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November 2007

  1. Ron Paul campaign addresses questionable donations

    I only bring this up because at the Washtenaw GOP Executive Committee meeting earlier this month, a member asked me if I could give the official explanation for why Dr. Paul did not return a contribution from a neo-Nazi.  I said I could not speak on official behalf of the campaign, but my personal belief was that the campaign was too busy to be in the business of returning contributions, and besides, all kinds of messed-up people support all different candidates. 

    Last Tuesday, the Ron Paul campaign's communications director, Jesse Benton, responded to the charge in a letter to the National Review, saying essentially the same thing, but in better words:

    "Dr. Paul stands for freedom, peace, prosperity, and the protection of inalienable individual rights. He knows that liberty is the antidote for racism, anti-Semitism, and other small minded ideologies. Dr. Paul has focused all of his energy on winning the presidency so he can cut the size of government and protect the freedom of every American. Neither he nor his staff is going to waste time screening donors. If a handful of individuals with views anathema to Dr. Paul’s send in checks, then they have wasted their money. I cannot profess to understand the motivations of Don Black as neither Dr. Paul nor I know who he is, but a simple Google search shows that his $500 contribution has netted him at least 88 news hits, including Charen’s column. Perhaps a better explanation for his “contribution” is not support for Ron, but the attention he knew he would receive."

    The full response, to the full hit-piece, is located here.

  2. Ahhhh the sounds of Lenin and McCarthy

    Latest book out on McCarthy shows he was just about right in all the charges he brought forth.  Detailed investigations into KGB files released after the fall of the USSR shows McCarthy's accusations were basically on the money.  The Venona project showed some of the interceptes he used as evidence and now the KGB files show even more, detailing a huge communist spy ring in operation in the US. 

  3. 6,000 Sunnis Join Pact With U.S. in Iraq

    Could the US actually WIN in Iraq?  Does anyone even talk like that?

    No one seems to even think it possible - certainly the drive by media never mentions a victory for our forces.  But what if the islamofacists are taking a beating (would we know? no!)   What if their strength and motive is breaking?   What if they decide to leave the playground for a while and come back after the US leaves (with a victory in hand)?   Many don't think that senario is possible - but I think it is.  Much of this "war" is really about words and how a certain political or civil conditions are described (who has electricity, how many car bombs go off, how many soliders died this month etc)  That means that the actual Terms of Victory for the US could be manipulated giving the US a proud and victorious exit from Iraq with only the forces left behind to be an issue.

    AND From some new reports in late November 2007, the US is having success in forming some strong alliances and in deepening the training of administrative and police agencies.   The headline is from the AP (can you believe it) - more here . . . http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/iraq/2007/11/28/52896.html

  4. A special way to give "Thanks"


    Join Mik and Deb Zolikoff this Thanksgiving Day at the Cottage Inn on William Street!

    We'll be dishing up turkey, stuffing and all the fixings to provide our neighbors in need with a hot meal and a warm smile. This annual event,which is sponsored by Cottage Inn and Food Gatherers, is a great way to giveback to the Ann Arbor community and to show true appreciation for our own good fortune.

    Shifts are from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm -2:00 pm. To volunteer,call Cottage Inn directly at 734-663-3379.

    Food Gatherers also has meals scheduled for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. To get more information on these upcoming events please visit