Friday, November 28, 2008

President Bush Phones Troops on Thanksgiving to Say "Thanks"

Will Obama continue this fine tradition or will he prefer to spend his time at the gym instead?


President George W. Bush talks to military personnel from Camp David, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008. The President called members of the Armed Forces stationed in remote locations worldwide to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and thank them for their service to our nation. White House photo by Eric Draper
Information on CALL RECIPIENTS
The White House

Staff Sergeant Kevin R. Everett, U.S. Army (Anchorage, Alaska)Staff Sergeant Kevin R. Everett, U.S. Army, deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the 101st Division Special Troop Battalion. Staff Sergeant Everett trains incoming soldiers on tactical operations and coordinates and establishes deconfliction measures for airspace between all artillery units and aircraft operating in RC-E Afghanistan. This is Staff Sergeant Everett's second rotation.

Staff Sergeant David A. "Dave" Mickem, U.S. Army (Lynnville, Indiana)Staff Sergeant David A. "Dave" Mickem, U.S. Army, deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Platoon, 202nd Military Police Company. Staff Sergeant Mickem is a Police Transition Team Leader for the Khalis District. He ensures the training and proper management by the Iraqi police for each of the stations in the district. This is Staff Sergeant Mickem's first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sergeant Paul E. Savage, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Somerville, Massachusetts)
Sergeant Paul E. Savage, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine regiment. Sergeant Savage provides real-time analysis of the enemy threat in order to give commanders a clear picture of the battle space.

Lance Corporal Levi Koski, U.S. Marine Corps (Livermore, California)Lance Corporal Levi Koski, U.S. Marine Corps, deployed to Camp Ramadi, Iraq, with Combat Logistics Battalion 5. Lance Corporal Koski is a Hygiene Equipment Operator.

Petty Officer First Class Corey A. Snowden, U.S. Navy (Houston, Texas)Petty Officer First Class Corey A. Snowden, U.S. Navy, deployed to U.S Naval Central Command, 5th Fleet, Manama, Bahrain. Petty Officer Snowden leads a division of controllers, database managers and systems operators. In addition Petty Officer Snowden was one of a select few enlisted sailors to qualify as Joint Interface Control Cell Watch Officer.

Petty Officer Second Class Ronnie C. Giordani, U.S. Navy (North Tonawanda, New York)
Petty Officer Second Class Ronnie C. Giordani, U.S. Navy, deployed to Balad, Iraq, with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVEN. Petty Officer Giordani is a construction mechanic with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He works for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force.

Senior Airman Victoria L. Drefs, U.S. Air Force (Armour, South Dakota)Senior Airman Victoria L. Drefs, U.S. Air Force, deployed to Kyrgyzstan with the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing. Senior Airman Drefs distributes aircraft fuel to airframes providing direct support to aerial refueling operations. She also ensures aircraft fuel is tested and meets proper specifications.

Airman First Class Thomas A. "Adam" Everett, U.S. Air Force (Summerville, Georgia)
Airman First Class Thomas A. "Adam" Everett, U.S. Air Force, deployed with 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Airman Everett provides security for tactical airlift aircraft, aircrew and passengers during and in between missions.

Petty Officer Third Class James Nichols, U.S. Coast Guard (Gloucester, Virginia)Petty Officer Third Class James Nichols, U.S. Coast Guard, deployed to Barbers Points, Hawaii. Petty Officer Nichols serves as an aviation electrician and Aircrew member.

Seaman Michael "Mike" Manning, U.S. Coast Guard, (Mesa, Arizona)Seaman Michael "Mike" Manning, U.S. Coast Guard, deployed to Attu, Alaska. Seaman Manning serves as a watch-stander in the engineering department.

Sergeant Shannon M. Dyer, U.S. Army Reserve, (Redlands, California)Sergeant Shannon M. Dyer, U.S. Army Reserve, deployed to Orangeburg, New York, assigned to Police Transition Team in Iraq. Sergeant Dyer is responsible for training Iraqi police in their administrative and security duties. This is Sergeant Dyer's second assignment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Alan Colmes Quits Hannity and Colmes Show On Fox News

Good riddance!


Alan Colmes, co-host of Hannity and Colmes, the popular one hour program on Fox News at 9 PM, is quitting. Colmes, who could always be counted on to read whatever Democrat talking points were handed to him and who mastered in the art of "both sides do it so our guy shouldn't be punished (but yours should), will be leaving the show in the new year.

This comes as good news to many of the shows viewers who have worn out the mute button on their television remotes from use every time Colmes began to speak.

Rumor has it that the show will be hosted by Sean Hannity without a co-host which will be a vast improvement.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Obama Skips Church and Heads to the Gym Instead....Again...

When your supporters think you are god I suppose you don't feel the need to worship the real one!

Obama skips church, heads to gym
The Politico

President-elect Barack Obama has yet to attend church services since winning the White House earlier this month, a departure from the example of his two immediate predecessors.

On the three Sundays since his election, Obama has instead used his free time to get in workouts at a Chicago gym.

Asked about the president-elect's decision to not attend church, a transition aide noted that the Obamas valued their faith experience in Chicago but were concerned about the impact their large retinue may have on other parishioners.

"Because they have a great deal of respect for places of worship, they do not want to draw unwelcome or inappropriate attention to a church not used to the attention their attendance would draw," said the aide.

Both President-elect George W. Bush and President-elect Bill Clinton managed to attend church in the weeks after they were elected.
This is the same guy who never missed a service at Rev. Wright's church ("God damn America, U.S. of K.K.K.A") for 20 years but can't recall one sermon. I guess he no longer needs the political and social connections that church provided.

Now he's free to go back to doing what he does best: worship himself!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Need More Proof That Dems Are Trying to Steal Minnesota Senate Election?

Whatever happened to "count every vote?" Oh yeah... I forgot... it's only count every DEMOCRAT vote!

When it was reported that Democrats in Minnesota mysteriouly discovered hundreds of votes for senate candidate Al Franken (D) in a handful of precints some folks said it was just a coincidence.

Well, what about these "coincidences?"

Here are examples of ballots for the incumbent Norm Coleman(R) that the Franken campaign is challenging in the hand recount that is underway (full recount results here):


The Franken campaign challenged this ballot in Ramsey County, arguing the voter drew an "X" in over the oval for Norm Coleman, signifying the voter's intent to cross-out the vote for Coleman.


The Franken campaign is attempting to invalidate this ballot because the name of a write in candidate is included but the ballot marked for Coleman.


Frankenstein's campaign claims the mark in the lower right hand corner is an "identifying mark" which technically is a violation of Minnesota law. Clearly no desire to respect the intent of the voter in this case.


On the presidential portion of the ballot of this vote for Coleman a smudge appears along the left hand margin. The Franken campaign also claims this is an "identifying mark" which technically would invalidate the ballot.


Frankenstein's campaign claims the erasure mark over the Al Franken oval is an indication the voter intended to select Franken, even though the oval for the Independent candidate is clearly filled in.

Now you Know Why Dems Hate Electronic Voting Machines!

As of Thursday, Franken's campaign has challenged 374 ballots and Coleman has challenged 360. And yet, Coleman's lead keeps shrining. It's gone from over 200 votes prior to the recount to 136 with more than half the state yet to complete the manual process.

At that point, the contested ballots will be sent to a canvassing board where the final determination will be made.

Clearly, none of these shenanigans would be possible if electronic voting machines were used where it was only possible to vote for a candidate, do a write in, or leave the vote for that race blank. Yet Democrats have conducted an organized effort to eliminate such machines.

Democrats have also conducted an organized campaign in key states like Minnesota to elect Secretaries of State who are sympathetic to seeing that the votes get counted their way. Big money men like George Soros have poured millions into efforts like the Secretary of State (S.O.S.) Project and it's paying big dividends in Minnesota as it did earlier in Ohio and elsewhere.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stock Market Bullish On Obama Future

Thursday Update: Dow Down ANOTHER 445 points to 7,552! Thank you OBAMA!

At this rate, the Dow will disappear by Inauguration Day!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How DUMB Are Obama Voters?

Let's just say if you had to be informed above average to vote Obama would have lost in a landslide!

"Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened."

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Readers may recall the comical man on the street interviews the Howard Stern show did in New York City weeks before the election. Most of the Obama voters thought it was fine with them that Sarah Palin was running as Obama's vice presidential candidate.

But if you thought that was just a fluke, or not a very scientific sampling of Obama voters, this poll (PDF here) taken by John Zogby and commissioned by filmmaker John Ziegler amplifies the point:

Zogby Poll

512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

81.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

And yet.....

Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)

What's worse is that a majority of Obama voters failed to know even the most basic facts like which party controls congress.

Think we're overstating the case? See the video:

More info at How Obama Got Elected.

If there was anything bad or negative, Obama voters immediately assumed it must be associated with Sarah Palin, even though it was not. 57 states??? I'm surprised this bunch knew there were only 50 states! And these folks never even heard of terrorist Bill Ayers!

Those interviewed didn't know who Barney Frank or Harry Reid are. How can they be expected to hold these Dems accountable for their misdeeds when they only know what they have been told?

Where do these folks get their news? ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, PBS, Time, Newsweek, New York Times.........Talk about media malpractice!

Why Democrats Are So Eager to Save Detroit Auto Makers

Throwing good money after Bad!

There's a big push on in Washington to bail out the Big Three automobile companies. It's the usual "crisis" scenario where scare headlines predict woe and economic gloom if something isn't done NOW!

But would a bailout of the Big Three actually solve their problems? No. But it would make sure unions which have held these companies hostage to a failing business model don't get hurt.

Consider this:

GM also famously spends over $1,600 per vehicle on the healthcare costs of current and retired U.S. workers while Toyota pays about $200 per vehicle. Although GM also pays about another $1,000 per vehicle on holiday pay, work rules, plant-shutdown-pay and line-relief to UAW workers -- expenses Toyota, for example, does not have.
And this from the Wall Street Journal:

GM has about 7,000 dealers. Toyota has fewer than 1,500. Honda has about 1,000. These fewer and larger dealers are better able to advertise, stock and service the cars they sell. GM knows it needs fewer brands and dealers, but the dealers are protected from termination by state laws. This makes eliminating them and the brands they sell very expensive.
Foreign-owned manufacturers who build cars with American workers pay wages similar to GM's. But their expenses for benefits are a fraction of GM's. GM is contractually required to support thousands of workers in the UAW's "Jobs Bank" program, which guarantees nearly full wages and benefits for workers who lose their jobs due to automation or plant closure. It supports more retirees than current workers. It owns or leases enormous amounts of property for facilities it's not using and probably will never use again, and is obliged to support revenue bonds for municipalities that issued them to build these facilities. It has other contractual obligations such as health coverage for union retirees. All of these commitments drain its cash every month. Moreover, GM supports myriad suppliers and supports a huge infrastructure of firms and localities that depend on it. Many of them have contractual claims; they all have moral claims. They all want GM to be more or less what it is.
GM's solution is to ask the federal government for the cash that will allow it to do all of this piece by piece. But much of the cash will be thrown at unproductive commitments. And the sense of urgency that would enable GM to make choices painful to its management, its workers, its retirees, its suppliers and its localities will simply not be there if federal money is available. Like AIG, it will be back for more, and at the same time it will be telling us that it's doing a great job under difficult circumstances.

Federal law provides a way out of the web: reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. If GM were told that no assistance would be available without a bankruptcy filing, all options would be put on the table. The web could be cut wherever it needed to be. State protection for dealers would disappear. Labor contracts could be renegotiated. Pension plans could be terminated, with existing pensions turned over to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC). Health benefits could be renegotiated. Mortgaged assets could be abandoned, so plants could be closed without being supported as idle hindrances on GM's viability. GM could be rebuilt as a company that had a chance to make vehicles people want and support itself on revenue. It wouldn't be easy but, unlike trying to bail out GM as it is, it wouldn't be impossible.

The social and political costs would be very large, but if GM fails after getting $50 billion or $100 billion in bailout money, it'll be just as large and there will be less money to soften the blow and even more blame to go around.
Here in South Carolina we have a plant manufacturing BMWs. Like similar plants in other states making Mercedes or Toyota they are all making money. No bail out needed because these manufacturers are not held hostage by unions and decades of bad decision making.

Will Congress take the easy way out and throw more money down this rathole? You bet. And when the Big Three's problems aren't solved, will they take the blame? No way. All Democrats in Congress are really interested in is a union bailout that rewards campaign contributors and sets them up for more contributions in 2010.

At some point, it's no longer a financial bailout, it's a Democrat bailout!

Rebuilding the Conservative Majority

You don't get there by compromise!

While I have been procrastinating on an in depth post about reorganizing the Republican Party, I've been reading a lot of great material like this op-ed by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint(R):

Republicans Must Fight for Freedom to Regain America's Trust
By Senator Jim DeMint(R-SC)

November 10, 2008 - They say that elephants never forget, but that's exactly what the Grand Old Party has done.

Between the 1950s and 1970s, Rockefeller and Nixon Republicans kept the party in a seemingly permanent minority with a "me-too" philosophy that allowed Democrats to balloon the size and scope of government.

But, when Ronald Reagan ran unashamed on conservative principles in 1980 and Republicans in Congress embraced bold conservative reforms in 1994, America responded with overwhelming approval.

Since then, many Republicans have run for office as conservatives but governed as scandal-plagued big-spending moderates. They stopped offering common-sense solutions and broke promises with Americans by overspending and wasteful earmarking to special interests.

In the name of bipartisanship, our leaders supported amnesty, big new entitlements, more federal control of education, and compromises on energy. And too often Republicans shied away from defending values of life, family and faith.

The final straw for many was a series of Wall Street bailouts that cost over a trillion dollars and looked more like knee-jerk socialism than confident conservative leadership.

No wonder Republicans have lost a dozen Senate seats and nearly 50 House seats in two years.

Democrats will likely mistake Republican failures as a mandate for their liberal policies. Obama promises to "spread the wealth" and repeal all restrictions on abortion.

Nancy Pelosi wants trillions in new federal spending. Barney Frank promises higher taxes and massive military funding cuts. Harry Reid will kill the secret ballot for union elections. Patrick Leahy yearns to pack federal courts with activist judges who are hostile to traditional values.

Americans know little about these far left plans because Democrats didn't run on their liberal agenda, they ran against George Bush.

Yet, a strong majority of Americans are conservative and support the principles of freedom our nation was founded on.

The bipartisan Battleground Poll has found every year since 2002 that 60 percent of Americans identify themselves as conservatives and only 30 percent call themselves liberals. That's why Obama and the Democrats talked so much about conservative themes of tax cuts, spending restraint, second amendment rights and energy independence.

Americans haven't changed, Republicans have.

Recent Republican leaders said earmarks proved we could deliver for our districts and higher spending demonstrated our compassion. But a recent Club for Growth poll found that 66 percent of Americans favor candidates who will cut federal spending even if it means less local funding.

They said fighting for values that strengthen families and protect life is outdated, but ballot propositions to protect traditional marriage still pass overwhelmingly, most recently in California. Numerous polls on abortion reveal most Americans value life and want fewer abortions.

Republicans can regain America's trust only by acting on our conservative principles and offering real solutions.

First, we must lead by example and limit our own power in order to guard against corruption, starting with a unilateral, two-year earmark moratorium.

Then, let's end the seniority system that turns too many Republican outsiders into Washington insiders. This requires term limiting our conference leader and appropriations committee members, then choosing committee heads on merit, not seniority.

Second, Republicans must reestablish ourselves as the Party of Ideas with new, principled solutions for today's challenges. We offer more jobs, more take-home income, and more opportunity to succeed.

We offer more choices, personal control, and better quality in health care, education, and retirement. We offer more protection of life and the family, freedom of political speech, and respect for the right to bear arms. As global threats increase, Republicans offer a stronger national defense and secure borders.

Third, we must do everything in our power to stop President-elect Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Reid from enacting liberal policies that reduce freedom. Democrats and Republicans should work together, but not when it hurts the American people. As the minority, we don't control the Senate agenda, but we still have a moral responsibility to fight for freedom and liberty in our great country.

Finally, we must recruit new leaders. We're never going to reshape the way Americans see Republicans with the same old faces. There are good conservatives in Congress now, but our bench is not nearly as deep as the Democrats, who have plenty of career politicians.

We need more Sarah Palins - moms, dads, teachers, doctors and business owners who want to defend liberty and solve big problems, not become part of the Washington establishment. We must find them, encourage them and fight for their elections.

These are painful times for the party of Lincoln and Reagan, but we have a golden opportunity to demonstrate its character and its convictions, and rebuild stronger than ever. So let's get going.

Monday, November 17, 2008

President Bush Still in Action Despite News Blackout

G20 Economic Summit in Washington!

With all the Obama-hype readers may be forgiven if they are unaware we already have a President who is still on the job working on global economic issues. This weekend, President Bush held a summit of the world's top 20 economic leaders in Washington.


President George W. Bush addresses G20 leaders during an official White House dinner ahead of the Summit on Financial Markets November 14, 2008 in Washington, DC. The official menu Photobucketincluded fruitwood-smoked quail, thyme-roasted rack of lamb and baked Vermont brie with walnut crostini, along with three wines.

There has been some criticism that one of the wines served cost nearly $500 a bottle retail. However, unnamed sources revealed that the Bush's were simply trying to make room in the wine cellar for the Mogan David "Mad Dog" 20/20 a favorite of ACORN supporters who Obama expects to invite to future White House functions.


President George W. Bush stands with fellow world leaders Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, for the family photo at the Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.


President George W. Bush and the G20 leaders and delegates attend the Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

California Wildfires a Sign God Displeased with Obama Win?

Applying the same rules the left did with Bush and natural disasters!


The church steeple of the Sam Sung Presbyterian Church in Carbon Canyon near Brea, California stands tall as a wild fire bears down a hillside towards the church November 15, 2008.

Remember all the times Dems said that a natural disaster like a hurricane was somehow proof that God hated President Bush? (see here and here)

I wonder if Bush hating libs are now worried that God's wrath is being visited on California because voters in that state voted for Obama?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Do Americans Love Throwing Money Down a Hole?

With the dizzying talk of adding yet another bailout to the list of government bailouts of banks, credit card companies and now auto companies with big union contracts, it would seem Americans love tossing money down a hole....

In The Know: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

"If you love America, you throw money in it's hole!"

Thanks Craig for the heads up!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sarah Palin Speaks at Republican Governor's Meeting

PhotobucketHer First Major Speech After the Campaign!

It seems this week that there has been almost more "news" media attention for Sarah Palin, the former GOP V.P. nominee, than for President-Elect Obama. Sarah has done a series of interviews including appearances on Larry King, The Today Show, Wolf Blitzer, and a two day special with Greta Van Susteren filmed with the Palin family in Alaska.

But today's speech at the Republican Governor's Association meeting in Miami Florida was the first time Governor Palin has had the opportunity to make a major address without the burden, some would say shackles, of speaking solely on behalf of the McCain campaign. Sarah can now be herself and no longer muzzled by campaign staff who may not always have had her best interests at heart.

Columnist Bill Kristol, who spoke during a panel discussion on Thursday described the RGA meeting as "The Republican presidential candidates association" noting that so many potential 2012 candidates were in attendance. Even with Bobby Jindal (LA), Tim Pawlenty (MN) and Mark Sanford (SC) in attendance all eyes seemed to be on Sarah.

A few excerpts from her speech:

Gov. Sarah Palin Remarks at the Republican Governors Association
Washington Post Transcript
Miami, Florida
November 13, 2008

An opening joke:

It hasn't been that long, I think, since we all gathered, but, I don't know about you, but I managed to fill up the time. Let's see, I had a baby. I did some traveling. I very briefly expanded my wardrobe. I made a few speeches, met a few VIPs, including those who really impact society, like Tina Fey.
Thanking President Bush:
Let me add that I was honored as well to have the support of a former RGA member, and his beautiful wife, who will soon return home from the White House to Texas.
In politics, people sometimes go to great lengths to avoid stating the obvious, but I think it's about time that we all remembered that the greatest measure of a president is whether he protected and defended this great country. America's 43rd president took that foremost responsibility, that most important charge, seriously. He poured his life into it. He succeeded in keeping America safe from another attack. I'm thankful he is my soldier son's commander in chief. And for that I say God bless George W. Bush. And I thank you, Mr. President.
On the Financial Bailout:

A lot of us just supported that first $700 billion bailout. We need to have a rational discussion. I look forward to a debate and Republican governors participating in this debate of what and when is enough enough.

I want our national leaders to expand the debate and talk about accountability and personal responsibility and corporate habits and activities called to account. We can start talking about the conservative solutions to these economic challenges.

Now, we can do this and we can lead in this discussion and in this debate, and we had better lead with ethics reform and an end to the self-dealing and corrupt special interests on Wall Street and in Washington that contributed to the housing crisis and elements of the economic collapses. And this has resulted in hardworking, middle- class Americans being the ones who really get the bum deal in all of this.

And we need to not be afraid of interjecting the solutions that we see based on free market solutions as those that can meet these great challenges.
Memories of the Campaign Trail:

For years to come, I'm going to remember all the young girls who came up to me at rallies to see the first woman having the privilege of carrying our party's vp nomination. And they inspired me.

With an extra hurdle or two in front of us and in front of these young girls, I feel that we've got this mutually beneficial relationship now -- me and these young girls -- where we're going to work harder, we're going to be stronger, we're going to do better. And one day, one of them will be the president, because in America, there will be no ceilings on achievement, glass or otherwise. And if I can help point the way.
And I'm going to remember all the people along the way who said that they were praying for us. They were such a strength and a shield, those prayer warriors.
I will remember with gratitude all the families with special needs children who were the stars of the show in our rallies: kids with autism and some in their wheelchairs and these beautiful kids who maybe before were made to feel like there wasn't a place for them in the life of our country.

How could I ever forget the banners held up high that would say "We're here for Trig," "Trig in the White House," and these beautiful children and their families?

You know, and always being warned you can't cry on the campaign trail or you can't show that -- well, my goodness, speaking to some of these families and the challenges that they have -- and they who aren't asking anything from government or from anybody else -- perhaps a hand up, but not a handout, these families.

I would see them in the audience, and they would hold up their banners. And I'll tell you, I came close to crying few times, because they just touched my heart.
GOP Governor's Form the Bedrock of Principled Opposition and Reform:
So now, with recent elections wrapped up, yes, on the federal level, we are now the minority party, but let us not resolve to become the negative party, too eager to find fault or unwilling to help in this time of crisis and war.

Losing an election does not have to mean losing our way. And for governors the way forward leads through our own state capitals in reforms that we will carry on or begin anew.

And I promise you Americans will be looking to their governors for reaction, for stepped-up leadership, and for our abilities to unite and to progress. Let the pundits go on with their idle talk about the next election, what happens in 2012. Our concern should be about our state's next great reform, our next budget, our next opportunity to progress in the states that we serve.

And on the issues like taxes and energy and health care, immigration, education, we will not lack for opportunities to serve and to lead and to show the way.

If the new Congress and president err on the side, for instance, of excess taxes, then it will be falling on us to show them a better way.

In our federalist system, we governors have one of the greatest powers there is in an democracy, and that is the power of example. And we in the RGA must use that power to create the growth and the opportunities and the jobs that come from lower taxes and more efficient bureaucracy for everyone.
in the months ahead, let us build our case with actions and not just words. Let us reclaim our good name as the party of spending restraint and limited government and economic opportunity and personal freedom and responsibility and American tradition. Let us be true to our beliefs, strong in the defense of the weak, unafraid to speak for American ideals, and firm in our support for the men and women who defend those ideals in a dangerous world. And in all that we do, let us carry ourselves with good will and confidence and with a servant's heart. Let's lead by example.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No Audit of Obama Campaign Finances and Spending?

Just another example of how rules and standards of accountability are different for Democrats than for Republicans!

Obama likely to escape campaign audit
The Politico

The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to conduct a potentially embarrassing audit of how Barack Obama raised and spent his presidential campaign’s record-shattering windfall, despite allegations of questionable donations and accounting that had the McCain campaign crying foul.

Adding insult to injury for Republicans: The FEC is obligated to complete a rigorous audit of McCain’s campaign coffers, which will take months, if not years, and cost McCain millions of dollars to defend.

Obama is expected to escape that level of scrutiny mostly because he declined an $84 million public grant for his campaign that automatically triggers an audit and because the sheer volume of cash he raised and spent minimizes the significance of his errors. Another factor: The FEC, which would have to vote to launch an audit, is prone to deadlocking on issues that inordinately impact one party or the other – like approving a messy and high-profile probe of a sitting president.

McCain, on the other hand, accepted the $84 million in taxpayer money, which not only barred him from raising or spending more – allowing Obama to fund many times more ads and ground operations – but also will keep his lawyers busy for a couple years explaining how every penny was spent.

Through the end of September, McCain had socked away $9.4 million in a special fund to pay for the audit.
Obama – the first presidential candidate to decline public funding in the general election – certainly would provide fodder for the green eye-shades at the FEC’s E Street offices.

Obama’s campaign admitted it initially mis-categorized the purpose of an $832,598 payment for get-out-the-vote efforts to a consulting firm affiliated with ACORN, the community organizing group that became a top target for Republicans alleging voter fraud.

And FEC analysts over the course of the campaign have written more than a dozen letters to Obama singling out hundreds of contributors for whom the campaign either didn’t supply adequate information or from whom he accepted donations exceeding the $4,600 limit.

Unchecked Money + Power = Corruption

And like the rest of the skeletons in Obama's closet, the hidden scandals in Obama's money machine won't stay hidden forever.

How Democrats Are Attempting to Steal A Senate Seat

Vote Fraud in Minnesota is OBVIOUS!

It's common for vote totals to be adjusted slightly after the election to correct for any errors in reporting votes. Typically those errors will be reflected across the board for all candidates in the state.

But when you find "corrections" overwhelmingly favoring one candidate and coming from only a handful of voting precincts fraud is clearly suspected.

Minnesota Ripe for Election Fraud
By John R. Lott Jr.
Fox News
Monday, November 10, 2008

Minnesota is becoming to 2008 politics what Florida was in 2000 or Washington State in 2004 -- a real mess. The outcome will determine whether Democrats get 58 members of the U.S. Senate, giving them an effective filibuster-proof vote on many issues.

When voters woke up on Wednesday morning after the election, Senator Norm Coleman led Al Franken by what seemed like a relatively comfortable 725 votes. By Wednesday night, that lead had shrunk to 477. By Thursday night, it was down to 336. By Friday, it was 239. Late Sunday night, the difference had gone down to just 221 -- a total change over 4 days of 504 votes.

Amazingly, this all has occurred even though there hasn’t even yet been a recount. Just local election officials correcting claimed typos in how the numbers were reported. Counties will certify their results today, and their final results will be sent to the secretary of state by Friday. The actual recount won’t even start until November 19.

Correcting these typos was claimed to add 435 votes to Franken and take 69 votes from Coleman. Corrections were posted in other races, but they were only a fraction of those for the Senate. The Senate gains for Franken were 2.5 times the gain for Obama in the presidential race count, 2.9 times the total gain that Democrats got across all Minnesota congressional races, and 5 times the net loss that Democrats suffered for all state House races.

Virtually all of Franken’s new votes came from just three out of 4130 precincts, and almost half the gain (246 votes) occurred in one precinct -- Two Harbors, a small town north of Duluth along Lake Superior -- a heavily Democratic precinct where Obama received 64 percent of the vote. None of the other races had any changes in their vote totals in that precinct.

To put this change in perspective, that single precinct’s corrections accounted for a significantly larger net swing in votes between the parties than occurred for all the precincts in the entire state for the presidential, congressional, or state house races.

The two other precincts (Mountain Iron in St. Louis county and Partridge Township in Pine county) accounted for another 100 votes each. The change in each precinct was half as large as the pickup for Obama from the corrections for the entire state.
Indeed, the 504 total new votes for Franken from all the precincts is greater than adding together all the changes for all the precincts in the entire state for the presidential, congressional, and state house races combined (a sum of 482). It was also true that precincts that gave Obama a larger percentage of the vote were statistically more likely to make a correction that helped Franken.
Anyone else notice that these kinds of voter irregularities almost never favor Republicans?

Who is counting these ballots anyway?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Quick Takes

Promises Promises
Agenda disappears from Obama Web site
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Over the weekend President-elect Barack Obama scrubbed Change.gov, his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda copied directly from his campaign Web site.

Gone are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 different agenda items - everything from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy - all items laid out on his campaign Web site, www.BarackObama.com.

Instead, the official agenda on Change.gov has been boiled down to one vague paragraph proclaiming a plan “to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.”
Oh well, it's not like anyone really thought he was going to deliver on all that junk anyway!

McCain advisers defend Palin
Postelection rumors denied
Ralph Z. Hallow
Washington Times
Monday, November 10, 2008

"I can say on the record that all this is way overblown and some of the stuff I've read in recent days, whether it's about Governor Palin or our Mr. McCain campaign staff, is fictional," Mark Salter said in an e-mail response to questions posed by The Washington Times.

But Mr. Salter, who was Mr. McCain's closest aide, speechwriter and biographer, did not respond to specific questions about accusations made in several press venues by unnamed campaign staffers attacking Mrs. Palin's character and intelligence.

Several Republicans said the intent appeared to try to shift blame for the ticket's performance from aides and advisers to Mrs. Palin and put into question her future on the national political stage.

Steve Schmidt, the campaign's chief strategist, defended Mrs. Palin in an e-mail exchange with The Times concerning, among other articles, a Newsweek report that at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Mrs. Palin had greeted Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Salter in her hotel room while "wearing nothing but a towel, with another [towel] on her wet hair."

"The towel story categorically is not true," Mr. Schmidt told The Times in the course of telephone and e-mail exchanges over the weekend.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's character and intelligence have been under attack by unnamed campaign staffers, and some Republicans see intent to shift blame of the failed campaign from aides to Mrs. Palin. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Charles L. Black, a close friend and senior adviser to Mr. McCain, said "no" to four of the following five questions posed to him by The Times:
Black goes on to address each specific rumor and debunk it. Now, will these denials get the same media headlines as the rumors? Yeah, sure they will!

George and Laura Bush Gives Obamas a Lesson in Class
Too bad it's probably wasted on them!


President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office of the White House Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. White House photo by Eric Draper


Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Michelle Obama sit in the private residence of the White House Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, after the President-elect and Mrs. Obama arrived for a visit. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama Insults Nancy Reagan

What a classless ASS!

Obama discusses how he reached out to all former Presidents "who are living....I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing you know about doing any seances."

Stick to the teleprompter Obama! That wasn't funny and it revealed what a clown you really are!

Newsweek Editors: Obama a "Creepy," "Deeply Manipulative," "Creature"

Why didn't they say this in their magazine BEFORE the election?

Yesterday I shared with you the audio of Tom Brokaw being interviewed by Charlie Rose where both men admit they don't know who Obama really is or what he intends to do in office. Now, a post election admission from Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas of Newsweek; also interviewed by Charlie Rose. Audio is provided with commentary by Rush Limbaugh (transcript):

MEACHAM: You know, they don't let him out. And have you ever seen a victory speech where there was no one else on stage?

ROSE: Mmm.

MEACHAM: No adoring wife, no cute kid. He is the messenger.

THOMAS: There is a slightly creepy cult of personality about all this. I mean, he's such an admirable --
ROSE: Slightly. Creepy. Cult of personality.


ROSE: What's slightly creepy about it?

THOMAS: It -- it -- it just makes me a little uneasy that he's so singular. He's clearly managing his own spectacle. He's a deeply manipulative guy.

RUSH: Now, let me tell you what they're saying that they're not saying. We've seen this before. We have seen this creepy cult of personality. We have seen this singular, managing his own spectacle. We've seen this deeply manipulative guy. We saw this before. They are scared. They are not saying that, but I hear fear. Here's the next bite. Charlie Rose continues here with a question.

ROSE: Watching him last night in that speech, he finishes --


ROSE: -- and he sort of -- it's almost like he then ascends to look at the circumstance.

MEACHAM: He watches us watching him.

THOMAS: Watching him!

ROSE: Exactly!

THOMAS: He does --

MEACHAM: It's amazing.

ROSE: It is amazing.

THOMAS: He writes about this metaphor being a screen upon which Americans will project. He said they want of Barack Obama; I'm not sure I am Barack Obama.

ROSE: Mmm!

THOMAS: He had -- he has the self-awareness to know that this creature he's designed isn't necessarily a real person, and he's self-aware enough --

ROSE: Ahhhhhh!

RUSH: Ahhhh. Charlie Rose, light goes on, ahhhh. Self-aware enough to know that this creature he's designed isn't necessarily a real person. That is fear. These guys are looking at Obama and they've seen him the exact way we have, all of this time. They only now after they think they got him into office are now starting to talk about their fears about how nobody knows anything about him, his resume is thin, he's only written two books, and they're autobiographies, we don't know what other books he's read. Yes, we do. We don't know anything about him. It's creepy, never seen a victory speech with nobody on stage -- what is this making fun of Biden, by the way? Locking Biden in the bar so he doesn't come out? Look at all they hid. Look at all that they refused to report. They had plenty of chances to write editorials at Newsweek magazine, and they didn't write one reflective of what they really saw and know and fear about Obama.

At what point will Meacham and Thomas, along with Brokaw and so many others face the fact that they committed journalistic malpractice by hiding the character concerns they are only now sharing about Obama? Were they just tooooo busy digging dirt on Sarah Palin's children and Joe the Plumber to tell the American people what a "creepy," "manipulative," "creature" Obama is?

Say Thank You to Sarah!

Send your greetings to America's conservative champion!


Republican vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves to the crowd after presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered his concession speech at their election night rally in Phoenix, November 4, 2008.

They sure put Sarah through the ringer didn't they? Not content to report phony smears about her family or her children, or dig through her private email account the smear merchants are at it again. This time it's coming from unnamed sources in the McCain campaign (we have a pretty good idea who you are, even if you deny it) saying the most outrageous nonsense about Sarah. All of it easily disproved but the headline makes news and the correction gets little attention.

The truth is that Sarah Palin was the brightest star of the entire GOP presidential contest. Whether it was the electrifying speech she delivered at the GOP convention, her commanding debate performance against Joe "gaffe machine" Biden or the authentic American so many voters flocked to see in person it's no surprise that a Rasmussen survey this week showed that an overwhelming majority of Republicans were glad she was on the ticket and want to see more of her in the future.

Send Your Best Wishes to Sarah

Governor Palin deserves a big thank you from conservatives and other Americans who were ready to see a woman in the #2, or #1 job. Here's your opportunity to send her your best wishes. Leave your comments below and they will be forwarded to Governor Palin in Alaska. Keep it short, no speeches and please make sure to include the city and state you are writing from.

[Sorry lefties, your comments will not be included]

Here's my contribution:
Dear Governor Palin:

Greetings from South Carolina, home of the only GOP conservative presidential primary.

During the early primary process this year many of us weren't really all that excited about the candidates who were running. I can't tell you how many times I or one of my conservative friends expressed a desire to support a bright fresh face who was also an unwavering, unapologetic conservative. When you came onto the scene the connection for me was instant, authentic and lasting.

I'm sorry you were not able to visit South Carolina during the campaign for the general election, so on behalf of my conservative friends in the Palmetto State I want to extend to you know a heartfelt invitation to visit us at your earliest convenience.

When it is cold up in Alaska, you are guaranteed of a warm welcome and not so cold temperatures here on the beaches of Hilton Head Island and across the state.

I'm looking forward to your visit and hope it will be soon.

--Mike's America
Hilton Head Island, SC
We will all miss Sarah, but it's a temporary parting to be sure. While it was a long campaign from beginning to end the last two months felt like a lifetime of their own. This nostalgic bittersweet classic sums up those weeks for me:

FIRST INTERVIEW: Governor Palin will give her first major interview since the election to Greta Van Susteren of Fox News to be aired Monday, November 10 at 10 PM EST.

More Sarah Media:

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Largest Post Election Stock Market Sell Off in History

Getting out while the getting is good?


Dow Jones Industrial Average Tues, Nov. 4- Thurs, Nov. 6, 2008

969 point drop since Tuesday's close. Nearly a 10 per cent drop!

The selloff started immediately after Obama's election.

Will 2008 Be the Last Free Election?

How Obama's Alinsky Army Intends to Change the Rules for Our Democracy!

Readers assignment:

Below are excerpts from two articles which you must read to stay informed as cutting edge participants in the American political process. Rather than reprint large chunks here, I invite readers to read both in their entirety then excerpt the sections you find especially pertinent in the comments section.

Saul Alinsky Takes the White House
By Quin Hillyer
The American Spectator
November 6, 2008

Conservatives may not realize just how difficult it might be to recover from this week's elections.

The day after the big defeat, the conservative chatter everywhere was about how the "movement" and the Republican Party (two different things) could finally unshackle themselves from the bad old habits that brought them down, and about how the ability to draw a sharp contrast with the Obama/Pelosi/Reid triumvirate would allow us to focus attention, rally the faithful, and re-storm the castle in 2010 and 2012.

Fat chance.

Too many conservatives think we've seen all this before -- in 1964 and 1974 and 1992 -- and that we know how to handle it. Fly, meet ointment: We're not dealing with the same sorts of opponents. These New Alinskyites who are taking over the White House, combined with the most leftist congressional leadership in memory, will not let us play by the same rules under which conservatives recovered from those earlier debacles. They will try to drastically tilt the playing field, seed our side of the field with land mines and, in short, rig the process to make it next to impossible for the political right, or Republicans, to recover. And they are likely to succeed in at least some of these designs.
Read the rest and paste excerpts in the comment section.

And now this:

Obama to take Internet army to Washington
By Frank Greve
McClatchy Newspapers
November 05, 2008

WASHINGTON — A powerful new lobbying force is coming to town: Barack Obama’s triumphant army of 3.1 million Internet-linked donors and volunteers.

In a mass e-mail thanking them, written moments before his Grant Park victory speech, Obama put them on notice. “We have a lot to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next,” he wrote.
Joe Trippi, the Internet politics guru whose computer geeks made Howard Dean a contender in 2004 and who went on to design Obama’s socially networked campaign machine, offers a provocative and educated guess.

Trippi predicted that Obama would use his forces, first and foremost, to intimidate congressional foes of his agenda, rally his allies and forge “one of the most powerful presidencies in American history.”
Read the rest here and post excerpts in the comments section.

We've already seen those Obamacyberbots in action on our blogs. This article signals that their campaign of disinformation and intimidation will continue.

Now that you have a fuller understanding of the battle ahead, what are you prepared to do about it? The future is in YOUR hands!

Obama campaign workers angry over unpaid wages

Welcome to Obama's America! You had better get used to it!

"Short changed?" Get it?

Former Obama workers claim they were short-changed
Nov 6, 2008 10:47 AM EST

Indianapolis - Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

The line was long and the crowd was angry at times.

"I want my money today! It's my money. I want it right now!" yelled one former campaign worker.

A former spokesman for the Obama campaign said 375 people were hired as part of the Vote Corps program and said people signed up to work three-hour shifts at a time. Three hours of canvassing got workers a $30 pre-paid Visa card.

The workers showed up to get their cards Wednesday morning at 10:00 am.

"There was a note on the door saying 1:00 pm and then at 1:20 pm everybody was like why is nobody here. They just got here and they're trying to get it organized," said Heather Richards, a former campaign worker.
Eventually people did start getting paid, but some said they were missing hours and told to fill in paperwork making their claim and that eventually they would get a check in the mail.

"Still that's not right. I'm disappointed. I'm glad for the president, but I'm disappointed in this system," said Diane Jefferson, temporary campaign worker.

"It should have been $480. It's $230," said Imani Sankofa.

"They gave us $10 an hour. So we added it. I added up all the hours so it was supposed to be at least $120. All I get is $90," said Charles Martin.

"I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned," said Randall Waldon.

Some people weren't satisfied with filling out a claim form for money they felt was still due to them.

"They say that they gonna call you or they going to mail it to you, but I don't know. We'll see what happens," said Antron Grose.

"Talking about they'll mail it to us. I ain't worried about that, man. They're not going to mail nothin'," said Martin.
This reminds me of the video of the Obama supporter who gushed:

“I never thought this day would happen. I won’t have to work on puttin’ gas in my car. I won’t have to work at payin’ my mortgage. You know. If I help him [Obama], he’s gonna help me.”
Promises, promises.... Guess some people are finding out the hard way what it will be like for ALL of us soon! Obama puts his power first and the people second... or third. Get in line Obamatons!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

"Now" We Need to Know What Obama Stands For? NOW???

Someone explain to me the purpose of the "news" media!

While visiting at Always on Watch, I noticed the following from Wednesday's Washington Post:

"At home, Obama must revive an economy experiencing some of the worst shocks in more than half a century. Abroad, he has pledged to end the war in Iraq and defeat al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. He ran on a platform to change the country and its politics. Now he must begin to spell out exactly how."
"Now he must begin to spell out exactly how???"


You mean the guy was campaigning for years and even the Washington Post doesn't know what he would do once elected? All those debates. All those speeches. All those press conferences (oops! scratch that, he has held so very few) and we don't know what Obama would do once he's in office?

What were all those thousands of reporters doing when they weren't busy investigating Sarah Palin's children or Joe the Plumber? Don't you think they could have asked Obama a question about the economy, Iraq or the Taliban?

It's no coincidence that the Dow Jones Stock average dropped a dramatic 486 points on Wednesday with the news of Obama's election. Uncertainty breeds fear.

UPDATE: Audio of Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw on October 30 admitting they "don't know" who Obama is:

We are in such trouble!

Advice From Sir Winston


"This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." -- Winston Churchill

Conservatism was NOT Defeated Tuesday

There are a number of commentators suggesting that yesterday's electoral sweep by Barrack Hussein Obama was somehow a repudiation of conservatism. Many of the same people also suggest that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the embodiment of modern conservatism, was to blame for our loss. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It was bad enough that Obama waged a racist campaign from the very beginning touting the possiblity of the "first black President." Bad enough that McCain shot himself in the foot by suspending his campaign when the financial crisis struck and walked into a trap set for him by Congressional Democrats. All that was bad enough but not fatal.

Obama Bought This Election

When Obama walked away from his oft-stated pledge to accept the spending restrictions of public financing of his campaign he made a conscious decision to buy this election. What followed was the most massive fundraising drive in history. It enabled Obama to massively outspend McCain in so many of the key battleground states like Florida, Virginia and Ohio that would otherwise have gone to McCain if the playing field were level.
Obama Leveraged Record Fundraising, Spending to Defeat Rivals
By Jonathan D. Salant
November 5, 2008

"Barack went into the knife fight with a machete and McCain went in with a pen knife." Republican consultant Craig Shirley said.

Barack Obama obliterated every political fundraising and spending record in U.S. history.

The Illinois senator harvested more campaign cash than anyone before him, using both the Internet and traditional high-roller dinners to bring in more than $650 million from some 3 million donors for his presidential campaign. The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry, raised less than half that amount, as did George W. Bush and Al Gore combined in 2000.

Obama's fundraising revolutionized the way presidential campaigns are financed and may kill the Watergate-era system of providing public money for the general election.
With his extra money, Obama almost tripled McCain's advertising expenditures as Election Day drew near. He spent $21.5 million to McCain's $7.5 million from Oct. 21-28, according to a University of Wisconsin study. During the last weekend of the campaign, Obama ran 5,947 ads in seven competitive states compared with 3,358 for McCain, 77 percent more, according to the Nielsen Co. On Nov. 3, Obama ran 3,410 ads in those states; McCain ran 1,900.

Even before the final ad blitz, Obama had spent $190.2 million on media, compared with $76.7 million by McCain. The money allowed him to both fend off McCain's attacks and go on the offensive. In addition, he was able to expand his campaign to states traditionally inhospitable to Democratic presidential candidates, such as Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana.

Through Oct. 15, Obama also spent $46 million on staff salaries, more than double McCain's $20.1 million, helping to open field offices and build a get-out-the-vote operation.
We should now revise the old saying "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." It would be more relevant to say "power corrupts and money and power corrupt even faster."

The seeds of corruption have already been sown. The question is: how long will it take before the overgrown bramble is obvious to all?

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dateline 2012: The Waning Days of the Failed Obama Presidency

It started with a dream that became a nightmare!

"Hope" and "change" were the slogans that propelled Barack Obama to become the 44th President of the United States. Obama won with a campaign based solely on emotion and one where difficult questions were rarely asked, let alone answered.

The success of that effort in 2008 was fueled by the most massive influx of money into modern politics and aided by overt fraud perpetrated by groups like ACORN who felt that stealing an election was their right.

But like every house of cards it soon came crashing down. The old equation: Money + Power = Corruption proved all too true when coupled with ambition of the cadre of untested, unchecked Obama followers who like the skeletons in Obama's closet followed him into the White House.

Never before have the hopes and dreams of Americans been raised to such heights only to crash down so hard. The happy Obamatons who thought Obama would heal the planet, put gas in their car and pay for their mortgage while making the world love us learned all too quickly that campaign speeches mean little when those who govern are corrupted and incompetent.

It was only a matter of time before Obama's chickens came home to roost. The crises, the missed opportunities, the scandals, economic collapse and disappointments that followed Obama's election could have been avoided if voters had only looked behind the curtain to see who and what they were really voting for. But now, the damage is done and the only remedy is to correct the mistake that was made in 2008.

2012: The year we restore the American Dream!

Keep Score Tonight With This Interactive Electoral Vote Map

Click on the McCain or Obama box at upper left then click on the state you wish to assign to that candidate.

Election Night Timeline (what to watch for):


Full size graphic here.

Election Night Live Chat

Democrat Vote Counters?

Election Night Live Chat

Readers have enjoyed our live chat sessions during important milestones throughout this campaign. We started with the live chat for the South Carolina Presidential Primary on Saturday, January 19th and have been going strong ever since.

Tonight's live chat is an online party for Republicans only. Sorry Democrats. You've had your say and tonights' chat is just for us. To join the chat, leave your email address in the comment form on this post (email address will not be public) and let me know you wish to join. If you're a GOP'er who has joined us for chats in the past or a regular commenter here who is one of us you will be sent the supersecret link to join in.

Until then, GET OUT AND VOTE!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Obama Supporter Issues On Air Demand: "I want m***f*** Joe the Plumber DEAD!"

Is this the kind of "change" Obama promises? Death to political opponents?

Charles Karel Bouley, an Obama supporter who writes at the Huffington Post and is a morning host on San Francisco's KGO radio made the threat during a newscast on November 2, 2008. Audio here.

In a Huffington Post column dated October 13, Bouley pulled every fear card he could muster claiming that it was McCain and Palin who endangered democracy with their rhetoric:

"Yes, I'm afraid that John McCain and Sarah Palin through their hateful, spiteful and untrue rhetoric are, no matter how inadvertent, trying to get Barack Obama out of the race, literally, as in, taken out."
And yet, even after the claim that someone at a McCain rally shouted "kill him" was proven false this Bouley character demands the death of Joe the Plumber. Joe, whose only "crime" was to ask Obama a tough question.

Joe has been investigated by teams of reporters, his private information in government files was perused by Obama supporters directing state agencies. He has been smeared, tarred and feathered. All because he asked a question.

And now this.

If you think this example of hate is an isolated incident, consider what happened today on a school bus in Ohio where a young girl and her family were threatened with violence if the parent's didn't vote for Obama. The children who made those threats obviously got the idea from somewhere. It's abundantly clear that the hate in this campaign is being directed from the top down and goes back even further than DNC Chairman Howard Dean's statement that he "hates Republicans and everything they stand for."

Question for you history buffs: when was the last time political opponents were demonized; their activities criminalized and their families threatened with physical violence?

Pay No Attention to Exit Polls: VOTE!

VOTE! Your life, your future and your country depend on it!

Don't let yourself be swayed by defeatist polls, or exit polls which leak Tuesday afternoon!

Mon Nov 03 2008 16:53:14 ET

As we have seen in previous election cycles, the exit poll results do leak early and that ends up influencing the coverage of the race before even the first state polls close at 6:00 PM Eastern.

However, we want to remind the campaign that the media’s own post-election study of the exit polls in 2004 showed that the exit polls overstate the Democratic candidate’s support. Therefore, we would discourage a rush to judgment based on the exit polls and wait until there has been a representative sampling of actual tabulated results from a variety of counties and precincts in a state.

Here are the key points to keep in mind when the exit poll data starts being leaked:

1. Historically, exit polls have tended to overstate the Democratic vote.

2. The exit polls are likely to overstate the Obama vote because Obama voters are more likely to participate in the exit poll.

3. The exit polls have tended to skew most Democratic in years where there is high turnout and high vote interest like in 1992 and 2004.

4. It is not just the national exit poll that skews Democratic, but each of the state exit polls also suffers from the same Democratic leanings.

5. The results of the exit polls are also influenced by the demographics of the voters who conduct the exit polls.

After the 2004 election, the National Election Pool completed a study investigating why the exit polls that year showed John Kerry over performing 5.5 net points better than the actual results showed him to have done. Their conclusion was that the primary reason the exit polls was that Kerry voters and Democrats were more likely to participate in the exit polls.

Based on the previous exit poll results, we should expect once again that Tuesday’s exit poll data could overstate the Obama vote and under represent the McCain vote.

It is important that the campaign make sure the media realizes this, so that when the exit polls do leak, people do not overreact to the early exit poll data. Rather than looking at the exit polls, we should wait until we start seeing actual election results from key precincts and counties to gauge who won the election.

Read the entire memo at the Drudge Report.

I'm reminded of the following classic. Oz? Obama?

'Twas the Night Before the Election

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

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

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

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

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

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

' On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On ACORN, On Pelosi'
He screamed at the pairs!

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

So I leave you to think
On this one final note-

Voter Guide for Undecided Voters

Think before you vote!

A number of polls indicate that even at this late date, there remains a significant pool of voters who are undecided in their choice between Obama and McCain. There are enough of these last minute deciders to potentially tip the scales to McCain in the key states he needs for victory on November 4th.

So, as a public service, I offer the following guide to help those late minute deciders make their choice.

  • Barack Obama: "Under my plan... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." You might be expecting a tax cut under Obama but did you know Obama plans to make you pay more for electricity, natural gas, heating oil and gasoline?

Two videos. One short, one longer, same theme: Who is the REAL Obama?

Thanks Craig

Fair and balanced, I present the reasons to vote for Obama and the Democrats:

I'm voting Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a
gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect
me from murderers and thieves.

I'm voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry
whatever I want. I've decided to marry my horse.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of
4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the
same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a
better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I'm voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as
nobody is offended by it.

I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust
that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now
think we're good people.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell
us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps
will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

I'm voting Democrat because I'm not concerned about the
slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row
inmates alive.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that business should not
be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break
even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution
as THEY see fit.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to
rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe
kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters.

I'm voting Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my
@#% it's unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.

'A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't
VOTE for your future!
VOTE for your family!
VOTE for your country!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Barack Obama: "Under my plan... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

This should have been discussed MONTHS AGO!

In a January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle Barack Hussein Obama made the following admission:

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."
Audio here.

That's not all. In the same interview Obama promised to "bankrupt" new coal fired power plants which would further undermine America's need for energy independence. Audio here.

Obama may promise a few crumbs in tax credits to those who pay no income tax, but unless those citizens use candles and firewood to light and heat their homes they will pay more and more and more for the energy they need to live.

Obama: Too expensive! Too risky!

Don't Count McCain Out!

He knows how to come from behind and WIN!


It's been a year since John McCain visited Mike's America and yours truly had the opportunity to spend some quality face time with the eventual GOP nominee. I used that time to ask him some tough questions conservatives had about him and am pleased to report that unlike what happened to Joe the Plumber after asking Obama a tough question, I was not investigated by state agencies nor was I smeared in the press.

This meeting was by no means the happiest of occasions. McCain's campaign had suffered layoffs, lack of funding and been declared all but dead by the "news" media. But McCain didn't accept defeatism from the pundits and bravely declared he was going to win the New Hampshire primary and that would be the springboard to winning the South Carolina primary and the nomination. At the end of our time together I wished Senator McCain "good luck" thinking that his plan was forlorn of hope.

Two months later John McCain had turned forlorn hopes into reality and he can do it again on Tuesday, November 4th.

Granted, the hill is much higher to climb this time around. States that were key to President Bush's victory in 2004 seem to be in danger of slipping away. But McCain is also gambling on taking Pennsylvania, with it's 21 electoral votes, to help him close the gap.

A number of analysts suggest that McCain can win if a "perfect storm" shifts independent and undecided voters his way in the closing hours of this campaign. In many polls, Obama still can't break much above 50% and yet his closing strategy seems to be to coast on that slim lead.

That could be his mistake as this article points out:

Five things that keep Democrats up at night
By Tim Harper
Toronto Star
Nov. 2, 2008

• Auntie Zeituni: The Obama campaign said yesterday it would return $260 in campaign donations from Zeituni Onyango, his Kenyan-born aunt who is living illegally in this country.

Obama said he had no idea the woman he refers affectionately to as "Auntie Zeituni" in his memoir had been ordered out of the country four years ago by an immigration judge but said he believed all U.S. laws should be followed.

She lives in public housing in Boston and attended Obama's swearing-in as a U.S. senator in 2004 and, according to Obama, last talked to him about two years ago.

Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida (click for latest polls): All are still in the Obama column, but all are tightening in the final days.

"It's time for a reality check," Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendell said Friday. "We've got our work cut out for us."

His state looks solidly behind Obama, but what's with this NBC/Mason Dixon poll suddenly showing his lead at only four points, within the margin of error?

RealClearPolitics, which collects and averages major polls, shows McCain has whittled six points off Obama's once 14-point lead in Pennsylvania in three weeks.

• Investor's Business Daily poll: It has become the Republican equivalent of comfort food, the most accurate poll in 2004 has consistently put the national race closer than most other polls do.

Yesterday, it had Obama up only 4.5 points nationally, but with 8.7 per cent still saying they were unsure. And while Democrats are worrying, what about this nugget in yesterday's Hotline Diageo tracking poll putting McCain and Obama tied among independent voters? A week ago, Obama led by five points.

• Where is the youth vote? There is evidence that in the midst of record early voting, the one missing component is the youth vote, those who have turned out in the tens of thousands to cheer Obama at rallies.

In Florida, where 3.4 million people have already voted, an Orlando Sentinel study found only 15 per cent of them were under age 35.

• The Bradley Effect: This phenomenon – named after black candidate Tom Bradley, who unexpectedly lost to the 1982 California gubernatorial election to the white Republican challenger, George Deukmejian, may be myth or at least outdated.

There is no reputable polling data available in 2008 that indicates voters are telling pollsters they will vote for Obama while actually planning to vote for McCain.

More often than not, Obama outperformed his polling numbers in the primaries.

But it would be naïve to discount race in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio, states where Hillary Clinton easily beat Obama in the primaries, and it is more likely that many people who tell pollsters they are undecided have really decided to vote for McCain.

That means there could be 6 per cent of Americans listed as "undecided" who are actually McCain backers hiding their intentions.

But an expected record black vote for Obama will overwhelm any latent racist effect.

Won't it?
For those who need some extra encouragement, Obama's running mate Joe Biden (the gift that keeps on giving) is always willing to lend a hand with his latest slip of the brain:

"I felt awful good about this time in the (John) Kerry campaign and I felt good in the(Al) Gore campaign and so, so, this, that old joke, you know, it ain't over till it's over," --Joe Biden
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