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McCain and Palin Get Their Gear on in Pa.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), greets the founder of Orange County Choppers Paul Teutul, center, as his son Paulie Teutul, watches, at a rally in Media, Pa., Sept. 22, 2008. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

By Robert Barnes
MEDIA, Pa. -- With Sarah Palin in a red leather jacket and American Chopper dude Paul Teutul on stage, the McCain campaign took on a born-to-be-wild vibe a rally at the courthouse square here.

Palin introduced Teutul -- founder of the Orange County Choppers and the host, with his sons, of American Chopper on the TLC channel -- as he rode onstage on a white chopper, a type of motorcycle, dedicated to POW-MIAs.

Teutul noted McCain's years in a Vietnamese prison.

"How many people out there love their country and the military?'' asked Teutul, dressed in a black sleeveless T-shirt that showed off his heavily tattooed arms.

The campaign said Orange County Choppers wanted to present the bike (see picture here) to McCain to commemorate his service, but will keep it to display at memorials and "support our troops" events as a tribute to veterans.

McCain last month was the star at a bikers gathering in Sturgis, S.D., where he made fun of Democratic rival Barack Obama's European tour. "As you may know, not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent,'' McCain said. "I'll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day."

Today, McCain called the white chopper "marvelous.''

"Sarah and I are going to get on that chopper and ride it right to Washington,'' he said.

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JDude, it looks like your capacity to reason is very limited. I shall try to explain as clearly as possible. The 'fact' that Obama served on the Board of CAC (the Chicago Annenberg Challenge) says nothing about anything. God Bless Obama for working so hard and dedicating his time to community service which aimed to "promote leadership" amongst young students and develop their "math/science achievement" WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SERVED THE COMMUNITY TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE??? WHEN DID YOU MENTOR A KID?? When was the last time you helped a child gain leadership skills, self-confidence - tutored a child in math/science to help our American youngster compete with foreigners who are quickly gaining ground?
Do no ridicule Obamaa's community organizing. HE worked in consort with ACORN, which promotes according to their site:
Fair, Affordable housing, better schools, and voter participation. This is CRUCIAL in helpinf under-served minorities make it and help them gain the skills and the resources they need to participate in our society and democracy.

SHAME ON YOU, sir, for belittling his giving back to the people, the least fortunate, of society. You know, with a Law degree from Harvard (In your dreams you had one) he could have done anything. I wouldn;t have been able to resist the siren song of Wall Street. But he did. When was the last time you gave back? Also, he was a community organizer BEFORE Law school, after he graduated from Columbia, with the faith-based charity called the Developing Communities Project.

"It was made up of eight Catholic parishes when he got there and had one staff member. He was its director, meaning he was in charge. He made decisions about it, including staffing, budgets, etc. And when he left in 1988 to go to law school, he had grown its budget from $70,000 to $400,000, its staff from 1 to 13 people. More important, he created a job training program for this community and a college prep tutoring program."


Who Would Jesus Bomb?

"Blessed are the Peacemakers" - Jesus

Posted by: palins_nemesis | September 23, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

sorry paulie yer backin a loser

Posted by: pitbullstew | September 23, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

City council of Wasilla
See also: Electoral history of Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin was elected twice to the city council of Wasilla, in 1992 and 1995. Palin says she entered politics because she was concerned that revenue from a new Wasilla sales tax would not be spent wisely.[21]

She ran for Wasilla city council in 1992, at age 28, against John Hartrick, a local telephone company worker, on a promise to bring "my progressive, competitive attitude" to the government.[22][23] She won 530 votes to John Hartrick’s 310.[22] On the council, she successfully opposed a measure to curtail the hours at Wasilla's bars by two hours, which surprised Hartrick because she was then a member of a church that advocated abstinence from alcohol.[22] After serving on the city council for three years, she ran for reelection against R’nita Rogers in 1995, winning 413 votes to Rogers' 185.[24] According to Laura Chase of Wasilla, Palin as city councilwoman mentioned to her colleagues in 1995 that she saw the book Daddy's Roommate in the library and did not think it belonged there.[25] According to the City of Wasilla Library records, there was never a request for the library to remove the book.[26]

Palin did not complete her second term on the city council because she ran for mayor in 1996. Throughout her tenure on the city council and the rest of her career, Palin has been a registered Republican.[27]

Mayor of Wasilla
Main article: Mayoralty of Sarah Palin
Palin served two terms (1996–2002) as mayor of Wasilla. At the conclusion of Palin's tenure as mayor in 2002, the town had about 6,300 residents,[28] and it is now the fifth-largest population center in the state.[29]

In 1996, Palin defeated three-term incumbent mayor John Stein,[30] on a platform targeting wasteful spending and high taxes[31] and introducing abortion, gun rights, and term limits as campaign issues.[32] Although the election was a nonpartisan blanket primary, the state Republican Party ran advertisements on her behalf.[32]

First term

Wasilla City Hall

Location of Wasilla, AlaskaShortly after taking office in October 1996, Palin eliminated the position of museum director and asked for updated resumes and resignation letters from top officials, including the police chief, public works director, finance director and librarian.[33] Palin stated this request was to find out their intentions and whether they supported her.[33] She temporarily required department heads to get her approval before talking to reporters, saying that they first needed to become acquainted with her administration's policies.[33] She created the position of city administrator,[32] and reduced her own $68,000 salary by 10%, although by mid-1998 this was reversed by the city council.[34][35]

According to city librarian Mary Ellen Emmons, Palin inquired in October 1996 as to whether Emmons would object to library censorship.[36] Palin later spoke publicly about the issue, saying she had no particular books or other material in mind for removal.[36] No books were removed from the library.[37][38][39]

Four months later, in January 1997, Palin fired Emmons and Police Chief Irl Stambaugh, stating that she did not feel they fully supported her efforts to govern the city.[40] Following expressions of public support for Emmons and a personal meeting, Palin rescinded the firing of Emmons the next day,[37] stating that her concerns had been alleviated, and also stating that Emmons agreed to support Palin's plan to merge the town's library and museum operations.[40] Stambaugh, who had supported Palin's opponent in the election, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging that his termination violated his contract, reflected gender discrimination, and was for political reasons;[41] he said, for example, that he had opposed a bill in the state legislature that would lift some restrictions on carrying concealed weapons, a bill supported by Palin.[42] The court dismissed his case, ruling that the mayor had the right to fire city employees for any reason, including a political one, or for no reason at all.[43]

Despite a turbulent first year, Palin gained broad favor with Wasilla voters. She kept a jar with the names of Wasilla residents on her desk, and once a week she pulled a name from it and picked up the phone; she would ask: "How's the city doing?"[38] Using income generated by a 2% sales tax that was enacted before she was on the city council,[44] Palin cut property taxes by 75% and eliminated personal property and business inventory taxes.[45][46] Tapping municipal bonds, she made improvements to the roads and sewers[47] and increased funding to the Police Department.[32] She also oversaw new bike paths and procured funding for storm-water treatment to protect freshwater resources.[46] At the same time, she reduced spending on the town museum and blocked construction of a new library and city hall.[46] Palin ran for re-election against Stein in 1999 and won,[48][49] with a majority of 74%.[50] Palin was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.[47]

Second term
During her second term as mayor, Palin introduced a ballot measure proposing the construction of a municipal sports center to be financed by a 0.5% sales tax increase.[51] The $14.7 million Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex was built on time and under budget, but the city spent an additional $1.3 million because of an eminent domain lawsuit caused by the failure to obtain clear title to the property before beginning construction.[51] The city's long-term debt grew from approximately $1 million to $25 million through voter-approved indebtedness of $15 million for the sports complex, $5.5 million for street projects, and $3 million for water improvement projects. A city council member defended the spending increases as being caused by the city's growth during that time.[52]

She also hired the Anchorage-based lobbying firm of Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh to lobby for earmarks for Wasilla. The effort was led by Steven Silver, a former chief of staff for Senator Ted Stevens,[53] and it secured nearly $27 million in funds. The earmarks included $500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs, and $15 million for a rail project linking Wasilla and the ski resort community of Girdwood.[54] Earmark requests that Palin requested were criticized by Senator John McCain on three occasions, when she was mayor of Wasilla.[55]

Term limits prevented Palin from running for a third term as mayor in 2002.[56]

Post-mayoral years
In 2002, Palin ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a five-way Republican primary.[57] The Republican ticket of U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski and Leman won the November 2002 election. When Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in December 2002 to become governor, he considered appointing Palin to replace him in the Senate, but instead chose his daughter, Lisa Murkowski, who was then an Alaska state representative.[58]

Governor Murkowski appointed Palin to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. She chaired the Commission beginning in 2003, and served as Ethics Supervisor.[59] Palin resigned in January 2004, protesting what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Republican members.[60][61][62]

After resigning, Palin filed a formal complaint against Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioner Randy Ruedrich, also the chair of the state Republican Party,[63] accusing him of doing work for the party on public time and of working closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating. She also filed a complaint against Gregg Renkes, a former Alaska Attorney General,[64] accusing him of having a financial conflict of interest in negotiating a coal exporting trade agreement,[65] while Renkes was the subject of investigation and after records suggesting a possible conflict of interest had been released to the public.[66] Ruedrich and Renkes both resigned and Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[59][67]

From 2003 to June 2005, Palin served as one of three directors of "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group designed to provide political training for Republican women in Alaska.[68] In 2004, Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that she had decided not to run for the U.S. Senate that year, against the Republican incumbent, Lisa Murkowski, because her teenage son opposed it. Palin said "How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. Senator?"[69]

Governor of Alaska
Main article: Governorship of Sarah Palin

Palin in Kuwait visiting soldiers of the Alaska National Guard, July 24, 2007.In 2006, running on a clean-government platform, Palin defeated incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary.[70] Her running mate was State Senator Sean Parnell.

Despite spending less than her Democratic opponent, she won the gubernatorial election in November, defeating former governor Tony Knowles 48.3% to 40.9%.[71] Palin became Alaska's first female governor and at age 42, the youngest governor in Alaskan history.[72] She is the state's first governor to have been born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood, and the first not to be inaugurated in Juneau; she chose to have the ceremony held in Fairbanks instead. She took office on December 4, 2006 and has been very popular with Alaska voters. Polls taken in 2007 early in her term showed her with a 93% and 89% popularity among all voters.[73] A poll taken in September 2008 shows her popularity at 82%.[74][75] Palin declared that top priorities of her administration would be resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.[76]

Palin had championed ethics reform throughout her election campaign. Her first legislative action after taking office was to push for a bipartisan ethics reform bill. She signed the resulting legislation in July 2007, calling it a "first step" declaring that she remains determined to clean up Alaska politics.[77]

Lt. Col. David Cogdall helps Palin try out the Engagement Skills Trainer at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 24, 2007.Palin has sometimes broken with the state Republican establishment. For example, she endorsed Sean Parnell's bid to unseat the state's longtime at-large U.S. Representative, Don Young.[78] Palin has publicly challenged Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the ongoing federal investigation into his financial dealings. Shortly before his July 2008 indictment, she held a joint news conference with Stevens, described by The Washington Post as being "to make clear she had not abandoned him politically."[68]

Palin promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), where such development has been the subject of a national debate.[79] In March 2007, Palin put forward an Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) to encourage building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope.[80] In January 2008, Palin announced that TransCanada Corporation was the sole AGIA-compliant applicant.[81][82] In August 2008, Palin signed a bill awarding TransCanada Pipelines $500 million in seed money and a license to build and operate the $26 billion pipeline to transport gas from the North Slope to the Lower 48 through Canada.[83]

In 2006, Palin obtained a passport[84] and in 2007 traveled for the first time outside of North America on a trip to Kuwait. There she visited the Khabari Alawazem Crossing at the Kuwait–Iraq border and met with members of the Alaska National Guard at several bases.[85] On her return trip to the U.S., she visited injured soldiers in Germany.[86]

Posted by: pitbullstew | September 23, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Political positions
Main article: Political positions of Joe Biden
A method that political scientists use for gauging ideology is to compare the annual ratings by the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) with the ratings by the American Conservative Union (ACU).[116] Biden has a lifetime liberal 72 percent score from the ADA through 2004, while the ACU awarded Biden a lifetime conservative rating of 13 percent through 2007.[117] Using another metric, Biden has a lifetime average liberal score of 77.5 percent, according to a National Journal analysis that places him ideologically among the center of Senate Democrats.[118] The Almanac of American Politics rates congressional votes as liberal or conservative on the political spectrum, in three policy areas: economic, social, and foreign. For 2005–2006, Biden's average ratings were as follows: the economic rating was 80 percent liberal and 13 percent conservative, the social rating was 78 percent liberal and 18 percent conservative, and the foreign rating was 71 percent liberal and 25 percent conservative.[119]

Various interest groups have given Biden scores or grades as to how well his votes align with the positions of each group. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) gives him an 86 percent lifetime score, with a 91 percent score for the current session of Congress.[120] Biden received a 91 percent voting record from the National Education Association (NEA) showing a pro-teacher union voting record.[121] Biden opposes drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and supports governmental funding to find new energy sources.[122] Biden believes action must be taken on global warming. He co-sponsored the Sense of the Senate resolution calling on the United States to be a part of the United Nations climate negotiations and the Boxer-Sanders Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, the most stringent climate bill in the United States Senate.[123] Biden cites high health care and energy costs as two major threats to the prosperity of American businesses, and believes that addressing these issues will improve American economic competitiveness. Biden was given a 100 percent approval rating from AFL-CIO indicating a heavily pro-union voting record. Biden is opposed to the privatization of Social Security and was given an 89 percent approval rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), an organization of retired union members.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Elected Term began Term ends notes
County Council Legislature Wilmington 1970 January 4, 1971 January 3, 1973 4th District
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington, DC 1972 January 3, 1973 January 3, 1979
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington, DC 1978 January 3, 1979 January 3, 1985
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington, DC 1984 January 3, 1985 January 3, 1991
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington, DC 1990 January 3, 1991 January 3, 1997
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington, DC 1996 January 3, 1997 January 3, 2003
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington, DC 2002 January 3, 2003 January 3, 2009
United States Senate service
Dates Congress Sen. Majority President Committees Class/District
1973–1975 93rd Democratic Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1975–1977 94th Democratic Gerald R. Ford Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1977–1979 95th Democratic James E. Carter, Jr. Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1979–1981 96th Democratic James E. Carter, Jr. Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1981–1983 97th Republican Ronald W. Reagan Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1983–1985 98th Republican Ronald W. Reagan Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1985–1987 99th Republican Ronald W. Reagan Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1987–1989 100th Democratic Ronald W. Reagan Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1989–1991 101st Democratic George H. W. Bush Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1991–1993 102nd Democratic George H. W. Bush Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1993–1995 103rd Democratic William J. Clinton Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1995–1997 104th Republican William J. Clinton Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1997–1999 105th Republican William J. Clinton Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
1999–2001 106th Republican William J. Clinton Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
2001–2003 107th Republican
Democratic George W. Bush Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
2003–2005 108th Republican George W. Bush Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
2005–2007 109th Republican George W. Bush Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2
2007–2009 110th Democratic George W. Bush Judiciary, Foreign Relations class 2

Electoral history
Main article: Electoral history of Joe Biden
Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Biden % Opponent Party Votes %
1970 County Councilman General 10,573 55% Lawrence T. Messick Republican 8,192 43%
1972 U.S. Senator General 116,006 50% J. Caleb Boggs Republican 112,844 49%
1978 U.S. Senator General 93,930 58% James H. Baxter, Jr. Republican 66,479 41%
1984 U.S. Senator General 147,831 60% John M. Burris Republican 98,101 40%
1990 U.S. Senator General 112,918 63% M. Jane Brady Republican 64,554 36%
1996 U.S. Senator General 165,465 60% Raymond J. Clatworthy Republican 105,088 38%
2002 U.S. Senator General 135,253 58% Raymond J. Clatworthy Republican 94,793 41%


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Biden Jr., Joseph R. (2001-07-24). Administration’s Missile Defense Program and the ABM Treaty: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. U.S. Government Printing Office.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (2002-02-12). Examining The Theft Of American Intellectual Property At Home And Abroad: Hearing before the Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. U.S. Government Printing Office.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (2002-08-01). Hearings to Examine Threats, Responses, and Regional Considerations Surrounding Iraq: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 0756728231.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (September 2003). Strategies for Homeland Defense: A Compilation by the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. Diane Publishing. ISBN 0756726239.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (2001-07-08). Putin Administration's Policies toward Non-Russian Regions of the Russian Federation: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. U.S. Government Printing Office.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (2001-09-05). Threat of Bioterrorism and the Spread of Infectious Diseases: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. U.S. Government Printing Office.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (2002-02-27). How Do We Promote Democratization, Poverty Alleviation, and Human Rights to Build a More Secure Future: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 0756724783.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (January 2003). Political Future of Afghanistan: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. Diane Publishing. ISBN 0756730392.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (January 2003). International Campaign Against Terrorism: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. Diane Publishing. ISBN 0756730414.
Biden Jr., Joseph R. (2002). Halting the Spread of HIV/AIDS: Future Efforts in the U.S. Bilateral & Multilateral Response: Hearings before the Comm. on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate. Diane Publishing. ISBN 0756734541.
Biden vs Palin:
Biden Jr., Joseph R.; Jesse Helms (April 2000). Hague Convention On International Child Abduction: Applicable Law And Institutional Framework Within Certain Convention Countries Report To The Senate. Diane Publishing. ISBN 0756722500.
Nicholson, William C. (ed.) (2005). Homeland Security Law and Policy, with a foreword by Joseph Biden, C. C Thomas. ISBN 0398075832.

Posted by: pitbullstew | September 23, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Paul is not a viet vet, he was in the mercahnt marines, the bike is not a POW, its a motorcycle, these guys have egos as big as the economic bail out!
yes I went to viet nam, yes I pounded ground there

Posted by: pitbullstew | September 23, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I am not an Obama fan but now you say he is spreading lies about you. Everything here is a lie? You tell us.

Possibly charged rape kits to victims, does not believe in evolution, religion is questionable, encourages shooting bears and wolves from lowing flying planes, troopergate, no abortions for rape or incest, supported the bridge to no where before she opposed it. Has a pregnant teenager, her only experiences with Foreign Relations is the fact she can see Russia from AL, Questioned a librarian about book banning and later the librarian was fired. Does not believe in Global Warming, and left her city in debt as Mayor.
Has not submitted her tax returns yet.

Cannot stand the heat - better get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: whynot | September 23, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Depak Chopra gives the most accurate observation of Sarah Palin. He says she represents the basest parts of our psyche in this country. How true.....

Posted by: feminist observer | September 23, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Get your facts straight - Obamas executive experience he touts with the CAC as a community organizer was hand in hand with Ayers. They worked closely together for years.

Posted by: Jdude | September 23, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

That was not what / when Gov. Palin said. Debunked:

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Here is a useful resource related to Gov. Sarah Palin - the most comprehensive page of information on her record available on the Net. It includes videos of her saying her proposed $30 billion natural gas pipeline is the “will of God,” her saying a month ago she doesn’t know what the VP of the U.S. does, and her complaining four months ago that Hillary Clinton was whining about “sexist” coverage -

It has in-depth research, audio clips, videos, excerpts and links to hundreds of articles, including many from papers and TV stations in Alaska. It has rare footage, including her telling the 2008 convention of the Alaska Independence Party, whose goal is to give Alaska a vote on seceding from the U.S. to “keep up the good work.”

The level of research is unparalleled. The site’s editors include an Emmy-award winning CNN reporter, the former operating editor of the Christian Science Monitor’s web site, the former head of NPRs News Blog and the Executive Director of the Online News Association. Check it out here -

Please spread the word about this Palin info to anyone who might want to know more.

Posted by: The Daily Source | September 23, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

vee twin writes:

"Too bad we are so alienated and not "united" we stand like we were after 9/11 "

Were we all united after 9-11, or just scared ?

Setting aside whatever litmus test you might impose on being a real "American", apparently you missed the two elections Bush won, engineered by that corpulent sleaze meister Rove.

Divide the electorate, conquer and pray you get 50.1 percent of the vote, then govern as if you had a mandate.

Where have you been the last seven years. Sitting in a corner hoping for another 9-11 to "unite" the country ?

Posted by: MA | September 23, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to point out to Paul Sr. that I love this country too. Thats why I don't wish to bailout the **** Republicans who took away the regulation to get to this point. No, we are not all Americans these days. Stupidity is in, intelligence is out. More of the same to the point of anarchy. If somehow thats loving your country, boy, are you guys in for a surprise.

Posted by: Suzanne | September 23, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

poor poor libby, squeal like a pig (with or without lipstick)

it's over, the asinine condescension, the psuedo-intellectual & the profound insight all you anti-GOP's espouse is your undoing....again

list all the 'facts' you want. your fighting the wrong battle. you think your fighting Bush, which goes to show, just like a liberal, your operating on emotion. Your fighting perception, and the perception is the Obama-Biden ticket is just same old politicians with differant faces.

you can attempt to disect the agruments ad infinitum, you can do you best to discredit by ad hominem or 'fact check', but you have lost.

just as in the pre-civilised days, your weak and it shows. so do yourselves a favor, leave

just leave, sell your house, if you have one and move to a socialist country where you will be far happier. the fly over states will not miss you a bit. it was never your country. the academic and the intellectual illuminati squeaked in with 60's and have far overstayed their welcome. you liberals are all, in a word, defeatist

we now return you to normally scheduled screeching about rednecks, the ignorant, republicans, GOP, Bush and the spiritual.

If ACLU and lose all the Euro funding how do they dismantle the US constitution ?

Wouldn't it be great to send them all away so we can re-install our personal liberties without all the insane frivolous trials and constant lawsuits and whack-jobs who didn't grow up here that we have to write law after law after law to keep from blowing up airplanes

ahhh....the good old days. pre-14MM illegals and the babyboomers ruining their own culture

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 23, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I'd give my 2 fingers to hear Sarah Palin preaching abstenteesm to the bikers crowd in Pennsylvania...

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding t he fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America 's.

If your husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DUI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA , your family is extremely admirable.

Posted by: Serge Birbrair | September 23, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

McCain may love the military but he doesn't love those in the military. He has a terrible voting record on veterans' issues and issues affecting active military.

People assume because of his history that he supports veterans. He does not.

"He's voted for veterans funding bills only 30% of the time, according to a scorecard of roll-call votes put out by the nonpartisan Disabled Americans for America."

"Senator McCain clearly needs to be recognized for his military service and in some respects that will play to his advantage, but when it actually comes to delivering health care and benefits during war, Senator McCain's going to have some explaining to do," said Paul Sullivan, director of the nonpartisan Veterans for Common Sense.

Posted by: Sandy | September 23, 2008 4:44 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for bringing up the tire inflation facts, I've been explaining this to people myself.

Palin and McCain seem to think saving gas and saving money is some sort of a joke, but my father taught about this many years ago even before I learned to drive, he happened to be in the tire business.

This is information which has been known for decades and I found it particularly telling Palin-McCain would use it as a point to ridicule Obama when in fact he was absolutely correct. They are more interested in potential attack one liners than facts which obviously has a way of eluding them.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 23, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Please send Sarah Palin back to Alaska for us to deal with. We have a little party planned here for her involving tar, feathers and a pole to give the whole lying family a ride out of town. No experience. No integrity. No way.

Posted by: Hresz | September 23, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

geez brock101

show me an honest man and I'll show you Genies' lamp

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Liberals are twisted, unhappy, neurotic little name-callers and egregious violators of taste, decency, and respect. And they prove it on comments pages like this EVERY time. Just take a look. Its pretty obvious that liberalism is a mental dysfunction. Too bad we are so alienated and not "united" we stand like we were after 9/11.....They have hijacked and polarized our culture with their blames games, their hatred of George Bush and anyone conservative or Republican, and their hate-porn in general. And the American people see through the Obama-media hype and the Obamamaniacs worship of the messiah empty suit.And his dark past and felonuous associates. So we'll see who the bipartisan moderate fence-sitters decide should lead our nation for the next 4 years, thats who usually swings these close contests. As a Vietnam Veteran and biker, and loyal, patriotic American, I'm voting for McCain/Palin. You respect that, and I'll respect YOUR choice. Ciao.

Posted by: vee_twn | September 23, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

I hope your foregin relations speech this week in New York will be different from the one you have been reading for the last 3 weeks. I am pretty sure they have all seen that show. You might want to show case your experience by telling them you have foreign relations experience because you can see Russia from AL.

Posted by: whynot | September 23, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

geez brock101,

Obama was an 8-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost 40 years ago is ridiculous. Ayers never killed anyone in the bomb, except accidently, a member of his own group. Ayers is now a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. Obama was a law professor at U Chicago. They mingled in the intellectual crowd. Get over yourself and ASK WHY McCain likes to YELL at a poor women who just wanted to know that the gov. was doing to find their MIA POW family members:
McCain cannot have honor when he is DISHONEST

Posted by: palins_nemesis | September 23, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

thanks zmama, for reminding me that in addition to chanting USA USA USA all freakn afternoon at the really, you lovely neo-cons also chanted "NOBAMA"

How Lovely. That was the deep insight I went to the rally for! You neo-cons never disappoint!

Posted by: palins_nemesis | September 23, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

McCain should get in that chopper and out of Pennsylvania. No way. No how. No McCain.

Posted by: mnjam | September 23, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh G Wally, what IS wrong w/ menstruating? you vagina-fearing little misogynist!
Also, while you are answering that question, I would like to know what is wrong with community organizing?? Since I assume you are a no-good, lying hypocrite neo-con, tell me, ARE YOU MAKING FUN OF JESUS?
Did ya know Jesus was a community organizer? Did ya know?

Gee Wally,i didn't know you neo-cons thought so little of Him.

PS DO NOT underestimate the importance of keeping your tires properly inflated
"maintaining them at the proper pressure can save you about $100 a year at today's gas prices"

That is more than Johny LIAR McSame and Ms. lipstick Failin would have saved your pocket with their DUMB GAS HOLIDAY idea, which woulda only saved you $54.24

BOOYA mofo!
you have been just proven retarded!

Posted by: palins_nemesis | September 23, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

McCain urged his wife, Cindy, to enter the semi-nude "Miss Buffalo Chip" beauty contest at a motorcycle rally last month in Sturgis, S.D. Did he at least ask Sarah to show them her....... He does love his women.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Gee Wally, what's wrong with menstruating? Fraid you'll get cooties?

Posted by: O'Meara Can | September 23, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

John Hussein McOld is in deep trouble. Many of the republican pundits are starting to realize he's an empty suit and Failin Palin is a dummy. What a disaster for the GOP!

Posted by: Former Democrat | September 23, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

where are the McSame and Failin stickers??

I really want one

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

That is awesome... I just hope those guys show their support with the HUGE McCain - Palin stickers they ordered!!

So Sweet!!!!

Posted by: Kevin K. | September 23, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bwah ha ha ha aha ahha | September 23, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Was ayers ever convicted for bombing all the shyt hannity keep talking about?

Posted by: brock101 | September 23, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse


Where are you little man?

Posted by: chitown | September 23, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I will take Barack Hussein Obama over Palin McCain in a heart beat.

You have to be crazy to put a 100 year old man, and a phyco Beitch
in the White House

5 schools in 6 years equal something to hide

Posted by: brock101 | September 23, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Former Democrat,

Former democrat my a$$, current RNC neocon troll is more like it.

Posted by: usa3 | September 23, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Former Dem my azz

Please you need to stop lying. You are a neo con wannabe.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama will never be elected by the American people! Backed by the corrupt Chicago machine, with a communist mentor (Frank Marshall Davis) in high school, a racist mentor for 20 years (Jeremiah Wright), felons like Rezko, and terrorists like Ayers?

Why couldn't the Democrats have chosen someone decent, with at least a LITTLE experience at running something (other than a con)?

Hillary would have been better than Barack Hussein Obama.

GO McCain/Palin 2008! It's the best choice for America in the dangerous world of today. Obama sin Biden?

Posted by: Former Democrat | September 23, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse


You had a conversation with the gay dude in chicago over dinner.

Posted by: brock101 | September 23, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse


Don't fight it you are gay. And that's ok

Posted by: chitown | September 23, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse


American Beauty. You are the freaky father

Posted by: brock101 | September 23, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

You little twitty puke only liberals are queer and stoned.
Oh I love that article on Biden
Your Obamy can pick 'em

Posted by: cc | September 23, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse


You need to come out and say why you are a bi smoker. Maybe you have an Obama fantasy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Biden will be voting MCain;) :( :)

The Democratic nominee for vice president, Senator Biden of Delaware, is denouncing a television advertisement released by the campaign he is running along with Senator Obama of Illinois.
During an interview with CBS yesterday, Mr. Biden disowned an Obama-Biden ad that suggested the Republican nominee, Senator McCain, was out of touch because he does not use a computer.
"I thought that was terrible," Mr. Biden told news anchor Katie Couric after she made reference to the ad while asking about the tone of the campaign. After the ad was released, several of Mr. McCain's allies pointed to press reports saying he cannot type because of injuries he incurred while a prisoner during the Vietnam War.
"I didn't know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we would have never done it," the vice presidential nominee said. When Ms. Couric asked if Mr. Obama approved it, as stated in the ad, Mr. Biden did not respond directly.

Posted by: CC | September 22, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse


I respect you and your bi sexual life style but Obama is straight.

Posted by: brock101 | September 22, 2008 11:43 PM
His old Chicago cocain buddy sure tells a different story.

Posted by: CC | September 22, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse


I respect you and your bi sexual life style but Obama is straight.

Posted by: brock101 | September 22, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, and I are going to get on the white chopper, and ride to washington? What about poor cindy?

Posted by: brock101 | September 22, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama the prissy wus needs to come out and explain why he is bi-sexual.
And why he is still snorting cocain.

Posted by: CC | September 22, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

zmama-why don't first we ask McCain about his campaign adviser, Rick Davies, who actually earned a paycheck from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as consultants - what did he promise them in return for $30,000 per month. Let's start there.

Posted by: pam | September 22, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

To the goof who was at the rally today and said all the crowd chanted was USA USA USA-well I was there and we also said "NOBAMA!"

Go ask Obama about his buddies who looted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Both those agencies are at the root of the subprime mortgage crisis. And you know what you college student-even your student loans are tied in with the mortgage industry.

Posted by: zmama | September 22, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

In order to get the support of the conservative wing of the Republican party McCain had to select Sarah Palin as VP. If elected, McCain will have to pay his debt to the conservative wing in full -- in politics you can't bite the hand that feeds you. This means four more years of Republican ideology if McCain is elected. This means four more years of huge Republican tax breaks for the wealthy and well-heeled. This means four more years of paltry tax checks for the rest of us. Isn't the economy in enough ruin? Haven't we fought enough useless wars for the oil barons? Can't we get it? Vote for Obama on Nov 4.

Posted by: veritas | September 22, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

"McCain has taken leave of his senses. He has totally flipped and flopped on what he stood for just a few short months ago. The only plausible explaination is he has sold his pandering soul to the extreme right ideologues of the Republicans"
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Nope. Not with a gay chief of staff you can't say that John McCain has EVER "sold his pandering soul to the extreme right ideologues of the Republicans."

Go back to the drawing board and come up with another theory!

Posted by: Jason Warren | September 22, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain, Gov Palin, and gay chief-of-staff Mark Buse.......... a ticket conservatives can feel comfortable with!

Vote McCain-Palin...... and get Gay Mark tossed in for free!

Posted by: Laughing harder and harder at the "tricked again" conservatives of America | September 22, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain has taken leave of his senses. He has totally flipped and flopped on what he stood for just a few short months ago. The only plausible explaination is he has sold his pandering soul to the extreme right ideologues of the Republicans culture war on America. He chose to take the most devisive road possible in hopes of somehow winning the White House. Wake up and smell the coffee folks this man is NOT QUALIFIED to be President of these UNITED STATES! He is not good enought to be our leader, BUT OBAMA IS!

Posted by: seethelight | September 22, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does stuff like this make McCain look really, really old?

It doesn't get any better when you realize that Palin is about to become a grandmother.

Posted by: JakeR | September 22, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 22, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Senator Mc Cain does not demonstrate the command of issues that I thought he would. His years in the Senate did not provide me with the in depth exposure that this long campaign has. I was surprised with his inability to articulate thoughtful positions on major issues. I now do not see that he is a superior alternative to Obama.
The likely smartest candidates did not survive the process or did not throw their hats in the ring.

Sarah Palin is nothing more than a prop and not worthy of the position of VP. She may have voter appeal, but I don't hire people or vote for people based on how they look. It's competency, knowledge and experience and oh yeah common sense.

Today's remarks that you don't raise tax's in a down economy was the last straw for me and I would have expected the rest of the sentence that spending needs to be reduced, but that I guess was a bridge too far.

Sorry Senator Mc Cain, but I judge you not the Maverick that you pretend to be, but just another politician who cares more about getting elected than governing.

Posted by: geek | September 22, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BOBSTER | September 22, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse



TOPIC: How I had a gay right hand man for over 20 years... and no one figured it out!

Coffee and donuts will be served following the presentation.

Senator McCain appreciates all votes and donations from his gay supporters.

Posted by: NOTICE | September 22, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"Shut Up and Don't Ask Us Any Questions"


Posted by: BOBSTER | September 22, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I just get plain ole tickled watching Choom-Gang's drones freaking out on places like this! You have good cause to be scared feces-less.

Posted by: Jonathan | September 22, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile - little Barack is checking the air pressure on his tricycle. You bunch of loser, menstruating metrosexual democrats...think your boy can handle a chopper, or is even a Vespa too much for that limp wristed, uselss community organizing sorry excuse for a candidate?

Posted by: G Wally | September 22, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RAISE HELL | September 22, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Lets get this over with and finally announce Palin's race for the Presidency. Does anyone else notice that John and Cindy dont relally seem to like each other

Posted by: Q | September 22, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Why does McCain & Palin need to hug, hold hands and/or kiss the cheek all the time?
How many others do this? Usually shake hands or very quick, man to man hug.
I BET CINDY is furious..could easily dump that dirty ole man. Palin does it because she knows "it works". So far,, she has been quite good at her little speeches and good at putting others down to build herself up. McCain has learned all these dirty little snipes also that he did not do back in 2000. Age has got him and hes desperate and Palin is teaching him more.
Sure would be interesting to see McCain & Palin riding that bike all the way to Washington or is this another lie to flip on?

Posted by: journe | September 22, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jaybird.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain needs to come out in the open right now and explain this craziness of him having a chief of staff who is a known homosexual on his staff for 20 years."

You might say McCain needs to come out of the closet aye?

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear more about that Media, PA rally. All "USA USA" all the time, according to one post. I was wondering if anyone asked Palin or McCain a single substantive question and got any kind of answer? Anyone know when the first press conference will be?

Caldwell Young

Posted by: Caldwell Young | September 22, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

"I'm going out on a limb here and guessing you are an 0bama supporter. If so, what qualifies your boy to be President of the US?"

The only thing that qualifies anybody to be President is 272 electoral college votes. George Bush was an alcoholic whose Daddy's friends set him up with everything, then put Cheney in as Vice President for adult supervision. What qualified Bush? The US Supreme Court. Obama is going to be the first great President of the 21st Century. Believe it.

Posted by: Will | September 22, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

John McCain Gay Appreciation Society:
What hold do gays have on the Republican Party?
First Mehlman, Rove, Craig, Foley- what pray tell is going on-are they using religion to fool people- are Republicans that dumb?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse



ALL right-homosexual voters in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Early voting for McCain-Palin started TODAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 of those states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get a chance to vote after tomorrow.

Vote John McCain if you want to see an openly gay chief of staff, Mark Buse as the President's right hand man come January 2009.

Posted by: lets deal with the problem.... NOW!!!!!!!! | September 22, 2008 8:50 PM

John McCain needs to come out in the open right now and explain this craziness of him having a chief of staff who is a known homosexual on his staff for 20 years. What does this say about his support of conservative family values. I hope Sarah Palin is speaking out at least in private that this is NO GO if McCain wants conservative votes on election day.

Posted by: WKD | September 22, 2008 8:49 PM

Posted by: John McCain Gay Appreciation Society | September 22, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Today, McCain called the white chopper "marvelous.''

"Sarah and I are going to get on that chopper and ride it right to Washington,'' he said. more ways than one.

Typical dirty old man.

Posted by: theantibush | September 22, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I grew up near Media, PA. At one time, Delaware County was solidly GOP, of the moderate sort....reasonable folks, not the firebreathing wing nut creationist sort that have come to dominate the modern GOP. Now it's a very dark shade of purple.

Posted by: Jaybird | September 22, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign lies....while whining about being called liars

"Sen. John McCain’s top campaign aides convened a conference call today to complain of being called "liars." They pressed the media to scrutinize specific elements of Sen. Barack Obama’s record."

"But the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may have had the opposite effect: to deepen the perception, dangerous to McCain, that he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy."

"The errors in McCain strategist Steve Schmidt’s charges against Obama and Sen. Joe Biden were particularly notable because they seemed unnecessary. Schmidt repeatedly gilded the lily: He exaggerated the Biden family's already problematic ties to the credit card industry; Obama’s embarrassing relationship with a 1960s radical; and an Obama supporter’s over-the-top attack on Sarah Palin when — in each case — the truth would have been damaging enough."

"Any time the Obama campaign is criticized at any level, the critics are immediately derided as liars," Schmidt told reporters.

But as he went on to list a series of stories he thought reporters should be writing about Obama and Biden, in almost every instance he got the details wrong."

Read the piece for the details, but when the Politico's Ben Smith asked the McCain campaign for evidence for their assertions, this is the response he got:

Asked about the series of errors, McCain aides could not provide evidence to back up Schmidt’s assertions.

One McCain aide, Michael Goldfarb, said Politico was "quibbling with ridiculously small details when the basic things are completely right."

Another, Brian Rogers, responded more directly:

"You are in the tank," he e-mailed

Here's the mavericky "straight-talk" from McCain Rovebot campaign flunkie, Steve Schmidt:

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 22, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse


Who is "Paul Sr."?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:48 PM
"Paul Sr." is the over the top angry, neurotic, compulsive,protagonist of OCC, who constantly browbeats his long suffering son "Paul Jr" to work harder while he himself does nothing all day except drink coffee and lift weights...sorta a microcosum of the modern GOP

Posted by: Jaybird | September 22, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I was at the media rally. WHAT A JOKE!!! All they chant is 'USA USA USA' Hello - we get it! if we say 'Obama' and you say "USA" what does that mean? That Obama and his supporters are 'anti'-USA? GIVE ME A BREAK!! What kind of question is: "How many people out there love their country and the military?"

I felt sick to my stomach - of course all Americans love this great country and are v. thankful to our military. McCain, though, apparently doesn't think our troops are important enough to get a college education, as he voted AGAINST it in the GI BILL!! IT is time McCain and Palin STOP using patriotism and militarism to bolster their polls. CHEAP. Palin using her son's service is CHEAP.

I am also a student in a nearby college. I am sad i went to the rally today. SUCH A WASTE. Mccain and Palin did not say anything substantive at all. They were all about listing all the problem in this country (problems we inheretid while McCain has been in Congress for 24 years!!! Where was MCCAIN?? Where was the republican leadership for the las t EIGHT years???)

McCain and Palin had no solutions. Just empty rhetoric and promises lost in the chants of USA USA USA. I hope all who vote for this incompetent, losing team - McFailin- will be proud to Chant USA USA USA when our country burns in wasr and chaos anf our bridges collapse and our children fall in to a spiral of hate-venom and ignorance, which will surely befall upon us if REPUBLICANS are given four more years.

PS The stock market plunged another 327 points today, Lehman just agreed to be sold to Japanese titan Nomura, dollar value plunged, oil soared, unemployment rose to 6.1%, and McCain is oblivious. Palin has no answers, she just likes to point fingers and call herself a hockey mom. McCain thinks the solution is to 'fire Cox' whoopdeedo o yeah, thanks! Oh and don't forget the "fundamentals are strong!" this chaotic market is "all psychological" America, you are dreaming - lost your job? DREAM! Can't afford gas AND food AND rent AND clothing for your kids? DREAM! Don't worry, according to Phil Gramm, McCain's top Economic Adviser and Lobbyist for Swiss Titan UBS, "America is a nation of whiners!" Republicans say stop whining! Suck it up! USA USA USA

Posted by: Palins_nemesis | September 22, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain and sister Sara both lie through there false teeth. They wouldn't know how to tell the truth if it stared them in the face. We dont need them in the White House.

Posted by: Rachel | September 22, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

ALL right-homosexual voters in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Early voting for McCain-Palin started TODAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 of those states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get a chance to vote after tomorrow.

Vote John McCain if you want to see an openly gay chief of staff, Mark Buse as the President's right hand man come January 2009.

Posted by: lets deal with the problem.... NOW!!!!!!!! | September 22, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

John McCain needs to come out in the open right now and explain this craziness of him having a chief of staff who is a known homosexual on his staff for 20 years. What does this say about his support of conservative family values. I hope Sarah Palin is speaking out at least in private that this is NO GO if McCain wants conservative votes on election day.

Posted by: WKD | September 22, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse


Who is "Paul Sr."?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

And the news in this posting is where?

Posted by: Chris | September 22, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Washington Post, a "chopper" is a type of motorcycle. As if all of America doesn't know that. Excellent reporting!

Posted by: Jo | September 22, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Paul doesn't get any better than THIS!!! VOTE McCain-Palin!!!!!!

Posted by: Suzee | September 22, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I want my cheese back.

Want some whine with that cheese? You'll get plenty on 11/5. I'm going out on a limb here and guessing you are an 0bama supporter. If so, what qualifies your boy to be President of the US?

Posted by: rightthinker | September 22, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

ALL right-thinking voters in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Early voting for McCain-Palin started TODAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 of those states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get a chance to vote after tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

In other news Schwinn showed up at an Obama event and presented Borack Obama with a 10 speed with training wheels.

Posted by: robtr | September 22, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and the Death of Cheese

Genuine talent is no longer necessary to achieve acclaim. Just good looks and a good publicist. Ambition, which formerly needed to be framed by legitimate qualifications, became a talent in-and-of itself.

This death of cheese has so permeated the culture that no sector is left untainted. The genius of Karl Rove was in recognizing this cultural shift and exploiting it in politics to advance the extreme right-wing agenda of his boss George W. Bush. Of course, the agenda wasn’t really Bush’s. He, we all know now, barely has a thought in head. But he was the imperfect vehicle (rhetorically challenged, incurious, arrogant, though secretly insecure) which Rove utilized in this time to ensure that the ambition of the GOP was fulfilled. Bush won two terms. The first, barely, because he was someone you wanted to have a beer with. The second because 9/11 scrambled the brains of Americans.

I, like many of you, have always held a deep suspicion that this cultural change portended bad things for America and the world. I’ve watched as Americans have become stupider, more manipulatable, less interested in the world around them. They are all too busy dancing in the mirror.

And now, with Sarah Palin, my fears have been justified. She is the Reality TV/American Idol candidate for the most powerful office in the world. Without legitimate qualifications and the necessary interest and judgment to hold the office she seeks, she has risen like a phoenix to become an uber-celebrity and, somehow, beyond all logic and reason, a genuine possibility to be president of the United States.

Cheese thy name is Sarah.

This is what we always feared. The great democratization of society has put intelligence on the same level as stupidity. Education on the same level as ignorance. Character on the same level as good looks. Judgment on the same level as “gut” reaction.

Nothing is cheesy anymore. And, as a result, what finally happens when a society abandons it’s standards is that Sarah Palin can have her manicured finger on the button.

I want my cheese back.

Posted by: ES | September 22, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse


Just don't tell Cindy, OK?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

John McCain said.
"Sarah and I are going to get on that chopper and ride it right to Washington,'' he said.

so...Senator, um that chopper only has a single seat, where exactly will Sarah be sitting? That is supposing you are the one doing the driving.

Posted by: stephen | September 22, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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