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"The people who cast the votes don't decide an election; the people who COUNT the votes do." -- Joseph Stalin

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Clinton Snub Exposed: The Snub that Wasn't

Hillary Clinton has made a big deal about a snapshot that was taken showing Barack Obama supposedly snubbing her at the State of the Union address. The organization NOW, in its usual heavy-handed fashion attacked their lifelong supporter, Ted Kennedy, for abandoning their candidate. Hillary then went on TV saying that she extended her hand to Obama who turned away.

The truth was that at the same time Hillary looking directly at Kennedy and extending her hand to him, Senator Clair McCaskill asked Obama a question and he turned to answer her. This is his explanation and is borne out by the facts. Check out this image of the event:


Another attempt at division by the Clinton Machine has been debunked. Nice try, Bill & HIllary!


Obama Healthcare Plan - Complete Details



The biggest subject I hear the Clinton followers focusing on is healthcare. They seem to think that garnishing your wages for mandated healthcare is the way to go. So, to contribute to the cause, I created a website for America that includes all the details of his plan, plus a bunch of other goodies. Enjoy and pass it around.

* Obama's Plan to Cover Uninsured Americans: Obama will make available a new national health plan to all Americans, including the self-employed and small businesses, to buy affordable health coverage that is similar to the plan available to members of Congress. The Obama plan will have the following features:

1. Guaranteed eligibility. No American will be turned away from any insurance plan because of illness or pre-existing conditions.

2. Comprehensive benefits. The benefit package will be similar to that offered through Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the plan members of Congress have. The plan will cover all essential medical services, including preventive, maternity and mental health care.

3. Affordable premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

4. Subsidies. Individuals and families who do not qualify for Medicaid or SCHIP but still need financial assistance will receive an income-related federal subsidy to buy into the new public plan or purchase a private health care plan.

5. Simplified paperwork and reined in health costs.

6. Easy enrollment. The new public plan will be simple to enroll in and provide ready access to coverage.

7. Portability and choice. Participants in the new public plan and the National Health Insurance Exchange (see below) will be able to move from job to job without changing or jeopardizing their health care coverage.

8. Quality and efficiency. Participating insurance companies in the new public program will be required to report data to ensure that standards for quality, health information technology and administration are being met.

For the complete healthcare plan, click here:


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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Obama Accepts Kennedy Endorsement

Watch Barack Obama's inspirational acceptance of the Kennedy endorsements and the Kennedy Legacy. If anyone was too young to have lived during the 1960's, watch this speech and you can feel the electricity in the air, the feelings of hope for the future, and a young, dynamic leader to take us there.




Monday, January 28, 2008

Ted, Caroline & Patrick Kennedy Endorse Barack Obama

Two generations of Kennedys endorsed Barack Obama for president on Monday, with Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy calling him a "man with extraordinary gifts of leadership and character," a worthy heir to his assassinated brother. "I feel change in the air," Kennedy said in remarks sprinkled with scarcely veiled criticism of Obama's chief rival for the nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as her husband, the former president. "I have marveled at his grit and grace," he said of the man a full generation younger than he is.

Kennedy broke his usually neutral stance reportedly because he had been under considerable pressure from Bill Clinton and other Hillary Clinton surrogates to either endorse Hillary or to not endorse anyone at all. Kennedy, obviously dismayed at Bill's "over the top" actions recently which included distorting Obama's record, decided to take a stand.

First, we have Caroline Kennedy's inspirational endorsement of Obama:



Then, we have the impassioned endorsement of Edward "Ted" Kennedy, whose two brothers were slain while devoting their efforts to improve America.

Caroline Kennedy: "A Candidate Like My Father"

The tremendous landslide win by Barack Obama in South Carolina shows that the country is tired of the old politics of the Bushes and Clintons and is truly ready for change. That Caroline Kennedy would come out with such a poignant endorsement of Senator Obama shows that we have come a long way. The Democratic Party is ready to move ahead with the change America is demanding.

Desperate to stop Ted Kennedy from endorsing Obama, Bill Clinton and several union leaders and other Clinton supporters flooded his office with telephone calls to no avail. Today at American University, Ted Kennedy will join Caroline and endorse Senator Obama. In addition, he will then go on the campaign trail to lend his support and influence. This is the first step towards realizing CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

Here is the article on Caroline's endorsement:

January 27, 2008
Op-Ed Contributor
A President Like My Father
By CAROLINE KENNEDY

OVER the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.

My reasons are patriotic, political and personal, and the three are intertwined. All my life, people have told me that my father changed their lives, that they got involved in public service or politics because he asked them to. And the generation he inspired has passed that spirit on to its children. I meet young people who were born long after John F. Kennedy was president, yet who ask me how to live out his ideals.

Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960.

Most of us would prefer to base our voting decision on policy differences. However, the candidates’ goals are similar. They have all laid out detailed plans on everything from strengthening our middle class to investing in early childhood education. So qualities of leadership, character and judgment play a larger role than usual.

Senator Obama has demonstrated these qualities throughout his more than two decades of public service, not just in the United States Senate but in Illinois, where he helped turn around struggling communities, taught constitutional law and was an elected state official for eight years. And Senator Obama is showing the same qualities today. He has built a movement that is changing the face of politics in this country, and he has demonstrated a special gift for inspiring young people — known for a willingness to volunteer, but an aversion to politics — to become engaged in the political process.

I have spent the past five years working in the New York City public schools and have three teenage children of my own. There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative. But too many of them are also hopeless, defeated and disengaged. As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children to believe in themselves and in their power to shape their future. Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren, with that sense of possibility.

Senator Obama is running a dignified and honest campaign. He has spoken eloquently about the role of faith in his life, and opened a window into his character in two compelling books. And when it comes to judgment, Barack Obama made the right call on the most important issue of our time by opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning.

I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.

Caroline Kennedy is the author of “A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.”

LINK TO ARTICLE

Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Obama Outfoxes Bill Clinton -- Landslide Victory

I read with amusement this past week or so how Bill Clinton had thrown Barack Obama off his game and gotten under his skin. The talk was that Mr. Clinton's obvious disdain for the truth and his insistence on repeatedly introducing race into the campaign had marginalized Mr. Obama and left him as the "black candidate".

Excuse me, folks, but it's my belief that Mr. Clinton was played like a fiddle. Let's re-examine the events. Bill Clinton got into the fray by claiming Mr. Obama's record on the war in Iraq was identical to Hillary's. That is totally untrue as can be seen from the video in Saturday's post entitled, Hillary's Truth -- She Promoted the Iraq War. Mr. Clinton temporarily sidetracked Obama, who felt he had to answer the intentional misstatements. He did.

Then, Barack Obama demonstrated that he is a brilliant tactician and completely outfoxed the former president. In a radio broadcast, Mr. Obama mentioned that Ronald Reagan's administration was the one that had the most transformative effect on our society, saying that was "unlike Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton". He fired his arrow right at where Mr. Clinton is most vulnerable -- his EGO.

Clinton went ballistic. He started spreading obvious lies about Obama's speeches and record, shook his finger belligerently at the media, and as he left South Carolina, made another strong attempt to inject race into the equation by comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson. The people of South Carolina and the rest of America were treated to "Bill Clinton Gone Wild", and the true nature and character of the former president were exposed. He is not fighting so hard for his wife -- he wants to be back in the White House for himself, Bill Clinton.

I think Mr. Obama's tactics in baiting Bill Clinton were brilliant and Bill's ego wouldn't allow him to not respond. The result: a LANDSLIDE victory in South Carolina where 68% of white voters said that Hillary Clinton had treated Obama unfairly.

Hail to the new King!



America Suffers In a Republican Economy

The Republican Party likes to claim it is the party of compassionate Conservatives, the party that keeps government small and spending down. NOT TRUE. The Republican Party has stripped a huge surplus, divided it among the large donors who contributed to buying the election for George W. Bush and enriched its corporate buddies to the tune of billions of dollars and thousands of lives.

The goal of Mr. Bush's Republican Party was to decimate the middle class and move toward a global economy. A global economy REQUIRES a level playing field for the workers. So, Mr. Bush has done all he could to send the high-paying jobs overseas by providing tax breaks to American corporations to do just that. The goal was to lower the standard of living for American workers. That is exactly why Mr. Bush has fought hard to leave our southern borders unprotected.

When I was a young boy, an old man once told me that if I wanted to live like a Republican, I would have to vote Democrat and vice-versa. As we approach the next Presidential election it is noteworthy that EVERY Republican candidate with the exception of Ron Paul, wants to continue the war in Iraq which is devastating our country at home. The money that is being wasted in the Middle East is badly needed to go to our badly deteriorating infrastructure in this country. This is the result of Republican economics.



America cannot afford to wait any longer. Change is vital, and Barack Obama is the leader we need to bring about that change.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Hillary's Truth - She Promoted the Iraq War

We have heard Bill Clinton try to portray Barack Obama's stance on the Iraq War as identical to Hillary's. Nice lie, Bill. Here is Hillary and George W Bush in 2002, promoting the necessity of attacking Saddam Hussein. It seems strangely pro-war. Don't be deceived by their revisionist history. Hillary Clinton IS old-time politics. Enjoy the video.



Now, let's see what Barack Obama had to say about the war in 2002:



At what point are Democratic Party voters going to say, "Enough" to Bill and Billary? It's one thing to want to win an election. It's another to do everything in your power, ethical or unethical, legal or illegal, to distort the views of your opponent and TRICK the American public. We saw Bill try to do that with his famous "I didn't have sexual relations with that woman" speech, and he unabashedly lies and distorts day after day. Unless he is reigned in, he will be successful in getting his wife the nomination, but thousands of Obama voters will either stay home, or find a third-party candidate, or even John McCain (whom Bill says is very close to Hillary) as an alternative. Let's keep the White House doors closed to Bill Clinton.

Here is an excellent site: Clinton Lies, Democracy Dies

Friday, January 25, 2008

Hillary's "Slumlord" Returns to Haunt Her

The right-wing Internet rag, the Drudge Report, this morning published a picture that is sure to embarrass Hillary Clinton as the Clintons are caught in yet another LIE.

"**INTERNET EXCLUSIVE Photo surfaces of smiling Clintons with Tony Rezko... MORE... Clinton injected the indicted developer's name this week in heated debate with Obama: 'I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago'... Clinton tells NBC 'TODAY' show on Friday: 'I probably have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures. I don't know the man. I wouldn't know him if he walked in the door'..."



Barack Obama was correct. Hillary and Bill Clinton will say or do ANYTHING to return to the White House. It's not a secret that Bill has serious character flaws. He lied to the American public on national television. He lied to the Courts and had his license to practice law revoked, yet he nonchalantly travels the country as if he is squeaky clean, eviscerating the first African-American candidate with a serious chance of reaching the White House.

Until the Clintons repeatedly injected race into the equation in South Carolina, Obama was seen as half-white, half-black, and attractive to all Americans. The Clintons intentionally and with malice injected race into the contest, and have marginalized Obama as the BLACK CANDIDATE, seriously hurting his chances with white voters as recent South Carolina polls show. It is time for not only the black community to say "NO MORE" to the Clintons, but for ALL Democratic voters to end this incestuous lock on the Presidency of Bush-Clinton-Bush-???. Do we EVER want this man in the White House again? Can we trust him not to embarrass our country or the office of the Presidency AGAIN?



Watch how sincere Bill attempts to be. He is an accomplished liar. He is an accomplished cheat. His wife is an accomplished enabler, who supports his questionable activities with not only her silence but her willingness to turn him loose, knowing full well his words and tactics are less than ethical. Some people will say, "That was then, this is now." O.K. Let's see how dedicated Mr. Clinton is to truth NOW:




If the Clintons are successful in undermining the Obama movement, which is the first sign of hope for progressive Americans since the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, they will fracture the Democratic party. Bill damaged it enough with his lies in the '90's. It led to Bush winning the Presidency and the unnecessary deaths of thousands in Iraq. Those who say, "Clinton lied and nobody died" are WRONG.

HILLARY COMMITS A FELONY OR TWO

What damage will be done this time????? As to ethics, I strongly recommend that you take the time to watch the next two videos on the ILLEGAL antics of Hillary Clinton. It appears that Mrs. Clinton has learned well from her husband. They are two of a kind and a danger to America if they should reside in the White House. This, from someone who has NEVER voted for a Republican -- EVER.





It is time for all Democrats to reject the old-time politics of the Bushes and Clintons and say: "ENOUGH".


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Which Presidential Candidate has the BEST Economic Stimulus Plan?

According to the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus who graded the candidates on their economic stimulus plans...

Barack Obama: A-minus. I criticized his previous tax plan, but Obama is at the head of the class with an intelligently designed, $120 billion stimulus plan. He would speed a $250 tax credit to most workers, followed by another $250, triggered automatically, if the economy continues on its sour path. Obama would direct a similar rebate to low- and middle-income seniors, who are also apt to spend and could get checks quickly. One demerit: Obama omits any increase in food stamp benefits, which Moody's estimates would have the greatest bang for the buck, $1.73 for every dollar spent.

John Edwards: B-minus. Edwards gets points for handing in his paper early -- in December, he issued a $25 billion stimulus proposal (plus $75 billion more if needed), including important help to states to avoid cutting Medicaid rolls. But like Hillary Clinton (see below), he would spend too much money on programs -- investing in "green collar" jobs, for instance -- with too long a lag time to make them an effective stimulus. Edwards's grade goes down because he also hasn't explained how the $75 billion would be spent.

Hillary Clinton: C-plus. Clinton, too, raised the issue early, then turned in a faulty first draft with a $70 billion stimulus plan that didn't provide much immediate stimulation. It included a $25 billion increase in the program to help low-income Americans with heating costs -- an excessive amount (the current program is under $3 billion) that probably wouldn't kick in until next winter. Even worse was her housing plan, including a five-year freeze on subprime mortgage rates that could produce higher interest rates and reduce liquidity.

Four days later, Clinton said she would immediately implement a $40 billion tax rebate plan she had put in reserve in her first draft. Fine, but overall, the Obama plan devotes a far greater percentage to spending that is more likely to jump-start the economy.

John McCain: D-plus. The senator should have his plan sent back with "Did you read this assignment?" scrawled in red ink. There's a respectable argument that stimulus isn't needed, wouldn't be effective and could be counterproductive. But the normally straight-talking McCain doesn't make it. Instead, he proposes permanent tax cuts -- cutting corporate rates, increasing investment breaks, eliminating the alternative minimum tax -- masquerading as a stimulus plan.

Mitt Romney: D. Romney's plan is way too big ($233 billion) and badly constructed (most of the stimulus goes to business breaks, his individual tax credits don't go to those who need them most, and his huge, long-term tax cuts would harm growth if not paid for). You don't have to be a Harvard Business School grad to understand that encouraging savings is not stimulative.

Mike Huckabee: D-minus. Huckabee understands economic anxiety better than economic principles. The only way his sketchy proposal could stimulate the economy is by scaring Americans into consuming now, before his Fair Tax takes effect.

Rudy Giuliani: Incomplete. His position is too internally contradictory to grade. The former New York mayor told ABC's George Stephanopolous that "permanent reductions have a bigger impact in stimulating an economy," then said of the Bush plan, which has no permanent cuts, "If it stays where it is, it's a good idea."

WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE


It is becoming increasingly clear that the louder Mrs. Clinton and Bill rant accusatorily against Barack Obama, the clearer it becomes that he has far-reaching programs that are much superior to her stale, old-school methods.

Hillary's "Slumlord" Charges Just Another Clinton Distortion of Obama's Record

After hearing Hillary Clinton's snide slur at Obama being a legal representative for a Chicago slumlord, research led me to a Chicago Sun-Times article by Tim Novak who goes into the relationship in depth. Here are the facts:

1. They met in 1990. Obama was a student at Harvard Law School and got an unsolicited job offer from Rezko, then a low-income housing developer in Chicago. Obama turned it down.

2. Obama took a job in 1993 with a small Chicago law firm, Davis Miner Barnhill, that represents developers -- primarily not-for-profit groups -- building low-income housing with government funds.

3. One of the firm's not-for-profit clients -- the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corp., co-founded by Obama's then-boss Allison Davis -- was partners with Rezko's company in a 1995 deal to convert an abandoned nursing home at 61st and Drexel into low-income apartments. Altogether, Obama spent 32 hours on the project, according to the firm. Only five hours of that came after Rezko and WPIC became partners, the firm says. The rest of the future senator's time was helping WPIC strike the deal with Rezko. Rezko's company, Rezmar Corp., also partnered with the firm's clients in four later deals -- none of which involved Obama, according to the firm. In each deal, Rezmar "made the decisions for the joint venture," says William Miceli, an attorney with the firm.

4. In 1995, Obama began campaigning for a seat in the Illinois Senate. Among his earliest supporters: Rezko. Two Rezko companies donated a total of $2,000. Obama was elected in 1996 -- representing a district that included 11 of Rezko's 30 low-income housing projects.

5. Rezko's low-income housing empire began crumbling in 2001, when his company stopped making mortgage payments on the old nursing home that had been converted into apartments. The state foreclosed on the building -- which was in Obama's Illinois Senate district.

6. In 2003, Obama announced he was running for the U.S. Senate, and Rezko -- a member of his campaign finance committee -- held a lavish fund-raiser June 27, 2003, at his Wilmette mansion.

7. A few months after Obama became a U.S. senator, he and Rezko's wife, Rita, bought adjacent pieces of property from a doctor in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood -- a deal that has dogged Obama the last two years. The doctor sold the mansion to Obama for $1.65 million -- $300,000 below the asking price. Rezko's wife paid full price -- $625,000 -- for the adjacent vacant lot. The deals closed in June 2005. Six months later, Obama paid Rezko's wife $104,500 for a strip of her land, so he could have a bigger yard. At the time, it had been widely reported that Tony Rezko was under federal investigation. Questioned later about the timing of the Rezko deal, Obama called it "boneheaded" because people might think the Rezkos had done him a favor.

8. Eight months later -- in October 2006 -- Rezko was indicted on charges he solicited kickbacks from companies seeking state pension business under his friend Gov. Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors maintain that $10,000 from the alleged kickback scheme was donated to Obama's run for the U.S. Senate. Obama has given the money to charity.

END OF STORY. We'll wait for the next Hillary Clinton attack, which have become vicious and VERY un-Presidential.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Should Congress Pass a Bill Giving Bush Retroactive Immunity for War Crimes?

Well, they are about to do just that.



That George Bush has committed war crimes is without doubt. He has thumbed his nose at the American people for years and has destroyed our reputation internationally. Now, to cover his privileged ass, he is sneaking this through. Speak out!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Our "First Black President" Sleeps Through MLK Service

Bill Clinton, whose lies have become legend, falls asleep during a service to honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King. Mr. Clinton, who has spent the past few weeks campaigning furiously on behalf of his wife and whose tactics have been questioned by many top-level Democrats and black leaders, has blatantly lied about Barack Obama's position on several issues including his assessment of the effect of various administrations on American society. (see video in previous post). Do we really want this man back in the White House?

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Clinton Gets Media Hype but Obama Wins Delegate Count

Don't you just love our media? Big headlines: "Clinton Wins in Nevada." But did she? What, may I ask, is a win? Clinton came away with 12 delegates while Obama pulled 13, despite Bill Clinton's chronic lying. This time Brazen Bill influenced hundreds of voters by saying that Obama considered the only good ideas the past 15 years were Republican ideas and using the amazing phrase: "I'm not making this up." Really, Bill?

Here is what Barack Obama really said:



Here is what Bill Clinton said:



How long is American going to put up with this man's chronic lying and Hillary's chronic enabling. He is a sex addict and a chronic liar. These facts are well known. Like him or not, that is the truth. In my opinion, Hillary's continuing silence while her subjects spread lie after lie about Barack Obama is a weakness of character and makes me seriously question her ability to be the President we need during these times. There is no doubt that the American people want an honest President. A recent Presidential Honesty poll has Obama leading Clinton as the most honest by 93% to 7%. It's time to put a stop to Bill Clinton's lies that have hurt America in the past and continue to hurt America. His shameless behavior on the campaign is embarrassing.


UPDATE 7:12 p.m.: AP and NBC have now changed their delegate counts to 13 for Obama and 12 for Clinton.

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) won today's raw vote in Nevada but senior aides to Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) believe they have narrowly won the fight for delegates in the Silver State.

In a just completed conference call with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and director of delegate selection Jeff Berman argued that the Illinois Senator will leave Nevada today with 13 pledged delegates to 12 for Clinton thanks the weighting of northern and rural areas in the state.

An Associated Press official on the call suggested that Obama's campaign may well be right and the organization was looking seriously at its own math.

While the process of delegate apportionment is extremely complicated, it boils down to this: in the places that Clinton won, there were an even number of delegates that were split between she and Obama. In the places Obama won, there were an odd number of delegates, meaning that he often took two delegates to one for Clinton.

"On one very important measure, we had a slight lead," said Plouffe. "Just as important as the number is why that is: we showed real strength statewide."

Plouffe demurred when asked whether if Obama turned out to have won the delegate count, he should be declared the victor in Nevada.

ARTICLE

Friday, January 18, 2008

Do We Really Want an Honest President?

Do We Really Want an Honest President?

Honesty and candor are qualities that have been sadly missing in Washington for the past seven years. The Democratic race appears to be getting down to two candidates that present a clear contrast.

Vote in the Online Poll: An Honest President?

Obama Uses Humor to Confront Clinton's Distortions

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shakes hands at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


LAS VEGAS (AP) — The White House campaign has brought a new act to Vegas.

Barack Obama has stepped up his campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he's trying to use humor to bring her down before this weekend's Democratic presidential caucus.

His argument is starkly different from the "Iowa nice" approach he used in recent weeks when campaigning in the first caucus state. Candidates who go negative in Iowa have a history of turning off Iowans, so Obama rarely criticized Clinton directly in Iowa — instead he made veiled references to "some of my opponents" — and he won the state.

But there's nothing subtle about Las Vegas. With a high-stakes match on the line Saturday, Obama embraced local traditions by debuting a biting political standup routine Thursday night that mocked his rival.

Obama began by recalling a moment in Tuesday night's debate when he and his rivals were asked to name their biggest weakness. Obama answered first, saying he has a messy desk and needs help managing paperwork — something his opponents have since used to suggest he's not up to managing the country. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said his biggest weakness is that he has a powerful response to seeing pain in others, and Clinton said she gets impatient to bring change to America.

"Because I'm an ordinary person, I thought that they meant, `What's your biggest weakness?'" Obama said to laughter from a packed house at Rancho High School. "If I had gone last I would have known what the game was. And then I could have said, `Well, ya know, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don't want to be helped. It's terrible.'"

"Folks, they don't tell you what they mean!" he said. Obama chuckled at his own joke before riffing on another Clinton answer in the debate, when she said that she is happy that the bankruptcy bill she voted for in 2001 never became law.

"She says, 'I voted for it but I was glad to see that it didn't pass.' What does that mean?" he asked, again drawing laughter from the crowd and himself. "No seriously, what does that mean? If you didn't want to see it passed, then you can vote against it! People don't say what they mean.

"You know what I'm saying is true," he said, then addressed his routine directly at audience members who don't know who they will vote for yet. "Undecideds, remember now, remember what I'm saying."

He continued by responding to a new Clinton radio ad that accused him of having financial ties to supporters of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site that most Nevadans are loath to come to their state.

"I have said over and over again I'm against Yucca," Obama said. "I'm against Yucca Mountain. I think the science is not there. I've never, I've never been for Yucca. Never been for it. Never said I was for it.

"Suddenly you've got the Clinton camp out there saying, `He's for Yucca.' What part of I'm not for Yucca do you not understand?" he said, then laughed along with his audience.

As the laughter subsided, Obama drove home the broader point he's been trying to make against Clinton the entire campaign.

"Those kinds of tricks, that kind of approach to politics is what has to stop because what happens is then nobody believes anything," Obama said. "The voters don't believe what politicians say. They get cynical. Folks in Congress, they'll tell you they're looking out for you — they're looking out for somebody else. We have to change that politics and that's why I'm running for president."

The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Obama's new act.


http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5idUUzBp9elm7H_P7gKgNyHOgj5yAD8U87AM00

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Why America Needs Obama So Badly

George Bush took a surplus and turned it into the greatest deficit in American history. He raped the coffers and repaid those who bought him the Presidency billions of dollar in corporate welfare and no-bid contracts. James McMurtry gives a complete and thorough explanation of the problems we face in America. This is a perfect example of why the status quo (Hillary) is unacceptable. Enjoy



If you would prefer to watch James Murtry perform:

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I Had a Dream

In 1968, I had the privilege of shaking Bobby Kennedy's hand. 24 hours later he was dead and the dreams of millions of Americans were shattered. Now, some 40 years later, a new figure has emerged on the horizon who embodies the spirit and the integrity of Bobby's dream. And, he was being judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. His name: Barack Obama.

Nearly a decade ago, the President who likes to refer to himself as the "first Black American President" looked into the TV screen and told millions of Americans with a straight face that "I didn't have sexual relations with that woman". He was lying, of course. He knew it and America knew it but he went right on with his lie to protect his own interests. Never mind that millions of little girls were now asking their parents about oral sex. Never mind that his actions and later his lies embarrassed his wife, his country and himself. He is just a liar and we all knpw it.

This week, my leftover respect for Bill Clinton descended into disgust and even hatred. This man will say whatever he must to get his way. This week he lied about Barack Obama's consistent opposition to the Iraq War, a war that Hillary not only voted for but supported; a war that she has said she will continue by leaving a reserve force. Bill Clinton's whining and moaning about unfair treatment by the media, the New Hampshire Democratic party, and everyone else he could blame was typical of this sick little man's perverted sense of justice.

John Edwards clearly pointed out that when people espouse change, the status quo attacks. Well, folks, we have seen the evidence of that. Bill Clinton will resort to ANYTHING to ensure his return to the White House. Don't think for a minute it is for Hillary. This man's sick ego cannot accept anything less. Chris Matthews said it best today while talking with Joe Scarborough:

"Once in a while, someone comes along and shakes things up," Matthews acknowledged. "It's a phenomenal thing. And it's going on now. It'll go on through tonight. But at some time, it's going to be really challenged by the forces of the establishment, by the status quo, by the interest groups and the big-money contributors, and they're going to try to put this fire out."

"They will find some way to counter this power. You watch it. It's scorched earth, but the establishment in American politics almost always wins. ... All the people around the Clintons ... are getting together to try to figure out how to stop this. These are pros, who win year after year.

"They are under threat right now, because if Obama wins, they lose,"

Clinton's attack on Obama crossed the line of decency. He lied about his record, he dismissed him as a "kid". This perverted man, this sex addict who thumbs his nose at America and makes public appearances with impunity, has fired an arrow in the heart of Martin Luther King's dream, and snubbed his nose at every African American in the US whose hopes and dreams are tied up in Obama's quest for the presidency. To see a slimeball like Bill Clinton attack Obama and lie about this talented and very decent man in this way is absoutely disgusting. Read my lips: BILL CLINTON IS A LIAR.

I urge Democrats to wake up and say, "No more" to this egomaniac. Hillary is a good candidate, but her baggage is toxic. It is time to throw out the old and bring in the new. More than ever, it is vital that we elect Barack Obama and reject the special interest politics of the Bushes and Clintons. IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN -- and RESPECT.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

An Historical Day!

You can Mark this Day Down on your Calendar

as the Beginning of the end of the race for President for Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.

For the first time since Bobby Kennedy, there is hope. This just in . . .



Rasmussen Poll: Obama Takes Big Lead In New Hampshire

Barack Obama has taken a huge lead in the first pure post-Iowa poll of New Hampshire. Rasmussen gives Obama 37%, Hillary Clinton 27%, John Edwards 19%, and Bill Richardson 8%. Rasmussen's last poll from two weeks ago had Clinton at 31%, Obama 28%, Edwards 18%, and Richardson 6%.

The poll was conducted on Friday, a one-day poll with the margin of error at ±4.5% — meaning that Obama's ten-point lead is just outside the margin. Also, Obama leads Hillary by 5 points among core Democrats, and by 16 points among independents. Indies are expected to make up 40% of the Dem primary electorate, according to the survey.

On the Republican side: John McCain 31%, Mitt Romney 26%, Ron Paul 14%, Mike Huckabee 11%, Rudy Giuliani 8%, and Fred Thompson 5%. Two weeks ago it was Romney 31%, McCain 27%, Giuliani 13%, Huckabee 11%, Paul 7%, and Thompson 5%.

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Torch has been Passed! Obama in 2008!

Last night in Iowa, history was made. Barack Obama clearly defeated Hillary Clinton, attracting huge crowds and outpointing her even among women. He is the first candidate since Bobby Kennedy to inspire in such a way.



Watch a truly great speech from a man who has come the forefront in American politics at a time when he is desperately needed to restore America's faith in its political system and leaders, and to restore our reputation internationally.

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