Turns Out Obama Won Texas Primary After All

From a confused Associated Press:

A voter shows off his voting sticker after casting a vote in the Texas Primary in Seguin, March 4, 2008.

Obama wins most Texas delegates

Mon Mar 31

WASHINGTON – Sen. Barack Obama has won the overall delegate race in Texas thanks to a strong showing in Democratic county conventions this past weekend.

Obama picked up seven of nine outstanding delegates, giving him a total of 99 Texas delegates to the party’s national convention this summer. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won the other two, giving her a total of 94 Texas delegates, according to an analysis of returns by The Associated Press.

Texas Democrats held both a presidential primary and caucus. Clinton narrowly won the popular vote in the state’s primary March 4, earning her 65 national convention delegates to Obama’s 61.



Hillary’s Own Watergate Scandal – Part One

A nine year old article from the general counsel and chief of staff of the Watergate era House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Zeifman, via the New York Post:


August 16. 1999

By Jerry Zeifman

IN December 1974, as general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, I made a personal evaluation of Hillary Rodham (now Mrs. Clinton), a member of the staff we had gathered for our impeachment inquiry on President Richard Nixon. I decided that I could not recommend her for any future position of public or private trust.

Why? Hillary’s main duty on our staff has been described by as "establishing the legal procedures to be followed in the course of the inquiry and impeachment." A number of the procedures she recommended were ethically flawed.



Hillary’s Own Watergate Scandal – Part Two

A more recent article from the general counsel and chief of staff of the Watergate era House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Zeifman, via Op Ed News:

Hillary’s Crocodile Tears in Connecticut

by Jerry Zeifman  

Feb 6, 2008

I have just seen Hillary Clinton and her former Yale law professor both in tears at a campaign rally here in my home state of Connecticut. Her tearful professor said how proud he was that his former student was likely to become our next President. Hillary responded in tears.

My own reaction was of regret that, when I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff, I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations.

Hillary as I new her in 1974

At the time of Watergate I had overall supervisory authority over the House Judiciary Committee’s Impeachment Inquiry staff that included Hillary Rodham — who was later to become First Lady in the Clinton White House.



Hillary’s Own Watergate Scandal – Part Three

Lastly, a write-up of a recent interview with Mr. Zeifman, the Watergate-era House Judiciary’s Chief of Staff, from the North Star Writers Group:

Watergate-Era Judiciary Chief of Staff: Hillary Clinton Fired For Lies, Unethical Behavior

March 31, 2008

Dan Calabrese

As Hillary Clinton came under increasing scrutiny for her story about facing sniper fire in Bosnia, one question that arose was whether she has engaged in a pattern of lying.

The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.

Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee.



Hillary Cites Richard Mellon Scaife Editorial

From today’s press release out of HillaryClinton.com:

HUBdate: For the Long Run


If You Read One Thing Today: From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Walking into our conference room, not knowing what to expect (or even, perhaps, expecting the worst), took courage and confidence. Not many politicians have political or personal courage today, so it was refreshing to see her exhibit both.” Read more.

And here is the more of which they speak, from the erstwhile embodiment evil, Richard Mellon Scaife, owner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Hillary, reassessed

By Richard M. Scaife
Sunday, March 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton walked into a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review conference room last Tuesday to meet with some of the newspaper’s editors and reporters and declared, "It was so counterintuitive, I just thought it would be fun to do."

The room erupted in laughter.



Hillary Campaign Is Not Paying Its Bills

From the Politico:

Cash-strapped Clinton fails to pay bills

By: Kenneth P. Vogel
March 30, 2008

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.

A pair of Ohio companies owed more than $25,000 by Clinton for staging events for her campaign are warning others in the tight-knit event production community — and anyone else who will listen — to get their cash upfront when doing business with her. Her campaign, say representatives of the two companies, has stopped returning phone calls and e-mails seeking payment of outstanding invoices. One even got no response from a certified letter.



Al-Sadr Pulls Thugs Off Streets, Media Despair

From a deeply disappointed Reuters:

Iraq’s Sadr orders followers off streets

Sun Mar 30, 2008

By Khaled Farhan

NAJAF, Iraq March 30 (Reuters) – Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on his followers on Sunday to stop battling government forces after a week of fighting in Iraq’s south and the capital threatened to spiral out of control.

The government immediately welcomed Sadr’s statement, saying it would help the authorities impose security in Iraq.

A government crackdown on Sadr’s followers in the southern oil port of Basra has sparked an explosion of violence that risks undoing recent improvements in Iraq’s fragile security and jeopardising U.S. plans to withdraw troops.

"Because of the religious responsibility, and to stop Iraqi blood being shed … we call for an end to armed appearances in Basra and all other provinces," Sadr said in a statement given to journalists by his aides in the holy Shi’ite city of Najaf.



New Wright Neighborhood Only 1.92% Black

According to the 2000 US Census, via Wikipedia:

Tinley Park, Illinois

Tinley Park is a village located primarily in Cook County, Illinois, United States with a small portion in Will County. The population was 48,401 at the 2000 census, and 58,322 in the 2007 census. Tinley Park is one of the fastest growing suburbs south of Chicago. The ZIP codes of the village are 60477 and 60487.


As of the 2000 census[4], there were 48,401 people, 17,478 households, and 12,793 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,236.9 people per square mile (1,250.0/km²). There were 18,037 housing units at an average density of 1,206.2/sq mi (465.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.16% White, 1.92% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races.



LiveLeak Drops ‘Anti-Islam’ Film After Threats

From those defenders of the faith at CNN:

A demonstrator holds a banner with a photo of Geert Wilders during a demonstration in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. [Note the demonstrator’s neckwear, which symbolizes solidarity with the non-extremist Palestinians.]

Film critical of Islam dropped from Web site

LONDON, England (CNN) — A London-based Web site has dropped a Dutch lawmaker’s film that features disturbing images of terrorist acts juxtaposed with verses from the Quran to paint Islam as a threat to Western society, citing threats to its staff.

LiveLeak.com said in a statement Friday that it decided to remove the film a day after it was posted "following threats to our staff of a very serious nature."

Attempts to reach LiveLeak for further comment were unsuccessful.



Rev. Wright Gets Standing Ovation In Church

From the Chicago CBS affiliate, CBS 2:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright Makes Surprise Appearance

Sen. Obama’s Controversial Former Pastor Spoke In Public For First Time Since Scandal Broke

March 28, 2008

CHICAGO (CBS) ― The Rev. Jeremiah Wright made a surprise appearance in Chicago Friday night.

Wright, Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor appeared at Saint Sabina church to hear famed African American poet Maya Angelou speak, and only CBS 2 cameras were there.

Wright has been laying low ever since some of his controversial sermons surfaced, and his appearance Friday seemed to come as a surprise to the audience — but they quickly showed their support.

Wright received a thunderous welcome. The audience had no idea the man at the center of a national political firestorm for the past three weeks was even coming to their church.



Maliki Calls Sadr Militia Worse Than Al Qaeda

From those fans of terrorism at Reuters:

Sheik Salman al-Feraiji, Muqtada al-Sadr’s chief representative in Sadr City, talks to a group of Iraqi police officers who came to lay down their weapons in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Maliki says Sadrist foes "worse than al Qaeda"

By Peter Graff

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the stakes in his five-day-old crackdown on Shi’ite militants on Saturday, describing his foes as "worse than al Qaeda."

The death toll rose as fighting raged in Basra and Baghdad, where U.S. forces have been drawn deeper into a confrontation that started as an Iraqi initiative.

U.S. forces said they had killed 48 militants in air strikes and gun battles across the capital the previous day.


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Chi-Coms Seal Off Parts Of Tibet’s Capital

From a very understanding Reuters:

Chinese security forces seal off Tibet capital

By Lindsay Beck and John Ruwitch

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese security forces sealed off parts of Lhasa on Saturday and Tibet’s government-in-exile said it was investigating reports of fresh protests, weeks after the city was shaken by an anti-government riot.

The reports coincided with a visit by a group of diplomats, who were led on a closely guarded tour of the city that has been at the heart of unrest throughout China’s ethnic Tibetan regions just months before the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

"We don’t know how many people, but it seems it’s quite a lot of people," Tenzin Taklha, a spokesman for the Dalai Lama said of the events in Lhasa.


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Hillary Won’t Quit, Counts On Superdelegates

From her undying fans at the Associated Press:

Clinton rules out leaving race early

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer Sat Mar 29

HAMMOND, Ind. – If Hillary Rodham Clinton is feeling heat from pundits and party elders to quit the race and back Barack Obama, you’d never know it from her crowds, energy level and upbeat demeanor on the campaign trail.

"There are millions of reasons to continue this race: people in Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Carolina, and all of the contests yet to come," Clinton told reporters Friday. "This is a very close race and clearly I believe strongly that everyone should have their voices heard and their votes counted." …

"I believe a spirited contest is good for the Democratic Party and will strengthen the eventual nominee," she said.



Charges Dropped Against Haditha LCpl Tatum

I have just received this great news from David Allender:

Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum, left, heads to his arraignment with attorney Jack Zimmerman Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at Camp Pendleton.


Subject: LCpl Stephen Tatum
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:06:03 -0500

All charges were dismissed with prejudice against LCpl Tatum this morning, on the day his trial was to begin on allegations stemming from actions in Haditha, Iraq on 19 November 2005.  The government said it was done to further the truth seeking function.  We emphasize that LCpl Tatum will testify truthfully if called as a witness but there is no deal for his testimony.  It became clear to the experienced prosecution team that the right thing to do was to dismiss all charges against LCpl Tatum.  We believe the evidence shows that LCpl Tatum reacted to an enemy attack the way he was trained to do.



Reuters Poll Proves US Is In A Recession

From a determined Reuters:

Consumers, inflation weaken as slowdown drags on

By Burton Frierson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer confidence fell further into recessionary territory in March, hitting a 16-year low, even as other data showed incomes rose and inflation dipped in February, which should support the Fed’s efforts to bolster the economy.

The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers said its final index of confidence fell to 69.5 in March — its lowest since February 1992, when it was at 68.8 — from the previous month’s reading of 70.8.

Consumers were apparently unimpressed by February’s 0.5 percent rise in personal incomes, reported by the Commerce Department. That exceeded forecasts of a 0.3 percent gain made by analysts polled before the release.

However, the best news from the U.S.



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