Big Media Obama Bias

Big Media bias that trashed Al Gore in 2000 and praised George W. Bush was damnable. Big Media pro-war bias for the Iraq war was as damnable in 2002 as it was during the days of William Randolph Hearst.

PINOs and Dimocrats who celebrate the fierce pro-Obama Big Media bias enhance Big Media power and will shortly regret this alliance.

In the last week before the election even Big Media correspondents are discussing Big Media pro-Obama bias.

John King, CNN’s chief political correspondent, on Big Media bias in the presidential campaign:

“I think there’s some very legitimate criticism that we did not treat all of the candidates in the Democratic race, but particularly the top two or three equally, because of the Clinton obsession in the national media,” King told host Mark Quinn. “It is a very fair point. We need to learn that lesson.” [snip]

“Once you move on from there – I do think that some of the criticism is justified.

Of course what John King is not being honest about is that the Big Media obsession with Hillary was to attack Hillary. The Big Media obsession with Barack Obama was to promote Obama. Further, the attacks on Hillary and the worship of Obama were not happenstance – they were purposeful and celebrated.

Much more honest was ABC’s Michael Malone:

The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game — with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates.

The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. [snip]

Now, of course, there’s always been bias in the media. Human beings are biased, so the work they do, including reporting, is inevitably colored. Hell, I can show you 10 different ways to color variations of the word “said” — muttered, shouted, announced, reluctantly replied, responded, etc. — to influence the way a reader will apprehend exactly the same quote. We all learn that in Reporting 101, or at least in the first few weeks working in a newsroom.

But what we are also supposed to learn during that same apprenticeship is to recognize the dangerous power of that technique, and many others, and develop built-in alarms against them.

But even more important, we are also supposed to be taught that even though there is no such thing as pure, Platonic objectivity in reporting, we are to spend our careers struggling to approach that ideal as closely as possible.

That means constantly challenging our own prejudices, systematically presenting opposing views and never, ever burying stories that contradict our own world views or challenge people or institutions we admire. If we can’t achieve Olympian detachment, than at least we can recognize human frailty — especially in ourselves.

After discussing some of the techniques of Big Media bias, ABC’s Malone discusses the Big Media bias in this presidential election:

But nothing, nothing I’ve seen has matched the media bias on display in the current presidential campaign.

Republicans are justifiably foaming at the mouth over the sheer one-sidedness of the press coverage of the two candidates and their running mates. But in the last few days, even Democrats, who have been gloating over the pass — no, make that shameless support — they’ve gotten from the press, are starting to get uncomfortable as they realize that no one wins in the long run when we don’t have a free and fair press. [snip]

No, what I object to (and I think most other Americans do as well) is the lack of equivalent hardball coverage of the other side — or worse, actively serving as attack dogs for the presidential ticket of Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Joe Biden, D-Del.

If the current polls are correct, we are about to elect as president of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography.

That isn’t Sen. Obama’s fault: His job is to put his best face forward. No, it is the traditional media’s fault, for it alone (unlike the alternative media) has had the resources to cover this story properly, and has systematically refused to do so.

Why, for example to quote the lawyer for Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., haven’t we seen an interview with Sen. Obama’s grad school drug dealer — when we know all about Mrs. McCain’s addiction? Are Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko that hard to interview? All those phony voter registrations that hard to scrutinize? And why are Sen. Biden’s endless gaffes almost always covered up, or rationalized, by the traditional media?

Malone addresses the issue that other Big Media correspondents willfully ignore: Big Media is actively assisting Obama and actively tearing down Obama opponents.

Smart progressives understand that what Big Media giveth, Big Media can take away. Many Dimocrats are happy today that the Big Media bias was in their favor in the general election and that Big Media bias fostered attacks on Hillary during the primaries and promoted Obama during the primaries. These Dimocrats will have no one to blame but themselves when Big Media inevitably turns against them.

In Hollywood, some smart progressives are beginning to understand that Big Media bias is dangerous no matter who it temporarily favors. In Hollywood, land of the dream merchants, they understand how bad things are with Dimocrat broadcasters:

In a room full of television industry executives, no one seemed inclined to defend MSNBC on Monday for what some were calling its lopsidedly liberal coverage of the presidential election.

The cable news channel is “completely out of control,” said writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat.

She added that she would prefer a lunch date with right-leaning Fox News star Sean Hannity over left-leaning MSNBC star Keith Olbermann.

Olbermann was criticized by many who attended Monday’s luncheon sponsored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was dubbed “Hollywood, America and Election ’08.”

Bloodworth-Thomason and others seemed especially critical of the way MSNBC — and other media — has attacked Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while demeaning her supporters.

“We should stop the demonizing,” she said, adding that Democrats have been worse than Republicans as far as personal attacks on candidates are concerned. “It diminishes us,” she said of her fellow Democrats. She stressed, though, that its Palin’s small-town American roots she wishes to defend and not her politics or policies.

Hillary friend Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is to be commended for bravely saying the obvious in this ugly political climate created by Dimocrats. Bloodworth-Thomason knows that Governor Palin has been savaged in the same way Hillary was savaged and she is speaking out against the unwarranted hate directed at Governor Palin.

Attendee Michael Reagan, the radio talk-show host and son of President Ronald Reagan, said he no longer will appear as a guest on MSNBC because “I actually get death threats.”

Hollywood might be getting sobered up about the dangerous implications of the Big Media bias but at Politico they are still drunk on Obama Kool-aid. In an article written by John Harris and Jim Vandehei, the once worthy journalists defend Big Media bias while attacking readers who object (like John Harris’ mom).

And get a load of this one, from someone in Rochester, N.Y., who did not like our analysis of the final presidential debate. “You guys are awfully tough on McCain. There may be some legitimacy to the claim of press bias. Mom.”

We were all set to dismiss Harris’ mother as a crank. Same for VandeHei’s: a conservative dismayed by what she sees as kid-glove treatment of Barack Obama. Then along came a study — funded by the prestigious Pew Research Center, no less — suggesting at first blush, at least, that they may be on to something.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s researchers found that John McCain, over the six weeks since the Republican convention, got four times as many negative stories as positive ones. The study found six out of 10 McCain stories were negative.

What’s more, Obama had more than twice as many positive stories (36 percent) as McCain — and just half the percentage of negative (29 percent).[snip]

OK, let’s just get this over with: Yes, in the closing weeks of this election, John McCain and Sarah Palin are getting hosed in the press, and at Politico.

Instead of shame, Harris and Vandehei are gleeful that McCain is “getting hosed”. The article is an embarrassment. It is confused and contradictory. The entire defense appears to be that Big Media bias is not ideological although that contention is contradicted by the admission that McCain has moved closer to the right wing and that move has irked reporters.

The Harris/Vandehei argument is that the pro-Obama bias of Big Media is not ideological but to believe that the definition of “ideological” has to be so narrow as to make it meaningless. Harris/Vandehei admit that “Obama will win the votes of probably 80 percent or more of journalists covering the 2008 election“, but they don’t say why nor how in this election Big Media has been “in your face” in support of Obama.

Then there is this startling paragraph:

It is not our impression that many reporters are rooting for Obama personally. To the contrary, most colleagues on the trail we’ve spoken with seem to find him a distant and undefined figure. But he has benefited from the idea that negative attacks that in a normal campaign would be commonplace in this year would carry an out-of-bounds racial subtext. That’s why Obama’s long association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was basically a nonissue in the general election.

Journalists’ hair-trigger racial sensitivity may have been misplaced, but it was not driven by an ideological tilt.

What can a sensible reader make of such nonsense? If one thinks Obama is an opportunistic flim-flam man who only works to benefit himself and who exploits race and charges of racism to advance himself that is somehow out of bounds. Protecting a candidate on the basis of race is not troublesome to Harris and Vandehei – thus racism is redefined as not ideological in the same way that opportunism is not viewed as ideological.

Harris and Vandehei claim most reporters view Obama as “distant and undefined”. Big Media reporters are the ones watching Obama from the nearest proximity. If Obama is “undefined” in the eyes of Big Media reporters, then they have not done their job.

It was always in Barack Obama’s benefit to remain undefined. John McCain and only John McCain has seven days left to define Obama because Big Media won’t do what is supposed to be its job.

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  1. Emjay Says:

    October 28th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Sonia

    If you still read here…

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    Oh, right!
    {{{{ hugs Sonia }}}}
    We miss you!

    May you have an enlightened year ahead of you.

  2. Wow, Howard Dean on the future of our government. I believe a government led by “one party rule” is the very definition of Communism is it not??

    “Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Monday that he’s looking forward to one party controlling all aspects of government, despite GOP charges that it would be a disastrous Nov. 4 outcome.

    “Republicans had a chance to rule. They failed miserably. I think it’s time to give the other party a chance,” Dean said on MSNBC.”

    http://www.blogsofwar.com/2008/10/28/premature-obamanation-howard-dean-looks-forward-to-one-party-rule/

  3. Admin: Thanks for another great article.

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    neetabug Says:

    October 28th, 2008 at 6:54 pm
    If a park bench has and address. The voter must have mail coming to the park bench with their name on it

    Do people in Ohio receive mail at a park bench?

  4. Take a day off work to vote. How nice. Is Senator Obama going to give people a days wage for free?

    Rejoice! Under Comrade Obama us peons might never again have to do an honest days work! Hooray! Free shit for all us slackers!

  5. Previous thread

    Anyone hear the latest, O asking for people to take off from work on election day?

    Do people in Ohio receive mail at a park bench?

    Not that i know of. When a voter comes into vote they are to show a valid id.

  6. Neeta, I saw this on PumaPac, from Drudge:

    “Judge rules Ohio homeless voters may list park benches as addresses.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that counties must allow homeless voters to list park benches and other locations that aren’t buildings as their addresses.

    U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus also ruled that provisional ballots can’t be invalidated because of poll worker errors.

    Monday’s ruling resolved the final two pieces of a settlement between the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

    The coalition agreed to drop a constitutional challenge to Ohio’s voter identification law until after the Nov. 4 election. In return, Brunner and the coalition agreed on procedures to verify provisional ballots across all Ohio counties.

    The coalition was concerned that unequal treatment of provisional ballots would disenfranchise some voters.”

  7. I will be working as a presiding judge on Nov 4th. With all these new rules in place i might not work this election.

  8. Here is a link to an Ohio paper:

    dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/10/28/ajudgerule.html?sid=101

  9. “Republicans had a chance to rule. They failed miserably. I think it’s time to give the other party a chance,” Dean said on MSNBC.”
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    slight difference though, dems had a filibuster, and they used it, which is why this whole Fannie/Freddie thing was able to happen. Not to say that the repubs didn’t screw up they did, mainly by growing government and letting it go to their heads, which is why so many repubs stayed home in 2006, but there was no total rule like what he is talking about. If they get what they want there will be no dissenting voice at all, no possible filibuster. The last time there was total 1 party rule like they are talking about was the Carter years.

  10. Why does a bottom feeder like John King bother to acknowledge anything? We know what he is. His wife knows what he is. His colleagues know what he is. A whore he is, a journalist he isn’t and in the immortal words of John Wayne: never apologize mister its a sign of weakness.

  11. Biden saying $150,000 is the cut off and not $250,000 for getting the tax cut and Obama today used the $200,000 elsewhere. Which is it?
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    We finally know what bambi means by the word change. He means he will change his policy to suit the audience. Putin will be glad to know that. By the way an Ohio judge has just ruled Putin is eligible to vote–but only ten times.

  12. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/McCain_camp_demands_LA_Times_video.html

    John McCain’s campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release a video of a party for a prominent Palestinian activist that Barack Obama attended in 2003.

    The Times described the going-away party for former University of Chicago professor, and Obama friend, Rashid Khalidi, in a story in April. The story reported that Palestinians thought they might have a friend in Obama because of his friendships in that community, despite the fact that his positions have never been particularly pro-Palestinian.

    “A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi,” said McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb, citing Obama’s friendship with Khalidi, who is now a professor at Columbia University.

    He said the video could, among other things, show how Obama responded to a poem recited at the party accusing Israel of “terrorism” and warning of consequences for U.S. support for Israel, which Goldfarb described as “hate speech.”

    “The election is one week away, and it’s unfortunate that the press so obviously favors Barack Obama that this campaign must publicly request that the Los Angeles Times do its job — make information public,” he said. [snip]

    The paper hasn’t explained its unwillingness to release the video, and Peter Wallsten, who found the tape and wrote about it, declined to discuss it with me last night. He forwarded an e-mail that the paper has sent readers who have complained as conservative blogs raise the issue.

    “Over six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite — the L.A. Times brought the matter to light,” wrote the readers’ representative, Jamie Gold.

    L.A. Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan wouldn’t discuss the decision not to release the tape in detail.

  13. “Judge rules Ohio homeless voters may list park benches as addresses.
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    If bambi is elected then his rash policies will become law and millions more will have occasion to take advantage of this wonderful ruling.

  14. So the question needs to be asked far and wide, if God forbid Obama wins, and then if God forbid something happens to him, is Biden ready, able, and experienced enough to become president? With all this man’s physical and verbal gaffes, can we really trust him to be in charge??? 😉

  15. Lin, yep, just outside DC (off the Beltway, if you will) on MD side — so may be we are part of the NoVA market.

  16. Someone on HillBuzz was talking about a Vera Baker being BO’s girlfriend and media outlets supposedly interviewing a ferry operator who took them around the Caribbean. Is this relationship a rumor? I never heard of it before.

  17. Paula,

    the internet was buzzing with this information about Vera Baker a few weeks back. The talk was that she had been sent away to…I think…Martinique(sp?) because Michelle was extremely angry about her relationship with Obama. I’m not sure what the truth is here.

  18. Paula, this is not just a rumor it looks like. This Vera Baker is now in Martinique. She is a successful fundraiser in DC and was paid out of Obama’s 2004 campaign for being a finance committee chair or something when they actually had someone else in that capacity. Hush money?

  19. PM, I lived in DC for 4 years, hubby is in the Air Force and we moved to Florida 2 years ago. Parts of it I miss, other parts I don’t. Sure don’t miss the traffic! You probably are in the NoVa market.

  20. meiyingsu Says:

    October 28th, 2008 at 10:19 pm
    GOP new web ad: keep the change
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    Powerful ad. Notice how different his speech pattern was in that clip, compared to his speech pattern today? Interesting.

  21. HILLBUZZ Khalidi tape update:
    UPDATE: Here’s more on the Khalidi tape and what you need to know about it going forward, from an excellent source of information at: ChangeandExperience
    The so-called Khalidi tape is made reference to in a LA Times article dated April 10, 2008.
    From that article, we can begin to break down the who, what, when, and where questions of the event and try to answer them.
    The first question is who attended the event? We can gather some of the information from that LA Times article and also from an archived NY Sun article dated February 4, 2005.
    The LA Times article mentions that the following people attended:
    1. Rashid Khalidi (is the main reason this event was held)
    2. Barack Obama (who gave a special tribute)
    3. Mona Khalidi (Rashid Khalidi’s wife)
    4. Local Palestinian Leaders
    5. A poet
    Possible guests alluded to within the LA Times article:
    1. Edward Said (a late Columbia University professor)
    2. Michelle Obama
    3. Ali Abunimah (a Palestinian rights activist in Chicago who helps run Electronic Intifada)
    The NY Sun article mentions that the following in its article:
    …In Chicago, the Khalidis founded the Arab American Action Network, and Mona Khalidi served as its president. A big farewell dinner was held in their honor by AAAN with a commemorative book filled with testimonials from their friends and political allies. These included the left wing anti-war group Not In My Name, the Electronic Intifada, and the ex-Weatherman domestic terrorists Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. (There were also testimonials from then-state Senator Barack Obama and the mayor of Chicago.)
    From this we can verify and gather that the following attended the event:
    1. Arab American Action Network (AAAN, founded by Rashid Khalidi)
    2. Mona Khalidi
    3. Not In My Name (left wing anti-war group)
    4. The Electronic Intifada
    5. Bill Ayers (ex-Weatherman domestic terrorist)
    6. Bernadine Dohrn (ex-Weatherman domestic terrorist)
    7. Barack Obama
    8. Richard Daley (Mayor of Chicago)
    From this information we can gather more clues from a list serve e-mail.
    Fri, August 1 – Arab American Action Network.
    Fundraising Dinner to Honor Mona and Rashid Khalidi for over 15 years of service to our communities in Chicago. 6 pm reception, 7 pm dinner and program, at the Burbank Manor, 6345 W. 79th St. Tickets: $50. The program will include statements of appreciation from State Senator Barack Obama, NPR personality Jerome McDonald, long-time community activist Camilia Odeh, and others; and performances by Gihad Ali, a Palestinian spoken word poet, and the Sanabel debka troupe…
    And interestingly…
    Fri-Thu, August 1-7
    Film: “The Weather Underground.” Music Box
    Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. Sam Green’s & Bill Siegel’s documentary on
    1960s resistance group…
    This expands the guest list:
    1. Rashid Khalidi (is the main reason this event was held)
    2. Arab American Action Network (AAAN, founded by Rashid Khalidi)
    3. Barack Obama (who gave a special tribute)
    4. Mona Khalidi (Rashid Khalidi’s wife)
    5. Local Palestinian Leaders
    6. Not In My Name (left wing anti-war group)
    7. Ali Abunimah (a Palestinian rights activist in Chicago who helps run Electronic Intifada)
    8. Bill Ayers (ex-Weatherman domestic terrorist)
    9. Bernadine Dohrn (ex-Weatherman domestic terrorist)
    10. Gihad Ali, A poet
    11. Richard Daley (Mayor of Chicago)
    12. The Sanabel Debka troupe
    Possible guests:
    1. Edward Said (a late Columbia University professor)
    2. Michelle Obama
    From this we can confirm the poem that was alluded to in the LA times as “Eye to Eye” by Gihad Ali:
    Palestine is our land and there we’ll remain
until the day our homeland is secure.

 And if that time shall never come,
 then you will never see a day of peace.
    LA Times article snippet:
    At Khalidi’s 2003 farewell party, for example, a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, “then you will never see a day of peace.”
    We can also conclude that the Sanabel Debka troupe was the group who gave a dance and music performance as alluded to in the LA Times article:
    Sanabel Debka troupe archived schedule.
    From the Sanabel Debka troupe’s website, we can find a photo of the group alongside with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
    Photo of Chicago Mayro Richard Daley with Sanabel Debka troupe
    Rashid Khalidi was a professor at the University of Chicago prior to being recruited by Edward Said at Columbia University. A New York Sun article describes Khalidi’s problems at the time.
    Verified Information
    Location:
    Burbank Manor, 6312 W 79th St., Burbank, Illinois
    Time:
    Friday, August 1, 2003
    6pm – Reception
    7pm – Dinner and Reception
    Those who attended:
    1. AAAN (Arab American Action Network)
    2. Not In My Name
    3. Ali Abunimah (a Palestinian rights activist in Chicago who helps run Electronic Intifada, who met Obama in 2000)
    4. Bernadine Dorhn and Bill Ayers
    5. Barack Obama
    6. Mayor of Chicago Richard Daley
    7. Rashid Khalidi
    8. Mona Khalidi
    9. Gihad Ali, a Palistinian spoken word poet
    10. NPR Worldview host Jerome McDonnell (not McDonald as written in the e-mail)
    11. Camilia Odeh (director of SWYC Southwest Youth Collaborative)
    12. Sanabel debka troupe (traditional Palestinian dance group)
    13. Hatem Abudayyeh
    14. Others – Up to 50 to 500 guests
    Possible attendees:
    1. Michelle Obama
    2. Toni Rezko (Rezko was a donor to one of Rashid’s University programs)
    3. Edward Said
    Developing…
    hillbuzz.wordpress.com/

  22. “I think there’s some very legitimate criticism that we did not treat all of the candidates in the Democratic race, but particularly the top two or three equally, because of the Clinton obsession in the national media,”
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    No John King. It was not Clinton derangement syndrome that caused CNN and other big media outlets to attack Hillary and promote Bambi. Why not? Because you and your colleagues are doing the same thing to Sarah Palin. That cannot be explained in terms of Clinton derangement sydrome John now can it? The truth is that Hillary and Sara are both women, Bambi is theoretically a man, and that is the real motive here isn’t it John? Can we at least agree on that much? If so then perhaps you can understand why you are a whore. You lie to cover up a lie, and that is not good-especially for a chief political correspondent.

  23. wbboei, read the dailybeast article. It is from Wendy Button a speechwriter for Obama and Edwards (in this election) and Clinton (earlier in ’03) — she is one of us. This is what any reasonable person with conscience will do in this election.

  24. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=79390
    Did Saddam bagman help Obama buy mansion?
    Photo confirms Rezko financier linked with late Iraqi tyrant

    Posted: October 28, 2008
    9:22 pm Eastern

    © 2008 WorldNetDaily

    Former Baathist official Nadhmi Auchi with cousin Saddam Hussein

    Just 23 days before a crooked fundraiser helped Sen. # Barack Obama buy his Chicago mansion, a billionaire bagman for Saddam Hussein wired millions into the crook’s account.
    “Barack #Obama appears to have personally benefited from funds originating in Saddam Hussein’s regime,” said Mideast expert Daniel Pipes.

    Former Iraqi official Nadhmi Auchi bankrolled his longtime friend and business partner, Syrian #immigrant and Chicago slumlord Tony Rezko, who in turn bankrolled Obama’s political career before being convicted this year of fraud.
    That much is known. What’s not known is whether any Auchi funds aided Obama’s 2005 purchase of a $1.65 million mock-Georgian mansion in the leafy Kenwood district of Chicago. On the same day, Rezko purchased an adjacent lot from the same seller.
    In addition, Rezko personally toured the house with Obama before their same-day purchase of the adjoining parcels. He also advised Obama on negotiating his end of the deal.

  25. Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates–wendy button (speechwriter for Clinton, Blinky and Bambi)
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    PM: thanks for posting. Wendy has put her finger on the fundamental truth which River daughter, Anarchal, Jean Houston and the rest of us have been saying all along. There needs to be accountability here lest the generations fail.

  26. I find the big media push towards the Irag war to be very similar to the Obama situation – complete and total cheerleaders- remember how the bombs were exploding over childrens heads, and they played it like a video game and spoke breathelessly about the quality of our weapons and the superiority of our tactics. Not one media source asked the questions that needed to be asked- exactly like they are doing with Obama.
    The attacks on Palin have been horrendous, well, we all know what they did to Hillary. Olbermann is one pathetic, self-righteous human being for sure, but they are all in on in to one extent or another. It’s a sad (and scary) day when a life-long liberal can look at FOX news and actually find them to be more fair and balanced than the “liberal” media.

  27. Fiction: I had a very sobering conversation the other day with a man who claimed to be the personal physician of none other than Vlad the Impaler Putin. To my surprise he spoke openly about his patient, and he was obviously not constrained by HIPPA.

    He told me in confidence that he is very concerned about Vlad. Seems his behavior of late has become a trifle . . . how shall I put it . . . schitzophrenic. Naturally I asked why.

    He told me that his preliminary diagnosis was a newly discovered condition called PETBO. I asked him what that stood for. Whereupon he looked around and then whispered “Prolonged Exposure To Barack Obama”. I asked him if it was serious, and he assured me it was. He told me it could result in schitzophrenia, loss of cognitive skills and reversion to childhood or even infancy.

    Naturally, I asked him when the symptoms first manifested themselves and he told me it was during the Georgia incident, when Barcack changed his position three times in the course of a single day. As a result, Putin was ready to push to red button one minute, to file a charge in the World Court in The Hague then next and to smoke a joint and go windsurfing with Barack on the north side of Oahu the next.

    In other words Putin has turned into as big of flake as Barack and has instructed the KGB find to get a telepromter, a presidential seal of his own and is writing a revealing auto biography to help us understand and appreciate him.

    The doctor told me this could be the early signs of permanent insanity and was moving to have him admitted to the bot wing of the psychiatric ward where he will have plenty of company.

  28. Diagnosis: barack is floridly delusional
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    The audio recording of Barack Obama espousing his socialist philosophy of “redistribution of wealth” is all over the Internet and Fox News today (although the other media outlets are ignoring it), but there’s another disturbing section on that tape that has so far escaped notice.

    The link to the audio is here: Chicago Public Radio – Audio Library: Odyssey.

    At about 15:30, Obama compares what was going on in the United States during the time of Brown vs. the Board of Education to … Nazi Germany. Yes, really. Here’s the quote:

    “…just to take a, sort of a realist perspective…there’s a lot of change going on outside of the Court, um, that, that judges essentially have to take judicial notice of. I mean you’ve got World War II, you’ve got uh, uh, uh, the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what we have going on, back here at home.”

    There you have it. America is close to electing a President that compares his own country to Nazi Germany.

  29. On a lighter note that pretty much tells it like it is:

    Sarah Palin is invited to meet the Pope while he is vacationing south of Rome in Venice.

    The mainstream press reluctantly watches the semi-private audience, hoping they will get minimal coverage, if any.

    The Pope asks Governor Palin to join him on a Gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

    They’re admiring the sights when all of a sudden, the Pope’s cap blows off his head.

    The gondolier starts of reach for the cap with his pole, but this move threatens to overturn the floating craft.
    Sarah Palin wves the tour guide off, saying, “Wait, wait, I’ll take care of this.”

    She steps off the gondola onto the surface of the water and walks out tothe Pope’s hat, bends over and picks it up.
    She walks back across the water to the gondola and steps aboard again.

    She hands the hat to the Pope amid stunned silence.

    The next morning the topic of conversation among MSNBC News, NBC News, ABC News, CNN, The New York Times is:

    “PALIN CAN’T SWIM”.

  30. On a lighter note that pretty much tells it like it is:

    Sarah Palin is invited to meet the Pope while he is vacationing south of Rome in Venice.

    The mainstream press reluctantly watches the semi-private audience, hoping they will get minimal coverage, if any.

    The Pope asks Governor Palin to join him on a Gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

    They’re admiring the sights when all of a sudden, the Pope’s cap blows off his head.

    The gondolier starts of reach for the cap with his pole, but this move threatens to overturn the floating craft.
    Sarah Palin wves the tour guide off, saying, “Wait, wait, I’ll take care of this.”

    She steps off the gondola onto the surface of the water and walks out tothe Pope’s hat, bends over and picks it up.
    She walks back across the water to the gondola and steps aboard again.

    She hands the hat to the Pope amid stunned silence.

    The next morning the topic of conversation among MSNBC News, NBC News, ABC News, CNN, The New York Times is:

    “PALIN CAN’T SWIM”.

  31. .I still firmly believe that Hillary will be our shining star regardless of who wins next week.Buyers remorse is ever growing however few people are reluctant to admit it.
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    ABM 90: we’re feted. Terrific post on Tuesday morning my friend. This small excerpt will come to pass, sure as the earth turns. Or, since it is cocktail time here-or somewhere, in the wise words of Ernest and Julio Gallo let the phoney bambi flame out–no, no, no, wrong script, sorry . . . we will make no wine until its time.

  32. Well, damnit I am back on John King again.

    Apparently he is also blaming Hillary for the failure of Big Media to vet Obama.

    This bastard is worse than even I suspected. He is just plain pathetic.

    If you want to know why people are turning away from cnn you need look no further than King.

  33. Confused big media is learning for the

    past. Now they know they were wrong throughout, they all went for BO not because they loved BO but because they hated Hillary.

    And how did BO show his gratitude? Look at this piece published Oct 16:

    Jay Leno: “And Barack Obama continues to lead in the polls. Barack said today if it wasn’t for Fox News, he might be up two or three more points in the polls. So apparently, five of the six news channel openly rooting for him isn’t enough.”

  34. Regarding the McPalin ads airing in Maryland, I live in Sacramento, California and McPalin ads have been running here quite a bit. They ran everyday in September, then BO attack ads against McCain ran the first three weeks of this month, now McPalin ads are up again. My husband saw one just this morning. Also, I saw an anti-Obama ad on a Spanish language television station yesterday.

    I used to think that maybe the campaigns were trying to hit the Nevada market but the Sierra Nevada mountains are quite high and Reno has its own stations, so I dropped that idea. I doubt if the McPalin campaign has money to burn so what’s up? I don’t know.

  35. Wbboei,

    I think the media is beginning to realize that its reputation is approaching that of used car salesmen. I got that idea when I heard about the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia disclosing that the BO campaign is mad at them, following on the heels of the station in Florida that was banned from “favored outlet status” by BO. Now, apparently, there is street cred in claims of being on the out with the BO campaign.

    To all the media types out there…it isn’t going to work. You have done your best to foist the unqualified, incompetent BO on us. His inevitable, GWB-like stumbles in office (God forbid he wins!) are only going to drive more nails into the coffin of your reputation for honesty, integrity and professionalism.

  36. birdgal Says:
    October 28th, 2008 at 10:47 pm
    Powerful ad. Notice how different his speech pattern was in that clip, compared to his speech pattern today? Interesting.
    ****************************************************************************
    you mean the current over-practiced overt staccato speech pattern he loves to use today? the voice he-himself is so in love with? the speech pattern that hypnotizes the masses so they follow like sheep?

    total scripted phony.

  37. dedfg Says:
    October 29th, 2008 at 4:11 am

    I wonder why all of a sudden the media is admitting it was biased?

    ==============================================

    I think its because they now realise that McCain winning is a distinct possibility and are covering their asses.

  38. Its a “oh shit, we threw every bit of bias and nastiness to destroy McCain and he’s still standing and probably really ahead in the polls, Captain turn the boat 180 degrees”

  39. Effigy of noosed Palin prompts visit from feds
    6 hours ago:

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Chad Morrisette never imagined his Halloween yard decorations would prompt interest from the Secret Service.

    But apparently hanging a mannequin of GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin from a noose isn’t something to be ignored.

    Agents recently visited Morrisette’s home to see the display and have been trying to meet him to ensure no violent plots have been concocted, Deputy Special Agent in Charge Wayne Williams said Tuesday.

    So far, he said, it seems to be a harmless — though unusual — display.

    “We’re not treating it as a threat,” he told The Associated Press. “Halloween presents some interesting challenges for us with the masks and costumes.”

    Local officials aren’t quite as accepting of the display, which also features Palin’s running mate John McCain surrounded by fake flames coming out of the bungalow’s chimney.

    West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang has urged Morrisette to remove the mannequins, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich called for an investigation into whether the effigy constitutes a hate crime because it targeted the candidates based on their political affiliation.

    “Had this stupid act been done to Senator (Barack) Obama, there would appropriately have been a national outcry,” he said in a statement.

    County Counsel Ray Fortner said he would discuss the matter with the district attorney and report back to Antonovich with a legal opinion.

    Prang said Morrisette had the right to create the display, but “I strongly oppose political speech that references violence — real or perceived. I urge these residents to take down their display and find more constructive ways to express their opinion.”

    Morrisette said he has no plans to take down the effigy before Halloween. He said he and his partner, Mito Aviles, created it about three weeks ago but didn’t expect to cause such a stir.

    “If it’s a political statement, it’s that (McCain’s and Palin’s) politics are scary to us,” Morrisette told The Los Angeles Times. “This is our palette and this is our venue of expression.”

    Neighbors didn’t mind at first, but the media’s fascination with the display has neighbors concerned about negative coverage reflecting poorly on the neighborhood, they said.

    “We don’t want to make enemies with anyone,” Aviles said. “This isn’t what it was supposed to be about.”

    Law enforcement officials said the display is protected by the First Amendment and does not violate any city, state or federal laws.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department received at least 60 calls from around the country complaining about the effigy.

    ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j-KV5difasaVXkUxHVV6KK4GY-TwD943V3E00

  40. Good morning, Moonpluto! 😀

    I woke up with a clear gut instinct That Ones’ national info-mercial tonight will bomb worse than the grand world tour.

    The press may thrive on presumptuousness bu the American Public doesn’t like it.

  41. Barack Obama’s biggest lie…
    Posted by: Kevin McCullough at 12:31 AM

    He’s told many a whopper this campaign season, but today I saw coverage of portions of three different rallies. At each one he kept invoking the same thing.

    “For the last eight years – we kept giving more and more to the wealthiest among us.”

    Now wait a second. Argue all you want about what percentage of graduated tax rates should or should not be (I personally believe ALL graduated tax rates to be immoral and made the clear case against them in my first book.)

    But no one GAVE the wealthy earners anything…

    They earned high salaries, because they held jobs that PAID them high salaries. In other words they put in a full days effort, and because they had the right experience, know how, intellectual capacity, and abilities – they convinced the companies they worked for to pay them “X” amount of dollars for those hours of service rendered. (Just like Michelle Obama did when the little scandal about her position at the public hospital had never paid more than $180,000 per year, but somehow she was able to get them to pay her $300,000 plus.)

    Know how, experience, network, and capacity are all marketplace commodities and one SHOULD be able to make more money than someone else if they know the job better, have done it successfully, and achieve the objectives set before them.

    Nonetheless – those people are still WORKING for what they get. And to think, as Barack Obama has been saying publicly for the last few days, that the American people were giving tax dollars to those earning in the top percentage is just a LIE!

    Those people still pay MORE taxes than anyone else. And under the slightly reduced tax burden that they’ve enjoyed under the Bush economic plan – they still created more jobs, and more wealth for many additional citizens by re-investing their earnings into the workplace as well.

    When THE ONE says “taking from the poor, and giving to the rich” he is flat out, 100% telling falsehoods, he knows it.

    Further he doesn’t care about truth and has not for months now…

    Further his economic plan will bring about ruin to the poor people he has promised hope and change to – and he is either too dumb, or too dishonest to know it.

    Neither scenario is especially hopeful in these challenging economic times.

  42. little long but very optimistic!
    From strat-o-sphere.

    Published by AJStrata at 11:02 pm under 2008 Elections, All General Discussions

    McCain has allowed some of the campaign’s internal poll information to come out to the public – probably to give hope and energy to his base and generate some news. I am sure both objectives will be achieved. Here are the more interesting tidbits:

    The campaign is functionally tied across the battleground states … with our numbers IMPROVING sharply over the last four tracks.

    As other public polls begin to show Senator Obama dropping below 50% and the margin over McCain beginning to approach margin of error with a week left, all signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday.

    The race has moved significantly over the past week, closing to essentially tied on the last two-day roll. These gains are coming from sub-groups it should be possible to sustain over the next week, including:

    * Non-college men;
    * Rural voters, both men and women;
    * Right-to-life voters; and most encouragingly;
    * We are beginning to once again get over a 20% chunk of the vote among soft Democrats.

    Seems the PUMAs and Blue Dog – Reagan Democrats are coming home.

    Finally, in terms of critical improvement, even as this track shows more Republicans voting for us than Democrats supporting Obama, we are witnessing an impressive “pop” with Independent voters.

    This has been the week where “Joe the Plumber” has literally become a household name. An astounding 59% of voters in these battleground states have heard “a lot” about this story, 83% have heard “a lot” or “some” about this episode.

    In our tracking, now 59% of battleground voters describe Senator Obama as being a “liberal,” a percentage that is higher than previous Democrat losers Gore/Kerry, and significantly higher than for President Clinton and President Carter.

    A majority (54%) of voters profile as saying Senator Obama is more liberal than they see themselves politically.

    Public Opinion Strategies has been using a 1 to 10 scale to help look at self-described interest in the election since 1993. In 1996, in our last track, 48% of voters described their interest in the election as a “10.” In 2000, the last track was 54% saying “10.” Remarkably, in 2004, our last track had self-described “10s” at 75% of the electorate.

    You need to understand we are witnessing a day-to-day trend of serious magnitude as self-described “10s” increase in every roll.

    Last night, 81% of voters described their interest in this election as a 10! Wow.

    In today’s terms, that could mean breaking the barrier of 130 million voters!

    There is simply no model that begins to know or predict the composition of the electorate at this level of turn-out.

  43. Hi idunn,

    I’m off again in a couple of minutes – this PT reporting thing is keeping me busy. We should all stock up on holy water. Maybe you can come up with some creative strategies for 44 warriors to help the universe along in getting JM to the WH?

    😉

  44. Please help the McCain/Palin campaign!
    I would be so very pleased if you could log-on and make the necessary calls through these web links.
    Daytime Phone Bank (10:00AM-6:00PM local time):
    johnmccain.com/PhoneBank/?guid=59169733-6F60-4228-8A8F-7FD538E52989
    Evening/Weekend Phone Bank (6:00PM-9:00PM & Weekends 10:00AM-9:00PM local time):
    johnmccain.com/PhoneBank/?guid=A72D7DE9-5BFE-41D6-808C-F1E8CCF9E500
    I want to thank you for all the support you are giving and how very much I appreciate it.
    Take care
    Lynn

  45. I am getting the feeling we had before Texas for HRC. We knew she could win, and we were working the phones big time.

    The big difference here is THERE WILL BE NO CAUCUS THAT O CAN MANIPULTE.

    GO MCCAIN GO.

    JOE THE PLUMBER LIVES IN ALL OF US.

  46. The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin Are a Lock to Win
    Posted by: Dan Perrin Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 08:27AM CDT redstate.com/diaries/dan_perrin/2008/oct/28/

  47. “Republicans had a chance to rule. They failed miserably. I think it’s time to give the other party a chance,” Dean said on MSNBC.”
    ————————————–
    Really??? Even when the cure is worse than the disease? I got a better idea PIGMAN. Lets give a patriot and honest reformer a chance rather than a thug from chicago who destroys the political careers of opponents, threatens honest jouralists, consorts with terrorists, plays the race card when it suits his interests. and refuses to answer the most fundamental questions that any other job applicant would be required to answer as a condition precedent to being considered for a job, i.e. what is your real name, where were you born, and why do you hide behind privacy laws and scorched earth litigation to cover it up?

  48. wbboie; Thanks for the kind remarks.I feel honored to be accepted as one of the diehards supporting our girl Hillary.Iam als o a sentimental old coot that has great memories of some great times that we had after WWII with real leaders at our helm.MLK is gone and the scenario is frightening for so many of us young or old.THank God for This site where we can express and profess our thoughts and fears.HILL and BILL will always be beacons of integrity,patriotism,sacrificers for the common and honest citizens of this great country.She will prevail and her dretracters will see what a National Treasure we have in her.
    One of my favorite songs of my service time was the oldie
    “IT HAD TO BE YOU”.It was so comforting to me in those perilous days and nights without my new Bride ,sofar from home and no idea where I was in the on fire world.We must not give in or give up to the worst wannabe dictator of this new century.

    Stand by our girl Hillary.She is READY,TESTED and UNAFRAID To
    take on the toughest job in the world in the most troubled time in our History. Unbiased,and above all Color Blind.

    By ABM90

  49. nmf,

    there’s a page at hawketales called 44 warriors.

    a couple of posters have suggested we keep that blog open for discussion beyond the scope of this great site.

  50. basil9, that name really fits. We have suffered the slings and arrows of the fraudulant primary, and now we are battling for a democratic outcome for the general election. 44 Warriors is a good phrase.

    So I am not sure, are you suggesting that we move to that site or what?

  51. “Republicans had a chance to rule. They failed miserably. I think it’s time to give the other party a chance,” Dean said on MSNBC.”
    ——————————————
    The word “rule” strikes me as an admission of sorts. Until now most of us indulged the illusion, (and maybe thats all it ever was), that the people were soverign and that governments derived their power from the consent of the governed. This business of ruling is foreign to my thinking but apparently it is dayrigger (de rigeur) to PIGMAN KING OF THE BOTS.

    But there is one thing I know for sure. If a leader has no mandate he or she cannot lead, and if he tries to lead without it the only thing he has to fall back on is force and in the end that is self defeating.

    A mandate means trust, and where as here a would be leader begins wiht no trust from half the population, they will cut him zero slack when he encounters problems and he will be unable to lead. Couple that with a persoanlity that loves speeches and hates hard work and failure is inevitable.

    Campaiging is hard, but you dont know what hard is until you try to govern a nation like this one in a crisis situation. Advisors are not the answer because one will tell you X and the next one will tell you NOT X, and if you put 300 of them in a room in the hope of finding the right answer to a problem as he is want to do, you will come out more confused than when you started. The lesson is this: the man or woman in charge has got to know what he or she is doing–independent of advisiors.

    When I was in Texas campaigning for Hillary, I met a couple of attorneys from California. They told me a story about good old Barcack which was told to them by an attorney they both knew who had tried a case against him in Illinois. They told me that he gave great opening statements, and was fine on direct, could not cross examine to save his life and when the case settled, and they had to deal with the real details and hammer of a solution through negotiations his eyes glazed over, the details eluded him, he lost interest, and gave them exactly what they wanted. No wonder our enemies around the world want him to win.

  52. marie3548 Says:

    October 28th, 2008 at 10:56 pm
    http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/obama_voter_fraud/2008/10/27/144303.html
    Hillary Backers Decry Massive Obama Vote Fraud

    &&&
    Here is an excerpt from marie3548’s link, from my now-favorite John McLaughlin (former) panelist, Tony Blankley.
    &&&

    Obama’s election to the U.S. Senate “was even more curious,” conservative columnist Tony Blankley wrote in The Washington Times.

    Citing an account that appeared in The Times of London, Blankley described how Obama managed to squeeze out his main Democratic rival, Blair Hull, after divorce papers revealed allegations that Hull had allegedly made a death threat to his former wife.

    Then in the general election, “lightning struck again,” Blankley wrote, when his Republican opponent, wealthy businessman Jack Ryan, was forced to withdraw in extremis after his divorce papers revealed details of his sexual life with his former wife.

    Just weeks before the election, the Illinois Republican party called on Alan Keyes of Maryland to challenge Obama in the general election. Obama won a landslide victory.

    “Mr. Obama’s elections are pregnant with the implications that he has so far gamed every office he has sought by underhanded and sordid means,” Blankley wrote, while “the American media has let these extraordinary events simply pass without significant comment.”
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    Nice burn, Tony, nice burn.

  53. In truth, the DNC-led majority for the last few years did everything short of assasinating the RNC to destroy the country. Let’s not forget the blind eye they collectively used regarding Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac.

    Yes it is time for change, but not Obama-style.

  54. Can someone confirm for me which networks will be saturating the airways with Obama’s propagandamercial tonight? I want to know which ones to boycott.

  55. DESPERATELY SEEKING SUBSTANCE: CNN LAST MINUTE GASP FOR CREDIBILITY?

    John King getting (journalistic) religion? Now Campbell Brown? What the fork?

    More stuff that marie3548 brought up in her link last night, put forth here for y’all:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/28/campbell.brown.obama/index.html#cnnSTCText

    Commentary: Obama breaks promise on campaign finance
    By Campbell Brown
    CNN

    (CNN) — You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people.

    He bought 30 minutes of airtime from the different networks, a very expensive purchase. But hey, he can afford it. Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has ever been at this stage of the campaign.

    Just to throw a number out: He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his campaign, close to what George Bush and John Kerry raised combined in 2004.

    Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

    One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

    Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

    He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It’s funny though, those attacks never really materialized.

    The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

    The courageous among Obama’s own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama’s financial advantage.

    On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, “a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue — who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now.”

    For this last week, Sen. Obama will be rolling in dough. His commercials, his get-out-the-vote effort will, as the pundits have said, dwarf the McCain campaign’s final push. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise.

  56. If that is the only thing making Brown think twice, then I say too little too late. Let her start talking about Wright, Ayres, Odinga, the caucus fraud, Acorn fraud, etc…etc… and then I might think she has seen the light. 😉

  57. ALL THAT DOUGH, ALL FOR OBAMA. DOWN TICKET DEMS “Not feeling the love”.

    Ever wonder why Hillary’s emails still coming are mainly about down ticket Dems? I heard a news story that for all Obama’s dough that he’s raised, it’s not being distributed, “It’s all for Obama”.

    He’s letting the other sucker Democratic leaders go around with a tin cup trying to raise money for their fillibuster-proof dream majority.

    He’s not only bad for the country, he’s bad for his own party. He’s bad for his own state (shivering people in Chicago tenaments). He’s probably even bad for his own marriage, but MO deserves what she gets.

  58. That finish is weak. He is not only getting there on a broken promise, but with fraud and deceit, and the Media owns a large part of that.

    He not only broke a promise, you broke the promise you should have with the American public, of providing them with ALL the facts.

    COUNTRY FIRST is a phrase O and the MEDIA do not understand.

  59. I got this by email from a friend author unkown. If you are out there please claim it. I thought it was cute

    Twas The Night Before The Elections

    ‘Twas the night before elections
    And all through the town
    Tempers were flaring
    Emotions all up and down!

    I, in my bathrobe
    With a cat in my lap
    Had cut off the TV
    Tired of political crap.

    When all of a sudden
    There arose such a noise
    I peered out of my window
    Saw Obama and his boys

    They had come for my wallet
    They wanted my pay
    To give to the others
    Who had not worked a day!

    He snatched up my money
    And quick as a wink
    Jumped back on his bandwagon
    As I gagged from the stink

    He then rallied his henchmen
    Who were pulling his cart
    I could tell they were out
    To tear my country apart!

    ” On Fannie, on Freddie,
    On Biden and Ayers!
    On Acorn, On Pelosi”
    He screamed at the pairs!

    They took off for his cause
    And as he flew out of sight
    I heard him laugh at the nation
    Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!

    So I leave you to think
    On this one final note-
    IF YOU DONT WANT SOCIALISM
    GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

    Author Unknown

  60. HILL and BILL will always be beacons of integrity,patriotism,sacrificers for the common and honest citizens of this great country.She will prevail and her dretracters will see what a National Treasure we have in her.
    —————————————-
    ABM90: amen to that. Hillary has love of country, intellectual intelligence and emotional intelligence. I mentioned to a friend that we were talking about Hillary having the highest IQ in Congress. She agreed and said Hillary also has the highest EQ emotional intelligence. No one handles themselve better in a crisis than Hillary does. No one.

  61. Okay I admit this is perhaps the most insipid of all questions, but I have used yahoo forever as my home page and my search engine. The bias is unacceptable but I have no clue as to what company I should switch. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

  62. Okay I admit this is perhaps the most insipid of all questions, but I have used yahoo forever as my home page and my search engine. The bias is unacceptable but I have no clue as to what company I should switch. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

  63. NewMexicoFan: good stuff. Especially:

    They had come for my wallet
    They wanted my pay
    To give to the others
    Who had not worked a day!

    He snatched up my money
    And quick as a wink
    Jumped back on his bandwagon
    As I gagged from the stink

    He then rallied his henchmen
    Who were pulling his cart
    I could tell they were out
    To tear my country apart!
    ————————————–
    Question: are we selling him short? We call him a socialist, and that is undeniably true as far as it goes. But I am not sure it goes far enough. The socialists I know do not rely on Yuri Andropoff KGB tactics that he does. Take away that Saville Row suit and he looks more like a Bolshvik to me.

  64. If O’Reilly is going to list the worst anti-obama sites tonight, my guess is it will be quite the hit job, slash and burn…in other words…cut and paste the bad stuff and leave out the original meanings.

  65. My bad for the double post. I went to the API sight and my computer has been wanked since
    —————————————-
    Henry: Wow. No problem before that? What is it doing?

  66. wbboei. Yes, I felt that the rhyme was great. I just wish I could get credit.

    I agree, socialist is not good enough. The shove down your throat, bullying, deceit tactics go beyond that.

    The Press have made a deal with the DEVIL.

  67. The other thing I a wondering here, is where the money will really go.

    He got money to build temaments for poor people, and it does not look like they really got it or got the quality they should have.

    He has collect a massive amount of money for this campaign, some thought with the idea he would help other Dems, and that did not happen.

    So, where is the back door, should he become President. With the crooks he hangs out with, I am sure there is an offshore account someplace.

  68. If O’Reilly is going to list the worst anti-obama sites tonight, my guess is it will be quite the hit job, slash and burn…in other words…cut and paste the bad stuff and leave out the original meanings.
    ——————————————
    Jan: O’Reilly is now a bot. So you should expect him to decry the racor and rise above it in an earnest plea for civil discourse as only he can–except when he is conversing daintly with Barney Frank. I liked him better when he was less respectable. I take that back. I could never stand to listen to him. His finest hour however was the Hillary interview. She elevated the level of his discourse, as she did Barack in the debates. Great people have that effect on others–they make everyone better than they would be otherwise.

  69. lil ole grape Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 9:34 am
    The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin Are a Lock to Win
    Posted by: Dan Perrin Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 08:27AM CDT redstate.com/diaries/dan_perrin/2008/oct/28/
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    grape, that was an excellent reference.

    Indeed, it is worthy of putting up here, in its entirety.

    &&&&&&&&&

    The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin Are a Lock to Win
    Posted by: Dan Perrin

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 08:27AM CDT

    There are seven serious, historic, demographic and other wise culturally compelling reasons Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin will win the election on November 4, 2008 – a date of defeat that will sear itself into the Democratic Party’s collective consciousness.

    The first and foremost reason McCain-Palin will win is the absolute arrogance, elitism, condescending, patronizing and in-your-face voter suppression campaign – don’t vote for McCain, he can not win — being conducted by the national media on Senator Obama’s behalf.

    Americans do not like to be told what to do. But the national media has become a feminized, electronic vote-for-Obama nagging machine. There is plenty of precedent for the average American telling those telling them what to do, to go pound sand, especially to those who tell them over, and over, and over again. Just ask the HMOs. Their you-can’t-do-this or you-must-do-only-this business strategy ended with the average American saying NO to joining HMOs.

    Essentially, the media have been frolicking in the streets in an orgy of Obama adulation and McCain bashing. Now, they will wonder why anyone would be disgusted by their behavior, or want to knock them back in their place? This is a symptom of their chronic and insular world condition.

    The media’s blindness is fueling the anti-media web-networks with oceans of gasoline. This is why the proliferation of lawsuits challenging Obama’s claim of natural born citizenship (the original filed by a life long Democrat who is a former Deputy Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania) and the beating up of the LA Times about its refusal to release the video of Obama speaking at a pro-Palestinian dinner, are just the tip of the anti-media iceberg the media themselves has created.

    In short, the media cannot be fair. The media will not ever, not ever admit they had anything to do with the November 4th backlash. They listen to these criticisms just like an alcoholic listens to concerns, but who insists they can still have a drink. The media have hatred and contempt in their hard hearts for any views that do not meet their pro-Obama criteria. Stand by, national media, for the big smack down.

    Here are the six other reasons McCain-Palin will win:

    The Gallup poll after Labor Day has historically been a predictor of the winner of the Presidential election. The person leading in that poll wins the Presidency. The Republican convention, pushed onto Labor Day by the Summer Olympics muddied the waters on this historic fact, but the Gallup poll a week later showed McCain ahead of Obama, predicting the McCain victory.

    There are six states that since 1972 have voted for the winning Presidential candidate. These are predictor states. They pick winners every time. McCain will win every one of the following six states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.

    Elderly and some other Jewish voters were already uncomfortable about voting for Obama, but the recent comments by Farrakhan that when Obama speaks, the Messiah is speaking, or that Obama’s victory will do great things for the Nation of Islam, or the statement by Jesse Jackson that there will be “fundamental change” in America’s foreign policy, especially with regard to Israel – is causing a hemorrhaging of Jewish support.

    Women who feel Senator Clinton was treated unfairly by the Democratic Party, by the media and by Senator Obama — who did not even vet Senator Clinton to be his running mate – will remember. This voting block, you will recall, lay in the weeds in the pre-New Hampshire primary polling. The win by Senator Clinton was a shock, undetected by the polling. And these were Democratic Party voters who were undetected – not the other voters Obama will face November 4th. Obama’s youth vote will not post to the polls, they never do. The young think: the media says Obama will win, so why should I vote? But the 40 and 50 and 60 something women voters who voted for Senator Clinton have three alternative plans to make sure they get to the polls, regardless of a hiccup in their work or child care responsibilities. They will vote, and they will vote against Senator Obama.

    Today’s unstable world does not bode well for Senator Obama. The instability in the stock market and related job and mortgage fears do not equate with voting for the ING (Inexperienced New Guy.) In an affirmation of Mark Penn’s observation that the strong leader almost always wins the Presidential election, a mid-west hairdresser with no party affiliation told me the country has very serious problems, and that is why she is voting for the strongest leader.

    Finally, the reason that the world and the media incorrectly will tag as the reason for McCain’s victory (despite the foregoing six other reasons) will be the Wilder or Bradley effect. Simply put, Asians, Whites and Hispanics have and will lie to pollsters about their intention to vote for Senator Obama. According to the Associated Press, this will cost Obama six points at the polls. The AP estimate could be low. In the case of Bradley and Wilder, the spread between a “lead” in the polls and actual votes cast was in the low double digits.

    So, when McCain-Palin wins – credit or blame the media. Their harping and yelping for Senator Obama created massive Obama over-exposure, anger and resentment that will be expressed in the voting booth on November 4th.

  70. wbboei
    it was shutting down and closing all applications
    I was fortuate as I saved everything to disc or emailed(pics) so I lost nothing.
    Did the reboot restart or whatever you call it when you start your computer again from scratch and it worked. I used norton utilities and McCafee but to no avail. I don’t know whre I went to allow this infiltration but my compute became unusable as every time I did a search as opposed to going directly to a site I was hit with hundreds of ads and whenI attempted to close windows would shut down and close everything. How is that not grand theft? I spent 1500 on my computer and it is destroyed by a bunch of kids that do not follow my philosophy. Should there not be a conspiracy charge as well?

  71. Henry: I was reading on Pumapac yesterday, that people who have visited the API site, have ended up with computer viruses, and many other problems with their computers. I only clicked on it once, but did not suffer any ill effects.

  72. wbboei
    I agree 100% with your analysis of O’reilley.
    I like what hannity says about bambi I think he is a butt plug as well. In my opinion the individuals who have exhibited a tincture of respectbility are GRETA, Megyn Kelly and to my own disbelief Hasselback.

  73. One more time i WILL ASK
    I hate using yahoo as thare in the tank for bambi
    please if you know of an internet email provider that is not in the tank I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW. tHOUGHT ABOUT GOODSEARCH BUT THEY ARE POWERED BY GOOGLE. I’d just love to access my email without propoganda

  74. Do you guys think McCain’s camp has a copy of that tape the L.A. Times isn’t releasing? I suspect they do. The point of pressuring the Times on this is to make it look like the media is covering for Obama (which, of course, they are).

    Also, I can understand why the McCain people may have decided not to use the whitey tape, if it does exist. Obama’s the candidate, not Michelle, and there’s plenty of ammunition to use against him without dragging MO into it. That could even backfire.

  75. admin
    why not create your own internet email/search engine
    i’D BE WILING TO WORK FOR FREE TO GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE. wORKING with all opf the sundry groups to provide the puma mesage you might become a major player.

  76. This is interesting

    On the first day of early voting, 62 percent of Clark County voters were Democrats, while 23 percent were Republicans and the rest nonpartisans or members of minor parties. Through Sunday, 55 percent of early voters were Democrats, 29 percent Republicans.

    Ok, now pay close attention, the early voting gives Democrats a 26 point edge in in votes cast.

    Exit polling of early voters conducted by a local political consultant suggests a close presidential contest in the Silver State: Democratic nominee Barack Obama had the votes of 50 percent who had voted, while Republican nominee John McCain had 48 percent of the early vote.

    Whoa! That is a heck of a lot of PUMAs.

    Through the end of voting Sunday, about 300,000 people had voted early statewide, a turnout of 24.9 percent of the state’s 1.2 million active voters.

    So if we do a little math, this means 150,000 people have voted Obama, and 148,000 for McCain. But 165,000 of the voters are Democrat, while 87,000 are Republicans. For these results to be valid, at least 13,000 Democrats have to have voted to McCain, and up to 61,000. Assuming that the Independents are splitting 50/50, this gives us about a 37,000 Democrat crossover votes, or 12% of the electorate, assuming 100% support for McCain among Republicans. Put more realistically, the Republicans in Nevada have a 12% advantage in crossover support.

    http://www.hillaryclintonforum.net/discussion/showthread.php?t=38953

  77. If that is the only thing making Brown think twice, then I say too little too late. Let her start talking about Wright, Ayres, Odinga, the caucus fraud, Acorn fraud, etc…etc… and then I might think she has seen the light.
    ——————————————
    Of all the lightweights in national media, Campbell Brown is undisputably the lightest of them all. It is a tribute to cnn that they would put a person who is this clueless forward as someone worth listening to. But that is cnn for you, and we know who their chief national correspondent is so the bar is not that high.

  78. Good Morning!

    I found this and wanted to bring attention to it since we are less than one week away from THE MOST IMPORTANT election.

    check out this website
    http://www.videothevote.org/

    Video the Vote 2008

    Video the Vote is a national initiative to protect voting rights by monitoring the electoral process. We organize citizen journalists—ordinary folks like you and me—to document election problems as they occur. And then we distribute their footage to the mainstream media and online to make sure the full story of Election Day gets told. Watch our 2006 highlights and join us as we Video the Vote this November.

  79. Maybe Carbynew was right!

    Voting has begun in California. Indeed, several States have already open centralized polling stations to avoid over-crowding on Election Day and to allow people who work or might be away on November 4th, to nonetheless vote.

    In California, as of this last Sunday, about 250,000 people had already voted. And the actual results are astonishing. At least for all who still have no clue of what this election is really about or who take for truth the in-the-tank pro-Obama propaganda of the MSM.

    Obama’s lead is only 1,000 votes, or 0,4%.

    hillary.meilleur.choix.qu-obama.over-blog.com/article-24193958.html

  80. wbboei Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    When I was in Texas campaigning for Hillary, I met a couple of attorneys from California. They told me a story about good old Barcack which was told to them by an attorney they both knew who had tried a case against him in Illinois. They told me that he gave great opening statements, and was fine on direct, could not cross examine to save his life and when the case settled, and they had to deal with the real details and hammer of a solution through negotiations his eyes glazed over, the details eluded him, he lost interest, and gave them exactly what they wanted. No wonder our enemies around the world want him to win.
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    wbboei, great point. Obama likes running for whatever Miss Sunshine contest he can win to advance himself. But when it comes to fulfililng Miss Sunshine’s duties, going to charity events, raising awareness for a cause, suddenly he loses interest.

    As the Harvard Law Review President, he “didn’t engage” with the staff, didn’t publish, laid low, ducked debating of issues.

    As State Senator, Mr. “Present” or Mr. “Oops, Wrong Button”.

    As Senator, he was too busy running for president to get involved with committees or debating. He avoided leaving his fingerprints on any issue that could be later used against him.

    The details of the job bore him. As President, he’d be just like the current nincompoop. Loves lookin’ presidential, the trappings of the job, the many weeks of vacation, the status of international celebrity, title of “The Most Powerful Man in the World”. But W. doesn’t roll up his sleeves like that Bill Clinton fellow. W. and Cheney never bothered to cultivate working relationships with Congress to actually get stuff done.

    Hopefully we’ll never have to witness an Obama administration, where he’d delegate foreign policy to Biden and Samantha Powers, etc., where he’d delegate domestic issues to whomever.

    Now with Hillary, we knew there was a person extremely well qualified, who would not micromanage, but yet understand the issues in great detail. Obama is not a great administrator. He has never been in an “executive position”, unless you count that Harvard Law Review stint, where his great accomplishment was apparently, winning that job, and then not making waves. Again, Miss Sunshine.

  81. Which reminds me, that as I recall, how he “won” that Harvard Law Review position. Again, there was some shady back room deals, and Obama being put forth as an affirmative action candidate, and selling that as feather in the cap for Harvard Law Review for “making great strides”. Never mind that he was “Bushian” (the Younger) in his scholastic aptitudes.

    The Peter Principle at work…”Will someone promote this idiot out of this organization?!!! I don’t care if you make him a State Senator, just get this guy outtahere!!!”

  82. wbboei
    has anyone examined the very cheap rate waffles got for his infomercial? He is airing from 8 to 830 on the east coast at 1 million dollars. A thirty minute pogram has 8 minutes of advertising. Sundays and thursdays command the most bang for the buck, I think that comes to 125k per sponsor So are the major netwrks taking a bath for obama?

  83. Do you all think these stories on what’s happening with early voting are accurate? Sounds like a potential upset could be in the making.

  84. moononpluto Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 7:42 am
    Here we go RASMUSSEN Shock: Obama Lead Down to 3 Points… Developing…

    and thats with Dem oversampling of 8 points.
    $$$$$$

    realclearpolitics.com showing Mr. Inevitability’s lead now, averaging in all the phony balony polls, at now 5.9%.

    It was like 8+ just a few days ago, and then slipped to 7%ish.

    Can’t…..close……the……DEAL.

  85. BTW, some of the public polls also show more Dems supporting McCain than GOPers voting Obama, so the McCain campaign’s internal numbers aren’t off the wall on that point. The reason BO is ahead in these polls is the sizable party ID gap the pollsters use.

  86. I think the media is beginning to realize that its reputation is approaching that of used car salesmen. I got that idea when I heard about the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia disclosing that the BO campaign is mad at them, following on the heels of the station in Florida that was banned from “favored outlet status” by BO. Now, apparently, there is street cred in claims of being on the out with the BO campaign.

    To all the media types out there…it isn’t going to work. You have done your best to foist the unqualified, incompetent BO on us. His inevitable, GWB-like stumbles in office (God forbid he wins!) are only going to drive more nails into the coffin of your reputation for honesty, integrity and professionalism.

    —————————————–
    They were out to make a reputation for themselves and they succeeded. Now they are stuck with it. If the phone rang today and someone on the other end wanted to hire us to clean up big media in the aftermath of a McCain victory and the impending vetting of big media where would you start. I would be inclined to say kill them all and let god sort it out. In other words, get rid of the officers and the editors. Bring in some of the best foreign jouranlists to run the show for the time being, and reform the culture of these organizations so the truth once again matters. Put your best young performers who have good moral character on a fast track to the top. Clean out the dead wood, reform the culture and apologize to your audience. That is how I would do it.

  87. If O’Reilly is going to list the worst anti-obama sites tonight, my guess is it will be quite the hit job, slash and burn

    I think in honor of this most auspicious occasion, we should all post things like:

    1). Obama is an Al Qaeda operative!
    2). Nostradmus predicted Obama by name as the anti-christ!
    3). Michelle Obama kills kittens in neighborhood for fur coat! Neighbors are outraged!
    4). The Michelle Obama sex change video! She’s a man, Baby!
    5). DNA evidence reveals Obama is 100% white!
    6). Obama solicites Dean in public bathroom for money!
    7). Paternity tests prove Obama is Nicole Richies daddy!
    8). The Barack Obama porno: Hairy Barry in Smack My Bitch Up!
    9). Weird Obama diet…he eats only arugula and survives!
    10). Obama napalms first born child to secure seat in the Senate!

    (Enjoy yourself, Bill)

  88. rbc, Several national tracking polls now have it at 2 or 3 points. I still think McCain has more up his sleeve, too. The GOP always does.

  89. henry Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 12:06 pm
    wbboei
    has anyone examined the very cheap rate waffles got for his infomercial? He is airing from 8 to 830 on the east coast at 1 million dollars. A thirty minute pogram has 8 minutes of advertising. Sundays and thursdays command the most bang for the buck, I think that comes to 125k per sponsor So are the major netwrks taking a bath for obama?
    &&&&&&&&

    And yet, who is going to sit and watch 30 minutes of “yadda yadda CHANGE yadda yda HOPE yadda yadda post-partisan…”? Undecideds?

    Only Obamabots are going to break out the popcorn and say, “I love this show. It always has the same happy ending”. Then they’re going to turn off the tv, because “Who wants to watch a silly old baseball game with their touchdowns, when you can spend time prosthelitizing on the internet and skewing meaningless online polls?”

    And for all the Regular People in bars seeing Yet Another Politician (YAP), they’ll be yelling at the bartender, “Turn to another channel”.

    Bartender: “He seems to be on every channel. The only one he’s not on is showing Project Runway”

    Patrons: “PROJECT RUNWAY!!! NOW!”

  90. WaPo Puts Obama’s Sleazy Online-Donor Security Avoidance on Page…Two?
    By Tim Graham | October 29, 2008 – 08:00
    newsbusters.org/

    The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Obama campaign confirmed that it’s “allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity.” Why is this story not on Page One? (It’s in small print on the Post’s home page: “Obama Accepting Untraceable Prepaid Credit Cards.”) Then there’s this nugget, buried in paragraphs nine and ten, about what spurred the Post story by reporter Matthew Mosk:

    The Obama team’s disclosures came in response to questions from The Washington Post about the case of Mary T. Biskup, a retired insurance manager from Manchester, Mo., who turned up on Obama’s FEC reports as having donated $174,800 to the campaign. Contributors are limited to giving $2,300 for the general election.

    Biskup, who had scores of Obama contributions attributed to her, said in an interview that she never donated to the candidate. “That’s an error,” she said. Moreover, she added, her credit card was never billed for the donations, meaning someone appropriated her name and made the contributions with another card.

  91. Paula Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 12:11 pm
    Do you all think these stories on what’s happening with early voting are accurate? Sounds like a potential upset could be in the making.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Paula, How is early voting helpful to one candidate or the other? What have you heard?

    From what seems to be prevailing opinion in MSM, Obama wants early voting, to help lessen problems of crowded inner city polling sites where people can’t get in to vote by closing time. Then again, we know how little cred they have, and this too might be another false “indicator that Obama will win this going away”.

    Of course, older voters (who may tend toward McCain) want to get voting over with, especially if they have infirmities or must arrange rides.

  92. jbstonesfan, It won’t come from the Times. It’ll have to be from another source.

    BTW, now we know how BO raised so much money. I’m sorry, but if HRC had raised the kind of money BO has the media would’ve been all over the story. Of course there’s fraud. Duh!

  93. Idunn
    Should O’Reilly reference this site as one of the most anti-waffles places, i relish the opportunity to bombard him and every nrwspaper with the quotes from “Something Awful” regarding the individual posts here during the primary. Bring it on. SpacegirlArt and Fran were attacked and threatened with virtual rape. I saved every utterence and will make sure that the media here in PA is aware. I have a couple of ins a I will use them

  94. Paula Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 12:16 pm
    BTW, some of the public polls also show more Dems supporting McCain than GOPers voting Obama, so the McCain campaign’s internal numbers aren’t off the wall on that point. The reason BO is ahead in these polls is the sizable party ID gap the pollsters use.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Back in like August, a good several weeks after Obama “won” the nomination, JM was retaining roughly 85% of Repubs, BO only 74% of Dems. Pollsters oversampling incorrectly assumes that the cross-overs cancel each other out. It’s the Hillary Effect, long time Dems who do not approve of the hostile takeover of their party. Folks that you’ll find right here.

  95. rgb, I was referring to the recent posts here which seem to point to a large contingent of PUMAs. But perhaps those are just isolated occurences.

  96. wbboei Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 11:56 am
    Of all the lightweights in national media, Campbell Brown is undisputably the lightest of them all. It is a tribute to cnn that they would put a person who is this clueless forward as someone worth listening to. But that is cnn for you, and we know who their chief national correspondent is so the bar is not that high.
    &&&&&&&

    Campbell Brown… Mmmmm Mmmmm Bad.

  97. I find it very interesting that O’Reilly is timing his hit piece on anti-obama sites for the same night as Obama’s propagandamercial. It reeks big time!

  98. NO WONDER THE U.N. WANTS A PRESIDENT OBAMA

    yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-will-spread-wealth-to-other.html

    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
    Obama Will “Spread The Wealth” To OTHER Countries

    Rarely discussed part of the Obama “Economic Plan” is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

    In 1966, with key help from the Soviet Union, the United Nations began promoting a monstrosity of a treaty known as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). It is chockablock with exactly the things Obama would say government must do on your behalf: provide housing, clothing, education, health care, employment, a living wage that accounts for comparative worth (meaning the government, under the guise of preventing discrimination, determines what you are paid), limited labor hours, paid vacation and holidays, paid parental leave, nearly unrestricted trade unionization, social security (including “social insurance”), “equitable distribution of world food supplies in relation to need,” and so on.

    This treaty is all about redistributing the wealth WORLDWORLD Nixon and LBJ refused to sign it. Jimmy Carter did sign it. Since then it congress has refused to ratify it. But Senator Obama has said that he will make a renewed effort to get it ratified. With a filibusterer-proof Senate that will not be difficult.

    Read more about this treaty and see how your rights will be limited IF Obama is successful in pushing it through:

    Obama’s ‘Redistributive Change’ and the Death of Freedom
    Beware the International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights.

    By Andrew C. McCarthy

    There should no longer be any dispute that Barack Obama’s aim is to socialize the American economy — as he vaporously puts it, to bring about “redistributive change.” The real question is how he’ll go about it. Very likely, the answer lies in a potentially cataclysmic treaty that has gotten virtually no attention during the campaign: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

    TO CONTINUE READING: yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-will-spread-wealth-to-other.htm

  99. GENETICALLY MODIFIED POLLING 101: This course will cover how to selectively manipulate statistics to influence the perception of the public. (Note, the four textbooks, published by the teacher, cost $165.99 each).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102803675.html?hpid=topnews

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/28/polling.lookback/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

    Here’s the first one:

    Accuracy Of Polls a Question In Itself
    Skeptics Challenge Assumptions Made

    By Michael Abramowitz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008; Page A02

    Could the polls be wrong?

    Sen. John McCain and his allies say that they are. The country, they say, could be headed to a 2008 version of the famous 1948 upset election, with McCain in the role of Harry S. Truman and Sen. Barack Obama as Thomas E. Dewey, lulled into overconfidence by inaccurate polls.

    “We believe it is a very close race, and something that is frankly very winnable,” Sarah Simmons, director of strategy for the McCain campaign, said yesterday.

    Few analysts outside the McCain campaign appear to share this view. And pollsters this time around will not make the mistake that the Gallup organization made 60 years ago — ending their polling more than a week before the election and missing a last-minute surge in support for Truman. Every day brings dozens of new state and national presidential polls, a trend that is expected to continue up to Election Day.

    Still, there appears to be an undercurrent of worry among some polling professionals and academics. One reason is the wide variation in Obama leads: Just yesterday, an array of polls showed the Democrat leading by as little as two points and as much as 15 points. The latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll showed the race holding steady, with Obama enjoying a lead of 52 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

    Some in the McCain camp also argue that the polls showing the largest leads for Obama mistakenly assume that turnout among young voters and African Americans will be disproportionately high. The campaign is banking on a good turnout among GOP partisans, whom McCain officials say they are working hard to attract to the polls.

    “I have been wondering for weeks” whether the polls are accurately gauging the state of the race, said Steven Schier, a political scientist at Carleton College in Minnesota. Borrowing from lingo popularized by former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Schier asked what are the “unknown unknowns” about polling this year: For instance, is the sizable cohort of people who don’t respond to pollsters more Republican-leaning this year, perhaps because they don’t want to admit to a pollster that they are not supporting the “voguish” Obama?

    If so, that could mean the polls are routinely understating McCain’s support. “I have no evidence that this is happening,” Schier said, but he added: “I’m still thinking there’s a 25 percent chance that this is a squeaker race and McCain pulls it out.”

    Other experts are less uncertain. Ruy Teixeira, a political demographer at the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation, said averaging the daily polls points to “pretty much the same thing — that the race is pretty stable and that Obama has a stable lead. Typically, when you are this far ahead at this point, it’s hard to lose.”

    “It is very unlikely that we are going to get surprised by a last-minute movement,” said John R. Petrocik, chairman of the political science department at the University of Missouri. “Obama has been running six to eight points ahead for the better part of two weeks, and it’s hard to imagine that turning around.”

    The McCain campaign’s case that the race is closer than many polls suggest appears to rest largely on the proposition that the composition of the electorate this year will closely resemble that in 2004.

    McCain pollsters do anticipate that turnout could be even higher this year than the robust turnout four years ago, but they also expect that Democratic gains among African American voters and younger voters will be offset by higher turnout among more Republican-leaning voters. They also assert the race is tightening in battleground states, with independent voters increasingly receptive to McCain.

    “I have been wondering for weeks” whether the polls are accurately gauging the state of the race, said Steven Schier, a political scientist at Carleton College in Minnesota. Borrowing from lingo popularized by former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Schier asked what are the “unknown unknowns” about polling this year: For instance, is the sizable cohort of people who don’t respond to pollsters more Republican-leaning this year, perhaps because they don’t want to admit to a pollster that they are not supporting the “voguish” Obama?

    If so, that could mean the polls are routinely understating McCain’s support. “I have no evidence that this is happening,” Schier said, but he added: “I’m still thinking there’s a 25 percent chance that this is a squeaker race and McCain pulls it out.”

    Other experts are less uncertain. Ruy Teixeira, a political demographer at the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation, said averaging the daily polls points to “pretty much the same thing — that the race is pretty stable and that Obama has a stable lead. Typically, when you are this far ahead at this point, it’s hard to lose.”

    “It is very unlikely that we are going to get surprised by a last-minute movement,” said John R. Petrocik, chairman of the political science department at the University of Missouri. “Obama has been running six to eight points ahead for the better part of two weeks, and it’s hard to imagine that turning around.”

    The McCain campaign’s case that the race is closer than many polls suggest appears to rest largely on the proposition that the composition of the electorate this year will closely resemble that in 2004.

    McCain pollsters do anticipate that turnout could be even higher this year than the robust turnout four years ago, but they also expect that Democratic gains among African American voters and younger voters will be offset by higher turnout among more Republican-leaning voters. They also assert the race is tightening in battleground states, with independent voters increasingly receptive to McCain.

    To buttress its point of view, the McCain team points to results reported yesterday by the Gallup organization, whose daily tracking poll showed Obama up 49 percent to 47 percent using Gallup’s traditional turnout model, which assumes that turnout will follow the patterns of past elections. Obama has a larger lead, seven points, using a model that allows a higher presence of first-time voters.

    A Pew Research Center poll released yesterday shows a 15-point lead for Obama, a result based on relaxed criteria for when to consider an African American respondent a likely voter, said Andrew Kohut, president of the center. He said the poll shows that roughly 12 percent of the electorate this year is black, up from 2004, with a similar increase among younger voters. Kohut defended this approach, saying there are historically high levels of interest in this contest among both demographic groups. At the same time, he added, “we’ve consistently shown less enthusiasm and engagement among Republicans than is typical, and the composition of the electorate shows that.”

    Kohut said several variables signal Obama has not convinced voters, such as a large number of respondents in the Pew poll who see the Illinois Democrat as a risky choice. But Kohut said the odds are against “a huge shift” in voter preferences by Election Day.

    Some polls show Obama with a healthy lead even without an assumed surge in African American and young voters. Obama’s seven-point lead in the Washington Post-ABC News poll is not premised on disproportionately higher turnout among those demographic groups. The poll’s turnout model currently shows that 10 percent of likely voters are black, compared with the 11 percent who voted in 2004, according to the network exit poll. Voters younger than 30 make up 16 percent of the Post-ABC sample, little different from the 17 percent four years ago.

    Post polling director Jon Cohen said the survey designers “carefully consider a range of likely voter scenarios and use our best judgment. Our polling throughout the campaign has been on target and, we believe, helpful to understanding what is really happening. I hope it stays that way.”

    He noted that to address “one potential pitfall,” The Post and ABC conduct interviews with a random selection of those who have only cellular phone service alongside a traditional random sample of those with residential phone service. One recent criticism of current polling has been that it does not accurately capture the sentiments of those who primarily use cellphones.

  100. I wonder if O’Reilly’s anti-Obama websites thing may actually help us. At this point we are not going after kool-aid people. So the undecideds and people open to switching who may not know much about these sites, may actually be able to do their last minute homework.

  101. The larger problem, of course, is a media which hides and distorts the record, so the American People are deprived of the facts they need to exercise an informed choice at the ballot box. That is why I would put an X mark on the door of every executive at msnbc, nbc and cnn, from one end of wing tip alley to the other. Those are the people responsible for the undoing of our democacy-make no mistake about it. Their ex post facto excuses are superfulous.

  102. All I ask is that any individual that plans on voting on election day, make use of their time from now until then and really learn about the two candidates, what they stand for, what they have accomplished, what they have told the truth about, what they have lied about, and finally who they have and/or continue to associate with.

    Is that too much to ask?

  103. Obama-Khalidi Tape: Blogger Obtains Quotes from Hidden Video UPDATED

    “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine.”

    Remember when the LA Times circulated a memo telling its reporters not to write about John Edwards being caught with his mistress–in LA? [John Edwards-Rielle Hunter Love Child: LA Times Censors Reporters on Story]. The Times refused to inform its readers of the news until Edwards gave the struggling paper his okay by confessing on ABC’s Nightline.

    The LA Times is continuing this recent tradition of deciding which news which doesn’t fit its editorial room political views it will allow its readers to see.

    However, highly-reliable blogger, Doug Ross has a RED ALERT: Two Quotes from the Obama-Khalidi Video the LA Times won’t release. DBKP worked with Ross on the John Edwards scandal story and he’s proved careful and reliable in the past–both in his use of sources and in his reporting.

    From Ross’ usually-reliable LA source:

    Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.”

    It would be really controversial if it got out. That’s why they will not even let a transcript get out.

    To which Ross replies: “Yep, I guess that would do it”

    The McCain campaign and conservative websites have called upon the Times to release the video.

    deathby1000papercuts.com/2008/10/obama-khalidi-tape-blogger-obtains-quotes-from-hidden-video/

  104. Afternoon all…from rainy PA!

    Guys..check out this video (if you haven’t already seen it) of Campbell Brown (surprisingly) ripping Obama for flip flopping on Campaign Finance. This video should be shown to the whole country 2 nights before election day!!

    cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/28/campbell.brown.obama/index.html

  105. Wednesday, October 29, 2008
    Mr. Berg Goes to Washington
    http://www.americasright.com/

    Today, should everything go according to plan, only five days after his federal lawsuit against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was dismissed for lack of standing from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, attorney Philip Berg will file his appeal in Philadelphia and, once it is docketed with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, will travel to Washington, D.C. to file a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.

    There, Berg says, should things progress on schedule, he will be accompanied by a television crew from Fox News Channel.

    “Despite the setback we received on Friday,” Berg said, “I feel as though we really do have momentum here. And, while this course of action may not be your standard fare, I think that we’re too close to the election and too close to a constitutional crisis in America to not pursue this to the best of our ability.”

    The non-standard course of action Berg mentioned, it seems, is the concept of appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court without first exhausting all options at the Circuit Court level. By appealing at the Third Circuit, the case could have been heard by a panel of three judges, if not more, and then taken to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Still, Berg insists that due to the argument schedules at the Third Circuit and the nation being less than a week removed from Election Day, the chance of his action against Barack Obama being heard in time is slim at best.

    Now, as was written yesterday at America’s Right, the odds that the U.S. Supreme Court will grant certiorari and choose to hear Berg’s case are razor-thin. Each year, the Supreme Court is presented with approximately 8,000 petitions for certiorari but only grants about 75 to 120. Berg, however, is not extremely concerned.

    “Of course, the odds are long,” Berg said. “But this case does have to do with the prevention of a guaranteed constitutional crisis and, even if it is not heard in time or at all, the national media should have no choice but to pay attention.”

    Even if the case were heard, Berg faces long odds in the courtroom as well, as the standing doctrine as it stands now does not lean in his favor. Also from yesterday’s update:

    http://www.americasright.com

  106. The LA Times must release the video ASAP…..It they don’t, there’s something wrong with this great nation of ours…..

    PLEASE WAKE UP AMERICANS…….

  107. Just have to say the attacks on frank show the cowardice of all media, Oreilly hitting him hard when he gave bambi a pass resultsin my dismissal of all that were suposed to be the fourth estate,In my humbele opinion the only people that have exhibited a modicum of fairness are Greta van Cant spell the last name and megyn Kelly both of fox news. O’reilly not so much and sean hannity’s does nothing to diminish or negate repeated references to senator clinton and her supporters on his radio show does nothing but piss me off. you want mcCaIN TO WIN EMBRACE THE DISENFRANCHISED HILLARY SUPPORTERS BUT DON’T DO ONE THING ON YOUR RADIO SHOW AND ANOTHER ON TV.

  108. I have a feeling that many of those state polls where early voting is going on are not just using random samplings from registered voters but are also using samplings from exit polls. Which would account for the disparity between democrats and republicans polled since democrats are by far out numbering republicans in early voting.

  109. could this be what “say it ain’t so Joe” knows and was warning about??????????????

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=312

    VLADIMIR PUTIN IS THE TARGET of heated rhetoric from Obama & his foreign policy adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Both are already stoking the fires of a US-Russian conflict. In an interview with Huffington Post, Brzezinski, Obama’s script writer, had some “fighting words” for his hated foe, Vladimir Putin.

    KEEP READING…..

  110. From Ross’ usually-reliable LA source:

    Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.”

    It would be really controversial if it got out. That’s why they will not even let a transcript get out.

    To which Ross replies: “Yep, I guess that would do it”
    &&&&&&&&

    Maybe one of the 75 staffers being laid off at the LAT will talk. That reward of $150,000 is pretty good severance for disgruntled employee.

  111. Does anyone really think if there was a similar tape with Hillary or McCain saying those things if wouldn’t have been made public long ago? BTW, does anyone have any idea how the L.A. times got it?

  112. Latest on this from HillBuzz:

    hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/something-is-definitely-up-palin-is-setting-the-stage-for-something-today/?cpage=0#comment-14904

  113. Microsoft patents web moderator robots

    technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5006025.ece?Submitted=true

    The problem with the internet, as we all know, is that it gives free rein to loonies. Once upon a time, green inkers would rant away on writing paper, seal their 30-page global conspiracy theory into a recycled envelope and post it to a newspaper, which would drop it harmlessly into a wastepaper basket. Now they infiltrate chat rooms, scrawl anonymous abuse in web discussions and even have their own video blogs.

    Sometimes this is entertaining; sometimes it can be offensive. So Microsoft has just been awarded a patent for technology designed to automatically detect and remove “undesired words or phrases” from all manner of digital communications, ranging from YouTube broadcasts to internet chat and songs.

    The patent describes a system that listens out for phonemes (word fragments) likely to be part of a swearword. If it thinks it hears a forbidden phrase, the software either fades out the offending syllables or simply replaces the rude word with a similar-sounding but clean alternative lifted from earlier speech without a second’s delay.

    With Microsoft’s software put in place by parents, children could listen to the most explicit rap music and hear nothing stronger than “gosh darn mother flippers”. Theoretically, the software could monitor thousands of digital TV broadcasts, radio stations and web chats simultaneously.

    That’s all to the good, as long as the targets are “trolls” (internet slang for people whose aim is to disrupt the web community). There’s a danger, though, that it could go too far. Who’s to say that an overzealous Microsoft employee might not accidentally on purpose blacklist the names of rivals such as Apple and Linux?

    Worse, there are governments around the world that would probably go further still, suppressing dissent not with guns and clubs but by preventing people from even discussing concepts such as “protest” or “freedom”. And that, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a freaking scary idea.

    * Hav

  114. I could not wait to get back to some sanity and reality.
    I am a 54 yr black female who went to vote early today with my husband.
    1. I had to endure the Obama comments on the way not much because it is a source of disagreement for us ( for me I get fighting mad LOL)
    2. Had to stand in line an hear more rhetoric (thought I was going to lose my mind) live in a south suburban area in Illinois.
    3. When finally getting on the inside had to sit and hear more shit.
    4. Finally got to cast vote and voted for McCain/Palin voted republican for the first time in my life and I felt grt about it.

    JOY JOY JOY

    Now all MCcain has to do is win. If not and I could afford it I would really like to leave this country.
    CMON MCCAIN?PALIN08

    PS being here in IL my congressional district is JJ jr and all Obama comrades so I voted for all republicans.

  115. If the Republicans have a copy of the tape it would not be released until Friday. Wednesday night and all day Thursday MSM will be praising the 30 minute ad of the Messiah only to have their world come crashing in on them Friday when that tape is released.

  116. From Pumapac

    hillbuzz.wordpress.com/

    hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/breaking-transcript-of-obama-khalidi-tape/

    BREAKING: Transcript of Obama-Khalidi Tape (please send to everyone you know, and people you have not met yet. Meet people today just to send this to them)

    While Sam Zell is selling out the future of his own people by refusing to release the tape of Barack Obama toasting known anti-Semite and
    PLO functionary, Rashid Khalidi, I have been fortunate enough to receive a probable transcript of the toast…
    HERE IT IS:
    ****BEGINNING OF TRANSCRIPT***********
    Um, ah….Salaam
    Um….My distinguished guests….ughh….it is an honor to be here…
    uhh….It is truly refreshing to be surrounded by such a large group of people in which…uh.. I can truly see eye-to-eye with…uh…and completely agree…
    Reverend Farrakhan..ughh…great to see you tonight…you always look great in a yellow bow-tie…and..uhh…tonight is no exception….
    Bill..Bernadine….I see you everyday…so I don’t need to say much…but…ughh…you know I love you….keep doing the work you do….it’s time to start a revolution
    Reverend Wright…..ughh…you are the father that I never had….I’ve never missed a sermon…and…uhh….I never will…
    Michelle, while I find your frown so beautiful….I hope to one day make you proud of this country..and uhh…happy…and finally see you smile….
    uhhhhh…with that being said…If everyone could please hold off from hitting the hookah…I would like to say a toast..to my, and Yasser Arafat’s, best friend….Mr. Rashid Khalidi….
    Rashid…..you are my best friend….spiritual compass…..and baby sitter (crowd laughs..and cries)
    I want to thank you for your constant indoctrination….I want to thank you for your imput..and..uhhh…reminders…that Israel is a constant sore….and..uhh…needs to be eliminated off the map….
    I also want to thank you for introducing me to your many contacts in the middle east…I am sure…uh…that their imput……and uh…money…..will be of great use to me as I run for President of these great 57 states…..
    While David Axelrod may be forcing you to move away from me during the campaign….I am confident…that..uhh…our friendship will not only remain..but actually prosper..during our time of absence….
    Rashid…you ARE my middle east adviser….and you ALWAYS will be…
    Here’s to Rashid……(A chant of Messiah can be heard in the background….also audible…is a voice (thought to be Ayer’s) screaming REVOLUTION…REVOLUTION..over and over…)
    Salaam….
    **************END OF TRANSCRIPT*************
    IN LIGHT OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES NOT RELEASING THEIR COPY OF THE TAPE….CONSIDER THIS PROBABLE TRANSCRIPT TO BE ACCURATE, AND FEEL FREE TO DISTRIBUTE IT TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE AN HONEST ASSESSMENT OF SENATOR OBAMA, PRIOR TO CASTING THEIR VOTE
    If any Obamabots object to my writing, please call the Los Angeles Times, and convince them to release the original copy to prove me wrong.
    L.A Times Contact Information:
    Los Angeles Times
    202 W. 1st St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: (213) 237-5000
    Fax: (213) 237-7679

  117. From Pumapac
    murphy 10.29.08 at 10:06 am

    FreedomMarch.org is marching on the LA Times,
    Thursday October 30, 2008 at 10:00 AM,
    if it does not release the Rashid Khalidi video of Obama.
    We demand that the LA Times release the Rashid Khalidi video http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/McCain_camp_demands_LA_Times_video.html?showall

    Tell your friends and family.
    Get Los Angeles Marchers there. Have them contact me.
    See http://www.FreedomMarch.org for details.
    LA Times may release video Wed. Oct 29.
    If they don’t release,
    we MARCH Thurs, Oct 29 @ 10:00 AM.

  118. The problem word here is “probable.” It behooves the L.A. Times to release this tape in order to either confirm or challenge this transcript.

    Then again, doctoring is always possible on the part of the L.A. Times…so who knows.

  119. Florida voting rolls contain dead people, duplicates, ineligible felons (65,000+)

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 29, 2008 | Peter Franceschina, Sally Kestin, John Maines, Megan O’Matz and Dana Williams

    Mattie Lee Blitch has been dead 23 years but she’s still registered to vote in Palm Beach County.

    Recent college graduate Brett Ackerman is registered three times in two counties.

    And convicted felon Joseph Muro just signed up to vote — from a state mental institution for the criminally insane.

    With balloting well under way in the general election, the Sun Sentinel found more than 65,000 ineligible and duplicate voters on Florida’s registration rolls.

    That includes at least 600 dead people, 32,000 voters registered more than once and a growing number of convicted felons — now more than 33,000 — who by law should not be allowed to cast ballots.

    Political analysts say the potential for widespread fraud in the names of dead or duplicate voters is low, although dead voters did play a role in the 1997 Miami mayor’s race. Ineligible felons, however, could influence a close election in a state that decided the 2000 presidential race by 537 votes.

    […]

    An untold number of Florida’s 1.8 million non-citizens are on the voting rolls. Non-citizens are not permitted to vote, but Florida has no way of checking citizenship.

    (Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com …

  120. Iraqi Billionaire Threatens Reporters Investigating Rezko Affair
    Andrew Walden
    2008-08-26 at 10:37 am

    mensnewsdaily.com/2008/08/26/iraqi-billionaire-threatens-reporters-investigating-rezko-affair/

    Why aren’t the American media investigating the role of British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi in supplying loans to Barack Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko? Some point to media bias, but there is another factor. Working for Auchi, who was born in Iraq, attorneys from London law firm Carter-Ruck have for several months been flooding American and British newspapers and websites with letters demanding removal of material they deem “defamatory” to their client.

    SNIP

    The Obama campaign recently issued a non-denial denial in response to claims that Obama met with Auchi―contained in Jerome Corsi’s bestseller, The Obama Nation. They cited only two references. One is, “Mr. Auchi’s lawyer” who told the February 27, 2008 London Evening Standard, “As far as he can remember he has had no direct contact with Mr. Obama.” Another is, “A lawyer for Auchi, Alasdair Pepper” who says, according to the April 16, 2008 Washington Post, “Auchi Had ‘No Recollection’ Of Meeting Obama or Michelle.” Alasdair Pepper is the attorney whose name appears on the Carter-Ruck demand letters.

    SNIP

    According to the Times of London, “Mr. Rezko’s lawyer said his client had ‘longstanding indebtedness’ to Mr. Auchi’s General Mediterranean Holding (GMH). By June 2007 he owed it $27.9 million. Under a Loan Forgiveness Agreement described in court, M. Auchi lent Mr. Rezko $3.5 million in April 2005 and $11 million in September 2005, as well as $3.5 million transferred in April 2007. That agreement provided for the outstanding loans to be ‘forgiven’ in return for a stake in the 62-acre Riverside Park development.”

    SNIP

    In 2003, Nick Cohen of the UK Guardian wrote:

    Allow me to introduce you to Nadhmi Auchi. He was charged in the 1950s with being an accomplice of Saddam Hussein, when the future tyrant was acquiring his taste for blood. He was investigated in the 1980s for his part in alleged bribes to the fabulously corrupt leaders of post-war Italy. In the 1990s, the Belgium Ambassador to Luxembourg claimed that Auchi’s bank held money Saddam and Colonel Gadaffi had stolen from their luckless peoples. In 2002, officers from the Serious Fraud Squad raided the offices of one of Auchi’s drug companies as part of an investigation of what is alleged to be the biggest swindle ever of the (British National Health Service). With allegations, albeit unproven, like these hanging over him, wouldn’t you think that British MPs would have the sense to stay away?

    But after threats from Carter-Ruck, Cohen’s “defamatory” article became one of six Guardian and Observer articles scrubbed from the Internet this April.

    Blogger “A Jacksonian” received a similar demand on or before June 24. His article is still up. It details much of the information contained in the six deleted Guardian/Observer articles.

    SNIP

    Intimidation

    Apparently I was mistaken. After American Thinker received a letter from Carter-Ruck, the sentence was chopped off after the word “Rezko.” Many website operators simply do not have the legal or financial resources necessary to face off with Carter-Ruck.

    Larry Johnson of the No Quarter Blog received and posted online a February 18 demand letter from Carter-Ruck which claims Auchi “was not involved in any of (Saddam Hussein’s) operations.” Carter-Ruck even demands removal of material in the comments section below Johnson’s blog postings.

    Similar claims, as well as misspellings, are contained in other of Pepper’s letters seen by this writer—perhaps indicating that the Auchi threat letter machine is nearing its operational limits and might fail if Internet users revolt and begin randomly posting deleted Auchi material all over the Internet in an act of cyber-civil-disobedience.

    Senator Lieberman’s Free Speech Protection Act is modeled on “Rachel’s Law” signed April 30, 2008 by New York Governor David Paterson. Rachel’s Law had passed both houses of the New York state legislature unanimously March 31 after being introduced with bi-partisan support. “Rachel” is Rachel Ehrenfeld, an investigative journalist and author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It.
    SNIP

    Silent Treatment

    U.S. media outlets are historically strong defenders of press freedoms. But there has been near-total silence about the UK-based legal threats to public discussion of the Rezko affair. While Auchi’s interference may explain part of the media’s lack of interest, the attitude of the New York Times and New York Review of Books goes a long way towards explaining the rest.

    If elected President, Obama will be required to swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Will Senator Obama now join in co-sponsoring S-2977, the Free Speech Protection Act of 2008, and call upon his fellow Democrats to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate for a vote? If not will Obama explain why the Free Speech Protection Act is not necessary to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution?”

    Will reporters covering the campaign ask Obama whether, if elected, he would approve a request for U.S. residency from Auchi?

    Are the media now cooperating in their own silencing? The attitude of the New York Times does not bode well.

    mensnewsdaily.com/2008/08/26/iraqi-billionaire-threatens-reporters-investigating-rezko-affair/

  121. sean hannity is advertising someone from acorn ratting on obamas deep connection to acorn today.

    will be on the radio in a bit.

  122. Rezkowatch (now TheRealBarackObama) got a letter from Pepper threatening legal action some several months ago. If I recall, B Merry told him to go get screwed. LOL!

  123. Does anyone have the video of the older black man who claims Rashidi asked him to write a letter of introduction for Obama for Harvard law school.

    Please send to the press.

  124. Idunn, thanks for that CBS story. Here is a juicy excerpt of Sarah’s insightful analysis at the rally today:

    Palin’s impetus was a story published in the Los Angeles Times in April about a 2003 banquet, in which the then Illinois state senator spoke about his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a former PLO spokesman and current Columbia University professor, who has a history of espousing views on Israel that many consider incendiary.

    “And the twist here is that there’s a videotape of a party for this person, back in 2003, a celebration of him, and Barack was there, and we know some very derogatory things were said there about Israel and America’s support for that great nation,” Palin said. “And among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of terrorism instead of the victim.”

    Palin then insinuated that Obama might not support Israel in the way he says he does.

    “What we don’t know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country that he now professes to support,” Palin said.

    Over the chorus of loud boos from the crowd, Palin pointed out that the Los Angeles Times has refused to release the videotape of the banquet, which was explained in detail in the story that the newspaper published over six months ago.

    “Maybe some politicians would love to have a pet newspaper of their very own,” she said. “In this case, we have a newspaper willing to throw aside even the public’s right to know in order to protect a candidate that its own editorial board has endorsed.”

    Palin, who majored in journalism in college, went on to mock the LA Times and question its integrity.

    “And if there’s a Pulitzer Prize category for excelling in kowtowing, then the LA Times, you’re winning,” she said.

  125. Do you know what networks are playing the 30 minute infomercial tonight? I did not hear CNN being part of it. Is that why they are lashing out?

  126. Hannity going balistic on hi radio show. Had a report of ACORN worker testifying in PA that ACORN had access to Obama’s donor lists and went after people who had maxed to Obama who wanted to donate more in support of him.

  127. Jan, yea, lashing out is perhaps strong but Brown’s meltdown is on point and I wonder if that is because they didn’t get a piece of the pie?

  128. No birth certificate, anti-semetic tapes, criminal/terrorist connections…what is it going to take for the DNC to admit they screwed up so badly and are basically pushing a thug for their candidate?

    As much as I despise the empty suit, the Democratic Party has my outmost disgust for playing in the gutter with this twit!

  129. The Rise and Fall of the _____:
    a) Roman Empire
    b) Ahmadinejad
    c) Obama

    Thomas Friedman’s op-ed today:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/29/opinion/29friedman.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

    has a ditty charting the rise and fall of Iran, which leads to an analogy:

    (snip)
    After all, it was the collapse of global oil prices in the early 1990s that brought down the Soviet Union. And Iran today is looking very Soviet to me.

    As Vladimir Mau, president of Russia’s Academy of National Economy, pointed out to me, it was the long period of high oil prices followed by sharply lower oil prices that killed the Soviet Union. The spike in oil prices in the 1970s deluded the Kremlin into overextending subsidies at home and invading Afghanistan abroad — and then the collapse in prices in the ‘80s helped bring down that overextended empire.

    (Incidentally, this was exactly what happened to the shah of Iran: 1) Sudden surge in oil prices. 2) Delusions of grandeur. 3) Sudden contraction of oil prices. 4) Dramatic downfall. 5) You’re toast.)

    Under Ahmadinejad, Iran’s mullahs have gone on a domestic subsidy binge — using oil money to cushion the prices of food, gasoline, mortgages and to create jobs — to buy off the Iranian people. But the one thing Ahmadinejad couldn’t buy was real economic growth.

    &&&&&&&&&&

    Replace Shah of Iran with Obama:

    1) Sudden surge in popularity
    “I may have just started in the Senate, but the time is now for my Audacity of Ballsiness”

    2) Delusions of grandeur
    “And there will be throngs, and Bon Jovi, and Doric columns..” (or were they Ionian columns?)

    3) Sudden contraction of popularity
    “Why are they talking about Wright, and the 2003 speech, and my proposals, and character, right before the election??”

    4) Dramatic downfall
    John King: “I don’t know how the media, all across the board, could get it so wrong…”
    Campbell Brown: “I wonder how long Dean and Brazile will hold their positions?”
    Charlie Brown: “Good grief”

    5) You’re toast
    Mmmmm, marmalade.

  130. From a poster on The Confluence. This goes along with what RJK posted.

    “Did anyone already post the breaking news that a former ACORN employee testified in PA today, exposing rampant fraud, non-existent quality control, and on-going communications with the Obama campaign? The AP has picked the story up, and Frank Lund of the WSJ spent an extensive amount of time with her. He will be putting out an article asap. She was fired for using an ACORN credit card for expenses, so they will try to discredit her, but apparently it was powerful testimony and it could reveal that the Obama Campaign has been actively working with ACORN and lying about it.”

  131. So the empty suit is also supposed to appear on the Daily Show tonight! I guess I’ll be skipping that one as well. 😉

  132. PEOPLE…….BOYCOTT TV ALL TOGETHER TONIGHT ! LET NO STATION GET THE RATINGS ESPECIALLY BHO!

    TAKE A NIGHT OFF….have a good old fashioned family night !

    1. play a board game
    (how about Scrabble? see how many anti BHO words you can form!
    hmmmm? let’s see how much would the word radical or terrorist get? LOL! )

    2. Read a good book! ( I suggest obama nation by Gerome Corsi 😀 )

    3. Take a walk…….enjoy this freedom as one day if BHO succeeds it may be gone!

    4. Go for a drive…. another freedom that maybe gone all too soon

    5. go for a bike ride to the DQ (peanut buster parfait anyone?? Mmmm! )

    5. do anything but turn on your tv tonight!!

  133. Lin67

    I just managed to get back online and saw your comment around supper time re there not being a dissenting voice:

    Oh yes there is, and will be. I haven’t asked him outright, but I know that AMB90 will let me grip his hand as we go over the cliff, Thelma and Louise style, dissenting all the way.

    We will dissent, swear, boycott, spit, protest, bitch, complain, write, keep score, point fingers, go public, plead, post, complain, plant and wave signs, and foment holy hell (sorry, Idunn) on behalf of our children and stepchildren, and their children –because we are too old and unashamed and proud to do anything but.

    All I can think about today is, if Sarah, and Hillary, before her, put it all on the line…

    I can too.

  134. Please boycott—

    Do NOT watch BO tonight…it will be online later…

    Do not watch it live on any channel, or any internet site…do not give them the eyeball x 2 count.

    Starve him, and the Dems….and show him that $7 million tastes like ashes.

  135. Totally off topic, but this morning I actually heard a police siren when I was pouring coffee. That probably doesn’t sound strange to most of you…you probably hear sirens often. I’ve never heard a single one the entire time we’ve lived here (I’m VERY rural, remember?). Anyway…I was actually startled by it, but kind of blew it off. Maybe it was an abulance or something, you know? Then I heard a helicopter…which isn’t all that odd here, they scout for pot fields alot.

    Just now listening to the news and turns out there was a shooting up on Timber Ridge Road (not far from my house). The wife died, the man was flown to the hospital with a ginshot wound to the head. Very critical condition. Weirdest thing is…we drive by their house all the time. Beautiful log home…high up on a hill…overlooks the river…expensive. First murder here in 43 years!

    So then I go to local news online, read about it, and see there is one comment posted. Here’s what it said: “Better arm yourselves!”

    WTF??!!

  136. Do NOT watch BO tonight…

    You’re kidding, right? Did you really think any of US was gonna turn that shit on? LOL!

  137. I am so f***ng tired looking at his face. I am not a racist, but I don’t listen to this car salesman any more…..He is a PHONY….

  138. meiyingsu Says:

    October 29th, 2008 at 5:11 pm
    McCain’s new web ad: precondition
    &&&&&&&&&

    Excellent ad, Thanks, meiyingsu!.

  139. I’m assuming Obama will go all out to attack his opponent. Of course he is only for change and wouldn’t dream of going negative… 😉

  140. dunn Says:
    October 29th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Do NOT watch BO tonight…

    You’re kidding, right? Did you really think any of US was gonna turn that shit on? LOL!
    ****************************

    LOL…… I was speaking more to those who lurk here or may be visiting for the first time 😀

  141. # rjk1957 Says:
    October 29th, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Maybe McCain can get Bush to call a press conference for 8:00 tonight and get Obama bumped.
    *************************

    LOL I love it!!

    and better yet….. he could talk about our foreign policy issues of today to put the conversation back on
    Foreign Affairs 😀

  142. I was told this morning that Martha Stewart endorsed Obama. She said something about his experience.
    WHAT EXPERIENCE????????

    It was previously said that Colin Powell vouches for his experience. Again,
    WHAT EXPERIENCE??????

  143. My neice called me this morning. We were talking, general conversation, it then turned to politics. She said she voted for Obama during the primary. Now she will be voting for McCain. She said she started really listening to his campaign speeches an they are empty. She noticed how he says one thing and does another. She knows about the tapes out there and how the media is not reporting anything negative about him.. She says she can’t stand Pelosi

  144. Idunn, was it a murder-suicide?

    Don’t know yet. But the Sherriff said they aren’t looking for suspects, so I’m thinking yeah.

  145. PEOPLE…….BOYCOTT TV ALL TOGETHER TONIGHT ! LET NO STATION GET THE RATINGS ESPECIALLY BHO
    ==========================================================================

    I have been boycotting so long i have lost count.

  146. Idunn: I am so sorry to hear about your neighbors. How frightening for something like that to happen near you.

    ———————————————————————–

    I am TOTALLY DISGUSTED with the California Nurses Association! I received this announcement in an e-mail today. Totally biased against Governor Palin:

    Nurses Present Palin Clothing Line Website…and other ways the money could have been spent.
    What else could you do with $150,000? That’s the sum the Republican National Committee famously spent on wardrobe and makeup for Gov. Sarah Palin.

    Contrast that with a registered nurse who can be outfitted in scrubs for just $10 for a hospital shift. “The same $150,000 would outfit 15,000 RNs in scrubs,” notes Geri Jenkins, RN, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee which sponsored the site, http://www.DressLikePalin.com.

    “How disgraceful at a time when so many Americans are struggling to pay their medical bills or keep their homes,” Jenkins noted.

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    “Spending $150,000 for a one month wardrobe while painting yourself as a ‘hockey mom’ or the voice of ‘Joe Six Pack’ is an insult,” said CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. “There’s been a lot of talk about Marxists in this campaign, but the real Marxist is in the McCain camp – she’s just a Neiman Marxist,” said DeMoro.

    “Real working people live and dress far differently,” DeMoro noted. The $150,000 shopping spree amounts to, as one writer put it, more than the average American household spends on clothes in 80 years. The same $150,000 could buy 15,000 chef coats, 5,769 painter’s bibs, 5,000 police shirts, 4,687 auto mechanics’ coveralls, 3,750 pilot uniforms, or 3,571 housekeeper uniforms.

    more: http://www.calnurses.org/media-center/press-releases/2008/october/nurses-present-palin-clothing-line-website-and-other-ways-the-money-could-have-been-spent.html

    If I did not have to belon to this union for employment purposes, I would resign. Totally disgusting. This is on top of an obscene video clip that they did on Palin, emphasizing the debunked lies about her.

  147. Emjay: Right on dear friend.You need not ask.We both know that the time is perilous and uncertain with the coming of the Messiah and his misguided blind followers.I agree that in this point of our lives there is no mountain too steep or a cliff to high in our efforts to save this great country that has served us so well,for our families and the generations still to come.God Willing.

    Thank you all that support our efforts to save America from The Merchant of Venom.Brack Hussein Obama

    By ABM90

  148. Lin67

    I just managed to get back online and saw your comment around supper time re there not being a dissenting voice:

    Oh yes there is, and will be. I haven’t asked him outright, but I know that AMB90 will let me grip his hand as we go over the cliff, Thelma and Louise style, dissenting all the way.

    We will dissent, swear, boycott, spit, protest,
    ==========
    Well Emjay, that is a great analogy. I’ll just stand in that line and jump with you.

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