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According to George Soros, who spent that much to elect John Kerry, you get a “flawed candidate.”

Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, spent $26 million in last year’s campaign that he said was undermined by the candidate he supported.

“Kerry did not, actually, offer a credible and coherent alternative,” Soros, 74, said yesterday in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “That had a lot to do with Bush being re-elected.”

The Kerry campaign “tried to emphasize his role as a Vietnam War hero and downplay his role as an anti-Vietnam War hero, which he was,” said Soros. “Had he admitted, owned up to it, I think actually the outcome could have been different.”

Let’s see if I understand Soros’ reasoning. If Kerry would have sold himself as an anti-war candidate, during a time of war, he would have been sitting fat dumb and happy in the White House. And as an added bonus, Ta-ray-sa would never again have to darken the doorstep of a Wendy’s

It’s plain to see Soros hasn’t wasted any intellect on politics, or understanding American society. Soros goes on to be critical of the Bush administration and said it was “conspicuous by its absence” at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. The fact the forum has “succumbed to star power” and the movers and shakers in attendence “were pushed to one side,” hasn’t dampened Soros’ vision of world government by committee. To be honest, who really cares, what normaly could be classified as a charade has turned into a farce:

“A dinner designed to promote dialogue between Iran and the United States on Friday night (look George, the US actually is in Davos) began with a comic strip series of diplomatic and gastronomic blunders, and ended with a sharp exchange over nuclear weapons.

“With Iran’s vice-president and foreign minister in the room, the organizers began by announcing they had disinvited Swiss cartoonist Patrick Chappatte, one of the listed panelists, because the issues were too serious.

“The star guest, U.S. Senator Joe Biden, ranking Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, was missing. The organizers kept saying he was on his way.

“Moderator David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist, apologized for the fact that wine had been served, upsetting the Muslim guests. Waiters cleared the offending glasses.

“They also removed the menus since the hotel had planned to serve non-hallal meat, breaching Islamic dietary rules. Even the soup spoons were withdrawn — erroneously, it transpired.”

A comedy of errors, isn’t that the way most “committees” operate? Didn’t VP Cheney catch hell for the “inappropriate” parka he wore during one photo shoot? Bet there won’t be a wimper heard about Biden and his wife.

Biden finally arrived an hour and 20 minutes late, having gone to the wrong hotel. His wife’s figure-hugging leather pants and a top that left her arms bare from the shoulders were in stark contrast to Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar’s all-enveloping chador, although both wore black.

Well… at least her choice of colors matched the deportment of the event.

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Stupid Criminal File

Over 3 billion served:

NEW YORK – A teenage McDonald’s worker was arrested for assault after allegedly hiding bits of glass in a burger served to a police officer, authorities said Sunday.

The officer, who is assigned to the canine unit, suffered cuts to his throat and mouth while eating a Big Mac he bought from the McDonald’s on Garrison Avenue in the Bronx late Saturday. He was treated at a hospital and released.

An investigation led police to Albert Garcia Jr., an 18-year-old Bronx man who works at the restaurant, according to Sgt. Mary Christine Doherty, a police department spokeswoman.

Police said they were charging Garcia with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. He was not immediately available for comment.

Hold the pickle and the mayo. Ya got Glass? Yes… gimme a side of glass… stained if ya got it!

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Best Read of the Day

Today’s read comes courtesy of This Blog is Full of Crap, and the story of “The Donald’s” wedding, lipstick cams, and a Chatty Katie Doll.

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Sometime Senator, full time equivocator, John Kerry appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday. In a wide rangeing interview, his first since the election, it touched on the Iraqi elections, the presidential campaign, abortion and future DNC leadership. Once again he has shown his tenuous grasp on reality. Cap’n Ed has the full run down on Kerry’s comments relative to the Iraqi elections and the “bitter-loser strategy” he has so aptly embarked on.

What caught my eye was a shocking revelation by Kerry, he plans to sign a form SF180 to release all his military records! Shocking, if true, but he then he doffs his “Agent Equivocator hat.”

MR. RUSSERT: Many people who’ve been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren’t even relevant to the record. So when we get–I’m going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn’t in the record and we’ll put it out. I have no problem with that.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim…

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will. But everything that we put in it, Tim–everything we put in–I mean, everything that was out was a full documentation of all of the medical records, all of the fitness reports. And I’d call on those who have challenged me, let’s see their records. I want to see the records of each of those people who have put up a challenge, because some of them have some serious questions in them, and it hasn’t been appropriate…

“I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military.”

First he is happy to put them out, but then on second thought, he put them all out. John Kerry – “Agent Equivocator” til the bitter end.

Excuse me while I resume normal respiration, holding my breath waiting for a signed SF180 is fruitless at this point and an effort in joining the “blue faced brigade.”

And not to put too fine a point of it, but Russert is a nutless hack. Without an SF180 in hand he should have never bothered questioning Kerry. By placing the form in his hand live, on a national broadcast, it would have forced Kerry to either shit, or get off the pot. He signs on air, or he demonstrates for all to see the duplicitous, opportunistic bastard he truely is.

If you have the stomach to read the transcript pay close attention for the reappearence of his lucky “CIA hat.” A new detail has been added, he now claims while in Cambodia he delivered weapons to the Khmer Rouge. That would be the communist backed Khmer Rouge and the very same communists we were fighting in Vietnam! which begs the question, if what he states is true, which side was Kerry fighting for?

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Is Kojo Coming Clean?

Kojo Annan, son of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, has been under scrutiny for alleged shady deals while employed by Cotecna. The company operated under a contract awarded to monitor humanitarian supplies imported into Iraq under the auspicies of the UN’s Oil for Food Program.

Kojo has previously labeled the accusations and the ongoing Volcker investigation a U.S. Republican “witchhunt,” and said: “I have never participated directly or indirectly in any business related to the United Nations.” Several American prosecutors have launched criminal inquiries into the oil for food program. In addition John Ashcroft, the US attorney-general, last week refused to reveal whether Kojo would be subpoenaed when questioned.

As the London Times reports this morning, Kojo’s tongue is loosening a bit.

Kojo Annan has told a close friend he became involved in negotiations to sell 2m barrels of Iraqi oil to a Moroccan company in 2001. He is understood to be co-operating with UN investigators probing the discredited oil for food programme.

The alleged admission will increase pressure on Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, who is already facing calls for his resignation over the management of the humanitarian programme.

The question now becomes just how much cooperation is forthcoming. Kojo was employed by Cotecna from 1995-1997, as well as during Kojo’s 10-month consultancy with Cotecna, which ended on December 31, 1998 – the day Cotecna signed the U.N. contract with Iraq. It has since come to light that he continued collecting Cotecna payments, in the sum of $2.500 per month, until February 26, 2004. A fact that prompted his father to express “disappointment and surprise.”

Kojo has remained close lipped until now and one can hope that the soon to be published Volcker report, ongoing criminal inquiries and rumors of DOJ issued subpoenas will prompt a more cooperative response in the future.

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Iraqi Elections via Blog

Cyberjournalist.net has provided an extensive list of blogs that are covering this important event, both for Iraq, and the Middle East. One blog I have been following, and the best as rated by cyberjournalsit, is Friends of Democracy.

As I write this it is 0330am (730am EST) in Iraq and the polls should be open a a few hours.

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Sub title: Only in the Philippines.

The true:

Armed with a search warrant, operatives of the Western Metro Manila Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (WMMCIDT) raided a four-story building in Quiapo, Manila yesterday, resulting in the arrest of two persons.

The suspects, identified as Cardie Guzman, 22, and Aldin Batugan, 18, of Sta. Cruz, Laguna, were caught in the act of duplicating pornographic video compact discs (VCDs).
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The raid resulted in the seizure of nine replicating machines with CD writers, 10 boxes of assorted pornographic VCDs with 300 CDs per box, two boxes of blank CDs with 300 CDs per box, one sack of assorted VCDs, and one sack of printed VCD covers.

The sad as provided by Superintendent Nelson Yabut:

“More suspects were in our custody, but they were snatched by relatives as they were being led out of the building,” Yabut lamented.

Lawmen were forced to draw their guns to protect themselves from the mob, he added.

Only in the Philippines! Maybe I need to start a new category.

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