Friday, October 31, 2008

Hockey Mama Sings Evita for Obama

For your enjoyment tonight. This was sent to me by a good friend, Mickey.

Latest Halloween Scare for the GOP: Georgia

New Poll from Research 2000:
Already Voted
McCain (R) 40
Obama (D) 55

Likely Voters:
McCain (R) 47 (49)
Obama (D) 44 (43)

Wow. Voter turnout has been high this year, especially with African Americans. Today, CNN reported lines are 8 -12 hours long, but the voters are resolute and will vote. This explains the contemptuous conduct of Georgia's Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Here are some more good scares for the GOP, and this couldn't happen to a more deserving monster:
Already voted (12 percent of sample)

Chambliss (R) 39
Martin (D) 56
Buckley (L) 5

Likely Voters

Chambliss (R) 47 (47)
Martin (D) 46 (45)
Buckley (L) 5 (5)

This is great. The numbers from the Early Voting Stats at the SOS show a huge African American turnout, if one gives them a 92% figure for Obama, it is hard to reconcile what the polls show. I am going to play with some of the averages which I gave 28% to white males and allocated 36% for white females; still, with these numbers based on early voting, it went Obama.

Looks like it is time for McCain, Palin and Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel Worzebach, not a plumber) to visit Georgia.

Obama's campaign announced today it will be advertising in Georgia, Arizona and North Dakota from now until election.

Happy Halloween!

No candles in our household. My husband rigged up a light for it.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Banks Use Bailout Money for Dividends

Outrageous. 52% of the banks which received emergency federal bailout money are now using this money for shareholder dividends. Paulson and these bankers need to hauled before Congress now. This is abuse of taxpayer dollars. The foxes are in the henhouse. From Washington Post:

Critics, including economists and members of Congress, question why banks should get government money if they already have enough money to pay dividends -- or conversely, why banks that need government money are still spending so much on dividends.

"The whole purpose of the program is to increase lending and inject capital into Main Street. If the money is used for dividends, it defeats the purpose of the program," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has called for the government to require a suspension of dividend payments.

I have had enough of these Friedman followers a.k.a. Reaganomics. 1-20-2009 can't come soon enough.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"Real NASCAR Dad" Junior Johnson

How 'bout the South these days? Legendary NASCAR racer Junior Johnson NASCAR comes out for Obama.
Junior Johnson joins the Obama Pit Crew.
junior johnson
Hurray. Ole Junior sent out a fantastic email:
"I’ve been in a lot of races in my life. But this may be the most important one of all. So let’s all get in gear and win it together."

Photo from Junior Johnson's Photo Gallery.
Here's more:
Every day I talk to someone else who's never voted for a Democrat, but now they're voting for Barack Obama. They realize that Barack understands what we're going through here in North Carolina. And they're ready for change.

So I've made up my mind, and I'm ready to get involved. I know that I could never have won a race without my pit crew, and I know Barack can't win this one without us

Full letter here: Obama Endorsements.

"Real Virginian" Dave Matthews


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Georgia Voters Prevail! Attempts to purge failed.

Georgia's Secretary of State recently purged 50,000 newly registered voters from the rolls. A lawsuit immediately challenged the purge. Today, the voters prevailed. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Georgians whose eligibility to vote has been questioned must be allowed to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 election, a panel of federal judges ruled Monday.

The court also ordered Secretary of State Karen Handel to “make diligent and immediate efforts to notify, in a uniform manner, every person whose voter registration presently remains flagged.” Those voters must be told that they can vote by a “challenged ballot,” if necessary, and that there is a discrepancy in their registration information, the court said. Challenge ballots are typically cast on paper and are set aside and not counted until the discrepancy is cleared up.

Hurray for Democracy. Boos to those who want to disenfranchise minorities (you know, those who want to stop Dems from voting). Who could that be? McCain, Chambliss, perhaps?

Monday, October 27, 2008

AK GOP Sen. Stevens is now a convicted felon

Palin & Stevens

Just came over the Tubes- Alaska GOP Sen. Ted Stevens found guilty of lying and accepting gifts from a rich oil man. From the New York Times

The verdict throws the upcoming election into disarray. Stevens is fighting off a challenge from Democrat Mark Begich and must now either drop out or continue campaigning as a convicted felon.

Oh Please let him continue his campaign as a convicted GOP felon. Chalk one Senate seat up for the Dems. 8 days to go.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fear and Loathing of David Frum

The GOP Civil War is on- Hurray! David Frum, former Dubya Speech Writer, delivered a nice shot to McCain. Frum blames John McCain for bringing down the "entire Republican Party".

In his WaPo column today, Frum urged the RNC to take all the money away from the Presidential campaign and put it toward the endangered GOP Senate races. Frum despaired the Dems will have a filibuster proof majority. Hate to break it to David Frum, but his fear is already a reality. Even without 60 Dem seats, there are enough Republican Senators who often side with Dems to make it filibuster proof. Senators Collins and Snow have better Democratic voting records than Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu or Ben Nelson. Independent Senators Lieberman and Sanders usually caucus with Dems. After the election, what Lieberman does is anyone's guess. Most likely he will join the GOP.
What is it that David Frum fears? This is rich.
From the Washington Post:
First, with the financial meltdown, the federal government is now acquiring a huge ownership stake in the nation's financial system. It will be immensely tempting to officeholders in Washington to use that stake for political ends -- to reward friends and punish enemies. One-party government, of course, will intensify those temptations. And as the federal government succumbs, officeholders will become more and more comfortable holding that stake. The current urgency to liquidate the government's position will subside. The United States needs Republicans and conservatives to monitor the way Democrats wield this extraordinary and dangerous new power -- and to pressure them to surrender it as rapidly as feasible.

Interesting, from a psychological point of view, Frum's worries are we will "reward friends and punish enemies". Frum isn't worried about the cost, competence or policy. Frum isn't worried about the nation's foreclosures, banking crisis, and the loss of savings Americans face. He is worried about greed and power. Which is just what the White House has done these past 8 years through de-regulation and privatization. Frum ignores that these very attributes are why the Republicans are facing a crushing blow in 9 days.

Frum's second reason for his despair are the rise of the liberals and unions. He is right here. He ought to be scared because indictments will soon be issued.

Unchecked, this angry new wing of the Democratic Party will seek to stifle opposition by changing the rules of the political game. Some will want to silence conservative talk radio by tightening regulation of the airwaves via the misleadingly named "fairness doctrine"; others may seek to police the activities of right-leaning think tanks by a stricter interpretation of what is tax-deductible and what is not.

Frum should also note, others will want to prosecute some for war crimes. In the last 8 years, Bush's White House has committed untold crimes from extraordinary rendition, torture, and abuse of office. This has been the most sinister and nefarious group in our Nation's history.

It isn't John McCain who created this problem. It is Bush, Cheney and the White House. It is the disastrous economic policies of the Milton Friedman followers. McCain and the Republican Congress went along with it, no questions asked. They passed laws contrary to citizen's rights. They gave broad and sweeping power to the President. They shut out every day Americans. When crisis or disaster hit, like New Orleans, they dismissed Americans with a "you are on your own" policy. They outright blamed the victim. They had a duty to serve Americans not themselves. Their failure to serve our country is why the Republicans are losing this election.

The blame game will continue between McCain, Palin and the neo-cons, but it solves nothing. The first thing they need to do is take responsibility. Something, Bush has never done. If they can find out what went wrong by talking to the electorate instead of each other, they may be able to get their party back on track. After years of not listening to any other opinions or dissents, I don't hold out hope in the short term of the Republicans heeding any of this advice; therefore, Americans need to continue to elect more and better Democrats.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Obama takes lead in Georgia

Race remains tight. For the first time, a new poll from Insider Advantage gives 48 Obama; 47 McCain, with a MOE +- 3.5% . Can't wait for more polls to come forth.

SNL: Bush endorsement for McCain/ Palin


NYT endorses Obama for President

Remember during the primaries, NYT endorsed Clinton and McCain, much has changed since then. Full story is at New York Times . Here are some favorite snippets:

Mr. McCain, whom we chose as the best Republican nominee in the primaries, has spent the last coins of his reputation for principle and sound judgment to placate the limitless demands and narrow vision of the far-right wing. His righteous fury at being driven out of the 2000 primaries on a racist tide aimed at his adopted daughter has been replaced by a zealous embrace of those same win-at-all-costs tactics and tacticians.

While Iraq’s leaders insist on a swift drawdown of American troops and a deadline for the end of the occupation, Mr. McCain is still talking about some ill-defined “victory.” As a result, he has offered no real plan for extracting American troops and limiting any further damage to Iraq and its neighbors.

Mr. Obama was an early and thoughtful opponent of the war in Iraq, and he has presented a military and diplomatic plan for withdrawing American forces. Mr. Obama also has correctly warned that until the Pentagon starts pulling troops out of Iraq, there will not be enough troops to defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This ought to bring Sarah some votes: Porn (ok to view)

Ha. Really funny. Larry Flint gets even with the Right Wing again. Remember Sarah, when faced with another "gotcha" question to see if you can name a Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade, you can cite: The People vs. Larry Flint.

Comfort Food for next 12 days: Roasted Yams and Greens Soup

Yikes. Are you feeling anxious? Ready for the election to end? Know the feeling. This recipe comes from Bryant Terry of the Root and the Eat Grub site which is on my sidebar. This soup is delicious and good for you. The sweet potatoes counter the bitterness of the mustard greens. I, also, throw in turnip greens depending on what is available.
Bryant Terry created this soup in honor of his Uncle Don Bryant a well- known songwriter from Memphis, "I can't stand the rain" and lots of great Christian songs.

Uncle Don's Double Mustard Greens & Roasted Yam Soup

1 large garnet yam (about 1 pound) peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Coarse sea salt

6 cups vegetable stock

1 large bunch mustard greens (about 1 pound), tough stems removed, chopped into bite-size piece, washed, and drained

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

white pepper

· Preheat the oven to 425°F.

· In a large bowl, toss the yams with 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Transfer the yams to a parchment-lined baking dish and roast for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until they are starting to crisp on the edges.

· While the yams are roasting, bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the mustard greens and cook, uncovered for 4 to 6 minutes, until softened and the sulfur has been released from them. Remove the greens from the heat, drain the stock into a bowl, and set it aside.

· Over medium heat in the saucepan just used, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the mustard seeds and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to pop, 2-3 minutes. Next add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minute. Then add the greens and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sauté the greens, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add the vegetable stock back to the saucepan and set aside.

· When the yams are done, transfer them to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower to medium and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the yams are fork tender. Add the apple cider vinegar and white pepper and additional salt to taste.

Mmm... good. Go Obama!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Palin's 150K shopping trip, did public funds pay for this?

At least, the Minneapolis Needless Markup store did well last month when Palin's personal shopper ( Jeff Larson, who also happens to be the goon behind the slimy robo calls) spent $75000 on outfits for Sarah. Sarah Palin expensed $150,000. on shopping for a new wardrobe. Of course it wasn't her money. The money came from the McCain campaign, which has opted for public financing. So is this even legal to use public funds for $150,000 in clothing? If it is legal, McCain has some explaining to do why he lavishly misuses public funds. We know Sarah is a Pro with spending and earmarks for bridges to nowhere. But McCain needs to provide some answers to this. Or can he explain this?

McCain doesn't know how many homes he owns. McCain thinks the middle class is earning less than $5 million a year. Sarah spends, spends, spends, using other people's money. These people are clueless, materialistic, vain and out of touch. How exactly can they call themselves "conservatives"? What are they conserving?

Photos from Huffington Post. Sarah before she was picked to be Veep nominee.
Palin after a $150,000.00 makeover:

Update: ABC News say's it is legal, but barely legal. From ABC, oh and notice who wrote the bill- John McCain:

When news broke that Gov. Sarah Palin and her family managed to spend $150,000 of other people's money on clothes after joining the McCain ticket, many scratched their heads. Is that legal?

Thanks to a loophole in federal law the answer, experts say, is yes.

Handily, the loophole was codified into law by the landmark campaign finance law passed by her ticketmate, Sen. John McCain.

It would be illegal for the McCain-Palin campaign to buy a new wardrobe for Palin and her husband, say campaign finance lawyers contacted by But the law is silent on whether such purchases can be made by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

"The party committee has much greater latitude," said Kenneth Gross, a federal election lawyer. "I think it is permissible for the party committee to make that judgment."

The distinction is simply a matter of statute. The McCain-sponsored campaign finance reform bill in 2002 specifically bars the campaign committees from purchasing items for personal use such as clothing, campaign finance lawyers say.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tight Horse Race: Sen. McConnell & Lunsford. Go! Bruce!

Big Brown
This is a shocker! Mitch McConnell is the GOP leader in the Senate. Wow. Time's up, baby. Now we need new blood.

Kentucky is famous for good horse races and look here from Survey USA:Lunsford 48, McConnel 48. Go, Bruce Go.

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This poll is beyond my wildest dreams. First, Virginia, then North Carolina, then Mississippi, then Georgia, now Kentucky... Tennessee and Tuke is next in line, please.
Photo from Kentucky

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Go! Bruce! Go!

Palin: like Bush only dumber

This woman is a goofy airhead, she has no clue what the role of the Vice-President is ;yet, that doesn't stop her from winging it. Does she think no one knows or has read the Constitution? What the heck are they teaching, besides Creationism, in the Alaskan schools? It is evident, she has never read the Constitution and knows nothing about the Separation of Powers, and she is suppose to be McCain's succesor. U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section III
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

Sadly, the faux journalist doesn't even challenge her on this. Good God.

This is appalling. It isn't even funny. She is an affront to women.

Monday, October 20, 2008

McCain pulls out of Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa

John King of CNN is stating McCain's camp is pulling out of Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa. Michigan, Maine and Wisconsin are already goners. Pennsylvania will most likely be the next one to get the axe.

Latest poll on Georgia at 538 shows McCain leading Obama by only 2pts. It seems McCain should spend time in the once - red Georgia, but he won't. Today, Palin was in Colorado and yesterday she was in Roswell, New Mexico. Looks like Sarah has that Midas touch, for Dems that is.

Who is the Real McCain?

Hat tip to Ed for sending this powerful you tube.

Powell's Dignified Endorsement- will have role in Obama WH

UPDATE: 10/20/2008 from Talking Points Memo:

He will have a role as one of my advisers," Barack Obama said on NBC's "Today" in an interview aired Monday, a day after Powell, a four-star general and President Bush's former secretary of state, endorsed him.

"Whether he wants to take a formal role, whether that's a good fit for him, is something we'd have to discuss," Obama said

Photo from HuffPo via AP.
"Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian," he said. "But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, 'He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.' This is not the way we should be doing it in America."

Three cheers to Powell for lambasting the xenophobes. The blatant racism must be stopped. I have heard Rep. Zach Wamp rail on in derogatory terms about Islamo-facists and it is nauseating and shameful to hear an elected official speak so ugly.

Then, the hateful Obama viral smear mail blasting Obama as a Muslim is pervasive and cast doubts on simple American minds. It isn't true. But can't people worship their own God in this country? We still have the Bill of Rights and the 1st Amendment. We haven't turned into a Christian totalitarian state, yet, have we?

The ugly extremists from the GOP are already attacking and marginalizing Colin Powell. Racist pundits, like Pat Buchanan have dismissed the endorsement as "tribal". Sleazy, dog-whistle politics is all Pat can come up with for an answer. Why is he even on MSNBC? Inflammatory speech does not belong on a news station. Buchanan belongs at Faux News, an opinion maker but not news station.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I'm not a real plumber, I just play one on t.v.

Oh and my name isn't Joe. It is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher.

It is spelled differently than what is on the voter registration card which would mean it would be under GOP scrutiny and challenged , if "Joe" were a new voter. Samuel J. Wurzelbacher is registered as Samuel Joseph Worzelbacher. He voted with the wrong name in the Republican primary earlier this year. Yep, Joe the so-called plumber is a Republican Plant.

Besides being a Republican Plant for McCain. McCain mentioned "Joe" 21 times during the debate. Joe is also a tax cheat, spousal abuser, and not licensed as a plumber. Oh yes, he also shares the common last name of Robert M. Wurzelbacher, a famous in-law of Charles Keating and he ended up in prison from McCain's Keating 5 scandal. Gosh, what a small town?

Oh and about not being licensed. Here is what a union official told the New York Times:

“All contractors are licensed, and he does not have a license, either as a contractor or a plumber,” the union official said, citing a search of government records. “I can’t find that he’s ever even applied for any kind of apprenticeship, and he has never belonged to local 189 in Columbus, which is what he claims on his Facebook page.”
According to public records, Mr. Wurzelbacher has been subject to two liens, each over $1,000, one of which — a personal tax lien — is still outstanding.
And his question to Mr. Obama about paying taxes? According to some tax analysts, if Mr. Wurzelbacher’s gross receipts from his business is $250,000 — and not his taxable income — then he would not have to pay higher taxes under Mr. Obama’s plan, and probably would be eligible for a tax cut.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Beautiful Ballot: A Moment in Time

Voted today, finally! My husband and I went to the polls at noon today. There was a steady stream and a short wait at the Election Commission. The poll workers were friendly and professional. All was fine.
I sat down and scanned the ballot, there was Barack Obama at the top and my husband's name, Bill Lusk, on the down ticket. I stared and thought about it: this was the first time I remember, where I actually felt good about the whole ballot. There was no dissonance this time. I no longer felt who is the best to chose from a sorry lot. It felt great to cast my vote; and, know I picked candidates who will govern and serve our country and community well.
We were elated after voting. We walked out of the election commission and gave each other fist bumps or as Faux News calls "terrorist fist bumps". I looked around and saw an African American woman with a big smile calling her friend on the phone. I know how she felt. It was an unforgettable ballot. It was a moment in time.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

RNC to McCain: Sorry, going to have to quit you

Is this anyway to treat your partner? 21 DAYS until the election and the RNC is abandoning the Presidential campaign to focus on the Senatorial Campaign. From Politico:

With party strategists fearing a bloodbath at the polls, GOP officials are shifting to triage mode, determining who can be saved and where to best spend their money.

“They should pull the money from McCain like [former RNC Chairman] Haley Barbour did in ’96, when Dole slid away, and funnel it to save some Senate and House seats as best they can,” said one longtime GOP strategist who is working on congressional races.

The RNC tried a similar “firewall” strategy late in the 2005-2006 election cycle, hoping to save GOP Senate seats in Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee. The RNC dumped millions of dollars into that effort only to see Democrats take two out of the three seats on their way to winning control of the Senate.

If you are the in the Republican party, what do you do now? Abandon ship? Re-arrange the deck chairs on the SS McCain/ Palin?
On Monday, Neo-con, dumb-ass extra-ordinaire, Bill Kristol, suggested McCain fire his whole campaign and start fresh. Guess Kristol read the report from today's , Tuesday New York Times showing a new poll:
Obama 53
McCain 39

Tuesday's news never fails to disappoint, do they? I smell blood. Democrats need to go for it.

Economists warn of disappointing retail sect after election

A friend sent this to me. It is hilarious. It does raise a good point: after the election, we must continue to shop and support Blue Skies. They have been a great source for the anti-Bush memorabilia, "Embarassmints" and key chains over the last 4 years, I am sure they had sizable sales from liberals like me. Enjoy.

Economists Warn Anti-Bush Merchandise Market Close To Collapse

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dixie, Heartland and everything else slipping away from GOP

North Dakota is now leaning Obama 45-43. From the Grand Forks Herald:

A Democratic presidential candidate hasn't carried North Dakota since 1964.

At one time Obama had 11 offices in the state and more than 50 staffers. But the staffers pulled out almost a month ago. Earlier polls showed McCain well ahead.

This is surprising because Obama's ground team abandoned North Dakota. Plus, I never thought Sarah Palin was a good pick because she could deliver Alaska and North Dakota for sure, but now that isn't even true. Sarah cannot even deliver 6 electoral votes. She is costing him electoral votes at this point.

Even Governor Crist from Florida is abandoning McCain. This is sad because just two months ago, Crist was such a die-hard GOP'er that he planned a horrible stunt to marry a woman with children. This would give him an instant family just like Senator Larry Craig did 25 years ago. Like Craig, no matter what Crist does, it won't erase the past or hush the rumors. The good thing about McCain losing is Crist can safely go back to being a happy 50+ year old bachelor. We shall soon see if Crist goes through with the December wedding. Shall we take bets on this?

What red states are now going for Obama? Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, West Virginia, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina. 270 electoral votes are needed to win, so far the count is 359 to 178.

Georgia and North Dakota are now polling even, look for those two to go into battleground states soon.

22 days to go. Let's keep up the hard work.

Krugman wins the Nobel Prize for Economics


From the New York Times:

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the prestigious 10 million crown ($1.4 million) prize recognised Krugman's formulation of a new theory to answer questions driving world-wide urbanisation.

"He has thereby integrated the previously disparate research fields of international trade and economic geography," the committee said in its statement.

Krugman is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton Univesity in the United States.

Congratulations to Paul Krugman. He is a brilliant man. Krugman spoke at the Netroots Nation in Austin. I hope Obama gives him a cabinet appointment in his administration.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Man brings Obama Monkey to Palin Rally

when he realizes the CBS cameraman is filming it, he tries to hide it and foist it off to a child. Heh. Busted, Mr. Racist.

Watch CBS Videos Online

Ha. Ha. Aren't the Republicans funny? Won't be so funny for him, when this you tube goes viral around the world, and we find out who this man is. Hope his boss is a Democrat.

Knit yourself a Ferrari

What a great idea. Perfect thing to do in this down economy.
From the archives of Why would you knit that? over on my sidebar in blogroll. This site came via Alice at 10,000 Monkeys and a Camera. It's a hilarious site.  Click the link (underlined word) Knitted Ferrari to view.  

Knitted Ferrari

Friday, October 10, 2008

Who was the Citizen of the Year in 1997 in Chicago?

William Ayers.

from Wikipedia:

William Charles "Bill" Ayers (born 26 December 1944)[1] is an American elementary education theorist and former leading 1960s anti-war activist. He is known for the radical nature of his activism in the 1960s and 1970s as well as his current work in education reform, curriculum, and instruction. In 1969 he cofounded the radical left organization the Weather Underground which was active during the 1960s and 1970s. He is now a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, holding the title of Distinguished Professor.

Now let's revisit Sarah Palin's ties to the extremist Alaskan Independence Party. This group hates America and wants Alaska to secede. Todd Palin is part of this seditious group. How dare she even question Obama when she did a video for this group that wants to undermine and betray the United States of America. Why are we even listening to this dogmatic, dishonest, corrupt and treasonous woman?

GA Senate Tied! Martin 45, Chambliss 45

In the last couple of weeks, there has been a significant downturn in Chambliss's numbers. Last week, Martin was within 2 points of Rethuglican Saxby Chambliss, now the race is tied. Any incumbent who is below 50 points in polling is considered in trouble. Look for Chambliss to do the only thing he knows: smear Martin and run an ugly campaign. Latest poll is from Insider Advantage.
Latest poll from the GA presidential gives McCain 49; Obama 46.

White Southern Voters are the reason Obama is gaining

in the South. Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and yes, West Virginia are going Obama and it is the white southern voter not the increase in African American voters that is causing this. Public Policy Polling released a study today showing

A new study by PPP finds that Barack Obama's surprisingly good standing in the traditionally red states of Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia can actually be explained mostly by shifts in the white vote relative to 2004 rather than increased African American support and turnout.

Count me in this group. I am one of those white, southerners for Obama, Tuke, and all the rest of the Dems on the downticket. Go Obama!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Old folks in Florida prefer Obama. New Poll released.

There goes the McCain base. This new poll at the Fort Lauderdale Sun- Sentinel shows a surprise swing in the trend:
Sept. 15-18 poll
Among voters 60 and over:
McCain 43 percent
Obama 45 percent
Undecided 9 percent
Other 3 percent

Oct. 6-8 polling
Among voters 60 and over:
McCain 42 percent
Obama 49 percent
Undecided 6 percent
Other 3 percent

I used to believe the only ones for McCain looked like McCain, but this poll throws that theory out the window. Guess the only solid demographic left for McCain are wolve killing, Alaska drilling, buy your own rape kit for victims, type of women.

Mean, old McCain backhanded a woman

she was the niece of a MIA Veteran from Vietnam. Please watch this video sent from Robert Greenwald and pass it around to everyone.

Does anyone in the Republican Party know what the word "vetting" means?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

more McCain confusion: calls us "my fellow prisoners"

instead of Americans.
Across this country, this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners...

McCain needs to release his 1000+ pages of medical records now. Over the last month, we have seen several examples of mental impairment. Last week, his eye drooped and it looked like Bell's palsy or a mini-stroke. Then there is the problem with not knowing how many homes he owns, how many cars he owns, the Iraqi-Pakistani border, Shia and Sunni mix up, and Spain is in the lefty South America. Worst of all, is he picked a running mate who is as vacant of mind as he is.

McCain's health care plan: no fix just more taxes

Leave it to McCain to come up with the one thing Americans don't need for health care.

More taxes. No wonder John is losing by at least 100 electoral votes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

These guys should be sitting in jail not given a bailout

Another terrible day on Wall Street with the Dow falling 508 points closing at 9447. All of us are reeling from losses in our portfolios and the economy, well, not all of us, there are some Wall Street fat hogs who made out nicely.

Today, on the Hill (by the way Congress isn't even in session) this hearing is just for show. From the New York Times :

A week after the insurance giant, the American International Group, received an $85 billion federal bailout, executives at its life insurance subsidiary, AIG General, held a weeklong retreat at the exclusive St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif. Expenses for the week, lawmakers were told, totaled $442,000, including $200,000 for hotel rooms, $150,000 for food and $23,000 in spa charges.

In addition, the former A.I.G. executive who led the London-based division whose implosion is largely blamed for the insurance giant’s downfall, Joseph J. Cassano, continues to receive $1 million a month from the company, on top of the $280 million he received in the last eight years.

And even after A.I.G. reported $5 billion in losses in the final quarter of 2007, its chief executive at the time, Martin Sullivan, argued before a compensation committee that executives should receive performance bonuses. He received $5 million. “This unbridled greed, this callous abuse of trust of hard-working Americans’ savings is just so disgusting it is hard to put into words, and the anger level in America is coming, as it often has, at Wall Street," Representative Mark Souder, Republican of Indiana, said.

I am so mad about this I can barely type. There had better be some questions about the economy, bailout, regulations, plans and jail time for fat cats at tonight's debate. If McCain wants to talk about non-issues, after a day like this, he will lose the election by a landslide.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Palin's palling around with anti-American terrorists

Oh, Sarah. You shouldn't have gone there the other day. There is enough on you and your husband to bring down the whole kit and caboodle, a.k.a. the McCain/ Palin campaign.

State of the Senate Races

New poll out today shows Georgia is a tie. Here are the Senate seats that are looking good or in play for the Democrats: VA, NM, AK, CO, NH, NC, OR, MN, KY, MS-B (Mississippi), and GA.

That makes 11 Senate seats in play. Bye-bye, Phil A. Buster.

About those numbers showing Chambliss going down (couldn't happen to a better guy). From Research 2000:
Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 9/29-10/1. Likely voters. MoE 4% (No trend lines)

Chambliss (R) 45
Martin (D) 44

That is the 3rd poll in 5 days to show this. Trifecta!

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Yes! Hillary to fill in for Biden.

Hillary Clinto

Joe Biden cancelled campaign appearances over the weekend due to a family illness. Jill's mother is gravely ill and under the care of hospice. Hillary Clinton and Evan Bayh will both campaign so Biden can be with his family.

So glad to see Hillary again. I hope Obama gives her Reid's job of Senate Majority Leader next time. Hillary is strong and can bring everyone together.

SNL - Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Message to Sarah Palin: You can either define yourself or let Tina Fey, David Letterman and Katie Couric define you. Oops, too late, they already have. Glad for it though, 'cuz its better to watch Tina Fey than Sarah Palin, don't cha know?

New Poll in Ohio: Obama-49, McCain-42

It sure helps not having a crooked Sec. of State, Ken Blackwell, in control of things anymore. Early voting is taking place in Ohio. The GOP sued to stop the new registration and voting rules. The courts turned them down. For more on Ohio, go to the Columbus Dispatch.

From the Dispatch:

Ohio is even more critical to McCain's campaign this year since he pulled out of Michigan last week. Not only has no Republican ever won the presidency without carrying the Buckeye State, McCain almost has to run the 2004 electoral table to win, carrying every single state President Bush won four years ago, including Ohio.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Sarah Palin: all sizzle so little steak

Debate review from New York Times editorial:

One can argue (and her supporters will) that Ms. Palin is a newcomer and can’t be expected to know all of the wonkish details, that what matters is the image she projects. Except, anyone who is running for vice president in these very dangerous times needs to have detailed knowledge.


Ms. Palin’s primary tactic was simply to repeat the same thing over and over: John McCain is a maverick. So is she. To stay on that course, she had to indulge in some wildly circular logic: America does not want another Washington insider. They want Mr. McCain (who has been in Congress for nearly 26 years). Ms. Palin condemned Wall Street greed and said she and Mr. McCain would “demand” strict oversight. In virtually the next breath, she said government should “get out of the way” of American business.

It was exhausting trying to figure out where she was going with the questions. She simply ignored the questions or gave an incoherent answer. For instance, Israel, she talked about two states, then about us building an embassy in Jerusalem. What is this about? Is this another code thing?

In the end, the debate did not change the essential truth of Ms. Palin’s candidacy: Mr. McCain made a wildly irresponsible choice that shattered the image he created for himself as the honest, seasoned, experienced man of principle and judgment. It was either an act of incredible cynicism or appallingly bad judgment.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Finally, some good news

From 538, Nate's analysis:

Today, Barack Obama has 269 electoral votes outside the battleground zone. That is, if you only give Obama the states he is projected to win by more than five points, that is enough to get him an Electoral College tie, which is essentially the same as a win.

270 is needed to win. I can't say this news aloud because I am superstitious and will give Obama the kiss of death. Nate is a superb poll geek. He blogs on the Kos as Poblano and won the primary predictions all last spring.

Thought I would share this with all of you as a way to say "hang in there", it has been a horrible week, past week, month and last 8 years. 33 days to go and we are free, free at last.

Emergency Bailout Passes Senate

The wooden arrow industry is relieved, so is coal.
Here is the pdf from Banking- Senate.gove, it will take a while to go through it. Coal received some favors, so did the wooden arrows for use by children.


(a) IN GENERAL.—Paragraph (2) of section 4161(b) is amended by redesignating subparagraph (B) as sub301 paragraph (C) and by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraph:

‘‘(B) EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN WOODEN ARROW SHAFTS.—Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to any shaft consisting of all natural wood with no laminations or artificial means of enhancing the spine of such shaft (whether sold separately or incorporated as part of a finished or unfinished product) of a type used in the manufacture of any arrow which after its assembly—
‘‘(i) measures 5⁄16 of an inch or less in diameter, and
‘‘(ii) is not suitable for use with a bow described in paragraph (1)(A).’’.
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to shafts first sold after the date of enactment of this Act.

Why? Oh, why? Sigh.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The bailout and "the least of these brothers of mine"

Maybe Congress will throw in a raise for themselves in the new bailout package. They are giving away money and tax breaks right and left. They have done it before, so might as well include themselves. Don't they deserve it? Afterall, they worked all day on Sunday, only to crash the market on Monday.

The bailout is despised by most Americans. Especially the first plan where Paulson made himself ruler of our money and no one could question his spending it. Last night, I put up the Progressive Plan which is 2 below this post. It only contains 5 points. Simple, straight forward and understandable. Now the Senate has come up with their own plan which includes tax cuts. Tax cuts, that is the last thing we need. How are we ever going to pay off this thing and get back on our feet? Not too mention paying for the Iraq war and the pile of debt we have from it.

Just last Friday, Congress passed an economic stimulus package to help our own citizens get back on their feet. This bill never even made it out of the Senate committee for a vote on the floor. Better yet, here is what the White House said about helping out Americans. From the White House:

In threatening a veto, the White House said the bills “will not provide short-term stimulus or long-term growth for the economy.” Instead, the White House said, the bills “would simply increase government spending, including self-perpetuating entitlement spending, by tens of billions of dollars.”

The New York Times describes this bill:

As for the economic stimulus legislation, House and Senate versions alike would not only extend unemployment benefits but also increase food stamp allotments and provide more federal money to states to finance health insurance for low-income people on Medicaid. Representative Frank Pallone Jr., Democrat of New Jersey, said the measure would “help avert cuts to state Medicaid programs,” so states could meet the medical needs of people who had lost jobs and health benefits provided by employers.

WWJD? Would he give tax cuts to the rich and Wall Street? Or would he help out the sick and poor?

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 25:35

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew, Chapter 25:40

More fun in Dixie: GA Senate Neck and Neck

Chambliss's numbers are tanking and Martin's on the rise. Yee Haw!
Jim Martin is a Vietnam Veteran, state legislator and family man. Martin opposes the Bailout plan, the failed Bush/ Chambliss policies and wants to lower taxes to the middle class.

This a tight race and needs our help. Remember Chambliss, he is the chicken-livered Repub, who swiftboated Max Cleland, a distinguished Vietnam Veteran and triple amputee, in 2002. Now it is payback time for all of his lies, smears, denigration and corruption while in office. Here are some examples of noteworthy acts by Saxby Chambliss:

Unabashed Cronyism:

In telephone conversation captured by a New York Times Magazine reporter, Chambliss asked Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to help secure an ambassadorship for a big donor (AP, 5/14/03):
Before hanging up, Chambliss asks for Frist's support in appointing a friend and Republican donor to an ambassadorship to an economic development organization.
"I don't even know what the hell it is, but he wants it," Chambliss says.
"He has lots of dollar figures down there?" Frist asks.
"That's exactly right," Chambliss said. "And he did raise a chunk of money for me."
"All right," Frist said. "You're a good man."[2]

Unabashed Racism:
Chambliss was criticized for remarks he made during a November 19, 2001 meeting with emergency responders in Valdosta, Georgia, where he said that they should "turn the sheriff loose and arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line".

Here are the numbers:

46% Saxby Chambliss (R)
44% Jim Martin (D)
5% Allen Buckley (L)
5% Undecided

37% Chambliss
34% Martin

This race needs our help. Martin will be a tremendous help for Georgians and the South. Please donate or volunteer at Jim Martin for Senate.

drip, drip, drip... new polls: FL, OH, PA

New Florida Quinnipiac poll:

Obama 51
McCain 43

Last time, Quinnipiac polled FL on Sept. 11, the results were McCain 50; Obama 43.

New Q poll Ohio:
Obama 50
McCain 42

TPM gives us two PA polls out today:

from Quinnipiac:
Obama 52
McCain 39

from Franklin & Marshall
Obama 48
McCain 43

This time the battleground states include: VA, PA, OH, CO, FL, NV,as of right now, Obama is leading by narrow margins. In 2004, FL and OH were the battleground states, and our fate was decided by these two states. I am so grateful for Howard Dean and the 50 State Strategy. Maybe next week the shift will be for MO, IN and NC as battle ground states. Who knows maybe next week TN will be a battleground? Hey, it doesn't hurt to dream.