Monday, October 27, 2008
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager,
Officials with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's campaign released Biden's Selective Service records at the request of The Associated Press. Less detailed records were available from a National Archives facility in Philadelphia.
From the NY Times:
THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: MILITARY SERVICE; Cheney's Five Draft Deferments During the Vietnam Era Emerge as a Campaign Issue
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
Published: May 1, 2004
Dont see them making it an issue now, do we?
Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran
Many believe that Barack Obama chose Joe Biden for his running mate to address a profound weakness on foreign policy. Power Line points out an example of the Biden prowess on foreign relations that first appeared in The New Republic’s profile of Biden from October 2001. In a vignette at the end of the article, Biden ponders mightily over how the US should respond to 9/11:
At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: “I’m groping here.” Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we’re not bent on its destruction. “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran,” Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face.
The staffers sit in silence. Finally somebody ventures a response: “I think they’d send it back.” Then another aide speaks up delicately: “The thing I would worry about is that it would almost look like a publicity stunt.” Still another reminds Biden that an Iranian delegation is in Moscow that very day to discuss a $300 million arms deal with Vladimir Putin that the United States has strongly condemned. But Joe Biden is barely listening anymore. He’s already moved on to something else.
Colin Powell got all the airtime, sure, but his isn’t the only Barack Obama endorsement worth talking about lately. There was Ali Larijani, for example, the Hezbollah- and Hamas-supporting speaker of Iran’s parliament, who voiced Iran’s preference for a “more flexible and rational” Obama over John McCain — not that he got what you could call a media roll-out. Nor did America’s own anti-white, anti-Jewish Louis Farrakhan, who recently heralded an Obama presidency as the coming age of the “the Messiah.” There was a newsflash for fluffy-con endorsements at home and abroad, arcing and sputtering on a thin mix of elitism and naivete, but virtually no one seems to have noticed an Obama endorsement that came in from the National Association of Muslim American Women (NAMAW).
Big yawn? Hardly. In its endorsement, the Columbus-based Muslim women’s group described itself as “pro-family” and “pro-life.” But, given the record of NAMAW chairwoman and CEO Anisa Abd el Fattah, it is also pro-Hamas.
As Patrick Poole has reported, Fattah has published Hamas-ian writings contending, for example, that Zionism “violates ... every norm of decency known to the human species.” Fattah has also co-authored two books with Hamas spokesman and chief political adviser Ahmed Yousef (”The Agent: The Truth Behind the Anti-Muslim Campaign in America and Al-Aqsa Intifada”). And yes, that would be the same Ahmed Yousef, who, on behalf of Hamas, endorsed Barack Obama back in April.
Both Fattah and Yousef (who fled the country in 2005 to avoid prosecution in the terrorism-related Fawaz Damra trial) used to work for the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), an innocuously named organization founded by Hamas chieftain Mousa abu Marzook that has been described as “the political command of Hamas in the United States.” The UASR, along with an interlocking network of Islamic organizations, has been designated by the government as both an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial, and an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian-founded organization that seeks to install the Sharia (Islamic law) worldwide. Other groups so designated include the Muslim American Society (MAS), which the government said was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States,” and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), of which Fattah, it so happens, was a founding board member. (Fattah, according to her online biography, as Poole has noted, also helped develop the American Muslim Council, which was founded by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi.)
Earlier this month, several news organizations reported that Minha Husaini, the Obama campaign director of Muslim outreach, participated in a non-advertised September meeting in hotly contested Virginia with about 30 Muslim leaders. Among them were Nihad Awad of CAIR and Mahdi Bray of MAS — both leaders of groups the government has designated as unindicted co-conspirators and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. Also present was Johari Abdul Malik, the imam of Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, aka “the 9/11 mosque” because two of the 9/11 hijackers worshipped there. (So did Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, an Al Qaeda member now serving a 30-year sentence for plotting to assassinate President Bush, and also Hamas chieftain and UASR founder Mousa abu Marzook.)
The Obama campaign has pleaded ignorance concerning the September meeting, with campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt telling NBC News producer Jim Popkin that campaign staffers, including Husaini, wouldn’t have “attended if they were aware of the complete list of attendees.” The campaign had no comment on Asbahi’s presence, and, oddly, wouldn’t allow reporters speak with Muslim outreach director Husaini.
What are voters to make of this? Did Obama campaign staffers abandon the event on learning who was there? The meeting went on as scheduled. Did the campaign later denounce these controversial, to say the least, groups in media statements? Apparently not. One unidentified meeting participant told Popkin that “some in the Obama group knew ahead of time that top CAIR officials would be in attendance,” adding: “There was some hope it wouldn’t get out” into the media.
That, of course, should never have concerned a campaign for whom media scrutiny resembles cupcake frosting. But “out” it is, thanks to a few journalists still on the job. If any questions remain, though, they are questions voters will have to answer for themselves.
Diana West is a columnist for The Washington Times. She can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Charlie W. Williams of Raeford, N.C., a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and supporter of Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama, lines up early to get into a rally at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville on Oct. 19. "He's going to get a lot of white votes," he said of his candidate. (Washington Times)
Unfortunately, Charlie W. Williams is a phony soldier.
This Ain't Hell has the scoop on this highly decorated phony.
An interesting curio. This clip from the tv show "I've Got A Secret" guests Samuel J. Seymour. Samuel was the last living eyewitness to the assasination of Abraham Lincoln. He would die on April 14, 1956. Only two months after his appearance here. April 14 (1865) is also the day Lincoln was shot.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This aid signs an oath at the Dougherty County election office that they will cast the vote the way the adult daycare participant wants. However, this aid wouldn’t cast Justice’s vote for McCain and made the vote go to Obama.
More, including link to video, at Red Girl Rising
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters, received absentee ballots
Something smells at 2885 Brownlee Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.
I strongly recommend that the Ohio Republican Party get on the case before it’s too late. Today’s the last day to challenge voters who registered early in Ohio before the run up to Election Day.
Here’s the stench: An entire houseful of young, non-Ohioan Democrat activists have used the Brownlee Avenue address to register themselves to vote in the Buckeye State and secure absentee ballots under extremely shady circumstances — all while mobilizing a large effort to register thousands of others for absentee and early voting. The activists are leaders of a group called “Vote From Home ‘08.” The group is self-identified as having “extensive experience with political organizing, election administration, and Democratic politics.” They were hailed as the “Justice League” by a Daily Kos blogger. Their Facebook page brags: “Want to turn the Presidential election blue in a key swing state? Vote from Home is a political organization that was founded by a team of young people for the purpose of assisting, aiding, and tracking voters to elect progressive candidates to the White House. Encouraged by the excitement of the 2008 elections and the movement around the Democratic candidates, Vote From Home will be in Ohio seeking to deliver 10,000 votes to Democratic candidates statewide.”
My friends at Palestra.net, a network of young reporters who have been doing the voter and registration fraud reporting that the MSM has been slow to do, have a breaking investigative report on how several members of the Democrat Vote From Home team — all Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholars studying abroad — are turning up on Franklin County voter rolls despite having no bona fide residence in Ohio and admittedly having little to no knowledge about the state before descending on it in August to sign up other new voters in a rush to put 10,000 Obama supporters on the rolls.
And here is a video:
by Christopher Cook
Friends, conservatives, countrymen,
It's time to recognize a basic fact: We are in a civil war. It is obviously not the civil war of pitched battles and 600,000 dead. It is a low-grade—but omnipresent—political and social conflict, and though it is not an open war, it does involve violence.
Of course, only one side is fighting it as a war. The left sees every area of society as a battleground, and they will use any and every tactic at their disposal—including violence—to achieve their aims.
This is, of course, nothing new, and before we can talk about recent violence and other criminal events—and the possibility of a dramatic escalation thereof—we have to take a quick look at history.
Using a bird's-eye view of American history, one sees a disturbing trend: The Democrats and the left (once different, now synonymous) have been waging a civil war against Republicans since the end of the last one in 1865.
More at Modern Conservative
Paul Krugman is trembling: “Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain’s chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage…What happens when Obama is elected? It will be even worse than it was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy accusations, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some violence.”
Frank Rich decries “Weimar-like rage” and the “violent escalation of rhetoric.”
Let’s talk about “insane rage” and “violent escalation.”
More at Michelle Malkin
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
JACKIE GLEASON and GROUCHO MARX Pt. 2 (10-14-67)
JACKIE GLEASON and GROUCHO MARX Pt. 1 (10-14-67)
JACKIE GLEASON and GROUCHO MARX 10-14-67
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Jackie Gleason Life of Riley episodes
I havent seen these episodes since the mid-1980s when I got my very first VCR. At the time, the local tv station (channel 11, WPIX, if I recall correctly) aired these shows on the weekdays, but only at 5:30am. So I taped them while I slept. Unfortunately, I had to eventually tape over them as at the time I couldnt afford to buy more and more videocassettes. So I had to reuse the ones I had.
William Bendix played Chester A. Riley in the 1949 movie version, but couldnt do the tv version due to he couldnt get out of his movie contract. So, for the first year, Jackie Gleason played the role. However, it was also taken off the air and not brought back untill 1953. By that time William Bendix was able to do the show, which he did from 1953-58.
Here is a cast list of the Jackie gleason episodes: