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Antiwar Protestor Disrupts McCain Iowa Rally

By Michael D. Shear
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- An antiwar protestor interrupted Sen. John McCain's rally Saturday morning, prompting a lecture from the Republican presidential nominee about the need for both parties to work together to solve America's problem.

As McCain began his speech to about 1,000 people, a young woman was hoisted onto the shoulders of some friends right in front of the main bank of television cameras.

She held up a poster that said "War is over" but her sign was quickly ripped down by people in the audience. She then held up her hands in the "V" symbol for peace and yelled, "We want peace!"

McCain stopped speaking and at one point tried to speak to her, saying, "Hi." The audience quickly started chanting "We want John!" and continued until the woman was pulled down from her friends' shoulders and escorted out.

McCain then offered a lecture about bipartisanship.

"There's a perfect example of some people that just don't get it," he said, prompting huge applause from the crowd.

"People are trying to stay in their homes, keep their jobs," McCain said. "Is what they want for us to yell at each other? No. They want us to sit down, Republican and Democrat, and work together."

He noted that he has had "hundreds" of town hall meetings, and he urged anyone else in the crowd who had something to say to come to the next one.

"I always give people a chance to talk," he said. "I don't always enjoy it. But I always give them a chance to talk."

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Today the US will pump 250 billion dollars into chosen banks to shore up the bonuses of their CEOs for this year - likely to be in the region of 50 billion, with the other 200 providing liquidity to these bankrupt entities. With control of the congress, the senate, and the white house, the republicans have managed to destroy the financial sector, opened up a debt of over 10 trillion dollars, and started 3 wars (one, the 'war on terror', seemingly open-ended, and the other, Iraq, for no reason that benefited the US taxpayers) - all in 8 years. Now they want 4 more, and to win the US vote, they have chosen to run a 72 year old man whose greatest moment was being captured in the last US adventure that turned to crap - Vietnam, and a woman who was on the ticket to bring change to Washington and who this week has been found guilty of ethics violation by a board of oversight that comprised 8 republicans and 4 democrats. A woman, further, whose husband has enjoyed ties with the far right of US politics, and whose founding member advocated an armed struggle with the US.

So, the Republicans would want us to vote for a 72 year old man (76 if he makes it through his term) who is quoted as saying economics is not his forte (at a time when the US taxpayer is asked to nationalize the banking sector), and a 44 year-old woman who has just been found guilty of ethics violations (in a nation where a president lied to start a war that whose costs have proven crippling to US interests globally and financially) ... and in order to fire up the base, these two have taken the road into the abyss by trying - as hard as they can - to brand Obama 'Hussein' as an Arab, a terrorist, and not one of 'us'.

Well, it is true: Obama is not one of 'us' if by us we mean racist, bigoted morons who cheer as the US economy is saved by what can ONLY be called communist economic incentives, because let's be clear - a nation whose banks are FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYER are SOCIALIST - that is the VERY DEFINITION of SOCIALISM.

The truth is that those who vote republican have been taking welfare from the US taxpayers for years so I suppose it makes no difference, really, that we're forced to bail out the banks - for them, welfare is normal, and their 'christian values' sees them enjoy divorce and abortion rates that are double that of traditional liberal states.

So really, when we look at it, what do we have? The republican base - and their states - are each welfare states enjoying massive amounts of poverty, abortion-rates, divorce, unemployment, and crime. And, as we are now learning, racism that is so acute that they don't even think it right to hide their bigotry: Indeed, quite the opposite, Palin's rallies have become beautiful spectacles of pure racist hate ...

So yes, vote republican - we all need another 8 years of socialism, don't we.

Posted by: alex111 | October 14, 2008 8:43 AM

I have to say that I have never seen so much stupidity come from a country who all want a single man to be President. As we all know, politicians bring some fervent anger at times by what they say and not one of them are perfect. But I have to say that when my family who are living in New Zealand see what Americans have become, you all bring yourselves into disrepute with silly bickering and idiotic name-calling. I live here as a matter of choice and I happen to love living here. But I do scratch my head and wonder if some people who behave stupidly in front of tv cameras should be broadcast round the world. My opinion would be.... no. Not a good representation of America. People chanting that Obama is an Arab or McCain is a has-been are not good ambassadors for this nation. But sadly, it got out there. I, personally cant vote as to me not being a citizen yet. But it does make me wonder if becoming a citizen would be encouraging or discouraging seeing the general public erupt into utter madness. Im sure that people do realize that both Obama and McCain have good points and bad and everyone needs to adjust to those. Your vote is your own. Your views are your own. No one has your views. In my opinion, if you all share the exact same views, you are clearly not thinking for yourselves. You need to keep it to yourself. Not display your ignorance and stupidity for all the world to see.

Posted by: marmiteyone | October 13, 2008 1:48 PM

See Sarah Palin Impersonators, see clips of them very funny vote for your favorite. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Huckabee's Says, Terrorist may be be minipulating the market. http://www.HuckabeeShow.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 13, 2008 12:04 AM

John McCain has been acting erratically ever since he selected Palin for his running mate. When the economy failed his behavior became bizarre. Stresses on any president in the next few years are going to be extreme . They will be fatal on someone in McCain's health and mental state. When he steps down we will then inherit his Palin fiasco
.
Instead, we need a cool-headed and logical leader who can handle this crisis.

Kipling said it best:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!


Posted by: seemstome | October 12, 2008 12:52 PM

Watch McCAin Drop the F word while talking to reporters. http://www.mccanes.com

Huckabee Claims that their is Economic Terrorism Happening in the Stock Market.
http://www.HuckabeeShow.com

Watch This Debate Outtake. What you didnt see during the debate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c

Posted by: pastor123 | October 12, 2008 12:39 PM

Watch McCAin Drop the F word while talking to reporters. http://www.mccanes.com

Huckabee Claims that their is Economic Terrorism Happening in the Stock Market.
http://www.HuckabeeShow.com

Watch This Debate Outtake. What you didnt see during the debate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c

Posted by: pastor123 | October 12, 2008 12:36 PM

McCain,

There is an East Asian saying that 'one is as successful as one is allowed to be by God'. The point is, if you are not destined to become the next president of America, then that is it. However, you should be able to say that at age 72, I have tried hard and I kept my honour and decency through it all. Just look at George Bush. He served two terms as President but nobody in their right mind wants to be associated with him. It is not really what you do but how you do it that matter more some times.

You don't want to be troubled by the sins perpetrated by somebody else who has become even more obsessed with power that is within her grip, than yourself. If you lose the election, so be it. But you should try to keep your dignity which seems to be in short supply at the moment, all thanks to your attack dog. Stop that demon you created now, McCain, to save your legacy.

Posted by: thisworld | October 12, 2008 12:30 PM

Does this statement from Mccain sounds like a bipartisan efforts? "There's a perfect example of some people that just don't get it," McCain said.

Posted by: bakarani | October 12, 2008 11:46 AM

Unnecessary war is one of the reasons that led us to this economic crisis. I hope more people will attend McCain/Palin rallies to protest agaisnt these two war mongers!

Posted by: bakarani | October 12, 2008 11:43 AM

Oh and Manolete, go get laid you creepy skank.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | October 12, 2008 11:42 AM

rofl suddenly John McCain wants to play nice? Piss off Johnny, enjoy second place and the scorn and ridicule that comes along with it.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | October 12, 2008 11:37 AM

Manolete, you and the others that throw out the "Hussein" amuse me. So his mother and father gave him that middle name. What the hell does that have to do with anything? McCain supporters are desperate, vicious idiots that just need to give it up. Barack Obama will be our next president. God Bless America!

Posted by: Ritalisa | October 12, 2008 10:16 AM

Apparently McCain allows everyone to speak as long as they agree with him. I don't agree with a protestor interrupting his speech, but by the same token, he could have used the opportunity to speak about the war. Instead, he let the woman be carried out, and then gave a facetious statement about letting everyone speak.

Posted by: corridorg4 | October 12, 2008 8:57 AM

"My obsbervations of the McCAIN/PALIN rallies-LYNCH MOBS !!! Nothing but negativity."

Hey, if you are given lemons you got to make lemonade. McCain is a war hero. Obama is a leftist, with zero accomplishments.

If McCain tries the issue route, like say gun control, Obama spins a few lies that can't be backed up with facts, and the media supports him.

Frankly with the media bias that is happening I can't for the life of me figure out why Obama feels he must cheat the voting in the battleground states. Reminds me of Nixon breaking into the Watergate when he was winning in a landslide.

Oh well, Democracy in action eh?

Posted by: golds | October 12, 2008 5:54 AM

mccain is done...
zogby has obama +6 and steadily increasing

"Clearly the negative campaigning isn't working," Zogby said, noting that Obama was winning support among some voters in even the strongest traditional Republican voting blocs.

"He's getting 19 percent support among conservatives and 35 support among born-again or evangelical (Christian) voters, which is pretty substantial. I wonder if the McCain campaign ought to be raising some red flags," he said.

Posted by: Arthur5 | October 12, 2008 2:08 AM

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/09/10/alaska_secession/

Interesting details about Sarah Palin and making Alaka into an independent country. The US flag with 49 stars. Todd Palin was a member of AIP for 7 years.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 12, 2008 12:33 AM

rrowleyarizona wrote:
"If anyone is wondering why John McCain is not holding a commanding lead over Barack Obama in his own state, all you have to do is listen to the people of Arizona."

HAHA so true! Since he won the GOP primary, I've counted 2 McCain bumper stickers and 0 yard signs throughout my day-to-day travels (and I have family in Phoenix). However I can find at least 4 Obama yard signs and several bumper stickers just on my own BLOCK. My friends and I have speculated that anyone voting for McCain is too embarrased to advertise it. Even in his own state!

Tyler
Tucson, AZ

Posted by: Terrorfied | October 11, 2008 11:59 PM

My obsbervations of the McCAIN/PALIN rallies-LYNCH MOBS !!! Nothing but negativity. From the candidates, from their audiance, from the signs and paraphernalia they have, from their M C's, and on and on.They all seem so angry and bitter. I will have nothing to do with these" fascist minded" people, and I prey that their days of involvement with the US GOVT. are indeed limited.The time has come for the C and D students to stop leading the class. Let's give the A and B students a chance!

Posted by: idallasj11 | October 11, 2008 11:46 PM

Sarah Palin is a stupid idiot. And also guilty of abuse of power. Is that sexist?

Posted by: DaveMiner | October 11, 2008 11:20 PM

manolete, you are a desperate, irrational,hysterical, dangerous,angry,hypocrite,pathetic old woman

Posted by: capskip | October 11, 2008 11:12 PM

Why is McC wasting time in Iowa? There's no way he will carry Iowa.

Posted by: Glimpy | October 11, 2008 10:48 PM

Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!

Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.

Women of America Unite
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!
VOTE for McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 11, 2008 10:37 PM

This week we should spotlight Sarah's nefarious ties to the Alaskan secessionists. Would she, if McCain was to expire in office, let Alaska secede? Allow them to not pay their taxes? Give them more bridges to nowhere? We need to vet her more thoroughly because McCain certainly didn't.

Posted by: gjcomm | October 11, 2008 10:03 PM

Regarding the lame quote about congressional approval ratings by an earlier poster. Yes, congressional approval ratings are traditionally low, but REPUBLICAN congressmen are lower than DEMOCRATIC congressmen.

http://www.pollingreport.com/cong_rep.htm
http://www.pollingreport.com/cong_dem.htm

Posted by: wunderwood | October 11, 2008 9:55 PM

Quotes from Joe Vogler, Alaskan Independence Party Founder

President Roosevelt had involved us in a war. He had to do something to make Americans mad and I speak pretty frankly. I call him a dirty rotten son of a b-tch of a communist traitor. (2:30 on the first audio clip)

http://uaf-db.uaf.edu/jukebox/yuch/htm/jvog.htm

Todd Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party and Sarah Palin, while she was governor, said she supported their efforts.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 11, 2008 9:49 PM

Who is the real Sarah Palin?

How long have we known her, 1 month?

When will we get to know her? Never.

Posted by: DougH1 | October 11, 2008 9:34 PM

U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: DougH1 | October 11, 2008 9:32 PM

If Obama is a terrorist, what do you call the persons who caused at least 850 billion dollars in damages on Wall Street -Americans!

Posted by: theodosia1 | October 11, 2008 9:32 PM

Man, can anyone chronicle the Sarah Palin story in her short period of being in the spotlight. It is starting to get confusing.

1. She comes on the scene on McCain’s inauguration

2. She is kept hidden from the press

3. Than her selected interviews – SNL tells it best

4. She debates Biden – I think

5. After the debate, McCain camp says no more interviews

6. Now the Troopergate report (think McCain will let her do any interviews)

7. What’s next...will Palin's assoication with Secessionists be revealed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its&eurl=http://news.vodpod.com/watch/4435

8. I just listen to Palin stump speech after the TROOPERGATE report came out. Her new stump speech is taking care of children with special needs. This is the same woman who held the head of wolf pups and shot them in the head one by one (you can google it and get the scoop -- it is also in the TROOPERGATE report). Yes, we need a woman with such compassion for life involved with children with special needs.

Her and MICHAEL VICK probably pal around.

Posted by: steveeyes | October 11, 2008 9:29 PM

Kansasgirl :


Yes we must be wary of socialism especially here where it takes money from the tax payer and gives it to the rich.

The present administration has profited from a war in Iraq with no bid contracts and is now bailing out the banks one of whose CEO was paid 250 million a year. Phil Gramme a henchman of McCains complained about a nation of whiners when he himself has made millions off the taxpayer.

In the meantime the little guy is blamed for the collapse of the stock market and banks because he took out loans he couldn't repay. It couldn't be a 100% increase in the cost of living pushed by gasoline and diesel prices from gouging greedy companies and hedge funds could it?

We all know the story of Robin Hood but in real life the bad evil prince John taxed the country to death to pay for his brother Richards crusade and thats what we have here.

Posted by: akpat | October 11, 2008 9:10 PM

Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | October 11, 2008 8:59 PM

McCain's supporters my as well chant we want more war profits. Lets kill everyone because Bush wants to rule the world. Mr. McCain, may I have another spoonful of false Patriotism, Please!

_./'\._¸¸.•¤**¤•.¸.•¤**¤•..•¤. .
*•. .•* *Obama/Biden* o8!! Vote4 REAL Change!!
/.•*•.\ •¤**¤•.,.•¤**¤•.,.•¤**¤

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 11, 2008 8:46 PM

Oh that's great!
The guy stands there while her sign is "ripped" away and herself "pulled down", then proclaims, hey, "they just don't get it"!

America gets it alright! If we're looking at character, McCain has proved that he left all of his back in Vietnam. He's just a corporate welfare commie brainwashed from his POW days. He should check in to veteran's care and stay there.

Posted by: quatzecoutl | October 11, 2008 8:23 PM

John McCain is a phony and says whatever is expedient to him at the moment. He would probably be a good actor, like Palin - perhaps after the election, they should both go to Hollywood to sign contracts playing themselves on SNL.

Posted by: skolniks | October 11, 2008 8:23 PM

Are you sure that was a peace sign? The intimidation conservatives have been living with all our lives in over. Socialism is bankrupt, which is exactly what it has done to this country. McCain-Palin 08.

Posted by: Kansasgirl | October 11, 2008 8:21 PM

I'am against this war to, but this was not the place for protest.Protest outside on public property,this type of protest never works.all you do is make it harder to rally support for just cause's.I'am an obama supporter and i wouldn't want this at his rallies either. Obama/Biden!

Posted by: margiemsims | October 11, 2008 8:16 PM

Obama and McCain
Both full of Sh!t
Both ego-centric male dopes.

Posted by: hhkeller | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

palin reminds me of a skinheads biotch...
she's a racist meglomanic with double digit IQ...the skinhead reference was from a staunch repub co-worker of mine!
but it fits...

5 colleges in 5 years to get an associates degree (2 year degree) in TV journalism?

SHE's the terrorist sympathizer
AK independence party
violent insurrction/succession
leader killed buying C4 (for what?)
he stated he hates America
palins boy toy joins AFTER this goes down!!

she is anti-american and a threat to our country...I swore an oath to defend America against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic...that's why I must vote against her...


Posted by: Arthur5 | October 11, 2008 7:35 PM

The latest SurveyUSA poll in Iowa shows Obama +13. I'm not sure why McCain is spending so much time here, didn't he pull out of Michigan with better numbers than that? He better go defend those red states, Iowa is a deep shade of blue...

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: KBinIA | October 11, 2008 7:32 PM

Arizonans Reflect On Times McCain Couldn't Handle Opposing Viewpoints

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlene-h-phillips/arizonans-reflect-on-time_b_132745.html

If anyone is wondering why John McCain is not holding a commanding lead over Barack Obama in his own state, all you have to do is listen to the people of Arizona. Many of the people I have spoken with shared their concerns that McCain has a nasty temper when people disagree with him, does not make sound economic policy choices and fails to show true leadership.

Joan Wendel

Joan Wendel shared a story with me over lunch. A retired lawyer who earned her law degree at 49 after raising five children, Wendel's been volunteering for the Obama campaign because she thinks he will make an excellent, informed president. But there's another reason she's active, and it has to do with Obama's opponent. In 1984, she recalled, the U.S. was considering entering into a treaty with England to return political refugees, mostly Irish, who had fled to this country. Wendel had just completed a term at Trinity College in Dublin, where her studies included international law. When she learned of the treaty under consideration, Wendel wrote Arizona representatives urging them to vote against it, based on her expertise as a lawyer as well as her recent experience living and studying in Ireland. In response to the letter she received a phone call from then Congressman John McCain.

At first, Wendel recalled, she was delighted, thinking she'd have an opportunity to share her expertise on treaties and international law with the congressman. But Wendel never got that opportunity. It soon became clear that the purpose of the call was not to discuss but to lecture; McCain had called to tell Joan Wendel why she was wrong. McCain, she said, kept telling her in a patronizing way, "You just don't understand the I.R.A." Wendel explained to McCain that having lived in Ireland she well understood the I.R.A.; she reiterated that she'd written to discuss the treaty under consideration and whether it violated international law. When it became clear to McCain that Wendel was not going to agree with him, McCain started getting angry. "He began to yell loudly at me but would not discuss treaties and international law, no matter how I tried to get him on that subject," Wendel recalled. "He became very angry. He was shouting at me." Wendell said McCain yelled so loudly he could be heard across the room by her elderly mother, who mouthed 'what's going on?' to her adult daughter. "At one point he asked if I didn't know he had just been elected by 80% of his constituents. I told him that was nice but I wanted to talk about treaties." Wendel finally came to the conclusion that McCain couldn't be reasoned with. "Eventually I told him if he was going to continue to yell there was no point in continuing our conversation. He shouted, 'You're absolutely right' and slammed the phone down on me. I've never forgotten this conversation and I have never had any respect for him since."

Ken Jacobs

Another story came from Ken Jacobs, Executive Director of the Pima County Democratic Party. In the early 1990's, Jacobs took an active part in the debate over the Clinton administration's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy concerning gays in the military. Members of Arizona's gay, lesbian and bisexual community were granted a meeting with Senator McCain to explain their position; Jacobs was one of five community members who met with McCain.

But to understand what happened at the meeting, Jacobs said, he had to first relate what happened before the meeting. "When word got out we were meeting with McCain, I received phone calls from people who had met with the Senator over the years, for different reasons and under varying circumstances. They wanted to warn me, literally warn me, what was going to happen. They not only told me he was going to lose his temper, they wanted me to be aware of the warning signs that would lead up to it because they were concerned for me."

Armed with this information and seated closest to McCain, Jacobs observed him during the meeting quite closely , looking for the physical cues he'd been warned about. Right from the start, Jacobs said McCain refused to make eye contact with him or any of the community members seated with him. "When I watched the way McCain refused to make eye contact with Barack Obama in the first debate, I recognized that immediately. That's how he treated us. He wouldn't look at any of us who had come to talk to; he gestured toward me occasionally but that was about it."

John McCain, Jacobs continued, has only one reaction to people who don't agree with him: "Anyone presenting factual information that runs contrary to his position is held in disdain. Pure disdain." As the meeting went on, Jacobs started seeing the cues he'd been warned about. "I had been told that when McCain is about to lose his temper he gives certain physical cues. First, he starts to move his feet under the table while seated. Second, he adjusts and re-adjusts his jacket. Third, he starts moving his forearms on and off the table in a nervous way." And then, he had been warned, "he starts getting heated and the blood starts flowing and his neck turns very red. And when the redness spreads to his face and white blotches start appearing, watch out."

After a few minutes of discussion, Jacobs said McCain exhibited each of those physical cues, in order, and "when McCain's face turned red and the white blotches appeared, his aides suddenly cut the meeting short and hustled the Senator out of the room." So ended the meeting. "In all my years of politics," Jacobs added, "in all my dealings with people on all sides, it was the strangest meeting with a public official I've ever had."

Jacobs cited another reason why he could never vote for his own senator for president. Jacobs recalled that McCain headed up Phil Gramm's brief presidential bid in the 1990's, and in support of it McCain flew to Oregon for a fundraiser with the Oregon Citizens Alliance, an anti-gay conservative Christian political group which had launched a ballot measure to amend the state constitution. According to civil rights experts who monitored the measure, it would not only have prevented special rights for the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, it would have mandated state discrimination against sexual minorities.

Jacobs said, "McCain refused to make the results of that meeting public, to his own constituents. I called friends in Oregon and found out about it and we were the ones who brought it to the public's attention." There was a lot of ugliness surrounding this group's initiative, which reached a violent culmination when a woman with a "No on Ballot Measure 9" sign in her front yard was killed by a firebomb. Jacobs said even though McCain likes to profess that he has a hands-off, live and let live approach to those of different sexual orientations, he felt McCain's real character was revealed by the fact that "he would fly 1,500 miles to break bread with a group like that."

Mike and Chris Dayton

Not all these stories concern McCain's temper. Mike and Chris Dayton are retired public school teachers; McCain won't get their vote because they feel he doesn't represent them. Dayton says a McCain presidency would be a continuation of the Bush presidency, and these two retirees say their wallets cannot afford four more years of George W. Bush.

"When we first retired we felt comfortable with our savings and we were looking forward to traveling, enjoying our hobbies, remodeling our home and investing in our health. And look what's happened. Gas was $1.25 when Bush took office and now it's well over $3.00 and the oil companies have made record profits. Health insurance has gone up over 100%, college tuition has skyrocketed, and basic necessities are too high."

They've always lived responsibly but now have to be very careful, shopping sales to make ends meet. During the current economic crisis, Mike said he was disgusted by the lack of leadership shown by his senator: "McCain wasn't leading, he was grandstanding, running to Washington to save the economy and claim it as his plan but it backfired. And then he blamed Obama. PATHETIC." Mike and Chris agree that in contrast, "Obama has shown leadership and intelligence."

For those still undecided about this presidency, Ken Jacobs had a message, based on his own experience with the Arizona senator. "When considering McCain, remember this. "said Jacobs. "There's never been a political movement where John McCain's principles could not be sacrificed."

Posted by: rrowleyarizona | October 11, 2008 7:11 PM

It's kind of interesting what goes on at a John McCain rally - it says a lot about the candidate and his cohort Sarah Palin and what they would contribute to the American way of life. A protester calling for peace and the end to the Iraq war is dragged away from the rally while pro-John McCain supporters screaming "terrorist" and "kill him" are encouraged.

Posted by: dreeves | October 11, 2008 6:28 PM

She just wanted to give peace a chance, but McCain doesn't understand. He just doesn't understand. John McCain does not understand...............

Posted by: ladeyday | October 11, 2008 6:26 PM

Let analyze couple things about John McCain vs. Obama. McCain has a long history of integrity and courage, Obama does not. Both being named as opportunists for their political careers while John McCain went door to door for about 30,000 doors for petition, Obama use dirty tactics to kick off his competitors so he is the only one on the ballot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Ned5TQoW4) copy and paste this and you will see the report. John McCain has the experience both in Military and Politics and Obama doesn't. Just a few pointers that I already making Obama apparent like glass so you all can seethru him. Remember history - The fall of Roman Empire - Don't let it happened to US.

Posted by: seethru | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

Superbowl? More like WrestleMania. But hey, if you find it entertaining, keep right on buying the tickets... if you can afford them. Or I guess you can just put it on your credit card.

Posted by: MrTracker | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

"But I always give them a chance to talk."

But not this time.

But not last time.

But not this woman.

But not this issue.

Maybe next time ?

McSame + Republicans = Crock of Sh!t !

Posted by: NthrnNYker1 | October 11, 2008 6:04 PM

At one point, I thought the readers of this paper were intelligent, thoughtful, and engaging. These posts prove me wrong. As one who was a Democrat until 1996, I have been in both camps. After the 1994 elections that ushered in the Republican freshmen class, the Democrats demonized Newt Gingrich and the Republicans by calling Newt "Satan" and that he was going to "starve old people, cancel student lunches, and throw low-income people out on the street." The Republicans returned the favor by impeaching Bill Clinton.

The last two elections were more of the same. Now, the right implies that if Obama wins, he will sytematically destroy the constitution, eliminate our capitalist system, have terrorists over to the White House for coffee and biscotti, and model our economic system after the failed planned economies of the last 100 years. Oh yeah, and eliminate the inmternal combustion engine.

The left claim that if McCain wins, we will start bombing Russia; along with all of Arabia, except Saudia Arabia, Kuai, and Quatar since that is where our oil comes from; the poor, by letting them starve in the streets; and eliminate all taxes on those making $10 million/year.

Let's be smart, ladies and gentlemen, this will not happen! There are balances of power in this country. I urge you to look at the facts! Don't listen to the rhetoric. Don't go to the candidate's website because the "plans" in each candidate's website is just highly crafted "focus-group" tested script that is designed to appeal to the base supporters and as wide of a swath of voters as possible.

The media is not a good medium to get "the facts" on each candidate either, since a majority of national journalists are registered Democrats(this fact is widely known, but if you don't believe it, it is easily googled) and the Republicans have Fox News and talk radio.

So please, take the time to look at each candidates record, since their record is one of the most reliable incicators of how they will treat the issues in the future. Take the time to research Congressional Quarterly and Senate.gov.

Look at the bills that each voted for and against, but look out for "loaded" bills, such as "this bill authorizes $10 million for body armor for troops in Iraq and Afgnanistan AND to withdraw troops from Iraq in 120 days."

Let's calm down the rhetoric, learn the facts and vote for our next leader. Don't forget how important your vote for congress is either. The media focuses on Republican Bush's 35% favorable rating, but never focuses on congress' 17% approval rating!

Posted by: Reagan1980 | October 11, 2008 5:57 PM

At one point, I thought the readers of this paper were intelligent, thoughtful, and engaging. These posts prove me wrong. As one who was a Democrat until 1996, I have been in both camps. After the 1994 elections that ushered in the Republican freshmen class, the Democrats demonized Newt Gingrich and the Republicans by calling Newt "Satan" and that he was going to "starve old people, cancel student lunches, and throw low-income people out on the street." The Republicans returned the favor by impeaching Bill Clinton.

The last two elections were more of the same. Now, the right implies that if Obama wins, he will sytematically destroy the constitution, eliminate our capitalist system, have terrorists over to the White House for coffee and biscotti, and model our economic system after the failed planned economies of the last 100 years. Oh yeah, and eliminate the inmternal combustion engine.

The left claim that if McCain wins, we will start bombing Russia; along with all of Arabia, except Saudia Arabia, Kuai, and Quatar since that is where our oil comes from; the poor, by letting them starve in the streets; and eliminate all taxes on those making $10 million/year.

Let's be smart, ladies and gentlemen, this will not happen! There are balances of power in this country. I urge you to look at the facts! Don't listen to the rhetoric. Don't go to the candidate's website because the "plans" in each candidate's website is just highly crafted "focus-group" tested script that is designed to appeal to the base supporters and as wide of a swath of voters as possible.

The media is not a good medium to get "the facts" on each candidate either, since a majority of national journalists are registered Democrats(this fact is widely known, but if you don't believe it, it is easily googled) and the Republicans have Fox News and talk radio.

So please, take the time to look at each candidates record, since their record is one of the most reliable incicators of how they will treat the issues in the future. Take the time to research Congressional Quarterly and Senate.gov.

Look at the bills that each voted for and against, but look out for "loaded" bills, such as "this bill authorizes $10 million for body armor for troops in Iraq and Afgnanistan AND to withdraw troops from Iraq in 120 days."

Let's calm down the rhetoric, learn the facts and vote for our next leader. Don't forget how important your vote for congress is either. The media focuses on Republican Bush's 35% favorable rating, but never focuses on congress' 17% approval rating!

Posted by: Reagan1980 | October 11, 2008 5:53 PM

mccain is the amazing hypocrite - for two weeks he's revving up his mob, inspiring the most vile racist responses, and now he's lecturing about bi-partisanship?

disgusting

Posted by: muslit | October 11, 2008 5:45 PM

MrTracker, you're saying that there is a Pop Warner football game going on right next to the Super Bowl? And we're the idiots because we aren't paying attention to the five-year-olds playing in their sandbox? Grow up and join the big league...

Posted by: jerkhoff | October 11, 2008 5:28 PM

Wembakoy,

You made a great vido. Here is the link againg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X2kjgdF1Xk

Posted by: eldora | October 11, 2008 5:26 PM

What makes you people think that this woman was an Obama supporter? Maybe you guys missed the fact that there were thousands of antiwar protesters marching outside of both the RNC and DNC. While you people continue to waste your energy playing into the divide and conquer scam, there are millions waking up to the fact that both of these guys are on the same team.

Posted by: MrTracker | October 11, 2008 5:23 PM

Pro 36

Don't let facts influence your judgement.

What law did Obama break when he bought his home?

None. He bought the house for the same price the seller bought it for and a higher price than other offers the seller had received.

Rita Rezco bought the lot next door. Obama later bought 1/6th of the lot at 1/6th of the purchase price, which was more than the appraised value.

Rita Rezco later sold the remaining 5/6th of the lot at AT A PROFIT of $54,000.

Rita Rezco may have done Obama a favor by purchasing the lot, but she made a profit and Obama did not; neither did he get a break on the price of the house he bought.


Posted by: eldora | October 11, 2008 5:20 PM

Umm, Bguardian, do you actually take Karl Rove's crocodile tears seriously?

Posted by: jerkhoff | October 11, 2008 5:20 PM

I thought both candidates were supposed to be running an honorable campaign, yet both candidates have been so sleazy that they need to be lectured by Karl Rove to run a better campaign? Strange!

Posted by: BGuardian | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


!!!!!!!!!VOTE FOR THE GUY FROM CHICAGO!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM

I actually think that McCain did something honorable here. He stood up to the regiment of Lee Atwater clones who had hijacked his campaign, and told him that there was a line he would not cross. He has also resolutely refused to bring the Reverend Wright into this campaign. Finally, he has put the leash on his lipstick-coated attack dog. Did anyone notice that Sarah Palin's appearances have been scaled back?

I saw David Gergen on Jon Stewart the other night. Gergen made an impassioned plea for McCain to rein in Sarah Palin and put an end to the ugliness, saying that these rallies had clearly crossed the line. It sounds like McCain listened to some of his elder statesmen and that his personal sense of honor rose to the occasion.

I'm an Obama supporter, but I am glad that I can once again have some respect for John McCain...

Posted by: jerkhoff | October 11, 2008 5:11 PM

McCain is acting more and more every day just like Bush. This country lost its reputation, trust, allies and influence just because we were so ignnorant and let Bush slip last time on elections. IT WONT HAPPEN THIS TIME. END TO McCAIN. I HOPE SICK OLD BASTARD HAS HEART ATTACK, CAUSE HE JUST DON'T QUIT LYING AND PROMISING THINGS THAT WILL DESTROY US. AT THE END HE WILL TRY TO STEAL THE VOTES, JUST LIKE BUSH.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 11, 2008 5:11 PM

Oh, and Patrick:

I will love my President from Chicago. You will too.

Posted by: PAVoter | October 11, 2008 5:07 PM

Too late, baby.

This sudden jolt of reality is coming just a bit too late. The fires have been stoked, and the gasoline has been thrown.

Posted by: PAVoter | October 11, 2008 5:05 PM

Don't be fooled by McCain's "kinder, gentler" side in the past few days.


I don't know if this is too much mavericky or too much erratic. Or what. But during the last week he has ripped into Obama and marvels at how well Palin can "work a crowd."

And then he does a 180 and asks people to be nice to that good man Obama.

They used to call this a flip flop. I think its a bit eerie how he can walk this tightrope in his temperament.

I think president's should be a bit more calm and stable. Is that too much to expect?

Posted by: patrick10 | October 11, 2008 4:58 PM

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with criminal REZKO.No wonder considering his Chicago mob connections.Do we need the criminal in OUR WH?


Well this really isn't what happened but I would hate to confuse you or slow you down with the facts. I know how inconvenient this gets sometime.

Hope you enjoy your new President from Chicago.

Posted by: patrick10 | October 11, 2008 4:53 PM

Don't be fooled by McCain's "kinder, gentler" side in the past few days. Remember, he's a populist and go's with public opinion to win favor. He toned down the attacks because it was bad press. He'll be back at it within the week.

Back and forth with McCain, the question isn't "who is Obama?",. it's " who is McCain?".
The guys all over the place while Obama's been consistent and steady.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 11, 2008 4:48 PM

The Red Baron is going down in flames...Using the same tactics of Bush in preaching hate & lies has dropped old johnny lower than a snakes behind in the polls. I'm sure the reports from Alaska about Palin totally destroys any creditability McCain or the Republican party had.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 11, 2008 4:47 PM

Oh, and I failed to mentioned that these comments boards seem to bring out the worst on both sides. There are many exceptions, but wow, this is very toxic environment stay in too long.

Posted by: PleaseChange | October 11, 2008 4:39 PM

I find it extemely interesting that McCain has, all of sudden, seemed to get some of his civility back. He did speak out yesterday when one of his rabid supporters called Obama an Arab (and I'm not going to even get into the generalization that being an Ara is a bad thing). Yet, he let Palin out of her bottle and didn't seem interested when she gave speeches that seemed to appeal their supporter's base instincts instead of appealing to their better angels. This negative attack battle is going on in both campaigns now and McCain/Palin should take responsibility for starting it. Obama did what Kerry and Gore were unable to do -- he swung back. McCain's insistence that if Americans don't go along with his "country first" campaign, then we are part of the "country second crowd." I don't know if he can turn around this election around, but it sure has turned me off. Obama '08

Posted by: PleaseChange | October 11, 2008 4:36 PM

OMG! He's Black!!!

That librul, pinko, commie, leninist, marxist, trotskyite, anarchist, nihilist,arab muslim islamo fascist terrorist, friend of terrorists, harvard educated foreigner, reader of Malcolm X, Chicago Pol, disciple of Rev. Wright, funny named unexperienced BLACK GUY is gonna be PRESIDENT of the United States of America!!!!

Oh Happy Day!!


Did I forget anything? Any insult?

Oh Yea - HUSSEIN!!

:-)

P. S. We are sooo gonna enjoy giving neo-cons agita. Think about it...waking up the day after the election and everywhere the message: Barack Hussein Obama is President-elect of the United States of America.

Watch the entire world celebrate.


Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 4:35 PM

Wow Iowa voters must really be nicer than everywhere else. If this were another McCain hate rally I'm sure these protesters would have been lynched by the angry mob.

Posted by: julian9682 | October 11, 2008 4:25 PM

Haters can call Senator Obama anything they want, come January 20, 2009, you'll just have to put "President" in front of it.....DEAL or GET OUT!

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 11, 2008 4:24 PM

Sara Palin denied having abused power. May be she thinks "abuse of power" means drinking too many powerade or redbull in one sitting.

Posted by: Dave27 | October 11, 2008 4:23 PM

I made a nice Obama video. Please share and comment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X2kjgdF1Xk

Thanks.

Posted by: wembakoy | October 11, 2008 4:22 PM

Palin did win the 2006 election with 48.3% of the votes 114,697
51.67% voted against her when you total all votes cast.
alaska government web site

Looked this up earlier
the 51.67% is from all the other parties in Alaska combined.

the GOP seems to want to incite trouble in the here and now by bring up the then and there while Palin says we need to look forward not back except when she is looking back

What are the people in Alaska going to do differently?

Since Obama is from Hawaii what do they say about him? They love him.


Posted by: grandma4 | October 11, 2008 4:22 PM

What I am noticing in these post is that we in the United States have two class of people " the ignorant uneducated and the educated,not necessarely with a college degree" in few words we have the redneck, skinheads ,and racist versus people that have enough brain to realize the problems we have in this, country and make the right judgement who is the better candidate, by putting aside the hate and race issue .This year voting in this country is a referendum to the world to see if we are the nation that we claim to be, naturally we going to have some of this uneducated say " who gives s##t about the rest of the world" but this is why you should get out of the" out house" and start going to the library and read about the world, you might find that very refreshing for your brain

Posted by: capskip | October 11, 2008 4:17 PM

Thank God he will not get in.

But what he is doing is spreading hate by feeding lies to the paranoid wacks in his flock of avenging, very angry, probably very armed right wingers.He lacks the responsible behavior a high schooler would be expected to demonstrate. Watching him is frightening for many people who have respect for human life.

No wonder his wife looks so eternally anguished. Someone please give her back her drugs. She really does need opiates to live with him.

Posted by: MichelleH | October 11, 2008 4:12 PM

Just remember that in 3 weeks we'll have a new direction for america and that these people are just there for our entertainment.

Posted by: fortheclueless | October 11, 2008 4:10 PM

Man, can anyone chronicle the Sarah Palin story in her short period of being in the spotlight. It is starting to get confusing.

1. She comes on the scene on McCain’s inauguration

2. She is kept hidden from the press

3. Than her selected interviews – SNL tells it best

4. She debates Biden – I think

5. After the debate, McCain camp says no more interviews

6. Now the Troopergate report (think McCain will let her do any interviews)

7. What’s next...will Palin's assoication with Secessionists be revealed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its&eurl=http://news.vodpod.com/watch/4435

8. I just listen to Palin stump speech after the TROOPERGATE report came out. Her new stump speech is taking care of children with special needs. This is the same woman who held the head of wolf pups and shot them in the head one by one (you can google it and get the scoop -- it is also in the TROOPERGATE report). Yes, we need a woman with such compassion for life involved with children with special needs.

Her and MICHAEL VICK probably pal around.

Posted by: steveeyes | October 11, 2008 4:10 PM

The War Is Over

Posted by: daggrr | October 11, 2008 4:08 PM

"I'd think the "extremists" are those who now think our country is the worst one in the World and need a messiah to make it better."
..........................
auntpittypat, I'm not a religious person, but with the way this country is going, it's going to take a messiah to make it, not better but livable at best. McCain was, perhaps, a person of honor and dignity. However, he has shown many Americans at the RNC and since then, especially with his VP pick, that he lost a lot. I almost feel sorry for him.

Posted by: PleaseChange | October 11, 2008 4:05 PM

obama haters,
you can call him Hussein, arab, muslim, or anything else you want to.

You can try to conjure up all sorts of associations with others---while of course conveniently ignoring

Keating,
Troopergate,
palin's terrorist buddies in the Alaska secession crowd,
palin’s witchdoctor voodoo weirdness
palin’s “view of Russia from her front lawn
cindy mccains drug history,
john mccain's adultery,
john mccain's erratic behavior,
palin's family mess,
palin's tax evasion,
palin's slaughter of helpless animals,
palin and mccain's dismal education records,
mccain's frail health,
palin's lack of experience
palin mccain’s hate lynch mob rallies
and all of their lies.

YOU can go right ahead and rage about all of this internet trash you have invented to smear Obama.

WE are well aware of the above list of stinking garbage that follows mccain and palin everywhere they go.

Rant on. We don't care. The stench from the GOP ticket is sickening


Posted by: sallieismydog | October 11, 2008 4:01 PM

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with criminal REZKO.No wonder considering his Chicago mob connections.Do we need the criminal in OUR WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 4:00 PM

"Obama is the muslim communist and the disgrace with a communist agenda for this great country.Do we need the muslim communist in OUR WH Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:42 PM

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Your comments are completely validating my point.

Posted by: KD11 | October 11, 2008 3:58 PM

I just found out some more information. Pro36 is actually a homeless migrant blog-poster, who travelled on foot to California after his homestead in Oklahoma was destroyed by a dust storm. He is paid 8-1/2 cents for every post, and he gets an extra 3-cent bonus when anyone responds to him. Unfortunately, he sunk all of his profits into AIG stock on Phil Gramm's advice, so he is feeling kind of surly today. Cut the poor bastid some slack...

Posted by: jerkhoff | October 11, 2008 3:58 PM

pro36, I could be your mother. You are insulting yourself. The stuff you do and post reflect on YOU.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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Ok U can be my moma.Its ok with me.But we have problem in our family-U support the traitor Obama

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:54 PM

wes1155 I'll warn you if U have no brain keep ur hands under the table.Screw u and the horse u rote on

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:51 PM

See John McCain and Tom Brokaw Cuss at each other, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c Guess not to happy about something during the debate.

See more Debate STuff at http://www.watchdebate.com
Schedules, Poles, Videos, Outtakes.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 11, 2008 3:51 PM

Liberty, don't be too hard on pro36. His minimum-wage job with the RNC only lasts for another four weeks...

Posted by: jerkhoff | October 11, 2008 3:50 PM

It's interesting to note that the majority of the well-written ,well- appointed ,well-armedwell-balancedwell-chosen and intelligent comments are coming from those who support McCain.

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:47 PM

pro36,

Maybe you haven't read the terms of use for these blogs, so I'll warn you, you are engaging in personal attacks which are not allowed. Me thinks it is time to use the "report abuse" link.

You can get paid without being abusive, take the lead from the other trolls.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 11, 2008 3:47 PM

pro36, I could be your mother. You are insulting yourself. The stuff you do and post reflect on YOU.


Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:45 PM

It's interesting to note that the majority of the well-written and intelligent comments are coming from those who support Obama.

Posted by: KD11 | October 11, 2008 3:44 PM

McCain is an honorable person who never lets the protestors get to him. He has energized all Americans who are not afraid of waving a flag or crying during "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "It's a Wonderful Life".

Those are the things The Greatest Generation fought for -- freedom of speech, liberty, the right to pursue one's dream, a capitalist market, democracy: Our Great Republic of the United States of America.

Our US soldiers went to World War II while they were still living in the depths of a Depression. But they believed even at our country's darkest hours that the USA was the greatest country in the World.

I'd think the "extremists" are those who now think our country is the worst one in the World and need a messiah to make it better.

Posted by: auntpittypat | October 11, 2008 1:36 PM
__________________________________________

A few facts. First, Frank Capra -- who directed It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- was a committed liberal. The latter movie is a result of his pessimism regarding the electorate, which he thought to be gullible and susceptible to manipulation. Not the best example to put forth if you're backing McCain.

Second, McCain isn't a WWII veteran. What The Greatest Generation has to do with anything is missing from your post.

Thirdly, I have yet to see any rational human being describe Obama as a messiah. I certainly have not seen Obama describe himself as a messiah. His speeches turn on the point that if we want change, WE have to produce -- he cannot invoke it simply by his will.

As is typical of Obama opponents, rather than deal with the man as he is, you have conjured up a completely different man -- a boogey-man -- and then lambaste him.

PS I love Frank Capra movies. My father and grandfather have worn this nation's uniform, and I considered attending a service academy. I respect John McCain, as a courageous and generally decent man who has been ill-advised in this campaign. I strongly support Sen. Obama. If you think McCain backers have a monopoly on virtue, you are simply wrong.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 11, 2008 3:43 PM

Obama is the muslim communist and the disgrace with a communist agenda for this great country.Do we need the muslim communist in OUR WH

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:42 PM

Basically, the people who created the financial crisis should bear the brunt of paying for it, not the average taxpayer.

The people who created this are the Wall Street CEO's and traders pumped up on adrenaline peddling mathematically unviable financial "vehicles" to make money now at criminal disregard for the long term consequences.

These people should be held accountable for their acts. They should repay the money they fraudulently made. Since they made so much money, making them return this would greatly ease the burden of the innocent taxpayers.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:42 PM

Maybe I could be polite.Liberty77, you seriously need to see a psychiatrist....well..and then eat sh.t and die

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:41 PM

She said she wanted peace and McCain said she didnt get it.

Methinks it is warmonger McCain who doesnt get it.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 11, 2008 3:40 PM

Right... like borrowing and spending hundreds of billions of dollars to finance the wars is totally unrelated to the economic problems?

What are Paulson and Bernanke doing about it? Borrowing and spending trillions more. What do Obama and McCain have to say about it? "Way to go, Ben and Hank!"

We are so screwed.

Posted by: MrTracker | October 11, 2008 3:38 PM

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with criminal REZKO.No wonder considering his Chicago mob connections.Do we need the criminal in OUR WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:38 PM

pro36, you seriously need to see a psychiatrist.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:37 PM

Liberty77 I cant be polite with the fag like u and say something close to "go see a shrink" .Ill put it smply-eat sh.t and die.

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:37 PM

Palin is unAmerican and not qualified to be VP she supports a secessionist party that wants to break up the United States, that is Anti-American and Palin is Anti-American. Her husband was recently a member of the Alaskan Independence Party that wants Alaska to separate from the United States and she welcomed them in a video. Palin is unAmerican.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/10/palin_chryson/

Palin addresses Alaskan Independence Party convention
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

Posted by: info4 | October 11, 2008 3:36 PM

Very convincing, pro36. You win my respect.


NOT.


Get a life.


Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:35 PM

John McCain wants bipartisanship with someone who hangs out with "terrorists?" He thinks an "associate of terrorists" is a "decent family man?" He wants you to know you shouldn't be afraid of Obama as president... but don't forget, Obama "pals around" with domestic terrorists? Uh... this is how my grandpa used to work things out, after he started wandering the neighborhood in his underwear.

Who are those notorious rally-goers who support McCain-Palin? Take a look at this YouTube video. The cameraman's preference was pretty obvious, but that doesn't change the responses these insightful, clear-headed M-P supporters gave to his questions. Be very afraid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxzmaXAg9E

Posted by: yogi11 | October 11, 2008 3:34 PM

OMG! He's Black!!!

That librul, pinko, commie, leninist, marxist, trotskyite, anarchist, nihilist,arab muslim islamo fascist terrorist, friend of terrorists, harvard educated foreigner, reader of Malcolm X, Chicago Pol, disciple of Rev. Wright, funny named unexperienced BLACK GUY is gonna be PRESIDENT of the United States of America!!!!

Oh Happy Day!!


Did I forget anything? Any insult?

Oh Yea - HUSSEIN!!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 3:33 PM

pro36,

It would seem the "disgraceful scumbag" is none other than yourself.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 11, 2008 3:33 PM

Pro36 equals Krauthammer and Kristol minus the semi-colons, long dashes, and copy editor assistance.

Posted by: JPRS | October 11, 2008 3:33 PM

It's funny. You can take each thing pro36 or other foaming at the mouths rightwingers post, look at the events unfolding in the news with Palin being exposed as a violator of ethics and abuser of power while promising to be the "straight talk" express, and apply it exactly to the Republican party.

It's called projection. Go see a shrink.


Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:33 PM

Liberty77 scumbag fag kiss my a.s and go to hell

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:32 PM

Liberals, you are making pity caricatures of yourselves. Each time you lie, your credibility sinks some more.

Have some respect for yourselves.

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:30 PM

Polls are tightening.Time for u liberals (rats) to jump from the Lamobama boat

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:28 PM

Republicans, you are making caricatures of yourselves. Each time you call someone a communist, your credibility sinks some more.

Have some respect for yourselves.


Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:28 PM

Obama can't and won't fulfill his promises.

Posted by: laststand327 | October 11, 2008 3:27 PM

I cant stand McBUsh and his Russian running mate!

Posted by: bakarani | October 11, 2008 3:26 PM

Obama is the muslim communist and the disgrace with a communist agenda for this great country.Do we need the muslim communist in OUR WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:25 PM

I hope most Americans realize the convenience of McCain's sudden focus on Obama's past associations which are only now deemed critical in discerning Obama's character and possible impact on the future of America. It's a shame that McCain didn't have his epiphany before he started palling around with Obama in the Senate while producing legislation

Posted by: Reason12 | October 11, 2008 3:23 PM

west1155, great post.

- - - - - - - - - -

"Obama is causing a great divide in this country that can only end in a very bad way…just look at the comments here, they are all filled with hate no matter who they are voting for"

I just don't see that hate. Maybe I'm blind --my eyesight is beginning to fail-- but it seems to me that the bad vibes are coming from many of McCain's supporters. The tone of their reactions is completely different.

But my overall reaction is: What are they afraid of? I support Obama, but if McCain wins it's not going to be the end of the world for me. I'm an American, not a robot only programmed to serve one master as opposed to another.

Posted by: old_hippie | October 11, 2008 3:21 PM

Come now angry Republicans.

You are off your rockers.

There are more important things at stake. Stop this foolishness. Your rantings are not advancing your cause. You should see how you appear. Out of touch. Hello....

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:20 PM

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with criminal REZKO.No wonder considering his Chicago mob connections.Do we need the criminal in OUR WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:19 PM

ANGRY GOP RALLY SHOUTERS: ARE THEY AGIT-PROP PLANTS?

WaPo reporters should spend more time on the periphery of these rallies, in the hours before the scheduled event. Not performing a "stunt" but doing some serious observation.

They might discern that some of the most vociferous rabble-rousers hang together in packs, don't quite look like your "average Joe," and appear to be part of an orchestrated "street theater" -- not necessarily a reflection of spontaneous crowd enthusiasm. Examine closely their attire, and the electronics they are carrying.

Could they be the "stromtroopers" in a troubling offensive -- the use of organized civilians for "extra-judicial" targeting, agitation and harassment?


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens OR

members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 11, 2008 3:16 PM

Basically, the people who created the crisis should bear the brunt of paying for it, not the average taxpayer.

The people who created this are the Wall Street CEO's and traders pumped up on adrenaline peddling mathematically unviable financial "vehicles" to make money now at criminal disregard for the long term consequences.

These people should be held accountable for their acts. They should repay the money they fraudulently made. Since they made so much money, making them return this would greatly ease the burden of the innocent taxpayers.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 11, 2008 3:15 PM

Obama is the disgracefull scumbag using low low tactics

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:15 PM

What are the odds that McCain will be able to work in a bipartisan fashion after this campaign?

Even McCain's claims of bipartisan work are greatly overstated (by him). McCain himself now decries the immigration bill that he co-wrote with Ted Kennedy. Now he says he wouldn't even vote for it. This being a bill that he wrote less than two years ago.

McCrazy.

Posted by: JPRS | October 11, 2008 3:14 PM

Obama is the muslim communist and the disgrace with a communist agenda for this great country.Do we need the muslim communist in OUR WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 11, 2008 3:13 PM

Obama is causing a great divide in this country that can only end in a very bad way…just look at the comments here, they are all filled with hate no matter who they are voting for. I think you are all sick!

Posted by: dlennis | October 11, 2008 3:13 PM

to auntpittypat

Do you really think you live alone on this planet? There are lots of great countries with upstanding citizens. Hearing you makes me sad. You really don't like your country, only your ideology. The United States is a nation of diversified people and ideas. Take a deep breath and let the tension escape.

Uli

Posted by: uliart | October 11, 2008 3:11 PM

McCain's condescension to protesters (note their almost ubiquitous presence at McCain rallies, as opposed to Obama's) is pathetic. Dissent IS part of any substantive discussion, otherwise there would be no point, because everyone would be in agreement.

McCain should certainly take a different generation's questioning of authority and the wars seriously, and acknowledge them as being equals in these discussions. He has not done so and so has alienated a large segment of the population, yet he desperately needs every vote he can get, so the ironies here are rather profound ones.

McCain is the one who doesn't get it.

Posted by: old_hippie | October 11, 2008 3:10 PM

McCain is a hypocrite. He saw his hateful tactics are backfiring and now he sees the need to turn out the fire he started himself! Guess what, his true colors have been exposed! How does Obama get called anti-American by guilt of association yet Palin allows her Husband, who is a seperatist from Alaskan Independence Party to have access and conduct his personal agenda from a Governor's office?

Posted by: bakarani | October 11, 2008 3:10 PM

McCain still thinks peace is a Communist plot and Palin thinks hatred is a family value.

Bush and Quayle all over again.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 11, 2008 3:05 PM

There is a feeling among citizens that the bailout will not be good. I think that is incorrect. The way this financial crisis has unfolded has unfortunately not been good. Mr Paulson hired a company to assist in crisis management that had its own problems in this financial environment as one of the entities that created it. The Paulson plan was too focused the mortgage security market and not on the total problem.

The logical choice for an advisor would have been someone who had predicted this crisis. He would have the needed understanding to extricate the country from the situation. He would not be personally involved and could give more dispassionate advice. There are many people who could fill that bill.

My point is that by going outside the industry we can get a perspective that encompasses the needs of all members of the community including ordinary citizens. Mr Paulson and Mr Bernanke have wasted valuable time. They have been too concerned with market participants and not nearly as concerned about the banks and small businesses needing vital capital infusions and individuals facing impending mortgage foreclosures.

Leadership with a broader focus would have already initiated the needed overhaul of the financial services industry. The stock market would have stopped plummeting and the people would be more accepting of the economic plan.

Our next president needs to be cognizant of why industry insiders and lobbyists are not good as government officials. That is true whether it is the EPA, the FDA or Treasury. Our present problem all boils down to a lack of good judgment by the president in choosing his administration. John McCain’s choice of advisers says he would share the president’s problem.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 11, 2008 3:02 PM

We dont want to sit down with you. We want to deport you.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | October 11, 2008 3:01 PM

McCain thinks we need to sit down together? He runs ads that imply that Obama is a muslim terrorist who "isn't like you and me," gets embarassed when his followers say just that, to the point where, for the first time in political history, he has to defend his opponent against his own slimy ads (and have his campaign manager make the silly claim that it's Obama's tax proposals that cause followers to call him an arab terrorist, not their ads calling him an arab terrorist), and he has the gall to criticize a war protestor as someone who doesn't get it?

And the Ayers charge is so silly. Obama's appointment to the Annenberg education charity board with Ayers was personally approved by Leonore Annenberg, the host of every republican president since Nixon at her estate in Rancho Mirage, CA, and widow of Walter Annenberg, ambassador to Great Britain under Nixon. She would be insulted at McCain suggesting that Obama should be ashamed of accepting her nomination to her foundation board.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 11, 2008 2:55 PM

It would truly be a terrible moment in our nation's history if McCain and Palin were to be elected on their platform of hate and lies. There was a time I had some respect for McCain. But he has completely lost my respect. In fact I must have been mistaken all along to think that he had any honor. If he becomes president I will still have no respect for him. But even worse if he becomes president it will show the world that the days of an inspiring America are over. If he becomes president the world will see that America is ruled by hate, fear and bigotry and that every other country had better be afraid because a hate filled, angry old man and his ill-informed religious fundamentalist vp will be in charge and they are erratic and filled with negativity. In fact negativity is their platform.

Posted by: MickyD1 | October 11, 2008 2:53 PM

Can we be witnessing the closest thing we have had to "revolution" since 1776?

Think about it.

Several years ago I read Obama's books. Liberal that I am I said to my daughter "You know, this guy could be President"

She laughed at me. "Right - a black guy with a funny name! You're dreamin pops! Go back to your shuffleboard."

While in Arizona visiting right wing cousins they asked if I was for Hillary. I said I was for Obama. They laughed their heads off.

Millions upon millions who like me felt dismayed with the Bush Administration took to participating for the first time in a campaign.

It is PEOPLE who have put Obama where he is - on the verge of taking back this country and assuming the Presidency.

Now the bile is coming to the surface as the lunatic fringe realizes what is happening.

Blue revolution........

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 2:34 PM

auntpittypat,

Nice post except it ignores many facts. The country was already well on its way to coming out of the Depression, thanks in no small part to the arms sales to Europe. Most men, like my father, only went off to fight in the war because they were drafted and had to do so, not because of some calling to a higher cause. Our soldiers in World War II were for the most part reluctant heroes. Yes they rose to the challenge and the average citizen sacrificed in a way I am not so sure we would today.

My father was a foot soldier in Europe in the First Army, the "Bloody One" as they used to call it because of the high casualty rates they endured. I asked him many times about his and his compatriots motivations and he said it was basically to stay alive. They didn't have the luxury to think about grand ideals when someone was trying to kill you.

Don't get me wrong, my father was and will always be one of my heroes. He was wounded in combat and as a result a Purple heart recipient. I hold him and his generation with the utmost respect and regard as I do the generations which preceded them. I don't believe we will ever see another such as them, but they were not perfect either, they simply did the best they could which overall was pretty darned good.

To suggest though, someone protesting the Iraq War is somehow unpatriotic is ridiculous and to suggest those trying to make this country reach for the best it can be is about as unpatriotic as I can imagine. It is our duty as citizens to speak out against the wrongs our elected officials perpetrate and to hold them accountable. My father was dead set against the Iraq War, he saw it for what it was, settling a vendetta. Although granted, maybe someone who had to witness first hand many of his comrades ripped apart with machine gun fire or blown to bits from artillery or aerial bombardment has a different perspective about what is a valid reason to go to war. He and those like him went off to fight in World War II because they had to, because it was the right thing to do. Pearl Harbor had been attacked so the debate about our involvement for the most part ended, even among the average person. Otherwise who knows if we would have ever entered directly into World War II.

Nostalgia can be a wonderful healer or it can blind one to the truth, but using nostalgia as justification is dangerous. This country isn't perfect, it never has been and it never will be, but the principles upon which it was founded are worth striving to protect and worth aspiring to. The most difficult time to be patriotic is when one has to stand up for what is right and is the lone voice, being a patriot when it has become popular to do so takes little effort or risk.

I find it curious how people who don't like Obama keep bringing up the "messiah" tag. I don't know anyone who supports him who believes this, it seems it is exclusively the domain of those who do not. So are you going to be one of those extremists when Obama becomes president?

Posted by: wes1155 | October 11, 2008 2:29 PM

No one here I think beleives in the very worst of us until we see with our own eyes the intolerance of a McCain/Palin rally.
If the man can't debate on the issues what can he do? Stoke the flames of liberty and justice for all? No, stoke the flames of divisiveness, racism, ignorance, and fear.....a mob driven mentality that our forefathers left England and Germany and other places of a long ago time to get away from.
My uncle fought for everyone in WW2...not just those who agreed with him. He fought for the American way of life which was different than any other country in the world. Where opportunity matters more than lineage....were they perfect in their day? There was a racism then that still burns to this day, a resentment among many that they should have to treat all human beings as, gasp! equals....Does this mean this generation was wrong? It means it was a different time, learning a different lesson, and those of us today who haven't learned from the past are doomed to repeat it. (Was that Arthur S. that said that?)
I would challenge many of these said people at these rallies...what are you so afraid of?

Posted by: SYWanda | October 11, 2008 2:28 PM

TO OSULLIVANC1:
I am an American that is not afraid to wave a flag, and love It's A Wonderful Life (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? I will have to look up...). I am so grateful for our American soldiers, who put their lives on the line for our country!
I am also an American that believes America is the strongest, most powerfully innovative, nation with the greatest opportunities on Earth.
The question is: what will we do with it?
Choose a leader that fosters aggression, anger, fear, and more war?
Or a leader that inspires, and taps into all the beautiful potential our great country has to offer?
Obama is feeding the hearts and souls of Americans, while McCain is fueling our anger and rage.
Look at the differences in their campaign strategies as examples of how they would run their presidency.
It is a CRUCIAL time in American history. Think carefully about what you want for this country in the next four years.
For our future, and the future of our children, I pray that America sides with Hope

Posted by: dawndavidson3 | October 11, 2008 2:26 PM

I think the media is not giving enough attention to Palin/Mccain. Here is a governor running for Vice President who abused her power. That is a serious charge. Especially when she's on the stump criticizing her opponents. This is not fair that Palin can dodge the press and not answer questions from the people and the press still cover her events. Palin has some answering to do. Palin said she didn't have anything to hide than why did the investigators report found she abused her power as governor. Palin needs to be questioned just like any other candidate. Palin has accused Obama of not being truthful about his associations and she's the one that hasn't been truthful. Why does the Palin get a pass from being scrutinized.

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 11, 2008 2:22 PM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/fear-and-loathing-in-town-hall.html

Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Fear and Loathing in the Town Hall: A Predictive Fantasy

(The camera looks at the hall from above, into the hall, from the POV of the stage. Red meat has been hung from the walls and rafters, along with dollar bills which, upon closer inspection, are prop money.

The crowd is seated. They are strangely quiet. Their manner is that between those who are waiting for their instructions, post-op surgical recoverees, and post-war survivors. They are slightly slumped, in the same posture.

The candidates enter from opposite sides of the rear of the stage and walk to their podiums. The crowd rises as one and cheers with a loud, aggressive fervor reflective of their desperation.

Obama is standing tall in stride, looking a bit overcome by the experience, although genuine. McCain is smiling--his cheerful public grimace, although there is some genuine pleasure. His eyes have the slightest glaze of a gradually oncoming fog.)

MODERATOR: Tonight is a different format--one where you, the public, can ask your questions directly to the candidates. None of the questions have been screened in advance, and the candidates have been given no advance notice of what the questions, or who the questioners, might be. And with that, we begin. Our first question:

CITIZEN 1: My name is Jan, I'm from Murfreesboro? I've been watching the news, and I'm scared. I can't say that I've listened much about the stock market before? But I know that it's going down, and that's bad. I don't know what's going to happen to my job, or my house, or my kids. My question is for Mr. McCain? What will you do to help us understand what is going on, and to make it clear just what you will do about it?

(Crowd applauds vigorously as Jan sits down with a bit of embarrassment).

MCCAIN: (Holding the top of the rostrum with both hands and smiling): Well, first, I want to welcome each of you here tonight. You know, I know what each of you are feeling. I think that each of you must be scared--as I am, of not verifying myself in my father's and my grandfather's eyes. But, that's not so important today--or, at least saying it isn't. What is most important is to appear that I understand an economy that just months ago I said that I had little understanding of at all. I want to win. I need it, frankly, as a way of overcoming my own personal horrors and demons, of overcoming the anger that was bestowed and thrust, unwillingly, upon me. And that's why I'm still willing, even as the sharpest edges of mental function fade, to propel myself through this mass of insult. I understand how to respond to insult. With anger. And impulse. And that's what I'll bring to the White House, come January of 2009.

(Crowd applauds vigorously)

MODERATOR: The next question is for Senator Obama.

CITIZEN 2: Thanks. My name is Ross, from Shreveport. First-time caller, long-time listener. My question is: Senator Obama, it's not an error that you were given the middle name "Barack". We know that that is the same name of the murderous. Communist leader of Iran--and that's no accident. (A slight murmur from the crowd. The moderator looks vaguely stunned, but does not interrupt). Now, when you were going to Russia, with Bill Ayers, and dodging the draft--just like William Jefferson Clinton--(speaking more quickly now, more aggressively, turning to the crowd)--why weren't you here at home, saving our banks from the Liberals and the Socialists who want to take our money away from us and just give it to the terrorists?

SARAH PALIN: (Poking her head out from the wings, with a big smile): You betcha'!

(She withdraws).

OBAMA: Well. First of all, I also want to welcome you all here tonight. You know, I know that this is a difficult time. Many of you are worried about your jobs, your families, your homes. There are times that test a man's soul, and every woman's as well. And I know that this may be one of those times. I can understand why you would be frightened, even angry at what this nation has done. But we are a nation that has risen up in adversity even in the best of times, we found our strength, and honor, and courage, our ability to work as one, when faced with the most difficult situations. And I want to call on each of you, in that spirit of patriotic sacrifice, to join with me in that effort in the days ahead.

(Silence. Then applause, as the recognition of actual thought begins to spread through the crowd. It swells, and finally, subsides).

MODERATOR: The next question is for Senator McCain.

CITIZEN 3 (He is a man who appears to be in his early 40's wearing blue jeans that are stiff and obviously brand-new. They are perfectly creased. He is wearing a tight fitting, also obviously new T-Shirt that says "Average American...And Black With Rage!" beneath which is an American flag. He is wearing black wing-tip shoes. ). Senator McCain, I'm just an average American, just an average Joe, just your Average Joe-Sixpack (Blackberry begins ringing)...Oh...
excuse me...just...a...sec...my boss's phone...(whispering tensely into phone:) "No...I said sell. Sell. Yes, the entire portfolio. No, not Ghanan timber, for god's sake, gold, the lot of it. Jesus H....(tucks Blackberry back into pants pocket and then readjusts his stance to that of average Joe, slumping to one side again and changing his voice back to it's original tenor). Like I said, just an average Joe Sixpack. And I'm wonderin'. I heard what Mr. Hussein just said about "rising up", and I'm wonderin' if that's exactly what he wants to do! Oh, sure, he wants us to band together to rise up--where have we heard that before? Socialists! That's what they do! (crowd begins to murmur, and in the rising heat, the smell of the fresh meat begins to waft faintly through the hall). Rise up! That's what he wants to do! Well, we need to rise up! Against those kind of Socialist, Communist, Fascist, Atheist, Marxist policies! (the crowd is talking, some nodding their heads). And so what I want to ask you, Sen. McCain (crowd quiets), as an average everyday American, is this: What is it like, being a fighter pilot and all, when you know that Barack Hussein was out there, palling around with his Communist friends?

MCCAIN: Well, my friend--and by that, I mean that all of you are my friends--I'm glad you asked. Not everyone has had the luxury of gaining an education merely on the basis of their own talent, or the opportunity to travel the world learning how to be separate from important family members without their having significant pull, or to be able to experience the variety of foods that one has the chance to consume when they are paid for by the State. And, I can say that, in that way, I haven't been quiet as lucky. But I will say this--I will not look such fortune in the face and say: 'Fine, I'll work on education with the Bill Ayers of this world', "I'll be at the top of my class at Harvard", when I can be down, down there with you at the bottom! I know what it's like to be at the bottom when I've had all the opportunities--and I want to share that experience with those of you who have had none. You're angry. I'm angry. We have that in common. Let's be angry together, satisfied that, for another for four years, we've put those who have the arrogance to think for extended periods in their place, content in knowing that we're right--even if we're wrong.

CITIZEN 4: Hiya. My name is George, from Midland, altho' some would say Kennebunkport, heh, heh. I have a question for ya, John, and it's this. Listen: I'm goin' to be out of a job soon. Oil futures aren't lookin' that good, and I've got to tell ya', I didn't have too much luck there in the first place. So I'd like to ask ya, one flyin' man to another--what do you think I oughta do?

PALIN: (emerges from wings with purposeful strides to McCain's podium): I've got to take this one, John. Mr. Bush, if you can't figure out what you want to do after you leave and we move in, take a little time off, and then you come right up to Alaska. They love hunting just like you--and you can fly, you can learn to do it from a plane! The pipeline's big enough for any number of mistakes. So you come up here when you're finished--we've got plenty of bars with plenty of bowls of nuts and plenty of televisions right on Wasiila Main street--we'll take care of you right!

(Bush smiles and sits, crowd applauds, Palin, smiling and waving, exits).

CITIZEN 5: Well, look. This is a serious question. I'm John, from Carpenter. It's for both of you. I've got two kids, 4 and 6, a boy and a girl--so sweet. You know. My wife, she was working for the WaMu branch, center of town. It's closing next week. She's been looking in the ads, the newspapers, online--nothing. It's all she can do to keep a smile on her face for the kids. Myself, I built a commerical trucking business from the ground up. Sixteen years. Sweat everyday, grease on my hands, I can never get it out. We were never rich, but I made a good living. I didn't know about investing--who does, you're not born with it! Anyway, I went to an investment advisor, it seemed like the safe thing to do, protect the kids, plan for the future, not use my own dumb head (smiles). Well, he was so smart, and he was so sure, and he had it all planned out. And it looked so impressive on paper. Now--all of a sudden--it's gone. Everything is changing. It's changing so quickly. It seems like nobody--nobody knew. Not even the people who were supposed to! Everybody was talkin', makin noise, thinkin' of one thing: Themselves, themselves, themselves. Never worrying to think about someone else, about the future, about the next moment.

Well, now the next moment is here. And I wanna know--what are the two of you really going to do about it?

(The room is quiet as his last word echoes in the hall. The raw meat is rocking, slowly in the air, and the paper bills are gently fluttering). You can see Palin in profile, standing in the wings, holding her chin in her hand. The two candidates stare straight ahead, holding the podium. They are silent).

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/fear-and-loathing-in-town-hall.html


Posted by: caraprado1 | October 11, 2008 1:42 PM

The young woman shouted "We Want Peace" and McCain proceeded to characterize her as an example of someone who "just doesn't get it" as the audience cheered. Only someone who has swallowed gallons of neocon kool aid would say such a thing. Who doesn't want peace? Only in the neocon universe would we accept as the default position that we don't want peace. Even presidents Roosevelt through Clinton, Nixon and Ike included, said they wanted "peace."

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 11, 2008 1:37 PM

McCain is an honorable person who never lets the protestors get to him. He has energized all Americans who are not afraid of waving a flag or crying during "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "It's a Wonderful Life".

Those are the things The Greatest Generation fought for -- freedom of speech, liberty, the right to pursue one's dream, a capitalist market, democracy: Our Great Republic of the United States of America.

Our US soldiers went to World War II while they were still living in the depths of a Depression. But they believed even at our country's darkest hours that the USA was the greatest country in the World.

I'd think the "extremists" are those who now think our country is the worst one in the World and need a messiah to make it better.

Posted by: auntpittypat | October 11, 2008 1:36 PM

McCain and his sidekick Palin have whipped the extremists into a frenzy. They are a disgrace to the Greatest Generation who fought WWII to defeat this very sort of ideology. ..........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/11/mccain-disgraces-greatest-generation/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 11, 2008 1:17 PM

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