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June 28, 2008

McCain: I Opposed the G.I. Bill But…Umm…Now I Support It

  “America’s veterans and military families deserve better than a candidate who is willing to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years, but refuses to take care of them when they come home. The men and women in who volunteer to put on the uniform of the United States of America risk their lives to defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to help them be successful when they come home. While Senator McCain talks about supporting our troops and veterans on the campaign trail, his real record tells a much different story. While we honor his service to our country, Senator McCain’s double talk on veterans’ benefits is one more reason he is the wrong choice for America’s future.”  Howard Dean’s statement responding to McCain skipping the G.I. Bill vote

“I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country. He is one of those heroes of which I speak. But I can’t understand why he would line up behind the President in his opposition to this G.I. Bill.

I can’t believe why he believes it is too generous to our veterans. I could not disagree with him and the President more on this issue. There are many issues that lend themselves to partisan posturing but giving our veterans the chance to go to college should not be one of them.”  Barack Obama’s statement responding to McCain skipping G.I. Bill vote

“Perhaps, if Senator Obama would take the time and trouble to understand this issue he would learn to debate an honest disagreement respectfully. But, as he always does, he prefers impugning the motives of his opponent, and exploiting a thoughtful difference of opinion to advance his own ambitions. If that is how he would behave as President, the country would regret his election.”  John McCain responding to Obama criticizing him for not supporting the G.I. Bill

On Friday, June 27 in Warren, OH, McCain the “straight talker” claimed credit for the same G.I. Bill of Rights he opposed. McCain said:

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June 27, 2008

Obamas’ $4600 Debt Relief Check To Clinton – Why So Much Political High Drama?

June 26, 2008

Meet The Women Behind Senator Barack Obama

  “Senator Obama was raised by a very competent and professional woman and he is married to a very competent and professional woman. He has included women in leadership roles at all levels of the campaign.”

Behind every great presumptive Presidential nominee is a great team. 

Meet the women behind Senator Obama. They’re smart, powerful and willing to work round the clock on their candidate’s campaign.

First and foremost is Barack’s devoted wife, Michelle, to whom he’s been married for 16 years.  His former Harvard Law School colleagues say that once he met Michelle in summer 1989 he curtailed dating anyone else even though he and Michelle didn’t start dating until that fall.

Michelle boosted her husband’s image last Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” when she won over the tough all-female round table as a guest host.

“I wear my heart on my sleeve, and when you put your heart out there, it’s a risk that you take,” said the Ivy League-educated lawyer when asked by her co-hosts about being scrutinized by the media.

“People are not used to strong women,” she added. “Hillary Clinton has created 18 million cracks on the ceiling, and we need to keep pushing it and pushing it.”

Linda Douglass – Travelling spokeswoman.  She left ABC News, where she covered Congress, to be a traveling spokeswoman for Obama. She says part of the draw was that the old-boys’-club notion of politics seemed to have disappeared. “Now it seems like the men like to talk about their kids, and the women often follow sports. We are all pretty much on the same plane in this campaign,” says Douglass.

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Wire Tapping/Telecoms/FISA: Democrats Have No Balls

Letting George Bush and Dick Cheney have their way even though they’re that unpopular and on their way out. It’s really incredible.”

The debate over how the Bush administration has conducted its warrantless wiretapping program seems to be nearing a legislative end.

On Thursday, 6/26, the United States Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance a legislative compromise on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, marking the beginning of the end of a fierce battle over civil liberties and national security that has been waged in the halls of Congress for more than three years.

And yet, for all of the political passions the issue engendered, the fight over FISA ended with something of a whimper.

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June 25, 2008

John McCain: If World War III Then There’ll Be A Draft

   Last night during a telephone “town hall meeting” a potential voter in Florida asked John McCain if he would reinstate the draft.  McCain said: “I don’t know what would make a draft happen unless we were in an all-out World War III.”

Many of us are fearful that the U.S. government will be forced to reinstitute the draft given the prolonged Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the dismal recruitment numbers even though the US has had an all volunteer military since 1973.

“I do not believe the draft is even practicable or desirable,” McCain said.

I think it is great that McCain says there won’t be a draft unless there is World War III, but is WW III looming?

Last Friday, June 20, The New York Times published a report saying that more than 100 Israeli aircraft carried out an exercise in early June over the eastern Mediterranean Sea and Greece.

The article pointed out that the distances covered were roughly the distances from Israel to Iranian nuclear sites and that the exercise was a trial run for a large-scale air strike against Iran.

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John McCain Wasn’t Tortured In Vietnam?

   When John McCain was my captive, “we never tortured him”.

So says Tran Trong Duyet – a sprightly retiree and amateur ballroom dancer – must rank as one of John McCain’s more unlikely supporters.

Four decades ago, during the Vietnam war, Mr. Duyet was in charge of the notorious Hoa Lo prison – the place where Mr. McCain says he was brutally beaten and tortured during five-and-a-half years as an American prisoner of war.

“McCain is my friend,” said 75-year-old Mr. Duyet as he feeds the caged birds he now keeps in his garden in this coastal city.

“If I was American, I would vote for him.”

Informal chats

Navy pilot John McCain was shot down during a bombing raid over the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, in 1967.

He ejected from his aircraft and parachuted into a city lake – only to be dragged out by an angry crowd, barely conscious, and with two broken arms and a broken leg.

From there he was taken to Hoa Lo prison, known to its American military inmates as the “Hanoi Hilton”.

McCain has since described enduring months of solitary confinement and systematic torture which drove him to try to kill himself.

“I don’t know how he’d react if he met me again,” said Mr. Duyet, flicking through old black and white photographs of himself and his American prisoners at Hoa Lo.

“But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners.”

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June 24, 2008

George W. Bush: Idiot-in-Chief?

   Despite George Bush’s good intentions, he always manages to be a nincompoop.

George Bush met with Philippines President Gloria Arroyo to express America’s condolences due to the Philippines’ recent bout with a devastating typhoon.

To help, the United States will move aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to the Philippines to help with the assistance, along with other U.S. Navy assets, Bush said.

 “We are happy to do it, we want to help our friends in a time of need,” Bush said.

Bush did not quit while he was ahead; he had to put his little foot in his big mouth.  Here is some of what he said to President Arroyo, who is in ‘mourning’:

PRESIDENT BUSH: Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House.

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Yes.

PRESIDENT BUSH: And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President.

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Thank you.

SMDH and LMAO at the same time! 

Is that ALL Bush could think to say about Philippine-Americans?  This was not an impromptu meeting, this was a planned meeting.  This is all he could think to say?

With all respect due, George Bush has no common or private sense.  Watch the clips below — they’re funny but this is America’s President.

Paulette

 

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