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Friday, October 31, 2008

Seven Web Samurai Transformed Obama from Novelty to Nominee

By Ralph Benko, OpEd Contributor- 10/31/08
Can the Right get this right? A bright strain of conservative populism, defined by Jeffrey Bell as "optimism about people's ability to manage their own affairs better than an elite can do so for them," is imprisoned lightning that could be unleashed just as it was by Ronald Reagan.
It only takes one. And Web 2.0.

PURGE: SKEPTICAL REPORTERS TOSSED OFF OBAMA PLANE

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!

Obama warns: 'It's gonna get nasty' in final days before election"

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With just days to go before Election Day, Sen. Barack Obama is warning his supporters that things are going to get unpleasant fast -- and that the race will come down to every last vote.

Obama's New Attack on Those Who Don't Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper

The True Meaning of 'Historic Vote'-- Shifting America's animating idea from creation to protection.

The real "change" being put to a vote for the American people in 2008 is not simply a break from the economic policies of "the past eight years" but with the American economic philosophy of the past 200 years. This election is about a long-term change in America's idea of itself.

Don't Let the Polls Affect Your Vote-- They were wrong in 2000 and 2004.

Latin Heartthrob on Mission Across the U.S.

This is a great story. His mother prayed for him, when he was lost. He turned around and one of his testimonies was the movie, Bella.

Obama's European Vision

Shifting America's animating idea from creation to protection
Wonderland, October 30, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Small business: Who's better on taxes, Obama or McCain?

By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall McClatchy Newspapers

Here's what the candidates actually propose. McCain wants to leave in place President Bush's tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 that lowered the top tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 35 percent and lowered the capital-gains tax, a tax on profits, to 15 percent.

Obama would let those tax cuts expire on Jan. 1, 2011, as called for under current law, for individual tax filers whose adjusted gross income exceeds $200,000, and for joint filers whose adjusted gross income is more than $250,000.

Latinos would do well to vote for McCain, because he stands with them, on the issues that matter most to Latino voters

Latinos would do well to vote for McCain, because he stands with them, on the issues that matter most to Latino voters



You would not know it, when you listen to the mainstream media in Spanish or English, but immigration is not the number one issue for Latino voters. It is not number two, three, four, five, or six. According to a Pew Hispanic Center report, published in August of 2008, immigration is last out of the 7 most important "family pocket book issues,” for Latino voters.

The Pew report, based on a survey of 2015 registered Latino voters in June and July, underscored an overwhelming support by Latinos for Obama (66%) to McCain (23%).

Yet if Latinos got where Mc Cain stands on education, cost of living, jobs, and healthcare, he would win enough of the Latino electorate, to win the election, because he boldly addresses the four issues most important to Latino voters, in a way that is most beneficial for Latinos.

The report ranks Education as the number one issue for Latinos (93%). Obama and surrogates, when they address this issue to Latino voters, argue that we need to spend more money. This is the same argument of the past 30 years. Obama’s website promotes an expansion of public education to include a mandatory early childhood program. This ignores the problems in K-12, and asks voters to believe that forcing parents into a government run early childcare education program will reform the failure of public education in K to 12. Only about half of Latinos graduate from high school. In 2005, only 51% of Hispanic students passed the mathematics portion of the California High School Exit Examination.
Obama promises to double funding for ‘responsible’ Charter Schools, but what does ‘responsible’ mean? Obama opposes vouchers. His own campaign, said in a statement in February of ’08, "Throughout his career, he has voted against voucher proposals and voiced concern for siphoning off resources from our public schools." It noted that Mr. Obama's education agenda "does not include vouchers, in any shape or form."

Latinos would agree with John McCain, who believes we can no longer accept low standards for some students, and high standards for others.

McCain believes schools can and should compete to be the most innovative, flexible and student-centered - not safe havens for the uninspired and unaccountable. He believes schools should compete for the most effective, character-building teachers, hire them, and reward them.

If a school will not change, the students should be able to change schools. Parents should be empowered with school choice to send their children to the school that can best educate them just as many members of Congress do with their own children. He finds it beyond hypocritical that many of those who would refuse to allow public school parents to choose their child's school would never agree to force their own children into a school that did not work or was unsafe. McCain maintains that it is a fundamental and essential right we should honor for all parents. This is music to Latino ears!

The second, third and fourth most important issues for Hispanics, the cost of living (92%), jobs (91%), and healthcare (90%), are issues driven home by José, el Fontanero (Joe the plumber). Protecting jobs, keeping the economy stable, and reforming health care while supporting small businesses, is vital. Fewer Hispanics say that crime (82%), the war in Iraq (75%) or immigration (75%) is an extremely important or very important issue to them personally.

In the past four years small businesses provided more than 90 percent of the new jobs in this country. Latino women make up the fastest growing segment of the small business economy and Latinos are opening businesses, at three times the national average. McCain pledges not to raise taxes on the middle class, especially in a downturn economy because he knows small businesses will be forced to close or cut production and hiring if their taxes are raised. McCain understands, a tax increase on the most successful small businesses will hurt them, hurt jobs and the economy.

McCain argues a government mandated healthcare program’s cost to small businesses will put many out of business so he offers reform on health care, in a way that is affordable, does not burden the employer, and encourages competition and choice.

McCain understands that Latinos are not a static group. Each individual is not always in the same economic rung, and like all Americans, they work to achieve their dreams and goals. For many, that dream includes one day owning their own business, and being able to grow that business and hire more employees to sustain that dream and growth. McCain stands with Latinos and Latinos would do well to stand with McCain.

Checks on 'Joe' more extensive than first acknowledged

Tax, welfare info also sought on McCain ally
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:05 PM
By Randy Ludlow

Excerpts: Sarah Palin on Policy--'This is when American voters are really paying attention to the issues'

By Elizabeth Holmes, WSJ

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Biden's Tax Truth: That 'tax cut' threshold keeps falling

Well, will families making less than $250,000 get a tax cut under President Obama, or not? Senator Obama has been saying this for months, but on Monday Joe Biden put the tax-cut income threshold at $150,000 in an interview with a TV station in his beloved Scranton, Pennsylvania

The Election Choice: Trade

WSJ Opinion

Spreading the Wealth, Obama-Style

by James Freeman

Change: It’s what you’ll get … and what you’ll be left with.

No thanks to the “mainstream media,” the true parameters of presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plan to redistribute wealth and give tax cuts to 95 percent of Americans are finally becoming clear. Here are some of the “changes” he has in mind for our businesses, freedoms and earnings. (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama the Brand vs. Obama the Man – a Democrat Says It Ain’t Pretty

Lynette Long
I am a feminist, a mother, a Democrat and an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and I am voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin on November 4.

“Art” Exhibit in NYC encourages shooting Sarah Palin. Can you imagine if any one publically suggested, just for fun, to pose shooting at Obama?

Clinton Democrats for McCain/Palin

Let’s Pretend to Kill Sarah Palin
Posted by: Erick Erickson
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 02:14PM CDT

Obama Is Wrong About Colombia Labor unions are much safer under Uribe.

After the final debate between John McCain and Barack Obama last week, the media lost no time digging for dirt on Joe the Plumber. Too bad a similar level of scrutiny was not applied to the slanderous remarks Mr. Obama made against Colombia.

Secret Service visits Lufkin woman after 'death threat' allegation from an Obama campaign volunteer

See the movie, The Lives of Others. It's a masterpiece, about citizen artists, writers, a theater actress and drama. The population is kept under strict control by the Stasi, the East German Secret Police. It's chilling, and factually accurate, and the real time story posted below reminds me of that movie and the truth it is based on. If Obama's campaign tactics go this far now, what will it like if he is President, and has a Supermajority Congress? Be afraid.

By JESSICA SAVAGEThe Lufkin Daily News
Monday, October 06, 2008
A Lufkin woman received a surprise visit from the Secret Service last week because of a "death threat" comment she reportedly made about Sen. Barack Obama to a campaign volunteer asking for her support of the presidential candidate.

The victimized citizen, Sharon Hughs, has a blog where she details her experience at http://freezethefascism.blogtownhall.com/

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stalwart Democrat Feminists stand with Sarah Palin:

Palin Displays Her Feminist Side

Palin surrounded herself onstage with two higher-profile defectors from Sen. Hillary Clinton's camp -- Lynn Rothschild, a member of the Democratic Platform Committee, and Elaine Lafferty, a former editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine -- along with Shelly Mandell, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, Linda Klinge, the vice president of Oregon's NOW chapter and Prameela Bartholomeusz, a small business owner and member of the Democratic National Platform Committee.

Other so called feminists are shills, either knowingly or unwittingly, for the Big Government-Leftist Democratic Party, the abortion/embryonic stem cell lobby, trial lawyers, and Big Labor.

To these special interests, a woman who is pro life, transparency, limited government, lower taxes, work flex-time, right to bear arms, happily married to an athletic, fisherman, Steel Worker's union member, snow mobile racer Dude, is anathema.

That she's atheletic, charismatic and alluring to boot--she raises hackles and elicits delusional rage. She's a role model. I'd be thrilled if one of my sons brought home such a bride. Through thick and thin, I know their life would be zestful and the world would be a better place!

PolitiFact.com checks out Obama's "95 percent of you will get a tax cut" promise: It's disingenous, and I'm being polite here.

The part of Obama's tax plan that results in widespread tax cuts is a tax credit for workers, intended to offset payroll taxes. Single workers would get $500, and working couples would get $1,000.
But not all taxpayers get paychecks from an employer, and those who don't would not get the credit. Additionally, Obama intends to raise taxes on higher brackets ($200,000 for singles and $250,000 for couples) which would offset any tax cuts for those incomes.
From Politifact.com

What Will Your Taxes Be When the Bush Tax Cuts Expire:

Factual information about how much Federal Tax you paid then and pay now:
http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/151.html Check the figures yourself!
Taxes under Clinton 1999 /Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 /Single making 30K -- tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 /Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 /Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 /Married making 60K - tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000/ Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750/ Married making 125K - tax $31,250

If you make more than $87,900 a year, your payroll taxes (social security) will go up. How high? No limit, and since your employer pays the other half, which you never see, that's a heafty tax on your employer, and maybe you'll be the one he or she has to cut, to make ends meet.

Steve Moore lays it all out below on Taxes that Obama will Raise, starting with Letting the Bush Tax Cuts Expire

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Taxes that Obama will Raise, Starting with letting the Bush Tax Cuts Expire:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Stephen Moore: "[Obama is] talking about a series of tax rate increases. So he would increase the capital gains and the dividends tax and the income tax. And one thing that is going to be problematic I think for some people is he also wants to get rid of what's called the cap on the payroll tax." (The Wall Street Journal Website, www.wsj.com, Accessed 2/13/08) Moore: "Whereas the Republicans want to increase private investment, he's talking about increasing government spending and he's calling that investment too, so it would be a multi-billion dollar increase in the size of government." (The Wall Street Journal Website, www.wsj.com, Accessed 2/13/08)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Senator McCain, ¡No te rajes! --McCain's Greatest Hits at the last debate:

McCain greatest hits last night: "Senator Government… "(Ka-Pow!)

He told Obama to his face, you want to take Joe's money and spend it, and I want Joe to keep it and let him spread it around. (Bam!) The line was drawn, bold and clear.

McCain: "I admire his eloquence…. 'We’ll look at off shore drilling…'” (Calls Obama on his dissembling)

McCain on the Free trade agreement: Columbia, largest agricultural importer of our products. Their goods and products come into our country for free, but we can’t get our products into their country w/out paying a high tariff. Free trade with Columbia is a no brainer! (Boom!)

Barak…. Labor leaders have been targeted for assassinations and there have been no investigations.
“I supported the Peruvian free trade agreement, because it was a well structured agreement..."


McCain made the point that Obama Doesn’t want a free trade agreement with our best ally in the region but wants to sit down without preconditions with Hugo Chavez. (Bam-Bam!)


Why McCain’s message in the last debate has a real appeal to Latinos:

Senator Government vs Joe the Plumber. McCain identified with the heartland of America and with Latinos who are naturally conservative. He's for us, he's for Joe the Plumber, vs THE MAN as in all controlling and invasive Government.


McCain no es presumido. (McCain's not presumptous)
Todos queremos ser propritarios de nuestros propios negocios pequeños, no ser siempre el empliado. Tenemos la illución de algun día ser el patrón, y despues, el dueño.

(We all want to someday own our own business, not always be an employee. We have a dream to one day be the boss and then the owner of the place where we work.)

When McCain rightly asserted that Senator Obama wants to restrict trade and raise taxes,
Obama smiled and flashed a big grin. So presumptous. Such contempt for the average Joe or Jose.

Educación: McCain is standing for parents to have the power to advocate for and safeguard their children, and their education. He believes in our ability as advocates and will promote policy that empowers parents. He doesn’t look down at us common folks as if we can't decide what's best for our children, if we're given the chance to choose.

McCain rightfully indicted Obama for never having been south of the border!!!!
Obama has not visited or spoken with Columbia’s President Uribe. He won’t support the free trade agreement with Columbia, our best ally in Latin America.

Yet, McCain pointed out, Obama is willing to sit down, without preconditions, with Hugo Chavez.

On Life:

Obama would not support a law that would mandate that a newborn that survived a botched abortion get care and treatment. He wouldn’t sign a bill because he said they already get such protection, and he wouldn’t support a bill that would weaken or possibly undermine Roe v Wade. Obama’s casualness around abortion and his indifference to life is chilling.

Senator McCain,

Don't back down! Don't give up! You have the working people of American behind you and we're counting on you and we're behind you to fight to the end!

'Senator Government' vs Joe the Plumber

'Senator Government'
Joe the Plumber cuts to the heart of the Presidential choice
WSJ October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

More on Obama's Magic: His 95% Illusion--It depends on what the meaning of a tax cut is.

One of Barack Obama's most potent campaign claims is that he'll cut taxes for no less than 95% of "working families." He's even promising to cut taxes enough that the government's tax share of GDP will be no more than 18.2% -- which is lower than it is today.

Clever. He poses as a middle-class tax cutter while disguising that he's also proposing one of the largest tax increases ever on the other 5%. But how does he conjure this miracle, especially since more than a third of all Americans already pay no income taxes at all? WSJ Op-ed, 10-13-08

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Obama's Magic--Presto, Change-o! Help-o! People, Please!

Obama's Magic
Presto, change-o!
POTOMAC WATCH
By Kimberley A. Strassel

And now, America, we introduce the Great Obama! The world's most gifted political magician! A thing of wonder. A thing of awe. Just watch him defy politics, economics, even gravity! (And hold your applause until the end, please.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Saturday on my show, Roy Innis Chairman of CORE and Manny Miranda, Chairman, Third Branch Conference

Roy Innis, Chair of CORE to discuss the allegations of racism in the presidential election. And Manny Miranda, Chairman of the Third Branch Conference, to talk about Joe Biden, and the judicial committee, and the importance of the next President of the U.S. and the Supreme Court.
Program for today's show
CORE

Third Branch Conference
Committee for Justice
Committee for Justice Blog

So You Want To Hit Obama Hard With Bill Ayers? Try This Video on For Size

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Caught red handed, hands in the cookie jar, but the media snores

They're supposed to be our heroes, our watchdogs, the lonely noble souls who tirelessly and selflessly pursue the truth, who protect us by exposing the lies, and dangers and abuses of the political class, but instead, they are the cheerleaders for the political party that poses as liberal, as in free and open minded. Their blind allegiance is dumbfounding. You could hit them with a freight train and they'd ignore it, if it was their man driving the train. We are left at the mercy of the few who are driven to tell the real story.


WSJ
OCTOBER 10, 2008

...Former Countrywide Financial loan officer Robert Feinberg says Mr. Dodd knowingly saved thousands of dollars on his refinancing of two properties in 2003 as part of a special program the California mortgage company had for the influential. He also says he has internal company documents that prove Mr. Dodd knew he was getting preferential treatment as a friend of Angelo Mozilo, Countrywide's then-CEO...

...Mr. Dodd at first issued a strong denial: "This suggestion is outrageous and contrary to my entire career in public service...

...a week later he acknowledged he was part of Countrywide's VIP program but claimed he thought it was "more of a courtesy."...
(Extra, Read all about it! -- here)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

NBC scrubs SNL Bailout Skit to meet their "standards"

The on screen text bar which displayed over the couple playing the Sandlers, named the Sandlers, and read "People who should be shot," and "allegations of corruption," was removed.

There was a lot of protest on Monday over the disappearance of this video. I don't know if NBC always intended to return it to the web. They were erasing comments posted on their boards all day, as if they wanted it to evaporate from pubic memory. It's disappearance wasn't going to be forgotten or accepted quietly.

Must Not See TV, an op-ed by John Fund on the SNL Bailout Skit
WSJ, 10-7-08
One of the funniest and most politically searing comedy sketches in years has vanished from the Web site of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Visitor comments asking about its disappearance are also being scrubbed from the Web site. The sketch -- a harsh indictment of the housing meltdown that led to last week's bailout bill -- was clearly too much truth for someone to handle.

The seven-minute sketch featured a mock news conference of Democratic Congressional leaders on the bailout bill, during which Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank inadvertently acknowledge that it was Congress that blocked reform and effective oversight of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (read the article here)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Why has NBC/Sat Night Live blacked out the Bailout skit?

It was on every major political blog today! I may be exagerating but my assessment is based on annecdotal findings based on a Google search for keywords SNL Bailout.

It was an amazing video, funny, poignant, fair and so revealing! And now it's gone! I want for NBC to have to put it back up for the public to see, just like all their other political videos. This one was exceptional because it indicted Democrats for having known what was going on and having blocked reform years ago. It indicts Republicans for not effectively stopping the corruption. Is that why it's been removed? Is it because of media bias, or was there pressure put on NBC or SNL from Barney Franks and Nancy Pelosi, or Howard Dean? Is this is political heavy handed censorship or just a glitch and the video will be promptly restored for viewing?

Don't blame free enterpise, keep perspective and for goodness sake keep Paul Ryan!

Don't blame it on deregulation!
Blaming Deregulation
Yesterday, October 05, 2008, 9:00:00 PM Sebastian Mallaby
The financial turmoil has pushed the Obama campaign into the lead, and this is mostly justified. Barack Obama is more thoughtful on the economy than his opponent, and his bench of advisers is superior. But there's a troubling side to the Democratic advance. The claim that the financial crisis reflects Bush-McCain deregulation is not only nonsense. It is the sort of nonsense that could matter.

Keep perspective and be cautiously optimistic
Is It 1929 Again?
Yesterday, October 05, 2008, 9:00:00 PM Robert J. Samuelson
Watching the slipping economy and Congress's epic debate over the unprecedented $700 billion financial bailout, it is impossible not to wonder whether this is 1929 all over again. Even sophisticated observers invoke the comparison. Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator for the Financial Times, began a recent column: "It is just over three score years and ten since the [end of the] Great Depression." What's frightening is not any one event but the prospect that things are slipping out of control. Panic -- political as well as economic -- is the enemy.

POTOMAC WATCH
OCTOBER 3, 2008
What Leadership Looks Like
Voting for what's right, not what's safe

Paul Ryan has always been one of my very favorite Congressmen. He's always been of impeccable integrity. Even if he was wrong on this vote, it is foolish to throw him overboard when he has been so consistently principled. Give him the benefit of the doubt. He has earned it.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

An American Carol Doesn't Live Up to My Hope and Expectations

I liked the concept and loved the actors, but the movie is unworthy of either.

I love to laugh out loud. I love great slapstick. I laughed out loud at The Forty Year Old Virgin, and Super Bad, and even Knocked up. These movies, though raunchy, had a sweetness, a thoughtful, positive message that could be described as having a good 'moral and ethical' stand for virtues of life and sanctity of marriage and family, and they delivered. Despite being juvenile, they were funny and entertaining.

An American Carol had a lot of promise for great virtues of honor, and courage, and standing up to aggressors who threaten our country's liberty. It had great talent, and a great premise, to mock with biting irony and satire, the foolishness of Michael Moore and his 'Documentaries,' but the movie was flat. It had a few good moments of satire, but lacked real irony and depth.

It relied on symbols, images and cheap gags. It lacked heart and soul. Michael Moore's fictitious character's transformation in the end, was completely unbelievable and formulaic.

I stayed until the end of the movie, wishing it would turn around and deliver me. That was wishful thinking. I have to give it thumbs down. My husband says it's not that bad. Maybe it's a guy's flick.

Joe Biden's Cosmetic Work Can't Mask the Truth

So he's had a lot of Botox injected. What's the big deal?

He's a phony. That's all. He's not blue collar Joe from Scranton. Left there as a a kid and uses the reference only to pawn himself as common folk.

His hair is enhanced with plugs or grafts, his teeth are grinded and then covered with caps so that his smile reveals big white teeth, and his forehead, especially on HDTV, reveals the tell tales of Botox, where his wrinkles on his forehead only show at the temples, but are erased and completely absent from his forehead.

Who is he? What's he really like? Is he really so vain? Does looking good drive him, or does his conscience drive?

He's not a man of the people, he's a man of the trial lawyers, and he does take care of his friends, but that's not us. We pay the price in higher prices for everything, as a result of shakedown lawsuit practices that Joe fights to protect. He blocks reforms and his son, Beau, is one of the greatest benefactors, through his law firm, of which he is a partner, for the high-steaks racket of asbestos litigation in Delaware, Biden's home, since he left the folks in Scranton, back when he was a kid.

Say it 'ain't so Joe. But alas, he's a phony; he's not one of us. He's not looking out for me, or for my family.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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