Back in August, on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Condoleezza Rice if she were supporting John McCain for president. She replied that “as secretary of state, I think it’s a tradition that I’ll take a nonpartisan role here. … And I as an American will make my choice, like all Americans, at the ballot box.”
Condi an undecided? Knowing her talent for detecting which way the wind blows, it’s not surprising. Is she another Republican preparing to jump ship. There has been talk that she has reservations about Sarah Palin.
In fact, perhaps Condi plans to make a future run at the presidency and is just trying to steer clear of the train wreck this election has become for Republicans. Continue reading →
And now for something completely different…a group of crafty Brooklynites pooled their collective resources to produce this calendar of local burlesque dancers. All proceeds go directly to supporting Barack Obama (Obama’s campaign, though, is in no way affiliated; sorry McCain-Palin trolls). The dancers are accompanied by quotes from W.’s archive of inanity.
Don’t miss my investigative report over at Raw Story:
Interviews with numerous legal experts suggest that Colorado US Attorney Troy Eid misled reporters and diverged from state law when declining to prosecute any of the three men arrested in Denver for threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
The article includes pretty shocking exclusive comments from the Weld County CO investigator who had pursued the main suspect, Sean Robert Adolph, for two years:
According to a federal affidavit, one of the men arrested, Nathan Dwaine Johnson, said that another in the group, Sean Robert Adolph, had come to Denver to shoot Obama during his DNC acceptance speech. Johnson told the Secret Service that Adolph said “it wouldn’t matter if he killed Obama because he was going to jail on his pending felony charges anyway.”
Vicki Harbert, an investigator at the Weld County, Colo., sheriff’s department, who had pursued Adolph since 2006, told RAW STORY, “It’s very easy to see Adolph saying something like that. He had nothing to lose. With his criminal history, he was going to jail for the rest of his life.” Continue reading →
The prize that President Barack Obama won on 4th November 2008 is an America that has little in common with the one his predecessor, George W Bush, inherited in 2000.
In 2000, the US was at peace with the world. The Cold War was over, market economies were ascendant, a massive budget surplus combined with tremendous national self-confidence. America was both internationally admired and the world’s undisputed superpower.
The America that Obama has earned is different. The US budget deficit is forecast to be over 4%, or $1 trillion this year. This will have to be financed through higher taxes, or through massive bond issues. Either way, the state will be tied up in debt that will require careful management. This at the same time that the US economy is already shrinking, while the whole world faces recession.
Obama also faces a world in which US hard power is discredited, and its soft power is being undermined by the growth of wealth in the world’s emerging markets. The likelihood is that, over the next ten years, the US will slip from being the world’s largest economy, to its third largest. Continue reading →