Tuesday, September 30, 2008

NORAD to Palin:"WRONG!" Russian Flights in US Airspace NEVER

Sarah Palin was WRONG about Russian flights "into US airspace." They never occurred. Why does she keep lying?and where are her Tax Returns? How long will she keep hiding them

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Newsweek: Palin Is Ready? Please.

Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president.... In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true. Bring on the next debate....

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Gallup: Voters Prefer Obama's Handling of Financial Crisis

A USA Today/Gallup poll on politicians' handling of the financial crisis shows only Barack Obama getting a higher approval than disapproval rating on the subject, with 46% approving and 43% disapproving. John McCain, who "suspended" his campaign to deal with the issue, had an approval rating of 37% and disapproval rating of 53% on the subject.

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A Quote for the Day

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?

Benjamin Disraeli

Monday, September 29, 2008

Now more than ever I stand by my choice

A Quote for the Day

A leader is a dealer in hope. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

America's No. 1 Export: Debt

Japan and Germany make cars. Saudi Arabia pumps oil. China supplies the world with socks and toys and flat-screen TVs. What does the United States produce? Lots of stuff, but in recent years this country's No. 1 export--by far--has been debt.

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Should Palin or the Bag of Hair be offended

I'll let you decide

Conservatives Sabotage McCain's Loss By Asking Sarah To Quit

Kathleen Parker, a conservative columnist for the National Review Online, is calling for Sarah Palin to drop out of the race. "Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first."

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TIME: Oh, the Drama! McCain in the Theater of the Absurd

It was an amazing week of political theater, starring the frenetic, operatic, borderline erratic McCain, who seems to have found his calling as a kamikaze politician. McCain made a strong case as the candidate of adult leadership, if your idea of an adult is Terrell Owens, although Terrell Owens is at least capable of running in a straight line.

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Happy Rosh Hoshanah

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I thought this was an Intereting Survey/Poll

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GUESS What these people are laughing at..The Joke is on US!

Lawmakers, are also eager to adjourn and return home for the fall campaign season.The last sticking points, an unexpected and bitter fight over how to pay for any losses that taxpayers may experience after distressed debt has been purchased and resold.In the end, lawmakers and the administration opted to leave the decision to the next presidident

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Palin Took Freebies, Help Selling House As Mayor

Though Sarah Palin depicts herself as a pit bull fighting good-old-boy politics, in her years as mayor she and her friends received special benefits more typical of small-town politics as usual, an Associated Press investigation shows.

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Bailout protests spread, thousands swarm across Golden Gate

Americans are outraged. If there's 700 billion to bailout the crooks on Wall Street, surely there's enough to guarantee healthcare to every man woman and child in the United States.Washington can come up with $$$ in a matter of days for their pals on Wall Street, but the American people have been waiting for healthcare for 50 YEARSSometimes we Americans have some screwed up priorities.

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As Negotiators Worked, McCain Ate at 4-Star Restaurant

So lawmakers struck a deal on the bailout last night, but where was John McCain? Was he part of the negotiations that he rushed back to Washington, DC to rescue? Was he valiantly battling the forces of the status quo on behalf of Main Street? Well, it turns out that he wasn't. Instead, he indulged in a luxury dining experience at CityZen.How many people will call him on his lies? He only came to town to appear as a "saviour"

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NH Newspaper Suspends Editorials to Contemplate Economy

Jason Linkins has neat article on New Hampshire newspaper who, given the events(ha, ha!) of the past week, has decided to suspend editorials to focus on economy.

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NH Newspaper Suspends Editorials to Contemplate Economy

Jason Linkins has neat article on New Hampshire newspaper who, given the events(ha, ha!) of the past week, has decided to suspend editorials to focus on economy.

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McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere

John McCain may be the first presidential candidate in our history to risk wrecking the country even before being voted into the Oval Office.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Max Bergmann: Major Gaffe: McCain Said Pakistan Was a Failed

McCain just badly misstated the history of Pakistan. For someone claiming extensive foreign policy knowledge, this is simply not acceptable. McCain said Pakistan was a failed state before President Musharraf came to power. That is not true.

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John McCain has missed more votes than any other Senator

John McCain missed 738 of 4104 roll call votes (18%) since Feb 4, 1993. The graph below shows the percent of roll call votes John McCain was absent for during the member’s time in Congress.

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CBS Poll: Obama Won The Debate

CBS News and Knowledge Networks conducted a nationally representative poll of approximately 500 uncommitted voters reacting to the debate in the minutes after it happened. Who Won the Debate? McCain 22%, Obama: 40%, Tie: 38%

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A Major Conservative Republican Endorses Obama

Obama Knocks McCain's "Bomb, Bomb" Iran Moment

After John McCain tried to question Barack Obama's temperament, Obama fired back, raising McCain's "bomb, bomb Iran" moment and his threat of "extinction" for North Korea.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Did we say $700b... actually it's more like $1.2 trillion

The banking system needs another $500 billion to survive beyond the $700 billion rescue plan being contemplated by Congress, said Pimco founder Bill Gross.

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McCain Runs Web Ads Claiming to Win Debate - Before Debate!

Although the fate of tonight's presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it -- if you believe a web ad in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal this morning.

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Are you kidding me, Sarah Palin qualified?

Qualified for what? She isn't qualified to be President or Vice-President.

Sarah Silverman takes on Politics

See more Sarah Silverman videos at Funny or Die

loved it.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

John McCain has missed more votes than any other Senator

John McCain missed 738 of 4104 roll call votes (18%) since Feb 4, 1993. The graph below shows the percent of roll call votes John McCain was absent for during the member’s time in Congress.

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Obama Will Make Debate A Townhall If McCain Is A No Show

Barack Obama is committed to hosting a public, televised event Friday night in Mississippi even if John McCain does not show up, a source close to the Obama campaign tells the Huffington Post.

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Here is Why McCain Wants to Move the Debate

Let's get real. John McCain didn't ask to move the debate on Friday because he genuinely thought that if he and Obama went into DC on Friday that they would magically be able to solve the financial bailout problem.

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Palin gets question, looks to McCain, demurs

"McCain then looked around the room and gestured as if to welcome questions. The AP reporter shouted a question at Gov. Palin (“Governor, what have you learned from your meetings?”) but McCain aide Brooke Buchanan intervened and shepherded everybody out of the room. Palin looked surprised, leaned over to McCain and asked him a question..." cont.

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FactCheck: McCain Ad Claims Obama Quiet on Economic Crisis

A new McCain-Palin ad says that "McCain and his congressional allies led" on the financial crisis while Obama was "mum." That's simply not true. Obama has in fact made several statements about the crisis on Wall Street in recent days

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Comedians & Politics

Wanda Sykes hits this one out the park!

McCain campaign manager lied about his Freddie Mac lobbying

Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, was receiving $15,000 *per month* until last month from Freddie Mac for lobbying work. On Sunday, when it was reported that he had received money from both Freddie and Fannie for lobbying, Davis claimed to have no involvement with the companies for several years. This finding shows Mr. Davis was lying.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Virginia Republican ex-Governor to Campaign for Obama

Former GOP governor Linwood Holton today endorsed a Democrat for president for the first time and is going to stump critical areas of the state for him. Linwood Holton is the hero of moderate Republicans in Virginia. Holton is widely regarded as the father of the Republican party in Virginia.

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Evangelical leader smacks McCain for lack of 'principle'

Richard Cizik is one of the country’s most powerful and outspoken Christian evangelical leaders. “I thought John McCain was a principled person,” Cizik says. “But John McCain has backed off, not just on climate change but on torture and a sensible tax policy — in other words, he’s not the John McCain of 2000.

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I've been fascinated with weather lately

Quote for the Day

"'Buy American' can't just be a slogan John McCain rolls out when he's in Michigan," Ron Gettelfinger

Monday, September 22, 2008

Record number of suicides in US Army.

The U.S. Army is nearing a grim statistic: The number of soldiers who committed suicide this year is on pace to be an all-time high: 115 soldiers committed suicides in 2007. They will be a lot more to come when soldiers come back home with post traumatic stress disorder and in the middle of a recession. How can Bush and Cheney sleep at night?

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Best Buy Cancels Your Order As You're There Shouting "Stop!"

"Best Buy didn't want to honor the sale price of the 2GB flash drive Matt ordered through their website, so when Matt arrived to pick-up his purchase, the store's assistant manager called customer service and, pretending to be Matt, asked to cancel the order."

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Economist: McCain's Campaign: Lying, cynical, Divisive

Economist, not exactly a bastion of liberalism, finally says it like it is: McCain team's lies have taken the campaign to new lows. Choosing Palin is a cynical move that has "placed abortion, the most divisive cultural issue in America, at the centre of his campaign", and a demonstrable novice a "72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency".

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cheney must keep records, judge orders

A federal judge on Saturday ordered Dick Cheney to preserve a wide range of the records from his time as vice president.The lawsuit stems from Cheney's position that his office is not part of the executive branch of government.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Maybe the Best Anti-McCain Ad Ever

Perfect. It puts it all in perspective. This needs to get on the air.

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SNL Nailed it!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Todd Palin (Among Others) a No-Show at Troopergate Hearing

Sarah Palin's husband won't testify, but the committee says it will still issue a report on the scandal on October 10.So much for the transparency that the Palins say they would offer. It is just the same ole, same ole with politicians hiding their misdeeds. Claiming innocence everywhere but where it matters because they act as if they are above the law.

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Economists Support Obama Over McCain By More Than 2 to 1

Discussed McCain's Poor Decision to Rely on his Advisors and the Truth on Taxes:• 95% of working families would get a tax cut from Obama• 100 million Americans would get NO tax cut from McCain• Most would get a larger tax cut from Obama

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McCain Blasts Wall Street, But Employs 83 of Its Lobbyists

The GOP candidate has denounced Wall Street "greed" and pledged to curb "special favors" in Washington. But McCain's campaign is loaded with more than 80 lobbyists who have represented Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG, and other top finance firms—the very sort of game-riggers he's attacking.

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McCain Blasts Wall Street, But Employs 83 of Its Lobbyists

The GOP candidate has denounced Wall Street "greed" and pledged to curb "special favors" in Washington. But McCain's campaign is loaded with more than 80 lobbyists who have represented Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG, and other top finance firms—the very sort of game-riggers he's attacking.

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Sarah Palin's dead lake

By promoting runaway development in her hometown, say locals, Palin has "fouled her own nest" -- and that goes for the lake where she lives.Among the environmental casualties of Wasilla's frenzied development was Palin's own front yard, Lake Lucille. The lake was listed as "impaired" in 1994 by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and it still carries that grim label. State environmental officials say that leaching sewer lines and fertilizer runoff caused an explosion of plant growth in the lake, which sucked the oxygen out of the water and led to periodic fish kills.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Military Voices: Kim Ponder's Story

Here is a clip I found from a Desert Storm veteran. Support our military not just in words and flag pins. Listen to them. Understand their needs. Appreciate them. - MyMindThinks

So Does the Truth Matter?

Hillary was blasted for overexaggerating - lying about her Bosnia trip. What about Palin's bogus Iraq claims?

A Quote for the Day

"Sarah Palin should spare us the phony sentiment and respect. Governor Palin accused Senator Clinton of whining and John McCain laughed when a questioner referred to her by using a demeaning expletive. John McCain and Sarah Palin represent no meaningful change, just the same failed policies and same divisive, demeaning politics that has devastated the middle class," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

Former conservative writer and editor shifts to Obama

Former supporter of Barry Goldwater and editor of the National Review makes the case for why Obama better represents the genuine values of conservativism than John McCain does.Read the entire article.

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Do you think the mother will ever come clean?

I can't imagine living in that neighborhood. There are other children who have to witness this. I understand the anger but I feel the neighborhood should be respected. I think the protesters have to come up with a more considerate way to get their point across.

Michelle Obama's Roundtable with Military Families

This was a really good roundtable. We must listen to people to truly understand their needs. Please take a look and feel free to comment. - MyMindThinks

WHY would Palin refuse to fund rape kits? Here's your answer

I suppose that when most of us who are fortunate not to have been the victim of sexual assault hear the word "rape kit", we tend to think of it specifically in terms of forensic analysis and examination--DNA collection, trauma, that whole sort of thing.But rape kits also contain...emergency contraception.This is even more troubling when you consider the rape rate in Alaska and that Palin does not support a woman's right to choose in case of rape.

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Kari Lundgren: My Catholic Faith Pushes Me To Obama

I realized that to be a good Catholic had nothing to do with being a good Republican. As a Catholic, I think Sen. Barack Obama is the best candidate for President of the United States. I say this not despite, but rather because of his nuanced position on own note: visit

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

After the Conventions: Our support is firmed up

Sarah Palin inspired me....
to vote for Obama

Lilly Ledbetter endorsement

Richmond, VA – Lilly Ledbetter, the Alabama woman whose fight for equal pay led her to the United States Supreme Court and inspired the 2007 fair pay legislation that bears her name, announced her support for the Obama-Biden campaign today. At a working women's economic roundtable discussion hosted by Michelle Obama, in Richmond, Ledbetter shared her story of fighting for equal pay for equal work, and why she's supporting Senator Obama, the only presidential candidate in this election who voted in favor of her bill.

"There is only one candidate who has stood up for women like me. Who has consistently fought to help women who are working hard every day for our families and aren't being paid fairly," said Ledbetter. "That's why I'm proud to endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States. The priorities of the Obama-Biden ticket are clear. Senator Obama and Senator Biden will stand up for families like mine."

Michelle Obama hosted today's roundtable to discuss the real life challenges women have faced through eight years of failed economic policies that have today left our country in the midst of a financial crisis. Today's event highlighted the clear choice that working women and their families have in this year's election to start building a better world for American families, and the need for a president who understands the struggles middle class families are facing and is in touch with the needs of hardworking American families.

Mrs. Obama heard from Lilly Ledbetter, Virginia First Lady Anne Holton and three Virginia women who shared their experiences struggling to support their families over the last eight years, in an economy that supports special interests at the expense of middle-class families. Mrs. Obama talked about her husband's history of fighting for working families – not big corporations and special interests – and his plans to rebuild the economy so it works for American families.

"We have a choice to make. And when I look at the two candidates' plans for America's future, and when I think about all the families I've met across the country, and the kind of help they could use right now – the choice is clear," said Mrs. Obama. "Barack is the only candidate in this election who has built his economic plan around the middle class, by giving a tax cut to 95 percent of all working Americans, rewarding companies that create jobs in America, and ensuring that women are paid fairly for our work. As I see it, that's the choice we face in this election. We can choose to start building that better world. And that begins with understanding what's really happening with America's families," she continued.

Today's events are part of the Obama-Biden campaign's "Women for the Change We Need" week, which kicked-off on Monday, with the announcement of the support of hundreds of national women leaders in fields ranging from business to women's rights, from astronauts to athletes, from former governors to cabinet secretaries. On Tuesday, Senator Obama received the endorsement from National Organization of Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) and the Feminist Majority PAC – the first Feminist Majority presidential endorsement of a presidential campaign without a woman on the ticket.

This week, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are traveling the country discussing the issues that women and families are concerned about –like equal pay for equal work, the right to make your own family planning choices, and the challenge of balancing the family budget in the face of skyrocketing energy and healthcare costs.

Wednesday evening, Senator Hillary Clinton will join Joe Biden for a national webcast with tens of thousands of women across the country to talk about the issues facing women voters in this election. Also Wednesday, Democratic women of the House of Representatives are holding a major press conference to talk about what's at stake for women in this election. Senator Obama will host a rally with women in Miami, FL Friday, while Senator Biden and his wife, Jill will host a women's rally in Leesburg, VA where they will be joined by Senator Barbara Mikulski. Over the weekend women leaders will be joining with Obama supporters to hold women's events in all 50 states. To find an event in your state, click here.

This afternoon, Mrs. Obama will host a Virginia Women for Obama Voter Registration rally in Charlottesville, where she will be joined by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic vice presidential nominee, Senator Joe Biden. She will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday for an economic roundtable discussion with North Carolina women.

Mrs. Obama began this series of discussions with working women early in the primary season to hear firsthand their stories and experiences struggling to support their families in an imbalanced economy. At roundtables across the country, Mrs. Obama has shared her perspective on her husband's commitment to move our country in a new direction, and put the needs of middle-class families first.

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McCain Gets Both Acronym And Purpose Of SIPC Wrong

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) demonstrated again today that he was telling the truth about not knowing much about the economy. For a man concerned about protecting the average American from Wall Street greed, he seemed not to know who plays what role.

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Alaska conservative scolds Palin

In the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska conservative calls on the Republican party to hold on to facts and truth, not to simply surrender to "win at all costs." To get at the truth, he believes Sarah Palin should cooperate with the Trooper-gate investigationWith intensity, urgency, and alarm in her voice, Stapleton described Monegan's behavior as commissioner as egregious insubordination, full of obstructionist conduct and a brazen refusal to follow instructions.Did Walt Monegan, former Marine, and lifetime crime fighter deserve this? Of course not. But history has proven, get in the way of Sarah Barracuda's political ambition, and you won't know what hit you. If anyone should be on the hot seat, it's not Monegan, but Palin for her inconsistencies. The governor has given so many different reasons for firing Monegan I've lost count. From the "we need new direction" and "new energy" to "he wasn't hiring enough cops," to "he wasn't doing enough about alcohol in the bush" to "he lobbied for budget increases" to the latest version, which is a doozy; Monegan displayed "egregious rogue behavior."The governor also originally said that neither she, Todd nor anyone from her administration pressured Monegan regarding Trooper Wooten. Palin then was forced to admit there was serial contact once the Frank Bailey tape surfaced. But she insisted she was just learning of it. But e-mails have surfaced detailing Palin complaining to Monegan about Wooten.

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A Quote for the Day

"I'm not here to make a political speech... Tonight my thoughts are only personal... I can't wait for the morning on November 5th when the people who said 'Yes we can' wake up and say 'Yes we did.' - Barbara Streisand

McCain Said 'Economy is Strong' At Least 18 Times in 2008

Yesterday, after two of Wall Street’s major banking institutions had just collapsed, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared that he “still” believes “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” As MSNBC’s First Read notes today, yesterday was only the most recent occasion that McCain has called the economy’s fundamentals “strong”

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Governor Palin's Reading List

Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that "some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter...

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Obama Team Files Suit Over McCain Voter Suppression Efforts

Time Magazine - On today's afternoon conference call, Obama and Michigan Democratic officials say they are seeking an injunction to block alleged “caging” by the state GOP– using home foreclosure lists to seek to block residents from voting. Listen to a clip of the call here:

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Virginia Republican ex-Governor to Campaign for Obama

Former GOP governor Linwood Holton today endorsed a Democrat for president for the first time and is going to stump critical areas of the state for him. Linwood Holton is the hero of moderate Republicans in Virginia. Holton is widely regarded as the father of the Republican party in Virginia.

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What is the truth about Sarah Palin?

does she even know? She surely seems to have no qualms about flat out lying. I don't see that she is any different from other politicians. I truly believe she is trying to get by on being female and you have enough people afraid to vote for a Black that they don't care to look deeper at who she is.


Jewish Voters Report Obama Smear Call

Jewish voters are complaining of a poll that, after confirming their religion, asks a series of questions that appear aimed at alarming Jewish voters, including linking Barack Obama to Palestinian terrorist groups.

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The Ugly New McCain

He has become the sort of politician he once despised.

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Palin's popularity already declining

This didn't take long: Palin now has the lowest favorability rating of the four presidential / VP contenders.

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What do you think? I have to admit I get annoyed when McCain goes in "my friends" overdrive. I think it was from the Saddleback Forum, he used it enough there that now I subconciously tune him out when he says that. Luckily, he's stepped it down a notch with that. Still not voting for him.

War! Pakistan Orders Troops to Open Fire on U.S. Forces!

DEVELOPING: Pakistan's army spokesman says its forces have orders to open fire if U.S. troops launch another raid across the Afghan border. Pakistani officials issued sharp protests to Washington after helicopters ferried U.S. commandos into Pakistan's South Waziristan region on Sept. 3 for a highly unusual ground attack into a militant stronghold.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Quote for the Day

"The campaign a person runs says everything about the way they'll govern," ... "John McCain has decided to bet the house on the politics perfected by Karl Rove" - Joe Biden


To Democratic voters. With a "trick" that would invalidate their votes. Yeah, that's honorable.

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U. S. News: John McCain's Journey From Maverick to Liar

For 18 months, Obama has wagered all his chips on the (quaint? idealistic? brilliant?) idea that the American people are tired of the same old sleazy and divisive politics. McCain has now chosen to bet against him. And we are the cards.

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"Alaska Women Reject Palin" Rally w/PHOTOS!

Despite overcast skies and a forecast for rain, there was a rally here today. Oh man, was there! In fact, it was by most accounts the largest protest rally in the history of Alaska.

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Palin seems to want it both ways

Quote for the Day

I believe with all my heart that America remains 'the great idea' that inspires the world...It is a gift to raise your family here, to vote here and to live here. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Wasilla Mayor Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood

When Palin was mayor, the population was just 5,500...Palin limited her duties further by hiring a deputy administrator to handle much of the town's day-to-day management. Her top achievement as mayor was the construction of an ice rink, a project that landed in the courts and cost the city more than expected.

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The Pastor Who Clashed with Palin: "She scares me"

Baptist minister Howard Bess, who wrote a book Palin wanted banned and who fought her on abortion and gay rights, says the country should fear her election.

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quote for the day

being a spectator is no longer an option - my mindspeaks

Mayor Palin Billed Rape Victims For Post-Assault Exams

Under Sarah Palin's administration as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the city cut funds that paid for medical examinations used to gather evidence from rape victims. Under Palin, victims or their health insurers were charged the $500 to $1200 cost of the exams.

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From My Inbox - care to discuss

So, you want smaller government? Lower taxes? And fiscal responsibly? Me too!!!


Words are cheap. The record is clear:


FACT: Government spending has increased under both Democrats AND Republicans since 1968. Both parties are to blame for the astronomical growth of the Federal Government. So what's the difference?

MCCAIN: Preaches smaller Government, but McCain voted in favor of EVERY spending INCREASE proposed and executed by Bush Administration.

OBAMA: Voted against several spending increases - a more modest approach.

*** LOWER TAXES: *** ...

MCCAIN: Yes, McCain will lower your taxes!! If you earn $66,000 a year or less, McCain will lower your taxes by 0.7% !!! (About $462.00)

OBAMA: Yes, Obama will lower your taxes, too!! If you earn $66,000 a year or less, McCain will lower your taxes by 2.4% !!! (About $1,584.00)


FACT: The national debt has INCREASED under EVERY Republican administration (without exception!) over the past 25 years.

MCCAIN: Voted in favor of Bush's economic agenda 90% of the time. As a result, America's dollar is weak, and the economy is facing deeply concerning issues due to historic national debt.

OBAMA: Plans to increase taxes ONLY on people earning MORE than $600,000 annually to help insure "fiscal responsibility" !!!


Words are cheap. We need to "face facts". The record is clear: OBAMA/BIDEN '08

Wisconsin St Journal: McCain Mailer Investigation Underway

The state elections agency is investigating complaints about a massive campaign mailing Republican Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign has directed toward Wisconsin Democrats and other voters."The state elections agency is investigating complaints about a massive campaign mailing Republican Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign has directed toward Wisconsin Democrats and other voters.Each mailing includes at least one copy of the state application for an absentee ballot that has the address of a local clerk and a box for postage printed on the other side.But in some cases, the incorrect clerk's address is printed on the application, leading some Democrats to wonder if the Arizona senator's campaign is deliberately trying to get them to apply for absentee ballots in places where they aren't eligible to vote."They're trying to knock me off the rolls," said Democrat Beverly Jambois, of Middleton. "I can't tell you how upsetting it is to me. This is how you win elections? By disenfranchising other voters?"

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Greenspan: This Is The Worst Economy I've Ever Seen

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan offered a woeful outlook of America's economic situation on Sunday, saying the crisis with the country's financial institutions was as dire as he had ever seen in his long career, and predicting that one or more of those institutions would likely collapse in the near future.

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Greenspan: This Is The Worst Economy I've Ever Seen

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan offered a woeful outlook of America's economic situation on Sunday, saying the crisis with the country's financial institutions was as dire as he had ever seen in his long career, and predicting that one or more of those institutions would likely collapse in the near future.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Church Apologises To Charles Darwin - 126 Years After Death

The Church of England will tomorrow officially apologise to Charles Darwin for misunderstanding his theory of evolution.

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The Trail Widget

Report: Palin Did Not Visit Iraq

Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin are scrambling to explain details of her only trip outside North America -- which, according to a new report, did not include Iraq, as the McCain-Palin campaign had initially claimed.

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A petition has been started regarding John McCain's Medical Records

What do you think?

Quote for the Day

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country - John F. Kennedy

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Alaska's Rate of Rape and Incest Highest in Country

Highest rape rate for a state? High for incest too? What else?

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Big Media: Just Say No! We've had Enough Lies & Distractions

There is something sinister about the press's complicity in allowing campaign coverage to feed hungrily on endless lies. It smacks of McCarthyism. Stop repeating stuff that isn't true. It's time for news organizations to stop being shills and for serious political reporters to stop being hacks. Mark Halperin and Campbell Brown have showed the way.

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Planned Parenthood defends Obama, attacks McCain

Planned Parenthood Action Fund has a tough new ad responding to McCain's attack on Obama's support for some sex-ed for kindergartners. The ad defends Obama, and suggests McCain is indifferent to the plight of sexually abused children.

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Quote for the Day

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world - Anne Frank

Okay Koch, tell them how you really feel

Friday, September 12, 2008

What is up with Washington Mutual

are we looking at a future failure. Not surprised to see this news on Reuters:

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington Mutual Inc shares fell on Friday after the largest U.S. savings and loan projected another big write-down for soured loans and was downgraded to "junk" status by a leading credit rating agency.

At least four analysts cut their price targets for the thrift, though Goldman Sachs & Co raised its rating to "neutral" from "sell."

Washington Mutual shares were down 16 cents, or 5.7 percent, to $2.67 in pre-market trading. Through Thursday, the shares had fallen 34 percent this week and 92 percent in the last year.

In an unusual move to quell investor anxiety about its survival prospects, Seattle-based Washington Mutual late Thursday released third-quarter projections six weeks early and said it had ample liquidity. The thrift has said losses from home loans could reach $19 billion through 2011.

That's Enough From You Yankees!! - Chavez Tells US To Leave

President Hugo Chavez says the U.S. ambassador has 72 hours to leave Venezuela and he's recalling his ambassador from Washington. Chavez said he's asking U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy to leave as a means of showing solidarity with Bolivian President Evo Morales, who expelled Washington's envoy in La Paz.

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McCain Falsely Claims Palin Never Requested Earmarks

Appearing on “The View” today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely claimed that Sarah Palin never requested earmarks as the governor of Alaska. “Not as governor she didn’t,” McCain told Barbara Walters after she noted Palin “took some earmarks. McCain’s claim that Palin never accepted earmarks as the governor of Alaska is divorced from reality.

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Fact Check: Palin is Wrong on Former VP Credentials

During her interview with ABC News Thursday, Sarah Palin attempted to deflect a question about the fact she has never met head of state by saying that "many" other vice presidential nominees in history hadn't met a head of state either. She was mistaken. Every vice presidential nominee over the last 30 years had met a foreign head of state.

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John McCain attacks Palin's experience

WOW! - John McCain: "I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time."

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Krugman: McCain-Palin are a "Blizzard of Lies."

McCain-Palin is running a campaign that makes Bush-Cheney 2000 look like something out of a civics class. What does that say about how that team would run the country?What it says, is that the Obama campaign is wrong to suggest that a McCain-Palin administration would just be a continuation of Bush-Cheney, it would be much, much worse.

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Who needs big plans when your on the straight talk express!

Jindal stumped about McCains big plans.This morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory asserted that the Republican Party “used to be the party of big ideas.” Gregory then asked his guest Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), “What’s the big idea Senator McCain is campaigning on?” Jindal responded, “I think there’s several,” but couldn’t provide an answer. Gregory asked again, “Where are the new big ideas of the Republican Party that John McCain is, is championing?” And again Jindal couldn’t provide an answer.

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Morning of 9/11 Attacks, McCain Made Case For Iraq War

On the morning of the 9/11, just moments after the World Trade Center collapsed from the terrorist strikes, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) went on television and immediately began focusing the nation’s attention on Iraq. In an interview with CBS’ Dan Rather on 9/11, McCain saidTo be honest with you, Dan, I never thought that an operation of this sophistication and size would take place. I just never did. But I don’t think there’s any doubt that there are countries — Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea and others — who we know engage in proliferation of — of capabilities and, from time to time, involve themselves in state-sponsored terrorism. But never did we imagine on a scale such as this.

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A Quote for the Day

Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know - Richard Bach


To Democratic voters. With a "trick" that would invalidate their votes. Yeah, that's honorable.

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Palin Links Iraq to 9/11, A View Discarded EVEN by Bush

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 -- Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would 'defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands...

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Quote for the Day

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Judge warned Palin in 2005 to back off brother-in-law's job

An Alaska judge warned Gov. Sarah Palin's family against trying to get her then-brother-in-law fired, according to court records.Last week, Cyr's union filed its own complaint against Palin and top aides, accusing them of improperly attempting to use confidential information from Wooten's personnel files against him. The McCain campaign says Wooten agreed to release his files during the divorce proceedings, and the information was in the

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Ever wonder who beat Palin in the Beauty Contest?

Yeah, me neither but someone did and made sure to track the lady down.

Video: Ron Paul rejects McCain campaign plea for endorsement

Ron Paul held a press conference urging voters to select a third-party presidential candidate instead of Barack Obama or John McCain...

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Kari Lundgren: My Catholic Faith Pushes Me To Obama

I realized that to be a good Catholic had nothing to do with being a good Republican. As a Catholic, I think Sen. Barack Obama is the best candidate for President of the United States. I say this not despite, but rather because of his nuanced position on abortion.

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Palin's Faith - Should it matter?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Military Code of Conduct

courtesy of vetshome

The Six Articles of The Code of Conduct

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way
of life.
I am prepared to give my life in their defense. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will
make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither
parole nor special favors from the enemy.

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners.
I will give no information or take part in any action which might be
harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me, and will back them up in every way.

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give only name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom,
responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my
country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America

A Quote for the Day

Sharing is sometimes more demanding than giving. - Mary Catherine Patterson

Another One Bites the Dust: Feds Shutter Silver State Bank

The Nevada Financial Institutions Division (FID) today announced that it has taken possession of Silver State Bank and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver....

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Out of the mouth of Romney

The 2008 Bank Failures (so far)

1. Douglass National Bank, Kansas City, MO

11. Nevada's Silver State Bank

So I read that there are 11 so far this year but I can only remember the last one and the first one (which I'm 98% sure was IndyMac) so I figure I would keep track of them

The Palin Widget

you know how I love my widgets

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Bogus Flag Story, By Steve Benen - CBS News

"This election is not about issues," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said this week. I thought Davis was offering an assessment, but it was apparently some kind of promise.

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hey republicans

hey republicans
lets make a deal
you won't question my patriotism
and i won't question yours
because right now
i'm having a hard time
trying to understand
people who think they are patriotic
while having disdain for half of their nation's


Palin makes Her First Gaffe

Now lets see if anyone else reports it. Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization

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And now for the Maury Povich moment of the day


Factchecking McCain via

FactChecking McCain
September 5, 2008
He made some flubs in accepting the nomination.
We checked the accuracy of McCain’s speech accepting the Republican nomination and noted the following:
McCain claimed that Obama’s health care plan would "force small businesses to cut jobs" and would put "a bureaucrat ... between you and your doctor." In fact, the plan exempts small businesses, and those who have insurance now could keep the coverage they have.
McCain attacked Obama for voting for "corporate welfare" for oil companies. In fact, the bill Obama voted for raised taxes on oil companies by $300 million over 11 years while providing $5.8 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.
McCain said oil imports send "$700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much." But the U.S. is on track to import a total of only $536 billion worth of oil at current prices, and close to a third of that comes from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
He promised to increase use of "wind, tide [and] solar" energy, though his actual energy plan contains no new money for renewable energy. He has said elsewhere that renewable sources won’t produce as much as people think.
He called for "reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs," but as in the past failed to cite a single program that he would eliminate or reduce.
He said Obama would "close" markets to trade. In fact, Obama, though he once said he wanted to "renegotiate" the North American Free Trade Agreement, now says he simply wants to try to strengthen environmental and labor provisions in it.
Sen. John McCain's acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul on Sept. 4 was couched more in generalities than in specifics, offering fewer factual claims to check than we found in other speeches to the gathering. But we found some instances where the nominee strained the truth.
Insurance ClaimsMcCain mischaracterized Obama’s health care plan:
McCain: His plan will force small businesses to cut jobs, reduce wages, and force families into a government run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor.The claim that “small businesses” would have to “cut jobs, reduce wages,” runs counter to Obama’s actual proposal. Obama’s plan would require businesses to contribute to the cost of insurance for employees or pay some unspecified amount into a new public plan. But his proposal specifically says, “Small businesses will be exempt from this requirement.” And it offers additional help to small businesses that want to provide health care in the form of a refundable tax credit of up to half the cost of premiums. We’ll note that neither man has defined what exactly a “small business” is.Furthermore, Obama’s plan wouldn’t “force” families into a “government-run health care system.” His plan mandates that children have coverage; there’s no mandate for adults. People can keep the health insurance they have now or chose from private plans, or opt for a new public plan that will offer coverage similar to what members of Congress have. Obama would also expand Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. His plan certainly expands government-offered insurance – and McCain’s doesn’t – but it’s not a solely government-run plan, as McCain implied. And if Obama's public plan turns out to be similar to what federal employees have, as he says it would be, we're not sure how "a bureaucrat" would stand "between you and your doctor." The possible exception would be persons covered by Medicaid or SCHIP.McCain also made this boast:
McCain: My health care plan will make it easier for more Americans to find and keep good health care insurance.Fair enough. But McCain's plan wouldn't do nearly as well as Obama's. One comparison, by the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, finds Obama’s would reduce the uninsured by 18 million people in its first year, compared with a 1 million reduction under McCain’s plan. TPC made various assumptions about the plans to fill in details each proposal lacks, so those numbers aren’t definitive. We await more comparisons from other experts.
Oily Words
McCain attacked Obama for supporting "corporate welfare" for oil companies:
McCain: [I]nstead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties and Senator Obama passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. The bill McCain is talking about here is the 2005 energy bill, which actually raised taxes on the oil industry a little bit overall – by about $300 million, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Meanwhile, McCain himself proposes to cut the corporate rate for all companies – oil included – and that would result in an estimated $4 billion cut for the five largest U.S.-based oil companies, according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Obama, on the other hand, is promising that he'll strip oil companies of "tax breaks" to the tune of an amount yet to be determined.
It's true that Obama voted for the 2005 bill. He said he favored the $5.8 billion (over 11 years) that it contained in tax incentives for renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels. McCain voted against it on the grounds that the $2.6 billion it contained for oil and gas incentives was too much, even though the bill also took away $2.9 billion from the industry, for a net tax increase of $300 million. Describing such a complex measure as "corporate welfare" is misleading.
More Oily WordsWe found other exaggerations in McCain’s claims about his plan for energy independence:
McCain: We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much.In fact, the U.S. doesn't pay nearly that much for oil from hostile nations. According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imported 4.9 billion barrels of oil in 2007. At today’s prices, that works out to about $536 billion, still a hefty chunk of change, but considerably less than $700 billion. More important, that's what we pay to all exporting nations, not just those that “don’t like us very much.” We note that 32 percent of U.S. oil imports came from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
Just WindMcCain also made sweeping claims about green energy that aren't actually backed up by his policy proposals:
McCain: We will attack the problem on every front. ...We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.McCain has been quite specific about his proposals to clear the way for building 45 new nuclear power plants, opening offshore areas to oil drilling and spending $2 billion a year for so-called "clean coal" technology. He has also proposed a $300 million prize for developing the first practical plug-in electric car, although General Motors already is working on that and is aiming for delivery of the Chevrolet Volt by 2010, prize or no prize. McCain has also proposed a $5,000 tax credit for consumers who purchase zero emission vehiclesBut when it comes to power from wind and tide, McCain's words are blowing in the breeze. His energy plan, which he calls the Lexington Project, proposes no new spending for renewable energy programs. Instead, he proposes to "rationalize the current patchwork of temporary tax credits," but hasn't said what he means by that. As we’ve written before, spokespeople for the wind and solar industries are unsure what this actually means. Finally, we’ll note that McCain himself told supporters at a July town hall meeting that he doesn’t think that renewable energy is likely to be "as much of the solution as some people think." Perhaps not, but if McCain is right his own words are contributing to the public misperception.
Pig in a Poke
McCain repeated his vague promise to make spending cuts:
McCain: Reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs will let you keep more of your own money to save, spend and invest as you see fit.McCain has not said which programs he considers to be "failed programs." He thus makes the spending cuts sound less painful than they will be should he fulfill his previously stated promise to balance the federal budget by 2013 while also making all Bush tax cuts permanent and adding new cuts of his own. McCain repeated his promise to eliminate "earmarks" from federal spending bills, saying "the first big-spending pork-barrel earmark bill that comes across my desk, I will veto it." That drew applause, but the fact is that earmarks amount to only $16.9 billion in the current fiscal year, according to the Office of Management and Budget. Meanwhile, the deficit is expected to be more than $200 billion in 2009. And McCain's tax cuts will add billions more to future deficits unless offset by spending cuts, which he so far has not been willing to identify. What would he cut? A McCain adviser, former CBO chairman Douglas Holtz-Eakin, has said that McCain "will provide the leadership to achieve bipartisan spending restraint" and "will perform a comprehensive review of all programs, projects and activities of the federal government" to find programs to cut or eliminate. But that, of course, will come after people have cast their votes.
Trade TalkMcCain said, “I will open new markets to our goods and services. My opponent will close them." McCain may be alluding to Obama’s threat earlier this year to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if Mexico and Canada won't open the deal to renegotiation. Obama said at a Democratic primary debate in Cleveland in February:
Obama, Feb. 26: I will make sure that we renegotiate. … I think we should use the hammer of a potential opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labor and environmental standards that are enforced. But that's far from a threat to "close" markets to U.S. exports. An expert from a pro-trade group agrees. “It's a stretch to take the heated comment from the Cleveland debate to pull out of NAFTA if it wasn't revised as indicative of a protectionist policy,” Jeffrey Schott, a senior fellow and trade expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told “In any event, the position on NAFTA has since been clarified."In fact, Obama has said he thinks it's unwise to repeal the trade deal, because to do so "would actually result in more job loss ... than job gains." And in a June interview with Fortune magazine, he stated that he didn’t plan on pulling out of NAFTA. "Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified," he said.It's true that McCain has been a stronger advocate of free trade agreements than Obama, who supported the trade deal with Oman in 2006 and one with Peru in 2007 but opposed the one with Central America and another with Colombia. But saying he would "close" markets is nonsense.
Planet PlansFinally, we note that McCain and the Republican delegates applied a different standard to the Republican nominee's lofty rhetoric than they did to Obama's.McCain drew applause with this line:
McCain: We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and restore the health of our planet.The previous evening, however, McCain's running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, ridiculed Obama for using similar high-sounding words:
Palin, Sept. 3: What does he actually seek to accomplish after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet?That crack drew jeers and laughter. Perhaps Republicans see a distinction between "healing the planet" and "restor[ing] the health of our planet," but it escapes us. –by Brooks Jackson, with Viveca Novak, Lori Robertson, Joe Miller and Emi Kolawole

Chris Wallace Fact-Checks Sarah Palin’s Bogus ‘Bridge To Now

Since accepting Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) offer to be his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has lied about her supposed opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere in nearly every single campaign appearance:

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Media Ignores Massive Voter Purges by Republicans

While the media focuses on the antics of McCain's chosen VP battleground states are purging their voter rolls. In Colorado, one fifth of all voter registrations were dropped. Florida is refusing to accept 85,000 new registrants -- overwhelmingly blacks. Ohio & Nevada Ohio & Nevada are scrubbing tens of 1000s of voters who lost their homes.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Another Republican endorses the better candidate - BARACK OBAMA

via Chicago Tribune

Former Mass. Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorses Obama for 'ability to unify'
By HOLLY RAMER | Associated Press Writer
5:24 PM CDT, October 24, 2008
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday, citing the senator's good judgment, "deep sense of calm" and "first-class political temperament."

Weld said he's never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became "close to a no-brainer." Obama has a history of bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together and is the best choice at a time when America's standing in the world is at a low point, he said.

"It's not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is the deep sense of calm he displays, and I think that's a product of his equally deep intelligence," he said in a phone interview.


Hoping for great matches but I want Serena and Roger to win their respective finals.

Quote for the Day

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. ~Martin L. Gross, A Call for Revolution, 1993

Sarah Palin Fact of the Day

She didn’t say “no thanks” to the “Bridge to Nowhere” until after Congress had already abandoned it but given Alaska a blank check for $223 million in taxpayers’ money anyway. Far from rejecting federal pork, she hired lobbyists to secure her town a disproportionate share of earmarks ($1,000 per resident in 2002, 20 times the per capita average in other states). Though McCain claimed “she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” she has never issued a single command as head of the Alaska National Guard. As for her “executive experience” as mayor, she told her hometown paper in Wasilla, Alaska, in 1996, the year of her election: “It’s not rocket science. It’s $6 million and 53 employees.” Her much-advertised crusade against officials abusing their office is now compromised by a bipartisan ethics investigation into charges that she did the same.

The Truth is often spoken when you think no one is listening

From the World of YOUTUBE

Fake Soldiers Plus A Staged Funeral Used In RNC Video

It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing.

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Palin and McCain’s Shotgun Marriage

John McCain’s speed-dating of Sarah Palin reaffirmed that his decision-making process is impetuous and, in its Bush-like preference for gut instinct over facts, potentially reckless.

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Palin's church says Jews deserve to be victims of terrorism

Brickner, [Palin's church leader] also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity. Palin was in church that day and did nothing.note: Even as a Christian I believe EXTREME CHRISTIANS can be just as dangerous as EXTREME MUSLIMS

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Iraq Angry Over Possible US Spying

The Iraqi government reacted sharply Friday to published allegations that the U.S. spied on Iraq's prime minister, warning that future ties with the United States could be in jeopardy if the report is true.

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Obama vs. McCain: Taxing and Spending

Len Burman, a former Treasury tax official, says if Obama's proposals were adopted in 2009, married couples with earnings in the lowest quintile of the population would see their aftertax income rise 5.8%. Those in the next quintile would see an increase of 4%. Under McCain's proposals married couples in the bottom fifth of the population would see

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

McCain Campaign Plans To Keep Palin Away From the Press

Campaign strategist Rick Davis suggested Palin might never sit down for an interview if, he said, it’s “in our best interest” to keep her away from the media

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From the Inbox: Who Would You Hire

You are the Boss.......which team would you hire?With America facing historic debt, multiple war fronts, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, skyrocketing Federal spending, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc., this is an unusually critical election year.Let's look at the educational background of your two options:

Barack Obama:
Occidental College - Two years.
Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Joe Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)


John McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism

Now, which team are you going to hire?

Running From Reality

From the speakers’ faux populist gibberish, you would never have known that the Republicans have used their titanic power to lead the country to its present sorry state.

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POWs against McCain???

The following was written for by Doctor Phillip Butler, a 1961 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former light-attack carrier pilot. In 1965 he was shot down over North Vietnam where he spent eight years as a prisoner of war. He is not voting for John McCain.

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A Quote for today

Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against. ~W.C. Fields

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New GOP Spin: Palin's Not Ready

This has got to be one of the craziest messaging decisions ever: Harris is conceding that Palin's not even ready to be a vice presidential candidate, let alone be president.So she is ready to be 2nd in command but isn't ready to talk to the press? If Mrs. Palin is such a straight shooter why is she hiding behind PREPARED speeches? Even then she didn't keep up with not lying about her record.

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McCain Operatives Trying to Derail Palin Investigation

Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called "October surprise" that would produce embarrassing information about the vice presidential candidate on the eve of the election. McCain knows he did not vet this woman. He is lying now but that is not new with him. This is not the same man from the 2000 run.

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Iraq Angry Over Possible US Spying

The Iraqi government reacted sharply Friday to published allegations that the U.S. spied on Iraq's prime minister, warning that future ties with the United States could be in jeopardy if the report is true.

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In July, McCain Promised His VP Would Appear On Larry King

Earlier today, ThinkProgress noted that since becoming Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin has rarely taken questions from the press. In July, during an interview with CNN’s Larry King, McCain assured King that his running mate would appear on King’s show shorty after his announcement

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A seaons for storms?

doesn't there seem like there are a ton of hurricanes and storms lately. So many natural disasters back-to-back yet so many still seem to spend time tearing apart those who don't look like them, think like them, pray like them. can't we do better, were we not made for better.
lets do better. not a one of us in in complete control of the happenings in the world

You mean there are actually people who believe this mom is innocent

and I use the phrase "mom" lightly.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Palin & McCain stop being so hypocritical

These opinion piece is exactly why I as a Christian believe the Republican Party to be filled with hypocrites and still a party that likes using fear and coded words

The link to the piece is at

Here is the text. It was written by Michael Landauer.

I really don't understand the mocking of Obama for being a community organizer as a young man.

Giuliani last night: "On the other hand, you have a resume from a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer. What? He worked -- I said -- I said, OK, OK, maybe this is the first problem on the resume."

Palin last night: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

Now, the truth is that, starting at age 23, Obama ran a faith-based charity called the Developing Communities Project.

It was made up of eight Catholic parishes when he got there and had one staff member. He was its director, meaning he was in charge. He made decisions about it, including staffing, budgets, etc. And when he left in 1988 to go to law school, he had grown its budget from $70,000 to $400,000, its staff from 1 to 13 people. More important, he created a job training program for this community and a college prep tutoring program.

As mayor, she built a hockey rink/rec center using eminent domain (because apparently there just isn't enough land in Alaska).

And keep in mind the timeline here: Obama did this as a young man BEFORE going to law school, becoming a successful lawyer and a law professor.

I don't think it's right to attack someone for working in a faith-based charity out of college. I think we all have some embarrassing first-jobs in our past. I would not make fun of Palin for being a beauty queen and sports reporter out of college during these same years. Although, I do think Obama's experience shaped his political future a bit better ...

Quote for the Day

Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason. ~Author Unknown

McCain, Palin use footage of 9/11 planes crashing in video

The Boston Globe has reported that decency and good taste have been abandoned by John McCain, Sarah Palin and the Republican Party after they aired footage of a plane crashing into one of the towers on September 11th, 2001 in one of the videos shown at the Republican National Convention. Continue on to read the obituary on common decency...

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