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Can We Have Hillary Back Now?

8 Oct

After last night’s debate, I find I’m just so tired of both these guys. They’re snipping at each other, at Tom Brokaw, dodging questions (more Obama than McCain, but still) – enough already. They’re both wearing on me. I’d rather have Hillary then either one of them. How did it come to the lesser of these two as ‘the best choice’? Something is seriously broken in US politics to produce these two as the best choices we have available. But, I already knew it was broken when the best choice for the dems, a lifelong fighter for the issues I care about, didn’t get the nomination. 

I want Hillary. Until then, I will wait- perhaps not so patiently- to vote for her in 2012. 

Go Hillary!


Oprah 2 Day Fundraiser for ‘The One’

8 Oct

Via PoliticalPunch:

Talk show legend Oprah Winfrey will headline a two day fundraising weekend for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., this weekend.

Aimed at female donors, the Chicago event Friday and Saturday will bring visits from Obama and his wife Michelle, as well as Sen. Joe and Jill Biden.

Interestingly, Sen. Obama and Oprah are not anticipated to appear together at any point. Obama will make remarks at the event on Saturday evening in Chicago (no cameras allowed). Michelle Obama and Oprah will appear together on Friday night; a cocktail reception with the two grande dames is only for donors who give $28,500 or more.

The Obama campaign along with the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum is hosting the “National Women’s Leadership Initiative” – aimed to “recruit and engage women leaders from across the country to work together and raise money in support of Senator Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.”

The campaign says the multiple events will, “highlight the role and significance of women’s leadership in electing Barack Obama, present important policy and campaign strategy updates and provide field tools for women to take back to their communities.”

There are multiple levels of tickets for the event that the campaign has high hopes for raking in big bucks, from “National Chairs,” who raise $100,000 for this event by October 5th or contribute $57,000, to “State Co-Chairs” who raise $50,000 for this event by October 5th or contribute $28,500, and so on.

The event will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Other events feature former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin; Laura Tyson, Former National Economic Adviser to the President; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Lilly Ledbetter, Plaintiff, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; and former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

Lawmaker’s Son Indicted in Palin E-mail Hacking

8 Oct


WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker in connection with the hacking of the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  

David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

David Kernell was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Knoxville for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Palin, Alaska’s governor, the Justice Department said.

Kernell, an economics major at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release.

His father, a Memphis Democrat, is chairman of Tennessee’s House Government Operations Committee. Mike Kernell has said he had nothing to do with the hacking incident.

The indictment against David Kernell alleged that on Sept. 16 he reset the password to Palin’s personal e-mail account to gain access to it. Authorities say Kernell then read the contents of the account and made screenshots of the e-mail directory, e-mail content and other personal information, later posting some of the information to a public Web site.

The Justice Department said the case was being prosecuted by section chief Michael DuBose and trial attorney Mark Krotoski of the criminal division’s computer crime and intellectual property section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Weddle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The FBI’s Anchorage and Knoxville field offices investigated the case. 




Obama and Odinga

8 Oct

I can accept that Obama might have one or two crazy wacky people in his past. He’s met a lot of people in his political career and he’s from Chicago where dubious political operatives are the rule more than the exception. What troubles me are how many dubious characters there are around Obama. As the numbers increase, it’s difficult to call it anything but a ‘pattern’ of bad associations with some scary people. The scariest of all is not William Ayers as much as it is Obama’s cousin Odinga in Kenya. You can’t pick your family, so Obama shouldn’t be held responsible for being a cousin of Odinga. Obama should be held accountable for actively campaigning (at taxpayer expense) for Odinga- a man nicknamed ‘the butcher of Kenya’. It’s scary stuff folks.