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Palin Disinvited from Anti-Iran Rally

By Colum Lynch
NEW YORK -- Organizers of an anti-Iran rally today withdrew an invitation to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, indicating that a political dustup over the Republican vice presidential nominee's participation in the Monday event was distracting from the key goal: protesting the appearance of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmedinejad at the United Nations.

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain blamed "Democratic partisans" for pressuring the organizers to disinvite Palin and criticized his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, for failing to participate in the event.

"Governor Palin was pleased to accept an invitation to address this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," McCain said in a statement. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with Republicans, Democrats and independents alike to oppose Ahmadinejad's goal of a nuclear armed Iran. Senator Obama's campaign had the opportunity to join us. Senator Obama chose politics rather than the national interest."

The Obama campaign slammed what they said was their rival's attempt to politicize the event. "This is another dishonorable lie from John McCain. The Obama
campaign had planned to send a surrogate to the rally," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor. "The truth is, John McCain had a real opportunity to stand up for Israel's security yesterday, but he refused to stand up to his allies in Congress who blocked Barack Obama's bipartisan divestment bill that would have increased pressure on Iran.
So while Senator McCain uses the 'Stop Iran' rally to issue dishonest political attacks, he has refused to join with Barack Obama in supporting the kind of sanctions that could actually stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon."

Sen. Hillary Clinton abruptly pulled out of the event Tuesday night after learning that Palin had been added to a list of attendees that includes Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and the speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Dalia Itzik. Clinton staff voiced concern that the event was becoming too politicized.

The Monday rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza is being sponsored by a coalition of American Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. It will take place one day before Ahmedinejad adresses world leaders before the U.N. General Assembly.

The purpose of the rally "is to protest the presence of Iran's President Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, and to oppose his nuclear weapons program," the group said in a statement. "In order to keep the focus on Iranian threats and to ensure that this critical message not be obscured, the organizers of the rally have decided not to have any American political personalities appear."

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Comments

I must admit to being fairly stunned at the level of hate and polarity on both sides of the Palin/Iran disinvitation issue. I do not read blogs as a rule and happened across this one today by accident. The comments presented here are not constructive or reasoned or sure-footed, they are staggering with sarcasm and vitriol and labor to adjust the truth to fit the opinion of the writer regardless of their point of view. This is not American debate and discourse; it is thoughtless, poisonous, ranting. It is not truth, it is fantasy...childish, immature fantasy.

What good is this? Tell me, what earthly good is this? How is our nation served by such talk? How are we to progress while respecting others who do not share our view when every word is sharpened to a bloodied point?

Permit me to suggest you who have penned these spiteful, insulting and untruthful comments re-read your remarks and ask yourself if this is really how you want people to see you. If so, I truly hope we do not meet - you are not people I'd care to know personally.

Posted by: El Dia Octavo | September 24, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Some white People in America would rather
see this Country go to Hell Before they
would Vote for a Black-man. They use excuses
that Obama scares them, He is an Elitist,
One Excuse after another, it does not matter
Obama is the Best Person for the Position.
Obama Graduated at the top of His Harvard
Law Class,MCcain Finish near the Bottom of His Class, Palin attended six different Colleges
John MCcain knows that White America will
let their Biases to not vote for a Black
Man control their thinking, Not what maybe
best for them or their Families, or their
Country. I remember when they said a Black Man could not Fly Airplanes, Ever heard
of the Tuskegee Airman, America was built
on the sweat of Slaves, The Master still is
not ready to give up the Plantation.

Posted by: Lee | September 20, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

No doubt about that; McCain IS a war criminal. He's got blood on his hands. Only problem is dead Vietnamese women and children can't speak up.

Posted by: Barry Britons | September 20, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

McCain for pres?! oh well almost all the US presidents become war criminal once in office. So what major difference is there if one, by the name of McCain, is a war criminal before stepping into office?!

Posted by: kong chai | September 20, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse

mccain a true war criminal well said

Posted by: Cambodian in Auckland | September 20, 2008 5:57 AM | Report abuse

it's beyond me to understand how a war criminal is considered a hero. someone who's confessed to bombing women and children is a war criminal, as simple as that is McCain. oh well, Americans are stupid after all. they honored the captain of USS Vincense for having had shot down Iranian passenger plane in 1988 and murdered 288 passengers, mostly women and children. America is a criminal entity about to expire and go down in history for the crimes against humanity. Their ancestors wiped out the Amerindians, no wonder they are natural killers. Go on elect a war criminal since it'd be un-American should you not do so.

Posted by: John O'Reily | September 20, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I agree also, John McCain is a war criminal and should be sent to the Hague. Ask the Vietnamese!

Posted by: Vietnamese in Australia | September 20, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Yes, John McCain is a war criminal and should be sent to the Hague.

John McCain flew A-4 Skyhawks almost exclusively for his entire military career. the A-4 is a light bomber aircraft, also known as the “Tinkertoy Bomber”. This is what he was in when there was the accident on the Uss Forrestal and this is the kind of plane he was flying when he was shot down and subsequently captured.

There was only one confirmed air to air kill involving the A-4 during the entire Vietnam War, and that was on May 1, 1967 by by LCDR Theodore R. Swartz with an unguided air-to-air missle.

These are not “fighter planes”, they are bombers. And John McCain was a “bomber pilot” not a fighter pilot. This is what John McCain, the “war hero” did in Vietnam before being shot down and, according to his own testimony, cutting a deal with his Vietnamese after 3 days in captivity.

So, during the Vietnam War, we dropped Napalm, White Phosphorous, and Cluster Bombs on military targets as well as civilian ones. Of that there is no doubt and no argument. And this is the extent of what John McCain did during the Vietnam War. In the past McCain himself admitted to dropping bombs on civilians.

“I am a war criminal,” he confessed on “60 Minutes” in 1997. “I bombed innocent women and children.”
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/06/6878/

Posted by: Vietnam Vet | September 20, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

WCBS, certainly not a friend of Republicans, backs Palin's statements that the organizers were threatened with the tax status. We are about to have the Dems pull us into an election fiasco not seen outside of the third world.

Posted by: Robert | September 19, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin's self centered attempt of making this anti-iran rally into an event ALL ABOUT HER, is contemptible. Hillary was invited because she is a Senator with a valid accomplished history she worthy of invitation - she earned her place. Sen. Clinton graciously bowed out to avoid any conflict and Palin hysterics are an example of how low she is willing to politicizing this event to circle around her.

Not that's DISRESPECTFUL!

Posted by: Conservative Not NeoCon | September 19, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry Sheryl,if you are supporting & voting for McCain/Palin, you are not a Democrat!

Posted by: Natasha | September 19, 2008 3:43 PM "
???????????????????????????

SORRY NATASHA!
23% of Democrats in Washington State disagree with your sadly misinformed rebuke!


PUBLISHED ON Wednesday, September 17, 2008 AT 08:43AM

New state poll shows Obama-McCain race tightening

Yakima Herald-Republic

SEATTLE -- The latest Elway Poll mirrors other surveys that show the presidential race in Washington state tightening.

Democrat Barack Obama now leads Republican John McCain 45 percent to 38 percent, with 17 percent undecided. Obama led McCain 47 percent to 35 percent when Elway polled in July. The latest survey of 450 registered voters was taken Sept. 6-8 and suggests that McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has moved the meter here.

According to pollster Stuart Elway:

• McCain led Obama 34 percent to 32 percent among Independents when just the two of them were included in the questions. Throw in Palin and McCain leads by 10 points - 41 percent to 31 percent.

• McCain increased his support among Democrats by 10 percent when Palin was included. Elway says Obama's support was 87 percent among Dems when candidates were listed without vice presidential running mates. That number dropped to 77 percent when Palin and Democratic running mate Joe Biden were included.

Posted by: Scott | September 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Sheryl,if you are supporting & voting for McCain/Palin, you are not a Democrat!

Posted by: Natasha | September 19, 2008 3:43 PM
???????????????????????????

SORRY NATASHA!
23% of Democrtas in Washington State disagree with your sadly misinformed rebuke!


PUBLISHED ON Wednesday, September 17, 2008 AT 08:43AM

New state poll shows Obama-McCain race tightening

Yakima Herald-Republic

SEATTLE -- The latest Elway Poll mirrors other surveys that show the presidential race in Washington state tightening.

Democrat Barack Obama now leads Republican John McCain 45 percent to 38 percent, with 17 percent undecided. Obama led McCain 47 percent to 35 percent when Elway polled in July. The latest survey of 450 registered voters was taken Sept. 6-8 and suggests that McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has moved the meter here.

According to pollster Stuart Elway:

• McCain led Obama 34 percent to 32 percent among Independents when just the two of them were included in the questions. Throw in Palin and McCain leads by 10 points - 41 percent to 31 percent.

• McCain increased his support among Democrats by 10 percent when Palin was included. Elway says Obama's support was 87 percent among Dems when candidates were listed without vice presidential running mates. That number dropped to 77 percent when Palin and Democratic running mate Joe Biden were included.

Posted by: Scott | September 19, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas...."- (Guess who?) -Anonymous

**** Guess anonymous that was before the truth came out that Obama asked Zebari to keep them there longer, so he could play commander in chief!:

Report confirms Obama negotiated with Iraqi Foreign Minister Update: Taheri receiving death threats from Obama supporters
Sep 17, 2008 - Amir Taheri's September 15th has been, for all intents and purposes, confirmed over the past 24 hours. Obama did indeed conduct illegal foreign policy negotiations with Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari. As we wrote on the 15th, this amounts to a truly audacious betrayal of the American people and our military, and deserves a full investigation by the American government, and scrutinization by the media. This from the American Spectator:
The Obama campaign spent more than five hours on Monday attempting to figure out the best refutation of the explosive New York Post report that quoted Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying that Barack Obama during his July visit to Baghdad demanded that Iraq not negotiate with the Bush Administration on the withdrawal of American troops. Instead, he asked that they delay such negotiations until after the presidential handover at the end of January.

The three problems, according to campaign sources: The report was true, there were at least three other people in the room with Obama and Zebari to confirm the conversation, and there was concern that there were enough aggressive reporters based in Baghdad with the sources to confirm the conversation that to deny the comments would create a bigger problem.
There you have it, corroborating witnesses were present. On top of this the report goes on to say that the Obama campaign is not even bothering to really deny the charges, simply spin it in the hopes that his media devotees will simply sweep it under the rug like every other scandal.

America really needs some reporters with the testicular fortitude to start an investigation. Is the media so in the tank for Obama that they would go out of there way to ignore what might be one of the biggest breaches of trust of a presidential candidate in American history?

Chris Mathews (in)famously complained to Pat Buchanan that media access to Governor Sarah Palin was necessary for the American people to make an informed decision about her. Is this very same media, which demanded Palin postulate in front of them for the good of the people, going to allow this bombshell to go unscrutinized, withholding what could be crucial information necessary to making an informed decision in November? If so, their hypocrisy is not only deep, but dangerous.

Update: Amir Taheri is receiving death threats from Obama supporters. In his follow up opinion piece in today's NY Post, Taheri writes:
While I am encouraged by the senator's evolution, I must also appeal to him to issue a "cease and desist" plea to the battalions of his sympathizers - who have been threatening me with death and worse in the days since my article appeared.

Posted by: Scott | September 19, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A moron posted here that mccain bombed villages. Vietnamese support mccain including his ex captors. NOW THATS WHAT I CALL CROSSING PARTY LINES. GOOGLE IT!

MCCAIN REALLY KNOWS HOW TO GET ALONG WELL WITH DEMOCRATS ITS THE SIMPLE TRUTH.

OBAMA HAS WORKED WITH REPUBLICANS 12% OF THE TIME. MCCAIN HAS WORKED WITH DEMOCRATS 55% OF THE TIME. WHO REALLY GETS ALONG WITH EVERYBODY IS MCCAIN. KNOW THAT ITS SETTLED VOTE MCCAIN AND LETS GET SOME THINGS DONE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS

Posted by: freedom | September 19, 2008 12:19 PM
=====
Of course McCain has worked with Democrats more than Obama...McCain has been in the Senate much longer...so he would know more Democrats than Obama would know Republicans.
You're comparing apples to oranges!

BTW:
According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and the fiercely anti-war Ron Paul, though he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago, has received more than four times McCain's haul.

Despite McCain's status as a decorated veteran and a historically Republican bent among the military, members of the armed services overall -- whether stationed overseas or at home -- are also favoring Obama with their campaign contributions in 2008, by a $55,000 margin. Although 59 percent of federal contributions by military personnel has gone to Republicans this cycle, of money from the military to the presumed presidential nominees, 57 percent has gone to Obama.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/08/troops-deployed-abroad-give-61.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008
Posted by: sheryl | September 19, 2008 2:16 PM

Sorry Sheryl,if you are supporting & voting for McCain/Palin, you are not a Democrat!

Posted by: Natasha | September 19, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Sheryl:

You are SO right! Just like Sinclair Lewis said: "When facism comes to America, it will be draped in a flag and carrying a cross."

In your case, blinders and a mooseburger. Use your brain and research the facts. My God, it's a sad day when a newly minted U.S. Citizen, Craig Fergueson has to tell America to pay attention, study the facts and vote. We've become lazy lemmings.

Posted by: No time for stupidity | September 19, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: sheryl | September 19, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes, John McCain is a war criminal and should be sent to the Hague.

John McCain flew A-4 Skyhawks almost exclusively for his entire military career. the A-4 is a light bomber aircraft, also known as the “Tinkertoy Bomber”. This is what he was in when there was the accident on the Uss Forrestal and this is the kind of plane he was flying when he was shot down and subsequently captured.

There was only one confirmed air to air kill involving the A-4 during the entire Vietnam War, and that was on May 1, 1967 by by LCDR Theodore R. Swartz with an unguided air-to-air missle.

These are not “fighter planes”, they are bombers. And John McCain was a “bomber pilot” not a fighter pilot. This is what John McCain, the “war hero” did in Vietnam before being shot down and, according to his own testimony, cutting a deal with his Vietnamese after 3 days in captivity.

So, during the Vietnam War, we dropped Napalm, White Phosphorous, and Cluster Bombs on military targets as well as civilian ones. Of that there is no doubt and no argument. And this is the extent of what John McCain did during the Vietnam War. In the past McCain himself admitted to dropping bombs on civilians.

“I am a war criminal,” he confessed on “60 Minutes” in 1997. “I bombed innocent women and children.”
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/06/6878/

Posted by: Vietnam Vet | September 19, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this group was afraid Palin would fire them too!

Posted by: Donny | September 19, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah was dis-invited because it was going to be all about Sarah, not about Iran.

I'm sure the organizers contacted the McCain campaign quietly. It was the campaign that decided to politicize it, again making it All About Sarah.

Let's focus on the real issue: John McCain.

He's been running around the last 4 days with his hair on fire! Hardly steady in a crisis, is he? Not very presidential behavior in my book.

I've been trying to decide who to vote for in this election. Obama does not have very much experience, but he's very smart and has run an efficient campaign. Until lately, he's refrained from gross exagerations of McCain's proposals or records. He did pick a VP with good solid credentials. He's been calm and thoughtful during the financial crisis, urging Washington to work together to find a solution.

McCain endured torture while bravely serving his country. He supported the surge, which helped stablize Iraq. So he's got some cred there. He also has reputation of bucking the Republican Party, which since I disagree with most of their political views, I like.

But I looked at his health care proposal. If it ever gets to Congress, I sincerly hope it's Dead On Arrival. It's horrific.

And the last few months, he's morphed into a Robot Republican. Adopted Bush's tax cuts. Picked a VP who makes Dan Quayle look like a genius. And started practicing Rovian style, lying, dishonorable tactics.

In just the last week, he's been running around with his hair on fire about the crisis in financial markets. His behavior did NOT make me feel I wanted him in charge during a crisis. This guy way overracts to stuff.

Maybe he's doing this just to get elected. If so, it proves he'll do anything to get elected. And it also makes me wonder if he's lying now, why would he stop when he becomes President?

So, the last few days I made my decision: Thanks but no thanks to "Dumb and Dumber"

Posted by: DDS | September 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

A moron posted here that mccain bombed villages. Vietnamese support mccain including his ex captors. NOW THATS WHAT I CALL CROSSING PARTY LINES. GOOGLE IT!

MCCAIN REALLY KNOWS HOW TO GET ALONG WELL WITH DEMOCRATS ITS THE SIMPLE TRUTH.

OBAMA HAS WORKED WITH REPUBLICANS 12% OF THE TIME. MCCAIN HAS WORKED WITH DEMOCRATS 55% OF THE TIME. WHO REALLY GETS ALONG WITH EVERYBODY IS MCCAIN. KNOW THAT ITS SETTLED VOTE MCCAIN AND LETS GET SOME THINGS DONE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS

Posted by: freedom | September 19, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"Amir Taheri and McCain's poor judgment

John McCain appears to have believed every bit of nonsense that Iraqi exiles in Washington circulated during their campaign to involve the US in an invasion of Iraq. One of the chief people involved in selling those deceptions in DC was Randy Scheunemann, McCain's top foreign policy adviser. Yesterday both of them were involved in promoting another deception, this time fabricated by an Iranian exile – showing once again that McCain never outgrows his poor judgment, any more than he wises up and casts off the discredited advisers he relies upon.

The background is this: Yesterday a Republican propaganda outlet, the New York Post, published a column by Amir Taheri that accused Barack Obama of secretly trying to delay the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Various right-wing nuts were all a-twitter about the allegation – despite two very compelling reasons to disbelieve it.

(1) Amir Taheri is a notorious fraudster. He was once powerful under the Shah's regime but now is an Iranian exile and neocon shill. Taheri has been exposed repeatedly for simply making things up to fit his political agenda. For example, in May 2006 he published a report in the National Post (Canada) falsely stating that a new Iranian law required Jews to wear special clothing and yellow patches to identify themselves in public. The paper had to retract the story, blaming Taheri, and apologize for it. Taheri's reputation, already extremely low in 2006, has been in the dirt ever since.

(2) Taheri's column in the New York Post refutes his own claim that "OBAMA TRIED TO STALL GIS' IRAQ WITHDRAWAL". Taheri gives the game away at the very beginning of his column.

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."

In other words, by Taheri's own account Obama did NOT "delay an agreement on a draw-down" of US troops from Iraq. Instead, Obama told the Iraqis he thought that the US Congress needed to sign off on any Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) – a position Obama has held publicly since Bush announced in 2007 that he was seeking a long-term SOFA treaty. SOFA regulates what US troops may do in Iraq and how they shall coordinate with the Iraqi government. It has nothing necessarily to do with any timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq; if the US government decides to withdraw troops, it doesn't need an OK from the Iraqi government.

So Taheri was doing what he does best, spread misinformation.

Predictably, it was just a matter of hours before the McCain campaign would rush to embrace Taheri's baseless smear of Obama. Here is a statement released by his top adviser, Randy Scheunemann, of PNAC infamy:

At this point, it is not yet clear what official American negotiations Senator Obama tried to undermine with Iraqi leaders, but the possibility of such actions is unprecedented. It should be concerning to all that he reportedly urged that the democratically-elected Iraqi government listen to him rather than the US administration in power. If news reports are accurate, this is an egregious act of political interference by a presidential candidate seeking political advantage overseas. Senator Obama needs to reveal what he said to Iraq's Foreign Minister during their closed door meeting.

The charge that he sought to delay the withdrawal of Americans from Iraq raises serious questions about Senator Obama's judgment and it demands an explanation.

Actually, as I remarked, the episode reflects badly not on Obama's but on McCain's judgment. Heck, Scheunemann even admits that "it is not yet clear" what negotiations Taheri was claiming Obama had interfered with. In other words, the McCain camp recognizes that Taheri's allegations are incoherent. But they still chose to go ahead and tie themselves to Taheri's nonsense just because there's a "possibility" that something or other is amiss.

It sure sounds like McCain and his band of neocons have taken to heart Cheney's "One Percent Doctrine" (by which, if there's as much as a 1% chance that something nefarious is afoot, then one should act as if the possibility is a proven fact).

For what it's worth, today Obama responded by setting the record straight about Taheri's wild allegation.

Obama's national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said Taheri's article bore "as much resemblance to the truth as a McCain campaign commercial."

In fact, Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a "Strategic Framework Agreement" governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office, she said.

In the face of resistance from Bush, the Democrat has long said that any such agreement must be reviewed by the US Congress as it would tie a future administration's hands on Iraq.

"Barack Obama has never urged a delay in negotiations, nor has he urged a delay in immediately beginning a responsible drawdown of our combat brigades," Morigi said.

In this instance, McCain's poor judgment in embracing Taheri's claim clearly goes well beyond the point of 'recklessness'. It's less clear to me what the right term is to describe his management style, however. Perhaps no term can adequately convey how foolishly McCain is behaving."

http://smintheusblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/amir-taheri-and-mccains-poor-judgment.html

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

to Ben Smith,
Rezko.....Obama not involved.
Ayers....Obama was 8yrs old,when this happened.
Raines.....NOT ASSOCIATED WITH OBAMA, REGUARDLESS OF WHAT LIES THE REPUBLICANS ARE SPEWING ON THE STUMP!

EDUCATE YOURSELF, BEFORE YOU BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR, but maybe this is to hard for you to do? Stop sreading rumors, that you know nothing of.

I am 51yr old white woman who will vote for obama, and live in Chicago!

Posted by: brenda | September 19, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Report confirms Obama negotiated with Iraqi Foreign Minister Update: Taheri receiving death threats from Obama supporters
Sep 17, 2008 - Amir Taheri's September 15th has been, for all intents and purposes, confirmed over the past 24 hours. Obama did indeed conduct illegal foreign policy negotiations with Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari. As we wrote on the 15th, this amounts to a truly audacious betrayal of the American people and our military, and deserves a full investigation by the American government, and scrutinization by the media. This from the American Spectator:
The Obama campaign spent more than five hours on Monday attempting to figure out the best refutation of the explosive New York Post report that quoted Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying that Barack Obama during his July visit to Baghdad demanded that Iraq not negotiate with the Bush Administration on the withdrawal of American troops. Instead, he asked that they delay such negotiations until after the presidential handover at the end of January.

The three problems, according to campaign sources: The report was true, there were at least three other people in the room with Obama and Zebari to confirm the conversation, and there was concern that there were enough aggressive reporters based in Baghdad with the sources to confirm the conversation that to deny the comments would create a bigger problem.
There you have it, corroborating witnesses were present. On top of this the report goes on to say that the Obama campaign is not even bothering to really deny the charges, simply spin it in the hopes that his media devotees will simply sweep it under the rug like every other scandal.

America really needs some reporters with the testicular fortitude to start an investigation. Is the media so in the tank for Obama that they would go out of there way to ignore what might be one of the biggest breaches of trust of a presidential candidate in American history?

Chris Mathews (in)famously complained to Pat Buchanan that media access to Governor Sarah Palin was necessary for the American people to make an informed decision about her. Is this very same media, which demanded Palin postulate in front of them for the good of the people, going to allow this bombshell to go unscrutinized, withholding what could be crucial information necessary to making an informed decision in November? If so, their hypocrisy is not only deep, but dangerous.

Update: Amir Taheri is receiving death threats from Obama supporters. In his follow up opinion piece in today's NY Post, Taheri writes:
While I am encouraged by the senator's evolution, I must also appeal to him to issue a "cease and desist" plea to the battalions of his sympathizers - who have been threatening me with death and worse in the days since my article appeared.

Posted by: Scott | September 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

TO THE 72 YEAR OLD GEEZER...SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A RACIST!!! You are still living in the past! Too bad for you, that you do not know how to look foward! It is people like you, that are "DEVIDING THIS COUNTRY!!
By the way I am a 51yr old"white" middle class woman,And I support OBama, and Race is not an issue for me, At least I can go foward!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This comment below is a lie!!

When Senator Obama goes on with his litany of lobbyists in the McCain campaign, he fails to mention that he is closely associated with one of the worst: James Johnson, the former Fannie Mae CEO, the guy he selected to oversee his vice presidential vetting process. What hypocrisy! Fannie Mae is the entity blamed for the current world financial crisis. And to make things worse, he got hundreds of thousands in contributions from the failed institution.....This is a total lie, you need to go to factcheck.org to get the correct info......Obama did not have anything to do with this guy!!! This is again another lie from the republicans.
You people who do not reshearch, and just believe whatever you want to hear, are "stupid" Educate yourself, before you spread rumors!!!!

Posted by: brenda | September 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Here is the personnel board member that contributed to Palin's campaign.

"Tamgani donated $400 to Palin for her 2006 race for Governor."
http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/contributor.phtml?d=524413232

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 1)

"Sarah Palin initially welcomed the investigation of accusations that she dismissed the state's public safety commissioner because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. "Hold me accountable," she said.
...
But she has increasingly opposed it since Republican presidential candidate John McCain tapped her as his running mate. The McCain campaign dispatched a legal team to Alaska including O'Callaghan, a former top U.S. terrorism prosecutor from New York to bolster Palin's local lawyer.
...
McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan announced today that Todd Palin would not appear, because he no longer believes the Legislature's investigation is legitimate.
...
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said the McCain campaign is doing all it can to prevent the Legislature from completing a report on whether the GOP's vice presidential nominee abused her power as governor."

http://www.adn.com/palin/story/530493.html


"Campaign spokesmen said Thursday that while the governor is resisting the legislative investigation, she is cooperating with a separate inquiry the state Personnel Board is conducting.
The board, and not the Legislature, is the proper authority to look into Monegan's dismissal, they said."
http://www.adn.com/troopergate/story/530885.html


"But Palin's state-hired attorney Thomas Van Flein said the matter should be taken up by the state's personnel board. Van Flein and Palin have asked the three members to resolve the dispute over the firing.

The board's members are appointed by the governor. One of the three, Debra English, was re-appointed by Palin in January. The other two members - Laura Plenert and Alfred Tamagni, Sr - have served since 2004 and 2006, respectively."

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/06/politics/main4422385.shtml

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 19, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 2)

So her self appointed board, with at least one contributore to her past campaign is impartial?

I wonder what if any relationship the board members have to Palin as Palin is known for appointing her frineds to government positions.


"So when there was a vacancy at the state Agriculture Department, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five high school classmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages."
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stories/DN-palin_14pol.ART.State.Edition1.26e9372.html


Also it looks like at least one board member shares Palin's depth of experience.


"PLENERT, LAURA
Food & Beverage, MCDONALDS OF KETCHIKAN, RESTAURANT MANAGER, MCDONALDS, AK, 2002 1 $500"

http://www.followthemoney.org/database/search.phtml?searchbox=Laura+Plenert

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Every time that woman opens her mouth I cringe.

Sarah Palin is an idiot. The pledge was not written until 1892 and "under God" was not added until the mid-1950's during the height of McCarthy-ism. So sick of the religious right trying to revise history in their favor. Business was the reason this country was colonized, religion was a distant second.

I'm glad she was dis-invited from the anti-Iran rally. All she would say is I believe in Jesus so I support Zionism because without the Jews, Jesus can't return to earth for his millennial reign. I also think the Israelis need to check themselves before they protest Iran.

Posted by: In reference to Ronnn | September 19, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty clear why the Democrat machine wanted Palin out of this event. In one day of meet-and-greet activites at the U.N., she will come close to equaling Barack Obama's foreign policy experience, and they didn't want that fact anywhere near a television camera.

Foreign policy is the only thing on which they have been able to be critical of Palin's credentials. But she's only a one week fact-finding trip around the globe from being on the same 'foreign policy experience' level as Barack Obama, the Democrats nominee for PRESIDENT.

Posted by: dbw | September 19, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 19, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"For all you guys that did not take Civics in high school...we will not be able to 'blog' when the socialist state of Obamanism takes over.

In a generation it will all be controlled by the state...you know like Russia was 25 years ago. Yeah...I know they were communists, but socialists also control your freedoms.

FREEDOM of SPEECH - Obama already wants to control 'talk radio' (nobody forces you to listen).
FREEDOM to PETITION -Obama wants to prohibit 'free ballot' elections for union votes. You must sign the ballot.

You've already heard enough about guns, abortions, etc. The above two...Obama wants to make into new laws.
Some Democracy that is. That's just for starters...then it will get worse.

It’s a 'hard lesson' to learn that the government does not care who you are...except for two reasons. They want to control what you own and how you think.

90 million veterans have served this country in the last 3 centuries. That is the reason you and many of the free people in the world ARE free.

And one man CAN take it away...he calls it CHANGE (you can count on) and you had better HOPE (pray) he doesn't have the chance.

His name Barack Hussein Obama.

I know many of you do not like the current situation in the USA…but it can get worse. There are 4,600,000,000 (4.6 BILLION) people in the world that live that way. Most do not live in a FREE society.

So if you want to sell your vote and your soul for the few bucks he promises you, be prepared to take all else he dishes out.

Theo6 - a well travelled 72 yr old geezer"

Theo, you're a lunatic.

Posted by: Chris | September 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

What kind of idiot would go to an Anti-Iran rally? Jesus Christ, Americans really are stupid.

Posted by: Chris | September 19, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse


The GOP has a VP candidate who it took 6 attempts to make it through college and a presidential candidate who competed unsuccessfully for the bottom of his class. Are these the people that are going to inspire the best and the brightest in our country to rebuild America into a strong economy and reestablish its leadership in the world.

If Sarah Palin is fit to be VP, then a shoemaker would be qualified to be Sec. of Transportation and a gas station attendant the Sec of Energy. This will not be an administration that will attract truly qualified people into the administration. No one worth while will want to work for a boss who is less qualified than themselves. Only ambitious self promoters who will tend not to be patriotic will be attracted to Washington.

Bush's problem has been as much the ineptitude of his advisers, "Brownie" as an example, as his own failing. Leading requires a team and McCain has not attracted good economic advisers, since he has remained uninformed when it comes to the economy.

An administration is composed of many leaders, the president is the leader of the leaders. John McCain and Sarah Palin are not the right stuff. I include Sarah Palin's name because she may have as much as a 30% of a chance of being the 45th president.

Posted by: Jason Jones | September 19, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Good for the protestor's I would not have
invited her either,she (palin) reminds me
and probably everyone else of Don Knots
barney fife please don't give her a gun, if you do it better not have any bullets in it.and please sweet Jesus,don't let her
fingers near BUTTON,THAT NUT CASE WILL DESTROY THE WHOLE WORLD,this is a gamble
we can't afford to take,screw you right wing,hate self and world nutjobs,(Rush&hannity)aka the sky is falling types!

obama/biden

Posted by: BULLWINKE J. MOOSE | September 19, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin said in a speech that you support the words "under God" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me," and not be immediately disqualified from holding office.

It was not good enough for the founding fathers and John McCain has thrust upon the American people, who lacks the patriotism to have learned about her own country, let alone any other.

Sarah Palin is in fact the embodiment of what is wrong with voting for a Republican since George Bush was elected. She makes voting for McCain a very unsafe choice.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 19, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Theo6, have you watched any reputable news source lately? If not, let me catch you up. Our banking and insurance industries in this country have been SOCIALIZED thanks to the reckless deregulation on the part of REPUBLICAN lawmakers and administration.

The GOP has not been about fiscal responsibility and small government for at least 30 years. Your propoganda and rhetoric do not match reality.

Posted by: VAreader | September 19, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

PALIN BACKED RON PAUL? http://www.veeppeek.com

YESTERDAY MORE CAME OUT ABOUT SARAH PALINS ALLEDGED AFFIAR. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

For all you guys that did not take Civics in high school...we will not be able to 'blog' when the socialist state of Obamanism takes over.

In a generation it will all be controlled by the state...you know like Russia was 25 years ago. Yeah...I know they were communists, but socialists also control your freedoms.

FREEDOM of SPEECH - Obama already wants to control 'talk radio' (nobody forces you to listen).
FREEDOM to PETITION -Obama wants to prohibit 'free ballot' elections for union votes. You must sign the ballot.

You've already heard enough about guns, abortions, etc. The above two...Obama wants to make into new laws.
Some Democracy that is. That's just for starters...then it will get worse.

It’s a 'hard lesson' to learn that the government does not care who you are...except for two reasons. They want to control what you own and how you think.

90 million veterans have served this country in the last 3 centuries. That is the reason you and many of the free people in the world ARE free.

And one man CAN take it away...he calls it CHANGE (you can count on) and you had better HOPE (pray) he doesn't have the chance.

His name Barack Hussein Obama.

I know many of you do not like the current situation in the USA…but it can get worse. There are 4,600,000,000 (4.6 BILLION) people in the world that live that way. Most do not live in a FREE society.

So if you want to sell your vote and your soul for the few bucks he promises you, be prepared to take all else he dishes out.

Theo6 - a well travelled 72 yr old geezer

Posted by: Theo6 | September 19, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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Note the date on this Politico piece by Ben Smith- OF COURSE OBAMA "NEVER HEARD OF" His Advisor Franklin Raines who took $90 Million out of Fannie Mae and ran it into the ground- I'm sure donating some to Obama- stay tuned!

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July 16, 2008
Categories: Barack Obama

Advice from Raines

An ill-timed -- for Obama -- profile of former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines, forced out in an accounting mess a few years ago.

The Style Section piece reports that he's recently been taking "calls from Barack Obama's presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters."

Hard to find anybody in the mortgage industry who's looking real great right now, but Fannie Mae's critics, in particular, seem to have been vindicated.


By Ben Smith 11:42 AM
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Rezko, Ayres, Raines....nice company Barack

Posted by: Scott | September 19, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse


September 19, 2008
Abortions Do Sometimes Produce Live Births
By Mona Charen

Appearing on C-SPAN last weekend I mentioned that Barack Obama had opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act when he was an Illinois state senator -- a position he has attempted to deny or obfuscate ever since. The liberal blogger who appeared on the program with me erupted with indignation. She didn't deny that Obama had opposed the bill. She denied, hotly, that babies are ever born alive after an attempted abortion. Since I have actually met Gianna Jessen, who survived an attempted abortion, I invited viewers to contact me directly if they wanted evidence. My inbox has been bursting.

The denial goes very deep. Any number of e-mailers expressed their contemptuous certainty that "born alive" infants were an invention of pro-life activists. OK, enter "abortion survivors" into your browser and see what you get. Or, if you prefer a traditional media source, consult the Daily Mail in Britain. The Mail has reported that in just the past year 66 infants had been left to die after abortions in Great Britain.

When Congress was considering the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA), a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Jill Stanek and Allison Baker, two nurses at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. They described several instances in which babies who were moving and breathing after induced abortions were left to die. The committee report quoted Jill Stanek: "Mrs. Stanek testified about another aborted baby who was thought to have had spina bifida, but was delivered with an intact spine. On another occasion, an aborted baby was left to die on the counter of the Utility Room wrapped in a disposable towel." The committee report also quoted Shelly Lowe, a lab technician at Bethesda North Medical Center in Cincinnati. A young woman who had undergone just the first cervix-opening phase of a partial-birth abortion gave birth in the emergency room. The doctor placed the 22-week-old baby in a specimen dish to be taken to the lab. According to the report, when Ms. Lowe "saw the baby girl in the dish she was stunned when she saw the girl gasping for air. 'I don't think I can do that,' Ms. Lowe reportedly said. 'This baby is alive.'" Lowe asked permission to hold the baby until she died. She wrapped the child she dubbed "Baby Hope" in a blanket and sang to her. Breathing room air without any other supports, Baby Hope lived for three hours.

I've received a number of letters from viewers. This one caught my eye: "I am a pediatrician. When I was a pediatric resident on a neonatal intensive care rotation, we were routinely called to ... resuscitate infants. In one instance I was called to pronounce a baby dead who had been born an hour earlier after a failed abortion. We were not called to resuscitate the baby immediately after the delivery as the intent was abortion. ... I write to attest that babies are sometimes born alive after abortion and then put aside to die."

The BAIPA was designed to ensure that in those rare cases in which a baby marked for abortion happens to survive -- that the child will be immediately accorded full human and constitutional rights. The measure passed the U.S. House by a vote 380 to 15 but was blocked in the Senate. When a "neutrality clause" was inserted to the effect that the law should not be construed to limit the scope of Roe v. Wade, the measure was passed by unanimous consent and signed into law in 2002.

At the time, Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator. An almost exact copy of the federal bill was introduced in 2001. Obama opposed it, saying, "I mean it, it would essentially bar abortions because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute." Even though the baby would be completely separated from the mother. In 2003, the Illinois legislature added a neutrality clause to the bill, making it a virtual clone of the federal legislation. As chairman of the committee considering the bill, Obama again opposed it, saying, "... an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman ..."

Barack Obama is a charming and intelligent man. But there is no other way to interpret his position on BAIPA than this: A woman who chooses an abortion is entitled to a dead child no matter what. That is an abortion extremist.

Posted by: Scott | September 19, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Heh heh heh...

All these groups better learn that if they don't shut out the Republicans, they will be shut down.

And once I'm in office, these Zionist groups will learn to get in line real quick and not piss me off.

Heh heh heh...

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | September 19, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is war criminal. He bombed the villages times! He's not an American Hero, but a true war criminal and warmonger.

Posted by: Vietnam Vet | September 19, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

If an elephant farts, McCain will blame it on Obama. Why is McCain so furious about Palin being disinvited? There is nothing which prevents McCain and Palin from going to the steps of the UN and conducting their own protests when the Iranians come there. If McCain wants to show his support for Israel there are so many ways he can do that even without participating in that protest.

McCain has become more of a cry baby. He is spending all his energy putting down Obama rather than promoting what he can do for this country. He is just waiting for tidbits everyday regardless of whether it has any meaning or not. I am so tired of watching his ads and any news about McCain now. He is very pathetic. He does not show any signs of a maverick or hero.

Posted by: Steve | September 19, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

This is another example of the Obama campaign disrespecting the First Amendment of the United States Constituion.

Twice in the last month WGN-720 radio, which is owned by the Chicago Tribune, had the audacity to have scheduled an Obama critic for a program. The Obama campaign was asked to send someone to be on the program and answer the critic.

The Obama campaign declined and instead issued an e-mail to all of it's supporters requesting that they call and e-mail the program to stifle the discussion. The supporters did this and disrupted the program.

These actions are akin to something Chavez would do in Venezuela. But then that might be why Obama wants to meet with Chavez to obtain his thoughts on how to rewrite the Constitution!

Posted by: Mike H | September 19, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Karma Sucks: We need more wars; bomb Iran baby! http://www.twincities.com/ci_10472581?source=most_viewed

http://www.linktv.org/embed/change_placeholder_rnc/change_placeholder_rnc20080910

I never thought human being would fall so low to actually justle in supporting a state as Israel which oppresses Palestinians on daily basis and has forced them to live in ghettos.

But then, I'm reminded of the Iranian poet Saadi who wrote some 700 years ago:

All Adam's race are members of one frame;
Since all, at first, from the same essence came.
When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed,
The other members lose their wonted rest:
If thou feel'st not for others' misery,
A son of Adam is no name for thee.

Posted by: Iranian from Iran | September 19, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Heh heh heh...

Already, under my influence and sham posturing, the public support for Israel is becoming too political and uncomfortable.

Thanks for pulling out, HIllary. I like the excuse you gave them.

Heh heh heh...

Good-bye Israel, Hello Hamas!

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | September 19, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Johan to show who real Americans are, true and fair.

I hope in this Anti Iran rally they will also discuss 200 nuclear bombs of Israel. Israel occupation of Palestinian land and how many billions USA dollar has gone to Israel for the war machine. Last Israel is a aparthied so Palestinian have all the right to claim the land. Also read recent interview
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=69866§ionid=3510302

Posted by: Amin | September 19, 2008 5:14 AM | Report abuse

These disgraceful bloggers using Sarah's words and record against her. What a wonderful family with Todd former AIP member not answering a subpoena to testify. Not working for the governor nor state leaves him no excuse of the privacy of the governors staff. She runs a transparent government. It is transparent she has something to hide.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 19, 2008 4:13 AM | Report abuse

Rightinmissouri, you should get a job. Help the economy will ya?

And write in Lyda Green. A real Republican.

Posted by: Robert | September 19, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

One Republican finally says what needs to be said about Palin

http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/09/18/hagel-questions-palin-experience/

Those of us who reside in the great state of Nebraska although we may be a minority (but from the sizable Obama rally this state could turn blue, (okay a light blue)). Thank you so very much.

Thanks Obama for taking the time to visit us. All of us democrats or reformed independents (myself) will be there to vote come election day.

Once again thanks Hagel. I know I speak for others including some republicans. This is a proud proud day for the Midwest.

-Never be afraid to speak you mind.-

Posted by: Midwest strong | September 19, 2008 2:55 AM | Report abuse

"right"nmissouri -

2 reasons not to vote for McCain/Palin:

1. McCain
2. Palin

However, the topic is Palin being disinvited from the Anit-Iran Rally. Good call. This rally should not be used as a campaigning tool. Besides, Palin only has one speech and doesn't know how to pronounce the word nuclear.

Posted by: idealistic | September 19, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

201 Reasons not to vote for Barry Obama

Abortion

1. Consistently for abortion even if it includes infanticide. Said I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
2. Obama wrongly claimed that abortions "have not gone down" under president bush. In fact, the abortion rate has gone down 9 percent, and the annual total has declined by more than 100,000.
3. Obama advocates abortion rights even more sweeping than those enacted under Roe v. Wade. "The first thing I'd do as president," he assured the Planned Parenthood Action Fund last year, "is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." The measure would not only codify Roe, it would eliminate even restrictions on abortion that the Supreme Court has allowed - the federal ban on government funding of abortion, for example, or the law prohibiting partial-birth abortion.

Campaign Finance

4. He vowed to take public financing but reneged on that option when he decided he could raise more money than the republicans.
5. Donations from lobbyists and special interest pacs Obama say he doesn’t take money from D.C. lobbyists and special interest pacs this is the type of double-talk “politics of the past” rhetoric Obama rails against. While his claim is technically true, what he does do is take money from state lobbyists and other big money contributors who have substantial lobbyist machines in D.C., like law firms and corporations. In April 2007, the LA times quoted the campaign finance institute’s Stephen Weismann as pointing out that the distinction Obama makes on lobbyist money is meaningless: “he gets an asterisk that says he is trying to be different. … But overall, the same wealthy interests are funding his campaign as are funding other candidates, whether or not they are lobbyists. “the capital eye reported that “[a]cording to the center for responsive politics, 14 of Obama’s top 20 contributors employed lobbyists this year, spending a total of $16.2 million to influence the federal government in the first six months of 2007.”
6. Special interests in January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as "special interest" money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of "working people" and says he is "thrilled" by their support.

Distortions

7. He said McCain, far from being a maverick who’s “broken with his party,” has voted to support bush policies 90 percent of the time. True enough, but by the same measure Obama has voted with fellow democrats in the senate 97 percent of the time.
8. Dreams of my father, writes of a story in Life magazine that influenced him -- about a black man trying to bleach his skin white. No such article could be found in life or ebony.
9. "I’ve been long enough in Washington to know that Washington needs to change." he is running against Washington yet his campaign is populated with political professionals who are Washington insiders.
10. Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Barack Obama repudiated what he called “inflammatory and appalling remarks” made by his Chicago pastor. Obama said he had not been present during the sermons in question. Obama told MSNBC, “Had I heard them in church I would have expressed that concern directly to Rev. Wright. ”Please note, he says that he would have expressed concern, not repudiate, the words. (Source: audacity of hypocrisy) previously Obama had said "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."
11. Barack Obama won his first election by having his lawyers knock all his opponents off the ballot on technicalities
12. Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Obama traced his "very existence" to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother. The Kennedy’s never paid for his father’s scholarship.
13. Obama told Larry king on CNN – when asked about that anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton YouTube ad, Obama stated, "we don't have the technical capacity to create something like that." turns out the creator was unmasked and ended up being a political operative who worked for a firm overseeing the technical side of Obama’s web site.
14. Obama claimed that "I worked with John McCain" on ethics legislation. In fact, the two worked together for barely a week, after which McCain accused Obama of "partisan posturing" and added, "I won't make the same mistake again." McCain later voted against the ethics bill that Obama supported, stating that it was written by democrats with "no input" from Republicans.
15. Obama botched his facts in a speech criticizing the U.S. auto industry for “investing in bigger and faster cars while foreign competitors invested in more fuel-efficient technology.” Obama stated that “while our fuel standards haven’t moved from 27.5 miles per gallon in two decades, both china and Japan have surpassed us, with Japanese cars now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon. Not true.
16. He once told an audience in Selma about how he had been conceived by his parents, Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham, because they had been inspired by the fervor following the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights demonstration that was commemorated March 4. “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama,” he said, “because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama “Obama was born in 1961, and the Selma march occurred four years later, in 1965. The New York Times reported that when the senator was asked about the discrepancy later that day, he clarified: “I meant the whole civil rights movement.”
17. To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies. — Obama spokesman bill Burton, cot. 24, 2007. Now, Obama says he will vote in favor of the FISA bill that gives the immunity Obama was so opposed to.
18. Decriminalization of marijuana: while running for the U.S. senate in January 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. In the Oct. 30, 2007, presidential debate, he joined other democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.
19. Running for president or vice president of the United States: on the January 22nd edition of “Meet the Press,” Tim russet and Obama had the following exchange: Russert: “when we talked back in November of ‘04 after your election, I said, ‘there’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?’ ”Obama: “I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed. ”Russert: “so you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?” Obama: “I will not.”

Ear Marks

20. "In 2006, Obama requested that the University of Chicago receive $1 million to support its construction of the new hospital pavilion.
21. Obama requested a $1 million earmark for the university of Chicago medical center where his wife had just been appointed vice president.
22. Obama requested 139 projects totaling $334 million for FY 2007.
23. Obama requested 330 projects totaling almost $1 billion ($935.7 million) since being sworn in as a senator in January 2005.
24. In 2006 and 2007, Obama requested a total of $4 million in earmarks for the Illinois primary health care association (IPHCA) whose lobbying firm contributed nearly $38,000 to Obama:
25. IPHCA hired Holland & knight to lobby for its earmark request; lawyers at Holland & knight have contributed at least $37,900 to Obama’s senate and presidential campaign
26. Over a two-year period in the U.S. senate, Obama requested $3.2 million in earmarks for the center for neighborhood technology, an organization led by political supporters and friends:
27. In 2006, Obama requested $2.2 million for the center for neighborhood technology's information for communities’ project.
28. In 2005, Obama requested $1 million and secured $400,000 for the center for neighborhood technology's I-go car sharing program.
29. "Obama ... sought money for the center for neighborhood technology, where his neighbor Jacky grim haw is a honcho.

Education

30. Obama opposed and condemned school voucher programs, yet sends his daughters to private school with "a break on the cost":
31. While running for U.S. senate, Obama opposed school vouchers.
32. When speaking at an NEA meeting, Obama "condemned voucher programs."
33. When interviewed by the Milwaukee journal sentinel, Obama softened his approach on school vouchers
34. Obama originally voted in favor of no child left behind for states, now bashes it
35. As a state senator, Obama voted in favor of no child left behind.

Foreign policy

36. The Cuba embargo in January 2004, Obama said it was time "to end the embargo with Cuba" because it had "utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro." speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in august 2007, he said he would not "take off the embargo" as president because it is "an important inducement for change."
37. Obama stated "I believe in free trade" and then later said well, I don't think NAFTA has been good for America - and I never have.
38. NAFTA: on February 29th, the Obama campaign told Canadian television (CTV) that no message was passed to the Canadian government suggesting that Obama does not mean what he says about opting out of NAFTA if it is not renegotiated. However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama’s senior economic adviser, Austin Goolsbee, and the Canadian consulate general in Chicago. Earlier, the Obama campaign insisted that no conversations have taken place with any of its senior ranks and representatives of the Canadian government on the NAFTA issue. CTV spoke with Goolsbee, but he refused to say whether he had such a conversation with the Canadian government office in Chicago. He also said he has been told to direct any questions to the campaign headquarters.CTV didn’t stop there. They announced that their sources, at the highest levels of the Canadian government,” reconfirmed the story to CTV and one of their primary sources provided a timeline of the discussion to CTV.
39. Meeting with Ahmadinejad: "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama underscored his willingness to talk to leaders of countries like Iran that are considered U.S. adversaries but said that does not necessarily mean an audience with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad." (Careen Behan, "Obama says won't guarantee Ahmadinejad a meeting," Reuters,(5/26/08)
"'There's no reason why we would necessarily meet with Ahmadinejad before we know he's actually in power. He’s not the most powerful person in Iran,' Obama told reporters while campaigning in New Mexico." (Careen Behan, "Obama says won't guarantee Ahmadinejad a meeting,"(Reuters,(5/26/08)
40. In July 2007, Obama said he would meet with the leaders of hostile foreign nations, including Iran.
41. Obama argued for years that we need to move from a 'Musharraf policy' to a 'Pakistan policy. False.
42. At a July 2007 debate, Obama announced he would personally meet with leaders of Iran, north Korea, Syria and other hostile nations "without precondition."
question: "[w]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?
"Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous." (Cnn/Youtube democrat presidential candidate debate, Charleston, sc, 7/23/07) (Source: RNC via Newsmax)
43. Jerusalem: "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided," Obama declared Wednesday, to rousing applause from the 7,000-plus attendees at the American Israel public affairs committee policy conference.
44. Meeting with foreign leaders: Obama now claims that he will only meet with foreign leaders at a time of his choosing if it will advance U.S. interests, but previously said he would meet with rogue leaders his first year in office without preconditions: in his remarks to the AIPAC conference, Obama claimed that he would only meet with the "appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place" of his choosing. Obama: "contrary to the claims of some, I have no interest in sitting down with our adversaries just for the sake of talking. But as president of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place of my choosing - if, and only if - it can advance the interests of the United States." (Sen. Barack Obama, remarks at the annual AIPAC policy conference, Arlington, V.A., 6/4/08) but at a July 2007 debate, Obama said he would meet with hostile leaders during his first year in office. Question: "[w]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?"...Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous." (Cnn/Youtube democrat presidential candidate debate, Charleston, sc, 7/23/07) at a September 2007 press conference, Obama confirmed that he would meet specifically with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Question: "senator, you've said before that you'd meet with president Ahmadinejad ..." Obama: "uh huh." question: "would you still meet with him today?" Obama: "yeah, nothing's changed with respect to my belief that strong countries and strong presidents talk to their enemies and talk to their adversaries. I find many of president Ahmadinejad's statements odious and I’ve said that repeatedly. And I think that we have to recognize that there are a lot of rogue nations in the world that don't have American interests at heart. But what I also believe is that, as john f. Kennedy said, we should never negotiate out of fear but we should never fear to negotiate." (Sen. Barack Obama, press conference, New York, NY, 9/24/07
45. Legislation labeling Iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organization: Obama has been inconsistent in his views on labeling Iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organization. "Obama’s campaign suddenly discovered that their man -despite having spent the last nine months campaigning on his opposition to kyl-lieberman - 'has consistently urged that Iran’s revolutionary guard be labeled what it is: a terrorist organization.' well, not that consistently. Senator Obama has been scrupulously careful not to call explicitly for designation of the irgc as a terrorist organization. Now, however, with the democratic nomination almost in hand, Obama feels comfortable telling a pro-Israel audience what it wants to hear."(Danielle Pletka, "Obama’s pander pivot," weekly standard, 6/4/08)
"[t]he audience at AIPAC might ask why senator Obama has pivoted from opposition to 'lieberman-kyl' to support for the irgc designation his audience demands. Is this really change they can believe in?" (Danielle Pletka, "Obama’s pander pivot," weekly standard, 6/4/08) "Which Barack Obama will be the democratic standard-bearer: the one who vowed to 'eliminate' the Iranian nuclear threat two days ago, or the one who opposed designating the revolutionary guards a terrorist organization?" (editorial, "Obama and Iran," the Washington times, 6/6/08)

Friends in Low Places

46. Obama paid $300,000 less than the asking price for his mansion, while Tony Rezko’s wife paid full price for a vacant lot next door on the very same day.
47. Obama later purchased a portion of Rezko’s land for $104,500; it was valued at $40,500.
48. In one of the biggest lies he ever told — Obama says he “vehemently condemns” the words of his pastor and mentor, Rev. Jeremiah a. Wright, an official member of Obama’s campaign.
49. Obama provided political favors to Tony Rezko, including writing letters on his behalf:"as a state senator, Barack Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron tony Rezko’s successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens
50. Rezko offered Obama a job after law school and the two have been friends ever since.
51. Obama has admitted to $250,000 worth of campaign funding provided by tony Rezko
52. Obama and risk’s socializing included their wives and a trip to Rezko’s lake house.
53. The Obama’s and Rezko’s took a trip together to Rezko’s home at lake Geneva, WI
54. Friend of Alexi Giannoulias. In 2006, Alex Giannoulias was elected treasurer of the state of Illinois. In 2006, Giannoulias came under fire for lending money to crime figures. Giannoulias accepted $5,000 in campaign contributions from a Florida casino fleet owner whose uncle was "gunned down in an execution-style slaying" and who has ties to lobbyist jack Abramoff.
55. Friend of William Ayers. A founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. capitol and the pentagon during the 1970s. From 1999 to 2002, Obama served with Ayers on the board of directors for the woods fund of Chicago.
56. Friend of Marilyn Katz. Katz organized Vietnam War protests through students for a democratic society (sods), including throwing nails in the street to thwart police officers. Katz met William Ayers through sods and defended him after his association with Obama surfaced in the 2008 presidential campaign.
57. Friend of Nadhmi Auchi. Nadhmi Auchi is an Iraqi billionaire with business and personal ties to convicted Obama fundraiser Anthony "tony" Reckon. "Auchi is the man who provided Rezko a $3.5 million loan that Reckon did not disclose to the court -- resulting in his January arrest."
58. Friend of Jodie Evans. Founder of code pink. Enough said.
59. Friend of Larry Lessig. Lessig has used a controversial video of Jesus getting hit by a bus in his speeches and lectures. "the former Harvard law school professor is the leading light of what is known as the 'free culture movement,' which insists that the age of the internet should mean the abolition of intellectual property rights." (editorial, "another odd guru, “investor’s business daily, 4/23/08)
60. Friend of Howard Guttmann. Guttmann is an attorney at Washington, D.C., law firm Williams & Connolly. In 1999 and 2000, Gutman was a registered federal lobbyist for Williams & Connolly.
Gutman represented Bolivia’s former president Gonzalo Sanchez de lozada and former defense minister José Carlos Sanchez berzain, who were accused of using controversial tactics in response to a political protest. Sanchez de lozada was accused of "crimes against humanity" after over 60 protesters were killed by soldiers; he responded that clearing roads "isn't a crime in this or any country
61. Obama said he could “pay for every dime” of his spending and tax cut proposals “by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens.” that’s wrong – his proposed tax increases on upper-income individuals are key components of paying for his program, as well.
Gaffes

62. Obama says the U.S. senate banking committee is "my committee”.
63. In June 2008, Obama falsely claimed his father served in world war II.
64. An Obama ad running in Michigan claims McCain didn't support loan guarantees for the auto industry. In fact, he does support them.
65. In may 2008, Obama claimed to have visited 57 states
66. On May 8th, Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died. ”in case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed,” the democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser. The death toll was 12.

Gay rights

67. Opposed to gay marriage and respected the rights of states to set conditions for marriage. Now he says he opposes California’s (delegate rich California) attempt to ban gay marriage. Flipped answer.

Gun control

68. Favored a ban on the manufacture sale and possession of fire arms and then he told people in Idaho that he was for the second amendment.
69. Supported a ban on firearms kept in the home.
70. Supported a ban on right-to-carry permits.
71. Supported a total ban on handguns.

Health Care-Welfare

72. Obama noted that McCain’s health care plan would “tax people’s benefits” but didn’t say that it also would provide up to a $5,000 tax credit for families.

73. Single-payer healthcare: on January 22nd, the Hillary Clinton campaign releases a video that proves that Obama lied about his position on “single-payer healthcare. “The video compares statements Obama made during the January 21st democratic debate with those he made to an AFL-CIO conference in June 2003 while campaigning for the senate. Contradicting what Obama said at the debate, the old footage shows the senator saying, “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. That’s what I’d like to see. “At the debate, Obama stated: “I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single-payer (healthcare).”Single-payer healthcare is a euphemism for socialized medicine.
74. Pay as you go: Obama promised to "restore a law that was in place during the Clinton presidency—called Pay as you go—that prohibits money from leaving the treasury without some way of compensating for the lost revenue." But now Obama says he's not going to sacrifice his domestic priorities for deficit reduction. Universal health care, renewable energy and all the rest won't be sacrificed on the altar of Pay as you go.(source: q and o)
75. Obama shifts on welfare reform. "I am not a defender of the status quo with respect to welfare," Obama said on the floor of the Illinois state senate on May 31, 1997. "Having said that, I probably would not have supported the federal legislation, because I think it had some problems."

Immigration

76. Illegal immigration in a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should "crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants." he replied "oppose." in a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that "we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation."
77. Illegal immigrants and driver's licenses: as a state senator in Illinois, Obama voted to require illegal immigrants to get a driver's license. The change? In the November 2007 cnn debate, he was asked what his stand was on that issue and he said, "I am not proposing that's what we do."

Military

78. Stated in his own Iowa caucus video that he wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
79. On 9/7 Obama claimed he would buck his party by increasing the size of the military.
80. But in October 2007, Obama told the caucus for priorities that he would cut military spending.
81. Stated he would not make bin laden into a martyr by executing him. But later said he would. He thinks murdering 3k of our U.S. citizens might qualify for the ultimate penalty.
82. Obama claims his Iraq plan always depended on conditions on the ground, but previously said troops would be out in 16 months although he previously said ) Obama previously said he would immediately begin withdrawing troops from Iraq and would have them out in 16 months.
83. Said the surge would make things worse now he thinks it has been a success.
84. Obama accused his fellow American citizens of the indiscriminate murder of Iraqi civilians, saying, “and these private (Blackwater USA) contractors, they go out and they’re spraying bullets and hitting civilians and that makes it more dangerous for our troops
85. On July 28th, the day after his speech at the democratic convention catapulted him into the national spotlight, Barack Obama told a group of reporters in Boston that the United States had an “absolute obligation” to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a success. “The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster,” he said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science monitor, according to an audiotape of the session. “It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who have already died. . . . It would be a betrayal of the promise that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing from a national security perspective.
86. He twisted McCain’s words about Afghanistan, saying, “when john McCain said we could just ‘muddle through’ in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources.” actually, McCain said in 2003 he “may” muddle through, and he recently also called for more troops there.


Oil, coal gas

87. Opposed offshore drilling and now supports it.
88. Was for tapping the strategic oil reserve and then he was against it.
89. Obama tells Michigan voters that he "would have preferred a gradual adjustment" in gas prices? Obama opposes gas tax relief.
90. Obama told a Texas newspaper: "what we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas."
91. Didn’t tell hardworking Michigan families that he opposes gas tax relief. Nearly four-fifths of Michigan households use natural gas to heat their homes.
92. Wrong for Pennsylvania’s economy. Obama told a Texas newspaper: "what we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas." Pennsylvania had 270
93. Coal mines as of 2006. As of 2006, there were 7,526 people employed in Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry.
94. Coal: Obama, whose support for coal-to-liquid has been widely criticized by environmentalists, sent out a press release clarifying his position on liquid coal: senator Obama supports research into all technologies to help solve our climate change and energy dependence problems, including shifting our energy use to renewable fuels and investing in technology that could make coal a clean-burning source of energy…however, unless and until this technology is perfected, senator Obama will not support the development of any coal-to-liquid fuels unless they emit at least 20% less life-cycle carbon than conventional fuels.
This “clarification” is an important step for the Obama campaign in trying to gain support from environmental organizations and voters. However, the la times notes that his position change on this issue is even more significant because it symbolizes “there’s a race to the top among the democratic candidates for the strongest position on how to solve the climate crisis.”(source: carbon coalition)

Taxes

95. Barack Obama said on ABC Sunday that he might not go through with his plans to increase taxes.
96. Obama called for a windfall profits tax on oil companies.
97. Wants to raise taxes even above the levels of the Clinton era, including a huge increase in the payroll tax.
98. To date, Obama has voted for a tax increase approximately once every five days congress has been in session.
99. Americans for tax reform gave Obama a lifetime rating of 7.5 out of 100.
100. Citizens against government waste gave Obama a lifetime rating of 22 out of 100.
101. The national taxpayers union gave Obama a grade of “f” for his fiscal voting record.
102. The U.S. chamber of commerce gave Obama a 33 percent rating in 2007.
103. Obama told reporters he would raise taxes on the top 5 percent of earners also claimed that a family making less than $250,000 will not see higher taxes under his plan. In 2005, the cut off for the top 5 percent of earners began at $145,283 - well below Obama’s $250,000.
104. Obama claimed that the argument that middle income Americans would be hurt by a capital gains tax increase is "a phony argument and then clarified that middle income Americans would be exempted from his capital gains tax hike.
105. Obama shifts on taxes: said he may "defer" tax hikes depending on the economic situation - a tacit acknowledgment that higher taxes hurt the economy and affect job creation and then states he may "possibly defer" some of his tax increases based on the economic situation.
106. Obama said “average family income” went down $2,000 under bush, which isn’t correct. An aide said he was really talking only about “working” families and not retired couples. And – math teachers, please note – he meant median (or midpoint) and not really the mean or average. Median family income actually has inched up slightly under bush.
107. In 109th – 110th congresses, Obama voted at least 94 times for higher taxes.
108. HR. 6, CQ vote #425: motion rejected 59-40: r 9-39; d 48-1; I 2-0, 12/13/07, Obama voted yea;
109. HR. 6, CQ vote #416: motion rejected 53-42: r 5-39; d 46-3; I 2-0, 12/7/07, Obama voted yea;
110. H.R. 976, CQ vote #352: motion agreed to 69-30: r 18-30; d 49-0; I 2-0, 9/27/07, Obama voted yea;
111. H.R. 976, CQ vote #307: passed 68-31: r 18-31; d 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Obama voted yea;
112. H.R. 976, CQ vote #306: motion agreed to 67-32: r 17-32; d 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Obama voted yea;
113. H.R. 976, CQ vote #304: motion rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
114. H.R. 976, CQ vote #296: motion rejected 39-60: r 37-12; d 2-46; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
115. H.R. 976, CQ vote #295: motion rejected 47-52: r 46-3; d 1-47; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
116. H.R. 976, CQ vote #292: rejected 36-60: r 1-46; d 33-14; I 2-0, 8/1/07, Obama voted yea;
117. H.R. 6, CQ vote #223: motion rejected 57-36: r 10-34; d 45-2; I 2-0, 6/21/07, Obama voted yea;
118. H.R. 2206, CQ vote #181: motion agreed to 80-14: r 42-3; d 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Obama voted nay;
119. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #172: adopted 52-40: r 2-40; d 48-0; I 2-0, 5/17/07, Obama voted yea;
120. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #161: motion rejected 44-51: r 44-2; d 0-47; I 0-2, 5/9/07, Obama voted nay;
121. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #159: motion agreed to 54-41: r 46-0; d 8-39; I 0-2, 5/9/07, Obama voted nay;
122. H.R. 1591, CQ vote #118: adopted 74-23: r 25-22; d 47-1; I 2-0, 3/28/07, Obama voted yea;
123. S. con. res. 21,cq vote #113: rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
124. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #109: rejected 44-55: r 44-5; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
125. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #108: rejected 44-53: r 44-3; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
126. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #107: rejected 46-52: r 46-2; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
127. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #105: adopted 59-40: r 13-36; d 44-4; I 2-0, 3/23/07, Obama voted yea;
128. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #102: rejected 48-51: r 48-1; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
129. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #100: rejected 46-53: r 46-3; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
130. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #98: rejected 42-53: r 42-4; d 0-47; I 0-2, 3/22/07, Obama voted nay;
131. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #94: rejected 38-58: r 0-47; d 36-11; I 2-0, 3/22/07, Obama voted yea;
132. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #83: rejected 47-51: r 47-2; d 0-47; I 0-2, 3/21/07, Obama voted nay;
133. H.R. 2, CQ vote #38: motion rejected 46-50: r 44-3; d 2-45; I 0-2, 1/31/07, Obama voted nay;
134. H.R. 2, CQ vote #37: motion agreed to 49-48: r 1-46; d 46-2; I 2-0, 1/31/07, Obama voted yea;
135. H.R. 2, CQ vote #32: motion agreed to 50-42: r 3-42; d 45-0; I 2-0, 1/25/07, Obama voted yea;
136. H.R. 2, CQ vote #30: motion rejected 43-50: r 42-3; d 1-45; I 0-2, 1/25/07, Obama voted nay;
137. H.R. 2, CQ vote #28: motion rejected 42-51: r 41-4; d 1-45; I 0-2, 1/25/07, Obama voted nay;
138. s. 256, CQ vote #27: rejected 38-61: r 38-17; d 0-43; I 0-1, 3/7/05, Obama voted nay;
139. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #50: rejected 46-54: r 1-54; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/15/05, Obama voted yea;
140. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #61: rejected 44-56: r 1-54; d 42-2; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
141. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #63: rejected 40-59: r 0-54; d 40-4; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
142. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #81: adopted 51-49: r 51-4; d 0-44; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted nay;
143. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #65: rejected 49-51: r 4-51; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
144. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #68: motion adopted 51-49: r 6-49; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
145. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #70: rejected 45-55: r 0-55; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
146. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #74: motion adopted 55-45: r 50-5; d 5-39; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted nay;
147. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #75: rejected 47-53: r 3-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
148. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #78: rejected 45-55: r 0-55; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
149. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #79: rejected 37-63: r 1-54; d 35-9; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
150. H. con. res. 95, CQ vote #114: motion adopted 52-47: r 52-3; d 0-43; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Obama voted nay;
151. H.R. 3058, CQ vote #258: motion rejected 42-57: r 42-13; d 0-43; I 0-1, 10/19/05, Obama voted nay;
152. s. 2020, CQ vote #330: rejected 44-55: r 2-53; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
153. s. 2020, CQ vote #331: motion rejected 35-64: r 0-55; d 34-9; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
154. s. 2020, CQ vote #333: motion rejected 40-59: r 1-54; d 38-5; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
155. s. 2020, CQ vote #337: motion rejected 43-55: r 0-54; d 42-1; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
156. s. 2020, CQ vote #338: motion rejected 36-62: r 0-54; d 35-8; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
157. s. 2020, CQ vote #339: motion rejected 50-48: r 9-45; d 40-3; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
158. s. 2020, CQ vote #341: motion rejected 33-65: r 0-54; d 32-11; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
159. s. 2020, CQ vote #343: motion rejected 43-55: r 1-53; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
160. s. 2020, CQ vote #345: motion rejected 47-51: r 3-51; d 43-0; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
161. s. 2020, CQ vote #346: motion rejected 42-56: r 0-54; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
162. s. 2020, CQ vote #347: passed 64-33: r 49-4; d 15-28; I 0-1, 11/18/05, Obama voted nay;
163. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #7: motion rejected 44-53: r 1-52; d 42-1; I 1-0, 2/2/06, Obama voted yea;
164. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #8: motion rejected 44-53: r 1-52; d 42-1; I 1-0, 2/2/06, Obama voted yea;
165. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #10: passed 66-31: r 49-4; d 17-26; I 0-1, 2/2/06, Obama voted nay;
166. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #15: motion rejected 40-53: r 1-52; d 39-1; I 0-0, 2/13/06, Obama voted yea;
167. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #16: motion agreed to 53-47: r 51-4; d 2-42; I 0-1, 2/14/06, Obama voted nay;
168. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #17: motion rejected 47-53: r 3-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 2/14/06, Obama voted yea;
169. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #18: motion rejected 45-55: r 1-54; d 43-1; I 1-0, 2/14/06, Obama voted yea;
170. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #39: rejected 50-50: r 5-50; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
171. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #41: rejected 46-54: r 1-54; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
172. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #42: rejected 46-54: r 3-52; d 42-2; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
173. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #43: rejected 45-53: r 1-53; d 43-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
174. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #45: rejected 43-55: r 0-54; d 42-1; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
175. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #47: rejected 43-53: r 0-53; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
176. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #51: rejected 44-53: r 1-53; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
177. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #57: motion adopted 51-49: r 6-49; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
178. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #60: rejected 48-49: r 5-49; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
179. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #61: rejected 42-56: r 0-55; d 41-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
180. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #63: rejected 46-54: r 2-53; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
181. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #64: rejected 49-51: r 4-51; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
182. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #66: rejected 48-52: r 3-52; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
183. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #67: rejected 46-53: r 2-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
184. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #69: rejected 43-57: r 1-54; d 41-3; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
185. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #118: motion adopted 54-44: r 51-3; d 3-40; I 0-1, 5/11/06, Obama voted nay;
186. H.R. 8, CQ vote #164: motion rejected 57-41: r 53-2; d 4-38; I 0-1, 6/8/06, Obama voted nay;
187. H.R. 5970, CQ vote #229: motion rejected 56-42: r 52-3; d 4-38; I 0-1, 8/3/06, Obama voted nay;
188. H.R. 4954, CQ vote #244: motion agreed to 57-41: r 54-0; d 3-40; I 0-1, 9/13/06, Obama voted nay;
189. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #142: adopted 48- 45: r 2- 44; d 44- 1; I 2-0, 6/4/08, Obama voted yea;
190. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #85, adopted 51-44: r 2-43; d 47-1; I 2-0, 3/14/08, Obama voted yea;
191. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #82, rejected 45-51: r 45-1; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/14/08, Obama voted nay;
192. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #77, rejected 48-50: r 47-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
193. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #74, rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
194. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #50: rejected 50-50: r 48-1; d 2-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
195. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #52: rejected 47-53: r 47-2; d 0-49; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
196. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #48: rejected 49-51: r 48-1; d 1-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
197. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #43: rejected 47-52: r 47-2; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
198. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #47: motion agreed to: 50-50: r 49-0, vice president Cheney casting a ‘yea’ vote; d 1-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
199. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #46: motion rejected 49-51: r 0-49; d 47-2; I 2-0, 3/13/08, Obama voted yea
200. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #45: rejected 49-50: r 47-1; d 2-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
201. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #64: rejected 43-55: r 1-47; d 40-8; I 2-0, 3/13/08, Obama voted yea

Posted by: Rightinmissouri | September 19, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Palin's first town Hall meeting was a disaster. She wasn't the eloquent speaker she usually is reading the teleprompter. She studdered allot and didn't answer the questions or merely answered them. Especially when one person in the audience asked Palin to be specific about her foreign policy experience. She repeated herself about being ready and being confident and never gave one example of her foriegn policy experience. It was like she was babbling and that Town Hall meeting was proof she's not ready to be president. When the teleprompter and the script is gone Palin is an empty suite thats trying to convince people she's ready to be commander and Chief without the convincing. I kinda felt sorry for her. She looked so volunarable, and inexperienced. It was pathetic. When you watch it over again, you think to yourself, how selfish Mccain is to through Palin out there into a political campaign knowing she's not ready or even had practice like Pawlenty and Mc Romeny. Its a shame what the Mccain campaign would stoop to just to win an election. I know Palin was humiliated, being asked questions she doesn't know how to answer or what to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ8QDea5Jaw

Posted by: LINDA | September 19, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Palin's first town Hall meeting was a disaster. She wasn't the eloquent speaker she usually is reading the teleprompter. She studdered allot and didn't answer the questions or merely answered them. Especially when one person in the audience asked Palin to be specific about her foreign policy experience. She repeated herself about being ready and being confident and never gave one example of her foriegn policy experience. It was like she was babbling and that Town Hall meeting was proof she's not ready to be president. When the teleprompter and the script is gone Palin is an empty suite thats trying to convince people she's ready to be commander and Chief without the convincing. I kinda felt sorry for her. She looked so volunarable, and inexperienced. It was pathetic. When you watch it over again, you think to yourself, how selfish Mccain is to through Palin out there into a political campaign knowing she's not ready or even had practice like Pawlenty and Mc Romeny. Its a shame what the Mccain campaign would stoop to just to win an election. I know Palin was humiliated, being asked questions she doesn't know how to answer or what to say.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Hi I invented the blackberry and selected the most qualified republican female in US history to run with me

Posted by: Maverick Smavrich | September 19, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Want a laugh ... check out Ms. Palin's reversal of roles:

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

Posted by: Get outta the way Johnny!! | September 19, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I have a feeling Palyin is going to be disinvited from alot of events--even if she is vp (which won't happen)

McSame, the first dude PhD. Palin can go cry over a moose somewhere

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I LOVE Lyda Green! Smartest Republican in Alaska. She would have made a GREAT VP.

Posted by: Robert | September 18, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Føler du dig truet?

That's Danish for, are you feeling threatened?

I also speak four other languages, if Danish isn't in your repertoire.

You must not work in the tech industry if you don't know any foreigners.

Posted by: Johan | September 18, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

OMG

what does that have to do with ILLEGAL WIRETAPPING


or manipulating finacial markets with NSA bank transaction tracking

market manipulation...


or electoral fraud....

I hope you remember that it is

_____________________I_L_L_E_G_A_L___________________


for Sarah Palin to do "official business" on a a personal computer account....

that's what the "hackers" were proving....

that she like Karl Rove and the Whitehouse are trying to keep their dishonesty away from secure unwipable sources....

she is commiting a crime by having done what she has done....

she is avoiding responsibility and culpability....

sort of like the weener sucker currently running the country into the ground....


she killed 40 CARIBOU on her last hunting trip...


wonder if she ate them all or any of them...

could be she just kills for the fun of it...


.

Posted by: hacker found... | September 18, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

there are millions of unemployed

AMERICANs that have had their high tech jobs outsourced to

India and other countries....

extremely qualified people....


Johan is a state department employee pretending to be an intelligent


employee....

what's frequency hopping or what is a Kalman filter and what's it used for?


what's a relational database?


name three...


what's actuarial law???

what logic gate can you use to build all other logic gates from...

what's the difference between Calculus and Differential Equations???


huh Johann?


plant, disinformationist....s f b little dawg???


.

Posted by: Johan is a liar... | September 18, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

HACKER FOUND ****Democratic Pary connection******

In a posting at the blog wired.com, the alleged hacker said that he had read all of Palin’s emails and had found “nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped. All I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was a governor….and pictures of her family”.

Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell declined Thursday to respond to online allegations his son hacked into Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account (read more in my blog)

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Lyda Green for vice president!!!

And let's hear it for lower taxes, free healthcare with a robust private sector where you can choose a doctor - any doctor, any day - and get same day treatment for cheaper than US doctors _with insurance_ because the private sector is actually competing in a free market, not milking insurance companies like here. And free education all the way to a Ph.D.

I am currently living in California and paying more taxes than I was in Denmark, and getting ****all for my money. I am a $200 000 a year consultant at a tech company where they beg people from India, Pakistan, China and Europe to come and work for them and organize visas, because they can't get the same quality workforce from the USA. American workers are badly educated and ineffective, I am told.

Sorry, guys, but you're going down the drain and fast. Better get a "socialism" injection before it's all over - then at least you'll have free doctors when the economy tanks.

Posted by: Johan | September 18, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse


and who wants to continue running it the same way...


did you know the OCCUPATION OF IRAQ IS Costing $720 Million Each Day????

and who are al QUEADA?

they are SUNNIs of one stripe or another...the people that bushCO and CRONYs are making the scapegoat of their occupation...

scapegoat? why are they funding them?

why did bushCO and CRONYs say that the SAUDIS would be coming into IRAQ, if AMERICANs left? was that a threat? or just information that a thief w/o fear would make, to tell the world that he had his bases covered.....


his Sand Bro Collaborators, would be taking over I_RACK if he scheiss_fo_brains_butholesurfer, georgeclueless bush was forced to eat that pie he stuck his fanger in...

What right does SAUDI ARABIA have to IRAQ?

just because bushCO and CRONIES offered them a cut, for thier aid? who cares what bushCO and CRONYs offered them...

IRAQ belongs to IRAQIs,

what should happen when AMERICA leaves?

several things.

1. complete removal of all bushCO and CRONYs influence....conscripting all contractors in the field and giving them GS level salaries , reporting to their GSA or Military counterparts immediately.

2. arrest and/or confine MICHAEL CHERTOFF UNTIL MISSING FUNDS FROM DHS can be located....along with his coheart JohnNegroponte...."hider of billions."

3. form a multinational coalition to best determine how to rebuild IRAQ using IRAQI oil revenues, while working to restore a government that represents the IRAQI people in power...that should take about 6 months.

NOTE: if the IRAQI people don't stand down and make peace with them selves, place the country into absolute embargo, and let them self destruct until they are willing to talk....keeping out outside influence and retaining sovereignity.

.bushCO and CRONYs taking drug trafficking and money launderting to new highs, in a neighborhood near you...

think the bushCO and CRONYs scum are short on cash?

SEARCH on Gary Webb, Parry, George H.W. Bush, BCCI

SEARCH on Bush CRIME FAMILY

SEARCH on Silverado Savings and Loan, KEATING FIVE, John McCain

.


. Palin?


she can't even keep her daughter safe and educated....

17 years olde and pregnant.....

WTF???? could be next president of the United States????


you want her family living next door to you McLean....

she isn't a fit mother much less Presidential material...


grow the fxxx up

and quit trying to sell schitt for shinola to the country....do the jailtime and _s_t_f_u_


take like a man.


.


.

Posted by: get to know who is running the country | September 18, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Vote Palin-McCain and put country first? Someone should have told that to McCain before he was talked into picking Palin. He had may qualified republican women to chose from (if they would have accepted), but instead he made a choice to help him win, not what is best for America.

Posted by: Dave | September 18, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I just started to view this site and I think so far at least the discussion is on the issues as it should be. I am tired of the silly talk. I think however that we have allowed the Sarah talk to dominate what's left of the time we have before the election to get to the real issues.
Wasn't 8 years enough? Our country is in debt the largest debt in our history. We are in an endless no win war. We are paying out billions a month to support this war that should never happened. The deciders decided to let Bin laden go til later and go into Iraq. The Neo Cons convinced the Bush royal court that we could gain a foothold there and to seize the opportunity. I doublt they thought this would be a 7 years war with no time table. They thought go in bomb the place take over, Done! Well, we have started what looks like a holy war instead.
It is amazing no one holds Bush accountable for all his lies to the American public. He thinks he is doing Gods work against the evil doers. But what he has accomplished is the loss of America's respect in the world. We look like a country that thinks we have the right to invade who ever we disagree with.
Bin laden in the mean time has regrouped and is spreading his extremist ideas among the locals and using the Iraq war to gain support. Terrorist is now a word we hear everyday. If we had gone after Bin Laden we probably would have revenged our people that lost their lives on 9/11.
Now we justify all this mess by saying it was because we were ridding the world of an evil dictator. There are many dictators in many countries and we have not rid the world of them and I am not sure that is our job.
Now, we have the other issue of our messed up economy. Thanks to Bush and his support for Big corporations we have greed to deal with and the taypayers will be suffering for his bad management and influence by lobby groups.

In spite of all this we now have McCain a 26 year Congressman telling us he is a Washington reformer. How much of this can people believe. He picked Sarah Palin from no where and unknown because he needed a women and a pro lifer to get the religious base to support him. This is what did twice.
Can we do another 4 years of cover ups. lies and misdirection?

Posted by: crich520@!aol.com | September 18, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I am pained by this turn of events. I really am disappointed that Palin was disinvited. I assume, though that the groups organizing it owe it to Hillary as she is the senator of NYS.
Also why are people bashing Palin, she is the one being wronged. People look for every oppurtunity to bash her.
Vote MCcain/Palin. And for heaven's sake, let's put our COUNTRY FIRST.

Posted by: Rebecca | September 18, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Answer this question or shut up,


what have the Iraqi people done that they deserve to die?


they have not attacked the United States.


the United States attacked them, the WhiteHouse fabricated a reason.


The White House (WH), to you Acronym buffs, is a propaganda machine that acts as a front for the Military and elitist interests that are not necessarily The United States of Americas Interests....


And WH controlled military has brainwashed the soldiers into believing that the Iraqis had in fact attacked the US, that is at least according to a WSJ article, a few months ago.


Bush has no credibility for his calling it a _war_on_terror_, when the CIA created and funded Al Querada....as well as attempting to generate a _false_LINKS_ with Saddam and the CIA backed al Queardans

bush is a liar. There is no war on terror, there is a war on your credibility....


AND unfortunately, since so many of you are just trying to get buy on two incomes when one used tah suffice, you don't have time to validate/check or examine...

but think about this _tired_and_hungry_ folk....


12 to 20 MILLION _ILLEGAL_ aliens tell you that all of your borders are unprotected, most would say because the BS_ers knew where the terrorists were, they hired them.........BS_ing Rove, Tony Snow, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Negroponte, Goss, Chertoff, Jeb, Harris....


they sent 45 Billion dollars of your money home to Mehico last year........


Bush is starting to lose this war, to keep you all !terrorized!, his people keep getting arrested, praise the lord.

Keep working on exposing the Bush family lies, and their friends lies, and the expose the duplicity of the religions that they pretend to support, until you see all the bushes faces and their friends waving at you from behind the bars in Fort Levinworth, KS. Thanks.

then like Dorothy, you too will be home.

.

I am interested in completion.


which means holding the guilty parties responsible,

and TEXAS TOASTING THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!


yip yip hOOOOOOOOOOO fricking RAH.

Posted by: this is a fun post.... | September 18, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

what about this zionist conning piracy????


who are JINSA, AIPAC, Heritage Foundation, PNAC and AEI


they are zionist backed propaganda machines


of some sortor another....

do they represent all Jews????

what are you? stupid????


oy veh.....they represent a small group of people that have

taken over Israel and subverted it to their own emotional needs...


they have become possessed of the spirit of Hitler.....they have become what they hate

they are the oppressors and schitt talkers

no one likes them....but they have money, zo


war profiteers sell them the latest technology "at cost"

and they buy,

and then the war profiteers offer to sell Saudis or Iraq some toys

and the right wing conservative Israeli faction


spends more money on weapons...as they initiate unrest with their incivility...

do the schitt talkers represent all Jews in Israel????


no, only about 23 PERCENT...

they have take control of Israel like bushCO und CRONYs have taken control of the United States.....and certainly the right wing conservatives are just as stupid and doomed

as bush and his nads rubbing butmonkies are....

JINSA and AIPAC don't represent jews, they represent themselves....


catch a clue.


.

Posted by: so | September 18, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

A ride out to the Statue of Liberty would be a broadening experience as well.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 18, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Ooops, meant Governor Palin.

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 18, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin cannot attend, maybe her surrogate, John McCain, can fill in.

In Cedar Rapids, Senator Palin referred to a "Palin-McCain administration."

I have the video of it at:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-touts-palin-mccain-administration.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 18, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell declined Thursday to respond to online allegations his son hacked into Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.

"My son's the one in question, and I can't comment on him," said Kernell, a Memphis Democrat. (read more in my blog)


http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com

Posted by: DCfred | September 18, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Ms Palin is welcome to protest on her own. If she goes to the UN she can add that to her resume.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 18, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

let's be honest here...


we live in a set of ecosystems...


there is no mystery, no surprise, unless you count the stupidity of leaders who think with their metaphorical crotches and not with their eyes and minds...


for example: we could have made a deal for the OIL in IRAQ...


but then there wouldn't have been any big money for


Carlyle Group, Bechtel, Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, DynCorp, and others...


and certainly no NON COMPETE CONTRACTS AWARDED eh ???


so bushCO and CRONYs and COMPLICIT CONGRESS, creates a situation which will drain the nations economy at the very moment when the worlds populations are reaching points that will tip entire regions into famine....


these rich kids, who trash talk anything standing in their way...


could get away with it 100 years ago...the land could withstand their lies.


it's not possible any more.


We need leaders that do not pander to families or the corportocracy.


The US Economy is a NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE.

The Global Economy could use a good example of how to treat leaders who are ruthless in pursuit of personal gain at the expense of their citizens.


It would be good to see some whitehouse, executive branch members


brought down low, tried for treason and executed publically....


it would give others courage...and renewed hope...a reason to live, a little excitement....like a pig roast....


end the stupidity and cowardice.


remove these scum from having an effect on our lives,


take out the trash.


today.


a reason to live....

Posted by: puta smile on your face.... | September 18, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Congratulation jewish people from one of you. We made another friend by disinviting somebody who was willing to help. Very wise. Now we have to hope that Barack will help??? And if Mccain will not you can look into the mirror and kick yourself.

Posted by: Y.Londoon | September 18, 2008 10:24 PM

I think Jews are very good at telling there friends from there enemies. The Israeli government in power right now have a government looking for peace. Palin wants conflict, McCain and Bush the same. Right now the only hope for peace with Palestine is Obama. McCain's intransigence on Iran separates him from Bush and Obama. They don't need your help or your misjudgment,

You conservatives are so arrogant that you tell someone else what is best for them.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 18, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

THE REPUBLICANS asked Al GORE not to demand a recount, he was "polarizing AMERICA"

they asked him to ignore their actions, their dishonesty, their electoral fraud, thier bus load of protestors at DADE COUNTY HALL with bullhorns, screaming "stop the recount" or the fact that Katherine Harris was Jeb Bushes playmate....and spoke later of lying about facts because "god told her it was alright!" WTF


REPUBLICK CONNERS, said it was for the sake of the Country....right...


the REPUBLICK SCAMMERS asked Al GORE to not contest the vote count in FLORIDA....


they wanted James Baker the III, to get the right wing Supreme Court to give the presidency to George W. "he blows grown men as a thank you" Bush a job he didn't earn or win...

he stole it....


REPUBLICK CONNERS said that AL GORE was selfish and dividing the country.


was he?


how much did he get paid to perpatrate war fraud....not a thing, it wasn't on his itenerary....


What would AMERICA be like if Carter had had two terms?


WHAT IF Al Gore had had two terms?????


ENERGY PROBLEMS????


no, none....


HEALTHCARE ISSUES.....are you fricking kidding????


not likely


outsourcing would never have happened


and we would be enjoying European style cities instead of crime and depression...


AMERICA would still be the most respected nation on earth


and the TRILLIONS of dollars being poured in to WAR PROFITEERING HOUSEHOLDS and OVERSEAS would be being used to


upgrade AMERICA....


take out the trash and take their lives away financially....

make them pay.


make them pay.


make them pay.


.

Posted by: keep it up | September 18, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

let's be honest here...


we live in a set of ecosystems...


there is no mystery, no surprise, unless you count the stupidity of leaders who think with their metaphorical crotches and not with their eyes and minds...


for example: we could have made a deal for the OIL in IRAQ...


but then there wouldn't have been any big money for


Carlyle Group, Bechtel, Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, DynCorp, and others...


and certainly no NON COMPETE CONTRACTS AWARDED eh ???


so bushCO and CRONYs and COMPLICIT CONGRESS, creates a situation which will drain the nations economy at the very moment when the worlds populations are reaching points that will tip entire regions into famine....


these rich kids, who trash talk anything standing in their way...


could get away with it 100 years ago...the land could withstand their lies.


it's not possible any more.


We need leaders that do not pander to families or the corportocracy.


The US Economy is a NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE.

The Global Economy could use a good example of how to treat leaders who are ruthless in pursuit of personal gain at the expense of their citizens.


It would be good to see some whitehouse, executive branch members


brought down low, tried for treason and executed publically....


it would give others courage...and renewed hope...a reason to live, a little excitement....like a pig roast....


end the stupidity and cowardice.


remove these scum from having an effect on our lives,


take out the trash.


today.


Posted by: a reason to live.... | September 18, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Nobama, no way, no how, not ever!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

What real difference will it make to us anyway if Israel is blown off the map by Iran? It won't have any affect on the vast majority of Americans and, quite frankly, will allow most of us to get on with our lives without hearing daily about the ridiculous bickering between the Israelis and the Palestinians. After all, the Israelis are not our friends - they only use us for our technology, our protective military presence in that region and the military training they get from us. They only reason we continue to support them is due to a very vocal group of American Jews who are far more loyal to Israel than to America. On a related subject, it's astonishing how little media attention is given to the repeated instances of spying by Israel against the United States. The most recent incident occurred this past April. Here's a lead sentence from the Washington Post article: "For more than two decades after he allegedly furnished an Israeli operative with secrets about U.S. nuclear initiatives and sensitive weapons programs, Ben-Ami Kadish lived unnoticed by law enforcement authorities in suburban New Jersey." So, why do we tolerate this spying from a country that receives $3 billion in aid from the United States? Back to the original point of this post - what real difference would it make if Iran blew them off the face of the Earth? Let's focus on truly important issues - this is certainly a distraction we do not need right now.

Posted by: Anne | September 18, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

THE REPUBLICANS are asking DEMOCRATS to tone it down


for the sake of the country....right...


like they asked AL GORE to not contest the vote count in FLORIDA

as Katherine Harris the FL Attorney General was on her knees in fron tof George W's Brother Jeb administering to his needs...

REPUBLICK_CONNERS said that AL GORE was selfish and dividing the country.


was he? or was he actually persuaded to not act in his and AMERICA's best interests????


What would AMERICA have bene like if Carter had had two terms? Gas Crisis....

that's a laugh....he started MPG standards for cars...and alternative energy sources...


WHAT IF Al Gore had had two terms?????


HEALTH CARE ISSUES???? hardly


ENERGY PROBLEMS????


no, none....


outsourcing would never have happened


and we would be enjoying European style cities instead of crime and depression...


AMERICA would still be the most respected nation on earth


and the TRILLIONS of dollars being poured in to WAR PROFITEERING HOUSEHOLDS and OVERSEAS would be being used to


upgrade AMERICA....


take out the trash and take their financial futures away from them....

let's heal AMERICA

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

This is pethetic.

http://www.bop-o-rama.com This makes for bad tv. I think Obama and McCain should square off on SNL.

Posted by: acarponzo | September 18, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

John McCain, with Washington's leading lobbyists also leading his campaign, sees himself after 26 years of being part of the problem, as a "reformer".

McCains VP candidate lies with ease about her record, about her qualifications and about her accomplishments. She stonewalls bipartisan investigation as her husband ignores subpeanas in the finest tradition of Bush/Cheney.

Karl Rove, master liar, calls McCain/Palin untruthful. How bad do you have to be to have Karl Rove call you a liar?

How hard does it have to get to buy food for your family, to find work when your job is lost, when filling your gas tank costs more than you spend for food, when your kid's school is seeing cut after cut after cut, when your neighbors become homeless due to foreclosure, when Wall Street is bailed out at your expense, before you realize you are being smacked in the head?

Yet some of us will vote to empower a third Bush term in the form of McCain/Palin. They will vote for more shots to the head.

Yes, some of us will decide we will not vote for an African-American. Some of us will sacrifice our families and our children's future to keep our racial bias intact.

Did you know John McCain has voted against raising the minimum wage 19 times? Did you know McCain wants to appoint Phil Gramm Secretary of the Treasury - the very man most responsible for the mortgage failures we see left and right? The man who says the recession is all in our heads, that "we are a Nation of whiners"?

Our Nation is in crisis! You must put yourself and those you love ahead of any racial bias you may have.

Understand the lies you are being told by McCain/Palin are the only thing they have to run on. Be part of the solution, don't vote to continue the problem. Your family, your kids are depending on you for their future.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"this comes from a druggie plagiarist?"

Who mentioned Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: Will | September 18, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Iran is a small country that is
not a threat,
what is all the fuss about.
the bama has spoken'

Posted by: usa3 | September 18, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey dikesforpalin, actually it was John McCain during the primary season that dissed Guliani's experience as mayor of his small town

Posted by: J Lauber | September 18, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

john mccain is a dishonorable liar?
this comes from a druggie plagiarist?

Posted by: usa3 | September 18, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

raising taxes is patriotic.
or did scrappy joe,
mean IDIOTIC!
NOBAMA MAN'

Posted by: usa3 | September 18, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Congratulation jewish people from one of you. We made another friend by disinviting somebody who was willing to help. Very wise. Now we have to hope that Barack will help??? And if Mccain will not you can look into the mirror and kick yourself.

Posted by: Y.Londoon | September 18, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Paige Palmer (sse below) really did his research on a small town mayor. So they really are important despite Obama's pronouncements?

Posted by: Wiel

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And when exactly did Obama ever slight mayors or there responsibilities? I'd like to know of a documented case of him making any such comment. Guess what, you can't, because you fabricated it.

Posted by: DikesforPalin | September 18, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe YOU could sing it USA3!

Posted by: J Lauber | September 18, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

So the Hill backs out JUST because Palin will be there. Kinda like not going to a party if your old boyfriends new girlfriend is coming. Sad but true.

Posted by: kiddinme

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No, she canceled because she knows her being on stage with Palin will end up in Palin-McCain campaign advertising. She didn't care to provide them with a photo op and wisely so.

Posted by: DikesforPalin | September 18, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Paige Palmer (sse below) really did his research on a small town mayor. So they really are important despite Obama's pronouncements?

Posted by: Wiel | September 18, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

LIAR. John McCain is a LIAR. A SERIAL LIAR (like he was a serial adulterer I guess). He's been called on so many LIES over the last month I can't even keep track -- sex ed for kindergarteners (he WANTS 5 year olds to not know how to say no to inappropriate touching?); he LIES about Obama's tax plans (every single objective source agress Obama's plans would favor middle class voters; McCain's favors the rich); Sarah Palin was FOR the bridge to nowhere and kept the funds (using part of them to build a ROAD to the bridge to nowhere; she requested $200 Million in earmarks for 2008. Oh, and John McCain created the Blackberry ... LIAR.
Say it loud, I LIE AND I'M PROUD! Palin/McCain -- Liars First!

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

A vote for McCain is a vote for the continued confusion of an economic policy that failed or the confusion of a call for a new economic policy that has yet to be formed.

There is self contradiction.
Monday- the economy is fundamentally sound
Tuesday- we need a commission to find out what happened
Thursday-Fire SEC Chairman Cox(apparently he now knows what happened.

Tuesday- no bailout for AIG
Wednesday- The bailout was necessary.

If McCain were president on Tuesday there would be no bailout Wednesday

If his commission idea was not so criticized there never would have been a call for Cox's head In 2006 Bush, McCain and Cox were all for non regulation. This week that policy was a blatant failure. So this week McCain throws Cox under the bus and changes his position that he held for more than two decades and is for regulation. The problem is he does not know what kind.

This is not leadership this is thowing out wild statements and seeing which ones meet with approval. McCain and his advisers are clueless.

McCain has the gall to accuse Obama with a failure of leadership. A McCainiac will try to do the same thing here while ignoring this post. They won't fidht because on issues they have lost. Slander is all they have.

Obama has been a leader. He called for more regulation in 2006, just after the really poorly conceived mortgages were becoming the majority of mortgages. He came out with a more detailed description of his policy this week and more on tap tomorrow. McCain has no details on his policy. Obama's policy will be out there for him to copy.. But in crises it is the speed of reaction that is important and McCain can offer nothing except I am for regulation.

You can not lead when you do not know where you want to go.

Posted by: David J | September 18, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

obama can you see,
in the dawns early light,
once so proudly we hailed,
men of character and insight.
Go HOME OBAMA....
Indonesia needs a savoir'
Nobama

Posted by: USA3 | September 18, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

If Palin isn't going to be there, then who will sing the BOMB IRAN song?

Posted by: J Lauber | September 18, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

A map is a map and what's on it have got names. There are some lines around some lands in the Middle East and you can read the names there. Some people tell that one area is going to be wiped off a map. Go to the place after that is done and you might find no change geographically or demographically. What's in a name?

Posted by: Nameless | September 18, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

So the Hill backs out JUST because Palin will be there. Kinda like not going to a party if your old boyfriends new girlfriend is coming. Sad but true.

Posted by: kiddinme | September 18, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

It's not Iran, it's EyeRan

Posted by: Thor | September 18, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Is it true that Sarah can see Iran from her back porch? God, she is just so wonderful. Makes you almost wish she was human.

Posted by: I Smell Sarah | September 18, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Poor John, he can't play politics with the anti-Iran protest. I think John McCain is paranoid, he thinks Obama made Clinton not go and the Democrats disinvited Palin. McCain is confused Obama does not try to control woman the way McCain controls Palin and Cindy McCain. He won't let either one of them out of his sight. Is it a jealousy problem and just overly possessive.

If Michelle follow Obama the way those two woman follow McCain, Palin would have a snide remark.

Posted by: delmar | September 18, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | September 18, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

jake d;

Please crawl back under that rock.

what a long story to say absolute stupidity.

If you are trying to scare yourself, then a mirror would do just fine.

people go to nearest voter registration office, pick as many voter registration cards you can get, Hand them out in your neighborhoods.

Mid october is the cut off in NYC, don't take those elephants for granted even though we NY'rs got it.

So lets kick A's

get up of it and work for what you believe in, you do not need to wait for Obama to tell you what is going on. Check your 401k's, check your food prices, check your books for colleges and college tuition.
The next bank going under maybe yours.

You cannot sit back and wait you must participate to make it work.

just do it! Vote and get others to vote.

Posted by: jana | September 18, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Team Obama wins the day. Team McCain, looks like they feel defeated. They could be working Obama at http://www.bop-o-rama.com. 45 more days? Hillary should be ashamed for politicizing this. I think it would have been great for them to have met on that stage.

Posted by: acarponzo | September 18, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Anne did you read the link to interview. You still think that Americans are that stupid to fall into the trap again without checking news sources. Please read and then try to fool.

Posted by: RE:Anne | September 18, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin's Fiscal and Executive Mismangement

We've heard the GOP talking points that Sarah Palin has the most executive experience of any of the four candidates on either ticket. We've been told she's a reformer and fiscal conservative.


This is crap. Her record as mayor of Wasilla is horrendous.


When Palin ran for governor in 2006, the Democrats vetted Palin. Perhaps if the McCain campaign had done even a modicum of political vetting, they would see their attempts to spin and lie about her tenure would not hold up under scrutiny.


Since the reckless, out-of-control spending is what McCain likes to focus on by claiming he would veto pork barrel and wasteful spending to avoid piling up further debt, let's look at what Palin did to Wasilla's debt:


Debt Service Increased 69 Percent Under Palin. In fiscal 2003 — the last fiscal year Palin approved the budget — the total government debt service was $658,662. In fiscal 1996—the year before Palin took control of the budget — the debt service was $390,385. The increase was 69 percent. [Wasilla Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2003, Table 1]


Palin Left Behind Almost $19 Million In Long-Term Debt, Compared to None Before She Was Mayor. In fiscal 2003 — the last fiscal year Palin approved the budget — the bonded long-term debt was $18,635,000. In fiscal 1996—the year before Palin took control of the budget—there was no general obligation debt. [Wasilla Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2003, Table 10]


Long-Term Debt Was $3000 Per Capita When Palin Left, Compared to None Before She Was Mayor. In fiscal 2003 — the last fiscal year Palin approved the budget—the bonded long-term debt per capita was $2,938. In fiscal 1996 — the year before Palin took control of the budget—there was no general obligation debt. [Wasilla Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2003, Table 10]


When Palin Left Office, 6.24% of Government Spending Was On Debt Service, Compared to None Before She Was Mayor. In fiscal 2003—the last fiscal year Palin approved the budget—the ratio of debt service to general government expenditures was 6.24 percent. There was no long-term debt before she took office. [Wasilla Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2003, Table 11]


Palin Signed Ordinance to Issue $15 Million in General Obligation Bonds and Increase the Sales Tax From 2 to 2.5 Percent. In 2001, Palin signed an ordinance authorizing the city to issue general obligation bonds in the principal amount of $14,700,000 to finance the acquisition and construction of park and recreation capital improvements. The ordinance also increased the sales tax from 2 to 2.5 percent and put the issue on the ballot. After it was adopted by voters, Palin signed an ordinance issuing the bonds. In 2002, Palin signed an ordinance putting the higher sales tax into effect. [Ordinance 01-55 (am), 12/10/2001; Ordinance 02-14 (sub), 4/8/2002; Ordinance 02-49, 8/12/2002]


Palin Was Accused By Stein of Overspending By Approving $5.5 Million Bond; She Replied that It Had Been Approved By Voters. "Now Stein is urging voters to turn the tables again. He’s accused Palin of overspending city money and has been particularly critical of a $ 5.5 million road and sewer bond passed last year by voters. He says the bond payments could make the city vulnerable should the economy turn down. Palin notes residents approved the bond, which she says was needed for critical road work." [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), 10/5/99]


Palin Said the Reason for the Increased Cost of Government Was Interest on Bonds. "‘‘Sarah rode in on a conservative horse, but the actual cost of government has gone up,’’ he said. But Palin says most of the increase is due to the $ 400,000 in interest owed on the road and sewer bonds, a measure she notes the voters approved. Much of the rest is due to some positions now included in her budget that weren’t when she first took over, she said. Stein also criticized the $ 5.5 million bond package, which he said will cost too much to pay off and could make the city vulnerable should the economy turn down." [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), 9/20/99]


Much of the extra debt and higher taxes Palin incurred for Wasilla came as a result of her decision to have the town build a sports complex. The Wall Street Journal has revealed how Palin - who is supposed to have such fabled management skills - screwed up the planning of the sports complex, thus leaving Wasilla in the poor fiscal situation it is currently in:


The only catch was that the city began building roads and installing utilities for the project before it had unchallenged title to the land. The misstep led to years of litigation and at least $1.3 million in extra costs for a small municipality with a small budget. What was to be Ms. Palin's legacy has turned into a financial mess that continues to plague Wasilla...


Litigation resulting from the dispute over Ms. Palin's sports-complex project is still in the courts, with the land's former owner seeking hundreds of thousands of additional dollars from the city.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122065537792905483.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


What had happened was that Wasilla had negotiated to buy for $126,000 a plot 0f 145 acres from the Nature Conservancy. Because the city dragged its feet without securing a signed purchase agreement, a businessman named Gary Lundgren jumped in and negotiated to buy not only an adjacent lot but the lot that the city figured it had bought. The city sued to get their portion and won. Lundren appealed and because Palin once again mismanaged the land deal, never signing the proper papers, the same judge reversed his previous ruling and granted Lundgren the land. Before the judge reversed his ruling, Palin passed a March 2002 referendum, by a vote of 306 to 286, that increased the sales tax and issued $14.7 million bond. Under the assumption that the land deal was secure, the city cleared roads and installed utilities in preparation to build. After Palin left as mayor and the town realized it had built roads but had no land, the city took 80 acres of Lundgren's land through eminent domain, which an Alaska court approved, though ordered that an arbitrator determine the appropriate price:


Last year, the arbitrator ordered the city to pay $836,378 for the 80-acre parcel, far more than the $126,000 Wasilla originally thought it would pay for a piece of land 65 acres larger. The arbitrator also determined that the city owed Mr. Lundgren $336,000 in interest. Wasilla's legal bill since the eminent domain action has come to roughly $250,000 so far, according to Mr. Klinkner, the city attorney.


The argument the Republicans want to make about Palin's superior executive experience comes down to a quantitative argument: she supposedly has more years of elective executive experience compared to Obama or Biden (or McCain, if they were honest.) However, when we compare Palin's and Obama's (and McCain's) qualitative executive experience, Obama wins hands down. Palin left her small-town in relatively enormous debt after it had been debt free before her tenure. Her mismanagement is similar to the short-sighted and reckless impulsiveness that has characterized McCain's campaign (no wonder he calls her his "soulmate.") McCain's campaign has been one of boom and bust, with one management team after another, one different, contradictory message after another. Obama, on the other hand, has run one of the most organized and tightly run campaigns in modern American political history. His ground game is astounding while McCain's is pretty much non-existent.


Palin can mock Obama's community organizing but you can bet this community organizer (Obama) is gonna kick her pathological serial lying arse (Palin) come election day.

Posted by: Paige Palmer | September 18, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Shame on the Democrats for forcing Palin to withdraw from this rally.

The Iranians are threatening another genocide of the Jewish People. We can't afford to ignore the warnings again. When people say they want to kill us, they usually mean it.

I implore my fellow Jewish voters to not forget this.

If you care even a tiny bit about Israel surviving, vote McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Anne | September 18, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope in this Anti Iran rally they will also discuss 200 nuclear bombs of Israel. Israel occupation of Palestinian land and how many billions USA dollar has gone to Israel for the war machine. Last Israel is a aparthied so Palestinian have all the right to claim the land. Also read recent interview
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=69866§ionid=3510302

Posted by: Amin | September 18, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Ed

Let it go.

It's not about Hillary Clinton anymore.

Posted by: mister.earl | September 18, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

To so-called Hillary Supporters, why do you say her chance to run for President will be destroyed if Obama is elected? She will only be 68 in 2016, 4 years younger than McCain today and probably in much better health. Biden will be too old, people will be ready for a return to a older Democratic leader after Obama.

I strongly suspect those posting these kind of comments are really McCain people trying stem the flow of Hillary supporters to Obama. A Pew Research poll out today says 78% of Hillary supports now plan to vote for Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, Caribou Barbie is an expert on Iran because she can see Iran from her front porch in Alaska.


HAHAHA!

Posted by: Darla K | September 18, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Who ever you Hillary now people are, get a frigging life. Hillary is an excellent senator and she is quite happy now being that. She has done wonders for NY and can still do wonders for the country in the Senate. Maybe the reason Palin was dissed is not because of her politics but her anti jewish undercurrent.

Posted by: J Lauber | September 18, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin hired lobbyists to maximize her city's receipt of federal earmarks.

Sarah Palin supported the "bridge to nowhere" before she was against it.

Sarah Palin LIED when she said that she refused the bridge earmark. Congress REVOKED the earmark.

Sarah Palin is a LIAR, so I don't trust her.

More Republican lies is not change.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieuA7nAOBXQ
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Posted by: Palin/McCain = Nightmare on Wall Street and Main Street | September 18, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign turned it into a political event with their bashing of Hillary for refusing to show up with Palin, which it clearly was not meant to be.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | September 18, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope in this Anti Iran rally they will also discuss 200 nuclear bombs of Israel. Israel occupation of Palestinian land and how many billions USA dollar has gone to Israel for the war machine. Last Israel is a aparthied so Palestinian have all the right to claim the land. Also read recent interview
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=69866§ionid=3510302

Posted by: Amin | September 18, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Obama remove James Johnson from the vetting committee? How many lobbyists did McCain remove from his staff?

Posted by: Thor | September 18, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

BLUE STAR FAMILIES FOR OBAMA

http://www.bsf4o.com/index.php

The set of folks with a larger stake in this election - Blue Star Families.

As military family members who support Barack Obama, we knew there was something different this election cycle. More interest in the Dem candidate, fewer Republican bumper stickers than we're used to seeing. But nothing prepared us for this. Our new Blue Star Families for Obama website went live yesterday (www.bsf4o.com). We expected it to generate a little interest, but hey, we're volunteers, we've done no publicity about it, no press release, no ads, nothing. So we didn't expect over 3000 hits in the first few hours.

Blue Star Families for Obama was started by five Army and Marine Corps wives back in July. We have a budget of zero. You might otherwise know us as the casserole brigade. But in just two short months we have generated chapters in 23 states, helped host a care package service event at the convention in Denver attended by Michelle Obama, attended dozens of rallies and roundtables and hosted house parties across the country. And keep in mind - we admire John McCain's service to his country. What we do not admire is his vision for tomorrow and his long refusal to provide real support to the military community.

Military families are flocking to Senator Obama because we recognize real respect when we see it. The Senator's admiration and support of military families and veterans is clear in his record, his stump speeches and his constant reminders to the country that we should all be a part of the war on terror - and not just by going shopping.

If you need proof, look no further than the new GI Bill. Supported by every major veterans' group in this country. Passed by a veto-proof bipartisan majority (hello, Governor Palin?). A real chance for veterans who sweated it out for years defending this country without question to contribute to it once again, through a solid education and upward mobility. Senator McCain inexplicably and inexcusably opposed the bill for budgetary reasons. Military families have seen eight years of attempted cuts to our benefits by the current administration. Do they really think we are getting too much? We dare you to come and live our lives for a couple of years and make that argument.

On our website we'll be posting comparisons of Obama v McCain's voting record on defense and veterans issues. We'd compare McCain's plans for military families to Obama's, except that only Barack Obama has a plan that directly addresses our issues.

So we say to the many thousands who have checked out our site in the last day or so, and to the rest of you: Please come back. Keep reading. Decide for yourself. And join us in electing a president who will restore our respect and sense of community with our civilian brothers and sisters, not one who will continue to ask us to serve in silence.

Written by Laura Dempsey and Kathy Roth-Douquet

Posted by: SueMVetforOBAMA | September 18, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Did McCain just claim that Palin's invitation to protest Iran's President Ahmadinejad visit to the UN, which was rightly withdrawn, a result of Democratic political pressure? Then why did Sen. Clinton bail? Because Palin's presence took the focus of the protest away from Ahmadinejad, and it would have become a sidebar for the McCain/Palin push for the presidency. And why would Clinton want to give Palin any more exposure than what she's getting, anyway?

It wasn't pressure from Dems that caused these Jewish organizations to withdraw Palin's invitation; It was the potential of having the message and intent of the protest lost in the political Grandstanding that Palin would have caused at the event. Palin would have gotten a chance to meet a world leader alright, one in whom Bush refused to debate on world issues (you remember Ahmadinejad asking for this during his last visit to NY City, don't you?).

But what if Palin did meet Ahmadinejad, in a protest against his country's nuclear ambitions no less? A new debate on world issues--with Palin saying that she can see Russia from her house.

Posted by: ji_john | September 18, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain just can't accept the fact that the rally wasn't about he or Ms. Mayboline.

It was a serious rally designed to focus on a serious issue.

They need to be spending more time with their heads buried in an economics book.

That is what they NEED to be doing.

Posted by: Ward4ForNow | September 18, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

On to 2,000,000 bops. The pigs are putting on the lipstick now. http://www.bop-o-rama.com.

Get out the Bop vote!

Posted by: acarponzo | September 18, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Stacey Hill:

Was that you at 7:53 PM? If not, and you see this post, please let me know when you find a quote from GOVERNOR PALIN, since she's the one you accused of "lying". Thanks in advance : )

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

"tacey Hill:

Congratulations! Now, you just have provide a quote from Gov. Palin where she denied soliciting earmarks for Wasilla when she was mayor, or Alaska when she was Governor.

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2008 7:27 PM"

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During the time when Palin was not allowed to talk for herself John McCain said (on the view) that she had never taken an earmark as Governor of Alaska.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"McCain: Let's do this

Obama: I PROMISE to do it better, therefore I am better

McCain: I already did it


Action NOT Promises - that's the next American President!!!!

Go McCain / Palin 2008!! Go Hillary 2012!!!

Posted by: Ed | September 18, 2008 7:12 PM"
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Wasn't it McCain who recently said: "I PROMISE I will never let this happen to the American people again..." (referring to the recent banking meltdown)

Then actually took two conflicting positions simultaneously.

McCain can be quoted numerous times saying he's for de-regulation, Obama has worked on bills to prevent exactly what happened to our financial system.

Oh, and BTW it's "Palin/McCain according to his VP nominee.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

What kind of an organization are you?
More important, what kind of AMERICANS are you?

You have shamed this country!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hillary does not decide to join this group. They are two face, and Hillary does not need them. I would vote for Hillary if she were running for President. But, since they disinvited palin, Hillary would heed the call not to attend either.

Posted by: cecimo1 | September 18, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Stacey Hill:

Congratulations! Now, you just have provide a quote from Gov. Palin where she denied soliciting earmarks for Wasilla when she was mayor, or Alaska when she was Governor.

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

When Senator Obama goes on with his litany of lobbyists in the McCain campaign, he fails to mention that he is closely associated with one of the worst: James Johnson, the former Fannie Mae CEO, the guy he selected to oversee his vice presidential vetting process. What hypocrisy! Fannie Mae is the entity blamed for the current world financial crisis. And to make things worse, he got hundreds of thousands in contributions from the failed institution.

The audacity of cynicism!

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: DCfred | September 18, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

More lies from Caribou Barbie..

This woman is sick in the head.


Records culled from the archives of the Wasilla, Alaska, city government reveal that Palin was directly involved in soliciting millions of dollars in earmarks for Wasilla when she was mayor. And she got help from a well-connected Washington lobbyist.


In a monthly status report to the city on March 7, 2000, newly hired "City Lobbyist" Steve Silver describes how the Palin administration had requested $6.6 million in federal earmarks for water and sewer improvements for Wasilla, and another $1 million for police equipment. Mayor Palin reviewed and signed the lobbyist's report, dated April 5, 2000.


Those earmark requests have not previously been disclosed, said Keith Ashdown, chief investigator for the non-profit Taxpayers for Common Sense, a budget watchdog group. Ashdown said the lobbyist's report offers a rare window into a normally closed-door process. "The document you've found is a peek behind the curtain of how earmarks get approved in Washington," he said.


"This further confirms that Palin was very supportive of the earmark system," Ashdown said. "She was getting very specific feedback from this lobbyist."
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http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/17/1413605.aspx
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Posted by: Stacey Hill | September 18, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

It (Doesn't) Make Sense:

LBJ did not run for re-election.

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain: Let's do this

Obama: I PROMISE to do it better, therefore I am better

McCain: I already did it


Action NOT Promises - that's the next American President!!!!

Go McCain / Palin 2008!! Go Hillary 2012!!!

Posted by: Ed | September 18, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Attention Hillary Voters:
Vote for Obama and you will have DESTROYED Hillary's chance at
becoming President!!

Obama has already destroyed Hillary's chances for this time around. He
couldn't even do her the honor of making her VP.

Consider this:
If you elect Obama for 2008 , Hillary CAN'T RUN IN 2012!! The
incumbent always runs for their party in reelection.

Hillary will then be 69 when she gets a chance to run as democrat.
Then people will call her old(like they do McCain who is 72) and she
will NEVER become President.

Reagan was 69 when he got elected but he wasn't trying to break the
glass ceiling at the same time.

So if you care at all about Hillary, you will VOTE AGAINST Obama this
time around. Plus, you will break the glass ceiling and Hillary WILL
BE THERE in 2012!!

Think about it!! It makes sense!!

If you support Hillary, YOU MUST VOTE AGAINST OBAMA!!!

Go McCain / Palin 2008! Go Hillary 2012!!

Posted by: It Makes Sense | September 18, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Gov. Palin goes to protest anyways. She can bring her own stage / microphone!

Posted by: JakeD | September 18, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

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