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Bush's Younger Brother Visits Paraguay

Thursday, March 20, 2008

By PEDRO SERVIN – Feb 29, 2008

ASUNCION, Parguay (AP) — Neil Bush, younger brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, called on Paraguay's president as the guest of a business federation founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

A presidential press office source, who spoke on condition of not being named, confirmed the younger Bush met President Nicanor Duarte on Thursday along with a delegation from the Universal Peace Federation, a group associated with Moon.

Duarte himself had no statement on the meeting.

Antonio Betancourt, a spokesman for the federation, said that Bush visited Duarte and later met with an opposition congressional leader, Sen. Miguel Abdon Saguier, and that both expressed interest in the Bush family and discussed local matters.

Betancourt said Bush later attended a leadership seminar sponsored by the federation.

The federation's Web site says it is trying to promote peace in the Middle East, South Asia and other regions, as well as proposing an 50-mile, $200 billion tunnel linking Siberia and Alaska.

A leading Paraguayan newspaper, ABC Color, reported Friday that Bush spoke at the leadership seminar about instilling a "culture of service" and better uniting individuals and organizations behind objectives that serve peace and the common good.

It said the seminar, held at an Asuncion hotel, was entitled "Toward a New Paradigm of Leadership and Government in Times of World Crisis."...(Click here for remainder of article)

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The Bushes and the Moons

By Ken Layne
Mar 2nd 2008 8:30PM


George W. Bush's seven years in the White House have fueled all kinds of terrible, paranoid conspiracies -- and the greatest, weirdest Bush Conspiracy is the "Exile To Paraguay" tale.

The story goes like this: George W. Bush and/or George H.W. Bush bought hundreds of thousands of acres in Paraguay, adjoining a similar spread owned by the Unification Church's Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Both massive parcels are hidden within a remote South American wilderness atop the world's biggest freshwater aquifer adjoining a secret U.S. military airbase. Oh, and there's a special non-extradition law to protect the Bush/Moon families as they enjoy their old age and run drug/weapons smuggling rings, safe from American justice. And they'll own all the drinking water in the world, or something.

So when George W.'s scandal-plagued little brother Neil Bush rushes down to Paraguay to meet with Rev. Moon's secret cabal, as happened Thursday, even the professional skeptic can be forgiven for wondering just what is up with these people.

Plenty of Bush Family conspiracy theories are entirely real, such as Poppy Bush's repeated calls for the "New World Order." Bush 41 just meant a post-Cold War cooperation of nations, but millions of paranoid Americans interpreted this as proof of the Evil Globalist Regime that will force your dogs to get microchips and sell America to the European bankers. (These conspiracists are completely off base: The government wants your horses microchipped, and America was sold to Chinese bankers.)...(Click here for remainder of post)

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Bush’s Legacy of Failure

Posted on Mar 18, 2008
By Robert Scheer

That idiotic “what, me worry?” look just never leaves the man’s visage. Once again, there was our president, presiding over disasters in part of his making and totally on his watch, grinning with an aplomb that suggested a serious disconnect between his worldview and existing reality. Be it in his announcement that Iraq was being secured on a day when bombs ripped through that sad land or posed between his Treasury secretary and the Federal Reserve chairman to applaud the government’s bailout of a failed bank, George Bush was the only one inexplicably smiling.

Failure suits him. It is a stance he learned well while presiding over one failed Texas business deal after another, and it served him splendidly as he claimed the title of president of the United States after losing the popular, and maybe even the electoral, vote. It carried him through the most ignominious chapter of U.S. foreign policy, from the lies about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction to an unprecedented presidential defense of torture.

The totally unwarranted assurance was there this week as the once proud dollar fell into the toilet and the debacle of Iraq and Bush’s other failed Mideast policies pushed oil prices to record highs. The Europeans, who didn’t support the U.S. imperial intervention, are doing much better, not having to pay for guarding besieged oil pipelines while U.S. taxpayers are saddled with trillions in future debt, not to mention 4,000 U.S. military deaths and 30,000 U.S. injuries in a war the administration had promised would be paid for with Iraqi oil revenues. Even in Baghdad last week, there wasn’t enough oil to keep the lights on for more than a few hours.

But the president is happy because his legacy issue, the war on terror, is intact. No matter that this week the Pentagon was forced to release a report conducted over the last five years that concluded, after surveying 600,000 official Iraqi documents captured by U.S. forces, that there is “no smoking gun” establishing any connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida. The report was so embarrassing that we taxpayers, who paid for it, were not going to be told of its existence, even though the explosive conclusions were totally declassified, until ABC News forced its posting online....(Click here for remainder of post).

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Obama's Speech Applauded -- By Republican Foes

By JAKE TAPPER

March 19, 2008

Campaigning in North Carolina today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., enjoyed overwhelmingly warm reviews from the media and the crowd in Charlotte for his speech about race and his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

But for far different reasons, Republican political consultants were delighted with the speech, as well. Looking ahead to November, GOP strategists say Obama did not remove Wright as a campaign issue.

"He didn't explain why he continued to attend a church whose minister has a long history of divisive and hate-filled rhetoric, when the fundamental message of Obama's campaign is unity and bring us together," said Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

Republicans say they will combine Wright's anti-American rhetoric with other moments — such as Obama's removal of his American flag pin because he felt it had become a substitute for true patriotism, or his not covering his heart during the national anthem last summer....(Click here for remainder of post)

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Superdelegates Wait and See

Group Monitors Fallout From Pastor Controversy, Obama's Speech on Race
By JACKIE CALMES
March 20, 2008


WASHINGTON -- Amid all the attention to Barack Obama's race-relations speech this week, one group in particular is monitoring the fallout for the senator from his longtime pastor's inflammatory sermons: the uncommitted superdelegates who could decide the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Illinois senator has steadily been cutting into Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead among these party leaders, who can vote for any candidate they choose at the August nominating convention. That has added to Sen. Obama's lead among the pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses.

Now, Democrats expect Sen. Obama's progress to stall until some fence-sitters see how their constituents react to his attempts to soothe racial tension. In his speech, the senator condemned the minister's views without renouncing him, and, as someone who is biracial, sought to explain the resentments of blacks and whites to the other....(Click here for remainder of article)

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Obama Works to Shift Campaign Back to Domestic Issues

By JEFF ZELENY
Published: March 20, 2008


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday tried to steer his campaign from a focus on race that had threatened to envelop his candidacy and back to the economy, war and a host of other concerns.

One day after delivering a major address about the racial divide, Mr. Obama barely mentioned the topic on his first campaign visit to North Carolina. From a foreign policy address in Fayetteville to a public forum here, Mr. Obama made just a passing reference to race, after a voter broached the subject.

It remained far from certain, though, whether Mr. Obama had diminished the risk from the incendiary words of his longtime spiritual adviser and former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

“There are people who are going to try to use it against him at this point, to say that it is a race issue now,” said Leigh Guth, who saw Mr. Obama speak in a gymnasium here. “But I don’t think it is. I don’t think it ever has been.”...(Click here for remainder of article)

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Anything But Straight: Obama: From Crisis to Crowning Achievement

Written by Wayne Besen
Thursday, 20 March 2008


It had been a devastating week for Barack Obama.

The rationale for his entire campaign was hope and reconciliation. Yet, for days, his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, was shown on television delivering rabid and racially insensitive sermons denouncing America. Rightfully sensing his candidacy may be history if he did not respond, Obama answered with a spine-tingling, tear-evoking historical speech that was so remarkable, it drew comparisons to addresses made by Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.

It was visionary, daring, and bold – evoking a flood of praise and the showering of lofty "M-words."

Magnificent – moving – majestic – magical – mesmerizing – mellifluous - monumental.

Above all, it was a sincere and honest discussion that avoided all the "P-words" that have defined political discourse on race since the Civil War.

Patronizing – pandering – politically correct – polarizing

Indeed, it was so inspiring that Obama supplanted Oprah as the "Big O" on his campaign. The speech was as timeless as it was timely and will be talked about for generations. In essence, Obama brilliantly gave people – of all races - permission to justify their grievances and grudges – while taking them by the hand and showing them an enlightened way forward.

He also deftly handled the ranting reverend problem with a strategy of distancing without disowning. In doing so, Obama was credited for showing the two were not ideological Siamese twins, while scoring points for personal loyalty. It was a feat so astonishing that the only other politician who could have pulled it off – maybe – was Bill Clinton in his prime....(Click here for remainder of post)

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Paul slighted by the 'neoconservative' GOP

[This article is from the Washington Times, so please read with a healthy dose of skepticism.]

By Ralph Z. Hallow
March 19, 2008

Ron Paul says the legions of newcomers his presidential campaign brought to the Republican Party are getting the cold shoulder from John McCain and from the party.

The Texas congressman says neither he nor his supporters have heard from Mr. McCain or Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan since March 4, when the Arizona senator accumulated enough delegates to clinch the party's presidential nomination.

"I don't think they want them," Mr. Paul told The Washington Times, adding that indifference doesn't surprise him because the party's establishment has deserted traditional conservative principles for big government and foreign intervention.

"We don't agree with them," he says. "We agree with the Old Right, and they're the New Right, which is 'The Wrong,' [because] the New Right has morphed into neoconservative."

Many of his 800,000 presidential nomination votes were from newcomers to the Republican Party — the kind of dedicated small-donor volunteers the party needs, he says.

Mr. Duncan says he informed Mr. Paul that Mr. McCain had gone over the top on delegates but did not discuss how the party might hold onto Mr. Paul's supporters — and their potential future financial contributions....(Click here for remainder of article)

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Geraldine Ferraro resents being lumped in with the Rev. Wright in Obama speech

Of course Ferraro is upset, because we all know that this is about her, and not Barack Obama and/or race. This woman is obviously obsessed with being back in the spotlight. I mean, honestly. Who's even heard one iota from here since 1984? She needs to drift back into obscurity and leave the politics to the grown-ups.

By Gene Maddaus Staff Writer
03/19/2008 03:34:03 PM PDT


Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said today that she objected to the comparison Sen. Barack Obama drew between her and his former pastor in his speech on race relations Tuesday.

In the speech, Obama sought to place the inflammatory remarks of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a broader context, in part by placing them on a continuum with Ferraro's recent remark to the Daily Breeze that Obama is "lucky" to be black.

"To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro said today. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred."

Ferraro, the only woman to ever run on a major party presidential ticket, sparked a controversy when she told the Breeze that "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position."

The resulting controversy was quickly superceded by an even greater furor over Wright's sermons, in which Obama's longtime pastor denounced America and argued that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were retribution for U.S. foreign policy.

In an effort to stem the damage to his presidential campaign, Obama gave a 37-minute speech Tuesday in which he used Ferraro's remarks as a rhetorical foil to Wright's and drew a parallel between black anger and white resentment....(Click here for remainder of article).

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The Meaning of Murtha

By Paul Kane

Pennsylvania Rep. John P. Murtha's endorsement of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday marked her first big superdelegate pick-up since the March 4 primaries. But the biggest endorsement value of Murtha, whose Johnstown-based district won't yield many Democratic votes for either candidate, may be in the power he commands among a handful of acolytes in the state's delegation. He could play a pivotal role in bringing along more Clinton supporters among the all-important superdelegates.

Three other Pennsylvania Democrats who are devout Murtha supporters -- Reps. Robert Brady, Michael Doyle and Tim Holden -- have also been undeclared so far in the presidential campaign. Murtha's support for Clinton makes it possible all three superdelegates could line up behind the dean of their state delegation.

Brady is a local party boss in Philadelphia and Doyle a key player in Pittsburgh-area politics. Holden represents the exurbs of Philadelphia, stretching from Reading to parts of York.

All three junior Democrats were prominent backers of Murtha's failed bid for House majority leader, and all three are regularly seated in the far southeastern corner of the House chamber, affectionately known as "Murtha Corner", where the lawmaker holds court and crafts appropriations deals....(Click here for remainder of article).

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On Obama's Race Speech

by Bob Ostertag
Huffingtonpost.com


Well, there it is. If you are one of those folks who has been watching Barack Obama bring audiences to their feet with platitudes like "stand up for hope," while you yourself wonder who this guy really is and what does he really stand for, today was your day. Few politicians have ever spelled out in such heartfelt detail exactly what they stand for in the way Obama did today.

The standard politician response to the media hoopla over Wright's sermons would have been to "repudiate" Wright (whatever that actually means). Instead, Obama initially said something about Wright being part of his "family," and that we all have disagreements with family members but we don't kick them out of the family.

And I thought, well, that's a principled thing to say, but I don't at all know if it is going to fly in the context of a national presidential campaign. After all, "God damn America" is pretty toxic stuff for someone who wants to be President of the U.S. in the age of fundamentalist terrorism both Islamic and Christian....(Click here for remainder of article).

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