Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hugh Hewitt interviews Sarah Palin

Audio length is approximately 10 minutes. It's her first talk radio interview, so congrats to Hugh.

more Hugh Hewitt podcasts here

Obama's a hypocrite

new McCain ad features Bill Clinton blaming democrats

Rudy Giuliani accuses Obama of doing what he always does -- vote present

Nancy Pelosi Had Help - Barack Obama
Posted by: Duane R. Patterson at 1:18 AM

Barack Obama has done what he’s done throughout his entire career, which is vote present, not offer any leadership. We don’t even know what part of the plan he supports or doesn’t support. John McCain delivered sixty Republican votes. When he went to Washington last week, only four Republicans in the House were in favor of this. They ended up with 64. There were enough Republican votes for the Democrats to get this done, but a third of the Democrats abandoned Nancy Pelosi. I have a feeling that if Barack Obama were at the table rolling up his sleeves, taking the same risk that John McCain took, they could have gotten that other twenty or thirty Democratic votes. It might have helped get a few more Republican votes if they saw that kind of commitment on the Democratic side.

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Frank's fingerprints are all over the financial fiasco

By Jeff Jacoby
Globe Columnist / September 28, 2008

Time and time again, Frank insisted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in good shape. Five years ago, for example, when the Bush administration proposed much tighter regulation of the two companies, Frank was adamant that "these two entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not facing any kind of financial crisis." When the White House warned of "systemic risk for our financial system" unless the mortgage giants were curbed, Frank complained that the administration was more concerned about financial safety than about housing.

read the whole thing

Monday, September 29, 2008

Pelosi blames republicans while one third of dems vote NO

Hugh Hewitt is livid! He talks to John Campbell, a House Banking Committee member about the bailout vote today.

Hugh Hewitt podcasts here

newsroom insider: the fix is in

An email to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit:

"Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working." I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.

I guess Glenn believes this email is true, even though the writer does not capitalize Arizona or Obama, spells through as thru, and 4 for four.

their "truth" turns out to be slime

CBC Statement --
"Mallick's column is a classic piece of political invective. It is viciously personal, grossly hyperbolic and intensely partisan."

CBC offers online apology for Mallick column maligning Sarah Palin

The Canadian Press - 13 hours ago

TORONTO — The CBC has issued an apology and retraction for posting a controversial online column by freelancer Heather Mallick about Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin earlier this month.

Following 300-plus complaints from readers, and attacks from Canadian and American media organizations, including Fox News, publisher John Cruickshank said the public broadcaster had erred in its editorial judgement and the item should never have appeared on the CBC website.

In an online statement, Cruickshank said reaction to the column has caused the CBC to install new editing procedures that will ensure inappropriate work won't appear.

"We are open to contentious reasoned argument but not to partisan attack," he said in a statement posted on the broadcaster's website.

Despite the vitriolic response to Mallick's Sept. 5 piece, "A Mighty Wind Blows Through the Republican Convention," the CBC had initially stood by the article and said it wouldn't remove it from its website.

In the article, Mallick said Palin appeals to "the white trash vote" with her "toned-down version of the porn actress look."

Obama's Thought Police

video from local TV news-- The Barack Obama campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading TV ad during the presidential campaign.

Does everyone get the same feeling watching this Orwellian drama play out in real life? It's very creepy. Heaven help us if he actually gets into office.

US elections: Barack Obama's team believes he can win by a landslide

At a recent street fair, I had a booth directly across from the local Obama's organization booth. The people that came over to talk to me had this mentality -- there was no way Obama was going to lose. It was already in the bag. There was no doubt. Even the Presbyterian priest had this belief, after asking me about my Chebama t-shirts. He didn't get my hammer/sickle image in the word "Change" on the back of my t-shirts. I mentioned Christian socialism, and his eyes lit up. -- Scott

Barack Obama's senior aides believe he is on course for a landslide election victory over John McCain and will comfortably exceed most current predictions in the race for the White House.

By Tim Shipman in Washington |Last Updated: 8:18PM BST 27 Sep 2008

Their optimism, which is said to be shared by the Democratic candidate himself, is based on information from private polling and on faith in the powerful political organisation he has built in the key swing states.

Insiders say that Mr Obama's apparent calm through an unusually turbulent election season is because he believes that his strength among first time voters in several key states has been underestimated, both by the media and by the Republican Party.

read the whole thing

community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans

Barack's 'Organizer' Buds Pushed For Bad Mortages
by Stanley Kurtz | The New York Post

What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son's Bracelet... Where is Media?

Ryan Jopek tells Wisconsin Public Radio how his family asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son's name on it.

By Warner Todd Huston | September 28, 2008 - 03:53 ET

Barack Obama played the "me too" game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.

Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son's name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.

read the whole thing

Obama on MTV: McCain's a liar

Chavez to U.S.: Come to the dark side

Chavez says crisis-hit U.S. needs new constitution
Reuters - Sunday, September 28

LISBON, Sept 27 - Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday it was the capitalist system that had caused the financial crisis in the United States and the country should come up with a new constitution.

Speaking to reporters in Lisbon on the last leg of a tour that included visits to China and Russia, he said: "I think the United States should start a constituent process to create a constituent assembly, a new truly democratic model."

read the whole thing

"It was capitalism that caused the ruin" in the United States, said Chavez, who is one of Washington's fiercest critics, calling the financial crunch "the worst financial crisis in history".

"Let the U.S. empire end and let a great nation and great republic rise from the ruin ... It's time to shout 'Liberty!' again in the United States," Chavez said, calling for a new government to be free of the "dictatorship of the elite" such as big banks and corporations.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I've got one too

At least make up your own debate gimmicks!

Joe Lieberman's take on the White House meeting

Prager radio interview with Senator Joe Lieberman about the congressional bailout deal.

for more Dennis Prager podcasts

Friday, September 26, 2008

Why we're in economic crisis

McCain Is Right

What really happened at the White House last night

Rush Limbaugh - September 26, 2008

RUSH: Now, folks, I want to tell you what happened at the White House meeting yesterday, and you are going to be stunned. You wouldn't believe it. Well, sadly, you will believe this. At the meeting, you had McCain and Obama, you had John Boehner, you had Dingy Harry Reid, you had Barney Frank. Chris Dodd was in there. Pelosi was in there. There were some others, but these are the principals. The meeting ostensibly was requested by McCain. Well, no, the meeting was originally requested by Paulson. Remember, Paulson -- and this is crucial here. Paulson, the Treasury Secretary, called Lindsey Grahamnesty. This according to Bob Schieffer of CBS.

Paulson called Lindsey Grahamnesty and said, "Look, I need the House Republicans. I need Republicans on this. We can't get anywhere without them. You've gotta call McCain. He's the only one that can do it." So that's why McCain goes to Washington, and they end up having a four o'clock meeting at the White House yesterday. They all think they're going into a negotiating session. The president, in order to let everybody be heard, deferred to various Democrats, and every one of the Democrats -- Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, and Frank -- declined to speak and deferred to Obama. So Obama became the official Democrat spokesman in the meeting. This was to hype Obama's leadership and presidential aura and so forth. What happened next, the first thing out of Obama's mouth -- Paulson is in the meeting -- is he starts ripping the House Republican proposal and asks Paulson what he thinks of it.

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Rush Limbaugh is explaining what happened last night at the White House

Rush place a few calls last night to find out what really happened with the budget meeting in the White House. Later this afternoon, you might want to read his daily transcript at RushLimbaugh.com.

Basically, Obama took over running the meeting, after all the dems including Harry Reed and Nancy Pelosi deferred to him. McCain hardly said a word, yet they are blaming presidential election politics for the way the meeting ended. When the dems deferred to Barack, little Barry didn't know what to do without the teleprompter. He was a total embarrassment.

McCain's statement on what happened

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mark Steyn is back!

Guest host Dean Barnett fills in for Hugh Hewitt and talks with long-lost Mark Steyn about the latest in the political campaign and the bailout meetings that are currently underway.

more Hugh Hewitt podcasts here

Pollster says election could end in landslide

Jill Terreri • Staff writer • September 25, 2008

The presidential election might be a tight race now, but one of the country’s top pollsters thinks the race will end in an electoral landslide.

John Zogby, president of Zogby International, told a group of businesspeople today that it’s up to Democratic Sen. Barack Obama to convince voters to go with him. If he’s not successful, the country will likely vote for “a comfortable old shoe”, that being Republican Sen. John McCain.

Despite the books Obama has written, Americans are still asking, “Who are you, where are you from?,” Zogby said.

Zogby spoke at the College at Brockport’s Business Briefings breakfast series at the college’s MetroCenter campus on St. Paul Street. He was promoting his new book, The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report of the Transformation of the American Dream.

NBC is the only network that would run this ad

Why Obama will lose

by David Deming | The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — When Benjamin Franklin was dispatched to France as ambassador of the United States in 1776, he won the hearts of the French through his authenticity. Rather than take on an affected and phony continental style, Franklin eschewed the powdered wig of the European gentleman and donned the fur cap of an American frontiersman. Original genius and polymath, Franklin understood that the French would see through any false pretension but respect an authenticity that sprang from an unpretentious and naive love of country.

What a contrast there is between Franklin and Barack Obama. Obama is a Harvard lawyer who is a mile wide and an inch deep. He is only the latest in a long line of shallow elites that consider it stylish and intellectual to despise their own culture and heritage.

Nothing exemplifies Obama’s antipathy for American culture better than his statement that Americans “cling to” religion and guns out of frustration or bitterness. We only can suppose that Obama regards religion or firearms as aberrations that need to be eradicated.

Of course, both guns and religion are essential aspects of American culture. The United States was founded by people seeking religious freedom. Does the word “Pilgrim” ring a bell with anyone? Our freedom and the right to self-government were won by farmers with guns.

you'll want to read the rest

Code Pink Obama Bundler Meets With Ahmadinejad

Posted by: Amanda Carpenter at 4:05 PM | Townhall.com

Jodi Evans, a founder of the radical anti-war group Code Pink and "bundler" for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday.

“It’s rare for a head of state to take time during an official U.N. visit to meet with the peace community, especially in a situation where the host government—represented by the Bush administration—is so hostile,” Evans said in a statement. “The fact that the meeting took place and was so positive is, in itself, a major step forward.”

During the Democratic primary Obama came under fire from both his Democratic and Republican foes for promising to meet with Ahmadinejad “without preconditions” if he became president.

At the meeting Evans and fellow Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin offered Ahmadinejad a plan to build a “peace park” in Tehran and invest funds in Iranian businesses “that produce green and sustainable products, such as bicycles.”

Obama's Revealing Disconnect

Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 9:06 AM | Thursday, September 25, 2008

Obama’s halting response to yesterday’s dramatic announcement`by John McCain followed by his about-face and agreement to attend the meeting convened by President Bush even as he insists that tomorrow’s debate go forward reveals much more than standard operating bumbling by Obama when the script he's been reading from unexpectedly changes.

Obama appears to genuinely not grasp the stakes here. He is not acting like a leader who understands the risks the country faces. And this is not surprising giving his experience gap when it comes to money, work, and savings much less finance.

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"We both got big planes. We've painted our slogans on the sides of 'em . . ."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ahmadinejad still wants Obama to win

With friends like these...
By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff
Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor September 24, 2008 03:25 PM

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad weighed in on the US presidential election today, noting that only one of the candidates supports restoring diplomatic contact with Iran.

In response to a question from an American student about whether he supports Democratic nominee Barack Obama or Republican John McCain, Ahmadinejad did not explicitly name Obama but said: “The American government 28 years ago decided on its own to cut its ties with Iran . . .We do prefer to have relations, whereas one of the candidates in this election would prefer that.”

Ahmadinejad, who met with about 400 American students on the sidelines of United Nations meetings in New York, was quick to say that Iranians “don’t interfere with the domestic affairs of the United States.”

But he went on to offer a litany of advice for the next US president, which included ending US military interventions around the world.

“The second thing the next president of the United States must do is to fix ties with Iran,” he said, to applause from the students, who listened to him through an interpreter on headphones in a conference room of the Hyatt Hotel.

In Their Own Words: The Debate Dispute

McCain Suspends Campaign; Obama Presses for Debate

Joint Statement by Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, as provided by the Obama campaign

“The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake.

Now is a time to come together – Democrats and Republicans – in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail.

This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Obama might not be, but at least Joe Biden is capable of shame

Biden apologizes for attack ad on McCain.

From Powerline:

Barack Obama's running mate says a campaign ad that mocked Republican presidential candidate John McCain as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate was "terrible" and would not have been done had he known about it. ...

"I thought that was terrible, by the way," Biden said.

Asked why it was done, he said: "I didn't know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we'd have never done it."

Biden takes back his apology.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mark Levin's take on the financial crisis of Sept. 2008

Listen to this if you do anything else in the next 24 hours! It's a time-line of what led to our country's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Who's fingerprints are all over this mess? Mark Levin spells it out plainly, and documents each milepost that brought our country to Socialism this September 2008.

After listening to this 70 minute audio, download and send to 10 friends. This issue alone should stoke the righteous indignation of every U.S. citizen. We need to fire each and every democrat responsible for this ugly mess and sweep them out of Washington (and if I had my way, deport them from every inch of U.S. soil -- say, a nice little Palestinian camp on the West Bank, or maybe a steamy jungle hut in Venezuela or Bolivia). Viva Fidel, viva Chavez, viva il comunismo! Let them be with their Marxist friends.

Read the transcript here:

How You Know When There's a Problem

Or download the MP3 here:

Mark Levin - Sept. 19

The Mark Levin Show -- website

Christopher Hitchens: Why is Obama so vapid, hesitant, and gutless?

By Christopher Hitchens | Updated Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at 12:17 PM | Slate

Last week really ought to have been the end of the McCain campaign. With the whole country feeling (and its financial class acting) as if we lived in a sweltering, bankrupt banana republic, and with this misery added to the generally Belarusian atmosphere that surrounds any American trying to board a train, catch a plane, fill a prescription, or get a public servant or private practitioner on the phone, it was surely the moment for the supposedly reform candidate to assume a commanding position. And the Republican nominee virtually volunteered to assist that outcome by making an idiot of himself several times over, moving from bovine and Panglossian serenity about the state of the many, many crippled markets to sudden bursts of pointless hyperactivity such as the irrelevant demand to sack the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

And yet, and unless I am about to miss some delayed "groundswell" or mood shift, none of this has translated into any measurable advantage for the Democrat.
Click for Hitchens' "three possible reasons for such a huge failure on Barack Obama's part."

from one "non-elite" to another?

I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there

By KAREN MATTHEWS | Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Bill Clinton said Monday he understands why Sarah Palin is popular in the heartland: because people relate to her.

"I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there," Clinton said. "Why she's doing well."

Speaking to reporters before his Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the former president described Palin's appeal by adding, "People look at her, and they say, 'All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family. I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married.'"

Clinton said voters would think, "I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They're wonderful children. They're wonderful people. And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy."

read the whole amazing thing

Bill Clinton: Hillary didn't want to be Obama's Veep

new McCain ad - Chicago Machine

Venezuela to buy Chinese combat planes

Sep 21 07:09 PM US/Eastern
Venezuela will buy combat and training aircraft from China this week, leftist Venezuela President Hugo Chavez confirmed in a television broadcast Sunday.

The purchases will be made as part of a six-country tour, Chavez said in his broadcast of the "Alo President" television program from the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, hours before leaving on a "strategic interest" trip to Cuba, China, Russia, Belarus, France and Portugal.

Chavez, a staunch foe of the US government, confirmed that during his stay in Beijing he will purchase 24 K-8 aircraft "to train fighter pilots." The planes could be part of Venezuela's air force by next year.

The president also confirmed that while in Beijing he will arrange the construction of tanker vessels in Chinese shipyards, with the aim of installing a shipyard in Venezuela in the near future.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

while 1400 show up to hate Sarah in Alaska, 60,000 show up in Florida to show the love

lots of photos

unlike Obama, Sarah actually sweats

both links found by Instapundit

Obama's new campaign tactic: LIE, lie again, repeat

Scaring Seniors

Updated: September 20, 2008 | Factcheck.org

A new Obama ad characterizes the "Bush-McCain privatization plan" as "cutting Social Security Benefits in half." This is a falsehood sure to frighten seniors who rely on their Social Security checks. In truth, McCain does not propose to cut those checks at all.

from Powerline:

Is Barack Obama running the most disgraceful Presidential campaign of modern times? The evidence continues to mount, as Obama's ads and speeches are filled not only with exaggerations and distortions, but with outright lies: claims about John McCain that Obama must know are false.

why the cowboy mentality is hated by the left

Daily Pundit | September 19, 2008
flickr photos by cofano and bonsaibutterfly

Biden: End “cowboy mentality” of Bush-McCain era

STERLING, Va. (AP) - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says part of the solution to the country’s financial crisis is “ending the cowboy mentality of the Bush-McCain era.”

I like cowboys. They are one of the greatest American icons.

Why do Obama and Biden hate America and her greatest icons?

-- Bill Quick

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a whopping 1400 people show up for anti-Palin protest in Alaska

I love the way this snopes email describes how in Alaska, if you can get 25 people to show up, it's considered a success.

Snopes brands this one -- TRUE

Interesting when you watch this video -- there is only one car beeping "obama" (three beeps in a row). I wonder if they know that this signal is also used as the wilderness survival signal for distress.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

poll says 30 percent of white democrats harbor negative views toward blacks

Sep 20 01:11 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks—many calling them "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles.

The poll, conducted with Stanford University, suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004—about 2.5 percentage points.

Certainly, Republican John McCain has his own obstacles: He's an ally of an unpopular president and would be the nation's oldest first-term president. But Obama faces this: 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, and that includes many Democrats and independents.

More than a third of all white Democrats and independents—voters Obama can't win the White House without—agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don't have such views.

. . . The findings suggest that Obama's problem is close to home—among his fellow Democrats, particularly non-Hispanic white voters. Just seven in 10 people who call themselves Democrats support Obama, compared to the 85 percent of self-identified Republicans who back McCain.

Did Bill Ayers ghostwrite Obama's "Dreams From My Father" ???

read these articles in order:

Bill Ayers' motive for penning memoir

Deconstructing the text

Real author of Barack book: Why it matters

Charlie the tax-cheater Rangel: Sarah Palin is disabled

"You've got to be kind to the disabled."

Dean Barnett talks politics of the week with the Fox News All Stars
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How Liberal Trolls Are Working To Get McCain Elected President

Posted by DJ Drummond | Published: September 19, 2008 - 4:11 PM

It is true that Barack Obama can win this election. But he has a big problem with the trolls he set out to trip up his opponent. They are working, instead and with great energy, at tearing apart the underpinnings of Obama's own character and judgment, and at the moment, trolls like Brian are creating an increasing momentum - for the McCain campaign.

Leftist hate and filth is oh, so appealing . . . to the left.
Sandra Bernhard: Palin Would Be Gang-Raped By Blacks in Manhattan

Friday, September 19, 2008

the media elites just don't get it

Rush has Op-ed in Wall Street Journal

Obama Is Stoking Racial Antagonism
By RUSH LIMBAUGH |OPINION | SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 | The Wall Street Journal

I understand the rough and tumble of politics. But Barack Obama -- the supposedly postpartisan, postracial candidate of hope and change -- has gone where few modern candidates have gone before.

Mr. Obama's campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making. And in doing so, it is playing with political dynamite. What kind of potential president would let his campaign knowingly extract two incomplete, out-of-context lines from two radio parodies and build a framework of hate around them in order to exploit racial tensions? The segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s were famous for such vile fear-mongering.

read Rush's analysis of Obama's Dos Caras Spanish ad

Thursday, September 18, 2008

burn coal? - I'm not going to "allow"

No, he didn't use the word "allow" when speaking to this gathering in Elko, Nevada. He caught himself, just like he caught himself almost saying "experience." What do you make of his answer though? Pretty pathetic. I didn't hear the crowd roaring in agreement.

Michelle lectures against voting for someone because "she's cute"

This is what galls me about how they want to use the race card in this election. I would no sooner vote for someone who is white, black, male, female, cute, popular, charismatic, etc., etc., who didn't share my political beliefs and core values, than I would for Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Amadinajab, Kim Jong Il or Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin. Skin color does not matter. Gender does not matter. Whether you want to "take our money" matters. Whether you believe government is the answer to all of life's problems matters.

So keep it up Michelle, Barack and your entire campaign team. Keep up the vile and offensive attacks on Sarah Palin and John McCain. Keep your wolves prowling Alaska, keep your hackers hacking the emails. The backlash across the heartland of this great country will be amazing to see once you're finished slimming everyone standing in your way to the White House.

if you don't vote for Obama, you're racist

Dennis Prager talks about race in the presidential race.
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Rush on Obama's Spanish language ad "Dos Caras"

What kind of presidential candidate would have such contempt for his fellow citizens, what kind of presidential candidate would have such contempt for the Hispanic community that he would target them with lies because he thinks they'll be too ignorant to learn or understand the truth? The fact is he can't stand for them, he can't run the risk that they will learn the truth. They have to be lied to, just as you have to be lied to. Liberalism is a lie. The only way liberalism can prosper is if it gets away with its lies. It has gotten way with lies in this financial mess, it's gotten away with lies in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it's gotten away with lies in the Great Society. Liberalism is a continuing, ongoing lie. They mask it well sometimes. Other times they blow it. In this case, Obama has blown it. It is obvious that this ad is a full-fledged, 100% lie, because he thinks the very people he wants to represent are too stupid and too ignorant to learn or understand the truth.

entire transcript found here

another media elitist reveals his true thoughts

Supporting our troops
By Steve Almond | September 18, 2008 | Boston Globe
PERHAPS the most insidious byproduct of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a reflexive sanctification of the military. To put this in bumper stickerese: Support the Troops.

Well, I have an ugly confession to make: I don’t support the troops - at least not unconditionally. When somebody tells me they serve in the military, my first impulse isn’t to say, “Thank you for your service!” like those insufferable chickenhawks on talk radio.

My first impulse is to say, “I’m sorry to hear that.” Because I am. I’m sorry to know that the person I’m talking to might someday be maimed or killed on the job, or might someday kill someone else. Or refuel a plane that drops bombs on buildings.

I can’t see how anyone who calls himself or herself Christian - or human, for that matter - wouldn’t be sorry.

The fact that we have an army, that we need an army, is inherently tragic. It’s an admission that our species is still ruled by fear and aggression.

read the whole sorry thing

what the elites really think about Sarah

CBC News -- Heather Mallick -- Friday, September 5, 2008 | 8:48 PM ET

see flickr photo of Heather Mallick here

paragraph 8:
Palin has a toned-down version of the porn actress look favoured by this decade's woman, the overtreated hair, puffy lips and permanently alarmed expression. Bristol has what is known in Britain as the look of the teen mum, the "pramface." Husband Todd looks like a roughneck; Track, heading off to Iraq, appears terrified. They claim to be family obsessed while being studiously terrible at parenting. What normal father would want Levi "I'm a fuckin' redneck" Johnson prodding his daughter?

Joe Biden: The rich should be "patriotic" about higher taxes

Joe Biden on Good Morning America, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008.

We wanna take money and put it back in the pocket of middle class people . . . it's time to be patriotic.

sound from Obama's uh, shakedown speech to Hollywood elites

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Barack, uh, Obama's Inspirational Address To The Barbra Streisand, um, Hollywood Elites

Posted by: Duane R. Patterson at 1:49 AM
I guess the teleprompter was in the shop.

First of all, I want to thank, uh, the other entertainers who are here today, uh, a great friend and an extraordinary musician, Ben Harper. Please give it up for Ben. Tony, uh, Tony nominee (unintelligible.) Give it up for Raul. Before they walk off the stage, please give a big round to the band. Come on out here. Take a bow, guys. Thank you so much. And for one of the greatest singers of our generation, and entertainers, Barbra Streisand.

You know, this, uh, this should be a celebratory evening. We’ve got, we’ve got 48 days to go in the campaign, a campaign that started 19 months ago, at a time when a lot of folks thought we might not get here. Uh, they were skeptical that we could raise the money. They didn’t think we had the support. There was a sense that this skinny kid with a funny name, uh, you know, might not have what it took. But a lot of you out here said yes we can. And 19 months later, yes we can. And 48 days from now, yes we will.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Obama vs. The American Dream

by Jonah Goldberg | NRO | Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The American dream, as most of us understand it, stands in marked contrast to the idea of the American promise, the central theme of Obama’s speech and even of the Democratic convention as a whole. In 1909, New Republic founder Herbert Croly published his book The Promise of American Life, widely considered the bible of the progressive movement (a movement Obama has explicitly declared the precursor of his own campaign’s mission). Felix Frankfurter dubbed the book “the most powerful single contribution to progressive thinking.”....

Obama's desperate -- taking the extreme low road in ads

Jake Tapper | ABC News Political Punch Blog

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has launched a new Spanish-language TV ad that seeks to paint Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as anti-immigrant, even tying the Republican to his longtime conservative talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh.

The ugliest TV ad I've seen so far this political season

Obama Invokes Rush Limbaugh in new Spanish-language ads


Dear Mr. Obama II : Economics 101

Dear Mr. Obama: Who Are You?

Lynn Forester de Rothschild thinks Obama is arrogant and has a problem connecting with Americans

Who is Lynn Forester de Rothschild?

She's only a top Hillary Clinton fundraiser and member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee.

Top Clinton fundraiser backing McCain, not Obama

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Obama picks up about $9 million in Hollywood

By TERENCE HUNT – 56 minutes ago | Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Barack Obama partied with Hollywood celebrities Tuesday night and with the help of Oscar-winning singer and actress Barbra Streisand raised an eye-popping $9 million for his presidential campaign and the Democratic Party.

The night was split into two glitzy events, a reception and dinner costing $28,500 each at the Greystone Mansion, followed by entertainment by Streisand at the nearby Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. About 250 people were expected at the dinner and about 800 at the entertainment, which cost $2,500 a ticket.

It was a day of contrasts for Obama. Earlier in the day, the Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the public's deepening economic anxieties and portrayed Republican challenger John McCain as out of touch with the needs of hardworking people.

Then he flew to California for a night of hobnobbing with Hollywood notables.

McCain groused about Obama mixing it up with celebrities. He told a rally in Vienna, Ohio on Tuesday that Obama "talks about siding with the people, siding with the people just before he flies off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbara Streisand and his celebrity friends. Let me tell you my friends, there's no place I'd rather be than here with the working men and women of Ohio."

imagine if he "wore" a teleprompter 24/7

Obama's teleprompter hits the trail

(CNN) — It appears Barack Obama's teleprompter is hitting the campaign trail.

The Democratic presidential nominee has never tried to hide the fact he delivers speeches off the device, though normally he doesn't use one at standard campaign rallies and town hall events.

But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.

Monday, September 15, 2008

what ¢hange? this is big BUCK$$$

Obama got $126K from Fannie and Freddie

Charlie Gibson and ABC News Camera Trickery

Sep 12, 2008 at 9:32 AM | HollywoodTrenches’ blog

I'm a Director in Hollywood. I've also created visual effects for movies and commercials for 23 years. I'm not disclosing my name at this point, because frankly I've already suffered enough job loss because I was "outted" as a conservative. But enough about me. I caught a commercial teaser for the Charlie Gibson interview of Sarah Palin and something caught my attention as a Director immediately: The use of the position and choice of lenses to minimalize Governor Palin.

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The author doesn't mention that most people's torsos are about the same length. It's your legs that give you height. So sitting down, most adults have about the same head level.

You don't make many enemies by voting "present"

Sarah Palin, As Described By Her Enemies
by John at Powerline

The Obama campaign has a long article about Sarah Palin in today's New York Times. Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael Powell wrote it for them. The Times reporters evidently scoured Alaska, looking for people who don't like Governor Palin, and pieced together every negative quote they could come up with in the form--more or less--of a newspaper article.

Remarkably enough, the reporters/Obama campaign staff couldn't find room for a single good word about Governor Palin. Thus, while they acknowledge that Palin currently has an approval rating of 80% (86%, actually), making her perhaps the most popular politician in the country, the reader is left to puzzle as to what her constituents could possibly like about her.

Every person who engages in public life has opponents and enemies, and if you talk exclusively to those people, and write an article solely from their perspective, you can easily make the subject look bad. (Imagine, say, an article on Abraham Lincoln that consisted entirely of quotes from Copperhead Democrats.) If the Times wanted to test that proposition, they could send a team of reporters to Chicago to search out and interview people who don't like Barack Obama. Somehow, though, I don't think that's on their agenda.

PAUL adds: Obama probably has fewer enemies back home. Palin has attacked corruption and attempted reform at the state and local levels. Obama has not. As John likes to say, his approach is "go along to get along." You don't make many enemies by voting "present."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

the Obama disconnect

There is a yawning gulf between what the Democratic candidate says and how he has acted. That's why the race is so close

by Gerard Baker | Times Online | September 12, 2008

It's funny how the harder you look at something, the harder it can be to understand it. I can't recall a US presidential election that has attracted more attention. But neither can there have been a time when the world has watched what goes on in America with the nonplussed, horrified incomprehension it has now.

Travelling in Britain this week, I've been asked repeatedly by close followers of US politics if it can really be true that Barack Obama might not win. Thoughtful people cannot get their head around the idea that Mr Obama, exciting new pilot of change, supported by Joseph Biden, experienced navigator of the swamplands of Washington politics, could possibly be defeated.

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the author explains that "This election is a struggle between the followers of American exceptionalism and the supporters of global universalism."

the reason Obama may lose? "Here's the real problem with Mr Obama: the jarring gap between his promises of change and his status quo performance. There are just too many contradictions between the eloquent poetry of the man's stirring rhetoric and the dull, familiar prose of his political record."

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Panic in the Streets

Why Obama will lose.

ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview

By P.J. Gladnick | September 13, 2008 - 07:26 ET | NewsBusters
A transcript of the unedited interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson clearly shows that ABC News edited out crucial portions of the interview that showed Palin as knowledgeable or presented her answers out of context. This unedited transcript of the first of the Gibson interviews with Palin is available on radio host Mark Levin's website. The sections edited out by ABC News are in bold.

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Mark Levin's site may be a better place to go see the edits

Dennis Prager talks about the Gibson/Palin interview

Listen to more Prager podcasts

Krauthammer on Charlie Gibson's Gaffe

By Charles Krauthammer |Saturday, September 13, 2008; A17 | Washington Post

"At times visibly nervous . . . Ms. Palin most visibly stumbled when she was asked by Mr. Gibson if she agreed with the Bush doctrine. Ms. Palin did not seem to know what he was talking about. Mr. Gibson, sounding like an impatient teacher, informed her that it meant the right of 'anticipatory self-defense.' "

-- New York Times, Sept. 12

Informed her? Rubbish.

The New York Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong.

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Wondering No More [Jonah Goldberg] | National Review Online

Yep. The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer.

From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad:

"Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail."

Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "extraordinary." The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

In a similar vein I guess it's an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Paterson doesn't know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it's like to navigate New York's highways.

Update: Well, now the story is up on Drudge (You heard it here first!). Re: Mark's point about how the supposedly web-savvy Obama campaign can't handle Google, here's another story confirming he has difficulty using a keyboard. Ironically, it's from one of the most pro-Obama journalists out there, Jacob Weisberg, in an article in Slate in 2000:

"Six months ago, no one would have pegged McCain as the most cybersavvy of this year's crop of candidates. At 63, he is the oldest of the bunch and because of his war injuries, he is limited in his ability to wield a keyboard."

Now, in response to some angry criticism already coming in: Feh.

Some say, So what if he was handicapped? He could still learn how to send email.

Sure, but why would he? Bill Clinton sent two emails during his entire presidency and often admitted he didn't know squat about the internet.

One reader says "Steven Hawking knows how to use a computer!" Yes, because if he didn't he couldn't do his job or communicate. McCain, like Clinton, didn't have that problem. Here's a more sane version of t he same complaint:

You are ridiculous about this. While of course McCain probably can't type for long periods or in the manner in which many of us do, there are a tremendous amount of people that peck with just their index fingers. He also can surely use a mouse. How much typing do you really have to do to send emails and use the internet. Plus, when he was asked point blank about it he never said he couldn't type. I am sure he can't use a blackberry, but there are tons of people with far worse injuries than McCain that use a computer.

That's absolutely true, I'm sure. But they need to use computers to get through life. McCain doesn't. And the fact that he's not blaming his disability hardly sounds like a serious indictment. If he did blame his disability, many of the same folks yelling at me would be complaining that McCain's whining.

Now, I'd hardly be surprised if McCain could type for short stretches and all that. The point is, that it's perfectly understandable why he wouldn't get in the habit of it.

Oh one last point for now: Lord knows I think the chicken-hawk arguments are stupid. And I don't think the fact that Obama never served in the military should count against him in and of itself. But how stupid is it for the Obama campaign to claim that McCain is unqualified to be president because he can't grasp cyber-security issues based on the fact he has never sent an email when the McCain campaign can just as easily say Obama can't understand first order national security issues because he's never fired a rife, flown a plane, commanded men in battle, or faced an enemy? I mean which prepares someone to be commander in chief better, hitting "send" on AOL or fighting a war?

Update II: On the other hand: I don't know what to make of this interview with the New York Times. He sounds awfully web savvy in it, which makes the Obama ad sound unfair. And if you read it closely, it sounds like he knows how to surf with a mouse, but doesn't do much by way of typing.

09/12 06:42 PM

Friday, September 12, 2008

Alleging Coup Plot, Chávez Ousts U.S. Envoy

By SIMON ROMERO | Published: September 11, 2008 | New York Times

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela said Thursday that he was expelling the American ambassador, Patrick Duddy, giving him 72 hours to leave the country. Mr. Chávez took this step after he said his government had discovered an American-supported plot by military officers to topple him.

He also recalled his ambassador to Washington, Bernardo Álvarez, and explained his decision by expressing solidarity with Bolivia’s embattled president, Evo Morales, who on Wednesday expelled the American ambassador there, Philip S. Goldberg, accusing him of supporting rebellious groups in eastern Bolivia..

“When there is a new government in the United States, we’ll send an ambassador,” Mr. Chávez said, using an expletive to refer to Americans.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

democrat implosion?

Democrats on Capitol Hill fear Obama fallout

By Andrew Ward in Washington | Financial Times

Democratic jitters about the US presidential race have spread to Capitol Hill, where some members of Congress are worried that Barack Obama’s faltering campaign could hurt their chances of re-election.

Party leaders have been hoping to strengthen Democratic control of the House and Senate in November, but John McCain’s jump in the polls has stoked fears of a Republican resurgence.

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Jesus Was a Community Organizer

Amy Chozick reports from Lebanon, Va., on the presidential race.

Democrats are asking Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin: What would Jesus do?

The Alaska governor, a Christian, has come under fire for criticizing community organizers, but according to labor leader Cecil Roberts, Jesus was a community organizer.

“I used to be a community organizer and I’m in good company,” Roberts said as he introduced Barack Obama at a town hall event here Tuesday night. “Martin Luther King was a community organizer. Listen, Sarah, Moses was a community organizer and yes, Jesus was a community organizer.”

Steve Cohen, rep. of Tennesse, compares Obama to Jesus, Sarah to Pontius Pilate

Donna Brazile does the same thing

Dear Mr. Obama,
I am a life-long member of a world-wide Christian church. I have studied the Bible my whole life along with other Biblical texts. I know Jesus Christ as my personal savior and redeemer.

You sir, are no Jesus Christ.

Dear Mr. Obama

An Iraq Veteran has a personal message for Barack Obama

Obama on Letterman

He says she's the lipstick, not the pig. Very presidential. Do you think he's blowing it for his party's chance at the White House? Some do:

Autumn Angst: Dems fret about Obama

Joe Biden: Hillary a better choice for VP

September 10, 2008 5:17 PM

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Wednesday said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., might have been a better pick for the position than him.

At a rally in Nashua, N.H., a man in the audience told Biden how glad he was that Obama picked him over Hillary, "not because she's a woman, but because, look at the things she did in the past."

"Make no mistake about this," Biden responded. "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend, she is qualified to be president of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America, and quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate, I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate, so let’s get that straight."

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obama's wolves in Alaska

Obama won't apologize

He talks about the school he's visiting and how students are making a code of conduct, yet he won't apologize. Says he's being swift-boated. I hear him lecture us with words, and some of them jump out at me, like "butcher" block paper. He's butchering his chance to become president with gaffe after gaffe of non-teleprompter spewage.

Listen to the laughter as he repeats his "lipstick on a pig" comment. Are they laughing because "lipstick on a pig" is funny, or because it's all about Sarah Palin?

Sarah a pig? McCain an old fish?

Hugh Hewitt takes calls from women first-time callers regarding Obama's comments about pigs and lipstick.

to hear more, visit Hugh Hewitt's podcast site

new McCain ad - lipstick

Democrats are panickers

Severe Palin Panic Strikes Democrats

September 10, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin | Pajamas Media

It’s a fact: you can’t just keep up with the gaffes these days.

Joe Biden intimates that Sarah Palin should be more supportive of stem cell research because of her Down’s Syndrome child. Barack Obama commits a meta-gaffe — “lipstick on a pig” – intentionally or unintentionally suggesting that one of his opponents is the pig and the other the cosmetic accent. The big mistake comes on top of an ongoing problem with his tone regarding the GOP vice-presidential nominee: he continually refers to Palin as a mother, an up-and-coming talent, or any number of variations on the theme, all displaying condescending irritation, particularly from someone of his relatively limited experience.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Obama Smears McCain-Palin As Lipstick On A Pig

That's right Obama, keep smearing Sarah. You'll go far this November! NOT!

Amy Chozick (Wall Street Journal) reports on the presidential race from Lebanon, Virginia.

Obama Puts Different Twist on Lipstick

What’s the difference between a more hopeful kind of politics and old-fashioned attacks? Lipstick.

Barack Obama says the John McCain-Sarah Palin policies don’t represent change, they’re “just calling the same thing something different.”

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” Obama said during a town-hall style event here Tuesday night.

The comment played on Republican vice presidential candidate Palin’s joke during the Republican National Convention that the only difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom was lipstick.

Obama has been hammering the Republican ticket for adopting his change mantra. “This is a guy who supported George Bush 90% of the time. What does that say about somebody’s judgment that they agree with George Bush 90% of the time?” he said.

“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change,’ it’s still going to stink,” Obama said. “After eight years, we’ve had enough of the same old thing. It’s time to bring about real change to Washington and that’s the choice you’ve got in this election.”

Muammar Khadafi addresses Obama on June 11,2008

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from the "more info" section of this youtube video from Memri TV:

The Muslim World Awaits The Conquer of the USA from within.

No more Need to Battle us With Weapons, Politics seems to be Open, the Peaceful submission, with the LIE attached - "I'm not really doing this to you", says Obama, what other lie are we willing to believe?

Just AS the MOORS conquered SPAIN for 800 years. Does the US intend to become the next Islamo/Christian battle ground?

Khadafi holds Obama to a promise of repatriating Palastinians completely in Israel AND revealing Israels nuclear capacity, under threat of ASSASINATION. Is this what it means to be a Muslim - to be a traitor to your Country- or face assasination? Jihad says so!!

World wants Obama, says BBC Poll

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.

see article


"I hope you guys are up for a fight. I hope you guys are game because I haven’t been putting up with 19 months of airplanes and hotel food and missing my babies and my wife – I didn’t put up for that stuff just to come in second." -- Barack Obama, as he stood beneath a tent on the expansive Bon Jovi compound, which resembled an Italian villa

New York Times | The Caucus | September 6, 2008, 9:41 AM

I wish I could sacrifice like this. Jets, hotels. What a life.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Republican Recycling - Dem Flags

These flags were rescued by republicans a week after the DNC and used in Colorado Springs to welcome Sarah Palin. Others were not.

see story at Denver Post

Just interesting that so many democrats would rather throw their flags on the ground at Investco rather than take them home as a souvenir. Here they are waving in the Springs on Saturday, and I'm sure they were treated with a little more respect at that event:

I actually think Barack is a better dancer

Michelle Obama on Ellen. So if Oprah won't have Sarah, will Ellen?
check out Barack's dancing if you missed it

duelling ads

Obama's ad reminds me of John Kerry more than anything else -- I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it. Guess who actually voted for the Bridge to Nowhere: Obama and Biden

least effective Senator?

John at Powerline mentions that Barack is not just the most liberal Senator. He's probably the least effective.

Check out this exchange between Chris Wallace and David Axelrod on Fox News Sunday.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

USA TODAY/Gallup say McCain-Palin over Obama by 10 points

By Susan Page, USA TODAY | flickr photo by buddhakiwi

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an "enthusiasm gap" that has dogged the GOP all year.

McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 50%-46% among registered voters, the Republican's biggest advantage since January and a turnaround from the USA TODAY poll taken just before the convention opened in St. Paul. Then, he lagged by 7 percentage points.

. . . In the new poll, taken Friday through Sunday, McCain leads Obama by 54%-44% among those seen as most likely to vote. The survey of 1,022 adults, including 959 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/— 3 points for both samples.

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t-shirt seller at the DNC

video from Founding Bloggers

re: Obama considered joining the military

You know, I actually did. I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school. And I was growing up in Hawaii. And I have friends whose parents were in the military. There are a lot of Army, military bases there. And I actually always thought of the military as an ennobling and, you know, honorable option. But keep in mind that I graduated in 1979. The Vietnam War had come to an end. We weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point. And so, it's not an option that I ever decided to pursue. -- Barack Obama in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on This Week

Sort of a pathetic statement for someone running for president. But in defense of Barack, I too considered joining the military . . . for about three seconds when my dad suggested ROTC at my first year of college (he spent four years in the Air Force). I graduated from high school in 1975, the year the Vietnam War ended. The last thing I wanted to do was go into the military after seeing our soldiers fight and die in a war that our government micro-managed from Washington. Four or five years later, Obama may have felt the same way. I bet he only considered it for a few minutes before saying hell no.

I served two years as a missionary in Mexico from 1977 to 1979, and I considered that my foreign service obligation. Now I sort of regret never having had military service. I bet Obama does too in a resume sort of way.

"my Muslim faith"

Obama, are you getting enough sleep?

above my pay grade

Obama considered joining military, regrets abortion answer

By MIKE ALLEN | 9/7/08 9:00 AM EST

Barack Obama says his answer about abortion at the Saddleback Church forum was “probably” too flip.

During separate televised interviews last month, Pastor Rick Warren asked the two presidential candidates when a baby gets human rights. Obama replied that the question is “above my pay grade,” while John McCain won love from the right by saying quickly, “At the moment of conception.”

Now, Obama tells ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview taped for “This Week”: “What I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility about understanding when does the soul enter into … It's a pretty tough question. And so, all I meant to communicate was that I don't presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions.”

In the ABC interview, Obama goes on to give the answer he wishes he’d given: “What I do know is that abortion is a moral issue, that it's one that families struggle with all the time. And that in wrestling with those issues, I don't think that the government criminalizing the choices that families make is the best answer for reducing abortions.

in Obama's mind, he's already president

Venezuela to host Russia navy exercise in Caribbean

Sat Sep 6, 2008 11:57pm EDT

CARACAS (Reuters) - Several Russian ships and 1,000 soldiers will take part in joint naval maneuvers with Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea later this year, exercises likely to increase diplomatic tensions with Washington, a pro-government newspaper reported on Saturday.

Quoting Venezuela's naval intelligence director, Salbarore Cammarata, the newspaper Vea said four Russian boats would visit Venezuelan waters from November 10 to 14.

Plans for the naval operations come at a time of heightened diplomatic tension and Cold War-style rhetoric between Moscow and the United States over the recent war in Georgia and plans for a U.S. missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Cammarata said it would be the first time Russia's navy carried out such exercises in Latin America. He said the Venezuelan air force would also take part.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an outspoken critic of Washington, has said in recent weeks that Russian ships and planes are welcome to visit the South American country.