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Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Alan Keyes will face Obama.

In what is sure to be a waste of time, but fun to watch, Alan Keyes has been picked to challenge Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate Seat.

I don't believe the GOP actually thinks Keyes will beat Obama.  I think they are trying to place their shots in and make Obama look bad.  I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Andrew Card and the White House had a say in this decision.  At least Barthwell will have a chance to fight another day and make herself a serious challenger to Obama or someone else in Illinois at another time.

Also, Drudge says that the Washington Post will report that Fox News chief political correspondent, Carl Cameron, outed Senator Richard Shelby as the leaker of intelligence information from the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

This is very surprising.  Journalists normally do not divulge their sources.  And earlier today, Michael King tipped me about NewsCorp's President, Peter Chermin, endorsing John Kerry for President.  And this is right after 38 Democrats wrote a letter to Rupert Murdoch demanding a meeting about Fox News' supposed media bias.  Is this an attempt at damage control on the part of Fox News?

Posted at 10:17 pm by Expertise
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Now I remember why I don't watch UPN.

This show called The Player is absolutely hideous.  Nothing disgusts me more than a bunch of herbs thinking they are greater than what they really are.

And I'm tired of white people thinking they got "flava" because they try to spit black slang!

Ugh.  I just had to vent about that.

I'll just stick to WWE Smackdown and the local old sitcoms.  The rest of that shit insults my intelligence.

Posted at 09:22 pm by Expertise
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Music industry to set up election blitzes.

We know how much the Hollywood elites within the entertainment industry hate George Bush, and with a passion.

Well now they're collaborating with to create a collection of concerts before the November elections designed for the sole purpose to motivate people to get out and defeat the incumbent president.

Over 20 bands/singers will start concert tours beginning October 1st, just before the elections.  Some of the bands/singers are:

Pearl Jam
Death Cab for Cutie
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
John Fogerty
Bright Eyes
Dave Matthews Band
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
Jurassic 5
My Morning Jacket
Dixie Chicks
James Taylor
Jackson Brown
Bonnie Rait
Keb' Mo
John Mellencamp

Although I'm not surprised, I'm quite disappointed that Babyface and Dave Matthews are on this list.  I'm surprised, however,  that Rage Against the Machine and Black Eyed Peas aren't on this list.

Folks, this is REALLY simple....the far left smells blood.  And I guarantee you that knows that Kerry isn't going to beat Bush alone.  And the media, who's aching to see Bush go down in defeat, will milk this for all it's worth.

Whether or not Bush loses, history will look back at this as the most bitterly contested election since the 1800's.  Never has there been as much hatred and such an organized campaign against one presidential challenger in any of our lifetimes.

I also think it's very important to remember what's at stake here.  You see, if John Kerry wins the election, he's not the only one that walks into it.  No.  He walks in there with the influence of Teresa Kerry Heinz, with John Edwards and the trial lawyer machine, the influence of and every two-bit leftist political front machine, and the Democratic Party as well.

People need to keep that in mind when Election Day pops up.

Posted at 08:21 pm by Expertise
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Hurricane Alex aftermath.

I just finished talking to my dad this morning.  Mainland Hyde County was relatively quiet.  Other than a brief power outage for about 30-40 minutes and a few broken limbs, everything was pretty normal.

However, Hatteras and Ocracoke are flooded.  One woman on Ocracoke Island called it the worst flooding she's seen since she moved there almost 30 years ago.  Estimates have the flooding as high as 4 feet.

This is what happens when forecasters get it wrong.  People and property have to suffer.  Luckily, there were no fatalities, but the National Weather Service has got to do a better job with reporting the strength of these storms.  If I were Gov. Mike Easley, I would have a serious beef with the NWS this morning.

Posted at 07:57 am by Expertise
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Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Hurricane Alex strengthens into Category 2.

The National Weather Service is now reporting that Hurricane Alex has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

This really steams me, because the NWS has done a piss-poor job in forecasting this hurricane.  This system shot up from 50 mph to over 100 in about a 24-hour period.  Joe Bastardi has been saying this since Monday morning that this system was going to strengthen fast, and when they take future wind samples the NWS would know that the system is way stronger than they are portraying it and has established an eye.  However, we were led to believe that this system would stay a tropical storm, or at the most a light hurricane.

Before someone tells me, I know hurricanes are unpredictable.  But I do believe that there are certain traits that most Carolina hurricanes have.  When that hurricane hits that current along the coast, they tend to intensify and strengthen fast.  Alex has literally followed that current up the seaboard.  If Bastardi anticipated it, then the NWS should have as well.

Now, what if they're wrong about the path, and this hurricane changes directions and slams into the interior of North Carolina?  Not one person has left the coast in anticipation of this storm, thinking it would be small.  The National Weather Service has GOT to do a better job of warning the people on the Outer Banks and the Crystal Coast.

Posted at 12:26 pm by Expertise
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The Davenport Duel

This should be interesting.  Drudge is reporting that Bush and Kerry have campaign rallies scheduled in the same town, on the same day, within a couple of blocks from each other, and both crowds are due to overlap.

Davenport, Iowa is about to be put on the map, and possibly in the history books if something goes down.  Both campaigns better have their crowds out in force, because every news network and two-bit journalist will be on this one.  This event has the potential to tilt the election either way.  And after the disappointing poll numbers after the DNC Convention last week, Kerry needs all the help he can get.

Ultimately, this is b.s. though.  This isn't a mere coincidence.  One campaign got the heads-up on the other and penciled in an appearance to show up the opponent.  This sounds like something Bush would do, as he likes to pull surprise stunts.

I would not want to be a Davenport policeman tomorrow.  They are going to have a time trying to seperate the two crowds.  I doubt if it gets into another Bloody Kansas, but there is still the potential for problems.

In other news, it seems as if some Bush supporters crashed a Kerry rally and yelled "Four more years!" in a bullhorn.  Teresa Kerry Heinz, who was on the mic introducing her wife, er, husband, used that sharp tongue of hers and quipped, "They want four more years of hell".

Folks, if you think Hillary was bad, wait until you put this woman into the White House.  While it's doubtful that she'd carpetbag her way to a U.S. Senate seat, she'll still have more influence around the White House than any other First Lady, especially since she is the President's sugar mama.

This just reinforces my belief that First Ladies, like children, should be seen and not heard.

Posted at 11:09 am by Expertise
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Don't waste your time, Keyes.

Word is getting out that the GOP is wooing Alan Keyes to take on the new Democratic rock star Barack Obama for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat.

Keyes has 2 things working against him:  1.  Time.  It's August, and he'll only have 3 months until the election.  2.  Region.  Keyes, who actually lives in Maryland, would be a conservative carpetbagger in - and I'm being generous here - a mostly left-of-center state.  Hence, Keyes won't win.

But ultimately the voters would win if Keyes does run.  You can look at probably any race of any kind in the country, and you won't see two polar opposites like Obama and Keyes.  Hence, people get a clear choice, and that's always good. 

Also, the debates will be VERY good.  Whether you like Keyes or not, you've got to admit that he isn't a slouch of the mic.  In fact, he's a better talker than Sharpton.  If I were Obama, I would simply refuse to debate him.  Obama will already win Illinois by double digits, by all accounts.  There is no positive anyone can get by debating Keyes, especially a national novice who's was previously defeated in his home state (by Bobby Rush).

Posted at 10:41 am by Expertise
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Sunday, August 01, 2004
I told you: "No Kerry Bounce".

I stated in my DNC Roundup, John Kerry's DNC Convention speech needed to be magnificent, and it wasn't.  Hence,  the traditional bounce that presidential candidates generally get would miss him.

To be specific (and I know it's late) I expected no more than 2-3 percentage point rise after the convention.  Newsweek gave Kerry a 4 point bounce, extending the three-way race to 49% to Kerry/Edwards to 42% to Bush/Cheney and 3% to Nader/Camejo.  I don't believe that one, simply because they have Kerry/Edwards with a 7 point lead.  But it should be noted that this was the lowest convention bounce by a candidate since Newsweek has been doing their polls.

So I waited.  I figured we would have the real results by Monday.  But we didn't. USA Today tonight reports that Kerry had ABSOLUTELY NO CONVENTION BOUNCE.

In fact, John Kerry actually lost ground on Bush, falling behind 1% percentage point.  And Bush leads on their poll 50% to 46%.

There is no question about it:  The Kerry campaign is on the ropes, and their last chance is the debates.  Bush's lead will go into double digits after the RNC Convention.  The question is whether Kerry can be focused and go into the debates looking to eat away at Bush's lead, or will he go in as cocky as Al Gore did in 2000 and end up looking like a fraud.  There is no doubt in my mind that Gore's performance in the first debate ultimately cost him the election.  And he will have more problems if he continues to have campaign finance scandals.

Posted at 11:19 pm by Expertise
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Saturday, July 31, 2004
Huge victory for property rights advocates.

Marking one of the first steps to stop this highly deceptive and corrupt practice, the Michigan State Supreme Court overturned a key eminent domain court case from 1981 and stopped allowing governments seize private property to give to private companies.

I know this will make Neal Boortz happy, as he has been one of the biggest whistleblowers on these heinious land grabs that continue to get worse and worse.

The media claims this will put a damper on revitalization efforts in cities like Detroit, but maybe it will force them to actually improve what they do have rather than try to grab land from property owners from the outskirts and try to start anew.

Heads up to Malkin for the story.  Everyone pass this on.

Posted at 08:10 pm by Expertise
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I guess I should speak about Tyson.

As in a lot of boxing stories, this will end in disappointment and sadness.

Tyson could have been one of the greatest ever.  No doubt he was the hardest hitting puncher since Foreman.  The only difference was that he had the skills to go with it.

In the 80's he was arguably better than both Holyfield and Lewis were in the 90's.  But he let his anger, his "friends" and his business people take advantage of the fact that he didn't know anything about money, nor tried to sit down with him and actually tell him how he needed to act.

Now, he's 38 years old, trying to make money off of the things he did over 17 years ago.  His body is worn, he's broke, and he really doesn't have the skills to be a contender.

But when you have a sport that takes juveniles and criminals off the street and puts gloves on them to beat their opponents heads in for millions of dollars, this was, and still is, bound to happen.  These people have no concept of responsibility, and since they become some of the most famous athletes in the world, they have no concept of accountability.  And these things are getting worse instead of better.

I don't hate Mike.  I don't have any disdain for him either.  Only pity, and I hope he can get his life back together. 

Posted at 07:06 pm by Expertise
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