Archive for July 11th, 2007

Remember “duck and cover drills?!

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Maybe with budget cuts in schools these days, there aren’t enough desks – this way looks way less efficient!

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Bush jokes. Crowd laughs. Girl cries.

A question for President Bush on immigration rose up like a ghost from the grave this afternoon in Ohio.Only the questioner was a 13-year old blonde-headed girl, Jessica Hackerd, from Brecksville, Ohio, who immediately broke into tears after making her inquiry.

“Mr. President, I know immigration has been a big problem in the U.S. And what is your next step with the immigration bill?” Jessica asked Mr. Bush, during a question and answer period after a speech Mr. Bush gave to a Cleveland business group.

Mr. Bush’s sarcastic reply — a wry “yeah, thanks” — drew laughter from the crowd of 400. But the attention caused young Jessica, who characterized herself in an interview afterward as very shy, to immediately tear up.

“No, it’s a great question. No, I appreciate that,” Mr. Bush said, as he saw Jessica’s reaction.

Jessica, in the interview, said that she was crying because she was so nervous.

But when the president’s sarcastic answer was mentioned, she said, “I heard that too.”

Mr. Bush went on to speak more than 1,100 words about the death of his proposed comprehensive immigration reform, which was a heavy blow when it fell apart last month.

But Jessica, there with her parents and younger sister, continued to wipe tears from her eyes for several minutes, and midway through his answer, Mr. Bush again tried to encourage the distraught youngster without drawing too much attention to her.

“It’s a great question by the way, and I’m glad you asked it,” Mr. Bush said.

But when the president finished taking questions, an aide immediately went to Jessica and took her backstage.

After Mr. Bush had finished shaking hands for over 10 minutes, he met with Jessica and her family.

“He said it was really brave of me to do that and he said he probably wouldn’t have been able to do that,” Jessica said. “And he said it was the first time anybody had asked him about [immigration] since it happened.”

Jessica said she did not say much besides, “Thanks.”

She asked the question about immigration, she said, because her father, Richard, has engaged her in conversations about the topic, and that was what popped into her head.

From The Washington Times “Fish Wrap

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Let me make one thing perfectly clear – this is not a conspiracy website – although some things talked about on those sites will make any intelligent person stop and think, like WTC7, the plan for the Iraq War even before 9/11, etc.

The close proximity of the two stories below has me concerned – it seems a bit too “coincidental.”

First –

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was interviewed on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show this past weekend. Sen. Santorum was bemoaning the lack of support the Iraq War and the President are getting from his former colleagues in the Senate, indicating particular disappointment with Senators Pete Domenici, Richard Lugar, George Voinovich and John Warner (all Republicans who are now jumping off the “stay the course” bandwagon):

“I’ve got to tell you, I’m very disappointed, and disappointed in all four of those, my former colleagues. They should know better. In fact, they do know better. They know that this is a very serious threat, they know that if we are to withdraw our troops and stop resisting their attempts to conquer that region of the world, that they will soon end up on our doorstep.”

The statement that caught my attention was this one: (the bolding is mine)
“You know, I’ve talked to all three of the major candidates, that I think will be the major candidates, and that’s Giuliani, Romney and Thompson. I think those will be the three major candidates when we head into the final analysis. And I think all of them understand the issue very, very well, they understand particularly the importance of Iran, and confronting Iran in the Middle East as an absolute lynchpin for our success in that region, and I think they are committed to that. And while it may not be a popular thing to talk about right now, and I know public sentiment is against it, they understand the importance of the national security of this country, and they also understand that between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public’s going to have a very different view of this war, and it will be because, I think, of some unfortunate events, that like we’re seeing unfold in the UK. But I think the American public’s going to have a very different view, and part of it will be the education that these three men will be imparting on the American public during the course of this campaign.”

An odd choice of words, I’d say – it’s as if he knows something’s in the works.

And then, today, comes this statement today by Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff:

“‘I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk,’ Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board in an unusually blunt and frank assessment of America’s terror threat level.” He said it was based on a “gut feeling.”

Since when is the terror threat level discussed by a senior intelligence officer based on a “gut feeling?!” If we’re going with psychics here, I know of several who are much better qualified than Mr. Chertoff to make an assessment of our safety!

Here’s the deal – the comments of Mr. Santorum and Mr. Chertoff taken together seem very much like awareness of a planned event. The war is going “badly” (to be polite) and people world-wide are recognizing that there is a man behind the curtain – and the Emporer is wearing no clothes.

There is a great deal of “chatter” on some out-of-the-way blogs (as well as some pretty mainstream ones) about both of these statements – Google both statements and see what you come up with. There’s just too much talk about it for some to buy it as “coincidence” if something happens this summer or early fall.

Read the entire interview with Rick Santorum at hughhewitt.com

More importantly, read the article about this on the blog of the Washington Bureau of the Chicago Tribune (aptly named “The Swamp“) – even they thought Chertoff’s comment was “odd.” And, unlike a lot of blogs these days (this one excluded) the comments are worth reading!

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You know, none of us exists in a bubble – not even the President of the United States. I have wondered how those around Bush are going to get around having to testify before Congress – they aren’t covered by executive privilege. Well – my questions were answered today by former White House aide Sara Taylor – and the answer was disturbing, to say the least.

Ms. Taylor refused to answer Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) questions about the President’s role in the firing of U.S. attorneys earlier this year by reminding the Senate Judiciary Committee that as a commissioned officer, “I took an oath and I take that oath to the president very seriously.”

Isn’t her oath – like the oaths of ALL who serve in our government – to uphold the Constitution?!

Luckily, Sen. Leahy took the opportunity to remind her that her oath was not to uphold the President.

Read the rest of the story.

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