Posted: 22 Oct 2008 12:43 PM CDT
Before Obamabots start screaming racism at my headline, it isn't my headline, so go blow your stack elsewhere. It is a headline from the National Black Republican Association email I just received, so direct your idiocy to them if you have a problem with a young black man stating his reasons why he won't vote for Obama.
Same reasons we have been stating for a very long time..... Obama's bad policy stances.
In the email was a simple YouTube URL, video below entitled "BTW I'm Voting For McCain / Palin."
This young man is a musician and he states loud and clear all the reasons why he is voting for McCain/Palin.
As he states, taxes are not a racial issue. Abortion is not a racial issue. The Second Amendment is not a racial issue...etc....
Here is a related video by the same guy, this one is only 1 minute 11 seconds, much shorter than the one above, but his points are clearly stated as to why he is a Republican.
Posted: 22 Oct 2008 11:10 AM CDT
Video below is Sarah Palin in Henderson Nevada, YouTube URL here.
On a stump speech in Nevada, Sarah Palin spoke to the women in the audience, standing on stage with two "higher-profile defectors from Sen. Hillary Clinton's camp -- Lynn Rothschild, a member of the Democratic Platform Committee, and Elaine Lafferty, a former editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine," as well as others which included, Shelly Mandell, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, Linda Klinge, the vice president of Oregon's NOW chapter and Prameela Bartholomeusz, a small business owner and member of the Democratic National Platform Committee.
Palin pointed to Obama's audacity and hypocrisy in not choosing nor vetting Hillary Clinton for the vice presidential spot on the Democratic ticket, despite the overwhelming support she had.
"When the time came to make a decision, Barack Obama couldn't bring himself to pick the woman who got eighteen million votes in the primary," Palin said of Obama's vice presidential pick, comparing it to the discrimination women face in the workplace every day. "The qualifications are there, but for some reason the promotion never comes ... You've got to ask yourself, why wasn't Senator Hillary Clinton even vetted by the Obama campaign?"
The Sarah launched into more hypocrisy of Obama, who talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk on equal rights for women:
"There is a difference between what Barack Obama says and what he does," she declared. "Out on the stump, he talks about things like equal pay for equal work, but according to Senate records, women on his staff get just 83 cents for every dollar that the men get. What is with that? Does he think that the women aren't working as hard? Does he think they're 17 percent less productive?"
Another example of Barack Obama saying one thing but doing another, as has been habit on the campaign trail.
He speaks "feel good" words, but when compared with his actual voting record, those words are empty as his suit.
Candidates will say almost anything to get elected, but the only true gauge of what they are, how they vote, what they believe and the only accurate indicator of all of the above, is how they voted previously.
The truth is in the public voting records of the candidates, not the flowery words they hope you will believe when they speak.
Here is McCain on the issues and here is Obama on the issues.
Actions speak louder than words.
Posted: 22 Oct 2008 11:08 AM CDT
Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
I have been on the phone with Senators Inhofe (R-OK) and Coburn's (R-OK) office for much of the morning, also with their local offices, and the RNC local office.
I eventually spoke with a Legal Correspondent in Senator Inhofe's office. I've spoken to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee. Here's what I got from those combined conversations:
There is no process to validate a candidate's natural-born citizenship status before filing for the office of The President.
Once a non-natural-born candidate is elected President, anyone can spend their hard-earned money to bring a lawsuit. One such a person is elected, then the "people" have been injured.
It is not an "injury" to the people for a candidate, knowing that he/she is not natural-born, to file illegally, campaign illegally and win illegally.
No one can confirm which, or if, either of our esteemed bodies of Congress is/are required to challenge non-natural-born status.
It seems we can be injured by having a Big Mac for lunch, but not by our governing bodies loosely and irresponsibly thwarting the U.S. Constitution.
The House and the Senate will not get into this. It's up to the "people."
Posted: 22 Oct 2008 10:31 AM CDT
Obama's Quote from a fundraising breakfast in New York: "For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky and think this is all set, I just [have] two words for you: New Hampshire.You know I've been in these positions before where we were favored and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked. And so that's another good lesson that Hillary Clinton taught me."
DJ Drummond over at Wizbang has been doing some research into polling organizations and the latest article has some very interesting facts provided, so I suggest you read the whole thing.
Teaser: Where the individual polling organizations are based:
That is but the tip of the iceberg, so go make sure to read the entire thing.
Vox Popoli makes another point I have mentioned here a time or ten.
I have to admit, it always seems bizarre to me when a poll announces that in a recent polling of 850 Democrats and 600 Republicans, Obama has a 58-42 advantage. I mean, do they even have to ask the question to figure that one out? I understand the concept of estimating dynamic party identifications and electoral turnout, but it seems to me that given the weight of those estimates, the actual answers are irrelevant.
Drummond admits clearly that this could all be wrong, but the reasoning behind his opinion is solid.
So, could I be wrong? I have to be honest and admit that I could. But in that case, we'd have to ask why the polls do not generally agree with each other, why Gallup is trying to spin three different models at the same time to get a grasp of the picture, why McCain and Obama are both so interested in Pennsylvania, yet neither is working very hard in Ohio right now. We'd have to explain why McCain-Palin rallies are now attracting thousands more people than Obama-Biden rallies, why Letterman suddenly found it cool to have McCain on his show and SNL decided they wanted Palin on theirs. We'd have to explain why there are not a lot of Obama signs visible, but we hear about his army of lawyers getting ready. We'd have to explain why McCain and Palin appear to be so relaxed while Obama and Biden look like they're worried.
Obama himself made a point of telling his supporters to remember New Hampshire, as his quote at the beginning shows, and how far ahead he was in the polls, then Hillary walked away with it.
What will happen on November 4, 2008 is anyone's guess, but the one clear thing here is that everyone needs to get out and vote. I don't care what state you are in and whether you feel "my state is blue so why bother?" or "my state is red so they don't need my vote."
Get out and vote. Make your vote count and never assume that the outcome is written in the stars, it isn't.
If Wizbang is right, then the upset will no doubt cause all sorts of problems, to which the police are already preparing for, according to The Hill.
More on polling and reading polls from the Wall Street Journal.
Posted: 22 Oct 2008 10:00 AM CDT
I actually was not going to post this here, but then I saw the above post on polling by Susan. THIS fits here:
Found this at Michelle Malkin's here.
Be sure to go to Malkins here and read where this came from - and what they REALLY think about this election! 'Nuff said :)
*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*
Posted: 22 Oct 2008 09:06 AM CDT
A note from Radarsite: When I first contemplated writing my Dear Gayle Williams piece two thoughts went through my mind. One was that if Gayle herself were actually here she would most likely completely disagree with my interpretation of this tragedy and my characterization of Islam. Her decision to do what she did where she chose to do it would it seems to me bear this thought out. I doubt if she would have agreed with my assessment that Islam itself is the enemy.
The second reservation I had in going ahead with this article was the possibility -- no, the probability -- that someone would write in to accuse me of using this innocent woman's death as a cynical attempt to either promote Radarsite or to promote our intolerant, hate-filled, right-wing, anti-Islam agenda. These thoughts crossed my mind. But then what would be the alternative? To not write this article at all? To write this article as a somber lament for a fine woman, but somehow avoid the discussion of her killers agenda ? To qualify or tone down my treatment Islam?
When I first received the email this morning with this important comment to my article which was cross posted at Stop The ACLU I was thrilled and immediately decided to use these enlightening and poignant personal remembrances as a whole new article, a welcome update to my original letter.
Then I got to those last few paragraphs. "A selfless soul who didn't deserve to be used as a cheap PR move that does nothing for anyone today." So, just as I had predicted, it had happened. And the accusation didn't come from some anonymous leftist commenter who had never known her, but rather from someone who knew her all her life and loved her.
However, as I read on, as I read the title of the book Mr. de Lange was writing, "Faithmentalism", another reality began to take shape and was confirmed by this final paragraph: "What angers me most is that Islam does not preach killing, only fundamentalists interpret this for their own selfishness!
Beliefs & Doctrine of Christianity & Islamview of the other religion
• Islam is respected as a fellow monotheistic religion, but Muhammad is not seen as a true prophet
• Christians are respected as 'People of the Book,' but they have mistaken beliefs and only partial revelation
We miss you and we will never forget your smile!
Love Ed and family!"
This of course presented me with a moral dilemma. Up until those last few sentences this was a wonderful and touching personal tribute to Gayle "Tree" Williams. But those few final words turned everything upside down. It had suddenly become an indictment, not only of me for writing my letter in the first place, but an indictment of the conclusions I had reached. My first impulse was to forget about posting these comments as a new article altogether -- why post an update that undermines the whole purpose of the original article and questions my personal integrity? Why not just leave well enough alone? No one would even read these comments unless they went on STACLU.
Or, I thought, I could post the whole comment and just leave off those last few sentences. After all, I considered, wasn't the writer was using the tragedy of Gayle Williams death to put forward his own agenda just as he was criticizing me for doing?
Those of you who have been following Radarsite for any period of time know how much I value honesty, especially self-honesty. I firmly believe that that inability to be honest with one's self is what is behind almost all of the major problems of this world.
There could only be one answer. These personal remembrances are so touching, so valuable, and so essential to beginning to understand who Gayle Williams was that there was no way I could justify not posting them or arbitrarily censoring them because the author disagrees with my conclusions.
So here they are in there entirety. Thank you Edwin de Lange for taking the time to write in to STACLU and share these wonderful personal memories of Gayle "Tree" Williams. - rg
Comment: Gayle "tree" Williams
A photograph flashes in my mind when I think of Gayle and 7 cousins sitting around a picnic table on the banks of the Kariba Lake ranging in height and age all discussing how many fish we each planned to catch and the art of threading a mud worm onto a hook, as parents busied themselves with making sure sunscreen and hats where all on, no-one thought that one day we would all be on different corners of the world.
As we all grew up Gayle's Mom always spoilt me as the son she never had. It was Gayle that started horse riding at a young age in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and got me hooked on what was to become my passion and later become my service back to society by training policemen to ride. I always remember that first ride. Gayle got a pony called Bronwynn (a grey Shetland) that loved ducking under fences and leaving her jockey behind. Gayle used to hate getting this pony but she hung in and mastered the ability of ducking. How many afternoons did we get yelled at as my mad passion for horses and show jumping had all the children skipping around the garden jumping the flowers as if we where horses! At this time memories like Gayle Tamsyn (her middle name) Williams begin to flash back when she now did not like her middle name anymore and wanted to be called Gayle "tree" Williams. No matter how much her mom told her Tamsyn was a wonderful name "tree" seemed to stick!
Years later after immigrating to the UK, Gayle, Karen (her sister) and her mom came back to live with us in South Africa. I clearly remember this tall skinny athletic girl running me backwards and forwards across a tennis court with the ability to hit any ball from any man. For pocket money she came to work for my as a bar lady in the hotel night club and always had that smile that was Gayle. She was very into aerobics and went onto study in the field of sports and bio kinetics and was always competitive, latter getting into mountain biking. Years later she returned to the UK and went off to the East again (Pakistan and Afghanistan) to do charity work. There was trouble and she managed to get out safely after a long hike through the mountains and across borders with women and children in tow! I am glad her fitness paid off.
I remember after I had returned from 4 years in Africa as an expat, having escaped some close calls in different dark corners of the continent, how we had a heated debate about the existence of God and if he had turned his back on some areas. I said, "God had got fat and lazy and couldn't see over his tummy the continents of Africa and Asia that feel into shadow under him and so ignored those areas!" – always looking for an argument, Gayle was not swayed and never took the bait, she never deemed to judge you or convert you, so claims of proselytisation are nonsense! She simply held her ground and was humble in her beliefs.
A little over 2 and bit years ago I was flying around the world on business and bumped into Gayle & her Mom in London and heard she had decided her true calling was to go back to Afghanistan and help the disabled via a charity organisation. When you speak too many of the family they will all tell you we thought she was much bigger then any of us. Often people look to the easy route with offers of – do something locally – do something in your own back yard – build a career and give a donation if you want to do some good - why go all that way when it's not safe?
Gayle was due to return home for Christmas and I was eager to debate the book I had written about "Faithmentalism" and the holes in the catholic and Islam thinking around marketing and their use of media when it benefits them. It would have been a debate of note!Gayle sense of adventure and calling to help out a group of people whom she held no malice and no judgement of their religious choices or lifestyle but simply to offer her time, her love and her skill was the greater force in her life. A selfless soul who didn't deserve to be used as a cheap PR move that does nothing for anyone today. I truly hope that Gayle will find peace wherever that may be and that she will not be forgotten when the press dies down. What angers me most is that Islam does not preach killing, only fundamentalists interpret this for their own selfishness!
Beliefs & Doctrine of Christianity & Islamview of the other religion
• Islam is respected as a fellow monotheistic religion, but Muhammad is not seen as a true prophet
• Christians are respected as "People of the Book," but they have mistaken beliefs and only partial revelation
We miss you and we will never forget your smile!
Love Ed and family!
Posted: 21 Oct 2008 06:37 PM CDT
Posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
posted an update to the latest saga in the quest to determine Barack Obama's citizenship status.
Susan said this:
I have tried hard to stay away from this issue and simply wait to see how things played out, but since Barack Obama has now filed a motion to dismiss Philip Berg's lawsuit against him, where Berg was requesting three items from the Obama campaign, to which the campaign has refused to supply, I figure I will at least write about what is happening, with no opinion given either way....Oh, she had another question too: "What the hell is going on?"
These are appropriate questions to ask: why isn't Obama et al providing documents to prove his natural born citizenship status?
It seems the situation changes minute by minute. Here's some of the latest:
An excellent source for information, from the beginning, has been Jeff Schreiber at America's Right. Philip Berg's original lawsuit, filed in U.S. Federal Court in Philadelphia, was brought against Barack Obama, The Democrat National Committee (DNC) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Yesterday, Schreiber reported that Obama and the DNC filed for dismissal. Today, he reports that the FEC has done the same.
One of the problems with the Berg lawsuit seems to be that Berg may not "have standing" with the court. Here's what Schrieber has posted about the "minimum requiremets of standing:
[From FEC v. Atkins] Three elements constitute the "irreducible constitutional minimum" of standing: (1) an injury-in-fact, (2) a causal connection between the injury and the challenged conduct of the defendant (traceability), and (3) a likelihood that the injury will be redressed by a favorable decision of the court ... The injury-in-fact required by Article III is an invasion of a legally protected interest that is "concrete and particularized" as well as "actual or imminent," rather than "conjectural" or "hypothetical." The injury cannot be merely a generalized grievance about the government that affects all citizens or derives from an interest in the proper enforcement of the law.Isn't that interesting? If Berg's case is dismissed, then at least one reason may be that "we the people" really do not have a "grievance" if we have a President who is not a natural born citizen, as required by The U.S. Constitution. Just to be clear, since I have quoted Schreiber at times, he certainly didn't say those words, I did.
Now, here is a portion of something Jeff Schreiber did say:
That final sentence, from FEC v. Akins, truly shows the similarity between the issue of voter standing and the issue of taxpayer standing. Just as you or I could not sue the United States of America claiming to have standing simply because we are taxpayers, the FEC contends--just as was contended by Obama and the DNC, as well as the defendants in the three similar cases against John McCain--that voters cannot raise the issue of constitutional eligibility just because they are voters.The question then is, who the heck can raise the issue and why haven't they? I'm told that this is accomplished through the U.S. House of Representatives. If this is correct, when might we expect Speaker Pelosi to raise the issue? BWHAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAA. Another question, how would we force her to do so?
Another interesting non-happening, reported yesterday by Jeff Schreiber: Philip Berg claims that Barack Obama and the DNC failed to answer "requests for admissions." According to Berg, a party so served:
"...must respond, within 30 days, or else the matters in requests will be automatically deemed conclusively admitted for purposes of the pending action.It seems both parties, Barack Obama and the DNC, failed to answer. So what next?
How many Obama Lawsuits
Posted: 21 Oct 2008 05:15 PM CDT
Gayle Williams, 34, who had dual British and South African nationality, was shot dead on Monday by gunmen on a motorbike in Kabul.
Dear Gayle Williams --
I know you cannot read this letter now, but I am writing to you as though you can, as though you are still here somehow, and because for some reason you are still here with me. I have written two articles about you now. Articles about how you were killed and why. Especially the why. The why is what this is all about, isn't it? The why is why you died, why they killed you. The why is what's important, yet so impossible to comprehend.
I have tried in these two articles to express some of the anger, the outrage and the disbelief that so many of us feel, but it's impossible. There aren't the right words. I couldn't write this if I thought too hard about your grieving parents right now. I'd feel foolish and intrusive, because I've never even met you. But for some reason I realize now that those two articles just weren't enough. I don't know what would ever be enough, but that wasn't it. You deserve more. Your death deserves more. And I'll try very hard to say what's in my heart at this moment.
"She was a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled...Needless to say, we are all in shock."This is what they're saying about you now, Gayle Williams. Now that you're gone. How ironic that you who lived your life so unobtrusively, so quietly and humbly are now famous in your death. Thousands, perhaps millions, of people all over the world now know your name and have looked at your face in that picture.
We are in a great war of shadows. Our enemies are illusive and indistinct. Only occasionally -- such as at times like this -- do we see them clearly. They have deftly hidden themselves beneath innumerable veils of half-truths, clever rationalizations and devious obfuscations. Our enemies have sought and gained sanctuary in the sacred temples of religion. Thus, to many, they remain inviolate and unassailable. Our enemy is great but amorphous, a master of disguise. Their greatest disguise is complete invisibility. This is the nature of our war of shadows.
Only half of us can actually see them. They have successfully convinced the others that they don't exist, that they are merely fictional villains, hypothetical constructs of our overwrought imaginations. This is who we are fighting -- or almost fighting. We're not sure yet. We're besieged with doubts and mired in confusion. Is our enemy Islam? Or just some small fanatical core of pitiless brutes who have perverted the great message?
We've been taught to be tolerant of others, to be especially tolerant of other people's religious beliefs. To attack someone because of their religious beliefs goes against everything that we hold sacred. And our ruthless adversaries have used this innate civility to their infinite advantage, haven't they? Coming from the very highest authorities in our own government we have been admonished to not hold the entire religion of Islam accountable for the brutal actions of a few. We have been advised by our experts that Islam is a religion of peace, a great religion which has been hijacked by a few crazy fanatics.
But then there is you, Gayle Williams. And you are immense now. You are a scathing indictment that cannot be answered. You are the truth. Inarguable, unassailable truth. The men who took your life were not fanatics, they were the personification of the purest and most uncorrupted form of Islam. They were most closely following the Prophet's commandments. They are Islam with all the veils removed. Your killers were not perverting the message, they were delivering it.
One of the reasons why we have been so shamefully ineffective in this great war of shadows is our inability to comprehend the enormity of this truth. That one of the world's major religions could be the source of the world's most menacing evils. It is too much to grasp. We seek solace in our delusions. We use metaphors and euphemisms to almost but not quite describe our enemies. We comfort ourselves with the unsustainable hypothesis that most Muslims are good. That Islam itself is not the problem.
But then there is you, Gayle Williams. And you are immense now. How can our homegrown Islamist apologists and multiculturalists answer your scathing indictment. Did you, by ministering to the poor and disabled in Afghanistan bring it on yourself, as we purportedly brought the events of 9/11 on ourselves? How will they argue for your culpability in this crime as they did ours? The very thought of this is sickening to me.
If the purest of all forms of Islam could call for your death, you who have done nothing but give of yourself in your kind quiet way, then who among us is safe? Who among us can argue for tolerance and understanding of the bestial religion that murdered you? Who among us can still not see beneath those veils, even after you have pulled them away.
These are the best words I can come up with, Gayle Williams. This is the best I can do. I wish I could do more. I wish we all could do more. - rg
Posted: 21 Oct 2008 04:34 PM CDT
Joe The Plumber is Joe Wurzelbacher and when Barack Obama came to his street, his driveway, Joe asked Obama a simple question about his tax plan, to which Obama made the comment heard around the world in saying "spread the wealth" which means income redistribution.
Now at Rallies, people are all showing up, plumbers, construction workers, teachers and bricklayers as well as hundreds of other occupations, all wondering why Obama's answer wasn't spoken about by the media, but instead they all attacked "Joe" for asking the question.
The McCain ad about Joe, via YouTube, and video below:
YouTube now has videos of people holding plungers, signs and protesting on behalf of "Joe".
Joe the Plumber Support-McCain Rally in Woodbridge,VA, YouTube URL here and video below:
"Joe The Plumbers" Protest, YouTube URL here and video below:
This next man wants to know why there is so much "venom" out there for Joe The Plumber and wants to know why everyone keeps attacking Joe, YouTube URL here and video below:
Obama Mocks Joe the Plumber, Crowd Laughs, Youtube URL here, video below:
Joe the Plumber Vs. Barack Obama - We Are Joe! YouTube URL here and video below:
There are I am Joe signs popping up everywhere, with a WUA reader even generating one for us yesterday:
Seems good ole Joe has a fan club thanks to Obama, Biden, Obama supporters and the media's attempts to attack him for daring ask Obama a question!
More videos will be added as I go through them.
All previous WUA pieces about Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher found here.
Posted: 21 Oct 2008 02:52 PM CDT
H/T Hot Air for the video.
Posted: 21 Oct 2008 02:05 PM CDT
I have tried hard to stay away from this issue and simply wait to see how things played out, but since Barack Obama has now filed a motion to dismiss Philip Berg's lawsuit against him, where Berg was requesting three items from the Obama campaign, to which the campaign has refused to supply, I figure I will at least write about what is happening, with no opinion given either way.
The three items Berg has requested the court force Obama to supply are:
Certified "vault" birth certificate;
A copy of his Certificate of Citiizenship;
A copy of his Oath of Allegiance to the United States
Obama's motion to dismiss story, via Tallahassee Injury Board:
As I said above, I have no opinion one way or another on this whole strange mess, but I do have a simple question I have been asking for a while now.
Why does Obama not just supply the paperwork and be done with this whole issue altogether?
Why has Obama and the DNC fought so hard to block having to produce the paperwork, instead of just getting it over with?
While all this is going on, it has just been reported that Barack Obama is leaving the campaign trail to go to Hawaii and visit his grandmother who the campaign claims is sick.
Since I am showing the current reports on this topic, a news release by Philip Berg, the attorney that filed thr lawsuit to force Obama to produce the proof, can be found here. (PDF file)
(Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania – 10/21/08) - Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama's lack of "qualifications" to serve as President of the United States, announced today that Obama and tbe DNC "ADMITTED", by way of failure to timely respond to Requests for Admissions, all of the numerous specific requests in the Federal lawsuit. Obama is "NOT QUALIFIED" to be President and therefore Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President and the DNC shall substitute a qualified candidate. The case is Berg v. Obama, No. 08-cv-04083.
(Disclaimer- I am not a lawyer, I have no way of knowing why this back and forth is necessary or why Obama and the DNC haven't produced the paperwork Berg is suing to see)
If you have questions about Berg's lawsuit or why Barack Obama is filing a motion to dismiss rather than simply producing the documents, which should be a simple matter, here is Berg's information.
Philip J. Berg, Esquire
555 Andorra Glen Court, Suite 12
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-2531
Cell (610) 662-3005
(800) 993-PHIL 
Fax (610) 834-7659
(Note- I am finding this whole thing very strange, so any lawyers out there reading this, please feel free to weigh in. It also bears noting, Berg is a Democrat, which makes this even more strange)
YID With LID reports there has been another lawsuit filed against Barack Obama from a man named Andy Martin in Hawaii demanding that the State turn over Obama's Birth Certificate.
YID questions whether this trip to Hawaii to see his ailing grandmother is a bit too coincidental as well.
I am reserving judgment, but I still maintain there is something strange about Obama not just producing the damn documents and instead fighting hard so that he doesn't have to produce them.
What the hell is going on?
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