• Russian flights off the coast of Alaska? Secretary Condoleezza Rice warned Russia that these flights needed to stop. Does any of this make sense to you?
  • Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Ohio died today of a brain aneurysm at the age of 58. She was the first black female representative of Ohio. A liberal Democrat, she was the chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. I know that her leadership will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and her constituents.
  • Again, I would emphasize that we should ignore national polls. We need to focus locally and everything will take care of itself on the national scope. Last week, all the talking heads from the Right were asking why Senator Barack Obama’s lead wasn’t substantial. Now, two national polls are showing Obama with a three-point lead— well within the margin of error. The real race starts in two weeks. Obama has with stood up to Senator John McCain’s attack dogs and he is still standing tall. He will be fine. We need to up step to the plate and help him knock this one out of the park.

  • Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska tried to get his corruption trial moved from Washington, D.C. to the cozy confines of home state. Judge Emmet Sullivan of the Federal District Court rejected the Senator’s arguments of “hardship.”
  • I’m not a military strategist but it seemed unwise to try to pay Sunni insurgents for their loyalty. As part of the deal, the Iraqi government was supposed to absorb these militias. As expected, this absorption process is not going so well. The government, led by Shiites, is relatively reluctant to take former insurgents. This could cause the whole “Surge” strategy to unravel.
  • Just as “Democrat” Zell Miller of Georgia spoke at the Republican convention in 2004 (and gave one of the most nauseating speeches I have ever heard), former Democrat, now independent, Joe Lieberman has been invited to speak this year’s Convention. Once again, this begs the question, “What was Connecticut thinking when they re-elected this guy?”