Al-Qaeda supports McCain

Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market's downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America's economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents.

And at least some of its supporters think Sen. John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to continue that trend.

"Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said the Arizona Republican would continue the "failing march of his predecessor," President Bush. (cont.)

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it seems the better Obama does, the worse the stock market does. This could be a trend xp

This may be the dumbest post in the history of this site.

Of course, Al Qeada, being smarter than the mindless machine billed as Pink Slip, knows that their endorsement is poison if accepted. They want Obama as President so they can resume their power in the Middle East.

It's not like he was paid to act as Carty Finkbeiner's mouthpiece.

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Yeah, but I came up with the words all by myself.

I also stood for interviews with television, radio, and print. I challenge Pink Slip to do the same thing. It requires the ability to think and it requires the ability to formulate and develop answers on the spot. Try it sometime. It ain't easy!

I never turned down an interview with any reporter. I took all comers, hostile or friendly.

But seriously, this is a regional blog and Pink Slip hasn't done anything newsworthy here, so why would he need to give an interview? No offense to Pink Slip, but who cares enough to interview him?

As for your record, you may have accepted interviews from all reporters, but you tried to block entry to a press conference and literally felt the full weight of the WSPD on-air staff as they pushed their way in. It was on NBC 24 and you may still be able to download the video for your personal highlight reel.

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It's not one of my favorite memories, no. I'd rather forget it.

I've apologized to Brian, I've apologized to Andy Stuart, I've apologized to Kevin Milliken, and I've apologized to WSPD listeners.

Do you want an apology also. If so, please accept my heartfelt apology for violating the first amendment rights of Kevin Milliken and WSPD.

But I would appreciate it if you would stop accusing people of being political hacks that spit out information because you were a political hack who spat out information. And if your actions in the Finkbeiner administration are sore spots for you, don't talk about how you were open and fair to all because you're going to get called on it.

It's no wonder the politicos in this town think they can get away with anything: They don't think we're paying attention.

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You can't just regurgitate talking points when you're in an interview. Most reporters are too savvy to let you get away with that one on one. They keep pressing you. I had to come up with answers on the spot. Pink Slip just posts canned information he got someplace else.

Call me on what? I challenge you to find a reporter who said I didn't grant an interview because I didn't like the subject matter. I even indulged Ronnie Dahl on her stupid story on Scout even though it was perhaps the most foolish piece of "news" I'd ever seen. I liked and respected Ronnie, but that one was bad.

Given how hostile the media is to Carty (whether or not he deserves it is a separate discussion), talking to reporters and maintaining their respect was not easy. I still have the respect of Toledo media and work with a number of outlets behind the scenes to assure accuracy in their coverage.

Ask reporters how easy it is to get an answer out of the 22nd floor now as opposed to when I was there.

I'm proud of the work I did for Carty Finkbeiner. I'm not proud of the WSPD issue, but we all make mistakes. Most of us are not unfortunate enough to have them broadcast on TV. How would you feel if the worst mistake of your professional career (if you are a professional) were broadcast? I can live with it because we all live with our mistakes. But being Carty's press secretary was a difficult job for many reasons and I left with the respect of the Toledo media intact.

You hit the nail on the head--Brian was being PAID to be the mayor's mouthpiece. That was his job and he did it. Carty should be so lucky to have such a loyal employee. I wouldn't have held out so long....
You wouldn't expect him to draw a paycheck if he didn't say what the mayor wanted him to say and if he had not tried to keep the reporters out--legal or not.

He got out with his dignity...a little bruised, but he can hold his head up--he did the job he was paid to do.

I wonder if the guy on Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" has considered working as Carty's spokesman? I'm sure he draws the line at that sort of abuse.

Thank you Helen.

It is an important point that I was paid to do a job. More importantly, nobody really cared about Brian Schwartz's thoughts and opinions because they didn't elect me mayor. Whether or not I agreed with the mayor's stance on an issue, I was paid to present his point of view, not mine.

People often say, "Why did he need a spokesman?" The spokesman works primarily for the media on behalf of the office holder. It's a full time job to meet their demands for information, quotes, insights, etc. on a daily basis. No mayor of a major city has time to take every call that comes in from reporters.

I served as a "spokesman" because I was comfortable doing it and both Carty and the media benefited from my willingness to stand before them and answer questions. The daily give and take between myself and reporters allowed more information into the public.

My replacement, to my knowledge, never did that. I don't know if Jason Webber has done it or plans to do it. I took great pride in my ability to do it.

Brian, it's pretty widely accepted that Al-Qaeda is stronger because of the occupation in Iraq. It's a great recruiting and fund raising tool for them. That being said, why wouldn't they want that to continue?

Pink Slip
A "threat to our political system"

Pink Slip

If I were a terrorist, which I am not, I would think like a terrorist, which I am doing only for the sake of making this argument.... if I were, I wouldn't let the entire world know who I was hoping would win an election, because those who would vote in that election would not want that person in office, and would vote accordingly for the opponent, who I would really want to win!

Terror 101 or rudimentary comic-book villanry. Can't believe The Washington Post and The Huffington Post were so easily duped.

Sounds like the same trip I played on my ex. If I wanted her to wear the black dress I simply said the red one was more sexy. Laughing

- Just the KAT, thinking out loud again.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

Maybe this is why she is your ex...
: )

Maybe that is why she is your ex...

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but HOT DAMN...She does look HOT in the black dress!

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

In truth, this means little. But it's an interesting story in light of McCain claiming Obama was endorsed by terrorists.

Pink Slip
A "threat to our political system"

Pink Slip

Just found this on the web. But does it really matter? You decide.

Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants Of The World Root For Obama

This one hits close to home:

Hatem El-Hady:
Two years ago, Hatem El-Hady was the chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based Islamic charity, Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising and all its assets frozen. Today, El-Hady has redirected his fundraising efforts for his newest cause - Barack Obama for President.

El-Hady has his own dedicated page on Barack Obama’s official website, chronicling his fundraising on behalf of the Democratic Party presidential candidate (his Obama profile established on February 19, 2008 - two years to the day after Kindhearts was raided by the feds). Not only that, but he has none other than Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, listed as one of his friends, one of her 224 listed friends.

But his leadership of Kindhearts is not the only thing that has brought him scrutiny by federal law enforcement officials. Last summer, El-Hady was questioned by the FBI concerning his knowledge of possible conspirators in a UK-based terror plot.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

I had to send B.HusseinObamas',brother in Kenya $20,I just had to.I mean,it represents a year and eight months of his normal income.Therefore,Iam 'sharing my wealth" ,with the next Presidents( GOD HELP US ) own kin.I also,met B.Husseins Obamas;, drug dealer from the hood the other day after fishing for salmon at the St. Joe river.Yikes! High priced,regular stuff to be sure! Yes, the White House will never,and I mean NEVER be the same.Thank you terrorists,felons,communists,anarchists,drug dealers,puffs,and twinks,for your selection of a fine and upstanding Muslim.

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