Daily Archives: February 25, 2009

Leave Roland Burris Alone!

Let the man have his Senate seat and get off his back.

I really don’t know what the problem is with Mr. Burris.  If all calling for him to resign would just shut up, there would not be a problem.  And if — if — he had to walk in by himself last night as some kind of a shun, then all the Senators should be ashamed.  I absolutely hate it when someone cries race or racist, but I am beginning to wonder if that’s what it is.  First they block him from the Senate floor so he can’t be sworn in with the rest of the Senate, and now they want him to resign.

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He obviously wants the position, I think he considers it an honor that he maybe has hoped, he was duly and legitimately appointed, and he seems to me to be an honorable man, so just exactly what has he done that he should resign?

And besides that, if Tim Tax Cheat Geithner can be Secretary of the Treasury and IRS, Mr. Burris can surely be a Senator.

Posted:  02.25.09

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“Oh, God” whispered by someone (Chris Matthews) at MSNBC as Jindal walks out (Video)

I heard this! – somebody saying “Oh, God” as Bobby Jindal ]was walking to the podium last night to give the republican response to President Obama’s speech.  I thought it was Chris Matthews, but I’m not sure.  Keith Olbermann was introducing Jindal.  It is for sure that someone said it.  Can’t tell the folks at MSNBC are on the side of Obama and the democrats, can you?  What a surprise.

They keep taking these videos down. 

Posted:  02.25.09

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Obama plans to extend withdrawal plans to 19 months

Obama promised during his campaign to withdraw troops from Iraq within 16 months of his election.  Well, maybe not.

Officials said Obama is prepared to to add three months due to the concerns of ground commanders who wanted more time to cement security gains, strengthen political institutions and make sure Iraq did not become more unstable again.

Even with the withdrawal order, Mr. Obama plans to leave behind a “residual force” of tens of thousands of troops to continue training Iraqi security forces, hunt down foreign terrorist cells and guard American institutions, as he said he would during last year’s campaign.

In recent weeks, Mr. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the three withdrawal options — 16, 19 and 23 months — with the president.

The top two commanders responsible for Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, have declined to say what options they preferred, but military officials made it clear that the two were uncomfortable with the 16-month plan that Mr. Obama backed during the campaign.

Administration officials said it was possible that Mr. Obama would announce his decision on Iraq withdrawals on Friday during a visit to North Carolina, possibly at either Camp Lejeune or Fort Bragg. Camp Lejeune is the home of some 8,000 Marines who are to be deployed to Afghanistan under a plan Mr. Obama announced last week to send 17,000 more troops to the country.

Promises are easy to make.

New York Times

Posted:  02.25.09

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Kellie Ballew, the other woman, testifies in Cooper trial II

The first degree murder trial of Fred Cooper continues today in Saint Petersburg.

Kellie Lynn Ballew, 29, testified today and told jurors that her boyfriend, Fred Cooper, was distraught, if not devastated, when she ended their relationship in December 2005. She and Cooper had been together for 6-and-a-half years and had a daughter together.

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He wrote personal notes for her and left them around the Bonita Springs home they shared. He threatened to kill himself at one point, grabbing a gun and ammunition from a closet and running to the basement. She talked him out of it.

Ballew hid her new relationship with Steven Andrews, 28, a married coworker, from Cooper. On the night of Dec. 26, 2005, when she left home to meet Andrews at their office and have sex with him, she told Cooper she was meeting a friend.

“I didn’t feel as if he was stable enough mentally and emotionally to know I was meeting Steve,” she said.

The bodies of Steven Andrews and his wife, Michelle, 28, were discovered in their Gateway bedroom the next morning. Steven Andrews died of a gunshot wound to the head. Michelle Andrews was badly beaten and asphyxiated to death.

Cooper, if convicted of the killings, could face the death penalty. His first trial, in October 2008, ended when a Lee County jury failed to reach a verdict. The case was moved to St. Petersburg to escape heavy media coverage.

See previous post for more details on Kellie Ballew.

More on today’s testimony, Here.

Posted:  02.24.09

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