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Why One Debate is More than Enough

October 31, 2008 |

Consider this the 1,000th example of the American media boiling down complex issues into easily digestible slogans, as the only two schmucks we can vote for dance along to the show. To quote Newt Gingrich, "We don't really have presidential debates today; we have a kind of meaningless political performance art: a recitation of talking points choreographed to avoid any risk."


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End the Federal Reserve: National Day of Protest

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There will be a nation-wide protest against the Federal Reserve system on November 22nd, 2008!

Rallies will take place in front of every Federal Reserve bank and office, meaning 38 simultaneous protests in cities across the country. Come out and make your voice heard as we undertake the daunting task of toppling the Fed. Americans will be protesting in the following cities:

Boston - Philadelphia - New York City - Washington, D.C. - Buffalo - Cleveland - Cincinnati - Pittsburgh - Richmond - Baltimore - Charlotte - Atlanta - Birmingham - Jacksonville - Miami - Nashville - New Orleans - Chicago - Detroit - St.Louis - Little Rock - Louisville - Memphis - Minneapolis - Helena - Kansas City - Denver - Oklahoma City - Omaha - Dallas - El Paso - Houston - San Antonio - San Francisco - Los Angeles - Portland - Salt Lake City - Seattle

For all the pertinent information, head over to endthefed.us and restoretherepublic.net. You can sign up, get the times and locations for your city, and help organize the efforts of locals in your area. If there are any other Atlantans reading, print the following flier and help promote:

On a related note, I might as well take this opportunity to shamelessly plug my film. Look for DISINTEREST to be released soon, and watch some clips from the movie in the meantime. Then, send it to your friends. This information has to get to people who can make a difference, like you!

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Iran Threatens Suicide Attacks Against U.S.

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Iran has a new parliamentary speaker, former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, who promised yesterday an "unexpected response" to U.S. aggression. Larijani threatened to use suicide bomber attacks against America, and even referred to a 13-year-old boy sent by the mullahs with a bomb strapped to him in the 1980s as a model for the fight against the U.S. From JPost:
"The US method and conduct, expressed by this aggression, will only be stopped by a clear-cut and unexpected response, whose grounds were set by the martyr Hussein Fahmida," Larijani said during a parliamentary session on Wednesday.

Fahmida was 13 when he detonated an explosive device he carried on him, destroying an Iraqi tank during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.

"America should be aware not to put its huge body on top of the suicide bombers' explosive devices," Larijani said.
I've been saying this for about a year now. There will be no Iranian fighter planes, no Persian infantry. An Iranian retaliatory measure will be one of focused and unrelenting terror. We will have on our hands an American intifada, and the perpetrators will have already been living here comfortably for years.

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Obama Prefers Fairness Over Facts

October 10, 2008 |

Something that should have sounded a few more Leftist alarm bells was Barack Obama's explanation for his support of raising (read: doubling) the capital gains tax.

Charlie Gibson confronts Obama and clues him in to the fact that every time the capital gains tax has been lowered, the government actually collected more money in tax revenue. Likewise, when the tax was raised, government revenue went down. Barack's response? It's not about providing the government with more funds. It's about fairness.
GIBSON: All right. You have, however, said you would favor an increase in the capital gains tax. As a matter of fact, you said on CNBC, and I quote, "I certainly would not go above what existed under Bill Clinton," which was 28 percent. It's now 15 percent. That's almost a doubling, if you went to 28 percent.

But actually, Bill Clinton, in 1997, signed legislation that dropped the capital gains tax to 20 percent.

OBAMA: Right.

GIBSON: And George Bush has taken it down to 15 percent.

OBAMA: Right.

GIBSON: And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down.

So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?

OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.
Obama doesn't see taxation as a way to finance the activities of government (which it's not, but that's a separate story), but rather the instrument with which the government can mandate fairness. This is the man who says he's going to cut taxes for 95% of Americans, which is curious considering that 40% of Americans don't earn enough to pay income taxes.

Gibson presses him again later, and while you might be thinking that Obama played the fairness card because he couldn't deny the facts, well...he does exactly that.
GIBSON: But history shows that when you drop the capital gains tax, the revenues go up.

OBAMA: Well, that might happen, or it might not. It depends on what's happening on Wall Street and how business is going.
That's like saying, "Wow you know, every time we increase taxes on businesses, they cut jobs and raise their prices to make up for the increased tax liability. But you know, let's try it again. 'Cause it might happen, or it might not."

Are you starting to see a relationship between the likelihood of an Obama presidency and the plummeting of the stock market?

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Expert: Iran Could Have 60 Nukes in 2 Years

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A "leading non-proliferation expert" is saying that Iran could have the capacity to produce up to 60 nuclear bombs within 2 years. Somehow I don't see it getting to that point, especially if Obama is catapulted into the White House. Syria has some hollowed out facilities of their own, taken care of in a surprise attack by Bush and Israel last September.

If the Messiah gets elected, I see Bush green-lighting an Israeli strike after November. Livni knows Obama promises 4 years of "negotiation," and that Bush might want to go down as the guy who stopped the second holocaust (after he irreparably messed up all that other stuff, of course).
Iran may have the capacity to produce up to 60 nuclear bombs within two years, a leading US non -proliferation expert has told Adnkronos International.

Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Washington-based Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), was taking part in a summit , "Preventing nuclear proliferation in the Middle East", organised by Italy's Institute for the Study of Foreign Policy (ISPI) and the Italian Foreign Ministry in Milan.

In an interview with AKI, Sokolski raised the alarm about Iran's intentions, claiming that it would have sufficient plutonium after the opening of the Bushehr plant to construct from 30 to 60 bombs.

The nuclear facility at Bushehr is being built under an agreement between the Russian and Iranian governments for 800 million dollars and is expected to begin production in early 2009.

Sokolski said Iran was putting in place the necessary technology and knowledge to recover the new plant's waste using a chemical process that does not need complex installation or specific structures.
We should probably kick off this whole Gog/Magog thing.

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Reformed Alcoholic to Americans: Can You Say New World Order?

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Yesterday, Glenn Beck went on CNN and, during a diatribe about the coming "global meltdown," stated that the "endgame" is a one-world currency and the emergence of a (or perhaps "the") "New World Order."



Somewhere, Alex Jones is dusting off that damned bull horn of his.

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Oh Yeah, The Government is Wiretapping Non-Terrorists After All

October 9, 2008 |

ABC News has some sigh-inducing interviews with NSA whistle-blowers who say that U.S. officers "intercepted" and eavesdropped on hundreds of calls from citizens overseas as they phoned family and friends back home. From the article:
"Hey, check this out," Faulk says he would be told, "there's good phone sex or there's some pillow talk, pull up this call, it's really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, 'Wow, this was crazy'," Faulk told ABC News.

"By casting the net so wide and continuing to collect on Americans and aid organizations, it's almost like they're making the haystack bigger and it's harder to find that piece of information that might actually be useful to somebody," she said. "You're actually hurting our ability to effectively protect our national security."
Here are some links to videos of the interviews:

Adrienne Kinne describes why it was "awkward" listening in on Americans...

Arab linguist David Murfee Faulk describes a day on the job...

Kinne says listening in on aid organizations was part of the job...

Jim Bamford tasks about how the NSA missed warning signs before 9/11...

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If It Quacks Like Socialism

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Might want to stock up on potatoes and vodka. President Bush (you know, the "fiscal conservative") is considering taking over partial ownership of several U.S. banks. The Treasury Department is also offering to inject "fresh" (meaning freshly printed) capital into financial institutions in exchange for ownership shares.
News that the Bush administration is considering taking part ownership in a number of U.S. banks helped restore a relative calm over global financial markets Thursday.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told reporters that Treasury was moving quickly to implement the $700 billion rescue effort and he specifically mentioned reviewing ways to bolster the capital of banks.

"We will use all the tools we've been given to maximum effectiveness, including strengthening the capitalization of financial institutions of every size," Paulson said at a Wednesday news conference.

His statements came on the heels of Britain's move to pour cash into troubled banks in exchange for stakes in them - a partial nationalization.
Meanwhile, the Dow continues to tank. First it was the 10,000 mark. Today it was 9,000, and there doesn't seem to be any bottom in sight. I mean hell, GM is trading for under $5.00. Putting a gallon of gas in your Ford will cost you more than a share of stock in the company that manufactured it.

...And the worst is yet to come.

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McCain is Running to Lose

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After Tuesday's debate, I'm so over these two candidates, but I'm especially disgusted with what John McCain has offered conservatives in the last month. He is virtually pleading with his base to stay home on November 4th.

Obama did everything he needed to do during the debate. McCain on the other hand, threw the Straight Talk Express into reverse and slammed on the gas.

While the Messiah has billions and billions in proposed new spending, the self-proclaimed Maverick wants to literally expand the bailout by spending $300 billion (at the very least) so the government can buy up bad mortgages. Both sound like a real good recipe for a country whose national debt clock has run out of digits.

I can't even articulate what a God-awful idea McCain's ACORN-like mortgage buy-up is. This was one of the first things out of his mouth during Tuesday's debate. His big game-changer. His big taking-off-the-gloves moment. Then, he spent the rest of the debate railing against government spending and bills "loaded down with goodies."

What irks me about this most is the fact that if Barack Obama had proposed this idea, we'd need hearing aids after the initial wave of screams from the Right. He'd once again be attacked as a huge-government socialist (which he is) who favored having the Treasury Department (still headed by Henry Paulson) renegotiate individual home loans.

Home ownership is good, but it's not a constitutional right. Foreclosures are bad, but they are not something to be avoided at all costs, no matter what the impact on taxpayers.

The guy who wants government to "get out of the way" and emphasizes "personal responsibility and accountability" wants to radically expand the federal government's role in meddling with individual mortgage loans. And speaking of "responsibility," this magic debt elimination is only available for those who have fallen behind on their mortgage payment for any number of reasons - not for you suckers who've managed to pay your bills on time.

Even if there was no $700 billion bailout, the mere implication of this is so compromising to John McCain and his base, who don't have much of a tongue left to bite. Regardless of the cost, the man thinks that house prices need to be stabilized through a government mandate. The man thinks it is somehow the government's duty to keep people in homes they couldn't afford in the first place.

He's a fall guy, picked to lose, I swear it. Remember now, McCain wasn't well-received even during the primaries; he was down there flirting with the likes of Ron Paul and Sam Brownback. Suddenly he's forced into our lap, and we're told to shut up and accept him, "lest we put the Marxist in the White House!"

Conservatives, do you know anyone who voted for McCain in the primaries? Me neither. Perhaps that can explain this:


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Great News: National Debt Clock Runs Out of Digits

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Perfect. Our financial system is unraveling as it was designed to do. There's no difference between the parties on this matter, as George Bush has shown. The Democrats tax and overspend, the Republicans borrow and overspend.

It appears even technology cannot cope with the global financial crisis: the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits for the first time.

The electronic billboard hit its limit after US public debt rose above the $10 trillion mark for the first time on September 30.

As a temporary fix the dollar sign has been switched to a figure--the '1' in $10 trillion. The clock is currently marking the US federal government’s national debt at about $10.2 trillion.

The clock, located in Times Square in New York, shows the amount of money owed by the US government. It was created by the late Manhattan real estate developer Seymour Durst, who put the sign up in 1989 to call attention to what was then a $2.7 trillion debt.
I hate to say Ron Paul told you so.

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The Federal Reserve and Economic Warfare

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In an interesting column describing the destructive power and downright frightening ambitions of the men in charge of the Federal Reserve, the author compares U.S. inflation via the Fed with Operation Bernhard, during which Nazis flooded the British economy with counterfeit money - an operation which resulted in a severely devalued currency and which constituted an act of war.
In 1942, German intelligence officers rounded up skilled Jewish prisoners and launched Operation Bernhardt [sic], a clever scheme designed to counterfeit hundreds of millions of dollars worth of British Pounds and destroy the British economy by flooding it with counterfeit money. Located in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Operation Bernhardt was, even by modern standards, a runaway success that resulted in the creation of forged bank notes worth 132 million British Pounds.

It is important to note that Operation Bernhardt was an act of war, specifically pursued for the purpose of destroying Britain's economy by creating so much new money that the value of the money already in circulation would plummet. This was considered a strategic attack, just as effective as carpet-bombing tank factories or mowing down soldiers on the field with German-made MG42 machine guns.

What does all this have to do with the Federal Reserve?

Today, the Federal Reserve is engaged in an eerily similar operation, counterfeiting trillions of dollars in U.S. bank notes and flooding the U.S. money supply with money created from nothing. The result, of course, is the same as was intended by Operation Bernhardt in 1942: The economic destruction of the target nation. Only this time, the target is the United States of America.
Read the whole thing here.

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In Afghanistan With The ISAF

October 8, 2008 |

I'm sick of writing about these elections. I think for the next month I may focus strictly on other parts of the world. These amazing pictures come from an embedded Reuters photographer in Afghanistan alongside the International Security Assistance Force, made up of 53,000 troops from 43 different nations. Enjoy:








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No Matter Who Wins...We Lose

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The always lovely Kirsten Powers has penned an article in the New York Post summing up last nights debate, and the hopelessness of this election. Read it.
John McCain needs a game-changer, but he didn't get it last night. Barring some crisis that shifts the public debate away from the cratering world economy and onto foreign policy, McCain is swimming upstream in his effort to overtake Obama.
The "game-changer" she refers to won't come from McCain. He's acting like a fall guy; like he's taking a dive. He's lying in a hospital bed hoping to wake up each day to the miraculous news that the Palincillin is working, but alas, he remains on life support.
But of greater concern to the average American is this: In last night's debate, neither candidate displayed any real understanding of the economic mess or offered any vision on how to solve it. Instead, both men treated the audience to a tsunami of talking points interspersed with petty finger-pointing.
McCain, clearly oblivious to the notion that attacks don't seem to be working (whether they be over policies or "guys in Obama's neighborhood"), thinks "taking off the gloves" means finger-pointing.

On the other hand, Obama did oh-so-much to prove he's the real post-partisan candidate, by not only blaming the entire financial crisis on Bush and "deregulation" (wrong), but by taking every opportunity to point the finger at Republicans for letting Americans down, no matter what the question or issue.
It's appalling to watch the two men who are vying to run our country play the blame game and insist that only the actions of people in opposite political parties are at fault. It was a moment to grab the wheel and say something reassuring - but neither stepped up to the plate and acted like a leader.
Also, notice how both candidates have been completely silent on the issue of immigration, in all 3 of these debates? Hmmm, I wonder why...

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CNN Commits Random Act of Journalism

October 7, 2008 |

Yes this really is a CNN report scrutinizing Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers and concluding that he has been dishonest. It's got to tell you something when CNN won't buy the "this is a guy who lives in my neighborhood" line any longer. Watch.



And yes, you can expect McCain to raise this issue and attempt to hammer it home with every last bit of gusto the old coot has left. It won't work. When people see their 401ks going in the crapper, they don't want to hear about the bomb-thrower, however outrageous the connection may be, and Obama and the media will simply accuse McCain of avoiding the economic issues on everyone's mind.

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Associated Press: Pointing Out Obama's Ayers Connection is Like, Racist or Something

October 6, 2008 |

Douglass K. Daniel, a writer and editor with the Washington bureau of the wire service that doesn't like to be quoted, apparently thinks that even pointing out Obama's ties to white radicals is racist. Putting the "anal" in "analysis," Daniel writes that Palin's charge that Obama has "palled around with terrorists" is unsubstantiated and (gasp) racist.

From "Analysis: Palin's Words Carry Racial Tinge:"
Palin's words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee "palling around" with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn't see their America?

In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers' day 40 years ago. With Obama a relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.

Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as "not like us" is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American.

Most troubling, however, is how allowing racism to creep into the discussion serves McCain's purpose so well. As the fallout from Wright's sermons showed earlier this year, forcing Obama to abandon issues to talk about race leads to unresolved arguments about America's promise to treat all people equally.
The post-racial candidate has become the most-racial candidate. "It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American?" Yeah, funny how much associating with unrepentant terrorists and then telling Americans "they cling to guns and religion" does to paint that picture.

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$700 Billion Later, Some Food for Thought

October 5, 2008 |

Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company:
“It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
Robert H. Hemphill, Credit Manager, Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Georgia:
"Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money, we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are, absolutely, without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is."
Barry Goldwater, U.S. Senator, former Republican Presidential Nominee:
"Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States."
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance."
James Madison, 4th President of the United States:
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it’s issuance."
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, signer of the Federal Reserve Act:
"A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world - no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."
Still think you're voting for "change?"

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Biden's Mouth Running Out of Foot Room

October 3, 2008 |

Forgive me for not starting this column by immediately gushing over Sarahcuda's performance last night (and she did knock it out of the park), but I believe in the end, she merely kept McCain from flat-lining; a pair of cardiac defibrillators in a bra. With a month until the election, and after the bungled Hail Mary that was his campaign suspension, the maverick was (and still may be) on life support.

That being said - damn girl. You wore the pants in this debate, hands down. You had Senator Cheshire Cat on the defensive from the start, and while you didn't quite have the chops to call Biden out a lot of the nonsense that left his mouth, I'll be happy to do that for you. After all, you earned it. Just stop calling women "hockey moms."

Joe Biden (you know, the "foreign policy" expert) offered up a fair share of drivel last night, particularly having to do with the Middle East. The wackiest claim coming from the old smokestack from Delaware was that the Bush administration let Hezbollah into Lebanon, and then "we kicked Hezbollah out," (I have no idea what he's talking about). He then attests that he and Barry said that NATO should move in to "fill the vacuum," but no one took their advice, and now Hezbollah is all over Lebanon, and it represents a failure of this administration. I know it sounds bizarre, and it is, so here's the transcript:
When we kicked -- along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, I said and Barack said, "Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don't know -- if you don't, Hezbollah will control it."

Now what's happened? Hezbollah is a legitimate part of the government in the country immediately to the north of Israel.

The fact of the matter is, the policy of this administration has been an abject failure.
Um...what? Hezbollah was never "kicked out of Lebanon." They've been there since the early 1980s, exponentially growing during the 90s to eventually make up over 1/3 of the population of Lebanon. Hezbollah is essentially an entirely separate government entity with its own goals, representation, and infrastructure in southern Lebanon and other parts of the country.

Is he talking about Israel's failed offensive against Hezbollah terrorists in 2006? Israel accomplished virtually nothing in the 2006 war, and they certainly didn't "kick anyone out." Is he talking about Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon from 1982 to 1999? I don't remember hearing anything from Obama about NATO then.

This is of course, ignoring what Biden said right before the mess about Lebanon:
Here’s what the president said when we said no. He insisted on elections on the West Bank, when I said, and others said, and Barack Obama said, 'Big mistake. Hamas will win. You’ll legitimize them.' What happened? Hamas won.
If this quote gets any attention, you might get another glimpse of the long-standing double standard in the media. If John McCain had said this, it would be because he's ignorant, senile, crazy, dying, etc. But Biden will get a pass, and if he receives any criticism for it, it will be because he simply "misspoke." If you're talking about the plague of Hamas, you're talking about Gaza...not the West Bank. But he's right about one thing - Hamas did win...and subsequently endorsed Obama. Realize that no matter who wins, you're getting a third Bush term in the area of Israeli/Palestinian policy.

Joe also tried to pass off the lie (and I don't use that term frequently) that Obama never said he'd meet with the likes of Ahmadinejad, saying "This is simply not true about Barack Obama. He did not say sit down with Ahmadinejad." This video from the YouTube primary debate (one that Joe Biden attended), proves otherwise:



Hmmm. Reminds me of another Biden quote about Obama: "I think [Obama] can be ready, but right now I dont believe he is - the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." Say it ain't so, Joe!

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Dear God, Let Palin Look Better Than This Tonight

October 2, 2008 |

"Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy...um, helping the...oh, it’s got to be about job creation too...shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track...so health care reform and reducing taxes and...reining in spending has got to...accompany tax reductions and tax relief...for Americans, and...trade, we have, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as uh...competitive, scary thing but...1 in 5 jobs being created uh, in the trade sector today, we've...we've got to look at that as more opportunity...all of those things under the umbrella of job creation..."

Remind you of something else?

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Ken Timmerman on Obama's Unreported Campaign Contributions

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First off, do you remember Barack's infamous Gaza phone bank? Here's a refresher:



Now, Ken Timmerman has written an excellent article on some of Obama's shadier campaign contributions, from folks like "Good Will" and "Doodad Pro." Sure, Obama isn't required to identify contributions of less than $200, but given that McCain does it voluntarily, along with the fact that Obama claims to be all about a different type of transparent politics (and has famously been helped by small/grassroots donors), it's a little odd that he hasn't released this information.

Timmerman agrees:
In a letter dated June 25, 2008, the FEC asked the Obama campaign to verify a series of $25 donations from a contributor identified as "Will, Good" from Austin, Texas. Mr. Good Will listed his employer as "Loving" and his profession as "You."

A Newsmax analysis of the 1.4 million individual contributions in the latest master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, most of them for $25. In total, Mr. Good Will gave $17,375.

Following this and subsequent FEC requests, campaign records show that 330 contributions from Mr. Good Will were credited back to a credit card. But the most recent report, filed on Sept. 20, showed a net cumulative balance of $8,950 - still well over the $4,600 limit.

There can be no doubt that the Obama campaign noticed these contributions, since Obama’s Sept. 20 report specified that Good Will’s cumulative contributions since the beginning of the campaign were $9,375.

In an e-mailed response to a query from Newsmax, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt pledged that the campaign would return the donations. But given the slowness with which the campaign has responded to earlier FEC queries, there’s no guarantee that the money will be returned before the Nov. 4 election.

Similarly, a donor identified as "Pro, Doodad," from "Nando, NY," gave $19,500 in 786 separate donations, most of them for $25. For most of these donations, Mr. Doodad Pro listed his employer as "Loving" and his profession as "You," just as Good Will had done. But in some of them, he didn’t even go this far, apparently picking letters at random to fill in the blanks on the credit card donation form. In these cases, he said he was employed by "VCX" and that his profession was "VCVC."

Following FEC requests, the Obama campaign began refunding money to Doodad Pro in February 2008. In all, about $8,425 was charged back to a credit card. But that still left a net total of $11,165 as of Sept. 20, way over the individual limit of $4,600. Here again, LaBolt pledged that the contributions would be returned but gave no date.

In February, after just 93 donations, Doodad Pro had already gone over the $2,300 limit for the primary. He was over the $4,600 limit for the general election one month later. In response to FEC complaints, the Obama campaign began refunding money to Doodad Pro even before he reached these limits. But his credit card was the gift that kept on giving. His most recent un-refunded contributions were on July 7, when he made 14 separate donations, apparently by credit card, of $25 each.

Just as with Mr. Good Will, there can be no doubt that the Obama campaign noticed the contributions, since its Sept. 20 report specified that Doodad’s cumulative contributions since the beginning of the campaign were $10,965.
Also worth noting is this excerpt from the Economist:
Until recently, the Obama Web site allowed a contributor to select the country where he resided from the entire membership of the United Nations, including such friendly places as North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Unlike McCain’s or Sen. Hillary Clinton’s online donation pages, the Obama site did not ask for proof of citizenship until just recently. Clinton’s presidential campaign required U.S. citizens living abroad to actually fax a copy of their passport before a donation would be accepted.

With such lax vetting of foreign contributions, the Obama campaign may have indirectly contributed to questionable fundraising by foreigners.
So the Messiah is bringing in heaps of cash from foreigners who may or may not be citizens, as well as equally large piles of money from inside the country from untraceable phantoms who make up identities and break up their contributions into smaller amounts, for which the reporting requirements aren't as strict.


Change!

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Homeless Ohioan Wants Obama, Food

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In what surely will not be the last video to render me speechless this week, Ohio residents are not only encouraging homeless people to vote, but facilitating the process. Watch.



One genius describing registering voters at a temporary address: "It’s a perfect opportunity for them to come in, register at a temporary address like a homeless shelter or a YMCA or something like that. They can register at that address because they don’t know where they’re going to be tomorrow or next week."

Another woman describing picking up potential voters at bus stops: "I asked 'em if they’re registered to vote and if they weren’t, I said 'Get in the car, I’m bringing you!'"

A homeless (and obviously very informed) man now registered to vote:
"They picked me up. They seen me walkin' around. So they said, 'You wanna vote?' I said, 'Yeah, I’ll vote.' (laughs) They said, 'We’ll take you anywhere you want.' I said, 'Dat’s cool'" - "If they say 'sign the ballot,' just give 'em and do exactly what they want you to do.' I mean hey, this is America, you know?” (laughs).
Who does he support? Let's ask him!
"Barack! I mean, I want him to do his thang. You know baby, do his thug thizzle...you know, that’s how I like it to be, you know (laughs)."
We're doomed.

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Video: I'm Voting Democrat...

October 1, 2008 |

A well done response to the infamous "I'm Voting Republican" video. The lines are a little nasty, but no less than its liberal counterpart, and just as overly simplistic:



Favorite quote: "I'm voting Democrat because I believe in change. And not just just any change...but a change...that translates...into hope. And not just any hope...but a hope that...brings about...real...change. I like change."

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Tomorrow's Moderator To Release Book Starring Obama

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Here's an idea of how "neutral" the moderator for tomorrow's debate with Caribou Barbie and Greasy Joe will be. Gwen Ifill is releasing a book entitled
The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Really sounds nonpartisan, doesn't it? Here's an example of what you'll be getting:



I'd like you to forget about bias for a moment. Let's just assume Ifill isn't biased towards Barack Obama in her book. If Obama manages to lose, do you think her book will sell? Sure, it will. But a hell of a lot more copies will leave the shelves if Obama wins. A child could explain this to you.

So by moderator, they apparently mean "a person with a financial stake in the outcome of this election." You would think this would be immensely obvious, and it is to most rationally thinking people. If she had any shred of journalistic integrity, she would realize this herself and turn down the offer. But alas, she's got a book to sell, and a candidate to help win.

I'm surprised toward the end she didn't add, "Hold on Jim, I'm having trouble hearing you over whatever boring song they're singing."

Update: Here are some accurate comments from PBS viewer
Brian Meyers of Granby, Connecticut about Ifill's convention coverage directly following Palin's speech.
"Her attitude was dismissive and the look on her face was one of disgust," Meyers said. "Clearly, she was agitated by what most critics view as a well-delivered speech. It is quite obvious that Ms. Ifill supports Obama as she struggled to say anything redemptive about Gov. Palin's performance."

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That New Bailout Bill? Yeah, It's Got Earmarks

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This morning, the Senate began debating their attempt to breathe new life into the bailout bill that failed in the House. You can read it here, but what you should really pay attention to is not the first push down the red brick road to socialism, but rather the fact that even one of the most important pieces of legislation in generations is no exception to the rule of Senators tacking on as many unrelated items as possible.

By the way, the new bill is over 400 pages. Do you think your Senator has read it? Here's a peek at the completely unnecessary additions to the bill:
New Tax Earmarks
-Film and Television Productions (
Sec. 502)
-Wooden Arrows designed for use by children (
Sec. 503)
-6 page package of earmarks for litigants in the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident, Alaska (
Sec. 504)

Tax Earmark "Extenders"
-Virgin Island and Puerto Rican Rum (
Sec. 308)
-American Samoa (Sec.
309)
-Mine Rescue Teams (
Sec. 310)
-Mine Safety Equipment (
Sec. 311)
-Domestic Production Activities in Puerto Rico (
Sec. 312)
-Indian Tribes (
Sec. 314, 315)
-Railroads (
Sec. 316)
-Auto Racing Tracks (
Sec. 317)
-District of Columbia (
Sec. 322)
-Wool Research (
Sec. 325)
Can someone please tell me what NASCAR tracks, wooden arrows, and wool research have to do with Wall Street? I'd have a much easier time believing this was a real financial "emergency" if the American people (you know, those folks Congress is supposed to be serving?) were presenting with a clean bill.

This is a mess that goes all the way back to Jimmy Carter, and is a mess the American people shouldn't have to rely on this do-nothing band of congressional bandits to clean up. Paulson doesn't have the interests of main street at heart - after more than $40 million dollars from Goldman Sachs to both parties, he's looking to scratch the back of his former cronies.

Repeal the Community Reinvestment Act, rewrite the accounting laws, and for once in your career, write just one bill without earmarks. You're risking a revolution.

Update:
The Senate bill just passed. I imagine it will squeak through the house, as it's got that infamous "Bushmentum" that gave us flash-fried versions of the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, and the unsuccessful amnesty bill.

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Updates From Planet Obvious

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Here are a couple stories that aim to tell you what you (should) already know. First, we go to Vienna, Austria, where the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that "all is not well with the IAEA." He also adds that after 6 years of inspections, the UN can't rule out "the possibility that [Iran] may be running clandestine nuclear programs."
A six-year probe of Iran has failed to rule out the possibility that the country may be running clandestine nuclear programs, the chief U.N nuclear inspector said Monday, urging the country to end its secretive ways.

"All is not well with the IAEA," ElBaradei said, asking the opening session of the agency's general conference for more money and authority.
Back in America, an email has surfaced via Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, sent in by a reader who works in a mainstream media newsroom:
"Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working."
The only surprising thing here is that someone on the inside admitted what we all (should) know.

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Pre-Gaming Tomorrow's Vice Presidential Train Wreck

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Tomorrow's Biden/Palin showdown will most likely attract a much larger audience than last Friday's debate, although to be fair, many viewers might mistakenly remain tuned in under the impression they are actually watching Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.


It seems the vice presidential candidates' strategies are clear. For Caribou Barbie, the objective is to come across more knowledgeable and apt than she probably is, and for Greasy Joe, the objective is to come across like anything other than a complete jackass.

If the earmark machine can keep himself well-oiled and gaffe free, he won't need to pounce on any of Palin's inevitable slip-ups; the media will be glad to do that for him.

Meanwhile, if Palin wants to salvage anything from Thursday, she needs to clearly state that her opinions are her own; that she is not simply John McCain in stilettos. Then, she can unleash the Sarahcuda teeth and let Biden flail like the beltway flounder he is. Just like with ANWR and Pakistan (the latter of which McCain should have left alone), she needs to give the impression that she is her own woman with her own opinions who - unlike Joe Biden - is not only unafraid to differ with her running mate, but has done so.

Sarah's responses during interviews have been lined with obvious rhetorical echoes of McCain's handlers. Forcing her to be McCain's faithful beauty queen surrogate, loyally trumpeting his middle-of-the-road positions (even if she agrees with 95% of them), is one of the many things contributing to the decay of his campaign.

Mr. Biden needs to learn from Obama's arrogance and refer to Sarahcuda as "Governor Palin," not "Sarah." Despite McCain referring to Obama consistently and solely as "Senator Obama," Barry referred to McCain as "John" over 20 times during the debate.

He also needs to remember that Palin isn't (and shouldn't be) the primary target of his attacks. Of course she's a walking bull's eye, but while Barry and Joe keep the heat on the bottom of the ticket, John McCain starts to look like the only one running for president. He doesn't need to make himself appear more trustworthy than Sarah - he needs to make Barack look more trustworthy than McCain.

Biden's best tactic will be to let her goofs go underplayed and silently sanction a post-debate media field day, but I suspect his ego will make achieving this all but impossible.

This debate is do-or-die for Sarah, as her campaign speeches with and without McCain have been more or less carbon copies of her RNC speech. How many times do I have to hear "Thanks but no thanks" and "I put it on eBay?" Her speeches are starting to sound just as full of canned rhetoric and witty one-liners as Obama's. Don't get me wrong, I agree with what she's saying, but she needs to stop being terrified of "winging it" and just be real. She needs to come off as a genuine person, and not "PalinBot."

I'm sorry Sarah, but if you can't come across as genuine standing next to the likes of Joe Biden, you're probably in way over your head. Come to think of it, you are in way over your head. You aren't entering a debate, you're entering a munitions factory, where any sound-bite can be used to forge the final campaign-killing slug.

5 weeks and counting.

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