Times Online reports how the White House was rocked by the news of a video of Vice President Biden's daughter being recorded as she snorted some coke. Times Online reported "The video purports to show Ashley Biden, 27, snorting lines of white powder at a house party in her home state of Delaware. It surfaced days after Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, declared that the United States shared the blame for Mexico's violent drug wars. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” Mrs Clinton said on a trip to Mexico." end quote Thiscomes on the heels of Hillary Clinton accepting responsibility for the U.S. part in the on-going drug issues facing Mexico and the U.S.. It was in this month also that Vice President Biden swore in the new Drug Czar Kerlikowske, who has children who have been busted several times for marijuana use. So what is the big outcry about when our own President has admitted to doing the same in his youth. At least we can give Joe Biden credit for being a true anti-drug guy. The problem is there are too many around that don't have such a clean history.
It surfaced days after Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, declared that the United States shared the blame for Mexico's violent drug wars. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” Mrs Clinton said on a trip to Mexico." end quote
Thiscomes on the heels of Hillary Clinton accepting responsibility for the U.S. part in the on-going drug issues facing Mexico and the U.S.. It was in this month also that Vice President Biden swore in the new Drug Czar Kerlikowske, who has children who have been busted several times for marijuana use.
So what is the big outcry about when our own President has admitted to doing the same in his youth.
At least we can give Joe Biden credit for being a true anti-drug guy. The problem is there are too many around that don't have such a clean history.
There have been several national days of prayer in the U.S. before the day was made official in 1952. The Continental Congress issued a day of prayer in 1775 to designate "a time for prayer in forming a new nation". During the Quasi-War with France, President John Adams declared May 9, 1798 as "a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer," during which citizens of all faiths were asked to pray "that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it".
All Catholics believe they have a wondrous,beautiful Virgin called Mary. Hillary Clinton reminded a small crowd that greeted her as she left the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadeloupe with the statement "You have a beautiful Virgin"!
She identified herself as the ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth. She made a request for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church's local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop. After complying to the Bishop's request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native's til-ma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 476 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
It apparently even reflects in Her eyes what was in front of her in 1531. Read More
She identified herself as the ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth.
She made a request for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church's local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop.
After complying to the Bishop's request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native's til-ma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 476 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
Whether or not you supported Hillary Clinton's presidential bid last year, Kay Bailey Hutchison knows what guts and sheer grit it took for Hillary to fight for her beliefs until the end. Only a year ago pundits from both sides of the political arena had been telling Hillary 'to give up'. But Hillary Clinton knew better than most when it was time to call it quits.
A year later,Secretary of State Clinton has a 72% approval rating, and the admiration from men and women the world over. Aman Batheja reports from the Star Telegram that Hutchinson had this to say about the former First Lady: "I think the most incredible thing I saw in you during this period was your ability to keep a happy face, a confident face, when you were getting so many disappointments," Hutchison said, speaking beside Clinton at an event at The Women’s Museum in Dallas.
It seems that Hutchinson admires and respects Hillary Clinton for the tough battles and trying times Secretary Clinton has faced so bravely. Both women cited legislation that allowed same-sex public schools as one of their proudest accomplishments in the Senate.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson will be facing her own tough battles as she challenges Perry for a run at Texas Governor.
But today, the women from different parties came together at a Dallas event and expressed a mutual admiration for the other.
I like to follow Ruben Navarrette at CNN on the economic situation. He doesn't let any party get away with anything especially when throwing blame around for the financial mess we are in. First off, he notes too many Americans are emotionally invested in the Obama presidency to admit that some things may not be going well. Get hurt hard enough too many times on the personal financial front, and you are bound to start looking at matters realistically.
Obama's main problem? You have heard it before, and Navarrette says it again: Obama is trying to do too much too soon. Some things need focus, but your cabinet and aides need to be strong enough to help carry the load. So who is too weak at this point? Timothy Geithner. The guy just doesn't instill confidence. Even though Wall Street perked up a bit after Geithner proposed shedding the toxic assets, Wall Street happiness doesn't always bode well for the man on the street.
Obama is known for two strengths: communication and marketing. So if we look at the press confernce this past week we see a dull presentation with resentment from Obama at any pointed questions concerning AIG. That teleprompter does make a difference with Obama.
The next issue for Obama is to get it out there about who told Dood to keep the loop-hole open on AIG bonuses. Until that is answered, everything Obama does will overshadow any future moves he makes with that question unanswered. Timothy Geithner needs to step aside and let someone who can instill confidence try to sell this country on budget plans and programs.
If watching CNN or MSNBC you will get the biggest dose of political ads with the intent of putting political pressure on Congress to adopt his audacious budget.
I was looking through the news and blogs trying to find inspiration of some sort so I could continue my usual onslaught against Obama. Stuff that Obama would call "chattering", and the things Michelle would say was "chirping". Anyways,I was on-line at The National Review and hit the bonanza...at least for myself. It wasn't political, but the article got me agitated just the same. I didn't know, but today is the birthday of Flannery O'Connor, the woman writer many of us read in short-story form from our sophomore lit classes. I thought O'Connor was a man until I learned differently much, much later...or maybe I just didn't listen too well back then.
The Supreme Court seems divided over how to deal with the movie documentary about Hillary Clinton that was shown in some movie theaters during the 2008 election. A Washington non-profit political group Citizens United, refrained from showing the movie because the current campaign laws would demand they reveal their financial backers.
It's too late now to correct, but Obama promised transparency for his administration as pointed out in Campbell Brown's article at CNN.
I know exactly what Barack Obama is suffering from. It is just plain ole' nerves. The kind of nervous pressure that finds a relief spout with laughing (just a little too much). It's often seen in public, and at serious occasions. An example would be when my sisters and I would be in Church waiting for Mass to begin. It wouldn't take too much provocation to get either of us giggling...to the point we might have to excuse ourselves. I remember a case where one of my friends went to the doctor for a gynecological exam. She was a normal young lady. Yet when the doctor began to examine her, she started laughing uncontrollably. Was she mortified? Yes, but that didn't stop her from laughing like a hyena.
Just a Year ago, Joan Didion fans were reading the glad tidings from David Finkle's news in "Theater Mania" ...Vanessa Redgrave lovers, rejoice. She brings The Year of Magical Thinking to the National's Lyttelton (April 25-May 20) after playing the solo show to her usual acclaim on the New York stage. The play, directed by David Hare, is Joan Didion's adaptation of her book about what pangs of grief followed the deaths of her husband and daughter.
The scandal and intrigue already oozing from the White House is symptomatic of Chigago-Style Politics. How bad is it, and to what degree would it be known if there were not a sympathetic media in place for the Obama administration? If pay to play, and reward to political allies, and friends finds its way into policy and is then rationalized away as "saving grace" for the betterment of society, we have Chicago-Style-Politics according to Frank Salvato, Editor of The New Media Journal.
Seems Timothy Shriver has a great idea for Obama : 'Hire one of our athletes.' CNN quotes Shriver saying “In so doing, he could help end misperceptions about the talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, and demonstrate their dignity and value to the world," Timothy Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics, said in a statement released Friday morning.
UPI reports how wages significantly increased on six Swift & Co. meat packing plants. With the departure of the illegal aliens, wages increased at least 8%.
We knew this one was coming. Since newspapers and "freedom of the press" have been so closely aligned from the beginning of our nation, it is important that newspapers are never beholding to the government. Newpapers were the traditional watchdogs of our government, and it would be a perfect case of putting "the fox in charge of the hen house".
Here's the list of top AIG recipients for the 2008 campaign:
1. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., $103,100
2. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., $101,332
3. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., $59,499
4. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., $35,965
5. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., $24,750
6. Former Gov. Mitt Romney, (R) Pres $20,850
7. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., $19,975
8. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn, $19,750
9. Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., $18,500
10. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) Pres $13,200
11. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., $12,000
12. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., $11,000
While these same politicians spurt words of outrage, let them be the first to payback taxpayers through the U.S. Treasury.
Nancy Pelosi is beginning to talk more and more about another bail out. Pelosi will keep mentioning this possibility so that by the time it becomes a palpable reality, the American public will be conditioned to accept a new package. Why? As it is most of us can not get our minds around trillions of dollars to start with.
Meghan McCain has a point in her blasting attack against Laura Ingraham. Laura referred to young McCain as “a Valley Girl gone awry” and a “plus-sized model.”
“It infuriates me,” she said. “I’m a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write?
”Meghan McCain writes whatever is on her mind, but I have always found her very thoughtful and fair. She doesn't attack someone personally. She seems to have her Dad's temper, but I won't fault her for that when she makes a valid point.
Laura Ingraham should apologize for the nasty lowblow remark.
Cheney told CN that "the harsh interrogations of suspects and the use of warrantless electronic surveillance were "absolutely essential" to get information to prevent more attacks like the 2001 suicide hijackings that targeted New York and Washington".
Good thing there are enough concerned citizens in Charlotte,N.C. to get the word out! Thanks, to Matthew for spreading the word. We all have been reading with excitement about the Tea Party Revolution! Go to this site Tea party,and pick out your state and city so you can participate in this patriotic revolution. It looks like our ancestral blood runs deep in our veins!
Fox reports that Nancy Pelosi is astonished that anyone (especially the GOP) describes her as playing "partisan politics".
Can you imagine taking a job and one week later you go on leave of absence? That's what a White House official told CNN that Vivek Kundra is taking a leave of absence from his position at the Office of Budget Management until a search of his former office is completed by the FBI.
The raid came a week after Kundra, former director of the agency responsible for overseeing the city's telecommunications infrastructure, was named as the White House chief information officer. But CNN cited a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation as saying that Kundra is not involved in the case. end quote.
Pope Benedict XVI has learned the value of news research. The Pope has been upset over the world-wide reaction he caused when he withdrew the excommunication of Bishop Williamson of England. The Pope had this to say in a letter to the clergy: "I have been told that consulting the information available on the Internet would have made it possible to perceive the problem early on "I have learned the lesson that in the future the Holy See will have to pay greater attention to that source of news."
Obama is reaching out to "moderate Taliban elements"? Does Obama realize "moderate Taliban" is an oxymoron? The horrific treatment of women in Taliban society should give pause to our dealing with these savages, much less "reaching-out"!
She was recognized for her efforts last year when she was awarded the 2008 International Women of Courage Award.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will bestow the honor on eight other women on Wednesday, including Wazhma Frogh, an Afghan woman who heads Global Rights, which fights against domestic violence, marital and child rape, and sexual abuse in Afghanistan. end quote
The AFP reported that women's issues needed to be included in the talks. They report Advocates for women's rights in Afghanistan urged world leaders to move forward with talks with the Taliban and insisted that women have a place at the negotiating table.
Charles Freeman withdrew his name as an appointee for Chairman of The National Intelligence Council.Freeman, formerly an ambassador to Saudi Arabia, is widely known to be critical of Israel and Israeli policy. This is important because in this Intelligence job, Freeman would have to sum up information from all intelligence reports. With Freeman's insensitivity to Israel and his suspected ties to foreign governments this would pose a jeopardy for Freeman making sound non-prejudicial decisions. The reports from this council have to be apolitical because all U.S. government decisions are based on its findings.
There have been critics over the years accusing Pope Pius XII of having not done enough to help the Jews during the WWII Holocaust. Current understanding is that Pope Pius XII remained neutral between the Axis and Allied counries.
No one can say Obama doesn't take bold action or America wouldn't even be considering talking to the "Taliban". The thought of engaging these thugs is enough to make the bravest cringe in reaction. This past weekend Obama told "The New York Times" America might outreach to moderate elements of the Taliban. What really is an element? Where is there a moderate group of Taliban? Obama bases this thought process on the fact that we were able to communicate with Sunni enemies in western Iraq with great success-but let's thank the U.S. Marines for this, and their outreach was first backed up by military might.