Monday, August 6, 2007

Giuliani Family Values

What if Chelsea Clinton was backing Fred Thompson for president? Well, check out whom Rudy Giuliani's daughter favors in the 2008 race: Barack Obama. My question: has there ever been an instance when a major presidential contender was opposed by a child? Surely, there were some deep tensions in Ronald Reagan family. (Yes, family values at work.) But I don't recall Patti Davis or Ron Reagan Jr. endorsing Jimmy Carter in 1980 or Walter Mondale in 1984. Now if family dysfunction was a disqualification for president, the field would always be rather thin. But what does it mean that two of the people who know Giuliani the best--his son and daughter--are not aboard his presidential express? (Earlier this year, his son said he would not be campaigning for the old man.) What a good query for social conservatives and any debate moderator.

And imagine if the Giuliani kids were to explain their opposition to their father's presidential bid. How would Giuliani's campaign spinners spin that? Claim that he spoiled them? The Giuliani soap opera (and I haven't even mentioned his past and present wives) has the potential to eclipse the Clinton soap opera. That would be some accomplishment.

Posted by David Corn at August 6, 2007 03:37 PM


capt said...

Mr. David Corn,

Good for Caroline Giuliani. I think it is actually a compliment to Rudy if he had any influence on her. She is smart enough to see through her eyes.



capt said...

"I BELIEVE that God wants me to be president." George W. Bush

"I would like to thank Providence and the Almighty for choosing me of all people to be allowed to wage this battle for Germany," Hitler - Berlin March, 1936

God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands.: George W. Bush

If we pursue this way, if we are decent, industrious, and honest, if we so loyally and truly fulfill our duty, then it is my conviction that in the future as in the past the Lord God will always help us: Adolf Hitler, at the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival on the Buckeburg held on 3 Oct. 1937

"freedom and fear, justice and cruelty have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them." George W. Bush

"Never in these long years have we offered any other prayer but this: Lord, grant to our people peace at home, and grant and preserve to them peace from the foreign foe!" : Hitler - Nuremberg Sept. 13, 1936.


Thanks ICH Newsletter!

Gerald said...

capt, Bush's quotes made me puke!!!!!

Gerald said...

I do not know whom Giuliani's daughter favors for president. But, I can say that it is my perceptual opinion that Giuliani's behavior as a husband has been despicable.

Gerald said...

Americans truly deserve what they get from politicians. If you vote for a crook, you will have crooked government.

Bush to declare martial law before the 2008 presidential elections and cancelling the elections.

David B. Benson said...

Chris Hedges (who ought to know), Beyond Disaster.

In TruthDig.

capt said...

Bush to Democratic Congress: Your Complete Capitulation is Not Good Enough

From the President's Message on signing the FISA fix:

When Congress returns in September the Intelligence committees and leaders in both parties will need to complete work on the comprehensive reforms requested by Director McConnell, including the important issue of providing meaningful liability protection to those who are alleged to have assisted our Nation following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Note the key item on this wish list: legal immunity for having participated in the illegal NSA program.

I particularly love the phrase "alleged to have assisted our Nation." In his letter to Congress the other day Intelligence Director Michael McConnell spoke of "liability protection for those who are alleged to have helped the country stay safe after September 11, 2001."

Apparently "allegedly helped us stay safe" is Bush Administration code for telecom companies and government officials who participated in a conspiracy to perform illegal surveillance. Because what they did is illegal, we do not admit that they actually did it, we only say that they are alleged to have done it. Or perhaps the Administration is suggesting that although such parties are alleged to have helped the country stay safe, there's no evidence that their repeated violations of federal law actually did much to promote our security. No, they couldn't mean that.

My guess is that President Bush plans to award those who allegedly helped save the country with alleged medals.


*****end of clip*****

Seems like politicians from both sides are selling us (we the people) down the river.


capt said...

Iraq power system 'near collapse'


"Many southern provinces such as Basra, Diwaniya, Nasiriya and Babil have disconnected their power plants from the national grid. Northern provinces, including Kurdistan, are doing the same," Mr Shimari said.

"We have absolutely no control over some areas in the south."

Mr Shimari warned that the national grid would collapse if the provinces did not "abide by the rules".

"Everybody will lose and there will be no electricity winner," he said.

Baghdad's water supply has also been severely affected by failing power supplies.

New water treatment plants are working, but a lack of power and broken pipes mean that the water is easily contaminated and hardly flows at all in many places.


capt said...

President of All the Planets

The news about the collapsed bridge in Minneapolis and the search for those missing brings memories of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. At one point during the chaos on the Gulf Coast, former rock-and-roll great Fats Domino was missing and feared dead. Eventually, the legendary "Fat Man" was found alive and well, one of the few bulletins of good news to come out of New Orleans during that unhappy time. I wonder if that will be among the "achievements" highlighted during the next Republican National Convention.

"During the administration of George W. Bush, we FOUND Fats Domino!" Yet the heavily biased mainstream, or "drive by," news media have never given Our Maximum Leader credit for that.

President Bush is said to be working on his "legacy" these days. He seems to be taking a roundabout route – as though the road to the Bush Memorial in Washington, D.C. runs through Baghdad, or maybe Teheran. Whatever. Bush is in it for the long haul and will do whatever it takes.

In New Hampshire there is a long-standing joke about a farmer who, asked for directions to some out of the way place, tells a visiting motorist, "You can’t get there from here!"

It really is a joke, friends. There are no inaccessible parts of New Hampshire, but there are a lot of places to which there is no direct route. You have to go around a lake or cross a bridge in the next town. You can "get there from here," but you have to go somewhere else first.

It’s that way with the space program. We have heard much in the past few decades about the scientific discoveries that have been made and the inventions that have come about as the result of space travel. True, space suits with internal plumbing may have limited mass marketing potential, but think of golf ball aerodynamics, portable coolers and programmable pacemakers for the heart. They are all, NASA tells us, "spinoffs" from the space program. And the theory is the more space travel we undertake, the more useful inventions we will have as a byproduct of those adventures.

It is a roundabout, extraterrestrial route, best described by David Stockman, President Reagan’s first director of the Office of Management and Budget. The idea, said Stockman, is that the way to build a better mousetrap is to go to Jupiter.

And, of course, academics are interested in anything that combines discovery with government grants. And what fits that description better than our multi-billion dollar a year space program? New Hampshire is proud to have been the home of the first teacher in space, Concord High’s Christa McAuliffe, who perished along with her fellow astronauts in the Challenger explosion of January 28, 1986. Another teacher is now scheduled for a space flight and will, we may all hope and pray, have a much safer, more successful trip. Meanwhile, the state’s legislature remains under a ten-year-old mandate from the Supreme Court of New Hampshire to come up with a constitutionally equitable plan to fund public education statewide. Perhaps the answer to that dilemma is somewhere in the stars.

It may be that answers to our national and even international problems are "somewhere out there" as well. Charles Krauthammer, the esteemed neo-conservative columnist, recently noted with approval that President George W. Bush, bless his interplanetary heart, has "committed us to going back to the moon and, ultimately, Mars."

Earlier, less imaginative generations of Americans labored under the illusion that we must work out the solutions to our worldly problems here on earth, unaware that the answer may be on Mars. Even in the heyday of anti-communism, during the much-maligned "red scare" of the 1950’s, it never occurred to Sen. Joe McCarthy or the House Committee on Un-American Activities that our nation’s security required on invasion of the red planet.

Other, more pedestrian presidents have had as their goals freedom and prosperity for our country and peace on a single planet – ours, no less. But President Bush, has a grander vision, based perhaps on his father’s "thousand points of light." This president is committed to the defense of the moon and Mars.

When Bush first started talking about Mars, the joke was that maybe that’s where we would find those elusive "weapons of mass destruction" that we were unable to find in Iraq. Now it’s beginning to look like the president wants to go to Mars to find the cherished legacy of achievement that has eluded him here on earth. Yes, friends, future generations of Republicans will be able to point with pride to the glorious achievement of America AD (Years of "Dubya").

"He saved Mars from the terrorists."


capt said...

The Democratic-controlled Congress did the unthinkable on Saturday night: They gave President Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales more unchecked power to wiretap Americans without a warrant. Yes, that's the same Attorney General who is currently mired in scandal and probably committed perjury on this very issue.

Enough is enough. We have to send a strong message to Congress that there is no trade-off between fundamental liberties and security. Preserving our Constitution is essential to our security—we can't lead on freedom around the world when we're actively undermining the rule of law at home.

I signed onto this petition demanding that Congress reverse this capitulation to Bush and the politics of fear. Can you join me? Just click HERE

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