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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Outsiders Protest Job Creation In Wise County

They drive past the abandoned factories and ramshackle homes, homes in which too many children are underfed and poorly educated, where parents are underemployed and over-medicated, to protest conditions at a power plant. Ah, to be young and stupid:
Protesters At Coal Plant Construction Site Arraigned, Free To Leave State Until Hearing
By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier

WISE, Va. – The 11 protesters arrested on Monday at the site of the coal-fired power plant under construction are free to leave Virginia until their hearing on Oct. 17, according to their lawyer, Chris Johnson.

The protesters, many of whom live in other states, were arraigned Tuesday morning on charges related to the protest.

Each member of the group faces at least four charges. At least one member, 20-year-old Hannah Morgan of Appalachia, Va., faces a lot more. (link)
You'd think, by the way, that the protest would include huge numbers of local Wise County residents, since they'll be the ones breathing that toxic air and dying in droves because of it. You'd be wrong.

The kids who were arrested came from North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., one from Roanoke, one from Blacksburg, and two who are local. The judge has allowed those charged to go home and return for trial. We encourage them to leave as soon as possible.

Obama Calls For Retreat ...

... from Virginia:
Is Obama abandoning Virginia?
By Soren Dayton, The Nest Right

I just got an email from Barack Obama's campaign urging me to drive to Pennsylvania. The thing is... I live in Virginia. Virginia is supposed to be a swing state. They would rather have me knock on doors in Pennsylvania than Virginia? That sounds like they are abandoning Virginia.

If they were on the attack, people would be going to North Carolina. (Of course, they could be sending North Carolina into Virginia and Virginia into Pennsylvania)

Here's the email ... (link)
Beats me. Has Obama's handlers decided that Virginia is a lost cause? Guess we'll be finding out.

We're All Racists? First Time I've Heard That One.

Ho hum. Another day, another charge of racism:
'Code language' hindering Obama campaign
By Nigel Duara, Associated Press Writer

Iowa City, Iowa -- Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that a belief among some voters that Democrat Barack Obama is different from them is hindering his campaign for president.

Asked at a brown-bag lunch at the local library why the campaign is neck-and-neck, Sebelius said "code language" raising doubts about Obama is invalid because his life experience "has a lot more to do with me and my family."

"I think that the notion that, 'By the way, have any of you noticed that Barack Obama is part African American?' I think that is for a number of people difficult," Sebelius said. "I think we need to talk about the fact that that is a real issue."

Sebelius promoted Obama's candidacy during stops in ... (link)
I think I've figured this out. When we use such phrases as "Obama is an unqualified boob," and "Obama hasn't the necessary experience to run a Brownie Troop," those are "code words" for ...

... whatever. In truth, I don't really care.

John Kerry, Reincarnate

Ah, this brings back memories:
Obama Inflates Role in Creation of Stimulus Package
By Jake Tapper, ABC News

In Golden, Colo., today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., took credit for the stimulus package that passed earlier this year.

"In January, I outlined a plan to help revive our faltering economy," Obama said, "which formed the basis for a bipartisan stimulus package that passed the Congress."

Is that true?

Democrats on Capitol Hill who support Obama say no.

Wanting Obama to win, however, none will say so on the record. (link)
This goes along with Obama's having inflated his autobiography.

Why does he do this sort of thing?

I guess, if there's no there there ...

Another Defection

I have to admit, I'm a bit stunned by the commitment that her supporters have shown Hillary. Sure they talked about being disaffected by Obama and his campaign during the Democratic primary, but this is still an eye-opening occurrence:
Prominent Clinton backer and DNC member to endorse McCain
By Mark Preston, CNN

Washington - (CNN) — Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

Forester will “campaign and help him through the election,” the spokesman said of her plans to help the Republican presidential nominee.

Forester was a major donor for Clinton earning her the title as a Hillraiser for helping to raise at least $100,000 for the New York Democratic senator’s failed presidential bid.

In an interview with CNN this summer, Forester did not hide her distaste for eventual Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him,” she said of Obama in an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns. “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.” (link)

Wow.

For This We Could Elect Katie Couric

Perhaps Barack Obama should have been a network newsreader. It seems to comport with his capabilities. Does this seem a bit bizarre?
Obama Relies on Teleprompter
By Jim Meyers, Newsmax

Barack Obama may have learned a lesson from his “lipstick on a pig” remark that generated sharp rebukes from the John McCain campaign.

Obama has used a teleprompter when delivering speeches, but normally he hasn’t employed one at standard campaign rallies and town hall events, CNN reported.

However, he did use a teleprompter at two campaign events in Colorado on Monday.

The use of the teleprompter is seen by some as a way to avoid off the cuff remarks like the “lipstick” quip he delivered at a town hall meeting in Virginia. (link)

"Off the cuff." That's another way of saying "Speaking what's on his mind instead of speaking what's typed for him on the monitor placed in front of him.

How pathetic is that?