Here is a widget that will be constantly updated throughout the night to allow you to track the progress of these storms:
The first rain bands are brushing the Florida Panhandle:
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Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.
LAFAYETTE, La. – What started as a routine assignment covering the Appalachian State-LSU football game in Baton Rouge has become more of an adventure.
I'm staying in Lafayette, La., just west of Baton Rouge and about 90 miles northwest of New Orleans, to help the Gannett newspaper here (The Advertiser) with Hurricane Gustav coverage.
My assignment Sunday is to go out with a photographer to New Iberia, a nearby community that is under orders for mandatory evacuation, and talk to people about leaving their homes and the uncertaintity they face.
The forecast changes rapidly but right now it sounds like Gustav is set to hit the Louisiana coast around 2 a.m. Monday with winds up to 120 mph and tidal surges of 15-20 feet, which could be more destructive than Katrina.
The forecast for Lafayette includes winds in the 90 mph range; the hurricane veterans around here say that's nothing, but I've never been in that kind of weather before.
Source: Asheville Citizen-Times
I wish Jarrett well and look forward to seeing some of his coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav in the next few days.
Vladimir Putin, who is on a working visit to the region, arrived at the reserve on a helicopter. There he met with scientists working on research and preservation of the Amur tiger – one of the rarest predators on the planet. There are only about 450 big cats in Russia.
Then Putin was offered to travel to taiga and see the trapped tigress.
‘Vesti’ TV channel journalists, who were waiting for the Prime Minister at the site, just five metres away from the animal, didn’t notice that the big cat freed itself.
They could have been attacked, but Putin reacted quickly and used the dart gun to stop the animal.
ASHEVILLE – Congressional candidate and Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower dismissed his son from his campaign staff Friday after police charged the younger Mumpower in connection with a bar fight.
Asheville police arrested Matt Mumpower, 24, on allegations he punched another man in the face about midnight at Wild Wing Café on Biltmore Avenue, according to a citation at the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office.
Both men were at the restaurant and bar for Thirsty Thursday, which features discounted liquor and beer. Mumpower told an officer a man was mocking him, and he punched the man in the face, according to a police incident report.
He was charged with simple assault and released on $300 bond, according to the magistrate’s office.
Source: Asheville Citizen-TimesRelated: Mumpower Video Remarks
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HURRICANE GUSTAV FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 27
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072008
0900 UTC SUN AUG 31 2008
AT 4 AM CDT...0900 UTC...A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED FOR THE
NORTHERN GULF COAST FROM CAMERON LOUISIANA EASTWARD TO THE
ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER...INCLUDING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND
LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24
HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED
AT 4 AM CDT...0900 UTC...A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS ISSUED FROM
EAST OF THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER TO THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER....AND
FROM WEST OF CAMERON LOUISIANA TO JUST EAST OF HIGH ISLAND TEXAS.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
AT 4 AM CDT...0900 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF CUBA HAS DISCONTINUED ALL
WARNINGS AND WATCHES FOR CUBA.
A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEST OF CAMERON LOUISIANA
TO JUST EAST OF HIGH ISLAND TEXAS. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT
HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY
WITHIN 36 HOURS.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE LOWER FLORIDA
KEYS WEST OF THE SEVEN MILE BRIDGE TO THE DRY TORTUGAS.
A Paultard called Orabox
DELEGATES either vote for Ron Paul first round or go to the restroom . Do something just do not vote for a man you know is not qualified. You may be bound in the first round so sit it out.
This will be your finest hour, the Supreme Court has ruled that you have the right and obligation to judge the facts of the case and also the judge the law being applied in a trial that applies here also. VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE and bring this country back to "We The People".
Kathy at Hang Right Politics has the scoop on the sordid mindset of the progressives, and their buddies in the Legacy Media:
The Truth Will Set You Free
The democrats are scrambling today to find just anything they can to taint Gov. Sarah Palin, the inspiring new addition to the McCain ticket. They can smell Obama in the toaster; the
in the tank for Obama smear captainsjournalists in the media are questioning the firing of an Alaskan Dept. of Safety head over an allegation that he wouldn’t fire a state trooper, Palin’s ex-brother-in-law.
For the FACTS, go here.
Know the truth, and when you see this talking point on comment sections of other blogs or news articles, post the link. The real story needs to be common knowledge.
Frankly when I heard the media’s account I recognized that it was a DNC hit. Only a democrat would defend a state trooper for tazing an eleven year old boy - because the immorality aside - they need to present the story with all the tawdriness they can find because there is no scum on Palin.
I read over at Politico that they are also spreading the rumor than her 5mo. old son actually is her grandson and that her daughter had the baby. (And we know how frequently Down’s children occur in teenage pregnancies… sarc/off)
Other lines of attack include attacking her motherhood by saying a woman can’t have an important or challenging career and raise children. Democrats are saying this! Criticizing her for ‘abandoning’ a special needs child to his father. Hello? Where are the feminists the democrats are so famous for? This line of assault after the charges of sexism over the treatment of Hillary should just about elimate the women’s vote except for the diehard ABORTION-IS-THE-ONLY-ISSUE female Herods. Telling women with special needs children they should just stay home - yup, that’s a winner.
And of course the coup de grace in the Obama arsenal re Palin is the ‘experience’ card. Notice how all the comparisons are between the GOP VP vs. the DNC P. Scary. Our VP has more experience, and has the only executive experience on both tickets yet she somehow has a thin resume.
Here’s why democrats truly believe that she is inexperienced compared to Obama (the male/female double standard will be addressed momentarily). Democrats consider trying and FAILING as an accomplishment. All of the things Obama has TRIED to do are counted - his community organizer days produced no results other than the loss of $100,000,000 on a school system that remains in the bottom in achievement in the country, a Southside Chicago housing debacle, and a Senate career spent campaigning for President. In a ‘results’ don’t matter, we don’t need no stinking RESULTS mindset, Obama has credentials.
Source: Hang Right Politics (read the whole thing)
I have found some truly nasty things (full of sexual innuendo and vulgar, filthy language, making fun of her religious faith) being said about Sarah Palin on many of the progressive blogs and in the Ron Paul forums. I expect it from profane people like Pam Spaulding because it is merely the expression of their black hearts. Some of the stuff on Daily KKKos and DU are unprintable.
The Idiot Ron Paul Supporters, on the other hand, claim to be conservative. Most of them have no idea what conservatism is beyond what they have been told by misguided people posing as political thinkers...and I include Ron Paul in that category. These people have been supping at the well of hatred for too long, and it has clouded their judgment, and is turning their hearts black. I have witnessed it locally, and nationally.
Here is just one snippet of an exchange (misspellings and foul language preserved):
On August 30th, 2008 alaskaron says:
You post is pitiful, but at least get your facts right:
1. The state-owned dairy did not spend 600 MILLION DOLLARS in two months. It was a $600,000 grant. BIG DIFFERENCE. And if you know anything, you know the dairy was already failing; Palin did not drive it into the ground.
2. The cop tasered his own young child; drove drunk in his patrol car, abused his powers by hunting illegally and covering it up, and he threatened to kill members of the governor's family. And you think that is the kind of cop we need patroling Alaska?
3. Which bridge to nowhere? Sarah never supported the Ketchikan bridge, which was "the bridge to nowhere."
4. Oooooh, unsubstantiated rumors! Do you have a birth certificate to prove that the governor did not give birth like she said she did? Where do you get this stuff?
5. Education is a local and state affair. States and localities can teach any damn thing they want. Get over it.
FURTHER INTENSIFICATION IS EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO WHILE THE
SYSTEM TRAVERSES THE EXTREMELY WARM AND DEEP WATERS OF THE
NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA AND SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO.
HOWEVER...BY 48 HOURS...ALMOST ALL OF THE GLOBAL MODELS SHOW AN
INCREASE IN VERTICAL WIND SHEAR NEAR GUSTAV. IN ADDITION...SINCE
THE LOOP CURRENT IS SOUTH OF ITS TYPICAL LOCATION...THE HURRICANE
WILL BE MOVING OVER WATERS THAT ARE NOT NEARLY AS CONDUCIVE FOR
STRENGTHENING AS THEY COULD BE. THESE TWO FACTORS WILL HOPEFULLY
WEAKEN THE STORM PRIOR TO U.S. LANDFALL. HOWEVER...GUSTAV IS
EXPECTED TO BE A LARGE AND DANGEROUS HURRICANE AND THE NHC FORECAST
CONTINUES TO SHOW GUSTAV AS A MAJOR HURRICANE AT LANDFALL.
THE INITIAL MOTION ESTIMATE IS 310/10. A MID-LEVEL RIDGE FROM THE
WESTERN ATLANTIC TO NORTHERN FLORIDA IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE MOVING
THE HURRICANE TO THE NORTHWEST FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
THEREAFTER...A RIDGE OVER THE OHIO VALLEY SHOULD CAUSE A GRADUAL
LEFTWARD BEND IN THE TRACK AS GUSTAV APPROACHES THE NORTHERN GULF
COAST. MOST OF THE GUIDANCE IS IN GOOD AGREEMENT ON THIS SCENARIO
EXCEPT FOR THE UKMET/HWRF...WHICH TURN THE SYSTEM JUST OFFSHORE.
THESE TWO MODELS ARE SLOWER AND TO THE LEFT OF MOST OF THE TRACK
GUIDANCE...WHICH ALLOWS A RIDGE TO FORM OVER TEXAS TO TURN THE
STORM. THE OFFICIAL FORECAST WILL STAY WITH THE MAJORITY OF THE
GUIDANCE AND IS BASICALLY AN UPDATE TO THE PREVIOUS PACKAGE. GUSTAV
WILL LIKELY SLOW DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE LONGER-TERM...WHICH
COULD CAUSE A CONSIDERABLE FLOODING THREAT OVER LOUISIANA OR TEXAS.
As a governor, Palin is the only non-senator who will be on the two
presidential tickets this fall. She will also be the only person on the tickets who has executive experience, so she can easily portray herself as both an outsider and a reformer. Of course, Barack Obama had been running on the same message, so the challenge for Obama would be to ensure that Palin does not co-opt his message.Palin is unequivocally pro-life and a strong advocate of other issues important to social conservatives. This should please the Republican base who may have still had reservations about John McCain after the Rick Warren Forum earlier this month. McCain certainly pleased social conservatives at that forum, but tapping Palin to join him shows that he is indeed serious about showing social conservatives that he will be loyal to them. Any doubts they had about him earlier should immediately be erased by this pick. Also, because of the murmurs about McCain choosing Tom Ridge or Joe Lieberman, both of whom are pro-choice, that augments the feeling of relief pro-life voters have about Palin and enhances her appeal.As a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association who also enjoys fishing, conservative-leaning male gun owners and sportsmen should
not feel threatened by Palin. The same holds true for fiscal conservatives, as this statement from the Club for Growth indicates.
John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Gov. Palin was first elected to the position in 2006 and previously served as the mayor of Wasilla (pop. 5,470). She also served on the town's city council. She has a degree from the University of Idaho where she minored in political science. That is the extent of her political experience. Her biography is fascinating. She is only 44 years-old. She eloped with her highschool sweetheart, a Yup'ik Eskimo. They have five children named: Track 18, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, Piper, 7, and Trig (who was born on April 18th). Trig has Down Syndrome. The Palins knew that Trig had an extra chromosome but decided to go
ahead with the pregnancy. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?" Palin is an avid hunter and her husband is a champion snowmobiler who works for British Petroleum. She has admitted to smoking the ganja but says she didn't enjoy it. She was the runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest.
Make no mistake, Palin is a gamechanger pick for McCain. She, along with Whitman, was one of the two potential candidates that I thought had this potential for McCain. No one on the Democratic side saw this coming. I saw plenty of support for Palin in the rightwing blogosphere over the past few months. In fact, whenever there was a poll, she would win going away. Is she Quayle-like, or not ready? Its all going to play out here in the next few hours as she speaks, coming up in 15 minutes. That will be the impact, not all the chatter around theSource: MyDD
So it's official - John McCain has thrown a Hail Mary and tapped Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin as his running mate. The trad med types are ga-ga about what a
game-changing choice Palin is. And they're right. It is a game-changer.
The Palin pick takes a race already leaning toward Obama and pushes it further
into his corner.
Why? Because Sarah Palin is the most unqualified VP nominee in modern history, with the possible exception of Admiral Stockdale.
She's worse than Quayle.
After his selection in 1988, Dan Quayle was rightly lambasted as a dim, inexperienced lightweight with no real pertinent experience who was named by George H. W. Bush as a gimmick - a case of an old, out-of touch candidate trying to appear relevant by teaming up with a much younger pol. Now, Palin's not Quayle - by all accounts, she's quite bright. But she's fantastically inexperienced, far more so than Quayle was when he was tapped. And she possesses an attribute far worse than Quayle's stupidity - she's a big corrupt wheel in Alaska's big corrupt Republican Party, arguably the most corrupt political apparatus in the United States.
The more I read and hear, the more I like her. I'll be posting excerpts and links to people who know more about het than I do later today.
**12.48 PM** The Rally in Dayton, Ohio is now over, and I was blown away by Sarah Palin. Completely blown away! The video will be repeated tonight at 8 PM on C-SPAN. You may watch it on the C-SPAN website if you cannot get cable or satellite television.
**10.13AM** CNBC is reporting that Palin is the pick, which would serve to bolster my research above. I am still looking for a live stream of the event, so I can embed it here. I think that the McCain Campaign needs some net-saavy people on their team.
**10:17AM** According to Palin spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, Palin is at home in Alaska...and plans on attending the Alaska State Fair.
Which leads me to wonder where is Giuliani?
**10.30AM** Glenn Beck just reported that Fox News is reporting that Alaska Governor Palin is backstage at the Dayton Rally. That is probably it, then. I will have to do some research on her, because I know little about her beyond her being a governor, a new mom who refused to abort her Downs Syndrome child.
**10.59AM** I will embed a C-SPAN video stream here, and take it down after the event is over:
1) McCain is going after a pick that will be attractive to both PUMAs and the conservative base of the GOP.
2) Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is famous for going after corruption in Alaska, and has gone against those in her own party to do it. This fits well with McCain's efforts at the same in the Senate.
**11.54AM** Here is the official Press Release from the McCain Campaign:
ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.
Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.
Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us -- Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the "bridge to nowhere" that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
As the head of Alaska's National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.
Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.
DENVER -- Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.
Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.
A cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker's neck, then twisted the producer's arm behind him to put on handcuffs.
A police official later told lawyers for ABC News that Eslocker is being charged with trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order. He also said the arrest followed a signed complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel.
It was two hours later when Denver police arrived to place Eslocker under arrest, apparently based on a complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel, a central location for Democratic officials.
During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying to Eslocker, "You're lucky I didn't knock the f..k out of you."
Source: Hillbilly White Trash "Obama's KGB Makes An Arrest in Denver"
Here is a video of he arrest below:
One of my favorite online military news resources, Strategy Page, has updated their online military forces database. Here are a few snippets of their observations:
European Nations are still dominated by Russia. Despite the sharp (about 80 percent) decline in the Russian military in the 1990s, this still left them with the most powerful combat force in Europe. That's largely because most European also cut their military spending, and manpower, in the 1990s. Russia is much less of a military threat to Europe, than it was during the Cold War, because their ground forces now largely consist of paramilitary troops, and army combat units that are no longer trained for offensive warfare. Russia can still invade neighbors, as it recently did in Georgia, but that was done with one mechanized infantry division, and another division worth of local militias and paramilitary troops.
Middle East Nations are still dominated by Israel. The third ranking nation, Iran, is powerful more because of the large number of men in uniform. Their weapons and equipment are in poor shape and largely obsolete. Because of Israel's dominating land combat power, many Middle Eastern nations spend a lot of money on ballistic missiles. These would be the only weapons they would have a chance of doing any damage to Israel with.
training and equipment, the number two power is Colombia. Brazil is close behind, because it is the largest nation in South America, and has a large and well equipped military.
American Nations are still dominated by the United States. Because of decades of combat, and recent upgrades in
African Nations have a strange lineup. The two top military powers, Ethiopia and Eritrea, have been at war with neighboring Eritrea for a decade. There has been a ceasefire for the last eight years, but not a demobilization. The number three power is South Africa, which is the best equipped, trained and led on the continent.
Old videos appear to show a radical Muslim named Khalid Al-Mansour helped Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gain acceptance into Harvard Law. Civil rights activist Percy Sutton recalled being solicited by a man named Dr. Khalid A-Mansour to write a letter of recommendation to help Obama gain acceptance into Harvard Law in this undated television interview available HERE.
"I was introduced to him [Obama] by a friend who was raising money for him and the friends name was Dr. Khalid al Mansour from Texas,” Sutton said. “He is the principle adviser to one of the world's richest men. He told me about Obama. He wrote to me about him and his introduction was 'there is a young man that has applied to Harvard and I know that you have a few friends left there because you used to go up there to speak, would you please write a letter in support of him?'...I wrote a letter in support of him to my friends at Harvard saying to them I thought there was a genius that was going to be available and I sure hoped they would treat him kindly."
There are many videos available on the internet featuring a man named Khalid Al-Mansour, who describes himself as an author, scholar and businessman, blasting the Jewish culture and Christianity and preaching the virtues of Islam, reminiscent of the controversial clips discovered of Obama’s longtime friend and former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright that rocked headlines earlier this spring.
Christians Designed Discrimination” uploaded by a YouTube user named IslamStudios, Al-Mansour said, “White people don't feel bad, whatever you do to them, they deserve it, God wants you to do it and that's when you cut out the nose, cut out the ears, take flesh out of their body, don't worry because God wants you to do it." He also draws lines between whites and African Americans. “The Christianity that white people got and the Christianity that black people got was not the same,” he added.
In one of the videos, titled “
Hat Tip: Quinn & Rose
The more people shine a light on Barack Obama's past, the more we find cockroaches scurrying about.
There is even more damaging information yet to be revealed...
Hat Tip: The Drudge Report
Scuttlebut has it the nominee has eight letters in the name based on signs observed at the RNC...
To me that says, Giuliani, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Thompson or Petraeus. There may be more...or it could be a feint to mask a Romney pick (my personal favorite).
WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain has decided on his running mate, two Republican strategists in contact with Mr. McCain’s campaign said Wednesday. He is expected to reveal his choice at a rally at a basketball arena in Dayton, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Friday.
Mr. McCain’s decision is known only to his small inner circle of advisers, no more than three or four people, who have refused all public discussion on the matter. Republicans close to the campaign said that the top contenders remained the same three men who have been the source of speculation for weeks: former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and, possibly, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut.
Source: NY Slimes
The GOP nominee-in-waiting will move to immediately change the campaign conversation from Barack Obama’s football stadium acceptance speech Thursday to the new Republican ticket, to be revealed at a noontime Friday rally in a Dayton, Ohio, basketball arena. McCain and his running mate will then travel by bus to Pennsylvania, where they’ll hold an outdoor event at a minor league baseball stadium in Washington County, just southwest of Pittsburgh. On Sunday, the duo will head to suburban St. Louis for another event to be held at a minor league baseball stadium, this one in O’Fallon, Mo. The Missouri rally is being billed to local Republicans as something of a unity rally, since it will feature McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee — the GOP presidential finalists who effectively divided the vote three ways in the Show Me State’s Super Tuesday primary. A McCain aide warned not to read too much into McCain’s planned guests, however.