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MI Morning Update

88 Days until Election Day

August 8, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

PELOSI IN ANN ARBOR….HELPING SAVE THE PLANET….while we pay more for gas and energy…sending over $700 Billion a year overseas to some unfriendly nations because the Democrats won’t let us drill and develop our own oil reserves.  Shame!

Nancy Pelosi’s energy plan: Write a bad book, pulp the remainders, and burn the waste as biomass.

OVER 250 BOOKS SOLD…Ann Arbor liberal and a few taxpayers helped boost Pelosi’s book sales nationwide over 10% in one day…all in “San Francisco East”.

GRASSROOTS DEMONSTRATE…CALL ON CONGRESS TO GET BACK TO WORK…armed with signs, a bullhorn, and enthusiasm, local activist spend over 2 hours outside the bookstore letting their voices be heard.

IMPEACH…a group of “others” were there encouraging impeachment, I told them we don’t want to impeach her, we just want her to bring Congress back to vote!  One of them yelled back at me and said “Bush, dummy”…I said “oh”?

POLL TAX…so I paid the “poll tax” to get into hear the Speaker…unless you bought her book (poll tax) you weren’t allowed on the second floor of the store where the book signing was…had to show your book and receipt!  However NO photo ID.    One-way or another, Democrats figure out how to “tax” you…again!

OBAMA CONFUSED…Obama supported and voted for Bush’s energy plan…McCain voted against it…see McCain’s comments below.

CLINTON LOYALIST STILL PLAYING…and are apparently contemplating having her name put into nomination at their convention.  Speculation is much of this has to do with setting herself up for 2012.  The Clinton machine is always conniving.

TONIGHT…TALK RADIO 1400 AM…I’ve become a weekly guest on the Hughes Sullivan Show on WDTK-AM 1400, which is broadcast in metro Detroit every evening.  I am scheduled to regularly appear Mondays and Fridays between 9:05-9:45 pm. Good, conservative talk radio.  You can also hear it online.

 

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THE REST OF THE STORY:

OBAMA CONFUSED…McCAIN’S STATEMENT:

I have been called a maverick.  Sometimes it is meant as a compliment and sometimes it is meant as a criticism.  But what it really means is I understand who I work for.  I don’t work for a party.  I don’t work for a president.  I don’t work for a special interest.  I don’t work for myself.  I work for you and for the country we love.

I spoke up against the administration for their mistakes in Iraq.  I fought for the surge strategy that is going to bring our troops home with victory. I spoke up against my party for out of control spending.  I spoke up against the administration and Congress … and Senator Obama, when they gave us an energy bill with more give-aways to big oil and no real solution to our energy problems.

Now, I want to take a minute here on this issue, because I think Senator Obama is a little confused.  Yesterday he accused me of having President Bush’s policies on energy.  That’s odd, because he voted for the President’s energy bill and I voted against it.  I voted against it because it had 2.8 billion dollars in corporate welfare to oil companies that are already making record profits.  Senator Obama voted for that bill and its big oil giveaways. I know he hasn’t been in the Senate that long, but even in the real world voting for something means you support it, and voting against something means you oppose it.

Just like on the energy bill, I have argued for reform and change in Washington for years, and it hasn’t always made me friends with the politicians and pundits.  But I don’t answer to them; I answer to you.  You will always know exactly where I stand and you will always know, no matter what, I will always do what I believe is right for our country.

 

 

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

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Detroit mayor jailed after violating bond

Judge says official treated same as anyone else

DETROIT – Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick talked about his 12-year-old twin sons watching the court hearing on TV. He described the “incredible” pressure of running an ailing city while also facing felonies. He apologized for traveling to Canada without telling authorities.

“I’m asking for another chance,” the mayor pleaded.

He didn’t get one.

A judge ordered Kilpatrick to jail Thursday, a shocking development for a city that has been whipsawed for months by the mayor’s R-rated legal saga.

 

City Council joins forces on calls to oust mayor

‘I feel like it’s come to a head,’ Tinsley-Talabi says
BY ZACHARY GORCHOW • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • August 8, 2008

The jailing of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Thursday is undermining the last vestiges of his support on City Council, some say.

Detroit City Councilwoman Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, who has called for Kilpatrick to resign but previously opposed efforts to remove him from office, now says she will support “whatever it takes” to oust the mayor from office. She said that includes voting in favor of removing the mayor through the forfeiture process launched by the council and set to begin Aug. 18.

“My concern is the overall city and our citizens and how do we move forward,” said Tinsley-Talabi, one of the four members who opposed launching forfeiture proceedings and asking the governor to remove Kilpatrick. “Truly, this is a snowball. I feel like it’s come to a head.”

 

For good of city, state, Granholm must act now

August 7, 2008

A lot of bad things can happen in just a few weeks.

That’s the situation Gov. Jennifer Granholm faces this morning, as the Mayor of Detroit sits in a cell and the entire state awaits a merciful end to this sordid scandal.

If the governor sticks to her timetable for deciding whether to remove Kilpatrick, which she recently accelerated but is still a few weeks off, things could get stunningly worse. Look what’s happened just since late July.

 

This time, the rules applied to the mayor

Out of excuses, out of props, out of divine intervention, out of villains to blame, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is now certain to soon be out of his job.

The grand orator and great actor — let’s all be warned about what that combination represents in a politician — is no longer fooling anyone.

Judge Ronald Giles reduced hizzoner to exactly what he was in the eyes of many all along, a common thug.

Just like the street hustlers, pimps and drug dealers with whom he began sharing a home yesterday, Mayor Kilpatrick ran out of rap.

 

Cox to hold press conference on Kilpatrick

David Josar / The Detroit News

DETROIT — Attorney General Mike Cox has announced a 10 a.m. press conference Friday in Detroit “regarding alleged assault” that involves Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Cox will have the press conference at 1 Cadillac Place, the state office building, in the New Center neighborhood.

On Wednesday, state police investigators had handed off to Cox the results of their investigation into an incident involving the mayor and two investigators that occurred on the porch of the home belonging to the mayor’s sister.

 

Vote for Schauer, I guess

Posted by Susan J. Demas | Capitol Chronicles | Analysis August 07, 2008 20:41PM

What’s always impressed me about Mark Schauer is how good he looks on paper and the blind loyalty he inspires.

He’s been an elected official for more than a dozen years, serving in leadership roles for most of that time. Armed with a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University, the Senate Minority Leader can articulate his vision for the state fairly well.

But it’s Schauer’s past life heading one of the admirable Community Action Agencies – whose innovative anti-poverty programs keep many cities afloat – that offers the most promise.

 

After shake-up, McCain ground game revs up

By JONATHAN MARTIN | 8/8/08 4:28 AM EST 

A month after a campaign shake-up that reshaped John McCain’s field operation, aides to the Republican nominee are touting organizational changes they say are bringing them closer to Barack Obama’s sprawling effort.

McCain staffers concede they’ll never match the depth and breadth of Obama. And given the head start the Arizona senator enjoyed upon winning the nomination in early March, these are improvements that should have been in place months ago instead of weeks before the GOP convention. Still, the McCain campaign is pointing to a series of metrics they say represent marked progress in an operation that many Republicans had grumbled about this spring.

 

Democratic jitters as Obama heads home

By Edward Luce in Washington

Published: August 7 2008 19:28 | Last updated: August 7 2008 19:28

Few people are more likely to need a holiday than Barack Obama. Yet as he heads off on Friday for his first week-long break since he launched his presidential bid 19 months ago, Mr Obama is dogged by rising angst about his campaign’s direction.

Although he has run what is widely acclaimed to be one of the most impressive campaigns in years, Democrats live in fear of Mr Obama falling prey to the kinds of accident that derailed predecessors in earlier cycles.

 

Obama adviser blames McCain ad for poll dip

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Edward Luce in Elkhart, Indiana

Published: August 6 2008 22:03 | Last updated: August 6 2008 22:03

A senior adviser to Barack Obama has blamed recent attack advertisements comparing the Democratic presidential hopeful to celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton for a dip in Mr Obama’s polls with voters.

Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Senate majority leader, said in an interview with the Financial Times that the Mr Obama’s Republican rival John McCain was seeing a “short-term blip” as a result of the advertising, including one that used the image of Charlton Heston as Moses to mock the supposedly messianic Mr Obama as being “The One”.

 

Iraqis: Deal close on plan for US troops to leave

Aug 7, 3:35 PM (ET)

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq and the U.S. are near an agreement on all American combat troops leaving Iraq by October 2010, with the last soldiers out three years after that, two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. U.S. officials, however, insisted no dates had been agreed.

The proposed agreement calls for Americans to hand over parts of Baghdad’s Green Zone – where the U.S. Embassy is located – to the Iraqis by the end of 2008. It would also remove U.S. forces from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, according to the two senior officials, both close to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and familiar with the negotiations.

The officials, who spoke separately on condition of anonymity because the talks are ongoing, said all U.S. combat troops would leave Iraq by October 2010, with the remaining support personnel gone “around 2013.” The schedule could be amended if both sides agree – a face-saving escape clause that would extend the presence of U.S. forces if security conditions warrant it.