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  • McCain Calls for Suspending Rule on Retirement Accounts (McCain is listening to Freepers)

    10/10/2008 3:03:48 PM PDT · by Fred · 49 replies · 1,252+ views
    WSJ ^ | 101008 | ELIZABETH HOLMES
    John McCain called for suspension of the requirement that retirees must begin liquidating their retirement accounts when they reach age 70 and a half, the latest economic policy rolled out by the Republican presidential candidate. The Arizona senator announced the plan at a rally Friday morning in La Crosse, Wis. Buried a third of the way through his typical stump speech, McCain said his priority was to “protect investors – especially those relying on their investments for retirement.” “Current rules mandate that investors must beginning to sell off their IRAs and 401Ks when they reach age 70 and a half,”...
  • When Your Political Opinion Isn't Yours Alone

    10/10/2008 12:24:24 PM PDT · by outfield · 5 replies · 664+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/10/2008 | SAM SCHECHNER
    During Tuesday night's presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama was talking about health care, and most of 25 undecided voters in Columbus, Ohio, liked what they heard. They turned knobs on small, wireless dials in their hands -- and a graph representing their immediate reaction was aired live to about 9.2 million people watching CNN. CNN has aired these squiggly lines live on the bottom of the screen for all of the debates held since September. Some have called the readout addictive, others find it distracting. But live feedback graphics may have another effect. Recent psychological experiments suggest they can influence...
  • Times Whitewashes Obama Illegal Donor Issue (Not surprising)

    10/10/2008 9:03:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 552+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 10, 2008 | Ed Lansky
    The New York Times looks at a few oddball donors and concludes this is not much of a problem. Fact is that I believe $200 million dollars came in under the $200 per dollar increment so there could be potentially quite a bit of problems since all these donors seem to have escaped scrutiny since their information does not have to be filed. Or am I not seeing something? Secondly, if these came in on-line, etc. they must have used credit cards, no? Or Pay Pal or some such avenue. Why can't these be traced to the actual people? Am...
  • The Media's Vendetta Against Palin (Why she must be stopped)

    10/10/2008 6:25:03 AM PDT · by teddyballgame · 24 replies · 1,641+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/10/08 | Rowan Scarborough
    Conservatives know by now that the dominant liberal media is not just out to criticize Gov. Sarah Palin. They are on a drive to destroy her. But conservatives are missing the reason why. It's not really about defeating John McCain. Running mates do not decide a presidential election. The real reason is the future. Never again will the Left media (New York Times; Washington Post; the networks; Hollywood) allow a young politician to ascend to the leadership of a national conservative movement -- at least not without all-out character assassination. The media have learned their lesson. They generally tolerated the...
  • Obama's Weathermen pals should worry voters (Ayers, Dohrn Domestic Terrorists)

    10/09/2008 10:11:46 PM PDT · by Fred · 12 replies · 735+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 100908 | DEROY MURDOCK
    Barack Obama's supporters have trivialized his connections to former Weather Underground terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on April 16. Campaign strategist David Axelrod told CNN Monday that Obama "certainly didn't know the history" of these two barbarians when they hosted a reception for him when he launched his political career. Obama might not have heard of Ayers and Dohrn's brutality from the '60s through the '80s had they merely tossed a rock or two in anger. But these two went much, much farther. In 1970,...
  • Bad news for McCain in Colorado Springs, Times blogger finds

    10/09/2008 6:11:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies · 2,343+ views ^ | October 9, 2008 | Ernest Luning
    A New York Times blogger discovers the news is not good for John McCain in Colorado Springs, where a lifelong Republican on the city council says she is abandoning her party’s nominee to vote for Barack Obama this year. Further endangering McCain’s prospects in Colorado’s largest Republican stronghold, the pastor who replaced former GOP heavyweight Ted Haggard leading one of the city’s largest mega-churches is staying on the sidelines, urging his flock to vote “for any political party.” Seattle-based Timothy Egan visited Colorado Springs, dubbed “the Vatican of evangelical political power,” after the second presidential debate and comes to one...
  • Rich Galen: Associated Press - Note the First Three Letters

    10/07/2008 8:18:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 2,076+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 06, 2008 | Rich Galen
    I was lied to by a person representing himself as an AP reporter. And I don't like it one bit. Saturday night, I was sitting in my den at Mullings Central and I got a phone call from a guy named Doug Daniel who said he wrote for the AP. He asked if I had a few minutes to talk about Gov. Sarah Palin's comments earlier that day that Barack Obama "is palling around with terrorists." I told him what I thought, and he quoted me correctly as saying "There appears to be a newfound sense of confidence in Sarah...
  • Richard Cohen: Media Gives Palin a Pass (He's SERIOUS!!)

    10/06/2008 9:06:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,007+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Richard Cohen
    Reading William Kristol's column in The New York Times, I discover that Sarah Palin and I have something in common. Kristol, who was once Dan Quayle's chief of staff and therefore, shall we say, has a Mister Rogers approach to certain politicians, got Palin on the phone and reported Monday that she does not "have a very high opinion of the mainstream media." This is where we are in agreement. On account of Palin, neither do I. In the debate, she mischaracterized Barack Obama's tax plan and his offer to meet with foreign adversaries. She found whole new powers for...
  • New lows for Sen. Dodd, media

    10/03/2008 11:30:30 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies · 1,054+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 3, 2008 | Editorial
    Media bias? Nah. The Hartford Courant last week reported the results of the latest poll of Connecticut voters' opinions on Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Christopher Dodd, and the presidential candidates. The article focused primarily on Sen. Lieberman, whom the Courant once worshiped, but now despises for failing to follow the Democrats into the Land of the Loopy Left. Sen. Dodd, meanwhile, continued to get the benefit of the Courant's lapdoggery. Sen. Lieberman's numbers were reported every which way, and the poll's director capped them off with his two cents: "He's really polling as a weak Republican."...
  • Bailout passes: Pelosi promises show trials to pin blame on Repubs [VANITY]

    10/03/2008 10:53:01 AM PDT · by pabianice · 57 replies · 2,138+ views
    Fox News | 10/3/08
    No sooner had the $805B bail-out bill passed the House than Pelosi went to the TV cameras and promised show trials under Henry Waxman to pin the blame for this mess (on Republicans). She then praised Barney Frank's courage and leadership in delivering the country from the evil of Republicans in general and Wall Street in particular. Denny Hoyer then spoke of how we must never let the greedy lenders destroy the economy and that he is going to make sure that never happens again. James Clyburn assured viewers that Congress will make sure that no one loses their home...
  • Stock Market Extends Losses As Economic Concerns Persist (bailout does nothing for recession)

    10/02/2008 12:44:40 PM PDT · by Fred · 43 replies · 896+ views
    WSJ ^ | 100208 | PETER A. MCKAY
    Markets flashed signs of panic Thursday as evidence of recession mounted and banks remained wary of lending to one another. Stocks and commodities slid, prices for U.S. Treasury bonds and other safe-haven investments rose sharply, and European currencies slumped amid worries that economic weakness there will deepen. In the U.S., new data showed a seven-year high in jobless claims and a plunge in factory orders, underscoring the woes in non-financial sectors of this country's economy that have gotten relatively little attention amid the recent debate over a rescue package for troubled Wall Street firms. Traders welcomed the passage of that...
  • Asia: Don't Expect Bailout To Cure All(Dow down 296, S&P500 38)

    10/02/2008 12:05:42 PM PDT · by Fred · 11 replies · 500+ views ^ | 10.02.08, 6:30 AM ET | Tina Wang
    Asian investors placed little faith and credit in the U.S. Senate's passage of a revised bailout package; stock indexes in Japan, South Korea and Australia deepened their morning descent into the red as Thursday wore on. Markets were moving on signs of a intensified global downturn rather than on U.S. bailout developments, some analysts said. Hong Kong managed, however, to turn around its early losses in the final hour of trading. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.9%, to 11,154.76 points, as manufacturers and financials slid. The broader Topix suffered an even steeper decline of 2.2%, to 1,076.97. Shares of Japanese automakers...
  • Greece joins bailout stampede as Germany vows no blank cheques (DOW DOWN 263 S&P500 DOWN 34)

    10/02/2008 11:08:32 AM PDT · by Fred · 4 replies · 608+ views ^ | 100208 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greek officials said the state would cover "all bank deposits, whatever the amount." The move follows the dramatic decision by Ireland this week to guarantee the deposits and debts of its six biggest lenders in the most sweeping bank bail-out since the credit crisis began. "The whole of Europe will have to do same thing, otherwise Europe will have a split banking system," said Hans Redeker, currency chief at BNP Paribas. British banks are already facing a haemorrhage of deposits to Irish banks that now enjoy the AAA sovereign rating of the Irish state. Greece has so far escaped attention...
  • Vote Presses Lawmakers at Home (Dow Down 262 - S&P500 Down 33 way to go Senate)

    10/02/2008 9:57:33 AM PDT · by Fred · 19 replies · 674+ views
    Bill Manville says he is proud of his representative, freshman Democrat Nancy Boyda of Kansas, for helping vote down the $700 billion financial-rescue bill Monday. But the Winchester farmer and staunch Republican quickly adds that doesn't mean he will necessarily vote next month for Rep. Boyda -- a top target of Republican strategists. The size and timing of the rescue plan, a month before Election Day -- and with early balloting already under way in parts of the country -- made it the most consequential vote many House members say they have ever taken. The short-term economic consequences were quickly...
  • Dow futures are down; Asia markets are dropping

    10/01/2008 7:26:16 PM PDT · by CatOwner · 70 replies · 2,282+ views
    Dow futures are down -110 per Fox News post bailout vote. The Hang Seng just opened at the top of the hour and is already down 2.0%. The Nikkei was up 0.7% prior to the vote, and now it is down 1.1%. I think the Asia markets don't like this bill.
  • Senate to vote on bailout Wednesday (additions made by Senate)

    09/30/2008 8:08:08 PM PDT · by Fred · 87 replies · 2,914+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 10:00 p.m. EDT Sept. 30, 2008 | Ruth Mantell, Greg Robb & Robert Schroeder
    The package before the Senate will be similar to the House version, with these additions, the New York Times reported in its online edition: * The higher limit for insured bank deposits sought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which asked to raise the cap to $250,000 from $100,000, to quell opposition by individual and small-business depositors. * Tax breaks for businesses and alternative energy, part of a package that has been caught in a stalemate in the House of Representatives. The Senate version of the gridlocked tax legislation would cost more than $100 billion and extend and expand many...
  • Senate Is Set to Vote on Bailout Bill (renewable energy,atm tax credits, rich people surtax)

    09/30/2008 7:38:18 PM PDT · by Fred · 35 replies · 1,258+ views
    WSJ ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, 8:42 P.M. ET | COREY BOLES
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is set to vote Wednesday evening on its version of the emergency financial rescue package rejected Monday by the House of Representatives, which will include an increase in the cap to the level of deposits in bank accounts insured by the federal government up to $250,000, a senior senate Democratic aide said Tuesday. The vote will also include the Senate version of an extension to a series of renewable energy and other business tax credits. There had been speculation throughout Tuesday that the Senate might move to act on the bailout legislation after a surprise...
  • Employee in Major Newsroom Says Editors Ignore Negative Obama Stories

    09/30/2008 5:33:53 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 30 replies · 2,044+ views ^ | 9-30-2008 |
  • DeFazio to co-introduce new bailout bill (Dems Steal Newt's Plan - Leave McCain in the Dirt)

    09/30/2008 2:20:47 PM PDT · by Fred · 34 replies · 1,947+ views
    Portland Business Journal ^ | Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 11:54 AM PDT | Portland Business Journal
    Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Eugene-area Democrat, plans to unveil a new financial industry bailout bill in the House at noon Tuesday. DeFazio, who voted against Monday’s failed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, is backing the new measure with six other representatives. He blasted architects of the failed $700 billion bailout bill, saying the new measure isn’t based on the Bush administration’s bailout package. “Instead of throwing taxpayer dollars at the program and crossing our fingers that the plan work, the measure will direct the Administration to take five simple steps” suggested by former FDIC head William Isaac, DeFazio...
  • Ten reasons Republicans oppose the bail out (Newt Gingrich Quotes)

    09/30/2008 12:46:13 PM PDT · by Fred · 20 replies · 869+ views
    Gwinnett Gazette ^ | 093008 | xx
    1. This is the largest expansion of government in the history of the world. 2. When the surgeon screws up a procedure and you sue for malpractice, who do you hire for the next surgery to repair the damage? The "oversight board" that the bill purported to create consisted of the exact same people who let this happen in the first place. 3. We are willing to take a short term hit in order to prevent the next trillion dollar bail out, and the next, and so on, because we don't believe either Wall Street or the government should be...
  • Wall Street bailout trips over grassroots

    09/30/2008 12:35:55 PM PDT · by Fred · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Report on Business ^ | 093008 | PAUL WALDIE
    Josh Ashley has never been involved in politics but last week he became so enraged at the prospect of the government spending that much money on a rescue package for Wall Street, he put together a local protest movement. His small group began sending e-mails to their Congressman, Jeff Miller, and organized a rally in front of his office last Friday. Three days later, Mr. Ashley could barely contain his joy when he heard that the U.S. Congress had voted against a $700-billion (U.S.) bailout of Wall Street. "I'm incredibly happy," Mr. Ashley, 23, said from his office in Fort...
  • Would suspending mark-to-market rule solve the financial crisis? (Wall Street Bailout Act of 2008)

    09/30/2008 11:16:40 AM PDT · by Fred · 9 replies · 1,123+ views
    Blogging Stocks ^ | Sep 30th 2008 10:15AM | Kevin Kersten
    Newt Gingrich has gone on the record with a solution to the crisis that is the best I have seen so far. Rather than pass a $700 billion bailout, suspend the accounting rules that are causing the liquidity crisis to begin with. In the past few years, accounting rules changed and these changes are in part causing the current crisis. Specifically, the problem is mark-to-market accounting where all assets are required to be valued at current market prices. If the market is temporarily depressed, it can cause an artificial crisis. Let me give a silly but simple illustration. If you...
  • House to Wall Street: Drop dead (No to Wall Street Bailout)

    09/29/2008 2:13:22 PM PDT · by Fred · 20 replies · 1,257+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 2:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 29, 2008 | Rex Nutting
    With a firm rejection of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, the House Republicans have told the financial markets that they'll have to solve their problems on their own, without $700 billion of taxpayer money. In a stunning vote on Monday, the House rejected the financial rescue package on a vote of 205 to 228. Republicans voted against the bill by a two-to-one ratio, and in the process rejected their own leadership, who had worked for nearly a week to craft a bill that could gain a majority. Nearly 100 Democrats also voted against the bill, spurning...
  • Mark to Market Accounting: Kill It Before It Eats Us Alive (TARP WS Bailout Bill)

    09/29/2008 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Fred · 11 replies · 687+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 092809 | Mark Sunshine
    We need to kill mark to market accounting before it eats us alive. These accounting rules are like The Blob, an alien life form that consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. Both the Blob and mark to market accounting crawl, creep and eat everything dead or alive in their path. We need to save ourselves by putting mark to market accounting into deep freeze while there is something left to save. Before I proceed (and get flamed by angry commenters), I want to set the record straight. I believe financial statements should present a conservative, consistent...
  • Vanity Fox News (Fed Data shows 92% of Banks fine and issuing credit)

    09/28/2008 2:04:30 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 33 replies · 1,035+ views ^ | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 | Maelstorm
    I was just watching Fox News and they have looks at the latest Fed Data and it turns out that 92% of Banks are fine and issuing credit to safe and moderately safe credit applicants. This is a bailout for business and consumers with Bad credit! This is a bailout to encourage the issuing of more loans and credit to HIGH RISK individuals and businesses. Isn't that what got us into this mess in the first place?
  • AOL Straw Poll: McCain 63%, Obama 37%

    09/27/2008 3:54:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,260+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 27, 2008 | Terry Trippany
    With all the mainstream media emphasis on poll numbers that supposedly show strong leads for Barack Obama I was wondering if there should be any analysis of an AOL straw poll that shows John McCain solidly beating Barack Obama in a random sample of hundreds of thousands of readers. A major difference between the AOL straw poll and that of other polls is that the AOL poll does not consist of people that are chosen by the pollsters.The poll runs over a number of days and is repeated on a weekly basis. I wrote about this poll on September 14th....
  • CNN Poll Vs. CNN Spin on Presidential Debate

    09/27/2008 12:04:27 PM PDT · by mathprof · 27 replies · 1,546+ views
    newsbusters ^ | 9/27/08 | John Stephenson
    Everybody is talking about this poll from CNN declaring victory for Obama’s debate performance last night with an article titled “Round 1 in debates goes to Obama, poll says.” Noah Pollak reads the fine print of the article and takes a few notes from deeper down into the specifics. Buried way, way down at the bottom of the story — hopefully, one surmises, past the point where anyone would read — is the following:The results may be favoring Obama simply because more Democrats than Republicans tuned in to the debate. Of the debate-watchers questioned in this poll, 41 percent of...
  • AP, CNN Both Distort Laura Bush Saying Palin 'Lacks Foreign Policy Experience'

    09/27/2008 8:47:18 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies · 642+ views ^ | 09/27/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    In the Words-Mean-Things category, yesterday we got both the Associated Press and CNN distorting the words Laura Bush used to describe Sarah Palin on foreign policy. Worse, the video interview of the First Lady was right on CNN yet on its own Political Ticker blog, CNN still distorted what Laura Bush said about Palin. It makes you wonder if the folks at CNN even watch CNN? On September 24, Political Ticker posted a story by "CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney" headlined "Laura Bush says Palin lacks foreign policy experience" and started the posting out with these first lines: (bold...
  • The First Debate: A Win for Obama (Whoda thunk it?)

    09/27/2008 8:21:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies · 1,155+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/27/2008 | Michael A. Cohen
    Any analysis of the first presidential debate in Oxford, Miss,. must begin with a simple question:What was each candidate trying to achieve? (snip) In the end, Mr. Obama went into Friday night the clear favorite in the presidential election. Nothing that happened in Mississippi changed the direction of the race. And with less than 40 days until Election Day that means a win in Mr. Obama’s column.
  • Blast from the Past: Spiro Agnew speech in 1969 against media bias

    09/27/2008 8:14:13 AM PDT · by fleagle · 6 replies · 358+ views
    SMU archives ^ | November 13, 2008 | Spiro Agnew
    Vice President Spiro Agnew "On the National Media" Speech Delivered at Des Moines, Iowa November 13, 1969 Tonight I want to discuss the importance of the television-news medium to the American people. No nation depends more on the intelligent judgment of its citizens. No medium has a more profound influence over public opinion. Nowhere in our system are there fewer checks on vast power. So, nowhere should there be more conscientious responsibility exercised than by the news media. The question is: Are we demanding enough of our television news presentations? And, are the men of this medium demanding enough of...
  • A Troubling, But Revealing, Spin On Obama, Race

    09/27/2008 8:04:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies · 2,262+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 9/27/2008 | Stan Simpson
    The white lady at the dry cleaner wanted to talk politics, specifically Barack Obama. She liked the Illinois senator, she said, but there was just something she couldn't quite express that was preventing her from voting for him. "I just don't know about him," she blurted. What, I asked her a bit exasperated, did she not know about the man. He's a 47-year-old African American raised mostly by a single white mom. He graduated from Columbia and Harvard, has been a state and U.S. senator for 11 years, has lived in Hawaii and Indonesia, written two books and endured a...
  • CBS Edits Palin Response To Create Bad Impression Of Palin

    09/27/2008 7:47:23 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 126 replies · 4,321+ views
    strata-sphere ^ | Published by AJStrata at 9:24am 09.27.08
    SJReidhead over at the Pink Flamingo notes why Sarah Palin came off so incoherent in those CBS News interviews with Katie Colic - Palin’s responses where edited to make her appear to stumble: “…(2:58) Couric: What, specifically, in your view, could be done to convince the new government in Pakistan to take a harder, tougher line against terrorists in that country? Palin: At a time when new leadership comes in, that is the opportunity to forge better, tighter, more productive relationships and that’s what we’ll take advantage of with new leadership in the US and in Pakistan. And I’m sure...
  • Subversives for Obama [Excellent List and Summary]

    09/27/2008 7:46:43 AM PDT · by GVnana · 64 replies · 1,994+ views
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 9/26/2008 | Melanie Phillips
    Subversives for Obama Friday, 26th September 2008 There are two American election campaigns currently running. The first, in the mainstream media, accepts Barack Obama at face value, no questions asked, while it viciously turns over Sarah Palin and her family whom it subjects to lies, smears and character assassination. The second, being conducted in the blogosphere and (with one or two notable exceptions such as the Wall Street Journal) not alluded to at all by the mainstream media, is the site of verbal warfare between Camp Obama and bloggers who are practising journalism as it used to be practised –...
  • Round 1 in debates goes to Obama, poll says (Projectile hurl alert)

    09/27/2008 6:44:29 AM PDT · by RU88 · 34 replies · 1,453+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/27/08 | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) -- A national poll of people who watched the first presidential debate suggests that Barack Obama came out on top, but there was overwhelming agreement that both Obama and John McCain would be able to handle the job of president if elected. Fifty-one percent of those polled thought Obama did the better job in Friday night's debate, while 38 percent said John McCain did better. The results may be favoring Obama simply because more Democrats than Republicans tuned in to the debate. Of the debate-watchers questioned in this poll, 41 percent of the respondents identified themselves as...
  • Chris Matthews Called McCain A "Troll"

    09/27/2008 6:19:19 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 57 replies · 1,426+ views ^ | 09/26/08 | vbspurs
    A disgraceful performance on MSNBC by Chris Matthews, who alongside his ideological partner Keith Olbermann, was recently called on the carpet by his bosses for their partisan chit-chat and were removed from election night and debate coverage. Doesn't seem to have worked. When he was engaging a guest, he said which candidate would you like to have in your face for 4-8 years? He then replied for the guest, "or is he too troll-like?". He continued in this vein for a good three or four sentences, each more unprofessional than the other.

    09/27/2008 2:45:42 AM PDT · by Misschuck · 31 replies · 2,394+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 26, 2008 | Don Kaplan
    CBS News executives were red- faced yesterday trying to explain how David Letterman used unaired news footage of Sen. John McCain with Katie Couric to embarrass the Republican presidential candidate. McCain canceled his appearance on Letterman's show late Wednesday, several hours before he was due to appear - claiming he had to return to Washington to deal with the financial crisis.
  • CBS Poll: Obama Boosted Most By Debate

    09/26/2008 11:14:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 68 replies · 2,305+ views
    cBS ^ | September | cBS
    The first presidential debate helped uncommitted voters learn about the candidates - and it appears that Democrat Barack Obama benefited the most, according to a CBS News/Knowledge Networks poll taken immediately following the debate. Uncommitted voters said Obama won the debate against Republican John McCain, and more of those voters improved their opinion of the Democrat.
  • Sundown in America

    09/27/2008 8:24:25 AM PDT · by joanie-f · 305 replies · 4,832+ views
    27 September, 2008 | joanie-f
    America is facing the most dangerous crisis in the history of our nation. It is not simply an economic crisis. It is a crisis whose outcome may well determine whether America continues to survive as a representative republic ... and whether America remains strong enough to face the massing, determined enemy outside of her borders. The ‘economic’ portion of this crisis did not occur by accident. It occurred, in large part, as a result of leftist ‘social engineers’ who are intent on circumventing the Constitution to use pretended altruism in order to expand their power and further implement their...
  • The Couric-Palin Interview: Rashomon on the Campaign Trail (NY Times Analyzes Freeper Reactions)

    09/26/2008 9:09:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 67 replies · 4,246+ views
    The New York Times | Friday, September 26, 2008 | The Editorial Board
    Source link. When is a train wreck not a train wreck? Well, in the case of Gov. Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric on CBS, when Ms. Palin’s staunchest defenders are looking at it. Take Free Republic, which calls itself “the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the Web.” It has some of the most passionate right-wing bloggers out there. If the comments on this thread, from Friday morning, are any indication, the “Freepers” of had a completely different take than many other people who watched the interview. We’ve deleted some of the comments in the...
  • Why Katie is a Bigot

    09/26/2008 7:48:12 PM PDT · by stand_your_ground · 3 replies · 585+ views
    Riley's Farm Journal ^ | 9-26-2008 | James Riley
    What Brand Makes You Feel Comfortable? The role ofan unexamined prejudice in modern lifeWe all know the categories of prejudice that are discussed, and re-hashed endlessly, in contemporary life: racism, sexism ageism. We have made a secular liturgy of discussing these issues, and, no doubt, some good has come from it. As a tail-end baby-boomer I absorbed the principle, taught very early on, about the dangers of stereotyping. If our generation wasn't going to get anything else right on the ethical/moral front, we were going to end prejudice--at least end the sort of prejudice that was directed against the approved...
  • WaPo's Capehart: Palin Reminds Me of Miss Teen South Carolina

    09/26/2008 1:15:16 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies · 931+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is there some kind of competition on the left to see who can make the most denigrating comment about the mental acuity of Republicans? As we've noted, last night Paul Begala called President Bush "a high-functioning moron," perhaps Begala's bid to one-up Rep. Charles Rangel, who had called Sara Palin "disabled." Today, it's Jonathan Capehart's turn. Speaking with David Shuster on MSNBC this afternoon, the Washington Post editorial writer said that Sarah Palin reminds him of Lauren Caitlin Upton, the 2007 Miss Teen South Carolina whose tangles ["U.S. Americans," etc.] with the English language made her an overnight YouTube star....
  • Palin's Pastor Problem (WaPost Piling on Alert)

    09/26/2008 12:21:07 PM PDT · by pissant · 38 replies · 1,318+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 9/26/08 | David Waters
    In the fine, new American tradition of presidential campaign "pastor disasters," Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin might have one she can call her very own, complete with its own sensational YouTube video and stunned cable TV commentary. You knew it was coming -- but probably didn't suspect it would involve witchcraft. Back in the fall of 2005, when Palin was running for governor of Alaska, a Kenyan pastor named Thomas Muthee preached several times at Wasilla Assembly of God, Palin's church home for more than two decades. In one service, Palin joined Moothy onstage while he prayed for her....
  • Palin v. Biden: Who's the real ticket-killer?

    09/26/2008 11:20:10 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 3 replies · 637+ views ^ | September 26, 2008 | Josh Painter
    "Mainstream media" (MSM) never was an accurate representation of what this country's major print and broadcast news sources are and what they do. "Mainstream" is defined, when used as an adjective, as "representing the prevailing attitudes, values and practices of a society or group." The media, as a group, certainly has a set of prevailing attitudes, values and practices, but they are not those of American society, rather only representative of the more liberal elements of American society. It was when talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh eschewed the oxymoronic "MSM" appellation and coined the more appropriate term "drive-by media" (DBM)...
  • Sarah Palin vs. the Media: What They Do and Don't Tell

    09/26/2008 9:02:59 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 13 replies · 752+ views
    What the media does, and doesn’t tell us: Tells Us: Sarah Palin's husband has a DUI conviction from 22 years ago. Doesn’t Tell Us: Ted Kennedy was drunk while driving a car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick. That same crash killed a young campaign volunteer with whom he was having an affair. Oh, and that woman was pregnant with his child. Mr. Palin's DUI came a mere 4 years after Barack Obama stopped using cocaine and marijuana (by his own admission in his autobiography). Tells Us: Sarah Palin's daughter is pregnant. Doesn’t Tell Us: Joe Biden's son was paid a...
  • FL Paper Quotes White Woman as Racist Against Obama, SHE Says She Never Mentioned Obama

    09/26/2008 6:21:10 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 360+ views ^ | 09/26/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    A 60-year-old white woman from Spring Hill, Florida is quoted as saying that there is no chance a black man can win the White House. This same woman, Sandra Cichon, is quoted in a total of three St. Petersburg Times stories, the latest being from September 15. But in a follow up interview, Barbara Sowell of finds that Cichon claims she was never called by a pollster, as the paper claims, and never told any reporter that she wouldn't vote for a black man. So who is right? Did the St. Petersburg Times merely make up racist quotes out...
  • WaPo Editor Broder Says 'No Such Thing' As Media Bias

    09/26/2008 6:19:04 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 41 replies · 869+ views ^ | 09/26/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    In a recent visit to Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, Washington Post political editor David Broder told students that he believes there is no such thing as media bias. He claims that too many confuse talk radio with journalism and imagines the bias is predicated on that basis. Speaking also to WOAI radio, Broder said, "I have spent almost fifty years of my life covering campaigns with other people. I don't think there is a serious problem with ideological or political bias." According to WOAI, Broder claimed not to see any bias in reporters of his generation nor in younger...
  • Drama King to the Rescue (WaPo, nuff said)

    09/26/2008 5:57:48 AM PDT · by steve-b · 23 replies · 682+ views
    Washington Pest ^ | 9/26/08 | Eugene Robinson
    John McCain is rapidly making his temperament an inescapable issue in the presidential campaign. Does the nation really want so much drama in the White House? McCain's performance in recent days has been, to put it charitably, erratic. In an attempt to show leadership on the financial crisis, he has called Americans into ranks -- long after hostilities began. Meanwhile, back in much-reviled Washington, the generals with cooler heads and a clearer picture of the battlefield are doing their jobs, minus all the histrionics.... Negotiations between a Democratic Congress and a Republican administration on these and other points seemed to...
  • Deutsche Bank: Do Republicans want to risk economy to win elections?

    09/26/2008 5:52:37 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 32 replies · 862+ views
    Deutsche Bank Political Analyst | 9/26/08 | Frank Kelly
    Do the Republicans want to risk the US Economy to win the elections? It seems like. The problem also is that some Republicans are receiving calls from constituents against the bailout at a 125:1 ratio, just 5 weeks before a contested election! Need 100 House Rep votes out of 199, 60-70 were in-line but after rebellion only 30-40 available as Bush apparently angered a number of Republicans. It will ONLY pass with NEW provisions, but Frank still sees it getting done in some form before Monday. Also, this situation could see Dem's with an even bigger House majority. Attached GOP...
  • New Republic Story Describes Racists as 'Racially Conservative'

    09/26/2008 5:34:06 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies · 325+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 26, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    The New Republic has come up with a new way to drag conservatism through the mud---Simply describe racists as "racially conservative." Get it? They are implying that if you are a conservative then you must somehow be a racist. Your humble correspondent caught them using this term in a story headlined on The New Republic front page as: "Are People Who Hang Up On Pollsters More Racist Than Those Who Don't?" The story itself pretty much goes nowhere since no voting trend by people who refuse to talk to pollsters can be discerned. However, the story does link conservatism with...
  • US Economy: Even Hank Paulson's bail-out plan cannot detox global banking

    09/26/2008 2:34:58 PM PDT · by Fred · 11 replies · 655+ views ^ | 9:17PM BST 26 Sep 2008 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Even if Congress backs the Paulson bail-out, the $700 billion blast cannot save the US, Britain or the world from the deepest economic slump since the Thirties. If Congress balks, God help us. The credit system is suffering a heart attack. Inter-bank lending is paralysed. Funds are accepting zero interest on US Treasury notes for the first time since Pearl Harbour, because no bank account is safe. Wherever you look – dollar, euro, sterling Libor (the rate at which banks lend to each other), or spreads on credit derivatives – the stress has reached breaking point. If borrowers cannot roll...