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An Olympics Blackout for McCain and Obama?

By Ed O'Keefe

Ah yes, the Olympics. The quadrennial event where composer John Williams collects a hefty royalty check from NBC. When new American heroes are slapped onto Wheaties boxes. It's that two-week period when the Electoral Count takes a backseat to the Medal Count. Or does it?

"Senator Obama will campaign around the country, our surrogates will be active and the campaign itself will continue working with our grassroots volunteers to get our message out," says Obama campaign spokesman Nick Shapiro. Obama, however, starts a week-long Hawaii vacation today.

Michelle Obama on Ebony Cover
Is it possible for candidate imagery to trump this? (photo: mb/DIGITAL/Photo by Jeff Vinnick REUTERS)

"Of course attention will be diverted some, but with only 20 days until our convention and about 90 until Election Day, there isn't much time to lose," Shapiro adds.

And the campaigns will actually be quite visible during the Olympics. The Obama campaign will pay $5 million to air TV ads on the NBC Universal networks covering the games. McCain's campaign has earmarked $6 million for Olympic TV ad time.

"John McCain will maintain his regularly aggressive schedule," says campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds. "During the games we're poised to be on the airwaves highlighting John McCain's experience and proven judgment to lead."

But some veteran Republican campaign strategists disagree with McCain's strategy.

"I would basically go silent for the next two weeks. I think the American people have reached a saturation point with both Senator Obama and Senator McCain," says Doug MacKinnon, a veteran of several Republican campaigns.

"Low-key is the key," says Bush 2000 national campaign manager Joe Allbaugh about campaigning during the Olympics.

"You spend some time fundraising. You do not take anything away from the Olympic spirit or more importantly the American athletes," he says. "Raise some money and do not make any mistakes."

Allbaugh says that in 2000, there was no organized effort to lay low during the two weeks of competition, but "We were very sensitive" to the nation's focus on the games. "The Olympics are a huge event."

"You're going to get drowned out," MacKinnon advises. "The American people want to root for American athletes. They don't want to be distracted at the moment. They're not going to forget that McCain and Obama are out there. The campaigns have to put the ego in check a bit."

Democratic veterans think otherwise.


"I'd be campaigning like crazy," says Clinton 1992 campaign adviser Paul Begala.

"This whole thing about the Olympics is a myth," says Kerry 2004 campaign veteran Bob Shrum. "People don't look at the Olympics and nothing else."

"There are two marathons going on: one in the Olympic Games and one in the presidential campaign and I don't think the presidential candidates can cease running their marathons during the Olympics," Shrum adds.

Shrum admits that the Kerry campaign suffered during the period between the end of the 2004 Democratic convention and the two weeks of the Olympics before Republicans met in late August and early September.

"All you had to do is think through the advantage that was given to someone like Bush who could spend an additional $60 million in primary money and we couldn't and only spend the general election money," Shrum says.

Democrats had it easier back in 1992 Begala says, thanks partly to circumstance.

"There wasn't a Mary Lou Retton, or Kerri Strug. The biggest thing was the Dream Team. But how many games do you want to watch when America wins with 100 points? It wasn't Carl Lewis in '84. It wasn't any of that. So it wasn't the greatest Olympics ever."

"That's when [Clinton] started his now-famous bus tour going through the Midwest. We certainly didn't stand down," Begala adds.

And Begala suggests Obama should "Use a little creativity. Why not say 'If flip-flopping were an Olympic sport, John McCain would be the first 72-year-old to win a gold medal'?"

Well, it wouldn't be the first thing about which the campaigns disagree. What's your take?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  August 8, 2008; 10:56 AM ET
 
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anyone can easily fact check this old worn out crap. This guy can't even come up with an original lie.

An article, citing anonymous sources, claimed that "Mr. Obama, 45, spent at least four years in a so-called madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia." But this allegation was quickly shown to be false. Days after the article appeared, CNN sent reporter John Vause to Jakarta, Indonesia, to visit the school. He reported:
CNN: I came here to Barack Obama's elementary school in Jakarta looking for what some are calling an Islamic madrassa ... like the ones that teach hate and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. … I've been to those madrassas in Pakistan ... this school is nothing like that.
CNN interviewed the school's deputy headmaster, Hardi Priyono, who said: "This is a public school. We don't focus on religion."

----------I actually have a problem with OBAMA BECAUSE HE APPEARS TO BE RACIST AGAINST HIS OWN MUSLIM HERITAGE.

First Obama will not admit his MUSLIM SCHOOLING.


Then everytime someone mentions OBAMA'S ACTUAL MIDDLE NAME, OBAMA AND HIS CAMPAIGN GO NUTS. IT IS HIS NAME.

Obama's Campaign has a serious attitude problem with Muslims.


First, I want to see Obama admit his MUSLIM SCHOOLING AND HIS LISTING AT A CATHOLIC SCHOOL AS A MUSLIM.


THEN I would like Obama to embrace his heritage, with some photo-op at the Indonesian Embassy or a trip to a Muslim country which is not at war.


Obama is a Muslim and he should be proud of his heritage. Anything else is completely unacceptable.


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Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:39 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

When you get done reading all of the Repug Smear pages about Obama, Be sure and Google "Songbird McCain". Hear from the men that were POWs with McCain.
The Truth Is Out There....................
All You Gotta Do Is Look For It

Posted by: _HAT_ | August 10, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I actually have a problem with OBAMA BECAUSE HE APPEARS TO BE RACIST AGAINST HIS OWN MUSLIM HERITAGE.

First Obama will not admit his MUSLIM SCHOOLING.


Then everytime someone mentions OBAMA'S ACTUAL MIDDLE NAME, OBAMA AND HIS CAMPAIGN GO NUTS. IT IS HIS NAME.

Obama's Campaign has a serious attitude problem with Muslims.


First, I want to see Obama admit his MUSLIM SCHOOLING AND HIS LISTING AT A CATHOLIC SCHOOL AS A MUSLIM.


THEN I would like Obama to embrace his heritage, with some photo-op at the Indonesian Embassy or a trip to a Muslim country which is not at war.


Obama is a Muslim and he should be proud of his heritage. Anything else is completely unacceptable.


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Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama did attend a MUSLIM SCHOOL.


Obama also was listed at a Catholic School as a MUSLIM. These are facts.


Why would parents bring little Obama to a Catholic school and ENROLL HIM AS A MUSLIM?


MAYBE BECAUSE HE WAS A MUSLIM ???

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Have any of the Washington Post readers actually gone to Obama's website and read about all the EXPENSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS OBAMA IS PROPOSING? Where does Obama expect to get all this money?

What a joke.

Seriously folks, Obama is proposing that we plunge this nation into a MASSIVE RECESSION COMPLETE WITH STAG-FLATION.

The younger generation probably does not understand what STAG-FLATION is - which explains why the younger people are going for Obama in such numbers.


HOWEVER I REMEMBER THE STAG-FLATION, THE HORRIBLE ECONOMIC MESS THAT MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS CAUSE AND THE HIGH TAXES THAT HURT EVERYONE, EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO THE MASSIVE PROGRAMS ARE INTENED TO HELP.

OK

It is true, Obama has never run anything in his life, no Business, no Office, no law firm, no Investmant Office NOTHING - Obama's only economic experience is BUYING COCAINE FROM SOMEONE. Seriously how in the world could anyone trust Obama with a budget ???

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I think that was like two weeks ago or maybe three. You are going to have to update your pasting. Actually the big story was Mccains involvement in the job killing deal regarding DHL. Good going John Mccain you lost over 8000 jobs for hard working people in Ohio and then lied to their faces when asked about it.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/08/plouffe-mccains-dhl-deal_n_117790.html

No, maybe the story of the week was Mccain talking to vet's in Vegas and afterwards when asked they could only find 1 in 14 who said they supported. I think Mccain is actually delusional. They weren't even applauding him, doesn't he get the hint what they were saying? WE DON'T LIKE YOU JOHN MCCAIN.

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The major issue of the week has been the McCain people stating clearly that Obama has been playing the RACE CARD during this year's Campaigns - from the South Carolina primary onward to this summer when Obama keeps on attempting to charge that the Republicans are "going to make people afraid of him."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I think John mcSenile in stead of calling on Russia to back off should call China and tell the guy who is suppose to be the leader of the free world that is still over in China on vacation ( tax payers money)with his wife and daughter, to get the HELL back in the white house and do his job.Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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The major issue of the week has been the McCain people stating clearly that Obama has been playing the RACE CARD during this year's Campaigns - from the South Carolina primary onward to this summer when Obama keeps on attempting to charge that the Republicans are "going to make people afraid of him."


NOT that the Republicans have said or done anything racist yet, HOWEVER OBAMA KEEPS ON SAYING THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO BE RACISTS SOON.


Obama's campaign theme now is: YOU ARE A RACIST UNTIL YOU VOTE FOR OBAMA.


In response we post these Video Clips from all the major news FOX MSNBC CNN netwoks:


CLIPS OF OBAMA PLAYING THE RACE CARD THIS YEAR IN SOUTH CAROLINA: http://tinyurl.com/6gcstl


This is absolutely incredibly AMAZING.


This short Video clip includes THE LATE TIM RUSSERT OF NBC NEWS directly calling out Obama on Obama's Playing of the RACE CARD DURING OBAMA'S CAMPAIGNING IN SOUTH CAROLINA THIS YEAR in the Primary Campaign - in a Divisive and Extremely Shameful and Negative Manner.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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Watching politicians run for office is as stressful as watching gymnastics or ice skating in the Olympics. Somehow we are just waiting for the slip or fall.

Get some instant political stress relief @
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Things are really spinning on the http://www.BOP-O-METER.com

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--Alphonso Carponzo

Posted by: acaronzo | August 10, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

John Mccain seems like a boxer flailing all over the place never landing a meaningful punch but thinking he is really fighting. This fight has to be won with some substance something Mccain can't seem to find because maybe it never was there in the first place. He has been fooling people for many years and maybe after a while, even himself.

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Mccain is not running a campaign any longer for president but running a campaign to beat Obama a man he has developed a seething hate for. An irrational hate that those around him don't really know the basis for. He seems more intent on tearing down Obama then trying to move independent voters with a message that will bring them to him. People in the Mccain camp are very worried they may look back on this "Scorched Earth" strategy of John Mccain as being the tipping point in what has been a very close contest sending it to Obama.

Posted by: working close. | August 10, 2008 2:24 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is not running a campaign any longer for president but running a campaign to beat Obama a man he has developed a seething hate for. An irrational hate that those around him don't really know the basis for. He seems more intent on tearing down Obama then trying to move independent voters with a message that will bring them to him. People in the Mccain camp are very worried they may look back on this "Scorched Earth" strategy of John Mccain as being the tipping point in what has been a very close contest sending it to Obama.

Posted by: working close. | August 10, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

INSIDER STUFF
managing Mccain

Senator John McCain is so quick to pick up his gold-colored cellphone to solicit advice from senators, campaign consultants, even the stray former deputy press secretary that aides, concerned about his tendency to adopt the last opinion he has heard, have tried to cut back on the time he has to make calls
McCain is known to sign off on big campaign decisions and then to march off his own reservation. Two weeks ago, he publicly disagreed with his own spokeswoman, Jill Hazelbaker, after she used a line of attack against Senator Barack Obama that he had approved after careful strategizing within his campaign. Ms. Hazelbaker raced out of the Virginia campaign headquarters and refused to take Mr. McCain’s calls
Mr. Schmidt has sought to cut down on Mr. McCain’s use of his cellphone and limit the people who have regular access to Mr. McCain in an effort to keep him more focused, advisers said. He has been the impetus for an effort by Mr. McCain to limit sharply his engagements with reporters
There are 8 a.m. calls every day in which the campaign settles on the daily message or attack. Someone in Mr. McCain’s entourage — typically Nicolle Wallace, a Schmidt ally and a veteran of Mr. Bush’s 2004 campaign and White House who recently joined the campaign as a traveling senior adviser — is given the responsibility of making sure Mr. McCain agrees to the message and tries to stick to it.
In his campaign, Mr. McCain weighs in on all major decisions, but does not get involved in too many details. He has explicitly signed off on every major new line of attack and new advertisement, watching the advertisements on a laptop, aides said.
McCain has displayed no particular interest in or knowledge of the minutiae of politics. He rarely gets involved with discussions about what states he should visit, other than to insist that he spend a day or two at home in Arizona most weekends. One of his pollsters, Bill McInturff, said that Mr. McCain was not the kind of candidate who asked to look at the detail
In recent weeks, Mr. Murphy and another former top aide, John Weaver, were critical of Mr. McCain’s advertisements attacking Mr. Obama. The two men privately urged Mr. Schmidt and Charlie Black, a senior adviser, to get off that course and spend as much time building up Mr. McCain as tearing down Mr. Obama, advice also offered by a member of Mr. McCain’s panel of outside advertising consultants, Alex Castellanos. They met stiff, angry resistance, several people familiar with the episode said.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Mccains new act today Sunday) is to try to link Obama to Russia. I guess they are going to now say he is a Communists.
Mccain must wake up every day without any message and is just all over the place. According to insiders he talks to a lot of advisors but when he opens his mouth it is always just the last thing he heard that he adopts as his position. It is like he can't sort it out and just says what he is able to remember, often chaining his position in less then a day. It just depends who has his ear at the moment. The guy has no mind of his own at all. He is like a talking puppet.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I do not know how Senator McSenile can face veterans lot alone speak to them, when he has over and over voted against many bills that support them.If you do not believe that Google his voting record.There is an old saying you put people down so you look big, but in fact you look even smaller.Good job TINY McSenile. OBAMA/BAYH 08

Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Mccain should have taken a vacation. He got a poor reception by veterans with only 1 in 14 afterwards saying they supported Mccain.
veterans, such as James Jewett and Jay Johnson of Texas, expressed misgivings about McCain using the occasion to attack his opponent so fiercely.

Duke Hendershot, a double amputee retired Marine who served in Vietnam, supported McCain’s run for president in 2000 but is undecided this year.

“John just isn’t the same as he used to be. He’s not his own man,” said Hendershot, who lives in San Antonio, Texas. “A lot of that has to do with how he’s wanted this job so bad for so long that he’s tied himself to President Bush.”

He said McCain’s embrace of Bush, whom Hendershot called a “draft-dodging coward,” is even more perplexing because of the rivalry between the two candidates during the 2000 campaign.

Hendershot also criticized McCain for taking swipes at Obama in his speech. “He should have been talking about veterans issues, not his opponent,” he said.

By contrast, he praised Obama for keeping his remarks tightly focused on veterans. The Democrat gave taped remarks via video.


Posted by: ccccccccccccc | August 10, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Over the next few months you will read things on blogs hear things on the news or get emails telling you a lot of different things about the candidates. I have a candidate I support but that is not important to this post. Anything you read or hear please check out. One of the best is http://factcheck.org Take nothing either candidate says or their surrogates say as gospel. In this day and age there is no longer a reason to have to take anything at face value. Old time politics is geared to the ignorant, but only a politician who doesn't get todays technology would be foolish enough to believe they can just plain lie and fool people anymore. It's a new day and we are the ones in charge of our futures and armed with truth and knowledge if we choose to seek it out.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

At least in the Olympics, if the wrong person wins, thousands of Young Americans won't die over a sick old mans ego.

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Rather the Olympics or the Election, it is all about winning. So if the Democrats wanted to win in November, they should not have nominated Obama.
Hello President McCain.
Thank you Nancy and Howard!

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 9, 2008 7:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Rather the Olympics or the Election, it is all about winning. So if the Democrats wanted to win in November, they should not have nominated Obama.
Hello President McCain.
Thank you Nancy and Howard!

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 9, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain can lick my taint...

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | August 9, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

you are paranoid and delusional.... please return to your cubicle for juice box and cookie.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | August 9, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I have seen the "whitey tape"... it was McCaine in the shower. Can you say significant shrinkage.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 9, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

On the blogs here where the comment box does not appear how do you post? I see posts so there must be some kind of registering but I don't see where. Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks

actor

Posted by: actor | August 9, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Old political distraction, accuse the other guy of what you do and in most cases started. In JakeD's case, most are just different people calling themselves Jake. I wish there was a way this could be a real blog and not a lot of trolls and impersonators.

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The people on this blog who are harassing JakeD are PAID Obama staffers who do shifts to blog - they are dragging down the discourse in this country - they are also hostile to First Amendment Rights.

OK

These people are hostile to our most basic Constitutional Freedoms - Freedom of Speech - instead of encouraging an airing of a wide range of views the Obama Campaign seeks to harass those who Speak.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 9, 2008 5:26 PM

Posted by: actor | August 9, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The people on this blog who are harassing JakeD are PAID Obama staffers who do shifts to blog - they are dragging down the discourse in this country - they are also hostile to First Amendment Rights.

OK

These people are hostile to our most basic Constitutional Freedoms - Freedom of Speech - instead of encouraging an airing of a wide range of views the Obama Campaign seeks to harass those who Speak.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 9, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The people on this blog who are harassing JakeD are PAID Obama staffers who do shifts to blog - they are dragging down the discourse in this country - they are also hostile to First Amendment Rights.

OK

These people are hostile to our most basic Constitutional Freedoms - Freedom of Speech - instead of encouraging an airing of a wide range of views the Obama Campaign seeks to harass those who Speak.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 9, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The people on this blog who are harassing JakeD are PAID Obama staffers who do shifts to blog - they are dragging down the discourse in this country - they are also hostile to First Amendment Rights.

OK

These people are hostile to our most basic Constitutional Freedoms - Freedom of Speech - instead of encouraging an airing of a wide range of views the Obama Campaign seeks to harass those who Speak.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 9, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain's got to keep up his daily schedule. He's quoted as saying he likes to sleep until 7:30 or 8:00am and he's spent most weekends at home. How he schedules himself is his business, but maybe he should take a nap after lunch. Harry Truman did and he was a great President.

Wait a minute though, with apologies to the late Lloyd Bentsen, McCain's no Harry Truman! The "buck" stops where?

Posted by: Snoozer | August 9, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

This will be before the elections. Mccains name is going to get dragged through the mud and shown that he lied right in the peoples faces in OHIO when they asked him about it. There is no spinning your way out of this John Mccain.

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Congress to examine proposed DHL-UPS deal

By John Nolan
Staff Writer
Friday, August 08, 2008

Congress is planning hearings to examine DHL's proposal to hire out its U.S. cargo airlift work to United Parcel Service, and how that arrangement could affect competition in U.S. shipping markets.

The House's Judiciary Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Friday, Aug. 8, each announced plans for hearings. They would take place in Washington sometime in September, after Congress returns from its annual August recess.

Republicans and Democrats have called for government scrutiny of the proposed UPS-DHL deal, mindful of forecasts that it could wipe out 8,000 to 10,000 jobs at DHL's Wilmington air freight hub and the surrounding area, where the hub is the major employer. UPS would handle the DHL cargo sorting and flying at the UPS hub in Louisville, Ky., replacing ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo which now fly DHL cargo from Wilmington around the country each night.

Unions for ABX Air and ASTAR pilots have been urging Congress to review the planned deal.

DHL's press office did not respond Friday to phone and e-mail requests for a response.

DHL and UPS have both said, however, that they will continue to compete for customers and that their agreement would therefore not reduce market competition. Both companies have said they believe no government antitrust review is needed, because their agreement would be a customer-vendor deal similar to others in the shipping industry. The companies are negotiating for an agreement.

All 18 members of Congress from Ohio signed a letter requesting hearings, said Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

"This deal, if it is allowed to be completed, would have consequences beyond its devastating impact on our local, state and national economy," said Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, whose district includes Wilmington. "It would also remove a major element of the North American shipping market."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse


here is I think a better link

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/08/plouffe-mccains-dhl-deal_n_117790.html

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McCain is about to loose OH! He and his campaign manager, Rick Davis championed a deal with DHL that is now going to cost thousands of Ohioians their jobs. mcCain lied to them about this on a recent visit. he should be ashamed of himself, but he is a Repub, and they have no heart! Listen to this:
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/
Posted by: Denise | August 9, 2008 10:46 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain is about to loose OH! He and his campaign manager, Rick Davis championed a deal with DHL that is now going to cost thousands of Ohioians their jobs. mcCain lied to them about this on a recent visit. he should be ashamed of himself, but he is a Repub, and they have no heart! Listen to this:
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

Posted by: Denise | August 9, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

McCain has embraced Bush/Cheney on the Iraq war. A war that started out on a lie since there were no weapons of mass destruction. Over 4,200 US Troops dead and over 30,000 US Troops wounded paid for this. Over 500,000 Iraqs civilians are dead. Americans are so far removed from this war it doesn't even seem to exist in our day to day lives since less then 1 percent of Americans serived in this war and there is no draft. Just Stop-loss – The Republicans think they are so clever that they can spin anything? Now McCain is also trying to paint Obama as the anti-christ in his latest ad. How unchristian of the Republicans to kill and displace so millions Iraq civilians. Even the Fox news who helped create the conditions for us getting into Iraq seem like a Republican killing machine without a heart still beating the drum for this war. Even Bob Brooks is getting a free ride after also beating the drum for this war. Most Americans know this war is wrong and have the courage to stand up to the Republicans this time around. Even our media, military and intelligence community have the courage to make sure Bush/Cheney don't cause more trouble by starting a war with Iran. So McCain in his 500 dollar shoes will lose this election because he is out of touch with our times and the mood of the American. It might just end up being a close election. But the 3rd time will be a charm. Our nightmare will be over. Obama will be like Reagan. We can all have hope again come November.

Posted by: Bobby | August 9, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

pop:

I have TiVo. I'm still not interested in the Olympic Games.

Posted by: JakeD | August 9, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse


Did you see Mccain in the crowed at the opening ceremony?

http://www.dymaxionweb.com/kulturedrome/Crypt%20Keeper.jpg

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

The genetics of a Fruit fly allow it to evolve in one generation, a few months is all it takes. We take thousands of years. Who will be the last one standing? Not humans, we can't even take a few degrees of temperature change. We live in such a narrow range of existence we will be gone in no time.
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would disagree....


you're obviously thinking of the squirrel lemur....


I think your mother had a relationship with a ring tailed lemur which accounts for your current enthrallment with fruit flies or as they are known by those who have bred them Drosophila melanogaster....

genetics have nothing to do with intelligence in a specific instance of a species....

I am more closely akin to chenrezig, or shiva dancing the natarag although my most well known form is that of the lord of time....Kalachakra

aka

"he who kicks the booo tay"

Posted by: Gregor Mendel | August 8, 2008 11:54 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

would disagree....


you're obviously thinking of the squirrel lemur....


I think your mother had a relationship with a ring tailed lemur which accounts for your current enthrallment with fruit flies or as they are known by those who have bred them Drosophila melanogaster....

genetics have nothing to do with intelligence in a specific instance of a species....

I am more closely akin to chenrezig, or shiva dancing the natarag although my most well known form is that of the lord of time....Kalachakra

aka

"he who kicks the booo tay"

Posted by: Gregor Mendel | August 8, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

We Americans are fun. Many of us will vote for anyone, as long as they say: Do you want gay-lesbians to marry, do you want flag-burning, do you want higher taxes? and we vote for them. We don't notice, that the so called mainstream family value that we tout with your first slur is meaningless, because we destroy the middle and working class, that the flag that stands for the constitution is worth a paperbag to us, because we torture and eavesdrop as we please, and we talk about raising taxes we mean the corporate and superrich taxes. Who is the problem, McCain or Co or the people who are buying it?

Posted by: mark | August 8, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

You don't know much about Fruit flies insulting them like that. Genetically they are one of the closest to us on the planet. Also if we were as evolved a Fruit fly there is no telling what kind of world we would live in. We are primitive compared to a Fruit fly. They It will likely be here long after the earth has cleansed itself of mankind and possible be the basis of the next dominate species.

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intellects posting tonight...


grade school jostling...


no wonder the countries in a mess...

the attention spans of fruit flies.

Posted by: deep | August 8, 2008 11:19 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Me haces feliz! (Spanish)

Ani hoev otkha! (Hebrew)

Il mio cuore è per voi ! (Italian)

Tu es ma joie de vivre (French)

Milość sama w sobie jest szczęściem. (Polish)

Ein Herz für Dich (German)

Vote Barack Obama '08

Posted by: Eagle Ch’áak’ | August 8, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

intellects posting tonight...


grade school jostling...


no wonder the countries in a mess...

the attention spans of fruit flies.

Posted by: deep | August 8, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to sign the post, I know you prefer that.
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You need TiVo, Oh wait, you are for Mccain. Then in that case a VCR should do.
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pop:

You are aware that the thread question asks what our take is on whether anyone cares about the Olympics -- honestly, I am not watching them -- I'm just waiting for Edwards on ABC.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 10:54 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:13 PM

Posted by: pop a smoke | August 8, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse


You need TiVo, Oh wait, you are for Mccain. Then in that case a VCR should do.
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pop:

You are aware that the thread question asks what our take is on whether anyone cares about the Olympics -- honestly, I am not watching them -- I'm just waiting for Edwards on ABC.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 10:54 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

a nonnie mess


you come across as someone that couldn't even hold my mighty meat up if came across it in your nightly restroom forays with Larry Craig....

you are the dirt on the bottem of my shoes...


your biggest his is a direct lie...poontang aint you you're a browneye pie kinda guy....aincha shep?


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Posted by: jeeeeze | August 8, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Mark goes down on the shrub and comes up smelling like a man...


wanna dance Mark?


wanna talk about money laundering, war fraud and non compete contracts...


sabotage and treason???


is that what you're advocating???


using the United States Military as a business tool so that BIG OIL doesn't have to pay development costs and then


you and yours can take your bribe monies....


to sell out your own country?

Posted by: sounds like | August 8, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Jeez about, you come across as the typical right wing nut that cuts and pastes made-up crap and posts it all over unmoderated blogs. If you were semi-literate, you could take over Dana douchebag Milbank's slot here at teh Post.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a McLame ad around 9:50pm during the opening ceremony. Aired in NYC tv market.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

o baaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaaa man saying we should be in AFGHANISTAN....

Webb’s allegations true but that he actually understated the seriousness of the contra-drug crimes and the CIA’s knowledge. Hitz acknowledged that cocaine smugglers played a significant early role in the Nicaraguan contra movement and that the CIA intervened to block an image-threatening 1984 federal investigation into a San Francisco-based drug ring with suspected ties to the contras. [For details, see Robert Parry’s Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’]

On May 7, 1998, another disclosure from the government investigation shook the CIA’s weakening defenses. Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, introduced into the Congressional Record a Feb. 11, 1982,


LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING between the CIA and the Justice Department.

The letter, which had been sought by CIA Director William Casey,

freed the CIA from legal requirements that it must report drug smuggling by CIA assets.....WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO REPORT ON THE MONEY THAT THEY MAKE IN DRUG RUNNING.....


neat eh!?


a provision that covered both the Nicaraguan/COLOBMIAN COCAINE contras and AFGHANISTAN HEROIN rebels who were fighting a Soviet-supported regime in AFGHANISTAN....


THE CIA CAN COLLECT UNRECORDED REVENUES FROM DRUG RUNNING....


what does that have to do with you????

well you're paying to keep the military over there to protect their drug empires and you're also paying for the damage that drug addiction does in US CITIES....


remember when MIAMI VICE was so popular???


that was GEORGE H.W. BUSHES CUBANO MAFIA connections selling the powder for him in


MIAMI


and you the sheeple paid for it....


how's that homelessness and poverty working out for you AMERICA????


did you know WALMART IS TELLING IT's EMPLOYEES TO VOTE REPUBLICAN


who would've thought....


the bush regime, put a stopper in it and watch them swing....on your dime.


.

Posted by: about | August 8, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

pop:

You are aware that the thread question asks what our take is on whether anyone cares about the Olympics -- honestly, I am not watching them -- I'm just waiting for Edwards on ABC.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

pro life huh!?


how many civilians have been killed by the corporatocracy in

IRAQ
ECUADOR
PANAMA
IRAN
AFGHANISTAN
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
MEXICO
PERU
COLOMBIA
PARAGUAY
CHILE

and the CIA BACKED DRUG RUNNING THAT BRINGS IN

COCAINE AND HEROIN from the US backed drug states????

1.5 MILLION CIVILIANS IN IRAQ alone...


war crimes trial should net most of the bush family and James Baker, Gonzalez, Libby, Rove, Negroponte, Poindexter, McConnel, Wolfowitz, the Kagans, Perle, Bolton, Rumsfeld, the CHEENIEs, and a host of other blood sucking monsters....


right to lifers....you're a hoot....


and dumb as my boot....


wanna taste, I'll be here for a couple of minutes, I always like cleaning up the gene pool by neutering the infected sheeple

.

Posted by: hmmmmmmmmmmm............. | August 8, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Why are you reading this blog then?

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No one is interested in the Olympics.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | August 8, 2008 10:28 PM

Posted by: pop a smoke | August 8, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

No one is interested in the Olympics.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | August 8, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

No, Iraq is old hat now and we don't do any bombing there hardly anymore, not Mccains style. He wants to go to Iran where he can have an excuse to whack the out human lives by the thousands. I knew plenty of guys like him. The most important thing though first, is coming up with a good name for the war.

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JakeD said. "Since I am pro-life, and therefore voting for McCain, I would much rather this election be a referendum on Obama."

You're pro-life so you are going to vote for the candidate who wants to have US soldiers being slaughtered in Iraq for 100 years?.. Mercy...

Posted by: tom | August 8, 2008 8:19 PM

Posted by: pop a smoke | August 8, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I was just in a large group watching the opening of the Olympics and when the Mccain ad came on and a resounding "F you" Mccain went up. I don't think it had as much to do with a dislike for Mccain so much. As it had to do with it was one of his hateful negative ads at a time people are enjoying themselves, maybe trying to get away from some of the Campaign bullsh&t, and they have to see that crap. If he wants to say, "I hope you are enjoying the olympics. Let me take a few seconds of your time" bla bla bla. Then end it with "Enjoy the games as my family and I will be doing, now GO USA".

I don't think Mccains people have a clue what they are doing. Just like any entertainer you gear your act to the audience. I don't think families watching the Olympics feel like hearing more of his bullsh&t, not when they are trying to enjoy themselves.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who don't want political ads to disrupt their olympic experience should hire Sen. Pelosi El Mussolini. She would turn off the lights on the political junkies and send their a$$es home?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Who's the myth now Bob Shrum? I think it's Kerry. LOL

Posted by: Frank W | August 8, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey TOM:

Really, no shortage of workers? Why have we experienced full employment for over 49 months since the Bush Tax Cuts? In Port Arthur, Texas Motiva is constructing the worlds largest oil refinery, (now that your wacky environmental laws were rescinded to allow the refinery to expand) that will employ 4,000 workers who will warn 25-30 dollars per hour. Because of the labor shortage, they are having to fly welders in from India to do routine labor.

No one makes minimum wage. Even the mexicans make more than 15.00 an hour on the slimiest jobs. You obviously never have studied Economics 101. How can you argue against former Soviet Disinformation Officers who now brag how abortion policies were intended to restrict the labor supply. One of the reasons inflation is climbing because the economy has grown so well employers must pay higher and higher wages to retain employees because of the labor shortage. Why is Social Security going broke? BECAUSE their is not enough young people in the system contributing..weve killed them all! You need to school and do your homework. Better yet, try opening a business and start paying wages.

Posted by: Mark | August 8, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Mark:

Thanks for the reading recommendation, but I'm not sure from your post if you think I am in favor of abortion? I am not, sir.

tom:

John Sidney McCain III doesn't want that. Get your facts straight -- http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/04/mccains_100year_war.html

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jake: You might to read former Soviet KGB Colonel Thomas Schuman's book, "A Love Letter to America". He talks about how the disinformation bureau had their agents of influence on CBS, NBC, AP and countless news organization. He writes how abortion was propagated amoung western nations as a means to depopulate and reduce the pool of draft aged soldiers available for military service. Now, after 35 years and about 50 million abortions later, we are forced to allow illegals into the country to work the jobs there are not enough Americans to work! Strange how all our manufacturing goes to nations with large population basis? Our economy is at full employment (as 95% is considered full employment) with the aid of illegal labor. The down side is that they are flooding are jails, murdering and killing our citizens and siphoning billions of dollars out of our nation. Miami, Los Angeles and Houston may as well be Mexican Cities with English randomly spoken and Mexican Flags flying proudly. Obama will be the key that plummets our nation into widespread marxism and the abondonment of the Southwest over to the Mexicans. You and your crowd are now the true "Domestic Enemies" our forfathers warned us about!

Posted by: Mark | August 8, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Um, wouldn't it be the Biennial event when Williams collects his royalty payment? They're approximately every two years now and the same music is used.....

Posted by: Bobo | August 8, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Mark said. "embraced abortion rights that has now claimed over 50 million potential workers forcing us to accept illegal aliens"

We don't have a shortage of workers, but a shortage of employers willing to pay a livable wage...

Posted by: tom | August 8, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

JakeD said. "Since I am pro-life, and therefore voting for McCain, I would much rather this election be a referendum on Obama."

You're pro-life so you are going to vote for the candidate who wants to have US soldiers being slaughtered in Iraq for 100 years?.. Mercy...

Posted by: tom | August 8, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Democrats: Started Civil War to maintain slavery. Organized KU KLUX KLAN to terrorize blacks from participating within the Republican Party, passed Jim Crow Laws, involved us in WW1 and passed Sedition and Espionage Acts prohibiting WW1 protests. Passed restrictive import duties during depression that deepened misery, Majority voted against Civil Rights Act of 1964 with republicans forcing the vote, embraced abortion rights that has now claimed over 50 million potential workers forcing us to accept illegal aliens, Got us involved in the Vietnam War then pulled funding from Gerald Ford that would have stopped the Communists from taking Vietnam, taxed the economy into oblivian with 21% interest rates with Jimmy Carter, allowed Clinton to pass NAFTA which has destroyed our industrial base, sold missle technology to the Red China, Clinton shamed USA with his impeachment process, initiated diversity visas allowing 911 hijackers safe haven that destroyed the Twin Towers and fosters Homo-Sexual Rights and Gay Marriage and now the Democratic Speaker refuses to allow drilling to lower gas prices.

Posted by: Mark | August 8, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Libdrummer, thanks for the fantastic list of Bush Library rooms! Too funny.

Posted by: MikeF | August 8, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

How is this bonus-point system (aka Frequent Liar Reward Program) gonna work if anybody can be JakeD? What's he going to do with all the points?

Anyhow, back to the discussion at hand...

Posted by: FakeD | August 8, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

There ARE two marathons in the Olympics. The men and women have separate events. Check your facts.

Posted by: Sellf interest | August 8, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I can be JakeD too!

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Obama is going to Hawaii to see his grandmother. How must it be for her to see this boy of her beloved daughter go through a life they really could not have imagined?
Or maybe, they (the two grandparents) could have imagined? After all, their daughter broke every boundary of her time and they stuck by her and her children every step of the way.
What remarkable people. I hope Obama has the good sense to feature them in his presentation of his life to the American people.
They represent the best of family values and i hope he gives her, the last survivor, the recognition she so richly deserves.

Posted by: cms@cablespeed.com | August 8, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up, please. I get "bonus points" regardless of whether it is a fake or not ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Damn you Fake Jake!

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Fake Jake agrees with Jon. Blogs were once cauldrons of bubbling intellectual discourse. Alas. Then again, a format in which any random f-tard can post his nonsense (this one, for example) is highly questionable, at best. (Most people are fairly stupid.)

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

These blogs used to be interesting to read.
At this point, though, it seems the juveniles have taken over. So few comments with any substance anymore... just kids calling each other names. Sad.

Posted by: jon | August 8, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

That was the fake JakeD at 5:33 PM and 4:52 PM.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

This is the real JakeD. All of you fake JakeD's need to knock it off. You can't fake the Jake!

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I dont get this hate towards McCain,he is clearly better fit for president,he does not want to quit a war that we have almost won,among other things

Posted by: madison | August 8, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Carpetbagger - any opportunistic or exploitive outsider

If McCain has been living on the OUTside of the Repuglican Party for years. Now opportunity has come knocking.

He is a carpetbagger for sure!

Posted by: George | August 8, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree that McCain should listen to those in the know and drop the ads during the Olympics.Nobody will forget that there is an election getting ready to take place.He's better off traveling and raising funds.That would certainly be better than going off on a vacation like one person is going to do

Posted by: Charles Queen | August 8, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Lucy Arnez:

You keep using that word "carpetbagger". I do not think it means what you think it means. John Sidney McCain has been from Arizona for 30+ years.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain that white haired wrinkled guy? Mccain is the poster child for carpet baggers. McCain is running a disgusting campaign and should be ashamed of himself. You have to wonder, if he is willing to pull sophmoric antics during his campaign, what is to stop McCain from being sophmoric in the White House. McCain is an old tired wannabe...who never will be.

Posted by: Lucy Arnez | August 8, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain that white haired wrinkled guy? Mccain is the poster child for carpet baggers. McCain is running a disgusting campaign and should be ashamed of himself. You have to wonder, if he is willing to pull sophmoric antics during his campaign, what is to stop McCain from being sophmoric in the White House. McCain is an old tired wannabe...who never will be.

Posted by: Lucy Arnez | August 8, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

LibDrummer

The Environmental Conservation Room is not empty.

There's a worm-hole that drains into the sewage plant in San Francisco, CA. Or is that the door that's labeled as the exit door for hard-working Americans?

Posted by: José | August 8, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Cindy:

Since I am pro-life, and therefore voting for McCain, I would much rather this election be a referendum on Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

LibDrummer - thanks for the laugh. And there is much potential to add to the ever-growing list of rooms for this library! I've listed some potential 'study rooms' to add:

The "Patriot Room" - Where the 1st Amendment is banned

The Telecommunications Room - We know you're there.

The Fool Me Room - Go there once, fool me, go there twice, well, I'm no fool.

The Press Secretary Room - Where good people go to die inside.

The Axis of Evil Room - Where we will not negotiate with anyone, well, except North Korea.

The 'No' Golf Room - Where we honor and respect the troops.

The Valery Plame Room - This room is where Vice Presidents can commit treason and get off scott free!

The FDA Room - where unbiased health studies go to die, especially if you were a corporate friend to the administration.

The Offshore Drilling Room - where bad ideas are borne, and corporate favors negotiated.

The Stephen Colbert Room - heh heh heh - Lindenburg! That's funny.

The Mission Accomplished Room - An unfortunate room that will visually burn in your mind forever.

And so on.

Posted by: iH8uAll | August 8, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Again, the fake JakeD at 3:57 PM.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Dave in AZ:

Don't let the door hit your *ss on the way out!

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

That was the fake JakeD at 3:43 PM and 3:40 PM.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I am burnt out on this personality bashing issue-less campaign. The last thing I want to hear right now is more nasty ads from either camp. I plan to "mute" any political ads run while I watch the Olympics. Two weeks of completely non-political watching would be heaven right now.

Posted by: Dave in AZ | August 8, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is taking a well deserved vacation with his family in Hawaii; and like the most of us catch some Olympics on TV. This is a World event where all Nations come together in good will to compete and deserves our attention.

Posted by: Fareed H. Ansari | August 8, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama's smart to take a break. He and his family needs a break. If taking a break for a week kills his chances for the election, then he isn't going to win anyway. He needs to recharge and rest a bit before he takes on the GOP machine in the fall.

I'm certainly going to take a couple of weeks off from the race. I'll avoid WaPo and the cable shows for the next two weeks. I don't know about the candidates but I really need a break.

Posted by: Reboot | August 8, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

RE:
An Olympics Blackout for McCain and Obama?
By Ed O'Keefe
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TANK YOU FOR WELCOMING ME
And allow me to congratulate you for your present article
(By Lucien BONNET)
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AND RE:
If Obama loses, look past skincolor
Posted August 8, 2008 2:57 PM
by Frank James
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NEW LETTER TO SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
Laval, Canada, August 6, 2008

SENATOR OBAMA,

"It is in adversity", I was going to say in "darkness", that one recognizes true friends.

Energy of the Sixties tested, confronted by Todays's Energy crisis, what does Science hold for us in this field at the crossroad of the third millennium?

Each of us should express solidarity, according to his means

My contribution, apparently futuristic, refers, Senator Obama, to an inexhaustible source of energy, which one should tame now.

In a book with limited publication, translated in English for the needs of the cause, entitled "BILL A RI And There Was Light", addressed during his last American election campaign to President Bill Clinton who acknowledged having received it, I dared to tackle this subject.

It's like to say to you, Senator Obama, that in the exceptional circumstances in which we live today - in the point of view of energy - no exploration in the mid or long term, by the american expertise , of an additional source of energy, at the same time safe and profitable, should not be ruled out.

There is no witchcraft at all involved in all that, Mister Obama. In spite of my Haïtian ascent and my carefully phrased remarks. It is undoubtedly so when a taboo should be broken through A taboo of magnitude, Sir, I admit it. A "scientific" taboo, seldom encountered.

" The taboo arises as a negative categorical imperative," affirms Roger Caillois.

It is not saying little. Especially when it is a question of adequately correcting the theory of Newton on light and colors.

However, at the dawn of the twenty first century, to denounce this taboo, to reverse it, should I say, what an asset! Moreover, at the same time the multiple taboos grow blurred which surround another phenomenon of the highest scientific range, the well known phenomenon under the abusive name of "Black Holes", synthesis of light and colors. Indeed Newton, in good faith undoubtedly in his time, really reversed the interpretation of the phenomenon of light. He took the part for the whole ! So much and so well that today like yesterday, the visible appears so much more tempting. Physicists say it: "ninety to ninety nine percent of the matter of the universe is made up of a dark matter, invisible, which generates, propels and surrounds the visible, like the sea surrounds the continents". Scientists such as Stephen Hawking affirm it. The Hubble Telescope confirms it. But theoretical Optics is stagnant.

My intervention, here, Senator Obama, would mean that. It is possible to use another form of energy. By decoding the Black Matter.Without a play on words. Theoretically initially. While "returning the elevator to Newton" - without a play on words. By the Act which consists in making an AMENDMENT TO THE LAW OF NEWTON ON LIGHT AND COLORS.

Presently, why should we take the result instead of the cause?

— Objectively and in a pragmatic way, by a new synthesis.

Consequently, what a liberation !

At the threshold of the third millennium, let light live, invisible by synthesis, visible by analysis !

"Synthesis and analysis are two wings of the same bird, the rythm of the universe's heartbeat, tamed inside the infinitely small having mass. Successively contracted and deployed. In the benefit of humanity."

One small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind - I also said myself - in " BILL A RI and there was light !... "

Unfortunate, yes, but how much a convenient Energy crisis if I dare say, which invites us to explore other avenues, other concepts and, therefore, other resources so far neglected.

Invitation to go from the invisible to the visible and vice versa. Taking advantage of the sequence of colorless and colored luminous speeds. In order to better understand the Universe. Where Law and Order prevail. Just like in Democracy !

Energetic formula with a unique character !

In the name of Science and Technology, vapor is being reverse !

A winning formula !

In The United States Of America.

By The United States Of America.

For The United States Of America and abroad !

With you today, Senator Obama, I repeat this sentence - since 1972 and 1978 - that is to say forty years old, but always, in my opinion, carrying the same message that I wish more and more positive for the years to come, in the third millennium, as I said since 1972 and on April 10, 1978, in a Letter to Doctor Carl Sagan:

"On the cosmic scale as on the terrestrial scale, darkness or blackness forms an integral, sine qua non part, of color and light pocess".

Is it still broad daylight
in the shadow of the black sun?

Yours truly,
Lucien BONNET

PLEASE SEE "Bill A Ri And There Was Light !"


LINKS (JANUARY 12, 2008)
UBC astronomer makes first map of dark matter
CTV.ca - 11 Jan 2008
For the first time, a team of UBC scientists have mapped the elusive "dark matter" in a supercluster of stars in the night sky.
New map lets scientists 'see' dark matter CBC News
Astronomers get best look yet at dark matter surrounding galaxies The Canadian Press

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The only "black out" is going to be the one out in Hawaii LOL :)

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 3:40 PM

Jake, the only people laughing at your vile garbage are your skinhead brothers in the KKK. Hey, they're meeting at the end of the month. Hope you don't miss your moment of solidarity.

Posted by: JaKKKeD | August 8, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, who gives a rat's patoot about the Olympics? If the athletes had any character, they'd have stayed home.

Posted by: fred | August 8, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see you try to ban me, liberal trash.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

JakeD is a racist troll who should be banned by the WaPo. He's disgusting.

Posted by: Anon | August 8, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that Sen. McCain gets his wish and the media focuses intensely on him for the next two weeks -- in the past 2 days he's had to return $50,000 in questionable campaign donations and explain to tearful blue collar workers in Ohio why he and his lobbyist in chief, er campaign manager Rick Davis, managed to support questionable legislation that sold their DHL jobs down the river (or out of state). I love listening to the Old man tell people they're just gonna have to accept their pain (straight talk, right?) while ignoring the fact that he and Davis (who collected $185,000 to get the DHL acquisition by the German conglomerate through Congress) are the culprits who created the problem. Yeah -- let's have a LOT more coverage of Sen. McCain!

Posted by: straight talk my a** | August 8, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

In the planning of the G.W.Bush Library, they forgot the 9/11 room, where you can twist any information to justify any hostile course of action.

Posted by: hotel california resident | August 8, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The only "black out" is going to be the one out in Hawaii LOL :)

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"McCain Naked," the life story video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC1zvDarGs4

Posted by: Miami Granny | August 8, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama should stay in Hawaii forever IMO

Posted by: P3epe | August 8, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama's on vacation to visit his grandma in Hawaii. McCain can use this time to catch up his perceived "disadvantaged media exposure."

Go fer it Senator McCain. Now's your chance. Do something spectacular... impress me. The floor is all yours. I just hope you don't waste it on just talking about Obama agin.

Posted by: Cindy | August 8, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic, there's not going to be a "blackout" during the Olympics -- the $11 million combined advertising and Saddleback appearance being just two instances -- I don't think there should be a "blackout" either. Who will become the next President of the United States is far more important than any Olympic Games (yes, even the ones with Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug, Carl Lewis, or the American Hockey team ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

I'd wager that Dan Rather would be there will bells on.

Peter:

I agree that not voting is better than voting for Barack Hussein Obama ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

JakeD's SOBERING REMINDER: HILLARY'S CONVENTION PUTSCH, THE BLUE DRESS,
AND WHY AL GORE STILL MATTERS

* Hillary "touche" could see her toss delgates to Gore
If it looks like Obama can't win

* Would Gore accept the premise that Obama can't win?


To understand the headline, read the link below posted by JakeD.

Boy, do we all have short memories.

The Dems can't be having all that flung in their faces (pardon the mental picture).

Which is why, at the risk of inviting derision, I still think the Al Gore scenario is plausible.

The supers who are tempted to go with Hillary would be even more pleased if Gore came in to save the day (although the fact that he refused to enter the contest and fight for the nomination seems to auger against this possibility).

But if the supers are willing to overlook Gore's unwillingness to fight for the nomination, he would be an attractive alternative, should Obama continue to slip in the polls as the convention looms.

Hillary might even face reality and make Gore the nominee -- all she has to do is pledge her delegates to Gore. Surely he would pick up enough disillusioned Obama supporters to win the roll call.

Bottom line: We remember what we want to remember. Your posting is a sobering reminder of what the Dems would have to face, should a Hillary putsch succeed.

But that's no reason to stick with a candidate who looks like he can't win; Al Gore stands in the wings.

If McCain continues to defy his own political gravity and closes the gap, a reasonable person would have to conclude that Obama stands a good chance of losing the White House (again) for the Dems.

Let's give it two more weeks. By then, the handwriting will be on the wall.

Obama may not realize it, but maybe it's all in Hillary's hands.

If she tosses her delegates to Gore, Obama probably will NOT be the nominee.

But would the cautious (some might say timid) Gore go along with it?

The Hillary-Obama drama marches on...

p.s. You can rule out John Edwards; he admits he lied about having an extra-marital affair.

BUT DOES THE ELECTION REALLY MATTER WHEN
GOVT-SUPPORTED "VIGILANTE JUSTICE" SQUADS
TARGET AMERICANS OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS OF LAW?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism


Posted by: scrivener | August 8, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Obama and McCain will be boozing it up while they watch the Olympics?, I read about a Possible DUI he had gotten a few years ago and it seems that has gotten swept under the rug some how too. I think the story was at http://www.mccanes.com or http://duihelpguide.com It was at one of those sites. Im going to stay home this

Posted by: Peter | August 8, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Going to drive to denver with a stop in little rock for the clinton library.
It really looks like a huge doublewide!

Posted by: choctaws | August 8, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

LibDrummer:

Better than the X-rated portion of the Clinton Library ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 12:20 PM

+++++++++++++++++

The line for Clinton's X rated section would stretch around the block...

As for Bush's heroic Alabama guard day section?, I doubt even Alabamans would want to browse through.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I suspect most of Barack Hussein Obama's "vacation" will be used to prep for August 16th appearance anyway. Considering he lost every debate to Hillary Diane Clinton, he certainly needs to step up his game.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Olympics? What Olympics?

With the enormous time zone gap, the lack of name-brand stars competing this year, the literally fogged over outlook for the matchees, and vacation schedules, I think that the Olympics will be less of a viewer magnet than anticipated.

Obama is smart (no surprise there) to take his vacation now, get multiple airings of his highly polished and compelling new advertising on energy policy, and smooth out the final bumps in the convention planning during this period.

McCain is not smart.

Posted by: dee | August 8, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

There is no reason to stop campaigning, but you can't schedule big events because 1) most voters will find it obnoxious that you are trying to muscle in on the Olympic spotlight and 2) something media grabbing could happen just before, after or during your scheduled event.

They should campaign away, but act as if whatever they are doing is complimentary to the Olympic coverage and not meant to preempt it.

Posted by: muD | August 8, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD: | August 8, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

LibDrummer:

Better than the X-rated portion of the Clinton Library ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Lowly Pendant:

Comparing a Tiger Woods tournament to a track and field event is like comparing a Muhammed Ali title fight to a college wrestling match.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure McCain is the last person alive who attended the Games in Ancient Greece.

Posted by: Spectator2 | August 8, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The George W Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages.
The Library will include:

The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything.
The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.
The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.
The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.
The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room, which no one has been able to find.
The National Debt room which is huge and has no ceiling.
The 'Tax Cut' Room with entry only to the wealthy.
The 'Economy Room' which is in the toilet.
The Iraq War Room. After you complete your first tour, they make you go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.
The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shotgun gallery.
The Environmental Conservation Room, still empty.
The Supremes Gift Shop, where you can buy an election.
The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.
The 'Decider Room' complete with dart board , magic 8-ball, Ouija board, dice, coins, and straws.
The museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate the President's accomplishments.
Admission: Republicans - free; Democrats -$1000 or 3 Euros

Posted by: LibDrummer | August 8, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

They are BOTH going to "interrupt" the Olympics on August 16th at Saddleback Church.

Posted by: JakeD | August 8, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

But this is a different era than 2000 or even '04. campaign coverage has become a minute-by-minute thing that thrives on any speck of news at all. If Obama and McCain don't feed the beast with their spin, it will be the gaffes that get full attention.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 8, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I think it may be too much to discuss the deeper points of the beijing olypics, because along with other foreign subjects, the american people are far too uninformed to make an honest conclusion of the real happenings going on around the world.
http://www.votenic.com

Posted by: Blake | August 8, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Another wise decision by the next president,Senator Obama. I am sure with his daughters going back to school , wanting to visit is family and wanting to recharge. Plus he has the insight to believe this week is about our fine men and women who have worked so hard to go to the Olympics that he did not want to take away from them. While John McSenile will be fighting for all the coverage he can get and then whine because the Olympics are getting more coverage. Old, poor white women for Obama.
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

How many games do you want to watch where the U.S. wins by 100 points? ALL OF THEM, silly pol. Spectacle, not competition, drives TV ratings.

Example: Final round of the 1997 Masters set a ratings record, even though - or rather because - Tiger Woods won the tournament by 12 strokes. There was absolutely no element of competitive tension to the back nine of the final round; yet the ratings rose steadily all afternoon, quarter hour by quarter hour. People wanted a glimpse of something that felt historic.

Obama is right to take a short breather and let the TV ads maintain his presence.

Posted by: Lonely Pedant | August 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

POLITICAL SOLDIERS DON'T GO AWOL WHEN D-DAY LOOMS

Politically attuned Americans possess sufficient compartmentalization skills to simultaneously enjoy the Olympics and follow the presidential contest.

Obama should not have gone on vacation this week. It's another troubling sign that his political golden gut has mutated into a tin ear. This is a key week. Hillary is engaged in a covert mission to enlist Obama-declared superdelegates into her camp for the coming convention putsch.

Either he is naive, or arrogantly dismisses the threat to his presumptive nomination. Or there could be a third possibility: He's sabotaging his own chances out of a deep-seated fear of success, a trait of the narcissist. The reports of a thwarted threat against his life could play into this narrative.

Not to play amateur shrink, but why else would he take this week off? The Olympic coverage is all in primetime. Even rabid sports fans don't hang on each moment. Indeed, there's the "counter-programming" theory -- that the saturation coverage provides politicians with an opportunity to break through the sameness with a counter-programmed message.

I guarantee you that Hillary and Bill Clinton aren't taking time off -- unless it's to solicit donations and support from the power brokers who, like the Clintons, spend summer weekends on Martha's Vineyard.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN COUNT? Not when gov't.-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are targeting Americans outside of the bounds of the law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

Posted by: scrivener | August 8, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

2008 Games
Preview of McCain White House
Chinese domination

Posted by: the hai-kook | August 8, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Olympic fever
McCain's first games attended?
Stockholm 1912

Posted by: the hai-kook | August 8, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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