When First They Came…. Prejudice Against Arabs is an Approved Hatred in America

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I was not a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out. “First they came…” is a poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Mr. Fleetwood- I wanted to write you and thank you … Continue reading

Kerry Urges FCC To Open Unused TV Airwaves

As readers know I am moving to Maine in a few days. The area I am moving to is very rural and on the coast. It’s really beautiful there, but the area is some what remote and in preparing for my move, I have found there are no cell phone towers there and other utilities like basic phone service, cable and internet are more expensive there than in other less rural areas in Maine.   In response to today’s news that the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology is poised to issue a report on the use of unlicensed “white spaces” to provide high-speed Internet access, Sen. John Kerry urged the FCC to act quickly to establish rules.   Kerry has long championed … Continue reading

The Debate Attack Is On

McCain has decided to attack whenever possible and place Obama, if possible, on the defensive. This is going to be a long debate. Obama is doing well and keeping his usual cool. McCain, 30 minutes into the debate, is attacking on every response since first question. Bob Schieffer threw the ball in the air and McCain started the most daring of misdirected comments and attacks. Now he is implying that somehow Obama has been attacking the total crowds at his rallies. Now it’s ACORN and Ayres. Now it’s ACORN and Ayres all the time. Now it’s running mates: Why yours and not his? Obama talking about Biden. Lots of detail in this response. Nothing about Palin. SMART. Back to economics … Continue reading

Cheney Released From Hospital After Procedure

Dick Cheney had another episode of his arrhythmia condition and has now been released. Per MSNBC and wire reports: Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday left a D.C. hospital after an outpatient procedure to restore his normal heart rhythm following a recurrence of atrial fibrillation, the White House said. A spokeswoman said the procedure — an electric shock administered at the hospital — went smoothly and without complication. Cheney spent the morning at the White House before the procedure. He was now home and ready to resume his normal schedule. <>Cheney last November received the same procedure, which involves an electrical shock to his heart. [longer, more detailed article, at the link] One of the Veep’s cardiac issue is his … Continue reading

Dick Morris Thinking Obama Landslide

While if Dick Morris told me the sun was up I’d look outside before answering, here’s his prediction. Landslide? Based on analysis of the latest polls, Dick Morris forecasts a landslide for Sen. Barack Obama. “If the election took place this week, it would be a wipe out of major proportions. Even McCain’s home state of Arizona has to be classified as leaning toward Obama. McCain, as of now, can be certain of carrying just eight states with a combined total of only 36 electoral votes.” I don’t know why he says Arizona should be reclassified as leaning towards Barack Obama. The Rasmussen poll as of 9/29 shows McCain 58% and Obama 38%. ARG polling done 9/11-9/14 shows McCain 56% … Continue reading

Tonight’s Debate: Will McCain Use Rev. Wright? Maybe Not.

Apparently John McCain and his advisers are once again split on his tactics at tonight’s final debate of the 2008 election. One of the options is to use Rev. Wright as an attack device. With Bob Schieffer of CBS News as the moderator it’s almost inevitable that he will bring up the last two week’s of personal attacks on Barack Obama. The only question is whether McCain takes the opportunity to launch a personal attack using Wright, Bill Ayers, both or leaves the subject on the table with a mild answer. Apparently McCain himself is reluctant to use Rev. Wright as an attack point. From Mike Allen at Politico,” “There’s a slippery slope in politics on the racial divide, and … Continue reading

Powell Is Reportedly Ready To Endorse

Via Lawrence O’Donnell on the HuffPo: When Colin Powell turns off his TV after the final presidential debate, he will have learned everything he is going to learn about the candidates vying to succeed his former boss, George W. Bush. Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking about an endorsement for a long time but wanted to hear more from the candidates before making his choice. It now seems beyond doubt that Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama and thereby hammer the final nail in the coffin of the Republican campaign to hold onto the White House. If Powell does indeed endorse Obama, which all signs are pointing to, the endorsement “will be perfectly timed to dominate … Continue reading