Friday, May 23, 2008

OH MY HECK NOOOOO!

Supreme Court Shot for Hillary Clinton?

Posted May 21, 2008, 07:36 pm CDT
By Martha Neil

As Barack Obama slowly but surely takes a definitive lead in the Democratic primary, there's another option he could pursue to put opponent Hillary Clinton on his team as she gamely continues her seeming losing battle for the presidential nomination.

"It's likely that the next president will face at least one Supreme Court vacancy," a Washington Post guest writer points out in a much-read opinion piece today. "Obama should promise Hillary Clinton, now, that if he wins in November, the vacancy will be hers, making her first on a list of one."

Even if Obama could persuade Clinton to accept a second-place position on a joint ticket, she would be a significant addition to the Supreme Court because of her intelligence, tenacity and expected liberal viewpoint, especially compared to some of the court's sitting justices, according to James Andrew Miller, who served as an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., a Republican.

"President Obama would engender praise (at least from Democrats) at the prospect of Hillary going toe to toe with Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito," Miller writes. "Clinton's gumption and determination might make her one of the most powerful forces ever on the court, particularly when it comes to swaying other justices when the court is closely divided."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Put your MONEY where your mouth is Utah Democratic Party.


I challenge Wayne Holland and Rob Miller, party leaders of the Utah Democratic Party to put up or shut up. Holland and Miller have been quoted in the press and Blogs that the Utah Democratic Party is going to clean up in the 2008 election cycle here in Utah.

So I propose this challenge on stage on election night in full view of all the media outlets. I will take a pie in the face on behalf of the highest Act blue donor for each Democratic candidate that removes a Republican incumbent from Office.

I will come dressed in my finest conservative attire and take it like a man for the entire world to see.

I do not think even one Republican incumbent will be defeated in 2008 and am willing to put my face in pie jeopardy. If no Democrat takes a Republican seat, then both Holland and Miller must submit to pies from me.

Captain Mark

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Utah Outlook: Democrat Pie in my Face - Yummm

Utah Outlook: Democrat Pie in my Face - Yummm

Bush Assails Appeasement, Touches off Storm

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:54 AM CDT

New York Times

McCain Names Drawdown Date

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:53 AM CDT

Wall Street Journal

Clinton Finds Herself a Belittled Woman

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:53 AM CDT

Washington Post

McCain Adviser Ousted in Uproar

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:52 AM CDT

The Politico

Is McCain the Saudi's Candidate?

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:52 AM CDT

Bloomberg

Edwards Endorsement Could Solve Florida Delegate Dilemma

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:51 AM CDT

St. Petersburg Times

Tennessee GOP Targets Michelle Obama on "Proud" Comment

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:50 AM CDT

Associated Press

Obama Plans Florida Swing

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:49 AM CDT

St. Petersburg Times

Edwards Delegates Moves After Edwards Endorsement

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:47 AM CDT

Associated Press

Obama, McCain to Contrast on Cuba Policy

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:47 AM CDT

Miami Herald

War Funding Stalls in the House

Posted: 16 May 2008 04:45 AM CDT

Washington Post

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

BREAKING UPDATE -Turn out the Lights, the Parties Over Hillary


You can see why Bill didn't resign from the White House, she has been seeking the office of President before she ever met Bill Clinton, and put up with his crap riding his coat tails to get to this point. She knows this will be her one and only chance and she cannot give up under any circumstances. After this is all over, and she returns to the US Senate, I would not want to be any of her former "friends" that bailed on her. She will have a long memory and her Christmas card list will be a lot shorter this year. She will not accept any position in a Obama administration as being a US Senator wields more perks and political power. She will likely seek Senate Leadership, and become the first female Senate Majority leader.

BREAKING UPDATE:

'This race is over,' former DNC chair says; Obama adds more superdelegates

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The headline on this post when it was first published at 7:48 a.m. ET was "Obama adds another superdelegate; count up to 282."

Now (10:35 a.m. ET), Barack Obama's campaign says that another superdelegate -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin -- has said he supports the Illinois senator. And it has scheduled an 11 a.m. ET conference call for reporters with former Democratic National Committee chairman and former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer -- a signal that he too is likely to say he'll be casting his superdelegate vote for Obama.

Update at 11:45 a.m. ET: The conference call is now finished. During it, Romer was asked whether he is part of an effort to "force" Hillary Rodham Clinton from the nomination race. Near the end of the call, he returned to that question. As you'll hear, he said he wanted to make clear that it is up to Clinton to decide whether she should or should not give up. What he thinks he and other superdelegates need to do, Romer said, is give her the information she needs to make her decision in coming weeks:

Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: "This race is over," Romer just said on the conference call. Obama's delegate lead is too large for Hillary Rodham Clinton to overcome, he believes, and in his opinion it's time for the Democratic Party to focus on the fall campaign.

It's worth noting that Romer was chosen to be DNC chairman by then-president Bill Clinton in 1997.

Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: On the conference call, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe just confirmed that Romer is endorsing Obama. Romer will be joining the call shortly.

Also, the Obama campaign just indirectly confirmed that another superdelegate, Anita Bonds of the District of Columbia, has given him her support. The campaign has sent reporters the link to this report.

Bob Barr, The Republicans Ralph Nader



AFTER months of a relatively free run, thanks to the Democratic Party's distractions, the Republican presumptive nominee John McCain ran into some turbulence from his own side of politics when a little-known former congressman announced he would run as a libertarian candidate, on a platform of smaller government.

Bob Barr said on Monday he was launching a presidential bid because voters were hungry for an alternative to the status quo who would dramatically cut the federal government.

His candidacy could draw votes from Senator McCain, particularly from the small but solid support base of Ron Paul, who attracted 2 to 8 per cent of the vote in the primaries on a similar small-government platform. Mr Barr, who has hired Ross Perot's former campaign manager, acknowledged that some Republicans had tried to discourage him from running. But he said he was getting in the race to win, not to play a spoiler or to make a point.

Yea sure Bob

Discrimination raises it's ugly head


Discrimination raises it's ugly head!

Whats a poor radio, boom box, or plain old Mp3 player to do?

Captain Mark

Utah Outlook: Can't Afford the Gas Anymore

Utah Outlook: Can't Afford the Gas Anymore

Friday, May 09, 2008

Just how again did this guy get elected?


http://youtube.com/watch?v=TRlbX9AJPyg&feature=related

Clinton Asks Superdelegates to Commit in Private

Posted: 09 May 2008 04:47 AM CDT

The Politico

Actors Backup Huffington Regarding McCain's 2000 Vote

Posted: 09 May 2008 04:43 AM CDT

New York Times

No Deal in Place for Florida Democrats

Posted: 09 May 2008 04:41 AM CDT

St. Petersburg Times

Clinton Urges Obama to Support Full MI, FL Delegations

Posted: 09 May 2008 04:37 AM CDT

Detroit News

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Morning Roundup

Posted: 08 May 2008 08:30 AM CDT

Fox News's "Fox and Friends" Debbie Dingell, on Michigan delegates being seated: "With all due respect to President Carter, he's wrong. He's one of the people that's made Iowa, a small state that...

Clinton Fights For Her Life

Posted: 08 May 2008 06:41 AM CDT

Hillary Clinton's biggest problem right now isn't her lack of money, and it isn't that undecided superdelegates will suddenly move against her. Indeed, yesterday was notable for the fact that so few...

Obama's Next Step

Posted: 07 May 2008 12:24 PM CDT

In a conference call with reporters, the Obama campaign focused on the relatively small number of pledged delegates they need to win the majority, and had five of Obama's top elected supporters...

Monday, May 05, 2008

Utah Outlook: Just How Much Milk Is Too Much Milk.

Utah Outlook: Just How Much Milk Is Too Much Milk.

Poll Shows Voters Unaffected by Wright

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:20 AM CDT

New York Times

Clinton & Obama Stay Focused on Message

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:20 AM CDT

Indianapolis Star

Bill Clinton Finds Niche in Small Towns

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:19 AM CDT

Washington Post

Clinton Discounts Economists in Gas Tax Debate

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:18 AM CDT

Indianapolis Star

Obama Says Clinton Talks Like Bush on Iran

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:15 AM CDT

Associated Press

Obama Says Teamsters Need Less Oversight

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:11 AM CDT

Wall Street Journal

Dean Says GOP Using Race to Win

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:10 AM CDT

The Hill

Race Still Influences Voters

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:08 AM CDT

Raleigh News & Observer

The GOP's Housing Dilemma

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:05 AM CDT

Wall Street Journal

Crowds Stay Late for Early Voting

Posted: 05 May 2008 02:04 AM CDT

Charlotte Observer

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Oblogatory Anecdotes: Vegetation Liberation Front

Oblogatory Anecdotes: Vegetation Liberation Front

Ridgway’s Law to take effect tomorrow

• Stalking of another person by electronic means or by a third party is prohibited.

I understand he received one vote (1) vote for his bid for the Republican nomination for House District 24, LOL

I also understand that former Vice Chair Dana Dickson managed the caucus and voting for this district. I was told by those in attendance that Ridgway was so angry that for his 3 minute speech he spent his first minute bashing Dana Dickson, his second minute bashing Dr. Joe Jarvis (who won all the delegates but his two opponents votes), and his third minute again bashing Dana Dickson. He said nothing about why he was running for the office. What a total waste of the delegates time.

The Captain

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Even with Bob Bernicks best efforts, Status Quo in Utah GOP

Even with all the commentary (spin) from Bob Bernick of the Deseret News, The Utah Republican delegates nominated or re-nominated incumbents without allowing the general public any say. No, none, nada, including Senator Buttars will see a primary election. And even LaVar Christensen will likely return to the hallowed peoples house, defeating one of the few Republican Women in the Legislature without a primary vote. Mike Ridgway, the Republican pariah who sought to embarrass Dr. Joe Jarvis for House seat 24, was himself embarrassed when he received only one single vote for his nomination (I assume his own, but your never know with this nut job) proving to everyone that any influence he might have had previously in the Republican Party is long gone. Next comes the State GOP Convention where I predict the same outcome.

Captain

Former SLCO Prosecutor Kent Morgan's got some splaining to do!

How can anyone who is involved in Law enforcement (Prosecutor) have a friendly relationship with a known pimp. The best thing Morgan can hope for is a job with Greg Skordas.

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2008 12:19 a.m. MDT


Documents obtained by the Deseret News show that a private investigator who tailed the Salt Lake County district attorney worked in tandem with a man accused of running a prostitution ring.

The documents indicate ties between several players in the controversy surrounding District Attorney Lohra Miller and her decision to fire a longtime prosecutor for allegedly leaking confidential information to a criminal defendant. The documents show:

• The private investigator, Shane Johnson, jointly obtained documents with the defendant accused of leading a prostitution ring, Steve Maese, about the police chief who headed the probe into Maese's former escort service.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695276039,00.html

Comments:

Conejo | 1:11 a.m. May 3, 2008

Sounds to me like these two tried playing big city hardball with the DAs office and lost. This article only serves to re-enforce my opinion there was something unwarranted about all the attention Lohra Miller has received about her family life.

Bob Bin Ewski | 3:53 a.m. May 3, 2008

Morgan has no integrity. Shane Johnson does. He's a good, ethical person who was probobaly just hired to do a job. To do anything less than what he was hired to do, wouldn't have been right.

I Agree | 8:14 a.m. May 3, 2008

This whole thing smacks of dirty politics. Lohra Miller has been attacked since before she took officer. It is inconceivable that Mr. Morgan limited his association with Mr. Maese so conveniently. I think there's so much more to this and it probably involves other officials. I'm glad Mr. Morgan did not get to run for the DA's Office. I wouldn't want someone who takes advice from alledged pimps and witness tamperers to be heading up that office. If nothing else, it shows he has a lack of discernment. That the same private investigator that stalked Ms Miller and her family is also closely involved with Mr. Maese and Mr. Morgan is just too coincidental. I'm wondering, now, if either Mr. Morgan hired the investigator or had his sleazy friend do it for him.

Good on you, Lohra Miller.

Republicans Crossing Over into Dem Contests

Posted: 03 May 2008 04:54 AM CDT

New York Times

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Air Force tanker deal could be campaign issue

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by Frank James

As has been widely reported, the Air Force stunned almost everyone yesterday by deciding to award its huge, $35 billion contract for new airborne refueling tankers to a partnership formed by Northrop Grumman, the Los Angeles-based company, and EADS Inc., the European maker of Airbus airliners.

Boeing, headquartered in Chicago but with a large workforce in Washington State, was the big loser. Boeing had said that if it got the contract to build the new tanker based on its 767 airliner, it would provide enough work to keep 40,000 U.S. workers busy.

But Boeing lost. So the aircraft will be built in Europe, with the conversion work being done in Mobile, Ala. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Mobile operations would employ far fewer people than Boeing says it would have, apparently 1,200 to do the modification work.

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Aerospace workers protest in Everett, Wash. after the Air Force announced it chose Northrop Grumman Corp. and Airbus parent EADS over Boeing to supply air-refueling tankers, on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dan DeLong)

This is obviously not making people in Washington State happy. The Seattle P-I puts it this way:

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., a senior member of the House panel that oversees military spending, predicted "a firestorm of criticism about this decision." He said many lawmakers "don't want Airbus building this plane."

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told reporters she was "frustrated, angry and in shock at this announcement."

The state's senior senator said she couldn't understand the choice of giving a massive contract to a foreign-based business, considering that the U.S. is teetering on a recession.

"You can put an American sticker on a plane and call it American, but you can't call it American made. They are clearly going to be made overseas, and that is a factor we all have to be thinking about, whether we want American planes built overseas."

Murray said Boeing will be debriefed by the Air Force later this month on why it lost out, and the company could then appeal the decision. The Government Accountability Office then has 100 days to examine the appeal, Murray said. She said it was premature to speculate on a congressional inquiry, but added, "We clearly want to be supportive of Boeing and find out the facts."

Because of the jobs issue, this Air Force decision seems tailor-made for Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton who in their increasingly populist appeals have made the loss of American jobs a major presidential campaign issue, especially as they compete for labor votes during the primaries.

And in the general election, there'd likely be little political risk for the Democratic presidential nominee in bashing the Air Force since the state that will benefit from the decision, Alabama, is so far from being a swing state, it is so reliably Republican, we might as well put it in Republican column already.

Meanwhile, criticizing the Air Force's decision will just fire up Democrats and independents in Washington State, which may prove important for either Clinton or Obama in a race against Sen. John McCain who has strong appeal to independents and could conceivably do better than the 46 percent of the vote President Bush got in that state in 2004 in his race against Sen. John Kerry who won 53 percent.

There's also likely to be an affect on congressional campaigns. House members are all up for re-election this year in a very difficult economy, which may not be officially in a recession but feels that way to many Americans, including quite a few who will be angered by the Air Force decision.

In the Air Force's defense, creating jobs in the U.S. wasn't part of its goal. It said it wanted to get the best it could aircraft for taxpayers' money and the various missions it envisions the new aircraft flying.

That goal clearly came across during yesterday's Pentagon press conference. Here's an extended exchange between reporters and Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte and and Assistant Defense Secretary Sue Payton had with a reporter.

Q Eric Rosenberg, Hearst Newspapers. Were either of you surprised, or do you think your colleagues will be surprised by the selection? And then secondly, do you think that there'll be blowback from congressional types, concerning for the fact -- the simple fact that this is not just Northrop Grumman, there's a high foreign component in this?

GEN. LICHTE: Well, I think it's simply a great day for America. I think this is a move forward. When you ask if we're surprised, we are just happy to be moving on. Every day in Air Mobility Command, we're launching sorties and we're engaged in the fight. There are some 1,000 sorties that are being flown right now around the world; 250 of them are tanker sorties out there. And so for me, as the commander of Air Mobility Command, every 90 seconds we can see an Air Mobility aircraft rolling down a runway somewhere in the world. And so for me, it's not a surprise. We are working hard every day.

What this is, is relief, because we know that in the future years, we will have a new tanker, because tankers are what really enable the fight. We can look all over the world from space, and then when we find a problem, if we need to put bombs on target, it's the tanker that enables that, or we can go with an outreached hand for humanitarian airlift. So --

Q But institutionally, it is a surprise. I mean, Boeing has been building these for so many years that it has to strike your colleagues -- it must strike your colleagues as something curious.

GEN. LICHTE: I guess I'd tell you to turn back the clocks and look at the last time we bought a new tanker, when we were discussing whether we were going to buy 747s or DC-10s built by McDonnell Douglas. And so we have a combination of Boeing tankers -- certainly from the years '56 to '64 we had some 700 tankers built by Boeing -- but we've also had tankers that were built originally by McDonnell Douglas.

Q And the foreign element? Do you think that you're going to get some blowback from Capitol Hill about this?

GEN. LICHTE: This is an American tanker. It's flown by American airmen. It has a big American flag on the tail, and every day, it'll be out there saving American lives.

Yeah?

Q Justin Fischel with Fox News. The contract is going to EADS, then, which is overseas. Boeing argued, however, that it would create about 40,000 American jobs here. Did that weigh into your decision at all? Obviously, with it going to EADS, there won't be as many American jobs created. How do you respond to that?

MS. PAYTON: Well, I'd be happy to respond to that. I -- the RFP is not involved with -- the requirements of the RFP were not such that this was taken into consideration. The RFP had to do with requirements that the warfighter needed, and we balanced the requirements of the warfighter with the best value for the taxpayer, relative to how much this system is going to cost and how well it's going to perform.

Q And just to follow, did size matter in this issue? I mean, the KC-30 is twice as large as the 767. Did that play into cost savings, and was that an issue in this decision?

GEN. LICHTE: Well, I -- from a warfighter's perspective, and I know the team looked at a whole number of things, but from my perspective, I can sum it up in one word: more.

More passengers, more cargo, more fuel to offload, more patients that we can carry, more availability, more flexibility and more dependability. And so from my aspect, the team did tremendous work and now we will take that and put it into the fight.

So the Air Force believes it and U.S. taxpayers got more. But there are tens of thousands of U.S. aerospace workers who believe they got less, and the shaft.

The New United States Air Force Tanker – Made in France, WHAT THE HECK!

The American Flag and United States Air force, emblazoned proudly on the side, but deep inside this US Military air tanker, “Made in France” is stamped on every single part of this plane. How could this be possible?

Is it not enough we have compromised our national security by depending on foreign oil from countries that hate the United States and everything we stand for?

Now we want to send US Tax dollars to companies that are subsidized by socialized governments who only want to export their goods and services to the United States, but bar access to their markets for products made here in the United States?

This is just the latest in short sighted mistakes with ever increasing long term consequences.

Remember Spyglass readers, we are talking about military planes that will be carrying US Airmen and women in harm’s way, not passenger planes flying folks to warmer weather and golden tans.

No we are talking about strategic metals and new technologies like anti-missile defense technology currently used on Air Force One. Do we dare allow foreign government’s access to this technology or allow them to develop systems to overcome these systems and sell on the open market?

Have we forgotten how France refused over flight rights to our F-111 bombers when asked by then President Ronald Reagan to retaliate against Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s role in bombing a West Berlin nightclub frequented by US serviceman? What would happen if the Governments supporting EADS refused to send spare parts for our tankers because they didn’t agree on our military decisions? This is just unbelievable we should be putting our country in this potential jeopardy.

Here is another example of what happens when Military Technology is allowed out of the control of the United States.

Citing national-security concerns, two Democratic lawmakers are engaged in a last-ditch effort to halt plans for the transfer of an Indiana factory that produces critical technology in the guidance systems of U.S. "smart bombs" to the People's Republic of China.

The Department of Defense denies any impropriety, but some observers are asking: Is it a case of politics as usual, or a cover-up?

The Magnequench factory (originally known as UGIMAG) was sold in August 2000 to a consortium that included Chinese interests. In 2001, it was announced the US plant would be shut down and relocated to China.

The factory is responsible for producing 80 percent of the rare-earth permanent magnets used in the guidance systems of U.S. "smart bombs," according to lawmakers.

Now let’s look at some of the facts of this so called fair competition. Aside from the National Security Issues involved here, how about the actual technical differences between these two choices. Just a few observations from the Air Forces own observations.

"The fact that the Air Force gave Boeing the highest possible rating in mission capability and cited the KC-767 Advanced Tanker as having three times more strengths than the Northrop-EADS tanker in this most important category further highlights the inconsistencies in the selection process," said Mark McGraw, vice president and program manager for Boeing Tanker Programs. "As for protecting flight crews on the most dangerous missions, the Air Force evaluated Boeing's tanker as much more survivable than the Northrop-EADS tanker."

"Despite the changes made in favor of the KC-30 in the area of mission capability, the evaluation was clear in its assessment," McGraw said. "The Air Force identified 98 strengths and only one weakness with the KC-767, while they pinpointed 30 strengths and five weaknesses for the KC-30, including four weaknesses in aerial refueling."

The Air Force gave Boeing high marks in aerial refueling. Evaluators cited the ability of the KC-767 to refuel the V-22 Osprey, which the KC-30 was evaluated as not being able to do. They cited the KC-767's better maneuverability while flying heavily loaded into a refueling zone, and they said its refueling flight deck displays and communications systems were better than the KC-30's. Evaluators also found three weaknesses in Northrop/EADS' boom design and an additional weakness in their ability to be a receiver due to the lighting of their receptacle.

In contrast, the Air Force said the KC-767 met or exceeded all key performance parameters in the mission capability requirements evaluation. Among some of the other key strengths: aero medical evacuation, enhanced navigation system, better use of airport ramp space, better cockpit displays and communications systems, and more likely to integrate into operational use faster with new equipment and future growth.

"Also of significant concern for us is the fact that the Air Force settled for a plane that is ultimately less survivable for flight crews performing their vital missions in war zones," McGraw said. "In providing technology and features that can keep the airplane more survivable for the men and women flying them, the Air Force determined that the KC-30 is less survivable than the KC-767." The Air Force found that in the critical area of combat survivability, the Boeing tanker had nearly five times as many strengths as Northrop's. The Air Force said Boeing's strengths totaled 24 and gave just five for Northrop-EADS.

"The superiority of the KC-767 in the critical area of survivability compared with the corresponding 'weakness' of the Northrop/EADS plane should give war fighters and American taxpayers alike cause for concern as the GAO continues their review.”

And guess what else folks, the KC-767 can currently land on all our military runways and can use the current hangers and ramps of the 50+ year old KC-135’s. The French Built Airbus will require longer runways, wider taxiways, and bigger hangers to support. So where exactly is the savings to the US Taxpayer?

Just what the heck were they thinking? Well we can thank Presidential Candidate Senator John McCain and some corrupt Boeing executives for this screw up. In a March 13, 2008 article written by Patrick J. Buchanan for the San Francisco Chronicle her writes.

"The commonest error in politics," said Lord Salisbury, "is sticking to the carcass of dead Policies." Lord Salisbury's rule comes to mind on reading of John McCain's delight at the $40 billion contract awarded the French-led parent of Airbus - to build the next generation of U.S. Air Force tankers.

The contract could run to $100 billion and is a body blow to Boeing in its duel to the death with Airbus. Two-thirds of all air-to-air refueling tankers are used by the United States. The contract gives a 30-year lease on life to the expiring Airbus A330 and means early death for Boeing's 767, the U.S. model for the tanker.

Congratulating himself for having exposed corruption in the Boeing bid, McCain purred,

"I have always insisted that the Air Force buy major weapons through fair and open competition."

If McCain thinks Airbus has prospered through "fair and open competition," he is beyond recall. In its first 25 years, Airbus sold 770 planes but did not make a dime in profit. It was started as a socialist cartel, subsidized by the governments of Spain, France, Britain and Germany, to invade and capture a market owned by Americans who built the planes that won World War II.

Airbus drove Lockheed and McDonnell-Douglas out of the business of commercial aircraft and almost took down Boeing. And like indolent buffalo munching grass as they are shot one by one, we let it happen.

Lost U.S. jobs should not be our primary concern, said McCain, "I've always felt the best thing to do is to create the best weapons system we can at minimum cost to taxpayers."

But if McCain thinks cost trumps all in building weapons of war, why not outsource the building of U.S. carriers, cruisers, destroyers and submarines to the foreign shipyards that construct America's merchant ships?

Why not outsource the scores of thousands of U.S. government jobs handling Social Security checks and tax returns to Bangladesh and India?

When Europe imposes a 15 percent value-added tax on U.S. imports and rebates the VAT on exports to the United States that is not free trade.

When China devalues its currency 45 percent as it did in 1994, and bolts it down to suck jobs and factories out of the United States, that is not free trade.

When Japan manipulates its currency, preaches economic nationalism to its people, and shelters its market for TVs, autos and steel, while dumping into and capturing ours that is not free trade.”

We need to stop this train wreck. We cannot afford the security compromise or the loss of high technology jobs to foreign competitors that have the central banks of their countries subsidizing their operations, at the expense of American Technology and American Jobs.

As FDR once said, with a little updating “All we have to fear, is the Government Itself”

Captain Mark

Religion & Ethics - Oxymoron?

Religion & Ethics?

This is how the Deseret News combines these two diverse issues on it's on-line website. I never really thought about this before, but does this make sense? It would appear that these two issues here in the State of Utah have about as much in common as Senator Harry Reid from Nevada and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Now thats what I call an Oxymoron

Obama Cuts Ties with Wright

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:54 AM CDT

The Politico

Will Obama's Break With Wright Stop the Bleeding?

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:53 AM CDT

McClatchy

McCain Strengthening Political Marriage

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:53 AM CDT

New York Times

Candidates' Plans Could Rise Gas Prices

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:52 AM CDT

Wall Street Journal

Obama Says Rivals Pandering on Gas Issue

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:52 AM CDT

Associated Press

McCain Pushes Tax Credits, Health Care Reforms

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:51 AM CDT

Miami Herald

Top Michigan Dems Suggest Splitting Delegates

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:51 AM CDT

Associated Press

Kentucky Rep. Backs Obama

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:50 AM CDT

Lexington Herald-Leader

In '90s Memories, Clinton Runs Risk

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:49 AM CDT

Wall Street Journal

Easley is Potent Supporter for Clinton

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:48 AM CDT

The Politico

Obama's Record Has GOP Dusting Off 'Liberal' Attacks

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 04:48 AM CDT

Bloomberg

Obama's Wright Turn

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 06:30 AM CDT

When Barack Obama made his official announcement that he was running for President over 14 months ago in Springfield, Illinois, the Senator made sure that his pastor Jeremiah Wright had no speaking...

Obama's Chickens Come Home to Roost

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 01:35 AM CDT

Over the weekend, the Obama campaign suffered a further disaster: the Reverend Jeremiah Wright finally seized his 15 minutes of fame. Lured by the irresistible glow of the spotlight, the reverend...

Start Drilling

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 01:40 AM CDT

WASHINGTON -- What to do about oil? First it went from $60 to $80 a barrel, then from $80 to $100 and now to $120. Perhaps we can persuade OPEC to raise production, as some senators suggest; but this...