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Re: the vetting Governor Palin - from AP 9/2/08 "Culvahouse said Palin's review, like others, began with a team of two dozen people culling information from public sources. The team reviewed speeches, financial records, tax information, litigation, investigations, ethical charges, marriages and divorces, for a number of potential running mates. For Palin specifically, the team studied online archives of the state's largest newspapers, including the Anchorage Daily News, but didn't request paper archives for Palin's hometown newspaper for fear the secret review would become public. Among the findings: Palin had once received a citation for fishing without a license. Reports on each candidate — 40-some pages and single spaced — then were reviewed by McCain, Schmidt, campaign manager Rick Davis, and top advisers Mark Salter and Charlie Black. Palin then was sent a personal data questionnaire with 70 "very intrusive" questions, Culvahouse said. She also was asked to submit a number of years of federal and state tax returns. The campaign also checked her credit. Culvahouse then conducted a nearly three-hour interview. He said the first thing Palin volunteered was that her daughter was pregnant, and she also quickly disclosed her husband's two-decade-old DUI arrest. The public search also unearthed details of the Legislature's investigation into the dismissal of Alaska's public safety commissioner, allegedly because he would not fire Palin's former brother-in-law as a state trooper. Culvahouse said he asked follow-up questions, and "spent a lot of time with her lawyer" on the matter. "We came out of it knowing all that we could know at the time," he said. Throughout the process, the campaign said, Davis had multiple conversations with Palin. "
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You have my admiration, Uncle J. That was above and beyond the call of duty.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2008 on I came. I registered. I voted Hillary at BlackFive
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"The biggest problem with Obama is his lack of foreign policy experience and his statements of immediate troop withdrawals from Iraq for me." Actually, Obama has modified the standard "immediate troop withdrawals" mantra of the left to a phased withdrawal predicated on security and safety of the military. I think it was Edwards and the Witch that wanted to pull everyone out in 60 days. Idiots!!! As far as McCain is concerned, I don't like him - never have - but I'll vote for him. I'd even vote for the preacher from AK before I'd let the Witch back in the oval office!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2008 on President McCain or President Obama? at BlackFive
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This is an EASY choice. ANYBODY but Hillary! Period.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2008 on Stuck in the middle at BlackFive
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Good analysis and comments, Caleb.
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I echo Blackfive's message: Merry Christmas to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Civilians overseas! God Bless You All! ...and a Merry Christmas to all at Blackfive, too!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2007 on Merry Christmas at BlackFive
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Make that "are" the obvious choice.
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My guess is that Time really wanted to name the Taxi Driver, Ahmadinejad, as Person of the Year. Putin, Iran's enabler, was the closest that they could get to him. As for the "person, [or persons] who more than anyone else, ... altered or changed history that year," Petraeus and the Soldiers of the Surge is the obvious choice, IMHO.
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"I wonder what President Clinton will do?" Either take credit for every military success to date AND/OR screw up everything that has been accomplished and return to the status quo ante.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2007 on AQ in Iraq- On Foam and Scum at BlackFive
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Yes, Jeffrey, I am "unable to relate to [your] suggestion" that it is appropriate to publicly claim support for the troops while privately and "quietly" opposing their mission. Such an action reeks of deceit, and can only place those troops that one claims to support in even greater danger. No, Jeffrey, I do not equate the "quiet" subversion of the country's military mission in Iraq with your rather obtuse notion of proper managerial etiquette.
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"On a side note, is there anything that would compel you to think that not giving Bush the money was the correct thing to do?" NO.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2007 on More support for the troops at BlackFive
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"To sum up, you support the troops publicly. You oppose the war quietly..." What disgusting, cowardly claptrap! The time to oppose going to war was prior to the numerous Congressional votes that authorized the President to use force in Afghanistan and Iraq. You may disagree with the strategy, as many who comment here have done, but once our soldiers were committed to battle and engaging the enemy, to "oppose the war quietly" is tantamount to supporting the enemy.
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ROFLOL! As a resident of California, a mountain dweller and an avid supporter of the War On Fire, I needed that! Thanks!
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2007 on We Have Lost The War On Fire at BlackFive
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Well done, Rush!
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2007 on Game, set, match to Mr. Limbaugh at BlackFive
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Michael in MI: Thanks for the link to the excellent "Mission Accomplished" article. rick554: Sound advice on what to do "when you feel the need to read something from the AP." I changed my home page just to get away from their incessant, hostile, negative, Bush/military/war bashing headlines! Sanchez's speech appears to be a lot of sour grapes about his portrayal in the press (especially following the debacle of Abu Ghrib) couched in a well deserved set down to the media on its slanted coverage or lack of coverage of the War. Whether he has the right to sound off, IMHO, is not the issue. In relating his views on press coverage of the war, he chose to use incendiary language that he HAD to know the media would home in on for their headlines while ignoring the criticisms leveled against them. The retired General should remember that we are STILL at war. His comments were at best unproductive - at worst they provided propaganda that will embolden the enemy as well as provide political fodder to fuel the war bashing by the left here at home. In short, he should just STFU.
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The two part episode of The Unit was disappointing and the line about the Constitution delivered by Jonas just did not fit his character. Good grief, I thought for a minute someone was going to start ranting on about the Tri-lateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group of decades ago. Did they jump the shark or just run out of good plots and story lines for the show? If this episode marks a change in tone for the series, that might not bode well for its future. The information about Haney surprises and disappoints me though, if in fact he is truly anti the WOT.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2007 on See BS and The Unit.... at BlackFive
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Re: "Matt Burden, Uncle Jimbo, Subsunk, Greyhawk, Soldier's Dad, Dadmanly and the like...I know for a fact that none of them have been in an incident remotely like the thousands of us who have been hit with complex attacks in Iraq." SNLII- You know this for a "fact", do you? The more you post, the more grandiose your comments become. I can't wait to read the replies from "these current or former soldiers."
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2007 on Haditha Marines exonerated at BlackFive
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Great interview! SSgt Dean, you are awesome! "She Called" brought back the feelings and scenes that I remember from 9/11 when we were united as a nation against the evil that attacked us. What you said, what you wrote is pure poetry. Thank you!
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Excellent - both this video and your interview with CAPT Coulson.
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