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Who Are You Voting For?

Well, now’s the time to make up your mind, if you haven’t already. Who will you be voting for Tuesday?

Drop a comment below and tell us who and why…

Barack Obama?

John McCain?

Ralph Nader?

Cynthia McKinney?

Chuck Baldwin?

Other candidate (please specify)?

Writing in Robert F. Kennedy Jr.?

Or are you not planning to vote at all? If not, why not?

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Op-Ed: Whoah, This Is Officially Scary…

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN

Perhaps it is fitting that this frightening story broke on All Hallows’ Eve – and on Fox News, of all places (even scarier!) – but nonetheless, it sent a cold shiver down my spine and should be a matter of, ahem, “grave” concern to all loyal Americans, good Democrats, and especially Kennedy supporters. It’s ghoulish, it’s ghastly, it’s disturbing beyond words…and on this night of frights, it’s not a trick or a treat.

With this latest news breaking so close to the election, it is imperative that this blog (which endorses no candidate in the 2008 race) inform voters before they go to the polls about a developing story which raises serious questions about the Democratic nominee for president – at least in my mind – and may in fact be a dealbreaker for many of us who had high hopes that Obama would be the next best thing to another Kennedy in the White House.

After what I learned today, I’m not so sure about that anymore. This news stopped me in my tracks, and now I’ve got to tell you that I’m having major doubts about Obama’s judgment, his choice of friends, and (as RFK Jr. referenced Sarah Palin in a recent Huffington Post piece), his “reading list.”

The story came out on All Hallows’ Eve that longtime Obama friend and former Weather Underground leader William Ayers published a sort of communist manifesto back in 1974 called Prairie Fire. Okay, fine – we all knew he was a radical who plotted an overthrow of the U.S. Government and planned strategic acts of terrorism which put the lives of innocents at risk. That’s old news, and besides, we hear he’s feeling much better now. Supposedly, the sickness passed long ago and he’s mellowed out in his old age. These days, he’s a respected professor at Columbia University. So, why all the brouhaha over a book he published 34 years ago?

The problem is that Ayers dedicated the book to Sirhan Sirhan, alleged assassin of Robert F. Kennedy.

Upon first hearing the news, I tried to dismiss it as outrageous right-wing propaganda, cooked up in a desperate last-ditch attempt to score points for their man McCain. After all, coming from the likes of Sean Hannity, it surely must be nothing but a big fat lie, a terrible smear with no basis in fact.

But I was wrong. After investigating this story for most of today, and examining a copy of the now very-rare book, I have to tell you that I am deeply troubled by what I read. There’s just no logical explanation for this – it is an out-and-out endorsement of Sirhan, lauding him as a “political prisoner” and egads, a hero!?!

Dedication to the book Prairie Fire, dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan

Dedication to the book "Prairie Fire," dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan

READ IT AND WEEP

Only a couple of weeks ago, on October 17th, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. offered up a strong defense of William Ayers on CNN’s Larry King Live. From the official transcript:

KENNEDY: “OK. You know, this is an issue that the media has completely distorted. Not only, you know, Bill Ayers is a guy who was the — Illinois made him Man of the Year, the Illinois legislature. He’s been — he’s — but let me just say this. John McCain has had close associations with G. Gordon Liddy, who six years ago advised shooting taxpayers in the head.”

True enough, but wait a minute…what about Obama’s close association with Bill Ayers, who 34 years ago praised the man who allegedly shot your father in the head?

Kennedy went on to say that:

“Sarah Palin has spoken this year, four months ago, to the Alaska Independence Party, whose head was blown up making plastic explosives in 1993. She gave the keynote address there in 2006.

These are people who are extremely anti-American.”

This is also true, but what about Ayers’ Weather Underground, who set off more than a few explosions themselves back in the day (and plotted to set off many more)? Isn’t any act of terrorism against our nation “extremely anti-American,” regardless of whether the group is radical left or radical right?

Radical is radical, in this blogger’s humble opinion – and had Ayers and his group attempted these horrific acts during the Kennedy administration, I’d be willing to bet that Attorney General Robert Kennedy (an avowed anti-Communist and patriotic American who had a strict no tolerance policy against disruptions of law and order) would have left no stone unturned in prosecuting and convicting Ayers and his WU comrades.

Therefore, we can only conclude that Bobby Jr. has never read Bill Ayers’ book Prairie Fire – for if he had ever laid eyes on that creepy dedication, we seriously doubt that he would defend this disturbed whack job.

He attacked Sarah Palin recently for quoting Westbrook Pegler in her RNC Convention speech, and rightly so. Pegler, a fascist and a bigot, had unapologetically called for “some white patriot of the Southern tier” to assassinate Senator Robert Kennedy in 1965. Scary, scary stuff, indeed. But is that any less disturbing than Bill Ayers heaping praise upon the man who actually did pull the trigger in 1968?

All conspiracy theories about whether or not Sirhan Sirhan’s bullet actually killed RFK aside, the fact that Sirhan emptied his gun into five other innocent victims that night is not in dispute. Nor is the fact that Sirhan came to the hotel with the intent to murder Senator Kennedy. Whether or not he succeeded in his twisted mission is a debate for another day, preferably in a fair re-trial before an impartial jury. But this man is no patriot, no hero — at least, not to me. Not to those who loved Bobby Kennedy. And yet, he was apparently one of Bill Ayers’ heros.

Some might say, “ah, but that book was published nearly 35 years ago, surely Ayers doesn’t feel that way about Sirhan Sirhan anymore.” If that be so, then why has Ayers never apologized for his praise of Sirhan, nor retracted his own words on the matter? I don’t know, folks…you tell me.

“ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO SUCCEED IS THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING” — M.L.K.

Why has Senator Obama not denounced this man already? Where is his sympathy, compassion, and loyalty to RFK’s brother Ted Kennedy who, despite battling terminal brain cancer, continues to be one of Obama’s staunchest supporters? One can only surmise that Senator Kennedy has not seen Ayers’ book, or else he would probably be burning up the phone lines right now, demanding that Obama cut all ties with Ayers. And how does this make President Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy, feel? Or Bobby’s widow, their nine surviving children and numerous grandchildren?

Now that this story is known to the public and their family as well, I wonder why they would still blindly support Senator Obama if he insists on maintaining his association with William Ayers. The candidate positioning himself as “the next JFK” and who has drawn so many comparisons to RFK (from the Kennedy family themselves, no less) is treading very murky, dangerous waters here with Ayers. The Kennedys should insist that Ayers be kicked to the curb right away, regardless of whatever cabinet posts may be dangled before their eyes as carrots, or whatever the eventual fallout may be.

Doing so will not cost Senator Obama the election. He’s already pulling away in the polls, and victory on November 4 seems to be all but guaranteed, barring any election night shenanigans from the GOP. If anything, a strong public denouncement of William Ayers will only help Obama with voters, few of whom, I’m sure, have any good feelings towards Ayers. Obama will come out of it smelling like a rose, just as he did when he wisely distanced himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright earlier this year.

As for me, my first loyalty was, is, and always will be to the Kennedys, particularly to the memories of my martyred heroes Jack and Bobby. And as much as I would like to give Senator Obama my vote next week, I simply cannot in good conscience until he stands before the American people and tells us in no uncertain terms that Ayers is GONE. I don’t mean gone-til-after-election-day, either. I mean GONE GONE.

You may now resume your regularly scheduled Halloween activities, having been duly advised of this frightening and very inconvenient truth. Do your own research and make up your own minds. But whether it’s a nightmare on Elm Street, a nightmare on Wilshire Boulevard, or a nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s still a bloody nightmare.

I’ll give the last word to another martyred hero, John Lennon, who got it right in 1968 when he sang:

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can
But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait!

Revolution by the Beatles, hereby dedicated to dangerous fools like Bill Ayers and those who follow him

* For further study and supporting documentation, please see below:

Video of RFK Jr. defending Bill Ayers on the Oct. 17th CNN broadcast. (The Ayers portion of the debate can be found near the end, at appx. 4 minutes into the clip):

* Read lengthy excerpts from Prairie Fire here courtesy of the aptly-named ZombieTime blog, who originally broke the story on Halloween. While their reporting is decidedly far to the right and should therefore be taken with a few grains of salt, the scanned book pages presented on their site are of high-resolution and free to download. After comparing them side-by-side against an original copy of Prairie Fire, they are also no doubt, authentic.

Also, here’s a link to the video as reported exclusively tonight on Hannity and Colmes. Never thought we’d actually be posting a link to Fox Noise on this blog, but folks, this isn’t a matter of left and right. It’s about RIGHT and WRONG. And this is just wrong on so many levels, it defies all reasonable logic. It wouldn’t matter to me which news organization broke the story, so long as it is accurate. And unfortunately for all who loved Senator Bob Kennedy, it is.

 

(* DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the Kennedy family, or the owners of this website.)

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Poll: How Worried Are You About Election Fraud in 2008?

Please take a moment to vote in this poll and let us know how worried you are about the possibility of being disenfranchised in this year’s election. Unlike some election officials, we promise to COUNT YOUR VOTE!

Protect yourself! Check out “7 Ways To Steal Back Your Vote” by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Greg Palast at our sister site, RFKJrNews.com and also be sure to download a copy of the FREE voter guide sponsored by RFK Jr. and Palast at http://StealBackYourVote.org.

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RFK Jr. vs. Michael Reagan on “Larry King Live” Tonight

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE

Hang on to your hats, folks, because tonight CNN’s Larry King will host one of the hottest debates this political season.

If you thought Wednesday’s Obama/McCain debate was a bit of a snooze, tonight’s matchup should serve as a wake-up call. The gloves will be off as surrogates for the Democrat and Republican candidates come out swinging.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will duke it out on air with Michael Reagan on Larry King Live at 9 p.m. Eastern. Don’t miss this one.

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Kennedy: $700 Billion Bailout is Equal to What U.S. Spends Annually on Oil

RFK Jr.

RFK Jr.

Story by Jeff Berman, Group News Editor — Logistics Management

BOSTON—While it is no secret these days that the proposed Wall Street bailout plan comes in at $700 billion, that sum is basically equal to what the United States spends per year on oil, according to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmentalist, activist, and attorney.

 

In his keynote speech for executives of nearly 200 independent truck leasing companies at NationaLease’s 64th Annual Meeting held in Boston, Kennedy explained that the $700 billion tally represents the costs for purchasing oil, but explained the actual cost is trillions of dollars, including military and other expenses. And with oil and fuel expenses reaching record levels in 2008—and having a major impact on transportation carriers and consumers alike—Kennedy said a major challenge for the future will be to get off of dependence on hydrocarbons and oil, which is particularly acute in all forms of freight transportation that are heavily dependent on oil.

 

“If you have the question of ‘how do we operate trucks without diesel,?’” said Kennedy, “we are moving in that direction now. There are technologies out there that can dramatically reduce the use of diesel. Those that can adopt these technologies more quickly are going to be more competitive in the future, and the more efficient we can make ourselves, the more competitive we can become globally.” Illustrating this point, Kennedy noted that the U.S. spends 12 percent of its GDP on energy. In comparison, Japan and Germany spend seven and eight percent, respectively. Despite this disparity, Kennedy said this expenditure provides the U.S. with a competitive advantage.

 

Energy savings at work:

 

On a practical level, Kennedy cited how Wal-mart installed auxiliary power units for its entire private fleet in 2006, which allowed drivers to heat and cool truck cabs with a hydroelectric communications system that could be deployed without turning on the truck engines. This change, he said, allowed Wal-mart to save $40 million.

 

Kennedy added that Wal-mart is also active on other energy-efficient fronts, including a plan—slated to kick off in 2009—to begin work on super-efficient diesel engines that are plug-in aerodynamic hybrids that Wal-mart expects to reduce its fuel costs by 50 percent by 2015 and by 25 percent in the next two years.

 

“The faster we can get people to adopt and push for [these types of things], the better it is going to be for this industry and for all of us,” said Kennedy.

 

In an interview with LM, Kennedy said that Wal-mart serves as a good example of a shipper going about energy efficiency the right way, as it has added 100 new stores and cut shipping costs by seven-to-eight percent by being more strategic about its route planning, how it loads trailers and reducing packaging materials.

 

“There are many ways you can reduce packaging and still ship the same amount of items or dramatically increase the number of items you out on your truck,” said Kennedy. “If you insist to your suppliers to reduce the packaging, that is another way to do it.”

 

When asked about continued U.S. dependence on foreign oil, Kennedy said the current situation will eventually result in everyone making the move to electric power, because it is a quarter to a sixth of the expense of diesel. And those who switch to electric quicker by driving plug-in hybrid vehicle and leveraging hydrogen-powered fleets are the ones that “will triumph in the marketplace,” he added.

 

“If you are really looking to the future and looking to save money, and there is anyway you can take these steps with your fleet, that is the way to go, because you want to get your energy off of the grid rather than from Saudi Arabia,” Kennedy explained. 

 

Tips for the next President:

 

In order to steer the nation to become less oil dependent in the future, the next President needs to focus on ways of eliminating the nation’s dependence on oil by using domestic energy resources, as opposed to offshore drilling, which he suggested may not amount to more than a short-term fix.

 

And taking the domestic energy route may be able to provide millions of energy jobs that cannot be outsourced, enrich the U.S., and stop the hemorrhaging of money to Saudi Arabia, said Kennedy.

 

“If we can get off oil, we will all be richer,” he said. “By using alternative energy more efficiently, we can dramatically improve our balance of payments [as a nation], our trade deficit, our national debt, and have healthier and cleaner air.”

 

Other ways for the U.S. to reduce oil dependence include implementing a market-based carbon cap and trade system, which Kennedy said is endorsed by both Barack Obama and John McCain, and rebuilding the country’s national grid, which he said is inefficient and archaic.

 

Story from Green Logistics

http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/CA6600604.html

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Kennedy at Clinton Global Initiative

RFK JR. TO APPEAR AT NYC SESSION TODAY

Bobby Kennedy Jr. is taking part in this year’s New York mega summit for the Clinton Global Initiative. Founded by former President Bill Clinton in 2005, the foundation is a non-partisan catalyst for action that brings together a community of global leaders from various backgrounds to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Kennedy will participate in a special session on Friday morning focused on local leadership in our communities. (See full schedule and details below). You can watch this panel discussion live on the Clinton Global Initiative website as it happens. An archived broadcast should be available within 24 hours.

DETAILS: 

Friday 9/26/08, 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
New York West

Working Session 5: Local Leadership explores the emergence around the world of leadership from the ground up regarding climate change. From mayors to governors to civic groups to developers, local leaders are not waiting for national governments to act. These efforts are already delivering substantial emissions reductions and promise more progress for years to come. With roughly half the world’s population living in urban areas and the urban population expected to grow by more than 500 million people in the decades ahead, these programs are critical to the fight against global warming. This session will explore innovative ways that local leaders in all sectors can improve quality of life while combating climate change.

Program Participants:

Betrand Delanoë, Mayor, City of Paris
José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica; Concordia 21, Grupo Felipe IV
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, Waterkeeper Alliance; Senior Attorney, NRDC
Xiaoyi (Sheri) Liao, President, Global Village of Beijing
Bill White, Mayor, City of Houston

THAT’S THE WAY THE COUNTRY CRUMBLES

After suspending his presidential campaign on Wednesday to devote all his time and energy to solving the country’s financial crisis (pissing off David Letterman in the process with a last-minute cancellation), senator John McCain somehow miraculously managed to slip away from Washington to address the conference in person. Whether or not he will find the time in his busy schedule to actually attend tonight’s first presidential debate at Ol’ Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, still remains to be seen.

Senator Barack Obama also addressed the Clinton Global Initiative on Thursday via satellite, then headed back to Washington to join senator McCain at a special White House “leadership” meeting (whatever that means) with President Bush (wait a minute…this is a “leadership” meeting? Run that by me again?) called to address the Wall St. bailout plan.

Well, it’s nice to hear all of our elected ahem, leaders are having such a wonderful time in Manhattan and D.C. this week, but meanwhile…Rome is burning…and all we can hear is the sound of a fiddle playing.

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A Call to Action: OPEN THE DEBATES!

UH, AREN’T THERE MORE THAN LIKE, TWO DUDES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?

Editor’s note: The good people over at Ralph Nader’s campaign humbly asked us to remind you that Mr. Nader IS running for President of the United States (although you probably won’t see him in the big corporate debate this Friday night.) and that he needs your help now. This Thursday, September 25, is a National Day of Action to Open the Debates, and we’re totally, 100% down with that idea.

While this blog endorses no candidate in the 2008 race, we do believe in free and open speech and that  legitimate independent and third-party candidates should have the opportunity to have their voices heard in all of the nationally-televised presidential debates. So we post this action alert from the Nader campaign and encourage our readers to take part in the National Day of Action this Thursday, no matter which candidate they plan to vote for.  This isn’t about left and right — it’s about right and wrong.

If you’re a Democrat or a Republican, a Green, a Libertarian, or an independent, I’m sure you would agree that this is an issue of the utmost importance, that we should have fair and inclusive debates during the most critical election season of our lifetimes.

If these candidates are excluded from the debates, who will speak for the thirty percent of registered voters who consider themselves independents?  What about those voters who are still undecided?
 
 

 

Let’s hear what Nader, Barr and McKinney have to say. What harm could there be in giving them a forum?

If you share our belief that these debates should be fair and open, then please take action right away. Below are detailed instructions on how to contact the “Powers That Be.” Do it and give `em hell!

(Courtesy of VoteNader.org. Flyers available for download and distribution here.)

Here are five ways you can take action on Thursday to
Open the Debates:

  1. Write letters to the editor, to the corporations and organizations sponsoring the CPD debates, to the debate moderators and broadcast organizations, and to your friends and family members. Watch this space for links to writing samples you can use for your campaign.
  2. Call the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), Obama and McCain Campaigns, Talk Shows, and National and Local Media Outlets.
  3. Sign online petitions calling on the media and the Obama and McCain campaigns to agree to America’s demand to Open the Debates.
    • Support the Open Debates campaign to reform the Presidential Debates process by signing their online petition.
    • Crank up a budding petition effort started earlier this month at www.thepetitionsite.com, with the ambitious goal of gathering 100,000 signatures for the inclusion of Ralph Nader and Bob Barr in the debates.
  4. Print posters, fliers and literature to pass out and hang up at college campuses and other high traffic areas, and banners to display to morning and evening rush hour traffic. You’ll find links to downloadable materials at http://votenader.org/debates. Once again, check back often for additions to the collection.
  5. Protest outside the Democratic and Republican headquarters in your community, at corporations that sponsor the debates, at radio stations, newspapers and media outlets not covering Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, and other third party candidates.

Links to more information on the debates:

Commission and moderators’ contact information:

Commission on Presidential Debates
1200 New Hampshire Ave NW #445
Washington, DC 20036
202-872-1020
http://www.debates.org/index.html

Here is a sample email you can use when writing to Janet Brown, Executive Director of the CPD:

Dear Janet Brown, (jb@debates.org)
 
As a voter who is still undecided in the 2008 election, I ask that you allow all legitimate independent and third-party candidates take part in the upcoming presidential debates. I want to hear what Ralph Nader,Bob Barr, and Cynthia McKinney have to say.
 
Our process is supposed to be free and open, and it is my firm belief that all of these candidates should have the opportunity to be heard in a nationally-televised debate.
 
There are more than two candidates running for president, more than two political parties in this country. Please serve the American voter and include ALL of the candidates in these debates!
 
Thank you,
your name

Schedule & Moderators 2008

Friday, September 26th, First Presidential Debate
The University of Mississippi, Oxford
Jim Lehrer
Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour on PBS
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
2700 South Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22206
703-998-2138
onlineda@newshour.org

Thursday, October 2nd, Vice-Presidential Debate
Washington University, St Louis, Missouri
Gwen Ifill
Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, Moderator & Managing Editor, Washington Week
PBS

Tuesday, October 7th, Second Presidential Debate
Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
Tom Brokaw
Special Correspondent
NBC News

Wednesday, October 15th, Third Presidential Debate
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Bob Schieffer
Chief Washington Correspondent and Host, Face the Nation
CBS News

 

Obama/Biden ’08
333 North Michigan Avenue
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
866-675-2008
E-mail contact form at http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/contact2

WE RECOMMEND CALLING THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN FOR FASTEST ACTION:

(Call Barack Obama at 866-675-2008.
Hit 6 to speak with a campaign volunteer.
Once connected, politely tell them you would like to see Senator Obama fight for the right of independent and third party candidates to be included in the debates. Ask the volunteer to leave a message with the campaign manager. Same basic procedure when contacting the McCain campaign, info below:)

McCain/Palin ’08
P.O. Box 16118
Arlington, VA 22215
703-418-2008
E-mail contact form at http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/

 

EVERY AMERICAN VOTER SHOULD KNOW WHAT THEIR CHOICES REALLY ARE

OPEN THE DEBATES!

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