Osama bin Laden is dead —Obama says we’re not at war with Islam???

Osama bin Laden is dead

Major news sources now reporting that U.S. has the body of Al Qaeda leader

Obama says we’re not at war with Islam???

By salon staff
AP
Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan

In a last-minute address Sunday night, President Obama is expected to inform national and international viewers that Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is dead.

Major news outlets are now reporting that the U.S. possesses the body of the Al Qaeda leader.

The president’s speech will begin shortly. Stick with us throughout the night for more updates.

Bin Laden wording ‘indicator’ of upcoming attack: monitor

Bin Laden wording ‘indicator’ of upcoming attack: monitor

Sun Jan 24, 1:19 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Osama bin Laden’s word choice in the latest audio message attributed to him is seen as a “possible indicator” of an upcoming attack by his Al-Qaeda network, a US monitoring group warned Sunday.

IntelCenter, a US group that monitors Islamist websites, also said that manner of the release and the content of the message showed it was “credible” that it was a new release from the Saudi extremist.

“The Osama bin Laden audio message released to Al-Jazeera on 24 January 2010 contains specific language used by bin Laden in his statements in advance of attacks,” IntelCenter said in a statement.

The group said it considered the language “a possible indicator of an upcoming attack” in the next 12 months.

“This phrase, ‘Peace be upon those who follow guidance,’ appears at the beginning and end of messages released in advance of attacks that are designed to provide warning to Al-Qaeda’s enemies that they need to change their ways or they will be attacked,” the group said.

In a statement carried by Al-Jazeera television, bin Laden praised the Nigerian man who allegedly tried to blow up a US airliner approaching Detroit on Christmas Day.

He warned the United States that, “God willing, our attacks against you will continue as long as you maintain your support to Israel.”

IntelCenter said the audio statement “appears to be exactly what it purports to be, an audio message from bin Laden.”

“The manner of release, content of message and other factors indicate it is a credible and new release from bin Laden,” it said.

The center said similar language attributed to bin Laden was made in a March 19 2008 condemnation of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed which was followed by an attack on the Danish Embassy in Islamabad on June 2, 2008.

The phrase also was used in bin Laden’s April 15, 2004 European truce offer, which was followed by Al-Qaeda attacks in London in July 2005, according to the IntelCenter, which said the 14-month lapse could be explained by the “difficulty” in actually putting an attack into operation.

Audio releases were bin Laden’s normal vehicle for statements, with video statements having been very rare since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed almost 3,000 people, IntelCenter said.

“Consequently, audio messages are the rule, not the exception, and thus speculation as to health or anything else merely because the message is in audio form and not video does not hold up to analytical scrutiny,” it added.

Bin Laden has a 50-million-dollar bounty on his head and has been in hiding for the past eight years. He is widely believed to be holed up along the remote mountainous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He last made a public statement when he was quoted on September 25 by the SITE Intelligence Group monitoring service as urging European countries to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan.

McCain Suspends Campaign to deal with Economic Crisis (Updated)

McCain Suspends Campaign to deal with Economic

 Crisis (Updated)

Rick Moran
In remarks made in New York City today, John McCain announced that he would suspend his campaign on Thursday in order to go back to Washington and work in a bi-partisan manner to solve the economic crisis.

It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration’s proposal.  I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time. 

Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative.  I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me. 

I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself.  It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem. 

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.  I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people.  All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so. 

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis.   We must show that kind of patriotism now.  Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges.  Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country. 

This is an eye opener. First of all, the Dems don’t dare call it a gimmick. McCain has effectively silenced the Democrats about the crisis for a few days.

Secondly, this is bold, decisive leadership – and McCain thought of it first so he gets the cookie. Obama is eating his dust right now and is no doubt kicking himself he didn’t think of it first. 

Third, this kind of surprise move will make the voters sit up and take notice. Some who may have been moving away from McCain will give him a second look. After all, we now have proof that in this race, there is one guy who talks about bi-partisanship and another who actually does something about it.

The last 8-10 days have not been good ones for McCain. He has slipped dramatically as his fortunes have matched those of the economic slide into crisis. With this decisive move, he gains back some of the momentum he lost and puts Obama on the defensive – exactly where he was when McCain was making so much headway after the convention.

For those who cynically see this as nothing but politics, I would disagree and say its about 75% politics and 25% vintage McCain. And while we won’t know for a few days, it could very well be that John McCain has once again – for the 3rd or 4th time – redefined the campaign and given himself a fighting chance to win it.

Update: Obama says “Debate is on”

Not sure how this is going to play but Obama has refused the offer to suspend his campaign:

Update: Obama says “Debate is on”

Not sure how this is going to play but Obama has refused the offer to suspend his campaign:

However a senior Obama campaign official said Obama “intends to debate. The debate is on.”…
Obama is willing to return to Washington “if it would be helpful.” But Obama intends to debate on Friday, an official said.
In other words, Obama refuses to cede the issue to McCain although let’s see how much pressure builds for him to call off the debate over the next 24 hours.

Allah actually points out why this move is bad for McCain:

He’s trying to siphon off some of Obama’s strength with voters on the economy, obviously, but er … at the expense of a debate on foreign policy that would have played to his own strength? What does McCain gain by steering the campaign towards an issue for which the public blames his party?

Good point. And if people think about it, they may give McCain the credit for being selfless that he is seeking.

 

MCCAIN GOES ON OFFENSE, LINKS OBAMA TO CREDIT CRISIS

MCCAIN GOES ON OFFENSE, LINKS OBAMA TO CREDIT CRISIS

By Ed Morrissey

John McCain shifted gears in Iowa today and reminded voters in Cedar Rapids that he predicted the outcome of the credit crisis two years ago, and few bothered to act.  McCain also aggressively painted Barack Obama as a prime example of do-nothing politicians co-opted by lobbyist money.  His speech pointed out the amount of money Obama has received from Fannie/Freddie donors and the advisers he uses that helped create the crisis (emphases mine):

Senator Obama talks a tough game on the financial markets but the facts tell a different story.  He took more money from Fannie and Freddie than any Senator but the Democratic chairman of the committee that regulates them.  He put Fannie Mae’s CEO who helped create this disaster in charge of finding his Vice President. Fannie’s former General Counsel is a senior advisor to his campaign.  Whose side do you think he is on? When I pushed legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Senator Obama was silent.  He didn’t lift a hand to avert this crisis.  While the leaders of Fannie and Freddie were lining the pockets of his campaign, they were sowing the seeds of the financial crisis we see today and enriching themselves with millions of dollars in payments.  That’s not change, that’s what’s broken in Washington.

He also goes after the Brave Sir Robin Congress:

Those same Congressional leaders who give Senator Obama his marching orders are now saying that this mess isn’t their fault and they aren’t going to take any action on this crisis until after the election.  Senator Obama’s own advisers are saying that crisis will benefit him politically.  My friends, that is the kind of me-first, country-second politics that are broken in Washington.

And he rips Joe Biden and his comment this morning about taxes being “patriotic”:

Today Senator Obama’s running mate said that raising taxes is patriotic.  Raising taxes in a tough economy isn’t patriotic.  It’s not a badge of honor. It’s just dumb policy.

This shows a rapid response capability that could turn this into a solid campaign theme for McCain.  Today is Thursday.  If Team McCain hammers on Biden’s inept comment, especially as a way to show that Obama/Biden would raise taxes as a matter of first recourse in any situation, then he could own the weekend news cycle with both that and Obama’s inaction to, and coziness with, the Fannie/Freddie people who in large part created the problem in the first place.

Full speech follows

I’m happy to be introduced by Governor Palin, but I can’t wait until I introduce her to Washington. Let me offer an advance warning to the big spending, greedy, do nothing, me first, country second crowd in Washington and on Wall Street: change is coming.

We need reform in Washington and on Wall Street. The financial markets are in crisis. Times are tough. Enormous strain is being put on working families and individuals in America. I know that the events unfolding can be difficult to understand for many Americans. The dominos that we have seen fall this week began with the corruption and manipulation of our home loan system. The reason this crisis started was the abuses that took place within our home loan agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and within our home loan system.

Two years ago I warned this Administration and Congress that regulations for our home loan agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, needed to be fixed…

But nothing was done.

Senator Obama talks a tough game on the financial markets but the facts tell a different story. He took more money from Fannie and Freddie than any Senator but the Democratic chairman of the committee that regulates them. He put Fannie Mae’s CEO who helped create this disaster in charge of finding his Vice President. Fannie’s former General Counsel is a senior advisor to his campaign. Whose side do you think he is on? When I pushed legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Senator Obama was silent. He didn’t lift a hand to avert this crisis. While the leaders of Fannie and Freddie were lining the pockets of his campaign, they were sowing the seeds of the financial crisis we see today and enriching themselves with millions of dollars in payments. That’s not change, that’s what’s broken in Washington.

There was no transparency into the books of Wall Street banks. Banks and brokers took on huge amounts of debt and they hid the riskiest investments. Mismanagement and greed became the operating standard while regulators were asleep at the switch.

The primary regulator of Wall Street, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) kept in place trading rules that let speculators and hedge funds turn our markets into a casino. They allowed naked short selling — which simply means that you can sell stock without ever owning it. They eliminated last year the uptick rule that has protected investors for 70 years. Speculators pounded the shares of even good companies into the ground.

The Chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the President and has betrayed the public’s trust. If I were President today, I would fire him.

We cannot wait any longer for more failures in our financial system. Structures like the resolution trust corporation that dealt with the failed savings and loan industry were designed to clean up the system and worked. Today we need a plan that doesn’t wait until the system fails. I am calling for the creation of the mortgage and financial institutions trust – the MFI. The priorities of this trust will be to work with the private sector and regulators to identify institutions that are weak and take remedies to strengthen them before they become insolvent. For troubled institutions this will provide an orderly process through which to identify bad loans and eventually sell them.

This will get the treasury and other financial regulatory authorities in a proactive position instead of reacting in a crisis mode to one situation after the other. The MFI will enhance investor and market confidence, benefit sound financial institutions, assist troubled institutions and protect our financial system, while minimizing taxpayer exposure. Tomorrow I will be talking in greater detail about the crisis facing our markets and what I will do as President to fix this crisis and get our economy moving again.

Senator Obama has never made the kind tough reform we need today. His idea of reform is what his party leaders in Congress order him to do. We tried for bipartisan ethics reform and he walked away from it because his bosses didn’t want real change. I know how to make the change that Senator Obama and this Congress is afraid of. I’ve fought both parties to shake up up Washington and I’m going to do it as President.

Those same Congressional leaders who give Senator Obama his marching orders are now saying that this mess isn’t their fault and they aren’t going to take any action on this crisis until after the election. Senator Obama’s own advisers are saying that crisis will benefit him politically. My friends, that is the kind of me-first, country-second politics that are broken in Washington. My opponent sees an economic crisis as a political opportunity instead of a time to lead. Senator Obama isn’t change, he’s part of the problem with Washington.

When AIG was bailed out, I didn’t like it, but I understood it needed to be done to protect hard working Americans with insurance policies and annuities. Senator Obama didn’t take a position. On the biggest issue of the day, he didn’t know what to think. He may not realize it, but you don’t get to vote present as President of the United States.

While Senator Obama and Congressional leaders don’t know what to think about the current crisis, we know what their plans are for the economy. Today Senator Obama’s running mate said that raising taxes is patriotic. Raising taxes in a tough economy isn’t patriotic. It’s not a badge of honor. It’s just dumb policy. The billions in tax increases that Senator Obama is proposing would kill even more jobs during tough economic times. I’m not going to let that happen.

I have seen tough times before. I know how to shake-up Wall Street and Washington. I will get this economy moving. I will lead us through this crisis by fighting for you, and when I am President we will be stronger than ever before.

The Surge To Find Bin Laden And Destroy Al Qaeda Has Begun McCain says he wants to shoot Osama

http://patdollard.com/2008/09/the-surge-to-find-bin-laden-and-destroy-al-qaeda-has-begun/

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Republican presidential candidate John McCain told workers of small weapons factory that he not only wants to catch Osama Bin Laden if elected, but said he “will shoot him with your products”.

“I will follow Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell and I will shoot him with your products,” McCain said.

McCain told reporters afterward he was joking when he made the comment at Thompson Center Arms in Rochester.

“I certainly didn’t mean I would actually shoot him. I am certainly angry at him, but I was only speaking in a way that was trying to emphasize my point,” McCain said. “I would not shoot him myself.”

This is how Brits views our current campaign.

 

Wow! 

This is how Brits views our current campaign.

(The Brits have a great sense of humor!)

From the London Daily Mail

A pistol-packin’ Looby Loo: the Left’s worst nightmare

Last updated at 11:27 PM on 04th September 2008

Frank Sinatra would have got the joke. In the words of the great political philosopher, they all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round.
They’re all laughing, too, at John McCain for choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate. The usual suspects took one look at this pistol-packin’ momma and reacted like John McEnroe to a disputed line call: you cannot be serious!
Certainly, the pick came, as the Americans say, out of left field. But Sarah Palin is centre stage now, and suddenly it’s game on.

Stern, God-fearin’, gun-totin’ Sarah Palin. Will she get the last laugh?

At the very least, McCain has got a wonderful sense of mischief – a quality sadly lacking in most politicians.

The way the Left, both here and in America, are contorting themselves is a joy to behold. Sarah Palin is every Guardianista’s worst nightmare.

It’s reminiscent of how they used to patronise Mrs Thatcher 30 years ago. What did this small-town girl know about anything?

How could any woman expect to run a country and raise a family? What does she know about foreign affairs?

Of course, they weren’t saying that a woman couldn’t be Prime Minister, you understand. Just not this woman.

Shirley Williams would have been fine, but this ghastly, lower middle- class Snobby Roberts woman from Grantham, of all places – AAARGH!

It’s been hilarious watching the sisterhood tie themselves in knots over Sarah Palin.

They’ve been in full Glenda Slagg mode – dontcha just hate her, dontcha just love her?
On the one hand she’s a feisty, capable woman shaking up the political establishment, while juggling a family and career. I don’t know how she does it.

But on the other, she’s a Godfearing, gun-totin’, good ol’ girl. She hunts, she fishes – she’s a Republican, for goodness’ sake.

Sarah Palin is every red-blooded redneck’s fantasy figure, every randy schoolboy’s Mrs Robinson. She could have stepped straight out of one of long-lost cousin Michael’s Ripping Yarns.

Cheerleader, beauty queen, dominatrix of the Harper Valley PTA, mother of five, mayor, governor and now a heartbeat away from the Vice-Presidency.

You couldn’t make her up. Law And Order’s Fred Thompson, once a presidential candidate himself, hit the baby seal on the head when he said the Left were in a blind panic over what to do about Palin. 

Joke’s on you: John McCain, displaying a sense of mischief rare in politics, with his choice of Sarah Palin, surrounded by her family, as his running-mate

What they are doing is what they usually do when confronted with something which offends their world view – character assassination. Every ‘liberal’ newspaper and TV network has sent hatchet men north to Alaska to dig for the dirt beneath the tundra.

What they discovered is that 80 per cent of Alaskans think she’s doing a great job.

A supermarket tabloid is claiming she had an affair, which she denies. Apart from that, the worst the scandal-hounds have come up with is that Palin, as governor, put pressure on a police chief to fire her former brother-in-law.

Given that said brother-in-law had beaten up her sister and threatened to kill her father, I’d say that far from abusing her office, she showed considerable restraint. I’m surprised she didn’t put a bullet in his head.

The big talking point is the pregnancy of Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, who is soon to marry her boyfriend. That’s what I call a shotgun wedding!

Still, it kills the wild rumour that Bristol is really the mother of Palin’s Down’s syndrome baby, Trig.

You’ve just got to like a woman who calls her son after a character in Only Fools And Horses. Although it’s probably fair to assume she doesn’t have a working knowledge of Cockney rhyming slang, otherwise her daughter would never have been christened Bristol.

When Palin talks about shattering the glass ceiling, the sisters are supposed to cheer – except most of them suspect her idea of shattering a glass ceiling would be with a both barrels blast from a 12-bore.

She epitomises the ‘God and guns’ mentality at which Barack Obama and his supporters sneer. They use ‘small town’ as a pejorative term. That’s not how Middle America sees it.

John Mellencamp wrote his hit song Small Town as an ironic take on Hicksville, USA. He even performed it at an Obama rally earlier this year.

Back at you: Democrats say Sarah lacks the experience for the top job – but neither do Obama or Biden

But that hasn’t stopped Middle Americans adopting it as an anthem. Mellencamp must be just as horrified as Springsteen was when Ronald Reagan purloined his anti-war Born In The USA as a campaign song.

It’s not that the Americans don’t do irony, as European ‘sophisticates’ always maintain.

It’s just that sometimes, my dear, they don’t give a damn. A good song is a good song – and to hell with the message.

Most Americans were born and raised in a small town. Her values are their values.

The mantra from the Obama camp is that she lacks the experience to be VP.

In truth, she has more executive experience than either Obama or his Neil Kinnock-impersonator sidekick mate Joe Biden, neither of whom has ever run anything.
But, wail the sceptics, what about foreign affairs? Admittedly, Palin has never slagged off her country at a mass rally in Berlin.

But Alaska’s next door to Russia. She’s got more experience of dealing with Russians than anyone outside of corporate hospitality at Stamford Bridge.
Who is Putin more likely to be wary of – Barack ‘we must negotiate with dictators’ Obama, or Looby Loo packing heat?
To paraphrase the Duke of Wellington, I don’t know what she does to the enemy, but she scares the life out of me.
Palin reminds me of the old joke about what’s the difference between the IRA and a woman with PMT? You can negotiate with the IRA.

What she does have in spades is experience of the energy industry – the number one concern right now. Palin would drill, drill and drill some more – polar bears or no polar bears. And when the oil companies got greedy, she imposed a windfall tax. Unlike Gordon Brown, who’d keep it, she gave every Alaskan a $1,200 rebate.

With all the hoop-la, it’s easy to forget that she’s running for Vice-President, not President. Not yet.

Sarah Palin: The next Margaret Thatcher? Time will tell…

That’s what really frightens her condescending opponents. Not that we’ve a leg to stand on in Britain. We’ve got Harriet Harman a chewed fingernail away from the top job – and she’s never shot a moose in her life.

Remember, they all laughed at Margaret Thatcher.
But ho, ho, ho, who had the last laugh?
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Fannie Mae and Congressional Dems

Fannie Mae and Congressional Dems

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usvG-s_Ssb0&eurl=http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/09/fannie_mae_and_congressional_d.html

Thomas Lifson
Check out this video with president of Fannie Mae discussing the close relations between the institution and the Black Caucus. There is no doubt that Fannie and Freddie are Democrat-dominated institutions.

Hat tip: Milton

Anatomy Of Hussein’s Violation Of The Logan Act

Muslims Warn Britain Of Their “Soon To Come 9/11″ We Need McCain at the Helm

Watch this video…this is why Obama can not be in office!