Posts tagged ‘Election 2008’

September 14, 2012

Mitt Romney Hugged by a…. Commoner??

Mitt Romney often looks as if he is uncomfortable around regular, everyday people. His grins tend to resemble that of a grimace. What would happen if a voter gave him a big bear hug, and swept him from his feet???

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.

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 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 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.

    September 15, 2008

    McCain’s Health

    There’s a big fat elephant in the room, and it’s stinking up the place.

    Let’s forget John McCain’s age for a moment. We all know that he would be the oldest man ever sworn in as President of the United States of America. We get that.

    But, what about his cancer?

    Is the media too afraid to talk about it? Is the topic just too morbid? Are people afraid of appearing as if they are wishing death on him? Well, how about we all just bury our heads in the sand? Don’t bother coming up for air.

    It is easy to cry “ageism” anytime someone suggests that, perhaps, electing a man in his 70’s is not such a great idea. What people forget to add is that this 72 year old man has had four (count them, 1-2-3-4) bouts with melanoma. Questioning if a cancerous 72 year old man should be elected to one of the most aging jobs in the world isn’t ageism. It’s a legitimate concern.

    Who’s afraid Elephant in the room? You can’t ignore it forever.

    September 15, 2008

    Karl Rove to McCain: “You’ve gone too far.”

    This election has officially, and categorically carried us into the Twilight Zone. It’s truly getting stranger by the minute, perhaps even by the second!

    I must ask, how low down and dirty does a campaign have to get for Karl Rove to take note?

    This is KARL ROVE, here! The man who is credited with being “Bush’s Brain.” A man who has absolutely no problem whatsoever with talking out of both sides of his mouth, sometimes even simultaneously. A man who will do any and everything under the sun to ensure that his candidate of choice wins. A man who, just weeks before Palin was named as McCain’s running mate, said that a man with over twice as much experience as Palin does not have enough experience to be Vice President, and Obama’s running mate. When someone of his… “character” is suggesting that perhaps you need to change your tactics, you know something is wrong.

    September 12, 2008

    Obama fights back! Sort of…

    Last night as I was took my nightly stroll through the blogs and message boards that litter the world that we call “Cyber Space” I stumbled upon the following:

    Senator Barack Obama will intensify his assault against Senator John McCain, with new television advertisements and more forceful attacks by the candidate and surrogates beginning Friday morning, as he confronts an invigorated Republican presidential ticket and increasing nervousness in the Democratic ranks.

    An involuntary of jolt of electricity shot through me as I thought to myself, “well, it’s about fucking time.”

    This is what many of us democrats have been waiting for after days, and even weeks, of political ads that have painted Obama as this celebrity figure that feels that people should worship the ground that he walks on. Most recently, the McCain campaign has released ads that have accused Obama of wanting to teach children about sex, even before they learn to read; to claiming that Obama’s sour because his light is fading now that Palin has come on the scene.

    The only messages out of the McCain camp has been slanderous mudslinging, and out and out lies that they have recited on an daily basis as they make their pit stops across the nation; despite media outlets across the board calling them out on it.

    So yes, a tougher Obama camp is just what the doctor ordered.THEN I watched the commercials.

    ::crickets::

    I blinked and asked myself, “Is that it?”

    THIS is supposed to hold a candle to, “Obama wants to teach 5 year olds about sex” and “Obama just called Palin a Pig” and “Obama thinks that he’s the Messiah and can part the sea” and “Obama is an Elitist” and “Obama is jealous because Palin stole his light” and the countless other attacks against him and his character that have been unfounded, and factually unjust?

    Let me ask this again, does pointing out that McCain can not use a computer or send an email REALLY combat ANY of the aforementioned slander?

    What about calling the McCain camp out on their insistence of labeling “the bridge to no where” as a significant accomplishment of Governor Palin’s, when facts are to the contrary? What about “mocking” the notion that the fact that Alaska is the closest part of the US to Russia (and by golly you can actually SEE it from several areas of Alaska) makes for real foreign policy experience? What about highlighting the fact that, although they are running on this “anti-earmark” policy, Palin herself has requested millions in earmarks as mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska? What about the FACT that the McCain Camp is shielding Palin from interviews? If she is so ready for VP, why is she not ready to take on the press?

    Why not formulate an entire commercial that highlights the underhanded way that the McCain camp is misleading the country; especially in terms of Obama wanting to teach kids about sex when in actuality, he was trying to PROTECT kids from molestation. McCain/Palin for pedophiles? Hey, why not? If “they” want to go there, then why can’t we?

    The point is this… There is SO much, that is so much more tangible to attack the McCain/Palin ticket on, and they are missing the mark BIG TIME.

    This campaign is no longer about simply sticking to the issues. This is war, people, and perception is everything. The dem’s better pull it together.