Friday, January 18, 2008
Morning Buzz
Good Morning...The econoomy is once again dominating the front page of most papers, today... President Bush will lay out HIS recovery plan. The '08 candidates are pounding the pavement on both sides of the country...The Dems placing their bets in Nevada and the Republicans are looking to inch past each other in South Carolina. Will we FINALLY have a GOP front runner after tomorrow's S.C. primary??? And who will folks in Nevada gamble on? Obama? Hillary or John Edwards? The stakes are high in both races....

PLUS...Check out the new details in the Murdered Marine Story AND the Tiger Attack story......AND Lindsay Lohan is about to see dead people, she has a NEW starring role in a morgue and the L.A. cops are cracking down on the Paparazzi...Will Brittany finally have her life back?

So grab your coffee, it is time for the Morning Buzz...TGIF!!!

About 75% of Baghdad's neighborhoods are now secure, a dramatic increase from 8% a year ago when President Bush ordered more troops to the capital, U.S. military figures show.

Bush to lay out economic stimulus ideas...
President Bush is putting together his first public call for an emergency fiscal stimulus bill while negotiations on Capitol Hill focus on rebates for taxpayers and other steps to jump-start the sagging economy.

Bush, Democrats Rush to Roll Out Stimulus Plan...
President Bush and Congress, driven by the worsening economic outlook, a tumbling stock market and Americans' growing sense of financial insecurity, are speeding toward agreement on a package of measures to stimulate the economy.

CIA, Pakistan concur on Bhutto's killer...
The CIA believes that Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mahsud and his associates, some linked to Al Qaeda, were responsible for the assassination last month of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a U.S. intelligence official said.

Suspect's wife at party the night of Marine's death...
Christina Laurean has told authorities she was attending a Christmas party on the night her husband allegedly killed pregnant Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, according to police.

Israel closes Gaza border, raids West Bank camp...
The Israeli defense minister has ordered troops to close border crossings that lead to and from the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said Friday

Thousands flee volcanic eruption in Colombia...
A volcano erupted in southwestern Colombia on Thursday night, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of about 8,000 people.

Reacting to criticism by his own party that he is too liberal, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is highlighting his conservative, evangelical southern credentials to South Carolina primary voters.

Clinton plays gaming card against Obama...
Barack Obama has warned about the dangers of gambling -- that it carries a "moral and social cost" that could "devastate" poor communities. As a state senator in Illinois, he at times opposed plans to expand gambling, worrying that it could be especially harmful to low-income people.

Confederate Flag Takes Center Stage Once Again...
The Republican presidential candidates on Thursday moved to appeal to different types of conservative voters before the South Carolina primary, with Mike Huckabee using colorful language to declare the Confederate flag a states' rights issue and Senator John McCain embracing a supply-side tax cut proposal.

Campaigns scramble for votes in Nevada...
The fight for top-billing in Saturday's Nevada Democratic presidential caucus has become much like its model in Iowa: an hour-by-hour test of who has the best organization.

Southern Blacks Are Split on Clinton vs. Obama...
The People's Voice African-American Weekly News in tiny Roanoke, Ala., has not endorsed a candidate in the state's Democratic presidential primary on Feb. 5--much to the frustration of its publisher, Charlotte A. Clark-Frieson, a Barack Obama supporter.

Romney clashes with reporter...
Mitt Romney scolded a veteran campaign reporter in South Carolina today after being challenged on claims about lobbyists' involvement in the campaign.

Hillary Rodham Clinton may be the spouse running for office, but it is more Bill Clinton who appears to be feeling the heat.

One of the two survivors of the San Francisco Zoo tiger attack that left a 17-year-old dead told the victim's father that the three had yelled and waved at the animal while standing atop the railing of the tiger's exhibit, police said in court documents filed Thursday.

'No-Body Cases' Can, and Do, Go to Trial...
Twelve weeks of combing woods and construction sites on foot and horseback, diving into ponds and canals, and retracing Stacy Peterson's last contact with family and friends have shed little light on the 23-year-old mother of two's whereabouts.

Giuliani Had Ties to Company Trying to Sell Border Technology...
On the presidential campaign trail, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani often promotes the installation of electronic monitoring devices at the border to stem illegal immigration, without mentioning that until a few months ago, he was partner in a company trying to market such technology.

The nation's fourth-largest coal producer, the Massey Energy Company, was hit Thursday with a $20 million fine, the largest civil penalty ever levied by the federal government for a pollution violation of this type under the Clean Water Act.

Paraplegic man dumped in LA gutter sues hospital...
A mentally ill paraplegic man filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a hospital that dumped him in a gutter on Los Angeles' "Skid Row" -- a case that highlighted the plight of the city's vast homeless population.

Bin Laden son wants to be peace activist...
Omar Osama bin Laden bears a striking resemblance to his notorious father — except for the dreadlocks that dangle halfway down his back. Then there's the black leather biker jacket. The 26-year-old does not renounce his father, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, but in an interview with The Associated Press, he said there is better way to defend Islam than militancy: Omar wants to be an "ambassador for peace" between Muslims and the West.

Lindsay Lohan is about to see dead people. The 21-year-old actress will soon be working at a morgue as part of her punishment for misdemeanor drunken driving, her attorney, Blair Berk, told a judge Thursday.

Paparazzi are their focus...
As paparazzi become ever more competitive in their quest for the perfect tabloid photo, complaints about their tactics are intensifying.
Posted By CNN: 5:14 AM ET
Good Morning, Everyone.

I am really impressed, shocked, and amazed by the story about Osama Bin Laden's son. I think it's amazing, and really shows just how much of an impact the next generation or the current generation can be. There is always a better solution than acts of violence and aggression.

It's finally FRIDAY!!!

Serves up the next round of coffee!!

Have a great day everyone,

David Bryant
South Carolina
Posted By OpenID dbryant2008 : 8:50 AM ET
All right. The military says 75% of Baghdad is now safe. What does Michael Ware say? He is our canary in the coal mine and where has he been? The election is consuming all the air time and this is one viewer who wants more reporting on the war from our guy on the front lines, Michael Ware. Pretty please.

Charlotte D, Stockton CA
Posted By Blogger Charlotte : 10:24 AM ET
My take on Bill Clinton lashing out at reporters yesterday, is that he's extremely scared, frustrated and afraid that his wife may lose the DEmocratic nomination to Senator Barack Obama.

Well what Mr. Clinton needs to understand is that Americans aren't in the business of voting folks into office just to further help out with the Clinton dynasty.

It's about the economy, the war, affordable healthcare, illegal immigration and border security, and not about building up someones family dynasty in the whitehouse. America needs a great deal more than that. It's time for REAL change in this ailing country of ours!!
Posted By Anonymous Lanise / Tunica MS : 11:15 AM ET
Well during the last presidential election, I made the incredibly stupid mistake of voting for the Republicans. Boy have I definitely learned my lesson! No more!!! As I write this, my son is dodging bullets in Iraq, and I have absolutely no idea as to when I'll ever be able to see him alive again. A senseless war that's all about big oil, and at the expense of our young american soldiers.

I guess it took this war in Iraq and abroad, to make me realize what the Republicans true agenda was really all about. And McCarthy was right when he said that Bush and Chaney should be impeached for their crimes while in office!!
Posted By Anonymous Myles, Scottsdale AZ : 11:23 AM ET
Will these "busy" weeks ever end? I'm tired. And it's so early in the game. Tired of churchgoers flocking to Huckabee ... as if they're are electing a pastor instead of a president. Tired of Clinton and Obama punching it out as if they are at odds with one another. Tired of Romney being all slick and naughty with his dismissal of whose who on his senior staff. Shame, shame on all of them. Stop! I want off. But the ride has only started.

And in remembrance of MLK Day on Monday, check out my post on Discrimination:

Portland, Oregon
Posted By Blogger Lewis : 11:40 AM ET
Military says 75% of Baghdad areas now secure...

If I were to hear this from Michael Ware, I'd be more inclined to believe it.
Posted By Anonymous Mark D. Seattle WA : 12:05 PM ET
So Mike Huckabee wants to amend the constitution to reflect "God's Standards." Let's start with Jesus Christ's command to, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto God what is God's." In other words remove tax exempt status from religion, which would itself uphold the tenet of "separation of church and state," and may even help to slow any recession that may be headed our way with a massive infusion of cash into the state's coffers.

While I am not anti-religious, and passionately defend everyone's freedom to believe in whatever they choose to concoct, I have always been completely mystified as to why creating and practicing a belief system excuses paying tax! Whether it be Tom Cruise saluting his leader "LRH" in those wildly entertaining videos, or Mitt Romney extolling the teachings of "Joe Smith," it's still all a very lucrative money making business. Just ask Pat Robertson, or one of the biggest real estate owners on the planet, the Roman Catholic church. All blissfully tax exempt.

Wesley Snipes should have registered his half human/half vampire "Blade" character as a 21st Century messiah and he wouldn't be in so much trouble with the I.R.S. After all Tom Cruise's Scientology pals managed to convince the I.R.S. that a life dedicated to battling Xenu cannot afford the distraction of taxation (and I'm sure "Blade" could easily kick Xenu's ass!)

So how in the world does that happen, Anderson? I would love to see the mystery of religion and taxes unravelled!

In the meantime let's give Mike Huckabee and the economy a helping hand. Both God and the I.R.S. will thank us, which surely must be a good thing.

Nick E, Manhattan, NY

Thus spake Huckabee, here's the full quote"

"I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards."
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