"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Cast of 300 advises Obama on foreign policy
By Elisabeth Bumiller Published: July 18, 2008

WASHINGTON: Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day.

One recent Q. & A. asked, for example, whether Obama supported the decision by Iraq's prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, to include a timetable for American troop withdrawal in any new security agreements with the United States. The answer, provided to Obama with bullet points, was yes — or "a genuine opportunity," as he put it in a speech on Iraq this week

Now you know why he won't meet Mac in a Town Hall debate.

Pretty Quiet All Of A Sudden


Jul 17 03:20 PM US/Eastern
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street surged Thursday, extending its rally into a second session as tumbling energy prices bolstered an already upbeat mood that followed stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from big names like JPMorgan Chase and United Technologies. The Dow Jones industrial average rose nearly 150 points.




Sadr: Hides in Iran as his Iraq minions lose.

New York Post, May 20, 2008

by Ralph Peters

DO we still have troops in Iraq? Is there still a conflict over there?

If you rely on the so-called mainstream media, you may have difficulty answering those questions these days. As Iraqi and Coalition forces pile up one success after another, Iraq has magically vanished from the headlines.

Want a real "inconvenient truth?" Progress in Iraq is powerful and accelerating.

But that fact isn't helpful to elite media commissars and cadres determined to decide the presidential race over our heads. How dare our troops win? Even worse, Iraqi troops are winning. Daily.

That was back in May. Conditions have gotten even better since then.


Then there was the much-ballyhooed double-digit Obama lead in a Newsweek poll that has shrunk down to five.

Gallup and Rasmussen has them even.


And then there's Obama's transformation into Obush:

Yes on FISA. Yes on Capital Punishment. Yes on the Faith-Based Initiative. Yes on gun rights (handguns, to boot). No on gay "marriage."

Yes on staying in Iraq as conditions warrant.

Yes on flag pins.


What? Did the trolls say something?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Economy

For the record, I'm aware that the economic situation in key areas is
spiraling downward as I write this and that smart people with no
political axes to grind and whose assessments I take seriously are
warning of unprecedented damages.

One described it as "the financial world falling off its axis."

Still, others are characterizing it as a medium to deep recession that will run its "normal" course but is not derailing.

Whatever the case, to monger fear and intentionally talk it down to depress a key driver--consumer confidence--for the sole purpose of making the presiding administration look bad (well beyond its actual responsibilities for the downturn) is unconscionably villainous.

Johnny Mac

Is he this:

...or this?

Both. ;)

Go Johnny. :)