Friday, October 31, 2008

Ron Howard's video

With Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler

Elections and Campaigns

Illustration of two different approaches to campaigning. When faced with adverse weather, McCain cancels his appearances. When faces with adverse weather, Barack Obama is not willing to disappoint the people who have showed up, expecting him to speak.

More typical Republican tactics - Elizabeth Dole is now playing fabricated audio of her opponent to smear her.
That would be the Republican smearing a Sunday School teacher and an elder at her Presbyterian church - saying that she's an atheist. The new GOP - no truth, no shame.

Check it out: a Republican governor, to the utter horror of his party, is IMPROVING the ability of his citizens to vote. He is willing to go against the GOP strategy of keeping voter numbers down, just because it's the basis for our country's government. Guess that's McCain's payback for picking Palin over Crist.

Meanwhile, in Georgia voters line up at 3:30am in 30 degree temperature for polls to open at 9am. The Republican Secretary of State criticizes Democrats' call for extension of early voting into Saturday, and refuses to extend early voting. They're scared too many Democrats will vote early, so they want to suppress it.

McCain is now claiming that Obama's network ad forced a shift in the World Series start. This is a complete lie, and McCain knows it, but keeps on repeating it over and over. As is typical when the new Republicans repeat false slander, it's because they're hiding their own guilt. McCain's own speech DID shif the NFL season opener.

Of course, violence against Obama supporters at McCain/Palin rallies is escalating

Rather than policy, this is the cornerstone of the Republican plan to win elections
Funny how there are no, or almost no, reports of flips in the other direction.

Conservatism? Socialism? Huh?

So let me get this straight. John "The Capitalist" McCain is using public money to run his campaign while Barack "The Socialist" Obama is running a privately funded one. Is that right?

Now, which presidential candidate defended ‘Progressive’ taxation from the charge of ‘Socialism’ with this quote: "When You Reach a Certain Level of Comfort, There's Nothing Wrong with Paying Somewhat More"? Not Obama. Not 2008 candidate McCain. It was 2000 candidate McCain. What he defended then, and supported throughout the Bush regime, he now decries as socialism. What a political hack.

'Spreading the wealth' is nothing new to U.S.

Do you like clean water? And safe food? And paid vacations? And employer-based health insurance? And insured bank deposits? And Social Security? Thank a liberal.

"Call him John the Careless" by George Will

Random what-not

How the Republican political tactics would work against a different opponent

The US races to the bottom
We SOOOOOOO need change

The McCain-Palin solution of drilling out way out of the problem, presented in simple graphical format, instead of political rhetoric

We are dumb

No, not just any woman will do

A good one-word summary of Palin

Ohio feels the excitement
A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses.

A clear sign that Rupert Murdoch is displeased with John McCain - Fox "news" is now saying he's a Democrat,
in their own special fox way

Once again, when a Republican is exposed to be a criminal or in some other way a liability to The Party, Fox "news" starts labeling them as a Democrat

10 things younger than John McCain

Bill Clinton sums it up

The truth of what happened in Georgia

The Bush Administration lied about what happened in the Georgia/Russia conflict, and McCain's trumpeting of the Bush policy was dead wrong. They successfully scuttled the actual events from the US media, and spun their own, false version to make McCain look like a foreign policy genius.

However, the US is not the only source of news in the world. The actual events were bound to get out, and they could not be suppressed completely until after the US election.

Bush and McCain were deliberately wrong, playing good old politics with the truth.

Republicans with your money

Stealing our money on the way out.

So, the $700B Big Bush Bailout was approved to save the banks, with the understanding that banks would use the money to reopen the credit markets. Here's what Bush and company are actually doing with the money:

  1. CEO and executive bonuses - duh, couldn't see that one coming

  2. Buying bank stock ABOVE the price of it - $125B was paid for $62.5B in stock, screwing over the taxpayers

  3. Dividends - taxpayer money directly to bank stockholders

  4. Big banks using the government's money to buy other banks - the biggest failures are consuming the solid, responsible banks

  5. Hoarding the cash, sitting on it as an asset, not helping the very problem the bailout was designed to help

The Republicans are salting the earth on the way out, grabbing riches for
themselves, and plunging our economy further into despair.

Of course, this is ILLEGAL.

However, there needs to be law enforcement if illegal activity is to be stopped and/or punished. this would be the jurisdiction of the executive branch, so there will be no curbing of this illegal theft. After all, it's the Republican administration's plan, so why would they want to stop it, just because it's against the law? They and their friends are getting morbidly wealthy by stealing all of this taxpayer money, so why alter a successful swindle?

It's just how today's Republicans treat your taxdollars.

The irony of the Republicans calling Barack Obama a socialist because they say he wants to redistribute wealth?
We Already Did That When We Gave The Richest 1% A $700 Billion Bailout

It's good to be a banksta

But at least we have a Bush legacy that we can see. Here's where a good chunk of America's money has gone under the Republican economy:

Just how desperate is McCain?

Not just a random whack-job, check the SOURCE of this "news"

CNN Rick Sanchez Catches McCain Spokesman Mike Goldfarb Lying