By Murray Waas in the USA:
McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort
William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.
The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein‘s government.
During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.
Timmons’ activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time. …
Moreover, there was a major financial incentive at play for Timmons. The multi-million dollar oil deal that he was pursuing with the two other lobbyists would only be possible if their efforts to ease sanctions against Iraq were successful.
See also here.
This puts McCain’s support for a hundred years of war in Iraq in a … errrr … strange light indeed.
This after earlier revelations of links of the McCain election campaign to dictators in Myanmar, in Georgia, and Iran … yeah, McCain’s “bomb bomb Iran“.
Dear Young Democrat,
There is unprecedented enthusiasm and excitement out there. We see it in our campaign programs from California to Virginia and all across the country. The Young Voter Revolution is underway.
With only a few weeks until Election Day, there are a couple of things that we know for sure.
1. Young people will vote in amazing numbers for Democrats up and down the ballot (yes, we know this for sure)
2. This scares the crap out of Republicans, and there is no doubt that radical supporters of their candidates are already planning creative ways to keep you from voting.
3. The only way to fight back is to take this election into our own hands. We have to vote, convince our friends to vote, and even take the time to motivate our family and co-workers to the polls.
Truth is, nobody said making history was going to be easy. Now that we are so close to actually accomplishing our goal of sweeping Democrats into power at all levels of government, it is the crucial time for us to go the extra mile and do our part.
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It is important that we do not underestimate the impact we each can have have on this election by simply doing the unthinkable (for some of us) and, yup … going out there and actually talking to our friends, our family, our neighbors, our classmates, and our co-workers. Now is the time for us to tell them why we are voting for Democrats and why we think it is important that they do the same. This is what wins elections, and this is what we have to do right away.
To help you engage your social network, we have put together a resource section of our Young Voter Revolution webpage that includes literature and vote pledges you can at home, a manual that discusses the best ways to gather “vote Democrat” vote pledges in your community, and even a vote protection guide.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:37 am (PDT)
Video Roundup – Monday, October 13: Everybody’s doing it!
My daily video roundup is now available at my website: http://www.zoltanic.com.
All the videos are embedded there in one place.
Barack Obama discusses his economic plan in Toledo, Ohio:
(A little over 25 minutes, but well worth it.)
Remember when McCain talked about being respectful toward Obama?
Apparently, the Respectful Talk Express has derailed. Watch McCain as he refuses to condemn a GOP official’s comparison of Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden:
At a McCain/Palin white robes only event – I mean, campaign rally in Virginia, a McCain supporter yells “Obama bin Lyin'” while Palin is introducing McCain:
Gee, why does the respectful Mr. McCain not do something?
I reported earlier on the pastor who called on God to preserve his good name by defeating Obama. Here is the video of the prayer:
Just imagine if a pastor introducing Obama had prayed in a similar fashion with regard to McCain…
But you know, the bottom line is that none of this is really McCain’s fault. I mean, everybody is doing it:
So McCain claims, falsely, that the other side is making hateful comments at their rallies – which then is his defense for why his people are shouting hateful things. First of all, he is a liar, as usual. Secondly, even if what he said were true, it would still just be the “everybody is doing it” argument. It would still contradict his claim from just a few days ago that he wants to be respectful.
But that’s what’s so much fun about this campaign. We never know what kind of crazy stuff will come out of the mouths of McCain and Palin. Each day is a new comedy, with a completely unpredictable plotline. And to think that we only have three more weeks of this!
Speaking of McCain being erratic, John Kerry nailed it really well in his speech at the Democratic National Convention:
But you might argue that John Kerry is a partisan speaker. And you’re right – he has a vested interest in Obama being elected. So what do McCain’s conservative pundit friends have to say? It seems that at least some of the punditoids are beginning to stick their heads out from Pundit Life (their version of the alternative reality game Second Life) and are gradually grasping the ways of the Real World. It’s painful for them, because, as Steven Colbert famously told Bush, reality has a distinctly liberal bias. So here are the pundits weeping:
I had to watch this video several times. I just love to see their sense of defeat. Is that shallow, petty, and vindictive of me?… Nah… Every pundit’s defeat is one step forward for human civilization. 🙂
Speaking of defeating pundits, watch Rachel Maddow as she takes down the nasty, mean-spirited David Frum:
And what about Pandora Palin? Did you really think that a day could go by without her saying something really stupid or brazenly deplorable? Here she is introducing McCain in Virginia, talking about how McCain has fought against the abuse of power in Washington.
Is it insensitive of me to point out that Trainwreck Sarah has just been found to have abused her powers as Governor of Alaska? If McCain really wants to fight abuse of power, he can do so by organizing Governor Palin’s impeachment.
You might think that I don’t like Sarah Palin. And you’re right! But I am not alone. Sharon Osbourne doesn’t think much of her either:
Here is also a list of some of the dumbest things Silly Sarah has said:
(Not a video.)
Oh, and here is a good one from the AP (which does occasionally publish articles that are not puff pieces for McCain):
Palin mistakes fans for protesters at Va. rally
(Not a video – but I can’t wait for the vid to surface.)
And let’s close with a truly funny ad from Kansas:
McCain – Palin
Unstable – Unable
Unfit to lead
I hate William Timmons…
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