Archive for October, 2008

October 23, 2008

I Just Voted for Barack H. Obama!

I just stood in line for nearly FOUR hours, here in Dekalb County, GA to vote for Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden.

I feel good.

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October 13, 2008

Conservatives Flock to Reprimand John McCain!! (Really)

A while back I wrote that Conservatives were flocking to reprimand McCain. I was joking then, but not this time.

Did he really think running a nasty campaign was going to work amidst a financial crisis? I guess that’s just more of his sound “judgment” rearing its ugly head again.

October 9, 2008

Palin Says Obama Would Diminish “The Prestige Of The United States Presidency”

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attacked Barack Obama Thursday for not being honest about his association with 1960’s radical William Ayers.

“Barack Obama hasn’t told the American people the total truth about that, about his association with Ayers,” Palin said on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show. “Doggonit he fails to tell the American people with candor and with truthfulness what his associations are and we have to know.”

Palin blamed the media for not providing what she characterized as the same level of scrutiny to Obama that it has applied to her and running mate John McCain.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

This is simply outrageous. They count on the fact that their supporters rely heavily on two sources for their information, them and Fox News. They know that they won’t fact check. Their supporters just take them at their word. In their world, everything they are told by McCain and Palin is the GOSPEL TRUTH.

I am part of a community on line that has been brought together by an unpolitical commonality. We do discuss politics, however, and not one republican will touch on two key hypocritical points of the McCain/Palin ticket; no matter how eloquently the facts are laid out before them. One, is the “unpatriotic” nature of the Palin’s for being associated with a party that wants to secede from the rest of the US. The second is the fact that McCain has his own shady past, full of characters that he has had MUCH stronger ties to.

Of late, the fact that a McCain supporter, and republican, is the one who put Obama and Ayers on that board together has also been ignored. Especially when I ask how they aren’t outraged that McCain would accept support from a woman who has “palled” around with a terrorist.

In short, the republican party do not care one iota about facts and are full of hypocrites who want to distort the truth for their own political gain. They have frightened their constituents to death at the thought of Obama becoming president; an irrational fear that has been created by lies and slander promoted by both the McCain/Palin party and Fox News. NONE of their fear is even remotely rational. What they should be scared of is living out of a cardboard box when they turn 60 and their retirement fund isn’t there. McCain is CLUELESS about the economy and has admitted as much. His answer for everything is a commission.

Lord help us.

I never thought I would see McCain stoop to Karl Rove style politics, but he has. I feel that his character is so far in the toilet that, upon his death, this is one of the things he will be most remembered for.

I guess he’s no real hero after all.

October 9, 2008

Hannity, your desperation is showing.

Sunday night, the brilliant mind of Sean Hannity embarked on a mission to destroy the name and character of Barack Obama by presenting to the American public an array of misinformation, half-truths and out and out lies. While there is nothing new about Hannity’s disdain for Obama, this special took on an even more serious tone, complete with an ominous and fear inspiring soundtrack usually reserved for suspense and horror movies.

A large source of the information that Hannity shoved down the throats of the American people originates with a man by the name of Andy Martin. This is a man that has been described as “mentally unstable” by the U.S. Selective Service, and claims to have found Saddam Hussein two full months before the US Military, by way of scouring holes in Iraq with two dogs. Files from the U.S. Selective Service also noted that Martin has a “moderately-severe character defect manifested by well-documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character.” In short? He’s wacko.

But wait, it gets better.

Andy Martin is also on record as an anti-Semite. How can one describe themselves as “no greater friend to Israel,” as Hannity did last night when he was called out by an Obama spokesman, even begin to entertain a man who has said, and I quote, “I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did, when Jew survivors are operating as a wolf pack to steal my property.”

In addition, back in 1983, Martin referred to a federal judge as, “a crooked slimy Jew, who has a history of lying and thieving common to members of his race.”

Nice.

And we are questioning Obama’s character, Mr. Hannity? It that right? Last night you said that you thought that the things that Martin said were reprehensible. Well Obama has also denounced the actions of William Ayers. The heart of your entire case against Obama is who he is, or once was, associated with in the past. And all you can do is turn to a snake like Andy Martin to support this claim?

Mmm…. Don’t look now, but I think your desperation is showing.

October 5, 2008

Tina Fey As Sarah Palin In VP Debate On SNL (VIDEO)

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

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This is even funnier the second time around… So you can hear the parts you missed when you were laughing your bum off.

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1one1!!!11!
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Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

October 4, 2008

Fact-Checking the VP Debate

Joe Biden and Sarah Palin Vice Presidential Debate

As with any presidential campaign, lies and half-truths flow freely. The following is from wire.factcheck.org. The guys over there have done a real job of “Keeping them Honest,” throughout the entire Election.

Some highlights:

Killing Afghan Civilians?


Palin said that Obama had accused American troops of doing nothing but killing civilians, a claim she called “reckless” and “untrue.”

Obama did say that troops in Afghanistan were killing civilians. Here’s the whole quote, from a campaign stop in New Hampshire:

The Associated Press fact-checked this one, and found that in fact U.S troops were killing more civilians at the time than insurgents: “As of Aug. 1, the AP count shows that while militants killed 231 civilians in attacks in 2007, Western forces killed 286. Another 20 were killed in crossfire that can’t be attributed to one party.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai had expressed concern about these civilian killings, a concern President Bush said he shared.

Whether Obama said that this was “all we’re doing” is debatable. He said that we need to have enough troops so that we’re “not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians,” but did not say that troops are doing nothing else.

McCain in the Vanguard of Mortgage Reform?

Palin said that McCain had sounded the alarm on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago.

Palin is referring to a bill that would have increased oversight on Fannie and Freddie. In our recent article about assigning blame for the crisis, we found that by the time McCain added his name to the bill as a cosponsor, the collapse was well underway. Home prices began falling only two months later. Our colleagues at PolitiFact also questioned this claim.

Palin’s Health Care Hooey

Palin claimed that McCain’s health care plan would be “budget-neutral,” costing the government nothing.

The McCain campaign hasn’t released an estimate of how much the plan would cost, but independent experts contradict Palin’s claim of a cost-free program.

The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that McCain’s plan, which at its peak would cover 5 million of the uninsured, would increase the deficit by $1.3 trillion over 10 years. Obama’s plan, which would cover 34 million of the uninsured, would cost $1.6 trillion over that time period.

The nonpartisan U.S. Budget Watch’s fiscal voter guide estimates that McCain’s tax credit would increase the deficit by somewhere between $288 billion to $364 billion by the year 2013, and that making employer health benefits taxable would bring in between $201 billion to $274 billion in revenue. That nets out to a shortfall of somewhere between $14 billion to $163 billion – for that year alone.

Palin also said that Obama’s plan would be “universal government run” health care and that health care would be “taken over by the feds.” That’s not the case at all. As we’ve said before, Obama’s plan would not replace or remove private insurance, or require people to enroll in a public plan. It would increase the offerings of publicly funded health care.

Did McCain “vote the same way” as Obama on funding troops? This correction by Factcheck.org answers that question.

Correction Oct 3: This article originally faulted Biden for saying that McCain had voted “the exact same way” as Obama on a controversial troop funding bill. We said that McCain was absent for the vote and so didn’t vote at all. Biden was, however, correct.

McCain did vote against the troop-funding bill in question, H.R. 1591, on March 29, 2007, when it originally cleared the Senate. The vote to which we referred, and which McCain missed, was a later vote on the House-Senate compromise version of the same bill, on April 26, 2007. McCain opposed the bill, which Obama supported, because it contained language calling for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Biden was responding to Palin’s accusation that “Obama voted against funding troops.” Obama voted for the bill March 29 and April 26, and then on May 24, 2007, following a veto by President Bush, Obama voted against a similar troop-funding bill, H.R. 2206, that lacked any withdrawal language.


To read more facts on the topics that the Vice Presidential candidates discussed Thursday night, check out wire.factcheck.org and PolitiFact.org.

A few other misleads of note:

  • Palin said, “We’re circulating about $700 billion a year into foreign countries” for imported oil, repeating an outdated figure often used by McCain. At oil prices current as of Sept. 30, imports are running at a rate of about $493 billion per year.
  • Palin threw out an old canard when she criticized Obama for voting for the 2005 energy bill and said, “that’s what gave those oil companies those big tax breaks.” It’s a false attack Sen. Hillary Clinton used against Obama in the primary, and McCain himself has hurled. It’s true that the bill gave some tax breaks to oil companies, but it also took away others. And according to the Congressional Research Service, the bill created a slight net increase in taxes for the oil industry.
  • Palin repeated a falsehood that the McCain campaign has peddled, off and on, for some time; that under Obama “millions of small businesses” will pay high taxes. As we reported June 23, it’s simply untrue that “millions” of small business owners will pay higher federal income taxes under Obama’s proposal.
  • Palin: We need to look back, even two years ago, and we need to be appreciative of John McCain’s call for reform with Fannie Mae, with Freddie Mac, with the mortgage-lenders, too, who were starting to really kind of rear that head of abuse.

    October 4, 2008

    Does Folksy REALLY work for you?

    Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin

    I was born, and spent most of my childhood, in a small town. When I was twelve years old, my family picked up and moved to the big city of Atlanta. From one southern state to another, that hospitality was something that was never lost. I still smile at strangers when I walk down the street. Wave at my neighbors as I drive through my subdivision. Guest are still offered something cold to drink, something to eat. While others from bigger cities may scoff at this, one thing we from the south will always be known for is a hospitality that is genuine and meaningful.

    But here’s the thing… There is quite a fine line between that genuine graciousness and the quite disingenuous nature of what we saw displayed on stage, by Governor Palin, last night.

    Leading up to last nights debate, I had the opportunity to see several clips from Palin’s previous debates; and for a moment I thought perhaps that that would be the Palin that would show up last night. Not that I heard anything riveting during any of those performances… but the “folksiness” was kept to an absolute minimum. Why the drastic change of persona over the last couple of years? Is it that she doesn’t think she can speak to Americans, as a whole, as if we have more than two braincells to rub together? The only time I speak in the manner that she spoke to us last night is when I am playing with my 9 month old nephew. Being talked to as if I am an infant, or at best, a toddler is not something that I would calling “endearing.”

    Didn’t we, as Americans, learn our lesson last go around with Bush? That wanting to have a beer and pizza with the president (or in this case, vice president) isn’t a qualifying factor? That it simply cannot be the barometer by which we measure presidential competency? It’s as if many of us are allergic to those who are intelligent. How else can you justify smearing someone for being a Harvard Law grad, while praising someone who took years to find a major, after changing schools three or four times? Yes, that may make her “normal” and “just like many other Americans,” but is that what we really want in someone who has to deal with the complexities of being one of the leaders, if not the leader, of the “Free World?”

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    I know that the Obama/Biden ticket has been trying to draw comparison between the Bush/Cheney Administration, and what a McCain/Palin Administration would look like, but after last night, never before has the similarities been so glaringly obvious. A (potential) vice president that has their own interpretation of the constitution? Where have we seen that before?

    Palin made an attempt to further explain her position on the constitution and the role of the vice president today on FoxNews:

    Incoherent? Maybe. Unnerving? Definitely.

    October 1, 2008

    Palin’s Credentials Reads Like a Padded Resume

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck

    Today on The View republican apologist, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, was given the opportunity to tell the world why she feels that Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President, or God forbid, President of the United States. After trying to redirect the question to Obama’s qualifications, Elisabeth parroted what only can be described as a short laundry list of qualifications that have been floated around since Palin blasted onto the scene just before the Republican National Convention.

    She has executive experience, she’s commanded the Alaskan National Guard, and she is an “expert” on oil.

    Palin’s National Guard Experience:

    Delving deeper into what supporters are calling one of Palin’s strongest attributes, provides little detail on what Palin has actually done as the “commander” of the Alaskan National Guard. Hasselbeck exclaimed that Palin has commanded the National Guard “in times of war,” yet in an interview with the Associated Press, Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell said that he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations. Of course, days later, Campbell appeared on FoxNews to soften the blow of what he said. (Which he was rewarded for in terms of a promotion.)

    And who can forget Tucker Bounds inability to cite one instance where Palin actually had to command the National Guard in terms of National Security?

    Palin’s Expertise on Oil:

    In my opinion, this is Palin’s strongest qualification; however, it isn’t helped by the McCain/Palin campaigns gross overstatement of the things that Palin has achieved in terms of oil. The McCain/Palin camp have boasted that Palin is responsible for negotiating a $40-billion pipeline project for Alaska. They have also stated that the state of Alaska is responsible for 20% of our nations oil production.

    The facts? Well, recently, the Resource Development Council for Alaska updated their website to say that Alaska accounts for 20% of domestic oil production between the period 1980-2000; which helps to put the McCain/Palin camp comments into context. The update notes that Alaska currently accounts for 15% of the nations oil production. In this case, the deception lies in what is not stated. While Alaska accounts for 14.3% of oil produced in the US, it only accounts 4.8% of the oil that is actually supplied to the United States.

    As far as that pipeline? Well, the folks over at Politifact.org have ranked that as “barely true.”

    Executive Experience:

    Now we arrive at what I deem to be the weakest argument. One must only look as far as Dubya himself to note that Executive Experience isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. Enough said.

    Being able to successfully pad a resume is a tangible skill in and of itself. Whether it is stretching the truth on her states contribution to oil, or insisting that a refueling stop in Ireland, and being able to see Iraq from the Kuwait/Iraqi border truly counts as “foreign travel,” this resume has enough padding to stuff a whole gaggle of prom-goers brassieres.