Saturday, September 20, 2008

Open in theaters soon


Stranded in a remote Iranian village, a French journalist is approached by Zahra, a woman who has a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of her death the day before...

As the journalist turns on his tape recorder, Zahra takes us back to the beginning of her story which involves Soraya's husband, the local phony mullah, and a town all too easily led down a path of deceit, coercion, and hysteria. The women, stripped of all rights and without recourse, nobly confront the overwhelming desires of corrupt men who use and abuse their authority to condemn Soraya, an innocent but inconvenient wife, to an unjust and torturous death.

A shocking and true drama, it exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the utter lack of human rights for women. The last and only hope for some measure of justice lies in the hands of the journalist who must escape with the story -- and his life -- so the world will know.

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Open the door, sweep out the dirt, close the door.

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Open Faith: “Voting ALL Our Values” - Obama

The Christian Broadcasting Network's The Brody File reports...

Exclusive: Obama Campaign Faith Tour Starts Next Week

September 19, 2008

An official with Barack Obama’s campaign tells The Brody File that beginning next week the campaign will start an official faith tour in key battleground states called “Barack Obama: Faith, Family and Values Tour”. The subheading of the tour is as follows: “Voting ALL Our Values”

The Brody File is told that top faith surrogates will hit the trail for Obama. Some of those high profile figures include Former Indiana Congressman and pro-life Democrat Tim Roemer, Catholic legal scholar Doug Kmiec, and author Donald Miller. You can also expect a soon to be named Evangelical North Carolina (red state) Congressman to travel the country as well. All of these surrogates are well versed and comfortable talking faith and politics. This is clearly a sign by the Obama campaign that they plan to target red state and swing state moderates.

A campaign official tells me the tour is designed to feature the “strong faith and values” of both Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden. Issues will range from healthcare to poverty to the economy to climate change to yes, even abortion. The campaign understands tough questions may come their way but they’re ready with an answer of how they can reduce abortions.

... the Obama campaign understands that most people in this country consider their faith integral to their lives. The values and religion talk resonates not just with conservative Evangelicals but a whole range of people out there. It means different things to different people. Obama wants to tap into that and also stay true to the fact that his faith has been central to his life.

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Open/Closed: McCain works to keep POW/MIA info from families

McCain and the POW Cover-up

The "war hero" candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam

Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute. This is an expanded version, with primary documents attached, of a story that appears in the October 6, 2008 issue of The Nation.

By Sydney H. Schanberg
September 18, 2008

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn't return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

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This is the sort of man America wants as a leader?

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Open McDouble McStandards redux

McCain’s Camp Tests Fund-Raising Limits

Published: September 19, 2008

Senator John McCain toiled for years to push a campaign finance overhaul through Congress. After the measure finally passed, Trevor Potter, a lawyer and vigorous advocate for reforming the system, was instrumental in defending the law from challenges and pressing for strict enforcement.

Now, as Mr. McCain makes his final sprint for the White House, Mr. Potter is again helping Mr. McCain, but this time by maneuvering to wring the maximum out of campaign finance laws in ways that some contend are at odds with the spirit of the reforms they championed.

The tactics appear to be legally permissible. And some argue that the McCain campaign is simply doing what is necessary in the face of the record fund-raising by his Democratic rival for president, Senator Barack Obama, and Mr. Obama’s decision to bypass public financing and its attendant spending limits.

But critics point out Mr. McCain is capitalizing on legal loopholes that a watchdog organization headed by Mr. Potter has fought against.

Can I sell you a pair of Palin-McCain flip-flops? It will feel sooooo good when they walk all over you!

P.S. I felt the need to reinforce my understanding of the word ...
in·teg·ri·ty [in-teg-ri-tee]

1.adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. Unabridged (v 1.1)

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Open Directive: There is a new President in town...

President Sarah Palin has made it clear to all parties involved that under her administration there will be no pandering to special interests or kowtowing to established power brokers...

... except when it is in the best interest of President Sarah Palin.

We all know our place. Sarah just wants us to be sure she knows her place.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Open RePower: Cleaner Environment AND Stronger Economy

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Open Threat Level: A Palin Theocracy

Quoted from

A Palin Theocracy

by: Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, said that "this election is not about issues ... This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates." The Republicans know they will lose if they really focus on issues such as the economy, the war, healthcare, education and the environment. They are hoping that pro-choice women who supported Hillary Clinton will gravitate to Palin because she's a feisty - albeit anti-choice - woman. They are also banking on support from people who cannot bring themselves to vote for a black man.
Emphasis mine...

It is abundantly clear from Rick Davis' comment that he believes that as a nation we don't want a leader but rather a figurehead. Such an operational philosophy has served us in good stead for the last 8 years. It has promoted good will and admiration among our world peers. It has brought peace and prosperity to our nation.

Oh! Wait...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Open Reason: This is why I support Barack Obama

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Open Nationalization: AIG & McBush

Now that we the people are stake holders does that mean we will get better rates on our insurance?

Wait, have pigs taken flight?

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Open Question(s) of Adoption

Note: This is quoted in its entirety for clarity.


John and Cindy McCain: Illegal Adoptive Parents?

Dr. Abdul Momen

[Dr. Momen, a professor of Economics in Massachusetts and a political analyst, raises questions about the legality of the adoption of the McCains' daughter, Bridget - ShadaKalo editors]

Wes Gullett, Senetor McCain's former staff member, spoke at the Republic National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his adopted daughter Nikki by his side. He talked about the compassion of the potential first lady, Senator John McCain's wife Cindy McCain. The camera repeatedly showed Mrs. McCain and the McCains' adopted daughter, Bridget. The proof of Mrs. McCain's compassion? She had rescued two baby girls from an orphanage in Bangladesh, and "adopted" one of them, while Mr. Gullett "adopted" the other. After the 11-house stories, this certainly helped humanize the McCains and garner some sympathy.

Unfortunately, there is a reason we put the quotes around adopted.

According to Bangladeshi Law, no foreigner is allowed to adopt a Bangladeshi child. The US embassy in Bangladesh says:
Actual adoption of children is not permitted under Bangladesh law. However, Bangladesh law does permit its own citizens to apply for guardianship of children. At that time, a U.S.-Bangladeshi dual citizen who has obtained guardianship of a Bangladeshi child could apply for an immigrant visa for that child to go to the U.S. Under Bangladesh law, the 1982 Guardianship and Wards Amendments Ordinances prohibit granting guardianship of Bangladeshi children to non-Bangladeshi parents. Further, these restrictions have limited adoption of Bangladeshi children to only a few each year.
Lets parse this. First, adoption is not allowed. Second, guardianship is allowed, but only to Bangladeshi citizens.

John and Cindy McCain, therefore, could not have legally adopted Bridget. The same applies to the Gullets and Nikki. I am personally happy that they adopted her and saved her life, but they broke Bangladeshi law. It is not expected from a war hero, a national role model and a highly respected US Senator like John McCain to adopt his daughter ‘without due process of law’ illegally and use such ‘illegal adoption’ for political gain.

But then again, Mrs. McCain is no stranger to breaking the law.

In 1992, when we wanted to arrange the adoption in the USA of 25 Bangladeshi boys, all below the age of 5 who were being sold as ‘camel jockeys’ in the Gulf countries, the Bangladesh government did not allow us to do it because of their adoption law. As the US embassy page points out, Bangladeshi law does not allow foreigners to adopt their children legally since the ordinance was enacted in 1982. We got their custody after six months only when we (me and my friend Faith Willard of Cape Cod, Massachusetts) agreed to the conditions such as (1) we would repatriate and rehabilitate them in Bangladesh, and (2) would hand them over back to Bangladesh government if any ‘real parents’ claim them.

It also looks like Mrs. McCain was also embellishing stories about the adoption for the past 17 years. She has been claiming that Mother Teresa herself convinced her to adopt the baby Bridget. There was just a small problem: Mrs. McCain never met Mother Teresa:
The McCain campaign had also put out the story that Mother Teresa “convinced” Cindy to bring home two orphans from Bangladesh in 1991.

Mrs. McCain, it turns out, never met Mother Teresa on that trip. (Once contacted by the Monitor, the campaign revised the story on its website.)
So why was she name-dropping? Just to exploit the good name of Mother Teresa? During Mr. Gullett's speech, a photo of Mrs. McCain and Mother Teresa was shown. Perhaps the GOP wants us to believe that some of her sainthood must have rubbed off on Cindy McCain.

The RNC paraded Bridget and Nikki as examples of Cindy McCain's compassion--for a political campaign. This makes the following a fair question.

We call upon the McCain campaign to clarify this adoption: since foreign adoption has been illegal since at least 1982, how did the McCain family adopt a child from Bangladesh in 1991?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Open Fundamentally

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Open Damnation

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Open Foreign Correspondence

Let Sarah Palin Run for Office in Saudi Arabia

September 14, 2008 by American Bedu

I think there are likely Saudi women who would be much better qualified as a Vice President contender of the United States than Sarah Palin. In fact as I think on some of her responses to queries it made me realize that gee…maybe I could someday fit a profile as a Vice President. No; I’ve not been Mayor of a small Alaskan town or Governor of a State but I have met foreign heads of state…I even met a few U.S. presidents during my old diplomatic career. I’ve not only traveled to war zones but I have worked in them in Iraq and Pakistan. But this post is not about me and whether I’d ever be a viable candidate. This post is about Sarah Palin and perhaps she should consider coming to serve in Saudi Arabia rather than the United States of America.
Here are some of the issues I see with her so far that would make her an ideal citizen of Saudi Arabia:
o Favors creationist teaching instead of evolution. This is also what is taught in the Saudi school systems.
o Speaking of the Saudi school and education system, the way she parroted her answers to Charles Gibson also indicated she can learn by rote memorization. Another endearing point for bringing her to Saudi.
o She hinted that Iraq war is a mission from God. Many sheiks and clerics may agree with her but perhaps for differing reasons.
o She does not believe in abortion even in the case of rape and incest (only time she accepts it is if the mother life is in danger). Again, this teaching would go down well in Saudi Arabia.
o Her husband was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which has a platform of cessation from the Union, She is rumored to have been a member but no one can make the paper trail stick yet. However, she addressed the convention of the party as late as this year. For a party (Republican) that is running on a platform of country first. If this sticks to her she has a major problem. How can you be a Vice President and support something as crazy as cessation even if that was 10 years ago. Now this one would likely get her in trouble with a monarchy.

o Her previous church of which she was a member of all her life until 2 years ago, believes that God speaks through people in tongues. I’m sure that would endear her to the Muttawa.
o She “should” know much about oil coming from the key American producing state. The Ministry of Oil here in Riyadh would appreciate that.
And then we get to her stance on issues. Oh dear…she has contradicted herself. For example, she spoke in a speech on Obama asking for ear marks when she asked for more per year than him. She even hired a lobbyist to help her get earmarks when she was a small town Mayor. She also lied outright about selling a state airplane on e-bay at a profit (it was sold privately and for a loss)
She lied about the bridge to nowhere. She was for it when running for governor and then reversed her position when she won and used the money for other projects (there was NO “thanks but no thanks”, she took the money). She is exaggerating her success in the pipeline project. It will take a minimum of 10 years to get it done and not even 1 mile has been built yet. She needs to get the federal government on and oil companies on board (not an easy task since she alienated the oil executives). So in essence she is claiming a touchdown when she is still on the 50 yard line. What is worse is she is selling the pipeline victory as something that will impact Americans soon, when it will take at minimum 10 years to have any impact.
Do not get me wrong, she is a very smart lady and can speak very well. But there are so many issues that make her the wrong VP… for the United States of America.

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Dave Winer sure can pick 'em...

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