October 25, 2008
After reading the jackass post by Western Front America, I had to respond for all to see. Instead of biting the bullet and admitting Ashley "crazy" Todd is a republican, The post went on to claim they she was plant by ACORN and Obama.
I have made a comment on the site already and will give you the info to silence further stupidity:
John McCain's Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established -- and even told reporters outright that the "B" carved into the victim's cheek stood for "Barack," according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh and a Mccain supporter I may add has confirmed this.
If He would not have called the TV station no one would have even known about this.
(this is from KDKA-TV website after the story first broke)
No ACORN or Obama plant, just a crazy chick! Move on.
You can also see she was on Ron Paul campaign before Mccain's. No Obama, sorry
When we make accusations, let's have some proof!
Before this election heated up, before Barack Obama was even close to having a chance to run for president..........you had yours.
You had your chance to rip George W. Bush to shreds in your blogs. The man who all of you cast your ballots for, twice mind you, and now will be going down as the worst United States President in history:
- You had the opportunity to go into Iraq and look for weapons of mass destruction. You had the chance to change any securities lapses left from the Clinton administration to prevent 9/11.
- Your opportunity to decrease the nations debt has past, just as the world's currency has done to the dollar.
- When you had the chance to get Bin Laden in Afghanistan, you chose not to. Instead we take guesses on where he might be, but we have no idea.
- The chance to decrease the unemployment rate has come and gone. Instead it sits at over 6%.
- Your chance for economic development is expiring after eight years........by the way nice job with that. We now find ourselves looking to China to help build us back up.
- You have now had five years in Iraq to fix those pesky terrorist who for some reason surprisingly all live in Iraq. For whatever the reason the mighty military can't seem to win. But this surge thing should have out of here in no time,,,,,,then it's off to Afghanistan again.
- What about your chance for quick response on that little rain storm named Katrina. Maybe you were too busy cutting your birthday cake on an airfield to deal with that, but hey great job with Texas this year.
- Kudos on the detainees at Guantanamo, we gotten a lot of valuable information from those enemies of the state........And we didn't even have to torture them either.
- Bang up job with securing those borders, we no longer have to worry about those Mexicans and Canadians or Middle Easterner terrorists coming in anymore. Thanks
- Great Job on the "No Child Left Behind" Act, it would be a failure if you had not put all that money into it.
- That deregulating thing you decided on really opened up the market, and has done wonders for Wall Street.
- Wiretapping Unites States citizens was brilliant, and yes I trust the government is not listening to my calls. They only care about the terrorist not me and my $1.99 a minute phone sex.
- Thanks for keeping that psycho Cheney in check, if you hadn't he would have gone wild and acted like he was president or something.
- Thanks also in voting for George Bush a second time, that has turned out to be a brilliant idea......John Kerry would have really screwed up the country!
My point in this whole thing is that instead of trying to tear down Barack Obama who is on verge of becoming the next president, you should be ripping George Bush and your candidate John Mccain apart.
No matter what you say you cannot deny that John Mccain's voting record heavily favors George Bush. Eight years you are with him, but know you are all of a sudden in totally disagreement with his policies?
You Republicans and John Mccain wanted Bush as the leader of this country and you got him. Know you want to put John Mccain who fought hard for Bush's 2004 campaign as the new leader. Haven't we taken enough punishment?
Yes I know democrats got their hands dirty too, but we all know how this works, the captain goes down with the ship........not the passengers.
With all this being said, why tear down Barack Obama when you know in your heart he is not the guy the republican party makes him out to be. Smears just like what he is getting are similar to what John Mccain himself faced in 2004. But what does he do? He hires the same people to run his campaign, shouldn't that tell you something?
I did not vote for George W. Bush in 2000 or 2004, you did. I did however respect him a Commander and Chief. I stood by him because I am an American. Even though my guy did not win, I stood by the president you voted for.
Please if Obama wins the presidency, don't tear him down before he has a chance to do anything. Don't divide the country into two with hatred or animosity. If he earns his lashes then we can give him his just due. Until then can we work together? Mccain and Obama have both made accusations, that's all they are. If it could be proven neither one of these men would be running right now. We can only truly judge a president by how he leads, otherwise we would not have put Bush in office.
Judge him on how he will lead, not on what you may have read, or were told by his opponents.
I can admit when I made a mistake, can you?
A Politico breakdown of the Pew polling shows dramatic improvement for Obama among whites since early September on the question of who would do a better job "improving the economy." White women, who last month were split, now believe Obama will do a better job “improving the economy” by a 49 percent to 35 percent margin. White men, who had favored McCain by 10 points, are now split, with 41 percent preferring Obama and 43 percent McCain.
“Even as Obama continues to trail by a good amount with whites overall in these states, he’s winning with them on the issue foremost on voters’ minds this year,” the report concluded. “There’s not much doubt the economy is the main factor causing whites who voted Republican for president in 2004 to go Democratic this year. That is the single biggest factor driving his lead in the polls across the country right now.”
It looks like the Mccain strategy for the Palin pick did not work as he and his staff would have liked. I love too see when people of all color can looks past someone's race and focus on America and what is best for her.
(excerpts taken from Politico)
This was taken from The Prospect:
A neighbor in Jerusalem asked me to write to his American father-in-law, who has been showering him with emails attacking Barack Obama. At a local bakery, the owner suggested in a whisper that I might talk sense to the tourist proclaiming in a New York accent, between sips of strong Israeli latte, that she was voting for John McCain. Old friends in California worry to me that elderly Jews in Miami think that McCain is better for Israel. "Remember 2000," they tell me darkly. Every vote counts.
I suspect that something even more emotionally powerful than electoral math is at stake. My friends are frightened of the shame of a mother or uncle staining the family, or the tribe, with the wrong vote -- a vote purportedly cast out of concern for Israel. From where I sit, this would be a shame, because the reasons Obama is better for Israel's security are the same reasons he is better for American security.
Start with McCain's claim to greater foreign-policy experience. Despite that experience, he supported invading Iraq. Obama, of course, opposed it. Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, the war has had strongly negative consequences for Israel.
As a result of the first Gulf War in the 1990s, "Iraq wasn't a serious threat to Israel," explains researcher Shlomo Brom of Tel Aviv University's Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, formerly head of strategic planning in the Israeli Army's general staff. On the other hand, Brom says, the second Gulf War has deeply damaged America's stature in the Middle East, and "Israel, which is seen as being under American protection, is weakened as a result." Moreover, by eliminating Iraq as a counterbalance, the war freed Iran from containment. From Israel's perspective, the regional balance of forces has become much worse. Was this predictable? Yes, actually. Before the invasion in 2003, Israeli officials and experts warned Iran was a more significant threat than Iraq.
Looking forward, "it's preferable for Israel if the United State pulls out" of Iraq, Brom says. The occupation continues to tie down and weaken American militarily, in turn hurting its allies. Obama's insistence on setting a timetable for leaving once again serves Israeli as well as American interests.
In light of McCain's position on Iraq, his confusion between Sunni and Shi'ite is much more than a gaffe; it's a worldview. Back in March, you'll remember, candidate McCain sought to show off his foreign policy expertise with a visit to the Middle East. At a press conference in Amman, he asserted that it's "common knowledge … that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran." Only after a whispered word from traveling companion Joe Lieberman did McCain half-correct himself, saying that "the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda." The comments revealed an inability to distinguish between the Middle East's opposing factions, as well as a lack of concern with national rivalries and ideological enmities. It's the same attitude that has made the Bush administration's policies in the region so clumsy and dangerous for American allies.
Besides Iraq, a key example of that clumsiness has been the current administration's stonewalling of Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations. Turkish-mediated contacts between Jerusalem and Damascus have been underway since last year, but the United States has refused to join the process. According to Alon Liel, former director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Washington's attitude is what has prevented an agreement. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has "made a strategic decision" that his country's future "is tied to the West, not Iran," Liel says. Peace with Israel would be the means by which Syria would realign itself. Iran would lose a key ally, as would Hamas and Hezbollah.
Liel, who carried on back-channel contacts with Syria that preceded the official negotiations, says the administration's refusal to join the process is based on "black and white vision" -- since Syria is one of the bad guys, there's no point in talking to it. He rates the chances of change in attitude, and of a peace deal that would significantly alter the regional map in Israel's favor, as high if Obama becomes president.
Isolating Tehran, however, is not enough to relieve Israel's greatest anxiety -- the possibility that Iran will produce nuclear weapons. Speaking off the record, even Israeli experts speak positively of direct talks between the United States and Iran, as Obama has proposed. There's no reason not to try the diplomatic option. But the complement to diplomacy is much stronger international economic sanctions. To achieve such cooperation, Washington would have to end the unilateral, unipolar approach of the Bush years. Flaunting American muscle, however satisfying emotionally, is less effective than coalition-building. Such a shift is clearly more likely under Obama than McCain.
At first glance, the chances that the next president will devote energy to Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy early in his term are low. His first priority will be the economy. His Middle East concerns will lie in the belt from Iraq to Afghanistan.
But conflicts do not wait until leaders have time for them. The present calm in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank is fragile. The real question is whether the president is able to devote attention to avoiding a new round of violence even while he deals with other priorities.
This is a character question. For an answer, look at how McCain and Obama dealt with the economic meltdown in late September. McCain wanted to call off campaigning and cancel a debate. Obama's response was, "It's going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once."
Indeed, watching the election from a country dependent on American support, character may be the essential question. In the face of any crisis in the Middle East, is it better for Israel to look to a president who enjoys rolling dice, or to one dedicated to avoiding drama? What does it mean for American policy to be set by a president who, on a whim, bet not only his candidacy but his nation's future on a running mate he hadn't bothered to vet?
For that matter, how would a President Palin deal with an Iranian nuclear test, or even a sudden flare-up on the Israeli-Lebanese border?
I don't like thinking about such questions. I have enough reasons to be nervous, living where I do. What happens in Miami could make it easier for me to sleep at night.
Why haven't they hired teams of detectives to find a real connection other than a board affiliation and a book blurb?
Why would John Mccain not press further when he had the chance at the last debate?
If America's future was so at stake why would the American hero John Mccain choose to leave this topic and not find the truth?
Sarah Palin yesterday mocked - yes, mocked - fruit fly research. In a speech about autism and disabilities, Palin said,
"This is a matter of how we prioritize the money that we spend. We've got a three trillion dollar budget, and Congress spends some 18 billion dollars a year on earmarks for political pet projects. That's more than the shortfall to fully fund the IDEA. And where does a lot of that earmark money end up? It goes to projects having little or nothing to do with the public good -- things like fruit fly research in Paris, France, I kid you not, or a public policy center named for the guy who got the earmark. In our administration, we're going to reform and refocus. We're going to get our federal priorities straight, and fulfill our country's commitment to give every child opportunity and hope in life."I guess she or her speech writer did not know that fruit fly research is leading the way in the fight against autism. Here is what some scientists and universities have to say about fruit fly research:
The fruit fly (Drosophila) has probably been the single most important organism for the study of genetics for over a century now. Almost everything we know about genetics, development, cell biology, neuroscience, and every other field of biology has strong roots in previous and current work on Drosophila. The fruit fly is one of a small handful of “standard model organisms” used by thousands of scientists across the world to learn how our bodies, organs, genes, and proteins work. Most of what we know about how a single fertilized cell becomes the amazingly complex beings we are comes from studies initially done in Drosophila. Vast amounts of our understanding of the brain (and brain disorders, diseases, and defects) also come from initial studies in fruit flies.In fact, recent research from my own graduate alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on fruit fly brains has had an impact on the understanding of autism and has boosted autism research:
“[S]cientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown that a protein called neurexin is required for..nerve cell connections to form and function correctly. The discovery, made in Drosophila fruit flies may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders, as recently, human neurexins have been identified as a genetic risk factor for autism.”
This one is just another blunder to the growing list of statements that Palin has made. A lot of scientific groups and austism research groups are upset over this statement.
It goes on to talk about how Palin is beginning to break away from Mccain and his people and going out on her own. You may have noticed her doing more radio interviews and more statements from her coming from the media. Those have come without knowledge of the former Bush aides.
Reading this actually gave me a little more respect for her, but still her inexperience stands out as her vice. She probably is a good governor but is no where ready for the White house.
Read the article HERE.
October 24, 2008
Can someone please get me some video at a Obama rally showing the same thing. Mccain says it goes on. Please conservatives send me some video of hate at Obama rallies.
email@example.com.......I look forward to hearing from you.
Hughley Breaks the News" is scheduled to debut Saturday, October 25.
Enter Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher. He first walked over to Obama in his neighborhood to ask him the question about taxes on small business. From there he was thrust into the spotlight by a media who makes a star out of anybody who stands in front of a camera.
Now comes word that Wurzelbacher is mulling over running for Congress in 2010. I would like to think that everyone can be anything with the American dream, but Congress for Joe I;m afraid is just that....a dream.
Today on conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Joe made the statement about running for Congress.That would pit Wurzelbacher against longtime Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur for Ohio's 9th district on the state’s northern border, which includes Toledo and Sandusky. "I'll tell you what, we'd definitely be in one heck of a fight, Marcy Kaptur definitely has a following in this area," he said of the possibility. "But, you know, I'd be up for it."
Ingraham herself said she would immediately volunteer for his campaign and help him with campaign advertising and PR. Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee said they would welcome Wurzelbacher's candidacy with "open arms.”
"We support Joe the Plumber and people like him everyday with our support for lower taxes and energy independence," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said.
Good Luck Joe.
George Bush attempted to fill out his voter form today. What we do know is that he did cast a ballot for John Mccain. We all know that Bush agrees with everything that Mccain wants to do, and that is the reason why Obama is in the lead.
The President and Mrs. Bush cast their ballots Friday for the 2008 election during the early voting process, according to an email from White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.
"For months the President has said he supports John McCain for president and of course he voted for him," said Perino.
The ballots will be mailed back to Texas Friday. The Bushes plan to be at the White House on election night.
I want to thank George Bush for his support of John Mccain.
Associated Press Writer / October 24, 2008
CONCORD, N.H.—Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday, citing the senator's good judgment, "deep sense of calm" and "first-class political temperament."
Weld said he's never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became "close to a no-brainer." Obama has a history of bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together and is the best choice at a time when America's standing in the world is at a low point, he said.
"It's not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is the deep sense of calm he displays, and I think that's a product of his equally deep intelligence," he said in a phone interview.
He insisted his endorsement was based on an assessment of Obama's strengths, not Republican John McCain's weaknesses.
"John McCain is a very good guy," he said. "I do think the Republican Party has been playing on an increasingly small field in the last couple of elections."
Weld joined other prominent Republicans endorsing Obama over McCain in the campaign's final weeks, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson and Scott McClellan, former press secretary to President Bush.
Weld announced his support at a news conference at Obama's campaign office in Salem. Last year, he came to New Hampshire to campaign for another former Massachusetts governor, Republican Mitt Romney, who ended his bid for the presidential nomination in February.
Weld was governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Before that, he was U.S. attorney for Massachusetts under President Reagan and later led the criminal division of the U.S. Justice Department.
Two of his successors, responded to the endorsement with a statement supporting McCain.
"John McCain stands head and shoulders above Barack Obama on the critical issues facing our country. McCain alone has the experience and judgment to jumpstart our economy, create good jobs and keep America safe in a dangerous world," said former Govs. Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift. "As no less than Joe Biden has said, Barack Obama is not ready to lead. Bill Weld is entitled to his opinion, but we respectfully and strongly disagree."
Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School, has long been one of the most important conservative thinkers in the United States. Under President Reagan, he served, with great distinction, as Solicitor General of the United States. Since then, he has been prominently associated with several Republican leaders and candidates, most recently John McCain, for whom he expressed his enthusiastic support in January.
This week, Fried announced that he has voted for Obama-Biden by absentee ballot. In his letter to Trevor Potter, the General Counsel to the McCain-Palin campaign, he asked that his name be removed from the several campaign-related committees on which he serves. In that letter, he said that chief among the reasons for his decision "is the choice of Sarah Palin at a time of deep national crisis."
Fried is exceptionally thoughtful and principled; his vote for Obama is especially noteworthy.
--Cass. R. Sunstein
UPDATE: Fried writes to TNR: I admire Senator McCain and was glad to help in his campaign, and to be listed as doing so; but when I concluded that I must vote for Obama for the reason stated in my letter, I felt it wrong to appear to be recommending to others a vote that I was not prepared to cast myself. So it was more of an erasure than a public affirmation--although obviously my vote meant that I thought that Obama was preferable to McCain-Palin. I do not consider abstention a proper option.
None of them will ever go into full detail about their beliefs. Just on the surface, Sarah Palin would appear to be the most religious person out of the four remaining, but appearances can always be deceiving.
I would not pray for any candidate, I would pray for the country and for God to put in charge who would lead us in the right direction.
Religion has led a lot of people down a path of destruction that they themselves never saw coming. People are sometimes blinded by their beliefs and do not see a person that hides behind the name of God and uses it as a shield or a rouge for their own agenda.
The exact same people that prayed like James Dobson that George Bush would make it in to Office are now praying that Sarah Palin will win also.
Did God make a goof with Bush, or were these people praying for the wrong person?
Read this Article in MotherJones about Dobson's church and the 2008 election.
This is a person who does not honor other people's faith and wants to force her beliefs on every one else.
At the bottom, in fine print, is written: Approved and Sponsored by: Barack Hussein Obama II for President, Wausau Chapter.
I hope this is not coming from someone affiliated with the Mccain camp, but honestly at this point I would not be surprised.
Donklephant is reporting that the highest paid staffer so far this month is their makeup artist.
Get this, so far she has been paid $22,800 for the first two weeks alone.
Hey $150,000 for clothes, over forty grand a month for make-up.
I would have thought that lying coach they hired would have been the highest paid.
Yep, Mccain and Palin fighting for the working class everyday!
A new campaign ad that the Mccain camp has put out is now focusing on scaring American citizens into voting for him. He uses Joe Biden's remarks about Obama being tested within the first six months.
Didn't we have campaigns like this back in the 60's? This is what John Mccain has reduced himself to. This may have worked during the days when America was all frighted of the "Ruskies" back then, but America doesn't react that way anymore. No bomb shelters in the backyard. The kids don't have their own gas masks at school. We know that our military will be strong no matter who is president.
One more sad chapter for John Mccain.......praying on the fears of America.
So, a woman in Pittsburgh, named Ashley Todd, claims to have been mugged at an ATM last night. And when the mugger saw the McCain sticker on her car, he began punching and kicking her and then he used his knife to scratch a "B" into her face. The woman refused medical treatment at the scene, and the ATM security camera caught none of it. Here's a photo:
Not buying it.
First, if someone just beat you, robbed you, and held you down long enough to carve a letter into your face, medical treatment might sound pretty good wouldn't it? At least a little rubbing alcohol to clean the wound? That knife was in a filthy Obama supporter's pants for God's sake!
Second, how easy is it to carve a B into the skin of a struggling woman's face? Those loops are perfect! We assumed it would be in a kind of Def Leppard, scratchy font. There's a reason Zorro didn't take the name Borro. B's are tough!
Third, not to belabor it, but we would have drawn an "O." It's easier, and more immediate.
Fourth, he attacked her while she was withdrawing money, but the ATM camera didn't catch it. Course not. And we're betting none of the other security cameras in that parking lot caught it either.
Fifth, the B's backwards. Sure, the photo might have been flipped at some point. Or she might have pulled a Morton Downey Jr. and did it herself in a mirror without thinking things through.
Sixth, how exactly did he make it clear that it was her McCain sticker that instigated the second attack. Did the mugger shout, "McCain-Palin! Why I oughta..."
Seventh, and finally, what makes her so sure the mugger was an Obama supporter? Could'a been a Bob Barr man. Two B's! Just sayin'.
We're not saying she wasn't attacked. We just don't buy that her mugger was so politically motivated and adept at knife calligraphy that he decided to risk arrest by holding the woman down and carving a backwards B into her face (because an O is too easy and he wanted to demonstrate how much this statement means to him). For now, our money says she did the "B" herself.
If more evidence comes to light that proves her claim true, our hearts will go out to the woman. Until then, we'll keep our hearts in our chests.
Update: More evidence is coming in, since the police have noted several inconsistencies in her story, and she's already changed some details.
NEW UPDATE: Local news station Police to file charges against woman for making up story. KDKA Web site
There have already been reports of infighting and pointing fingers within the camp. They basically have given up even with Mccain in my opinion not totally being out of it.
At his Northern Virginia headquarters, some McCain aides are already speaking of the campaign in the past tense. Morale, even among some of the heartiest and most loyal staffers, has plummeted. And many past and current McCain advisors are warring with each other over who led the candidate astray.
One well-connected Republican in the private sector was shocked to get calls and resumes in the past few days from what he said were senior McCain aides – a breach of custom for even the worst-off campaigns.
“It’s not an extraordinarily happy place to be right now,” said one senior McCain aide. “I’m not gonna lie. It’s just unfortunate.”
October 23, 2008
Why is it that Sarah Palin can no longer do an interview without John Mccain, unless it is on Sean Hannity? It's like he is a babysitter or something. To me, it's hurts her rather than helps her. Just a thought.
“We shouldn’t be taxing our small businesses more, as Senator Obama wants to do. We need to be helping them expand their businesses and create jobs,” said McCain, continuing several days of attacks on the Democratic candidate’s economic plans.
This last hooray for Mccain is the final of many bad campaign ideas. They have all but stopped talking about Bill Ayers if you have noticed. Now the best they have is a plumber who is not really a plumber and who has back taxes. He also is no more closer to owning his own business than my 10 year old Son is.
ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Arne Carlson, a former Republican governor in Minnesota, has Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Carlson said Thursday that the Illinois senator's stances on the Iraq war, the economy and green energy goals won him over. Carlson, who served from 1991 to 1998, also cited recent comments by GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann questioning whether politicians have "pro-America or anti-America views."
"Regardless of our party, regardless of our partisan inclinations, there is no interest more compelling than the interest in the well-being of the United States," Carlson said at a gathering of Obama supporters at the state Capitol.
Carlson added, "He has laid out for this nation a vision for a national purpose."
Carlson was considered a moderate Republican during his two terms in office. This isn't the first Democrat he has backed for political office. He said he considers himself "a Republican maverick."
Minnesota's current governor, Tim Pawlenty, is a strong supporter of GOP hopeful John Mccain. Carlson said he wasn't approached about endorsing McCain or asked to remain neutral.
In a letter published Tuesday in the Alamogordo Daily News, Stirman wrote that she believes "Muslims are our enemies." Stirman told The Associated Press in an interview: "I don't trust them at all. They've sworn across the world that they are our enemies. Why we're trying to elect one is beside me."
Barack Obama has continued to be labeled as a Muslim by some because of his stepfather's background when Obama lived with him and his mother as a child in Indonesia. There is no evidence that Obama has ever been a Muslim.
The executive director of the Republican Party of New Mexico, Matthew Kennicott, has said Stirman does not speak for the GOP and that her comments do not reflect its values and beliefs.
Stirman, 56, an interior decorator, wrote in the letter titled "Why I'm a Republican" the 16 reasons for her party affiliation.
How can any conservative listen to this guy as a legitimate analyst? The markets are faltering because Barack Obama might become president. Mr. Rove you are pathetic.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) (CMCSA) on Wednesday said it will begin rolling out faster Internet speeds over the next few weeks in selected markets to homes and businesses.
The nation's largest cable operator and residential Internet service provider will offer speeds up to 50 megabits per second, which enables users to download a high-definition movie in 16 minutes and a standard definition movie in 5 minutes.
Most Comcast customers will double their speeds for free.
The service will be available in parts of New England, including the Boston area and southern New Hampshire, as well as in portions of Philadelphia, New Jersey and the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Over the next few months, Comcast expects to roll it out to over 10 major markets.
For residential users, Comcast's new 'Extreme 50' tier, including up to 10 Mbps upstream service, will cost $139.95 a month. For businesses, it will cost $189.95 monthly, including extra features and support.
The 'Ultra' plan for individuals will offer speeds up to 22 Mbps for downloading and up to 5 upstream for $62.95 a month. The business "premium" tier will offer the same speeds for $99.95 a month.
To get the new Internet plans, individuals must also subscribe to Comcast's cable TV service.
Published: Thursday October 23, 2008
A GOP attempt to force as many as 200,000 newly-registered voters in Ohio to cast provisional ballots was rejected last week by the US Supreme Court. Since then, reports CNN's John Roberts, things in Ohio have gotten "downright nasty."
Roberts spoke with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who has had her official state website hacked and has even been receiving death threats. A Monday press release from Brunner's office stated, "In recent weeks, phone lines and e-mail channels have been barraged, even in the business filings section of the office, with menacing messages and even threats of harm or death. Last week, a suspicious package covered with threatening messages and containing an unidentified powder was mailed to the Secretary of State's office via the previous location of the Client Services Center."
"Veterans in my office ... said they've never seen anything like this," Brunner told Roberts. "It's very unfortunate. It seems like there's an effort to shake the confidence of voters."
Roberts noted that even though the Supreme Court said Brunner isn't required to make the lists of new registrations available to the GOP for possible challenges at polling places, Republicans have continued pressing for her to turn them over voluntarily.
Deputy Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine charged, "She says she's watching out for 200,000 people in Ohio. I'm watching out for the other 8.2 million who have the threat of their vote being discounted."
"They brought this to us a month before the election," Brunner told Roberts. "If they had been really, really concerned about this, this would have been brought to our attention even last year."
"I think what this is, is a way to segregate and pick off ballots in case it's a very close race," continued Brunner. "This is terribly unfortunate, because what they've tried to do is inject fear into the process through these broad allegations of voter fraud, when actually what they're trying to do here is intimidate voters."
The Republican party has recently been accusing the anti-poverty group ACORN of massive voter registration fraud, with forms being handed in under such names as "Mickey Mouse." However, Brunner was emphatic that even if such allegations were correct, the state has a strong record of monitoring its own voter databases.
"We will not tolerate voter registration fraud in Ohio," Brunner stated, describing the stae's "multi-layered system" for checking registrations and weeding out duplicates. "What we've seen historically is that very seldom does voter registration fraud ever lead to illegal voting."
Thursday, October 23, 2008; 2:26 PM
BAGHDAD, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. military on Thursday gave Iraqi authorities control of security in most of the "Triangle of Death," an area south of Baghdad that has seen a dramatic turnaround.
But in a sign of continuing instability, a suicide bomber in Baghdad tried to assassinate Iraq's
labor minister, slamming an explosives-laden sport-utility vehicle into an official convoy and killing nine people, authorities said. The minister, Mahmoud al-Sheikh Radhi, escaped injury.
The blast occurred in what is regarded as one of the safest areas of Baghdad, just 200 yards from the entrance to the heavily guarded Green Zone, which includes the U.S. Embassy and the office of the prime minister.
Violence overall has decreased sharply in Iraq in the past year, and U.S. authorities have been eager to transfer security responsibilities to the Iraqi security forces they have been trying to rebuild since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
On Thursday, the province of Babil became the 12th of Iraq's 18 provinces in which the responsibility for security was passed to domestic forces. Most of what was called the "Triangle of Death" was located within its borders. Thousands of people have been killed in sectarian clashes in the mostly Sunni Arab area in the past five years.
John McCain defended the Republican National Committee’s decision Thursday to spend more than $150,000 dollars in clothing and accessories for running mate Sarah Palin.
“She needed clothes at the time,” McCain told a group of Florida reporters.
The Arizona Republican said that the clothing will be donated to charity and that there was nothing unusual about spending the committee’s money on Palin’s look.
“They'll be donated at end of this campaign. They'll be donated to charity,” McCain said.
The one thing they forgot to tell Palin is that she will have to pay over $35,000 in taxes for recieving gifts. Even if she gives it to charity, it is no longer new and was used by her first, therefore taxes must be paid.
If Barack or Michelle Obama had a bill for clothing for 150k over a six week period, Fox news and all conservatives would be all on this. But of course since it is Sarah Palin it is a different story.
I have no problem with a clothing shopping spree for the family that is running for VP. The problem I have is where it was spent. The fact that she has touted herself as the average middle class hockey mom, now is totally ridiculous. It would take over twenty years for a middle class family her size to spend that much money on clothing.
She could have gotten twice the amount of clothing at less say a Kohls or a Marshalls, and it would have played perfectly into the idea that she is a regular mom. "Wow", people would say "she shops at the same stores I do."
But instead they stepped into another political blunder that is not needed at this point in the race. Although it is something that we shouldn't focus on, we always do.
All this socialism talk that John Mccain and Sarah Palin have stirred up with some of their supporters is not only irresponsible but dangerous. One statement does not give you the right to call someone a socialist. If that were the case John Mccain is a socialist several times over. Now I don't think neither one of these men are socialist, but words can always be taken out of context.
Watch this video:
CC Goldwater--Huffington Post
Being Barry Goldwater's granddaughter and living in Arizona, one would assume that I would be voting for our state's senator, John McCain. I am still struck by certain 'dyed in the wool' Republicans who are on the fence this election, as it seems like a no-brainer to me.
Myself, along with my siblings and a few cousins, will not be supporting the Republican presidential candidates this year. We believe strongly in what our grandfather stood for: honesty, integrity, and personal freedom, free from political maneuvering and fear tactics. I learned a lot about my grandfather while producing the documentary, Mr. Conservative Goldwater on Goldwater. Our generation of Goldwaters expects government to provide for constitutional protections. We reject the constant intrusion into our personal lives, along with other crucial policy issues of the McCain/Palin ticket.
My grandfather (Paka) would never suggest denying a woman's right to choose. My grandmother co-founded Planned Parenthood in Arizona in the 1930's, a cause my grandfather supported. I'm not sure about how he would feel about marriage rights based on same-sex orientation. I think he would feel that love and respect for ones privacy is what matters most and not the intolerance and poor judgment displayed by McCain over the years. Paka respected our civil liberties and passed on the message that that we should conduct our lives standing up for the basic freedoms we hold so dear.
For a while, there were several candidates who aligned themselves with the Goldwater version of Conservative thought. My grandfather had undying respect for the U.S. Constitution, and an understanding of its true meanings.
There always have been a glimmer of hope that someday, someone would "race through the gate" full steam in Goldwater style. Unfortunately, this hasn't happened, and the Republican brand has been tarnished in a shameless effort to gain votes and appeal to the lowest emotion, fear. Nothing about McCain, except for maybe a uniform, compares to the same ideology of what Goldwater stood for as a politician. The McCain/Palin plan is to appear diverse and inclusive, using women and minorities to push an agenda that makes us all financially vulnerable, fearful, and less safe.
When you see the candidate's in political ads, you can't help but be reminded of the 1964 presidential campaign of Johnson/Goldwater, the 'origin of spin', that twists the truth and obscures what really matters. Nothing about the Republican ticket offers the hope America needs to regain it's standing in the world, that's why we're going to support Barack Obama. I think that Obama has shown his ability and integrity.
After the last eight years, there's a lot of clean up do. Roll up your sleeves, Senators Obama and Biden, and we Goldwaters will roll ours up with you.
October 22, 2008
Let's see, more qualified than Dan Quayle, Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, John Edwards, Al Gore, Jack Kemp, Lloyd Bentsen -- and, of course, McCain's first choice this year, Joe Lieberman.
If you compare any of these men, she is not even up to Dan Quayle standards. Then he wonders why people questioned his judgement when it comes to Palin.
If he would just be honest and just say I am qualified and she will be able to stand up to the test even though she may not have as much experience as other VP candidates. But instead he thinks the American people are idiots.
Mccain and Palin's speeches no longer have anything of substance. Told tell me I have to listen to the whole speech because I do. Here how there speech goes. Pump up the crowd about real patriotism and real American family values, and then let them know if Obama is elected he will seek to destroy it. He does not have those values you I have. Next is the bash Obama and Biden time. Bill Ayers socialist,gaffe machine, raise taxes and hates Joe the Plumber.
You get out what you put out, plain and simple. You can't cry about negativity when your campaign is built on it. Robo-calls, 95% negative ads, focus on Bill Ayers vs economy, socialist finger pointing, anti-American, might be Muslim & pals around with terrorists.
Now you cry when the same thing happens to you, grow a spine and take your medicine.
The United States on Wednesday gave 150 million dollars in budget support to the Palestinian Authority, after delivering a similar sum in March.
"The US has again delivered a significant sum of money directly to the Palestinian budget, our most critical area of need," Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad said at a signing ceremony in the West Bank political capital Ramallah.
"I thank President (George W.) Bush and the many members of Congress for making this assistance possible and for their ongoing efforts to build a secure, independent Palestinian state that will live in peace and security with Israel and all its neighbours," he said.
Jake Walles, the US consul in Jerusalem, said "the US government is pleased to support the prime minister and his government's efforts to ensure a future of economic and political stability for the Palestinian people."
The World Bank says the Palestinian economy, driven by investment and private sector productivity before 2000, has turned into one sustained by government spending and donor aid.
From January to August this year, the Palestinian Authority received 1.2 billion dollars in budget support, in addition to about 300 million dollars in development aid, the multilateral agency said in a September report.
All but two of the contributions came in July, and all but three of those July donations were logged on July 31, suggesting they were delivered at the same time. As with any bundle of campaign contributions, it's difficult to determine which donor was the "bundler," the person who solicited the contributions on the campaign's behalf. McCain's online roster of bundlers, which purports to name any individual bundling $50,000 or more for the campaign, does not associate any of McCain's major fundraisers with the Keating firm."
This is not improper in itself, and the only Keating included in the bundle is William J. Keating, Jr., Charles Keating's nephew, who is listed as a partner in the firm and contributed $1,000.
Keating, now 84, once wrote to McCain that "I'm yours till death do us part". Could he be keeping his promise?
Arsallah Jamal, the province's governor, said the Afghan soldiers died at a fixed army checkpoint in a region where American and Afghan troops have been conducting operations for over a week. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the Defense Ministry spokesman, confirmed nine soldiers died and three were wounded in the airstrike in the Sayed Kheil area of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan.
The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."
"I didn't know whether (the group's activity) was legal or illegal, but I didn't think I wanted to be associated with them," McCain said in a 1986 newspaper interview.
I'm not sure if there is a Hell either but I pray to God everyday just in case. How can Mccain be so hypocritical when it comes to past associations. There are now three separate things he has done throughout his career that would make me look at his character and judgment. Once again like I have said before, I think both men are patriots and have no ill will towards America. But what is good for the goose.........
The Keating Five pretty much everyone has heard of it or knows about it. If you don't know it fully it was basically five United States senators accused of corruption back in 1989, with Mccain being one of them. They were accuse of improperly intervening in 1987 on behalf of Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was the target of a regulatory investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. The FHLBB subsequently backed off taking action against Lincoln.
Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in 1989, at a cost of over $3 billion to the federal government. Some 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many elderly investors lost their life savings. Keating was a family friend of John Mccain and his wife also invested in a land deal with Charles Keating. All of the senators involved had received contributions from Charles Keating.
U.S. Council for World Freedom-The most recent story about John Mccain activities was his serving on an advisory board to the U.S. chapter of an international group linked to ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America in the 1980s. The council created by retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. After setting up the U.S. council, Singlaub served as the international league's chairman.
In two interviews with The Associated Press in August and September, Singlaub said McCain became associated with the organization in the early 1980s as McCain launched his political career. McCain was elected to the House in 1982. Mccain has not denied being a member but said he disassociated himself from them because he did not know if it was legal or not.
G. Gordon Liddy- We all know him right? If you don't know him then you certainly heard of Watergate. He was the man that orchestrated it. For his role in Watergate, which he coordinated with Hunt, Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping, and received a 20-year sentence. He served a total of five and half years in prison, including over 100 days in solitary confinement, before his sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter and he was released on September 7, 1977. This was a man who concocted plots to firebomb the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. (where classified documents leaked by Daniel Ellsberg were being stored), kidnapping anti-war protest organizers and transporting them to Mexico during the Republican National Convention (which at the time was planned for San Diego), and luring mid-level Democratic campaign officials to a house boat in Baltimore where they would be secretly photographed in compromising positions with call girls. He and Mccain are close friends. He has been in Libby's home.
October 21, 2008
I want again to give you guys thanks. All your hard work is doing wonders for our candidates. Keep challenging Barack Obama about his past connection with Bill Ayers. Let's make sure you keep touting Joe the Plumber as the average American that Barack Obama will tax. Let's make sure you keep the socialist thing going against him, because he is right?
Hey! Also I need a least one of you at the rallies to yell out terrorist or socialist please. Guys you have less than two weeks now, and you have a lot of catching up to do. The more negative you get the better. Hey what about that anti-christ thing, yeah use that.
Whatever you do don't give up. We need you. You can't quit now when it looks grim, look death in the face and say no! I will not quit.
We the Barak Obama supporters need you to keep this up, so we can get Obama to the White House. Because you see, all the attacks over the past several weeks have only raised Obama in the polls. Today he has his highest numbers yet to today.
So from the bottom of our liberal left-wing hearts, we thank you conservatives for all your hard work.
That average hockey mom is just like you and me. I modest home in rural Alaska. A loving spouse and children. A nice American car, and of course spending $150,000 on clothes for you and the family.
Yes, that's right, the RNC is reporting that it has spent over 150k has been spent on clothing and apparel since early September. 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.
September payments were also made to Barney’s New York ($789.72) and Bloomingdale’s New York (5,102.71).
Macy’s in Minneapolis, another store fortunate enough to be situated in the Twin Cities that hosted last summer’s Republican National Convention, received three separate payments totaling $9,447.71.
The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., suggesting $295 dollars was spent to accommodate the littlest Palen to join the campaign trail.
An additional $4,902.45 was spent at Atelier, a high-class shopping destination for men.
Yeah that's right Sarah Palin is just like you.
POLITICO FIRST REPORTED THE STORY THIS EVENING
Barack Obama: The 2004 DNC convention was the coming out party for the young senator from Illinois. His keynote address speech electrified the audience and he instantly became the subject of many as a possible future presidential candidate. He amazed many white Americans, simply because he was unlike any other black leader they have seen in quite a while. He became a role model for young black children who were not used to seeing black leaders speak other than a church on Sunday.
John Mccain: A decorated war hero, who made many scarifies for his country without looking for thanks. A man who sat in a prison for five years because his honor was more important than his freedom. A man who has dedicated his life to fight for what is right in this country without worry about himself. A man who young kids looked up to, and wanted to serve their country like he did.
What happened? No one hated the other man but respected both. We worked side by side with each other without discomfort. Our children ride the school bus together, we worship the same God together. We lived in a time where we were the America that worked together as brother and sister for a greater cause.
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
We now have become a nation of red and blue. We treat each other like strangers who have come to invade. The word respect is no longer in our category for usage. We use words like terrorists, traitor,communist, socialist etc. to describe American citizens. We look at someone who has the shirt supporting the candidate they we don't as if they just spat in your face. When people can no longer stand in line to vote without being harassed is not the America I grew up in.
We no longer stand together as Americans, but divided as democrats and republicans. We listen to what our elected officials tell us is fact and somehow turn it into a religion. We no longer think for ourselves, but have the candidates tell us what the other is doing. We no longer look for facts, but devour rhetoric like it was our last meal.
Have you ever asked yourself how you can hate someone you have never met or have ever had a personal conversation with? People now in this country hate the candidates to point where they wish them harm, is that right? We have become two herds of animals that form barriers to protect themselves from the other.
If anything we must remember, we have voted many times before for someone who we believed in. Many times before we have been let down. Neither one of these men are the messiah. They cannot fixed the damage that has been caused over the past eight years not matter what they say. We must remember the ultimate goal is for a better country.
I support Barack Obama. If John Mccain were to win however, I would support fully and respect him as this country's president. I do this because I am an American.
When all this is over, only one of these men will be president come January. When that day comes for some of you, how do you ever go back to the life you had 18 months ago?
Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the Vice President do?”
PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me!-- They’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.
The President of the Senate is the Vice-President of the United States, but he or she may vote only in case of a tie vote. In practice, the Vice-President does not often preside over sessions of the Senate.
Presiding Officers : The Senate elects a President pro tempore who, by tradition, is the Senator of the majority party who has served continuously in the Senate for the longest period of time. When the President pro tempore is not presiding over the Senate, other Senators of the majority party serve as the Presiding Officer.
Let's not mis-inform the kids Ms. Palin
Do we honestly think President Bush was a great president? Judging by his approval rating I would say no. However this was the man who has been our leader for eight years. He has led us through 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and the Iraq War. But in most people's opinion he is not a great leader.
It is not how much experience you have, it's how you handle each situation that is put in front of you. Would Obama have had better people in place to prevent the 9/11 attack? Would he have led us into Iraq without better Intel and let Bin Laden run free in Afghanistan?
The most important thing a president can do is to have the best team around him from the beginning. Good advisers, not people like Dick Cheney running wild.
The true meddle of a president is seeing how he handles his emotions, and to not let them affect his demeanor and judgment, something John Mccain can't even do in a debate.
Mccain says Obama tax plan policy has socialist qualities in them. That in turn has translated to his supporters that Barack Obama is a socialist. But as I was looking a both candidates plans Mccain is doing the exact same thing. Barack Obama is just not playing the childish games that Mccain is lowering himself down to, just to become President.
Obama wants to tax the rich and give larger tax breaks than Mccain to the middle class.
Mccain wants to give larger tax breaks to the rich and corporations and less to the middle class hoping it will have a trickle down effect.
Isn't Mccain redistributing more money into the pockets of the wealthy in the hope that it will help the middle class, and Obama redistributing wealthy taxes to the middle class?
lake worth, FL-- Watching MSNBC just now Obama was speaking about the economy today and mentioned John Mccain's name and the boos rang out. Obama immediately told the crowd that we do not need that, all we need to do is vote. He has said that before to keep his crowds in check. Minutes later MSNBC went live to Sarah Palin live in Reno, Nevada. Every time she mentioned Obama boos rang out all over, all she does is wait for the boos to die down before she continues.
Just wanted to point that out.
On Saturday, Republican North Carolina Reps. Patrick McHenry and Robin Hayes warmed up the crowd at a rally for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by throwing red meat to the right-wing audience. McHenry called the event the “biggest crowd John McCain has gotten in North Carolina” and said that voters had a critical choice between McCain and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) this election. Someone in the audience yelled out, “It’s like black and white” to loud laughter. McHenry let the remark pass.
When it was his turn to speak, Hayes accused liberals of hating “real Americans”:
He [McHenry] yielded the microphone to Representative Robin Hayes, who prefaced his comments by saying it was important to “make sure we don’t say something stupid, make sure we don’t say something we don’t mean.” Republicans, he reminded the crowd, were kind people. Plus, he added, the liberal media had shown itself eager to distort such remarks. With the crowd duly chastened and put on best behavior, he accused Obama of “inciting class warfare” and said that “liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.”
This meme has been picking up steam amongst the right wing in recent weeks. Most prominently, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) exploded on Friday and said that liberals were “anti-American.” The McCain campaign and its conservative allies have also been blasting progressive ideas as “socialist” or “Marxist.”
Note that Hayes is the same congressman who, in 2006, said:
Stability in Iraq ultimately depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior.
In 2005, he also insisted that “Saddam Hussein and people like him were very much involved in 9/11.” When he was told that no investigation found any link between Saddam and 9/11, Hayes responded, “I’m sorry, but you must have looked in the wrong places.”
Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.