Monday, February 25, 2008


To win any battle you cannot do so by might as your opponent might be wielding a bigger or more dangerous weapon. The only way you can win is by Love and then you realise that there was never an enemy in the first place nor is there ever a battle to be fought.

Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, said: "I think the Wall Street Journal has one person covering Africa." If celebrities like Angelina Jolie, who wrote the forward to Pearl's book, are drawing attention to issues it's because, as she put it: "Celebrities are doing the work that journalists are not. We can't afford to be cynical about that.'"

That's because too many journalists are busy covering celebrities!

McCain is already ridiculing Obama on "Al Qaeda in Iraq" but Obama put McCain's hollow mockery to rest when he said "Al Qaeda wasn't in Iraq until the U.S. invasion..."

I can see Obama quietly putting McCain's surly, smirking viciousness in its place. When you have truth on your side you don't have to say much.

It was amazing how Obama deflected criticism in the Ohio debate last night. At one point he graciously conceded a point. "Agree with your adversary quickly while you are in the way with him... and no harm will come to you."

Something just dawned on me: Obama supporters are so euphoric, organized and passionate that they WILL NOT ALLOW the election to be stolen or hacked; they will camp out at election sites and double check the Diebold machines. They are the new wave of bloggers that didn't exist during the last election -- the masses who hadn't been awakened. All these people, students, libs, indies have been inspired by Obama's message of hope, unity and change. But mainly PEACE: NO MORE WAR.

I think it would be a travesty if he didn't win. It would kill their dreams. We can't allow the right wing smear machine to get away with anything.

Obama must win. I believe Senator Barack Obama will sweep the country and be unbeatable.

And I don't care what anyone says, I think Senator Hillary Clinton is beautiful and brilliant. I also believe she is a true liberal and would be a great leader.

News Items:
* The future of the US military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay have again been thrown into chaos after the resignation of William Haynes, the architect of the Bush administration's war trials effort.
His departure as the general legal counsel of the Pentagon, a position he has held since 2001, followed a report in The Australian on Monday detailing allegations from a former military prosecutor of his political interference in the David Hicks case and amid other claims in the US media that he wanted to rig trials.

* Conservative intellectual icon William F. Buckley died at age 82

OObama Is NOT Unpatriotic: Lies, Rumors & the Right Wing

Let's get a few things straight. Barack Obama is not a Muslim. He's also not unpatriotic, but conservative pundits and web sites are fueling the allegations, claiming Obama's refusal to wear a flag lapel pin and a photo of him not putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem mean that he's not a true patriot, reports MSNBC. Why won't these rumors die? (More below... Compiled by the Diversity Inc staff. Date Posted: February 25, 2008...

The Cheating Culture * The Moral Center
Tomorrow, on Tuesday February 26, David Callahan will be the guest on the Basham & Cornell Radio Show, heard weekday mornings at 8 a.m. on 1230 AM KLAV in Las Vegas.

Callahan is an author, commentator, journalist, lecturer, and think-tank founder. He is best known for his 2004 book, “The Cheating Culture,” a nonfiction work on unethical behavior in American society. In a profile in The New York Times, Chris Hedges called Callahan "a new liberal with old values." Since its publication, The Cheating Culture has been reviewed or discussed in numerous newspapers and magazines. The Los Angeles Times called the The Cheating Culture "a breathtaking book," while Esquire proclaimed it a "damning and persuasive critique of America's new economic life." Callahan has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs to discuss The Cheating Culture. He has also lectured widely on the book to business groups and university audiences, frequently as a keynote speaker.

In addition to The Cheating Culture, Callahan is the author of six other books. These include his latest book, “The Moral Center: How Progressives Can Unite America Around Our Shared Values,” which examines how a market-based economy, i.e. capitalism, with its focus on pursuing self interest, undermines the moral fabric of U.S. society.

Callahan argues that powerful market forces have eroded family life, led to a more crass and violent media, fanned a new wave of criminality among the upper classes, and undermined the value of work. The American Prospect has called The Moral Center "fresh and provocative."

Callahan co-founded Demos in 1999. Demos is a nonpartisan, non-profit public policy organization which seeks to create a fairer, more democratic America. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Demos publishes frequent research reports, as well as supporting 15 fellows who write books, articles, and studies. It hosts frequent public events, both in New York and in other cities around the United States. Demos staff and fellows are frequently quoted in the media on topics such as credit card debt, the squeeze on the middle class, voting problems, and the rise of income inequality.

The Basham and Cornell Show broadcasts weekday mornings at 8 am Pacific (11 a.m. Eastern) on KLAV 1230 AM Radio live in Las Vegas. All shows are simulcast on the Internet (and archived) and can be listened to at Basham and Cornell Progressive Talk If you've missed our show, check out the audio archives. We have interviewed John Edwards, John Dean, Valerie Plame, Dahr Jamail, Elizabeth Edwards, Mike Gravel; Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie Savage, Congressman Charlie Rangel, Senator Byron Dorgan; bestselling authors Greg Palast, Paul Krugman, Greg Anrig, Mikey Weinstein, Paul Krugman; Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert and Paul Waldman are regular guests. Upcoming: Obama and Hilary. If you missed any of these shows, check out the archives on our website.
Why won't these rumors die? Those who perpetuate them don't tell you the whole story. Are the individuals behind this "true patriots"? No doubt most of them wear flag lapel pins. And most of them probably put their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.

Obama has worn a flag lapel pin in the past, but he says he stopped after Sept. 11, 2001, because he thought it had become a substitute for "true patriotism." Remember all the flag bumper stickers and window dressing that popped up on cars and houses in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks? Obama told The Associated Press (AP) in October that true patriotism is talking about national security issues and helping our veterans with policy.

Obama wanted to set an example. "I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest," Obama told AP. "Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism."

While his campaign qualified this statement by adding, "We all revere the flag, but Senator Obama believes being a patriot is about more than a symbol," the Internet-driven rumors continue to fuel speculation about Obama's "American-ness" in an effort to damage his run for the presidency.

Now they're even bringing Michelle Obama into the smear campaign, playing up her recent comment in Wisconsin, reports MSNBC: "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change." Who really is Michelle Obama?

Who's Behind the Rumors?

A group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who waged war on the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., by attacking his Vietnam War record despite the medals he received, is behind many of the Internet rumors now circulating about Obama's patriotism.

The Republican-funded group, now called Swift Vets and POWS for Truth, was founded shortly after Kerry secured the Democratic nomination in 2004; it published a book and a series of television advertisements denigrating his war record, reports SourceWatch. The smear campaign was financed mostly by Sam Fox, a billionaire conservative who was denied a post as U.S. ambassador to Belgium when this information came out during a Senate confirmation hearing. President Bush, however, appointed Fox to the position anyway while the Senate was in recess. Read more about the money and agenda behind this propaganda machine on

Are the individuals behind this outlet "true patriots"? No doubt most of them wear flag lapel pinks. And most of them probably put their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem. So does Karl Rove, according to photos posted all over the Internet.

Now Obama's being "swift-boated," but one of the candidate's military advisers, Ret. Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, says the group is way off base. "People are projecting things and taking things out of context," Gration told MSNBC. "There's absolutely no question in my mind that Michelle and Barack are extremely patriotic, appreciate our freedoms and our values and everything else that the flag represents."

Even Republican frontrunner John McCain isn't going after Obama on this front. His campaign tells MSNBC that it instead will focus on his congressional record and "lack of experience" as points of attack but won't fuel the rumors questioning his patriotism.

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