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Obama Will Open 20 Offices in Virginia

By Tim Craig
Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) presidential campaign announced today it is opening 20 regional headquarters across Virginia, a potentially unprecedented move by a statewide candidate.

The offices, which are in addition to the 10 regional offices already being operated by the Virginia Democratic Party, will be scattered across the state, including two in Fairfax County and two in Southwest Virginia.

"A lot of these places may have never had a presidential campaign before," state Sen. John S. Edwards (D-Roanoke) said at an event announcing the new headquarters. "It shows (Obama) is investing in the Commonwealth and it is a bottom up, not a top down campaign. This is an intensive grassroots campaign."

The headquarters, which are being partially funded by the Democratic National Committee, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday until the election, starting Saturday, said Kevin Griffis, an Obama spokesman. He added that paid staff and volunteers will work in the offices to coordinate local efforts on behalf of Obama.

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To those of you who would vote for McCain for whatever insane reason, please know these facts:
1) He will make sure Roe V. Wade is overturned. Even if you are anti-abortion, you might agree that the government has no right to tell anyone what they can and cannot do with their body. Abortions will just be done in back alleys like they were in the 50's and then you have more death.
2) Tortured McCain refused to vote for a bill labeling waterboarding as torture. He also voted AGAINST the GI Bill that would give vets their health and education benefits after one year of service, having concern that people would leave the army sooner. Didn't he love being in the military? Why would they leave?
3) McCain voted against equal pay for women
4) McCain was severely AGAINST drilling off shore, before he was for it.
5) McCain as AGAINST Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy - before he was for them.
6) Military leaders have said his irrational temper casues tehm concern. Doesn't that cause you concern?

So, if you don't like Obama, just don't vote. The Euro is already worth twice the value of the dollar. We are becomming the K-Mart of the world - others come here to shop cheap. We are failing economically, militarily (by taking our eyes off the ball in Afghanistan), and environmentally.

President Obama 2009!!

Posted by: CrazyMe | July 17, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain smells ha ha!

Posted by: Viktor | July 17, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

man-o-man, these guy's got the serious strategy. So glad they moved the campaign to Chicago... outside the beltway is the only way to see this thing existentially. I mean a Democrat from Massachusetts (w/ gay marriage in the headlines) nearly knocked the shrub off. Remember, Ohio in a squeaker.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 16, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain's Virginia constituency is comprised of mindless military (the majority of military are not mindless - they're pretty sharp folks), redneck white trash, and the pink and turquoise country club set. What a collection!

Obama's constituency is people with an education, have a desire to do better for themselves and their children, want to see our Country get out of Iraq...and don't want 8 more years of some dumbass, mindless Republican in the White House.

Posted by: Bugger Me Knot | July 16, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

So Obama who won the Virginia primary going away is not welcome back there? Who makes those decisions? lol

I'm feeling good about his chances. VA is going blue this time around.

Posted by: Veronique | July 16, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama can go to Iraq and kiss a landmine.

Posted by: Sir Henry | July 16, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

What the MSM doesn't want you to know:

Posted by: cyberella | July 16, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I live in northern Virginia - away from all the republican rednecks. We like Obama here. He is intelligent and well educated. He has been married only once (unlike McCain who was skrewing his bimbo while married to his handicapped first wife).

VOTE OBAMA. Don't let the redneck republicans downstate bother you!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 16, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like overkill and gimmicktry to me.

Posted by: Danielle | July 16, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

drossless must have gone to Alabama to be with his fellow retards and vote for McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, jeez, summer school is out for the day and the slow kids who were held back are on their parents' computers now. I'm out of here.

Posted by: drossless | July 16, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey anonymous poster of this:

"drossless, you're the real loser. Move out of virginia and settle in Alabama. Your kind is welcome there. Obama will be win Virginia, Waahoo!"

Did you read my post? I don't think so.

Posted by: drossless | July 16, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

We agree.

Obama is a joke and is not welcome in this state. Here in the Commonwealth, Virginians see past media manipulation, and a opportunistic charlatan whose only loyalty is to himself. To the rest of America, use your head.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 16, 2008 5:07 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Just as I suspected. Obama is a loser and a fake.

Posted by: PimP | July 16, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Barack "Bush" Obama. Barack Obama starring in a puppet show playing himself. He's not a Muslim folks, he's a puppet.

Posted by: I Luv It | July 16, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Just as I suspected. McCain is unfit to be President.

Posted by: Playa | July 16, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is lame. He is the liberal version of Bush. What a joke.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

drossless, you're the real loser. Move out of virginia and settle in Alabama. Your kind is welcome there. Obama will be win Virginia, Waahoo!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

You may enjoy this it is real food for thought.

For years, the mainstream news media has refused to stop idolizing the so-called straight talking maverick John McCain long enough to question the mental health consequences of the years he spent as a "special" prisoner of the communists in North Vietnam.

McCain, the presumptive Republican candidate for President, who could one day have his finger on the "red button," claims the communists subjected him to 5 ½ years of nonstop indoctrination sessions so intense that he attempted suicide.

Unfortunately for McCain, after his bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire near Hanoi on October 26, 1967, he parachuted into the hands of an evil communist enemy who 7 years earlier had adopted Soviet methods of prisoner interrogation.

At that time, the Soviets were perfecting techniques designed "to put a man's mind into a fog so that he will mistake what is true for what is untrue, what is right for what is wrong, and come to believe what did not happen actually had happened."

Psychiatric Journals are flush with reports concluding that former POWs may remain entangled in "harsh psychological battles" with themselves for decades after returning home including difficulty in controlling intense emotions such as anger and stress.

In political circles, McCain, sometimes referred to as "insane McCain," is well known for having a "volcanic" temper which his colleagues say often erupts into vulgar language and personal insults.

Democrat Paul Johnson, the former mayor of Phoenix, experienced McCain's in your face temperament up close. "His volatility borders in the area of being unstable," Johnson said. "Before I let this guy put his finger on the button, I would have to give considerable pause."

The Journal of America Medicine reported in an 1996 article that being a former POW is associated with "increased cumulative incidence rates of chronic disorders of the peripheral nervous system, joints, and back and an increased hazard rate of peptic ulcer."

The 71 year-old McCain most certainly suffers pain and the weakening effects of chronic arthritis. He broke both arms when he was forced to eject after his bomber was hit. He says the Vietnamese periodically re-fractured his bones during years of interrogation and torture which rendered him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.

McCain has never been publicly vetted about what and how much medications he is taking. Aside from his anger and arthritic pain issues, McCain has had reoccurring bouts of malignant melanoma, a deadly form of cancer that can spread quickly throughout the body.

These facts alone beg the question on how a President McCain, in the absence of his campaign staff handlers, would deal with a snap decision that had to be made "if the White House phone rang at 3 a.m."

McCain's POW experience is unique. His communist captors considered him the "crown prince" of U.S. POWs because his father, Adm. John McCain, was commander of all U.S. forces fighting in Vietnam. Because the communists believed he was from a "royal family" and would when finally released return to the United States to an important military or government job, they held him for two years in "solitary confinement."

In February, Reuters news reported that McCain's former captors are expressing delight in the news of his nomination as Republican party Presidential candidate. "In the past Senator McCain has conducted activities that had a positive impact in bringing the two nations [Vietnam/United States] closer. That is a point that Vietnamese people who follow the current affairs do recognize," said retired North Vietnamese Colonel Nguyen Van Phuong, representing retired and present members of the Vietnamese communist military.

Since McCain was first elected to Congress 1982 (and later to the Senate), he and his staff have expended tens of thousands of hours pushing U.S. legislation favoring communist Vietnam. In 1995, McCain stood with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. to give President Bill Clinton valuable political cover he needed to disregard the issue of missing U.S. POWs in Vietnam and remove the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.

No U.S. POW had any communication with McCain or knew where he was being held during at least 8 to 12 months of McCain's first two years of captivity. He has either been unable or unwilling to account for the months he was missing from the POW system.

Within days of McCain's shoot down and after being told the identity of his famous father, the Vietnamese rushed him to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable to treat U.S. POWs. McCain was kept at Gai Lam for six weeks under the control of Soviet medical specialist anxious to test the use of their "mind and behavior modification" drugs on such an important prisoner.

McCain said the communists were so effective with their interrogation techniques that he broke on the fourth day after being captured and began cooperating. "Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Pages 193-194, Faith of My Fathers, by John McCain.

U.S. intelligence agents concluded in the early 1950s that Soviet intelligence (KGB) agents were experimenting on their prisoners with "mind control" techniques and behavior modification drugs

Allen W. Dulles, the newly confirmed CIA director acknowledged the dilemma in April 1953, when he told a gathering of Princeton alumni that "a sinister battle for men's minds" was underway. The Soviets, Dulles explained "have developed brain perversion techniques, some of which are so subtle and so abhorrent to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them."

During the Cold War, the Soviets and the CIA began competing with secret experiments on prisoners aimed at honing the use of "chemical and biological materials capable of producing human behavioral and physiological changes." The experiments included isolation, sleep deprivation, humiliation, alternating with long hours of interrogation.

Since the Russians and Chinese (and our own CIA) have proven they can in a relative short time alter the basic emotional and behavior patterns of captives, it is fair to assume that McCain's unpredictable and often volatile temperament is directly related to his treatment as a 5 ½ prisoner of the communists.

The American public was first exposed to Soviet "brain perversion techniques" during Korean War when the communists launched a propaganda offensive featuring filmed and recorded testimony of captured U.S. servicemen confessing to war crimes including the use of germ warfare.

By the end of the Korean War, "70 percent of the 7,190 U.S. prisoners held in China had either made confessions or signed petitions calling for an end to the American war effort in Asia. Fifteen percent collaborated fully with the Chinese, and only 5 percent steadfastly resisted."

Military officials were especially alarmed when a significant number of the U.S. prisoners refused to recant their confessions as soon as they returned to the United States.

Beginning in 1960, KGB and Chinese agents directed the Vietnamese in establishing Vietnam's original interrogation guidelines for U.S. prisoners. They suggested interrogation techniques and issued specific intelligence requirements to be extracted during prisoner interrogations.

Official American position on POW confessions was that they were false and forced while privately expressing grave concern that the collaborations proved the communists had developed techniques that could "put a man's mind into a fog."

Psychologist have identified behavior in which a former prisoner emotionally bonds with an abuser as the Stockholm Syndrome. McCain was a strong advocate for prosecuting Bosnian, Yugoslavian and Iraqi war criminals and is adamantly opposed to any form of normalized relation with Cuba until it allows "free elections, human right organizations and a free and independent media."

Yet, McCain has resisted any kind of war crimes investigation of his former Vietnamese torturers. Prosecution and subsequent trials could bring to justice the Vietnamese torturers known by the American POWs as the Bug, Slopehead, the Prick, the Soft Soap Fairy, Rabbit, the Cat, Zorba and many others who were responsible for the murder in North Vietnam of at least 55 U.S. POWs and the brutal torture of hundreds of others.

In November 1991, Tracy Usry, chief investigator of the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, testified before the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, that the Soviets interrogated U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam. McCain became outraged, interrupting Usry several times, arguing that "none of the returned U.S. prisoners of war released by Vietnam were ever interrogated by the Soviets."

Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin testified during the hearings that the KGB did interrogate U.S. POWs in Vietnam. Kalugin stated that one of the POWs worked on by the KGB was a "high-ranking naval officer," who, according to Kalugin, agreed to work with the Soviets upon his repatriation to the United States and has frequently appeared on U.S. television.

Col. Bui Tin, a former Senior Colonel in the North Vietnamese Army, testified on the same day, but after Usry, that because of his high position in the Communist Party during the war he had the authority to "read all documents and secret telegrams from the politburo" pertaining to American prisoners of war. He said that not only did the Soviets interrogate some American prisoners of war, but that they treated the Americans very badly.

McCain stunned onlookers at the hearing when he moved to the witness table and physically embraced Col. Tin as if he was a long, lost brother.

In 1949 Dr. Andrew Salter authored Conditioned Reflex Therapy, a pioneering work in the field of psychoanalysis. Ten years later, as Richard Condon was writing The Manchurian Candidate, he asked Dr. Salter to help "design" the brainwashed character for the book and subsequent movie.

More than 40 years later, in 1992, during the C-SPAN broadcasts of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, Dr. Salter watched the hearings from his New York City apartment. Salter became fascinated with McCain's overly aggressive and angry behavior toward witnesses, especially family members of men still missing in action. After a few hours he called a friend telling her, "the signs are all there, I'm afraid Senator John McCain has been brainwashed."

During the Senate Select hearings, McCain opposed all efforts by the POW/MIA families and activists to have the Select Committee expand its investigation to study how successful the Vietnamese, Soviet, Chinese and Cuban interrogation apparatuses were at exploiting American prisoners of war.

News pundants have elevated McCain to "the most popular national political figure in the country" by repeatedly describing him as a "war hero" based on his refusal accept a communist offer of "early release" from captivity.

What the media has carelessly refused to acknowledge is that the camp's senior ranking U.S. POW (SRO) had issued unquestionable orders that if a POW was to be released, "it would be the longest held prisoner" Because McCain was not the longest held POW, he would have faced a military court-marshal if he had accepted the offer.

It is incumbent upon McCain to prove to the American people that the 5 1/2 years he spent at the mercy of communist interrogators did not leave him with mental health issues that could hinder him in making snap decisions "if the White House phone rang at 3 a.m."

Is McCain taking any kind of pain or "nerve" medicines? If so, do the medicines cause emotional and physical reactions?

McCain was once treated for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is said to get worse over time for former POWs, what is the status of his treatment?

Does McCain still harbor stress triggered suicidal tendencies?

Where was McCain and what was happening to him during the months he was missing from the POW camp?

McCain implies that he made only one propaganda broadcast for the communists, but Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers say he made over 30. How many did he make and what did he get in return?

Why does McCain still deny that the Soviets were involved in the interrogation of U.S. POWs in Vietnam?

Does McCain's former interrogators, the communist Vietnamese, Russians, Chinese and Cubans have anything in their secret intelligence files about his behavior as a prisoner with which they could blackmail a President John McCain?


Hey McLame you know that the the U.S. troops that were guarding the base in Afganistan ran away like little girls after the Taliban hit them and killed 9 soldiers? U.S. troops are like scared girls....the taliban hit their base and they run away. McCain is going to continue the same like Bush. After he was captured in Vietnam and did what the Vietcong told him to do.

Posted by: Playa | July 16, 2008 5:51 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, he is going to be your president so get used to it.

Obama is a joke and is not welcome in this state. Here in the Commonwealth, Virginians see past media manipulation, and a opportunistic charlatan whose only loyalty is to himself. To the rest of America, use your head.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 16, 2008 5:07 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey WahooWa, I'm UVA '85 and you don't speak for me. Obama's going to clean up in Virginia, and Mark Warner is going to flatten Gilmore. We're going be planking Republicans instead of shad this year. Those rural counties might keep you strong in the House of Delegates, but in a statewide vote where the urban areas you love to hate get counted in full, Republicans are going to get clocked.

Playa, you're a total, pathetic loser.

Posted by: drossless | July 16, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

beware of websites linked in this comments section

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

The polls are showing Obama having a small lead in Virginia.

But I'm guessing that the black and young vote is going to be 20-30% greater and that the current polling models won't be indicative of the real results.

If the vote is Va is 68% white, 25% black, 7% other and Obama takes 95% of the black vote and 60% of the other, then he needs 32% of the white vote. And that's what Kerry, who was a stiff, and who wasn't turning out the young vote, in a better economy, with more republican brand power, got in 2004.

Blacks bridge the difference and young voters put him over the top. Virginia is going blue.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 16, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey McLame you know that the the U.S. troops that were guarding the base in Afganistan ran away like little girls after the Taliban hit them and killed 9 soldiers? U.S. troops are like scared girls....the taliban hit their base and they run away. McCain is going to continue the same like Bush. After he was captured in Vietnam and did what the Vietcong told him to do.

Posted by: Playa | July 16, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama is one lame dude.

Posted by: Teenage Riot | July 16, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a joke and is not welcome in this state. Here in the Commonwealth, Virginians see past media manipulation, and a opportunistic charlatan whose only loyalty is to himself. To the rest of America, use your head.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 16, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

the new JIBJAB cartoon plus an interview with the co creator of the site:

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 16, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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