2008 State of the Union

Tonight, just after 9 PM Eastern time, President George W. Bush will begin giving his final State of the Union Address. Join us as we liveblog just one of the many events we have all been waiting for. And have some fun.

Rudy on toast

Or rather, Rudy Is Toast. Mr 911 got kicked solidly in the butt in New Hampshire, so solidly that he liked to pretend it was actually his strategy to ignore New Hampshire and concentrate on Florida, even though he had campaigned vigorously in the Granite State. So the theory has been that he would focus on all those ex-New Yorkers living in Florida, and capitalize on his tough guy persona, steal the state away from Mitt and John and build some momentum for next week. It doesn’t look good for the strategy.

But despite vigorous campaigning throughout the state—Giuliani has spent 50-plus days crisscrossing Florida—polls here never turned around. Instead, they continued to dip lower and lower. Yesterday a Zogby poll put him in fourth place behind McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. Less than 24 hours before the voting booths open, Giuliani finds himself floundering in a state that he still insists is “Rudy Country.”

Rudy has apparently come up with a new strategy, trying to take advantage of the Mitt & John show. The two front-runners have been hissing and snapping at each other, each of them going overboard to accuse the other of being a phony conservative and a flip-flopper. Rudy’s new strategy?

He’s spending less time talking tough on terror and more time playing political referee, tsk-tsking McCain and Romney for taking shots at one another. “I’m sick and tired of this negative campaigning. I’m sick and tired of all this name-calling,” he said at a rally in Fort Meyers. Earlier that day he lamented the way his fellow Republicans are “attacking one another” and called upon Florida “to send a message that the kind of candidate, the kind of president you want, will follow a positive campaign.”

Meanwhile, “Independent” “Democrat” Joe Lieberman is campaigning for Jews for John, as reported by The Jerusalem Post, trying to wrestle the Jewish Republican vote away from Rudy.

One Republican constituency, though, that fits a more independent profile is the Jewish community. Jewish Republicans have largely backed Giuliani because they prefer his liberal views on social issues, his New York connection – where many of them are from originally – and his leadership following September 11.

But Lieberman said it is McCain, with his demonstrated bipartisanship and his experience as a war hero and in the senate, who should appeal to voters looking for a strong hand in the post-9/11 reality.

And, of course, Hillary Clinton is campaigning for nondelegates in Florida, trying to make up for the thumping she got in South Carolina.

Tomorrow should be vaguely interesting, if only because it likely means the last we’ll be hearing from Rudy 911.

Sibel Edmonds: ‘Buckle up, there’s much more coming.’

Here is an interview by Luke Ryland with Sibel Edmonds via OpEdNews:

In the last few weeks, UK’s Times has run a series of articles about the so-called ‘Sibel Edmonds case.’ (‘For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets, ‘FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft’ and ‘Tip-off thwarted nuclear spy ring probe’)

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds stumbled into a world of espionage, nuclear black market, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and corruption at the highest levels of the US government.

I interviewed Sibel yesterday regarding the current investigation and reporting by the Times, the failures of the US media, and last week’s decision by the Bush administration to legalize the sale of nuclear technology to Turkey, in an apparent to exonerate prior criminal activity by officials in his administration.

Sibel also has some urgent ‘action items’ so that we can stop these dangerous nuclear proliferation activities. I urge you to act on her suggestions.

Read entire article (4 pages)…

You might also want to read this article in Anti-War.com by Justin Raimondo called ” None Dare Call It Treason
Who is stealing our nuclear secrets – and why are they being shielded by the authorities?

Raimondo ties in the Edmonds story to the Valerie Plame Wilson story, and its implications.

Message from Dennis Kucinich

There are two posts that are must-reads:

AfterDowningStreet: “Corporate media strategy: silence Kucinich, then remove him from office

Over the past several weeks, the alphabets of corporate media dug their heels in the court system and in the federal agency established to protect and advocate fairness on the public airwaves (FCC), to keep Dennis Kucinich from bringing his ideas – your ideas – to the Democratic Presidential debates: ABC … NBC … GE … MSNBC … CNN.

On Sunday, another major media corporation, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer newspaper, followed the lead established by the national media, and demanded that Dennis Kucinich should be removed from his office as Congressman in the 10th District of Ohio. Why? “his defiance” of Congressional go-along, get-along policies.

It’s time fight back against the powers that are trying to steal your power as citizens of the United States of America.

American Everyman with willyloman: Kucinich Never Quit Trying to Leverage the Democratic Party to Our Needs as Americans; Now He Needs Our Help:

Please help this honest man stay in the House of Representatives. Republican and democrat alike must respect his candor as well as his tenacity.