Sunday, August 31, 2008

Don Fowler Amused by New Orleans Hurricane


from Powerline:
It's no secret that Democrats love it when things go wrong. This, though, is a particularly nauseating example. Don Fowler, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Democratic Congressman Don Spratt are caught on video laughing about the fact that a hurricane is about to hit New Orleans, to the political advantage, they suppose, of their party.

This is what Hurricane Katrina was all about. Mainstream reporters committed malpractice, repeatedly reporting things that weren't true. They did this to try to help their party at a time when the Democrats needed help badly, and they succeeded. The Democrats are desperately hoping for another New Orleans hurricane that will kill thousands of people and thus distract attention from the Republican Convention. You can draw your own conclusion about the moral stature of these people.

Barack Obama, by the way, is one of the worst. He tried to make political hay out of Hurricane Katrina as recently as Thursday night.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama Campaign Reaction to Sarah Palin

From Fox News, the official statement from Obama spokesman Bill Burton:

Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.



Wouldn't a mayor trump a community organizer? I know a governor trumps a senator big time.

Barack Obama, Aspiring Commissar

By the Editors | National Review | August 28, 2008

While the Obama coronation proceeds apace in Denver, it is in Chicago that Americans are getting a disturbing demonstration of his thuggish methods of stifling criticism.

Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Harvard-educated social anthropologist and frequent contributor to National Review, among other publications. He is widely respected for his meticulous research and measured commentary. For months, he has been doing the job the mainstream media refuses to do: examining the background and public record of Barack Obama, the first-term senator Democrats are about to make their nominee for president despite the shallowness of his experience and achievement.

Kurtz has written extensively, and with characteristic attention to factual detail, about Obama’s early career as a “community organizer,” his cultivation of benefactors in the most radical cauldrons of Chicago politics, his long-time pastor’s immersion in Black Liberation Theology, his ties to anti-American zealots, and the years in the Illinois state legislature this self-styled agent of change spent practicing the by-the-numbers left-wing politics of redistribution and race-consciousness, remaining soft on crime and extreme on abortion.

This has led Kurtz, naturally, to scrutinize the relationship between Obama and one of his early political sponsors, William Ayers. Ayers, as we have previously detailed, is a confessed terrorist who, having escaped prosecution due to surveillance violations that came to light during his decade on the lam after a bombing spree, landed an influential professorship in education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As he has made clear several times before and after helping to launch Obama’s political career, Ayers remains defiantly proud of bombing the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and other targets. He expresses regret only that he didn’t do more. Far from abandoning his radical politics, he has simply changed methods: the classroom, rather than the detonator, is now his instrument for campaigning against an America he portrays as racist and imperialist.

read the whole thing

what is a commissar?

quote

Put aside all the theatrics of the night, however over the top. Obama sunk his own speech when he began to talk of how he would confront Russia and defeat al Qaeda.

He doesn't have the qualifications to run a battalion, much less the entire military. No corporation would make Obama CEO, and few states would elect him governor on his resume. It is all talk, all wind.

The idea of Obama defining American policy vis-a-vis Putin or Ahmadinejad is at best, deeply disturbing. -- Hugh Hewitt, posted at 1:04 AM

in case you missed the speech

I was there, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt



the last Zombie report by LGF at the DNC

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Futility of protesting at the DNC


Self-professed squatter punk Neil, aka Chunk, thinks a lot needs to change in this country. But, he tells The UpTake's Chuck Olsen that protesting will not do any good.

Hot Air at the DNC - Netflix for terrorists




What happens when Hot Air TV special correspondent Jason Mattera puts on his orange jumpsuit to petition DNC protesters in support of Netflix and MSNBC (and Jihad Olympics!) for the deprived Gitmo detainees?

Instant classic, awesomely awesome video! Enjoy the best of Jason’s undercover work and send it to all your friends. Special thanks to the People’s Press Collective for their camera and editing help.

Too many favorite moments to name, but I’ll alert you to a few of mine. Watch out for the eco-conscious couple’s reaction when Jason suggests the ultimate carbon footprint solution. Hackysack with Little John Edwards. And: Jason’s got some mad ballroom dancing skillz.

Obama campaign tries to silence critics

Next, the Obama thugs came for Stanley Kurtz

By Michelle Malkin • August 28, 2008 10:28 AM

First, they came for TV stations daring to air an independent ad about Barack Obama and unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

Next, they came for GOP donors.

Now, they are shamelessly attacking National Review investigative journalist Stanley Kurtz — one of conservatism’s most thoughtful and penetrating writers on academic and educational affairs. Kurtz has been at the forefront probing Obama’s relationships with left-wing ideologues. It was his public information request and public call for help that led to the University of Illinois - Chicago finally releasing tons of files that shed light on the Obama/Ayers working relationship. The Obama camp is condemning Kurtz in harsher terms than it ever condemned the terrorist Ayers. Kurtz has been attacked now as a “right-wing hatchet man” and “slimy character assassin.”

read the whole thing

So Obama -- just who is Khalid Al-Mansour?

Another Radical Obama Association?

by Amanda Carpenter | Townhall.com

Old videos appear to show a radical Muslim named Khalid Al-Mansour helped Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gain acceptance into Harvard Law.

Civil rights activist Percy Sutton recalled being solicited by a man named Dr. Khalid A-Mansour to write a letter of recommendation to help Obama gain acceptance into Harvard Law in this undated television interview available here:



In one of the videos, titled “Christians Designed Discrimination” uploaded by a YouTube user named IslamStudios, Al-Mansour said, “White people don't feel bad, whatever you do to them, they deserve it, God wants you to do it and that's when you cut out the nose, cut out the ears, take flesh out of their body, don't worry because God wants you to do it."

He also draws lines between whites and African Americans. “The Christianity that white people got and the Christianity that black people got was not the same,” he added.

read the entire article

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pro-Hillary March - covered by LGF


of course the MSM never shows this stuff

the U2 song Obama plays the most


City of Blinding Lights

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now

Neon heart day-glow eyes
A city lit by fireflies
They're advertising in the skies
For people like us

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Don't look before you laugh
Look ugly in a photograph
Flash bulbs purple irises
The camera can't see

I've seen you walk unafraid
I've seen you in the clothes you made
Can you see the beauty inside of me?
What happened to the beauty I had inside of me?

(cut)

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Time...time...time...time...time
Won't leave me as I am
But time won't take the boy out of this man

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

The more you know the less you feel
Some pray for others steal
Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily

Music Picks from Obama, McCain -- Blender Magazine

pantsuit brigade cries for Hillary







Hillary Has Left the Building

Obama speech stage resembles ancient Greek temple


illustration by Political Inquirer


DENVER (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.

The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos' National Football League team plays.

Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president.

He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.

The show should provide a striking image for the millions of Americans watching on television as Obama delivers a speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.

McCain Aide Mocks Obama: 'Is This From the Onion?'

Tiny

Does Obama support free speech or not?

Examiner Staff Writer 8/27/08

Democrats such as Barack Obama are increasingly showing a disturbing eagerness to invoke the power of the state to silence critics. The latest example of this growing anti-First Amendment mentality is Obama’s heavy-handed response to a television ad by an independent nonprofit that raises some very basic questions about the Illinois senator’s relationship with William Ayers, the unrepentant 1960s terrorist bomber.

Obama’s campaign has encouraged supporters to flood television stations with protests whenever they see the ad. Nothing wrong with that, but the other thrust of the Obama response was to ask the Justice Department to intervene to stop further airing of the ad. That’s where Obama crossed the line and raised a question of fundamental importance — does he or does he not believe the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech?

read the whole thing

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cardinal Egan of New York Blasts Pelosi Deception

STATEMENT OF HIS EMINENCE, EDWARD CARDINAL EGAN CONCERNING REMARKS MADE BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.

We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.

Edward Cardinal Egan

Archbishop of New York

August 26, 2008

the ad Obama doesn't want you to see

Recreate 68 riots in Denver

great photos and this little video at Little Green Footballs

Hugh Hewitt: The Watchword is Worry

post by Hugh Hewitt, Tuesday, August 26:

The Washington Post reports on the great unease at the Democratic Convention:

As the Democrats kicked off a convention designed to unite support behind Obama, interviews with several dozen delegates pointed to an undercurrent of anxiety among many from key swing states who will be charged with leading the push in their communities. They expressed doubts bordering on bewilderment: Why, in a year that had been shaping up as a watershed for Democrats, amid an economic downturn and an unpopular Republican presidency, is the race so tight?



Why, indeed. The answers: Jeremiah Wright. Tony Rezko. Michael Pfleger. Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

"Above my pay grade." "Bitter and clinging to God and their guns." "Citizen of the world." Tire gauges. "First time I have been proud of my country." "Vastly superior infrastructure." The Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

And now Slow Joe Biden.

read the whole thing

new Obama Ayers ad


not much explaining -- just that he was eight years old in the 60s

more questions

1. Why has he been covering this up before now?

2. Set aside the fact that Obama was a mere lad when Ayers was setting bombs; today Ayers is an unreconstructed hard-left radical with dramatic views on education and society - as he explained to Hugo Chavez during a speech in Venezuela in 2006, "La educacion es revolucion!"

Monday, August 25, 2008

O' Hail the Messiah Lord Obama

Comrades! Check out the party going on in Denver!

Hot Air TV at the DNC: Marxists unite!

The Democrat Party may be in splintering chaos, but outside the Pepsi Center, the Marxist Left is unified. Hot Air TV special correspondent Jason Mattera was out and about among the collectivist masses again yesterday — where he was offered a joint and deep thoughts about world citizenship, the scourge of capitalism, and the non-existent War on Terror.

One protester’s complaint about Obama: “He’s still talkin’ ’bout the war on terror like it actually exists!”



Obama assassination plot disrupted?

By Felisa Cardona | The Denver Post

Federal authorities have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon amid reports that a fortunate traffic stop by Aurora Police may have disrupted an assassination attempt against Barack Obama.

read the whole thing

new Texas GOP Ad

Corporations get skyboxes for donating BIG bucks


By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News
wslater@dallasnews.com | 07:34 AM CDT on Monday, August 25, 2008


DENVER — In a week of hot tickets, the hottest will be a seat in the skyboxes the night Barack Obama accepts his party's nomination for president.

For the high-rollers and the political elite, the scramble is on for the glass suites that ring Invesco Field at Mile High. Call it skybox envy, an opportunity for corporate interests to fete Washington decision-makers in a grand outdoor setting.

Mojitos anyone?

read the whole thing

Rendell: Obama coverage was embarrassing

Michael Calderone - Politico - August 23

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was supposed to give “closing remarks” during this afternoon’s Shorenstein Center-sponsored panel discussion with all three Sunday show moderators — NBC’s Tom Brokaw, ABC’s George Stephanopoulous and CBS’s Bob Schieffer — but instead, he opened up a can of worms about bias in 2008 election coverage

"Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing," said Rendell, in the ballroom at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. "It was embarrassing."

Sham WOW Biden

Sunday, August 24, 2008

official Biden video

Joe Biden On Barack Obama

Passed Over

Dear Che*Bama (received yesterday at 9:30 am)



I have some important news that I want to make official.

I've chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.

Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois -- the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.

I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone. We need your help to keep building this movement for change.

Please let Joe know that you're glad he's part of our team. Share your personal welcome note and we'll make sure he gets it:

http://my.barackobama.com/welcomejoe

Thanks for your support,

Barack

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama Picks Cliff the Mailman


by Hugh Hewitt at Townhall.com:
As David Freddoso noted in his book, Obama represents the merger of two of the worst aspects of Democratic politics --'60s radicalism and corrupt Chicago machine politics. With the addition of Slow Joe Biden to the ticket, Obama has added to his unsteady candidacy an epic amount of Beltway cluelessness and arrogance unsupported by anything except frequent flier miles and Delaware's love for a chuckle-headed fellow with a big smile.

read the whole thing

blast from the past


from Little Green Footballs:
LGF reader “Megulator” was vacationing in Maine and came upon a “living history museum” that contained a historic post office building. Inside was a cache of FBI wanted posters from 1971, the date the post office building officially closed. Among them: the original FBI Most Wanted poster for Barack Obama associate Bernardine Dohrn:
WANTED POSTER

high contrast image

the articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy


The Case Against Joe Biden

by Chris Cillizza | Washington Post


Yesterday we argued for why Barack Obama should pick Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate. Today we tackle the opposite argument.

read the whole thing

Hello? Obama campaign? where's my email announcement?

I'm on their email list, and signed up for the special announcement of who would be the Vice President pick. Still nothing.

Epic Text Message Fail? Media Gets Biden News Hours Before Supporters

By Patrick Ruffini, 08/23/2008 - 5:52am

Shortly after 3 AM on the east coast, the long-awaited text message from Barack Obama announcing Joe Biden had finally arrived. But it was something short of letting the cat out of the bag. At 10:50 pm on Friday night, ABC News confirmed that Biden was getting Secret Service protection. The first official confirmation that I could find came from CNN at 12:45 a.m. The promised "be the first to know" text message came a full two hours later.

What seemed like a brilliant exercise in media management devolved into a late night rearguard maneuver. All day Friday, the Twitterverse was on pins and needles waiting for their text message. (A number of us with iPhones probably jumped when we received one earlier in the day from AT&T promoting a software upgrade.) By 6 p.m., as the evening news cycle was closing, it was clear that no text message would come on Friday. The Obama campaign had kept the waiting game going for one more day. Again, seemingly brilliant.

But as Friday evening turned into night, it became apparent that the campaign was going to run into sequencing and logistics problems. Sure, the campaign could wait to send the message minutes before the nominee took the stage at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. But that ignored the fact that the nominee had to get to Springfield. And with the media camped out in front of each of their houses, how exactly were they going to do that without getting noticed?

read the whole thing

Friday, August 22, 2008

Obama Picks Joe Biden - Change? What Change???

Obama's play-it-safe vice presidential pick is as new and different as a worn-out shoe.
August 22, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin | PAJAMAS MEDIA

What a difference a summer makes. Barack Obama began the summer as he began the campaign: the Agent of Change. With the summer drawing to an end, he has chosen a running mate who is as old school as they come and as familiar as a worn-out shoe.

Joe Biden was born during World War II, was the fifth youngest man ever elected to the Senate (back in 1972) and has run for President twice. He is not known for discretion or staying on message, his questioning of Supreme Court appointees is the stuff of political satire and he became infamous for his misbegotten plan to partition Iraq. But he is a grown up, an experienced Washington insider and one not known for political extremism. The image from this pick is: safe, comfortable and knowledgeable.

read the whole thing

Official: Obama picks Biden for veep


Aug 23 01:50 AM US/Eastern | By LIZ SIDOTI and NEDRA PICKLER | Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware late Friday night to be his vice presidential running mate, according to a Democratic official, balancing his ticket with an older congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.

Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation, Supreme Court nominees and Constitutional issues.

In selecting Biden, Obama passed over several other potential running mates, none more prominent than former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, his tenacious rival in dozens of primaries and caucuses.

Graffiti art takes presidential race to the streets


Artists including Shepard Fairey and Ray Noland head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, home of MoveOn.org's Manifest Hope Gallery Contest.
By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 23, 2008

ON A brick wall in downtown Atlanta that usually is splattered with graffiti tag names, a spray-paint portrait of Barack Obama now gazes over the streetscape.

In Chicago, an abandoned warehouse on the city's South Side displays a life-size silhouette of the Illinois senator, microphone in hand.

And all over Los Angeles -- on stop signs, underpasses, buildings and billboards -- hundreds of posters and stickers of Obama, emblazoned with the word "Hope," have been slapped up, guerrilla-style.

read the whole thing - then go buy a Chebama t-shirt

Housing Problem



Ya Brought It On Yourself! - Talking Points Memo

Obama: ChiCom's Infrastructure "Vastly Superior" to Ours


Everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics , Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you're starting to think, "Beijing looks like a pretty good option."


Yes, vastly superior . . . until earthquakes take out entire schools, until you look at the slave labor sweat shops, until you see all the smog and pollution, until you talk to the people in Tibet. So yeah, if that's what you call superior.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Know Enough?


Beyond the speeches, how much do you really know about Barack Obama? Learn about his connection to William Ayers.

Obama Says USA Is Just Like Russia


from Gateway Pundit:
...Except that Russia strips citizens of their rights and the US builds democracies--
Something that is completely lost on Obama.

Anyone who does not believe Obama is a Far Left kook is blind, deaf and dumb.
Obama pulls a Kos and compares the US to Russia.
Sick.

Suddenly, Obama sounds just like his bitter soul mate.
Reuters and Charles Johnson reported:

Democrat Barack Obama scolded Russia again on Wednesday for invading another country’s sovereign territory while adding a new twist: the United States, he said, should set a better example on that front, too.

The Illinois senator’s opposition to the Iraq war, which his comment clearly referenced, is well known. But this was the first time the Democratic presidential candidate has made a comparison between the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Russia’s recent military activity in Georgia.

“We’ve got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies,” Obama told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”

Foreign policy has become a dividing line in the race for the White House.


It means nothing to the most liberal senator that the US is building a democracy in Iraq while Russia is destroying one in Georgia.
Obama is dangerous.

Is it any surprise then that more Georgians support John McCain over Barack Obama by a 3-2 margin.

The One - Road to Denver

interview: The Case Against Barack Obama - part 2





Hugh concludes a two-part conversation with National Review columnist David Freddoso, author of the explosive new book, The Case Against Barack Obama.

interview: The Case Against Barack Obama - part 1





Hugh begins a two-part conversation with National Review columnist David Freddoso, author of the explosive new book, The Case Against Barack Obama.

The Life of Barack

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

if you want to be veep, please leave a message

Obama and the patriotism card

John at Powerline hits the nail on the head:

Obama comes across as a whiner who is happy to dish out personal attacks, but thinks he should be entitled to some kind of immunity. I suspect that he played the patriotism card because he knows how vulnerable he is both on foreign policy and on character, and is hoping to delegitimize, or at least fend off, any criticisms in those areas as attacks on his patriotism. It isn't going to work.

read the whole thing

Reuters/Zogby Poll: McCain Makes a Move, Takes 5-Point Lead Over Obama


Obama loses ground among Dems, women, Catholics & even younger voters

released August 20, 2008 | Zogby.com


UTICA, New York – As Russian tanks rolled into the Republic of Georgia and the presidential candidates met over the weekend in the first joint issues forum of the fall campaign, the latest polling includes drama almost as compelling - Republican John McCain has taken a five-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama in the race for President, the latest Reuters/Zogby telephone survey shows.

McCain leads Obama by a 46% to 41% margin.

And McCain not only enjoys a five-point edge in a two-way race against Obama, but also in a four-way contest including liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr, the poll reveals. In the four-way contest, McCain wins 44% support, Obama 39%, Barr 3% and Nader 2%.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Obama's America: upside down and not so full of hope?


from Hot Air - Ed Morrissey

Maybe the DNCC has kept track of the polling this summer and figures the Democratic nominee is officially in distress. That’s the only explanation for a silly gaffe by the convention committee for the graphics on their credentials for those allowed to see Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field. The holographic image uses an American flag motif with the blue field at the bottom, with Obama’s head emerging from it in one of the two alternating images (via the Weasel Zippers):

The viewers say with the stars and blue field in the lower left corner, it looks like an upside down American flag. Published flag etiquette states the stars should always be displayed in the upper left corner. An upside down flag represents an international symbol of extreme distress.

Matt Chandler with the Obama campaign says the flag is not upside down. He says it is a stylized flag designed to blend the stars on Senator Obama’s shirt with the flag blowing in the wind.

Hugh Hewitt and Obama's sad Saddleback performance




bucking your party? Bipartisan working together? The REST of the story . . .

Powerline has a great "behind-the-answer" post about Obama's response to a question at the Saddleback Civil Forum:

A Tale of Two McDonalds

How have you bucked your party?

Well, I'll give you an example that in fact I worked with John McCain on, and that was the issue of . . .

lies, lies, lies

Monday, August 18, 2008

Obama - if you really wanted to boost revenue, you'd lower taxes


A rising tide raises all boats, but Dems don't understand that. To them, it's a zero-sum game. If someone's getting rich, someone's getting poor. That's not reality though. Poverty, as described by this excellent article, is the default state of being for humanity. "As individuals and as a species, we are born naked and penniless, bereft of skills or possessions."

Most people rise above minimum wage levels simply by making an effort to succeed and better themselves.

The only reason leftists want to raise taxes is for power and control over the people. They have no intentions toward fixing the deficit or balancing the budget. Tax and spend is all that they know.

Washington Post admits coverage favors Obama 3 to 1


Obama's Edge in the Coverage Race

By Deborah Howell | Sunday, August 17, 2008; Page B06

Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party's presumptive nominee June 4. Obama has generated a lot of news by being the first African American nominee, and he is less well known than McCain -- and therefore there's more to report on. But the disparity is so wide that it doesn't look good.

read the whole thing

Obama's radio ad shows he's for government force and tyranny






(Motors revving)

Announcer: Listen to John McCain speaking to motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, South Dakota, on Tuesday.

McCain: Not long ago a couple of hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I'll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day...

Announcer: But when it comes to his record, American-made motorcycles like Harleys don't matter to John McCain. Back in Washington, McCain opposed the requirement that the government buy American-made motorcycles. And he said all buy-American provisions were quote "disgraceful." Surprised? You shouldn't be. This is the same John McCain who supported billions in tax breaks for companies who ship American jobs overseas.

(More motors revving)

Announcer: It's time to hear the roar of the strong American economy again -- and stop John McCain from shipping our jobs overseas.

Obama: I'm Barack Obama, candidate for president, and I approved this message. Paid for by Obama for America.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez: Half of House Dems may vote Hillary at DNC

see entire story at Politico

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the “mechanics” of the roll call vote are still being worked out, but he conceded that Clinton probably will garner many votes on the first ballot.

Nancy Pelosi: Obama is a leader that God has blessed us with at this time

full story at Politico

"Obama Antichrist?" CNN actually asks...



Barack Obama the Antichrist?

at Dem Convention: Obama's image to be "All American"

By JEFF ZELENY and JIM RUTENBERG
Published: August 17, 2008


WASHINGTON — One of the first images prime-time viewers will see of the Democratic National Convention next week is that of Michelle Obama, who will begin the four-day introduction of her husband, and her family, on her terms.

read the whole thing

They are seeking some intimacy amid the grandiosity of Mr. Obama’s acceptance speech in the Invesco Field stadium before an audience of more than 70,000, the sort of cheering throng Mr. McCain’s aides have sought to use against Mr. Obama by portraying him as presiding over a cult of personality.

When he delivers his speech on the last night of the convention, Mr. Obama will not be addressing the crowd from a lone lectern at the edge of the field; he will be standing at the 50-yard line, surrounded by a diverse set of people he has met throughout the campaign, whose presence is intended to signal to viewers at home that people like them are O.K. with Mr. Obama. Ten people selected by the campaign from all corners of the country will meet backstage with Mr. Obama and be shown to the television audience, also intended to convey their comfort level with the senator.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

quote

Obama initially sounded like the therapeutic high-school principal and his 'zero-tolerance' doctrine of moral equivalence as he expels both the victim and the bully; but his calls for UN solutions, talks with equally at fault parties, and apparent trust in the wisdom of the EU and the power of NATO may not just scare Eastern Europeans but even those 200,000 who deified him at Berlin. -- Victor Davis Hanson

Obama: I wouldn't have nominated Clarence Thomas


from Hot Air:
Nuance: Obama almost says Clarence Thomas didn’t have enough experience to serve

And we know what horrible outcomes can arise when people without experience are placed in positions of great power. InstaGlenn accuses him of actually saying it but that’s not true: Watch him catch himself mid-sentence, the first fateful syllable of the word “experience” already out of his mouth, before he stops short and switches gears by basically calling Thomas a moron instead (at least, “at the time”) — an aspersion reinforced a moment later by the implicit contrast he draws in praising Scalia’s brilliance. A golden gaffe, narrowly avoided. Stay classy, Barry.

Kobe Bryant: USA is the greatest country on earth

from Gateway Pundit:

It's pretty moving to watch a pampered professional jock show more patriotism than the Democratic candidate for president, more pride in his country than the democratic candidate's wife, and more awareness of this country's opportunities than a liberal NBC announcer.

read the whole thing

The Corsi Letter

From: DNC Rapid Response Team
Subject: Fight Swift Boating

Friend —

Yesterday, you learned about the right-wing’s latest attack: extremist Jerome Corsi and his book of the same old smears and lies.

This morning, when asked about the book, all John McCain could say about Corsi’s outrageously false attacks was, “Gotta keep your sense of humor.” Despite pledging to run a respectful campaign, McCain is just standing by while Corsi and his publisher, former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, poison this presidential race.

Right now, you can take the next step by pushing back on Corsi, the media, and John McCain.

Tackle this smear campaign head on. The Obama research team released a 41-page rebuttal called “Unfit for Publication,” refuting Corsi’s rehashed distortions point by point, leaving no smear unanswered.

Arm yourself with the facts and write a letter to your local newspapers telling them to do their job by debunking this kind of garbage. And remind them that John McCain should honor his word by stepping up and denouncing this kind of low road politics:

http://www.democrats.org/unfit4publication

The right-wing smear machine is in full force — blasting out Corsi’s stale fabrications far and wide to a media that’s been eager to pick it up. In just three days, Corsi’s made front page news in both the New York Times and Washington Post.

The media are not playing their role as watchdogs, and they’re letting McCain off the hook as he allows Corsi’s despicable lies to drag this race into the gutter.

The Obama campaign has posted the full truth online so you have the tools to fight back in your community and local papers.

Can you write a letter to the editor exposing Jerome Corsi and his book for what they really are — another hack job by a desperate right-wing fabricator?

In 2004, Corsi helped launch the Swift Boat smear campaign with a book of distortions and lies he wrote about John Kerry. This time Democrats won’t be Swift Boated.

Keep up the good fight,

DNC Rapid Response Team

Obama campaign's point by point rebuttal a mistake?






Hugh Hewitt discusses Obama Nation with with National Review Campaign Spot blogger Jim Geraghty

The Taxman Cometh

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Karl Rove picks the four most important battleground states

from Powerline:

Karl Rove argues that the presidential election probably will come down to four key states: Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, and Virginia. Rove provides valuable insight into the political dynamics of each state.

read the whole thing

the most recent electoral map


Every week ElectionProjection.com updates the map of the electoral college. Here's the most recent, showing Obama with 298 EVs and McCain with 240.

The weak Obama states are: Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio, which represent 38 electoral votes. Move those four states into McCain's column, and he becomes the president.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Shocking Revelation About Obama [Video]

It’s hard to imagine that Barack Obama got sucked into something like this, but clearly even he isn’t immune to the ravages of the internet. If you were going to vote for him, I’m sorry but all hope is now lost.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Havana -- what it was like before Castro






Dennis Prager talks to T. J. English, author of Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution

Citizen of the World saves civilization


“It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I’m very, very happy that the Senator's request for a ceasefire has been complied with by President Medvedev.”

Number ONE on the New York Times bestselling list


available on Amazon

Product Description from Amazon:

In this thoroughly researched and documented book, the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry explains why the extreme leftism of an Obama presidency would leave the United States weakened, diminished and divided, why Obama must be defeatedand how he can be.

THE OBAMA NATION Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality

Barack Obama stepped onto the national political stage when the then-Illinois State senator addressed the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Soon after Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, author Jerome Corsi began researching Obama's personal and political background.

Scrupulously sourced with more than 600 footnotes, THE OBAMA NATION is the result of that research. By tracing Obama's career and influences from his early years in Hawaii and Indonesia, the beginnings of his political career in Chicago, his voting record in the Illinois legislature, his religious training and his adoption of Christianity through to his recent involvement in Kenyan politics, his political advisors and fundraising associates and his meteoric campaign for president, Jerome Corsi shows that an Obama presidency would, in his words, be a repeat of the failed extremist politics that have characterized and plagued Democratic Party politics since the late 1960s.

In this stunning and comprehensive new book, the reader will learn about: -Obama's extensive connections with Islam and radical politics, from his father and step-father's Islamic backgrounds, to his Communist and socialist mentors in Hawaii and Chicago, to his long-term and close associations with former Weather Underground heroes William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrnassociations much closer than heretofore revealed by the press
-Barack and Michelle's 20-year-long religious affiliation with the black-liberation theology of former Trinity United Church of Christ Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons have always been steeped in a rage first expressed by Franz Fanon , Stokely Carmichael and Malcolm X, a rage that Corsi shows has deep meaning for Obama
-Obama's continuing connections with Kenya, the homeland of his father, through his support for the candidacy of Raila Odinga, the radical socialist presidential contender who came to power amid Islamist violence and church burnings
-Obama's involvement in the slum-landlord empire of the Chicago political fixer Tony Rezko, who helped to bankroll Obama's initial campaigns and to purchase of Barack and Michelle's dream-home property.
-the background and techniques of the Obama campaign's cult of personality, including the derivation of the words hope and change
-Obama's far-left domestic policy, his controversial votes on abortion, his history of opposition to the Second Amendment, his determination to raise capital-gains taxes, his impractical plan to achieve universal health care, and his radical plan to tax Americans to fund a global-poverty-reduction program
-Obama's naïve, anti-war, anti-nuclear foreign-policy, predicated on the reduction of the military, the eradication of nuclear weapons and an overconfidence in the power of his personality, as if belief in change alone could somehow transform international politics, achieve nuclear-weapons disarmament and withdrawal from Iraq without adverse consequences, for us, for the Iraqis or for Israel.

Meticulously researched and documented, THE OBAMA NATION is the definitive source for information on why and how Barack Obama must be defeatednot by invective and general attacks, but by detailed arguments that are well-researched and fact-based.

About the Author
DR. JEROME CORSI received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972 and has written many books and articles, including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. His latest best-seller was The Late Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada. He is a senior staff reporter for WorldNetDaily.com and the author of two books on contemporary Iran: Atomic Iran and Showdown with Nuclear Iran. In his 2005 book Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil, which he co-authored with Craig. R. Smith, Dr. Corsi predicted oil prices at over $100 a barrel.

Rove: the race is closer than it oughta be



Karl Rove believes that Barack Obama should have a significant advantage over John McCain in the polls. Rove tells Bob Schieffer that Obama's slight lead shows that people have "grave doubts" about him.

Washington Post: In A Changing Corner of Pennsylvania, A Glimpse Of Democrat's Age Problem

Monday, August 11, 2008

Obama’s Hawaiian Dreams of a Denver Nightmare


August 11, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin | Pajamas Media

While Barack Obama is lounging on the beaches in Hawaii he will likely be musing about the DNC Convention. He no doubt expects this to be a rock-concert like send off to the rest of the road tour, otherwise known as the campaign, which will land him in the White House. But while he is soaking up the rays he might mull over what could go wrong in Denver. It is what effective planners and candidates, at least those who realize the election is not yet won, do: contemplate everything that could go wrong.

read the whole thing

Obama backer George Clooney plans a movie on Osama bin Laden's driver



by Andrew Malcolm - LA Times - Top of the Ticket

George Clooney, one of Hollywood's most prominent backers of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president, has bought the movie rights to tell the story of Osama bin Laden's driver Salim Hamdan convicted of aiding terrorism last week.

It may be a controversial project.

Clooney's movie production company, Smokehouse, bought the book rights from journalist Jonathan Mahler, who in "The Challenge" tells the story of Salim Hamdan, a Yemeni resident of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in recent years after his capture for being the driver of Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.

Hamdan's lawyer maintained he was only a driver and took the high-paying job to feed his family. The presence of rockets in his car was never explained.

. . . According to the report in the Guardian, the book sympathetically portrays Hamdan and his Navy lawyer, Charles Swift, as the little guys up against the powerful forces of the United States government. Clooney, who is reportedly offering policy and speaking advice plus also helping Obama raise money from within the wealthy, liberal Hollywood community, is said to covet the role of Swift for himself.

an email from the Obama machine


Dear Che*Bama --

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You have helped build this movement from the bottom up, and Barack wants you to be the first to know his choice.

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http://my.barackobama.com/vp

You will receive an email the moment Barack makes his decision, or you can text VP to 62262 to receive a text message on your mobile phone.

Once you've signed up, please forward this email to your friends, family, and coworkers to let them know about this special opportunity.

No other campaign has done this before. You can be part of this important moment.

Be the first to know who Barack selects as his running mate.

Thanks,

David

Sunday, August 10, 2008

North Carolina Man Believed Obama Was the Antichrist


By MICHELLE BOUDIN | NewsChannel 36 | 11:35 PM EDT on Friday, August 8, 2008


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An Indian Trail accountant is in jail, charged with threatening to kill senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

According to court documents, Jerry Blanchard called Sen. Obama the anti-Christ and said, "If he gets elected, we have a problem."

read the entire article

The Messiah That Failed


As a “citizen of the world,” Obama must recognize that socialism creates misery everywhere it's tried.
August 10, 2008 - by Bernard Chapin | Pajamas Media

“Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”

— Barack Obama Sr.

Recently I introduced my friend John to the marvel that is Mark Levin. Known as “the Great One,” Levin is perhaps the most cranial talk show host in America. His program runs on reason and he demolishes leftist spin with zeal and conviction. I assumed my friend would esteem him as much as I do, but this did not turn out to be the case. John turned off the podcast upon hearing Levin call Barack Obama a “Marxist.” My friend concluded, “That guy’s a nut.”

Regrettably, his response is not unusual. Fifty years of social conditioning has convinced the general public that those who speak out against Marxism, communism, and socialism are deluded redbaiters and McCarthyists. History is not popular and few are aware of the contents of the Venona Cables. They were released in 1995 and proved that acute concern over Soviet espionage during the Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower administrations was fully warranted. The political left’s hold on our universities — as evidenced by schools like Bard naming a visiting professor’s chair after Alger Hiss — ensures that there will be no reediting of a narrative penned by the agent’s fellow travelers.

read the whole thing

Obama: star of his own movie


By Neal Gabler | August 9, 2008

THE MOST UBIQUITOUS POLITICAL trope of the presidential campaign has been that Barack Obama is not just any old politician; he's a "rock star." (There are 770,000 Google hits of Obama and "rock star" and counting.) He attracts the kind of huge crowds that congregate around rock stars. He elicits the fevered passion from his adherents that a rock star does. He has the loose-limbed bearing, the cool, the charisma of a rock star, and his constituency is disproportionately young, like a rock star's. Obama is the Britney Spears of this political season, as a recent John McCain political ad implies.

read the whole thing

Chavez Continues Nationalization Drive


The Venezuelan president tightens his control on business and society.
August 9, 2008 - by Fausta Wertz

Last Thursday, Chavez announced he was nationalizing Banco de Venezuela, a subsidiary of Spain’s Banco de Santander. Banco de Venezuela is the country’s third-largest bank.

While accounting for only a small fraction of Banco de Santander’s profits, Banco de Venezuela — which had been privatized a few years ago — is Venezuela’s fourth-largest lender. It owns a network of branches that Chavez can use for politically motivated loans and for distributing welfare payments and cash subsidies to his core constituency: the Venezuelan poor. It gives Chavez an important means for the (re)distribution of wealth and widening the state control over the financial services industry.

read the whole thing

Saturday, August 9, 2008

contrasting statements regarding Georgia


from John at Powerline:

Barack Obama has been criticized for acting as though he is already President. That's natural, since the actions in question have been presumptuous: the pseudo-Presidential seal, the speech in Germany, and so on. Today, one might say that John McCain is acting as though he is already President, but in a substantive and positive way. In his response to Russia's invasion of Georgia, McCain is giving us a preview of what sort of President he would be.

McCain has strongly and unequivocally come out in support of our ally Georgia, while placing the onus for the war squarely where it belongs, on Russia. In this, he has aligned himself with our most loyal European allies. Obama, on the other hand, issued the sort of vapid statement that would ingratiate him with the State Department while not requiring any distraction from his Hawaii vacation. An interesting point, by the way: McCain is supposed to be the old guy, but Obama is the one who needs a vacation.

read the whole thing

John Edwards ABC "NightLine" Interview On Adultery Part 2

John Edwards ABC "NightLine" Interview On Adultery Part 1

How to blow it


It's the most winnable presidential election in American history - but the Democrats are old hands at losing. Michael Moore offers some helpful hints on how they might gift it all to the Republicans.

by Michael Moore | The Guardian | Saturday August 9, 2008


In an effort to help the party doofuses and pundits - and the candidate - spare all of us another suicide-inducing election night as the results giving the election to the Republican pour in, here is the blueprint from the Democrats' past losing campaigns. Just follow each of these steps and you, the Democratic Party establishment, can help elect John Sidney McCain III to a four-year extension of the Bush Era:

Keep saying nice things about McCain.

Have Obama pick a vice-presidential candidate who is a conservative white guy, or a general, or a Republican.

Keep writing speeches for Obama like the one in front of the American Israeli lobbying group the day after the final primaries.

Somehow forget that this was a historic year for women and that there is more work to do.

Show up to a gunfight with a peashooter.

Denounce me!

read the details between each of his six points

Friday, August 8, 2008

Edwards admits to his two Americas: one with sexual affair


By RHONDA SCHWARTZ and BRIAN ROSS | August 8, 2008 | ABC News
John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.

In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he did not love her.

Edwards also denied he was the father of Hunter's baby girl, Frances Quinn, although the one-time Democratic Presidential candidate said he has not taken a paternity test.

Edwards said he knew he was not the father based on timing of the baby's birth on February 27, 2008. He said his affair ended too soon for him to have been the father.

read the whole thing

National Enquirer says different

Hugh Hewitt talks with the Young Guns





So which is it Barack? Michelle says she hasn't been proud of her country until now. You say America sucks now and is no longer great. Can you guys make up your minds?

New McCain Ad Hits Obama on Celebrity, Taxes


Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post chimes in

Citizen of the World tells seven-year-old girl that America sucks


“America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”


LIMBAUGH: Alright, now here’s he’s brought it home. He had trashed his country in Germany, he has seen the result of that in his plummeting poll numbers. And now he does it again in Elkhart, IN. A 7 year old little girl. You’re running for President Sen. Obama, a little girl asks you a question, “Why did you start running for President?”

It’s a 7 year old Senator. Ya tell her because you love the country. You tell her because this is the greatest place on Earth. That we’ve got challenges, but you want to help the country through it. You don’t tell a 7 year old that her country isn’t what it once was. You do not lie to 7 year olds and tell them that your country sucks. You just don’t do it Senator.

America’s no longer what it could be? What it once was? How the Hell would you know Sir? Your experience has only been in one part of America. Elite, leftist academia.


more clips at HotAir

Democrats Praise McCain

Che wanted "Change" Too

Obama adviser blames McCain ad for poll dip

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Edward Luce in Elkhart, Indiana | Published: August 6 2008 22:03 | Last updated: August 6 2008 22:03

A senior adviser to Barack Obama has blamed recent attack advertisements comparing the Democratic presidential hopeful to celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton for a dip in Mr Obama’s polls with voters.

Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Senate majority leader, said in an interview with the Financial Times that the Mr Obama’s Republican rival John McCain was seeing a “short-term blip” as a result of the advertising, including one that used the image of Charlton Heston as Moses to mock the supposedly messianic Mr Obama as being “The One”.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Man held for alleged Obama assassination threat


From CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti

Raymond Hunter Geisel is being held on charges that he threatened to assassinate Sen. Barack Obama.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — A man was being held in Florida on Thursday on charges he told classmates at a training seminar that he would kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama if he is elected, according to a law enforcement official and court documents.

The threats came just days before Obama was scheduled to visit Florida and were made by a person discovered to have ammunition, a handgun and other weapons, authorities said.

An affidavit filed by a Secret Service agent in U.S. District Court claims that Raymond Hunter Geisel, of Marathon, Florida, threatened to "kill, kidnap and cause bodily harm upon a major candidate for president of the United States, that is, Senator Barack Obama."

A search of Geisel's vehicle and a hotel room in Miami, where Geisel was attending a bail bondsman training class, found a 9-mm handgun, ammunition that included armor-piercing and rifle bullets, police-style emergency lights, body armor, a machete and two canisters of tear gas, among other military-style items, according to the document.

One Nation, Under a New Obama Salute



by Paul Bedard | August 07, 2008 04:53 PM ET | U.S. News

George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. "Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama's nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future," says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc. Husong tells me that he got the idea after seeing the famous Obama-Progress poster by artist Shepherd Fairey. "We wanted to get involved some way," he says. So, the agency came up with their own a symbol of hope and progress that also plays off Obama's name. "We thought, 'Let's try and start a movement where even while walking down the street, people would hold up the O and you would know that they were for Obama,' " says Husong. Much thought went into the relatively simple idea. "You interlace your hands in a circle, the interlacing being a symbol of different types of people coming together and the circle a symbol of unity," he says. Their design, unlike Fairey's, is free, and Husong is urging people to download it and print it on posters and T-shirts. "We want to see it everywhere, but more importantly we want this sign to take the world by storm."

Sen. Obama's Muslim liaison "resigns" after 10 days on the job


Jake Tapper | August 06, 2008 3:55 PM

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has been taking some heat for not doing enough to reach out to the Muslim community. (At the very least!)

In an attempt to rectify that, a new volunteer national coordinator for Muslim American affairs for the Obama campaign -- Chicago attorney Mazen Asbahi -- was appointed on July 25.

Asbahi lasted all of ten days.

The problem, reports today's Wall Street Journal, started last Friday when the "Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report" -- an internet newsletter that monitors the fundamentalist Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood -- noted that: "Democratic Presidential candidate Barrack Obama has named Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer with ties to a financial organization close to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, as National Coordinator for Muslim American Affairs for his campaign."

The newsletter noted that Asbahi was listed as one of six trustees of Allied Asset Advisors Funds in a May 4, 2000 SEC filing.

And according to Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, that group was a "subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and adviser to the Dow Jones Islamic Fund, both affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)," referring to its own February 2007 report "EXTREMISM AND THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA (ISNA)."