General Colin Powell to Republican Party–“Go Left”–Conservative Movement to General Powell–Nuts!

Posted on December 13, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Climate, Economics, Education, Employment, Immigration, Links, Politics, Quotations, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

 

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Colin Powell slams Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh

 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell takes aim at Sarah Palin and the Republican party’s emphasis on small-town values during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakharia.

 

In an upcoming interview on CNN this Sunday, General Powell states that the Republican Party lost the election in November because it went further to the right with the selection of Govenor Palin as the Vice President candidate.

The reason the Republican Party has had significant losses in the last two elections is because the Party went left and abandoned conservative and libertarian principles of fiscal responsibility and smaller government.

If the Republican Party follows the General’s advice, it will continue to lose elections.

Without a conservative on the ticket such as Governor Sarah Palin, the Democratic Party would have won a landslide victory in 2008.

A conservative at the top of the ticket would have beat Senator Obama in 2008.

The Republican Party must move right, far right, if it is to again win elections as it did with the late President Ronald Reagan.

Otherwise, it runs the serious risk of being replaced by a new conservative party, call it the American Citizens Alliance Party or ACAP for short.

Movement conservatives are saying nuts to the liberal losers, phoney conservatives and neoconservatives in the Republican Party.

Move on General Powell to the Democratic Party, conservatives are no longer listening to your advice.

For the record, I would have voted for General Powell  had he ran for President in 1996 or even 2000.

Now General Powell is history for me and many in the conservative movement.

The betrayal of both the Republican Party and Senator McCain last October by General Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama–a Radical Socialist–was the last straw.

 

General Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama! pt.1

 

Face  it General you are an elitist and big government progressive.

General Powell you are now part of the problem not the solution.

 

President Reagan – Government is the Problem

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Battle of the Bulge -Bastogne General McAuliffe says “Nuts”

 

Battle of the Bulge -includes rare film of captured Gi’s

 

Fortunes of War – How the 101st Airborne’s Good Luck helped win the Battle of Bastogne

http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/articles/bastogne.aspx

 

Battle of The Bulge

“The Ardennes Offensive (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive launched towards the end of World War II through the forested Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The offensive was called Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein (Translated as Operation The Guard on the Rhine or Operation “Watch on the Rhine.”) by the German armed forces (Wehrmacht). This German offensive was officially named the Battle of the Ardennes[2] or the Ardennes-Alsace campaign[3] by the U.S. Army[4], but it is known to the general public simply as the Battle of the Bulge. The “bulge” was the initial incursion the Germans put into the Allies’ line of advance, as seen in maps presented in contemporary newspapers.

The German offensive was supported by subordinate operations known as Unternehmen Bodenplatte, Unternehmen Greif, and Unternehmen Währung. Germany’s planned goal for these operations was to split the British and American Allied line in half, capturing Antwerp, Belgium, and then proceeding to encircle and destroy four Allied armies, forcing the Western Allies to negotiate a peace treaty in the Axis Powers’ favour.[5]

The Germans planned the offensive with utmost secrecy, minimizing radio traffic and conducting the movement of troops and equipment under cover of darkness. Although ULTRA suggested a possible attack and the Third U.S. Army’s intelligence staff predicted a major German offensive, the Germans still achieved surprise. This was achieved by a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with their own offensive plans, poor aerial reconnaissance, and the relative lack of combat contact by the First United States Army in an area considered a “quiet sector”. Almost complete surprise against a weak section of the Allies’ line was achieved during heavy overcast weather, when the Allies’ strong air forces would be grounded.

German objectives ultimately were unrealized. In the wake of the defeat, many experienced German units were left severely depleted of men and equipment, as survivors retreated to the defences of the Siegfried Line. The Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest of the battles that U.S. forces experienced in World War II; the 19,000 American dead were unsurpassed by those of any other engagement[citation needed] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bulge

 

Siege of Bastogne

“The Siege of Bastogne was a smaller battle in and around the Belgian town of Bastogne, during the larger Battle of the Bulge. Success of the German offensive, seizure of the harbor at Antwerp with encirclement and destruction of Allied armies, required the German Army mechanized forces to use the roadways in order to maintain the speed of the offensive. All seven main roads in the Ardennes mountain range converged on the small town of Bastogne. Control of the crossroads of Bastogne was vital to the Germans to speed up their advance and improve resupply of the German columns, as the poor weather conditions made cross country travel difficult. The battle lasted from mid-December 1944 to January 1945. …”
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Bastogne

 

 

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Senator Obama Flips Off Senators John McCain, Hillary Clinton and The American People–Classless Radical Socialist!

Posted on November 4, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Strategy, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Sky

The sky is blue.

The grass is green.

Get off your butt and join the Marines.

~John Wayne

 

Obama Flips Off McCain

Obama Flips Off McCain

 

Let the videos and words speak for themselves.

 

Obama Flips Off McCain

 

Just like he flipped off Hillary Clinton.

 

Obama run of luck is about to end this Tuesday when the common sense of the American people vote for Senator McCain.

Socket it to him!

 

Rowan & Martin Laugh In – Ending Jokes

 

Time for Obama to receive the American people’s  Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award for not meeting the minimum qualifications to be President of the United States–not born in the USA.

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

 

Laugh-In Sampler

 

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was an American sketch comedy television program which ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and was broadcast over NBC. It originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967 and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8pm on NBC.

The title, Laugh-In, came out of events of the 1960s hippie culture, such as “love-ins” or “be-ins.” These were terms that were, in turn, derived from “sit-ins,” common in protests associated with civil rights and anti-war demonstrations of the time.

The show was characterized by a rapid-fire series of gags and sketches, many of which conveyed sexual innuendo or were politically charged. Rowan and Martin continued the exasperated straight man (Dan Rowan) and “dumb” guy (Dick Martin) act which they had established as nightclub comics.

Laugh-In had its roots in the humor of vaudeville and burlesque, but its most direct influences were from the comedy of Olsen and Johnson (specifically, their free-form Broadway revue Hellzapoppin’), the innovative television works of Ernie Kovacs, and the topical satire of That Was The Week That Was. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_&_Martin’s_Laugh-In

 

Microsoft Gets The Finger!

 

President of the United States

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States

 

Article Two of the United States Constitution

Clause 5: Qualifications for office

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_Two_of_the_United_States_Constitution

 

Natural-born citizen

“…US constitutional definition

The special term “Natural-Born Citizen” is used in particular as a requirement for eligibility to serve as President or Vice President of the United States. Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution contains the clause:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Additionally, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution states that: “[N]o person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.”

The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides an additional source of constitutional doctrine that emphasizes birth “in the United States” and subjection to U.S. jurisdiction at the time of birth, as the defining elements of citizenship (other than citizenship by naturalization):

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the Jurisdiction thereof, are Citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. . .

However, the full text of the fourteenth amendment does not mention the phrase “natural-born citizen,” nor does it address Presidential qualifications. The phrase “natural born Citizen” is not defined anywhere in the Constitution.

Section 8 of Article I confers on Congress the power “to establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization…” This power has been construed to include defining the characteristics of a “natural born citizen”, as well as the conditions of “naturalization”.

The 1790 Congress, many of whose members had been members of the Constitutional Convention, provided in the Naturalization Act of 1790 that “And the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens.” In addition George Washington was president of the Constitutional Convention and President of the United States when this bill became law. If Washington disagreed with this definition, he could have vetoed this bill.

It is thought the origin of the natural-born citizen clause can be traced to a letter of July 25, 1787 from John Jay (who had been born in New York City) to George Washington (who had been born in Virginia), presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention. John Jay wrote: “Permit me to hint, whether it would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.” There was no debate, and this qualification for the office of the Presidency was introduced by the drafting Committee of Eleven, and then adopted without discussion by the Constitutional Convention. (43 of the 55 delegates had been born in the Thirteen Colonies, and the others had been born on British-occupied soil: Ireland, England, Scotland, and the British West Indies.[1][unreliable source?])

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural-born_citizen
 

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Repeat of 1948: Turnout Puts McCain Ahead in Popular and Electorial Votes!

Posted on November 3, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Homes, Immigration, Investments, Politics, Rants, Religion, Security, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

Truman Won--Big Media Lost

Truman Won--Big Media Lost

The Comeback Kid – John McCain, Harry Truman, Barack Obama, Thomas Dewey

The American people are now paying attention and will vote their pocketbooks.

Expect record turnout of voters and long lines.

The big disappointment was the extent to which big media favored Barack Obama.

The staggering number and bias of the polls was used to manipulate and discourage voters that were Independents, undecided and those that were leaning towards McCain to not even bother to come out and vote.

Most ignored the polls and were motivated to show big media how wrong they were.

Independents were turned off by the arrogance of Barack Obama and his desire to share their wealth or income, instead of letting individuals and families keep their hard earned money.

Conservatives will vote for Palin and against Obama who they view as a radical socialist.

Libertarians did not like any of the candidates but voted for McCain over a radical socialist Marxist and decided not to waste their vote on Bob Barr. Many still wanted Ron Paul.

All voters were concerned about their jobs and found Obama proposed tax increases as a direct threat to their employers who would have to lay off employees as well as higher taxes resulting in higher prices for all goods and services. The price of bread, corn, milk and groceries in general and gasoline are still putting a dent in most people’s pocketbooks.

Obama also wants to increase you electricity bills with a new cap and trade tax. Over 50% of the electricity in the United States is coal generated and less than 1% is generated by solar or wind, so-called alternative energy.

electrical_generation

Total Electric Power Industry Summary Statistics                                          

http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/tablees1b.html

So much for socialist planning under Barack Obama–the guy is a economy wrecker and job destroyer:

 

SHOCK Audio Unearthed OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY

 

Obama on building coal plants in the United States

 

Obama/Joe Biden “No Coal Plants Here in America”

 

Sarah Palin Slams Obama for Wanting to “Bankrupt the Coal Industry”

 

Michelle Malkin on Obama’s coal comments and energy


 

 

Cost of Cap & Trade

 

Barack Obama wants to lose this election…

 

Alternative Energy Sources…

 

Obama will lose big time among Catholics and Evangelicals who found Obama’s views on abortion and same sex marriage totally unacceptable and beyong the pale. Obama appointing judges was also a big concern.

As much as they would like to punish big spending Republicans, family values are still important among the Republican base.

The American people again preferred a divided government.

Somebody needs to veto all the spending bills Congress will pass.

McCain will get 50% of the popular vote nationally.

Obama will get 48% of the popular vote nationally.

McCain will get 278 electorial votes.

Obama will get 260 electorial votes.

Congratulations to all who voted.

Voter turnout wil hit a new record of about 64%.

2012 will be a very interesting race for the Democrats who will need to move to the center and the Republicans who will need to move to their right to win.

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

The Voice of the American People

the Mainstream media thinks you’re Stupid…


 

who’s backing Barack Obama???

 

Racism Running Rampant in Presidential Election…

 

LA Times withholding information from the public…

 

First Socialism. Now Communism…

 

If you are still one of the undecided and are just tuning in, not dropping out, or fleeing the country, view this one minute video:

Killer of American Dreams: Barack Obama Radical Socialist

Need more information:

1 Minute Voter Guide Video: Killer of American Dreams–Barack Obama–Radical Socialist

The poll to watch: 

 

TIPP Election Watch 2008

 

Daily Tracking by the Nation’s Most Accurate Pollster! 
Results of TIPP’s Election 2008 Tracking Poll
Beginning October 13th, TIPP began publishing the results of its 2008 Presidential race tracking poll.

The table below shows results for a two-way race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama among likely voters.

John McCain vs. Barack Obama
Release Date McCain Obama Undecided Spread
November 2 44.6% 46.7% 8.7% +2.1 Obama
November 1 43.4% 47.9% 8.7% +4.5 Obama
October 31 43.8% 48.2% 8.0% +4.4 Obama
October 30 43.6% 47.7% 8.7% +4.1 Obama
October 29 43.9% 46.9% 9.2% +3.0 Obama
October 28 43.7% 47.7% 8.6% +4.0 Obama
October 27 44.2% 47.0% 8.8% +2.8 Obama
October 26 43.3% 46.5% 10.1% +3.2 Obama
October 25 41.9% 45.8% 12.2% +3.9 Obama
October 24 42.3% 45.8% 11.9% +3.5 Obama
October 23 43.7% 44.8% 11.6% +1.1 Obama
October 22 42.0% 45.7% 12.3% +3.7 Obama
October 21 40.9% 46.9% 12.1% +6.0 Obama
October 20 41.4% 46.7% 11.9% +5.3 Obama
October 19 41.5% 46.6% 11.9% +5.1 Obama
October 18 39.8% 47.2% 13.0% +7.3 Obama
October 17 40.6% 45.9% 13.5% +5.3 Obama
October 16 41.6% 45.2% 13.2% +3.6 Obama
October 15 41.9% 45.2% 12.9% +3.3 Obama
October 14 41.9% 44.8% 13.3% +3.0 Obama
October 13 42.7% 44.8% 12.5% +2.1 Obama

 

 

In 2004, TIPP, a Division of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, came within 3/10 of 1% point of President Bush’s actual margin of victory, thus winning the title of “Nation’s Most Accurate Pollster.” We’re planning to do it again this time around, so why not come along for the ride!

http://www.tipponline.com/

 

 

IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll: Day Eleven

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008

 

McCain has cut into Obama’s lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point deficit to a 9-point lead among Catholics.

View Results From Prior Days

About IBD/TIPP: An analysis of Final Certified Results for the 2004 election showed IBD’s polling partner, TIPP, was the most accurate pollster of the campaign season. Learn more at www.TIPPonline.com.

 

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/Polls.aspx?id=309635713550536 

 

Electoral College

The Electoral College consists of 538 popularly elected representatives who formally select the President and Vice President of the United States.[1] In 2008, it will make this selection on December 15. The Electoral College is an example of an indirect election.

Rather than directly voting for the President and Vice President, United States citizens cast votes for electors. Electors are technically free to vote for anyone eligible to be President, but in practice pledge to vote for specific candidates[2] and voters cast ballots for favored presidential and vice presidential candidates by voting for correspondingly pledged electors.[3] Most states allow voters to choose between statewide slates of electors pledged to vote for the presidential and vice presidential tickets of various parties; the ticket that receives the most votes statewide ‘wins’ all of the votes cast by electors from that state. U.S. presidential campaigns concentrate on winning the popular vote in a combination of states that choose a majority of the electors, rather than campaigning to win the most

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Electoral_College

 

Audio: Obama will bankrupt the coal industry

By Michelle Malkin 

Sundy morning buzz: Everyone’s sending me the audio clip now up on YouTube of Obama telling the San Francisco Chronicle he’ll make it impossible for new coal plants to be built. The interview took place in January. The YouTube user is NakedEmperorNews, who uploaded Obama’s redistribution of wealth interview.

Bankrupty: The change Obama thinks the coal industry deserves…”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/11/02/audio-obama-will-bankrupt-the-coal-industry/ 

 

The truth serum in San Francisco

By Michelle Malkin 

“…This morning, I joked on Fox and Friends that San Francisco acts like a truth serum on Barack Obama. It’s where he trashed western Pennsylvanians as Bible-thumping racists clinging to their guns and religion. And it’s where he told the SF Chronicle that he plans to bankrupt coal companies and engineer huge energy price shocks to save the planet. (background links here and here)

Allah clipped the F&F video — watch here — and notes that Sarah Palin riffed on Obama’s San Francisco candor this morning:

“There must be something about San Francisco,” she said. “I heard on Fox News today, it’s like a truth serum where when he’s there, he seems to be more candid.”

It was at a San Francisco fundraiser earlier this year that Obama got into trouble, suggesting rural voters “cling to religion and guns” because jobs were being lost. Palin referred to them Monday as “bitter clingers” and “cling-ons.” (There goes the Star Trek vote?)

And it was Obama’s comments to the San Francisco Chronicle on fees for coal emissions that brought on Palin’s most recent attacks.

“So he’s talking to the San Francisco Chronicle, and he says that sure, if industry wants to try to build these coal-fired power plants, they can go ahead and try, but they’re only gonna be able to do it in a way that bankruptcies the whole industry, the coal industry,” she said. “Now he’s comfortable with this happening.” …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/11/03/the-truth-serum-in-san-francisco/

 

Obama’s brags his ‘Cap and Trade’ plan will ‘bankrupt’ coal plant builders

Rick Moran

“Change we can freeze to death by:

Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

These remarks were made by Obama on January 17 of this year. Not surprisingly this audio was hidden until now because the interview was with the far left San Francisco Chronicle. …”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/11/obamas_brags_his_cap_and_trade.html 

 

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1 Minute Voter Guide Video: Killer of American Dreams–Barack Obama–Radical Socialist

Posted on October 27, 2008. Filed under: Babies, Blogroll, Books, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Immigration, Investments, Links, People, Politics, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Religion, Resources, Reviews, Security, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

 

~Benjamin Franklin

I am a classical liberal or libertarian.

Neither Senator McCain nor Senator Obama reflect my political philosophy or viewpoint and were not my first, second, or even tenth choice for who I would like to see on the ballot in November.

I have for many months studied and analyzed the positions of several candidates running for the office of President of the United States of America and posted my thoughts on this blog.

I have concluded that Senator McCain is a moderate Republican that leans slightly to the conservative right.

I will be voting for Senator McCain despite many reservations and concerns.

I have also concluded that Senator Obama is a radical socialist and most likely a Marxist.

I would never vote for any socialist for the simple reason they always end up killing people and/or ruining the economy (Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot, etc.).

If you are still undecided as to who to vote for in November and have only a minute to make up your mind, view the following video and Please Pass It On , Thank you.

Killer of American Dreams: Barack Obama Radical Socialist

If you are a radical socialist, progressive, liberal, pro abortion, communist, fascist, national socialist, welfare recipient, elitist or nonbeliever in God vote for Senator Obama.

If you are a conservative, libertarian, moderate, pro life, business owner, employer, employee, democratic or believer in God vote for Senator McCain.

If you are still undecided, then read and watch the articles and videos below:

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Radical Socialism

GLENN BECK PICKS APART BARACK OBAMA’S 2001 RADIO INTERVIEW OF ‘REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH’ / PART 1

 

GLENN BECK PICKS APART BARACK OBAMA’S 2001 RADIO INTERVIEW OF ‘REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH’ / PART 2

 

Barack Obama: Global Poverty Act = World tax = Socialism 


 

 

SENATOR BARACK ‘GOVERNMENT’ OBAMA STANDS BY “SPREAD THE WEALTH” STATEMENT / RUSH LIMBAUGH

 

Words of Wisdom from Rush on the Final Days of the Campaign

 

Obama and Wright: He Never Complained Once

 

Babies

 

Barack Obama – Infanticide or Partial Birth Abortion

 

Obama & Live Birth Abortion / Induced Labor Abortions / Infanticide Pro-Life Anti-Abortion Video

 

Barack Obama Answers Issues On Abortion

 

Obama – I don’t want my daughters “punished with a baby”

 

Punished with a Baby? (Barack Obama’s View of Child Bearing)

 

Barack Obama Votes Against Babies Born Alive!

 

Barack Obama – Infanticide or Partial Birth Abortion

 

Barack Obama Addresses Planned Parenthood

 

Barack Obama Promises to Sign Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)

Punished with a Baby? (Barack Obama’s View of Child Bearing)

 

Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood, and FOCA

 

Obama’s Health Care Proposals May Lead toMany More Abortion Deaths — Part One of Three

“…Abortion funding has always been a central goal of pro-abortionists since Roe v. Wade, Johnson explained. Pro-lifers have thwarted their efforts since 1976, when the Hyde Amendment banned federal funding of abortions. However, the 2008 presidential election may mark a crucial turning point.The differences between the prospective candidates could not be clearer. Sen. John McCain has always voted in support of the Hyde Amendment and other laws that prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion. On the other side, “Barack Obama as a state senator voted in favor of tax-funded abortion and he’s called publicly for the repeal of the federal Hyde Amendment,” Johnson said. “He has co-sponsored the so-called ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ [FOCA], which is a proposed federal law that would invalidate virtually all federal and state limitations on abortion and which would explicitly prohibit any level of government from discriminating against abortion in the provision of any type of services.”Furthermore, Obama’s health care platform hinges on universal health care, which would require all Americans to be covered by private insurance or government-provided coverage. However, under Obama’s plan, even private insurance plans would have to follow federal government mandates.Obama made it clear in a July 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that abortion (euphemistically known as “reproductive care”) is, to him, a major part of health care. Johnson quoted him as saying, “in my mind, reproductive health care is essential care, basic care so it is at the center, the heart of the plan that I propose.”

 

Obama continued by explaining that while people could choose to keep their private health care plans, “insurers are going to have to abide by the same rules in terms of providing comprehensive care, including reproductive care … that’s going to be absolutely vital.” This means that any health plan or law that attempts to restrict abortion in any form would be nullified, Johnson explained. …”

http://www.nrlc.org/News_and_Views/Aug08/nv080608.html

Obama’s Abortion Extremism

By Michael Gerson

“…Obama has not made abortion rights the shouted refrain of his campaign, as other Democrats have done. He seems to realize that pro-choice enthusiasm is inconsistent with a reputation for post-partisanship.

But Obama’s record on abortion is extreme. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion — a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called “too close to infanticide.” Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed that he would not want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” because of a crisis pregnancy — hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life. …”

“…For decades, most Democrats and many Republicans have hoped the political debate on abortion would simply go away. But it is the issue that does not die. Recent polls have shown that young people are more likely than their elders to support abortion restrictions. Few Americans oppose abortion under every circumstance, but a majority oppose most of the abortions that actually take place — generally supporting the procedure only in the case of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother.

Perhaps this is a revolt against a culture of disposability. Perhaps it reflects the continuing revolution of ultrasound technology — what might be called the “Juno” effect. In the delightful movie by that name, the protagonist, a pregnant teen seeking an abortion, is confronted by a classmate who informs her that the unborn child already has fingernails — which causes second thoughts. A worthless part of its mother’s body — a clump of protoplasmic rubbish — doesn’t have fingernails. …”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/01/AR2008040102197.html  

 

Education

 

Blueprint for Change: Education

 

Obama back when it seemed he understood that education vouchers are inevitable II

 

Obama back when it seemed he understood that education vouchers are inevitable I

 

Stupid In America

 

Introduction to School Choice

 

The Case for School Vouchers

 

Milton Friedman: Education (Part One)

 

Milton Friedman: Education (Part Two)

 

Milton Friedman: Education (Part Three)

 

Milton Friedman On Education (Part Four)

 

Milton Friedman On Education (Part Five)

 

Milton Friedman On Education (Part Six)

 

 

Obama’s Little Red Schoolhouse

Obama Questioned On Vouchers

Many minority parents are at odds with the Democratic nominee on the issue of school choice.

 

But at the American Federation of Teachers convention this year, Obama repeated his attack against spending government money to help low-income students attend private schools. He criticized John McCain’s school-choice reform as “using public money for private-school vouchers,” and he called instead for overhauling public schools.

The blogosphere has been buzzing over Obama’s perspective on vouchers. Pro-voucher blogs praise the Democratic nominee for showing some willingness to consider vouchers as a viable alternative. Some critics, meanwhile, say that Obama flip-flopped in the Milwaukee interview, and some argue that the interview did not indicate a shift toward vouchers.

Roland Martin, a black talk-radio host and a contributor to CNN, is an Obama supporter who has slammed the candidate and other Democrats for their stance. “Obama’s opposition is right along the lines of the National Education Association, and the teachers union is a reliable and powerful Democratic ally,” Martin wrote. “But this is one time where he should have opposed [teachers unions] and made it clear that vouchers can force school districts, administrators, and teachers to shape up or see their students ship out.”

The statistics on minority students show that too many are indeed quitting the education system on their own. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2006 nearly 11 percent of African-American students between the ages of 16 and 24 dropped out of school — almost double the rate for white students. The dropout rate among Hispanics was 22 percent. …”

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/id_20081018_4744.php

 

Jobs

 

Obamanomics: A Recipe for Disaster!

 

OBAMAnomics — CHANGE: $0.04

 

 

Response to Obama, 5: Tax Rates and Job Creation

 

Adolescence as a failed cultural model

 

Cutting the U.S.’s Corporate Tax Rate

 

The Global Flat Tax Revolution

 

Energy

3 Ways to Lower Gas Prices

 

obama Says- Americans Want Higher Gas Prices

 

Obama Admits No Plan To Reduce Gas Prices

 

Barack Obama – Energy and ANWR

 

Security

Border Security and Illegal Immigration – Newt Gingrich

 

 

Obama – Yes I Can Make Us Defenseless, Just Like Dec 7, 1941

 

Barack Obama: Immigration

 

Barack Obama: Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants?

 

Obama Wants Social Security for Illegals

 

Obama – Yes I Can Make Us Defenseless, Just Like Dec 7, 1941

 

Obama and the Military Budget

 

 

Obama’s gun ban rhetoric

For it before being against it, now no longer for it

John R. Lott Jr. 

 

 

“…A candidate questionnaire shows that Mr. Obama supported a ban on handguns in 1996. In 1998, he backed a ban on the sale of all semiautomatic guns (a ban that would encompass the vast majority of guns sold in the U.S.) In 2004, he advocated banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park (essentially a ban on all guns sold in almost all the states). Possibly, even more importantly, he served on the board of the Joyce Foundation, probably the largest private funder of anti-gun and pro-ban groups and research in the country.

The Obama campaign “flatly denied” the 1996 statement supporting a ban on handguns, blaming it instead on a staffer from his state senate race who they said had incorrectly filled out the candidate questionnaire. But the Politico obtained a copy of the statement and found Mr. Obama’s own handwritten notes on it indicating that he had personally checked and corrected answers.

His newfound support for gun ownership raises serious questions; not only where he stands on the gun issue, but also how trustworthy he is. With new legal cases being filed against Chicago’s gun ban over the last couple of weeks, will some reporter finally ask Mr. Obama why he has not only never spoken out against Chicago’s ban, he actively supported it? The release of the new Democratic National Platform’s discussion of “what [gun control] works in Chicago” implies Mr. Obama still supports Chicago’s gun ban. The platform also wants to take away so-called “assault weapons.” Also unclear is what his position means for who he would nominate to the Supreme Court. Mr. Obama’s recent comments to Rick Warren, pastor of the evangelical Saddleback Church, showed he opposed nominating those members of the Supreme Court who voted that the Second Amendment is an individual right. …”  

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/aug/29/obamas-gun-ban-rhetoric/ 

 

Obama in 2001: How to bring about “redistributive change;” Update: Biden decries “mean,” “ugly” questions

By Michelle Malkin

“…The blogosphere is buzzing about this video posted on YouTube Sunday night. It’s Barack Obama musing about how best to redistribute wealth in America in a Chicago Public Radio interview in 2001.

Not whether, but how: Through the courts or through legislation?

A caller asks The One to explain how he would do “reparative economic work.” Obama gives the legislative route two thumbs up as his preferred method of “breaking free of the constraints” placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution and then burbles about cobbling together the “actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.”

Joe The Plumber, you barely scratched the surface: …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/26/obama-in-2001-how-to-bring-about-redistributive-change/

 

 

Prosperity 

Bombshell Audio of Obama from 2001 Wealth Redistribution

 

Obama the Socialist wants to spread YOUR money around 

 

Senator Obama’s Social Security Tax Plan

 

“Joe the Plumber” News Conference on MSNBC 10-16-08

 

 

Response to Obama, 4: What’s wrong with Obama’s Leftist View

 

 

Response to Obama, 7: Liberals and the fall of Detroit

 

After the Constitutional Convention had finished its work in 1787, a woman asked Ben Franklin what kind of government had been decided upon. He replied:

“A republic, if you can keep it.” 

~Benjamin Franklin

 

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Palin Proud

Posted on October 24, 2008. Filed under: Babies, Blogroll, Economics, Life, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Resources, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

McCain/Palin Interview (part 1)

 

McCain/Palin Interview (part 2)

 

Sarah Palin attacking Obama on abortion

 

Two of Governor Palin’s replies to questions by Brian Williams illustrate why movement conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, Democrats and independents– are Palin proud and will be turning out to vote in November for the McCain/Palin ticket:

 

WILLIAMS: Gov. Palin, what is an elite? Who is a member of the elite?

PALIN: Oh, I guess just people who think that theyre better than anyone else and John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hard working, middle class Americans . . . so anyone who thinks that they are, I guess, better than anyone else. Thats, thats my definition of elitism.

 

WILLIAMS: You recently talked about the liberal feminist agenda in America vis a vis the attacks on Gov. Palin. Gov. are you a feminist?

PALIN: Im not going to label myself anything Brian and I think thats what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign is to start trying to label different parts of America . . . I believe in womens rights, I do believe in equal rights . . . its time for women to be provided that opportunity to finally shatter that highest and hardest glass ceiling that is still in place in Americas political system, but were going to shatter that because I think that more and more American women are recognizing, Right on! Weve go someone in whom we can believe in also! Someone who is committed to putting our country first, someone who recognizes the life/family balance thats so necessary as we try to progress our families and the businesses that we own . . . so Im not going to label myself feminist or not, but I do believe that American women can recognize in me an advocate and a friend wholl be in their White House for them.

 

The American elites are having a nervous breakdown.

The Palin Platoons are growing by leaps and bounds.

How sweet it is!

 

Sarah Palin Speaks in Clearwater, Fl.

 

Sarah Palin continued to criticize Barack Obama

 

Ronald Reagan, John McCain, & Sarah Palin

                        

Sarah Palin in jeans, rocking out to “Redneck Woman”

By Michelle Malkin

 

“I’ll take Sarah over the Arugula Snob and Smirky any day: …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/28/sarah-palin-in-jeans-rocking-out-to-redneck-woman/

 

Sarah Palin – Redneck Woman

 

LOL

 

the Mainstream media thinks you’re Stupid…

 

who’s backing Barack Obama???

 

 

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Laura supports McCain-Palin

Betting Against the Elites on Sarah Palin

By J. Robert Smith

“…When it comes to politics, it’s often smart to bet against the elites — on the left and right.  Bet against them about Sarah Palin.

Palin is the latest in a long line politicians who have been discounted by those comfortably ensconced in positions of power and privilege.  Since, at least, the early 1800s, the chattering classes, especially,  have managed to bet against men who went on to notable, if not historic, presidencies.  They disparaged Andrew Jackson and ridiculed Abe Lincoln.  In recent times, elites turned noses up at Truman and Eisenhower.  And, of course, they disdained Ronald Reagan as a second rate actor and corporate huckster. 

Palin isn’t seeking the presidency — not this go-round.  Yet the very same elites who are uneasy about a rookie being a heartbeat away from the presidency aren’t quite as fussed about a rookie United States senator winning the presidency.  

The surprising and unfortunate thing is that some prominent conservative establishmentarians have joined with the usual suspects on the left to question Palin’s fitness.  David Brooks, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, George Will and Peggy Noonan, most conspicuously, have taken turns criticizing McCain’s choice of Palin.

In apples-to-oranges comparisons, they’ve commented that the callow Barack Obama is better ready to be president than Sarah Palin is to be vice president.  Or at least implied it: …”

“…Sarah Palin is typically who Americans want to elect to high office – or any office.  They want someone who’s right on the issues, good at the business of politics and governance, but who is fundamentally simpatico. 

Once again, history teaches.  Andrew Jackson was an up-from-the-bootstraps frontiersman in a nation ever pushing west.  He was a fighter, who not only won the Battle of New Orleans, but as a politician, fought the vested interests that he and voters believed were ruining the country. 

Lincoln — who doesn’t know how he was run into the ground as an unschooled backwoodsman?  He was ridiculed for his informality and colloquialisms.  Initially, his own cabinet thought they were his betters. 

Truman had a high school education and spent most his life in rural, small-town Missouri.  His business ventures failed.  There was no polish or elegance to the man, and he had a temper, which he exercised famously when a newspaper critic lambasted his daughter Margret’s recital. 

The unassuming Eisenhower was renowned for his generalship, but as president, he was forever branded an inarticulate middlebrow. 

Ronald Reagan was the “amiable dunce.”  He chopped brush at this ranch and enjoyed a dinner of macaroni and cheese.

But what each of these men had was the allegiance of the American people.  The elites couldn’t figure it out then, and they’re missing the mark again about Sarah Palin.  If history is any guide, the smart money goes on Palin….” 

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/betting_against_the_elites_on.html

 

SARAH PALIN ELITE’S NEMESIS

“…Isn’t it a delight to hear nervous Elites deride Sarah Palin, fully
aware the more they blat, the deeper the hole they dig? Ain’t it
fitting? Indeed, it is. For decades, haven’t oddball Elites called
bedrock Americans every name in the book? Yes, they have. Didn’t our
serf media, on behalf of elite lairds, tar every gun owner as a raving
homicidal maniac in search of a target? Why yes, it did. Never
underestimate the transient abilities of preemptive liars. For twenty
five years gun bans have been defeated and gun-freedom initiatives
begun by former President Reagan have prevailed. Result? Crime down as
more firearms rest in the hands of citizens. At least thirty states
recognize Florida’s 1987 ‘Jack Hagler Self-Defense Act’, the law which
solidified citizens’ rights to carry. Remember the media hysteria?
Every fender-bender would become a bloodbath, quacked the tele-
poodles. And didn’t history prove elite gun-grabbers and their media
to be dead wrong? Why yes, it did.

Now comes Sarah Palin. She enjoys glowing approval of eighty per cent
of fellow Alaskans. And she hunts. Yikes! Does that imply she – egad!
– owns a gun? Yes, it does. Better lock down ‘our children’ – quick!
In light of thirty years of gun-hating media tales, doesn’t this make
Governor Palin a menace to the free world? Why yes, according to the
whining Elite media, it does indeed. For the rest of us, it’s good
news. …”

 

“…Might Governor Palin rekindle anew Liberty’s fire amongst Americans?
Isn’t it clear, even as the media drowns itself in a sea of anti-Palin
invective and quacks of ‘change’, that it has yet to comprehend and
likely may never, the sea change wrought by Senator Cain’s not merely
brilliant but inspired, choice?”

http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Alt/alt.politics.bush/2008-09/msg00981.html

How Palin Governed
Behind all the criticism and controversy, what really happened.By Byron York

 

“…It was a big, and extraordinarily complex, task. There was no consensus on how it should be done. But Palin, by all accounts, assembled a first-rate group of people to come up with what eventually became a proposal to grant a license to the company TransCanada to build the pipeline. “I give her credit for hiring good people,” says Beth Kerttula, the Democratic minority leader in the Alaska house of representatives who worked with Palin on oil and gas issues and has lately emerged as one of Palin’s leading critics. “She had a strong team.”

There were times during the negotiations when it appeared Palin’s proposal would fall through, perhaps not even getting to a vote in the legislature. Associates say she was determined to prevent that. “She went literally from office to office asking that, regardless of how people intended to vote, that they permit a vote to take place,” Balash recalls. “If she hadn’t made those visits, it in all likelihood would never have come to a vote.”

And when she made those visits, she scored points with legislators of both parties. “On the issues where I worked with her, she listened, and in the long run, she even overrode her own team on things that House Democrats thought were important,” Kerttula recalls. Last summer, Palin’s strategy led to victory, when Alaska’s house and senate approved the TransCanada proposal.

Noting that Palin had also, in 2007, won a fight to raise taxes on the energy companies, the Anchorage Daily News reported that the pipeline deal “sealed the popular Republican governor’s second major victory in two years against not only her opponents in the Legislature but also major oil companies Palin sometimes has poked publicly.” Her approval rating soared. …”

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MjEyMzk3MWU4Yzk1NGQyMWYwZjk0OTcyNmEzYTM5N2E=

 

Saturday Night Live: open thread; Sarah Palin’s a good sport

By Michelle Malkin

 

“…Won’t give it away for those of you on the West Coast, but here’s commenter Ronnie’s reaction at HA:

“Nothing will come of this except Sarah Palin will be perceived as a good sport.”

And two more general reactions:

“Meh” and “huh?” …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/18/saturday-night-live-open-thread/

 

Your spirit-lifter of the day

By Michelle Malkin  

“…There is something very special about this woman, and I pity the detractors on the left and the right who don’t appreciate it.

Get a tissue before you click: …”

Sarah Palin Pays Special Attention to Special Needs Families

 

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/16/your-spirit-lifter-of-the-day/

 

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Phoney Political Polls–Just Flip It Off–McCain 55% vs. Obama 40%

Posted on October 16, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Books, Comedy, Economics, Immigration, Links, People, Politics, Rants, Raves, Resources, Reviews, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

 The Art Of Polling; Should We Trust Polls?; Race For The White House

 

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Congratulations President McCain!

The pump and dump drive-by mainstream media who are in the tank for Obama have been very busy polling.

If you believe their polls, Obama is winning the popular vote by 10% to 15% and will be the next President.

There are many, many ways to cheat and get the result you want: 

  1. the sample size of the poll.
  2. who is polled–adults, registered voters, or likely voters.
  3. when the poll is taken–overnight, during the week, or on the weekend.
  4. the weighting of responders–Democrats, Republicans and independents.
  5. the wording of the question.
  6. the order of the questions.
  7. the response rate.

The only poll that counts is the actual election.

Unfortunatley, even here Obama and his allies in ACORN, its affiliates, and clones are also trying to steal the election with voter registration fraud and voter fraud.

The deep secret about big media, people and politicians is that they are all ignorant about the issues and policies.

Big media is polling ignorant people about issues and policies that both are deeply ignorant of for politicians that are ignorant of the American people’s concerns.

The blind leading the blind.

The American people are deeply concerned about illegal immigration and want it stopped and the illegal aliens sent home.

The pump and dump drive-by mainstream media, along with the Presidential candidates of both parties totally ignore the issue.

No questions about this issue has been asked during the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates.

 

Polls hide truth says Gallup veteran

 

AAPOR: Frank Newport

 

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LOL or COL 

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The Voice of The American People

 

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Barack Obama is a freaking Socialist…

 

 

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Constructing Public Opinion

 

AAPOR: Frank Newport

 

October 09, 2008

Polls: Obama or McCain Is Winning

By Steven M. Warshawsky

“…Before concluding, let’s look at a typical poll of the races in two important “battleground” states.  This poll was done by CNN/Time on October 7 (also taken from RCP).  According to this poll, Obama is leading McCain in Ohio, 50% to 47%, and in Wisconsin, 51% to 46%.  The headline for the poll:  “New Obama gains in battleground states.”  Yet the margin of error for the poll was +/- 3.5 points.  This means that, based on the results of the CNN/Time poll itself, McCain could be leading in Ohio by a margin of 50.5% to 46.5% and in Wisconsin by a margin of 49.5% to 47.5%.

Of course, in the past several weeks there have been polls showing McCain leading the race nationally and in the battleground states.  Are the results of such polls simply to be disregarded?  On what grounds?  Why should the polls that show Obama in the lead be given more weight than the polls that show McCain in the lead?  Such reporting reflects the bias of the mainstream media, not the “truth” about how the American people are going to vote this November.  Moreover, the idea – implicit in the daily fluctuations of the polls – that large numbers of American voters are regularly switching back and forth between McCain and Obama makes no sense.  Who knows any real people who are going through such mental and political gymnastics?

In short, the polls do not show that Obama is “winning” the race, anymore than they show that McCain is “winning” the race.  What they show is that the contest is very close, and will not be decided until election day — when the American people actually go to the polls and cast their votes. 

 

For the reasons I’ve stated before, I predict that more votes will be cast for McCain than for Obama.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/polls_obama_or_mccain_is_winni_1.html

 

Book Review: “Mobocracy”, by Matthew Robinson

“…All of this would be meaningless if it were not for the fact that the media and even the public puts much stock in polls. The media uses it to make elections into horse-races and to support its positions on social issues. Because of this, polling can have the tendency to change the color, tone, length and intensity of a debate. Polls create an environment during elections that cause candidates to drop out of races even before they can educate the public on their views. This is because a candidate who does not poll well in the early running will be ignored by the media and will find donations shrink and finally disappear. A kind of “Catch-22” for an unknown player. He cannot get his message out without money, and he cannot get money unless he can get his message out.

Mark Twain has often been quoted, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.” After reading Mr. Robinson’s book you will come to realize that polling often falls into one of these three categories. Yet, he does make clear that polling is a tool, even a weapon, and like tools and weapons it can be used or it can be abused.

Polling can be used by industry to help shape products. It can be used by sociologists and scientists to advance medicine and psychology. It can be used for entertainment and trivia. It can also be used in politics to help gauge the effectiveness of public campaigns.

Ultimately, an educated public is the best way to fix the problems with polling. Not only will it make our understanding of polling data and its significance more profound, but perhaps the data itself will be made more accurate.

Matthew Robinson’s book clearly explains the complexity of polling and its effects on politics. His analysis succinctly illustrates that polling is not so much a democratizing influence as it is a disturbing one. “Mobocracy” provides a great opportunity to learn about the art, science and necromancy of polling.”

http://www.conservativemonitor.com/books03/1.shtml

 

Mobocracy: How the Media’s Obsession with Polling Twists the News, Alters Elections and Undermines Democracy

“…Mobocracy: How the Media’s Obsession with Polling Twists the News, Alters Elections and Undermines Democracy, by Matthew Robinson. Prima Publishing, 366 pages, $24.95

MASS-MEDIA POLLING IS JUSTIFIABLY SKEWered in this spirited work by Matthew Robinson, managing editor of the conservative weekly Human Events and an adjunct fellow of the Claremont Institute. He begins with the abuses of polling and ends with a stout defense of the American Constitution and the statesmanship and political journalism that helped launch and legitimize it. …” 

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The return of McAmnesty the Democrat Suck-Up

By Michelle Malkin

“…Maybe McCain needs to lay low until Election Day and let Sarah do the talking.

If you are dreading the upcoming presidential debate, you are not the only one.”

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Memo To Senator McCain: Trifecta Time–Giuliani–Hunter–Romney

Posted on October 10, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Immigration, Investments, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 “No one ever listened themselves out of job. It takes great man to be a good listener.”

~President Calvin Coolidge

http://www.calvincoolidge.us/

 

This is third and last time I will recommmend that Senator John McCain announce some of his cabinet members prior to being elected President of the United States of America.

This would unite the Republican Party and motivate the movement conservative and libertarian base to turnout and vote in November.

Former Mayor of New York City Rudi Giuliani should be named as McCain’s candidate for Attorney General.

Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani (pronounced /ˈruːdi ˌdʒuːliːˈɑːni/;[1] born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, businessman and politician from the state of New York who was Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001.

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

“A Democrat and Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican from the 1980s to the present, Giuliani served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney. He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including ones against organized crime and Wall Street financiers.

Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City, and was credited with initiating improvements in the city’s quality of life and with a reduction in crime. He ran for the United States Senate in 2000 but withdrew due to being diagnosed with prostate cancer and to revelations about his personal life. Giuliani gained international attention during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.[2] In 2001, Time magazine named him “Person of the Year”[3] and he received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.[4] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani

Congressman Duncan Hunter of California should be named as McCain’s candidate for Secretary of Defense or Homeland Security. 

Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter

       http://www.house.gov/hunter/biography.shtml   

 

   

Duncan Lee Hunter (born May 31, 1948) is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the House of Representatives from California’s 52nd congressional district since 1981. The district is located in northern and eastern San Diego County and includes El Cajon, La Mesa and a portion of eastern San Diego. It was previously named the 42nd District from 1981 to 1983 and the 45th from 1983 to 1993.

Hunter was the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during the 109th Congress. Hunter sought the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States for 2008,[1] but his campaign failed to attract significant voters or delegates in early primary and caucus states,[2] and he dropped out after unpromising results in the Nevada Republican caucuses.[3]

Hunter was born in Riverside, California to Lola L. Young and Robert Olin Hunter.[4] He graduated from Rubidoux High School in Riverside in 1966.[5] He attended the University of Montana from 1966 to 1967,[6] and then briefly the University of California, Santa Barbara,[6] before being commissioned[citation needed] into the United States Army in 1969.[7]

He served in South Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 during the Vietnam War[8] in the Army Rangers’ 75th Ranger Regiment, attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade.[9] He participated in 24 helicopter assaults[7] as well as in small-number, night-time reconnaissance patrols.[10] He held the rank of First Lieutenant,[8] and was awarded the Bronze Star,[7] Air Medal,[8] and service ribbons such as the Vietnam Service Medal.[8] He has said, “I didn’t do anything special in the U.S. Army, but I served with very special soldiers I will never forget.”[8] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Hunter

Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachetts should be named as McCain’s candidate for Treasury Secretary.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and former Governor of Massachusetts. Romney is also a former candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election.

Romney was CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. After his business career and serving as CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Romney was elected as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Romney served one term and did not seek re-election in 2006; his term expired January 4, 2007.[1]

After graduation, Romney remained in Massachusetts and went to work for the Boston Consulting Group, where he had interned during the summer of 1974.[10] From 1978 to 1984, Romney was a vice president of Bain & Company, Inc., another management consulting firm based in Boston. In 1984, Romney left Bain & Company to co-found a spin-off private equity investment firm, Bain Capital.[11] During the 14 years he headed the company, Bain Capital’s average annual internal rate of return on realized investments was 113 percent,[12] making money primarily through leveraged buyouts.[13] He invested in or bought many well-known companies such as Staples, Brookstone, Domino’s, Sealy Corporation and Sports Authority.[14]

In 1990, Romney was asked to return to Bain & Company, which was facing financial collapse. As CEO, Romney managed an effort to restructure the firm’s employee stock-ownership plan, real-estate deals and bank loans, while increasing fiscal transparency. Within a year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround and returned the firm to profitability without layoffs or partner defections.[12]

Romney left Bain Capital in 1998 to head the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee.[15] He and his wife have a net worth of between 250 and 500 million USD.[16][17] , not including Romney’s blind trust in the name of their children, which is valued at about $100 million.[18]…”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney

 

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

~President Theodore Roosevelt

http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/

 

Background Articles and Videos 

 

Memo to the McCain Campaign

By Lee Cary

“…As McCain names those primarily responsible for the Mae-Mac fiasco, he should also begin identifying who his key advisors will be.

Adults know that the presidency isn’t a person, it’s a bureaucracy. Any effective presidency is dependent on competent key people. So, who will be the key members of a McCain administration’s bureaucracy?

Start with the key person of the moment?  Have him name his choice for Secretary of the Treasury.

McCain said he’d fire Cox.  Fine. Draw and quarter Cox. We couldn’t care less out here! Who does McCain propose to put in the key fiscal positions?  Tell us now, and tell us soon.  How about Mitt Romney.  He understands the markets and bailouted the Olympics once.

Then, four days later, he names his designated Secretary of Defense.  Say, someone like former Secretary of the Navy and 9/11 Commission member John Lehman.

Then, a week after that, he names his choice for Secretary of State.  Joe Lieberman would represent something of a semi-bipartisan approach.

McCain must take the initiative. Keep it. And not give it up.

By giving voters a pantheon of personalities to consider, he’d force Obama to reveal who his key people will be. For example, if Susan Rice is to replace Condi Rice, let’s have a look at her. (Folks may not like what they see.) Obama’s key people will either be retreads from liberal Democrats, or nearly unknowns.  In any case, flush Obama out.  Right now he’s hiding.

We’re in the late rounds and your guy’s behind on points. You’re running out of time.”

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5345

 

McCain Wants Dems In Cabinet

 

Play of the Day: Romney Endorses McCain

John McCAIN & Sarah PALIN enter the Town Hall Meeting in Waukesha WI 10/9/08

 

John McCAIN Sarah PALIN “Angry Man” Waukesha, WI 10/9/08

A McCain cabinet could bear shades of Teddy Roosevelt

“…McCain, the four-term Republican senator from Arizona and presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is promising an administration that reflects “conservative principles, values and vision.” He also says his administration would have a powerful environmental bent, in the Roosevelt tradition. …”

“…For his part, McCain last week said he’d be looking for Cabinet members who “just share my conservative philosophy and views: less government, less regulation, lower taxes.” But he also volunteered that conservationism would be a priority, saying he would hope “to preserve the great natural treasures of the West and our state and do whatever we can to protect our environment.”

“I return to kind of the Teddy Roosevelt outlook toward things,” McCain said.

“McCain has long identified Roosevelt, president from 1901 to 1909, as a political idol. Roosevelt made national parks and nature preserves a priority, and McCain has drawn fire from conservative Republicans for opposing oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and for sponsoring legislation to address climate change.

McCain would tap business titans

McCain has dropped other hints about his Cabinet along the campaign trail.

Over the past year, he often has talked about approaching U.S. business leaders to serve their country by taking on federal-government responsibilities. He specifically has mentioned Fred Smith of FedEx, John Chambers of Cisco Systems, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and billionaire investor Warren Buffett as possible Cabinet members.

Bureaucracies such as the hapless Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose limitations were exposed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, could use a dose of private-sector ingenuity and know-how, McCain has said.

“I would go out to the smartest and best people in America, no matter what their party affiliation,” McCain said last year at a town-hall meeting in Gilford, N.H. “There are some very successful people in this country who have done a great deal and become very rich while doing it. And I’m going to those people — the John Chambers and the Steve Ballmers and the Warren Buffetts and all those people — and say, ‘Look … you’ve done very well in this country. Now give back something to your country.’ ” …”

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-02-18-mccain-roosevelt_N.htm 

 

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Memo To Senator McCain: Turn Sarah Palin Loose

Posted on September 30, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Life, Links, Music, People, Politics, Raves, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Young Divas – Turn Me Loose

 

Memo To: Senator McCain

Subject: Turn Sarah Loose 

It is time to turn Governor Sarah Palin loose on the conservative base with interviews on talk radio.

Start with the diva of conservative talk radio, Laura Ingraham.

Follow this with interviews with the following conservative and libertarian talk show hosts:

Bill Bennett

Mike Gallagher

Neal Boortz

Glenn Beck

Rush Limbaugh

Sean Hannity

Mark Levin

Michael Reagan

Dennis Miller

Monica Crowlely

John Gibson

Hugh Hewitt

Michael Medved

Dennis Prager

Michael Savage

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

If you do this you will win.

The choice is yours.

Sunny & The Sunliners “Talk To Me” (OLDIE)

 

Cream – Sunshine of your Love

Hugh Hewitt got Sarah call and Bill Bennett replayed today on his show, Morning in America:

Sarah Palin on the Hugh Hewitt Show

Great interview.

Private Palin call your Mother you little stinker!

Governor Palin call Laura Ingraham Thursday!

Your are on a roll, go down the above list.

Ronald Reagan “Morning in America”

 

Background Articles and Videos

Sarah Palin: Babies, Guns, Jesus

“…RUSH: This is Sarah Palin and her accomplishments.  Obama cannot make a speech like this.PALIN:  In serving as the team mom and coaching some basketball on the side, I got involved in the PTA and then was elected to the city council and then elected mayor of my hometown where my agenda was to stop wasteful spending and cut property taxes and put the people first! (cheers and applause)  I was then appointed ethics commissioner and chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.  And when I found corruption there, I fought it hard and I held the offenders to account. (cheers and applause)   Along with fellow reformers in the great state of Alaska, as governor, I stood up to the old politics as usual — to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the big oil companies, and the good old boy network. (cheers and applause)   When oil and gas prices went up so dramatically and the state revenues followed with that increase, I sent a large share of that revenue directly back to the people of Alaska — and we are now… (cheers and applause)   We’re now embarking on a $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.RUSH:  She’s doing it. 
PALIN:  I signed major ethics reforms and I appointed both Democrats and independents to serve in my administration, and I championed reform, toned the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.  In fact, I told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks,” on that Bridge to Nowhere.  If our state wanted a bridge, I said we’d build it ourselves.
RUSH:  Sarah Palin: babies, guns, Jesus.  Hot damn! …”   

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_082908/content/01125111.guest.html

 

Palin Will Spend More Time With Couric, Cont’d   [Byron York]

“…Some Republicans believe the McCain campaign made a fundamental mistake in the Palin rollout by focusing on those traditional broadcast networks.  (The only other interview Palin has done was with Sean Hannity on Fox News.)  Palin is the person who almost single-handedly repaired John McCain’s relations with the conservative base, and a base media strategy might have been a more effective one.  If, a week or so after the Republican convention, Palin had done a lot of talk radio — Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham, Levin, Bennett, Hewitt, etc. — she would have had widespread exposure to the voters most favorably disposed to her.  Of course the campaign press corps would have complained, but they would also probably have been forced to use snippets from Palin’s talk-radio interviews, which means that what Palin said in a friendly atmosphere would ultimately make its way to an even wider audience, one that includes independents and undecided voters.  After that radio immersion period — starting, say, about now — Palin would do interviews with everyone.

P.S. One more thought. I know I stressed talk radio above, but it would probably have been wiser for the McCain team to have fashioned a rollout combining talk radio, the blogosphere, and local news outlets in key states.  Debuting Palin on a network newscast seems like, well, an old-fashioned kind of strategy.  It certainly wasn’t a fresh approach. …”

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NTQ1MDEzYmM1MWQ2NTg4MTYwN2Q1NTVkMDE0MjU2Njk=

 

Sarah Palin on Glenn Beck

 

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Larry Kudlow

 

Charlie Rose – Sarah Palin

 

CNN Brown: ‘Free Sarah Palin

 

Chicago Trib’s news priorities: Nude Palin trumps economy

By Michelle Malkin

Financial crisis? What financial crisis? How about that nude Sarah Palin painting by a PDS-infected artist who used his naked daughter as the model?

Ick: …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/09/30/chicago-tribs-news-priorities-nude-palin-trumps-economy/ 

 

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Senator McCain Takes Cheap Shot At Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Chris Cox

Posted on September 19, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Investments, Links, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SEC Chairman Cox
SEC Chairman Cox

 

 

McCain says fire SEC chair

 

Bush Announces Bailing Out Wall Street


 

President George W. Bush stands with Rep. Christopher Cox, his nominee for Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thursday, June 2, 2005, in the Oval Office. Said the President of the Congressman, "As a champion of the free enterprise system in Congress, Chris Cox knows that a free economy is built on trust." White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush stands with Rep. Christopher Cox, his nominee for Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thursday, June 2, 2005, in the Oval Office. Said the President of the Congressman,

  “The whole history of the development of popular  institutions is a history of continuous struggle to prevent particular groups from abusing the governmental apparatus for the benefit of the collective interest of these groups.”

~Friedrick A. von Hayek, Law, Legislation, and Liberty, Volume 1, p.6.

Senator McCain owes an apology to SEC Chairman Chris Cox for saying he would fire him because he betrayed his trust to the American people.

Trying to scapegoat Chris Cox as the person responsible for the collapse of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the financial problems related to mortage securities is reprehensible.

It is the Congress that has failed the American people.

First, Congress encouraged highly questionable mortage home loans to people that would not normally qualify. 

Second, Congress compounded the problem by not adequately exercising oversight of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the agency that regulated them.

Senator McCain knows who is responsible and so do we–it is the elected representatives and Senators in Congress.

As to the financial firms that now are being bailout, let them all fail.

American taxpayers should not bailout those firms.

Heads, the American elites win if the investments are profitable and the executives get bonuses and politicians receive campaign contributions.

Tails, the American people lose if the firms are bailedout and the investment losses are “socialized” by increasing the national debt of the United States.

This is exactly the problem and it starts in Congress and crashed on Wall Street and the American people pick up the bill.

These failing firms leveraged themselves to the hilt and they must pay the price for their recklessness and lack of prudence.

Liquidate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in an orderly manner.

The government should not be in this business at all.

Bad loans are and were encouraged by Congress for both home mortages as well as college student loans.

Stop pandering to crowd and do your homework Senator.

Better yet call for criminal investigations of the politicians of both political parties that encouraged this nonsense and got paid off in campaign contributions.

Then go after the executives in the financical services firms including hedge funds that benefited from naked short selling.

Then run some ads on the issue.

Great ads Senator! Congratulations, you are now on target–fire away!

Advice

Jim Johnson

Crisis

Enough Is Enough

Foundation

Better yet, announce that Mitt Romney will be your Treasury Secretary and let him loose on this issue.

Regulations are not a substitute for responsible and accountable management.

Compassionate Conservatism, also known as Socialism, killed Fiscal Conservatism. 

Fiscal Conservatism RIP September 19, 2008

Fiscal Conservatism RIP September 19, 2008

The American people get Rick Rolled.

Rick Roll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU&feature=related

 

Time for a Second American Revolution!

 

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

~William Shakespeare, King Henry the Sixth, Part II, (Act IV, Scene II)

 

“Although I profoundly believe in the basic principles of democracy as the only effective method which we have yet discovered of making peaceful change possible, and am therefore much alarmed by the evident growing disillusionment about it as a desirable method of government, much assisted by the increasing abuse of the word to indicate supposed aims of government-I am becoming more and more convinced that we are moving towards an impasse from which political leaders will offer to extricate us by desperate means.”

~Friedrich A. von Hayek, Law, Legislation, and Liberty

 

Background Articles and Videos 

McCain’s Scapegoat

“”The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the President and has betrayed the public’s trust. If I were President today, I would fire him.”

Wow. “Betrayed the public’s trust.” Was Mr. Cox dishonest? No. He merely changed some minor rules, and didn’t change others, on short-selling. String him up! Mr. McCain clearly wants to distance himself from the Bush Administration. But this assault on Mr. Cox is both false and deeply unfair. It’s also un-Presidential.

Take “naked” shorting, in which an investor sells a stock short — betting that it will fall in price — without first borrowing the shares he is selling from an investor who owns them. The SEC has never condoned the practice, and since 2005 it has clamped down on short selling in any stock that shows evidence of naked shorting. The SEC further tightened its rules against naked shorting just hours before Mr. McCain excoriated Mr. Cox for doing nothing.

The rules announced Wednesday will increase penalties and close loopholes that exempted broker-dealers from the rules against naked shorting. They also make it clear that deliberately selling short a stock whose shares cannot be borrowed is fraud under the Securities Exchange Act. That’s all to the good, we suppose; fraud is fraud. But regular short selling is not fraud. It adds valuable information to the market about what investors believe to be the price direction of a stock. Demonizing short-sellers as a band of criminals, or barring short-selling outright in financial stocks, as regulators in the U.K. did Thursday, removes information from the market.

Then there’s Mr. McCain’s tirade against the “uptick rule,” a Depression-era chestnut that investors could only short stock after a rise in that stock’s price. The SEC staff studied the effect of the uptick rule on prices for years, in a controlled experiment involving thousands of stocks. It found the rule had no effect. Other studies, including those that examined the uptick rule’s effect on stocks disclosing bad news, also found that it “protected” no one. The SEC’s permanent staff has long supported repeal and the SEC’s commissioners voted to do so unanimously in June 2007. …”

“…In a crisis, voters want steady, calm leadership, not easy, misleading answers that will do nothing to help. Mr. McCain is sounding like a candidate searching for a political foil rather than a genuine solution. He’ll never beat Mr. Obama by running as an angry populist like Al Gore, circa 2000.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122178318884054675.html?mod=todays_us_opinion

 

The Rescue Mission
By the Editors

“…With his call for the creation of such an agency, McCain is finally on the right track. His harangues against boardroom greed and vague calls for more regulation were not adequarte for the moment. We were dismayed to hear him attack short-sellers in his speech Thursday. Short-sellers were among the first to blow the whistle on firms that gambled recklessly on home prices.

For allegedly failing to crack down on short-sellers, McCain also called on Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Chris Cox to resign. We will always admire Cox for his achievements in Congress. But as SEC chairman, he granted exemptions that allowed the big five investment banks to play fast and loose with their capital requirements. As a result, three of those five banks no longer exist. If they and they alone had to deal with the consequences, this wouldn’t be a problem. But these institutions grew too big to fail, and now taxpayers are on the hook for $29 billion worth of Bear Stearns’s bad assets. McCain is right to demand that the chief regulator during a financial crisis be held accountable, even though he is wrong about the reasons why.

Compared to McCain, Obama’s speeches on the financial crisis have offered little substance. McCain seized the opportunity Thursday to point out that Obama’s planned tax hikes would come at the worst possible time for the fragile U.S. economy. So far, that economy has weathered the storm admirably thanks to relatively low tax rates. McCain’s tax plan is obviously more pro-growth than Obama’s, but it needs more middle-class relief to have real mainstream appeal.

A mortgage trust of the sort McCain has proposed looks increasingly like the least bad option for taxpayers. Congress should act on this idea before it adjourns for fall — before taxpayers become the unwitting owners of any more troubled financial firms. …”

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OGM2OTUyYzczNTQwNDFjNzliZTFhMjQ0NjViZjVkNTM=

 

SEC chairman rebuke distances McCain from Bush

“…”Chris Cox is the most capable person I’ve ever known,” James C. Miller III, director of the Office of Management and Budget in the second Reagan White House, told The Washington Times. “I wish Senator McCain would focus on the getting President Bush’s other appointees to the SEC confirmed by the Senate.”

“…Mr. Miller said Mr. Cox had been forced to operate without other Senate-confirmed members of his commission for some time. “Chris heads a commission, not a dictatorship, and for a time was without a quorum for a long time,” he said.

One Republican official managed to defend Mr. McCain and Mr. Cox.

 “It shows McCain is not afraid to take on fellow Republicans at any time,” said Shawn Steel, a Republican National Committee member and former California Republican Party chairman. “On the other hand, I don’t see how Chris Cox is responsible. …”  

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/19/sec-chairman-rebuke-distances-mccain-from-bush/

 

Congress Lies Low To Avoid Bailout Blame

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

Posted 9/18/2008

“…Until now, Congress has been surprisingly passive. As Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid put it, “no one knows what to do” right now.

Funny, since it was a Democrat-led Congress that helped cause the problems in the first place.

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently barked “no” at reporters for daring to ask if Democrats deserved any blame for the meltdown, you saw denial in action.

Pelosi and her followers would have you believe this all happened because of President Bush and his loyal Senate lapdog, John McCain. Or that big, bad predatory Wall Street banks deserve all the blame.

“The American people are not protected from the risk-taking and the greed of these financial institutions,” Pelosi said recently, as she vowed congressional hearings.

Only one problem: It’s untrue.

Yes, banks did overleverage and take risks they shouldn’t have.

But the fact is, President Bush in 2003 tried desperately to stop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from metastasizing into the problem they have since become.

Here’s the lead of a New York Times story on Sept. 11, 2003: “The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.”

Bush tried to act. Who stopped him? Congress, especially Democrats with their deep financial and patronage ties to the two government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie and Freddie. …”

“…In the name of diversity, banks began making huge numbers of loans that they previously would not have. They opened branches in poor areas to lift their CRA ratings.

Meanwhile, Congress gave Fannie and Freddie the go-ahead to finance it all by buying loans from banks, then repackaging and securitizing them for resale on the open market.

That’s how the contagion began.

With those changes, the subprime market took off. From a mere $35 billion in loans in 1994, it soared to $1 trillion by 2008.

Wall Street eagerly sold the new mortgage-backed securities. Not only were they pooled investments, mixing good and bad, but they were backed with the implicit guarantee of government.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew to become monsters, accounting for nearly half of all U.S. mortgage loans. At the time of their bailouts this month, they held $5.4 trillion in loans on their books. About $1.4 trillion of those were subprime.

As they grew, Fannie and Freddie grew heavily involved in “community development,” giving money to local housing rights groups and “empowering” the groups, such as ACORN, for whom Barack Obama once worked in Chicago.

Warning signals were everywhere. Yet at every turn, Democrats in Congress halted attempts to stop the madness. It happened in 1992, again in 2000, in 2003 and in 2005. It may happen this year, too.

Since 1989, Fannie and Freddie have spent an estimated $140 million on lobbying Washington. They contributed millions to politicians, mostly Democrats, including Senator Chris Dodd (No. 1 recipient) and Barack Obama (No. 3 recipient, despite only three years in office).

The Clinton White House used Fannie and Freddie as a patronage job bank. Former executives and board members read like a who’s who of the Clinton-era Democratic Party, including Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelick, Jim Johnson and current Rep. Rahm Emanuel.

Collectively, they and others made well more than $100 million from Fannie and Freddie, whose books were cooked Enron-style during the late 1990s and early 2000s to ensure executives got their massive bonuses.

They got the bonuses. You get the bill.”

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080918

 

Analysis: Washington’s Trillion Dollar Wall Street Bailout

James Pethokoukis

“…Is a bailout necessary?
Look, the financial system probably couldn’t take another week like the one we just went through. Stocks plunging, credit markets freezing. As economist Robert Brusca puts it, “The proposed US government rescue plan comes at the end of a week of almost unprecedented turmoil on world financial markets amid a crisis of confidence in banks.”

The government had to get ahead of the curve and quit reacting on a case-by-case basis. If you look at banking crises in Japan and Sweden, for instance, all roads eventually led to a government bailout with taxpayer money at risk. The rule in these cases seems to be the sooner, the better. If you want more evidence, markets around the world and here in the United States are soaring on this news. Strategist Richard Bernstein of Merrill Lynch, in a research note, says the bailout plan is “an opportunity for the government to solve the on-going problems through one system-wide solution.” …”

“…As long as we have markets and humans there will be bubbles, whether in stocks, homes, Beanie Babies, tulips, or whatever. But as far as the housing/credit bubbles go, I think it could have been avoided. Alan Greenspan cut rates too low and left them there for too long, creating an extreme financial situation that Wall Street tried to profit from. Uncle Sam also fed into that market distortion by making greater homeownership a national goal, using both tax policy and the regulation like the Community Reinvestment Act to, essentially, push capital into homes. And were regulators as tough as they could have been? Obviously not. …”

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2008/9/19/analysis-washingtons-trillion-dollar-wall-street-bailout.html

The Mother of All Bailouts = The Death of Fiscal Conservatism

 

“…Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson just wrapped up his press conference announcing the Mother of All Bailouts. He said a “bold” approach was needed to achieve “stability” in the market.

Let me translate that.

“Bold” = Massively massive, taxpayer-funded rescue.

“Stability” = Privatizing profits and socializing losses on a scale we have never seen before in our lifetimes.

I have had it with Pollyanna conservatives who continue to parrot the “fundamentals of the market are great!” line.

The fundamentals of the market suck. The fundamentals of capitalism have been sabotaged.

Yes, yes, crony Democrats are to blame for much of how we got here. You don’t need to recite all the talking points back to me. I’ve been writing about the Fannie/Freddie debacle for years.

But it is September 19, 2008. And this is a Republican White House presiding over the Mother of All Bailouts. Every step along the way since stimuluspalooza began last summer, we’ve heard that every bailout step was just a one-off. Each step was supposed to calm the markets. Each new government intervention and allocation of taxpayer dollars was supposed to achieve “stability.” Each new package of goodies rewarding irresponsible behavior and bad financial decisions was supposed to prevent new ones. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/09/19/the-mother-of-all-bailouts-the-death-of-fiscal-conservatism/

McCain Misfires

“…John McCain has just demonstrated his vulnerability as a presidential candidate. Speaking from prepared remarks at an Iowa rally today, he said that he would fire Chris Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This outburst demonstrates McCain’s ignorance, his impetuousness and his vindictive streak. Not bad for one remark.

McCain blames Cox for creating open season for “short sellers,” speculators who bet that a stock may go down. It’s true that short sellers helped to sink financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, and that they are now attacking the stock prices of the two remaining big investment banks, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. It is also true that last year Cox made short selling easier. But McCain’s threat to fire the SEC chairman is still outrageous.

The most basic reason is that a presidential candidate should not go about publicly pressuring the chairman of a regulatory agency. Government agencies are supposed to be professional and technocratic. They are not supposed to be political footballs. The more politicians brow-beat agency bosses, the less their technocratic decisions will be respected. McCain is damaging the machinery of government, dragging it into the mire of partisan discord. This is not consistent with his image as a good-government crusader.

Next, McCain’s comment is outrageous because his view of short sellers is crass. Betting that a stock will go down is just as legitimate a way to make money as betting that it will go up. Short sellers help to deflate bubbles before they get too much air in them. They dig into the books of companies and frequently are the first to blow the whistle on fraud. In normal times, at least, short sellers help markets to price stocks as they should be priced, thereby promoting the allocation of scarce capital to the firms that use it best. When Cox abolished a roadblock in the way of short sellers last year, he was doing the right thing.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/09/mccains_outrageous_outrage.html

 

John McCain singles out a fellow Republican for blame in Wall Street meltdown

Don Frederick

“…McCain did note that the chairman is a presidential appointee, though he avoided mentioning the particular president who put in office the fellow he so disdains. But other omissions were more telling.

Aside from not naming the chairman — Chris Cox (above) — McCain neglected to tell his cheering audience that this benighted public servant brought a sterling, and solidly Republican, resume to his job when he assumed it in August 2005. Cox was a one-time legal aide in Ronald Reagan’s White House who, staring in 1989, represented an affluent House district in California for many years (its core was Newport Beach). In Congress, he was a major player in formulating GOP policy, including a generally hands-off regulatory approach to business that McCain also advocated.

Here’s more on Cox’s background: After whisking through the University of Southern California in three years, he earned both a master’s in business administration and a law degree from Harvard. While still in the House, the Almanac of American Politics wrote that his “intellect and range of interests are impressive.”

Cox was confirmed for the SEC post on a voice vote — with nary an objection heard — by the Senate. The chamber’s members included McCain and Barack Obama (though we do not know whether either were on the floor at this moment).

No reaction yet from Cox to McCain’s attack on him. But boy, wouldn’t we love to know who he ends up voting for later this year (maybe he’ll pass on the presidential part of his ballot). …”

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/09/john-mccain-sin.html

 

Six in 10 Oppose Wall Street Bailouts

But majority of Americans support the government helping people stay in their homes

“…A new Gallup Poll, conducted March 24-27, shows that 6 in 10 Americans oppose the federal government taking steps to help prevent major Wall Street investment companies from failing.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/106114/Six-Oppose-Wall-Street-Bailouts.aspx

Never Sell America Short
We’ve been through worse, and we can fix what ails us now.

By Larry Kudlow

“…A gathering consensus also seems to be forming around a new version of the Resolution Trust Corporation, which effectively disposed of bad savings-and-loan assets in the early 1990s. A new RTC could purchase underwater assets that proliferate through the financial system and are clogging the credit and loan arteries of our banks.

We clearly are in an emergency moment. But the government should opt for smart regulatory action rather than broad-based interference that could stifle the free economy. On Thursday afternoon, as rumors spread that Paulson was talking President Bush into a new RTC, the stock market soared 400 points. That’s what I call an endorsement.

The pessimists are now talking about the end of capitalism or a permanent decline of America. I don’t believe that for one moment. Specific regulatory reforms can get us out of this fix. And most of all, policymakers must maintain the low-tax, low-inflation, open-trade formula that has propelled this nation’s economy and produced so much prosperity for so long.

I say, never sell America short.”

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NWNjZjZkZWQ0NzkxNDAwNzNjMWUzYmMzY2M4YWU2ODU=

 

Exposing Naked Short Sellers; Stopping Manipulative Traders

Senator Tester questioning Cox

 

Does Short-selling Need the SEC’s Oversight?

 

Ackman on Short Selling

 

SEC Chairman Cox on Naked Short Selling Anti-Fraud Rule

 

Naked Short Selling LEGAL from 2005 till this week?! P1

 

Naked Short Selling LEGAL from 2005 till this week?! P2

 

SEC Extends Short Selling Limits

 

Naked Short-Selling Ban Ends Tonight; Abusive Trading?

 

SEC Revs Up Short-Sale Crackdown – March 6

 

Jeremy Siegel on Bear Stearns, the Rate Cuts and Inflation

 

Chain of Blame: How Wall Street Caused the Mortgage Crisis.

 

Deconstructing the Subprime Crisis

 

Joseph Gyourko on Fannie, Freddie, and the Housing Bust

 

Franklin Allen on Past Crises

 

Franklin Allen on Lessons from the Subprime Crisis

 

Susan Wachter on Securitizations and Deregulation

 

Wall Street’s Day of Reckoning: The Fannie & Freddie Bailout

Housing Bailout For Deadbeats Gamblers Liars Thieves

 

Part 1 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

New York Investing meetup organizer Daryl Montgomery discusses the origins of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the first episode of a multi-part series. The New York Investing meetup is an organization of 1800 independent traders and investors that provides unbiased stock market education and analysis. We also have a blog,”The Helicopter Economics Investing Guide” which can be found at: http://nyinvestingmeetup.blogspot.com

 

Part 2 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

Part 3 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

Part 4 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

Part 5 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

Patrick Byrne and Don Harrold – Part One

 

Patrick Byrne and Don Harrold – Part Two

 

Patrick Byrne on Naked Short Selling

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P1

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P2

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P3

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P4

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P5

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P6

 

Rush On Franklin Raines

 

Hey Barack, Who’s Franklin Raines

 

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (commonly known as the SEC) is an independent agency of the United States government having primary responsibility for enforcing the federal securities laws and regulating the securities industry/stock market. The SEC was created by section 4 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (now codified as 15 U.S.C. § 78d and commonly referred to as the 1934 Act). In addition to the 1934 Act that created it, the SEC enforces the Securities Act of 1933, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and other statutes.

The SEC is composed of five commissioners, of which no more than three can be from a single political party. Currently the SEC commissioners are; chairman Christopher Cox (R), Kathleen L. Casey (R), Troy A. Paredes (R), Luis A. Aguilar (D) and Elisse B. Walter (D).[1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Securities_and_Exchange_Commission

 

SEC Biography: Chairman Christopher Cox

“Christopher Cox is the 28th Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was appointed by President Bush on June 2, 2005, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 29, 2005. He was sworn in on August 3, 2005.

During his tenure at the SEC, Chairman Cox has made vigorous enforcement of the securities laws the agency’s top priority, bringing ground breaking cases against a variety of market abuses including hedge fund insider trading, stock options backdating, fraud aimed at senior citizens, municipal securities fraud, and securities scams on the Internet. He has assumed leadership of the international effort to more closely integrate U.S. and overseas regulation in an era of global capital markets and international securities exchanges. He has also championed transforming the SEC’s system of mandated disclosure from a static, form-based approach to one that taps the power of interactive data to give investors qualitatively better information about companies, mutual funds, and investments of all kinds. In addition, as part of an overall focus on the needs of individual investors, Chairman Cox has reinvigorated the agency’s initiative to provide important investor information in plain English.

For 10 of his 17 years in Congress, Chairman Cox served in the Majority Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was Chairman of the House Policy Committee; Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security; Chairman of the Select Committee on U.S. National Security; Chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security (the predecessor to the permanent House Committee); Chairman of the Task Force on Capital Markets; and Chairman of the Task Force on Budget Process Reform.

In addition, he served in a leadership capacity as a senior Member of every committee with jurisdiction over investor protection and U.S. capital markets, including the House Energy and Commerce Committee (as Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee); the Financial Services Committee; the Government Reform Committee (as Vice Chairman of the full Committee); the Joint Economic Committee; and the Budget Committee.

Among the significant laws he authored were the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, which protects investors from fraudulent lawsuits, and the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which protects Internet users from multiple and discriminatory taxation. His legislative efforts to eliminate the double tax on shareholder dividends — the subject of a thesis he authored at Harvard University in 1977 — led to the enactment in May 2003 of legislation that cut the double tax by more than half.

http://www.sec.gov/about/commissioner/cox.htm

 

‘Serious Times’ For Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac’s New Regulator

By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

“…”These are very serious times for the mortgage market,” James B. Lockhart III, director of the nascent Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, said in an interview after briefing more than 400 employees at a meeting in the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington. “We [will] need more people, not less.”

President Bush created FHFA this week when he signed a sweeping housing rescue bill into law. The agency merges three existing federal entities into a new, tougher regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The agency will also oversee the nation’s 12 Federal Home Loan Banks, which, like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, were chartered by Congress to improve the nation’s housing capacity.

FHFA combines the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OHFEO), which has been overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with the Federal Housing Finance Board, which regulates the home loan banks and a small unit of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Authority over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been greatly expanded. Lockhart, the director of OHFEO, became the head of FHFA when the president signed the housing bill Tuesday morning. Bush can now nominate a new director of FHFA and ask the Senate to confirm him or her to a five-year term. But congressional observers don’t expect any change at the top until a new president takes office next year.

The existing employees of the three agencies will be formally transferred to the FHFA no later than July 30, 2009. But Lockhart said that is likely to happen much sooner, perhaps this fall. …” 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/01/AR2008080102927.html

 

Federal Housing Finance Agency

“…The Federal Housing Finance Agency is an independent federal agency created as the successor regulatory agency resulting from the statutory merger of the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB) and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), absorbing the powers and regulatory authority of both entities, with expanded legal and regulatory authority, including the ability to place government sponsored enterprises into receivership or conservatorship.[1][2][3]

The enabling law establishing the FHFA is the Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008, which is Division A of the larger Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, Public Law 110-289, signed on July 30, 2008 by President George W. Bush. One year after the law was signed, the OFHEO and the FHFB shall go out of existence. All existing regulations, orders and decisions of OFHEO and the Finance Board remain in effect until modified or superseded. James B. Lockhart III, the director of OFHEO, is the director of the new FHFA.[4][5][6][7]

On the day of the law’s signing, James Lockhart stated:[8] …”

Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

“…On September 7, 2008, FHFA director Lockhart announced he had put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the conservatorship of the FHFA.[11][3] The action is “one of the most sweeping government interventions in private financial markets in decades”.[12] U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson , appearing at the same press conference, stated that placing the two GSEs into conservatorship was a decision he fully supported, and said that he advised “that conservatorship was the only form in which I would commit taxpayer money to the GSEs.” He further said that “I attribute the need for today’s action primarily to the inherent conflict and flawed business model embedded in the GSE structure, and to the ongoing housing correction.”.[13]

In the announcement, Mr. Lockhart indicated the following items in the plan of action for the conservatorship:

 

  1. On September 8, 2008, the first day of the conservatorship, business will be conducted normally, with stronger backing for the holders of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), senior debt and subordinated debt.
  2. The Enterprises will be allowed to grow their guarantee MBS books without limits and continue to purchase replacement securities for their portfolios, about $20 billion per month, without capital constraints.
  3. As the conservator, the FHFA will assume the power of the Board and management.
  4. The present CEOs have been dismissed, but will stay on to help with the transition.
  5. Appointed as CEOs are Herb Allison, for Fannie Mae and David M. Moffett for Freddie Mac. Allison is former Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch and for the last eight years chairman of TIAA-CREF. Moffett is the former Vice Chairman and CFO of US Bancorp. Their compensation will be significantly lower than the outgoing CEOs. They will be joined by equally strong non-executive chairmen.
  6. Other management action will be very limited. The new CEOs agreed it is important to work with the current management teams and employees to encourage them to stay and to continue to make important improvements to the Enterprises.
  7. To conserve over $2 billion annually in capital the common stock and preferred stock dividends will be eliminated, but the common and all preferred stocks will continue to remain outstanding. Subordinated debt interest and principal payments will continue to be made.
  8. All political activities, including all lobbying, will be halted immediately. Charitable activities will be reviewed.
  9. There will be financing and investing relationship with the U.S. Treasury via three different financing facilities, to provide critically needed support to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and the liquidity of the mortgage market. One the three facilities is a secured liquidity facility which will be not only for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and also for the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks that FHFA also regulates. …” 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Housing_Finance_Agency

 

Naked short selling

Naked short selling, or naked shorting, is the practice of selling a stock short without first borrowing the shares or ensuring that the shares can be borrowed as is done in a conventional short sale. When the seller does not then obtain the shares within the required time frame, the result is known as a “fail to deliver.”

In the United States, naked short selling is covered by various SEC regulations. In 2005, “Regulation SHO” was enacted to curb the practice, requiring that broker-dealers have grounds to believe that shares will be available for a given stock transaction, and requiring that delivery take place within a limited time period.[1][2] As part of its response to the crisis in the North American markets in 2008, the SEC issued a temporary order restricting fails to deliver in the shares of 19 financial firms deemed systemically important.[3] Effective September 18, 2008, following the the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by Lehman Brothers, the SEC made permanent and expanded the rules to remove exceptions and to cover all companies.[4]

Some commentators have contended that despite existing regulations, naked shorting is widespread and that the SEC regulations are poorly enforced, although the SEC has denied these claims. However, the SEC and others have also defended the practice in limited form as beneficial for market liquidity. Its critics have contended that the practice is susceptible to abuse, can be damaging to targeted companies struggling to raise capital, and has led to numerous bankruptcies.[4][citation needed] …”

 

“…Extent of naked shorting

Regulators downplay the extent of naked shorting in the US. At a North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) conference on naked short selling in November 2005, an official of the New York Stock Exchange stated that NYSE had found no evidence of widespread naked short selling, and alleged “fear mongering that there’s this rampant naked shorting that’s gone unregulated.”[citation needed] Cameron Funkhouser, NASD senior vice president of market regulations, noted that although companies have alleged stock manipulation through the Berlin stock exchange, the NASD has seen not one instance of naked short selling [on the Berlin stock exchange]”. An official of the SEC said that “While there may be instances of abusive short selling, 99% of all trades in dollar value settle on time without incident.”[7] Of all those that do not, 85% are resolved within 10 business days and 90% within 20.[7]

The SEC’s short selling FAQ also cites common misconceptions about the practice, such as the belief that naked shorting causes “phantom” shares to enter the market, as one source of confusion over the practice’s market effect. Naked short selling, the SEC said, would not increase a company’s shares outstanding shares nor result in “counterfeit shares.”[2] Short seller David Rocker contended that failure to deliver securities “can be done for manipulative purposes to create the impression that the stock is a tight borrow.” In such a situation, the failure to deliver would be on the part of “longs,” not “shorts.”[8]

Statistics on failures to deliver securities are sometimes used as evidence of naked short selling in specific stocks. However, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stated in January 2008 that “fails-to-deliver can occur for a number of reasons on both long and short sales. Therefore, fails-to-deliver are not necessarily the result of short selling, and are not evidence of abusive short selling or ‘naked’ short selling.”[9]

However, Robert J. Shapiro, former undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs, has claimed that naked short selling has cost investors $100 billion and driven 1,000 companies into the ground.[10] Ralph Lambiase, head of the Connecticut Securities Agency and the NASAA, declared his disappointment at how the industry was handling the issue as a whole.[citation needed] …” 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_short_selling

 

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New Poll: McCain/Palin Will Win 50 States!–Obama/Biden Will Win 57 States?

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Climate, Comedy, Economics, Immigration, Life, Links, People, Politics, Rants, Raves, Religion, Resources, Reviews, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A new secret poll shows that if trends continue, the Republican ticket of McCain/Palin will beat the late President Ronald Reagan’s win in 1984 and carry all 50 states!

ElectoralCollege1984.svg

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:ElectoralCollege1984.svg

Compare this with the 2004 Presidential Election map:

ElectoralCollege2004.svg

Obama would need to win at least one other state to win in 2008.

The Republican Party has a very good chance right now of picking up Pennsylvania and Michigan in addition to those carried by Bush in 2004.

The Democratic Obama/Biden ticket will according to Senator Barack Obama carry 57 states.

Obama Claims He’s Visited 57 States

When Senator Joe Biden pointed out to Barack that there was only 50 states, Barack, the Harvard University law school graduate said, “Joe there are 57 states, trust me on this!”
 

I guess Barack thinks that ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and the New York Times would have corrected him by now on this if he were wrong.

 

Joe gave Barack this map to show him there were 50 states in The United States of America:

“The United States is a federal union of fifty states. The original thirteen states were the successors of the thirteen colonies that rebelled against British rule. Most of the rest have been carved from territory obtained through war or purchase by the U.S. government. The exceptions are Vermont, Texas, and Hawaii; each was an independent republic before joining the union. Early in the country’s history, three states were created out of the territory of existing ones: Kentucky from Virginia; Tennessee from North Carolina; and Maine from Massachusetts. West Virginia broke away from Virginia during the American Civil War. The most recent state—Hawaii—achieved statehood on August 21, 1959. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the states do not have the right to secede from the union.

The states compose the vast bulk of the U.S. land mass; the only other areas considered integral parts of the country are the District of Columbia, the federal district where the capital, Washington, is located; and Palmyra Atoll, an uninhabited but incorporated territory in the Pacific Ocean. The United States possesses five major territories with indigenous populations: Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean; and American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific. Those born in the territories (except for American Samoa) possess U.S. citizenship. …”

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States 

 Barack said, “Joe, did you not get the word, there are 57 states in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)”.

BARACK OBAMA 57 STATES OF ISLAM MUSLIM OIC FREUDIAN SLIP?

“Besides Joe, Minister Farrakhan said I was The Messiah!”

Farrakhan calls Barack Obama the Messiah

 

 

Barack gave Joe this list:

List of Organisation of the Islamic Conference member states by population

This is a list of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) countries sorted by their estimated population. It is sourced from the global list of countries by population page, as of July 2008.

Rank  ↓ Country  ↓ Population  ↓
1 Flag of Indonesia Indonesia 231,627,000
2 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 163,707,000
3 Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh 158,665,000
4 Flag of Nigeria Nigeria 148,093,000
5 Flag of Egypt Egypt 75,498,000
6 Flag of Turkey Turkey 70,586,256
7 Flag of Iran Iran 70,495,782
8 Flag of Sudan Sudan 38,560,000
9 Flag of Algeria Algeria 33,858,000
10 Flag of Morocco Morocco 31,224,000
11 Flag of Uganda Uganda 30,884,000
12 Flag of Iraq Iraq 28,993,000
13 Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 27,372,000
14 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia 27,170,000
15 Flag of Afghanistan Afghanistan 27,145,000
16 Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 24,735,000
17 Flag of Yemen Yemen 22,389,000
18 Flag of Mozambique Mozambique 21,397,000
19 Flag of Syria Syria 19,929,000
20 Flag of Côte d'Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire 19,262,000
21 Flag of Cameroon Cameroon 18,549,000
22 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 15,422,000
23 Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 14,784,000
24 Flag of Niger Niger 14,226,000
25 Flag of Senegal Senegal 12,379,000
26 Flag of Mali Mali 12,337,000
27 Flag of Chad Chad 10,781,000
28 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 10,327,000
29 Flag of Guinea Guinea 9,370,000
30 Flag of Benin Benin 9,033,000
31 Flag of Somalia Somalia 8,699,000
32 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 8,467,000
33 Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan 6,736,000
34 Flag of Togo Togo 6,585,000
35 Flag of Libya Libya 6,160,000
36 Flag of Jordan Jordan 5,924,000
37 Flag of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 5,866,000
38 Flag of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 5,317,000
39 Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 4,965,000
40 Flag of the United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 4,380,000
41 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 4,099,000
42 Palestinian flag Palestinian Authority 4,017,000
43 Flag of Albania Albania 3,190,000
44 Flag of Mauritania Mauritania 3,124,000
45 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait 2,851,000
46 Flag of Oman Oman 2,595,000
47 Flag of The Gambia Gambia 1,709,000
48 Flag of Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 1,695,000
49 Flag of Gabon Gabon 1,331,000
50 Flag of Qatar Qatar 841,000
51 Flag of Djibouti Djibouti 833,000
52 Flag of Bahrain Bahrain 760,168
53 Flag of Guyana Guyana 738,000
54 Flag of the Comoros Comoros 682,000
55 Flag of Suriname Suriname 458,000
56 Flag of Brunei Brunei 390,000
57 Flag of the Maldives Maldives 306,000
  Total  1,468,119,824

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_OIC_countries_by_population

 Barack added, “Joe, check out their web site:

Organisation of The Islamic Conference

http://www.oic-oci.org/oicnew/

“…The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world. The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 12th Rajab 1389 Hijra (25 September 1969) as a result of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

In 1970 the first ever meeting of Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (ICFM) was held in Jeddah which decided to establish a permanent secretariat in Jeddah headed by the organization’s secretary general. Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is the 9th Secretary General who assumed the office in January 2005 after being elected by the 31st ICFM.

The present Charter of the Organization was adopted by the Eleventh Islamic Summit held in Dakar on 13-14 March 2008 which laid down the objectives and principles of the organization and fundamental purposes to strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among the Member States. Over the last 38 years, the membership has grown from its founding members of 30 to 57 states. The Organization has the singular honor to galvanize the Ummah into a unified body and have actively represented the Muslims by espousing all causes close to the hearts of over 1.5 billion Muslims of the world. The Organization has consultative and cooperative relations with the UN and other inter-governmental organizations to protect the vital interests of the Muslims and to work for the settlement of conflicts and disputes involving Member States. In safeguarding the true values of Islam and the Muslims, the organization has taken various steps to remove misperceptions and have strongly advocated elimination of discrimination against the Muslims in all forms and manifestations. …”

http://www.oic-oci.org/oicnew/page_detail.asp?p_id=52

Joe said “Barack, these 57 states do not count!”

Barack replied, ” you are wrong Joe, their votes count where it really matters in the United Nations!”

Joe said,” I see your point .”

“Yes Joe, that is why I am on the top of the ticket and you are not; I am the Messiah!” shouted Barack.

Barack calmly explained to Joe that he plans to appeal the United States election results of McCain/Palin winning all 50 states to the United Nations, where the fix is in–just like Chicago.

Barack said, “The Republicans are not going to steal this election like Bush did in 2000 in Florida!”

Joe replied, “We are going to roll them.”

Barack said, “That is the Chicago way–remember the movie–The Untouchables.”

Joe replied, “You know Barack that I’ll never gonna give you up?”

Barack said, “I know you won’t Joe, if you want to keep your head and all that hair!”

Barack added, “My religious mentors Reverend Wright and Supreme Minister of the Nation of Islam Farrakan have guaranteed that I will win. The Messiah always wins Joe. The fix is in. Yes we can!”

  

Obama: “My Muslim Faith”


 

Never Gonna Give You Up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

 Michelle Malkin on the Obama/Muslim smears

 

Poll time: Are you pumped?

By Michelle Malkin

 

“… know a large number of michellemalkin.com readers have shared my deep-seated reservations about John McCain. Those reservations — especially regarding border security, the environment, campaign finance, and his Soros flirtations — remain. And you know I will not hesitate to pound on them. But the Palin VP choice appears to be a huge step forward for movement conservatism. She is the real deal.

Today’s poll question: Are you on board with McCain/Palin? …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/08/29/poll-time-are-you-pumped/

 

Barack Obama: Gaffe machine

By Michelle Malkin

“…But what about Barack Obama? The guy’s a perpetual gaffe machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:

* Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12.

*Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”

*Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, South Dakota audience, Obama exulted: “Thank you Sioux City…I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.” …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/05/21/barack-obama-gaffe-machine/

 

Louis Farrakhan

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Louis Farrakhan (born Louis Eugene Walcott, May 11, 1933), is the Supreme Minister of the Nation of Islam (NOI) as the National Representative of Elijah Muhammad. He is also well-known as an advocate for African American interests and a critic of American society. Farrakhan currently resides in Kenwood, an affluent neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, and part time at a Nation of Islam farm in New Buffalo, Michigan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Farrakhan

 

Jeremiah Wright, Jr.

“Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, Jr. (born September 22, 1941) is the former Senior Pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), a megachurch in Chicago with around 10,000 members.[1] In early 2008, Wright retired after 36 years as the pastor of his congregation and no longer has daily responsibilities at the church.[2][3] Following retirement, Wright’s beliefs and manner of preaching were scrutinized when short segments from his sermons were publicized in connection with presidential campaign of Barack Obama.[4] Obama addressed the issues raised by the Wright controversy in his speech entitled “A More Perfect Union” .[5] To explain more fully his actual positions on these issues, Wright gave a speech before the NAACP on April 27, 2008, in which he stressed that he was not “divisive”, but “descriptive”, and that the black church experience, like black culture, was “different” but not “deficient”.[6] …”

 “…Barack Obama, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President, first met Wright and joined his church in the 1980s, while he was working as a community organizer in Chicago before attending Harvard Law School.[24] Wright officiated at the wedding ceremony of Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as their children’s baptism.[5] The title of Obama’s memoir, The Audacity of Hope, was inspired by one of Wright’s sermons.[24][5]

Wright was scheduled to give the public invocation before Obama’s presidential announcement, but Obama withdrew the invitation the night before the event.[25] Wright wrote a rebuttal letter to the editor disputing the characterization of the account as reported in an article in The New York Times.[26]

In 2007 Wright was appointed to Barack Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee, a group of over 170 national black religious leaders who supported Obama’s bid for the Democratic nomination;[27] however, it was announced in March 2008 that Wright was no longer serving as a member of this group.[28]…” 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_Wright

 

The Chicago Way

The Untouchables – Baseball

 

 

Rickrolling

Rickrolling is an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The meme is a bait and switch: a person provides a Web link they claim is relevant to the topic at hand, but the link actually takes the user to the Astley video. The URL can be masked or obfuscated in some manner so that the user cannot determine the true source of the link without clicking (and thus satisfying their curiosity). When a person clicks on the link given and is led to the web page he/she is said to have been “Rickrolled”. By extension, it can also mean playing the song loudly in public in order to be disruptive.[1]

Most believe the practice began as a variant of an earlier prank originating from the imageboard 4chan called duckrolling,[2] in which a link to somewhere (such as a specific picture or news item) would instead lead to a thread or site containing a photoshopped picture of a duck with wheels. The user at that point, is said to have been “Duckrolled”. The first instance of Rickroll occurred on the site’s video game board, where a link to the Rick Astley video was claimed to be a mirror of the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV (which was unavailable due to heavy traffic).[3] The joke was confined to 4chan for a very brief period.

By May 2008,[4] the practice had spread beyond 4chan and become an Internet phenomenon, eventually amassing some coverage in the mainstream media.[5][6][1] An April 2008 poll by SurveyUSA estimated that at least 18 million American adults have been Rickrolled.[7]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickroll

 

McCain Surges In National Polls

“…There are five new national polls out in the last 24 hours, and four of them show Sen. John McCain opening a lead over Sen. Barack Obama, while the fifth shows the race tied.

McCain Up 2 In ABC/WPost Poll An ABC News /Washington Post poll of 1,133 adults, including 961 registered voters, taken September 5-7 shows Obama leading McCain 47%-46% among registered voters but McCain topping Obama 49%-47% among likely voters. In a similar survey completed August 22, just before the start of the conventions, Obama led 49%-43% among registered voters and 49%-45% among likely voters.

McCain Up 2 In CBS Poll A CBS News poll of 655 registered voters taken September 5-7 shows McCain leading Obama 46%-44%. The same group, interviewed prior to the start of the conventions, had Obama leading McCain 45%-42%.

McCain Up 5 In Gallup Tracker The Gallup daily presidential tracking poll of 2,733 registered voters taken September 5-7 shows McCain leading Obama 49%-44%.

McCain Up 1 In Rasmussen Tracker The Rasmussen Reports automated daily presidential tracking poll for September 8 shows McCain leading Obama 47%-46%, and 48%-47% including leaners.

Race Tied In CNN Poll A CNN /Opinion Research poll of 942 registered voters taken September 5-7 shows Obama and McCain tied at 48% apiece. With third party candidates included, McCain and Obama are tied at 45%, with Nader pulling 3%, Barr taking 3% and McKinney with 1%. …”

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/bulletin/bulletin_080909.htm

 

The Rasmussen Reports

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows the race for the White House is tied once again. John McCain and Barack Obama now each attract 46% of the vote. When “leaners” are included, it’s McCain 48% and Obama 48%.

One week ago today, Obama’s bounce peaked with the Democrat enjoying a six-percentage point advantage (see recent daily results). Now, for the first time in Election 2008, Rasmussen Markets data shows the race to be a toss-up. …”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

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Barack Obama says there are 57 states…

Oprah DOESN’T support women…

Red State Update: Obama Admits He’s A Muslim?

 

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