Friday, October 31, 2008

Conservative Eagleburger on Palin: Of Course She's Not Ready. Plus, Long Lines at the Polls.

A former Republican Secretary of State and one of John McCain's most prominent supporters offered a stunningly frank and remarkably bleak assessment of Sarah Palin's capacity to handle the presidency should such a scenario arise Lawrence Eagleburger, who served as Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush and whose endorsement is often trumpeted by McCain, said on Thursday that the Alaska governor is not only unprepared to take over the job on a moment's notice but, even after some time in office, would only amount to an "adequate" commander in chief.

"And I devoutly hope that [she] would never be tested," he added for good measure -- referring both to Palin's policy dexterity and the idea of McCain not making it through his time in office. Asked by the host whether Palin could step in during a time of crisis, Eagleburger reverted to sarcasm before leveling the harsh blow. "It is a very good question," he said, pausing a few seconds, then adding with a chuckle: "I'm being facetious here.
Look, of course not."

All told, 59 percent of voters surveyed said Ms. Palin was not prepared for the job, up nine percentage points since the beginning of the month. Nearly a third of voters polled said the vice-presidential selection would be a major factor influencing their vote for president, and those voters broadly favor Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

And in a possible indication that the choice of Ms. Palin has hurt Mr. McCain’s image, voters said they had much more confidence in Mr. Obama to pick qualified people for his administration than they did in Mr. McCain.
The indictment of Palin was all the more biting because both she and McCain have held Eagleburger up repeatedly during the past several weeks as evidence that the Republican ticket has firm standing and support within foreign policy circles.

TPJ: You combine that with McCain's age, which is 72 and the fact that the average life expectancy for a male in America is 77 years and you have a scary scenario. Especially since McCain has had health problems in the past relating to his abuse as a P.O.W. and his brushes with skin cancer. And they say that Obama is the riskier proposition!!! I will rest safe at night knowing that foreign policy veteran Joe Biden is backing up Barack Obama.


Once again we see long lines at the polls. It seems to happen every four years and you'd think that we would have done something about this all these years that we've seen this. I say this every 4 years but we need to have more polling stations opened up and an election weekend instead of just one day. Perhaps also have a national holiday on the following Monday to have a 3 day weekend to vote. I boggles my mind that we still have these issues unless those in charge don't want us all to vote. It's scandalous and embarrassing being here in America to have these problems especially when we try to tell other countries how to set up a voting system.

We say that voting is the most important right in a democracy, which is true so then why don't we have polling stations on every street corner in America?!! I know it sucks to have to wait in line but like I keep saying in my posts, waiting 4 hours is much easier when you consider what waiting 4 years would be like if John McCain and Scary Palin get into the White House.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Who You Calling Socialist Sarah? Plus, Does Obama Want to Cease Support of Israel? No.

In other news: There is a new video attack ad from the McCain camp criticizing Barack Obama for wanting to engage in diplomacy with Iran to help end the tension and halt Iran's nuclear program. Well in the ad it mentions how Iran wants the U.S. to cease its support of Israel with this ominous music in the background. Somehow suggesting that Obama agrees.

Not once has Obama said that he'd agree to cease support of Israel and yet this misleading ad clearly tries to make that link. Don't be fooled and tricked by this ad. They are trying to scare you as usual and mislead you into thinking Barack is somehow a terrorist sympathizer. I haven't heard or read anything to suggest that Obama would abandon Israel. In fact I've only heard the opposite--nothing but strong support and commitment.

UPDATE: Some McCain stooge is on Hardball with Chris Matthews tonight whining about Obama having the money to do that 30 minute spot last night but they'd love to have that kind of money themselves!! And I find it hilarious that the party of big money and the one who usually wins the money war is belly aching about "too much money in politics!!"

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama, McCain and Rashid Khalidi.

By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday October 29, 2008 9:30 am

Wingnuttia is all ablaze with this story:

John McCain's presidential campaign Tuesday accused the Los Angeles Times of "intentionally suppressing" a videotape it obtained of a 2003 banquet where then-state Sen. Barack Obama spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist.

I guess some are tempted to file this under the category of "October surprise," a blockbuster the McCain campaign tucked away for a rainy day:

"A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi," said McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb. " . . . The election is one week away, and it's unfortunate that the press so obviously favors Barack Obama that this campaign must publicly request that the Los Angeles Times do its job -- make information public."

Poor Goldfarb. Unleashed on campaign stooge duty once again. From the Huffington Post:

McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

It's a sign of last-minute desperation that the McCain campaign had to launch an attack that was so weak and easily refuted. Bet they kept a few things back from the wingnuts when they launched them into hyper-screech? (Other writers have accused Khalidi of being an aide to Yasser Arafat, a claim which Marc Ambinder and Ari Berman have suggested is not credible.) Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza.

TPJ: This is a non-story at best and a story where both sides cancel each other out with their own tenuous connection to this person at worst.

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An American Presidential History of Redistribution of Wealth.

John McCain said this morning that he wants to keep the money from possible drilling offshore in Florida for Floridians, which I'm fine with. However, Isn't that "redistributing" the wealth like Palin has done in Alaska? Working to give parts of the revenue of the oil drilling to Floridians who did nothing to earn that oil money other than to be Floridians? That's redistribution to use the broad definition that the McCain campaign is using against Obama that he's some kind of socialist. Shouldn't "Capitialist John" be advocating that the oil companies keep all the revenue? That's true, pure capitalism that McCain supposedly is a proud advocate of. Is he for the free market or not?

Thanks go to my friend Shaw for this next part:

Republicans and their love of redistributing the wealth: The Obama campaign had the PERFECT answer given to them on a silver platter. I thought David Gergen on Anderson Coopers was brilliant when talking about this "issue." (TPJ: And David Gergen isn't some liberal sychophant. He's been a political advisor to Nixon, Ford and Reagan).

COOPER: It's certainly a question the McCain campaign has kind of been hammering at, portraying Obama as a socialist. You hear that on -- on the Palin campaign as well.Is it working?

GERGEN: They may be making some modest progress with it, Anderson. We did see some evidence of McCain coming up a point or two here and there. I don't think it's anywhere near close enough to win an election. And more importantly, I don't think the Democrats have really answered it appropriately.
You know, Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, was very much an advocate of what's called progressive taxation. And that is the rich pay more than the poor in terms of taxes.

Now, one of the most effective popular programs we've had in the last three decades. It's called the earned income tax credit. It's a program whereby, if you're a working person, a working couple and you're below the poverty line, the government will actually give you money.
That's a redistributed program. It's a program which takes money from the upper classes and gives it to the lower -- to the working poor.

Now who started that program? The earned income tax credit? Ronald Reagan. It was one of the -- it was an achievement of the Reagan administration that Bill Clinton then built on.
So I think that these arguments are -- you know, some of them get so carried away that they don't recognize the realities of what we've been going through in public policy and the big arguments about why the wealth over the last 30 years has been redistributed. It's been redistributed upwards.

Other Republican Presidents who supported "redistribution of wealth":
"I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and in another tax which is far more easily collected and far more effective: a graduated inheritance tax increasing rapidly with the size of the estate.”- Theodore Roosevelt. (TPJ: And McCain apparently thinks of himself as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican!!!)

“Every dollar spent by the government must be paid for either by taxes or by more borrowing with greater debt. The only way to make more tax cuts now is to have bigger and bigger deficits and to borrow more and more money. Either we or our children will have to bear the burden of this debt. This is one kind of chicken that always comes home to roost. An unwise tax cutter, my fellow citizens, is no real friend of the taxpayer."- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1986, Reagan signed legislation greatly increasing the earned income tax credit, a credit for low-income workers that reduces the impact of payroll taxes in order to boost take-home pay above poverty levels. When the credit is more than the amount of federal income taxes owed by an individual, that person receives a tax “refund.”“It's the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.”- Ronald Reagan

TPJ: Even Adam Smith in his book "Wealth of Nations" (which is the economic bible for free marketeers) says, "It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Election Isn't Over. Vote for Obama Early.

It is exciting to see Obama up nationally and in battleground swing states but we can't ease up--not now, not yet. There will be plenty of time to do that after the election but we have to turn out in record numbers and vote first. I think today's Gallup Daily Tracking Poll has him only up 5 points today!! You can't expect that Obama can win without your vote. We need all of our votes.

If you can vote early, do so and don't step out of line if you have to wait four hours (unless you have to get back to work). If you're tempted just think how long the next four years would be if McCain wins. Surely a few hours isn't too much to ask for change? Take a sick day or vacation day for work if need be and ask someone who has already voted to watch your kids but whatever you do don't skip this historic and vitally important election. If you think the lines are long now for early voting just think of how long they'll be on election day November 4th. And after you vote make sure your friends and family who support Obama go out and vote. Barack has taken this campaign as far as he can and now it's our turn to do our part and vote for him in overwhelming numbers.

And we need you college students to turn out big time for Barack so if that's you don't get drunk or something and forget to vote. You'll regret it if he ends up losing. As I said in a previous post, skip class in need be and ask your professor if you can do some extra credit to make up for it. However, make sure and tell him or her why you're going to skip class to do your civic duty. I'm sure that they'll understand and even encourage you and if not then well it's just one class versus losing the most important election in a generation!!!

By the way, for my Florida readers it turns out that the state has extended voting hours so that more people with less flexable schedules can vote:

Long lines at the polls prompted Gov. Charlie Crist to sign an executive order on Tuesday, extending voting times to 12 hours a day.

Effective immediately, early voting sites statewide will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 31. Sat., Nov. 1 and Sun., Nov. 2, polls will be open a total of 12 hours, to be determined by the supervisors of elections in the individual counties.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

John McCain Doesn't Take Nuclear Energy and Its Safety Seriously.

You know, the other night in the debate with Senator Obama, I said his eloquence is admirable, but pay attention to his words. We talk about offshore drilling and he said he would quote, consider, offshore drilling. We talked about nuclear power, well it has to be safe, environment, blah, blah, blah."

TPJ: Protecting our environmental safety isn't something that deserves a flippant, dismissive comment like McCain answered Obama's concerns. Yes it has become safer but it is still highly dangerous and only takes one little incident for things to really go bad in a hurry. Remember Chernobyl John? Blah, blah, blah? How about Three Mile Island? Blah, blah blah? What about a possible terrorist attack on a nuclear reactor? Blah, blah, blah? And McCain conveniently doesn't mention that we still don't know what to do with the radioactive waste. I guess he wants to put it in Yucca Mountain in Nevada. What do you Nevadans think about that?

I saw a show over the weekend about this crew that fixed a turbine on a nuclear power plant. Well this guy said that the current amounts of nuclear waste in America would fill an entire football field 12 feet deep. So then imagine the huge increase of nuclear waste if we allow John McCain to expand the number of nuclear reactors by the rate needed to make us energy independent, which would be a lot and therefore a lot of waste. Maybe since it's so safe, blah, blah, blah, we can put all that waste in McCain's home state of Arizona or even on the property of his 7 estates. He should be fine with that since it's so safe, blah, blah, blah. I'd even be willing to give him a tax credit for it!!

Do we honestly want to elect a candidate for President of the United States of America who doesn't take nuclear energy and its safety seriously? He's too erratic and dangerously dismissive of some really important issues such as this one.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

America Must Unite Under the Democrats to Fix the Bush-McCain Disaster.

Have you heard the new argument from the McCain-Palin campaign? They're saying now that you should vote for McCain to prevent full Democratic rule in Congress and the White House. In other words they are giving up trying to get people to vote for McCain. It's a desperate plea, which says I know you don't like me but vote for me because the other guy is too appealing and will probably change the way things have been done for the past 8 years. Um, that's a really convincing argument given how the last eight years have gone under Bush and McCain's support of him 90% of the time.

We are in a real mess and simply can't trust this current batch of Republicans to change their ways and have the new ideas and minds to turn things around and do something different. And no matter what you think of the Democrats we can't keep up the current policies. And in order to get things done then maybe we do need a Democratic controlled Congress and White House. If we have a divided government the change can't happen because the this batch of unrepentant Republicans will just block any attempts at change. If we keep doing things the McCain way of the past 8 years then I can assure you that nothing will change.

Change always comes with risk but we Americans have never been afraid to face the darkness square on, be brave and take the leap into the unknown. We know that we have over-come great hardships in the past and we can do it again under Obama. These are extraordinary times and call for extraordinary measures. We have a lot of work ahead of us to fix the broken country that Bush has left us and to make progress we can't have gridlock and so that calls for a Democratic Congress and White House. And look, if the Democrats in Congress and Barack Obama screw it up then we vote them out in 4 years. It's not like we would be electing Barack Obama to be leader for life.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Handsome B. Wonderful the Blogger Talks Obama and Taxes.

Are the rest of you getting sick of the "Joe the Plumber" talk from the McCain-Palin campaign? She talks about him as if only Republican average workers are "real" workers and Americans. They're not stopping there though, they are adding to the list of names associated with certain professions. They've run out of material so they just list these people and their jobs as if that's all that people need to hear to vote for them.

They must think that plumbers are somehow dumb and would vote for McCain just because either McCain or Palin mentioned their profession. Like, "Hey, I'm a plumber too so I'll vote for McCain." As if Barack Obama is somehow anti-plumbers. How ludicrous. It's like the old way that politicians use to filibuster in Washington D.C. by reading out of the phone book. So I'm creating a list of my own first after the ones that I've heard from the McCain-Palin team:

Joe the plumber, Tom the teacher, Tito the builder, Ed the dairyman, Phil the bricklayer, Gary the dentist, Jesus the restaurant owner, Christine the florist, Bob the boat builder, Clark the cook and Angela the nurse. Next they're going to invoke the cartoon character, "Bob the Builder." Now for mine: Paul the pot dealer, Funk Master the pimp, Candy the prostitute, Tony the hit man and Larry the Illegal firearms seller. Where's the help for these folks? They don't want to pay taxes either!!

Look, all joking aside no one wants to pay taxes but if you want to continue enjoying the great benefits of living in America than you need to pay your fair share and that is all that Obama is asking. Those who can live comfortably and still pay a little more in taxes should do so for the betterment of America as a whole. We can't continue widening this gap between the rich and the poor with the middle-class fading into the poorer classes. History shows that countries with no middle-class and a wide spread between rich are poor are less successful in many ways:
Countries with a wide distribution of income tend to have more widespread income poverty. Also, social mobility is lower in countries with high inequality. Growing inequality is divisive. It polarises societies, it divides regions within countries. Children and young adults are now 25% more likely to be poor than the population as a whole. Single-parent households are three times as likely to be poor than the population average. In developed countries, governments have been taxing more and spending more on social benefits to offset the trend towards more inequality. Without this spending, the report says, the rise in inequality would have been even more rapid. “The largest part of the increase in inequality comes from changes in the labour markets. This is where governments must act. Low-skilled workers are having ever-greater problems in finding jobs.
TPJ: Barack Obama simply wants to return to the economy of the 1990s, which was pretty damn good. Remember those days? We Americans have such short term memory. Bill Clinton raised taxes on the uber-wealthy and our country didn't become a communist state. In fact our capitalist economy boomed like never before. I don't know about you but I want to return to that Clinton style economy and we can do that under Barack Obama.

Btw, recent polls have Obama leading in Colorado by between 7 to 12 points. I'm giddy about my home state Colorado going blue. Also, please don't pronounce Colorado, Ko-low-rod-doe as the media says it. We say It Call-low-rawd-doe. And can we retire the phrase, "My friends?" I never want to hear that phrase again after this election. Thanks John for devalueing the word "friends."

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Friday, October 24, 2008

The Highest Paid McCain Staffer? Sarah Palin's Make-up Stylist. Plus, McCain Supporter Mugged? It Was a Hoax.

If Palin's $150,000 shopping spree had Republicans disgusted, then the report that her makeup stylist cost $22,800 for the first two weeks of October should have them livid. The stylist, Amy Strozzi, was apparently paid more than any other McCain staffer during that period. Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show.

TPJ: $22,800 dollars for two weeks just for make-up!!! I know that make-up is expensive. That said, those kind of numbers are that I'd expect from Paris Hilton and not the Republican V.P. candidate who has been trying to appeal to average, middle-class "Wal-Mart" and "Hockey moms" who don't make much more than $22,800 in a year. And doesn't she know how to do her own make-up? Come on. Yeah nothing says, "We're fiscally responsible" than spending this kind of money on clothes and make-up (insert sarcasm).

McCain is trying to defend the clothing expenditures by saying that, She needed clothes at the time,” McCain told a group of Florida reporters. As if she was a homeless lady that they yanked off the street. Come to think of it I bet a homeless lady would be better than Palin. And even if her wardrobe was a little thin you don't need to spend that kind of money for new duds. I find some very respectable and nice clothes from stores like Kohls, JC Penny and Target. Some people say that such stores are for the "low class" but last time I checked it was the so-called, "lower classes" that make up the vast majority of voters. I hear others saying that this isn't an important issue but I disagree. It shows an inability to relate to average folks and poor fiscal responsibility.

In other news: Did you hear about that McCain supporter who was supposedly attacked and beat up by a mugger who allegedly carved a backwards "B" (for Barack Obama) into her cheek upon seeing her McCain-Palin bumper sticker? Yeah, well it was all made-up. The McCain supporters are turning rabid. I've said if before but it seems like the only people left supporting the McCain-Palin ticket are the right-wing radical wackos.

Plus, former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan will vote for Obama.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Socialist Sara Palin. Plus, Can Obama Pass a National Security Test? Ask Colin Powell.

As we know the McCain-Palin campaign is claiming that giving tax cuts to the middle-class is socialist yet Sara Palin comes from a state (Alaska) that redistributes a portion of oil wealth to all its citizens. In fact, under her rule she has increased the tax rate that these oil companies must pay. I think it's a great idea and should be applied nation wide with a federal windfall profits tax on oil companies.

That Alaska oil rebate check policy, however, shows blatant hypocrisy. In other words, rebates are good enough for Alaska but "socialist" when Barack Obama wants to provide tax relief for the vast majority of Americans who make up the backbone of our economy--the middle class? It's upside down world in the McCain camp.In other news, we keep hearing this attack from the McCain camp that Senator Biden supposedly said that Barack isn't ready for a national security "test" from our enemies. Well, first of all the McCain people conveniently left out the most important part of the Biden comments, which is that Obama would be up to the task because "he's got steel in his spine" suggesting he'd pass the test.

Biden's point (while convoluted) is that all new presidents are tested in one way or another and I don't think that the greatest general in a generation, Colin Powell would have endorsed Barack Obama if he thought that Obama couldn't pass a "test." I am pretty confident in saying that Powell (former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State) knows more about this subject than most people. I trust his judgment that Obama is ready. The other point is that Obama is about as calm and collected as they come so he'd be well suited to face down tense national security situations with a clear head and good judgment. In addition, Obama will be getting sound advise and backup from his national security advisers. So calm down people.

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John McCain is a "Socialist" too!!

The only reason that he changed his position from being against the Bush tax cuts to benefit the wealthy was to run for president he needed to shore up the bast where those Bush tax cuts are popular. And since the majority of Americans believe in the progressive tax system doesn't that mean that we are all socialists because of the radical interpretation of socialism by the McCain-Palin ticket? Clearly so. I also find it ignorant to say that people who don't pay income tax shouldn't get a tax rebate.

This is because these folks do pay taxes in the form of sales tax, property tax, etc. and since consumer spending is a large part of the American economic engine giving money to the folks who buy the basics stimulates the economy. These are the folks who need the tax rebates the most. They spend that money on groceries, gas, tuition for their kids to go to school, etc. and that is spending that can be better counted on. Whereas giving money to the uber-wealthy isn't money that can be counted on to be put back into the economy because they tend to hord it and buy luxury items that are not industries that are commonly tapped by most people--the middle class. And it has been proven over the years that the middle-class is the bedrock of our economy.

This means that the foundation of the economy (small businesses) aren't receiving the majority of the spending benefits. Luxury boat companies, high-end jewelry stores and luxury clothing stores (Sara Palin) are not the mainstay of consumer spending. The only reason that the corporations have so much money is because of the worker bees that include folks who don't pay taxes because they don't have hardly any income. So by giving the tax cuts to the rich they are killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Trickle down economics has been shown to be a failure because the money doesn't trickle down enough, it dribbles at best.


In other news, Sara Palin says that this election is in "God's hands" and that the "right thing for America will be done at the end of the day on Nov. 4." TPJ: So doesn't this mean that if Obama wins that "God" will be rejecting Sara Palin's form of Christianity? And that "God" supports the "godless" Democrats? It is so convenient for Christians to say that "God's will be done" but then when it turns out that the opposite happens they ignore it and keep doing the opposite of "God's" supposed will!! So they're just pissing their "God" off are they not? And one thing that I've always wondered is that if "God's will" is what will happen no matter how much you pray then what is the point in praying? It's totally illogical to me.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

No Wonder the McCain Campaign Has no Money!! Plus, Palin Still Doesn't Understand Job of V.P.

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74. The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September. The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

The cash expenditures immediately raised questions among campaign finance experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission's long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use. The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., suggesting $295 was spent to accommodate the littlest Palin to join the campaign trail.

TPJ: The McCain campaign claims that the clothing will be donated after the campaign. That's great but that's not the point. The point is that buying such expensive clothing from high-end department stores during a time when most Americans are buying less and buying cheaper items such as clothing looks out of touch. How many "Hockey Moms" do you know who shop at Saks Fifth Avenue? In addition, they should be shopping at Wal-Mart or Target if they really believe in the "Wal-Mart voter." On the other side Barack wears the same pair of shoes, belt and pants until they wear out or until Michelle forces him to buy news stuff.

The "Wal-Mart voter" (and I am one of them because unfortunately I have no other choice) is looking at this and saying that they can relate to small town America and yet they go on these celebrity-esque shopping sprees to fill up their mansions. This especially pisses me off at a time when most Americans are struggling to pay the bills let alone be able to go shopping at all. Remember when she was selected to be V.P. and said she didn't know what the V.P. does? Well she still doesn't understand what the V.P. does.

This is Bushian loyalty and cronyism politics all over again. Remember Brownie? The former head of an Arabian horse association who became head of FEMA during Hurricane Katrina? Yeah the, "You're doing a heck of a job Brownie?" Well Palin is Brownie times ten and in a much more powerful and important position. She would be one heart beat away from President of the United States of America and she doesn't know what the V.P. does??? That's terrifying. Imagine say going in for an accountant interview and saying you don't really know what an accountant does. Do you think you'd get the job? No way in hell.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Poll: Obama Opens Biggest Lead Yet Over McCain.

By Mark Murray:
Barack Obama has opened up his biggest advantage over John McCain in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. With two weeks to go until Election Day, Obama now leads his Republican rival by 10 points among registered voters, 52 to 42 percent, up from 49 to 43 percent two weeks ago. Obama’s current lead is also fueled by his strength among independent voters (topping McCain 49 to 37 percent), suburban voters (53 to 41), Catholics (50 to 44) and white women (49 to 45). Fifty-five percent of respondents say she’s not qualified to serve as president if the need arises, up five points from the previous poll.

In addition, for the first time, more voters have a negative opinion of her [Sara Palin] than a positive one. In the survey, 47 percent view her negatively, versus 38 percent who see her in a positive light. Moreover, 56 percent say they are either “optimistic or confident” or “satisfied and hopeful” that Obama would do a good job as president. Only 44 percent say that of McCain.

He has a 39-point advantage over McCain in handling health care (59 to 20 percent), a 21-point edge on improving the economy (49 to 28), a 21-point lead on the mortgage and housing crisis (45 to 24), a 17-point edge on dealing with the Wall Street crisis (42 to 25), a 14-point lead on taxes (48 to 34) and a 12-point advantage on energy and the cost of gas (44 to 32).

Obama has the edge in offering hope and optimism (53 to 23), improving America’s standing in the world (51 to 31) and having the right temperament to be president (50 to 30).
What the poll shows is that McCain — with 14 days until Election Day — has lost ground with independent and swing voters, Hart says.

“If you don’t win the middle in America, you don’t win the election.”

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Monday, October 20, 2008

How Much Would You Pay in Taxes Under Obama and McCain?

How Much Would You Pay in Taxes under Obama or McCain?
Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain both say they’ll cut federal taxes if elected. Here’s what their proposals would mean for you.

Obama McCain
If you make... you'd
less than $19,000 $567 $21
$19,000-$37,600 $892 $118
$37,600-$66,400 $1118 $325
$66,400-$111,600 $1264 $994
$111,600-$161,000 $2135 $2584




If you're in the top 5% of earners...
you'd pay
an extra...
$227,000-$603,400 $121 $8159
$603,400-$2.87 million $93,709 $48,862
more than $2.87 million $542,882 $290,708

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Colin Powell Addresses Charges that Obama is a Terrorist and a Socialist.

Former General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, former National Security Adviser and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is about a moderate as one can get but I guess this great lauded, experienced military man must be a terrorist too? Or is he just too stupid to see that Obama is a Manchurian candidate? This is getting outrageous and desperate and I hope McCain goes down in flames with this kind of lunacy.

Warren Buffet supports Obama and he is saying "buy American" and buy American stocks, which is supporting the free market so is he a socialist too?

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Yard Sign Stolen. Plus, Obama Up in Ohio.

Some douche bag stole my sign either during the night or early this morning. You know the other side is desperate when they are resorting to stealing and vandalism. They can have the sign and I'll take an Obama win.

A new poll out today shows Obama up by NINE POINTS in Ohio!!! While that sounds wonderful I doubt that it's that high but it clearly is a very, very positive sign.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Colin Powell Endorses Obama. Plus, Northern Virginia Not Apart of Virginia?

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president on Sunday morning, calling him a “transformational figure” who has reached out to all Americans with an inclusive campaign and displayed “a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity” and “a depth of knowledge” in his approach to the nation’s problems.

TPJ: This should help convince some of the few people (especially our military folks/veterns) still on the fence about Obama because they are concerned that he can't handle foreign policy. It could help in Florida, Virginia and Colorado where there are sizable military communities. It is also a show of confidence that Obama would be positive for veterans affairs. Colin Powell was hung out to dry and deceived by Bush just as many of our great soldiers were with the Iraq war.

Powell's endorsement carries a lot of weight because he is one of the most respected citizens in the country and is probably our greatest general in a generation. He is a military genius whose Powell doctrine says to win a war you must have an overwhelming force something like 10-1. It also demands a clear, attainable objective, exist strategy and having broad international support. In addition, it warns not to get into nation building, which is exactly what we are trying to do in Iraq. So because Bush the first listened to Powell America had a clear victory in the Gulf War. It was the doctrine that he advised Bush use with the Iraq war and we know the consequences of Bush and Cheney ignoring that sound doctrine. I hope that Barack would tap this great man's military intelligence and experience should he become president.

Powell wasn't too impressed with Sarah Palin nor the tactics of the McCain campaign of late with the Bill Ayers crap:
Mr. Powell, who was secretary of state in the first term of President Bush, also said that he was concerned about Mr. McCain’s selection of Ms. Palin as his running mate and had come to the conclusion that she was the wrong choice. “She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired, but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president,” Mr. Powell said during the taping.

Mr. Powell told Tom Brokaw, the host of “Meet the Press,” that he had been disturbed in recent weeks by the negative tone of Mr. McCain’s campaign, particularly its focus on Mr. Obama’s passing relationship with William Ayers, a 1960s radical and founder of the Weather Underground.

“Mr. McCain says that he’s a washed-out terrorist,” Mr. Powell said. “Well, then, why do we keep talking about him?

After the program’s taping, Mr. Powell told reporters that the thought of attacking Mr. Obama for Mr. Ayers was “over the top.”

TPJ: I have family in Virginia who are proud of their great state and with good reason. I've visited there and have found it to be one of the most beautiful places in our country. And being being a history buff I was in heaven with all the civil war sites and other historic places there. So I'm sure that many out there would be a quite annoyed with the McCain aide who said recently that northern Virginia isn't "real Virginia:"
You just wrote off a third of the state's population Nancy.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Is Barack Obama a Socialist? Hardly.

In his weekly radio address today, John McCain uses the ubiquitous Joe the plumber to all but accuse Democratic rival Barack Obama of being a socialist.

"Joe, [the plumber] in his plainspoken way, said this sounded a lot like socialism," McCain says in his radio address. "And a lot of Americans are thinking along those same lines.

TPJ: Cutting taxes on the middle-class is a tried and true method of economic growth in this country. A large, strong middle-class has been the powerhouse of the American economy for generations.

It is the backbone and that backbone has weakened severely and the pool dwindled considerably with the failed trickle down economic theory of tax cuts to the rich, across the board deregulation and deficit spending. Barack Obama is proposing the same tax policy that was adopted by President Clinton in the 90's, which was a decade of great economic prosperity.

Republicans who throw the label socialism around clearly don't understand what that means.

Socialism refers to an economic theory of social organization advocating social or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

TPJ: This means the government owns and operates every industry. Under Socialism all the profits of those industries are shared by all. The Democrats under Barack Obama simply want to return the tax balance back to what it was under Clinton. It's kind of funny that Republicans don't want to go back to the boom economy of the 90's. And didn't McCain support and vote for the $700 billion bailout that has partly socialized the banking industry? He sure did.

If Obama was truly a socialist then he'd be calling for nationalizing every profit made by either the rich or the middle-class. His policy is to give the most tax cuts to those who are the engine of the economy--the working class. It's not like the rich are being taxed 100% like in true socialism and the rich still have their tax havens and deductions. McCain is saying that people who pay no taxes getting money is "welfare" but what then are those rebate checks? They're trying to scare people like they always do. It's dog whistle politics at it's worst.

In response to McCain's fearmongering Obama said to a crowd of 100,000 in St. Louis, "John McCain is so out of touch with the struggles you are facing that he must be the first politician in history to call a tax cut for working people 'welfare,'" Obama said.

By the way, did you know that there are some parts of the America that are more pro-American than others? You better make sure you live in the right area of the country or you might be accused of being, oh, say--a socialist. Yeah, so says Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin said in North Carolina yesterday that she loved to visit the "pro-America" areas of the country -- implying, implicitly, that there were some parts of the United States she viewed as not pro-America. "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans.

That's right big city America--you suck and that goes for mid-size towns too. You're not "very patriotic." You're only "real America" apparently if you are Republican.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Obama Supporters We Haven't Won Yet.

We have 18 days to go in this campaign and even though we have a lead we can't sit back and assume that Obama will win. We can't assume that he will win and therefore stay home. We need everyone to vote and vote early if you can. Change is indeed what we need but change isn't always easy and that means standing in lines if needed for as long as it takes to cast your vote. Barack has exhausted himself for two years to give us the chance for change that we desperately need so now we must take the reigns of this campaign and drive it to the White house by voting.

Young people don't think that someone else will vote for you. We need you to come out in the numbers that will overwhelm the polls and carry our leader into office. I'm not one to promote skipping school but if it means missing a college class to vote then do it.

Tell your professor that you're exercising your most important right as a citizen and if you want to make up the points for attendance points then ask him or her if you can write an essay as to why you think voting is important and what Democracy means to you. I can almost guarantee that your professor will understand and if he/she doesn't then it's only one day missed. I skipped more days than I should have in college and still graduated with a 3.5 GPA.

My wife and I just finished our absentee ballot and I drove to the post office and mailed them myself as i didn't want to risk someone stealing them off the mail box before the mail carrier could take it. If you think that a big lead in the polls means that your state is in the bag for Obama please remember New Hampshire during the primaries.

The polls said that Barack was going to blow Hillary out but when the votes came in it was Hillary who won the day. We can't trust the polls even when they consistantly show Obama up. We must keep knocking on doors, talking to our friends and family. We need to take ahold of this campaign as it is really about us and not Barack Obama. Don't relax and forget to vote--tattoo the date on your arm if you need to. Hah!! Take your friends and family with you to the polls and don't forget your elderly family members because they may need a ride. If we keep the pressure and heat on McCain until election day then we will win. We will bring this race home and finish strong, we can do this. YES. WE. CAN!!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Meet Joe the Plumber.

See that guy in the background? It’s like he doesn’t even believe Joe is the plumber. What the hell is wrong with him?

TPJ: It's no wonder that Joe is concerned about taxes as it turns out he owes back taxes in his state of Ohio. He seems to have been vetted by the McCain campaign about as well as Sarah Palin. Anyway though, he'd fair better under Obama as shown below:

But according to tax analysts, the problem for McCain and the right in focusing on Joe the Plumber is that "the underlying premise that Wurzelbacher would face higher taxes under Obama is neither true nor typical of how the vast majority of small businesses would fare." Moreover, even if Wurzelbacher buys the business, it is "unlikely" that his purchase "would give him a taxable income of more than $200,000 -- leaving him unaffected by Obama's proposal." Even if he did earn $280,000 per year as he projected he might, Wurzelbacher "would pay just $773 more in taxes under Obama's plan than McCain's," hardly a crippling blow to his business. The Toledo Blade reports that Joe the Plumber currently earns well under $100,000 per year. In that case, he would save more under Obama's plan than McCain's. "Rather than a game-changing blow for the McCain campaign, 'Joe the plumber' is turning into a bad case of blowback,'' said Rogan Kersh, a public service professor at New York University.
TPJ: Some on the right are saying that Joe is being unfairly criticized. Yet we on the left want to help him since his life (as already mentioned) would improve under an Obama administration as mentioned yesterday's post. And besides, it was McCain who forced Joe into the spotlight and since his 15 minutes of fame are nearly over it is likely that his life will return back to normal soon enough.

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Who The Hell is Joe the Plumber? Plus, McCain Isn't Bush? Well He Sure Acts Like Him.

Joe the Plumber (the bald guy in the picture) was the focus in last night's debate being addressed many times by mostly John McCain who raised his story last night:

He is a tradesman who has worked 12-hour shifts for years and now plans to buy his own small plumbing business. The trouble for Joe the plumber is that this would take his earnings to more than $250,000 - making him a target of Obama’s plan to tax the wealthy.

The vast majority of small businesses don't make more than $250,000 a year. Under Obama, most small businesses will see a tax cut and a tax credit. This all said, if it's a sole proprietorship, partnership, or S-corp, I doubt that Joe is making $250,000 a year after paying salaries and bills so actually he'd fit into the less than $250,000 after paying expenses and would get the tax cut and small business tax credit from Obama!! By the way, The average plumber makes $45,000 a year according to CNBC and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And he's anti-social security!! He called it a joke, says he never believed in it and doesn't like it and wants to invest it however he wants. The problem Joe is that if everyone had done that as Bush and McCain (and you) wanted us to do then we'd all have lost it by now thanks to this horrible Bush/McCain economy!! Duh!!

And after all of Joe's bitching, he isn't even registered to vote!! And in response to McCain saying he isn't Bush at last nights debate?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Consumer Sales Plummet, While McCain Spends Time Attacking Obama. Poll Finds People Want Answers, Hope Instead of Attacks from McCain.

WASHINGTON - Retail sales fell off a cliff in September, plunging by the largest amount in three years as worried consumers shunned the malls and auto showrooms in the midst of the country's financial meltdown. The bigger-than-expected decline significantly increased the risks of a recession because consumer spending is two-thirds of total economic activity.

TPJ: This on the verge of the holiday season when many businesses count on for a large portion of their annual sales. The NRF noted that the holiday season represents 25 to 40 percent of annual sales for many retailers. About the only business sector that will see an increase in this economy will be alcohol sales because people drink when times are good and drink when times are bad. However, John McCain is going negative with weak character attacks on Barack Obama despite this consumer spending news and how it could further plunge the economy into an abyss.

After several weeks in which the McCain campaign unleashed a series of strong political attacks on Mr. Obama, trying to tie him to a former 1960s radical, among other things, the poll found that more voters see Mr. McCain as waging a negative campaign than Mr. Obama. Six in 10 voters surveyed said that Mr. McCain had spent more time attacking Mr. Obama than explaining what he would do as president; by about the same number, voters said Mr. Obama was spending more of his time explaining than attacking. The campaign [McCain] also has devoted virtually 100 percent of its advertising budget to running negative ads.

"And while McCain has promised to attack Obama in the debate, every minute that he ignores the economy and the middle class is not just a minute wasted but time spent on attacks that even some of those closest to him have said don’t work." "But after two debates in which John McCain didn’t mention the middle class once – and after his campaign declared openly that they want to turn the page on talking about the economy – the real question is not how many attacks McCain can land in the debate, but whether he can finally communicate a vision to turn this economy around,"

UPDATE: The DOW dropped some 700 points today and with the losses from the past two days we have pretty much wiped out the historic 900 point gain earlier in the week. Again, why should we elect a candidate (McCain) who by his own admission doesn't know much about the economy?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Election Landside for Obama? So Say Many Conservatives. You Read That Right, Conservatives.

Many Obama supporters are quietly entertaining the joy of a possible electoral landslide in the election on November 4th. However, we aren't getting too far ahead of ourselves and will not back off until election day. We have three weeks left in the race and that is a life time in politics so we Obama supporters need to keep the heat on and finish strong. Don't take anything for granted. This said, the ones talking the loudest and most open about a landslide to be coming are the conservatives!!
You know McCain is in big trouble when he is losing the confidence of his own conservative base. John McCain is failing to inspire people and is failing to maintain a coherent message, while being erratic on his ideas/proposals/platform. His plans of how to fix the economy and what he will do to lead as president change from day to day. It's hard to know what he stands for from day to day and that doesn't breed confidence in a time when a consistent message and confidence is desperately needed in America.

Barack Obama on the other hand looks like a seasoned, confident leader who has the calm demeanor that gives many (like myself) a sense of comfort in these troubling times. I don't want a president that appears to be flailing around as much as we average Americans who are looking for confident leadership. No one believes that Obama can make America a Utopia nor fix everything in a few months. However, he represents fresh ideas, fresh leadership and the energy needed to tackle these difficult times and that kind of hope is sorely needed.

He literally represents turning the page on the last disastrous decade whereas McCain just reminds us of the Neo-Conservatives who have dragged us off this cliff with their economic policies of zero banking regulation and a trillion dollar mistake in Iraq. The last thing that I want is more of the same. Perhaps McCain is the comfortable old shoe but that shoe is starting to come apart at the seams.

True John McCain is a seasoned politician but I think he has been in Washington so long that he just can't relate to not only the needs of average Americans but our emotional pain. Barack has the gift of being able to "feel our pain" to quote Bill Clinton. Barack connects with people on that visceral level to where you feel heard, really heard whereas with McCain the emotion just doesn't seem there when he says he understands. It seems shallow and insincere to a degree and we don't need any more disconnect between our president and our lives. It's time for a change in America and the person to lead us into the future with confidence is clearly Barack Obama.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Obama's Unveils New Ideas to Improve the Economy.

Barack Obama unveiled his new economic rescue plan for Americans today and while he had many great proposals I really liked this one:

Since so many Americans will be struggling to pay the bills over the next year, I propose that we allow every family to withdraw up to 15% from their IRA or 401k up to $10,000 without fine or penalty.

TPJ: Another one that I liked was his idea to temporarily eliminate taxes on unemployment benefits. Other proposals:

-for the next two years, give businesses a $3,000 income-tax credit for each new full-time employee they hire above the number in their current workforce; — bar financial institutions that take advantage of the Treasury’s rescue plan from foreclosing on the mortgages of any homeowners who are making “good-faith efforts” to make payments;

During his remarks here, Mr. Obama gently scolded all Americans for “living beyond their means — from Wall Street to Washington to even some on Main Street.” His audience of supporters applauded as he said it was a moment in the nation’s history to pull together and sacrifice.

“We’ve lived through an era of easy money, in which we were allowed and even encouraged to spend without limits; to take out as many credit cards as possible, to take out as many credit cards as possible, to borrow instead of save,” Mr. Obama said. “Now, I know that in an age of declining wages and skyrocketing costs, for many folks this was not a choice but a necessity just to keep up, I understand that.”

“But we now know how dangerous that can be,” he continued. “Once we get past the present emergency, which requires immediate new investments, we have to break that cycle of debt. Our long-term future requires that we do what’s necessary to scale down our deficits, grow wages and encourage personal savings again.”

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McCain: Economy Has Hurt Us a "Little." Plus, Palin Booed Hockey Game.

John McCain is still clueless about how bad this economy has hurt Americans with his first comment on a day when the stock market DOW plunged saying that, "The fundamentals of the economy are sound." Well now he is say that "the economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two." Just a little bit? That's pretty out of touch when people are being hurt more than "a little." I don't think losing your house, job, your small business and thousands of dollars in your retirement funds is hurting "a little." It's no surprise that he's out of touch with Americans losing their houses and so much else as he has 7 houses and 13 cars. He can afford to lose a house, his social security and car(s) but can you?


The self-described "Hockey mom" Sarah Palin was resoundingly booed at the Philadephia Flyers hockey game. Watch the video:
She clearly doesn't know Philadelphia fans very well. They can see right through the bullshit that Sarah Palin spews on a daily basis and they aren't shy about showing their distaste for someone. I salute you Philly fans.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

McCain Needs to Reign in Crowds.

At McCain-Palin rallies, the raucous and insistent cries of “Treason!” and “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” as well as the uninhibited slinging of racial epithets, are actually something new in a campaign that has seen almost every conceivable twist. They are alarms. Doing nothing is not an option. what has pumped up the Weimar-like rage at McCain-Palin rallies, is the violent escalation in rhetoric, especially (though not exclusively) by Palin. Obama “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist.” He is “palling around with terrorists” (note the plural noun). Obama is “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.” Wielding a wildly out-of-context Obama quote, Palin slurs him as an enemy of American troops.

By the time McCain
asks the crowd “Who is the real Barack Obama?” it’s no surprise that someone cries out “Terrorist!” The rhetorical conflation of Obama with terrorism is complete. It is stoked further by the repeated invocation of Obama’s middle name by surrogates introducing McCain and Palin at these rallies. This sleight of hand at once synchronizes with the poisonous Obama-is-a-Muslim e-mail blasts and shifts the brand of terrorism from Ayers’s Vietnam-era variety to the radical Islamic threats of today. Obama is being branded as a potential killer and an accessory to past attempts at murder. “Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family” was how a McCain press release last week packaged the remembrance of a Weather Underground incident from 1970 — when Obama was 8.

Obama can hardly be held accountable for Ayers’s behavior 40 years ago, but at least McCain and Palin can try to take some responsibility for the behavior of their own supporters in 2008.
What’s troubling here is not only the candidates’ loose inflammatory talk but also their refusal to step in promptly and strongly when someone responds to it with bloodthirsty threats in a crowded arena. Joe Biden had it exactly right when he expressed concern last week that “a leading American politician who might be vice president of the United States would not just stop midsentence and turn and condemn that.” To stay silent is to pour gas on the fires.

There are no black faces high in the McCain hierarchy to object to these tactics. There hasn’t been a single black Republican governor, senator or House member in six years. This is a campaign where Palin can repeatedly
declare that Alaska is “a microcosm of America” without anyone even wondering how that might be so for a state whose tiny black and Hispanic populations are each roughly one-third the national average. The McCain campaign has crossed the line between tough negative campaigning and inciting vigilantism, and each day the mob howls louder. The onus is on the man who says he puts his country first to call off the dogs, pit bulls and otherwise.

TPJ: Exactly. John McCain said that he'd rather loose a campaign than a war, well how about being willing to lose a campaign than incite the kind of dangerous and frightening hatred seen at these recent rallies. This kind of disgusting, gutter politics is unbefiting of an American hero. Yes negative campaigning is a given at this stage of the race with McCain down 11 points but he needs to reign in this "he's practically a terrorist" talk if he wants to save any reputation that he has left. He started Friday when a woman said she was scared of Obama because "he's an Arab" but he needs to do it more often (and immediately) when these things are shouted out at rallies. Preferably though he should stop the "he's practically a terrorist" talk altogether.

UPDATE: A supporter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin outraged Democratic protesters at a rally by flaunting a toy they called racist.

The man held a stuffed monkey he named "Little Hussein." The toy was a Curious George doll and wore an Obama "Change" sign like a turban.

TPJ: Man, I'm really starting to think that all McCain-Palin supporters are racists.


With so much at stake, and time running short, Frederick did not feel he had the luxury of subtlety. He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points -- for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: "Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon," he said. "That is scary." It is also not exactly true -- though that distorted reference to Obama's controversial association with William Ayers, a former 60s radical, was enough to get the volunteers stoked. "And he won't salute the flag," one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, "We don't even know where Senator Obama was really born." Actually, we do; it's Hawaii.
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Palin Billed Alaska Tax-Payers for Family Church Outings. Prosecutor in Bill Ayers Case Backs up Obama.

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- The camera closes in on Sarah Palin speaking to young missionaries, vowing from the pulpit to do her part to implement God's will from the governor's office.

What she didn't tell worshipers gathered at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown was that her appearance that day came courtesy of Alaskan taxpayers, who picked up the $639.50 tab for her airplane tickets and per diem fees.

Since she took state office in late 2006, the governor and her family have spent more than $13,000 in taxpayer funds to attend at least 10 religious events and meetings with Christian pastors, including Franklin Graham, the son of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, records show.

TPJ: This is coming from the person who claims to be a "reformer" of abusing taxpayer money and political power. This revelation coming on the heels of a report saying Palin abused her power as Gov. of Alaska in the Troopergate investigation. And her vow to use the governor's office to implement Christian ideaology is bending the lines between the seperation between church and state to the point of shattering. I guess she didn't read the scripture in the New Testament saying, “Render unto Caesar (government) the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s" (Matthew 22:21).

This phrase has become a widely quoted summary of the relationship between Christianity and secular authority. Jesus can be interpreted to be saying that his religious teachings were separate from earthly political activity. Interpretations include the belief that it is good and appropriate to submit to the State when asked, that spiritual demands supersede earthly demands but do not abolish them.

Chief Prosecutor of Bill Ayers and the Weather Undergound Outraged of Link to Obama: TPJ: Thanks to Shaw for tipping me off to prosecutor story

"As the lead federal prosecutor of the Weathermen in the 1970s (I was then chief of the criminal division in the Eastern District of Michigan and took over the Weathermen prosecution in 1972), I am amazed and outraged that Senator Barack Obama is being linked to William Ayers’s terrorist activities 40 years ago when Mr. Obama was, as he has noted, just a child. Because Senator Obama recently served on a board of a charitable organization with Mr. Ayers cannot possibly link the senator to acts perpetrated by Mr. Ayers so many years ago.

In other news
: A Newsweek poll backs up the two Gallup Daily Tracking Polls that have Obama up overall by 11 points.

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