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September 2008

Donald Trump’s House of Lies

The McCain-Palin Camp and their surrogates are engaging in disinformation lying to generate fear among American voters. I heard Donald Trump on Larry King Live last night and could not believe he had the audacity to say that Obama would increase taxes and McCain would decrease taxes. I guess we've been down this road before during the primary phase of this election. It's just sad that folks feel the need to lie to the American people to get elected.

Donald Trump is the last person to talk about the candidates' tax plans because he knows full well that most Americans would benefit under Obama's Plan and wealthy folks like him will pay more, as they should. The Obama Tax Plan increases taxes for folks earning $250,000 and more. That means 95% of American taxpayers would actually see a decrease.

I know about you but I am sick and tired of elitist people pretending to be just like the rest of us and looking out for our best interests. John McCain's wife, Cindy, is wealthy; who do you think his policies will benefit?


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It’s the Economy, Stupid!

Please read this from the Huffington Post. If you are not concerned about the future of this country, you should be. Every time you hear about the travesty on Wall Street, thank the Republican leadership of this country.

If McCain Had His Way, That'd Be Our Social Security Money Wall Street is Losing

Reuters/Brendan McDermid


John Neffinger: I have been scratching my head why this has not been talked about more, especially since Obama has been having trouble winning votes among seniors. Now that you can't look at a newspaper or TV screen without seeing the mayhem on Wall Street, it's time to remind Americans what the world would look like if John McCain was in charge of our economic policy. McCain is currently saying something about reform, and taking on "fat cats," and accusing Obama of being just as cozy with these Wall Streeters as anyone else. The upshot so far is that slightly more voters trust John McCain to handle the economy than trust Barack Obama. Click here to read more.

Wednesday Morning Political Rambling

The campaign team of Senator Barack Obama continues to defy logic by shattering fundraising records. Obama raised $66M in August, surpassing the $55M raised in February. The campaign also increased the number of donors to 2.5M.

The presidential race is still predicted to be close although Obama still draws huge crowds and his fundraising numbers continue to dwarf McCain's.

I'm still in awe at the number of people who even support McCain. I mean, really. The guy is clearly for the wealthy with his tax cut proposals that will actually hurt most Americans. And Sarah Palin's position on choice regardless of rape, etc. that's just foolishness.

The GOP spin on Party unity and the appeal of Sarah Palin is wearing off. The story of that Anti-Palin rally got legs and it is all over the internet. Not to mention the little talked about convention in Minnesota that Ron Paul had with 10,000 people. Paul continues to be a thorn in the side of the Republican Party and they continue to try to ignore him. Just because it's not reported doesn't mean it's not true.

I am looking forward to these last few weeks of the presidential campaign. It would be great if the American public focused more on the issues rather than the likeability of the candidate because this race really shouldn't as close as has been reported.


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One Alaskan Woman’s Opinion on Palin

Here is one Alaskan woman's perspective on the candidacy of Sarah Palin for VPOTUS. It is lengthy but please read it in its entirety.

An Alaskan Woman's Perspective on Sarah Palin

by Mary Clare Andrews

I am a fifty-five year old woman living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I wish to voice my strong disapproval of the choice of Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate. I expressed total disbelief when McCain selected her, as did most people in my life. Never in my wildest dreams had I considered her to be even remotely qualified to be our nation's vice-president, much less our president should that ever be the unfortunate case. I have chosen to write down my thoughts and concerns and to share them with other voters in our state and nation. I want people to know what an Alaskan resident thinks about this choice and why. I have lived here for 30 years, and yes, my family enjoys many activities in the outdoors and in the wilderness. We own guns, we hunt, we fish, we enjoy moose burgers and caribou and salmon and halibut. We pick blueberries and cranberries and harvest gardens. We have sailed in Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Alaska and in Southeast Alaska. We have hiked and kayaked in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness areas. We are active citizens, always vote, have raised two children here, and are proud to live in Alaska. But Governor Palin would never be our choice vice-president.

Yes, she was a mayor of a small town in Alaska with a small population of under 7000 during her tenure. She was elected with less than 700 total votes. Now she is the governor of our state which has less than 700,000 total residents, and has been so for only 18 months. She was elected with a total of 114,697 votes. Slightly over 239,000 people voted, the lowest voter turnout since 1990. You know, 17 cities in the U.S. have populations greater than the entire state of Alaska! Being Governor of Alaska is like being mayor of a U.S. city where only 239,000 people voted! She's been learning about government in a small isolated town, and in a state with a small, and isolated population. A small population base makes for a small and often less selective candidate pool. Her experience from a national and world perspective truly is miniscule. It does not make her ready to be a major player on the world stage.

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Sarah Palin: The Truth is Out There

I'm going to totally date myself when I write this but some of you will be able to relate. When I was a young child and either my parents or relatives gave me money, I would love to save enough to go to the five-and-dime store.

For those of you making faces right now, the five-and-dime store was like a much smaller scale of Wal-Mart. If you remember the stories of civil rights sit-ins at Woolworth's, it was a five-and-dime. Some Woolworth's stores were sold to Wal-Mart as the Woolworth's retail chain declined. Anyhoo, back in those days, a dollar would go a long way and you buy candy for almost all the kids in the neighborhood.

Well, I bought candy sometimes but I also liked to buy jewelry. It was costume jewelry but jewelry nonetheless. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. I loved it.

My Aunt Bert taught me to paint the jewlery with clear fingernail polish to keep it from turning your skin green. It worked. The problem is, through perspiration and wear and tear, the polish eventually wore off. If you didn't re-apply the clear polish, the jewelry would turn your skin green anyway because it's not authentic gold or silver.

That's what we have in Sarh Palin's vice-presidency. It looks all shiny, new and authentic but when she speaks you know she's not authentic.

While the Rethuglican Party tries to present Sarah Palin as the candidate of Women and such a lovable governor, voices to the contrary are getting louder and louder. Hundreds gathered in Alaska yesterday to voice their opposition to Palin as vice-president and vowed not to be swayed by her gender.

Why hasn't that story been covered by the mainstream media with the veracity they've displayed on positive Palin topics? I have to agree with the McCain-Palin camp's assessments of media bias. But the media has been biased toward the McCain camp and the untold objective stories of both McCain and Palin clearly prove that.

Ok, I'll exempt USA Today on news coverage but what about the others? I could list television and print media outlets but you already know what I mean.

Check out the post and photos on Mudflats. There are other Alaskan bloggers brave enough to tell the truth about Sarah Palin. The Rethuglican spin will only last so long. That shine will fade away and if we're not careful, it will turn our skin green.

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CNN Presidential Forum: Wake Me When It’s Over

Last night's presidential forum on CNN was a snoozer. It would have been much better had it been limited to an hour or 90 minutes tops. Since John McCain was first, I dozed off maybe half-way into his segment. I really tried to stay awake but after an exhausting day at work; he was boring. I woke up as Barack Obama's segment was beginning. I stayed awake through most of that but nothing new was revealed about either candidate. I coulda had a V-8.

These two men have been under a microscope for almost two years. What more can be disclosed about their policy positions or their personal lives that we already don't know? I mean really. But then again I have to realize that most Americans haven't been following the presidential election as closely as my friends and I have, so perhaps this repetitiveness is for the folks who still need to get up to speed to make an informed decision.

But then who are we kidding? Perhaps most American voters are just voting for the person they like. How else can two terms of the George W. Bush presidency be explained?

I have to give Senator Obama credit, he is quite engaging. I can only imagine him to be an exceptional law professor. Unfortunately, Obama may be too smart for many Americans. Perhaps his extensive vocabulary and slow, deliberate style make him appear uppity to some people. I think it just adds to his coolness.

Intelligence is sexy but dumbing it down may win elections in this sound bite society in which we live.

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Sarah Palin Survives Interview with Charlie Gibson

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tried to appear tough and knowledgeable during last night's interview with ABC-TV's Charlie Gibson. She succeeded at neither.

While I wouldn't describe Palin's interview as a flop, clearly she is not ready to lead the United States or serve as its vice president. Palin was obviously nervous and uncomfortable. The confident demeanor she projected when delivering speeches to supporters, quickly turned to cockiness --- not a good look.

Palin hedged on a few questions and was defensive on others. While Gibson has been criticized for being unfairly hard on her in his questioning, I think he was far too easy on her. He was exasperated and it showed.

Many news reports on the interview mention her bungling of the question about the Bush Doctrine. She didn't know the answer and didn't know how to get out of answering the question without looking bad. She tried but it didn't work.

Of the most concern to me was not her response on the Bush Doctrine or being able to see Russia from her state; what bothered me the most was her response that she didn't blink when McCain offered her the vice-president spot on his ticket.

Regardless of gender or Party affiliation, I'd like to think that a potential candidate would have taken some time to think about it and discuss it with their family. Either Palin's exaggerating again or we have another hot head on our hands; one John McCain is enough.

You can find differing opinions of Palin's performance during the interview. I advise you to see for yourself and listen with an objective ear.

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Bristol Palin’s Baby Daddy is Black?

OK, people, is this for real? A young black man has recorded the video below claiming to be the real father of Bristol Palin's baby. I can't see how this could be true because it requires way too much subterfuge to explain away a black baby, give the child to someone else or some other foolishness.

If this is not true, can't this guy be sued? What say you?

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Damon warns of “terrifying possibility” of Palin presidency

Actor Matt Damon has slammed the McCain-Palin ticket in an article written for the Here's an excerpt about the possibility of a Palin presidency.

"You do the actuary tables, there's a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term, and it'll be President Palin," Damon said during an interview at the Toronto Film Festival to promote ONEXONE, a Canadian children's charity.

"It's like a really bad Disney movie, "The Hockey Mom.' Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska, and she's the president," the actor said. "She's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd.

Woo-hoo. Damon makes an excellent point and Americans should be shaking in their collective boots. President Hockey Mom?…eeew!


Here's video of the actual Matt Damon interview on a possible Palin presidency. After her interview with Charlie Gibson, we should be very afraid.

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Truth in Blogging: Mudflats

If you're interested in a different perspective on Sarah Palin and an unfiltered version of Alaskan politics, checkout Mudflats. The author describes herself as "just a citizen who is paying attention." Wow, that's all that's needed to turn our government --- and this presidential election --- around, more citizens just paying attention.

h/t: Linda Sama

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