October 18, 2008
Daily KOS posted this on their site early this evening.
The money went to the local host committee for the convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, which raised $50 million. The committees can accept unlimited amounts from corporations, unions and individuals. While the donors' names were posted on the committee's Web site, the amounts they gave were not released until the FEC reports. The host committee for the Democratic National Convention in Denver has yet to file.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley, New York investment banks that changed to bank holding companies and therefore put themselves under increased federal regulation, also contributed money for the Republican convention. Goldman Sachs gave $255,000, and Morgan Stanley donated $100,000. New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co., which bought Bear Stearns Cos., contributed $100,000.
I guess now we know how Sarah Palin got that $2500 jacket.
John Mccain has a new radio commercial attacking Barack Obama for giving taxpayer dollars to friends and relatives. This one says Obama procured "$75,000 for his relative."
"That’s your money Obama’s using. That’s unethical. Helping his friends with your tax dollars," continues the narrator.
That $75,000 dollars that was given for a relative was actually a grant he got as a state senator for adult literacy, counseling and youth programs at a nonprofit run by his wife's first-cousin once removed, Caspars Funnye.
Funnye is known as America's most prominent black Rabbi. Yeah that Obama is horrible getting grants to help illiterate people read and counseling those damn youths.
Lunsford says he believes Barack Obama is not a "full blooded American." And he says the United States is a white, Christian nation - and only with white Christians should be in power. With Lunsford not willing to share his views on-camera.
"What did you think when you first saw that?" Vickie Crowe/neighbor: "Well actually my 5 year old son says Obama's hanging upside down. He's what? He's hanging upside down. It's the neighbor's ghost. I took it as a little bit of a racist statement because my grandson's mixed and it hurt a little bit."
Mike Lunsford says he got the idea after an Obama supporter in New York put up this display of a Obama mannequin being chased by a figure of John McCain wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.
Another neighbor, Megan Sory says this symbol makes her more than uneasy it scares her. Megan Story/neighbor: "He's been a really nice neighbor but it's one of those you question and wonder, you know, if he's that forward about something will he be forward enough to do something else, too. it is scary at times but we live in a scary world."
Lunsford also says he's motivated by the national media which he says is pro-Obama.
All I can say to Mike is get use to it, Obama is here to stay. If you don't like you can move.
By Paul J. Nyden
At least three early voters in Jackson County had a hard time voting for candidates they want to win.
Virginia Matheney and Calvin Thomas said touch-screen machines in the county clerk's office in Ripley kept switching their votes from Democratic to Republican candidates.
"When I touched the screen for Barack Obama, the check mark moved from his box to the box indicating a vote for John McCain," said Matheney, who lives in Kenna.
When she reported the problem, she said, the poll worker in charge "responded that everything was all right. It was just that the screen was sensitive and I was touching the screen too hard. She instructed me to use only my fingernail."
Even after she began using her fingernail, Matheney said, the problem persisted.
When she tried to vote for candidates running for two open seats on the Supreme Court, the electronic machine canceled her second vote twice.
On her third try, Matheney managed to cast votes for both Menis Ketchum and Margaret Workman, Democratic candidates for the two open seats.
Calvin Thomas, 81, who retired from Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood in 1983 and now lives in Ripley, experienced the same problem.
"When I pushed Obama, it jumped to McCain. When I went down to governor's office and punched [Gov. Joe] Manchin, it went to the other dude. When I went to Karen Facemyer [the incumbent Republican state senator], I pushed the Democrat, but it jumped again.
"The rest of them were OK, but the machine sent my votes for those top three offices from the Democrat to the Republican," Thomas said.
"When I hollered about that, the girl who worked there said, 'Push it again.' I pushed Obama again and it stayed there. Then, the machine did the same thing for other candidates.
"Why didn't she [the polling clerk] tell me before I even used the machine that might happen? And how many people, especially my age, didn't notice that?
"Jackson County is a Republican county. I am a registered Republican, but I have been voting Democrat since the 1990s."
Thomas, who brought his daughter with him to the polls, said she had the same problem.
"After I finished, my daughter voted. When she pushed Obama, it went to McCain. It happened to her the same way it happened to me. If the poll worker knew that, why didn't she tell me before I even pushed the button?"
Deputy Secretary of State Sarah Bailey said, "When we received a call about this, we immediately called the county and told them to recalibrate the machines to make sure the finger-touch [area] lines up with the ballot.
"Sometimes machines can become miscalibrated when they are moved from storage facilities to early voting areas," Bailey said Friday. "We get a couple of calls about this each election year."
Most voting machines in most counties do work properly, Bailey added.
Jackson County Clerk Jeff Waybright said, "After we got a call from the Secretary of State's Office, we recalibrated the machine. We had already voted over 400 people with no problems."
Voting problems occur when voters touch the screen, Waybright said, but do not put their fingers inside boxes for their candidates.
Waybright blamed the problem on voters.
"People make mistakes more than the machines," he said, "but I went in yesterday and recalibrated the machines. We are doing everything we can not to disenfranchise anybody."
Matheney remains concerned.
"Leaving the polling place," she said, "I wondered how many voters might not have noticed that their vote was switched on the machine."
Question. Let's say you happen to be running for political office. Let's say your opponent hired a man to run a smear campaign against you and your family. It was significant enough to make an impact on the race which you lost.
Flash ahead to your next run for office, would you then turn around and hire the same man who was behind the campaign in which a strategy to use racism against your daughter to the advantage of your opponent? Would winning be that important to you that you would team up with the man who use racism against your own daughter?
Well John Mccain did. Tucker Eskew and the others who were behind the push-poll that implanted the idea in S.C. voters' minds in 2000 that Mccain had fathered an illegitimate black child, but that sure didn't stop him from hiring Eskew to help prepare Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Former officials of Sen. John McCain's 2000 campaign expressed shock and disbelief Monday to learn than the GOP presidential nominee had hired South Carolina political consultant Tucker Eskew.
Eskew, along with Warren Tompkins and Neal Rhodes, were key members of then-Gov. George W. Bush's South Carolina team during the 2000 primaries. McCain and his team long held Bush, Tompkins, Rhodes and Eskew responsible for the various smears against McCain and his family in the Palmetto state during that contentious contest.
Voters were asked, "Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain...if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?" This was no random slur. McCain was at the time campaigning with his dark-skinned daughter, Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh.
Asked if the McCain campaign would have a comment about hiring one of the South Carolina strategists the senator and his 2000 campaign team once held responsible for smears against him, McCain 2008 spokesman Brian Rogers emailed, "No."
Winning at the price of your family, not for me. My Son is the most important person in my life, and no amount of money or fame would be worth his honor and dignity.
What about you?
AT ANY COST.....
October 17, 2008
"But yeah, sometimes you do get depressed watching what it is that they're reporting and the spin and some of the distortion of what our message is and what we stand for. Sometimes that, that gets draining," she continued. "But it's at events like these and our rallies that we are so energized and inspired and we know that we are not alone. We feel your strength and we feel the power of prayer, so many of you tell us that you are praying for us and praying for our country and that's why we so appreciate you being here."
She went on to tell the crowd how happy she was to be in North Carolina. Palin also made a point of mentioning that she loved to visit the "pro-America" areas of the country, of which North Carolina is one. No word on which states she views as unpatriotic.
What is "pro-America" parts of the country? I am assuming she is meaning rural or small town America. So because we were raised in an big city or suburban area somehow makes us anti-America.
What conservatives fail to see is what she is really after are the inner racist in all the small town folks. Those that are, and those that think they are not. Those that cling to religion as their hope for the future. Those that believe their way of life would be endangered by a Black man running the country.
But for her to insult the rest of the country is truly a smack in the face. You cannot tell me that was a slip of the tongue.
"I may have been an appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, and master of ceremonies for George W. Bush in 2004, but last Saturday I stood amidst the crowd at an Obama event in North Philadelphia," says the Republican.
"Terrorism. The candidates disagree as to where to prosecute the war against Islamic fundamentalists. Barack Obama is correct in saying the front line in that battle is not Iraq, it’s the Afghan-Pakistan border. Osama bin Laden crossed that border from Tora Bora in December 2001, and we stopped pursuit. The Bush administration outsourced the hunt for bin Laden and, instead, invaded Iraq.
"No one in Iraq caused the death of 3,000 Americans on 9/11. Our invasion was based on a false predicate, so we have no business being there, regardless of whether the surge is working. Our focus must be the tribal-ruled FATA region in Pakistan. Only recently has our military engaged al-Qaeda there in operations that mirror those Obama was ridiculed for recommending in August 2007.
"Last spring, Obama told me, 'It’s not that I was opposed to war [in Iraq]. It’s that I felt we had a war that we had not finished.' Even Sen. Joe Lieberman conceded to me just last Friday that 'the headquarters of our opposition, our enemies today,' is the FATA."
Anything Look Familiar?
October 16, 2008
John Mccain won tonight. That was at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York tonight. He did better than Barack tonight. Both men had problems with reading their prepared jokes this evening. But Mccain did deliver his lines better than his opponent. Barack's cool demeanor did not help him as much as it did during the debates.
Both men however looked liked they really enjoyed themselves. After watching this event, I think if Mccain had this personality on the campaign trail he might be faring a lot better. nice job John and Barack.
When our country was attacked in 2001, no matter who you were, we all mourned together. It was not about black or white that day, it was about being an American. People of all nationalities died that day, but all we saw was our country being attacked and our people lying in rubble.
Most of us were born and raised here, others went through various struggles to make it to the land of opportunity. Men and women have died on their way to this country just to see their children make it to our soil.
Our religious background vary, Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, Buddhist, Judaism and Protestant. That is one thing that makes this country great, the fact we can all worship whom we want without backlash or punishment. We all want to be here for that and many other reasons that make this country the land of the free.
We have roots, we have family and memories that stay with us a lifetime through our various travels across our great land. There is no other place we want to call home.
It is no man's right to question another man's patriotism or dedication to this country. Until you walk in his shoes you can't question his love for America. Because I or another question a war I believe to be unjust, does not mean I am somehow unpatriotic. The most patriotic thing you can do is speak your mind if you believe it is unjust. Our four fathers themselves spoke out against their government because they did not agree with their decisions or rulings.
They died and fought their own government for what they thought was right. Were they somehow traitors for what they did?
I personally have been around people who I did not know the full extent of their background. I only knew them for who they were, or what they told me. I recall an incident in college with an old-girlfriend were she falsely accused me of pushing her. She told the authorities I did this and was placed under arrest. Days later I saw neighbors who looked at me funny and rumors spread that I was some type of monster. It hurt so much for someone to think of me in that way. Even when she tried to explain to others, they assumed she was lying to protect me or that I somehow I forced her. The police even pulled me over for not stopping at a stop sign after the incident to harass me and say,"this is the one who likes to push women around." Being that it was a small town it was easy to become the center of attention.
No matter what you do or say to someone after being labeled becomes fruitless to some. They will always see you for what you were cast as. I eventually left the that town.
My point is no one should question your love for God or your dedication to this country, unless that man himself state opposition otherwise. No one knows what is in another man's heart, but false accusations lay seed to presumption. Once that seed has been planted and lays root, it is almost impossible to remove. The question to you is how would you feel if half of this country said you were something you are not, and no matter what you did, that root would not die?
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” --Mark Twain
I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. ~Joe Mullally
In a statement, Mr. Beck said, “I am thrilled and profoundly humbled to have the chance to bring my program to Fox News. Expanding my audience is exciting, but I’m really looking forward to joining Mr. Ailes and his world-class team,” referring to Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News.
Joel Cheatwood, who developed Mr. Beck’s program while at CNN, moved to the Fox News Channel in April 2007.
In the third quarter of 2008, Mr. Beck’s CNN program averaged 376,000 viewers at 7 p.m. and another 487,000 viewers at 9 p.m., a record high for both hours.
John Mccain said yesterday he does not care about some old washed up terrorist, right? He said that Obama needs to tell the American people the whole story right about him and ACORN? The American people need to know about their relationship right? He said he would kick his ass Wednesday right?
- Why if he does not care about Ayers, are his new ads still trying to tie Obama to him?
- If he was not satisfied with Obama's answer you say, why not call him out on it, or question further at the debate man to man?
- If you regret negative ads why continue to run them?
- Why not continue to question about ACORN?
- With regards to kicking his ass, which did not happened, why can't Mccain speak his mind vs. looking like he is about to explode?
I would Love to know the Answers Please.
Subject of Ads That the Mccain Camp Ran Today
- Obama Voted to Let babies die
- Obama and Terrorist Bill Ayers
- Democrats want rights for our enemies
- Hollywood more important than America to Obama
Mccain.........One Class Act
UPDATE: 6:30 pm central time....THE STORY HAS TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE....THANKS TO AYNONOMOUS FOR THE UPDATE
Look. I am a liberal, not afraid to say it. The thing is I have no ill will towards conservatives, it is just you associate yourself with racism. All of you are not racist but the republican party's strength came from the hatred of progress of minorities in America. Ronald Regan, Barry Goldwater and their friends found early that was the best way to increase support for the republican party. To go after those southerners who were upset about the civil rights act of 1964. Smart strategy. The only thing is all the white hatred is still there and being past on to each generation.
A racist Republican gal in the “Inland Empire” — the poor white trash part of exurbian Los Angeles — sent out her little newsletter to the local GOP ladies, and she illustrated it with this hilarious thing, which shows how Barack Obama will be featured on the new food stamps for black people, redeemable for Kentucky Fried Chicken, watermelon, ribs and, uh, Kool Aid. So funny!
She said she doesn’t think in racist terms, pointing out she once supported Republican Alan Keyes, an African-American who previously ran for president.
“I didn’t see it the way that it’s being taken. I never connected,” she said. “It was just food to me. It didn’t mean anything else.”
She said she also wasn’t trying to make a statement linking Obama and food stamps, although her introductory text to the illustration connects the two: “Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on????? Food Stamps, what else!”
Wurzelbacher was thrust into the national spotlight this week when he told Obama he worried that the Illinois senator's proposals to roll back Bush administration tax breaks for Americans earning more than $250,000 would prevent him from buying a plumbing business that would earn between $250,000 and $280,000 a year.
Wurzelbacher's home telephone number is unlisted, and efforts to reach him by calling his neighbors and family were unsuccessful. Attempts to reach Wurzelbacher at the plumbing company where he works were also unsuccessful. The address on the lien and other records for him matched the address published by the Toledo Blade, which also noted the lien.
The state of Ohio places a lien on real property after several steps to try to collect a tax debt, according to John Kohlstrand, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Taxation who said he couldn't discuss any specific case.
If a delinquency notice goes unheeded, the Department of Taxation issues a billing notice, Kohlstrand said. If that is ignored, a more formal assessment notice is sent. Failing to appeal an assessment or losing an appeal puts the debt into the hands of the state attorney general for collection. The attorney general typically sends a collection notice and simultaneously files a lien.
MAYBE THIS IS IT.....
When Obama told Joe the Plumber he would not pay a fine for the Healthcare issue, Mccain just starred in awe. What's up with that? I think he's ready to vote for Obama.
October 15, 2008
Colin Powell joined Some rap stars from Africa on stage in London called "Africa Rising". It is an event that celebrates African-American music and fashion.
"It took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in history," Powell told the audience. "I didn't just drop out of the sky. People came from my continent in chains."
So Fox News has the audacity to assume Hip-Hop music equates to Colin Powell endorsing John Mccain is an absolute insult. So if he goes to a Hank Williams concert it's all Mccain right? We are just a bunch of two stepping niggers, right FOX?
HERE IS AN IDIOT THAT DANCED WITH AFRICANS
IS HE VOTING FOR OBAMA TOO?
Her stark assessment, in an interview with The Daily Beast, echoes that of her identical twin sister Roberta, McCain’s mother, who told a crowd at a campaign rally in Virginia this week to “pray for a miracle.”
Speaking from her home in Los Angeles, Mrs. Willis says her sister has been distraught over her son’s campaign. The twins have been speaking regularly on the phone, trading assessments of the McCain campaign.
Obama "says he wants change, but change to what? Taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor, that’s what it’s going to be."
The vitality of the two sisters despite their advanced age has been the best argument for setting aside any concerns about John McCain’s longevity. The pair traveled to France in 2005, aged 93. When they appeared at the car rental counter only to be told they were too old to rent, they promptly bought a car and set off on their road trip.
READ THE REST OF Article Here.
"I was shocked at the content and horrified that this had been in my Sunday paper," said Linsley, a 74-year-old Democrat, who watched about half of the video before throwing it in the trash.
"I have Muslim friends and respect Islam as a religion and felt that this was really hateful," said Linsley.
The hour long film on DVD, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," was made by Israeli filmmaker Raphael Shore and shows disturbing, sometimes violent images.
Rima Barakat Sinclair, who is Muslim and a Republican, was so angry she called her local lawmakers in Denver. "It is riddled not only with misleading facts but outright fabrication," said Barakat Sinclair.
It was paid for by the Clarion Fund, a nonprofit group established by the film's Israeli producer with the goal of exposing what it calls the threat of radical Islam. The Clarion Fund was created in 2006, the same year "Obsession" was released.
But Larry Sabato, a political observer and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said it's naïve to think such a video won't influence undecided voters.
"It's pretty obvious that the group sponsoring it wants people to think more about terrorism, about national security, about Middle East politics and maybe less about the economy," said Sabato. "Well, that obviously favors one side -- the Republicans."
Because a number of Americans still believe, incorrectly, that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim, political observers said they believe the DVD plays directly into that misperception. (CNN Story)
Ben Smith from Politico shared a interesting e-mail he got from a republican consultant who had been showing some anti-Obama ads and he shared their reaction with Ben.
POLITICO Ben Smith
I just got an astounding e-mail from a Republican consultant I know well. He's a guy who's always thought Obama had a "glass jaw," and was always among those agitating for hitting Obama harder.
Recently, he conducted a focus group in an upper-Midwestern state, showing them the kind of ad he thought would work: A no-holds-barred attack, cut for an independent group, which hasn't aired.
I'm just going to reprint his amazed e-mail about the focus group:Reagan Dems and Independents. Call them blue-collar plus. Slightly more Target than Walmart.
Yes, the spot worked. Yes, they believed the charges against Obama. Yes, they actually think he's too liberal, consorts with bad people and WON'T BE A GOOD PRESIDENT...but they STILL don't give a f***. They said right out, "He won't do anything better than McCain" but they're STILL voting for Obama.
The two most unreal moments of my professional life of watching focus groups:
54 year-old white male, voted Kerry '04, Bush '00, Dole '96, hunter, NASCAR fan...hard for Obama said: "I'm gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He's gonna be a bad president. But I won't ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President."
The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. "Well, I don't know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I'm sick of paying for health insurance at work and that's why I'm supporting Barack."
I felt like I was taking crazy pills. I sat on the other side of the glass and realized...this really is the Apocalypse. The Seventh Seal is broken and its time for eight years of pure, delicious crazy...
I'm sure he wanted to endorse a GOP candidate but after watching Mccain stumble through this campaign like a baby learning to walk across the room to Mom, he knew he had to go with Barack.
This last debate along with the endorsement of Colin Powell will give Barack Obama the boost he needs going into the last two and half week of the race. Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking about an endorsement for a long time but wanted to hear more from the candidates before making his choice.
I am sure conservative blogs will say Powell is only endorsing Obama because he is black. They will continue to ignore that matter that Barack is the best overall candidate.
“It’s hilarious. It’s like McCain is trying to copy her, but he’s using a busted Xerox machine,” said one of Clinton’s top campaign advisers.
Politico reporting: On Sept. 24, Hillary Rodham Clinton received a surprise phone call from the man she’s often denounced as an economic know-nothing: John McCain.
This was no social call, even though Clinton likes McCain enough to keeps his photo on the wall of her Senate office. The GOP nominee had already chatted with Bill Clinton about the mortgage crisis and wanted to pick the senator’s brain about her new proposal to have the federal government buy up bad mortgages and renegotiate terms more favorable to homeowners on verge of default.
“McCain said he had been motivated by it, he was very complimentary about what she had proposed and wanted to know more,” said a person with knowledge of the call.
So John Mccain needs help from a democrat for advice on the economy. It looks like Hilary may have sabotaged him because he continues to lose the trust of the American people when it comes to economic issues.
I will explain this as slowly as I P-o-s-s-i-b-l-y can.........When you go to the polls, Mickey Mouse, I.P. Freely and the Dallas Cowboys will not be able to vote when November 4th comes. ACORN is not in control of polls like officials in Florida were four years ago. Their is no advantage for them doing what they did. A bunch of desperate to keep their jobs losers made up a bunch of voter applications to keep their job. So once again if they registered one trillion phony applications, not one would be eligible to cast a ballot for anyone come November 4th.
Mccain on ACORN
What Happened in 2004
Five Thirty Eight has put out numbers from early voting in five swing states. Barack Obama is leading in all of them. Barack Obama is doing profoundly better among early voters than among the state's electorate as a whole:
... Poll % Voted Non-Early
State Date Early Early Voters Likely Voters
NM 10/13 10% Obama +23% Obama +6%
OH 10/13 12% Obama +18% Obama +4%
GA 10/12 18% Obama +6% McCain +11%
IA 10/9 14% Obama +34% Obama +10%
NC 10/6 5% Obama +34% McCain +5%
Obama is leading by an average of 23 points among early voters in these five states, states which went to George W. Bush by an average of 6.5 points in 2004.
(CNN) -- Do you know what was so great about Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan? They were three of the biggest trash talkers in the history of the NBA, but they had the game to back it up.
Somebody should tell that to Gov. Sarah Palin.
Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate has been running around the country, firing up her -- yes, her, and not necessarily McCain's -- loyal supporters by blasting Sen. Barack Obama for "palling around with terrorists" and demanding that the American people know exactly when he learned of the past of 1960s radical William Ayers.
She has stoked the crowds by saying, "This is not a man who sees America the way that you and I see America." We all know what that is designed to do: Portray Obama as a foreigner who isn't as American as she. Or you. Or Joe Six-pack, the hockey mom, soccer mom, Wal-Mart mom, NASCAR dad and the other coded words she uses regularly.
But what is truly pathetic is that Palin talks tough, but is really scared of facing her own issues. Continue Reading.
"McCain is a prisoner of war -- that's a story in itself," she said. "Or Dick Cheney's wife has written children's stories. Was that in any of their books?"
"As a taxpayer, we're paying for these books, and there should not be a story about Obama in this book right now and there should not be a story about McCain in this book," she said.
But she said she'd prefer not to see any politicians in the English text.
(FOX)Obama's passage appears in the textbook along with noted authors and thinkers, including Maya Angelou, Isaac Asimov and Emily Dickinson, according to ClassZone.com, which is the online educational supplement to the book.
(FOX)A representative from the Racine Unified School District said no parent has complained to officials about the text, which is used by students in the district's eight middle schools. The district has 21,000 students.
(FOX)"The Racine Unified School District DOES NOT endorse any candidate or political party," the school said in a written statement. "The choice of this selection was to provide a contemporary and multicultural figure to explore the unit on community."
First off, why is this a story? Is it that serious that Fox News had to report it? I think it is of great significance that he is in a book. It shows how far this country has come. Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr. and "W" are in current text books. Yes they are presidents and he is not, but the story in the book is what makes you proud. History and social studies books are full of white men and their accomplishments, why can't Barack Obama on the verge of history have one?
(FOX) A spokesman for Houghton Mifflin said Obama's passage appeared in its national edition of the 2008 textbook, but that the decision to include his writings occurred in 2005, before the Illinois politician decided to run for president.
"The more recent editions bearing 2009 copyrights of these books, published in 2008, do not include the selection," Richard Blake told FOXNews.com. "Once it was known that he was running for president, the selections were removed."
According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News averaged 3.4 million viewers in prime time last week, beating out TBS (3.3 million), USA (2.8 million), and ESPN (2.6 million) for the top spot. CNN placed fifth, averaging 2.4 million viewers in prime time, while MSNBC placed ninth, averaging 1.6 million viewers in prime time.
So with so many people watching them in prime time, Why is John Mccain still sinking in the polls?
October 14, 2008
by Christopher Buckley
I seem to have picked an apt title for my Daily Beast column, or blog, or whatever it’s called: “What Fresh Hell.” My last posting (if that’s what it’s called) in which I endorsed Obama, has brought about a very heaping helping of fresh hell. In fact, I think it could accurately be called a tsunami.
The mail (as we used to call it in pre-cyber times) at the Beast has been running I’d say at about 7-to-1 in favor. This would seem to indicate that you (the Beast reader) are largely pro-Obama.
As for the mail flooding into National Review Online—that’s been running about, oh, 700-to-1 against. In fact, the only thing the Right can’t quite decide is whether I should be boiled in oil or just put up against the wall and shot. Lethal injection would be too painless.
I had gone out of my way in my Beast endorsement to say that I was not doing it in the pages of National Review, where I write the back-page column, because of the experience of my colleague, the lovely Kathleen Parker. Kathleen had written in NRO that she felt Sarah Palin was an embarrassment. (Hardly an alarmist view.) This brought 12,000 livid emails, among them a real charmer suggesting that Kathleen’s mother ought to have aborted her and tossed the fetus into a dumpster. I didn’t want to put NR in an awkward position.
Since my Obama endorsement, Kathleen and I have become BFFs and now trade incoming hate-mails. No one has yet suggested my dear old Mum should have aborted me, but it’s pretty darned angry out there in Right Wing Land. One editor at National Review—a friend of 30 years—emailed me that he thought my opinions “cretinous.” One thoughtful correspondent, who feels that I have “betrayed”—the b-word has been much used in all this—my father and the conservative movement generally, said he plans to devote the rest of his life to getting people to cancel their subscriptions to National Review. But there was one bright spot: To those who wrote me to demand, “Cancel my subscription,” I was able to quote the title of my father’s last book, a delicious compendium of his NR “Notes and Asides”: Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription.
Within hours of my endorsement appearing in The Daily Beast it became clear that National Review had a serious problem on its hands. So the next morning, I thought the only decent thing to do would be to offer to resign my column there. This offer was accepted—rather briskly!—by Rich Lowry, NR’s editor, and its publisher, the superb and able and fine Jack Fowler. I retain the fondest feelings for the magazine that my father founded, but I will admit to a certain sadness that an act of publishing a reasoned argument for the opposition should result in acrimony and disavowal.
My father in his day endorsed a number of liberal Democrats for high office, including Allard K. Lowenstein and Joe Lieberman. One of his closest friends on earth was John Kenneth Galbraith. In 1969, Pup wrote a widely-remarked upon column saying that it was time America had a black president. (I hasten to aver here that I did not endorse Senator Obama because he is black. Surely voting for someone on that basis is as racist as not voting for him for the same reason.)
My point, simply, is that William F. Buckley held to rigorous standards, and if those were met by members of the other side rather than by his own camp, he said as much. My father was also unpredictable, which tends to keep things fresh and lively and on-their-feet. He came out for legalization of drugs once he decided that the war on drugs was largely counterproductive. Hardly a conservative position. Finally, and hardly least, he was fun. God, he was fun. He liked to mix it up.
So, I have been effectively fatwahed (is that how you spell it?) by the conservative movement, and the magazine that my father founded must now distance itself from me. But then, conservatives have always had a bit of trouble with the concept of diversity. The GOP likes to say it’s a big-tent. Looks more like a yurt to me.
While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.
So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.
Thanks, anyway, for the memories, and here’s to happier days and with any luck, a bit less fresh hell.
Church was a must on Sunday, no matter what. I was dragged by my mother to that dreaded place of no fun for kids. Often I would sit with her if we were late, otherwise I would attend Sunday school with the other kids. It was the longest two hours of my life every week.
As I grew into adulthood it became a spiritual soul charger for me to attend church every Sunday. Sinners and non-sinners both felt that need to get the word of God to help them through the week until the following Sunday. It is a tradition among the black community to attend church regardless of your dedication to God. It is a place for those who are close to God to get that message they so desperately need, and a place of encouragement for those searching for faith or success in life.
Hate is not taught in the black church at all. It's more reality for minorities. Sometimes the faith message gets a boost from frustrated emotions of the outside world. No matter how hard a black person works or educates himself or herself, the chance of discrimination is always there. I would love to say it is a cop out, believe me I would. But the words out of people's mouth during this election tells you how some white Americans still feel about blacks.
When you have walked in my shoes and see police officers harass you and your friends to the point of saying "if I had a rope I'd hang your black ass now." When while working you hear managers while looking over applications say "not that one, their name sounds black." A man's frustration builds to a point of wanting to give up, but you don't.
America has not been kind to everyone of it's citizens that is true. This countries wealth was built on the backs of black slaves, and no matter how hard we try we have never been able to look anything but a slave in the eyes of some.
When Pastors such as Jemimah Wright rant on about America and racism it is not out of hatred but more frustration. When taken out of context anything can be misinterpreted. "God Damn America" is unfortunately how some people feel. It is not hatred for this country, but more like why am I not equal to others. The American dream is not available to every man equally. I work just as hard or harder than others but continue to be treated like an outsider. "Stop whining and deal with it you say, I have had a hard life also", that may be true but until you have experienced racism regulary throughout the course of life you will never know the frustration.
Of all the focus of what was said by Wright, it is less than five minutes of rhetoric in an over thirty year history of preaching. I know Wright personally and can speak that his passion is often mistaken for radicalism. If you sat through his sermons you would not have heard things like you have seen on the news. I have sat through many of his sermons and have heard nothing like that. Although I must admit his love for this country is probably not as big as his frustration with it.
It is hard for some, and I must stress some blacks to have as much love for this country as white people do. We wonder we are not granted the same respect as whites have had. We have voted in every election since we were given the right to do so. All with of the nominees for president have been white and yet we cast are ballot for one or the other. No I can't vote for this man because he is white never entered my mind, I just cast a ballot. The one time a black man was blessed to receive the nomination, some whites have said they will never vote for Obama simply because he is black. It is not racism for some white people, but more of an oddity. Never before seen here in this country. For others like Rush Limbaugh & Sean Hannity it is the same hatred that previous generations have had before them.
The only difference between them and other white Americans and Wright is that they can say what they feel and go back to their lives, but he now has been permanently been marked as a hateful racist. When people like David Duke and Strom Thurman were able to constantly get re-elected as representatives for their state even after their open racism, some black people will always feel like Jeremiah Wright.
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” --Johnathan Swift
The two lobbyists who McCain aide William Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government.
During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.
Timmons' activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time.
Source Huffington Post
Just days after McCain chastized his own supporters for implying that Obama was un-American, McCain's own campaign issued a statement today about Ayers - since, you know, our economic future isn't nearly as important to John McCain as some guy from the 60s. The statement, entitled "Barack Obama, Palling Around With Terrorists," included the following line:
Barack Obama has a different view of America than most of us.
What is that supposed to mean? And who are most of us?
Last time I checked, most of us are voting for Barack Obama and not John McCain. Most of us find an increasingly erratic John McCain, at the age of 72 and after 4 bouts of cancer, too risky a choice for president. Most of us find Sarah Palin a blithering idiot. Most of us are still trying to figure out what possessed McCain to risk America's future on someone so unqualified for high office. Most of us don't look forward to staying in Iraq another 100 years. Most of us don't think Social Security should be privatized and invested into the stock market. Most of us wouldn't trust John McCain within a mile of our 401k. Most of us don't have a $2m Fannie Mae lobbyist running our campaign. Most of us aren't worth $100 million. Most of us don't own 12 homes. Most of us don't have a temper problem that scares our colleagues. Most of us aren't increasingly erratic. Most of us don't hide our medical records from our future employer. Most of us speak up immediately when someone talks about killing our political opponent in front of us.
Most of us don't chuck our honor in order to win an election.
On a St. Louis radio station KMOX, Mccain allowed the host to egg him on after mentioning Obama's comments to Charlie Gibson about him being surprised that Mccain never brought up Ayers at the last debate. Mccain blurted out
“I was astonished to hear him say that he was surprised I ‘didn’t have the guts’ to do that, because the fact is the question didn’t come up in that fashion,” McCain said of the last debate. “I think he’s probably ensured it will come up this time.”
I hope that he does bring it up, it will be the final nail into the most pitiful campaign ever ran.
Liberals don't have to do anything at this point. The republican party does it's own criticizing of each other. Adding to the growing list of turncoats to the GOP is Matthew Dowd.
Dowd, chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s reelection, fingered Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s nomination as a turning point in McCain’s slide.
“They didn’t allow John McCain to pick the person he wanted for Vice President,” Dowd said, referring to Sen. Joe Lieberman, which undercut his experience argument and tethered McCain to the GOP base.
“He knows in his gut he put somebody unqualified on the ballot,” Dowd stressed, “and put the country at risk.”
Dowd also said the Palin pick, in contrast to Sen. Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, showed voters which candidate was “serious” about governing.
The sharp assessment was issued at a Tuesday panel at the TimeWarner summit, a two-day gathering of politicos and reporters in Manhattan. (I also spoke at the conference.)
Dowd was rebutted by Mark McKinnon, a former strategist for Bush and McCain, who said no one knows what is in McCain’s head regarding his V.P. pick.
Dowd also knocked McCain’s strategic acumen, arguing that the campaign is “very tactical and not strategic,” flatly saying, “I don’t get the narrative.”
Since his time campaigning for Bush, Dowd went public with his opposition to the Bush administration’s record and the Iraq war.
By Ari Melber 10/14/08 1:26 PM
JOHN MCCAIN AT AN ACORN SPONSORED EVENT
By Wayne Barrett (Village Voice)
Wednesday, October 8th 2008
THE $12.5 MILLION sports complex and hockey rink that is the lasting monument to Palin's two terms as Wasilla mayor is also a monument to the kind of insider politics that dismays Americans of both parties. Six months before Palin stepped down as mayor in October 2002, the city awarded nearly a half-million-dollar contract to design the biggest project in Wasilla history to Kumin Associates. Blase Burkhart was the Kumin architect on the job—the son of Roy Burkhart, who is frequently described as a "mentor" of Palin and was head of the local Republican Party (his wife, June, who also advised Palin, is the national committeewoman). Asked if the contract was a favor, Roy Burkhart, who contributed to her campaign in the same time frame that his son got the contract, said: "I really don't know." Palin then named Blase Burkhart to a seven-member builder-selection committee that picked Howdie Inc., a mostly residential contractor owned at the time by Howard Nugent. Formally awarded the contract a couple of weeks after Palin left office, Nugent has donated $4,000 to Palin campaigns. Two competitors protested the process that led to Nugent's contract. Burkhart and Nugent had done at least one project together before the complex—and have done several since.
A list of subcontractors on the job, obtained by the Voice, includes many with Palin ties. One was Spenard Builders Supply, the state's leading supplier of wood, floor, roof, and other "pre-engineered components." In addition to being a sponsor of Todd Palin's snow-machine team that has earned tens of thousands for the Palin family, Spenard hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004. When the Palins began building a new family home off Lake Lucille in 2002—at the same time that Palin was running for lieutenant governor and in her final months as mayor—Spenard supplied the materials, according to Antoine Bricks, who works in its Wasilla office. Spenard actually filed a notice "of its right to assert a lien" on the deed for the Palin property after contracting for labor and materials for the site. Spenard's name has popped up in the trial of Senator Stevens—it worked on the house that is at the center of the VECO scandal as well.
Todd Palin told Fox News that he built the two-story, 3,450-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath, wood house himself, with the help of contractors he described as "buddies." As mayor, Sarah Palin blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits in the wide-open city, and there is no public record of who the "buddies" were. The house was built very near the complex, on a site whose city purchase led to years of unsuccessful litigation and, now, $1.3 million in additional costs, with a law firm that's also donated to Palin collecting costly fees from the city.
Dorwin and Joanne Smith, the principals of complex subcontractor DJ Excavation & Development, have donated $7,100 to Palin and her allied candidate Charlie Fannon (Joanne is a Palin appointee on the state Board of Nursing). Sheldon Ewing, who owns another complex subcontractor, Weld Air, has donated $1,300, and PN&D, an engineering firm on the complex, has contributed $699.
Ewing was one of the few sports-complex contractors, aside from Spenard, willing to address the question of whether he worked on the house as well, but he had little to say: "I doubt that it occurred, but if it did indirectly, how would I know anyhow?" The odd timing of Palin's house construction—it was completed two months before she left City Hall and while she and Todd Palin were campaigning statewide for the first time—raises questions, especially considering its synergy with the complex.
Salon's David Talbot recently visited the complex, which, he said, resembled "a huge airplane hangar" so far away from the city's center that kids can't bike or walk there. It's adorned by a plaque commemorating Palin. Even as a governor, she is still such a champion of the complex—which loses money every year—that she just steered state funding for a new kitchen to it. Read More
The more the McCain campaign tries to tie Barack to William Ayers, the more ridiculous they look. But hey-- at least the economy is doing well!
After his stupid, youthful days with the Weather Underground organization, William Ayers became a normal, productive member of society. After recieving his PhD in the 1980's, he became a professor of education at the University of Illinois, wrote 15 books, and served as an advisor to Chicago Mayor William Daley. As Daley told the New York Times recently, "He's done a lot of good things in this city and nationally... This is 2008. People make mistakes. You judge a person by his whole life."
In 1995, Bill Ayers was part of a team that helped create the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an education reform project that worked with half of Chicago's public schools. Barack Obama, then working as an attorney and law school professor, was elected chairman of the eight-member board of the CAC. The board included individuals of diverse political backgrounds, including Ray Romero, the President of Ameritech; Stanley Ikenberry, the former President of the University of Illinois; and Republican Arnold Weber, who had served in the Nixon White House.
In their best efforts to portray Barack as out of the mainstream, some on the right have tried characterizing the Chicago Annenberg Challenge as a dangerous fringe organization. What they do not discuss is the fact that the CAC was funded by a foundation belonging to Walter Annenberg, the billionaire Republican philanthropist who served as Richard M. Nixon's ambassador to the U.K. Annenberg and his wife, Leonore, gave the CAC $50 million in the 90's.
But Walter and Leonore weren't just giving money to educational foundations started by William Ayers. They were also giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee and various other Republican groups, as well as to a whole host of Republican candidates, including the following:
* George W. Bush $4000
* Mitt Romney $5000
* Strom Thurmond $1000
* Fred Thompson $500
* Rick Santorum $3000
Why would billionaire Republican philanthropists give millions of dollars to a program that was working with William Ayers? Why would George W., Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and all those other Republicans accept money from the people who were funding this William Ayers-associated group? Why won't McCain discuss these connections between the Republican Party and Ayers?
Here's the icing on the cake: just yesterday, the McCain campaign put out a press release bragging about the fact that Leonore Annenberg has endorsed him for president. Yes, you heard it-- a McCain backer bankrolled William Ayers with millions of dollars.
More icing: You know that Republican Arnold Weber I mentioned earlier? The one that served on the board of the CAC with Barack? Not only did he work with William Ayers in the 90's, he has also donated at least $1000 to the McCain campaign. That's right-- McCain is accepting money from associates of William Ayers, and so far has not given the money back.
I'm feeling a little cheated. Months ago I was promised an October surprise. It's already October 9th, and all I've heard is that Barack knows a guy who's been working with McCain supporters and Republicans since the mid 90's.
The Guardian, Tuesday October 14 2008
The Republican US presidential candidate John McCain was not tortured during his captivity in North Vietnam, the chief prison guard of the jail in which he was held has claimed.
In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Nguyen Tien Tran acknowledged that conditions in the prison were "tough, though not inhuman". But, he added: "We never tortured McCain. On the contrary, we saved his life, curing him with extremely valuable medicines that at times were not available to our own wounded."
McCain, who fell into enemy hands after his plane was shot down in 1967, has frequently referred to being tortured and has cited his experiences as a reason for vigorously opposing the endorsement by the Bush administration of the use of techniques such as "water-boarding" on terrorist suspects.
Shortly after his release in 1973 McCain told US News & World Report that his prison guards had beaten him "from pillar to post". After being worked over at intervals for four days, he said, he had become suicidal and agreed to sign a "confession" admitting to war crimes.
In his 1999 autobiography, Faith of My Fathers, he described how after his capture he was subjected to inhuman treatment in an effort to force him to disclose his ship's name, squadron number and the target of his final mission. He was threatened with the withdrawal of medical assistance and, while still suffering from his crash injuries, his guards "knocked me around a little".
For his service in Vietnam and his actions as a POW, McCain was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart.
Tran, now 75, said McCain reached Hanoi with the worst injuries he had seen in a downed pilot. But he denied torturing him, saying it was his mission to ensure that McCain survived. As the son of the US naval commander in Vietnam, he offered a potential valuable propaganda weapon.
However, recommending McCain for a medal after the war, his former cellmate, the much-decorated Colonel George Day, said the admiral's son had forced his interrogators to "drug him and torture him to get any cooperation", according to a letter in the US National Archives cited earlier this year by the Washington Post. Day said McCain suffered "torturous abuse".
Tran told Corriere that McCain was sent to hospital the day after he was brought to Hanoi and stayed there for a month. "I never lost him from sight. I was frightened a doctor or nurse might do him harm."
Tran dismissed as "absolutely impossible" perhaps the most famous story from McCain's autobiography: that one Christmas, a guard traced a cross in the mud in front of him. "My men were all communists and atheists," he said.
As to why McCain, then 36, left North Vietnam with prematurely grey hair, Tran denied it was because of mistreatment. "It's that in prison you think too much."
October 13, 2008
Rhonda McBride, who is not an Alaska Native, made the announcement in an e-mail to several Native leaders, saying there needs to be more Native voices in Palin's administration.
"I definitely think it would help to have an Alaska Native in this position," McBride told The Associated Press.
Many Alaska Natives have said they felt neglected when Palin, now the Republican vice presidential nominee, made appointments to her administration, including the rural adviser post.
State Sen. Al Kookesh, a Democrat, said Palin left the position unfilled her first year in office and ignored Native leaders' suggestions on the selection process.
"We were really disappointed when an Alaska Native wasn't appointed," said Kookesh, a Tlingit Indian who held the job in a previous administration.
Natives bristled early in Palin's administration when she named a white woman to a game board seat held by a Native for more than 25 years. An Athabascan Indian eventually was named to the post after protests.
Relations worsened after Palin didn't remove a game board chairman who once suggested that Alaska Natives missed a meeting because they were drinking beer, seen as insensitive since the Alaska Native community has high rates of alcohol abuse.
Alaska Natives make up about 20 percent of the population.
Palin's husband, Todd, is part Yup'ik Eskimo, and her 13-member cabinet includes two Alaska Natives.
"In all honesty, I have never felt authentic in my role," McBride wrote in her e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by the AP.
McBride, who covered rural issues as a reporter before becoming rural adviser last year, said she would return to journalism to help bring attention to Native issues.
My friends at the Jed Report have complied a list of turn coats as republicans would call them or heroes as democrats would call them. Current count is 38 politically or media known conservatives.
Check out the list here.
Oh how times have changed. Mccain has made ACORN out to be a slimy in the bed for Obama organization. But not too long ago when it benefited him, he was all on board with the voter registration organization.
This is from Politico:
The beleaguered Democratic-leaning community group Acorn sends over this photograph (above): John McCain, in March of 2006, sitting beside Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek at an event Acorn co-sponsored in Florida.
The immigration event, which other photos show was packed with red-shirted Acorn member, was co-sponsored by the local Catholic Archdiocese, the SEIU, and other groups.
McCain, still spiting much of his party on immigration at the time, was the headliner.
Bertha Lewis, Acorn's chief organizer, said in a statement that came with the photo, “It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans."
”We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform," she said.
Mahoney, who is married, did not directly address the ABC report, but said in a written statement, "I was notified this afternoon about a story that ran on ABC News' web site reporting allegations about a former employee. While these allegations are based on hearsay, I believe that my constituents need a full accounting. As such, I have requested the House ethics committee to review these allegations. I am confident that when the facts are presented that I will be vindicated."
I know your party wants to be the ones to lead us out of this mess both republicans and democrats have gotten us into, but thing is you had your chance. You have had total control of this country for a full six years and shared it the past two. Now you want me to believe that John Mccain is the man that can lead us out of the financial and economic pit we are in. When I watched this man change his campaign so many times I'm not even sure who is on your ticket anymore.
John Mccain's choice of VP was the beginning of his downfall. I know you will never admit it, but you don't think she was a good pick either. We both know he picked her to get votes not because she would be best for the country. He and his team has come up with a new attack every week and at the end of that week he gains no traction and sometimes slips further back. I can't think of the last good move he has made in this run for the White House, can you?
His own VP contradicts him from time to time. His spokespeople make a statement one minute and another retracts it the next. He starts and line of attack and then gets booed when he tries to put out the fire he and his team has started. Lastly for the great war hero that has so much honor and promise that same character in the beginning of the campaign, have you asked yourself what happened? No negativity he said, Yet he has run the most negative campaign on record. Why is this man who fought in Vietnam having such a hard time with leading a team of lobbyists?
I know how hard it is to endorse the other party. It like scoring a touchdown for the other team. Your teammates will call you a bone head, make fun of you on the bus, but they will eventually forgive you. Four years from now that might even say I should have followed suit. I myself will open you with open arms, and I won't even say I told you so.