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November 21, 2008

Sarah Palin’s Turkeygate: Who’s The Real Turkey?

Sarah Palin is back in Alaska and has resumed her hectic schedule filled with meetings talking about the country of Africa while watching Russians from her front porch. 

Palin took time out of her demanding schedule to drive to Wasilla in order to pardon a local turkey for Thanksgiving.

After Palin pardoned the Wasilla turkey she decided to give an interview to a local TV station. What makes this bizarre is that while Palin was chatting away about  missing the limelight, the ‘hecticness’ and her great appreciation of the lower 48, turkeys were squawking behind her protesting their own slaughter.  It seems that Palin did not hear their urgent squawks for help as she aimlessly chewed the fat.

Seeing is believing! Watch the video below.  The video is grisly so be warned!

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July 28, 2008

Olympics — Extreme Pollution Dangerous For Athletes And Spectators

 The Olympics is less than two weeks away and despite the fact that the Chinese government has stopped traffic for the past two weeks and released rain clouds in hopes of ‘clearing the air’, pollution in Beijing remains extremely high. Visibility was down to half a mile in some parts, including the National Stadium, while the Athletes’ Village complex could not be seen from the nearby Olympic Green.

 Doctors have warned that the heavily polluted air in Beijing is dangerous not only for the athletes taking part, but also for spectators.

According to US doctors, people in certain risk groups who breathe high levels of pollution may be at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke within 24 hours of exposure. They also risk suffering blood clots in their legs on the plane home.

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July 24, 2008

Thursday: Obama Has ‘Very Open’ Talks With Germany’s Chancellor Merkel

  Senator Barack Obama has held “very open” talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin; just hours before he is due to give a major speech on US-European relations.

Obama travelled in a motorcade from Berlin’s Tegel airport to a private meeting with Mrs. Merkel at the chancellery, opposite the glass-domed Reichstag parliament building.  Chancellor Merkel’s spokesman said the German leader had “very open” and wide-ranging talks with Senator Obama, touching on foreign policy issues including Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace process.

  Their talks also covered the trans-Atlantic economic partnership, climate and energy issues, the state of the global economy and international cooperation to “solve important global questions,” Ulrich Wilhem, Chancellor Merkel’s spokesman, said in a statement.

Merkel and Obama stressed the “great significance of close and friendly German-American relations,” he said, adding that the talks were conducted in “a very good atmosphere”.

Obama paused as he entered the gates of the chancellery to wave at a group of Bavarian teenager school children, whose class happened to be ending its tour of the building.

“We were really close,” an excited Michaela Schmid said. “It was super, a real highlight.”

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July 23, 2008

Wednesday: Israel and Palestine — Obama’s Very Difficult Balancing Act

 Senator Obama’s schedule of meetings today in Israel and Palestine speaks volumes about the difficulty he and all American leaders finds themselves in when it comes to being fair and unbiased with the two countries.

After breakfast with the former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, a tough and unyielding defense minister, Senator Obama went on to meet another strong contender for the premiership – the Likud leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. After that he paid a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, followed by a meeting with the Israeli President, Shimon Peres.

  His afternoon schedule calls for a helicopter tour of the “border” between Israel and the West Bank, the tour ended in Sderot. Sderot is a city in the western Negev, South District of Israel less than one mile from Gaza; it has a population of approximately 23,000 and has been an ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip so many Israelis have abandoned their homes there.

In between those two meetings Obama met the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in his office in the Muqata in Ramallah.

Of Obama’s 36 hour visit to the Israel/Palestine region, he spent approximately 45 minutes talking to Palestinian spokespersons — this shows how much Obama is concerned about his relationship with Israel.

(During McCain’s last visit to the region he did not visit Palestine — he telephoned President Abbas from Jerusalem)

Mr. Obama did extend an olive branch to Palestine when he crossed into Gaza, a land officially designated by Israel as a hostile entity.

Obama gave his only press conference of the day from Sderot, not Gaza City.

This to me, is probably the most difficult part of Obama’s foreign trip, not because of physical safety, but because he has to speak to three different audiences (Israelis, Palestinians and Jews in the US) and try to make all three audiences happy at the same time – an insurmountable task at best!

 

July 22, 2008

Tuesday: Senator Obama Meets With King Abdulla II In Amman, Jordan

  Senator Obama arrived in Amman, Jordan early Tuesday after spending two days in Iraq.

In a news conference at The Temple of Hercules (pictured) before his meeting with the king, Obama vowed to work for a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations “starting from the minute I’m sworn into office.”

He said he will continue to regard Israel as a valued ally and “that policy is not going to change.”  Obama said that if elected president, he would also “recognize the legitimate difficulties that the Palestinian people are experiencing.”

The king met with Obama behind closed doors at his private Amman residence, known as Beit al-Urdun, or the House of Jordan, according to a statement from the royal palace. The talks also focused on Iraq and Lebanon, were attended by fellow U.S. Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

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July 9, 2008

Rev Jesse Jackson Taped Talking CRAP About Obama

  The Reverend Jesse Jackson was trash talking Senator Obama and the conversation was taped on an ‘open mic’ in the room.  The comments are said to be crude and hurtful.

Allegedly, the Reverend has called and apologized to Senator Obama.

Faux News says they have the tape and will play it in its entirety tonight on little O’Reilly’s show.

I hate to encourage watching trash on TV but hey, if you want to hear it straight from the ‘horse’s BIG mouth’

My question, what the hell is wrong with Reverends and their BIG mouths?  Why do they talk so damn much?  Shouldn't they be home praying or something?  Another Reverend bites the dust!  No dinner invitations to the White House for Jackson.  He shouldn't been 'talking with the enemy' in the first place!

Jackson Statement:

For any harm or hurt that this hot mic private conversation may have caused, I apologize. My support for Senator Obama’s campaign is wide, deep and unequivocal. I cherish this redemptive and historical moment.

My appeal was for the moral content of his message to not only deal with the personal and moral responsibility of black males, but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility.

That was the context of my private conversation and it does not reflect any disparagement on my part for the historic event in which we are involved or my pride in Senator Barack Obama, who is leading it, whom I have supported by crisscrossing this nation in every level of media and audience from the beginning in absolute terms.

July 5, 2008

2008 Election News: Is It Time To Boycott The ‘Media’?

    As much as I have always enjoyed the news, having 24-hour news coverage has created story overkill and endless repetition.  It has also watered down the trustworthiness, reliability and sincerity of the news being reported and the complete honesty of those reporting the news. 

I remember when I could turn the news on and hear unmodified facts and honest follow-up questions.  Those days are gone; done with. It is embarrassing to watch the media – journalists/reporters/correspondents/anchors/personalities as they insert ridiculous allegations, speculations and unconfirmed reports just to turn two minutes worth of news into a half an hour discussion or argument.  It is ridiculous.  If we can’t turn to the ‘news’ for ‘uncontaminated’ information – who do we turn to? 

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