Archive for September, 2007

The Date for the NH Primary has not been set, though the filing date for the first in the nation primary has been.

From the Washington Post:

We know it’s moving up, but when, exactly, will the New Hampshire primary be?

Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the man who will decide, isn’t saying — yet. But he’s getting ready for a much earlier vote, just in case.

On Friday, Gardner officially set the three-week filing period, during which presidential hopefuls can register their intention to be a candidate and pay the required $1,000. That period will start on Oct. 15 and run until Nov. 2, the earliest its ever been.

This means that Al Gore, and New Gingrich have until then to make up their mind.
 

If true this would definately be in violation Non Proliferation Treaties, and if its nucler program is purely for peaceful purposes why go to such extents to hide it?? 

An Iranian opposition group says the Iranian government is building a secret underground military nuclear facility near its existing complex at Natanz in the central part of the country.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran made the assertion at a news conference in Paris Thursday. The claim cannot be independently verified, and the group did not provide any evidence.

The group said its information came from sources within Iran, and indicates that the underground facility is five kilometers from the Natanz complex and will be operational in six months.

The source of the information is questionable, though they have provided accurate information in the past about Iran’s nuclear sites.

The group five years ago disclosed information about two hidden nuclear sites, including the one at Natanz, helping uncover Iran’s nuclear program. However, the group has made other claims in the past that have not been verified.

Read full article here

Other News Coverage: Gulf Daily News, Melbourne Herald Sun 

The Edwards campaign has a few problems… actually a lot of problems, but I am only going to focus on one in this post.  His campaign message is one that claims to be focused on ending poverty.  His lavish lifestyle though ($400 haircuts, and a 5 Million home in North Carolina) could be driving wedges between him and those he wants to get that message to. Now his involvement with the same Fortress Investment Group that is forecloseing on over 100 Iowa homeowners could definately put his campaign in the hurt locker…

Edwards got $479,500 for 14 months of part time work…. I guess that is one way to alleviate poverty… for him anyway.

From the DesMoines Register

A total of 107 Iowa homeowners were foreclosed upon by subprime mortgage companies owned by Fortress Investment Group while Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was associated with the equity company, court records show.

Fortress foreclosures have occurred in other states, but the Iowa cases bring Edwards’ tie to subprime lending to the leadoff presidential nominating state, where he has staked his political future.

Others Blogging:

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But I am sure that the Clinton had no knowledge of anything illegal, wait she already used that line with the Norman Hsu fiasco… 

From the Washington Times 

Officials of a defunct pro-Democratic group that was hit with a near-record campaign-finance fine last month hold strong ties to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, documents show.

At least four persons who worked for the America Coming Together (ACT) fundraising group, which the Federal Election Commission recently fined $775,000, work directly for the Clinton campaign or hold top positions with consulting firms hired by it.

In addition, the group’s former president, longtime Clinton aide Harold Ickes, has been identified as a volunteer adviser to the Clinton campaign. In FEC filings, the campaign listed a debt to Mr. Ickes of more than $2,000 for travel-related costs.

Funded with millions of dollars from billionaire George Soros, America Coming Together (ACT) misused about $70 million in “soft money,” uncapped donations that aren’t supposed to be used to urge election or defeat of a candidate, the FEC determined, saying that some of the money was spent on direct-mail and telemarketing efforts aimed against President Bush and Republicans in key battleground states in 2004.

Others Blogging on this:

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From ABC News 

The United States rejected on Wednesday Iran’s claim that its nuclear program is a “closed” matter and said it would keep pushing for fresh U.N. Security Council sanctions that are resisted by China and Russia.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons under the cover of a civil nuclear program. Iran denies this, saying its program is to produce power so that it can export more of its valuable gas and oil.

Regardless what the UNSC does, or even if Russia and China Veto any resolution out of the Security Council, France’s shift highlighted by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech at the UN ensures that the issue is anything but closed.

There will not be peace in the world if the international community falters in the face of the proliferation of nuclear arms,” Sarkozy said. The Iranian crisis will only be resolved if firmness and dialogue go hand-in-hand.”

Iran desperately needs high tech equipment not just for its nuclear program but in many other aspects of its economy.  With France the U.S., Germany & Britain pushing for firmness and dialogue either the UNSC follows through or the US & EU could pursue those sanctions independently. Since the technology that Iran needs comes from the west what the UNSC does or doesn’t do is pretty much irrelevant.

Bottom Line Case Not Closed:

Is there anyone who honestly thought Dems were serious about instituting some ethical standards on Pork Spending? If so thier hopes and dream have just been shattered.  And they can thank “Ringside Harry Reid” for keeping the corruption option on the table.

From the Blotter

When no one was looking, someone cut a hole out of the Democrats’ much-hyped ethics bill. A watchdog group which caught it suspects the Democrats of undermining their own effort to clean up Capitol Hill.

Dubbed “the biggest reform effort in a generation” by its sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 represented the Democrats’ plan “to change the way Washington works.”

Legislative Transparency… Yeah Right… Is it Transparent how the language was changed After the Senate voted on it  and the President signed it into law?

When asked for comment on the change, a spokesman for Reid told the Blotter on ABCNews.com, “In the course of finalizing the ethics law, we refined various provisions to make them rational, workable and cohesive.” Of the final version, he said it “provides ample public disclosure of earmarks in a workable fashion.”

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime antagonist of the earmarking system, disagreed.

“Voters who expected greater transparency and openness in Washington won’t be pleased to learn about another round of secrecy and deception,” he said.

The disclosure provision was meant to cut down on earmark abuse — instances where lawmakers use earmarks to funnel taxpayer money to pet projects or businesses belonging to major campaign donors.

It is thoroughly amazing that Congress still manages to get an astonishingly high 11% approval rating…

Hang Right Politics has more on the Corruption in Congress

Hmm but didn’t Ahmadinajad say just yesterday that they love all nations? Strange way to show the love…

Iran has warned Argentina against joining the enemy camp if Argentine President Nestor Kirchner criticizes Tehran at the UN General Assembly, the Iranian ambassador said in an interview Friday.

Kirchner is expected to mention Argentina’s probe into alleged Iranian involvement in a deadly attack on a Jewish association in 1994, a leading representative of the Argentine Jewish community told AFP.

Authorities have yet to convict anyone for the bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association that left 85 dead and 300 injured.

But if Kirchner accuses Iran of wrongdoing, “numerous countries will understand that Argentina is in favor of war,” the Islamic republic’s ambassador to Buenos Aires Moshen Baharvand told the daily Clarin.

Full Story Here

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found On Brooklyn Synagogues

The police are investigating a hate crime after anti-Semitic graffiti was found sprawled throughout Brooklyn.

Police say a search on Tuesday turned up dozens of new anti-Semitic markings on buildings, cars, and sidewalks.

Twenty additional detectives are helping the hate crimes unit in its investigation, and extra uniformed and plainclothes officers will be on patrol in the area.

Does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have an alibi???

I have been very critical of the Administration on its immigration enforcement and policy proposals. While a substantial part of the blame for failed immigration enforcement should rest on the Federal Government, Sanctuary Cities and States which refuse to communicate and cooperate with Federal officials, Groups like the ACLU which files lawsuits against those that do, and politicians from both parties that seek to get some percieved political advantage at the expense of our national interest deserve a much bigger piece of the blame.    

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine accused the federal government of abdicating its obligation to safeguard America’s borders from illegal aliens Tuesday.

Kaine said state and even local governments are feeling pressure to handle the nation’s immigration crisis because there has been “real bankruptcy at the federal level on this issue.”

He said on his live monthly show on WTOP radio in Washington, D.C., that it’s an outrage that the federal government knows its immigration enforcement laws don’t work, yet Congress won’t pass new ones that will.

Full Story here

Here is one example of what I mean about States and Cities hindering Immigration enforcement.

DHS sues Illinois for blocking immigrant crackdown

The Homeland Security Department is suing Illinois to undo a new state law the federal agency says would make it more difficult to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

The law is an amendment to Illinois’s “Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act” which would make it impossible, says Homeland Security, for employers to participate in a voluntary federal program many currently use to verify whether new employees are legally entitled to work in the U.S.

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Convicted Terrorist Lawyer to Teach Legal Ethics… 

Lynne Stewart, who was CONVICTEDof conspiring with terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, will be speaking October 16 at Hofstra Law School’s Legal Ethics: Lawyering on the Edge, in Hempstead, New York.

So what will Hofstra do next, Invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give a lecture on Human rights???

Hat tip to Stop the ACLU

Supreme Court to decide Voter ID Laws

The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide whether laws that require voters to take government-issued photo identification to the polls place an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote.

The justices, whose new term begins on Monday, will hear the case in January and decide it by early summer, in time to settle for the 2008 election an issue that is generating fiercely partisan litigation and conflicting rulings around the country.

Both parties have been guilty of Voter Fraud in the past and while Voter ID Laws will not put an end to all the shenanigans, it is certainly a step in the right direction.

Hsu raised big money for Clinton supporters

Disgraced fund-raiser Norman Hsu did a lot more than just pump $850,000 into Hillary Clinton’s campaign bank account: He also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local, state, and federal candidates who have endorsed Clinton or whose support she courted.

So Where is Nancy Pelosi demanding Congressional Investigations into the Clinton Culture of Corruption? Norman Hsu does have a bright side in his future though… Maybe Hofstra will invite him to teach Ethics in Campaign Fund-raising…