Archive for October 30th, 2008

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McCain APPEARS to be Winning Florida

October 30, 2008

As far as early voting goes, it appears that McCain has taken the lead in Florida.  Florida Today provides the following:

Democrats are beaming that their party is outperforming the Republicans in early voting, releasing numbers Wednesday that show registrants of their party ahead 54 percent to 30 percent among the 1.4 million voters who have gone to the polls early.

“We’re thrilled at the record turnout so far,” said Democratic Party of Florida spokesman Eric Jotkoff. “It’s a clear indication that Democrats want to elect Barack Obama and Democrats up and down the ballot so that we can start creating good jobs, rebuilding our economy and getting our nation back on track.”

But party breakdowns for turnout aren’t the same as final tallies, and at least one poll offered a different view for the campaign of Republican John McCain.

A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted.

And Republicans continued to show a traditional strength, leading 50 percent to the Democrats’ 30 percent in the 1.2 million absentee ballots already returned.

In 2004, 7.5 million votes were cast in Florida, presumably not including Mickey Mouse. This bodes well for us as the Democrat GOTV effort has been enormous as well as the Schlep the vote. If the Khalidi quotes turn out to be true or the innuendo surrounding them spreads, we may see a huge groundswell towards McCain in Florida. Unfortunately though, Florida only shows trends for Florida. On the other hand, if Pennsylvania breaks for us, Ohio is most definitely McCained.

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An indepth Review of Last Night

October 30, 2008

Last night on Pushing Daisies the wife of a murdered chef, Bao Di, hires Emerson to investigate the death of her husband. So Ned, Emerson, Chuck, and Olive all go undercover at the Chinese restaurant where the murder took place. Meanwhile, Ned encounters a mysterious man who claims to have ties to his past, and Emerson is reunited with polygamist widow Simone Hundin.

It was pretty good.  I give it an 8.8 out of 10.  I have seen better, but I was thoroughly entertained.  I could not find anything else on to watch, but it was the best thing on.

-reagan21

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Reagan – “we are a nation that HAS a government … not the other way around.”

October 30, 2008

 

Reagan’s words are so relevant to the decision on November 4th.  These four minutes of Reagan’s words still ring true.  I can hear Obama speaking on television as I type – and cannot ignore the empty words he is reading off of his teleprompter when compared to Reagan’s words ringing out of my laptop with substance, relevance, and meaning.

– AP

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A Good Method of Protecting Your Lawn Signs From Liberals

October 30, 2008

There has been a slew of stolen McCain/Palin signs across America and it is good to see that one man took steps to prevent this from happening. The Obama brownshirts are trying to suppress other political points of view and we need to send a tingle up their legs if they try to stop us.

Jay Price of newsobserver reports:

After Shawn Turschak saw two sets of McCain-Palin signs disappear from his yard within hours of being planted, he took steps to protect the latest pair.

On Monday, he ran wires from his house and hooked the signs into a power source for an electric pet fence. Then he mounted a surveillance camera in a nearby tree and wired it to a digital recorder.

Tuesday afternoon, the camera saw this: A neighbor trotting up with an Obama-Biden sign, grabbing a handful of volts as he touched a McCain-Palin sign, then fleeing at top 9-year-old boy speed.

A few minutes later, the boy’s father, Andrew Noble, was at Turschak’s door, demanding an explanation from Turschak’s 13-year-old daughter, who called her parents on the phone to say a man was yelling at her. Both families agree on one aspect of the exchange, that Noble chastised her for “electrocuting” his son, then left.

The Turschaks hurried home and received another visitor: an Orange County sheriff’s deputy.

Campaign signs are vandalized or stolen so often that many people don’t report it, and, when they do, law officers often don’t investigate.

This time was different.

Pure awesome

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Pennsylvania Getting Closer

October 30, 2008

Less than a week away and Obama’s lead is down to 4. Let’s win this state and get some Reagan Democrats out

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The Economist on the Obamathon

October 30, 2008

I’m just going to repost this and highlight exceptionally funny parts. I love the comparison to the Perot infomercials that bored America silly.

8:45: That’s all for tonight (we’ll cover the McCain interview after the fact). Next live-blog: November 4th.

8:40: In the first commercial break after the Obamamercial, the McCain campaign runs its “not ready…yet” advert. That’s one second of “you can’t trust him” from Mr McCain for every minute of “none of you watching can afford health care” from Mr Obama. Touché?

8:35: And by harmless I mean useless. As commenter Martin Horn says, “I don’t think this will sway anyone not already swayed by the Democratic National Convention since the themes are exactly the same.”

8:33: Chris Matthews says the Obamamercial “was romance, it was realism…I thought everything was just right”. No historical allusions tonight, Mr Matthews? Not even a Charles XII at Poltava?

8:30: Well, that was rather harmless.

8:28: Mr Obama admits he will not be a perfect president. Tomorrow’s Republican talking point.

8:27: They let Bill Richardson on with his beard?

8:25: I like the words that keep appearing next to Mr Obama. It’s very Stephen Colbert.

8:24: Mr Obama talks about how Mark Dowd in Louisville can’t make ends meet…as Mr Dowd piles his plate full of pork.

8:21: Wow, they are really exaggerating his legislative accomplishments. Did Mr Obama really change the way Washington works in his four years in the Senate?

8:18: This is no time for “small plans” says Mr Obama. When is it time for small plans? I have many.

8:17: Great. Another vignette about a family that can’t pay its health-care bills. I mean, it’s depressing and all, but this is becoming about as subtle as a Michael Bay movie.

8:15: Tim Kaine’s tie and lapel pin makes him resemble a Delta flight attendant.

8:11: Mr Obama talks about his clean-energy plan. Here’s another one: raise fuel taxes.

8:10: Mr Obama talks about how Americans aren’t looking for a handout. Really? Who would actually turn down a handout? I don’t hear of many Americans refusing to take deductions on their tax forms.

8:09: Mr Obama says that the financial rescue (aka bailout) package was necessary. He quickly adds that the money has to go to you, but, still, interesting that he comes out that early favouring a bill that still seems to be pretty unpopular.

8:08: Yeah, this woman who’s struggling to feed her family must really have it bad. She’s wearing a blanket over her shoulders.

8:06: “Cut taxes for those making less than $200,000”. Didn’t that used to be $250,000?

8:02: Barack Obama says we’ve been talking about the same problems for decades. Wait, he thinks they cancelled Dallas waaaaay too early, too?

8:01: Honestly, I wish he would’ve begun with, “I know you’ve had enough of this, but…” 

8:00: Hey, where’s the baseball?

7:55: After Chris Matthews compares the Obamamerical to a telethon Richard Nixon held before he was elected president, Pat Buchanan jumps in to remind us all that he, in fact, worked in the Nixon White House. It’s hard enough to imagine Mr Buchanan doing much beyond refighting the battles of the early 1990s, let alone those of the late 1960s. Seriously, he’s almost as bad as Phyllis Schlafly, who STILL talks about Euromissiles.

7:50: And we’re off. 

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Mistruths from the Obamathon

October 30, 2008

I didn’t watch the Obamathon last night. Rather, I settled in and read the Brian Azarello Joker HC which was excellent and Rage of the Red Lanterns and watched some Pushing Daisies.  It turns out that Obama pushed some factually misleading statements or so the AP reports:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.

Obama’s assertion that “I’ve offered spending cuts above and beyond” the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by “eliminating programs that don’t work” masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are – beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Calvin Woodward states that were 5 key points where Obama misled the American people:

  • Health care costs – Obama claimed his plan would lower costs by $2500 per year per family, but it doesn’t.  In fact, Obama can’t point to any particular cost reductions.  He plans to spend $50 billion over five years on modernization and chronic-disease prevention and presumes that this will lower costs in the future, but in the meantime it raises costs at least in the short run on everyone (the $50 billion doesn’t come out of thin air).
  • The Pay-Go of his plans – No, he hasn’t demonstrated that he’s found the revenue for his spending, despite his claims last night.  Non-partisan analysts believe that his spending programs will add at least $428 billion to the deficit in his first term, and that’s if you accept his non-specific pledge to cut spending in other areas.
  • Tax cuts for working class families – Before the commercial aired, he had already begun backing away from that idea because of the financial crisis, although Obama didn’t acknowledge it in the ad.
  • The “right” to affordable health care – Obama doesn’t guarantee coverage in any of his plans, at least not for adults.
  • Getting out of Iraq – Obama noted that the US spends $10 billion a month in Iraq and talked again about “bringing that war to a close” — but he’s backed away from his previous pledges to get out on a strict 16-month timetable, which is as fast as the remaining units can be properly withdrawn.