted as Russian tanks advance
Mood of panic as eyewitnesses say ceasefire being broken by Russian military and ‘irregulars’
by Luke Harding, near Gori, Georgia and James Meikle
The Guardian, August 13, 2008 11:40 BST

“People are fleeing, there is a mood of absolute panic. The idea there is a ceasefire is ridiculous,” Luke Harding, the Guardian’s correspondent, said.

Russia denied any advance, however Georgian authorities claimed that about 50 tanks and armoured vehicles were near the strategically important town of Gori.

Harding, watching villages near Gori burn, said witnesses had told him Russian military, including at least 25 tanks, had moved from the Russian-controlled South Ossetia into the villages.

“They asked villagers to hang white flags or handkerchiefs outside their houses if they did not want to be shot, they say.”

The tanks had passed through the village of Rekha at about 11.20am local time. “Behind them (say eyewitnesses) is a whole column of irregulars who locals say are Chechens, Cossacks and Ossetians.

“Eyewitnesses say they are looting, killing and burning. These irregulars have killed three people and set fire to villages. They have been taking away young boys and girls,” said Harding, watching smoke rise from another village, Karaleti. asdfasdfasd

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RUSSIAN TROOPS TAKE UP POSITION OUTSIDE GEORGIAN CITY
by C. Calcutt (text)/Robert Parsons reports from Tbilisi, 1 pm – GMT +2
(Video available at link)
France24 – August 13, 2008

A day after warring Georgia and Russia agreed to a ceasefire, the conflict in the Caucasus appears far from resolved.

On Wednesday morning, FRANCE 24 reporters saw a column of Russian Special Forces armoured vehicles move into position on a hill above the Georgian city of Gori and install mortars.

“The Russian forces have climbed a hill dominating Gori and are installing mortars as I speak,” FRANCE 24’s Nicolas Ransom reported, adding that he could not confirm whether the mortars were turned toward the city.

According to Ransom, the Russian soldiers, “are waving their arms and smiling but it is not clear what their intentions are.”

Earlier, Georgia’s president Mikheil Saakahvili scorned Russian claims of a ceasefire at a press conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, saying that bombing and “the worst kind of marauding” were continuing in Gori. According to Rancom, the city of Gori was deserted and the Red Cross personnel were leaving town.

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RUSSIAN TANKS PATROL GORI IN DEFIANCE OF NICOLAS SARKOZY’S PEACE DEAL
by Damien McElroy, Adrian Blomfield, and Harry de Quetteville
The Telegraph – August 13, 2008

As the EU announced plans to send peacekeeping troops to monitor the ceasefire, Russian troops destroyed an empty Georgian military base in Gori and set up a checkpoint on the road to Tbilisi.

In clear defiance of the spirit of [French President] Sarkozy’s peace deal, Russia appeared to be working to cement a buffer zone for South Ossetia.

A Georgian official claimed that 50 tanks had moved into Gori and South Ossetian snipers were also reportedly in operation in the town.

Georgian troops pulled back from the town of Gori earlier this week and its civilian population has virtually abandoned the streets.

Georgia has also lost its last stronghold in another separatist province, Abkhazia, overnight as its troops withdrew from the Kodori Gorge.

Russian-backed separatist forces took advantage of the Georgian military’s collapse to attack Kodori.

More than 100 Russian military vehicles entered the gorge on Tuesday forcing the Georgian retreat.

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War in Georgia – News Clips for August 12, 2008

Posted by Admin on August 12, 2008

Following are links to various articles and resources with more information about the War over South Ossetia between Russia & Georgia.  More articles will be added throughout the day…

MSM COVERAGE:

Russian President Halts Attacks on Georgia
– Agence France-Presse (AFP) Newswire – Aug. 12, 2008

EXCERPT:
MOSCOW (AFP) – President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered a halt to Russia’s military offensive against Georgia saying it had been punished but could be hit again.

“The aggressor has been punished and suffered significant losses,” Medvedev told defence chiefs at a meeting on the South Ossetia conflict, which Russia says has left at least 2,000 civilians dead.

“I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace.”

Russian troops and tanks poured in to Georgia after the Georgian army launched an offensive last week to bring South Ossetia, the Russian-backed region which broke away in the early 1990s, back under government control.

The United Nations estimated that more than 100,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

“The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” Medvedev added while insisting any new Georgian attacks would be “liquidated.”

A senior Russian military commander General Anatoly Nogovitsyn also said the halt in the Russian advance into Georgia would not stop reconnaissance and other operations.

Georgia, which had offered a ceasefire, said several Georgian villages were bombed after the announcement. Russia’s military angrily denied the claim and said Georgian soldiers were still firing at its troops.

In a show of defiance, 100,000 people crammed onto the main Rustaveli avenue of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where a sea of red and white flags hung above the crowds.

People handed out free T-shirts reading: “We are together, we are united.”

President Mikheil Saakashvili told the crowd that Georgia would quit the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a grouping of former Soviet states, and urged Ukraine to follow suit.

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BLOG ROUND-UP:

McCain Steps Up Criticism of Russia
– Blogs @ The Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com) – Aug. 11, 2008
by Amy Chozick

EXCERPT:

“Americans wishing to spend August vacationing with their families or watching the Olympics may wonder why their newspapers and television screens are filled with images of war in the small country of Georgia. Concerns about what occurs there might seem distant and unrelated to the many other interests America has around the world. And yet Russian aggression against Georgia is both a matter of urgent moral and strategic importance to the United States of America,” he said in a statement while campaigning in Erie, Pa.

The Republican candidate who has largely staked his campaign against Barack Obama on national security called for an emergency meeting of G-7 nations to handle the escalating crisis. He also said NATO should convene an emergency meeting to demand a ceasefire. He said NATO should begin discussing deploying an international peacekeeping force to South Ossetia, one of two separatists regions of Georgia that are pro-Russia.

“What the people of Georgia have accomplished – in terms of democratic governance, a Western orientation, and domestic reform – is nothing short of remarkable. That makes Russia’s recent actions against the Georgians all the more alarming. In the face of Russian aggression, the very existence of independent Georgia – and the survival of its democratically elected government – are at stake,” McCain said.

Read the rest of the article at WSJ.com

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