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Holding the Democrats accountable


April 19, 2006

President Bush said that when it comes to preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon, "All options are on the table."

"Today, Iran's army is one of the most powerful armies in the world and it will powerfully defend the country's political borders and the nation," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

"The president knows, as I know, there are no indispensable men.... He knows that I serve at his pleasure, and that's that," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.

"I am sure that with the further deepening of China's reform and opening up, we are going to see an even broader prospect for the economic cooperation and trade between China and Washington state and China and the United States as a whole." Chinese President Hu Jintao said.


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Gore’s sermon

Former Vice President Al Gore is holding high church with the gospel according to Gore on global warming according to the Associated Press:

The 2000 Democratic presidential nominee has hired longtime political associate Roy Neel to aid in his effort to raise awareness about global warming, a problem Gore calls "a planetary emergency."

Gore's movie and book about the issue, both called "An Inconvenient Truth," are set for widespread release in May.

"He's taking an increasingly high-profile role in working on the climate change issue," Gore spokesman Michael Feldman said.

Vilsack’s travels

Governor Tom Vilsack's run for president is probably short-lived. His administration under his Democrat friend Richard Running, who ran Iowa’s Workforce Development Center, helped South side Democrats hand out largess to their cronies.

The scandal involves a non-profit called Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium (CIETC). The consortium paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to the top executives of the organization who were charged with spending federal and state dollars to train and re-employ Iowa citizens. There is some talk of romantic involvement with high-ranking Democrats in enabling these indiscretions of payola.

Vilsack’s supporters are touting his quick action in firing Richard Running and his second in command who tried to cover up the scandal as proof of Vilsack’s leadership. However, it is not selling.

If that wasn’t enough, the report is in on Vilsack’s stalking horse Heartland PAC. In the last three months, the PAC raised approximately $400,600. This makes for a total of $2 million since it was established a year ago. This is not a pace that would allow him to compete for the presidency.

Vilsack also has had the unfortunate aspect of leaving the country at this time. The Department of Defense has arranged for a few Governors to visit Iraq and Afghanistan to be with their state’s armed services. Compounding this visit was a tornado hitting Iowa with one fatality and going through the campus of the University of Iowa... a change in the Senate Republican Majority Leader... a stalled budget requiring the Governor to be present to negotiate a close to the legislative session... and of course, further talk on how the Vilsack administration dropped the ball on the CIETC scandal.

Another clear signal that Vilsack is receiving no respect is the campaigning by other Democrat presidential candidates here in Iowa. Virginia Gov. Mark Warner is in Iowa on Thursday to raise funds for Rep. Leonard Boswel,l who is seen as the most endangered Democrat in 2006.

Vilsack’s presidential aspirations are toast. This despite having breakfast with the current president before he heads home.

Abortion battleground

USA Today has an article that those who follow abortion should read. It covers the battleground aspect of how the states divide up on banning abortion if the Supreme Court were to put the issue back on the states:

The conclusions:

·       Twenty-two state legislatures are likely to impose significant new restrictions on abortion. They include nearly every state in the South and a swath of big states across the industrial Rust Belt, from Pennsylvania to Ohio and Michigan. These states have enacted most of the abortion restrictions now allowed.
     Nine states are considering bans similar to the one passed in South Dakota - it's scheduled to go into effect July 1 - and four states are debating restrictions that would be triggered if the Supreme Court overturned Roe.

·       Sixteen state legislatures are likely to continue current access to abortion. They include every state on the West Coast and almost every state in the Northeast. A half-dozen already have passed laws that specifically protect abortion rights. Most of the states in this group have enacted fewer than half of the abortion restrictions now available to states.

·       Twelve states fall into a middle ground between those two categories. About half are in the Midwest, the rest scattered from Arizona to Rhode Island.

Liberal Science politics

CNS News reports on the exposing of NASA’s crazy Global Warning scientist:

NASA scientist James Hansen, profiled by the New York Times, "60 Minutes" and other media titans as a renowned scientist with unassailable credibility on the issue of "global warming" and a victim of White House censorship, is actually a loose cannon at NASA who lied about the alleged censorship, according to one of Hansen's former colleagues as well as a current co-worker.

George Deutsch, a former NASA public relations employee who resigned his job in February, told Cybercast News Service that he was warned about Hansen shortly after joining the space agency. "The only thing I was ever told -- more so from civil servants and non political people -- is, 'You gotta watch that guy. He is a loose cannon; he is kind of crazy. He is difficult to work with; he is an alarmist; he exaggerates,'" Deutsch said.

White House changes

Joel D. Kaplan, now the deputy White House budget director, will assume Karl Rove's duties as the manager of policy development at the White House. Rove will retain his title as deputy of chief of staff and concentrate on politics.

Scott McClellan White House spokesman is resigning his post

"The White House is going through a period of transition," McClellan said. "Change can be helpful, and this is a good time and good position to help bring about change. I am ready to move on. I've been in this position a long time, and my wife and I are excited about beginning the next chapter in our life together."


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