“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, August 23, 2008

McCain Locks and Loads on Biden

A Biden Problem: Foot in Mouth
After Announcing Presidential Bid, Biden Slammed for Obama Remarks

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2007

Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., the loquacious chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who launched his presidential campaign today, may be experiencing an ailment not entirely unknown to him: foot in mouth disease.

Biden is taking some heat for comments he made to the New York Observer, in which he said of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a rival for the nomination: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."

Immediately the conservative media establishment -- Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge Report, bloggers -- publicly pounced. At, Mary Katherine Ham wrote: "A clean black man? The first black guy on the American political scene who can both shower regularly and speak properly? Is that really what Biden thinks? If a Republican had said this, we'd have a national outpouring of grief over the residual ignorance and racial insensitivity in our country, and the guy would be in sensitivity training until around about the time John Kerry is elected president."

"'He is a clean African-American'?" Limbaugh asked. "If Biden thinks that Obama is clean then he has to think that others are not clean. Does he mean that he knows that Jesse Jackson is not clean? Does he mean that he knows that Reverend Sharpton is not clean? ... See, folks, this is the problem for the libs. Once they get off script they expose their idiocy, they expose their prejudice."

But it wasn't just conservatives.

"When I heard his comments I thought Joe Biden was referring to a bygone era," said Donna Brazile, the former campaign manager for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign and a prominent African-American political consultant. "Years ago when white folks referred to black people with education they often used words like articulate. To suggest they were different, they were acceptable. That they were OK as compared to rest of African-Americans. So I think it came across that Joe Biden was referring to Sen. Obama as if he was a candidate running in the 1960s, not in the 21st century."

"They are loaded words," Rev. Jesse Jackson told ABC News. "And that's why he should interpret what he meant by those loaded words. It was an attempt I thought to diminish Barack's attributes and dismissive of our previous campaigns that made Barack's candidacy possible."

Jackson said Biden's remarks "could be divisive."

ABC News January 2007


  1. McCain needs a "Young, Energetic" man on the ticket. He could look to the "House;" we've got a few of them down there.

    Bobby Jindal is a tremendous talent; but, this might not be the "right time" for him.

    Who is that young, red-headed Rep we see on TV all the time? How "Young" is he?

  2. This is an "Academic" exercise. I'm still not voting for the sorry bastard.

    Hell, I hope they both lose.

    I Might write in Paris Hilton.

  3. adding good ingredients to a shit stew still makes it shit..

    Democrats for McCain 2008


  4. The HYPE on this Biden thing is amazing...

    Helicopters trailing the suv's like it means something...

    I am so tired of the overplaying by the media meaningless acts of the messiahs bowel movements.

    Let's see the messiah and mccain DEBATE...

    More real discussion less hype and circus..

    oh that's right, if we dont have hype the messiah will be shown to have no clothes...

  5. Rufus: McCain needs a "Young, Energetic" man on the ticket.

    Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.

    Carly Fiorina

  6. WiO: The HYPE on this Biden thing is amazing...

    Helicopters trailing the suv's like it means something...

    The cable news outlets make enough money in ad revenue to pay for the helicopter fuel. I prefer the agricultural business model myself, because it represents a net gain in energy rather than a mere redistribution of it.

  7. bump in the road
    If it was such a trumoil, as you tell us, francis, it'd be a disqualifier, for the Presidency.

    So, francis(sic), Mavericks' incarceration was either a speed bump in his life, or the definiton of his life and a disqualifier from the life he wishes to lead.

    Which should it be?

    Fri Aug 22, 09:04:00 PM EDT

    A more than a bit attled in your logic.
    Since when has the ability to withstand grave torture, spit in the enemies face, have the presence of mind to gove out the Green Bay Packer line as squadrom mates a disqualifier for the preseidency. For you a bad case of gas probably takes you out of commission.

    You have the flaw of hubris so large it causes you to bloviate in a type of pretzel logic.
    A real man whould have by now said, yes, I misspoke and characterized a brave serviceman's torture incorrectly, but you do not posses that type of courage , if you possess any at all.

    And your touted silver clustered fucked friends are totally silent on castigating you on disparaging McCains brave service, which is truly pitiful.
    As I said before six to ten of the same people making two sentence comments with no depth ...that's this blog in a niyshell. One egomaniac and a herd of followers who would call Audie Murphy a coward.
    Pitiful bump, pitiful.

    And to the person who asked who I was and what I was doing there. What has that got to do with the cowardly comment bump made against our servicemen and women who got tortured?
    I guess you'd also say the Bataan Death March was a Boy Scout hike.

    What a gaggle of assholes.

  8. bump;

    Far and away the biggest stumbling block to apologizing is our belief that apologizing is a sign of weakness and an admission of guilt. We have the misguided notion we are better off ignoring or denying our offenses and hope that no one notices.

    In fact the apology is a show of strength. It is an act of honesty because we admit we did wrong ; an act of generosity, because it restores the self-concept of those we offended. It offers hope for a renewed relationship and, who knows, possibly even a strengthened one. The apology is an act of commitment because it consigns us to working at the relationship and at our self-development. Finally, the apology is an act of courage because it subjects us to the emotional distress of shame and the risk of humiliation, rejection, and retaliation at the hands of the person we offended.

    All dimensions of the apology require strength of character, including the conviction that, while we expose vulnerable parts of ourselves, we are still good people.

    Psychology Today

  9. Fuck you Francis.

    There were 500,000 Servicemen in Nam when I was there. Some were Saints; some were Sinners. Most were NOT qualified to be President of the United States.

    Many of the posters here are Veterans of Foreign Wars (declared, and undeclared.) We all greatly admire McCain's Courage, and Honor. Some of us don't like him for President. Some of just flat don't like the man at all.

    But, I like him a Hell of a lot more than I like you.

  10. Oh, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

  11. Poor francis does not understand men, that's all.

    McCain says the torture is not an issue for him. Just another of life's experience.
    A speed bump in a life of elite privilege. No one here has ever belittled Maverick's service, in fact the ramifications of that service are what disqualifies him.

    But then francis is most likely to young to have seen the Sinatra movie.
    To ignorant of the realities of life, war and the sacrifices that Maverick really made. How not admitting to the ramifications of the mind fucking just endangers US, all.

    But francis wants it both ways, to admit that the torture was so great as to be a life defining moment, that did not affect the particpent, but merely was a reflection of him.

    If the experience did not warp McCain's mind and judgement, it was just a speed bump in his life, franny.
    Can't have it both ways, this time

  12. No one with a mental profiling, as in depth and personal as tje KGB has on McCain, should be President or hold any command position in a conflict with the Russians.

    Between what buttons there are to push, and what other buttons could have been implanted ...

    That's something Pootie just won't give up. And presents an unacceptable national security twist.

    Fine as a Senator, one of one hundred, but as President, one deciding alone ...

  13. dRat,

    You go with what you got. And McCain is what we got.

  14. I'm not for sure the "Street Hustler" wouldn't make a better President. About the worst (best?) I can say about him is, "He's an Opportunist."

    The problem with McCain (besides being a "miserable" bastard) is, "I'm afraid he, actually, BELIEVES a lot of that leftie shit."

  15. I have known many that have had equal or worse than McCain....

    All of them had numbers tattoo'd on their forearms..

    Their "times" effected them deeply...

    From what i saw however was most of them valued life and freedom deeper than most can ever understand

    and they also saw true evil, something most do not understand....

    McCain's service and his time under torture do not qualify or DIS qualify him for Potus...

    McCain's service our nation is makes him qualified.

    I do not agree with him on abortion and many other issues, but the thought of the messiah dealing with putin, hugo, china, or iran keeps me up at night...

    McCain for POTUS 2008

    Dem's for McCain


  16. Desert Rat: McCain says the torture is not an issue for him. Just another of life's experience. A speed bump in a life of elite privilege.

    You can't get more elite or privileged than to be the Son of the living God, yet Jesus was humiliated, flogged and crucified. Shall we now say he is disqualified from being the King of Kings?

  17. rufus what's with you? it's way past noon and you're not drunk yet. as the true resident dipsomaniac you should be well into delerium by now.
    and pow wowing "fuck me" go take a looky see in the kitchen at Kim Rhee Dong Rufus for a bow wow, so fuck you too. now finish getting drunk so you can face the pan faced bride and her best meal, fried dog.

    to bump, you can't bury the fact that you disparaged our service men and women . I bet you've never even fired a gun , just a big mouth.

  18. Frannie's at a bad time of the month.

    Becoming incoherent.

    It'll pass, but she'll be back next month.

    Meantime, Bob, set her up with paper cups and spare the mirrors behind the bar.

  19. I thought that vitriol sounded familiar. Fuck you too, Habu.

  20. Bostonmaggie had a post yesterday that says McCain has picked Romney. Wants to get it out to deflate the media surge over dumb and dumber.

    Drudge has nothing as of a few minutes ago.

    Anybody heard anything?

  21. And, by the way, I could outshoot your sorry ass with three strokes of my willy, dickhead.

  22. I thought that vitriol sounded familiar.

    Just had the same thought while posting the last comment, Rufus. You know him better'n me. What's his wife's name?

  23. That's exactly what I was just going to say. It's Habu.

  24. What's his wife's name?


  25. Said she was Korean, IIRC. Didn't get the name.

  26. Which one's Francis?

    And, which one's HAAaabuuuuuuuuuu?

  27. Haven't seen anything about Romney being picked, Linear, just lots of talk about the possibility.

    I like Romney. Some talk around about Palin, who, among other things, is really good lookin', in my view.

    The evangelicals are making big noise about no pro-choice candidate.

    I've been manfully advocating for Paris Hilton, and, watching her comeback spot on McCain, you have to admit, her energy policy isn't all that bad:)

  28. Some say Palin may be more popular across the lower 48 than in Alaska. Taxes being one issue, I think. But then it could just be a disgruntled opponent in Anchorage whose quote I saw. The lower 48 would trump Alaska anyhow.

    She'd be a better VP candidate than that hatchet faced broad that ran a while back. Name escapes me. Fingernails on a chalkboard. What's her name?

    Geraldine A. Ferraro, that's it. Boy, that was 24 years ago. Time flies when you're havin' fun.

  29. You know, there's already two alpha dogs, a rottweiler, two pitbulls, a chihuahua, a bassett hound, a mixed breed, a (serious) shi'tzu, a standard French poodle, and moi, the Heinz 57 mutt; oh, and an Australian multilingual sheepdog.

    Who's following whom?

  30. Geraldine A. Ferraro

    When that name comes up, my wife always says, "Whatya wan me todo, hurt the man?" in an Italian mafioso slang, a famous Geraldine quote from that campaign, in what context I can't recall.

  31. I wuz following the little Philippino bitch (shi'tzu, was it) hoping she'd come in "heat;" then I lern that the only one she's intrested in is the French Poodle.

    I need a beer.

  32. I think McCain will pick Romney. More I think about it, I can't see him picking a young woman from Alaska, regardless of how attractive and bright she might be. People like Fred Thompson don't seem to be getting any attention at all.

  33. Death Of A Nation
    (Russia in Decline)

  34. I Might write in Paris Hilton.

    There you go, Rufus.
    A sound energy policy, a sound mind, and a very sound body.
    Hilton For President

  35. People like Fred Thompson don't seem to be getting any attention at all.

    My guy, til he faded. I think he just wanted to spend time with his missus. Can't blame him for that.

    In a better world, I'd like to see John Bolton where McCain is, but I'm dreamin'.

  36. T: You can't get more elite or privileged than to be the Son of the living God, yet Jesus was humiliated, flogged and crucified. Shall we now say he is disqualified from being the King of Kings?

    well T,

    Jesus was NOT qualified to Be Even the KNG of the Jews let alone from being G-d.

    He was NOT from the House of David.

    Now if you feel his pappy was G-d, then he aint qualified....

    And if you argue he was adopted by ole Joe...

    He aint qualified...

    Man cannot be G-d...

    All of us are G-d's kids, if you insist on reading scripture from a pagan point of view I shall correct you...

    Jesus (or whatever his name was) was a product of roman occupation...

  37. "Whatya wan me todo, hurt the man?"

    I remember the first time I heard the (now very popular) phrase "throw somebody under the bus." It came from an adorable co-worker with an ethnic name who gave that reply when I asked why he didn't do something about a certain non-responsiveness in the professional arena. "Well, I don't want to throw nobody under the bus." That shut me up.

  38. The Fred Thompson (semi) campaign was interesting. Mama-Slade was taking a close look. Speaking of balance - emotional and mental - Thompson just reeks of it in spades, but he didn't survive the political process. So you can make the argument that the process is now conditioning the survival of a certain type of candidate. Whether or not it's the one you want I don't know.

    Maybe it's more disturbing than interesting.

  39. Rufus: I wuz following the little Philippino bitch (shi'tzu, was it) hoping she'd come in "heat;" then I lern that the only one she's intrested in is the French Poodle.

    Yeah, take a look at this French Poodle and tell me if YOU'RE not interested.

  40. A SERIOUSLY sound body:)

    And, when she gets a little she even let's us "peek."

    I could get interested in Politics, agin.

  41. wong ru fus but he hab friends who he tell of funny place where all thinky likey and stinky like kim chee

    you paranoids need a new nemesis

    why you all hate american soldiers?

  42. Bobal: That's exactly what I was just going to say. It's Habu.

    Which, if you follow Trish's reasoning, means Francis is me!

  43. Yeah, yeah, T; I gotta admit, she's a little more, how do you say it? YIKES! than me.

    But, to link to her TWICE in the Same Day? Hmmm.

  44. But, to link to her TWICE in the Same Day? Hmmm.

    It's true love.

  45. Nope, you Never a candidate, T.

  46. We be buds, T; but, you get arrested in Ol' Gay Paree fer stalkin and you're on your own.

    Rufus ain't throwin no bail in France.

  47. Was that French Poodle link for Melissa Theuriau? I can't follow flash links or I fuck up my little dialup laptop.

    Just wanted to point out for you lechers that she has a nice smile.

    If it was.

  48. It wuz; and she duz.

  49. "Who is that young, red-headed Rep we see on TV all the time?
    How "Young" is he?
    Conan O'brien?

  50. 'Rat would say Jesus is not qualified to be POTUS due to PTSD.

  51. Lots of folks think Bobby Jindal is the one to be number two now, or number one later. Think he is a rising star. I've never heard him speak.

  52. No, doug, he'd tell you he was not qualified by place of birth.

    Another citizen of the world, thing.

    If Obama was born in Africa, then neither of the major candidates were born in the USA.

    Quite an Empire we've sired.

  53. No, the Other young, red-headed comedian . . . . er, . . Politician.

  54. "That's something Pootie just won't give up. And presents an unacceptable national security twist."
    Pooties Generals have already promised to withdraw the imlants forthwith.

  55. doug said...
    'Rat would say Jesus is not qualified to be POTUS due to PTSD.

    Now Now..

    Even Jesus want not a natural born american citizen...

    so why infer more than that?

  56. Don't hold your breath, doug

    Hate to lose ya

  57. He did say there was some linkage to Poland...

  58. Bobby Jindal's quite an impressive man, Bob.

    I'm not sure he's ready, yet. Besides, I think McNutz needs a lily-white ticket this time (if you got the card you might as well play it.)

    A woman seems a little too gimmicky, here. A good-looking young man will bring some of the Hildebeast voters.

  59. If she could play volleyball, Doug, we'd never get Bush home from China.

    The Russians would be in Pittsburgh before Dubya got his eyes off her bikini.

  60. ...and his hand off her ass.

  61. Speaking of balance - emotional and mental - Thompson just reeks of it in spades, but he didn't survive the political process.

    I was cheering Thompson on too, but he didn't show a lot of fire in the belly, slow getting in, slow getting out, as if he was worn down by some other activity besides politics.

    And Tancredo, though he never stood a chance.

  62. Does the selection of Biden come with the danger that Obama will be losing some of the fervor from the under thirties? Biden is nothing if he is not an old time religion Democratic pol.

    A national food fight will only divert from the Obama change message.

  63. He'll swing left to a Down East eatablishment candidate

    Romney is likely, if unimaginative.

    Could Ridge make Maverick competitive in PA?
    duece thought not.

    Michigan: McCain vs. Obama
    RCP Average 07/13 - 08/20 --
    Obama (D)46.0 McCain (R)42.0
    Obama +4.0

    In Michigan, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land had estimated ... more than 7.2 million registered voters

    Gives Obama an estimated edge of 288,000 votes.
    Can Romney deliver that many GOPers, 300,000 MI Pubs that are so disenchanted with Maverick they would not vote for him, otherwise?

  64. The message I am getting from Obama is that he does not know what he is.

  65. Obama gains nothing with Biden.
    A lame decision if ever there was one.

    Richardson would have guarenteed New Mexico, mmaybe swung Colorado.

    The Gov of VA, would have cemented that State.

    Billery, enough said

    Obama has to carry at least one 2004 Red State, to win. Or to toss the election into the House, which amounts to the same thing.

  66. Ridge looked like a dud as the security czar. His selection would be such an obvious pander to Pennsy that I doubt it would help him at all and I fail to see how it helps anywhere else. Ridge is a bore.

  67. He is the empty suit you portrayed him to be, duece.

    A master of process.

    His Team will fill him out, if he's elected.

  68. And, as for you, Habu, my cross-dressing friend. You can insult me, you can insult my woman, but, Goddammit, you son of a bitch, Don't you ever talk about "Fried Dog" in front of me.

    I can not only outshoot you using only my peepee, and a slingshot; I could whup you on the very best day you ever stole oxygen from an otherwise worthy planet.

    p.s. How's the taterman?

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  70. DR, a frothing at the mouth Joe Biden will remind Republicans to forget why they do not like McCain. Joe cannot help himself when the saliva thickens.

  71. That was the tater in drag, no doubt about that one.

  72. Ridge struck me that way, too.

    If it's Romney, he and many others, would see it as a set-up for him, in '12.
    Win or lose.

    Biden brings Obama nothing, he wasted the opportunity presented.

  73. My memory of the military was that any group of three or more had three or more very divergent views on anything.

  74. Was it not Biden that convinced Clinton to bomb the Serbs over Kosovo?

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  76. Romney helping carry Michigan? That smacks to me of a "bridge too far."

    The only Republican I can think of that would carry an otherwise blue state is Pawlenty/Minnesota. Not many electoral votes, though; and, decidedly, uninspired for the other 49.

    I keep wanting to say "wrap up Mo with Matt Blunt;" but, I'm thinking there might be a skeleton in the closet, there, just waiting to be set free.

  77. if he was worn down by some other activity besides politics.

    Ever see his wife?

  78. How in the hell do the Pubs not have a single viable Hispanic?

    God I hate to say it; Mel Martinez would bring more votes than any other "National" player.

  79. I've been reading that lawsuit filed by Phillip Berg saying Obama isn't eligible. Without commenting on the merits, that guy is one poor legal writer.

  80. from deuce's link on

    Well, I was 29 years old when I came to the US Senate

    Biden took office just after he turned 30, actually running for the office when he was 29. He must hold the record for youngest person elected to the Senate.

  81. ...that guy is one poor legal writer.

    Just another of the Clinton "consultants."

    An unarmed one.

  82. I posted this at Belmont:

    Right now, McCain has no shortage of enthusiastic, loving advisors convinced that McCain is immortal and his health is perfect and will be for the next 8 years who believe in Democrat Identity Politics and BEGGING him to play affirnative action bingo.

    Christine Whitman - Who bailed from EPA when the going got tough.
    Michael Steele - Whose political career consists of one term as a lieutenant Governor of a State.
    Kay Bailey Hutchinson - 65 year old safe state Texas Senator with no executive experience.
    Sarah Palin - 2-year governor. Before that a housewife and part-time mayor of a town of 5,000 people.
    Carly Fiorino - A seasoned executive. But..Shitcanned from HP for bad management, a disastrous merger.
    Bobby Jindal - 2-year governor who ran on the promise that he was locked into staying in office and working to fix Louisiana’s
    many problems.
    Gov Jodi Rell, Senators Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe - all lean to Democrat policy.
    Condi Rice - Co-Architect of the Bush Disaster, his closest confident…Who gets more “bomus points” enthusiasm from identity politics fans than any other Republican. Plus she is “guaranteed” not only to bring blacks, unmarried women flocking to Republicans - but all the minority ice-skaters!

    At the end of the day, John McCain is perfectly capable of “brainstorming” and coming up with a pander candidate that is even less qualified than Dan Quayle and about on the same level of readiness to be President as Geraldine Ferraro or Obama himself. And blow off people saying any of the above picks is suicidal.

    He does that, and the main impact on voters will be that McCain believes that executive experience and seasoned leadership doesn’t matter. And subconsciously, constantly think if 72-year old McCain goes down or his cancer comes back….about how fit his VP is for leading America and managing it’s domestic and foreign affairs.

  83. Funny! Now tell us please, who's who.

    Never diss and tell.

    My lips are sealed.

    Know thyself.

    [I left you and 2164th out - couldn't draw a definitive bead on either one.]

  84. WorldNetDaily Article on Berg's Lawsuit

    I went to Wayne Madsen's site to see what it said about the investigation in Kenya, but you got to subscribe, and I don't want to pay the bucks. Madsen, anyway, seems flakey, as does Berg, for that matter. Obama will have to respond to the lawsuit.

  85. Was it not Biden that convinced Clinton to bomb the Serbs over Kosovo?

    It was, he and Monaca. In hindsight, surely not one of our most brilliant geopolitical moves.

    His efforts to combat hostilities in the Balkans in the 1990s brought national attention and influenced presidential policy: traveling repeatedly to the region, he made one meeting famous by calling Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic a "war criminal." He consistently argued for lifting the arms embargo, training Bosnian Muslims, investigating war crimes and administering NATO air strikes. Biden's subsequent "lift and strike" resolution was instrumental in convincing President Bill Clinton to use military force in the face of systematic human rights violations.


  86. Agree about Whitman, Fiorino, and Jindal.

    Larry [the] King [man] seems to have some problems with Bobby Jindal. He's been on several times - I caught two interviews. Jindal is very verbal - like the famous Verbal Kint in Usual Suspects.

  87. They're happy enough over at DailyKos. And, well, at some other places.

    It's the dick factor. Biden's a dick and they need one and understand that they need one. He can play outright dick; charming dick; semi-smart dick. Whatever kind of dick you need. Along the way he'll step on it, but that's par for the course.

    Re the Russians: They're nervous.

    But that ain't got nuthin' to do with the above.

  88. hehehe--Off to a bungling start--

    When introducing his running mate, Obama said, "So let me introduce to you the next president - the next vice president of the US of America, Joe Biden."

    And then when it was Biden's turn to speak, the Delaware senator called the presumptive Democratic nominee "Barack America" instead of Barack Obama.

    "My friends, I don't have to tell you, this election year the choice is clear. One man stands ready to deliver change we desperately need. A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next president of the United States, Barack America,” Biden said, per ABC News' Sunlen Miller

  89. The Russians are nervous? Is Putin a drinker?

  90. I think of Deuce as being a "useful" animal.

    Border Collie - Probably, . . . . scratch that . . . . . Undoubtably the only dog on earth capable of "herding cats."

    Brave, too. It'd take more than one wolf to get to the flock.

    I didn't see the original question. I don't know who the other unnamed one is.

  91. Hold that thought, Slade. I've created a post...:)

  92. I repeat____Iowa results for Joe Biden-5th place, 2,328 votes- scarfed up an amazing 1% of the vote.

    Why did that happen then and what has changed? I predict Biden will overshadow, overstate, overreact and hurt Obama with his non-black core.

  93. Well hell, come to think of it, if Berg's lawsuit prevails, maybe Biden will be the next President- Vice President of the country.

  94. Funny Whit, I am going to dinner with a chuckle.

  95. Re the Russians: Let us chew over the probable causes. It's more fun that way.

  96. I see Whit as a Bulldog. Easy going, unassuming, defeats Bulls for a living.

  97. Okay, a new post is up!

  98. Doug - Rottweiler, for sure

    Rat? Hard to picture Rat as Any-Man's Dog. Do Coyotes count as Dogs?

  99. Okies consider them purebreds.

  100. (AP)

    In some devastated Georgian towns, the only visitors Saturday were looters, arriving in trucks and cars to take whatever they could find.

    In the village of Kekhvi, the ethnic Georgian homes had been burned. An AP reporter saw Ossetian men hauling away cutlery, electronics, blankets, foodstuffs and even Orthodox icons in a looting campaign driven by opportunism and revenge. Some looters even came to pluck ripe peaches off the trees.

    "This is not looting, this is trophies," said Garik Meriyev, 32, a stubbled South Ossetian dressed in green camouflage pants, a black baseball cap and dusty jackboots.

    He and four other men loaded their yellow Russian-made minibus Saturday with metal pipes, timber and bricks from a burned down house.

    "All of this will be destroyed anyway," he said. "But now these things will serve me."


  101. Biden on Obama

    Reacting to an Obama speech on counterterrorism, August 1, 2007: “‘Look, the truth is the four major things he called for, well, hell that’s what I called for,’ Biden said today on MSNBC’s Hardball, echoing comments he made earlier in the day at an event promoting his book at the National Press Club. Biden added, ‘I’m glad he’s talking about these things.’”

    Also that day, the Biden campaign issued a release that began, “The Biden for President Campaign today congratulated Sen. Barack Obama for arriving at a number of Sen. Biden’s long-held views on combating al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” That release mocked Obama for asking about the “stunning level of mercury in fish” and asked about a proposal for the U.S. adopt a ban on mercury sales abroad at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

    Assessing Obama’s Iraq plan on September 13, 2007: “My impression is [Obama] thinks that if we leave, somehow the Iraqis are going to have an epiphany” of peaceful coexistence among warring sects. “I’ve seen zero evidence of that.”

    Speaking to the New York Observer: Biden was equally skeptical — albeit in a slightly more backhanded way — about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    Also from that Observer interview: “But — and the ‘but’ was clearly inevitable — he doubts whether American voters are going to elect ‘a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate,’ and added: ‘I don’t recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic.’”

    Around that time, Biden in an interview with the Huffington Post, he assessed Obama and Hillary Clinton: “The more people learn about them (Obama and Hillary) and how they handle the pressure, the more their support will evaporate.”

    December 11, 2007: “If Iowans believe campaign funds and celebrity will fix the debacle in Iraq, put the economy on track, and provide health care and education for America’s children, they should support another candidate,” said Biden for President Campaign Manager Luis Navarro. “But I’m confident that Iowans know what I know: our problems will require experience and leadership from Day One. Empty slogans will be no match for proven action on caucus night.”

    Also that night, Biden said in a campaign ad, “When this campaign is over, political slogans like ‘experience’ and ‘change’ will mean absolutely nothing. The next president has to act.”

    September 26, 2007: Biden for President Campaign Manager Luis Navarro said, “Sen. Obama said he would do everything possible to end the war in Iraq and emphasized the need for a political solution yet he failed to show up to vote for Sen. Biden’s critical amendment to provide a political solution in Iraq.

    December 26, 2006: “Frankly, I think I’m more qualified than other candidates, and the issues facing the American public are all in my wheelbarrow.”

    ON IRAQ:
    Biden on Meet the Press in 2002, discussing Saddam Hussein: “He’s a long term threat and a short term threat to our national security… “We have no choice but to eliminate the threat. This is a guy who is an extreme danger to the world.”

    Biden on Meet the Press in 2002: “Saddam must be dislodged from his weapons or dislodged from power.”

    Biden on Meet the Press in 2007, on Hussein’s WMDs: “Well, the point is, it turned out they didn’t, but everyone in the world thought he had them. The weapons inspectors said he had them. He catalogued — they catalogued them. This was not some, some Cheney, you know, pipe dream. This was, in fact, catalogued.”

    Biden, on Obama’s Iraq plan in August 2007: “I don’t want [my son] going [to Iraq],” Delaware Sen. Joe Biden said from the campaign trail Wednesday, according to a report on Radio Iowa. “But I tell you what, I don’t want my grandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years and so how we leave makes a big difference.” Biden criticized Democratic rivals such as Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama who have voted against Iraq funding bills to try to pressure President Bush to end the war. “There’s no political point worth my son’s life,” Biden said, according to Radio Iowa. “There’s no political point worth anybody’s life out there. None.”

    Biden on Meet the Press, April 29, 2007: “The threat [Saddam Hussein] presented was that, if Saddam was left unfettered, which I said during that period, for the next five years with sanctions lifted and billions of dollars into his coffers, then I believed he had the ability to acquire a tactical nuclear weapon — not by building it, by purchasing it. I also believed he was a threat in that he was — every single solitary U.N. resolution which he agreed to abide by, which was the equivalent of a peace agreement at the United Nations, after he got out of — after we kicked him out of Kuwait, he was violating. Now, the rules of the road either mean something or they don’t. The international community says “We’re going to enforce the sanctions we placed” or not. And what was the international community doing? The international community was weakening. They were pulling away.”

    Biden to the Brookings Institution in 2005: “We can call it quits and withdraw from Iraq. I think that would be a gigantic mistake. Or we can set a deadline for pulling out, which I fear will only encourage our enemies to wait us out — equally a mistake.”

    Analyzing the surge on Meet the Press, September 9, 2007: “I mean, the truth of the matter is that, that the — America’s — this administration’s policy and the surge are a failure, and that the surge, which was supposed to stop sectarian violence and — long enough to give political reconciliation, there’s been no political reconciliation... The reality is that, although there has been some mild progress on the security front, there is, in fact, no, no real security in Baghdad and/or in Anbar province, where I was, dealing with the most serious problem, sectarian violence. Sectarian violence is as strong and as solid and as serious a problem as it was before the surge started.”

    Biden in October of 2002: “We must be clear with the American people that we are committing to Iraq for the long haul; not just the day after, but the decade after.”

    On Meet the Press, January 7, 2007, assessing the proposal of a surge of troops to Iraq: “If he surges another 20, 30, or whatever number he’s going to, into Baghdad, it’ll be a tragic mistake, in my view, but, as a practical matter, there’s no way to say, ‘Mr. President, stop.’”

    On Meet the Press, November 27, 2005: “Unless we fundamentally change the rotation dates and fundamentally change how many members of the National Guard we’re calling up, it’ll be virtually impossible to maintain 150,000 folks this year.” (The number of troops in Iraq peaked at 162,000 in August 2007, during the surge.)


    Joe Biden is a rare mix. A leader who has worked for decades in Washington, but has never lived there. An expert on foreign policy, whose heart and values are firmly rooted in the middle class; one who has stared down dictators, and spoken for America's cops and firefighters. He is uniquely suited to serve as Barack’s partner in the urgent mission to bring about the change America needs to put our country back on track.

    Joe was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and is the oldest of four children. His family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware when Joe was 10. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1965 and from law school at Syracuse University in 1968, Biden moved back to the Wilmington area and set up his own law firm. He practiced law until 1972.

    In 1970, Biden – at age 27 – ran for New Castle County Council and won in a Republican district. At age 29, he launched an improbable bid to unseat two-term Republican U.S. Sen. J. Caleb Boggs. With very little help from the state establishment, and with his sister as his campaign manager, Biden defeated Boggs by 3,162 votes.

    In addition to serving as U.S. Senator, Biden has been an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law since 1991, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law.

    Joe has a proven record of bringing people together to get things done. From global warming to combating violence against women to confronting the challenges of the dangerous world in which we live, Joe Biden has fought every day over the course of his life in public service to improve the lives of middle class families.


    Gay Rights
    Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
    Decisions about marriage should be left to the states. (Oct 2007)
    Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality. (Oct 2007)
    Ok to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples; they know already. (Sep 2007)
    Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands? (Aug 2007)
    We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions. (Aug 2007)
    Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church. (Aug 2007)
    Disentangle gay rights from the word "marriage". (Aug 2007)
    Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights. (Aug 2007)
    Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
    Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage. (Jul 2007)
    Supports health benefits for gay civil partners. (Oct 2006)
    Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality. (Oct 2006)
    Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is. (Oct 2004)
    Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. (Jul 1998)