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Palin Calls for Wall Street Accountability

By Juliet Eilperin
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke briefly of the need to instill greater accountability on Wall Street today, before outlining what priorities she would pursue as vice president should the GOP win the election this fall.

Speaking before a boisterous crowd of a couple thousand supporters at an indoor riding center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Palin called the current crisis surrounding the investment firm Lehman Brothers "an issue of real concern. It's taking a toll on our economy, and that means people's life savings."

Palin echoed the comments her running mate John McCain had made earlier today, welcoming the fact that the Federal Reserve is not "using taxpayer money to bail out" Lehman Brothers. Instead she called for reforms to the nation's financial system, which she said "needs a complete overhaul."

"Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective," she said. "John McCain and I are going to put an end to the mismanagement and abuses in Washington and on Wall Street. It must be the market that the American people and investors everywhere can trust. This is going to be one of the highest priorities of our administration."

She laid blame not only with federal policymakers but with the heads of the nation's financial houses, saying, "They put their own interest at risk above those of their employees and the shareholders who own those companies."

The crowd roared during much of Palin's speech, at times drowning out the candidate herself. While a couple of protesters hurled occasional insults such as "You're unqualified," they were quickly overwhelmed by chants of "USA!"

The GOP vice presidential candidate couched most of her speech, regardless of the subject, in terms of reform. The U.S. financial system, she said, "needs some shakin' up and some fixin'."

"With your help we're going to Washington to shake things up," she added. "We're going to be there in Washington, working for you."

Switching gears, Palin disclosed that she and McCain had agreed on three areas she would focus on if elected president: energy, government reform and supporting "families with special needs." Vowing to expand domestic energy production, she said she would support McCain's "all of the above strategy" for combing new drilling with renewable energy development.

And although Palin has often resisted disclosing internal government deliberations as governor, she said the fact that she was not a member of the "Washington elite" enhanced her commitment to making the federal government more transparent. "We're going to make everything more open, though, and more accountable, and more attractive to those who want to serve," she said.

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Posted by: Audrey | September 18, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey KMichaels...are you trying to win a prize from the McCain campaign?

I guess you would have voted against FDR (given that he was a "liberal". I also guess you think FDR was a hater....

Posted by: Chefra | September 16, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Todd Palin is a DUDE at the wrong place at the wrong time! I would invite DUDE to dinner. But, you know, it will be hard to see these DUDES run the country!

Posted by: opp88 | September 16, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

O.K. DEMOCRATS,

SEAN HANNITY WILL BE INTERVIEWING SARAH PALIN. TRY TO HAVE AN OPEN MIND, YOU KNOW SEAN IS IN LOVE WITH PALIN BECAUSE SEAN IS A REPUBLICAN. IT WILL BE NO SURPRISE HOW THE INTERVIEW WILL GO. HANNITY WILL SOFT INTERVIEW PALIN AND HAVE THE PALIN BASE (R)/PUMA FEEL SYMPATHY FOR PALIN. WE KNOW THIS BUT LET'S TREAT HER AS IF SHE WERE YOUR SISTER OR AUNTE. SO, LET'S NOT TRUST HANNITY AND HIS MOTIVES. SCRUTINIZE HANNITIES INTENTION'S BECAUSE I FEEL HANNITY SHOULD BE THE REPUBLICANS V.P. CHOICE. BUT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE GUT'S SO HE IS USING PALIN TO FULFILL HIS DREAM'S. KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THAT WANT TO BE SOCCER DAD!

Posted by: opp88 | September 16, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Palin need to be accountable with the investigations. She can't talk until she do right by the alaskan people

Posted by: brock101 | September 16, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Let's stay on track DEMOCRATS. Lets show the world that we are serious about our future! let's say that by VOTING for Bill Clinton's LEGACY, DEMOCRACY and our dedication in being #1 in the world. It will take some time considering how deep the current Adminstration took us. But let's support America by VOTING for our future and "BARACK'S CHANGE." KEEP THE EYE ON THE BALL!

Posted by: opp88 | September 16, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

"Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective," she said.

It's tough, running against your own party. "We screwed up, we suck, and that's precisely why you should keep voting for us!"

Of course, it looks like a good chunk of people are buying it, so what the heck. If no one ever hold you accountable for your screw ups, I guess you don't really have to work too hard at coming up with plausible reasons for people to vote for you.

Posted by: drossless | September 16, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

How can she say that she is going to make a more "open" government when she is refusing to cooperate with the investigation in her home state! LIES

Posted by: Read this | September 15, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Again, I don't think Palin "gets it". We already know McCain doesn't "get it". The taxpayers are going to pay for this whether it is a buy out or flat-out loss.

Hello.....is anyone there Republican ticket?

Posted by: natnicnic | September 15, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Know how Palin's solution to improve the national economy?

Easy....just put up Air Force One for sale on Ebay.

Posted by: sm | September 15, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

This from an 80 year old former minister in Wasilla:

"Munger also asked Palin if she truly believed in the End of Days, the doomsday
scenario when the Messiah will return. "She looked in my eyes and said,
'Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime.'"

Bess is unnerved by the prospect of Palin -- a woman whose mind is given
to dogmatic certitude -- standing one step away from the Oval Office.

"It's truly frightening that someone like Sarah has risen to the national level," Bess said.

"Like all religious fundamentalists -- Christian, Jewish, Muslim -- she is a dualist. T
hey view life as an ongoing struggle to the finish between good and evil.
Their mind-set is that you do not do business with evil -- you destroy it.
Talking with the enemy is not part of their plan.

That puts someone like Obama on the side of evil.


"Forget all this chatter about whether or not she knows what the Bush doctrine is.
That's trivial. The real disturbing thing about Sarah is her mind-set. I
t's her underlying belief system that

will influence how she responds in an international crisis,
if she's ever in that position,
and has the full might of the U.S. military in her hands.

She gave some indication of that thinking in her ABC
interview, when she suggested how willing she would
be to go to war with Russia.

..... Despite their strong political differences, "she always has a warm greeting
for me when we bump into each other. She's the most charming person you'll ever know."

"But," Bess adds, "this person's election would be a disaster
for the country and the world."

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/09/15/bess/index1.html

WAKE UP AMERICA

The Dominuism movement is scary. Sort of like an Amerian,
Christian Taliban. Check out Joel's Army if you don't believe
me.

Posted by: there is no anonymous anymore | September 15, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

GO SARAH PALIN, Don't be part of this Presidential race in the blind please!

Barack Obama used that "pig and lip stick" knowing that John McCain had used that same comment about Hillary Clinton.

What does John McCain do?

Brings out an ad saying Barack is being disrespectful towards his V.P. choice.

Minutes later we have this same comment comming out of John McCain's mouth about Hillary.

John McCain than retracts his smear ad on Obama!

What Obama say's is "What we have here, is a failure to communicate" we want to debate on the issue's that the American People are concerned about. And John McCain wants to sling mud!

But us Democrats understand you want your carbone copy of Hillary. Sorry ladies Palin is not even close and you know it.

And we also understand that it does'nt matter to you, in that respect aswel. So, good luck to you in November!

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The current economic problems can be accounted for by the absence of regulation. As I recall, deregulation was started by St. Ronnie and has been the mantra of the Republican Party for th past 25 years plus. So, is Mrs. Palin fighting her own party and her own president on this matter? And I do wish that Mrs. Palin would get beyond Washington reform as the asnwer to every single problem that this country faces. That is a simplistic approach to very complex problems.

Posted by: marmac5 | September 15, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Do we now have three candidates from the two major parties running for president? The link mentioned candidate reaction and listed Obama, McCain and Palin. Strange, I thought Palin was running for Vice-President on the Rpublican ticket. If the Washinton Post is going to elevate her to the level of the presidential candidates, then they should do the same for Senator Biden. I am tired of the MSM treating Mrs. Palin as if she were the Second Coming!!!

Posted by: a concerned citizen | September 15, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

SocalGirl, she is going to shake up Washington by opening ANWR to drilling.

Yep, THAT will REALLY shake them up.

Posted by: Martiniano | September 15, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Kevin YOU ROCK! Very funny. Thank you for the laugh.

Posted by: Martiniano | September 15, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

How exactly is Palin going to reform Washington?

The Constitution of the United States only provides a single power to the Vice President--and even that is limited: "shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be evenly divided."

The Vice President has no legislative powers.

The Vice President has no judicial powers.

The Vice President has no veto powers.

The Vice President has no authority over the Senate.

The Vice President has no authority over the House of Representatives.

The Vice President has no authority over the Executive Branch.

Further, the democrats have a majority in both Houses; Palin is an unknown, outsider who has no professional relationships with members of Congress; Palin is an unknown outsider who no influence with Congress.

If elected, Palin will have no power, no influence, no network in Congress, and be a member of the minority party.

So exactly how is Palin going to reform Washington?

Posted by: socalgal59 | September 15, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah said: "They put their own interest at risk above those of their employees and the shareholders who own those companies."

Am I the only one who sees the double negative in that statement? "They put their own interest at risk"

means that they (the baddies) were willing to accept the risk

"above those [risks] of their employees and shareholders"

meaning the baddies where protecting their employees and shareholders.

This is code speak to the baddies. Either that or she is a retard.

Posted by: Martiniano | September 15, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain's a rich out of touch man who puts "Country First" but thinks his name his "Country." That's why he sucked up to Jerry Falwell and hired the people who smeared him 8 years ago to dishonorably smear Obama. Palin's gruesomely self-confidant and pettily vindictive, with no experience or understanding of how about 200-million Americans live their lives. She's one of those Alaskans who get really incensed when outsiders can't understand why you just have, you just have to blow wolves away from airplanes. She thinks God actually might care to hear a prayer that Big Oil corporations get to build a pipeline. Her own teenagers are pathetic slackers. McCain putting this woman, whose every single core conviction he openly was disgusted by 8 years ago, onto his ticket shows just how sickly ambitious he's become.

Posted by: Will | September 15, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

We need Sarah Palin now! She may be the ONLY person in America with the economic savvy to pull us out of the mess were in. In addition to her extensive economic training garnered in some of the Great Northern Woods' finer community colleges, she's clearly current in all the complexities of Fanny May and Freddie Mack. (She knows all the wild game recipes in Fanny May's celebrated cookbook by heart and has hasn't missed a thing that the late great black actor/comedian Freddie Mack starred in right up until his untimely death last month. In fact, she was a fan of Freddie Mack way back when he was doing that Comedy Jam for the Hearing Impaired with that nice young Russell someone or other.) I mean, she managed to build a skating rink in Wasilla, didn't she? And that wasn't easy or cheap because they forgot to buy the land first. So hang on her every word and regard her economic prognostications and analyses with the reverent regard they so richly merit. This is one smart cookie! (And no, that particular cookie recipe can not be found in the Fanny May cookbook!)

Posted by: Kevin | September 15, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

GO SARAH PALIN, I would have Voted for Sarah if she could tell the truth for once. But for you to blame the pig and lip stick on OBAMA only proves how REPUBLICANS are so out of touch with reality. Even McCain camp admitted that OBAMA was'nt talking about Palin. So why do you allow these jokes to persuade you. It was funny when McCain compaired OBAMA to HILTON/SPEARS. Now its disrespectful to have fun with the CANDIDATES? If you think you can have it both ways? Sorry that you live on planet earth!

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

It doe'snt matter what the Republicans say. As you can read, these Republicans here on this BLOG, will vote for McBush no matter what! That's why its important for us DEMOCRATS to VOTE for "CHANGE" in NOVEMBER. No matter what happens from now till Nov. we have to VOTE for "CHANGE" in NOVEMBER!

BARACK OBAMA

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse


hi. i'm sarah palin.

i don't do economics because i'm a soccer mom, but there is an H&R block in wasilla, alaska if i need advice on the economy once i am president.

and i can even see it from my house!

Posted by: BOB | September 15, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

TUCKER BOUNDS CAUGHT LYING ABOUT PALIN'S TRIP TO KUWAIT. PALIN NEVER MADE IT TO KUWAIT. CNN IS RUNNIG TRUTH IN CAMPAIGN ADS OF MCCAIN.

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

MILLICENT MUGWUMP, I will pray that JESUS has mercy on you, JESUS understands that embreeding runs rampede in the south!

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Palin is aware of the role that McCain's former advisor Phil Gramm played in deregulating Wall Street and allowing this mess to occur?

Posted by: scientist1

-----------------------------------------

That IS a rhetorical question isn't it?

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 15, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Palin is aware of the role that McCain's former advisor Phil Gramm played in deregulating Wall Street and allowing this mess to occur?

Posted by: scientist1 | September 15, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin! Show us accountability. Show us that your have faith in your nation's justice system and talk to the Troopergate investigator.

Don't flaunt the law. That is what Bush would do. Show us that you are not the same as Bush and talk.

Posted by: Tina Fey | September 15, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Accountability? Why are your husband and your staff blocking the subpoena in Troopergate? Accountability begins at home.

Posted by: charlestown | September 15, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah wants more accountability from Wall Street. At the same time, she wants to be immune from it. She has refused to give evidence before a committee investigating TROOPERGATE because it is tainted by Democratic investigators.

Did she expect the Good Ole GOPS to investigate her? Or if they carried out an investigation would it be a Good Ole Whitewash in her favour?

So much for Change. It seems that she follows the Cheney Doctrine which requires her to avoid accountability, responsibility and transparency at all times.

Posted by: Robert James | September 15, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Ms Accountability still won't meet with the press corp! When is the next interview scheduled?

Posted by: jfp | September 15, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

This is all getting weird...very, very weird. As of this last month, the same predatory trading strategies that a small cadre of speculators used to drive up the price of oil are now being aimed at our most prestigious and successful financial institutions, with the aim of devaluing them and destroying our economy. It will be very interesting to see who is behind it all, don't you think?

Posted by: wcmillionairre | September 15, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Accountability, Ms. Palin please revisit your speeches about "how YOU (I don't think so, public records do not support your theory) stopped the bridge to nowhere" and how about...enough, hold yourself accountable first,and then go out to spread the work to others!!

Posted by: Oh, please! | September 15, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that people show up to chant "You're Unqualified" at a Palin rally and the media is not outraged. If that happened to Obama it would be a national headline. But is it okay to bash a woman and not be held accountable.

One blogger on another article on the economy wrote: Let see Sara Palin put some lipstick on this pig of an economy. It will still be a stinker.

Thanks to Barack Obama this level of bigoted harrassment is everywhre.

WOMEN we need to reframe Obama based on his inappropriate and insensitive remark:

OBAMA IS A SEXIST PIG

Vote for WOMEN and our historic attempt for advancement in this campaign. GO SARAH! Stay strong despite the abuse!

Posted by: Go Sarah Palin! | September 15, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

IS OUR ECONOMY CRASHING?

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It would be out right treason if John McCain continue this deceitful campaign against the American public.

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Transparency begins at home Palin. More attractive to serve huh? As long as they are in your high school yearbook that is.

What a joke! Now she is an economics expert just like she is an energy expert. Yeah right, energy expert, in her own mind I would say. Her expertise comes from less than a year as a political appointee to the Oil and Gas Commission. She really must be a quick study to have become such an expert in 8 months. Oh wait, I forgot, her husband is a production operator on the North Slope, that counts right? Like living in a state where you can see Russia qualifies as foreign policy expertise.

What a bellicose, bombastic phony. We deserve better than Palin-McCain! With so many qualified Republican women it is an insult McCain selected this hack.

Posted by: von gerstner | September 15, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

TAKE IT EASY EVERYBODY,THE EXPERT S.PALIN IS TALKING TOUGH FOR WALL STREET, WHAT A BIZARRO. J.McCAIN WANTS TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY, SHE PROOABLY WANTS TO USE LAS VEGAS ! SHE CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM HER BATHROOM SO SHE THINKS THAT SHE IS AN EXPERT IN FOREIGN POLICY ! SHE SAID THAT SHE TOOK ON OIL COMPANIES, WHICH ISN'T TRUTH BECAUSE I AM VERY FAMIILIAR WITH OIL COMPANIES CONTRACTS ; THEY DON'T DRILL IF THEY DON'T GET WHAT THEY WANT, PERIOD. THEY CONTROL OIL PRODUSING COUNTRIES WITH THEIR CONTRACTS. OK FOR REPUBLICANS ;BUT DOES SHE THINKS THAT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ARE IDIOTS ?

Posted by: Dick | September 15, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Stop your lame arguments already. they make no sense and you look like a jerk trying to take someone to task for something you've done for about a year on these boards; disparage women. You, however, disparage the human race by existing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

KarenB:

I just wanted to see if you disparage all women candidates, or just the Republican ones?

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE!!

Posted by: Tina Fey Palin | September 15, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

JakeD I do not understand your point. We're talking about the USA. Palin is running for VP of the USA not Israel.

Posted by: KarenB | September 15, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"This Democrat will vote McCain/Palin. The choice is easy and the McCain/Palin ticket is the best choice for America."

I wish people like you would shut up and just accept the fact that you're a republican and NOT a democrat. If you were really a democrat then you wouldn't vote for a President and VP that are even more neoconservative than our current dolts in office. Seriously, 4 more years of this nonsense won't do anyone any good. So go buy a gun, bible, and a fifth of whiskey and hang out with all the other republican yokels. YOU'RE NOT A DEMOCRAT, MORON!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This is as insubstantial as every other McCain/Palin plan for change. They are supposedly for less government and are the mavericks that will change government. Palin reform in Alaska is smoke and mirrors. She cut taxes - guess how - we all helped pay for it. The state receives dividends for all of that oil production that Palin touts. That's not tax reform that's taking advantage of the times - I'm not saying that is bad - just that we need to look at the truth of what the McCain/Palin ticket is saying.

There is nothing about Palin that says that she has a record as a Maverick or a reformer. The so called executive experience that makes her more qualified than even McCain is ridiculous. I manage a budget of $6M, which is what she had in Wasilla, and I don't pretend that it gives me the experience needed to be VP or even more scarily president. Let's not fool ourselves here. Sarah Palin lives in a state that is very lucky to have a very large revenue stream, that increases with the price of gas. Even with that, she left Wasilla in debt. That isn't reform, it's more of the same.

Posted by: Liz | September 15, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Florida Voter:

That's why you live in FL. Only idiots live in that state

Posted by: dummy | September 15, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

This Democrat will vote McCain/Palin. The choice is easy and the McCain/Palin ticket is the best choice for America.

Posted by: Florida Voter | September 15, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

"....Track, Trig, Bristol, Piper -- for a minute there I thought she was calling in an airstrike."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

she should start by being accountable herself.

Posted by: rcc | September 15, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Good lord ! Enough of this dimbulb from Alaska ! Time to let only educated adults vote. Your country is sliding into a bad Disney movie. With these idiots elected, you will end up praying, giving incessant birth (that sure will help contribute to the world's over-populated problems - duh!), and shovelling what's left of your money into the money-grubbers' pockets. As that newspaper in England headlined the last time you elected this horrific party in, their headline read "How can 59 million people be so STUPID?"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

What are you going to do about it Sarah? Appoint one of your high school buddies who took some economics classes to solve the nation's problems? Or will you just follow the advice of John Bush's main economic adviser Phil Gramm, one of the prime architects of the debacle we're living with now? Go back to your personal tanning bed (a bargain at $35,000!) and think about it.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 15, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

please don't post here any more. your unintelligible arguments are only meant to spite people; not make any serious or profound points.

Tzipi Livni, Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher....name as many high-ranking foreign ministers as you like. All of them are smarter and more experienced than this bimbo Palin. How does Alaska being close to Russia's border give her any insight into their thinking or plans? What experience does she have even running some small hick town? ethically?

she's a neophyte who would ruin this country even more than W has been doing for the last 7+ years. and no matter how many contortions you can make to claim otherwise won't matter in the end.

Posted by: not again | September 15, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin's Climate Change Flip-Flop

During her interview with Charlie Gibson, Sarah Palin denied that she had
ever denied the human impact on climate change. Well, not since last year,
when she said "I'm not one, though, who would attribute [climate change] to
being man-made." And then there's

"I'm not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in
our climate on human activity."

Steve Benen:

But Palin's record is Palin's record, and the fact remains that she's so
far out there, she's rejected the connection between global warming and
human activity. Indeed, she's done so more than once. This not only tells us
something important about Palin's understanding of public policy, it also
tells us a great deal about how she perceives and considers evidence that
runs counter to her ideology.

Her ideology, it seems, is malleable. Now that she's running for VP, she has
to adopt the McCain view. But if tragic circumstances vault her into the
presidency a few months after the election, what will she believe then?

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/9/12/122259/974


Posted by: grdn_nell | September 15, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

KarenB:

In Israel, the FEMALE Foreign Minister and contender for the Kadima party leadership, Tzipi Livni, may end up winning that election -- do you think she's qualified -- does that "set us back 40 years" too?

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin sets us back 40 years. McCain can't fool us.

Posted by: KarenB | September 15, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Did McCain Violate The Logan Act AND the Hatch Act?!?

John McCain took a trip to south america—billed as official Congressional travel--with his two colleagues Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham. It’s been reported that prior to the trip, John McCain spoke to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe at around 4pm and Uribe gave him some highlights of the operation to spring the hostages. When the Senators had dinner with Uribe that night, they were briefed on the operation but none revealed it because they said it was “classified.”

When McCain was asked about the operation once the hostages were freed, he revealed the fact that he’d been briefed, and praised the operation.

Here’s the problem, there’s a law known as the Logan Act that reads:

"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."

The conversation with Uribe definitely qualifies as "correspondence or intercourse" and we have a "controversy" with the Colombian government because the United States has been on their back for years to get these hostages freed. To be sure, the trip itself was cleared by the US government, but that's different from State expressly allowing McCain to have a direct "classified” conversation with President Uribe about an ongoing controversy. If McCain was going to have private conversations with a foreign leader, the conversation itself would have to be cleared.

John McCain’s conversation with Uribe raises some serious questions that make more investigation necessary. Namely:

Was John McCain’s conversation with Uribe classified?
Did McCain have prior approval for this conversation?
Did McCain’s staff (or that of Liebermann’s or Graham’s) clear the content of the conversation with Uribe through the State Department?
Once McCain knew this information, did he—in good faith—make that information known to the State Department?
When asked about it, McCain’s aide reportedly said:

"I don't think that there is an established protocol" for such briefings, said a McCain aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. " 'Protocol' is not a word I would associate with this."

Perhaps there isn’t protocol, but there are laws. And for someone who wants to have the top job of enforcing them, voters deserve to know the due diligence he did on this trip to ensure that he upheld the same laws that govern our diplomats.

Questions are also circulating about McCain’s recent trip to Canada . It too was billed as not being political but rather Senatorial. Therefore, he needs to act like a senator, and not as a presidential candidate. This is because according to the Hatch Act, US government resources and personnel cannot be used in support of political purposes. As the principal on the trip, McCain would have to adhere to these rules, and save the conversation about his campaign for his own plane, at his own events, and not those done on the taxpayer dime. However, in his remarks while in Canada, McCain repeatedly referred to his presidential campaign including in the trip’s headline speech.

WHAT A REPUBLICAN CRIMINAL!

Posted by: The ONLY Scott in the WORLD! | September 15, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Other than subjecting her to ridicule, why would you even report this absurd comment?

Palin knows ab-so-lutely ZERO bout Wall Street and the economy.

She doesn't even know that there is no federal role in the level of executive compensation -- in fact, her party has shouted that there's a right to extortionate pay under the Constitution. Guess she hasn't had a chance to talk to Phil Gramm.

The woman is making herself a joke.

Posted by: Helen | September 15, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Great idea: let's hire the same people we've had for the last eight years to clean up their own mess.

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 15, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

sarah or MCPalin because she draws more than Mcain these days only because she is easier to look at than some old man, we're in Big Trouble if McPalin wins the election with what is going on now with the economy and corrupted Corporations who don,t care a wit if America falls, they have it all why should they?http://www.thealders.net/blogs/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a dope. These Wall Street houses were just doing what Bush and Greenspan told them to do. What Palin, who is Bush is a skirt, would have told them to do. Total hypcrite.

Posted by: mnjam | September 15, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Scott is a one issue voter: The Logan Act!

LOL - too funny!

Posted by: Sally | September 15, 2008 5:54 PM
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No Sally- Hypocrisy-
Claiming McCain wanted a 100 year war, Obama went to Iraq and negotiated a DELAYED exit for our troops!
How can that Not bother you Sally?

And Corn Ethanol...

And the his opposition to the Infant Protection Act...

And Tony Rezko....

And Bill Ayres...


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National Review

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
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In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

--- BLONDE BOMBSHELL !! ---

Sarah bleaches and is hotter than ever! "She looks like Tina Fey but with blonde hair" say's Cindy McCain.

Posted by: Millicent Mugwumps | September 15, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Why spend when you can borrow? Vote for Palin and democracy won't cost YOU a dime.

Borrow and Spend! $500B and growing! One Billion Chinese can't be wrong! They want to give us free money. Vote for Palin and take Chinese money! It's money we can use to kill rag heads!

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

And I believe EVERYTHING the NY Post prints! They would not mislead to sell papers. Afterall the paper business is doing well along with the rest of the US economy.

Why pay when you can borrow? Vote for Palin and get a free lap dance from Sweet Sarah herself! And you can sit on a photo of Hillary Whom We Hate!

Posted by: Roger Anderson | September 15, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

****BOMBSHELL****

Track Palin wins Iraq War SINGLEHANDEDLY on his first day out! AND... produces Osama Bin Laden's head on a plate to boot!
When asked how he had accomplished in a seeming blink of an eye what had proven to be beyond the combined resources of the Defense Dept. to date, the "Second Dude" replied, "No sweat, man. I once saw Sylvester Stallone from a distance in the Anchorage Airport!" (This must be true because I read it in the NY Post!)

Posted by: Kevin | September 15, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Republicans = Borrow more, spend more, forget the future.

Democrats = Repay loans, spend wisely, build a future.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I am a single, twice divorced father of two teenagers. We are considered the Religious Right... at least my minister say so. My children are old enough to follow this campaign. And they are old enough to understand the lies told by John Mc Cain and Sarah Palin. After all they are in the news so much. And now my children are asking me "when is it ok to lie." I have turned to my minister for guidance and he says he will get back to me but doesn't. What is happening to the moral fiber of our great America? I am starting to even worry about my young daughter looking at Bristol Palin as a role model.
Depressed and confused.

Posted by: Robert Cannon | September 15, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse


***BOMBSHELL***

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.


http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm

Posted by: Roger Anderson | September 15, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I am KMichaels and I love America. I just don't want to pay for America!

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The entry summary to this article does not list Biden. Why? The other three candidiates for President and Vice President are quoted? Where is the senior experienced person (Biden?) to mentor Obama the unprepared candidate for President? Out to lunch again? Don't his two handlers know here he is?

Who is to tell the eloquent, empty suit, unqualified Obama what to say? Can Biden remember where he is, what to say, who is Obama?

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 15, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin, yet again demonstrates her ignorance. Obviously Palin doesn’t realize she and McCain are directly tied to the crash.

Phil Gramm, McCain crony, former McCain Presidential Campaign co-chair and Senior Economic Adviser; former senator from Texas and former Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is largely responsible for the crash.

Phil Gramm in cahoots with banking, insurance, and investment lobbyists wrote the bill (and attached it as a rider on a must pass bill) which barred federal regulation of the high-risk mortgage-backed securities at the core of the very housing and credit meltdown which is now wiping out the retirement savings, home equity, and jobs of millions of Americans. It’s amazing how in eight short years, Gramm and the financial special interests managed to destroy America’s economy.

Surely, if McCain understood the fundamentals of economics, banking, insurance, and securities, he would not have selected Gramm as his Campaign Co-chair and Sr. Economic Adviser. Although McCain “officially” sidelined Gramm after he outrageous referred to the recession as a “mental recession” and called Americans a “nation of whiners”, Gramm continues to serve McCain in the background. Gramm continues to meet with McCain and his top supporters and Gramm pursues endorsements for McCain. Clearly, Gramm remains a crony, adviser, and advocate for McCain.

The country collapses before McCain’s eyes as he proclaims the “the fundamentals of our economy are strong”. McCain, like his buddy and advisor Phil Gramm, is clearly delusional when it comes to the economy.
Our financial institutions are collapsing.
Savings are being wiped out.

Unemployment is up.
Inflation is up.
Home equity is lost.
Real wages are down.

The fundamentals of our economy are not strong. This is not a mental recession. This is as real as it gets.

Posted by: socalgal59 | September 15, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Oversight is a duty of a duly elected United States Senator.

Applies to all senators, you dimwitted Obami. Including your beloved Obama.

I guess you Obami are too stupid to understand that McCain does not control the entire bill passing process.

Just like you idiots blame everything on Bush, I can understand your desire to now blame everything on McCain.

But damn, dont you realize how stupid you look when you do?

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

It is fun to see all the anger and lies directed at Palin. What does it prove? That McCain has found great success in this wise choice. The general public seem to love her and the general Obama worshipper seems to hate her. This is clear-cut proof that McCain is on the right track.

It is also fun to see that the Obama support (much like the past dem supporters) continue to be those that stoop to lying, exhibit zero common sense, tend to be misinformed on most issues and want to cling desperately to the right to kill innocent unborn human beings.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"...Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective," she said. "John McCain and I are going to put an end to the mismanagement and abuses in Washington and on Wall Street..."

Oversight is a duty of a duly elected United States Senator. Senator McCain of Arizona has been out riding a bus to Nowhere for the past two years neglecting his duties as a United States Senator. One other example of neglect is sub standard border security of the State of Arizona itself which allows crime and drugs to trickle inland. As far as I am concerned, McCain and Palin are part of the problem when solving America's problems.

"What fools doth travel with Sydney" -marcus ian

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gov. Palin - can you see Wall Street from Alaska, too?

Posted by: mike | September 15, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Idiot leftist liar says:

1) "I am KMichael"

Ahem, no liar, you are not.

2) And I support Borrow and Spend government.

On that one, that is true. You idiot leftists have borrowed and spent since your inception.

Dems calling black white and white black are not going to change the truth of it.

Posted by: KMichaels (the real one) | September 15, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Will all you male chauvinist pigs...whoops, did I just use the "P" word?.. just shut up already? We're just like her - we love her! Of course she's ready, she said so didn't she? After all, it's not like she wants to be president of Norway or Denmark or some other odd country that prizes real educational achievement and intellectual curiosity. It's only America folks! She's just like us! What's all this stuff about the "Bush Doctrine" got to do with anything anyway? Why doesn't Charlie Gibson just chat her up like on the couch on Good Morning America the next time around? He should ask her about stuff that's important to all of us who are just like her, like what movies did she go to last weekend (the same ones we saw, I'll bet!). Or what she thinks about American Idol and Dancing With the Stars, for cripes sake. This is America, people, remember? AND SHE'S JUST LIKE US! So lay off on the hard questions, next time, Charlie. Did you like it when Sr. Francis Xavier asked you really HARD questions when YOU were back in the sixth grade? I didn't think so, so lay off will you?

Posted by: Rosie the Riveter | September 15, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I am horrified by the comments herein. I can't see how we can possibly heal some of the rifts now dividing this country, nor for that matter how Obama could possibly feel safe with this sort of hatred flowing through the land.

Posted by: Jeff | September 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Jesus said "what you do to the least of these you do to me". And by that Jesus meant that we should screw the poor, the young and the elderly and buy a bigger steak at Wal Mart!

Borrow and Spend. It's free money!

Posted by: KMichaels (the real one) | September 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I am KMichael and I support Borrow and Spend government. Vote for Palin and get a lap dance! Go shootin' with Sarah! Vote for Sarah and go shootin in a real plane! Afterwards you can tan in the state capital.

BORROW AND SPEND! It costs nothing!

Posted by: KMichaelGirl | September 15, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"You leftists all want us to pay more taxes. WHY SHOULD WE PAY WHEN WE CAN BORROW?"

Does any leftist understand that the vast majority of dem social handouts lead to a higher and higher debt? That the Social Security system works on borrowed money?

Therefore, shut up, dimwits.

Posted by: KMichaels (the real one) | September 15, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"Vote McCain-Palin. Because as soon as the apocolypse gets here, Jesus will solve all of our problems!"

Sorry, freaky person, but how is this different from the Obama crowd thinking that Obama actually is the messiah and that he and the government will solve all your problems.

My vote for Messiah is Jesus and my vote for president is McCain, and I also support Palin as VP.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

You leftists all want us to pay more taxes. WHY SHOULD WE PAY WHEN WE CAN BORROW? China will lend us all the money we need and I can keep my persnal watercraft and RV right in my RV Parking Space by the BBQ.

Democracy is ONLY expensive if you are liberal. For us conservatives it don't cost a cent, or should I say yuan?

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Liberals love repeating this retarded point of logic. "Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective." John McCain has been part of the Washington establishment since 1982."

I am pretty sure that the comment is in reference to those members that stand in the way of good bills are spend their efforts on bad bills.

It never ceases to amaze me at how stupid your standard Obama support is.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Vote McCain-Palin. Because as soon as the apocolypse gets here, Jesus will solve all of our problems! The Taliban were rewarded for their tireless faith, weren't they?

Posted by: Have faith in our infallible Bronze Age religious documents, people! | September 15, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Palin! Lap dances for all!

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Senator John McCain is now running a Spanish language ad which apparently lies about Senator Barack Obama's support for comprehensive immigration reform. McCain's ad argues that Obama tried to kill reform. Why might we believe this is a lie? Because just two years ago, McCain thanked Obama for his support of comprehensive immigration reform.

Posted by: HMMM | September 15, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's experience to run for Senate and then later run for president was that she was once married to a president.

And these are the same idiot liberals b-tching about experience now? The ones that voted for Hillary because of who she was married to, the ones that vote for Al Franken because he makes them laugh? The ones that voted for Obama because of his empty suit?

I dont think you leftists really give a damn about experience. Something tells me your most crucial concerns are the age old demand for more of somebody elses money and the ability to maintain the right to murder unborn human beings under the guise of privacy.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective." John McCain has been part of the Washington establishment since 1982. Hmmm. He is not the only long term politician who failed to stop this calamity, but he is the only one running for president. The good news is that we can rest assured that the financial institutions in Alaska are OK under Palin's leadership. After all, from parts of Alaska, you can actually see Fair banks.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Is she suggesting increased government oversight? How un-Republican of her!

Posted by: Ktriarch | September 15, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Ma Kettle you couldn't be more right! Oh my golly sheis the saviour we've been awaiting. To me she is the second coming of Jesus. If I squint my eyes just right and look slightly to the left she looks like Jesus to me. I tried to take a picure of her looking just like Jesus but I can't figure out how to squint my camera lens. Maybve you can try? See if she looks just like Jesus to you.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Did McCain Violate The Logan Act AND the Hatch Act?!?"

Based on the retarded flimsy interpretation that some idiot liberal just posted, I guess not only McCain did violate but so did Obama, Jimmy Carter, about 1000 times over, Jesse Jackson, Hillary, Kerry (100 times over), Bill Clinton, etc, etc etc.

Perhaps your knowlege of law is as flakey as you sound.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone even DARE infer that this woman is not the single-best prepared and qualified Republican on the planet to be Sen. McCain's VP choice? Her resume clearly indicates she's more than ready to stand a heartbeat away from the oval office and fill in the top spot when it will all-too-likely be required of her. Besides, she's just like us, right? Who among us doesn't enjoy shooting the occasional moose from a speeding snowmobile, plunging into an icy river and catching a hurtling Chinook salmon bare-handed, grizzly bear style? Besides, those Obamas don't share our values and are alarmingly different, even "elitist," huh?(Code words "secret Muslim", "angry black woman", Angela Davis-clone and "uppity" may be substituted as needed here.) Anyway, those little Obama girls are way too cute and wholesome looking to be real, don't you think? What hockey team have they ever played on? And I'm willing to bet you a pound of my best caribou milk mozzarella that THEIR mom has never wrestled a polar bear or even skinned an arctic wolf for that matter. Sarah is the spitting image of every June, Jane or Jean Doe in America! SHE’S JUST LIKE US!
Let's hear it for those good old fashioned "family values" and climb on board for one heck of a reindeer-drawn sleigh ride across the "bridge to nowhere". (In fact if you’d like, you could even shoot a reindeer or two in the harness as they haul our sleigh.) Maybe we’ll swing by Little Diomede Island so you can get a quick gander at Russia and who knows, maybe you’ll become a Sovietologist in the bargain! I'm so giddy about all this I think I'll just do the Can Can all the way to Ketchikan!

Posted by: Ma Kettle | September 15, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey fellow Obamabots, when you're finished playing with these anti-American idiots then go make a donation to Obama. Let's give him a $70M month!

Then let's come back here and fk with KMicheals AsperGirl and all the other shills.

Posted by: Millicent Mugwumps | September 15, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems to have the granola crowd supporting him.

The nuts, fruits and flakes seem to believe everything their new-found messiah spews.

Obama is the empty suit that the empty heads love to adore.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Did McCain Violate The Logan Act AND the Hatch Act?!?

John McCain took a trip to south america—billed as official Congressional travel--with his two colleagues Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham. It’s been reported that prior to the trip, John McCain spoke to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe at around 4pm and Uribe gave him some highlights of the operation to spring the hostages. When the Senators had dinner with Uribe that night, they were briefed on the operation but none revealed it because they said it was “classified.”

When McCain was asked about the operation once the hostages were freed, he revealed the fact that he’d been briefed, and praised the operation.

Here’s the problem, there’s a law known as the Logan Act that reads:

"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."

The conversation with Uribe definitely qualifies as "correspondence or intercourse" and we have a "controversy" with the Colombian government because the United States has been on their back for years to get these hostages freed. To be sure, the trip itself was cleared by the US government, but that's different from State expressly allowing McCain to have a direct "classified” conversation with President Uribe about an ongoing controversy. If McCain was going to have private conversations with a foreign leader, the conversation itself would have to be cleared.

John McCain’s conversation with Uribe raises some serious questions that make more investigation necessary. Namely:

Was John McCain’s conversation with Uribe classified?
Did McCain have prior approval for this conversation?
Did McCain’s staff (or that of Liebermann’s or Graham’s) clear the content of the conversation with Uribe through the State Department?
Once McCain knew this information, did he—in good faith—make that information known to the State Department?
When asked about it, McCain’s aide reportedly said:

"I don't think that there is an established protocol" for such briefings, said a McCain aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. " 'Protocol' is not a word I would associate with this."

Perhaps there isn’t protocol, but there are laws. And for someone who wants to have the top job of enforcing them, voters deserve to know the due diligence he did on this trip to ensure that he upheld the same laws that govern our diplomats.

Questions are also circulating about McCain’s recent trip to Canada . It too was billed as not being political but rather Senatorial. Therefore, he needs to act like a senator, and not as a presidential candidate. This is because according to the Hatch Act, US government resources and personnel cannot be used in support of political purposes. As the principal on the trip, McCain would have to adhere to these rules, and save the conversation about his campaign for his own plane, at his own events, and not those done on the taxpayer dime. However, in his remarks while in Canada, McCain repeatedly referred to his presidential campaign including in the trip’s headline speech.

WHAT A REPUBLICAN CRIMINAL!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ex-obama | September 15, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

you smarmy bassturds with your college educations can kiss the rubber nuts on my trailer hitch! I was for Obama before I was against Obama. I thought he was white before I thought he was black. PALIN CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM HER HOUSE. If that doesn't qualify her then nothing does. What can Barry HUSSEIN Obama see from his house? More black folk? Your daughters will measure black boys if Obama wins and your sons will marry each other.

Iraq is God's will and 9/11 was Gods will and Jesus was not a jew!

Posted by: ex-obama | September 15, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Enough is Enough!

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the very first comment. In a sick way I hope McCain/Palin do win, another disasterous 4 years would spell the end of the Republican party.

Posted by: Josh | September 15, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

National Review

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
____

In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a plan: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

McCain has a Palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama is angry at republicans. He now claims that the only ones allowed to distort his record is him and his campaign.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

(1) It is unfair to not mention that there are at least 3 Bush Doctrines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_Doctrine):
1 - Preemptive Strike
2 - Unilateralism
3 - Treatment of Detainees (as Enemy Combatants)
Rightly or wrongly, a bookish knowledge of these is not a requirement. If that was the case and the President had listened to our book-keepers, the US would have withdrawn after the 2006 mid-term elections and lost the Iraq War - a war that Biden voted for. Instead, our "dumb" and "gut-driven" President ignored the many nay-sayers, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff (WPOST), opened a back-channel inside the Pentagon and came up with the Surge Solution - a solution that even Obama has now reluctantly acknowledged as having 'succeeded beyond the wildest expectations'. And in so doing, our "dumb" and "gut-driven" President created monumental doctrines, some far greater in importance than, say, President Clinton's.

(2) It is unfair to not quote that the Alaska National Guard (http://www.akguard.com/), under the leadership of Governor Palin, held joint border exercises with its Russian counter-part over the course of the last 2 years. Please also quote her follow-up response, something like: 'It brings up the neighbor's perspective that we live in a small world; that Russia is not far removed, but right next door.'

(3) It is unfair to question Governor Palin ability to handle her job and her family while also praising Biden's commitment to riding the train for 2+ hours everyday and returning to work soon after his wife's fatal accident (Obama thus praised him in their first introduction).

(4) It is unfair to question Governor Palin about her teenage daughter's pregnancy without also not questioning Obama about his teenage mother's pregnancy when she had him at 18 (Obama).

(5) It is unfair to argue that Governor Palin by putting her family on the convention stage cannot rightly protect it from the media, when the same protection is extended to Obama's 2 daughters.

(6) It is unfair to accuse Governor Palin of charging her state monies without also emphasizing that she charged less than legally allowed, and much less than her predecessor (WPOST).

(7) It is unfair to make simple per capita funding comparisons between Alaska and Illinois given that Alaska's infra-structure is not as developed, but when developed it will benefit capita in many more other states because of its rich natural resources.

(8) It is unfair to claim that Governor Palin linked Iraq with Sep 11 when she linked it with Islamic Fundamentalists, like so: "...defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans" (ABC).

(9) It is unfair to publish articles belittling Governor Palin's choice for a down-to-earth hair-salon while also keeping mum on Biden's hair-plug (NYT).

(10) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage emphasizing that the infamous State Trooper is still employed as a State Trooper even after threatening the family of the sitting Governor, given Union Policies.

(11) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage debunking the false claim that Governor Palin banned books from her public library (including popular ones like Harry Potter's).

(12) It is unfair to not present the full quote by Governor Palin wherein she explained her religious belief as a personal matter, and how she believes, like many of us, that "everything happens for a reason" (albeit God's reason).

(13) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage outlining the lack of executive government experience of Obama and Biden, and how neither has ever balanced a budget, unlike Governor Palin.

(14) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage investigating the many national benefits of the $40 billion pipe-line project, the biggest infra-structure project in North American history, and the creative solutions executed by Governor Palin undermining the grip of the 3 Big Oil companies.

(15) It is unfair to not investigate the sources behind the attacks by the bloggers, falsely claiming that Governor Palin's son was her daughter's child.

(16) It is unfair to not contrast performances in political interviews from both sides, like Obama v Rev. Rick Warren and Obama v Bill O’Reilly’s.

(17) It is also unfair to not extend similar privacy to Governor Palin's daughter when the media complied with Al Gore's request to not publish reports about his son's dope-bust in early-2000.

(18) It is also unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage investigating the lies of the Obama campaign ad alleging that McCain opposes Equal Pay for Equal Work when in fact he does not - he opposes extending the statue of limitation when the descrimator is dead.

So, it is unfair to present the question facing the electorate as "Is Governor Palin the best choice?", when the real question is "Is Governor Palin the better choice?". I do not believe that she is the "best" choice, but I do believe that she is the "better" choice. I also believe that Obama is fully qualified to be our Vice-President. Obama has written 2 books, all about himself, one or both as a State Senator at a fairly young age. It lends credibility to the often-repeated Republican charge that many Democrats are often so self-driven that they can acknowledge nothing greater in their actions (not just words or letters). I sincerely believe that actions speak much louder than words, and therefore, and solely therefore, McCain and Palin trump Obama and Biden. Thank you!

Posted by: ex-obama | September 15, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Sarah Palin is unmeasuragly huge in banking. She is the governor of the largest state in the union. Do you really think she could be in that position without knowing all about banking and global economy? For God's sake, this all God's plan anyway so why do anything?

Let's burn this beetch down and see God!

Posted by: KMichaels AsperGirl | September 15, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost hope that McCain does win this election because four more years of Bush/McCain failed policies would for all intents and purposes end the Republican Party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

For all of you idiots in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Michigan, you'll deserve what you get if you are actually stupid enough to vote for John McBush and Caribou Barbie..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg

Posted by: ex-Republican | September 15, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Other than her great looking legs in red fook-me pumps, is there any substance to Sarah Palin?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin can see a bank from her house.

Posted by: JLE | September 15, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

You libs are all the same whiny simple godless. And ugly with tyour beards. I could fart a stain prettier than you.

I hate you and all U.S. Americans like you. You try to think with your big heads and lead with intelligents and wisdom when the only imporatnt thing is to burn this earth down so we can go to God. The sooner we burn up the earth the sooner we get to be with God. That's the truth and you can't argue with it. McCain is our best bet to burn up earth and see God.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Susan blathers on:

"Ya know, Sarah Parrot says many words, but basically says nothing. There is no substance to her pontifications about the economy."

You mean like your last statement? How do you figure your unsubstantiated claim is better than what you are currently complaining about?

"I would like to hear her discuss something she should know about: emails and tax returns. Why won't she release either?"

Ask Obama, Kerry, Hillary, etc. They wont release squat.

"She and her running mate don't care which diversion they hide behind, do they? It's getting pretty transparent."

Much like Obama claiming change but having no substance to back up his claims?

What is transparent is your lack of real thought on this issue.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The "Federal Reserve won't use tax payer money"? UUUUH What? The FED isn't a branch of the Federal Government. They are an independent agency, who's job is to control monetary policy, and regulate the banking industry. The only way they could help is to ease credit, which would cause inflation to heat up even more. They have NO CONTROL OVER TAX REVENUES....

Failin Palin doesn't know this? And she is McCains running mate? Oh MY GOD!!! WE ARE DOOMED!!!!!!!

Posted by: ksamuels | September 15, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Factcheck.org?
Factcheckers?
NothingButTheTruth?

Do people actually think that any single org or group will be the pocesssor of all facts and that their conclusions are truly the one and only definitive answer on issues?

Experience says heck no. They dont have any more ability to tell the absolute truth than your next politician.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Of the 86% of Americans who Believe in God.... less than 1% are politicians

Posted by: Thomas | September 15, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Ya know, Sarah Parrot says many words, but basically says nothing. There is no substance to her pontifications about the economy.

I would like to hear her discuss something she should know about: emails and tax returns. Why won't she release either?

She and her running mate don't care which diversion they hide behind, do they? It's getting pretty transparent.

Posted by: Susan | September 15, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Another idiot liberal asks

"is this an indictment on the Republicans (including John McCain) who have had control of washington for 6.5 of the last 7 years? if so, why should I trust you to now clean up the BIG mess you just made?"

How about Kennedy or Biden that have been there even longer? Grow a brain, dimwits.

It is an indictement of congress not always coming together and passing the best bills. It applies to anyone that passed stupid bills and or prevented good ones from happening.

Good god, why are dems so simplistic in their thought process?

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

New poll. 86% of americans
believe in God....
and I imagine this
liberal anti-religion rhetoric
will get 100% of them
to the polls.
NoBama'

Posted by: simonsays | September 15, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

That's my story...And I'm stickin' to it.

Posted by: Sistah Sarah | September 15, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

yet another idiot liberal whines:

"Enough is Enough!

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions"

Ahem, dems supported and voted for both of these wars.

", and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November."

Even if dems were president we still might be in wars with any country, duh.

"We have alienated the entire Muslim world"

You mean we are too humane for their likes? Tough, get used to it, skippy.

"The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role."

BS, blather, not true.

"The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%"

What a moron you are. You really think that the cost of oil is controlled by the current president? Grow a brain.

"iflation is in double digits. Employment is falling."

Neither of those claims are true.

Why is it that so many Obama supporters are such consumate liars and or misinformed do-nothings?

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

A media created phenom.
freshman? senator.
Most liberal.
David Axelrod has spent
his career 'selling'
black candidates to
white america.
Pay no attention to
man behind the curtain'
I am the great and powerful
Ob'zzzzzzzama''''

Posted by: usa3 | September 15, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective," she said. "John McCain and I are going to put an end to the mismanagement and abuses in Washington and on Wall Street. It must be the market that the American people and investors everywhere can trust. This is going to be one of the highest priorities of our administration."
______________________________________-
Is this an indictment on the Republicans (including John McCain) who have had control of washington for 6.5 of the last 7 years? if so, why should I trust you to now clean up the BIG mess you just made?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I dont think the 9/11 commemoration
helped obama either, most rational
people realize, he is risky on
national security.
We might see more states go red,
McCain is ahead in most electoral
projections. Obama needs to pull
a rabbit out of his hat?
The McBush Plan is just not doing it.
Maybe some issues,
he has been on both sides
of most of them already.

Posted by: simonsays | September 15, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

TRUE THOUGHT OF PALIN

Palin speaking no scripts:

"Please Americans has calm. Crisis in the economy is mission of God."

HUGS FROM BRAZIL FOR ALL CONSCIOUS PEOPLE IN USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 15, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm John McCain...And I approve this LIE !!!

Posted by: Johnnie Mac | September 15, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Enough is Enough!

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!


Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, PLAYING THE POW CARD HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Mccain has been playing the POW card for his entire career. No one dares tell the truth about him or challenge the war hero or say anything bad or he will tell you,
" MY ARMS HURT, MY ARMS HURT, I WAS A P.O.W., I AM A HERO ASK ANYBODY".
He gets away with murder, why, Hell, "HE WAS A POW".
At one of his town hall meetings he even paraded around a half blind demented "Real" war hero with all his medals on exploiting him. He has been hiding behind his disability for so long I was actually glad in 2000 when Bush went after him. Enough is enough he had been living off this hero BS with no political substance what so ever long enough. Much of his past can not even be substantiated. He can not account for most of his medals, ask him. They were just handed to him because of who his father was. It has long been just assumed his military records have been altered and faked by his father. It's nice when your father is an Admiral. Two other men in his camp who collaborated with the enemy were threatened with execution as traitors for doing the exact same thing Mccain himself admits doing in his book, except Mccain did it "32" times. But like I said, when your father is an Admiral your past can be what ever you say it is and after a while you even begin to believe it.

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AGENTS OF REPUBLICAN PROPAGANA!

RON CHRISTIE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST, WHERE DID THE REPUBLICANS GET THIS COCK EYED DUDE? SAY'S MCCAIN CAN'T TYPE THAN CHANGED HIS STORY AND SAID IT WAS PAINFUL FOR MCCAIN. THEY WILL SAY ANYTHING!

TUCKER BOUND ANOTHER REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST LYING HIS ARSS OFF, THESE CLOWNS ARE FUNNY AS HELL! DENIES MCCAIN STRETCHED THE TRUTH ON ECONOMY!

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 4:30 PM


Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I see New York is almost
within the margin of error.
46% to 41% (+/-) 3.9
WoW
if New York goes into
the battleground column,
Democrats are going
to soil their panties!
Where's Hillary!!!!

Posted by: usa3 | September 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in a small town and I can tell you, there is no way he tax records will stand up to scrutiny. She is already trying to stall showing them. Small time small town politicians are as crooked as they come, all of them. Pocketing money is their favorite pass time. Wait till we see things like say a $60,000 snow machine paid in cash for with no way to show where the money came from. These two are doomed once a light is shined on them.

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My question is if Palin is such a wonder and so bright why didn't McCain bring her out months ago? Compare her to Hillary? You can't because Hillary has had years performing before us. We know her. We don't know Palin who is suddenly a political expert. re Agnew having lived where he was County Executive --let's not relive that pain.

Posted by: peep1935 | September 15, 2008 4:37 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Switching gears, Palin disclosed that she and McCain had agreed on three areas she would focus on if elected president: energy, government reform and supporting "families with special needs." Vowing to expand domestic energy production, she said she would support McCain's "all of the above strategy" for combing new drilling with renewable energy development.
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Why didn't McCain just nominate her as Secretary of Energy and save us all a lot of grief.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I work on wall st. I make good money and yet I am voting for Obama. Why you maybe asking? Despite the taxes being raised, I think I can afford to pay.

It really doesn't matter who wins for me because people like me will be fine. But I feel that there are people like me who wouldn't mind paying a little more if it means getting America right back on track. After all, if the economy suffers, we all may lose our jobs.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin
Sarah
Palin,
Sarah Palin.
Vice President Palin.
I like the sound of that.

Posted by: simonsays | September 15, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the Palin baby closely resembles Kim Jong Il. Any chance that he is the father?

Posted by: Honest Observer | September 15, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
____

In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

My question is if Palin is such a wonder and so bright why didn't McCain bring her out months ago? Compare her to Hillary? You can't because Hillary has had years performing before us. We know her. We don't know Palin who is suddenly a political expert. re Agnew having lived where he was County Executive --let's not relive that pain.

Posted by: peep1935 | September 15, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

ole' pocket-pistol-Palin

I love it!! LMAO! Very creative.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yea, they spun that today on all the news shows. He can't use a computer because he was a POW. ARE YOU FU&KING KIDDING ME? The POW card again? I type with two fingers and I type around 40 words a minute. Paraplegics in wheelchairs type with a pencil in their mouth. I would like to know how Mccain even does his duties as a senator without the use of a computer?

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AGENTS OF REPUBLICAN PROPAGANA!

RON CHRISTIE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST, WHERE DID THE REPUBLICANS GET THIS COCK EYED DUDE? SAY'S MCCAIN CAN'T TYPE THAN CHANGED HIS STORY AND SAID IT WAS PAINFUL FOR MCCAIN. THEY WILL SAY ANYTHING!

TUCKER BOUND ANOTHER REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST LYING HIS ARSS OFF, THESE CLOWNS ARE FUNNY AS HELL! DENIES MCCAIN STRETCHED THE TRUTH ON ECONOMY!

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 4:30 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

obamabots,
I like that idea,
they are going to
change the world!
One entitlement
program at a time.
I dont agree with reparations,
I dont think that goes far enough.
Nobama

Posted by: usa3 | September 15, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

To Juan:

What ever happened to Phil Graham? Is he in the witness protection program? with the Sarah Palin?

*********************************************

Biden is leaving the TRUE PARROT dressed of mini-skirt speak. He is experienced and much smart. He is just waiting the right moment. Who speak what want, one time has to prove what said.

Posted by: Dalmo | September 15, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin can see Russia from her island. That is more than you libs can do. You pbrbably have never been to Alaska but you still make up your minds and spout your opinions.

Jesus was not a jew he was a Christian.

Millicent Mugwump
-----------------------------

I think Christianity came after Jesus ascended to heaven. Jesus Christ...Christianity...Christ..ianity.

Get my point.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

KMichaels:

"But obviously the sentence was not meant to condemn every person and every act, dummies. It was a general statement saying that on this issue some in congress have been asleep.

Not every bill that McCain wanted passed was passed. Not every bill that McCain objected to was passed.

Sheesh, grow some brains."

And we are to believe this will happen now? Hmmm, so I have to take her word that the everyone was asleep before, but not anymore! McCain just woke up!

And, quit the name calling. It gets very old. Need a chill pill?

Posted by: steely dan | September 15, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

KMichaelsu realize that Obama was not the author or a sposor of SB 99, right?

It was authored by Senator Carol Ronen and co-sponsored by M. Maggie Crotty, Susan Garrett, Iris Y. Martinez, Jeffrey M. Schoenberg.

I guess when presented with a bill stressing everything from HIV prevention, reducing vulnerability to sexual violence, unintended pregnancy risks, the illegality of sex with a minor, birth control, abstinence, recognizing and avoiding inappropriate touching, etc, you would vote against it?

Regarding age approriate the bill says...

"All course material and instruction in classes that teach sex education and discuss sexual activity or behavior shall be age and developmentally appropriate."

Sounds like Alaska might benefit from such a bill.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Relax Franky,
the sky is not falling,
it is just a big media
blitz to get people agitated
and create anziety.
That would be a good nick
name for obama.
"Chicken Little"
I dont think the bush/McCain
ticket is going to win it
for obama, he is going to
have to talk about an obama/biden
ticket.
I dont 9/11 helps him,
he might sink a bit more
in the polls.

Posted by: simonsays | September 15, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin can see Russia from her island. That is more than you libs can do. You pbrbably have never been to Alaska but you still make up your minds and spout your opinions.

Jesus was not a jew he was a Christian.

Posted by: Millicent Mugwump | September 15, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

KMichaels you are the only one who makes any sense here. These libs all think they know just what is happening in the world. But what they don't know is what we learn in real life the univeristy of real life. That is the only college that counds. The jews own the colleges and all the news. Vote for white Americans, not jews.

------------------
Millicent Mugwump.


You go Millicent. Tell them dem educated people that they are overrated. Nothing special about college. I could have gone to med school...I might not understand all them fancy talk about biology but I think I would have been fine.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

AGENTS OF REPUBLICAN PROPAGANA!

RON CHRISTIE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST, WHERE DID THE REPUBLICANS GET THIS COCK EYED DUDE? SAY'S MCCAIN CAN'T TYPE THAN CHANGED HIS STORY AND SAID IT WAS PAINFUL FOR MCCAIN. THEY WILL SAY ANYTHING!

TUCKER BOUND ANOTHER REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST LYING HIS ARSS OFF, THESE CLOWNS ARE FUNNY AS HELL! DENIES MCCAIN STRETCHED THE TRUTH ON ECONOMY!

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin echoed the comments her running mate John McCain had made earlier today, welcoming the fact that the Federal Reserve is not "using taxpayer money to bail out" Lehman Brothers. Instead she called for reforms to the nation's financial system, which she said "needs a complete overhaul."
________________________________________
Note to Gov. Palin:

The Federal Reserve is a PRIVATE Group of Commercial Banks who lend and print money out of NOTHING. Do your homework before opening your mouth.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

REMEMBER SPIRO AGNEW?

Am I the only one who sees what is going on here with Palin? We all know she has no qualifications and she was just picked as window dressing and as a stooge to say what ever they put in her mouth. No candidate in their right mind would really want her on their ticket. This is what I think will happen and may already be secretly in the plan.

If Mccain manages to get elected, they will get rid of Palin as soon as they can, using all of the scandal surrounding her as the reason. There is already information of drug use by her son and both daughters and Enquirer has eluded to something coming out about Palin and her husband are regular drug users. Once rid of her, Mcain then will put in Lieberman like he wanted to all along and that is how it will play out. What do you think, make sense?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

REMEMBER SPIRO AGNEW?

Am I the only one who sees what is going on here with Palin? We all know she has no qualifications and she was just picked as window and as a stooge to say what ever they put in her mouth. No candidate in their right mind would really want her on their ticket. This is what I think will happen and may already be secretly in the plan.

If Mccain manages to get elected, they will get rid of Palin as soon as they can, using all of the scandal surrounding her as the reason. There is already information of drug use by her son and both daughters and Enquirer has eluded to something coming out about Palin and her husband are regular drug users. Once rid of her, Mcain then will put in Lieberman like he wanted to all along and that is how it will play out. What do you think, make sense?

Posted by: pop a smoke | September 15, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Special needs kids matter all of a sudden?

What about single mothers? Palin has one of those now too.

More Rethug-ni-con "do as I say, not as I do" doublespeak!

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | September 15, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Jesus is a Jew so he would have vote against Palin. Is that your point, Millicent Mugwump?

Palin is more than white, she is a fool who knows nothing about anything except how to be a politician and for that she is good. She should be the Ambassador to Russia, she knows so much about that country from looking across the straights.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 15, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the next nice thought of this celebrity fast-food, as that brilliant phrase on Iraq war, will be this:

"Crisis in the economy is mission of GOD."

And God bless USA.

Posted by: Dalmo | September 15, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Enough is Enough!

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | September 15, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm just bummed that Palin was referring to Sarah Palin instead of Michael Palin. Then again, Sarah Palin's vice presidency would be just as funny, in a depressing sort of way.

Posted by: Switters | September 15, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

KMichaels you are the only one who makes any sense here. These libs all think they know just what is happening in the world. But what they don't know is what we learn in real life the univeristy of real life. That is the only college that counds. The jews own the colleges and all the news. Vote for white Americans, not jews.

Posted by: Millicent Mugwump | September 15, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

So, ole' pocket-pistol-Palin wants to talk about Lehman brothers.

I would be extremely interested to hear the media ask Palin some detailed questions about her views on what types of banking regulation would be most effective given the complexity of derivatives and mortgages.

But then, I seriously doubt that Palin is brave enough to even take the questions. Intellectual midgets like her would just say that it's a 'God thing'.

What an idiot.

Posted by: Magoo, older than dirt | September 15, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm John McCain...and I approve this Lie !!!

Posted by: John | September 15, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Civility is a principled behavior that should always be strived for; however, the people that would elect McCain after seeing the damage that Bush and the Republicans have done to this nation; the people who refuse to educate themselves on McCain's career of talking honorably while acting dishonorably time and time again; the people who would vote for an ignorant, arrogant person like Palin, after seeing what disasters have been inflicted by the ignorant, arrogant Bush--these are people that inspire righteous anger rather than a benign, tolerant forbearance and yet more futile attempts to make them see the light.


Those who can overlook the hellishness that these "Bushie" (now McCain) supporters have enabled over the last 8 years, and who can keep attempting to continue to have civil discourse with the close-minded are to be commended. As for me, I cannot.

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 15, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Where is Biden's opinion in all this? Is he napping or cashing his social security check?

Posted by: Juan | September 15, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Why does McCain want to run for president? In all reality he will probably serve only one term if he should get elected.

The pressure associated with that job can age a person. Take a look at Bush. He was a healthy looking person before he became president. He is still pretty healthy but man has he aged.

So if McCain is only going to serve one term, what can he possibly accomplish? I think he just wants to become president so he can cap off a career that someone of his capability in general could not have achieved.

In his own book, he admits that even he is surprised how far he has gotten given his own below average abilities. Now he wants to cap it all off with the presidency. Think about it, here is a man who is used to be a straight talking politician. Now, he will lie to achieve his one last goal in an otherwise impossible career.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

how interesting that "families with special needs" are suddenly a priority of the Repubs, all because Palin has a child with special needs. so much for putting the country's needs ahead or personal needs, eh?

Posted by: eomcmars | September 15, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin said in Colorado that when she and McCain get to Washington they will "put the government checkbook on line" so that citizens can see where their tax (and borrowed) money is being spent. Funny that she doesn't seem to know that thanks to a bill sponsored by Barack Obama and Sen Tom Coburn (R-OK) this has been available since Dec 2007. John McCain was a co-sponsor - don't his people know that? Obama and Coburn also introduced a measure this June to expand this and open up contracts for review as well.

As for bringing openness to Washington, her closest aides use private email accounts to circumvent having to reveal a lot of their deliberations - shades of the Bush team using RNC email accounts to avoid scrutiny.

Palin is not stupid, but she is uninformed, uncurious, and ignorant. She seems to hope the rest of us are too.

Posted by: 66kicks | September 15, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Spelling is the least of his problems.

Posted by: Bubba | September 15, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

KARL ROVE THROWING JOHN MCCAIN UNDER THE SCUMBAG, SLEAZY, GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW, AD CAMPAIGN BUS! I SWEAR THESE REPUBLICANS, ROVE HAVING HIS OWN CANDIDATE FALL ON THE SWORD. REPUBLICANS GOING TO A NEW LOW!

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Millicent Mugwump:

Before you become a full blown bigot (snickering), you might want to check your spelling.

they're = they are

"Their" would imply ownership.

Type your responses in MS Word next time.

Posted by: Switters | September 15, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"Today, Sept 15th 2008 she is still telling folks the she told congress "Thanks but no thanks"!

Even though she supported some allocation of money for the bridge in question she did indeed, after being elected, choose to use the money on general infra-structure changes that had nothing to do with the bridge.

So yes, she did decide not to spend that money on the bridge in question. On that, she is accurate.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Our economy lacks the production of jobs and good paying jobs, That is not a sound economy. Supporting the creation of new jobs in the area of alternative energy creates good paying, non-exportable jobs. Rather than stimulating an economy that only produced 5 million new jobs under Bush compared to 23 million under Clinton, we must change the economy with c the creation of new industries.

In my opinion T Boone Pickens is a scoundrel and a parasite. His agreement on this issue means that Mr Pickens stands to gain. Obama has a good idea that needs to be done for the benefit of the American economy and the American people. Pickens should be ignored.

There is nothing wrong with nuclear energy, we simply have not found a solution for the nuclear waste problem. The other thing is that it will not stimulate innovation which is the forte of the American economy. With the nuclear waste problem solved, it can be used in certain circumstances but it does not represent an advancement for this country which alternative energy does.

KMichaels This is not a liberal conservative issue this is an economic and public health issue. Where did you get the idea that it is liberal-conservative issue? You have listened to the uneducated scripted talk radio that distorts and manufactures the truth for too long. If you had some diversity in your life you would find that there are ways for liberals and conservatives to agree. However that is not what you want. You want to make liberals wrong so you can remain steadfast in your position and nothing gets done. That is what Barack Obama intends to change. That is what John McCain wants to continue.

Posted by: David J | September 15, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

[Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective]

"This is after John McCain being part of the senate for 20+ years and 8 years of Republicn presidency."

It is also after Joe Biden, Kennedy, etc have spent even more time in washington.

But obviously the sentence was not meant to condemn every person and every act, dummies. It was a general statement saying that on this issue some in congress have been asleep.

Not every bill that McCain wanted passed was passed. Not every bill that McCain objected to was passed.

Sheesh, grow some brains.


Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone believe a word Palin says? She is pathological! Today, Sept 15th 2008 she is still telling folks the she told congress "Thanks but no thanks"!

The McCain camp must be huddled in one of McCains Mansions smoking crack!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2KH2LtQrqY

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 15, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent, he wins in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently this mutual opponent is wealthy, exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties like the way his protege ex-NYPD commissioner did and may be jailed up to 140 years? Or solicit Gotti, Jr. whose conspiracy and murder trial starts tomorrow? Is infamous VP Cheney behind the orchestration of this?

Will Dems use an OJ Simpson-like, black convict with jail time? Coincidentally his kidnap and robbery charge trial starts the same time too.

Will the parties employ the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convict commit crime/murder in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Should we worry about our personal safety too as we share this information? For example, should my husband worry about physical safety during his routine of jogging after work in the Hackensack/Bogota, NJ areas at 4pm today as our habits and plans are known in advanced via bugging device devices in both private and public places?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what Palin says bucause at least she is white. All the MSM jews care about is they're money. Vote for white people not jews.

Posted by: Millicent Mugwump | September 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"Factcheck does quote a very small portion of the bill, but all it has is a vague reference to what is age appropriate. Obama has an opinion of what is age appropriate but his opinion is now codified in the bill."

Correction: I meant to say that his opinion is NOT CODIFIED in his sex ed bill.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What?!

I thought we were talking about Michael Palin?

Posted by: Switters | September 15, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Washington has been asleep at the switch, and ineffective"

This is after John McCain being part of the senate for 20+ years and 8 years of Republicn presidency. Seriously, does this even make any sense? And people are buying this? This is really sickening!

Somehow, McCain and Palin are going to fix this? Does she even know what she is talking about? The SNL skit sounded more credible!

Posted by: steely dan | September 15, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's show Palin what we think of her knowledge of anything. I just made another donation to Obama. Let's give him a $70M month!

Posted by: Martiniano | September 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a Distraction, STUPID.

They get you to look at "A Pig With Lipstick"...so you don't see the Stinky OLD GOAT she's on stage with.

Posted by: Willie | September 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

More on the Obama sex ed bill. Apparently, FactCheck.org decided that they are the keeper of all truths. And lots of idiot libs like to refer to them (except of course ignoring negative press on Obama, Biden, etc coming from the same org).

Factcheck states Obama's claim about "inappropriate touching" yet the bill itself does not specify such, nor limit it to.

Factcheck does quote a very small portion of the bill, but all it has is a vague reference to what is age appropriate. Obama has an opinion of what is age appropriate but his opinion is now codified in the bill.

Factcheck drew a conclusion that is simplistic at best. And it does not prove Obama's claim, even if they do quote a small portion of the actual bill.

The bill was vague and we know for certain that it did indeed open up some form of sex education to kindergartners, as the McCain ad correctly states.

In other parts of the bill it states that all levels (including kindergartners) were included in "COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION."

The only limit regarding levels is the vague wording of "AGE APPROPRIATE."

Age appropriate is hardly a clearly legal definition. What would have been accurate to the Obama claim is if and only if the bill limited that age to being taught about "inappropriate touching" and nothing more and nothing less.

But the bill did no such thing. It was vague, it opened up "comprehensive sex education" to "all levels" and it left up what was meant as age appropriate to the teachers or some school board.

Again, Obama's saying the bill would be limited to such and such did not come across in what the bill actually does say.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

She is a TRUE PARROT. When will speak no scripts?
The crisis in the economy is there. Who are the fault? Who are in the government now? Democrats or republicans?
Americans think well on this questions and give the right answer in the election. Or want continue more of the same?

HUGS FROM BRAZIL FOR ALL CONSCIOUS PEOPLE FROM USA!!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

So she wants bigger government to oversee Wall Street? That's the only way to instill accountability, right?

But I thought she was for smaller government?

"I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE!" My God, she is an 8 year-old child.

Watch the SNL opening skit - it is Hillarious! Great job SNL!

Posted by: Martiniano | September 15, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

HI I'M SARAH PALIN GOV. OF ALASKA AND IF I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE!

I CAN TELL YOU AMERICANS THAT I CAN SEE WALL STREET AND I'M READY TO FIX IT!

AND WHAT MY CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT? IS TO FIX WALL STREET BY REFORMING THE STREETS.

IF WE REFORM THE STREETS ON WALL STREET
OUR DRIVE WOULD BE MUCH CLEARER.

SO I WILL ORDER REPAVING OF THE STREETS, FIX THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND MAKE SURE BLACK PEOPLE CAN CATCH A CAB.

THATS PART OF MY REFORM PLAN FOR WALL STREET AND AS SOON AS I APPROVE THAT BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE ON WALL STREET I THINK MCCAIN WILL SUPPORT THIS REFORM.

Posted by: opp88 | September 15, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Have no fear. McCain and Palin and reading "The Economy for Dummies" as we speak.

Am I the only one who physically shuddered at the thought of those two solving any problems?

Posted by: amaikovich | September 15, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry "my friends", Obama doesn't need to know anything about economics or foreign policy or health care etc etc..


He was a community organizer!

Payback to simplistic liberal tripe

_________________________

First the republican try to steal the "Change" message...now they try to steal the Dems simplistic liberal tripe...is there no shame.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

She may want to hope they can't see her too well...

"Sarah Palin: A Worthless Bag of Hair"

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/14-09-2008/106355-sarahworthless-0

"Never fear my fellow Americans, the economy maybe in trouble but keep this in mind...

Sara Palin can see Russia from her house...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:54 PM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent, he wins in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently this mutual opponent is wealthy, exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties like the way his protege ex-NYPD commissioner did and may be jailed up to 140 years? Or solicit Gotti, Jr. whose conspiracy and murder trial starts tomorrow? Is infamous VP Cheney behind the orchestration of this?

Will Dems use an OJ Simpson-like, black convict with jail time? Coincidentally his kidnap and robbery charge trial starts the same time too.

Will the parties employ the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convict commit crime/murder in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Should we worry about our personal safety too as we share this information? For example, should my husband worry about physical safety during his routine of jogging after work in the Hackensack/Bogota, NJ areas at 4pm today as our habits and plans are known in advanced via bugging device devices in both private and public places?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry "my friends", Obama doesn't need to know anything about economics or foreign policy or health care etc etc..


He was a community organizer!

Payback to simplistic liberal tripe.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin knows how to fix the econonmy. She may not be a financial expert...but she stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Update...from the McCain Campaign.

Sarah Palin didn't ACTUALLY drive on Wall Street. She flew over it. But since she looked at it from a distance..That gives her economic experience.

Posted by: Karl | September 15, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

What Bill Gates and IBM did was to make the PC a viable office product. I agree that PC's existed in a generic sense before MS and IBM, but remember the Personal Computer was IBM's product.

The problem I have with expanded drilling areas is that we are not even fully drilling in the current areas. I don't think I saw you explain that.

Clean Coal and nuclear energy both have issues but may prove useful. I liken nuclear energy to the space shuttle, it is complex and unforgiving technology, at least how it has been done to date. There is a lot of hope for future gen nuclear plants.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_IV_reactor

Pebble Bed, etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pebble_bed_reactor

I am probably more familiar with nuclear power than clean coal, having lived for 4 years within a few hundred feet of eight reactors.

Clean Coal seems to have potential in that we have the abundant supply, but so far lack the means to economically and environmentally make the use of it we could. The DOE pulled funding on the FutureGen this past January citing higher than expected costs. Personally I would have thought building this exploratory plant worthwhile.

I do agree with the idea of making people more personally responsible, even small things like CFLs, can make a significant difference.
I especially like the idea of being able to sell energy back to "the grid" if you are generating your own.

I actually think the higher cost of gas has had a positive impact in ways as public transporatation use, more efficient cars, etc are all on the rise.

It will be interesting to see, post Ike, how these patterns change if oil and gas prices decline.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Never fear my fellow Americans, the economy maybe in trouble but keep this in mind...

Sara Palin can see Russia from her house...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How is a "U.S.A.!" chant an appropriate response to a "You're unqualified" protest?

How is "needs some shakin' up and some fixin'" an appropriate response to a broken and unregulated financial system?

How are any of the Rublican candidate responses approprate to the questions asked?

Posted by: Switters | September 15, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. financial system, she said, "needs some shakin' up and some fixin'." WOW - Is the best economic team we need?


Posted by: kate | September 15, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin will concentrate on energy, government reform and supporting "families with special needs."

On energy: All she knows is "Drill Baby Drill"

government reform: Ha! I guess it takes one to know one.

families with special needs: Yeah I'll give her that one. It may also prove helpful in dealing with the GOP

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 15, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Pat Buchanan is on record saying that if McCain becomes president, we should expect to be fighting more wars in the future.

This Pat "I'm so far right Buchanan saying this...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

That's my story...and I'm stickin' to it.

Posted by: Sistah Sarah | September 15, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Now she is an expert on the Economy because she once drove on Wall Street.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 15, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"KMichaels were you in the workplace in the late '70's early '80's? The IBM Selectric reigned supreme with a healthy number of mainframe terminals. They were current technology and PC's future, people like Bill Gates saw this coming."

Bill gates generally copied other more visionary people, so dont pretend he had vision.

But, Bill is besides the point. The point is that for all the talk that dems spew about energy they have not managed to find a replacement for oil which is our number one energy resource used for energy. Second is natural gas and third is coal.

So, since what is actually used as fuel continues to be oil, natural gas and coal then it would be assine to stop using them, and stop finding more sources of them hoping that somebody may come along in the future to replace it.

The most logical replacement for oil, coal and natural gas is nuclear produced energy yet liberals fight this effort tooth and nail.

The lifespan of the ibm selectric was a few years. The lifespan of using oil, coal and now natural gas has been thousands of years.

So, dont be such a dope. We must keep searching for new sources of what we currently are forced to use up until we have actually found a replacement. And we try finding a replacement AT THE SAME TIME. We also dont balk at using viable replacements, like nuclear power, like the idiot democrats tend to do.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

That's my story...and I'm stickin' to it.

Posted by: SARAH | September 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The general public isn't aware that Pickens' has a company that runs a wind farm. Of course Czar Pelosi does and has heavily invested in it. The goal of both Pelosi & Pickens is to provide Federal subsidies for wind energy thus greatly boosting Pickens and Pelosi's profit. So much for Pelosi getting rid of the corruption in Washington.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin who has barely ever been out of the state of Alaska has little understanding of America in general let alone this esoteric problem. She is saying what the script of the McCain campaign says. Since McCain thinks that our economy is fundamentally strong he will do nothing to change things. Obama favors the creation of new industries in alternative energy will will lead to the creation of of good, non-exportable jobs.

McCain wishes to stimulate the economy by giving further tax break to big oil and financial services. Financial services has long been too dominant in our economy. McCain wants to keep it that way. Big oil is already over subsidized. McCain wants further subsidies Obama is now saying enough is enough.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 15, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm John McCain...and i approve this LIE !!!

Posted by: John | September 15, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

FactCheck.org quotes SB99 itself, is there a better source of what the bill was about than the bill itself?

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/off_base_on_sex_ed.html

"SB 99: However, no pupil shall be required to take or participate in any family life class or course on HIV AIDS or family life instruction if his parent or guardian submits written objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in such course or program shall not be reason for suspension or expulsion of such pupil.

The bill also called for all sex education course materials to include information that would help students recognize, among other activities, inappropriate touching, sexual assault and rape:

SB99: Course material and instruction shall discuss and provide
for the development of positive communication skills to maintain healthy relationships and avoid unwanted sexual activity. ... Course material and instruction shall teach pupils ... how to say no to unwanted sexual advances ... and shall include information about verbal, physical, and visual sexual harassment, including without limitation nonconsensual sexual advances, nonconsensual physical sexual contact, and rape by an acquaintance. The course material and instruction shall contain methods of preventing sexual assault by an acquaintance, including exercising good judgment and avoiding behavior that impairs one's judgment.

The bill passed in the Health and Human Services Committee with Democrats, including Obama, voting along party lines in support of it. But the measure promptly stalled and died in the full Senate, and no action has been taken on it since late 2005."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry "my friends", McCain doesn't need to know anything about economics or foreign policy or health care etc etc..


He was a POW!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo

Posted by: agent orange | September 15, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain has been in Washington for 26 years and hasn't lifted a finger to reform the regulations that could've prevented this crisis. In fact, his campaign is run by some of the very same lobbyists who fought against these regulations and worked to put special interest giveaways in our federal budget. Now he's proposing $200 billion in tax breaks for the biggest corporations in America but not one penny of relief to more than 100 million Americans who are worried about their life savings and their ability to make their mortgage payments. John McCain buys into the same failed economic theory that landed us in this mess in the first place, and we can't afford to take a chance on his disturbingly out-of-touch policies at a time when our economy is in crisis."

Posted by: Bubba | September 15, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"OOOPs..Busted...AGAIN (not really, dems just love to lie)

Palin named her qualifications on the issue, saying that she oversaw 20 percent of the nation’s oil supply during her tenure as Alaska governor. (That’s a revision of a statement that she made to ABC’s Charlie Gibson last week, when she said that Alaska “produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.” Factcheck.org notes that Alaska produced 14% of U.S. oil last year, but only 3.5% of the nation’s energy supply overall.)

Posted by: John | September 15, 2008 3:09 PM"

Alaska has both oil production and oil resources. As to the nations oil supply Alaska produces 15-22% depending on the year and has, in accessible oil, up to 40% of the nations oil supply.

In addition to producing and having oil, Alaska also has huge amounts of natural gas.

Factcheck.org is infamous for taking a simplistic approach to facts and tends to be sophomoric at best. They love to play gotchas but generally do little to no real research on the facts. They are the poormans version of facts (so called)

One example is Obama's sex ed bill. Factcheck (mostly leftist slanted) back up Obama's claim (based simply on what Obama claimed in the past) that his sex ed bill was only limited to in-appropriate touching, for kindergartners. In reality, that was a idea that Obama pushed but the actual bill does not limit what can and cannot be taught to the youngest ages. So, Obama, hoping to whitewash the reality of the bill claimed one thing but the actual wording of the bill was totally different from his claims.

That is the kind of factchecking that FactCheck.org tends to do. Sophomoric and juvenile, at best.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"Most hamburger flippers that I know tend to vote for democrats."

Ha-ha! KMichaels knows hamburger flippers!

"Most scientists, company leaders, leaders in production and actual doers tend to be republicans."

Ha-ha! KMichales is pulling stuff out of her a$$!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

KMichaels were you in the workplace in the late '70's early '80's? The IBM Selectric reigned supreme with a healthy number of mainframe terminals. They were current technology and PC's future, people like Bill Gates saw this coming.

I would love to take the credit for "Typewrites Baby, Typewriters", but that analogy was Tom Friedman's.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/opinion/14friedman.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin


"Actually, your analogy is seriously flawed on multiple levels.

First off, fossil fuels is not ancient technology but CURRENT technology."

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 2:44 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

AlexP1,

I didn't understand a word of what you said.

http://apalinfan.blogspot.com/

Posted by: PF | September 15, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

“In case anyone was still wondering whether John McCain is running the sleaziest, most dishonest campaign in history, today Karl Rove — the man who held the previous record — said McCain’s ads have gone too far,”

Posted by: Smitty | September 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

AlexP1, I didn't actually understand a word of that.

http://apalinfan.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Palin Fan | September 15, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

“In case anyone was still wondering whether John McCain is running the sleaziest, most dishonest campaign in history, today Karl Rove — the man who held the previous record — said McCain’s ads have gone too far,”

Posted by: Bubba | September 15, 2008 3:03 PM

To set the record straight, what Rove said was that both camps had ads that went too far. He did not single out the McCain camp as bubba, yet another perpetual liar, claims.

And Rove, having dont a great job of what he does, promoting politicians, it just shows that dems will b-tch about success anytime that they can.

Of course, the shallow leftist mind loves to bring up the words Bush and Rove since leftists love fear tactics and apparently dont have any real policies to brag about.

Bush this, Bush that. Sounds like something an empty suit Obama would say. How about you actually tell us how your policies are really better. Cut the crap, get to the meat.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

OOOPs..Busted...AGAIN

Palin named her qualifications on the issue, saying that she oversaw 20 percent of the nation’s oil supply during her tenure as Alaska governor. (That’s a revision of a statement that she made to ABC’s Charlie Gibson last week, when she said that Alaska “produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.” Factcheck.org notes that Alaska produced 14% of U.S. oil last year, but only 3.5% of the nation’s energy supply overall.)

Posted by: John | September 15, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

PICKENS COMPLIMENTS OBAMA ENERGY PLAN
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/08/04/1246524.aspx

"“I’m strongly encouraged by Senator Obama’s speech on America’s energy future. Foreign oil is killing our economy and putting our nation at risk," wrote Pickens, a billionaire oil man, who proposes ending America's dependence on oil by promoting renewable enegies like wind power and natural gas. Pickens was one of the principal financiers of the Swift Boat ads against John Kerry. “When I started this campaign my goal was to make this the biggest issue in the coming election and the top priority to be addressed in the first hundred days of the next administration. This issue is clearly moving up in the priority of political debate; Senator Obama’s statement is an indication that is what is indeed happening. I will continue to push this as a priority for the rest of the year.”

Earlier, in Obama's speech, the Illinois senator said, “We can’t simply pretend, as Sen, McCain does, that we can drill our way out of this problem,” Obama said. “T. Boone Pickens is right. We need a much bolder and much bigger set of solutions.”"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

If Obama wins the 2008 Presidential Election, Americans better hope and pray that the few true conservatives left in Congress can prevent a Democratic shopping holiday. Because another four years of Carterism in the form of Barack Obama could make the Great Depression sound like the good old days. Think about it...Obama wants a trillion dollar increase in the federal budget when we're already at a 9.6 trillion deficit...makes a lot (liberal) sense, doesn't it?

Conservatism promotes less government spending and less taxes. liberalism promotes more government spending and higher taxes. The fact that during the 1st 6 years of the Bush administration ther federal government spending increased indicates why conservatives did not come out to vote in 2006.

Perhaps it's time the left wing wackos recognize what everyone now knows: "liberalism" is a slow road to socialism, which history has repeatedly shown doesn't work anytime, anywhere.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain advisor Donald Luskin is frustrated, not at Wall Street or the Bush administration, but at you middle class whiners and exaggerators. And he's not gonna take it any more!:

"But that doesn't make any of it true. Things today just aren't that bad. Sure, there are trouble spots in the economy, as the government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and jitters about Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers, amply demonstrate. And unemployment figures are up a bit, too. None of this, however, is cause for depression -- or exaggerated Depression comparisons."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091202415.html


That's what Bushonomics are reduced to? After eight years of being told the next tax cut for billionaires would unleash the long promised economic Mecca, after two straight Presidential terms where critics of Bush's trickle-down mythology were soundly ridiculed as ignorant socialists, after being told We the People don't understand complicated money stuff and we should just shut up, work harder, shop our brains out, and trust conservative economic philosophy, the best case scenario our millionaire conservative cheerleaders can make in the end is 'it's not as bad' as the Great Depression?


"Vote Republican and it won't be as bad as the Great Depression!"


I remember a time when the nation was at peace, its economy driven by technical innovation and stable markets allowing the accumulation of investment capital. Interest rates and unemployment were near historical lows, wages and productivity rose almost as steeply the stock market. Talk of investment banks going broke or market meltdowns was rare to non existent. And no one had to write columns begging people not to compare the economy to the Great Depression. It sounds like a conservative wet dream, but it was actually called the Clinton Years.

Posted by: former Republican | September 15, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The majority of federal policy makers currently is democrats. Now, how is Palin saying that some federal policy-makers not passing wise laws must apply to only republicans?

Democrats really are not very bright.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

“In case anyone was still wondering whether John McCain is running the sleaziest, most dishonest campaign in history, today Karl Rove — the man who held the previous record — said McCain’s ads have gone too far,”

Posted by: Bubba | September 15, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Yet another idiot leftist reveals their true colors - "The US has one of the lowest average IQ,s in the world among developed countries. A country with a average IQ of only 97 is capable of almost anything without thinking. We are a nation of hamburger flippers and that is about it. The greatness is gone."

Most hamburger flippers that I know tend to vote for democrats. Most scientists, company leaders, leaders in production and actual doers tend to be republicans.

Our country is doing quite well, relative the world.

Our country tends to produce some of the best inventions ever done on earth. And this is somehow a b-tching point for liberals and leftists?

Once again, leftists prove that gloom and doom is the best that they can muster. That coupled with claims of a better future if only we accept their gloom and doom philosophy and accept the government as their personal savior.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin says:
She laid blame not only with federal policymakers but with the heads of the nation's financial houses, saying, "They put their own interest at risk above those of their employees and the shareholders who own those companies."
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She blaming Bush and Co. along with his cronyism on Wall Street. So, how's that change when McCain is in line of Bush's policy. Hypocrisy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Alaskan Women on Palin | September 15, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

What a joke it is to read comments about Social Secrurity in some of these posts. I dare them to ask all of their friends and family if they are willing to give theirs up. I bet the answer would be a deafening NO! Not one of my Republican ones would.

And by the way KMichaels, Social Security was solvent, Bush is the one who has borrowed from it.

Posted by: Terry | September 15, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Washington sure needs it, without neglect on the vast of this country.

If we can help it, Obama's going forth to Washington to shake things up. They've had all opportunity to shake things up the moment the downhill status started. We don't need continued neglect. It's time for a different plan.

Obama/Biden '08 - The Serious Ticket

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 15, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

How totally odd and stupid for anyone to claim that McCain must be doing wrong when he points out that real change has to do with real works and not just talk.

Funny, but it has been established wisdom that the best way to judge a person is based on their works and not based on their talk.

Just saying change does not mean that your policies will bring about real and useful change.

Obama is an empty suit.

Just saying change is an empty promise.

If just saying change will make it so, then those idiot leftists should be glad if both parties use the word change.

As to reading comprehension, McCain is saying that he has actually brought about change, not just used the word in empty fashion as does Obama.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Talk about putting lip stick on a pig! One of McCain's advisors is behind the Wall Street mess. http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/09/9718_mccain_lehman_crisis_gramm.html

Posted by: Terry | September 15, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

DEMS new gimmick is to say not to finance programs with borrowed money. What about Social Security? What about all the other social handouts dems promote? All of it is borrowed money if you have any national debt, using their logic. Are you idiots really against using borrowed money? And the solution to getting rid of debt and not use borrowed money? Spend less, cut programs. Dems are against these things. What dem politicians are for remarkably go along with pandering to poor and uneducated voters with vain promises of more of somebody elses money.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wins the 2008 Presidential Election, Americans better hope and pray that the fine print found on every glossy mutual fund brochure applies. Because another four years of Bushism in the form of John McCain could make the Great Depression sound like the good old days:

"In one of the most dramatic days in Wall Street’s history, Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America for roughly $50 billion to avert a deepening financial crisis, while another prominent securities firm, Lehman Brothers, hurtled toward liquidation after it failed to find a buyer, people briefed on the deals said. The humbling moves, which reshape the landscape of American finance, mark the latest chapter in a tumultuous year in which once-proud financial institutions have been brought to their knees..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/15/business/15lehman.html?_r=1&ref=worldbusiness&oref=slogin


Looking back at the vast economic wreckage brought on by "conservative" policies provides a chilling picture for a future under the thumb of John McCain and his merry band of industry lobbyists. It's frightening to contemplate where we'd be, right now, if these bozos had succeeded in 'privatizing' social security, as in throwing it and the future of millions of retiring Americans who rely on it into the same snapping jaws that brought us this latest financial pile of crap.


The nation has learned at great, tragic cost that "conservatives" can't be trusted to prevent terrorist attacks, bring the top Al-qaeda kingpin to justice, wisely initiate and manage foreign wars, or control spending. Now, with the benefit of empirical hindsight, perhaps it's time to publicly recognize what everyone now knows: "conservatism" doesn't work at home, either.

Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 15, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

As long as Palin knows she will make less money as VP than if a male VP, perhaps that will help reduce the deficit. Make sure all female government employees make 40% than their male counter-parts!
McCain-Palin ' 08 Making sure women get lesser pay for equal work!

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | September 15, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

She's going to make the federal government more transparent???

She did just the opposite on Alaska which would have been much easier. She is secretive, vindictive, and not very bright to boot. What's not to like.

Posted by: Bill J | September 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Dreaming liberal wrote: "This Tom Friedman article might help you make a bit more sense of things.

"Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels"


Actually, your analogy is seriously flawed on multiple levels.

First off, fossil fuels is not ancient technology but CURRENT technology.

Secondly, republicans believe in a multi-pronged approach. Continue doing research and work in renewable sources (nobody found a good replacement yet btw, except for nuclear which reps support and dems fight tooth and nail.) At the same time, continue actually using the resources that are available, namely oil.

Dems approach? Assume that we dont need oil when we currently do. Dont actually present any new forms of fuel, just pretend that you care. Dont actually use nuclear power more. Dont actually drill for the fuel that we currently use.

It is the dems that once again lack a practical logical approach. They are all hot air, fight against good solutions and talk talk talk.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a Fey bump? McCain is down from 2.4 over the weekend to 1.6.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse


Greenspan, a long-time friend of McCain and a Republican, said about the Arizona senator's plans to extend massive tax cuts imposed by President George W. Bush: "I'm not in favor of financing tax cuts with borrowed money."

Posted by: Jimmie | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse


Sarah Palin: So Far Right She's Wrong

Posted by: Bubba | September 15, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"Why in the world would any sane person want another 8 years of the same thing - in fact worse than the last 8 years?"

Dem policies have proven failures for the last 100 years. The better question is what would anyone fall for the liberal fear tactics and go back to the same old failed policies of democrats for the last 100 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think a better question is why aren't we drilling in all the places we currently can?

This Tom Friedman article might help you make a bit more sense of things.

"Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution — on the eve of PCs and the Internet — is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters.”"

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/opinion/14friedman.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin


"very simple!!! if we drill than we dont have to import as much!!! lest say we drill 5 barrels than thats 5 less that we have to import if we do a hundret? than its a hundret less and so on so forth!"

Posted by: boruch yona loriner | September 15, 2008 2:14 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Boruch said:

5 barrels than thats 5 less that we have to import if we do a hundret? than its a hundret less and so on so forth!

Simple minds have simple solutions...Is this Phil Graham in Drag?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Post is such a woman-hater network!
I can see those "Anonymous"s are working the butts off to bash Palin.
I wonder how much Obama payed him.

Posted by: DC Resident | September 15, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain to me how drilling for more domestic oil then selling it on the world market will lead us to energy independence?

I've asked this question many times with nary a response.

very simple!!! if we drill than we dont have to import as much!!! lest say we drill 5 barrels than thats 5 less that we have to import if we do a hundret? than its a hundret less and so on so forth!

Posted by: boruch yona loriner | September 15, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-on-economics-i-passed-technically.html


Monday, September 15, 2008
Palin on Economics: I Passed, Technically

From ABC News:


Sarah Palin deviated briefly from her standard stump speech to acknowledge the news from Wall Street today...

This was the first time Palin had mentioned Wall Street in her stump speech. Mostly she tends to reprise large portions of her nomination speech from the convention. Palin herself may not be the most authoritative spokesperson on such issues. In the past, when she was running for Alaska governor, she freely admitted to a reporter that she got a "D" in macroeconomics in college.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-on-economics-i-passed-technically.html

Posted by: Cara Prado | September 15, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world would any sane person want another 8 years of the same thing - in fact worse than the last 8 years?

Another Republican and there will be another war. You can bet on it. Not to mention recession to the point of major depression domestically and globally.

It's easy when you are rich to talk like you are one of the middle class. McCain isn't and never has been, he's an out of touch elitist that will never understand hard working American families.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs&feature=related

Posted by: Paige Palmer | September 15, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The latest polls have McCain ahead in Ohio but Obama takes the lead in Virginia: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/09/15/poll-watch-obama-leads-in-virginia-and-iowa-mccain-leads-in-ohio/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain will, yet again, pull out the ole "Noun, Verb, POW" card to shield himself from any criticism over this subject. But this is simply not the case. Instead, McCain suffers from PTCRHMHIOD, or Post Traumatic Can't Remember How Many Houses I Own Disorder. This horrible condition has forever altered the lives of countless Vietnam Vets after their return to the States. In fact, it is the number one cause of divorce between former POWs and their millionaire liquor-heiress wives.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: JennyinOhio | September 15, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-adviser-quit-doling-out-that-bad.html


Sunday, September 14, 2008
McCain Adviser: "Quit Doling Out That Bad-Economy Line". Also: "Up is Down", "Bad equals Good"

From "Quit Doling Out That Bad-Economy Line" by McCain Adviser Donald Luskin, Op-Ed, Washington Post, September 14.

Things today just aren't that bad. Sure, there are trouble spots in the economy, as the government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and jitters about Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers, amply demonstrate. And unemployment figures are up a bit, too. None of this, however, is cause for depression...

Full disclosure: I'm an adviser to John McCain's campaign...


Yes.

And black is white.

And up is down, you see.

Freedom is slavery.

Injustice is truth.

I know. A McCain adviser told me so.


This is not the understanding of the average struggling American McCain wants to portray.

This is what we will receive.

Another Bush era.

Personified.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-adviser-quit-doling-out-that-bad.html

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 15, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse


Could Mccain and Palin win? As bad as they are they could. There is a saying,

"NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID IN LARGE NUMBERS"

The US has one of the lowest average IQ,s in the world among developed countries. A country with a average IQ of only 97 is capable of almost anything without thinking. We are a nation of hamburger flippers and that is about it. The greatness is gone. We are no longer respected and if you read foreign papers are pretty much written off as just too stupid to really matter much anymore. Take away our nuclear weapons and we are nothing. Now after 8 years of a horrible president and disastrous policies, many are ready to elect another in the name of John Mccain who will most likely be worse. Depending on your age, this country imay be about to plunge into an abyss it will not emerge from in most of your life times if ever. There is a saying, "Nothing is forever". The United States best days are behind it and many of you are helping push it over the edge with your stupidity.
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I am amazed at the number of uneducated and dumb people in this country. America must be the laughing stock of the world at this moment. America claims to be the leader of the world and yet when the citizens of the world ask for Obama in overwhelming numbers, Americans are more concerned about ideology. America simply won't vote for a black man.

We are now seeing an American decline in power never seen since the concluding days of the Roman Empire. That’s right! Conservatives are conservatives. They conserve the old ways, they conserve their own well-being, they conserve what it was and not what it can be. A bunch of small-town shallow-minded individuals with a shallow view of the world. To small town American conservatives, the world begins and ends in small towns like Wasillia.
Posted by: Poorker, NY | September 15, 2008 1:43 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

According to Alaska papers that 80% is just more Mccain and Palin BS. Big surprise.

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Thank God for the NY Times, Washington Post, etc. Palin has 80%+ approval ratings in Alaska, including over 70% of Alaskan Democrats. Those poor rubes in Alaska couldn't figure out after two years how bad a Governor Palin is. They actually think that she is doing a great job for them. Good thing the media, who have been in Alaska for 2 days, and have spoken to three Alaskans who don't like Palin, are there to keep them informed about just how bad a job she's done for them. Ditto for Wassilans, who re-elected her as mayor. Who says the media, and their friend Obama, are elitists?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:27 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the number of uneducated and dumb people in this country. America must be the laughing stock of the world at this moment. America claims to be the leader of the world and yet when the citizens of the world ask for Obama in overwhelming numbers, Americans are more concerned about ideology. America simply won't vote for a black man.

We are now seeing an American decline in power never seen since the concluding days of the Roman Empire. That’s right! Conservatives are conservatives. They conserve the old ways, they conserve their own well-being, they conserve what it was and not what it can be. A bunch of small-town shallow-minded individuals with a shallow view of the world. To small town American conservatives, the world begins and ends in small towns like Wasillia.

Posted by: Poorker, NY | September 15, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Steve writes:

I was a regional manager for one of the World's largest banks. The regulations are in place but the bureaucrats have failed to inforce them. Washington does need McCain AND Palin to indeed shake up the ineffective agencies and departments to get them to do the right thing.

McCain knows what to do and Palin knows how to apply "Heat to the Feet" to get bureaucrats to get to work or get out.

McCain has proven himself over and over again while Obama's rhetoric is so inconsistant with his track record, it is unbeliveable."


Wouldn't that be "enforce" Steve ? Not inforce.

What happened, you lose your big bank job in a lay off, merger or something ? Or did you just make that part up ?

So, let me get this straight, it was "bureaucrats", in a Republican controlled administration the last eight years, that didn't do their jobs and that's why were in this mess ?

So Palin and McCain, two free market REPUBLICANS, will make sure they do their jobs this time ?

And how exactly would you know about Palin putting heat on the feet ?

Because other than that state trooper who used to be her brother in law, that she was going after because of a messy divorce, her record as governor indicates a lot of croynism in her choice of government executives, and very little demand for expertise.


Posted by: MA | September 15, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to Phil Graham? Is he in the witness protection program? with the Sarah Palin?

Posted by: Paul | September 15, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for the NY Times, Washington Post, etc. Palin has 80%+ approval ratings in Alaska, including over 70% of Alaskan Democrats. Those poor rubes in Alaska couldn't figure out after two years how bad a Governor Palin is. They actually think that she is doing a great job for them. Good thing the media, who have been in Alaska for 2 days, and have spoken to three Alaskans who don't like Palin, are there to keep them informed about just how bad a job she's done for them. Ditto for Wassilans, who re-elected her as mayor. Who says the media, and their friend Obama, are elitists?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

what about the allegations of the young man who says he is the real father of Gov. Palins unborn grandchild? How is the Grand Old Party going to cover this one up?
In case you havent checked, he is a Black man who doesnt want to be shut out from his child's life.

Posted by: James | September 15, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I was a regional manager for one of the World's largest banks. The regulations are in place but the bureaucrats have failed to inforce them. Washington does need McCain AND Palin to indeed shake up the ineffective agencies and departments to get them to do the right thing.

McCain knows what to do and Palin knows how to apply "Heat to the Feet" to get bureaucrats to get to work or get out.

McCain has proven himself over and over again while Obama's rhetoric is so inconsistant with his track record, it is unbeliveable.

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

If government is always on the hook for the banking industry through the FDIC or the "too big to fail" theory, then government should highly regulate the industry to protect the taxpayers.

I dont think you can rationally advocate (a) insufficient regulation in the name of free markets and then (b) government rescue of the stupid.

You either regulate or let the stupid fail.

Posted by: toritto | September 15, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I vote with my head, not my heart.

"Her role as VP may be limited, but the pulpit that she has as the first woman to reach the upper echelon of executive politics will hopefully allow her to play a role in identifying and eliminating government waste and shrinking the federal budget to 2000 levels so that we can get back to healthy surplus levels"


IOW vote for her because she's a woman, even though McCain won't ask her for advice about the time of day.

Reduce government waste just because she's a woman ? OK, maybe we could start with the 120 BILLION dollars we've been spending in Iraq, each of the last five plus years.

The deficits we are currently running (over 400 billion), are a direct result of borrowing the hundreds of billions we have spent, pursuing the Neocon's pipe dream over in Iraq.

McCain-Palin will fix this how exactly ?

By starting another war, this time with Iran ?


Posted by: MA | September 15, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I think this is the first fair and balanced story about Sarah Palin that I've seen on "The Trail." Thanks.

Posted by: Joe | September 15, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Did someone forget to tell taning bed that her campaign is for deregulation?
Since she screwed up on foriegn policy are they switching her to domestic stuff?

Posted by: TexDem | September 15, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with being happily stinking rich and utterly detached like McCain is. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."

Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.


For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.)

McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Ironically, the McCain campaign blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 15, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Cindy - Phil Gramm removed some regulations. That doesn't make him responsible. Firms shouldn't be restrained from doing stupid things. Regulators can never anticipate all of the stupid things a manager might choose to do. They should be punished for doing stupid things. No bailout. That's how free markets work. In the long run, rewarding good decisions and punishing bad decisions is how you grow productive economies. Sometimes, the lessons are painful, as in this case. Fannie and Freddie should have been permitted to fail, too. Raines should be in prison, or at least stipped of his ill-gotten fortune.

Posted by: Tom | September 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Granted...She said she put the plane on eBay...problem is...McCain went a step further and said she sold it on eBay at a profit...again...not a drop of truth.

Posted by: Bubba | September 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

If Bush was a puppet of oil companies, defense contractors, and other big businesses, McCain is more of the same. All one has to do is look at the people running the McCain campaign. It's filled with the worst kind of lobbyists, and the campaign is funded with federal lobbyist and PAC money, too.


Wake up, America! The country desperately needs real change. We can't allow these powerful interests to continue running our government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIfTDHG2U&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/14/203255/447
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Posted by: astral99 | September 15, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Republicans don't seem to understand that we organize government to take care of matters that must not fail. Since some failure is inevitable, that means the executive must be someone who not only accepts failure but knows how to work around it.


Do-overs are not an option; neither is doing nothing.


Apparently, if you listen to them closely, McCain is into do-overs big time and Palin is into doing nothing. Her prescription for economic failure is for bureaucrats to sit back and watch the private sector handle it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/12/231843/400

Posted by: Fran | September 15, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting Gov Palin can repeat her "Bridge to Nowhere" claim, one determined by the Washington Post's "Fact Checker" to be false, and this report deems it unworthy of mention. Since when is the bald faced lying of a candidate on the stump not newsworthy?

Posted by: zukermand | September 15, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I like Sarah Palin because she is clearly savy and can actually get difficult things done that help taxpayers. That is why Sarah is highly popular in her state where she enjoys an 80% approval rating. She is not inured to the way that Washington has been run for decades. She brings a fresh, common-sense, middle-class perspective to national and international politics.

Sarah Palin did put the govenor's plane on eBay and later sold it through a broker; there is nothing misleading in saying that she put it in eBay. It is a fact. Also, if her personal governor's chef is now feeding the legislature, it does not change the fact that Palin eliminated a perk position that probably cost the taxpayers of Alaska at least $75k per year in salary and benefits. If her old chef was not cooking for the legislature, someone else would be.

Sarah Palin is the most popular of the 50 governors in the country. I am proud that she is serving our country and especially proud of John McCain for choosing her despite the heat he knew he would take about Palin's pregnant daughter, etc. It was an enlightened choice and a choice that indicates McCain does "get it." He is forward thinking enough to not be blinded by such considerations.

I urge skeptics to open their hearts a little to the possibility that she may actually be a talented, fresh personality that will work to reform Washington. Her role as VP may be limited, but the pulpit that she has as the first woman to reach the upper echelon of executive politics will hopefully allow her to play a role in identifying and eliminating government waste and shrinking the federal budget to 2000 levels so that we can get back to healthy surplus levels.

Posted by: Jesse | September 15, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Barbara Walters had it right. Who is Sarah Palin going to reform? McCain, the GOP, the Congress?!?!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 15, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin said she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it. They said she didn’t seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn’t lying about?

Posted by: Paul | September 15, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Gerald writes:

"John McCain is a progressive Christian that can bring people together on many issues"

Oh, so running a filty smear campaign against Obama is justified, as long as he wins ?

That's some "progressive" Christian value all right.

Palin-McCain are hands off the markets REPUBLICANS.

They blame Washington for being "ineffective", but what do they propose to do about the banking/mortgage problem ?

More governemnet regulation ? It doesn't sound like it. It sounds like a do nothing federal government, hands off the financial markets is what they desire.


So what's their plan ?

Posted by: MA | September 15, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I would like to point out that it is McCain's top economic adviser/former co-chair, Phil Gramm that is responsible for removing the oversight of Wall St. in the first place. He is directly responsible for the mortgage crisis and the current meltdown. Don't be fooled again. If you want to turn this ship around we've got to change the thinking. McCain only pays lip service to change to get elected.

Please read this!
http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/09/9718_mccain_lehman_crisis_gramm.html

Posted by: Cindy | September 15, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Remember it is John McCain we are electing as President. I truly believe beneath the R machine rhetoric, the real John McCain is still veRy much there. He is just doing the things needed to be elected this time after learning the campaign lessons on the 2000 primary. John McCain is a progressive Christian that can bring people together on many issues. Sarah Palin will be tempered in some of her views as she works with John McCain. McCain’s health is very good and the odds are excellent, that he will be fine for at least a full term.

Obama is the one that is scary, not for what he says, but for his track record that few mention. The votes, the associations are always far left. He is not the person he presents on stage. I wish he was but wishes do not count.

As an economist, I agree the economy is strong but fighting through the energy cost run-up and the outlandish under-regulation of the mortgage industry which Biden played a significant part in by the way. Bush's overspending has also hurt.

McCain-Palin is really the ONLY rational choice we have this election.

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Posted by: Gerald | September 15, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

What is Palin proposing ?

For the federal government to prosecute financial CEOs. That'll solve the problem ?

Sorry, Keating has already pled the fifth !

What exactly is the reform Palin speaks of ? Lack of regulation is partially to blame for this banking/mortgage mess in the first place.

And both of these REPUBLICANS are for less government intervention in the financial sector, not more. To include a restriction on taxpayer dollars for bailouts as Palin clearly indicates. IOW they want Washington to sit on it's hands, do nothing, and let the financial market regulate itself.

So I ask again, what exactly will Palin-McCain do other than talk ?

Posted by: MA | September 15, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama's lead shrinks to 5 points in New York!
5 points!!!

http://www.siena.edu/level2col.aspx?menu_id=562&id=19322

Dems for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: JoseyJ | September 15, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama tried to STALL troop withdrawal from Iraq!

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm

Country First - NO Hussein!

Posted by: Angie | September 15, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It's common knowledge that Track went in the military to avoid jail.
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FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU THE EDWARD'S STORY.


The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:36 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin....you're out of your league here. STFU.

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA interview with Charlie Gibson, June 2008

How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to "win"?
How does your family feel about your "winning" breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor’s [Clinton] speech?
http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=5000184

PALIN interview with Charlie Gibson, Sept. 2008

Do you have enough qualifications for the job you’re seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren’t you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-NATO treaty
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000002950353

Posted by: JoseyJ | September 15, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

She is accused of Cheating on her husband, with her husbands friend. http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCains VP pick is finally running out of steam. Maybe its because of All the Scandals surrounding her.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

So Palin "said the fact that she was not a member of the 'Washington elite' enhanced her commitment to making the federal government more transparent. 'We're going to make everything more open, though, and more accountable, and more attractive to those who want to serve,' she said."

And yet, as reported by the New York Times yesterday, Palin's administration in Alaska has been notable for its Cheney-like secretiveness. Will any "mainstream" media outlet other than the New York Times have the guts to point out the vast gap between her rhetoric and the reality? Is the country, after eight years of disaster, really that ready to be fooled again?

Posted by: lydgate | September 15, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

WashPost people: you are not taking good care of these comment boxes! They're filled with hateful and slanderous words, not a good sign - and a feature of flagging inappropriate comments should be added here to The Trail, too.

Posted by: oy | September 15, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"She stole my word ..."
Karen

Aptly put since the definition of "Stole" is taking something that does not truly belong to you.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Non specific goobledegook from Palin. Feigning concern for those that have been walloped by the mortgage crisis and a slowing economy

She's no more a financial or economic "expert" than she is a foreign policy expert. And it'd be tough to determine who knows less about economics, Palin or McCain.

They're both hands off, let the markets regulate themselves, conservatives.

Unregulated markets in this nation, led to the great depression of the 1930s. Fortunately our economy is much more diverse today.

But the pain is real, not just whining like McCain's pal Gramm said.

Posted by: MA | September 15, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Rangel -- the best the democrats could do on taxes.

Save your country vote republican.

Posted by: NoToBo | September 15, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Sarah has the whiny boys of the DNC crying. "She stole my word WAAAAAAAAAAAAH" Obama is trying to scare people into a run on banks, while we are finding out the dems have in charge of the most powerful financial committee a total thief in CHARLIE RANGEL. Did the press ask him how many house Charlie has?? Where is the press?

Posted by: Karen | September 15, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Sort of a hollow argument since it was the GOP that refused to enforce oversight on Wall Street.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: paul | September 15, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Governor, not buying it. McCain's now jumped on the tax cut bandwagon. I'm hoping for a real press conference from you where you have no script, but then, the cat would be out of the bag, wouldn't it.

Posted by: No Barracudas | September 15, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Here is what John McCain really thinks of the American worker...

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/09/15/the-obama-commercial-needed-in-ohio-and-pa/

Why isn't Obama running this commercial in Ohio everyday?

Posted by: ES | September 15, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCains VP pick is finally running out of steam. Maybe its because of All the Scandals surrounding her.

She is accused of Cheating on her husband, with her husbands friend. http://www.theveep.com

What Sarah Palins Church Really Believes.
http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to fly to mars, I won't tell you a single detail on how I am going to do it, just trust me because I say I will.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain to me how drilling for more domestic oil then selling it on the world market will lead us to energy independence?

I've asked this question many times with nary a response.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU THE EDWARD'S STORY.


The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

....Banks are failing, unemployment rising, gas prices rising...and all this while Bush 2 and McCain kiss and hold each other hand while america burns....

...The economy is funamentally strong....
now we see that it is not true...wrong again McCaint and peeeuuu Palin....

....how pathetic is McCaint and peeeuu Plain and their "followers" to say actually say and defend yet another lie....

More lies and more facts....more lies are forming as we speak and here's a new one...
...."there was no hurricane in Texas just a slight drizzle....."

"or its Obama's fault....."

I think that the RNC/GOP is becoming more and more schizophrenic by each passing day.....

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 15, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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