Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lettermans Top Ten Reason Obama is overconfident

10. Proposed bill to change Oklahoma to "Oklobama"

9. Offered Bush 20 bucks for the "Mission Accomplished" banner

8. Asked guy at Staples, "Which chair will work in an oval-shaped office?"

7. The affair with Barbara Walters

6. Having head measured for Mount Rushmore

5. Guy sits around eating soup all day

4. He's voting for Nader

3. Offered McCain a job in the gift shop at the Obama Presidential Library.

2. Announced his running mate will be Andy Dick.

1. Been cruising for chicks with John Edwards.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SF Chronicle invites Obama to an endorsement debate

An interesting idea, the SF Chronicle invited Barack Obama to debate John McCain before the editorial board for their endorsement.

For some reason I don't think "The One" will agree to it...
Senator Obama, you're invited

Sen. John McCain came up with a terrific idea Monday when he was handed an invitation to meet with our editorial board as part of our endorsement process.

"Why don't you invite Senator (Barack) Obama to join me?" McCain suggested.

{snip}

Senator Obama: Consider this an official invitation for a debate with McCain before The Chronicle's editorial board.

{snip}

What do you say, Senator Obama?

Monday, July 28, 2008

AQ weapons expert becomes missle expert...

Al-Qaeda chemical weapons expert Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar was believed to have been killed Monday in a suspected US missile strike in Pakistan, security officials told AFP. …

The Egyptian, 54, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, had a five-million-US-dollar bounty on his head and allegedly ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

Debates? We don't need no stinking debates!

There will come a point where the perception will be that Obama is afraid to debate John McCain and its getting close to that now. Here is his latest attempt at explaining why he won't agree to town-hall style debates with John McCain. He already has debated 22 times, against Hillary that is. From Meet The Press;
SEN. OBAMA: Well, here's the thing, I mean, listen, I, I, I think—I can say a little something about debates since I had 22 of them in, in the Democratic primary. I don't know how many John had. At a certain point, they become, I think, less of a serious exchange of ideas and rather they have—they become competing talking points or, or press releases. I, I think it's important for us to have some hard-hitting debates. I think it's also important for us to spend time talking to the voters directly, and that's what I intend to do.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Latest poll suggests Americans are catching on...

The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help Obama with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago. Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help John McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage.

A plurality of Democrats--37%--say most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of the campaign. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe most reporters are trying to help Obama and 21% in Obama’s party think reporters are trying to help McCain. Among Republicans, 78% believe reporters are trying to help Obama and 10% see most offering unbiased coverage. As for unaffiliated voters, 50% see a pro-Obama bias and 21% see unbiased coverage. Just 12% of those not affiliated with either major party believe the reporters are trying to help McCain.

Obama boots Brown

Obama's opinion of his own importance continues to grow larger and larger...

Lest there be any illusions about the desired target audience for Obama’s trip, the foreign media, including the BBC, have been left on the Tarmac. Only American reporters are on board “Obama One” as his plane heads from one country to the next.

He will have a 45-minute meeting on Saturday morning with Gordon Brown followed by a press conference, which Obama will conduct on his own outside Downing Street in a blatant departure from the usual protocol.

There will be no Brown at his side to spoil the No 10 backdrop for American voters, even though it would be unthinkable for a British prime minister to appear in the White House Rose Garden without the president.

Brown will say a few words later in the day, once Obama has gone.

Friday, July 18, 2008

An powerful presentation of Obama's numerous positons on Iraq

John McCain's campaign has produced a devasting video presentation of Barack Obama's ever changing postions on Iraq. He cannot argue with his own words.

See it here.

I hope that it wins...

So that SF is forever associated with this juvenile waste of taxpayer money and time...

George W. Bush Sewage Plant plan is on ballot

Friday, July 18, 2008

(07-17) 14:57 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco voters will be asked to decide whether to name a city sewage plant in honor of President Bush, after a satiric measure qualified for the November ballot Thursday.

Backers of the measure, who for several months circulated a petition to place the measure on the ballot, turned in more than 12,000 signatures on July 7, said organizer Brian McConnell. The Department of Elections on Thursday informed those supporters, the self-proclaimed Presidential Memorial Commission, that they had enough valid signatures - a minimum of 7,168 registered San Francisco voters - to qualify for the November ballot.

McConnell, who came up with the idea over beers with friends, often donned an Uncle Sam outfit to drum up support for the petition. The all-volunteer group of signature gatherers often carried around an American flag and blasted patriotic music from a boom box to attract attention. He said the campaign to pass the measure will be an equally grassroots effort.

The measure, if passed, would rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. McConnell said the intent is to remember the Bush administration and what the group sees as the president's mistakes, including the war in Iraq.

Some people aren't laughing, including the San Francisco Republican Party, which sees the measure as an embarrassment, even to this famously liberal city. Chairman Howard Epstein has vowed to fight the measure with all means available to him.

A White House spokeswoman, when asked about the measure several weeks ago, refused to comment.

E-mail Marisa Lagos at mlagos@sfchronicle.com.

Congress approval rating at 14%, Pelosi calls Bush a failure...

Hey Nancy, your Congress' approval rating is LOWER than Bush...whose the bigger failure?

US Congress leader Pelosi calls Bush ‘a total failure’

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called President George W. Bush “a total failure” who “has no ideas,” in an interview with CNN.

Responding to stinging criticism from Bush on the Democratic leadership in both houses of Congress and the slow pace of the legislative agenda, as Congress prepares for its one-month summer recess in August, Pelosi let loose:

“You know, God bless him, bless his heart, the president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject.”

Pelosi, 68, said the House and Senate were busy “trying to sweep up after (Bush’s) mess over and over and over again … The president knows it. He needs something to talk about. Because he has no ideas.”

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Iran missile test a deception...

Maybe this is why it's not exactly a bright idea to engage in direct talks with a regime that cannot be trusted, and does a pretty poor job with Photoshop too!

Iran tried to deceive world by 'testing' old missiles, US experts believe

Iran attempted to deceive the world with last week's high-profile weapons test by claiming that a 10-year-old missile was a new, longer-range version capable of striking Israel, US intelligence officials and independent analysts believe.

Analysis of Iranian television coverage has also indicated that one of the weapons actually remained on the ground but the video was doctored in an effort to cover up the failure.

The tests were the latest escalation in muscle-flexing between Iran and Israel as the threat of war grows over the Islamic regime's nuclear ambitions.

Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, is to urge the Bush administration to adopt a tougher line against Iran and will try to persuade the American public of the need for military action during a three-day visit to Washington this week, a former top adviser said.

Friday, July 11, 2008

As Britain goes to shit!

Blogger Rachel Lucas pulls no punches...

I was going to give the Britain-is-fucked thing a rest for a few days but readers Rick and Wayne sent me another example and this one? This one PISSES ME OFF. On a personal level. These little shitstains are talking about men like my grandfather, who died so that said shitstains could someday be born. And I now completely mean it when I say that I wish he had not bothered.

The daughter of a Second World War RAF pilot who reprimanded a teenager who she accused of vandalising a war memorial has been convicted of assault.

Julie Lake, 50, believed the 15-year-old was one of a number of youths who had damaged the remembrance garden in her village dedicated to those killed fighting for Britain.

But Mrs Lake was arrested after giving a boy, whom she believed to be the ringleader, a talking-to and a 'cuff round the ear'.

She tackled him after she saw at least one youth riding a BMX bike through freshly-laid flower beds.

…Mrs Lake claimed she was performing a 'moral obligation' following months of anti-social behaviour and vandalism at the memorial. But weeks later she was arrested and yesterday was convicted of assault, criminal damage and a public order offence at North Avon Magistrates Court in Yate, near Bristol.

She was found guilty of criminal damage for angrily throwing a bicycle belonging to one of the youths into the road…

The judge rejected her claim that she was trying to perform a citizen's arrest and ordered her to pay £400 towards costs.

He said: 'I'm sure that having seen the damage to the flower beds, you simply lost your temper. I can understand you lost it, particularly because of your family relations in the war, and it is hardly surprising that you did. You reacted spontaneously, without thought for the consequences. You confronted the child with no plan in mind. The throwing of a bike into the road shows a complete loss of self-control, not the actions of someone executing a citizen's arrest.'

The trial - estimated to have cost taxpayers more than £100,000 - earlier heard how Mrs Lake was surrounded by up to 25 jeering youths by the memorial at the end of last year.

She told how the gang surrounded her, pushed her and shouted: 'You can't touch us, we're 15, we can do what the f*** we like.'

When the 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was questioned in court about the war memorial, he replied: 'It means nothing to me, I guess it's for some people who died in the war.'

Bush pushes Congress over drilling...

The AP offers this in-depth piece on Bush and his push for drilling...
Bush pushes Congress to allow oil drilling

Jul 11 11:56 AM US/Eastern

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has prodded Congress to allow oil drilling in offshore waters and in the Alaskan wildlife refuge, citing "tough economic times" for the American people.

Bush went to the Energy Department Friday, where he met with his senior economic advisers to discuss soaring prices for gasoline and crude oil. Bush said one answer is to increase supply in this country by tapping "the vast potential" of crude oil reserves on offshore lands and in Alaska as well as oil shale.

He said Congress must address this issue before it goes home.


I wish I could say read it all but you just did...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Incredibly stupid people are elected to government positions

Just when I thought I had heard it all, I haven't....
A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. {Source: DallasNews.com}

Monday, July 07, 2008

The next Obama flip...

From InstaPundit;
ARE HIGHER PRICES PRODUCING gas-pump conservatives? "The Pew Center's latest survey reveals that it is self-identified liberals who have most changed their attitude about drilling. Indeed, a slightly higher percentage of Democrats than Republicans now say that more energy production is important."

Does that mean we can expect an Obama pivot on drilling, too?

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Outraged!


Doesn't that image outrage you? No? Well it does to a group of Muslims who say that dogs are unclean. As a result someone in an official position actually apologized over in England for this "offensive" ad.

Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman’s hat

A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman’s hat advertising a Scottish police force’s new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.

…The advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.

…A spokesman for Tayside Police said…’We did not seek advice from the force’s diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.’


Well I am offended when Muslims board a bus or enter a pizza parlor and blow themselves up killing innocent men, women and children all in the name of their peaceful religion. I am offended when Muslims in the name of their peaceful religion kidnap innocent people and behead them. I am offended when Muslims in the name of their religion chant death to America and Israel and all Western nations.

Can I expect an apology from someone in official capacity from the Muslim community for these truly offensive and appalling acts? I'll be waiting patiently.

What load of crap will the Dems come up with now?

First it was the surge would fail, it didn't.
Then it was the political progress was not happening, it has.
Last year they said we have to leave because it so bad.
Now the say we have to leave because things are good.

Those silly Dems, what will they think of next...I guess the AP is helping them out. It's all taking just too damn long.

New Iraq report: 15 of 18 benchmarks satisfactory

Jul 1 04:23 PM US/Eastern
By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press Writer
33 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) - No matter who is elected president in November, his foreign policy team will have to deal with one of the most frustrating realities in Iraq: the slow pace with which the government in Baghdad operates.

Iraq's political and military success is considered vital to U.S. interests, whether troops stay or go. And while the Iraqi government has made measurable progress in recent months, the pace at which it's done so has been achingly slow.

The White House sees the progress in a particularly positive light, declaring in a new assessment to Congress that Iraq's efforts on 15 of 18 benchmarks are "satisfactory"—almost twice of what it determined to be the case a year ago. The May 2008 report card, obtained by the Associated Press, determines that only two of the benchmarks—enacting and implementing laws to disarm militias and distribute oil revenues—are unsatisfactory.

In the past 12 months, since the White House released its first formal assessment of Iraq's military and political progress, Baghdad politicians have reached several new agreements seen as critical to easing sectarian tensions.

They have passed, for example, legislation that grants amnesty for some prisoners and allows former members of Saddam Hussein's political party to recover lost jobs or pensions. They also determined that provincial elections would be held by Oct. 1.

But for every small step forward, Iraq has several more giant steps to take before victory can be declared on any one issue.

Amnesty requests are backlogged, and in question is whether the new law will speed the release of those in U.S. custody. It also remains unclear just how many former Baath members will be able to return to their jobs. And while Oct. 1 had been identified as an election day, Baghdad hasn't been able to agree on the rules, possibly delaying the event by several weeks.

Likewise, militias and sectarian interests among Iraq's leaders still play a central role in the conflict. And U.S. military officials say they are unsure violence levels will stay down as troop levels return to 142,000 after a major buildup last year.

In the May progress report, one benchmark was deemed to have brought mixed results. The Iraqi army has made satisfactory progress on the goal of fairly enforcing the law, while the nation's police force remains plagued by sectarianism, according to the administration assessment.

Overall, militia control has declined and Baghdad's security forces have "demonstrated its willingness and effectiveness to use these authorities to pursue extremists in all provinces, regardless of population or extremist demographics," as illustrated by recent operations, the White House concludes.

Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., who requested the administration's updated assessment, scoffed at the May report, which he says uses the false standard of determining whether progress on a goal is "satisfactory" versus whether the benchmark has been met. He estimates that only a few of the 18 benchmarks have been fully achieved.

Democrats also say more solid progress could have been made had the administration starting pulling troops out sooner.

"We've tried repeatedly to get the administration to shift responsibility to the Iraqi leaders for their own future, since there is broad consensus that there is no military solution and only a political settlement among the Iraqis can end the conflict," said Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"The administration, however, has repeatedly missed opportunities to shift this burden to the Iraqis and appears willing to do so again," Levin said.

But whether the next president will be much more successful in forcing the Iraqi government to reach a lasting political settlement remains to be seen.

Whether the new administration starts pulling troops out of Iraq right away, as Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama has promised, or refuses to set a timetable, per Republican John McCain's suggestion, most agree that a functional democracy in Iraq could still be years away because of the complexities of the issues involved and the deeply rooted distrust among the nation's sectarian groups.

"Iraq has the potential to develop into a stable, secure multiethnic, multi-sectarian democracy under the rule of law," Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq said in April when he last testified before Congress. "Whether it realizes that potential is ultimately up to the Iraqi people."

Webb says McCain should calm down over use of his military service...

Webb: McCain Should 'Calm Down' on Using Military Service

by Walter Alarkon

July 1, 2008

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) waded into the debate over John McCain's military service Monday to say that the Republican should avoid using military service in politics.

Webb, a Barack Obama supporter, was on MSNBC's "Countdown" to talk about his G.I. Bill to increase education benefits for returning veterans which is now law. Webb criticized both McCain and President Bush for not supporting the bill. Then, unprompted, Webb weighed in on the debate over retired Gen. Wesley Clark's remark that "riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down" isn't "a qualification to be president."

"I think what we really need to work on over the next four, five months, and it goes back to the speech that Sen. Obama gave [Tuesday] and this little fight that I've been watching and that is, we need to make sure that we take politics out of service," Webb said. "People don't serve their country for political issues."

He continued: "And John McCain's my long-time friend, if that is one area that I would ask him to calm down on, it's that, don't be standing up and uttering your political views and implying that all the people in the military support them because they don't, any more than when the Democrats have political issues during the Vietnam War. Let's get the politics out of the military, take care of our military people, or have our political arguments in other areas."


Only problem is that is what Webb's campaign was all about two years ago, his own military service. What a hypocrite;