Sunday, August 31, 2008

Palin's Mother-in-Law: "I'm Not Sure What She Brings to the Ticket." Plus, Obama's Legislative Achievements.

TPJ: The whole country if not world was shocked to hear that Sen. John McCain selected a governor of Alaska (one of the least populated states in the union) to be his vice-presidental running mate. Even her mother-in-law is surprised and wonders why McCain picked her:

Faye Palin (Sarah's mother-in-law) admitted she enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak, and still hasn't decided which way she'll vote. Faye Palin said the entire family was shocked by the news on Friday.

"I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she's a woman and a conservative."

TPJ: And in a recent poll, Sarah Palin gets the lowest vote of confidence since Dan Quayle!!

Most Americans have never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and 39 percent of voters said they were uncertain if she was qualified to lead as president should it become necessary, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup poll.

The other issue of concern for me is that she comes from a state who gains much of their income from oil and I worry that she would be beholden to the interests of Big Oil just like the McCain of 2008. She's also for drilling in ANWR. And it concerns me that her rabid pro-oil stance would continue the past attitude of ignoring and not funding alternative research which will be the long term solution of this energy crisis.

We keep hearing about judgment in this campaign and that picking a vice-presidential candidate is the first big decision of a possible president. Well Obama picked someone with great credentials and one who will challenge him. And on the other hand McCain picks a "glorified soccer mom" (actually she calls herself a hockey mom) and there isn't anything wrong with being a soccer mom (in fact it's important to be there for your kids) and I know raising kids isn't easy. That being said though I don't think it qualifies one to be President of the United States of America. As he clearly wanted to go the route of picking a women he could have found several other more qualified and respected women in the Republican Party.

And I am concerned that she doesn't know enough about the economy which is a bigger issue given McCain has said he doesn't know much about the economy. Especially how much experience on financial matters does she have of even her state given she has only been governor for some 18 months!! Besides, I think it's easier to run an economy of one of the least populated states like Alaska than say the state of New York.

Barack Obama has been involved in many important legislative achievements during his short time in the Senate such as curbing nuclear proliferation. Palin supporters tout her fighting corruption in Alaska. Well Obama helped push through Congress a strong ethics reform bill. In Illinois he proposed a law that would require police interegations be videotaped to prevent coherison which had been a problem--and the bill passed 35-0. Illinois thus became the first state to have such a requirement making him a trailblazing reformer.
He played a major role in passing many other bills, including the state's first earned-income tax credit to help the working poor and the first ethics and campaign finance law in 25 years (a law a Post story said made Illinois "one of the best in the nation on campaign finance disclosure"). Obama's commitment to ethics continued in the U.S. Senate, where he co-authored the new lobbying reform law that, among its hard-to-sell provisions, requires lawmakers to disclose the names of lobbyists who "bundle" contributions for them.
Taken together, these accomplishments demonstrate that Obama has what Dillard, the Republican state senator, calls a "unique" ability "to deal with extremely complex issues, to reach across the aisle and to deal with diverse people."

TPJ: In addition, Barack had the foresight and judgment to vote against the ill-planned war in Iraq and Palin is quoted as saying she doesn't think much about Iraq!! And today on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," George mentioned to Cindy McCain that she (Sarah Palin) doesn't have any foreign policy experience to which Cindy said the following. "The experience that she has comes from what's she done in the government (TPJ: Like what Cindy??). And also remember that Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So it's not as if she doesn't understand what's at stake here." Wow. So now she's a Russia expert because of Alaska's close proxcimity to Russia? Has she ever traveled to Russia or just looked at it through binoculars?

Check out this page/blog to see more of Obama's achievements. In addition, Obama has gone through 20 some debates where he has been forged in the furnace of the pressure of those debates and came out looking pretty good. We shall how Palin does in her debate with Joe Biden.

See what Alaskan journalists and others have to say about Palin. Meanwhle Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on southern Louisiana and my father-in-law is right in the path, I hope he'll be o.k. But speaking of Gustav, I think it's ironic that some of these radical, right-wing Christians were praying for it to rain during Obama's speech but instead the weather was perfect. Now it's the Republican's turn and they are having to compete with the biggest hurricane of the season. I of course believe it to be a coincedence but I hope that this irony shakes their misguided faith.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin is a Radical Right-Winger. Plus, she's No Hillary Clinton.

(Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin bottom center posing with her cabinet. I bet that fur she's wearing comes from the wolf cubs she doesn't mind having killed. Read below for details about that).

Micheal Palin, er, I mean Sarah Palin was apparently for the famous, money pit, Ted Steven's pet project "bridge to nowhere" up in Alaska before she was against it:

Republicans have been heavily touting Sarah Palin's reformist credentials, with her supposed opposition to Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere" as Exhibit A. But how hard did she really fight the project? Not very, it seems. Here's what she told the Anchorage Daily News on October 22, 2006, during the race for the governor's seat (via Nexis):

5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?

Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.

TPJ: AND she's o.k. apparently with killing baby wolves. She also opposes listing polar bears on the endangered species act despite the melting ice shelves and she doesn't believe that global warming is at least partly man made. She and McCain are clearly trying to appeal to disaffected Hillary supporters despite Palin declaring that Hillary was a "whiner." (She said she felt kind of bad she couldn't support a woman, but she didn't like Clinton's "whining.")

Oh I see. So she felt bad that she couldn't support a women like Hillary but now she wants women who are like Hillary and can relate to Hillary to vote for her and McCain?!! Judging from the ladies that I've talked to they feel a bit insulted that McCain was using his V.P. candidate to pander to them. The idea being that you can flash any woman in front of female voters and assume that they'll flock to her just because they both share ovaries. If I was a female Clinton supporter I'd feel insulted for sure.

McCain claims she's compassionate. Oh you mean like opposing state health benefits for same-sex partners? Yeah that's very compassionate (snark). Plus she is against stem cell research which could possibly help their down syndrome child. And I find it hilariously ironic that she's an extreme and modest Christian and yet entered a beauty pageant that's all about sexiness.

Is Palin the best that the Republican Party can offer America? Is she honestly more qualified than say a Mitt Romney? Not even close--not that I like Romney.

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McCain Chooses Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as His V.P.? Who the Hell is She???

"Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-styled "hockey mom" who has only been governor for a little over a year, is GOP Presidential candidate John McCain's choice for Vice President," CNBC reported early Friday.

TPJ: OH. MY. GOD. McCain really is losing it!! This pick is a real gamble. So Obama is too inexperienced (despite spending 7 years in the Illinois State Senate and 4 years in the U.S. Senate) to be president but Gov. Sarah Palin would only be one heart-beat away from the presidency (and McCain is no spring chicken) as she's only been governor for 18 months!! And before that she was a mayor of a city of only 8,000 people. She's currently under investigation by her state's legislator because she is accused of firing a state commissioner who refused to fire her sister's husband (who is state trooper. Nice! Now some are saying, "Well you have to understand that her husband was a terrible spouse." That may be so but it is wrong to use your power in the way that she is alleged to have used.

And look at the two together, McCain and Palin!! He looks like he could be her father!!! And how is she going to hold her own with Joe Biden in the V.P. debate given her lack of experience??? The other thing is that she may motivate the GOP base but many in the key independent block will probably bristle. She sweats oil as she is a huge Big Oil schill and her husband works in the oil industry. She is stuck in the old paradigm of thinking that we can drill our way out of our energy crisis.

Plus, she has virtually no foreign policy experience (At least Obama has worked with Republicans to pass legislation fighting to reduce nuclear proliferation in the world which would help him in handling the Iran nuclear issue). Obama picked someone (Biden) who if needed to fill in for Barack could do so with confidence and ease. Joe Biden has been Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee for some time and has other extensive experience with world affairs. So I don't want to hear the "Obama is too inexperienced" bullshit from the McCain people anymore with this lady who has even less experience and is even younger than Barack. And she has stated that she hasn't thought much about Iraq and says she doesn't know what a vice-president does!!! Try reading the CONSTITUTION Mrs. Palin!!!

McCain claims to be a moderate and yet he picked a V.P. candidate who is lock-step in line with the hard right. And he clearly is pandering to women with this choice and I think it's a bit sexist to assume that women will vote for McCain just because he has the token woman on his ticket. He clearly doesn't think that women are that smart. The right has had for years nothing but disdain for the Clintons. And we've heard a lot of talk from women supporters about not wanting a woman V.P. choice if it's not Hillary. I'm sure some women will buy into this but after our great convention this week and in particular Hillary's home-run speech I don't think it will be many. Palin stands against everything that Hillary stands for and continues to fight for. If you believe in Hillary then I just don't see how you can vote for McCain and his radical right-wing stooge, Palin. This pick shows horrible judgment on McCain's part. Hell, he's only met her twice!!

McCain claimed that she's very compassionate but I don't think America can stand anymore "compassionate conservatism." And apparently she want's to outlaw abortion in all circumstances except to save the life of the mother.

That means if some poor teen age girl get molested by her father and get pregnant she has to carry that child to term and then take care of it or give it up for adoption in which case that child becomes someone else's problem/concern which usually means the government which also means more tax dollars. They want her to carry that child to term but they won't raise that child for her will they. How many of these rabid pro-lifers are willing to adopt all these unwanted kids? I bet very few. They love the fetus but don't care much for the child once her/she is here.

And what is with the "Country First" slogan of the McCain campaign? It is disgusting that he would insinuate with this statement that Obama doesn't put his country first. These kind of character attacks are tired, recycled Rovian fear tactics and slander. They should have chosen Mitt Romney because he would have helped McCain on the economy of which he has admitted he doesn't know much. Plus, the Mittster would have helped in Michigan. Palin doesn't help in either of those categories and there isn't much doubt that Alaska was going Republican despite what some Dems were hoping for.

Meanwhile, 38 million watched Obama's excellent acceptance speech which was more viewers than even the opening ceremony of the Olympics and the final 'American Idol' or the Academy Awards this year.

Now I'm off to donate to Obama in response to this pick.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

McCain Aide : There are No Uninsured in America!!

Texas once again led the nation with the highest percentage of residents without health insurance, a U.S. Census Bureau report showed Tuesday, although the same study also reports a slight dip last year in the percentage without coverage across the nation. Almost one of every four Texas residents – 24.8 percent – were uninsured in 2006 and 2007, based on an average of the rates for those two years. That's up from 23.9 percent for 2004 and 2005. The national number also increased a bit for the two-year period to 15.5 percent.

But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

TPJ: So the hospitals have to write-off the costs of the uninsured showing up at the E.R. which raises the cost of medical services for everyone, including premiums. But guess who does benefit from this type of thinking? It doesn't benefit Republicans to insure everyone because they are in the pockets of the health insurance lobbyists. So is the McCain team saying that no one should buy insurance? Because that's what it sounds like. And think of the poor E.R. doctors/nurses who would be over-whelmed with this kind of stupid plan! We are already over-stretched as it is!!

And if they are o.k. with the rest of us insured paying the price for those E.R. visits then why not do a national healthcare system where everyone is paying their share and getting health care and no one is uninsured!! But then they say that they won't support a national health care system!!

They are actually encouraging people to go the the E.R. which does nothing to fix the problem but instead makes the problem worse!! So basically they're just pretending the problem doesn't exist. Nice thinking there brainiacs.

Analysis: Bill Clinton's Speech at the 2008 Democratic Convention.

TPJ: Bill Clinton gave a great speech that matched that of her wife last night. So I wanted to list just a few of my favorite lines of that speech. I've also added video of the three parts of the full speech at the bottom of this post:

"I'm here first to support Barack Obama."

"Hillary told us last night that she is going to do everything that she can to elect Barack Obama. That makes two of us. Actually that makes 18 million of us!!" TPJ: A great statement to reinforce the message that if you supported Hillary in the primary season then it follows that you must cast your vote for Obama. And it wasn't just that he said it but that he said it in a convincing and powerful manner.

"Like Hillary I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November."

"People the world have always been impressed by the power of our example than the example of our power."

TPJ: Wow, what a line!! He's so good at boiling the differences between the two parties/candidates down into a short, concise, powerful and memorable sentance/statement.

Then talking about McCain he said:
He loves his country, every bit as much as we do. As a Senator he has shown his independence of right-wing orthodoxy on some very important issues. But on the two great questions of this election, how to rebuild the American dream and how to restore America's leadership in the world, he still embraces the extreme philosophy that has defined his party for more than 25 years!
TPJ: Another great line from Bubba, "They actually want to us reward them for the last 8 years with 4 more!"
And talking about his (bill's) election, "My fellow Democrats, 16 years ago you gave me the profound honor to lead our party to victory and to lead our nation to a new era of peace and broadly shared prosperity. Together we prevailed in a hard campaign in which the Republicans said, "I was too young and too inexperienced to be Commander-in-Chief." Sound familiar? It didn't work in 1992 because we were on the right side of history and it will not work in 2008 because Barack Obama is on the right side of history!
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TPJ: John Kerry gave a great speech too with the most notable moment being that McCain of 2000 should debate the McCain of 2008.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hillary Clinton is a Class Act.

Being a true political junkie I've been watching most of the Democratic Convention coverage and today was the roll call where the nominee is officially nominated. I like watching this part of the convention in particular because you get to hear what's great about all the states and territories of the union.

Well once the vote came to New Mexico they passed to Illinois (Obama's home state) and Illinois passed to New York (Hillary's state). Then who appears? HILLARY CLINTON!!! She herself asked to end the vote call and make it unanimous for Barack Obama. It was such an amazing moment and made me proud of her. She looked so magnanimous and at peace with things. It was like the make-up part of a family feud and I think everyone in the hall was so relieved. It was indeed the catharsis that Hillary was saying that we needed to unite and move on. We are finally united and moving forward stronger than ever and more committed than ever to elect Barack Obama to the White House!!!

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McCain Iran Ad Attacking Obama Titled, "Tiny" is Misleading. Plus, Obama, Invesco Field and Greek Columns.

SCRIPT: Announcer: "Iran. Radical Islamic government. Known sponsors of terrorism. Developing nuclear capabilities to 'generate power' but threatening to eliminate Israel. Obama says Iran is a 'tiny' country, 'doesn't pose a serious threat.' Terrorism, destroying Israel, those aren't 'serious threats'? Obama - dangerously unprepared to be president."

ANALYSIS: The ad is misleading because it states that Obama said Iran is "tiny" and "doesn't pose a serious threat" without noting that Obama was comparing the threat Iran poses today to the Soviet Union, the nuclear-armed adversary of the U.S. during the Cold War.

Here is the full context of what Obama said:
"Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries," Obama said at the time. "I mean, think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela - these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, 'We're going to wipe you off the planet.'"

TPJ: This is typical fear mongering by the McCain campaign and modern Neo-Conservatism. The Republican Party of today is not the party of Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower. This is the party today of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who are more interested in sowing fear and making obscene amounts of money than making the lives of ordinary people who only own one house better. This ad tells me that McCain is looking for a conflict with Iran rather than doing everything besides military action to prevent conflict. He clearly hasn't learned from the mistakes of Iraq with all this bluster and saber rattling and the only way we COULD fight a war with Iran right now would be through a draft. Despite what he has said about opposing the draft I think that he wouldn't think twice about doing it if he really wants to go to war with Iran.

And what happened to truth in advertising? If you went this angle in trying to push your product over another then you'd be slapped with a lawsuit but for some reason when it comes to political ads there's no regulation of that order. Why? Do they think they aren't selling something because they are, they are selling McCain and slandering Obama.

In other news, the bankrupt on ideas McCain sycophants are whining about the stage for Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. There will be Greek style columns at the back of the stage and because of this these desperate supporters are saying that it is done to show Obama as a "phony God" I'm not making this shit up!! Greek/Roman columns are used in all kinds of events as backdrops and found in thousands of buildings across the country. I think it is clear that it is meant to show Obama as presidential and giving us a symbolic scene of Obama in Washington D.C. as president. (Shakes head) They're really stretching things at this point. Oh and guess which parties convention in 2004 had columns too? The Republican convention!! Check out the pictures and you'll clearly see Greek/Roman columns in the background.With all this nit-picking I think I'll start calling the McCain supporters mosquitoes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hillary Clinton is a Proud Supporter of Barack Obama.

Wow. I think Hillary Clinton might have just pulled the party together with one speech or pretty damn close to full unity. There were many doubters that didn't think Hillary would give passionate enough support to Obama tonight. Well she convinced them right from the start saying, "I'm a proud American, a proud Senator from the State of New York and a proud supporter of Barack Obama." Other parts of the speech that I liked:

"The time is now to unite...no way, no how, no McCain."

"Barack Obama is my candidate." And then one of the funniest moments was her comment about her fellow supporters/friends who are in, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant Suits!" I also liked how she talked about the party as a "family of Democrats" which helps unite and unify otherwise perhaps fighting siblings to help fighte a common enemy outside the family--McBush. Then she cited a list of issues that we all fight for (Clinton supporters or not) and said that "those are the reasons that I support Barack Obama.

Then she cautioned us all on the importance of winning this election and asked if her supporters were in this for just her persona or the issues that both her and Obama stand for. Then she unveiled a bridge between the Clintons and the Obamas by saying that we've done it before (meaning Bill Clinton) and that we will do it again with Obama. Next came health care and she said that she can't wait to see a President Obama sign a new and better health care plan.

She moved on to lay some lumber on John McCain reminding us all that Johnny still thinks it's o.k. not to support the equal pay for equal work and that he still is against a women's right to choose. Then she landed a stingly hilarious punch to Bush and McCain saying that it's no wonder they will both be in the twin cities next week because you can't tell them apart!

I also liked her saying, "We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare" so again she's asking her supporters to back Obama.

And finally, she said keep going no matter what and to keep going we need to first get going and to do that we need to elect Barack Obama.

It seems like the theme out of tonight is that we are Democrats and like-minded Americans first. I'm a born-again Hillary Clinton fan as of tonight.

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Michelle Obama's Speech Last Night at the Democratic Party Convention. Plus, McCain's Houses and his P.O.W. Experience.

I'm blogging to you from just up the road from Denver where I live and let me just say that this state of Colorado is buzzing like a billion bees. Michelle moved me last night because I had never really heard her full story and it is an all-American story. I liked that she said the future of her children and those of all Americans is her stake in this election. It warms my heart to hear that she is looking out for the future of America's youth because in these difficult times they need as many champions as ever before. She spoke of the pride that swells her heart when she sees the compassion and intelligence of her mother in her children. She spoke of Obama working to expand equal pay for equal work.

I was particularly impressed with her love and respect for her father who despite having crippling Multiple Sclerosis. he went to work as a blue collar city worker. She spoke of her father being the rock of the family despite his disability and that really struck my hear being someone who has a mental illness disability. Especially when she mentioned fighting for the mentally ill. It shows the compassion and ability to see the best in people that lies within her core. Some people wouldn't be able to look past his condition and see the real person he was to his daughter and family. She proudly talked about despite the pain he suffered he always smiled and even when he had to walk with two canes to cross the room he still kept going despite that struggle. He just woke up a little earlier and worked a little harder. He and his wife poured everything that they had into their children and that is echoed in how the Obama's raise their own kids. Always showing them that they were loved, cherished and had a special place in this world. She went on to say that his example showed her that the American Dream endures.

She passionately spoke about how only in America coulds the improbable story of her and her husbands lives be possible and that is why she loves America. That anything is possible.

She is the modern woman who juggles a job and being a mother beautifually. She spoke of her devotion and that of Barack to their children to raise them right. She mentioned a very touching story that shows the inner character of Obama. It was the day that they took their first daughter home from the hospital and he drove carefully down the road nervously glancing in the rear view mirror to make sure that Mom and baby were still o.k. feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands. He was determined to give her everything that he struggled so hard to gain for himself. And that is partly why he is running to give everything that he struggled so hard to gain for himself to all of America. He was determined to give them something that he never had, the firm embrace of a father's love.

She spoke of how our children and grandchildren will speak of how in this election we followed our hopes insted of our fears. After her speech we were treated with a "hello" from Barack via a live video of from where he was sitting with a family watching her speech. And in a wonderfully unscripted moment her kids grabbed onto the microphone and talked to their Daddy like they were the only ones in the room. It was adorable to Barack talk to his beautiful children as just a Dad and not the possible President of the United States of America. Barack then said that now you know why I asked her out so many times, I was persistent and America wants a persistent president! Great moment. Now I'm looking forward to Hillary's speech tonight. I'm sure it will be just as good as Michelle's if not better. And Bill's speech should be electric. So far the convention has been fun and inspiring.

Watch her speech. Part 1:
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Here's the video of the interaction between Obama and his kids. It starts around the 3:30 mark:

Meanwhile, McCain was on Jay Leno trying to go to the well one more time to use his time as a P.O.W. to deflect criticism of the 7-10 houses that he owns. Does he feel that being a P.O.W. means that he deserves those houses because if that's the case then so do all those homeless Vietnam Vets and those Iraq vets who will benefit from the new G.I. bill to buy just one house, a bill that McCain did not support. Why doesn't he give one or two or three of those houses to some of these homeless vets? We all know that McCain is a war hero and he should be admired for that but I fail to see what the 7 houses scandal has to do with his P.O.W. experience. Just because someone once lived in the horrible conditions that McCain did doesn't mean that they can't still become out-of-touch with average people later on in life as McCain has.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

My Plea to the PUMA Organization and Other Clinton Supporters. Plus, Pakistan is Falling Apart and Joe Biden Knows It.

I'm concerned at the number of former Hillary Clinton supporters who say that they will vote for John McCain. I want to try and cool the embers between the two camps and do my best to convince the Clinton supporters to come around to Obama.

First let me say that I was an Obama supporter who said that I wouldn't vote for Hillary if she was the nominee but then I reminded myself that I am a strong Democrat and that Hillary would be extremely better than John McCain. I have come around to Hillary since the primaries and am starting to see her through the eyes of her ardent supporters. I realize now that she is a very important figure in the Democratic Party and hopefully will be for some time to come. I was wrong to have so much anger in my heart toward her and I apologize for letting my emotions get carried away during the primaries to anyone who might have been offended.

I completely understand the frustration and disappointment by not having your choice for president nominated, especially when you have invested so much into that person's campaign. I would have been heart-broken if Obama lost and I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have barely lost. So I'm not going to be the kind of person to say "get over it." That is insulting and not productive for the party and for the good of the lives of the people we all seek to better. It would not be helpful toward seeing the ideas and issues that we all care about succeed.

So this is my plea, I know that you might not like Obama and you might even hate him and us his supporters. I beg you though to reconsider voting for John McCain as he stands against everything that Hillary stands for. I hope that you don't abstain from voting at all this election because it is so important to turn this country around and fix the mess that Bush handed us. So if you can't see yourself voting for Obama the individual, I simply ask you to consider voting for him because he stands for the issues that Hillary champions too. Vote to stop McCain from appointing judges that stand against a woman's right to choose. Vote for a more universal health care system that McCain stands against. Vote for increasing the wages of the Americans who's needs have been ignored by Bush and McCain. Vote for the economy that Bush/McCain policies have broken. I think we all attach too much importance on the individual rather than the issues. I know that I have been guilty of that from time to time.

So I extend my hand in hopes that you'll grab it and join hands so that we can reverse the disasterous last 8 years. No matter what you think of Barack, at least he will be an improvement on "W." I don't expect to convert you but I hope at least to open a dialogue and get you to rethink your descision to vote for McCain. All I ask is that you think about it. I am being very sincere when I say this because It pains me to see so much anger amongst Democrats and like minded Republicans and Independents. I am more than happy to listen to your struggles with Obama and even if I can't convince you to side with us I want you to know that you are being heard and respected. I am excited to hear Hillary's speech and know that she will do a great job as she is so good at motivating people as represented in all the people who voted for her. Thank-you for listening or in this case, reading. :)

PAKISTAN IS BLOWING UP...LITERALLY. Barack has been speaking about the need to refocus on Aghanistan/Pakistan for some time now as has Hillary and Joe Biden. Joe has long sounded the alarm on readjusting our Pakistan policy for some time now (that link is to a great read by the way from Biden on Pakistan). So I think Biden will be a great assest to an Obama administration. He'll be a great advisor and confidant to Obama and I like that Obama wanted someone like him to be V.P. to say no to him and disagree with at times. It shows that he's willing to get it right rather than be right unlike McCain and Bush who are pure ego.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Why Joe Biden is a Good V.P. Choice.

So obviously by now we all know that Senator Joe Biden was Barack Obama's vice-presidential pick and the thing I like most about Biden is his ability to be a great attack dog for the campaign. He knows how to politically punch someone in the nose if need be and that's exactly what we need right now because Obama is getting hit from all sides. Usually unfairly.

The other thing that I like about Biden is his blue collar roots and being someone who is representative of the every man. He knows what it's like to have to scrimp unlike 7 houses McCain (Biden's net worth is between 100,000-150,000). If McCain picks Romney for his V.P. which seems likely then that'll be the Richy Rich ticket. Joe Biden could have cashed in but like Obama he gave up a lucrative law career to be a public servant, a fighter for the people.

Biden is a family man. He goes home every night back to Delaware from Washington D.C. to be with his family, riding the train like any other person commuting to and from work.

He has been a strong fighter and champion for women's rights:
Joe Biden led the fight to criminalize violence against women and to hold batterers truly accountable by writing the ground-breaking Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the 1990s.

However, there remains work to be done, so in 2007, the Senator introduced the National Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network Act, an innovative initiative that would recruit volunteer lawyers and match them with domestic violence victims.
And he brings some major foreign policy credentials to the Obama campaign being the current Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairperson.

So all in all, Biden was a good choice--he's the full package.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Maids and Butlers of the McCain Empire. Plus, McCain Asks, "Dude, Where's My Car?"

My good friend over at Progressive Eruptions blogged on a new aspect to the John "Name that house" McCain dust-up:

The McCains increased their budget for household employees from $184,000 in 2006 to $273,000 in 2007, according to John McCain’s tax returns. The McCains pay $270,000 per year for butlers and maids--that's $50,000 more than the median value of an American home.

TPJ: Bloggers like my friend at Progressive Eruptions, many others and myself have been trying to make this point for months now that McCain is by far the elitist of the two. He buys houses like most people buy groceries at the local Sam's Club--in bulk. Now he's saying that some of those are "rentals." So that's supposed to make it better? In other words, he's making money off of housing while droves of middle-class Americans are losing their one and only home. I'm not saying that having rental properties is bad but if you're making the kind of money that they are you don't need a side income.

And now it looks like McCain is looking to add more elitism to his campaign in Mitt Romney as the likely V.P. choice. Romney of course has the kind of money that chumps like us can only hope to have through the lottery. Mitt's personal worth has been estimated to be somewhere in the rarefied air of $202 meal-lee-on dollars, that's NINE FIGURES!!! McCain himself is worth around $36 meal-lee-on dollars and his recipe felon wife Cindy could be worth at least $100 meal-lee-on dollars so combined they are worth at least $136 meal-lee-on dollars. Plus he greedily accepts veteran benefits!! He doesn't need them, he can pay for his needs with his own money. Now combine that figure with Romney's figure and you get a grand total of, $338 meal-lee-on dollars.

So what is Obama worth you ask? Between $500,000 and $1.1 million which is certainly not in the Sultan of Arizona, John McCain's elitist category by far. Forgetting that Czechoslovakia is no longer a country and not knowing how many homes he has aren't the only things that he's forgotten. Apparently he also doesn't know what kind of car he drives either:

In our News interview, he was asked what kind of car he drove. As with Politico’s question about home ownership, he didn’t know and had to ask a nearby aide. “A Cadillac CTS,” she told him.

Do you know what kind of car you drive? Of course you do. You rely on it to get you to your job that doesn't pay what it use to. It also turns out that McCain doesn't handle the family money which isn't a big deal for most of us as women handle the finances in many house holds. However, the difference is that McCain is running for president and will be in charge of our economy and yet he can't even handle his own economy!

AFTER THOUGHT: I wonder how many dog houses the McCain dog lives in?

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How Many Houses Do You Own? Barack Obama and The Weather Underground. Plus, McCain and the Keating Five.

Meanwhile, get ready for the slime machine to spew it's filth yet again:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative nonprofit group with a past link to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign wants to spend $2.8 million on an ad questioning Democrat Barack Obama's relationship to a founder of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground.

The ad, which is expected to begin airing Thursday in Michigan and Friday in Ohio, focuses on William Ayers, whose Weatherman organization took credit for a series of bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol four decades ago.

American Issues Project, the sponsor of the ad, is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization. One of its board members, Ed Failor Jr., was a paid consultant for McCain's campaign in Iowa last year. The campaign paid his firm $50,000 until July 2007. American Issues Project spokesman Christian Pinkston said Failor has no connection to the McCain campaign now.

TPJ: That may be true now but he certainly still supports his campaign and in a vicious way so John McCain should denounce this kind of Willy Horton/Swift Boat attack seeing how closely McCain was tied to this guy up until just one year ago. But we know he won't because don't be fooled, he's not the same McCain from 2000 who faced these Bush/Rove tactics himself and saw just how disgusting yet sadly effective they were. So despite saying before the general election campaign that he wanted to run a civil campaign, McCain has embraced the Bush/Rove campaign style because he has become so hungry for power. The victim has now become the perpetraitor.

Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He and Obama live in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and served together on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based charity that develops community groups to help the poor. Obama left the board in December 2002.

Obama also was the first chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school reform group of which Ayers was a founder. Ayers also held a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama when Obama first ran for office in the mid-1990s.

"Barack Obama is friends with Ayers, defending him as, quote, 'Respectable' and 'Mainstream,'" the ad states. "Obama's political career was launched in Ayers' home. And the two served together on a left-wing board. Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who bombed the Capitol and is proud of it? Do you know enough to elect Barack Obama?"

Obama's campaign accused McCain of having a hand in the ad, saying he "dispatched his paid consultant to launch this despicable ad from a so-called 'independent' committee." Federal Election Commission records show the last payment from McCain's campaign to Failor's consulting firm, Targeted Consulting, was July 2, 2007.

"Instead of invoking Paris, Britney and obscure sixties radicals, Sen. McCain should take the day off at one of his seven homes to consider whether his support for outsourcing, tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas and continued spending of $10 billion a month in Iraq is really putting 'country first,'" Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Obama has distanced himself from the radical activity of the Weather Underground. In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" in April, Obama said he "deplored" Ayers' actions in the 1960s.

"Mr. Ayers is a 60-plus-year-old individual who lives in my neighborhood, who did something that I deplore 40 years ago when I was 6 or 7 years old," Obama said then. "By the time I met him, he is a professor of education at the University of Illinois. We served on a board together that had Republicans, bankers, lawyers, focused on education."

TPJ: So what these people are saying is that despite probably being s0-called, "Christians;" redemption isn't possible. That no matter what a person does after living a life of crime isn't worth a damn, such as Ayers working with Obama and others on a charity board to help the poor?!! Ayers is trying to make amends but these psuedo Christian right-wingers apparently don't believe in granting the very forgiveness and atonement that they themselves want from their "God." How ironic.

It's not like Ayers and Obama were involved together in Ayers past with Obama being 6 years old at the time but of course this ad won't mention that critical bit of information along with other important facts. Besides, does John McCain really want to go down the road of associations because if he does not denounce this ad then I say it's time to raise McCain's connection with the infamous Keating 5.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

McCain and His 7 Houses. Plus, McCain and a Military Draft.

And people think Obama is the elitist?!! The average American only owns one home and they are having trouble paying the bills on it let alone seven. You know how many homes I own? Zero. We can't afford it. We live in a triplex and can barely afford rent and many Americans are in the same boat. Yet there is McCain jet setting across the country and world stopping only long enough to soak in the hot tub of any number of his palaces.His extravegent lifestyle reminds me less and less of that of most Americans who are scrimping and working within extremely tight budgets just to afford the cost of living and more like that from that old Robin Leech show, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" with that memorable tag line, "Champagne wishes and cavier dreams." I wouldn't be surprised if that is what Cindy says to Johnny before bedtime. How can someone who has 7 homes and millions of dollars understand what it's like to scrimp just to make ends meet? Obama does, he didn't come from priviledge and had to take loans to make it through college and only a few years ago fully paid off those loans. He was driving a beat-up car while McCain was drinking champagne and eating cavier on one of Cindy's jets.

So as Obama said today, I can see why someone who owns 7 houses would think that the economy is fundamentally sound. And what do most American kid's get when they graduate college? Usually a party with some gifts, maybe a used car and a little money but often not a $700,000 loft in a trendy section of downtown Pheonix!! But that's exactly what McCain's daughter received. Most Americans won't even come close to making that kind of money let alone be able to slap money down on the counter to buy a loft of that size. Most Americans are lucky if they can put their kids through college let alone buy them that kind of property to live in. In contrast, Obama said that they don't splurge much on their daughters to teach them to respect money.

Meanwhile McCain seems to have warmed up to the idea of a draft, maybe because he envisions wars with Iran and/or Russia? He did say after all that we will have more wars! And who is going to occupy Iraq for the 100 years that McCain famously said he'd be willing to stay in Iraq?

Today at a townhall meeting, an audience member praised Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his vow to “follow bin Laden to the gates of hell.” After a long question about veterans’ care, the questioner said she believed we needed to reinstate the draft, to which McCain seemed to readily agree:

QUESTIONER: If we don’t reenact the draft, I don’t think we’ll have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell.

[Appaluse]

MCCAIN: Ma’am, let me say that I don’t disagree with anything you said.

TPJ: Some on the right are saying the McCain was simply agreeing with all that she said except the draft part but his words are clear, concise and easy to understand. He said he doesn't disagree with anything that she said and that includes her belief that we need to reinstate the draft. And in a rare moment of honesty McCain said that he doesn't feel the need to differentiate himself from President Bush. That's because he is increasingly acting more and more like Dubya and would basically represent the Bush third term. Yet he goes on to claim that he would work more with Dems than Bush. However, Bush too said the same thing claiming that he would be a "uniter not a divider" and turned out to be the opposite.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Obama Behind in Poll. Plus American Stupidity.

TPJ: I'm getting nervous. A new Reuters/Zogby Poll has Obama down by 5 points but more troubling he's down in nearly all key demographic, including even liberals!!:

McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama's solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll. The reversal follows a month of attacks by McCain, who has questioned Obama's experience, criticized his opposition to most new offshore oil drilling and mocked his overseas trip. McCain now has a 9-point edge, 49 percent to 40 percent, over Obama on the critical question of who would be the best manager of the economy -- an issue nearly half of voters said was their top concern in the November 4 presidential election. That margin reversed Obama's 4-point edge last month on the economy over McCain, an Arizona senator and former Vietnam prisoner of war who has admitted a lack of economic expertise and shows far greater interest in foreign and military policy. (TPJ: This is scary since economic issues have long been a strength for the Democratic Party. And not only did McCain wipe out that 4 point lead but went up 9 fucking points!!!).

Obama's support among Democrats fell 9 percentage points this month to 74 percent, while McCain has the backing of 81 percent of Republicans. Support for Obama, an Illinois senator, fell 12 percentage points among liberals, with 10 percent of liberals still undecided compared to 9 percent of conservatives. (TPJ: TWELVE PERCENT!!! Who are these liberals going to vote for, McCain? Honestly? You're a liberal and you're going to vote for a guy who is against everything that you stand for? The mind of the American people maddens me!!!).

The dip in support for Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, cut across demographic and ideological lines. He slipped among Catholics, born-again Christians, women, independents and younger voters. He retained the support of more than 90 percent of black voters.

Obama's support among voters between the ages of 18 and 29, which had been one of his strengths, slipped 12 percentage points to 52 percent. McCain, who will turn 72 next week, was winning 40 percent of younger voters. (TPJ: Again, TWELVE PERCENT!!! Amongst the YOUNG PEOPLE?!!!. The only demographic that he seems to be holding steady for him right now are the African-Americans).

TPJ: I know this is only one poll but I've seen other polls reflecting the same. I'm fucking freaky out here my friends. I don't know if I can handle another 4 years of Bush like policies. I'm going to go into a serious funk if he doesn't win. I can't believe how easily Americans are mislead, scared and convinced to vote against their own best interests because they get hung-up on one thing like an irrational fear of gays. I don't get that one bit.

You're willing to sacrifice everything else because you disagree with the gay lifestyle? Or abortion. They refuse to come to the acceptance that abortions will never go away and if we make them illegal then women are going to get them in dangerous ways that threaten their lives. Are they really willing to accept new headlines of woman after woman dying from an botched, back-alley abortion? And who is going to adopt all of those unwanted babies? I think that if you're pro-life that you have an obligation to adopt at least one kid. No one wants abortion but let's make it safe, legal and rare. It sickens me that negative attacks work and that so many Americans will vote against someone more than for someone. I always hear on the news that people are tired of the political attacks but then why do they work?

They work, I'm convinced because we are by far a very gullible, ignorant people. We base our decisions on a 30 second ad without doing a little research into the claims made in that spot. It's not like it's hard to do a little research with the internet now but yet still Americans can't be bothered. It's either that or being spoon fed by a talk show host who bets on you not challenging their statements. Well then we get what we deserve. I'm getting so sick of the majority of the American people and their collective stupidity. And while the media and many Americans like to think that racism is dead, it's not and I can't help but wonder if Obama would be 10 points ahead if he were fully white (and as we obviously know he's part white). It makes me wonder if we are ever going to get behind such ignorance and fear. America, you greatly disappoint me.

How far do Bush like politicians have to ruin our country before we clue in? I fear that America will be pushed past the tipping point if McCain is elected and finally crash over the edge into the abyss. Get ready for more wars (McCain himself promised that) and perhaps another Great Depression under a McCain administration. I dearly love this country but with the kind of presidents that we seem to like to vote in are starting to push me into wanting to move away to Europe or Canada. So am I just spooked for no reason? What are your thoughts guys? Is America doomed to topple by our own stupidity? Are you worried too about Obama losing? I'm getting a sick feeling that he's going to lose. Agh!! I'm going crazy over this election!!! I have never been more invested and supportive of a candidate than Obama and will be utterly crushed if he looses.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

McCain: Definition of Rich Doesn't Matter.

Last night, during his Saddleback Church presidential forum, Pastor Rick Warren asked both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) to “define rich.” With regard to tax brackets, “where do you move from middle class to rich?” Warren asked. Obama said, “if you are making $150,000 a year or less, as a family, then you’re middle class.”

McCain, however, dismissed Warren’s question, asking in jest, “How about $5 million?”

WARREN: Everybody talks about, you know, taxing the rich, but not the poor, the middle class. At what point, give me a number, give me a specific number. Where do you move from middle class to rich? […]

MCCAIN: How about $5 million? No, but seriously, I don’t think you can, I don’t think seriously that the point is I’m trying to make, seriously, and I’m sure that comment will be distorted but the point is…that we want to keep people’s taxes low, and increase revenues. … So, it doesn’t matter really what my definition of rich is because I don’t want to raise anybody’s taxes. I really don’t.

TPJ: Which means borrowing more money from China and go further into debt (McCain's economic policy would increase the national debt by $3 trillion). How is that policy any different than Bush? It's not. No one wants to pay taxes but I'd rather pay up front than have to borrow money (and accrue interest) to pay for things. It's called "pay as you go," something that everday Americans do to stay within our budgets. How is it that Republicans have gained the image of being the fiscally responsible ones with their solution of borrowing money and passing the bill onto our kids and grandkids?

It may not be important to McCain and his rich buddies as to what defines rich since they don't need to worry about money but it sure matters to those of us barely making it financially.

But while McCain now says “it doesn’t matter really what my definition of rich is,” in 2000, he criticized tax cuts proposed by then-presidential candidate George W. Bush because they would benefit the rich “at the expense of middle-class Americans.” McCain said that he believed Bush was targeting the wrong individuals:

I don’t think the governor’s tax cut is too big–it’s just misplaced. Sixty percent of the benefits from his tax cuts go to the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans–and that’s not the kind of tax relief that Americans need. … I don’t believe the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans should get 60 percent of the tax breaks. I think the lowest 10 percent should get the breaks.

McCain summarized his position at the time saying, “I’m not giving tax cuts for the rich.” Now McCain is proposing to do exactly that. McCain — who, by his own definition, is rich — would get a $300,000 tax break if his proposals were enacted. McCain would decrease middle-class Americans’ tax bills by just $319.

TPJ: This is yet another example how McCain has happily and unabashedly embraced George W. Bush on his tax policy giving the vast majority of cuts to the rich, not the middle-class. For a supposed "Christian" John McCain clearly doesn't understand the Bible verse that Obama quoted last night at the Faith Forum saying, "To whom much is given, much is expected."

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Obama Nation Book and Its Author Jerome Corsi Discredited.

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer.

UPDATE: 40 page rebutal to Corsi's slime written in his book.

HONOLULU - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hit back Thursday with a 40-page rebuttal to the best-selling book "The Obama Nation," arguing the author is a fringe bigot peddling rehashed lies.

Jerome Corsi's anti-Obama book, "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president. The book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama — that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a "black rage" hidden beneath the surface.

In fact, Obama is a Christian who attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

The Obama campaign picked apart the book's claims in a rebuttal titled "Unfit For Publication," to be posted on the Obama campaign's rumor-fighting Web site, FightTheSmears.com. The title is a play on the book Corsi co-authored against 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military service called "Unfit For Command."

"Jerome Corsi is a discredited liar who is peddling another piece of garbage to continue the Bush-Cheney politics he helped perpetuate four years ago," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor. "His is just one of what will likely be many more lie-filled books rushed to print this election cycle, which are cobbled together from debunked Internet sources to make money and advance a partisan agenda. We will respond to these smears forcefully with all means at our disposal."

Corsi's book is off to a swift start and is No. 1 on The New York Times' hardcover nonfiction best-seller list, even though Obama's campaign would argue the book should be listed as fiction.

Obama's campaign says the book is full of factual inaccuracies that include the wrong date for the Obamas' marriage. Corsi also writes that Obama left much of his family background out of his autobiographies — his father's polygamy and alcoholism, his sister's birth in Indonesia and that his then-fiance Michelle accompanied him on a visit to Kenya — but the campaign points out page numbers from "Dreams From My Father" where Obama discussed all those things.

In "The Obama Nation" — the title is a twist on the word abomination — Corsi catalogs various allegations that have haunted Obama on right-wing blogs and anonymous e-mails.

Corsi suggests, without a shred of proof, that Obama may be using drugs today. Obama has acknowledged using marijuana and cocaine as a teenager but says he quit when he went to college and hasn't used drugs since.

Corsi makes an issue of the fact that, before he quit smoking cigarettes, Obama didn't want it widely known that he smoked. "If Obama takes pains to hide his smoking from us, what else does he take pains to hide?" Corsi asks in the book.

Corsi also dwells on Obama's mother marrying Obama's African father and later marrying someone from Indonesia — whom Corsi describes as "a second man of color to be her mate." The Obama campaign says the description is one of many examples of Corsi's "offensive language" in the book.

He claims Obama received extensive Islamic religious education as a boy in Indonesia, education that was only offered to the truly faithful. Actually, Obama is a Christian and as a boy he attended both Catholic school and Indonesian public schools where some basic study of the Koran was offered.

He accuses Obama of wanting to weaken the military even though Obama's campaign calls for adding 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Corsi defended raising the issue of drugs without any evidence.

"I don't need more," he said. "I'm putting this question forward. I'm putting the evidence forward. Voters can make up their own minds."

Corsi writes for World Net Daily, a conservative Web site whose lead headline Thursday was "Astonishing photo claims: Dead Bigfoot stored on ice."

In a series of Web posts several years ago, Corsi said Pope John Paul II was senile and unconcerned about sexual molestation of boys, referred to Islam is "a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion" and suggested Kerry was secretly Jewish.

Corsi apologized for the remarks and now says he didn't mean them and was simply trying to provoke discussion.

"Obama Nation" is published by Threshold Editions, a division of Simon & Schuster that is run by Mary Matalin, the former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Corsi readily acknowledges the political goal of his book. He considers Obama a "radical leftist" who should not be elected president. Corsi said he has no plans to work against Obama with groups comparable to 2004's Swift Boat Veterans for Truth but said he would be willing to consider it.

Kerry has set up his own Web site, http://www.truthfightsback.com, to push back against accusations from Corsi and others.

TPJ: If McCain wants us to believe that he has any character or integrity then I call on him to condemn this book for what it is--a pack of lies. We need to spread the world on this piece of garbage that as the Obama campaign said, should be treated as fiction. The following is some great analysis from my good friend at Progressive Eruptions:

We don't need to know anything more about this asshole. He admits he makes stuff up "to provoke discussion." Anyone who reads his crap and believes it, has serious problems with critical thinking

Associated Press Writer Christopher Wills in Springfield, Ill., contributed to this report.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

John McCain Forgets Iraq Invasion with Georgia Comments. Plus Bush-McCain Economics Ad.

Speaking to reporters about the situation in Georgia, Sen. John McCain denounced the aggressive posture of Russia by claiming that:"in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations."

TPJ: Hey Grandpa McCain!! You, Bush, Cheney and their lackies kicked off the 21st century by invading a sovereign nation, remember Iraq? The inconvenient truth? And not only did we invade but we've occupied that nation for going on 6 years!!! This blunder happened in the same speech where he mispronounced the Georgian president's last name (for the fourth time) despite claiming to have a close and long time relationship with the man. These blunders all add up and make him look clueless on foreign policy despite his bravado and bellicose behavior just like George W. Bush. He saber rattles and talks tough yet he can't figure out the basics like peoples' names, country names, the difference between Shia, Sunni, al-Qaed and Iran. He just represents more Bush, "Cowboy Diplomacy."

I got the sense watching McCain that he was trying to act like the president with this Georgia situation, acting like he was the one in charge to make decisions. Especially with the American flag in the background and you hear the right-wing sound machine saying how presidential it makes him look. Which is what he has to do to try and win. Yet when Obama looked presidential on his trip abroad they said he was arrogant and presumptuous--the double standards are maddening. Barack has to be on his game 10 times that of McCain and even then he still gets held to a different standard but what is more maddening is that the MSM doesn't cover the double standards and the McCain flubs. No wonder the media types hate the blogs, we keep them honest and in-check. They don't like anyone giving news and opinion besides themselves.

Plus, check out this hard hitting ad by Obama on McCain's economic plan:


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

McCain Lies About Obama's Tax Policy Again and Again.

McCain released three new ads with multiple false and misleading claims about Obama's tax proposals.

A TV spot claims Obama once voted for a tax increase "on people making just $42,000 a year." That's true for a single taxpayer, who would have seen a tax increase of $15 for the year – if the measure had been enacted.

But the ad shows a woman with two children, and as a single mother, she would not have been affected unless she made more than $62,150. The increase that Obama once supported as part of a Democratic budget bill is not part of his current tax plan anyway.

A Spanish-language radio ad claims the measure Obama supported would have raised taxes on "families" making $42,000, which is simply false. Even a single mother with one child would have been able to make $58,650 without being affected. A family of four with income up to $90,000 would not have been affected. The TV ad claims in a graphic that Obama would "raise taxes on middle class." In fact, Obama's plan promises cuts for middle-income taxpayers and would increase rates only for persons with family incomes above $250,000 or with individual incomes above $200,000.

TPJ: If you're making that kind of money then you're not middle-class and you can afford to pay a little. It's the middle-class that has built this country, they are the backbone of the economy-not the wealthy. Sure the rich play an important role but without the "worker bees" this country would have folded long ago and is why it's failing economically right now.

The radio ad claims Obama would increase taxes "on the sale of your home." In fact, home-sale profits of up to $500,000 per couple would continue to be exempt from capital gains taxes. Very few sales would see an increase under Obama's proposal to raise the capital gains rate.

TPJ: We need to re-establish the advantages to the working class and Obama is the candidate for doing just that. McCain is using these misleading ads because he knows this and is counting on Americans not doing their own research into the ad's claims. He is trying to distract people from the fact that his tax policy basically mirrors that of George W. Bush and we all know how beneficial his plan has been these past 8 years. It has nearly shattered our economy.

A second radio ad, in English, says, "Obama has a history of raising taxes" on middle-class Americans. But that's false. It refers to a vote that did not actually result in a tax increase and could not have done so.

TPJ: This kind of blatent lie tells me a lot about John McCain's lack of character and integrity. It shows me that he is willing to sacrifice anything for the power of the president. Sure every candidate stretches the truth a bit but these claims by McCain are flat out dishonesty. If he's misleading us now during the election then what hope do we have that a President McCain would be truthful with the American people as president? Ads like these emphasis even more that I don't trust McCain any further than I can throw him. Read the entire four page article by clicking here. It's very enligtening to say the least and if you still support McCain after reading about these dishonest tactics then nothing I can say will convince you. You clearly will support any Republican just because they have an (R) after their name irregardless of their character, judgment and tactics.

Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office says that most U.S. corporations pay no federal income tax and foreign companies that do business in America aren't paying corporate taxes. So we give free reign to companies wanting to do business here and wonder why we are in a trade deficit and have soaring national debt?

In other news, Senator Joe Lieberman has absurdly stated that Obama hasn't always put country first and the MSM as usual isn't covering it hardly at all. "Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut made the attack a lot more explicit, calling the election a choice “between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not."

I want someone to demand G.I. Joe Lieberman to detail when and where Obama hasn't put his country first. He can't get away with this slime ball tactic.

UPDATE: McCain just mispronounced the Georgian president's name for the FOURTH TIME calling him Sashkavili instead of Saakashvili (pronounced Saw-Kash-veal-lee). It might be nitpicking to some but if McCain claims to know him as well as he says you'd think he'd know how to pronounce his damn name!!! It fits into the narrative that he's not as sharp as he use to be as this isn't the first time he's made such foreign policy flubs. Remember when he mixed up Sunni, Shia, Iran and al-Qaeda? I don't know about you but I tend to trust a candidate who knows the difference between factions more than one like McCain who gets confused sometimes. These mix-ups scare me. There are many more examples of this kind.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Obama Sticker Give-Away. Plus, McCain and the Georgian Conflict.

Does anyone need an Obama sticker? I have an extra and would be willing to send it to you. I would prefer to send it to someone in a battleground state though. It's white with blue letters from Moveon.org. Let me know...Meanwhile,

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has seized on the current Georgian crisis as an opportunity to talk tough to the Russians and tout his foreign policy experience.

However, according to CNN, "McCain's claim to have a handle on national security could be slightly undermined by mispronouncing the name of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili three times."

McCain repeatedly called the foreign leader "President Sashkavili."

Matthew DeLong at the Washington Independent was even more scathing, noting, "McCain gave a brief history of the republic, and said he has met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili 'many times, including during several trips to Georgia.' ... I don't mean to be petty -- the name is not an easy one to say correctly, particularly for Westerners -- but McCain wasn't even close. If he met 'many times' with the Georgian president, it would probably be a good sign that McCain had done his homework and pronounced the leader's name properly -- especially when he is highlighting his supposedly close relationship with Saakashvili."
It has also been pointed out that McCain's "brief history" of Georgia appears to have been lifted in part directly from Wikipedia -- presumably by McCain staffers, since the candidate himself has confessed to having no knowledge of how to use the Internet.

TPJ: It's even more disturbing as McCain claims to be a foreign policy expert despite a long list of gaffes in regards to this subject with this one being the latest. This kind of thing reminds me of Bush and we don't need another clueless president like him. And besides that he seeks to punish Russia by kicking them out of the G8 which will only cause more tension. In addition, suppose we somehow kick them out of the G8 and then need their help later with Iran? They aren't going to want to help us out much don't ya think?

UPDATE: It looks like a cease fire is in effect and that a peace deal might soon be signed thanks for the French President Sarkozy. Ironic that France is the broker helping make this happen when so many Americans despise the French and think they are cowards and ineffectual on the world stage (which is obviously false). Yet the our Secretary of State and supposed expert in Russian affairs was caught flat footed, our response and assistance in this matter has so far been a failure.

Imagine if we had followed McCain's lead!! He'd probably had have us in war with Russia by now with his Bush like intimidation tactics. Oh yeah and McCain's chief foreign policy adviser has lobbied for Georgia.
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