Yes, I said it: Obama is a racist. As the white, conservative mother of black/Mexican/white children, I know a racist when I hear one. So is his buddy, Henry Louis Gates. Don’t let these two Ivy League-educated, erudite, distinguished black men convince you that only whites can be racists. Believe me, these two men are the worst kind of racists: black and elitist.
Thousands of people swarmed to Wasilla to wish Governor Palin well, just two days before she resigns. Palin made her final appearance as governor in her hometown, at the first of three governor’s picnics set for this weekend. However, this event was not an ordinary Governor’s Picnic. Not only was it a time for Palin’s home town to show support, but many from outside, including national media, made it a point to make it out to the picnic. “I was hoping somewhere, that I would have been able to possibly see her,” said Ronald Wise, who was visiting family from Washington. During the interview, Governor Palin walked behind him. Ronald yelled “Sarah!”
President Obama and his family are planning a vacation next month fit for the rich and famous on a spectacular Martha’s Vineyard waterfront farm. The Obamas plan to rent the stunning 29-acre Blue Heron Farm, a glamorous spread featuring spectacular views, a private beach, and even its own private golf tee, the Vineyard Gazette reported.
Republican Ralph Hall knows a lot about politics, having been first elected a county judge when Harry Truman was president. Now the 86-year-old is a member of Congress from east Texas, a job he’s held the past 29 years. Yesterday, he stood up at a conference of GOP House members to issue some words of warning about the health care bill they’re now debating.
A massive cave recently uncovered in a remote Vietnamese jungle is the largest single cave passage yet found, a new survey shows. At 262-by-262 feet (80-by-80 meters) in most places, the Son Doong cave beats out the previous world-record holder, Deer Cave in the Malaysian section of the island of Borneo.
We’re trying to identify the woman who questioned Rep. Mike Castle about Obama’s citizenship at a recent town hall meeting in Georgetown. If you know her and how we can reach her, please email Metro Editor Phil Freedman at email@example.com. The woman, wearing a red shirt, was captured on video at the June 30 town hall meeting on health care reform. Toting an American flag and her own U.S. birth certificate, she asked Castle why people are ignoring the president’s birth certificate. She said Obama is a citizen of Kenya, not the U.S.
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President Obama’s strategy to pass sweeping health care legislation rested on stealth and speed. The idea was to fill the conversation for months on end with vague talk about expanding coverage, “bending the cost-curve,” improving quality, and rooting out waste, without showing the public how the plan would actually work or what it would cost. Legislation, meanwhile, would be composed behind closed doors, and the bills would be introduced as close as possible to when they might come up for a vote to minimize the time in which they could actually be read and thought about by those who would vote on them and those who would live under them. By the time the details emerged, maybe momentum and being “closer than ever before” would be enough to overcome the torrent of objections that were sure to be raised when people got a real look at the nuts and bolts.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday announced that the United States has transferred $200 million to the Palestinian Authority in order to help ease a growing budget deficit. The transfer of aid directly to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad’s budget was an expression of confidence in his fiscal reforms, Clinton said.
In foreign policy, President Barack Obama has demonstrated a disturbing propensity to curry favor with our adversaries at the expense of our friends. The Czechs and Poles are rightly concerned that they will be sacrificed on the altar of better U.S. relations with Russia. And the Israelis fear that the Obama administration’s desired opening to the Muslim world will be achieved at their expense. Mr. Obama’s attempted bullying of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a case in point.
Regulators on Friday shut six banks in Georgia and a small bank in New York state, raising to 64 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of the banks: six bank subsidiaries of Security Bank Corp., based in Macon, Ga.; and Waterford Village Bank of Clarence, N.Y. The six Security banks had total assets of $2.8 billion and deposits of $2.4 billion as of March 31. State Bank and Trust Co., based in Pinehurst, Ga., has agreed to assume all of the banks’ deposits and $2.4 billion of the assets, the FDIC said.
Albany police say a resident of their city was cleaning out a deceased relative’s home in Eastern Oregon when he discovered what he thought was a bomb. So he put it in his vehicle and drove it back to Western Oregon, to Albany, and delivered it Friday to his hometown police station.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has taken heat in recent months for clashes at Senate hearings, is facing a potentially tough election challenge from prominent businesswoman Carly Fiorina, who is within striking distance in a recent poll. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO and top economic adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign, hasn’t said yet whether she’ll throw her hat in the ring against Boxer for the California Democrat’s Senate seat next year. But it already could be shaping up to up be one of the most closely watched Senate contests.
For decades, man has gazed up at the stars and marvelled at the wonders of the universe. But, as this amazing selection of images shows, there are many mind-blowing sights to behold from the other direction. Pictures taken by astronauts and Nasa satellites give a fascinating bird’s-eye view of Earth’s natural wonders – including hurricanes, volcanoes and other powerful weather formations – from space.
For almost nine years after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy and Ottawa Hills graduate Michael Schaap was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop in 2000, police had only one glimpse of his suspected assailant — a video showing Emigdio Preciado Jr. dancing the night away at a town festival in Mexico. Meanwhile, Schaap struggled in physical therapy to regain some semblance of his former self.
A Brinks security guard shot and killed a would-be robber who attacked him while he was making a routine stop at a South Miami-Dade health clinic Friday, according to witnesses. After the 2 p.m. shooting outside the Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St., Miami-Dade police arrested two other suspects after a search of surrounding neighborhoods.
Quote of the day.
Has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his achievements?
-Charles Krauthammer on then candidate Barack Obama