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NM Gov. Bill Richardson Endorsing Obama

March 21, 2008

By BARRY MASSEY

The Associated Press
Friday, March 21, 2008

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a “once-in-a- lifetime leader” who can unite the nation and restore America’s international leadership.
Bill Richardson

Governor Bill Richardson

Richardson, who dropped out of the Democratic race in January, is to appear with Obama on Friday at a campaign event in Portland, Ore., The Associated Press has learned.

The governor’s endorsement comes as Obama leads among delegates selected at primaries and caucuses but with national public opinion polling showing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton pulling ahead of him amid controversy over statements by his former pastor.

Richardson has been relentlessly wooed by Obama and Clinton for his endorsement. As a Democratic superdelegate, the governor plays a part in the tight race for nominating votes and could bring other superdelegates to Obama’s side.

He also has been mentioned as a potential running mate for either candidate.

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Thinking You Are “Above the Little People”

March 16, 2008

By Thomas Sowell
The Washington Times
March 16, 2008

What was he thinking? That was the first question that came to mind when the story of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s involvement with a prostitution ring was reported in the media.
Eliot Spitzer looks at a chart at a press conference in New ... 
It was also the first question that came to mind when star quarterback Michael Vick ruined his career and lost his freedom over his involvement in illegal dog fighting. It is a question that arises when other very fortunate people risk everything for some trivial satisfaction.
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Many in the media refer to Eliot Spitzer as some moral hero who fell from grace. Mr. Spitzer was never a moral hero. He was an unscrupulous prosecutor who threw his power around to ruin people, even when he didn’t have any case with which to convict them of anything. Because he used his overbearing power against businesses, the anti-business left idolized him, just as they idolized Ralph Nader before him as some sort of secular saint because he attacked General Motors.
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What Eliot Spitzer did was not out of character. It was completely in character for someone with the hubris that comes with the ability to misuse his power to make or break innocent people.
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After John Whitehead, former head of Goldman Sachs, wrote an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal, criticizing Attorney General Spitzer’s handling of a case involving Maurice Greenberg, Mr. Spitzer was quoted by Mr. Whitehead as saying: “I will be coming after you. You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done.”
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When you start thinking of yourself as a little tin god, able to throw your weight around to bully people into silence, it is a sign of a sense of being exempt from the laws and social rules that apply to other people.
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For someone with this kind of hubris to risk his whole political career for a fling with a prostitute is no more surprising than for Michael Vick to throw away millions to indulge his taste for dog fighting or for Leona Helmsley to avoid paying taxes — not because she couldn’t easily pay the taxes and still have more money than she could ever spend but because she felt above the rules that apply to “the little people.”
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What is almost as scary as having someone like Eliot Spitzer hold power is having so many pundits talk as if this is just a “personal” flaw in Mr. Spitzer that should not disqualify him for public office. Mr. Spitzer himself spoke of his “personal” failing as if it had nothing to do with his being governor of New York.

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Pakistan: Muhammad Reports January 9, 2008

January 9, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir, I hope you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. Some interestings events have been taking place in tribal areas.

These events give a clear indication that now the government of Pakistan at last decided to finish Taliban and terrorists. It is not yet clear after Taliban and terrorists to the whom the areas will be given.

A change of governor, the controlling authorities has also taken place.

According to reports, security forces resumed artillery fire on miscreants’ hideouts in the Matta and Kabal areas of Swat, as there were reports that rebel cleric Maulana Fazlullah may have been killed in the shelling.

A Daily Times Monitoring report quoted Geo News as saying that rumours about Fazlullah’s death arose following the security forces’ shelling of rebel hideouts, but neither security officials nor Taliban leaders confirmed them.

Also on Tuesday, security forces targeted militant positions in Piochar and Ocharaee Sar in Swat. The troops also arrested a paramedic, Hilal Ahmad, on charges of providing first-aid to militants.

Meanwhile, official sources told Daily Times that more than 500 miscreants – some of them close confidantes of Fazlullah’s and would-be suicide bombers – had been arrested by security forces since the launching of the operation in the valley. The sources said the detainees were being investigated at different locations and some of them had provided key information to interrogators. Meanwhile, the government said its writ had been restored in 90 percent of Swat, adding that Kabal was on high alert following a suicide bombing on Sunday. Curfew was also in place in areas between Baryam Bridge and Venai on Tuesday.

Report from Wana, the headquarter of Waziristan said that smultaneous attacks on the offices of pro-government peace committees supporting commander Maulvi Nazir will lead to “serious consequences” for Baitullah Mehsud, officials and tribal elders said. Baitullah is being chased by the government for his alleged involvement in the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.

“Anyone who is from the Mehsud tribe is leaving Wana following the late Sunday night attacks in which ten comrades of Maulvi Nazir were killed,” the officials told Daily Times.

“The current situation will help the government and endanger Baitullah Mehsud’s life,” the officials said. Maulvi Nazir’s men retaliated and killed a Mehsud Talib and captured four others hours after the attacks. A Mehsud tribesman said that there was tense situation for non-Wazir residents in Wana where announcements were being made via loudspeaker-mounted vehicles asking the Mehsuds to “leave the Wana soil.”

Most Ahmedzai Wazirs believe the attacks were orchestrated by Baitullah Mehsud and that Maulvi Nazir people can retaliate,” he said.

Separately, Nazir summoned a meeting of elders of his clan on Wednesday to discuss the situation after the killings, his aides told AFP. The Mehsud tribe also held a meeting and decided to send a delegation for talks with aides of Baitullah Mehsud, local administration official Khaista Rehman said.

Dear Sir, at the moment the situation is very critical and tense. Any mishandling may lead to bloodshed and more killing.

Please pray for us. Situation in Bajaur Agency is normal to some extent, but there is tension as the people are expecting full-scale operation against the militants.

Thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Pakistan: Tribal Area Governor Resigns

January 5, 2008

BBC
January 5, 2008

The governor of Pakistan’s restive North West Frontier Province, Ali Mohammad Jan Orakzai, has resigned.

The development comes amid continuing violence linked to Islamist guerrillas hiding in remote, mountainous villages near the Afghan border.

Retired Lt Gen Orakzai, one of the few officers of tribal origin in the upper echelons of the Pakistani army, cited personal reasons for his departure.

But the continuing violence in tribal areas may have brought it about.

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Pakistan: Militants kill 8 tribal elders

Persuasive Huckabee changed a state, his way

December 22, 2007

By Adam Nossiter and David Bar
The New York Times
December 22, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In more than a decade of presiding over this state, Mike Huckabee produced a legacy like few other Republican governors in the South, surprising even liberal Democrats with his willingness to upend some of Arkansas’s more parochial traditions.

A review of his record as governor shows that, beginning in 1996, he drove through a series of changes that transformed education and health insurance in Arkansas, achievements that were never tried by most of his predecessors, including Bill Clinton.

But he is also remembered in the state for a style of governing that tended to freeze out anyone of any party who disagreed with his plans. He did not, for example, seek Mr. Clinton’s conciliatory middle, or try to court skeptical state lawmakers. Though he was considered as persuasive a speechmaker as he had been a pastor, Mr. Huckabee largely kept his own counsel — in politics, ethics and a singular clemency policy that continues to haunt him.

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