Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Please donate to the Red CrossLA.org to help people devastated by the California wildfires. Thank you. Though we don't live near the hot spots — which seem to be springing up everywhere — the smell of smoke was everywhere, and our cars were covered with ashes.

Due to extraordinary interest, my article "Why Christians are Wrong on Gay Marriage" will be published soon in a national magazine. Meanwhile you can read the excerpts below — or check out my cover story on the election, Obama, and the gay rights issue. It has lots of pictures!Cover Story Lydia Cornell- Election Special


I sense that Hillary and Barack would be amazing together on the world stage. On Chris Matthews' show today, Joan Walsh said that "there is not even an inch of light between Hillary and Barack's foreign policies -- they virtually agree on everything." Note to readers: Don't you dare bring up Hillary's wrong votes in Congress, which she has explained ad nauseum were based on lies told to Congress by the Bush administration.

Even Chris Matthews admitted today that no one can compare to Hillary Clinton. She is not only stunningly beautiful, but by far the most brilliant, wise and articulate person for the job. Both Bill and Hillary are beloved around the world and have America's best interests at heart (unlike Bush and Cheney, who worked for big Oil and Global interests.)

Hillary Clinton is a win-win choice. I have to get the exact Matthews soundbite, but he was literally gushing over Hillary and agreeing with Joan Walsh of Salon.com. Matthews also made a beautiful speech about the U.S. leading the way in world peace.

U.S. News and World Report: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Clinton Has Momentum For State Post

Media reports suggest Sen. Hillary Clinton's chances of landing the Secretary of State post in the Obama Administration are on the upswing. In a story on Obama's meeting with Sen. John McCain, NBC Nightly News reported that "momentum is building for" Clinton, "a prospect serious enough transition officials are now pouring over Bill Clinton's finances and donors to his foundation, a concern potential conflicts of interest with an active former president whose philanthropic efforts span the globe."

The Washington Post reports, "Officials did not describe Obama as having formally offered" Clinton the Cabinet seat, but "said that there is an understanding that if she can sort out some of the complications that accompany her husband's global work -- which has made him an international philanthropic powerhouse but also earned him millions in speaking fees from foreign companies, creating a potential conflict of interest -- she would have a strong, if not completely certain, shot at it." MSNBC's Hardball also reported that "specifically at issue is [former President] Clinton's elaborate and secret financial ties to foreign governments, businesses and individuals."

Britain's Guardian, meanwhile, reports "Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned."

The New York Times reports in a front-page story that former President Clinton's "postpresidential life as a globe-trotting philanthropist, business consultant and speech-giver poses the highest hurdle for Mrs. Clinton to overcome if President-elect Barack Obama chooses to nominate her as secretary of state, according to aides of the Clintons and Mr. Obama."

Sarah Palin Blamed by the US Secret Service Over Death Threats Against Barack Obama

By Tim Shipman, The Telegraph (UK). Posted November 11, 2008.

Palin's attacks on Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against him Secret Service agents say.

Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.

The Republican vice presidential candidate attracted criticism for accusing Mr Obama of "palling around with terrorists", citing his association with the sixties radical William Ayers.

The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling "terrorist" and "kill him" until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric.

But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further.

The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin's attacks.

Michelle Obama, the future First Lady, was so upset that she turned to her friend and campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett and said: "Why would they try to make people hate us?"

The revelations, contained in a Newsweek history of the campaign, are likely to further damage Mrs Palin's credentials as a future presidential candidate. She is already a frontrunner, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, to take on Mr Obama in four years time.

Details of the spike in threats to Mr Obama come as a report last week by security and intelligence analysts Stratfor, warned that he is a high risk target for racist gunmen. It concluded: "Two plots to assassinate Obama were broken up during the campaign season, and several more remain under investigation. We would expect federal authorities to uncover many more plots to attack the president that have been hatched by white supremacist ideologues."

Irate John McCain aides, who blame Mrs Palin for losing the election, claim Mrs Palin took it upon herself to question Mr Obama's patriotism, before the line of attack had been cleared by Mr McCain.

That claim is part of a campaign of targeted leaks designed to torpedo her ambitions, with claims that she did not know that Africa was a continent rather than a country.

The advisers have branded her a "diva" and a "whack job" and claimed that she did not know which other countries are in the North American Free Trade Area, (Canada and Mexico). They say she spent more than $150,000 on designer clothes, including $40,000 on her husband Todd and that she refused to prepare for the disastrous series of interviews with CBS's Katie Couric.

In a bid to salvage her reputation Mrs Palin came out firing in an interview with CNN, dismissing the anonymous leakers in unpresidential language as "jerks" who had taken "questions or comments I made in debate prep out of context."

She said: "I consider it cowardly. It's not true. That's cruel, it's mean-spirited, it's immature, it's unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away taking things out of context and then tried to spread something on national news that's not fair and not right."

She was not asked about her incendiary rhetoric against Mr Obama. But she did deny the spending spree claims, saying the clothes in question had been returned to the Republican National Committee. "Those are the RNC's clothes, they're not my clothes. I asked for anything more than maybe a diet Dr Pepper once in a while. These are false allegations."

Speaking as she returned to her native Alaska, Mrs Palin claimed to be baffled by what she claims was sexism on the national stage. "Here in Alaska that double standard isn't applied because these guys know that Alaskan women are pretty tough, on a par with the men in terms of being outdoors, working hard," she said.

"They're commercial fishermen, they're pilots, they're working up on the North slope in the oil fields. You see equality in Alaska. I think that was a bit of as surprise on the national level."

Isn't it a shame that Sarah Palin doesn't seek equality when it comes to her rhetoric and her views on those of a different race. Maybe equality in Palin's Alaska stops when it reaches the borders of race and patriotism.

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Watch your words, they become your actions
Watch your actions, they become your habits
Watch your habits, they become your character


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