Thursday, January 10, 2008

Whama Obama

Barack Obama has won the presidential endorsement of Sen. John Kerry, the Democrats' 2004 nominee who lost to George W. Bush.

Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, planned to announce his support Thursday at 11 a.m. EST at a rally at the College of Charleston, said a Democrat familiar with Kerry's decision. The 2004 nominee was to argue that Obama can best unite the country and has the potential to create transformational change, the person said.

Kerry lost the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2004 to John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who now is running third in the 2008 campaign behind Hillary Rodham Clinton and Obama.

Besides any potential help for Obama, Thursday's endorsement was a slap at Edwards, who was Kerry's running mate in the last election. The two had their differences during the campaign over strategy and spending. In post-mortem interviews, Edwards said he would have been more aggressive in challenging the unsubstantiated allegations of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the Vietnam War veterans who questioned Kerry's military record.

As for Obama, Kerry gave the young Illinois state senator his first turn in the national spotlight when he chose him to deliver the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Later that year, Obama won election as a U.S. senator.

Kerry himself had considered running for president in 2008, but that plan fizzled with a botched Iraq joke during the close of the elections in 2006. For many Democrats, his words then revived bitter memories of his missteps in 2004, when he lost to Bush.

Since announcing a year ago he would not make the run, Kerry has prodded Democrats to take a stronger anti-war stance, pushing for troop withdrawal deadlines. In another area, he has backed environmental causes, writing a book with his wife on the issue.

Hey whatever it takes to get the country back on track even though Kerry is also a Bonesman (I don't like that bunch). 48 Primaries left to figure out who the Dems will put into the top slot.


DEN said...


Card to follow soon,

micki's muse said...

Thanks, Mr. Blogspot!

You are such a great host -- the host with the most!

Been nice spending my time here -- marking milestones with birthdays, etc.

micki said...

Oops...I tped in Micki and that popped up before I noticed.


micki said...


micki said...

But...on another matter.

I wonder if Obama is going to get a free pass on his connections to Antoin "Tony" Rezko and all that crapola.

Obama now says he made a "bone-headed mistake."

Give me a break!

Look it up at ABC -- Brian Ross.

micki said...

We don't need no "bone-heads" in the WH.

Gerald said...

Gerald endorses Hillary! She is the right person at the right time.

Hillary Should Be President

Dear Posters:

I have been objective in my assessment of Hillary. I have tried to share the positive and the negative about her candidacy. I have concluded that she should be president. I have no doubt in this belief.

Some people will ask me why?

I believe that Hillary is not only a good candidate but her life is an open book. Hillary has been praised and vilified across our country and the world. We know Hillary. I also believe that a known is better than an unknown.

Hillary would be good for America and the world. She has been attacked; she has had to overcome lies about her; and she has weather the storm. Hillary is the right person at the right time.

What may keep Hillary from the White House may be that she is too good of a candidate and Nazi Americans prefer to have mass murderers and war criminals in the White House. We are a violent people and that is the American way. She may be too good to serve us as a people as we revel in our evil ways.


Gerald said...

There are people who may ask, "Who is Gerald?" to endorse a person. People in my area know him as a famous author and humanitarian. Well, at least that is what I tell them.

Gerald said...

Here we go again!

Gerald said...

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
– Thomas Jefferson

War--after all, what is it that the people get? Why--widows, taxes (unless you are rich, you will get Bush's taxes cuts), wooden legs, and debt. Samuel B. Pettengill

Carey said...

First order of this most special day,


We know this is a milestone for Micksters, is it for the nation?

You know, I don't like this Kerry thing. Not one bit, it discomforts me. I'm already that way right now as it is with various horrendous distractions at home. Now Kerry does this.

I don't know what to think yet.

Carey said...

Look it up at ABC -- Brian Ross.

Got it.

DEN said...


Rep. John Doolittle will announce this morning that he will not run for a tenth term in Congress, reluctantly ending a career sidetracked by a federal investigation into his family's ties to Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a source briefed on his plans told The Bee.

Doolittle's press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville.

The Roseville Republican's decision to retire opens a question about the on-going political corruption investigation of him and his wife, Julie. The Justice Department quietly dropped a similar investigation of former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns earlier this month, about a year after the Republican lawmaker was defeated for reelection.

GOOD RIDDANCE!! Freakin whiney twerp!

Carey said...

Kerry didn't tell Edwards before Obama endorsement announced
January 10, 2008 12:11 PM

Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., was in Charleston, SC, this morning when an aide brought word: the Associated Press was reporting that then-VP-nominee Edwards' 2004 running mate, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was endorsing one of Edwards' chief rivals in the presidential contest, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

And this was how Edwards was finding out: through the media. Not by Kerry himself.

A source close to Kerry says he had tried to reach Edwards this morning before boarding a flight from Washington, DC, to South Carolina, but "they didn't connect."

It's not unprecedented. In the 2004 presidential race, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., learned via the media that his former running-mate, then-Vice President Al Gore, was backing former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean instead of Lieberman. Gore did not call Lieberman first to give him a heads-up, which Lieberman milked for sympathy...ultimately to little electoral avail.

Edwards this morning issued a statement saying that, "Our country and our Party are stronger because of John's service, and I respect his decision. When we were running against each other and on the same ticket, John and I agreed on many issues. I continue to believe that this election is about the future, not the past, and that the country needs a President who will fight aggressively to end the status quo and change the Washington system and to give voice to all of those whose voices are ignored in the corridors of power."

Edwards supporters, meanwhile, thought the Kerry no-call particularly rude. They argued that South Carolina was a state that embodied Kerry's failures in many ways: Having kicked off his presidential race in the Palmetto State, he went on to lose it handily to Edwards in the 2004 Democratic primary and even more handily to President Bush in the general election.

Kerry was flying from Washington, DC, to South Carolina when the news broke, and was trying to reach Edwards on the phone as of late this morning upon landing.

-- jpt


Man, I'm a little pissed.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Cleveland will have tornadoes come the next El Nino season.

Isn't that exciting enough?

micki said...

Carey, the John Kerry endorsement will be off the radar screens by week's end.

At least it should be old "news" by then...who the hell cares who Kerry endorses?

I guess he's shopping for a cabinet post.

micki said...

Well, yes, tornadoes are exciting.

But not like earthquakes!

One generally has a hint of an impending tornado. Earthquakes, on the other hand, can bring on reactivated exploding volcanoes, tsunamis, etc. -- and, so far, they usually come as an exciting surprise.

Just kidding...:-))

David B. Benson said...

Max Proton seems to have had some assistance:

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
I don't wonder what you are.
For by the spectroscopic ken
I know that you are hydrogen.

Big whirls have little whirls
That feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls,
and so on to viscosity.

-Lewis Fry Richardson

Lewis Fry Richardson was a Quaker who was the first numerical meteorologist and the first to study the statistics of deadly quarrels and arms races.

DEN said...

Kerry is a turd that won't flush.

Wimp loser in 06 gave up too soon but it was for a fellow Bonesman after all.

I would think Kerrys endorsement would be an albatross around ones neck.

Alan said...

Two things...
I don't see a big deal in the Obama/Rezko thing. Check out his question and answer interview from 2006. It's direct, instead of a reporter's 'take' on it.

"It was simply not good enough that I paid above the appraised value for the strip of land that he sold me. It was a mistake to have been engaged with him at all in this or any other personal business dealing that would allow him, or anyone else, to believe that he had done me a favor," the senator said.

Next, why is Kerry not telling Edwards himself such a big deal? Should Kerry have told Hillary too, or is it a big deal just because they were on the ticket together? I dunno, seems like a slow newsday if this all we got to hash and rehash about.

Carey said...

I've calmed down and realized this is bad news for Obama. Just like you were kind of saying, Micki, about the news dying down by the week's end.

Yes, you're right. I've lowered the tension and anger level. It doesn't mean anything really because Kerry, the man I worked for in '04 has become completely irrelevant.

Like us Boomers....Micki?

I'm a litte raw right now.

It's a gorgeous day for me and my kitty to record and play something on XM and go out on my lawn I'm losing soon and pick the flowers. Me and my Zoe would like to pleasantly observe Mickster's birthday.

Carey said...

Oh my gosh David! That is just delightful. The blending of art and science-a most satisfying mixture.

Alan said...

Again, if the Rezko thing was bad, or had anything to it, then why didn't it come up THEN, in '06? It didn't... and only comes up now because he's finally going to trial about SOMETHING ELSE.
Brian Ross is a d**k.

Carey said...

Fascinatin' Alan.

No, Den, your comment's good, it got me thinking. I feel it's not about Yale ties, it's about heading off Clinton. Yes, those ties can be strong, but not in this case.

Edwards and Kerry don't like each other. Some of that stems from the fact that Kerry did nothing about mounting evidence of voter fraud--(Greg Palast). It's not a surprise, just the timing. As I just said, he's trying to head Hillary off at the pass.

By the way, I only did volunteer work. Let's be honest here.

DEN said...

Carey, it's OK you did not know any better, K came off sincere but when push came to shove he gave!

Rollover boy!, Good dog!

Carey said...

I know I took it a little personally at first, then stopped myself Alan and Den. About Kerry and Edwards, I mean. Then I remembered they don't like each other too much, just as I wrote. There was a parting of the minds in '04 when Kerry wouldn't confront the vote fraud.

Somebody on Mike Malloy said something very interesting about this whole thing. Apparently Cindy Sheehan came out, I believe on Huffington, and claimed even these early contests are rigged (ala Gerald's position). The upshot of the conversation was something wise and depressingly intriguing.

The Dems must be doing it too. More than we could possibly imagine. Otherwise, why are they ignoring the shitload of evidence. Why?

David B. Benson said...

Imported beers just went up by 33% in my grocery store. Northwest microberery beers (mostly from Oregon) went up about 14%.

Carey said...

They're taking our drugs away David.

David B. Benson said...

If you fly in airplanes, this

Air Canada plane in emergency landing

will happen more and more frequently.
Keep your seat belt fastened!

micki said...

Brian Ross is a d**k.

He might very well be a d**k, but it didn't come up in '06 because Obama wasn't a viable, announced candidate for president then. He is now.

That Chicago Sun-Times article is a primo example of disgusting journalism -- giving a politician a forum to tell his side of the story, without really digging into the details.

That Obama has this relationship with the Rezkos is probably just the tip of the iceberg of other "perks" he has obtained from his patrons. The Obamas could not have purchased that property w/o Rezko's helping hand -- the owners were selling the house and the lot as a package and would not budge from that arrangement.

The Obamas were able to close the deal ONLY with the Tony Rezko agreeing to buy the lot.

Sorry, Alan, if this were a Jack Abramhoff "deal" most fair-minded people would be looking for some more information, if the "deal" included a presidential candidate.

Carey said...

I don't have a leg to stand on in that discussion, Micki. Look what I'm trying to extricate myself from, a mess personally. Smart me could not stop the flying wallendas from honing in and scamming me.

What Micki's saying is, Obama cheated big. What I'm saying, I just realized, it's everybody that's doing it.

Carey said...

Things have changed.

David B. Benson said...

flying wallendas?

David B. Benson said...

This quote is for (mostly) Alan:

Coastal dwellers from Houston to Miami are now playing Russian roulette with maybe two bullets in the gun chamber each year. In a couple of decades, it may be three bullets.

Joe Romm in Hell and High Water (now in paperback).

Gerald said...

A New Revolution in China?

China is experiencing a spiritual resurgence. A poll recognized by the official Communist paper says more than 31 percent of those over 16 years of age call themselves religious. That’s about 300 million people.

Why? Experts cite the growing gap between rich and poor; various social crises. “People feel troubled and wonder how they’ll be resolved. They think, ‘I want something to rely upon’,” says Liu Zhongyu, professor of philosophy at East China Normal University which conducted the survey.

China allows five sanctioned, though controlled, religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism.

One 74-year-old man, who spent seven years in prisons and labor camps for his Catholicism, says, “We don’t hate anyone and I have no regrets. One must try not to focus on the hardships you endure for faith.”

Let’s be grateful for our faith and the freedom to practice it.

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen… By faith we understand that... what is seen was made from things that are not visible. (Hebrews 11:1,3)

Look with mercy on all who long to grow in faith, hope and love, God.

Gerald said...

Drugs to numb troops to the horrors of war

Will this practice lead to dependency and more suicide issues at a later date???

micki said...

The iPhone is dead! New Product by Samsung with multiple functions

Short video. Hilarious.

micki said...

The Wallendas -- the circus act

micki said...

The name in their native German, "Die fliegenden Wallenda", is a rhyme on the title of the Wagner opera, "Der fliegende Holländer" ("The Flying Dutchman").

micki said...

AP reports: "U.S. bombers and jet fighters unleashed 40,000 pounds of explosives on the southern outskirts of Baghdad within 10 minutes
Thursday in one of the biggest airstrikes of the war, flattening what the military called safe havens for al-Qaida in Iraq."
Al Jazeera reports that "a local Sunni tribal leader told Al Jazeera that many civilians were feared dead and 300 families had fled after the
offensive began earlier in the week."

Carey said...


Alan said...

That Obama has this relationship with the Rezkos is probably just the tip of the iceberg of other "perks" he has obtained from his patrons. The Obamas could not have purchased that property w/o Rezko's helping hand -- the owners were selling the house and the lot as a package and would not budge from that arrangement.

I noticed the "probably" right off. What kind of "journalism" is that?? And what "patrons"? That's the first I've heard of that word, and it sounds like a bit of innuendo.
1. His run for the presidency came up in the interview, so he Probably was a candidate already, dontcha think?
2. The interview said the house had been on the market separately for quite awhile, and that's why they accepted the offer for less than they were asking... to get it sold.
3. Is Mrs. Obama corrupt too? The interview said both wives worked at the same university hospital. Think that's how they met?
4. It's been since '06, so if there were more information to gleam out of it, where is it? A guilt by association innuendo from Brian Ross is bullshyt. How come Drudge or Rush or Hannity haven't splashed it all over the headlines? Maybe because they know it's bullshyt, ya think?

Your candidate was done dirty with a bullshyt 'charge' like that, which costs us taxpayers millions... now you want it to happen again to another Democrat?

So now, until something of substance comes up, I'ma toss that non-story where it belongs, in the trash can.

David B. Benson said...

Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, Washington:

Tornado touchdown

Probably only an F0.

Still, in January?

Alan said...

While ago, a KC-135 (military version of the 707) flew over my house with two F-15 escorts, on the way to Ellington AFB, about 6 miles away. Then, ANOTHER one flew over, and he had only one escort which was a couple minutes behind it. Ellington has an Air National Guard (W's old unit) squadron still there, but they fly F-16's. I wonder what's up.
Before and after a space shuttle flight, we see the astronaults fly over quite often, in their T-38's (they look like the F-20) on the way to Florida, and on their way back.
Today's flights had the same 'trajectory', like they were from Florida, but they definitely weren't trainers.

Carey said...

Is Mrs. Obama corrupt too?

My effin first thought.

David B. Benson said...

Alan --- Were not the F-15s just un-grounded?

Time for training flights...

Alan said...

My effin first thought.

Duly noted.
I'm surprised that your first thought was the wives are corrupt, tho.

K, this time I mean it. I won't be replying to that non-story till I hear something besides thoughts and probablies.
*is probablies a word?? haha

Alan said...

Alan --- Were not the F-15s just un-grounded?

Yeah, I thought of that too Dr. B. Those could've been F-18's escorting. The first two were over and at a distance before I got outside (they made a hella lot of noise going over... more noise and a completely different sound than airliners going from/to Hobby Airport, itself close by). The other escort did a banking turn to line up with the landing strip I guess, and I thought I could see the canard on front like on an 18.

Alan said...

pic of F-18 showing the molded-into-the-fuselage canard

pic of F-15

I'm pretty sure it was the 18 I seen today. I shoulda been able to notice the difference in tails.

micki said...

Alan, my first choice candidate is John Edwards. (At least of those actually running.)

Drudge and Hannity and Rush don't give a shit about anything in Obama's skeleton closet -- for now. They're salivating to have him as the candidate, so they can savage him later. Sheesh. They're keeping thier powder dry.

The fact is Rezko was a "patron" -- because a patron in politics is a person who uses wealth or influence to help an individual, an institution, or a cause. Rezko gave lots of dough to Obama and helped him on a personal real estate deal -- that makes him a patron, not a donor.

Frankly, I don't give a damn if he got help from anyone -- but when the help comes from a wealthy person who was at the time a target of an FBI investigation, that has since led to an indictment, and now a trial, it deserves a closer look, IMO.

You have your opinion, I have mine.

micki said...

Our Portland daughter just phone -- she heard on OPB radio that it was designated an F-0 tornado.

But, a tornado of any size is news in Washington State, especially in January.

micki said...

Let me clarify before I get jumped on:

Rezko gave lots of dough to Obama and helped him on a personal real estate deal -- that makes him a patron, not a donor.

I should have said that Rezko gave lots of dough to Obama's Senate campaign and helped him on a personal real estate deal.

DEN said...

Alan, I believe KC135's are Guard planes, the latest and greatest is the KC10(DC10), I used to Crew Chief the 135's back in the 70's and they were old then, 1957's through 1960's

DEN said...

Pick your President

Carey said...

Okay Alan, let's say I was a little surprised. But, then, not really.

The fact is Rezko was a "patron"

This is the part that's bothering me. That, and Michele had to know. I will stay out of this further because, for now, I'm enjoying Micki's birthday.

DEN said...

Alan, looks like a NASA operation;
Besides its primary role as an inflight aircraft refueler, the KC-135, designated NKC-135, has assisted in several research projects at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. One such project occurred between 1979 and 1980 when special wingtip "winglets", developed by Richard Whitcomb of the Langley Research Center, were tested at Dryden, using a NKC-135A tanker loaned to NASA by the Air Force. Winglets are small, nearly vertical fins installed on an aircraft's wing tips. The results of the research showed that drag was reduced and range could be increased by as much as 7 percent at cruise speeds.[6][7] Winglets are now being incorporated into most new commercial and military transport jets, as well as business aviation jets.

NASA also has operated several KC-135 aircraft (without the tanker equipment installed) as their infamous Vomit Comet zero-gravity simulator aircraft. The longest-serving (1973 to 1995) version was KC-135A 59-1481, named Weightless Wonder IV registered N930NA.[8]

NASA has a presence there at Ellington too.

Carey said...

I'm sorry but Randi Rhodes can be really stupid at times.

micki said...

Carey, tell us about Randi Rhodes stupidity -- what this time?


micki said...

Maybe someone has already posted something about this:

U.S.: Voices on Recording May Not Have Been From Iranian Speedboats
Chilling Threat Could Have Come From the Shore or Another Ship, Navy Says


Jan. 10, 2008—

Just two days after the U.S. Navy released the eerie video of Iranian speedboats swarming around American warships, which featured a chilling threat in English, the Navy is saying that the voice on the tape could have come from the shore or from another ship.

The near-clash occurred over the weekend in the Strait of Hormuz. On the U.S.-released recording, a voice can be heard saying to the Americans, "I am coming to you. You will explode after a few minutes."

The Navy never said specifically where the voices came from, but many were left with the impression they had come from the speedboats because of the way the Navy footage was edited.

Today, the spokesperson for the U.S. admiral in charge of the Fifth Fleet clarified to ABC News that the threat may have come from the Iranian boats, or it may have come from somewhere else.

We're saying that we cannot make a direct connection to the boats there," said the spokesperson. "It could have come from the shore, from another ship passing by. However, it happened in the middle of all the very unusual activity, so as we assess the information and situation, we still put it in the total aggregate of what happened Sunday morning. I guess we're not saying that it absolutely came from the boats, but we're not saying it absolutely didn't."

The Iranians have denied using the threatening language and are saying U.S.-released video is fabricated. Today, the Iranian government aired its own video of the event on state-run TV there. On the audio, the voice that the Iranians say is the communication from their vessel can be heard identifying itself to the American ship, "Coalition warship No. 73 this is an Iranian navy patrol boat."

The incident ended without shots being fired, but senior defense officials told ABC News that the USS Hopper's gunners were within seconds of firing on the Iranians.

Copyright © 2008 ABC News Internet Ventures

David B. Benson said...


So, was the voice part of a false flag attempt?

My I'm becoming paranoid as well...

DEN said...

Doc, who really can we rely on for the TRUTH about anything lately.

Dis-information, propaganda, like the boy who cried wolf too many times, there has been so much of it believed and later found out to be lies.

Confusing information mentally negates the event as too splintered and it goes on.

Certain seismic events will drown out the chatterers, literally.

I am not a geologist but it seems to me if large portions of plates shift at both ends as has been the case first in SO America now off BC.

The middle will move and with the possible magnitude sufficient to create a tsunami.

We sit and squabble amongst ourselves as humans but still must submit to the Earth.

micki said...

Bill just told me that the weather guru on Northwest Cable News reported that the tornado in Vancouver, WA, today may be designated as an F-2, rather than an F-0, as previously reported.

For what that is worth...

micki said...

Largest earthquake since 1700 in Canada

August 22, 1949, Queen Charlotte Island

Gerald said...

Nazi Americans are the real terrorists

Gerald said...

Nazi America is pro-death

We started a wrong and an immoral war. We are mass murderers and war criminals against humanity. We lust for human blood and human carnage.

Gerald said...

Nazi America's rallying cry is bring me more and more dead human bodies.

Gerald said...

Hitler Bush flings more shit upon Nazi Americans

Check out Iran's mighty armada that is a threat to Nazi America.

Gerald said...

I can't stop laughing!!!!!

DEN said...

Micki, since 1972? PI sez it was worse then. Unusual thats for sure.

WWW=Wild Weather Winter

DEN said...

Tornado damage pics and story here.

DEN said...

6.3 today off Oregon coast

Carey said...

Randi Rhodes is a dichotomy for God's sakes. One time she's so astute, with it, and totally read up. Others, I don't know, this New York thing comes out.

l) This particular time she just blurted out that it was strange to hear English people talk about our president. People like Richard Wolfe, I forgot who else she mentioned. She said, "first it's their accents. And then, how dare they talk about our president. I mean they have a queen, don't they?"

2)She harasses certain callers for no apparent reason. She goes off on tangents. It's embarrassing. Rhodes ignores the callers protestaions and goes right past them talking, almost screaming at such a pitch. It's so annoying and stupid.

DEN said...

I'm not a fan, she's a harpie IMHO.

Conversation hogger 4 sure.

Carol said...


Good grief, look at the time. (10:26 EST. I almost missed your birthday.

:) :) :) :) :) :)

Alan said...

Alan, I believe KC135's are Guard planes, the latest and greatest is the KC10(DC10)...

It wasn't a KC-10 because they only have two engines. These were big and they had four. I looked at some pictures at google/images, and it looked like a KC-135. I dunno if it was a tanker tho.

DEN said...

NASA also has operated several KC-135 aircraft (without the tanker equipment installed) as their infamous Vomit Comet zero-gravity simulator aircraft.

DEN said...

DO (Den out)

Alan said...

Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel

Here's one of several points that didn't add up...

Furthermore, as the New York Times noted Thursday, the recording carries no ambient noise, such as the sounds of a motor, the sea or wind, which should have been audible if the broadcast had been made from one of the five small Iranian boats.

Alan said...

I think that vomit comet is white. These were dark grey and there were two of 'em. And I don't think NASA's test flights are military-escorted by fighters. Sucks because I see stuff like this occasionally and NEVER know or find out what the scoop is.