Breaking News – John Edwards Admits to Affair

Rumors of this affair were posted here previously when the National Enquirer reported on this. Link to original post.

Contrary to the Enquirer’s report though Edwards states he is not the father of the child that the woman involved, Rielle Hunter, gave birth to. Our thoughts are with his family during this sad time. And we should all remember that he is not currently running for any office.

Now the MSM is pouncing on the issue wondering if Barack Obama is going to be asked if he has ever had an extramarital affair. However, the idea of whether they’ll ask John McCain the same question has not come up.

Link to full story at MSNBC

Across the Pond: John Edwards’ past , Obama’s future, Gordon Brown’s defeat – The Sunday papers

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I hate to do this! I did not write about Larry Craig, nor Eliot Spitzer. But now I have to mention a sordid affair, which should be none of anyone’s business except of the people personally involved in it. John Edwards has effectively crossed his name out on any shortlist there may be for further influential political office. There will not be a Vice President Edwards and he won’t be Labour Secretary either, nor Attorney General. This story has an impact on how a future cabinet will look like in case of an Obama victory and this is why I think it belongs into any news round-up. It has been noted in Europe, too.

The Independent picks up the issue:

Amid scenes more suited to a Benny Hill sketch than the corridors of a luxury hotel, two journalists and a photographer chased Mr Edwards – whose wife Elizabeth is battling incurable cancer – around the building for several minutes. He eventually went to ground in the men’s lavatory for a quarter of an hour, before being escorted from the premises by security staff. (full story)

Do I think the allegations are true? Sadly, yes. And consequently a politician who spoke for the ones forgotten by the darwinistic economy of the fittest is not going to have his say in a possible Democratic Administration. ‘Nuff said.

Obama’s European Hysterics Tour is coming to an end. The French were no less enthusiastic than the Germans and British Prime minister Gordon Brown and opposition leader David Cameron fell over each other to be seen with “The Candidate”. It is not really Obama’s fault, that people react so strongly. True, his team perfectly orchestrated the trip as an opportunity to bolster Obama’s internatonal credentials, but it is indeed President Bush who is to blame. We are pretty fed up with being treated either as “Old Europe” or “poodles” and we crave – you guessed it – “Change” with a capital C.

The Telegraph sums up the trip:

In Paris, crowds gathered outside the cafes and boutiques close to the Elysée Palace to catch a glimpse of the candidate on Thursday.

In Berlin, a couple of thousand gawkers stood outside the front and back entrances of Mr Obama’s hotel all day in the hope of snapping a photo.

There were just a handful of times that President Bush came close to those kinds of crowds in Old Europe: when protestors gathered against the war in Iraq.

The only countries that displayed popular support were far less prosperous than Germany or France.

In Vietnam, curious bystanders lined Mr Bush’s motorcade route.

And in Georgia some 130,000 people gathered to hear Mr Bush speak, although one of them threw a grenade into the crowd.(full story)

The Guardian/Observer reports on the London visit:

‘He’s not the President,’ reprimands the copper keeping crowds at bay outside the House of Commons. ‘Yes, he is!’ wails a fat white sunburnt American. ‘He’s my President! Let me throooough, man, let me through!’

‘He’s not the President,’ comes the (angrier, screechier, more frustrated and didactic) cop’s reply. ‘He’s a …’

I think he went on to get it right, roughly, didactically, in the sun. He is not the President yet. A visiting dignitary. But, oh, how I wanted this copper to be a great fan of The Life of Brian and continue… ‘He’s a very naughty boy.’ Because there was something utterly messianic about the visit yesterday to London of what polls increasingly have down as the United States’ next President. Not least the presence of mortals gathering to be sprinkled with stardust, PMs and PMs-in-waiting among them. (full story)

If you are fed-up with all that “Messiah”-talk, The Times is right for you. There’s acid dripping from every other sentence of Richard Woods’ article:

IN the heat of the summer morning, a throng waited. The prophet of hope was on his way and the believers were eager for his blessing.

Hope, dreams, freedom, a world made new. Those are Barack Obama’s watchwords, and yesterday in Downing Street all manner of camera teams, scribblers, acolytes and stargazers had assembled for an audience with His Expectancy.(full story)

Obama’s host, Gordon Brown, has a whole host of difficulties, transforming the candidate’s visit into nothing more than a welcome break from the prospect of being one of Britains shortest serving Prime Ministers ever. A crushing defeat in Glasgow’s by-elections threatens to reduce Scotsman Brown’s further career to a manageable chunk of time in office. His successor is already waiting in line:

POWERFUL cabinet ministers who see themselves as potential successors to Gordon Brown are secretly plotting against him despite public protestations of loyalty.

Even as Brown met yesterday at No 10 with Barack Obama, the visiting US Democratic presidential candidate, the prime minister was an increasingly isolated figure whose days in office are now being measured in weeks.(full story)

Gordon Brown has waited so long for the opportunity to succeed Tony Blair and it is almost tragic to see him falter in so short a time. John McCain should have a close look. Succeeding George W. Bush will be every bit as toxic as succeeding Tony Blair. The both of them, Blair and Bush, have thoroughly poisoned the political ground they trod.

For all of you I wish a peaceful and relaxing Sunday.

Edwards to endorse Obama!

Raw Story:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 14 – Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards will endorse Barack Obama’s White House bid on Wednesday, a campaign spokeswoman said, giving a big boost to the Illinois senator in his effort to rally the party around his candidacy.

CNN will stream the endorsement live at this link.

Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential nominee, dropped out of the Democratic race in January and was heavily courted by both Obama and rival Hillary Clinton in the past few months. He will make the endorsement at a Grand Rapids rally.

The endorsement comes the day after Clinton defeated Obama by more than 2-to-1 in West Virginia. The loss highlighted Obama’s work to win over the “Hillary Democrats” — white, working-class voters who also supported Edwards in large numbers before he exited the race.

HUGE!!

John Edwards to Quit Presidential Race

via: AP

Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voter’s sympathies but never diverted his campaign, The Associated Press has learned.

The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two of his advisers. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning – Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Who Doesn’t Want to See O’Reilly’s Head Explode

Bill O’Reilly is conducting a poll to see who will be the Democratic nominee, Clinton, Obama or Edwards. 

Bill despises Edwards and if Edwards wins his poll it might just drive him over the edge. Everyone should  go www.BillOReilly.com  to vote for their favorite for Democratic nominee for President. Vote for John Edwards regardless of who you actually support. O’Reilly is virulently opposed to Edwards and it would drive him nuts if Edwards wins in his own poll.

H/T Mark @ News Corpse

Good Morning from Europe – Remembrance Day and 435 Days to Go

Remembrance Day

 “If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.”

(Rudyard Kipling)

It’s  Remembrance Day today. Time to look at how the young men and women who are fighting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and getting maimed in the process are doing. Not too good, as it turns out not quite unexpectedly. Injured soldiers’ families are accusing the British government of hiding away the unpleasant realities. The forces fighting in Afghanistan are streched to the limit.  The British troops, still serving in Iraq are feeling the lack of interest in their plight. And, maybe worst of all, the ones sending them in harms way are incompetent or uncaring.  And, while we are remembering the fallen, the next war is in the making. Continue reading

Good Morning from Europe – Halloween Edition

 

(Castelluccio – Cemetary) 

It’s not as if there weren’t any reasons to scream in fear, anger and frustration on any other given day of the year. But today, it’s “trick or treat”.

Tricks:

The latest debate of Democratic Candidates was yesterday and Hillary took fire from all the others, it’s hard to decide whether to label this as “trick” or as “treat” – well she tries to have it both ways – so can we.

Now, the Blackwater immunity scandal is definitely one for the “trick” section. The reactions are ranging from anger to disbelief. A proper and much needed investigation will be hampered badly by this. If you have friends in high places you can get away with murder, q.e.d.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is drawing to a close. No catastrophic hurricanes have made landfall in the US. But, we have seen unprecedented intensification and the landfall of two hurricanes as category 5 storms in the Caribian and the latest and not necessarily last trick of the season was tropical storm Noel, who inundated Hispaniola and Cuba and cost 50 lives so far.

Does Mother Earth want to shake us from her back ? An earthquake of 5,6 magnitude strength hit northern California this morning. 

And this is really scary. If the US Army Corps of Engineers say a dam is failing, you’d better listen closely.

Treats:

The latest debate of Democratic Candidates was yesterday and Hillary took fire from all the others, it’s hard to decide whether to label this as “trick” or as “treat” – well she tries to have it both ways – so can we.

Back to the democratic debates, this is definitely a treat:

Follow-up: asked if HRC would release her documents as first lady to the national archives? Clinton seems uncomfortable. Russert mentions the Bill Clinton letter banning release of letters between HRC and Bill. Hillary waffles in response. Trouble here.

Obama’s up next to respond: “This is an example of not turning the page … We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history, and not releasing, I think, these records at the same time, Hillary, as you’re making the claim that this is the basis for your experience, I think, is a problem.”

Corruption in France? Mais non. Just treats for some politicians and unionists.

And, finally, something that celebrities treat themselves to. A sober companion.

Eating crow

I want everyone to know that it is not our Raven who is spouting this bullshit.

How does one decipher whether a person is truly mentally ill, or is exploiting their [sic] battle experiences to their [sic] fullest advantage?

How do we know if Troy is the person he is because of the battlefield experiences, or if he is choosing to be this person because others are enabling him? Since we’re not hearing from Troy’s pre-war family and friends it is difficult to really know what he was life [sic] prior to his tour in Iraq.

As evidential experience continues to reveal conservative ideology as — at the very least — flawed, it seems our friends from the other other side of the aisle have determined to drop the word “compassionate” from before their name. Jillian writes:

I love this new version of conservatism. There is nothing too base, too venal, too cold-blooded for them to say. There is no one they won’t smear, no reputation they won’t seek to tarnish, no depth to which they will not sink in order to destroy anything that interferes with their pet narratives about how they think the world works, whether it be ‘government insurance is socialism’ or ‘the Iraq war is a war for civilization and therefore worth any sacrifice (as long as it’s not mine).’ Anything — absolutely anything at all — is acceptable, except for even the barest hint of the thought that they might actually be wrong about something in even the slightest measure.

Of course, the left isn’t entirely innocent of the smear tactic either. For according to liberal sources, it turns out that Mickey Kaus may well be blowing goats. Apparently Mickey comes up for air only long enough to spout more innuendo about John Edwards’ alleged affair.

~ Egreggious

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Sunday Talking Heads

ABC’s This Week“Gov. Bill Richardson talks ’08 and Iraq & Sec. Michael Leavitt and Gov. Jon Corzine debate SCHIP and Pres. Bush’s veto” … “On our ‘Roundtable,’ Katrina vanden Heuvel, Jay Carney, Claire Shipman and George Will.”

NBC’s Meet The Press – “Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) joins us exclusively this Sunday to talk about his race for the White House. Then, a political roundtable with David Brody, David Broder, Margaret Carlson & Ted Koppel. Plus, a special look back at the 50th anniversary of Sputnik with NBC’s veteran space correspondent, Jay Barbree.”

CBS’s Face The Nation – Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee; Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Florida, Chairman, House Republican Conference; Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Roger Simon, Chief Political Columnist, Politico.com

FOX’s Fox News Sunday – “In her first interview on ‘FOX News Sunday’ since taking control of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives a progress report.”

CNN’s Late Edition – President Jalal Talabani, Iraq; Lam Akol, Sudanese Foreign Minister; Susan Rice, Fmr. Asst. Secy. Of State, Brookings Institute; John Prendergast, Co-Chair, Enough; Alan Greenspan, Fmr. Federal Reserve Chairman

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A Party of Asses

I didn’t get to see the Democratic presidential debate last night, but I was delighted, delighted I tell you, to read this heartwarming recap:

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.

“I think it’s hard to project four years from now,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation’s first primary state.

“It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

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