Here’s an interesting read that I found on CNN Political Ticker.
We all know Hillary has been constantly accusing Obama of borrowing words from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick over the past few days, so this article addresses her own actions of taking other people’s words without giving them credit. She quotes pretty much word for word from her husband and John Edwards without mentioning them. It wouldn’t even be a big deal if she hadn’t made such a big deal over accusing Obama – especially in the debate last night. Here’s a part of the article:
Clinton’s closing answer, which brought the audience to its feet, highlighted her personal struggles and the difficulties facing ordinary Americans: “You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.”
Shortly after she delivered her closing remark, a reader of Joshua Micah Marshall’s Talking Points Memo Web site noted that the line seemed to bear a resemblance to one her husband was quoted as delivering during his 1992 campaign.
“The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time,” her husband was quoted as saying in an article by Anna Quindlen in the New York Times in that November of that year.
Last night, Hillary Clinton also said: “You know, whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that’s what this election should be about.”
The Obama campaign immediately began circulating a similar comment delivered by former presidential candidate John Edwards. “What’s not at stake are any of us. All of us are going to be just fine no matter what happens in this election. But what’s at stake is whether America is going to be fine,” Edwards said during a December debate in Iowa.
There’s no flood, but Rutgers FINALLY decided to cancel classes for the day! I only had one class today, but it was an 8:10 A.M. class so I’m not complaining. Besides, I think I am finally getting the snow storm I have been waiting for all year! 🙂
It is so pretty outside right now, and it’s still snowing. Apparently, it’s suppose to snow until tomorrow.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Boy do I miss the snow days back in the school days..now they are used as extra studying time!
…that every hundred years, the leap year is skipped?
Apparently, while the leap year occurs every four years, once every hundred years it is skipped. I learned from Pat Sajak’s random comments at the end of Wheel of Fortune tonight that in 2000 the leap year was skipped and this is why.
Upon some research, I found out that:
Years which are divisible by 100 are not leap years, unless they are also divisible by 400, in which case they are leap years. For example, 1600 and 2000 were leap years, but 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not
So according to this explanation, 2000 was a leap year (because it was an exception) but Pat Sajak got the every hundred year part of the rule accurately.
Tonight was a total lunar eclipse– the last total lunar eclipse until December 20, 2010. There were two last year. I’ve been looking out the window periodically tonight and just now I looked again and it was totally eclipsed at this point..pretty cool.
I was reading earlier that later this year, sometime in August I believe, there will be a total solar eclipse and a partial lunar eclipse.
The big international news today was of course that Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba and commander in chief of Cuba’s military, saying that he would:
“not aspire to, nor … accept the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief. I wish only to fight as a soldier of ideas. … Perhaps my voice will be heard.”
I read online earlier in the day that the U.S. embargo, however, on Cuba is to remain in place.
Now to the election coverage in the U.S.:
The latest spin against Obama have been accusation of him plagiarizing! Obama has been accused of borrowing lines from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. On CNN Political Ticker, I read that people from Obama’s campaign came back though, saying that Clinton had a pattern of borrowing some of the Illinois senator’s signature phrases, including “Yes, We Can” and “Fired Up, Ready to Go.” Anyone who has watched Clinton’s speeches knows very well she has used Obama’s words over and over again, so she should be the last one to make allegations.
Obama’s campaign circulated a YouTube clip which deals with the allegations and shows Hillary Clinton (pre-Iown caucus) saying “…We have seen thousands and thousands of Iowans over the last week and we are fired up and we are ready to go because we know America is ready for change and the process starts right here in Iowa”.
Tonight was the primary in Wisconsin (for both parties) and Hawaii (just democrats), along with the caucus in Washington (just republicans).
In the Wisconsin primary, the winners were McCain and Obama. So far Obama has won the last nine in a row. Obama will most likely win Hawaii as well, which means that he will have won ten in a row by the end of tonight. 🙂
Speech wise, this time around McCain learned his lesson and came out and gave his speech as soon as the Wisconsin polls closed, considering that last time he waited to give a speech after Obama and was no where near as good. McCain threw out another shot at Obama in tonight’s speech, saying: “I’ll make sure the Americans aren’t deceived by an eloquent, but empty promises of change”.
My favorite quotes from Obama’s speech tonight: “I’m running because of the fierce urgency of now. Because there is such a thing as too late” and “Hope is not blind optimism…hope is imagining for, then fighting for what never seemed possible before.”
I’ll update the final results later tonight or tomorrow. February 21st is the next debate for the democrats..and the next major primaries are on March 4th: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont.
Obama sweeped all three primaries again tonight : Virginia, D.C., and Maryland by significant margins.
On a MUCH higher note, Obama’s ahead in delegates..even after factoring in the infamous super delegates! The latest numbers are 1181 for Obama to 1173 for Clinton, but they will definitely climb in the coming days.
Clinton’s deputy campaign manager, Mike Henry, resigned today. This is the second time in just three days that important people in Clinton’s campaigns have resigned.
What was with McCain’s ending to his speech! I can’t believe he said: “you can bet I’m fired up and ready to go”. You do not take another person’s line like that. But to level it out, Keith Olbermann said “the rule should be that you speak before Barack Obama, not after”.
P.S. It FINALLY snowed here! We actually got a pretty decent amount..and it’s the first storm of the season!