Archive for February, 2008

Obama Rejects Farrakhan’s Endorsemnt; Farrakhan Says Too Bad

February 29, 2008

Well, in at the rate we’re going, John McCain isn’t going to have to do much to get elected against Barack Obama (I’m not even going to mention Clinton, because even the Yellow Dog Dems wouldn’t all support her).  Here’s what’s going on – Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam Minister endorsed Barack Obama.  In a debate between Obama and Clinton, Obama denounced Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic views and rejected his endorsement: “I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments.  I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible.  I did not solicit this support. … [Clinton and Obama speak] There’s no formal offer of help from Minister Farrakhan that would involve me rejecting it.  But if the word ‘reject’ Senator Clinton feels is stronger than the word ‘denounce,’ then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce.”

So yesterday, Farrakhan released this statement in response to “outrage expressed by many” Farrakhan’s supporters because of Obama’s comments: “Those who have been supporting Sen. Barack Obama should not allow what was said during the Feb. 26 presidential debate to lessen their support for his campaign. This is simply mischief making [the questions asked by Tim Russert during the debate - later clarified in a statement released by a spokesman of Farrakhan] intended to hurt Mr. Obama politically.”

Then Obama’s campaign released this statement: “Senator Obama has been clear in his objections to Minister Farrakhan’s past pronouncements and has not solicited the minister’s support.”

So, Farrakhan continues his endorsement, and I think it will hurt Obama some (not a lot).  Obama was smart to immediately distance himself from this terribly racist man.

What would be nice is if this helped Clinton out and she took Texas and Ohio (bring out the champagne Mr. McCain!), but that may be too much wishful thinking  on my part.

I will take this time to note that Obama is not a Muslim, and does not swear in on the Koran, contrary to popular urban legends.

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Rest in Peace: William F. Buckley Jr.

February 29, 2008

I know this is a couple days late, but I just wanted to take some time and honor the great conservative thinker, William F. Buckley Jr.

Since 1955, Buckley has been writing newspaper columns and hosting talk shows.

He had a sense of humor too.  In 1965 when he ran for Mayor of New York City under the Conservative party (since any Republican who gets elected there isn’t a true conservative.  i.e. Giuliani), he was asked what he would do if he won.  His response was, “Demand a recount.”

Above all, he was always civilized on his talk shows (hehe – not my strong point).

So, Mr. Buckley, God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Done eulogizing,

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Central Michigan University Postpones Dennis Lennox’s Disciplinary Hearing Yet Again

February 29, 2008

On Wednesday, Dennis Lennox II met with Tony (Anthony) Voisin, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Life, and another unidentified man for his disciplinary hearing (as well as an undercover policeman who was also present, but not in the hearing room) (see here: http://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/01/25/central-michigan-to-hold-expulsion-hearing-for-dennis-lennox/ for an explanation about this hearing, or visit the category for Dennis Lennox here: http://inkslwc.wordpress.com/category/dennis-lennox/).

Here’s a video of the local news story:

Alright, now, since I was here (although not in the room – I was going to videotape, but I believe that a local reporter attempted to hold the video recorder for him.

Here’s what happened: Dennis went in with an adviser, Voisin told him he couldn’t videotape it, so the hearing was cancelled and will resume at another time.  CMU Media spokesman Steve Smith then took questions from the media.

He told us (over the course of several interviews where I just observed, I didnt’ ask him questions directly).  He had to speak generically, due to privacy laws, so all of these questions are hypothetical, and are not aimed specifically at Lennox’s case, although they are applicable (it’s essentially the way that they can hold a press conference without getting sued by some politically correct idiot):

  • The hearing “would continue at a later date [and] could continue without the student.”
  • The hearing  would “Not [be] open to [the] public or media.”
  • “Expulsion is only handed down in extreme cases.”  He said that the word expulsion has only come when Lennox has spoken, indicating that the punishment may not be incredibly severe.
  • When asked about the policy on letting students tape disciplinary hearings, he referred us to the Student Code of Conduct which he claimed was very clear on the matter.  The problem is, I’ve poured over the code and neither I, nor the local news (as you saw in the YouTube clip) found anything about allowing or banning students from taping their own hearings.

Lennox then answered some questions, the main question being, what will you do at the next hearing?  He answered, I “plan on taping everything I can.”

Personally, I think that CMU is just going to let this go – Smith/CMU looked VERY bad in the media by saying “Check the code of conduct” and then the news reporting that there’s nothing in the code about this.  Personally, I think they needed to hold a much better press conference, because by keeping silent, they just make themselves look bad.

I really don’t think they’ll be successful if they try to keep this up – either they’ll have to let him tape it, or they’re going to have a lot of angry people on their hands.

Also, some accused the university of trying to let this hearing slip through the media cracks, since spring break is this upcoming week, and the CM-Life will not publish until after spring break (their last paper came out Wednesday morning before the hearing).

I’ll keep you all updated if we hear any more developments.

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Official: Michael Bloomberg Is Not Running For President

February 28, 2008

Today, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a New York Times Op-Ed that he will not run for President (although the story got leaked when he wrote the article yesterday).

Here is an excerpt from “I’m Not Running for President, but …“:

I believe that an independent approach to these issues is essential to governing our nation — and that an independent can win the presidency. I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president. I have watched this campaign unfold, and I am hopeful that the current campaigns can rise to the challenge by offering truly independent leadership. The most productive role that I can serve is to push them forward, by using the means at my disposal to promote a real and honest debate.

In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to work to steer the national conversation away from partisanship and toward unity; away from ideology and toward common sense; away from sound bites and toward substance. And while I have always said I am not running for president, the race is too important to sit on the sidelines, and so I have changed my mind in one area. If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach — and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy — I’ll join others in helping that candidate win the White House. (read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/opinion/28mike.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)

So, he’s not running – I predicted that one a year ago.

Bloomberg talked a lot about non-partisan ideas (although I consider him a Democrat since the only reason he quit their party which he had originally been a member of  is because he lost an election running as one).

It looks like good ol’ Ralphy will be the only influential 3rd party candidate this year (no, Ron Paul won’t run either – give it up, he’s done – he needs to focus on retaining his House seat – we’ve already lost Tancredo, I don’t want to lose Paul too).

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Clinton Tries to Copy Obama’s Chant; Fails Worse Than Her Marriage

February 27, 2008

OK, I’ve had this one in the works for a while, but I’ve been really busy lately.  Here’s the video of Hillary Clinton trying to steal Obama’s “Yes we can slogan” and put her own twist on it:

(And she accused Obama of plagiarism?)

Notice how many people started joining in – not 1, not 2, not even 3, but … ZERO!

I don’t think she realizes that she’s not supposed to try to get them chanting.  I mean, do we have videos of Eisenhower going around saying, “I like Ike!  I like Ike!” or McCain chanting, “Mac is back! Mac is back! (Mac just had a heart attack! – I know it’s cruel, but I had to make a joke)” – NO, we DO NOT!  Clinton is an egotistical moron who, if she keeps stuff up like this, will hand the election over to the Republican party (not that that’s a bad thing).

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Raúl Castro Is Officially Elected President of Cuba

February 25, 2008

Yesterday (February 24th) the National Assembly of Cuba officially elected Raúl Castro as President of Cuba, officially ending Fidel Castro’s term as President (although Raúl had been acting President since July 31st, 2006 after Fidel was hospitalized).  Fidel had said on the 19th (possibly the 18th, I’ve seen a few sources with different versions, but most say the 19th) that he would not seek another term, saying, “I will not aspire nor accept—I repeat I will not aspire or accept—the post of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief.”

It’s debated how tied Raúl is to communism – some think he’ll stick more to communism, while others think he may go toward letting Cuba become free of it.  I don’t claim to know, so I’m not going to speculate.

I just hope that democracy CAN be brought to Cuba SOON.

As well, I think this embargo that we have on Cuba should be lifted immediately (and should’ve been lifted at least 10-15 years ago).

Well, now that there’s a new President, the fainting counter gets reset back to 0, but I doubt anybody’s going to beat Castro’s record.

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Pakistan Killed YouTube for About an Hour

February 24, 2008

Well, I could’ve sworn I did a post about Pakistan wanting to ban YouTube before, but apparently I didn’t.  Anyway, Pakistan decided to tell all of their internet service providers (ISPs) to block the popular video sharing site YouTube because some of the videos are offensive to Islam.

So Pakistan Telecom, “hijacked” the IP web server address of YouTube in order to redirect users from getting to the site.  The problem occurred when PCCW,  one of the largest communications providers for Pakistan and China, blocked all of their users from YouTube, not just the Pakistani ones, causing a YouTube blackout for over an hour for a decent chunk of the world.  The block spread to ISPs all over the world.

PCCW has since corrected the problem and Ron Paul supporters are YouTube is back up and running (I kid – I love Representative Paul, but his followers are sometimes a wee bit obsessed with technology).

And of course, I just had to photoshop this event, so enjoy:

Pakistan Killed YouTube

So, we’ll see who’s willing to accept their side of the blame on this one, although I’m guessing that Pakistan Telecom won’t.

You can read more from BBC (who broke the story) here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7262071.stm.

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Results from the Republican Caucus in Puerto Rico: McCain Won

February 24, 2008

Here are some unofficial results from the Puerto Rican Republican caucus.  I’m still looking for some official results:

  1. John McCain 188 90.83% 20 delegates
  2. Mike Huckabee 10 4.80%
  3. Ron Paul 9 4.33%

Again, I’ll try to find some official results.

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Prediction for the Republican Caucus in Puerto Rico

February 24, 2008

OK, the territorial caucus for Puerto Rico is today, and since McCain will most likely receive 2/3 of the votes, he’ll receive all 20 delegates (they have 3 more RNC delegates); however, if he doesn’t reach the  2/3 mark:

  • If 3 candidates reach the 15% mark, delegates will be awarded 10,6, and 4 respectively.
  • If 2 candidates reach the 15% mark, delegates will be awarded 13 and 7 respectively.

So, here’s my prediction:

  1. McCain 72%
  2. Romney 13%
  3. Huckabee 12%
  4. Paul 3%

At this point, we just need to all back John McCain – he’s our nominee, but I think that some of Romney’s support (since he did raise a decent amount of money there) will stick with him a little, and Huckabee will get some help for being the last legit candidate.  Ron Paul barely raised any money there though, so I don’t think he’ll do well at all.

I’ll try to have some updates with results later today.

Done Predicting,

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Satan Lives in Hawaii, and He Voted for Hillary

February 23, 2008

For about 2 hours these were the numbers from the Hawaiian caucus:

Clinton 666

If that’s not proof that Clinton and Satan have some alliance, watch this video (look at her eyes at 48 seconds – demonic looking aren’t they):

See – if that’s not proof, I don’t know what is.  Watch out – especially if you’re in Hawaii!

Done Warning,

Ranting Republican

**This is all satirical.  I obviously don’t believe that Satan is a voter in Hawaii.  Al Frankenstein lives in Minnesota.

Al Franken is Satan

OK, I’m done now.**
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