Friday, October 31, 2008

Tito the Builder on H&C

As a Conservative, I Must Say I Do Quite Like the Cut of this Obama Fellow's Jib

By T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII
Columnist, The National Topsider
Membership Chairman, The Newport Club

When my late father T. Coddington Van Voorhees VI founded the iconoclastic conservative journal National Topsider in 1948, he famously declared that "Now is the time for all good conservative helmsmen to hoist the mizzen, pour the cocktails, and steer this damned schooner hard starboard." In the 60 years since he first uttered it after one-too-many Cosmopolitans at one of Pamela Harriman's notorious foreign policy black tie balls, father's pithy bon mot has served as a rallying cry for conservatives from Greenwich to Chevy Chase. Today, I say it's time for we conservatives to once again grab the rigging and set sail with the flotilla of the true conservative in this race: Barack Obama.

Trust me, I haven't taken this tack lightly. No Van Voorhees has supported an avowed socialist since great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandpapa Cragmont Van Voorhees lent Peter Minuet $24 and a sack of wampum to swing a subprime mortgage on Manhattan Island. Old dad himself often recounted how, as a lad, he would command the family chauffeur Carleton to drive the Duesenberg down to the Times Square Trans-Lux so he could hiss Roosevelt. But I've taken a good measure of this Obama fellow, and I must say I like the cut of the man's jib.

read the whole mellifluous thing

behind the scenes or just made up?

The comment post on Hillbuzz that got Rush Limbaugh's attention:

Luckily I don't have Obama's team posting depressing comments here. Too much of a small fry here, but I bet they've stopped by a time or two to check out what I post.

private property means nothing in a "spread-the-wealth" neighborhood

Megyn Kelly on Fox American's Newsroom talks with Shawn Turschak about his electrified McCain/Palin sign and who he caught on tape.

I want to know who told the nine-year-old to go steal the sign! Some coward of a parent? Ha! They read my mind:

what kids will learn under an Obama presidency

Peggy Joseph Thinks Obama Is Going To Pay For Her Gas And Mortgage

There's a word for people who want someone else to be repsonsible for paying for their utilities, the roof over their head, their car payment, their groceries, their clothes, their education, their children's education ... That word is "Slave" -- pick45one [comment to this youtube video]

the journalistic equivalent of redistributing the wealth

Washington Times kicked off Obama plane for finale
The Washington Times | Friday, October 31, 2008

The Washington Times, which has covered the Barack Obama campaign from the start, was kicked off the Democrat's campaign plane for the final 72 hours of the race.

The Obama campaign informed the newspaper Thursday evening of its decision, which came two days after The Times editorial page endorsed Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama. The Times editorial page runs completely independent of the news department.

"This feels like the journalistic equivalent of redistributing the wealth, we spent hundreds of thousands of dollars covering Senator Obama's campaign, traveling on his plane, and taking our turn in the reporter's pool, only to have our seat given away to someone else in the last days of the campaign," said Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon.

"I hope the candidate that promises to unite America isn't using a litmus test to determine who gets to cover his campaign."


Fri Oct 31 2008 08:39:55 ET | Drudge Report



The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states -- and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs -- and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters -- and possibly others -- will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama's historic campaign to become the first black American president.


Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES' Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain's Straight Talk Express airplane.

After a week of quiet but desperate behind-the-scenes negotiations, the reporters of the three papers heard last night that they were definitely off for the final swing. They are already planning how to cover the final days by flying commercial or driving from event to event.


think he took his job seriously?

Obama's "I apologize for being late to hearings" compilation

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chavez’s New Election Strategy: Threaten Opponents with Jail

October 29, 2008 - by Daniel Duquenal | Pajamas Media

Venezuela is facing local and regional elections on November 23, and increasingly negative polls are troubling sitting president Hugo Chavez. Indeed, the triumphant Chavez of December 2006, reelected with 63% on a wave of unprecedented populist measures fueled by constantly increasing oil prices, believed he had it all. In two years he has been told otherwise.

First, his wish to change the constitution so as to be reelected as needed was voted down in the referendum of 2007. Not only will he now have to leave office in January 2013, but a series of special powers he obtained to implement a socialist state has been rejected, justly perceived by the people as an authoritarian power grab. His internal image has also been tarnished by major errors such as closing the RCTV television station, whose soap operas were a favorite among the Chavista voters.

read the rest here

Mark Steyn with Hugh Hewitt -- Thursday October 30, 2008

more Hugh Hewitt podcasts

Obama and the Supreme Court -- from "living constitution" to monster constitution

October 30, 2008 Posted by Paul at 8:12 PM | Powerline

Ed Whelan takes a look at the consequences of an Obama victory for the Supreme Court. The consequences aren't pretty.

Some conservatives downplay the likely impact of an Obama victory, noting that the judges he is most likely to replace are liberal devotees of a "living Constitution." Whelan has several responses.

First, the Court needs to improve and can't unless McCain wins. In Whelan's view, with the Court as it is now constituted there may very well be "five votes for, say, the imposition of a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage, five votes for stripping "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance and for complete secularization of the public square, five votes for continuing to abolish the death penalty on the installment plan, five votes for selectively importing into the Court's interpretation of the American Constitution the favored policies of Europe's leftist elites, five votes for further judicial micromanagement of the government's war powers, and five votes for the invention of a constitutional right to human cloning."

the courts under Obama

Texas Law Enforcement Officer - NRA TV ad

An Outlaw's Worst Nightmare - Chuck Norris

ACORN Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis endorsing Obama

This is Bertha Lewis, chief organizer of ACORN, I want to thank everyone out there for defending ACORN against the perilous right-wing attacks and smears. That will teach them to attack a community organizer. And if you live in New York, there is one more simple thing that you can all do to help ACORN. Vote for the community organizer, Barack Obama, on the Working Families Party ballot line. Its row E on the ballot. E for the economy. Voting for Barack is good, but voting for him on the Working Families Party line is better. Vote change like you mean it people.

If Obama wins, will you go John Galt?

PJTV Daily Oct. 29th Dr. Helen | Video - 11 mins

Dr. Helen talks about what it means to "Go John Galt." (free with no subscription or registration)

October 15, 2008 | by Helen Smith

I recently wrote a post on my blog asking readers to react to the creeping socialism and expectation in our society that those who are productive must pay for the cost of our society:

Do you ever wonder after dealing with all that is going on with the economy and the upcoming election if it’s getting to be time to “go John Galt”? For those of you who have never read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, the basic theme is that John Galt and his allies take actions that include withdrawing their talents, “stopping the motor of the world,” and leading the “strikers” (those who refuse to be exploited) against the “looters” (the exploiters, backed by the government).

Perhaps the partisan politics we are dealing with now is really just a struggle between those of us who believe in productivity, personal responsibility, and keeping government interference to a minimum, and those who believe in the socialistic policies of taking from others, using the government as a watchdog, and rewarding those who overspend, underwork, or are just plain unproductive.

Obama talks about taking from those who are productive and redistributing to those who are not — or who are not as successful. If success and productivity is to be punished, why bother? Perhaps it is time for those of us who make the money and pay the taxes to take it easy, live on less, and let the looters of the world find their own way.

My question to readers is, what are some ways to “go John Galt” (legally, of course) — that is, should productive people cut back on what they need, make less money, and take it easy so that the government is starved for funds, or is there some other way of making a statement?

Hugh Hewitt on the LA Times

The Wreck of the LA Times | Hugh Hewitt | Thursday, October 30, 2008
This is an astonishing moment in the history of journalism. In the last presidential campaign, an arm of MSM attempted to influence the race by inventing a major story. This time, a different arm is influencing the race by censoring the news.

Times' owner Sam Zell and every single editor and reporter at the paper are thus now complicit in a decision to manage the news so that voters are not informed of all that might influence their choice of president. The videotape might be as bland as skim milk, or as incendiary as even the most inflammatory Jeremiah Wright sermon, but the content doesn't matter. The paper is suppressing the news and using Orwellian language to claim otherwise. The silence from other MSMers tells us all we need to know about their commitment to the mission of getting important facts before the public.

Imagine that the tape is of the sort as to tilt the election to McCain, but because of its suppression by the Times, Obama is elected. The paper then "owns" everything that follows on Obama's watch. This is of course true for the author of every partisan action that yields a decisive influence on an election, but it is an unprecedented position for an alleged newspaper to be in. Newspapers thump their chests when state secrets are revealed, claiming the need of the public to know even at the risk of damaging national security. What a turnaround to be wholly and irrefutably exposed as a mere agent in a presidential campaign rather than the guardian of the public's interest in truth.

read the whole thing

Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango

From The Times | October 30, 2008

Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House. But a few miles from where the Democratic presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle, immigrants living in modest circumstances in Boston, have a contrasting American story.

Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.

A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dennis Prager and the LA Times video of Rashid Khalidi

Dennis talks to Andrew McCarthy of National Review about the Barack Obama's connection with Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi.
listen to more Dennis Prager podcasts here

talking to your wife/girlfriend like leftists talk about America

heard on the Rush Limbaugh show today
RUSH: Imagine, folks, if you talk to your girlfriend or your wife the way Democrats talk about America. They profess to love America. Obama professes to love America. But they spend 24/7, 365 pointing out all of America's imperfections. How would this go over if you said things like this to your wife or girlfriend? Honey, I love you, I really do, but God, I really hate your life history. Some of the people in your family, all those good deeds and so forth, intentions and so forth. But look at these people that you have in your background and your family. I actually think because of your family you're a rotten racist homophobe, you've stolen everything that you have. You didn't earn it. You're out there, you're using way too much electricity; you're wasting gasoline and so forth. You're destroying the planet. I love you, honey, but you're destroying the planet, and you don't even care. I hate it when you disagree with me, by the way. In fact, I want you to shut up. And if you don't shut up, I'm going to get somebody in here that will make you shut up. I'm going to sew your mouth shut. But I still love you. I don't like the way you look. Your rear end is too big; you need bigger breasts; you need a face-lift. Look at what you've let happen to your nature. You have torn your nature up. You are destroying your nature. All these things that you've done, you're horrible. But I love you.

Whatever you're going to do to fix yourself, I want you to pay for it out of your pocket, and if I'm unsatisfied with the results, I'm going to berate your history; I'm going to berate your looks. And if you disagree that you're either too religious or gun oriented or stupid to understand it, I'm going to make sure you understand that you're nothing but a bitter person clinging to your religion and your guns because there may be people moving next door to us that you don't like. But I love ya and I do want to be your guy. By the way, honey, everybody else hates you, too. Until you straighten yourself out, everybody in the neighborhood's going to hate us. It's up to you straighten yourself out. Well, this is what Democrats say, it's the UN analogy. They claim to love us, all the while running this country down every opportunity they get.

Miller Time with O'Reilly

What it says about west L.A. is there's a lot of guys there with mother issues.
The boys have taken the Palin effigy down after talking to their mayor.

New McCain Ad -- Preconditions

Senator Obama's Four Tax Increases for People Earning Under $250k

By Ned Barnett | American Thinker | October 27, 2008

I confess. Senator Obama's two tax promises: to limit tax increases to only those making over $250,000 a year, and to not raise taxes on 95% of "working Americans," intrigued me. As a hard-working small business owner, over the past ten years I've earned from $50,000 to $100,000 per year. If Senator Obama is shooting straight with us, under his presidency I could look forward to paying no additional Federal taxes -- I might even get a break -- and as I struggle to support a family and pay for two boys in college, a reliable tax freeze is nearly as welcome as further tax cuts.

However, Senator Obama's dual claims seemed implausible, especially when it came to my Federal income taxes. Those implausible promises made me look at what I'd been paying before President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, as well as what I paid after those tax cuts became law. I chose the 2000 tax tables as my baseline -- they reflect the tax rates that Senator Obama will restore by letting the "Bush Tax Cuts" lapse. I wanted to see what that meant from my tax bill.

I've worked as the state level media and strategy director on three Presidential election campaigns -- I know how "promises" work -- so I analyzed Senator Obama's promises by looking for loopholes.

The first loophole was easy to find: Senator Obama doesn't "count" allowing the Bush tax cuts to lapse as a tax increase. Unless the cuts are re-enacted, rates will automatically return to the 2000 level. Senator Obama claims that letting a tax cut lapse -- allowing the rates to return to a higher levels -- is not actually a "tax increase." It's just the lapsing of a tax cut.

read the whole thing

Snapshots of the Tank

Notorious Obamedia moments of 2008.
By Michelle Malkin | National Review Online | October 29, 2008

In less than a week, the campaign season will be over. But the Obamedia’s most shameful biases and notorious blunders shall not be forgotten. Here are my Top Five, by no means comprehensive and in no particular order:

1. The Los Angeles Times and the suppressed Obama/Jew-bash videotape.

In April, L.A. Times reporter Peter Wallsten reported on a 2003 farewell party for Rashid Khalidi, a radical Palestinian Liberation Organization spokesman/adviser turned Ivy League professor. The anti-Israel Arab American Action Network sponsored the gala. In attendance: good neighbors Barack Obama and Weather Underground terrorist duo Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Wallsten reported that the “event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The Times.” But the news organization refuses to let readers watch the video of Obama and his left-wing terrorist friends and will not release the tape. It’s “old news” now.

The paper had no problem, however, embedding a video clip of Sarah Palin’s 1984 swimsuit pageant on its gossip blog and deeming it newsworthy.

2. Ogling Obama.
In May, CNN posted “breaking news video” of female journalists on Obama’s press plane fawning over the Democratic presidential candidate as he talked on his cell phone. The caption listed on the network’s website: “Obama in jeans: Sen. Barack Obama surprises the press corps by wearing jeans.”

In the clip, several members of the press corps yell at a Secret Service agent to “sit down” because she’s obstructing the view of their beloved Obama. They giggle and sigh as Obama straddles over a row of seats and they furiously click away on their cameras. “You’re killing us,” one of them says breathlessly.

No, you’re killing yourselves.

Runners-up for Most Drool-Covered Groupies: The journalist who squealed “He touched me!” at the UNITY minority journalists’ convention in July; the MSNBC producer who broke down and shed tears of joy upon learning that The One had clinched the Democratic presidential nomination; MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who proclaimed that he “felt a thrill up his leg” after an Obama speech in February; Oprah Winfrey, who confessed she did a “happy dance” for Obama; and the writer for the German publication Bild, who worked out with Obama at the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin and reported: “I put my arm around his hip — wow, he didn’t even sweat! WHAT A MAN!”

3. The Atlantic Monthly’s deranged photographer.
Publisher David Bradley’s once-esteemed magazine hired celebrity lens-woman Jill Greenberg to snap portraits of John McCain. Greenberg, an outspoken left-winger who goaded children into crying on film and captioned the images with anti-Bush slogans, sabotaged the photo shoot and gloated about it on a photo industry website.

After tricking McCain into standing over a strobe light to create ugly shadows on his face, she then posted vandalized versions of the imagery on her personal website with crude, vulgar labels. One featured McCain with fangs and blood dripping from his mouth — with the Greenberg-added words, “I am a bloodthirsty warmongerer (sic).” Another piece of her “art” showed an ape (a favorite Greenberg subject) defecating on McCain’s head. The highly respected editors at Atlantic professed shock despite Greenberg’s notoriety. The name of her blog: “Manipulator.”

4. The quote doctors and math-manglers at CNN.

In a botched attack on Sarah Palin, CNN reporter Drew Griffin cited National Review writer Byron York allegedly questioning Palin’s abilities and character: “The National Review had a story saying that, you know, I can’t tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, or all of the above.” York, however, was characterizing the press coverage of Palin.

In a botched tally, CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien proclaimed that an audience poll showed “overwhelming” preference for Joe Biden after the vice-presidential debate. A freeze frame of the show of hands, however, showed the audience split. The mathematically challenged O’Brien also claimed that Palin slashed Alaska’s special-needs budget by 62 percent (which she recycled from the liberal Daily Kos blog), despite the fact that the governor increased special needs funding by 12 percent. Facts, schmacts.

5. Us magazine publisher Jann Wenner’s Obama apparatchiks.
The gossip mag’s partisan slime job on Palin and her family (“Babies, lies, and scandal”) last September opened the floodgates of Palin-bashing across the mainstream media and was the nadir of the year. Wenner — a prominent Obama backer who ran countless hagiographies of him in sister publication Rolling Stone and featured the Obamas with the slavering headline “Why Barack Loves Her” on Us nagazine’s June cover — had his media flack e-mail the anti-Palin hit piece to all media in St. Paul for the Republican National Convention: “Might be useful as an illustration of how the news is playing out,” the flack wrote.

Indeed, the side-by-side covers of the Palin smears and the Obamas’ deification perfectly illustrate the year in Obamedia.

Clerk charged with unlawful search of Joe the Plumber

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 4:34 p.m.

Toledo Police have confirmed that a TPD records clerk is accused of performing an illegal search of information related to 'Joe the Plumber.'

Julie McConnell, has been charged with Gross Misconduct for allegedly making an improper inquiry into a state database in search of information pertaining to Samuel Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16.

Wurzelbacher came under the spotlight after being spoken about during the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

The inquiry into Wurzelbacher's record is a violation of department and state policy governing the use of the Law Enforcement Automated Data System. The clerk is under fire for making the inquiry for a non-law enforcement purpose.

McConnell was hired by the Toledo Police Department in April 1995 and assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau.

A discplinary hearing will be scheduled within the next ten days.

Tito the Builder

Barbara West's tough questions

Obama Affinity to Marxists Dates Back to College Days

By Bill Sammon | | Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Barack Obama laughs off charges of socialism. Joe Biden scoffs at references to Marxism. Both men shrug off accusations of liberalism.

But Obama himself acknowledges that he was drawn to socialists and even Marxists as a college student. He continued to associate with Marxists later in life, even choosing to launch his political career in the living room of a self-described Marxist, William Ayers, in 1995, when Obama was 34.

Obama's affinity for Marxists began when he attended Occidental College in Los Angeles.

"To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully," the Democratic presidential candidate wrote in his memoir, "Dreams From My Father." "The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."

read the whole thing

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Barack Obama's Close Encounter with the Weather Underground

Did the presidential candidate and the revolutionary terror group cross paths at a violent 1981 anti-Apartheid protest?

posted: October 27, 2008 |

Barack Obama would have you believe that the bombings by the radical domestic terrorists known as The Weather Underground were something that happened "when I was eight years old" and with which he had absolutely no connection. And while it is true that their bombings started when Obama was eight years old, they actually continued until he was twenty years old. And, incredibly, the life of Barack Obama and the terror campaign of the Weather Underground nearly intersected on the evening of September 26, 1981 at an anti-Apartheid protest which turned violent at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

I'm tempted to say they may have intersected, rather than just "nearly." But I don't know for sure.

What I do know is that Obama had the same political interests as the final remnants of the Weather Underground at the exact same time in the exact same place. That he was living in the same city where and when they conducted their second-to-last terror attack, which was a protest against the Apartheid polices of South Africa -- the very topic to which Obama has said he was devoted at that time. So because of all this, Obama must have known about the Weather Underground and their tactics while he was still in college. So when he met Weather Underground founder William Ayers 13 years later, Obama certainly had to have known exactly who Ayers was and what he had done.

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Obama's Constitution

October 28, 2008 Posted by Scott at 5:36 AM | Powerline
Yesterday the Obama campaign called on University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein to tamp down the furor over Obama's advocacy of "redistributive change" and overcoming of the Constitution's "negative rights" in his 2001 radio interview. Politico's Ben Smith reliably channelled Professor Sunstein's spinning on behalf of Obama.

Professor Sunstein was actually the right man to call on to explain Obama's remarks. They derive directly from Sunstein's advocacy of Roosevelt's so-called second Bill of Rights.

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Who is arrogant?

October 28, 2008 Posted by Paul at 1:34 PM | Powerline

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly views Barack Obama's position on Iran as as "utterly immature" and comprised of "formulations empty of all content." Sarkozy is also said to have remarked that it would be "arrogant" for Obama, if he is elected president, to ignore allies like France and open a direct dialogue with Iran without preconditions.

read the whole thing

a man who thinks for himself

'Washed-up Terrorist' Ayers Stays Mum on Ties to Obama

Works Hard to Duck Reporters, Says Radicals Being "Demonized" by Fox News
By BRIAN ROSS and MOLLY DEAN | October 27, 2008 | ABC News

His relationship with Sen. Barack Obama has become a major theme of the McCain campaign.

His background with a 1960's domestic terror group, the Weather Underground, has been recounted in hundreds of news articles.

His words could add to the evidence that debunks the claims Obama was "palling around with terrorists."

But Bill Ayers is staying mum, and working hard to duck reporters and the campaign spotlight in the final week before the election.

He told a journalism student attending a education justice symposium in New York Sunday he and other former radicals were being "demonized" by Fox News. "We're nice guys, right?"

Asked by the student, if he repudiated the actions of the Weather Underground, which carried out a series of 1960's robberies and bombings that killed at least six people, Ayers walked away without answering.

see Brian Ross ask Ayers "What is it you're hiding?"

Change of Subject

by Mark Steyn | National Review Online | Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Obama campaign had their guy Cass Sunstein out doing the damage control on the redistribution/constitution stuff yesterday. Powerline's Scott Johnson discusses this in the context of Prof Sunstein's book on FDR's Second Bill of Rights — from his 1944 State of the Union:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation...;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health...

It all sounds very nice. In practice — as even the Supreme Court of Canada has noticed — "the right to medical care" boils down to the right to have your name placed on a two-year waiting list for a government-scheduled operation.

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where Obama gets his money

Monday, October 27, 2008

too radical, too risky

McCain and the RNC won't run these ads. Nice to know that someone will.

Sen. Obama plays it safe and musical... (SNL)

Barney Frank ad - not from SNL

These seem more like comedy sketches. Elephants in a Conga line just kinda go with the Barney theme I guess.

this is not from SNL

Biden Bans Philly Station

Obama be Thy Name

"Obama be thy name, the change shall come, thy will be done as it is an American dream."

Wayne Huizenga wants to sell Dolphins before Barack Obama raises tax

By Sarah Talalay | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
3:26 PM EDT, October 27, 2008

Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga said Sunday no date has been set for selling up to 45 percent more of the team to Stephen Ross, but the presidential election is among the issues weighing on his decision.

That's because a Barack Obama administration is expected to mean higher capital-gains taxes.

"He wants to double the capital gains tax, or almost double it," Huizenga said. "I'd rather give it to charity than to him."

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West Hollywood gay couple display Palin effigy on noose

Effigy of Palin Hanging by Noose is Halloween Fun, Owner Says | Monday, October 27, 2008
Ghosts, goblins, gargoyles . . . and Sarah Palin hanging by a noose?

That's the latest imagery of the Republican vice presidential candidate and her running mate John McCain on display at a West Hollywood home that has been decorated for Halloween.

The outdoor decor features a mannequin dressed as Palin, wearing a red business suit, eyeglasses and brunette beehive wig, hanging by a noose off the chimney. Right above her, a devilish John McCain emerges from the chimney with paper flames surrounding him.

Some neighbors say it's just wrong to depict a vice presidential candidate that way.

Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told CBS 2 News that the effigy would be out of bounds at any other time of year, but it's within the spirit of Halloween.

"It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It's Halloween, it's time to be scary, it's time to be spooky," Morisette said.

click to see video

Imagine if this was Obama on a noose! Is it more PC to display a white woman hanging by a rope than a black man? I guess so.

Obama: Constitution was flawed from the beginning

OBAMA: Constitution 'reflected fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day'

2001 Chicago Public Radio Interview

quote - Thomas Sowell

"There is another factor at work in this year's election that makes polls and predictions more unreliable than usual. That factor is race. Barack Obama's string of victories in early Democratic primaries against far better known white candidates shows that large segments of the American population have moved beyond race. It is Barack Obama and his supporters who have hyped race, after his large lead in the polls began to shrink or evaporate, as more of the facts about his checkered career came out. Almost any criticism of Obama has been equated with racism, even if there is no connection that can be seen under a microscope. Barack Obama himself started this trend when he warned that his opponents were going to try to scare the public with various charges, including a statement, 'And did I say he was black?' McCain said no such thing. Palin said no such thing. But those who support Obama---and this includes much of the media---are acting as if they just know that this is the underlying message. Congressman John Lewis has likened Senator McCain to George Wallace. Congressman John Murtha has condemned a whole section of the state of Pennsylvania as 'racists' because they seem reluctant to jump on the Obama bandwagon. Senator Harry Reid has claimed that linking Obama to deposed and disgraced Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines is racist, since they are both black---as if the financial and political connection between the two does not exist. Much is being made of the fact that, in past elections, some white voters who told pollsters that they are going to vote for a black candidate did not in fact do so, so that a black candidate with a lead in the polls ended up losing on election day. This is supposed to show how much covert racism there is. It might instead show that people don't want to be considered racists by pollsters because they are leaning toward someone other than the black candidate. In other words, the media themselves helped create the charged atmosphere in which some people give misleading answers to pollsters to avoid being stigmatized." ---Thomas Sowell

Communist Takes Advantage of Private Property Rights

Bill Ayers, communist, uses private property rights to get rid of FOX reporter.

In this funny Bill O'Reilly segment, self-proclaimed "communist" William Ayers uses private property rights to get rid of a Fox News reporter who was pestering him. When the reporter repeatedly tries to approach Ayers at his house, Ayers tells him to go away, saying "this is my property." Eventually, Ayers calls the police, who come and instruct the reporter to get off Ayers' land. The irony, of course, is that as a communist, Ayers is opposed to private property rights.

My point, however, is not to criticize Ayers for his hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a minor offense compared to his real crimes. Rather, I want to emphasize that this is a small example of how property rights play an important role in protecting unpopular people. Private property gives minorities with unpopular views, lifestyles, or identities, a secure space in which they are protected from the hostility of the majority. Tom Palmer's excellent post on the way in which the rise of private property rights has increased freedom for gays in China is an interesting recent example.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Redistribution of Wealth - Obama in 2001

An interview with Barack on Chicago Public Radio. The subject wasn't whether "redistribution of wealth" was right or wrong, it was how to do it -- through the courts or by legislation. Should Obama become president, he'll have all three branches of government to work his Socialist plans.

Andrew Sullivan, pornographer

Degenerates will think this is funny. Imagine if someone did this to Michelle Obama. Change we can believe in. Yeah, right. The Atlantic should be proud.


Iowahawk - October 24, 2008

I AM BILL. I am the everyday forgotten little guy in your neighborhood, the quiet anarcho-syndicalist family man who gets up early and punches the clock at the local state university, writing the manifestos and polemics and grant proposals that keep America humming. I'm just doing my job, and all I ask in return is a little respect. And tenure. And Chicago Citizen of the Year awards. And two graduate assistants to grade exams for Practicum in Imperialist Racist Hegemony 311, because I'm teaching two sections this semester. Also, a sabbatical to Italy next summer would be nice.

I AM BILL. I grew up in a simple little gated community just like yours, with white picket fences and where all the aux pairs and gardeners know your name. When my dad came home from a hard day's work as a CEO, he was never too tired to help me with my homework or tousle my hair for winning the Lake Forest Academy essay contest on Hegelian Dialectics. Yes, he was a simpleminded bourgeois technocrat of the capitalist war machine, but he made sure I got the tuition and tutors and sailing lessons and allowance I needed to make it on my own. I wish he was still alive so I could tell him how much I really planned to kill him last.

I AM BILL. I work with my hands, grizzled and calloused from years on a non-ergonomic keyboard. Maybe I don't know pipe wrenches, but I know pipe bombs, and I've built them right there in my communal kitchen and I've watched with pride as they've offed a couple of pigs. Sure, maybe I've made a few mistakes with wiring or detonator timing and it ends up killing a couple of comrades. But you know what? I get up, dust myself off, and get right back to the drawing board. Because when it comes to international Maoist revolution, quitters never win and winners never quit.

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The Obama Temptation

by Mark R. Levin | National Review | Saturday October 25, 2008

I've been thinking this for a while so I might as well air it here. I honestly never thought we'd see such a thing in our country - not yet anyway - but I sense what's occurring in this election is a recklessness and abandonment of rationality that has preceded the voluntary surrender of liberty and security in other places. I can't help but observe that even some conservatives are caught in the moment as their attempts at explaining their support for Barack Obama are unpersuasive and even illogical. And the pull appears to be rather strong. Ken Adelman, Doug Kmiec, and others, reach for the usual platitudes in explaining themselves but are utterly incoherent. Even non-conservatives with significant public policy and real world experiences, such as Colin Powell and Charles Fried, find Obama alluring but can't explain themselves in an intelligent way.

There is a cult-like atmosphere around Barack Obama, which his campaign has carefully and successfully fabricated, which concerns me. The messiah complex. Fainting audience members at rallies. Special Obama flags and an Obama presidential seal. A graphic with the portrayal of the globe and Obama's name on it, which adorns everything from Obama's plane to his street literature. Young school children singing songs praising Obama. Teenagers wearing camouflage outfits and marching in military order chanting Obama's name and the professions he is going to open to them. An Obama world tour, culminating in a speech in Berlin where Obama proclaims we are all citizens of the world. I dare say, this is ominous stuff.

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SNL opening skit on Biden & Murtha gaffes

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Much, much more of the same, only this time really stupid

Racy Content
This? Racist! That? Racist!

By Jonah Goldberg

Transcend means “to move beyond, to surpass.” At least that’s what I always thought. But I’m beginning to wonder whether it means instead: “Much, much more of the same, only this time really stupid.”

Exhibit A: the incessant, relentless, click-your-ruby-red-slippers-and-say-it-until-it-comes-true mantra that Barack Obama will magically cause America to “transcend race.” One hears and reads this everywhere, but less as an argument than as a prayer, an expression of faith, a “from my lips to The One’s ear” sort of thing.

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'Smears' About Obama Largely True

By: Lowell Ponte | Monday, October 20, 2008 9:32 PM |

The Obama campaign says its candidate is a victim of “smears” — and has even created a Web site to fight such attacks.

But a Newsmax investigation finds many of the so-called smears are largely based in truth — and the Obama campaign uses half-truths, clever language, and ad hominem attacks to spin the facts.

Obama’s focuses mainly on anti-Obama messages being repeated on the Internet and talk radio, the only media where Obama's ideological allies are not dominant.

These "smears" and the Obama rebuttals are often framed in lawyerly language that leaves much wiggle room in the candidate’s answers.

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WFTV reporter to Biden: Is Obama a Marxist?

Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden
The Obama campaign whined about WFTV being "unprofessional" when it dared to dish out some tough questions to Vice President hopeful, Joe Biden.

The Obama spokesperson issued this statement about the interview:

"There's nothing wrong with tough questions, but reporters have the very important job of sharing the truth with the public -- not misleading the American people with false information. Senator Biden handled the interview well; however, the anchor was completely unprofessional. Senator Biden's wife is not running for elected office, and there are many other stations in the Orlando television market that would gladly conduct a respectful and factual interview with her."

"This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election."

Government computers used to find information on Joe the Plumber

Investigators trying to determine whether access was illegal
Friday, October 24, 2008 8:57 PM
By Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch

"State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about "Joe the Plumber."

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama's tax proposals.

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver's license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

Paul Lindsay, Ohio spokesman for the McCain campaign, attempted to portray the inquiries as politically motivated. "It's outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama's allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen who dared to ask a legitimate question," he said.

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Court Case in Miami Casts Light on Corruption in Venezuela

By Juan Forero
Washington Post Foreign Service | Friday, October 24, 2008; Page A13

The Miami trial of a Venezuelan entrepreneur who grew rich doing business with President Hugo Chávez's populist administration has exposed how some top government officials have profited from a corrosive web of corruption in the oil-rich country.

Kickbacks, bribes and secret payoffs have become a feature in the socialist administration, which had claimed a break from the past but instead has seen several officials implicated in multimillion-dollar corruption schemes, according to testimony and conversations taped by the FBI. The trial has also revealed the Chávez government's determination to funnel state funds to its allies in Latin America and the lengths it will go to to keep the aid secret.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

McCain's latest ad - Ladies and Gentlemen

VP candidate kept from media and no crowd questions. Not Palin. It's Biden!

LA Times | Top of the Ticket Blog

Is it possible we've been living in a bubble for the last several weeks, not noticing a complete role reversal between the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, and his Republican counterpart, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska?

The always astute Jake Tapper over at ABC makes a shocking point:

Now, Palin, who was once so sequestered from the media it allowed her opponents to caricature her and helped create "Free Sarah Palin" buttons, is meeting with more and more national reporters and, unreported by them, numerous local media types at virtually every campaign stop.

There's an interview with the Chicago Tribune today, reported here in The Ticket and on CNN earlier this week. She walks back and chats with reporters on her campaign plane.

And, contrary to the silent fears of the McCain controllers, she's doing just fine.

But Biden is something else entirely. We've got Joe the Plumber and Joe Six-Pack. But Joe Delaware-by-way-of-Scranton has gone missing.

Obama officials will deny it. But he's clearly been muzzled by the Democratic campaign that's for real change.

The old veteran, who's been in the Senate since Obama was a kid and was hired as No. 2 for the foreign affairs cover he gives the freshman Illinois senator, has put his foot in his Delaware mouth a few too many times for the Windy City campaign chieftains.

Tapper points out, amazingly, that Biden has not taken questions from his crowds of supporters since Sept. 10. That's before some of us learned Tampa Bay has a baseball team.

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Obama in 1995

Ron Howard's Call to Action

You've got to wonder why Opie Taylor is feeling so desperate these days for Obama's socialist CHANGE. Certainly they didn't have many Marxists running around Mayberry County now did they? You think Barney Fife may have been a closeted commie? No, it must be those Rodriguez triplets. Putting all those revolutionary Marxist-Leninist ideas in their Hollywood heads.

Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win

"Joe the Plumber" a Top Campaign Story
The Pew Research Center

Voters overwhelmingly believe that the media wants Barack Obama to win the presidential election. By a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain, win on Nov. 4. Another 8% say journalists don't favor either candidate, and 13% say they don't know which candidate most reporters support.

A separate study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism looks at the media’s recent campaign coverage and finds that McCain received significantly more negative than positive coverage between the GOP convention and the final debate. The study says that press treatment of Obama has been somewhat more positive than negative, but not markedly so.

...In the current campaign, Republicans, Democrats and independents all feel that the media wants to see Obama win the election. Republicans are almost unanimous in their opinion: 90% of GOP voters say most journalists are pulling for Obama. More than six-in-ten Democratic and independent voters (62% each) say the same.

Obama Does Not Regret "Spread the Wealth" Comment

Mysterious Anti-Obama Text Spam Slams Cellphones

By Sarah Lai Stirland October 23, 2008 | 3:49:09 PM Categories: Election '08 | WIRED News

Voters in Ohio have begun receiving mysterious Amber Alert-style text messages urging them to dial a recorded announcement about Barack Obama, and to forward the spam to everyone they know.

"You will lose your freedoms this November 4th if you don't know" the "facts," the message warns.

Upon dialing the number — 641-715-3900, ext. 83682 — an anonymous announcer recites the McCain-Palin campaign's frequent assertion that Barack Obama "worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers," and that if elected, Obama would enact an "extreme leftist agenda." That's followed by an audio excerpt from a Fox News broadcast about Obama's connections to voter-registration nonprofit ACORN. (For more on both subjects and their veracity, check out here and here.)

Some voters are steamed because they have to pay for the text messages that arrive on their cellphones, and there's no apparent way to remove oneself from the spammer's database. Neither the text message nor the recording identify the culprit. The phone number belongs to a voicemail company called SimpleVoiceBox that provides voicemail boxes to anyone who wants one. Dialing different extensions produces a wide range of recordings belonging to businesses and groups.

how to block cell phone spam

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama portrait added to lottery tickets in Colombia

USATODAY - October 23, 2008
The latest batch of lottery tickets in Meta, Colombia, features a photo of Sen. Barack Obama.

Loteria Del Meta tells BBC News they sold 700,000 tickets on the day they added the Democratic presidential nominee's visage.

"We picked Obama's portrait for our lottery because we're always looking for somebody people are raving about. He's ahead in opinion polls and right now he's the most popular guy around here," lottery manager Luis Enciso tells AFP.

Reuters says the weekly prize averages $300,000. El Tiempo has more on this story.

Obama's changenISM

Everything you desire, But still a cage

Trading Places - If only Barack could walk a day in Sarah's shoes

A day in the life of Palin
One wonders if Obama could be so resilient
By Michael Graham
Thursday, October 23, 2008 - Updated 2h ago

I have a dream for Sen. Barack Obama.

I have a dream that one day, for just 24 hours, he could be Sarah Palin.

OK, maybe that’s less of a dream and more a plot point from a bad Lindsay Lohan movie (redundancy alert!).

But imagine the Democratic nominee’s day as Barack Palin Obama:

He wake up and reaches for a secret cigarette and a copy of The New York Times [NYT]. Instead of the usual partisan puff pieces (“Obama Health Care Plan Pledges Miraculous Healings For All”), the Times is running exposes about his family.

Does his spouse have extremist political views? Who pays when his kids travel to Washington? And how do we know one of them isn’t really his grandkid?

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Oil powerhouse Venezuela struggles to keep lights on

By Brian Ellsworth | October 22, 2008 |

SAN FELIX, Venezuela (Reuters) - Despite having some of the world's largest energy reserves, Venezuela is increasingly struggling to maintain basic electrical service, a growing challenge for leftist President Hugo Chavez.

The OPEC nation has suffered three nationwide blackouts this year, and chronic power shortages have sparked protests from the western Andean highlands to San Felix, a city of mostly poor industrial workers in the sweltering south.

Shoddy electrical service is now one of Venezuelans' top concerns, according to a recent poll, and may be a factor in elections next month for governors and mayors in which Chavez allies are expected to lose key posts, in part on complaints of poor services.

The problem suggests that Chavez, with his ambitious international alliances and promises to end capitalism, risks alienating supporters by failing to focus on basic issues like electricity, trash collection and law enforcement.

Marxist/Socialism - the quickest way to become 3rd World

Obama Love is Blind

Believers in Barack
By Thomas Sowell

Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind. But it may cost you a friend.

It is much the same story with true believers in Barack Obama. They have made up their minds and not only don’t want to be confused by the facts, they resent being told the facts.

An e-mail from a reader mentioned trying to tell his sister why he was voting against Obama but, when he tried to argue some facts, she cut him short: “You don’t like him and I do!” she said. End of discussion.

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"[Joe] Biden's erratic and gaffetastic behavior is the least of America's worries. He's worse than a blunderbuss. He's an incurable narcissist with
chronic diarrhea of the mouth. He's a phony and a pretender who fashions himself a foreign policy expert, constitutional scholar and worldly wise man. He's a man who can't control his impulses. And he could be a heartbeat away." ---Michelle Malkin

"Socialism and communism have failed everywhere they've been tried in the world, yet die-hard socialists, such as William Ayers, still smarter than God, insist on cramming them down our throats in the name of 'fairness.' Unreconstructed radicals always say that true socialism hasn't been given a real chance. Well, if Obama is elected, we may get that chance." ---David Limbaugh

"People who put faith in government to solve national or even individual problems are headed for deep disappointment, if it hasn't already arrived. Still, that doesn't stop politicians from attempting to sell political snake oil to the gullible. No one ever lost money betting on the ignorance of the uninformed masses." ---Cal Thomas

"[B]y 'redistributing wealth,' as Obama wants the government to do, he's actually reducing overall wealth in the economy by taking away capital from those who can invest it efficiently in direct job creation. And the real irony is that if Obama is elected and succeeds in raising taxes on the top 5 percent, he's likely to collect less tax, not more, if history is a guide." ---Linda Chavez

"It was the Republican Party that demolished the shining city on the hill my father built. It was the Republican Party that was 100 percent responsible for the end of the Reagan Revolution...[T]he Republican Party abandoned the trail leading to that shining city on the hill to become itself a quasi-Left-wing organization which looks at the Democrats' welfare programs and says 'me too'." ---Michael Reagan

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

NRA ad

Obama on the defensive

You know, I think that Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes. Uh, but, I think that, uh, his core point was that the next administration is going to be tested regardless of who it is because of the fact that we have — uh, the next administration is going to be inheriting a whole host of really big problems. And uh, so, the president is going to be tested. And the question is, will the next president meet that test by moving America in a new direction by sending a clear signal to the rest of the world that we are no longer about bluster and unilateralism and ideology but we're about, uh, creating partnerships around the world to solve practical problems. That's going to be the best way to meet that test. And I have confidence that we will be able to do so.

Miller Time on O'Reilly

Miller, a former cast member of SNL, said Palin should have said, "LIFE from New York, It's Saturday Night!"

Obama Feels A Righteous Wind

I'm just wondering . . . if the Messiah loses, and there wasn't a righteous wind, was it a satanic wind that blew McCain into office? "The One" wasn't the "One", so then what was he? He was cheated by racist white people. Let's riot. At least that's what the MSM is already telling us will happen:

Police Prepare For Possible Election Night Riots

Prairie Fire: Bill Ayers' forgotten manifesto

from (h/t: Little Green Footballs)

William Ayers is a communist. But don't take my word for it. He said so himself:

And not some nicey-nice peace-and-love kind of communist. Through his group the Weather Underground, Ayers was planning to "seize power" in a violent communist takeover of the United States:

The quotes above were scanned directly from a now long-forgotten book entitled Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism, which was written and published in 1974 by William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and other members of the Weather Underground. In this slim volume, which functioned as the Weather Underground's ideological manifesto, Ayers declares himself to be a communist, and announces that his group's bombing campaign was intended to start a violent revolution to overthrow the American government.

more scans and info regarding the book

Sarah predicts Biden's scenarios

Ayers' new book on Amazon for pre-order

Race Course Against White Supremacy (Paperback)
by William C. Ayers (Author), Bernardine Dohrn (Author)
Amazon link

Product Description
White supremacy and its troubling endurance in American life is debated in these personal essays by two veteran political activists. Arguing that white supremacy has been the dominant political system in the United States since its earliest days—and that it is still very much with us—the discussion points to unexamined bigotry in the criminal justice system, election processes, war policy, and education. The book draws upon the authors' own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era, reasserts their belief that racism and war are interwoven issues, and offers personal stories about their lives today as parents, teachers, and reformers.

About the Author
William C. Ayers is a distinguished professor of education and a senior university scholar at the University of Illinois–Chicago. He is the author of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher and Fugitive Days, a memoir about his life with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn. Bernardine Dohrn is the director of the Children and Family Law Justice Center and a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern University. She is the coauthor of A Century of Juvenile Justice and Justice in the Making. They live in Chicago.

Obama on experience - remember this in 2004?

Bill Ayers: I'm as much an anarchist as I am a Marxist

"I considered myself partly an anarchist then, I consider myself partly an anarchist now, I mean I'm as much an anarchist as I am a Marxist. Which is to say I find a lot of the ideas in anarchism appealing. . . We create felons by having these archaic, puritan drug laws that make no sense whatsoever in any logical way. So in that sense, I still feel like kind of an anarchist. I don't feel like the rules apply. And if they don't apply, I don't feel like you should follow them. . . Is one of those regrets that I took extreme measures against the United States at a time of tremendous crisis, no it is not. I don't regret that. . . There is a struggle over various religious fundamentalism, Jihad being the most visible. But the religious fundamentalism of the Christians and the Jews is equally troubling." -- Bill Ayers, KUCI-FM radio interview, 2002

Murtha: they're not racist, they're redneck

What I said, that indicted everybody, that's not what I meant at all. What I mean is there's still folks that have a problem voting for someone because they are black. This whole area, years ago, was really redneck. Particularly older people. They want change but they don't want to see things go too far.

Obama campaign selling Chicago election night coverage packages to news outlets

By Lynn Sweet on October 21, 2008 11:07 AM | Chicago Suntimes

WASHINGTON---The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama's outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago. If a reporter wants access to the file center--which will be the best place to find Obama officials and spokesmen--be prepared to write a check for $935. The cheapest place a reporter could stand on a riser with a view is $880.

That $935 covers one reporter in a heated file tent, power, cable tv, internet and food. I am told by an Obama spokesman who did not want his name used that this just covers costs and they are not turning a profit on this. The planners could have built in more al a carte options for Grant Park coverage.

This is an outrageous pay to play plan that caters to national elite outlets with deep pockets.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Socialist -- the old newfangled code word for "B-L-A-C-K"

Shame on McCain and Palin for using an old code word for black
By Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

The "socialist" label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots.

J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, used the term liberally to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality.

Those freedom fighters included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who led the Civil Rights Movement; W.E.B. Du Bois, who in 1909 helped found the NAACP which is still the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization; Paul Robeson, a famous singer, actor and political activist who in the 1930s became involved in national and international movements for better labor relations, peace and racial justice; and A. Philip Randolph, who founded and was the longtime head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and a leading advocate for civil rights for African Americans.

McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare.

Shame on McCain and Palin.

Obama Votive found in San Francisco

photo sent to Mark Steyn | National Review Online

Monday, October 20, 2008


"Apparently there is something about Sarah Palin that causes some people to think of her as either the best of candidates or the worst of candidates. She draws enthusiastic crowds and provokes visceral hostility in the media.

"The issue that is raised most often is her relative lack of experience and the fact that she would be 'a heartbeat away from the presidency' if Senator John McCain were elected.

"But Barack Obama has even less experience --- none in an executive capacity --- and his would itself be the heartbeat of the presidency if he were elected. Sarah Palin's record is on the record, while whole years of Barack Obama's life are engulfed in fog, and he has had to explain away one after another of the astounding and vile people he has not merely 'associated' with but has had political alliances with, and to whom he has directed the taxpayers' money and other money.

"Sarah Palin has had executive experience---and the White House is the executive branch of government. We don't have to judge her by her rhetoric because she has a record. We don't know what Barack Obama will actually do because he has actually done very little for which he was personally accountable...

"Sarah Palin is the one real outsider among the four candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency on the Republican and Democratic tickets. Her whole career has been spent outside the Washington Beltway. More than that, her whole life has been outside the realm familiar to the intelligentsia of the media. She didn't go to the big-name colleges and imbibe the heady atmosphere that leaves so many feeling that they are special folks. She doesn't talk the way they talk or think the way they think. ... Whatever the shortcomings of John McCain and Sarah Palin, they are people whose values are the values of this nation, whose loyalty and dedication to this country's fundamental institutions are beyond question because they have not spent decades working with people who hate America." ---Thomas Sowell

Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

By Orson Scott Card

Editor's note: Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper columnist, and in this opinion piece he takes on both while lamenting the current state of journalism.

An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America:

I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.

. . . Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?

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Change we Don't Need or Want -- An International Crisis

Oh yeah, this inspires confidence. Joe Biden in Tacoma, Washington, Sunday October 20, 2008:

Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.

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News agency seeks outlet for Michelle Obama tapes

Posted: October 19, 2008 | 6:31 pm Eastern

The African Press International news agency – which reported that Michelle Obama called to protest its coverage of WND stories about her husband, characterized the source of the material as "racist" and described WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi as "evil" – has announced it is clear of legal hurdles and is seeking an American news source to distribute audio recordings of Michelle Obama's phone call.

An announcement printed on the press agency's website reads, "API is soon to conclude an agreement on which of the media channels in the US is to air the Michelle Obama tapes. This has come about because many news channels have shown great interest in getting the tapes so that they air to the American people before the elections."

API has delayed releasing the tapes before, saying it was offering Michelle Obama an opportunity to "come clean" and it was seeking legal counsel to avoid a lawsuit from the Obama campaign.

read it all here