Looney Clooney helps "The One" polish his image and offers him advice on foreign affairs. (See 1 below.)
Another pip squeaks. (See 2 below.)
In Germany what goes around never left. (See 3 below.)
Parker pokes! (See 4 below.)
Russia invading Georgia could give some other dictators and/or pinhead politicos some juicy ideas.
China could invade Taiwan but only after the Olympics so as not to disturb their human rights's record.
Then N Korea could invade S Korea simply to feed their folks.
Cuba could attack Miami Beach as payback for the Bay of Pigs debacle.
Venezuela could attack Crawford, Texas so Chavez could control more oil and stick it to GW.
The North could attack the south again here in the good 'ole US of A.
Now Iran has a myriad of choices. They could attack Israel, Saudi Arabia or all of Europe.
Northern Ireland could start up again.
Africa is already a pot boiling over so they could just keep at it.
What about Britain having to defend the Fauklands again?
Pakistan could could nuclear against India.
The Palestinians could keep on killing each other.
All of this because Putin got tired of sitting and watching the Olympics. Maybe he has A D D and needs to be on Ritulin.
I am leaving on an extended three week trip to Spain, Italy, France and Croatia. I am doing it to celebrate some major birthdays and because my wife wants me to see Italy and I want to see Croatia. The cruise line threw in Spain and France for good measure.
Frankly, except for the fact I always love traveling with my wife, I ain't overly excited about visiting Europe - the land of the former great and home of our own western culture and now the Muslim appeasement capital of the world.
Another reason I ain't overly excited is because of the rampant number of gypsy pickpockets in Barcelona and the fact that the cost of everything is beyond ridiculous partly because of the decimation of the dollar and partly because of the high cost of energy which impacts these countries more than it does ours.
The final reason I am not clapping is the prevalence of anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiment in these various countries.
For the next three weeks you will have to read newspapers, journals and various intelligence reports yourselves and reach your own conclusions. When I return both McCain and Obama should have selected their VP's, Hillary and Bill should have finished their faint praise act and it will be only a few more months before we learn who will be hosting foreign dignitaries to fancy White House dinners.
The next four years should be fun whoever is elected because we will still have the Ev and Charlie show in the guise of Pelosi and Reid for comedy. They will be throwing bombs of bi-partisanship across the aisle daring Republicans to vote against their pork laden legislative payoffs to their chosen cronies. Many Republicans will succumb because they love pork and self-inflicted wounds.
If Obama is president there is no telling what will be happening and how many immediate challenges he will face. He might not even be able to spend much time in The Oval Office because he could be attending a whole host of peace negotiations and diplomatic journeys to Iran, Russia, N Korea, Botswana, Cuba, Venezuela and you name it. (No the latter is not a new country.)
If McCain becomes president he might be staying home trying to recover from the exhaustion of running a hard fought campaign.
If that is not enough to excite you think of all the new Cabinet Faces and bureaucrat's names we will have to learn. That could take at least a year.
Finally, we will have press and media stories praising "The One" should he win and probing analysis should der Alte win.
I can't wait to return.
1)How Clooney offers good friend Obama advice on issues from body language to Iraq
By CAROLINE GRAHAM and SHARON CHURCHER
George Clooney once famously declared he could never run for public office because he’d ‘slept with too many women, done too many drugs and been to too many parties’.
But now the Hollywood heart-throb has entered the political arena at
the highest level – by becoming an unofficial adviser to US Presidential front-runner Barack Obama.
Oscar-winner Clooney, 47, is said to be helping the Democratic candidate to polish his image at home and abroad.
But he is also sharing with Obama his strong opinions on Iraq and the Middle East.
Oscar-winner George Clooney is said to call Barack Obama at least twice a week
Sources say the actor has tried to hide the pair’s friendship for fear his Left-wing views and playboy image would hurt the Presidential hopeful’s bid for the White House.
But Democratic Party insiders have revealed that Clooney and Obama regularly send texts and emails to each other and speak by phone at least twice a week.
One said last night: ‘They are extremely close. A number of members of the Hollywood community, including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, offered to help raise funds for Barack but it was with George that he struck up this amazing affinity.
‘George has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also emails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East.
‘George is pushing him to be more “balanced” on issues such as US relations with Israel.
'George is pro-Palestinian. And he is also urging Barack to withdraw unconditionally from Iraq if he wins.
‘It’s a very risky relationship. His hope of becoming America’s first black President depends heavily on winning over conservative voters and it would be suicidal for him to be perceived as a tool of a Hollywood Leftie, which is how they regard George.
‘But they text and email each other almost every day and speak on the phone at least a couple of times a week, often more.’
The Ocean’s Eleven star is among many Hollywood figures to have endorsed Obama, including Barbra Streisand, Scarlett Johansson, Warren Beatty and Steven Spielberg.
One of Clooney’s trusted acquaintances said: ‘George is a master at crafting his own image and he is helping Obama to hone his image both domestically and abroad.
'He told me he feels Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime leader. He is doing everything he can behind the scenes to bolster support in Hollywood, not just with other celebrities but with the money men at the studios.’
The acquaintance added: ‘He has tried to keep the true extent of their involvement out of the Press because he is frightened of alienating voters.’
Clooney himself has admitted in an interview: ‘I’ve had the conversation with him saying, “Look, I’ll give you whatever support you need, including staying completely away from you.”’
The star has never tried to hide his liberal views and last week announced he is making a £15million film about the lawyer who defended Osama Bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Hamdan, on terror charges.
Clooney’s spokesman Stan Rosen-feld said last night: ‘I know they have spoken. I view it as a private conversation.’ Obama’s Press office did not comment
2) Ahmadinejad: West must quit support of dying Israeli regime
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a fresh verbal attack on Israel on Wednesday on the eve of a visit to Turkey, saying Western countries should quit their support of Israel.
The comments highlight the difficult path which Turkey, a member of NATO and a close ally of Israel, must follow during the two-day visit which reflects its desire to remain on good terms with its neighbor and secure future energy needs.
"Western countries should not support them [Israel] so much. The life of this regime has come to an end," Ahmadinejad said in comments translated into Turkish in a live interview broadcast by Turkey's NTV and CNN Turk channels.
"Our position is clear on this issue. A referendum should take place in Palestine. If they withdraw from invaded lands it would be a good step," he said.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan have come under criticism at home and abroad for inviting Ahmadinejad.
Ankara has said his visit was necessary given a standoff between Iran and the West over Tehran's disputed nuclear enrichment program, but analysts said the visit was more about ensuring centuries-old ties during a period of global tensions.
Ahmadinejad said the talks on Iran's nuclear program were on a "good path."
3)Report: German neo-Nazis stepping up violent attacks
Head of German Federal Crime Office tells Berlin daily that police has noted rise in neo-Nazi-related violence; says increase 'reason for concern'
German neo-Nazis appear to have made a tactical shift and are increasingly turning to violence; the country's top police officer was quoted as saying on Sunday.
Joerg Ziercke, head of the Federal Crime Office (BKA), told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper the number of violent incidents remained high and noted that neo-Nazis had been particularly aggressive in clashes in Hamburg at the beginning of May.
Report: Anti-Semitism on the rise in UK / Itamar Eichner
Community Security Trust records 266 anti-Semitic incidents in first half of 2008, a 9% rise from 244 incidents registered in first six months of 2007
"I see a new character, above all after the riots on May 1 in Hamburg," the daily quoted him as saying in a preview of its Monday edition.
"The black block of neo-Nazis are attacking left-wingers and police officers with an aggression that can be seen as a change in strategy," he said. "Before, neo-Nazis largely avoided violence for tactical reasons but this no longer appears to be the case."
The incidents in Hamburg in May 1 were the worst in several years and authorities said people would have died had riot police not intervened.
Around 6,000 people demonstrated against a march organized by the far-right NPD party involving some 1,500 people. Police detained 200 people and made 60 arrests. Twenty police officers were injured.
Ziercke told the Tagesspiegel the number of arson attacks involving the right-wing had risen to 15 in the first five months of this year, five times as many as the same period in 2007. This was "a further reason for concern," he added.
4) Vlad, You've Got Mail
By Kathleen Parker
From President George W. Bush:
Beijing is weird. First of all, you can't breathe the air. Second, how 'bout those drummers? Sure, they're perfect, but that's the point. A billion Chinese see 2,000 drummers in sync and say, "Well done, my little emperor son." I see 2,000 drummers all moving with one motion and I'm thinking: "Whoa." Can anybody say MIL-I-TAR-Y PRE-CI-SION?
Hey, which reminds me. What's up with Georgia? This is not good, Vlad. You and I have had our moments. And, OK, fine, your dog's bigger than mine. A lot bigger. Stronger and faster, too. We got it. But you can't just go invading democratically elected countries that are U.S. allies. You can't have everything, Vlad. If you don't stop, I'm going to have to do something and you know I don't want that. What I want is for you to not make me look like a fool.
Look, Vlad. Seven years ago, it was you and me in Crawford. We had a blast. You loved my truck! We bonded. I went out on a very big limb and told the whole dadgum world that we were soul mates. "I looked the man in the eye," I said. "I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy," I said. Oh, yeah, and, "We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul."
Trustworthy, Vlad. Got soul? Why not just hire the Goodyear Blimp and paint "Mission Accomplished" on the side? Here's the deal, Vlad. I love ya, man. But you gotta stop this. If you don't call a cease-fire and leave those Georgians alone, I'm going to have to whomp you upside the head. Just kiddin.' But you know how this looks. Your invasion of a sovereign neighboring state is unacceptable in the 21st century -- blahblahblah -- and you're hurting Russia's standing in the world, not to mention our relationship.
Oh, and by the way. We're talking 4 million people here. Four million, Vlad. You wanna let the big dog eat? Fine. Pick on somebody your own size. And yes, your pecs are bigger than mine. Whatever. Hey, gotta split. It's Kobe time. Take care and give my love to that cute little gymnast of yours.
P.S. Did you catch the American women's beach volleyball team?
From Sen. Barack Obama:
Dear (Former) President Putin:
I'm sorry to be writing this e-mail instead of meeting you in person, preferably in the Oval Office, where I belong. Soon, soon.
Nevertheless, and notwithstanding the foregoing, I felt it imperative that I express my deep concern about Russia's invasion of the tiny, democratically elected sovereign nation of Georgia. It would appear that you are not familiar with my platform for change and hope. War does not fit into this template and I am quite frankly at a loss for words to express my deep, deep distress.
As the chosen leader of a new generation of Americans who speak a global language of peace, hope, harmony and change, this is simply unacceptable. Quite frankly, your actions pose potentially severe, long-term consequences. I'm not sure what those might be, but they won't be nice or fun.
Please picture me looking very serious when I say that I respectfully request you to calm down. Life is but a flicker in time and we're but actors strutting and fretting. That is to say, we're all on this planetary journey together and our karma is interrelated and interdependent. Thus, it would seem that our differences are best resolved through words, not bombs.
It is said that war is a failure of diplomacy. I would submit that it is also counterintuitive. If my Kenyan father and my Kansan mother and my multinational upbringing taught me anything, it is that we are all One. That said, I am The One the world has been waiting for -- and you are, quite frankly, blocking my chi.
As soon as possible, I'd like to sit down and begin talking about how we can resolve these and other differences that threaten peace-loving people, which I'm sure includes you. I haven't looked into your eyes and would never presume to know your soul, but I do know that we share a common humanity and that we can all just get along.
Yours in Global Harmony,
Acting President Barack Obama
From Sen. John McCain:
Don't make me come over there.