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Musharraf Walked a Tightrope

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Former Reagan Official: White House Sanctioned Georgia-Russia Conflict


Paul Craig Roberts, who was assistant secretary of the treasury during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, sees the Georgia-Russia conflict differently than the Bush administration does: “Americans themselves have nothing to gain,” Roberts said Friday; “What is operating is the dangerous ideology of the American neoconservatives whose goal is to assert American hegemony over the entire world.”

McCain: Obama tried to legislate Iraqi failure

This video is from CNN.com, broadcast August 18, 2008.

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Who IS this guy..?

Honestly, after listening to this video I am wondering what planet this man is living on.. I feel like I must be living in some alternative reality or universe. Nothing that he is saying has anything to do with what has happened or continues to happen. He is just making it up as he goes.. It truly is 1984. If you don’t like the facts, then just change ’em. The more you say something, it becomes truth (straight out of Karl Rove’s handbook)..

From Raw Story:

John McCain told fellow veterans on Monday that his Democratic rival Barack Obama tried to legislate failure in Iraq and has refused to admit he erred when opposing the military increase there last year.

McCain said Obama placed his political self-interest ahead of his country’s, a theme the Arizona Republican has often repeated. McCain told a friendly convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that Obama’s positions have changed as his political ambitions grew.

“With less than three months to go before the election, a lot of people are still trying to square Sen. Obama’s varying positions on the surge in Iraq. First, he opposed the surge and confidently predicted that it would fail. Then he tried to prevent funding for the troops who carried out the surge,” McCain said.

“Not content to merely predict failure in Iraq, my opponent tried to legislate failure.”

Obama has acknowledged the surge reduced violence in Iraq but says it has failed in its political goal of facilitating a reconciliation among contentious Iraqi factions.

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Muse’s Monday Menagerie

It’s Monday and it’s finally RAINING! Yay!

From OpEdNews, an article from Luke Ryland on the Sibel Edmonds case. Apparently, the FBI is getting real nervous about all that has come in news articles from The Sunday Times (UK) and their ongoing investigative work in reporting this story. They are starting to file complaints.

There is an EXCELLENT post today at TomDispatch on the Anthrax attacks of 2001. It is a must-read: Tomgram: Six Questions about the Anthrax Case.

I forgot to put this up the other day..
From The Washington Post: U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules – More Federal Intelligence Changes Planned:

The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years.

The proposed changes would revise the federal government’s rules for police intelligence-gathering for the first time since 1993 and would apply to any of the nation’s 18,000 state and local police agencies that receive roughly $1.6 billion each year in federal grants. More..

From Truthout, Musharraf announces his resignation to avoid impeachment:

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, the dictator who reinvented himself as a US ally against terrorism, resigned to avoid facing impeachment charges for illegally seizing power and mishandling the economy.

“This is not time for individual bravado. I lose or win in impeachment proceedings, the Pakistani nation will be the loser,” Musharraf, 65, said in a one-hour address to the nation. “After taking advice from my supporters and friends, I have decided to resign in the best interests of the nation.”

Also from Truthout, Ohio’s Election Stolen Again? State May Face 600K Voter Purge in Coming Weeks:

Columbus, Ohio – Based on publicly available information nearly 600,000 eligible voters could be placed on a caging list and challenged on Election Day, which could then result in their removal from the voter rolls without due process, in accordance with Ohio law. Ohio counties with largest numbers of returned notices prior to March 2008 Presidential Primary are Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas and Summit. More..

This is really important. This isn’t the only place this is happening. All of the dirty tricks the GOP played in the last two stolen elections are still in play. Greg Palast warned about this some time ago in an interview: How Rove May Have Already Stolen the 2008 Election. He also wrote a warning to Obama. If we don’t do anything to stop or fix this, it is GOING to happen again!

Yesterday there was another great editorial by Frank Rick in the NY Times.
Posted at Common Dreams, The Candidate We Still Don’t Know:

AS I went on vacation at the end of July, Barack Obama was leading John McCain by three to four percentage points in national polls. When I returned last week he still was. But lo and behold, a whole new plot twist had rolled off the bloviation assembly line in those intervening two weeks: Obama had lost the election!

The poor guy should be winning in a landslide against the despised party of Bush-Cheney, and he’s not. He should be passing the 50 percent mark in polls, and he’s not. He’s been done in by that ad with Britney and Paris and by a new international crisis that allows McCain to again flex his Manchurian Candidate military cred. Let the neocons identify a new battleground for igniting World War III, whether Baghdad or Tehran or Moscow, and McCain gets with the program as if Angela Lansbury has just dealt him the Queen of Hearts.

Obama has also been defeated by racism (again). He can’t connect and “close the deal” with ordinary Americans too doltish to comprehend a multicultural biography that includes what Cokie Roberts of ABC News has damned as the “foreign, exotic place” of Hawaii. As The Economist sums up the received wisdom, “lunch-pail Ohio Democrats” find Obama’s ideas of change “airy-fairy” and are all asking, “Who on earth is this guy?” Read on..

Frank Rich proceeds to put this all in perspective like only he can.. 😉

This was an interesting find from Informed Comment.. (Awkward…)

Fox News: 12 Year Old Girl Tells the Truth about Georgia
Ooops. Fox News Interviews an Ossetian-American 12-year-old girl
who thanks Russian troops for saving her from Georgian aggression.
But Fox News was obviously not happy with the way the interview went.
Gee, that isn’t that master narrative in the US military-information complex.

How like FOX.. I am surprised they let it continue as long as they did.. Hope he doesn’t lose his job. (/sarc)

Here’s an interesting and informative article on what happened between Russia and Georgia: Washington’s Hypocrisy from the International Tribune.

And I’ll finish up with the aftermath’ of the “non-debate” between John McCain and Barack Obama at the Saddleback Church last Saturday hosted moderated by Rick Warren: NYT Backs Up NBC: McCain Was Not In “Cone Of Silence” Before Saddleback. This is interesting, and yet, somehow I am not surprised. From the NYT article Despite Assurances, McCain Wasn’t in a ‘Cone of Silence’:

Senator John McCain was not in a “cone of silence” on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.

What is it with the GOP and their inability to play by the rules (or laws, etc..).. It may give you the advantage, but is there any honor or integrity in it? Doesn’t honor or integrity still count for anything? You know, winning fair and square? Or is winning all that matters..

Poll: Obama Faring Poorly Among Racists

The Borowitz Report

Bigots Oppose Barack by 1000-1 Margin

In a potentially ominous sign for the presumptive Democratic nominee, a new poll shows Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) trailing far behind G.O.P. standard bearer Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) among voters who identify themselves as racists.

Pundits and pollsters alike have wondered about the role racists might play in the 2008 presidential contest, but the new survey released today was the first concrete attempt to take the pulse of this key voting bloc.

The poll, conducted by Duh Magazine, suggests that Mr. Obama faces an uphill battle in his effort to win the votes of dyed-in-the-wool bigots.

“We wanted to know, why isn’t Barack Obama closing the deal among racists?” said Charles Plugh, editor-in-chief of Duh.  “The answer seems to be, because he’s black.”

In a head-to-head match-up, likely bigots chose Sen. McCain over Sen. Obama by a margin of one thousand to one, with a majority of racists saying they “strongly disagree” with Sen. Obama’s decision not to be white.

Asked under what conditions they would conceivably vote for a black presidential candidate, 95% of racists responded, “Only if he was running against someone from a group I hated even more, such as Arabs.”

Duh editor Plugh says the poll indicates that Sen. Obama “has his work cut out for him” if he is going to make up lost ground among racists.

“Sen. Obama made a choice at the beginning of this campaign to run as a black man,” Mr. Plugh said.  “He could change his position on that, but racists might see that as too little, too late.”