Posted: 15 Oct 2008 12:45 PM CDT
"Unethical" video ad found at YouTube here and shown below:
Text of Ad:
Obama rewards his friends with your tax dollars.
Tony Rezko, 14 Million (Caption underneath says "Obama's fundraiser")
Allison Davis, 20 Million (Caption underneath says "His Mentor")
Kenny Smith, 100,000 (Caption underneath says "His Campaign Volunteer")
Congressional liberals promise to raise to reward their friends with wasteful pork.
Taxes for you, Pork for them, who's gonna stop them?
Or Him? (Picture of John McCain shown)
Change is coming appears on the screen, then the "I'm John McCain and I approved this message."
End of AD.
This "unethical ad is a hybrid between RNC and the John McCain campaign.
Posted: 15 Oct 2008 12:10 PM CDT
A Turkish man who attempted to hijack a plane on its way from Alanya (Turkey) to St. Petersburg (Russia) was disarmed during the flight.
The man tried to hijack the plan when it had entered Belarus airspace.
Sadly for the wannabe terrorist, however, his fellow passengers weren't about to let their plane get hijacked. They united and overpowered him.
Once they did, the 'Airbus A-320 with 167 people on board continued its flight,' CNN Turk reported.
Posted: 15 Oct 2008 12:41 PM CDT
Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
The African Press International got under Michelle Obama's skin and she came out swinging - bribing, actually. She offered API an invite to the inauguration, in exchange for a "good" story about her husband:
African press International is supposed to support Africans and African-American view," and she went to state that, "it is strange that API has chosen to support the racists against my husband. There is no shame in being adopted by a step father. All dirt has been thrown onto my husband's face and yet he loves this country. My husband and I know that there is no law that will stop him from becoming the president, just because some American white racists are bringing up the issue of my husband's adoption by His step father. The important thing here is where my husband's heart is at the moment. I can tell the American people that My husband loves this country and his adoption never changed his love for this country. He was born in Hawaii, yes, and that gives him all the right to be an American citizen even though he was adopted by a foreigner; says Michelle Obama on telefon to API.API asks this question:
Did Barack Obama have any part in the recent arrest of Jerome Corisi in Kenya - because Raila Odinga IS the Prime Minister there? Her answer, according to API, was not to dig that which will support "evil" people. When asked who was evil:
...many conservative white people and even some African Americans were against her husband, but that this group of blacks were simply doing so because of envy.Read the entire story at African Press International.
Disclaimer: This report is controversial. Is it true? API is standing behind it. Obama campaign says huh uh. So far, MO has not released her own statement.
Here's API's update - and yes, I find it odd:
A big thank you to reader bmc. I love my readers and commenters!
Posted: 15 Oct 2008 11:24 AM CDT
Last week I reported for PoliGazette, the website I co-founded and of which I am the editor-in-chief, that Dutch Youth Socialists announced they would travel to the American state of Pennsylvania in order to campaign for Barack Obama.
This is a follow-up to that post: Dutch Youth Socialists (Jonge Socialisten) of the Groningen Department responded to coverage of their upcoming trip, at their website.
They link to the original report appearing here at PoliGazette and to conservative bloggers who picked the story up.
They defend the trip by saying that it will be a "candy trip" (having fun, etc.) but that they call such "candy trips," "research" nowadays. In other words, they admit that the "research" description is a hoax.
"Socialism isn't exactly a popular term in the United States," the Youth Socialists go on to write, "there are only a few people who realize that Social-Democrats contributed significantly to North and Central European countries."
Read more at PoliGazette - it becomes quite interesting, they lash out at the United States for perceived 'market fundamentalism' and they politely tell American conservatives to shut up.
Posted: 15 Oct 2008 11:02 AM CDT
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has been ordered by the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to follow the law and verify, using government records to check the thousands of new voters for registration fraud.
A lower court had ordered her to do so, and a 3-judge panel of the 6th circuit had overruled the lower court saying Brunner would not have to do so, but when the full panel heard the case, they overruled the 3-judge panel and ruled that Brunner must check and verify the registrants.
Ohio Republicans sued Brunner, a Democrat."Her delay in providing this matching system leaves little time for election officials to act on questionable registrations," Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett said Tuesday night. "Once again, Jennifer Brunner has wasted valuable taxpayer dollars only to have her partisan agenda rejected by a court of law. Her shameful actions to disenfranchise Republican absentee voters, block the transparency of early voting and refuse the proper verification of newly registered voters have rightfully damaged her credibility as a nonpartisan election administrator. She is destroying the public trust in Ohio's elections system."
Full 50 page PDF ruling found here.
Darke Blog provides a link to a PDF of the court ruling that can be copied and pasted.
The full 6th circuit ruling repeats the language of the lower court's ruling in saying Brunner violated federal election law.
Posted: 15 Oct 2008 09:13 AM CDT
Below is a sample of a not untypical response which those of us who have been writing about this case have been receiving. Note particularly the smug condescending tone of the opening insult. The commenter has reluctantly agreed to descend from the rarefied atmosphere of his purported legal expertise to clarify these obtuse issues for us woefully uninformed laymen.
I think it might be helpful here to remind commenters such as the above mentioned that we are all of us laymen. For all of us there are innumerable subjects about which we may know little or nothing. To allow oneself to get puffed up over one's accumulation of knowledge in one particular field of expertise lays one open to questions about one's ignorance in all of those other areas. For most of the genuine experts I have had the pleasure of meeting or corresponding with, they have all seemed to share an easy familiarity with this concept of comparative ignorance. It is simply called humility. But for some, unfortunately, this character trait is noticeably absent. And for those of us who by force of circumstance must deal with these arrogant pomposities we must choose to either try to deflate them or if possible to just ignore them. Read the small sample below and you'll quickly see what I mean.
"Ok, I will try to explain this as simply as I can because it's obvious that none of you know a thing about how this works:The now famous Berg v. Obama case to which this commenter refers is a perfect example of this problem. It is by definition a legal issue which calls for a certain degree of legal competence to comprehend the complexities involved. Yet we need not have a law degree to recognize these attacks for what they most certainly are. They are simply rebuttals. Not just professional dissenting opinions, but hot angry and impassioned denials. These respondents are not just interested in refuting the facts of this case; they are seeking to totally discredit and destroy the opposing advocate, whom they repeatedly characterize as an incompetent -- or worse.
However, to this particular layman it seems -- despite the labyrinth of legalise with which the liberal opposition has attempted to obscure the real issue involved here -- that if the Obama supporters are resting their case on their desperate attempts to define Atty. Berg as a 'nutcase' they have little ground to stand on. His resume alone would preclude this assumption. Yet how often have we read this same line of defense -- that Berg and his whole absurd case are inconsequential because he's a nutcase?
Well, to me, this nutcase's simple question -- "If you are a natural born citizen, Mr. Obama, what are you hiding?" is simply overwhelming. And the silence is simply deafening.
Well, Mr. Obama -- What are you hiding?
Posted: 15 Oct 2008 09:01 AM CDT
The latest CBS / New York Times poll shows that Barack Obama has enlarged his lead on John McCain significantly in the last week. Where Obama was leading by about 4% one week ago, according to the same pollsters, he has now opened a 14% gap.
Never before has Obama enjoyed such a significant lead.Most interesting about the poll is that McCain seems to have lost a lot of support due to perceived negative campaigning. It seems that American voters, and especially independents, are not fond of a McCain taking on Obama for the latter's associations. His favorability ratings are now -5.
Although the 14% lead given to Obama in this poll will probably worry, and demoralize, many McCain supporters, it seems likely that the poll is incorrect. Real Clear Politics shows that the average Obama lead is 8.2% (including the CBS / NYT poll). Personally, I believe that McCain will not win, and I think polls clearly indicate that, but 14% is a ridiculous large gap; it just won't happen. The U.S. is too divided for such numbers to be correct. Those who believe these stats to be correct are dreaming (or having a nightmare).
The best pollsters (better than CBS / NYT, for these are people who poll for a living and who have a long track record of being pretty successful) show Obama in the lead as well, but by much less. Rasmussen, for instance, says Obama leads by 5%. And USA Today/Gallup has Obama up by only 4%.
No, the CBS poll is not correct. Obama is quite certainly leading, but the double digits polls should almost automatically be dismissed as utterly insane.
And no, I'm not just saying that because I think more highly of McCain than of Obama. I would say the same thing if the polls gave McCain a double digit lead.
Interestingly, since common sense tells us the polls are incorrect (the CBS poll that is), it will be interesting to see how the MSM respond when the national election proves to be rather close (2-4% gap). Will they blame it on the Bradley effect, or will they simply accept the more logical conclusion that the polls giving Obama a double digit lead were wrong?This is a cross post from PoliGazette.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 08:26 PM CDT
Who wins, who loses.....By the time you read this, voting in the Canadian federal election will already be over in some parts of the country. Even though all polling stations across the country close at 7pm, which is local time. This means that - usually - by the time the last voter in the west has voted, the government of Canada has already been decided by the most populous provinces in the east.
Those provinces: Ontario and Quebec. The irony of those two provinces deciding the fate of the nations is not lost on me. Quebec's most vocal party federally (or so it seems via the airwaves) is Bloc Quebecois whose sole mandate, as far back as I can remember, is to have Quebec separate from Canada and be declared a separate nation....
Go read the significance of "ABC" and the rest of MY take on Canada's third election in four years on NewsBlaze here.*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 05:35 PM CDT
I am a McCain/Palin voter and have already sent back my early voter ballot after having voted for the GOP ticket.
I truly believe Barack Obama's policies are dangerous for America, hence my voting for the ticket to which I do agree more with the issues and policies... now, with that said...there is a limit to what I would do to support any ticket.
I would NOT offer up my child, so to speak, but it seems one man in Elizabethton, Tennessee, has actually ignored what he and his wife decided on as a name for their baby, which was Ava Grace, and because other than a yard sign, the man could think of no other way to show his support, he filled out the documents for his little newborn girl's birth certificate with the name "Sarah McCain Palin Ciptak."
Obviously from his comments, the wife doesn't quite believe he really did it.
"I don't think she believes me yet," he told the Kingsport Times-News for a story to be published Tuesday. "It's going to take some more convincing."
Even as a McCain supporter, if I was this man's wife, he would have a frying pan upside the head at the earliest opportunity.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 06:15 PM CDT
Reminds me of the old Limbo Game where you pass under the limbo stick without touching it, with observers saying "How low can you go?"
Well it seems there is no mud deep enough or scum low enough for certain Obama supporters, where even Halloween decorations show them deliberately trying to play the race card.
Havens, who lives on Schuyler County Route 15 (Ridge Road) just south of Odessa, this week set up a Halloween display featuring mannequins that look like Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain.
So, Obama warned people McCain would play the race card and when McCain did not, Obama went ahead and did it with his "Dollar Bill" remarks, where he first denied he was speaking about his race, then he admitted race DID have something to do with his comments.
Obama supporters have been screaming racism any time anyone dares question his socialist policies, his ties to domestic terrorist William Ayers, his long standing relationship with Jeremiah Wright, the "God Damn America" pastor Obama sat and listened to for over 16 years or any other legitimate issue people bring up.
Now an Obama supporter is using Halloween, where children will see these decorations and they don't see anything wrong with it?
Yes, the more we find out about Obama supporters, the more we understand they will go as low and it is possible to go.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 04:21 PM CDT
Barack Obama proposed a tax plan on Monday, which he said would result in 95% of Americans receiving a tax cut, and 5% having to pay more.Although such a plan would go well with voters, the reality of the situation is that his plan does not constitute a tax cut of any kind. Rather, his plan would give a tax credit to 95% of Americans. First everyone would have to pay taxes, after that the government would (give some of) it back.
The above gives room enough for criticism from fiscal conservatives, but there's more; not only would the government give (some) money back, it would actively redistribute wealth. 33% of Americans do not pay taxes, yet they will receive the so-called 'tax credit.' If you do not pay taxes, yet receive the tax credit, you receive welfare pure and simple.
Which gives John McCain the room he needs to offer an alternative plan, with great appeal to middle and high income households.
The first thing McCain should propose is to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. He has already done so, of course, but he needs to talk about it more regularly. He needs to explain to voters why these tax cuts do not merely benefit the rich, but the rest of the country as well.
Bush's tax cuts help the rest of the country because they allow higher income households to spend more. These individuals have enough money to go around. They do not need the money to pay off debts, or to put it on a savings account for times of trouble. Rather, when they have more money, they spend it. They consume. The more they consume, and thus the more demand goes up, the more companies have to produce. When production goes up, more jobs are created. This is the theory, and it worked rather well as economic statistics showed in recent years.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 04:18 PM CDT
From Rush Limbaugh transcript I am highlighting some of the issues I found the most interesting:
RUSH: Well, now, as I listen to your campaign appearances and Senator McCain's, it seems that you are the more forceful in speaking out against Obama and his campaign ideas. Are they giving you pretty much free rein to attack this campaign as you wish?
They deal with a couple other issues, go read the entire transcript for yourself.
Obama supporters and the media do not want to deal with Obama's associations, they have been ignoring it for months on end when they should have been doing their jobs and researching it... now the media is peeved, to say the least, because in order to report on McCain and Palin now they have to report their words, which has forced them to finally mention Obama's terrorist ties with Ayers, his close, longtime friendship and association with Jeremiah Wright, the money he has spent on ACORN, who is now under investigation in 14 states, his business dealings with Rezko and much much more.
The media didn't want to have to deal with it and thankfully Palin has brought the issues right up front and put it out there.
Now people are asking why they weren't informed of all of this prior to Palin mentioning it, and they are realizing it is because the media deliberately tried to hide it all from them
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 03:58 PM CDT
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a delegation of Iraq's Kurdish leadership and Turkish government officials met with each other in Baghdad, Iraq's capital, earlier that day.
The Turks pressed Mahmoud Barzani, the president of the three-province semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, to crack down on the PKK in the region he is supposed to be in control of.Incidentally, the meeting was held shortly after Turkish media reported that another five Turkish soldiers were killed by PKK terrorists.
Remarkably, whenever the Turks tell Iraq's Kurds to crack down on the PKK, Kurdish authorities say there is not much they can do. At the same time, however, Iraqi 'Kurdistan' is the most stable region of Iraq because, thus claim the Iraqi government and Kurdish authorities, the people there are quite united and the government able to establish its authority.
It does not take a rocket scientists to conclude that something is amiss.
Turkey has talked to Iraq's Kurds more often in the past, but not directly with Barzani himself, who the Turks consider to be, if not an active leader of the PKK and therefore partially responsible for the many Turkish deaths in the 24 years since the PKK launched its attack on Turkish targets everywhere, than at least as someone who lets them carry out their terrorist attacks, and gives spiritually support to their war.
We will see what happens: I'm not terribly hopeful. It seems to me that the Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq first have to be shown that if they do not cooperate, they will suffer just as much as the Turks, if not more.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 02:45 PM CDT
We now have science to back our claim up that you should visit Wake up America as often as possible: research shows that using the Internet frequently is healthy for your brain.
That especially goes for middle aged and older people. Luckily for us, especially middle aged individuals are one of the prime targets and consumers of news and opinion websites.
The research was conducted by the university of California. The team found that 'searching the web stimulates centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning.'
This, in turn, may help 'counter-act the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down.'
Lead researcher Professor Gary Small said: "The study results are encouraging, that emerging computerized technologies may have physiological effects and potential benefits for middle-aged and older adults.
"Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function."
The latter comments implies you should use our search box (to the left, right below the first ad) every day. Just type a few words on a subject that interests you, and search our archives. Not, of course, merely because we always appreciate more page views (we do), but because it's good for you.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 02:27 PM CDT
There we have it, only minutes after I publish an article on Acorn entitled "Acorn Continues to Make Headlines," news breaks that a Columbus think tank filed a Rico state action against the organization which has been accused of thousands of cases of fraud this year.
The Buckeye Institute filed the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now on behalf of two Warren County voters.
In the case, the Buckeye Institute seeks the "dissolution" of Acorn "as a legal entity," the think tank said on its website Tuesday.
Plaintiffs Jennifer Miller of Mason, Ohio and Kimberly Grant of Loveland, allege that Acorn's habit of registering thousands of non-existing individual as voters "deprive them of the right to participate in an honest and effective elections process. They allege fraudulent voter registrations submitted by ACORN dilute the votes of legally registered voters."
"The right to cast a vote that is not diluted by fraudulent votes is a fundamental individual right," Buckeye Institute President David Hansen said.
"ACORN appears to be recklessly disregarding Ohio laws and adding thousands of fraudulent voters to the state's roles in the process," Maurice Thompson, Director of the Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law said. "Such voter fraud erodes the value of legally cast votes," he added.
In the complaint, the Buckeye Institute cites an accumulation of evidence showing numerous instances of admitted fraud by ACORN employees, as well as individuals solicited by ACORN.
Read this entire post.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 02:27 PM CDT
Now we are talking.
The Buckeye Institute has filed a Rico action against ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and in the 14 page PDF report, Barack Obama is mentioned, while the action has not been filed against him, the connections they make are clear and concise.
The action filed in Warren County Court of Common Pleas alleges ACORN has engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounts to organized crime. It seeks ACORN's dissolution as a legal entity, the revocation of any licenses in Ohio, and an injunction against fraudulent voter registration and other illegal activities.
Bizzy Blog has already highlighted the instances where Barack Obama has been mentioned:
Make sure to click on the Bizzy Blog link to read the updates.
Earlier today I wrote about ACORN and some of their antics as well as their deep rooted connection between them and Barack Obama, which he is trying dearly to distance himself from at the moment.
All previous pieces about ACORN, from WUA, can be found here.
Things are finally coming out in the open as ACORN's voter fraud is finally coming to light and being reported on, now whether the media does it's job and tells their readers the truth about Obama's long standing ties and connection to ACORN is something we are waiting to see.
Also see Columbus Think Tank Files Rico Action Against ACORN, written by Michael van der Galiën, at the subsequent WUA America post (we must have been writing it up at the same time!!!) Make sure to follow his link to his PoliGazette piece.
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