Archive for November 12th, 2008

Stevens trailing in Alaska Senate race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – In Alaska, Democrat Mark Begich has taken a 3-vote lead in his effort to topple 40-year Republican Sen. Ted Stevens.

Begich, the two-term mayor of Anchorage, started the day down more than 3,200 votes. But he closed the gap as officials resumed counting early and absentee ballots: 125,019 to 125,016.

(VIDEO) Ted Turner on Lou Dobbs

(CNN) — Ted Turner appeared Tuesday on CNN, the network he founded, to talk about last week’s election results, his business ventures, and his relationship with ex-wife Jane Fonda.

CNN founder Ted Turner tells the network he's "encouraged" by the results of last week's election.

CNN founder Ted Turner tells the network he’s “encouraged” by the results of last week’s election.

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Ted Turner talked to CNNs Lou Dobbs on Tuesday night to talk about his new book. Turner had appeared on Letterman the night before and took a shot at Lou Dobbs when he remarked, You ever watch Lou Dobbs? Its not funny is it?

Dobbs asked Turner what he didnt like about the show. Turner responded, I dont like the fact that you are so mean and nasty to the illegal immigrants.

This video is from CNNs Lou Dobbs Tonight, broadcast Nov. 11, 2008.

Rahm Emanuel’s Replacement: Just A ‘Seat-Warmer’?

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A host of Chicago politicians are lining up to run for Rahm Emanuel\’s soon-to-be-vacant Congressional seat. But the lucky winner may only have the office for a single term, Greg Hinz reports in Crain\’s Chicago Business.

The reason, Hinz says, is because of talk that Emanuel might only serve as Obama\’s chief of staff for two years and would like to return to his old seat upon leaving the White House:

[T]here’s an intriguing wrinkle in the race for Mr. Emanuel’s seat: talk that he really only wants to serve as chief of staff for two years, and wants a mere seat-warmer who would give the job back when Rahm so requests.

Mr. Emanuel’s spokeswoman terms that talk “false and ridiculous.” But at least one source, who claims to have discussed the possibility with Rahmbo personally, says he really was reluctant to give up the seat and really would like to keep his options open to reclaim it down the road.

If that talk is true, look for municipal finance banker John Borovicka, Mr. Emanuel’s chief of staff, to run for the House and for Mr. Emanuel to cut lots of Chicago-style deals to get it for him. (Mr. Borovicka, who also has never run for anything, says he’s thinking about running but has “no plans” to seek it.)

Barack Obama on Gun Control

Gun sales are on the rise and last week’s election may have something to do with it.

Between Nov. 3 and Nov. 9, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received 374,000 requests for background checks on gun buyers – 49 per cent more than the same time last year, CNN reported.

Barack Obama on Gun Control

Q: Is the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns consistent with an individual’s right to bear arms?

A: As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.

Q: But do you still favor the registration & licensing of guns?

A: I think we can provide common-sense approaches to the issue of illegal guns that are ending up on the streets. We can make sure that criminals don’t have guns in their hands. We can make certain that those who are mentally deranged are not getting a hold of handguns. We can trace guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers that may be selling to straw purchasers and dumping them on the streets.

Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary Apr 16, 2008

(VIDEO) World’s Worst – O’Reilly, Hinderaker, Broun

From: TheSexyPatriot

Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia is among the many Americans who aren’t at all sure of exactly what agenda President-Elect Barack Obama has planned for our country. In an Associated Press interview, Paul Broun’s ‘Obama dictatorship’ comments came about when he compared Obama’s proposal of a civilian national security force to that of the infamous Gestapo of Germany in World War II. The basis of Rep. Broun’s concerns stems from a speech in July, when then candidate Obama stated, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” [emphasis added] Rep. Paul Broun fears an eventual Obama dictatorship under which civil liberties, such as the right to bear arms, will be taken away from the People based upon his campaign platform.

(VIDEO)Palin says she’d be honored to help Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she would be honored to help President-Gov. Sarah Palin says she will support President-elect Barack Obama and his new administration.elect Barack Obama in his new administration, even if he did hang around with an “unrepentant domestic terrorist.”

Gov. Sarah Palin says she will support President-elect Barack Obama and his new administration.

The Alaska governor said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that she would be willing to help if Obama asked her for assistance on some of the issues she highlighted during this year’s campaign, such as energy or services for special-needs children.

“It would be my honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration,” said Palin, whom Sen. John McCain chose as his running mate in August.

“I speak for other Republicans and Republican governors, also,” she said.

“They would be willing also to seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, in a united front.”

But asked moments later about some of the tough rhetoric she hurled from the stump, she said she was “still concerned” about Obama’s ties to former Weather Underground member-turned-Chicago college professor William Ayers. Video Watch Palin discuss how she could help Obama »


YouTube – 1.2 Million Fake New York Times Distributed

Nov. 12: Over 1 million fake editions of the New York Times were printed and handed out to New York commuters with the headline ‘Iraq War Ends’. Contessa Brewer reports.