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Obama-Biden or McCain-Palin?

In a Freudian typo-slip, the title of this post was about to be ‘Obama-Biden or Palin-McCain?’ but it may not matter much longer according to an excellent post-with-predictions on the outcome of the November presidential election which Nancy has written at Starlight News:

http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/?p=33

McCain’s Palin ‘bump’ may be fading soon, and as many astrologers have observed before: John McCain’s health really IS an issue with transit Saturn opposite natal Saturn (in his 6th house of Health) on the menu.

If That transit doesn’t have health implications for a previous cancer patient of his advanced years, I’ll have to eat my ephemeris, won’t I? And of course, Saturn rules skin, and the August 1 Solar Eclipse is in McCain’s Pre-natal Eclipse Series making this a banner year for him in one way or another.

Eclipses, if they ‘bring’ anything at all, usually bring to light what one least expects so it’s impossible to pre-judge how they will act upon a native, but given McCain’s prominence within the collective, I should expect that “his” Eclipse will manifest noticeably as an event or events.

Then there’s Barack Obama:

One thing about Obama’s campaign that I’ve not had time to delve into as I’d like this week is his recent trip to Iraq and the hay the GOP will be making of it – whether they spin it out of whack or not, apparently Senator Obama ‘had speaks’ about a troop withdrawal date (and postponing it until the new administration comes in), which gives the Rovians lots of ammunition to manipulate into a big political problem for the Democratic candidate – even if he was well-intentioned.

Plus, tonight I’m officially in count down mode because this Friday evening is the Craig Ferguson comedy performance we’ve been pining for and I can hardly wait.

You’ve probably heard by now that Craig was feeling unwell and had to visit his doctor the other day and he’s been diagnosed with…..election fever!

Oh, and Happy 221st birthday to the US Constitution today! You’re a little gray around the muzzle and under constant attack – in shreds actually – but the majority of we-the-people still love ya!

Wednesday, Sept 17 was marked by a ceremony at Montpelier, home of the Architect of the Constitution (and the Bill of Rights), President James Madison, because the renovations have been completed returning Montpelier to its original state and size.

The du Pont family’s wings have been removed reducing the house’s size from 36,000 square feet to 12,261 square feet. ‘Madison’s Temple’ is still on the premises, of course.

In attendance were Jim Lehrer and Chief Justice John Roberts, some muckety-muck politicians, along with Madison’s descendants, and descendants of the slaves he kept. With Madison elected president in 1809, the plantation has been restored to the time period 1809 – 1836, the year of his death.

And if you find yourself in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains you may wish to have a visit there yourself – snag more info here:

http://www.montpelier.org/

And speaking of Founding Fathers, Tuesday I posted a bit on John Adams’ natal chart with a very interesting quote from the man himself – a quote which the current gaggle of Washington politicians, world bankers, and court justices could apply to themselves any time they see fit and the whole world would be much better off if the ‘power elitists’ would take a good look at themselves in John Adams’ mirror:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2008/09/john-adams-critiques-power.html

Congress: money votes on Thursday (5.8.08)

Fed up with drunken sailor Dems and Repubs all? Where will you be this Thursday as the US Congress moons the American people using its typical lack of deliberation, moderation, and what’s left of its honor?

The following link lands you upon a Stars Over Washington post with details on this Thursday’s money votes in Congress.

Ah, Congress! Not much more than a large aviary full of war profiteers and their enablers who may end up throwing good money after the last good money they funneled into Iraq to keep the Occupation going instead of finally doing the right thing, admitting their craven mistake of invading Iraq on false pretenses, and finding the backbone to redeploy our valiant soldiers out of Iraq where we offend too much.

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2008/05/eye-on-pelosi-and-thursdays-money-vote

And the jingoist neocons sold it as a war that would pay for itself…as if war ever does anything bright like that.

Bring Home Our Troops.

There’s no shame in “regrouping forces to plan anew” as the I Ching says. It’s old–no, ancient–advice and has plenty of track record to show how good it is…it’s still being given because it works in difficult strategic situations when it is most needed.

There’s no military solution to this centuries-old riddle that is the Middle East. Bring our troops home now.

 

Slight Warning for the sensitive: MoveOn.org is involved within the above linked post. You’ll manage!

 

 

links to new articles by Juan Cole, Eric Walberg, Bruce Ramsey, and others

It’s Time to Dump the Federal Reserve
The system is self-destructing.

 
By Mike Whitney
Many of the banks are technically insolvent already, hopelessly mired in their own red ink. Public confidence in the nations’ financial institutions has never been lower. Monetary policy and deregulation have failed. The system is self-destructing.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19401.htm
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How Labour Used The Law To Keep Criticism Of Israel Secret
By Richard Norton-Taylor
Exclusive: Concern over nuclear arsenal removed from Iraq dossier.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19397.htm
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What Would It Take to Launch a War With Iran?
By Bruce Ramsey
“A struggle is under way in Washington, D.C. Those opposed to an attack include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff. Those wanting an attack, he says, are the deputy national-security adviser for global democracy strategy, Elliott Abrams; Vice President Dick Cheney, “and the hard-line Israel lobby.”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19395.htm
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Pakistan Turns Scary For Bush’s War On Terror
By Juan Cole
The unraveling of Pervez Musharraf’s presidency has dealt a severe blow to Bush’s fatally flawed policy in the region.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19396.htm
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Balkan Intrigues
By Eric Walberg
The latest country to find its place on the map is sending shockwaves around the world.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19399.htm
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Inside The World Of War Profiteers
By David Jackson and Jason Grotto
From prostitutes to Super bowl tickets, a federal probe reveals how contractors in Iraq cheated the U.S.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19398.htm
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