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Thursday, February 21, 2008

400-408(:28) John McCain in Toledo, Ohio, refutes the New York Times' claims that he was inappropriately involved with the lobbyist Vicki Iseman.
(:06) John McCain again says the New York Times' allegations are untrue.
• NYT, For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk.  It's a hit piece on his integrity that depends on anonymous sources with no hard accusations.  The innuendo is that they had an affair and that he granted her lobbying firm favors.  Both McCain and Vicki Iseman deny it, as does Cindy.  Weaver says the five-minute meeting was not at all about a romantic affair but about her giving the impression she had more influence over McCain than she in fact did.  NYT Editor Bill Keller should be fired for this sloppy journalism.  Here's the core of the NYT's piece:
Separately, a top McCain aide met with Ms. Iseman at Union Station in Washington to ask her to stay away from the senator. John Weaver, a former top strategist and now an informal campaign adviser, said in an e-mail message that he arranged the meeting after "a discussion among the campaign leadership" about her.
"Our political messaging during that time period centered around taking on the special interests and placing the nation's interests before either personal or special interest," Mr. Weaver continued. "Ms. Iseman's involvement in the campaign, it was felt by us, could undermine that effort."
Mr. Weaver added that the brief conversation was only about "her conduct and what she allegedly had told people, which made its way back to us." He declined to elaborate.
It is not clear what effect the warnings had; the associates said their concerns receded in the heat of the campaign.
Ms. Iseman acknowledged meeting with Mr. Weaver, but disputed his account.
"I never discussed with him alleged things I had 'told people,' that had made their way 'back to' him," she wrote in an e-mail message. She said she never received special treatment from Mr. McCain's office.
Speaking with FOX News, Weaver said he met with Iseman at Union Station in either 1999 or 2000, he can't remember which year, for about five minutes. The nature of the conversation was not about romantic involvement, but instead about how she was going around telling people how much enormous influence she had on McCain.
As a campaign professional, he said he didn't want anyone saying they had influence over McCain so he met with her and told her to quit boasting, especially since McCain was making lobbying legislation at the time. Weaver said the conversation with Iseman and other related topics were well vetted by The Boston Globe during the New Hampshire primary in 2000.
But McCain said he was unaware of any such conversation, and denied that his aides ever tried to talk to him about his interactions with Iseman.
"Since it was in The New York Times, I don't take it at face value," McCain said with a laugh.
Iseman's firm Alcalde & Fay released a statement Thursday decrying the article's contents as "malicious innuendo" that is "utterly false."
"Alcalde & Fay's relationship with Senator McCain has been professional, appropriate and consistent with his legislative, jurisdictional and constituent duties," president Kevin Fay said in the statement. "The story is based upon the fantasies of a disgruntled former campaign employee and is without foundation or merit. Ms. Iseman is a hard working professional whose 18 year career has been exemplary and she has our full support. It is beneath the dignity of a quality newspaper to participate in such a campaign of character assassination."
Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager in 2000, told FOX News on Thursday that the campaign never had deep concerns about the relationship with Iseman or allegations of illicit favors for her client.
"I never had a single instance where this was a major issue in our campaign or any kind of an issue. And the idea that a decade later they have somehow uncovered some kind of a mystery is ridiculous," Davis said.
Campaign spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker likened the report to a "kind of gutter politics."
"There is nothing in this story to suggest that John McCain has ever violated the principles that have guided his career," she said.
Davis said the newspaper "didn't say that there was anything improper here. They just tried to imply it. They didn't say he had done anything for this lobbyist or this lobbying firm but they tried to imply it. If they are going to go this kind of route, why don't they tell us where they got the information?"
413-423Do you trust the New York Times to tell you the truth about anything? 
428-437Is it "Islamophobic" to believe Benjamin Baines was a terrorist ready to kill for Allah?
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.
  Officers found books in the backpack titled "Muhammad in the Bible," "The Prophet's Prayer" and "The Noble Qur'an." He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.
443-452Calls
458-508David Barton, president-founder of Wallbuilders (wallbuilders.com), on the presidential race.
(:59) Move American Forward fights back with this negative ad towards the city of Berkeley and their stance on military recruiters on campus. 
The truth is that Mr. Obama is unwilling to challenge special interests if they represent the financial and political muscle of the Democratic left. He says yes to the lobbyists of the AFL-CIO when they demand card-check legislation to take away the right of workers to have a secret ballot in unionization efforts, or when they oppose trade deals. He won't break with trial lawyers, even when they demand the ability to sue telecom companies that make it possible for intelligence agencies to intercept communications between terrorists abroad. And he is now going out of his way to proclaim fidelity to the educational unions. This is a disappointment since he'd earlier indicated an openness to education reform. Mr. Obama backs their agenda down the line, even calling for an end to testing, which is the only way parents can know with confidence whether their children are learning and their schools working.
These stands represent not just policy vulnerabilities, but also a real danger to Mr. Obama's credibility and authenticity. He cannot proclaim his goal is the end of influence for lobbies if the only influences he seeks to end are lobbies of the center and the right.
Unlike Bill Clinton in 1992, Mr. Obama is completely unwilling to confront the left wing of the Democratic Party, no matter how outrageous its demands, no matter how out of touch it might be with the American people. And Tuesday night, in a key moment in this race, he dropped the pretense that his was a centrist agenda. His agenda is the agenda of the Democratic left.
In recent days, courtesy of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Mr. Obama has invoked the Declaration of Independence, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin Roosevelt to show the power of words. But there is a critical difference between Mr. Obama's rhetoric and that of Jefferson, King and FDR. In each instance, their words were used to advance large, specific purposes -- establishing a new nation based on inalienable rights; achieving equal rights and a color-blind society; giving people confidence to endure a Great Depression. For Mr. Obama, words are merely a means to hide a left-leaning agenda behind the cloak of centrist rhetoric. That garment has now been torn. As voters see what his agenda is, his opponents can now far more effectively question his authenticity, credibility, record and fitness to be leader of the free world.
• Daniel Henninger, Obama and Race.  Obama's senatorial campaign and his current presidential campaign, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2006, and John Edwards' presidential run in 2004, all share one thing in common:  political consultant David Axelrod.  Maybe that's why they all sound the same.
• Dick Morris, Warning to Superdelegates.
God help the governor of a state, or its U.S. senator, if he votes for Clinton when his state went for Obama! … For a governor or senator to vote against the will of his state is the most obvious form of thumbing one's nose at one's own voters.
512-523David Barton
• Bob Burney, Dancing on the Grave of the Church.  Burney slams Barna's latest book Pagan Christianity,
This time Barna is not only continuing his claim that the church is dead, he appears to be dancing on her grave.
Unlike most Barna polls, the wording is vague and somewhat misleading. There is no indication that those responding to the poll feel that these activities are to be to the exclusion of a local church experience, but that is the way the statistics are presented. Objectivity appears gone in favor of Barna's personal biases. Read the poll and you come away with the conclusion that the local church is either dead or dying.
The "research" portion of the article at ends with the surprising number of pastors who are now embracing house churches. Indeed, Barna states that "two out of three pastors agreed that 'house churches are legitimate Christian churches.'" (He adds that most of those pastors are from liberal, main-line denominations.) Barna then takes a swipe at those who disagree and implies that those pastors who do not support house churches are the ones making the big bucks from the institutional church. Where's the objectivity evident in Barna's past work?
523 – [2:00] Don Rohde (818) 262-2092.  For the past 34 years, Don has been a sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 18 consecutive years.  Galpin has been family-owned and operated for the past 59 years, and 90% of their business is repeat or referral.  Galpin offers Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Saturn, Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin.  Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley at Roscoe and the 405.
528-539(Oscar Theme) Doug Geivett, Professor of Philosophy at Biola's Talbot School of Theology (talbot.edu) and co-editor of the book Faith, Film and Philosophy (faithfilmandphilosophy.com), is also a member of the Biola Studio Task Force.  How do you answer the question, "Was it a good movie?"  Why do Christians have such different attitudes towards film?  How can you tell the difference between a "message movie" and entertainment?  How can Christians learn to "see more" in movies?  What resources do you have at the website?
539 – [1:30] The Money Guys Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor at Applied Financial, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL.
544-554Doug Geivett,
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558-608Dr. Michael Duduit, editor-in-chief of Preaching Magazine (preaching.com) and director of the 19th Annual National Conference on Preaching in Washington D.C. April 7-9, talks about the theme of this year's conference, "Where Do Pulpit and Culture Meet?"  Speakers include Rick Warren and Chuck Colson.  Register online or call (866) 460-0950.  This is another tool for KKLA and Salem to equip pastors!  Can we give away some magazines to pastors?
612-623Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (cei.org) and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming, on the possibility of you finding a giant Burmese python in your back yard because of global warming.
• Take a look at the polar caps and see if they're melting: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere.
• Mark D. Tooley, The Church of Global Warming.
Almost every campaign by the Religious Left is about fighting poverty, which ostensibly is unifying, in contrast to proclaiming the doctrines of Christianity, which are uncomfortably controversial and never win approving editorials from secular newspapers.  Of course, for the Religious Left, fighting poverty is nearly exclusively about endlessly expanding the power and size of the regulatory and welfare state, while minimizing the freedoms of the open market and private property.  Global warming alarmism is for the Religious Left the perfect issue.  It warns of an alternative apocalypse, precipitated by uncontrolled capitalism, and offers an alternative salvation, through supranational controls that will grind down unregulated free markets.
…Primarily a cause for wealthy elites in the West, Global Warming alarmism advocates vast reductions in global economic growth that would incarcerate hundreds of millions into permanent poverty.
628-639Chris Horner
644-655Chris Horner
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