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RON CLARK STUDENTS CELEBRATE ELECTION 2008

YOU CAN VOTE HOWEVER YOU LIKE...

SARAH IS A SOCIALIST... IN ALASKA

Sarah spread the wealth in Alaska. Now that she wants to go to Washington with John McCain, she has found religion. Check this quote out by ole Sarah and read the story.
"And Alaska—we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs. … It’s to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans."

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EARLY VOTING DELUGE!

WaPo reports early voters are breaking for Obama.

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OBAMA'S NEWEST AD - "HIS CHOICE"

Once again, Barack Obama breaks with tradition and criticizes the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain's VP running mate. Is this a risky move, or another good decision?

CARTOON OF THE DAY

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OBAMA'S NEWEST AD - TAKE THE DAY OFF

I've been hearing rumors that people wanted to take Nov 4.off, so what does the Obama campaign do with that impulse...



What a campaign!

THE GREAT AMERICAN MELTING POT

just feeling a little nostalgic...

PICTURE OF THE DAY II

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OBAMA HAS LEAD IN GEORGIA!

Insider Advantage reports:

In the presidential race, Barack Obama has a slight edge over John McCain, although it is within the margin of error. In the U.S. Senate race, Saxby Chambliss has a 2-point edge over Jim Martin, although it, too, is within the margin of error. Wouldn't it be something, if Barack took Georgia? Is bigotry taking another blow?

PULSE OF THE NATION

PICTURE OF THE DAY

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WHY DOES AL QAEDA ENDORSE McCAIN?

Is this the mother of all October surprises?

"If al-Qaida carries out a big operation against American interests," the message said, "this act will be [in] support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaida.
It's obvious. Al Qaeda sees John McCain as their best chance to continue warring with the US abroad in an effort to bankrupt the country. I trust we are on high alert until the election is over.

LATE NIGHT POLITICAL HUMOR

“Let me quote you what she said today, and I hope you’re insulted. She said, ‘We believe that the best of America is in the small towns. The little pockets of what I call the real America. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans.’ … Well, you know what, in a couple of weeks, she’s going to find out that the big cities have one thing that the small towns don’t: a lot of voters.” -Bill Maher

“No, I’m not saying that McCain looks like he’s finished, but today they introduced him as the next Viagra spokesman.” -Bill Maher

“Maybe you saw the debate on Wednesday night, and McCain unveiled his new personality. He’s got a new personality. The new personality is fighting underdog. And if that doesn’t work, the next one is going to be tyrannical sea captain. … And if that doesn’t work, fun-loving gaucho. And if that doesn’t work, expatriate saloon owner.” -David Letterman

CARTOON OF THE DAY

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PICTURE OF THE DAY

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GOP WOMEN'S GROUP CALLS OBAMA 'MUSLIM SOCIALIST'

When calls for an apology were made, Chairman of the GOP group responded....''I still have freedom of speech and an opinion. If the Islamic group doesn't like it, well, I don't like what's going on in their camp, either.'' Statements like these are the result of believing that your opinion is fact.

WHY OBAMA IS LEADING

Joe Klein says, he's a grown up...And at the crucial moment of the campaign — the astonishing onset of the financial crisis — it was Obama's gut steadiness that won the public's trust, and quite possibly the election. On the afternoon when McCain suspended his campaign, threatened to scuttle the Sept. 26 debate and hopped a plane back to Washington to try to resolve the crisis, Obama was in Florida doing debate prep with his top advisers. When he was told about McCain's maneuvers, Obama's first reaction — according to an aide — was, "You gotta be kidding. I'm going to debate. A President has to be able to do more than one thing at a time."

US SUICIDES RISING

Now a leading risk factor for women.

Suicides increased between 1999 and 2005 by about 3 percent annually in white men and 4 percent in white women age 40 to 64, according to Susan Baker, M.P.H., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and her colleagues. Suicide rates remained the same in Asians and Native Americans, and declined in blacks.
Notwithstanding the terrible shape the economy is in, I can't help but wonder how much the notion of gender equality plays in the increase rates of suicide among women.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If I called all the shots, and if I could wave a magic wand, I would be sitting at a kitchen table with more and more Americans, talking to them about our plan to get the economy back on track and winning the war and not having to rely on the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robocalls."
Sarah Palin, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee comments on the dirty tactics coming from the McCain campaign

POWELL ENDORSES OBAMA

Obama provides a "generational change".



POWELL INTEVIEWED ON CNN AFTER ENDORSEMENT ON MEET THE PRESS

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful."

Warren Buffet

OBAMA-MCCAIN @ ALFRED E. SMITH DINNER

Watch John McCain and Barack Obama poke fun at each other at the Alfred E. Smith Charity Dinner held last night in New York.










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TAKE THIS KNUCKLE SANDWICH, SEN. McCAIN

Here is Sen. Obama's newest ad, fresh from the last night's Presidential debate and John McCain's clenched mouth:

Obama's '90%'



You say you aren't George Bush, but did you just read that from your script?

SHELLEY WYNTER KO's JAMES T. HARRIS ON CNN

McCain supporter makes a scene and leaves a CNN interview after Shelley Wynter of USTALKNETWORK.COM challenges his conservatism:

CARTOON OF THE DAY

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OBAMA PREPARING TO LEAD

In talks with fiscally conservative democrats:

Obama's outreach to the Democratic centrists is part of a broader effort by his campaign to prepare for a possible transition. A Washington-based team of government veterans, led by John Podesta, who was chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, now holds daily meetings and conference calls to outline what an Obama administration might look like. While Obama's primary focus remains beating Sen. John McCain, senior advisers said the worsening economic crisis has led the candidate to contemplate some of the most immediate challenges that await the next president, many involving Congress.

Recognizing how difficult it will be to govern with the country facing a serious recession, Obama appears to be attempting to persuade the blue dogs to work with him in launching programs necessary to stimulating the economy, protecting the American workers and harnessing the enthusiasm of the youth vote. Acknowledging they have backed themselves in…

PULSE OF THE NATION

Dick Morris' map shows the race is becoming a wipeout.

REALCLEARPOLITICS' ELECTORAL MAP -10/13

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The electoral map after RealClearPolitics places Florida in Obama's corner:

DOW'S HOLDS THE SALE OF THE CENTURY

Because the world governments finally came up with a viable plan..."I have to admit, they have come up with something that makes sense," said trader Don Bright, who was skeptical of Washington's initial efforts to bail out the U.S. financial industry. Referring to the increasingly global approach that's emerging among policy makers, he said: "We have to do it this way. We couldn't do it without our friends, no matter how all-powerful we'd like to think America is economically."
The bad news is -- I missed the sale because I had positions in Lehman brothers and Washington Mutual that I'd gotten attached. Doh!

OBAMA'S SECRET WEAPON

Andrew Sullivan observed when others are losing their composure, you can look at Obama:

And still he’s calm. Not too cocky. A little aloof, but very professional. He learnt all of this as a black man in a white country: no sudden moves; no anger. That’s how he managed his white mother in adolescence. That’s how he manages a white electorate increasingly at ease with him. And, by a massive stroke of luck, that’s what voters want now. In an economy that is melting down, with two wars still raging, they want calm above everything else. They want to know that the man in charge will not panic, will not be flustered, will not blow up.

After eight years of excitement, American is looking for a man in control of himself, or maybe we're just looking for a good tranquilizer.

MENTAL HEALTH BREAK

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Atlanta has a quarterback!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Some part of me fears they're going to open up the gates of hell on this one," she said. "I think it would be harmful. I think we are at a unique and dangerous moment in history, and it's the last thing we need." -Peggy Noonan

LIKE POURING GREASE ON A FIRE

It's official, Sarah Palin has abused the power of her office:

But an independent investigator for the State Legislature — who has concluded that Ms. Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to dismiss the trooper — contends that the claims of fear were a facade to mask a maneuver in a family dispute.

This is why we have long campaign seasons, so we, the people, can thoroughly vet our candidates. Smiling faces in high places have been known to hide vindictive personalities.

RUMOUR HAS IT...

The RNC is scaling back their joint advertising with McCain:So I hear (via a prominent member of the sane Republican faction) that the word on the right side of the street is that the Republican National Committee is about to pull the plug on its joint ads with the McCain campaign, and devote its resources instead to trying to save a couple of the senators who are at serious risk of losing their seats.

McCAIN IS A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND AMERICA?

John Conason argues:

What these concluding weeks have told us about the Republican candidate, to the shock and surprise of many of his admirers, is that he misunderstands the meaning of honor. Evidently he believes that the credit he accrued for suffering bravely for his country in Vietnam somehow licenses him to campaign as crudely and deceptively as he can, if that will help him to win. He seems not to realize that the respect he earned so many years ago requires him to uphold a higher standard of decency in politics.
What is the leader who forgets that honor is earned and can be lost? A danger to himself and his countrymen.

WHY ARE McCAIN'S RALLIES BECOMING LURID?

McCain rolls his eyes:

Just look at the videotapes of the angry, hateful hordes attending these rallies — screaming that Obama is a socialist; that he’s both a Muslim and a terrorist as proven by his “bloodline” and his name; that his supporters are “commie faggots”; that he’s guilty of treason; underscored by increasing racial invective and even punctuated in one case by a call from an audience member for someone to be killed. These aren’t just isolated individuals; these sentiments are common at these rallies and becoming increasingly virulent and enraged — at the rallies and otherwise:
but he appears unable to admonish his mob to calm down and act reasonable. Maybe McCain is using this behavior to distract the crowd from some closet motivations?

WHO WON LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE?

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IS McCAIN TRYING INCITE VIOLENCE?

Say it ain't so, John:One wonders at this point how the various agencies charged with the responsibility of protecting the Presidential candidates from violence will respond to this latest tactic from the McCain campaign. If, for example, a McCain supporter threatens the life of Sen. Obama by shouting 'Kill him!' at a Palin rally, should Sen. Obama's Secret Service contingent launch an investigation? Palin had better be careful, because this line of tact is very volatile.

McCAIN SHOWING CONTEMPT FOR AMERICA

Arrianna Huffington discusses a desperate McCain:

Despite its best efforts, the McCain camp's sneering attacks are not proving that Barack Obama is not like the rest of us. They are proving that John McCain is not like the rest of us. Americans are hungry for a serious conversation about the multiple crises we are facing. And by ignoring that conversation in favor of yet another round of fear-mongering, McCain is showing himself to be the candidate who is "not a man who sees America like you and I see America."

The John McCain that I used to admire doesn't exist. Now only a shadow persists.

HAS McCAIN'S CAMPAIGN BECOME " A DESPERATE EMPTY EMBARASSMENT"?

Joe Klein laments: I'm of two minds about how to deal with the McCain campaign's further descent into ugliness. Their strategy is simple: you throw crap against a wall and then giggle as the media try to analyze the putresence in a way that conveys a sense of balance: "Well, it is bull-pucky, but the splatter pattern is interesting..." which, of course, only serves to get your perverse message out. I really don't want to be a part of that. But...every so often, we journalists have a duty to remind readers just how dingy the McCain campaign, and its right-wing acolytes in the media (I'm looking at you, Sean Hannity) have become--especially in their efforts to divert public attention from the economic crisis we're facing. And so inept at it: other campaigns have decided that their only shot is going negative, but usually they don't announce it, as several McCain aides have in recent days--there's no way we can win on the economy, so we're going…

PALIN AND THE ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY

What is the Alaskan Independence Party?


"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."
- Joe Vogler, Founder




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McCAIN BETTER STICK TO THE ISSUES

In response to McCain's decision to resort to personal attacks on Obama:

The current economic crisis demands that we understand John McCain's attitudes about economic oversight and corporate influence in federal regulation. Nothing illustrates the danger of his approach more clearly than his central role in the savings and loan scandal of the late '80s and early '90s.

John McCain was accused of improperly aiding his political patron, Charles Keating, chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. The bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee launched investigations and formally reprimanded Senator McCain for his role in the scandal -- the first such Senator to receive a major party nomination for president.

The Obama campaign will launch a documentary about McCain and the Keating 5 at noon today.

I think it fair to say that McCain is unwilling to fight the battle for the Presidency at the level of ideas. He probably knows he would lose that battle. Therefore, character ass…

OBAMA'S NEWEST AD - ERRATIC

Obama releases this preemptive ad in anticipation of McCain's expected smear/character assassination campaign.

Related post: The Maverick is erratic.

Developing...Several journalist have suggested that Obama's 'erratic' ad is a veiled attempt to bring up McCain age, when it is obviously a reference to his mental state on national display before the first debate.

SNL - BIDEN VS. PALIN

In case you missed the actual debate:




Here it is SNL-style.

Below is a VP Debate game that you can play as you watch the debate...

The VP Debate "Shots" Game is simple: Whenever you hear one of the following phrases you must take a shot of whatever you're sipping on. With that said, many will not make it to work tomorrow!

"Great State of Alaska"
"Bridge to Nowhere"
"Russia"
"Hockey Mom"
"Pipeline"
"Reformer"
"Maverick"
"Shore Up the Economy"
"Shake Up Washington"
"Executive Experience"

MENTAL HEALTH BREAK

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CARTOON OF THE DAY

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THINKING ALOUD

Deepak Chopra explains the Sarah Palin effect:

The original upwelling of support for Obama came from consciousness, not from issues. In the spring this upwelling seemed unstoppable, but resistance hadn't taken a stand yet. Now we are witnessing, in the rise of Sarah Palin, the full force of "Let me sleep" when faced with a wake-up call. (She trumps even this level of lethargy by adding know-nothing to do-nothing.) If consciousness wants to move, it will have to push resistance out of the way. That's what happens when individuals strive for change, and the same thing applies to societies.

Inertia: When know nothing - do nothing becomes acceptable.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Everyone's sent here for a reason, because there's something in them that their folks like. Don't question their motive.

Joe Biden on How to work with your colleagues who have differing political philosophies


It appears that Sarah Palin and John McCain come from the demonize first school of thought, when you differ from them politically.

OBAMA'S FIRST RATE TEMPERAMENT

Cool Barry vs Hail Mary:

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. famously said of Franklin Roosevelt that he had a "second-class intellect, but a first-class temperament." Obama has shown that he is a man of limited experience, questionable convictions, deeply troubling associations (Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko) and an alarming lack of self- definition -- do you really know who he is and what he believes? Nonetheless, he's got both a first-class intellect and a first-class temperament. That will likely be enough to make him president.
McCain has a second-class intellect and a second-class temperament.

Biden Wins!

Biden did what he came to do:

Right now, Barack Obama is up by an average of six points and breaking 50% in some polls - with only 33 days to go. A tie won't do the trick. In other words, survival is all well and good. But it's a far cry from winning on election day.

Tie does not go to the Presidential candidate in second place.

A Good Night for Sen. Biden

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LIVE BLOGGING - VP DEBATE

9:03 Can I call you Joe?

9:06 Palin tries to convince the sheep that McCain 'suspended' - wink, wink - his campaign. Whatever, Sarah. lol.

9:11 Sarah 'millionaire' Palin reveals her Joe six pack and hockey mom line.

9:15 Palin makes a pre-emptive strike at the moderater. Palin is asked to answer Biden's question about deregulation. She responds that she won't answer the questions the way that Biden, or the moderator wants.

9:20 Palin makes the excuse that she has only been a part of this election for 5 weeks and hasn't promised anything. Therefore, there are no promises that McCain has to take break. She has no idea what McCain thinks after only 5 weeks.

9:49 Biden scratches his neck as Palin attempts the 'Obama is naive to talk to our enemies' tact.

10:00 Ifill asks the what if you become the President question. I'm thinking this is kind of inappropriate! Biden says he will continue Obama's action plan. Palin says she will continue McCa…

OBAMA IS THE STEADIEST CANDIDATE

While McCain was throwing bombs:

A few hours before the house of Representatives smacked down the financial-bailout package, I watched John McCain — eyes flashing, jaw clenched, oozing sarcasm and disdain — on the attack in Ohio: "Senator Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced. At first he didn't want to get involved. Then he was 'monitoring the situation.' That's not leadership; that's watching from the sidelines." And I thought of Karl Rove. Back in 2003, at the height of Howard Dean mania, Rove was skeptical about Dean's staying power as a candidate: "When was the last time Americans elected an angry President?"
Obama was composed, reassuring and focused on the people's business.

THE EYES TELL NO LIES

Obama extended his hand on the Senate floor:


McCain shook it, but with a “go away” look that no one could miss. He tried his best not to even look at Obama.

Finally, with a tight smile, McCain managed a greeting: “Good to see you.”


This latest episode takes me back to last Friday's debate. John McCain would not look at Barack Obama. At first, I couldn't understand the body language. Was this fear? Was he just being rude? Was he ashamed of his recent blotching of the Rescue bill? The body language experts all say something different. But one thing is clear, McCain's old friend, anger, has reared its ugly head and Obama isn't backing down.

If McCain cannot treat a fellow Senator with more respect than this, he just may not have the diplomatic skill set to represent the United States against friend and foe alike.

OBAMA ADDRESSES COLLEAGUES ON SENATE FLOOR

McCain mum:

"This will not solve all our problems," Obama said on the Senate floor, as his Democratic colleagues streamed in to listen. "This is what we need to do right now, to prevent the possibility of a crisis turning into a catastrophe."


Where was Senator McCain? Eating dinner.