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Time for Murtha to man up and apologize!

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I live in the great state of Pennsylvania, and the one thing that is bugging me is that I can’t cast a vote for William Russell.  I can and have supported him many other ways, and with the grace of God all we can do is pray that the constituents of the 12th PA District are so fed up with their current disgraceful congressman that they vote for Russell this coming Nov.4th.

Only God and the brave men who stood trial after Murtha made such smearing and non-factual comments, know what they must have been going through.  I’m glad to see that since they have been found innocent, they are going after the man who has not even apologized for his comments even after he has been proven wrong.

Listen to what Murtha says:

Murtha sued over remarks

BY MIKE FAHER

The Tribune-Democrat

In May 2006, six months after 24 people were killed in a small Iraqi town, U.S. Rep. John Murtha made a startling accusation.

American soldiers, he contended, had killed innocent civilians “in cold blood.”

Now, less than six weeks before the longtime Johnstown Democrat is up for re-election, a Marine involved in the now-infamous Haditha incident is suing Murtha for slander.

Justin Sharratt of Canonsburg, Washington County, left the Marine Corps last year. But he claims Murtha’s statements have caused “permanent, irreversible damage to his reputation.”

“What Murtha did is outrageous, and I am seeking punitive damages,” said Noah Geary, a Pittsburgh attorney representing Sharratt.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh.

It includes Murtha’s statements from nationally televised interviews in 2006, including an exchange during a CNN interview with anchor Wolf Blitzer.

“There was an (improvised explosive device) attack, it killed one Marine, and then they overreacted and killed a number of civilians without anybody firing at them,” Murtha told Blitzer.

“That’s what you’re going to find out.”

At this point, though, seven of the eight servicemen charged in the incident have been cleared.

Geary said Sharratt was charged with three counts of unpremeditated murder but later was exonerated.

Sharratt, 24, was honorably discharged from the Marines, Geary said.

The lawsuit claims Murtha violated Sharratt’s constitutional rights to presumption of innocence and due process of law.

While Geary acknowledged that the congressman never mentioned his client by name, he said media reports did identify Sharratt. And the effects have been long-lasting, the attorney said.

“People see that on TV,” Geary said. “It becomes truth – it becomes a fact.”

He added that “Justin has had people approach him, giving him a hard time” in reference to Haditha.

And the suit says Sharratt has lost “significant employment opportunities” and “significant associational opportunities.”

Murtha, through a spokesman, offered no comment Thursday.

But when a different Haditha Marine filed a lawsuit against him in 2006, Murtha said he simply wanted to focus attention on troops who were “caught in the middle of a tragic dilemma” in war-torn Iraq.

“When I spoke up about Haditha, my intention was to draw attention to the horrendous pressure put on our troops in Iraq and to the cover-up of the incident,” Murtha said at the time.

The 2006 lawsuit is ongoing.

It was filed by Frank D. Wuterich, the only Marine not yet cleared in the Haditha incident.

Wuterich has pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges, The Associated Press reported.

Haditha has become a political issue in western Pennsylvania.

Diana Irey, a Republican Washington County commissioner, often spoke of the Haditha Marines during her unsuccessful 2006 campaign against Murtha.

Republican William Russell, challenging Murtha this year, has resurrected the theme.

In fact, Russell’s campaign Web site features a “personal video message” from Justin Sharratt’s father, Darryl. And Russell’s only television ad has focused on Murtha’s Haditha comments.

Geary denied that Sharratt’s lawsuit is connected in any way to the Russell campaign.

Instead, he said, the legal action must be filed now because a statute of limitations for slander lawsuits is about to expire.

“There’s no political motivation whatsoever,” Geary said. “This is purely a legal endeavor.”

Nevertheless, Russell issued a statement on Sharratt’s lawsuit Thursday.

“I sincerely hope that Congressman Murtha will use this opportunity to admit his mistake and take responsibility for the harm his false accusations have done to Justin Sharratt and his family,” Russell said.

“Justin’s right to justice goes beyond politics.”

Murtha has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit.

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September 28, 2008 at 2:10 PM

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Obama threatens to unleash more of his Goons!

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Wow how stupid and naive does the Obama camp think the American people are?  Did they honestly think they would be able to do such a thing and it not be exposed?  I think I remember the “Messiah”, telling a crowd that the republicans must think they were stupid.

I’m wondering what their response is now that they have been caught???  If they will even give a response, or maybe they will go ahead and try to say that the Sheriffs and Prosecutors acted on their own will and the campaign had nothing to do with it.

Missouri Sheriffs & Top Prosecutors Form Obama “Truth Squads” & Threaten Libel Charges Against Obama Critics

More Hope and Change for Missouri…
St. Louis and Missouri Democrat sheriffs and top prosecutors are planning to go after anyone who makes false statements against Obama during his campaign. This is so one sided I can’t even begin to describe how wrong this agenda is.

It’s one thing if they want to keep the campaign fair for both sides, but they clearly only want to enforce the issue for the Obama Camp.

KMOV has a video report on the Obama “Truth Squads”.


St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch are threatening to bring libel charges against those who speak out falsely against Barack Obama.

KMOV aired a story last night, that stated that St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, both Obama supporters, are threatening to bring criminal libel charges against anyone who levels what turns out to be false criticisms of their chosen candidate for President.

St. Louis C of CC Blog has more on the Obama Truth Squads.
Hat Tip Kat

** Here you go Truth Squad… Sue me first!
Barack Obama Attacked White People!

From his audio-book dreams of my father, Barack Obama was moved to tears when he heard his racist anti-American pastor blame whitey for all of the world’s pain and ills.
In fact, he was so moved by this filth that he included the story in his book Dreams of My Father.

Here Barack Obama lashes out at the white man’s greed:
(34 seconds)

Audio was taken from a Hugh Hewitt Show.
In Obama’s own words:

“It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere… That’s the world! On which hope sits!”

“White folk’s greed runs a world in need”…
Sue me!

Update: Gov. Matt Blunt Releases Statement Condemning Barack Obama’s Missouri Goon Squad

Hat tip Gateway Pundit

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September 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM

E-Verify system is set to expire.

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Thank God for The Heritage Foundation and the alerts they disseminate!

I received an e-mail today which contained links and information on several topics, but the one that grabbed my attention was the link to this message from James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. “Time Is Ticking: Congress Must Re-Authorize E-Verify Now.” It is no surprise that I had no idea that E-Verify is set to expire, considering how dead set our congress seems to be on ignoring the will of its constituents!

Unless Congress steps in, on November 30, E-Verify is set to expire. E-Verify is a system that allows employers to verify electronically whether their newly hired employees are legally authorized to work in the United States. E-Verify should be re-authorized.

A Valuable Voluntary Program

Through E-Verify, participating employers can check the work eligibility status of new personnel they are hiring through an online service that compares information from an employee’s I-9 form against Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases. This service is provided free to employers (though the individual companies must bear the cost of providing the infrastructure and people to enter the data). So far this year, E-Verify has processed over 4 million eligibility checks. The system has proven to be quite effective, and SSA and DHS continue to work to improve service, reliability, and privacy protections.

Could our members of the “do-nothing” congress (which would be a good thing if they would also refrain from doing the things that harm our nation… perhaps “do-nothing good” congress is more appropriate) be hoping November 30 will come and go quietly? Could many off them be hoping the attention to the presidential election will distract an already apathetic electorate? I would suggest that some of the open borders, flood the labor pool, amnesty for illegals liberals and RINO’s are indeed hoping this deadline passes unnoticed by the masses. Of course some of the career politicians may be too wrapped up in campaigns of their own or of fellow partisans to be bothered by the work of the people. Obviously no one expects my senators from Illinois, Barack “Born Alive, Let Them Die” Obama and the equally worthless Dick Durbin to to their jobs, but some of the rest of you might be able to get through to yours.

Remember that the next job that goes to an illegal alien might be the one you previously held. I urge you to call your senators and representatives! Make your voice heard (and hopefully your senators aren’t as ridiculously anti-America as mine.) Visit the following links to find the contact information for your members of our illustriously incompetent congress:

www.senate.gov

www.house.gov

While you’re at it you might want to let them know that you aren’t fooled by Nancy Pelosi’s “compromise” energy bill that only allows off-shore drilling where the bulk of the oil ISN”T!

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email brianbonner90- at-gmail- dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

Hat Tip (Sam Pierce) @  Conservative Common Man

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September 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

How we arrived at our current Economic situation!

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Folks if you are interested in how we truly got into our current economic situation, and if you would like to find out who helped get us in this position, then I suggest you take a look at this video.  It is a quick moving video but you will see the facts and get a better understanding.

Team DeMint: What Caused Our Economic Crisis?
By Rizzuto

Sat Sep 27, 2008 – This video was brought to my attention by a reader. If you don’t know who senator Jim DeMint, he’s probably one of the last great hopes for true economic conservatism in the US Senate, the standard bearer of government restraint. He’s got leadership written all over him, and should will definitely be a player in the future of the Republican party.

He put out this video recently which accurately traces and explains the financial crisis, and how we got into the situation we’re in right now. A perfect video to leave up for the weekend. Enjoy!

Hat Tip Rizzuto @ (Conservative Punk)

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September 28, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Obama’s Pro-Abortion video yanked from You tube.

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Hat Tip:(CentrePoint News)

You Tube yanks Obama pro-abortion video

By Charlie Butts of OneNewsNow

A pro-life group is upset with YouTube for pulling a video focusing on Barack Obama’s extreme abortion views.

Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman worked in conjunction with Kansans Coalition for Life to develop the video entitled “Obama: WRONG Change for Children.”

He believes YouTube is making a political statement and endorsing Obama. ”There’s absolutely nothing untruthful; there’s nothing deceptive in this video. It tells the absolute truth,” Newman contends. “[Obama] wants you to accept every radical piece of abortion legislation that’s come down the pike in the past 35 years. This is out of step with mainstream America.”

YouTube sent Newman’s group a message saying the video did not meet a “Community Guideline,” but that guideline was not defined. To watch the censored video, visit Operation Rescue’s website.

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Election2008/Default.aspx?id=261784

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September 25, 2008 at 12:53 PM

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After historic jump in Oil price, what comes next!

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Oil’s jump makes history, but true test is yet to come

By Myra P. Saefong, MarketWatch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Crude-oil futures made history Monday with the biggest daily dollar gain ever seen on the New York Mercantile Exchange, but the true test for oil is yet to come.

The future of global oil demand is more uncertain than ever given the U.S. rescue plan for the financial market, and no one’s sure about the impact and recovery pace of production and refinery activity in the Gulf of Mexico following the recent hurricanes, analysts said.

On Monday, a steep drop in the U.S. dollar, assumptions that the government rescue plan will help improve the economy and boost oil demand as well as short-covering related to the expiration of the October crude contract on Nymex all combined to pull oil prices to their highest intraday level in two months. See Futures Movers.

Oil’s rally was “a mixture of short covering and the growing realization that the Fed [especially in an election year] is willing to be the ultimate backstop to the economy,” said Neal Ryan, a managing partner at Ryan Oil & Gas Partners.

“Throw in a worsening supply/demand dynamic on top of it and we’re off to the races,” he said.

It all just “underscores that energy is the only place to expect outsized profits these days and the money is flocking into that market,” he said.

U.S. stocks dropped Monday as traders digested the details of a $700 billion plan to rescue ailing financial firms. See Market Snapshot.

“Clearly the money out there needs a place to go, and oil is now a major safe haven,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research (SEER).

Illogic

But some of what’s going on really doesn’t make any sense. A worrisome economy and financial market should translate into lower demand for oil, some analysts said.

“The oil market is caught up in the same hysteria of the rest of the financial markets,” said Anthony Sabino, a professor of law at St. John’s University, whose legal practice includes oil and gas law.

“We can and will get through this” as the markets did back during the Great Depression in the 1930s, he said. “So oil traders getting caught up in the general panic is just plain dumb.”

“If the economy is so bad and uncertain and panicky, [the] price per barrel should be deflating like crazy because demand is cratering,” Sabino said.

The same insane speculation that drove investors into “toxic investments” such as subprime lending and collateralized debt obligation has infected the oil market, “so for no good reason at all they are driving oil up to unsustainable prices,” he said.

It’s a “wholly illogical disconnect,” Sabino said. With the U.S. stock market down by so much and money tight, logic says oil demand will “continue to drop like a stone, so prices should be back at $90 and heading south to $80.”

Complications

Complicating matters on Monday was trader short covering related to the expiration of the October crude contracts on Nymex, analysts said.

“Some folks got caught short,” said James Williams, an economist at WTRG Economics. “The stocks at Cushing [Okla.], which is the delivery point for Nymex, will be low because they have been drawn down because of the hurricane.”

So “if you are short on the last day of trading you have to either buy back the contract or make physical delivery and it is probably difficult to get spot oil at Cushing to make physical delivery,” he explained.

Confidence in the commodities also climbed on the heels of the drop in U.S. stocks and as the dollar buckled against other major currencies. See Currencies Report.

“A weaker dollar on concern about the financial crisis and how Congress will handle it, as well as a flight to safety — or at least the perception of safety in a commodity that has increased for five years,” helped pull prices for oil higher Monday, said Williams.

Longer term, however, oil should see pressure from the weaker economy worldwide, he said. “Even China is trying to stimulate its economy.”

And don’t forget: The Gulf of Mexico’s still slowly recovering from Hurricane Gustav in August and Hurricane Ike in September.

About 76.6% of oil production and 65.5% of the natural-gas output in the Gulf are still shut in as of Monday, according to the U.S. Minerals Management Service.

The hurricanes and the energy facility shutdowns related to them didn’t appear to contribute much support to oil prices. Historical prices for crude on Nymex actually fell about 10% between Aug. 19 and Sept. 19.

Sure, oil seems to be a major safe haven now, but how the oil market reacts “when inventories go up as the effects of Gustav and Ike diminish will be the real test,” said SEER’s Lynch.

Myra P. Saefong is MarketWatch’s assistant markets editor, based in San Francisco.

 

 

 

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September 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

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Obama and Ayer’s, more than just neighbors.

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Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools

Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.

[Obama and Ayers] AP

Bill Ayers.

The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Barack Obama’s first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Mr. Ayers’s home.

The Obama campaign has struggled to downplay that association. Last April, Sen. Obama dismissed Mr. Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis.” Yet documents in the CAC archives make clear that Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama were partners in the CAC. Those archives are housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago and I’ve recently spent days looking through them.

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was created ostensibly to improve Chicago’s public schools. The funding came from a national education initiative by Ambassador Walter Annenberg.  In early 1995, Mr. Obama was appointed the first chairman of the board, which handled fiscal matters.  Mr. Ayers co-chaired the foundation’s other key body, the “Collaborative,” which shaped education policy.

The CAC’s basic functioning has long been known, because its annual reports, evaluations and some board minutes were public. But the Daley archive contains additional board minutes, the Collaborative minutes, and documentation on the groups that CAC funded and rejected. The Daley archives show that Mr. Obama and Mr. Ayers worked as a team to advance the CAC agenda.

One unsettled question is how Mr. Obama, a former community organizer fresh out of law school, could vault to the top of a new foundation? In response to my questions, the Obama campaign issued a statement saying that Mr. Ayers had nothing to do with Obama’s “recruitment” to the board. The statement says Deborah Leff and Patricia Albjerg Graham (presidents of other foundations) recruited him. Yet the archives show that, along with Ms. Leff and Ms. Graham, Mr. Ayers was one of a working group of five who assembled the initial board in 1994. Mr. Ayers founded CAC and was its guiding spirit. No one would have been appointed the CAC chairman without his approval.

The CAC’s agenda flowed from Mr. Ayers’s educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism. In the mid-1960s, Mr. Ayers taught at a radical alternative school, and served as a community organizer in Cleveland’s ghetto.

In works like “City Kids, City Teachers” and “Teaching the Personal and the Political,” Mr. Ayers wrote that teachers should be community organizers dedicated to provoking resistance to American racism and oppression. His preferred alternative? “I’m a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist,” Mr. Ayers said in an interview in Ron Chepesiuk’s, “Sixties Radicals,” at about the same time Mr. Ayers was forming CAC.

CAC translated Mr. Ayers’s radicalism into practice. Instead of funding schools directly, it required schools to affiliate with “external partners,” which actually got the money. Proposals from groups focused on math/science achievement were turned down. Instead CAC disbursed money through various far-left community organizers, such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (or Acorn).

Mr. Obama once conducted “leadership training” seminars with Acorn, and Acorn members also served as volunteers in Mr. Obama’s early campaigns. External partners like the South Shore African Village Collaborative and the Dual Language Exchange focused more on political consciousness, Afrocentricity and bilingualism than traditional education. CAC’s in-house evaluators comprehensively studied the effects of its grants on the test scores of Chicago public-school students. They found no evidence of educational improvement.

CAC also funded programs designed to promote “leadership” among parents. Ostensibly this was to enable parents to advocate on behalf of their children’s education. In practice, it meant funding Mr. Obama’s alma mater, the Developing Communities Project, to recruit parents to its overall political agenda. CAC records show that board member Arnold Weber was concerned that parents “organized” by community groups might be viewed by school principals “as a political threat.” Mr. Obama arranged meetings with the Collaborative to smooth out Mr. Weber’s objections.

The Daley documents show that Mr. Ayers sat as an ex-officio member of the board Mr. Obama chaired through CAC’s first year. He also served on the board’s governance committee with Mr. Obama, and worked with him to craft CAC bylaws. Mr. Ayers made presentations to board meetings chaired by Mr. Obama. Mr. Ayers spoke for the Collaborative before the board. Likewise, Mr. Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the Collaborative.

The Obama campaign notes that Mr. Ayers attended only six board meetings, and stresses that the Collaborative lost its “operational role” at CAC after the first year. Yet the Collaborative was demoted to a strictly advisory role largely because of ethical concerns, since the projects of Collaborative members were receiving grants. CAC’s own evaluators noted that project accountability was hampered by the board’s reluctance to break away from grant decisions made in 1995. So even after Mr. Ayers’s formal sway declined, the board largely adhered to the grant program he had put in place.

Mr. Ayers’s defenders claim that he has redeemed himself with public-spirited education work. That claim is hard to swallow if you understand that he views his education work as an effort to stoke resistance to an oppressive American system. He likes to stress that he learned of his first teaching job while in jail for a draft-board sit-in. For Mr. Ayers, teaching and his 1960s radicalism are two sides of the same coin.

Mr. Ayers is the founder of the “small schools” movement (heavily funded by CAC), in which individual schools built around specific political themes push students to “confront issues of inequity, war, and violence.” He believes teacher education programs should serve as “sites of resistance” to an oppressive system. (His teacher-training programs were also CAC funded.) The point, says Mr. Ayers in his “Teaching Toward Freedom,” is to “teach against oppression,” against America’s history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation.

The Obama campaign has cried foul when Bill Ayers comes up, claiming “guilt by association.” Yet the issue here isn’t guilt by association; it’s guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago.

Mr. Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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September 24, 2008 at 12:05 PM