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Romney Makes Obama-Osama Gaffe New York Times he twice confused Senator Barack Obama with Osama bin Laden when referring to the latter’s new recorded message. ...... “Actually, just look at what Osam — uh — Barack Obama, said just yesterday. Barack Obama calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield. That is the central place, he said. Come join us under one banner.” ........ It turns out, of course, Mr. Romney was talking about the new audiotape from bin Laden calling on insurgents in Iraq to unite. Oops. ....... It’s time to end the divisiveness and fear-mongering that is at the heart of Governor Romney’s campaign.” ...... “I don’t pay too much attention to Mitt Romney,” Mr. Obama said.
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This is not a tongue slip on my part, and this is not a tongue slip on Matt Romney's part either.

These guys have to realize this is not funny.

Those who monkey around with Bin Laden's name are people who pretty much lose their security credentials forever. Do they find 9/11 funny? The Al Qaeda is stronger than ever before. If it could explode a dirty bomb in some American city, it would not hesitate for a second. The threat is very real. America has never faced a more grave threat before.

Matt Romney is trying to be racist by saying Osama when he should be saying Obama. There are very few Americans who don't know who Osama is. And most Americans know who Obama is. And most know the difference. That is extra true for someone running for president. Has to be. Otherwise you are too much of a political illiterate to run for anything in this country.

Matt Romney has better options if he is trying to sound racist. There are so many metaphors he could draw from American history itself. Why bother going offshore? Recently some racist drew the noose on some black Columbia University professor's door. As in, black people should be lynched. Romney could try that. He could go ahead and utter the n_______ word. That would be racist. He could go ahead and say Barack is biologically inferior because he is black. Or like James Watson said recently, he could go ahead and say Barack comes from a heritage - African - whose people are less intelligent as a rule. All that would qualify for racist but it would not be making light of 9/11 or America's continued threats. He would only be racist. After all, by calling Barack Osama is an attempt to sound racist. So why not do a better job of sounding racist? Why not leave the American people alone? Why not focus only on Barack and his blackness?

This is so out of line.

Matt Romney should be ashamed of himself.

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Wildfires In Southern California: Welcome To Global Warming

Arson, Terrorism, Land Mafia Or Global Warming

This is the same thing that happened in Greece earlier this summer. Folks, my bet is this is global warming. Weather is not a very understood phenomenon. Slight changes in temperature can have major impact. Pollution in one part of the world could have dire impacts somewhere very far away.

Just like in Greece, people in California first suspected arson. The Greeks rounded up and jailed tens of known arsonists.

This is not arson. When patches of wildgrass or forests achieve a certain level of dryness, and temperature, they can start their own fires. That is what explains simultaneous fires erupting many different places. A perfect storm is created.

The knowledge of global warming is already here. The solutions are also known. Too bad we need Katrinas and wildfires and receding water lines in the Great Lakes to feel the urgency to bring forth the collective political will to do something.

Too bad we need a 9/11 to realize every Arab country has to be turned into democracies. We can't have the political foresight that will make us act before disaster strikes.

Fire and water retardant will not work in this case in California. The fire is too big. What will work is bombing. Yes, bombing. You strike parts of the fire like it was Iraq. I am not kidding. You can't wait for the wind to subside. Fire creates its own wind.

Added October 25, 11 PM: The line above suggesting bombing as a firefighting measure was not meant as a cynical statement to protest the war in Iraq. It is to be taken at face value. If a forest fire is about to eat up 100,000 houses, and if bombing the fire so as to break its path will help, that option has to be considered. Maybe that is not a good idea. I don't know a whole lot about firefighting. But I threw that in as an idea when little else seemed to be working.

In The News

Jesse Jackson Jr. cuts ad for Barack Obama Baltimore Sun The senior Jackson won the South Carolina Democratic primary during his 1988 campaign for president, a victory the younger Jackson recalled in the ad, which is airing on gospel and R&B stations with a predominantly African-American audience. “Once, South Carolina voted for my father, and sent a strong message to the nation,” the younger Jackson said. “Next year, you can send more than a message. You can launch a President.” ....... The younger Jackson lauded Obama for legislation he passed in the Illinois state senate combating racial profiling and for seeking to counter "the railroading of the poor in the justice system." ....... "A lot of politicians call themselves our friends," Jackson said. ...... "But Obama has a heart that beats for our community.

‘Spousal violence highest in Bihar’ Hindu Violence against women is a serious problem in India with 35 per cent having experienced physical or sexual violence. One-third of women in the age group of 15-49 have experienced physical violence and one in 10 has faced sexual violence ...... Married women were more likely to experience physical or sexual violence from husbands. Nearly two in five or 37 per cent married women have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence by their husband. The prevalence of spousal physical violence is higher among women in the poorest households (49 per cent) than among women in the wealthier households (18 per cent). ....... The prevalence of physical violence ranges from 6 per cent in Himachal Pradesh and 13 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir andMeghalaya to 46 per cent in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and 59 per cent in Bihar. ....... Other states with 40 per cent or higher prevalence of spousal physical or sexual violence are Tripura, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Assam. ..... one in six (16 per cent) married women have experienced emotional violence by their husband, only one per cent married women have ever initiated violence against their husband. ....... More than half of the women (54 per cent) and the men (51 per cent) agree that wife beating was justified under some circumstances ...... Buddhist/neo-Buddhist women reported the highest level of violence (41 per cent), followed by Muslim and Hindu women (34-35 per cent), and Sikh and Christian women (26-28 per cent). Jain women reported the lowest violence (13 per cent). ..... Prevalence of violence is also much higher among women belonging to the SCs and STs
New Bhutto Death Threat Reported New York Times
Pakistan's Bhutto Receives New Threat Guardian Unlimited Sen. Farooq Naik, Bhutto's lawyer, said he had received a two-page handwritten letter in the Urdu language from an unidentified person threatening to kill the former prime minister ``by any means.'' The writer claimed to be a friend of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and extremists in Pakistan. ..... Bhutto thinks ruling party chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and a head of a spy agency - both close associates of Musharraf - could be behind the attack. ...... Hussain, in an apparently sarcastic swipe at Bhutto, said Monday that her husband, working with Bhutto and other party leaders, arranged the blasts to stir up public sympathy. The proof: Bhutto went into her armored vehicle minutes before the bombs exploded and was not hurt.
Myanmar: Envoy hints at bigger role for India Hindustan Times India’s response to the Myanmar crisis after it agreed to engage the authorities in speeding up the democratic process there. ...... The Prime Minister in a telephonic conversation with the UN Secretary General reiterated India’s commitment for speedy democratisation of Myanmar.
Put Dumbledore Back in the Closet TIME Dumbledore himself never saw fit to come out of the closet before dying in book six. ...... I'm not defending the closet, a perilous and sad place. ...... one of the most beloved figures in children's literature. ....... Rowling was so p.c. about making her magical creatures of different races and species, incomes, national origins, and developmental abilities ........ Dumbledore/Churchill eventually defeats Grindelwald/Hitler in a 1945 duel ........ an era of pop culture when the only gay characters were those who committed suicide or were murdered
Why Californians Don't Leave Research indicates that if a threat hasn't happened in our own cozy community, the human mind actually softens its threat assessment. Or worse, makes us cast a blind eye. ........ normal life intervenes, goading our brains into assessing risks based on emotional whispers rather than sound logic. ....... The Golden State? That refers to the dead, yellowed chapparal smothering the hillsides, not the sunshine. ..... They should know better. Would you live in gasoline? ...... Studies show that people can in fact train themselves to assess risks more accurately, even on the fly, by forcing themselves to estimate the frequency of events rather than simply picturing the last time they saw such an event.
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Bush Stands by His Plan for Missile Defenses in Europe New York Times Mr. Bush would like to make missile defense a defining legacy of his presidency, though critics say the initial system, with a limited number of missile interceptors in Alaska and California, remains unproven. ...... usually criticize it for soaking up resources that might be better spent on more pressing threats or domestic needs. ....... even Mr. Bush said that intelligence agencies did not believe that Iran could build a ballistic missile capable of striking the United States before 2015 — and then only with foreign assistance.
California Fires Continue Raging Out of Control New York Times
Turkish Premier Renews Warning Over Rebels
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Raging Calif. Wildfires Make 500K Flee ABC News Wildfires consumed hundreds of homes across tinder-dry Southern California on Tuesday, raising the number of people forced to flee the flames into the hundreds of thousands. ...... "If it's this big and blowing with as much wind as it's got, it'll go all the way to the ocean before it stops" ..... Tentacles of unpredictable, shifting flame have burned across nearly 600 square miles, killing one person, destroying more than 1,800 homes and prompting the biggest evacuation in California history, from north of Los Angeles, through San Diego to the Mexican border. ......... flames were threatening 68,000 more homes. ...... very dry areas, very hot weather and then a lot of wind ...... "These winds are so strong, we're not trying to fight this fire" ...... More than a dozen wildfires blowing across Southern California .... evacuation calls to 346,000 homes ...... a federal emergency for seven counties ...... Fire crews were especially concerned about dense eucalyptus groves in Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe, fearing the highly flammable trees could turn neighborhoods prized for their secluded serenity into potential tinderboxes. ......... fires whipped by gusts that have surpassed 100 mph ......... embers can be swept miles ahead of the fire's front line ........ Any flame longer than 8 feet is considered unstoppable, and even water and fire retardant will evaporate before they reach the ground ........ fingers of flame pulsed across a 10-lane freeway and raced up a hill on the opposite side in just seconds. The fire engulfed white-washed homes at the top of the ridge. ......... Groves of eucalyptus trees exploded in the heat in one ritzy cul-de-sac in Rancho Santa Fe, sending off a scattered popping that sounded like machine gun fire. ....... a blood-red sun set over a sky choked with smoke and falling ash. ...... forest packed with dead or dying trees. ...... one person confirmed dead ..... he ignored warnings to evacuate and authorities left to take care of other evacuations ....... At least twice in the last two days, firefighters have had to unfurl their emergency fire shelters small fire-resistant tents to shield them when they can't escape a fire. .......... temperatures across Southern California about 10 degrees above average.
Turkey's War Drums Grow Louder TIME Sunday's attack may well prove the last straw for Turkey's hawkish military — NATO's second largest army after the U.S. ........ U.S. and Iraqi diplomats are trying frantically to come up with a non-military solution. ....... the border, where Turkey already has some 100,000 troops, backed by tanks, F-16 fighter jets and attack helicopters. ...... public events and celebrations (including a concert by the American pop star Beyonce in Istanbul) were canceled to mourn the army deaths. ....... the PKK .... wants to draw Turkey into north Iraq. Any incursion is potentially treacherous and could lead Turkey into a quagmire much like the U.S. is facing in the rest of Iraq. ......... could lead beyond fighting the PKK, to clashes between Turkish troops and Iraqi Kurdish soldiers, as well as civilian casualties. ......... "From this point on, our barrels are pointed at [Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud] Barzani," wrote Ertugrul Ozkok, chief editor of the top-selling Hurriyet newspaper. ....... it would take a major move, like a U.S. strike on PKK targets, or the capture and handover of several PKK leaders, to stop an imminent incursion. Neither appears likely.
Obama Criticizes Clinton on Iran The Associated Press a measure in the Senate which declared Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, which Obama called "conventional" ..... we have to completely rethink foreign policy and diplomacy ...... That includes Iran. That includes Syria ....... a fundamental disagreement between Obama and Clinton. ...... whether you are going to nominate a candidate who is not just tinkering around the edges or can bring about real change.
Romney Slip: Another Osama-Obama Mix-Up The Associated Press "Actually, just look at what Osam — Barack Obama — said just yesterday. Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield. .. ......... Romney apparently was referring to an audiotape aired Monday in which a speaker believed to be terrorist Osama bin Laden called for insurgents in Iraq to unite and avoid divisions. ........ Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, "Apparently, Mitt Romney can switch names just as casually as he switches positions
Clinton Considers Giving Up Some Powers The Associated Press they have this theory of the so-called unitary executive, and then Vice President Cheney has a whole different theory about how he's a fourth branch of government ....... Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Bush and Cheney have taken steps to expand presidential authority and diminish the role of Congress and the federal judiciary. Among other things, they have pushed for warrantless wiretapping of terrorist suspects and the use of "signing statements" to justify ignoring or defying laws enacted by Congress. ....... Clinton said that during the Bush administration "we've seen an orgy of cronyism and no-bid contracts, no accountability. It's just unbelievable."

Governor Christine Gregoire

Christine Gregoire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia her mother, Sybil O. Jacob, who raised Gregoire alone after leaving an abusive marriage shortly after the future governor's birth. Gregoire grew up on a small farm in Auburn ....... As an assistant attorney general, Gregoire concentrated on child-abuse cases, coordinating with social workers to get children removed from abusive family situations and placed with relatives or foster homes. ....... In 2003, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in an early stage after a routine check-up and a mammogram. She had surgery and recovered to good health. ....... she negotiated a three party agreement in 1989 with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to clean up waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. ....... now estimated to require a total of $50 to $100 billion. ....... Chris Gregoire was elected to three terms as attorney general and was the first woman to be elected to the position in Washington. During her time in office, she worked on children's issues, reformed the state's juvenile system, led an effort to strengthen identity theft victims' rights, worked to pass a new ethics law for state government and to find alternatives to litigation in resolving legal disputes. ....... Gregoire was also heavily involved in the lawsuit against the tobacco industry in the 1990s and won the state a $4.5 billion share of the settlement, including a $500 million bonus for her lead role. ...... "There isn’t a stronger tobacco control leader anywhere in the Country than Chris Gregoire" ....... Gregoire performed relatively poorly among blacks and liberal whites ..... Washington the first state with a female governor and two female US senators ...... One notable bill that failed in the 2005 session but subsequently passed in the 2006 session was a gay civil rights bill, expanding the scope of protected classes to include sexual orientation and gender identity in cases of discrimination. The bill was signed by Gregoire on January 31, 2006. ....... Governor Gregoire signed a law on April 21, 2007 granting same-sex couples domestic partnership rights.