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Archive for January 20th, 2008

Democratic Candidates Converge on Asheville, And Scrutiny Hooligans Were There

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 20, 2008

Arratik and I, after loading up with kegs of Caffiend’s finest roast, ventured into the blowing snow and made our way to UNC-Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium for the first of six scheduled debates between the Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor. Moderated by NC 11th District Democratic Party Chairman, Luke Hyde, and organized by the NC Young Democrats, the debate allowed too much time for each response and too little chance to compare candidates stances. Each of the four men meandered away from the prescribed questions. They’re politicians, after all, and they’re going to keep talking if you let them. Very few questions were answered at the Jan. 19th debate, but the ones that were reveal four distinct personalities running on four different records.

The debate was dominated by environment and energy issues, and this being Asheville, that’s no surprise. I imagine that each debate will have its own set of pet issues, so I’m hopeful that we’ll have a comprehensive picture of each candidate by the end of the series.

Source: Scrutiny Hooligans

Gordon and Arratik have done good work in with their coverage of the field jockeying for the nod to be the Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor of North Carolina.

It is a safe bet that their coverage will be better than what you will read in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Posted in asheville, Debate, NCDP, Scrutiny Hooligans | 2 Comments »

Honor Major Andrew Olmsted: Give To The Children of Captain Thomas Casey

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 20, 2008

Andrew Olmsted was killed in Iraq, and his family have responded to those who wish to honor him by instructing us to donate to a fund set up for the four children of Captain Thomas Casey, who died while trying to save Andrew.

Capt. Thomas Casey Children’s fund
P.O. Box 1306
Chester, CA 96020

Posted in hero, Iraq, memorial, World War IV | Leave a Comment »

Anon Robo Callers Against Barack "Hussein" Obama

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 20, 2008

Looks like either the HildaBeast or The Breck Girl have decided to capitalize on Obama’s middle name. Listen Here.

Source: Political Punch

My guess is that it was Edwards’ people, who is the most likely to imitate the Huckabee strategy of push-polling.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Democrats, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee | Leave a Comment »

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Update: Jan. 20

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 20, 2008

The following is a briefing from Rear Admiral Gregory Smith:

We have provided several briefings over the past year focused on operations against al-Qaeda Iraq, and while considerable progress has been made we still have much work to do. Operation Phantom Phoenix, an Iraq-wide operation targeting al-Qaeda, has been underway for two weeks and the effects of these combined coalition and Iraqi Security Force operations has been substantial.

Since January 1, Operation Phantom Phoenix has conducted 18 battalion-level operations, detained 1023 terrorists and killed 121 terrorists. Among those captured or killed were 92 high-value targets. Coalition and Iraqi forces have also found and cleared 351 caches, 410 IEDs, 3 VBIED and IED factories, and 4 tunnel complexes.

I thought it would be helpful to spend some time today discussing what still remains as Iraq’s most lethal enemy and its greatest threat to peace … al-Qaeda Iraq.

What is al-Qaeda Iraq? Who are its leaders and who makes up their rank and file? How are they organized, funded and how do they operate? What are they hoping to achieve in Iraq? And finally, what effect have they had on the people living here? These are questions I hope to be able to provide some perspective on by summarizing the fight against al-Qaeda Iraq over the past year.

Source: MNF-IRAQ


The Surge Succeeds!

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The Problem With John McCain I

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 20, 2008

First, let me clear the decks on his wartime service…he served our nation well. He behaved honorably during his imprisonment, and torture, at the hands of the Communist Vietnamese. [There are those who claim otherwise…I will not link to them because most of them are 9/11 Twoofers, and I do not consider anyone who is a twoofer to be menatlly competent.]

During his years in the Senate, he has championed pork-busting, denying pork projects for his own state, and stopping some pork projects for other Senators. [According to the St Pete Times, that is a lie.]

That is about all the good things I can say about him.

If he is the nominee of our party, I will find it very difficult to vote for him, and I will not lend him any material, or psychological, support. I will not give his campaign one dime, I will not make one phone call in his behalf.

In fact, I believe I had promised during the Shamnesty debate that I would man the phones for Moveon.org if they had a phone bank I could get to at some point during the campaign.

Here are some demographic numbers based on exit polling in South Carolina:

Veterans: McCain 36, Huckabee 25, Romney 20, Thompson 13
Evangelicals: Huckabee 41, McCain 27, Thompson 14, Romney 11
Independents: McCain 37, Huckabee 23, Paul 15, Romney 14
Conservatives: Huckabee 32, McCain 26, Romney 19, Thompson 17

Source: Race 4 2008

Defeating McCain

The first thing I garner from the above numbers is that either Romney or Thompson must withdraw from the race if we are to deny McCain the nomination. The Thompson Surge began too late. Even though I like him over Romney, the numbers do not support him remaining in the race.

He should withdraw, and throw his support behind Romney.

I see a Romney-Thompson 2008 Ticket as the best I can hope for at this point.

Reason Number One

There are many reasons McCain must be denied the nomination. Here is the first:

  1. McCain-Feingold [1] [2] [3]

Senator John McCain co-wrote, and championed a piece of legislation that did severe damage to the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Should I ever be ruled to fall under it’s provisions, this is one law I will not obey, even under force of arms.

…there will be more forthcoming…

Posted in 2008, Fred Thompson, freedom, GOP, John McCain, McCain Truth Files, Mitt Romney | 3 Comments »