Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State

Nov. 15, 2008

What do you think? I think this is a classic Obama move. She requested time to consider the offer. I don't think Clinton as secretary of state would be just symbolism. It's a brilliant move and it does not demean her at all. This is smart politics, and the more I think about it, the more I like it. She did her duty in the campaign; she is the kind of toughie who could be a real Iron Lady against the Russians, the Iranians, the Venezuelans and all of the other upstart dictators around the world. Senator Clinton is demonstrably able and brilliant; she has a global presence and is very well respected.

I don't think she will turn Obama down, she may say "Yes we can!!"

Kenya's Obama Fantasy

President of Kenya, Kwai Kibaki

Nov. 13th, 2008

The City of Kisumu in Western Kenya is the ancestral home of President Elect Barack Obama, but one would think that Obama is running for office there and not in the United States. There is undeniable embrace of Obama. The day after the US elections, Nov. 5, 2008 was declared a national holiday to celebrate his victory over Sen. John McCain. According to several news reports, mock elections were held all over Kenya. There is a theater staging a musical called "Obama" celebrating his life. The government is even making plans to host President Elect Barack Obama, even though he has not given any indication if or when he will go to Kenya.

This celebration has been going on for years now. Ever since Mr. Obama's election to the US Senate and his memorable trip to his father's birthplace in 2006, there have been schools named in his honor and his portrait has been on display all over Nairobi and other Kenyan cities.

Why are these people so fixated on Mr. Obama? Could it be that they are trying to escape the political and ethnic clashes between the Luo and Kikyu that happened in Kenya in January of this year? Kenya has seen some of the worst violence since their independence from Great Britain some 45 years ago.

Could the president elect’s victory offer them any lessons about diversity? Why can't Kenya embrace its own ethnic diversity? Why is it that an all black population is fighting each other so viciously?

Kenya, home to the largest United States Embassy in Africa, borders Somalia, (a staging ground for Islamic terrorist activity and pirates kidnapping of ships off their coast). The political factions and resulting violent strikes have been unbearable; perhaps the new Obama administration can push the Kenyan president, Mwai Kibaki for change. But maybe the biggest change that Mr. Obama could inspire is to be a model for change to Kenya's political reality.

Whatever the case, President Elect Obama's victory can boost this battered nation's pride. Kenyans could do well if they follow his advice on his trip there in 2006: "I can say that from the perspective of the US, they look at Kenya and all they see is Kenya. They don't pay attention to Luo and Kamba and Kikuyu and Maasai and so on. If people start taking a global perspective, they will begin to realize that Kenya can't afford to be divided like this" This is what Obama told The Nairobi Media Group in 2006.

Can Kenya's Obama fantasy come through?

Linda Crawford

It's Safe, Obama won't abandon Israel

Nov 9, 2008

For the first time in its history, the United States chose a black president.

It's been 13 years since the murder of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin by an extremist Jewish citizen.

When the celebrations over Obama's victory die down, Barack Obama's welfare should be particularly important. America too has extremists who refused to accept the fate of the elector's choice.

If we go by the rule that a president's choice of advisers define his policies, then it's safe to say that President Elect Obama will not abandon Israel. His choice of Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, senior advisor, Daniel Kurtzer and strategic advisor, Dan Shapiro are all strong Jewish supporters of Israel, promoters of peace with the Palestinians, and believes that the future of Israel as a homeland of the Jewish people depends on the establishment of a Palestinian state.

At the White House, there is already a path to follow for President elect Obama in the Oval office. A two state solution, the road map to peace, and a commitment to freeze settlements in the West Bank. These are plans that outgoing President George Bush and former President Bill Clinton were all a part of.

I think it is safe to say, there is no reason for Israel to fear President Elect Barack Obama. I feel that President Elect Obama is good for Israel, that he will support Israel's right to exist within secure and recognized boundaries.

The United States friendship with Israel is longstanding and enduring.

The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States is the right message, at the right time, and can start a movement to change the world.

Linda Crawford

A Perfect Storm

Nov. 5th, 2008

Nothing in my life actually changed since it was announced that Sen. Obama will be the next president of the United States of America. I got up this morning, the water in the shower is still not hot enough, the pool pump is still broken, (unable to find a reasonable handyman) and I'm still worried about how I will pay for my son's college education. Everything around me is exactly the same but yet I feel as if though everything is different.

I feel so much hope and pride. I feel as if my three days of volunteering for Sen. Obama's campaign is a single drop of water in a sea of change. I feel like one of the millions of voices across the world, screaming for change. I feel the world will look at America with wonder again.

Last night has been truly wondrous. There is nothing that could replace last night. We have witnessed history, the return of civility to the US and the restoration of the relationship of United State's with the rest of the world. Sen. Obama is now the leader of the free world.

People across the globe wanted Sen. Obama to win this election to repudiate the Bush/Cheney administration and its policies. Country after country showed massive support for Sen. Obama. Only a handful of countries favor Sen. McCain. The Israelis fear that he will talk to Iran, rather than stopping it from developing nuclear weapons. As a strong supporter of Israel, I feel no doubt that the relationship between the US and Israel will remain the same.

President elect, Barack Obama represents a personal connection for people across the world because of his immigrant and minority make-up. Barack Obama's background and upbringing made him suited to understand the problems of the world.
We have so much "hope' and "wishes" that he will never be able to fulfill. I have no doubt that President elect Barack Obama, with his intellect, his temperament and pre-disposition will protect the environment, reduce the use of force, cut taxes for the middle class,and give us affordable health care. I have no idea of his top five priorities, but I'm sure the economy will be his number one proirity and he will not be able to fix it overnight. He will make moral decisions and will unite, instead of divide. Peace and love are not going to suddenly happen!

I am proud of what the people of United States have overcome. Sen. Obama, you have managed to pull off a perfect storm!!

Linda Crawford

Tears for Grandma Toot

President Barack Obama:

Nov. 4th, 2008

It is essential that Americans go to the ballot box and elect Sen. Barack Obama as president today.
There are many reasons why I believe electing Sen. Obama will end a dark period in American history. Obama's ability to get us past the culture war has been proven again and again in his campaign for presidency. I believe the generation now coming of age will come out in staggering numbers today to elect him. Sen. Obama, if elected, will restore unity and confidence in the American people, and will again lead the US on a path that the world will respect again.

Look at the damage that Bush/Cheney created. It is indisputable that the Bush/Cheney administration engaged in an illegal war after 9/11, declaring themselves above the law in their mission to rid the world of evil. They claim the right to seize anyone, citizen or not, they judge an "enemy combatant" to hold them indefinitely without trial and to torture them until they become broken humans, if they survive. They did this to the guilty and the innocent. They seized countless individuals without trials or hearings. Dozens are believed to be tortured to death and many more subjected to the worst torture techniques. Some of these techniques were used by totalitarian regimes and even the Gestapo. They did things no American president was ever suspected of doing. They withdrew the US, (secretly) from the Geneva Conventions, tapped America's phones (soldiers in Iraq, journalists) without warrants, and set up secret prisons in former Soviet bloc countries and randomly grabbed their victims.

Bush/Cheney single-handedly damaged America's reputation in the minds of the vast majority of people in the Western world, the developing world, and millions of Muslims across the Middle East and Africa, who now believes that America is not any better that their totalitarian regimes. They severely damaged America's intelligence services, creating phony intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. (Remember Sec. Powell's elaborate demonstration at the UN?) A country they knew had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. There have been only one successful prosecution in Guantanamo and the many guilty ones will escape justice because torture has tainted the process beyond repair.
Sen. Barack Obama will have a humongous task (if he wins, and I'm cautiously optimistic) to restore the US standings in the world. Unlike McCain, Obama never wavered on torture. I believe his deep understanding of the constitution surpasses McCain's. He will restore confidence and trust in the American constitution. He will force the Democratic Party to take responsibility for a war that never should have happened. I don't even know or understand how he will be able to get out of Iraq in his first term (if he is elected). I do not trust Bush/Cheney; I believe they have some secret plans to make withdrawal from Iraq difficult, if not impossible.

The truth is, if and when, Sen. Obama enters the Oval Office, there will be a dirty bag of laundry waiting to greet him at the door. Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey (their problem with Iraq), Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Zimbabwe, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and all of Latin America. We are really in a war for the future of humanity. How can America preach the values of democracy, when we trash our own values? Can America be a beacon to the world again?

So many questions for the man that will take over the reins. We need a new start; a new direction for America that the world once knew and loved. It will not be easy for the fellow with the big ears and strange name. He will restore hope for the new generation; will bring out the best, brightest and sanest.
Remember this; He is human. He is flawed. He will make mistakes. There is something supreme about Barack Obama. The world needs a "Barack Obama"! Believe in hope! Get ready! Today will be a day to remember!


Linda Crawford

Weekend Break

Nov. 5th, 2008


NOV 1, 2008

I am a Belizean who converted to Judaism 25 years ago. My in-laws were survivors of the Nazi in the Ukraine, and I am both a proud supporter of Israel and Barack Obama. I have been following the "controversy" over Rashid Khalidi. I know nothing about Khalidi other than an article in the New York Times, a few blogs, news reports, and some biographical information on Wikipedia. I must say, based on what I read, he seems to have a very reasonable and thoughtful approach on the "situation" in Israel and Palestine.

There are obviously lots of emotions on both the Israeli/Jewish and Palestinian side, but it is the extremists on both sides of the fence that are keeping the pots simmering at all times. When I think about the issue from the Palestinian perspective (and wish some of my fellow supporters of Israel would do so from time to time) I am hard pressed to come up with a more reasonable take on the situation than the one presented by Rashid Khalidi.

I love and support Israel, and I view her as the ultimate protection for Jews from another Holocaust, but that does not require me to disregard the suffering of the Palestinian people, most of whom committed no sin other than to be born in a land claimed by another people. It's painful sometimes that the experience of the Jewish people is used to justify keeping another people down.

I also love the Palestinian people and have called some of them my friends. Sympathizing with the Palestinian situation does not mean excusing them for their willingness to miss an opportunity in bringing about the changes necessary to end this terrible situation.
There is enough blame to go around and the world would (at least in the Middle East) be a much better place if everyone could view the situation from both sides of the fence.

Linda Crawford

A Big Stick

October 29th, 2008

Today I heard Sen. Obama talking tough on Iran. If Sen. Obama wins this election, he is going to get a chance to negotiate with Iran- With a Big Stick in his hand.
Have you heard the news that Iran's President, Ahmadinejad is suffering from exhaustion? Do you know why? It's because he is not sleeping at night due to the falling oil prices.
Oil prices fell from $147. a barrel to $57. This is the kind of thing that will keep any autocrat (Chavez, Ahmadinejad) from sleeping.

I hope that next week when Sen. Obama is elected, the Iranian people will see the country that their leaders called "The Great Satan" has just elected a man whose middle name is central to Shiite Islam "Hussein" and whose last name "Obama" (according to my Iranian friend in San Francisco) when transliterated in Farsi, means "He is with us”
Iran's power was inflated by the price of oil and is now ripe for deflating!

Make sure you all watch Obama’s half hour infomercial!

Linda Crawford

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Face from Congo

October 22, 2008

A young girl playing near her temporary shelter in the camps for refugees in Kibati, north of the provincial capital of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of people are living in these camps, displaced from their homes due to the fighting between the Congolese rebels, led by Laurent Nkunda and The Democratic Republic of Congo government troops. The conflict-ridden eastern region of The Congo has seen over 800,000 people flee their homes in the past year.
(Image credit: Getty)

His Country Too

October 19, 2008

Today on Meet the Press, a major Republican figure, former Secretary of State, Colin Powell endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president. Colin Powell had a lot of positive things to say about Senator McCain, but despite the positivity, he decided instead to break with party lines and endorse Senator Obama for the presidency of the United States. I have never heard a major American figure describe Senator Obama as eloquently as Mr. Powell. It was breathtakingly broad, and this endorsement sends a message of solidarity, and is a major political statement.

The selection of Sarah Palin as Senator McCain’s running mate had a lot to do with his decision. It shows McCain’s lack of judgment in choosing someone with so little political experience on the national level, and frankly, not ready to be the president of the United States of America.
Senator McCain’s endorsements by four former Secretaries of State and 200 hundred generals are grand, but Powell’s surprising endorsement of Obama is a major blow for McCain.
I really think that he is standing up to the disgusting rhetoric and tactics of the McCain-Palin campaign.

What troubled Mr. Powell most is what members of his party are saying, and are permitted to say. “Do you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim? So what if he’s a Muslim, is something wrong with that?” Mr. Powell said that this is not the way we should be thinking in this country. His decision is also based on Obama’s ability to inspire, the inclusive nature of his campaign, his intellectual vigor, and his beliefs that all Americans have value.

This is a photo of Kareem Rasdad Sultan Khan's mother weeping at his son’s grave side in Arlington National Cemetery that so moved Colin Powell.
Kareem is a Muslim and was just 14 years old at the time of the 9/11 attacks on America. He died for this country fighting in Iraq at only twenty years old. He wanted to serve his country and ending up giving his life for it. He is an American. This is his country too!

Linda Crawford

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Saving the Best for Last

Oct. 16th, 2008

Sen. McCain came out swinging and looked a lot like a boxer, swinging wildly in every direction, hoping to score some punches. Sen. Obama, as usual looked very confident, on the defensive, and advancing his plans.

Sen. McCain accused Sen.Obama of loving taxes, befriending terrorists, opposing free trade, being an ignoramus regarding South America, and even being just too darn mean and nasty in the campaign.

At times, it looked desperate, eyes rolling and lips puckering. But hey, that pretty much summed up McCain's campaign heading into this debate. He's been down in the polls, by double digits in some states, and he needed desperately to make something happen. One thing he did accomplish is keeping Obama on the defensive.

That said, I think Sen.Obama handled everything with ease, rarely looking upset or flustered, continuing to reach out to the voters, especially the undecided that are worried about everything from the economy to Health Care. Sen. Obama's performance spoke to those undecided voters looking for a steady hand to navigate through our sea of troubles.

This was McCain's best debate, but he started to fade when he began complaining about being unfairly attacked, and asking for an apology from the guy sitting next to him, who has been called a terrorist and a Muslim. He even told us a story about a guy that would have his money taken away, only to have Sen. Obama distribute it to other people. "Joe the Plumber". Rotten, dirty Obama, what on earth did Plumber Joe ever do to you? At least, that was how Sen. McCain wanted the viewers to think.

Sen. Obama kept his cool, (those brilliant smiles), reiterating that his plan would cut taxes for 95% of working families. He even went a step further, saying that independent groups have decided that his plan will provide triple the tax relief that McCain's would for the middle class. McCain again never mentioned the middle class, not once!

On the question of the budget deficit, Sen. Obama said he would take a line-by-line approach, and I like the way he stressed that the record deficit was racked up by President Bush, a Republican Congress, and three out of four approval votes by from Sen.McCain. McCain responded that if Obama wanted to run against Pres. Bush he should have run in 2004 (his best line of the night). McCain vowed to use a "a hatchet" on deficit and spending.

Well, he finally did it, he dropped the Ayers bomb, (that WARSHED-up terrorist) and even tried to quote Hillary Clinton. Sen.Obama did a thorough job repudiating Ayers radical background, and rattled off a list of Republicans who were also on the non-profit board in Chicago with Ayers. I think if a mass of voters could be swayed by guilt-by-association, they would have already done so after the Rev. Wright rage. I think that the majority of Americans don't give a darn about old connections. The number one issue is the economy!
Is it just me, or did you notice how McCain has scaled back his use of "my friends" ? Sen.McCain saved his best for last but in my opinion, it's too late.

Linda Crawford

Friday, November 21, 2008

Real Accountability

October 4th, 2008

Watch this leader and see what real accountability looks like. This really demonstrates the lack of judgment by John McCain in choosing Gov. Palin as his running mate. Gov. Palin would never be able to be subjected to impromptu questions and quite frankly, I think it's a scandal that she is being sequestered from the mainstream media.
It's a sad time in America to see the deep decline in political equality that Gov. Palin represents.

Linda Crawford

Review of the Polls

October 4th, 2008

This is the exact quote from Rich Lowry, the editor of "National Review." He is more or less stating how Palin gave him an "Erection" by winking at us!

"I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile; by the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can't be learned; it's either something you have or you don't, and man, she's got it".
Well, the Republicans and FOX News can skew the coverage all they want but they cannot change the real data.

Here is some of the polls report after the debate:

CNN Biden 51 Palin 36
CBS Biden 46 Palin 21
Fox Biden 61 Palin 39

It is clear that the voters did not rate Gov. Palin on her charm or her ability to deliver prepared answers, even though sometimes they do not correspond to the question at hand. The majority of Americans now know that Gov. Palin is not ready for the presidency. The real issue is McCain's judgment in selecting someone with so little qualifications for national office.

The writing is on the wall, President Barack Obama!!

Linda Crawford

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Palin the Fraud

October 5th, 2008

Why is this fraud from Alaska calling Sen. Obama a terrorist who hates America?

"Our opponent ... is someone who sees America; it seems, as being so
imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's pal-ing around with terrorists
who would target their own country,"

This is the line that she echoed at campaign stops on in Los Angeles,
Englewood, Colorado, and beyond. This is a deliberate attempt to smear
Sen. Obama and with that attempt goes the remnants of what's left of
McCain's integrity

I think women of any intelligence across America recognize Gov. Palin
as an ambitious woman, who has no trouble stabbing anyone in the back
to get what she wants. She is cocky, self-satisfied and believes she
has fooled the world. This is good news though; she will soon be
toppled from her throne.

If Rich Lowry, (who got an erection by Palin's wink) editor of the
"National Review", has a girlfriend with a brain, I bet she would like
to strangle him.

We have 30 more days before we can take a mental health break!!

Linda Crawford

Saturday, November 15, 2008

What is Frightening About Sarah Palin

September 22, 2008

I understand that millions of Americans are crying for someone to stand up and say some of the things that Sarah Palin has been telling us.

I know that millions of Americans are fed up with big govt, dependence on foreign oil, a worsening economic crisis, political correctness and a host of other wrongs.

The problem is that Sarah Palin is asking millions of Americans to put her first in line for the most important position in humankind. I understand that many Americans are stimulated by a vibrant, independent woman addressing the nation on the condemnation of gun control and abortion. It is true that many have been waiting years for someone to take on the waste in Washington DC.

After listening to the ABC interview in which she was asked about the Bush Doctrine, the problem is that she was clearly not acquainted with the doctrine. Millions of Americans are not acquainted with the "BD". The Doctrine, along with the other National Security information that it contains, is clearly not a one sentence, easy to digest formula. Unfortunately, the best Sarah Palin could muster up was only one sentence.

This is the doctrine that has had Americans fighting and dying in Iraq for more than 5 years now and the same doctrine that will serve as a guide if there is to be a war in Iran.

The problem is that John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden have spent years studying the doctrine. Sarah Palin has not, yet she was quick to accept the offer of being placed on the national ticket without the "blinking of an eye". In her own words: " I didn't even blink when asked to run as John McCain's running mate"

I personally did not think that the question posed to her about the doctrine was a trick designed to make her look bad. It is a summary that has guided American foreign and military policy since September 11, 2001. It is an explanation for sending Americans into harms way.

Even I, a non American citizen, knew more that one sentence about the Bush Doctrine, in contrast to Sarah Palin. To me this is a serious cause for concern.

I have lived and traveled abroad for many years and I don't think this selection of Sarah Palin, whose credentials on foreign policy and the military are lacking, would have happened in Europe or any other developed world power.

Voters in America should make it their business to know the ins and outs of the major issues in this presidential campaign and not to treat it as a game or a big spectacular reality show. It should be treated as a matter of life and death!

My friends, you have little time to make a decision. It seems as if we have been hearing about the agendas of both Barack Obama and John McCain for what seems like forever. Joe Biden has been a national figure for decades. But, you now have less than 45 days to learn about Sarah Palin.

George Bush was given more than 7 years to prove himself a leader. We all know that he has failed miserably.

Here is what I think that is truly the most frightening issue at stake in this election-- The United States is in danger of electing yet another president that could lead this nation from the first world to the third if you do not go out and vote for Obama-Biden.

Linda Crawford

Gang Violence in Belize

September 24, 2008

This is a must see!! There are 5 segments, start with 1 of 5. Unbelievable! The grenade segment happened after we left the reunion in Belize.

A lot of folks living in Belize are saying it's a great distortion of the facts. I know that there is a big problem of drugs and gang violence in Belize but I was not aware of the severity as presented by this documentary.

It could be that this reporter is very biased, but in any case it will do our country tremendous harm, especially in the tourism industry. The people who participated in this documentary, did not use sound judgment and are all claiming that only the sinister portions of their interviews formed the documentary. This could be exploitation of the poor and ignorant who wanted their moment of fame on TV.

Linda Crawford







September 7, 2008

The general election for president of the United States is only two months away.

On August 28th, 2008 Senator Barack Obama defined himself clearly to an audience of 80,000 and television viewers of over 38 million. Senator Obama took concrete steps to describe what he stands for, beyond just a promise of change. More than a promise, Obama will be able to deliver the change we are looking for in mainstream America: the economy, health care for all, lower taxes for working class Americans, quality education for young Americans who are willing to give back to the community, recognition of the need to end America's dependence on foreign oil, and preservation of woman's right to choose. Senator Obama is the most talented and visible civil rights politician that we have in America today, dedicating himself to fighting for the rights of each and every American.

Senator McCain is on record for voting against many of the steps needed to affect positive change in this nation 90% of the time. With his selection of a woman running mate, it clearly shows that he intends to compete hard. But this election is not about Gov. Sara Palin, it's about the issues. Although she is a fresh new face in a party that's dying for one, Senator McCain came to the conclusion that the experience issue doesn't matter to the people. By selecting Gov. Palin, McCain is making a calculated move to garner votes from Hillary Clinton's undecided women voters. But what I urge women voters to remember is that while Hillary Clinton dedicated herself to fighting fo a woman's rights, Gov. Palin has a record of standing against them. Gov. Palin's opposition to abortion will take our country a step back to the Roe v. Wade days. McCain's selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate gives him a chance to claim the mantle, but keep in mind that just because he is willing to put a woman on the ticket, does not mean that he nor Gov Palin have a woman's best interests at heart.

Like you, I was among the 38 million glued to my television to watch him deliver his historic acceptance speech. I ask you to transform your enthusiasm into: vote for OBAMA-BIDEN.

Join fellow supporters in spreading this e-mail for change across America.

Please click on the link below and turn up your volume!!
Linda Crawford
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