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A little political humor for your holiday! Have a safe night, filled with goodies.
I am a little perplexed these days by some things that I see in the media and online, wondering how much of what I am hearing and seeing is factual and how much is total spin – from both parties.
As much as the liberal crew would like to believe it is only the right who “spins” things – they have bought into the so-called lie from their own campaign, just as much as they think I have. The problem is there is some truth hidden in there, that keeps getting skirted over. Somehow there is just blindness or a willingness to explain away some truths that just don’t fit the purpose.
I will be among the first to say that the Republican candidates are not my very first choice. But they are solid individuals. When I say individuals that means they are free-thinking humans. They are not clones of any previous administration. If we are so hot on comparing voting records why is it only McCain’s that anyone cares about, not Obama’s record (or lack there of). Add to that any time Obama’s record is question and the whole Republican party is questioned and belittled – we must just be trying to distract or are just grasping at straws. Right.
There are so many legitimate things that are not even mentioned of anywhere. I am tired of incessent badgering and harassment of McCain. He is not George Bush. But I get that strategy that Obama’s campaign has set as its major goal.
But what I don’t get, what I really don’t understand is how you can explain away things that are apparent to a large majority of the country – a larger percentage than you might think – not just the “fanatic” Republicans. I am a pretty non-fanatic, balanced person.
How can you really think that the economic plan, the giving of tax credits, not tax breaks – is anything other than redistributing wealth? I just don’t get the logic?
This audio clip has been sweeping around this week, it bears a listen.
And another thing about the tax plan.
I looked at the tax calculator on Obama’s website to see what my “savings” would be under a McCain administration vs Obama. Got to tell you it was interesting. For my particular situation, there was an irrelevant savings of around $200. Not that exciting. But it gets even more interesting. I changed the scenario to be income of $50,000-75,000; married filing jointly; with 3 children. My tax savings under Obama would be a whopping $33. Wow. I don’t even think that is worth it for that group.
My next question is why is their tax savings so low? Shouldn’t they be the working middle class? Getting a bigger tax “savings”?
And a chart I posted a few days ago showing some of the new proposed taxes showed that individuals making more than $2.87 million would have their taxes increased by over $700,00 by Obama. That is a massive increase.
Since when does anyone have the right to tell you how much money that you have earned that you get to keep.
Associations. Folks he has some interesting ones. And it is terribly obvious to a good many people that he has not been totally truthful in his explanation about any of them. Why not just come clean when asked? Videos, audio, documents, pictures, etc. all keep coming to light to illustrate this. They are worth looking at, because they are real. They are not fake things made up by some Republican operative to try and thwart the campaign. This all goes back to the lack of proper vetting of Obama.
Here is the most recent example of this:
In April L.A. Times article…the Obamas attended a “lavish farewell dinner” in Chicago for Khalidi and his wife as they headed to Columbia University in 2003:
A special tribute came from Khalidi’s friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.
Yet now the Times which has the video from this toast is refusing to release it, Why? Why, if there is nothing to hide would you not just release a video clip of the man who is headed to be the next President?
Well, it would seem that the Weather Underground men, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn attended this dinner.
According to the Times Obama is on tape saying,
…that he hoped his relationship with Khalidi would continue even after the professor left Chicago. “It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table … [but around] this entire world.”
And I still want to know why there have not been answers on these things,
Columbia Thesis paper – not available, locked down by faculty.
Harvard College records – not released, locked down by faculty.
Selective Service Registration – not released.
Medical records – not released (only a one-page report).
Illinois State Senate schedule – ‘not available.’
Law practice client list – not released.
Certified Copy of original Birth certificate – not released.
Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth – not released.
Harvard Law Review articles published – None.
University of Chicago scholarly articles – None.
Record of Baptism– Not released or ‘not available.’
Illinois State Senate records–‘not available.’
While it does seem that Obama is leading in the polls and has an advantage over McCain, the election is not over. It is only Obama’s to lose. I do not in any way think this is going to be a landslide, rather I think this will go down as one of the closest elections ever. This will be another one that will test the popular vs electoral vote. What I am curious about here is the fact that the electorate can choose to vote against the people in their state. So they could just choose to ignore the will of the people they represent and vote for who they want, rendering the citizens vote totally useless. Not that this will happen but I think in this election we are at point that it could happen.
I am concerned about the possibility of a Washington superpower. A trifecta. There would be no balance in power when the interests of only one party are being served. The last time that happened, the party was swiftly back out of power. A quick snippet from an article:
Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on . . .The threat of 41 committed Senators can cause the House to modify its desires even before legislation comes to a vote. Without that restraining power, all of the following have very good chances of becoming law in 2009 or 2010.
as well as these: affecting the business climate, union supremecy, taxes, green revolution, free-speech, voting rights & special interest potpourri - one group being in total control is not a good thing
if all of this comes to pass we will have a lot to keep an eye on over the next four years, at which point I do believe that there will be another radical shift of power. To who? I am not sure but I am almost positive Obama will lose power and control will totally shift to a more conservative party.
Until then, I will continue to look at information, weigh out the facts, and make my own educated decisions. I only ask that you do the same. Don’t be swayed by party lines and talking points. Use your own brain.
Seriously. Why can’t people even pretend to get along, or at least be civil?
We are not going to agree on everything. There is nothing wrong with that. The fact that I have different views and opinions from you is great. We are individuals with our own thoughts and opinions. If we all had the same views and opinions we would not be human. Diversity is a good thing.
That even extends into the political arena. I am free to vote for whoever and whatever I like. What I hold to be good and true. Your view may be totally different. We can agree to disagree.
Where has this bitter divisiveness come from? Everyone is attacking each other and then calling foul on the other. Well, you can’t have it both ways. Some of the comments I have been reading around the internet are just hateful – from BOTH parties.
People have been jumping onto the bandwagon to defend their beliefs at the expense of the others. In doing that, when you attack back with hate and bitterness – you are doing exactly what you are complaining about. Talk about defeating your own purpose. I know this happens on both sides. There are things I hear that make me cringe. I hope that no one supports those who seem to be extremist in their reaction.
We all know there are extremists in every group. They exist throughout society in all groups. What has happened to letting the few overshadow the rest? It would appear that the media is helping to perpetuate this stereotypical image through frequent, consistent reminder.
Here is what I don’t get.
People stealing each others signs, replacing them with the opposing view. Why do that? It is their yard, their car, their right to have that in their yard. If you don’t like it – look away. Don’t taunt them or try to engage in a battle of words or will. Simple human decency seems to have flown out the window.
Yes, we all have the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Ammendment. That is why it is okay for me to even write about what I think without fear. Everyone is guaranteed that.
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of Religion
- Freedom of the Press
- Right to gather/assemble (peacefully)
- Right to petition
It seems that in the name of “freedom of speech” people have been carrying things a bit too far. You don’t have the right to slander or libel, attack someone, etc.
My tips for how to behave during an election season:
* Don’t park your car beside someones home, write something inflammatory about them on it, and then leave it there for all to see for days.
* Don’t attack at a campaign motorcade.
* Don’t list someones baby on ebay.
* Don’t threaten people physicially for having views other than yours.
Two supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama found handwritten death threats in their mailboxes Thursday and reported them to Villa Park police. A 74-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man with Obama signs in their front yards near the 600 block of South Villa Avenue received similar letters that had a Villa Park Village Hall return address. “Get the Obama signs off your property–now,” the letter reads. “Failure to obey this order will result in the immediate death of all family members.” Both residents said they will not remove their signs, though the man, who had voted Republican for 25 years before switching parties this year, said his wife is worried about letting their 7-year-old son play alone outside.
* Don’t steal people’s yard signs and replace them with your own. -I am pretty sure theft is not covered by free speech.
As a conservative and Republican I am not out to get you. I do not slander you, I do not call you names for your views and I would appreciate the respect that I show to you.
Even if you don’t like my views, you don’t get to insult or call me names. I am not doing that to you. You have the chance to be the bigger person.
Kudos for knowing that you are not yet the president Senator Obama!
Obama sidestepped a question on whether he would attend a summit of world leaders the Bush administration has called for Nov. 15 to discuss the global economic crisis, saying he has ideas but doesn’t want to say much about them yet. “We have one president at a time,” he said. – AP article
Ok. There are some big names that we know are Republicans. The nice Baldwin, the Governator. But there have to be a few more. And don’t you just wonder if some of the others are closet Republicans anyway? I mean these are the people with most of the money in our country.
- Dan Aykroyd, actor
- Stephen Baldwin, actor
- Pat Boone, singer
- Wilford Brimley, actor
- Jerry Bruckheimer, producer
- James Caan, actor
- Dean Cain, actor
- Jon Cryer, actor
- Daddy Yankee (Ramon Ayala), Latin recording artist
- Robert Davi, actor
- Robert Duvall, actor
- Erik Estrada, actor
- Joe Eszterhas, screenwriter
- Lou Ferrigno, actor and bodybuilder
- Joe Flanigan, actor
- Kelsey Grammer, actor
- Angie Harmon, actress
- Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of The View
- Patricia Heaton, actress
- Lorenzo Lamas, actor
- Gerald McRaney, actor
- Dennis Miller, comedian
- Heidi Montag, Hollywood figure
- Craig T. Nelson, actor
- Gail O’Grady, actress
- John Ondrasik, singer
- John Rich, musician
- Joan Rivers, comedienne
- Shauna Sand, actress
- Tom Selleck, actor
- Gary Sinise, actor
- Kevin Sorbo, actor
- Sylvester Stallone, actor
- Connie Stevens, actress
- Rip Torn, actor
- Janine Turner, actress and author
- Dick Van Patten, actor
- Jon Voight, actor
- James Woods, actor
- Troy Aikman, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback
- Mario Andretti, former racecar driver
- Bill Davidson, owner of the Detroit Pistons
- John Elway, Hall of Fame Denver Broncos quarterback
- Joe Gibbs, former Washington Redskins head coach
- Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
- Mike Helton, Nascar President
- Ken Kennedy, WWE wrestler
- Don King, boxing promoter
- Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner
- Chuck Liddell, MMA fighter
- Art Modell, Former Owner of the Browns and Ravens
- Jack Nicklaus, Golf Champion
- Arnold Palmer, former PGA player
- Richard Petty, 7-time NASCAR champion
- Brady Quinn, Cleveland Browns backup quarterback
- Dan Reeves, Former NFL Coach
- Rhino, TNA wrestler
- Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame pitcher
- Curt Schilling, Boston Red Sox pitcher
- Jason Sehorn, retired New York Giants cornerback
- Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback
- George Steinbrenner, Owner of the New York Yankees
- Joe Thomas, left tackle for the Cleveland Browns
- John T. Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems
- Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
- Lynn Forester de Rothschild CEO of E.L. Rothschild, Former Hillary Clinton Supporter and Democratic National Committee Platform Committee Member
- Steve Forbes,magazine publisher, former GOP presidential candidate (1996, 2000)
- Charles R. Schwab, investor and founder of brokerage firm Charles Schwab Corporation
- Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx Corporation
- Donald Trump, Chairman and CEO of the Trump Organization
- Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay
- Ben Stein, author and former gameshow host
- Heather Locklear star of Melrose Place and Spin City
- Drew Carey, host of The Price is Right
- Kurt Russell, film actor
- Ted Nugent, rock star
- John Stossel, host of ABC’s 20/20
- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA)
Taken from these sources. If you know of any others let me know!