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Hate Mongering

McCain and the politics of hatred, fear, and prejudice: (2 min)

And this next one…it’s about a large group of hate mongers being catered to right now….Wow. 
(The 60 seconds is an introduction (a little slow, IMO), but it picks up quickly)
It reminded me of this video from 50 years ago – it’s the exact same group of people, just a generation removed:  (15 seconds). 
You can sign a petition to be sent to John McCain after watching the video.  And, if you’ve got $5 you can fight against this political campaign:

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.

  — Obama


October 14, 2008 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Joe Biden is Right

We have talked flag pins (McCain hasn’t worn one to a debate, yet) – let’s talk taxes as patriotism.  I fully and completely agree with Joe Biden: It is patently unpatriotic not to pay your taxes and even its most despicable for the ultra-rich, when they already have more than most people could ever want.

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press Writer Mon Oct 13, 12:32 AM ET;_ylt=AmQPSdhxpwQUl_JqvU8ty_9p24cA

In Pennsylvania, Biden defended a comment he made in an ABC interview last month in which he said the wealthiest Americans should show their patriotism by paying more in taxes. The Obama campaign has said it plans to hike taxes on people earning more than $250,000, but would cut taxes for those making less. Republicans have criticized Biden over the remark.

Accusing businesses and wealthy individuals of using “offshore tax loopholes” to hide $100 billion a year in income, Biden told the crowd Sunday, “It is unpatriotic when you earn your money in the United States of America and you hide it offshore to avoid taxes, making sure YOU have to make up the difference.”

His voice rising, the Delaware senator shouted: “It is unpatriotic to take $100 billion offshore and not pay your taxes! That is unpatriotic! So I don’t need a lecture on patriotism! I’ve had it to here!”

October 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm 2 comments

He’s Never Seemed Smaller

This is the intro to an essay by Susan Estrich, click the link below to read the whole thing:

Smear Campaigning Should Be Beneath John McCain
Friday, October 10, 2008

By Susan Estrich

Imagine that. We’re in the midst of an international economic crisis and the McCain folks are trying to make hay out of what a guy who hosted a reception for Obama 13 years ago was doing 20 years before that.
Is William Ayers the best the McCain camp can do? The ads claim that Obama’s relationship with Ayres is somehow proof of his dangerous ambition. But it’s McCain’s blind ambition, or his campaign’s bad judgment, that is painfully on display in the newest ads.

U.S. Senator John McCain tried to use his influence to help a crook named Charlie Keating, one of the worst of the saving and loan robbers, a man who ripped off everyone in sight, including American taxpayers. That’s OK. Forgive and forget. But serving on a foundation board with a guy who engaged in radical politics decades ago? That’s a voting issue? Desperate. Dumb. You want to convince voters that you’re totally out of touch with their lives, and their fears, this is the way to do it.,2933,436341,00.html

October 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

nBy the Numbers: Palin’s Record

 John McCain, presumptive GOP nominee for months. He had tons (TONS) of time to research and vet a running mate suitable to be the President. Selecting Palin is not just a blow to his own campaign but to the whole party.

It appears it may have come from the greatness of the Huffington Post.  Here’s a sampling, see the whole list at the great Huffington Post website. 



Sarah Palin may lie, but numbers don’t. Her record speaks for itself.  

2007: the year in which Sarah Palin first obtained a passport (Source)

the approximate number of hours Palin spent on a refueling layover in Ireland, which the McCain campaign cited as part of her foreign policy experience (

the number of times John McCain specifically criticized earmarks requested by Sarah Palin when she was mayor of Wasilla, citing them as examples of wasteful spending (

the amount of federal earmarks Alaska residents will receive per capita in 2008, the highest level of any state (Source)

the number of nights during her first 19 months in office that Palin charged taxpayers a “per diem” totaling $16,951 for staying in her own home — an allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business (Source)

$453 million: the total amount of earmarks Palin has asked U.S. taxpayers to fund for Alaska projects over the past two years, despite McCain’s insistence that she hasn’t sought earmarks or special-interest spending from Congress (Source) 

$500 to $1,200: the fee that Wasilla charged rape victims to pay for post-sexual assault medical exams, after the city cut funds during Palin’s tenure that had previously covered the exams (Source) 

25: the percentage by which Palin raised the sales tax in Wasilla to pay for a sports center, despite claims that she cut taxes (Source 

0: Wasilla’s long-term debt when Palin took office in 1996 (Source) 

$18.6 million: the long-term debt Palin racked up by the time she left office in 2002, amounting to about $3,000 per resident (Source) 

$150: the cash payment offered by the Palin administration to hunters who turn in legs of freshly killed wolves gunned down from airplanes (Source) 

500: the number of Fortune 500 companies Sarah Palin is not qualified to run, according to McCain adviser Carly Fiorina (Source)

15: The number of minutes McCain and Palin spent together during their only meeting prior to the interview in which McCain offered her the vice presidential slot (Source) 

50: the number of days after Palin announced she “will fully cooperate” with an ethics investigation into the “Troopergate” scandal that the McCain campaign announced she was “unlikely to cooperate” because it had been “hijacked” by Obama operatives. The probe was unanimously authorized by a bipartisan panel of eight Alaska Republicans and four Democrats. (Source) 



How Palin became VP:  (McCain cites PTA experience).  

Right to Know:


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October 11, 2008 at 8:42 pm 1 comment

McCain’s Questions

Why did I have to write down the 3 most important domestic issues Tom asked about?   Why did Tom have to repeat them for me?

Barack looked like an vibrant, energetic man ready to take on a grueling job.  Did I look like that, too…or did I look like a wind-up robot hobbling around?

October 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Personal Attacks – McCain’s Only Hope

John: When you flip flop on the issues, when you can’t win by talking about your own platform, all you can do is wage personal attacks.  So, kitty-cat, good luck with your spineless, chicken ‘S’ campaign.

McCain can’t debate experience, because his VP has none.  He can’t debate the war, because everyone agrees we need the $10 billion per month here in the USA.  Now he can’t (and won’t) debate the economy:

Over the weekend, John McCain’s top adviser announced their plan to stop engaging in a debate over the economy and “turn the page” to more direct, personal attacks on Barack Obama.

In the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, McCain wants to change the subject from the central question of this election. Perhaps because the policies McCain supported these past eight years and wants to continue are pretty hard to defend.

But it’s not just McCain’s role in the current crisis that they’re avoiding. The backward economic philosophy and culture of corruption that helped create the current crisis are looking more and more like the other major financial crisis of our time.

During the savings and loan crisis of the late ’80s and early ’90s, McCain’s political favors and aggressive support for deregulation put him at the center of the fall of Lincoln Savings and Loan, one of the largest in the country. More than 23,000 investors lost their savings. Overall, the savings and loan crisis required the federal government to bail out the savings of hundreds of thousands of families and ultimately cost American taxpayers $124 billion.

Sound familiar?

In that crisis, John McCain and his political patron, Charles Keating, played central roles that ultimately landed Keating in jail for fraud and McCain in front of the Senate Ethics Committee. The McCain campaign has tried to avoid talking about the scandal, but with so many parallels to the current crisis, McCain’s Keating history is relevant and voters deserve to know the facts — and see for themselves the pattern of poor judgment by John McCain.

See “Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis” 

Watch the video to see why John McCain’s failed philosophy and poor judgment is a recipe for deepening the crisis:

It’s no wonder John McCain would rather spend the last month of this election smearing Barack’s character instead of talking about the top priority issue for voters.

But if we work together, we can make sure the focus stays on the economy — and how to fix it.

Please forward this to everyone you know.

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

October 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Sarah – It’s Pronounced Noo-clee-er

Sarah Palin, I would like to help: when in doubt…sound it out!  It’s nuclear, not nukular.  

This type of thing doesn’t do anything to help you look knowledgeable or prepared (or differentiate you from “dubya”).  We know from your Couric intervew that you don’t read national/world events (and can’t even rattle off the name of a news magazine)…so it’s importnat that you at least try to talk like the smart people, OK? 

Between the McSame policies, and you talking like a redneck…y’all two seem to be just exactly the same as we done-did got!  (hey, I’m not running for the 2nd highest office). 

The same holds true for leaving the ‘g’ off of ‘ing’, like: runnin’, thinkin’, sharin’.  Also the same for ‘ya’ instead of ‘you’.  True – many of us talk like that in casual conversation.  But during job interviews it is appropriate to address your interviewer (in your case, American voters) with ‘Yes’ and not ‘yup’ or ‘ya’

You see, you have a reputation as someone who came out of the backwoods and using slang/broken English doesn’t help fight that image. 

Also, next time you’re in a debate – get your hair cut so it’s not in your eyes.  And if you plan to be smilin’ and gigglin’ and shakin’ your head, then you don’t want to wear danglin’ earrings.  That brings a bimbo appearance.  Smiling ear-to-ear while talking about economic disasters and wars is not a good choice becuase you look like a talking head news reporter.  It’s like there is a disconnect when you use the “smiley-happy” voice when you should be using the “somber-sad” voice. 

You attended five schools to get one bachelor’s degree in journalism and McCain finished 894 out of 899. It’s tough for you two go-getters to compete against Obama and Biden…it’s like Beavis and Butthead versus Holmes and Watson. 

We’re more than a little concerned about your ability to run the nation, if needed.  So please try to cut down on the redneck bimbo weather-girl appearance.

October 3, 2008 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

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