Remember Hillary Clinton’s Vaccine Fiasco?

From “The First Partner – Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by Joyce Milton, pp 278-280:

Reclaiming America

Hillary believed that every cause needed a villain, and the pharmaceutical companies had been chosen as the designated enemy of the day. On February 12 [1993], Hillary traveled to a health care conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with Tipper Gore to deliver a speech lambasting drug manufacturers for profiteering at the expense of America’s children. Charging that the cost of immunizing a child had risen from $6.69 in 1981 to $90.43 in 1991, an increase of 1,250 percent, Hillary told the audience, “Unless you are willing to take on those who profited from that kind of increase and are continuing to do so, you cannot provide the kind of universal immunization system that this country needs to have.”

Whether drug companies actually priced their products too high was a matter of opinion.



Hillary Claims Supreme Court Stole Election

More outrageous remarks from Mrs. Bill Clinton, culled from last night’s Democrat debate, via MSNBC:

Oct. 30 Democratic debate transcript

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania presidential candidate forum at Drexel

Russert: Senator Clinton, I’d like to follow up, because in terms of your experience as first lady, in order to give the American people an opportunity to make a judgment about your experience, would you allow the National Archives to release the documents about your communications with the president, the advice you gave?

Because, as you well know, President Clinton has asked the National Archives not to do anything until 2012.

Clinton: Well, actually, Tim, the Archives is moving as rapidly as the Archives moves. There’s about 20 million pieces of paper there. And they are move, and they are releasing as they do their process.



Hillary Backs Spitzer’s Illegal Alien Licenses

From the transcript of last night’s Democrat debate, via MSNBC:

Oct. 30 Democratic debate transcript

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania presidential candidate forum at Drexel

Senator Clinton, Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. He told the Nashua, New Hampshire, Editorial Board it makes a lot of sense.

Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a driver’s license?

Clinton: Well, what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is fill the vacuum left by the failure of this administration to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. We know in New York we have several million at any one time who are in New York illegally. They are undocumented workers. They are driving on our roads. The possibility of them having an accident that harms themselves or others is just a matter of the odds.



Hillary Backs Rangel Tax, Calls For Sacrifice

From the transcript of last night’s Democrat debate, via MSNBC:

Oct. 30 Democratic debate transcript

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania presidential candidate forum at Drexel

Russert: I’d like to talk about taxes.

Senator Clinton, I’d like to start with you. Because the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel, is a strong supporter of your campaign.

He wants to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. But he also wants to have a 4 percent surtax on a single $150,000 income or $200,000 married couple.

You went to Harlem with your husband, with Charlie Rangel. And the former president said, quote, “Charlie Rangel wants me to pay more taxes so you can pay less and I think that’s a good idea.”

Is that also your view?

Clinton: Well, I am a great admirer of Chairman Rangel.



NYT: Chertoff To Blame For Spitzer’s Debacle

From an understanding New York Times:

Chertoff Pushed Spitzer to Bend on License Idea


ALBANY, Oct. 30 — The phone call from a top aide to Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, came two weeks ago, and the message was clear: The department was concerned that Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants would undermine a federal initiative to roll out a new highly secure, nationally recognized license.

The prospect of Mr. Chertoff coming out publicly against Mr. Spitzer’s plan caused deep anxiety among Spitzer administration officials, said Michael A. L. Balboni, the governor’s deputy secretary for public safety, who received the call.

The governor and his aides felt they had few options.

The license plan had already set off angry attacks from Republicans and unease among Democratic allies, and had made the governor a target of national groups rallying for tougher immigration policies.


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Acquittals, Lesser Convictions In Madrid Trial

From an elated New York Times:

A policeman stands next to some of the 28 suspects accused of the 2004 Madrid train bombings during the reading of the sentence inside an annex of the High Court in Madrid.

7 Acquitted, Including Accused Mastermind, in Madrid Bombings


MADRID, Oct. 31 — Spain’s National Court handed down sentences today stretching to tens of thousands of years to three men for killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800 others in the March 11, 2004, bombing of Madrid commuter trains.

In practice, those three will serve 40-year terms, the maximum that Spain allows.

The court found 18 others guilty of lesser charges related to the attacks, such as belonging to a terrorist organization.

Seven remaining defendants were acquitted entirely, and not one of the three accused of organizing the attack was convicted of doing so.



Nader Sues Dems For Campaign Sabotage

From the Associated Press:

Nader sues Democratic Party over ’04 election

WASHINGTON — Consumer advocate and 2004 independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader sued the Democratic Party on Tuesday, contending officials conspired to keep him from taking votes away from nominee John Kerry.

Nader’s lawsuit, filed in District of Columbia Superior Court, also named as co-defendants Kerry’s campaign, the Service Employees International Union and several so-called 527 organizations, such as America Coming Together, which were created to promote voter turnout on behalf of the Democratic ticket.

The lawsuit also alleges that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) conspired to force Nader off the ballot in several states.

The lawsuit seeks “compensatory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief to enjoin the defendants from ongoing and future violations of the law.” …

DNC spokesman Luis Miranda declined to comment on the suit.


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‘UFO’ Kucinich Questions Bush’s Mental Health

From an approving Associated Press:

Presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich speaks during the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Dearborn, Mich., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007.

Kucinich Questions Bush’s Mental Health Over World War III Comment

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

PHILADELPHIA —  Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich questioned President Bush’s mental health in light of comments he made about a nuclear Iran precipitating World War III.

I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health,” Kucinich, an Ohio congressman, said in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial board on Tuesday. “There’s something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact.” …

Bush made the remarks at a news conference earlier this month.



Marx’s Chronic Boils Could Explain His Politics

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:

Marx’s erupting skin may have influenced writings

LONDON (Reuters) – Karl Marx, who complained of excruciating boils, actually suffered from a chronic skin disease with known psychological effects that may well have influenced his writings, a British expert said on Tuesday.

Sam Shuster, professor of dermatology at the University of East Anglia, believes the revolutionary thinker had hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in which the apocrine sweat glands — found mainly in the armpits and groin — become blocked and inflamed.

“In addition to reducing his ability to work, which contributed to his depressing poverty, hidradenitis greatly reduced his self-esteem,” said Shuster, who published his findings in the British Journal of Dermatology.

This explains his self-loathing and alienation, a response reflected by the alienation Marx developed in his writing.”

While HS is linked to boil-like lumps, the painful condition also causes more widespread infection, swelling, skin thickening and scarring.



Edwards Stresses His Honesty, Integrity

Some comic relief from the Associated Press:

Edwards shifts focus to integrity

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Tue Oct 30

EXETER, N.H. – Democrat John Edwards is trying to turn the Democratic presidential race into a referendum on honesty and integrity, areas where polling has shown that voters are divided about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The argument marks a shift in a race where Edwards and Clinton’s other Democratic opponents have criticized her stance on policy but usually have avoided taking on her character directly. In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Edwards said Clinton is part of a corrupt Washington system.

“Good people are caught up in this system, and I’ve given some examples of the places that I think she’s caught up in it,” Edwards said.



Doesn’t Blackwater Already Have Immunity?

I’m confused.

First we have this report from the terrorists’ allies at Reuters:

[AP caption:] Plainclothes contractors working for Blackwater USA take part in a firefight as Iraqi demonstrators loyal to Muqtada Al Sadr attempt to advance on a facility being defended by U.S. and Spanish soldiers, in this April 4, 2004 file photo in the Iraqi city of Najaf.

Blackwater guards offered immunity deals: report

Mon Oct 29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. State Department investigators looking into the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad last month offered immunity deals to Blackwater security guards, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The investigators from the agency’s investigative arm, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, did not, however, have the authority to offer such immunity grants, the newspaper said, citing U.S.



US Iraq Deaths Down, AP Stresses Suicides

From a distraught Associated Press:

US death toll in Iraq lower in October

By KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – The monthly toll of U.S. service members who have died in Iraq is on track to being the lowest in nearly two years, with at least 34 troop deaths recorded as of Tuesday, but the military cautioned it’s too early to declare a long-term trend

At least 34 American service members have died so far in October, nearly a third from non-combat causes.

It is the lowest number since 32 troops died in March 2006 and the second-lowest since 20 troop deaths in February 2004, according to an Associated Press count based on military figures.

That would be the second consecutive drop in monthly figures, after 65 Americans died in September and 84 in August




Terrorist Kills 7 Muslims Near Musharraf’s HQ

From their associates at the Associated Press:

Pakistani Army officials collect evidence at the site of a suicide bombing in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007.

Bomb 1/4-mile from Musharraf’s HQ kills 7

By ANJUM NAVEED, Associated Press Writer

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – A suicide attacker set off a bomb at a checkpoint a quarter-mile from the military headquarters where President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was staying Tuesday, killing seven people, police said.

The blast will likely feed fears for the country’s stability just as it prepares for crucial parliamentary elections and faces a growing threat from Islamic militants.

The man walked up to the checkpoint in the city of Rawalpindi a quarter-mile from Army House. Musharraf was safely inside at the time, his spokesman Rashid Qureshi said.


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Sheiks Freed, Bomber Kills 29 Police Recruits

From the Associated Press:

Iraqi policemen and other residents stand near body bags containing the remains of policemen who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, October 29, 2007.

Iraqi official: Kidnapped sheiks freed

By BUSHRA JUHI, Associated Press Writer

A suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up Monday in a crowd of police recruits, killing at least 29 people, police and hospital officials said. Separately, a group of kidnapped Sunni and Shiite sheiks were freed, a government spokesman said.

Police and relatives have identified the tribal leaders abducted in Baghdad as seven Shiites and three Sunnis aligned against al-Qaida who were on their way home to Diyala province — the same region where Monday’s bombing took place — after attending a meeting with the Shiite-dominated government’s adviser for tribal affairs to discuss coordinating efforts against the terror group.



Egypt Says It Wants Nuclear Power, Too

From those fans of nuclear proliferation at the Associated Press:

Egypt announces nuclear plant projects

By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press Writer

Egypt said Monday that it would build several nuclear power plants, moving into the front of a group of nations raising fears of Middle Eastern proliferation with new pushes to develop nuclear energy.

President Hosni Mubarak announced live on national television that Egypt was building the power stations to diversify Egypt’s energy resources and preserve the country’s oil and gas for future generations.

“Energy security is a major part of building the future for this country and an integral part of Egypt’s national security system,” Mubarak said at a ceremony inaugurating the second phase of construction of an electrical power plant north of Cairo.



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