Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Give It To Hillary Clinton!



Give it To Hillary Clinnton

Today is my birthday and my birthday wish is, you should join me to support Hillary Clinton for President.

I am very glad and grateful to God for giving me the grace to be one of the HillRaisers supporting Hillary Clinton for President.

You must be faithful to what you believe in, based on justice, love, peace and unity.
For better or for worse.
If you do not give up, you will get to the top.

Hillary Clinton may not be a saint or an angel, but she is a caring and loving wife, mother and leader.

Give her the chance to do her best for America, for the common good of humanity.

I believe in accepting or rejecting people on their own terms and not judging anyone by what others related to them have done to me or others.

What matters most in true democracy is the liberty of the conscience.
Everyone must be given the chance to make a choice to vote and be voted for
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May I share the following message from Hillary Clinton and I ask you to donate in support of her campaign for President.

Dear Orikinla,


I know I told you our campaign journey would be filled with high-stakes twists and turns. But I never knew it would be quite as dramatic as this. And last night we celebrated another big moment in this campaign with our resounding victory in Florida.

Now we face the biggest day of the campaign on Tuesday, with 22 races across the country. And no one can predict the outcome.

In a race this close, whatever you and I do now can make the difference. Every campaign stop, every voter we talk to, and every dollar you give can be the difference on Tuesday. Only our online supporters like you can act decisively enough to make sure the excitement and energy of this victory carries through on February 5.

Contribute now. We're just days away from the biggest day of our campaign.

At every rally, every campaign event, you can see it in people’s eyes and hear it in their voices. Millions of people in 22 states are cherishing their opportunity to be part of history -- their chance to play a compelling personal role next Tuesday in moving America out of the Bush era and into the future.

They know that everything we care about -- the values we live by, the economic prosperity our families need, the restoring of American leadership in the world, the future of our environment -- depend on electing a president who is ready to lead.

When we began this journey together, this is the moment you and I hoped for -- the chance to use every ounce of our energy, strength, and passion to convince millions of people to join us in moving America forward.

Contribute now. We only have six days to reach millions of people.

The stakes are high, and I need you to throw yourself heart and soul into this remarkable moment. That's exactly what I'm doing, criss-crossing the country, doing everything I can to carry our campaign to victory next Tuesday.

Thank you so much for sharing this incredible journey with me -- and for the spirit and passion you are bringing to our campaign. I promise that as president, I will carry your voice with me to the White House.

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

P.S. Campaigns prove themselves in moments like this. Every minute counts. Please contribute now to help carry our campaign to victory.



Breaking News: John Edwards Withdraws From Presidential Race


John Edwards at a political rally.

Former Senator John Edwards is going to withdraw from the Presidential Race for the White House later today.

Johns Edwards has been trailing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the presidential race since the Iowa Caucuses.

The announcement will be made later, today.

Barack Obama Snubbing Hillary Clinton During the Last State of the Union Address

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Transcript of the State of the Union Address by President Bush




29 Jan 2008 05:06 Africa/Lagos


State of the Union Address by President Bush

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

The following is a transcript of the State of the Union address by President Bush:


Chamber of the United States House of Representatives
United States Capitol
9:09 P.M. EST


THE PRESIDENT: Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:


Seven years have passed since I first stood before you at this rostrum. In that time, our country has been tested in ways none of us could have imagined. We faced hard decisions about peace and war, rising competition in the world economy, and the health and welfare of our citizens. These issues call for vigorous debate, and I think it's fair to say we've answered the call. Yet history will record that amid our differences, we acted with purpose. And together, we showed the world the power and resilience of American self-government.


All of us were sent to Washington to carry out the people's business. That is the purpose of this body. It is the meaning of our oath. It remains our charge to keep.


The actions of the 110th Congress will affect the security and prosperity of our nation long after this session has ended. In this election year, let us show our fellow Americans that we recognize our responsibilities and are determined to meet them. Let us show them that Republicans and Democrats can compete for votes and cooperate for results at the same time. (Applause.)


From expanding opportunity to protecting our country, we've made good progress. Yet we have unfinished business before us, and the American people expect us to get it done.


In the work ahead, we must be guided by the philosophy that made our nation great. As Americans, we believe in the power of individuals to determine their destiny and shape the course of history. We believe that the most reliable guide for our country is the collective wisdom of ordinary citizens. And so in all we do, we must trust in the ability of free peoples to make wise decisions, and empower them to improve their lives for their futures.


To build a prosperous future, we must trust people with their own money and empower them to grow our economy. As we meet tonight, our economy is undergoing a period of uncertainty. America has added jobs for a record 52 straight months, but jobs are now growing at a slower pace. Wages are up, but so are prices for food and gas. Exports are rising, but the housing market has declined. At kitchen tables across our country, there is a concern about our economic future.


In the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth. But in the short run, we can all see that that growth is slowing. So last week, my administration reached agreement with Speaker Pelosi and Republican Leader Boehner on a robust growth package that includes tax relief for individuals and families and incentives for business investment. The temptation will be to load up the bill. That would delay it or derail it, and neither option is acceptable. (Applause.) This is a good agreement that will keep our economy growing and our people working. And this Congress must pass it as soon as possible. (Applause.)


We have other work to do on taxes. Unless Congress acts, most of the tax relief we've delivered over the past seven years will be taken away. Some in Washington argue that letting tax relief expire is not a tax increase. Try explaining that to 116 million American taxpayers who would see their taxes rise by an average of $1,800. Others have said they would personally be happy to pay higher taxes. I welcome their enthusiasm. I'm pleased to report that the IRS accepts both checks and money orders. (Laughter and applause.)


Most Americans think their taxes are high enough. With all the other pressures on their finances, American families should not have to worry about their federal government taking a bigger bite out of their paychecks. There's only one way to eliminate this uncertainty: Make the tax relief permanent. (Applause.) And members of Congress should know: If any bill raises taxes reaches my desk, I will veto it. (Applause.)


Just as we trust Americans with their own money, we need to earn their trust by spending their tax dollars wisely. Next week, I'll send you a budget that terminates or substantially reduces 151 wasteful or bloated programs, totaling more than $18 billion. The budget that I will submit will keep America on track for a surplus in 2012. American families have to balance their budgets; so should their government. (Applause.)


The people's trust in their government is undermined by congressional earmarks -- special interest projects that are often snuck in at the last minute, without discussion or debate. Last year, I asked you to voluntarily cut the number and cost of earmarks in half. I also asked you to stop slipping earmarks into committee reports that never even come to a vote. Unfortunately, neither goal was met. So this time, if you send me an appropriations bill that does not cut the number and cost of earmarks in half, I'll send it back to you with my veto. (Applause.)


And tomorrow, I will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to ignore any future earmark that is not voted on by Congress. If these items are truly worth funding, Congress should debate them in the open and hold a public vote. (Applause.)


Our shared responsibilities extend beyond matters of taxes and spending. On housing, we must trust Americans with the responsibility of homeownership and empower them to weather turbulent times in the housing market. My administration brought together the HOPE NOW alliance, which is helping many struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. And Congress can help even more. Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, modernize the Federal Housing Administration, and allow state housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to help homeowners refinance their mortgages. (Applause.) These are difficult times for many American families, and by taking these steps, we can help more of them keep their homes.


To build a future of quality health care, we must trust patients and doctors to make medical decisions and empower them with better information and better options. We share a common goal: making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. (Applause.) The best way to achieve that goal is by expanding consumer choice, not government control. (Applause.) So I have proposed ending the bias in the tax code against those who do not get their health insurance through their employer. This one reform would put private coverage within reach for millions, and I call on the Congress to pass it this year. (Applause.)


The Congress must also expand health savings accounts, create Association Health Plans for small businesses, promote health information technology, and confront the epidemic of junk medical lawsuits. (Applause.) With all these steps, we will help ensure that decisions about your medical care are made in the privacy of your doctor's office -- not in the halls of Congress. (Applause.)


On education, we must trust students to learn if given the chance, and empower parents to demand results from our schools. In neighborhoods across our country, there are boys and girls with dreams -- and a decent education is their only hope of achieving them.


Six years ago, we came together to pass the No Child Left Behind Act, and today no one can deny its results. Last year, fourth and eighth graders achieved the highest math scores on record. Reading scores are on the rise. African American and Hispanic students posted all-time highs. (Applause.) Now we must work together to increase accountability, add flexibility for states and districts, reduce the number of high school dropouts, provide extra help for struggling schools.


Members of Congress: The No Child Left Behind Act is a bipartisan achievement. It is succeeding. And we owe it to America's children, their parents, and their teachers to strengthen this good law. (Applause.)


We must also do more to help children when their schools do not measure up. Thanks to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships you approved, more than 2,600 of the poorest children in our Nation's Capital have found new hope at a faith-based or other non-public school. Sadly, these schools are disappearing at an alarming rate in many of America's inner cities. So I will convene a White House summit aimed at strengthening these lifelines of learning. And to open the doors of these schools to more children, I ask you to support a new $300 million program called Pell Grants for Kids. We have seen how Pell Grants help low-income college students realize their full potential. Together, we've expanded the size and reach of these grants. Now let us apply that same spirit to help liberate poor children trapped in failing public schools. (Applause.)


On trade, we must trust American workers to compete with anyone in the world and empower them by opening up new markets overseas. Today, our economic growth increasingly depends on our ability to sell American goods and crops and services all over the world. So we're working to break down barriers to trade and investment wherever we can. We're working for a successful Doha Round of trade talks, and we must complete a good agreement this year. At the same time, we're pursuing opportunities to open up new markets by passing free trade agreements.


I thank the Congress for approving a good agreement with Peru. And now I ask you to approve agreements with Colombia and Panama and South Korea. (Applause.) Many products from these nations now enter America duty-free, yet many of our products face steep tariffs in their markets. These agreements will level the playing field. They will give us better access to nearly 100 million customers. They will support good jobs for the finest workers in the world: those whose products say "Made in the USA." (Applause.)


These agreements also promote America's strategic interests. The first agreement that will come before you is with Colombia, a friend of America that is confronting violence and terror, and fighting drug traffickers. If we fail to pass this agreement, we will embolden the purveyors of false populism in our hemisphere. So we must come together, pass this agreement, and show our neighbors in the region that democracy leads to a better life. (Applause.)


Trade brings better jobs and better choices and better prices. Yet for some Americans, trade can mean losing a job, and the federal government has a responsibility to help. (Applause.) I ask Congress to reauthorize and reform trade adjustment assistance, so we can help these displaced workers learn new skills and find new jobs. (Applause.)


To build a future of energy security, we must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology. (Applause.) Our security, our prosperity, and our environment all require reducing our dependence on oil. Last year, I asked you to pass legislation to reduce oil consumption over the next decade, and you responded. Together we should take the next steps: Let us fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions. (Applause.) Let us increase the use of renewable power and emissions-free nuclear power. (Applause.) Let us continue investing in advanced battery technology and renewable fuels to power the cars and trucks of the future. (Applause.) Let us create a new international clean technology fund, which will help developing nations like India and China make greater use of clean energy sources. And let us complete an international agreement that has the potential to slow, stop, and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases. (Applause.)


This agreement will be effective only if it includes commitments by every major economy and gives none a free ride. (Applause.) The United States is committed to strengthening our energy security and confronting global climate change. And the best way to meet these goals is for America to continue leading the way toward the development of cleaner and more energy-efficient technology. (Applause.)


To keep America competitive into the future, we must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Last year, Congress passed legislation supporting the American Competitiveness Initiative, but never followed through with the funding. This funding is essential to keeping our scientific edge. So I ask Congress to double federal support for critical basic research in the physical sciences and ensure America remains the most dynamic nation on Earth. (Applause.)


On matters of life and science, we must trust in the innovative spirit of medical researchers and empower them to discover new treatments while respecting moral boundaries. In November, we witnessed a landmark achievement when scientists discovered a way to reprogram adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. This breakthrough has the potential to move us beyond the divisive debates of the past by extending the frontiers of medicine without the destruction of human life. (Applause.)


So we're expanding funding for this type of ethical medical research. And as we explore promising avenues of research, we must also ensure that all life is treated with the dignity it deserves. And so I call on Congress to pass legislation that bans unethical practices such as the buying, selling, patenting, or cloning of human life. (Applause.)


On matters of justice, we must trust in the wisdom of our founders and empower judges who understand that the Constitution means what it says. (Applause.) I've submitted judicial nominees who will rule by the letter of the law, not the whim of the gavel. Many of these nominees are being unfairly delayed. They are worthy of confirmation, and the Senate should give each of them a prompt up-or-down vote. (Applause.)


In communities across our land, we must trust in the good heart of the American people and empower them to serve their neighbors in need. Over the past seven years, more of our fellow citizens have discovered that the pursuit of happiness leads to the path of service. Americans have volunteered in record numbers. Charitable donations are higher than ever. Faith-based groups are bringing hope to pockets of despair, with newfound support from the federal government. And to help guarantee equal treatment of faith-based organizations when they compete for federal funds, I ask you to permanently extend Charitable Choice. (Applause.)


Tonight the armies of compassion continue the march to a new day in the Gulf Coast. America honors the strength and resilience of the people of this region. We reaffirm our pledge to help them build stronger and better than before. And tonight I'm pleased to announce that in April we will host this year's North American Summit of Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the great city of New Orleans. (Applause.)


There are two other pressing challenges that I've raised repeatedly before this body, and that this body has failed to address: entitlement spending and immigration. Every member in this chamber knows that spending on entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is growing faster than we can afford. We all know the painful choices ahead if America stays on this path: massive tax increases, sudden and drastic cuts in benefits, or crippling deficits. I've laid out proposals to reform these programs. Now I ask members of Congress to offer your proposals and come up with a bipartisan solution to save these vital programs for our children and our grandchildren. (Applause.)


The other pressing challenge is immigration. America needs to secure our borders -- and with your help, my administration is taking steps to do so. We're increasing worksite enforcement, deploying fences and advanced technologies to stop illegal crossings. We've effectively ended the policy of "catch and release" at the border, and by the end of this year, we will have doubled the number of border patrol agents. Yet we also need to acknowledge that we will never fully secure our border until we create a lawful way for foreign workers to come here and support our economy. (Applause.) This will take pressure off the border and allow law enforcement to concentrate on those who mean us harm. We must also find a sensible and humane way to deal with people here illegally. Illegal immigration is complicated, but it can be resolved. And it must be resolved in a way that upholds both our laws and our highest ideals. (Applause.)


This is the business of our nation here at home. Yet building a prosperous future for our citizens also depends on confronting enemies abroad and advancing liberty in troubled regions of the world.


Our foreign policy is based on a clear premise: We trust that people, when given the chance, will choose a future of freedom and peace. In the last seven years, we have witnessed stirring moments in the history of liberty. We've seen citizens in Georgia and Ukraine stand up for their right to free and fair elections. We've seen people in Lebanon take to the streets to demand their independence. We've seen Afghans emerge from the tyranny of the Taliban and choose a new president and a new parliament. We've seen jubilant Iraqis holding up ink-stained fingers and celebrating their freedom. These images of liberty have inspired us. (Applause.)


In the past seven years, we've also seen images that have sobered us. We've watched throngs of mourners in Lebanon and Pakistan carrying the caskets of beloved leaders taken by the assassin's hand. We've seen wedding guests in blood-soaked finery staggering from a hotel in Jordan, Afghans and Iraqis blown up in mosques and markets, and trains in London and Madrid ripped apart by bombs. On a clear September day, we saw thousands of our fellow citizens taken from us in an instant. These horrific images serve as a grim reminder: The advance of liberty is opposed by terrorists and extremists -- evil men who despise freedom, despise America, and aim to subject millions to their violent rule.


Since 9/11, we have taken the fight to these terrorists and extremists. We will stay on the offense, we will keep up the pressure, and we will deliver justice to our enemies. (Applause.)


We are engaged in the defining ideological struggle of the 21st century. The terrorists oppose every principle of humanity and decency that we hold dear. Yet in this war on terror, there is one thing we and our enemies agree on: In the long run, men and women who are free to determine their own destinies will reject terror and refuse to live in tyranny. And that is why the terrorists are fighting to deny this choice to the people in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Palestinian Territories. And that is why, for the security of America and the peace of the world, we are spreading the hope of freedom. (Applause.)


In Afghanistan, America, our 25 NATO allies, and 15 partner nations are helping the Afghan people defend their freedom and rebuild their country. Thanks to the courage of these military and civilian personnel, a nation that was once a safe haven for al Qaeda is now a young democracy where boys and girls are going to school, new roads and hospitals are being built, and people are looking to the future with new hope. These successes must continue, so we're adding 3,200 Marines to our forces in Afghanistan, where they will fight the terrorists and train the Afghan Army and police. Defeating the Taliban and al Qaeda is critical to our security, and I thank the Congress for supporting America's vital mission in Afghanistan. (Applause.)


In Iraq, the terrorists and extremists are fighting to deny a proud people their liberty, and fighting to establish safe havens for attacks across the world. One year ago, our enemies were succeeding in their efforts to plunge Iraq into chaos. So we reviewed our strategy and changed course. We launched a surge of American forces into Iraq. We gave our troops a new mission: Work with the Iraqi forces to protect the Iraqi people, pursue the enemy in its strongholds, and deny the terrorists sanctuary anywhere in the country.


The Iraqi people quickly realized that something dramatic had happened. Those who had worried that America was preparing to abandon them instead saw tens of thousands of American forces flowing into their country. They saw our forces moving into neighborhoods, clearing out the terrorists, and staying behind to ensure the enemy did not return. And they saw our troops, along with Provincial Reconstruction Teams that include Foreign


Service officers and other skilled public servants, coming in to ensure that improved security was followed by improvements in daily life. Our military and civilians in Iraq are performing with courage and distinction, and they have the gratitude of our whole nation. (Applause.)


The Iraqis launched a surge of their own. In the fall of 2006, Sunni tribal leaders grew tired of al Qaeda's brutality and started a popular uprising called "The Anbar Awakening." Over the past year, similar movements have spread across the country. And today, the grassroots surge includes more than 80,000 Iraqi citizens who are fighting the terrorists. The government in Baghdad has stepped forward, as well -- adding more than 100,000 new Iraqi soldiers and police during the past year.


While the enemy is still dangerous and more work remains, the American and Iraqi surges have achieved results few of us could have imagined just one year ago. (Applause.) When we met last year, many said that containing the violence was impossible. A year later, high profile terrorist attacks are down, civilian deaths are down, sectarian killings are down.


When we met last year, militia extremists -- some armed and trained by Iran -- were wreaking havoc in large areas of Iraq. A year later, coalition and Iraqi forces have killed or captured hundreds of militia fighters. And Iraqis of all backgrounds increasingly realize that defeating these militia fighters is critical to the future of their country.


When we met last year, al Qaeda had sanctuaries in many areas of Iraq, and their leaders had just offered American forces safe passage out of the country. Today, it is al Qaeda that is searching for safe passage. They have been driven from many of the strongholds they once held, and over the past year, we've captured or killed thousands of extremists in Iraq, including hundreds of key al Qaeda leaders and operatives.


Last month, Osama bin Laden released a tape in which he railed against Iraqi tribal leaders who have turned on al Qaeda and admitted that coalition forces are growing stronger in Iraq. Ladies and gentlemen, some may deny the surge is working, but among the terrorists there is no doubt. Al Qaeda is on the run in Iraq, and this enemy will be defeated. (Applause.)


When we met last year, our troop levels in Iraq were on the rise. Today, because of the progress just described, we are implementing a policy of "return on success," and the surge forces we sent to Iraq are beginning to come home.


This progress is a credit to the valor of our troops and the brilliance of their commanders. This evening, I want to speak directly to our men and women on the front lines. Soldiers and sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen: In the past year, you have done everything we've asked of you, and more. Our nation is grateful for your courage. We are proud of your accomplishments. And tonight in this hallowed chamber, with the American people as our witness, we make you a solemn pledge: In the fight ahead, you will have all you need to protect our nation. (Applause.) And I ask Congress to meet its responsibilities to these brave men and women by fully funding our troops. (Applause.)


Our enemies in Iraq have been hit hard. They are not yet defeated, and we can still expect tough fighting ahead. Our objective in the coming year is to sustain and build on the gains we made in 2007, while transitioning to the next phase of our strategy. American troops are shifting from leading operations, to partnering with Iraqi forces, and, eventually, to a protective overwatch mission. As part of this transition, one Army brigade combat team and one Marine Expeditionary Unit have already come home and will not be replaced. In the coming months, four additional brigades and two Marine battalions will follow suit. Taken together, this means more than 20,000 of our troops are coming home. (Applause.)


Any further drawdown of U.S. troops will be based on conditions in Iraq and the recommendations of our commanders. General Petraeus has warned that too fast a drawdown could result in the "disintegration of the Iraqi security forces, al Qaeda-Iraq regaining lost ground, [and] a marked increase in violence." Members of Congress: Having come so far and achieved so much, we must not allow this to happen. (Applause.)


In the coming year, we will work with Iraqi leaders as they build on the progress they're making toward political reconciliation. At the local level, Sunnis, Shia, and Kurds are beginning to come together to reclaim their communities and rebuild their lives. Progress in the provinces must be matched by progress in Baghdad. (Applause.) We're seeing some encouraging signs. The national government is sharing oil revenues with the provinces. The parliament recently passed both a pension law and de-Baathification reform. They're now debating a provincial powers law. The Iraqis still have a distance to travel. But after decades of dictatorship and the pain of sectarian violence, reconciliation is taking place -- and the Iraqi people are taking control of their future. (Applause.)


The mission in Iraq has been difficult and trying for our nation. But it is in the vital interest of the United States that we succeed. A free Iraq will deny al Qaeda a safe haven. A free Iraq will show millions across the Middle East that a future of liberty is possible. A free Iraq will be a friend of America, a partner in fighting terror, and a source of stability in a dangerous part of the world.


By contrast, a failed Iraq would embolden the extremists, strengthen Iran, and give terrorists a base from which to launch new attacks on our friends, our allies, and our homeland. The enemy has made its intentions clear. At a time when the momentum seemed to favor them, al Qaida's top commander in Iraq declared that they will not rest until they have attacked us here in Washington. My fellow Americans: We will not rest either. We will not rest until this enemy has been defeated. (Applause.) We must do the difficult work today, so that years from now people will look back and say that this generation rose to the moment, prevailed in a tough fight, and left behind a more hopeful region and a safer America. (Applause.)


We're also standing against the forces of extremism in the Holy Land, where we have new cause for hope. Palestinians have elected a president who recognizes that confronting terror is essential to achieving a state where his people can live in dignity and at peace with Israel. Israelis have leaders who recognize that a peaceful, democratic Palestinian state will be a source of lasting security. This month in Ramallah and Jerusalem, I assured leaders from both sides that America will do, and I will do, everything we can to help them achieve a peace agreement that defines a Palestinian state by the end of this year. The time has come for a Holy Land where a democratic Israel and a democratic Palestine live side-by-side in peace. (Applause.)


We're also standing against the forces of extremism embodied by the regime in Tehran. Iran's rulers oppress a good and talented people. And wherever freedom advances in the Middle East, it seems the Iranian regime is there to oppose it. Iran is funding and training militia groups in Iraq, supporting Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, and backing Hamas' efforts to undermine peace in the Holy Land. Tehran is also developing ballistic missiles of increasing range, and continues to develop its capability to enrich uranium, which could be used to create a nuclear weapon.


Our message to the people of Iran is clear: We have no quarrel with you. We respect your traditions and your history. We look forward to the day when you have your freedom. Our message to the leaders of Iran is also clear: Verifiably suspend your nuclear enrichment, so negotiations can begin. And to rejoin the community of nations, come clean about your nuclear intentions and past actions, stop your oppression at home, cease your support for terror abroad. But above all, know this: America will confront those who threaten our troops. We will stand by our allies, and we will defend our vital interests in the Persian Gulf. (Applause.)


On the home front, we will continue to take every lawful and effective measure to protect our country. This is our most solemn duty. We are grateful that there has not been another attack on our soil since 9/11. This is not for the lack of desire or effort on the part of the enemy. In the past six years, we've stopped numerous attacks, including a plot to fly a plane into the tallest building in Los Angeles and another to blow up passenger jets bound for America over the Atlantic. Dedicated men and women in our government toil day and night to stop the terrorists from carrying out their plans. These good citizens are saving American lives, and everyone in this chamber owes them our thanks. (Applause.)


And we owe them something more: We owe them the tools they need to keep our people safe. And one of the most important tools we can give them is the ability to monitor terrorist communications. To protect America, we need to know who the terrorists are talking to, what they are saying, and what they're planning. Last year, Congress passed legislation to help us do that. Unfortunately, Congress set the legislation to expire on February the 1st. That means if you don't act by Friday, our ability to track terrorist threats would be weakened and our citizens will be in greater danger. Congress must ensure the flow of vital intelligence is not disrupted. Congress must pass liability protection for companies believed to have assisted in the efforts to defend America. We've had ample time for debate. The time to act is now. (Applause.)


Protecting our nation from the dangers of a new century requires more than good intelligence and a strong military. It also requires changing the conditions that breed resentment and allow extremists to prey on despair. So America is using its influence to build a freer, more hopeful, and more compassionate world. This is a reflection of our national interest; it is the calling of our conscience.


America opposes genocide in Sudan. (Applause.) We support freedom in countries from Cuba and Zimbabwe to Belarus and Burma. (Applause.)


America is leading the fight against global poverty, with strong education initiatives and humanitarian assistance. We've also changed the way we deliver aid by launching the Millennium Challenge Account. This program strengthens democracy, transparency, and the rule of law in developing nations, and I ask you to fully fund this important initiative. (Applause.)


America is leading the fight against global hunger. Today, more than half the world's food aid comes from the United States. And tonight, I ask Congress to support an innovative proposal to provide food assistance by purchasing crops directly from farmers in the developing world, so we can build up local agriculture and help break the cycle of famine. (Applause.)


America is leading the fight against disease. With your help, we're working to cut by half the number of malaria-related deaths in 15 African nations. And our Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is treating 1.4 million people. We can bring healing and hope to many more. So I ask you to maintain the principles that have changed behavior and made this program a success. And I call on you to double our initial commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS by approving an additional $30 billion over the next five years. (Applause.)


America is a force for hope in the world because we are a compassionate people, and some of the most compassionate Americans are those who have stepped forward to protect us. We must keep faith with all who have risked life and limb so that we might live in freedom and peace. Over the past seven years, we've increased funding for veterans by more than 95 percent. And as we increase funding -- (applause.) And as increase funding we must also reform our veterans system to meet the needs of a new war and a new generation. (Applause.) I call on the Congress to enact the reforms recommended by Senator Bob Dole and Secretary Donna Shalala, so we can improve the system of care for our wounded warriors and help them build lives of hope and promise and dignity. (Applause.)


Our military families also sacrifice for America. They endure sleepless nights and the daily struggle of providing for children while a loved one is serving far from home. We have a responsibility to provide for them. So I ask you to join me in expanding their access to child care, creating new hiring preferences for military spouses across the federal government, and allowing our troops to transfer their unused education benefits to their spouses or children. (Applause.) Our military families serve our nation, they inspire our nation, and tonight our nation honors them. (Applause.)


The strength -- the secret of our strength, the miracle of America, is that our greatness lies not in our government, but in the spirit and determination of our people. (Applause.) When the Federal Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, our nation was bound by the Articles of Confederation, which began with the words, "We the undersigned delegates." When Governor Morris was asked to draft a preamble to our new Constitution, he offered an important revision and opened with words that changed the course of our nation and the history of the world: "We the people."


By trusting the people, our Founders wagered that a great and noble nation could be built on the liberty that resides in the hearts of all men and women. By trusting the people, succeeding generations transformed our fragile young democracy into the most powerful nation on Earth and a beacon of hope for millions. And so long as we continue to trust the people, our nation will prosper, our liberty will be secure, and the state of our Union will remain strong. (Applause.)


So tonight, with confidence in freedom's power, and trust in the people, let us set forth to do their business. God bless America. (Applause.)


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10:02 P.M. EST


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Web Site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/

Kennedys for Clinton

Kennedys for Clinton

There are more members of the Kennedys Family supporting Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama.

"She stands for Democrats and for the nation," these family members say.
By Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Kerry Kennedy


January 29, 2008

This is a wonderful year for Democrats. Our party is blessed with the most impressive array of primary candidates in modern history. All would make superb presidents.

By now you may have read or heard that our cousin, Caroline Kennedy, and our uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, have come out in favor of Sen. Barack Obama. We, however, are supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton because we believe that she is the strongest candidate for our party and our country.

While talk of unity and compromise are inspiring to a nation wary of divisiveness, America stands at a historic crossroads where real issues divide our political landscapes. Democrats believe that America should not be torturing people, eavesdropping on our citizens or imprisoning them without habeas corpus or other constitutional rights. We should not be an imperial power. We need healthcare for all and a clean, safe environment.

The loftiest poetry will not solve these issues. We need a president willing to engage in a fistfight to safeguard and restore our national virtues.

We have worked with Hillary Clinton for 15 years (and in Kathleen's case, 25 years) and witnessed the power and depth of her convictions firsthand. We've seen her formidable work ethic, courage in the face of adversity and her dignity and clear head in crisis. We've also seen her two-fisted willingness to enter the brawl when America's principles are challenged. Her measured rhetoric, political savvy and pragmatism shield the heart of our nation's most determined and most democratic warrior.

She has been an uncompromising and loyal ally for each of us in our battles to protect the environment and to promote human rights around the world and juvenile justice in America. Hillary is a problem-solver, listening to people and then achieving solutions by changing attitudes.

Her transformational leadership was on display when she ran for the Senate seat in New York that had been held by our father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. She faced rabid, heavily funded attacks from the far right and the challenge of prevailing in traditionally Republican upstate New York. Traveling with her, we watched admiringly as she persuasively articulated an inspiring and unifying vision rooted in American values and history. Then, through patience, hard work, leadership and political acumen, she transformed many of those rock-solid conservative counties into solid Democratic strongholds.

We look forward to working beside her in the general election as she uses those same talents to change once rigid opinions and political affiliations across the nation.

Like our father, Hillary has devoted her life to embracing and including those on the bottom rung of society's ladder -- giving voice to the alienated and disenfranchised and working to alleviate poverty and injustice, while urging that we cannot advance ourselves as a nation by leaving our poorer brothers and sisters behind.

She's been an equally effective champion for human rights and for women's rights, a worldwide cause that will profit enormously by her elevation to the presidency. She has worked for peace in Northern Ireland and fought to bridge religious, racial and ethnic divides from Bosnia to the Middle East to South Africa. She has shown a rare understanding that American values can only be exported by moral leadership, by a strong home economy and by a detailed understanding of the history and cultural backdrops of the nations we engage.

She understands, as our current administration does not, the uses of power. The world, she says, is hungry for U.S. leadership but will not accept our bullying. She knows the difference and will reestablish America's lost prestige and moral authority.

Hillary Clinton's political career has been centered in comforting the afflicted, afflicting the comfortable and reminding Americans what it means to be American. As a young lawyer, she focused on children's issues and legal aid. As first lady of Arkansas, she brought healthcare to rural areas and helped reform the state's lagging education system.

As first lady, she courageously took on healthcare reform. When a massive propaganda campaign by Big Pharma and the radical right derailed her efforts, she didn't give up. She helped create the nationally acclaimed Children's Health Insurance Program. That kind of persistence in pursuit of our highest ideals is the brand of leadership America now requires. Inspirational leadership comes in many forms.

Seldom has history confronted America with such daunting challenges: a catastrophic foreign policy that has cost us our international leadership and aggravated the threat of terror; a misbegotten war that is squandering precious American lives and treasure; a healthcare system that leaves millions of Americans without coverage; irresponsible corporate power that is corroding our democracy and outsourcing our jobs, aggravating global warming and other environmental crises and reducing our economy to shambles.

We need a leader who is battle-tested, resilient and sure-footed on the shifting landscapes of domestic and foreign policy. Hillary Clinton will move our country forward while promoting its noblest ideals.

N.B:
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an environmental advocate and Kerry Kennedy is a human rights activist.

Nigeria Is Still #1 Riskiest Country For Online Fraud Unchallenged

28 Jan 2008 14:00 Africa/Lagos

"Certainly Nigeria's persistent notoriety among eCommerce merchants is enhanced by the ubiquitous 'Nigerian Scam' letters," said Doug Schwegman, CyberSource director of customer and market intelligence. "Russia dropping off the list this year may simply mean merchants have given up shipping even digital products to that country due to negative outcomes in the past. But the real message of these findings is that fraud remains a significant issue in the lives of eCommerce merchants. We do see increasing popularity of IP Geolocation, a tool that gives merchants information on the location of an internet-connected computer based on its internet protocol address. But as always, we remind merchants that no one tool is a silver anti-fraud bullet -- that combinations of tools work best to root out cybercrime."


NYC Loses Title to Miami - No Longer 'Riskiest City' for Online Fraud

CyberSource annual survey: Miami now #1 riskiest city for eCommerce in U.S.; Nigeria's hold on #1 riskiest country unchallenged


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ --

According to a new survey, the Big Apple is no longer the U.S. city eCommerce merchants fear most. That dubious distinction now belongs to Miami. In the survey, an annual poll of online merchants commissioned by CyberSource Corporation (NASDAQ:CYBS) , merchants were asked "What single major U.S. or Canadian city presented the highest risk of online fraud?" No city garnered a majority of the votes, but this year Miami surpassed New York City. Runners up were Los Angeles and Chicago. Other cities receiving votes included Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.


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In the "Riskiest Country" category, Nigeria easily retained its position as number one, with more than three times the votes of the next country. Runners up were the UK in second place, Ghana in third, Indonesia in fourth, and China in fifth. Russia, which had been among the leaders in the two prior years of the survey's history, fell out of the rankings for the first time.


"Certainly Nigeria's persistent notoriety among eCommerce merchants is enhanced by the ubiquitous 'Nigerian Scam' letters," said Doug Schwegman, CyberSource director of customer and market intelligence. "Russia dropping off the list this year may simply mean merchants have given up shipping even digital products to that country due to negative outcomes in the past. But the real message of these findings is that fraud remains a significant issue in the lives of eCommerce merchants. We do see increasing popularity of IP Geolocation, a tool that gives merchants information on the location of an internet-connected computer based on its internet protocol address. But as always, we remind merchants that no one tool is a silver anti-fraud bullet -- that combinations of tools work best to root out cybercrime."


2007 results: "Highest risk" areas for eCommerce:

North American cities
Miami 10% of mentions (up from 7% the year before)
NYC 8% (down from 9%)
Los Angeles 3% (down from 6%)

Countries
Nigeria 27% of mentions (down from 31%)
UK 8% (up from 6%)
Ghana 7% (up from 4%)
Indonesia 6% (same as last year)
China 5% (up from 3%)

Question/Survey details

The city and country questions were part of a larger survey, the Ninth Annual CyberSource Fraud Survey, commissioned by CyberSource Corporation and undertaken by Mindwave Research. The survey was fielded September 13, 2007 through October 1, 2007 and yielded 318 qualified and complete responses from U.S. and Canadian eCommerce merchants. The sample was drawn from a database of companies involved in electronic commerce activities. Incentive to respondents included a summary of the research.


To obtain a copy of the survey results -- for journalists: call or email Bruce Frymire (650-965-6042, bfrymire@cybersource.com). For all others: please visit http://www.cybersource.com/fraudreport/


About CyberSource


CyberSource Corporation is a leading provider of electronic payment and risk management solutions. CyberSource solutions enable electronic payment processing for Web, call center, and POS environments. CyberSource also offers industry leading risk management solutions for merchants accepting card-not-present transactions. CyberSource Professional Services designs, integrates, and optimizes commerce transaction processing systems. Over 220,000 businesses use CyberSource solutions, including half the companies comprising the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has sales and service offices in Japan, the United Kingdom, and other locations in the United States including Bellevue, Washington and American Fork, Utah. For more information on CyberSource please visit http://www.cybersource.com/ or email info@cybersource.com. For more information on Authorize.Net small business solutions, please visit http://www.authorize.net/ or email sales@authorize.net.


(C) 2008 CyberSource Corporation. All rights reserved. CyberSource is a registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries. Authorize.Net is a registered trademark in the U.S. All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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Source: CyberSource

CONTACT: Bruce Frymire of CyberSource, +1-650-965-6042,
bfrymire@cybersource.com


Web site: http://www.cybersource.com/
http://www.authorize.net/

MySpace & MTV, Along With Associated Press, to Exclusively Feature Frontrunner Republican & Democratic Candidates' 'Closing Arguments' February 2nd

28 Jan 2008 21:59 Africa/Lagos


MySpace & MTV, Along With Associated Press, to Exclusively Feature Frontrunner Republican & Democratic Candidates' 'Closing Arguments' February 2nd

Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor Mike Huckabee Confirmed for 'Super Dialogue' with Potential to Reach 200 Million Voters on TV, Online, Radio and Mobile Phones

Associated Press to Syndicate Event to 1,800 Media Websites, Nearly 600 in States with Super Tuesday Primaries


LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ --

MySpace, the world's most popular social network, and MTV, the leading global youth brand, along with the Associated Press, today announced "Closing Arguments: A Presidential Super Dialogue." The event will offer candidates polling above 10%* a final chance to address the nation -- particularly the energized and pivotal youth voting bloc -- in advance of Super Tuesday, an unprecedented moment in U.S. political history, when more than 20 states hold presidential primaries or caucuses. Frontrunner candidates Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee are the first confirmed participants for the next installment of MySpace and MTV's acclaimed Presidential Dialogue Series, taking place Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 6 PM ET on-air, online, radio and mobile phones. The Associated Press will distribute a live feed and on-demand highlights of the Dialogue to the 1,800 media sites in its Online Video Network; nearly 600 of those are local TV, newspaper or radio sites in states with Super Tuesday primaries. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Barack Obama and John Edwards have all been invited to participate in the event as well.


Young voters have turned out at primaries and caucuses in record numbers this year -- tripling their presence in Iowa and South Carolina, and doubling in New Hampshire vs. four years ago -- and their support will translate to 100s of delegates on Super Tuesday, February 5th. The "Super Dialogue" will give each participating candidate an opportunity to engage with this audience and individually address questions posed by online viewers via MySpaceIM, ChooseOrLose.com and from the live, college-aged audience in MTV's Times Square studio in New York. Candidates have the freedom to join from the studio or via satellite from the campaign trail. MTV News Correspondents Gideon Yago and Sway Calloway, as well as WashingtonPost.com political reporter Chris Cillizza will return to moderate, joined by a top AP political reporter covering the campaign.


The fourth in the groundbreaking series, the upcoming Presidential Super Dialogue will be the most publicly accessible and interactive presidential candidate event in history, with more mediums available for people to tune in and engage with a live event than ever before, including:


-- Broadcast live on MTV, MTV2 and MTV Tr3s, with highlights on college
network mtvU
-- Streamed live online via MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/election2008)
and MTV's http://www.chooseorlose.com/
-- Distributed live to the Associated Press Online Video Network,
encompassing more than 1,800 media sites with an aggregate reach of 61
million unique visitors -- and nearly 600 local media outlets in Super
Tuesday states
-- Streamed live on mobile devices via MTV Mobile
-- Broadcast live on radio via XM Satellite Radio, MTV and AP Radio
-- Translated into Spanish and broadcast on ImpreMedia's LaVibra
(http://www.lavibra.com/candidatos)
-- Shown on MTV 44 1/2, MTV's hi-definition screen in Times Square
-- Live studio audience participating at MTV's Times Square studio



A revolutionary polling tool, powered by Flektor (http://www.flektor.com/), will enable viewers watching online to indicate their approval or disapproval of candidates' responses throughout the course of the event and help guide the direction of the forum. A "popular vote" function will allow viewers to compare their opinions against those of the entire viewing community.


Previous MySpace / MTV Presidential Dialogues have featured former Senator John Edwards at the University of New Hampshire, Senator Barack Obama at Coe College in Iowa, and Senator John McCain at Southern New Hampshire University, individually engaging with students at each event and addressing unfiltered questions posed by online viewers. Since their debut, video highlights from previous Dialogues have been streamed more than one million times, and approximately four million people have tuned in to watch the Dialogues on MTV or MySpace. Video clips from each event are archived and available on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/election2008) and http://www.chooseorlose.com/.


The Presidential Dialogue series is a key component of the MySpace Impact Channel (http://impact.myspace.com/) and MTV's "Choose or Lose" (http://www.chooseorlose.com/). "Choose or Lose" is MTV's Emmy-Award winning campaign to engage, inform and empower young voters on the political issues that matter to them most. First launched in 1992, the campaign has helped fuel several of the largest youth voter turnouts in US history, including in 2004, when it helped inspire nearly 22 million 18-30 year olds to register and vote. The Impact Channel is MySpace's hub for social and civic engagement, designed to empower MySpace users to make a difference in the world and to allow politicians, non-profits, and civic organizations to connect with MySpace's global audience. The Impact Channel houses the official MySpace pages for all of the major party Presidential candidates, as well as tools to enable voter registration, fundraising, and volunteering. On January 1 and 2, 2008 the Impact Channel hosted the first in nation presidential primary with more than 150,000 MySpace users voicing their choice for the nation's highest office.


* Based on average of national polls from RealClearPolitics.com, at time
of request.

About MySpace

MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the world's most popular social network for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the first ranked web domain in terms of page views(*), MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind and is committed to providing the highest quality member experience. MySpace will continue to innovate with new features that allow its members to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off. MySpace's international network includes localized community sites in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Finland and the United Kingdom. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) (NYSE:NWS.A) .


(*) Among the top 2000 domains comScore Media Metrix, November 2007. For
more information on comScore Networks, please go to
http://www.comscore.com/.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 300 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. The network also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.


About The Associated Press


The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. On the Net: http://www.ap.org/.


Contacts
Edelman for MySpace
Sara Parker
(202) 350-6651
sara.parker@edelman.com

MTV
Marnie Black
(212) 258-7004
Marnie.Black@mtvstaff.com

Jason Rzepka
(212) 654-7198
Jason.Rzepka@mtvstaff.com

The Associated Press
Jack Stokes
(212) 621-1720
jstokes@ap.org


Source: MySpace; MTV Networks; The Associated Press

CONTACT: Sara Parker of Edelman, +1-202-350-6651,
sara.parker@edelman.com, for MySpace; or Marnie Black, +1-212-258-7004,
Marnie.Black@mtvstaff.com, or Jason Rzepka, +1-212-654-7198,
Jason.Rzepka@mtvstaff.com, both of MTV; or Jack Stokes of The Associated Press,
+1-212-621-1720, jstokes@ap.org


Web site: http://www.myspace.com/election2008
http://www.chooseorlose.com/
http://www.ap.org/

Monday, January 28, 2008

Re: Toni Morrison Endorses Barack Obama


Toni Morrison, African American Nobel Laureate in Literature

"Black people have always been used as a buffer in this country between powers to prevent class war."
~ Toni Morrison

Dear Toni Morrison,

The fundamental existence of the African American can only be defined by the African American experience from generation to generation and not by political stump speeches without substance and without experience.

The only difference between Senator Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards is the color of their skin.
Have you read the letter Martin Luther King, III, sent to Hon. John Edwards?

The brilliant recitation of paraphrased quotes is not the evidence of intelligence or wisdom, but the clever display of the gift of the gab.

"Politicians of the new generation are carefully coached by their spin doctors to produce on-demand sound bites which are clear and to the point."
~ Wikipedia

I know that you know nothing more about Barack Obama than his well rehearsed and well acted victory speeches in Iowa and South Carolina, and apparently have only seen him from your poetic point of view.
No more, no less.

It is nothing short of ignorance to judge a man by his appearance from a distance.
A man should be judged by his works and not by his looks or by his speech.
For his looks will fade like the Morning Glory before the sunset and his mere words will only become echoes in our heads.
Only our works will testify of our intelligence, competence, diligence and service to humanity, even when the echoes of our best speeches can no longer be heard.

What has Senator Barack Obama done so far to prove his wisdom and intelligence?
Have you been to his constituents in Illinois?
Have you checked Barack Obama's Record in the Illinois Senate?
Or is it his erroneous transaction with the indicted estate developer, Antoin Rezko, his political godfather?

"Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader."
~ Toni Morrison

Senator Hillary Clinton is the only Democratic Presidential Candidate left in the presidential race who has taken responsibility for leadership and not making excuses.

How do you judge wisdom?
By "boneheadedness" in erroneous and ambiguous political statements or being economical with the facts on one's compromise with political power brokers and Lobbyists?

How can you say a man has intelligence when he lacks competence and has a poor record of diligence from Illinois to Capitol?

Your decision to endorse Senator Barack Obama is not based on truth, but on your romantic summation of his stage craft, because God knows that your knowledge of him is based on mere hearsay and not on facts.

"For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known."
~1 Corinthians 13:12

Cheers and God bless.

With regards,
Orikinla Osinachi

Did Barack Obama Write 419 Letters for Antoin Rezko?


Antoin Rezko, indicted political godfather of Senator Barack Obama

If you look closely, it's plain: Rezko is Obama's problem

Up until now, politics has been so easy for Obama, with his opponents either exploding or imploding, as he ran for the Senate in Illinois. He didn't even have to run. Instead, he sauntered easily into Washington and then after just one speech at the 2004 convention he became the Democratic savior/rock star.


Chicago Tribune


US Senator Barack Obama

I have read most of the reports on this Antoin Rezko Case and I have one question.

Did American Senator Barack Obama write 419 letters to city and state officials to solicit for funds for Antoin Rezko to the tune of $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments?

Americans are quick to slam Nigerians as Internet scammers and many other criminal activities online and offline, but there are more American fraudsters on earth than Nigerians. The alarming monthly crimes in the state of New York alone are more than the crimes in the whole of Nigeria monthly.

Whether American 419 is different from Nigerian 419, 419 is 419 and it a crime.
Both the criminals and beneficiaries are equally guilty of the crime.
Senator Barack Obama was one of the major beneficiaries of Antoin Rezko.

If Senator Barack Obama aided and abetted Antoin Rezko, directly or indirectly, he should be summoned to the witness box in the trial of Antoin Rezko.

Ignorantia juris non excusat or Ignorantia legis neminem excusat:

ignorance of the law excuses no one is a public policy holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content; that is, persons have presumed knowledge of the law.

Barack Obama cannot deny his complicity.

What I Think of Barack Obama's Political Oratory

I read a reference on a blogger's commentary on Senator Barack Obama's political oratory on Presidential election 2008 |Republicans Vs. Democrats and I have to comment on it.

There is nothing new in the hype over the romantic rhetoric of Barack Obama's political impressionism. He has very good speech writers who have a good collection of quotes and know how best to paraphrase them.

Did you not notice the glaring contrasts in the character of Barack Obama at the debates and when making his rehearsed victory speeches in Iowa and South Carolina?

"Politicians of the new generation are carefully coached by their spin doctors to produce on-demand sound bites which are clear and to the point."
Wikipedia

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Caroline Kennedy, Barack Obama Will Never Be A President Like Your Father, Except Barack Obama is Evil


John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917–November 22, 1963)

Dear Caroline Kennedy,
I have just read your white lies on "A President Like My Father" published by The New York Times on Sunday, January 27, 2008.


Senator Barack Obama

What a day to choose to tell lies to the ignorant and gullible majority of Americans and the rest of the world who do not know the history of America and the rest of the world during the tragic administration of your beloved father, the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, whose administration ended abruptly with his assassination.


JFK with little Caroline.

Search the archives of The New York Times for the facts of history and the role your father played in the assassinations of the leaders of Iraq in 1963.

To let the whole world know the truth, I will simply copy and paste the facts for the public knowledge.

The Atrocities of JFK:

Iraq
In 1963, the Kennedy administration backed a coup against the government of Iraq headed by General Abdel Karim Kassem, who five years earlier had deposed the Western-allied Iraqi monarchy. The CIA helped the new Baath Party government led by Abdul Salam Arif in ridding the country of suspected leftists and Communists. In a Baathist bloodbath, the government used lists of suspected Communists and other leftists provided by the CIA, to systematically murder untold numbers of Iraq's educated elite " killings in which Saddam Hussein himself is said to have participated. The victims included hundreds of doctors, teachers, technicians, lawyers and other professionals as well as military and political figures.[27] [28] [29] According to an op-ed in The New York Times, the U.S. sent arms to the new regime, weapons later used against the same Kurdish insurgents the U.S. supported against Kassem and then abandoned. American and UK oil and other interests, including Mobil, Bechtel and British Petroleum, were conducting business in Iraq.[27]

The Invasion of Cuba:

On February 17, 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy asked his advisors whether the toppling of Castro might be related to weapon shipments and if it was possible to claim the real targets were modern fighter aircraft and rockets that endangered America's security. At the time, Cuba's army possessed Soviet tanks, artillery and small arms, and its air force consisted of A-26 Invader medium bombers, Hawker Sea Furies (a fast and effective British propeller-driven fighter-bomber capable of downing a MiG-15 in combat) and T-33 jets left over from the Batista Air Force.[3]
As Kennedy's plans evolved, critical details were changed that were to hamper chances of a successful mission without overt U.S. military support. These revised details included changing the landing area for Brigade 2506 to two points in Matanzas Province, 202 km southeast of Havana on the eastern edge of the Zapata peninsula at the Bay of Pigs. The landings would take place on the Girón and Zapatos Larga beaches. This change effectively cut off contact with the rebels of the "War Against the Bandits" uprising in the Escambray Mountains. The Castro government also had been warned by senior KGB agents Osvaldo Sánchez Cabrera and "Aragon", who died violently before and after the invasion, respectively.[4]The U.S. government was aware that a high casualty rate was possible.[citation needed].

Through their secret intelligence, as well as loose talk in Miami, the Cuban security apparatus knew the invasion was coming. More than 100,000 Cubans suspected to be security threats or "politically unreliable" were rounded up and arrested throughout the island by the political police in anticipation of the invasion. The arrests were facilitated by informants and the diligent work of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) working in conjunction with the secret police, the G-2s. Nevertheless, days before the invasion, multiple acts of sabotage were carried out, such as the bombing of the El Encanto department store in Havana, desultory explosions, and arson.


~ From the Wikipedia


Behold your JFK!

GWB is not even as bad as JFK in the notorious crimes JFK perpetrated in Cuba, Iraq and the Congo.

May God never let Barack Obama be like JFK, so that he will not end up like JFK.
Assassinated.

I pray for Barack Obama to live long and be a blessing to his darling wife Michelle Obama, their beautiful children and families and the rest of the world.

Have a good day.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Barack Obama Wins South Carolina Primary by A Landslide



Senator Barack Obama has won the South Carolina Primary by overwhelming votes in a state with majority of African American voters.

Senator Barack Obama got 55% of the total votes cast.Senator Hillary came third with 27% of the votes and former Senator John Edwards had 18% of the votes.



This was last poll for the Democrats before Super Tuesday on 5 February, when over 24 states will vote in primary contests.

AP News Hour

BEING BLACK IS NOT ENOUGH:How is Barack Obama an African American?


Barack Obama at a political campaign rally.

BEING BLACK IS NOT ENOUGH

The fundamental existence of the African American is defined by the African American experience.

You cannot be an African American without an African American experience.
Being black and with an American citizenship is not enough.

How can a biracial citizen of America who was never raised as an African American and does not have the natural African American experience suddenly be an African American?
What if Barack Obama's White mother raised him up in Indonesia and he became an Indonesian citizen before returning to the US, and later became an American citizen?

We have Nigerian Americans, South African Americans and so forth, who were born and bred in the US, but they are not African Americans.

If you were born to an African father and a White American mother, but your African father is not an American citizen, you are first and foremost an African and not an African American.

If you were born by an African American father or mother and a White American father or mother, then you can claim to be an African American.

What makes Barack Obama an African American?
His Kenyan father who was not an American and returned to Kenya after his studies or his White American mother who never raised Barack Obama as an American American?
Jesse Jackson is an African American, but Barack Obama is not an African American, but a Kenyan American. He is only what I call, a "Political African American".

If I have a child today by a white American woman, my child will be a Nigerian or a Nigerian American and NOT AN AFRICAN AMERICAN.

I do not need to write a thesis to prove this logic.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Hillary Clinton and John McCain Win The New York Times Endorsements

Senator Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party and Senator John McCain of the Republican Party have won the national endorsements of The New York Times for the 2008 US presidential election.


Senator Hillary Clinton

Mrs. Clinton sometimes overstates the importance of résumé. Hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America’s big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience.

It is unfair, especially after seven years of Mr. Bush’s inept leadership, but any Democrat will face tougher questioning about his or her fitness to be commander in chief. Mrs. Clinton has more than cleared that bar, using her years in the Senate well to immerse herself in national security issues, and has won the respect of world leaders and many in the American military. She would be a strong commander in chief.

~ The New York Times



Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field.

~ The New York Times

Drudge Report Posts Photo of Hillary and Bill Clinton With Tony Rezko


Hillary Clinton, Tony Rezko and former President Bill Clinton

The Drudge Report has just posted an official photograph of smiling Clintons with the notorious Chicago Slum Landlord, Tony Rezko. The ulterior motive of posting this photograph online is to signal the launch of a derogatory and retaliatroy campaign against the Clintons after Senator Hillary Clinton cited the relationship of Senator Barack Obama with Tony Rezko since 1990.

To get the facts, read 8 things you need to know about Obama and Rezko.

Barack Obama and his slumlord patron
Why didn't City Hall stop him?
Obama's letters for Rezko
Rezko cash triple what Obama says
Obama: I didn't know about Rezko problems
Obama ducks the questions
City should have cut off Rezko: aldermen

Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials Wake Up Call On Voters

25 Jan 2008 01:13 Africa/Lagos


Latino Officials Deliver Wake-Up Call

CHICAGO, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ --

An Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials today called on liberal Democratic colleagues to endorse qualified Hispanic candidates or not expect their support in return.


Calls were made today by a majority of Latino elected officials representing Illinois, Cook County and Chicago political districts.


"Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for non-minority liberal Democrats," said Alderman/ Committeeman Manuel Flores, 1st Ward. "Unless they are willing to endorse qualified Latino candidates, they should not expect to seek our support for their candidacies in their wards and districts."


The decision to make outreach calls came after a Wednesday meeting of the Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials representing nearly two dozen Hispanic, public office holders at the city, county, state and federal levels.


"It is unfortunate that so many non-minority lakefront and liberal Democrats have such short term memories," said State Sen. Antonio Munoz, 1st District. "They ask us to help them with Latino support in their communities and then when we seek backing for our qualified Hispanic candidates the liberals make excuses or don't return our calls."


Latino officials were also calling on all registered, Chicago area Hispanics to vote for qualified Latino candidates in the February 5 Democratic Primary Election.


Source: Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials

CONTACT: Manuel Galvan, +1-312-933-4733, or +1-773-784-9150, for the
Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials


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Barack Obama Lied On Ronald Reagan


Barack Obama emulates Ronald Reagan: What an Irony!

The Clintons have been castigated by Senator Barack Obama, his camp, surrogates and fanatics, for their critical dismissal of Obama’s approval of the so called visionary ideas of the late Ronald Reagan, the former President of America.

Senator Barack Obama made the statement in an interview with the Reno Gazette Journal on Monday, January 15, 2008, before the Nevada Caucuses.


Here is the link to the video on the Reno Gazette Journal, but I have decided to show you the YouTube video to save you from the trouble.



Most readers and viewers did not know that Barack Obama deliberately highlighted the policy of Ronald Reagan and the Republicans to woo the Republican voters and other admirers of Ronald Reagan to caucus and vote for him.

It was part of his political campaign strategy as Katharine O. Seelye accurately noted in her commentary on the New York Times of January 21, 2008.

"Remember the context. Mr. Obama is speaking to voters in a swing state, Nevada, just before their caucuses (where he won more delegates but Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote). Reading the passage, it is clear that he is trying to reach out to Republicans and independents, with whom he has had some success in the early states while Mrs. Clinton has appealed more to traditional Democrats."
~ KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, published: January 21, 2008.

It was David Paul Kuhn who reported the “Ronald Reagan” political campaign strategy of Barack Obama 7 months ago on Jul 24, 2007, at 06:16 PM EST, published on the Politico.

Senator Barack Obama is claiming that he was not praising Ronald Reagan, but he is lying. His subtle appraisal of Ronald Reagan was part of his political spin to beat Hillary Clinton. It worked in Iowa, but failed in New Hampshire and Nevada.

“You can’t allow your description to sound like praise, ” said Representative James Clyburn.

Read "Obama models campaign on Reagan revolt" by David Paul Kuhn, Jul 24, 2007 06:16 PM EST.

Awash in money and publicity but behind in the polls, Barack Obama, advisers say, is planning a classic insurgent's campaign to wrest the Democratic nomination from Hillary Rodham Clinton -- one that relies on a surge of momentum from early-state victories and faces a make-or-break test in the South Carolina primary.

Obama is touting a new and unconventional brand of grass-roots politics, but his strategy borrows from precedents set by a previous generation of Democrats such as Jimmy Carter and Gary Hart. His advisers also invoke as inspiration a surprising Republican: Ronald Reagan.
~ David Paul Kuhn July 24, 2007 06:16 PM EST.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Counter Terrorism Bill 2008 Published

23 Jan 2008 15:54 Africa/Lagos


Counter Terrorism Bill 2008 Published

London, 23 January/GNN/ --

HOME OFFICE News Release (Opno003/2008) issued by The Government News Network
on 23 January 2008

ATTENTION: HOME AFFAIRS AND SECURITY CORRESPONDENTS

COUNTER TERRORISM BILL 2008 PUBLISHED

You are invited to attend an off-camera, on-the-record, briefing ahead of
the publication of the Counter Terrorism Bill 2008 on Thursday 24 January 2008.

Briefing on the bill will be provided by the Home Secretary and the Minister of
State for Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing, Tony McNulty. The
embargoed briefing will take place between 11.45am and 1pm, when the Bill
will be published.

Date: Thursday 24 January

Time: Arrive 11.30am for 11.45am

Venue:Press Briefing Room
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

The Home Secretary will be available for one-to-one, pre-recorded broadcast
interviews in the Home Office following the briefing.

The content of the briefing and pre-recorded interviews will both be embargoed
until 1pm on Thursday 24 January.

Press accreditation must be presented to gain access to the event.

Those wishing to attend should contact Home Office press officer Zoe Paxton
on 020 7035 3535

020 7035 3535



Source: Home Office

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Re: The State editorial board's Democratic Presidential Primary Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama

Attention: The State Editorial Board

Re: The State editorial board's Democratic Presidential Primary Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama


Senator Barack Obama

May I disagree with your endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for the South Carolina Democratic Primary, because Senator Barack Obama is not the Democrat most likely to unify America.

If you are really honest and transparent in your editorial board’s decision, you would have endorsed former Senator John Edwards, who is indeed the most likely Democrat to unite the United States of America across social and political dichotomies.

You failed to address the questionable statesmanship of Senator Barack Obama.
Barack Obama has been economical with the facts of his life, and untruthful as the following references confirm.
1. Obama and Rezko have been friends since 1990, and the Wilmette businessman has raised as much as $60,000 in campaign contributions for him.
~Sun Times

2. Shipjack wrote a comprehensive article posted on the Daily Kos on why Barack Obama lied last night in the South Carolina Democratic Presidential Debate.
“In one of his earliest votes, Obama joined a bloc of mostly conservative and moderate Senate Democrats who helped pass a G.O.P.-driven class-action “reform” bill. The bill had been long sought by a coalition of business groups and was lobbied for aggressively by financial firms, which constitute Obama”s second biggest single bloc of donors.”
~Daily Kos

The State is likely playing to the gallery of the majority of the African American Democratic voters in South Carolina.

It is a pity if African Americans do not have more than skin-deep IQ and if the majority of them would be driven by herd mentality to vote for Barack Obama, because he is black.

Hillary Clinton has been a fearless advocate of Civil Rights since when she met Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1962, to her days on the Editorial Board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action at the Yale Law School. She was working for George McGovern presidential campaign in Texas in 1972, and was already committed to fundamental human rights and democratic leadership before she married Bill Clinton.

Former Senator John Edwards is the most honest and transparent of the three leading Democratic presidential candidates and he is more appealing to the majority of Americans, irrespective of their political parties. He would have been the frontrunner, but the mainstream news media and informal media have discriminated against him and have not given him the coverage he needs to increase his mileage and patronage. The other Democratic presidential candidates have spent huge sums of money for media publicity and image laundering, supported by their donors and sponsors who are the major Washington Lobbyists and power brokers in America.


Former Senator John Edwards

"We must recognize that we can't solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

Here is the full text of the letter John Edwards received from Martin Luther King, III, the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2008

The Honorable John R. Edwards
410 Market Street
Suite 400
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Dear Senator Edwards:

It was good meeting with you yesterday and discussing my father's legacy. On the day when the nation will honor my father, I wanted to follow up with a personal note.

There has been, and will continue to be, a lot of back and forth in the political arena over my father's legacy. It is a commentary on the breadth and depth of his impact that so many people want to claim his legacy. I am concerned that we do not blur the lines and obscure the truth about what he stood for: speaking up for justice for those who have no voice.

I appreciate that on the major issues of health care, the environment, and the economy, you have framed the issues for what they are - a struggle for justice. And, you have almost single-handedly made poverty an issue in this election.

You know as well as anyone that the 37 million people living in poverty have no voice in our system. They don't have lobbyists in Washington and they don't get to go to lunch with members of Congress. Speaking up for them is not politically convenient. But, it is the right thing to do.

I am disturbed by how little attention the topic of economic justice has received during this campaign. I want to challenge all candidates to follow your lead, and speak up loudly and forcefully on the issue of economic justice in America.

From our conversation yesterday, I know this is personal for you. I know you know what it means to come from nothing. I know you know what it means to get the opportunities you need to build a better life. And, I know you know that injustice is alive and well in America, because millions of people will never get the same opportunities you had.

I believe that now, more than ever, we need a leader who wakes up every morning with the knowledge of that injustice in the forefront of their minds, and who knows that when we commit ourselves to a cause as a nation, we can make major strides in our own lifetimes. My father was not driven by an illusory vision of a perfect society. He was driven by the certain knowledge that when people of good faith and strong principles commit to making things better, we can change hearts, we can change minds, and we can change lives.

So, I urge you: keep going. Ignore the pundits, who think this is a horserace, not a fight for justice. My dad was a fighter. As a friend and a believer in my father's words that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, I say to you: keep going. Keep fighting. My father would be proud.

Sincerely,

Martin L. King, III



Senator Barack Obama is already implicated in the Rezko Scandal and that would be adverse to his political prospects in the long run.
Any endorsement of Senator Barack Obama is an erroneous judgment and lacks merit.

If only John Edwards were black ...