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What a MAN & Judge

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 22, 2007

Judge Gives Smith Body to Baby’s Guardian

Former Model to Be Buried Near Son in Bahamas

By MATT SEDENSKY, AP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Feb. 22) – Anna Nicole Smith  will be buried in the Bahamas, alongside her dead son, it was announced Thursday after a tearful judge left the decision up to the attorney for the model’s baby daughter.

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“Yes,” this whole affair is despicable.

 

“Yes,” it sickens me to know just how vulnerable Anna was, and how her close Friends (?) were nothing but a group of ENABLERS and ‘hanger ons’.

 

“Yes,” and as I predicted when learning of her death ~ I KNEW I’d be bombarded with “Anna Nicole” nonsense for MONTHS!

 

And “Yes,” we are once again seeing Human Nature at its Lowest Denominator. For had Anna and her Baby been just poor, unfortunate individuals with modest ‘means’ ….. then Society and the respective Parties involved (Stern, Birkhead, and MoM) could have really cared less WHO got the Remains or WHERE she was going to be buried.

 

 

For after all: this is ALL about little 5 mo.old Dannielynn who is the CASH COW and the REAL center of ATTENTION insofar as Stern, Birkhead, and even MoM now.

 

 

Did you folks see Anna Nicole in that frickin’ “Clown” face!!

 

 

                    

 

That was Howard Stern’s idea of  Loving Care!! (??)

 

 

 

 

But hell: that’s America and the State of our current Culture & Priorities.

 

 

But the above is not why I’m Blogging this Entry. My Interest in the matter SOLELY rests with an individual I thoroughly enjoyed watching these past several days:

 

 

Judge Larry Seidlin!!

 

 

To me …. he was the ONLY person in that courtroom that had the Interests of Anna Nicole and little innocent Dannielynn at heart ~ as well as wishing that Anna’s son R.I.P. in the Bahamas!

 

 

The ONLY one in that Courtroom!!

 

 

 

Forget that snake Stern. Would you TRUST Dannielynn with THAT MAN??

 

 

 

Forget that wimp Birkhead. He’s ‘soft’ and a wannabe Jigalo!!

 

 

 

Forget that mother Virgie. The Mother from HELL!

 

 

Judge Seidlin was the ONLY one with a Soul in that courtroom.

 


Plus …. the Judge tickled the mess out of me, you!   : )

 

His heavy New York accent; his quips and homilies; his desire to allow all sides to state their case (although mostly the Interested Parties wanted to Argue paternity) ~ still the Judge performed Magnificently and held my Attention throughout. In fact, he was the ONLY REASON I watched this stuff!

 

 

And while some suggest his tears at the Closing today was pure ‘theatrics’: I disagree entirely. Judges rarely (if at all) break down like that when delivering a Judgment. After all, Judges are supposed to be IMPARTIAL and UNEMOTIONAL when doing same. However, this Judge Witnessed so much GREED in that courtroom; so much callous disregard for the welfare of Anna Nicole …. that he felt a deep sadness that she (Anna) had to put up with so much ‘BS’, manipulation, and Weakness for so long, and from people that didn’t have her best Interests at heart ~ even in Death ~ that he wept.

 

 

I know I did!   : (

 

 

Judge: Ya did GREAT!!

 

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“God, I hate the 21st Century!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 18, 2007

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Mummified body found in

  

 front of blaring TV

POSTED: 8:54 a.m. EST, February 18, 2007

Story Highlights

• Police: Man, not seen since 2005, had been dead for more than a year
• 70-year-old appeared to have died of natural causes
• Neighbors assumed man was in the hospital or a long-term care facility 

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Police called to a Long Island man’s house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set.

The 70-year-old Hampton Bays, New York, resident, identified as Vincenzo Ricardo, appeared to have died of natural causes. Police said on Saturday his body was discovered on Thursday when they went to the house to investigate a report of a burst water pipe.

“You could see his face. He still had hair on his head,” Newsday quoted morgue assistant Jeff Bacchus as saying. The home’s low humidity had preserved the body. (Watch for views inside the house and why no one ever bothered to check on him Video)

Officials could not explain why the electricity had not been turned off, considering Ricardo had not been heard from since December 2005.

Neighbors said when they had not seen Ricardo, who was diabetic and had been blind for years, they assumed he was in the hospital or a long-term care facility.

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This Story is as much as an Indictment against the sad state of our Society ……  as it is about the man ~ ignored and forgotten.

Nobody cared about him ~ not his neighbors, friends, family, creditors: Nobody!!

This is the ‘norm’ in our Society today, isn’t it. Isolation and being so ‘caught up’ with our own Lives allows this needless Neglect to take place, especially to our Elderly. And as you can judge by watching the video (included with the Story), this Gentleman was not a beggar, homeless, or without ‘means’ ~ yet this was the way and manner he was allowed to die and leave this earth.

To update a quote by General George S. Patton:

 

“God, I hate the Twenty-first Century!”

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A HUGE Hill to Climb

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 15, 2007

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Race doesn’t give Obama edge in S.C.

By JIM DAVENPORT, Associated Press Writer Thu Feb 15

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) may find that for black voters in South Carolina, being black isn’t everything. If there is a single state where being black holds the potential to boost Obama’s chances to win the Democratic presidential nomination, South Carolina fits the bill.

Yet, Democratic voters and party officials here said the Illinois senator will have to do as much persuading as any other candidate to win the support of blacks, who make up about half the Palmetto State’s Democratic voters.

“I’m looking for reality,” said Tremaine Hendrick, a 20-year-old communications major at historically black Benedict College. “I want the truth. You’ve got to wait and see to learn actually who tells the truth. You can’t determine that from what they’re saying right now.”

The South Carolina Democratic primary on Jan. 29, 2008 is wedged into the political calendar one week after New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and one week before what could turn out to be a make-or-break mega primary on Feb. 5 of as many as a dozen states.

If Obama were to do well here, it could provide the momentum needed for success in the upcoming crush of primaries.

Black voters accounted for 49 percent of vote in the 2004 Democratic primaries in South Carolina. By contrast, exit polls showed 1 percent of New Hampshire’s 2004 Democratic primary voters were black.

That year, former Sen.  John Edwards garnered 37 percent of the black vote in his native South Carolina and won its primary. He faces tough competition for the black vote from Obama and New York Sen.  Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will make her first campaign stop in South Carolina on Monday.

This week, Clinton picked up endorsements from two black political leaders in South Carolina who backed Edwards in 2004.

Other candidates already have made it a point to campaign in South Carolina’s black churches and weigh in on the continuing controversy over the Confederate flag flying on the Statehouse grounds, the subject of an ongoing NAACP boycott. But Democrats said no candidate should expect total support from blacks here.

“The black vote is big, but it’s not monolithic,” said state Democratic Party Chairman Joe Erwin. “Anyone who thinks that because Obama is black that lops off a huge percentage for him is mistaken.”

Obama is scheduled to campaign in Columbia on Friday afternoon — his first campaign trip to the state. The following day, he is to speak in Orangeburg at historically black Claflin College.

The biggest endorsement is House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. but Clyburn told The Associated Press this week that he will not endorse any primary candidate in 2008.

Democratic state Sen. Robert Ford — who helped mobilize black voters for Edwards in 2004, but has switched to Clinton — said Obama, a first-term Illinois senator, has a lot to prove. “The media made this guy bigger than life,” Ford said. “This guy isn’t tested and they made him a rock star.”

Ford said one reason he’s backing Clinton is that he’s skeptical Obama can win the presidency and worries his nomination could hurt other Democratic candidates.

“Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose — because he’s black and he’s top of the ticket. We’d lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything,” Ford said.

He drew widespread criticism for his comment on Tuesday, and later apologized.

Besides the flag and whether candidates support the boycott, political analysts say black voters in South Carolina worry about the same issues as blacks elsewhere. Chiefly, those are the  Iraq war, health care and wages, said Furman University political scientist Danielle Vinson.

She predicted Obama would earn firm voter support only after speaking to those issues.

“He can only campaign on style for so long,” she said.

Perry Jackson, a black 23-year-old Benedict student from Chicago, said some of his classmates still do not know much about the candidate, but campaign visits should help the senator.

“He seemed like a humble individual,” said Jackson, who was impressed when he heard Obama speak at a junior college he attended before moving south.

Whitney Henderson, a 21-year-old black premed student at Benedict who supported  John Kerry in 2004, said she remains uncommitted in the upcoming election, but is excited about Obama’s bid.

“He’s making history. No matter what happens, he’s making history,” she said.  

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It really pisses me off when the Major Media acts shocked that the  Black Vote is not automatically conceded to Obama. It’s as if ….. Blacks THINK and VOTE as as monolithic Bloc: unlike White folk.

It’s as if …. “We so happy, child, to have one of US runnin’ for Mr. President ~ that we is besides ourselves!”

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The Major Media is shocked that Black America is not in AWE of a Collin Powell or a Condi Rice, yet remain Loyal to an Al Sharpton or a Jesse Jackson.

Well. We don’t Understand why White Folk voted in a man like George Bush.

                                                  Twice!!   : )

Or why generally White Folk feel no pain re Innocent Iraqis killed ~ only “Our Troops”!

Or why White Folk are more concerned with an unborn fetus than the welfare of the baby AFTER he/she is birthed.

This “Great Divide” that separates the two Races and People. And it’s to this Divide that a Man like Obama can possibly bridge.

Let me be REAL: ain’t a Black Man ALIVE give Obama more than a 30/70% Chance of Pulling this thing off. And I’M SURE that those odds are even smaller among the most Liberal and ‘Fair Minded’ Whites. We STILL have a Long Way To Go to honestly Believe that a Black Man could be Elected President with all this racism and prejudice out there. Look what that Southern Black man said about Obama’s chances:

“Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose — because he’s black and he’s top of the ticket. We’d lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything,”

Now, that’s a hanky-headed Negro talking there <g>, but it’s the Real Sentiment you have even amongst Blacks ~ particularly Southern Blacks!

Still AFRAID of Losing ‘what’!!!

But this is the World and Mentality Obama has decided to ‘Run’ against. A World still full of Age Old prejudices and bigotry.

A World where it does matter one’s Skin Color, Faith, and Class.

Sad. But still TRUE.

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Onward To ‘The Two Towers’

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 15, 2007

Beginning in the “Fifth Age” of Middle Earth

Solmath 15, 5007

I’m rereading “The Lord of the Rings”. And has been the case from my previous readings of this awesome Fantasy, I’m finding New and Interesting aspects of the Tale I had previously missed or found not Memorable.

From time to time I’ll be covering  some aspects of “The Lord of the Rings” in a somewhat New Way. I thought about doing what I’m about to do when I reached “The Two Towers” point in the Fantasy, but since I’m nearing ‘Weathertop’ in my rereading …. why not fill some space right now with a Character I found ~ THIS TIME AROUND ~ quite fascinating:

                                     Fatty Bolger!!

A hobbit. Part of the large Bolger Clan. And as you may recall Fatty and Merry were sent on ahead of Frodo & Company to prepare the house in Crickhollow. After Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam eventually arrive at Crickhollow they then quickly leave heading for Rivendell. Fatty is left behind to: 1) advise Gandalf of Frodo’s reaching there, or 2) ward off the ‘Black Riders’ about the whereabouts of Frodo, or 3) Fatty wanted no parts of Frodo’s Journey beyond the Old Forest!

Now here is where I find the ‘Character’ of Fatty Bolger so intriguing, as well his Character is in keeping with the True Character of Hobbits in general.

Fatty Bolger was OBVIOUSLY weary and uncertain about the outcome of Frodo’s trek through the Old Forest, wasn’t he. Particularly after his learning of “Black Riders” and the such. Yet Fatty agreed to stay behind AT THE HOME …. KNOWING there was a good chance he would have to face some Evil that had been trailing his friends! This, to me, demonstrates the dual personality of the Hobbit Nature: at once shy and withdrawing, while at another Brave and Stout to danger.

Chapter XI “A Knife In The Dark” opens with the “Black Riders” arriving at the house in Crickhollow. It’s dark and Fatty is all alone as the “Black Riders” approach:

         “The night deepened. There came the soft sound of horses led with stealth along the lane. Outside the gate they stopped, and three black figures entered, like shades of night creeping across the ground. One went to the door, one to the corner of the house on either side; and there they stood, as still as the shadows of stones, while night went slowly on. The house and the quiet trees seemed to be waiting breathlessly. 

          There was a faint stir in the leaves, and a cock crowed far away. The cold hour before dawn was passing. The figure by the door moved. In the dark without moon or stars a drawn blade gleamed, as if a chill light had been unsheathed. There was a blow, soft but heavy, and the door shuddered.

           ‘Open, in the name of Mordor!’ said a voice thin and menacing.

           At a second blow the door yielded and fell back, with timbers burst and lock broken. The black figures passed swiftly in.”

The “Black Riders” found the house empty, for Fatty had the wits enough to flee the house and run to the nearest residence a mile away <g> and babbling, ” No, no, no! No, not me! I haven’t got it!”

Now then. After reading Fatty babble “No, no, no … I haven’t got it!”, it brought me back to another previous incident involving Frodo. Recall that while at the ‘Prancing Pony’ in Bree, Frodo did a DISAPPEARING act before some bar attendants. Later when questioned by Strider, Frodo had no explanation for doing so `~ only that he felt COMPELLED to slip the Ring on as if some ‘outside’ force suggested he do so …. or even the Ring itself. Now here we find Fatty Bolger babbling about “I haven’t got it!”; a suggestion that the “Black Riders” had invaded his Mind (much as an Evil Force had done so to Frodo back at the Prancing Pony).

Interesting. And aspects of this Tale I had overlooked in all previous readings!!

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A little Obama news

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 14, 2007

  
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Corn-fed Obama-mania
DesMoinesRegister.com | February 12, 2007

By David Yepsen

Barack Obama is off to a stellar start in Iowa.

The Illinois senator had what is likely to be the largest kickoff ever seen for any candidate in the history of the caucuses.

His crowds in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo were huge – two or three thousand per event. In Ames, about 5,000 people were at the Hilton Coliseum. Even a lowly house party in Iowa Falls attracted 200.

This is impressive – even though some of these folks were ringers who trekked in from Illinois. They can’t vote in an Iowa caucus, although being from Illinois they’ll probably figure out a way to do it. (Let the record show that the first question Obama took at an Iowa town meeting was from some guy from Naperville, Illinois.)

Some quick scans of the parking lots showed cars from a variety of counties. This is important because it does a candidate no good to pack a few precincts in one or two towns. After the candidate has won three or four delegates in the precinct, it’s pointless to run up the score. Caucus victories are won by candidates who get supporters to all caucuses, not just a few in college towns.

Not everyone who showed up is a supporter. Many were there just to gawk at the celebrity. Lots of caucus-goers take a long time to make up their minds. Still, Obama’s staff distributed sign-up cards and got hundreds of commitments at each event. Obama also worked to close the sale by asking people to remember to sign the cards.

On Sunday, he picked up the endorsements from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and state Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald on Sunday. That’s nice – it gets him a few headlines – but it’s more noteworthy for being a real snub of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who worked daily with those guys for eight years.

(Memo to the senator: Since this isn’t Illinois or Cook County, you have to remember that big endorsements here don’t mean a thing. Where you come from, it’s often a big deal when mayors, aldermen or state officials endorse because many of them have organizations – machines – that can deliver votes. Not here. Miller finished third in a Democratic primary when he ran for governor. The only vote he delivers on caucus night is his own.)

The unions are only slightly better at delivering votes. You can ask Howard Dean what an endorsement from AFSCME is worth in an Iowa caucus fight. Just because some international union president in Washington, D.C. thinks you are great doesn’t mean his members in Iowa do.

And you can also ask Dean what an endorsement from a popular politician like Senator Tom Harkin is worth.

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Early VOTE of Confidence

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 14, 2007

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Virginia governor to endorse Obama

from Alexander Mooney

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RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, perhaps as early as the weekend, two officials said Wednesday.

Kaine, a Democrat who took office last year, has decided to endorse the Illinois senator in his bid for the party nomination, according to two officials with political ties to the governor.

They spoke on the condition they not be identified because the decision had not been made public.

Obama will headline the Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraising gala in Richmond on Saturday night, an event Kaine will attend along with Democratic Sen. Jim Webb and former Gov. Mark R. Warner.

Kaine has a strong political relationship with Obama, who traveled to Virginia the past two years to campaign for Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign in 2005 and for Webb last fall.

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This is GREAT! Because it’s terribly important to get the Establishment’s HEAVY HITTERS to Endorse you: Early!

Isn’t it funny how the Media is NOW in their ATTACK MODE re Obama? I guess it’s to be expected, but as one can tell, Obama is going to have some mighty tough sledding in the next couple of months.

People bitchin’ already about his smoking habit; his lack of experience (?), whether or not Obama has the temperament for the job ~ yeah, like George Bush does <g>, and STILL you have people worried that Obama may in fact be Muslim!

Even Bush’s stooge in Australia, Howard, had the audacity to stick his nose in American Politics by taking a slam at Barack!!

Let me show you folks this piece about his wife when asked what she thinks about her husband’s fitness for the Presidency, okay:

            Mrs. Obama: My husband ready to be president

from Alexander Mooney

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has a staunch defender for his presidential bid in his wife, Michelle, who won’t stand for any criticism of her husband.

Michelle Obama says it’s his time to run, even though others have questioned whether a first-term senator is ready to be president.

“We’ve heard this spewed from the lips of rivals,” the candidate’s wife told about 1,000 donors at a Chicago fundraiser Sunday night. “Every phase of our journey, he is not experienced enough, he should wait his turn. He is too young, he is not black enough, he is not white enough … he is too articulate.

“Don’t be fooled by these claims because they are mere distractions,” she continued. “Distractions to keep us focused once again on what is not possible. Distractions that keep us mired in fear so that we are unable to focus on the real issues that are dragging us down as a nation. What we need right now is a leader. And a leader is more than a set of finite experiences.”

She said that only in politics would insiders look at her husband’s resume — a Harvard-trained lawyer, best-selling author and former state senator — “and dare to have the audacity to say he is not ready.”

Mrs. Obama said she is excited about the campaign and aware that “politics is a full contact sport.”

Take it from the woman that sleeps with him, okay!   : )

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FDH “Guest Editorial”

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 14, 2007

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                                        Guest Editorial

                                    by John Nichols

Is Obama’s Race a Factor in Howard’s Attack?

John Nichols Tue Feb 13

The Nation — Why would Australian Prime Minister John Howard separate out Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) from all of the other contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination — and from all the prominent Democratic and Republican critics of  President Bush‘s dangerous foreign policies — for attack as the favorite son of the terrorists?

Why would Howard, suggest that the Illinois senator’s candidacy will “encourage those who wanted completely to destabilize and destroy  Iraq, and create chaos and victory for the terrorists to hang on and hope for an Obama victory”?

What was Howard thinking when he claimed in an interview on Australian television that: “If I was running al Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008, and pray, as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats”?

Is Howard, arguably the truest believer in the Iraq War this side of  Dick Cheney, so supportive of the Bush administration that he is ready to attack anyone who challenges the president? No, that’s not the case. In fact, Howard has in recent days gone out of his way to tell Australians that he did not intend to “generically” criticize American Democrats; rather, he clarified, he was specifically attacking Obama. “I don’t apologise for criticising Senator Obama’s observation because I thought what he said was wrong,” explained Howard.

But Howard, a savvy student of US politics, is unquestionably aware that many prominent Democrats — including figures such as  John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, who are far better known in Australia than Obama — have criticized both the war in Iraq, which Howard continues to support unquestioningly, and the general approach of the Bush Administration to the so-called “war on terror.”

So why the full-force assault on Obama, who has gained more global attention because he might be the first black presient of the United States than because of his stance on the Iraq War?

Perhaps some comments from a 2005 debate in the upper house of the parliament of the Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, will clear things up. After racial violence erupted in several suburbs of Sydney in the fall of that year, Howard dismissed concerns about the motivations behind the violence, despite reports that they had been provoked at least in part by neo-Nazis who targeted immigrants and people of color. “Every country has incidents that don’t play well overseas,” mused Howard, whose response provoked outrage on the part of civil rights campaigners in Sydney and the rest of Australia.

That outrage led to a parliamentary debate on the subject of “Racism and Prime Minister John Howard.”

During the debate, Sylvia Hale, a representative from the Sydney area, explained that, “Racism has preoccupied this House and the community over the past week. It is pertinent now to re-examine the Prime Minister’s contribution to the rise of racism in this country. John Howard’s primary political strategy has been to divide and rule this nation. He has consistently pitted one section of the community against the other, whether it be wharfies, Aborigines, the unemployed, refugees, academics, welfare recipients or trade unionists. By identifying a minority and telling the majority that they should fear and loathe it because it is a threat to the way of life of the majority, the Prime Minister has had electoral success, but he has also created the social division that we all now confront.”

“Undoubtedly,” Hale continued, “the most destructive aspect of the strategy has been his pandering to the fearful, racist element in the Australian community. John Howard consistently denies that he does so but, as in so many other matters, when you examine the facts you see that the Prime Minister does not speak the truth. Examine his record and his message becomes clear. During his first term as Opposition leader, John Howard saw potential electoral advantage in playing racial politics. His comments in July 1988 promising a reduction in Asian immigration if he became Prime Minister established his credentials as a politician willing to play the race card if he thought it would win him votes. He was widely condemned for those comments and forced to withdraw them, but the lesson he learned was not that this sort of politics is destructive and wrong. Rather, he learned that his appeal to racism had to be more subtle.”

When a supporter of the prime minister interrupted Hale with a point of order that attempted to shut her up, she was ruled to be entirely in order. Hale finished by explaining that, “I am accusing the Prime Minister of fostering a situation where racist tensions can increase.”

It was hardly the first time that Howard faced such withering criticism. Howard came to prominence in Australia as a outspoken critic of multiculturalism and moves to respect and foster diversity. In the 198Os, he pointedly criticized moves to challenge South Africa’s apartheid system. In the 199Os, he stirred anti-immigrant sentiment, taking stands that would make US “border wars” politicians like Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo wince. The Bangkok Post observed at the time that, “Australian Prime Minister John Howard may moan and whine about how he personally abhors racism, as he did this week, but few people will believe him.”

Australian author and political commentator Greg Barns described Howard’s 2001 attacks on refugees, as a “racist outburst” that came as part of “a disgraceful campaign of the Howard Government in 2001 to demonise the wretched and the weak who sought sanctuary on our shores.”

Concerns about Howard’s penchant for exploiting and exascerbating racial divisions for political purposes are so widespread in Australia that it the issue was the topic of a well-reviewed book by one of the nation’s most prominent academics — Race: John Howard and the Remaking of Australian Politics, by Andrew Markus, a former head of the School of Historical Studies at Australia’s Monash University, where he currently directs the Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilisation. The premise of Markus’ book is that racial issues have become disturbingly prominent in Australian public life during the Howard years.

Now, with his over-the-top attempt to associate Obama with terrorism, Howard has turned his attention to public life in the United States. Of course, John Howard will deny that Obama’s race was a factor in his decision to loudly and aggressively attack just one of more than a dozen Democrats who are actively campaigning or considering a presidential run — most of whom are war critics.

But, as Sylvia Hale suggested with regard to the prime minister: “Examine his record and his message becomes clear.”

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John Nichols’ new book is THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT: The Founders’ Cure for Royalism. Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson hails it as a “nervy, acerbic, passionately argued history-cum-polemic [that] combines a rich examination of the parliamentary roots and past use of the ‘heroic medicine’ that is impeachment with a call for Democratic leaders to ‘reclaim and reuse the most vital tool handed to us by the founders for the defense of our most basic liberties.'”

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The BIG BEAR Roars

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 13, 2007

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Putin: U.S. pushing others into nuclear ambitions POSTED: 1:03 a.m. EST, February 11, 2007

Story Highlights

• Putin blasts United States for “almost uncontained” use of force in the world
• Criticism comes during security conference in Germany
• Sen. McCain calls speech most aggressive since Cold War
• Official White House response muted

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday blamed U.S. policy for inciting other countries to seek nuclear weapons to defend themselves from an “almost uncontained use of military force.”

The stinging attack underscored growing tensions between Washington and Moscow.

“Unilateral, illegitimate actions have not solved a single problem, they have become a hotbed of further conflicts,” Putin said at the Munich Conference on Security Policy, an annual forum attracting senior officials from around the world.

“One state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way.”

The Bush administration said it was “surprised and disappointed” by Putin’s remarks.

“His accusations are wrong,” said Gordon Johndroe, President Bush’s national security spokesman.

However, the White House did not respond in kind.

“We expect to continue cooperation with Russia in areas important to the international community such as counterterrorism and reducing the spread and threat of weapons of mass destruction,” Johndroe said.

Putin attacked Bush’s administration for stoking a new arms race by planning to deploy a missile defense system in Eastern Europe and for backing a U.N. plan that would grant virtual independence to Serbia’s breakaway province of Kosovo.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who was also attending the conference, described Putin’s remarks as “the most aggressive speech from a Russian leader since the end of the Cold War.”

The United States and an increasingly assertive Russia repeatedly have butted heads during the past year, with Vice President Dick Cheney accusing Moscow of using its energy resources as “tools of intimidation or blackmail.”

Washington also has been angered by Russia’s reluctance to impose meaningful sanctions against Iran, which is accused of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian atomic energy program.

On the other hand, the United States and Russia have been cooperating in trying to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. (Watch what North Korea is after Video)

‘A world of one master, one sovereign’But Putin said it was “the almost uncontained hyper-use of force in international relations” that was forcing countries opposed to Washington to seek to build up nuclear arsenals.

“It is a world of one master, one sovereign. … It has nothing to do with democracy. This is nourishing the wish of countries to get nuclear weapons,” he said.

“This is very dangerous. Nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international law,” Putin told the gathering.

Putin did not mention the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, but he voiced concern about NATO’s expansion plans as possible challenges to Russia.

“The process of NATO expansion has nothing to do with modernization of the alliance or with ensuring security in Europe,” Putin said. “On the contrary, it is a serious factor provoking reduction of mutual trust.”

On the missile defense system, Putin said it would seriously change the balance of power and could provoke an unspecified “asymmetric” response.

On Kosovo, Moscow has said a solution imposed against Serbia’s consent could serve as a model for other separatist provinces elsewhere in the world.

Washington supports Kosovo’s independence and says the issue is not related to situations in other countries.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had little to say about the accusations, remarking only that Putin “was very candid.”

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said he was disappointed by Putin’s criticism about NATO expansion. “Who can be worried that democracy and the rule of law is coming closer to somebody’s border?” he asked.

Minutes before Putin spoke, German Chancellor Angela Merkel — whose country holds the European Union’s rotating presidency — had praised Russia, saying it would be a reliable energy supplier to Europe.

“How relations between the EU and Russia evolve will have a crucial impact on how security in the region will develop,” Merkel told the conference.

Russia’s reputation as a supplier of natural gas to the West was damaged in the past three years when it halted supplies to Europe through main pipelines crossing Belarus and Ukraine because of pricing disputes.

Iran says its nuclear program is no threatMerkel also said that the international community is determined to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Tehran needed to accept demands made by the U.N. and the International Atomic Energy Agency, she said.

On the sidelines of the conference, Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani defended his country’s nuclear program as peaceful, saying: “We are no threat to our region or other countries,” while indicating a willingness to return to negotiations. (Watch Iran’s nuclear plant at work Video)

Heading into the conference, Larijani, who is scheduled to speak on Sunday, said he planned to use the conference as an opportunity to talk about Iran’s nuclear program. Those would be the first talks with Western officials since limited U.N. sanctions were imposed on the country in December, which fell short of harsher measures sought by the United States.

Larijani was expected to meet with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Javier Solana, the EU’s chief foreign policy envoy.

At the opening dinner on Friday, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni urged international solidarity in putting pressure on Iran to prevent it from producing a nuclear weapon.

“It is a regime that mocks the Holocaust while threatening the world with a new one, while trying to develop a weapon to do so,” she said. “Iran is a threat not only to Israel … but to the world. The international community cannot show any hesitation … Any hesitation on our part is being perceived as weakness.”

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Isn’t it AMAZING how our Foreign Policy has become so rank … that a Russian Leader expresses a LOGIC that has somehow failed in the minds of Congress, the Executive, and the American People!

And isn’t it AMAZING how the Major Media somehow overlooks Putin’s startling Remarks!!

Profound: Unilateral, illegitimate actions have not solved a single problem, they have become a hotbed of further conflicts,” Putin said at the Munich Conference on Security Policy, an annual forum attracting senior officials from around the world.

One state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way.”

 I would WELCOME any Reader to contradict what Putin stated, baby! Because I believe if one seriously analyzes our Foreign Policy over the past 7 YEARS, then the only conclusion to be arrived at is that Putin is correct!

It is a world of one master, one sovereign. … It has nothing to do with democracy. This is nourishing the wish of countries to get nuclear weapons,” he said.

This is very dangerous. Nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international law,” Putin told the gathering.

For those that have read my stuff KNOW that I have stated that North Korea, Iran, Syria and EVERY SANE NATION on Earth now feels the NEED to arm itself to the teeth! Why: because the United States under Bush has PROVEN she will preemptively ATTACK another sovereign state regardless of International Law i.e. Iraq.

And you mean to tell me you find it difficult to understand ‘why’ Iran wants Nuks?

See. This is the reason I get nervous when we wave American Flags and sing “God Bless America” all over the place right after a national crises ~ because it ‘dumbs us down’ and freezes our minds toward ANY agendas that a President may have up his/her sleeve i.e. Bush’s Plan for a neocon-neonazis “Pax Americana“.

That’s why we need a man like Barack Obama in Office who told Australia’s Prime Minister Howard in response to Howard’s slam (and I paraphrase):

“If he is so ‘pumped’ on the war (Iraq), let Howard send 20,000 Australian Troops over there!” (presently Australia has 1,000 there)

A frickin’ Russian Leader makes more sense than the President of the United States.

Amazing.

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“Its Official!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 10, 2007

Obama Makes 2008 Presidential Run Official

By NEDRA PICKLER

 

(Feb. 10) – Democrat  Barack Obama declared himself a candidate Saturday for the White House in 2008, evoking Abraham Lincoln’s ability to unite a nation and promising to lead a new generation as the country’s first black president.

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Well. Its Official now!!

As I watched Obama Announce this morning the words Proclaiming his Candidacy:

We can build a more hopeful America,” Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery. And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”

A tear welled in my eyes. Tears of Joy, Hope, Pride, and High Expectation my tears were; because for the First Time in my LIFE, I’m witnessing a Man ~ a Black Man ~ that CAN (and should) WIN the Democratic Nomination.

I LOVE History. And what I saw TODAY was truly History In The Making! Because to see in the audience “ALL” races …. “All” genders …. “All” nationalities be mesmerized as Obama stood on the steps of the Springfield Home of Abe Lincoln:

It doesn’t get any better then THAT!

I’m Proud TODAY! Proud not just as a Black man, but Proud to be an American as well. A feeling, I might add, that hasn’t come often during these past awful and dreadful last 7 l-o-n-g YEARS. But I’m also a Realist.

I spent yesterday Posting on an AOL ‘Political Board’, and I must say: the Filth, the Ugliness, the Racism, and vile HATRED towards Obama is ‘out there’, and let’s not kid anybody about that. But I’m going into this “Struggle” with a Positive and Hopeful attitude. With a mentality that I HOPE “All Americans” will judge Obama with an ‘Open Mind’ and conscience; free of bigotry and prejudice inclinations. Because if they do so, then TOGETHER American can move into the Twenty-first Century with High Ideals and Great Promise.

Obama’s ‘Run’ for the Presidency will be closely Observed by the rest of the World. And as America goes about her business Preaching Freedom, Justice, and Equality …. how America handles a Presidential Candidate of COLOR will be well noted from Africa to Asia. From Europe to the Russian tundra. From Canada to Cameroon.

Good Luck and God speed, Obama!

Fight the good Fight!


 

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“Why All The Fuss?” indeed

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 9, 2007

“Why All The Fuss?”

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                   The Felicity Daily Herald
                       “All the news that’s fit to print; and a whole lot more”

What drew us to Anna Nicole

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer Thu Feb 8

NEW YORK – Anybody who arrived from Mars and wanted to know what all the fuss was over this 

 Anna Nicole Smith would do well to watch just one clip: her appearance at the 2004 American Music Awards.

Prancing onstage in a tight-fitting black gown that showcased her cleavage — which was, as all else about her, larger than life — she grabbed your attention. Her looks were outlandish, but there was beauty beneath the excess.

And then she spoke. “Like my body?” she asked, tracing her fingers over her breasts. Her slurred words spilled out dangerously. She was clearly very high on something, and you wondered if she would survive, literally.

It was hard to watch. And, of course, harder not to.

Scant hours after news emerged of her death Thursday at age 39, many people were hard pressed to describe what exactly Anna Nicole Smith was. Actress? Model? Reality star? Rich widow? “I don’t know exactly what she did,” said talk show host Joy Behar, hearing the news over the phone. And yet, trying to put her finger on why we watched this strange woman over the years, she came up with two things: Dysfunction. And beauty.

“No question, she was beautiful,” said Behar, of ABC’s “The View.” “We know people like to watch dysfunction. But beauty gives you something extra to look at. Dysfunction and beauty: Now that’s something to watch.”

How was she dysfunctional? Really, how wasn’t she? Her strange life seemed to veer from one outsized struggle to another. She struggled famously with her weight and with her family. She sometimes even struggled to speak without slurring. She had a TV show that could be so embarrassing you’d want to watch it with dark sunglasses on. Much more tragically, she lost her 20-year-old son. Five months ago she had a baby daughter and now two men claim to be the father.

In other words, she was a perfect pop culture icon. By contrast, another famous creature of Internet celebrity, the chic-er, more sophisticated and chillier  Paris Hilton, has much less to fascinate us, grainy sex video notwithstanding. It’s hard to feel sorry for her.

“With Anna Nicole, she was pathetic but at the same time you thought, ‘Gosh, if I could just scoop you up and fix things, it would be OK,'” said Jerry Herron, a professor of American culture at Wayne State University. “You wouldn’t want to scoop up Paris Hilton.'”

“Anna Nicole was,” Herron noted, “in both her actions and her physical being, such an over-exaggerated version of what we both lust for and loathe in our society. Bombshell blonde? Family feuds? Lots and lots of money? Weight troubles? Obscene self-revelations on TV? She had it all.”

The compelling mix of beauty and vulnerability is just one quality that has led to comparisons with Marilyn Monroe, another sexy, tragic blonde who Smith liked to compare herself to. The comparison is tempting, but the difference is monumental.

“Marilyn Monroe was an artist, a real performer, able to evoke in audiences a real empathy and a passion,” said Richard Walter, a film professor atUCLA. “There is NO comparison.” And yet he sees one strong point in common: the simple beginnings, the climb from total obscurity to fame.

“She came from humble origins and achieved celebrity and wealth, one way or another,” Walter said. “And that is an American story.”

For celebrity editor Janice Min of US Weekly, it’s the element of perseverance that stands out in Smith’s tale, which she sees as “almost this perverse Hollywood Horatio Alger story.”

“She fought against so many obstacles — poverty. Teen pregnancy. A bad home life.” And of course, ridicule. “But she persisted, where others would have shrunk away out of humiliation and shame.”

It might have made her look pathetic. But it also made it exceedingly hard to look away.

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My son asked me this morning: “What’s all this fuss over this woman?”

I couldn’t really answer him!! So, I’m going to break my mother’s Commandment of ‘not speaking ill of the dead’. But to be quite honest, I’ve been sick of this Story for YEARS!!

Like Paris Hilton, I’ve NEVER found Story’s and Coverage of nondescript, spoiled, and dysfunctional people of Interest. It’s liking watching a car crash or two trains about to collide:

I don’t care to Observe such things.

I’ve seen Tales of Anna Nicole on TV now nonstop since her death And what really pisses me off is …. I’m sure the Media will play out this tragedy for another 3 weeks at least! And I ask myself:

“What has this woman done for Humanity?”

“How was LIFE impacted by this woman?”

“What effect did she have on my life?”

And I could ask the Same Questions re Paris Hilton!!

But ya see, the Anna Nicoles and Paris Hiltons of the world Define our Present Culture. A culture that often glamorizes MEDIOCRITY and ‘loose living’. A Culture that lauds seemingly Outward Beauty at the expense and neglect of Inner Beauty.

A Culture that has become as Shallow as the dysfunctional, sad people we Idolize!

For what she Contributed to Mankind, Anna Nicole’s death SHOULD be a footnote on the back pages of a newspaper Obit page; but because we worship those qualities of Shallowness, Ignorance, and showiness …. I’ll be bombarded by Anna Nicole News (?) for the next 3 WEEKS at least.

Sad. But that’s the way I see it.

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