Brian Bilbray’s seat is sliping away in the House as Scott Peters (D) extended his lead from 600 to 1800 votes as of Monday, with absentee votes still being counted. At this rate Bilbray needs 51% of the remaining votes and that doesn't seem very likely.
Bilbray’s chief of staff, Steve Danon, also looks to be losing his bid to become a San Diego County supervisor. Republican Danon trails Democrat Dave Roberts by 2,641 for the District 3 seat being vacated by Supervisor Pam Slater-Price.
Bilbray first served in the U.S. House from 1994 to 2000. After his defeat he then worked as a Washington lobbyist and moved there. Always an opportunist, when Randy 'Duke' Cunningham went to jail, Bilbray decided to run in that district (CA-50) claiming his mother's house as his residence. Redistricting has led to the new CA-52 where he is now losing.
During a speech at the University of Minnesota on March 10, 2009, Seymour Hersh created a stir when he reported that the Bush Administration established an assaination ring that reported directly to Vice President Cheney. From the Mineapolis Post
Right now, today, there was a story in the New York Times that if you read it carefully mentioned something known as the Joint Special Operations Command -- JSOC it’s called. It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. They did not report to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the secretary of defense. They reported directly to him. ...
Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on. Just today in the Times there was a story that its leaders, a three star admiral named [William H.] McRaven, ordered a stop to it because there were so many collateral deaths.
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Last December The White House press corps was laughing about Igor Panarin's prediction of secession in the United States by 2010.
For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.
The article prompted a question about the White House's reaction to Prof. Panarin's forecast at a December news conference. "I'll have to decline to comment," spokeswoman Dana Perino said amid much laughter.
Panarin is not some fringe nut case, but a respected former KGB analyst and dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. In light of recent developments, maybe it's time to re-evaluate the prediction. More below the fold.
Last night Countdown ran a segment on secession.
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I went home for lunch today and flipped on the local news at noon. What I saw made me sick.
Some parents taking their kids to school got a shock Thursday because of hateful, racist graffiti painted on the side of a local road. They spotted the writings on San Elijo Road near Quest-Haven in San Marcos.
It included racist's slurs against African-Americans and Muslim people and also mentioned Barack Obama by name.
I came across the following post on the Naples Daily News website. It compares the visits of the two VP candidate to southwest Florida. I think it gives some insight into the current situation in the sunshine state. Hopefully more people will see the light.