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China space mission; Ahead of it’s time – Literally

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China space mission article hits Web before launch

BEIJING – A news story describing a successful launch of China’s long-awaited space mission and including detailed dialogue between astronauts launched on the Internet Thursday, hours before the rocket had even left the ground.

The country’s official news agency Xinhua posted the article on its Web site Thursday, and remained there for much of the day before it was taken down.

A staffer from the Xinhuanet.com Web site who answered the phone Thursday said the posting of the article was a "technical error" by a technician. The staffer refused to give his name as is common among Chinese officials.

The Shenzhou 7 mission, which will feature China’s first-ever spacewalk, is set to launch Thursday from Jiuquan in northwestern China between 9:07 a.m. EDT and 10:27 p.m. EDT.

The arcticle, dated two days from now on Sept. 27, vividly described the rocket in flight, complete with a sharply detailed dialogue between the three astronauts.

Excerpts are below:

"After this order, signal lights all were switched on, various data show up on rows of screens, hundreds of technicians staring at the screens, without missing any slightest changes …

‘One minute to go!’

‘Changjiang No.1 found the target!’…

"The firm voice of the controller broke the silence of the whole ship. Now, the target is captured 12 seconds ahead of the predicted time …

‘The air pressure in the cabin is normal!’

"Ten minutes later, the ship disappears below the horizon. Warm clapping and excited cheering breaks the night sky, echoing across the silent Pacific Ocean."

UPDATED: Barack Obama’s Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Connection

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Lehman Brothers collapse is traced back to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two big mortgage banks that got a federal bailout a few weeks ago.

Freddie and Fannie used huge lobbying budgets and political contributions to keep regulators off their backs.

A group called the Center for Responsive Politics keeps track of which politicians get Fannie and Freddie political contributions. The top three U.S. senators getting big Fannie and Freddie political bucks were Democrats and No. 2 is Sen. Barack Obama.

Now remember, he’s only been in the Senate four years, but he still managed to grab the No. 2 spot ahead of John Kerry — decades in the Senate — and Chris Dodd, who is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

Fannie and Freddie have been creations of the congressional Democrats and the Clinton White House, designed to make mortgages available to more people and, as it turns out, some people who couldn’t afford them.

Fannie and Freddie have also been places for big Washington Democrats to go to work in the semi-private sector and pocket millions. The Clinton administration’s White House Budget Director Franklin Raines ran Fannie and collected $50 million. Jamie Gorelick — Clinton Justice Department official — worked for Fannie and took home $26 million. Big Democrat Jim Johnson, recently on Obama’s VP search committee, has hauled in millions from his Fannie Mae CEO job.

"… Unfortunately, this will come back and haunt Barack Obama in light of what happened this week in the financial markets.  You just can’t go back in time and pick new friends and advisers …" said Shane Kinsch.

Now remember: Obama’s ads and stump speeches attack McCain and Republican policies for the current financial turmoil. It is demonstrably not Republican policy and worse, it appears the man attacking McCain — Sen. Obama — was at the head of the line when the piggies lined up at the Fannie and Freddie trough for campaign bucks.

Sen. Barack Obama: No. 2 on the Fannie/Freddie list of favored politicians after just four short years in the Senate.

Next time you see that ad, you might notice he fails to mention that part of the Fannie and Freddie problem.


Explosive video found: Fannie Mae CEO calls Obama and Dems the "Family" "Conscience" of Fannie Mae. This is video from 2005 of Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd praising Democrats and Barack Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus gathering.  DEVELOPING….


What was the real cause of this mess?

Bungling Biden will ruin Obama – Part 2

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Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., spent the past two days trying to win over Ohio voters, but he may have undermined that work in one quick dis of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team  Friday morning.

Before boarding his flight from Wilmington, Del., to Washington, DC, the loquacious Blue Hen displayed some Fightin’ Blue Hen alumni bravado in an impromptu airport meeting with the University of Delaware football team.

“I was out in Ohio,” he said, clutching a football. “I told the folks in Ohio that we’d kick Ohio State’s ass!”

The Buckeyes might be coming off a 35-3 drubbing at the hands of top-ranked Southern Cal, but the Blue Hen ballers aren’t exactly world-beaters themselves. Delaware is ranked sixth in the Division I-AA coaches poll, but they lost earlier this month to Maryland.

Upon hearing that his school’s squad was departing in a plane just a football field’s length away from his own, Biden came over for a brief meet-and-greet with the blue-and-yellow-clad throng.

Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill — “she didn’t play football but she went to Delaware,” Biden assured the team — shook hands and posed for photos with the players.

“This’ll hurt your reputation,” he warned them as the cameras snapped away.

The Delaware lawmaker told the team he makes sure to watch their games as he travels the country in his “fancy bus.”

“Wish I was going with them,” Biden said of the squad as he jogged back towards his plane, tossing a football to his press wrangler and boarding the flight to DC.

— Matt Jaffe and Jake Tapper

Bungling Biden will ruin Obama

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Bungling Biden may ruin Obama, fear top Democrats as he tells disabled politician to ‘stand up’

Bungling Joe Biden could wreck Barak Obama’s chances of victory in November’s presidential election, senior Democrats feared last night.

Even the 65-year-old veteran senator conceded last week that Hillary Clinton was better qualified to be Mr Obama’s running mate.

It was just one of a series of gaffes that have seen Mr Biden become a liability while his Republican counterpart Sarah Palin has invigorated and transformed John McCain’s campaign fortunes.

Just a day after musing that Mrs Clinton ‘might have been a better pick than me’, Mr Biden left an audience cringing in Columbia, Missouri, when he urged a paraplegic state official to stand up and be recognised.

‘Chuck, stand up, let the people see you,’ he shouted to State Senator Chuck Graham before realising, to his horror, that the local politician uses a wheelchair.

‘Oh, God love ya,’ added Mr Biden. ‘What am I talking about?’

The vastly experienced Washington stalwart may have been speaking for a growing number of Democrats who are afraid Mr Obama, 47, compromised his message of change by selecting one of the party’s old guard.

They are also afraid it’s only a matter of time before he puts his foot in it again.

He didn’t help his own presidential ambitions last year when raised hackles among black Democrats by describing Mr Obama as bright and clean and articulate.

In his vice presidential acceptance speech, he botched John McCain’s name, misreading the teleprompter and calling him George.

He also referred to his party’s presidential nominee as ‘Barack America’ when he was being introduced as number two on the ticket.

Critics point to his absentmindedness by mistakenly telling rallies he’s campaigning as president, not vice president. He referred to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the state’s lieutenant governor.

The Irish Catholic is beloved in the party and, despite his protestations, is vastly qualified as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and having served six Senate terms.

‘He’s a great guy with a big heart and a tremendous grasp of the issues,’ said one senior Democrat aide. ‘He doesn’t take himself too seriously and that is why he is so genuine and sincere.

‘But he is known to make the occasional stupid mistake and that’s simply not a luxury he or Obama can afford right now with Palin having such a big impact.’

For now, the Obama camp has advisors and minders keeping a close eye on the Delaware senator.

But the aide added: ‘Right now, the Obama campaign can’t afford any more missteps.’