The McCain campaign just released this ad,
More on the call later.
The McCain campaign just released this ad,
More on the call later.
Ed Morrisey transcribed it for your reading pleasure:
“We’re going to need to see who is going to be the strongest candidate against Senator McCain. And I believe that is Senator Obama with his emphasis on change and bringing people together, a fresh voice internationally, somebody that is able, in my judgment..to bring… at least I just got back from Latin America, from Venezuela, where he has enormous support, where people really want to see a change in American foreign policy and they see Obama as that agent of change.”
As Ed points out, the only Venezuelans Richardson met were Chavez and his cohorts:
In other words, Richardson just delivered the Hugo Chavez endorsement.
As for the Rev. Wright, Richardson and Andrew Sullivan are on the same page (maybe they were reading from the same page?) when they say that Wright isn’t running for office. Sullivan:
Obama needs not just to distance himself from Wright’s views; he needs to disown him at this point. Wright himself, it seems to me, has become part of what Obama is fighting against: the boomer, Vietnam era’s obsession with its red-blue, white-black, pro and anti-America fixations. That is not what this election needs to be about; and Wright’s massive, racially divisive and, yes, bitter provocation requires a proportionate response.
Obama’s not about to do that.
Sullivan doesn’t believe that Obama shares in Wright’s beliefs.
Of course, one can’t also discount this possibility: Is the Stage Being Set For the All-Time Sister Souljah Moment?
After all, Obama already threw grandma under the bus.
Robert Stacy McCain compares Obama’s Wright problem to George McGovern’s Eagleton dilemma.
Coalition of the Swilling has the story:
Rather than do something silly like, say, cut waste in Trenton or perhaps not add thousands of people to the state payroll our glorious bloated bureaucracy has instead chosen to charge people for what they already pay for.
Asbury Park Press has the details: As times change, so may NJ’s free rural state police patrols
TRENTON — New Jersey State Police have patrolled the state’s rural areas for 87 years at no extra cost to smaller towns that never created police departments.
In fact, the law that created the state police agency stated it would “primarily” be used to protect rural areas.
But times have changed, and free rural New Jersey state police patrols may soon end.
As the state grapples with chronic state budget woes, Gov. Corzine has proposed requiring municipalities that get free state police patrols to pay a quarter of the estimated patrol cost to raise $20.5 million for the cash-strapped state.
“These are difficult times, and the decisions and choices we must make are difficult,” state Attorney General Anne Milgram said.
Of course, reducing the bloated state bureaucracy would never cross their minds, would it?
Joe Klein has an excellent point on this article, Rev. Wright Calls Criticism of Sermons ‘Attack on Black Church’“
Yes, as many have pointed out, Martin Luther King Jr. gave some angry, angry sermons–especially about the obscenity of the war in Vietnam–but for Wright to say the attacks on him are an attack on the black church is to offer a straitened and solipsistic view of that grand institution. Black liberation theology is not the black church.
I was just discussing with Jazz Shaw whether Obama would disavow Rev. Wright, and we both agreed he won’t. As Jazz put it,
No matter how much he “denounces” etc. it will never be enough for his detractors on the right and it won’t matter for his supporters, so why bother?
Roger has the video:
Today’s big story: Bill Richardson’s trip to Caracas to ask Hugo Chavez, who has given $300 million dollars to the FARC, to negotiate for the release of three American FARC hostages.
Simon Romero of the NY Times reports,
The meeting itself was exceptional, marking a rare personal encounter between and a prominent American official and Mr. Chavez, following a sharp deterioration of political relations between the Bush administration and Venezuela’s government.
It’s not clear whether Richardson is ignorant of or indifferent to the anti-American propaganda Chavez spews weekly on TV.
Video: Bill Richardson habló después de reunirse con Chávez, video in Spanish:
IBD Blogs commented on the visit. Others blogging about it:
Richardson working hard for his VP spot with Obama
Foreign policy by BDS
Gov. Bill Richardson Meets With Hugo Chavez
No thugs left to pander to
I also posted about it yesterday.
Another big story from last week, the body of Beatriz Porco, a 22-year-old Bolivian who won a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba two years ago, was returned to her family on April 2, minus several internal organs, including the girl’s brain, kidneys, lungs, and uterus. Humberto Fontova writing at NewsMax notices that this is not the first time this has happened under the Cuban “free healthcare” system.
NAFTA is working
What’s at Stake in Colombia
Guerrilleros de las FARC atacaron con armas no convencionales desde Ecuador a tropas de Colombia que prestaban seguridad a una petrolera, que cumple actividades de exploración en la frontera binacional, denunció el sábado el comandante del Ejército colombiano, general Mario Montoya.
New documents from computers seized in a March raid on a FARC camp in Ecuador show that the guerrilla group may have ties to a prominent Ecuadorean politician.
Gary Casparov on Chavez
HACER’s Eneas Biglione was a guest on “Four Corners” of Press TV, making the case for NAFTA and Free Trade Agreements.
BLOGGING ABOUT THE CARNIVAL
The Democrats continue to side with Chavez: While pursuing the VP spot in the Obama ticket Bill Richardson meets with Chavez and asks him to negotiate with the FARC.
Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he plans to put forward a proposal for the release of the three U.S. defense contractors in the coming weeks and that Chavez is willing to work with him as a “primary mediator.”
The Democratic governor met with Chavez on Saturday night to discuss the issue. The president did not release any statements following the meeting.
Video in Spanish at Noticias 24:
IBD Blogsasks questions,
Bill Richardson had an hour and a half meeting with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez – whose goons were beating up Venezuelan student dissidents in the streets this morning. Richardson had nothing but praise for the dictator, and said he was key to freeing three Americans held hostage in Colombia. Now, Hugo is famous for paying their kidnappers $300 million or at least pledging it, according to information found in the FARC computer. He’s no impartial player, he’s the FARC’s best friend on earth. That makes him a state sponsor of terror. Why Richardson is consorting with such a person is beyond us – we called President Uribe’s office a few weeks ago and were told they did not want Hugo Chavez involved in any way shape or form with the hostage release. But still Richardson goes to meet the dictator. Question: What did he promise the dictator? Did he promise to cut off Colombia’s military aid if Obama is elected, as one of the ‘gringos’ named in the FARC computer passed on secretly to FARC terrorist Raul Reyes? These thugs don’t give things away for free. What did Richardson promise Chavez? And why is Richardson defying President Uribe and involving Chavez at all?
I want to know, who paid for Richardson’s trip? New Mexico’s taxpayers?
I was reading the IMDB information when suddenly I read a sponsor link that filled me with dread: Wanted: Movie Extras in Princeton.
Both movies had open casting calls in town.
I didn’t go to the IQ casting call since I’m not interested in becoming an extra, but it was held at the Westminster Conservatory. That was memeorable because the day of the casting call I didn’t know that’s what was happening and ended up spending a long time stuck in traffic gridlock less than a mile away from my own house.
After the movie started filming on locations all in or near Princeton traffic was backed up for days to no end. It didn’t matter where I had to go, IQ was there to tie up traffic, or so it seemed.
Streets were blocked, traffic was detoured all over the place – sometimes without directing us which way to get back to where we wanted – and one time I ended up having to stop and change the baby on someone’s lawn because traffic was stuck and the baby needed changing.
It was a disaster.
A friend insisted that I go with her to the casting call for A Beautiful Mind, which was on the Princeton University campus at McCosh Hall. We went on a very cold day, and traffic was backed up, of course. Hundreds of people were standing in line in the cold. Fortunately by the time we got there the line was moving and we went in right away.
The gentleman who was in charge of the casting that day (and whose name doesn’t show in the IMDB credits) had the uncanny ability of picking out of a large crowd people who are the same types.
Much to my surprise, I ended up on the podium with five other women. We looked more alike to each other than what my sister and I look alike: same height (give or take two inches), same coloring, same build, probably the same age (give or take five years), and even the same type of clothing (and shoes!).
One of the ladies and I were wearing glasses and we had the same taste in eyeglass frames, too. All of us wore variations of the same hairstyle.
Anyone who harbors any fantasies about their own uniqueness should go stand on a casting call stage for five or ten minutes with five other strangers who not only look like you but even dress like you.
A week or so later I did get called for a job as an extra but turned them down.
By then I was fully prepared for any traffic delays that might come from the Beautiful Mind filming around town. Surprisingly, they managed to film everything on and around campus without having to block any streets. One time I was waiting for a traffic light in the Borough and watched the real-life John Nash cross the street from where Russel Crowe was playing the fictional John Nash. That was the longest I had to wait in traffic because of their filming on location.
But back to this morning’s ad on the IMDB, I breathed easy when I saw that it was just an ad.