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October 24, 2008

John McCain Volunteer Made Up Story About Being Attacked By Obama Supporter

 It’s been revealed that McCain campaign volunteer Ashley Todd made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having a backward “B” (for Barack) scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack. Are you surprised?

Maurita Bryant, the assistant chief of the police department’s investigations division, says Ashley Todd is being charged with making a false report to police. Bryant says the 20-year-old college student from College Station, Texas, admitted Friday that the story was false.

Todd is white. She told police she was attacked by a 6-foot-4 black man Wednesday night. She claimed she gave the attacker $60 before he pinned her to the ground and scratched the letter “B” on her right cheek.

Bryant says Todd can’t explain why she invented the story but we now know that she used a blunt knife to scratch the “B” onto her face. Very sad.

In most of our opinions Miss Todd needs psychiatrist help.  But this was the fear – what fear?  The fear these past several weeks that McCain and Palin would push people already on the edge, over the edge because of the hate rantings by themselves and their surrogates at their rallies which create a negative atmosphere and mind-set. The fear has been proven – this was bound to happen.  Thank God that Miss Todd decided to mutilate herself and not shoot an innocent person.

McCain, Palin and their team individually and collectively lack judgment – this is the kind of energy they project onto their supporters – this is why Todd fabricated this entire episode – she probably felt that she was helping McCain. I wish Miss Todd and her family healing and health.

To make matters even more bizarre, Thursday night John McCain called Ashley Todd and praised her and thanked her for all she had been through.  If McCain had not been so eager to get publicity from calling Ashley Todd, he would have taken the time to have someone in his campaign investigate the story to make sure that they had the facts correct before he called the media in to film him calling Ashley Todd. He should have at least waited for the Police report.

This is the same thing McCain did when selecting Palin as his VP – he did not ‘vet’ Palin.  It was revealed last week that the decision to select Palin was an impromptu decision that came after a ½ hour discussion between McCain and Rick Davis his campaign manager about Palin.

McCain and his team consistently show that they are erratic in their decision making processes.  McCain does not belong in the White House – he is too irrational and illogical in his thinking and he doesn’t surround himself with intellectual thinkers.

No way, no how – no McCain!

October 1, 2008

Vote America! One Voice Can Change The World, One Voice Becomes Many

Democrats measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was President – when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of down $2,000 like it has under George Bush.

We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after a sick kid without losing her job – an economy that honors the dignity of work.

The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great – a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight.

Because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton’s Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill.

In the face of that young student who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships.

When I listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down, I remember all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago who I stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed.

And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle-management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman. She’s the one who taught me about hard work. She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she’s watching tonight, and that tonight is her night as well.

I don’t know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. These are my heroes. Theirs are the stories that shaped me. And it is on their behalf that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as President of the United States.

What is that promise?

It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect.

It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves – protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

That’s the promise of America – the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.

Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.


July 2, 2008

Here Comes The Republican Fearmongering Ads!

  Earlier this week the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced that they will run a $15M smear campaign targeting Senator Obama.  Read article here https://letustalk.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/on-your-mark-nra-plans-15m-fall-campaign-targeting-obama/ .

Surprise, surprise!  Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) revealed that it has created an independent $3M spending campaign that will target Senator Obama.  They will run their first TV ads in crucial battleground states starting this 4th of July weekend.  Brad Todd, a consultant to the RNC’s independent expenditure unit said in a statement, “The RNC will first advertise this weekend in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, highlighting the issue of energy security, which is emerging as a defining difference in the race for president.”

It is legal for parties to set up an independent spending campaign as long as it operates independently and does not coordinate on content or strategy with the party. 

This is the exact reason Senator Obama opted out of public financing he knew these ads were inevitable; he knew they were coming. 

I believed then when Obama made the decision and believe even more so now that by not accepting public financing Obama made a brilliant strategic decision.  This is a competition he has to use all the advantages he has and disarm the republicans as much as he can at the same time.

And so it begins.  On this most patriotic of weekends – a time of family and togetherness – the RNC will begin running their ads filled with fear mongering and old-school hate mongering.


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