Sunday, July 27, 2008
Some folks are entitled to a welcome matI think if the director used the excuse to ban Obama supporters - "We don't allow religious fanatics to solicit on the premises" - he'd have solid ground to stand on.
Roanoke Times editorial
The Bristol Virginia Redevelopment and Housing Authority chased Barack Obama supporters from its property by telling them it is against the law for them to knock on tenants' doors. If anyone violated the law it was the authority by trampling the First Amendment.
Housing authority Executive Director David Baldwin explained to the Bristol Herald Courier the reasons for evicting the canvassers: "We have federal regulations that we can't have anybody campaigning on our development."
Not so, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
OK, then, said Baldwin, "I thought it was federal law. I can say that it's our practice not to allow partisan activity on our site." The signs say so.
Well, not exactly, the reporter found. Baldwin agreed, "They say no parking for non-tenants."
What if canvassers walk in? Still, no go; the authority's policy doesn't allow "solicitations." (link)
Excepting that, "uh ..." seems kinda weak.
Warner stops in RoanokeHe then moved on to New Castle, Pearisburg, Bland, and Pulaski, where he presumably made the same offer.
By Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times
The group of Roanoke business owners, bus drivers, wine distributors and retirees who met with U.S. Senate candidate Mark Warner on Thursday was as diverse as you'll find in the valley, but they all seemed to have the same concerns in mind: rising gas prices, food prices and a generally slow economy.
For his part, Warner offered up little ... (link)
Wild, enthusiastic applause resounded at each stop.
Now the world will watch and remember what we do here – what we do with this moment. Will we extend our hand to the people in the forgotten corners of this world who yearn for lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and justice? Will we lift the child in Bangladesh from poverty, shelter the refugee in Chad, and banish the scourge of AIDS in our time? [my emphasis]
Meet his grandmother, her roommates, and accompanying squalor:
And while you're at it, why don't you honor the commitment you made to the villagers in her small town in Kenya?
A report from the London Evening Standard:
I guess he figured his having delivered "hope" to the villagers was enough to fulfill his promise.
Barack Obama's broken promise to African village
By David Cohen
The small brick house with no running water, a tin roof and roving chickens, goats and cows is owned by Sarah Obama, Barack's 86-year-old step-grandmother. Inside, the walls are decorated with a 2008 Obama election sticker, an old "Barack Obama for Senate" poster on which he has written "Mama Sarah Habai [how are you?]", a 2005 calendar that says "The Kenyan Wonder Boy in the US", and more than a dozen family photos.
But this bucolic scene in his father's village of Kogelo near the Equator in western Kenya conceals a troubling reality that, until now, has never been spoken about. Barack Obama, the Evening Standard can reveal, after we went to the village earlier this month, has failed to honour the pledges of assistance that he made to a school named in his honour when he visited here amid great fanfare two years ago.
At that historic homecoming in August 2006 Obama was greeted as a hero with thousands lining the dirt streets of Kogelo.
He told the assembled press, local politicians (who included current Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga), and students: "Hopefully I can provide some assistance in the future to this school and all that it can be." He then turned to the school's principal, Yuanita Obiero, and assured her and her teachers: "I know you are working very hard and struggling to bring up this school, but I have said I will assist the school and I will do so." (link)
The audacity of some people ...
Photo courtesy of AP.
Will the Pro-Obama Bias Turn Anti-Edwards? At this point, does Barack Obama want John Edwards to even show up in Denver, much less give a prime time speech? Even if the Love-Child saga progresses no further than it already has, an Edwards Denver appearance will inevitably be accompanied by renewed speculation about his seemingly scandalous and politically toxic behavior."Does Obama Want Edwards Gone? ," Slate, July 26, 2008
If you're an Obama strategist, mightn't you conclude that the best thing for your candidate would be if the press weighs in quickly and definitively concludes that Edwards is guilty, with the result that he and his whole sordid story go away until after November? ...
Representative government will remain the enduring feature of American democracy, but the initiative process is a valuable safety valve. So long as elected officials gerrymander their districts and otherwise make it nearly impossible for voters to oust them, direct lawmaking will be popular. That's why attempts to arbitrarily curb the initiative, or to intimidate people from exercising their right to participate, must be resisted. It's a civil liberties issue that should unite people of good will on both the right and left."The Far Left's War on Direct Democracy," John Fund, July 26, 2008