Barack Obama’s campaign’s response to Black’s comments:
“Barack Obama welcomes a debate about terrorism with John McCain, who has fully supported the Bush policies that have taken our eye off of al Qaeda, failed to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, and made us less safe. The fact that John McCain’s top advisor says that a terrorist attack on American soil would be a ‘big advantage’ for their political campaign is a complete disgrace, and is exactly the kind of politics that needs to change. Barack Obama will turn the page on these failed policies and this cynical and divisive brand of politics so that we can unite this nation around a common purpose to finish the fight against al Qaeda,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
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Truthout, Sunday 29 June 2008
by: Frank Rich, The New York Times
Don’t fault Charles Black, the John McCain adviser, for publicly stating his honest belief that a domestic terrorist attack would be ‘a big advantage’ for their campaign and that Benazir Bhutto’s assassination had ‘helped’ Mr. McCain win the New Hampshire primary. His real sin is that he didn’t come completely clean on his strategic thinking.
In private, he is surely gaming this out further, George Carlin-style. What would be the optimum timing, from the campaign’s perspective, for this terrorist attack – before or after the convention? Would the attack be most useful if it took place in a red state, blue state or swing state? How much would it ‘help’ if the next assassinated foreign leader had a higher name recognition in American households than Benazir Bhutto? Continue reading
from Energy Power Alternatives
Oil price is at an all time high of $140 a barrel, gas price is $4 a gallon at the pumps; millions of motorists are taking stock of the rising cost of driving their vehicles and the affect on their finances. Many motorists are going as far as trading in their gas guzzling SUVs for smaller compacts, some are opting for hybrid vehicles, and many are investing in devices to make their gas go further, some are changing their driving habits. They all want solutions that will help them reduce the cost of motoring. Here we will discuss two solutions; Hybrid Vehicles and Running your Car on Water, both have recently gained a lot of public interest even though they have been around a while.
By Linda Mamoun, AlterNet
Posted on June 28, 2008
Tel Aviv — like all of Israel — is a stridently nationalist place. Israeli flags hang everywhere: over buildings, roads, city parks and beaches. They’re mounted on cars and motorcycles. In residential areas, on the city’s narrow tree-lined streets, you see flags draped over balconies, painted on ledges, growing in the bougainvillea. Some of the flags are festooned with lights. A fruit vendor may have so many flags bunched around his stand that you might not know if he is selling fruit or flags.
Like Cape Town in the 1980s, Tel Aviv is a classic apartheid city. Both Cape Town and Tel Aviv are wealthy port cities with vibrant art scenes and large gay communities. Relatively free of the right-wing fervor that marks Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has the feel of openness — just as Cape Town, under apartheid, seemed more liberal than its inland counterpart Johannesburg/Pretoria. At early stages of development, unwanted populations were cleansed from both cities, making them appear less stratified. But nothing obscures the fact that Palestinians are prohibited from living in Tel Aviv. And Palestinians with Israeli citizenship are an invisible community, although somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 live in the neighboring ancient town of Jaffa, where they once numbered 100,000. Continue reading