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Oct 22nd, 2008

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Bachmann may have handed it all to Tinklenberg

Oct. 20, 2008

In a separate post I mention that Aubrey Immelman has placed himself in the November election as a write-in candidate (based on the shameful showing Bachmann made on national TV). …

I still believe Immelman [to be] the best candidate there was in the district this cycle. Now that he has placed himself on the ballot as a write-in candidate based on things Bachmann has done after winning the GOP primary, my choice between Immelman as a write-in or Anderson as the IP ballot choice will be difficult, and a decision I would not make at present.

I truly respect Immelman, his intelligence and rectitude, and my major reservation is that from a write-in position he might generate insufficient attention to be a serious alternative to either of the other three candidates. You cannot choose both Immelman and Anderson, it’s not set up to work that way.

For example, as a write-in, Immelman has been excluded from debate sessions while only in one instance of inexcusable bad judgment known to me, has any debate sponsor excluded Anderson, the legitimate third-party printed ballot choice.

If I had my way there would be four-way debates for the few weeks before election day. …



Iraq’s Cabinet Demands Changes to U.S. Pact

Image: Demonstrators protesting U.S.-Iraqi pact
Shiite demonstrators protest against a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact in Baghad on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. (Photo credit: Wathiq Khuzaie / Getty Images)

Oct. 21, 2008

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Cabinet decided Tuesday to ask the Americans for unspecified changes in the draft security pact that would allow U.S. troops to remain here another three years, despite warnings that it would be hard to reopen negotiations on the agreement.

Parliament must approve the draft before the current U.N. mandate expires at the end of this year. Otherwise, there would be no legal basis for the U.S.-led military mission. …


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Security Developments in Iraq

Following are security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, as reported by Reuters.

BAGHDAD – A salvo of seven mortars struck Saidiya neighborhood of southern Baghdad, wounding five people, police said.

BAGHDAD – One dead body was discovered in Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Police said they found one unidentified dead body with gunshot wounds to the head and chest in the northern city of Mosul.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army troops found a large cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives in an industrial area of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, said Qassim Moussawi, government spokesman for security in the capital.

LATIFIYA – Nine decomposed bodies were found on Monday in Latifiya, 25 miles south of Baghdad, police said. The victims had been buried for more than a year.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb near an army checkpoint wounded one Iraqi soldier and three electricity workers in Palestine street in northeastern Baghdad, police said.

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