Every day, I am witness to another scene of the destruction of someones personal life. Yesterday, I am in the public library, there’s a middle aged white man at the librarys’ computer. His cell rings, its his wife, “No honey it doesn’t look like we are going to get the loan, we’ll have to move out of the house before the sheriff comes.”
Barack Obama is abandoning public financing for his presidential campaign, reversing his earlier stance in bold certainty he can raise millions more on his own as the first major-party candidate to bypass a system that was hurried into place after the Watergate scandal.
The Democrat has shattered fundraising records during the primary season, and he promptly showed off his financial muscle Thursday with his first commercial of the general election campaign. The ad, a 60-second biographical spot, will begin airing Friday in 18 states, including historically Republican strongholds.
After decades of denials, the Chinese have acknowledged burying an American prisoner of war in China, telling the U.S. that a teenage soldier captured in the Korean War died a week after he "became mentally ill," according to documents provided to The Associated Press.
China had long insisted that all POW questions were answered at the conclusion of the war in 1953 and that no Americans were moved to Chinese territory from North Korea. The little-known case of Army Sgt. Richard G. Desautels, of Shoreham, Vt., opens another chapter in this story and raises the possibility that new details concerning the fate of other POWs may eventually surface.
Congressional Democrats and the White House have agreed on a $162 billion budget to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well into the first year of the next president’s term in office. It will allow the winner enough time to consider how — or if — he wants to fight those wars.
My friends, what is up with John McCain?
Almost every day he reverses a long-held, if no longer deeply-held, position on a major issue facing voters this November.
Most recently (not counting the last few minutes), he decided he wants to permit oil and gas drilling in federal waters off our coastlines.
Look what your petrodollars helped finance:
— "The cause of the discord: The Jews conspired against Islam and its people."
— "In these verses is a call for jihad, which is the pinnacle of Islam. . . Only through force and victory over the enemies is there security and repose."
Every time someone suggests that perhaps we should lift some of the restrictions that have hamstrung the nation’s oil production there are a thousand voices screaming no. The environmentalists say no. The ethanol industry cries no. The politicians reacting to each of these shake their heads no. The speculators who make their money off high oil shout no.